Archive for October, 2009

Stimulus funding at PSCC has taken effect

by Adrienne Lefebvre

With enrollment at an all time high, how is Pellissippi State able to meet the needs of its students?

The stimulus package, received in March, is helping the effort. Funds have already been used to provide new programs, scholarships and additional lab equipment in support of the more than 10,200 students now registered at the college.

Dr. Allen Edwards, president of Pellissippi State, is focused on keeping PSCC accessible while serving the growing needs of the community.

“We needed to open up the weekend because we had so many students applying, so any student taking a course from 3 o’clock Friday afternoon through Saturday received a half scholarship,” said Edwards.

Stimulus money has also been used to open a new evening course in electromechanical /mechatronics. Full scholarships were provided to students who filled the 20 available slots. Edwards said this course will again be offered in the 2010 spring and fall terms to accommodate 150 students on a waiting list.

PSCC will receive stimulus funds in three installments over three and a half years.

Friday, October 30th, 2009

“Plump a Pumpkin”;Student Life & Leadership

By: Chance Collins

The Student Life and Leadership Club will be teaming up with Phi Theta Kappa and the Active Black Student Association for “Plump a Pumpkin” Friday, October 30, 2009.

The event will kick off at 9 a.m. and it will run until 3 p.m. with locations being designated as the courtyard and the student lounge located in the Goins Building, Room 146. The event allows students and faculty to enjoy the festive fall season together.

 Director of Student Life and Leadership, Kim Thomas, oversees the student events here on campus and is encouraging all students to participate in the festivities. Thomas said, there will be plenty of games and cash prizes given away throughout the entire event.

Activities for this event include a canned food drive for 2nd Harvest, a costume contest, pumpkin carving, and a pumpkin cook-off. Winners of the Halloween costume contest will receive cash prices in the range of $50, $25 and10$. The club that brings the most canned food goods will also be receiving various prizes.

By: Chance Collins

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Pellissippi’s ‘Good ‘N’ Plenty’ production competing at the American College Theatre Festival

by Jonathon Hash

The Pellissippi  production of “Good ‘N’ Plenty” will be entered in the American College Theatre Festival in Murfreesboro.

The production opened Friday and runs until Sunday, Oct 25th at the Clayton Performing Arts Center. Charles Miller, Director of “Good ‘N’ Plenty”, said this production will compete in the ACTF and will have an opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center . Miller said the production is “a blast from the past” story.

The ACTF in Murfreesboro hosts many productions. Miller said, “it’s not about competing against other productions, it’s more about competing with yourself.”

and will have an opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

COSA to listen up at Voice-Out event


By Claire Reed

Council of Student Advocates presents “Voice-Out”, an opportunity for students’ voices to be heard, on Oct 28th at the Hardin Valley Campus.

Voice-Out, hosted by COSA, is letting students voice their opinions. The event will allow students to send in comments or suggestions to Student Life and Recreation, and then the Student Activity Board of COSA will categorize the comments and respond to them.

Olivia Daniel, a Student Activity Board Member of COSA, has helped to plan the event Voice-Out and helps to organize the online blog for Voice-Out. Daniel said, COSA is primarily for enhancing the learning experience of the students here at Pellissippi.

COSA provides many different outlets to help students get connected to the campus by organizing activities and events.  The iPause, a student-produced video production, makes announcements about upcoming events so students can be informed about what’s happening on campus, Daniel Said.

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

TnCIS Study Abroad Fair

by Matt Pih

Pellissippi State Community College is hosting a Tennessee Consortium for International Studies event in the Goins rotunda and auditorium this week.

Theresa Castillo, Program Director for TnCIS, said that Thursday, Oct. 15, a study abroad fair will be held in the Goins rotunda and auditorium from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Additional events during the fair include:

  • Info Session 10:45 a.m.
  • Student Panel 12:25 p.m.
  • Info Session 2 p.m.

The Student panel is for interested students to get detailed information from previous study abroad participants, Castillo said. All 15 study abroad programs occur during the summer.

Pellissippi State Community College and all Tennessee Board of Regents colleges are members of TnCIS.

Saturday, October 10th, 2009