Defibrillators installed at each campus

Automated external defibrillators are now available on each campus in the event of an emergency. A defibrillator delivers a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the heart to help correct a cardiac dysrhythmia. Dysrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm and, in certain instances, can be life threatening.

The defibrillators have been placed on all site campuses except Magnolia Avenue near the main offices or near first-floor common areas. The defibrillator at Magnolia Avenue is currently located in Safety and Security, and it will be installed in a cabinet once campus renovations are completed.

At Hardin Valley, look for defibrillators in these first-floor areas:

  • Goins Building, Safety and Security
  • Alexander Building, in the hallway near Room 121
  • McWherter Building, in the hallway near the entrance to rooms 101-115
  • Bagwell Building, near the south stairwell
  • Student Recreation Center, behind the front desk
  • Educational Resources Center, near the Reference desk
  • Facilities, in the hallway near the maintenance shops

The defibrillators at Pellissippi State are programmed to guide users through the proper steps once the equipment is turned on. Defibrillators should only be used in an emergency. Don’t open the case doors to inspect the equipment, because an alarm will sound.

In the event of an emergency, it’s still best to call 911 first, then notify campus Security for assistance.

Mentorships available with Tennessee Promise

As Pellissippi State prepares for the influx of Tennessee Promise students in fall 2015, consider becoming a mentor to help them meet their potential.

To meet the Tennessee Promise student demand, 6,000 mentors across the state need to be prepared and trained. Mentors will communicate with students every two weeks via email, phone or text to help them transition from high school to college.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the life of a student,” said Anthony Wise, Pellissippi State president. “Mentors will serve as encouragers and resources to primarily first-generation college students.”

All mentors need to be registered in the next six weeks. Mentors can choose their preferred high school. They must complete a one-hour training session and two additional one-hour meetings. Anyone who has mentored with tnAchieves and wishes to continue working with students will need to reapply.

An online application is available at

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.

Blount County Campus hosts career fair

Be sure to tell your students: dozens of local companies will be ready to talk to job seekers at a career fair at the Blount County Campus Wednesday, Oct. 1.

The career fair is open to the community and takes place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the William “Keith” McCord Lobby.

Participating companies include the Boys and Girls Club, Clayton Homes/Vanderbilt Mortgage, Cellular Sales Contact Center, Comfort Keepers, DENSO, Express Employment Professionals, the FBI, Harrison Construction, H&R Block, K12 Call Center, Modis, Resource Accounting, and US Foods, among others. Most of the companies are located in Blount and Knox counties.

“The Placement Office and the Blount County Campus host this event for Pellissippi State students—as well as members of the community— to speak with local professionals in specific careers,” said Holly Burkett, campus dean.

“Our career fair allows easier access to ask questions about each company and its hiring process, available job openings, and future career opportunities. We encourage our students to begin thinking about what can be possible after graduation.”

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.

KAT discount pass available to Pellissippi State students

Pellissippi State students can now travel around Knoxville at a discount.

Knoxville Area Transit is offering current Pellissippi State students a Higher Learning Semester Pass, which allows students to get to and from school. The passes cost $130 and are good for 130 days from first use.

Students are required to pay out of pocket for the bus pass, and they must show a student ID to both buy and use the pass.

The pass will allow students unlimited rides on any of KAT’s routes, including routes 13 and 31, which stop at the Division Street and Magnolia Avenue campuses, respectively, as well as on the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee van that stops at the Hardin Valley Campus twice a day.

Students can purchase a Higher Learning Pass at the Cashier’s Office at the Hardin Valley, Division Street and Magnolia Avenue campuses. Students at Blount County and Strawberry Plains also can purchase passes, and they will be sent from Hardin Valley.

For more information, call the Cashier’s Office at your campus, or visit

Register to vote at any campus

Register to vote next week at Pellissippi State, during National Voter Registration Day.

National Voter Registration Day is the largest one-day effort of the year to register voters. Pellissippi State will have a four-day drive, Monday-Thursday, Sept. 22-25, at all five campuses. Lisa Bogaty, associate professor of Business and Computer Technology, is leading the drive to register students and employees—both new voters and voters who might have moved since last election day.

Locations and times for the drive:

  • Blount County, downstairs Lobby, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
  • Division Street, center stairs, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
  • Hardin Valley, Courtyard, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Rain locations will be the main stairwells in each building.
  • Magnolia Avenue, Lobby, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
  • Strawberry Plains, Lobby, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday

For more information about National Voter Registration Day, email Bogaty at

You’re reading an award-winning publication!


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.”