Employees recognized for accomplishments, longevity

Faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the College’s 40th anniversary at the annual Employee Awards presentation at noon Thursday, April 16. A boxed lunch will be served after the event.

The event recognizes outstanding adjunct and full-time faculty members, administrators, contract workers, and support professional and technical/service/maintenance employees. Employees will be recognized with certificates for their years of service, in five-year increments. Employees retiring in 2014-2015 will receive special acknowledgment.

New this year, the event will name the winners of the Nina Walker McPherson Outstanding Service Award and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award.

Additionally, faculty and staff will be recognized for achievement with the Excellence in Teaching, Innovations, and Gene Joyce Visionary awards.

The event is organized by the Employee Recognition Committee and funded by the Pellissippi State Foundation.

Faculty Poetry Reading features multiple works

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a Faculty Poetry Reading Friday, April 17, in the Goins Building Auditorium. The event begins at 1 p.m.

The reading will focus on the original poems of several of our faculty members. Each poet-professor will read one or two works. Featured are Edward Francisco, Patricia Ireland, Nicholas Morgan, Keith Norris, Barbara Anne Pharr, Heather Schroeder and Charles White.

“We want to enable our students, in particular, to see what talented faculty we have,” said Francisco, English professor and writer-in-residence. “When they’re in the classroom, they might not know the talent of the person who is teaching them.”

The event takes place in conjunction with National Poetry Month.

“Plus, April is Shakespeare’s birthday month,” Francisco said. “We couldn’t let that month go by without a celebration of language and literature at Pellissippi State.”

The showcase is being planned by Francisco and Schroeder, an English instructor.

Philosophy professor’s ethics ‘hornbook’ published

Male in suit holding bookA book written by Charles Cardwell, program coordinator of Humanities and a professor of Philosophy, was picked up recently for printing by the academic publishing house Hackett Publishing Company.

The book, “Hornbook Ethics,” focuses on basic skills that enable readers to understand, analyze, and evaluate theoretical and real-life ethical problems. “Hornbook” refers to the historical primers that covered the rudiments of a particular discipline.

“The need for ethics primers has long existed…,” said Cardwell, “but it has recently become more acute and more difficult to meet, because today’s students have grown up in a world where audio and video media overshadow the written word.”

The book’s content was developed using Cardwell’s own classroom experiences and feedback from his students. He plans to use the text in his ethics classes and has assigned all royalties to benefit student scholarships through the Pellissippi State Foundation.

Student Affairs spends day in community service

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The entire staff of Student Affairs took a day during Spring Break to learn more about Service-Learning at Pellissippi State and to give back to the community.

The division’s 70-plus employees spent March 11 at eight different sites around Knox, Blount and Loudon counties doing community service.

“Because of the expected influx of Tennessee Promise students and as more and more of our other students participate in Service-Learning, I wanted the Student Affairs staff to understand what Service-Learning was and how students go through the program,” said Rebecca Ashford, vice president of Student Affairs.

“I wanted everyone who works in Student Affairs not only to have the chance to give back to the community and spend time with each other, but to understand what the students who come to them for help are going through.”

The group worked at the Blount County Animal Shelter, Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, Knoxville Zoo, Mobile Meals, SAFTA/Firefly Farms, Second Harvest Food Bank, Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (aka STAR), and Volunteer Ministry Center.

“We did everything from pulling weeds to cleaning horse stalls to delivering meals,” Ashford said. “It was a great day.”

Lisa Matthews from Counseling Services spent a rainy morning helping landscapers and working in the greenhouses at the Knoxville Zoo, where she repotted tropical ferns.

“I wasn’t aware how much the Knoxville Zoo relies on volunteers,” she said. “They have a small staff, but they really rely on volunteers to help keep the Zoo running.

“We had a good time. After we finished our work, we were able to go behind the scenes and tour the Turtle House, where we saw a hatchling turtle just emerging from its shell, poking out its little head.”

Matthews says she appreciated the chance to spend time in service to the community. “When I was in undergrad at Lee University, service-learning was very important to me. It was a wonderful new perspective of service now that I’m a staff member at a college.”

Gayle Wood of Access and Diversity spent time with clients of Volunteer Ministry Center and met a former Pellissippi State student there.

“It was awesome to interact with all of the clients of the Volunteer Ministry Center, but especially to meet a former student,” Wood said. “We invited him to come by Pellissippi State to work out his financial needs. We were able to talk to him about financial aid, counseling, academic and career services, and support for adult students. We have a great support system for students just like him.”

As part of Pellissippi State’s 40th anniversary celebrations, all faculty and staff members are encouraged to spend time in community service through the “4 for 40” service opportunities. Visit www.pstcc.edu/anniversary or www.pstcc.edu/service-learning for more information.

College hosts Career Fair for students

Please encourage students to attend the upcoming Career Fair, hosted by the Placement Office in the Goins Building College Center, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 18. The event is open to students from all campuses.

On hand will be representatives of many area employers, among them, 21st Mortgage Corporation, ADT Security Services, AdvantaClean, Ajilon Professional Staffing, Accounting Principals Inc., Blackberry Farm, Boys and Girls Clubs, Cellular Sales, city of Knoxville, CVS Health Corporation, DENSO Manufacturing, Edfinancial Services, Exedy America Corporation, Fastenal, First Tennessee Bank, Girl Scouts of America, Harrison Construction, Helping Hands Home Assistance, H&R Block, Modern Woodmen of America, Primerica Financial, Right at Home, Robert Half, SmartWay TN, StaffSource, UPS, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Weigel’s Inc., and WVLT-TV.

Students should be sure to bring polished, up-to-date resumes and dress their best. The Placement Office, located in Goins 111 and 113, will offer students an informational brochure, “Turn a Job Fair Into a Job Offer,” in the days leading up to the event.

For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/placement or call 694-6554.

Faculty: Share your teaching passion at March 19 Major Fair

Faculty members are invited to share their passion about what they teach at the March 19 Major Fair, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Goins Building College Center.

The Major Fair is designed for students to learn more about possible majors and career options within those majors. The event is open to students from all Pellissippi State campuses.

Faculty can showcase the areas in which they teach by bringing relevant photographs, books and other visuals. Each participating faculty member is allowed space at an informational table. Participants do not have to be present for the entire event.

To find out more or volunteer to participate, contact Elizabeth Firestone at eefirestone@pstcc.edu or 694-6547. Interested faculty should sign up to participate by March 17.

Make a ‘Pellissippi Promise’ and support student scholarships

portrait of a maleKeep working toward your “Pellissippi Promise” at a special presentation from Buzz Thomas of Great Schools Partnership today, Monday, March 2, from noon-1. Thomas will speak in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus. The event also streams live at www.pstcc.edu/ets/livevideo.html.

During the College’s “Pellissippi Promise” internal fundraising campaign, February 23-March 6, Pellissippi State employees are invited to make their own promise and donate to student scholarships, awards, department funds or other campus resources.

“My Pellissippi Promise is to carry on with the College mission and give where needed,” says Mike North, Strawberry Plains Campus dean. “When someone remembers you as part of Pellissippi State and how they were helped by what we do, that reminds me of why I donate to fund student scholarships. That’s very rewarding and has a lot to do with why I give.”

Last year, Pellissippi State employees donated almost $60,000 to the internal campaign. So far this year, employees have donated $36,381. Give online at https://giving.pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State employees who complete a pledge form for Pellissippi Promise are eligible to win one of 40 prizes from such donors as Home Depot, Knoxville Ice Bears, AAA of East Tennessee, New Balance of Knoxville, The Titanic Museum and many more.

This year’s campaign chairs are Karen Ghezawi, Pat Riddle and Rosalyn Tillman. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation/internalcampaign.

Make a ‘Pellissippi Promise’ and support student scholarships

What’s your “Pellissippi Promise”?

During the College’s “Pellissippi Promise” internal fundraising campaign, February 23-March 6, Pellissippi State employees are invited to make their own promise and donate to student scholarships, awards, department funds or other campus resources.

“My Pellissippi Promise is to carry on with the College mission and give where needed,” says Mike North, Strawberry Plains Campus dean. “When someone remembers you as part of Pellissippi State and how they were helped by what we do, that reminds me of why I donate to fund student scholarships. That’s very rewarding and has a lot to do with why I give.”

The Pellissippi Promise internal campaign features a special presentation from Buzz Thomas of Great Schools Partnership on Monday, March 2. Thomas speaks noon-1 in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus. The event also streams live at www.pstcc.edu/ets/livevideo.html.

Pellissippi State employees who complete a pledge form for Pellissippi Promise are eligible to win one of 40 prizes from such donors as Home Depot, Knoxville Ice Bears, AAA of East Tennessee, New Balance of Knoxville, The Titanic Museum and many more.

Last year, Pellissippi State employees donated almost $60,000 to the internal campaign. This year’s campaign chairs are Karen Ghezawi, Pat Riddle and Rosalyn Tillman.

For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation/internalcampaign.

See ‘Walk, Don’t Ride’ at Magnolia Avenue Campus

walkThe Magnolia Avenue Campus hosts a presentation of the play “Walk, Don’t Ride,” featuring The WordPlayers, 9:40-11:40 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17.

The performance is part of the College’s celebration of February’s Black History Month. The event is free and open to the public.

“Walk, Don’t Ride,” by Peter Manos, is a dramatic and song-filled play depicting events during the Civil Rights Movement, including the Montgomery bus boycott in Alabama, the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins and the Greyhound/Trailways bus freedom rides.

Healthy Pelli open to all at Magnolia Avenue Campus

Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus hosts its annual Healthy Pelli Campus Health Fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11.

Healthy Pelli is open to all students, faculty and staff.

The event includes free blood pressure screenings, HIV and STD testing, A1C blood tests for diabetes, and body mass index assessments. Flu shots will be available.

Also on hand at the fair: information about health issues, health-care providers, insurers and other health-related topics. Event attendees can even get free reflexology massages.

For more info, contact the Magnolia Avenue Campus at 329-3100.