Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tennis Club Anyone?

The USTA Team Tennis on College Campus program offers students and faculty the chance to represent their college in a friendly, yet competitive playing environment.

The playing format is designed to be flexible, so that it will work on any campus.The goal is for players to form a club team (which means no 5 mile runs like varsity teams), have frequent practices, and compete against other nearby schools. Some of the schools that already have a club team in the area are: MTSU, UT, UT-C, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, and East TSU.
The USTA Team Tennis on College Campus program emphasizes on social interaction, having a layed back tennis experience and also:-a healthy physical workout-eligibility for the USA Team Tennis National Campus Championships-an increase in the use of campus tennis facilities -USTA Southern Section and State staff supportIf interested feel free to contact Rebekah Harris at rharris40@volstate.edu.There will be 2 meetings in the Ramer Building room 182 on November 17th and 18th 3pm - 4pm to explain the program more and a chance to SIGN UP!

Posted by Rebekah

Journalism Convention, Day 2

12:10pm, Thursday

I have four classes today. I had Feature Photography, Weeding Them Out, Using Social Networking Websites for Student Video News, and Using Twitter and Live Blogging For Breaking News.

My Feature Photography class was basically a refresher course for me. But the "Weeding Them Out" class has been my absolute favorite class so far. The adviser who taught the class was very charismatic. She was talking about how to "weed out" the people who shouldn't be working on a publication staff.

After those two classes, I ate lunch a few blocks away with Kayla and Sarah. Kayla posed for a picture on the way back up the escalator. We made plans for tonight and set a time to meet up with Clay to eat dinner.

I'm in Using Social Networking Websites for Student Video News. This class is more for broadcasting and TV, but it's still relevant for the vlogs I do.

My last class of the day is a two hour long class, the breaking news with Twitter and live blogging.

11:30pm, Thursday

Well, the last class was one you have to pay for, so I didn't go. I went to Photojournalism Ethics and How to Keep Feature Stories. They were okay, but not as interesting as the breaking news would've been.

After my two classes, walked around the Power and Light district of Kansas City and took some pictures. Here's a picture of one of the many fountains in Kansas City.

Clay, Sarah, Kayla, and I ate at Arthur Bryant's BBQ. It turns out that a lot of famous people have eaten there, including Presidental hopefuls John McCain and Sarah Palin. The food was awesome, and the portions were outrageous.

I'm turning in for the night. I have six classes all day tomorrow, and I'm going to an event at midnight.

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Student Journalism Trip

Our student blogger Kristen Salter and other journalism students are on a trip to Kansas City this week for a conference on student journalism. Here is her first entry:


2:14pm, Wednesday
We’re airborne! This is my first flight ever. I’m much calmer now than I was when we checked in. Security wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. “Check in was probably like 10 minutes for all four of us. It didn’t take long at all,” Kayla said. There are extra seats on the plane for us to spread out… but it’s still pretty tight. Clay’s sitting all by himself across the aisle from us. Kayla is sitting with me. We’re trading turns at the window. Check out these pictures from the plane of Nashville. It looks so tiny! Sarah is sitting in front of us. I was expected the plane ride be much more bumper. The only real complaint I have is that it’s so hot.

We’re going through a little turbulence right now. Scary stuff.

I’ll write some more when we arrive at Kansas City.

10:03pm, Wednesday
So, I’m relaxing in the lobby right now with Sarah. The hotel we’re staying at offers wifi in the rooms, for a price. It’s free in the lobby. I’m not really that tired, I’m more excited than anything. All of my classes start tomorrow. There’s over 400 classes being offered over the 5 day span that Associate Professor Clay Scott, Kayla Turnbow (the editor for The Settler), and Sarah Sommer(the editor for The Pioneer). We ate at Chipotle a few blocks away from the hotel. The food was good, and spicy. We’re going out to get BBQ tomorrow night.

After I finish checking and uploading pictures to my Facebook, I’m going to check out for the night. I’ll have more posted tomorrow.

Kristen Salter

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hey Students!

How do you think about the Vol State website? Not what do you think, but how do you think?

It's been a while since I posted around here, so I'll remind everyone that I'm the webmaster here at Volunteer State Community College. I'm working on redesigning the website, both visually and structurally. Some of you may remember we did a survey back in February. One of the biggest issues the survey revealed is problems finding stuff. I've developed a theory around this problem and I'd like some student feedback and even suggestions.

I think the current website is structured around the way the employees understand and think about Vol State. If you're familiar with the org chart, it's a lot easier to find your way around the site. But I think that interrupts the flow of thoughts that go through site visitors' heads, especially students. It's great that we have an org chart and that we as employees understand it, but do any of you students know it's something we publish to the public? Do you even care? I don't say that to sound mean, I'm simply pointing out that our org chart probably doesn't figure in to the stuff you spend your days doing (and probably shouldn't).

I'm trying to restructure the navigation around what type of user you are, and then around the sorts of goals a specific type of user would be most likely to have in mind. Since we have over 7,000 students and less than 500 employees, you guys make up our biggest user group and get my top priority.

For example, I think students come to the site thinking about things like "Money". And then you think about things like "Where to get it" and "Where to pay my fees." So in your mind, Financial Aid (who can help you get money) and the College Foundation (who offer scholarships) are probably linked to the Business Office (where you pay your fees).

So what are the sorts of goals you have in mind when you come to the website? Obviously stuff like "Check my email" and "Log into eLearn" are big ones (and I've got the traffic logs to prove it). What specific questions do you come searching for answers to? What big ideas can these questions be grouped into in order to help you find what you are looking for?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Meet Katie


Katie Williams of Westmoreland is 25, and a Office Management major.

How often would you say you spend online?
"About an hour or so."

What is your favorite internet meme [fad]?
"The LOLcats."

What would the motivational poster of your life say and why?
"Never give up; you don't get anywhere from giving up."

What is your favorite viral internet video?
"The one of the kid laughing nonstop."

Are you a social networking addict?
"Yes, there's nothing else to do online, and all of my friends are on there."

Monday, October 27, 2008

Happening This Week...

October 27th – ACE Pumpkin Carving
Sponsored by ACE.
4:30pm, Wood Campus Center Patio.

October 27th – College Republicans Host Senator Diane Black
All students welcome.
11:30am, Carpeted Dining Room.

October 28-29th – Free Chair Massages
Free to students, faculty, and staff
10am-3pm:, Wood Campus Center Hallway.

October 31st - Annual Community Halloween Party
Sponsored by AASU. All students welcome.
6pm-8pm, Rochelle Center in Thigpen Library.

Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Tech Tip: Blogging Scholarship

Not really a tech tip, but I learned about this scholarship from one of my tech sites. There is a $10,000 scholarship available to a college student who blogs. The deadline for applying is approaching quickly - October 30, 2008.

More details here: The Blogging Scholarship.

I originally learned about this scholarship from The Open Education Blog (you might be interested in following it).

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Meet Elise


Elise Delpapa is a 20 year old from Hermitage. She's a Allied Science major.

How often do you watch TV?
"At least once a day, a half hour to an hour if I'm working or at work. If I'm off, then I watch about 2 to 3 hours."

What are some of your favorite shows?
"I watch a lot of HGTV, The First 48 and crime solving shows, and a couple of reality shows. I tend to watch several shows at a time, I just flip to the next channel when commercials come on."

If you could be on any Reality TV show, what show would you be on and why?
"I Love Money, or something so I can win easy money."

Who's better, Chuck Norris or William Shatner?
"William Shatner."

If you had the power to remove one TV show from the air, what would it be and why?
"Star Trek. It's pretty dumb."

Meet Kayla and Lauren


Meet Kayla Turnbow and Lauren Dickens. Kayla is 19, and from Castilian Springs. She is the editor of the student-run newspaper on campus named The Settler. Lauren is from Lebanon, also 19, and is the assistant editor.

What is your favorite musician or band?
Kayla - "Ryan Adams. He's a song writer."
Lauren - "Anberlin."

Have you seen them live before?
Kayla - "Yes. I saw him at the Ryman and the War Memorial."
Lauren - "I went to the concert, but I wasn't able to see them because I broke my foot. Never wear flip flops to a concert!"

What's your favorite venue in Nashville?
Kayla -"The Ryman. It has a lot of history, and it's really pretty."
Lauren - "The Anchor. It's small and you can meet the bands after the show."

What is the last concert you've been to?
Kayla - "The Allman Brothers Band in Atlanta."
Lauren - "August Burns Red and Greeley Estates."

What's your favorite part of concerts?
Kayla - "I love dancing until my feet hurt!"
Lauren - "My ears ringing for days after."

Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Special Program on The Economy

Associate Professor of Social Sciences Rick Rouch will be doing a program on the current financial crisis. Half of the program will be about how we got into the present state and half will be about the threat it poses to the economy as a whole. It will be held in the Rochelle Center in the Thigpen Library on Wed 22, 2008, 12:15-1:15pm.

The Economy

It's hard nowadays to look at a magazine, newspaper, or turn on the TV without hearing something about the economy. The businesses around Vol State are feeling the effects of the slowing economy.


The Marble Slab Creamery shut its doors two weeks ago. If you drive by the store, you can see signs on it door saying, "Due to the Economy, we are closed. We thank you for your past patronage."

Videogames Etc. manager Brendan Kelly said that his store has had a drastic dip in sales. "Nobody has any money. Everyone's putting what little money they have into food and gas, and they're not much else left for video games."

"I feel like it's been coming for a long time," adamantly said Katie Junker, owner of the BatteriesPlus. "It was a bubble and it burst. I don't think we should bail anyone out. The government isn't going to bail us out if we made bad decisions or over extend ourselves."

How about you? How has the economic slowdown affecting you?

Happening this week...

October 21nd – Totally T-Shirts
Come and make your own T-Shirt.
Free for all students. Sponsored by ACE.
10:00am - 1:30pm, Cafeteria.

October 22nd – VISA Student International Club

Organizational meeting on Main Campus.
All students welcome.
12:30, Ramer 170.

October 23rd – VISA Student International Club
Organizational meeting on Madison Campus.
All students welcome.
12:30, Location posted on Madison campus.

October 23rd – PTK Induction
7:00 PM in the Carpeted Dining Room

Monday, October 20, 2008

Final entries from the Argentina trip

October 17th, 2008

I already have mentioned some of the wonderful contacts we have made this week with top college administrators and educational leaders across Buenos Aires and Salta. Today, however, we learned something truly remarkable. It turns out that Carlos Rios (The Director of the Asociacion Argentina de Colegios Universitarios who has traveled with us for most of the week), was the Minister of Education for the entire province of Buenos Aires in the early 1970's!! After he told us this startling news, he related that he still has direct contact with most of the educational leaders across the country. Furthermore, he informed us that he had spoken again with all of the colleges with whom we have made contact (and a few more) and he said that they all are very interested in establishing exchanges with community colleges in the US. It would be difficult to imagine a contact with more influence than Carlos Rios. He should help us greatly as we further strengthen our relationships.

It has been fascinating to compare Buenos Aires with Salta. Buenos Aires has a population of more than 14 million and has been called the "Paris of South America" due to its many art galleries, museums, theater/film festivals, designer boutiques, etc. It offers everything one could want with big-city life. The city of Salta, however, has a population of about 600,000 which is big enough to offer top-flight cultural events (we toured a remarkable archeological museum) but also has a small-town flavor. It is located at the foothills of the Andes mountains, so one can drive just a bit north and actually be in the midst of the majestic Andes chain with truly breathtaking views.


October 18th, 2008

This morning we will begin our journey back to the United States. We will fly from Salta to Buenos Aires later this morning (about a two-hour flight) and then from Buenos Aires to Dallas overnight (an eleven-hour flight.) We should be back in the Nashville area around noon on Sunday. We have been very impressed with LAN, our airline for the Buenos Aires-Salta route. (This airline actually still serves a boxed snack at no charge along with drinks!)

We drank yerba mate yesterday for the first time. (See photo.) It is like a hot tea drink that is made from yerba (an herb). You drink it in a mate and sip it through a bombilla. I thought that it was quite tasty. It allegedly helps with digestion and is a very "sociable" drink. In fact, we were told that it is rude not to offer a taste of it to others if you make a cup of it.
We were able to make phone calls using Skype on our laptop computer throughout the week. (See photo of President Nichols making a Skype call.) It works very well and only costs a bit over two cents per minute to call a US landline or cell phone and is free if you make a call to someone else who is also set up to use Skype on their computer. We were delighted to learn that it is used commonly by the faculty, staff, and students at the colleges we visited. So, as we further enhance our relationships with several Argentine colleges, we can communicate with them for free! Clarence Dobbins deserves a hearty congratulations for all of his efforts to set up our laptop computer before we left. His efforts have allowed us to maintain quality contact with the States. He also was the first person to suggest that we try Skype.

We will be following up regularly with all of the contacts we made in Argentina. It was inspiring to learn that there was so much excitement and interest from the Argentine educational community about setting up possible faculty and/or student exchanges in the near future. Stay tuned for more information on what plan of action Vol State will be taking in the near future concerning our new-formed relationships with the Argentine educational community!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Meeting with Argentine Educators

October 14, 2008

As I mentioned in Monday's blog, our presentation went so well that we received applause. After the presentation, the director of the Nueva Escuela de Diseno y Comunicacion walked up to me and said that he was very interested in discussing possible faculty or student exchanges with us. We talked for about twenty minutes or so and we made an appointment to tour the College today at 18:00 (6:00 p.m.) and discuss possible exchanges. The meeting went very well and we even agreed that some faculty visits would be the best way to initiate our exchanges. We left a "memorandum of understanding" with them to be used as a starting point for our future discussions. We met with the founder of the college, the director, and two other administrators who make the key decisions there. We were quite thrilled to make such a close connection with a College so quickly.

Today we also participated in meetings and conferences at the following places: The Ministry of Education, The National Technological Education Institute, and the National Academy of Education. We made many good contacts and learned a great deal about the Argentine educational system.

A truly remarkable coincidence occurred this morning. In the Intercontinental Hotel lobby, Dr. Nichols ran into Millard Oakley, a member of the Board of Regents. Neither one knew that the other one was going to be in South America, much less Buenos Aires, Argentina! (I might add that Dr. Nichols and Dr. Espey ran into Chancellor Charles Manning in the Nashville airport last Friday shortly before we departed.) It truly is becoming a "small world!"


Oct. 15, 2008

This morning we flew to Salta, Argentina. After lunch, we checked into the Sheraton Salta Hotel and had a meeting in the Salta Governor House (Centro Civico Gran Bourg). Once again we were able to learn more about the Argentine educational system and make some meaningful contacts. Among other top-ranking officials of Salta, we met with the Minister of Education. He spoke very little English, so it was delightful to see his eyes light up when he saw that we had our materials translated into Spanish. We were the only College that prepared so many materials in Spanish, so it has been like a breath of fresh air for both the high-ranking officials and the College administrators to read about our College in their native language with the brochure that we created as well as be able to view a Spanish-language DVD. Later in the day we visited the Provincial Institute of Technology Education (UFIDET) and toured the premises and came to yet a deeper understanding of how the educational system in Argentina is set up. We continue to be optimistic about being able to set up some truly wonderful exchanges with some Argentine educational institutions.

Dr. Nichols is joined in this picture by the three presidents of the other colleges represented here, and the Director of the Instituto Nacional de Educacion Tecnologica.


October 16, 2008

Today we had the opportunity to visit the Universidad Catolica de Salta (Catholic University of Salta.) We were very impressed with this University and can see many potential opportunities for exchanges. We had meaningful dialogues with both the rector and vice-rector of the University along with most of the head faculty members. Again, our ability to communicate in Spanish has made a big difference. While the rector could speak some English, he still was much more comfortable speaking Spanish with us. In addition, the vice-rector essentially didn't speak English at all so it was invaluable to still be able to get his insights on educational matters along with promoting our college to him. Our Spanish DVD again came in handy as we were able to show it to the faculty and staff in the room.

As you will see from the photos that I am sending, the culture of Argentina is truly fascinating. As you walk around, you inevitably will experience amazing music and dance ranging from traditional to more contemporary styles. The architecture is spectacular on many of the historic buildings, the cathedrals are breathtaking, and the plazas are semingly always filled with activity. The food is outstanding and everyone we have met has been very friendly. It would be difficult for me to imagine anyone not enjoying a visit here.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Argentina Presentation Goes Well

October 13th, 2008

We sincerely made an outstanding impression this evening with the Argentine Business Directors Association. Every college (both US and Argentinian institutions) prepared a multimedia presentation and we were the only group to receive applause at the completion of the presentation! We were able to introduce our presentation to the entire group in Spanish and then were able to show a DVD (recorded in Spanish) that described Volunteer State Community College very well. We were the only group to have the multimedia presentation overdubbed in Spanish. In addition, we were the only College that distributed Spanish-language brochures to everyone. We made many wonderful contacts as a result! Special thanks go to the following for their outstanding work in what truly has made a huge difference way down here in South America:

1. Terry Heinen and his crew (particularly Todd Griffin) in Media Services, who did an outstanding job in such a short amount of time.

2. Cristina Frasier, who worked tirelessly with the Spanish translations and did a great job with the recording of the script on the DVD. (The Argentine Busines Directors Association could not have been more impressed. The other community colleges were impressed as well...)

3. Kenyatta Lovett and Eric Melcher in Public Relations for their efforts with many of the details of the trip that are going SO well. For example, the gifts that we are giving to the Argentine professionals have been very well-received. Obviously, too, your efforts with the Spanish language brochure were truly outstanding.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Argentina Trip Day 2

October 12th, 2008

Today we met the other participants of the program who also very much desire to make connections and form partnerships with the Argentine colleges. Our group is made up of four Community College presidents and eight other community college professionals. We toured the city of Tigre (just outside of Buenos Aires) this morning and enjoyed walking along the water. We saw many canoeists and boaters. In addition, we visited an art museum called Museo de Arte Tigre that was very impressive. We continued to eat very well as you will see in the photo. What you see us all enjoying is "brochete de caprese."

Trip to Argentina

The President, Dean of Business and the Director of Advising are visiting Argentina this week to help set up relationships with colleges there. It's part of our International focus. Terry Bubb will be blogging along the way...here is his first post:
Blog of 2008 Trip to Argentina
The purpose of the trip is for Volunteer State Community College to develop partnerships with Argentinian Colleges. We hope that our visit will lead to student travel study abroad, internships, faculty and staff exchanges, etc. The trip is the direct result of Volunteer State Community College now being a member of CCID, Community Colleges For International Development, Inc. (Dr. Warren Nichols, Dr. John Espey, and Terry Bubb are the representatives from Volunteer State Community College in this program.)
October 11th, 2008
¡Hola a todos de la ¡¡Argentina! All of our flights went very smoothly. We arrived in Buenos Aires around 8:30 a.m., went through Customs fairly quickly, and checked in successfully in the hotel by 10:30 a.m. We are staying at the Intercontinental Buenos Aires Hotel. It is very nice and the staff is quite friendly. This is the only day of our trip that is not completely planned, so we immediately took advantage of that fact. After we checked into our rooms, showered, and changed clothes, we set out to explore Buenos Aires!


We could not have asked for more beautiful weather, so we thoroughly enjoyed our walk. We strolled the streets for a few hours, stopping to soak in the sights and scenes of Buenos Aires. We saw many families walking around and children playing in the streets. (See photo of little girls playing with the pigeons.) One remarkable place is the Plaza de Mayo. There, among other things, we saw the Casa Rosada, (“the Pink House”) where the President conducts official business. It also is the location of the famous moment/scene in history when Evita Perón (or was it Madonna?!J) spoke to the people below from the balcony. There also is a gorgeous Cathedral that is part of the plaza. We were struck by the beauty of the architecture as well as the history that is commemorated throughout this part of Buenos Aires. In addition, we walked down a pedestrian street named Florida where we saw every imaginable type of shop. We also heard some good live music. One of the photos that you will see today is of a music group that blew us away with their music. (We saw a poster that said that Maroon 5 was coming to Buenos Aires soon. Argentinians definitely enjoy a wide variety of music.)

On the way back to the hotel we ate lunch at the Café Tortoni, the oldest café in Buenos Aires. We all enjoyed lunch while soaking in the fascinating character of a famous café. There was an old-style theater inside that still has regular Tango shows. You will see a photo of it. In addition, literally right behind our booth was a life-size display of three famous Argentinians: Jorge Luis Borges, Carlos Gardel, and Gabriella Mistral. We are going to turn in early tonight because it is the only “early” night that we will have. We will typically be eating dinner until around 11:00 or 11:30 p.m. each night once the planned agenda begins. ¡Hasta mañana!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Highlights from the Fall Fiesta


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Happening This Week...

October 15th – Kevin Sharp
Motivational speaker and musician
12:15 PM in the Carpeted Dining Room

October 17th – Harvest Moon Sorée
5:30 PM - Cocktails & Silent Auction, 6:30 PM - Dinner
Tickets: $75 per person.
At the Bluegrass Country Club in Hendersonville

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

"Service Learning is the Pitts"


Over the next following weeks, students from Communication professor Jennifer Pitts COM 100 classes will be start a service learning project they've dubbed, "Service Learning is the Pitts."
The project the classes have chosen is Bledsoe Creek State Park's storm water drainage problem. The classes are planning on building culverts to help the storm water drain into the Cumberland River. One class leaders, Jessica Bazenet, sent me a blurb about their first in class meeting.

"My class has recently started working on their service learning project. Wednesday, October 8th, we had class meetings where they came up with group leaders, group names, and group goals. That's us in the picture.

The Support Team Leader, or Team Shake N' Bake, is Amanda Hash. The Service Team Leader, or the Dirt Dobbers, is Caroline Bassler. They come up with the plan to solve the community organization’s problem or need and successfully complete the service learning task.
And the Publicity Team Leader, which is named... The Publicity Team, is me, Jessica Bazenet. We run all the Public Relations stuff for the project.

Our first work day is October 13th, 9:00 AM at Bledsoe Creek State Park.

If anyone would like to take a look at the project website, feel free to visit http://pittsservicelearning.wetpaint.com/
and look around!"

Written by Jessica Bazenet. Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Debate Night At Vol State

Here are shots of the representatives from each party that spoke before the debate:

Jim Hawkins, Democratic Candidate for Tennesse State Senate.

Anthony Holt, Republican County Commissioner for Sumner County and running for County Executive.

Dr. Steven S. Nelson, Republican co-chairman for Sumner County.

Mary Kennedy, Hendersonville representative for the Sumner County Democrats.

A group of about 25-30 students, faculty, staff, and members of the general public came to watch the debates and meet with the representatives of both parties.

After the debates ended, only a group of 15-20 or so stayed around for the Question and Answer with Democrat Mary Kennedy and Republican Dr. Steven S. Nelson. Richard Green opened the floor, and I asked the first question. "So, who do you think won the debate?" I knew it was going to be a biased answer, but my goodness, I didn't expect the explosion of emotion afterwards...

When the war between the left side of the room and the right side of the room subsided, the two sides came together for a much less heated discussion to wrap the night up.

Tech Tip Tuesday- Memory Aids

Mid-terms are drawing near and I know that I am beginning to feel overwhelmed with everything that must be accomplished in the next few weeks. I have found a few free (or low cost applications) that you can use to help you remember things. These are great for those items that pop into your head while driving or shopping or just to keep you organized.

My favorite is JOTT (http://jott.com). Jott offers a variety of plans depending on what you need it to do for you. I have the Basic (i.e. FREE) account which allows me to send simple messages and maintain a to do list online. I dial the JOTT number, leave a message from my cell phone and then receive reminders by text or email. Great for things like remembering to pay bills, projects that are due, or remembering meetings or lessons.

Remember the Milk (http://www.rememberthemilk.com) is another FREE program that allows you to create lists, set reminders, etc. plus it integrates with your google cal and other everyday tools you might use.

SGA Hosting Debate Watching Party

Tonight at 7pm in the Wood Campus Center Cafeteria, student, faculty, staff, and their families are invited to attend debate viewing sponsored by Student Government Association (SGA). The viewing is free. Pizza and drinks will be provided by SGA.

"There are still a handful of undecided voters out there. There also seems to be an inordinate amount of student apathy towards the election in the first place, and we're hoping to change that," said Richard Green, Vice President of SGA. He hopes for a crowd of anywhere between 200 and 400.

"Before the debate, there's going to be an information session with both representatives. They’re going to let everyone know what to expect, what to look for. There will also be a Q&A session after the debate,” said Green.

According to the most recent edition of The Settler, the representatives for the parties are Marty Nelson, Republican, and Andy Allman, a Democrat running for state representative.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Happening this week...

October 7th – Presidential Debate viewing party
Sponsored by the SGA
7 PM in the Cafeteria

October 10th through October 14th - Fall Break
No School

October 10th – Professional Development Day
Campus Closed

October 10th – Benefits Fair

For Vol State Employees
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Ramer building Great Hall

October 11th – Hispanic Fall Fiesta
Free and everyone invited
10 AM – 4 PM, on the Library Lawn and Plaza (or Gym if raining)

  • Events going on this Saturday at the Hispanic Fall Fiesta include a Latino food cook off, health fair, soccer tournament, live music, dance groups, face painting and story telling for the kids. There will be free food, and it's free admission.

Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Commerical Music Ensemble to play at Gallatin City Square Fest

On Saturday around noon, students from the Commercial Music Ensemble will be preforming for the Gallatin Main Street Festival.

One More Saturday Night by Grateful Dead, Jessica by Allman Brothers, and Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash are just a few of the songs that the class has prepared for this weekend. The Ensemble has been playing the festival for over ten years now.

Here are some shots of the band practicing:








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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Meet Shane Gibson


Shane is a 18 year old Hendersonville native, majoring in Accounting.

For your birthday, your aunt gave you a maple syrup dispenser shaped like a rooster. What would your reaction be?

"Um... Awesome. I actually think that would be kinda cool."


What was your favorite thing to eat when you were younger?
"Fruit Roll-Ups. They're still good now."

How much wood can a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

"A good bit."

Are you bored with politics yet?

"Yeah."

Have you seen any of the SNL impersonations of the candidates? What do you think about them?
"I've only seen the Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton one. It was really funny."

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