Tuesday, January 31, 2012
“They need people to help them out,” Hanson said. “I try to inform them about how the GI Bill works and who they need to talk to at Vol State.”
Hanson is the new Veterans Affairs Coordinator at the college. He has a pretty good idea of what veterans are going through at the college. He spent 22 years in the Air Force.
“I started out enlisted for 12 years and I became an officer for the last 10 years.”
When asked where he was posted Hanson has to stop and think, eventually resorting to counting on his fingers to keep track.
“Five years in Japan. One year in Iraq,” he said. “And in the states: Arkansas, Florida, New Mexico, Delaware, New Jersey and Alabama.”
Veterans face challenges just returning home.
“You’re gone away from family and then all of a sudden you have to reestablish that and that takes time. It could take four to six months to reacclimatize to your family.”
Hanson will help student veterans navigate the Veterans Administration process.
“I want to make it more efficient to help student get their VA money quicker, but stay in the VA guidelines for the federal government and the college.”
He also plans to bring veterans together on campus.
“A lot of times veterans want that network. It’s rebuilding that camaraderie that they’re used to. That’s what most people miss when they leave the military.”
A student veteran organization is in the works, as well as an open house event. Hanson plans on engaging organizations such as the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars to work with students on campus. Faculty or staff interested in participating should e-mail him.
“Student veterans just need someone to help them and hopefully if they feel that camaraderie it will help them stay in school and be successful.”
Reach Ken Hanson By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
And visit the new Vol State VA page at www.volstate.edu/veterans
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Posted by Paul Farmer at 4:39 PM
Friday, January 20, 2012
“We had our 500th graduate this past May and I have known every single one of them personally,” said Korpady. “This job is very rewarding. The program has changed so many lives, everyone has been able to get a job and support their families. They are happy with the work they do and it is never boring, because it is different every day. There are so many fields you can go into once you are a registered radiological technologist. You can cross train into Computed Tomography (CT), or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and a lot of our students go into special procedures, or arteriogram and angiography.”
Posted by Paul Farmer at 2:42 PM
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
|Judy Merritt and Renee' Eades collecting coats.|
Associate Professor of English, Renee Eades has been involved with this program for several years. “As of the end of last semester, we had collected a total of 261 coats, which exceeds the goal of 250 that we set for this year,” said Eades. “In addition to the coats, we also received a number of hats, scarves, gloves, jumpsuits, and other winter-weather gear. There will truly be many people well-protected from the weather this winter as a result of the donations of the people in our community!”
“I am so proud to have been a part of the effort to collect these winter necessities,” said Eades. “I would like to first thank all of you who contributed these coats and outerwear. You have gone above and beyond the definition of "giving" during this holiday season, and your efforts will be appreciated even more by those who will be receiving these coats, hats, scarves, and gloves.”
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Posted by Paul Farmer at 4:30 PM
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Let's have a chat about the weather and how it impacts you as a Vol State student, faculty or staff member. Right now, we don't expect to have any closings or delays due to the weather. But if that changes you can find out in one of four ways.
The easiest and quickest way is to sign up for Vol State text alerts: http://www.volstate.edu/PublicRelations/TextAlert.php
With the text service you can also check boxes to get specific alerts for Highland Crest and Livingston if you want.
Monitor our primary facebook page: www.volstate.edu/facebook
Follow us on Twitter: www.volstate.edu/twitter
Keep an eye on the front page of http://www.volstate.edu/ we put all cancellations and delays up there as well.
WVCP-FM 88.5 also gives out weather closings. For major morning delays and cancellations we send notices to the Nashville TV stations. But honestly, the TV stations should be a last resort. It sometimes takes an hour for the Vol State listings to come up...with all of the other closings. You are much better off with one of the four options listed above.
You'll find that the College doesn't close or have class delays nearly as often as the high schools. There is a big reason for this. High schools make their decisions based on school bus travel. We don't have any buses, so we make our decision based on car travel and that's quite different. However, we have students living all over the area and in a variety of terrain. If the roads are dangerous in your area you have the right to decide if you want to attend class or not. If you can't attend just let your instructor know so that you can make up your work. We want everyone to be safe and that means you need to use your own best judgement.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
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Friday, January 6, 2012
I was nervous the first time I visited the Vol State campus. I didn’t know where anything was, I didn't know where to park, and I had no friends to show me the ropes. It is not easy, but it does not have to be as difficult as I made it. Here are a few tips to make your semester run smoother.
- See the Be Advised newsletter for special hours, locations, and events the first few weeks of the spring 2012 semester. Keep up with these important dates. Even if you think you know exactly what you want to do, you still need to speak to someone about your academic goals. Although I had a general idea, I needed some guidance and direction. Your advisor is your best resource and someone you should stay in contact with throughout your college career. Ask others for advice as well, sometimes you will pick up a critical piece of information from someone else on campus that has had a similar experience.
- Write down important names, dates, numbers, and locations in a notebook, calendar, cellphone, or laptop. You WILL use your Student Registration information EVERYDAY. Even though I no longer need a Campus Map now, I still reference a lot of this info daily. (V-number, your email information, your advisers extension and email, room numbers and class times. I even had to write down how to login, my passwords, and the number for the IT Help Desk.)
- Sign-up for text messages from the college. It will send you an automatic text message for any weather closings or delays and also update you on important college news and tips. Just make sure you click the college tips section when you sign-up.
- Check out our links for Facebook and the Vol State Blog. The college offers a lot of info on Facebook several times a day. You can also communicate with other students there.
- Plan ahead. Nothing is more frustrating than waiting in a long line, only to find out that you are in the wrong building. Expect traffic delays, be ready to hold on the phone lines, ask for help, be polite and assist others if you know the answer. Things do go wrong, so be prepared and you will be successful.
"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” -- Ben Franklin
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Posted by Paul Farmer at 2:19 PM
We hope everyone is looking forward to spring classes. We know, it's tough getting back into the groove of classes after a nice break, but hopefully you'll have a smooth transition coming back to campus. These are some important dates for you to keep in mind this coming semester. We also have some important phone numbers if you have questions specific to a division. Good luck this semester!
- Dual Enrollment Fees Due – Wednesday, January 11
- First day of classes – Thursday, January 12
- Late registration fee begins – Thursday, January 12
- First Financial Aid processing – Friday, January 13
- College closed for MLK Day - Monday, January 16
- First Financial Aid paper checks mailed – Tuesday, January 17
- Last day to register through PRIDE Online for full term – Tuesday, January 17
- Refund processing will begin – Monday, February 6
- Spring Break - March 5-10
- Early Registration for Summer and Fall - Starts April 2 and 3
- Graduation - May 5
Posted by Paul Farmer at 12:40 PM
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The spring semester at Vol State starts on January 12. That means there is still time to apply and then register for spring classes, but you do need to act quickly. You can fill out an application online at www.volstate.edu/admissions or you can visit us at the main campus in Gallatin, Vol State at Highland Crest in Springfield or Vol State at Livingston. Admissions counselors can help you get started. Once your application has been processed you will be able to register for spring classes. You will need to be able to pay the entire class fee at once.
A reminder that we are open for business this week and next, except for Thursday, January 5, when we will be closed for professional development day.
For the spring schedule of classes visit: www.volstate.edu/schedule
If you need help, you are best off visiting in person, as the phone lines get quite busy during this lead-up to the start of the semester. If you have questions about college you can also visit the Advising Center in the Ramer building room 174.
If you plan on taking Vol State classes also take a moment to friend us on Facebook and join the Vol State family. We keep students up to date with important information there.
Good luck and we hope to see you on campus soon!
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
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