Archive for March, 2010

Permanent student art collection coming soon

By Shayna Sharp

Pellissippi State will be creating a permanent art collection this year.

“The college is setting aside $500 a year to purchase a piece of student work that they will keep permanently on display with a tag that says whose it is,” said Anne Kinggard, professor and program chair of Art at Pellissippi State.

This piece of work will come from the annual student art exhibit.

A faculty of three art professors, one of them being Kinggard, will be choosing which piece or pieces of art are going to be considered for the permanent art collection. A committee including Dr. Allen Edwards, president of Pellissippi State; Dr. Rebecca Ashford, vice president of Student Success; and Kim Thomas, director of Student Life and Recreation, will then approve the selection along with the three art faculty members.

The committee will be installing the art exhibition on March 30 and 31. They will make a selection for the permanent art collection after the exhibition takes place. An announcement will be made on April 1 and 2.

Art students who enter their work into the annual art exhibit will be offered a chance to come up with a price for their art piece.  Kinggard said, “it exposes them (the students) to the business side of art.”

The event will give them experience for selling their work in the future and starting an art career; it will also look good on a resume said Kinggard.

Art pieces will continue to be chosen every year for the permanent art collection. The art pieces will be publicly displayed at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley campus.

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Third annual Festival of Cultures

by Mylita Lukey

The annual Festival of Cultures will run from 4:30-9 p.m. on Friday, April 16.

The event will take place at Pellissippi’s Hardin Valley campus in the Goins building auditorium and College Center.

The festival will be presenting 20 countries with community representatives from Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South America.

Gayle Wood, the director of Access and Diversity, expects a huge turnout and is still accepting volunteers.

The event will include a variety of art, dancers, music, exhibits and food from around the world. The Broadway Academy of Dance will be performing the Ghawazee, an Egyptian “gypsy” dance; the Ouled Nail, an Algerian dance; and traditional ballet dances.

Other musical acts include the Pellissippi State Bluegrass Ensemble and Dor L’Dor klezmer band.

Wood said the event is free and open to the community.

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

History professor will speak about industrialism

by Richard Schroeder

Professor David Key will present his lecture, “In Response to Industrialism,” in the Goins auditorium at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 1.

“It is important for students to have a concept of how America evolved socially, economically and politically,” stated Key.

The lecture will explore industrialism at the turn of the 20th century. Key said it will include discussing the importance of topics such as labor, gender, race and class during the time between 1865 and 1914.

Key has been a history professor at Pellissippi State for nine years.  He is a student success coordinator as well as a new student orientation leader.

Key also spoke with students last year about the same subject.  A video of the presentation is available  here.

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Pellissippi sets new spring semester enrollment record

By Adrienne Lefebvre

Pellissippi State is continuing a growing enrollment trend, reaching a record number of students in a spring term.

“It’s probably been six or seven consecutive semesters of record enrollment,” said Dr. Anthony Wise, vice president of Learning at PSCC.  “This is our biggest spring term but it’s a trend that’s been going on for the last few years.”

Wise pointed out that fall enrollment is usually higher than spring enrollment of the same academic year. With 9,945 students attending spring classes, this term is close to meeting the all-time enrollment record of 10,297 set last fall.

“Historically, in economic downturns and times of recession, enrollment at community colleges grows. A lot of folks go back to school to get retraining or to explore other career opportunities,” said Wise. “I think this is one thing that’s happening at Pellissippi State.”

Wise also notes that community colleges are a more “prominent part of the community than they were 20 years ago.”

“A lot of parents and students are having that conversation about higher education and finding that sometimes a community college is the best place to start,” said Wise, adding that new technical programs and weekend classes can also appeal to older or working students.

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010