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.
Courtyard
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.

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

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.

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 dbowers2@pstcc.edu by Friday, March 18. For more information, contact Bowers or development coordinator Angela Pugh at acpugh@pstcc.edu.

Get your free tickets for Morgan Myles community concert

All faculty, staff and students are invited to get their free tickets for an upcoming community concert featuring country singer Morgan Myles. Tickets are available at locations on each campus. The concert begins at 7 p.m., March 18 in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus.

Pick up your tickets at these locations:

  • The main offices at the Blount County, Division Street, Magnolia Avenue and Strawberry Plains campuses
  • Marketing and Communications, Goins 264 on the Hardin Valley Campus
  • Community Outreach, Goins 207 on the Hardin Valley Campus
  • Student Life, Goins 141 on the Hardin Valley Campus

The concert will also feature a performance by Pellissippi State’s own Hardin Valley Thunder bluegrass ensemble, as well as testimonials from Pellissippi State students.

The concert is being presented by Pellissippi State in partnership with Country Music Television’s Empowering Education initiative. Empowering Education works with colleges to capture student success stories, support local recruitment and foster local economic development.

For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/concert or call Pat Myers at 865-539-7242.

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!

Author David Madden returns to speak on Appalachia

DavidMaddenFaculty and staff are invited to attend two presentations by author David Madden, when he speaks at the Hardin Valley Campus on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Madden will discuss Appalachian culture and literature and his new book, “The Tangled Web of the Civil War and Reconstruction.” The event is 2-2:55 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium. All faculty and staff are invited, and faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes.

The event will stream live at www.pstcc.edu/ets/livevideo.

Additionally, Madden addresses faculty members from 12:55-1:50 p.m. in McWherter 337. He will discuss Appalachia and ideas to develop curricula for the Common Academic Experience. This year’s Common Academic Experience revolves around the book “The United States of Appalachia” by Jeff Biggers.

Faculty interested in attending the breakout session should contact Ed Francisco, efrancisco@pstcc.edu, or Heather Schroeder, hlschroeder@pstcc.edu.

Madden, a native Knoxvillian, is the author of “Bijou,” “Sharpshooter: A Novel of the Civil War” and “The Suicide’s Wife,” for which he received a Pulitzer Prize nomination. He was on campus to speak when “Sharpshooter” was the Common Book pick a few years ago.

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.