Monday, September 28, 2015

Vol State October Events Calendar


Oct. 1                    “What is Race?” panel discussion, Thigpen Library, Rochelle, 1pm

Oct. 1                    Brock McGuire, Irish musical group, Nichols Dining Room, 3pm and 7pm

Oct. 1                    TN Promise Sign-Up Event, campus-wide, 5pm, RSVP to volstate.edu/promise

Oct. 3                    Commercial Music Ensemble, Main Street Festival, Gallatin, Noon

Oct. 6                    Solid State Logic consoles talk, recording industry, Thigpen Library, Rochelle, 1:30pm

Oct. 7                    Hispanic Heritage Celebration, Nichols Dining Room, 12:45pm, RSVP Student Life

Oct. 8                    TN Promise Sign-Up Event, Livingston, 5pm, RSVP to volstate.edu/promise

Oct. 9                    What Matters? Movie and Discussion, Mattox 104, 9:30am

Oct. 10                  TN Promise Sign-Up Event, campus-wide, 8am, RSVP to volstate.edu/promise

Oct. 10                  Women’s Basketball Scrimmage, Pickel Field House, 10am

Oct. 12, 13            Fall Break – No Classes

Oct. 12-16             STEM Camp for kids, campus-wide

Oct. 13                  TN Promise Sign-Up Event, campus-wide, 5pm, RSVP to volstate.edu/promise

Oct. 15                  TN Promise Sign-Up Event, Cookeville CHEC, 5pm, RSVP to volstate.edu/promise

Oct. 17                  Community Garden Work Day, next to Mattox, 8am

Oct. 17                  Fall Fiesta at Vol State, celebration of Hispanic culture, Pickel Field House, 10am-3pm

Oct. 19                  Diversity Week: Movie and Discussion, Nichols Dining Room, 11:30am-2pm

Oct. 20                  Diversity Week: Male and Female Roles in Pop Culture, discussion, Ramer Hall, 12:45pm

Oct. 20                  Coffee with the Prez, Cafeteria, 10:30am-11:30am

Oct. 21                  Diversity Week: Religion and Christian Privilege, Nichols Dining Room, 11:30am-1pm

Oct. 22                  Ming Wang, ophthalmic surgeon shares life story, Caudill Hall, 11:15am 

Oct. 23                  Diversity Week: Race Test, Nichols Dining Room and Cafeteria, 11am-3pm

Oct. 24                  TN Promise Sign-Up Event, campus-wide, 8am, RSVP to volstate.edu/promise

Oct. 27                  Food Fair, local food advocates, farmers, pumpkin carving, Library Lawn, 11a-2p  


Oct. 28                  Fall Festival, Nichols Dining Room, 10am-2pm

Events this week at Vol State

Events this week at Vol State:

Sept. 28 University Visit, Marian St. Thomas, 11am to 1pm, Wood Campus Center 
Sept. 29 VISA International Student Club 11:45am Ramer Great Hall 
Sept. 29 University Visit, TSU, 10am-1pm, Wood Campus Center
Sept. 29 Open Mic- Students Perform, Library Second Floor, 12:45-2:10pm
Sept. 29 TN Promise Sign-Up Event, Highland Crest, 5pm, RSVP to volstate.edu/promise
Sept. 30 Employee Benefits Fair, Ramer Great Hall, 10am-3pm
Sept. 30 University Visit, Bethel, 10am-2pm, Mattox
Oct.  1 University Visit, MTSU, 10am-2pm, Wood Campus Center

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Irish Music at Vol State on October 1

Irish folk artists The Brock McGuire Band are coming back to Vol State October 1 and will be performing in the Nichols Dining Room at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The 3 p.m. appearance will be a time for individuals to learn about the musicians and their instruments. The 7 p.m. show will be a concert. Both events are free and open to everyone. Refreshments will be served.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Free Math Tutoring in the Learning Commons

Math can be tough, but Vol State instructors are here to help. Get free tutoring in math at the Learning Commons in the Thigpen Library. It's available to everyone. Many math classes are covered, including math-heavy science classes, such as physics. See the Learning Commons front desk for the wide-range of times tutors are available.

Vol State Events this Week

Vol State events this week:

Sept. 21 University Visit, Lindsey Wilson, 10am to 2pm, Wood Campus Center Hallway
Sept. 21 Health Week: Juicing Demonstration & samples with Betty Williams, Cafeteria, 12:45PM-1:45PM
Sept. 22 University Visit, Belmont, 9am to 1pm, Wood Campus Center Hallway
Sept. 22 Health Week: Motivational Speaker: Odell Bizzell, Nichols Dining Room, 12:45pm
Sept. 23 University Visit, Trevecca Nazarene, 10am to 2pm, Wood Campus Center Hallway
Sept. 23 Fall Job Career Fair, Pickel Field House, 10am-1pm
Sept. 23 Health Week: Vicki Dretchen Presents- Dealing with Stress & Anxiety, Rochelle Center, 12:45PM-1:45PM
Sept. 23 Sumner County College Night, Pickel Field House, 6pm to 8pm
Sept. 24 University Visit, Austin Peay, 10am to 1pm, Wood Campus Center Hallway
Sept. 24 Health Week: Chair Aerobics & Medicine Ball techniques with Joy Shriver, Nichols Dining Room, 12:45PM-1:45PM
Sept. 26 NSLS hosts Community Craft Fair & Small Business Expo, Wood Campus Center, Nichols Dining Rooms, 9am to Noon

Vol State Job Career Fair Wednesday

Internships, job search skills training, and using social media in a job search are three of the topics set for discussion at the 2015 Fall Job Career Fair at Vol State. Dozens of employers will be on site and everyone is invited. The event provides an opportunity for job seekers to talk directly with the people responsible for hiring at many area companies. Participants are encouraged to bring their resumes.
The Vol State Job Career Fair will have information about internships available at local businesses. The skills training will include how job seekers can dress for success, enhance communication skills, and use social media as part of their search. The Career Fair will be held in the gym at the Pickel Field House on Wednesday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 615-230-3307 or visit www.volstate.edu/CareerFair

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Get Your Vol State Merit Page

You will be receiving an email about Vol State Merit webpages. They're designed to help you celebrate your success while at Vol State. Many colleges and universities across the country have them for students. Your page can list a badge for an honors society you belong to or whether you made the dean's list. We'll be adding badges for various student achievements throughout the school year.

What do you need to do? The first thing is to claim your page. The easiest way to do this is click on the link provided in an email sent to the personal email address that you listed with the college. 


A reminder...use the personal email that the email was sent to...not your Vol State email address.

You can then personalize your Merit page however you want - add a picture or add work experience. You can also put in the emails of parents or loved ones so that they will be notified when you receive a new badge from Merit.

We'll start everyone off with an enrollment badge so you can see what they look like and how they work. It also puts you in the system. Vol State Merit pages are run by the Vol State Office of Public Relations. If you have any questions you can contact us at pr@volstate.edu.

If you don't get the email you can also visit the main Vol State Merit Pages web page and search from there. If you still can't find your page just email us with your name, city, zip code, and email address and we can create one for you.

Have a great school year!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Language Center Can Help You

At first glance, the Language Center appears to be filled with conversations. Those conversations are at the heart of the process. Humanities faculty members are working one-on-one with students on papers and assignments. One student may be looking for topic ideas for a paper. Another may be polishing up a rough draft and interested in strengthening the writing. Instructors in the Language center can help students in all of the writing stages. They’re not going to write the paper for you. They will provide the feedback you need to make your paper better.
“I came in today to get help with a paper,” said Warren Wright. “It went well. She helped me with sentence structure and paragraph structure. It helps me take what’s in my head and make it readily available to the public.”
“I’m working on a research proposal assignment for my English class,” said Rosa Samogna. “She helped me understand how I can determine my topic.” While it’s her first time in the Language Center this semester, Rosa is a regular, coming in several times a semester. That tends to be the trend. Once students use the Language Center, they come back for help with other assignments.
The Language Center services are available to all Vol State students and they’re free. You can use one of the many computers to work on your paper. The Center also has Rosetta Stone software in Spanish, French, Chinese and English.
You can drop in at any time when they are open. For fall semester the Language Center is open now through December 7.
Fall/Spring

Day
Open
     Close
Monday
9:00 AM
     5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM
     7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM
     7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM
     5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM
     3:00 PM

Monday, September 14, 2015

Events this Week at Vol State

This week at Vol State:
Sept. 14 University Visit, TTU, 10am to 1pm, Wood Campus Center Hallway
Sept. 15 University Visit, Western Governors University, 9am to 1pm Wood Campus Center Hallway
Sept. 16 University Visit, MTSU, 10am to 2pm, Wood Campus Center Hallway
Sept. 15, 16 Career Readiness Symposiums, all students invited, Caudill Hall, 12:45-2:10pm
Sept. 16 Hispanic Heritage Quiz Bowl, Cafeteria, 12:45pm
Sept. 17 Constitution Day, Scott McMillan “There’s No Such Thing As TOO Much Free Speech”: The Citizens United Decision and the 2016 Election, Thigpen Library, 1pm
Sept. 17 Cumberland Nursing Info Session, Warf 110, 12:45-2:10pm
Sept. 17 TN Promise Sign-Up Event, campus-wide, 5pm, RSVP tovolstate.edu/promise
Sept. 18 Movie Night: Avengers Age of Ultron, Library Lawn or Pickel, Dusk (6:45pm)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Important Parking Changes

Due to construction work, the overflow parking area, along the roadway leading to the Science Field Station on the back side of the Gallatin campus, will be closed to parking. Alternate parking can be found at the park and ride lot across the street from the Vol State rear entrance on Enterprise Drive, and the grass in front of the Pickel Building and the grass next to the baseball field. We expect these changes will last for several weeks. We appreciate your patience as we continue with progress on the new Humanities Building. 

Upcoming Career Events for You

We have a few career events coming up. The first are Career Readiness Symposiums. These are designed to get you prepped for the upcoming Job Career Fair. The sessions will include info on resume writing and meeting company representatives. They will be held on Tuesday, September 15 and Wednesday, September 16 from 12:45pm to 2;10pm in Caudill Hall. Everyone is welcome and no reservations are needed.

Internships, job search skills training, and using social media in a job search are three of the topics set for discussion at the 2015 Fall Job Career Fair at Vol State. Dozens of employers will be on site and everyone is invited. The event provides an opportunity for job seekers to talk directly with the people responsible for hiring at many area companies. Participants are encouraged to bring their resumes.
The Vol State Job Career Fair will have information about internships available at local businesses. The skills training will include how job seekers can dress for success, enhance communication skills, and use social media as part of their search. The Career Fair will be held in the gym at the Pickel Field House on Wednesday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 615-230-3307 or visit www.volstate.edu/CareerFair

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Library Can Help You Succeed

It's nice to have resources when you're in college and the Vol State Library system can provide you with some valuable resources that you might not know about. Here are a few:

Did you know that the library has group study rooms available in Gallatin for you and your study partner(s)? Some have super-smart collaborative technologies, too.  Call or email to reserve your room. http://libguides.volstate.edu/circulation/study

Stressed over doing research for an assignment? Schedule a one-on-one session with one of our librarians. http://www.volstate.edu/Library/form/research-consultation-appointments.php
At home doing research and have a question?  Chat or text with one of our librarians. http://www.volstate.edu/Library/ask-a-librarian.php
Want to check out materials from the Thigpen Library – such as textbooks on reserve, DVDs, books?  You just need your Vol State student ID card. Student Services can make your ID card.
Need to video or audio record something?  Check out one of our cameras or recorders from Thigpen Library’s circulation desk.  We even have GoPro cameras! http://libguides.volstate.edu/circulation/tech

Events this week at Vol State

Events this week at Vol State:

Sept. 8 Cycling 101- How Do I Get Started?, Vol State Bike Club, Nichols Dining, Noon
Sept. 9 Coffee with the Prez. Cafeteria, 10am-11am
Sept. 9 Intramural Soccer Sign-ups, Library Lawn, 2pm
Sept. 10 Commit to Completion Signing, Cafeteria, 10am to 1pm
Sept. 10 Belmont University Nursing Info, Warf Room 110, 12:45pm-2:10pm
Sept. 12 TN Promise Sign-Up Event, campus-wide, 8am, RSVP to volstate.edu/promise

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Five Tips for Success in Class

The start of a new semester can be exciting as you get into new classes. However, as we all know it can get tough as the weeks go on and the work piles up. Here are five tips to help you have a successful semester.

1. Go to class. We know, this seems pretty obvious. But you'd be surprised how many students get behind after missing just a class or two.

2. Talk to your instructor if you're having problems. This also seems obvious, but some students are worried about discussing problems they are having understanding the class material. Talk to your instructor before you get frustrated and lost.


3. Take part in Supplemental Instruction (SI) if it’s offered in a course. Your instructor will let you know. SI is like a study group on steroids. Students who participate usually increase their grade by up to a letter.

4. If a class doesn’t have SI consider forming your own study group. Working with other students outside of class can really help.

5. Get extra help. We have several free labs and services to help you with study, homework, assignments, papers and research. Visit the College Success Zone website for details:www.volstate.edu/collegesuccess
Have a great semester everyone!

Important Info for Health Sciences Students, Especially Respiratory Care

All of the Vol State Health Sciences programs have immunization requirements that are above and beyond general college admission.  The clinical sites that students work in, as part of each program, require this process.  Since the students will be working at the health care facility just as a paid employee does, they must adhere to the same guidelines.

This fall the Respiratory Care Program is changing the requirement and students who are applying need to be aware.

Pre-Acceptance Immunizations and Vaccinations (new requirement as of 8/20/15)
*MMR                 *Varicella                           *Hepatitis B                       *Tetanus

Each pre-Respiratory Care student must provide proof of 2 doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine AND the varicella vaccine with each given at least 28 days apart OR documentation of blood test (serology) showing immunity. Pre-Respiratory Care students must provide proof of immunity of Hepatitis B by either submitting documentation of 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine, proof that the first injection has been obtained, OR by blood test (serology) showing immunity to Hepatitis B virus. Pre-RPC students must provide documentation of receiving a tetanus vaccination within the last ten years. 

For requirements for other Health Sciences program please check the web page for that program. You can find all of them in the A-Z index on the college website at www.volstate.edu.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Consider Travel Study This Coming May - Important Meetings

A schedule of meetings is set for students interested in participating  International Travel-Study 
(Study Abroad) in 2016!

Vol State will again be very involved in the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS ) Program. This program offers the opportunity for students to travel-study in one of 15 country programs in Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. England, Ireland, Scotland, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, China, India, Italy, and more. This year will see Cuba as a new program. Scholarships are available.

Students interested must attend one of these meetings. All Gallatin campus meetings will be held in Mattox 104.

Tuesday, September 8th-            3:00 P.M.
Thursday, September 10th          5:30 P.M.
Saturday, September 12th           9:00 A.M.
Monday , September 14th           1:00 P.M.
Wednesday, September 16th      5:00 P.M.
Thursday, September 17th          5:30 P.M.
Friday, September 18th               9:00 A.M.

Just added: Sept. 28 at 11 in Livingston and Sept. 23 at 9 a.m. at Highland Crest.



















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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Free Academic Help for All Students


Vol State offers free assistance with papers, speeches, math homework, assignments, research, study groups and much more. The services are available for all students. Check out the College Success Zone for a list of what's available. Get the tools you need to succeed in college: www.volstate.edu/collegesuccess