Auditions for the Spring production of A Midsummer
Night’s Dream will be held in Caudill Hall February 8, 9, and 10th
from 3-5pm. Those interested in auditioning should prepare a 2 to 3 minute
Imagine being attacked on your school bus and shot in the
head, simply for speaking out about the educational rights of women. That's
what happened to 15-year old Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai. The book
“I Am Malala” is the subject for the third year of the Sumner County One Book,
One Community read, sponsored by Vol State and Sumner County public libraries.
People love to talk about books they are reading, so one can imagine the
conversation if everyone was reading the same book. That’s the goal of One
Book, One Community. Everyone in the community is encouraged to read “I Am
Malala” and then discuss the book themes.
“I Am Malala” tells the story of how the student became an
activist at age 11 and went on to international notoriety. She survived the 2012
shooting after a long and arduous recovery. She has since continued to speak
out for the educational rights of women and people all over the world. In 2014
she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work. The One Book, One Community
book read has a series of events to discuss the challenges Malala addresses,
and also to look at the struggles of students here in Sumner County. Money,
family issues, crime, and even war in their native country, are all challenges
that local students have faced on their road to education.
Vol State will host a screening of the movie “He Named Me
Malala” on March 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rochelle Center of the Thigpen Library.
There will be a “Struggle for Education” panel held on March 23 at 12:45 p.m.
and 6:30 p.m., also in the Rochelle Center of the Thigpen Library. The events
are designed to get people talking, even if they have not yet read the book.
There are many events coming up at Sumner County libraries.
There will be a Gallatin Public Library book discussion on Wednesday, March 16
at noon. A discussion luncheon will be held at the Portland Public Library at
11:30 a.m. on March 22. Millersville Public Library will hold a discussion
brunch on Saturday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m. For a complete list of events and
more information about the book visit www.volstate.edu/OneBook.
Photo by: Russell Watkins/Department for International
Some classes at Vol State have the free option of Supplemental Instruction or SI. If you have a class that offers SI, you should take the opportunity. SI can help you do better in the class and SI sessions are usually held for the harder classes.
Supplemental Instruction provides students study support with a peer who has completed and earned a B+ or higher in the course. SI Leaders attend class sessions with the students and hold two 50 minute study sessions outside of class. SI is currently offered in courses such as anatomy and physiology, chemistry, history, Spanish and many others. Students who attend SI are more likely to complete the course successfully and earn up to a full letter grade improvement. Visit the SI web page to learn more about the courses served by SI, and the SI Leader contact information by course.
Do yourself a favor...if you have the option of taking SI sessions- do it!
I had just finished early registration for Spring classes
last November, and finally feeling like I might actually belong at Vol State.
That’s when the college announced a new policy that felt like a hostile act
against me, and I almost changed my mind. The new No Smoking ANYWHERE on campus
policy (okay, fine, I’ll smoke in my car. No? Not even in my own car??) inspired
several smokers and vapers to post their annoyance on the Vol State blog, but
it also brought out a different kind of reaction as a few fellow students
posted things like “About time!” and “I hope you find a new school!”
My three-hour History class was buzzing with the news and,
during the break that first day, several gathered to discuss. One guy sat on
the rails of the steps and vaped defiantly, though he usually walked away to do
so. “It’s not even smoke!” he fumed. Most students said that they would smoke
anyway. Many of them considered switching colleges.
So as the new semester began I set out to find out if anyone
was still smoking on campus, and to hear what they thought of the policy.
One thing of note –every single person I talked to who was against the new policy insisted on
remaining anonymous. Those who supported the ban happily provided their names.
To me, that’s more significant than anything they said.
“I think it’s good,” said student Lexus Williams of the ban.
“Smoking is bad for you.”
“I don’t smoke, but my friends do,” said one student. “I
have to look out for my guys,” he explained.
Would his friends still smoke on campus?
“Definitely,” he answered with a laugh. “We have a saying.
‘No cop, no stop.’”
Another student who was smoking in his car hadn’t heard
about the smoking ban. “Oh well, that’s fine. I don’t mind coming out to my car.”
I informed him that was also against the new policy.
“That’s ridiculous,” he said, more than once.
“It’s discrimination,” said another student. “They’re
While some students I talked to expressed strong support
over the policy, many non-smokers were more ambivalent.
“I’m good with it [the new policy]” said Chad Allen. “The
whole 'no smoking in your car' is a little extreme. That’s your private
While Vol State says it welcomes the debate and encourages
free speech on its campus, the school also says that they’re not going to
change the policy. “While your car may be private property, it is located
directly on campus property while in the parking lot.” said Tami Wallace,
Director ofPublic Relations. “On the
website www.volstate.edu/tobaccofree, resources are listed to help students and
staff stop using tobacco.”
Welcome back! Here are two things you can do to make sure
you have a great semester.
-Go to class. Yes, this sounds obvious, but it is the number
one reason why students don’t do well in a course. You skip one class, and then
another, and then you find yourself behind. You get frustrated. You don’t do
well on a test. It all snowballs. Go to all of your class meetings and stay
ahead on assignments. If you have to miss a class, contact the instructor to
make up the work.
-Use the free academic help we have for you. You can get
help with research for a paper at the Library. Then take that research to the
Language Center for help in organizing and writing the paper, and then making
sure it’s polished for the final product. You can get help with math homework
in the Learning Commons. Take advantage of Supplemental Instruction study
sessions if they are available in your class. We also have a new online tutor system
available in many subjects coming soon…stay tuned to social media for details.
For a list of what we currently have available visit the College Success Zone: www.volstate.edu/collegesuccess
We want to see you smiling when it’s time for finals…so take
action now. You can do this!