Pellissippi State announces Krissy DeAlejandro as Commencement speaker

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Krissy DeAlejandro
Krissy DeAlejandro

Krissy DeAlejandro has spent eight years helping open the doors of higher education to Tennessee students.

On May 6, DeAlejandro, the executive director of tnAchieves, will congratulate Pellissippi State Community College’s 2016 graduates as speaker at the college’s spring Commencement. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena. More than 750 students will graduate this spring, and approximately 450 are expected to walk across the stage.

“As a first generation, low-income, rural college student, I will share a few lessons from my experience,” DeAlejandro said. “I want students from similar backgrounds to understand that what might seem like an adversity is really an opportunity. I truly believe that higher education changes life trajectories. It certainly changed my life.”

In her position with tnAchieves, DeAlejandro oversees the Tennessee Promise last-dollar scholarship in 54 counties. DeAlejandro has a long history with Pellissippi State — from once serving as an adjunct faculty member to helping launch knoxAchieves, a precursor to tnAchieves, in 2008.

“I’ve had a long and very supportive relationship with Pellissippi State throughout the tnAchieves journey,” DeAlejandro said. “tnAchieves has been sending students to Pellissippi State since 2009, so I’m excited that many of our students will be in the audience graduating this year.”

 “Krissy has been a great partner to Pellissippi State in rolling out the knoxAchieves, tnAchieves and Tennessee Promise access programs,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “I admire her passion for students across our state in encouraging them to take advantage of higher education opportunities.”

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

 

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Pellissippi State hosts Appalachian expert George Brosi

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George Brosi
George Brosi

Pellissippi State Community will host Appalachian expert George Brosi for a presentation April 28.

The presentation, “Appalachia Then and Now,” begins at 2 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. It is free and the community is invited to attend. Brosi will have a display of Appalachian books for sale following his presentation.

Brosi, a 1960 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, will discuss major cultural and social changes in Southern Appalachia since the time he was a student in East Tennessee.

“The first picket line I walked was at a segregated laundromat in Oak Ridge in 1961,” Brosi said. “When I was growing up, there were still deep coal mines in Anderson County. Knowing the historical perspective of things like this gives us hope that really dramatic social changes are possible in America.”

Brosi is the owner of Appalachian Mountain Books, a seller of books specializing in books about Southern Appalachia. He was editor of Appalachian Heritage literary magazine for more than a decade, and has served as an English and Appalachian studies instructor in Kentucky’s higher education system, including at the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University. Brosi also co-edited “No Lonesome Road: Selected Prose and Poems of Don West” with Jeff Biggers, the author of Pellissippi State’s Common Book, “The United States of Appalachia.”

“I’m really glad the students at Pellissippi State have the opportunity to read Jeff’s book,” Brosi said. “It’s a wonderful introduction to regional life, and it really helps students have a feeling of pride about where they’re from.”

Brosi’s presentation is a Common Academic Experience event. Pellissippi State’s Common Academic Experience unites all Pellissippi State freshmen students in a shared reading experience of a Common Book — this academic year, “The United States of Appalachia” — which becomes the basis of a year-long discussion of issues related to the book.

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

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Pellissippi State finalist for national Award of Excellence

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Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr.
Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr.

Pellissippi State Community College was one of four finalists for the 2016 Student Success Award of Excellence, given by the American Association of Community Colleges.

“Everyone deserves access to higher education, and Pellissippi State is proud to be a leader among community colleges in ensuring that everyone has that opportunity to follow their dreams and find their success,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “We are very proud to have been a finalist in this prestigious award.”

The Student Success Award recognizes a community college that has demonstrated a sustained commitment to and proactive advancement of the cause of student success. Nominees are evaluated based upon increases in degree completion and transfer rates, as well as innovative programs that encourage retention, graduation and student success.

Pellissippi State was nominated in recognition of its Accelerated Higher Education Associates Degree program, which allows working adults to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in only 16 months. The AHEAD program has a 75 percent completion rate — higher than the national average for similar programs — and has been expanded to include more than 300 students in 20 cohorts in nine different degree areas.

“I attribute a great deal of my life and career success to the AHEAD program,” said Pellissippi State alumna Amber Hampton. “I’m a first-generation college student who thought she wouldn’t make it through the first class. In reality, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Pellissippi State in 2012 and from Bryan College in 2014.”

Alumnus Josh Hemphill said, “My success in the business community all started at Pellissippi State when I enrolled in the AHEAD program in 2009. The professors showed support and guidance to help everyone, and thanks to the support of my professors and cohort peers, I’m now entering my second year as a business owner.”

“We are certainly proud of all that AHEAD has done and is doing, but AHEAD is only a small part of all Pellissippi State does to increase access to higher education for all of our students,” Wise said. “We’re devoted to student success and will continue to find new ways to open doors to students.”

The winner of the AACC Award of Excellence in Student Success was announced April 11 to be El Paso Community College.

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

 

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Pellissippi State celebrates Shakespeare at ‘Bard at Blount’

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Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus will celebrate Shakespeare — and the 400th anniversary of his death on April 23 — with a two-day festival that is open to the community.

“The Bard at Blount: A Celebration of Shakespeare” will explore how Shakespeare went from being a playwright to being the playwright, and how Shakespeare remains relevant in today’s modern culture. The free event will feature Pellissippi State faculty members Jennifer Horn, Kelly Rivers and Amanda Carr-Wilcoxson delivering lively lectures about Shakespeare’s life and works, as well as performances of iconic Shakespearean scenes by Pellissippi State acting students.

Beginning at 2 p.m., April 19, Carr-Wilcoxson and Rivers will present “Accidental Icon: Shakespeare in History and Culture.” Beginning at 3 p.m., April 20, Horn will present “Renew, Reuse, Recycle: Shakespeare Today.” Horn’s lecture will include a performance by fellow faculty member Grechen Wingerter’s Acting I class.

Each day’s events will be held in the West Chevrolet Auditorium, and Shakespeare birthday cake will be served following both. The Blount County Campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway.

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. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu or call the Blount County Campus at 865-981-5300.

 

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