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• Farragut High School’s Parent Teacher Student Organization will host its Fall Open House at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, in the auditorium. After a brief meeting, parents will be able to do a “walk-through” of their child’s schedule and meet the teachers. Parents are encouraged to join the PTSO and volunteer for various committees. Tables will be set up and committee members will be available to answer questions about volunteer information. Theme for the 2007-08 school year is “Anchoring Admiral Pride.”

• David Madden, author of this year’s Common Book Experience reading choice at Pellissippi State Technical Community College, will be the guest speaker at the second annual President’s Convocation, Friday, Sept. 7, at the Pellissippi Campus off Hardin Valley Road. Madden is the author of “Sharpshooter,” a Civil War novel written from the perspective of a young soldier. He will address students, faculty and staff beginning at 11:50 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The public is invited to attend the free event. An ice cream social with entertainment by Dan Gammon and Kathleen McGregor Williams will take place in the Courtyard immediately following the Convocation. Madden, a Knoxville native, is a creative writing professor at Louisiana State University. He has published nine novels and two collections of short stories, as well as a number of works of literary criticism, essays and poems; plays; and textbooks. Several of his novels have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

• Larry Frank, Knox County Public Library director, will be the featured speaker for the third annual observance of Constitution Day at Pellissippi State Technical Community College, Monday, Sept. 17. The event, which is open to the public as well as students, faculty and staff, begins at 2 p.m. in the Goins Auditorium on the Pellissippi Campus off Hardin Valley Road. For more information, contact Mary Bledsoe in the Student Life and Recreation Office at 865-694-6415.

• Approximately 664 Pellissippi State Technical Community College students received diplomas during spring commencement 2007, including Chris Barry, Shawn Beasley, Brad Chohanin, Melissa Carleton Edmunds, Tamer El-Adawy, Stephen Thoma Estep, Vanessa Fowler, Paige Ginn, Tiffany Greene, Steven Craig Greenfield, Jordan Michael Helton, Bryan Douglas Ibson, Joey Thomas Jaccard, Mercedes Jones, Donald Lee Jones II, Brad Landon, April Lawhorn, Corey Lien, Jessica Marie Lloyd, Lea Miller, Kathleen Mulholland, Ami Pauline Ndiaye, Huyen Nguyen, Bobby Nicholson, Callie Painter, Locke Porter, Seth Alan Price, John Rech, Shanna Ricker, Steven Rimmer, Cindy Lee Rodriguez, Taro Sakamoto, Krystal Sewell, Jaime Whiting, Johnathan Stephen Winfrey, Mona Abu-Owda, Anne Bethencourt, Ceresa Dyvonne Caudill, Michael Thomas Cover, Mary DeSmidt, Tamara Rosa Ferguson, Michelle Gagne, Trevor Greene, Haley Vann Hartsook, Brittany LeAnn Hodge, Mari Kursun, Danielle Ledford, Kristen Mohney, Andrew Nutsch, Jeffrey Openshaw, Jeffrey Salerno and Joshua Turner.

• Roane State Community College’s associate of science degree with an emphasis in pre-pharmacy offers students all the academic courses needed to apply for admission to the new College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University. Completing the college’s pre-pharmacy preparation enables students to apply to ETSU without also earning a bachelor’s degree. Admission to ETSU’s College of Pharmacy is a competitive process. For more information, call 865-882-4526 or visit www.roanestate.edu.

• Learn how to create computer games with two new classes at Pellissippi State Technical Community College. The Computer Science and Information Technology program will offer Computer Game Programming, a course that will teach game developers how to write computer-based games. Students will explore three different programming languages and learn how to apply them to game development, as well as learn how to use various tools and environments to create the games. Course is listed as a special topics course, CSIT 2490, and is for beginning and intermediate game designers and developers. Interested students must know how to use a PC and the XP operating system. A general knowledge of games is essential, but previous programming experience is not required. The second new course is Introduction to Game Design and Development, which will teach students the key elements of game strategy. Students will also explore gaming theory and its practical application. The class will learn to use popular design software and will have the opportunity to design and test a rudimentary game. Course is listed as a special topics class, VPT1020, offered through the Video Production Technology program. For more information on the Computer Game Programming course, contact Greg Walters, CSIT program coordinator, at 865-694-6468 or gwalters@pstcc.edu. For information on the Introduction to Game Design and Development course, contact Ron Bellamy at 865-694-6444 or rbellamy@pstcc.edu.

 

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