Archive for April, 2007

Cutting-edge SEAT program offers students insight to homeland security

by Adam Brooks

The first class to complete Pellissippi State’s innovative Security Engineering and Administration Technology program are on target to graduate next fall.

Pellissippi was the first academic institution in Tennessee to offer the program. Initially conceptualized to be engineering-related, the program changed gears as administrators recognized the increasing demand for security enforcement and for students with security experience to deal with the threat of terrorist attacks.

“Security is being threatened internally and externally,” said John Sterling, SEAT program coordinator.

The SEAT program teaches students how to operate several high-tech applications like iris scanners, face recognition application, and palm geometry.

“Graduates from this program are much more marketable, because we continuously network with employers” said Sterling.

Prospective employers range from federal law enforcement agencies — U.S. marshals, FBI, CIA — to local agencies — loss prevention, local police, and security management.

The program now has 23 declared major students with college expectations for continued growth.

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Student design showcase set for April 26

by Angela Conner

Pellissippi State will host its annual student design showcase at the Hardin Valley campus on April 26 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. in the Goins student lounge. Admission is free.

“The showcase gives students an extra incentive to assemble a portfolio of work suitable to show to potential employers,” said David Gilbert, associate professor and coordinator of the Communications Graphics Technology department.

CGT is a part of the Media Technologies program. An associate degree in applied science is earned once a student completes the program.

“People see the impact of graphics design almost continually, but seldom realize its impact. The showcase is a way of drawing some attention to the process and effort that often goes unnoticed,” Gilbert said.

For more information about the showcase, contact David Gilbert at (865) 694-6750 or

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Student’s co-op builds best of both worlds

by Ben Underwood

University of Tennessee civil and environmental engineering student David Townsend used to get up early to go to class every morning to learn theories about his major. Now he has a different classroom — Pellissippi State’s under construction Bagwell Media Center on the Hardin Valley campus.

Townsend works as a U.T. co-op student for Messer Construction Company. U.T. matches students with relevant employers. The match allows students to gain real world experience in their chosen field of study.

The co-op program is “a win-win situation for both parties,” said Townsend. It made him “aware of more possibilities” in his choice of major. He said he feels more confident in his abilities.

Townsend works on the Messer job site everyday as an administrator and coordinator for subcontractors and architects. He said learning the “language” for making changes to the plans and understanding how to work well with people were the biggest skills gained from his co-op experience.

As he works toward graduating, Townsend may take classes at Pellissippi to speed up the process and continue with his co-op.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Time to check your well-being

by Amy Seivers

Pellissippi State will host the annual Covenant Health Check in the Goins Student Lounge on Wednesday, April 18, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The event offers free health screenings including blood pressure, vision and lung function checks and body fat analysis. Health professionals will be onsite to answer any questions.

Additional services offered are heart disease, thyroid and prostate risk tests for $20 and a Complete Blood Count test for $15. Those participants wanting a comprehensive blood analysis need to fast for twelve hours prior to the screening and drink only water. The cost is $20 for the test.

Admission is free and open to everyone. For more information, contact Debi Bolton at

Covenant Health and the Knoxville News Sentinel are sponsors of the event.

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Have you set your tee time yet?

by Ryan Chesney

Pellissippi State’s annual golf tournament will swing into action on April 20 at Dead Horse Lake golf course.

Arrive at Dead Horse Lake by 11:30 a.m. on the day of the event to sign up. There will be no green fees to play in the scramble style tournament.

“Everyone is welcome to come out and watch or play in the tournament,” said Dan Jones, director of recreational and intramural sports.

For questions or directions, call Jones at 694-6576.

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Financial Aid Day kicks off April 9

by Adam Brooks

All Pellissippi State campuses are readying for Financial Aid Day events through the month of April beginning on Monday, April 9 at Hardin Valley.

Participants can talk to financial aid representatives about options for student loans, and get help with processing applications. Information on Pell Grants, College Work-Study, Student Loans, SEOG Grants, Hope Scholarship, State Grants, Verification Process, Institutional Scholarships, & FAFSA will be offered.

April Morgan, HOPE scholarship coordinator, will be available to meet with student recipients to ensure they are on target to keep their scholarships.

Students are encouraged to come prepared to the event. Financial aid coordinator Sharon Shastid said, “Students should fill out paperwork, and file their FASFA online before they come.”

Dates and times for Financial Aid Day at the other Pellissippi campuses are:

  • Magolia Avenue: Wednesday, April 11, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Community Room
  • Division Street: Friday, April 20, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., DV116
  • Blount County: Monday, April 23, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Additional information, including eligibility, can be found at the Financial Aid website –

Monday, April 9th, 2007