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Faculty Lecture Series: Pellissippi State professor examines the stories we tell ourselves

You might want to adjust the story you tell yourself about who you are, says Donn King, associate professor of Liberal Arts at Pellissippi State Community College. We all tell ourselves stories about our lives, he says, and it’s not something we can stop doing. But a different version of the story of your life might just make you happier.

The speech communications instructor and former pastor touches on just about everybody—individuals, parents, children, lovers—in an upcoming lecture at the college, “The Greatest Story Never Told.” The title refers to the story you tell yourself.

The free event is Oct. 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus. The community is invited to attend.

“I’ve always been interested in storytelling,” said King, an award-winning Toastmasters International speaker. “Humans have always told stories to preserve and transmit knowledge, and to try to make sense of the universe. But anything we tell ourselves is not going to be the truth. It’s going to be a viewpoint.”

King will examine the power of story to influence behaviors, expectations and the decisions we make.

“Through exploring a few example stories,” he said, “I plan to help audience members recognize their own stories so they can decide whether they are useful or need changing or dropping altogether.”

He draws upon the philosophy of the ancient Greek sage Epictetus.

“Epictetus said 2,000 years ago that it’s not what happens to us, but what we think about what happens to us, that determines our experience.”

The presentation is part of the 2012-13 Faculty Lecture Series, which is designed to highlight the expertise of Pellissippi State faculty. The lecture is one component of the college’s new 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.

The next lecture in the series is “Born Fighting,” presented by Pat Riddle, an associate professor and the program coordinator of Engineering Technology’s Mechanical Engineering concentration. The event is Nov. 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m., at the same location.

For additional information about the King lecture 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.

Study Abroad Fair Oct. 3 at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College serves as the host location for the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies’ annual Study Abroad Fair on Oct. 3. The free event is open to the community.

TnCIS, which is headquartered at Pellissippi State, coordinates study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. It provides affordable, high-quality study abroad opportunities to students enrolled at Pellissippi State and other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions.

The Study Abroad Fair gives attendees the opportunity to learn about the 2013 summer study abroad programs, as well as obtain information about study abroad scholarships available to Pellissippi State students. More than 400 students and 50 faculty from Tennessee participated in the 2012 summer study abroad programs coordinated by TnCIS.

The 2013 summer study abroad programs are Austria, Brazil, China, Ecuador/Galapagos Islands, England, France, Great European Capitals, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Peru, Scotland, South Africa and Spain. Three new study abroad experiences for 2013 are also available: Eastern Europe’s Best, Iceland and Turkey.

The TnCIS Study Abroad Fair takes place at the Hardin Valley Campus in the Goins Building Rotunda. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

For additional information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call the TnCIS office at (865) 539-7280. For additional information about enrollment at 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 hosts annual Fall Choral Concert Oct. 25

Pellissippi State Community College presents the second performance in its 2012-13 free music series with the Oct. 25 staging of the Fall Choral Concert.

The annual event features a variety of music styles and includes compositions from the Baroque and Classical periods and the 20th century.

The 60-voice Concert Chorale and the 40-voice Variations Ensemble, both student vocal groups, perform, in addition to selected student soloists. The concert offers piano accompaniment highlighting works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as contemporary pieces by Moses Hogan and Eric Whitacre.

The Variations Ensemble premieres much of the concert literature the group will be performing on tour in Barcelona, Madrid and Segovia, Spain, during Spring Break in March 2013.

Many of the student performers are pursuing the college’s new Associate of Fine Arts degree, concentrating in Music. Through the Tennessee Transfer Pathways, all credits from the degree transfer to other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions and the University of Tennessee.

This is the second season that Pellissippi State’s Music program presents concerts as an All Steinway School. The Pellissippi State Foundation conducted the All Steinway School fundraising campaign in 2010 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.

The Fall Choral Concert begins at 7 p.m. and takes place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus. Ample free parking is available, and admission is free. Donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

The 2012-13 Pellissippi State Music Concert Series is one component of Pellissippi State’s new 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.

For additional information about the Pellissippi State 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.

Pellissippi State: Son of Henrietta Lacks, subject of NYT bestseller, to speak at Convocation

On Oct. 4, David “Sonny” Lacks will share what it meant to find out—decades after the fact—that the cells of his mother, Henrietta, were being used in labs around the world, bought and sold by the billions.

Sonny Lacks is the keynote speaker for the Convocation for the Common Book at Pellissippi State Community College. He speaks at 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus.

The story of the Lacks family was recorded by Rebecca Skloot in “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” the 2012-13 Common Book at Pellissippi State. The Common Book is required reading for incoming freshman and is the centerpiece for activities throughout the year.

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” took more than a decade to research and write and instantly became a New York Times bestseller.

“We are delighted to have Sonny Lacks on campus,” said Anthony Wise, Pellissippi State president.” He puts a personal face on some big issues that will be discussed on campus this year.”

Henrietta Lacks was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells, taken without her knowledge in 1951, were discovered to be “immortal”: they can grow indefinitely and be frozen for decades, divided into different batches, and shared among scientists. Henrietta Lacks’ cells were coined “HeLa” by Dr. George Gey, a researcher and physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Her cells became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for development of the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization—yet for many years her family couldn’t afford health insurance.

The book will be used as a discussion springboard for such issues as the birth of bioethics, the history of medical research involving African-Americans and the legal battles over informed consent, says Carol Luther. Luther is a Pellissippi State English professor and the coordinator of Common Book activities.

Convocation for the Common Book is free, and visitors may park in any lot designated “Open.” To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

For information about Common Book activities, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.

‘Tres Vidas’ brings Hispanic Heritage Month celebration to end

Pellissippi State Community College marks the close of its recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month with a performance of “Tres Vidas” in October.

The presentation celebrates the life, times and work of three significant Latin American women: painter Frida Kahlo of Mexico, peace activist Rufina Amaya of El Salvador and poet Alfonsina Storni of Argentina.

The performance is scheduled 7-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 at the Clayton Performing Arts Center on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and open to the public.

“Tres Vidas” is one component of the college’s new 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.

The award-winning Core Ensemble, of Lake Worth, Fla., brings “Tres Vidas” to life with a blend of music, dance and writing in a unique performance format the group calls “chamber music theatre.”

The storylines include Kahlo’s passionate relationship with painter Diego Rivera; Amaya’s astounding singular survival of the 1981 massacre in the village of El Mozote, El Salvador; and Storni’s lifelong challenges as Argentina’s first great feminist poet. Chilean poet and writer Marjorie Agosin’s script for “Tres Vidas” features traditional Mexican folk songs and Argentine music made famous by singers Mercedes Sosa and Carlos Gardel.

Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured every region of the U.S., as well as England, Russia, Ukraine, Australia and the British Virgin Islands.

This year’s Hispanic Heritage Month events are sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Access and Diversity Office, Student Life and Recreation, and Liberal Arts Department.

For additional information about “Tres Vidas” 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 for Pellissippi State, (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Corn hole comes to Pellissippi State tomorrow

Got good aim? Show it off at Pellissippi State’s first-ever Corn Hole Challenge!

Student Life and Recreation and the Entrepreneurs of Pellissippi student organization are hosting the competition in the Courtyard on the Hardin Valley Campus, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 21.

Several boards will be set up, and all students, faculty, and staff are invited to compete. To make it even more challenging, boards will be positioned at various distances. A leader board will keep track of individual scores.

The corn hole craze is spreading across the country, with players everywhere throwing bags filled with resin (or dyed corn) at a raised platform some 27 feet away. The object is for the bag to stay on the board, or even better, go in the hole.

“There will be lots of great prizes, including gift cards and a $50 grand prize,” said Wesley Steese, Entrepreneurs of Pellissippi president.

For more information, contact Steese at (865) 255-8448.

Pellissippi State instructor speaks on Harry Potter’s connection to higher ed

Harry Potter has entered college. In fact, in academic institutions across the country, Harry Potter–themed courses are under way.

Jake Hamric, a Liberal Arts instructor at Pellissippi State Community College, explores the connections between the famous boy wizard and the state of higher education in an upcoming lecture, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Higher Education.” Hamric speaks on Sept. 25, 4-5 p.m., in the Goins Building Auditorium at the Hardin Valley Campus.

“I’ll look at how and why the Harry Potter books have been used in higher education to discuss and analyze issues such as morality, religion, and politics,” he said. “The characters in J.K. Rowling’s books must make important decisions that affect themselves and others, just like people in all modern societies.”

According to Hamric, Rowling’s books are being used in such postsecondary courses as English literature, sociology and history.

“I believe that the Harry Potter series provides an example of how popular culture can be effectively used in the college classroom,” he said.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Gnosis student club.

For information about other Gnosis lectures, contact faculty sponsor Annie Gray at ajgray@pstcc.edu or call the college at (865) 694-6400.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

The Arts at Pellissippi State: 2012-13 free concert series begins on Oct. 2

The popular free concert series hosted by Pellissippi State Community College throughout each academic year begins its new season on Tuesday, Oct. 2, with the Faculty Recital Showcase. The theme for this year’s performance is “Music Faculty Favorites.”

The 2012-13 Pellissippi State Music Concert Series is one component of the college’s new 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.

This will be the second season that Pellissippi State’s Music program presents concerts as an All Steinway School.

The 2012-13 Pellissippi State Music Concert Series includes the following performances:

FALL 2012

Oct. 25, 7 p.m.—Fall Choral Concert

Nov. 15, 7 p.m.—Instrumental Concert (Studio Orchestra and Percussion, Brass, Bluegrass, and Guitar ensembles)

Dec. 6, 6 and 8 p.m.—Holiday Spectacular

SPRING 2013

Feb. 26, 7 p.m.—Winter Choral Concert

March 5, 7 p.m.—Student Honors Recital

March 28, 7 p.m.—Jazz Band/Bluegrass Concert

April 18, 7 p.m.— Instrumental Concert (Studio Orchestra and Brass, Guitar, and Percussion ensembles)

May 2, 7 p.m.—Spring Choral Concert

The Oct. 2 showcase begins at 7 p.m. and takes place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus. Ample free parking is available. Admission is free, but donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

For additional information about “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.

Pellissippi State: Rep. Armstrong speaks at Magnolia site for Civic Engagement Week

In honor of Constitution Day, on Monday, Sept. 17, Pellissippi State Community College will host State Rep. Joe Armstrong at the Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

Armstrong will talk about the rights and responsibilities of citizens. The public is invited to hear the free presentation in the Community Room, 10:45-11:45 a.m. In addition, voter registration is taking place with the help of Iota Phi Lambda sorority in the Lobby, 10-noon.

The events are part of the college’s first-ever Civic Engagement Week, Sept. 10-17.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

For more information, call the Magnolia Avenue Campus at (865) 329-3100.

Pellissippi State debuts arts series with two performances of ‘biting comedy’

The new “Arts at Pellissippi State” series showcases an eclectic mix of theatre, music, lectures and visual arts for 2012-13. Pellissippi State Community College’s first theatrical offering of the series features an evening and a matinee performance of “Pardon Me for Living: A Biting New Comedy.”

The first performance is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and the second is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. Both take place at Pellissippi State’s Clayton Performing Arts Center, located in West Knox County on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Co-produced by Pellissippi State and Flying Anvil Theatre, the one-woman show features performer Staci Swedeen, also the playwright. Jayne Morgan directs. The idea for the show came to Swedeen in 2003, when she was bitten by a raccoon at her home in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.

“It’s my version of ‘Alice in Wonderland,’” she said, “but instead of ‘through the rabbit hole,’ it’s ‘through the rabid raccoon hole.’”

“[Swedeen] captures the event and its aftermath with comedic flair,” wrote Peter Kramer in Gannett’s Journal News of the 2008 Hudson Stage Company production.

Tickets are now on sale for both performances. Cost is $20 general admission in advance, $24 at the door, $16 with student ID and $18 for discount groups. Proceeds go to the Pellissippi State Foundation to benefit Flying Anvil Theatre and the Pellissippi State Theatre program.

Tickets are available at the Clayton Performing Arts Center Box Office beginning one hour before each performance.  They also can be reserved by phone at (865) 694-6684 or by email at foundation@pstcc.edu.

For more information on “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 for Pellissippi State, (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.