Pellissippi State named to President’s Honor Roll for community service

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Annie Gray
Annie Gray, Pellissippi State Service-Learning coordinator, harvests produce from the Hardin Valley Campus Garden, which is used to provide fresh food for a five-campus food pantry.

 

Pellissippi State Community College has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll 2015 for its Service-Learning program and community outreach initiatives.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions with exemplary community service programs that raise the visibility of effective practices in campus-community partnerships. The college was recognized in the general community service division of the 2015 awards.

“We’re honored and grateful that Pellissippi State’s deep and active commitment to serving the community has been recognized at a national level,” said Annie Gray, Service-Learning coordinator and English professor.

In the 2013-2014 academic year — the year for which Pellissippi State was evaluated for the 2015 Honor Roll — the estimated economic impact of all of Pellissippi State’s volunteer service hours in East Tennessee was $899,205. In the past 2015-2016 academic year, the value of Pellissippi State’s Service-Learning hours rose to $971,617.

At Pellissippi State, students who complete community service hours and submit them through Service-Learning can have their verified community service hours listed on their official college transcripts.

“Service-Learning not only helps our students in the classroom, it provides meaningful ways for them to give back to their community — and it demonstrates to future employers or four-year universities that our students are well-rounded,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president.

The Good Food For All initiative, which took place in 2014 as part of Pellissippi State’s Service-Learning program, worked with community partners to address issues of food access, nutrition education and environmental stewardship. The initiative placed Pellissippi State students, employees and AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers in community service positions with local community gardens, food banks and poverty alleviation organizations — including Pond Gap Elementary School, Knoxville’s Great Schools Partnership, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, the Center for Urban Agriculture at Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum and the Knoxville Permaculture Guild.

The Good Food For All initiative oversaw the Pellissippi State-sponsored community garden at Pond Gap and was the inspiration behind the new garden on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus this year. Produce from the Hardin Valley garden is used to stock a five-campus food pantry program for Pellissippi State students in need.

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

 

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For 2nd year, Pellissippi State largest community college in state

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For the second year in a row, Pellissippi State Community College is the largest community college in Tennessee by enrollment.

Pellissippi State has 10,244 students enrolled, which is the largest headcount enrollment among community colleges in the state.

“Even though we serve a large number of students each year, we work very hard to make certain that each student can find a pathway to their goals,” said President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “We do so with an outstanding faculty and staff, small class sizes and high-impact educational practices and programs geared toward student success.”

Enrollment among a number of educational pathways for students has grown in the past year as well. The growth rate at Pellissippi State’s Strawberry Plains Campus rose 34 percent from 2015 to 2016, while the growth rates for dual enrollment and online courses rose 6.5 percent and 10.2 percent, respectively, in the same time frame. From fall 2015 to 2016, the number of students who participate in the Volunteer Bridge program — which allows students who wish to attend the University of Tennessee to complete their first year at Pellissippi State — grew from 122 to 178.

This fall, Pellissippi State has approximately 2,705 first- and second-year Tennessee Promise students.

“No matter what pathway Pellissippi State students choose to follow, we work hard to ensure their college experience is meaningful and prepares them for the rest of their lives,” Wise said. “It’s all about our students.”

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

 

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Pellissippi State invites young writers to free mini-conference

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Knoxville’s high-school age writers are invited to the third annual Young Creative Writers Workshop at Pellissippi State Community College, Saturday, Oct. 8.

The workshop is a free, day-long event open to any local high school students who have an interest in creative writing. Individual sessions will include poetry writing, fiction writing, screenplay writing and songwriting. The workshop will be held at Pellissippi State’s Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike. Lunch will be provided.

Students will have the opportunity not only to learn writing skills, but be able to tour the Strawberry Plains Campus and interact with professors, administrators and other students. At the end of the workshop, students will be able to perform or recite their original works; parents and teachers are invited to attend the showcase.

Though the event is free, space is limited. Register at www.pstcc.edu/writersworkshop by Oct. 5.

Instructors at the event will include two of Pellissippi State’s own faculty members plus Kali Meister, playwright and theatre instructor, and Nashville songwriter and composer Chris Robbins.

“This year’s Young Creative Writers Workshop will be our best yet,” said Patricia Ireland, Pellissippi State English instructor and planner of the event. “We’re aiming higher than ever in the quality of the workshops and the value of the whole experience for local high-school age writers.”

The Young Creative Writers Workshop is funded through an Arts Builds Communities grant from the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, which is matched by funds from 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 the Foundation, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call 865-694-6528.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

 

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Student artwork from abroad on display at Pellissippi State

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Pellissippi State Community College student Julianna Myers created this piece, titled "Language Barrier" during a study abroad experience in Italy.
Pellissippi State Community College student Julianna Myers created this piece, titled “Language Barrier,” during a study abroad experience in Italy.

 

Artwork inspired by study abroad experiences will be on display at Pellissippi State Community College for the Paper Trail Vol. III exhibit, Oct. 3-21.

The exhibit will include artwork created by Pellissippi State students and faculty during study abroad experiences over this past summer. Countries featured in the exhibit include Cuba, Germany, India, Italy and Scotland.

The Paper Trail Vol. III exhibit is free and open to the public and will be held in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. A reception to meet the student and faculty artists will be held from 3-5 p.m., Oct. 3. Some of the art will be for sale over the course of the exhibit.

“Study abroad is an amazing opportunity for our students” said Jennifer Brickey, a Pellissippi State art associate professor and frequent faculty advisor on study abroad trips. “This exhibition helps us all stop, reflect on our travel experiences and celebrate the impact it makes on our lives. I’ve had the enormous opportunity to witness students stepping outside their comfort zones and becoming totally immersed in a different culture.”

Brickey, who organized the exhibit, teaches in and directs the study abroad program to Italy through the Tennessee Consortium of International Studies.

“It really is one of the best parts of my job, knowing that I may have contributed to the impact that a trip like this makes on student lives,” Brickey said.

Tennessee Consortium of International Studies, headquartered at Pellissippi State, organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. In 2015, the college was nationally recognized for its work with TnCIS in sending 204 Pellissippi State students to study abroad.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. For more information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call 865-539-7280.

 

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