Sustainable lighting made Presidential video possible

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Pellissippi State’s Sustainable Campus Initiative made an unexpected difference when President Barack Obama visited campus in early January.

The energy-efficient LED stage lighting in the Clayton Performing Arts Center saved the day when it came to lighting the stage, and streaming video online, for an internationally-televised Presidential address. The Sustainable Campus Initiative paid for the installation of the LED lighting in 2013.

“A Presidential visit requires the stage lighting be set at a certain degree, both for appearance and for security. Because of that requirement, we couldn’t use the catwalk lighting. Instead, we had to light the stage from the balcony,” said J. Brent Morrison, theatre manager.

“With conventional stage lighting, we couldn’t have supplied enough electricity to the balcony to power all the necessary equipment. But because our intelligent LED fixtures use less than 200 watts, we were able to reliably light the stage with a dozen fixtures.”

Morrison added that, importantly, the LED fixtures left enough power available for the White House’s video streaming equipment.

“The White House staff was greatly impressed by what the Clayton Performing Arts Center could do,” he added. “If we didn’t have the LED fixtures, our alternative would have been to hire an outside vendor to supply lighting with additional power sources. It was a point of pride for us to be able to meet all of this event’s needs in-house.”

The Sustainable Campus Initiative engages students, faculty and staff to boost environmental awareness through recycling programs, community partnerships and other strategies to create energy-efficient campuses.

Join in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Parade

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All Pellissippi State faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in Knoxville’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Parade Monday, Jan. 19.

The parade takes place annually in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday marking the civil rights leader’s birthday on Jan. 15. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is always on the third Monday in January. King was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39.

Parade participants should be lined up by 9 a.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2137 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. A memorial service follows at Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church, 3800 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

Free T-shirts will be given to Pellissippi State participants while supplies last.

For more information, contact Gwendolyn Miller, chair of the Martin Luther King Committee at Pellissippi State, at gfmiller@pstcc.edu or 539-7279.

Thank you for Giving Tuesday!

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Thank you!

Your generous gifts are helping fulfill dreams, impact lives and change the future.

Pellissippi State Community College and the Pellissippi State Foundation issue their sincerest thank-yous for the many generous donations given on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 2.

The Foundation raised $12,156 on Giving Tuesday for student scholarships, surpassing its goal of $10,000.

One hundred percent of those funds will go straight to student scholarships. Many of the scholarships will help students who without the Foundation’s financial support might not be able to attend college. Many Pellissippi State students don’t qualify for federal loans, grants or even the new Tennessee Promise funding. In fact, of the student scholarship recipients last year, 86 percent wouldn’t have qualified for Tennessee Promise.

“Our many generous donors—plus everyone who helped spread the word about Giving Tuesday in person, through email and on social media—have helped change the lives of dozens of students,” says Peggy Wilson, vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation.

“Thank you to everyone who supported Pellissippi State students. Your generosity has made a huge difference.”

“I will not take one moment or gift for granted,” says Ashley Albritton, a scholarship recipient. “These scholarships serve as a constant reminder that someone believes in me! I’ll do my best every moment of every day. With every success, each one of you will be with me and you’ll be part of the change for the better in this world.”

To stay up to date on student scholarships, follow the Pellissippi State Foundation on Twitter, @psccfoundation, or visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation. To give, visit https://giving.pstcc.edu.

Student essays published on NPR’s ‘This I Believe’ site

The suffering of a lifelong stutterer. The implications of a car accident. The travails of middle school politics.

These are just some of the situations, along with lessons learned, discussed by six Pellissippi State students and alumni whose English 1010 essays recently were accepted and published on NPR’s “This I Believe,” at www.thisibelieve.org.

The six—Madison Allen, Gary Brown, Ivann Garcia, Amy Kidwell, Rebecca Randolph and Noelle Thomas—were all students here when they submitted the essay last school year.

“I am so proud of all of our students for this accomplishment,” said Anne Pharr, assistant professor of English, “not just because of the hard work it represents but also because of the message that’s communicated in each of their essays.”

The essays were written to reflect moments each student faced failure, and what each one learned from that. This I Believe is an international organization that engages people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values of their lives.

“Having their writing published by such a well-known and respected site is quite remarkable,” Pharr said.

HO, HO, HOliday Schedule!

Pellissippi State will observe the following schedule this holiday season:

  • Monday, Dec. 22, non-administrative closing day*
  • Tuesday, Dec. 23, non-administrative closing day*
  • Wednesday, Dec. 24, administrative closing day
  • Thursday, Dec. 25, holiday (Christmas Day)
  • Friday, Dec. 26, administrative closing day
  • Monday, Dec. 29, administrative closing day
  • Tuesday, Dec. 30, administrative closing day
  • Wednesday, Dec. 31, administrative closing day
  • Thursday, Jan. 1, holiday (New Year’s Day)
  • Friday, Jan. 2, College reopens

Since Dec. 22 and 23 are non-administrative closing days, Pellissippi State employees opting to be off work need to use annual leave. Employees who choose to work the 22nd  and 23rd should notify their supervisor and their vice president. For payroll purposes, employees must sign in and out at the Security office in the Goins Building or in the main office of the site campuses.

Give Big. Give Tuesday.

Change a student’s life forever.

Give to Pellissippi State Community College today at https://giving.pstcc.edu.

Help us reach our $10,000 goal for Giving Tuesday! One hundred percent of your donations to the Pellissippi State Foundation go straight to student scholarships.

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“I will not take one moment or gift for granted,” says Ashley Albritton, a scholarship recipient. “These scholarships serve as a constant reminder that someone believes in me! I’ve been encouraged to study longer, try hard and reach further.

“I’ll do my best every moment of every day. With every success, each one of you will be with me and you’ll be part of the change for the better in this world.”

Scholarship money can make all the difference to a student looking to go to college. Many Pellissippi State students don’t qualify for federal loans, grants or even the new Tennessee Promise funding. In fact, of the student scholarship recipients last year, 86 percent wouldn’t have qualified for Tennessee Promise.

Tomorrow, help spread the word about Giving Tuesday by following us on Twitter, @psccfoundation, #GivingTuesday. We want to hear from you—tell us why you give to student scholarships.

Give Big. Give Tuesday.

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Giving Tuesday is quickly approaching!

Take time now to find the Pellissippi State Foundation on Twitter @psccfoundation and be ready to follow us for live updates Tuesday, Dec. 2.

On Giving Tuesday—the Tuesday after Thanksgiving—the Pellissippi State Foundation will accept donations to help raise funds for student scholarships. Consider giving and help us spread the word to others about the unique opportunity of Giving Tuesday.

The Foundation hopes to raise $10,000 on Dec. 2. One hundred percent of donations go straight to student scholarships. Give online at https://giving.pstcc.edu or through www.pstcc.edu/foundation.

Many Pellissippi State students may not qualify for federal loans, grants or even the new Tennessee Promise funding. In fact, 86 percent of Pellissippi State Foundation scholarship recipients last year wouldn’t have qualified for Tennessee Promise if it had been in effect.

Scholarship money can mean the difference in going to school and not going for a student wanting to pursue a higher education.

For more information or to help us promote Giving Tuesday, follow us on Twitter @psccfoundation. Spread the word by using the hashtag #GivingTuesday, and tell us why you give to student scholarships.

Give Big. Give Tuesday.

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Get in the holiday giving spirit!

Consider donating Tuesday, Dec. 2—the Tuesday after Thanksgiving—to the Pellissippi State Foundation to help raise funds for student scholarships, and spread the word to others about the unique opportunity of Giving Tuesday.

Dec. 2, Giving Tuesday, is the international day of giving. This year, you can give to help students achieve their higher education dreams at Pellissippi State. One hundred percent of donations go straight to Foundation scholarships.

The Pellissippi State Foundation hopes to raise $10,000 on Dec. 2.

Give online at https://giving.pstcc.edu or through www.pstcc.edu/foundation.

Many Pellissippi State students may not qualify for federal loans, grants or even the new Tennessee Promise funding. In fact, 86 percent of Pellissippi State Foundation scholarship recipients last year wouldn’t have qualified for Tennessee Promise if it had been in effect.

Scholarship money can mean the difference in going to school and not going for a student wanting to pursue a higher education.

For more information or to help us promote Giving Tuesday, follow us on Twitter, @psccfoundation. Spread the word by using the hashtag #GivingTuesday, and tell us why you give to student scholarships.

IT employees Torrence, Hyman presented certificates of appreciation

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Lynn Hyman, computer systems analyst, and Chris Torrence, senior computer technician, recently received certificates of appreciation for their work moving the College’s Banner and myPellissippi systems to new servers in Smyrna.

The transfer to the state’s data center, the Office of Information Resources, means lower costs, shared resources and better disaster recovery. However, faculty, staff and students shouldn’t see any change in service.

“I can’t overemphasize the great job that Lynn and Chris have done,” said Jerry Bryan, vice president of Information Services. “This was a large and very difficult project not only technically but in how many people and moving parts were involved.”

The move from servers on campus to servers at the OIR took about 18 months.

“There were so many moving parts to this project to try to maintain access to Banner and myPellissippi for faculty, staff, and students,” said Linda Peterson, director of Network and Technical Services. “Getting all of this to work on new servers was a huge project.”

Hyman has worked at Pellissippi State since 2000, and Torrence has been employed twice, from June 1993 to December 2012 and again since August 2013.

Magnolia Avenue Campus hosts nontraditional-student events

Pellissippi State supports nontraditional students with services that include alternative scheduling, cohort programs, tutoring, workforce development and career placement. The College even offers nontraditional students credit for military and work experience through what’s called “prior learning assessment,” or PLA.

The Magnolia Avenue Campus is focusing on this population during its Nontraditional Student Week, Nov. 3-7. Events include the following:

  • “Eating Healthy With Less” by Julie Bledsoe, certified nutrition educator, 1-3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in Room 125
  • Massages by Laselva Med Spa and Massage Envy, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the fitness center
  • “Dispelling Myths: Family Law” by James T. Karney, executive director of the Family Relationship Center of East Tennessee, 11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Room 130
  • Luncheon with games and music, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in Room 130
  • “Holiday Budgeting” by Chris Parrott, vice president/marketing manager of Regions Financial Corp., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in Room 130