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.

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.

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!

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.

Invite students to Share Our Area Resources fair

Invite your students to a resource fair on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Hardin Valley Campus.

The SOAR — or Share Our Area Resources — event is open to all students and takes place 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the College Center. The fair allows students to connect with on-campus resources like tutoring, advising, and counseling, as well as off-campus resources related to housing, transportation, and other essentials.

SOAR is sponsored through a partnership with Country Music Television’s Empowering Education Community College Initiative.

Students can learn more about the College’s TRiO Student Support Services, Access and Diversity, and UPEP (Universal Pathways to Employment Project) offerings. Information will be available about support specifically designed for veterans, nontraditional students, adult learners, single parents and students with disabilities.

As part of the Empowering Education Community College Initiative, CMT has partnered with a cohort of 15 community colleges in Appalachia to promote student success stories, support recruitment and promotional events, and foster local economic development.

Faculty, staff invited to Second Annual Employee Picnic

Pellissippi State hosts the Second Annual Employee Picnic 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Hardin Valley Campus. All faculty and staff, full- and part-time, and members of their households are invited to attend the free get-together.

A Doodle poll will be sent to employees via campus email to confirm attendance. RSVPs must be received no later than Friday, Oct. 9, so keep an eye out!

The Employee Picnic will feature entertainment, food, outdoor games and other activities, and door prizes for adults and children. Bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket. This year’s theme is “Pellissippi Round Up,” so plan to get decked out in Western-style duds.

“It’s an opportunity for all of us and our families to be together and have some fun,” said Carole Gary, director of Human Resources. “It’s also a way to say thank you to our employees and their commitment to the College’s mission.”

This is a family-friendly event, so please do not bring alcohol, drugs or tobacco products, weapons or pets.

For more information, contact Yolanda Roebuck at yroebuck@pstcc.edu.

Service-Learning hosts Civic Engagement Week

Thursday kicks off a week of celebrations across all five campuses for Civic Engagement Week. Civic Engagement Week 2015, which is celebrated on campuses around the country, launches a year of community service opportunities. The Pellissippi State activities are hosted by the Service-Learning program, and the theme is “Wellness and Sustainable Living in Appalachia.”

The College’s Civic Engagement Week connects with the book chosen for this academic year’s Common Academic Experience, Jeff Biggers’ “The United States of Appalachia.” The week focuses on encouraging East Tennesseans to take good care of themselves and of the environment.

Event locations, dates and times:

Hardin Valley Campus

  • Call2Service — 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Goins Building College Center and Courtyard. Community partners come to campus to share how students can volunteer throughout the year.
  • 9/11 Day of Remembrance — 9-10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in the Courtyard. The event features a short talk by John Ruppe, a veteran and Pellissippi State security supervisor. The rain location is the College Center.
  • “Boatlift” — 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 11, in the College Center. A screening of this 9/11 short film, narrated by Tom Hanks, will be shown.
  • “One Year Down the Drain: Turkey Creek” — 11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, in the Goins Building Auditorium. This event features Jason Scott, AmeriCorps project director, of the Knoxville Community Action Committee discussing an exclusive volunteer opportunity to clean waterways in Farragut and create found-objects artwork. Refreshments will be provided.
  • “The Gentle Barn: Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other, and the Planet” — 12:25-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, Goins Building Cafeteria Annex. Refreshments will be provided.
  • Lecture — 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, College Center
  • Constitution Day, “Freedom Isn’t Free: How Congress Really Works” — 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Auditorium. Professor Jake Hamric delivers this faculty lecture. Refreshments and pocket copies of the Constitution will be provided.

Division Street Campus

  • Sustainability Kiosk — 11 a.m.-1 p.m.Thursday, Sept. 10 and 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, front lobby
  • KAT “Smart Trips” — 8:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14, in the front lobby. KAT representatives will discuss “green” transportation options.
  • Call2Service — 8:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 in the Educational Resources Center
  • Constitution Day — free pocket Constitutions available all day Thursday, Sept. 17, front lobby

Magnolia Avenue Campus

  • Call2Service — 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, in rooms 100 and 109
  • “Community Health Care in Appalachian East Tennessee” — 9:40-10:35 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16. Featuring Rich Connelly and Larry A. Stanifer of Rural Medical Services, Inc., this event is a co-curricular activity of Civic Engagement Week and the Common Academic Experience. 

Strawberry Plains Campus

  • Voter Registration Drive — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, and noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Lobby

Contact the site directly to learn about Civic Engagement Week events being offered at the Blount County Campus.