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Pellissippi State announces spring 2012 Academic Achievers

Pellissippi State Community College has named 666 part-time students to the list of Academic Achievers for spring 2012. 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 college-level hours per term of Pellissippi State coursework. Honorees include—

Melissa Adams
Michael Adams
Samuel Aikens
Joe Allen
Rachael Allen
Kimberly Allums
Aaron Andrew
Brittaney Andrews
William Andrews
Narwan Ansary
Jessica Appleby
Nura Arar
Melanie Arms
Linda Arnone
Amy Arwood
William Arwood
Ella Assadova
Cameron Atchley
Christine Austin
Ahmad Awad
Mohammad Awad
Solomon Awadey
Gladys Azpurua
Lynette Bachleda
Alisha Bacon
Rachel Bagley
Krystallee Bailey
Alison Ball
Andrea Ballantyne
Megan Banker
Brad Barker
Maggie Barta
Regina Barukh
Ashley Bates
Justin Bauguess
Kaylon Baumeister
Melanie Bautista
Mary Baxley
Justin Beal
Megan Beal
LeIna Beckner
Iesha Beene
Donald Belcher
Melissa Bentley
Amanda Berube
Bonnie Bible
Michelle Bigham
Austin Bilbrey
Mayra Blackburn
Alan Blaha
Marcus Blair
Brooke Bledsoe
Adam Blevins
Whitney Boateng-Johnson
Sophie Bogdanski
Hameeda Boghani
Amy Bogue
Sonya Boling
Kelvin Bolton
Lyndon Bolton
Devin Bowers
Yira Bowles
Sarah Bowman
John Boyd
Andrea Boyter
Elizabeth Bradley
Julianne Brandt
Joey Brennan
Tonya Brewer
Michelle Britney-Boyd
David Britton
Colby Brooks
Jessica Brown
Shawn Brown
Alcus Broxson
Christopher Bruce
Jan Bruckbauer
Lisa Bruzzese
Lori Bryson
Schuylar Burgess
Paul Burke
Daniel Burnett
Corey Burnette
Jennifer Butler
Christopher Bynum
Mercedes Byrge
Christian Calloway
Jessica Cammuse
Hannah Campbell
James Campbell
Linda Cannon
Denny Carlson
Lynda Carmichael
Ronald Carmichael
Mary Carrasco
Melody Carroll
Ashley Carver
Marilyn Case
Guadalupe Cataldo
Michael Cavitt
Jared Chadwick
Katherine Chambers
Sarah Chambers
Kelcie Chandler
Valerie Clarke
Seulki Cody
Robin Coe
Amber Coffey
Ronald Cohorst
Taylor Coker
Angelia Collins
Tara Collins
Cynthia Conard
Linda Connolly
Michael Conway
Crystal Cooper
Jalana Cooper
Rachel Coppala
Kevin Cornett
April Coward
David Cox
Stephen Cox
Ashley Craig
Jessica Crenshaw
Catherine Crockett
Corey Cross
Sara Crum
Anthony Cuneo
Madialynne Cupp
John Curry
Nicola Dalili
Sam Dalili
Dixie Daniels
John Daugherty
Tina Daugherty
Jonathan Davis
Lindsay Davis
Nathan Davis
Crystal Daw
Jake Debuty
Jennifer Decker
Lori Deer
Rebecca Deloa
Amber Dickerson
Tammy Dickerson
Courtney Didion
John Dingman
Brandon Dixon
Urszula Dobronski
Loreli Dockins
Patrick Dodd
Elizabeth Donaldson
Tammy Donalson
James Dopp
Curtis Dozier
Ariel Dreher
Alexandria Dukic
Kristi Dunlap
Shannon Dunlap
Joshua Dykes
Lisa Dykes
Joshua Eakle
Aerial East
Brian Edge
Matthew Edmonds
Christopher Elliott
Justin Elrod
Robbeline Enyenihi
Mark Estep
Ann Everett
Chad Everett
Kimberly Everett
Shane Fahey
Caleb Farmer
Joshua Farmer
Sara Farmer
Isaac Farr
Dustin Faulkner
Heather Faulkner
Alexandra Fee
Ian Ferguson
Jason Ferguson
Kerry Fifer
Christopher Finger
Cynthia Finger
Maegan Finley
Susan Finley
Kenneth Finnell
David Fish
Lily Fitch
Chelsea Fizzano
Nichole Fletcher
Javier Flint
Brad Floyd
Connie Fortson
Benjamin Foster
Craig Foster
Shanon Friauf
Anastasia Friedrich
Christine Frost
Charles Frye
Jelica Fuller
Janet Furtner
John Galyon
Kara Galyon
Christina Gandee
Angel Gardner
Barry Garner
Jamada Garner
Haley Gassel
Jean Gee
Seanion George
Lindsay Gheen
Krystall Gibson
Jane Gichingiri
Cheryl Giles
Mistie Goley
Alyssa Gollwitzer
Tia Gouge
Tara Gourley
Chrystal Graham
Jama Green
Sevaughn Green
Silvia Gribinet
Jenae Grossart
Kyle Grover
Season Guffey
Fawnia Hackworth
Bradley Hall
Brandi Hall
Michael Hall
Cindy Hamilton
Derrick Hamilton
Sasha Hammett
Laura Hamon
Gregorie Handley
Elizabeth Handlon
Fred Harber
Brandy Hardin
Jody Harrison-Grabber
Janet Hastings
Heather Haston
Heather Hatfield
Deanna Hatmaker
Bradley Hawkins
Colby Haynes
Kimberly Haynes
Pamela Hays
Jonathan Heacker
Douglas Headrick
Teresa Headrick
Colleen Hedtke
Trae Helton
Alaa Hemami
Jennifer Hembree
Ebony Henderson-Blake
Robert Henry
Candace Hering
Janet Hiers
James Higginbotham
Christopher Higgins
Erikka Hill
Kory Hill
Linda Hinkle
Amanda Hipsky
Joyanna Hirst
Michael Holbert
Andrew Holcomb
Rachel Holden
Stephanie Holden
Carol Holloway
Lindsey Holloway
Jonathan Holt
Aaron Hopson
Caleb Horn
Daniel Hoskins
Rachel Houston
Kelly Howard
Leila Howell
Christopher Hubbard
Tracy Hudson
Emilie Hughes
Jennifer Hughes
Sabrina Hughes
Nichole Hull
Megan Humphrey
Jordyn Hyden
Wallace Hynds
Kimberly Ivens
Joseph Jakubowski
Matthew James
Jamie Jaudon
Matthew Jefferson
Jeffrey Jelliff
Berenice Jimenez
Alicia Johnson
Amanda Johnson
Angela Johnson
Benjamin Johnson
Bethany Johnson
Caleb Johnson
Christine Johnson
Deanna Johnson
Jessica Johnson
Lauren Johnson
Marisa Johnson
Rachel Johnson
Charity Johnston
Amanda Jones
David Jones
Elwood Jones
Jamie Jones
Jason Jones
Jeremy Jones
Samantha Jones
Wesley Jones
Ashley Jordan
Bethany Jowers
Chad Kaina
Aziz Kanjiani
Teresa Kearney
Jason Keller
Alanna Kelsey
Kathryn Kelso
David Kennedy
Jason Kennedy
Haley Kerr
Kimberly Kerr
Rachel Ketelle
Faiza Khan
Eda Kicki
Jieun Kim
Annette King
Blakelen King
Stephen King
Tina Knapp
Michelle Kniep
Erika Koch
Dale Konopasek
Jordan Kooijman
Rachel Kuchar
Peter Kuntz
Andrew Labig
Taylor Laible
Courtney Lake
Gary Lang
Zachary Lange
Victor Lara
Teresa Larmoyeux
Benjamin Lau
Cody Lawson
Jacob Lawson
Whitney Lawson
Landon Leach
Benjamin Lebron
Hope Ledger
Angela Lerner
Casey Lett
Shelagh Leutwiler
Michele Lewellyn
Tad Lewis
Karda Linderman
Samantha Lindsay
Jessica Lockhart
Christy Logan
Jan Lomax
Brittany Long
Cassie Lopez
David Loveday
Rachel Loy
William Luther
Jody Lynn
Melissa Magro
Devin Maier
Sima Maleki
Daniel Maley
Stephanie Manley
Jennifer Mann
Jennifer Manning
Stephanie Manson
Kristine Manuel
Rodney Maples
Christopher Martin
John Martin
Troy Martin
Julia Martinenco
Jennifer Mason
David Mathis
Jolene Maurino
Casey Maxwell
Vanessa McAfee
Erin McAlister
Jamie McCain
Ariel McCasland
James McClane
Lindy McCollam
Jonathan McCowan
Kelley McCoy
Mary McCrackin
David McCroskey
Brittany McDaniel
Christopher McDaniel
Russell McElroy
Bradley McGaha
Carol McGaha
Malina McGee
Seth McGhee
Mark McGill
Michaella McGill
Daniel McGraw
Christopher McKee
Phillip McKnight
Bridget McLaughlin
Samuel McLeod
Rachel McMahan
Jill McMillan
Kelly Means
Ruth-Anne Mendoza
Brian Mercer
Stacy Meschendorf
Christina Metz
Edward Meyer
Elizabeth Middleton
Annatasia Miller
John Miller
Maggie Miller
Jennifer Millsaps
Eric Mitchell
Christopher Monhollan
Ashley Monroe
Matthew Monroe
Christi Montgomery
Jerry Moore
Angela Mordan
Lori Moreland
William Morgan
Michael Morren
Amy Morris
James Morrison
James Morton
Joel Moser
Eric Moses
Angela Mullins
Christopher Mumpower
Curtis Munsey
Lindsey Murphy
Mark Murphy
Thomas Murphy
Sarah Murrell
Gina Myers
Michael Myers
Mara Nagler
Michael Nance
Kelli Napier
Sajjad Naseem
Christopher Nash
Cameron Nelson
Dang Nguyen
David Nine
Simona Nira
Gregory Noah
Sharon Noble
Lisa Norman-Hudson
Holly Northern
Mitchell Norton
Ewa Nowak-Ligaj
Shelly Nuchols
Laura Nutzell
Jesus Ortega-Valenzuela
Mirriam Osborn
Grant Overby
Jessica Owen
Kristen Owenby
George Paine
Kayla Palmer
Kevin Palombi
Suzann Paluzi
Jennifer Pankey
Nickolaos Pantanizopoulos
Laura Parker
Elizabeth Parks
Hannah Parrott
Chelsea Pate
Jason Patterson
Joshua Patterson
William Patty
Janice Paul
Maria Pavone
Tiffany Pendergrass
Jordan Perkins
Jordan Peterson
Michael Pettet
Falisha Philips
Rachel Poland
Katy Porter
Lee Poynter
Matt Preuss
Barbara Proctor
Harold Puckett
Jessica Pujado
Amanda Radford
Jason Radney
Kristopher Raisor
Maria Ramos
Anne Ramsaur
Jeffrey Ramsey
Tim Ramsey
Jacob Ramsey DeLozier
Niloo Ranjan
Willard Ratliff
Casey Ray
Jason Reed
Kelsey Rees
Bryan Reeves
Susan Renaud-Mitchell
Jeffery Renfro
Amy Rickett
Amanda Riggs
Sarah Riley
Taylor Ripley
William Roach
Joseph Robbins
Angela Roberson
Brittany Roberts
Tommy Roberts
Jula Robertson
Samantha Robertson
Tanya Robertson
Kendria Robinson
April Rogers
Belinda Rogers
Alicia Rolen
Joseph Rose
Ashley Ross
Vicki Rountree
James Rowe
Elizabeth Rucker
Emily Ruff
Ciara Ruppe
Jonathan Russell
Joseph Russell
Kyle Russell
Stephanie Russo
Ericka Ryba
Dallas Salter
Ethan Sanderfur
Robert Sanders
Jordan Sangid
Matthew Scaperoth
Zachary Scarlett
Andrew Schaad
John Scott
David Scraggs
Mindy Seagle
Zachary Seiber
Sheila Sellers
Jennifer Shannon
Shayna Sharp
Lindsay Shaw
Rachel Shea
Scott Shell
Christina Shelley
Meghan Shropshire
Sandra Sila-Massengill
Patrick Siminerio
Amber Sims
Leslie Sims
Billy Skeen
Brittany Skyberg
Chuck Slagle
Tabetha Slagle
Timothy Slagle
Amber Slaterbeck
Inessa Sloan
Amanda Smith
Andrew Smith
Jason Smith
Joshua P. Smith
Kristin Smith
Sterling Smith
William Smith
Whitney Smithers
Jay Smithson
Cindy Snow
Brittany Spears
Jeannie Squires
Amanda Stachey
Amanda Stanley
Hannah Steacy
Melissa Steed
Yvette Stilwell
Cole Stines
Daniel Stover
Chelsey Sutton
Robin Sutton
Silvia Sweitzer
Michael Swihart
Justin Tackett
Dawn Taft
Jennifer Talley
Chelsea Tanner
Jason Tate
Susan Tate
Sallie Taylor
Robyn-Lanae Thames
Justin Thiele
Jana Thomas
Lee Thomas
William Thomas
Jennifer Thompson
Jennifer Tidmore
Patricia Tinsley
Brian Tisdale
Kati Tran
Britney Troutt
Belinda Tucker
Sarah Tuggle
Kristina Turner
Elizabeth Turpin
Jason Tyler
Joshua Unger
Joseph Vakousky
Janice Vergeer
Travis Vickery
Sherri Wade
Paul Walker
Rebecca Walker
Sydney Warneke
Matthew Watson
Melanie Watson
Jennifer Waymon
David Weaver
Michael Wells
Travis Wells
Sarah Werling
Justin White
Sara White
Kayla Whitehead
Jama Whitmore
Jolynn Whittington
Hope Widner
Wojciech Wiktor
Cindy Wilhite
April Williams
Chan Williams
Jennifer Williams
Kelly Williams
Chad Williamson
Caroline Wilson
Alanna Windham
Karla Wingfield
Sarah Wirtz
Ernest Wolfe
James Wolfenbarger
Nathaniel Wood
Megan Woods
Courtney Wright
Kelly Wright
Michael Wright
Keith Zaborowski
Salvadore Zanco
Ricardo Zapata
Sarah Zarczynski
Ashita Zaveri
Gregory Zellner
Wyatt Zinser

Pellissippi State math students mark record finish in national competition

Pellissippi State finished second in the Southeast in the 2011-12 national Student Math League competition sponsored by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. Some of the top-scoring participants, left to right, are Trevor Sharpe, who won first place in the individual category in the region; Chris Salvo; Hannah Hale; and Christopher Shutt.

It all adds up to a historic finish for Pellissippi State Community College math students.

The college’s team has placed second in the Southeast Region and student Trevor Sharpe has taken the top individual score in the second and final round of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges’ Student Mathematics League Math Competition.

The results were announced this month. Sharpe, a 16-year-old high school student enrolled in Pellissippi State’s Fast Forward program during the recently ended school year, retained his individual ranking of number one in the Southeast from the first round. Fast Forward, the institution’s dual enrollment program, allows high school juniors and seniors to earn both high school and college credit for the same course.

The math competition consists of two tests each academic year: round one in the fall and round two in the spring. The Pellissippi State team placed second both times.

The one-hour multiple-choice test at the precalculus level is administered at local campuses across the country during a two-week window. Any student who has not already earned a degree is allowed to compete. About 180 students took part at Pellissippi State.

Bobby Jackson, associate math professor and contest coordinator for the college, estimates that well over 10,000 students participate nationally each year. Pellissippi State awards top-scoring students locally, and the AMATYC awards the top national team and individual honors.

“We’ve never scored this high before,” Jackson said. “Our team maintained second place despite having to compete without our number two team member during round two.”

The Pellissippi State team came in just behind Georgia Perimeter College, and ahead of 22 other schools, including Wake (N.C.) Technical Community College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Miami Dade College and Chattanooga State Community College.

The top five scorers for Pellissippi State in the fall competition were Sharpe, Christopher Shutt, Harry Hughes, Connor Corcoran and Isa Dauti. Top scorers this spring were Robert Drake, Christopher Salvo, Calvin Scott, Jonathan Rowe and Sharpe.

Pellissippi State has participated in the AMATYC competition since 1998, Jackson says.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for students to take part in something outside of the classroom that is challenging, fun and competitive,” he said.

The Student Mathematics League was founded in 1970 by Nassau Community College in New York. The AMATYC assumed sponsorship in 1981, and the league has grown to more than 165 colleges in more than 35 states, as well as Bermuda.

Pellissippi State presents spring dean’s list

Pellissippi State Community College has named 939 top students to the spring 2012 semester dean’s list. To make the list, a student must take a full course load and earn a minimum 3.5 grade point average. Pellissippi State honorees include the following:

Grace Aaron
Rhett Abrahamson
Stephanie Adams
Anastacia Adaska
Katie Adcock
Ronald Agresta
Dawn Ahlgren
Zachary Ahmad
Britni Alatorre
Taylor Albert
Brett Alden
Christopher Alexander
Ariana Alfaro
Nada Alkadi
Burdette Allen
Allison Allen
Anthony Allen
David (Trey) Alley
Chrissy Almeida
James Amann
Timothy Amos
Sarah Andereck
Daniel Anderson
Delonda Anderson
Jourdan Anderson
Lauren Anderson
Mercy Anderson
Anna Angelini
Julia Apple
Alicia Armstrong
Tess Arnold
Donna Arthur
Richard Asher
Anna Astorga
Daniel Atkins
Alexandria Atkins
Victoria Ault
Esra Avgin
Haven Axmacher
Sharyn Bachleda
Lydia Badgett
Ian Baeske
Brian Bailey
James Bailey
Michael Baird
Zachary Baird
Victoria Baker
Jacob Balfe
Micah Ballard
Travis Banks
Kareem Baradei
Myrtle Barnes
Emory Barnett
Amy Barton
Nicholas Bashore
Kevin Bass
Sarah Baxter
Amy Beam
Amanda Bearden
Jaclynn Beasley
Amanda Beebe
Lauren Beeler
Garrett Beeson
Su Bell
Charles Bennett
Ashton Berry
Matt Birdwell
Misty Bishop
Tonya Blasco
Patrick Bledsoe
Amy Blevins
Jacob Boling
Joshua Boling
Caleb Bost
Jeffrey Boswell
Mariah Bowers
Jordan Bowling
Nathan Bowman
Austin Boyd
Elise Brackin
Allison Bradley
David Bradley
Keyonna Bragg
Carol Brakebill
Andrew Brandon
Misty Branton
Emily Breeden
Christopher Brewer
Katherine Brewer
David Bridges
Alexander Briggs
Heather Brinton
Nathan Brisk
Amy Brock
Robin Brockman
Amanda Brogden
Joshua Brooks
Michael Brotherton
James Brown
Phyllis Brown
Savannah Brown
William Brown
Cheryl Brownlee
Amelia Brumbaugh
Kaitlyn Brummett
David Bryant
Ericka Bryant
Tiffany Bryant
Amy Bryson
Jacob Buchanan
Rochelle Buck
James Buckley
Kevin Buckner
Amanda Buffalo
Andrick Buggs
Rachel Bullock
Stephanie Bullock
Billie Bunting
Brittany Burkett
Matthew Burkhart
Ashley Burt
Sarah Busby
Eden Butler
Emily Butters
Simon Byrne
Eric Byrnes
Abigail Cacace
John Cadotte
Cynthia Campbell
Zackary Caldwell
Edward Canada
Melanie Cannon
Evan Cantey
Geoffrey Card
Nicole Carnival
Cecilia Carreras
Madalyn Carrier
Katherine Carrigan
Jacob Carroll
Mandee Carroll
Kyle Carter
John Carter
James Carver
Jonathan Caylor
Deidre Caywood
Rachel Cecil
Amanda Chambers
Sadonna Chandler
Tiffani Chapman
Jonathan Chase
Logan Chesney
Eric Chestnutt
Kymberly Childers
Yuming Childress
Christopher Chilton
Eun Jeong Cho
Jeeyoung Chung
John Clark
Sarah Claxton
Amy Clayton
Christopher Cline
Patrick Clow
Kelly Coches
Claudia Coleman
Dakota Coffman
Rachel Coffman
Andrea Collins
Kenneth Colquitt
Andrew Connell
Aimee Conner
Shelby Conrad
Andrew Cook
Caleb Cooper
Katelyn Cooper
Kevin Coughlin
Krista Covert
Jaclyn Covington
Jessica Cox
Adam Crabtree
Mark Cragle
Rachel Craig
Jessie Crane
Brandon Criswell
Mark Croswell
Emily Crowder
Betty Culver
Gail Cunningham
Nathan Curtis
Joshua Curtis
Erik Dahlke
Victoria Dailey
Katlyn Dalton
Christina Damron
Dianne Daniell
Eythan Davich
Emily Davidson
Rebecca Davidson
Emily Davis
Jackie Davis
Natalie Davis
Nick Davis
Rachel Davis
Jessy Dawson
Charles Deaderick
Phylicia Dean
Darlene DeHart
Edward Deiderich
Steven DeJonge
Vanessa Delamain
Lindsay Delay
Mehri Delsimhashemi
Eric Denny
Kyle Denton
James Derrick
Samantha Derus
Katie Dickenson
Kirk Dickinson
Brittney Dingess
Joshua Dixon
Hoang Do
Brandi Dockins
Victoria Donaldson
Katherine Donovan
Sarah Doty
Tyler Doub
Daron Douglas
Brian Douthat
Jennifer Downey
Robert Drake
William Draney
Geoffrey Duesterbeck
Marian Dunlap
Megan Duncan
Laurel Dunn
Thomas Duran
Jonathan Durham
Zachary Dyar
Ashley Dykeman
Derek Earhart
Leslie Easterday
Elizabeth Edwards
Betty Edwards
Meagan Egli
Hanane El Moutii Thompson
Andrew Eldridge
Kestle Eldridge
Emily Ellenberg
Cody Elswick
Andrew Emanuel
Rachel Emerson
Melissa Emrick
Matthew Engman
Richard Ensor
Charmane Erb
Agnes Evans
ReGina Evans-Truss
Stephen Everette
Sean Fain
Amanda Fancher
Deirdre Farmer
Maria Farnham
Daniel Farnsworth
Ryan Farrell
Amanda Feather
Lauren Fielden
Caroline Fine
Richel Finfrock
Nichole Fiore
Aaron Floch
Brent Floyd
Caylee Ford
Andrew Forgione
Caitlin Fortner
Jonathan Foster
Elliott Foster
Brandon Foster
Lauren Foster
Jordan Fouts
Eric Fowler
Seth Franklin
Barrett Frazier
Carrie Frazier
David Freels
Sara French
Christiane Frith
Thomas Frost
Ryan Froula
Priscilla Furlong
Tina Garland
Alice Garland
Nathan Garner
Jessica Garner
Robert Garrard
Phillip Gaul
Erica Gaylor
Daniel Gibson
Eric Gibson
Darren Gideon
Michael Giles
Sonja Girardi
Kathy Girdlestone
Rebecca Goethe
Amanda Gonzalez
Maria Goodin
Natalie Goodin
Elizabeth Goodman
Spencer Goosie
Sharita Goosie
Hannah Gordon
David Gotthold
Katherine Goyeau
Kelsea Grala
Elizabeth Gray
Julianna Graybeal
Hannah Green
Jeff Greenberg
Daniel Greene
Eliza Greene
Sarah Greenway
Elizabeth Groover
Lisa Grunwald
Chelsea Guy
John Hagen
Hannah Hale
James Halk
Steve Hall
Amanda Hall
Angela Hamby
Joshua Hamilton De Leon
Amber Hampton
Almedin Hamzic
Senada Hamzic
Morgan Hankins
Elizabeth Harding
Andrew Hargis
Brandon Harp
Chelsea Harrington
Christian Harris
Bradford Harrison
Lawrence Harrison
Chad Hatala
Marty Hawkins
Jessica Hawkins
Alexander Hawkins
Tyler Hayes
Lacy Hayes
Christopher Hayes
James Haynes
Ashley Hays
Daniel Headrick
Kelsey Heath
David Hedger
Nicole Hedger
Dustin Heidel
Brandy Heller
Jessica Helton
Joshua Hemphill
Zachary Henderson
Samuel Henley
Morgan Henning
Lindsey Henson
Kaila Herd
Caroline Herron
Mary Herron
Aaron Hess
Evgenia Hester
Emily Hill
William Hill
Chris Hinds
Michael Hines
Trevor Hobbs
Matthew Hobbs
Hannah Hodge
Jessica Hodges
Katelin Hodges
Sherian Holiday
William Holland
Kristina Holloway
Julia Homan
Tyler Hood
Martika Horn
Cherie House
Cherie House
Luakia Houston
Sara Howard
Grant Howard
Shandie Howell
Amanda Huber
Marcus Hudson
Candice Huffaker
Travis Huffstetler
Christopher Hughes
Kelly Hughes
Virginia Hughes
Daniel Hullett
John Human
Kelsie Hunt
Carissa Huskins
Andrea Hutchins
Courtney Hutchinson
Amanda Hyatt
Muhammad Iqbal
Muhammad Iqbal
Jenna Irwin
Julie Isbell
Michael Ishee
Chloe Ivens
Paul Izbicki
Sidney Jackson
Taylor Jackson
Lauren Jackson
Cristy Janik
Patrick Jarman
Laura Jenkins
James Jenkins
Charlie Jennett
Christine Jensen
Steven Jett
Kerry Jett
Tammy Johnson
Michael Johnson
Tate Johnson
Erica Johnson
Tammy Jo Johnson
Jesse Johnson
Timothy Jones
William Jones
Stephanie Jones
Ashley Jones
Jonathan Jones
Jonathan Jones
Antoinette Juhl
Joe Junemann
Tyler Justus
Benjamin Kadron
Christina Kakanis
Kristina Kallstrom
Christina Kampas
Robert Kasik
Saiid Kassaee
Richard Keeble
Jamie Kelly
Christy Kendall
Hannah Kennedy
John Kennedy
Benjamin Kershaw
Jeffrey Key
Sadia Khan
Nicholas Kilano
Kilho Kim
Wonki Kim
Eric Kinder
Mia Kirby
Aaron Kitts
Jennifer Kitts
Brett Kleinhans
Kimberly Klemm
Jiyoung Koh
Katie Kolwyck
Lukresse Kouam Tchuendem
Taylor Kress
Paige Krizan
Brian Lam
Erin Lambert
Anna Land
Sarah Langman
April Larrabee
Jaclyn Lassetter
Jessica Lauth
Christopher Lawrence
E Lawson
Morgan Lay
Trang Le
Kyndall Leach
Katrina Leatherwood
John Lee
Soyoung Lee
Rachel Lee
Cortnee Lee
Paige Leffel
Rachel Leffew
Michelle Lehmann
Tina Lett
Billi Lewellyn
Michael Lindsey
Peter Lomax
Teresa Long
Angela Long
Justin Lowe
Tanya Lowe
Heather Lowery
Jeffery Lowery
David Loy
Kari Loy
Michael Lundy
Michael Lundy
Brandon Lusby
Rhett Lyle
Ashley Lynn
Cassie Lyons
Breanna Maginness
Eric Mailahn
Charles Maitlen
Yared Mamo
Caleb Mangum
Joshua Maniaci
Anthony Manilla
Kristen Manning
Brittany Manning
Diana Mannis
Diana Mannis
Benjamin Manuel II
Ashley Maples
Michaela Maples
Kendall Maples
Jeanette Marengo Jimenez
Luke Marinac
James Martin
Timothy Martin
Joshua Martin
Randy Martin
Jennifer Martin
Katie Mason
James Massengill
Philip Mathews
Mason Matlock
Marie Mattus
Cameron Mauk
Tina May
Kassy Maynard
Brandon McCallum
Brandi McCarter
Daniel McCloud
Hannah McCollum
Andrea McCune
Jamie McDaniel
Ryan McDonald
David McGhee
Joshua Mcgill
Amy McGinnis
Scott McGugin
Ashley McInturff
Sarah McKee
Ciara McKelvey
Matthew McKinney
Caitlin McLean
Lauren McMillan
Matthew McNeilly
M.Tracie Meares
Cortney Melton
Ines Mena-Solano
Kelly Merrill
Erin Merten
Robert Metz
Tamara Meyers
Andrew Meyers
Stephanie Michel
Alexandra Miller
Elizabeth Miller
Mitchell Miller
Denna Miller
Ashton Miller
David Miller
Grady Milligan
Sara Mills
Natalia Mock
Tania Mod
Leanne Moe
Mario Moncada Urbina
Lori Monroe
Rebecca Montgomery
Stephen Montierth
Mindy Moore
Michelle Morgan
Melissa Morgan
Samantha Morgan
Shawn Morgan
Chara Morris
Nicholas Morrissey
Aaron Morton
Pamela Moses
Trevor Motz
Matthew Mulloy
Kelly Mulvey
Darla Murphy
Amanda Murr
Philip Naglitch
Gladys Nance
April Napier
Melinda Narro
Brooke Nathan
Allison Neal
Nathan Neal
Scott Neely
Julia Newman
Carthel Newton
Trang Nguyen
Erin Nicely
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Pellissippi State named Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine

Pellissippi State Community College serves one of the largest veteran populations of any Tennessee community college, and the institution does it with distinction, according to G.I. Jobs magazine.

The publishers of G.I. Jobs selected Pellissippi State for inclusion on the 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools in the fall. The list honors the 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace the country’s service members and veterans as students.

“I was very pleased with the recognition from G.I. Jobs magazine, in part because of the work and the support systems that we had put into place for these students,” said Pellissippi State President Anthony Wise.

“I think part of it is just being intentional, understanding that this particular population of students does have specific needs and concerns, and making sure, as an institution, we’ve found a means of addressing those.”

The 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on the list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. The schools offer scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit, and other support for those who served.

Pellissippi State’s recent initiatives to improve veterans’ services took shape out of a working group that began three years ago. Rebecca Ashford, vice president of Student Affairs, leads the group.

Ashford says the group’s first step was to create a brochure for veterans attending or considering attending Pellissippi State. The brochure lists services such as admissions, financial aid, advising, and veterans’ assistance, as well as disability and personal and career counseling. There are phone numbers and email addresses for staff in each department. Having points of contact was important for veterans, the group learned from a survey of Pellissippi State students.

The college offers an assortment of educational assistance through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Last year, 512 students received VA benefits, says Sharon Shastid, a financial aid coordinator and the college’s VA certifying official. That number represents 5 percent of the institution’s student population and includes veterans, service members, and their dependents.

Applying for benefits can be a lengthy process, so the college initiated early advising to ensure that veterans’ tuition funds arrived in time for the start of classes. At Pellissippi State’s Student Assistance Center, staff members Rachael Cragle and Ben Sugg give priority access to service members, veterans, and their dependents.

That approach eased National Guard member Mohammed Amran’s transition into school. Amran, a member of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Knoxville, began taking classes at Pellissippi State when he transferred from another National Guard unit.

“When I registered, they worked with me because I’d just moved to Tennessee due to the change of station,” said Amran, an accounting student. “They were able to work with me on in-state tuition because of that, so I thought that was nice. Of course, you have a veteran representative there, Sharon Shastid—she’s wonderful—and Ben Sugg.

“They have been very helpful throughout. I see them every semester and they’ve been very on top of everything.”

Amran says his teachers, too, have been supportive.

“The teachers, there are times when I had [National Guard] training that went over on Monday or started on Friday; they were very accommodating,” he said.

Those kinds of support are why Pellissippi State made the “military-friendly” list.

“I think it’s also the attitude,” said Kathy Douthat, a Pellissippi State counselor. “It’s being willing to go the extra mile for people who have put themselves on the line for us.”

Beyond supportive faculty and staff, Pellissippi State also provides its service members and veterans with recognition through special events—the “Conflict Zone” photography exhibit in conjunction with Memorial Day, the Remembrance Day Roll Call on Nov. 11—as well as with organizations like the Student Veterans Association. In addition, staff, faculty and the administration are offered training through webinars and conferences about veterans’ issues.

Learn more about the veterans’ assistance at Pellissippi State by visiting www.pstcc.edu/financial_aid/veterans or calling (865) 694-6405.

Pellissippi State educator honored with state teaching award

Nancy Pevey, associate professor of Mathematics at Pellissippi State, is the recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award, presented by the Tennessee Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

Nancy Pevey still uses a document camera in her classroom. She admits to telling some “pretty corny” math jokes. She makes errors while working sample math problems for her students—usually on purpose.

Pevey, an associate professor of Mathematics at Pellissippi State Community College, has a stockpile of low-tech tricks stashed up her sleeve, all of them used to make math easier for her students to learn. Those techniques are some of the reasons she recently was recognized with a statewide education honor: the Teaching Excellence Award, presented by the Tennessee Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

Pevey, originally from Starkville, Miss., has been teaching math full time at Pellissippi State since 2000. She also has taught middle- and high-schoolers, and she was a teacher at Bearden and Northwest junior high schools before the Knoxville–Knox County system consolidated.

For the veteran faculty member, making math easier for her students to learn is all about interaction. That’s why Pevey chooses to work math problems by hand on the document camera, a modernized overhead projector. Though she certainly has access to newer tools such as PowerPoint presentations, she believes they just can’t replace the give-and-take of talking through a math solution with her students.

“Writing out the math problems on the document camera makes it fresh every time,” said Pevey. “I like to do more than just hit the ‘go’ button. If I happen to think of a better example that addresses a student’s question, I can write it out as soon as I think of it.

“I’d call my classes ‘interactive lectures.’ Students solve the math problems as we talk together about what’s going on.”

But why introduce mistakes?

“I make them to help show the students how they might have easily gotten a wrong answer,” Pevey said. “Of course, every so often I make a mistake by mistake. We can all learn from that, too.”

Telling math jokes, she says, is a tool she uses to help her students more readily remember math formulas and rules.

“A corny joke or story gives students a memory hook,” said Pevey. “Math concepts are easier to remember with a story.”

The TMATYC Teaching Excellence Award is bestowed every two years. This year’s TMATYC conference took place in Chattanooga, with 24 faculty attending from Pellissippi State.

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

Pellissippi State’s Hospitality coordinator receives international leadership award

Tom Gaddis, who coordinates Hospitality at Pellissippi State, was recently bestowed the Idahlynn Karre International Exemplary Leadership Award.

Tom Gaddis, who coordinates the Hospitality concentration at Pellissippi State Community College, has been named a 2012 recipient of the Idahlynn Karre International Exemplary Leadership Award.

The award, presented by the Chair Academy, recognizes leaders in post-secondary institutions worldwide who have modeled “best practices” in advancing academic and administrative leadership development.

Gaddis, who has served in his current role at Pellissippi State since 1997, is highly regarded within the hospitality industry. He was recognized in 2003 and 2008 as the Hospitality Educator of the Year by the Tennessee Hotel and Lodging Association as part of their Stars of the Industry award program.

Also a professor at the college, Gaddis has been instrumental in the development and implementation of Pellissippi State’s concentration in Culinary Arts. Like Hospitality, Culinary Arts culminates in an Associate of Applied Science in the Business Administration degree program.

The Culinary Arts concentration was first offered at Pellissippi State in 2010 and represents a collaboration with the Culinary Institute at the University of Tennessee. Students enrolled in the culinary classes learn hands-on skills in a state-of-the-art laboratory/kitchen at UT’s Culinary Institute on Neyland Drive. They take classroom courses at Pellissippi State’s Division Street Campus, two miles away.

Gaddis joins educational professionals from around the world as a recipient of the Chair Academy’s Idahlynn Karre International Exemplary Leadership Award. The Chair Academy, founded in 1992, offers leadership development for college and university leaders. This year’s award recipients were honored during the organization’s 21st Annual International Conference, which took place in March in Atlanta.

For more information about the Hospitality and Culinary Arts concentrations at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.

Registration is currently under way for the fall semester. Classes begin August 25.

Pellissippi State honors employees and retirees

Tyra Barrett - Excellence in Teaching Award

Pellissippi State Community College recently hosted its annual recognition of employees for outstanding service, longevity and retirement.

At this year’s ceremony, the Excellence in Teaching Award went to Tyra Barrett, an associate professor in the Business and Computer Technology Department and the program coordinator for Business Administration. The award recognizes innovative teaching techniques and the positive impact they’ve had on students.

Barrett, who first came to Pellissippi State in 1988 as an adjunct faculty member in Economics and has served as an associate professor since 1994, was recognized by the college in 2006 with the Outstanding Full-time Faculty Award. She was also the 2007 recipient of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development’s Excellence Award for outstanding contributions to teaching, leadership and learning.

Anita Maddox and Donn King - Innovations Award

The Innovations Award was bestowed upon Donn King and Anita Maddox. This award is given in recognition of a project that demonstrates success of creative and original instructional and learning support activities.

King and Maddox each serves as an associate professor of Speech in the Liberal Arts Department. Maddox is also the program coordinator for Speech. King was the 1999 recipient of Pellissippi State’s Excellence in Teaching Award, as well as the 2000 recipient of NISOD’s Excellence Award.

The two collaborated on “Flipping the Speech Class,” in which students enrolled in selected sections of SPCH 2100 were able to access classroom lectures via audio podcasts rather than only attending traditional lectures during class time. The strategy of “flipping” how the students spent their instructional time gave them the opportunity to use classroom hours for engaging in group work, delivering speeches and receiving feedback from fellow students and professors.

Martha Merrill and Regina Buckley - Gene Joyce Visionary Award

Regina Buckley and Martha Merrill were honored at the ceremony with the Gene Joyce Visionary Award, which recognizes external outreach projects that have an impact on the community. Buckley serves as an associate professor in the Business and Computer Technology Department and as the program coordinator of Administrative Professional Technology. Merrill is a professor in and the program coordinator of Web Technology in the Engineering and Media Technologies Department.

Buckley and Merrill served as co-instructors of a class that incorporated “service-learning” in the curriculum. Service-learning provides an opportunity through the curriculum for students to volunteer in the community.

Pellissippi State students who enrolled in ADMN 2450 Communications Media worked with a local nonprofit organization, Therapeutic Riding Academy of Knoxville, to increase community awareness of, involvement in and support for the organization.

Thanks to the efforts of Buckley and Merrill, Pellissippi State students enrolling in a summer Web design course and a fall advertising course also will incorporate real-world service-learning for the riding academy in their studies.

The Excellence in Teaching, Innovations and Gene Joyce Visionary awards carried with them monetary recognition ranging from $1,000 to $1,500. Funding for all awards was provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation. Recipients of the three awards also received a plaque and a medallion.

Pellissippi State also recognized employees who had reached five-year increments of employment, as well as council presidents and retiring employees. Retirees received a clock in recognition of their service. Retirees included Bill Chapman, Luanne Dagley, Cathalin Folks, Sydney Gingrow, Milton Grimes, Hudson Jeter, Phyllis Pace, Terry Sisk, Anne Swartzlander and Greg Walters.

Part of this year’s ceremony was set aside to honor two Pellissippi State employees, Brenda Ammons and Mike Hudson. Ammons, associate professor of Math, was recognized for her 20 years of work with the Faculty Senate Book Sale. Since its inception three decades ago, the event has raised more than $101,000.

Event proceeds go to the Pellissippi State Foundation, which supports students by providing scholarships, new technology and equipment. Funds from the book sale are earmarked for the Faculty Senate Scholarship. The scholarship provides tuition and fees for full-time students who maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and meet additional scholarship criteria.

Mike Hudson, who passed away in December 2011, served for many years as the college’s director of Certificate Programs. At the time of his death, he was director of special projects.

Hudson was the 2011 recipient of the college’s Innovations Award. As one of the employee award winners, he was to be recognized with a certificate and a medallion at the 2012 NISOD conference in Texas later this month. The certificate and medallion were given instead at the Pellissippi State awards ceremony. L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of the college, presented the special recognition to Hudson’s family at the event.

Additional award recipients—each of whom received $100, a plaque and a medallion—included the following: Outstanding Adjunct Faculty, Jack Heck; Outstanding Administrator, Spencer Joy; Outstanding Contract Worker, Chris Niesen; Outstanding Support Professional, Ann Burgess; Outstanding Technical/Service/Maintenance Employee, Travis Whitson; and Outstanding Full-time Faculty, Bill Brewer.

Jack Heck - Outstanding Adjunct Faculty
Spencer Joy - Outstanding Administrator
Chris Niesen - Outstanding Contract Worker
Ann Burgess - Outstanding Support Professional
Travis Whitson - Outstanding Technical/Service/Maintenance Employee
Bill Brewer - Outstanding Full-time Faculty

As this year’s winner of the Outstanding Full-time Faculty Award, Brewer will carry the college’s mace at the 37th Annual Commencement Ceremony on May 4. The event takes place at the University of Tennessee’s Thompson-Boling Arena, beginning at 7 p.m.

For additional information about Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.

Mother of houseful to graduate with honors from Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State student Brandy Robinson will graduate with honors when she receives an associate’s degree in Teacher Education in May. She takes a moment to pose with her husband, Daniel, and the children. Front row (l-r): Samantha, William, Jacob, D.J. and Emma. Back row: Eli, Brandy, Daniel and Nick.

Two years ago, when Brandy Robinson made up her mind to enroll at Pellissippi State Community College, she knew she would have her work cut out for her.

Certainly, pursuing an education would require late-night studying, test-taking and plenty of focus and perseverance. But those weren’t the half of her concern: at the time, she had two children in elementary school, plus five younger ones who were at home with her every day.

Yet enroll Robinson did. And on May 4, when she walks across the stage at Pellissippi State’s Commencement ceremony, she’ll take away an associate’s degree in Teacher Education and cum laude honors for earning a 3.6 cumulative grade point average.

“I want my kids to know they can do anything they set their minds to,” said Robinson. “If I can do this—go back to school and even be on the dean’s list—then anybody can do it.”

Attending the graduation ceremony will be Robinson’s husband, Daniel, and children Nick, 12; Eli, 8; Samantha, 6; Emma, 3; and quadruplets D.J., Will, and Jake, 5. (The fourth of the quadruplets, Gabriel Noah, died in utero at 20 weeks.)

Robinson, who previously had had an unsatisfactory experience with college, says that as her children grew, so too did her desire to return to school.

Initially, she took online courses at Pellissippi State. Later, she attended classes at the Hardin Valley and Blount County campuses.

“I began classes as my younger children started into preschool and were getting close to school age,” she said. “I tried to time it so that when I finished all the online classes I could, most of my kids would be in school.

“I did most of my studying at night. I learned that sleep was way overrated and coffee was my best friend!”

Robinson recalls how she made the decision of what career she wanted to pursue.

“I didn’t want to just ‘find a job,’” she said. “I wanted a career I could start into and hopefully retire from. I love kids, and being a schoolteacher seems to be the perfect fit for me and my family, especially considering the kids’ schedules.”

Robinson took an education class her very first semester at Pellissippi State, then got real-life experience in a third-grade classroom the beginning of her second year. Of course, that wasn’t her entree into an elementary school classroom—she already had put in scores of hours as a volunteer in her own children’s classes.

“I’ve always been a firm believer that parents should be involved in their kids’ educations,” she said. “By becoming a teacher, I hope to remain active in my own children’s educations and encourage other parents to be involved in their children’s, to enrich the lives of their kids as well as their own lives. After all, learning is a lifelong process.”

This fall Robinson plans to begin working toward a bachelor’s degree in education. The children are older now, but, she says, the juggling hasn’t gotten a whole lot easier: “We are on the go year-round, since the oldest six kids rotate through football, cheerleading, basketball, baseball and softball.”

Making her journey toward a four-year degree a lot easier is a partnership between Pellissippi State and Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. The agreement allows education students to earn a bachelor’s from TTU, yet remain at Pellissippi State’s campus to attend classes.

“I have loved being back in school,” Robinson said. “I feel like I’ve really connected with my professors and peers at Pellissippi State. It seems as though my professors really want all of their students to succeed, and one of my best friends is someone I met last semester in chemistry.”

For more information about Pellissippi State’s Teacher Education program, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu. This year’s Commencement ceremony is at the University of Tennessee’s Thompson-Boling Arena, beginning at 7 p.m.

Pellissippi State recognizes outstanding students

More than 50 Pellissippi State students were recognized recently for outstanding achievements during the 2012 Academic Awards ceremony at Pellissippi State’s Clayton Performing Arts Center. Pictured: Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. congratulates Kenyatta Rogers, who was inducted into Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Pellissippi State Community College recognized students for their outstanding achievements at the 2012 Academic Awards ceremony, April 9 in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus.

Students Amber Hampton and Joshua Hemphill were named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team. They were nominated by Pellissippi State President Anthony Wise in recognition of scholarly achievements.

Luis Mora, Shokrieh Rezabaksh and Lu Zhang were the recipients of the Outstanding Achievement Award–International, presented to students with international backgrounds.

Inductees into the 2011-12 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges were Katie Adcock, Natalya Andreeva-Smith, Michael Baird, Jessie K. Crane, Alexander DeLoach, ReGina Evans-Truss, America Henry, Shandie Howell, Sarah Jett, Billi Lewellyn, Heather Lowery, Corey Miller, Luis Mora, Jean Nkurunziza, Kenyatta Rogers, Lindsay Shaw, Christina Shelley, Janell Sinclair, Ryan Sparks, Olga Vorobyeva, Kalonji Woods, Trina Yates and Karen Yearwood.

Awards of Merit were presented to students in several academic disciplines: Nathaniel West, Civil Engineering (Engineering Technology); Lyndsey Sharp, Interior Design Technology; Stephanie Bullock, Communication Graphics Technology (Media Technologies); Garrett Masters, Video Production Technology (Media Technologies); and Gatlin McPherson, Web Technology (Media Technologies).

Pictured: Lois Reynolds, interim vice president of Academic Affairs, presents the Nursing Outstanding Graduate Award to Kelly Nelson.

Outstanding Graduate Awards were given across the curriculum as well. Recipients included the following: Jesse Carmichael, Mathematics; Claudia Coleman, Behavioral Sciences; Jacqueline Davis, English; Kathryn Kelso, Natural Sciences; Sadril Mohammad, Social Sciences (Liberal Arts); and Kelly Nelson, Nursing.

Business and Computer Technology Outstanding Graduate Award recipients, with their concentrations and majors: Floyd Davis, Business (Administrative Professional Technology); Elliott Foster, Networking and Communications Systems (Computer Science and Information Technology); Sally French, Computer Accounting (Business Administration); Daniel Greene, Management (Business Administration); Elizabeth Kilbey, Marketing (Business Administration); E. Jewell Lawson, Health Care Office Administration (Administrative Professional Technology); Kyndall Leach, Culinary Arts (Business Administration); Stanley Weaver, Programming (Computer Science and Information Technology); Jesse Williams, Hospitality (Business Administration); and Karen Yearwood, Paralegal Studies.

The Engineering and Media Technologies Outstanding Graduate Awards were presented to Ryan Burgess, Interior Design Technology; Sarah Busby, Photography (Media Technologies); Chadwick Doub, Electrical Engineering (Engineering Technology); Oliver Gee, Video Production Technology (Media Technologies); Robert Kring, Civil Engineering (Engineering Technology); Matthew McNeilly, Mechanical Engineering (Engineering Technology); Michael Nagle, Web Technology (Media Technologies); and Sophie Willborn, Communication Graphics Technology (Media Technologies).

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs’ ACBSP Student Leadership Award was presented to Tyler Hood.

Faculty member Jonathan Lamb was selected by students to receive the Faculty of the Year Award. Lamb is an associate professor of Mathematics.

For additional information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State student robotics team finishes regional competition in top quarter

Pellissippi State's robotics team traveled to Florida and competed March 15-18 in the IEEE SoutheastCon 2012 Hardware Competition, returning home with 13th place. Pictured are (l-r) Carl Mallette, team advisor; Marcus Monday, Nathan Wolfe, Amber Dyer, Jeremy Kelso, and Erik Speyer, the student robotics team; and Kenneth Swayne, team mentor.

The robotics team from Pellissippi State Community College faced off with 53 other teams in Orlando, Fla., March 15-18 and came home satisfied.

The team competed in the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) SoutheastCon 2012 Hardware Competition. Contenders included 51 four-year institutions and only two other community colleges.

Pellissippi State took 13th place, defeating the other two-year schools and dozens of top-ranked engineering institutions, among them, the University of Florida, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Clemson University.

The robotics team was led by Carl Mallette and Kenneth Swayne, both of whom teach in the Electrical Engineering concentration. Mallette is the student advisor for the team and is the IEEE East Tennessee section chair for 2012-13. Swayne served as a mentor.

All teams were required to bring a robot that could navigate a course with four stations. The robots had to measure voltage and the difference between two wave signals, temperature, and capacitance. They had four minutes to complete the course as many times as possible. The robots competed in three rounds, with points given for each correct measure and deducted for incorrect measures.

“We were very pleased with the performance of our robot in being able to endure real-world conditions,” said Erik Speyer, team leader and a student in Mallette’s Robotics and Automation course last semester. “Its ability to make correct decisions allowed us to beat out numerous top-ranked engineering universities. This really emphasizes the caliber of education Pellissppi provides its students.”

“The students tell me that they understood so much more of what they’ve learned in other classes by working on this project,” Mallette said.