Pellissippi State speech showcase to feature Zenobia Dobson

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Pellissippi State Community College will host its fourth annual Student Speech Showcase March 21, featuring Zenobia Dobson as the keynote speaker.

Dobson is the mother of Zaevion Dobson, who was shot to death in 2015 as he shielded others from gunfire. Zenobia Dobson has since created the Zaevion Dobson Memorial Foundation in memory of her son to raise awareness of gun violence.

The Student Speech Showcase begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in the Goins Building Auditorium, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and the community is invited.

In addition to a keynote address by Zenobia Dobson, Pellissippi State speech students Stephen Lumsdaine, Caelan Paul, Savanah Pope, Isaac Scott and Isabel Vazquez will present informative or persuasive speeches.

Zenobia Dobson is the 2017 advocacy award recipient from Knoxville’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission. She’s active in the Knoxville groups Moms On a Mission and Moms Demand Action and is a member of Martin Chapel United Methodist Church.

The Student Speech Showcase is sponsored by the Liberal Arts Speech Communication academic program.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability for this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State Announcements: Blount County Campus to host open house ‘sneak peek’

Pellissippi State Community College invites interested students to attend an open house “sneak peek” at the Blount County Campus from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, March 2. Tour campus; get more information about financial aid, Tennessee Promise and Pellissippi State’s degree programs; and enter to win a $250 scholarship provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation. For more information, call the Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Friendsville, at 865-981-5300. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State campuses to become HABIT facilities

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Pellissippi State Community College students interact with a HABIT dog during finals week.

Pellissippi State Community College, in partnership with Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee, is on track to make all five of its campuses official HABIT facilities.

HABIT is a program that sponsors visits from medically and behaviorally screened dogs, cats and rabbits to facilities like schools, retirement and assisted-living facilities, rehabilitation facilities and hospitals. For many years, Pellissippi State has hosted HABIT animals on its campuses during final exam weeks as a de-stressor for students.

Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus is the first among the college’s campuses to attain its HABIT facility designation. Pellissippi State is the first community college in the state to be named a HABIT facility.

“I have a Maine Coon cat who is a HABIT animal,” said Betsy Boyd, a counselor on the Blount County Campus. “I have been bringing him by campus to visit, and he became an immediate hit with our students, faculty and staff.”

HABIT facilities can host volunteers with HABIT animals at any time. For Pellissippi State students, that means that comfort animals can be available more than simply during finals weeks.

Elizabeth Firestone, director of Counseling Services at Pellissippi State, said, “We like the idea of promoting visits from HABIT animals to all of our campuses because our students have so much stress in their lives — from the simple stresses of the college workload to the fact that many of our students are juggling multiple roles at home and at school.”

HABIT, which is housed at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, promotes the benefits of human interaction with animals, including lowered stress and improved senses of wellbeing. More information about HABIT is available at vetmed.tennessee.edu.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

Pellissippi State Announcements: The Arts at Pellissippi State hosts student photography exhibit

 

Pellissippi State Community College will feature the talents of its photography students during the Annual Photography Student Exhibition Feb. 27-March 22. The free exhibit takes place in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Enjoy the broad range of photographic styles — and have a chance to meet the artists — at the opening reception from 3-6 p.m., Feb. 28. The exhibit is part of the Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual arts series featuring music, theatre, international celebrations and the fine arts. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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