Knoxville author Bob Booker to headline Pellissippi State’s lectures on 1919, the ‘Year of Fear’

Bob Booker, author
Knoxville author Bob Booker will discuss the Knoxville Race Riot of 1919 at Pellissippi State next week.

It’s been 100 years since the “Year of Fear,” when race riots, stock market crashes and flu pandemics swept the country.

Pellissippi State Community College’s Liberal Arts Department will help mark the occasion with a series of short lectures and discussions on these and other notable 1919 events next week.

Bob Booker, former executive director of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center and an authoritative author on Knoxville’s black history, will provide the keynote address on the Knoxville Race Riot of 1919. His presentation will be held 11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, on Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. A reception with Booker will follow.

All “Year of Fear” events at Pellissippi State are free and open to the public.

“The First World War was the most catastrophic, bloodiest event in human history up until that time. So often what is forgotten when studying war are the profound effects wars can have on the homefront of any nation,” said History Instructor Leslie Coffman, an organizer of the event. “The aftermath of WWI in America and around the world is a dark story. 1919 is known as the ‘Year of Fear’ for a reason, and we wanted to offer opportunities for the public to understand why.”

The “Year of Fear” schedule includes opportunities at each of Pellissippi State’s five campuses.

Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Goins Building Auditorium on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road:

  • 9:40-10:10 a.m. “Russia Still Remembers: America’s Invasion of Russia, 1918-1919” by Instructor Yuliya Kalnaus;
  • 10:20-10:40 a.m. Discussion of the upcoming play “Blood at the Root,” based on the Jena Six, led by Associate Professor Grechen Wingerter;
  • 10:40-11:20 a.m. “The Day Wall Street Exploded: America’s First Great Terrorist Attack, 1919-1920” by Assistant Professor Nathan Pavalko;

Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Magnolia Avenue Campus Community Room:

  • 10:40-11:20 a.m. “The Year that Fun was Banned: The Flu Pandemic of 1919” by Professor Toni McDaniel;
  • 11:20-11:50 a.m. “’It Was a Fear for All of Us’: The Lynching of Will Brown and the Omaha Race Riots” by Coffman;
  • 11:50-12:50 a.m. “The Heat of a Red Summer: Race Mixing, Race Rioting in 1919 Knoxville” by Booker;

Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Blount County Campus West Chevrolet Auditorium, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Friendsville:

  • 10:15-10:40 a.m. “The Spanish Flu: Adding Insult to Injury” by Assistant Professor Amanda Carr-Wilcoxson;

Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Division Street Campus’ conference room, 3435 Division Street:

  • 11:20-11:50 a.m. “The Marathon Continues: Questions of Race in 2019” by Instructor Gregory Johnson; and

Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Strawberry Plains Campus’ lobby, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike:

  • 12:55-1:50 p.m. “How 1919 Changed Knoxville Forever: The Events that Weren’t Supposed to Happen Here” by Instructor Laura Arnett Smith with a musical performance by tutor Marcel Holman.

“We wanted to focus on remembering the Knoxville Race Riots as part of this ‘Year of Fear’ because all of this seems particularly troubling when dealing with humanity issues so close to home,” Coffman said. “Understanding the Red Summer, in particular the atmosphere of Knoxville post-WWI, also gives us the context we desperately need for understanding modern racial dynamics. This is a road we have traveled together as Americans.”

For maps and driving directions to Pellissippi State’s five campuses, visit www.pstcc.edu/maps/.

To request accommodations for these or any campus event, call 865-694-6411 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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Pellissippi State offers aviation training for teens this fall

Group of Tuskeegee NEXT and Pellissippi State officials who announced partnership on Monday, July 22, at Magnolia Avenue Campus
On hand at Pellissippi State to announce a new aviation training program Monday were, from left, Tuskegee NEXT Executive Director Sanura Young, Pellissippi State Economic and Workforce Development Executive Director Teri Brahams, Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr., Tuskegee NEXT founder and chairman Stephen Davis, Magnolia Avenue Campus Dean Rosalyn Tillman and Pellissippi State Executive Director of Equity and Compliance Annazette Houston.

Teenagers and young adults who want to get a jumpstart on a pilot’s license have the opportunity this fall through a new class at Pellissippi State Community College.

Pellissippi State has partnered with Tuskegee NEXT to offer a 13-week introductory aviation training for students ages 16-20, Pellissippi State announced in a kickoff breakfast Monday.

Classes will meet on Tuesday nights on Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, with one mandatory Saturday field trip. Professionals from the aviation industry will mentor students in the program, who will use a flight simulator to “fly.”

“It’s no secret that the aviation industry is facing a shortage of airline pilots, but that isn’t the only aviation career grappling with a labor shortage,” said Teri Brahams, executive director for Economic and Workforce Development for Pellissippi State. “Aircraft mechanics and flight simulator technicians are also in high demand. This course will introduce students to the opportunities available and provide options for training to pursue these careers.”

There is a global need of 754,000 new aircraft maintenance technicians and 790,000 pilots over the next 20 years, according to Boeing’s 2018 Pilot and Technical Outlook projections.

The nonprofit Tuskegee NEXT saw that need and created programs to help fill that void by offering aviation outreach programs to at-risk youth through Flight Training, Life Skills and Educational Assistance. The program is named in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen, who were the United States’ first black military airmen.

“As a historian, I am excited about the connection this program has with the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “As a community college president, I am pleased with the opportunities this program creates for young people in our community.”

Students who participate in the Introduction to Aviation class at Pellissippi State will gain the basic knowledge needed to sit for the Federal Aviation Administration private pilot written exam. Those who successfully complete the course and pass the written exam will be eligible to apply to the Tuskegee NEXT Cadet program in Chicago, which will run from mid-June to mid-August 2020.

Black and white photos of Tuskegee airmen and a certificate of proficiency for one of them, dated 1945
The Tuskegee NEXT program, which provides aviation outreach program to at-risk youth, is named for the Tuskegee Airmen, the United States’ first black military airmen.

“Students are often unaware of the many career possibilities available to them,” said Dean Rosalyn Tillman of Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus. “Exposure to this industry as an option may create interest for some that was never before imagined.”

There are aviation careers available right here in East Tennessee, Brahams noted.

“Local employers like Cirrus Aircraft, the Air National Guard, Pilot Flying J, Jet Aviation, Endeavor Air, STS Technical Services, Standard Aero and many others currently have openings and expect future openings for the next 10 years or more,” she said.

Students must be at least 16 years old and a sophomore in high school, hold a minimum grade point average of 2.75 and have no criminal record. Preference will be given to minority and female students.

For more information or to request an application, contact Pellissippi State Business and Community Services at 865-539-7167 or bcs@pstcc.edu.

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Pellissippi State offers free financial aid assistance, advice in four upcoming events

Students who are feeling overwhelmed with paperwork for grants, loans and scholarships have four upcoming opportunities to get hands-on help from financial aid experts at Pellissippi State Community College.

Pellissippi State will host four Financial Aid Days:

  • 12:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville;
  • 2-7 p.m. Monday, June 3, at the Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Friendsville;
  • 12:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave., Knoxville; and
  • 2-7 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike, Knoxville.

A link to RSVP to the events, which are capped at 100 students each, is available on the Pellissippi State website at www.pstcc.edu.

Financial aid experts will be available to assist students with Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Financial Student Aid (FSA) IDs, verification of the FAFSA, Tennessee Reconnect applications, and checking the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) student portal to ensure state funding is routed to the appropriate college.

Students should be sure to bring their 2017 tax returns and W-2s, Social Security numbers and FSA ID, if already created, to ensure they can accomplish as much as possible with financial aid experts during the event.

For more information about Financial Aid Days at Pellissippi State, contact Financial Aid at 865-694-6400 or financialaid@pstcc.edu. To request accommodations for a disability at these events, call 865.539.7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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Pellissippi State welcomes five female officeholders for Women’s History Month Event

Knoxville’s four city councilwomen and one of Knox County’s two female commissioners will speak at Pellissippi State Community College next week, and the public is invited to attend the free event.

The Women’s History Month Event, spearheaded by a Pellissippi State student, will be held 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, in the Community Room on the college’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

Knox County Commissioner Evelyn Gill, who represents the 1st District, will join Knoxville City Councilwomen Stephanie Welch (1st District), Seema Singh-Perez (3rd District), Lauren Rider (4th District) and Gwen McKenzie (6th District) to talk about their individual journeys to success and answer questions from the audience.

“I believe this event will put women in a positive light,” said Detriedah Welsh, a Pellissippi State student who will graduate in May and continue her education at Tennessee State University. “It’s not every day we can meet our council members and commissioners. This is a great opportunity for Pellissippi State students and the community as well.”

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

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Pellissippi State offers free lifelong learning classes on Second Saturdays

What do opening a restaurant, playing the mandolin and using a 3-D printer have in common?

These are among the skills you can learn in just one day at Pellissippi State Community College’s Second Saturday Lifelong Learning at Magnolia.

On second Saturdays this spring, Pellissippi State Business and Community Services will offer a selection of popular lifelong learning classes at the college’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave., as part of Pellissippi State’s Weekend College.

All of the March classes offered are free, but you must register in advance to secure your space.

“These noncredit classes provide a mix of small business seminars, hobby classes and professional development courses,” said Teri Brahams, executive director of Business and Community Services. “We’re excited to offer these classes on weekends for those who can’t attend during the week.”

Second Saturday classes scheduled for March 9 include:

  • Thinking of Opening a Restaurant?: Learn the proper steps for setting up the business entity, working through regulations, comparing and selecting vendors, conducting a grand opening and hiring the right staff. 9-11 a.m. Free.
  • Introduction to 3-D Printing: Gain knowledge of the basics of 3-D printing and how you can start using this process to make your own custom creations. 9-11 a.m. Free.
  • Managing Change: Understand how to build the need for change, overcome concerns of those resistant to change, recognize why some organizations resist change and take actions during change to ensure a positive outcome. 9-11 a.m. Free.
  • Quick Pickin’ Mandolin for the Beginner: Watch as WDVX Blue Plate Special musician Anna Uptain showcases an easy beginner method for mandolin that requires no musical experience or note-reading. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free.

Lifelong learning classes are noncredit continuing education courses. Course registration is required either online at www.pstcc.edu/bcs or by calling 865-539-7167.

To request accommodations for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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Explore your genealogy at free workshop at Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus

Members of the community who want to learn how to pursue their genealogy have a unique opportunity this week, as Pellissippi State Community College offers a free workshop on its Magnolia Avenue Campus.

The event, led by community members Alice Greene and Harold Hicks, will be held noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in Magnolia Avenue Campus Room 123, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

Greene, who was born in Washington, D.C., learned about her maternal family from her mother and at family reunions beginning in 1962. She completed her first family pedigree chart in 1987 and disseminated it to family members. Since then she has researched her family history in Washington, D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and in the largest genealogy library in the world, which is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. She plans to write a book on her family research.

Hicks has researched his family since the early 1980s. He became interested in researching his family’s past after listening to his second cousin share family history as relayed to her from her grandmother. Hicks discovered that his family’s roots date to 1824, starting with his great-grandfather on a Lynchburg, Va., plantation. The Hicks family later traveled through Baltimore, Md., and Newport, Rhode Island. Hicks’ research has uncovered more than 3,800 relatives.

While the genealogy workshop is free, space is limited. Call the Magnolia Avenue Campus at 865-329-3100 to reserve a space. To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

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Pellissippi State hosts play about Underground Railroad

Poster for "Oh Freedom"
Pellissippi State will host “Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad” on two of its campuses this month.

Pellissippi State Community College will host free performances of “Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad” on two of its campuses this month, and the public is invited.

The one-act play will be performed by The WordPlayers at 12:25 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the college’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave., Knoxville, and at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the college’s Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Friendsville.

Each performance is approximately 50 minutes.

Written by Peter Manos, “Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad” combines the stories of the men and women who were active in the fight against slavery with songs of the period, according to a description on The WordPlayers’ website. Famous participants like Harriet Tubman and Harriet Beecher Stowe are represented, but so are lesser known heroes of the movement like John Rankin, whose house on a hill above the Ohio River was a beacon for freedom for many escaping bondage; the mysterious “Peg Leg” Joe, who moved among the plantations teaching slaves to escape and “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” a song designed to show them the way; and Henry “Box” Brown, who had himself put in a box and mailed to freedom by general post.

“Knowledge about our American history, on all levels, is extremely important,” said Magnolia Avenue Campus Dean Rosalyn Tillman and Blount County Campus Dean Holly Burkett in a joint statement. “Sharing this knowledge in this entertaining way enlightens our students and our community about this history.”

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

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Pellissippi State offers lifelong learning classes on Second Saturdays

Excel, YouTube and managing change in the workforce are among the skills you can learn in just one Saturday at Pellissippi State Community College’s Weekend College in downtown Knoxville.

Every second Saturday throughout the fall, Pellissippi State Business and Community Services offers a selection of popular lifelong learning classes at the college’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

Several of the classes are free, but you must register in advance.

“These noncredit classes provide a mix of small business seminars, hobby classes and professional development courses,” said Teri Brahams, executive director of Business and Community Services. “We’re excited to offer these classes on weekends for those who can’t attend during the week.”

Second Saturday classes scheduled for Oct. 13:

  • Excel Workshop: Build on what you already know about Excel to set up a custom Excel environment. 9 a.m.-noon. $29.
  • Managing Change in the Workforce: Learn ways to deal with change productively, whether you are managing a team or learning personal skills for your own employment. 9 a.m.-noon. Free.
  • YouTube – Your Visual Voice: Marketing is constantly changing, from the shift from print media to web-based solutions, including more video content and less print. Learn to understand video content, creation, production and how to determine your video’s effectiveness. 9 a.m.-noon. Free.

Lifelong learning classes are noncredit continuing education courses. Course registration is required either online at www.pstcc.edu/bcs or by calling 865-539-7167.

To request accommodations for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State expands Weekend College offerings to continuing education classes

Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to second Saturdays at Weekend College in downtown Knoxville.

Every second Saturday throughout the fall, Pellissippi State Business and Community Services will offer a selection of popular lifelong learning classes at the Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

Several of the classes are free.

“These noncredit classes provide a mix of small business seminars, hobby classes and professional development courses,” said Teri Brahams, executive director of Business and Community Services. “We’re excited to offer these classes on weekends for those who can’t attend during the week.”

Second Saturday classes at the Magnolia Avenue Campus include:

  • Hand Lettering by Urban Farm Girl Design: 9-11 a.m. Sept. 8, $60
  • Handmade Baskets: 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 8, free
  • Excel Workshop: 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 8, $29
  • Bluegrass Jam for Strings: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 8, free
  • Beekeeping Basics: 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 13, free
  • YouTube – Your Visual Voice: 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 13, free
  • Managing Change in the Workforce: 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 13, free
  • Personal Cybersecurity: 9-11:30 a.m. Nov. 10, free
  • Restaurant Business Basics: 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 10, free
  • Employee Motivation: 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 10, free

Lifelong learning classes are non-credit continuing education courses. Course registration is required either online at www.pstcc.edu/bcs or by calling 865-539-7167.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.
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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.