Students take charge of their own learning in new Pellissippi State club

They want to know about everything—Plato, quantum physics, opera, civil rights—it just never ends. And now they’re inviting the public to enjoy learning something new, too.

“Gnosis members are bright and inquisitive students who are taking charge of their own learning,” said Annie Gray, associate professor of English at Pellissippi State Community College, who, along with David Brown, associate professor of Business and Computer Technology, sponsors the new service learning club.

“Gnosis” takes its name from the Greek word meaning “the highest form of knowledge.” The club is an independent organization dedicated to inspiring and mentoring Pellissippi State students with a love of learning, Gray explains.

Since the students began meeting in the fall, they’ve invited in local experts who can scratch their itch for learning. Now Gnosis is extending an invitation to the community to participate in the next presentation in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

“The club arose out of students’ conversations spanning about five years on the topic of what kind of club they would like to see on campus,” said Gray. “In addition to creating its own learning opportunities—from astronomy to opera—Gnosis also sponsors community service projects that get the students giving back to the community.”

For more information about the upcoming presentations, contact Gray at 865-694-6492.

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