Archive for March, 2007

‘Steer Your Career’ at annual event

by Amy Seivers

Pellissippi State’s annual career fair is scheduled for Wednesday, April 4 at the Hardin Valley Campus in the McWherter Building from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The “steer your career” event offers students a place to meet and network with over 30 companies like TVA and KUB, WBIR Television and First Tennessee Bank. Students are encouraged to bring a copy of their resume and to dress professionally.

Pellissippi’s home page — — provides more information about the career fair including a full list of participating employers, proper business etiquette tips, examples of business attire and frequently asked interview questions.

The Career Placement Office at Pellissippi and the sales/event marketing class are sponsoring the event.

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Science Club plans rocky trip

by Tara Bell

Pellissippi State’s Science Club is heading to Tennessee Valley Marble Inc. in April to get a glimpse of how the mining industry operates. The exact date has yet to be set but deadline to sign up for the event is March 30.

Club participants will take part in testing rocks being quarried with weak hydrochloric acid to see if it will fizz simulating what happens to marble limestone when subjected to high heat and low pressure.

“It’s a great way to experience science in a place other than the classroom,” said club director Kathleen Affholter.

Science Club membership fee is $5, but there is no charge for the trip. Participants are advised to dress casually and wear close toed shoes.

Once the rock testing is done at Tennessee Valley Marble, the club plans a retreat to the Marble Slab Creamery to enjoy complimentary ice cream and to check out the type of stone slab the creamery uses.

For further information on the date and meeting times, contact Kathleen Affholter at

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Students cash in on HOPE lottery scholarship increase

by Adam Brooks

Starting next fall current Pellissippi State students get $100 added to their HOPE lottery scholarship.

Since it’s initiation at Pellissippi in 2004 the lottery scholarship has received a $400 per student increase from access lottery funds.

Student requirements to maintain the HOPE scholarship for fall 2007 are:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 after 24 attempted semester hours
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 after 48, 72, 96, and 120 attempted semester hours
  • Enrolled in fall and spring semesters and maintain satisfactory academic progress

While current students may be cashing in on the increase, future students will be taking home the grand prize. Gov. Bredesen plans to spend an additional $10 million for full-tuition scholarships to community colleges for students who score 19 or better on the ACTs.

In his 2007 state of the union address Bredesen said, “Every student who wants and is ready to go to college deserves some help, not just the students with the highest GPA.”

Bredesen also proposed an increase in lottery scholarships for students attending four-year colleges to $4000 annually to reflect the rising cost of tuition.

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Pellissippi resourceful with proposed state funds

by Adam Brooks

Pellissippi State will see a small budget increase from a portion of Gov. Bredesen’s $915 million boost in spending for 2007-2008.

“A steady increase in budget expenditures has been a continuous occurrence from year to year,” said President Allen Edwards. The state money will be much needed in the midst of recent capital improvements and growing living expenses for employees.

A 4.9 percent increase in operating funds will be set aside for the Bagwell Center for Media and Art — set to open in spring 2008. The Gov. also proposed $470,000 for capital improvements targeted for replacement of a boiler at Pellissippi’s Magnolia campus, according to Edwards.

A change of note in the state’s budget allows for full HOPE lottery scholarships for high school graduating seniors who score 19 or higher on the ACTs. Edwards said Pellissippi “will plan for an increase in students.” Current HOPE recipients will receive an additional $100 scholarship funds next year.

Edwards sees the budget as sufficient for a growing community college. He said there are always two areas which need to be addressed — an increase in faculty and staff and the salary scale system. “An increase in tuition would not be a long-term solution” to attend to these areas. “Education should be a higher priority in order for these problems to be addressed,” said Edwards.

Pellissippi would welcome more state funds especially since a recent study completed by educational consultant Fred Martin reported Pellissippi contributed to the local economy by creating more than 20,000 jobs, resulting in an overall economic impact of just under $600 million.

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Date set for 2007 Balloon Festival

by Angela Conner

Pellissippi State’s annual Hot Air Balloon Festival is set for Sept. 28-29 at the main campus.

The event draws a large crowd and generally brings a net profit of up to $30,000. “The money raised from the balloon festival benefits Pellissippi students in many ways — scholarships, student loans, new technology, buildings and special programs,” said Pat Myers, director of alumni relations and fundraising events.

“The event will include food, arts and crafts, children’s activities, tethered balloon rides, a much loved ‘balloon glow’, special performances from various local and nationally known performers and much more,” Myers said.

Inspiration for the festival started in the late 80’s to early 90’s when a radio station hosted a rally for hot air balloon pilots. Pellissippi’s main campus was the launch and landing spot.

Ten years later, a group of local pilots met with Pellissippi President Allen Edwards and staff members from the Foundation office to discuss hosting a hot air balloon rally.

More than 10,000 people came to the first festival held on August 27-28 2004.

“The balloon festival is a wonderful ‘friend raiser’ for the college,” said Myers.

If interested in volunteering for the festival, please contact the Foundation office at 694-6528.

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

The search is on for new vice president

by Amy Seivers

A search committee to find a replacement for retired Pellissippi State Vice President Jim Bruns is underway with an expectation to fill the post by July 15, 2007.

Pellissippi president, Allen Edwards, said the 12-15 member committee included faculty and support staff. The group conducted a series of meetings to review applications received as a result of national advertisements.

Edwards requested a list of the three most qualified applicants for the vice president position voted unanimously by the committee. A full-day interview at Pellissippi was scheduled for each finalist including general sessions opened to all employees. The general session gives all staff an opportunity to meet and ask questions of the candidates.

The three candidates and dates for each general session are:

  • David Haddock, Jr., Ed.D., associate vice president of academic affairs at Chattanooga State Technical Community College — March 12
  • Anthony Wise, Jr., Ph.D., interim vice president of academic and student affairs at Pellissippi State — March 21
  • Sharon J. Tanner, Ed.D, RN., ceo/executive director of the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission — March 26

Edwards said it is important the faculty and staff support the individual once the final decision is made. He anticipates the new vice president will bring “a fresh perspective and a look to the future” and is “knowledgeable about developing policies and provide support for students” like former Vice President Bruns.

Bruns was vice president of academic and student affairs at Pellissippi State for more then 10 years. Anthony Wise Jr. is serving as interim vice president.

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Take a breath of fresh mountain air with the Outdoors Club

by Tara Bell

Join Pellissippi State’s Outdoors Club for a Smokey Mountain hiking adventure to Ramsay Cascades on March 31. It will be “a great way to meet the gang and see what it’s all about,” said club president Bobby Nicholson.

A gradual, 8-mile round trip hike, the Ramsay Cascade trail offers views of the Smokey Mountains and some of the largest trees in the park. The trail ends at a waterfall where participants can partake in swimming and find places for eating, and conversing.

The deadline to sign up for the event is March 22.

The club will meet at the student recreation center on the main campus at 8:30 a.m. Water, lunch, snacks, camera, swimsuit, tennis shoes or hiking boots and a jacket are suggested items to bring. The group estimates return time to campus at 7:30 p.m.

The trip free, while a donation of $2 is recommended.

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Growth spurt at Hardin Valley campus

by Ben Underwood

It’s big and it’s visible and construction of the Bagwell Art and Media Technology Center at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley campus should be completed by July 15.

According to Dave Walton, Pellissippi’s facilities coordinator, the only obstacle to construction is the weather. Rain and freezing temperatures have cost some time by interfering with concrete and masonry work.

The Bagwell Center will be completely functional by 2008-spring semester with some limited classes available in fall 2006.

In addition to the art and media center, the physical plant building will be expanded to house more machine shops and storage space. The budget for the two projects is $6,580,000, not inclusive of the $1 million estimated cost for media equipment.

Renovations of the Goins building and further expansion of the student recreation center are in the improvement plans at the Hardin Valley campus. The projects will be put up for bids as early as the summer.

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

March hoops madness at Pellissippi

by Ryan Chesney

March Madness might be the most exciting event in all of college sports. The NCAA holds a Division I men and women’s basketball tournament each year during the months of March and April. The winners of the 65-team tournament are crowned the national champions.

Pellissippi State’s intramural basketball league puts on its own little March Madness tournament. Dan Jones, director for recreational and intramural sports, said, “Our March Madness is a little different from the NCAA’s. We take the best 8 teams out of our 12 team league and have a double elimination tournament.”

March Madness at Pellissippi begins March 20 at 6 p.m., and is free to all spectators. The tournament is held at the main campus in the recreational center.

Come see what all the “madness” is about.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Pellissippi students get a ‘third choice’

by Liz Overton

Third Choice, a — newly formed student organization at Pellissippi State, offers students an additional venue for having their voices heard.

Allen Thomas, founder and president of organization said, “Third Choice is mainly a group of people tired of a lack of intelligent conversation about issues that concern us.”

The group is designed for people who “feel like we’re only being offered the choice of black or white,” said Thomas, and desire a “third choice.”

Thomas stated he would like to see Third Choice encourage people to dig up factual information and arrive at their own rational conclusions — not merely believe what others tell them.

The group will focus on political topics, but has no political affiliations, according to Thomas.

The meetings will follow an agenda. set at least 24 hours in advance and e-mailed to group members including time for open discussion on any topic Thomas said.

One of the first issues he would like to see the group tackle is financial responsibility – both at home and abroad.

“People need to realize what they’re doing when they buy clothes made in sweatshops,” said Thomas. “But they can’t do anything about it if they don’t know.”

“I hope that enough people still care about these issues to make [Third Choice] a vital, vibrant part of Pellissippi and Knoxville,” said Thomas.

According to Thomas, Third Choice will meet twice a month for discussion and is open to anyone. There is a $10 membership fee per semester and only students qualify as voting members. The group plans to host special events such as debates and educational seminars.

English professors Annie Gray and Susan Thomas are the group’s faculty advisors.

Anyone interested in joining or learning more about Third Choice email

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007