College Notes:

Wood named MC’s first director of wellness
Sharon Wood, head athletic trainer and physical education instructor, recently became the first director of wellness at Maryville College. In assuming this role, she will promote campus-wide wellness and develop programming to increase the general well being of students, faculty and staff.

In 2004, the college started an initiative to promote wellness and physical health campus-wide. The year 2004 saw the foundations laid and the goals set for what is now a growing wellness program. In 2005, Wood and several other faculty and staff members from the campus were placed on the Wellness Advisory Board. The board was in charge of implementing
the goals that had been set by the college for the new wellness initiative.

The Wellness Council then presented the following identity statement: "Each member of the Maryville College community is intentionally engaged and supported in a lifelong process that promotes optimum health."

Sharon Wood has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Maryville College and a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. In 1987, she started her career as an athletic trainer at Maryville College. Wood now works as half-time athletic trainer and a half-time wellness director. The College hired two new athletic trainers to compensate for her new responsibilities.

Currently, Wood is focusing on five major wellness objectives: 1) Making a smoke-free campus policy; 2) promoting a yearly fitness/health assessment for all students, faculty and staff; 3) promoting a campus-wide stress management program; 4) encouraging everyone in the campus community to fit within his or her own respective body weight (measured by BMI, Body Mass Index); and 5) encouraging everyday exercise in order to build a healthy physical body.

Programming to support these objectives has already begun, such as yoga and kickboxing classes offered to the campus community three times a week.

Wood claims her ambitious goal by the year 2010 is to obtain 80 percent of students, faculty and staff participation for the wellness program, while 20 to 30 percent of participation is the average for a general corporation.

When asked how she will encourage more student participation, Wood replied, "It’s a lot of fun. We make it so simple, and if so many people are doing it, it’s a kind of attitude change."

For more information on the new wellness program at MC, contact Sharon Wood at 865-981-8289 or e-mail sharon.wood@maryvillecollege.edu.

Career Center hosts April 12 job fair
The Heart of Knoxville Career and Resource Center will host the annual Spring 2007 Job Fair on April 12, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Magnolia Avenue Campus of Pellissippi State Technical Community College, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

The center, which resides at the Magnolia Avenue Campus, offers businesses and job seekers a variety of employment services and resources.

The recruiting event is for those seeking and those looking to fill full- and part-time positions in such areas as sales, customer service, hospitality, clerical, finance, industrial, health care, the construction trades and information technology.

The event is free. For additional information, contact Bryan May at 865-329-3166 or btmay@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State hosts readings, book signings, teach-in
Pellissippi State Technical Community College is hosting a series of public readings and book signings throughout the day on April 12 in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road. On April 11, the college also is sponsoring an Authors’ Teach-In for high school students participating in dual enrollment courses.

The free readings are open to the public. The readings and teach-in are sponsored by the college’s English Department and the Pellissippi State Foundation.

"This event is an effort to acquaint students and the community at large with the fine tradition of writing in our region," said Lois Reynolds, head of the English Department.

The April 12 readings begin at 10 a.m. with Niles Reddick, dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Motlow State Community College. Reddick’s latest published work is "Road Kill Art and Other Oddities," a collection of 21 short stories.

At 11 a.m., Connie Jordan Green, author of the novels "The War at Home" and "Emmy," presents. Green, who also creates poetry and short stories, writes a weekly newspaper column in The Loudon County News-Herald.

The noon presenter is poet Marilyn Kallet, author of "How to Get Heat Without Fire" and "Circe, After Hours." Kallet, a professor of English at the University of Tennessee, has worked extensively with the Knoxville Writers Guild and the Tennessee Writers Alliance.

The husband-and-wife team of George and Connie Brosi presents at 1 p.m. The couple runs a retail book business specializing in material from and about Appalachia. George Brosi is the editor of Appalachian Heritage: A Literary Quarterly of the Appalachian South, a leading literary magazine of Southern Appalachia since 1973.

At 2 p.m., Sam Yette, writer-in-residence at Knoxville College, presents. He is the author of "The Choice."

Kip Stratton gives the final presentation at 3 p.m. Stratton is a book author and journalist whose work has appeared in such magazines as GQ and Sports Illustrated. His latest book is "Chasing the Rodeo: On Wild Rides and Big Dreams, Broken
Hearts and Broken Bones, and One Man’s Search for the West."

Students in dual enrollment English courses at Austin-East, Bearden, Carter, Farragut, Halls, Knoxville Catholic and West high schools are participating. Students enrolled in a Union County High School English course have also been invited.
The Dual Enrollment program provides qualified high school seniors the opportunity to enroll in the college’s freshman composition courses and at the same time complete the high school English requirement.

For more information, contact Edward Francisco at 865-694-6744 or the Pellissippi State English Department at 865-694-6708 or 865-694-6693.

Pellissippi State offers course on personal safety and crime prevention
Pellissippi State Technical Community College is offering a non-credit Saturday course called "Refuse to Be a Victim" beginning in April. The course is designed to offer men and women a variety of options from which they can choose to prepare their own crime prevention and personal safety strategies.

The class meets on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The course offers a broad overview of ways to minimize chances of being victimized and teaches easy-to-understand methods to increase awareness and prevent criminal action.

Participants learn how to prevent fraud, and they also learn how to enhance personal security at home, in the car, when traveling and when using the phone and internet.

The program is embraced by the law enforcement community and by educators as a positive tool in teaching personal safety awareness to many segments of the community.

Those interested may sign up for a course on April 14, May 5, June 6 or August 11. The cost is $55.

To learn more or enroll, call Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services at 865-539-7167.

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