Pellissippi Alerts: College’s text alert enrollment changing

How is Pellissippi Alerts changing?

Effective immediately, the process for enrolling for Pellissippi Alerts, the College’s text alert system, has changed. You will no longer be able to sign up through the Pellissippi Alerts link at the bottom of the College’s home page. Now all faculty, staff and current students will automatically receive emergency notices through their Pellissippi State email account. All faculty, staff and students will receive text alerts on their phones once they provide an up-to-date cell phone number through myPellissippi. Students will be asked to provide their cell number during the registration process; faculty and staff will be prompted to add a cell number when they log in to myPellissippi.

What kinds of messages will I receive?

You will only receive emergency notifications through this system. Those notifications will include weather alerts, College closings and incident alerts.

How does the enrollment process work?

Students enrolling in classes for fall 2015 will be prompted to enter their cell phone number when they register in myPellissippi. Faculty and staff must add their cell number to their personal information in myPellissippi.

For faculty and staff: After logging in to myPellissippi, click on the notice to register your cell phone number for emergency notifications. Under Personal Information, choose to “Add/Change Cell Phone Numbers,” and enter your cell number. Then, check the “Emergency contact” box to choose to receive emergency notifications. If your cell number already has been entered in myPellissippi, you will be automatically enrolled in the text alert system. Be sure to update your myPellissippi information if your cell number changes.

Once you have created an account for emergency notifications, you can access your personal information to make changes through the myPellissippi home page. (Your personal information is on the top right side of the screen.)

If I signed up to receive text alerts on Pellissippi State’s homepage, will I be automatically enrolled in the new system?

No. If you have previously signed up for text alerts at www.pstcc.edu/alerts, your registration will no longer be valid. You should log in to myPellissippi and be sure your cell phone number is listed — and current — as part of your personal information and that you have checked the “Emergency contact” box to receive emergency notifications.

Can members of the public opt in to receive text or email alerts?

No. The text and email alert system now will be open only to students and employees of Pellissippi State. However, emergency notifications will be posted on Pellissippi State’s social media accounts and on the home page at www.pstcc.edu. The community can continue to stay up to date on everything happening at Pellissippi State by visiting those outlets.

Can I opt out of receiving text alerts?

Yes. Faculty, staff and students have two ways to opt out of cell phone notifications:

  1. If you already have a cell phone number on record in myPellissippi, you can either remove the number or uncheck the “Emergency contacts” box.
  2. If you do not have a cell phone, you can check the “I do not have a cell phone” box.

Everyone with a Pellissippi State email will receive email alert notifications; email opt-outs will not be permitted.

How often will this list be updated?

The list is updated daily. Faculty, staff and students will continue to receive notifications automatically until they leave Pellissippi State, unless at any point they choose to opt out of the text messages.

Questions?

For more information or for help, contact the Helpdesk, helpdesk@pstcc.edu or 694-6537.

Support scholarships and more while shopping at Kroger

Now you have one more way to help the Pellissippi State Foundation in its work to provide support for student scholarships and emergency loans, facility improvements, and new equipment for the College.

If you shop at Kroger, you can take advantage of the community rewards program on your Kroger Plus card.

Start by registering to participate in the program at www.krogercommunityrewards.com, then register your Kroger card to donate:

  • With your Kroger Plus card handy, click “Sign In” or “Create an Account” if you do not already have an online Kroger account.
  • Once your account is set up or you are logged in, go to “My Account” and choose “Edit Kroger Community Rewards.”
  • Choose “Pellissippi State Foundation.”

It’s that simple! Kroger gives back to community organizations based on the number of members of the organization who register their cards and shop.

For more information on the many ways you can support the Foundation, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundationor call 694-6528.

Art faculty Jennifer Brickey displays at, curates downtown Knox exhibit

Jennifer Brickey, who teaches art at Pellissippi State, is showcased in a new exhibit entitled “MAP!” in downtown Knoxville Aug. 7-28. The exhibit is free.

Brickey also curates the exhibit, which is featured in the Balcony gallery of the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. The exhibit is presented by the Arts & Culture Alliance and features the works of Brickey, Nick DeFord, Marcia Goldenstein, and Tony Sobota. Sobota is a former Pellissippi State student.

“The map is place. Our sense of place: real, observed or imagined,” said Brickey.

Exhibit hours at the Emporium Center are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. A public reception is set for 5-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7.

Brickey grew up in Waterford, Mich., and Maryville. She earned a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and an M.F.A. in studio art (painting and drawing) from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

Growing up in the suburbs has continued to be a constant theme in her work. She uses drawing and painting as a vehicle for these explorations.

For more information about the exhibit, visit www.knoxalliance.com or read more here. For more about Brickey’s work, visit www.jenniferbrickey.com.

Legislative changes affect performance evaluation confidentiality

Tennessee legislators passed a number of bills this year that affect Pellissippi State, notable among them, that job performance evaluations of certain state employees will no longer be considered a public record, and thus will not be eligible for distribution under the Freedom of Information Act.

That statewide change applies to employees of public institutions of higher education.

“Job performance evaluations” is defined to mean performance evaluations completed by supervisors and self-evaluations, as well as communications concerning those evaluations and all scores, notes, memoranda, and other records relating to job performance evaluations. In the future, those records will be considered confidential.

The change doesn’t affect records that might be accessed by law enforcement or courts, but it does affect public access and public records requests.

Other legislative bills include new processes for situations that involve cyber hacks and sexual assault, changes to employee insurance and benefits, and

  • The addition of Veterans Day as a holiday.
  • The launch of the Community College Reconnect grant pilot program in the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • The approval of the Tennessee Veterans Education Transition Support Act.
  • The creation of the Go Build Tennessee program, promoting career opportunities in the construction trades.

To learn more about these and other legislative measures that affect higher ed in Tennessee, click here.