Donate blood at Pellissippi State and get a chance to win Graceland trip

Medic Regional Blood Center is celebrating Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, by giving away a Graceland prize package to one lucky person who donates blood during January.

Donors taking part in the Jan. 23 blood drive hosted at Pellissippi State Community College will be automatically entered for a chance to receive the package, which includes two tickets to Graceland, a $300 Visa gift card good toward an overnight hotel stay and a $100 Pilot gas card.

Presley was born in 1935 and died at Graceland, his home in Memphis, in 1977. Graceland continues to be one of the most-visited private homes in the country.

All donors at the upcoming event will receive a free, limited-edition Elvis Presley T-shirt and a coupon for an appetizer (with purchase of an entrée) from Texas Roadhouse. More important, donors will play an instrumental role in keeping the blood supply at necessary levels to serve community members in the East Tennessee region.

There is a need for all blood types. Blood and its components are used for transfusions, as well as in the treatment of cancer patients and those with clotting disorders. One donation can help up to three people.

Donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds. They should not have fasted prior to arriving. In fact, Medic suggests that donors eat a meal and drink fluids approximately three hours prior to donating. Participants are asked to provide photo identification and a list of all current medications to Medic personnel at the site.

Event hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The mobile unit will be parked in the F-1 lot at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus.

Additional information on the donation process can be found at

For more information on Pellissippi State, 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

Students named to Pellissippi State chapter of international honor society

More than 175 students were inducted into Pellissippi State Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for fall semester.

The new additions to Alpha Theta Xi bring the number of PTK members who attended Pellissippi State in the fall to 405.

PTK is the academic honor society for two-year colleges. In order to be eligible for membership, a student must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours, be pursuing a degree and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better.

The fall inductees are as follows: Sara Adams, Taylor Albert, Nadia Aldahiri, Christopher Alexander, Allen Burdette, David (Trey) Alley, Timothy Amos, Michael Anderson, Anna Astorga, Daniel Atkins, Alexandria Atkins, Christine Austin, Lydia Badgett, Victoria Baker, Maggie Barta, Megan Beal, Amy Beam, Patrick Bledsoe, Dominique Blue, Caleb Bost, Allison Bradley, Brandy Brogdon, Katherine Burns, Hannah Burroughs, Emily Butters, Mandee Carroll, Marilyn Case, Margaret Casteel, Jonathan Chase, Sarah Christopher, Amber Coffey, Cristen Colquitt, Crystal Cooper, Kevin Coughlin, Sam Dalili, Nicola Dalili, Charles Deaderick, Brittney Dingess, Chrystine Dodd, Betty EdwardsWibit Water Obstacle Course, Christopher Elliott, Ann Everett, Chad Everett, Amanda Fancher, Alexandra Fee, Caroline Fine, Jesse Ford, Miranda Fortner, Shanon Friauf, Lori Fuller, Priscilla Furlong, Nathan Garner, Jean Gee, Elizabeth Handlon, Janet Hastings, Lacy Hayes, Robert Henry, William Hill, Linda Hinkle, Katelin Hodges, Rachel Holden, Davis Hu, Amanda Huber, Virginia Hughes, Muhammad Iqbal, Cristy Janik, Christine Jensen, Kerry Jett, Jesse Johnson, Denis Johnson, Christa Jones, Samantha Jones, Jonathan Jones, Roshni Joseph-Biles, Nicholas Kilano, Anna Land, Zachary Lange, Morgan Lay, Nhu Le, Hope Ledger, Rachel Leffew, Tina Lett, Lisa Lisle, Peter Lomax, Michael Maddela, Sima Maleki, Caleb Mangum, Diana Mannis, Michaela Maples, Jeffrey Mason, Andrea McCune, Michaella McGill, Scott McGugin, Alexandra Miller, Lori Monroe, Pamela Moses, Sharita Murphy, John Music, Michael Myers, Gladys Nance, Michael Nance, William Norris, Whitney Oslonian, Jennifer Over, Hannah Overton, Deborah Palmer, Kayla Palmer, Hannah Parkman, Janice Paul, Erica Peters, Shannon Poelstra, Rachel Poland, Munira Punjvani, Spencer Raby, Joy Raby, Amanda Radford, Niloo Ranjan, Ashley Rasar, Daryl Ray, Jeffery Renfro, Sarah Rexrode, Taylor Ripley, Jason Roberts, Tanya Robertson, Lauren Robinson, Alisha Robson, Rachel Rollick, Daphne Rollins, Josh Roop, Arica Rowan, Alexandra Rozanski, Amber Ryan, Olive Sebatembo, Jane Sellers, John Shurina, Chuck Slagle, Caleb Smith, Dwight Smith, Kristin Smith, Bobby Snodderly, Wendy Stafford, Erin Stansberry, Wesley Steese, Jeff Steinheiner, Lee Stephens, Silvia Sweitzer, Dawn Taft, Jennifer Talley, Chelsea Tanner, Matthew Taylor, Chelsea Temple, Justin Thiele, Zachary Thomas, Rachel Thompson, Abbey Towe, Sarah Tuggle, Rachael Turner, Travis Vickery, Tina Vinsant, Logan Wade, Heather Walker, Sydney Warneke, Rachel Weatherly, BriAnna Webb, Wojciech Wiktor, Jennifer Williams, Sarah Williams, Shane Wilson, Jared Wilson, Zanetta Wilson, Mary Wilson, Scottie Wood, Lauren Wooten, Jennifer Worthington, Angelique Zimcosky and Stacey Zupka.

Pellissippi State’s knoxAchieves students meet scholarship requirements by volunteering with Mobile Meals

Getting fruit into the hands of some of the people who need it most—shut-ins served by Mobile Meals—made the holidays more meaningful for some Pellissippi State Community College students.

The first-ever “Fruitful Endeavor” took place at Thanksgiving at Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, and Moira Connelly, an English faculty member and the site’s Service-Learning coordinator, says the campus plans to make it an annual event. The Service-Learning program broadens students’ education by pairing community service with classroom learning.

Students, faculty, and staff supported Mobile Meals by donating large bags of fruit, and about 30 students volunteered during a three-hour block, sorting the fruit into 150 individual bags and making Thanksgiving cards, Connelly says.

The goal for Pellissippi State was threefold: to provide the fruit, to emphasize volunteer work and to give students in the knoxAchieves program an opportunity to fulfill their community service requirement. The program, which is part of tnAchieves (, offers public high school graduates up to $3,000 per year for community college tuition in exchange for eight hours of volunteering.

“You really did make a difference this year,” Jennifer Oakes, volunteer coordinator for Mobile Meals, told the college. “In the past, a large donation of fruit was made by a church, but this year they were not able to contribute, thus any amount of fruit we received was important. We would have been very short without your contribution.”

Mobile Meals is a program of the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action
 Committee’s Office on Aging.

To learn more about Pellissippi State, go to or call (865) 694-6400. For more information about community service at the college, contact Annie Gray, Pellissippi State faculty member and coordinator of the Service-Learning program, at or (865) 694-6492.

Pellissippi State students earn paralegal scholarships


Two Pellissippi State Community College students have been named winners of scholarships that attracted applicants from across the state.

Daniel Ostrom, in his second year of Paralegal Studies, was awarded an $800 scholarship from the Smoky Mountain Paralegal Association. To be eligible for the SMPA funds, students must be enrolled full time in a sustaining member educational institution or be an SMPA student member. They also must have completed 6 credit hours in their major and be in good academic standing.

Kelli Canan, in her first semester, was awarded a $500 scholarship from the Tennessee Paralegal Association. The TPA scholarship is based on financial need, scholastic ability, leadership and extracurricular activities.

“I’m very proud of these students,” said Arlene Cleveland, a professor and the coordinator of the Paralegal Studies program.

“Danny is an outstanding student. This is Kelli’s first semester, and she’s showing signs of being an excellent student,” said Cleveland. “I expect both of them to make contributions to the legal profession.

“These scholarships are available to paralegal students across the state. It’s amazing that two of our students were chosen by two different organizations.”

Paralegal Studies is a two-year program that prepares graduates to work in a law office under the direct supervision of an attorney, doing legal work such as drafting legal documents, organizing files, conducting legal research and investigations, and managing the office.

Paralegal Studies enrolled 150 students fall 2012 semester. The program is approved by the American Bar Association and culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree.

For more information about Paralegal Studies and Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit

Pellissippi State continues free concert series

The popular and free music concert series hosted by Pellissippi State Community College throughout the academic year presents five more performances for the 2012-13 season. Concerts in the series include offerings ranging from instrumental ensembles to choral performances to jazz/bluegrass “jams.”

All performances in the series are offered at no charge. However, donations are welcome at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

The 2012-13 Pellissippi State Music Concert Series is one component of The Arts at Pellissippi State. The new arts series offers opportunities for the community to enjoy events presenting everything from music and theatre to cultural celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

The series showcases the talents of Pellissippi State students and faculty, as well as those of guest performers. The Arts at Pellissippi State offers special sponsorship opportunities and benefits for the Music Concert Series and other arts-related events, including invitations to receptions and preferred seating at concerts.

Pellissippi State’s Music program presents concerts as an All Steinway School. The Pellissippi State Foundation successfully conducted the All Steinway School fundraising campaign in order to elevate the program to world-class status. The community college boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

Concerts take place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus in Knoxville. Plenty of free parking is available. Early arrival at the performances is suggested for the best seating.

The remaining performances in the 2012-13 Pellissippi State Music Concert Series are:

Feb. 26, 7 p.m.—Winter Choral Concert

March 5, 7 p.m.—Student Showcase Honors Recital

March 28, 7 p.m.—Jazz Band and Bluegrass Concert

April 18, 7 p.m.—Instrumental Concert

May 2, 7 p.m.—Spring Choral Concert

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.

For additional information about the Music Concert Series or The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400. For information about sponsorship opportunities and benefits available for the arts series, contact the Pellissippi State Foundation at (865) 694-6525.

Pellissippi State presented $10,000 BP Fueling Communities donation by KenJo Markets for students with disabilities

From left to right are L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president; Charles W. “Wes” Carruthers Jr., KenJo Markets president; Peggy Wilson, vice president of College Advancement, Pellissippi State, and executive director, Pellissippi State Foundation; and Michele DeFelice, Services for Students With Disabilities coordinator, Pellissippi State.

Pellissippi State Community College has received a $10,000 BP Fueling Communities grant from KenJo Markets in support of the college’s students with disabilities.

KenJo Markets President Charles W. “Wes” Carruthers Jr. nominated the college for the grant, and he presented the check to the Pellissippi State Foundation at the Hardin Valley Campus. As a BP branded marketer, KenJo services BP stations throughout East Tennessee.

Pellissippi State began offering classes at the Strawberry Plains Campus, formerly the Philips Consumer Electronics East Tennessee headquarters, fall 2012. The donation from BP and KenJo Markets will be used at the college’s campuses for new equipment and technology to better serve students with disabilities. The institution has five campuses: Hardin Valley, Magnolia Avenue, Division Street, Blount County and Strawberry Plains.

The BP Fueling Communities funds will go toward purchase of such equipment as a high-speed color scanner to scan textbooks and other classroom items. It also will fund laptop computers to provide real-time transcription services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing and state-of-the-art dynamic FM systems to enhance speech recognition for students who are hard of hearing.

“I am proud to present this donation on behalf of KenJo Markets and BP,” said Carruthers. “This new equipment and technology will assist students with disabilities in the classroom and underscores a critical mission at Pellissippi State, which is access to education.”

As a member of the Pellissippi State Foundation’s Board of Trustees as well as an alumnus and a longtime supporter, Carruthers understands firsthand the mission of the college.

To learn how you can support Pellissippi State and its students, visit the Foundation at or call (865) 694-6400.

Application deadline for Pellissippi State spring semester nearing

The deadline to apply for the spring 2013 semester at Pellissippi State Community College is fast approaching. Prospective students have until Jan. 7 to complete their application online at

Final registration dates and campus locations for the spring semester are as follows:

Wednesday, Jan. 9
Magnolia Avenue Campus
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 10
Blount County Campus
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 11
Strawberry Plains Campus
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 14
Division Street Campus
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 15
Hardin Valley Campus
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

For additional information, visit or call (865) 694-6400. Classes begin Jan. 17.

Pellissippi State’s Strawberry Plains Campus pilots program for Second Harvest

Service-learning volunteer Ashley Lawhorn sorts snacks for deserving children.

Students from Pellissippi State Community College’s Strawberry Plains Campus have teamed up with Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee and others to get healthy snacks into the hands of deserving elementary and middle school kids in Knox County. This is the first time that college or university students have been involved in this type of partnership.

On Nov. 14 Pellissippi State students and staff sorted a pallet and a half of food items, including juice, milk, fruit and vegetables, provided by Second Harvest. The goods went into plastic bags donated by Walmart. Then members of Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church stepped in to deliver the bags to Carter Elementary and Middle schools and to Sunnyview Primary School.

The snacks provide nourishment for six weekends for some of the students participating in Second Harvest’s Food for Kids program. The program includes 18 counties and makes available 500,000-plus meals to more than 10,500 children.

The student effort is in keeping with Pellissippi State’s emphasis on service-learning, says Mike North, dean of the Strawberry Plains Campus.

“The idea came up after meeting with some Second Harvest representatives at a community breakfast,” he said, “and we agreed we would give it a try at Strawberry Plains. Even though our campus has only been open for a few months, our students are enthusiastic about reaching out to the community.”

One of those students is Pierce Wender. “I enjoy helping people,” said Wender, who is studying philosophy. “I’ve had plenty of people help me in the past, and it just feels good to pass it on.”

Second Harvest is thankful for the extra hands. “It’s helpful to Second Harvest that we only have to make one delivery,” said Sam Compton, youth programs manager, “and it helps the schools because they don’t have to do the bag packing. We are very excited about the possibility of continuing to work with Pellissippi State.”

Annie Gray, a Pellissippi State faculty member, coordinates the Service-Learning program for the college.

For more information about Pellissippi State’s service-learning opportunities, go to or call the college at (865) 694-6400. For information about courses offered at the Strawberry Plains Campus, go to or call the campus at (865) 225-2300.

Pellissippi State awards three Gnosis student club scholarships

L-R, Scottie Wood, recipient; Lindsay Delay, recipient; Delonda Anderson, recipient; Annie Gray, Gnosis co-advisor; and Nathan Bowman, Gnosis president.

Three scholarships totaling $2,500 have been awarded on behalf of the student organization Gnosis by the Pellissippi State Foundation.

The scholarships went to Pellissippi State Community College students Delonda Anderson in English, Lindsay Delay in Paralegal Studies and Scottie Wood in Nursing. All three students have a 4.0 grade point average.

Gnosis, founded in 2009, is a student-led service-learning organization. The club draws its name from the Greek word for the highest form of knowledge, that which comes about only through experience. Gnosis membership includes students as well as faculty members with a love of learning and community service.

“The scholarships are designed for students who do not qualify for other types of financial aid but who still need financial assistance to complete their programs of study, ” said Annie Gray, Gnosis founder, co-advisor and English faculty member. Scholarship applicants submitted essays that outlined their commitment to community service, academic achievements, goals and financial need.

Funds were generated by faculty and community donations and proceeds from club sales at college events. All scholarship support goes through the Pellissippi State Foundation.

Gnosis has sponsored a wide variety of faculty and student lectures, as well as initiated many community service projects. The club has been named Pellissippi State’s Outstanding Student Organization for the past three years.

For more information about Gnosis or the scholarship, contact Annie Gray at (865) 694-6492 or call Pellissippi State at (865) 694-6400.

Electrical safety classes offered by Pellissippi State

NFPA 70E requirements. LOTO compliancy practices. PPE applications and care. To some, this may all sound like alphabet soup. For area professionals tasked with maintaining electrical safety in the workplace, however, these acronyms are crucial topics of study.

In January, those professionals can learn even more about their trade by taking one of three electrical safety classes being offered by Pellissippi State Community College.

“Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace” courses focus on the National Fire Protection Association’s 70E requirements. Originally developed at the request of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, NFPA 70E helps companies and employees avoid workplace injuries and fatalities due to shock, electrocution, arc flash, and arc blast.

The courses cover the requirements for safe work practices that protect personnel by reducing exposure to major electrical hazards. Included is information on topics such as lockout/tagout practices (LOTO) and personal protective equipment (PPE).

The non-credit courses are being offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division. Students may elect to enroll in any of three versions of the course: refresher, standard or train the trainer.

Early registration is encouraged. All classes meet at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus.

“Refresher Course” (4 hours)—Jan. 30, 8-noon; $249. Areas covered include but are not limited to safety-related work practices, flash and shock protection boundaries, training requirements, determination of LOTO compliancy practices, and NFPA 70E 2012 changes.

“Standard Course” (8 hours)—Jan. 31, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; $499. Areas covered include but are not limited to introduction to NFPA 70E and OSHA 1910.331-335, flash and shock protection boundaries, site-specific applications and work practices, determination of LOTO compliancy practices, PPE applications and care, and NFPA 70E 2012 changes.

“Train the Trainer” (32 hours)—Jan. 22-25, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; $3,000. This course is applicable for all supervisors, mechanics, engineers, safety personnel and management. “Train the Trainer” enables the student to train a workplace team. Areas covered include but are not limited to safe work practice programs, hazard recognition and mitigation.

For information or registration, visit or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists the latest class schedules and information on new course offerings.

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