Pellissippi State presents ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’

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Pellissippi State Community College will present “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” a satirical emo rock musical and dramatized retelling of the controversial presidency of Andrew Jackson, in late October and early November.

Performance dates and times are 7:30 p.m., Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 4-5, and 2 p.m., Oct. 30 and Nov. 6. All performances are in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Tickets are $14 for adults or $12 for seniors or students. Purchase tickets at

“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” written by Michael Friedman, discusses the role of populism in the actions of America’s seventh president and draws parallels to today’s political climate. The play is for mature audiences and is not suitable for children.

“Populism is a huge theme in the play,” said director Grechen Wingerter. “It’s this idea of ‘taking your country back’ and what the people want. When he was elected, Andrew Jackson wasn’t one of the elite — he didn’t come from the right family or go to an Ivy League school. He marketed himself as a president of the people.”

Wingerter noted that there are clear parallels to this year’s election cycle — from the themes of populism and its political consequences to elections that feature the establishment versus the outsider. The play broaches topics like the 1830 Indian Removal Act and Jackson’s debated marriage to his wife, Rachel.

“The play is controversial because Andrew Jackson was, and is, controversial,” Wingerter said. “We still see the implications of what he did, particularly to Native Americans. This production might evoke a strong emotion, and that’s OK, even if it’s anger. That’s the purpose of theatre and of art — there is truth behind the satire that will allow the audience to think critically and make their own choices.”

The performance on Sunday, Oct. 30, will be followed by a panel discussion on the play’s themes. The panel will feature Wingerter; University of Tennessee professor Daniel M. Feller, caretaker of the Jackson papers, and a representative of the Cherokee Nation.

The performance will feature guest musical director Michael Shirtz, a jazz musician and composer and faculty member at Terra State Community College in Ohio.

“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” is one of the events that make up Pellissippi State’s 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 more information about this production, visit or call the box office at 865-539-7529. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or


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Pellissippi State Announcements: College hosts ‘Just Plane’ networking for alumni

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Pellissippi State Community College will host a free “Just Plane” networking for alumni and community members from 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Knoxville’s Downtown Island Airport, 2701 Spence Place. Enjoy an evening of networking, food and wine and a presentation on social media and networking by Mary Beth West of Mary Beth West Communications LLC. The event is sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Alumni Association. Although the event is free, please RSVP to Angela Pugh, 865-539-7275 or To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or For more information about this event, visit


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Pellissippi State launches Welding Technology program

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This fall, Pellissippi State Community College announces its newest academic offering — Welding Technology, an Associate of Applied Science degree program.

Welding Technology will train students to weld in gas metal arc, gas tungsten arc, shielded metal arc, flux core welding and plate and pipe welding. The program is aligned with guidelines from the American Welding Society and the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

Graduates from the program could find career opportunities as welder fabricators, welding inspectors, pipe fitters and welding educators. Welding Technology classes are currently being offered at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley and Strawberry Plains campuses.

“Employers in our area need skilled employees who have a level of expertise in welding and engineering technology skills that an associate degree provides,” said Ted Lewis, vice president of Academic Affairs at Pellissippi State.

“Graduates from this program will have attained blueprint reading, pattern development, non-destructive testing, metallurgy, math and communication skills. They’ll have the knowledge needed to communicate with welding engineers and the design team. They will be capable of stepping into supervisory or management roles,” he added.

The Welding Technology program also will offer a collaborative partnership with Knox County Schools’ Byington-Solway Career and Technical Education Center, which serves students from Karns and Powell high schools and Hardin Valley Academy. The welding lab at Byington-Solway will be a shared resource — used during the day by high school students and in the evenings by Pellissippi State students.

One goal of this high school partnership is to create a seamless pathway from Byington-Solway into Pellissippi State’s Welding Technology program, allowing students to earn their Associate of Applied Science in Welding Technology only one year after graduating from high school. In addition, plans are in the works for Byington-Solway to become an American Welding Society Accredited Test Facility.

At the Strawberry Plains Campus, Pellissippi State and TCAT-Knoxville will pursue a similar partnership, sharing space and welding equipment for both institutions’ students in the Pellissippi State Megalab.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400.


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Department of Education awards $1.9 million grant to Pellissippi State

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The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Pellissippi State Community College a five-year, $1.9 million grant to support student success and engagement through providing comprehensive professional development for faculty.

“Faculty development is often fragmented,” said Kellie Toon, Pellissippi State’s Quality Enhancement Program director and the grant lead. “But a comprehensive professional development program will strengthen our faculty, which will in turn strengthen our students — and that’s what it’s all about.”

The grant will fund a center for teaching excellence that will include pedagogical training programs and other professional development opportunities to teach faculty members the newest and best-practice methods of teaching in meaningful, engaging ways.

“Professional development opportunities through a center for teaching excellence will give faculty the ability to lead change through academics,” Toon said. “Through improved academic quality and teaching, we can strengthen student learning and retention.”

Pellissippi State’s Quality Enhancement Program, “Strong to the Core,” focuses on improving student learning in targeted academic courses, including writing, oral communication and mathematics. Pellissippi State’s QEP was first developed as part of the college’s accreditation renewal process in 2012 through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The QEP continues to support student success and engagement through promoting active learning techniques to faculty members — from a new faculty academy to online training and beyond.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400.


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