Friday, January 19, 2018

Students Gear Up For Spring Classes

We would like to introduce one of our Vol State Cheerleader's, Laura Esguerra. Laura is in the Honors Program at Vol State & is majoring in Aerospace Engineering. She plans to transfer to MTSU for her Bachelors Degree. Keep up the great work Laura & have a wonderful semester!

Returning Freshman Savannah Henriksin relaxes in the SRB hallway while preparing for class. Majoring in Psychology, she plans on finishing her education online at Ashford University after Vol State. Savannah loves to go sledding in the winter & is extremely easy to talk to. Good luck on all of your future endeavors, Savannah!

Vol State Students Perform Well in State Math Competition

Tennessee community college students went head-to-head in the Tennessee Mathematical Association of Two-year Colleges (TMATYC) math competition. The results are exciting: Vol State had 28 students, including several Middle College students, among the 225 students from across the state competing in all five math competitions. Vol State students performed very well in all categories.  Our students were represented in the “Top Ten” in every competition, racking up a total of twelve “Top Ten” positions. Of those, we had one first place winner, one second place winner, and three third place winters. A list of all competitors and placeholders is below.
Math and Science Dean Tom Ekman said: “If you do the math (sorry – I just had to say that), Vol State students made up 12.4% of the competitors but received 29.4% of the “Top Three*” cash prizes, and 23.1% of the “Top Ten*” placeholders. (*There were some ties).”
Among the 15 top three cash prize winners in all five categories: 
Pellissippi State had        6 top three winners
Volunteer State  had       5 top three winners
Chattanooga State had   2 top three winners
Cleveland State had        1 top three winners
Nashville State had         1 top three winners 
Northeast State had        0 top three winners
Congrats to all of our students! Here is the list:

Top Ten Survey of Math

Christian Bass  second place

Sara Eaton   third place

Top Ten Statistics
Kailyn Fournier   third place

Ashtyn Gillihan

Top Ten Precalculus
Emily Bentley   sixth place

Jaimee Brown   seventh place tie

Kush Patel   seventh place tie

Anamarie Hinson

Blaine Birk

Ethan Denson

Kartesh Patel

Lakshmi Ramesh

Sky Nichols

Tyler Clay

Top Ten Calculus A
Chaohui Zheng   first place

Siyuan Zhang    fourth place

Zachary Houtman   fifth place

Rachel Stoneman   ninth place tie

Hannah Bates

Hannah Hudson

Jeny Starnes

Kaylee Wheeling

Top Ten Calculus B
Mark Skelton   third place
Jacob Wheeling   tenth place

Dalton Davis

John Cruz

Kohen Williams

Tatera Roe

Pictured above: The participating faculty and students: Back row, left to right: Lingli Ni, Sara Eaton, Christian Bass, Mark Skelton, Chaohui Zheng, and Kailyn Fournier. Front row, left to right: Jonathan Kenigson, Thomas Ekman, Chuck Conrad, Peter Melvin.

Pictured below:  Kailyn Fournier (left), third place winner in TMATYC statistics test, and Elizabeth Forrester (right), Kailyn’s instructor for statistics.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Changes for Important Dates Due to Weather Closings

Due to recent Vol State Campus weather closings, important dates this semester have been altered in order to accommodate all students. 
 Refunds, Financial Aid and Bookstore Charge Period:

Ø  Financial Aid is dependent on attending all classes once.  The dates have been pushed back to provide all students the opportunity to attend class and meet this requirement.  If you have yet to attend class this semester, please contact your instructor and log onto eLearn to complete possible reading and assignments as listed for each class. 

Ø  The last day for a 100% refund has been extended until today, January 18th, for courses in the following parts of term: Full Term , 1st 5 weeks, 1st 7 weeks, and Dual Enrollment. The refunds for TN eCampus courses have not changed. The last day for 75% and 25% refunds have not changed. All refund dates can be found at

Ø  Financial Aid refunds will begin today, January 18th. As always, attendance for all your courses must be confirmed before the refund can be issued. Direct Deposit refunds will be issued the same day the refund is processed, and checks will be mailed the following business day. To set up direct deposit, visit

Ø  The financial aid bookstore charge period that ended Friday, January 12th is not being extended so that financial aid refund processing is not delayed.

Ø  The $25.00 late registration fee is being waived for the spring 2018 semester.

Registration is Extended Along with Drop / Add Dates:

Ø  Drop/Add has been extended through Tuesday, January 23rd.  Current students and Spring 2018 applicants may register for any open courses through the end of drop/add. Beginning Wednesday January 24th, if you would like to register for an evening course that meets on Wednesday, January 24th or Thursday January 25th, contact the Advising Center for permission to late-add.

Ø  After drop/add, students will have to get a signature from their instructor to drop a course.  Signatures will be required to drop for full semester classes beginning Monday January 29th.  Signatures will be required for 1st 5 and 1st 7 week courses beginning Wednesday, January 24th.
E-Learn and TN eCampus:

Ø  Report any discrepancies between your schedule and eLearn to Distributed Education by sending an email to Include your name, V#, and a description of the problem.

Ø  TN eCampus Courses (RODP courses that have a section code beginning with an R, like R50, R51, etc.) can only be accessed at

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Weather Closings and Late Registration

All Vol State locations closed Wednesday, January 17, due to weather conditions. No day or night classes. Students should visit the eLearn page for each class to find out what readings and assignments to complete. Check eLearn email for messages from instructors.

Due to continued inclement weather, drop/add has been extended through Monday, January 22nd.

If you still need to register for classes or change classes, and need help, you can still get it done this week. Visit us Thursday, when we are open again. If you have applied and not had a response yet, you should expect that email this week when we return. Our goal is to help everyone who wants to take spring classes get squared away this week.

If you don't need help, you should still be able to register and drop classes online via My Vol State.

Please check your eLearn page for all of the classes you plan to take for messages from your instructors. If you had a Tuesday class scheduled, you may have reading or other assignments. We don't want anyone getting behind this week.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Meet the New Student Social Media Writer

Hello students, faculty and staff! My name is Rachel Keyes and I am now the Social Media Writer for Vol State! I am so excited and looking forward to getting to know all of you. I am on a quest for fascinating things happening around campus. My goal is to become as connected with campus and student life as possible while holding this position.

I am 23 years old and a returning student at Vol State. My major is Psychology; I genuinely love people and am fascinated by the human mind. I am originally from Kentucky, and also spent some time in California before deciding to return to my southern roots. I am now married to my best friend who is an immigrant from Morocco. He has inspired me to learn French, one of his native languages, and I will be taking Honors French II this spring with Dr. Blomquist. I enjoy reading, writing, dancing, and traveling.

So, I’ve told you a little bit about my life, now I want to hear from your story! My e-mail address is - please feel free to send me ideas, questions, comments, or stories.
Rachel Keyes

Meet Your Classmates For The Spring Semester

Say hello to returning student Shannon Schmidt! Shannon is an Early Childhood Education major and was inspired to become a teacher by her Grandmother, Kathryn Roberts, who is a Vol State Alumni herself! Schmidt says her Grandmother is tremendously encouraging, reminding her that it is possible to succeed, despite the challenges of life. Shannon is 27 years old and has a 6 year old daughter named Leah, whom she spends most of her free time with. Shannon loves the welcoming atmosphere of Vol State, particularly for older students.

Meet Miss La'Bresha Nept! She is 26 years old, originally from Montgomery, Alabama. Her favorite part of being a student at Vol State is the positive energy, diversity, and inclusiveness of the college, making her feel welcome and at home. La'Bresha is majoring in Respiratory Therapy and loves to shop. Nept is also a very talented singer. Come say hello to these ladies around campus. We're thrilled to have you here!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

All Campuses Closed Monday, January 15

All Vol State campuses will be closed on Monday, January 15 to observe the MLK Jr. holiday. There will be no classes and offices will be closed. Spring classes start on January 16 if you have Tuesday classes...and then for whatever days you have classes after that.