Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Summer and Fall 2015 Class Schedules are now Available.

You can now check to see what classes are coming up for summer and fall. You will find the class schedules in My Vol State. A reminder that Maymester classes are listed under summer. Why is it important to consider classes now? Priority Registration for sophomores (30 hours or more) starts at 8am on April 6. For Freshmen (less than 30 hours) it opens on April 7 at 8am. Use Degree Works and see your advisor now to pick classes. Get the classes you need at the times that you want by using Priority Registration for current students.

Course registration for new and readmit students opens on April 20. New students may need to take part in orientation first. Please keep an eye on your Vol State email account for details.

Do you have personal stuff that needs to be shredded? We can help on Saturday

Protect Your Identity – A Free Community Shredding Event
March 28, 2015
Shredding truck available at Volunteer State Community College

Volunteer State Community College students and local residents can protect themselves from identity theft by participating in a community shredding event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Pickel Field House parking lot off Gap Boulevard at Volunteer State Community College.
The free event allows students, faculties and local area residents to safely destroy records that have personable identifiable information on them.  The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is sponsoring the event in coordination with MaxShred “The Touchless On-Site Shredding Company”, Volunteer State Community College Campus Police, Sumner County Sheriff’s Office and Gallatin Police Department. 
A shredding truck will be parked on the lot for anyone to bring paper items that they would like to be shredded, said Captain Troy Everett, of the Identity Crimes Unit of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.
“Our main audience will be the students on campus and residence of the local community who may need the service to provide that extra comfort of security in today’s environment,” Everett said.
Citizens can bring a maximum of two boxes or trash bags of personal or private documents to shred. No cardboard or non-paper items will be accepted. 
All vehicles must be in line by 2 p.m. in order to discard their items. For directions to the Pickel Field House parking lot off Gap Boulevard, a printable campus map is available at . (Building #5 on Map)
For more information on the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Identity Crimes Unit’s free community shredding event, please call 615-289-6463 or 615-232-4109.

Pick Up a New Habit! Nunsense at Vol State This Weekend

Vol State students Stephanie Goodrum, Ren Creasy, and Hannah Meece play nuns
in the school's production of "Nunsense: The Mega Musical Version."
Nuns, spoiled food, and songs. These things might not seem like they go together, but in the world of "Nunsense: The Mega Musical Version," they do.

Starting tonight, the Volunteer State Community College Theater Program will present its production of the musical-comedy that follows a group of sisters who attempt to put on a show to raise money to bury fellow sisters who were accidentally killed by the convent cook's tainted soup.

It's an exciting production for theater students who are anxious to tackle musical theater, according to actors Stephanie Goodrum, Ren Creasy, and Hannah Meece.

"I'm more of an actor than a singer, so it's more challenging. I had to really work on that and the dancing. The acting was easy," Creasy said. "In every acting job, you're always going to try to step up and try something new, so this has been a good challenge."

"We've definitely gotten to experience how nuns are supposed to act and how they don't need to act," Goodrum added with a laugh.

The show features a variety of dance and song numbers, and Creasy said she hopes the show will provide a great piece of entertainment for the greater Vol State community.

"Our job as actors and performers is to let the audience have their moment of escape, so that's what I want for everyone who comes and watches this show. Just come, enjoy the show, laugh, and have a good time," she said.

Meek said she hopes the show will bring even more attention to the theater program at Vol State.

"I really hope the people that come and watch it just enjoy it and they get excited about coming back to Vol State for future productions.

The musical will begin at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday, and Saturday in the Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall. A Sunday matinee performance will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. Vol State students get in free with their ID. For more information, call 615-230-3202.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lights, Camera, Action! Vol State Student Lands Role in Indie Film

They say there are no small parts, only small actors.

But one Vol State student considers herself lucky to have landed a role in an upcoming independent horror film.

Kealani Hughes, a theater arts student and aspiring makeup artist, got involved after her friend and former Vol State student Nick Huntsman let her know a small production company called Deviant Pictures needed an artist for their upcoming horror sequel "The Hospital 2." After submitting some work, Hughes found herself in Alabama working on the movie.

"My goal is to be a special effects makeup artist. I want to be up there performing with my work. I like putting makeup more on other people than I do on myself, so I love special effects. That's what I want to do, so it was a great experience," she said.

The shoot lasted 10 days in late January as filming took place in Marion, Ala., with Hughes doing makeup work on the film. The filmmakers needed a small role filled, so Hughes auditioned and got the part of Officer Cooper, a rookie cop.

Vol State student Kealani Hughes as Officer Cooper in a still from "The Hospital 2."

Hughes described the film as a hardcore horror film about a haunted hospital, and it's definitely not designed for those who are squeamish.

"It is extreme hour. It's not for the kindhearted to say the least," she said with a laugh.

While the film might be shocking audiences when it's finally released in the fall, the experience making it was a lot of fun, according to Hughes. She learned a lot she can take into future filmmaking experiences.

"You just can't get 16 hours of experience working with a ton of people working by yourself at home. I just love it because it's not the same thing everyday," she said.

Find out more about "The Hospital 2," including behind-the-scenes pictures, and release date information, at the film's Facebook page.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Nunsense the Mega-Musical March 26-29

Singing and dancing nuns at Vol State from March 26-29. Check out Nunsense the Mega-Musical.

Hands-on Activities for Kids and Parents at Science and Math Expo March 26

 Science isn’t just about textbooks and lectures. It can be messy and fun. That’s why the Science and Math Expo at Volunteer State Community College features more than fifty hands-on activities for kids and parents. Of course, grandparents and others are welcome to bring kids to the Expo, as well. The interaction between adults and children is part of the event’s success.
 “Parents are a child's first and most influential teacher,” said Dr. Billy Dye, Vol State instructor of Biology. “When kids see their parents excited by science, they become excited by it too.”
 It’s the fourteenth year for the Expo and the theme, once again, is “STEMtastic!” STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. It’s considered among many educators to be one of the most important academic areas for job growth and economic development in the nation.
 “The Expo fosters inquiry and understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math,” Dye said. “The demonstrations and hands-on experiences at the Expo ignite a child’s curiosity, which is the heart of science itself.” 
 The Expo is designed for kids from kindergarten through middle school. Many of the activities are put together by Vol State Science and Math students, who gain a new perspective on science and math education. There will be demonstrations covering a wide range of subjects from physics to biology. Those activities will include LEGO engineering and the Fisk University Planetarium.
 The Vol State Science and Math Expo will be held on Thursday, March 26 from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. It will take place in and around the Wallace Health Sciences Building- North on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The event is free and open to everyone. For more information call 615-230-3261.

History Bowl on Wednesday