Magnolia Avenue, Strawberry Plains, TnCIS earn grants

Two of Pellissippi State’s campuses have earned grants to increase student engagement and recruitment, while TnCIS has earned a grant intended for professional development of faculty and staff.

  • The Strawberry Plains Campus and the Business and Community Services division received a $9,680 grant from the Consolidated Nuclear Security Y-12 Community Investment Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation. The grant will be matched by Pellissippi State to fund a four-week summer camp at the Strawberry Plains Campus for 60 rising sixth-graders. The summer camp’s curriculum will include four focus areas: electronics, robotics, internet security and 3D printing.
  • The Magnolia Avenue Campus received a $24,708 grant from a Tennessee Board of Regents’ Student Engagement, Retention and Success Grant for its Acquiring Skills, Achieving Purpose program, which seeks to increase engagement and retention among African American male students. The Magnolia Avenue Campus received a similar grant last year to pilot the program, which resulted in improved academic progress and retention for its participants. ASAP offers advising, tutoring and success workshops, as well as other forms of support, to African American male students.
  • TnCIS received a $25,000 grant from a Tennessee Board of Regents’ Student Engagement, Retention and Success Grant for its High Impact Practices Professional Development program. TnCIS also received the same grant last year for this program’s pilot, which rolled out professional development training to faculty and administrators in study abroad and international service-learning. The grant this year will fund a training trip to South Africa, where participants will learn how TnCIS implements international service-learning into its study abroad trips.

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.

Students & employees invited to Women in STEM panel

Employees and students are invited to learn more about underrepresented women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields during a luncheon panel discussion Monday, March 21.

The Women in STEM panel discussion will be held 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the community room of the Magnolia Avenue Campus. A light lunch will be provided.

The panel will include Madhavi Martin, senior scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Anima Narania, chemical engineer at RVT Process Equipment; Lisa Seeto, senior user experience engineer at Scripps Networks Interactive; and Meiko Thompson, Garrett Morgan STEM Clearinghouse coordinator at the University of Tennessee. The panelists will discuss their careers and field questions from the audience.

The event is sponsored by the Magnolia Avenue Campus and the Alumni Relations Office. If you’d like to attend, contact Drema Bowers at by Friday, March 18. For more information, contact Bowers or development coordinator Angela Pugh at

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.