Archive for November, 2004

Author speaks for writers’ series

by Samuel Seivers

David Hunter, columnist for The Knoxville News-Sentinel, spoke to students and staff of Pellissippi State in the second part of the Fall Writers’ Series on Nov. 16.

Hunter is a crime and fiction writer who was a police officer with the Knox County Sheriff’s Department from 1979 to 1993. In 1989 he joined The Knoxville Journal as a columnist.

“One day of childhood, if remembered clearly, could become the basis for an entire book,” said Hunter. He has written a book about his childhood in Knoxville called Trailer Trash from Tennessee.

Hunter said he believes writers have to be outsiders in order to be effective. He said writers have the tendency to be compulsive and depressed.

“Depression was once called ‘Poets’ Melancholia,'” he said.

Hunter’s latest book, a collection of essays entitled Things to do in Georgia When You’re Dead, will be released soon.

Wednesday, November 24th, 2004

COSA to hold forum for input

by Janelle Davis

The Pellissippi State Council of Student Advocates wants to hear from the college’s students.

COSA members will be holding a “Voice Out” follow-up meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the student lounge in the Goins Building on the main campus.

Members will report the results of the survey given in October and a discussion will follow.

Students at the October meeting received comment cards to fill out with their opinions and concerns about Pelissippi State and the changes they would like to see.

Subjects brought up by the students included parking, classes, advisors and longer library hours, among others. The proposals were taken to the affected departments for feedback. COSA members then collected student ideas and met with the college’s president, Dr. Allen Edwards.

“The meeting with Dr. Edwards went very well. The students’ proposals were well received,” said COSA member Megan Archer.

Refreshments will be served. Those who have concerns or questions can email COSA at

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Poll for week of Nov. 22, 2004

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Saturday, November 20th, 2004

Fraud-reporting resource announced

by Wendy D. Hitt

A new Tennessee law requires all public institutions of higher education to provide a means for students, employees and others to report suspected dishonest acts.

“Such laws are common in many states and are now being applied to institutions of higher education,” said Pellissippi President Dr. Allen Edwards.

Edwards also said the new law, passed during the last Tennessee legislative session, may have resulted from recent attention given to the former University of Tennessee president.

College employees, students or others may report allegedly dishonest acts to any administrator or campus official. They may also phone their concerns to either the Pellissippi State Internal Audit office at (865) 694-6648 or the Tennessee Comptroller’s Hotline for Fraud, Waste and Abuse at (800) 232-5454, or e-mail the Tennessee Board of Regents at

Examples of suspected dishonest acts include theft; alteration or falsifications of documents, reports or computer files; violations of college conflict of interest policy; or receipts for hours not worked.

The confidentially of the reporting individual is protected under Tennessee Code Annotated Title 10, Chapter 7. State law also prohibits discrimination or retaliation against employees who report allegedly dishonest acts.

The complete brochure, entitled “Reporting Fraud, Waste or Abuse,” may be found at

Friday, November 19th, 2004

College wins marketing awards

by Trevor Renfro

Pellissippi State won two marketing awards at the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations District Two conference in October.

Annette Eldridge, technical clerk of community relations, said the Pellissippi State Community Relations Department won a bronze award for their annual view book and a silver medal for a picture of an art student that appears in an annual calendar.

The college received the awards at the conference held by NCMPR in Covington, Ky., on Oct. 6. District 2 includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the Bahamas, according to the association’s Web site.

The National Council for Marketing & Public Relations represents marketing and public relations professionals at more than 600 community, technical or junior colleges. There are more than 1,550 members.

The view book, being released this year, is used to recruit new students. Eldridge said 20,000 copies of the view book were printed.

Julia Wood, director of community relations, said Chris Hollo took the calendar picture of an art student making prints. Hollo is a contract photographer from Nashville.

Eldridge said next year’s calendar will feature pictures of the hot air balloon rally and festival held last summer at Pellissippi State as a fund-raiser.

The Community Relations Department has won more than 30 other awards, which hang outside their office on the second floor of the Goins Building.

Friday, November 19th, 2004

TBR Magnolia Avenue Nursing Center Opens at Pellissippi State

by Brandon Jones

Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue campus will soon begin offering a nursing program.

The Tennessee Board of Regents Magnolia Avenue Nursing Center will open the fall of 2005. The deadline for applicants is Jan. 21.

The Magnolia campus will host the nursing program because East Knoxville is one of the few areas that do not have a program designed for nurses, said Susan McMahon, the nursing program coordinator for Pellissippi State.

Talks have “been in progress for a couple of years” between Roane State and Pellissippi State to create this program, McMahon said.

Roane State has in the past allowed 120 students to apply for the nursing program. The opening of the Magnolia center will allow 150 students to apply, 30 of whom will attend at Pellissippi State.

The curriculum follows that of Roane State’s nursing program, said McMahon. Prerequisites include English composition, psychology and biology, among others. Interested students can either speak with their advisors or log onto the Web site to find out the full list of prerequisites needed.

Completing the program leads to an associate’s degree. Credits earned will transfer to universities for those seeking bachelor’s degrees.

“We’re glad we can help open the doors for students who want to become nurses,” said Allen Edwards, president of Pellissippi State. “We’re particularly glad we can do it at our Magnolia Avenue campus.”

Friday, November 19th, 2004

Media adapts to changes in society

by Josh Holman

A local advertising executive said recently that full video billboards are “that close” to coming to Knoxville.

Called “smartboards”, the new billboards will be reaching Knoxville sometime very soon, according to Keith Austin, senior account executive of Lamar Advertising.

Austin was on campus to take part in the “Future of Marketing” series hosted on Nov. 17 by the Pellissippi State Student Chapter of the American Marketing Association. The session addressed the future of media in East Tennessee.

In an ever technologically-evolving society, media finds itself having to constantly reinvent itself just to successfully reach the consumer, Austin said.

Broad access to the Internet in the ’90s brought increased product knowledge to the consumer This product knowledge superiority put power in the hands of the consumer in a way never seen before, he said.

Austin said consumers have become more skeptical of media which has brought up several issues in advertising. For instance, readership of daily newspapers fell from a high of 81 percent of households in 1964 to 55 percent of households in 2002, according to Business Week. Consumers are now more aware of the originality of ads, and are more likely to dismiss the ones they deem unoriginal.

Authenticity has also been a recent issue because some newer brands with smaller market shares have designed logos very similar to those of more successful brands in hopes of being noticed.

Austin said outdoor advertising has a promising future because of the decline in effectiveness of many forms of media. Billboards often take a lighter approach to advertising by using funny catch phrases and high quality digital images that catch the eye.

Friday, November 19th, 2004

Scholarship helps students move to four-year schools

by Kristen Hicks

A Virginia-based foundation has begun the process of selecting recipients for the largest scholarship offered in the United States to community college transfer students.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has opened the nomination process for their scholarship to students attending two-year institutions.

Through the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program, the private foundation will award up to $30,000 per recipient to help students and recent alumni from community colleges and two-year institutions pursue four-year degrees at any college or university in the United States and abroad.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is one of the few private funds that help students transfer to four-year institutions. Awards will provide funding for tuition, room and board, required fees, and books for the length of the undergraduate degree, generally two years. The amount will vary based on such factors as the cost of the institution each recipient attends.

This year marks the fourth annual Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship competition. The foundation will award approximately 25 scholarships to outstanding students to begin studies at a four-year institution in fall 2005.

To be eligible for this scholarship a candidate must be nominated by his or her two-year institution and be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by December 31, 2004, or be a recent graduate.

The candidate must have a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 or better and plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to begin studies in fall 2005.

The foundation will renew the scholarship annually, provided the student has “maintained high academic performance, exhibited good conduct, made significant progress toward a degree, and complied with the Foundation’s administrative requirements and requests,” according to materials on the foundation’s Web site.

The private foundation was established in 2000 by the estate of Jack Kent Cooke to help young people reach their full potential through education. Cooke owned the Los Angeles Lakers, the Washington Redskins, and the Chrysler in New York City. When he died in 1997, he left most of his fortune to establish this foundation.

Candidates for the scholarship must be nominated by the faculty representative at their two-year institution. Dr. Jonathan Fowler, the faculty representative for Pellissippi State, has his office in ERC 120F. Interested applicants can contact him by phone (694-6441) or email (, and can obtain an application from Dr. Fowler, from the foundation’s website ( or by calling 1-800-498-6478. The deadline for all applications is December 10, 2004.

Friday, November 19th, 2004

Profile: Passion, communication epitomize teacher

by Daniel Wells

Annie Gray is a philosopher, licensed massage therapist, and college teacher who says she has spent most of her life trying to figure out life.

Gray teaches a variety of English classes at PSTCC. She said she is steered by people like Carl Jung and his ideas are about individuating the self.

Posters of paintings such as “Ecstacy” by Maxfield Parish mix with quotations and family items on her sticker-clad walls. Gray agrees that one poster in her office seems to summarize her ideas, “Relativity” by M.C. Escher, which depicts everyone experiencing their own reality as a collective of multiple realities at one time.

She said she became an English teacher because she “felt that teaching English is like showing people a magic pathway to becoming more human, connected to one another.” She believes that communication forms this pathway that humans are on, but that not nearly enough people are going in the right direction.

Gray said she tries to apply that same belief to her other job: licensed massage therapist. On her neck she wears a little charm of the healing hand. It is an upwards-pointing, open-palmed hand with a large swirl circling out from the center.

“Every person has their own little red sack of past experiences thrown over their shoulder,” she said. When people come together or communicate with one another, everything they say comes out of the framework their experiences create for them.

The primary question that interests her is: “What can we create together?” She has dedicated herself to the complete understanding of communication between people. She said she believes life asks us to, among other things, constantly break new ground on ways to communicate with each other.

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

College Republicans join Pellissippi

by David A. Garrett Jr.

A new organization is being formed at Pellissippi State for students interested in conservative politics.

Christopher Adcock, a 24-year-old political science major, spearheaded the formation of the College Republicans at the Hardin Valley campus of Pellissippi State.

“For the last year and a half, I, like many others, have become increasingly aware of the dominance the College Democrats maintain on the Hardin Valley campus,” Adcock said. “There has been lack of leadership and support for Republican/conservative students at PSTCC for far too long. We’re going to fix that.”

Adcock said he feared the organization would have a difficult time finding help, but found he was wrong. Faculty advisors include instructors from the English, math, science and social sciences departments and programs. The club now numbers 25 student members.

The College Republicans held their first formal meeting on Oct. 21 in the Goins Student Lounge to elect officers. Adcock stood out by wearing a Bush/Cheney sticker over his chest.

Newly elected officers include:

  • President/chair, Christopher Adcock
  • Vice-chair/president, Johnny Clay Cupp Jr.
  • Treasurer, Amber Ritchie
  • Secretary, Amanda Hair and Jennifer Smith
  • Executive director, Adam J. Houk

A passing student handed Adcock an anti-war/Bush flyer in the middle of the meeting and said someone was putting them up around campus. Adcock told the group that whoever displayed the fliers is free to do what they want and to not worry about it.

At the end of the meeting, Adcock handed out various fliers promoting the Republican Party’s agenda and several Bush/Cheney bumper stickers.

Adcock hopes to have at least one special presentation this semester; a movie, a debate between the College Democrats and College Republicans, or a visit from John Duncan Jr.

The organization has submitted its final paperwork to the Student Life and Recreation office, and expect to be officially recognized by PSTCC around mid-November.

Some of the organization’s goals include:

  • to promote the values of the Republican Party.
  • to help Republicans gain and maintain office in all levels of government.
  • to uphold a positive image of young adults and assert their influence by embracing conservative ideals.
  • to preserve and protect the United States constitution.

To get more information about the organization, can visit Membership forms are available from Patricia Varga in ERC330. Further information is available by contacting Christopher Adcock via email: or

Thursday, November 18th, 2004