Thursday, April 27, 2017

Join Us May 13 for Vol State Cap and Gown Bike Ride

Vol State is hosting a day of bicycling fun for the fourth year in a row, but now under the title “Vol State Cap and Gown Ride.” The name change from “Vol State Cycling Classic” reflects a new focus for the event. It’s designed to raise awareness and book scholarship money for adults starting a college degree or coming back to college to finish a degree. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam calls the effort the “Drive to 55.” The goal is to have 55 percent of adult Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by the year 2025. It’s an important part of the Vol State mission.
The Cap and Gown Ride, like the former Cycling Classic, is a fun day of riding, with food and entertainment. The music and atmosphere are something riders point out as different from other rides in Tennessee.
“Many musicians and entertainers from Vol State’s Music Department performed, encompassing many different types of music,” said cyclist Tim Mullis of the 2016 ride. “It was actually one of the few times that I hung around after the ride, and after lunch, just to hear the music. All in all, a great ride.”
The Cap and Gown event features three different rides, depending on ability and interest. The routes travel through scenic roads across Sumner County. There will be a 15 mile Fitness Tour; a 33 mile Half Metric Century Tour; and a 63 mile Metric Century Tour. The tours will start and finish on the Vol State campus in Gallatin. There will be rest stops along the way for food, hydration, first aid and restrooms. The Metric Century Tour leaves at 8 a.m. The Half Metric Century will depart at 8:15 a.m. and the Fitness Tour will get underway at 8:30 a.m.  When riders finish, the college will have an event with barbecue, beverages and live music. Changing facilities and showers will also be available.
The ride cost is $40 for advance registration and $45 on May 12 or 13 at the site. Riders will get a t-shirt and a goody bag. Only riders who sign up by April 21 are guaranteed to receive a shirt in their size of preference. Route maps for each tour and a link to the registration page can be found at
Business Credit Reports is the Metric Century Ride Sponsor for 2017. There are still opportunities for sponsorships. For more information about the ride and sponsorships contact the Vol State College Foundation at 615-230-3506 or email

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Current Students: Register Now for Fall and Summer Classes

Current students can register at any time for summer and fall classes, but you should do it now if you can. You'll get a better selection of classes and class times. If you are taking a break for the summer, register now for fall. Keep yourself on the path towards a college degree!

If you still have not met with your academic advisor, you should do that now. After finals, many faculty members will be gone for the summer. If you are having problems with registration you can visit the Advising Center in Ramer 174 on the Gallatin campus or visit with Student Services on any of our other campuses.

Graduate Profiles: Overcoming Obstacles and Realizing Dreams

Kelsie Piercey of Portland is graduating with a Vol State associate of science degree and a high school diploma. The Sumner County Middle College High School student has also built up more than 60 college credits that she plans to use at Berea College in Kentucky this fall. She is the first in her family to attend college. The journey hasn’t been easy.
“I’ve been couch hopping. I have to juggle school and work. I work about forty hours a week,” Kelsie said. “If I don’t have WiFi where I’m staying, that makes it hard to do homework.”
Despite the obstacles, she has done well on the Vol State campus, taking classes for both high school and college credit. “I’m probably going to cry (at graduation). I didn’t see myself going to Vol State. I just wanted to throw it out there to see what I could do. I like how it’s challenging,” she said. “I’ve met a number of eccentric and interesting people. There’s a lot more freedom. There’s no dress code.”

Kelsie said she plans to pursue a career in social services when she graduates from Berea. “I was in foster care once. We had one really good social worker and one that didn’t care. I want to make a difference.”

Crystal Sloss of Gallatin said she didn’t take college seriously when she first attended in Kentucky.  But that all changed on her second try. “I came to Vol State in 2015 with my aunt, who had just lost her job. I said – let’s do this together,” she said. “I had matured and by my second semester I decided to get involved in student activities.”
Those activities included work as a President’s Ambassador, representing Vol State at events. It’s a prestigious scholarship at Vol State and Sloss credits the people she worked with for much of her success.
“It’s opened up so many doors for me. Tim and Annette (in Admissions) believed in me. I’ve gained supportive friends with the other ambassadors. Having a group of people to support you helps you have a better outlook on school.”
It wasn’t just one activity, Crystal led several student groups, including in her most recent role as vice chairperson of the Campus Activities Board. For her service to the college, Crystal was recently awarded the Robert M. Ruff Distinguished Leadership Award.
She manages classes and extracurricular activities, while also raising two young girls as a single mom.
“I work a full-time job at Chili’s,” she said. “Being a mom with all that is really hard, but my family has been able to support me.”
Crystal isn’t content with just one degree from Vol State. She graduated with a pre-nursing degree and will head back to Vol State in the fall to work on a biology degree. And it’s more than just a career step for her. She has another reason for wanting to succeed in college.
“My girls are my everything,” she said. “I want to show them that if you put your mind to something you can do it no matter what the obstacles.”

Les Lyle of Lebanon has embraced change with a new career path and at the age of 55. He spent most of his life in the printing business.
“They had another layoff and I was gone after 35 years with the same company,” Les said. “I met with a really wonderful lady, Guin Tyus, with Tennessee Career Centers. She had me take a Myers-Briggs personality inventory and it showed that I really like working with people. She showed me a list of career fields for my personality type.”
Les knew how important physical therapy can be. His father received treatment and in the process found a bond with his therapist. So, Lyle chose the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Vol State. He even enrolled in a Health Sciences cohort program that has a small group of students work together. One of those students was his daughter.
“She was great. We had similar study styles. She was like my teacher,” he said. “The cohort was tough academically, but it was one of the best things I have ever done. I have new best friends and none of them are over 24 years old. The PTA program has opened doors for me. I have several job opportunities available to me now.”
It’s all in the family for Morgan Seay. When she walks across the stage at graduation she will join her mother and family as Vol State alumni.
“My mom is a nurse. She got here degree from Vol State,” she said. “My dad has an associate’s degree in Fire Science from Vol State.”
Morgan says she has wanted to pursue a medical career for most of her life. “I’m planning on becoming a doctor. I hope to be either an OB-GYN or a trauma surgeon.”
Her experience in medical science began at an early age. “I grew up learning to read nursing manuals as my mom studied out loud.”
The dream of delivering babies as an OB-GYN comes from being the oldest of seven kids. “I’m eight years older than all of my sibilings. Babies have always been a part of my life. I have always wanted to be part of something that special in someone’s life.”
Morgan is a Sumner County Middle College High School student. She is graduating with a Vol State associate’s degree and a high school diploma. “I’ve always been a lot more mature for my age,” she said. “I was bored at high school. I have had all this freedom here to choose my path- that means a lot.”
Morgan plans to pursue a pre-med or biology degree. “Since I have 74 credit hours already they say I may be able to graduate in three semesters at WKU (Western Kentucky University).”
“My parents are really proud and glad that I got to get my degree. My mom has always pushed me to be a doctor, because she could see that was always what I wanted to do.”

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Writing Papers? It’s Dangerous To Go Alone!

As we head into Finals Week, and many of us are working on research papers, I want to remind my fellow students of some of my favorite research tools. And if you haven’t done so already, now may be a good time to click around Vol State’s Thigpen Library website and see what they have to offer.

JStor is in the Library’s "Databases" section (under “J”) and is a wealth of papers, essays, and books; both old and new. If you need something quotable on a certain literary subject, stop there first.

NoodleTools is your one-stop source for creating a citations page. Choose the type of style you need (MLA, AP, or Chicago) and start a new project. You enter the information for your citations, and it does all the formatting! You’ll find NoodleTools in the menu on the right on the Library’s website, and if you need help getting started ask a librarian.

For outside help, try where Google has been working on archiving out-of-print and hard-to-find texts.

Don’t forget that experts are available in the Language Center to help you editing and style guidelines, and our librarians can help point you in the right direction for research sources.

Good luck! I have papers to finish.

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Spring Showcase Concerts this Friday and Saturday

The annual Spring Music Showcase concerts are coming up this Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29. The shows will highlight the skills of the Commercial Music Ensemble, Bluegrass Ablaze, original songs from the Advanced Songwriting students and the Vol State Showstoppers. The concerts bring together many facets of the Vol State curriculum, including the technical abilities of students in the live sound class, music business and practicum classes and a lighting production crew. The concerts coincide with the release of the spring music CD. It’s called “20th Year Edition of Project 109”. Producers will explain the mysterious title at the concert and the photo in the poster as depicted above.. The CD will be available for sale at the show and at the Vol State Bookstore in Gallatin. It was recorded in the Vol State recording studios.
The Spring Showcase performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Wemyss Auditorium at Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. There is a suggested donation of $5 for admission and $10 for admission and a copy of the CD. The funds will be used for music scholarships. For further information please call 615-230-3201. For information about the Music Program at Vol State visit

This Week at Vol State

Plenty to do this week at Vol State:
April 24                       Honors Program Info for students and exam prep party, free snacks and stress busters, SRB 252, 2pm-4pm
April 25                       Student Art Show reception and awards ceremony, SRB Art Gallery, 12pm-1pm 
April 25                       Vol State’s regional community literary magazine, Number One, readings from most recent issue, Performing Arts Studio, SRB 150,12:30pm-2pm
April 25                       Music Department Recital, SRB 151, 2pm
April 27                       Environmental Stewardship projects in the main hallway of the Warf Building from 1:00 to 3:00
April 28-29                  Spring Showcase Concert, Caudill Hall, 7:30pm

April 30                       Sophomore Recital, SRB 151, 3pm

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Choral Music Sunday, April 23

Choral music this weekend! The Vol State Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents Franz Schubert- Mass in G. The Vol State Singers are joined by the Portland High School Ensemble and String Orchestra.  Nancy Slaughter is the director for this performance. It's this Sunday, April 23 at 3pm in Caudill Hall, Wemyss Auditorium. Everyone is invited. Free with student or staff ID and just $5 donation for the public. Funds go to provide music scholarships.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Job Career Fair on Wednesday, April 19

It’s time to polish up that resume. Vol State will be hosting dozens of area employers for the Spring Job Career Fair this Wednesday, April 19. The fair provides an opportunity for job seekers to talk directly with the people responsible for hiring. Participants are encouraged to bring several copies of their resumes. Everyone is invited to attend.

“Participants will find tables with information about LinkedIn online brand development. Students will find information about career services from our office including job search, career exploration, soft skills, interviewing and resume preparation,” said Rick Parent, director of Career Placement.

The mobile Career Coach bus from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will be on site, offering the assistance typically available at a Tennessee American Job Center.  Services will include computer workstations with Internet connections, and job search and career exploration information.

There is still space available at the fair for recruiters and businesses. They should visit for details. The Spring Job Career Fair is free and will be held in the gym at the Pickel Field House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vol State is located at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. For more information call 615-230-3307.

This Week at Vol State

This week at Vol State
April 19 Job Career Fair, Pickel Field House, 10am-1pm
April 20 Protest Music: A Primer, Rochelle Center-Thigpen Library, 12:45pm
April 21 Educate A Woman, fundraiser luncheon, Long Hollow Baptist Church, 11am -1pm
April 23 Schubert Mass in G, choral performance with Vol State Singers and Portland High School Students, Caudill Hall, 3pm

Monday, April 10, 2017

LGBTQI- what do all those letters stand for?

LGBTQI- what do all those letters stand for? We'll have a discussion of those terms and some gender descriptions during a Critical Conversations event this Wednesday, April 12 from 12:45pm-1:45pm in the Cafateria. Everyone is welcome to join us. It's organized by the Vol State Diversity Committee.

Video Production Student Projects

Video Production Practicum students, led by instructor Deja Brandeis, are busy with a number of cool projects…some are working on a documentary project showcasing the Memorial Wall Art Project. Mosaic tiles are being created by VSA Tennessee and local artist Yvette Renee, and will be installed on the walls at Hendersonville’s Memorial Park as part of a beautification effort. The documentary project will follow the process from start to finish, and will serve as an engaging representation of the undertakings of VSA Tennessee.

Another group project taken on by practicum students is a promotional video for the college itself. Students in class felt passionately about showcasing all the great features Vol State has to offer, and decided to create a promo video that would do just that.

Two students in the class, Michael Butts and Chase Lyons, recently competed in the Nashville 54 Film Fest, a timed filmmaking competition with dozens of professional, amateur, and student participants from the Middle Tennessee area. Their team was nominated for 6 awards, and won 2.

Pictured: Left to Right:  Stanley Karr, Chase Lyons, Michael Butts, Jarrett Jarvis, Jarrett Brooks.

Video Production is part of the Entertainment Media Production program at Vol State. Visit the website for details. 

It's Crunch Time - Get Free Academic Help

The final weeks of the semester means that everyone is rushing around, working to finish papers and assignments, and studying for finals. There is free help for Vol State students available for all of those activities, including help with papers, math tutoring and online tutoring in a number of subjects. This is the big push...get the help you need to bring up that grade!

We have a list of what's available in the College Success Zone:

Good luck to everyone...only a few weeks more for the big push!

Events this Week at Vol State

Events this week at Vol State
April 12 Critical Conversations: LGBTQI Terminology: What are all these words?, Cafeteria, 12:45pm-1:45pm
April 14 Campus Closed- Good Friday

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Fun Events this Weekend for Families

Sunshine and plenty of fun activities are the forecast for this weekend, April 7-9, on the Gallatin campus. Everyone is invited to these free events for families. Anyone participating in Music Day does need to register with the link. For everything else- just come on down and have some fun!

Friday: April 7 Free Movie Friday: Secret Life of Pets, Nichols Dining Room, 7pm

April 8 High School Music Day, SRB Building, 9am-4pm
April 8 Easter Egg Hunt, Library Lawn, 11am
April 8 Vol State Home Plate, Softball and Baseball fields, noon-2pm

April 9 Sophomore Music Recital, SRB 151, 3pm

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Events this Week at Vol State

Many great events on the Gallatin campus this week and weekend. Check them out:
April 5 Comedian: Jason Cheny, Cafeteria, 12:45pm-1:45pm
April 6 Campus Spa, Nichols Dining Room, 10am-2pm
April 6 Science and Math Expo, Wallace North, 2:30pm-6pm
April 7 Free Movie Friday: Secret Life of Pets, Nichols Dining Room, 7pm
April 8 High School Music Day, SRB Building, 9am-4pm
April 8 Easter Egg Hunt, Library Lawn, 11am
April 8 Vol State Home Plate, Softball and Baseball fields, noon-2pm
April 9 Sophomore Music Recital, SRB 151, 3pm

Friday, March 31, 2017

Priority Registration for Current Students Starts April 3 and 4

Priority registration for current students starts next week. You can register for fall and summer classes starting at 8am on Monday, April 3 for sophomores (30 credit hours or more) and Tuesday, April 4 for freshmen (less than 30 credit hours). You have about a week before registration opens to the public. So, to get the classes you need at the times you want, register next week.

Register Now for High School Music Day at Vol State

There is still room for high school students to attend- share with your high school friends...
High School Music Day at Vol State is coming up on Saturday, April 8. There will be free workshops in a variety of musical areas. It's also a great opportunity to meet other musicians. Interested singer/songwriters will be able to record a song. Details and registration here:

Here is the schedule of workshops. Register now!

We will provide lunch and refreshments.
9-10 AM Students arrive, coffee/pastries in lobby, 1st floor SRB (Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities Building)
10 – 10:30 AM Welcome ceremony featuring Vol State faculty and student performers
10:30 - 12 Noon Workshops:
  • Piano/Music Theory “Keyboard Skills for Basic Music Theory” SRB 109
  • Bluegrass “Functioning Successfully In A Bluegrass Group”PAS
  • Songwriting “Contemporary Songwriting: Fishing for Hooks”SRB 257
  • Jazz/Rock/Blues “Not Just Country Music City” SRB 157
  • Studio Recording/Engineering “From Recording to Mixdown”Studio
  • Instrumental “From High School Band to the Nashville Symphony” SRB 151
12 – 1:30 PM Lunch, featuring performers from CME and/or Bluegrass, 1st floor SRB
1:30 – 3 PM Workshops:
  • Choral “Audition Prep: Musical Theatre vs College Vocal Scholarship” SRB 151
  • Bluegrass “Functioning Successfully In A Bluegrass Group”PAS
  • Music Business/Songwriting “The Do’s and Don’ts Of Music Row” SRB 257
  • Jazz/Rock/Blues “Not Just Country Music City” SRB 157
  • Studio Recording/Engineering “From Recording to Mixdown”Studio
  • Worship/Church Music “So You Wanna Lead Worship?” SRB 213
3 – 4 PM Wrap Up/Questions for our Experts
For more information call 615-230-3200

Monday, March 27, 2017

Events at Vol State this Week

March 28             Music Department Recital, SRB 151, 2pm
March 29             TSU: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wood Campus Center across from the cafeteria
March 29             Spring Fling, campus groups and fun, Gallatin campus Duffer Plaza and Quad, 11am-2pm
March 30             Humanities Lecture: “Descartes on the Problem of Error” by Jeremy Shipley, SRB 310, 3pm-4:30pm
March 30             Paralegal Studies Open House, Caudill Hall, 6pm-7pm
March 31             Musical: “Fame” presented by Vol State Theater students, Caudill Hall, 7:30pm
April 1                   Musical: Fame, Caudill Hall, 7:30pm
April 1                   April Fools’ Day Concert, SRB 151, 6pm

April 2                   Musical: Fame, Caudill Hall, 2:30pm

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fame! the Musical Set to Open This Friday

“We had the right crowd last night,” Professor Edmon Thomas said to his cast members. They were gathered backstage before rehearsal to go over some details and to be encouraged. The crowd that Thomas spoke of was a small group of theater-goers who didn’t get the memo that the show had been delayed a week. They were instead invited to stay and watch the rehearsals. “They loved it. They said it was like watching a show within a show,” said Thomas, who is directing this year’s production of “Fame!” the musical.

“Musicals take more time and work to put together than plays do,” explained Sheridan Hitchcox, who plays Serena Katz in the production. The cast is confident, however, that they will be ready with a great production come show time.

“I’m excited. It’s going to be a great show,” said assistant director and Vol State Theater instructor Jack Yatsko. Yatsko will also be playing the role of music teacher Mr. Sheinkopf in the performance.

“Fame!” is set in an elite performing arts high school and follows the stories of several students, from their freshman year to graduation. “You’ll see each of these characters evolve through graduation,” said Hitchcox. “[The musical] tackles tough subjects like drug abuse, learning disabilities, and racial issues.”

“Fame!” will be performed in Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall, at the Gallatin Vol State Campus. Show times are Friday, March 31 at 7:30pm; Saturday, April 1 at 7:30pm, and a Sunday, April 2 matinĂ©e at 2:30pm. Tickets are $5 at the door or free with a Vol State Student ID.

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.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fall and Summer Priority Class Registration for Current Students Starts April 3 and 4

Priority fall and summer class registration for current students starts April 3 at 8am for sophomores (30 credit hours or more) and April 4 at 8am for freshmen (less than 30 credit hours).

Why do you care? This is a short opportunity for you to register for classes before the public. That means getting the classes you need at the times you want. Visit DegreeWorks on My Vol State and talk to your academic advisor now to get ready.

College Credit EMS Training Comes to Cookeville

College credit Emergency Medical Services (EMS) courses and degrees are now available in the Upper Cumberland as Volunteer State Community College rolls out a new program in Cookeville. Vol State now offers EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), EMT Advanced and Paramedic certificates at the Cookeville Higher Education Center (CHEC). For the first time in the Upper Cumberland those courses will be for college credit, allowing EMTs to also obtain an associate of applied science degree. A college degree can be an important part of the promotion process, and lead to further education, such as a bachelor’s degree. Vol State has been upgrading the equipment in Cookeville as part of the roll-out.
 “We have a SimMan (patient simulation mannequin) that costs $80,000,” said EMS director Erik Jesse. “It gives students the most realistic training opportunity available. It responds just like a real patients. Students can practice skills and get immediate feedback from our instructors.”
 “You can actually visualize and put yourself in that situation. He (SimMan) is very lifelike,” said student, Taylor Hargis of Livingston. “The instructors are helpful. They’re good at taking their time. They don’t mind working with us one-on-one.”
 “Students need to be working hands-on with the very equipment they will be using on the ambulance,” said instructor Roger Brown. “We have the most current training equipment.” Other new gear includes IntuBrite intubation simulators, and a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine.
 “There’s a real shortage of trained EMTs in the Upper Cumberland,” Jesse said. “There’s a lot of job opportunity.”
 “It’s a job that is always changing,” said student Curtis Black of Carthage. “It’s helping others when they can’t help themselves. I plan on getting my associate’s degree here in Cookeville. The location is much more convenient for me.”
 Many students already work as EMTs and are continuing their education with Vol State. Hargis works at Overton County EMS. “I wanted to learn more,” she said. “You can advance more as a paramedic.”
 There is an April 15 application deadline coming up for the next Paramedic program. The college also offers EMT each fall and EMT Advanced each spring semester. For more information visit, email or call 931-372-5551.
Pictured: Cookeville students work with the SimMan simulator, as instructor Roger Brown explains. Left to right: Ethan Burris, Gainesboro; Andrea Miller, Cookeville; Taylor Hargis, Livingston; and Jimmy Savage, Doyle.

Science Expo for Kids K-8 April 6

The Vol State Science and Math Expo is a fun day of science learning for kids K-8 and their parents and grandparents. It's free and coming up on April 6.
“You can see the kids have a genuinely fun time while learning something,” said biology instructor, Billy Dye. “It’s great to see kids discover that science isn’t stodgy and stale, but it’s alive, active and interesting.”
Many of demonstrations and activities are put together by Vol State students, who gain a new perspective on science and math education.  Topics will include: water properties (cohesion, adhesion, and surface tension), dry ice demonstrations, and education on biodegradable and recyclable materials. Students can make, and take home, their own bouncy polymer balls. The Cumberland Astronomical Society and Vanderbilt Mobile Planetarium will be on hand, with much discussion of the upcoming August total eclipse of the Sun in Middle Tennessee.
The Expo has a new name. Former Vol State Chemistry Professor Parris Powers organized the event for many years and passed away in 2016. He is being honored for his hard work and dedication to science education. The event will now be known as the Parris Powers Science and Math Expo.
The Parris Powers Science and Math Expo will be held on Thursday, April 6 from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. It will take place in and around the Wallace Health Sciences Building- North, on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The event is free and open to everyone. For more information call 615-230-3261.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Musical Fame at Vol State

The collision of talent and ambition at a high school for the performing arts leads to love, tears and plenty of soul searching. “Fame” brings that world to life in a musical that has traveled to 25 countries over the years. Theater students at Volunteer State Community College will present “Fame” on March 31 and April 1, both performances at 7:30 p.m. There is a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday April 2. Admission is a suggested $5 donation at the door. The proceeds go to fund student scholarships. The musical will be held in the Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall on the Vol State Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike. For more information call 615-230-3202.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Vol State Events this Week

Plenty to do this week at Vol State:
March 20 UT-Knoxville visit: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wood Campus Center across from the cafeteria
March 20 SGA Debate, officer candidates, Nichols Dining Room, 11:45am-12:45pm
March 20 Administration Forum with SGA, Nichols Dining Room, 12:45pm-2pm
March 21 New Veterinary Technology Building Open House, Gallatin campus near Wallace North, 5 pm to 8 pm
March 22 Union University visit : 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wood Campus Center across from the cafeteria
March 23 Speaker: Aimee Mueller- Positioning Yourself for Success, Nichols Dining, 12:45pm

Friday, March 17, 2017

Fall and Summer Class Schedules Now Available Online

Fall and Summer class schedules are now available for viewing online. Visit your My Vol State page. Registration opens on April 3 and 4 for current students. New and readmit students can register for summer starting April 11 and for fall starting on May 9.
Remember: the earlier you register, the better the selection of classes and times that you will have available to you.Use the DegreeWorks tool in My Vol State to see the classes you need. Then make an appointment with your academic advisor to make sure you are on the right track!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Vet Tech Open House for New Facility - Tuesday Evening, March 21

People interested in the Vet Tech program and those in the animal care field can see the new facility in person during an open house on Tuesday, March 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Vet Tech facility is in the building that formerly housed the Art Department, next to the Wallace North building on the Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike. The open house will feature tours and refreshments will be served.

This is a story about the new facility:

The veterinarian hooks up EKG leads to a stuffed husky toy. The students watch and make comments. They will see this done many times with real canine patients. But it is the ability to have a clear view of the action that is the real story here. When it comes to veterinary care, seeing is learning, and that means having room for students to clearly observe instructors in a modern clinical setting. The redesigned building that now houses the Veterinary Technology program at Volunteer State Community College is five times larger than the old facility. An entire class can watch a surgical procedure performed on a dog. They can see exactly how the equipment needs to be set up for the x-ray of a cat. Being able to fit more students in a surgery suite or radiology area has additional benefits.
“Now we can have first and second year students in on the same days,” said Vet Tech director, Dr. Hope Wright, DVM. “I think that interaction between students will bring a lot to the program.”
“All of them working together means that they’re learning together,” said instructor D.J. Smith, LVMT. “Second year students help to teach the first year students and that teaching cements their learning. This facility is also designed to emulate a clinic. We have a grooming facility, kennels and even a reception area.”
“It’s super nice,” student Jamie Reed of Lebanon said. “We were in one room before and we were all cramped; we didn’t have a whole lot of room to move around. Our whole class can be in the new surgery suite.”
“There’s more room for demonstrations,” said student Lane Silcox of Carthage. “We actually have specific lab rooms now, instead of having labs in the classroom.”
Bright light throughout the building allows for better viewing of details. There are facilities to house animals on site, which helps when the director does spay and neuter operations on animals from the Sumner County Animal Control. Those operations are observed and assisted by students. The hands-on nature of the Vol State Vet tech program has proven successful. Last year 19 students graduated and 17 of those students were employed immediately. Vol State offers a two-year Veterinary Technology Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degree for those wanting to be Veterinary Technicians. The A.A.S program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). There is also a one-year Veterinary Assistant certificate for students seeking employment as Vet Assistants.
For more information about Vet Tech at Vol State visit
Pictured: Dr. Hope Wright shows students vitals monitoring techniques using a stuffed animal model in the new surgical suite.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Fall and Summer Registration: Meet with Your Academic Advisor Now

It's time for currently enrolled students to start thinking about their next semester at Vol State. If you're graduating...awesome! If you're continuing, either this summer or in the fall, priority registration will open soon. Here are some tips:
-Use the Degree Works tool in My Vol State to find out what classes you need.
-Meet with your academic advisor soon to talk about what classes you should take.
-Your academic advisor might not be available after finals, so meet with them now.
-Find you academic advisor in DegreeWorks, under your name. Hover over your advisor’s name to see their email. On your phone, tap and hold for an option to email.
-Priority registration opens at 8am on April 3 for students with 30 credits or more (sophomores).
-Priority registration opens at 8am on April 4 for students with less than 30 credits (freshmen).

Desegregation and Basketball at Vol State Book Event

Basketball collides with desegregation in a book about two childhood friends from Gallatin. “More Than Rivals” is the story of how those two high school students found themselves on the frontline of Civil Rights in Tennessee. This coming Thursday, Vol State will host “More Than Rivals: A Conversation with Bill Ligon & Eddie Sherlin.” Joining them will be the New York Times best-selling author of the book, Ken Abraham.

This is how the book publisher describes the story. “Eddie Sherlin and Bill Ligon were two boys living on opposite sides of the tracks in Gallatin in the 1960s. They shared a passion for basketball. Despite the barriers they knew divided them, including the separation of their schools and the colors of their skin, Eddie and Bill found friendship on the basketball court. By 1970, the process of desegregation was in full-swing and had everyone on edge. All-white Gallatin High and all-black Union High would become one. First, the two schools would face one another in the basketball championship game. This game suddenly held a deeper meaning for the people of Gallatin.”

Ligon and Sherlin will discuss this important part of our local history and how the book “More Than Rivals” came to be. Author Ken Abraham has written about the lives of many famous Americans ranging from astronaut Buzz Aldrin to boxer George Foreman.

“More Than Rivals: A Conversation with Bill Ligon & Eddie Sherlin.” will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Wemyss Auditorium of Caudill Hall. It is free and open to everyone. Pizza and refreshments will be provided and copies of the book available for sale. The speaking engagement is sponsored by Vol State Thigpen Library, Vol State Student Life, Phi Theta Kappa, Vol State Athletics, Sumner County Schools, and Gallatin and Portland public libraries. For more information visit, call 615-230-3400 or email

Events this Week at Vol State

Welcome back! Here's what's happening at Vol State this week:
March 14 MTSU visit: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wood Campus Center across from the cafeteria
March 14 Faculty Recital: Thomas Spann, Percussion, SRB 151, 2:30-3:30pm
March 15 WKU visit: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wood Campus Center across from the cafeteria
March 15 Grab and Go March Madness, free student lunch, multiple locations, 11:30am
March 15 Humanities Lecture: “Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Their Art and Legacy” by Jaime Sanchez, SRB Classroom 353, 12:45 PM - 2:10 PM
March 16 “More than Rivals: A Conversation with Bill Ligon and Eddie Sherlin” desegregation and basketball collide in Gallatin in 1970, Caudill Hall, 5:30pm
March 17 Movie: Suffragette, free and open to everyone, Nichols Dining Room, 7pm

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Considering a Career in Radiologic Technology?

Interested in a career as a Radiologic Technologist? Come to a Radiology information session. They will provide the information you need to get on track to apply to the program. All information sessions are on Thursday @ 2:30 pm in the radiology classroom, room 114, of the Wallace Health Science Building North on the Gallatin campus. No appointment is necessary to attend.
• January 5, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
• February 2, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
• March 2, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
• April 6, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
• May 4, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
• June 1, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
• July 6, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
• August 3, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
For more information contact:
Radiologic Technology Program
Wallace North, 116-C
(615) 230 – 3651

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

What to do if you have not been Receiving Vol State Text Messages

Have you been receiving Vol State text alerts? We have sent several this year. If you haven’t received them you need to go into your My Vol State page and under your personal information update the mobile phone number section with your correct number. This is for students at all campuses, including CHEC. Vol State text alerts will announce weather closings and delays, emergencies and provide tips on important college services and deadlines to help you.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Vol State Events this Week

Feb. 28               Faculty Recital: Janelle Logan, SRB 151, 2:30-3:30pm
March 1             Transfer Day, college and university reps, Ramer Great Hall, 10am-2pm

And a reminder about next week:
March 6-11        Spring break, no classes, office are open, all campuses

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Chinese Culture Celebrated with a Full House

Jie Zhou
There was standing room only in Volunteer State Community College’s Performing Arts Center on Sunday. Children sat on the floor and adults lined the walls as performers from VSCC and MTSU joined together to share their heritage for the Chinese Music and Culture Celebration.

"In English you might say the music gives us goosebumps, but... [In Chinese] it’s translated as ‘I love listening to it so much that my ears got pregnant!’” Vol State Professor Ellen Gao said as artists from MTSU prepared to perform.
“First a legal issue,” Dr. Mei Han replied to the amused audience. “If you get pregnant, I’m not responsible.”

Left to Right: Ji Jie, Mi Xuanye, Li Zengguang, Mei Han

Dr. Han is the director of MTSU’s Center for Chinese Music and Culture. “These beautiful instruments and art are more than the expression of one nation,” she said in a video on the Center’s website. “They belong to all peoples, all of us.”

It was in the spirit of this philosophy that the hosts graciously shared their music, culture, and art to the crowd who gathered in the SRB Humanities Building. MTSU student Jie Shou served tea for people to sample. Calligraphers from the MTSU Confucius Institute translated names in Chinese lettering onto paper as souvenirs. Groups of children were patiently guided through the steps to make their own origami animals. Performances were given by students and faculty of Chinese Culture from both Vol State and MTSU, and a traditional Chinese meal was served to all.

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.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Apply Now for Foundation Scholarships for Next Year

Need MONEY for College?
Now is the time to complete the Foundation Scholarship Application for the 2017-2018 Academic year.
Scholarships available based upon:
• Need
• Academic Achievement
It is easy to apply:
• Go to and complete the application
• Complete your 2017-2018 FAFSA at
Scholarship will begin to be awarded in April.
Contact for more information.
Act now! Don’t miss out!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Successful Student Tips: Getting Organized

Why do some students succeed where others falter? Success isn’t a mysterious secret item that some people own and others don’t, but a series of habits and behaviors. So what does it take to be a successful student? In the Successful Student Tips series we explore some of the keys to success. 

Mid-semester and stacks of books and notebooks are piled in various corners of the room. It seems like every day is another due date for some important project, homework, or research paper. When the professor asks for everyone to hand their homework up to the front, half the class groans. “Homework? I forgot.”
Keeping up with a full schedule can be difficult, and after a while things start to fall in the cracks. Now is the perfect time to reassess, reorganize, and get back on track.

Read. The. Syllabus.
Print it out if you can. Every class has a syllabus, and many professors post it on elearn even if your class is not online. Get familiar with what’s due and what’s expected of you. You don’t have to be surprised by homework, quizzes, or research papers.

Develop your own routine
Scrambling to read a whole chapter or finish your homework the night before it’s due is not the best way to make good grades. Once you’ve figured out what’s coming up, you can make your own schedule. Some students do better by blocking study time one day per subject. Others find it’s best to stagger by spending an hour on one then the next hour on another. Use a planner or an extra notebook and write down a reasonable weekly schedule. Be realistic: plan a schedule that works for you and still enables you to stay ahead of all of your classes.

Everything needs a home

An important part of getting organized is having things physically organized. I have a small bookcase dedicated for my textbooks and binders (you can usually find one for under $20.) For those with less room, another option might be to get bins that fit under your bed. However you manage it, knowing exactly where your books and notes are when you need them is kind of important.

Write it down
You know that time that the professor announced at the end of class that she wanted the questions at the end of chapter 4 turned in on Wednesday? You thought “I’ll remember to do that,” but you forgot as soon as you walked out of the classroom.  We all have a lot of stuff going on, and you can't expect to remember everything. Take a moment to write it down, and use full, clear sentences. I’ve taken notes of those end-of-class instructions just to look back later and wonder what I was trying to tell myself. Note to self: take better notes for myself.

Whether you use bookcases, day planners, or phone apps, having your school schedule and materials organized will save you time and confusion in the long run!

More Successful Student Tips:
Saying "No"
The Importance of Showing Up
Getting to Know Your Professors
Why It's Better to Write Your Notes By Hand

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.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Chinese Cultural Celebration this Sunday, February 26

Chinese is an important part of the International Education programs here at Vol State. But it's not just about learning the language; the goal is to also explore Chinese culture. Vol State will be hosting a Chinese Music and Culture Celebration, marking Chinese New Year, on Sunday, Feb. 26. It is free and open to everyone. The event will feature calligraphy demonstrations, a traditional tea ceremony, poetry, Chinese musical instruments, and authentic Chinese cuisine. It will be held in partnership with Middle Tennessee State University's Center for Chinese Music and Culture and the MTSU Confucius Institute. The celebration will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building on the Gallatin campus, 1480 Nashville Pike. For more information call (615) 230-3764.

Transfer Fair March 1: University Reps on Gallatin Campus

Planning to transfer to a four-year university or college? We'll have many university and college reps on the Gallatin campus next week for a Transfer Fair. Visit them on Wednesday, March 1 from 10am-2pm in the Ramer Great Hall.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Students Have a Student Survey for You About Vol State Communication

Vol State students, we in the Honors Leadership Development class want to hear your opinions about the technology our school has implemented over the past few years. Specifically the MyVolstate app, the kiosks (“wall-screens” on the Gallatin campus), and social media.
Did you know that Vol State has an app? In this app, you can see discussion posts, assignments, grades, class announcements, upcoming events, and campus maps - all from your phone or tablet. There are also links to Vol State’s social media. The app has many useful  functions that make exploring both your online classes and your on-campus classes easier.
Perhaps you have seen the kiosks on the walls of many of Vol State’s buildings on the main campus in Gallatin. Have you ever taken the time to interact with them? The kiosks are a new addition to Vol State that have the potential to be of great benefit to students and visitors. Because we are not sure how many students are currently interacting with these kiosks, we want to hear what you would like to see changed or improved with them to increase their usefulness. At this point, the kiosks will show you the map of the floor that the kiosk is located on, as well as room numbers and offices of faculty on that floor. You can also see an exterior map of the entire campus along with upcoming events.  There are other functions too, but not many. We want to know what you think about these features, as well as what else you would like to see added or changed with these kiosks.
Finally, Vol State has accounts on many social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and this blog. Were you previously aware of this? Do you and your friends follow on any of these sites? What would you like to see that would make these outlets more appealing? Be sure to connect with the school through this social media in order to get important updates about events both on and off campus.
Again, we want to know what you think of these three aspects of Vol State’s technology and how you use them. We also want to know your ideas on how to improve the school’s technology, especially the kiosks. The attached survey is short and will take just a few minutes to complete. We can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Events this Week

Check out these events this week:
Feb. 21 Speaker: Ryan Penneau, “The Bigger You”, Rochelle Center, 12:45pm
Feb. 21 Honors Concert, SRB 151, 2:30-3:30pm
Feb. 22 “Discussing the African American Experience”, Rochelle Center, 1pm-2pm
Feb. 25 Science Olympiad, across Gallatin Campus, All Day

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Vol State Student Social Media Writer Part-Time Job Opening

The Vol State PR Office has a paid part-time job opening for a Student Social Media Writer. Interested students must plan on being enrolled in fall of 2017 and spring of 2018 to qualify. Gaynell, our current social media writer, has done a fantastic job, but she is graduating in May. If you enjoy writing, are willing to check your facts, and like to meet people and find good stories, this position could be for you. We require three writing samples with the application, but those can be class papers or assignments. To apply visit the jobs page.