Thursday, November 30, 2017

Reflecting on My Time Here at Vol State

During my first semester at Vol State, I had English Comp 1 with Sarah Passino. Professor Passino was one of the most enthusiastic professors that I had ever met, and she wanted nothing more than to share the joy of writing with her students. Several class periods would begin with us replying to passages from a book called Writing Down the Bones (a book that any aspiring writer should check out), and they would end with Professor Passino dismissing us and reminding us to “think great thoughts.” Without her class, I wouldn’t be as interested in writing as I am, I wouldn’t have published some of my work, and I certainly wouldn’t be here posting on this blog.
Of course, Professor Passino isn’t the only person that I have to thank for making my time here at Vol State worthwhile. Never did I have an instructor that I didn’t like, and there was never a point where it felt like I wasn’t gaining anything out of my courses. Outside of class, I spent a lot of time in the cafeteria. Many dollars were spent in the Grill on sweet tea (my preferred drink to start the day), and several lifelong friends were met, either through interesting conversations or video game battles.
As I leave my post as social media writer and move on from Vol State, I can offer a few pieces of advice. Keep an open mind, and try to do new things; join a club, pay a visit to a building you haven’t yet, and most importantly, talk to people. This is good to remember should you get frustrated in your courses, as there are plenty of open ears and helping hands on campus. You should never be above taking help, especially as a college student. And finally, as Professor Passino would say, “think great thoughts.”

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Now Hiring Student Social Media Writer

Our current student social media writer, Shannon Lamont, has done an awesome job. However, he is graduating this fall and headed to university. So, we're hiring a student Social Media Writer. It is a paid, part-time position operating out of the Public Relations Office on the Gallatin campus. The person hired will write for the Vol State blog, Facebook and take pictures for Instagram. Only Vol State students who will be enrolled for the spring semester will be considered. The position will run from January to the end of April. A student continuing to take classes in fall 2018 and spring 2019 will be considered for those semesters as well.

Our preferred candidate will love writing and want to learn more about social media writing styles. It helps to be outgoing and, quite frankly, a bit nosy about what is happening on campus.

You will need to include writing samples. If you have social media or journalism samples that would be great. If not, you could include really great class papers.

Click here for a complete posting, details on pay and hours and a link to the application.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Save Yourself from Final Exam Stress with These Free Resources

“I feel overwhelmed with all the final exams I have to study for,” said Remi Pence, a sophomore. In speaking with other Vol State students, we found that most of them felt the same. You don't have to feel overwhelmed, not when you have access to plenty of free resources on (and off) campus.

Remi Pence
If you have a final paper in need of some polishing, swing by the Language Center in SRB 205. There’s no appointment necessary, and the tutors in there can direct you to a more focused paper. Should your math skills be rusty, you can can some help from the Learning Commons in the Thigpen Library. All you have to do is come by and sign in, and you will be connected with someone who can assist you. If you’re unable to use the Language Center or Learning Commons, you can get online help through Tutor.com. All you have to do is log-in to eLearn, go into one of your course pages, and click on the “connect” button under the “Tutor.com” heading.

Music Department Christmas Shows Dec. 1 and 2

It’s the season for holiday music. Students at Volunteer State Community College will be presenting two nights of festive songs in a show titled “It’s All About Christmas” There will be choreographed performances from the Showstoppers, songs by the Jazz Ensemble, and country musical renditions by Bluegrass Ablaze. The event will highlight the wide-ranging talents of more than seventy-five students.
The concert includes a CD release of Vol State student work. This year’s CD will be for sale at the shows on Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2 in the Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The show time is 7:30 p.m. each evening. A suggested donation of $5 benefits the Music Department scholarship fund. Admission and a copy of the Christmas CD are $10. For more information contact the Office of Humanities at 615-230-3202.

Events this Week at Vol State

Events this week at Vol State:
Nov. 28 Game Day at the Library, Thigpen Library, 10am-2pm
Nov. 29 Festival of Lights, tree lighting and holiday food, Cafeteria, 12:45pm
Nov. 30 Family Study Night, Leave your kids (ages 5-12) with RSO volunteers while you remain on campus to study, Wood Campus Center, 4pm-8pm, RSVP with the Office of Student Engagement & Support at Angel.Dunning@volstate.edu Presented by the Returning Students Organization
Nov. 30 Pot luck and Game Night, presented by the Service Learning Club, free for everyone, Thigpen Library 4pm-6pm
Dec. 1 Christmas Show, Music Department, $5 suggested donation, Caudill Hall, 7:30pm
Dec. 2 Christmas Show, Music Department, $5 suggested donation, Caudill Hall, 7:30pm

Monday, November 20, 2017

Spring Fees Now in My Vol State

You can now see what you owe for the spring semester. Log-in to My Vol State to see the balance. Just remember, financial aid won't be calculated in until the first week of January. Fees for the spring are due on January 8th. If you have question contact the Business Office at (615) 230-3585.

Thanksgiving Week Schedule

A reminder of holiday hours for all Vol State campuses:
Nov. 22 Thanksgiving Break: no classes, offices open
Nov. 23 Thanksgiving Break: campus closed
Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Break: campus closed

Have a happy Thanksgiving and safe travels!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Vol State Men's Basketball Preview

Coach Melvin gives the team some advice going into this weekend's game
Everyone enjoys a good underdog story, and we’re set to see one unfold on the hardwood this weekend. The Pioneers will take on Motlow State Community College in their first home game this weekend, and they appear to be up against some tough competition. “We’re playing the 9th ranked team in the nation,” said Coach Rusty Melvin about Motlow State, “We’re playing the best team in our league and it should be a good game.” We had the opportunity to speak with Coach Melvin and the team on their mindset going into this weekend’s game, as well as the rest of the season. Here’s what they had to say:
How do you feel about the team going into this season?
Coach Melvin: “We’ve been an underdog in every game so far. The only thing we need to improve on are our free-throws towards the end of the game. If we’ve got everyone healthy then we’ll show up and play hard. “
Jordan Buchanan and Jaden Chumley
How do you feel about the team going into this season?
Jordan Buchanan: “Good. We have a lot of athletic guys. Will, our big guy, is pretty good around the basket. Our guards play the best that’s been at Vol State in a while.”
How do you feel about the team going into this season?
Jaden Chumley: “We should be really solid going into this season. We’ve got a lot of good of good playmakers, a good mixture of shooting and post-work. If we can just string together all three for a game, we’ll be set.”
Your Vol State men’s basketball team is set to face against Motlow State at 4:00 PM this Saturday in the Pickel Field House Gym.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Vol State Women's Basketball Preview


If you attend one of their games or practice sessions, you may notice that there a lot of fresh faces on the Vol State women's basketball team. They may look new, but they’re no strangers to the court. The season has just started for our Lady Pioneers, and their first home game is this Saturday against Motlow State Community College. As we get ready to see how they fare against Motlow State, we talked to Coach Otis Key and a couple of players about how they feel going into this season.
Coach Key
How do you feel about the team going into this season?
Coach Key: “We’re young. We’ve got 11 freshmen who have to get up to speed. I’m confident that by tournament, we’ll be a much better team than we are now.”
What are you looking to improve on from last season?
Coach Key: “Last season we had a lot of size. I wanna improve on our quickness; our ability to disrupt their offense. We also wanna apply more pressure to their defense.” 
“I think this collection of kids is gonna be great,” says Key, “They’re gonna fall into line with the other great Vol State players who went on to play at four-year universities.”
Aliyah Miller and Taylor Moon
How do you feel about the team going into this season?
Taylor Moon, Sophomore: “We have a young team. If we just keep playing hard, regardless of how young we are, we should come out on top.”
How do you feel about the team going into this season?
Aliyah Miller, Freshman: “We have bigger roles to play so it’s gonna be a challenge. We work hard in practice so it should show in the games.”
The first home game for the Lady Pioneers is happening this Saturday at 2:00 PM in the Pickel Field House Gym. The men’s team will be playing at 4:00 PM that same day. Look forward to a preview of their team on Friday.

Need a study night with someone watching your kids?

Need a study night with someone watching your kids?

On November 30 the Returning Students Organization (RSO) is hosting a Family Study Night from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event is designed to help students with children have time to study for finals. 

Students can drop their kids off at the Cafeteria where RSO volunteers will watch them while the student remains on campus to study. The Learning Commons will be open until 9 p.m.

Here’s the schedule: 

4pm: Check in
4pm- 5pm: Games and activity tables for the kids
5pm: Dinner (PB&J or ham and cheese sandwiches served with chips, cookies and Koolaid)
5:45pm: More games: Simon Says, Red-Light Green-Light, Musical Chairs)
6:30pm - 8pm: Kid-friendly Movie

Tennessee Promise students can volunteer to help and earn community service hours.

Interested parents and volunteers can simply email tabitha.sherrell@volstate to register. For more information call 615-230-3799.

Current Students - Last Call for Priority Registration

Current students- only a few more days left of Priority Registration for you. Spring course registration will open to new and readmit students on Monday, November 20, You can still register for spring classes at any time into the first week of classes in January. But if you want specific classes at the times you like, you should register now.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Get Ready for Pioneer Basketball

Get ready for Pioneer basketball! The home opener for the men and women’s teams is coming up on Saturday. Join the pep rally on Thursday and enjoy a Homecoming movie on Friday night. Go Pioneers!
Nov. 16 Pep Rally, get ready for basketball season, Cafeteria, 12:45pm
Nov. 17 Movie Night- “Spiderman Homecoming”, free for everyone, kids are welcome, Nichols Dining Room, 8 p.m.
Nov. 18 Basketball home opener, giveaways at half times, Pickel Field House, games at 2pm and 4pm

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Now Hiring Vol State Student Social Media Writer

Our current student social media writer, Shannon Lamont, has done an awesome job. However, he is graduating this fall and headed to university. So, we're hiring a student Social Media Writer. It is a paid, part-time position operating out of the Public Relations Office on the Gallatin campus. The person hired will write for the Vol State blog, Facebook and take pictures for Instagram. Only Vol State students who will be enrolled for the spring semester will be considered. The position will run from January to the end of April. A student continuing to take classes in fall 2018 and spring 2019 will be considered for those semesters as well.

Our preferred candidate will love writing and want to learn more about social media writing styles. It helps to be outgoing and, quite frankly, a bit nosy about what is happening on campus.

You will need to include writing samples. If you have social media or journalism samples that would be great. If not, you could include really great class papers.

Click here for a complete posting, details on pay and hours and a link to the application.





Use the Gallatin Language Center for Help with Papers

Get help with final papers and assignments in the Gallatin Language Center. Having a faculty member help you review a paper now could mean a higher grade. It's free and open to all Vol State students: http://www.volstate.edu/languagecenter/

The Feed: Food Assistance for All Vol State Students


Money for food can be tight, especially this time of the year. The Feed at Vol State is available for all Vol State students.
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.
Hours
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.
Location 
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: TheFeed@volstate.edu

Monday, November 13, 2017

Events this Week at Vol State

Events this week at Vol State:
Nov. 13 Jazz Music Program: Jerry Tachoir, SRB 151, 11am – 1pm
Nov. 13 Kickoff to International Education week with Student Roadtrip. Currently enrolled students can get a FREE Passport in the Tiled Dining Room from 12:45pm-1:45pm. Visit international education activities this week to get stamps. The number of stamps that students receive in the passport book is the number of raffle tickets they will get at the Homecoming games to be placed in the running for an iPad.
Nov. 13 Art Exhibit: Rachel Mauser, through December 16, Vol State Gallery, SRB first floor
Nov. 14 Forum: What is it Like to be an International Student at Vol State?, Cafeteria, 11:15am
Nov. 14 International Luncheon with guest speaker: Omega Tennant, free and open to everyone, Nichols Dining Room, 12:45pm
Nov. 15 Coffee with the Prez, ask questions of Dr. Faulkner, Cafeteria, 10am-11am
Nov. 15 Around the World in a Day, student country displays, Nichols Dining Room, 10:30am-12pm
Nov. 15 One Book, One Community: American prison system discussion with Reverend Joseph B. Ingle, Caudill Hall, 1pm
Nov. 16 Vanderbilt Humphrey Fellows discussion, Nichols Dining Room, 10:45pm-12:45pm
Nov. 16 Pep Rally, get ready for basketball season, Cafeteria, 12:45pm
Nov. 16 Unraveling Social Justice: Where Do We Start?, Laura Black, Kenny Yarbrough, Thomas Mether, Rochelle Center, 1pm
Nov. 17 Movie Night- “Spiderman Homecoming”, free for everyone, kids are welcome, Nichols Dining Room, 8 p.m.
Nov. 18 Basketball home opener, games at 2pm and 4pm, Pickel Field House, free with Vol State ID, iPad raffle at second game half (see above for entry details).
Nov. 22 Thanksgiving Break: no classes, offices open
Nov. 23 Thanksgiving Break: campus closed
Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Break: campus closed

Friday, November 10, 2017

Rachel Mauser Exhibit at Vol State Art Gallery

The work of Louisville-based bookbinder and printmaker Rachel Mauser will be on display at the Volunteer State Community College Art Gallery in Gallatin starting November 13. Mauser is co-founder and director of the Steam Exchange community arts organization in Louisville, where she teaches classes in a variety of media and helps young people become art leaders in their community. Her work in the Vol State exhibit features the printed page turned to sculpture.
“My sculptural books utilize original text, supporting imagery, and repetition,” Mauser said. “I consider the form of the book to be as vital as its content using form as a vehicle for relaying meaning and message. I am a storyteller: remembering, recording, inventing; using my experiences and memories to explore emotions and states of mind that are inherent to the human experience and what it means to walk though this world.”
Mauser holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Murray State University. She has taught papermaking, printmaking, painting, mural painting, and bookbinding workshops in Louisville, North Carolina, Los Angeles, Mexico, and Belize.  The Vol State exhibit is free and open to the public. It runs through December 16. 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. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Showstoppers Auditions are Currently Being Held - Spring 2018

If you are interested in a vocal performance and a recording group, consider auditioning for Showstoppers MUS 155. This group is a performance-oriented class to develop musical theater, commercial vocal, and/or instrumental techniques. The ensemble participates in public performances of a variety of popular and commercial styles in the spring. There is a dance component to this class. The group meets on Monday and Wednesdays from 1pm-2:30pm and the class is a one credit hour.
Audition requirements:
Prepare a musical selection that shows the character of your voice; any genre. You may bring sheet music of the selection or perform with an accompaniment track.
No A Cappella singing for audition.
You will be vocalized to check your tone and range.

See Professor James Story in in SRB 206-G or call 615 230 3216 for information.

International Education Week and Homecoming Activities

Join us for International Education Week and Homecoming activities on the Gallatin campus.
Monday, November 13
SGA Meeting at 12:45PM in Rochelle Center. Enjoy FREE Greek Coffee at the meeting. Currently enrolled students can get a FREE Passport in the Tiled Dining Room from 12:45pm-1:45pm *The number of stamps that students receive in the passport book is the number of raffle tickets they will get at the Homecoming games to be placed in the running for an iPad*
Tuesday, November 14
International Student Panel
11:15am
Cafeteria
“What is it like to be an international student at Vol State?”
Forum with three VISA club students from different countries
Tuesday, November 14
Language Luncheon- Guest Speaker: Omega Tennant
12:45pm
Nichols Dining Room
Omega has traveled and/or worked in Peru, Ecuador, China, Tanzania (Zanzibar), Kenya, and Brazil; and she uses her international experience as a motivational speaker and author to reach audiences around the world.
Wednesday, November 15
Around the World in Day and International Food
10:30am-Noon
Nichols Dining Room
See country displays from Vol State Students, staff and faculty and enjoy international foods.
Thursday, November 16
Vanderbilt Humphrey Fellows
10:45pm-12:45pm
Nichols Dining Room
Come meet international scholars from 12 different countries. Scholars will be present to meet with the Vol State community to discuss specifics about what it is like to live and work in their country.
Thursday, November 16
CAB Café presents a Homecoming Pep Rally 12:45pm-1:45pm in the Cafeteria. Cheerleaders performance, meet the basketball teams, & get a selfie with the PIONEER!


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Priority Spring Registration Now Open for Current Students

Priority spring class registration is now open for all current students. You will have until November 19 to register before the public. Priority registration is your opportunity to get the classes you need at the times you want. Starting on November 20 spring class registration will also be open for new and readmit students. You can still register for spring classes at any time up until the first week of classes. Spring classes start on January 16.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Consider a Health Sciences Career - Display Thursday

If you're considering a Health Sciences specialty for a career, be sure to visit the Vol State Health Sciences display on the second floor hallway of SRB this Thursday, November 9th from 9am to 2pm. You can talk to Health Sciences faculty about their programs, pick-up information brochures, and get a schedule of information sessions for the programs. It's all part of Allied Health Professions Week.

Events this week at Vol State

Nov. 6                   Spring Priority Registration starts for current sophomores (30 credit hours or more)
Nov. 6                   World War II Display, Rochelle Center, 8am to 2pm and also on Tuesday, Nov. 7
Nov. 7                   Spring Priority Registration starts for current freshmen (less than 30 credit hours)
Nov. 7                   Veterans Forum, transition from military to college, Nichols Dining Room, 2pm
Nov. 9                   Learn About Health Sciences professions, SRB second floor hallway, 9am-2pm
Nov. 9                   Lecture: Sumner County in the Great War, author Judith Morgan, Rochelle Center, 12:45pm
Nov. 10                 Excerpts from All in the Timing, comedy play scenes, $5 suggested donation, Caudill Hall, 7:30pm

Nov. 11                 Excerpts from All in the Timing, comedy play scenes, $5 suggested donation, Caudill Hall, 7:30pm

All in the Timing - One Act Comedies Nov. 10 and 11

Playwright David Ives asked the theatrical question: what would you do if you could do it all over again? The answers are both funny and thought provoking according to critics. “All in the Timing” premiered in 1993 and has become a staple of regional theater productions across the country. The Volunteer State Community College Theater Program will present two of the one-act plays- “Sure Thing” and “Variations on the Death of Trotsky.” Both will be performed on November 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Performing Arts Studio. Admission is a $5 suggested donation to student scholarships. For more information call 615-230-3201.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Join the Vol State Singers for Spring Semester


Join the Vol State Singers for the Spring Semester! The one-credit class is Thursday from 3pm-4:30pm. There’s no audition needed. You just need the ability to carry a tune and live to sing. The Vol State Singers perform in standard choral settings- there’s no dancing or staging to learn.  High school students can even take it as a dual enrollment class. Practices are held in the new SRB music facilities on the Gallatin campus. You’ll find it listed on the class schedule as VolState Singers - 11771 - MUS 154 - 001.