Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Posted by Vol State at 4:17 PM
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
Pictured: Joseph Olson was congratulated on his accomplishment by Vol State president Dr. Jerry Faulkner.
Posted by Vol State at 2:49 PM
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.
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
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.|
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.|
"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
Posted by Vol State at 9:11 AM