Tennessee Promise extended to adults.

by Dakota Makres


During the State of the State Address, Gov. Bill Haslam stated he will extend Tennessee Promise to adults seeking to enroll in a community college.

The adult students are required to fill out the required paperwork to attend Pellissippi. Aneshia Brown, financial aid coordinator at the Magnolia Avenue Campus, stated, “They [adult students] will be required to do an application, fill out a financial aid application and shot records just like the other students that apply.”

FAFSA is a form filled out by a college or graduate student. Tennessee Promise students are required to fill out the FAFSA form, which decides if the student is eligible for government financial aid assistance. Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship. This means the financial aid money will pay a student’s tuition first, then the Tennessee Promise grant will pay the remainder of the tuition balance that financial aid does not pay.

The deadline for financial aid to be submitted for the fall 2018 semester is on July 1, 2018.  Brown advises to have all forms submitted before July 1, 2018, to make sure the student is prepared to begin in August 2018.

March 19th, 2017, posted by Dakota Makres

New Criminal Justice program at Pellissippi

by Logan Quinton

There will be a new criminal justice program coming to Pellissippi this fall.

Judy Gosch, director of curriculum and new program development, said that this will be an associate of applied science program that will help propel students into the workforce upon completion. An AAS program offers students the specific skills and education required to get started in a career field.

Gosch stated that there is already a “great buzz” about this program. Prospective students and area businesses have received word of the potential program and are excited about future opportunities that both the students and companies can benefit from, she said.

More information will be posted in the upcoming catalog revised for the 2017-2018 school year. The target date for the release of the catalog is March 20. Gosch urges anyone who is interested to inquire by phone at 539-7233 or by email jagosch@pstcc.edu.




March 19th, 2017, posted by Logan Quinton

Change in police presence at Pellissippi represented at the Magnolia Campus

by Shelby Verran


Pellissippi State has seen a change in recent years with a switch from a security department to now Campus Police. Rosalyn Tillman, Dean of the Magnolia Avenue Campus, explained some changes that can be visibly seen by students at her campus, as well as all other Pellissippi State campuses.

The policy for the number of officers has remained the same for Pellissippi Campus’, but there is a difference in the consistency of personnel because of the change from a contract security company to Campus Police. Now, instead of changing guards daily or weekly, the same guards can be seen each day. Dean Tillman said “This way you get to know them, and they know you.”

Magnolia student Katie Varner said, “[The Magnolia Campus] operates like a family unit.” The Magnolia Campus has had the least number of incidences out of all Pellissippi State campuses. In fact, for the years 2013-2015, Magnolia had zero reported crimes.

Tillman attributes the Magnolia Campus’ record to “the atmosphere that permeates the campus.” She attributes to the familiar faces of security officers that now walk the halls.

March 19th, 2017, posted by Shelby Verran

New building being built for Hardin Valley Campus

by: Josh Witt

Pellissippi’s Hardin Valley Campus is expected to open a new multi-purpose building in the next two to three years.

The new building will contain classrooms, offices and science labs says Regina McNew, Pellissippi’s director of faculties. The building is expected to replace the portable classrooms and faculty lot that are outside of the Clayton Performing Arts Center and Goins Administration Building.

“Hopefully, with this building being built, we’ll be able to get rid of portables,” said McNew.

McNew expects the new building to cause a “domino effect” throughout the campus. Science labs in other buildings will be repurposed as classrooms, freeing up more space for specialized engineering and media rooms, as an example.

The Tennessee Board of Regents, who oversees Tennessee’s community colleges, has allocated $24.3 million for the project. The project is still in the planning and conceptualization phase, but McNew expects construction to begin some time next year.

March 19th, 2017, posted by Josh Witt

9/11 survivor to speak at Pellissippi

by Hunter Russell


9/11 survivor, Michael Hingson, will be speaking at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley campus on March 28.

Hingson has been blind since birth and has used a guide dog as an aid. Hingson was on the 78th floor of Tower One during the Sept. 11 attacks when his dog, Roselle, led him to safety.

In recollection of that day, Hingson states that he felt and heard a big explosion and then the building tilted. He heard debris falling and made sure the guests exited before him.

Hingson said he had a calming sense from God not to panic. It was his responsibility to know how to get to the stairs and Roselle’s job to make sure they walked safely.

Hingson has published a book about his experience titled Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero. The speech is funded by the Universal Pathways to Employment Project (UPEP) grant.

The speech will be at 2 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley campus. Admission will be free.

Hingson received a master’s degree in physics, had a career in computer sales and marketing and has joined Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, Calif. Hingson has spoken at many schools and events to spread his message of teamwork, trust and inspiration.


(Source: Michael Hingson; michaelhingson.com)

March 19th, 2017, posted by Hunter Russell

Luncheon held for Pellissippi students and alumni at University of Tennessee

by: Charlie Higdon

The University of Tennessee held a reunion for former colleagues and friends, and it was not even theirs.

Angela Pugh, the Development and Alumni Coordinator at Pellissippi State Community College in Hardin Valley, said a special luncheon was held at the University of Tennessee Visitor Center on March 10. It was held to celebrate former students and faculty of Pellissippi State.

The luncheon was sold out, and it intended to bring former students and faculty together to support the campus and get new students interested in Pellissippi. The alumni helped the Pellissippi campus by supporting student scholarships and becoming mentors and advisors for new students.

The luncheon meals were made and provided by students who are participating in the Pellissippi State Culinary Arts program. In addition, the luncheon gave an alumni award to Marilyn Harper, an associate professor of Spanish at Pellissippi, for her achievement in teaching.

March 19th, 2017, posted by Charles Higdon

Hip Hop Fitness at Magnolia campus

by Sandra Kapaya

Dr. Rosalyn Tillman from Pellissippi State Community College Magnolia Campus talks about Hip Hop Fitness, a new event going on this semester.

Hip Hop Fitness is a series of work out classes. The class starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 12 every Thursday in the Magnolia fitness center. This work-out class was originally started by the Student Activities Board Club.

Hip Hop Fitness is a great way for students to exercise have fun, and socialize. This event is a great stress-reliever, it’s free, and it still utilizes the fitness center at the Magnolia Campus.

March 19th, 2017, posted by sjkapaya2

Finals Studying Tips

It’s the “finals” countdown.

          Studying doesn’t have to be a hassle. Here are some tips to make studying simple, or even fun.

  • Study with friends – Get in a group and study together. Whether it’s friends from your class, or friends from different classes, getting together can make studying more fun. You can ask one another questions and help someone in a subject that you may be good at.
  • Go to tutoring – Ask your professor about any tutoring sessions you could attend. If another professor is holding a workshop, approach him and ask if you can join. Studying becomes a breeze when you have a professor available to ask questions to.
  • Study a little each day – It’s no use to cram the night before the test. By studying ten or fifteen minutes every day, you retain more information. Plus, you don’t have to stress about forgetting something from the night before.
  • Look over previous homework/quizzes/tests – Chances are, your professor will be pulling questions from what you’ve already done. Go over what you missed and make sure you understand why you missed it.

Sidanni Di Franco, 18, may be a freshman, but she’s no stranger to cramming for finals. “Usually, I just go unit by unit,” she said, “I look over tests and quizzes and stuff. I try not to do too much at once. It makes me tired.”

November 29th, 2016, posted by Grace Whitaker

College President on the Focus Act

College President Dr. Anthony Wise talks about new possibilities under Tennessee’s new Focus Act.

On June 8, Bill Haslam signed the Focus Act, which split Tennessee’s six major universities from TBR (Tennessee Board of Regents), enabling them to form independent governing boards of directors. TBR now presides over the state’s 13 community colleges and 26 technical colleges.

Tennessee state legislature has passed the Focus Act in order to better achieve its “Drive to 55” goal, which aims to help 55 percent of adults in Tennessee to achieve a post-secondary degree by 2025. “If we are going to hit the ‘Drive to 55,’ it is going to be to be because community and technical colleges carry a significant portion of the load,” said College President Dr. Anthony Wise.

“For the most part, the way those system was organized those institutions [state universities, community colleges and technical colleges] were all in one pot,” said Wise. “One of the things that the Board of Regents has to decide is how it is going to govern the two types of colleges it will now have,” said Wise.

Wise recounts having attended only one meeting in his 5 years as college president where presidents from all of the state’s community colleges and technical colleges were in attendance.

Wise says it is not certain whether the community colleges and technical colleges will be granted certain autonomy, or whether the institutions will “begin to align” in terms of curricula as well as shared facilities and resources.

Wise says he was approached by the Focus Act’s transition task force for feedback about moving forward, to which he shared ideals he felt were crucial to the success of the college.

Chief among his concerns was that students at Pellissippi would continue to have a clear and smooth transition to state universities. “We need to make sure that universities do not start creating barriers by changing curricula and requiring new courses of community college students, said Wise. Nearly 60 percent of Pellissippi students are in transfer programs to state universities.

Another of his concerns was the compartmentalized budgets and building projects of universities. THEC (Tennessee Higher Education Commission) will now be submitting the TBR budget alongside, new budgets from each of the state’s universities.

Wise also felt that the decision may allow for greater improvement elsewhere. “It gives the chance for the Board itself and the board members to become more engaged in what happens at community and technical colleges,” said Wise.

“I look at what happened in other states like Kentucky that went through a similar process, and it actually elevated the profile of community and technical colleges,” said Wise.

“I think there is an opportunity for the Board to become more engaged with individual institutions about what kind of help and support they need. We are fortunate in terms of our size and our budget, said Wise. “I would like to see a Tennessee Board of Regents that provides state-wide for community and technical colleges,” Wise went on to say.

New state boards consist of:

  • institution alumni
  • local business leaders
  • community leaders
  • local politicians
  • One faculty member
  • One current student of the instituion

Focus Act looking forward to (2016-2017)

  • July 1, 2016, Focus Act took effect
  • Sept., 2016, university board members appointed by Governor Haslam
  • Dec., 2016,  boards will meet to consider TBR universities’ proposals for substantive change of governance
  • March, 2017, TN General Assembly takes up confirmation of board members
  • April,  2017, THEC provides orientation for university board members
  • June, 2017, New university boards convene, adopt policies and assume governance of universities



November 29th, 2016, posted by Peyton Jollay

Sleep Deprivation at Pellissippi

Pellissippi President and Faculty Get Ready for End of Semester

President Wise and professors all give advice for students before the end of the semester


Faculty and President Anthony Wise advise that students are not getting enough sleep before finals and the end of the semester.

“Honestly, students don’t allow themselves enough sleep to begin with,” said Wise, on students’ study and sleeping habits.  “Students tend to procrastinate, and then stay up doing homework.  When they’re done with homework, then they proceed to give themselves ‘playtime’ instead of getting some sleep.”

General opinion from professors like Joseph Dartez and Charles Cardwell agree that students aren’t spending enough time sleeping.  Before the end of the semester, consider these facts before the finals.

  • Sleep works in RPM cycles. If you try to wake up in the middle of one, you’ll be miserable.  Longer sleep times avoids this.
  • Sleep deprivation affects 86 percent of teenagers attending school.
  • A light breakfast will help with finals, but heavy ones make students groggy.
  • Sleep deprivation is the first thing to affect the health of students.
  • Grades are significantly higher for well-rested students versus students not sleeping.

November 29th, 2016, posted by Thomas Ferrell