Pellissippi State: ‘From Philadelphia to Knoxville: Tennessee’s Role in the Constitutional Experiment’

William Blount. Not everyone has a town and a county named after them, but William Blount’s credentials are indeed worthy of the honor: Signer of the U.S. Constitution. Governor of the Southwest Territory, later known as the state of Tennessee. One of the state’s first two U.S. senators. Chair of the 1796 convention that framed the first state constitution of Tennessee.

First and only member of the U.S. House of Representatives to be impeached. (Well, not all of his credentials are worthy of honor.)

Ian Hennessey, a Knoxville attorney and member of the Blount Mansion Board of Directors, discusses William Blount’s political adventures and his achievements in a free lecture at Pellissippi State Community College Monday, Sept. 17. The event is noon-12:50, and the public is invited to attend.

In “From Philadelphia to Knoxville: Tennessee’s Role in the Constitutional Experiment,” Hennessey uses Blount to put a human face on Tennessee’s road to statehood.

The speaker is an attorney with London & Amburn, P.C. A native of Cincinnati, Hennessey graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University in 2004 and earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2007.

The lecture, which is in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus, is part of the college’s recognition of Constitution Day. The event coincides with Pellissippi State’s first-ever Civic Engagement Week, Sept. 10-17.

Other activities during Civic Engagement Week:

  • Voter registration at each of the five campuses
  • A presentation by State Rep. Joe Armstrong on the rights and responsibilities of citizens, also Sept. 17, 10:45-11:45 a.m., in the Community Room on the Magnolia Avenue Campus

Four entities have teamed up to support civic engagement at Pellissippi State: the Service-Learning Program, the student service-learning club Gnosis, the Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society, and the Student Life and Recreation Office.

For more information, call Pellissippi State at (865) 649-6400 or email Annie Gray (ajgray@pstcc.edu) or Ann Kronk (aekronk@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 earns top spot in Community College Week’s Top 100 edition

Pellissippi State Community College produced the second largest number of graduates nationally in “Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services” in 2010-11, according to Community College Week. The magazine announced the new rankings in June in its annual “Top 100 Associate Degree Producers 2012” edition. The analysis was based on U.S. Department of Education data.

Pellissippi State saw an increase of 29 percent in the number of associate’s degrees awarded in the category between 2009-10 and 2010-11. The college’s communication technologies program is Media Technologies. The college bestowed 81 degrees in Media Technologies in 2010-11, up from 63 the previous academic year.

The Media Technologies degree program offers four cross-disciplinary concentrations: Communication Graphics Technology, Photography, Video Production Technology and Web Technology.

Pellissippi State has five campuses in Knox and Blount counties, including the newest at Strawberry Plains. Fall classes began Aug. 25.

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

Pellissippi State releases list of 2012 Summer Academic Achievers

Pellissippi State Community College has named 421 part-time college-level students to the list of Academic Achievers for summer. To be included, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.50-4.00, be degree-seeking and have completed 6 to 11 credit hours per semester of Pellissippi State coursework. At least 6 of those hours must be college-level.

Honorees include—

Garrett Abrahamson
Jenna Adams
Michael Adams
Sara Adams
Zachary Ahmad
Daniel Alan
Christopher Alexander
Elizabeth Allen
David (Trey) Alley
Candi Aman
Brandon Ambrose
Tabitha Ammons
Zoe-Elizabeth Andrews
Taylor Arden
Anum Aslam
Anna Astorga
Daniel Atkins
Haven Axmacher
Ashley Bailey
Hannah Bailey
Jacob Balfe
Kareem Baradei
Brad Barker
Elisabeth Barnett
Maggie Barta
Kaylon Baumeister
Brittany Beavers
Chelsea Belcher
Dana Bell
Jessica Bell
Sarah Beuerlein
Leland Biles
Raymond Bishop
Mayra Blackburn
Alan Blaha
Nathanael Blais
Jacob Blizard
Thomas Bohannon
Brittany Bonner
Jeffrey Boswell
Derek Bowers
Nathan Bowman
Andrea Boyter
Elise Brackin
Elizabeth Bradley
Melissa Bradshaw
Valerie Bradshaw
Jordan Brady
Chris Brewer
Timothy Broadbent
Megan Brockett
James Brown
Corey A. Browning
Corey J. Browning
Ericka Bryant
Tyler Bunn
Christie Burkett
Charlie Burris
Emily Butters
Katie Byrd
Kayla Byrd
Abigail Cacace
Jaret Cameron
Zachary Carey
Miranda Carpenter
Samuel Carroll
Rebecca Carter
Gary Caughron
Rachel Cecil
Dixon Chadwick
Jonathan Charles
George Childress
Yuming Childress
Sarah Christopher
Alexis Clevenger
Melanie Cole
Kendall Collier
Cristen Colquitt
Chad Colvin
Andrew Connell
Jaclyn Covington
John Cox
Sarah Cox
Chester Craig IV
Corey Cross
Julie Crum
Kimberly Cunningham
Nicola Dalili
Sam Dalili
William Darby
Mitchell Davis
Mildred De Leon
Tyler DeLaney
Katherine Deer
Lori Deer
Lindsay Delay
Angela Denton
James Derrick
Mark Dew
Kseniia Diakiv
Brittney Dingess
Nicholas Dixon
Katherine Donovan
Robert Drake
Tatiana Dukas
Garrett Eason
Kevin Edington
Devon Edmisten
Jennifer Eiffe
Samuel England
Chad Fairbanks
Amanda Fancher
Deirdre Farmer
Sara Farmer
Ryan Farrell
Chelsea Ferguson
Ian Ferguson
Chad Fields
Almondo Fiori
Craig Foster
Elizabeth Francis
Carson Frasure
Shanon Friauf
Lori Fuller
Tyler Gallimore
Angel Gardner
Shelley Garriott
Grant Geist
Lori George
James Giles
Andrew Gillespie
Louis Goitz
Alyssa Gollwitzer
Jennifer Graves
Hannah Green
Randee Green
Joshua Greenway
Sarah Greenway
Season Guffey
Valerie Hamilton
J. Hancock
Patrick Hancock
Jon Hansrote
Rebekah Harless
William Harris
Lawrence Harrison
Janet Hastings
Heather Hatfield
Autumn Hatley
Angela Hattaway
Brent Hattley
Aaron Haun
Courtney Haynes
Christina Haynie
Aos Hazem
Caleb Hearon
David Hedger
Laurel Heine
John Helton
James Henderlight
Jessica Henderlight
Brandon Henderson
Robert Henry
Lindsey Henson
Erikka Hill
Matthew Hobbs
John Hodge
Robin Hodge
Katelin Hodges
Peter Hoffecker
Michael Holder
Jonathan Holt
Michael Honeycutt
Jacob Howard
Kelly Howard
Emily Huch
Jennifer Hughes
Andrea Hutchins
Jenna Irwin
Maggie Iwaniuk
Sharon James
Patrick Jarman
Jesse Johnson
Jessica Johnson
Jason Jones
Jonathan Jones
Matthew Karnes
William Killian
Kilho Kim
Sydney Kimball
Brian Kimmitt
Krystal Kimmitt
Andrea Kitzmiller
Brett Kleinhans
Rebekah Knause
Krystle Koons
David Kornrumpf
Paige Krizan
Chelsea Kyle
Robert Lacey
Angela Lambert
Jordan Lang
Kandi Lantz
Rebecca Larson
Olga Lavrinovich
Christopher Lawrence
Christopher Lawson
Christina Layne
Nhu Le
Rhonda Lenski
Lisa Lisle
Jan Lomax
Robin Loope
Kari Loy
Michael Lundy
Shan Luo
Teron Mack
Yared Mamo
Sarah Maner
Jennifer Mann
Brittany Manning
Serena Marsh
Morgen Marshall
David Martin
Troy Martin
Erika Martinez Gutierrez
Saimah Masood
Christopher Maxwell
Kassy Maynard
Vanessa McAfee
Erin McAlister
David McAndrews
Christopher McDaniel
Carol McGaha
Andrea McGinn
Ashleigh McGinnis
Daniel McGraw
Samuel McLeod
Brittany McMillon
Allison Medley
Maria Mejia
Austin Merical
Edward Meyer
Stephanie Michel
David Miller
Denna Miller
Samuel Miller
Sara Mills
Jennifer Milton
Natalia Mock
Melissa Moon
Thomas Moore
Samantha Morgan
William Morgan
Trevor Motz
Christy Muecke
Mason Mulkey
Rashmi Molukuvan Narayana Murthy
John Music
Philip Naglitch
Gladys Nance
Carthel Newton
Sharon Noble
William Norris
Hannah O’Banion
Wesley O’Connor
Leah Odom
Amanda Ogle
Babajide Ogunyombo
Drake Onks
Marie Owen
Bill Paczkowski
George Paine
Bronagh Paladino
Kayla Palmer
Nickolaos Pantanizopoulos
Hannah Parkman
Jacob Parks
Hannah Parrott
Briana Patrick
Preston Patterson
Maria Pavone
Jessica Petre
Michael Pettet
Matthew Phillips
Ashleigh Pitt
Erin Pittman
Jacqueline Plemons
Jason Plunk
Joe Polakiewicz
Amber Poole
Richard Poppert
Michelle Power
Courtney Prate
Justyne Pride
Harold Puckett
Christopher Pullins
Jennifer Quillen
David Quraishi
Spencer Raby
Amanda Radford
Allison Rainwater
Anne Ramsaur
Allison Rannells
Aimee Readel
Elizabeth Redmond
Christopher Reed
Grayson Reedy
Jared Rice
Molly Richardson
Alan Riggs
Taylor Ripley
Walter Rivera
Jennifer Robbins
Jason Roberts
Lauren Robinson
Timothy Roddy
Rachel Rollick
Josh Roop
Robert Sanders
Dylan Sauls
Michelle Sauls
Megan Saunders
Kelly Scott
Mycol Scott
Zachary Scott
Olive Sebatembo
Sharyn Seguine
Jane Sellers
Michael Shafer
Edward Shalett
Jee Yeon Shin
Teresa Shinlever
Saasha Shirooni
Jena Lee Silva
John Silva
Corey Singletary
Sara Skaggs
Nicholas Skuda
Andrea Smith
Jennifer Smith
Joshua Smith
Sheri Smith
Tessa Snyder
James Sparks
Pamela Stallings
Cindy Standifer
Brooke Stevenson
Cole Stines
Cameron Stinnett
Hannah Stockton
Chelsea Stowell
Terry Strickland
La Questa Summeour
Bethany Summers
Arnold Sundermeyer
Mackenzie Talley
Greg Tanner
Erin Taylor
Laurie Taylor
Nora Taylor
Jamahl Thomas
Kaylie Thomas
Lee Thomas
William Thomas
Bradley Thompson
Edward Thompson
Sadie Tibbs
Patricia Tinsley
Maryellen Tipton
Mitchell Transue
Joshua Trentham
Michelle Tuck
Adam Tucker
Kayla Turner
Jason Tyler
Alyssa Underwood
Ashley Utley
Sara Van Duzer
Donna Vanderbilt
Simeon Vandeventer
Jennifer Vasquez
Travis Vickery
Tina Vinsant
Christy Voland
Janice Vowell
Bao Vuu
Denise Wade
Sherri Wade
Drexel Waggoner II
Heather Walker
Paul Walker
Phylicia Washington
Maria Wathen
Kinsey Watkins
Billy Watson
Jennifer Waymon
Leaha Weaver
James Whaley
David Wiedenhoeft
Matthew Wilburn
Justin Wiley
Anthony Willard
Andrew Williams
Erin Williams
Taylor Williams
Caroline Wilson
Timothy Wilson
Jhean Shetan Wolfsbrother
Hannah Wong
Scottie Wood
Kelly Wright
Richard Yoon
Charysse Young
Kellie Young
Lauren Yount
Ricardo Zapata
Ashita Zaveri
Ning Zhong
Nur Ziadeh
Stacey Zupka

Help your community: donate blood at Pellissippi State

Medic Regional Blood Center is hosting a blood drive at Pellissippi State Community College on Sept. 12, and those who donate receive a free T-shirt and a coupon for a one-topping pizza. More important, donors will play an instrumental role in keeping the blood supply at a level critical to serving those in need in East Tennessee.

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

Donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh a minimum of 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.-6 p.m. The mobile unit will be parked in the F-1 lot at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

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

Pellissippi State musical lecture pokes fun at the economy

The country’s economic situation may be enough to make you want to cry, but those involved in the first presentation of the 2012-13 Faculty Lecture Series at Pellissippi State Community College hope you’ll laugh, or at least snicker, at “Economics: the Musical.”

The musical, the first of its genre in the series, is Sept. 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus. The community is invited to the free event.

Based on the recent financial crisis, the witty script by Tyra Barrett, an associate professor of the Business Administration degree program, puts an entertaining spin on our current economic woes.

The musical presentation calls upon the talents of faculty and students to poke fun at all aspects of our financial condition—from a spoof of the Julie Andrews classic “My Favorite Things,” sung by a member of “The One Percent” (a reference to America’s wealthiest), to a ukulele concert by Occupy Wall Street “protestors.”

Even “Ben Bernanke” will be there, singing “The Liquidity Trap Song” to the tune of Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds.” The audience will be supplied with a program containing the words to the songs and definitions of economic concepts, so they won’t miss a single innuendo.

“I wanted to do something really different,” said Barrett. “People asked why the financial meltdown happened. It was predicted for years. We had bankers and investors with their fingers in their ears. What I’ve tried to do with the production is explain what led up to the crisis and where it has left us. The audience will be treated to a musical and an economics lesson, too!”

Robyn James, violist and Music adjunct faculty member, assisted Barrett in writing the arrangements for the production. James has collaborated musically with several local musicians, including the popular band The Dirty Guv’nahs. She also writes the arrangements for her own group, The Robyn James Trio.

The Faculty Lecture Series showcases the expertise of Pellissippi State faculty. The next lecture is “The Greatest Story Never Told,” by Donn King, associate professor of Liberal Arts. It takes place on Oct. 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

For details on the economics musical, email Tyra Barrett at tbarrett@pstcc.edu. For more information about the Faculty Lecture Series, call Pellissippi State at (865) 694-6400.

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

Pellissippi State Foundation: ‘Backstage Pass’ offers new arts series sneak peek, auction opportunities

The Pellissippi State Foundation hosts a gala affair on Friday, Sept. 7, to kick off Pellissippi State Community College’s new arts series, “The Arts at Pellissippi State.”

“Backstage Pass” provides guests a behind-the-scenes look at the fall Arts at Pellissippi State activities. The series presents the best creative efforts of student, faculty, and professional presenters, offering music, fine arts, theatre, lectures, and international fare.

Backstage Pass also gives guests a chance to take part in a live auction. Among the items up for bid are a complete room makeover, a family memories video, graphic design services and a website design. Most of the auction items were donated by Pellissippi State students and faculty.

One auction item—the residential room makeover (estimated value $2,000)—could be used to change the function of a room, redesign a space or simply redecorate a room. Pellissippi State’s Interior Design Technology students will deliver a design proposal, floor plan, three-dimensional perspective, specifications sheet with ordering information and pricing, and samples of finishes, fabrics, and accessories.

The memories video (estimated value $1,500) is expected to be an especially popular auction item. Pellissippi State’s Video Production Technology students are offering a one-hour personalized production featuring the winning bidder’s family story and genealogy.

The college’s Communication Graphics Technology students will provide the lucky winner with graphic design services (estimated value $1,500-$3,000) that include three layout options. The options may be used for the bidder’s choice of a logo, poster, direct mail piece, brochure or billboard.

For those looking for the design and implementation of a website or the improvement of an existing one, Web Technology students will provide a package of services that includes five functional pages of a website (estimated value $8,000).

Backstage Pass takes place at Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Proceeds from the special event will be used by the Pellissippi State Foundation to support The Arts at Pellissippi State.

Backstage Pass begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and include a cocktail buffet.

For additional information or to purchase tickets, call the Pellissippi State Foundation at (865) 539-7351.

Pellissippi State hosts ‘Election Primer’

At his “Gnosis Election Primer” lecture, Keith Norris, associate professor of English, will discuss how the Electoral College works as well as tackle other political topics, including mudslinging, polling data and swing states. The community is invited to Pellissippi State for the free event, Monday, Sept. 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Goins Building Cafeteria Annex at the Hardin Valley Campus.

Dirty. Politics. The words have gone together since the election of 1796, says Keith Norris, associate professor of English at Pellissippi State Community College.

“Politics in the United States has always been a bare-knuckled sport,” says the self-proclaimed political junkie.

Norris will talk about all things electoral Monday, Sept. 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m., in the Goins Building Cafeteria Annex on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

His lecture, “The Gnosis Election Primer,” kicks off Pellissippi State’s first-ever Civic Engagement Week, Sept. 10-17. The free talk is sponsored by the Gnosis student organization, and the community is invited.

Norris discusses some famous past presidential elections and how they compared to this year’s political fistfight. He also explains the Electoral College, swing states, polling data and more.

“Right now Obama and Romney are about neck and neck in national polls,” he said, “but the race will ultimately be decided by eight or nine states. The state polls are what we should be paying attention to.”

In addition to addressing the fascinating mechanics of winning an election, Norris says he wants to emphasize the importance of developing the habit of voting in every election. He also wants to dispel the notion that a vote doesn’t “count” because it’s just one vote.

“Voting can be a tremendously emotional experience,” Norris said.

Beyond Norris’ lecture, the Civic Engagement Week activities include the presence of voter registration tables throughout the week at each of the five campuses. Also, on Sept. 17 Ian Hennessey with the Blount Mansion Association presents “From Philadelphia to Knoxville: Tennessee’s Role in the Constitutional Experiment.”

The Hennessey presentation is noon-12:50 in the Goins Building Auditorium. The lecture on Tennessee’s historical connection to the U.S. Constitution is also free and open to the public.

“The week between 9/11 and Constitution Day is perfect for encouraging civic participation,” said Annie Gray, Pellissippi State English professor and Civic Engagement Week coordinator.

For more information, call Pellissippi State at (865) 694-6400 or email Gray at ajgray@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.

Register to vote at Pellissippi State

Are you registered to vote in November’s state and federal elections? If not, Pellissippi State Community College is making it easier and more convenient by offering voter registration at all five campuses Sept. 11-14. The activities are part of the college’s first-ever Civic Engagement Week.

At the Hardin Valley Campus, voter registration takes place in the Courtyard between the Goins and McWherter buildings and inside the Alexander and McWherter buildings. Registration is scheduled for the following dates and times:

  • Sept. 11, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Sept.14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Also, on Sept. 25 the Knox County/Knoxville League of Women Voters will be on hand 10 a.m-1 p.m. to help with register voters. Weather permitting, the table will be set up in the Courtyard. If it rains, the table will be in the Goins Building Rotunda.

On Sept. 12-13 the Blount County Election Commission will have staff available at the Blount County Campus to answer questions and register voters. The event takes place 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Lobby.

The Division Street Campus will have registration forms available in Room 117 12:30-3 p.m. Sept. 13 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 14. On Sept. 25 the Knox County/Knoxville League of Women Voters will be set up 10 a.m-1 p.m. in Room 117.

At the Magnolia Avenue Campus, voter registration will be facilitated by Iota Phi Lambda business sorority Sept. 17. The event is 10-noon in the Lobby. Again, on Sept. 25 the Knox County/Knoxville League of Women Voters will be on hand for voter registration 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Lobby.

At the Strawberry Plains Campus, registration takes place Sept. 11-14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Lobby.

According to the Knox County Election Commission, to be eligible to vote in Tennessee, voters must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Tennessee and at least 18 years old on or before the next election. They may not have been convicted of a felony. If they have, their full rights of citizenship must have been restored or they must have received a pardon. As of Jan. 1, 2012, voters must present an acceptable photo ID at the polls.

For more information, call Pellissippi State at (865) 649-6400 or email faculty sponsors Annie Gray (ajgray@pstcc.edu) or Ann Kronk (aekronk@pstcc.edu).

Pellissippi State, TnCIS host Mexican art exhibit

Pellissippi State Community College and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies will host a special traveling art exhibit from Mexico Aug. 27-Sept. 12. With the presentation of “Masks of Michoacán,” this will be the fourth year the college and TnCIS have worked with the Ministry of Culture of Michoacán to bring an international art exhibit to East Tennessee.

TnCIS, whose headquarters are at Pellissippi State, and the Ministry of Culture of Michoacán, a Mexican state, are sponsoring the exhibit. TnCIS is dedicated to making international education and cultural understanding a central goal of higher education in Tennessee. The consortium offers study abroad opportunities to college students throughout the state.

The Michoacán collection, which includes 40 wooden masks from the Mask Museum in the Centro Cultural Antiguo Colegio Jesuita in Pátzcuaro, brings to life the attitudes and values of those whose culture the pieces represent. According to early chroniclers and historians, Mesoamerican cultures used masks in rituals and indigenous ceremonies. The masks were made in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors and were used in secular and religious celebrations, dances, and pantomimes.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Group tours from schools, art classes or artist groups are welcome and may be arranged with advance notice. An opening reception, which is free and open to the publicprinces jumpers castles rentals, is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 27, at 3:15 p.m. in Pellissippi State’s Bagwell Center for Media and Art lobby.

“Masks of Michoacán” 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.

Exhibit hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The showing is in the Bagwell Center gallery at the Hardin Valley Campus.

For additional information or to schedule a group tour, contact Linnette Legg at (865) 539-7064 or llegg@pstcc.edu. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Additional information about TnCIS is available at www.tncis.org. For more about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Pellissippi State Community College marks National Hispanic Heritage Month with celebrations on Sept. 20 and Oct. 12 at the Hardin Valley Campus in West Knoxville.

The Sept. 20 presentation features dance groups performing in the Goins Building College Center. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. It includes the following scheduled performances:

  • 5:15-6 p.m.—Knoxville Argentine Tango Society
  • 6:15-7 p.m.—Academy Ballroom Latin Dance Ensemble
  • 7:15-8:15 p.m.—Pablo Garzon and Serenatta, Romantic Latin Ensemble, of Nashville

On Oct. 12, the Core Ensemble performs its chamber music theatre work “Tres Vidas,” 7-8:30 p.m. at the Clayton Performing Arts Center. Chamber music theatre is a format developed by the Core Ensemble that blends theatrical narrative and chamber music performance.

“Tres Vidas” is a celebration of the life, times and work of three significant Latin American women: painter Frida Kahlo of Mexico, peasant activist Ruffina Amaya of El Salvador and poet Alfonsina Storni of Argentina.

Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed Sept. 15-Oct. 15 in the U.S. by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of citizens of this country whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation began in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded to its present 30-day period under President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

This year’s National Hispanic Heritage Month events are sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Access and Diversity Office, Student Life and Recreation, and Liberal Arts Department. The Hardin Valley Campus is located at 10915 Hardin Valley Road. For more information, call (865) 539-7160.

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

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