Monday, January 31, 2011
Posted by Paul Farmer at 7:30 AM
Friday, January 28, 2011
So, what’s the deal with vampires in our pop-culture? We are seeing the bloodsuckers, along with witches, werewolves, and superheroes popping up all the time in our movies and books. This seems to be a trend that is gaining momentum. One Vol State faculty member is on the bleeding edge of that trend.
I asked her what inspired her to write a novel about vampires in Nashville.
After doing a little investigating I was intrigued to find out that a number of colleges are now teaching curriculum based on the imagery and evolution of vampires in world culture. Tyndall says quite often the genre doesn't get the respect it deserves in the literary world, but it resonates with the public.
“People like the vampire stories right now because it’s full of symbolism, to show how people are different in our own society. You have people with different religions or different sexualities, and there are going to be people whether monster or human, that are fighting the bad."
Tyndall also writes poetry and has been published in a number of journals.
“I knew I wanted to write in the third grade. We had a teacher who was really young and enthusiastic when I lived in Europe, because my dad was in the military. She assigned us to write our own Rudyard Kipling story. You had to draw a picture and then write a short story. That’s when I got the writing bug for short stories.”
People are buying more eBooks than ever before. Tyndall strongly considered using an agent and going through the formal book channels, but at this time she chose to self-publish, and so far this has proven to be a positive experience.
Posted by Paul Farmer at 4:13 PM
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Actually, it stands for Vol State International Student Association. Tonight, the VISA club is sponsoring a Winter Welcome Back Party and Mixer at the Rochelle Center, in the Library from 6-8, for everyone. There will be games, icebreakers, music, dance lessons, pizza, and dessert.
Why would this club be important to me? I asked a few of my fellow students that are currently members, to tell me about the club. Ruby Johnson is an international student, and shared that after moving to the Gallatin area she was “invited by an instructor to attend a VISA event, to go roller skating with the club.” It was just what she needed to get her semester rolling for a great start.
If you think this is only for international students… Think again, even American students like Christina McReynolds feel that, “The VISA club expands my views and horizons on the cultures and lives of our International students. I joined because I wanted to learn more about the cultural side of the languages that I'm learning.”
Whether you are learning a foreign language or just want to explore the diversity of our world please take a minute this evening and come out for a great time. For more information about VISA feel free to contact Tonya Daniels or Kay Grossberg.
Posted by Paul Farmer at 12:30 PM
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Posted by Paul Farmer at 2:42 PM
Vol State off-campus sites: McGavock is the only off-campus site that is meeting tonight, Wednesday, January 26. All other off-campus locations will be closed. Livingston and the main campus will be holding classes as usual starting at 10am. That means all afternoon and night classes in Livingston and Gallatin will be held as usual.
Posted by Vol State at 10:32 AM
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Posted by Paul Farmer at 3:33 PM
Monday, January 24, 2011
Volunteer State Community College will host its annual Unity Day on Wednesday January 26 at 12:15 pm and 7:00 pm in the auditorium. Ranya Idilby is going to be the guest speaker, tackling sensitive issues such as stereotypes, religious barriers and other common misunderstandings.
All are welcome to attend this free event. The book is sold in the Vol State bookstore, and will be available after the event.
Posted by Paul Farmer at 1:15 PM
Posted by Paul Farmer at 7:30 AM
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
If you are dropping all classes and withdrawing from the College, you must go through the Advising Center.
If you are dropping 1 or more of your classes, but not all of them, then you must get a signature from the instructor of any dropped class on a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form. The completed form must be turned in to the Records Office.
Where to get the form
Forms are available from the following locations:
- The Advising Center, Ramer 174
- The Records Office, Ramer 183
- Academic division offices, find yours here
It is extremely important for students who are receiving any kind of financial aid to notify the Financial Aid Office before dropping a class or withdrawing from the College. Types of financial aid include:
- Lottery funds
- Stimulus funds
Where to go if you have more questions
The Student Handbook collects a ton of useful information into a single location. When you have problems or questions you'll often find an answer there. And if not, you'll find contact information for who to go to with your problems.
If you have questions about dropping classes, talk to your academic advisor or visit the Advising Ceneter.
Posted by Derek at 8:33 AM
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Luncheons, game shows, debates and concerts are just a sampling of the events found on the Student Life and Diversity calendar. Who helps to put on some of these events? Student Services.
Jamey Campbell, the Coordinator of Student Activities stated, “Student organizations are an important part of the Vol State culture. These clubs allow students to participate in developing student government skills. ”
Elizabeth Duke, President of the Association of Campus Events (ACE) states that they are “dedicated and motivated to provide quality entertainment and activities for all members of the Vol State community.”
ACE is responsible for organizing events on the Volunteer State Community College campus. Their goal is to develop the ideal college spirit, experience, and a positive environment.
Amadeus Nunaley, Secretary of the Dungeons and Dragons Club shares that they have, “the largest, most active club on campus. We bolster our members to become active in student government. I have seen freshmen join the club that started out uncomfortable on campus, feeling like they didn’t fit in, transform, and begin taking part in other school activities. Many have told me that they think their grades have improved because of how much more comfortable they feel on campus after getting involved.”
Some of the social benefits allow new students to engage in entertaining and challenging ways to meet people and participate in helping others.
Miles, who has been involved with charity work for both the Ronald McDonald House Foundation and the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, wants to encourage others in the community to be a part these outreaches.
Chanel and Daniel Russell are actively seeking participation from other students to help fill open positions in the club.
The next big event for AASU is the Soul Food Luncheon at the Rochelle Center of the Thigpen Library on February 16 at 12:15 p.m. It's free and all students, faculty and staff are invited.
If you would like to get involved any of the student clubs please feel free to contact Jamey Campbell, Coordinator of Student Activities at (615) 230-3799 or email him at Jamey.email@example.com for more information.
Volunteer State Community College
Posted by Paul Farmer at 8:40 AM
Friday, January 14, 2011
Volunteer State Community College
Thursday, January 13, 2011
If you are taking RODP online classes here are some tips:
Username: Your Username is your First initial of your first name and full last name (If your last name is hyphenated it will be your en-tire last name including the hy-phen) AND the first four digits of your birth date (no spaces / no periods) Example: John Smith = jsmith0222
Password: Your password will be your six digit birth date Example: February 22, 1976 = 022276 (no spaces)
You cannot log in to the website until the first day of class
Classes begin January 13, 2011
(accessible after 6:00pm)
Refund Dates: 100 % Refund January 12, 2011
75 % Refund January 26, 2011
25 % Refund February 9, 2011
Last Day To Withdraw March 24, 2011
Mid Term Proctoring Dates: February 28-March 5
Final Proctoring Dates: April 29-May 5
RODP Campus Contact:
For students who receive financial aid: the report on your engagement (attendance) in RODP courses is an automatic data extraction. When you enter your course for the first time, a record is made automatically. That in-formation is provided to your home school’s Financial Aid Office after the 4th, 9th and 15th class meeting dates. The instructor does not report your at-tendance in RODP courses.
Password Problems - 888-223-0023
Log-In Problems - 866-550-7637
Technical Problems - 866-550-7637
Posted by Vol State at 8:50 AM
Welcome to Vol State Spring Semester 2011!
Here are some tips if you are taking an online or hybrid class through Vol State. RODP classes have different instructions and we will have those shortly.
1. TO BEGIN THE COURSE go to www.volstate.edu and click “Quick Links” in the top right corner of the page and then click “MyVolStateOnline” in the top left corner of the page or log onto http://elearn.volstate.edu on the FIRST DAY OF THE SEMESTER (January 13 for Spring Term 2011). NOTE: If you have a hybrid course that does not have an on-campus class meeting until a later date you MUST still log onto MyVolstateOnline the first day of the semester.
2. Your MyVolStateOnline username is the same as your Vol State email account (in lowercase letters). Your password is the same as your Pride Online registration PIN number.
3. Once you log into MyVolstateOnline you may need to “open” the semester (click the +), then “open” the division the class is offered through (Example: Business), click on the +, then click on the course name to enter the course. The syllabus and instructor contact information should be found in the “Content” area.
4. If you need help, contact the "MyVolStateOnline Help Desk" at
615-230-3367. You can contact someone there 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. The Vol State Help Desk is located in Mattox 107-C. It is open
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
How to access the course materials inside MyVolState Online
• Use the navigational tool bar along the top of the course homepage. The links located on this tool bar allow you to access materials within your course. Some tools that your instructor may be using include:
o Content which may include your course syllabus, reading material, or homework instructions.
o Grades where you can see your grades on assignments throughout the semester.
o Dropbox where you can submit electronic copies of your homework to your instructor.
o Quizzes where you can complete course quizzes.
Some helpful tips for using MyVolStateOnline
• You must have reliable internet access and a functioning computer at home or laptop in order to complete a course online. High speed internet or DSL works best when accessing online courses. You can test your system settings to see if it is compatible with MyVolStateOnline requirements by going to http://www.volstate.edu/DLSuccess/STBrowserCheck.htm.
• An online course is very much an independent study format; therefore, it is very important to have good time management skills.
• Get in the habit of using the links located on the navigational tool bar to move around inside your course.
• Read the syllabus very carefully to check for due dates of assignments, quizzes, tests, etc.
• The “Classlist” tool in MyVolStateOnline provides a list of students currently enrolled in your course. This tool can be used to locate classmates and send them a page or email, find classmates who are currently online, create and update a personal profile, or create and edit your personal homepage.
• The MyVolstateOnline internal e-mail system can only be used within MyVolstateOnline. Emails from MyVolStateOnline cannot be sent or forwarded to an external email address.
• When exiting your MyVolstateOnline course, be sure to click on the Logout link AND close the browser window. This is especially important if you are using a computer in a public lab.
Posted by Vol State at 8:45 AM
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
When buying textbooks, retail locations have distinct advantages that are attractive to many buyers. Whether renting, buying, or selling books, you can finalize your transaction and walk out of the store with the satisfaction of knowing you are done. Let’s take a look at the two closest to Volunteer State Community College: Textbook Brokers and the Vol State Bookstore.
“Getting the right books and materials is important. We are the only store with a direct connection to your instructors. Each term, we find out directly from them which materials they want you to have. In many cases, this could mean special course packs, CDs, and online pass codes. Off-campus stores may not know that you need these materials.”
She points out that from their website “You can order your books from home and pick them up at the store to skip the shipping charge. We also have all those little items you may forget: writing instruments, notebooks, paper...”
They also stock candy, cough drops and even Vol State apparel if you want to show some school spirit. You can reach the bookstore at (615) 230-3636 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org with further questions.
Textbook Brokers may be an option for the price concerned shopper still wanting to review all options before making a decision to buy. Located across the street from the college at 1483 Nashville Pike #503 the Gallatin location has been serving student needs for almost four years. The company has been in the textbook business since 1997.
Michael Moghadam says, “We have great prices and a great return policy for course changes. We also offer a guaranteed buy-back price on selected books.”
Moghadam says that if you purchase all of your books, for your entire class schedule, you may be eligible for an additional $10 off. If you would like to communicate with Michael to put together a package with all of your books, please feel free to email him at VSCCbooks@yahoo.com or call (615) 230-0502 for more information.
Monday, January 10, 2011
1) Beware of fly by night companies and investigate their track record to avoid scams. Even Craigslist, Amazon and Ebay have been abused by crooks. You don’t want your credit card information compromised.
2) Have all the proper information. ISBN, Author, title and edition to ensure you are ordering the correct material. Nothing is more frustrating than getting the right book but the wrong edition.
3) Confirm the shipping date before finalizing order. Some companies have backlog and you are better off paying a little more from a different company for a reasonable timeframe.
4) Understand the return policy. This can be a nightmare when you order the wrong book or the material is changed by the instructor. If you purchased a new book from a reputable company like Amazon you have a good chance of just paying for return shipping and possibly a small restocking fee. However, if you buy a used book from another vendor and run into the same problem, you may be stuck with an unwanted schoolbook.
5) Before confirming your purchase, check that all necessary access codes, software and additional material is included. Many students have been thrilled to save money on a book only to find they need additional components like access codes and software. This is common in language and science books. It is possible to still save money by purchasing both the book and the code separately but just be aware before you click the buy button.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Are you taking online or hybrid classes this spring? Vol State has a seminar that could help. Student Success Seminars are one-hour, face-to-face sessions designed to provide students with a basic understanding of how to use MyVolStateOnline (D2L) and a very brief introduction to Wimba. The sessions are open to all students and first time online/hybrid students are strongly encouraged to attend.
The dates and times are as follows:
Thursday Jan. 13 1-2 p.m. Jim Moore Conference Room (second floor of Thigpen Library)
Friday Jan. 14 1-2 p.m. Jim Moore Conference Room (second floor of Thigpen Library)
Saturday Jan. 15 9- 10 a.m. Rochelle Center (first floor of Thigpen Library)
Saturday Jan. 15 10- 11 a.m. Rochelle Center (first floor of Thigpen Library)
Topics covered include:
How to Log-in
How to Recover a Forgotten Password
Submitting to the Dropbox
Taking an Online Quiz
Posting to the Discussion Board
Participating in a Wimba Chat
Registration is not required.
Posted by Vol State at 1:01 PM
Monday, January 3, 2011
All Vol State offices are back open today. There is still plenty of time to apply and register for spring classes at Vol State. Admissions and Advising are open today and the rest of the week, except for Thursday. The College is closed Thursday for professional development day. Spring classes start January 13.
Many people have questions about business office deadlines and financial aid check dispursement. Visit this page for those dates: http://www.volstate.edu/BusinessOffice/ImportantDates.php
If you are having trouble getting onto Pride for registration you will need to call the IT Help Desk phone number: 615-230-3302. They have long wait times currently, due to the demand.
The Advising Center has extended hours for the next couple of weeks to help with Spring Registration:
Wednesday 01/05/11 8:00am 5:30pm
Thursday 01/06/11 Closed for Prof. Dev. Day
Friday 01/07/11 8:00am 4:30pm
Monday 01/10/11 8:00am 5:30pm
Tuesday 01/11/11 8:00am 6:00pm
Wednesday 01/12/11 8:00am 5:30pm
Thursday 01/13/11 8:00am 6:00pm 1st Day of Classes
Friday 01/14/11 8:00am 4:30pm
Saturday 01/15/11 8:00am 1:00pm 1st Day of College at Home
Monday 01/17/11 VSCC CLOSED M.L. King, Jr. Day
Tuesday 01/18/11 8:00am 6:00pm
Wednesday 01/19/11 8:00am 6:00pm
Thursday 01/20/11 8:00am 4:30pm
Friday 01/21/11 8:00am 4:30pm
Posted by Vol State at 4:18 PM