Archive for December, 2010

Orientation Classes Welcome New Students

by Jamie Maples

Pellissippi welcomes new and upcoming students to our campus!

Eight orientation classes are scheduled for first time and transfer students held on all four campuses, so plan to attend the one that is most convenient for you.

Becky Milam, director of New Student Orientation Programs, said that this is a great opportunity for students to get a taste of college life and what all is available to them before setting foot on campus. “We want students to leave with all the information they need for a successful start to their college career.”

Attendance is required for first time students and is recommended for transfer students. To view a full schedule of when classes take place and  reserve a spot, visit .

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Funding Approved for East Knoxville Branch

By James Williams

The Tennessee State Board of Regents has approved Pellissippi State’s request for $8.5 million to purchase a facility in East Knoxville.

Dr. Allen Edwards, President of Pellissippi State, said that the facility, the former Philips North American headquarters on Strawberry Plains Pike, still needs to be approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the State Building Commission. The purchase may not be finalized for another year.

Edwards said the current plan is to lease the building while awaiting the decision and to begin holding classes there as early as next fall.

Boasting over 200,000 square feet of floorspace, the Strawberry Plains facility is more than three times the size of the recently opened Blount County campus and only three miles from the Knoxville Center Mall. The building comes with a full-service cafeteria, more than 600 lighted parking spaces, a reflecting pond out front, and a large amount of office furniture.

The nursing program is going to be relocated from the Magnolia campus to the Strawberry Plains campus and expanded.

General education classes and developmental courses will be offered at the new campus, with the temporary exception of Biology and Chemistry, which require specialized labs.

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Because you asked….

by Daniel Westerling

Q:  Why is there no elected student government?

A: Until 2001, there was a Student Government Association (SGA). However, according to Student Life and Recreation Director Kim Thomas, it was discontinued due to lack of student involvement.

The administration noticed that the same students were running for and being elected to office year after year.  However, one Pellissippi professor, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “The SGA was shut down because they opened their mouths and the administration didn’t like it.”

To replace the SGA, the PSCC administration started the Council of Student Advocates (COSA).  This organization is made up of 3 students at each of the PSCC campuses, and they are chosen by the administration.  Each student is paid $8.50 an hour and is allowed to work up to 12 hours a week.

The fact that COSA members are chosen by the administration and not the student body leads many to question COSA’slegitimacy as a representative of student interests.  When asked about this issue, Kim Thomas said she is surprised that more students are not questioning Student Government and COSA, but understands that many students have jobs and families that may interfere with their ability to keep up with school politics.

Kim Thomas shared her desire that students would be more passionate about their own government and invited students to attend COSA meetings. They are held at 12 p.m. in the Student Life Conference Room.

Friday, December 3rd, 2010