Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Visit with the Western Kentucky University President Sept. 30

Visit with the WKU President next week. Ask questions about Western Kentucky University. Admissions reps will be on hand, as well. It's here on the Vol State campus.

And here's a video welcome from Dr. Ransdell: http://vimeo.com/104509769

Game On with Campus Intramurals

Want to play sports, but you're not on one of Vol State's athletic teams? No worries. That's what intramurals are for.

Fall intramurals have begun, which means you have the chance to play a game of flag football or soccer during the fall semester.

"It's going over very well this semester. It usually is better in the fall than in the spring," said Tabitha Sherrel, coordinator of student activities for the Office of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives.

It's free to join a team for any intramural sport, and games are played on the quad. Popularity is based on the sport, Sherrel said. This year, there are five teams for football and four teams for soccer.

Intramurals chairman Tim Moore said the program is essentially a series of pick-up games for people who just have a bit of fun on campus.

"It's for people who want to be active, and everybody that wants to come together for a game," he said.

While the initial intramurals meeting has already taken place, Sherrell said it's not too late to start a team. Paperwork can be picked up at the Office of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives, which is located in the Wood Campus Center. Teams also can get forms if they show up at the field during game times.

Even if you're not interested in joining a team, Moore said spectators are welcome.

The schedule for fall intramurals is below. All games begin at 2 p.m.

Flag football:


Monday, September 22, 2014

Free Help with Math, Physics and Chemistry

You can get free tutoring help in math, physics and chemistry in the Vol State Learning Commons in the Thigpen Library on the Gallatin campus. Just check in with the Learning Commons main desk for the tutor schedule. Get help before you get too far behind. We want to see you succeed!

Vol State Events this Week

Sept. 22           Tennessee Technological University representative, Wood Campus Center, 10am—1pm
Sept. 23           Austin Peay State University representative, Wood Campus Center, 10am—1pm
Sept. 23           Health and Wellness, Nichols Dining Room, 10am to 2pm
Sept. 23           Pre-Nursing Advising Session with Belmont University, Warf 110, 12:45pm
Sept. 24           Job Career Fair, Pickel Field House Gym, 10am to 1pm
Sept. 24           Vets Next Steps – Job advice for veterans, Pickel Field House, 11:30am-1 pm
Sept. 24           The Relationship Guy – Jereme Ford, Rochelle Center – Thigpen Library, 12:30pm
Sept. 25           Sumner College Night, Pickel Field House Gym, 6 pm to 8 pm

Sept. 26           Tennessee State University representative, Wood Campus Center, 9am—11am 

Extra! Extra! The Settler Lets You Read All About It

Don't you just hate it when you miss out on the cool things that are happening on campus?
Between classes and busy schedules, staying up-to-date on the goings-on at Vol State can be difficult. Luckily, there's an easy way to make sure you'll never miss any of the top stories that are taking place in the world of Vol State. The Settler, Vol State's student newspaper, is a great way of staying in the loop when it comes to the top stories that affect campus life.
"A lot of people just come to classes and leave, they don't know about the opportunities Vol State has for them — the lectures, guest speakers, and different student activities — that could help them have a better college experience. It's important to know what's going on, so you're not missing out on anything," editor-in-chief Ann Roberts said.
New issues of The Settler are out every Tuesday, and feature a variety of stories reporting on campus events, artwork, reviews, poetry, and the ever-popular word puzzle.
Roberts, who is in her first year of heading the paper, said she and the rest of the editing staff are working to create a publication that is more student-oriented and more fun to read.
"We want more student feedback. We're trying to make the paper more interesting, so if people will tell us what they enjoy, that would be helpful," she said.
After all, The Settler is made by students for students. If you're interested in contributing to the paper, it's easy to get involved. Enrolling in the class gives you credit depending on how many hours you sign up for. By joining the club, you can contribute as your schedule allows. And helping out with the paper isn't just limited to writing. There are plenty of other ways to get involved, such as taking pictures and submitting poetry. 
Another way to get involved is by working on the paper's design, which layout manager Michael Clark said is a great way to hone one's graphic design skills.
"Think of this like a workshop. You come here, and you are actively learning in a co-op. We're all in this together, working towards a common goal," he said.
In addition to bettering one's design skills and becoming familiar with how contributing to a paper works, Clark said working with The Settler is also good for those who want to get more involved on campus.
"It's an excellent way to get to know the school, to get to know teachers you otherwise wouldn't meet, and it's a great way to step outside your comfort zone and do something for the school," he said.
For more information, visit The Settler's Twitter page.
If you're interested in contributing articles, artwork, or other material to the paper, email Roberts at aroberts26@volstate.edu.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Get Your Vol State Merit Page

You will be receiving an email about our new Vol State Merit webpages. They're designed to help you celebrate your success while at Vol State. Many colleges and universities across the country have them for students. Your page can list a badge for an honors society you belong to or whether you made the dean's list. We'll be adding badges for various student achievements throughout the school year.

What do you need to do? The first thing is to claim your page. The easiest way to do this is click on the link provided in an email sent to the personal email address that you listed with the college. You can then personalize your Merit page however you want - add a picture or add work experience. You can also put in the emails of parents or loved ones so that they will be notified when you receive a new badge from Merit.

When you go to claim your page it will ask you for your email address...use your personal email address that you listed on your Vol State application. It's trying to confirm that you are who you are. Your Vol State email address won't work for that confirmation. Everything goes through your personal email address.

We'll start everyone off with an enrollment badge so you can see what they look like and how they work. It also puts you in the system. Vol State Merit pages are run by the Vol State Office of Public Relations. If you have any questions you can contact us at pr@volstate.edu.

If you don't get the email you can also visit the main Vol State Merit Pages web page and search from there. If you still can't find your page just email us with your name, city, zip code, and email address and we can create one for you.

Have a great school year!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Career Fair and Job Search Skills Sessions on September 24

Students...get your resumes going!

The Fall Job Career Fair at Vol State will have dozens of employers on site and special sessions on “What Employers Expect.” The skills training will include information about how job seekers can dress for success, enhance communication skills, and use social media in their job search. The fair provides an opportunity for job seekers to talk directly with the people responsible for hiring at many area companies. Participants are encouraged to bring their resumes

Military veterans can take part in a discussion called “Vets Next Steps!” from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Pickel Field House. Speakers will provide tips and answer questions about transitioning from the military to the civilian workforce.

The Fall Job Career Fair is free and open to all job seekers. It will be held in the gym at the Pickel Field House on Wednesday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteer State Community College is located at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. For more information call 615-230-3307 or visit www.volstate.edu/Placement