Explore genealogical research with free community events at Pellissippi State Community College.
At the Magnolia Avenue Campus, the Beck Cultural Exchange Center’s Genealogy Society will hold workshops introducing participants to the detailed process of researching personal and familial genealogy Feb. 7, 10, 14, 17 and 21. There will be two workshops each day, 10:45 a.m. and 11:50 a.m., in room 122.
On Feb. 24, noted genealogist Tony Burroughs, the founder of the Center for Black Genealogy, will facilitate a longer genealogy workshop: “Help! I Can’t Find My Ancestors! Overcoming Challenges in Genealogy.” Burroughs will talk about the trials of family history research, how to create a family tree and the unique challenges for African-American researchers. His workshop will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the community room.
Burroughs also will lead a culminating presentation on the importance of genealogical research at 5 p.m., Feb. 24 in the community room. The presentation will end with a question-and-answer session.
For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.
Pellissippi State Community College alumni will be the featured artists in an upcoming exhibit in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery, Feb. 6-24.
“Through the Open Door: The Alumni Arts Exhibition” will feature Sharon Bachleda, Will Evers, Pete Hoffecker, Brandon McBath, Jamie Schneider and Patty Tinsley and their works of ceramic, metalwork, video, painting, printmaking, drawing and mixed media.
The exhibit’s opening reception, from 3-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, will offer an opportunity to meet some of the artists.
The featured Pellissippi State alumni have gone on to study at four-year institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago; Watkins College of Art, Design and Film; Indiana University; University of Memphis and University of Tennessee.
Gallery hours for the free exhibit are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Bagwell Center for Media and Art is located on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.
“Through the Open Door” is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual arts series that includes music and theatre performances, cultural celebrations, lectures and fine arts exhibits.
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 at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pellissippi State Community College will celebrate women with the upcoming play “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” by Nora and Delia Ephron.
The play, co-produced with DuckEars Theatre Company, will be at the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 10-11 and 17-18 and 2 p.m., Feb. 12 and 19.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Visit www.pstcc.edu/tickets or purchase tickets at the door. All of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Pellissippi State Foundation’s scholarship fund for theatre students.
“This is a simple but powerful play that showcases the stories of five women who recall seminal moments of their lives through the filter of their clothes,” said Theatre professor Charles R. Miller. “These monologues showcase the voice of women.”
This compelling dramedy discusses everything important: mothers, prom dresses, buying bras, and why women wear so much black. The play, directed by faculty member Steven McBride, will star Chevy Anz, Nancy Duckles, Kathy May Tallent, Jessie Holder Toutelotte and Deborah Webb. Additional cast and crew will include Pellissippi State students and faculty.
“Love, Loss and What I Wore,” based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which features cultural activities for the community — ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures and the fine arts.
For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call 865-694-6400.
The Pellissippi State Foundation has a new executive director to lead its fundraising efforts. Aneisa McDonald, an experienced local fundraising professional, began her tenure as executive director this month.
“This feels like the greatest professional achievement of my career,” McDonald said. “I’m honored to serve. I walk through these doors every morning and see the needs of Pellissippi State’s students, and I look forward to working with our Foundation board and staff members to fulfill those needs through the gifts of our very generous donors.”
McDonald, previously the director of planned and annual giving for the Foundation, succeeds Peggy Wilson, who retired in December after 33 years at Pellissippi State. The Pellissippi State Foundation works to provide funding for student scholarships and emergency loans, facility improvements and new equipment at Pellissippi State Community College.
“When the Foundation can match a donor who wishes to give with a student who needs a scholarship or an academic program that needs new equipment, everybody wins,” McDonald said.
“Last week, the Foundation was able to give a scholarship to a student who had lost everything they owned in a fire and still retained a 4.0 GPA. That scholarship doesn’t replace what that student lost, but it can keep him on the path toward completing his dream.”
Before coming to work for the Pellissippi State Foundation in 2014, McDonald worked for Knox County Schools, the Metropolitan Drug Commission and the Arts Council of Greater Knoxville. She received her Master of Science in Education from the University of Tennessee.
She is a Tennessee Promise mentor and supports numerous organizations, including Introduction Knoxville, the Knoxville Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and the Emma Walker Memorial Fund.
For more information about the Pellissippi State Foundation, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call 865-694-6528.