Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Getting Familiar With the Changes at Vol State

One more week! Are you ready? As you may know by now, there have been a lot of recent changes to the Gallatin campus. While most of you have been off on summer vacation or excitedly (anxiously?) awaiting your first day at Vol State, the campus has been busy. Buildings have gone up, parking lots have been built, and trees have been planted.

View of the new Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building at Vol State campus

What does this mean for you? Plenty! Even veterans of Vol State should pay attention as the map has changed. Here’s a link to the new Vol State campus map and I’ll briefly go over the important highlights.

Parking Lots
Parking lot C in front of the Woods Campus Center has been designated for staff. Parking lot E, however, now has a direct path to the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building and Thigpen Library.
Parking changes on Vol State campus

There are still some parking spaces in between Pickel Field House and Wallace Health Sciences Complex. This comes with a new “green” feature – an electric car charger.

electric car chargers on Vol State campus

Green space
Speaking of green, the parking lot directly behind Thigpen Library has been converted to green space. It already looks like it’s been there forever instead of only a couple of weeks, but I expect there might be additional features in the future (personally, I’m hoping for picnic tables under the trees.)

New green space, Thigpen Library, Vol State Community College campus

For new students or those not familiar with everything that Vol State has to offer, be sure to check out the Exercise Trail and the Community Garden. They’re great places to unwind or contemplate probability theory equations in between classes.

Community garden, exercise trail, Volunteer State Community College campus

The plaza between the SRB Humanities Building and Woods Campus Center promises to be “the” place to hang out. And the Woods patio is open again, for those who prefer to sit at the new tables and people-watch.

The new Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building at Vol State campus

Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building
Many departments and faculty have been moved into the new building. In addition to the Humanities division SRB now houses the Music Department and recording studio, art studios, The Language Center (room 205), and the Honors Program.

Of course there has been a lot of reshuffling of departments and offices, but I’ve tried to cover the major changes. If you ever find yourself completely at a loss, make your way to the Information Desk still located in the lobby of Ramer and you’ll be pointed in the right direction!

Read also:
What's Happening? A Look Inside the Expanded Events Calendar

Be A Know-It-All: How to Stay Up-To-Date With Vol State

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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