Generous donors help with education

The lives of Pellissippi State students are improved by the help of generous donors.

 

When Pellissippi State Community College was officially charted as a non-profit organization in 1982, the risk of keeping the school up and running became a hassle. The only way the college was guaranteed survival was by the help of generous donors.

 

Pellissippi State is being governed and successfully operated by a board of representatives, volutneers, donors, and community leaders. With the help of giving opportunities as one of the leading factors implemented at the college, generous people from around the community are able to give and support the school as well as the students.

 

The college offers 4 different types of giving opportunities all in which give back to the college. donors have the freedom to choose who and what they want their money to go to.

 

If a person decides to give a donation, Pellissippi State will recognize that individual in a pyramid system identified as a society. If any donations is given between July 1 – July 30th of the year, the donor will be identified as one of the following in the Pellissippi Circle depending on the amount donated: Governor $25 thousand and above; Chancellor $ 10,000 – $24,000; President $5,000 _ $9999; Dean $1,000 – $4,999; Educator $500 – $999; Scholar $100 – $499; Friend $1- $99.

 

As far as anybody who decides to donate $10,000 or greater, recognition will be given to those individuals’ under the Pellissippi Guild society. Regardless of the amount donated, all donors are grandly appreciated by the student body, especially  for giving them a chance to pursue an education to excel in life.

Wednesday, November 11th, 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

Promises, Promises

by Ariel Hughes

Gov. Bill Haslam has recently announced that he is eliminating $12.9 million in proposed funds for higher education.

These funds are typically used to offset the cost of rising tuition at state colleges and universities. The cuts, he explained, are due to an unanticipated shortage in tax revenue. It is not yet clear whether Haslam’s Tennessee Promise program, which would offer two free years of community college to high school graduates, will be affected by the budget cuts.

In lieu of a state income tax, Tennessee boasts the highest sales tax in the nation. For this fiscal year, sales taxes are down an estimated $33 million, which Haslam attributed to a disappointing holiday shopping season and unusually cold weather in January and February.

Business franchise and excise tax collections are at twenty percent less than anticipated. Companies pay these taxes based on estimates and often claim refunds the following year for having paid too much. In the past, many companies have discovered and exploited loopholes in the policy.

In the meantime, Haslam has abandoned his proposed 2 percent pay raise for teachers to address the shortfall. “The goal hasn’t gone away,” Haslam told reporters. “But we have to deal with the realities we have.”

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Festival of Cultures at Hardin Valley Pellissippi Campus

by Timothy Daly

The Festival of Cultures will be held at the Hardin Valley Pellissippi campus on April 15 from 4-9:30 p.m.

Gayle Wood, the director of Access and Diversity, stated that Pellissippi has 300 students from 100 different countries.  More than 20 countries are going to be represented in the festival.  “It is a great way to celebrate the diversity and cultures of our students,” said Wood.  The college center inside the Goins building will have booths set up that display information about the represented nations.

Several different cultural performances will be held in the auditorium starting at 5 p.m.  Performances include Japanese fan dancing, traditional Hungarian dance, African drummers, Carib Sounds Steel Band, and the Pellissippi State Bluegrass Band.

Food will be available at 8 p.m. in the cafeteria.  “We will have over 20 different entrees and eight different desserts available that represent the recipes of various cultures,” said Wood.  A few of the available dishes will be German bratwurst, Caribbean jerked chicken, ravioli, Middle Eastern baklava, gumbo and collard greens.

“We had 400 people attend last year and we expect the same for this year,” stated Wood.  The festival is a free event and open to the public.  Any donations will go to the Multicultural Awareness Club.

Monday, April 11th, 2011