Archive for May, 2014

Get Jack[son]ed

by Brad Matthews

John Jackson brings D-1 strength and conditioning techniques to PSCC.

Former college and arena league football player John Jackson will be instructing a weightlifting class this summer at Pellissippi from May 26-June 27.

Due to the time frame of the course, the class will not only focus on strength building but also on conditioning. “It’s the first time I’m using this set-up at Pellissippi,” Jackson stated. “I go from having two hours a week over 15 weeks to two hours a day over four weeks.”

Although students interested in the course are to approach the four weeks as something of a bodybuilding boot camp, Jackson wholeheartedly encourages those who have yet to learn the art of weightlifting to start with this class. Modifications will be provided to any student who cannot perform a certain exercise or set.

“Nobody should be intimidated by coming in here to lift,” Jackson explained. “I’ve worked with every group from professional and collegiate athletes to the general population while working here at Pellissippi.”

Jackson will keep up with individual numbers, times and measurements for those taking the class so that students can visually see their progress. “This isn’t for me. This isn’t to get me in better shape. You’re working for yourself to benefit you. My job is to get you from Point A to Point B.”

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

The Alpha Hot Dog

by Alexa Andrews

Pellissippi students now have a chance to be welcomed into a fellowship group just for them!

Chi Alpha is a worldwide organization dedicated to reconciling students with Jesus Christ, and now, Westgate Christian Fellowship Church plans to host a Chi Alpha fellowship group at PSCC.

To get everyone acquainted, Mark Steinbach, minister at Westgate Christian Fellowship, invites students to an “end-of-finals” barbecue on May 8 at the church from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The church will be providing music, hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and desserts. Church-goer Beth Hall says, “This barbecue is to try to help create awareness and gauge interest among students for Chi Alpha ministry.”

Call (865-392-1101) for details.

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

It’s a Boyd!

by Alexa Andrews

The Strawberry Plains Campus of Pellissippi State Community College will host a naming ceremony for one of their buildings. 

On Friday, May 9 at 9:30 a.m., Pellissippi will host a naming ceremony in recognition of Jenny and Randy Boyd for their support of the college.

Randy Boyd is the chairman, CEO and majority shareholder of the Radio Systems Corporation. The Boyds have generously donated to Pellissippi, and in return, one of PSCC’s buildings will be named after them.

At 9:30 a.m., the ceremony will start off with a continental breakfast. Then, at 10:00 a.m., the naming ceremony will begin. The ceremony will end around 10:30 a.m., and tours of the campus will follow shortly after.

RSVP by Wednesday, May 7 to 865-694-6616 or for a chance to attend.

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Home on the Driving Range

by Alexa Andrews

Looking for a chance to show off your golf skills?

Pellissippi State Community College is having its 10th annual Swing Big Golf Tournament on Monday, May 12 at the Green Meadow Country Club in Alcoa.

This tournament is a fundraiser to help raise scholarship money for PSCC. Over the past 10 years, the tournament has helped raise a grand total of $134,000. Students competing this year will have the opportunity to earn a $1,000 scholarship.

The tournament accepts event sponsors as well, each sponsorship package offering different benefits.

The registration fee for the tournament is $100 and includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, driving range, snacks, lunch, and prizes. “Swing Big” is run by Patricia Myers who has provided a website for any additional information. Visit for details.

Sunday, May 4th, 2014