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

Student Affairs employees participate in annual Day of Service

Volunteers at Dream CenterPulling weeds, delivering and serving meals, sorting clothing, cleaning and painting — these are just a few of the tasks employees from the Student Affairs division completed over spring break as part of their annual Day of Service.

“It was a reset button,” said Becky Milam, director of New Student Orientation programs. Milam delivered meals to those in need through Mobile Meals.

“It makes you realize there are people in the community who are elderly or disabled who are unable to leave their home easily, who are living in meager circumstances,” Milam said. “This is often their only meal of the day, and you might be the only person they speak to that week.”

She recounted how meal recipients often wanted to speak to her about their past accomplishments and circumstances. Some said they wished they had pursued higher education in order to make themselves more financially prepared.

“They almost want you to understand that their lives were not always like this,” Milam said. “It was a reminder to me to be appreciative; any of us could be in that position.”

This is the second year that the Student Affairs division has spent a day in service to the community over spring break.

“It’s a good thing to do for those in need, it’s good for the college to be a good community partner and it’s good for team building within Student Affairs,” said Rebecca Ashford, vice president of Student Affairs. “But most importantly, it’s not just the organization or the person in need that gets help. Volunteer work changes the volunteer.”

Volunteers from Student Affairs worked at the following agencies: the Gentle Barn, CAC Beardsley Community Farm, the Center for Urban Agriculture at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, the Muse Knoxville, Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding, Sunshine Industries-Beta Home, Knoxville Dream Center, Mobile Meals, Knoxville Zoo and Mane Support.

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.

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.

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.”