Wise receives Avid certification, joins ‘elite’ group


Paul Wise, an engineering laboratory technician in Engineering and Media Technologies, has achieved “Elite” status as an Avid Certified Support Representative.

Avid Technology Inc. specializes in audio and video production technology, especially editing, management, and distribution systems. The ACSR certification means Wise has completed more than 500 hours of training classes and exams in different Avid editing systems, including shared storage, production workflow, asset management, and Cloud-based collaboration.

“This certification allows me to be able to provide Pellissippi State and our students with cutting-edge technologies and the ability to introduce our students to enterprise-level workflows,” he says.

Wise is one of fewer than 100 active ACSR Elites around the world. But unlike most of them, who specialize in only one discipline, he is certified in Media Composer, the video side of ACSR, and Pro Tools, the audio side, as well as the workflow required to bridge both worlds.

Wise hopes the certification, plus new Avid software, will allow Pellissippi State to offer Cloud-based video and audio editing for instructors and, eventually, students.

Wise graduated from Pellissippi State in 1996 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Video Production Technology.

TBR Course Revitalization grants awarded to chemistry, math

This fall, the MATH 1010 Survey of Mathematics and CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I courses will get a boost toward improving student learning and success, thanks to funding from Tennessee Board of Regents Course Revitalization grants.

MATH 1010 will be offered in a corequisite model, in which students who need remediation study alongside those already achieving at grade level. These types of “embedded courses” were piloted at Pellissippi State last year.

The goal of embedded courses is for students to address deficiencies while making progress towards graduation by completing a required core course. In fall 2014, more than 1,300 students entered Pellissippi State with math deficiencies.

The math revitalization pilot will take place over the summer at the Blount County, Hardin Valley and Magnolia Avenue campuses, then be expanded to include all five campuses in the fall.

Beginning spring 2016, some CHEM 1110 courses will add a “recitation” section to the classroom time currently devoted only to lectures. The recitation section will allow students to complete practice exercises during class and will emphasize small group collaborations.

The chemistry revitalization pilot is set to take place at the Blount County and Division Street campuses.

Students present ‘mate poaching’ talk at psychology conference


Human “mate poaching” was the topic of a presentation by two Pellissippi State students at the Middle Tennessee Psychology Association in late April.

Deana Richards and Minnie Stombaugh, students in Greg Duthey’s General Psychology class, presented the lecture, at which they discussed the phenomenon of one person’s “poaching” another person who is already in a committed relationship.

“‘Poaching’ is the term used to describe hunting done out of season,” Richards said. “If you poach a mate, they’re not in season, because they’re already taken.”

In their presentation, Richards and Stombaugh discussed the gender implications of mate poaching. In male-dominated cultures in which women are discouraged from speaking out, there is a high incidence of men who mate poach, they said. Richards suggests that the phenomenon is quite common in the United States.

“It happens to a lot of people, even if we don’t use the term ‘mate poaching,’” Richards said. “You know, you’ll hear ‘He stole my girlfriend’ or ‘She stole my boyfriend.’ It statistically seems to be common in North America.”

Presenting at the MTPA conference was a new experience for both Richards and Stombaugh.

“It was very nerve-wracking,” Richards said. “I think I made myself more anxious than I need to be. But everyone was very supportive and intrigued.”

“Although I have much experience speaking before large groups, I still get nervous,” Stombaugh said. “I’ve learned the more prepared I am, the less stressful it seems.”

“I’m so proud of them,” said Duthey, an adjunct faculty member. “It was like seeing your kids succeed.”

Several other students from his classes also attended the conference: Jan Conley, Sarah Hagy, Paul Jenkins, Hannah Keech, Tobias Vowell and Natalie Williams.

New Alumni Association kicked off with luncheon


The College launched a brand-new Alumni Association with a kickoff luncheon April 30 at the Hardin Valley Campus.

The luncheon was attended by 80 alumni, including two from the first graduating class in 1976. A highlight of the event was recognition of Trevis Gardner, vice president of operations for the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority, with Pellissippi State’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni award.

“Pellissippi State is the place it is today because of our students, graduates and alumni,” Anthony Wise, Pellissippi State president, told the group. “We hope the College was instrumental to your success, as each and every one of our students and alumni have been instrumental to our success. Our alumni do amazing things in this community, and we’re very proud of them.”

“We were pleased to welcome so many alumni for this luncheon,” said Angela Pugh, development coordinator and an alumni contact, “as we roll out new benefits to alumni, in addition to alumni access to services like career placement or to our Student Recreation Center or library.”

To learn more about alumni benefits and ways alumni can get involved, visit www.pstcc.edu/alumni or call Angela Pugh at 539.7275.