Pellissippi State invites young writers to free mini-conference

Knoxville’s high-school aged writers are invited to the fourth annual Young Creative Writer’s Workshop at Pellissippi State Community College, Saturday, Oct. 21.

The free event features morning and afternoon sessions on fiction, poetry, performance, songwriting, screenplay writing and publication, as well as a complimentary lunch. The day will culminate in a showcase event in which workshop attendees may read or perform their original works to family members and teachers.

Interested high school students can RSVP at www.pstcc.edu/writersworkshop. The first 100 registrants will receive a free T-shirt.

The workshop will be held at the college’s Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike. Free transportation to the workshop is available from Austin-East and Fulton high schools and from Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus.

Check-in for the Young Creative Writer’s Workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends with the showcase at around 2:45 p.m. Attendees may attend all or a portion of the day’s events.

Workshop leaders include Pellissippi State faculty members and award-winning professional writers from across Tennessee. Vrondelia “Ronni” Chandler, executive director of Project GRAD Knoxville and published author, is the keynote speaker.

The Young Creative Writer’s Workshop is sponsored by the Pellissippi State Foundation, the Tennessee Arts Commission and Papa John’s Pizza.

For more information about the Young Creative Writers Conference, contact faculty advisor Patty Ireland at paireland@pstcc.edu or 865-225-2340.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Learn self-defense through lifelong learning at Pellissippi State

Women and teenagers can learn and practice self-defense skills at two lifelong learning courses at Pellissippi State Community College this fall.

Women’s Basic Self-Defense is open to women and teens age 12 and older. The non-credit class is from 2-5 p.m., Sundays, Oct. 29-Nov. 5. Attendees will learn instinctual self-defense techniques and how to recognize predators and common lures. Cost is $65.

Girls on Guard — Comprehensive Women’s Self-Defense Course is open to women and teens age 14 and older. The non-credit class is from 2-5 p.m., Sundays, Oct. 29-Nov. 12. Cost is $89. This class is similar to Women’s Basic Self-Defense but includes an additional class session that discusses sexual assault prevention.

Both of these classes are offered at the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

For more information about lifelong learning and non-credit courses at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability for one of these classes, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State student earns CyberCorps Scholarship for Service Award

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Alexander Marti Photo

Alexander Marti, a Pellissippi State Community College student, has earned a CyberCorps Scholarship for Service award to attend Tennessee Technological University when he graduates.

“When Associate Professor Sharon Burlingame called me about this scholarship over the summer, I thought it sounded too good to be true,” said Marti, who is in his second year at Pellissippi State.

He first came to the college as a Dual Enrollment student during his homeschooled high school years, then took online courses, and finally came to campus in 2016 as a Tennessee Promise student. He will graduate in May with a general associate degree and then transfer to Tennessee Tech.

“I took a programming class in high school and thought I wouldn’t like computer science,” Marti said. “But here at Pellissippi State, I took the classes and they clicked. I have enjoyed getting past the basics to the understanding of what happens behind the scenes of information technology.”

The CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program is administered through the federal Office of Personnel Management with the intent to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government’s critical information infrastructure. CyberCorps provides scholarships and stipends that typically cover the cost of tuition and fees. Those scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation.

The scholarship not only will pay for Marti’s final year at Pellissippi State and his bachelor’s degree in cyber security at Tennessee Tech, but also will pay him a stipend to allow him to focus solely on school. For three years after graduation, he will work for the federal government in a cyber security post.

“Cyber security has always interested me. It’s like being a computer police officer — someone who works to protect information and people from hackers and other cyber criminals,” Marti said.

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

Alumnae exhibit art at Pellissippi State

Painting by Lila Holdenried
Work by Lila Holdenried

Paintings from two Pellissippi State Community College alumnae, Lila Holdenried and Cynthia Tipton, will be on exhibit at the college’s Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery Oct. 9-27.

Painting by Cynthia Tipton
Work by Cynthia Tipton

The exhibit is free to attend. The gallery is located at 10915 Hardin Valley Road and is open 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. A reception to meet the artists will be held 3-5 p.m., Oct. 16.

Holdenried and Tipton create works filled with texture, color and richness. Explore the contrasts between Tipton’s realism and Holdenried’s abstraction, as well as the movement in each painting that unites the work of the two artists.

The Holdenried and Tipton exhibit is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual arts series that includes music and theatre performances, cultural celebrations, lectures and fine arts exhibits.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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