Faculty Art Exhibit, Thigpen Library Gallery, 7am-9pm, Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday
Labor Day Holiday - Campus Closed
Welcome Days, Library Lawn, 10am-2pm
Service Learning Club, first meeting, Wood Campus Center room 101, 12:45pm
Honors Lecture: The History of Comics, Tim Amyx, Nichols Dining Room, 12:20pm
"The Rise of the American Police State" Dr. Michael Lenz discussion, Nichols Dining Room,12:20pm
Kickball and soccer intramural orientation meetings, Wood Campus Center, first floor -next to Financial Aid, 3-4pm
Harvest Moon Soiree, scholarship fund raiser, $75, Epic Event Centre, 392 West Main Street, Gallatin, 6pm
Constitution Day event, Sponsored by Student Paralegal Association, Cafeteria, Noon
"I Have a Dream: The March on Washington, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Constitution" Grady Eades discussion, Rochelle Center, 12:45pm
Health and Wellness Days, Nichols Dining Room, 10am to 2pm
Coffee with the Prez, student Q and A session with the President, Cafeteria, 10am-11am
Books R Fun book sale, Wood Campus Center
Student showcase arts and crafts sale, Nichols Dining Room, Noon to 6pm
Vets Next Steps! career tips for military veterans, Rochelle Center of Thigpen Library,
Fall Job/Career, Pickel Field House, everyone invited,10am to 1pm
Sumner County College Night, Pickel Field House, free & open to the public, 6-8pm
Friday, August 30, 2013
I cannot believe that we have completed our first week of classes. Before you begin your three day weekend, I'd like for you to meet Shannon and Tanisha.
Tanisha-"My aunt, she went to college, received her degree and now has a great job."
Q: If you could try out any job for a day, what would it be?
Tanisha-"I'm going to school for Dental Assistant. I would like to do that to see how it is."
Q: What's the biggest turn off that you find in a man?
Tanisha-"Odor (laughing), I like for a guy to smell really good."
Q:What are some of your favorite websites?
Shannon-"I like Facebook and YouTube. I enjoy watching the funny videos on there."
Q: If someone were to make a movie about your life, who would play you?
Shannon- Emma Stone. Her personality is a lot like mine, our humor is very similar."
Q: What are some major goals in your life?
Shannon-"Definitely want to be successful in life. I want to have a family and a career that I love going to everyday."
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Posted by Vol State at 1:43 PM
|(Left to Right) Stephanie Preston and Brittany Vaughn|
Brittany- "I do not feel as much pressure in the classroom and with homework. I know I have a responsibility to take care of."
Stephanie- "I agree, everything is more laid back here."
Stephanie- "The teachers here, compared to high school, are more laid back. They are not baby sitting you like they do in high school."
Brittany-"Some teachers in high school to me just seem more like a parent, they hover over their students."
Q:Why did you choose the major that you are pursuing?
Stephanie- "I chose Psychology because I love to learn about how the mind works and like to learn what makes people think the way they do"
Brittany-" I want to do nursing because I like to help others and hopefully make a difference in someone's life."
Q: What do you like to do when you are not here on campus?
Stephanie-"I love to go to the mall and do some stress free shopping."
Brittany-"I tend to catch up on sleep."
Posted by Tiffany Rivera at 12:29 PM
Q: What would you change about Vol State?
Kayla- " I would definitely want a daycare center on site. I think it would help out a lot of mom's on campus"
Q: How many years will it take to earn your degree?
Kayla-" Four years for my Bachelor's degree in Nursing"
Q: How did you choose your major? How do you know that it is the right one for you?
Kayla-" My major is Nursing. Many of my family members are in the Medical Field so it's always been present."
"It's a passion to me and is interesting, there is so much to learn."
Q: Have you lost any of your old friends prior to Vol State? Have you made any new friends?
Michael- " Since going to Vol State I have not really hung out with any of my old friends, but I have made tons of new friends during the time I have been here"
Q: Are you involved in any extra curricular activities on campus?
Michael- " No, I am not sure if it counts ,but I come here everyday (Duffer Plaza) to play hacky sack."
Q:How many years will it take you to earn your degree?
Michael- "I would say around five years to finish my Biology degree"
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I ran into Parajesh Patel, a student that recently moved here from India and asked him a how his second day of classes are going.
Q: Which class do you look forward to?
Parajesh-" Grammar 1.It's my first time to the United States. I like that class because it helps me strengthen my English."
Q: Is it difficult transitioning from what school is like in India versus here in the United States?
Parajesh-" There are many similarities and differences. Everything is new,that is difficult"
Freshman, Craig Stella recently moved here from Port St. Lucie,Florida.
Q: What is your goal for the new school year?
Craig- “I guess I want to do what every college student wants to do -- to discover themselves and decide what they want to do in life.”
Q: Do you have a class that you can immediately sense is going to be your favorite?
Craig- "Sports Yoga. Because I want to be a Physical Therapist and also try to play college football when I transfer from here"
Q: How do you plan to make the semester run smoothly?
Craig-"I learned a few things about crafting a perfect schedule.I like to start my day around 9 a.m. So I can enjoy a slow morning and have some buffer time so that I never oversleep and accidentally miss an exam."
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I cannot believe how fast the summer has flown by. I want to give everyone, whether you are a new student or a returning student, a huge WELCOME!
Today is the first day for some students and possibly the second day of Fall semester for others. I am excited to get started on my courses so I can graduate. One of the best things about this job is that I get to meet so many people. I have met students from a foreign country, students that are attending Vol State from another part of the country, and siblings that are attending school together.
I was able to speak catch up with siblings and new students, Meghan and Michael Castro. They had me smiling the entire conversation, simply because they reminded me of my brother and I. They did not hold back on the occasional sibling jab, but you could see the friendship between them.
Meghan- " The excitement! I have been out of school since I was 16, so getting back to that is what I am excited about".
Michael- "Starting something new. I am a new student, so everything that I am doing is brand new to me."
Q: What do you think that your most challenging class will be?
Meghan- "Macroeconomics. It just looks scary to me. You can say I am intimidated."
Michael: "Speech class. I am not very social and great with speaking."
Q: How do you juggle "life" outside of Vol State? For example, work and family.
Meghan- "I just had a baby a month ago and I am returning to work today. I am planning on being more organized with everything." "Thankfully, my job works well with my schedule at school."
Michael- "I plan activities around my classes and work. I have classes that work with my job."
It is great to see that so many of us have so much in common. Work, families, jobs, and of course Vol State. I hope that Michael and Meghan have a great semester and continue to stay excited about classes.
Posted by Tiffany Rivera at 9:01 AM
Monday, August 26, 2013
|Amanda Foster assisting a student|
Now I am back on campus and ready to stay on track. I met with Advising on numerous occasions to discuss my academic path. I found out that I was taking classes that did not interest me at all. Which as a result lead to me failing my courses and not attending school. I wanted a degree simply for a paycheck. From my perspective, it is a bad idea to go into a career for the money. I tried and failed miserably, now I am taking classes toward a degree that will hopefully leave me happy in my career choice of Public Relations.
With the guidance of my advisor, I have chosen classes that interest me and still count toward my degree requirements. I have a long-term academic plan that is designed to meet my academic goals for not only Vol State but when I transfer to a university.
|Raphael Howard helps a student with the registration process|
Advisors can help with:
- Selecting courses that match your interests and skills
- Choosing a degree program at Vol State or another university
- Making a long-term academic plan in order to meet your goals
- Interpretation of test scores and transcripts from other colleges
- Short- and long-term academic planning
- Transfer requirements, registration procedures,and class scheduling
- Academic concerns and special needs
"It's important to know that the classes you are taking correspond with your degree," he said.
The Advising Center is not only your hub to help you with registering for courses. The faculty are there to help you beyond the registration process.
"The Advising Center is also here for help in limited Personal Counseling," Bubb said. "Monitoring the student's academic progress, and career counseling. All of our Advising Counselors are Career Counselors as well, so along with academic guidance they can help you with resume writing,interview tips, as well as finding a job.
I did not know that those resources that were available to me here on campus. I had no idea that I was doing it all wrong. I think that if I had stayed on top of my goals and communicated with an advisor, I would have graduated years ago. I encourage students to take advantage of the Advising Office.It makes sense that if you know where you’re going, you’re more likely to get there.
For more information on the Advising Center and what they have to offer please check out their link: http://www.volstate.edu/Advising/
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Posted by Vol State at 8:45 AM
In the past, I would drive around for what seemed like hours trying to find a parking space on campus. At times I'd almost be moved to tears out of frustration and the fear of being late to class.
I'm not alone. I'm sure that you and your classmates can share a few horror stories about the first few weeks of the semester.
Starting Monday, classes will be in full swing. There will be thousands of new and returning students on campus. When you combine that many people, along with students experiencing Vol State for the first time, things can get chaotic fast.
Here are a few tips that could ease traffic, open parking spaces, and get you to class on time.
Arrive Early- If your class starts at 8:00 am please do not arrive at 7:55am. I recommend arriving to campus 20 to 30 minutes prior to class beginning. Those extra minutes will make a world of difference.
- Use the other entrances. The entrance off of Green Lea Blvd. is still rarely used and is one of my favorite ways to get on to campus. In the mornings, the Gap Blvd. entrance is used less than Vol State's main entrance on Nashville Pike.
- Commit to a parking spot. Don't waste time searching for that perfect spot close to your first class. This causes additional traffic congestion and it could possibly make you late to your class.....BUT make sure it is an authorized parking space. Do not park in faculty, handicap, and even visitor parking. You will get a ticket
- Be prepared to park in the outer lots around campus due to closer lots being full at peak times between 9am-1:00pm. Again, allow yourself enough time to walk from these lots.
"I encourage everyone to get their decals. Every student and faculty member has to have a decal to park on campus. It causes problems and could lead to a ticket," Rogan explains.
- Familiarize yourself with the new campus map. A few notable changes on it is the new Wallace Health Sciences Complex, as well as the Police Call Boxes are identified.
- Remember to abide by the speed limit. The speed limit on campus is 15 MPH,use caution for pedestrians.
So, just keep in mind of the different ways to enter campus as well as the additional lots to park. Plan your day early and obey all parking signs.
Just a quick tip. Your instructor is not obligated to give you a "pass" because you failed to plan to be on time, looking for a parking space or being stuck in traffic probably will not get you anywhere but late.
If you need assistance finding your way around check out our new campus map. http://www.volstate.edu/Map/Campus-Map.pdf
Monday, August 19, 2013
There is no one particular strategy to do well in a college-level course. In fact, there are many ways to succeed in the classroom. Some of you may have your own strategies for learning that work perfectly for you.For the students that do not know where to begin, and are overwhelmed by the second day of classes. I have some advice.
I have developed my own ways to stay successful in my classes. I have learned to prepare for each class as if there was going to be a pop quiz. I think that by doing this you’ll be more able to participate in class; secondly, you’ll be prepared if there actually is a pop quiz.
On the first day of classes your instructor will provide you with a syllabus. READ IT. Understand how many exams and homework assignments there will be; know how much each assignment is worth; and know what the professor expects of you. You’ll be better prepared to take on the course if you know what’s ahead.
I decided to ask the people who know what it takes to be successful in the classroom for their tips.
Effective communication is perhaps the most important habit a student can develop to ensure success at Vol State and beyond. Associate Professor of Communication Jennifer Pitts knows a thing or two about communication.
|Jennifer Pitts, Assistant Professor of Communication|
Communication and personal responsibility seem to be sentiments that are echoed by other instructors as well. So much so that a group of instructors came together and formed a guide of sorts to ensure student success. Associate Professor of English Laura A. Black was nice enough to share those tips with me.
|Prof. Laura Black,Chair of English Department|
If new students implement these habits into their college careers I think success is virtually guaranteed. Unfortunately, you still have to study.
Posted by Tiffany Rivera at 7:00 AM
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
I was disappointed that I could not take college level math. When I met with my adviser as a first time freshman, I stared at my schedule. In bold print, in black and white there it was staring me right in my face: Developmental Math, now called Learning Support Math.
Taking Learning Support classes does not mean that you are not intelligent or that it is the end of your college success. It can actually be the beginning of your success in college coursework. Learning Support, whether it be in math, reading, or English will help you get ready for college level courses.
The math and reading courses are offered through computerized programs, however students in Learning Support English are required to work through a structured writing process. Students enrolled in Learning Support math and reading courses can work ahead by completing exams and activities. In addition to the convenience of working ahead here on campus, Learning Support is great because you can work from home, as well.
Like many of you, I do have a life outside of Vol State which includes: family, work, and the occasional soccer practice to attend. I have discovered that taking Learning Support is flexible, because you can work at your own speed. There are a few sections in my math courses that I found simple, which allowed me to move quickly, and there are sections that I needed extra help with. The Learning Commons has faculty and staff on site to help you succeed in your course.If I did not understand the way the math problem was presented on the computer, a staff member would happily show me another way, so I could understand.
Craig Stella, a first time student at Vol State has had successful results using the Learning Support sections in math.
"I was upset that I had to start from the bottom but I am liking how I can work at my own pace," said Stella. "I want to get as much as I can done and Learning Support allows me to do that".
How long it will take you will be based on the time and effort you invest in moving through the course. So make sure you participate, so you will not fall behind. Learning Support classes prepare you for success in college-level courses, but will not count toward graduation. Just remember- they are your first step towards college success.
Posted by Tiffany Rivera at 9:05 AM
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
What can travel-study do for you? It can provide new ideas and give you a new perspective. Anne-Marie Ruttenbur, the coordinator of the program, has Carmen Arcila's story:
If you have questions regarding Vol State’s International Education program visit the web page.
Posted by Vol State at 10:32 AM
Monday, August 12, 2013
Everyone is getting geared up for the fall semester. It all starts with the paperwork, unfortunately.The next couple of weeks will have many important dates to keep in mind:
•Fall Fees Due – August 14 (beginning 8/14/13, fees due on date of registration)
•Daily automatic dropping of classes for nonpayment begins – August 15
•Campus bookstore charges – August 17-21, 2013 (only for eligible students notified by Financial Aid via email)
•Last day to register through PRIDE Online for full term – August 28, 2013
•Financial aid refund processing begins – August 26, 2013
•First day to mail financial aid refund checks – August 27, 2013
You should be checking your Vol State email on My Vol State daily now for important notices. You can find out how much you owe and any Financial Aid applied by viewing your account on My Vol State. If you still have questions about bill payment contact the Business Office at 230-3585.
We hope everyone has a great fall semester. It will be good to have you back on campus!
Posted by Vol State at 8:53 AM
My name is Tiffany Rivera, and I am the new student blogger on campus. I have a few responsibilities here on campus but my most recognized is Vol State's Blog. I hope that you, as a student will use the blog as a tool to stay informed on campus information and happenings.
I know starting something that is new and foreign to you, can be exciting and crazy at the same time. I hope to make your transition onto campus as painless and smooth as possible. So, over the weeks leading up to classes starting, the blog will have informational content on what to expect the first couple of weeks of college.
If you see me on campus, please don't be afraid to approach me.
I encourage anyone to submit information about interesting events that are going on in your lives. Perhaps you are organizing a new club on campus, are planning on studying abroad, or have a campus issue you want addressed. Please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact me by phone, 230-3215.
I hope that everyone has a successful year and I look forward to seeing everyone on campus.
Posted by Tiffany Rivera at 6:30 AM
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
I am a returning student to Vol State. I've noticed so many changes since returning to campus. There is one change that may impact you if you take Learning Support classes, like I did last year. The Learning Commons has moved to the first floor of the Thigpen Library.The decision to locate these these two useful resources alongside each other will hopefully lead to a supportive and encouraging learning environment. Previously, the Learning Commons was located inside the Warf Building. Learning Support classes in math, reading and English at Vol State are now all held in the Learning Commons in the Library.
The previous location had many computers and resources such as individual computerized programs. But I felt as if the space was too small for all of the people using the Learning Commons.
The newly designed location has a substantial space and is more comfortable. . There are work areas for small groups, as well for individuals who may need their own space. Each computer station has plenty of room for each user to have their own personal space.
Gianna Price, a first time student at Vol State likes the availability of computers and the placement of the workstations.
"I like to get as much done as I can," said Cruz. "My time is limited, so it is nice to have an open computer when I need it."
From my own experience, I would avoid going into the Learning Commons in the old location when it seemed crowded. There were times that I would have to wait for an available computer. I like the open floor plan and the feeling of the new centralized location.
"The proximity to the library is what I am liking," said Learning Support student Eddy Rivera. "The Warf building seemed so distant from my other classes. I appreciate the amount of people available to help at any time."
Students should also be aware that the Learning Commons staff can help them with all sorts of academic assistance.They would be glad to answer questions about the many free Vol State academic support services available such as Smarthinking online tutoring, Supplemental Instruction and test preparation.There is a Learning Commons location on each of the campuses in Gallatin, Livingston and Springfield.
For more information about the academic help available you can also visit: www.volstate.edu/CollegeSuccess