Celebrate Diversity Unity Equality Week

This week, Pellissippi Pride will celebrate Diversity Unity Equality Week with a series of events on the Hardin Valley Campus.

Monday, 12-1:30 p.m.
Goins Building Auditorium
This kick-off event will feature brief remarks by City of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero.

Tuesday, 10-10:45 a.m.
Goins Building Auditorium
In this Title IX Workshop session, Patrick Shipwash, executive director of equity and compliance, will go over the basics of Title IX — as well as the little-known or forgotten portions of the law.

Tuesday, 11 a.m.-noon
Goins Building Auditorium
In this Suicide Prevention seminar, learn the Question Persuade Refer (QPR) method to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives. This event will be streamed live.

Wednesday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Visit with Pellissippi Pride and Student Life and share what “diversity” means to you.

Wednesday, Noon-1:30 p.m.
Goins Building Auditorium
In this open panel, we’ll discuss the events of Diversity Unity Equality Week and seek feedback to improve events and make Pellissippi State a more inclusive campus.

Thursday, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Goins Building Rotunda
Don’t miss assistant professor Heidi Speck’s lecture “Sex Lies and Hermaphrodites,” part of the Faculty Lecture Series, in which she discusses the surprising truths about biological sex.

Friday, noon-1:30 p.m.
McWherter Building, Room 320
During the weekly Pellissippi Pride meeting, we’ll participate in a thought experiment regarding a  flipped world. What if being gay was the norm?

Friday, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Goins Building, Room 232
Students are invited to attend Safe Zone training.

For more information about Diversity Unity Equality Week, contact Pellissippi Pride advisor Christina Elliott.

Everyone invited to annual Student Scholarship Book Sale

All types of books—from fiction to non-fiction and children’s books to cookbooks—will be available at this year’s Student Scholarship Book Sale. The sale, which is held annually, will take place at all five campuses during March and April. Proceeds from the sale go directly toward student scholarships.

Bargain hunters may also find collectible magazines like National Geographic, as well as a nice selection of DVDs and CDs. Pellissippi State faculty, staff and students, as well as community members, contributed items for the sale.

Locations, dates and times:

  • Blount County Campus — March 28-29, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and March 30, 8 a.m.-noon, second floor main corridor
  • Division Street Campus — March 28-29, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and March 30, 8:30 a.m.-noon, room 118
  • Hardin Valley Campus — April 4-5, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and April 6, 8 a.m.-noon, College Center in the Goins Administration Building
  • Magnolia Avenue Campus — April 11-12, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., front lobby
  • Strawberry Plains Campus — April 18-19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., campus lobby

The Student Scholarship Book Sale is sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Faculty Senate.

Veterans Awareness Week activities happening Nov. 9-14 at all campuses

Honor the service of veterans during National Veterans Awareness Week, a weeklong series of events surrounding Veterans Day. Veterans Day is Nov. 11, Veterans Awareness Week is Nov. 9-15, and on-campus events are Nov. 9-14.

Activities are taking place on all five campuses:

Hardin Valley

  • 9, 10:30 a.m., Goins Building Auditorium — Veterans Resource Workshop: veteran-related organizations share information about resources and assistance to veterans.
  • 10, 11 a.m., Auditorium — WBIR anchor John Becker discusses his “Service and Sacrifice” series, which focuses on the stories of veterans.
  • 10, 11:30 a.m., Auditorium — Pellissippi State student Graham Watson recounts his experience hiking the Appalachian Trail with a group of veterans.
  • 11, 7:30-9 a.m., Goins Building Cafeteria Annex — Free breakfast for students, faculty and staff who are veterans.
  • 11, 10:50 a.m., Goins Building College Center — Free cake reception for students, faculty and staff who are veterans.
  • 12, noon, Auditorium — Presentation by Ed Hooper, documentary filmmaker.
  • 14, 10-noon, College Center — Women Veterans of America, Chapter 44, hosts an open house.

Blount County

  • 11, 10:35 a.m., First-Floor Lobby — Free cake reception for students, faculty and staff who are veterans.

Division Street

  • 11, 11 a.m., Student Lounge — Free cake reception for students, faculty and staff who are veterans.

Magnolia Avenue

  • 11, 9 a.m., Courtyard — Veterans Day ceremony to acknowledge our veterans.
  • 11, 11:55 a.m. — Grand opening of Veterans Gathering Place.
  • 11, noon-1:30, Community Room — Free luncheon for students, faculty and staff who are veterans.

Strawberry Plains

  • 9, 10 a.m., begins at campus entrance — Students are invited to plant an American flag along the campus driveway in honor of veterans.
  • 10, noon, Lobby — Pellissippi State alumnus and faculty member Terry Sisk delivers a presentation about the Revolutionary War. In collaboration with the Alumni Relations Office.
  • 11, 11:45 a.m., flagpole in front of Jenny and Randy Boyd Building — The Tennessee National Guard leads a special flag ceremony in honor of Veterans Day.

In addition, all five campuses will have special displays featuring art, thank-you cards and memorabilia honoring veterans throughout the week.

Faculty, staff invited to Second Annual Employee Picnic

Pellissippi State hosts the Second Annual Employee Picnic 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Hardin Valley Campus. All faculty and staff, full- and part-time, and members of their households are invited to attend the free get-together.

A Doodle poll will be sent to employees via campus email to confirm attendance. RSVPs must be received no later than Friday, Oct. 9, so keep an eye out!

The Employee Picnic will feature entertainment, food, outdoor games and other activities, and door prizes for adults and children. Bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket. This year’s theme is “Pellissippi Round Up,” so plan to get decked out in Western-style duds.

“It’s an opportunity for all of us and our families to be together and have some fun,” said Carole Gary, director of Human Resources. “It’s also a way to say thank you to our employees and their commitment to the College’s mission.”

This is a family-friendly event, so please do not bring alcohol, drugs or tobacco products, weapons or pets.

For more information, contact Yolanda Roebuck at yroebuck@pstcc.edu.

Service-Learning hosts Civic Engagement Week

Thursday kicks off a week of celebrations across all five campuses for Civic Engagement Week. Civic Engagement Week 2015, which is celebrated on campuses around the country, launches a year of community service opportunities. The Pellissippi State activities are hosted by the Service-Learning program, and the theme is “Wellness and Sustainable Living in Appalachia.”

The College’s Civic Engagement Week connects with the book chosen for this academic year’s Common Academic Experience, Jeff Biggers’ “The United States of Appalachia.” The week focuses on encouraging East Tennesseans to take good care of themselves and of the environment.

Event locations, dates and times:

Hardin Valley Campus

  • Call2Service — 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Goins Building College Center and Courtyard. Community partners come to campus to share how students can volunteer throughout the year.
  • 9/11 Day of Remembrance — 9-10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in the Courtyard. The event features a short talk by John Ruppe, a veteran and Pellissippi State security supervisor. The rain location is the College Center.
  • “Boatlift” — 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 11, in the College Center. A screening of this 9/11 short film, narrated by Tom Hanks, will be shown.
  • “One Year Down the Drain: Turkey Creek” — 11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, in the Goins Building Auditorium. This event features Jason Scott, AmeriCorps project director, of the Knoxville Community Action Committee discussing an exclusive volunteer opportunity to clean waterways in Farragut and create found-objects artwork. Refreshments will be provided.
  • “The Gentle Barn: Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other, and the Planet” — 12:25-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, Goins Building Cafeteria Annex. Refreshments will be provided.
  • Lecture — 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, College Center
  • Constitution Day, “Freedom Isn’t Free: How Congress Really Works” — 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Auditorium. Professor Jake Hamric delivers this faculty lecture. Refreshments and pocket copies of the Constitution will be provided.

Division Street Campus

  • Sustainability Kiosk — 11 a.m.-1 p.m.Thursday, Sept. 10 and 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, front lobby
  • KAT “Smart Trips” — 8:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14, in the front lobby. KAT representatives will discuss “green” transportation options.
  • Call2Service — 8:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 in the Educational Resources Center
  • Constitution Day — free pocket Constitutions available all day Thursday, Sept. 17, front lobby

Magnolia Avenue Campus

  • Call2Service — 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, in rooms 100 and 109
  • “Community Health Care in Appalachian East Tennessee” — 9:40-10:35 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16. Featuring Rich Connelly and Larry A. Stanifer of Rural Medical Services, Inc., this event is a co-curricular activity of Civic Engagement Week and the Common Academic Experience. 

Strawberry Plains Campus

  • Voter Registration Drive — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, and noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Lobby

Contact the site directly to learn about Civic Engagement Week events being offered at the Blount County Campus.

Roller presents ‘Cosmic Possums’

It might sound a little trippy, but “Cosmic Possums” is actually a term that denotes Appalachians who have transcended change and retained their mountain roots.

And that’s precisely what Patricia Roller, associate professor of English, will discuss when she presents “Cosmic Possums: Appalachian Literature” at 12:25 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus.

All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

“Cosmic Possums” is a Common Academic Experience event tied to the 2015-2016 Common Book, “The United States of Appalachia: How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture, and Enlightenment to America,” by Jeff Biggers.

“Cosmic possum is a term coined by Jane Hicks that refers to the cultural phenomenon of the people in Appalachia who are devoted to carrying on traditions even in the face of immense change, whether it’s culture, technology, politics or economics. They represent this mindset of the ‘cosmic possum,” Roller said.

The event will feature readings by English faculty members Eddie Francisco and Carol Luther and will spotlight the works of Appalachian writers Sharyn McCrumb, Ray Hicks and Marilou Awiakta.

Counseling Services hosts Monday Fun Day for students, faculty, staff


May the Fourth be with you.

Counseling Services is hosting Monday Fun Day today, May 4, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Courtyard on the Hardin Valley Campus. The event is meant to help students, faculty and staff de-stress during finals week.

The event features visits from HABIT [Human Animal Bond in Tennessee] dogs, as well as sidewalk chalk, bubbles, hula hoops and other ways to relax. Some activities will be themed around the Star Wars franchise, commonly celebrated on May 4.

For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/counseling.

Celebrate Earth Week with speakers, contests and giveaways

Pellissippi State has a jam-packed schedule of events for Earth Week, beginning Monday, April 20.

“We’ve had such a great response to Earth Day events in past years,” said Karen Lively, sustainable campus coordinator, “that we’re very excited to offer a whole week’s worth of events, with some on each of our five campuses. This gives all of our students, faculty and staff the ability to participate.”

Events, dates and times are listed below. All events are at the Hardin Valley Campus unless otherwise specified. A full Earth Week schedule of events at all campuses is available at www.pstcc.edu/sustainability/earthday.

Monday, April 20:

  • Sustainable Campus Initiative—11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium. Speaker Melissa Lapsa presents an overview of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s sustainable campus initiative.
  • Meatless Monday Information Table—11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Goins Building Rotunda

Tuesday, April 21:

  • “Inhabit” Film Screening—10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium. Popcorn is served; prizes and giveaways are available in the Rotunda. Knoxville Permaculture Guild members answer questions immediately following the film.
  • Snack Pack—1:30-3 p.m. on the first floor of the McWherter Building. Free organic snacks and juices are available to students.
  • “Making Tap Water Sexy and Available”—12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Magnolia Avenue Campus. Joshua Cunningham of the Tennessee Clean Water Network is speaking.

Wednesday, April 22:

  • Earth Day Exhibit—10 a.m.-1 p.m., featuring remarks by President Anthony Wise and a performance by Hardin Valley Thunder. Exhibitors include student clubs, local businesses and nonprofits, craft stations, and e-cycling collection. Attendees can expect giveaways, including Earth Week T-shirts, and prizes for students, plus cake and popsicles.
  • “Bug Me. Really. Please Bug Me!”—11-noon at the Division Street Campus. Speaker Janice Gangwer, a University of Tennessee Extension master gardener, speaks about beneficial insects.
  • Todd Montgomery, Elephant Sanctuary—2-3 p.m. in the Cafeteria Annex. Montgomery speaks about the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald.
  • Climate Change Presentation—1-2:30 p.m. in the West Auditorium of the Blount County Campus. Speaker Tom Werkema of Arkema Inc. discusses the current understanding of the science of climate change. Werkema is an internationally known expert on climate change and ozone depletion and was recognized for his contribution to the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Thursday, April 23:

  • “Plant Your Seed in the Growing Field of ‘Green’ Careers”—Noon-1 in the Goins Building Auditorium. Speaker Scott Hacker of Trane Commercial Systems presents on the careers available in sustainability industries. Popcorn and giveaways are offered.
  • Student, Faculty and Staff Recycle Sorting Contest—11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Courtyard

Friday, April 24:

  • National Arbor Day—10-11 a.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium. Certified arborist David Vandergriff speaks. Students can make pine cone birdfeeders in the Rotunda before and during the presentation. Prizes and popcorn are available.
  • Historic Seedling Giveaway—10-noon in the first-floor middle lobby of the Alexander Building

For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/sustainability/earthday.

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.

IT employees Torrence, Hyman presented certificates of appreciation

group of 3 standing in a line with 2 holding framed certificates

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.