Please stop by when you can, and let them know how fantastic it looks.
Posted by Ken.
Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.
Posted by Vol State at 3:52 PM
Come join Volunteer State students and community members in Spain and France in May! We are going on a 9 day personalized tour from May 13-21, 2008.
We will explore Paris, visit the Louvre, stroll the Champs-Elysées, and see many famous places in the city. We will visit Chartres cathedral, Giverny, home and gardens of Monet where he painted many Impressionist works.
We will travel by train through stunning countryside. We will visit the country of castles and famous wines and foods. And eat wonderful foods, of course!
In Spain we will stay in Barcelona and visit Costa Brava and its scenic beach area. We will experience history and art at the Dali Museum, the Picasso museum, the old city, and more in this beautiful country. Eat tapas, shop, explore a world that is both old and new with us in May.
If you are interested in meeting some of the trip participants and getting more information, come join us on campus Thursday, December 6th at 2:20 p.m. in Ramer Bldg. room 170.
For more information, contact Kay McLean Grossberg at 230-3385 or email@example.com or Jaime Sanchez at 230-3379 or Jaime.firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is still available.
Posted by Kay.
Posted by Vol State at 8:57 AM
If you are anything like me, you probably enjoy a good sale or a freebie now and then. The following programs are "open source", meaning they are free to the user (or they offer a free and a pay for use version). For those of you who are looking for productivity software that is compatible with Microsoft's Office suite but doesn't carry a price tag, you might want to consider using one of these.
NOTE: If you are taking CIS 100 - you will need to have the actual Microsoft Office 2007.
My current favorite is the Zoho Suite. This suite offers very easy to use word processor, spreadsheet, and database programs. In addition, you have access to a project management program, desktop sharing program for conferences and so much more. You can save your work in an office compatible format and these documents are compatible with MyVolStateOnline. If you are interested in starting your own wiki, you can also use the Zoho Wiki tool. Take a spin and see what you think. Setting up an account is simple and FREE.
Before I was introduced to Zoho, I used ThinkFree for most of my word processing and spreadsheet needs. ThinkFree has more of a "Mac" look and feel but is easy to use by all. The interface looks and feels like Microsoft and if you use multiple computers from different locations (for example: work, school, and home) you also get 1GB of free online storage. This makes it great for students on the go.
Two other solutions are OpenOffice and Googles alternative Google Docs and Spreadsheets. While I like many of Google's offerings, I haven't been overly impressed with this entry. If you use Google Doc's I'd be interested in hearing your comments.
Keith Bell and Clark Cropper are planning a Southwest Field Trip during Maymester. It’s for potential students for a field studies course. They have started a blog and have a couple of meetings coming up. We have included a flyer that has more info.
Check out the blog at: http://swft.blogspot.com
They are having application meetings with students Tuesday at 1pm and Wednesday at 11:30am in the Rochelle Center.
Genoa practices her tonometry skills using a Tonopen on an artificial eye.
Welcome back to campus! Kind of a dreary start to the week. We have an event coming up on Wednesday, November 28 that could help lift those post-holiday blues. Comedian Rip Michaels will perform in the cafeteria at 12:15pm. On Friday Friday November 30 get ready for a Halo 3 video game competition, Noon until 3 p.m. in the Carpeted Dining Room at the Wood Campus Center. For those of you not familiar with the Carpeted Dining Room, it's right next to the cafeteria.
And don't forget we have registration help available all day, every weekday in the Ramer Building Lobby or you can call 230-3532 or go to our website www.volstate.edu for an online explanation of the process.
Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.
Posted by Vol State at 8:17 AM
I just stopped by the jewelry sale in the Ramer Building Great Hall, and there are some really nice things for sale. There are even things for guys to buy, like this really interesting watch I’m thinking about buying. Anyway, if you get a chance to get out today, stop by the jewelry sale and pick up an item or two. The proceeds benefit the Vol State General Scholarship Fund – not to mention you can get some Holiday shopping out of the way. The crazy thing about the sale is that everything is $5, which is less than you will spend on lunch today.
Stop by the Great Hall, and buy some bling for a worthy cause.
Posted by Vol State at 9:42 AM
It's time to register for Spring classes and we have help available again in a number of different ways. Current students are registering now. New students can start registering on November 30. If you need assistance you can visit our Help Desk. It's located in the Ramer Building lobby. You can also find everything you need to know on our web page http://www.volstate.edu/ just check out the lefthand side of the front page for tips. If you want help over the phone you can call 230-3544 or 230-3532. They can walk you through the online registration system.
I just returned from several days at the CIT (Conference in Information Technology) held in Nashville. This conference is geared towards educator's at community colleges and the goal is to highlight some of the new and innovative ways to incorporate technology in our teaching and our lives. Unfortunately, I didn't get to attend any sessions, I was one of the steering committee members and spent the whole time working. However, I did get to share ideas with my friends and colleagues, who were working with me and I wanted to share something I learned.
If you are like me (or my son) and spend a fair amount of time online, you might find it helpful to use a portal to organize some (or all) of your online life. The two portals that I have been playing with are iGoogle and Netvibes. These are both similar in nature and allow you to create tabs to organize your virtual stuff as well as collecting all of your RSS feeds in one place.
Both portals allow you to customize the look and feel. The iGoogle space is definitely more fun- my son, for example, chose a topper that has a monster eating another monster. The NetVibes choices are more in line with a Blogger template- boring but workable.
I have determined that iGoogle is better for the "fun" side of my life (lots of widgets are available for both platforms) that allow you to add games, pictures, video's and more. and NetVibes is for my "work" life. Netvibes offers pre-made tabs- with popular RSS feeds already added, I found this quite exciting.
What portals are you using? Do you think portals help you become more organized and connected? Drop me a comment or two and let me know your experiences.
Daniel reads a pair of glasses on the lensometer while Mrs. Moore, the Program Director, watches. Mrs. Moore is always available to make sure we’re performing skills correctly and give us advice on how to perfect them.
Welcome back! We have several things going on this week. Honors Week activities Nov 13 and 14 at 12:15 in the Rochelle Center. There's a student music recital at 12:30pm on Nov. 14th in the Pickel Building room 130. Later this week, Nov. 15 and 16, the Tennessee Academy of Science will be meeting on campus. Also don't forget the Community Garden work day on Saturday. Just scroll down for an entire entry on that event.
Volunteer State Community College
Posted by Vol State at 8:22 AM
We invite you to mark your calendar for the final public workday of the year on Saturday, November 17, 2007 from 9:00 – 12:00. This will mark our one year anniversary for the VSCC COMMUNITY GARDEN. Look what we have accomplished together. If you have students or family members looking for opportunities to get in additional volunteer hours for civic responsibility or community service, this is an open invitation. We will continue work on the split rail fence being installed around the garden, clearing and cleaning of the ravine areas immediately adjacent to the Community Garden, late season garden clearing, collection of leaves for composting, and …who knows what else! Bring a brown paper bag, we'll teach you to harvest seed from the Community Garden for your very own Meadow Garden next spring.
Posted by Jeff Kent
Posted by Vol State at 2:46 PM
What’s your favorite thing about the Ophthalmic Tech Program?
“My favorite thing about the program has been learning how complex and complicated the human eye is, and also about how many different pieces of equipment we must use.”
What’s your least favorite thing about the Program?
“My least favorite thing about the program would be that we are set apart from the rest of the main campus, so many people don’t know about our program.”
“After receiving my information I started researching what an Ophthalmic Technician was and what they do. Then I made the decision to go to the interview, because I was excited about what the program had to offer and the possibilities of career advancement.”
What are you looking forward to most once at your clinical site?
“I am looking forward to actually being on the floor using my skills I have learned this semester. It is going to be a great experience actually putting my skills to the test with patients in a clinical setting, instead of being in the classroom where I can stop and ask questions.”
Posted by Derek at 8:51 AM
I couldn't resist, perhaps it's the geek in me :)
Anyway, this afternoon, I came across an article talking about H.G. Wells War of the Worlds, which was published 77 years ago and talked about how people were so frightened when it first aired on the radio. Society was changed by that experience.
To celebrate that event, a FREE War of the Worlds eComic has been published. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
Greetings! Today we are going to take a look at a program called Animoto. Animoto allows you to create high quality flash productions using still photo's and adding music. The free version of the program lets you create a piece of up to 30 seconds. You add your photo's and then select from the list of "free" music or you can add your own music clip (Just be sure your own the rights to the music).
The program will generate the video - in a snap! Check out the sample above, it took me approximately 5 minutes to create. Once your video is finished, you can email it, link it to a website, blog, Facebook, etc. If you don't like the finished product, click a button and you can remix to your heart's delight!
For a small fee, you can create unlimited video's of much longer length. Plans for Animoto include the ability to create your own CD's and more.