Ecuadorian Humphrey Fellow to share views at Pellissippi State

Juan Molina BolivarEcuadorian professor Juan Camilo Molina Bolivar will speak at Pellissippi State Community College during the week of March 27, as part of the college’s second Humphrey Fellows visit of the year.

Juan Camilo Molina Bolivar, a Humphrey Fellows scholar from Ecuador, will share a presentation at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, March 31, titled “Ecuador: A View From the Middle of the World.” The presentation is free and open to the public.

Bolivar will spend time shadowing Pellissippi State administrators to learn more about the community college model and how Pellissippi State interacts with its community.

Humphrey Fellows are mid-career professionals from other nations who travel to the U.S. and spend one academic year at a university or other higher education institution. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, was established in 1978. Professionals from 24 countries participate.

Bolivar is a university professor at the Technological Equinoctial University of Ecuador and has previously worked as a national director of research and international cooperation for the Professional Training Service of Ecuador. During his year as part of the Humphrey Fellows program, he is based at the University of Minnesota.

“With this experience, I want to understand the management of institutions specializing in professional and workforce training,” Bolivar said. “I can learn about the community college model and the best practices in adult training and development of professional skills, including the link between the private and industrial sectors.”

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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Pellissippi State Announcements: Egg Hunt at Blount County Campus

 

Pellissippi State Community College will hold an egg hunt at its Blount County Campus from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 26. The event is free and open to the community; it will be held rain or shine. Face painting will be available from 2-2:30 p.m., the egg hunt will be open to children under age 12 beginning at 2:30, and an ice cream sundae bar opens at 3. Campus tours will be available beginning at 3:15 p.m. The Blount County Campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway. For more information, call the Blount County Campus at 865-981-5300. 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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Pellissippi State hosts award-winning photographer

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Aspiring photographers take note: Pellissippi State Community College will host photographer Parish Kohanim for a presentation and reception Tuesday, March 22.

The event, “Parish Kohanim: A Creative Journey,” is free and open to the public. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. with the presentation to follow at 7 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Kohanim is an award-winning commercial, landscape, portrait and fine-art photographer and has been a member of the Canon “Explorers of Light” since 1994. The “Explorers of Light” program recognizes influential photographers and cinematographers who then share their passion and expertise through seminars, exhibits and other appearances. The Pellissippi State presentation is sponsored by Canon “Explorers of Light.”

During his presentation, Kohanim will discuss his own techniques and take audience members behind the scenes of some of his major assignments. Kohanim’s photographical focus is on finding beauty in any environment, and he will also offer best practices for everyone to enhance their creativity and vision.

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 Compliancet 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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Pellissippi State hosts award-winning author Nikki Giovanni

Nikki GiovanniOne of the world’s most well-known African American poets, Nikki Giovanni, will speak at Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus on Thursday, March 17.

Giovanni is the recipient of an unprecedented seven NAACP Image awards and a Grammy nomination, and is a New York Times bestselling author and finalist for the National Book Award. She will be on campus from 6-7:30 p.m. to speak about her work “On My Journey Now: Looking at African-American History Through the Spirituals,” which studies the heritage of music as a means to escape the injustice and harshness of slavery.

Following her presentation, Giovanni will be available for a book signing and reception. The event is free and the community is invited. The Magnolia Avenue Campus is located at 1610 E. Magnolia Avenue.

Giovanni’s presentation is sponsored by Magnolia Avenue Campus’ Beyond the Common Book Club and is a Common Academic Experience event. Pellissippi State’s Common Book unites all Pellissippi State freshmen students in a shared reading experience, which becomes the basis of a year-long discussion of issues related to the book. This year’s Common Book is “The United States of Appalachia” by Jeff Biggers, and events in this series continue the conversation about the multifaceted history of Appalachia. Giovanni is featured in “The United States of Appalachia.”

Giovanni was born in Knoxville in 1943. Her first published volumes of poetry, “Black Feeling, Black Talk,” and “Black Judgment” grew out of her response to the assassinations of figures like Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers and Sen. Robert Kennedy. Since then, she has published dozens of works. Today, Giovanni is a distinguished professor at Virginia Tech.

Additional support at the March 17 event will be provided by Pellissippi State’s Access & Diversity Office and the University of Tennessee’s Black Alumni Council.

For more information about attending this event, visit www.pstcc.edu or call the Magnolia Avenue Campus at 865-329-3100. 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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