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• The University of Tennessee Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and the Knox County Public Library invite you to participate in a reading group to discuss the book, Justice as Fairness: A restatement by John Rawls. For further information, visit http://bakercenter .utk.edu, or contact Amy Gibson, agibson1@utk.edu.

• Families in our community need help with food and supply assistance. Saturday, Feb. 6, Boy Scouts will be visiting your neighborhood kicking off their annual “Scouting for Food” campaign. You can help by filling a “Scouting for Food” bag. Feb. 6, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venture Crews will be distributing bags so you can donate non-perishable canned, boxed food, or other household items. Then, a week later on Saturday, Feb. 13, Scouts will be visiting again to collect your donated items, taking them either to the Second Harvest Food Bank or a local food pantry in your community. For more information, call 865-588-6514.

• High school students, adult learners and community college students who are planning to transfer to a four-year institution are all invited to “Meet Maryville” beginning at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 30 in Bartlett Hall. Hosted by Maryville College’s admissions staff, the “Meet Maryville” open house event is designed to help people become more familiar with the nationally recognized liberal arts college. For more information about Meet Maryville or Minority Recruitment Weekend, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@maryvillecollege.edu or 865-981-8092, or visit the web site at http://www.maryvillecollege.edu/admissions.

• Knox County Health Department will begin the second phase H1N1 vaccinations in the Knox County Schools beginning Monday, Jan. 11. Children under 10 who have already received a H1N1 vaccine need a second dose to gain full immunity. During Phase 1 last fall, more than 16,000 children were vaccinated against H1N1 flu. Knox County Health Department recommends vaccinating your child even if you think he or she may have had H1N1 flu (physician in-office rapid tests aren’t always accurate).

• The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, full-time MBA program will host an information session for prospective MBA candidates from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan 20. The session will be held in the James A. Haslam II Business Building, Room 402. Registration will be at 5:45 p.m. Representatives of this innovative 17-month program will present information on the structure of its integrated, team-based curriculum; the application/admissions process; financial aid; and career opportunities. Admission is free, and pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact the UT MBA Program Office at 865-974-5033 or at mba@utk.edu.

• ‘Back into Black’ debt elimination courses at Pellissippi State. Financial educator George Lucke is his own student success story. He eliminated more than $265,000 of his debt using the Automatic Debt Elimination program, a system he developed and now teaches to others. Students may register for either the Jan. 19 or March 18 course. They are encouraged to bring a list of debts to begin planning their own debt elimination strategy while in the classroom. To register for “Back into Black” or to learn more about the entire menu of non-credit courses, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167.

• Explore the rhythms of a variety of cultures and learn some new dance moves at the same time. Pellissippi State Community College offers non-credit dance classes this winter and spring that introduce beginning students to the movements and sounds from an array of origins. You can take dance classes to learn 1940s East Coast Swing, Cuban cha-cha and Middle Eastern belly dance. For additional information, cost, or to register, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167.

• Roane State receives honor for annual Academic Festival. The Tennessee Board of Regents awarded an Academic Excellence Award to Roane State Community College for the college’s annual Academic Festival. The Tennessee Board of Regents oversees the state’s public community colleges and the public universities outside the University of Tennessee system. The award recognizes programs and initiatives that exemplify excellence in teaching, research and public service.

• Ted Stryk, Roane State Community College assistant professor, has been featured in Sky & Telescope magazine, Astronomy Now and on NASA’s Web site. Stryk specializes in taking data from space missions and rendering modern-looking digital images. His work appears in the aforementioned publications.

• Roane State program prepares students for leadership roles. Roane State Community College has launched an innovative program that prepares students to embrace leadership roles. The Leadership Excellence and Dedicated Service program includes seven students who meet monthly and participate in various activities. Sammie Mowery, LEADS coordinator, said the program’s focus is to help students develop leadership skills that they can use in their careers and in their communities.

• Ninety-eight percent of Roane State nursing graduates passed licensing exam. For the second year in a row, 98 percent of Roane State Community College nursing graduates passed their licensing exam on their first attempt. The National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level registered nurse. One hundred May 2009 Roane State graduates took the exam this year. In 2008, 98 percent of 93 graduates passed the exam in their first attempt.

• Roane State Community College’s Community Outreach and Professional Training Department will offer a course about financial planning from 6 to 9 p.m., Jan. 14 at the Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave. The course, titled “Back into Black,” will cover topics such as debt reduction and ways to save money on everyday purchases. Participants will develop their own debt-reduction plan as part of the class and are invited to bring a list of their debts.

• The Farragut High School Marching Admirals Band has been selected to perform at the February 2010 College Band Directors National Association Southern Division Conference. The Symphonic Band will travel to the University of Mississippi in Oxford to perform. They are one of only five high school bands selected to perform at the prestigious conference.

• Roane State Community College campuses will offer extended business hours to assist students with admission and registration. Hours at most locations will be 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Jan. 19-20. The campuses in Cumberland and Fentress counties will close at 5:30 p.m. CST on those days. Campuses will operate on their standard schedule, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15. Roane State locations will be closed Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. For more information, call 865-882-4523, toll-free at 1-866-GO2-RSCC, ext. 4523, or visit www.roanestate.edu.

• Webb School of Knoxville senior Craig Clayton is among the 143 students, nationwide, to be named a 2010 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts YoungArts finalist, and will attend YoungArts Week in Miami, Fla., Jan. 11-16. Clayton is the only 2010 Finalist to represent the state of Tennessee. YoungArts identifies the nation’s most talented 17 to 18-year-olds in the performing, literary and visual arts. The YoungArts program is considered by many to be the most prestigious arts competition in the nation for young adults. It boasts an alumni list that includes actress Vanessa Williams and recording artist Josh Groban.

• U.S. Cellular is inviting communities to rally around their favorite school to share $1 million. Ten schools across the country with the most votes will each win $100,000 to use in any way they want in the company’s Calling All Communities campaign. Between now and Jan. 15, anyone 18 or older can visit any U.S. Cellular store to receive a code to vote online for their favorite school. Schools of all sizes, public, private, urban and rural, K-12 have a chance to become a Calling All Communities champion. The campaign returns at a time when school districts across the country are feeling a greater budget pinch in a slowing economy. According to the American Association of School Administrators, the percentage of schools cutting extracurricular activities almost tripled from 10 percent in 2008-09 to 28 percent for the 2009-2010 school year.

• The renowned Gesell Institute is holding a three-day training workshop in Knoxville Feb. 1-3. Hosted by Christian Academy of Knoxville. Reservations can be made by calling the Gesell Institute at 1-800-369-7709.

• Several Farragut area students have been inducted into the Tennessee Kappa Chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society at Lipscomb University. Farragut residents include: Allyson Hall, Lindsey Wilkerson and Jenny Randolph. Farragut students are among 69 undergraduate and graduate students inducted into the prestigious society. Alpha Chi is a national college scholarship honor society that promotes outstanding character and academic excellence in all disciplines, said Dr. Lin Garner, assistant athletic director for academics, senior woman’s administrator and faculty advisor of Alpha Chi.

• Pellissippi State makes veterans’ education more accessible and affordable. The number of veterans enrolled at Pellissippi State Community College this semester is up 15 percent from spring and 20 percent from last fall, and the institution has put in place a number of resources to make their experience a success. In anticipation of the increase — which stems in part from changes in benefits in the GI Bill — the college convened a work group to study services provided to veterans and learn how to better coordinate programs for students in and discharged from the military. Pellissippi State is also one of four Tennessee community colleges participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The program helps pay tuition and fees that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate rate, which, in Tennessee, is $6,850 at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Qualifying students receive $1,000 per semester, with $500 coming from the VA and the other $500 from Pellissippi State. (The funding doesn’t cover the international fee.) The money covers 25 veterans each semester on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Shastid, 865-694-6472 or seshastid@pstcc.edu.

 

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