Pellissippi State students named to All-Tennessee Academic Team

Pellissippi State students Victoria Baker and Sydney Youngman were recognized Feb. 4 in Nashville for academic accomplishments, as both were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa All-Tennessee Academic Team. Pictured, from left, are Judith Sichler, Pellissippi State Phi Theta Kappa advisor; Baker; Marilyn Harper, director of Academic Support Programs; Anthony Wise, Pellissippi State president; Youngman, and Casey Lambert, PTK advisor. Additional PTK advisor Ann E. Kronk is not pictured.
Pellissippi State students Victoria Baker and Sydney Youngman were recognized Feb. 4 in Nashville for academic accomplishments, as both were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa All-Tennessee Academic Team. Pictured, from left, are Judith Sichler, Pellissippi State Phi Theta Kappa advisor; Baker; Marilyn Harper, director of Academic Support Programs; Anthony Wise, Pellissippi State president; Youngman, and Casey Lambert, PTK advisor. Additional PTK advisor Ann E. Kronk is not pictured.

At a ceremony in Nashville on Feb. 4, Pellissippi State Community College students Victoria Baker and Sydney Youngman were recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the 2014 All-Tennessee Academic Team.

In all, 28 community college students from the Tennessee Board of Regents system earned the honor. The Academic Team is sponsored by USA Today and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, which recognizes students with a 3.5 grade point average or above.

“Pellissippi State is immensely proud of Victoria and Sydney and their academic accomplishments,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president. “We recognize the hard work they’ve put into their studies. They know the value of investing in their future, and we wish them well.”

Baker completed an associate’s degree at Pellissippi State in December and is enrolled at the University of Tennessee. She plans to major in education for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Youngman will graduate from Pellissippi State in May. She plans to attend Middle Tennessee State University, where she will major in biochemistry. She hopes to pursue a career in the medical field.

“Each year, it’s a privilege to recognize the hard work, dedication and commitment these students have exhibited at their colleges,” said John Morgan, TBR chancellor.

“They’ve not only achieved a high degree of success in the classroom, but they’ve made significant contributions to their communities through their volunteer efforts and leadership skills.”

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

Pellissippi State hosts Young Inventors Fair

Young inventors are invited to bring their creations, innovations and science fair projects to Pellissippi State Community College for the Third Annual Young Inventors Fair Saturday, Feb. 15.

The Young Inventors Fair is noon-5 at the Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike.

Any student in elementary through high school with an invention or innovative science fair submission can participate. Contestants have the chance to win prizes and entry into the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair.

“The Young Inventors Fair is similar to a science fair, but it has an angle toward creation and invention,” said Jerry Burns, professor of Natural and Behavioral Sciences and organizer of the event.

“Unlike a typical science fair, this event is meant to reward students who have a great idea—even if the full science isn’t there, or if they weren’t able to feasibly follow through with the actual creation. It’s a way to reward students who think innovatively.”

Student projects are judged by a panel of faculty members from Pellissippi State, and winners are announced by age group.

“We feel like this event is a great way to get our name out to schools, to let them know that Pellissippi State has a new campus in the area,” said Mike North, Strawberry Plains Campus dean. “Students who participate in this Young Inventors Fair as middle-schoolers might return to Pellissippi State as college students.”

The Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair is a regional science fair that takes place at the University of Tennessee’s Thompson-Boling Arena. It’s open to students in middle and high school, and students are qualified to enter after winning individual school science fairs.

The Young Inventors Fair could offer students a second chance to participate in the SASEF regional event if they didn’t win their own school science fair.

For more information about the Young Inventors Fair, email the Pellissippi State Science Club at science_club@pstcc.edu.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu 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 campuses host free Black History Month events

Pellissippi State Community College is celebrating Black History Month with numerous events at its five campuses throughout February. Activities are free and the community is invited.

The Magnolia Avenue Campus starts the month-long activities with “Healthy Pelli: Campus Health Fair,” Wednesday, Feb. 5. Each Friday in February, the site hosts an African Jazz Cafe in the Lobby.

The Division Street Campus offers two films in February: Disney’s “Ruby Bridges” on the 11th and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” on the 20th. Both are at 12:15 p.m. in the Student Lounge.

The Magnolia Avenue Campus hosts a “History of African-American Music: Freedom Songs, Blues and Jazz” 10:45 a.m.-Noon Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Community Room. The presentation features local jazz artist Kelle Jolly.

The Blount County Campus presents the documentary “The Underground Railroad” Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Educational Resources Center.

At the Hardin Valley Campus, Feb. 21 brings “A Celebration of African-American Art, Music and Literature.” The event is in the Goins Building College Center, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. It features an art display, performance by the Vine Middle School African Dancers and Drummers, poetry reading by Oak Ridge poet Rose Weaver, and “Taste of Soul Food.”

Also at the Hardin Valley site, Feb. 27 the community is invited to a Faculty Lecture Series presentation: “John Brown: Maniacal Egotist or Moral Crusader?” by Joy Ingram, an associate professor. The talk is at 2 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium.

Throughout the month, African-American history exhibits will be on display in the Community Room of the Magnolia Avenue Campus, the Lobby of the Strawberry Plains Campus, the Student Lounge of the Division Street Campus, and the Educational Resources centers of the Blount County and Hardin Valley campuses.

The theme of the display at the Magnolia Avenue Campus is “All About That Jazz”; Division Street, “Embrace African-American Heritage Board of Fame”; and Strawberry Plains, “African-Americans of Influence.”

Other ongoing events include African tea and coffee tastings:

  • Hardin Valley, Goins Building Rotunda, 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesdays
  • Division Street, Student Lounge, 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays
  • Strawberry Plains, Lobby, 9-10:30 a.m. Mondays

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu 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.