Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Yesterday I realized that my year as a President's Ambassador is coming to an end. The reason is that I went to the information meeting for next year's Ambassadors. I was there with some of my peers to answer questions. We answered a few and everybody seemed happy. Everybody but me. We got the question why someone should become an Ambassador. I was a little nervous and wasn't very helpful. I should have answered with the following story.
I was giving my very first campus tour last semester to a young man named Jim. Jim walked into the Admission's office with two artificial legs. I had been a little nervous, but that went away quickly after meeting Jim. He had spent almost ten years in the armed forces, until he lost both his legs in combat. He had barely finished high school before enlisting, so he didn't have many options for what to do next, other than being a husband and stay-at-home dad. Instantly, I had nothing to be nervous about. Jim himself wasn't sure about going to college. He was nervous about trying something new and about other possible effects he had suffered from the bomb. After the tour, we sat in the Admission's office and my one hour turned into two while answering his questions. One of my suggestions was that he should take a class or two, to see how he could handle being a college student. When he left, I was confident that he would start college this semester. When I saw Jim in the Wood Campus Center early this semester with a backpack on his shoulder, I knew why I am a President's Ambassador for Vol State.
It's not what Vol State can do for you. It's what You can do for Vol State and its current and future students.
Ambassador = A diplomatic official of the highest rank appointed and accredited as representative in residence by one government or sovereign to another, usually for a specific length of time. (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/ambassador)
President's Ambassador 2010-2011
Students: are you interested in a President's Ambassador Scholarship? Only students with certain grade point averages are eligible. You would have received a letter in the mail if you are eligible. If so, make sure you fill out the application by Monday, April 4. Just visit the Admissions Office in Ramer 173.
Monday, March 28, 2011
“My family lives in and around Tokyo, they told me how bad and how scared they felt during the earthquake. I also have a friend that is a teacher and I was unable to contact him for ten days. Finally, he contacted us to let us know he was okay. He said that alarms notified them of both the earthquake and the tsunami. They loaded up all the kids in vehicles and drove them to high ground where all of them stayed safe.”
Yuko requested the assistance of her friend Midori Tanaka (no relation) who is also from Japan, and lives in Tennessee, to help with the fundraiser. They worked with the VISA club to set up a table in the Wood Campus Center and then wrote people's names in Japanese and also made oragami birds for donations.
Midori was actually in Japan shopping with friends during the quake.
“The mall shook for five minutes and I ran outside," she said. "At first there was not a lot of panic, but people got scared from all of the aftershocks. One quake moved all the furniture in my bedroom around and knocked over the TV and dresser. We left six days after the tsunami.”
On Saturday, Yuko and the rest of the VISA club attended the Cherry Blossom Festival Walk in downtown Nashville. Due to the tragedy in Japan, this annual event was turned into a fundraiser for the Tennessee Tomodachi Fund, with 100 percent of the donations going directly to relief agencies in Japan. Yuko was proud to share a check from donations raised on campus totaling $1472.11 which she passed over to Leigh Wieland, who is the Executive Director of Japan-America Society of Tennessee, Inc.
Yuko said, “People here in Tennessee have been very kind and worried about me. Even people I don’t know have expressed concern for my friends and family in Japan. I have been fortunate because most of my contacts have been further inland.”
Volunteer State Community College
Monday, March 21, 2011
This fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, March 22 and Wednesday, March 23 from 8:30 a.m. until noon, outside the Vol State Grill in the Wood Campus Center. The Japan-American Society of Tennessee, Inc, has established the Tennessee Tomodachi Fund to aid the victims. 100% of donations will be directed to relief agencies in Japan.
Professor Kay Grossberg tells how this came about:
“VISA club members came to me asking if we could do something to help. We realized that this didn’t just hit Japan but it also hit a lot of other areas like the Philippines. One of our faculty members was a member of the Japan-America Society and helped us make contact with them.”
“Other groups on campus have expressed interest in contributing, including, The Returning Women’s Organization, and Professor Keith Bell and his students have expressed interest in helping as well,” said Grossberg.
Volunteer State Community College
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Want to help an organization for battered women and children while you are there? Right next to the hot dog table you’ll find baked goods like cupcakes that are FREE! A donation is encouraged because it is a great cause.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
One of the first students to try out the new entrance was Josh Moore. “It’s great! It’s going to take care of all that congestion at the front around 9-10 in the morning. It is frustrating when you have that huge line that runs all the way out to Greenlea. I am excited about it. Even though I am coming from Hendersonville, there are plenty of times I would use this entrance rather than fight the crowd.”
Pre-radiology student Joey Brady said, “I love it! I come in everyday from Nashville, and this will be a big help. It’s a pain when you got to go all the way down, hit the light, and then wait in traffic, only to turn back to get into the parking lot. Now we can bypass all that mess and hopefully get a better parking place.”
According to Steven Cox, “I am coming from Hendersonville, so I purposely don’t take Vietnam Veterans because it’s kind of a pain to get through all the lights, but now that this is much more accessible, I will probably use it more often. Even though some people complain about parking, my biggest issue is just trying to drive in and out of the campus.”
SGA President Steffan Dunham who happens to be from Germany was excited about the opening, and he laughed as he said, “It’s great, but it’s not the Autobahn!”
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Mid-term grades have been posted and can be viewed via PRIDE by going to “Student” then to “Mid-term Grades”. The course/courses you receive a mid-term grade in will have a “U” grade. If you received a “U” grade, please contact your instructor for more information.
Please note: Not all instructors choose to post mid-term grades. If you feel you are not doing well in a course, you should contact your instructor and/or go to one of the Learning Help Centers for assistance. The last day to drop with a grade of “W” is March 24th.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Vol State is working with other schools to make it easier for you to transfer classes from one school to another. The first step is to adopt common courses numbers. That means many of our courses have changed rubrics (the 3 or letter part like ENGL) and/or course numbers ( the digit part like 1010) for the Fall 2011 semester. Most of the course names are still the same. (English Comp is still English Comp.)
Since so many things did change, we’ve provided a crosswalk to help you register for the right classes. Your degree audit (CAPP) will also change by the time registration starts for Summer andFall 2011. During the summer, your degree audit will show both the old and new courses (PSY 101 or PSYC 1010) in the requirements. After summer registration, only the new courses will appear in the requirements.
Don’t worry. The courses you took under the old numbers will still count just like they always have. If you have questions, please contact your advisor or the Advising Center. Once again, this is all part of a statewide effort to make college and university transfer easier, creating a clear pathway for you.
The Course Crosswalk is available online: http://www.volstate.edu/Course-Crosswalk/#CrossWalk
So, enjoy today and the rest of the weekend. Sit down and relax for just a few minutes. Call a friend or family member you have not spoken with for a while. Bask in the delicious flavors of a robust meal (or healthy if you are into that sort of thing). Next week, we are back in the race, it won’t be easy, but if you plan it right, you will have a fresh outlook and be fully re-fueled to pull back out into the fast lane.
Have a great weekend!
Volunteer State Community College
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Rut attends a session with fellow students Amanda Mcowen, and Traci Grant who also leads the SI for their chemistry class. Grant tries to go above and beyond the call of duty, “Some students that cannot come to the SI meeting still want the help, so I have been willing to work with them on an as-needed basis. It seems that the students involved in SI are committed, and that makes a difference.”
SI Assistant Director Dr. Regina Henry said, “Many times when students encounter challenges, instead of making the progression toward their professional goals or achieving a degree or certificate they will drop out altogether. This program is designed to help retain these students and assist them in gaining the skills to finish.”
For now, I will continue participating in the program. It has taught me that there is no magical formula to instantly produce better grades, but spending quality study time with a group dedicated to improving grades, does pay-off.
If you want more information on courses offering SI please visit their homepage. Or, if your class does not offer SI, request your instructor to contact Dr. Regina Henry to research the availability.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Madame Grossberg (as her class refers to her) encouraged her French 1020 class to share the rich Louisiana culture with all in attendance. “It was such a hit we will definitely do it again next year. It was a great way to kick off the spring break.”
Vol State student Heidi Latorre is going to be a foreign language teacher, and she was excited to share about her interaction with people today. “It was fun after you got over the awkward stage in the beginning. Sometimes when you do things with the public, you have some insecurity at first, but we had so much fun just messing around with all the people that came through. One lady came in from Louisiana said she was so glad we did this, because it reminded her of home.”
Bon Mardi Gras!
Volunteer State Community College
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Anna Neff is a 2009 Vol State graduate. Last semester, I took advantage of the resources found in the TRIO program. I needed a little help with Spanish and I was happy when I met Anna. I was suprised to find out that she is also an author. Her first book is called "Jadzya’s Life." It's in the final stages of editing before hitting the printing press.
Anna has long been a fan of Anne Rice, Stephen King, V.C. Andrews and other writers in the suspense / horror / fantasy genre.
She said the book has dark overtones and interaction with the spirit world, “I try to share how to deal with the pain of living in a dysfunctional family, through the eyes of a young girl growing up.”
“As I got further along in college I wanted to let people know that things may seem hopeless but if your mind is in the right place and you have a lot of perseverance eventually you will succeed," she said.
Anna says she is already working on her next project in the series of books. As a student and a writer I am always excited to hear the success stories of former students. I look forward to reading the novel when it comes out. Here is a link to Anna’s web site.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011