Pellissippi State hosts Ron McCurdy for multimedia jazz concert

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Pellissippi State Community College and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies will host a performance of “The Langston Hughes Project” by Ron McCurdy on Feb. 22.

The free concert begins at 11 a.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’ jazz poem suite “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz.” The concert incorporates many musical styles including blues, gospel, progressive jazz and more. The “Langston Hughes Project” is designed to inspire people to become more curious about their past and to understand how to live, work and play together.

McCurdy is a professor of music in the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Prior to his professorship at USC, he served as director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at USC and as a professor of music and chair of the Afro-African American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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

Pellissippi State to host Cuban literacy campaign speaker

Pellissippi State Community College will host Griselda Aguilera Cabrera for three events on Wednesday, Feb. 21, on the Magnolia Avenue Campus.

Cabrera will give three presentations: two eight-minute showings of the documentary film “Maestra” at 8:35 a.m. and 9:40 a.m., followed respectively by a Spanish-only presentation and an English-interpreted Spanish presentation. Cabrera also will host a full-length, 35-minute showing of “Maestra” from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by a question and answer session. Cabrera will be accompanied by Catherine Murphy, the director of “Maestra.”

All events will be in the Community Room on the Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

Cabrera was featured in the movie “Maestra,” a documentary film about the Cuban literacy campaign that virtually ended adult illiteracy in 1961. Only seven years old, Cabrera was one of the youngest volunteers in that campaign. Now retired from her career as an educator, she is involved in the Cuban Psychology Society’s Working Group on Identity and Diversity, participating in workshops and activities concerning homophobia, prejudice against people with HIV/AIDS, racial discrimination and domestic violence.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu

Pellissippi State students take top marks in state Math Bowl

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Pellissippi State Math Bowl Finalists
Math Bowl participants from left to right: Hollie Arnsdorff, Hannah Ruth Smith, Julia Williamson, Julie Coulombe, Kerrigan Magnus, Katelyn Bertou, Alex Shipe, Sarah Herrell.

Students from Pellissippi State Community College took eight of the top 15 places in a recent statewide mathematics competition among community colleges.

A total of 131 Pellissippi State students competed in the annual Pellissippi State Math Bowl in five divisions — survey of mathematics, calculus A and B, precalculus and statistics. Community college students from across the state also participated in the competition at their home college. Their scores were then compared to those of other students entered in the Math Bowl.

Pellissippi State student Timothy Beauchamp finished first in the statewide survey of mathematics division, while Hollie Arnsdorff scored first in the statewide statistics division. Jessie Li finished second statewide in calculus B. Katelyn Bertou and Edward Radford tied for first, while Alex Osbourne, Hannah Ruth Smith and Shane Hawkins tied for third in the statewide precalculus division.

The Pellissippi State Math Bowl is part of the annual State Mathematics Competition, sponsored by the Tennessee Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. In addition to state prizes, Pellissippi State — thanks to a grant from Oak Ridge Associated Universities — awards its top finishers in each subject with additional cash prizes.

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

Pellissippi State gem class compliments traditional Valentine’s Day gifts

Do you ever wonder why one diamond is priced more than another? And how do you know which one to select? Pellissippi State Community College is offering a noncredit class that will teach you the ins and outs of diamonds, pearls and gemstones.

Gemology Certificate with Jewelry Television is a 12-hour class that the college is offering in partnership with Jewelry Television in Knoxville. The class will teach you how these raw materials are formed, mined, identified, graded and priced.

As an added bonus, if you register for a gem class before Feb. 15, you will receive a coupon for 15 percent off your entire regular priced purchase at the Gemstore by Jewelry Television. There is not an expiration date, so the coupon can be used at your convenience for an entire regular price purchase. The Gemstore is located at 9933 Kingston Pike.

Hobbyists, artists, jewelry lovers and anyone looking to explore a career in the industry will enjoy this series.

“This class is an opportunity to learn extremely technical gem information in an easy-to-understand and enjoyable environment,” said instructor Hillary Spector. “Participants get to touch and feel product and use high-tech lab equipment to identify gems.”

Spector, a graduate gemologist and former Gemological Institute of America (GIA) instructor, has more than 25 years of experience in the gemological industry and is presently the instructional specialist for Jewelry Television.

Classes are held at Jewelry Television’s Jewel School Institute in West Knoxville March 5-8, and sections are scheduled mornings or evenings, from 9 a.m.-noon or from 6-9 p.m. You may register for individual sections or for the full four-day lineup. Cost is $395 for the full four-day session or $99 per class.

For more information about non-credit courses at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability for one of these classes, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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