Regions Foundation gives to Pellissippi State Foundation

regions foundation presenting check to pellissippi state
(L-R) Aneisa Rolan, Pellissippi State Foundation; L. Anthony Wise Jr., president, Pellissippi State; Marilyn Roddy, Pellissippi State Foundation; Chris Parrott, Regions, Rob Stivers, Regions; Bryan Harper, Regions; and Kevin Crateau, Regions, gather for the check presentation from Regions Foundation.

 

Regions Foundation has given $15,000 to the Pellissippi State Foundation to use in support of science and math education at Pellissippi State Community College. The college is making plans to expand its facilities and offerings in these disciplines.

“Regions is committed to giving back to the communities where we operate, not only monetarily, but with our time and educational resources,” said Kevin Crateau, Regions East Tennessee marketing director. “Hardin Valley is a large growth area in this market where we want to be involved. This is a great opportunity for us to support Pellissippi State, the surrounding Hardin Valley market and education in the East Tennessee region.”

“We are very appreciative of this gift from Regions Foundation,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State. “Our science and math students will certainly benefit from their generosity, but so will the community as our students become better prepared to enter the workforce.”

Pellissippi State pledges to expand entrepreneurship and economic growth

Group of males holding a signed entrepreneurship document
(L-R) Terrance Carter, Knoxville Area Urban League; Jim Biggs, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center; Anthony Wise, Pellissippi State; Cliff Claudill, Greater Score of Knoxville; Bruce Hayes, TSBDC; and Doug Minter, Knoxville Chamber, celebrate signing the entrepreneurship pledge.

 

Pellissippi State Community College has joined community colleges across the country this week in signing a formal pledge to increase its focus on entrepreneurship and its economic impact on the community.

The National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship spearheaded the nationwide pledge. NACCE is an organization of educators, entrepreneurs and business development professionals focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges.

Among other things, Pellissippi State pledges to create internal and external teams dedicated to entrepreneurship and to increase entrepreneurs’ engagement with the college.

Pellissippi State supports entrepreneurship, in part, through the efforts of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, an affiliation of the college. They collaborate to offer training opportunities and workforce development in Blount, Claiborne, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox, Sevier and Union counties.

“Our college has always been entrepreneurial in spirit, in our support for the growth of the local economy and workforce, and also in our work with students,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State. “Our partnership with NACCE reaffirms that commitment to develop the people, the businesses and the resources of our region.”

In 2017, Pellissippi State’s TSBDC served 364 clients, helped 33 new businesses start up, created 111 new jobs and retained 233 jobs. The firms that TSBDC aided went on to create more than $47.8 million in new capital investment into the local economy.

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

Pellissippi State hosts debate competition

Members of the Debate Team with their Advisor Shaquille Marsh
Members of the Debate Team with their Advisor Shaquille Marsh (red shirt)

 

Pellissippi State Community College will host a debate competition for area colleges Saturday, Feb. 24, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the McWherter Building on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.
 
There will be two divisions in the competition-the novice and the open-and 22 awards will be given out to teams and individuals with the best scores. Pellissippi State has formed a team only recently, but has already received several top awards in previous competitions. Last October, Pellissippi State’s team took home the Top Community College Award for the National Parliamentary Debate Association Competition.
 
Other participating colleges include Walters State Community College, Cleveland State Community College, Tusculum College and Appalachian State University.
 
The debate competition is open to everyone. 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 hosts presentations on universal design in education

Headshot of Sheryl Burgstahler
Sheryl Burgstahler

Pellissippi State Community College’s Universal Pathways to Employment Project will host two presentations for those who work with or teach individuals with disabilities. Sheryl Burgstahler, the founder of two renowned centers that promote access and technology, will speak Friday, March 2, on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus.

Burgstahler will give two presentations: “How to Create an Inclusive Campus” at 10 a.m. and “How to Make Your Course Welcoming and Accessible to all Students” at 11:15 a.m.

Both events are free and open to the community and will be held in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Burgstahler is an affiliate professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington in Seattle. She holds degrees in mathematics, education and administration of higher education. She founded and directs the DO-IT (Disabilities, opportunities, internetworking and Technology) Center and the Access Technology Center. These two centers promote the use of assistive technology and other interventions to support the success of students with disabilities in education and careers. They also promote the development of facilities, computer labs, software, websites, multimedia, and distance learning programs that are welcoming and accessible to individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodations for a disability at one of these classes, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu. UPEP is funded by a grant from the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor.

Pellissippi State hosts Ron McCurdy for multimedia jazz concert

Pellissippi State Community College and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies will host a performance of “The Langston Hughes Project” by Ron McCurdy on Feb. 22.

The free concert begins at 11 a.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’ jazz poem suite “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz.” The concert incorporates many musical styles including blues, gospel, progressive jazz and more. The “Langston Hughes Project” is designed to inspire people to become more curious about their past and to understand how to live, work and play together.

McCurdy is a professor of music in the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Prior to his professorship at USC, he served as director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at USC and as a professor of music and chair of the Afro-African American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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.

Pellissippi State to host Cuban literacy campaign speaker

Pellissippi State Community College will host Griselda Aguilera Cabrera for three events on Wednesday, Feb. 21, on the Magnolia Avenue Campus.

Cabrera will give three presentations: two eight-minute showings of the documentary film “Maestra” at 8:35 a.m. and 9:40 a.m., followed respectively by a Spanish-only presentation and an English-interpreted Spanish presentation. Cabrera also will host a full-length, 35-minute showing of “Maestra” from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by a question and answer session. Cabrera will be accompanied by Catherine Murphy, the director of “Maestra.”

All events will be in the Community Room on the Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

Cabrera was featured in the movie “Maestra,” a documentary film about the Cuban literacy campaign that virtually ended adult illiteracy in 1961. Only seven years old, Cabrera was one of the youngest volunteers in that campaign. Now retired from her career as an educator, she is involved in the Cuban Psychology Society’s Working Group on Identity and Diversity, participating in workshops and activities concerning homophobia, prejudice against people with HIV/AIDS, racial discrimination and domestic violence.

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 students take top marks in state Math Bowl

Pellissippi State Math Bowl Finalists
Math Bowl participants from left to right: Hollie Arnsdorff, Hannah Ruth Smith, Julia Williamson, Julie Coulombe, Kerrigan Magnus, Katelyn Bertou, Alex Shipe, Sarah Herrell.

Students from Pellissippi State Community College took eight of the top 15 places in a recent statewide mathematics competition among community colleges.

A total of 131 Pellissippi State students competed in the annual Pellissippi State Math Bowl in five divisions — survey of mathematics, calculus A and B, precalculus and statistics. Community college students from across the state also participated in the competition at their home college. Their scores were then compared to those of other students entered in the Math Bowl.

Pellissippi State student Timothy Beauchamp finished first in the statewide survey of mathematics division, while Hollie Arnsdorff scored first in the statewide statistics division. Jessie Li finished second statewide in calculus B. Katelyn Bertou and Edward Radford tied for first, while Alex Osbourne, Hannah Ruth Smith and Shane Hawkins tied for third in the statewide precalculus division.

The Pellissippi State Math Bowl is part of the annual State Mathematics Competition, sponsored by the Tennessee Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. In addition to state prizes, Pellissippi State — thanks to a grant from Oak Ridge Associated Universities — awards its top finishers in each subject with additional cash prizes.

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

Pellissippi State gem class compliments traditional Valentine’s Day gifts

Do you ever wonder why one diamond is priced more than another? And how do you know which one to select? Pellissippi State Community College is offering a noncredit class that will teach you the ins and outs of diamonds, pearls and gemstones.

Gemology Certificate with Jewelry Television is a 12-hour class that the college is offering in partnership with Jewelry Television in Knoxville. The class will teach you how these raw materials are formed, mined, identified, graded and priced.

As an added bonus, if you register for a gem class before Feb. 15, you will receive a coupon for 15 percent off your entire regular priced purchase at the Gemstore by Jewelry Television. There is not an expiration date, so the coupon can be used at your convenience for an entire regular price purchase. The Gemstore is located at 9933 Kingston Pike.

Hobbyists, artists, jewelry lovers and anyone looking to explore a career in the industry will enjoy this series.

“This class is an opportunity to learn extremely technical gem information in an easy-to-understand and enjoyable environment,” said instructor Hillary Spector. “Participants get to touch and feel product and use high-tech lab equipment to identify gems.”

Spector, a graduate gemologist and former Gemological Institute of America (GIA) instructor, has more than 25 years of experience in the gemological industry and is presently the instructional specialist for Jewelry Television.

Classes are held at Jewelry Television’s Jewel School Institute in West Knoxville March 5-8, and sections are scheduled mornings or evenings, from 9 a.m.-noon or from 6-9 p.m. You may register for individual sections or for the full four-day lineup. Cost is $395 for the full four-day session or $99 per class.

For more information about 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.

Joy Bishop receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy

Pellissippi State Foundation Board Member Receiving TBR's Chancellor's Award
(L-R) Ginger Hausser, TBR associate vice president for Institutional Advancement, Joy Bishop, Regent Danni Varlan, PSCC President L. Anthony Wise

 

The Tennessee Board of Regents has presented the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy to Maryville’s Joy Bishop in recognition of her support of Pellissippi State Community College.

The award is part of TBR’s Excellence in Philanthropy Awards recognition program that began in 2003 to recognize individuals, companies and organizations who donate their resources, finances and personal time to TBR institutions. TBR is the governing body for Tennessee’s 13 community colleges and 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology.

“I am honored to receive this award. I believe in the community college concept, and I particularly support Pellissippi State and its Blount County Campus. Dr. Wise, the faculty and the staff at Pellissippi State have added a great deal to all five of their campuses. I’m just so proud to be a member of the Pellissippi State Foundation Board of Trustees,” Bishop said.

Bishop has been a long-time supporter of Pellissippi State. She provided leadership in two of Pellissippi State’s major gift campaigns, which have resulted in the establishment and the expansion of the college’s Blount County Campus.

“Joy’s financial commitment to the college is just the tip of the iceberg in measuring her impact. She is a natural-born fundraiser who is not shy about asking others to support our institution,” said L. Anthony Wise, president of Pellissippi State.”

Most notably, she also was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Leg-Up Child Care Assistance Program, a program that provides free child care to a number of qualified Pellissippi State students who are single parents. The program is a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Human Services, Pellissippi State and state-licensed child care centers in East Tennessee.

Program participants must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit-hours, have a 2.0 or better grade-point-average and be working toward a certificate or associate degree program. Leg-Up pays the full cost of weekly child care, after-school costs, registration fees and various activity charges for children between six-weeks-old and age 13.

The financial burden on single parent-students to provide child care while they work, attend school, and take care of their children, is a major factor in determining whether a student will successfully complete college. The annual cost of providing one child with year-round care can exceed $10,000 a year, and many of Pellissippi State’s student-parents have more than one child. Students participating in Leg-Up have shown improved class attendance, better grades and a lower dropout rate.

Bishop says the inspiration for the Leg-Up Program began on a 12-hour plane flight to Southeast Asia with friend Carolyn Forster. The women were on a trip to Vietnam and had a lot of time to think and talk about ways to help the students at Pellissippi State.

“We realized that the cost of child care was a real problem, especially for single parents,” said Bishop. “So we said, ‘We can do something about that,’ and we came up with a plan. We would get the business community to support us, and we would select only highly-motivated students and provide them with mentors in addition to the child care.”

Bishop formed a committee, which included Holly Burkett, the dean of Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus, did some research on the cost of day care, and wrote out a plan to take to the state.

“Dr. Wise and I went to see the DHS commissioner. [Former] State Senator Doug Overbey [Maryville] met us at the commissioner’s office. Commissioner Hatter was aware of how much child care was a barrier to some students. She was impressed someone was working to do something to keep single parents in school and approved the plan,” Bishop said.

Bishop is quick to share the credit for the success of Leg-Up with her fellow committee members: Marty Black, Jim Proffitt, Carolyn Forster, Ellie Morrow, Gaynelle Lawson, Steve West, Mark Johnson, Greg McLean, Tammi Ford, Tom Bogart, Pam Wolf and Holly Burkett.

In September 2016, Pellissippi State hired Le’John Ellis to manage the program, which has grown steadily and, now, provides quality child care free of charge for 39 student-parents with 60 children in Knox and Blount counties.

“I think Le’John fell from heaven,” Bishop said. “Everyone needs someone to give them a leg up once in their lives. I’m so proud of Leg-Up. It’s perfect, just perfect.”

Bishop, a native of Texas, graduated from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Federal Executive Institute. She spent 30 years in the U.S. Air Force as a civilian and was the first woman to receive an appointment to the Senior Executive Service. Bishop retired in 1990 as one of the highest ranking civilians in the Air Force and put her roots down in Blount County. She then started her own consulting firm, the Emerald Group, which helped underdeveloped countries. Joy serves her community as a member of Maryville Church of Christ, Blount Partnership, Maryville Kiwanis Club, Blount County Library, Maryville College Advisory Board, Clayton-Bradley Academy and Clayton Center for the Arts.

“Joy’s work in the community and with Pellissippi State is transformative. When it comes to volunteering, Joy brings plenty of passion and positivity to the table. Her creativity, motivation and vision inspires all that engage with her. It is an honor to nominate Joy Bishop for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy,” Wise said.

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

Female metalworking artists exhibit at Pellissippi State

Fe Exhibit Artwork
The “Fe” exhibit at Pellissippi State spotlights female metalworkers.

Celebrate women in art at Pellissippi State Community College during the “Fe: Women Working in Iron, Bronze, Aluminum and Steel” exhibit, Feb. 5-23.

The free exhibit will showcase regional female artists who work in processes that use metal, including forging, casting, welding and assemblage. The community is invited to attend the exhibit, held in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art gallery. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

A reception to meet the artists — Allison Baker, Caroline Covington, Jacqueline Fisher, Cassidy Frye, Holly Kelly, Stephanie Loggans, Erica Mendoza, Marisa Mitchell, Karly Stribling and Erin Tucker — will be 3-5 p.m., Feb. 5. “Fe” is curated by Covington, who is also a faculty member at Pellissippi State.

“The chemical symbol for iron is ‘Fe,’ and one of the basic classifications of metal is whether or not it contains iron — whether it is ferrous or non-ferrous. Thus, ‘fe’ is an elemental component of all of these works, as is being female,” Covington said.

“Each artist brings her own conceptual presence to the show. Metal has endless possibilities; so does our definition of femininity,” she added.

Works in the show range from large-scale abstract assemblages to intimate cast iron garments and figurative bronze castings.

“Fe” is 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.