Give Big. Give Tuesday.

Change a student’s life forever.

Give to Pellissippi State Community College today at https://giving.pstcc.edu.

Help us reach our $10,000 goal for Giving Tuesday! One hundred percent of your donations to the Pellissippi State Foundation go straight to student scholarships.

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“I will not take one moment or gift for granted,” says Ashley Albritton, a scholarship recipient. “These scholarships serve as a constant reminder that someone believes in me! I’ve been encouraged to study longer, try hard and reach further.

“I’ll do my best every moment of every day. With every success, each one of you will be with me and you’ll be part of the change for the better in this world.”

Scholarship money can make all the difference to a student looking to go to college. Many Pellissippi State students don’t qualify for federal loans, grants or even the new Tennessee Promise funding. In fact, of the student scholarship recipients last year, 86 percent wouldn’t have qualified for Tennessee Promise.

Tomorrow, help spread the word about Giving Tuesday by following us on Twitter, @psccfoundation, #GivingTuesday. We want to hear from you—tell us why you give to student scholarships.

Give Big. Give Tuesday.

Mother and daughter next to each other, holding a sign that says Your gift helps me be an example to my daughter and my future students!!

Giving Tuesday is quickly approaching!

Take time now to find the Pellissippi State Foundation on Twitter @psccfoundation and be ready to follow us for live updates Tuesday, Dec. 2.

On Giving Tuesday—the Tuesday after Thanksgiving—the Pellissippi State Foundation will accept donations to help raise funds for student scholarships. Consider giving and help us spread the word to others about the unique opportunity of Giving Tuesday.

The Foundation hopes to raise $10,000 on Dec. 2. One hundred percent of donations go straight to student scholarships. Give online at https://giving.pstcc.edu or through www.pstcc.edu/foundation.

Many Pellissippi State students may not qualify for federal loans, grants or even the new Tennessee Promise funding. In fact, 86 percent of Pellissippi State Foundation scholarship recipients last year wouldn’t have qualified for Tennessee Promise if it had been in effect.

Scholarship money can mean the difference in going to school and not going for a student wanting to pursue a higher education.

For more information or to help us promote Giving Tuesday, follow us on Twitter @psccfoundation. Spread the word by using the hashtag #GivingTuesday, and tell us why you give to student scholarships.

Give Big. Give Tuesday.

Graphic that says we make a living by what we get. we make a life by what we give. winston churchill. giving tuesday december 2, 2014.

Get in the holiday giving spirit!

Consider donating Tuesday, Dec. 2—the Tuesday after Thanksgiving—to the Pellissippi State Foundation to help raise funds for student scholarships, and spread the word to others about the unique opportunity of Giving Tuesday.

Dec. 2, Giving Tuesday, is the international day of giving. This year, you can give to help students achieve their higher education dreams at Pellissippi State. One hundred percent of donations go straight to Foundation scholarships.

The Pellissippi State Foundation hopes to raise $10,000 on Dec. 2.

Give online at https://giving.pstcc.edu or through www.pstcc.edu/foundation.

Many Pellissippi State students may not qualify for federal loans, grants or even the new Tennessee Promise funding. In fact, 86 percent of Pellissippi State Foundation scholarship recipients last year wouldn’t have qualified for Tennessee Promise if it had been in effect.

Scholarship money can mean the difference in going to school and not going for a student wanting to pursue a higher education.

For more information or to help us promote Giving Tuesday, follow us on Twitter, @psccfoundation. Spread the word by using the hashtag #GivingTuesday, and tell us why you give to student scholarships.

IT employees Torrence, Hyman presented certificates of appreciation

group of 3 standing in a line with 2 holding framed certificates

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.

CGT’s David Gilbert recognized for neighborhood project

David Gilbert

David Gilbert, right, stands with the new Lake Forest monument along with Buddy Mulkey, owner of Island Home Granite Signs & Monuments, who completed the engraving.

David Gilbert, Communication Graphics Technology program coordinator, was recognized in the local media recently for his contributions to a neighborhood beautification project in the Lake Forest subdivision.

Gilbert, a graphic designer and Lake Forest resident, created a new logo for the neighborhood that was then engraved on a five-ton, nine-foot block of Tennessee pink marble. The stone was used formerly at Ijams Nature Center and was donated to Lake Forest.

The beautification project was initiated in part because Lake Forest is participating in the 2015 Dogwood Arts Festival’s featured trail: the Chapman Highway Dogwood Trail.

“The idea of engraved marble immediately forced me to consider an approach to produce something that was not only reflective of the character and heritage of the community, but that could also stand the test of time,” Gilbert said. “The probability that the sign would have a lifespan much longer than any design project that I had ever encountered may have weighed a bit heavier than I would like to readily admit.

“The last thing that I want for a piece such as this is to be dated or look ‘so 2014.’ I hope that I have produced a design that has a timeless quality and will serve the community for many years to come.”

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.

Magnolia Avenue Campus hosts nontraditional-student events

Pellissippi State supports nontraditional students with services that include alternative scheduling, cohort programs, tutoring, workforce development and career placement. The College even offers nontraditional students credit for military and work experience through what’s called “prior learning assessment,” or PLA.

The Magnolia Avenue Campus is focusing on this population during its Nontraditional Student Week, Nov. 3-7. Events include the following:

  • “Eating Healthy With Less” by Julie Bledsoe, certified nutrition educator, 1-3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in Room 125
  • Massages by Laselva Med Spa and Massage Envy, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the fitness center
  • “Dispelling Myths: Family Law” by James T. Karney, executive director of the Family Relationship Center of East Tennessee, 11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Room 130
  • Luncheon with games and music, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in Room 130
  • “Holiday Budgeting” by Chris Parrott, vice president/marketing manager of Regions Financial Corp., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in Room 130