Archive for December, 2014

Lose Weight, Feel Great, Win BIG

PSTCC Weight loss challenge 2015

by Julian Wright

Students can be awarded for achieving weight loss in 2015.

Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley campus welcomes students to become a part of spring-semester weight loss challenge.

Students can receive information regarding the official challenge at the Student Recreation Center on Friday, January 16 from 12pm-1pm. This coming January, students will be required to weigh in each week to keep a track record of their weight-loss percentage until April 25th, 2015.

Upon the completion of the challenge the student who loses the largest percentage of body weight will be rewarded with not only a new body, but a prize as well.

The Life and Recreation staff encourage students to find out more about this challenge and become involved.

There is no cost to sign up for the official weight loss challenge.



Friday, December 5th, 2014

Give the Gift of a Smile

Pellissippi students are encouraged to give this holiday season.

by Hailey Rudd

Toys for Tots is collecting donations at Pellissippi State to provide Christmas gifts for children in need.

The Association of Information Technology Professionals is sponsoring Toys for Tots this year, says organizer Karen Ghezawi. They are collecting toys for local children “who probably wouldn’t otherwise get a present,” she stated.

“The deadline for donations is Dec. 4 and donation boxes can be found on every campus,” said Ghezawi. New, unwrapped gifts for children of all ages are requested. Ghezawi also explained that gifts for teenaged children are most often overlooked and things such as hairdryers and nail polish are requested for them.

“Toys for Tots is organized by the Marine Corps. They sort the donated toys and allow less-fortunate parents to come choose toys for their children for Christmas,” Ghezawi said.


Friday, December 5th, 2014

River Cleanup-Volunteers Needed

Pellissippi students have a chance to get volunteer hours while preserving Knoxville water ways.

A massive Knox County river cleanup will occur on April 8th, 2015.

The 26th annual cleanup to date will include over 50 miles of the Tennessee River, and various streams and watersheds all over Knoxville. This event, which is sponsored by Ijams Nature Center, will be one in a series of conservational and educational events occurring during the week of April 8th-15th, said Sarah Brobst, the volunteer coordinator at Ijams.

This year Ijams is partnering with Living Lands and Waters to make the event larger. A barge will be in use during the cleanup to estimate waste collection.

“Last year about 1,000 volunteers were needed for this event,” said Brobst.

Registration for volunteering at this event begins in February, and Pellissippi students should contact Brobst at to sign up.


Friday, December 5th, 2014

Pellissippi State is Leading the Way

by William Gentry

Pellissippi is the top of its class in the state of Tennessee. 

Pellissippi has the highest number in the state for successful graduates. Vice President of Academic Affairs Ted A. Lewis said the colleges progress is “off the charts.” He also stated that the college has had nearly 100% growth in the past five years.

Lewis states that “working closely with the students” is the key to success.

Another contributor to the schools success comes from income based funding instead of enrollment funding thanks to the Tennessee Promise Act. 20% of the funding for the school comes from the number of degrees that are earned which in turn “shifts priorities where they need to be” said Lewis.

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Sustainable Campus Committee

The Future Is Green

by Abby Lancaster

Pellissippi State wants you to go green with them.

Sustainable Campus Committee at Pellissippi State has big plans for the future.

Karen Lively spoke to an Environmental Science class on Tuesday to share some of the progress the Sustainable Campus Committee has been making and what will be happening in the future.

Lively said, “Pellissippi is one of the premier sustainable campuses in the state of Tennessee” and she wants people to know what they are doing to help the campus be more sustainable:

  • $160 thousand was spent to replace the lights in Clayton Performing Arts Center to LED lights.
  • Water bottle filling stations have been installed to eliminate the use of plastic water bottles on campus.
  • Trash and recycling bins have been placed outside for more recycling opportunities.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for you to recycle,” Lively said.  Students and faculty must also be informed that certain plastics and contaminated paper cannot be recycled. Throwing coffee cups with liquid in the recycling bins contaminates paper and makes it no longer able to be recycled.

In February and March of 2015, Pellissippi State will be participating in the RecycleMania Tournament which is a national competition seeing which campus recycles the most material per student, which means everyone is encouraged to participate.

Lively said the Sustainable Campus Committee is always looking for volunteers to help and give ideas on what they can do next.

For any additional information, please contact Karen Lively at

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Pay Attention, or Pay the Price


By Taylor Lolley

Financial Aid Coordinator Jacob Moore doesn’t believe that the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements are hard to maintain.

The requirement is a maintain a 2.0 GPA, which is equivalent to making a C in all classes. The Satisfactory Academic Progress, or SAP, leaves plenty of wiggle room for students who need to withdraw from a course or to retake a failed class.

Failing to maintain the requirements for SAP concerns students because of the fear of losing their financial aid.

“Students who can not maintain the requirements of SAP affect Pellissippi State in a negative way because the cohort rate (the number of students who are in default of their loans) increases which reflects poorly on us as a school”, says Moore. “About 16.6 percent of students at Pellissippi State are not meeting the requirements of SAP which is a lot less than I expected.”

Students who are failing to maintain the requirements of SAP will receive a warning which is followed by a suspension which the student can appeal.

Friday, December 5th, 2014