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

Talking With Your Hands

by Hailey Rudd

The American Sign Language Club at Pellissippi State offers opportunities to interact with the deaf culture. 

 Learning American Sign Language and experiencing deaf culture are some of the perks of being a part of the ASL Club at Pellissippi.

The ASL Club hosts activities like game night and takes trips to the Tennessee School for the Deaf to interact with the deaf and hard of hearing community, said faculty advisor, Guinetta Baker.

Story telling, arts and crafts, and science experiments are just some of the activities that students of Pellissippi can participate in at TSD.

“Students can join the club independently or join one of the four levels of sign language classes to be a part of these activities,” stated Baker. She reported that it was established four years ago as a bi-lingual and a multi-cultural experience for PSCC students.

Here are some ways that students can be involved within the club:

  • Sign up for the ASL Class
  • Attend the monthly deaf community ASL dinners
  • Participate in ASL game night
  • Be part of connecting with children at TSD

For more information, you can visit the ASL Please website at:


Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Lighten Up. It’s Christmas Time at Pellissippi!


 By: Chance Collins

Student Life & Recreation will have its 22nd annual Breakfast with Santa event on December 5th.

The breakfast will be in the Goins Building located in the cafeteria, rotunda, auditorium and lounge area. The event is sponsored by Student Life & Recreation in order to encourage students to bring out their children to see the jolly old man and enjoy a breakfast with Santa.

Gwen Miller, a Student Life & Recreation representative said, “Students should come with their families to enjoy a traditional sausage and pancake breakfast. “Miller also said, “There will be lots of games along with arts and crafts for children to enjoy.”

The Breakfast will be from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and Miller encourages all volunteers to arrive early. Miller says, “Volunteers will need to arrive at 8 a.m. for orientation, t-shirts, filling out forms and to receive their job assignments. “Volunteers are encouraged to dress up as elves, wear tights/shirts or a Santa hat will be acceptable.” For more information, please contact Gwen Miller at (865) 694-6555 or you may email Gwen Miller and Student Life & Recreation at or

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009