Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Where You Can Go for Free Math Help on Campus

A blue cup mounted on the monitor is a signal for help
Kadee Johnson
Math is a difficult subject for many college students and it’s hard to get around it; we all end up taking one or two math courses during our time here at Vol State, and many science courses ask us to solve some tough equations. Fortunately, there’s a resource that’s free to all Vol State students that can help with any difficult math problems you might have. Kadee Johnson is a freshman here at Vol State and she visits the Learning Commons for tutors to help her with coursework. “When we have a question they’re pretty quick to respond,” says Kadee, “If they don’t know the answer, they’ll find someone who does.”

The math tutors in the Learning Commons are available for all Vol State students, and in all math classes, and the math based science classes, like physics.
The Learning Commons are located in the Thigpen Library, and their main goal is to make sure you succeed in your coursework. All you need to do is drop in and ask for help. They can help you improve in a specific area, or they can identify where you might be struggling. To know more about how and when the Learning Commons can help you, please follow this link.

Now Open - The Feed Food Pantries for Students

Food is important! The Feed Can Help.
The Feed at Vol State seeks to alleviate the barriers and challenges associated with food insecurity and hunger so that students can remain in school, and ultimately, earn their degrees. It could be called a food pantry or a food bank. The important point is that The Feed is open to all Vol State students. It is operated at all four Vol State campuses.
The Feed is stocked with non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items. All current students are welcome to use The Feed and must present their Student ID at each visit. Students are able to use The Feed as often as needed. The Feed operates on the honor system. Students will be asked to fill out a brief registration form with basic information, but it is not necessary to prove eligibility.
You can get involved, even if you don’t need help.
The Feed accepts donations of non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items. You can find The Feed permanent donation bins in the Wood Campus Center, Ramer building, Thigpen Library, and the SRB Humanities building on the Gallatin campus and in the lobbies of CHEC, Livingston and Highland Crest campuses. Monetary donations are accepted through the Vol State Foundation Office. We need staffing assistance sorting donated items, tracking inventory, and collecting donated items. If you would like to help, contact us!
The hours are 8am to 5pm Monday through Thursday and 8am to 2pm on Friday for the Gallatin campus location. Other campuses may have different hours- check at the front desk for details.
The schedule changes based on the academic calendar and availability of volunteers. Like the Vol State Facebook at www.facebook.com/volstate page to stay current with hours of operation.
Location and Contact

The Feed is located in the Ramer Building, Room 151, next to the Veterans Affairs and Adult Learners Office on the Gallatin campus. Please see the front desks at CHEC, Livingston and Highland Crest campuses for help at those locations. Email: TheFeed@volstate.edu

Monday, September 25, 2017

Students- Please Complete Your Haven Traning

Hey students- Complete your Vol State Haven Training. Haven is a 60 minute online education module that can empower you to make well-informed decisions about issues such as campus safety. It’s simple to do. Check your Vol State email for login details and your registration code. Students are expected to complete Part One by October 27, 2017. Questions? Contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Services at 615-230-3441.

Events this Week at Vol State

Sept. 25 & 26      Drunk Goggles Simulation, CHEC Atrium Cookeville, day
Sept. 25-28         Undies for Everyone: collecting new underwear for Texas flood families, all sizes and both sexes, drop off-Gallatin Wood Campus Hallway
Sept. 27                Undies for Everyone: collecting new underwear for Texas flood families, all sizes and both sexes, drop-off Springfield Highland Crest Lobby
Sept. 27                Open Mic Reading of Banned Books, Sigma Kappa Delta and the Library present, SRB Amphitheater, 12:45pm-2:15pm
Sept. 28                Hispanic Heritage Lecture: “Six Outstanding Hispanic Women” Rochelle Center of Thigpen Library, 1pm

Sept. 30                Dog Wash Day, $10 per dog, fundraiser for NAVTA (National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America), Vet Tech Building, 9am to 3pm

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Claim Your Vol State Merit Page

You will soon be receiving an email about your Vol State Merit Page. They're designed to help you celebrate your success while at Vol State. That can include academic honors, such as the dean's list or honor roll. It can also include student clubs and activities. We'll be adding badges for various student achievements throughout the school year. Many colleges and universities across the country have them for students. You can add to your badge if you transfer to keep a total record of your college and university career.

What do you need to do? The first thing is to claim your page. The easiest way to do this is click on the link provided in an email sent to the personal email address that you listed with the college. You can then personalize your Merit page however you want - add a picture or add work experience. You can also put in the emails of parents or loved ones so that they will be notified when you receive a new badge from Merit.

When you go to claim your page it will ask you for your email address...use your personal email address that you listed on your Vol State application. It's trying to confirm that you are who you are. Your Vol State email address won't work for that confirmation. Everything goes through your personal email address.

We'll start everyone off with an enrollment badge so you can see what they look like and how they work. It also puts you in the system. Vol State Merit pages are run by the Vol State Office of Public Relations. If you have any questions you can contact us at pr@volstate.edu.

If you don't get the email you can also visit the main Vol State Merit Pages web page and search from there. If you still can't find your page just email us with your name, city, zip code, and email address and we can create one for you.

If you don't want to participate that's fine. You will find a link to opt out of the system, as well, with your page.

Have a great school year!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Learning Commons Can Help You Test Out of Learning Support Classes

Victory Folsom
Most students don’t want to take classes that they may not have to. This is a situation Victory Folsom found herself in at the start of her freshman year here at Vol State. She scored too low on the reading portion of the ACT and found herself required to take a Learning Support class. Rather than sit through a semester of a class she didn’t want to take and be locked out of her other required classes, Victory decided to test out with the help of the Learning Commons. “I got to test out of reading learning support,” says Victory, “I also got some nice criticism on how to write papers, like things you shouldn’t do like run-ons and fragments.” The Learning Commons saved Victory time that she could spend on other classes, and helped her better understand how to read and write critically.
The Learning Commons of the Gallatin campus are in the Thigpen Library. Learning Support classes take place here, but it is also an area where students can get academic help. They offer tests to help you figure out what skills you need to work on, and tutoring to develop those skills. And as with Victory, they can help you test out of any learning support courses. For more information on how the Learning Commons can help you succeed and the hours during which they offer assistance, follow this link.

Go International - Consider Study Abroad

If you are interested in studying abroad spring break 2018 or summer 2018, please attend one of the upcoming study abroad information sessions. Attending a study abroad information session is mandatory if you plan to study abroad with Vol State.
The meetings, times and locations are as follows:
Location Date/day Time
Livingston Sept. 20-Wed. 10 a.m.
Cookeville Sept. 20-Wed. 1 p.m.
Main campus Sept. 22-Fri. 10 a.m. Mattox 104
Main campus Sept . 25-Mon. 3 p.m. Mattox 104
Main campus Sept. 27-Wed. 3 p.m. Mattox 104