Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Junie B. Jones Visits Vol State





Junie B. Jones is a mischievous kindergartener consistently paying the price for her questionable decisions; she tends to learn the hard way. The best-selling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, offers life lessons, insight, and most of all – humor. Despite it being a children’s book, there is much to appreciate and gain from Junie B. even as an adult. It’s a feel good play that the entire family will enjoy. You may find yourself rolling on the floor laughing as the Theatre department takes you back to your childhood during their performance of Junie B. Jones: Is Not a Crook.



“I love creating myself into characters, particularly old ladies and little boys,” said Nicole Black. “It’s kind of weird, but I like it… I’m doing three (characters) a little boy, Ricardo, Junie B.’s ex-boyfriend, she breaks up with me; it is a sad day… I play an old lady who likes to type, and a cat burglar. I’m just excited to perform for some kids, hopefully make them laugh a little bit.” Nicole said that she loves comedic acting and has an irrational fear of her pants falling down on stage.

Kiara Jenkins will play Junie B.’s teacher, Mrs. “When I was younger, the first time I saw a play, was when they came to my school, I wasn’t really interested because I was trying to get my work done, but I really liked it a lot from then on, I just wanted to do acting…” Kiara said. She plans to pursue a career as an actress and is excited to perform for kids so they can hopefully have the same experience as she did.

The love interest of almost every female character in the play, Warren, will be Matt Pace. He also plays a fireman, and a police officer. “I’m actually majoring in Broadcasting to become a voice actor,” he said. “I do share some interest in theatre because it’s still acting… it’s going to be my first play in probably a decade, so it’s pretty exciting. It’ll give me some experience with acting again, especially on stage…”



“I’m basically like Sharpay Evans (from High School Musical) but, like, five,” said Emily Bardwell, who is casted as Junie B.’s friend, Lucille. “I like performing for kids. I think they’re fun and you can kind of be a bit little more like a cartoon character… I want to be a makeup artist for movies, but as my fallback plan I’d be a theatre teacher to little kids, which kind of ties into the show… Theatre is what started the whole thing.”

For a night of family fun with the Vol State Theatre Department, join us on October 19th and 20th at 7:30 P.M. in Caudill Hall. Admission is $5 at the door and free for students, faculty, and staff with a Vol State ID. All proceeds go to fund student scholarships. For more information on the Theatre Department at Vol State, please visit: www.volstate.edu/humanities/performing-arts

-By Rachel Keyes

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Events this Week at Vol State

This week at Vol State:
Oct. 17 Western Kentucky University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 9:30 am-2 pm
Oct. 18 Welch College representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am-2 pm
Oct. 18 Let’s Talk About Domestic Violence, Nichols Dining Room, 10:30am-11:30am
Oct. 19 Theater for kids: “Junie B. Jones- I am not a Crook,” Caudill Hall, 7:30pm $5 admission goes to student scholarships, free with Vol State ID.
Oct. 20 Theater for kids: “Junie B. Jones- I am not a Crook,” Caudill Hall, 7:30pm $5 admission goes to student scholarships, free with Vol State ID.
Oct. 20 Fall Fiesta at Vol State, a celebration of Latino culture, inside the Pickel Field House, 10am-3pm, free and open to everyone

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Major Medical Challenges Lead to a New Life Purpose


Michael Johnson has had quite a hand dealt to him, but has never given up. Diagnosed with leukemia at age five, he went into remission at eight years old after undergoing extensive radiation and chemotherapy. Yet more challenges lay ahead; let’s fast forward 33 years later.

“I was living in Wilmington, North Carolina at the time. I was really broken from my divorce. I was pretty close to being homeless at the time. I was working a job trying to pay my rent. I had been feeling tired for the past couple of weeks, but I had been working a lot of hours at work so I really didn’t think that it was anything medical. I got off work from cleaning the store one night and nearly collapsed on a pallet of Dr. Peppers,” he said.

Michael had suffered a stroke at age 37. He was rushed to the hospital, where he stayed for a month. Luckily, the only side effects from the stroke were that his balance and concentration abilities were somewhat affected. However, when he returned home, it wasn’t for long. He soon became sick again.

“I was re-hospitalized, I was there for a couple of weeks and eventually they put in an AED device that shocks my heart if something goes wrong, because I was also diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure and later on type two diabetes.” The doctors had stabilized him. He began to face the realization that he needed to find a new life path, so he pondered his next steps.

“I knew I had to change something because all I had done before is physical labor jobs. They essentially told me ‘you can’t do this anymore because it might cause your heart to wear out faster,’ and so I had to find a new path. People had all of these perceptions of what I was going to be and they weren’t really listening to what I had to say.”

So, he decided to make a change towards education; he applied to Vol State. “I got accepted. I had Pell grants for the first few years. There came a period where I didn’t know if I was going to make it, because everything was just tough, and I’ve never been really good at academics anyway. Then things changed, and I began to study better and my grades go up.”

He started out majoring in Criminal Justice, planning to knock out his degree and get back into the workforce. He reached a point where he realized it was not the right path for him. After speaking to a classmate who was a Vol State Human Services major and stumbling upon a flyer for the Lindsey Wilson Human Services degree, the convenience of the degree being held on Vol State’s campus was appealing to him. He also like the idea of completing his Bachelor’s in 18 months; it felt right.

Michael had done some work as a camp counselor in his twenties working with at-risk juveniles, and realized that he wanted to pursue some sort of mentorship. After his stroke, he realized that he wants to work with hospitalized stroke patients as well. Both of these are possible within Human Services.

“After I had my stroke, I felt lost. Quite literally, I didn’t know what to do. It’s a bit overwhelming. They (stroke patients) need to know that there’s life after the stroke. It has to do with being a mentor, and sharing my story so they realize that there can be change, that they can rise above the situation. They may not be able to do everything they did before, but I feel like to many times the doctors and nurses limit what they think you can do.”

-By Rachel Keyes

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Spring Registration Coming Up - See Your Advisor Now


Priority spring class registration for current students is coming up soon. Why should you care? Priority registration is your opportunity to get the classes you need at the times you want. You have two weeks to register for spring before the public. To get ready to register you need to meet with your academic advisor. You don't want to take classes that don't apply towards your degree. Make an appointment with your advisor now!
You can start the process by visiting the DegreeWorks section of your MyVolState page. It shows you what classes you need, but you still need to meet with your academic advisor to make sure. If you don't know your academic advisor, you can look them up under your personal information on your MyVolState page. Advisors are also listed in DegreeWorks.
A reminder: Advising is mandatory this year for new Tennessee Promise students.

Priority spring course registration for current sophomores (30 credit hours or more) starts at 8am on November 5. It opens for current freshmen (less than 30 credit hours) on November 6 at 8am.

Spring registration for new and readmit students opens on November 19. So, you have priority for classes until then. However, you can still register and make changes at any time up until the first week of Spring classes.
If you have problems you can contact the Advising Center at 615-230-3702 or visit them in person in Gallatin in Ramer room 174. For the other campuses ask for Student Services help at the front desk.

Adentro Pickel Field House: La Fiesta de Vol State Presenta El Baile Azteca el 20 de octubre

Adentro Pickel Field House
El grupo de baile azteca Quetzalli Yolotl será uno de los destacados en la Fiesta de Otoño en Volunteer State Community College el 20 de octubre. La celebración anual de la cultura latina incluirá un concurso de lanzamiento de goles de fútbol, ​​con varias categorías de diferentes edades, desde niños hasta adultos. La Fiesta es un evento gratuito que ofrece comida, música y diversión.

"Disfrutamos traer grupos de baile latino y música en vivo al condado de Sumner", dijo Eric Melcher con Vol State. "La Fiesta es un buen día para que las familias visiten el campus y disfruten de la celebración. La comunidad latina es importante para Vol State, tenemos cientos de estudiantes latinos tomando clases aquí."

Las bandas musicales de Nashville, El Recreo y Cactus Fire se presentarán en la Fiesta. El Recreo toca rock latino. Cactus Fire se especializa en musica Tex-Mex, conjunto, rancheras, cumbias, polkas y boleros.
El concurso de cocina contiene comida de diferentes naciones latinas. Después de juzgar los platillos presentados a las 11 a.m., el público puede probar las muestras. También habrá un almuerzo mexicano gratis y refrigerios a partir del mediodía. El evento familiar, que se realiza en el exterior del campus, incluye actividades artísticas, pintura facial y juegos para los niños.

La Fiesta de Otoño se llevará a cabo de 10 a.m. a 3 p.m. El evento ocurrirá, llueva o haga sol, en el campus de Vol State localizado en el 1480 Nashville Pike en Gallatin. La ubicación en caso de lluvia será el Pickel Field House. La Fiesta de Otoño es gratis y abierta para todos. Se exhorta a las familias a traer una manta y sillas para pasar el día con nosotros. Para obtener más información en inglés o español, llame al 615-230-4846.


Inside Pickel Field House: Fall Fiesta Features Aztec Dance October 20

Update: The Fiesta will be held inside the Pickel Field House
Aztec dance group Quetzalli Yolotl will be a highlight of the Fall Fiesta at Volunteer State Community College on October 20. 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.
“We enjoy bringing Latino dance groups and live music to Sumner County,” said Eric Melcher with Vol State. “The Fiesta is a nice day for families to visit the campus and enjoy a celebration. The Latino community is important to Vol State, we have hundreds of Latino students taking classes here.”
The Nashville bands El Recreo and Cactus Fire will perform at the Fiesta. El Recreo plays Latin rock. Cactus fire specializes in Tex-Mex, conjunto, rancheras, cumbias, polkas, and boleros. 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 lunch and drinks starting at noon. The family event, held outside on the campus grounds, includes art activities, face painting, 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. For more information in English or Spanish call 615-230-4846.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Events this week at Vol State

Events this week at Vol State:
Oct. 8 Welch College representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Oct. 9 Serengeti Ecosystem, Jerry Faulkner, Rochelle Center, Thigpen Library, 11:10am
Oct. 10 UT Martin representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 11 am – 3 pm
Oct. 11 Lipscomb University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 1 pm
Oct. 15 Fall Break, no classes, offices open
Oct. 16 Fall Break, no classes, offices open

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Your Vol State Merit Page Celebrates Your Accomplishments

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 pr@volstate.edu.

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!

Midterms are Coming Up - Get Free Help with Papers and Assignments


Midterms are coming up. Get free help with papers, assignments, and math tutoring in the Vol State Learning Commons on each campus, including the location inside the Thigpen Library in Gallatin. You can also use Tutor.com if your class has an eLearn page. Tutor.com is 24/7 online help with a range of subjects. It’s free and available to all Vol State students.  Visit the class eLearn page to get started.
If you feel like you are falling behind in class, talk to your instructor. They want to see you succeed. But now is the time to turn things around. You can do this!

Stewart and Nordeman Exhibit at Vol State Art Gallery


The Vol State Art Gallery is showcasing the work of two female artists, both working with feminine imagery in a variety of materials, including textiles.  Gallery coordinator, Sue Mulcahy, said that Monica Stewart and Erinn Nordeman challenge the traditional roles of women, and invite the viewer to question the identity and expectations of women today.

Stewart is a multimedia artist working primarily with paper. She received her B.F.A with an emphasis painting from Murray State University and is currently pursuing her M.F.A at the University of Louisville. 

“In my recent work, I explore the relationships between narrative and object,” Stewart said. “I often draw on object imagery from fairytales to allude to dysfunctional familial relationships, female agency, as well as the magical and grotesque. By cutting, rearranging, and embellishing both traditional and nontraditional materials, I create new works that enter the realm of objects.”

Erinn Nordeman is a printmaker, photographer, video, and textile artist. She received her B.F.A from Millersville University and her M.F.A at the University of Arizona. She is interested in shifting traditional materials into contemporary questions of sexuality, identity, and female gender expectations.

“This collection of work is expressing a nostalgia for the younger version of myself; a version that was much more confident and in touch with herself,” Nordeman said. “The fabrics I chose, along with the self-portraits, embody that little girl, and all of her female role models on television and movies.”

The show runs from October 1 to November 1. The 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: Monica Stewart, Dress.

A Message to First Generation College Students

Even after more than a few semesters in college, most of the time, I still have no idea what I am doing. I’ve mostly had to attempt to figure it out alone, in a perpetual state of confusion, because I am a first generation college student. I was raised by a single mother who had a background in the military before entering the workforce, and my father never finished high school. For all of my home life, I had no one to turn to for academic or professional advice. I never fully understood the importance of college and how to do this life thing because I never had a solid example of what success looked like.

Dr. Frank E. Dobson, Jr., associate dean of students for Social Justice and Identity at Vanderbilt University, can relate to this experience, just like a lot of Vol State students. I had the opportunity to meet with him one on one before a presentation he gave this week at Vol State.


“I didn’t have people in my family that had went to college, I was an African American, working class kid, my Mom had worked in factories and as a domestic, but she was a really veracious reader. My Dad had worked in the steel mill, but he was a smart guy. I knew that I wanted to go to college, but I also knew that in going to college, I was going to have to work,” he said.

Dobson explained how, as an undergraduate student in Buffalo, New York, his life revolved around work, school, and church. Dobson said that his biggest struggles through his college career boiled down to: time, money, and convincing the people around him that what he was doing was good for him.

“You always have to realize that you love your loved ones, your friends and family members, but you’re striking out on a different path… Y’all’s mascot is the Pioneer, I knew that I was kind of the pioneer, because there wasn’t anybody before me that I could say, ‘hey, what do you do when….?’ Nobody was doing what I was doing.”

Are you a first generation college student dealing with a similar experience? Here’s some advice from Dr. D:

“Dream big, stick to your dream, never, ever let it go. Don’t put yourself on a time table, don’t compare yourself to other people… Ease the pressure, keep your eyes on the prize, and when you get it done, it’s in your time.”

To keep up with more events and happenings hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, please visit: www.volstate.edu/diversity-and-inclusion, or swing by room 217 of the Wood Campus Center.

-By Rachel Keyes

Monday, October 1, 2018

Plenty Going On - Events this Week at Vol State

Busy week at Vol State - check out these events:
Oct. 1 Art Exhibit: Monica Stewart and Erinn Nordeman, Vol State Gallery, First Floor of SRB, through Nov. 1
Oct. 1 Belmont University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 12–2 pm
Oct. 2 Union University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am–2 pm
October 2 CAB Café presents: arcade- - Xbox One, Wii, ping pong, board games, cards, etc. with prizes for winners, Nichols Dining Room, 11:30am-3pm
Oct. 2 Pioneer Pen literary magazine interest meeting, SRB 209, 2pm
Oct. 2 Nicholas Reynolds piano recital, Caudill Hall, Auditorium, 7pm
Oct. 3 Cumberland University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 11am – 1:30 pm
Oct. 4 Austin Peay State University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10am – 1 pm
Oct. 4 Understanding the Faces of DACA, discussion, Rochelle Center, Thigpen, 11:30am-1pm
Oct. 6 Vol State Commercial Music Ensemble, concert at Gallatin Square, noon