Pellissippi State’s Spring Choral Concert caps a year of music education, tour of Italy

Choral director directs student choir
Choral Director Meagan L. Humphreys directs Concert Chorale during a Fall Choral Concert at Pellissippi State.

A year’s worth of music classes, rehearsals and even a study-abroad opportunity will be on display next week at Pellissippi State Community College’s Spring Choral Concert.

The annual concert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The event is free.

“This concert is the culmination of our year and features a video presentation of our spring break tour to Italy,” said Associate Professor Peggy Hinkle, music program coordinator for Pellissippi State.

Fifty students in Pellissippi State Concert Chorale and Pellissippi State Variations will perform a wide variety of selections, from the traditional Appalachian spiritual “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” to “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder, from Mozart to Paul Simon.

Both choirs are led by Pellissippi State Choral Director Meagan L. Humphreys and accompanied by Hinkle on piano.

This is the final concert offered in The Arts at Pellissippi State this semester. To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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Pellissippi State ranked No. 2 in the nation for study abroad

Pellissippi State students visit the Houses of Parliament in London during a study abroad program.
Tennessee community college students visit the Houses of Parliament in London during a study abroad program offered by the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies.

Only one other community college in the nation sends more students to study abroad than Pellissippi State Community College.

Pellissippi State ranked No. 2 in the United States with 185 study abroad students in 2016-17, according to the 2018 Open Doors Report released this month.

Last year Pellissippi State ranked No. 4 with 166 students. This is the seventh year in a row that the college has appeared in the top 5 for the number of community college students who studied abroad.

“Study abroad is, without a doubt, the most impactful experience students have at community colleges,” said Tracey C. Bradley, executive director of the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, which serves all community colleges in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. “While students who study abroad have higher GPAs, are more likely to get a job after graduation and, in some fields, earn a higher starting salary, we also know that the value of study abroad is profound in ways we can’t even measure.”

Pellissippi State has removed one of the barriers to study abroad by providing scholarships for its students who want to participate.

“Our mission here at Pellissippi State is to provide a transformative environment that fosters the academic, societal, economic and cultural enrichment of our students and the community,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “Providing scholarships for our students to study abroad is one way we can help them have a world-class education and gain the global perspective that studies show more and more employers are looking for in graduates.”

TnCIS, which is housed on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, offers more than 25 study abroad programs each year all over the world, many of them short-term programs designed specifically to suit the schedules of community college students. All programs are faculty led.

“The feedback we receive from students each year is that study abroad is life changing, that it opened their eyes to the world, that they want to do more,” Bradley said. “Oftentimes students will come back and change their majors, having had an epiphany of ‘Now I know what I want to do with my life.’”

student on a study abroad programThe Open Doors Report also details the number of international students enrolling in Tennessee higher education institutions. While Pellissippi State ranks 14th with 104 international students enrolled for the 2017-18 academic year, Pellissippi State is the only community college in the top 20.

“Pellissippi State does a lot of recruiting of international students, as the college’s goal is to be welcoming to all students,” Bradley said. “With the Y-12 National Security Complex in our backyard, we have a lot of students who are spouses and dependents of the international employees of Y-12.”

Pellissippi State also capitalizes on its close relationship with the University of Tennessee, she added.

“International students can start their degree here and finish at UT, which is being seen as more and more acceptable in the international community,” Bradley explained. “Our English as a Second Language classes also are similar to UT’s, which is attractive to students who need those language skills before they begin college-level courses.”

The 8,870 international students in Tennessee have an economic impact of $323.8 million on the state.

For more information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call 865-539-7279. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

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Pellissippi State No. 4 in nation for study abroad

Coby Wester
Pellissippi State student Coby Wester in Street Art Alley, also called “Graffiti Alley” in Hackescher Markt in Berlin during a study abroad trip.

Pellissippi State Community College is ranked number four in the nation among community colleges for study abroad, according to the 2017 Open Doors Report.

This is the sixth year in a row that the college has appeared in the top five for the number of students who studied abroad. It is the only community college in the southeast to be recognized in the Open Doors Report.

Pellissippi State student Coby Wester studied photography and videography in Germany through a study abroad trip with the college and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies. He created a portfolio of photos as well as a video of the trip, in which he interviewed residents of Munich and Bavaria about their lives.

“What I took away most from the trip were the connections I made with the people I traveled with — people who went to Pellissippi but I never knew. We’re all still connected,” Wester said. “It’s this unifying moment of being part of this new, shared unexplored territory in our lives.”

Wester related a story of visiting the Dachau Concentration Camp with a friend who is Jewish. “There’s a noticeable atmospheric change there. Being part of that with her, and being there for her, was a humbling experience.

“I think going on study abroad programs pushes people’s limits to explore who they can fully be. It’s amazing to be part of that with the people around you,” Wester said. “I love studying abroad; I’d love to go back.”

Pellissippi State sent 166 students to study abroad in summer 2016 to sites across Europe and Asia as well as South Africa, Cuba, Peru and Brazil.

According to the Open Doors Report, the college led the state in international student enrollment among community colleges, with 101 students in 2015-16. Only two other community colleges were recognized for international enrollment in Tennessee.

Study abroad programs at Pellissippi State are organized through the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, which is housed at the college. TnCIS serves all community colleges in the Tennessee Board of Regents system, organizing study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state.

For more information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call 865-539-7279. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

Castle Neuschwanstein
Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, photographed by Coby Wester while studying abroad.

 

 

Don't miss November Arts events at Pellissippi State

Photo of Street
Student works from Paper Trail Vol. 4 will showcase the sights of study abroad. The exhibit is co-presented by Tennessee Consortium for International Studies.
November at Pellissippi State Community College brings a bevy of art exhibits, concerts and lectures through The Arts at Pellissippi State — an annual arts series for the community.
 
Most events through The Arts at Pellissippi State are free to attend. All events are at the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Parking is free and plentiful.

 

Paper Trail Vol. 4

Peruse art, photographs and journals by students and faculty during their study abroad adventures throughout 2017. This exhibit is co-presented by Tennessee Consortium for International Studies. Exhibit times: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, through Nov. 17. Reception to meet the artists is 3-5 p.m., Oct. 30. 
 
Fall Choral Concert
Pellissippi State’s Variations Ensemble will perform at this annual favorite concert. Performance begins at 7 p.m., Nov. 7 in the Clayton Performing Arts Center.

Jazz and Bluegrass Concert

Bask in the talents of Pellissippi State’s jazz ensemble and bluegrass ensemble, Hardin Valley Thunder. Performance begins at 7 p.m., Nov. 14 in the Clayton Performing Arts Center.

American Badass Vol. 2, Lecture by Jennifer Brickey
How does one destroy a myth? Jackson Pollock was a legend who shattered previous assumptions about painting. Associate Professor Jennifer Brickey shows how a new cool-school of female post-modern painters is competing with abstract expressionism in a way that is full of controversy, vulgarity and, of course, renegade attitude. Lecture is from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Nov. 7 in the Goins Building Auditorium.

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 for one of these classes, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State third in nation for study abroad

This photograph, taken by Pellissippi State Community College student Elicia Ferrer, depicts the interior of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
This photograph, taken by Pellissippi State Community College student Elicia Ferrer, depicts the interior of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City near Rome, Italy.
 

Pellissippi State Community College ranks third in the nation among two-year colleges for the number of students it sends to study abroad. In 2015, the college sent 204 students on study abroad programs.

Elicia Ferrer
Elicia Ferrer

“Study abroad was a great experience,” said Pellissippi State student Elicia Ferrer, who spent time over the summer studying in Italy and England. “I had been out of the country before, but for mission experiences. Study abroad is different because you’re there to learn and to experience the place. It’s pretty magical.”

In Tennessee, Pellissippi State ranks eighth among all higher education institutions in the state for the number of students who study abroad. In fact, the college is the only community college in the top 15.

Ferrer, who is studying Chinese language and plans to transfer to a four-year university in the spring, said, “Studying abroad is an eye-opening way to observe different cultures and faiths. It gives you a front row seat to history. In my World Civilizations class, we were studying the Medicis, who did terrible things but who also funded the Renaissance. When you’re in Italy and can physically see their legacy, it gives you an interesting perspective.”

Pellissippi State works with the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies to provide study abroad opportunities for students. TnCIS, headquartered at Pellissippi State, organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. In the 10 years since its founding, TnCIS has supported more than 3,000 students statewide in pursuing a global education.

Additionally, Pellissippi State offers unique opportunities for students from around the world to study here in East Tennessee. In the 2015-16 academic year, Pellissippi State had 156 international students enrolled — the ninth highest among all higher education institutions in the state and  the only community college in the top 20.

“Community colleges are diverse, and the ability to offer study abroad opportunities and to have international students on campus only increases that diversity. In a global economy, students need to be able to understand and appreciate diverse points of view,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr.

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

 

Pellissippi State recognized for its study abroad practices

IIE Seal

The Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative recognized Pellissippi State Community College for exceeding its study abroad goals during the 2014-2015 school year.

The college was one of only 12 higher education institutions to be recognized during the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad in Washington, D.C. This is the second year in a row that Pellissippi State has been recognized by the IIE.

This past summer, Pellissippi State sent 204 students on study abroad trips in partnership with Tennessee Consortium for International Studies. That exceeds Pellissippi State’s annual goal for study abroad participation.

“Students who study abroad have been shown to earn better grades and are more likely to persist through college to earn their degree,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “Study abroad isn’t something that should be reserved only for the few.”

According to IIE research, fewer than 10 percent of American undergraduates study abroad. Pellissippi State offers students scholarships, up to half the cost of the trip, to make study abroad accessible to more students.

“Just two years after joining Generation Study Abroad, colleges and universities across the country are seeing measurable results in their study abroad participation rates,” said Allan Goodman, the president and CEO of IIE. “Studying abroad is one of the best ways to prepare to enter and succeed in the interconnected, globalized workforce, yet 90 percent of American college students do not study or intern outside of the United States. We owe it to the next generation of Americans to explain why study abroad is more crucial than ever and to find ways to make it more accessible to a wider range of students.”

TnCIS, headquartered at Pellissippi State, organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. In the nine years since its founding, TnCIS has supported 2,656 students statewide in pursuing a global education.

IIE Generation Study Abroad grants funding and scholarships to community partners and higher education institutions in its network.

For more information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call 865-539-7280. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

 

Download this press release: Study Abroad Recognition

Student artwork from abroad on display at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College student Julianna Myers created this piece, titled "Language Barrier" during a study abroad experience in Italy.
Pellissippi State Community College student Julianna Myers created this piece, titled “Language Barrier,” during a study abroad experience in Italy.

 

Artwork inspired by study abroad experiences will be on display at Pellissippi State Community College for the Paper Trail Vol. III exhibit, Oct. 3-21.

The exhibit will include artwork created by Pellissippi State students and faculty during study abroad experiences over this past summer. Countries featured in the exhibit include Cuba, Germany, India, Italy and Scotland.

The Paper Trail Vol. III exhibit is free and open to the public and will be held in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. A reception to meet the student and faculty artists will be held from 3-5 p.m., Oct. 3. Some of the art will be for sale over the course of the exhibit.

“Study abroad is an amazing opportunity for our students” said Jennifer Brickey, a Pellissippi State art associate professor and frequent faculty advisor on study abroad trips. “This exhibition helps us all stop, reflect on our travel experiences and celebrate the impact it makes on our lives. I’ve had the enormous opportunity to witness students stepping outside their comfort zones and becoming totally immersed in a different culture.”

Brickey, who organized the exhibit, teaches in and directs the study abroad program to Italy through the Tennessee Consortium of International Studies.

“It really is one of the best parts of my job, knowing that I may have contributed to the impact that a trip like this makes on student lives,” Brickey said.

Tennessee Consortium of International Studies, headquartered at Pellissippi State, organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. In 2015, the college was nationally recognized for its work with TnCIS in sending 204 Pellissippi State students to study abroad.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. For more information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call 865-539-7280.

 

Download this press release: Paper Trail Vol III