Wise receives Avid certification, joins ‘elite’ group


Paul Wise, an engineering laboratory technician in Engineering and Media Technologies, has achieved “Elite” status as an Avid Certified Support Representative.

Avid Technology Inc. specializes in audio and video production technology, especially editing, management, and distribution systems. The ACSR certification means Wise has completed more than 500 hours of training classes and exams in different Avid editing systems, including shared storage, production workflow, asset management, and Cloud-based collaboration.

“This certification allows me to be able to provide Pellissippi State and our students with cutting-edge technologies and the ability to introduce our students to enterprise-level workflows,” he says.

Wise is one of fewer than 100 active ACSR Elites around the world. But unlike most of them, who specialize in only one discipline, he is certified in Media Composer, the video side of ACSR, and Pro Tools, the audio side, as well as the workflow required to bridge both worlds.

Wise hopes the certification, plus new Avid software, will allow Pellissippi State to offer Cloud-based video and audio editing for instructors and, eventually, students.

Wise graduated from Pellissippi State in 1996 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Video Production Technology.

Employees recognized for accomplishments, longevity

Faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the College’s 40th anniversary at the annual Employee Awards presentation at noon Thursday, April 16. A boxed lunch will be served after the event.

The event recognizes outstanding adjunct and full-time faculty members, administrators, contract workers, and support professional and technical/service/maintenance employees. Employees will be recognized with certificates for their years of service, in five-year increments. Employees retiring in 2014-2015 will receive special acknowledgment.

New this year, the event will name the winners of the Nina Walker McPherson Outstanding Service Award and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award.

Additionally, faculty and staff will be recognized for achievement with the Excellence in Teaching, Innovations, and Gene Joyce Visionary awards.

The event is organized by the Employee Recognition Committee and funded by the Pellissippi State Foundation.

Student essays published on NPR’s ‘This I Believe’ site

The suffering of a lifelong stutterer. The implications of a car accident. The travails of middle school politics.

These are just some of the situations, along with lessons learned, discussed by six Pellissippi State students and alumni whose English 1010 essays recently were accepted and published on NPR’s “This I Believe,” at www.thisibelieve.org.

The six—Madison Allen, Gary Brown, Ivann Garcia, Amy Kidwell, Rebecca Randolph and Noelle Thomas—were all students here when they submitted the essay last school year.

“I am so proud of all of our students for this accomplishment,” said Anne Pharr, assistant professor of English, “not just because of the hard work it represents but also because of the message that’s communicated in each of their essays.”

The essays were written to reflect moments each student faced failure, and what each one learned from that. This I Believe is an international organization that engages people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values of their lives.

“Having their writing published by such a well-known and respected site is quite remarkable,” Pharr said.

Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State recognized for architecture

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Remodeling of the Strawberry Plains Campus’ Randy and Jenny Boyd Building to accommodate the new Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State has earned Community Tectonics Architects an award at the Tennessee School Board Association’s annual convention. The Academy began offering classes this semester.

Community Tectonics was a winner in three divisions of the School of the Year Awards, including second place in the Remodeling/Renovation Division—the award the firm earned for work on the Career Magnet Academy.

The Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State is the result of a groundbreaking partnership with Knox County Schools. The high school gives students an opportunity to pursue an education in four career/technical areas, or “clusters”: advanced manufacturing, sustainable living, homeland security and teacher preparation.

IT employees Torrence, Hyman presented certificates of appreciation

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Lynn Hyman, computer systems analyst, and Chris Torrence, senior computer technician, recently received certificates of appreciation for their work moving the College’s Banner and myPellissippi systems to new servers in Smyrna.

The transfer to the state’s data center, the Office of Information Resources, means lower costs, shared resources and better disaster recovery. However, faculty, staff and students shouldn’t see any change in service.

“I can’t overemphasize the great job that Lynn and Chris have done,” said Jerry Bryan, vice president of Information Services. “This was a large and very difficult project not only technically but in how many people and moving parts were involved.”

The move from servers on campus to servers at the OIR took about 18 months.

“There were so many moving parts to this project to try to maintain access to Banner and myPellissippi for faculty, staff, and students,” said Linda Peterson, director of Network and Technical Services. “Getting all of this to work on new servers was a huge project.”

Hyman has worked at Pellissippi State since 2000, and Torrence has been employed twice, from June 1993 to December 2012 and again since August 2013.

Donn King earns Toastmasters recognition for service, leadership

Donn KingDonn King, associate professor of Liberal Arts, was recognized recently for outstanding service and exceptional leadership by Toastmasters International, District 63 Leadership.

King was named Division Governor of the Year for his service as governor of Division B in District 63 in 2013-2014. The district covers East and Middle Tennessee and parts of Virginia and Kentucky.

“I was so honored,” King said. “I got choked up.”

King was recognized for his dedication during a personally trying year.

“Donn faced extreme personal challenges prior to serving the district as Division B governor, including having a disabled spouse and daughter. Yet he graciously accepted the challenge and agreed to serve,” said Becky Begarly, District 63 governor, at the awards ceremony in October.

“Mid-year, Donn’s daughter’s condition deteriorated, resulting in her admission to a critical care unit and an extended hospitalization. With his personal challenges and family crisis, Donn’s ability to focus and complete his duties became a struggle, but he refused to simply quit, choosing instead to prevail. Donn finished his term gracefully and, as always, with a smile and a pleasant demeanor.”

Also at the District 63 fall conference, King won third place in a humorous speech competition for a speech about lessons learned from his students. King has taught at Pellissippi State for 24 years.

Toastmasters is an international volunteer organization dedicated to teaching leadership and communication skills through speeches and club management. There are about a dozen Toastmasters organizations in the Knoxville metropolitan area.

Professor Roger Crowe recognized by Knox County Mayor

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Roger Crowe, associate professor in Business and Computer Technology, celebrated his 80th birthday last week, an event commemorated by Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, who declared Sept. 18, 2014 to be “Roger Crowe 80th Birthday.”

Crowe has taught at Pellissippi State for more than 30 years.

“His influence continues to influence students longer after they graduate, influencing their careers in ways that positively impact both them and our community,” Burchett said.

Marketing and Communications garners public relations honors

Marketing and Communications brought home three honors from the recent 39th Annual V Awards ceremony, hosted by the Volunteer Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

For the 2013 College at a Glance brochure and the 2013 Backstage Pass video, Marketing and Communications received two Award of Quality honors. Additionally, the 2013 The Arts at Pellissippi State booklet earned an Award of Merit.

The goal of both publications was to advertise the College’s many services and opportunities in a memorable piece, says Mark Friebus, creative project coordinator and designer of the arts series booklet and College at a Glance.

“College at a Glance is specifically used by staff who visit surrounding high schools and who needed one all-inclusive, portable piece for prospective students to carry with them,’ he said. “The feedback on this piece has been overwhelmingly positive, with several reorders of the publication in a short time.”

The Arts at Pellissippi State booklet, which also recently won a Tennessee College Public Relations Association award, conveys information on upcoming arts-related events in a design that is, itself, artistically beautiful.

The Backstage Pass video was created as a digital invitation to a fundraising event for The Arts at Pellissippi State. It’s viewable on Pellissippi State’s YouTube channel.

“In order to convey the feeling that the viewer actually is stepping ‘backstage’ at an arts event,” said Jessie Tipton, visual media coordinator and creator of the video, “the video was filmed in a single take.”

With a membership of more than 21,000 public relations and communications professionals, the Public Relations Society of America is the world’s largest organization of PR professionals.

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The Marketing and Communications Office recently brought home top honors in two categories of the 2014 Tennessee College Public Relations Association Communications Awards competition.

Winning a gold in the Brochure/Flier category was the 2013 booklet for The Arts at Pellissippi State. “Inside Pellissippi” won a silver in Electronic Newsletter.

“The Arts at Pellissippi State booklet relies heavily on event photography, which makes it attractive and lively,” said Mark Friebus, creative project coordinator and designer of the publication. “The piece itself was designed to be artistic so it would showcase the creativity and talent in the arts events.”

Erin Simpson, coordinator of Web authoring services, said this about the electronic newsletter she designs: “‘Inside Pellissippi’ provides readers a one-stop communications source for internal news at Pellissippi State. The design is simple, and the publication is designed to be easy to read and quick to navigate, while still featuring fun and interactive multimedia.”