Monday, October 23, 2017

Events this Week at Vol State

October 23      Discussion: “To Kneel or not to Kneel”, Nichols Dining Room, Wood Campus Center, 2:30pm
October 24     The College Gamer Project, Dr. Ryan Otter, inspirational speaker who focuses on student success, Livingston, 9am

October 24      One Book, One Community, Lisa Guenther on the American prison system, Nichols Dining Room, 1pm
October 25      Speaker: Predators’ writer Robbie Stanley, Vol State alumnus talks about his career, SRB Performing Arts Studio, 12:45pm
October 25      Sumner County College Night, university and college reps from across the country, Pickel Field House, 6pm, must register at
October 26      FAFSA Frenzy, form assistance, Cookeville CHEC, 3pm-6pm
October 27      Family Date Night, free dinner and a movie, Nichols Dining Room, 6pm
October 28      Household Hazardous Waste Collection, drop-off site, Gallatin Parking Lot E, 9am-2pm

October 28      Artist Reception: Connie Smith, Vol State Art Gallery, first floor of SRB, 1pm-3pm

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Help Us Name Our New Pioneer

Are you ready to meet the new guy on campus? Vol State has introduced a new mascot today to help cheer on our Pioneers, and some of our students are excited to meet him. “I think it’s a good idea,” says Nathan Woodard, “It gets people more involved.” Another student, Kadee Johnson, says, “Every sports team needs a mascot. It gets people riled up, and I think that would be fun.” We’ve got almost everything ready, but we’re missing something.
Our Pioneer needs a name, and we’re open to suggestions. We value the input of our campus community and would love to hear your ideas. All that we ask is that they be reasonable; nothing vulgar or silly. Some ideas we’ve already had were “Paul”, “Pierre”, and “Patrick”. We’d like to use “Pete”, but some other schools have a “Pioneer Pete” of their own. For a bit more inspiration, check out this list of mascots at other schools. If you have any appropriate suggestions for the name of our new Pioneer, send them to

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fall Festival and Food Day in Gallatin Wednesday

Fall Festival Featuring Food Day this Wednesday, October 18. Outside on the Thigpen Library Plaza. 11:00AM-2:00PM.
Join us for Fall Festival in conjunction with Food Day as we bring together faculty, staff, and students to celebrate World Food Days. 88 students from across multiple classes, including dual enrollment, are scheduled to present research projects related to food.
Visit the Stations:
• Mini-Golf
• Face Painting
• Games & activities
• DIY Photo Booth
• Interactive Community service table assembling lunch bags for the Feed
• Community Guests Include:
o UT’s Sumner County Ext. Office and Master Gardeners
o Second Harvest Food Bank
o MTSU’s Fermentation Science Program
o Sumner Regional Hospital
o Tower Garden by Juice Plus
o Mid-Cumberland Resource Agency
• The Vol State Library, SGA, and faculty/staff groups will also have educational and service project opportunities.
• Humanities Matters Lecture Series and History Department Talks present The History of Cooking with Carole Bucy, 2:30, Caudill 102

Monday, October 16, 2017

What You Can Do to Improve Your Test Scores

Sally Lindsey
The “wing-it” mentality is one that can be damaging to your academic success as a college student, and I would say that I’m guilty of it. It seems like I can devote time to everything but studying, which doesn’t always work in my favor. Instead of following my example, you should follow the example of someone like Sally Lindsey, who revisits her notes often. As an example, Sally says, “Before I took my philosophy midterm, I would go into my notes and write over them with new information.” It’s a good idea to study for your exams, but you should also be aware of what material will be on them. “Check in with your teacher, email them, and figure out what you need to study,” says Betty Mandeville, an English professor here at Vol State, “Don’t waste time studying material you don’t have to.” Also remember to use campus resources such as the Learning Commons, Language Center, and to help if there’s something that you don’t understand.
Betty Mandeville
Along with studying, you should try to get a good night’s sleep. Findings at the UCLA suggest that cramming isn’t helpful, and that a bit more sleep can net you a better score on your tests. Andrew Fuligni, UCLA professor of psychiatry, reports that “an adequate amount of sleep is also critical for academic success. These results are consistent with emerging research suggesting that sleep deprivation impedes learning” ( It can be difficult to try and strike that balance of sleeping and studying, but it can be done. Look at your schedule and devote enough time to studying and resting. Cut out distractions like TV or your phone when you work so you can stay focused and use your time better. Get in bed at a specific time and try to wind down before doing so.

Fiesta this Saturday, October 21 - Fiesta de Otono octubre 21

(abajo en español)
Volunteer State Community College will host the Latino Fall Fiesta on Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The annual celebration of Latino culture will include a soccer goal kicking contest, with several age categories from kids to adult. The Fiesta is a free event featuring food, music and fun. The Miss Princesa Americas Pageant competition will be held live on the plaza stage this year.
“Vol State hosts the Fiesta each year to help showcase many of the nations and cultures that we call Latino,” said Eric Melcher with Vol State. “We want to show how diverse Latino culture is around the world. It’s also an opportunity to welcome people to the Vol State campus. We have hundreds of Latino students at the college each semester.”
The food cook-off contest features foods from many different Latino nations. After judging at 11 a.m., the public is welcome to sample. There will also be a free Mexican lunch and drinks starting at noon. The family event, held outside on the campus grounds, includes live music, dance groups, art activities, and games for kids.
The Fall Fiesta at Vol State will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will happen, rain or shine, on the campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The rain location is the Pickel Field House. The Fall Fiesta is free and open to everyone. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket and chairs and spend the day. The soccer contest age schedule can be found in Spanish and English on the web page: For more information in English or Spanish call 615-230-4846.
La Fiesta de Vol State Presenta el Concurso de Miss Princesa Américas
El concurso de Miss Princesa Américas se presentará en el Volunteer State Community College, el sábado 21 de octubre como parte de la celebración de la Fiesta de Otoño de Vol State. El concurso será en vivo en la tarima de La plaza. La celebración de la cultura latina incluirá nuevamente el concurso de “patear” la pelota de fútbol, con varias categorías por edad desde niños hasta adultos. La Fiesta de Otoño es un evento gratis con comida, música y diversión.
"Vol State patrocina la Fiesta todos los años para ayudar a representar todos los diferentes países y culturas que forman lo que conocemos como cultura latina ", dijo Eric Melcher, Coordinador de Comunicaciones de Vol State. "Queremos demostrar la diversidad de la cultura latina alrededor del mundo. Es una manera de darle la bienvenida a todas las personas al campus de Vol State. Tenemos cientos de estudiantes latinos en el Colegio todos los semestres”.
El Concurso de Cocina demuestra comidas de los distintos países latinos. Una vez los jueces determinen quienes son los ganadores, el público tendrá la oportunidad de probar los platillos. Además del Concurso de Cocina, habrá un almuerzo de comida mexicana y bebidas gratis a partir del mediodía. Este evento familiar celebrado al aire libre en los terrenos del campus, incluye música en vivo, grupos de bailes, actividades de arte, y una variedad de juegos y diversiones para los niños.
La Fiesta de Otoño de  Vol State se celebrará a partir de las 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. El evento ocurrirá, con lluvia o con sol, en el campus de Volunteer State Community College, 1480 Nashville Pike en Gallatin. En caso de lluvia el evento se moverá al Pickel Field House. La Fiesta de Otoño es gratis y abierta para todos. Invitamos a las personas a llevar una manta y sillas para que pasen bien el día. Las categorías de edades del concurso de “patear” la pelota de futbol las pueden encontrar en el sitio web: . Para obtener más información en inglés o español llame al 615-230-4846.

Events this Week at Vol State

October 16      Fall Break
October 17      Fall Break
October 18      Food Day and Fall Festival, Gallatin Plaza and Quad, 11am-2pm
October 19      Speaker: Singer Tonya R. Dyson on being a survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence in the music industry, Nichols Dining Room, 12:45pm
October 21      Fall Fiesta at Vol State, celebration of Latino culture, free food, music and fun, outside on Gallatin Plaza, 10am-3pm

Friday, October 13, 2017

Discussion Thursday: Sex Assault in the Music Industry

A very timely discussion coming up next week- Singer Tonya R. Dyson will share her personal accounts of being a survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence in the music industry. Thursday, October 19, Nichols Dining Room, Wood Campus Center, 12:45pm. Check out her website to hear her music.