Thursday, June 30, 2011
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
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Friday, June 17, 2011
To get new students started, the two schools will hold an Open House Celebration and College Day from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, June 22. A ribbon cutting ceremony, sponsored by the Robertson County Chamber of Commerce, will be held at noon. Lunch and bluegrass music will be provided for future students, guests and the public.
During the open house, students planning to attend Vol State at Highland Crest will be able to register for classes and meet with advisers. People considering college can talk to admissions and financial aid staff. Vol State will have 55 courses at Highland Crest in the fall semester.
APSU will offer bachelor's degree programs in professional studies and criminal justice/homeland security at Highland Crest. Courses will follow an eight-week term schedule.
At the open house, prospective students interested in enrolling at APSU will be able to apply for admission and speak with staff about financial aid, scholarships and registration. They also will be able to meet with faculty advisers from the two degree programs.
In addition, Vol State participates in a relatively new dual admissions agreement program with APSU. Called the Austin Peay Guarantee, the dual admissions agreement is applicable for Vol State students wanting to pursue any academic discipline at APSU. Both schools will have representatives at the open house to answer any questions about the Austin Peay Guarantee.
Highland Crest, located off William Batson Parkway one mile south of NorthCrest Medical Center, was the result of a referendum in 2009 in which voters approved the construction of Robertson County's first higher education facility.
For more information about the Highland Crest Open House Celebration and College Day, call 615-230-4839. For a list of Vol State classes, visit www.volstate.edu/schedule
Posted by Vol State at 12:31 PM
Monday, June 13, 2011
What makes someone want to go into engineering?
“I am obsessed with electric rail systems. I have been fascinated with them since I was a kid,” said Siegrist. “I knew I was going to be an engineer and I’ve always been bound to mathematics. Electrical engineering is a job that is tied to mathematics. I really had a difficult time deciding between electrical or mechanical engineering. But this program helped me to make that decision. I told one of my math instructors, Mr. Kevin Woods, about all the math awards I had won. He was the one that really pushed me to try and look into this great opportunity at TSU and the grant that they were offering. They are one of the only institutions that offer credentials with their electrical engineering program. They have a future in the industry and they have a great placement program.”
Siegrist pointed out that caring for his nephew can be stressful but it is also quite rewarding. Smiling, he said, “He is going to remember me, and that’s the best feeling of all.”
Thursday, June 9, 2011
We've just added mobile service to the Vol State blog. If you go to this web page from a mobile device you'll automatically get the mobile version. It's a stripped down version with primarily the stories and comments. If you want to use the archive from a mobile device you can click on the "web version" link at the bottom of the page.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Posted by Paul Farmer at 4:20 PM
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Dr. Nichols is finishing his trip to Europe during which he has been building partnerships for the International Education program at Vol State. Here are the final installments of his blog:
Chris and I were invited to spend two days with Anita and Nicco at their home in Gairle, which is near Tilburg. They picked us up at our hotel in Amsterdam and then off to their home. En route we saw the beach, windmills, and other items of interest.
While somewhat out of the way, they also drove us through the city of Hague, where we saw the various embassies and political offices.
Monday morning I went by train to meet with Johan Neijenhuis, the International Coordinator for Health Care at ROC Nijegen. Good meeting and opportunities for partnerships in the future.
Then back on the train to Den Bosch (Hertogenbosch) to meet with Peter van Amelsfoot, Director of the Center for International Projects for all the ROC's. ROC stands for Regional Educational Colleges, similar to our Tennessee Board of Regents. I had a tour of the Koning Willem I campus and there are many opportunities for exchanges in the future. Peter is directly responsible for coordinating and facilitating the faculty exchanges for all the ROC's. He is also very interested in staff exchanges as well as faculty and students.
On our last night with Anita and Nicco, we ate dinner at their home and went out to see more of the country (this starting around 9:00 p.m. Since it was still daylight, no problem). Since they only live approximately six miles from Belgium, they drove us through a few of the villages. I must say that the homes in Belgium looked very large in comparison with those we have seen in Ireland, Denmark, and the Netherlands.
Then off for "coffee and tea" at a local establishment and home by 12:30.
Tuesday, back on the train for appointments with President Leonard Geluk and International Coordinator Norbert in Utrecht. Our host was Marjan Wormer, one of the faculty who visited our campus in 2009. Then back on the train to Zwolle where we spent the night at Hotel Fidder Zwolle.
Wednesday morning, and arrangements have been made for Ina Jolman, another faculty member who visited us in 2009, to pick us up at the hotel and then give us a tour of her college, Deltion College, and then a tour of the city.
Had a very nice and informative tour of Deltion College in Zwolle. Marjan Wormer and her colleagues also gave us a walking tour of the inner city, which was first populated during the Stone Age.
Lunch was at the college and was prepared and served by the students in their Hospitality and Restaurant Program.
More tours and then we met the President and other colleagues for a four course dinner at the campus restaurant. It was very well done and with the typical Dutch hospitality. The dinner began around 6 and we left the restaurant around 9.
Finally returned to the hotel to pack for our early morning train ride to the airport. We have had a great time, have created some wonderful contacts and looking forward to receiving these European colleagues to our campus in the future. But after 19 days and three countries (four if you include the 30 minutes we were in Belgium) it is time to come home.
Posted by Vol State at 8:11 AM
|Not only are Vol State students learning about international law, but they are learning some of the more important things in life; like, how to make chocolate.|
I would like to thank our college President and the Volunteer State Community College committee for allowing students to enjoy the pleasures of international education. There were a few things in my life that I wanted to accomplish and international traveling was one of them. Being able to learn about international law was amazing. To hear people’s opinions on their lawmakers decisions involving the future of their country was interesting and educational. Not to mention the food was great! There were so many different types of food to choose from. My favorite was Indian food the spices were incredible.
Noticing gas prices was an eye opening experience, at $6.79 a gallon, we have a few things to be thankful for as far as gas prices go. Being a logistics graduate, I noticed transportation methods. Many of the Class A types of trucks had side flaps for easy cargo loading and unloading. Many small business owners provided their own goods delivering services, most of the time it was in the back of their small compact car. Trains were differently there most used form of transportation. Having many different tracks to commute to and from destinations, was our man way to all of the tourism sites. We usually bought a jump pass for the day that way we could travel as much as we wanted for the day. The people were not so incredible at giving directions; it was a little frustrating at times not being able to find our way to and from our hotel. The trains coming and going were posted on travel boards all over the place but not all of them would agree with one another. Learning to get around was a big challenge we didn’t master until the third day.
I will take the memories that were made on this trip with me forever! It was all made possible, because of one community college’s dream to inspire, impact and be involved with their students.
Posted by Paul Farmer at 7:30 AM
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Education Program at Volunteer State Community College will be conducting advising sessions for our upcoming Fall Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate courses. The sessions will be conducted in the Caudill Building Auditorium at the Vol State main campus in Gallatin on June 8, 2011 at 12:30pm and 6:00pm. Students interested in enrolling in the EMT classes at the new Highland Crest Center in Springfield should plan on attending one of the sessions. Please visit www.volstate.edu/emt for more information.
If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call.
Robert W. Davis
Director of EMS Education
Volunteer State Community College
Posted by Vol State at 3:26 PM
The trip started in Tolo, a quaint little town that can only be described as charming. Everything in Tolo is within walking distance, and it sits right on the sea. While we were there I got to do some truly cool stuff, like having my first real gyro. The food in Greece is amazing, and our hotel in Tolo provided us with breakfast and dinner every day. We've eaten a lot of feta cheese, which I still haven't really gained the appetite for. Everything else though, has been wonderful. We've eaten a lot of lamb and pork and vegetables, and the fruit here is extremely fresh. I'm pretty sure that in Tolo, the fruit we would eat was picked from the tree probably the day we ate it.
While we were in Tolo we met some very cool people, one being a man named George who owns a jewelry shop called Carmen. He makes all of the jewelry himself, and everything is entirely unique and beautiful. I think I bought about seven things from him. :) All of the girls in the group I think got at least one thing, and some of the guys even did too. George told us that he would always remember this group and how kind we all were. It felt good to give back to their struggling economy and to help such a nice person prosper in his business. The staff at our hotel in Tolo also made us feel extremely welcome. We spent a lot of nights hanging out with the staff and getting to know each other, and we all made a lot of memories and new friends. The day we had to leave it rained, and one of the people who worked there said, "Look, even the sky is crying because you all leave." Such a warm experience in Tolo. It's the most charming place I have ever been.
I am in the Western World Literature class, and I feel like this trip is really made for us. We read things from Greek mythology, and we went on excursions to visit the places that the stories took place. We got to see Agamemnon's tomb, which ties directly to what we read about in The Iliad. When we got to Delphi, the story of Oedipus the King just came to life. Seeing places that most people only get to read about in stories or see in movies was a surreal experience. It helped me to really appreciate what we've been learning about here.
Perhaps the most beautiful place we visited was the island of Hydra. When I pictured Greece before I left, this is what I envisioned. White and blue architecture, pretty purple flowers, clear blue water, no cars, and cobblestone roadways define Hydra. Just amazing. Though we only got to stay for a few hours, this was the most beautiful place I've ever been in my life. We got to ride horses through the town, which was so worth the time and money. If you visit Greece, don't pass up on visiting Hydra.
We also got to visit Olympia, where the first Olympic Games were held. This was my favorite archaeological site. Its beauty is overwhelming, and to hear our tour guide bring to life what a day was like in its history just fascinated me. We got to go into the arena and some of the students had an Olympic type race. It was just awesome to me to think that here we were joking around and having fun on this ancient ground, when so long ago people were out here doing it seriously. SO COOL!
The last city we are in is Athens, where the famous Parthenon sits. It was quite a trek to make it to the top of the Acropolis, but seeing the real thing rather than the Nashville replica gave me another moment of absolute astonishment. The Parthenon is an ancient temple that was built to worship the goddess Athena. It's hard to believe when you look at it that people were walking in and out of it over 1,000 years ago. I took a seat and just soaked it all in, and I tried to grasp the fact that so many things had happened there so long ago. Seeing the Parthenon is an experience I will never forget.
Choosing Greece as my study abroad destination this year was not a mistake. I wish I could stay all summer...there is so much to learn about, and there is so much to do. The shopping here is amazing, of course. The people in Tolo are charming and welcoming, while the people in Athens are glamorous and beautiful. Both places are equally amazing in separate ways. If anyone who happens to read this is considering traveling to Greece, take the opportunity! See it all, do it all. As we're reading about in our World Lit class...Carpe Diem! Seize the day! :)
Pictures: Vol State students Laura Myers, Elizabeth Duke, Samantha Hearn, and MariAngel Zumbado in Tolo, Greece.
Posted by Paul Farmer at 9:25 AM