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Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus hosts Feb. 16 open house

Whether you’re a prospective student or would just like to see Blount County’s newest college facility, you are invited to an open house at the Blount County Campus of Pellissippi State Community College Feb. 16, 4-6 p.m. The campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.

Opened in August 2010, the two-story, 70,485-square-foot building is home to the Nursing program (along with the Magnolia Avenue Campus in Knoxville), the state-of-the-art Manufacturing Tech Lab, an amphitheatre, and science and computer labs and classrooms, including one for distance education.

“It’s really an opportunity for prospective students and the community—particularly anyone who didn’t get to attend the grand opening—to take the time to see what Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus offers,” said Holly Burkett, assistant dean of the site.

Prospective students attending the event will get all the information necessary for a smooth entrance into college life, including how-tos on admission and financial aid and info on services for students with disabilities, dual enrollment and degrees offered. The community also can learn about educational and training opportunities offered through the college’s non-credit division, Business and Community Services.

To find out more, contact Holly Burkett at (865) 981-5300 or To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or

Pellissippi State writer-in-residence to read poems from new book

Ed Francisco
Ed Francisco

In his ninth book of poetry, Ed Francisco’s search for the perfect words and expressions to illustrate his thoughts and experiences takes him through America, England, Finland and beyond.

Francisco, English professor and writer-in-residence at Pellissippi State Community College, reads from his newest poetry volume, “Only the Word Gives Us Being,” at two venues the week of Feb. 13.

The first reading is on the 13th at 11:50 a.m.-12:40 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The second is on Feb. 18, 2-3 p.m., at Union Ave Books, 517 Union Ave. in downtown Knoxville.

The book was released in December by Birch Brook Press. It is available to purchase at, the Pellissippi State Bookstore and Union Ave Books.

Francisco’s essays, poems and short fiction have been published in more than 100 magazines and journals. He most highly acclaimed books of poetry are “The Alchemy of Words” and “Death, Child, and Love: Poems 1980-2000.” His novels include “Till Shadows Flee” and “The Dealmaker.”

He is also principal editor of “The South in Perspective,” an anthology of Southern literature that has been adopted by colleges and universities across the country. He is a member of the Oxford Roundtable at the University of Oxford, England.

The public is invited to attend both of the free readings. For additional information, contact (865) 694-6400.

To request accommodations for a disability at the Pellissippi State event, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or

Nine Pellissippi State art faculty featured in downtown exhibit

“Forward,” an exhibit by nine of Pellissippi State’s art faculty, opens Feb. 3 at Emporium Center’s Balcony Gallery. Pictured: Jennifer Brickey’s “It’s a Stretch” (pen, ink, acrylic on watercolor paper).

Their chosen working materials vary, from fabric and metal to acrylics and mixed media. What the nine diverse artists have in common is that all are members of the studio art faculty at Pellissippi State Community College, and all are featured in a three-week exhibit at downtown’s Emporium Center.

“Forward” features the creations of Randy Arnold, Jennifer Brickey, Jim Darrow, Brian Jobe, Anne Kinggard, Jeff Lockett, Alison Oakes, Herb Rieth and Mike Rose. The “Forward” theme implies “toward or at a place, point or time in advance.”

Pictured: Jeff Lockett’s “Free Moral Agency” (ceramic).

The multi-artist exhibit debuts on Feb. 3 and is one of the events featured at the monthly Knoxville’s First Friday. A special opening reception takes place that evening, 5-9 p.m., in the Emporium Center’s Balcony Gallery.

The exhibit remains on display through Feb. 24. The Emporium Center is located at 100 S. Gay St. Gallery hours are weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with special First Friday hours on Saturday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Pellissippi State offers a full spectrum of art courses in ceramics, design, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture in a studio setting under the guidance of practicing professional artists. For more information, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

Public invited to Pellissippi State’s Feb. 8 ‘Healthy Pelli’ Health Fair

Members of the community interested in monitoring and improving their health will benefit from the “Healthy Pelli” Health Fair hosted on Feb. 8 by Pellissippi State Community College’ Magnolia Avenue Campus.

Designed to bring free health screenings, tips for good health, demonstrations and food tastings to Pellissippi State students, faculty and staff, the fair also shares its assembly of health resources with the public.

Attendees may choose to receive free health screenings such as blood glucose, blood pressure and carotid artery ultrasound screenings. In addition, the Knox County Health Department is offering STD (sexually transmitted disease) screenings and Helen Ross McNabb, along with Samaritan Ministries, is providing HIV testing (no needles or blood). Demonstrations include stress relief exercises, yoga and massage.

Participating in Healthy Pelli are the following:

  • Brown Chiropractic
  • Cherokee Health Systems
  • Covenant Health
  • Earth Fare
  • Glowing Body Yoga Studio and Apparel
  • Helen Ross McNabb Center
  • InterFaith Health Clinic
  • Knox County Health Department
  • Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center
  • Knoxville Recycling Coalition
  • Knoxville Track Club
  • Metropolitan Drug Commission
  • Papa Murphy’s Take ’N’ Bake Pizza
  • Samaritan Ministries
  • Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee
  • United Healthcare
  • UT Medical Center–Community Health
  • Volunteer State Health Plan (BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee)
  • Walgreens
  • Western Heights Dental

Healthy Pelli Health Fair hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Magnolia Avenue Campus is located at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. The event is free.

For additional information, call (865) 694-6400 or 329-3100. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or

Pellissippi State lecture addresses role of commercialism, women in the 1920s

David Key, an assistant professor of history at Pellissippi State, will discuss how consumerism and the rise of the "new woman" in the 1920s impacted American culture. His Feb. 1 lecture is sponsored by Gnosis student organization and is free and open to the public.

David Key, an assistant history professor for Pellissippi State Community College, discusses at a Feb. 1 lecture how consumerism and the rise of the “new woman” in the 1920s rocked American culture.

The community is invited to the free presentation, set for 4:30 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

“America became really, really modern really, really fast—in about a 40-year period,” Key said. “The change in moral and consumer culture created cultural conflict.”

Key says that the 1920s saw the beginnings of “modern” America.

“Even our concepts of modern dating, which include cars and theaters, are byproducts of the 1920s,” he said. “America had felt the effects of industrialism and urbanization. Jobs had been created and advertising had exploded.

“People started to become acclimated to buying things with credit. We moved from a society of delayed gratification to immediate gratification.”

The event is sponsored by Gnosis, Pellissippi State’s student service-learning club, and supported by the Faculty Lecture Series. Gnosis members do charitable work for the community, and the club hosts many educational events throughout the year. The college has recognized Gnosis as its top student club for the past two years.

For more information, contact Annie Gray ( or Trent Eades (, Gnosis faculty sponsors, or call the English Department at (865) 694-6708.

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

Pellissippi State marks ‘All Steinway’ achievement with celebration concert

William DeVan
William DeVan

Pellissippi State Community College will be immersed in “all things Steinway” on Sept. 13, as it shares with the community the achievement of becoming an All Steinway School.

The special Steinway Celebration concert, a free event to which the public is invited, features a performance by noted pianist William DeVan, an official “Steinway Artist.” DeVan is conducting a “master” class with Music students while at the college as well.

The concert is preceded by a dedication ceremony honoring Dr. Sharon Lord. Pellissippi State is recognizing the community leader, motivational speaker and businesswoman for her support and establishing the Dr. Sharon Lord Music Suite.

All activities take place on the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The Pellissippi State Foundation kicked off the All Steinway School fundraising campaign in 2010 in order to elevate the college’s Music program to world-class status. Thanks to the campaign, the community college now boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

Not only is Pellissippi State the premier All Steinway community college in Tennessee, but it is also the fourth All Steinway community college in the nation and one of only about 120 All Steinway colleges and universities in the world.

DeVan, one of the elite pianists who travel and perform as Steinway Artists, was a professor of music at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama from 1980 until his retirement this year. Twice awarded Mellon Foundation grants, DeVan earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City.

DeVan performs a variety of musical selections on the 13th, showcasing one of Pellissippi State’s new Steinway pianos. Steinway representatives from New York City, the company’s headquarters, will be in attendance at the event.

Dr. Sharon Lord, a supporter of the All Steinway School campaign, has played key leadership roles on the local, national and international level in academia, business and government service.

The first female professor of educational psychology at the University of Tennessee (1969-80), Dr. Lord was instrumental in the creation of the university’s Women’s Studies program and the UT Women’s Athletics program, as well as the school’s Appalachian Center for Educational Equity. She also has been honored with the UT Outstanding Teacher Award and recognized for her work on human empowerment.

The West Virginia native served as the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense during the administration of President Ronald Reagan and later as West Virginia’s Secretary of Human Services. The author of numerous books and publications, Dr. Lord continues to speak internationally on topics of creative leadership, healthy lifestyles and managing challenging transitions.

The Dr. Sharon Lord Music Suite dedication begins at 6:15 p.m. in the Alexander Building. Attendees are asked to gather in the Lobby of the Clayton Performing Arts Center, where they will be directed to the suite.

The Steinway Celebration concert gets under way at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center. Free parking is available for both events.

Donations will be accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship fund. During the 2010-11 academic year, more than 100 music-related scholarships were awarded to more than 80 Pellissippi State students.

For additional information about the Steinway Celebration, contact Bill Brewer, Pellissippi State’s Music program coordinator, at (865) 694-6701 or

For information on the Steinway Maintenance Society, call the Pellissippi State Foundation at (865) 694-6529 or visit

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