Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Free Movie Night Friday: Captain America-Civil War

Captain America battles his fellow super heroes in “Captain America: Civil War” coming to Volunteer State Community College for the first of two free movies nights open to the public. “Captain America: Civil War”, rated PG-13, will be screened this Friday, August 26 starting at dusk. On Friday, September 16 the feature will be the animated movie “Zootopia”, rated PG. Both movies will be shown on a big screen outside on the Thigpen Library lawn, on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. People are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs. In case of rain the event will be held in the Pickel Field House. For more information call 615-230-3461.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Commit to Completion


Commit to completing your college degree or certificate. You can show your resolve by signing a Commit to Completion banner today on  the Gallatin campus from 11am-2pm outside of the Thigpen Library. It only takes a moment or two. We'll post the banner in the cafeteria so you can remind yourself throughout the school year.

We know college can be tough. Here are just a few ideas to help you do well in your classes:

-Attend all of your class meetings. If you skip even one class you will get behind. This isn't high school and there is a different work expectation here.

-Talk to your instructor if you don't understand something or if you need help. They're not here to give you extensions or allow you to get out of work. They are here to help you learn and succeed. Don't be embarrassed about not understanding something....that's why you're here and that's why we're here.

-Get extra help. We have a number of free academic support services available to all students. Those services will really help you as the semester piles up with assignments and papers. We've collected the tutoring services in one list that we call the "College Success Zone." You can view the list of free services here.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Tip of the Day: Recheck Your Schedule this Week

Tip of the day: Double check your classroom location before you head off to class. If you printed your schedule a while ago, you should re-check it. Your class may have moved, especially if it's in the SRB Humanities Building.

This Week at Vol State

Keep an eye out here on the blog each Monday and we'll highlight events happening on our campuses during the week. You can see everything going on by clicking on "More" on the website front page under events.
This week at Vol State:
August 23 Come I Wanna Meet You, campus clubs, outside or inside Wood, 11am-2pm
August 24 SGA Mixer event, Nichols Dining Room, 12:45pm-1:45pm
August 25 Lip Sync Battle, Cafeteria, 12:45-1:45pm
August 26 Movie Night: Cpt. America Civil War, free, Library Lawn or Pickel, dusk

Friday, August 19, 2016

Are you ready for classes? We have a checklist

Fall semester classes start on Monday, August 22...here is a check list to make sure you are ready:
-Double check your schedule online. Make sure you haven't signed up for an online class or a class on another campus that you didn't mean to sign up for.

-Main campus students should check out the Gallatin campus map to see what has moved this summer. New students should print the map to see where their classes will be held.

-The Gallatin campus has had many changes...arrive early for the first week to find the best parking and get acclimated.

-Use the back entrance to the Gallatin Campus, off Greenlea, for quicker access to campus and parking lots.

-You will be able to get into your online classes starting in the early morning hours on August 22. You don't have to log in then, but we usually have some night owl students who want to. You do need to get into your online classes on the first day at some point...you may have assignments immediately.

-If you have been looking for a class that has been full, keep an eye out next week. There is a lot of change during the first week of class and a spot may open up.

-Go to all of your classes and keep going. We know that sounds obvious, but many students get behind in just the first month. This is college and expectations are higher for academic performance. Most importantly, get help before you get frustrated. Talk to your instructor if you don't understand something.

Have a great semester everyone!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Getting Familiar With the Changes at Vol State

One more week! Are you ready? As you may know by now, there have been a lot of recent changes to the Gallatin campus. While most of you have been off on summer vacation or excitedly (anxiously?) awaiting your first day at Vol State, the campus has been busy. Buildings have gone up, parking lots have been built, and trees have been planted.

View of the new Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building at Vol State campus

What does this mean for you? Plenty! Even veterans of Vol State should pay attention as the map has changed. Here’s a link to the new Vol State campus map and I’ll briefly go over the important highlights.

Parking Lots
Parking lot C in front of the Woods Campus Center has been designated for staff. Parking lot E, however, now has a direct path to the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building and Thigpen Library.
Parking changes on Vol State campus

There are still some parking spaces in between Pickel Field House and Wallace Health Sciences Complex. This comes with a new “green” feature – an electric car charger.

electric car chargers on Vol State campus


Green space
Speaking of green, the parking lot directly behind Thigpen Library has been converted to green space. It already looks like it’s been there forever instead of only a couple of weeks, but I expect there might be additional features in the future (personally, I’m hoping for picnic tables under the trees.)

New green space, Thigpen Library, Vol State Community College campus


For new students or those not familiar with everything that Vol State has to offer, be sure to check out the Exercise Trail and the Community Garden. They’re great places to unwind or contemplate probability theory equations in between classes.

Community garden, exercise trail, Volunteer State Community College campus

The plaza between the SRB Humanities Building and Woods Campus Center promises to be “the” place to hang out. And the Woods patio is open again, for those who prefer to sit at the new tables and people-watch.


The new Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building at Vol State campus

Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building
Many departments and faculty have been moved into the new building. In addition to the Humanities division SRB now houses the Music Department and recording studio, art studios, The Language Center (room 205), and the Honors Program.

Of course there has been a lot of reshuffling of departments and offices, but I’ve tried to cover the major changes. If you ever find yourself completely at a loss, make your way to the Information Desk still located in the lobby of Ramer and you’ll be pointed in the right direction!

Read also:
What's Happening? A Look Inside the Expanded Events Calendar

Be A Know-It-All: How to Stay Up-To-Date With Vol State

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.

Friday, August 12, 2016

What's Happening? A Look Inside the Expanded Events Calendar

When is Fall Break? Do we have classes on Labor Day? What's the deadline to apply for graduation?

I wish that Vol State had a calendar to answer all of those questions. Oh wait, they do? But I mean a detailed – oh really?



I wrote a few days ago about keeping up with all the latest news at Vol State (check it out if you missed it!) but did you know that you can keep track of school dates and deadlines months in advance?

While you may have seen the Events list on the VolState.edu main page, you might have missed the fact that you can click on it and open a whole new and expanded calendar. You can select your preferred “event type” in the menu on the left, but the default includes all of the school calendars.



Even more useful is the ability to set reminders! Sure, maybe you can remember that deadline two months from now, but we both know that two months worth of “life stuff” is probably going to push that date so far back in your mind that it’ll fall into the Jungian collective unconscious. Just select the event you want to remember, then choose how you want to be reminded.



So the next time you're wondering what's happening on campus, just check the calendar. It's that simple! This could have been useful to know on the day that I may or may not have shown up for classes on a holiday…


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.