Thursday, August 28, 2014

Student Spotlight: Oscar, Miriam & Travis

The first week of classes are in the bag, and the campus is starting to get a little more familiar.

But there are still plenty of new faces around Vol State, so if you haven't taken the time to meet some new people yet, make sure you introduce yourself to someone this week.
Oscar Majano and Miriam Bravo

New students Oscar Majano and Miriam Bravo went to high school together, and are now studying at Vol State. While taking a much-needed break in the shade, Bravo talked about how her first day of classes went.

Q: Was there a lot to take in during your first day of classes?
A: "I didn't feel like there was. It was just a normal day of classes. It was really chill."

Q: Are you planning on getting involved with any clubs or organizations on campus this semester?
A: "I would like to get involved, actually. I don't just want to come here and leave. I want to meet new people and make new friends."

Travis Oliver

Travis Oliver, another new student, took some time to discuss how excited he was for his first semester of college classes. 

Q: How do you like Vol State so far now that the first classes is over?
A: "I think this is going to be a fun time for me. I really like the professors. They're really personable, and the rest of the people here are nice. I also like the material that I'm studying."

Q: What are you look forward to the most about the semester?
A: "This theater class I'm taking is obviously going to be a lot of fun. I'm really looking forward to doing a play here in the near future."

Vol State September Events Calendar

All events are free, unless specified
Sept. 1 Labor Day holiday – campuses closed

Sept. 3 Welcome Day! Nichols Dining Room, 10am-2pm

Sept. 10 Honors Lecture/ Panel: Science, Technology, and Society, Thigpen Library, 12:20pm

Sept. 12 Harvest Moon Soiree, Foundation fundraiser, Bluegrass Country Club, 6pm
advance tickets for sale, call 230-3506

Sept. 15 Intramural Flag Football meeting, Library Lawn, 2pm

Sept. 16 Hispanic Heritage Lunch and Learn, Nichols Dining Room, 12:30pm

Sept. 16 Intramural Soccer meeting, Library Lawn, 2pm

Sept. 17 Constitution Day- Jaywalking Video, Paralegal, Cafeteria, 12 pm

Sept. 17 Civil Rights in the U.S: The 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act 
(A  Constitution Day Presentation), Stella Pierce, Thigpen Library, 12:20pm

Sept. 18 Coffee with the Prez, Cafeteria, 10am-11am

Sept. 18 Pre-Nursing Advising Session with Cumberland University, Warf 110, 12:45pm

Sept. 23 Health and Wellness, Nichols Dining Room, 10am to 2pm

Sept. 23 Pre-Nursing Advising Session with Belmont University, Warf 110, 12:45pm

Sept. 24 Job Career Fair, Pickel Field House Gym, 10am to 1pm

Sept. 24 Vets Next Steps – Job advice for veterans, Pickel Field House, 11:30am-1 pm

Sept. 24 The Relationship Guy – Jereme Ford, Thigpen Library, 12:30pm

Sept. 25 Sumner College Night, Pickel Field House Gym, 6 pm to 8 pm

Sept. 30 Western Kentucky President visit with students, Nichols Dining Room, 1-2pm

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Meet the President's Ambassadors for 2014-2015

Vol State welcomes a new group of President’s Ambassadors for 2014-2015. The Ambassadors represent the College at events, conduct campus tours and help with public relations. Students selected for the President’s Ambassadors scholarship program go through a rigorous vetting and interview process.  Successful candidates are selected from over two thousand eligible students.  To be eligible for the program, students must have a cumulative 3.0 grade point average and have completed at least 12 college-level credit hours at Vol State.  The scholarship covers full tuition and fees at the in-state rate, as well as a $300 per semester book stipend.  Students selected serve a one-year term.

The 2014-2015 Vol State President’s Ambassadors from left to right: Graham Gaines of Goodlettsville; Virginia White of Miami, FL; Maggie Goodner of Lebanon; Allie Brown of Livingston; Sarina Milonis of Hermitage; Samantha Harden of Jamestown; Garrett Moore of Portland; Kristin Grimes of Portland; Lindsey Maxwell of Gallatin; Andrew Stoddard of Lebanon; and Jacob Shartzer of Portland. Not pictured is Kyle Nagy of Goodlettsville.

Student Spotlight: Meet Austin

Austin Kemp

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

Consider the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society

Students eligible for the Phi Theta Kappa honors society should receive letters in September. If you’re eligible, you may want to consider applying. The community college honors society helps students build leadership skills. Some of the top students at Vol State are involved each year. Last semester Joseph Olson of Hendersonville and Lara Miller of Lebanon were nominated to the Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Community College Academic Team. The select group is chosen from community college students across the country. The two Vol State students were originally named to the All-Tennessee Academic Team, and then chosen for this national honor, the prelude to being named to the national team itself. For more information on PTK visit the website:

Pictured: Joseph Olson was congratulated on his accomplishment by Vol State president Dr. Jerry Faulkner.

Student Spotlight: Meet Jordan

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.

Jordan Vandejuchte
Vandegejuchte is studying business administration. After a challenging first year, she is looking forward to her classes.

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

Traffic changes coming to Gallatin campus this semester

Nobody likes traffic jams, but there's no reason you can't make getting around campus easy on yourself.

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.
Where is Enterprise Drive?
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.
Although returning student Jordan Vandejuchte has never used the back entrance before, she said the new route shouldn't hinder too much, as long as she gives herself ample time to get to and from her classroom.

"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.