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.

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

Ellis_LeJohn

Le’John Ellis
Case Manager
Blount County Programs

Welcome New Faculty Members

Kevin Akard

Kevin Akard

Oakley Atterson

Oakley Atterson

Caroline Covington

Caroline Covington

Dwyna Dean

Dwyna Dean

Lisa Fall

Lisa Fall

Tracey Farr

Tracey Farr

Carolyn Fellhoelter

Carolyn Fellhoelter

Coni Herinkova

Coni Herinkova

Meagan Langford Humphreys

Meagan Langford Humphreys

Olga Malkina

Olga Malkina

Shaquille Marsh

Shaquille Marsh

Sheila von Mayer

Sheila von Mayer

Ronda McCown

Ronda McCown

Brigette McCray

Brigette McCray

Damon Murrah

Damon Murrah

Charles Nelson

Charles Nelson

Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson

Kate O'Meara

Kate O’Meara

Elizabeth Pettit

Elizabeth Pettit

Kara Raymond

Kara Raymond

Holly Sayne

Holly Sayne

Adam Streich

Adam Streich

Doug Thompson

Doug Thompson

Terri Whisenhunt

Terri Whisenhunt

Lane Whiteside

Lane Whiteside

Karen Wright

Karen Wright

Brooks Ziegler

Brooks Ziegler

Welcome new employees!

BethNorton

Beth Norton
Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs
Academic Services

AdamAtkins

Bowden “Adam” Atkins
Security Officer III
Safety and Security

LiahnaGuy

Liahna Guy
Technical Clerk I
Business Services

DwayneJohnson

Dwayne Johnson
Security Officer III
Safety & Security

MelaniePrice

Melanie Price
Information Processing Specialist I
Enrollment Services

JoelSouthern

Joel Southern
Publications Coordinator
Marketing & Communications

Magnolia Avenue, Strawberry Plains, TnCIS earn grants

Two of Pellissippi State’s campuses have earned grants to increase student engagement and recruitment, while TnCIS has earned a grant intended for professional development of faculty and staff.

  • The Strawberry Plains Campus and the Business and Community Services division received a $9,680 grant from the Consolidated Nuclear Security Y-12 Community Investment Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation. The grant will be matched by Pellissippi State to fund a four-week summer camp at the Strawberry Plains Campus for 60 rising sixth-graders. The summer camp’s curriculum will include four focus areas: electronics, robotics, internet security and 3D printing.
  • The Magnolia Avenue Campus received a $24,708 grant from a Tennessee Board of Regents’ Student Engagement, Retention and Success Grant for its Acquiring Skills, Achieving Purpose program, which seeks to increase engagement and retention among African American male students. The Magnolia Avenue Campus received a similar grant last year to pilot the program, which resulted in improved academic progress and retention for its participants. ASAP offers advising, tutoring and success workshops, as well as other forms of support, to African American male students.
  • TnCIS received a $25,000 grant from a Tennessee Board of Regents’ Student Engagement, Retention and Success Grant for its High Impact Practices Professional Development program. TnCIS also received the same grant last year for this program’s pilot, which rolled out professional development training to faculty and administrators in study abroad and international service-learning. The grant this year will fund a training trip to South Africa, where participants will learn how TnCIS implements international service-learning into its study abroad trips.

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.