Pellissippi State presents fall dean’s list

Pellissippi State Community College has named 913 top students to the fall 2011 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:

Rhett Abrahamson
Melissa Adams
Katie Adcock
Zachary Ahmad
Rahim Akbar
Brett Alden
Mallory Alder
Christopher Alexander
Ariana Alfaro
Nada Alkadi
Khadeja Al-Khelaifi
Sarah Allen
Allison Allen
Rachael Allen
Julia Allison
Chrissy Almeida
Christina Ambern
Mohammed Amran
Tiffany Anderson
Daniel Anderson
Lauren Anderson
Delonda Anderson
Mercy Anderson
Michael Anderson
Anna Angelini
Jason Arbogast
Taylor Arden
Rikki Argenbright
Tess Arnold
Donna Arthur
Richard Asher
Muhammad Aslam
Muhammad Aslam
Anna Astorga
Melissa Atkins
Daniel Atkins
Alexandria Atkins
Jenna Aungst
Christine Austin
Haven Axmacher
Sharyn Bachleda
Daniel Backus
Rachel Bagley
Brian Bailey
Jessica Bailey
Michael Baird
Zachary Baird
Victoria Baker
James Bales
Billy Banks
Camelia Baran
Tyler Bargatze
Benjamin Barredo
Amy Barton
Meenakshi Baskaran
Justin Bauguess
Brandon Baum
Melanie Bautista
Sarah Baxter
Jaclynn Beasley
Matthew Beeler
Elizabeth Belland
Ashton Berry
Bonnie Bible
Matt Birdwell
Tiffany Bishop
Tiffany Bishop
Scott Black
Nick Blackmon
Marcus Blair
Ashley Blair
Brandon Blanchard
Clay Blanchett
Tonya Blasco
Amy Blevins
Joshua Boling
Kelvin Bolton
Valencia Booker
Amanda Bornhoeft
Angela Bosco
Caleb Bost
Mariah Bowers
Jordan Bowling
Samantha Bradford
Keith Bradley
David Bradley
Allison Bradley
Keyonna Bragg
Andrew Brandon
Misty Branton
Michael Brewer
Christopher Brewer
Cullen Briere
Madison Bright
Julie Brimmer
Nathan Brisk
Robin Brockman
Amanda Brogden
Michael Brotherton
Alex Broussard
Sean Broussard
William Brown
James Brown
Cheryl Brownlee
Christopher Bruce
John Bruce
Amelia Brumbaugh
Tiffany Bryant
David Bryant
Lori Bryson
Jacob Buchanan
Kelsi Buck
Amanda Buffalo
Andrick Buggs
Billie Bunting
Corey Burdette
Ryan Burgess
Joseph Burke
Brittany Burkett
Daniel Burnett
Kristyn Burnette
Jared Burris
Caleb Burton
Donna Butler
Eden Butler
Ashley Butterworth
Kristin Byrd
Abigail Cacace
Zachary Cahill
Melissa Campbell
Cynthia Campbell
Christopher Cannon
Whitney Cantillo
John Capps
Geoffrey Card
Veronica Carey
Jesse Carmichael
Lynda Carmichael
Catherine Carr
Cecilia Carreras
Madalyn Carrier
Jacob Carroll
Kyle Carter
James Carver
Jonathan Caylor
Rachel Cecil
Johan Cespedes
Jessica Chaney
Brandon Chapel
Charles Chappell
Marissa Chastain
Kayla Chesney
Eric Chestnutt
Yuming Childress
Jonathan Chung
Jeeyoung Chung
Justin Church
Simon Ciptadi
Jamie Clark
Patrick Clow
Keri Coatney
Denisa Cocan
Rachel Coffman
Dakota Coffman
Annie Collins
Catherine Collins
Justin Conner
Aimee Conner
Michael Conway
Carly Cooper
Caleb Cooper
Andrew Coppock
Michelle Corum
Marsha Cosey
Jaclyn Covington
Alexandra Cowan-Banker
April Coward
Shannon Cox
Katy Cox
Wendy Cox
Jessica Cox
Jessie Crane
Brandon Criswell
Kelly Crotty
Julie Crum
Julie Crum
Hayley Cruze
Sean Cunningham
Amy Cupp
Erik Dahlke
Cameron Dake
Nicola Dalili
Katlyn Dalton
Christina Damron
Olivia Daniel
Dianne Daniell
Rebecca Davidson
Renee Davidson
Emily Davis
Jackie Davis
Nick Davis
Roger Davis
Michael Dean
Darlene DeHart
Edward Deiderich
Michael Dennis
Samantha Derus
Chanelle Despins
James Dickinson
Kirk Dickinson
Rebecca Dixon
Hoang Do
Chrystine Dodd
Chrystine Dodd
Daron Douglas
Brian Douthat
Thomas Dowell
William Draney
Geoffrey Duesterbeck
Megan Duncan
Emily Duncan
Christine Dunlap
Thomas Duran
Katherine Dye
Ashley Dykeman
Lesley Easley
Brian Edge
Theresa Edwards
Melissa Edwards
Meagan Egli
Adam Eichelberger
Hanane El Moutii Thompson
Andrew Eldridge
Brock Ellis
Justin Elrod
Cody Elswick
Andrew Emanuel
Eman Emara
Rachel Emerson
Melissa Emrick
Joshua Enderle
Samuel England
Richard Ensor
Charmane Erb
Agnes Evans
Joshua Evans
ReGina Evans-Truss
Jeremy Fagg
Deirdre Farmer
Clarke Farnham
Maria Farnham
Daniel Farnsworth
Amanda Feather
Caroline Fine
Jennifer Finley
Lindsey Flinchem-Reigelsperger
Brent Floyd
Caylee Ford
Andrew Forgione
Megan Forsythe
CiAnne Fortner
Jonathan Foster
Elliott Foster
Jennifer Foster
Brandon Foster
Jordan Fouts
William Fowler
Oliver Fraenkel
Nicholas Franks
Justin Fraser
Carrie Frazier
David Freels
Sara French
Christiane Frith
Richard Frostell
Ryan Froula
Tiffany Fuller
Candace Fung
Jeromy Gahagan
Kelsey Gaither
Anthony Gardner
Alice Garland
Barry Garner
Phillip Gaul
Amy Gedenk
Daniel Gentry
Daniel Gibson
Eric Gibson
Tera Giese
Brittany Gilbert
Candace Gilbert
Sandra Gililland
Zachary Gilleran
Sonja Girardi
Reva Glass
Kelsey Godfrey
Toby Goldstein
Katrina Goode
Maria Goodin
Rebecca Goodman
Elizabeth Goodman
David Gotthold
Julianna Graybeal
Hannah Green
Jeff Greenberg
Daniel Greene
Katlynn Greene
Eliza Greene
Chelsea Guy
John Hagen
Hannah Hale
Katherine Halford
Steve Hall
Amanda Hall
Lisa Hall
Prudence Hamilton
Amber Hampton
Senada Hamzic
Christina Handly
Frank Harley
Jon-Gavin Harris
Bradford Harrison
Lawrence Harrison
Blake Hatfield
Ty Hawkersmith
Jessica Hawkins
Alexander Hawkins
Jacob Hawkins
Lacy Hayes
Ashley Hays
Aos Hazem
Brittany Headrick
Caleb Hearon
Kelsey Heath
Nicole Hedger
Dustin Heidel
Sarah Heinemann
Brandy Heller
Melissa Helton
Jessica Helton
Preston Hemmerich
Joshua Hemphill
Samuel Henley
Morgan Henning
America Henry
Kezia Hensley
Kaila Herd
Heather Heydasch
Trevor Hobbs
Christopher Hodge
Hannah Hodge
David Holeton
Jhay-AR Holliman
Lindsey Holloway
Kristina Holloway
Sarah Holloway
Hollie Holmes
Cassandra Honeycutt
Caleb Horn
Seth Horton
Brian Howard
Sara Howard
Grant Howard
Octavia Howard
Shandie Howell
Christopher Hubbard
Joshua Hudgens
Marcus Hudson
Travis Huffstetler
Christopher Hughes
Holly Hughes
Kelly Hughes
Virginia Hughes
John Human
Carissa Huskins
Leah Hutcheson
Brian Hutto
Michael Infante
Kelly Irick
Jenna Irwin
Shecura Isom
Brant Ivey
Sidney Jackson
Patrick Jarman
Sherry Jarvis
Brittany Jeffers
Julie Jenkins
April Jennings
Tate Johnson
Erica Johnson
Tammy Jo Johnson
Denis Johnson II
Timothy Jones
William Jones
Stephanie Jones
Brittany Jones
Tyler Justus
Benjamin Kadron
Christina Kakanis
Kristina Kallstrom
Robert Kasik
Jessica Kelley
Jeremy Kelso
Christy Kendall
John Kennedy
Timothy Kessler
Bijan Keyhani
David Keylon
Alyssa Kinder
Janice King
Mia Kirby
Joshua Kittrell
Jennifer Kitts
Shayne Knehans
Ashley Knight
Phyllis Knight
Linda Knighton
Jiyoung Koh
Amanda Kohler
Katie Kolwyck
Katherine Kotsianas
Lukresse Kouam Tchuendem
Rick Kravat
Angela Kremser
Adam Kristof
Brian Lam
Rebecca Lamb
Kandi Lantz
Ashlee Latimer
Jessica Lauth
Savannah Lawhorn
E Lawson
Cody Lawson
Noemi Lawson
Morgan Lay
Blake Layfield
Nhu Le
Kyndall Leach
Beth Leach
John Lee
Soyoung Lee
Rachel Lee
Brianne Lee
Rachel Leffew
Michelle Lehmann
Tina Lett
Billi Lewellyn
Tad Lewis
Casey Lewis
Michael Lindsey
Teresa Long
Amanda Loving
Donna Loving
Tanya Lowe
Heather Lowery
Jeffery Lowery
David Loy
Michael Lundy
Michael Lundy
Eric Lunsford
Monica Lusk
Ashley Lynn
Cassie Lyons
Samantha Madison
Teresa Maggard
Breanna Maginness
Eric Mailahn
Christopher Malenfant
Sarah Maner
Caleb Mangum
Brittany Manning
Tracy Mantlo
Benjamin Manuel II
Heather Maples
Michaela Maples
Lynne Marlow
Randy Martin
Kelly Martin
Jennifer Martin
Juliana Martinez
Jeffrey Mason
James Massengill
Angelica Massey
Garrett Masters
Philip Mathews
Alisa Matracia
Marie Mattus
Cameron Mauk
Bradley Maxwell
Kassy Maynard
Vanessa McAfee
Brandon McCallum
Jeremiah McCoy
Jennifer McCrary
Ashley McCulloch
Angela McGee
David McGhee
Amy McGinnis
Daniel McGraw
Scott McGugin
Sarah McKee
Madeline McKeen
Matthew McKinney
Samuel McLeod
Brittney McLoud
Lindsay McMahan
Matthew McNeilly
Stephen McNutt
Jacob McPherson
Kyle McRary
Chauncey Meade
M.Tracie Meares
Olivia Medley
Maria Mejia
Kelly Merrill
Mckalie Merriman
Robert Metz
Christina Metz
Tamara Meyers
Andrew Meyers
Matthew Middleton
Roger Milam
Andrew Miller
Kathy Miller
Kathy Miller
Lindsey Miller
Alexandra Miller
Mitchell Miller
Jack Miller
Grady Milligan
Sara Mills
Andrew Mills
Jennifer Milton
Eric Mitchell
William Mixon
Natalia Mock
Hannah Mohammad
Sadril Vula Mohammad
Lori Monroe
Rebecca Montgomery
Christi Montgomery
Loni Moore
James Moore
Luis Mora
Melissa Morgan
Samantha Morgan
Michael Morren
Lauren Morris
Kristina Morrison
Nicholas Morrissey
Aaron Morton
Trevor Motz
Patten Mounir
Angela Mullins
Nelsina Murphy
Mark Murphy
Amanda Murr
Stacey Myers
Michael Nagle
Mara Nagler
April Napier
Melinda Narro
Brooke Nathan
Allison Neal
Nathan Neal
Kelly Nelson
Haley Newport
Thuan Ngo
Trang Nguyen
Jesika Nicholson
Bradley Nicole
Chloe Nielsen
Kayla Nipper
Simona Nira
Andrew Nix
Steven Nixon
Jean Damascene Nkurunziza
Maggie Noe
Ashley Nolan
Valerie Norman
Shelby Norman
Travis Norman
David Norman
Travis Norris
Robert Norris
Carla Odham
Gretchen Ogle
Amanda Ogle
Jonathan Olkowski
Alexandra Onusic
Hannah Oster
Daniel Ostrom
Travis Outlaw
Stefanie Over
Marie Owen
Casey Owens
Kendall Owens
Marissa Pack
Kristina Paolucci
Christopher Pappas
Christopher Park
Melanie Parker
Elizabeth Parr
Kassandra Parsley
Danny Pate
Neel Patel
Amber Patterson
Amber Patterson
Hannah Payne
Lynette Payne
Kelley Paysinger
Brandon Pedigo
Leslie Pendleton
Jessica Peters
Erica Peters
Michael Petherick
Jessica Petre
Michael Pettet
Meaghan Pfab
Emilee Phelps
Katrina Phillips
Ethan Phillips
Jonathan Phillips
John Phillips
Nathaniel Phillips
Matthew Phillips
Sharde Pianowski
Sarah Piehl
Randa Pinnex
Maria Pinzon
Jacob Pio
Katelyn Pipkin
Erin Pittman
Bethany Plaag
William Plank
Rebeka Plumley
Jonathan Poirier
Kayla Poland
Sridevi Ponnuchamy
Amber Poole
Amber Poole
Robert Pope
Alasan Pope
Kristen Potting
Matthew Powell
Stephanie Powers
Alexander Prate
Michael Prate
Tessa Prater
Katherine Price
Chelsea Price
Kaitlin Price
Jennifer Proctor
Randall Quiett
Kelsi Quinn
David Quraishi
Jacob Ramsey DeLozier
Amanda Rathburn
Sarah Ray
Grayson Reedy
Karah Reese
Chase Reeve
Bryan Reeves
Nestor Reyes
Amy Reynolds
Joonki Rhee
Ashley Riddle
Rachel Ridenour
Joseph Ridgell
Robert Ridings
Andrew Riehm
Sarah Riley
Taylor Ripley
Rebecca Ritter
Jennifer Robbins
Rachel Roberts
Brandy Robinson
Russell Robinson
Zachary Rock
Tessie Rockwell
Aaron Rodrigues
Tommie Lou Rogers
Brittany Rogers
Helen Rose
Katina Rose
Jennifer-Lyn Rostron
Susan Rowe
James Rowe
Jesse Rowland
Ethan Rucker
Delaina Ruddell
Cory Russell
Sarah Russell
Joshua Rust
Justin Rutherford
Rachel Saffron
Christopher Salvo
Patricia Sanchez
Kaitlin Sandberg
Michelle Sanders
Brooke Sands
Beau Savage
Matthew Scaperoth
Travis Schappel
Emily Scheideler
Daniel Schlosshan
Shawn Schnell
Philip Schnepp
Kaitlin Schnittjer
Rebecca Schwartz
Jennifer Schwarz
Zachary Scott
Olive Sebatembo
Heather Seigmund
Noah Seiple
Carlie Serpa
Gregory Sgroi
Edward Shalett
Shayna Sharp
Lyndsey Sharp
Weslee Sharp
Bryan Sharpe
Kari Shelby
Mandy Shelby
Scott Shell
Melissa Sherman
Kayleigh Sherwood
Jee Yeon Shin
Sarah Shodja
Sarah Shodja
John Shurina
Christopher Shutt
John Silva
Katelyn Simerly
Jessica Simerly
Tiffany Simpson
George Simpson
Sara Simsen
Janell Sinclair
Kayla Singleton
Gregory Singleton
Wendy Skiles
Jonathan Skinner
Emily Skurtu
Inessa Sloan
Joshua Smith
Matthew Smith
Taylor Smith
Joshua Smith
James Smith
Brian Smith
Kelsea Smith
Katherine Smith
John Smith
Stacey Smith
Dylan Smith
Caleb Smith
Johnny Snelling
Catelyn Snodgrass
Kayla Snyder
Jacquelyn Sobel
Ines Solano
Ryan Sparks
Elizabeth Spenser
Laurie Spoon
Cody Sprague
Audrey Spring
Thomas Squailia
Sierra Stair
Amanda Stanley
Melissa Steed
Joshua Steiner
Ryan Stennes
Cole Stines
Michael Stinson
Scott Stokes
Loretta Strange
Angela Strickland
Mia Strong
Mia Strong
Joanna Stubblefield
Casey Sullivan
Bethany Summers
Aaron Swicegood
katherine Swisher
Truc Ta
Justin Tackett
Jennifer Tackett
Steven Tallent
Jennifer Talley
Melonie Tallman
Bobbie Talo
Matthew Taylor
Tiffany Taylor
Jenny Taylor
Andrew Taylor
Ashley Teague
Chelsea Temple
Lucas Thal
Robyn-Lanae Thames
Zachary Thomas
Morgan Thomas
Amanda Thomas
Aerielle Thomas
Kaylie Thomas
Sarah Thompson
Danielle Thompson
Hannah Thompson
Anna Threlkeld
Ryan Tipton
Wesley Touchstone
Abbey Towe
Trey Townsend
Katelin Treece
Sydney Trent
Britney Troutt
Rachele Tucker
Christopher Tupps
Tanae Turnbow
Rachael Turner
Stuart Turner
Meagan Turner
Matthew Turner
Tara Turney
Teri Upchurch
Sydney Ussery
Jason Utley
Orson Vandygriff
Jonathan Vargo
Evan Vass
Lauren Vassallo
John Venuk
Phong Vo
Max Volk
Olga Vorobyeva
Alla Vyazovaya
Cory Waddell
Mark Wagner
Rebecca Walker
Jonathan Walker
William Walker
Gary Walker
Crystal Wallace
Jackson Wallace
Anthony Wallace
Jesseca Waller
Michael Ward
Troy Watkins
Leah Watkins
Matthew Watson
Billy Watson
James Wattenbarger
Wesley Weaver
Cameron Webb
BriAnna Webb
Jennifer Webb
Justin Webber
Shawn Weiso
Stephanie Welch
Chelsea Welch
John Welch
Vicki Wenke
Amy Whaley
Gabriel White
David White
Katelyn White
Rachel White
Amanda Whitehead
Elizabeth Whitehead
Julia Widby
David Wiedenhoeft
Lucas Wilkins
Sophie Willborn
Justin Williams
Meredith Williams
Jesse Williams
Clayton Williams
Shane Wilson
Hayden Wilson
Zachary Wilson
Hillary Wilson
Stephen Wilson
Jared Wilson
Travis Wilson
Joshua Winstead
Johnathon Winston
Susan Wolfenbarger
JheanShetan Wolfsbrother
Tim Wollack
Scottie Wood
Travis Woodby
Heather Woods
Kalonji Khafre Woods
Jennifer Worthington
Courtney Wright
Courtney Wright
Courtney Wright
Cindy Wright
Eric Wright
Shahnoza Yarkulova
Trina Yates
Stephen Yeager
Karen Yearwood
Randy Younce
Randy Younce
Michael Young
Alicia Young
Keith Zaborowski
Heather Zachary
Ashita Zaveri
Brandi Zelenka
Ning Zhong
Angelique Zimcosky

Pellissippi State’s free concert series continues with Winter Choral Concert

The 2011-2012 free concert series presented by Pellissippi State Community College resumes on Feb. 21 with the Winter Choral Concert. For the third consecutive year, two high school choirs, Karns and South Doyle, are guest performers.

During the hourlong concert, each of the young choirs will perform a 15-minute set of selections. Also presenting 15-minute sets are Pellissippi State’s two student choirs, the Concert Chorale and Variations Ensemble.

The Variations set includes music the students plan to perform during their upcoming spring break tour of central Germany. The evening’s finale brings the high school performers onstage to join Pellissippi State’s choirs.

Every Winter Choral Concert features two different schools, and new ones are invited each academic year. Bill Brewer, the college’s Music program coordinator, started the tradition.

Singers will be accompanied by pianists performing on Steinway pianos, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All Steinway School. The achievement of becoming an All Steinway School was reached last year as the result of a fundraising campaign begun in 2010 by the Pellissippi State Foundation in order to elevate the college’s Music program to world-class status. Pellissippi State now boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

Not only is Pellissippi State the premier All Steinway community college in Tennessee, but it is also the fourth All Steinway community college in the nation and one of only about 135 All Steinway schools in the world.

Like all events in the series, admission to the Winter Choral Concert is free. However, donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund. For the 2010-11 academic year, the Foundation awarded more than 100 music-related scholarships to more than 80 Pellissippi State students.

The 7 p.m. performance is in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Parking is convenient and free.

For information on the Steinway Maintenance Society, call the Pellissippi State Foundation at (865) 694-6529 or visit www.pstcc.edu/steinway.

For additional concert 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.

Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus hosts Feb. 16 open house

Whether you’re a prospective student or would just like to see Blount County’s newest college facility, you are invited to an open house at the Blount County Campus of Pellissippi State Community College Feb. 16, 4-6 p.m. The campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.

Opened in August 2010, the two-story, 70,485-square-foot building is home to the Nursing program (along with the Magnolia Avenue Campus in Knoxville), the state-of-the-art Manufacturing Tech Lab, an amphitheatre, and science and computer labs and classrooms, including one for distance education.

“It’s really an opportunity for prospective students and the community—particularly anyone who didn’t get to attend the grand opening—to take the time to see what Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus offers,” said Holly Burkett, assistant dean of the site.

Prospective students attending the event will get all the information necessary for a smooth entrance into college life, including how-tos on admission and financial aid and info on services for students with disabilities, dual enrollment and degrees offered. The community also can learn about educational and training opportunities offered through the college’s non-credit division, Business and Community Services.

To find out more, contact Holly Burkett at (865) 981-5300 or hlburkett@pstcc.edu. 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 writer-in-residence to read poems from new book

Ed Francisco
Ed Francisco

In his ninth book of poetry, Ed Francisco’s search for the perfect words and expressions to illustrate his thoughts and experiences takes him through America, England, Finland and beyond.

Francisco, English professor and writer-in-residence at Pellissippi State Community College, reads from his newest poetry volume, “Only the Word Gives Us Being,” at two venues the week of Feb. 13.

The first reading is on the 13th at 11:50 a.m.-12:40 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The second is on Feb. 18, 2-3 p.m., at Union Ave Books, 517 Union Ave. in downtown Knoxville.

The book was released in December by Birch Brook Press. It is available to purchase at www.birchbrookpress.info, the Pellissippi State Bookstore and Union Ave Books.

Francisco’s essays, poems and short fiction have been published in more than 100 magazines and journals. He most highly acclaimed books of poetry are “The Alchemy of Words” and “Death, Child, and Love: Poems 1980-2000.” His novels include “Till Shadows Flee” and “The Dealmaker.”

He is also principal editor of “The South in Perspective,” an anthology of Southern literature that has been adopted by colleges and universities across the country. He is a member of the Oxford Roundtable at the University of Oxford, England.

The public is invited to attend both of the free readings. For additional information, contact (865) 694-6400.

To request accommodations for a disability at the Pellissippi State event, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Nine Pellissippi State art faculty featured in downtown exhibit

“Forward,” an exhibit by nine of Pellissippi State’s art faculty, opens Feb. 3 at Emporium Center’s Balcony Gallery. Pictured: Jennifer Brickey’s “It’s a Stretch” (pen, ink, acrylic on watercolor paper).

Their chosen working materials vary, from fabric and metal to acrylics and mixed media. What the nine diverse artists have in common is that all are members of the studio art faculty at Pellissippi State Community College, and all are featured in a three-week exhibit at downtown’s Emporium Center.

“Forward” features the creations of Randy Arnold, Jennifer Brickey, Jim Darrow, Brian Jobe, Anne Kinggard, Jeff Lockett, Alison Oakes, Herb Rieth and Mike Rose. The “Forward” theme implies “toward or at a place, point or time in advance.”

Pictured: Jeff Lockett’s “Free Moral Agency” (ceramic).

The multi-artist exhibit debuts on Feb. 3 and is one of the events featured at the monthly Knoxville’s First Friday. A special opening reception takes place that evening, 5-9 p.m., in the Emporium Center’s Balcony Gallery.

The exhibit remains on display through Feb. 24. The Emporium Center is located at 100 S. Gay St. Gallery hours are weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with special First Friday hours on Saturday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Pellissippi State offers a full spectrum of art courses in ceramics, design, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture in a studio setting under the guidance of practicing professional artists. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/departments/visualarts or call (865) 694-6400.

Late Kentucky poet laureate’s cufflinks return to family via Pellissippi State

Ed Francisco, left, Pellissippi State English professor and writer-in-residence, recently presented to the family of the late Jesse Stuart a set of cufflinks that once belonged to the Kentucky author and poet laureate. Pictured with Francisco are, from left, Gary North; his wife, Marty North (Stuart’s niece); and their son, Mike North. Mike North is assistant dean of Pellissippi State’s Division Street Campus.

A pair of cufflinks recently united the Pellissippi State Community College community with relatives of the well-known Appalachian author Jesse Stuart. Stuart (1907-1984), Kentucky’s poet laureate in 1954, is most famous for his novels “Taps for Private Tussie” and “The Thread That Runs So True.”

On their decades-long journey, the cufflinks, a ruby-eyed fish design, passed through the hands of three well-known Appalachian writers: Stuart, George Scarbrough and Edward Francisco.

Francisco, English professor and writer-in-residence at Pellissippi State, is the author of several books of fiction and poetry. He is also a member of the Oxford Roundtable at the University of Oxford. It was Francisco who arranged the gathering at which he presented the cufflinks to Jesse Stuart’s niece, Marty North. Marty lives in Farragut with her husband, Gary North.

Francisco tells the story of how he came to have the cufflinks that were originally owned by Stuart.

“Jesse had a writer friend, George Scarbrough [1915-2008], who admired the cufflinks one day,” said Francisco. Stuart, in turn, presented the set to Scarbrough as a gift. Scarbrough went on to become famous in his own right, with a novel and five major books of poetry, one of which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1990.

“Years later, George and I became friends—we both taught at writing conferences,” Francisco said. “One day I complimented him on his cufflinks, and he said, ‘These belonged to Jesse Stuart, and I’m giving them to you. You wear French cuffs and I don’t, and probably never will.’”

About 15 years after receiving the cufflinks, Francisco says, he discovered that a Pellissippi State co-worker, Mike North, was one of Jesse Stuart’s great-nephews. The assistant dean of the college’s Division Street Campus is also the son of Marty and Gary North.

Francisco decided then that the cufflinks needed to be returned to the Stuart family. The transfer was recently completed at the Pellissippi Campus.

Marty North recalls her many childhood visits to W-Hollow, Jesse Stuart’s home outside of Greenup, in the northeast corner of Kentucky.

“So many people would just walk up to the door,” she said, “hoping that Uncle Jesse would be there and they could see him. Aunt Deane was so gracious. If he was busy writing, she’d explain that, but many times they’d invite people in.

“Jesse loved people and was quite a talker. He was a very outgoing, boisterous, interesting man, and Aunt Deane was a gentle, calm, elegant lady who edited everything he wrote. They cared very much for each other and their daughter, Jane.

“I was very delighted to get the cufflinks from Ed [Francisco]. It is really a treat to have those of Uncle Jesse’s.”

Pellissippi State student conquers math phobia, pursues economics at Columbia U.

Pellissippi State student Toby Goldstein, pictured in a vehicle in Afghanistan, where he supported the U.S. military’s interpretation program. Goldstein completed a degree at Pellissippi State in December and is continuing his education at Columbia University in New York City. He plans to pursue economics, with a concentration in Middle Eastern studies.

Toby J. Goldstein just earned a two-year associate’s degree from Pellissippi State Community College, and now he has been accepted to Columbia University in New York City. Founded in the 1700s, Columbia is not only one of the oldest universities in the country, but it also is consistently ranked among the top five institutions of higher learning.

The 31-year-old student will pursue a bachelor’s degree in economics at the Ivy League school—quite an accomplishment for someone who spent years avoiding college because he was afraid to take math.

Goldstein credits Pellissippi State for helping him overcome, and even embrace, the subject. It was through the community college, he says, that his longtime phobia for math—a discipline that figures prominently in such economics concepts as input and output, supply and demand, and inflation and recession—became an affinity.

In 2005, Goldstein, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, was released from the military. After his discharge, he returned to the Middle East and studied at an Arabic language institute in Egypt for eight months.

Language school completed, he then had to make a pivotal decision: should he return to the U.S. to pursue a college degree or accept a job overseas?

Not ready to face the specter of tackling college math, he opted for the latter.

“I honestly felt more comfortable in a wartime environment than I did trying to get through algebra again,” he said. “I had such a bad experience with it in high school that I put college off to take a job in the defense industry.”

Once back in Iraq, Goldstein worked a contract worker who supported the U.S. military’s interpretation program. He was responsible for large operations and several hundred employees assigned to the U.S. Army’s Intelligence and Security Command.

Ultimately, he lived in the Middle East 2004-2010. He married during his last months there, and the couple returned to the U.S. By that time, Goldstein had come to accept the need for a college education.

“I decided to move to Knoxville and go to Pellissippi State,” he said. When he began classes in January 2010, it was no surprise that entry testing pointed to the need for pre-college-level math.

“Before I came to Pellissippi State, I hated math,” Goldstein said. “I was really bad at it. At Pellissippi State, I started with the Carnegie program [computerized math exercises used in the developmental classroom] and eventually got over my fear of it.

“It was when I took Basic Calculus that I really developed a passion for mathematics—I really got into it. The math education I’ve received here has been amazing. I’m forever grateful to the Transitional Studies [pre-college-level] and math teachers. ”

Goldstein said he had initially planned to transfer from Pellissippi State to the University of Tennessee and pursue a degree in finance. He changed his mind once he took economics.

“That class gave me an idea of how intriguing, expansive and applicable economics can be,” Goldstein said. “We were assigned an individual country study, and I chose to do mine on Iraq.”

With his Arabic language background and his newfound aptitude for math, he said, “it began to occur to me that the economics of the Middle East could be a legitimate intellectual pursuit.” He decided to combine economics with a concentration in Middle Eastern studies.

About the same time, Goldstein discovered that Columbia University had admitted Iraq and Afghanistan veterans as transfers from community colleges.

“I changed gears immediately,” he said. “I worked with Ben Sugg, coordinator of Academic Student Support at Pellissippi State, to come up with a schedule that would help prepare me for Columbia, fulfill the requirements for an associate’s degree and transfer to UT if I didn’t get accepted to Columbia.”

Goldstein completed the requirements for an Associate of Science degree at Pellissippi State in December. He finished with a 4.0 grade point average and was a member of the college chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society of two-year colleges. He also served as vice president of the Entrepreneurs Club.

“This school has some of the best instructors I have ever been exposed to,” Goldstein said. “They have so much passion about what they are doing, it’s infectious, and they really challenge you to become the best you can be.”

Pellissippi State has more than 11,000 students at its four locations: the Pellissippi Campus, Blount County Campus, Division Street Campus and Magnolia Avenue Campus. For more information about Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or go to www.pstcc.edu.

Public invited to Pellissippi State’s Feb. 8 ‘Healthy Pelli’ Health Fair

Members of the community interested in monitoring and improving their health will benefit from the “Healthy Pelli” Health Fair hosted on Feb. 8 by Pellissippi State Community College’ Magnolia Avenue Campus.

Designed to bring free health screenings, tips for good health, demonstrations and food tastings to Pellissippi State students, faculty and staff, the fair also shares its assembly of health resources with the public.

Attendees may choose to receive free health screenings such as blood glucose, blood pressure and carotid artery ultrasound screenings. In addition, the Knox County Health Department is offering STD (sexually transmitted disease) screenings and Helen Ross McNabb, along with Samaritan Ministries, is providing HIV testing (no needles or blood). Demonstrations include stress relief exercises, yoga and massage.

Participating in Healthy Pelli are the following:

  • Brown Chiropractic
  • Cherokee Health Systems
  • Covenant Health
  • Earth Fare
  • Glowing Body Yoga Studio and Apparel
  • Helen Ross McNabb Center
  • InterFaith Health Clinic
  • Knox County Health Department
  • Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center
  • Knoxville Recycling Coalition
  • Knoxville Track Club
  • Metropolitan Drug Commission
  • Papa Murphy’s Take ’N’ Bake Pizza
  • Samaritan Ministries
  • Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee
  • TENNderCARE
  • United Healthcare
  • UT Medical Center–Community Health
  • Volunteer State Health Plan (BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee)
  • Walgreens
  • Western Heights Dental

Healthy Pelli Health Fair hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Magnolia Avenue Campus is located at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. The event is free.

For additional information, call (865) 694-6400 or 329-3100. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Text alerts for college fees now available

Tuition deadlines have a way of sneaking up, but now there’s a solution: Students, and even their families, can sign up for text message reminders that a billing statement is on hand.

Mandy Bentz, Pellissippi State bursar, says that students can log into their myPellissippi account and opt to receive the text alerts. Students also can send an invitation for parents or other family members to be designated as authorized users who receive the messages, too.

Employers who are paying for or reimbursing an employee’s tuition can be set up as authorized users as well. The student can select how much information the authorized user sees—billing statements, payment history or both—says Bentz.

The text alerts can be particularly helpful to students who have charges withdrawn automatically from a bank account.

“The system already sends emails, but we wanted to use texts as another way to reach students,” Bentz said.

For more information, contact Bentz at 539-7203.

Pellissippi State lecture addresses role of commercialism, women in the 1920s

David Key, an assistant professor of history at Pellissippi State, will discuss how consumerism and the rise of the "new woman" in the 1920s impacted American culture. His Feb. 1 lecture is sponsored by Gnosis student organization and is free and open to the public.

David Key, an assistant history professor for Pellissippi State Community College, discusses at a Feb. 1 lecture how consumerism and the rise of the “new woman” in the 1920s rocked American culture.

The community is invited to the free presentation, set for 4:30 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

“America became really, really modern really, really fast—in about a 40-year period,” Key said. “The change in moral and consumer culture created cultural conflict.”

Key says that the 1920s saw the beginnings of “modern” America.

“Even our concepts of modern dating, which include cars and theaters, are byproducts of the 1920s,” he said. “America had felt the effects of industrialism and urbanization. Jobs had been created and advertising had exploded.

“People started to become acclimated to buying things with credit. We moved from a society of delayed gratification to immediate gratification.”

The event is sponsored by Gnosis, Pellissippi State’s student service-learning club, and supported by the Faculty Lecture Series. Gnosis members do charitable work for the community, and the club hosts many educational events throughout the year. The college has recognized Gnosis as its top student club for the past two years.

For more information, contact Annie Gray (ajgray@pstcc.edu) or Trent Eades (tweades@pstcc.edu), Gnosis faculty sponsors, or call the English Department at (865) 694-6708.

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 Community College, Knoxville, TN