Monday, February 29, 2016

Vol State hopes to go viral for Tom Hanks

"What do you have in common with Tom Hanks?"
Deja Brandeis interviews students for the video
"What do you have in common with Tom Hanks?" That's the question that video production teacher Deja Brandeis posed to Vol State students last week in the halls of Caudill Hall. No, it's not a trick question or the start of a bad joke. Tom Hanks went to community college and wrote about his experience in an Op-Ed piece last year in the New York Times.
Tom Hanks: Wikimedia
Now students and faculty are teaming up to produce a video dedicated to the popular actor that they're hoping will go viral. The idea was the brainchild of VSCC President Dr. Faulkner, After reading the Op-Ed he was inspired, in more ways than one. "Wouldn't it be wonderful if he would be our graduation speaker, since he's a community college graduate?"
"To have Tom Hanks come here?" exclaimed one student after hearing of the plan. "That would mean the world. That would be incredible if he did something like that."
"We've already issued an invitation to the governor to speak at the May 2017 commencement. But, having said that, if Tom Hanks agreed to come I would bump the governor," said Dr. Faulkner with a laugh.
No word yet on when the video will be available, but be on the lookout and get ready to make it go viral!

Gaynell Buffinet Payne is a writer, single mother, and student at Volunteer State Community College. She also blogs for Vol State's Returning Adult Learners.

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