Friday, January 30, 2015
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Students should be sure to bring:
- Student and parent Social Security Numbers
- Student Driver's License or ID Card
- Student 2014 Tax returns (and spouse if married) and W-2's
- If not a citizen: Alien Registration number or Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
- Parent's 2014 Tax Return and W-2's
- Any 2014 untaxed income information, such as child support
- Current balance of cash, savings, and checking account (amount only)
- Current net worth of your (and spouse's) business and investments
- Your PIN (if you do not have a PIN, go to www.pin.ed.gov a few days before the workshop)
Posted by Vol State at 2:23 PM
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Posted by Vol State at 8:57 AM
|Morgunn Siewak and his homemade E-bike.|
Morgunn Siewak found out he had car trouble recently, he knew he had to find a way to get to his 9:30 a.m. class. With no ride to speak of, Siewak — a computer information systems student and circuit board maker — took a look through his homemade electronics lab.
"I had a couple of old batteries I picked up at Goodwill for $6 each, a hub motor for another project I was working on, so I just decided I would cobble them together and make an E-bike," he said.
Cut to a few hours and zip ties later, Siewak's MacGyver-like skills got him to campus just in time for him to find a suitable place to recharge the batteries for the ride back home to Hendersonville. He was able to plug in at the Campus Police Department.
"I did my math right, and I was able to get here on a single charge, but just barely," Siewak said.
Assistant Chief of Police Angie Lawson said she was blown away by Siewak's determination to not miss his 9:30 a.m. class.
"This is extremely impressive to me that this student would go to this length to get here for one class," she said.
This won't be the last time Siewak brings his homemade E-bike to campus. He doesn't think his car will be fixed anytime soon.
"I can see this becoming a recurring issue, so I needed a semi-permanent solution to be able to get Vol State and back whenever," he said.
So, instead of missing class next time, take a page out of Siewak's book and get creative.
Posted by Madison at 6:00 AM
Monday, January 26, 2015
Spring graduation might be several months away, but the deadline to apply is less than a week away.
Posted by Madison at 6:00 AM
Friday, January 23, 2015
This news release comes from the FBI. There is nothing specific to our area. It's a general warning for college students:
FBI Warns of Fictitious ‘Work-from-home’ Scam Targeting University Students
College students across the United States have been targeted to participate in work-from-home scams. Students have been receiving e-mails to their school accounts recruiting them for payroll and/or human resource positions with fictitious companies. The “position” simply requires the student to provide his/her bank account number to receive a deposit and then transfer a portion of the funds to another bank account. Unbeknownst to the student, the other account is involved in the scam that the student has now helped perpetrate. The funds the student receives and is directed elsewhere have been stolen by cyber criminals. Participating in the scam is a crime and could lead to the student’s bank account being closed due to fraudulent activity or federal charges. Here’s how the scam works:
- The student is asked to provide his/her bank account credentials under the guise of setting up direct deposit for his/her pay.
- The scammers will add the student’s bank account to a victim employee’s direct deposit information to redirect the victim’s payroll deposit to the student’s account.
- The student will receive the payroll deposit from the victim’s employer in the victim’s name.
- The student will be directed to withdraw funds from the account and send a portion of the deposit, via wire transfer, to other individuals involved in the scam.Consequences of Participating in the Scam:
- The student’s bank account will be identified by law enforcement as being involved in the fraud.
- The victim employee has his/her pay stolen by the scammers utilizing the student’s bank account.
- Without the student’s participation, the scam could not be perpetrated, so he/she facilitated the theft of the paycheck.
- The student could be arrested and prosecuted in federal court. A criminal record will stay with the student for the rest of his/her life and will have to be divulged on future job applications, which could prevent the student from being hired.
- The student’s bank account may be closed due to fraudulent activity and a report could be filed by the bank.
- This could adversely affect the student’s credit record.
Tips on how to Protect Yourself from this Scam:
- If a job offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Never accept a job that requires the depositing of funds into your account and wiring them to different accounts.
- Look for poor use of the English language in e-mails such as incorrect grammar, capitalization, and tenses.Many of the scammers who send these messages are not native English speakers.
- Never provide credentials of any kind such as bank account information, login names, passwords, or any other identifying information in response to a recruitment e-mail.
- Forward these e-mails to the university’s IT personnel and tell your friends to be on the lookout for the scam.
If you have been a victim of this scam, you may file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov. Please reference this PSA number in your complaint. The IC3 produced a PSA in May 2014 titled “Cyber-related Scams Targeting Universities, Employees, and Students,” which mentioned this scam. The PSA can be viewed at http://www.ic3.gov/media/2014/140505.aspx .
Posted by Vol State at 2:56 PM