Thank you for giving to Internal Campaign

Aneisa McDonald

Aneisa McDonald

Dear Pellissippi State Family,

When I accepted the position of Director of Planned and Annual Giving, I never imagined that the most consistent annual donors would be our very own faculty and staff. I had my handy-dandy list of contacts in the community and braced myself for a whirlwind of campaigns and events to assist the Foundation’s fundraising goals. But wait! What’s the Internal Campaign? I couldn’t believe our family of employees sacrificed so much for the success of our students.

The Internal Campaign is my favorite project. I have the opportunity to witness passionate employees who create funds and scholarships that make us all feel like we’re part of something bigger and something better. For us, Pellissippi State is more than just a job. We are a family taking care of each other and our students. That’s why this year’s theme, We are Family, made so much sense to me.

And it’s why I want to thank you, my Pellissippi State family, for giving so generously.

I would like to extend a special thank you to our campaign chairs — Gypsy Harrill, Mike North and Heather Schroeder. They were engaged every step of the way. And let’s not forget about the faithful campaign ambassadors who went the extra mile to add a personal touch to packet delivery.

Finally, I’d like to share some of your exciting results from this year’s campaign:

  • 53 percent of full-time employees are donors.
  • Employees donated $62,118 (a 19 percent increase from this time last year).
  • There were 319 total donors (85 are new).

For more information about our campaign awards, please visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation/internalcampaign

This is your campaign, Pellissippi State Family. With all that’s in me, I thank you.

Proud to Give,

Aneisa McDonald

We Are Family: Internal Giving Campaign includes two new funds

Tree SilhouetteThis year, donors to Pellissippi State’s Internal Giving Campaign have two brand-new funds to support as part of the college family.

The Pellissippi Pantry fund will support a five-campus food pantry that will provide nutritious packaged and fresh food to students in need. The pantry will be completely confidential for participating students. It will launch in summer 2016 in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee and Pellissippi State’s own community garden.

The Hardin Valley Campus Garden fund will support a community garden scheduled to open later this month. The garden will provide food for the Pellissippi Pantry and for the Hardin Valley Campus cafeteria, Service-Learning opportunities for students and a learning environment for sustainable agricultural practices.

The “We Are Family” internal giving campaign runs March 28-April 8 and supports more than 80 funds and scholarships that benefit students. For more information about any of the funds, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation/internalcampaign. One hundred percent of your tax-deductible donation supports Pellissippi State.

Employees have several options to give:

  • A one-time or recurring donation through check, cash or credit card at https://giving.pstcc.edu
  • An automatic deduction from payroll, either recurring or one-time
  • Participation in rewards programs through Amazon Smiles and Kroger by designating the Pellissippi State Foundation as the recipient of funds

As a thank you, everyone who donates during the internal giving campaign will receive limited edition “Proud to Give” lapel pins. Additionally, donors will be entered to win prizes from local entertainment venues and businesses.

We Are Family: Internal Giving Campaign launches March 28

Tree SilhouettePellissippi State has a culture of taking care of each other — just like family. That’s why this year’s internal giving campaign is themed “We Are Family.”

The fund drive runs March 28-April 8 and supports more than 80 funds and scholarships that benefit students. For more information about any of the funds, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation/internalcampaign. One hundred percent of your tax-deductible donation supports Pellissippi State.

Employees have several options to give:

  • One-time or recurring donation through check, cash or credit card at https://giving.pstcc.edu
  • Automatic deduction from payroll, either recurring or one-time
  • Participation in rewards programs through Amazon Smiles and Kroger by designating the Pellissippi State Foundation as the recipient of funds

As a thank you, everyone who donates during the internal giving campaign will receive limited edition “Proud to Give” lapel pins. Additionally, donors will be entered to win prizes from local entertainment venues and businesses.

Last year, employees gave more than $83,000 to support students, but the financial need of students is real and continual — especially as state funding formulas and federal financial aid availability changes. In many cases, it is college-based scholarships that keep Pellissippi State students in the classroom.

This year’s campaign chairs are Strawberry Plains dean Mike North, English instructor Heather Schroeder and administrative secretary Gypsy Harrill.

Thank you for your support on #GivingTuesday!

Thank you!

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

Pellissippi State Community College and the Pellissippi State Foundation extend their sincerest thanks for the many generous donations given on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The Foundation raised $11,825 on Giving Tuesday.

One hundred percent of those funds will go straight to scholarships and other funds that aid students. Many of the scholarships will help students who, without the Foundation’s financial support, might not be able to attend college.

“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 many, many 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.”

Don’t forget #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1

Your gifts help students like Kimberly.

Your gifts help students like Kimberly.

Students need you.

Don’t forget that on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Pellissippi State Foundation has scheduled a one-day blitz to raise funds for student scholarships. The Foundation hopes to raise $25,000 — and every donation, large or small, makes a difference.

Scholarship money makes college possible for many of Pellissippi State’s students. This year, 80 percent of Foundation scholarships went to students who were non-traditional or adult or otherwise ineligible for Tennessee Promise. Even with Tennessee Promise, college isn’t free for many of Pellissippi State’s students.

You can help support Giving Tuesday in a number of ways:

  • Consider donating on Dec. 1 at https://giving.pstcc.edu.
  • Help spread the word about #GivingTuesday on social media. Be sure to follow and retweet the Foundation on Twitter @psccfoundation.
  • Tell us why you give. Visit pstcc.edu/foundation and download an “Unselfie” sign. Fill it out with your reason to give, then post a selfie with your sign on social media. Be sure to tweet it to @psccfoundation, using the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #Unselfie.

One hundred percent of the money raised goes to Pellissippi State scholarships and other student aid, including the Greatest Need Fund, the Homeless Student Scholarship, the Veterans Support Fund, and the General Scholarship Fund.

Stay tuned to @psccfoundation on Twitter for more information!

 

Get ready for #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1

Gifts on #GivingTuesday help students like Apryl.

Gifts on #GivingTuesday help students like Apryl.

Help us spread the word!

On Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Pellissippi State Foundation will host a one-day blitz to raise funds for student scholarships. The Foundation hopes to raise $25,000 — and every donation, big or small, makes a difference.

One hundred percent of the money raised goes to Pellissippi State scholarships, including the Greatest Need Fund, the Homeless Student Scholarship, the Veterans Support Fund and the General Scholarship Fund.

You can help in a number of ways:

  • Consider donating on Dec. 1 at https://giving.pstcc.edu.
  • Help spread the word about #GivingTuesday on social media. Be sure to follow and retweet the Foundation on Twitter @psccfoundation.
  • Tell us why you give. Visit pstcc.edu/foundation and download an “Unselfie” sign. Fill it out with your reason to give, and post a selfie with your sign on social media. Be sure to tweet it to @psccfoundation and use the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #Unselfie.

Stay tuned to @psccfoundation on Twitter for more information!

Support scholarships and more while shopping at Kroger

Now you have one more way to help the Pellissippi State Foundation in its work to provide support for student scholarships and emergency loans, facility improvements, and new equipment for the College.

If you shop at Kroger, you can take advantage of the community rewards program on your Kroger Plus card.

Start by registering to participate in the program at www.krogercommunityrewards.com, then register your Kroger card to donate:

  • With your Kroger Plus card handy, click “Sign In” or “Create an Account” if you do not already have an online Kroger account.
  • Once your account is set up or you are logged in, go to “My Account” and choose “Edit Kroger Community Rewards.”
  • Choose “Pellissippi State Foundation.”

It’s that simple! Kroger gives back to community organizations based on the number of members of the organization who register their cards and shop.

For more information on the many ways you can support the Foundation, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundationor call 694-6528.

Support Pellissippi State Foundation on Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile logo

Shop online at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate a percentage of the price of any item you buy to the Pellissippi State Foundation.

Using Amazon Smile allows shoppers to designate .5 percent of the cost of eligible purchases to go to the charity of their choice.

The Foundation works on behalf of the College to provide student scholarships and emergency loans, as well as to improve facilities and secure new equipment.

To support the Foundation and Pellissippi State, simply log in to Amazon Smile with your Amazon account (or create one), then choose to donate to “Pellissippi State Technical Community College Foundation.” Using Amazon Smile costs no more than shopping on Amazon. The site has the same products, same prices and same service.

To learn more about the Pellissippi Foundation and other ways to donate, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call (865) 694-6528.

Bill and Sharon Brewer endowment now in place

In memory of Bill Brewer and in honor of his wife, Sharon, the Pellissippi State Foundation has made available the Bill and Sharon Brewer Music Scholarship.

The fund is set up for online giving at https://giving.pstcc.edu or by bringing a check to Pellissippi State Foundation offices.

The endowed scholarship will be awarded each year to a Music major with a GPA of 2.75 or higher. The funds disbursed to the student will vary depending on the amount of scholarship money available.

Bill Brewer, the program coordinator of Music at Pellissippi State, passed away in late March after a battle with cancer.

“This scholarship honors Bill’s legacy as an enthusiastic teacher and a talented musical voice,” said Peggy Wilson, executive director of the Foundation and vice president of College Advancement. “Bill was dedicated to his students, and we hope this scholarship helps carry on his incredible gift of encouragement and his commitment to excellence.”

Philosophy professor’s ethics ‘hornbook’ published

Male in suit holding bookA book written by Charles Cardwell, program coordinator of Humanities and a professor of Philosophy, was picked up recently for printing by the academic publishing house Hackett Publishing Company.

The book, “Hornbook Ethics,” focuses on basic skills that enable readers to understand, analyze, and evaluate theoretical and real-life ethical problems. “Hornbook” refers to the historical primers that covered the rudiments of a particular discipline.

“The need for ethics primers has long existed…,” said Cardwell, “but it has recently become more acute and more difficult to meet, because today’s students have grown up in a world where audio and video media overshadow the written word.”

The book’s content was developed using Cardwell’s own classroom experiences and feedback from his students. He plans to use the text in his ethics classes and has assigned all royalties to benefit student scholarships through the Pellissippi State Foundation.