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.

National Science Foundation supports scholarships at Pellissippi State

The National Science Foundation has awarded Pellissippi State Community College grant funding to support a scholarship program for students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The $649,737 NSF grant will fund scholarships and support programs for students studying STEM fields at Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus. The program, Supporting College and Career Education for Student Scholarships in STEM, will provide scholarships of up to $8,500 per year to at least 24 non-traditional students with financial need. Eligible students can study transfer or career programs at Pellissippi State — the Geosciences, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics transfer programs or the Automated Industrial Systems concentration within the Engineering Technology career program.

“There will be support for students in the form of mentoring and tutoring,” said Chris Milne, professor in Natural and Behavioral Sciences and grant lead. “The students these scholarships will help will be those who aren’t already eligible for other financial aid like Tennessee Promise or HOPE.”

The SuCCESS in STEM program involves a unique “reciprocating scholarship” system in which a student who applies for the program must pay for the first semester of school with their own funds. However, students who meet the GPA requirements for the program in that first semester will not only earn the scholarship for their remaining semesters, they will be reimbursed for their initial semester of school.

“Reciprocating scholarships offer students an incentive to succeed and to start on the right track,” Milne said.

The scholarship will pay more than the average cost of tuition at Pellissippi State, which will allow students who earn it to cover the costs of books, fees and transportation costs.

The scholarship program could be in place by fall 2017; students could begin applying to participate as early as spring 2017.

The grant also will fund support services for students enrolled in the program to encourage them to graduate and, if applicable, transfer to a four-year university. The SuCCESS in STEM program will offer students the ability to learn real-world skills through internships, mentoring and job shadowing with community partners.

Funding for this grant goes through the Pellissippi State Foundation. The Foundation works to provide student scholarships and emergency loans, as well as to improve facilities and secure new equipment.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call 865-694-6528.

Pellissippi State celebrates Shakespeare at ‘Bard at Blount’

Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus will celebrate Shakespeare — and the 400th anniversary of his death on April 23 — with a two-day festival that is open to the community.

“The Bard at Blount: A Celebration of Shakespeare” will explore how Shakespeare went from being a playwright to being the playwright, and how Shakespeare remains relevant in today’s modern culture. The free event will feature Pellissippi State faculty members Jennifer Horn, Kelly Rivers and Amanda Carr-Wilcoxson delivering lively lectures about Shakespeare’s life and works, as well as performances of iconic Shakespearean scenes by Pellissippi State acting students.

Beginning at 2 p.m., April 19, Carr-Wilcoxson and Rivers will present “Accidental Icon: Shakespeare in History and Culture.” Beginning at 3 p.m., April 20, Horn will present “Renew, Reuse, Recycle: Shakespeare Today.” Horn’s lecture will include a performance by fellow faculty member Grechen Wingerter’s Acting I class.

Each day’s events will be held in the West Chevrolet Auditorium, and Shakespeare birthday cake will be served following both. The Blount County Campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway.

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. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu or call the Blount County Campus at 865-981-5300.

 

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