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Pellissippi State releases list of 2012 Summer Academic Achievers

Pellissippi State Community College has named 421 part-time college-level students to the list of Academic Achievers for summer. To be included, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.50-4.00, be degree-seeking and have completed 6 to 11 credit hours per semester of Pellissippi State coursework. At least 6 of those hours must be college-level.

Honorees include—

Garrett Abrahamson
Jenna Adams
Michael Adams
Sara Adams
Zachary Ahmad
Daniel Alan
Christopher Alexander
Elizabeth Allen
David (Trey) Alley
Candi Aman
Brandon Ambrose
Tabitha Ammons
Zoe-Elizabeth Andrews
Taylor Arden
Anum Aslam
Anna Astorga
Daniel Atkins
Haven Axmacher
Ashley Bailey
Hannah Bailey
Jacob Balfe
Kareem Baradei
Brad Barker
Elisabeth Barnett
Maggie Barta
Kaylon Baumeister
Brittany Beavers
Chelsea Belcher
Dana Bell
Jessica Bell
Sarah Beuerlein
Leland Biles
Raymond Bishop
Mayra Blackburn
Alan Blaha
Nathanael Blais
Jacob Blizard
Thomas Bohannon
Brittany Bonner
Jeffrey Boswell
Derek Bowers
Nathan Bowman
Andrea Boyter
Elise Brackin
Elizabeth Bradley
Melissa Bradshaw
Valerie Bradshaw
Jordan Brady
Chris Brewer
Timothy Broadbent
Megan Brockett
James Brown
Corey A. Browning
Corey J. Browning
Ericka Bryant
Tyler Bunn
Christie Burkett
Charlie Burris
Emily Butters
Katie Byrd
Kayla Byrd
Abigail Cacace
Jaret Cameron
Zachary Carey
Miranda Carpenter
Samuel Carroll
Rebecca Carter
Gary Caughron
Rachel Cecil
Dixon Chadwick
Jonathan Charles
George Childress
Yuming Childress
Sarah Christopher
Alexis Clevenger
Melanie Cole
Kendall Collier
Cristen Colquitt
Chad Colvin
Andrew Connell
Jaclyn Covington
John Cox
Sarah Cox
Chester Craig IV
Corey Cross
Julie Crum
Kimberly Cunningham
Nicola Dalili
Sam Dalili
William Darby
Mitchell Davis
Mildred De Leon
Tyler DeLaney
Katherine Deer
Lori Deer
Lindsay Delay
Angela Denton
James Derrick
Mark Dew
Kseniia Diakiv
Brittney Dingess
Nicholas Dixon
Katherine Donovan
Robert Drake
Tatiana Dukas
Garrett Eason
Kevin Edington
Devon Edmisten
Jennifer Eiffe
Samuel England
Chad Fairbanks
Amanda Fancher
Deirdre Farmer
Sara Farmer
Ryan Farrell
Chelsea Ferguson
Ian Ferguson
Chad Fields
Almondo Fiori
Craig Foster
Elizabeth Francis
Carson Frasure
Shanon Friauf
Lori Fuller
Tyler Gallimore
Angel Gardner
Shelley Garriott
Grant Geist
Lori George
James Giles
Andrew Gillespie
Louis Goitz
Alyssa Gollwitzer
Jennifer Graves
Hannah Green
Randee Green
Joshua Greenway
Sarah Greenway
Season Guffey
Valerie Hamilton
J. Hancock
Patrick Hancock
Jon Hansrote
Rebekah Harless
William Harris
Lawrence Harrison
Janet Hastings
Heather Hatfield
Autumn Hatley
Angela Hattaway
Brent Hattley
Aaron Haun
Courtney Haynes
Christina Haynie
Aos Hazem
Caleb Hearon
David Hedger
Laurel Heine
John Helton
James Henderlight
Jessica Henderlight
Brandon Henderson
Robert Henry
Lindsey Henson
Erikka Hill
Matthew Hobbs
John Hodge
Robin Hodge
Katelin Hodges
Peter Hoffecker
Michael Holder
Jonathan Holt
Michael Honeycutt
Jacob Howard
Kelly Howard
Emily Huch
Jennifer Hughes
Andrea Hutchins
Jenna Irwin
Maggie Iwaniuk
Sharon James
Patrick Jarman
Jesse Johnson
Jessica Johnson
Jason Jones
Jonathan Jones
Matthew Karnes
William Killian
Kilho Kim
Sydney Kimball
Brian Kimmitt
Krystal Kimmitt
Andrea Kitzmiller
Brett Kleinhans
Rebekah Knause
Krystle Koons
David Kornrumpf
Paige Krizan
Chelsea Kyle
Robert Lacey
Angela Lambert
Jordan Lang
Kandi Lantz
Rebecca Larson
Olga Lavrinovich
Christopher Lawrence
Christopher Lawson
Christina Layne
Nhu Le
Rhonda Lenski
Lisa Lisle
Jan Lomax
Robin Loope
Kari Loy
Michael Lundy
Shan Luo
Teron Mack
Yared Mamo
Sarah Maner
Jennifer Mann
Brittany Manning
Serena Marsh
Morgen Marshall
David Martin
Troy Martin
Erika Martinez Gutierrez
Saimah Masood
Christopher Maxwell
Kassy Maynard
Vanessa McAfee
Erin McAlister
David McAndrews
Christopher McDaniel
Carol McGaha
Andrea McGinn
Ashleigh McGinnis
Daniel McGraw
Samuel McLeod
Brittany McMillon
Allison Medley
Maria Mejia
Austin Merical
Edward Meyer
Stephanie Michel
David Miller
Denna Miller
Samuel Miller
Sara Mills
Jennifer Milton
Natalia Mock
Melissa Moon
Thomas Moore
Samantha Morgan
William Morgan
Trevor Motz
Christy Muecke
Mason Mulkey
Rashmi Molukuvan Narayana Murthy
John Music
Philip Naglitch
Gladys Nance
Carthel Newton
Sharon Noble
William Norris
Hannah O’Banion
Wesley O’Connor
Leah Odom
Amanda Ogle
Babajide Ogunyombo
Drake Onks
Marie Owen
Bill Paczkowski
George Paine
Bronagh Paladino
Kayla Palmer
Nickolaos Pantanizopoulos
Hannah Parkman
Jacob Parks
Hannah Parrott
Briana Patrick
Preston Patterson
Maria Pavone
Jessica Petre
Michael Pettet
Matthew Phillips
Ashleigh Pitt
Erin Pittman
Jacqueline Plemons
Jason Plunk
Joe Polakiewicz
Amber Poole
Richard Poppert
Michelle Power
Courtney Prate
Justyne Pride
Harold Puckett
Christopher Pullins
Jennifer Quillen
David Quraishi
Spencer Raby
Amanda Radford
Allison Rainwater
Anne Ramsaur
Allison Rannells
Aimee Readel
Elizabeth Redmond
Christopher Reed
Grayson Reedy
Jared Rice
Molly Richardson
Alan Riggs
Taylor Ripley
Walter Rivera
Jennifer Robbins
Jason Roberts
Lauren Robinson
Timothy Roddy
Rachel Rollick
Josh Roop
Robert Sanders
Dylan Sauls
Michelle Sauls
Megan Saunders
Kelly Scott
Mycol Scott
Zachary Scott
Olive Sebatembo
Sharyn Seguine
Jane Sellers
Michael Shafer
Edward Shalett
Jee Yeon Shin
Teresa Shinlever
Saasha Shirooni
Jena Lee Silva
John Silva
Corey Singletary
Sara Skaggs
Nicholas Skuda
Andrea Smith
Jennifer Smith
Joshua Smith
Sheri Smith
Tessa Snyder
James Sparks
Pamela Stallings
Cindy Standifer
Brooke Stevenson
Cole Stines
Cameron Stinnett
Hannah Stockton
Chelsea Stowell
Terry Strickland
La Questa Summeour
Bethany Summers
Arnold Sundermeyer
Mackenzie Talley
Greg Tanner
Erin Taylor
Laurie Taylor
Nora Taylor
Jamahl Thomas
Kaylie Thomas
Lee Thomas
William Thomas
Bradley Thompson
Edward Thompson
Sadie Tibbs
Patricia Tinsley
Maryellen Tipton
Mitchell Transue
Joshua Trentham
Michelle Tuck
Adam Tucker
Kayla Turner
Jason Tyler
Alyssa Underwood
Ashley Utley
Sara Van Duzer
Donna Vanderbilt
Simeon Vandeventer
Jennifer Vasquez
Travis Vickery
Tina Vinsant
Christy Voland
Janice Vowell
Bao Vuu
Denise Wade
Sherri Wade
Drexel Waggoner II
Heather Walker
Paul Walker
Phylicia Washington
Maria Wathen
Kinsey Watkins
Billy Watson
Jennifer Waymon
Leaha Weaver
James Whaley
David Wiedenhoeft
Matthew Wilburn
Justin Wiley
Anthony Willard
Andrew Williams
Erin Williams
Taylor Williams
Caroline Wilson
Timothy Wilson
Jhean Shetan Wolfsbrother
Hannah Wong
Scottie Wood
Kelly Wright
Richard Yoon
Charysse Young
Kellie Young
Lauren Yount
Ricardo Zapata
Ashita Zaveri
Ning Zhong
Nur Ziadeh
Stacey Zupka

Pellissippi State hosts Backstage Pass event to launch arts series

For more than 35 years, Pellissippi State Community College has welcomed the community to take part in the institution’s many cultural activities. Beginning this fall, Pellissippi State launches The Arts at Pellissippi State, an arts series that offers more opportunities than ever to enjoy everything from music and theatre to cultural celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

The series showcases the talents of Pellissippi State students and faculty, as well as those of special guest performers. To set the new series in motion, the college is hosting Backstage Pass, an evening that will showcase a sampling of the arts-related events slated for the upcoming season.

Backstage Pass offers attendees not only a behind-the-scenes look at future arts activities but also a live auction and cocktail buffet. The setting is Knoxville’s Cherokee Country Club. Proceeds from the special event will be used by the Pellissippi State Foundation to support The Arts at Pellissippi State.

“Backstage Pass” takes place on Friday, Sept. 7, beginning at 7 p.m. Cherokee Country Club is located at 5138 Lyons View Pike.

Individuals interested in attending are encouraged to order tickets early. Tickets are $100 per person. Sponsorships also are available.

For additional information on Backstage Pass, call the Pellissippi State Foundation at (865) 539-7351.

Pellissippi State ‘Fast Forward’ student accepted to West Point

Matthew Waldrep, a home-schooler who accrued 42 college credits in Pellissippi State’s Fast Forward Dual Enrollment program, heads to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in July. Waldrep, 18, spent the last two years taking math and science courses in preparation for applying to the prestigious military school. He was nominated to the academy by U.S. Rep. John Duncan, at left.

Matthew Waldrep, a home-school student in the Fast Forward Dual Enrollment program at Pellissippi State Community College this past spring, has been accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

To be considered for admission to West Point, candidates must meet certain academic, medical and physical requirements and must receive a nomination from an approved source. Waldrep was nominated by U.S. Rep. John Duncan and leaves for New York in July.

The 18-year-old Farragut home-schooler took Fast Forward classes for the past two academic years. Dual enrollment allows high school students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously for the same course. Nearly 2,000 area high school students participated in the program in 2011-12.

Waldrep says he has known for many years that he wanted to go to West Point, and he chose his academic path accordingly.

Taking dual enrollment classes at Pellissippi State was a crucial part of the plan, since, he figured, college-level credit would carry more weight with the academy’s tough admission standards than would high school credit.

When President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing West Point in 1802, he envisioned it as a strong science and engineering institution, and that tradition continues today. With that knowledge, Waldrep also took Fast Forward courses that would give him a good foundation in math and science.

“All my teachers at Pellissippi State were very helpful and willing to help me understand the concepts,” he said.

Waldrep earned a 3.96 grade point average at Pellissippi State. Along the way, he played for Farragut High School’s rugby club for two years, became an Eagle Scout, won two national awards from the Sons of the American Revolution and received a Congressional Award Gold Medal, the highest award bestowed on youth by the U.S. Congress.

In addition to accumulating 42 college credit hours through Fast Forward and 6 at the Governor’s School at UT-Martin, he worked as a paid student instructor at Pellissippi State under the supervision of Jerry Burns, a chemistry professor.

“When Matthew was in my class, I could tell he was a top-notch student,” said Burns, who served as a faculty reference. “After that, when he was my student instructor, he did an excellent job as well. When West Point chooses their cadets, some of what they look for is superb ability, inner strength and self-motivation. Matthew’s got all that.”

As a West Point cadet, Waldrep is a member of the U.S. Army. He receives a full scholarship and an annual salary, from which he pays for his uniforms, textbooks, personal computer and incidentals. Room, board, medical and dental care are provided by the federal government.

Upon graduation, he will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree and an officer commission in the U.S. Army. In turn, he is obligated to serve five years on active duty in the Army and three years in an inactive reserve status.

For information about Pellissippi State’s Fast Forward program, visit www.pstcc.edu/dual or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State announces spring 2012 Academic Achievers

Pellissippi State Community College has named 666 part-time students to the list of Academic Achievers for spring 2012. To be included, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.50-4.00, be degree-seeking and have completed 6 to 11 college-level hours per term of Pellissippi State coursework. Honorees include—

Melissa Adams
Michael Adams
Samuel Aikens
Joe Allen
Rachael Allen
Kimberly Allums
Aaron Andrew
Brittaney Andrews
William Andrews
Narwan Ansary
Jessica Appleby
Nura Arar
Melanie Arms
Linda Arnone
Amy Arwood
William Arwood
Ella Assadova
Cameron Atchley
Christine Austin
Ahmad Awad
Mohammad Awad
Solomon Awadey
Gladys Azpurua
Lynette Bachleda
Alisha Bacon
Rachel Bagley
Krystallee Bailey
Alison Ball
Andrea Ballantyne
Megan Banker
Brad Barker
Maggie Barta
Regina Barukh
Ashley Bates
Justin Bauguess
Kaylon Baumeister
Melanie Bautista
Mary Baxley
Justin Beal
Megan Beal
LeIna Beckner
Iesha Beene
Donald Belcher
Melissa Bentley
Amanda Berube
Bonnie Bible
Michelle Bigham
Austin Bilbrey
Mayra Blackburn
Alan Blaha
Marcus Blair
Brooke Bledsoe
Adam Blevins
Whitney Boateng-Johnson
Sophie Bogdanski
Hameeda Boghani
Amy Bogue
Sonya Boling
Kelvin Bolton
Lyndon Bolton
Devin Bowers
Yira Bowles
Sarah Bowman
John Boyd
Andrea Boyter
Elizabeth Bradley
Julianne Brandt
Joey Brennan
Tonya Brewer
Michelle Britney-Boyd
David Britton
Colby Brooks
Jessica Brown
Shawn Brown
Alcus Broxson
Christopher Bruce
Jan Bruckbauer
Lisa Bruzzese
Lori Bryson
Schuylar Burgess
Paul Burke
Daniel Burnett
Corey Burnette
Jennifer Butler
Christopher Bynum
Mercedes Byrge
Christian Calloway
Jessica Cammuse
Hannah Campbell
James Campbell
Linda Cannon
Denny Carlson
Lynda Carmichael
Ronald Carmichael
Mary Carrasco
Melody Carroll
Ashley Carver
Marilyn Case
Guadalupe Cataldo
Michael Cavitt
Jared Chadwick
Katherine Chambers
Sarah Chambers
Kelcie Chandler
Valerie Clarke
Seulki Cody
Robin Coe
Amber Coffey
Ronald Cohorst
Taylor Coker
Angelia Collins
Tara Collins
Cynthia Conard
Linda Connolly
Michael Conway
Crystal Cooper
Jalana Cooper
Rachel Coppala
Kevin Cornett
April Coward
David Cox
Stephen Cox
Ashley Craig
Jessica Crenshaw
Catherine Crockett
Corey Cross
Sara Crum
Anthony Cuneo
Madialynne Cupp
John Curry
Nicola Dalili
Sam Dalili
Dixie Daniels
John Daugherty
Tina Daugherty
Jonathan Davis
Lindsay Davis
Nathan Davis
Crystal Daw
Jake Debuty
Jennifer Decker
Lori Deer
Rebecca Deloa
Amber Dickerson
Tammy Dickerson
Courtney Didion
John Dingman
Brandon Dixon
Urszula Dobronski
Loreli Dockins
Patrick Dodd
Elizabeth Donaldson
Tammy Donalson
James Dopp
Curtis Dozier
Ariel Dreher
Alexandria Dukic
Kristi Dunlap
Shannon Dunlap
Joshua Dykes
Lisa Dykes
Joshua Eakle
Aerial East
Brian Edge
Matthew Edmonds
Christopher Elliott
Justin Elrod
Robbeline Enyenihi
Mark Estep
Ann Everett
Chad Everett
Kimberly Everett
Shane Fahey
Caleb Farmer
Joshua Farmer
Sara Farmer
Isaac Farr
Dustin Faulkner
Heather Faulkner
Alexandra Fee
Ian Ferguson
Jason Ferguson
Kerry Fifer
Christopher Finger
Cynthia Finger
Maegan Finley
Susan Finley
Kenneth Finnell
David Fish
Lily Fitch
Chelsea Fizzano
Nichole Fletcher
Javier Flint
Brad Floyd
Connie Fortson
Benjamin Foster
Craig Foster
Shanon Friauf
Anastasia Friedrich
Christine Frost
Charles Frye
Jelica Fuller
Janet Furtner
John Galyon
Kara Galyon
Christina Gandee
Angel Gardner
Barry Garner
Jamada Garner
Haley Gassel
Jean Gee
Seanion George
Lindsay Gheen
Krystall Gibson
Jane Gichingiri
Cheryl Giles
Mistie Goley
Alyssa Gollwitzer
Tia Gouge
Tara Gourley
Chrystal Graham
Jama Green
Sevaughn Green
Silvia Gribinet
Jenae Grossart
Kyle Grover
Season Guffey
Fawnia Hackworth
Bradley Hall
Brandi Hall
Michael Hall
Cindy Hamilton
Derrick Hamilton
Sasha Hammett
Laura Hamon
Gregorie Handley
Elizabeth Handlon
Fred Harber
Brandy Hardin
Jody Harrison-Grabber
Janet Hastings
Heather Haston
Heather Hatfield
Deanna Hatmaker
Bradley Hawkins
Colby Haynes
Kimberly Haynes
Pamela Hays
Jonathan Heacker
Douglas Headrick
Teresa Headrick
Colleen Hedtke
Trae Helton
Alaa Hemami
Jennifer Hembree
Ebony Henderson-Blake
Robert Henry
Candace Hering
Janet Hiers
James Higginbotham
Christopher Higgins
Erikka Hill
Kory Hill
Linda Hinkle
Amanda Hipsky
Joyanna Hirst
Michael Holbert
Andrew Holcomb
Rachel Holden
Stephanie Holden
Carol Holloway
Lindsey Holloway
Jonathan Holt
Aaron Hopson
Caleb Horn
Daniel Hoskins
Rachel Houston
Kelly Howard
Leila Howell
Christopher Hubbard
Tracy Hudson
Emilie Hughes
Jennifer Hughes
Sabrina Hughes
Nichole Hull
Megan Humphrey
Jordyn Hyden
Wallace Hynds
Kimberly Ivens
Joseph Jakubowski
Matthew James
Jamie Jaudon
Matthew Jefferson
Jeffrey Jelliff
Berenice Jimenez
Alicia Johnson
Amanda Johnson
Angela Johnson
Benjamin Johnson
Bethany Johnson
Caleb Johnson
Christine Johnson
Deanna Johnson
Jessica Johnson
Lauren Johnson
Marisa Johnson
Rachel Johnson
Charity Johnston
Amanda Jones
David Jones
Elwood Jones
Jamie Jones
Jason Jones
Jeremy Jones
Samantha Jones
Wesley Jones
Ashley Jordan
Bethany Jowers
Chad Kaina
Aziz Kanjiani
Teresa Kearney
Jason Keller
Alanna Kelsey
Kathryn Kelso
David Kennedy
Jason Kennedy
Haley Kerr
Kimberly Kerr
Rachel Ketelle
Faiza Khan
Eda Kicki
Jieun Kim
Annette King
Blakelen King
Stephen King
Tina Knapp
Michelle Kniep
Erika Koch
Dale Konopasek
Jordan Kooijman
Rachel Kuchar
Peter Kuntz
Andrew Labig
Taylor Laible
Courtney Lake
Gary Lang
Zachary Lange
Victor Lara
Teresa Larmoyeux
Benjamin Lau
Cody Lawson
Jacob Lawson
Whitney Lawson
Landon Leach
Benjamin Lebron
Hope Ledger
Angela Lerner
Casey Lett
Shelagh Leutwiler
Michele Lewellyn
Tad Lewis
Karda Linderman
Samantha Lindsay
Jessica Lockhart
Christy Logan
Jan Lomax
Brittany Long
Cassie Lopez
David Loveday
Rachel Loy
William Luther
Jody Lynn
Melissa Magro
Devin Maier
Sima Maleki
Daniel Maley
Stephanie Manley
Jennifer Mann
Jennifer Manning
Stephanie Manson
Kristine Manuel
Rodney Maples
Christopher Martin
John Martin
Troy Martin
Julia Martinenco
Jennifer Mason
David Mathis
Jolene Maurino
Casey Maxwell
Vanessa McAfee
Erin McAlister
Jamie McCain
Ariel McCasland
James McClane
Lindy McCollam
Jonathan McCowan
Kelley McCoy
Mary McCrackin
David McCroskey
Brittany McDaniel
Christopher McDaniel
Russell McElroy
Bradley McGaha
Carol McGaha
Malina McGee
Seth McGhee
Mark McGill
Michaella McGill
Daniel McGraw
Christopher McKee
Phillip McKnight
Bridget McLaughlin
Samuel McLeod
Rachel McMahan
Jill McMillan
Kelly Means
Ruth-Anne Mendoza
Brian Mercer
Stacy Meschendorf
Christina Metz
Edward Meyer
Elizabeth Middleton
Annatasia Miller
John Miller
Maggie Miller
Jennifer Millsaps
Eric Mitchell
Christopher Monhollan
Ashley Monroe
Matthew Monroe
Christi Montgomery
Jerry Moore
Angela Mordan
Lori Moreland
William Morgan
Michael Morren
Amy Morris
James Morrison
James Morton
Joel Moser
Eric Moses
Angela Mullins
Christopher Mumpower
Curtis Munsey
Lindsey Murphy
Mark Murphy
Thomas Murphy
Sarah Murrell
Gina Myers
Michael Myers
Mara Nagler
Michael Nance
Kelli Napier
Sajjad Naseem
Christopher Nash
Cameron Nelson
Dang Nguyen
David Nine
Simona Nira
Gregory Noah
Sharon Noble
Lisa Norman-Hudson
Holly Northern
Mitchell Norton
Ewa Nowak-Ligaj
Shelly Nuchols
Laura Nutzell
Jesus Ortega-Valenzuela
Mirriam Osborn
Grant Overby
Jessica Owen
Kristen Owenby
George Paine
Kayla Palmer
Kevin Palombi
Suzann Paluzi
Jennifer Pankey
Nickolaos Pantanizopoulos
Laura Parker
Elizabeth Parks
Hannah Parrott
Chelsea Pate
Jason Patterson
Joshua Patterson
William Patty
Janice Paul
Maria Pavone
Tiffany Pendergrass
Jordan Perkins
Jordan Peterson
Michael Pettet
Falisha Philips
Rachel Poland
Katy Porter
Lee Poynter
Matt Preuss
Barbara Proctor
Harold Puckett
Jessica Pujado
Amanda Radford
Jason Radney
Kristopher Raisor
Maria Ramos
Anne Ramsaur
Jeffrey Ramsey
Tim Ramsey
Jacob Ramsey DeLozier
Niloo Ranjan
Willard Ratliff
Casey Ray
Jason Reed
Kelsey Rees
Bryan Reeves
Susan Renaud-Mitchell
Jeffery Renfro
Amy Rickett
Amanda Riggs
Sarah Riley
Taylor Ripley
William Roach
Joseph Robbins
Angela Roberson
Brittany Roberts
Tommy Roberts
Jula Robertson
Samantha Robertson
Tanya Robertson
Kendria Robinson
April Rogers
Belinda Rogers
Alicia Rolen
Joseph Rose
Ashley Ross
Vicki Rountree
James Rowe
Elizabeth Rucker
Emily Ruff
Ciara Ruppe
Jonathan Russell
Joseph Russell
Kyle Russell
Stephanie Russo
Ericka Ryba
Dallas Salter
Ethan Sanderfur
Robert Sanders
Jordan Sangid
Matthew Scaperoth
Zachary Scarlett
Andrew Schaad
John Scott
David Scraggs
Mindy Seagle
Zachary Seiber
Sheila Sellers
Jennifer Shannon
Shayna Sharp
Lindsay Shaw
Rachel Shea
Scott Shell
Christina Shelley
Meghan Shropshire
Sandra Sila-Massengill
Patrick Siminerio
Amber Sims
Leslie Sims
Billy Skeen
Brittany Skyberg
Chuck Slagle
Tabetha Slagle
Timothy Slagle
Amber Slaterbeck
Inessa Sloan
Amanda Smith
Andrew Smith
Jason Smith
Joshua P. Smith
Kristin Smith
Sterling Smith
William Smith
Whitney Smithers
Jay Smithson
Cindy Snow
Brittany Spears
Jeannie Squires
Amanda Stachey
Amanda Stanley
Hannah Steacy
Melissa Steed
Yvette Stilwell
Cole Stines
Daniel Stover
Chelsey Sutton
Robin Sutton
Silvia Sweitzer
Michael Swihart
Justin Tackett
Dawn Taft
Jennifer Talley
Chelsea Tanner
Jason Tate
Susan Tate
Sallie Taylor
Robyn-Lanae Thames
Justin Thiele
Jana Thomas
Lee Thomas
William Thomas
Jennifer Thompson
Jennifer Tidmore
Patricia Tinsley
Brian Tisdale
Kati Tran
Britney Troutt
Belinda Tucker
Sarah Tuggle
Kristina Turner
Elizabeth Turpin
Jason Tyler
Joshua Unger
Joseph Vakousky
Janice Vergeer
Travis Vickery
Sherri Wade
Paul Walker
Rebecca Walker
Sydney Warneke
Matthew Watson
Melanie Watson
Jennifer Waymon
David Weaver
Michael Wells
Travis Wells
Sarah Werling
Justin White
Sara White
Kayla Whitehead
Jama Whitmore
Jolynn Whittington
Hope Widner
Wojciech Wiktor
Cindy Wilhite
April Williams
Chan Williams
Jennifer Williams
Kelly Williams
Chad Williamson
Caroline Wilson
Alanna Windham
Karla Wingfield
Sarah Wirtz
Ernest Wolfe
James Wolfenbarger
Nathaniel Wood
Megan Woods
Courtney Wright
Kelly Wright
Michael Wright
Keith Zaborowski
Salvadore Zanco
Ricardo Zapata
Sarah Zarczynski
Ashita Zaveri
Gregory Zellner
Wyatt Zinser

Professional bluegrass musician gains focus, friendships as Pellissippi State student

Samuel Damewood, former Pellissippi State Music student, performs with Drake White and the Big Fire. The band opened for Eric Church this spring.

Samuel Damewood is right at home in Nashville’s limelight. Damewood helped open for country music star Eric Church this spring and describes performing for a large audience as “exhilarating.”

But Damewood says he’ll never forget the friends he made when he took a hiatus from the stage and enrolled in the Music program at Pellissippi State Community College.

In 2009, the Knoxville native had already toured the country as a professional musician for four years, playing his fiddle for thousands of people. As a member of the bluegrass band Pine Mountain Railroad, he was living the life—touring 300 days a year, playing in glitzy places, recording and hanging out with bluegrass greats Ricky Skaggs and Alison Krauss.

But it was at Pellissippi State that he says he finally “found himself.”

“I had hit a rough patch in my life,” said Damewood. “I decided to make a change, quit playing professionally for a while and go back to school.

“I had played with Larry Vincent [a Pellissippi State Music assistant professor] before, and he knew about my bluegrass background and wanted me to help with the college’s bluegrass ensemble, Hardin Valley Thunder. It was something I could really give to.”

For the next two years, Pellissippi State’s Music faculty became family for the now 29-year-old. As a college student, Damewood rediscovered his love for bluegrass and also found a couple of new passions: jazz and classical music.

“Two big things that Pellissippi reinvigorated: my love for life and my love for music,” he said. “I also learned who I was and what I wanted in the future.”

Damewood used his time at the college to grow both personally and technically.

“Bill Brewer became a great friend and ally and huge inspiration.” Brewer is an associate professor and program coordinator of Music. “Larry Vincent told me not to lose myself and who I am. It took me a while to figure out what he meant, but now I understand. I have this energy and this drive and almost a childlike view of music.

“Robin James was my violin teacher at Pellissippi State,” Damewood said. “Her drive for me to practice classically and work on my technique has been a super foundation for what I do in Nashville, because Nashville really isn’t the ‘country music capital of the world.’ It’s the ‘music capital of the world.’ There are so many more things going on than country.”

Damewood says the people in the Music program became his family during a hard time in his life.

“All of the teachers were such a great help. They were all very nurturing, and they listened a lot. I talked to them a lot about the classes and how they pertained to what I wanted to do in the future.”

The summer before he transferred to Belmont University in Nashville last year, he put together Heyday Revival, a progressive bluegrass band composed entirely of former and current Pellissippi State students.

“We still play gigs in Knoxville, when I’m not on the road,” he said. “We’ve got a few performances lined up for this summer.”

Damewood is now a commercial violin major with an emphasis in music technology at Belmont.

“This degree teaches you how to be a music supervisor for film and TV,” he said.  “I plan on getting my degree and then have a lot of big plans for the future. I want to eventually start my own entertainment company and use that to help people to achieve their dreams in the music industry.

“Someday down the road from that I’d like to start my own record label to help people with their dreams—just like Pellissippi State helps people.”

Meanwhile, Damewood is playing with a new group, Drake White and the Big Fire. The band signed with Universal last year and opened for country musician Eric Church’s Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour this spring. The musicians also have opened for Willie Nelson and will open for the Allman Brothers in August.

The first gig with Church was in Portland, Maine, before a 9,000-member audience—the largest Damewood had ever played for. He says he felt a surge of nervous energy and, despite his previous experience, took a sneak peek through the curtain before he went on stage.

“I’d never played on such a big stage before,” he said. “I just kind of stayed in one place for the first song and then realized the other four band members were moving around. I thought, ‘Oh, I can move.’

“After it was over the guys in the band said they were proud of me for owning the stage and not being afraid. It’s very intoxicating in a way that just by moving around and doing things, you can have 9,000 people watch you. It’s crazy.”

These days, Damewood is back and riding high. “My life is full steam ahead forward. I couldn’t be any happier. A lot of that stems from my time at Pellissippi State.”

To learn more about Music and other offerings at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State math students mark record finish in national competition

Pellissippi State finished second in the Southeast in the 2011-12 national Student Math League competition sponsored by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. Some of the top-scoring participants, left to right, are Trevor Sharpe, who won first place in the individual category in the region; Chris Salvo; Hannah Hale; and Christopher Shutt.

It all adds up to a historic finish for Pellissippi State Community College math students.

The college’s team has placed second in the Southeast Region and student Trevor Sharpe has taken the top individual score in the second and final round of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges’ Student Mathematics League Math Competition.

The results were announced this month. Sharpe, a 16-year-old high school student enrolled in Pellissippi State’s Fast Forward program during the recently ended school year, retained his individual ranking of number one in the Southeast from the first round. Fast Forward, the institution’s dual enrollment program, allows high school juniors and seniors to earn both high school and college credit for the same course.

The math competition consists of two tests each academic year: round one in the fall and round two in the spring. The Pellissippi State team placed second both times.

The one-hour multiple-choice test at the precalculus level is administered at local campuses across the country during a two-week window. Any student who has not already earned a degree is allowed to compete. About 180 students took part at Pellissippi State.

Bobby Jackson, associate math professor and contest coordinator for the college, estimates that well over 10,000 students participate nationally each year. Pellissippi State awards top-scoring students locally, and the AMATYC awards the top national team and individual honors.

“We’ve never scored this high before,” Jackson said. “Our team maintained second place despite having to compete without our number two team member during round two.”

The Pellissippi State team came in just behind Georgia Perimeter College, and ahead of 22 other schools, including Wake (N.C.) Technical Community College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Miami Dade College and Chattanooga State Community College.

The top five scorers for Pellissippi State in the fall competition were Sharpe, Christopher Shutt, Harry Hughes, Connor Corcoran and Isa Dauti. Top scorers this spring were Robert Drake, Christopher Salvo, Calvin Scott, Jonathan Rowe and Sharpe.

Pellissippi State has participated in the AMATYC competition since 1998, Jackson says.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for students to take part in something outside of the classroom that is challenging, fun and competitive,” he said.

The Student Mathematics League was founded in 1970 by Nassau Community College in New York. The AMATYC assumed sponsorship in 1981, and the league has grown to more than 165 colleges in more than 35 states, as well as Bermuda.

High-schoolers, home-schoolers get ahead in Pellissippi State’s Dual Enrollment program

Left to right, Trevor Sharpe, Josh Beck and Reed Stracener get help from Beth Long, an associate professor of Mathematics at Pellissippi State. The three students earned high school and college credit for taking Long’s Calculus II course in Pellissippi State’s Dual Enrollment program last semester. Nearly 2,000 high school students participated in the program during the past academic year.

To say home-school junior Trevor Sharpe was able to hold his own in a college-level math competition would definitely be an understatement.

The 16-year-old student, who was enrolled in the Dual Enrollment program at Pellissippi State Community College during the recently ended academic year, took part this past fall in a Student Math League competition. The event took place at Pellissippi State and was sponsored by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

Sharpe took home top honors—first place in the individual competition category in the Southeast region—and it’s likely that his participation in Dual Enrollment was of benefit.

Pellissippi State’s Dual Enrollment program allows area students to earn high school and college credit for the same course. About 2,000 high school students participated in the program this year. Classes are offered at both the high schools and the college.

For a future engineer who is already looking at graduate schools for his master’s work, earning credit towards college is completely logical.

“Since my dad’s a mechanical engineer and math and science have always been my favorite subjects, engineering seems like a natural fit,” Sharpe said. “If you have to take a class anyway, why not get college credit for it?”

Sharpe started at Pellissippi State with Calculus I last fall, then moved on to Calculus II spring semester.

“College is definitely different than what I’m used to,” said Sharpe. He says he intentionally transitioned into postsecondary courses slowly, but things have gone so well, he’s now ready to take three college-level classes per semester.

Sharpe traveled to Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus twice a week for classes. Last semester he met fellow high school students Josh Beck and Reed Stracener in Calculus II.

Calculus II was the seventh Pellissippi State course for Beck, 18, also a home-school student. Beck’s two years in the Dual Enrollment program have made a significant dent in the credits he’ll need to become a mechanical or nuclear engineer.

Like Sharpe, Beck has thrived in the Dual Enrollment program.

“[Dual Enrollment] has prepared me more for college,” he said. “It’s definitely a challenge, which is nice.”

Stracener, an 18-year-old student at Mount Pisgah Baptist Academy in Oliver Springs, had already completed English Composition I and II in the Dual Enrollment program when he took calculus.

“I don’t know what I was expecting at Pellissippi State,” said Stracener, “but the resources and infrastructure have been very impressive. All of it has been absolutely good.” Stracener says he hopes eventually to become a physicist.

For information about Pellissippi State’s Dual Enrollment program, visit www.pstcc.edu/admissions/dual or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State presents spring dean’s list

Pellissippi State Community College has named 939 top students to the spring 2012 semester dean’s list. To make the list, a student must take a full course load and earn a minimum 3.5 grade point average. Pellissippi State honorees include the following:

Grace Aaron
Rhett Abrahamson
Stephanie Adams
Anastacia Adaska
Katie Adcock
Ronald Agresta
Dawn Ahlgren
Zachary Ahmad
Britni Alatorre
Taylor Albert
Brett Alden
Christopher Alexander
Ariana Alfaro
Nada Alkadi
Burdette Allen
Allison Allen
Anthony Allen
David (Trey) Alley
Chrissy Almeida
James Amann
Timothy Amos
Sarah Andereck
Daniel Anderson
Delonda Anderson
Jourdan Anderson
Lauren Anderson
Mercy Anderson
Anna Angelini
Julia Apple
Alicia Armstrong
Tess Arnold
Donna Arthur
Richard Asher
Anna Astorga
Daniel Atkins
Alexandria Atkins
Victoria Ault
Esra Avgin
Haven Axmacher
Sharyn Bachleda
Lydia Badgett
Ian Baeske
Brian Bailey
James Bailey
Michael Baird
Zachary Baird
Victoria Baker
Jacob Balfe
Micah Ballard
Travis Banks
Kareem Baradei
Myrtle Barnes
Emory Barnett
Amy Barton
Nicholas Bashore
Kevin Bass
Sarah Baxter
Amy Beam
Amanda Bearden
Jaclynn Beasley
Amanda Beebe
Lauren Beeler
Garrett Beeson
Su Bell
Charles Bennett
Ashton Berry
Matt Birdwell
Misty Bishop
Tonya Blasco
Patrick Bledsoe
Amy Blevins
Jacob Boling
Joshua Boling
Caleb Bost
Jeffrey Boswell
Mariah Bowers
Jordan Bowling
Nathan Bowman
Austin Boyd
Elise Brackin
Allison Bradley
David Bradley
Keyonna Bragg
Carol Brakebill
Andrew Brandon
Misty Branton
Emily Breeden
Christopher Brewer
Katherine Brewer
David Bridges
Alexander Briggs
Heather Brinton
Nathan Brisk
Amy Brock
Robin Brockman
Amanda Brogden
Joshua Brooks
Michael Brotherton
James Brown
Phyllis Brown
Savannah Brown
William Brown
Cheryl Brownlee
Amelia Brumbaugh
Kaitlyn Brummett
David Bryant
Ericka Bryant
Tiffany Bryant
Amy Bryson
Jacob Buchanan
Rochelle Buck
James Buckley
Kevin Buckner
Amanda Buffalo
Andrick Buggs
Rachel Bullock
Stephanie Bullock
Billie Bunting
Brittany Burkett
Matthew Burkhart
Ashley Burt
Sarah Busby
Eden Butler
Emily Butters
Simon Byrne
Eric Byrnes
Abigail Cacace
John Cadotte
Cynthia Campbell
Zackary Caldwell
Edward Canada
Melanie Cannon
Evan Cantey
Geoffrey Card
Nicole Carnival
Cecilia Carreras
Madalyn Carrier
Katherine Carrigan
Jacob Carroll
Mandee Carroll
Kyle Carter
John Carter
James Carver
Jonathan Caylor
Deidre Caywood
Rachel Cecil
Amanda Chambers
Sadonna Chandler
Tiffani Chapman
Jonathan Chase
Logan Chesney
Eric Chestnutt
Kymberly Childers
Yuming Childress
Christopher Chilton
Eun Jeong Cho
Jeeyoung Chung
John Clark
Sarah Claxton
Amy Clayton
Christopher Cline
Patrick Clow
Kelly Coches
Claudia Coleman
Dakota Coffman
Rachel Coffman
Andrea Collins
Kenneth Colquitt
Andrew Connell
Aimee Conner
Shelby Conrad
Andrew Cook
Caleb Cooper
Katelyn Cooper
Kevin Coughlin
Krista Covert
Jaclyn Covington
Jessica Cox
Adam Crabtree
Mark Cragle
Rachel Craig
Jessie Crane
Brandon Criswell
Mark Croswell
Emily Crowder
Betty Culver
Gail Cunningham
Nathan Curtis
Joshua Curtis
Erik Dahlke
Victoria Dailey
Katlyn Dalton
Christina Damron
Dianne Daniell
Eythan Davich
Emily Davidson
Rebecca Davidson
Emily Davis
Jackie Davis
Natalie Davis
Nick Davis
Rachel Davis
Jessy Dawson
Charles Deaderick
Phylicia Dean
Darlene DeHart
Edward Deiderich
Steven DeJonge
Vanessa Delamain
Lindsay Delay
Mehri Delsimhashemi
Eric Denny
Kyle Denton
James Derrick
Samantha Derus
Katie Dickenson
Kirk Dickinson
Brittney Dingess
Joshua Dixon
Hoang Do
Brandi Dockins
Victoria Donaldson
Katherine Donovan
Sarah Doty
Tyler Doub
Daron Douglas
Brian Douthat
Jennifer Downey
Robert Drake
William Draney
Geoffrey Duesterbeck
Marian Dunlap
Megan Duncan
Laurel Dunn
Thomas Duran
Jonathan Durham
Zachary Dyar
Ashley Dykeman
Derek Earhart
Leslie Easterday
Elizabeth Edwards
Betty Edwards
Meagan Egli
Hanane El Moutii Thompson
Andrew Eldridge
Kestle Eldridge
Emily Ellenberg
Cody Elswick
Andrew Emanuel
Rachel Emerson
Melissa Emrick
Matthew Engman
Richard Ensor
Charmane Erb
Agnes Evans
ReGina Evans-Truss
Stephen Everette
Sean Fain
Amanda Fancher
Deirdre Farmer
Maria Farnham
Daniel Farnsworth
Ryan Farrell
Amanda Feather
Lauren Fielden
Caroline Fine
Richel Finfrock
Nichole Fiore
Aaron Floch
Brent Floyd
Caylee Ford
Andrew Forgione
Caitlin Fortner
Jonathan Foster
Elliott Foster
Brandon Foster
Lauren Foster
Jordan Fouts
Eric Fowler
Seth Franklin
Barrett Frazier
Carrie Frazier
David Freels
Sara French
Christiane Frith
Thomas Frost
Ryan Froula
Priscilla Furlong
Tina Garland
Alice Garland
Nathan Garner
Jessica Garner
Robert Garrard
Phillip Gaul
Erica Gaylor
Daniel Gibson
Eric Gibson
Darren Gideon
Michael Giles
Sonja Girardi
Kathy Girdlestone
Rebecca Goethe
Amanda Gonzalez
Maria Goodin
Natalie Goodin
Elizabeth Goodman
Spencer Goosie
Sharita Goosie
Hannah Gordon
David Gotthold
Katherine Goyeau
Kelsea Grala
Elizabeth Gray
Julianna Graybeal
Hannah Green
Jeff Greenberg
Daniel Greene
Eliza Greene
Sarah Greenway
Elizabeth Groover
Lisa Grunwald
Chelsea Guy
John Hagen
Hannah Hale
James Halk
Steve Hall
Amanda Hall
Angela Hamby
Joshua Hamilton De Leon
Amber Hampton
Almedin Hamzic
Senada Hamzic
Morgan Hankins
Elizabeth Harding
Andrew Hargis
Brandon Harp
Chelsea Harrington
Christian Harris
Bradford Harrison
Lawrence Harrison
Chad Hatala
Marty Hawkins
Jessica Hawkins
Alexander Hawkins
Tyler Hayes
Lacy Hayes
Christopher Hayes
James Haynes
Ashley Hays
Daniel Headrick
Kelsey Heath
David Hedger
Nicole Hedger
Dustin Heidel
Brandy Heller
Jessica Helton
Joshua Hemphill
Zachary Henderson
Samuel Henley
Morgan Henning
Lindsey Henson
Kaila Herd
Caroline Herron
Mary Herron
Aaron Hess
Evgenia Hester
Emily Hill
William Hill
Chris Hinds
Michael Hines
Trevor Hobbs
Matthew Hobbs
Hannah Hodge
Jessica Hodges
Katelin Hodges
Sherian Holiday
William Holland
Kristina Holloway
Julia Homan
Tyler Hood
Martika Horn
Cherie House
Cherie House
Luakia Houston
Sara Howard
Grant Howard
Shandie Howell
Amanda Huber
Marcus Hudson
Candice Huffaker
Travis Huffstetler
Christopher Hughes
Kelly Hughes
Virginia Hughes
Daniel Hullett
John Human
Kelsie Hunt
Carissa Huskins
Andrea Hutchins
Courtney Hutchinson
Amanda Hyatt
Muhammad Iqbal
Muhammad Iqbal
Jenna Irwin
Julie Isbell
Michael Ishee
Chloe Ivens
Paul Izbicki
Sidney Jackson
Taylor Jackson
Lauren Jackson
Cristy Janik
Patrick Jarman
Laura Jenkins
James Jenkins
Charlie Jennett
Christine Jensen
Steven Jett
Kerry Jett
Tammy Johnson
Michael Johnson
Tate Johnson
Erica Johnson
Tammy Jo Johnson
Jesse Johnson
Timothy Jones
William Jones
Stephanie Jones
Ashley Jones
Jonathan Jones
Jonathan Jones
Antoinette Juhl
Joe Junemann
Tyler Justus
Benjamin Kadron
Christina Kakanis
Kristina Kallstrom
Christina Kampas
Robert Kasik
Saiid Kassaee
Richard Keeble
Jamie Kelly
Christy Kendall
Hannah Kennedy
John Kennedy
Benjamin Kershaw
Jeffrey Key
Sadia Khan
Nicholas Kilano
Kilho Kim
Wonki Kim
Eric Kinder
Mia Kirby
Aaron Kitts
Jennifer Kitts
Brett Kleinhans
Kimberly Klemm
Jiyoung Koh
Katie Kolwyck
Lukresse Kouam Tchuendem
Taylor Kress
Paige Krizan
Brian Lam
Erin Lambert
Anna Land
Sarah Langman
April Larrabee
Jaclyn Lassetter
Jessica Lauth
Christopher Lawrence
E Lawson
Morgan Lay
Trang Le
Kyndall Leach
Katrina Leatherwood
John Lee
Soyoung Lee
Rachel Lee
Cortnee Lee
Paige Leffel
Rachel Leffew
Michelle Lehmann
Tina Lett
Billi Lewellyn
Michael Lindsey
Peter Lomax
Teresa Long
Angela Long
Justin Lowe
Tanya Lowe
Heather Lowery
Jeffery Lowery
David Loy
Kari Loy
Michael Lundy
Michael Lundy
Brandon Lusby
Rhett Lyle
Ashley Lynn
Cassie Lyons
Breanna Maginness
Eric Mailahn
Charles Maitlen
Yared Mamo
Caleb Mangum
Joshua Maniaci
Anthony Manilla
Kristen Manning
Brittany Manning
Diana Mannis
Diana Mannis
Benjamin Manuel II
Ashley Maples
Michaela Maples
Kendall Maples
Jeanette Marengo Jimenez
Luke Marinac
James Martin
Timothy Martin
Joshua Martin
Randy Martin
Jennifer Martin
Katie Mason
James Massengill
Philip Mathews
Mason Matlock
Marie Mattus
Cameron Mauk
Tina May
Kassy Maynard
Brandon McCallum
Brandi McCarter
Daniel McCloud
Hannah McCollum
Andrea McCune
Jamie McDaniel
Ryan McDonald
David McGhee
Joshua Mcgill
Amy McGinnis
Scott McGugin
Ashley McInturff
Sarah McKee
Ciara McKelvey
Matthew McKinney
Caitlin McLean
Lauren McMillan
Matthew McNeilly
M.Tracie Meares
Cortney Melton
Ines Mena-Solano
Kelly Merrill
Erin Merten
Robert Metz
Tamara Meyers
Andrew Meyers
Stephanie Michel
Alexandra Miller
Elizabeth Miller
Mitchell Miller
Denna Miller
Ashton Miller
David Miller
Grady Milligan
Sara Mills
Natalia Mock
Tania Mod
Leanne Moe
Mario Moncada Urbina
Lori Monroe
Rebecca Montgomery
Stephen Montierth
Mindy Moore
Michelle Morgan
Melissa Morgan
Samantha Morgan
Shawn Morgan
Chara Morris
Nicholas Morrissey
Aaron Morton
Pamela Moses
Trevor Motz
Matthew Mulloy
Kelly Mulvey
Darla Murphy
Amanda Murr
Philip Naglitch
Gladys Nance
April Napier
Melinda Narro
Brooke Nathan
Allison Neal
Nathan Neal
Scott Neely
Julia Newman
Carthel Newton
Trang Nguyen
Erin Nicely
Travis Nicely
Lauren Nicholson
Jeremy Nix
Mary Noe
Shelby Norman
Travis Norman
Robert Norris
William Norris
William Nunn
Reilli O’Brien
Carla Odham
Leah Odom
Gretchen Ogle
Lisa Ogle
Ronald Ogle
Jonathan Olkowski
Callie Orr
Whitney Oslonian
Daniel Ostrom
Stefanie Over
Marie Owen
Casey Owens
Kendall Owens
Daniel Pack
Ana Karolina Paiva
Deborah Palmer
Christopher Pappas
Melanie Parker
Hannah Parkman
Joshua Parrott
Logan Parrott
Kassandra Parsley
Danny Pate
Neel Patel
Nikunj Patel
Dinaben Patel
Morgan Patrick
Hannah Payne
Lynette Payne
Sarah Perry
Jessica Perry
Erica Peters
Courtney Pfab
Emilee Phelps
Douglas Phelps-Shirreffs
Douglas Phelps-Shirreffs
Ethan Phillips
John Phillips
Taylor Phillips
Sharde Pianowski
James Pickens
Maria Pinzon
Jacob Pio
Erin Pittman
Amber Poole
Amber Poole
Richard Poppert
Courtney Posey
Mico Posey
John Potter
Sara Pounds
Stephanie Powers
Savannah Prator
Chelsea Price
Brittany Price
Britany Probst
Tyson Proffitt
Munira Punjvani
David Quraishi
Joy Raby
Spencer Raby
Walter Radny
Ryan Ramirez
Ashley Rasar
Daryl Ray
Joshua Ray
Grayson Reedy
Hanna Reeves
Micah Reppuhn
Nestor Reyes
Amy Reynolds
Sheldon Reynolds
Carrissa Richardson
Joseph Ridgell
Kye Riehl
Alan Riggs
Haley Roach
Courtney Roach
Jason Roberts
Jeff Roberts
Abbey Roberts
Daniel Robertson
Lauren Robinson
James Robinson
Alisha Robson
Tessie Rockwell
Kayla Roddy
Aaron Rodrigues
Kenyatta Rogers
Shelly Rogers
Matthew Rogers
Tommie Lou Rogers
Jeffrey Roller
Rachel Rollick
Josh Roop
Benjamin Rouse
Jonathan Rowe
Ethan Rucker
Delaina Ruddell
Cory Russell
Sarah Russell
Abbigail Rutherford
Amber Ryan
Patricia Safadi
Christopher Salvo
Randolph Salzwedel
Kaitlin Sandberg
Michelle Sanders
Brooke Sands
Ashley Satterfield
Dylan Sauls
Travis Schappel
Emily Scheideler
Scott Schermerhorn
Philip Schnepp
Christopher Schwartz
Brittany Scrivner
Noah Seiple
Jane Sellers
Carlie Serpa
Jordan Sexton
Michael Shafer
William Shaffer
Edward Shalett
Roger Shaner
Haley Sharp
Burton Sharp
Weslee Sharp
Dylan Sharp
Samantha Shelley
Melissa Sherman
Kayleigh Sherwood
Jee Yeon Shin
Lindsay Shope
Courtney Shultz
Gregory Shurina
John Shurina
Christopher Shutt
Travis Silcox
John Silva
JenaLee Silva
Bradley Sims
Janell Sinclair
Gregory Singleton
Wendy Skiles
Jonathan Skinner
Emily Skurtu
Ruth Smart
Michael Smith
Teresa Smith
Taylor Smith
Jeffery Smith
James Smith
Brian Smith
Kelsea Smith
Katherine Smith
Kalyn Smith
John Smith
Caleb Smith
Madeline Smith
Hannah Snelling
Bobby Snodderly
Kayla Snyder
Jacquelyn Sobel
Tina Sosa
Cassandra Sotomayor
Chelsa Souza
Edward Soyk
Joshua Spalding
Nikolas Spangler
Ryan Sparks
Robert Sparks
Elizabeth Spenser
Laurie Spoon
Adam Spradlin
Audrey Spring
Paul Staats
Wendy Stafford
Sierra Stair
Kyle Stanfield
Erin Stansberry
Burton Steely
Jeff Steinheimer
Julia Steinmann
Chelsey Stevens
Margaret Stiles
Richard Stogsdill
Susan Stone
Chelsea Stowell
Loretta Strange
Angela Strickland
Kristine Sullivan
Robert Summers
Arnold Sundermeyer
Katherine Swisher
Truc Ta
Jennifer Tackett
Tawny Tallent
Matthew Taylor
Tiffany Taylor
Nora Taylor
Jenny Taylor
Ashley Teague
Amber Teasley
Adam Tester
Lucas Thal
Wm Thomas
Zachary Thomas
Nolan Thomas
Kaylie Thomas
Sarah Thompson
Rachel Thompson
Christopher Thompson
Jefferson Thompson
Victoria Thorpe
Sadie Tibbs
Jillian Tidwell
Kelly Tindell
Michelle Tipton
Juan Toranzo-Fox
Jessica Toth
Wesley Touchstone
Abbey Towe
Trey Townsend
Melanie Travins
Adam Treadway
Ashleigh Treadway
Katelin Treece
Elizabeth Trest
Tara Trusley
Rachele Tucker
Joyce Tucker
Rachael Turner
Matthew Turner
Logan Turner
Harrison Tyler
Lauren Underwood
Lauren Underwood
Sydney Ussery
Donna Vanderbilt
Erik Vass
Lauren Vassallo
Brenda Vasser
Blake Venable
Anna Vesely
Terry Vest
Caleb Vibbert
Phong Vo
Olga Vorobyeva
Justin Voto
Tung Vu
Cory Waddell
Logan Wade
Drexel Waggoner II
Mark Wagner
Gene Walker
Robert Walker
William Walker
Crystal Wallace
Karissa Walter
Caleb Walton
Matthew Warren
Leah Watkins
Chelsey Watson
Wesley Weaver
BriAnna Webb
Justin Webber
Alisha Webber
Coby Webster
Shawn Weiso
Stephanie Welch
Chelsea Welch
Destiny Welch
Zachary Wells
Nathaniel West
Emily West
Bobby Westerfield
Amy Whaley
Tyson White
Katelyn White
Rachel White
Kelley Whitehead
Elizabeth Whitehead
Justin Wiley
Sophie Willborn
Meredith Williams
Sarah Williams
Lauran Williams-Rowden
Tara Willoughby
Shane Wilson
Hayden Wilson
Mary Wilson
Hillary Wilson
Stephen Wilson
Jared Wilson
Zanetta Wilson
Johnathon Winston
Amanda Witt
JheanShetan Wolfsbrother
Tim Wollack
Zane Womac
Breanna Womac
Hannah Wong
Dylan Wood
Scottie Wood
Tracie Woodall
Barbara Woodruff
Kalonji Khafre Woods
Pamela Woolson
Lauren Wooten
Jennifer Worthington
Ericka Wright
Cindy Wright
Hanna Wright
Eric Wright
Guyus Wyatt
Jonathan Wyatt
Shahnoza Yarkulova
Trina Yates
Karen Yearwood
Alicia Young
Casey Young
Brayan Zavala
Brandi Zelenka
Ning Zhong
Angelique Zimcosky
Sara Zingg
Stacey Zupka

Pellissippi State named Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine

Pellissippi State Community College serves one of the largest veteran populations of any Tennessee community college, and the institution does it with distinction, according to G.I. Jobs magazine.

The publishers of G.I. Jobs selected Pellissippi State for inclusion on the 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools in the fall. The list honors the 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace the country’s service members and veterans as students.

“I was very pleased with the recognition from G.I. Jobs magazine, in part because of the work and the support systems that we had put into place for these students,” said Pellissippi State President Anthony Wise.

“I think part of it is just being intentional, understanding that this particular population of students does have specific needs and concerns, and making sure, as an institution, we’ve found a means of addressing those.”

The 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on the list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. The schools offer scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit, and other support for those who served.

Pellissippi State’s recent initiatives to improve veterans’ services took shape out of a working group that began three years ago. Rebecca Ashford, vice president of Student Affairs, leads the group.

Ashford says the group’s first step was to create a brochure for veterans attending or considering attending Pellissippi State. The brochure lists services such as admissions, financial aid, advising, and veterans’ assistance, as well as disability and personal and career counseling. There are phone numbers and email addresses for staff in each department. Having points of contact was important for veterans, the group learned from a survey of Pellissippi State students.

The college offers an assortment of educational assistance through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Last year, 512 students received VA benefits, says Sharon Shastid, a financial aid coordinator and the college’s VA certifying official. That number represents 5 percent of the institution’s student population and includes veterans, service members, and their dependents.

Applying for benefits can be a lengthy process, so the college initiated early advising to ensure that veterans’ tuition funds arrived in time for the start of classes. At Pellissippi State’s Student Assistance Center, staff members Rachael Cragle and Ben Sugg give priority access to service members, veterans, and their dependents.

That approach eased National Guard member Mohammed Amran’s transition into school. Amran, a member of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Knoxville, began taking classes at Pellissippi State when he transferred from another National Guard unit.

“When I registered, they worked with me because I’d just moved to Tennessee due to the change of station,” said Amran, an accounting student. “They were able to work with me on in-state tuition because of that, so I thought that was nice. Of course, you have a veteran representative there, Sharon Shastid—she’s wonderful—and Ben Sugg.

“They have been very helpful throughout. I see them every semester and they’ve been very on top of everything.”

Amran says his teachers, too, have been supportive.

“The teachers, there are times when I had [National Guard] training that went over on Monday or started on Friday; they were very accommodating,” he said.

Those kinds of support are why Pellissippi State made the “military-friendly” list.

“I think it’s also the attitude,” said Kathy Douthat, a Pellissippi State counselor. “It’s being willing to go the extra mile for people who have put themselves on the line for us.”

Beyond supportive faculty and staff, Pellissippi State also provides its service members and veterans with recognition through special events—the “Conflict Zone” photography exhibit in conjunction with Memorial Day, the Remembrance Day Roll Call on Nov. 11—as well as with organizations like the Student Veterans Association. In addition, staff, faculty and the administration are offered training through webinars and conferences about veterans’ issues.

Learn more about the veterans’ assistance at Pellissippi State by visiting www.pstcc.edu/financial_aid/veterans or calling (865) 694-6405.

Pellissippi State hosts French sports exchange students for 14th year

Pellissippi State exchange students experience water based sports on the beaches of France.

One of the things 23-year-old Marie Laure Lesigne loved most this spring was getting the opportunity to experience wakeboarding on Fort Loudon Lake. Lesigne is one of 10 French students who traveled to Pellissippi State Community College in April to get a taste of American life.

This year marked the 14th time Pellissippi State has hosted the Sports Exchange program with the Institut Universitaire de Technologie, a two-year technical school in Cherbourg, on the northwest coast of France.

The French students spent 10 days getting to know the area and the people. They stayed in the homes of Pellissippi State students and participated alongside them in a variety of sports: golf, rowing, racquetball, karate, fencing, archery, tennis, volleyball, weight lifting. Besides wakeboarding on the lake, the guests took in the Dixie Stampede, rappelled at Look Rock, whitewater rafted on the Ocoee River and danced at Cotton Eyed Joe.

“One of the main goals was for them to interact with our students and see American life firsthand, not just what they see in the movies,” said Cathy Clay. Clay is an associate professor of Physical Education at Pellissippi State and coordinator of the student exchange.

“The French students have done a lot of things they’ve never gotten to do before. We’re the same way when we go to France—getting to do things at the beach that we don’t normally do, like sailing three different sizes of boats, surfing and scuba diving, and other water and land activities.”

The exchange program between the two colleges was started by Allen Edwards, former Pellissippi State president, and the tradition continues with the support of the current president, L. Anthony Wise Jr.

Over time, the mission has remained the same, as has much of the program, but many of the French students who visited this year were older than in years past, according to Clay.

“They came with more life experience behind them, and we had 100 percent participation in every activity,” she said.

On May 4, just a couple of weeks after the visitors returned to France, the “exchange” part of the program took place. Pellissippi State students flew to Paris and took a train to Cherbourg, where they were greeted at the station by their French counterparts.

Like their French guests, the American students stayed in the homes of their Cherbourg “amis,” except during a visit to Paris. In addition to trying new outdoor activities, they visited Mont Saint-Michel and the beaches where the Allied invasion occurred in World War II in Normandy, as well as most of the major tourist attractions in Paris.

The Pellissippi State students earn 3 credit hours in Physical Education on successful completion of the exchange, and the credit transfers to most colleges as a special topics course, Clay says.

To find out more about the Sports Exchange program or Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.