‘Internationalization in a World on the Edge’ Oct. 24 at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies host a presentation on Oct. 24 by global studies expert Richard Slimbach.

In “Internationalization in a World on the Edge,” Slimbach explores the current best practices in international education. The presentation begins at 11:50 a.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Slimbach is a professor of global studies and the coordinator of the Global Studies program at California’s Azusa Pacific University. He has a Ph.D. in comparative and international education from the University of California, Los Angeles, and he is the author of the 2010 book “Becoming World Wise.”

Slimbach founded Azusa’s Master of Arts in Transformational Urban Leadership program, which focuses on the planet’s one billion slum dwellers. Azusa Pacific has eight campus locations in Southern California.

During the one-hour presentation, Slimbach discusses the increased need for colleges and universities to internationalize and some of the ways to approach it: foreign language study, discipline and area studies, campus diversity activities, study abroad, service learning, international research. He also addresses ways in which internationalization can better balance its academic and economic mandates with desired student learning outcomes.

TnCIS, whose headquarters are at Pellissippi State, coordinates study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. More than 400 students and 50 faculty from across Tennessee participated in the summer 2012 study abroad programs coordinated by TnCIS. There are 18 study abroad programs planned for summer 2013.

For additional information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call (865) 539-7280. For information about 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 humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State, Painting with a Twist host art party for scholarships

Pellissippi State Community College’s Alumni Association and the West Knoxville business Painting with a Twist are again joining forces to host “Painting with a Purpose,” an art party to raise funds for the college’s Alumni Scholarship.

Scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., the event offers participants the chance to create a work of art while at the same time supporting scholarship recipients. Created in fall 2010 by the Pellissippi State Foundation, the Alumni Scholarship is awarded annually to a child or spouse of a Pellissippi State graduate.

The cost to participate in the art party is $35. Canvas, brushes and paint are supplied, and an instructor offers guidance in creating a custom painting. No knowledge of painting is required. Snacks and soft drinks also are provided, but guests are welcome to bring their own beverage. The business is located at 10932 Murdock Dr., Suite 103-A.

Thanks to the generosity of Patty Walden, owner of the Knoxville Painting with a Twist franchise, $25 of the event fee goes directly to the Alumni Scholarship fund. Walden hosts Painting with a Purpose with various nonprofit organizations every month. The college and Walden’s business hosted a successful art party last October.

Seating for the art party is limited, so participants are asked to sign on by Friday, Oct. 19, at alumni@pstcc.edu or (865) 539-7275. For more information about Painting with a Twist, visit www.paintingwithatwist.com/knoxville. To learn more about the Pellissippi State Alumni Association, go to www.pstcc.edu/alumni.

Pellissippi State hosts Oct. 13 Habitat shed-raising event

Eighteen sheds. Seven-and-a-half hours. One hundred volunteers at Pellissippi State Community College.

Hammers will be swinging on the Hardin Valley Campus on Saturday, Oct. 13, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., as the college hosts an alternative fall break event titled “Shed Happens.”

Pellissippi State is joining with Lowe’s Home Improvement Heroes Project, the Loudon County Habitat for Humanity, Smithbilt Homes and TnAchieves to construct 18 sheds to be donated to the Loudon County Habitat for Humanity.

The Loudon County Habitat presents each family it works with on building a home with a storage shed upon the house’s completion, and the Pellissippi State partnership’s efforts will provide the nonprofit organization with an 18-month supply of sheds.

The college’s participation is part of its Service-Learning program, launched last year.

Service-Learning integrates community service and academics to make education relevant and exciting, says Tara Lynn, who facilitates the program with Annie Gray. Lynn and Gray are both English faculty members. Lynn says she and Gray hope that the partnership among businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the college will become a model for community and civic engagement efforts throughout the state.

“Six of our classes currently have a service-learning component,” said Lynn. “There are approximately 1,000 to 1,500 Pellissippi State students engaged in service in the community in some way, whether through Service-Learning courses, our Gnosis student service club or TnAchieves. This event is our single largest Service-Learning volunteer effort for fall 2012.”

For more information about Pellissippi State’s Service-Learning program or the shed-raising event, visit www.pstcc.edu/service-learning or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State: GED requirements change, free prep classes offered

What could you accomplish if you didn’t complete high school but went back and earned your GED? Quite a lot, judging by the list of successful people who did just that. They include, for starters, Delaware’s governor, the founder of Wendy’s fast food chain, a NASA astronaut and the 17th surgeon general.

The Adult Education Program at Pellissippi State Community College offers free GED preparation classes that can help you prepare for and pass the GED test and get started on the life you deserve.

Whether you need to start studying for the GED or finish taking the multipart test, now is the time to do it, says Joan Newman, the college’s director of Adult Education. The reason is simple: The current version of the test (the 2002 series) changes at the end of 2013, and any incomplete scores expire at that time.

After that, test-takers will have to start all over again with the 2014 GED. That test will be based on emerging national and state standards. It will be delivered only on computer—no paper and pencil allowed—and it will be more expensive, Newman says.

“According to the statistics, there are more than a million working-age adults who have started but not finished the current GED test,” she said. “These adults need to complete the test as soon as possible. It will open doors to college, training and better jobs for them.”

The current GED arranged through the college is $65. The test contains five parts. They may be taken separately, but all parts must be passed to receive the corresponding credential.

The GED preparation classes offered at Pellissippi State are free.

“Our GED classes are also small in size,” said Newman, “and our teachers are knowledgeable, encouraging, and caring. They know how to work with adults and teach the material students need in order to pass the GED tests. Many students are ready to take the GED after only two to 12 weeks of study.”

Day and evening GED prep classes are available at several locations in the Knoxville area, and new student orientation sessions take place weekly. One-on-one tutoring is available, as are computer programs that students can access outside of class.

Instructors are available to help students reach their goals after passing the test, by connecting them with a Tennessee Career Center for employment information or a postsecondary institution such as Pellissippi State to enroll in a training program or college classes.

For information about class locations and upcoming orientation sessions, call the Adult Education Program at (865) 539-7109. To learn more about Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus: Donate blood, possibly win tickets to Foothills Fall Festival

Medic Regional Blood Center is hosting a blood drive at Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 10, and those who donate will automatically be entered to win a pair of tickets to the Foothills Fall Festival. More important, donors will play an instrumental role in keeping the blood supply at the  levels needed to serve community members in the East Tennessee region.

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

The Foothills Fall Festival, a three-day event featuring concerts, juried art, exhibits and 16 acres of rides and games, is scheduled for Oct. 12-14 in Maryville. Performers this year include nationally known artists Train and Darius Rucker, along with local and regional acts.

Medic is giving a pair of reserved-seat tickets good for all three days of the performances to one blood donor who donates prior to Oct. 11.

Donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh a minimum 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 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The mobile unit will be parked in the front lot of the Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.

Additional information on the donation process can be found at www.medicblood.org.

Pellissippi State offers fitness and personal safety classes

From sessions with a personal trainer to self-defense for women, Pellissippi State Community College is offering an array of non-credit fitness and personal safety classes this fall. The selection, provided by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division, includes the following:

Women’s Self-Defense Seminar Level 1”—Saturday, Oct. 20, 2-5 p.m.; $40. This new course is the first in a series of three. Open to females ages 14 and up, the three-hour class covers the basics, including dealing with attacks in parking lots, garages and other sites where it is imperative that a potential victim not be taken to a secondary location.

Jujitsu”—Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 25-Dec. 18 (No class Nov. 22), 5:30-6:30 p.m.; $75. Suitable for any skill level and age, this 15-session course provides in-depth training in both ground and standing joint locks, chokes, and striking. Students may choose to specialize their training in one or more of these areas.

Karate”—Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 25-Dec. 18 (No class Nov. 22), 6:30-8 p.m.; $100. The course includes 22.5 hours of instruction in isshinryu karate, jujitsu and self-defense. Participants may choose to specialize their training in one or more of these areas. Classes are suitable for any skill level and age.

Refuse to Be a Victim®”—Friday, Nov. 2, 6-10 p.m.; $39, plus $6 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class. Started in 1993, this National Rifle Association program teaches men and women the skills to prepare their own crime prevention and personal safety strategies. Topics include safety at home, in automobiles, and during travel; safety when using the phone and Internet; and fraud prevention.

Zumba Fitness®”—Mondays, Nov. 5-Dec. 10, 5:45-6:45 p.m.; $45. This Latin-inspired dance fitness program blends international music created by Grammy Award–winning producers with contagious steps to form a “fitness party.” A certified Zumba Fitness® instructor leads participants in a dynamic, fun and effective option for exercise.

Personal Training for Fitness”—Six one-hour sessions with dates and times to be determined by student and trainer; $270 for one participant, $150 each for two participants, $120 each for three or more participants. This new class allows students to discover the benefits of working with a certified personal trainer in a one-on-one or small-group setting. From fitness novices to exercise experts, students receive a customized workout plan.

All courses listed take place at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus.

Non-credit courses also are currently being offered by Pellissippi State in Blount County. For information or registration, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists updated class schedules and information on new course offerings.

Pellissippi State presents ‘Genius Loci’ exhibit, featuring local artist Katie Ries

Pellissippi State Community College hosts “Genius Loci,” a multimedia exhibit and series of arts events by local artist Katie Ries, at the Hardin Valley Campus Oct. 8-Nov. 2. Ries’ interdisciplinary work incorporates drawing, costuming and social events designed to raise questions about how people access and engage with the land around them.

Previous area exhibits by Ries include a collaboratively stocked vending machine selling helpful kits instead of junk food; a series of costumes for gallery guests to wear; seedlings to be taken home, planted, and raised by art patrons; and small chores to be completed in exchange for objects in an art gallery. Ries’ 2008 costume show garnered a Metro Pulse comparison to Japanese artist Atsuko Tanaka’s 1956 “Electric Dress,” a garment crafted from light bulbs and electrical cords.

Area residents may recognize Ries’ name, even if they’ve never attended one of her exhibits. The artist was a co-founder of The Birdhouse, a collective arts space in Knoxville’s Fourth and Gill neighborhood. Since 2006, The Birdhouse has fostered and promoted emerging artists and musicians by renting studio spaces and by hosting exhibits, concerts, and special events.

Ries is also well-known for the Urban Land Scouts, a group she began in 2010 in order to teach and promote land stewardship.

The artist currently serves as the marketing and outreach director for Three Rivers Market food cooperative in North Knoxville. Ries has a Bachelor of Arts in studio art from Colorado College and a Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in printmaking from the University of Tennessee.

Ries says the show’s title, “Genius Loci,” refers to the ancient Roman belief in a resident spirit—a genius loci—who looked after and dwelt in a specific location. It also refers to her public and private engagements with that genius loci and ideas of environmental sustainability.

“Publicly, I host and promote the Urban Land Scouts, a group that teaches land stewardship and eco-literacy in the city. Privately, I seek to strike a balance between fantastic and realistic ideas of self-sufficiency, sustainability, and stewardship,” she said.

Four special events are planned for Ries’ “Genius Loci” exhibit:

  • Opening reception—Oct. 8, 3-5 p.m.
  • Shoemaking talk and demonstration with guest Daniel Scott, cordwainer (maker of fine leather shoes)—Oct. 9, 3-5 p.m.
  • Introduction to urban land scouting, which includes a short outdoor walk and a pamphlet-style bookbinding activity—Oct. 22, 3-5 p.m.
    Limited to 15 participants, with registration required. Bring a drawing implement, and dress for the weather. Children are welcome, but they may require assistance in binding books. Please contact Jennifer Brickey at (865) 694-6634 or jmbrickey@pstcc.edu to register.
  • Artist talk by Katie Ries—Oct. 29, 3-5 p.m.

“Genius Loci” is one of the events that make up Pellissippi State’s new 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.

Regular exhibit hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The showing and associated special events take place in the gallery of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art on the Hardin Valley Campus. The exhibit and events are free and open to the public.

For additional information about the exhibit or “The Arts at Pellissippi State,” call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Faculty Lecture Series: Pellissippi State professor examines the stories we tell ourselves

You might want to adjust the story you tell yourself about who you are, says Donn King, associate professor of Liberal Arts at Pellissippi State Community College. We all tell ourselves stories about our lives, he says, and it’s not something we can stop doing. But a different version of the story of your life might just make you happier.

The speech communications instructor and former pastor touches on just about everybody—individuals, parents, children, lovers—in an upcoming lecture at the college, “The Greatest Story Never Told.” The title refers to the story you tell yourself.

The free event is Oct. 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus. The community is invited to attend.

“I’ve always been interested in storytelling,” said King, an award-winning Toastmasters International speaker. “Humans have always told stories to preserve and transmit knowledge, and to try to make sense of the universe. But anything we tell ourselves is not going to be the truth. It’s going to be a viewpoint.”

King will examine the power of story to influence behaviors, expectations and the decisions we make.

“Through exploring a few example stories,” he said, “I plan to help audience members recognize their own stories so they can decide whether they are useful or need changing or dropping altogether.”

He draws upon the philosophy of the ancient Greek sage Epictetus.

“Epictetus said 2,000 years ago that it’s not what happens to us, but what we think about what happens to us, that determines our experience.”

The presentation is part of the 2012-13 Faculty Lecture Series, which is designed to highlight the expertise of Pellissippi State faculty. The lecture is one component of the college’s new 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.

The next lecture in the series is “Born Fighting,” presented by Pat Riddle, an associate professor and the program coordinator of Engineering Technology’s Mechanical Engineering concentration. The event is Nov. 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m., at the same location.

For additional information about the King lecture or The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

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

Study Abroad Fair Oct. 3 at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College serves as the host location for the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies’ annual Study Abroad Fair on Oct. 3. The free event is open to the community.

TnCIS, which is headquartered at Pellissippi State, coordinates study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. It provides affordable, high-quality study abroad opportunities to students enrolled at Pellissippi State and other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions.

The Study Abroad Fair gives attendees the opportunity to learn about the 2013 summer study abroad programs, as well as obtain information about study abroad scholarships available to Pellissippi State students. More than 400 students and 50 faculty from Tennessee participated in the 2012 summer study abroad programs coordinated by TnCIS.

The 2013 summer study abroad programs are Austria, Brazil, China, Ecuador/Galapagos Islands, England, France, Great European Capitals, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Peru, Scotland, South Africa and Spain. Three new study abroad experiences for 2013 are also available: Eastern Europe’s Best, Iceland and Turkey.

The TnCIS Study Abroad Fair takes place at the Hardin Valley Campus in the Goins Building Rotunda. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

For additional information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call the TnCIS office at (865) 539-7280. For additional information about enrollment at 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 humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State Nursing degree program receives full approval from state board

Pellissippi State Community College’s Nursing program has received full approval for its associate’s degree from the Tennessee Department of Health’s Board of Nursing.

The state board voted on the approval Aug. 22 in Nashville. The accomplishment sets the stage for Pellissippi State to pursue national accreditation for the Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing.

“I’m very proud of our students and faculty,” said Larry Goins, Pellissippi State’s dean of Nursing. Receiving full approval, he says, is a testament to the hard work of the Nursing faculty, staff and students. It is also a reflection of the contributions of the administration and faculty beyond the program. All of them play a part in student success, says Goins.

Full approval by the board means that the program is providing a quality experience for the Nursing students, and that ultimately benefits the health of the entire community.

The state board’s action is the culmination of many successful steps that Pellissippi State has taken in implementing the program. In February, the board carried out a two-day campus visit and on-site survey. The board reviewer evaluated the program, curriculum, and degree and conducted interviews with faculty, staff, students, and nurse educators at hospitals where students engage in clinical training.

In May, Pellissippi State’s first class of Nursing students graduated. The students received a 97 percent first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses. Students who pass the NCLEX-RN are licensed to practice as registered nurses in the state of Tennessee.

Pellissippi State’s associate’s degree in Nursing requires 66 credit hours of coursework, taken over four semesters. Currently, there are 110 Pellissippi State students on track to become registered nurses. Those students attend classes at the Blount County Campus or Magnolia Avenue Campus.

In addition to state approval, the associate’s degree program has received Candidacy Status from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The NLNAC has invited Pellissippi State’s Nursing program to complete and submit a written self-study in the multi-step process of achieving accreditation.

Once the self-study is completed, an NLNAC site visit will be conducted and a governing board review will take place to determine the program’s accreditation status.

To learn more about Pellissippi State’s Nursing program, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, TN