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• The American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee is currently accepting applications from engineering students in Tennessee for the 2006 national ACEC engineering scholarship program, which will award a $5,000 scholarship to the winner. ACEC of Tennessee will also award a $1,000 state scholarship to a Tennessee resident who is studying engineering at a Tennessee university or college. Applications for the scholarship programs must be submitted to ACEC of Tennessee by Oct. 31. Application forms and complete information can be obtained by e-mail to: To qualify for a scholarship, a student must be a Tennessee resident pursuing a bachelor’s degree in an engineering or land-surveying program in Tennessee approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Students must be entering their junior, senior, or fifth year in the fall of 2006 to qualify. A student’s interest and commitment to the business and management of the profession are factors that will be considered.

• Anthony Wise, who heads the Liberal Arts Department at Pellissippi State Technical Community College, has been selected to participate in the Regents Academic Leadership Institute, a new leadership development program of the Tennessee Board of Regents. The institute is a yearlong effort designed to support academic leaders at Tennessee’s public colleges and universities. The institute seeks to develop a network of problem solvers at all 19 state-supported postsecondary schools. The focus of the program in the first year will be strengthening leadership for academic department chairs or academic unit heads.

• Awareness Weeks Extreme will celebrate the creativity and diversity of students with disabilities in October at Pellissippi State Technical Community College. The "Sense of AWE!" observance, part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, will take place Oct. 3-14 at the Pellissippi Campus in West Knoxville. Musical, literary, visual, written and graphic works created by people with disabilities will be displayed and performed at several sites on campus during the two-week period. Special musical performances will be given by Chris O’Brien, a country-rock musician from Nashville, at 11:15 a.m., Oct. 7, and the Lady Emrys, Celtic and New Age musicians from Knoxville, at 11:15 a.m., Oct. 10. Also, "My Left Foot" and "Rear Window" will be shown in the Goins Building auditorium 1-3 p.m., Oct. 6 and Oct. 13, respectively. Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker won Academy Awards for "My Left Foot," and Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly star in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller, "Rear Window." Events are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Cynthia Andresen of Services for Students With Disabilities at 865-539-7249 or

• Daniel Wolf, the Information Assurance Director for the National Security Agency, and Dr. Linton Wells, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for National Information Infrastructure, gave formal recognition and certificates to representatives from Fountainhead at the CNSS Awards Ceremony held in Atlanta, Ga. Fountainhead College of Technology is one of only 123 colleges nationwide certified by the NSA and the only college in Tennessee to offer four information assurance certificates approved by the CNSS. This means that in addition to obtaining their Bachelor’s degree, graduates of the Network Security & Forensics program will automatically receive the following CNSS certifications: Information Assurance Professional, Designated Approving Authority, System Administration in Information Systems Security and Information Systems Security Officer. Find out information on fees and prerequisites by calling Fountainhead College of Technology at 865-688-9422.

• The Knox County School Board approved grants for Farragut High School to: purchase 12 Acer travel mates (computers) for $8,950 with funds provided by science donations, purchase 16 camera security system for $10,073.50 with funds provided by BEP funds and coupon book sales and make team room addition for $30,000 with funds provided by Booster Club.

• Powell High School Class of 1985 is having a 20-year class reunion Saturday, Oct. 15. If you have not been contacted, please call 864-234-5566 or e-mail to

• Morristown Hamblen West High School Class of 1985 is having a 20-year class reunion Friday, Nov. 25. If you have not been contacted, please call 864-234-5566 or e-mail to

• Best Buy is currently accepting applications for its third annual te@ch program, which awards more than $3.5 million to schools where teachers make learning fun by using interactive technology in their classrooms. The program is open to all accredited public and private nonprofit K-12 school located within 50 miles of the Best Buy store in Knoxville. Each of the 1,200 schools selected for the award will receive a $2,500 tea@ch gift card. Of those schools, 36 will be recognized for exemplary programs with an additional $15,000 award and one of the schools will be selected to win a $250,000 award. Te@ch applications and guidelines can be found at Applications must be submitted online by Sept. 30. Winners will be notified and awards will be posted mid-January 2006 at

• Rebecca Hindrich of Knoxville received a Master of Arts in professional counseling from Argosy University in Atlanta, Ga.

• "Back to Basics" is the fall 2005 session of Mini-Medical School topic at UT Medical Center. The course will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday evenings, Sept. 22 – Oct. 27, in the Wood Auditorium at the medical center. Sessions will include: Sept. 22 - Cardiovascular System, Dr. Stuart J. Bresee, MD and Dr. David C. Cassada, MD; Sept. 29 - Respiratory System, Dr. Paul R. Branca, MD and Dr. Raymond A. Dieter, III, MD; Oct. 6 - Nervous System, Dr. R. Kent Hutson, Jr., MD and Dr. William E. Snyder, MD; Oct. 13 - Digestive System, Dr. Sangeeta Gulati, MD and Dr. Thomas L. Young, MD; Oct. 20 - Reproductive System, Dr. Kimberly B. Fortner, MD and Dr. Frederick A. Klein, MD, Oct. 27 - Emergency and Trauma: The Body's Response, Fred G. Wenger Jr. Tuition is $40/person and includes parking, class materials and refreshments. To register, call 865-544-6877 or go online at

• The Knox County Retired Teachers Association will meet at Ramsey's Cafeteria, located at the Days Inn Conference Center, 5335 Central Avenue Pike just off Merchants Drive at I-75, on Thursday, Sept. 22. The Executive Board will meet at 10:15 a. m., and the general meeting will begin at 11:15. Knox County's Director of Schools, Dr. Charles Lindsey, will be the featured speaker for the September meeting. He will deliver his biennial "state of the schools" address. All retired teachers and administrators are encouraged to attend to learn about the latest programs, initiatives, and developments within the district. Teachers who have retired from Gibbs High School and all its feeder schools will receive special recognition on this day.

• Farragut Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association is holding a donation drive through Sept. 30, and has a goal of $20,000. This money will be used to buy science tables and chairs, replace teacher computers, eighth grade criterion writing software, specific teacher classroom needs and a gym floor cover. PTSA will host Blues & Barbeque 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18. The menu will be a Buddy's BBQ dinner. Two blues bands and the FMS jazz band will provide the entertainment. A donation of $8 will be taken for the dinner. Envelopes to donate for the drive and the dinner are available in the school office.

• Maryville College has more students enrolled this year than at any time in the College’s 186-year history. The College has 1,120 students enrolled full-time, and 26 enrolled part-time. This is the third consecutive year that the College has broken previous enrollment numbers. Last fall, 1,080 students were enrolled; total headcount for the fall 2003 semester was 1,052.

• This year, Maryville College welcomes to its campus three new full-time faculty members and two visiting professors, bringing the total number of full-time faculty members to 73. Dr. Lee Davis came to the College in the fall of 2004 as an adjunct instructor of English and now joins the faculty as instructor of English. This spring, Dr. Angelia Gibson will join the faculty as assistant professor of chemistry. Adrienne Schwarte joins the College as an assistant professor of art and will be teaching graphic design courses. Rebecca Treadway joins the College as a visiting assistant professor of business. Dr. Lori West will return to her alma mater as a visiting assistant professor of biology. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, the College is recognized in the John Templeton Foundation’s Honor Roll for Character Building Colleges. For 11 of the last 12 years, Mayrville College has been ranked in the top 10 of U.S. News and World Report's listing of the best Southern liberal arts colleges. More information can be found at


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