Pellissippi State event showcases student speeches

Student speeches will be the focus of an event Thursday, March 19, at Pellissippi State Community College.

The second annual Student Speech Showcase will be held from 7-9 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Student speakers at the event include Hayden Bright, Kayla Lochman, Kyle McGee, Austin Smith and Priscilla Wilson. Lochman will deliver an informative talk titled “Connected or Lonely,” and McGee will persuade his audience that “Your Words DO Matter: The Power of Cyber Hate.” Smith will deliver a speech titled “Slow Down for a Healthy Future.” The other students also will deliver speeches either in the informative or persuasive styles. Each speech is between five and eight minutes long.

The event will feature a Skype interview with Steven Beebe, a professor at Texas State University, who will give a talk entitled “Communicating Well and the Search for Verbs.”

Beebe is author and coauthor of twelve books, many of which are used as textbooks at hundreds of higher education institutions across the world. He and his wife, Susan Beebe, are coauthors of “Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach,” Pellissippi State’s new textbook for speech and public speaking courses. Beebe is a former president of the National Communication Association, and has been a visiting scholar at both Oxford University and Cambridge University.

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

Pellissippi State honors Knox County, City of Knoxville

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Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and City of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, recipients of the Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy, celebrated the grand opening of the Center for Student and Community Engagement at Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus Friday, Feb. 6. Also pictured are Pellissippi State president L. Anthony Wise Jr., Magnolia Avenue Campus dean Rosalyn Tillman, TBR chancellor John Morgan, TBR vice chancellor of community colleges Warren R. Nichols, TBR board member Danni Varlan, and other elected officials.

On Friday, February 6, Pellissippi State Community College and the Tennessee Board of Regents honored the support of Knox County and the City of Knoxville during an awards ceremony at the College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus.

Knox County and City of Knoxville representatives, including mayors Tim Burchett and Madeline Rogero, were presented the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy in honor of their combined investment of more than $1 million to the College, particularly the Magnolia Avenue Campus.

“The support and partnership of our local governments has been critical to our success in reaching students and helping them succeed,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. in his nomination letter.

“Courses and programs offered at the Magnolia Avenue Campus help build our regional workforce. Local government investment in the College has helped to support the expansion of our regional tax base and keep unemployment low in East Tennessee.

“At Pellissippi State, our collaboration with local government is impacting workforce development and student success. Without question, our mission to serve our community has been enhanced through our partnerships with the governments of Knox County and the City of Knoxville,” he added.

For more information about Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 329-3100.

Community invited to Student Honors Recital at Pellissippi State

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Pellissippi State Community College features its outstanding student performers at the annual Student Honors Recital on Tuesday, March 3.

The concert, which begins at 7 p.m., is in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and the community is invited.

“The annual Student Honors Recital features outstanding performers, both Music and non-Music majors, who are studying in private instruction, either in voice or on an instrument,” said Bill Brewer, Music program coordinator. Students are chosen to perform based on the recommendations of their instructors.

“The recital will include both vocalists and instrumentalists performing a wide variety of musical selections. The audience can expect to hear Italian operatic arias, German art songs, Broadway musical favorites, classical instrumental selections from a wide genre of styles, and even some folk and jazz.”

The Student Honors Recital is one of the performances in Pellissippi State’s 2014-2015 Music Concert Series. The series is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. This year, the arts series commemorates Pellissippi State’s 40th anniversary.

All piano presentations and accompaniments are performed on Steinways, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All-Steinway School.

For additional information about the college’s Music Concert Series or The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Science Olympiad at Pellissippi State rescheduled to March 7

The East Tennessee regional Science Olympiad competition, hosted by Pellissippi State Community College, has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 7, due to inclement weather.

Science Olympiad brings together middle and high school teams to compete against one another in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, events. Events might include a building competition in which students use the basics of engineering and physics to build a bridge that can support the largest amount of weight. Or students might take part in a laboratory competition in which they apply chemistry and biology to identify mystery powders.

“Science Olympiad is great because it exposes these students to so many different real-life applications of STEM academics,” said Morvarid Bejnood, a Pellissippi State instructor who is planning the event.

“It gives these middle and high school students the opportunity to visit Pellissippi State’s campus, to see our science labs and meet our faculty, as well as to meet local scientists and professionals in STEM fields. Science Olympiad is wonderful for education.”

More than 250 students are expected to take part in the competition. Winning teams go on to compete at the state level.

In addition, dozens of Pellissippi State students will serve as volunteers for the event through the college’s Service-Learning program.

The presenting sponsor of this Science Olympiad competition at Pellissippi State is STEMspark, the East Tennessee STEM education hub of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network and the national STEMx coalition.

To learn more about Pellissippi State and its STEM and other academic offerings, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Family feuds and more: Discover Appalachian history at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College is offering two early-spring non-credit classes on the history of Appalachia, covering everything from the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys to the coal-field wars to the Cherokee nation.

Leading the classes is Mark Davidson, a retired William Blount High School teacher who developed an Appalachian studies program while at the school.

“Our Appalachia: The Little Tennessee—The Valley of the Cherokee” is 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 3-April 14, at the Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway. “Our Appalachia Part II: More Mountain Mayhem—Feuding, Hard Times and Such” is also at the Blount County Campus, 6-8 p.m. Mondays, March 2-April 13.

“The Little Tennessee—The Valley of the Cherokee” takes on the history of the Little Tennessee valley, from the earliest exploration of the area to the forcible removal of the Cherokee. The class includes visits to Fort Loudoun, Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Tellico Blockhouse, Chota and Tanasi.

“Feuding, Hard Times and Such” covers the difficulties of life in the coal fields, the dangers of building railroad lines through the mountains, the Blair Mountain war, and various Appalachian feuds, including that of the infamous Hatfields and McCoys.

The cost of each class is $89, plus a $15 material fee.

For more information about these and other classes offered by Business and Community Services, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State: Winter Choral Concert features Karns and Heritage high school choirs

Pellissippi State Community College showcases guest choirs from local high schools at the annual Winter Choral Concert Tuesday, Feb. 24.

The concert is at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and the community is invited.

“Our annual winter concert always features two local high school choral groups,” said Bill Brewer, Music program coordinator. “This year, our guest choirs will be from Karns High School and Heritage High School. This annual invitational concert gives us an opportunity to host high school singers who might attend Pellissippi State and join our choral program.”

Both of the guest choirs perform 15 minutes of music. The event also includes singing by Pellissippi State’s Concert Chorale and Variations Ensemble.

The Winter Choral Concert is one of the performances in Pellissippi State’s year-long Music Concert Series. The series is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. This year, the arts series commemorates Pellissippi State’s 40th anniversary.

All piano performances and accompaniments will be performed on Steinways, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All-Steinway School.

For additional information about the Pellissippi State Music concert series or The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State, Board of Regents recognize Clayton family for support

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Pellissippi State Community College and Tennessee Board of Regents presented the Clayton Family Foundation and Clayton Homes with the Regents Award for Excellence in Philanthropy at a legislative breakfast Friday, Feb. 9. Pictured, from left, are TBR Chancellor John Morgan, Clayton Homes vice president of corporate services David Jordan, Jim Clayton of Clayton Family Foundation and Clayton Bank and Trust, TBR board member Danni Varlan and Pellissippi State president L. Anthony Wise Jr.

Pellissippi State Community College and the Tennessee Board of Regents recognized the Clayton Family Foundation and Clayton Homes for their support of higher education at a state legislative breakfast in Knoxville Friday, Feb. 6.

Danni Varlan, a TBR board member, presented the Regents Award for Excellence in Philanthropy to James L. Clayton of the Clayton Family Foundation and Kevin Clayton of Clayton Homes. TBR is the governing body for Pellissippi State and all of the state’s other community colleges.

“Clayton Homes and the Clayton Family Foundation truly epitomize the spirit of the Regents Award,” Varlan said. “Their contributions to numerous institutions in East Tennessee have enriched the fabric of our community. The Clayton foundations together have awarded over $40 million to hundreds of charitable organizations, giving back to the generations to come.”

A $1 million donation to the Pellissippi State Foundation from the Clayton Family Foundation and Clayton Homes supported two major projects: the Performing Arts Center and the Blount County Campus. The gift to the Performing Arts Center in 2008 resulted in the 500-seat facility’s renaming to the Clayton Performing Arts Center. The donation to the Blount County Campus, which opened in 2010, went for the purchase of equipment and furniture.

“Support from the Clayton family has been so much more than bricks and mortar,” Varlan said. The Claytons’ philanthropy and generosity have benefited various programs, campaigns, and funds, including Music scholarships, The Arts at Pellissippi State, art and cultural program funds, the Student Emergency Loan fund, and the Greatest Need fund for students, among others.

To find out more about the Pellissippi State Foundation, including opportunities to give, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call (865) 694-6528.

Pellissippi State invites community to ‘Caribbean Festival’

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Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to celebrate diversity at the Caribbean Festival, 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26.

The event is free and takes place in the College Center in the Goins Administration Building at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The Caribbean Festival will feature performances by the Carib Sounds Steel Band and the Caribbean Dancers of Atlanta. Guests can sample Caribbean foods, including jerk chicken and rice and beans.

The Caribbean Festival is sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Access and Diversity Office. The event is part of the college’s Black History Month celebrations. Other related events during February include

  • “Walk, Don’t Ride,” a presentation by The WordPlayers, 9:40-11:40 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Magnolia Avenue Campus
  • African-American Read-In, a recitation celebrating the works of African-American authors, all day Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Division Street Campus

In addition, all five Pellissippi State campuses will be celebrating Black History Month with displays highlighting African-American activists, artists, writers and history. African coffees and teas will be served at special morning meet-and-greets each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout the month.

For more information about the Caribbean Festival or other Black History Month events, visit www.pstcc.edu/diversity 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.

Pellissippi State announces opening of support center at Magnolia Avenue Campus

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Today, Pellissippi State Community College celebrated the grand opening of the Center for Student and Community Engagement at the Magnolia Avenue Campus.

The center provides a one-stop resource for student support services, including financial aid, advising, counseling, tutoring, service-learning, and safety and security.

“Life sometimes gets in the way of academic success,” said Rosalyn Tillman, dean of the Magnolia Avenue Campus. “The goal of the center is to provide every service we can to help our students overcome those distractions and roadblocks to success. Everything we do, we do so they can focus on school.”

Tillman was joined for the grand opening by L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president, as well as representatives from the Tennessee Board of Regents, Knox County and the city of Knoxville.

The center is designed to encourage student engagement within the school and in the community. Support programs and other resources will promote overall student health and wellness, prepare students for careers, and connect them with essential social support.

For more information about the Magnolia Avenue Campus and the Center for Student and Community Engagement, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 329-3100.

African-American modern art topic of Pellissippi State faculty lecture

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Herb Rieth, a faculty member at Pellissippi State Community College, presents a lecture titled “Flip, Flop and Freestylin’: Art of the African Diaspora in the 20th and 21st Century” at the college at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12.

The event is free and open to the community. The lecture takes place in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

“I’m going to be talking about the history of African-American modern art,” said Rieth, an assistant professor in Liberal Arts, “especially from the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and onward.”

His presentation will feature discussions of the works and lives of artists Kara Walker; Willie Cole; Yinka Shonibare, MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire); and Kahinde Wiley.

Rieth’s presentation is just one event in the Faculty Lecture Series. The lecture series is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. This year, the arts series celebrates Pellissippi State’s 40th anniversary.

For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts 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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