Friday, April 24, 2015

Science Symposium Not Your Typical Science Fair

Lorela Hunt, center, stands with student Bill Pham and Math & Science Division Dean Nancy Morris.
The Vol State campus might be busy during the day with students, faculty, and staff trekking across campus, but that doesn’t mean the campus is free of activity at night. 

Students Lorela Hunt and Grace Borthick partnered up for a science project to see what types of wildlife roamed the campus after the sun goes down.

“We thought about how we could do this in the future to identify specific animals for social biology studies to see the reproductive and seasonal behaviors of the animals we found,” Hunt said of the project. 

Using camera traps donated to the college through the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative, Hunt and Borthick discovered a number of species that roam the campus throughout the night, including raccoons, deer, opossums, and even a lone coyote.

The study is just one of the many research projects that made up the Third Annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium in the Rochelle Center on Friday. About 50 students were represented with projects that completed their studies conducted throughout the semester and the year.

Even though Hunt, who is originally from the Philippines, isn’t a science student, putting the presentation together helped her gain more confidence and communication skills.

“I thought if I do this presentation, this will boost my self-confidence, and it’ll help me talk to people,” she said.

The symposium ends Friday at 1 p.m.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Register Now for Vol State Cycling Classic Coming on Saturday, May 2

It’s not too late to register for the second annual Vol State Cycling Classic, organized by the Vol State College Foundation. The Volunteer State Community College bike ride raises money for student scholarships. It will be held on Saturday, May 2. Registration is open, but riders need to act now.
The Cycling Classic is intended for riders of all abilities.  There will be a 15 mile Fitness Tour; a 33 mile Half Metric Century Tour; and a 61 mile Metric Century Tour. The tours will start and finish on the Vol State campus in Gallatin. There will be rest stops along the way for food, hydration, first aid and restrooms. The Metric Century Tour will leave at 8 a.m. The Half Metric will depart at 8:30 a.m. and the Fitness Tour will get underway at 9 a.m.
The after-ride event at the college is designed for the whole family and features barbecue, beverages and live music. Changing facilities will also be available at the college. The ride cost is $35 before April 30 and $45 after that date. Riders will get a t-shirt and a goody bag. Only riders who sign up by April 15 are guaranteed to receive a shirt in the size they specify. Everyone will receive a shirt. Route maps for each tour and a link to the registration page can be found at

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Disability Access for Graduation

Attendees who use wheelchairs will be directed to a section at the front of the gym, left of the stage. There will be a limited number of seats on the floor for attendees who cannot ascend/descend the bleachers. These seats will be in a reserved section and only stamped ticket holders will be allowed to sit in this section. Each graduate will be allowed up to two tickets that they can get stamped for this purpose. Tickets can be stamped in the Office of Disability Services, Wood Campus Center, 108. Tickets will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.

Please call the Office of Disability Services at  615 230-3472 if you need additional information. 

Free Family Movie Friday - Big Hero Six

Free movie this Friday, April 24, at Vol State. It's Big Hero Six showing at 7:30pm outside on the Quad in nice weather and inside the Wood Campus Center Nichols Dining Room if rain. Everyone in the family is invited. It's brought to you by the Returning Students Association, Service Learning and the Psychology Club.

Spring Concert and CD Release this Weekend

The big Spring Music Showcase concert is coming up on Friday and Saturday...combined with the CD release of the "Seeing Blue" student CD. 7:30 p.m. each night in the auditorium. Free with your student ID, $5 for the public and $10 with a CD.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Registration Open for Maymester and Summer Classes - New Classes

Summer classes at Vol State are coming up soon and there are several alternatives to choose from, to fit busy summer schedules. Registration is open now.  The first option is called Maymester. Those classes start May 8 and end May 29. Each class usually meets for a few hours every weekday. The main summer session starts on May 30 and lasts until August 8. But students can also take summer classes that run for the first five weeks of the summer session, starting on May 30 and for the second five weeks, starting on July 6. Classes are offered in person, online and in a wide variety of subject areas. Students home from university for the summer often take Vol State classes that can apply to their university degree.

A new Maymester course this year is POLS 1030-American Government and Politics. It’s a way for students to get ahead in their college requirements with a quick, intensive session. New classes this summer with different intensive schedules include English 2300, Creative Writing, which will be offered in a three-week course from June 1-June 19, 8 a.m.-11 a.m.  It’s a hands-on workshop in writing original poetry, songs, short fiction, non-fiction, and drama. The course will include local field trips, talks with visiting writers, and some online lessons. The class counts as a Vol State Humanities elective. The course Social Problems will also be offered Monday through Friday for the first 3 weeks of June. The general education goal of this course is to provide information which enables students to identify, analyze, and understand the sociological perspectives on social problems.

Visit  for the summer class schedules and for information on how to apply and register. New students will need to fill out an application, which can be done online. Students can also visit the Admissions Office in person at the Ramer Building on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The phone number for Admissions is 615-230-3688.