Nikki Giovanni speaks to packed house at Pellissippi State

Nikki Giovanni
Nikki Giovanni speaks in the community room of Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus


Famed author, poet and Civil Rights activist Nikki Giovanni spoke to a packed house at Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus March 17. Giovanni spoke about her work, “On My Journey Now: Looking at African-American History Through the Spirituals,” which studies the heritage of music as a means to escape the injustice and harshness of slavery, as well as on the history of African Americans in Appalachia. She also signed books and met community members and Pellissippi State students and employees during a reception. Giovanni is featured in Pellissippi State’s 2016 Common Book, “The United States of Appalachia.”

Nikki Giovanni
NIkki Giovanni
Giovanni with Wise and Tillman
Pellissippi State Community College President L. Anthony Wise Jr., right, with Magnolia Avenue Campus Dean Rosalyn Tillman and author and poet Nikki Giovanni March 17 at Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus.


Pellissippi State hosts open houses for adult learners, home schoolers

Are you a home schooled student interested in attending college? Or are you looking to reconnect to higher education after time in the workforce?

Whatever your situation, Pellissippi State Community College has upcoming open houses to answer your questions.

Adult learners — or those students over age 24 — are invited to an open house from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 2. Home-schoolers and their parents or guardians may attend an open house from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24. Both open houses will be held at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Although both events are free, those interested in attending the adult learner open house are asked to RSVP at, and those interested in attending the home-schooler open house are asked to RSVP at

Each open house will allow prospective students to meet with representatives who can answer questions about Pellissippi State’s degree programs, admissions and financial aid.

At the home-school open house, parents and students can learn special information about Dual Enrollment, which allows high school juniors and seniors the chance to earn high school and college credit simultaneously for select courses. Attendees who are high school seniors will be entered into a drawing for a $250 scholarship to Pellissippi State, provided through the Pellissippi State Foundation. The Foundation supports student success by providing scholarships, new technology and equipment.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit 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

Download this press release: PSCC Spring 16 Open Houses

Pellissippi State Announcements: Blount County Open House

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Pellissippi State Community College will hold an open house for anyone interested in attending college at its Blount County Campus from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, April 7. Students will be able to speak with representatives from degree programs, admissions, financial aid and more. Tours of campus and light refreshments will be available. All attendees will be entered to win a $250 scholarship to attend Pellissippi State. The scholarship is provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation. The campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Friendsville. For more information, call the Blount County Campus at 865-981-5300.

Download this press release: PSCC Briefs Blount Open House

Country Music Television brings Morgan Myles to Pellissippi State

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Morgan Myles

Pellissippi State Community College, in partnership with Country Music Television, invites everyone to hear up-and-coming country music singer Morgan Myles at a free concert March 18.

Myles is a rising country music singer whose lead single, “Whiskey Dreaming,” helped land her at No. 22 on the iTunes country music chart. She has also been identified as an artist to watch by Nashville Lifestyles and Country Weekly magazines and

The concert begins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 18, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Although the event is free, tickets are required to ensure seating availability. Tickets are available at locations on each campus.

Pick up your tickets at these locations:

  • The main offices at the Blount County, Division Street, Magnolia Avenue and Strawberry Plains campuses
  • Marketing and Communications, Goins Administration Building, Room 264 on the Hardin Valley Campus
  • Community Outreach, Goins Administration Building, Room 207 on the Hardin Valley Campus
  • Student Life, Goins Administration Building, Room 141 on the Hardin Valley Campus

The concert also will feature a performance by Pellissippi State’s own Hardin Valley Thunder bluegrass ensemble, as well as testimonials from Pellissippi State students.

The concert is presented by Pellissippi State in partnership with CMT’s Empowering Education initiative. Empowering Education works with colleges to capture student success stories, support local recruitment and foster local economic development.

For more information, visit or call Patricia Myers, director of community outreach and donor engagement, at 865-539-7242.  To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or


Download this press release: Morgan Myles at PSCC

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