Monday, July 25, 2016

When Is The New Humanities Building Opening?

“When is the new humanities building going to open?” That is the question that is being asked as both faculty and students excitedly anticipate Vol State’s newest addition. The official answer, by the way, is August 22nd: the first day of Fall Semester.

The Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities building is designed to be a hub for students to connect and unwind before and after attending classes in the newly-designed classrooms. It will house various departments in the humanities program – including Music, English, Theater, and Art – as well as offices for adjunct faculty and advisors.

“The level of detail is mind-boggling,” said a source close to the project. “It’s a natural gathering spot, and they really thought about that when they designed it.”

The building stands in a central location between the cafeteria and bookstore in the Wood Campus Center, the Mattox Business Building, and Thigpen Library. The parking lot in front of the library is in the process of being turned into green space and pathways that will flow into the lawns of the Humanities Building.

Students are excited about the changes. “I was here about ten years ago,” said one who had just finished registering as a returning student. “It all looks so different now. It’s just amazing.”

Though students aren't allowed to enter the building until August 22nd, we’ve been given a sneak peak of the state-of-the-art facility.

Sweeping views of the campus are a highlight of the new Humanities Building.

Classrooms feature fun colors and ergonomically designed desks.
A bright spot for faculty to discuss important endeavors.
Cozy nooks give students a place to study.
Cheerful colors add joy to a conference room.
This and so much more will be waiting to be explored when classes begin. Yet another reason to look forward to the Fall Semester at Vol State!

Gaynell Buffinet Payne is a writer, single mother, and student at Volunteer State Community College. She also blogs for Vol State's Returning Adult Learners.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Important Notice for All TN Promise Students

Attention all TN Promise students…both current and incoming:

If you still want to use TN Promise to attend college in the fall you must go to the website and put in your community service work info. The community service deadline is August 1, 2016 (students have until 11:59 pm CST August 1st). Students must complete and SUBMIT their hours at Keep in mind, failure to miss the deadline even by one minute will result in loss of eligibility.

Students can find opportunities to complete community service or job shadowing at TN State Parks will also be hosting a community service day on July 23rd for students who need to meet this requirement.

If you have any questions or need help please contact us at 615-230-3688.

Adults Considering Vol State Can Get One-On-One Help

College can seem complex and even scary for adult students. People who are considering college or who may have college credits and want to finish their degree, are invited to Volunteer State Community College Reconnect Information Sessions. The Reconnect events will feature one-on-one advising. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and get answers in an informal and relaxed setting.

“We want to take the mystery out of attending college and walk people through what they need to do, step-by-step,” said Ken Hanson, director of Adult Learners and Veterans Affairs. “We invite the entire family to come along. We’ll have refreshments available.”

Vol State Reconnect is part of a statewide effort to get more adult students into college. There are two events for adults considering college on the Gallatin campus, July 28 and August 2 in the Wood campus Center. Both events will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. People are encouraged to email for more details and to let the college know they are coming. Participants can also call 615-230-3447. Walk-ups the day of the event will be fine. Vol State has web pages specifically for adult students, including a blog with a unique perspective on what it’s like to be an adult student, at

Monday, July 18, 2016

Pokemon Mania at Vol State

Pokemon GO has swept the nation practically overnight. The new cell phone app is already being held responsible for two men falling off of a cliff in California, breaking up a relationship (though I’m sure there’s more to come), and a trespassing teen coming face to face with a dead body. Vol State student players insist that it’s a good thing, however – as long as you watch where you’re going.

“We’re out in the parking lot saying ‘hey man, whatcha got?’ ‘I gotta a Pikachu!’” laughs one man who asked to remain anonymous. “We’re not out here doing drugs. It’s bringing people together. It’s a good thing.”
Pokemon hunters have even been converging on Vol State campus. One laughingly tweeted about his run-in with campus police at one o’clock in the morning.

Two friends waging a friendly battle
on their smart phones
Pokemon hunters weren’t difficult to catch on campus. Several people were roaming the walkways, eyes glued to their phones, and I ran into a large group right outside of Ramer. More joined as we talked. There are “lures” placed in various parts of the Vol State Gallatin campus to attract the digital monsters, and two spots on campus that are known as “gyms”: basically a battle field for the captured Pokemon. Teens, adults, and even parents with children are wandering around the grounds in their quest to “catch them all”, a phenomena that some supporters contend is getting millions of people out of the house and into the sun.

As for the midnight hunts, Volunteer State Community College officials say that while the campus is open to the public during regular class hours, after hours it’s closed to both the general public and students. They ask that those searching for Pokemon be respectful and not trample flower beds or wander into off-limits construction zones.

Mr. Anonymous has one last piece of advice for his fellow Pokemon hunters. “Just be smart. Don’t mess this up for the rest of us. And watch where you’re going!”

Read Also: Pokemon on Campus - What You Need to Know

Gaynell Buffinet Payne is a writer, single mother, and student at Volunteer State Community College. She also blogs for Vol State's Returning Adult Learners.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Fall Class Fees Due by August 11

Fees for fall classes are now being calculated. You can log into your MyVolState page to review your balance. Fall fees are due by August 11th. If you register for classes after August 11, you will need to pay that day. There are a variety of ways you can pay. Click here for details. If you have questions contact the Business Office.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Pokemon on Campus - What You Need to Know

We found these Pokemon fans on campus and reminded them of the rules. They were very nice about complying. Please don't chase monsters through landscaping or in construction areas.
The new Pokémon Go cell phone app has become a global craze. We want folks to have fun if they're playing Pokémon on Vol State campuses, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First and foremost- be safe. We have seen people nearly fall down stairs playing the app. You also need to keep from going places you wouldn't normally go - even if your Pokémon monster is hiding in a hard to get area. This includes all construction areas, flower beds and other landscaping areas, offices and classrooms for which you don't have a class. Just because there is a Pokémon monster with big points waiting doesn't mean you can go where you are not normally allowed.

Campus police tell us that they found a couple of students playing Pokémon Go on the Gallatin campus late at night. Vol State is a public campus, but only during class hours. Generally that is 7am to 9pm on weekdays and 7am to noon on Saturdays. No one is allowed on campus outside class hours, unless there is a special public event. So, enjoy Pokémon Go on campus, but only during our normal hours. 

The easy rule of thumb (no pun intended) is to be respectful of other people while playing Pokémon Go, be careful and don't do anything you normally would not do while walking through campus. In the meantime, good luck and happy monster hunting!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New Spaces this Fall on the Gallatin Campus

The new Steihnhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities Building opens this fall semester. It has art studios, music rooms, a second (and much larger) recording studio, an art gallery and state-of-the-art classrooms. Many of you will take classes there over the next couple of years. But there are plenty of benefits when it comes to studying and relaxing outside. Check out the new plaza space. It has a patio and an outdoor amphitheater for performance or just hanging out.

The area between the Thigpen Library and the Wallace Buildings is also being transformed. The road is gone, replaced with green space and brick mini-plazas. It too will be ready for fall semester.

We salute the construction crews working so hard to get this done in time and we thank our Plant Operations and IT people for getting the building ready. This is still much to be done.

We look forward to having sophomores back on campus this fall and we welcome new freshmen!