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Pellissippi State honors couple on National Philanthropy Day

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Pellissippi State Community College honored longtime supporters Joe and Judy Johnson at a National Philanthropy Day celebration by the Great Smoky Mountain Chapter of the Associate of Fundraising Professionals in November. From left are Peggy Wilson, vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation; Joe and Judy Johnson; and L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president.

Pellissippi State Community College and the Pellissippi State Foundation honored Joe and Judy Johnson at a National Philanthropy Day celebration Nov. 14.

Joe and Judy Johnson are longtime supporters of Pellissippi State. Joe was chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2013, and the couple supports an endowed scholarship for Music students named in honor of Mary Costa.

“The Johnsons truly ‘walk the talk’ through their involvement with their church, higher education and other community organizations,” said Peggy Wilson, vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation.

“We give not only to have the joy of giving but also to help our fellow man,” the Johnsons said.

Joe and Judy were honored during a luncheon of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Great Smoky Mountain Chapter (, Nov. 14 at Cherokee Country Club. Other East Tennessee organizations and companies also recognized volunteers and fundraisers at the event.

For more information about the Pellissippi State Foundation and Pellissippi State giving opportunities, visit or call (865) 694-6528.


Pellissippi State Community College is a member of Tennessee’s Community Colleges. Tennessee’s Community Colleges is a system of 13 colleges offering a high-quality, affordable, convenient and personal education to prepare students to achieve their educational and career goals in two years or less. We offer associates degree and certificate programs, workforce development programs and transfer pathways to four-year degrees. For more information, please visit us online at

Pellissippi State Foundation announces new Executive Committee

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Todd Moody

The Pellissippi State Community College Foundation Board of Trustees has chosen its officers for 2013-14. The Foundation secures financial support for educational and cultural activities that are above and beyond the ongoing operational expenses of Pellissippi State.

Todd Moody will serve as the chair of the board, and Tom Ballard will fill the role of vice chair. Moody is an attorney at Hagood, Tarpy and Cox, PLLC. He earned a bachelor’s in political science and a law degree from the University of Tennessee. Ballard is director of innovation and entrepreneurial activities for Pershing Yoakley & Associates, P.C. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications from UT.

In addition to Moody and Ballard, members of the Executive Committee include

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Tom Ballard
  • Andrew Lorenz, secretary
  • Rick Rushing, treasurer and chair, Finance Committee
  • Heather Overton, parliamentarian
  • Sherri Gardner-Howell, chair, Projects Committee
  • L. Anthony Wise Jr., president, Pellissippi State
  • Joseph Johnson, past chair, Board of Trustees

For more information on the Foundation, visit or call (865) 694-6528.

DENSO gift boosts Pellissippi State Engineering Technology program

The DENSO North America Foundation has presented the Pellissippi State Foundation with a $50,000 donation for new equipment and technology that enhances Pellissippi State Community College’s Engineering Technology degree program.

Providing students with the equipment and technology that they will use upon graduation is a key priority at Pellissippi State.

“Pellissippi State and DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee have collaborated since 1992,” Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. said. “This partnership has included training programs for DENSO employees, programmatic and curriculum recommendations for our academic programs, and donations from DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee and the DENSO North America Foundation.”

DENSO’s gift pays for Mechatronics Training Systems, also called MecLabs, and thermography equipment for Engineering Technology, as well as for workforce training and STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—awareness.

Students enrolled in Engineering Technology and participants in Business and Community Services training will benefit from the new equipment and technology. Knox County and Blount County students will also be introduced to the new MecLabs.

“This equipment will be used to generate interest at middle and high schools by providing demonstrations and hands-on activities for students with the goal of encouraging potential careers paths involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Wise.

To learn more about giving opportunities, email or call (865) 694-6528. For more information on Engineering Technology and other academic offerings, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State’s Swing Big tournament: Enjoy a round of golf, support students

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Early May in East Tennessee usually offers perfect golfing weather. It also offers the perfect opportunity to assist area students while enjoying a round of golf.

Pellissippi State Community College’s ninth annual Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 7, brings together players united in a friendly game that ultimately benefits students pursuing their education. Registration is open until May 3.

This year, the Swing Big Signature Sponsor is Pilot Travel Centers. And thanks to Hole-in-One sponsors Karen’s Jewelers and Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, a player who sinks that perfectly timed hole-in-one could walk away with a diamond ring or ride off on a Harley.

The tournament, hosted by the Pellissippi State Foundation, raises money that goes toward programs that directly impact deserving students. Funds have been used not only to provide student scholarships and emergency loans but also to improve facilities and secure new equipment. The tournament has raised more than $114,000 during the past eight years.

A portion of the proceeds from the 2013 tournament will be awarded to a recipient of the Swing Big for Students Scholarship, which was established in 2010 for Pellissippi State students in Exercise Science or Sport Management.

The golf event takes place at Egwani Farms in Rockford, and shotguns are scheduled at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost is $100 per player or $400 for a four-person team. Entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, driving range, snack, lunch and prizes. In case of inclement weather on May 7, a rain date is scheduled for May 21.

Sponsorship opportunities begin at $150, and a limited number are still available. To learn more about sponsoring, contact Pat Myers, tournament director, at (865) 539-7242 or

To register, visit for the entry form. Completed forms may be faxed to (865) 539-7241 or mailed to the Pellissippi State Foundation, P.O. Box 22990, Knoxville 37933-0990.

Pellissippi State: Randy Boyd honored with statewide philanthropy award

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Randy Boyd (L) and Dr. Anthony Wise, Jr. (R)

Randy Boyd, president and CEO of PetSafe, has been honored by Pellissippi State Community College as a recipient of the 2013 Regents Award for Excellence in Philanthropy.

The award, bestowed annually by the Tennessee Board of Regents, recognizes individuals who make a significant impact on higher education in their communities. Boyd was nominated by Pellissippi State, which hosted a breakfast in his honor and presented the award in February.

Boyd’s PetSafe company develops pet behavior, containment, and lifestyle product solutions and services. PetSafe’s headquarters are in Knoxville. Its parent company, Radio Systems Corporation, was founded by Boyd in 1991.

In 2012, Boyd and his wife, Jenny, donated $1 million to the Pellissippi State Foundation. The donation was earmarked to go toward the purchase of Pellissippi State’s new Strawberry Plains Campus. The site began offering classes during the fall 2012 semester.

Pellissippi State acquired the former Philips Consumer Electronics’ East Tennessee headquarters in order to increase access to the college’s programs and work toward the fulfillment of the goals of the Complete College Tennessee Act.

A state program that funded community college capital projects contributed $8.5 million toward the $10 million cost. The Pellissippi State Foundation paid the remaining $1.5 million through private donations.

The addition of the Strawberry Plains Campus, located at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike in East Knox County, gives Pellissippi State a total of five locations in Knox and Blount counties.

Boyd is involved with local education nonprofit organizations, serving as a board member for organizations such as tnAchieves (chair) and Knox County’s Great Schools Partnership. He has received several awards, including Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southeast in 2008, Tennessee Business Magazine’s CEO of the Year in 2009 and the University of Tennessee’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009. Boyd was inducted into Junior Achievement’s East Tennessee Hall of Fame in 2008.

For additional information about Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400. To learn more about giving opportunities, call (865) 694-6528 or email

Pellissippi State book-and-rummage sale to benefit students

Prowling through the gently used items at the upcoming Second Hand Heart and Book Sale Fundraiser can pay off not only for attendees who grab great deals but also for students who attend Pellissippi State Community College.

The combination book-and-rummage sale is set for March 7 and 8 at the Hardin Valley Campus. Items available include books, CDs, DVDs, videos, vinyl records, magazines, calendars, puzzles, computer games and assorted household goods.

Pellissippi State’s Administrative Council and Support Staff Council are coordinating the sale. Proceeds go to the Pellissippi State Foundation, which supports student enrichment services by providing scholarships, new technology and equipment. Funds raised are earmarked for the coordinating councils’ scholarships.

The Administrative Council Scholarship awards $1,500 per academic year to a Pellissippi State student who demonstrates financial need, maintains a 2.5 GPA and meets other selection criteria.

Two Support Staff Council Scholarships are available either to a student whose parent is a Pellissippi State support staff employee or a student who meets Support Staff Council criteria. Six students were awarded Support Staff Council Scholarships last semester, with another five scholarships awarded spring semester.

Hours are as follows: Thursday, March 7, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Friday, March 8, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The event takes place in the Goins Building College Center.

For additional information, call (865) 694-6400 or visit For information about scholarships and other Foundation giving opportunities, call (865) 694-6528 or visit

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.

Pellissippi State Music scholarship auditions set for March 28, April 4

You might think you have to be a Music major to earn a Music scholarship, but that’s not the case at Pellissippi State Community College. The scholarships are available to both Music and non-Music students, and scholarship auditions take place on March 28 and April 4 for students planning to attend Pellissippi State during the fall 2013 semester.

Thanks to the college’s new Associate of Fine Arts degree program, those students who are interested in pursuing a career or four-year degree in music can now earn a two-year degree that concentrates in Music. All credits transfer to other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions—Pellissippi State is a member of the TBR system—and the University of Tennessee as part of the statewide Tennessee Transfer Pathways program.

Long regarded as having one of the top Music programs in the area, Pellissippi State boasts an extensive and diverse Music faculty that leads freshman and sophomore courses required by most colleges and universities for their music degrees.

Courses include Beginning Conducting; Class Piano; Ear Training I-IV; Ensembles, Vocal and Instrumental; Introduction to Music Literature; and Music Theory I-IV. Applied instruction also is offered in the following: brass instruments, contemporary piano styles, guitar, percussions, piano, strings, voice and woodwinds.

For students who are not pursuing an A.F.A., Pellissippi State offers a variety of general music courses as well. They include Class Piano; Ensembles, Vocal and Instrumental; Fundamentals of Music; Music Appreciation; Private Instrumental Instruction; and Private Vocal Instruction.

Music scholarships are awarded annually by the Pellissippi State Foundation to recognize excellence in musical performance and academic achievement. The Foundation awarded 136 music-related scholarships to 57 Pellissippi State students this academic year.

Scholarship recipients are required to perform in one or more of Pellissippi State’s music ensembles. Two ensembles, Concert Chorale and Variations, focus on vocal performance. Six are instrument-based performing groups: the Bluegrass Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble and Studio Orchestra.

Many of Pellissippi State’s Music students take advantage of the college’s status as an All Steinway School. The Pellissippi State Foundation conducted the All Steinway School fundraising campaign in order to elevate the college’s Music program to world-class status. The community college now boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

To schedule a scholarship audition appointment on March 28 or April 4, call (865) 539-7178. For additional information regarding Music scholarships, call the Pellissippi State Foundation at (865) 694-6528 or visit

To learn more about the A.F.A. degree, call (865) 694-6400 or visit

Pellissippi State graduates, families invited to ‘Green Screen and Goodies’

Already starting to worry about what holiday gift to get friends and family? If you’re a Pellissippi State Community College graduate, we have the perfect gift at the perfect price.

We invite you, with your family, to have a holiday portrait made at the Hardin Valley Campus the evening of Friday, Nov. 30. At “Green Screen and Goodies,” talented students from our Photography concentration will be on hand 5-8 p.m. to capture your essence in the TV studio of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite holiday outfit—as long as it’s not green: photos will be taken in front of a professional “green screen,” which allows for the addition of our computer-generated backdrop.

Participants will be able to select their favorite portrait and have it immediately sent to their personal email account.

The cost to have an individual or family photo taken is $10. All proceeds go to the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Alumni Scholarship and Photography funds.

To reserve your spot, simply email Alumni Relations at or call (865) 539-7275 no later than Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Pellissippi State Foundation: ‘Backstage Pass’ offers new arts series sneak peek, auction opportunities

The Pellissippi State Foundation hosts a gala affair on Friday, Sept. 7, to kick off Pellissippi State Community College’s new arts series, “The Arts at Pellissippi State.”

“Backstage Pass” provides guests a behind-the-scenes look at the fall Arts at Pellissippi State activities. The series presents the best creative efforts of student, faculty, and professional presenters, offering music, fine arts, theatre, lectures, and international fare.

Backstage Pass also gives guests a chance to take part in a live auction. Among the items up for bid are a complete room makeover, a family memories video, graphic design services and a website design. Most of the auction items were donated by Pellissippi State students and faculty.

One auction item—the residential room makeover (estimated value $2,000)—could be used to change the function of a room, redesign a space or simply redecorate a room. Pellissippi State’s Interior Design Technology students will deliver a design proposal, floor plan, three-dimensional perspective, specifications sheet with ordering information and pricing, and samples of finishes, fabrics, and accessories.

The memories video (estimated value $1,500) is expected to be an especially popular auction item. Pellissippi State’s Video Production Technology students are offering a one-hour personalized production featuring the winning bidder’s family story and genealogy.

The college’s Communication Graphics Technology students will provide the lucky winner with graphic design services (estimated value $1,500-$3,000) that include three layout options. The options may be used for the bidder’s choice of a logo, poster, direct mail piece, brochure or billboard.

For those looking for the design and implementation of a website or the improvement of an existing one, Web Technology students will provide a package of services that includes five functional pages of a website (estimated value $8,000).

Backstage Pass takes place at Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Proceeds from the special event will be used by the Pellissippi State Foundation to support The Arts at Pellissippi State.

Backstage Pass begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and include a cocktail buffet.

For additional information or to purchase tickets, call the Pellissippi State Foundation at (865) 539-7351.

Pellissippi State Foundation: Local business executive, wife donate $1 million for Strawberry Plains campus

Randy Boyd, president and CEO of PetSafe, and his wife, Jenny, have donated $1 million to the Foundation of Pellissippi State Community College toward the purchase of the college’s new Strawberry Plains Campus. The facility, located just off of I-40 and Strawberry Plains Pike, is set to begin offering classes this fall.

Randy Boyd, who served as the two-year institution’s 2011 Commencement speaker, says he and Jenny made the contribution to the East Knox County site because they saw the potential to re-purpose a long-unused facility and to improve access to educational opportunities for thousands of students.

“Through my involvement with tnAchieves [a college-access scholarship program], we learned what an incredible asset Pellissippi State is to our community,” he said.

“By expanding the college’s facilities and making access to higher education more convenient to those in East Knoxville, we should be able to make college more likely for tnAchieves students, and for people of all ages, in that area.”

The Boyds say their hope is that the donation will not only allow more students to further their education but also encourage others in the community to support the expansion of educational opportunities.

Pellissippi State acquired the former Philips Consumer Electronics’ East Tennessee headquarters earlier this year in order to broaden access to the college’s many programs and to work toward the fulfillment of the goals of the Complete College Tennessee Act.

A Tennessee state program that funded community college capital projects contributed $8.5 million toward the $10 million purchase price. The Pellissippi State Foundation, which raises money to benefit students, paid the remainder using the contributions of the Boyds and other private donors.

The donation from Randy and Jenny Boyd plays a major role in Pellissippi State’s ability to increase its reach throughout the area. L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State, expressed gratitude for the couple’s contribution on behalf of the entire college.

“Supporters like Randy and Jenny make it possible to expand access to our programs in East Knox County, as we work toward increasing success at the college as a whole,” said Wise. “The number of potential collaborative opportunities with business and industry and other educational institutions has increased significantly with this new campus.”

The Strawberry Plains Campus is located on 32.6 acres and boasts a 223,000-square-foot facility. Philips constructed the building in 1980, a project that took two years, then completed a major renovation and remodel in 2002.

The facility, which has been vacant since 2006 when Philips moved out, has open office space, gathering areas, private offices, a full-service cafeteria and kitchen, a theater-style presentation room, a warehouse area with loading dock, and a design wing once used by company engineers.

PetSafe, whose headquarters are in Knoxville, develops pet behavior, containment, lifestyle product solutions and services.

The purchase of the Strawberry Plains Campus, located at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike, gives Pellissippi State a total of five locations. The Hardin Valley Campus is located in West Knox County. The Division Street and Magnolia Avenue campuses are located in Knoxville as well. The Blount County Campus is at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy. (U.S. 321).

For additional information about Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400.