Archive for the ‘Club activities’ Category

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.

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Upcoming Archery Tournament at Pellissippi

by Nathan Scott

Pellissippi will be hosting an archery tournament from Oct. 13 through Oct. 20. It will start at 3 pm Thursday, Oct. 13.

It will run every day that week from 3 pm until it ends for that day. The final day of the tournament is Thursday, Oct. 20, when it will end at 5 p.m.

You can register by emailing or by signing up in person at the Student Recreation Center. As long as you are a student, it is completely free.

No previous archery classes or formal experience is required, but you do need to know the basics of archery in advance. Once you have entered, meet in the Student Recreation Center at 3 p.m. on Thursday to start.

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Give the Gift of a Smile

Pellissippi students are encouraged to give this holiday season.

by Hailey Rudd

Toys for Tots is collecting donations at Pellissippi State to provide Christmas gifts for children in need.

The Association of Information Technology Professionals is sponsoring Toys for Tots this year, says organizer Karen Ghezawi. They are collecting toys for local children “who probably wouldn’t otherwise get a present,” she stated.

“The deadline for donations is Dec. 4 and donation boxes can be found on every campus,” said Ghezawi. New, unwrapped gifts for children of all ages are requested. Ghezawi also explained that gifts for teenaged children are most often overlooked and things such as hairdryers and nail polish are requested for them.

“Toys for Tots is organized by the Marine Corps. They sort the donated toys and allow less-fortunate parents to come choose toys for their children for Christmas,” Ghezawi said.


Friday, December 5th, 2014

Talking With Your Hands

by Hailey Rudd

The American Sign Language Club at Pellissippi State offers opportunities to interact with the deaf culture. 

 Learning American Sign Language and experiencing deaf culture are some of the perks of being a part of the ASL Club at Pellissippi.

The ASL Club hosts activities like game night and takes trips to the Tennessee School for the Deaf to interact with the deaf and hard of hearing community, said faculty advisor, Guinetta Baker.

Story telling, arts and crafts, and science experiments are just some of the activities that students of Pellissippi can participate in at TSD.

“Students can join the club independently or join one of the four levels of sign language classes to be a part of these activities,” stated Baker. She reported that it was established four years ago as a bi-lingual and a multi-cultural experience for PSCC students.

Here are some ways that students can be involved within the club:

  • Sign up for the ASL Class
  • Attend the monthly deaf community ASL dinners
  • Participate in ASL game night
  • Be part of connecting with children at TSD

For more information, you can visit the ASL Please website at:


Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Fifteen Minutes of Fame for Students

By Payton Boyd

Pellissippi’s own Imaginary Gardens is once again taking submissions of poetry, short stories, art, and photography for this year’s magazine.

Hailey Rudd, the editor-in-chief of Imaginary Gardens, stated that all submissions are due Dec. 5th, also the last regular school day.

There is no limit to the amount of works one can submit, and Rudd said the magazine should be released sometime in March.

Each student potentially can have two works chosen to be put into the magazine. To submit pieces, email them to


Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Happy Returns

by David Ball

Last Thursday night was the 5th annual Jazz and Bluegrass Concert at Pellissippi State. Fourteen alumni returned to take part in the event, a joint concert between The Hardin Valley Thunder and the Pellissippi State Jazz Band.

One alum, Rondo Johnson, was excited to return and play with current students. “This is the first time they have let alumni come back for the concert, so I really wanted to jump on it,” said Johnson.

Johnson graduated from Pellissippi in 2011 and is now actively pursuing a music career. He is the lead guitarist for a local band called Inward of Eden. “We are an original rock project and we just released our first album on iTunes.”

Johnson also teaches guitar lessons on the side and credits his Pellissippi teacher Larry Vincent for playing a big part in his musical knowledge. “Larry was my teacher for a lot of classes. He taught me a lot, and it’s really cool that he put all this together tonight.”

Inward of Eden can be seen at various venues throughout Knoxville. On the weekends, the band frequents Spicy’s in Powell, Paul’s Oasis and Doc’s All American Grill.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Swing the golf club for students on Tuesday

by Taylor Cash

The ninth annual Swing Big for Students golf tournament will be teeing off  Tuesday, May 7, at Egwani Farms in Rockford.

Two start times will be offered, with the first tee-off at 8 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m.

“The tournament has been a great success throughout the years, bringing in $11,000 last year for sports-related majors and the greatest-needs funds,” said Peggy Wilson, vice president of college advancement.

The tournament has been slowly growing over the past eight years, she said. “With 16 teams already registered for the tournament, we are expecting about the same turn-out as last year,” said Wilson.

A portion of the earnings comes from participants, but the school relies on sponsors for the majority of the funds. Over the past eight years, participants and sponsors have helped raise more than $114,000 for scholarships, new equipment and technology and  the new building at Strawberry Plains.

“The tournament has been a great success for us in the past, and this year we expect nothing less this year,” said Wilson.

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Student leadership awards will be presented

by Jovi McMichael

Outstanding student  achievement will be recognized Friday at 3 p.m. in the Goins Cafeteria.

The Student Leadership and Service Recognition Awards will recognize organizations such as new-student orientation leaders, ambassadors and the Student Activities Board.

“Since we have so many new organizations this year, it will be interesting to see who will get the awards,” said student success mentor Christine Venak.

The ceremony will also include a new service component not seen in previous years. Seven additional awards to students, campus and community groups, faculty and staff will be handed out courtesy of Dr. Annie Gray.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Students will present service-learning projects

by Jovi McMichael

Knowledge is power, and it is at its most powerful when put to real-world use.

Eleven brief presentations by Pellissippi’s Service-Learning Program will prove this point at the 2013 Service Expo on May 3. Beginning at 2 p.m. in the Goins College Center, each presentation will honor the accomplishments of a class or individual in the program.

The purpose of the program is to directly apply what is learned in the classroom to real events in a way that benefits the community. “This semester, we are well on our way to $100, 000 of economic impact, which, of course, would only be possible with the faculty and students who donate their time,” said Catherine Carr with AmeriCorps VISTA for the Service-Learning Program.

Accomplishments to be featured at the event include a catering class that volunteered at Breakthrough Autism and a project management class that hosted a Halloween event.

Students who attend the Service Expo may register for one of two Mini iPads and a Kindle Fire.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Branding Your Own Image

by Kareen Tabyate

Jesse Trucks will be coming to Pellissippi’s Hardin Valley campus to explain Blitzkrieg Branding, which tells students how they are targeted by advertising.

He will speak on April 16 at 4 p.m. in Portable B102 during a Gnosis meeting, said Gnosis Director Annie Gray.

Blitzkrieg Branding informs Pellissippi students how corporations use their data to build targeted advertising based on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Jesse Trucks explains that society has been reduced to products that are marketed and sold every day.

Trucks would like to come to Pellissippi to teach students how to create, control, and market their own brand identity to the world.

“Empower your career. Empower yourself,” Trucks puts it.

Trucks has worked in IT for more than 16 years. He has served on the board of directors for a non-profit organization promoting professionalism and ethical practices.

Gray encourages all Pellissippi students to attend Jesse Trucks’ presentation.

Friday, April 5th, 2013