The Active Black Students Association of Pellissippi State Community College hosts its third annual fashion and awards program honoring students and community leaders on April 15 at the Magnolia Avenue Campus.
An added feature of this year’s program, the theme of which is “Hollywood,” is a talent show. The event is co-hosted by the Magnolia Avenue Drama Club.
ABSA is an award-winning club. In 2010 the student group earned Pellissippi State’s Outstanding Community Service award. The year before, it was named the school’s Most Improved Organization.
ABSA’s essential goals are to encourage minority participation in the planning of college programs, as well as to provide a forum for the discussion of concerns to minority students. Membership is open to all Pellissippi State students.
Students who are active in the association will be recognized during the event. Also being honored is Rosalyn Tillman, assistant dean of the Magnolia Avenue Campus. Tillman is this year’s recipient of the Students’ Choice Award for her outstanding service to the community.
Recently installed as the 2011 board chair of the United Way of Greater Knoxville, Tillman also serves on the boards of the Knoxville Area Urban League, Project GRAD Knoxville, Community School of the Arts, East Tennessee PBS, and the East Knoxville Business and Professionals Association. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc., and she is involved in several community initiatives and activities, including Together Healthy Knox and the Project GRAD Summer Institute.
Tillman is active as well in the National Achievers Association and the Shoes for School Project, both of which are administered by the Knoxville Area Urban League. She also serves as a mentor for Knox Achieves.
During the fashion show portion of the program, Pellissippi State students and staff will model apparel provided by Belk’s of West Town Mall. The talent show also consists of performances by Pellissippi State students.
The program begins at 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. The event is free and open to the public.
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