New Street Names on Hardin Valley Campus

Hardin Valley Map
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Beginning this fall, Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus will have new street names, building numbers and numbered parking lots. These changes will include on-campus street signs and parking signs as well as street numbers posted onto campus buildings.
The changes are meant to help emergency personnel quickly identify buildings and other areas on campus.
The new street names are:
  • Welcome Way – the entrance road from Solway Road that leads past the welcome center
  • Success Way – the first entrance road from Hardin Valley Road
  • Performing Arts Way – the entrance road from Hardin Valley Road that leads past the Clayton Performing Arts Center
  • Career Path Way – the campus road that encircles the buildings surrounding the Courtyard
  • Panther Way – the campus road that leads up to the Student Recreation Center
All buildings — including the portables — and parking lots will have assigned numbers that correspond to one of these street names.
Mailing addresses for the College will not change. The mailing address for all five Pellissippi State campuses is 10915 Hardin Valley Road, P.O. Box 22990, Knoxville, TN 37933-0990. From the on-campus post office, mail will be routed to the site campuses and to buildings on the Hardin Valley Campus as normal.

Attention faculty: Service-Learning offers students alternative Spring Break in Central Florida

Faculty members Sara Malley and Maria Sills will teach linked courses during spring semester that include an alternative Spring Break trip that focuses on an immersive Service-Learning experience.

Faculty are asked to tell their students about the opportunity, but they should be aware that the classes are corequisites, so students need to sign up for both at the same time. Malley is teaching SOCI 1020 Social Problems, and Sills is teaching SPAN 1020 Beginning Spanish II. The only prerequisite to taking either class is SPAN 1010.

Students won’t be able to register for the linked courses directly, so they should contact Malley or Sills directly: semalley@pstcc.edu or masills@pstcc.edu.

The classes will offer students the opportunity to travel to Florida during Spring Break, March 5-9, and learn about history, social justice issues, and culture. Participants will assist at Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka. The center works to empower the immigrant and working poor communities of Central Florida.

Service hours that accumulate during the trip may be counted as Service-Learning hours on a student’s transcript.

Boo! Don’t miss ‘Spooky Pellissippi’

Do things go bump in the hallways here? Storyteller and author Laura Still will be on campus for “Spooky Pellissippi,” 11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, to tell spooky tales about Pellissippi State’s “haunted” past. Still has researched and written an original story that she will perform just in time to get students, faculty, and staff into the Halloween mood. Don’t miss “Spooky Pellissippi” in the Goins Building Auditorium.

Common Academic Experience presents Storytelling Festival

Appalachian storytellers headline Pellissippi State Community College’s Storytelling Festival, which takes place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Courtyard on the Hardin Valley Campus.

Each storyteller’s presentation will last 25-30 minutes. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the free event. Here is the lineup:

  • Janice Brooks-Headrick tells the stories of “First Kiss” and “Homecoming.” Brooks performs on stage and at festivals, and is corresponding secretary of Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association.
  • Rick Elliott’s tale is “A Conversation With Rick.” Elliott is a retired teacher from Ohio who tells stories about his own real-life situations.
  • Susan Fulbright tells “The Calico Coffin” and “Lover Lady Bumper Jumper.” Fulbright is a native East Tennessean with a master’s degree in storytelling and reading. She’s vice president of the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association.
  • Cuz Headrick’s stories are “Green Hair” and “Writing Spider.” Headrick is one of the best-known storytellers in East Tennessee, most notably serving as resident storyteller at Blackberry Farm for 10 years.
  • Ruthie McIntyre tells “Where There’s a Will, There Is a Way.” McIntyre is a former Pellissippi State faculty member with a long career in education. Her tales often feature her world travels.
  • Millie Sieber tells the story “Rockefeller.” Her repertoire includes a variety of tales, from scary to humorous. She also teaches storytelling workshops.

Anthony Wise: Letters of Note

Pellissippi State President Anthony Wise

Pellissippi State President Anthony Wise

L. Anthony Wise Jr.
Pellissippi State President

On September 24, the College issued a press release noting that for the first time in our history, Pellissippi State had the largest enrollment among the community colleges in Tennessee in terms of headcount (10,325) and full-time equivalent (6,630). More than 1,700 of our students are class of 2015 high school graduates entering on the Tennessee Promise; they join the nearly 1,600 students continuing with Tennessee Achieves. The strong response to these last-dollar scholarship programs is the primary factor in the increase in headcount and FTE and a decrease in average age of our students.

While nearly one-third of our students receive support through last-dollar scholarship programs, many others receive aid from other federal or state programs, the Pellissippi State Foundation or institutional initiatives. Over the course of an academic year, I receive hundreds of letters from students who have been recipients of Foundation or College scholarships. Those letters reveal much about our students, including why they are here and the difficulties they face outside the classroom. They contain insight into the narratives individual students craft about their lives and their experiences at the College.

One student writes to say she has been out of school for 26 years but has returned to pursue a degree in Business with a concentration in Hospitality. She hopes to become an event planner and to serve as an example to her children and grandchildren. Another writes as a single parent with limited education; she, too, hopes to be a role model for her children and to continue her education through the completion of a master’s degree so she can be a licensed clinical social worker. Still another writes of leaving the workforce after more than two decades to find a path closer to his passion for making a difference in the community and in the lives of people in need.

You might not know all of the students with letters in this fall’s pile, but you know students like them. They know you as well, and from time to time, one will take the opportunity to list every single person at the College, inside the classroom and out, who has helped him or her achieve success. Numbers are important; being the largest community college in the state is significant. Changing lives one story at a time really is the best measure of our success. I thank you — and our students thank you — for your contributions. If you ever doubt that what you do and what we do matters, stop by my office so we can read of few of those letters together.

*I borrowed the title “Letters of Note” from the name of a Twitter feed of historically and culturally significant letters published by @shaunusher. I think he would agree that some of our students have written letters of note.    

Audrey Williams: Cyber Security Awareness Month

I love October. The leaves are changing color. The sky takes on that spectacular blue. But, October is also Cyber Security Awareness Month. I know, I know … that is sooooo very exciting (insert eye roll here). But, please put down your pumpkin spice latte for a second and spend a few minutes learning how you can make the Internet safer for everyone.

I will be sharing several blog posts this month on topics of cyber security, as well as what we do here at Pellissippi State to help make our network and data more secure, so be sure to check them out at http://blogs.pstcc.edu/cio/. But, today, I want to share some information about how you can be more secure online.

There are LOTS of ways to help make your identity, your money and your data more secure. The basics include keeping your computer and smartphone up to date, running security software, deleting unused/unwanted applications, and being smart about using public Wi-Fi in your favorite coffee shop and other locations. Another method to stay two steps ahead of cyber criminals is to use “two-step authentication.” It is also called “two-factor authentication,” or 2FA, which is a VERY fancy technical term for a pretty easy-to-use security option. Here is how it works:

We are all used to websites and services that require a username and password for our security. It is a big part of how we protect information here on campus as well. With about 28 percent of all identify theft in 2013 being account takeovers (where the intruder cracked the account password and got into the account), it is important to have a secure password. And we all know that it is important to use a different password for EVERY account, right? (I will wait for the laughter to subside.) It really is, though, and there are simple ways to help you keep up with all of those passwords. Don’t worry; I will cover that in a blog post soon.

Back to 2FA. When it is implemented into a system, you must use two things to log into your account:

  1. A password, passphrase or something else that you KNOW, and
  2. Something that you HAVE, usually a physical device, but it can be an alternate email address.

Businesses and organizations (like the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, for example) will provide employees with a fob that serves this function. But, for personal two-step authentication, the one physical device most of us have all of the time is — you guessed it — our cell phone!

Unfortunately, there is no universal way to enable two-step authentication, but it does work in a similar manner for many services. After you enter your username and password at a site that uses 2FA, you are prompted to then enter a phone number or email address as well. The service creates a code that can be used ONE TIME and sends it to you as a text or email. You enter that code and the access is given. Some services, like Google and Facebook, now offer an app for your phone that generates the code so you don’t even have to wait for a text or email to log into their service. I use the Google Authenticator app for my personal account, and it works very well. And if you don’t have your phone, Google can provide you a list of one-time use codes you can carry with you, which is handy when you are traveling and your phone battery dies.

Not every service offers 2FA, but many do:

  • Email providers like Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft Outlook
  • Social media like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Tumblr
  • Banks like USAA, Ally and Bank of America

If you would like to learn more about 2FA or see how to implement it with some of the services listed above, I found a great page that gathers lots of the “how-tos” in one location at the cyber security awareness site Stop. Think. Connect.

Have a safe and happy Cyber Security Awareness Month!!

Audrey Williams
Vice President of Information Services 

Source for Data: https://www.javelinstrategy.com/news/1467/92/1

Pellissippi Alerts: College’s text alert enrollment changing

How is Pellissippi Alerts changing?

Effective immediately, the process for enrolling for Pellissippi Alerts, the College’s text alert system, has changed. You will no longer be able to sign up through the Pellissippi Alerts link at the bottom of the College’s home page. Now all faculty, staff and current students will automatically receive emergency notices through their Pellissippi State email account. All faculty, staff and students will receive text alerts on their phones once they provide an up-to-date cell phone number through myPellissippi. Students will be asked to provide their cell number during the registration process; faculty and staff will be prompted to add a cell number when they log in to myPellissippi.

What kinds of messages will I receive?

You will only receive emergency notifications through this system. Those notifications will include weather alerts, College closings and incident alerts.

How does the enrollment process work?

Students enrolling in classes for fall 2015 will be prompted to enter their cell phone number when they register in myPellissippi. Faculty and staff must add their cell number to their personal information in myPellissippi.

For faculty and staff: After logging in to myPellissippi, click on the notice to register your cell phone number for emergency notifications. Under Personal Information, choose to “Add/Change Cell Phone Numbers,” and enter your cell number. Then, check the “Emergency contact” box to choose to receive emergency notifications. If your cell number already has been entered in myPellissippi, you will be automatically enrolled in the text alert system. Be sure to update your myPellissippi information if your cell number changes.

Once you have created an account for emergency notifications, you can access your personal information to make changes through the myPellissippi home page. (Your personal information is on the top right side of the screen.)

If I signed up to receive text alerts on Pellissippi State’s homepage, will I be automatically enrolled in the new system?

No. If you have previously signed up for text alerts at www.pstcc.edu/alerts, your registration will no longer be valid. You should log in to myPellissippi and be sure your cell phone number is listed — and current — as part of your personal information and that you have checked the “Emergency contact” box to receive emergency notifications.

Can members of the public opt in to receive text or email alerts?

No. The text and email alert system now will be open only to students and employees of Pellissippi State. However, emergency notifications will be posted on Pellissippi State’s social media accounts and on the home page at www.pstcc.edu. The community can continue to stay up to date on everything happening at Pellissippi State by visiting those outlets.

Can I opt out of receiving text alerts?

Yes. Faculty, staff and students have two ways to opt out of cell phone notifications:

  1. If you already have a cell phone number on record in myPellissippi, you can either remove the number or uncheck the “Emergency contacts” box.
  2. If you do not have a cell phone, you can check the “I do not have a cell phone” box.

Everyone with a Pellissippi State email will receive email alert notifications; email opt-outs will not be permitted.

How often will this list be updated?

The list is updated daily. Faculty, staff and students will continue to receive notifications automatically until they leave Pellissippi State, unless at any point they choose to opt out of the text messages.

Questions?

For more information or for help, contact the Helpdesk, helpdesk@pstcc.edu or 694-6537.

TBR Course Revitalization grants awarded to chemistry, math

This fall, the MATH 1010 Survey of Mathematics and CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I courses will get a boost toward improving student learning and success, thanks to funding from Tennessee Board of Regents Course Revitalization grants.

MATH 1010 will be offered in a corequisite model, in which students who need remediation study alongside those already achieving at grade level. These types of “embedded courses” were piloted at Pellissippi State last year.

The goal of embedded courses is for students to address deficiencies while making progress towards graduation by completing a required core course. In fall 2014, more than 1,300 students entered Pellissippi State with math deficiencies.

The math revitalization pilot will take place over the summer at the Blount County, Hardin Valley and Magnolia Avenue campuses, then be expanded to include all five campuses in the fall.

Beginning spring 2016, some CHEM 1110 courses will add a “recitation” section to the classroom time currently devoted only to lectures. The recitation section will allow students to complete practice exercises during class and will emphasize small group collaborations.

The chemistry revitalization pilot is set to take place at the Blount County and Division Street campuses.

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.