Category Archives: Events

Pellissippi State celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Pellissippi State Community College marks National Hispanic Heritage Month with celebrations on Sept. 20 and Oct. 12 at the Hardin Valley Campus in West Knoxville.

The Sept. 20 presentation features dance groups performing in the Goins Building College Center. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. It includes the following scheduled performances:

  • 5:15-6 p.m.—Knoxville Argentine Tango Society
  • 6:15-7 p.m.—Academy Ballroom Latin Dance Ensemble
  • 7:15-8:15 p.m.—Pablo Garzon and Serenatta, Romantic Latin Ensemble, of Nashville

On Oct. 12, the Core Ensemble performs its chamber music theatre work “Tres Vidas,” 7-8:30 p.m. at the Clayton Performing Arts Center. Chamber music theatre is a format developed by the Core Ensemble that blends theatrical narrative and chamber music performance.

“Tres Vidas” is a celebration of the life, times and work of three significant Latin American women: painter Frida Kahlo of Mexico, peasant activist Ruffina Amaya of El Salvador and poet Alfonsina Storni of Argentina.

Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed Sept. 15-Oct. 15 in the U.S. by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of citizens of this country whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation began in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded to its present 30-day period under President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

This year’s National Hispanic Heritage Month events are sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Access and Diversity Office, Student Life and Recreation, and Liberal Arts Department. The Hardin Valley Campus is located at 10915 Hardin Valley Road. For more information, call (865) 539-7160.

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.

Pellissippi State hosts Backstage Pass event to launch arts series

For more than 35 years, Pellissippi State Community College has welcomed the community to take part in the institution’s many cultural activities. Beginning this fall, Pellissippi State launches The Arts at Pellissippi State, an arts series that offers more opportunities than ever to enjoy everything from music and theatre to cultural celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

The series showcases the talents of Pellissippi State students and faculty, as well as those of special guest performers. To set the new series in motion, the college is hosting Backstage Pass, an evening that will showcase a sampling of the arts-related events slated for the upcoming season.

Backstage Pass offers attendees not only a behind-the-scenes look at future arts activities but also a live auction and cocktail buffet. The setting is Knoxville’s Cherokee Country Club. Proceeds from the special event will be used by the Pellissippi State Foundation to support The Arts at Pellissippi State.

“Backstage Pass” takes place on Friday, Sept. 7, beginning at 7 p.m. Cherokee Country Club is located at 5138 Lyons View Pike.

Individuals interested in attending are encouraged to order tickets early. Tickets are $100 per person. Sponsorships also are available.

For additional information on Backstage Pass, call the Pellissippi State Foundation at (865) 539-7351.

Pellissippi State cuts ribbon on fifth campus

Exterior of Strawberry Plains Campus

As officials cut the ribbon on Monday, Aug. 13, a new era in education in East Knox County and the surrounding area will begin.

The Strawberry Plains Campus, Pellissippi State Community College’s fifth and newest location, will officially open. The community is invited to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. The campus is at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike, and the event will be followed by tours and a reception.

Math, English and learning support classes are set to start Aug. 26, and that’s just the beginning, says Mike North, campus dean.

“We hope to connect with local businesses to provide a place for them to provide instruction for their employees, and we are already in cooperation with four-year colleges to offer four-year programs on this campus,” he said.

The facility has 223,000 square feet and offers multiple classrooms, open office space, gathering areas, private offices, a full-service cafeteria and kitchen, a theatre-style presentation room, and a warehouse area with loading dock. So far, about 30,000 square feet have been renovated into classrooms, computer labs, a distance learning classroom and office space. Additional space will become available in phases as enrollment increases.

Prospective students may apply for admission, take a placement test, register for classes and get financial aid information each Thursday through Aug. 16.

For more information about the ribbon cutting, contact Pat Myers, director of Alumni Relations and Foundation events at pmyers@pstcc.edu or (865) 539-7242. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Learn more about Pellissippi State by visiting www.pstcc.edu or calling (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State scheduled Aug. 18 Alumni Family Movie Day

The Pellissippi State Alumni Association invites all Pellissippi State graduates and their families to attend Alumni Family Movie Day on Saturday, Aug. 18. The event takes place on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Alumni Family Movie Day begins at noon with lunch, compliments of Buddy’s Bar-B-Q, in the Goins Building Cafeteria. While there is no charge for the meal, the Pellissippi State Foundation will accept donations for the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

A showing of the popular animated film “Madagascar” follows at 1 p.m. in the Goins Auditorium. The movie and popcorn are also free.

Those planning to attend are asked contact the Alumni Office at (865) 539-7242 or alumni@pstcc.edu by Wednesday, Aug. 15.

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

To learn more about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State schedules orientation sessions for new students

If you’ll be a new student at Pellissippi State Community College when fall semester begins August 25, mark your calendar to attend one of the college’s free New Student Orientation sessions.

Attendance is required of all first-time degree-seeking freshmen, and it is recommended for transfer students and those who have been out of school for a while.

New students may choose from one of 27 sessions, the first of which is June 8. Orientation is offered at different times and dates at each of the college’s five campuses: Blount County, Division Street, Hardin Valley, Magnolia Avenue and Strawberry Plains. Special sessions are scheduled for tnAchieves students (first-generation college-goers participating in the tnAchieves program), for nontraditional students (25 years and older), and for parents and family members of students.

This year’s theme for New Student Orientation is “Determination, Participation and Graduation.”

“We’re focusing on graduation as an outcome,” said Becky Milam, NSO director. “We know that students are more focused when they get involved. And people need to be determined to set goals and maintain balance while in school. NSO can help with all of those areas.”

Orientation gives new students the opportunity to meet Pellissippi State students, faculty, and staff; learn strategies for college success; explore degree, major, and transfer options; and discover campus services and resources such as financial aid.

The college urges accepted students to reserve their place in an orientation session as soon as possible.

Visit www.pstcc.edu/admissions/orientation or call (865) 694-6400 to make your reservation. 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 marks Memorial Day with rare photographic exhibit

Two years ago some of the world’s most celebrated combat photographers decided to pool their work for “Conflict Zone,” a collection of images from the front lines of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Pellissippi State Community College hosts this acclaimed exhibit May 23-31 in recognition of Memorial Day, which is May 28. The photographs will be on display in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art gallery, and there is no charge.

“Conflict Zone” is a project of the Independence Fund, founded by Steve Danyluk, a U.S. combat veteran and Marine. The all-volunteer Independence Fund is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “provide the tools, therapies and guidance that those severely injured in the War on Terror were otherwise not receiving.” The exhibit first opened at the Chicago Cultural Center on May 7, 2011.

“Conflict Zone” was inspired by Joao Silva, a New York Times photographer who lost both legs after stepping on a land mine in October 2010 in Afghanistan. The images he took in the seconds after stepping on the mine are included in the collection.

The display is dedicated to Chris Hondros, a Getty Images photographer who died on assignment in Libya in April 2011. Hondros’ iconic image of a 5-year-old girl at an Iraqi checkpoint after her parents were shot by U.S. soldiers is included in “Conflict Zone,” along with Ayman Oghanna’s photograph of the girl six years later, done for The New York Times and published in May 2011.

The Bagwell Center is on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays or by appointment.

For additional information, call (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.

For photos and multimedia of this exhibit please visit:

www.conflictzone.org

www.youtube.com/watch?v=j48b25xeT2A

Pellissippi State hosts open house at Strawberry Plains Campus

The public is invited by Pellissippi State Community College to attend an open house at the school’s new Strawberry Plains Campus on May 15, 4-7 p.m.

The event provides the community with an opportunity to tour the facility and learn which courses will be offered this fall. Prospective students attending the open house can get more information about dual enrollment, financial aid and academic programs. Faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions.

The Strawberry Plains Campus is located at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike, just off Interstate 40.

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

Register now for Pellissippi State’s May 1 golf fundraiser

On May 1, area golfers will gather at Egwani Farms to help raise funds for the Pellissippi State Foundation at the Eighth Annual Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament. Registration is open through April 27.

It’s all about the students. Amid the camaraderie, the hopes for a hole-in-one and the hushed tones during close putts, the golfers who participate in Pellissippi State Community College’s annual Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament do so knowing that they are helping area students.

The tournament, now in its eighth year, is hosted by the Pellissippi State Foundation. This year’s event takes place on May 1, and registration is open until April 27.

The Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament 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.

A portion of the proceeds from the 2012 tournament will be awarded to a recipient of the Swing Big for Students Scholarship. The fund was established in 2010 for Pellissippi State students in Exercise Science or Sport Management.

Pellissippi State student Jolene Maurino, 2011 recipient of the Swing Big for Students Scholarship, and golfers at the 2010 tournament.

Jolene Maurino was the 2011 recipient.

“Returning to school after being in the workforce for several years has brought me a greater appreciation for the opportunity of education,” said Maurino. “I feel fortunate to have been selected to receive the Swing Big for Students Scholarship and offer my sincere gratitude.”

The fundraising 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. The entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, driving range, snack, lunch and prizes. In case of inclement weather on May 1, a rain date is scheduled for May 15.

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities—ranging from $150 to $5,000—are still available. Tournament is sponsored by Pilot Travel Centers.

To learn more about sponsoring or to register, contact Pat Myers, tournament director, at (865) 539-7242 or pmyers@pstcc.edu. The registration form also is available online at www.pstcc.edu/golf.

Pellissippi State concludes season of free music concerts on April 26

The musical selections have ranged from choral to instrumental, from bluegrass to holiday fare. As the 2011-12 season of Pellissippi State Community College’s annual Music Concert Series concludes on April 26, the focus will again be on choral music.

Featured during the season-ending Spring Choral Concert are performances by the student groups Concert Chorale and Variations Ensemble. The highlight of the concert is a multimedia presentation of the Variations Ensemble’s Spring Break 2012 tour in Germany. As the choir sings, the audience will experience the tour through video and still photography.

The nine-day tour included six full concerts and four abbreviated singing experiences in Berlin, Munich, Regensburg, Weimar and Wittenberg. A highlight of the tour for the Pellissippi State students was the opportunity to sing in Wittenberg’s Castle Church. The historic church is the site made famous in 1517 by Martin Luther. The German monk became a key figure in the Protestant Reformation when he nailed to the church’s doors his “Ninety-Five Theses” protesting clerical abuses.

Like all events in Pellissippi State’s music series, admission to the Spring Choral Concert is free. However, donations will be accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund. For the 2010-11 academic year, the Foundation awarded more than 100 music-related scholarships to more than 80 Pellissippi State students.

The 7 p.m. performance takes place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus in Knoxville. Parking is convenient and free.

For additional information, call (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.

Pellissippi State invites students to Middle School Mathematics Contest

All area sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students are invited to participate in the 12th annual Pellissippi State Middle School Mathematics Contest, Friday, May 4.

Last year’s competition attracted more than 600 of the top math students from East Tennessee middle schools and also included home-school and independent competitors. The students participated in the contest at Pellissippi State Community College for the honor of being named the top middle school math student in East Tennessee.

This year’s event will again take place at the Hardin Valley Campus. The day begins with registration, 7:50-8:30 a.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, and includes competitions for each grade level, as well as a party with food, music, games and inflatables.

Participation is free and more than $6,000 in prizes will be awarded to the top finishers, thanks to funding provided by Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

Students are asked to bring pencils and a calculator, except those with QWERTY keypads.

To find out more, contact Jonathan Lamb, event coordinator and an associate professor of Mathematics at Pellissippi State: jwlamb@pstcc.edu or (865) 694-6699.

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