Sen. Alexander on campus Oct. 21 to discuss financial aid bill

Sen. Lamar Alexander will be on the Hardin Valley Campus Tuesday, Oct. 21, for a presentation about the Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency Act. The bill for the FAST Act was introduced by Alexander and Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado.

Alexander’s visit is part of a round-table discussion that includes Anthony Wise, Pellissippi State president, and other area college presidents, as well as student, parent, and high school representatives. The free event, which begins at 1 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium, is open to the public.

The bill proposes to eliminate the current iteration of the Free Application for Financial Student Aid, or FAFSA, by reducing the form to two questions: what is your family size, and what was your household income two years ago? The bill also streamlines federal grant and loan programs, simplifies repayment options, and limits the amount a student is eligible to borrow based on enrollment status.

For more information about the FAST Act, visit

Defibrillators installed at each campus

Automated external defibrillators are now available on each campus in the event of an emergency. A defibrillator delivers a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the heart to help correct a cardiac dysrhythmia. Dysrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm and, in certain instances, can be life threatening.

The defibrillators have been placed on all site campuses except Magnolia Avenue near the main offices or near first-floor common areas. The defibrillator at Magnolia Avenue is currently located in Safety and Security, and it will be installed in a cabinet once campus renovations are completed.

At Hardin Valley, look for defibrillators in these first-floor areas:

  • Goins Building, Safety and Security
  • Alexander Building, in the hallway near Room 121
  • McWherter Building, in the hallway near the entrance to rooms 101-115
  • Bagwell Building, near the south stairwell
  • Student Recreation Center, behind the front desk
  • Educational Resources Center, near the Reference desk
  • Facilities, in the hallway near the maintenance shops

The defibrillators at Pellissippi State are programmed to guide users through the proper steps once the equipment is turned on. Defibrillators should only be used in an emergency. Don’t open the case doors to inspect the equipment, because an alarm will sound.

In the event of an emergency, it’s still best to call 911 first, then notify campus Security for assistance.