Archive for March, 2012

Imaginary Gardens

By Sydney Renshaw

This spring on April 2, Pellissippi State’s literary magazine Imaginary Gardens will be available at no cost to students and faculty.

Originally called footnotes and started by faculty with no student involvement, Imaginary Gardens has transformed into a literary magazine that is produced each spring semester by the English department and many of its students.  It features short stories, poetry, artwork and photography submitted by any Pellissippi student who wishes for their work to be reviewed for the magazine.

Jacqueline Davis, a student and the Editor of Imaginary Gardens, said, “We accept all kinds of writings for the publication.  Our only prerequisite is that it is good whether it is poetry, flash fiction or a short story.”

There are not a set number of pieces selected for the magazine, but Davis says, “The magazine is 64 pages long.  We send out a call for submissions and try to get as many submissions as possible in order to have a large pool to pull from.”

This year Imaginary Gardens is not accepting plays but Davis says, “Upon further deliberation I would change that if I were editor next year, provided they were an appropriate length.”

This spring’s issue of Imaginary Gardens will be ready in April in time for the spring fling and copies will be available at all campuses.


Sunday, March 25th, 2012

what career should you chose?

by Erin Williams

Students today go to class, get their diploma and find a job.

This goal is what all students want and hope for; however, it does not always have this storybook ending. There are a lot of questions along the way and often thereafter.  It’s a major life decision about selecting your career.

One of the many questions plaguing students today is why even go to college? Am I going to be able to find a job after I graduate? Will I be able to make a decent living with the career I decide?

According to what Judy Gosch, Curriculum and New Program Development Director at Pellissippi, there is good news due to our growing economy. She says, “They are projected to add substantial numbers of new jobs to the economy or affect the growth of other industries.” She explains that these businesses are emerging with technology and innovation requiring new skills sets for workers.

“The highest estimated annual opening in Tennessee for the 2008-2018 time period was a Registered Nurse with a projected employment rate of 72,000 in 2018.  One of the lowest rated was elementary school teachers,” she said.

Statistics reveal that the economy has picked up.  The recession appears over.  Individuals who did not have jobs before are either gaining them back or being hired.  Therefore, the projected employment rate on almost every occupation has gone up.  Therefore, students attending school, looking toward graduation and engaging a happy career, may have a better chance of success.


Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Pellissippi is hosting the Eighth Annual Pellapolooza Concert

By: Candice Campbell

Student Life and Recreation is hosting the Eighth Annual Pellapolooza Concert on Wednesday, April 18.

The Student Activities Board member Christine Vanek said that you can use an original song or do a cover song. A microphone and speakers will be provided on stage. DJs are welcome too, but you will have to bring your own equipment. She said they recommend that you submit a demo CD or video on Facebook to show how you perform.

Auditions will take place on March 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and  April 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  in the Student Life and Recreation Office. Your audition should last only five minutes. You will be sent a confirmation by Friday, April 6. Applications are on the Student Life webpage and you can turn them in their office located in the Goins Building in Room 141.

For more information, contact Christine Vanek at


Sunday, March 25th, 2012

From the President’s Office


By Alison Swaggerty

The search for a new Vice President of Academic Affairs is nearing an end.

After former school president Dr. Allen Edwards retired in 2011, Dr. Anthony Wise took his place leaving the need for a new Vice President of Academic of Affairs. The search for someone to fill the void began. Starting with more than 40 applicants for the position, it has finally been narrowed down to the final four candidates.

The candidates are as follows:

Dr. John Gossett

Gossett is the current Vice President of Student Development at Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine, NC. He is also Mayland’s SACS Liaison and is responsible for the QEP. At Mayland he also served as Director of Research and Planning, Interim Vice President of Academic Services, Associate Vice President of Academic Services, Department Chair for Business Administration, and Business Administration Instructor.
Dr. Ted Lewis

Lewis has held the position of Dean of Instruction of Lone Star College—CyFair in TX since 2003. He is in charge of the Science Public Services Division. Prior to his position at CyFair, he worked at Collin County Community College in Frisco,TX as the Political Science Department Chair, as well as a professor of Political Science.

Dr. Stuart Savin

Savin has served as the President of Cuyamaca College inEl Cajon,CA as well as the Campus President of YTI Career Institute in Mechanicsburg,PA. Previously, he held the following positions: Campus Vice President at Harrisburg Area Community College in Lancaster,PA; Dean of Mathematics, Manufacturing and Technology Division at Portland Community College in Portland,OR; and Dean of Technical Education at South Seattle Community College in Seattle,WA.

Dr. John Tigue

Tigue is the current Dean of Liberal Arts at Baton Rouge Community College in Baton Rouge,LA. Prior to his position, he was the Associate Academic Dean at Castleton State College in Castleton,VT; Director of Academic Advisement at Daemen College in Amherst,NY; Visiting Assistant Professor at Chulalongkorn UniversityinThailand; and Chair of Philosophy at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito.

Wise said what makes these educators stand out amongst the rest was their variety of background, strive for student success, and ability to work with students and faculty in their leadership. Wise wants the mission of Pellissippi State as a top priority of the new Vice President.

Each candidate will be on campus during the week of March 26 – March 30. They will each spend two days on campus, consisting of tours, formal interviews, and open forums. The formal interviews will include meetings with the Academic Deans, PSCC’s own search committee, Vice Presidents of the colleges, and also with Dr. Wise. The open forums will be held separately for each candidate in order for faculty and students to ask each candidate questions.

The open forums will be held every day at 2:30 p.m. in the following order:

Monday, March 26: Dr. John Gossett in the Goins Auditorium

Tuesday, March 27: Dr. Stuart Savin in the Goins Auditorium

Wednesday, March 28: Dr. John Tigue in theClaytonCenterfor the Performing Arts

Thursday, March 29: Dr. Ted Lewis in the Goins Auditorium

Wise hopes to announce the new Vice President of Academic Affairs by April 15.


Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Pellissippi State Intermural Basketball Update

By: Darren Gideon

As warm weather approaches, the heat inside the Student Recreation Center at Hardin Valley campus is rising.

With March winding down, the basketball league at Pellissippi State is gaining momentum. Just prior to the official start of the season, the number of teams that were expected to participate in the league rose from eight to fourteen.

The league had been set to play a five game regular season. “As a result of the new teams, the league will now play a six game regular season,” said SRC director Philip Ems.

Two games into the season, ten out of the fourteen teams have already been victorious. Schwartz, Del Boca Vista, Team King and Garners are sitting atop the standings with perfect 2-0 records. There are six teams that share 1-1 records, while four teams are still searching for their first win.

As the halfway point of the regular season approaches, spots in the postseason will begin to fill quickly. “Top eight teams make the playoffs, if there is a tie in record, the tie breaker is as follows: Head to head winner, strength of schedule, best win according to record, worst loss according to record, coin flip,” said Ems.

The intensity on the court has reflected each teams desire to claim a spot in the postseason. “We have had above average competition so far, so I am pleased that many of the games have been close,” said Ems.

“Students, faculty and alumni are welcome to attend the games, which are played Tuesday and Thursday nights starting at 6,” said Ems.

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Ecotality Car Chargers


Because You Asked…

 by Zoe Fisher 

If you are a student interested in buying an electric vehicle, or if you already own one, charging stations are available for use for Pellissippi students. There are stations located at three campuses, Hardin Valley, Blount, and Magnolia. Ecotality, the company who makes the chargers, brought them to Pellissippi

Dave Walton, the Director of Facilities at the Hardin Valley campus said, “The project was funded by a $230 million department energy grant.” The purpose of this grant was to encourage the use of electronic vehicles. The college had no part in the expense.

At this time, the use of the car charger is free.  Eventually the chargers will be configured to automatically recognize each car and its user. Then, it will deduct a fee from an account set up by the user. The parking areas are designated for electronic cars only. Illegal parkers are fined $15.

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Lucky Charms

By Sydney Renshaw


The STARS organization is helping spread the luck of the Irish by designing St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Charms.

Faculty Sponsor Betsy Boyd has helped the Blount County Campus students involved in the non-traditional student’s organization STARS, give a little mid-semester excitement to Pellissippi’s students and faculty.  Lucky Charms are away for people at Pellissippi to send greetings and words of support to friends, teachers and co-workers.  Boyd says, “The Lucky Charms project grew out of a similar project we did last fall called Gratitude Grams. We wanted to do something similar for the spring semester, and decided to tie it in to St. Patrick’s Day.”

By providing St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Charms, members of Pellissippi will be able to choose a Lucky Charm from one of four designs each with space on the back to write a funny or supportive message to the intended recipient.   Lucky Charms are $ 1 each and the recipients will also receive a chocolate mint.

Order forms are available on the Blount County campus lobby’s whiteboard or you can see any STARS member.  Forms with the completed message and money are to be given to Catt Adaska in the cashier’s window.

Orders will be taken through March 14th and Lucky Charms can be picked up in the Lobby Thursday March 15th and Friday March 16th. Although no immediate plans are set in the future for the project Boyd says, “If Lucky Charms is as successful as, or more successful than, our Gratitude Grams were last Thanksgiving, we will probably make both annual projects.”


Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Its Basketball Time at Pellissippi State

By Darren Gideon

The annual intramural 5v5 basketball league will begin play March 13th.

All games will be held at the main campus in the Student Recreation Center.  “As of now there are eight teams which consist of students, faculty and alumni participating in a five game regular season, which will conclude in April with the league tournament,” said SRC director Philip Ems.

Its possible the number of teams signed up to participate in the league could change. With late additions and or drop outs, the length of regular season could be effected.

The post season tournament will begin at the conclusion of the regular season.

The tournament will be formatted using a seeding process.  For example, this method ranks the teams from 1 to 8.  The team with the best record receives the 1 seed.  “I imagine the top 2 seeds getting a bye, but it will depend on how many teams are in the league,” said Ems.

Game dates and times have yet to be determined.  Students, facility and alumni are welcome to attend all games.

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Celebrating Women’s History Month at Pellissippi

Student Life is hosting a student activity called, Woman rock to celebrate Women’s History Month. There will be free food, entertainment and prizes.

 Assistant Vice President, Mary Bledsoe said there will be two local female bands performing. They are Jazzie Jade and Hudson K.

 Women Rock will be on Wednesday, March 14 from 11am -1pm. This will be located at the courtyard.

For more information, contact Student Life at

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Tuition Talk with Dr. Wise

by Alison Swaggerty

Tuition costs may change due to President Obama’s threat to stop federal funding.

Pellissippi President, Dr. Anthony Wise said that state funding has been dwindling, making it a difficult task to keep a stable tuition cost. Just last year Pellissippi received only $17 million in state funding. At its highest point,Tennesseeprovided $22 million in funding.

Student tuition includes several access fees, including: student activity, recreation, technology, and several others. Originally the tuition costs were designed so that one-third of the cost was covered by the student, leaving two-thirds to federal and state funding. With the possibility of funding being revoked, tuition would be forced to increase even more. However, Pellissippi has done its best to keep costs as low as possible. According to Dr. Wise, Pellissippi hasn’t had the need to change tuition in five years.

The government proposes a budget that must be approved by the Tennessee Legislature. Then from there,PellissippiState’s own Board votes and decides on an appropriate tuition. Soon the 2012-2013 funding decision will be released.

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012