Low Attendance at SRC

by Reggie Wilson

Where can you find a workout facility with all the amenities and an array of classes that range from karate to zumba for free?

The Pellissippi State Student Recreation Center is where.

Atop a hill on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley campus, stands Pellissippi’s Student Recreation Center.  Students that frequent the recreation center are unsure why more of their classmates do not visit the SRC. “We see the same faces everyday,” said an anonymous student at the SRC.

According to Sean Green, recreation center manager, “Students who do not take advantage of Pellissippi’s SRC resources are missing out on great opportunities to get fit and to meet new people.” Green believes the SRC’s poor student attendance can be attributed to a lack of student knowledge of the facility and little advertising. “We need to promote the facilities better,” said Green.  Green also added, “The facilities could also use an upgrade.”

With the retirement of former SRC director Dan Jones, Green and the SRC staff await the arrival of Jones’ replacement Philip Ems. Staff member Roy Wayne says he is looking forward to meeting Ems.  “I looked him up online, he used to be a punter for Ball State,” said Wayne.

Ems is scheduled to assume his position as SRC director in the coming weeks, just in time for the intramural basketball tournament finale.  Green says his pick to win the tournament is his team, Team Elite.


Friday, April 15th, 2011

Pellissippi Fundraising

by Lindsay Cassell

The Pellissippi State Foundation has established a credible fundraising program that allows the college to initiate future endeavors and enhance present ones.

Peggy Wilson, executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation, has had a direct effect on the program’s fundraising efforts since she stepped into the role in 2001. As executive director, all authority and responsibility falls into Wilson’s lap.

Since the foundation raises all monetary needs for the college, Wilson stressed the importance of establishing relationships to further fundraising efforts. Wilson explained, “The important thing about fundraising is building relationships with people in the community.” She further described the importance of making those relationships long-lasting and taking care of the donors, which give to the foundation.

The fundraising efforts for Pellissippi State are endless. Some proceeds come as gifts, such as the two $1 million checks the program received in the past five years. Other funds are earned from community and campus events.

Roughly five years ago, the foundation launched Connecting Communities, Changing Lives. This major gifts campaign aided several different areas of the college. For instance, money was raised to buy equipment for the Blount County Campus and simulation products were purchased for the nursing program. Also, the Hardin Valley campus received funding for an HD studio and other media equipment for the Bagwell Center. The major gifts campaign not only reached but exceeded its $6 million goal.

In addition to community events, fundraising on campus plays an important role in the program. Wilson explained that there are many different ways for students to get involved in fundraising efforts, one of which is college clubs. A recent event, Pellicon, was hosted by a Pellissippi State club known as S.U.R.G.E. Also, the student recreation center will be hosting the Pellissippi State Golf Scramble April 15th at noon at the Centennial Golf Course in Oak Ridge.

Wilson also stressed the importance of scholarships in fundraising, “Scholarships are very important in what we do.” The Alum Scholarship Program, though not the only scholarship available, allows past students to aid present ones.

Fundraising is prominent to the success of Pellissippi State. Whether it may be student involvement or monetary funds from the community, the saying “every little bit helps” is evident in the college’s fundraising program.

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament

By Corey Ogle

The sixth annual Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament is Tuesday, May 4, at Egwani Farms in Rockwood Tenn.

Pat Myers, tournament director, said the cost is $100 per player or $400 per team. Sponsorships are also available to purchase. Registration ends April 30.

“Tell people there are slots available,” said Myers.

The money not only goes towards helping Pellissippi, but this year a portion of the proceeds will create the Swing Big for Students Scholarship.

There are two sessions of 18 holes of golf. The “shotgun” session will go off at 8 a.m., followed by the second session at 1 p.m.

Myers said there will be prizes awarded for those who place first, second and third. Golf cart, driving range, snacks and lunch will be provided.

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Upcoming golf tournament

By Jacob Haskew

The Pellissippi State golf tournament will swing into action at the Centennial Golf Course on April 23.

The tournament will be a four person best ball scramble tournament said Dan Jones, director of Recreational and Intramural Sports.

Arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. to register the day of the tournament. Preregistration is available by signing up at the Student Recreation Center. There is no green fee for Pellissippi students.

Everyone is welcome to come out and play said Jones.

Russell Hill, who has played in the tournament two times, is looking forward to the upcoming event.

“It’s a ton of fun! Nothing beats free golf and not being in class,” said Hill.

Centennial Golf Course is located about 10 minutes away from the Pellissippi State main campus.

For more information, call Jones at (865)694-6576.

Friday, April 9th, 2010