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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 email@example.com.
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.