Pellissippi State honors employees

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Winners of Pellissippi State's Innovations Award, from left, Richard Smelser, Nadia Keyes and Jacob Moore.
Winners of Pellissippi State’s Innovations Award, from left, Richard Smelser, Nadia Keyes and Jacob Moore.

Pellissippi State Community College recently hosted its annual employee recognition ceremony, honoring faculty and staff for outstanding service.

At this year’s ceremony, the Excellence in Teaching Award went to Christie Cunningham, assistant professor in Natural and Behavioral Sciences. The award recognizes innovative teaching techniques and the positive impact they have had on students. Cunningham has integrated technology, hands-on activities, group projects and other learning methods to increase student engagement in her psychology courses.

The Innovations Award was bestowed upon Richard Smelser, Jacob Moore and Nadia Keyes from the Financial Aid office for the creation of a Default Aversion Unit that helps Pellissippi State graduates repay school loans. The DAU group offers budgeting and financial literacy events and an online live chat to help students identify their best repayment option. Since the DAU was implemented in 2013, the College’s student loan default rate has dropped from 22.7 percent to 16 percent. The award is given in recognition of a project that demonstrates success of creative and original instructional and learning-support activities.

The Gene Joyce Visionary Award was given to Gitti Negahban, associate professor in Business and Computer Technology, in recognition of her work on an outreach project that has made a positive impact on the community. Negahban has arranged for real-world jobs — serving local businesses and nonprofits — to be built into capstone projects for her Computer Science and Information Technology students. Students gain real-life experience that helps a local organization, while employers have the opportunity to meet students who might become their employees.

The Excellence in Teaching, Innovations and Gene Joyce Visionary awards carry monetary recognition ranging from $1,000 to $1,500. Recipients of the awards also received a plaque and medallion.

Additional award recipients — each of whom received $100, a plaque and a medallion — include:

  • Outstanding Adjunct Faculty, Robyn James, Liberal Arts
  • Outstanding Administrator, Melanie Paradise, Records
  • Outstanding Contract Worker, Janet Cope, Blount County Programs
  • Outstanding Full-Time Faculty, Jennifer Brickey, Liberal Arts
  • Outstanding Support Professional, Donna Pasternak, Budget and Payroll
  • Outstanding Technical/Service/Maintenance Worker, J.J. Patterson, Network and Technical Services

Funding for all awards is provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation. The Foundation works to provide student scholarships and emergency loans as well as to improve facilities and secure new equipment.

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

 

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Christie Cunningham
Christie Cunningham
Gitti Negahban
Gitti Negahban
Jennifer Brickey
Jennifer Brickey
Donna Pasternak
Donna Pasternak
J.J. Patterson
J.J. Patterson
Melanie Paradise
Melanie Paradise
Robyn James
Robyn James
Janet Cope
Janet Cope

 

Pellissippi State recognizes outstanding student achievements

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Pellissippi State Community College acknowledged students for their outstanding achievements at the 2016 Academic Awards ceremony, which was held April 25 in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus.

Students Mikaela Kami Woods and Brenda Padre TIrado were named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team. They were nominated in recognition of scholarly achievement as members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Inductees into the 2014-2015 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges were Victoria Culpepper, Hong “Rose” Do, Christina “Haley” Emitt, April Gilbert, Liat Koenig, Rebecca Lengfellner, Carlie Sims and Courtney Young.

Pellissippi State’s Altruist Scholar 2014-2015 is Mikaela Kami Woods. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Student Leadership Award winner is Julian Martinez. Outstanding Service-Learning Award winners are Mariana Marron and Abby Breeden.

Awards of Merit were presented in several academic disciplines to the following students: Jessica Anderson, Ryan Duncan, Ashley Elcan, Sharleen Foster, Chris Goode, Faiza Khan, Angela Lamberson, Thea McGhee and Felicia Murret.

For the third year in a row, Jerry Sherrod was selected by students to receive the Faculty of the Year Award.

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

 

For a full list of student award winners, visit www.pstcc.edu/academicaffairs/studentawards

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Pellissippi State Announcements: Gamma Beta Phi recognized, College a Top-10 Tech-Savvy School

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Pellissippi State Community College’s Gamma Beta Phi chapter has received an “Exemplary Chapter” designation from the national Gamma Beta Phi Society, an honors and service organization for college students. Pellissippi State inducted 176 students into its inaugural Gamma Beta Phi class in fall 2014, a number which proved to be a record for the largest community college class of inductees in national Gamma Beta Phi history. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

The Center for Digital Education has recognized Pellissippi State Community College as a Top 10 Tech-Savvy Community College in its 2015-2016 Digital Community Colleges Survey. The survey analyzes how community colleges use a range of technologies to improve services to students, faculty, staff and the community. Pellissippi State placed ninth in the large colleges category, those with 10,000 students or more. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

 

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Pellissippi State finalist for national Award of Excellence

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Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr.
Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr.

Pellissippi State Community College was one of four finalists for the 2016 Student Success Award of Excellence, given by the American Association of Community Colleges.

“Everyone deserves access to higher education, and Pellissippi State is proud to be a leader among community colleges in ensuring that everyone has that opportunity to follow their dreams and find their success,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “We are very proud to have been a finalist in this prestigious award.”

The Student Success Award recognizes a community college that has demonstrated a sustained commitment to and proactive advancement of the cause of student success. Nominees are evaluated based upon increases in degree completion and transfer rates, as well as innovative programs that encourage retention, graduation and student success.

Pellissippi State was nominated in recognition of its Accelerated Higher Education Associates Degree program, which allows working adults to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in only 16 months. The AHEAD program has a 75 percent completion rate — higher than the national average for similar programs — and has been expanded to include more than 300 students in 20 cohorts in nine different degree areas.

“I attribute a great deal of my life and career success to the AHEAD program,” said Pellissippi State alumna Amber Hampton. “I’m a first-generation college student who thought she wouldn’t make it through the first class. In reality, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Pellissippi State in 2012 and from Bryan College in 2014.”

Alumnus Josh Hemphill said, “My success in the business community all started at Pellissippi State when I enrolled in the AHEAD program in 2009. The professors showed support and guidance to help everyone, and thanks to the support of my professors and cohort peers, I’m now entering my second year as a business owner.”

“We are certainly proud of all that AHEAD has done and is doing, but AHEAD is only a small part of all Pellissippi State does to increase access to higher education for all of our students,” Wise said. “We’re devoted to student success and will continue to find new ways to open doors to students.”

The winner of the AACC Award of Excellence in Student Success was announced April 11 to be El Paso Community College.

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

 

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