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Transfer Students and UT

by Logan Quinton

Pellissippi students can expect more involvement from the University of Tennessee very soon.

Judy Gosch, the director of new program and development, stated that plans are to have an advisor from the university assigned to a Pellissippi campus by next fall. Along with this development she also says that new scholarship opportunities will be available for transfer students planning to attend the university.

Pellissippi has an established relationship with UT. Gosch says that the affiliation goes back to the 80s when Pellissippi became an institution. She also states that there is a “new interest” in focusing on transfer students. Gosch says the number of transfer students that Pellissippi has produced in recent years is a factor in this decision. She says that “Pellissippi State sends more students to UTK as transfer students than any other school does.”

This development is not the only change students can expect. Gosch states that new scholarship opportunities are also being discussed. While the specifics are not finalized, Gosch emphasizes that a GPA-based scholarship will be offered to Pellissippi students who are in good academic standing.

Gosch also credits the efforts of Complete College America and the effect of the Complete College Tennessee Act. The CCA is a nonprofit coalition designed to promote and support the importance of a college degree or certification. This foundation works with states to determine what action might be necessary to elevate the number of people who participate in higher learning. The Complete College Tennessee Act was passed in 2010 with the purpose of making a college education more attainable for those living in the state.

The 2017-2018 college catalog has been revised on the Pellissipi website. Students can access the college catalog by clicking on the Academics tab on the homepage. Those who are interested in transferring to UT can explore the Transfer/University Parallel Programs link. The General Education link will provide options for courses offered at Pellissippi. The courses that UT will accept for credit are highlighted with a star.

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

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




Sunday, March 19th, 2017

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;

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Campus Drama Club

By Olivia Eddy

Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Campus introduces students to the world of theatre with the Campus Drama Club.

The Magnolia Campus of Pellissippi State will do a table reading from Act 2 of the renowned play Inherit the Wind Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 3:30 p.m. The reading will take place at the school’s Community Room (MA109), and will be followed by a discussion about the bad arguments featured in the play.

Professor Rick Patton at Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Campus does more than just teaching English classes. He and fellow Professor Linda Streebeck have been advisors for the Magnolia Avenue Campus Drama Club for the past 11 years.

The Drama Club serves as an outlet for students who wish to view and participate in theatrical productions as well as other artistic performances.

Activities members of the Drama Club have participated in include:

• Hosting open mics
• Played improvisation games
• Performed favorite scenes from Shakespeare
• Done staged readings of plays
• Performed one-act, as well as full-length plays

For upcoming events at the Magnolia Campus, visit

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Science Fiction coming to Pellissippi

By: Asia Brown

A lecture based around science fiction is coming to Pellissippi State Community College.

The lecture lead by Trent Eades, an English professor at Pellissippi, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 12:30 p.m. in the Goins building auditorium on the Hardin Valley campus.

The lecture traces the development of science fiction from its earliest Greco-Roman beginnings to present day, as described by the faculty lecture series webpage.

The department of marketing and communications described the lecture as a continuation of the faculty lecture series at Pellissippi.

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Andrew Jackson is coming to a theatre near you

By Olivia Eddy

A satirical rock musical based on Andrew Jackson will be playing at Pellissippi’s Clayton Performing Arts Center.

This year’s presentation of Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson is the Theater Department’s latest production. A comedic, historical rock musical about the founding of the Democratic Party, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson was chosen specifically because it pairs so well the upcoming presidential election.

Professor Charles Miller, Director of Theatre for Pellissippi State Community College, is producing this year’s show. Professor Miller has played a crucial role in the school’s theatre department for over 20 years and has helped build it from the ground up.

While the department has grown and flourished under his guidance, it is currently suffering from growing pains. What began with one show every few of years has grown to three shows every year. The Clayton Performing Arts Center can barely contain the immense talent that the theater department presents every year.

In planning for this year’s show, Professor Miller and the Theatre Department were approached by Gretchen Wegner, Acting Professor at Pellissippi State. She explained that the theme of Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson and the current events in our country made it an obvious and timely choice and that it will not only be entertaining, but informative to a younger audience.

As far as Theatre Departments go, Professor Miller says that Pellissippi State’s is by far, “The best 2-year Theatre Department, and Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson is not a show to be missed.” Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson opens October 28th and runs through November 6th at the Clayton Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for students, faculty and seniors, and $14 for adults.

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Spring Choral Concert Coming to Pellissippi

By Nicholas Walker

Pellissippi State Community College will be holding its annual Spring Choral Concert on April 28.

The annual Spring Choral Concert hosted by Pellissippi is on April 28.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on Pellissippi’s Hardin Valley Campus, at 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The choir, which consists of the Concert Chorale and Variations Ensemble, is directed by Pellissippi music professor Meagan Langford, who has taught at the school for about 4 years.

  • The Spring Choral is the last of The Arts of Pellissippi and dates back to beginning of the music program itself.
  • The event will feature performances by all female and all male choirs respectively.
  • The Concert Chorale consists of a diverse group of singers.
  • The Variations Ensemble is more acapella-oriented.
  • Various genres will be performed, such as classics dating back to the 1700s, and standards from a wide variety of styles.
  • The choir will perform covers from artists such as Billy Joel and Sting, as well as renditions of spiritual songs from the late 19th century.

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Student Art Exhibit Being Held at Pellissippi


By Nicholas Walker

A juried art exhibition is currently being shown at Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley Campus.

Jennifer Brickey, Pellissippi’s associate professor of Liberal Arts, says the exhibit is beneficial to students by teaching them how to prepare showings for art shows.

The campus is located on 10915 Hardin Valley Road, and it is being held in the galley of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art. The exhibit opens on March 28 and runs through April 15. The gallery is open to the public from 10 to 6:30 p.m.

The exhibit is showcasing many forms of art, including paintings, sculptures, two-dimensional and three-dimensional design and ceramics.


Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Stage Production of Mining Activist to Be Performed At Pellissippi


By Nicholas Walker

A semi-autobiographical play about the life of activist and songwriter Florence Reece called “Which Side Are You On?” will debut this weekend at Pellissippi State Community College.

The production will be performed April 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and April 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. at the Hardin Valley campus.

The play was written by Pellissippi English professor Edward Francisco. Francisco has been Pellissippi’s Writer-in-Residence for 10 years, and he has taught at the school for 26 years.

  • The title is inspired by a protest song written by Reece, who was the daughter and wife of coal miners in Harlan County, Ky.
  • The song grew in popularity after being performed by Pete Seeger.
  • Reece was inspired to write the song when she was 12 years old after her family was shot at by thugs hired by a mining company.
  • Little is known about Reece’s life, and Francisco assembled the story from journals and news on the Harlan County War.
  • Francisco was inspired by his own family history of mine workers and alludes to this in the play.

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Jazz and Bluegrass Concert Coming to Pellissippi


By Nicholas Walker

An instrumental jazz and bluegrass concert will be held at Pellissippi’s Hardin Valley campus Thursday, March 24, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The ensemble will be performed in the Clayton Performing Arts Center. The building is located on 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The first 45 minutes will be performed by The Hardin Valley Thunder, which is led by Pellissippi’s professor of music Larry Vincent. The second half of the performance will be devoted to jazz and led by music teacher Tom Johnson.

Vincent, who has taught at Pellissippi for 20 years, began Hardin Valley Thunder in 2009. The group plays predominately contemporary bluegrass.

The jazz band will perform several forms of the genre, such as Latin groove and hard bop.

Monday, April 11th, 2016