Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Weather Closings and Late Registration

All Vol State locations closed Wednesday, January 17, due to weather conditions. No day or night classes. Students should visit the eLearn page for each class to find out what readings and assignments to complete. Check eLearn email for messages from instructors.

Due to continued inclement weather, drop/add has been extended through Monday, January 22nd.

If you still need to register for classes or change classes, and need help, you can still get it done this week. Visit us Thursday, when we are open again. If you have applied and not had a response yet, you should expect that email this week when we return. Our goal is to help everyone who wants to take spring classes get squared away this week.

If you don't need help, you should still be able to register and drop classes online via My Vol State.

Please check your eLearn page for all of the classes you plan to take for messages from your instructors. If you had a Tuesday class scheduled, you may have reading or other assignments. We don't want anyone getting behind this week.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Meet the New Student Social Media Writer

Hello students, faculty and staff! My name is Rachel Keyes and I am now the Social Media Writer for Vol State! I am so excited and looking forward to getting to know all of you. I am on a quest for fascinating things happening around campus. My goal is to become as connected with campus and student life as possible while holding this position.

I am 23 years old and a returning student at Vol State. My major is Psychology; I genuinely love people and am fascinated by the human mind. I am originally from Kentucky, and also spent some time in California before deciding to return to my southern roots. I am now married to my best friend who is an immigrant from Morocco. He has inspired me to learn French, one of his native languages, and I will be taking Honors French II this spring with Dr. Blomquist. I enjoy reading, writing, dancing, and traveling.

So, I’ve told you a little bit about my life, now I want to hear from your story! My e-mail address is rachel.keyes@volstate.edu - please feel free to send me ideas, questions, comments, or stories.
Rachel Keyes

Meet Your Classmates For The Spring Semester

Say hello to returning student Shannon Schmidt! Shannon is an Early Childhood Education major and was inspired to become a teacher by her Grandmother, Kathryn Roberts, who is a Vol State Alumni herself! Schmidt says her Grandmother is tremendously encouraging, reminding her that it is possible to succeed, despite the challenges of life. Shannon is 27 years old and has a 6 year old daughter named Leah, whom she spends most of her free time with. Shannon loves the welcoming atmosphere of Vol State, particularly for older students.

Meet Miss La'Bresha Nept! She is 26 years old, originally from Montgomery, Alabama. Her favorite part of being a student at Vol State is the positive energy, diversity, and inclusiveness of the college, making her feel welcome and at home. La'Bresha is majoring in Respiratory Therapy and loves to shop. Nept is also a very talented singer. Come say hello to these ladies around campus. We're thrilled to have you here!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

All Campuses Closed Monday, January 15

All Vol State campuses will be closed on Monday, January 15 to observe the MLK Jr. holiday. There will be no classes and offices will be closed. Spring classes start on January 16 if you have Tuesday classes...and then for whatever days you have classes after that.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Tips for New Students

We're getting ready for the Spring semester at Vol State. Here are some tips for new students:

-Classes start on Tuesday, January 16, but if you don't have a Tuesday class, your first class will be whatever day you have class that week. Monday is the MLK holiday and all campuses will be closed.

-Make sure you attend all classes in the first two weeks- your financial aid depends on it.

-Attend all of your classes anyway. A big reason people drop out of college is because they have fallen behind in classes. Go to class.

-Double check your schedule to make sure you are taking the classes you think you are taking. If you see TBD listed as a location or time, and you have double checked recently in My Vol State and it still says that- you could be signed up for an online class. Nothing wrong with that if it is what you intended.

-Livingston, Highland Crest and CHEC are other campuses, not buildings. Make sure you intend to take a class there if it is listed.

-Print up a copy of the Gallatin campus map to spot your classes ahead of time. Print it to take with you for your first week of classes.

-Give yourself an extra half-hour or so the first week of classes to find your favorite parking place and your best route to class.

-Use the back entrance to the Gallatin campus off Greenlea, it's much less congested. Parking in those back lots is also easier.

-Sign-up for Vol State social media to get tips and info you need. You can Like Us on 
Facebook or Follow Us on Twitter. Also, stay tuned to this blog for news and stories for students.

Still Time to Apply and Register for Spring Classes - They Start January 16

There is still time to register for spring classes at all of the Vol State campuses, but you need to act now. Classes start January 16. Students who attended in the fall semester can register now. New and readmit students will need to apply first. That can be done online at www.volstate.edu/apply. There is no charge for the application.

You will need to pay for your classes when you register. The Business Office has a deferred tuition program that can help spread those payments out through the semester. They also have a number of ways to pay. Visit this page for details.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Why You Should Use Vol State Social Media

You may not use Facebook or email much in your personal life, but we're going to give you some reasons to use it in your college career. Facebook and Email are two important ways the college will stay in touch with you. We would suggest that you visit both at least once a day for important notices and tips for college success.
But I hate Facebook! You don't have to use it for anything else, just Like the college Facebook page. We will post there several times a day, about all sorts of stuff. There is not another social media application that allows us to communicate with you in the way that Facebook does.
I never use email. You need to check your student email daily for important notices from offices such as Financial Aid and Student Services.
We do have other social media you can use and we will even be texting you info throughout the school year. Here's what we have available:
Facebook: The Vol State Facebook page is home to all sorts of information and tips to help you throughout the school year. Students chat with each other, sell textbooks and share information about favorite classes and professors. www.Facebook.com/VolState

Blog: The Vol State Virtual Community is our campus blog. It has stories about interesting people on campus, cool new programs, student activities and more. In fact, you're on it right now! You can set up an RSS feed to get regular updates or just look-in whenever you feel like it:  www.volstate.edu/blog

Twitter: We send info about campus events and happenings on our main Twitter page. Follow us: www.volstate.edu/Twitter
Instagram: Share your photos of life on campus and your accomplishments. We’ll post pics from around campus as well. Instagram: /volstatecampus. www.instagram.com/volstatecampus/
Web Page: The Vol State website is your primary hub for everything Vol State. You can use the A-Z index to locate specific programs or offices. The People Finder will help you look up instructors or staff. www.volstate.edu
My Vol State and Email: You'll be receiving important notices throughout the school year on your student email account. It's important to check this often. This is our way of reaching you individually with important information about things such as financial aid. You can access your email by using the My Vol State web page. My Vol State helps you connect to online classes as well. Keep an eye on the My Vol State page for other campus information, such as stories from the Settler student newspaper.https://portal.volstate.edu
Texting: All Vol State students are automatically signed up for text messaging. We have two services- one is for emergencies and important notices, such as weather closings and delays. The second service will provide tips on how to be successful in your classes. We won't text more than twice a week on either service. However, if you really want to cancel the text service you can do so at any time by replying STOP to the text. We recommend that you wait a few weeks to see what the texts are like, before you decide to cancel or not. Just imagine- you can stay in bed and wait for the college to let you know that it's a snow day and classes are canceled. Can't beat that.

Have a great semester and stay in touch!