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2015 September 13 - 02:02 am

Around Campus

A look at Campus Life at Various Community and Junior Colleges

Although women make up about 61 percent of enrollees in Tennessee’s community colleges, they account for only 11 percent of students who enter engineering technology programs. This summer, Pellissippi State Community College provided three of its female students, two of whom are pursuing an engineering technology degree and one who plans to transfer to a four-year institution to major in engineering, with a jump-start on their careers. Thanks to a grant from the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium, Pellissippi State was able to link all three students with engineering-related internships. The consortium, which is funded by NASA, is made up of five Tennessee Board of Regents community colleges. This is the first time that a NASA Space Grant has been awarded to a Tennessee community college. Kathryne Farris, who is in the mechanical engineering concentration of the engineering technology program, spent her summer working with DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee in Maryville, Tenn.

DENSO is one of the world’s largest automotive parts manufacturers and one of the largest employers in Blount County. Farris plans to graduate in May 2016. So does scholarship recipient Gabriela Sabin, a computer science student. Once she earns her degree at Pellissippi State, she intends to transfer to a university, majoring in engineering. Sabin also interned at DENSO. Makayla Edwards, like Farris, a mechanical engineering/engineering technology student, will take a different path once she graduates from Pellissippi State. Instead of continuing on to a four-year school, she’ll enter the workforce directly. This summer, Edwards built her own 3D printer from a kit with the help of Klett and student mentors. Currently, she’s working on the design of a bicycle made from bamboo, which is considered a renewable resource because of its quick growth rate. The moving parts will be made using a 3D printer.

If you are wondering how art and science work hand in hand, then you might want to see the newest exhibit at the Houston Community College (Texas) West Loop Campus Gallery. Artist Natasha Hovey creates sleek, contemporary sculptures based on her exploration of human physiology and her own genetic makeup. Questions about her health inspired Hovey to create her latest installment of ceramic work called.One of Two or More. “I thought ‘what are the doctors looking for’?” said Hovey. “So I gathered all of my medical records and tests and compiled them into booklet and dissected the medical records and translated that into a visual story.” Hovey does not expect everyone who sees the three large pieces on display titled “Positioning,” “Traits” and “Relative Proportions” to get her message; but instead wants visitors to interpret the art how they see fit. Maureen Lewis, gallery coordinator, wanted to highlight the Ceramics courses offered at HCC and thought hosting Hovey’s work at the West Loop Campus Gallery would be an ideal way to expose students to this level of art.

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