Pellissippi State speaker addresses opioid epidemic

Pellissippi State Community College’s student psychology club will address the opiate epidemic in East Tennessee with speaker Neil Morgenstern, a drug prevention coordinator for Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas. The public is invited to hear the presentation on April 25 at 1 p.m. at the college’s Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike.

Morgenstern will show the film “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict” and then discuss its main themes. The Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI co-produced the film, which is a documentary chronicling the lives of several opiate addicts in their fight against their opiate addiction.

Morgenstern is a coordinator with HIDTA, an agency whose mission is to enhance and coordinate drug enforcement efforts of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies within high drug areas in Appalachia. He is a former DEA agent and is part of an area task force battling this epidemic. The task force is comprised of members from the Knoxville Police Department, the DEA, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Knox County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Knox County Prosecutor’s Office.

Pellissippi State’s Counseling Services and the Criminal Justice program are co-sponsors of the event. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State design students showcase work

Bagwell Center at Pellissippi State Community College
The Bagwell Center for Media and Art on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus

Students in Pellissippi State Community College’s Communication Graphics Technology concentration will present their final portfolios April 19, 4-8 p.m. in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The CGT Student Design Showcase is free and open to the public.

Students will exhibit examples of their best work, along with self-promotional items produced specifically for the Showcase. This is their final project before graduation in May, when they will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

In addition to the Showcase, the best work from design students during the 2017-18 academic year will be on display April 16-27 in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery. This Media Technologies Design Exhibit will feature a variety of visual communication solutions from students in the CGT and Design for Web and Print concentrations. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Showcase and the exhibit are part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual arts series that includes music and theatre performances, lectures and fine arts exhibits. For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State performs Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’

Pellissippi State Community College will produce “The Seagull” a classic play by Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov. Hailed as “one of the best dramas of modern theater,” “The Seagull” is a story about the interplay between love and art set in the Russian countryside at the end of the 19th century.

Performances are April 13-14 and 20-21 at 7:30 p.m. and April 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

General admission tickets are $12 and may be purchased at www.pstcc.edu/arts/theatre or at the box office prior to the performance.

“The Seagull” is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual community arts series of theatrical and musical performances, visual arts exhibits and lectures. For more information about the Arts series, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865.694.6400.

Pellissippi State, Board of Regents recognize Gene Haas Foundation

TBR and Pellissippi State's President Wise presenting Gene Haas foundation 2018 Regents Award for Excellence in Philanthropy
TBR Regent Danni Varlan presents Kathy Looman, Gene Haas Foundation executive director, with the 2018 Regents Award for Excellence in Philanthropy. Also pictured, (L-R) Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr., Michael Garner, president of Phillips Commercial, and TCAT-Memphis President Roland Rayner.

The Tennessee Board of Regents has presented the Gene Haas Foundation with the 2018 Regents Award for Excellence in Philanthropy for its contributions to higher education. Pellissippi State Community College and the Tennessee College for Applied Technology at Memphis each nominated the foundation for the award.

TBR, the governing body of the state’s community colleges and TCATs, bestows the award annually to those who make a significant impact on higher education in their communities. Danni Varlan, a TBR board member from Knoxville, presented the award to Kathy Looman, executive director of the Gene Haas Foundation, during a ceremony March 26 at Pellissippi State.

“I am inspired by what I have seen while working with the education system in Tennessee where industry and education, along with elected officials, are working together to create opportunities that improve the lives and future of the community,” said Looman.

Gene Haas is the owner and founder of Haas Automation, Inc., the largest machine tool builder in the western world. The company manufactures a complete line of computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools. Haas started the Gene Haas Foundation in 1999 to support manufacturing education. Since 2015, the foundation has contributed more than $1.3 million in scholarships and equipment to manufacturing education in Tennessee. Pellissippi State students majoring in the Engineering Technology Manufacturing Concentration are among those who have benefitted.

“Pellissippi State is grateful for the support the Gene Haas Foundation has given our Engineering Technology program and students over the years,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “They are worthy recipients of the Regents Award for Excellence in Philanthropy for their contributions here and across the state.”

Create Colorful Spring Eggs at Pellissippi State

pysansky eggs

Pellissippi State offers unique egg classes to decorate your home for spring. Learn the ancient batik dye process of creating pysanky, eggs dyed using a Ukrainian wax-resist method, in non-credit courses this spring.

Learn Pysanky: Ukrainian Egg Dyeing Workshop will be held from 5-9 p.m., Thursday, April 19. Cost is $49 plus a $15 materials fee. Design and wax an egg you’ll take home that evening.

Pysanky Jewelry: Designing Batik Eggshell Jewelry will be held from 6:15-8:15 p.m., Mondays, April 16-30. Cost is $65 plus a $65 materials fee. Using the same classic Ukrainian batik art, make earrings and matching pendant or brooch from goose eggshells.

For more information about lifelong learning and non-credit courses at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability for one of these classes, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State holds Adult Learner Open House

If you are an adult who is thinking about going to college, Pellissippi State Community College is holding an event April 21 just for you. At the college’s Adult Learner Open House, you’ll learn about Tennessee Reconnect, the last-dollar scholarship that covers tuition and fees for qualified adult students. You will also learn more about what Pellissippi State offers, including the academic programs and support services to help you get to graduation.

The open house will be held Saturday, April 21, 9 – 11:30 a.m., in the College Center in the Goins Administration Building on the Hardin Valley Campus. To register, go to www.pstcc.edu/reconnect or call 865.694.6400.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State holds presentation and discussion on U.S. national debt

Find out how the national debt affects us now and in the future during a presentation by economic educator Millicent Taylor. “Our Deficit, Our National Debt and the Consequences for all of Us” will be held April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Taylor, who earned her doctorate at the University of Tennessee, is currently an adjunct at Pellissippi State. She has worked as an international economist in Washington D.C. and has held faculty positions in the School of Business at Carson-Newman University and Colorado State University.

Taylor will talk about the U.S. budget and its differences from the U.S. national debt. She will also cover how the U.S. Treasury borrows money, the size of the debt and whom we owe, how the debt affects other government agencies and how a high national debt threatens our society, economy and government.

The presentation will deal with facts and commonly accepted financial and economic principles. Discussion will be limited to non-partisan topics.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865.694.6400. To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu

Pellissippi State hosts Board of Education candidate forum

The public is invited to attend a free forum featuring candidates to fill the 1st District seat on the Knox County Board of Education. The forum will be held March 22, 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Community Room on Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E Magnolia Ave.

Candidates Andre Canty, Dametraus Jaggers and Evetty Satterfield are scheduled to participate. Mark Mellinger, an anchor and reporter for WATE, will moderate the discussion. Audience members may ask the candidates questions, following forum rules.

The forum is sponsored by Pellissippi State, the League of Women Voters, the Alpha Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Knoxville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. and the Knoxville Area Urban League Young Professionals. The event is open to the public.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at one of these events, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Vendors needed for Pellissippi State’s Black Business Expo

Pellissippi State Community College is looking for vendors to participate in its April 7 Black Business Expo. All black-owned businesses, non-profits and creatives in the Knoxville area are invited to register. The event will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Avenue Ave.

The participation fee is $50 for a for-profit business, $25 for non-profits and $10 for a student-owned business. All proceeds benefit the college’s student Business Success Club.

Businesses can reserve a spot at www.pstcc.edu/bcs. The deadline to register is March 16. For more information, contact Jessica Dean at jndean1@pstcc.edu or 865-329-3135.

Pellissippi State holds Financial Literacy Fair

Do you have problems managing your money? Is “budgeting” just a lofty goal? Attend Pellissippi State Community College’s fourth annual Financial Literacy Fair and learn how to get your finances back on track.

The Muggles Guide to Money Management is the theme for this year’s event, which includes a fair at each of the college’s five campuses during March. The fairs are free and open to the public. They will provide resources to help you establish good money-saving habits, find ways to save money and be sustainable, and make the most of your money.

A Financial Literacy Fair will be held at the Division Street Campus on March 20, the Hardin Valley Campus on March 21, the Strawberry Plains Campus on March 22, the Blount County Campus on March 27 and the Magnolia Avenue Campus on March 28. All fairs are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., except the Hardin Valley Campus, which is 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Hardin Valley Campus fair will also offer several 25-minute mini-sessions for you to learn about financial literacy in more detail from a Regions Bank representative. Those are every half hour from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at 5 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium.

The college’s Financial Aid office and Student Life are sponsors of the Financial Literacy Fair. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/PSCCFinancialAid. To request accommodations for a disability at one of these events, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu