Friday, October 21, 2016

zSpace Technology Brings Virtual Reality to the Classroom

On Thursday a long powder-blue truck pulled into the parking lot in front of the Pickel Field House while students looked on with curiosity. The most curious of faculty and students entered in to explore a world of new possibilities. Virtual reality had come to Vol State.

What zSpace has to offer is virtual reality for the classroom. Dissections are made easier and less messy, streamlined and individualized for the school. What’s different about this reality is that hefty headsets are not required. Students simply don a pair of specialized glasses and watch the screen come to life. Manipulate objects and even pull them out to inspect them in 3D.

Watch as a heart is selected and “held” in hand.


While zSpace isn’t available at Vol State yet, it’s exciting to think about the possibilities for the classroom of tomorrow.

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

Theater for Kids: Aesop's Fables this Weekend

Vol State Children's Theater students present Aesop's Fables, Friday Oct 21 & Saturday Oct 22 @ 7:30pm in the Wemyss Auditorium at Caudill Hall. $5 suggested donation or FREE with a student ID!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Vol State Diversity Week Events

October 24-27 is Diversity Week at Vol State. It's an opportunity to take a look at issues and challenges that impact us all. All events are free and open to everyone. 

Vol State Diversity Week Lineup:

Oct. 24: What Lives Matter? panel in the Ramer Great Hall from 11:10 am- 12:45pm to be moderated by Michael Torrence.
Oct. 25: What You Say Can Hurt in the cafeteria from 12:45-1:45 pm to be moderated by Eric Melcher.
Oct. 26: Domestic Violence & Bystanders in the Ramer Great Hall from 11:10-12:45pm.
Oct. 27: Growing Up Trans (2015) showing in the Nichols Dining Room from 9:30-3:00 pm

This Week at Vol State

Busy week at Vol State...take part!

October 18 Rape Prevention Seminar, Thigpen-Rochelle Center, 12:45-2pm
October 18 Voice Recital, Alumnus Ben Troxler, Choral Room SRB 151
October 19 Fall Festival, Library Lawn, 11am-3pm
October 19 Food Day at Vol State in conjunction with the Fall Festival, demonstrations, tastings and information, Plaza, 11am-3pm
October 19 Humanities Matters lecture series and the Food Days Project: "The Pioneer Table: A Look at Food from Across the Disciplines" – a panel discussion moderated by Kelly Ormsby, 2pm SRB Amphitheater or Performing Arts Studio SRB 150
October 19 Squatter’s Rites student literary magazine meeting for writers, editors and artists interested in participating, SRB 209
October 19 Presidential Debate Watching Party, Dept. of Communication, Nichols Dining Room, 6pm
October 20 zSpace Virtual Reality learning system demo, students invited, Pickel parking lot, 9 until noon.
October 21- Erin Holster Almazan, SRB Art Gallery show, through the end of the semester

Friday, October 14, 2016

Panel to Address Sexual Assault Concerns

Between 20% and 25% of women will experience a completed and/or attempted rape during their college career.” ~ Department of Justice

Sexual assault, acquaintance rape, and domestic violence are some of the many issues that impact women in college. In truth, they affect everyone.

“My girlfriend, my sister [have been sexually assaulted.] It’s tough on them, and it’s tough on us [the families] because we don’t know how to help them,” confessed a student who wished to remain anonymous.

To address these issues, Vol State will be hosting a seminar with the Nashville-based group “You Have the Power…Know How to Use It, Inc.” on Tuesday, October 18 at 12:45pm, in Thigpen Library’s Rochelle Center at 12:45pm. The short documentary “I Never Thought It was Rape” will be followed by a panel discussion. Everyone is invited to attend.

“30% of the college women who said they had been raped contemplated suicide after the incident.” ~ Robin Warshaw, author of I Never Called it Rape

“It’s definitely something that stays with you,” said another student.

“Vol State is committed to creating a safe and healthy campus climate. Our goal is for students to understand how to build healthy relationships and strong communities.”

Lori Cutrell, Title IX Coordinator and Director of HR at Vol State, and Vol State Police Chiefs William Rogan and Angela Lawson will be on the panel.

You Have the Power…Know How to Use It, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency whose mission is to educate, advocate and empower individuals and communities who are impacted by violent crime.
Did you know? Vol State's Advising Center isn't just for academic advice. "Feel free to reach out," says Amanda Foster, Completion Advisor at VSCC. "It can be little things, a crappy day, or something major. Reach out to a favorite teacher. It doesn't have to be the Advising Center, but go to who you're comfortable with, or have them go to the Advising Center with you."

You can also visit for mental health services or call 855-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471) 24/7 for a mental health emergency.

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A reminder: is a 24/7 online tutoring service. It’s free and available to all Vol State students. You will have Internet access to a live online tutor when and where you need one. You access via the eLearn page for each of your courses. You must access it through your eLearn page for it to work. Here are more details:
What can you do? Brainstorm ideas, develop outlines for papers, prep for tests, and get editing help with papers. You can talk to a live tutor or drop off a paper for review. You will usually have it back within 24 hours.
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Study Abroad Information Sessions for Students

Interested in traveling to another country to study for a few weeks? Study Abroad information sessions for students are scheduled for Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. and Oct. 21 at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Mattox Building room 137. Information sessions will also be held in Livingston and Cookeville on November 2. If you want to travel you need to attend one of these sessions. Scholarships are available and will be discussed at the meetings. Here's more info on the program.