Monday, October 16, 2017

What You Can Do to Improve Your Test Scores

Sally Lindsey
The “wing-it” mentality is one that can be damaging to your academic success as a college student, and I would say that I’m guilty of it. It seems like I can devote time to everything but studying, which doesn’t always work in my favor. Instead of following my example, you should follow the example of someone like Sally Lindsey, who revisits her notes often. As an example, Sally says, “Before I took my philosophy midterm, I would go into my notes and write over them with new information.” It’s a good idea to study for your exams, but you should also be aware of what material will be on them. “Check in with your teacher, email them, and figure out what you need to study,” says Betty Mandeville, an English professor here at Vol State, “Don’t waste time studying material you don’t have to.” Also remember to use campus resources such as the Learning Commons, Language Center, and to help if there’s something that you don’t understand.
Betty Mandeville
Along with studying, you should try to get a good night’s sleep. Findings at the UCLA suggest that cramming isn’t helpful, and that a bit more sleep can net you a better score on your tests. Andrew Fuligni, UCLA professor of psychiatry, reports that “an adequate amount of sleep is also critical for academic success. These results are consistent with emerging research suggesting that sleep deprivation impedes learning” ( It can be difficult to try and strike that balance of sleeping and studying, but it can be done. Look at your schedule and devote enough time to studying and resting. Cut out distractions like TV or your phone when you work so you can stay focused and use your time better. Get in bed at a specific time and try to wind down before doing so.

Fiesta this Saturday, October 21 - Fiesta de Otono octubre 21

(abajo en español)
Volunteer State Community College will host the Latino Fall Fiesta on Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The annual celebration of Latino culture will include a soccer goal kicking contest, with several age categories from kids to adult. The Fiesta is a free event featuring food, music and fun. The Miss Princesa Americas Pageant competition will be held live on the plaza stage this year.
“Vol State hosts the Fiesta each year to help showcase many of the nations and cultures that we call Latino,” said Eric Melcher with Vol State. “We want to show how diverse Latino culture is around the world. It’s also an opportunity to welcome people to the Vol State campus. We have hundreds of Latino students at the college each semester.”
The food cook-off contest features foods from many different Latino nations. After judging at 11 a.m., the public is welcome to sample. There will also be a free Mexican lunch and drinks starting at noon. The family event, held outside on the campus grounds, includes live music, dance groups, art activities, and games for kids.
The Fall Fiesta at Vol State will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will happen, rain or shine, on the campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The rain location is the Pickel Field House. The Fall Fiesta is free and open to everyone. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket and chairs and spend the day. The soccer contest age schedule can be found in Spanish and English on the web page: For more information in English or Spanish call 615-230-4846.
La Fiesta de Vol State Presenta el Concurso de Miss Princesa Américas
El concurso de Miss Princesa Américas se presentará en el Volunteer State Community College, el sábado 21 de octubre como parte de la celebración de la Fiesta de Otoño de Vol State. El concurso será en vivo en la tarima de La plaza. La celebración de la cultura latina incluirá nuevamente el concurso de “patear” la pelota de fútbol, con varias categorías por edad desde niños hasta adultos. La Fiesta de Otoño es un evento gratis con comida, música y diversión.
"Vol State patrocina la Fiesta todos los años para ayudar a representar todos los diferentes países y culturas que forman lo que conocemos como cultura latina ", dijo Eric Melcher, Coordinador de Comunicaciones de Vol State. "Queremos demostrar la diversidad de la cultura latina alrededor del mundo. Es una manera de darle la bienvenida a todas las personas al campus de Vol State. Tenemos cientos de estudiantes latinos en el Colegio todos los semestres”.
El Concurso de Cocina demuestra comidas de los distintos países latinos. Una vez los jueces determinen quienes son los ganadores, el público tendrá la oportunidad de probar los platillos. Además del Concurso de Cocina, habrá un almuerzo de comida mexicana y bebidas gratis a partir del mediodía. Este evento familiar celebrado al aire libre en los terrenos del campus, incluye música en vivo, grupos de bailes, actividades de arte, y una variedad de juegos y diversiones para los niños.
La Fiesta de Otoño de  Vol State se celebrará a partir de las 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. El evento ocurrirá, con lluvia o con sol, en el campus de Volunteer State Community College, 1480 Nashville Pike en Gallatin. En caso de lluvia el evento se moverá al Pickel Field House. La Fiesta de Otoño es gratis y abierta para todos. Invitamos a las personas a llevar una manta y sillas para que pasen bien el día. Las categorías de edades del concurso de “patear” la pelota de futbol las pueden encontrar en el sitio web: . Para obtener más información en inglés o español llame al 615-230-4846.

Events this Week at Vol State

October 16      Fall Break
October 17      Fall Break
October 18      Food Day and Fall Festival, Gallatin Plaza and Quad, 11am-2pm
October 19      Speaker: Singer Tonya R. Dyson on being a survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence in the music industry, Nichols Dining Room, 12:45pm
October 21      Fall Fiesta at Vol State, celebration of Latino culture, free food, music and fun, outside on Gallatin Plaza, 10am-3pm

Friday, October 13, 2017

Discussion Thursday: Sex Assault in the Music Industry

A very timely discussion coming up next week- Singer Tonya R. Dyson will share her personal accounts of being a survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence in the music industry. Thursday, October 19, Nichols Dining Room, Wood Campus Center, 12:45pm. Check out her website to hear her music.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Visit Your Advisor Now So You Don't Have to Worry Later

Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about the spring semester. You’ll be able to register for spring classes starting in the first week of November. Get started now by meeting with your academic advisor. Your advisor can help you figure out what classes to take, and can make sure you’re getting what you need to succeed. Since my focus is in English, my advisor is Nancy Blomgren. Throughout my time here at Vol State, I’ve made it a point to check in with her a couple of times each semester. She’s helped me concoct a good plan of action for which classes to take, and she got me back on track after unfortunate scheduling meant I couldn’t get the classes I needed.

It’s important to see your advisor sooner rather than later. He or she can help you pick which classes you need, making sure you get the schedule you want. You can also schedule an appointment with your academic advisor at other times- to seek their advice on other academic matters, like graduation, transferring, and switching your major. If you don’t know who your advisor is, you can figure it out by logging into your MyVolstate account. As soon as you do, you’ll see a group of quick links. Click on “DegreeWorks” and you’ll be lead to a page that shows who your adviser is. You can click on their name to email them if need be.
Priority spring semester registration opens on November 6 for sophomores (30 credit hours or more) and November 7 for freshmen (less than 30 credit hours).

Monday, October 9, 2017

Get Ready for Priority Registration - See Your Advisor

It's time to see your academic advisor to get ready for Priority Registration for the Spring Semester. Priority Registration is your opportunity to get the classes you need at the times you want- before new students. Anyone taking classes this fall is eligible. But it's important to see your academic advisor first, so you take the classes you need for your degree. You can also get started now by using DegreeWorks on My Vol State to see what classes you need. But then make an appointment and see your advisor. If you take classes that don't apply to your degree you may be wasting time and money.

If you're not sure who your academic advisor is, the answer is just a few clicks away. Go to your personal information on you My Vol State page- your advisor will be listed there. It's also listed on that DegreeWorks page.

Priority Registration for spring classes for current students opens on November 6 for sophomores (students with 30 credits of more) and November 7 for freshmen (students with less than 30 credits).

Events this Week at Vol State

October 11      Crescent Circus, stunts, magic and comedy, Cafeteria, 12:45-1:45pm
October 11      Lecture: Monuments and Memorials, by Grady Eades, Performing Arts Studio, 1pm
And a reminder for next week:
October 16      Fall Break

October 17      Fall Break

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Free Tutoring is Just a Couple of Clicks Away

Nicholas Baker logs into
Many of us do our assignments at night, sometimes late at night. Fortunately, there’s online assistance that’s free and available 24/7. During my freshman year at Vol State, my English Comp II professor asked us to use a site called to help us with our essays. I sent them my work and a copy of the assignment guidelines, and they got back to me a day later with some helpful feedback. What I felt was most neat about the service was that it’s real instructors offering their advice on coursework.
The button you're looking for isn’t just useful for writing and English assignments. Aside from dropping off an essay, you can also request on-demand tutoring in several areas like math, science, history, and foreign language. They also offer quizzes to help you practice your skills and see where you might need improvement. To access, you first have to log into eLearn. Then, navigate to one of your course pages and look for the heading. Click the “connect” button and you’ll be brought to the site where you can select which type of help you need. offers help in many different subjects

Tree Removal and Planting

In an effort to maintain the aesthetics of our campus and to ensure a healthy tree population, Plant Operations will be overseeing a couple of noteworthy projects in the weeks ahead.  First, eighteen pine trees will be removed from an area contiguous to the tennis courts.  These trees are damaging the infrastructure in that area.  After these trees are removed a project will be undertaken to resurface the tennis courts.  Second, four spruce trees will be removed from the area between the parking lot and the Pickel Field House.  These trees are dying because of insufficient area for their root balls.
For each tree that is removed two native trees will be planted in locations that support the Volunteer State Community College Master Plan. Vol State  is intentional in planting diverse foliage and promoting the health of trees on campus.  If you are interested in becoming more involved in these efforts consider reaching out to Le-Ellen Dayhuff at

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

This Week at Vol State

October 3        Calaveras Poetry Contest, Performing Arts Studio, 12:45pm-1:45pm
October 3        Speaker: Former Ambassador to the United Nations from Grenada, Eugene M. Pursoo, Mattox Building, Room 104, 1:30 pm.
October 4        The Feed Vol State food pantry grand opening celebration, food tips and demonstrations, Ramer Great Hall, 2pm.
October 4        Domestic Violence Awareness Presentation: “A Journey through Domestic Violence” by Suzie Jones, Caudill Hall Auditorium, 12:45pm and 6pm.
October 5        Connie Smith art exhibit opens, through Nov. 2, Vol State Gallery, first floor SRB

October 5        Shut Up and Write Workshop, Nichols Dining Room, 2:20pm

Friday, September 29, 2017

Domestic Violence Discussion October 4

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) says that twenty people a minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. That’s a total of ten million people a year. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Volunteer State Community College Office of Student Engagement and Support, in partnership with Lindsey Wilson College School of Professional Counseling, will be hosting an educational presentation on the dangers of Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence on Wednesday, October 4 at 12:45 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m. The presentations will both be held in the Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. “A Journey through Domestic Violence” will be presented by Suzie Jones. She teaches classes in the Human Services and Counseling undergraduate program at Lindsey Wilson. She is also employed as an outpatient therapist at Madison Primary Care and provides counseling to a wide range of clients. The events are free and open to everyone. For more information call 615-230-3390

Thursday, September 28, 2017

United Nations Presentation October 3

Vol State students, faculty, staff and community are invited to hear former Ambassador to the United Nations from Grenada, Eugene M. Pursoo, present to the Vol State community, October 3 at 1:30 p.m. in the Mattox Building, room 104. This event is free and open to the public.
Eugene M Pursoo served as Grenada's Ambassador/Permanent Representative with Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Powers to the UN from July 1990 to July 1995. Ambassador Pursoo was elected Vice President of the forty-eighth session of the UN General Assembly (1993); Chairman of the UN Decolonization Committee (1994); Chairperson of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) (1993). Mr. Pursoo is currently the Director of the Office of International Education at Medgar Evers College, CUNY.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Use Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is like a study group on steroids. It's offered in some of the tougher Vol State classes. It's a student success program that uses peer-facilitated sessions in a specific class, which integrate both learning strategies and course content, in order to improve student success. 

SI Leaders are both current and former students who excelled in a specific class and work directly with class instructors on developing learning strategies for a specific class. SI sessions are usually held once or twice week, and student attendance at SI sessions is voluntary. Students who regularly attend SI sessions for a specific class usually experience higher levels of academic success on both class assignments and tests and final grades.  

For more information about SI at Vol State, contact Dr. Scott McMillan at 230-3235 or at

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Where You Can Go for Free Math Help on the Gallatin Campus

A blue cup mounted on the monitor is a signal for help
Kadee Johnson
Math is a difficult subject for many college students and it’s hard to get around it; we all end up taking one or two math courses during our time here at Vol State, and many science courses ask us to solve some tough equations. Fortunately, there’s a resource that’s free to all Vol State students on the Gallatin campus that can help with any difficult math problems you might have. Kadee Johnson is a freshman here at Vol State and she visits the Learning Commons for tutors to help her with coursework. “When we have a question they’re pretty quick to respond,” says Kadee, “If they don’t know the answer, they’ll find someone who does.”

The math tutors in the Learning Commons are available for all Vol State students, and in all math classes, and the math based science classes, like physics.
The Learning Commons is located in the Thigpen Library.  All you need to do is drop in and ask for help at the front desk. They can help you improve in a specific area, or they can identify where you might be struggling. To know more about how and when the Learning Commons can help you, please follow this link.

Now Open - The Feed Food Pantries for Students

Food is important! The Feed Can Help.
The Feed at Vol State seeks to alleviate the barriers and challenges associated with food insecurity and hunger so that students can remain in school, and ultimately, earn their degrees. It could be called a food pantry or a food bank. The important point is that The Feed is open to all Vol State students. It is operated at all four Vol State campuses.
The Feed is stocked with non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items. All current students are welcome to use The Feed and must present their Student ID at each visit. Students are able to use The Feed as often as needed. The Feed operates on the honor system. Students will be asked to fill out a brief registration form with basic information, but it is not necessary to prove eligibility.
You can get involved, even if you don’t need help.
The Feed accepts donations of non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items. You can find The Feed permanent donation bins in the Wood Campus Center, Ramer building, Thigpen Library, and the SRB Humanities building on the Gallatin campus and in the lobbies of CHEC, Livingston and Highland Crest campuses. Monetary donations are accepted through the Vol State Foundation Office. We need staffing assistance sorting donated items, tracking inventory, and collecting donated items. If you would like to help, contact us!
The hours are 8am to 5pm Monday through Thursday and 8am to 2pm on Friday for the Gallatin campus location. Other campuses may have different hours- check at the front desk for details.
The schedule changes based on the academic calendar and availability of volunteers. Like the Vol State Facebook at page to stay current with hours of operation.
Location and Contact

The Feed is located in the Ramer Building, Room 151, next to the Veterans Affairs and Adult Learners Office on the Gallatin campus. Please see the front desks at CHEC, Livingston and Highland Crest campuses for help at those locations. Email:

Monday, September 25, 2017

Students- Please Complete Your Haven Traning

Hey new Vol State students- Complete your Vol State Haven Training. Haven is a 60 minute online education module that can empower you to make well-informed decisions about issues such as campus safety. And apparently this was originally just for new students...which is why returning students may not have received a link. However, we are sending that link out to case returning students want to participate. But it is mainly for new students. Sorry for the confusion.

It’s simple to do. Check your Vol State email for login details and your registration code. Students are expected to complete Part One by October 27, 2017. Questions? Contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Services at 615-230-3441.

Events this Week at Vol State

Sept. 25 & 26      Drunk Goggles Simulation, CHEC Atrium Cookeville, day
Sept. 25-28         Undies for Everyone: collecting new underwear for Texas flood families, all sizes and both sexes, drop off-Gallatin Wood Campus Hallway
Sept. 27                Undies for Everyone: collecting new underwear for Texas flood families, all sizes and both sexes, drop-off Springfield Highland Crest Lobby
Sept. 27                Open Mic Reading of Banned Books, Sigma Kappa Delta and the Library present, SRB Amphitheater, 12:45pm-2:15pm
Sept. 28                Hispanic Heritage Lecture: “Six Outstanding Hispanic Women” Rochelle Center of Thigpen Library, 1pm

Sept. 30                Dog Wash Day, $10 per dog, fundraiser for NAVTA (National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America), Vet Tech Building, 9am to 3pm

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Claim Your Vol State Merit Page

You will soon be receiving an email about your Vol State Merit Page. They're designed to help you celebrate your success while at Vol State. That can include academic honors, such as the dean's list or honor roll. It can also include student clubs and activities. We'll be adding badges for various student achievements throughout the school year. Many colleges and universities across the country have them for students. You can add to your badge if you transfer to keep a total record of your college and university career.

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. 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.

When you go to claim your page it will ask you for your email address...use your personal email address that you listed on your Vol State application. It's trying to confirm that you are who you are. Your Vol State email address won't work for that confirmation. Everything goes through your personal email address.

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

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.

If you don't want to participate that's fine. You will find a link to opt out of the system, as well, with your page.

Have a great school year!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Learning Commons Can Help You Test Out of Learning Support Classes

Victory Folsom
Most students don’t want to take classes that they may not have to. This is a situation Victory Folsom found herself in at the start of her freshman year here at Vol State. She scored too low on the reading portion of the ACT and found herself required to take a Learning Support class. Rather than sit through a semester of a class she didn’t want to take and be locked out of her other required classes, Victory decided to test out with the help of the Learning Commons. “I got to test out of reading learning support,” says Victory, “I also got some nice criticism on how to write papers, like things you shouldn’t do like run-ons and fragments.” The Learning Commons saved Victory time that she could spend on other classes, and helped her better understand how to read and write critically.
The Learning Commons of the Gallatin campus are in the Thigpen Library. Learning Support classes take place here, but it is also an area where students can get academic help. They offer tests to help you figure out what skills you need to work on, and tutoring to develop those skills. And as with Victory, they can help you test out of any learning support courses. For more information on how the Learning Commons can help you succeed and the hours during which they offer assistance, follow this link.

Go International - Consider Study Abroad

If you are interested in studying abroad spring break 2018 or summer 2018, please attend one of the upcoming study abroad information sessions. Attending a study abroad information session is mandatory if you plan to study abroad with Vol State.
The meetings, times and locations are as follows:
Location Date/day Time
Livingston Sept. 20-Wed. 10 a.m.
Cookeville Sept. 20-Wed. 1 p.m.
Main campus Sept. 22-Fri. 10 a.m. Mattox 104
Main campus Sept . 25-Mon. 3 p.m. Mattox 104
Main campus Sept. 27-Wed. 3 p.m. Mattox 104

Events this Week at Vol State

Sept. 19           Richard Painter Art Gallery Talk, SRB first floor, 10:30am-Noon and 1pm -2:30pm
Sept. 19           Alcohol Awareness, drunk driving simulator, SRB Plaza, free lunch at 11:30am
Sept. 20           Fall Job Career Fair, many employers, bring resumes, Pickel Field House, 10am-1pm
Sept. 20           Constitution Day Event, Rochelle Center of Thigpen Library, 1pm
Sept. 20           Undies for Everyone: collecting new underwear for Texas flood families, all sizes and both sexes, Springfield Lobby

Sept. 21                Hispanic Literature Reading, Ramer Great Hall, 12:45pm

Undies for Everyone: Texas Flood Relief

Undies for Everyone is a Vol State student led new underwear collection drive for Texas flood families.
The Highland Crest Intro to Social Services class is leading the effort. There is a Houston nonprofit asking for the help. To participate, buy new underwear-kid's, women's, men's and drop off at one of these locations:
September 20: Highland Crest Lobby
September 27: Highland Crest Lobby
September 25, 26, 27, 28: Gallatin Wood Campus Hallway

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Get Your Resume Ready: Career Fair Sept. 20

Dozens of employers will be on site for the 2017 Fall Job Career Fair at Vol State. 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. Everyone is invited to attend. The Career Fair will be held in the gym at the Pickel Field House on Wednesday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 615-230-3307 or visit

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Struggling with English? The Language Center Can Help!

Betty Mandeville offers her English expertise to a student.
Throughout your college career, you’ll be writing a lot of papers and doing even more research. As a student focused in English, I’ve had to spend countless hours working on essays. It’s gotten easier over the years, and part of that has to do with the Language Center. For the first few large papers I had been assigned, I needed the help of the tutors in the Language Center. They helped me understand how to properly cite sources, structure my papers, and get my points across. Without their assistance, I wouldn’t be near as good at writing papers as I am now.
Josh Ashby, peer tutor
“I believe the first draft of anything is terrible, so it’s good to have a second set of eyes to catch the things you missed,” says Josh Ashby, a peer tutor, on the importance of using the Language Center.  
Josh and I talk about the benefits of using the Language Center
The Language Center is in the SRB Building, Room 205. It is staffed by tutors who are specialized in all things related to the English language. As director Suzanne Previte puts it, “Anything at all where students need to communicate in any English language, we help with that.” Basically, their help goes beyond just research papers; they can lend an ear and a critical eye to speeches, resumes, and personal projects The Language Center also offers limited tutoring in Chinese, French, and Spanish. They also provide access to Rosetta Stone and other language resources. The best part of this? The help offered in the Language Center is free to Vol State students. For more information about the Language Center, follow this link or send an email to

Free Help with Papers, Math Homework and Research

The assignments are starting to pile up. You’re facing a math problem that has you stumped.  You’ve just been assigned a 20 page research paper. Get the extra help you need this semester with math, research assignments and papers. We list free tutoring services, and other academic support programs, on the College Success Zone web page. 

-Online tutoring for everyone in many subject areas
-Assignment research tools and assistance

-Help with papers and speeches
-Math tutoring

 Check out the list here:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Secret for Doing Well in College

Go to class.
That sounds like pretty simple advice. But once you’re in the classroom, it’s not so easy. You do have a life outside of college and it can be demanding. We understand.
Research studies show that when college students attend class they do better on tests and achieve higher final grades. Attending class means you have a better grasp of the material and on the deadlines coming up for assignments and tests. Keep an eye on that syllabus at all times. If you work ahead on projects and papers you will have more time to get them done right.
Also- if you miss class because of a snow day, make sure you check the eLearn page for your class. Your instructor will often post new readings or assignments to keep the class going. Don’t let bad weather derail you. Follow the syllabus and keep up.
Persistence is important. If you have to miss a class, for whatever reason, you can work to catch up and still do well. Research also shows this. So, don’t give up.
If you’re getting behind, check the syllabus and start working on the readings and assignments. You can also talk to your professor if there are certain things you don’t understand. We have free academic support programs available. Check out the list on the College Success Zone web page.

We hope you have a great semester!

Monday, September 11, 2017

What the Thigpen Library can do for you

The Thigpen Library in Gallatin is your number one campus resource.

Don’t know where to start when researching a topic?  The library staff offers personalized service. Librarians can provide instruction on methods to search for books, eBooks, journal articles from databases, streaming videos, and other resources.

Would you like access to technology?  The IT department maintains a computer lab on the library’s first floor that is open in conjunction with the library. Use one of the many computers available in the lab, including printing and scanning. The library also has laptops available for check-out and use anywhere within the library.

Do you need to access a specific textbook?  There are a variety of textbooks on reserve for two hour use within the library.  Just ask the staff at the circulation desk for assistance.

Would you like a peaceful place to study?  There is a silent study room on the second floor of the library and additional study space throughout the second floor.

Do you need a meeting place for a group activity?  There are study rooms on the second floor for group study and a practice-presentation room.

Gallatin Fall Hours (Library closed for all college holidays)
Monday through Thursday: 7:30 am to 8:30 pm
Friday: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

For Library services in Springfield, Livingston and Cookeville please visit:

For other information please visit

Subject-specific LibGuides at 

Vol State Events this Week

Check out these events at Vol State this week:
Sept. 11                Western Governors University representative, Wood Campus Center, 10am – 1pm
Sept. 12                Middle Tennessee State University, Wood Campus Center, 10am –2pm
Sept. 13                University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Wood Campus Center, 10am – 1pm
Sept. 13                One Book, One Community discussion with Jeannie Alexander, Caudill Hall, 1pm
Sept. 14                Western Kentucky University, Wood Campus Center, 10am – 2pm 

Friday, September 8, 2017

TRIO Helped Lexus Williams and They Can Help You Too

First-generation freshmen have it rough when they’re trying to get through their first semester. You don’t have much experience to draw from since neither of your parents completed their time at a four-year university. Now imagine raising a baby and having another on the way. That was the situation that Lexus Williams found herself in during the fall semester of 2015.  Fortunately, she wasn’t alone; not when she had the help of TRIO to call on.
TRIO Student Support Services is a federally funded program that provides free academic and group support to students who need it. “They helped me with my classes and time management,” says Lexus Williams, “They got me into contact with the right people on campus.” Along with tutoring and mentoring, TRIO also helps students get their hands on the right tools to tackle coursework. “It’s [TRIO] provided a laptop for me to use because I didn’t own one,” says Lexus. Of course, TRIO can only help students if they ask for it. “Always let the TRIO members know how you’re doing and don’t be scared to ask for help.”
TRIO is a free federal program. In order to participate, students must meet at least one of the following U.S. Department of Education requirements:
Low-Income:  Family income meets federal guidelines
First Generation:  Neither parent has a four-year college degree or
Disability:  Registered with the Office of Disability Services
Interested students must apply for the program itself. Applications are accepted throughout the year. It is possible that students will be placed on a waiting list for services, due to limited enrollment.  However, as students graduate spots open up each year. Students may apply by coming to the TRIO Office in the Wood Campus Center, Room 210 or by visiting

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Vol State Book Read Examines Incarceration with “Just Mercy”

According to numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, the United States has the highest incarceration rate of any nation in the world. The number of American prisoners has increased from 300,000 in the 1970s to 2.3 million people today. The Volunteer State Community College One Book, One Community initiative will examine these issues this coming school year with a group read of the non-fiction book "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson. This is how the publisher, Spiegel and Grau, describes “Just Mercy.”

“Bryan Stevenson takes us on an unforgettable journey into the broken American criminal justice system in his much lauded New York Times bestselling “Just Mercy.” After Stevenson graduated from Harvard Law School he started the Equal Justice Initiative, a law practice dedicated to defending some of America's most rejected and marginalized people. Among the first cases he took on was that of Walter McMillian, a black man from Monroeville, Alabama who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. The case would change Bryan's life and transform his understanding of justice and mercy forever. “Just Mercy” follows the suspenseful battle to free Walter before the state executes him, while also stepping back to tell the profoundly moving stories of men, women, and even children, who found themselves at the mercy of a system often incapable of showing it.” 

Bryan Stevenson. Photo by Nina Subin.
The One Book, One Community initiative joins Vol State, local schools, libraries and readers from across Sumner County for the group read. There are three speakers coming to the Vol State campus in Gallatin to discuss issues raised by the book. Everyone is welcome to attend these free events.

Jeannie Alexander will be speaking on September 13 at 1 p.m. in the Caudill Hall Wemyss Auditorium. Readers of the Nashville Scene will recognize her as the publication’s “Best Advocate” in 2017. Alexander, who has been involved in advocacy for those affected by homelessness as well as the prison system, now heads up the No Exceptions Prison Collective, a nonprofit focused on the abolition of prisons as well as the establishment of basic treatment standards for prisoners. Alexander will talk about her experiences as an advocate and more generally about the prison system.

Vanderbilt Philosophy Professor Lisa Guenther will discuss the prison system in America on October 24 at 1 p.m. in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room. Guenther’s areas of focus include mass incarceration, capital punishment, the carceral state, race and racism, and the effects of solitary confinement.

The Reverend Joseph B. Ingle will present on November 15 at 1 p.m. in the Caudill Hall Wemyss Auditorium. Ingle is an expert on the history of incarceration in the United States. The Reverend founded the Tennessee Committee against State Killing, and has served as the director of the Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons as well as the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Justice Center, a Nashville based coalition focused on restorative justice.

“Just Mercy” is available at many Sumner County libraries and all Vol State library locations. For more information on One Book, One Community and “Just Mercy” visit

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Number of Americans in Prison

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Learning Issues, Physical Limitations- There are Many Reasons to Visit Disability Services

You may have a learning problem that you have not identified yet. Or you may have issues you are well aware of and you have yet to seek help. If you believe you have problems that are interfering with your ability to do well in your classes, please contact Disability Services. It all starts with a conversation
Disability Services has one basic goal: to provide resources to help you be as successful as possible in college. We work closely with students with disabilities, including those who have physical, cognitive, learning, psychological and chronic health issues. You may have received assistance in high school, such as test accommodations, note taking assistance or alternative format textbooks, or your specific circumstances may be more recent. Our services are available whether you just graduated from high school or are returning to college after many years.Visit or 108 Wood Campus Center. Phone Number: (615) 230 – 3472. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

How TRIO Student Support Services Could Help You

Do you need extra academic help with college? Would you like a support group of students and educators to help you? If you're in one of the following groups, Vol State TRIO could be for you.
TRIO provides free academic and group support for Vol State students. TRIO students often say the program is like having a family of learners and mentors on campus. In order to participate, students must meet at least one of the following U.S. Department of Education requirements:
  • Low-Income:  Family income meets federal guidelines
  • First Generation:  Neither parent has a four-year college degree or
  • Disability:  Registered with the Office of Disability Services
Services provided by TRIO include a Start-to-Finish Seminar, academic and career advising, graduation planning, financial literacy, tutoring, mentoring, goal setting, check-out program (laptops, digital recorders and calculators), priority registration, and four-year college transfer assistance. Applications are accepted throughout the year. It is possible that students will be placed on a waiting list for services, due to limited enrollment.  However, as students graduate spots open up each year. Students may apply by coming to the TRIO Office in the Wood Campus Center, Room 210  or by visiting

Phone: 615-230-3732  

This Week at Vol State

Sept. 6             Veterans Affairs and Adult Learners, new office open house, Ramer 150, 8am-5:30pm
Sept. 6             Health and Safety Fair, Outside Plaza, 11am-3pm
Sept. 6             Returning Students Organization meeting, provide a support group & open lines of communication for returning students, Wood 214, 1pm
Sept. 6             Spectrum student club meeting, provide a more safe and accepting environment for LGBT+ individuals, Wood 214, 2pm
Sept. 7             Veterans Affairs and Adult Learners, new office open house, Ramer 150, 8am-5:30pm
Sept. 7             VISA international student club, first meeting, all welcome, SRB 365, 11am
Sept. 9             The National Society of Leadership & Success (NSLS) honor society orientation, Nichols Dining Room, 10am

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Why You Should Join a Club

You’ve made it through your first few days of class and gained a feel for life on campus. So what’s the next step? If you have time to spare, a desire to meet new people, or an itch to become more involved with activities, you should consider joining a club. Recently, a Student Activities Fair was held to show off the various clubs here at Vol State. We asked a few club representatives why you should join a club, and why you should join theirs specifically.
Spectrum is a group at Vol State whose goal is to create a safe environment for students regardless of sexual orientation, and to promote acceptance in the community.
Why should students join a club?
Ethan, secretary of Spectrum: “Why not? Various clubs offer avenues and opportunities for you to pursue. It’s a way to get involved with the campus community and the community in general.
Why should students join your club?
Ethan: “To support the presence of LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender] people on campus and fight against discrimination.”
Ethan, Secretary of Spectrum
VISA (Vol State International Student Association) is a club where international students, as well as those from here in the States, can come together to discuss issues, make friends, and learn about the rest of the world.
Why should students join a club?
Ida, President of VISA: “I think it’s beneficial. You get to socialize with other people, hang out. You meet other people and they help you.”
Why should students join your club?
Ida: “Because it’s an international club, and you get to know students from different countries with different perspectives.”
Ida, President of VISA

Sigma Kappa Delta is the English Honor Society here at Vol State. They give students a chance to experience and discuss literature.
Why should students join a club?
Jessica Levine, President of SKD: “For the experience, and making friends and relationships to further your career. You learn about your skills and why you like.”
Why should students join your club?
Jessica: “Because literature is so important for us to understand. The best way to appreciate that is in a group setting.”
Jessica Levine, President of Sigma Kappa Delta
The Student Government Association (SGA) is a group that works with the administration of Vol State to improve the quality of life for students here on campus.
Why should students join a club?
Montgomery Barreto, Vice President of SGA: “I think students should get involved with clubs because it’s a great opportunity to meet other students and get connected with faculty, which can all be great resources for the future.”
Why should students join your club?
Montgomery: “Working with SGA gives you the privilege to have a say in some of the administrative sides of the college, whether it be joining a committee or voting on SGA proposals. It’s awesome that the students get to have a voice.”
Montgomery Barreto, Vice President of SGA
For more information about any of the clubs featured here, or for some we may not have showcased, visit Room 215 in the Wood Campus Center.

Vol State Art Gallery- Richard Painter Exhibit in September

Vol State has a beautiful new art gallery on the first floor of the SRB Building. It's open to everyone. It can be a nice way to spend a few minutes over lunch. There will be displays by regional artists throughout the school year and a student show in the spring. The work of internationally known artist Richard Painter will be on display through September 28. Painter creates large scale images and three-dimensional objects by a unique process of using fire resistant coating and blow torches to char wood.
“My work since 1995 has utilized burning,” Painter says on his website. “Either rapidly or slowly, everything burns- the stars, planets, rocks, earth, plants and animals, molecules and atoms, quarks and maybe tachyons--everything that springs into tangible existence starts being consumed by the oxidation of time. Some say that I'm really an arsonist at heart and have simply found a polite and productive way to deal with that tendency.”
Painter is an alumnus of Vol State.  He went on to build a career exhibiting across the nation and internationally. The Richard Painter exhibit is free and open to the public. The Vol State Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building on the Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information call 615-230-3202.
Pictured: Winter Note #6. Charred wood, pastel and acrylic, 25" x 49" by Richard Painter.