Friday, October 29, 2010
“It’s based on the field work Vol State students and I did, where we inventoried the American chestnut and collected data in Mammoth Cave National Park,” said Schibig.
Three years of field work collected plenty of data. SongLin Fei, an assistant professor with the University of Kentucky, took that data and mapped the locations where the rare trees were found. Those maps use geotechnology to then show the affinities of the trees to specific geological factors and soil types. That could help researchers find more of the rare trees in similar locations in the future. Dr. Fei is the lead author of the chapter.
While Schibig has received quite a bit of recognition for his work in recent years, he says adding another element to the scientific body of knowledge is rewarding.
“It feels pretty good. My students will be proud. There will be a statement at the end of the chapter crediting them and myself.”
The students who participated in the research are: Mark Vance, Jeramie Tinsley, Lloyd Fly, and Anne Osborne.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Embracing the opportunity to make a difference is something Vol State students Tina Newman and Dana Vick decided to do when they went to India with The Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) program.
Newman and Vick decided to start a non-profit organization to benefit the children of Taabar. They were in India from May10 until June 1, 2010. “I saw the need and didn’t think twice,” said Newman.
“We were roommates in the program,” said Newman. “We started making our plan to start this non-profit while we were still there. While we were there we started making contacts. We wanted to figure out what the needs are."
“I was more prone to poverty stricken countries,” said Newman. Newman added that she felt she could make more of a difference in a third world country, and said she could go to Europe any time, when she was deciding which country to visit.
Newman and Vick have hit the ground running and now have a non-profit organization titled Taabar2.
“It is only 300 dollars a year to support one kid,” said Newman. “It’s going to cover shelter, medical and dental expenses, clothing and food.”
Newman and Vick are planning to go to India twice a year to personally deliver the contributions and foresee that the money goes to benefit the children. Newman said that in December she and Vick plan on going back to India.
On November 13, there will be a silent auction and dinner to help raise money to send to the children of Taabar. Newman said that there will be a four course meal with dessert. Tickets are 30 dollars per person, or 50 dollars for two. This event will be in The Wood Campus Center at Vol State in the carpeted dining room.
“I feel like I’m a true humanitarian at heart,” said Newman. “I feel like this is my calling to do.”
Newman stressed again that it takes so little to sponsor a child, adding that the number one cause of death is unsafe drinking water in India. Future long term goals include having the Taabar2 organization in several different countries in the world. Newman said that this is her vision.
For more information on how how to get involved, or to purchase tickets for the silent auction and dinner, email Dana Vick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
|Left, James Cauffiel|
|The equality sticker placed on the gazebo in the Vol State courtyard|
Monday, October 25, 2010
College students may benefit from the cultural aspect of art while attending The Frist Center for Visual Arts, and for Vol State student Gena Lee Jones, a regular trip to the museum turned into a celebration.
Jones was the 2 millionth customer, and received a gift upon entrance to the Frist.
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TRIO Quest is a national competition that invites TRIO students from around the country to participate in one or more of three web activities: Media Quest, PhotoEssay, and TRIO Sites. All three activities are open to all college and pre-college TRIO programs. The PhotoEssay competition is an individual competition and requires students to create written material that is enhanced by images that are manipulated for the web and that support the overall theme of the written material.
According to the University of Washington TRIO Training office, the TRIO Quest competition was very tough this year, with record entries. With guidance from over 500 TRIO staff, over 2,000 TRIO students participated in the 2010 TRIO Quest activities. TRIO programs submitted 600 individual PhotoEssays for judging and, from those 600 PhotoEssays, 30 essays (5%) made it to the final judges.
TRIO Quest was first funded by the Department of Education to encourage TRIO students and programs to begin to master 21st century learning skills. TRIO Quest activities promote and support the use of today's technology by TRIO staff and students by providing opportunities to learn research, writing, image capture and editing, audio and video production, and web design skills. These competitions and all program support are directed by the TRIO Training Program at the University of Washington.
To learn more about these extraordinary projects, and to view the winning entries, visit http://depts.washington.edu/trio/trioquest/awards/2010/pe_post.php or http://uwtrio.org.
These award-winning works are examples of what happens when students embrace 21st century skills and an exciting educational challenge.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The debate will be moderated by Sumner County Publications General Manager Mike Towle.
The debate will held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 14 in the Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall, on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The public is invited to attend, but seating will be limited. The doors open at 5:30pm. Seating is first come, first served.
Monday, October 11, 2010
|Raymundo Solorio painting faces|
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Informational Sessions for the 2011 TnCIS program are now set. Interested student must attend one of the following sessions to learn about VolState Scholarships, country programs, the application process and more!
Here is the schedule, by location:
Wednesday, October 6th 10 am or 1:30 pm (Attend one session)
It will be held in room 155
Tuesday, October 12th 3:00 pm or 5:00 pm (Attend one session)
Wednesday, October 13th 3:00 pm or 5:00 pm (Attend one session)
Thursday, October 21st 3:00 pm or 5:00 pm (Attend one session)
all of these will be held in Mattox 104
Saturday, October 23rd 9:00 am or 10:00 am (Attend one session)
This one will be held in Mattox 102
McGavock High School
Tuesday, October 26th 5:00 pm
Countries this year include: Austria, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, England, Ghana, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Peru, Scotland, South Africa and Spain.
For more information contact
Anne Marie Ruttenbur - International Education Ext. 3764
John Espey – International Education Ext. 3303
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Human trafficking is the illegal trade of people for forced labor or sexual exploitation. Vol State students took a stand against human trafficking by participating in a fundraising bike ride last weekend. Jamie Blurton organized the trip and found plenty of support from her friends. This is her blog from the trip:
Sitting here tonight, it doesn't feel real. Two months ago, in my bed around midnight I read the endslaverytn.org newsletter. A banner on the side displayed this RIDE for refuge. I went to the website and read about it. I didn't think about how I would get there, if I had plans, the costs, if I could even survive to ride that far...nothing. I just signed up to RIDE 30 miles to ride on behalf of the abolitionists in Tennessee! Once school started training wasn't so easy. Two of my friends and VSCC students Brittany Bertoli and Kayla Barbee said they would come help volunteer at the RIDE. Andrew Campbell, another VSCC student and ambassador decided he wanted to RIDE 30 miles for slavery with me! Andrew was waking up early before classes to train and I fit it in between classes when I could. We were only able to RIDE together once before the actual RIDE.
We left after Andrew's anatomy class on Friday and got into Chicago around midnight. 4 a.m.came fast but we all got up with smiles ready for the big day. I expected to be nervous because I had yet to make it 30 miles; but with Andrew's constant motivating words I wasn't worried at all that morning. We dropped Brittany and Kayla off at a church in Geneva/Chicago and they were taken about 20 miles out to stay at an area where they had water, bananas, and port a potties!
For more information about human trafficking visit: http://www.humantrafficking.org/
For more information about the ride visit: http://www.rideforrefuge.org/
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Monday, October 4, 2010
Meanwhile, another Vol State grad, Brad Hood manages the Lebanon Econolodge, and his hotel received the 2010/2011 Gold award from Choice Hotels International.