Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Final Graduation Tips

The Vol State graduation ceremony will be held this Saturday, May 9 in the Pickel Field House on the Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike, starting at 10 a.m.

The ceremony will be streamed live on the Internet Saturday, starting at 10am at www.volstate.edu/graduation

There will be wide screen TVs showing the ceremony in the Caudill Hall auditorium for everyone. You don't need a ticket to get into the auditorium. All guests need a ticket to be in the gym. 

You can pick up your diploma starting June 15 in the Records Office or order for pick-up at Highland or Livingston.

Enjoy the day graduates....you earned it!

Before You Leave for the Summer – Register for Fall Classes


Congrats on the End of the Semester!
Did you know that you are now at a crossroads? Some students don't register for fall classes and wind up not returning to college ever again. Make sure you Commit to the Completion of your college degree. You have put in too much hard work to stop now. Sign up for summer or fall classes now and plan to achieve your goals. You’ll get better class choices if you register now, than if you wait until August. If you need help, please let us know.

And to all of the folks graduating this year: congrats on the accomplishment. A college degree is yours for life. A degree can take you anywhere.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Father and Daughter Graduate Together on Saturday

Steve Yorlano of Gallatin will be walking across the stage at the Vol State graduation ceremony on May 9 and he won’t be alone.
Yorlano took a psychology class at Vol State back in 2007. But it wasn’t until 2009 that he took it seriously. His reason is one that many people can appreciate.
“I found myself in a transition with the economic situation,” Yorlano said. “The company I was with cut 12 positions and I was one of them.”
He started work on a Criminal Justice degree in 2010, attending part-time while working.
“Eventually I’d like to teach criminal justice classes, maybe even at Vol State. But I have a ways to go to get a graduate degree.”
His pathway will start at MTSU in the fall.
Yorlano isn’t the first in his family to graduate from Vol State. His sons Nick and Craig earned their degrees as Pioneers. And he will be joined on the stage at this graduation with his daughter Kelli. How does she feel about graduating with dad?
Oh, gosh,” she says with a laugh. “I’m proud of him. It’s something he wanted to do. I’m glad he’s walking when I am.”
“At first she through it was weird when she found out we would graduate together,” Steve said.
“It was weird at first,” Kelli finally admits.
But having your dad in college at the same time as you does have its advantages.
“It helped having him along,” Kelli said. “He helped me register for classes and I went to him with homework questions. He was going through the same thing.”
Father and daughter even looked over each other’s papers.
And why are so many Yorlanos Vol State graduates?

“It’s conveniently located and a great campus,” Steve said. “I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with the faculty and staff. The faculty members really go out of their way to help you.”

Friday, May 1, 2015

Three Helpful Tips for Getting Through Finals Week

An instructor leads a Supplemental Instruction session.
Are you fretting over finals? Don't! As you get ready to complete the semester, don't get overwhelmed studying for all of your tests. Here are a few helpful tips from faculty and staff that will hopefully keep you on track.

  • Pace yourself
One of things students tend to get overwhelmed with is the number of tests they have to study for. Supplemental Instruction coordinator Toni Murad said students should plan out their study sessions instead of jumping into everything all at once.

"They need to be careful about timing so they don't exhaust themselves in studying for finals," she said.

  • Don't rely on cram sessions
Since most people have short attention spans, Murad said it's best to study in small 20-minute increments as opposed to trying to remember every single detail the night or morning before your exam.

"A lot of people tend to try and study for a full day or full night before their exam, but that's the absolute worst thing you could do. Study in small spurts with breaks in between," she said.

  • Don't procrastinate
This is probably the number one tip to avoid extra stress when it comes to facing finals week. Instructor Nathaniel Smyth said students will be better off if they don't wait until zero hour to get everything done.

"What a lot of folks do is they'll put it off and they're worrying about whatever project they have to do first or what TV show they're trying to watch or whatever they can come up with to rationalize procrastinating," he said.

By following these tips, getting enough rest, and eating balanced meals, you should feel refreshed and ready to face your finals. 

If you need any extra help with studying for a certain class, ask your professor if there is an SI component to the class. SI instructors will be working around the clock over the next few days making sure everyone feels prepared for their exams. Contact Murad at 615-230-4757 or toni.murad@volstate.edu to find out more about SI.

2015 Student Art Exhibit Reception Photo Album

Daniel Zajac won an award for his mixed media piece "Nature Made v Man Made."
The 2015 Student Art Exhibit reception was held Friday in the Ramer Administration Building at Vol State. It was the culmination of a year's worth of work for many students in the school's art program.

In addition to the art students, Honey-Rae Swan received the Elkin Brown Memorial Celebration of Excellence Award, and Kendra Heyman, Brady Duncan, and Blake Bouza were awarded for their work in the Hal R. Ramer Oratorical Contest. The following art students were awarded for their work:

Excellence Award:
  • $50 - Christi Kellas: "Mixed Up" 
  • $50 - Daniel Zajac: "Nature Made v Man Made"
  • $50 - Issac Wix: "Self-Portrait"
  • $50 - Jon Ausbrooks: "Solstice & Equinox"
  • $50 - Leighanne Quinn: "Tori"
  • $50 - Patsy Johnson: "Voodoo"
Merit Award:
  • $25 - Courtney Corcoran: "Numb & Void"
  • $25 - Darbie Gibbs: "Wire Shoe and Paper Shoe"
  • $25 - Jiayao Chen: "Nude No. 1"
  • $25 - Jon Ausbrooks: "The Life Cycle of an American Baseball"
  • $25 - Rio McKaskle: "Plant Life"
  • $25 - Rio McKaskle: "Sea Shell"
  • $25 - Tierney Radcliff: "Me, Myself and I"
  • $25 - Tim Moore: "Home"
Plaza Art Supplies Gift Certificate Award:
  • $20 - Brittany Moulton: "Color Conjunction"
  • $20 - Gage Harkreader: "Critical Mass"
  • $20 - Madison Mathews: "Fight the Power"
  • $20 - Michael Clark: "Wing Tip"
  • $20 - Sarah Brennan: "Starry Night"

Courtney Corcoran 

Leighanne Quinn

Brittany Moulton

Patsy Johnson

Christi Kellas

Jiayao Chen

Graduation Tips for Students, Families and Friends


Vol State graduation is coming up on Saturday, May 9 at 10am. It will be held in the Pickel Field House on the Vol State campus in Gallatin. It is a ticketed event. Students receive tickets when they pick up their caps and gowns at the Vol State Bookstore in Gallatin. Tickets are limited.

Thousands of people attend graduation. The gym only holds so many people. Those people without tickets are welcome to come to campus and watch the ceremony on big TVs in the auditorium in Caudill Hall. It's free and everyone is welcome. 

A reminder that we'll also be streaming it live at www.volstate.edu/graduation

Join us for refreshments afterwards in the cafeteria.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

TRIO Students Honored

Vol State TRIO students were honored today in an awards luncheon. If you’re not familiar with TRIO, it’s an amazing program. TRIO provides tutoring and one-on-one mentoring for students who meet certain specifications…such as being the first in their family to graduate from college, among several other categories.
The luncheon is also an opportunity for the students to thank the TRIO staff for their support and guidance.
Student Steve Yorlano honored the staff with a reading titled “Don’t Quit.” The final line seemed fitting for college students: “It’s when things seem the worse that you must not quit.”
Robert Jones said: “It’s a wonderful kind of one-on-one interaction. I have been through a lot over the last four years and they have always been there for me.”
Yasmine Miller may have had the best line of the day: “I kind of look at y’all as fairy godmothers.”
Congratulations to all of the TRIO graduates.

For more information about TRIO visit www.volstate.edu/trio