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College Catalog

Student Life and Recreation

The mission of Student Life and Recreation is to provide learning and personal development co-curricular activities and experiences in which students connect and engage with other students, faculty, staff and the community.

Students who participate in Student Life and Recreation activities will

  • Engage with others in constructive ways. 
  • Gain knowledge of diverse cultures and world views. 
  • Be aware of cultural and personal differences. 
  • Experience feelings of mattering and belonging.

Student Life and Recreation builds a strong campus community by sponsoring quality educational, leadership, social, recreational and wellness programs and events at all campuses. Student Life and Recreation provides students with experiences outside the classroom to enhance real-life skills so that they are better equipped to attain academic, career and personal goals.

Council of Student Advocates (COSA). Through advocacy and campus activities, COSA makes a difference by connecting our students, building relationships and developing trust among students, faculty and staff. COSA is an umbrella for the student leadership program on campus. These positions include the following:

  • Student Activities Board. SAB members work along with Student Life and Recreation to plan, organize, implement and evaluate activities on campus, offering the student body educational, social and cultural enrichment opportunities.
  • Student Ambassadors. Each year the College works with student leaders to represent Pellissippi State as public relations officials. These students give campus tours, greet incoming visitors and assist with various on and off campus activities. The Student Ambassador program is coordinated through Enrollment Services.
  • New Student Orientation (NSO) leaders. NSO leaders are an important part of orientation, leading campus tours and presenting informational sessions while showing new students an initial taste of Pellissippi campus life. New Student Orientation Leaders are coordinated through the Student Success Office.
  • COSA Liaison. One student is chosen each academic year to represent the interests of the student body and work closely in partnership with administration regarding decisions necessitating the student voice. In addition, COSA offers Pellissippi State students intellectual, social and cultural enrichment opportunities.

Student Leadership Development. Presented in various formats, leadership development workshops and other trainings are provided to student organization leaders and other interested students. Service-learning opportunities are also offered for community service projects within the region. Students who participate in student leadership opportunities and service will

  • Gain an understanding of themselves, their values, abilities, and interests and develop a personal philosophy of leadership.
  • Understand the importance of behaving consistently with their values, beliefs, strengths and limitations.
  • Learn skills for effective membership in groups, including controversy with civility, shared responsibility, respect for individual and group differences and collaboration.
  • See themselves as agents of change, and as citizens with responsibilities to their communities.
  • Develop a commitment to an activity or cause and invest energy in that activity or cause.
  • Gain an understanding of leadership as a process not a position.

Student organizations. Honor, academic and special interest organizations are organized through Student Life and Recreation. In order to be recognized and chartered by the College, each organization must have a constitution, a faculty advisor and a list of charter members and officers. For a list of active organizations, visit Room 146, Goins Building, on the Pellissippi Campus or consult the Student Life and Recreation Web site. A faculty or staff member acts as advisor to each student organization. The advisor facilitates the overall functioning of each student organization and is expected to attend meetings, update members on Pellissippi State policies and assist members as needed.

Each officially recognized student organization is expected to keep a record of meetings, expenditures and activities of the group and to submit an annual report to Student Life and Recreation as requested.

Any student or group of students interested in starting a new student organization should contact Student Life and Recreation to obtain a copy of the Procedures for Forming a New Student Organization.

Application for a special event. Special events or fundraising activities planned by student organizations require approval through Student Life and Recreation at least two weeks prior to the event.

Assemblies and meetings. Officially recognized student organizations may schedule campus facilities for regular meetings. Special assembly programs, fundraising activities or off-campus activities must be approved through Student Life and Recreation. All use of campus property and facilities is subject to TBR regulations.

Recreation and intramurals. A variety of recreational and intramural activities for Pellissippi State students are available throughout the year at no additional charge. The Student Recreation Center on the Pellissippi Campus has outdoor facilities that include a combination basketball/tennis court, a soccer field, a golf area, a sand volleyball court and a softball field. Three tennis courts and a combination volleyball/ basketball/ badminton court are available indoors. The Student Recreation Center also has a fitness room containing a variety of weight training and cardio equipment. The newest addition to the center offers a racquetball court and a dance/exercise/martial arts room.

Student publications. “Panther Pause” is a biweekly newsletter designed to let students know what’s happening on campus (events, services, deadlines). It offers tips for transition to college life, as well as bits of humor and conventional wisdom. “Panther Pause” can be found in campus restrooms, at study and social areas, and on the Student Life and Recreation Web site:

The Pellissippi Press, the official student newspaper of Pellissippi State, can be found online and is produced entirely by students. Students gain practical experience in writing, editing, layout and design, print shop composition, photography and other facets of newspaper production. The online newspaper is published to provide a free marketplace of ideas for the student body and is available at

Imaginary Gardens is the College’s literary magazine. It is a collection of creative writings, drawings and photographs by students published each spring. I-pause is Student Life and Recreation’s new video announcement produced by the Student Activities Board’s Video Production Technology students and powered by YouTube. Stay informed of College events, activities and announcements by watching i-pause on Student Life and Recreation’s myPellissippi Web page.

Bulletin boards. Bulletin boards for student use are located throughout the campus. Posted materials should be of campus interest to students, faculty, and staff and must be approved and dated by the Student Life and Recreation Office (Goins 146) on the Pellissippi Campus or in the main office at the Blount County, Division Street, and Magnolia Avenue sites. Items must be no larger than 11 x 17 inches and may be posted for a maximum of 15 school days.

Identification cards. Pellissippi State identification cards are issued and validated at the Library Circulation Desk at the Pellissippi Campus and at the ERC service desk at other campus locations. Distance education students and faculty living farther than 30 miles from Pellissippi State may request that an ID be mailed to their residence. Identification cards are issued to new students approximately one week after the final registration date. In subsequent semesters, the identification card will be revalidated once a student completes registration and fee payment.

Identification card replacement. The first student identification card is issued to new students at no charge. There is a replacement charge of $1 for lost or damaged cards. This fee is paid at the Cashier’s Office during regular business hours. Present the receipt at the Library Circulation Desk at the Pellissippi Campus or the ERC at satellite campus locations for issuance of a new ID card. The ID card may be requested in order to use library materials and other college resources. Call the Circulation Desk at (865) 694-6516 for further information.

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