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.

Welcome new employees!

Teresa Diehl

Teresa Diehl
Small Business Specialist
TN Small Business Development Center

Felicia Hankins

Felicia Hankins
Information Processing Specialist III
Tennessee Consortium for International Studies


Le’John Ellis
Case Manager
Blount County Programs

Welcome New Employees


Royce Jacomen
Instructional Technology Specialist
Information Services


Travis Loveday
Dean of Students
Student Affairs


Kristy Conger
Director of Educational Technology Services
Information Services

Welcome new employees!


Beth Norton
Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs
Academic Services


Bowden “Adam” Atkins
Security Officer III
Safety and Security


Liahna Guy
Technical Clerk I
Business Services


Dwayne Johnson
Security Officer III
Safety & Security


Melanie Price
Information Processing Specialist I
Enrollment Services


Joel Southern
Publications Coordinator
Marketing & Communications

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.

Career Fair hosts 40 businesses on March 23

Be sure your students know that this semester’s career fair will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the College Center of the Hardin Valley Campus Wednesday, March 23. More than 40 local businesses will have representatives ready to meet students.

Students should bring their resume and dress professionally.

Participating businesses include: Advanced Labelworx Inc., Blackberry Farm, CAC AmeriCorps, Cellular Sales, City of Knoxville, DENSO Manufacturing, First Tennessee Bank, Jewelry Television, Kroger, M Force Staffing, ORNL Science Education Programs, Regions Bank, Smoky Mountain Paralegal Association, Tennessee Department of Revenue and Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance.

For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/placement/fairs.

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.