Community invited to presentation by author David Madden at Pellissippi State

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David Madden
David Madden

Pellissippi State Community College welcomes author David Madden to campus to speak about Appalachian culture and literature and about his new book, “The Tangled Web of the Civil War and Reconstruction,” on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Madden speaks 2-2:55 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and open to the community.

Madden’s presentation is part of this year’s Common Academic Experience at Pellissippi State. The Common Academic Experience unites all Pellissippi State freshmen in a shared reading experience of a Common Book, which becomes the basis of a yearlong discussion of issues related to the book. This year’s Common Book is “The United States of Appalachia” by Jeff Biggers. The book explores the oft-overlooked contributions of Appalachian visionaries, innovators and heroes to American culture — from writers like Cormac McCarthy to Cherokee syllabary inventor Sequoyah, from singer Bessie Smith to the founders of the first independent state declared against British rule, the District of Washington, situated in Upper East Tennessee.

Madden, a native Knoxvillian, is the author of “Bijou,” “Sharpshooter: A Novel of the Civil War” and “The Suicide’s Wife,” for which he received a Pulitzer Prize nomination. “Sharpshooter” is a previous Common Book pick.

For more information on Madden’s presentation, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at (865) 539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

 

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Pellissippi State Announcements, Oct. 5

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Heather Schroeder, a Pellissippi State Community College English faculty member, presents a noon lecture Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The title of the lecture is “From P!$$ed to Perfect: Tales of a Farm Woman.” The lecture, part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, is free and the community is welcome.

Tawnysha Greene, author of the recently released novel “A House Made of Stars,” presents a reading and book-signing on the National Day of Writing, Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Pellissippi State Community College’s Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike. The reading begins at noon and is free and open to the community. Greene is a graduate of and lecturer at the University of Tennessee. Her work has appeared in “PANK,” “Bellingham Review” and “Weave Magazine.” The event is sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Strawberry Plains Creative Writing Club.

Pellissippi State Community College’s Fall Choral Concert is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The performance features student groups, including the Concert Chorale and Variations Ensemble, as well as student soloists. The performance, part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, is free and the community is welcome.

The Knoxville Watercolor Society Exhibition is on display at Pellissippi State Community College through Oct. 23 in the Bagwell Center Gallery on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The exhibit features current work by Knoxville Watercolor Society members. The event, part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, is free and the community is welcome.

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Pellissippi State, TnCIS welcome Ireland’s Brock McGuire Band

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Brock McGuire Band
The Brock McGuire Band will headline a concert Oct. 7 at Pellissippi State Community College.

 

Named the “Instrumental Band of the Decade” by Irish American News, the Brock McGuire Band headlines a special musical performance at Pellissippi State Community College Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The performance is free and the community is invited. The event is co-presented by The Arts at Pellissippi State and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies.

The Brock McGuire Band is fronted by Paul Brock and Manus McGuire, joined by Garry O’Meara and Denis Carey. The group’s repertoire includes mostly Irish music, but sprinkles in arrangements of old-time American, bluegrass, French-Canadian and other Celtic musical traditions.

“TnCIS came to know the Brock McGuire Band on location in Dublin during the TnCIS Ireland study abroad program,” said Tracey Bradley, TnCIS executive director. “The students and faculty were so impressed and inspired by the music that we decided to bring the Brock McGuire Band to Pellissippi State so the whole college and community could experience the same taste of Irish culture.”

TnCIS, whose headquarters are at Pellissippi State, is a consortium of schools that organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. In the eight years since its founding, TnCIS has supported 2,656 students statewide in pursuing a global education. Pellissippi State worked with TnCIS to send 204 students to study abroad in 2015, setting an institutional record. For more information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call (865) 539-7280.

The Arts at Pellissippi State 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 offerings for 2015-2016, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at (865) 539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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Pellissippi State offers ‘Study Smart’ workshops

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Pellissippi State Community College hosts a series of “How to Study Smart” workshops at the end of this month and in early August. The workshop sessions are free and open to the community.

“While increasing the amount of time you dedicate to your studies may be important, the key to being a successful college student is learning to study smart,” said Gayle Wood, director of the college’s Access and Diversity Office and planner of the workshops. “These workshops are helpful to new and returning college students.”

Workshop sessions:

  • Organization and Time Management Skills. Learn how to get organized, create a semester study plan, avoid procrastination and manage time effectively. Classes are 2-3:15 p.m. or 5-6:15 p.m. July 29 or 2-3:15 p.m. Aug. 5.
  • Classroom Study Skills for Academic Success. Learn how to improve your study skills by becoming an active learner, creating a study routine, increasing concentration and memory, and developing skills for effective textbook reading. Classes are 2-3:15 p.m. or 5-6:15 p.m. July 30 or 2-3:15 p.m. Aug. 6.
  • Effective Note-Taking Skills. Learn study practices and organization tips as they apply to different methods of note-taking. Classes are 2-3:15 p.m. or 5-6:15 p.m. Aug. 3.

Although the workshop sessions are free, space is limited, so reserve a spot now. RSVP to Wood at (865) 539-7160 or gwood@pstcc.edu. The workshops are sponsored by Access and Diversity.

All workshop sessions are in the Cafeteria Annex of the Goins Administration Building on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at (865) 539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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