Change in police presence at Pellissippi represented at the Magnolia Campus

by Shelby Verran


Pellissippi State has seen a change in recent years with a switch from a security department to now Campus Police. Rosalyn Tillman, Dean of the Magnolia Avenue Campus, explained some changes that can be visibly seen by students at her campus, as well as all other Pellissippi State campuses.

The policy for the number of officers has remained the same for Pellissippi Campus’, but there is a difference in the consistency of personnel because of the change from a contract security company to Campus Police. Now, instead of changing guards daily or weekly, the same guards can be seen each day. Dean Tillman said “This way you get to know them, and they know you.”

Magnolia student Katie Varner said, “[The Magnolia Campus] operates like a family unit.” The Magnolia Campus has had the least number of incidences out of all Pellissippi State campuses. In fact, for the years 2013-2015, Magnolia had zero reported crimes.

Tillman attributes the Magnolia Campus’ record to “the atmosphere that permeates the campus.” She attributes to the familiar faces of security officers that now walk the halls.

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Magnolia Campus Celebrates Non-Traditional Students!

by Samantha Murrell

The Magnolia Avenue Campus will be hosting a “Non-Traditional Students Week” beginning Nov. 4.  Clinics and workshops available to students include:

  • “Enroll Knoxville!”  This will provide information on insurance under the Affordable Care Act. There will be two sessions on Nov. 4 in the Community Room, one at 11:50 a.m. and  one at 5:30 p.m.  Individual assistance will be available on Nov. 4 from 3-8 p.m. in Room 130.
  • “Hope for Non-Traditional Students” will be held on Nov. 5 at 12:05 in the Community Room.  This will give students information on financial aid and how to apply.
  • “I.T. Secrets” will be held on Nov. 6 in Room 122 at 10:45 a.m.
  • “Relaxation Day” is Nov. 7.  Representatives from LaSelva Med Spa will be in the Lobby.

The week will wrap up with a luncheon for non-traditional students on Nov. 8 in the Community Room from noon-2 p.m.

An essay contest will also be held. Students can write a brief essay about what they are most proud of since returning to school.  Entries should be emailed to or can be dropped off in the Magnolia Avenue Main Office.  The submission deadline is Nov. 4.   Winners will be announced on Nov. 8.

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Magnolia Drama Club presents a night of plays

By Josh Hepperly

The Drama Club of Magnolia Avenue will continue a presentation of short plays tonight at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.

Distance Learning Facilitator David Jones urged everyone to “come one, come all..”

Jones, as well as students Zoey Carter and Kelly Osbourne, have each written and directed their own play.

Jones said this will give PSCC students, faculty, staff and members of the community an opportunity to witness Pellissippi’s homegrown talent.

Jones is directing a  “The Brief Cases: Espionage” and says this play shows what happens when espionage exposes the underbelly of the Pellissippi “elite.”

“(It’s a) true story that’s completely fabricated,” said Jones.

The evening will also include performances of the student plays. Carter will showcase “Lovely Pancakes” and Osbourne will present “Dates That Blind.”

The shows began Tuesday, April 27, and will conclude with tonight’s performance.

There will be a question and answer period after the shows in which the directors will be open to field any questions the audience may have.

“Please come out and support this local talent. Who knows, you might just enjoy yourself,” said Jones.

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

“De-stress” with Relaxation Day

By Martin Wood

Pellissippi yoga instructor, Betty Kalister, will host Relaxation Day tomorrow in the Community Room of the Magnolia Campus from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“(This event) is designed for students, faculty and staff to take a few minutes out of their stressful day to relax and de-stress,” said Kalister.

Kalister will use diffused aromatherapy oils in the room and instruct participants in relaxation positions such as the recline twist and the supta baddha konsana. There will also be hot tea available to help in the relaxation process.

Kalister notes that this is an excellent opportunity for students, faculty and staff to relieve the stress of the end of the semester.

Kalister received her certified yoga instructor training from Yoga Alliance.  Her training was in Restorative Yoga Type (RYT).

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010