Pellissippi State hosts Knoxville Opera for ‘Magnifico!’

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Pellissippi State Community College hosts the Knoxville Opera Company for the college’s first musical concert of the year, on Friday, Sept. 19.

“Magnifico!” is at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The concert will feature performers Kevin Doherty and Sarah Fitch, accompanied by Brian Salesky, Knoxville Opera’s executive director and conductor.
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The event is free and the community is invited.

“We are very excited about this collaboration with the Knoxville Opera Company as we kick off our concert season,” said Bill Brewer, Pellissippi State’s Music program coordinator. “Events like this are a critical component to our mission of incorporating the community into our fine arts emphasis at the college.”
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“Magnifico!” is the first performance in Pellissippi State’s 2014-15 Music Concert Series. The concerts are part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. All piano performances and accompaniments are performed on Steinways, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All-Steinway School.

For additional information about the Music Concert Series 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.

Art, fishing, self-help among new non-credit courses at Pellissippi State this fall

Sketching, fly-fishing, and emotional eating avoidance are three new non-credit courses offered this fall through Business and Community Services at Pellissippi State Community College.
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All classes are at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

  • Sketching: Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sept. 18-Oct. 23. Instructor: Diann Bishop; cost: $120. Learn to record quickly your impressions of an image, idea or principle through sketching. Sketching trains the artist to observe, and sketches can be made in any medium. Along with other required materials, participants should bring several photos for painting and drawing ideas.
  • Stop Emotional Eating: Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m., Sept. 29-Oct. 13. Instructor: Tammy Hardin; cost: $75. Stress is the No. 1 reason people overeat. Focus on reducing stress by understanding how you create stress, then learn the quick and powerful Emotional Freedom Technique to eliminate or change your perception of stress.
  • Flyfish 101: Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 20. Instructor: Marshall Hall; cost: $85. Learn the basics of fly-fishing: fly rod and reel; line, leader, and tippet; how to rig your outfit; what you will need; where to find fish; how to cast; and types of flies. Hall is a guide, custom rod maker, and member of Foothills Craft Guild and Custom Rod Makers Guild.

To register or learn more about these and other classes offered by Business and Community Services, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State’s Civic Engagement Week introduces ‘Good Food For All’

Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to join the fun during Civic Engagement Week, Sept. 10-17, with events that profile community service, sustainability, and local and regional food and agriculture.

Local and national speakers will highlight the week, whose theme is “Good Food For All.” All events are free and open to the community, and all take place on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The weeklong series of events is being hosted by the college’s Service-Learning program.
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The annual Call2Service Volunteer Fair kicks off the week. Community partners will be in the Courtyard and the Goins Building College Center sharing ways students and employees can volunteer in the community. The fair is 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sept. 10.

The National Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11 features a brief address from Capt. Bill Robinson, a Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war. His presentation and a moment of silence begin at 9 a.m. in the Courtyard.

Chad Hellwinckel delivers a lecture titled “Wanted: 10,000 Lunatic Farmers!” 11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in the Goins Building Auditorium. Hellwinckel is founder of the Knoxville Permaculture Guild and a research assistant professor at the Agricultural Policy Analysis Center of the University of Tennessee.

Jennifer Jones, president and CEO of the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, speaks 12:25-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, on “Global Food Politics: Sovereignty From Farm to Fork,” in the Goins Building Cafeteria Annex.

The week closes with a Constitution Day presentation by David Key, a Pellissippi State history professor. The talk is titled “Citizen Farmer: Thomas Jefferson’s Agrarianism.” The lecture is 11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Goins Building Auditorium. Free pocket Constitutions will be available for attendees.
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Each of Pellissippi State’s four site campuses—Blount County, Division Street, Magnolia Avenue and Strawberry Plains—will host additional events during Civic Engagement Week. A full listing is available on the calendar at www.pstcc.edu.

Now in its fourth year, the Service-Learning program allows Pellissippi State students and faculty to integrate meaningful community service and reflection with more traditional learning experiences, teaching civic responsibility and strengthening communities.

For more information about Service-Learning, visit www.pstcc.edu/service-learning 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 kicks off 40th year with campus events

WHAT: Pellissippi State will kick off its anniversary year, themed “40 Years of Achieving Success, One Story at a Time,” with a celebration at each campus the first week of September. The events will features short programs, stories, music and light refreshments. Pellissippi State first opened its doors as State Technical Institute at Knoxville on Sept. 4, 1974.

WHO: Appearing at one or more events: Pellissippi State president L. Anthony Wise Jr., and past presidents Allen Edwards and J.L. Goins; State Senator Becky Duncan Massey; State Reps. Roger Kane and Joe Armstrong; Blount County officials and community leaders Jerome Moon, Joy Bishop, Peggy McCord and Sharon Hannum; Career Magnet Academy students and principal John Faulconer, as well as Pellissippi State students, employees and supporters.
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WHEN AND WHERE: At all five Pellissippi State campus locations Tuesday-Friday, Sept. 2-5.

  • Division Street, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 2
  • Hardin Valley, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Sept. 3
  • Blount County, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sept. 4
  • Magnolia Avenue, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sept. 5
  • Strawberry Plains, 12:30 -2:30 p.m., Sept. 5

For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/anniversary or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State holds informational sessions for Tennessee Promise

In September and October, Pellissippi State Community College invites students who will enter college in fall 2015 to attend informational sessions about the Tennessee Promise.

The Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship that will cover tuition and fees for community college students across the state, essentially giving high school graduates the opportunity to attend college for free, beginning with incoming freshmen in fall 2015. Although students won’t be eligible to receive funding until they begin school next fall, the deadline to apply for Tennessee Promise is Nov. 1, 2014.

“It’s extremely important that students understand that they must meet this deadline to qualify to receive Tennessee Promise funding. If a student misses this deadline, there will not be another opportunity to take advantage of the Promise scholarship,” said Rebecca Ashford, vice president of Student Affairs at Pellissippi State.
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Informational sessions at Pellissippi State will share details about program requirements and deadlines and highlight the educational offerings at Pellissippi State. Sessions will be offered at all five Pellissippi State campuses, from 6-7 p.m. each night:

  • Sept. 8: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Sept. 11: Strawberry Plains, Lobby
  • Sept. 15: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Sept. 18: Blount County, West Chevrolet Auditorium
  • Sept. 22: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Sept. 25: Division Street, Educational Resources Center
  • Sept. 29: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Oct. 2: Magnolia Avenue, Lobby
  • Oct. 6: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Oct. 9: Blount County, West Chevrolet Auditorium
  • Oct. 13: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Oct. 16: Division Street, Educational Resources Center
  • Oct. 20: Magnolia Avenue, Lobby
  • Oct. 27: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Oct. 30: Strawberry Plains, Lobby

“The Tennessee Promise is an excellent opportunity for students throughout the state,” said Leigh Anne Touzeau, assistant vice president of Enrollment Services. “We hope the students in our region will take advantage of this scholarship at Pellissippi State.”

For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/promise 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.

NASA to grant scholarships to Pellissippi State students

Enrollment in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—at community colleges across the U.S. comes up short for women and underrepresented students, but at Pellissippi State Community College, a new grant will seek to change that.

NASA has awarded $499,689 to the Tennessee Community College Space Grant Consortium, through the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium located at Vanderbilt University, as part of the NSPIRES (NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System) program. The consortium is made up of Pellissippi State and four other Tennessee Board of Regents colleges.

“Pellissippi State is a major provider of qualified engineering technicians to local manufacturers,” said Peggy Wilson, vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation. “Similarly, NASA is committed to increasing the number of students graduating with STEM degrees.
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“While women represent about 61 percent of the total enrollment in the state’s community colleges, they only account for about 11 percent of the enrollment in engineering technology programs.” Underrepresented groups make up about 13 percent of engineering technology program enrollment.

As part of the Community College Space Grant Consortium, the college plans to recruit more women and underrepresented groups into STEM-related associate’s degree and certificate programs, particularly in the areas of engineering technology and robotics.

The grant will provide $45,000 in scholarships to Pellissippi State. This is the first time that a Space Grant scholarship has been awarded to Tennessee community college students.

The grant also will help the school hire a part-time “completion coach” to provide Pellissippi State’s Engineering Technology students the support they need to graduate. The Engineering Technology program culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Additionally, it will pay for membership in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, as well as for travel to the IEEE SoutheastCon’s robotics competition and the NASA Summer Robotics Institute at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
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Other members of the consortium include Cleveland State Community College, Columbia State Community College, Northeast State Community College and Roane State Community College.

For more information on the grant or the college’s engineering technology offerings, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State, community partners team up for ‘Good Food For All’

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Pellissippi State Community College students, from left, Juls Jackson, Roxmin Lakhani and Cindy Lozano help harvest food at the Pond Gap Elementary School community garden. Pellissippi State founded the garden in 2013.

This fall, Pellissippi State Community College begins a year of collaboration with five area partners working on community school support and food access outreach projects.

The college’s Service-Learning program, with support from the Sustainable Campus Initiative, kicks off the “Good Food For All” campaign during Civic Engagement Week, Sept. 10-17.

“This project is upping the ante on Pellissippi State’s connections to the community and our outreach into poverty alleviation and education efforts outside our campuses,” said Annie Gray, Service-Learning coordinator.

“We will be working to create awareness of East Tennessee challenges to food security and good nutrition. Through these projects, we’ll connect Pellissippi State students and employees with community service opportunities. Together, we’ll support volunteer programming and nutrition initiatives in Knoxville’s new community schools—initiatives that are already under way to combat food security issues.”

During Civic Engagement Week, Pellissippi State will host events and speakers tied in to food access, sustainability, and community service. The week will include lectures and skill sharing on food security, organic gardening, permaculture, and careers in sustainability, food, agriculture, and human sciences. There will be harvesting events and speakers on topics as varied as Knoxville’s food scene and the agrarian heritage of the United States.

“We want to showcase opportunities for service in ways that relate to food, like community gardens, and stoke students’ fire for education as we spotlight career paths in sustainability, local food and agriculture, nutrition education, human sciences, and more,” Gray said.

But Civic Engagement Week is just the beginning.

Good Food For All continues throughout the year through the work of five AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers, funded by a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The VISTA volunteers will work at five area sites in poverty alleviation projects as they relate to food access and nutritional awareness. Elias Attea will work with Pond Gap Elementary, a participant in the University-Assisted Community Schools Program; Nicole Lewis, with Knoxville’s Great Schools Partnership; Caley Hyatt, with Knoxville-Knox County’s Food Policy Council; Jeremy Roberts, with the University of Tennessee-Tennessee State University Extension-Knox County; and Jennifer Hurst, with Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. 

“Food is a great place to start with the college’s poverty alleviation outreach projects,” said Gray, “because it is common ground we all share: we all need food, we all understand food. Sharing more knowledge about food gives people more power over their food supply; this bridges socioeconomic and demographic differences. There are a lot of community outreach and academic opportunities here.”

Through the CNCS grant, Pellissippi State will pay for one AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer’s time for the year. The five community partners will donate a portion of the funding for the four additional VISTA workers, and CNCS will cover the rest. VISTA volunteers are paid at the poverty level during their year of service.new balance 759

The community partnerships of Good Food For All are building on the foundation of Pellissippi State’s community garden at Pond Gap Elementary School. The garden has been used to grow food for the community, has served as an educational tool for the schoolchildren at Pond Gap and has been a place for Pellissippi State students to volunteer time in service. 

AmeriCorps VISTA was founded in 1965 as a national service program dedicated to fighting poverty. Pellissippi State’s Service-Learning program allows students and faculty to integrate meaningful community service and reflection with more traditional learning experiences, with the underlying goals of teaching civic responsibility and strengthening communities. 

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

Pellissippi State puts out casting call for ‘Server Alley,’ ‘The Tempest’

theatre graphic with female holding flowersActors and actresses: Try out your talents at Pellissippi State Community College. Community-wide auditions get under way in September for Alex Gherardi’s “Server Alley” and William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”

General auditions are set for 7 p.m. Sept. 3-4 in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Those auditioning will be asked to present one Shakespearean monologue, read from the text of a new work and perform an improvisational movement.

The Pellissippi State production of “Server Alley,” to be presented Nov. 14-16 and 21-23, is the world premiere. Written by New York playwright Alex Gherardi, the comedy-drama examines the lives of an oft-seen but barely noticed group: the people who serve your food.
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The Shakespeare classic “The Tempest” is being produced in partnership with Duck Ear Productions. The play is April 17-19 and 24-26. Attendees should prepare to be transported to a faraway island for a tale filled with spirits, monsters, vengeance, young love and sorcery.

“Server Alley” and “The Tempest” are two 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.

For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call (865) 694-6400. For more information about the auditions, contact Charles R. Miller, head of Theatre productions at Pellissippi State and co-founder of the Smoky Mountain Shakespeare Festival. His email is cmiller@pstcc.edu.

New Computer Aided Manufacturing certificate offered at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College students have the opportunity beginning this fall to earn a Computer Aided Manufacturing certificate. Pellissippi State is the first Tennessee Board of Regents school to offer a CAM certificate.

CAM uses specialized software to create precise instructions for the machinery used to manufacture parts. It is the manufacturing step after computer-aided design (CAD), which uses computers to create and manipulate a design.

The certificate is available as a stand-alone credential or as a stepping stone toward earning an associate’s degree in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Manufacturing.
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CAM career opportunities include machinist, manufacturing technician, engineering assistant and machine operator or programmer positions. The certificate is also an opportunity for continuing education for students who are already employed.

“The certificate is based on developing machining and programming skills in applied mathematics, technical drawing, geometric dimensioning, and solids modeling,” said Pat Riddle, professor and program coordinator of the Mechanical Engineering concentration in Engineering Technology.

“Modern manufacturers require skilled machinists who can oversee operations and program this very sophisticated software to produce highly precise, dimensional components,” Riddle said. “The certificate program will train people who want to enhance their skills or who are interested in learning advanced manufacturing processes.”

The curriculum is determined primarily by the educational and training needs of local businesses. Students who earn the certificate won’t need extensive additional education and training to be productive immediately on the job.
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For more information about Engineering Technology and other programs at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State introduces Sustainable Design concentration

At Pellissippi State Community College, “sustainability” is more than just a buzzword. It’s an educational pursuit.

This fall, students can enroll in the Engineering Technology degree program with a concentration in Sustainable Design. The curriculum is offered at the college’s Hardin Valley and Strawberry Plains campuses.

“Sustainable design practices seek to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings,” said Greg Armour, who teaches in Engineering and Media Technologies. “We can enhance living and working spaces while still reducing the consumption of nonrenewable resources.
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“Students will learn a holistic approach to design that considers life-cycle costs such as building efficiency and energy. The idea of sustainability, or ecological design, is to ensure that our actions today don’t inhibit the opportunities of future generations.”

Sustainable Design is open to all Pellissippi State students interested in pursuing Engineering Technology. It is also part of the curriculum at the new Knox County Schools Career Magnet Academy, which opened this month at the college’s Strawberry Plains Campus. Sustainable Design is one of eight pathways from which the high school students can choose.

The concentration is useful for students interested in the construction industry and in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification exam, as well as for students interested in fields as wide-ranging as business, consulting, and science. The curriculum includes topics such as passive solar design, construction techniques, site selection and design, building information modeling software, and LEED sustainability concepts.
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“The Sustainable Design concentration offers a great foundation of the most essential ideas for those who wish to be an agent of change,” said Armour, who is an architect and LEED accredited professional.

Students who complete the Sustainable Design coursework at Pellissippi State earn a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. The 60-hour concentration includes classroom and open-lab time.

The Sustainable Design concentration checklist is available online.

For more information about Engineering Technology or other degree programs at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

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