Afghan Humphrey Fellow to share message of hope, power of education

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Angela Niazmand“I believe education is the only way out of darkness.”

So says Angela Niazmand, a Humphrey Fellows scholar from Afghanistan, who will visit Pellissippi State Community College the week of Feb. 8. She will share a presentation at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Goins Building Cafeteria Annex, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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

“Afghan women are capable the same as other women in the world. They are enhancing their capacity and building their nation. I believe we should be strong and stay firm with our goals and not let life challenges stop us from moving forward. Try to challenge life difficulties; do not let life difficulties challenge you,” Niazmand said.

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.

Before receiving the Humphrey Fellows award, Niazmand served as the acting registrar at the American University of Afghanistan. She holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in Dari language and literature from Kabul University and another in social science from the American University of Afghanistan. This year, she is based at Penn State University, where she is studying the American higher education system.

“My goal is to continue with my education in master’s degree and doctorate levels in higher education outside Afghanistan, then return to help the higher education system of my beloved country, Afghanistan,” Niazmand said.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

 

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Pellissippi State holds free jazz concert for community

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Pellissippi State Community College will host the Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra and special guest Joe Murphy for a free community concert Thursday, Feb. 18.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Seats will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  

The Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra is an honors band of East Tennessee high school students under the direction of Knoxville Jazz Orchestra’s lead trombonist, Tom Lundberg.

Joe Murphy is one of the top recording tuba players in the United States. He has played live and recorded with dozens of artists, including Michael Bolton, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, Michael W. Smith and The Fifth Dimension, among others. His music has been heard in the soundtracks of video games like “Call of Duty: Black Ops” and “Star Wars,” in the History Channel series “Texas Rising” and in the film “The Last Witch Hunter.”

The Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra concert is one of the events that makes 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.

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

 

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Pellissippi State Announcements: Alumni Award

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Pellissippi State Community College seeks nominations for its annual Distinguished Alumni Award at www.pstcc.edu/alumni/award. Anyone can nominate a Pellissippi State alumnus. The deadline to nominate a winner is March 1. The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to an individual in recognition of significant professional achievement, service to the community and support of the college and the Pellissippi State Foundation. For more information, contact Angela Pugh at 865-539-7275 or acpugh@pstcc.edu.
 
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Pellissippi State hosts workshops for high school students with disabilities

Pellissippi State Community College invites local high school students with disabilities and their parents to attend college career readiness workshops.

The one-hour workshop will inform students and parents about how to take and request accommodations for the ACT test, including when to take the ACT, general testing tips, and the types of accommodations you can request. The workshop is totally free, but participants must register. Reserve a spot at www.pstcc.edu/upep.

The workshops are provided by the college’s Universal Pathways to Employment Project. Dates, times and locations:

  • Blount County Campus — 6-7 p.m., Feb. 4, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, room 147
  • Division Street Campus — 6-7 p.m., Feb. 1, 3435 Division Street, room 100
  • Magnolia Avenue Campus — 6-7 p.m., Feb. 2, 1610 E. Magnolia Avenue, room 100
  • Strawberry Plains Campus — 6-7 p.m., Feb. 1, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike, room 2053

Pellissippi State’s Universal Pathways to Employment Project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy.

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

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