Student Affairs employees participate in annual Day of Service

Volunteers at Dream CenterPulling weeds, delivering and serving meals, sorting clothing, cleaning and painting — these are just a few of the tasks employees from the Student Affairs division completed over spring break as part of their annual Day of Service.

“It was a reset button,” said Becky Milam, director of New Student Orientation programs. Milam delivered meals to those in need through Mobile Meals.

“It makes you realize there are people in the community who are elderly or disabled who are unable to leave their home easily, who are living in meager circumstances,” Milam said. “This is often their only meal of the day, and you might be the only person they speak to that week.”

She recounted how meal recipients often wanted to speak to her about their past accomplishments and circumstances. Some said they wished they had pursued higher education in order to make themselves more financially prepared.

“They almost want you to understand that their lives were not always like this,” Milam said. “It was a reminder to me to be appreciative; any of us could be in that position.”

This is the second year that the Student Affairs division has spent a day in service to the community over spring break.

“It’s a good thing to do for those in need, it’s good for the college to be a good community partner and it’s good for team building within Student Affairs,” said Rebecca Ashford, vice president of Student Affairs. “But most importantly, it’s not just the organization or the person in need that gets help. Volunteer work changes the volunteer.”

Volunteers from Student Affairs worked at the following agencies: the Gentle Barn, CAC Beardsley Community Farm, the Center for Urban Agriculture at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, the Muse Knoxville, Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding, Sunshine Industries-Beta Home, Knoxville Dream Center, Mobile Meals, Knoxville Zoo and Mane Support.

Everyone invited to annual Student Scholarship Book Sale

All types of books—from fiction to non-fiction and children’s books to cookbooks—will be available at this year’s Student Scholarship Book Sale. The sale, which is held annually, will take place at all five campuses during March and April. Proceeds from the sale go directly toward student scholarships.

Bargain hunters may also find collectible magazines like National Geographic, as well as a nice selection of DVDs and CDs. Pellissippi State faculty, staff and students, as well as community members, contributed items for the sale.

Locations, dates and times:

  • Blount County Campus — March 28-29, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and March 30, 8 a.m.-noon, second floor main corridor
  • Division Street Campus — March 28-29, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and March 30, 8:30 a.m.-noon, room 118
  • Hardin Valley Campus — April 4-5, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and April 6, 8 a.m.-noon, College Center in the Goins Administration Building
  • Magnolia Avenue Campus — April 11-12, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., front lobby
  • Strawberry Plains Campus — April 18-19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., campus lobby

The Student Scholarship Book Sale is sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Faculty Senate.

Career Fair hosts 40 businesses on March 23

Be sure your students know that this semester’s career fair will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the College Center of the Hardin Valley Campus Wednesday, March 23. More than 40 local businesses will have representatives ready to meet students.

Students should bring their resume and dress professionally.

Participating businesses include: Advanced Labelworx Inc., Blackberry Farm, CAC AmeriCorps, Cellular Sales, City of Knoxville, DENSO Manufacturing, First Tennessee Bank, Jewelry Television, Kroger, M Force Staffing, ORNL Science Education Programs, Regions Bank, Smoky Mountain Paralegal Association, Tennessee Department of Revenue and Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance.

For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/placement/fairs.

We Are Family: Internal Giving Campaign includes two new funds

Tree SilhouetteThis year, donors to Pellissippi State’s Internal Giving Campaign have two brand-new funds to support as part of the college family.

The Pellissippi Pantry fund will support a five-campus food pantry that will provide nutritious packaged and fresh food to students in need. The pantry will be completely confidential for participating students. It will launch in summer 2016 in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee and Pellissippi State’s own community garden.

The Hardin Valley Campus Garden fund will support a community garden scheduled to open later this month. The garden will provide food for the Pellissippi Pantry and for the Hardin Valley Campus cafeteria, Service-Learning opportunities for students and a learning environment for sustainable agricultural practices.

The “We Are Family” internal giving campaign runs March 28-April 8 and supports more than 80 funds and scholarships that benefit students. For more information about any of the funds, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation/internalcampaign. One hundred percent of your tax-deductible donation supports Pellissippi State.

Employees have several options to give:

  • A one-time or recurring donation through check, cash or credit card at https://giving.pstcc.edu
  • An automatic deduction from payroll, either recurring or one-time
  • Participation in rewards programs through Amazon Smiles and Kroger by designating the Pellissippi State Foundation as the recipient of funds

As a thank you, everyone who donates during the internal giving campaign will receive limited edition “Proud to Give” lapel pins. Additionally, donors will be entered to win prizes from local entertainment venues and businesses.

We Are Family: Internal Giving Campaign launches March 28

Tree SilhouettePellissippi State has a culture of taking care of each other — just like family. That’s why this year’s internal giving campaign is themed “We Are Family.”

The fund drive runs March 28-April 8 and supports more than 80 funds and scholarships that benefit students. For more information about any of the funds, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation/internalcampaign. One hundred percent of your tax-deductible donation supports Pellissippi State.

Employees have several options to give:

  • One-time or recurring donation through check, cash or credit card at https://giving.pstcc.edu
  • Automatic deduction from payroll, either recurring or one-time
  • Participation in rewards programs through Amazon Smiles and Kroger by designating the Pellissippi State Foundation as the recipient of funds

As a thank you, everyone who donates during the internal giving campaign will receive limited edition “Proud to Give” lapel pins. Additionally, donors will be entered to win prizes from local entertainment venues and businesses.

Last year, employees gave more than $83,000 to support students, but the financial need of students is real and continual — especially as state funding formulas and federal financial aid availability changes. In many cases, it is college-based scholarships that keep Pellissippi State students in the classroom.

This year’s campaign chairs are Strawberry Plains dean Mike North, English instructor Heather Schroeder and administrative secretary Gypsy Harrill.

Students & employees invited to Women in STEM panel

Employees and students are invited to learn more about underrepresented women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields during a luncheon panel discussion Monday, March 21.

The Women in STEM panel discussion will be held 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the community room of the Magnolia Avenue Campus. A light lunch will be provided.

The panel will include Madhavi Martin, senior scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Anima Narania, chemical engineer at RVT Process Equipment; Lisa Seeto, senior user experience engineer at Scripps Networks Interactive; and Meiko Thompson, Garrett Morgan STEM Clearinghouse coordinator at the University of Tennessee. The panelists will discuss their careers and field questions from the audience.

The event is sponsored by the Magnolia Avenue Campus and the Alumni Relations Office. If you’d like to attend, contact Drema Bowers at dbowers2@pstcc.edu by Friday, March 18. For more information, contact Bowers or development coordinator Angela Pugh at acpugh@pstcc.edu.

3D print cart available to faculty & staff

LynnKlett

How would you use a 3D printer: would you create a teaching tool or a visual aid for your students?

Now, you have the opportunity to explore an emerging technology through a new mobile 3D printing cart available to faculty and staff.

The 3D printing cart was created by and is managed by Lynn Klett, instructor in Engineering and Media Technologies, using a Mobile Fellows grant. Mobile Fellows provides grants to faculty and staff members to use mobile and emerging technologies to encourage student success.

“The idea is that classes can borrow the cart to bring a new element of learning into the classroom, or that teachers could borrow the cart to create learning aids or educational models,” Klett said.
Recently, one of her own students used a 3D printer to create for her a mathematical model of three-dimensional space, so that students could visualize space inside x, y and z axes.

“That type of teaching tool is invaluable,” Klett says. “For someone who can’t imagine what that space looks like, or who’s trying to figure it out from looking at a two-dimensional drawing of an axis that’s not two-dimensional, this can make all the difference in understanding a concept or not.”

The portable cart comes equipped with a 3D printer called a “MakerBot” and with “3Doodlers,” or 3D-printing pens. The pens allow users to draw in three-dimensional space by producing a plastic polymer rather than ink.

“I can’t wait to see what art students can do with this technology when they can suddenly draw in three-dimensional space, or what Interior Design Technology students do when they can create 3D models rather than 2D renderings,” Klett says. “That’s what makes this technology so amazing: it’s how we use it in all types of educational environments.”

For more information about the 3D print cart, or to reserve its use, contact Klett at lbklett@pstcc.edu.