A magical storm. A shipwreck. Monsters and magic. Revenge, forgiveness and true love.
Playgoers will find these and more in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” to be performed April 17-19 and 24-26 at Pellissippi State Community College.
Performance times are 7:30 p.m., April 17-18 and 24-25, and 2 p.m., April 19 and 26. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at www.pstcc.edu/tickets.
The family-friendly presentation is sponsored and co-produced by Duck Ears Theatre Company. It features the talents of student, community and professional actors. Professional and community stagehands, dramatists, and actors, as well as the Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio, are donating time to participate in the play.
“The Tempest” also includes live performances of original musical compositions by Alex Gherardi, a playwright and Pellissippi State adjunct faculty member.
“If you’ve never come to see a play at Pellissippi State, this is the play to see,” said Charles R. Miller, director of the production and a professor at the college. “It’s Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest.’ It has everything: magic, monsters, and fairies in a tale of redemption and forgiveness. It’s insanely funny; it’s a romance. It has everything.
“This is the biggest thing we’ve ever done here. In terms of scale, outlay, community participation and production values, this is our biggest production.”
“The Tempest” will be performed in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.
The play is one of the events that make up Pellissippi State’s arts series, The Arts at Pellissippi State. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. This year, the series commemorates Pellissippi State’s 40th anniversary.
For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or email@example.com.
The induction was Pellissippi State’s inaugural Gamma Beta Phi class—it was also the biggest community college class in the 40,000-plus-member honor society.
“Pellissippi State had the largest community college induction in the entire organization,” said Kevin Fillers. Fillers, himself a Pellissippi State alumnus, is assistant national executive director of Gamma Beta Phi.
“Gamma Beta Phi sets out to recognize and enrich the lives of academically excellent students who are willing to make a commitment to improving their community through service projects.”
Wilburn, who is pursuing a career in social work, is set to earn her associate’s degree in May.
“I was honored to be named to Gamma Beta Phi,” she said. “It’s the first time I’ve ever been involved in an honors society.”
The Gamma Beta Phi Society is dedicated to promoting education and providing community service to colleges and communities. Pellissippi State’s first Gamma Beta Phi induction took place in October 2014.
The college’s Gamma Beta Phi chapter is one of several student clubs that offer the opportunity for students to give back to the community and be honored for their academic achievements.
“When students get involved in a club, they feel connected to Pellissippi State for years to come,” said Kim Thomas-LaRue, director of Student Life. “Our goal is to lead students to connect and engage on campus so that their academic experience is enhanced.”
Wilburn is active in Student Life and is a member of the college’s Student Activities Board, which plans campus events for students. She says both organizations keep her busy on campus, but she loves opportunities to get to know people and to help.
“It’s an honor to do that: to help out around campus as much as we can,” said Wilburn. “It’s busy, but it’s fun and good to be involved and to help students.
“I started at another community college in Nashville before moving back home and coming to Pellissippi State, but that ended up being the best thing for me. Pellissippi State has helped me start out well on my academic path.”
After Wilburn graduates in May, she plans to transfer to Tennessee State University, where she will continue working toward a bachelor’s degree in social work.
“I love to help people. Knowing that you made an impact and that you changed someone’s life for the better is always a rewarding feeling.”
For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.
Pellissippi State Community College hosts a special open house for adult learners 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 18.
The open house is free and takes place in the College Center of the Goins Administration Building on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Adult students (those age 24 or older) are invited.
RSVP to attend the open house at www.pstcc.edu/adult.
Participants may bring copies of their transcripts for an informal evaluation of potential college credit. The event also will include information sessions throughout the day:
- 10:15-11 a.m. and 12:15-1 p.m.—“Affording College as an Adult Learner, Prior Learning Assessment, and Transferring In and Transferring Out”
- 11:15-noon—Programming for Adult Student Support, a program that supports degree attainment for nontraditional students at Pellissippi State
Additional information about academic departments, services, workforce development, veterans’ services, and access and diversity will be presented as well.
Pellissippi State Community College makes going back to school easier for adult learners by providing unique pathways and services for nontraditional students. The college offers many scholarships and grants for adult students, and additional financial aid is available to students who are eligible. With prior learning assessment, adult learners can receive college credit for experiences ranging from career and military training to volunteer work.
Adult students can take classes at their convenience through online learning and alternative scheduling. Some programs also are offered as cohorts, in which groups of students progress through a degree program together. Created with busy parents and working students in mind, accelerated pathway cohorts allow students go to school part time, yet earn a degree more quickly, thanks to shorter-length courses.
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Humphrey Fellows are mid-career professionals from other nations who travel to the U.S. and spend one academic year at a university or other higher education institution. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, was established in 1978. Professionals from 24 countries participate.
Michel’s presentation is “Haiti: Too Rich to Be Poor, Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Poverty.” It takes place 2-3 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The presentation is free and open to the community.
Michel is on campus the first full week of April, with several speaking engagements planned in the community. He will spend time shadowing Pellissippi State administrators to learn more about the community college model and how Pellissippi State interacts with its community.
Michel is a cofounder and vice chair of the board of GRAHN-Haiti, a branch of GRAHN-Monde, a think tank dedicated to the reconstruction of Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010. He also serves as a project coordinator in the United Nations Office Project of Services in Haiti. Michel has degrees in development management, business administration and computer programming.
For more information about the presentation and Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or email@example.com.