Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Vol State Students Adopt a Highway

The officers and students of the Zeta Kappa Lambda (ZKL), American Criminal Justice Association recently joined the Adopt a Highway Program.

Kevin M. Cook, Instructor, Department of Criminal Justice said in an email that he is very impressed with Vol State students and their willingness to volunteer and work hard. He also expressed how pleased he is with having quality adjuncts like James Brown to offer his free time to work along with the students.

The ZKL will have their highway sign in about four weeks.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Student Documentary Focuses on Hopefulness of Haiti

Vol State student Frantz Massena was able to visit his family in Haiti a few weeks ago, and will unveil his documentary of the trip.

Massena wants to convey the message that Haiti isn’t hopeless. “To help someone you don’t have to degrade them. I was starting to see the pattern of only showing misery,” he said.

“When I got to Haiti I was thinking that I was going to bring them hope. I came across a lady that was holding a baby underneath a dwelling place made of sticks and a blanket. I started talking to her; I wanted to find out her story. She has three kids. I asked her how she lives every day. She said, ‘by faith.’ Our life in America is structured in a way that we know that we will get a paycheck and can get food. There is always an option for Americans,” Massena said.

Massena mentioned disagreement from an individual in how he did his documentary. “There was a lady at a church in America when I got back from Haiti that thought that it might have sent a bad message in my video since I was giving money to people who are in need,” he said.

“My purpose for going to Haiti was if I felt someone was in need I was going to help them. The American dollar is worth more in Haiti so I felt like that was the best way to help the people. I think when people want to spread their beliefs they will say all types of things,” said Massena.

“I don’t want to keep going with the idea of hopelessness. My film is kind of political. I want to portray them in a positive way. People weren’t afraid over there; even the children. They were dealing with it. They need help but they aren’t hopeless. I’m not going to portray them as hopeless just to get them help,” Massena said.

Massena wants as many people as possible to see the documentary of this trip. “My goal is to talk to as many people as I can. People shouldn’t be helped simply because they are portrayed as helpless; kind of the mindset that we are going to help you and save you from your circumstance. You help people because it is the right thing to do. Organizations should go there with the idea of finding out what the needs of the people are.” he said.

Massena hopes that eyes will be opened to the hopefulness of Haiti after seeing his portrayal of the earthquake aftermath.

The documentary will be shown to the public for the first time on Thursday April 29, 2010 at 12:15 p.m. in the Rochelle Center of the Thigpen Library.

It was produced by Frantz Massena and Mario Coleman in association with NCWCC Build A Youth, and edited by Mario Coleman. Photo was taken of a video still from the documentary.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

College Students on a Budget

Living on a budget is one of those things that we know we need to do, but sometimes don’t know what steps to take to begin.

Guest speaker Brenda Vaughn spoke to Vol State students about maintaining a budget. Vaughn works with the National Student Loan Program and said, “One of the hardest parts about developing your budget is changing your behavior."

Vaughn talked about the recession. “We as a society were secure in our jobs, and things changed on us. Life throws things at us all the time and we have to be ready for it,” she said.

Several students were present for the discussion. Rob Eisenlohr said, “I just wanted to get more insight on budget. I’ve been a student here since the summer.”

Heather Lowhorn said, “I’m a disabled veteran. I blew out my knee in the Marine Corps. I came here today because I’ll be having my second child in July and was hoping for a few tips.”

Vaughn said that no more than 15 percent of your income should go toward your transportation. “We’ve got to figure out what our standard of living is,” she said.

Tips included keeping your housing budget to 38 percent of your income. This includes rent or mortgage, utilities, insurance, taxes, and home maintenance.

Vaughn stressed reducing the price of everything and finding alternatives to going out. She said not to deprive yourself, just reduce spending. Rent movies, go to matinees, etc.

For budget worksheets and more information go to Financial Literacy Online.


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Saying Goodbye

The annual retirement party at Vol State is a fun event and a little sad. While we wish the best to people leaving us, we also will miss them. Yesterday we honored: Shirlee Banning, Michael Barnes, Linda Carver, Richard Collier, Frances Johnson, Herman Lawson, Patsy Lawson and Betty Nelson.


If you missed the party you can view a picture gallery here: http://www.volstate.edu/Galleries/2010_Retirement/


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Students Give Study Tips For Final Exams

It is crunch time again for Vol State students. Final exams are coming up, and students shared tips on combating stress when gearing up for the end of the semester at the VISA Club’s final mixer.

“This was a mixer to let people talk about end of semester tips dealing with finals and stress,” said Karen Hutson, ESOL Advisor.

Dr. Oky Arguello, Hispanic Outreach Specialist was the guest speaker and gave tips to students.

She suggested getting enough sleep and keeping healthy.

Students broke off into small groups and discussed tips that they use to help get themselves ready for exams.

“Try to concentrate on what is important,” said student Heidi Moore.

Originally from Somalia, Jacob Abdul has been in the United States for six years. He said, “I take a cold shower to calm myself down, I wear light clothing, and I take a nap at least an hour before I study for finals.” Abdul said that Vol State is nice and he has met some interesting and good people.

“Condition your brain and get enough sleep. I can only study for two hours before I need a break,” said Lily King.

For more tips and strategies for studying for your final exams, the Eastern Illinois Website gives a few ideas as well.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Spinning the Ball to 100 MPH

Table tennis aficionados as well as beginners may enter the spring table tennis tournament at Vol State.

The tournament will be on May 15, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Those wishing to enter should do so by May 12.

“We had such a good turnout last time that Vol State decided to do it again. We had a good cross section from the community; people from Franklin, Brentwood, metro, and all over Sumner County. We even had participants in the senior’s category,” said Ron Timberlake, Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education.

“I think the exposure of the last one is going to bring more people in. We are auctioning off a table and a robot for the Hal Ramer Scholarship fund,” Timberlake added.

Newgy Robo-Pong is sponsoring the event. The registration fee is ten dollars, and the first 50 people to sign up will receive a free T-shirt. Prize packs will be donated by Newgy Robo-Pong.

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Vol State Plant Sale Friday

It's time to plant that garden! We have an event to help you get started. The Math and Science Division is holding a plant sale this Friday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. You'll find a number of tomato varieties, peppers, eggplants, petunias, geraniums, and other assorted plants.

The sale will be held at the Vol State greenhouse rain or shine. It's located next to the Mattox Building. While you're there check out the Vol State community garden. All proceeds go to fund student scholarships.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Vol State Student Named to USA Today All Academic Team

Volunteer State Community College student Shannon White has earned a place on the USA Today Community College All Academic Team. She received her distinction yesterday at the AACC conference in Seattle. Shannon transferred to the University of Memphis on a full scholarship and found employment in the state's only Confucius Institute. She will graduate from Vol State on May 8th.

USA TODAY's All-USA Community College Academic Team is an annual award recognizing student excellence. More than 1,500 students, representing 856 community colleges across 48 states, Guam and American Samoa, were nominated this year for the award, which looks at leadership, service and academic excellence. Team members receive a $2,500 check from USA TODAY.

Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges, administers the selection process. Many nominees hold leadership positions in their campus Phi Theta Kappa chapters, but membership is not a requirement for eligibility.

Congratulations to Shannon, this is quite an honor!

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Vol State Job-Career Fair Wednesday

Job hunting is a tough proposition these days. Volunteer State Community College has an event that can help. The Spring Job-Career Fair coming this Wednesday will feature dozens of area employers and special workshops to help people with job searches. It is free and open to everyone. The fair provides an opportunity to talk directly with the people responsible for hiring at many area companies. Participants are encouraged to bring their resumes.

There will be two special sessions. “After College” can provide tips for all job hunters, including information about the changing job market, the first job search and retaining the job. The presenter will be Dr. Charles Lea Executive Director and Professor of Educational Leadership at Union University in Hendersonville. Attendees can choose one of two times: 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Vol State instructor Kevin Cook will present a government service and criminal justice career seminar also starting at 10:30 a.m. The presentations will be held in the Pickel Field House room, just down the hall from the Job-Career Fair. Participants should visit the website below to reserve a seat.

The Spring Job-Career Fair will be held in the gym at the Pickel Field House on Wednesday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vol State is located at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. For more information call 615-230-3307 or visit www.volstate.edu/CareerPlacement

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Baking and the Windy City

This has been a good year for Vol State’s Hotel and Restaurant Management Program.

The National Restaurant Association (NRAEF) has selected two Vol State students to participate in the Michael E. Hurst Educational Forum and Salute to Excellence 2010. “This is a one day forum that lets them (the students) meet with industry leaders and helps to learn how to become successful in the business,” said Mary Nunaley, Associate Professor of Distance Learning.

“I chose two of my students, and it is the first time Vol State students have ever been selected. There are only a handful of community college students selected. They will be going to Chicago on May 22, 2010,” said Nunaley.

“After we were nominated we had to fill out an application and submit a letter telling the association why we deserved to attend the conference,” said Elisha Ickes in an email. Ickes also said that she is very happy to attend the forum.

Shonci Brooks is one of the students selected to attend. “It’s a forum food expo. You have to be nominated, and it is based on GPA and career goals,” she said.

“My desire is to open a gourmet bakery with flavors you can’t find such as pistachio, java, and red velvet cheese cake. Now I do some baking out of my home. I plan to open something in Hendersonville,” Brooks said.

“When I was a little girl, I would sit in my aunt’s kitchen. I would play with her gadgets and spoons. I opened my first cup cake stand,” said Brooks.

“I just started a Twitter account and my goal is to have a weekly cake challenge with a question just for fun. My favorite cake has lots of chocolate. My favorite dessert is a chocolate cake with a cup of coffee,” Brooks said. Her Twitter account is linked to the Facebook page.

“I have absolutely loved my experience here at Vol State. I actually went to Nashville Tech and I felt disconnected. I’ll tell anyone here to go to Vol state before you go to a four year school. Save the money,” said Brooks.

Brooks has three children 11, 15, and 21. She is excited about opening her gourmet cake business.

The photo was taken at Portrait Innovations courtesy of Shonci Brooks.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Student's Battle with CDH

On first glance Laura Myers is a typical college student at Vol State. There is one distinct difference that separates her from other students. Myers was born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH).

“It is a hole in the diaphragm and lets the organs go up inside. The only problems I have are breathing issues. My lung is about half the size of a normal lung. I can’t do a lot of physical activities. I know my limits,” said Myers.

Despite her ability to participate in extreme physical activities Myers said, “I’ve enjoyed my life. I want to get a business degree, and my dream would be to be on “Saturday Night Live” or something. I love theater, but I also have realistic goals.”

Myers was born in Taiwan and adopted from an American family. “They already had two children before they adopted me. We actually went back (to China) when I was 12 and I got to meet my entire birth family. I got to go to the orphanage I was at. For a very short time I was put into an orphanage,” she said.

“The majority of the time I was in the hospital. I had seven surgeries when I was a baby and one when I was eight,” she said.

Myers has spoken at a conference about CDH giving her optimistic view. “It was nice to meet other people that have the same thing. CHERUBS is a support group that was started by a woman who had a five year old son who died of CDH,” she said.

“I’m just enjoying where I’m at now, and the things I’ve learned about CDH have helped me appreciate life,” Myers said.

Myers is 19 years old, and said she enjoys playing the guitar, video games, and drums at church. She also enjoys spending time with her niece and nephew.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Word from Melissa

A blog from one of our President's Ambassadors, Melissa Hopgood:


I am so excited about graduation in May. Being a non-traditional student at Vol State has opened a new perspective on my education, in regards to poetry and other cultures. Mrs.Cynthia Wyatt is my World Literature professor and she has been teaching about how the 12th century courtly love traditions show a deeper love in relationships than today's relationships across cultures. Well, I did not like poetry before this class but Mrs.Wyatt teaches with such passion that it opened my mind to something new. Now, I really like it. I am taking this class as a honors contract course and enjoying every minute of it.

A reminder that honors courses can be taken in a number of ways, including many classes in what is called honors by contract. Visit the web page for more info: www.volstate.edu/honors and consider coming to Honors Information Night this Thursday, April 15 at 7pm in the Rochelle Center of the Thigpen Library.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Vol State Recycles to Honor Earth Day

The Vol State Team Change Agent and the recycling committee will be giving away free T-shirts made of recycled bottles Wednesday April 14, 2010.

“It is in honor of Earth Day. If students bring in two pounds or approximately 60 cans, we will give them a free shirt. We are excited about the possibility of having students more active in recycling, period,” said Dana Byrd, Maintenance Supervisor.

Byrd said that any aluminum cans will be accepted. “We just need the cans,” she said.

Byrd talked about Team Change. “It’s brand new, they are looking to get the student body more involved in recycling and being Earth friendly,” she said.

The recycling committee and Team Change will be located in between the library and the Warf building between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.


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Vol State Honors Classes and Program Info Night

The Honors Program will be hosting the Spring Honors Night on Thursday, April 15th 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Rochelle Center. There will be information about honors courses. Everyone considering honors is invited, including current students, prospective Vol State students and their parents.


What is the Honors Program all about? Here is some info:
American history can seem cut and dried. You probably memorized the dates in high school. Now you are encouraged to throw it all up in the air and take another look. It’s an honors history course at Volunteer State Community College. Honors courses teach students to think critically. The smaller classes provide greater student interaction, and sometimes that even leads to arguments in class.

“The discussions, the conversations and even the disagreements are all important in the honors classroom,” said Grady Eades, director of the Honors Program. “They help to teach people how to think.”

“It’s a different way of learning. It’s not just memorizing facts,” said honors student Karen Yates. “The most challenging course was honors Literature and History. There were times I felt confused. Professor Ruff would say - That means you’re learning.”

Honors classes are taught in a number of subject areas, even math and science. Vol State students can take many other courses the college offers as an honors class, in a program called honors by contract.

“It’s basically an agreement with the instructor to do a paper or project as extra work in the class,” said Lindsey Johnson, a Criminal Justice major. “In my English class it was about William Faulkner’s “Spotted Horses” and his writing style. For chemistry I did my project on ozone depletion. With the contract you just work with the teacher to come up with a project that’s going to work with the class, and fit in with your major. It’s really individual, independent work and I enjoy that.”

In order to enter the program, a student must meet requirements. High school students must have either a 3.5 grade point average (GPA), a composite score of 26 on the ACT exam, or two letters of recommendation from instructors.

“It’s not all about a having a high GPA. Honors courses are for students who want to be challenged. It’s best for someone who is willing to put forth the work and think out of the box,” said Eades.

“The growth that I’ve had through the classes has been tremendous,” said Yates. “When you’re done at the end of the semester, there’s a sense of pride.”

For more information visit www.volstate.edu/Honors or call 615-230-3281.
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Friday, April 9, 2010

Embracing Your Calling

Imagine growing up in Ethiopia and moving to the United States.

Edlework Tafesse has lived here for 13 years. She prefers to be called by Edle (pronounced Adell).

Tafesse was a nurse in Ethiopia and is in the nursing program at Vol State. “I’m going to graduate in May. I’m transferring to Vanderbilt MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) program.”

“I was a nurse back home. When I came to the United States I wanted to continue my education,” said Tafesse.

Tafesse has two children; Emmanuel, 5 and Nathan, 3. She visits Ethiopia from time to time, but doesn’t get the opportunity that often. “I went back in 2004 to visit my mother. I miss my family. I have two brothers that live here; one in Nashville, and one in Las Vegas,” she said.

“I want to go back to Ethiopia and volunteer after I get my nursing degree. I want to give back. I want to help orphans. There are so many people without their moms and dads,” said Tafesse.

Tafesse talked about the differences in America and Ethiopia for the medical profession. “America has access to supplies. They aren’t scarce in America but the access to health care if you don’t have insurance is scarce. In Ethiopia the supplies are scarce. There are a lot of quality doctors in Ethiopia and America,” she said.

“You have to apply nursing hands on. It isn’t an office job. I love helping people in need. People say I function well under stress. It shouldn’t be your job it should be your calling. At the end of the day when you see your accomplishment that’s your reward,” said Tafesse about her passion of continuing nursing.

Tafesse’s home language in Ethiopia is Amharic. She said that it is hard, time consuming, and sometimes frustrating to learn a second language. If it weren’t for the Student Life and Diversity Issues, TRIO (Student Support Services) and other students who have reached out to her, then she wouldn’t be where she is today.

“For me God is the center of my life, I love my kids and my husband. I have a lot of support. Thank you for all of those people surrounding me. At Vol State I feel at home. I don’t feel lost or like an outsider,” said Tafesse.

Tafesse says that she wants future students who speak English as a second language to benefit from the wonderful and welcoming departments at Vol State.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Media Has Converged

The term media convergence is becoming more and more widespread.

It is communication week at Vol State and Ed Bourn, Online and Technology Director of the “Chattanooga Times Free Press” newspaper addressed some of the issues of media convergence.

Bourn started as a graphic artist, and has managed over 250 newspaper and community sites.

“Last year we were named 22 as far as print and online growth,” said Bourn of the “Chattanooga Times Free Press.”

Bourn discussed social networking and listed the reasons to use it for your business. "It’s a trend," "it’s free," and "it can raise awareness of your business," were some of the reasons for having a Facebook or Twitter account as two of the growing social network sites.

“It’s an amazing trend. We use Twitter as more of a news feed about something. Facebook is more of a commentary. As a media outlet MySpace isn’t really important anymore,” said Bourn.

“Blogs can create virtual word of mouth. Bad word of mouth can kill your business,” Bourn said.

Bourn told of different ways the “Chattanooga Free Press” website promotes the newspaper and Chattanooga such as the contest “Chattanooga’s Most Eligible Bachelor” which resulted in plenty of web traffic.

Bourn gives this advice for students going into the communications business. “Have a drive and passion for the business. The ability to learn on the fly, being prepared, and never saying no are some of the qualities that are important,” he said.

“I wish I had had an internship or had a stint at broadcasting to give me an idea of how it works,” said Bourn when asked if he would have done anything differently when starting out. “Being with mostly a digital background, I could easily go to any medium,” he added.

“I’ve been really impressed with the newspaper and the facilities,” Bourn said of his experience at Vol State.

Howard Espravnik, Associate Professor of Communication, manager , WVCP 88.5 FM said, “I thought it would be interesting to see what he had to say. Newspapers as well as other traditional media are having to change their business models in light of the new media, and I wanted to see how his company had to go about it.”

Bourn showed the following clip titled “Did You Know” to give you an idea of how social networking and media convergence are affecting us today.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Helping Elementary Kids with Speech

Speaking can be a real art form when it's coming from talented and trained individuals. Vol State Speech Team students took their skills to Station Camp Elementary School this spring to help the Station Camp students work on speech skills and then participate in a speech contest.


Dr. Judi Truitt lead the Vol State group as part of her Forensic Practicum class. The Specch Team members helped the elementary students brainstorm ideas, put those ideas down in writing and then form the outline of a speech. In March they competed in the Modern Woodmen of America Speech Contest. And the winners are:

1st place: Jordan Willkerson
2nd place: Jacob White

3rd place: Nehimiah Johnson

Speech Team member Barbara Jackson said: "Children have very active imaginations and are fun to work with. It is wonderful to see how they grasp hold of information."
The project was part of a Service Learning experience. Service Learning is a community based project that ties in directly to what the Vol State students are learning in the classroom.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Students Showcase Public Speaking Skills

Vol State students with a competitive edge gave speeches on various topics at the Hal R. Ramer Memorial Oratorical Contest Monday April 5, 2010.

Topics ranged from Michael Lotfi’s speech about Dr. Ramer, to the opera “Carmen.”

Lotfi said, “I feel the people are here for the contest, but they don’t understand the context so I’m doing my speech on Dr. Ramer.” Lotfi said he had the amazing opportunity to meet Dr. Ramer and said, “We have the ability to excel at Vol State because of Dr. Ramer.”

Andrew Campbell’s speech about the opera "Carmen" seemed to entertain the audience when laughter erupted at some of his innuendos. Campbell had pictures and sound to demonstrate his love of “Carmen.” His entertaining explanation and visual aids left him as the second place winner receiving 75 dollars and an engraved wall plaque.

Laura Myers received the third place prize of 50 dollars and an engraved wall plaque for her heartfelt speech about Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. Myers is a survivor of this defect. “Surgery must be performed within the first few weeks of a baby’s life,” she said.

The speech about the crisis in Darfur, told by Jenny Roden took first place. Roden is the winner of 100 dollars and an engraved wall plaque.

Dr. Judi Truitt, Associate Professor of Communications said, “The Hal Ramer Memorial Oratorical Contest is to honor our excellent speakers on campus.”

Congratulations are in order to everyone who competed.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Suicide: A Preventable Cause of Death

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people 15 to 24 years of age in this country according to the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network and The National Institute of Mental Health.

Former Orlando police officer, John J. Chisari, spoke to Vol State students about suicide prevention and depression on March 25, 2010. As a police officer, he worked on the homicide team for 15 years, and during that time helped 300 people on the verge of suicide.

“The definition of stress is worrying about something that hasn’t happened yet. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. It’s not the number of youth suicides, it’s that there are any at all,” Chisari said.

Candace Whiting said, “I am part of Phi Theta Kappa and I came today to learn more about the subject; possibly being able to help because I attempted suicide eight months ago.” Whiting is a single mother of two and said the pressures of everything were starting to cave in. She got a letter saying that she had been accepted to college and that her grants went through, and she said this was when she knew that all wasn’t lost. She said school and her children are her priorities now.

Chisari put a personal spin on his talk when he told of his past alcoholism he has dealt with. “In 1986 I stuck a gun in my mouth. Passing out was the only thing that saved me. I was the first police officer in Orlando to ever go to rehab and come out, and still have my job,” he said.

Chisari says that education and outreach are very important in the prevention of suicide. Be known, and get out in the community. “You need community based training for prevention, and you need to remove the stigma of suicide,” he said.

“When a kid is in a crisis he is going to go that first breathing human, and if that person says, ‘whatever,’ then there is another statistic. Every single person who has attempted suicide or completed the act of suicide has talked to somebody about it,” Chisari said.

Chisari listed things not to say to someone who is contemplating suicide:

“It’s just a phase,” “You’ll snap out of it,” “Stop being so selfish,”” You’re just trying to get attention,” and “Whatever” were some key phrases not to say.

“Be non judgmental. Suicidal people don’t want to hear negative stuff,” Chisari said.

The National Suicide Prevention lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK.

The Vol State advising center can direct you to the appropriate person to talk to if you or someone you know is having feelings of suicide. Suicide is the most preventable cause of death.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

National Award for Vol State Literary Magazine

A Volunteer State Community College student publication has been honored with a national award of excellence. The 2009 “Squatter’s Rites” won first place in the American Scholastic Press Association annual magazine competition. Publishers and educators judge the contest. “Squatter’s Rites” features student fiction, poetry and visual art. The award is based on the originality of work, the variety of literary and artistic styles and the content and design of the publication. The contest pitted the Vol State magazine against publications from universities and colleges across the country. “Squatter’s Rites” has placed second in the annual competition for several years running.


Student editors of the magazine included: managing editor Matthew Martin, assistant editor Renee Kitchenman, assistant editor Aaron Doyka (pictured with Cindy Wyatt) and assistant editor Shane Burks. The faculty advisors were Cindy Wyatt and Elkin Brown. The magazine was dedicated to Brown, who passed away in 2008. Several of his poems and pieces of artwork were featured in the edition. Elkin Brown is remembered for his dedication to “Squatter’s Rites”, the creative spirit and the development of Vol State student talent.

Student Leadership Awards

The Student Leadership Luncheon honors those people who bring the campus to life through student clubs and organizations.

They could not happen without the support of the Faculty Advisors. The nominees for Advisor of the Year were: Loretta Calvert, J.D., Mary Nunaley, Clay Scott, and Dr. Judi Truitt. And the winner was Mary Nunaley.
Student leaders were honored for their leadership of clubs and organizations. New student organizations honored included the American Criminal Justice Association and the Non-Traditional Student Association.

From all of these talented people a few are nominated for the prestigious Robert M. Ruff Distinguished Student Leadership Award. The nominees:

Gallatin Campus: Jennifer Barber, Aaron Doyka, KC Greenup, Maggie Homoloya Barbara Jackson, Stacy Jones, Valerie Robb, Kayla Turnbow, Maytee Vinces and Beverly Wilson.

Livingston Campus: Travis Phillips

And the winners were: Stacy Jones for the Gallatin campus and Travis Phillips for the Livingston campus. Congratulations to both, the Ruff award is quite an honor. Stacy was chosen for her work as President of both the Phi Theta Kappa honors society and the Psychology Club. Travis was honored for the excitement and energy he brought to the Livingston Psychology Club. Travis could not make it to the award ceremony due to commitments in Livingston.

The Office of Student Life also bestowed a special recognition for a recent graduate who worked on many different projects and with many different student organizations while at Vol State. Richard Green is now a student at Western Kentucky University, but he made it back for the ceremony.

For a look at all the photos from the event please visit the gallery: http://www.volstate.edu/Galleries/Student_Leadership_Awards_2010/