High-schoolers, home-schoolers get ahead in Pellissippi State’s Dual Enrollment program

Left to right, Trevor Sharpe, Josh Beck and Reed Stracener get help from Beth Long, an associate professor of Mathematics at Pellissippi State. The three students earned high school and college credit for taking Long’s Calculus II course in Pellissippi State’s Dual Enrollment program last semester. Nearly 2,000 high school students participated in the program during the past academic year.

To say home-school junior Trevor Sharpe was able to hold his own in a college-level math competition would definitely be an understatement.

The 16-year-old student, who was enrolled in the Dual Enrollment program at Pellissippi State Community College during the recently ended academic year, took part this past fall in a Student Math League competition. The event took place at Pellissippi State and was sponsored by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

Sharpe took home top honors—first place in the individual competition category in the Southeast region—and it’s likely that his participation in Dual Enrollment was of benefit.

Pellissippi State’s Dual Enrollment program allows area students to earn high school and college credit for the same course. About 2,000 high school students participated in the program this year. Classes are offered at both the high schools and the college.

For a future engineer who is already looking at graduate schools for his master’s work, earning credit towards college is completely logical.

“Since my dad’s a mechanical engineer and math and science have always been my favorite subjects, engineering seems like a natural fit,” Sharpe said. “If you have to take a class anyway, why not get college credit for it?”

Sharpe started at Pellissippi State with Calculus I last fall, then moved on to Calculus II spring semester.

“College is definitely different than what I’m used to,” said Sharpe. He says he intentionally transitioned into postsecondary courses slowly, but things have gone so well, he’s now ready to take three college-level classes per semester.

Sharpe traveled to Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus twice a week for classes. Last semester he met fellow high school students Josh Beck and Reed Stracener in Calculus II.

Calculus II was the seventh Pellissippi State course for Beck, 18, also a home-school student. Beck’s two years in the Dual Enrollment program have made a significant dent in the credits he’ll need to become a mechanical or nuclear engineer.

Like Sharpe, Beck has thrived in the Dual Enrollment program.

“[Dual Enrollment] has prepared me more for college,” he said. “It’s definitely a challenge, which is nice.”

Stracener, an 18-year-old student at Mount Pisgah Baptist Academy in Oliver Springs, had already completed English Composition I and II in the Dual Enrollment program when he took calculus.

“I don’t know what I was expecting at Pellissippi State,” said Stracener, “but the resources and infrastructure have been very impressive. All of it has been absolutely good.” Stracener says he hopes eventually to become a physicist.

For information about Pellissippi State’s Dual Enrollment program, visit www.pstcc.edu/admissions/dual or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State appoints new vice president of Academic Affairs

Pellissippi State Community College has named Ted Lewis, a college administrator from Texas, to be the new vice president of Academic Affairs.

The appointment comes after a nationwide search that resulted in more than 40 applicants for the position. Lewis begins on July 2, when he will be welcomed by faculty, staff and students of the five campuses: Blount County, Division Street, Hardin Valley, Magnolia Avenue and, starting fall semester, Strawberry Plains.

“I am duly impressed by Lewis’ commitment to student success, his creativity and energy, and his interest in our work at the college and in the community,” said Anthony Wise, president of Pellissippi State.

Lewis served most recently as the dean of instruction at Lone Star College–CyFair in Cypress, Texas. Located outside Houston, Lone Star College–CyFair is part of the Lone Star College System, which includes six colleges serving more than 75,000 credit-seeking students.

During his nine years as the dean of instruction, Lewis oversaw the administration of the institution’s science and public services division. He also brought together a unique collaboration with local emergency services agencies in order to train first responders. Lone Star College–CyFair and local agencies teamed to train more than 500 first responders, establish a special fire academy and provide a free Community Emergency Response Team academy made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Prior to his tenure at Lone Star College–CyFair, Lewis spent 12 years with Collin County Community College. Located north of Dallas, the educational institution is a seven-campus college serving more than 27,000 credit-seeking students. Lewis served as a professor, chair of the political science department and director of the school’s award-winning learning communities program.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master of Science in political science from the University of North Texas and a Doctor of Education in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Lewis spent many years in Texas and was very involved in the Cypress-Fairbanks (Cy-Fair) community. He served on the Cypress-Fairbanks Educational Foundation Board, was an active member of the Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce and was president of the Cy-Fair Rotary Club.

Lewis has been an advisory board member for numerous organizations, including the Safety Management Program of the University of Houston–Downtown and the Prepare America Network. The network supports the Office of Domestic Preparedness and the Department of Homeland Security in delivering education, training, and credentialing for security and emergency preparedness.

He has received numerous awards, among them, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2002), Lone Star College–CyFair’s Administrative Excellence Award (2005, 2009), the Chair Academy’s International Exemplary Leadership Award (2007) and the Lone Star College System’s Writing Award (2007, 2010).

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

Pellissippi State presents spring dean’s list

Pellissippi State Community College has named 939 top students to the spring 2012 semester dean’s list. To make the list, a student must take a full course load and earn a minimum 3.5 grade point average. Pellissippi State honorees include the following:

Grace Aaron
Rhett Abrahamson
Stephanie Adams
Anastacia Adaska
Katie Adcock
Ronald Agresta
Dawn Ahlgren
Zachary Ahmad
Britni Alatorre
Taylor Albert
Brett Alden
Christopher Alexander
Ariana Alfaro
Nada Alkadi
Burdette Allen
Allison Allen
Anthony Allen
David (Trey) Alley
Chrissy Almeida
James Amann
Timothy Amos
Sarah Andereck
Daniel Anderson
Delonda Anderson
Jourdan Anderson
Lauren Anderson
Mercy Anderson
Anna Angelini
Julia Apple
Alicia Armstrong
Tess Arnold
Donna Arthur
Richard Asher
Anna Astorga
Daniel Atkins
Alexandria Atkins
Victoria Ault
Esra Avgin
Haven Axmacher
Sharyn Bachleda
Lydia Badgett
Ian Baeske
Brian Bailey
James Bailey
Michael Baird
Zachary Baird
Victoria Baker
Jacob Balfe
Micah Ballard
Travis Banks
Kareem Baradei
Myrtle Barnes
Emory Barnett
Amy Barton
Nicholas Bashore
Kevin Bass
Sarah Baxter
Amy Beam
Amanda Bearden
Jaclynn Beasley
Amanda Beebe
Lauren Beeler
Garrett Beeson
Su Bell
Charles Bennett
Ashton Berry
Matt Birdwell
Misty Bishop
Tonya Blasco
Patrick Bledsoe
Amy Blevins
Jacob Boling
Joshua Boling
Caleb Bost
Jeffrey Boswell
Mariah Bowers
Jordan Bowling
Nathan Bowman
Austin Boyd
Elise Brackin
Allison Bradley
David Bradley
Keyonna Bragg
Carol Brakebill
Andrew Brandon
Misty Branton
Emily Breeden
Christopher Brewer
Katherine Brewer
David Bridges
Alexander Briggs
Heather Brinton
Nathan Brisk
Amy Brock
Robin Brockman
Amanda Brogden
Joshua Brooks
Michael Brotherton
James Brown
Phyllis Brown
Savannah Brown
William Brown
Cheryl Brownlee
Amelia Brumbaugh
Kaitlyn Brummett
David Bryant
Ericka Bryant
Tiffany Bryant
Amy Bryson
Jacob Buchanan
Rochelle Buck
James Buckley
Kevin Buckner
Amanda Buffalo
Andrick Buggs
Rachel Bullock
Stephanie Bullock
Billie Bunting
Brittany Burkett
Matthew Burkhart
Ashley Burt
Sarah Busby
Eden Butler
Emily Butters
Simon Byrne
Eric Byrnes
Abigail Cacace
John Cadotte
Cynthia Campbell
Zackary Caldwell
Edward Canada
Melanie Cannon
Evan Cantey
Geoffrey Card
Nicole Carnival
Cecilia Carreras
Madalyn Carrier
Katherine Carrigan
Jacob Carroll
Mandee Carroll
Kyle Carter
John Carter
James Carver
Jonathan Caylor
Deidre Caywood
Rachel Cecil
Amanda Chambers
Sadonna Chandler
Tiffani Chapman
Jonathan Chase
Logan Chesney
Eric Chestnutt
Kymberly Childers
Yuming Childress
Christopher Chilton
Eun Jeong Cho
Jeeyoung Chung
John Clark
Sarah Claxton
Amy Clayton
Christopher Cline
Patrick Clow
Kelly Coches
Claudia Coleman
Dakota Coffman
Rachel Coffman
Andrea Collins
Kenneth Colquitt
Andrew Connell
Aimee Conner
Shelby Conrad
Andrew Cook
Caleb Cooper
Katelyn Cooper
Kevin Coughlin
Krista Covert
Jaclyn Covington
Jessica Cox
Adam Crabtree
Mark Cragle
Rachel Craig
Jessie Crane
Brandon Criswell
Mark Croswell
Emily Crowder
Betty Culver
Gail Cunningham
Nathan Curtis
Joshua Curtis
Erik Dahlke
Victoria Dailey
Katlyn Dalton
Christina Damron
Dianne Daniell
Eythan Davich
Emily Davidson
Rebecca Davidson
Emily Davis
Jackie Davis
Natalie Davis
Nick Davis
Rachel Davis
Jessy Dawson
Charles Deaderick
Phylicia Dean
Darlene DeHart
Edward Deiderich
Steven DeJonge
Vanessa Delamain
Lindsay Delay
Mehri Delsimhashemi
Eric Denny
Kyle Denton
James Derrick
Samantha Derus
Katie Dickenson
Kirk Dickinson
Brittney Dingess
Joshua Dixon
Hoang Do
Brandi Dockins
Victoria Donaldson
Katherine Donovan
Sarah Doty
Tyler Doub
Daron Douglas
Brian Douthat
Jennifer Downey
Robert Drake
William Draney
Geoffrey Duesterbeck
Marian Dunlap
Megan Duncan
Laurel Dunn
Thomas Duran
Jonathan Durham
Zachary Dyar
Ashley Dykeman
Derek Earhart
Leslie Easterday
Elizabeth Edwards
Betty Edwards
Meagan Egli
Hanane El Moutii Thompson
Andrew Eldridge
Kestle Eldridge
Emily Ellenberg
Cody Elswick
Andrew Emanuel
Rachel Emerson
Melissa Emrick
Matthew Engman
Richard Ensor
Charmane Erb
Agnes Evans
ReGina Evans-Truss
Stephen Everette
Sean Fain
Amanda Fancher
Deirdre Farmer
Maria Farnham
Daniel Farnsworth
Ryan Farrell
Amanda Feather
Lauren Fielden
Caroline Fine
Richel Finfrock
Nichole Fiore
Aaron Floch
Brent Floyd
Caylee Ford
Andrew Forgione
Caitlin Fortner
Jonathan Foster
Elliott Foster
Brandon Foster
Lauren Foster
Jordan Fouts
Eric Fowler
Seth Franklin
Barrett Frazier
Carrie Frazier
David Freels
Sara French
Christiane Frith
Thomas Frost
Ryan Froula
Priscilla Furlong
Tina Garland
Alice Garland
Nathan Garner
Jessica Garner
Robert Garrard
Phillip Gaul
Erica Gaylor
Daniel Gibson
Eric Gibson
Darren Gideon
Michael Giles
Sonja Girardi
Kathy Girdlestone
Rebecca Goethe
Amanda Gonzalez
Maria Goodin
Natalie Goodin
Elizabeth Goodman
Spencer Goosie
Sharita Goosie
Hannah Gordon
David Gotthold
Katherine Goyeau
Kelsea Grala
Elizabeth Gray
Julianna Graybeal
Hannah Green
Jeff Greenberg
Daniel Greene
Eliza Greene
Sarah Greenway
Elizabeth Groover
Lisa Grunwald
Chelsea Guy
John Hagen
Hannah Hale
James Halk
Steve Hall
Amanda Hall
Angela Hamby
Joshua Hamilton De Leon
Amber Hampton
Almedin Hamzic
Senada Hamzic
Morgan Hankins
Elizabeth Harding
Andrew Hargis
Brandon Harp
Chelsea Harrington
Christian Harris
Bradford Harrison
Lawrence Harrison
Chad Hatala
Marty Hawkins
Jessica Hawkins
Alexander Hawkins
Tyler Hayes
Lacy Hayes
Christopher Hayes
James Haynes
Ashley Hays
Daniel Headrick
Kelsey Heath
David Hedger
Nicole Hedger
Dustin Heidel
Brandy Heller
Jessica Helton
Joshua Hemphill
Zachary Henderson
Samuel Henley
Morgan Henning
Lindsey Henson
Kaila Herd
Caroline Herron
Mary Herron
Aaron Hess
Evgenia Hester
Emily Hill
William Hill
Chris Hinds
Michael Hines
Trevor Hobbs
Matthew Hobbs
Hannah Hodge
Jessica Hodges
Katelin Hodges
Sherian Holiday
William Holland
Kristina Holloway
Julia Homan
Tyler Hood
Martika Horn
Cherie House
Cherie House
Luakia Houston
Sara Howard
Grant Howard
Shandie Howell
Amanda Huber
Marcus Hudson
Candice Huffaker
Travis Huffstetler
Christopher Hughes
Kelly Hughes
Virginia Hughes
Daniel Hullett
John Human
Kelsie Hunt
Carissa Huskins
Andrea Hutchins
Courtney Hutchinson
Amanda Hyatt
Muhammad Iqbal
Muhammad Iqbal
Jenna Irwin
Julie Isbell
Michael Ishee
Chloe Ivens
Paul Izbicki
Sidney Jackson
Taylor Jackson
Lauren Jackson
Cristy Janik
Patrick Jarman
Laura Jenkins
James Jenkins
Charlie Jennett
Christine Jensen
Steven Jett
Kerry Jett
Tammy Johnson
Michael Johnson
Tate Johnson
Erica Johnson
Tammy Jo Johnson
Jesse Johnson
Timothy Jones
William Jones
Stephanie Jones
Ashley Jones
Jonathan Jones
Jonathan Jones
Antoinette Juhl
Joe Junemann
Tyler Justus
Benjamin Kadron
Christina Kakanis
Kristina Kallstrom
Christina Kampas
Robert Kasik
Saiid Kassaee
Richard Keeble
Jamie Kelly
Christy Kendall
Hannah Kennedy
John Kennedy
Benjamin Kershaw
Jeffrey Key
Sadia Khan
Nicholas Kilano
Kilho Kim
Wonki Kim
Eric Kinder
Mia Kirby
Aaron Kitts
Jennifer Kitts
Brett Kleinhans
Kimberly Klemm
Jiyoung Koh
Katie Kolwyck
Lukresse Kouam Tchuendem
Taylor Kress
Paige Krizan
Brian Lam
Erin Lambert
Anna Land
Sarah Langman
April Larrabee
Jaclyn Lassetter
Jessica Lauth
Christopher Lawrence
E Lawson
Morgan Lay
Trang Le
Kyndall Leach
Katrina Leatherwood
John Lee
Soyoung Lee
Rachel Lee
Cortnee Lee
Paige Leffel
Rachel Leffew
Michelle Lehmann
Tina Lett
Billi Lewellyn
Michael Lindsey
Peter Lomax
Teresa Long
Angela Long
Justin Lowe
Tanya Lowe
Heather Lowery
Jeffery Lowery
David Loy
Kari Loy
Michael Lundy
Michael Lundy
Brandon Lusby
Rhett Lyle
Ashley Lynn
Cassie Lyons
Breanna Maginness
Eric Mailahn
Charles Maitlen
Yared Mamo
Caleb Mangum
Joshua Maniaci
Anthony Manilla
Kristen Manning
Brittany Manning
Diana Mannis
Diana Mannis
Benjamin Manuel II
Ashley Maples
Michaela Maples
Kendall Maples
Jeanette Marengo Jimenez
Luke Marinac
James Martin
Timothy Martin
Joshua Martin
Randy Martin
Jennifer Martin
Katie Mason
James Massengill
Philip Mathews
Mason Matlock
Marie Mattus
Cameron Mauk
Tina May
Kassy Maynard
Brandon McCallum
Brandi McCarter
Daniel McCloud
Hannah McCollum
Andrea McCune
Jamie McDaniel
Ryan McDonald
David McGhee
Joshua Mcgill
Amy McGinnis
Scott McGugin
Ashley McInturff
Sarah McKee
Ciara McKelvey
Matthew McKinney
Caitlin McLean
Lauren McMillan
Matthew McNeilly
M.Tracie Meares
Cortney Melton
Ines Mena-Solano
Kelly Merrill
Erin Merten
Robert Metz
Tamara Meyers
Andrew Meyers
Stephanie Michel
Alexandra Miller
Elizabeth Miller
Mitchell Miller
Denna Miller
Ashton Miller
David Miller
Grady Milligan
Sara Mills
Natalia Mock
Tania Mod
Leanne Moe
Mario Moncada Urbina
Lori Monroe
Rebecca Montgomery
Stephen Montierth
Mindy Moore
Michelle Morgan
Melissa Morgan
Samantha Morgan
Shawn Morgan
Chara Morris
Nicholas Morrissey
Aaron Morton
Pamela Moses
Trevor Motz
Matthew Mulloy
Kelly Mulvey
Darla Murphy
Amanda Murr
Philip Naglitch
Gladys Nance
April Napier
Melinda Narro
Brooke Nathan
Allison Neal
Nathan Neal
Scott Neely
Julia Newman
Carthel Newton
Trang Nguyen
Erin Nicely
Travis Nicely
Lauren Nicholson
Jeremy Nix
Mary Noe
Shelby Norman
Travis Norman
Robert Norris
William Norris
William Nunn
Reilli O’Brien
Carla Odham
Leah Odom
Gretchen Ogle
Lisa Ogle
Ronald Ogle
Jonathan Olkowski
Callie Orr
Whitney Oslonian
Daniel Ostrom
Stefanie Over
Marie Owen
Casey Owens
Kendall Owens
Daniel Pack
Ana Karolina Paiva
Deborah Palmer
Christopher Pappas
Melanie Parker
Hannah Parkman
Joshua Parrott
Logan Parrott
Kassandra Parsley
Danny Pate
Neel Patel
Nikunj Patel
Dinaben Patel
Morgan Patrick
Hannah Payne
Lynette Payne
Sarah Perry
Jessica Perry
Erica Peters
Courtney Pfab
Emilee Phelps
Douglas Phelps-Shirreffs
Douglas Phelps-Shirreffs
Ethan Phillips
John Phillips
Taylor Phillips
Sharde Pianowski
James Pickens
Maria Pinzon
Jacob Pio
Erin Pittman
Amber Poole
Amber Poole
Richard Poppert
Courtney Posey
Mico Posey
John Potter
Sara Pounds
Stephanie Powers
Savannah Prator
Chelsea Price
Brittany Price
Britany Probst
Tyson Proffitt
Munira Punjvani
David Quraishi
Joy Raby
Spencer Raby
Walter Radny
Ryan Ramirez
Ashley Rasar
Daryl Ray
Joshua Ray
Grayson Reedy
Hanna Reeves
Micah Reppuhn
Nestor Reyes
Amy Reynolds
Sheldon Reynolds
Carrissa Richardson
Joseph Ridgell
Kye Riehl
Alan Riggs
Haley Roach
Courtney Roach
Jason Roberts
Jeff Roberts
Abbey Roberts
Daniel Robertson
Lauren Robinson
James Robinson
Alisha Robson
Tessie Rockwell
Kayla Roddy
Aaron Rodrigues
Kenyatta Rogers
Shelly Rogers
Matthew Rogers
Tommie Lou Rogers
Jeffrey Roller
Rachel Rollick
Josh Roop
Benjamin Rouse
Jonathan Rowe
Ethan Rucker
Delaina Ruddell
Cory Russell
Sarah Russell
Abbigail Rutherford
Amber Ryan
Patricia Safadi
Christopher Salvo
Randolph Salzwedel
Kaitlin Sandberg
Michelle Sanders
Brooke Sands
Ashley Satterfield
Dylan Sauls
Travis Schappel
Emily Scheideler
Scott Schermerhorn
Philip Schnepp
Christopher Schwartz
Brittany Scrivner
Noah Seiple
Jane Sellers
Carlie Serpa
Jordan Sexton
Michael Shafer
William Shaffer
Edward Shalett
Roger Shaner
Haley Sharp
Burton Sharp
Weslee Sharp
Dylan Sharp
Samantha Shelley
Melissa Sherman
Kayleigh Sherwood
Jee Yeon Shin
Lindsay Shope
Courtney Shultz
Gregory Shurina
John Shurina
Christopher Shutt
Travis Silcox
John Silva
JenaLee Silva
Bradley Sims
Janell Sinclair
Gregory Singleton
Wendy Skiles
Jonathan Skinner
Emily Skurtu
Ruth Smart
Michael Smith
Teresa Smith
Taylor Smith
Jeffery Smith
James Smith
Brian Smith
Kelsea Smith
Katherine Smith
Kalyn Smith
John Smith
Caleb Smith
Madeline Smith
Hannah Snelling
Bobby Snodderly
Kayla Snyder
Jacquelyn Sobel
Tina Sosa
Cassandra Sotomayor
Chelsa Souza
Edward Soyk
Joshua Spalding
Nikolas Spangler
Ryan Sparks
Robert Sparks
Elizabeth Spenser
Laurie Spoon
Adam Spradlin
Audrey Spring
Paul Staats
Wendy Stafford
Sierra Stair
Kyle Stanfield
Erin Stansberry
Burton Steely
Jeff Steinheimer
Julia Steinmann
Chelsey Stevens
Margaret Stiles
Richard Stogsdill
Susan Stone
Chelsea Stowell
Loretta Strange
Angela Strickland
Kristine Sullivan
Robert Summers
Arnold Sundermeyer
Katherine Swisher
Truc Ta
Jennifer Tackett
Tawny Tallent
Matthew Taylor
Tiffany Taylor
Nora Taylor
Jenny Taylor
Ashley Teague
Amber Teasley
Adam Tester
Lucas Thal
Wm Thomas
Zachary Thomas
Nolan Thomas
Kaylie Thomas
Sarah Thompson
Rachel Thompson
Christopher Thompson
Jefferson Thompson
Victoria Thorpe
Sadie Tibbs
Jillian Tidwell
Kelly Tindell
Michelle Tipton
Juan Toranzo-Fox
Jessica Toth
Wesley Touchstone
Abbey Towe
Trey Townsend
Melanie Travins
Adam Treadway
Ashleigh Treadway
Katelin Treece
Elizabeth Trest
Tara Trusley
Rachele Tucker
Joyce Tucker
Rachael Turner
Matthew Turner
Logan Turner
Harrison Tyler
Lauren Underwood
Lauren Underwood
Sydney Ussery
Donna Vanderbilt
Erik Vass
Lauren Vassallo
Brenda Vasser
Blake Venable
Anna Vesely
Terry Vest
Caleb Vibbert
Phong Vo
Olga Vorobyeva
Justin Voto
Tung Vu
Cory Waddell
Logan Wade
Drexel Waggoner II
Mark Wagner
Gene Walker
Robert Walker
William Walker
Crystal Wallace
Karissa Walter
Caleb Walton
Matthew Warren
Leah Watkins
Chelsey Watson
Wesley Weaver
BriAnna Webb
Justin Webber
Alisha Webber
Coby Webster
Shawn Weiso
Stephanie Welch
Chelsea Welch
Destiny Welch
Zachary Wells
Nathaniel West
Emily West
Bobby Westerfield
Amy Whaley
Tyson White
Katelyn White
Rachel White
Kelley Whitehead
Elizabeth Whitehead
Justin Wiley
Sophie Willborn
Meredith Williams
Sarah Williams
Lauran Williams-Rowden
Tara Willoughby
Shane Wilson
Hayden Wilson
Mary Wilson
Hillary Wilson
Stephen Wilson
Jared Wilson
Zanetta Wilson
Johnathon Winston
Amanda Witt
JheanShetan Wolfsbrother
Tim Wollack
Zane Womac
Breanna Womac
Hannah Wong
Dylan Wood
Scottie Wood
Tracie Woodall
Barbara Woodruff
Kalonji Khafre Woods
Pamela Woolson
Lauren Wooten
Jennifer Worthington
Ericka Wright
Cindy Wright
Hanna Wright
Eric Wright
Guyus Wyatt
Jonathan Wyatt
Shahnoza Yarkulova
Trina Yates
Karen Yearwood
Alicia Young
Casey Young
Brayan Zavala
Brandi Zelenka
Ning Zhong
Angelique Zimcosky
Sara Zingg
Stacey Zupka

Pellissippi State offers free GED prep amid increasing state standards

Pellissippi State Community College’s Adult Education program offers free classes for the General Educational Development exam, a test adults might want to take sooner rather than later.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Adult Education division is preparing for major changes to the GED test to take effect in 2014.

“We encourage eligible Tennesseans who have not earned their GED to do so now,” said Commissioner Karla Davis. “Beginning January 1, 2014, the GED test will cost more, must be taken on a computer and will contain significant content changes.”

Pellissippi State’s free program offers small class sizes, individualized tutoring and computer tutorials.

“Our program will work with you toward a brighter future—whether it is to become employed, find a better job, or enroll in a training program or postsecondary education,” said Joan Newman, director of Academic Testing and Adult Education at Pellissippi State.

The GED test is undergoing its biggest overhaul since the credentialing test began in 1942. The revised test will measure knowledge and core skills that more closely reflect common core state standards, which is the body of information young people are expected to learn in school and need for success in college and the workforce.

The 2014 test will be more rigorous in general and requires higher-level math proficiency. As before, the new GED test covers these subject areas: writing, reading, science, social studies and math.

Pellissippi State’s GED preparation is available both day and evening hours at several locations throughout Knoxville. Enrollment is open to everyone, and classes are taught by small-group or one-on-one instruction.

Pellissippi State also offers a free practice test that, according to Newman, provides a reliable predictor of actual GED scores.

To find out more or to sign up, call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State named Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine

Pellissippi State Community College serves one of the largest veteran populations of any Tennessee community college, and the institution does it with distinction, according to G.I. Jobs magazine.

The publishers of G.I. Jobs selected Pellissippi State for inclusion on the 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools in the fall. The list honors the 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace the country’s service members and veterans as students.

“I was very pleased with the recognition from G.I. Jobs magazine, in part because of the work and the support systems that we had put into place for these students,” said Pellissippi State President Anthony Wise.

“I think part of it is just being intentional, understanding that this particular population of students does have specific needs and concerns, and making sure, as an institution, we’ve found a means of addressing those.”

The 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on the list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. The schools offer scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit, and other support for those who served.

Pellissippi State’s recent initiatives to improve veterans’ services took shape out of a working group that began three years ago. Rebecca Ashford, vice president of Student Affairs, leads the group.

Ashford says the group’s first step was to create a brochure for veterans attending or considering attending Pellissippi State. The brochure lists services such as admissions, financial aid, advising, and veterans’ assistance, as well as disability and personal and career counseling. There are phone numbers and email addresses for staff in each department. Having points of contact was important for veterans, the group learned from a survey of Pellissippi State students.

The college offers an assortment of educational assistance through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Last year, 512 students received VA benefits, says Sharon Shastid, a financial aid coordinator and the college’s VA certifying official. That number represents 5 percent of the institution’s student population and includes veterans, service members, and their dependents.

Applying for benefits can be a lengthy process, so the college initiated early advising to ensure that veterans’ tuition funds arrived in time for the start of classes. At Pellissippi State’s Student Assistance Center, staff members Rachael Cragle and Ben Sugg give priority access to service members, veterans, and their dependents.

That approach eased National Guard member Mohammed Amran’s transition into school. Amran, a member of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Knoxville, began taking classes at Pellissippi State when he transferred from another National Guard unit.

“When I registered, they worked with me because I’d just moved to Tennessee due to the change of station,” said Amran, an accounting student. “They were able to work with me on in-state tuition because of that, so I thought that was nice. Of course, you have a veteran representative there, Sharon Shastid—she’s wonderful—and Ben Sugg.

“They have been very helpful throughout. I see them every semester and they’ve been very on top of everything.”

Amran says his teachers, too, have been supportive.

“The teachers, there are times when I had [National Guard] training that went over on Monday or started on Friday; they were very accommodating,” he said.

Those kinds of support are why Pellissippi State made the “military-friendly” list.

“I think it’s also the attitude,” said Kathy Douthat, a Pellissippi State counselor. “It’s being willing to go the extra mile for people who have put themselves on the line for us.”

Beyond supportive faculty and staff, Pellissippi State also provides its service members and veterans with recognition through special events—the “Conflict Zone” photography exhibit in conjunction with Memorial Day, the Remembrance Day Roll Call on Nov. 11—as well as with organizations like the Student Veterans Association. In addition, staff, faculty and the administration are offered training through webinars and conferences about veterans’ issues.

Learn more about the veterans’ assistance at Pellissippi State by visiting www.pstcc.edu/financial_aid/veterans or calling (865) 694-6405.

Pellissippi State hosts French sports exchange students for 14th year

Pellissippi State exchange students experience water based sports on the beaches of France.

One of the things 23-year-old Marie Laure Lesigne loved most this spring was getting the opportunity to experience wakeboarding on Fort Loudon Lake. Lesigne is one of 10 French students who traveled to Pellissippi State Community College in April to get a taste of American life.

This year marked the 14th time Pellissippi State has hosted the Sports Exchange program with the Institut Universitaire de Technologie, a two-year technical school in Cherbourg, on the northwest coast of France.

The French students spent 10 days getting to know the area and the people. They stayed in the homes of Pellissippi State students and participated alongside them in a variety of sports: golf, rowing, racquetball, karate, fencing, archery, tennis, volleyball, weight lifting. Besides wakeboarding on the lake, the guests took in the Dixie Stampede, rappelled at Look Rock, whitewater rafted on the Ocoee River and danced at Cotton Eyed Joe.

“One of the main goals was for them to interact with our students and see American life firsthand, not just what they see in the movies,” said Cathy Clay. Clay is an associate professor of Physical Education at Pellissippi State and coordinator of the student exchange.

“The French students have done a lot of things they’ve never gotten to do before. We’re the same way when we go to France—getting to do things at the beach that we don’t normally do, like sailing three different sizes of boats, surfing and scuba diving, and other water and land activities.”

The exchange program between the two colleges was started by Allen Edwards, former Pellissippi State president, and the tradition continues with the support of the current president, L. Anthony Wise Jr.

Over time, the mission has remained the same, as has much of the program, but many of the French students who visited this year were older than in years past, according to Clay.

“They came with more life experience behind them, and we had 100 percent participation in every activity,” she said.

On May 4, just a couple of weeks after the visitors returned to France, the “exchange” part of the program took place. Pellissippi State students flew to Paris and took a train to Cherbourg, where they were greeted at the station by their French counterparts.

Like their French guests, the American students stayed in the homes of their Cherbourg “amis,” except during a visit to Paris. In addition to trying new outdoor activities, they visited Mont Saint-Michel and the beaches where the Allied invasion occurred in World War II in Normandy, as well as most of the major tourist attractions in Paris.

The Pellissippi State students earn 3 credit hours in Physical Education on successful completion of the exchange, and the credit transfers to most colleges as a special topics course, Clay says.

To find out more about the Sports Exchange program or Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State educator honored with state teaching award

Nancy Pevey, associate professor of Mathematics at Pellissippi State, is the recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award, presented by the Tennessee Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

Nancy Pevey still uses a document camera in her classroom. She admits to telling some “pretty corny” math jokes. She makes errors while working sample math problems for her students—usually on purpose.

Pevey, an associate professor of Mathematics at Pellissippi State Community College, has a stockpile of low-tech tricks stashed up her sleeve, all of them used to make math easier for her students to learn. Those techniques are some of the reasons she recently was recognized with a statewide education honor: the Teaching Excellence Award, presented by the Tennessee Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

Pevey, originally from Starkville, Miss., has been teaching math full time at Pellissippi State since 2000. She also has taught middle- and high-schoolers, and she was a teacher at Bearden and Northwest junior high schools before the Knoxville–Knox County system consolidated.

For the veteran faculty member, making math easier for her students to learn is all about interaction. That’s why Pevey chooses to work math problems by hand on the document camera, a modernized overhead projector. Though she certainly has access to newer tools such as PowerPoint presentations, she believes they just can’t replace the give-and-take of talking through a math solution with her students.

“Writing out the math problems on the document camera makes it fresh every time,” said Pevey. “I like to do more than just hit the ‘go’ button. If I happen to think of a better example that addresses a student’s question, I can write it out as soon as I think of it.

“I’d call my classes ‘interactive lectures.’ Students solve the math problems as we talk together about what’s going on.”

But why introduce mistakes?

“I make them to help show the students how they might have easily gotten a wrong answer,” Pevey said. “Of course, every so often I make a mistake by mistake. We can all learn from that, too.”

Telling math jokes, she says, is a tool she uses to help her students more readily remember math formulas and rules.

“A corny joke or story gives students a memory hook,” said Pevey. “Math concepts are easier to remember with a story.”

The TMATYC Teaching Excellence Award is bestowed every two years. This year’s TMATYC conference took place in Chattanooga, with 24 faculty attending from Pellissippi State.

For additional information about the college, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State Foundation: Local business executive, wife donate $1 million for Strawberry Plains campus

Randy Boyd, president and CEO of PetSafe, and his wife, Jenny, have donated $1 million to the Foundation of Pellissippi State Community College toward the purchase of the college’s new Strawberry Plains Campus. The facility, located just off of I-40 and Strawberry Plains Pike, is set to begin offering classes this fall.

Randy Boyd, who served as the two-year institution’s 2011 Commencement speaker, says he and Jenny made the contribution to the East Knox County site because they saw the potential to re-purpose a long-unused facility and to improve access to educational opportunities for thousands of students.

“Through my involvement with tnAchieves [a college-access scholarship program], we learned what an incredible asset Pellissippi State is to our community,” he said.

“By expanding the college’s facilities and making access to higher education more convenient to those in East Knoxville, we should be able to make college more likely for tnAchieves students, and for people of all ages, in that area.”

The Boyds say their hope is that the donation will not only allow more students to further their education but also encourage others in the community to support the expansion of educational opportunities.

Pellissippi State acquired the former Philips Consumer Electronics’ East Tennessee headquarters earlier this year in order to broaden access to the college’s many programs and to work toward the fulfillment of the goals of the Complete College Tennessee Act.

A Tennessee state program that funded community college capital projects contributed $8.5 million toward the $10 million purchase price. The Pellissippi State Foundation, which raises money to benefit students, paid the remainder using the contributions of the Boyds and other private donors.

The donation from Randy and Jenny Boyd plays a major role in Pellissippi State’s ability to increase its reach throughout the area. L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State, expressed gratitude for the couple’s contribution on behalf of the entire college.

“Supporters like Randy and Jenny make it possible to expand access to our programs in East Knox County, as we work toward increasing success at the college as a whole,” said Wise. “The number of potential collaborative opportunities with business and industry and other educational institutions has increased significantly with this new campus.”

The Strawberry Plains Campus is located on 32.6 acres and boasts a 223,000-square-foot facility. Philips constructed the building in 1980, a project that took two years, then completed a major renovation and remodel in 2002.

The facility, which has been vacant since 2006 when Philips moved out, has open office space, gathering areas, private offices, a full-service cafeteria and kitchen, a theater-style presentation room, a warehouse area with loading dock, and a design wing once used by company engineers.

PetSafe, whose headquarters are in Knoxville, develops pet behavior, containment, lifestyle product solutions and services.

The purchase of the Strawberry Plains Campus, located at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike, gives Pellissippi State a total of five locations. The Hardin Valley Campus is located in West Knox County. The Division Street and Magnolia Avenue campuses are located in Knoxville as well. The Blount County Campus is at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy. (U.S. 321).

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

Pellissippi State schedules orientation sessions for new students

If you’ll be a new student at Pellissippi State Community College when fall semester begins August 25, mark your calendar to attend one of the college’s free New Student Orientation sessions.

Attendance is required of all first-time degree-seeking freshmen, and it is recommended for transfer students and those who have been out of school for a while.

New students may choose from one of 27 sessions, the first of which is June 8. Orientation is offered at different times and dates at each of the college’s five campuses: Blount County, Division Street, Hardin Valley, Magnolia Avenue and Strawberry Plains. Special sessions are scheduled for tnAchieves students (first-generation college-goers participating in the tnAchieves program), for nontraditional students (25 years and older), and for parents and family members of students.

This year’s theme for New Student Orientation is “Determination, Participation and Graduation.”

“We’re focusing on graduation as an outcome,” said Becky Milam, NSO director. “We know that students are more focused when they get involved. And people need to be determined to set goals and maintain balance while in school. NSO can help with all of those areas.”

Orientation gives new students the opportunity to meet Pellissippi State students, faculty, and staff; learn strategies for college success; explore degree, major, and transfer options; and discover campus services and resources such as financial aid.

The college urges accepted students to reserve their place in an orientation session as soon as possible.

Visit www.pstcc.edu/admissions/orientation or call (865) 694-6400 to make your reservation. 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 marks Memorial Day with rare photographic exhibit

Two years ago some of the world’s most celebrated combat photographers decided to pool their work for “Conflict Zone,” a collection of images from the front lines of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Pellissippi State Community College hosts this acclaimed exhibit May 23-31 in recognition of Memorial Day, which is May 28. The photographs will be on display in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art gallery, and there is no charge.

“Conflict Zone” is a project of the Independence Fund, founded by Steve Danyluk, a U.S. combat veteran and Marine. The all-volunteer Independence Fund is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “provide the tools, therapies and guidance that those severely injured in the War on Terror were otherwise not receiving.” The exhibit first opened at the Chicago Cultural Center on May 7, 2011.

“Conflict Zone” was inspired by Joao Silva, a New York Times photographer who lost both legs after stepping on a land mine in October 2010 in Afghanistan. The images he took in the seconds after stepping on the mine are included in the collection.

The display is dedicated to Chris Hondros, a Getty Images photographer who died on assignment in Libya in April 2011. Hondros’ iconic image of a 5-year-old girl at an Iraqi checkpoint after her parents were shot by U.S. soldiers is included in “Conflict Zone,” along with Ayman Oghanna’s photograph of the girl six years later, done for The New York Times and published in May 2011.

The Bagwell Center is on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays or by appointment.

For additional information, call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

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