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Pellissippi Connections

The Pellissippi State Alumni Foundation is hosting a networking event in October, inviting people to socialize with friends, and to reach out to the community for career opportunities.

Pellissippi State is reaching out to the community by hosting an event in October that brings people together and creates new career opportunities.

Angela Pugh, the development and alumni coordinator at Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley campus, announced that the networking event will be in sometime in October. The specific date and location of the event have not been announced.

The networking event will be open to the public.

  • The networking event is a way for people to interact with friends, and making business connections to help start their careers.
  • Food will be provided, along with entertainment
  • Last year, the networking event had a guest speaker give a lecture on social media networking. This year, the guest speaker will discuss career development, such as the use of social networking and social media.

For more information about the networking event, please visit the Pellissippi State Alumni Foundation Facebook page, or the Alumni page on the Pellissippi website [ ].


Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

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

Tuesday, November 29th, 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

Foundation and Fundraising

Foundation scholarships fill important gaps that inhibit students from pursuing an education.


For the past 10 years at Pellissippi State Community College has hosted a free golf tournament.The purpose of the event raises money and awareness about Foundation Scholarship and tuition-free college through Tennessee Promise.


Patricia Myers who has been responsible for creating and implementing fundraising events in the past 10 years says that her goal for Pellissippi is to “Keep donors engaged with Pellissippi State and to let them know how their support is changing lives!”.The 11th Annual Swing Big golf tournament takes place every year as it did this year on Tues. September 15, 2015.


Money raised from the gulf fundraiser provides scholarship money for eligible recipients. However, enough money is usually raised to provide financial aid for students who do not qualify for scholarships such as Tennessee Promise.


Since the community college is a state institution, most people tend to believe that the state provides most of the schools funding. However, the truth is that they provide very little funding which could potentially jeopardize the education of many students.


Due to Patricia Myers implantation of fundraising, many students are able to pursue an education at Pellissippi State due to the help of the school’s generous donors. Building improvements; new equipment; money to build new buildings; and award money for students and employees are also some of the things that the fundraiser contributes to.


Myers overall goal is to invite more community members to our campuses so that they can meet our students and hear their stories! Myers said “Our students are out most valuable assets!” which has been proven with her actions as she leaves her position in the hands of Anesia McDonald who is now responsible for all Fundraising events.

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

COSA hosts “Take Back the Night”

by Kendall Calkins


The Council of Student Advocates will be holding “Take Back the Night” at the Hardin Valley campus Thursday, Oct. 22 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.


“We want to raise awareness about rape on college campuses,” said Student Activity Board member Alayna Strickland about the event that will include speakers and a walk for awareness.


“We are hoping to have student victims speak and share their survival stories,” and COSA liaison Joshua Anderson.


The event was held last year at the Division Street campus. Anderson and Strickland both “hope to build upon last year’s successful event.”

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

COSA holds voter registration drive

By Kendall Calkins


The Council of Student Advocates registered 534 students as new voters at the Hardin Valley Camus las month to promote National Voter Registration Week.

Volunteers, Student Activity Board members and work-study students staffed a tent in the courtyard everyday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. the week of Sept. 21 to “give students the opportunity to have a voice in public elections and a chance to become actively involved in their government.” said Student Government president and COSA liaison Joshua Anderson.

“We are very proud of this year’s success and hope registration week continues to grow each year”, said Anderson of this year’s registration compared to last year’s turn out of 499.

Another registration drive is set for sometime in January to give students a chance to register before the March Presidential primary.

COSA hopes to expand on voter awareness with candidate forums for the upcoming local and national elections.

“Students say they don’t even know who is running”, said Anderson, “We want students to be able to elect leaders that reflect their values and opinions.”

Expansion on voter awareness has not yet been finalized and will be on the student calendar in the coming months.

Friday, October 9th, 2015