Archive for May, 2013

Pellissippi graduation numbers keep rising

by Adin Thompson

Despite economic woes, Pellissippi State graduation numbers are up.

The spring graduation class numbered 776 students, with 266 more students fulfilling graduation obligations this summer. Many of these walked across the stage at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum Friday night (May 10).This brings Pellissippi’s yearly graduation numbers to more than 1,400 students.

This spring’s class marks the third straight year that the spring graduates have increased. Rebecca Ashford, vice president of student affairs, said, “Community colleges usually do the opposite of the economy. People lose their jobs, then decide it’s time to get an education.”

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Art exhibit has a twist

by Kareem Tabyate

Pellissippi State is hosting an art exhibit with a twist.

Exhibitors are not fine-arts students at all, said Erin Simpson, coordinator of Web authoring. “These students are, in fact, graphic designers putting together an exhibit to celebrate the world artistry behind communication graphics,” she said.

The exhibit will be on display at the Bagwell Arts Center on Pellissippi’s Hardin Valley campus from 10 a.m.  to 6:30 p.m. through Friday, May 10.

Similar to Andy Warhol, who got his degree in graphic design, these students are pursuing an associate of applied science in media technology, with a concentration in communication graphic technology, she said.

The exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Complimentary refreshments will be served to all attending.


Monday, May 6th, 2013

Swing the golf club for students on Tuesday

by Taylor Cash

The ninth annual Swing Big for Students golf tournament will be teeing off  Tuesday, May 7, at Egwani Farms in Rockford.

Two start times will be offered, with the first tee-off at 8 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m.

“The tournament has been a great success throughout the years, bringing in $11,000 last year for sports-related majors and the greatest-needs funds,” said Peggy Wilson, vice president of college advancement.

The tournament has been slowly growing over the past eight years, she said. “With 16 teams already registered for the tournament, we are expecting about the same turn-out as last year,” said Wilson.

A portion of the earnings comes from participants, but the school relies on sponsors for the majority of the funds. Over the past eight years, participants and sponsors have helped raise more than $114,000 for scholarships, new equipment and technology and  the new building at Strawberry Plains.

“The tournament has been a great success for us in the past, and this year we expect nothing less this year,” said Wilson.

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Student leadership awards will be presented

by Jovi McMichael

Outstanding student  achievement will be recognized Friday at 3 p.m. in the Goins Cafeteria.

The Student Leadership and Service Recognition Awards will recognize organizations such as new-student orientation leaders, ambassadors and the Student Activities Board.

“Since we have so many new organizations this year, it will be interesting to see who will get the awards,” said student success mentor Christine Venak.

The ceremony will also include a new service component not seen in previous years. Seven additional awards to students, campus and community groups, faculty and staff will be handed out courtesy of Dr. Annie Gray.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Students will present service-learning projects

by Jovi McMichael

Knowledge is power, and it is at its most powerful when put to real-world use.

Eleven brief presentations by Pellissippi’s Service-Learning Program will prove this point at the 2013 Service Expo on May 3. Beginning at 2 p.m. in the Goins College Center, each presentation will honor the accomplishments of a class or individual in the program.

The purpose of the program is to directly apply what is learned in the classroom to real events in a way that benefits the community. “This semester, we are well on our way to $100, 000 of economic impact, which, of course, would only be possible with the faculty and students who donate their time,” said Catherine Carr with AmeriCorps VISTA for the Service-Learning Program.

Accomplishments to be featured at the event include a catering class that volunteered at Breakthrough Autism and a project management class that hosted a Halloween event.

Students who attend the Service Expo may register for one of two Mini iPads and a Kindle Fire.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013