Archive for March, 2015

Dr. Anthony Wise explains the Tennessee Promise

Pellissippi expects an increase in enrollment in the fall of 2015 due to the Tennessee Promise.

What does the Tennessee Promise mean for Pellissippi? It is estimated that 2,200 additional students will attend Pellissippi in the fall semester of 2015. President Anthony Wise said that the college will be prepared for the influx of students. He said that the college will increase faculty members to meet the demands of growth.

Dr. Wise explained that the college has experienced a similar influx in the past. “This is not a new occurrence for us, as we experienced this a few years back when the economy was struggling.”

To receive the Promise students have to abide by a checklist that will ensure the students’ success in seeking a degree. “High school students will have a mentor and will be required to attend two team meetings” said Wise.

Wise also stated that the overall advantage of this plan assures us that students will most likely graduate because of the elimination of tuition cost. “Pellissippi Scholarships that were associated with tuition will now possibly go towards students’ books and nontraditional students.”


Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Farewell o’ Maestro of Music

Bill Brewer, head of the music department at Pellissippi State, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Parkwest Medical Center.

Bill was a member of the Knoxville Choral Society for 29 years, serving two terms as President and eight years as Assistant Conductor, along with directing the Knoxville Chamber Chorale.

Throughout his career Bill touched the lives of many students, as well as many others in the Knoxville area. He was passionate about teaching music, and invested his all into his personal life, his faculty and staff, and the students at Pellissippi State Community College.

A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday , March 22, 2015 at 6pm at First Baptist Church of Knoxville (510 West Main Street, Knoxville, TN 37902), with Dr. Tom Ogburn officiating. The family will receive friends following the service Sunday evening at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Pellissippi State Music Scholarship Fund, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, P.O. Box 22990, Knoxville TN 37933.

Friday, March 20th, 2015