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• Lauren Elizabeth Jarvis, daughter of Howard and Liz Jarvis of Farragut, has received a President’s Award to attend the University of the South in Sewanee. President’s Award scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated leadership in both the classroom and in their campus communities. Jarvis, a Farragut High School graduate, will major in history. While in high school, she received honors from the National Honor Society, the Latin Honor Society and was an academic All-American. She was also a four-year letter winner on the swimming and soccer teams, captain of the swim team and writing editor of the yearbook.

• Jessica Altshuler, daughter of Keith and Cindi Altshuler of Farragut, has accepted Maryville College’s Dean’s Scholarship. Altshuler graduated from Farragut High School in May. While in high school, she was a recipient of the Knoxville Optimist Club’s Service to Humanity award for community service. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Anchor newspaper staff, Advanced Women’s Chorale, Admiral’s Performing Arts Company and Y-Teens.

• Bearden High School will host the fall open house Thursday, Sept. 8. Parents of seniors will meet in the school’s auditorium. A general meeting of all parents will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium featuring the BHS ROTC, Bearden Jazz Band and the Bearden Singers. Parents may visit classrooms, join the PTSO and sign up for volunteer positions.

• Math meets fashion design in one of Pellissippi State Technical Community College’s Teacher Education classes, part of a growing program that helps its students become effective elementary school teachers. Pellissippi State’s Teacher Education classes, with special focus on mathematics and science instruction, consist of two years of hands-on learning and teaching practices. The 450 or so students enrolled in the program learn innovative techniques that can be used to teach sometimes difficult concepts to their elementary school students. Teachers used tie-dying to introduce mathematics. Courses in biology, physics, chemistry and earth science follow the same innovative philosophy. In biology, students use foam construction toys such as “Toobers” to learn about DNA and protein. In chemistry, instructor Garry Pennycuff has students make ice cream to better understand freezing points and “freezing point depression.” Pellissippi State’s program is available on three of its four campuses—the Pellissippi Campus off Hardin Valley Road in West Knoxville, the Division Street Campus near the University of Tennessee and the Magnolia Avenue Campus near downtown Knoxville. A dozen faculty members teach in the program at the campuses. For more information, contact Meg Moss at 865-694-6673.

•Pellissippi State Technical Community College program partners with Tennessee Technological University and Lincoln Memorial University, so Teacher Education graduates can move directly into bachelor’s degree programs at those two universities. Tennessee Tech offers bachelor’s degree classes at Pellissippi State, in addition to Tennessee Tech’s main campus in Cookeville. The program’s first 20 graduates from Tennessee Tech have completed their student teaching and now are seeking positions as teachers. Pellissippi State students interested in working toward a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate can also participate in transfer programs with the University of Tennessee, Maryville College and Tusculum College. For more information, contact Meg Moss, at 865-694-6673.

• Maryville College’s Fall 2005 Community Conversations is bringing together some things that aren’t always approved dinner conversation. With “The Whole Enchilada: The Culture, Politics and Science of Food,” Community Conversations serves up serious discussions about that basic necessity of life. Dr. Chad Berry, associate professor of history at the College, will open the series with “Setting the Table: Being Mindful about Food” Tuesday, Sept. 6. Vertamae Grosvenor, cultural correspondent for National Public Radio, will present “Nyam: A Food Folk Opera” Thursday, Sept. 22. “Nyam” is the Gullah/Geechee word for “to eat.” Doug O’Brien, director of public policy and research for America’s Second Harvest, and Elaine Machiela, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, discuss hunger in America with conversation entitled “The Politics of Hunger and the Recipe for Change” Thursday, Oct. 13. In “Alternative Approaches to the Production and Consumption of Food,” a four-person panel (representing areas ranging from food science to food cooperatives) takes on farm-to-table food issues. Community Conversations is conducted to facilitate conversations and discussions between members of the entire Maryville College community, citizens of Blount County and surrounding areas, college alumni and prospective students. All events begin at 7 p.m. and are free of charge and open to the public. Presentations and performances will be held in the Music Hall of the Fine Arts Center with the exception of “Setting the Table,” which will be held in Wilson Chapel. For more information, contact Conte at 865-981-8129.


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