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• Cathy Ackermann, who heads her own Knoxville public relations firm, will be the guest speaker at Pellissippi State Technical Community College’s graduation Sunday, May 8, when more than 700 students will receive associate’s degrees. The ceremony will take place beginning at 2 p.m. in UT’s Thompson-Boling Arena. Ackermann is president and chief executive officer of Ackermann PR, which also has offices in Dallas, Nashville and Washington, D.C.

• Farragut High School Admiral’s Performing Arts Company presents the comedy “Noise Off,” in the FHS Wells Auditorium. Performances are at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday April 29-30 and May 6-7 and 3 p.m., Sunday May, 1 and 8. For more information about the FHS Performing Arts Company, call 865-966-9775.

• If you have an interest in biology or Spanish, or simply want to take a fun non-credit class like ballroom dancing, you can join Pellissippi State’s resident Muscovy ducks and be first in line to register for summer classes May 25-26. For more information, call 865-694-6405.

• The Pellissippi State Technical Community College chapter of a national honor society has earned four top statewide awards for college and community service and for chapter growth. The college’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa received a Bronze Pinnacle Award for membership gains of at least 5 percent and a Chapter of Light Award for participating in at least three regional activities emphasizing service to college and community. In addition, the chapter achieved a three-star level of meeting its objectives in fellowship, scholarship, leadership and service, as part of the national organization’s five-star development program. Also, chapter member Kevin Bullington won a fifth-place Fellowship Hallmark Award for his essay on how successful the chapter has been in building teamwork and getting its members involved in activities after a significant turnover in officers and advisors. For additional information on the Pellissippi State chapter, contact chapter president Karen Quammen at 865-387-3712 or

• Area graduating seniors are invited to audition for scholarships for Roane State’s student music groups from 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, April 29 or from 1 to 4 p.m., Friday, May 6. The auditions, to be held at the college’s Roane County campus, are also open to current Roane State students. Scholarships are available for Roane State’s Jazz Band, Concert Choir, and Celebration Singers. Auditions willinclude a prepared piece, sight reading and a short interview. For more information, call Brenda Luggie at 865-354-3000, extension 4236 or 866-GO2-RSCC, extension 4236.


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