Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus hosts Health and Wellness Fair

Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus puts the focus on health in the upcoming Health and Wellness Fair.

Scheduled 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 18 in the William “Keith” McCord Lobby of the campus, the event brings together a broad range of organizations committed to improving the well-being of community residents. The Blount County Campus Health and Wellness Fair is free and open to the public.

The community vendors this year include Alcoa Chiropractic, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Blount Memorial Hospital, Cornerstone Integrative Health Associates (acupuncture), Knoxville Rolfing Structural Integration, National Fitness Center, Keola Fit Yoga, East Tennessee Medical Group Sleep Center, Marino Bone Density, Blount County Eye Center (vision screening), Blue Ridge Family Dentistry, Tennessee Vein Center, Juice Plus, Pregnancy Resource Center, Vitamin World and Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center.

Pellissippi State’s nursing students will provide glucose and blood pressure screenings.

The Blount County Campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy. (U.S. 321).

For more information about the event, call (865) 981-5300. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or

Graduating next month? You’re invited to breakfast with the president

All Pellissippi State students who will graduate next month are invited to attend a Graduates’ Breakfast With the President.

Celebrate your accomplishment by joining other graduates and Pellissippi State President Anthony Wise. Breakfasts are 8-9:30 a.m., and you can choose from the following dates and campus locations:

  • Wednesday, April 11, Magnolia Avenue Campus
  • Wednesday, April 18, Division Street Campus
  • Thursday, April 19, Hardin Valley Campus, Goins Building
    College Center
  • Wednesday, April 25, Blount County Campus

Graduates’ Breakfast With the President is sponsored by the Pellissippi State Alumni Association.

R.S.V.P. to Brooke Pannell, Alumni Relations coordinator, at (865) 539-7275, or email

Pellissippi State’s writer-in-residence presents ‘Sexy Shakespeare II’

Ed Francisco
Ed Francisco

Lovers, wives and dalliances: William Shakespeare had so many affairs that his love life is legendary.

Ed Francisco, English professor and writer-in-residence at Pellissippi State Community College, discussed the liaisons in his first “Sexy Shakespeare” lecture a few months ago to a standing-room-only crowd. Now, he says, the research done for that lecture has inspired him to present a second lecture and write a novel.

Francisco will read from the first two chapters of his work-in-progress at the Thursday, April 19, lecture, “Sexy Shakespeare II: The Further Adventures of the Amorous Bard of Avon.” He will discuss Shakespeare’s web of women and, using material from the writer’s plays and poems, will speculate about the identity of the mysterious “dark lady,” whom Shakespeare apparently loved.

The community is invited to the free event. It takes place 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus. The presentation is sponsored by Pellissippi State’s student service-learning club, Gnosis, and the college’s Faculty Lecture Series.

For more 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

Pellissippi State hosts Fifth Annual International Festival of Cultures April 13

The Fifth Annual International Festival of Cultures at Pellissippi State Community College features an eclectic sampling of food, music and culture from around the globe.

The celebration is scheduled 4-9:30 p.m. on April 13 in the Goins Building College Center on the Hardin Valley Campus. The public is invited to attend the free event.

The entertainment includes Café Brasil, a local Brazilian band led by Pellissippi State music instructor Larry Vincent, and Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Thunder, a bluegrass band.

Atlanta’s Miyagi Ryu Okinawa Dance Group performs traditional Japanese dances, and Kingsport-based Blue Hawaii Entertainment demonstrates authentic Hawaiian and Polynesian dances. In addition, the Broadway Academy of Performing Arts in Knoxville and BAPA master dance teacher Greg Carney present hip-hop and line dancing.

There will be booths and exhibits that showcase international art, clothes, and artifacts by Pellissippi State’s international students.

The list of international food runs the gamut: Australian drunk chicken, Brazilian collards, West African benachin, Irish báirín breac, Ethiopian sambussa, Spanish paella, Middle Eastern tabbouleh, German bratwursts, white beans and cabbage, Indian Gobi chana masala, Mexican empanada, Thai shrimp red curry, Korean beef bulgogi, and Poland’s chlebek truskawkowy.

For more information about this event, contact (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or

DrumGlory to perform for, engage attendees

All at the College are invited on Wednesday, April 4, to enjoy and maybe even participate in a drumming circle led by DrumGlory.

DrumGlory will demonstrate drumming 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus. The free event is one of the student activities that revolve around the theme of Africa and this year’s Common Book, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope,” by William Kamkwamba.

The drumming group’s genesis came when Catrina Adams, then a 46-year-old Pellissippi State student, asked her instructor if she could write an assigned research paper about her latest passion: hand drumming. Ed Francisco, English professor and writer-in-residence, agreed.

Adams not only did the research—showing that drumming is connected to a rise in serotonin and endorphins—but she also got two other class members to join her in demonstrating the skill to Francisco’s Survey of American Literature.

“The essence of the drumbeat starts in the womb with your mother’s heartbeat,” Adams said. “Research proves that those addicted to alcohol will improve with hand drumming. A drum manufacturer chose to invest in the science of drumming. With one hour of drumming, natural killer cells activity increases and stimulates the brain to produce more serotonin and endorphins.”

The research paper was two years ago. Since that time Adams and fellow students Harold Puckett, 49, and Lynn Wall, 42, have launched DrumGlory. They also have used it to benefit the community. The group has facilitated drumming at Dollywood and has worked with Cornerstone of Recovery and the 4-H Center in Grainger County.

Pellissippi State celebrates selection of new president Anthony Wise April 10

Dr. Wise headshotPellissippi State Community College celebrates the selection of its new president, L. Anthony Wise Jr., with the Presentation of the Presidential Regalia on Tuesday, April 10, at 2 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus.

Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan speaks at the event, and President Wise also addresses the audience. Following the presentation, Pellissippi State hosts a reception in the campus’ Courtyard.

Wise began his tenure as president of Pellissippi State on July 1, 2011. Yet he was no stranger to the college before being chosen to lead the institution. Between May 2007 and June 2011, he served as vice president of the Learning Division. He also was department head of Liberal Arts for three years and taught history at Pellissippi State for nine years.

President Wise earned a Ph.D. in history in 1997 from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree in U.S. history in 1993 from Wake Forest University in North Carolina, and a bachelor’s degree in history and business economics in 1990 from Wofford College in South Carolina.

Throughout his career, Wise has played an active role in numerous committees and councils hosted by educational bodies such as the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the Tennessee Board of Regents, the National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Honors include selection for participation in TBR’s Global Leadership Academy, Class of 2008, and the Regents Academic Leadership Institute, Class of 2006.

Locally, the new president serves on the boards of the Great Schools Partnership, Project GRAD and the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee’s Workforce Connections.

President Wise and his wife, Lynn, have three children. The family is actively involved in soccer, dance and music.

Music for the Presentation of the Presidential Regalia will be provided by Variations student ensemble, under the direction of Bill Brewer, Music program coordinator.

To learn more about Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State: National ‘Advisor of the Year’ teaches retirement finances course April 10-17

The nation’s 2011 Advisor of the Year, as recognized by financial industry publication Senior Market Advisor, is local resident Jim Brogan. A non-credit instructor at Pellissippi State Community College since 2007, Brogan is still delivering his popular finance courses. His next offering, “How to Thrive Financially in Retirement,” begins on April 10.

Brogan is owner and president of Brogan Financial, a Knoxville-based retirement and legacy planning firm. The author, talk show host and philanthropist earned his M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee and is a certified retirement financial advisor. Brogan’s class is offered on Tuesdays, April 10-17, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Hardin Valley Campus.

Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus offers the same course on Thursdays, April 12-19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Blount County classes are led by Jim Kraeske, an investment advisor representative with Brogan Financial. The campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.

The course fee for “How to Thrive Financially in Retirement” is $59.

For additional information about this or other non-credit courses offered by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division, call (865) 539-7167 or visit The entire course catalog is available online.

Two performances remain in Pellissippi State’s 2011-12 free concert series

With only two concerts remaining, the season is wrapping up for Pellissippi State Community College’s 2011-12 Music Concert Series.

The upcoming performance focuses solely on instrumental music. Scheduled for April 12, the Small Instrumental Ensembles Concert includes selections from a variety of musical styles, among them, classical, blues, jazz and folk.

Featured in the concert are ensembles of brass, guitar and percussion. A small instrumental mixed ensemble also will perform.

As with all performances in the series, admission is free. However, donations will be accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship fund. During the 2010-11 academic year, the Foundation awarded more than 100 music-related scholarships to more than 80 Pellissippi State students.

The ensembles concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus in Knoxville. Free, convenient parking is available.

The remaining performance of the 2011-12 Pellissippi State Music Concert Series is the April 26 Spring Choral Concert.

For additional 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

Pellissippi State again premieres work of ‘Best American Short Plays’ playwright

When Pellissippi State Community College staged the world premiere of Lisa Soland’s “Meet Cute” in October 2010, audience members had no idea they were seeing the work of a playwright who would go on to be honored with inclusion in “The Best American Short Plays 2010/2011.”

Those who attend the world premiere of Soland’s “The Ladder Plays” at Pellissippi State just might be witness to the staging of another honors-worthy production.

“The Ladder Plays” is a series of one-act presentations that opened at the college on March 23 and runs through April 1. Each of the segments explores the ups and downs of being human. Soland directs Pellissippi State’s students, working alongside other local actors.

It was the Pellissippi State premiere of “Meet Cute” that showcased Soland’s romantic comedy “Thread Count,” the play chosen to be included in “The Best American Short Plays 2010/2011.” For more than 70 years, “The Best American Short Plays” series has showcased the one-act works of the country’s most talented playwrights. The works of Tennessee Williams, David Mamet and Horton Foote have appeared in previous editions.

“The Ladder Plays” is being performed at Pellissippi State’s Clayton Performing Arts Center Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through March 31, with a Sunday performance at 2 p.m. on April 1. The Clayton Performing Arts Center is located on the Hardin Valley Campus.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students and may be purchased at the door. All proceeds go to the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Theatre program.

To find out more, call (865) 694-6400 or visit To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or

Pellissippi State: New Service-Learning program pairs in-class work with community outreach

Gladys Nance headshotOpt for service-learning at Pellissippi State Community College and the world can become your classroom.

Case in point: Ijams River Rescue on Saturday, March 31.

Pellissippi State students are taking part in Ijams Nature Center’s annual cleanup of the Tennessee River through the college’s new Service-Learning program and its service-learning student club, Gnosis. Service-learning pairs community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

Beyond Ijams, Pellissippi State’s program has created partnerships with Second Harvest Food Bank in Maryville, Beardsley Community Farm, Maynard Elementary School and a growing list of other schools and nonprofit organizations.

“This spring, students from several Pellissippi classes are incorporating their class work with meaningful service to these community partners,” said Annie Gray, associate professor of English, Service-Learning program co-facilitator and co-advisor for the student club Gnosis.

Gray’s freshman composition students, for example, are establishing the bluebird trails at Ijams in conjunction with writing a paper on nature. Those working on a unit on education are tutoring children at Maynard Elementary School. Some of the college’s students are learning about wealth and poverty as they help build houses through Loudon County Habitat for Humanity.

Classes taught by H.L. Ford, associate professor of English, and Tara Lynn, assistant professor of English and Service-Learning program co-facilitator, also are participating in the program.

Gladys Nance, one of Gray’s English composition students, has incorporated her service-learning experience this semester into writing assignments. Until recently, she was an Army medic in Afghanistan. As a student, Nance chose to provide medical assistance to homeless people through Lost Sheep Ministries:

“Service-learning has shown me the true values of life…. It is important for all of us to play our part right in order to make a difference and ensure that no one goes without the necessary things to survive.

“This service has drastically changed my views on judging those individuals that are unable to provide for themselves. There is always a reason why those individuals are in that predicament…. Everyone deserves a second chance at life.”

Interested in learning more or getting involved in Pellissippi State’s Service-Learning program? Call Tara Lynn, (865) 539-7210, or Annie Gray, 694-6492, or email

Here are some of the upcoming events:

  • Call to Service (C2S), 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30. At C2S, local nonprofits come to campus to let students know about service opportunities. Service-Learning hosts C2S in the Courtyard of the Hardin Valley Campus.
  • Ijams River Rescue, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the 31st. Service-Learning students and Gnosis members clean up around the river at a site off Western Avenue. The area is accessible through the Beardsley Community Farm parking lot.
  • Highlander Research and Education Center, Friday, April 6. Service-Learning and Gnosis co-sponsor the multi-club field trip to New Market. Students will learn about Highlander’s impact on the labor movement, Civil Rights era and, more recently, immigration.

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