Don’t forget #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1

Your gifts help students like Kimberly.

Your gifts help students like Kimberly.

Students need you.

Don’t forget that on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Pellissippi State Foundation has scheduled a one-day blitz to raise funds for student scholarships. The Foundation hopes to raise $25,000 — and every donation, large or small, makes a difference.

Scholarship money makes college possible for many of Pellissippi State’s students. This year, 80 percent of Foundation scholarships went to students who were non-traditional or adult or otherwise ineligible for Tennessee Promise. Even with Tennessee Promise, college isn’t free for many of Pellissippi State’s students.

You can help support Giving Tuesday in a number of ways:

  • Consider donating on Dec. 1 at https://giving.pstcc.edu.
  • Help spread the word about #GivingTuesday on social media. Be sure to follow and retweet the Foundation on Twitter @psccfoundation.
  • Tell us why you give. Visit pstcc.edu/foundation and download an “Unselfie” sign. Fill it out with your reason to give, then post a selfie with your sign on social media. Be sure to tweet it to @psccfoundation, using the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #Unselfie.

One hundred percent of the money raised goes to Pellissippi State scholarships and other student aid, including the Greatest Need Fund, the Homeless Student Scholarship, the Veterans Support Fund, and the General Scholarship Fund.

Stay tuned to @psccfoundation on Twitter for more information!

 

Get ready for #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1

Gifts on #GivingTuesday help students like Apryl.

Gifts on #GivingTuesday help students like Apryl.

Help us spread the word!

On Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Pellissippi State Foundation will host a one-day blitz to raise funds for student scholarships. The Foundation hopes to raise $25,000 — and every donation, big or small, makes a difference.

One hundred percent of the money raised goes to Pellissippi State scholarships, including the Greatest Need Fund, the Homeless Student Scholarship, the Veterans Support Fund and the General Scholarship Fund.

You can help in a number of ways:

  • Consider donating on Dec. 1 at https://giving.pstcc.edu.
  • Help spread the word about #GivingTuesday on social media. Be sure to follow and retweet the Foundation on Twitter @psccfoundation.
  • Tell us why you give. Visit pstcc.edu/foundation and download an “Unselfie” sign. Fill it out with your reason to give, and post a selfie with your sign on social media. Be sure to tweet it to @psccfoundation and use the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #Unselfie.

Stay tuned to @psccfoundation on Twitter for more information!

Don’t miss TBR subcouncil meeting Friday

L. Anthony Wise Jr.
Pellissippi State President

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, I had the opportunity to travel to Tennessee Tech for a meeting between members of the leadership team at Pellissippi State and Chancellor John Morgan and his staff.  The chancellor’s office has organized such meetings between member colleges/universities and TBR staff for each of the last three years. There is an agenda, but it is primarily used to encourage conversations about key initiatives and issues from the perspective of the system and the College. Vice Chancellor David Gregory chaired the meeting. In addition to Chancellor Morgan and Vice Chancellor Gregory, board staff in attendance included Vice Chancellor Tristan Denley, Vice Chancellor Warren Nichols, Vice Chancellor Wendy Thompson, Associate Vice Chancellor Renee Stewart, Communications Director Monica Greppin-Watts, Chief Audit Executive Tammy Gourley Birchett, and Associate General Counsel Elizabeth Martin. The following individuals traveled with me and represented Pellissippi State: Vice President Rebecca Ashford, Associate Professor Denise Carr, Faculty Senate President Alex Fitzner, Vice President Ron Kesterson, Vice President Ted Lewis, Assistant Vice President Renee Moore, IEAP Executive Director Nancy Ramsey, and Vice President Audrey Williams.

The conversation began with a discussion of the system’s progress toward Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 goals. The TBR system will need to award 43,202 credentials in the 2024-2025 academic year in order for the state to have a reasonable chance of 55 percent of its citizens’ having obtained a postsecondary credential at that time. During the 2014-2015 academic year, TBR colleges and universities awarded 34,033 diplomas, certificates, and degrees. The system is still a significant distance from the target goal, but it has made good progress from the starting point of 27,482 credentials in 2008-2009.

If you look at the numbers from an institutional perspective, you’ll find that Pellissippi State awarded 670 associate’s degrees and three certificates in that benchmark year of 2008-2009.  The number of associate’s degrees we awarded that year represented 9.5 percent of the total number of associate’s degrees awarded in the system; the number of certificates represented .2 percent of the total number of certificates awarded in the system. For the 2014-2015 academic year, Pellissippi State awarded 1,366 associate’s degrees and 587 certificates. Those numbers represent 13.8 percent of the degrees and 16.7 percent of the certificates awarded in the system. We have managed to dramatically increase the number of graduates while maintaining our strong placement rate (95 percent) for career programs and seeing an increase in the transfer GPA of our university parallel students.

There was a brief discussion of the target of 2,350 degrees and certificates for Pellissippi State by 2025. The chancellor asked if we were capable of meeting this goal; I told him – given the work we have done and the quality of our faculty and staff – that I expected us to surpass that mark well before then. We also had an opportunity to discuss key initiatives in the areas of information services, academic affairs, and student affairs, as well as the possibility of an increase in adjunct faculty pay and the importance of additional space and full-time faculty and staff in fulfilling our mission.

I would like to share more about the institutional briefing when we host what amounts to our quarterly institutional briefing on Friday, Nov. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria Annex. Delegates from each of the TBR sub-councils will also be on hand to share their perspectives on their most recent meetings. I hope to see you there.

Be aware of 2015 holiday schedule

Summer has long since slipped away, and the fall and winter holidays are fast approaching. Here is the College’s holiday closing schedule for November:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 25 — Non-administrative closing day; employees who take this day off must use annual leave
  • Thursday, Nov. 26 — Thanksgiving Day; College closed
  • Friday, Nov. 27 — Administrative closing day
  • Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28-29 — College closed

And for December:

  • Monday, Dec. 21-Wednesday, Dec. 23 — Non-administrative closing days; employees who take these days off must use annual leave
  • Thursday, Dec. 24 — Administrative closing day
  • Friday, Dec. 25 — Christmas Day; College closed
  • Monday, Dec. 28-Thursday, Dec. 31 — Administrative closing days
  • Friday, Jan. 1 — New Year’s Day; College closed

Remember that if you choose to work on a non-administrative closing day (Nov. 25 and Dec. 21-23), you must notify your supervisor and vice president. For payroll purposes, you must sign in and out at the Safety and Security Office in the Goins Administration Building on the Hardin Valley Campus, or at the main office on the respective site campuses.

After the holidays, the College will reopen on Jan. 4.

Express your opinion on proposed mission statement

As part of the update to the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, the Strategic Planning Committee has worked to revise the College’s mission statement and to develop the features of the mission.

Please take time to review the proposed new mission statement and mission features (below), providing comments and suggestions to Nancy Ramsey, naramsey@pstcc.edu, by Nov. 13. The comments will be collected and reviewed by the Strategic Planning Committee on Nov. 17.

Mission Statement
Pellissippi State Community College: a transformative environment fostering the academic, societal, economic, and cultural enrichment of the individual and the community.

Features of Our Mission
To fulfill its mission, Pellissippi State offers students the opportunity to earn the following credentials:

  • Associate’s degrees and certificates that lead to employment in a variety of career fields
  • Associate’s degrees, courses, programs, pathways, and partnerships that prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate-level colleges and universities

Our mission is guided by our commitment to the following values:

  • Academic Integrity
  • Accessibility
  • Affordability
  • Community and Civic Engagement
  • Diversity
  • Sustainability

In support of these values, we offer the following programs and services:

  • Academic Support Services
  • Arts and Cultural Events
  • Early College Initiatives
  • Non-credit Classes
  • Service-Learning
  • Student Support Services
  • Study Abroad
  • Sustainable Campus Initiative
  • Technology-enhanced Course Delivery
  • Veterans’ Support and Programming
  • Workforce Development

Author David Madden returns to speak on Appalachia

DavidMaddenFaculty and staff are invited to attend two presentations by author David Madden, when he speaks at the Hardin Valley Campus on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Madden will discuss Appalachian culture and literature and his new book, “The Tangled Web of the Civil War and Reconstruction.” The event is 2-2:55 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium. All faculty and staff are invited, and faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes.

The event will stream live at www.pstcc.edu/ets/livevideo.

Additionally, Madden addresses faculty members from 12:55-1:50 p.m. in McWherter 337. He will discuss Appalachia and ideas to develop curricula for the Common Academic Experience. This year’s Common Academic Experience revolves around the book “The United States of Appalachia” by Jeff Biggers.

Faculty interested in attending the breakout session should contact Ed Francisco, efrancisco@pstcc.edu, or Heather Schroeder, hlschroeder@pstcc.edu.

Madden, a native Knoxvillian, is the author of “Bijou,” “Sharpshooter: A Novel of the Civil War” and “The Suicide’s Wife,” for which he received a Pulitzer Prize nomination. He was on campus to speak when “Sharpshooter” was the Common Book pick a few years ago.

Veterans Awareness Week activities happening Nov. 9-14 at all campuses

Honor the service of veterans during National Veterans Awareness Week, a weeklong series of events surrounding Veterans Day. Veterans Day is Nov. 11, Veterans Awareness Week is Nov. 9-15, and on-campus events are Nov. 9-14.

Activities are taking place on all five campuses:

Hardin Valley

  • 9, 10:30 a.m., Goins Building Auditorium — Veterans Resource Workshop: veteran-related organizations share information about resources and assistance to veterans.
  • 10, 11 a.m., Auditorium — WBIR anchor John Becker discusses his “Service and Sacrifice” series, which focuses on the stories of veterans.
  • 10, 11:30 a.m., Auditorium — Pellissippi State student Graham Watson recounts his experience hiking the Appalachian Trail with a group of veterans.
  • 11, 7:30-9 a.m., Goins Building Cafeteria Annex — Free breakfast for students, faculty and staff who are veterans.
  • 11, 10:50 a.m., Goins Building College Center — Free cake reception for students, faculty and staff who are veterans.
  • 12, noon, Auditorium — Presentation by Ed Hooper, documentary filmmaker.
  • 14, 10-noon, College Center — Women Veterans of America, Chapter 44, hosts an open house.

Blount County

  • 11, 10:35 a.m., First-Floor Lobby — Free cake reception for students, faculty and staff who are veterans.

Division Street

  • 11, 11 a.m., Student Lounge — Free cake reception for students, faculty and staff who are veterans.

Magnolia Avenue

  • 11, 9 a.m., Courtyard — Veterans Day ceremony to acknowledge our veterans.
  • 11, 11:55 a.m. — Grand opening of Veterans Gathering Place.
  • 11, noon-1:30, Community Room — Free luncheon for students, faculty and staff who are veterans.

Strawberry Plains

  • 9, 10 a.m., begins at campus entrance — Students are invited to plant an American flag along the campus driveway in honor of veterans.
  • 10, noon, Lobby — Pellissippi State alumnus and faculty member Terry Sisk delivers a presentation about the Revolutionary War. In collaboration with the Alumni Relations Office.
  • 11, 11:45 a.m., flagpole in front of Jenny and Randy Boyd Building — The Tennessee National Guard leads a special flag ceremony in honor of Veterans Day.

In addition, all five campuses will have special displays featuring art, thank-you cards and memorabilia honoring veterans throughout the week.