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• Farragut High School Science Academy will present its first in a series of scientific lectures beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, in the FHS library. Dr. Ward Plummer, distinguished professor of physics at The University of Tennessee and member of the National Academy of Sciences, will present “Materials for the 21st Century: A Revolutionary-Not an Evolutionary-Approach.” A reception will immediately follow the presentation.

• Students and staff of Paideia Academy invite area pastors to a Pastors’ Breakfast and Open House beginning at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24. There is no cost to attend the breakfast, but reservations are required and may be made through Friday, Oct. 19, by calling the school office at 865-670-0440. To learn more about Paideia Academy, call the school office or visit the Web site at www.PaideiaKnoxville.org.

• Persons interested in pursuing a career as a teacher or a health-care giver are invited to attend Education and Health Professions Day, a free informational event hosted by Pellissippi State Technical Community College from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from at least nine Tennessee colleges and universities. Information will be available about degree programs, as well as about transferring and admissions. Event takes place on the Pellissippi Campus off Hardin Valley Road. Tables will be set up in the Student Lounge of the Goins Administration Building. For more information, contact Susan McMahon at 865-539-7050 or smcmahon@pstcc.edu, or contact Meg Moss at 865-694-6673 or mvmoss@pstcc.edu.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College presents “Three Fables,” a play adapted from three “Aesop’s Fables,” from 10:45 to 11:40 a.m. and from 12:55 to 1:50 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29, in the Goins Auditorium at the Pellissippi Campus off Hardin Valley Road. Parents and teachers are invited to bring children to the performances by Knoxville’s InterAct Theatre Children’s Theatre for the Deaf. The theater company was invited by Gayle Wood of Pellissippi State’s Access and Diversity Office in conjunction with Disabilities Awareness Month. Community is invited to attend the free performances. For more information, contact Gayle Wood at 865-539-7160.

• More than 700 high school students from across the state will converge at The University of Tennessee this month for Engineers Day, hosted by the UT College of Engineering. This annual event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, will draw future college engineering students from high schools across Tennessee to participate in discussions about engineering and see project demonstrations and exhibits. Engineers Day has been a UT tradition since 1912. UT engineering classes are dismissed during the event to provide an opportunity for COE students to interact with the high school students.

• Roane State Community College will host a free public seminar on identity theft from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, in the theater on the Roane County campus. For more information, contact Denette Flynn at 865-882-4598.

• The new 15,000-square-foot Knoxville campus for The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Pharmacy opened recently. For additional information, visit www.utmem.edu.

• Farragut High School Education Foundation will host a phone-a-thon Monday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 30, and is actively seeking volunteers to work two-hour shifts. Time slots are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and from 8 to 10 p.m. Money will go toward the purchase of equipment for the newly renovated Science lab and the Visual and Performing Arts departments at the high school. For more information about volunteering for the phone-a-thon, call Ann Slagle at 865-966-9064.

• Paideia Academy will host its second annual “Run for the Classics” 5K Run and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Pellissippi State Technical Community College’s Community Trails, across from the J. Goins building on the Hardin Valley Road campus. Race will begin at 9 a.m. with the one-mile fun walk kicking off at 9:05 a.m. Race-day registration will open at 8 a.m. Pre-registration fees are $25 for an individual or $85 for a team of four (plus $20 per additional teammate) for either event. Registration forms are available at The Runner’s Market, New Balance, YMCA’s Farragut and West Side branches or the school office. For more information, call the school office at 865-670-0440 or visit the school’s Web site at www.PaideiaKnoxville.org.

• Cadet Matthew Arthur “Joe” LeSage, son of Dennis and Carrie LeSage, has completed Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. LeSage graduated from Farragut High School in 2007. He plans to graduate from West Point in 2007 and will be commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

• Navy Seaman Recruit Harry A. Larson, a 2006 graduate of Farragut High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Larson completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. Capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations,” an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ‘’Navy’’ flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.

• Erik Tait a graduate from Farragut High School, recently graduated from Humber College in Toronto, Ontario with honors. He was also awarded the Comedy Green Room Director’s Award for Excellence for his contributions to the art of stand-up comedy. Tait was most recently featured on XM Radio.

• Twenty-seven top students have been recognized to the summer semester dean’s list at Pellissippi State Technical Community College. To be included on the list, a student must take a full course load and earn a minimum 3.5 grade point average. Honorees include Craig Brian Green, Kellie Keyes, Annatasia Danielle Miller, Anthony Joseph Upchurch and Patrick Emmett Rice.

• Roane State Community College will hold its annual open house for area high school juniors, seniors and their parents from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Roane County campus, Harriman. Representatives from academic departments, financial aid and admissions will be available to answer questions. Visitors are asked to register in the theater lobby. For more information, call Gloria Marine at 865-882-4523 or 866-462-7722, ext. 4523.

• Ross Bagwell Sr. placed his 1991 Mercedes Benz 560SEL on the showroom floor to help the Pellissippi State Foundation raise money for the new Bagwell Center for Media and Art. The facility, located on the Pellissippi Campus of Pellissippi State Technical Community College, opened for classes this semester. Bagwell called upon longtime friend Sam Furrow, owner of Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville, to help with the sale of the Mercedes. Furrow contributed to raising money for the college by donating his business’ showroom to display the car. The Mercedes was sold to a Chicago resident soon after being put in the showroom, and Bagwell presented the Foundation with a check last month for $22,000. The college is in the midst of a major gifts campaign, Connecting Communities, Changing Lives, and has raised $4.65 million toward the $6 million goal. To learn more about, or make a gift to, the campaign, call 865-694-6528 or visit www.pstcc.edu/campaign.

 

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