Archive for August, 2008

Pellissippi Website Revamped

by Rochelle Williams

Pellissippi’s homepage is undergoing a two year transformation.

Lisa Wills said that new features will include Google search, weather conditions, RSS feeds, blogs, and a new content management system.

The new content management system, Luminis Content Management Suit, will make it easier for the departments to control their Internet content.

The new design will be used on across the campus webpage, although these changes will take time.

Wills said the new system is intended to be simpler, with audience based views divided into four sections.  Customized views will be available to current students, prospective students, faculty and staff, and alumni and friends.

The new system will also be incorporating the reccently launched My Pellissippi system.

Wills said that these changes are taking place in part because the website was last updated several years ago.

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Students who have experienced a loss can find help at Pellissippi State.

By Rochelle Williams

Following the July 27 shooting incident at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Church, Pellissippi students received an e-mail regarding the opportunity for grief counseling.

Kathleen Douthat, a counselor at the Harden Valley Campus, said, “Counseling is available to all students at PSTCC and is free of charge.”

Douthat defined grief by saying an individual could experience it due to “the death of someone close or the loss of a relationship.”

Physical effectsinclude headaches, changes in sleep or appetite, high blood pressure, and so on,” said Douthat.

Douthat also mentioned emotional effects, such as substance abuse, nightmares, anxiety, anger, or inability to meet responsibilities.

In order for a student to get help, Douthat said that a student must realize help is needed.

“The important thing to realize is that the student is not crazy,” said Douthat, “He or she is going through a normal reaction to an abnormal situation, but they can get better.”

Douthat said, “This takes time and will not happen overnight.  But they will survive, although life for them will be changed.”


Saturday, August 9th, 2008