Archive for October, 2011

Halloween Events

by Anna Daugherty

What are you going to be for Halloween?

According to Pellissippi’s website, the Magnolia campus will be hosting a Halloween movie marathon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 31. The event is free and open to all students, faculty, staff, and their families.

Also, the Hardin Valley campus will be hosting a Halloween scavenger hunt on Oct. 31 to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. The event will begin and end in the Goins Student Lounge. Students must come in appropriate costumes and bring three non-perishable food items to donate. There will be candy, gift-card giveaways, and an ultimate grand prize of a Toshiba laptop accompanied by a case, four gigabyte flash drive, and printer.

Come join in the fun and celebrate Halloween with your fellow students!

Monday, October 24th, 2011

New Pellissippi Campus

by Trey Hamblin

A new campus will be available to Pellissippi students as soon as fall 2012 according to Dennis Adams, Dean of Instructional Services.

The new campus will be located at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike, immediately off of exit 398 on Interstate 40. While this location is a far from the other campuses, it will benefit students in East Knoxville.

The lot was a Philips-Magnavox headquarters building that housed its Marketing and Research and Development departments. It has about 220,000 square feet of space, which would make it larger than every campus except Hardin Valley. Over 600 parking spots are available, and with over 33 acres of land, there is plenty of room for expansion.

The building itself is almost campus ready. It has plenty of open space, as well as many offices that could serve instructors, or as classrooms. The scenery would also be nice, due to the fact that a lake and fountain are already on-site.

Professor Adams said the reason for the planning of the Strawberry Plains Campus is, “opportunity.” He elaborated by saying the building would help serve the students in East Knoxville, allowing them easier access to an education. However, this new location will probably only teach general education classes.

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Fall Chorus Concert

by Blake Hatfield

The music department will be hosting their Fall Chorus Concert next Thursday Oct. 27.

It will take place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m.  The concert will be directed by Bill Brewer, music professor at Pellissippi State.

The concert should be about an hour long in duration.  It will be broken into two different sections.  The first section will be performed by the Chorale, and the second set of performance will be done by a group of students known as Variations.

Brewer said that the Chorale is made up of 65 students.  He also said that this is where most of the “traditional” students will be singing.  Variations consist of 40 students, most of which are music majors, according to Brewer.

The concert is free to attend for students. Donations are taken at the door for anybody that wants to donate and will go towards scholarship funds.  Some music classes offer extra credit for students that attend the concert.

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Academic Honesty

By Stephen Horrocks

It is said honesty is the best policy, but what about proposed changes to an honesty policy?

Under the current policy, academic dishonesty such as cheating or plagiarism is disciplined with either a zero for the assignment or a failing grade for the entire course. Presently, this distinction is left to the instructor to make.

The Tennessee Board of Regents has conducted several meetings regarding academic dishonesty and Dave Vinson, an Associate Professor of Math at PSCC, has been a part of these meetings.

According to Vinson, the key change to the policy centers on the administration of a failing grade for the class should the incident be egregious enough to warrant such action. Should the instructor give a failing grade for one assignment, no further action is required. However, with a failing grade for the class, the issue moves from an academic matter into the area of disciplinary action. This is significant as with a disciplinary matter, the student is informed of their right to have the matter sent to an academic appeals board. Vinson states that “this is considered to be the student’s access to what’s referred to as ‘due process’.”

When Pellissippi State Community College has their compliant version of this policy ready and approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents, Vinson states that, “PSCC will have a carefully designed procedure under which the student can challenge the disciplinary action, and appeal it to an independent board.” The board will not be connected to the student receiving the grade or the teacher who assigned it. Upon hearing the case, the appeals board can accept the teacher’s decision, or if it decides, can modify the punishment in some way.

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Halloween Resource Scavenger Hunt


by Meagan Berry

Pellissippi State will be having a Halloween Resource Scavenger Hunt Monday Oct. 31.  The event will take place in the Goins Building student lounge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event is a way for students to not only have fun but to learn more about Pellissippi State Campus resources, as well as help fight hunger in East Tennessee.  The event will go towards the Second Harvest food bank of East Tennessee, and students are asked to bring three non-perishable food items to participate.

Students should come dressed in their favorite Halloween costume and be prepared to get candy, win gift cards or possibly win the bundle prize of a laptop computer, case, four gigabyte flash drive and printer.

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Medieval Faire


by Haley Hardin

The History Club is hosting a Medieval Faire November 1st in the courtyard of the Pellissippi Hardin Valley Campus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Vice President of the Club, Kayla Chesney, explained that the proceeds of the faire games will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. Canned food items will also be collected at this event, which is open to Pellissippi students and faculty.

There will be orange balloons filled with goo to hurl for $3 or the exchange of one canned item. Prizes will be given out to trivia game winners which will be based on the history of the Medieval period and movies that represent the period. A jail will be set up to send your friends in for $1 and have them pay $2 to get out.

A queen, king and a pope will be at the faire in traditional dress of the Medieval period. The pope and a few others will do a poetry reading and Medieval reenactments will also be held. There will be booths on the black plague and historical events of this period.

If you are interested in helping, contact Kayla Chesney at

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Setting The Benchmark

by Dale Coakley

With the growing population at Pellissippi State, Dr. Anthony Wise stays committed to programs that can help student’s futures.

In Wise’s first year as head of Pellissippi State, finding ways to ensure students have the best chance to be successful is a top priority. A program Wise and the institution are dedicated to is The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. SACS goal is improvement of education in the south through accreditation. Annually, 11 states throughout the south meet on a mission to enhance education quality throughout the region and the improvement of the effectiveness of institutions by ensuring that they meet standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society and students.

When asked why SACS was important, Wise said, “It’s great because we meet with colleges all around the south and get an idea of where we are as an institution and the things we can work on to grow as a college. We learn from them, and they learn from us. While it’s grueling for the faculty and staff, it’s a good benchmark for the institution.”

Another program the first year president is dedicated to is the Quality Enhancement Plan. QEP is a program affiliated with SAC’s, which focuses on institutional improvement that addresses one or more issues contributing to quality enhancement of student learning. when asked why QEP is important to Pellissippi Wise said, “It’s important, because we want students to be strong in these classes, so when they move on in their academic future students will be strong in the courses targeted.”

When asked if these classes were targeted because students were struggling in these areas at Pellissippi, Wise said, “I think these are courses students struggle in at every college, but these are courses, students need to excel in, so they can further their education.”

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Ni Hao! (Hello) (Freeman Xiao Interview)

by Lindsey Collins

Professor Freeman Xiao offered a stimulating look into his life as a foreign educator during an interview on Wednesday.

Being part of a program that started in January, Xiao (pronounced chou), who also taught at a university in China, first arrived at a university in Memphis to begin teaching Chinese. After half of a year, the head administrator of the university in Memphis, Dr. Edwards, along with Pellissippi’s own Dr. Wise, strongly supported the program and Xiao’s transfer to Pellissippi’s Hardin Valley campus, where he currently teaches the language.

Because he learned English in college, he described his move to the states as “not that hard” and implied that his adjustment to cultural changes came quite quickly. In fact, he explained that his move from Memphis to Knoxville made him feel “more comfortable” and that the “administrators and students helped him a lot.”

Xiao teaches Mandarin, a language that is at least 3,000 years old and the most standard form of Chinese communication. He stresses the importance of teaching Chinese characters, explaining that they are “just like spelling in English – it must be done correctly to seem educated.”

When asked which concept his students found most difficult to grasp about learning Chinese, Xiao stated, “It’s only a language,” explaining that he noticed his students seemed to be scared of learning the language before actually beginning to learn it. His teaching technique is hardly arguable as he explains that Chinese is one of the most logical languages to learn. He states,  “In China, months do not have names, but are simply numbered chronologically instead.”

The majority of students enrolled in his class have some sort of connection with China, and have visited or want to visit Asia in the near future. Xiao also noted that his students are diverse, explaining that some enjoy the challenge of the language, some are eager to progress in business aspects related to Chinese, and others are simply interested in learning something new.

Xiao’s easygoing attitude about such cultural change and his ability to make a seemingly difficult language understandable and less intimidating to students certainly qualify him as one of Pellissippi’s most interesting and intriguing professors.

Monday, October 24th, 2011