Fall semester brings non-credit courses to Blount County

The history of Appalachia is the topic of two upcoming Pellissippi State Community College non-credit courses at the college’s Blount County Campus.

“The Little Tennessee: Valley With a Big Story” is offered 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 18-Oct. 30. “Our Appalachia: Mountain Mayhem, Misery and Music” is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 15-Oct. 27. Both courses will be taught by Mark Davidson.

“The Little Tennessee” covers the history of the East Tennessee valley, from the Cherokee Nation to the Secret City project in Oak Ridge. Cost of the class is $89, plus a $15 materials fee. The focus of “Our Appalachia” is the difficulties of mountain life. The course is $89, with a $15 materials fee.

Both classes are presented by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division. Other fall courses in Blount County:

  • “Drawing With Pastels, Pencils and Charcoals,” for all ages. Thursdays, Sept. 18-Oct.23, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost is $105; instructor is Mary Ruden. Learn the basics of drawing with charcoal, pencils and pastels. Participants must provide own art supplies.

For more information about these and other classes offered by Business and Community Services, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Three local painters focus of Pellissippi State ‘Abstractions’ exhibit

JenniferBrickeyAbstractionsPellissippi State Community College features the paintings of three area artists in its “Abstractions” exhibit, which runs Sept. 15-Oct. 3.

The event highlights works of John Bissonette, Jennifer Brickey and Heather Hartman, all of whom explore non-objective imagery in various forms. Brickey also is an assistant professor at Pellissippi State.

“The paintings all make use of color, space and structure to convey various ideas,” said Herb Rieth, curator of the exhibit and assistant professor at Pellissippi State. “The paintings are engaging, witty, mysterious and intense without using concrete images.”

The exhibit is in the Bagwell Gallery on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

“Abstractions” is one of the many events that make up Pellissippi State’s arts series, The Arts at Pellissippi State. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. Throughout the 2014-15 academic year, the series celebrates Pellissippi State’s 40th anniversary.

For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State Internet coming back online

The Internet at all five Pellissippi State Community College campuses went down earlier this week, but it was expected to be operational later today (Sept. 5).

The outage affected Pellissippi State’s website, www.pstcc.edu, as well as classroom software and some email systems. The outage began intermittently on Tuesday, and it impacted traffic both on and off campus.

Technicians have been working around the clock to restore the Internet and bring the college’s website back online. On campus, classroom software and Internet access were restored Wednesday. An emergency notice was sent to students advising them of the best way to access classroom software from home. Off campus, access to all Pellissippi State Web-based systems was expected to be restored Friday afternoon.

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

Gov. Haslam proclaims today ‘Pellissippi State 40th Anniversary Day’

Gov. Bill Haslam honored Pellissippi State Community College’s 40-year anniversary by proclaiming Sept. 4, “Pellissippi State Community College 40th Anniversary Day.”

“We’re honored that the governor recognizes Pellissippi State’s legacy in education and are proud that he is celebrating our anniversary with us,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president.

Pellissippi State was founded as State Technical Institute at Knoxville on Sept. 4, 1974. The inaugural class included 45 students in three associate’s degree programs, all in engineering technology. Today, Pellissippi State enrolls more than 10,000 credit students across five campuses in Knox and Blount counties.

Throughout the next year, Pellissippi State will be celebrating 40 years of “Achieving Success, One Story at a Time.” The college will host community events as well as special activities for students, faculty and staff. Students, alumni, and community members are encouraged to share their own positive stories and memories of Pellissippi State at www.pstcc.edu/anniversary. On social media, use #PSCC40.

Pellissippi State hosts Knoxville Opera for ‘Magnifico!’

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Pellissippi State Community College hosts the Knoxville Opera Company for the college’s first musical concert of the year, on Friday, Sept. 19.

“Magnifico!” is at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The concert will feature performers Kevin Doherty and Sarah Fitch, accompanied by Brian Salesky, Knoxville Opera’s executive director and conductor.

The event is free and the community is invited.

“We are very excited about this collaboration with the Knoxville Opera Company as we kick off our concert season,” said Bill Brewer, Pellissippi State’s Music program coordinator. “Events like this are a critical component to our mission of incorporating the community into our fine arts emphasis at the college.”

“Magnifico!” is the first performance in Pellissippi State’s 2014-15 Music Concert Series. The concerts are part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. All piano performances and accompaniments are performed on Steinways, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All-Steinway School.

For additional information about the Music Concert Series or The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Art, fishing, self-help among new non-credit courses at Pellissippi State this fall

Sketching, fly-fishing, and emotional eating avoidance are three new non-credit courses offered this fall through Business and Community Services at Pellissippi State Community College.

All classes are at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

  • Sketching: Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sept. 18-Oct. 23. Instructor: Diann Bishop; cost: $120. Learn to record quickly your impressions of an image, idea or principle through sketching. Sketching trains the artist to observe, and sketches can be made in any medium. Along with other required materials, participants should bring several photos for painting and drawing ideas.
  • Stop Emotional Eating: Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m., Sept. 29-Oct. 13. Instructor: Tammy Hardin; cost: $75. Stress is the No. 1 reason people overeat. Focus on reducing stress by understanding how you create stress, then learn the quick and powerful Emotional Freedom Technique to eliminate or change your perception of stress.
  • Flyfish 101: Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 20. Instructor: Marshall Hall; cost: $85. Learn the basics of fly-fishing: fly rod and reel; line, leader, and tippet; how to rig your outfit; what you will need; where to find fish; how to cast; and types of flies. Hall is a guide, custom rod maker, and member of Foothills Craft Guild and Custom Rod Makers Guild.

To register or learn more about these and other classes offered by Business and Community Services, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State’s Civic Engagement Week introduces ‘Good Food For All’

Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to join the fun during Civic Engagement Week, Sept. 10-17, with events that profile community service, sustainability, and local and regional food and agriculture.

Local and national speakers will highlight the week, whose theme is “Good Food For All.” All events are free and open to the community, and all take place on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The weeklong series of events is being hosted by the college’s Service-Learning program.

The annual Call2Service Volunteer Fair kicks off the week. Community partners will be in the Courtyard and the Goins Building College Center sharing ways students and employees can volunteer in the community. The fair is 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sept. 10.

The National Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11 features a brief address from Capt. Bill Robinson, a Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war. His presentation and a moment of silence begin at 9 a.m. in the Courtyard.

Chad Hellwinckel delivers a lecture titled “Wanted: 10,000 Lunatic Farmers!” 11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in the Goins Building Auditorium. Hellwinckel is founder of the Knoxville Permaculture Guild and a research assistant professor at the Agricultural Policy Analysis Center of the University of Tennessee.

Jennifer Jones, president and CEO of the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, speaks 12:25-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, on “Global Food Politics: Sovereignty From Farm to Fork,” in the Goins Building Cafeteria Annex.

The week closes with a Constitution Day presentation by David Key, a Pellissippi State history professor. The talk is titled “Citizen Farmer: Thomas Jefferson’s Agrarianism.” The lecture is 11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Goins Building Auditorium. Free pocket Constitutions will be available for attendees.

Each of Pellissippi State’s four site campuses—Blount County, Division Street, Magnolia Avenue and Strawberry Plains—will host additional events during Civic Engagement Week. A full listing is available on the calendar at www.pstcc.edu.

Now in its fourth year, the Service-Learning program allows Pellissippi State students and faculty to integrate meaningful community service and reflection with more traditional learning experiences, teaching civic responsibility and strengthening communities.

For more information about Service-Learning, visit www.pstcc.edu/service-learning or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State kicks off 40th year with campus events

WHAT: Pellissippi State will kick off its anniversary year, themed “40 Years of Achieving Success, One Story at a Time,” with a celebration at each campus the first week of September. The events will features short programs, stories, music and light refreshments. Pellissippi State first opened its doors as State Technical Institute at Knoxville on Sept. 4, 1974.

WHO: Appearing at one or more events: Pellissippi State president L. Anthony Wise Jr., and past presidents Allen Edwards and J.L. Goins; State Senator Becky Duncan Massey; State Reps. Roger Kane and Joe Armstrong; Blount County officials and community leaders Jerome Moon, Joy Bishop, Peggy McCord and Sharon Hannum; Career Magnet Academy students and principal John Faulconer, as well as Pellissippi State students, employees and supporters.

WHEN AND WHERE: At all five Pellissippi State campus locations Tuesday-Friday, Sept. 2-5.

  • Division Street, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 2
  • Hardin Valley, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Sept. 3
  • Blount County, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sept. 4
  • Magnolia Avenue, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sept. 5
  • Strawberry Plains, 12:30 -2:30 p.m., Sept. 5

For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/anniversary or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State holds informational sessions for Tennessee Promise

In September and October, Pellissippi State Community College invites students who will enter college in fall 2015 to attend informational sessions about the Tennessee Promise.

The Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship that will cover tuition and fees for community college students across the state, essentially giving high school graduates the opportunity to attend college for free, beginning with incoming freshmen in fall 2015. Although students won’t be eligible to receive funding until they begin school next fall, the deadline to apply for Tennessee Promise is Nov. 1, 2014.

“It’s extremely important that students understand that they must meet this deadline to qualify to receive Tennessee Promise funding. If a student misses this deadline, there will not be another opportunity to take advantage of the Promise scholarship,” said Rebecca Ashford, vice president of Student Affairs at Pellissippi State.

Informational sessions at Pellissippi State will share details about program requirements and deadlines and highlight the educational offerings at Pellissippi State. Sessions will be offered at all five Pellissippi State campuses, from 6-7 p.m. each night:

  • Sept. 8: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Sept. 11: Strawberry Plains, Lobby
  • Sept. 15: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Sept. 18: Blount County, West Chevrolet Auditorium
  • Sept. 22: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Sept. 25: Division Street, Educational Resources Center
  • Sept. 29: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Oct. 2: Magnolia Avenue, Lobby
  • Oct. 6: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Oct. 9: Blount County, West Chevrolet Auditorium
  • Oct. 13: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Oct. 16: Division Street, Educational Resources Center
  • Oct. 20: Magnolia Avenue, Lobby
  • Oct. 27: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Oct. 30: Strawberry Plains, Lobby

“The Tennessee Promise is an excellent opportunity for students throughout the state,” said Leigh Anne Touzeau, assistant vice president of Enrollment Services. “We hope the students in our region will take advantage of this scholarship at Pellissippi State.”

For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/promise or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

NASA to grant scholarships to Pellissippi State students

Enrollment in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—at community colleges across the U.S. comes up short for women and underrepresented students, but at Pellissippi State Community College, a new grant will seek to change that.

NASA has awarded $499,689 to the Tennessee Community College Space Grant Consortium, through the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium located at Vanderbilt University, as part of the NSPIRES (NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System) program. The consortium is made up of Pellissippi State and four other Tennessee Board of Regents colleges.

“Pellissippi State is a major provider of qualified engineering technicians to local manufacturers,” said Peggy Wilson, vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation. “Similarly, NASA is committed to increasing the number of students graduating with STEM degrees.

“While women represent about 61 percent of the total enrollment in the state’s community colleges, they only account for about 11 percent of the enrollment in engineering technology programs.” Underrepresented groups make up about 13 percent of engineering technology program enrollment.

As part of the Community College Space Grant Consortium, the college plans to recruit more women and underrepresented groups into STEM-related associate’s degree and certificate programs, particularly in the areas of engineering technology and robotics.

The grant will provide $45,000 in scholarships to Pellissippi State. This is the first time that a Space Grant scholarship has been awarded to Tennessee community college students.

The grant also will help the school hire a part-time “completion coach” to provide Pellissippi State’s Engineering Technology students the support they need to graduate. The Engineering Technology program culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Additionally, it will pay for membership in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, as well as for travel to the IEEE SoutheastCon’s robotics competition and the NASA Summer Robotics Institute at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Other members of the consortium include Cleveland State Community College, Columbia State Community College, Northeast State Community College and Roane State Community College.

For more information on the grant or the college’s engineering technology offerings, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

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