Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Meet the President's Ambassadors for 2014-2015

Vol State welcomes a new group of President’s Ambassadors for 2014-2015. The Ambassadors represent the College at events, conduct campus tours and help with public relations. Students selected for the President’s Ambassadors scholarship program go through a rigorous vetting and interview process.  Successful candidates are selected from over two thousand eligible students.  To be eligible for the program, students must have a cumulative 3.0 grade point average and have completed at least 12 college-level credit hours at Vol State.  The scholarship covers full tuition and fees at the in-state rate, as well as a $300 per semester book stipend.  Students selected serve a one-year term.

The 2014-2015 Vol State President’s Ambassadors from left to right: Graham Gaines of Goodlettsville; Virginia White of Miami, FL; Maggie Goodner of Lebanon; Allie Brown of Livingston; Sarina Milonis of Hermitage; Samantha Harden of Jamestown; Garrett Moore of Portland; Kristin Grimes of Portland; Lindsey Maxwell of Gallatin; Andrew Stoddard of Lebanon; and Jacob Shartzer of Portland. Not pictured is Kyle Nagy of Goodlettsville.

Student Spotlight: Meet Austin

Austin Kemp

Classes are just a few days in, and the Gallatin campus is bustling with activity as everyone is getting familiar with the lay of the land.

Austin Kemp is new to Vol State. He transferred in this semester from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and Kemp is very much looking forward to the smaller class sizes offered here on campus.

Q: Why did you choose to come to Vol State after attending a four-year university?
A: "I decided this is a lot cheaper, and it provides a really stout education for me. I can get really good classes that will transfer, and I've just heard a lot about the high-end education that's offered here."

Q: What's the class you are most looking forward to take this semester?
A: "Intro to Mass Communication. My major is going to be involving journalism, mass media, and things of that nature, so I guess this is the first class I will have taken that's a step toward that goal."

Q: Now that summer has come to an end, what's the one thing you are going to miss?
A: "Free time. That's not going to exist once classes start."

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Consider the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society

Students eligible for the Phi Theta Kappa honors society should receive letters in September. If you’re eligible, you may want to consider applying. The community college honors society helps students build leadership skills. Some of the top students at Vol State are involved each year. Last semester Joseph Olson of Hendersonville and Lara Miller of Lebanon were nominated to the Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Community College Academic Team. The select group is chosen from community college students across the country. The two Vol State students were originally named to the All-Tennessee Academic Team, and then chosen for this national honor, the prelude to being named to the national team itself. For more information on PTK visit the website:

Pictured: Joseph Olson was congratulated on his accomplishment by Vol State president Dr. Jerry Faulkner.

Student Spotlight: Meet Jordan

Summer might officially be over and classes may have started, but that's no reason for the fun to end. Returning student Jordan Vandegejuchte is ready for the start of what's sure to be a great year at Vol State.

Jordan Vandejuchte
Vandegejuchte is studying business administration. After a challenging first year, she is looking forward to her classes.

Q: What are you looking forward to the most about the new year at Vol State?
A: "Finishing everything up. I have a really good  schedule this year. It flows well. I'm on track for my degree."

Q: What's the best piece of advice you can give to new students?
A: "Always ask questions. If you have any issues, just ask your professors and they will help you out — how to get somewhere, how to do a problem. Just anything."

Q: What's the best way to have fun on campus?
A: "Make new friends. Talk to people you don't normally talk to, and just do everything a little bit different, because this is a new start."

Monday, August 25, 2014

Traffic changes coming to Gallatin campus this semester

Nobody likes traffic jams, but there's no reason you can't make getting around campus easy on yourself.

This semester will see the beginning of a major construction project on a new Humanities Building on the Gallatin campus, so your normal traffic patterns getting in and out of campus will likely change as construction gets underway.

By getting into the habit now of using the back entrance and the two parking lots located near Enterprise Drive, students will be able to avoid any construction and road closures that will be taking place later on in the semester.

The new Humanities Building will be located behind the Wood Campus Center.
Where is Enterprise Drive?
It's the road that leads to the campus from Greenlea Boulevard near Highway 386.

The Gallatin campus' new Humanities Building will be located in the parking lot behind the Wood Campus Center.

Road construction and parking lot closures are expected to be the biggest changes once crews gear up for the start of the project.

This will most notably effect the main entrance on Howard George Boulevard. That road will eventually stop behind Caudill Hall to make way for a new pedestrian mall that will stretch beyond the library.
A new pedestrian mall will replace a major portion of Howard George Boulevard.
Although returning student Jordan Vandejuchte has never used the back entrance before, she said the new route shouldn't hinder too much, as long as she gives herself ample time to get to and from her classroom.

"I guess I'd have to plan for that. Get here a little earlier so I can walk to my class," she said.

Bryanna Boyd, another returning student, said she hopes the parking situation will be manageable as construction begins ramping up.

"They'll need to open up more parking spaces, because people always feel like they have nowhere to park," Boyd said.

A new parking lot near the back entrance of campus is planned to be constructed along with the new Humanities Building.

The 85,800-square-foot facility will feature 23 classrooms, 18 labs, 11 collaborative study areas, 56 offices, 20 adjunct faculty workrooms, and an outdoor amphitheater and courtyard.

The new building also will feature a number of specialized instructional spaces, including a recording studio; drawing, ceramics, and printmaking studios; instrumental and choral practice rooms; computer labs; an instructional art gallery; and a large capacity flexible instructional space.

Anticipated to begin construction in November, the new Humanities Building will be constructed to meet U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification.

The project is expected to take about two years to complete.

The new building and pedestrian area will be a welcome addition to the campus, and students, such as Jacob Weems, are looking forward to it.

"As long as it's bettering the campus, personally, I have no complaints," he said.

We have created a new map detailing the campus' back entrance. Click on the image below for a better look at the route.
The selected yellow route will allow easier access to campus during times of construction.

Friday, August 22, 2014

IT Help Desk Now Located in Thigpen Library Learning Commons

Do you need help with Vol State passwords and other Information Technology issues? The IT Help Desk can help you. It’s now located in the Vol State Learning Commons of the Thigpen Library. You can also call 615-230-3302.

The hours of operation will be:
·         Monday –Thursday 7:30am- 8pm
·         Friday-7:30am-5pm
·         Saturday-8am-12noon

Password Issues: If you are having issues logging in to your student account, you can change your password and unlock your account from the My Vol State login page. Click the 'Change or activate your password' link on the bottom left of the login page (you will need your V number and your birthdate to do this). If you are still having login issues you can call or visit the IT Help Desk.
Help Desk staff can provide general computer use and printing information. They can also provide limited assistance with getting your laptop or wireless device onto the wireless network.  You can find detailed instructions for setting up a wireless laptop connection under the "Student Wireless" link on the IT webpage (  If you have followed the directions but are unable to connect, the Help Desk staff can provide general assistance but are not allowed to physically work on your equipment.

D2L Navigation Issues: The Help desk staff can show you how to navigate around your D2L shell. However, they won’t be able to help with class problems or questions. If you need specific D2L help please email your instructor or for system issues email

If you are a student on the Highland Crest (Springfield) Campus and the Livingston Campus please call 615-230-3302 for password assistance. Each campus has lab assistants that can help with other issues. Just ask the front desk.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Former Globetrotter Hired as Vol State Women’s Basketball Coach

Otis Key is the new women’s basketball coach at Volunteer State Community College. He comes most recently from South Warren High School in Kentucky, where he was boys’ varsity assistant and freshmen coach.
“We had a lot of quality applicants,” said Vol State athletic director, Bobby Hudson. “I took the time to find the right one. I think Otis will do a great job. He has player development experience. He’s also a former player for the Harlem Globetrotters.”
“I spent ten great seasons within the Harlem Globetrotters organization,” Key said. “I had many roles. I think that experience, in many different areas, helps me in my coaching, not to mention all of the great coaches I worked for.”
Key coached for the American Basketball Association Kentucky Bison and the Continental Basketball Association Bowling Green Hornets. He is currently working with the Vol State team to get ready for the upcoming season.
“I’ve talked to all of our players. I’m excited to meet them and begin watching them play. I think this team has a lot of potential. We have our nucleus coming back and an all-American, Jenise Davis, coming back.”
The Vol State Lady Pioneers will hold scrimmages in October and kick-off their season on November 1 in the Vestle “Pops” Hudson Classic at Vol State versus Wabash Valley. For the complete schedule visit