Make a ‘Pellissippi Promise’ and support student scholarships

What’s your “Pellissippi Promise”?

During the College’s “Pellissippi Promise” internal fundraising campaign, February 23-March 6, Pellissippi State employees are invited to make their own promise and donate to student scholarships, awards, department funds or other campus resources.

“My Pellissippi Promise is to carry on with the College mission and give where needed,” says Mike North, Strawberry Plains Campus dean. “When someone remembers you as part of Pellissippi State and how they were helped by what we do, that reminds me of why I donate to fund student scholarships. That’s very rewarding and has a lot to do with why I give.”

The Pellissippi Promise internal campaign features a special presentation from Buzz Thomas of Great Schools Partnership on Monday, March 2. Thomas speaks noon-1 in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus. The event also streams live at

Pellissippi State employees who complete a pledge form for Pellissippi Promise are eligible to win one of 40 prizes from such donors as Home Depot, Knoxville Ice Bears, AAA of East Tennessee, New Balance of Knoxville, The Titanic Museum and many more.

Last year, Pellissippi State employees donated almost $60,000 to the internal campaign. This year’s campaign chairs are Karen Ghezawi, Pat Riddle and Rosalyn Tillman.

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See ‘Walk, Don’t Ride’ at Magnolia Avenue Campus

walkThe Magnolia Avenue Campus hosts a presentation of the play “Walk, Don’t Ride,” featuring The WordPlayers, 9:40-11:40 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17.

The performance is part of the College’s celebration of February’s Black History Month. The event is free and open to the public.

“Walk, Don’t Ride,” by Peter Manos, is a dramatic and song-filled play depicting events during the Civil Rights Movement, including the Montgomery bus boycott in Alabama, the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins and the Greyhound/Trailways bus freedom rides.

Healthy Pelli open to all at Magnolia Avenue Campus

Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus hosts its annual Healthy Pelli Campus Health Fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11.

Healthy Pelli is open to all students, faculty and staff.

The event includes free blood pressure screenings, HIV and STD testing, A1C blood tests for diabetes, and body mass index assessments. Flu shots will be available.

Also on hand at the fair: information about health issues, health-care providers, insurers and other health-related topics. Event attendees can even get free reflexology massages.

For more info, contact the Magnolia Avenue Campus at 329-3100.

Sustainable lighting made Presidential video possible


Pellissippi State’s Sustainable Campus Initiative made an unexpected difference when President Barack Obama visited campus in early January.

The energy-efficient LED stage lighting in the Clayton Performing Arts Center saved the day when it came to lighting the stage, and streaming video online, for an internationally-televised Presidential address. The Sustainable Campus Initiative paid for the installation of the LED lighting in 2013.

“A Presidential visit requires the stage lighting be set at a certain degree, both for appearance and for security. Because of that requirement, we couldn’t use the catwalk lighting. Instead, we had to light the stage from the balcony,” said J. Brent Morrison, theatre manager.

“With conventional stage lighting, we couldn’t have supplied enough electricity to the balcony to power all the necessary equipment. But because our intelligent LED fixtures use less than 200 watts, we were able to reliably light the stage with a dozen fixtures.”

Morrison added that, importantly, the LED fixtures left enough power available for the White House’s video streaming equipment.

“The White House staff was greatly impressed by what the Clayton Performing Arts Center could do,” he added. “If we didn’t have the LED fixtures, our alternative would have been to hire an outside vendor to supply lighting with additional power sources. It was a point of pride for us to be able to meet all of this event’s needs in-house.”

The Sustainable Campus Initiative engages students, faculty and staff to boost environmental awareness through recycling programs, community partnerships and other strategies to create energy-efficient campuses.