Thursday, February 28, 2019

Application Now Available for New Vol State Nursing A.A.S. Program


The application for the new Vol State Nursing A.A.S. Program is now available on the web page at www.volstate.edu/nursing
The application must be turned in by May 1. Classes will start this summer on June 10.
Students must have completed the course requirements as outlined on the web page. The students most likely to have done this are current Pre-Nursing students.
The completed application should be mailed or hand-delivered to: Vol State Nursing, Building 100 Suite 102A, 1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, Tennessee 37066.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Recent Grad Spotlight: Gareth Laffely

Last May, we shared ‘The Amazing Story of Vol State’s Flute Playing Graduate.’ Since then, we caught up with Gareth at an Honors Conference. We wanted to see how life has been for him since transitioning from Vol State to MTSU.

Gareth is an internationally known Native American flutist. Aside from paving his way in the music industry, Gareth stays focused on his academics which include Marketing, Business Administration, and Honors. Gareth was involved with Vol State’s Honors Program and is now one of the first Honors Ambassadors at MTSU; his duties include conducting campus tours and putting on events. His presentation at the 2019 Honors Conference covered the topic of Native American culture and music in the marketing field.

“So, it’s talking about really how every culture has power, every culture has a story, and music is the ultimate way to tell that story. Music is unlike a lot of different means of communication because music carries emotion, music isn’t what you can tell somebody, it’s what you can make somebody feel.”

Gareth continues to follow his passions and is currently devoting his energy to creating music for films. His eventual goal is to start a company solely dedicated to creating custom cultural/world music for films.

“I have filmmakers come to me and say they’re working on a particular project and need me to write the music for it. That has been one of my greatest passions … I would want to have a company devoted to creating custom music depending on what the film project is needing … I wanted to get more of a marketing background so I could really build the company and everything that it can be so I can continue to pursue what I love.”

To stay in the loop with Gareth, please visit: www.garethmusic.com
Photo Credits: This is Citizen/Daniel Volland

-By Rachel Keyes

Spring Break March 4-9

A reminder that Vol State Spring Break is next week, March 4-9. There will be no classes and many faculty members will be gone. However, campus offices will be open for the usual business hours.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Vol State Cop Turns Potter

When you think of police officers, you may imagine them fighting crimes, keeping your neighborhood safe, or eating donuts at Krispy Kreme, but do you ever think of them being artists?

Phil Woodard served a total of 21 years in law enforcement, including here at Vol State, before giving up his badge for the feel of clay in his hands. Phil discovered his passion accidentally one night while securing the buildings on campus.

“Patrick Green is a professor of ceramics here, and I was fortunate enough to meet him while I was working here. I met him doing my rounds, checking the buildings, he was in there doing some pottery. I asked him about it, he showed me a little bit. I said, ‘yeah, that would be something that I’d want to try.’ So, I took the basic Intro to Ceramics and I liked it.”

Phil had already been taking classes at Vol State. “I was going to get a history degree. I wanted to eventually teach history at a university level. So I was going to go through and get a master’s degree in that and then I found pottery.”

Although not officially retired as a police officer, he doesn’t plan to return to the force. The goal for him is to make a living solely off of pottery.


“I just want to do something fun for the rest of my life and make some money off of it to pay the bills. I just want to be able to be comfortable and happy. I’m doing it because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do … I think I’m here now because it’s the right time.”

Phil won an award for Best Ceramics in April of 2018 at Vol State for his pottery displayed in the SRB Gallery. He is now working towards his A.F.A. and credited the Vol State Art Department for their continuous support and encouragement.


For more information on A.F.A. degrees, please visit: www.volstate.edu/humanities/art/afa-courses

-By Rachel Keyes

Monday, February 25, 2019

Events this Week at Vol State


Feb. 25                 Art Exhibit: Landon Crowell, through March 28, Vol State Art Gallery, SRB First Floor
Feb. 25                 WKU representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 11 am – 3 pm
Feb. 26                 Lindsey Wilson College representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Feb. 26                 College Transfer Fair, university reps on site, Nichols Dining Room B, 10am-2pm
Feb. 27                 Nature’s Drummers, music performance, Caudill Auditorium, 12:30pm
Feb. 28                 TN Tech Univ representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Feb. 28                 THIS EVENT CANCELED: Author James Baldwin discussion, Laura Black, Rochelle Center of Thigpen, 1pm
Feb. 28                 Let’s Talk About Body Image, presentation and discussion, Nichols Dining Room B, 2pm


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Tips for Successfully Transferring to a University: Visit the Campus


Get ready for the Feb. 26 Transfer Fair on the Gallatin campus. There will be university reps on site, in the Nichols Dining Room B from 10am-2pm. Here are some more tips about transfer.
Just like a postcard does not give you the full experience of visiting a popular vacation spot, there is only so much you can learn from a university’s website or brochure. You need to go in person!
If you are interested in transferring to a university after you graduate from Vol State, visit the campus. If you can, attend an event for prospective transfers. Why is this so important?


This is your opportunity to get to know the university and find out if it is the right fit for you! It does not matter if it was a good fit for your friend, significant other, parent, grandparent, etc. College should be a great experience for you. You owe it to yourself to find the right place.
Here are some tips for getting the most out of your university campus visit:
·         Take a tour, and get some freebies! Visiting in person gives you the “vibe” of the campus. How you feel when you are there is more important than you might think. We have known students who were all set to go to a particular university but as soon as they got there to visit or even to start school, the vibe was “off” for them and it did not feel right. We have also known students who were not excited about a school until they stepped onto the campus and realized what a great fit it was for them. It gets real when you go in person. Plus, you will usually get some free swag when you visit in person!
·         Bring a friend or relative with you to your campus visit. Get their feedback as well. You’ll likely be on information overload by the end of the visit and your companion may have caught things you missed.
·         Make an appointment to meet with a professor. If he or she allows, sit in on a class. How many students are in the class? Was the topic interesting and interactive? What were your impressions?
·         What are the housing options? On campus and off campus? Is it required for you to live on campus as a transfer student? Are there residence halls or on-campus apartments designed for transfer students? When is the deadline to apply for housing? If you want to live off campus, how much does it cost to live near campus? Do you have to live far away from campus and fight traffic to find affordable off-campus housing?
·         How much does it cost to park on campus? Is public transportation available? Parking is often much trickier and more expensive at a university than at Vol State, especially for students commuting from off campus. If you live on campus at the university, you can walk to class rather than dealing with traffic and competing for a parking spot. Is public transportation (i.e. bus, subway, etc.) available? Do students get a discount to use these services?
·         What is the town/city like? Do you prefer a suburban college town or a bustling, urban city? What is the climate? Is the campus in a safe area? Is there a security office or police department on campus?
If you cannot afford to visit the campus or cannot take a day off work, etc., many universities have virtual campus tours that you can take online. You can also ask your transfer admissions counselor the above questions. But we highly recommend that you visit in person, especially if you have been admitted to the university and it has made your short list of options.
Preparing to transfer to a university does not have to be overwhelming. The sooner you start researching, the more confident you will be about your next steps after you walk the stage and graduate from Vol State!
Lindsay Guenther  and Josie Larson are full-time advisors at the Gallatin campus.
©2018 Lindsay Guenther, Josie Larson, Rebecca Adair

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Tips for Successfully Transferring to a University: Financial Questions


Are you thinking about transferring to a university after you graduate from Vol State but you’re concerned about how to pay for it? Universities cost more than community colleges, and Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect do not apply toward a bachelor’s degree at a university. But the good news is there are multiple ways to get money for school. Here are some things to look for:
·         How much does it cost to attend the university? Get the actual amounts without financial aid or scholarships. If you paid completely out of pocket, how much would it be each semester? Can you do a payment plan? Most universities should have a “net price calculator” on their website to give you an estimate of the cost including aid. Remember that public universities in Tennessee usually cost less than colleges out of state. Also, private universities in Tennessee will typically cost significantly more than public ones because they are not funded by the state. No matter where you transfer, you will need to find out about financial aid and scholarships.
·         How much does financial aid usually cover for most students? Most financial aid is awarded based on income. Submit your FAFSA to all universities to which you apply. Financial aid can include grants (free money from the government such as PELL), student loans (money you pay back after you have been out of school for a certain period of time), and scholarships (free money based on GPA, minority status, church affiliation, honor society membership, etc.) Sources of aid can include the federal and state government, the universities themselves, and also private sources. Colleges may have separate scholarship applications and deadlines apart from admissions, so check their websites. Once you have applied for university scholarships, look for private scholarships through search engines such as www.fastweb.com, www.myscholly.com, and www.scholarships.com.
·         Are there scholarship opportunities for transfer students? Some universities reserve most of their scholarship money for entering freshmen. Other universities offer guaranteed scholarships for transfer students with associate’s degrees and certain GPA minimums. Scholarships vary widely based on the school, your financial need, academic merit, and other factors. Submit your FAFSA to all schools you are considering and apply for as many private scholarships as possible.
Don’t assume that a bachelor’s degree is out of reach due to cost. There are many affordable, reputable universities out there. When you add in financial aid and scholarships, a bachelor’s degree can be very feasible. And, remember that the better your grades are at Vol State, the more opportunities you may have at universities.

Lindsay Guenther  and Josie Larson are full-time advisors at the Gallatin campus.
©2018 Lindsay Guenther, Josie Larson, Rebecca Adair

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Tips for Successfully Transferring to a University: Academic Questions


Are you considering transferring to a university after you graduate from Vol State? It’s never too early to start checking out options. What do you need to know about the academic side? Here are a few questions to ask:
·         Is the university regionally accredited? There are many different kinds of accreditations (i.e. regional, national, industry-specific, etc.) which demonstrate that a university has met a certain set of official criteria of excellence. Not all accreditations are the same! If a school is not regionally accredited, then it will be very hard for you to transfer credits from there to any other school if you decide to continue your education after graduating with them.
·         Does the university have the major you want? If you aren’t sure what major you want to do, the Advising Center in Ramer 174 can assist you with major and career exploration. If you want to pursue a major that the university has but that Vol State does not, you might consider majoring in General Studies at Vol State. This degree program allows you more flexibility to take Vol State courses recommended by the university that don’t fit perfectly into another degree program. Contact the Advising Center at 615-230-3702 for more information.
·         How competitive is the university and/or the major? Some schools have guaranteed objective admissions standards (i.e. a minimum GPA, ACT score, etc.) Others have a subjective, holistic approach in which they consider GPA and scores as well as writing samples, extracurricular activities, etc. Remember that being admitted to the university does not guarantee admission to your major of choice. Some majors (i.e. business, education, health sciences) have separate, often more rigorous, admissions standards. If there are a limited number of seats in the program, meeting the minimum criteria might not be enough to get admitted. If the university and/or major are competitive, make sure you have a less competitive backup plan.
·         How will your Volunteer State credits transfer? It’s not enough to know if your credits will transfer. You need to know how they will transfer. Will they count as electives, or will they satisfy specific degree requirements? Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) degrees are designed to transfer smoothly to all participating public universities in Tennessee and some private ones, but some universities do not always follow the TTPs perfectly. Also not every TTP is accepted by every university. It is always best to consult with an advisor at the university to make sure your classes will transfer smoothly. See if the university has an updated equivalency chart showing which Vol State courses are equivalent to which courses at the university.
Knowing that a university is regionally accredited, has the program you want, and will accept your courses toward your degree of choice will help you to save time, money, and stress.
  
Lindsay Guenther  and Josie Larson are full-time advisors at the Gallatin campus.
©2018 Lindsay Guenther, Josie Larson, Rebecca Adair

Monday, February 18, 2019

This Week at Vol State


Feb. 18                 Tennessee State University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 11 am – 2 pm
Feb. 18                 Film Screening: 13th, documentary, Rochelle Center of Thigpen Library, 11:15am
Feb. 19                 Film Screening: Thank-You for Your Service, veteran movie, Nichols Dining Room B, 11am-1pm
Feb. 20                 Lipscomb University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Feb. 20                 SkillsUSA info, Cookeville Atrium, 12:30-5pm
Feb. 20                 Film Screening: 13th, documentary, public event, Nichols Dining Room B, 6pm
Feb 21                   Cumberland University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Feb. 21                 SkillsUSA info, Cookeville Atrium, 12:30-5pm
Feb. 21                 International Film Series, Cinema Paradiso, Caudill Hall auditorium, 5:30pm

Friday, February 15, 2019

Love One, Help One: A Baby Product Drive



Perhaps you’ve heard of The Feed; it’s our on campus food bank.

In addition to providing non-perishable food items to our students, The Feed also offers school supplies, hygiene items, and baby products.

It’s come to our recent attention that The Feed is severely lacking baby products.

“We have a lot of students that are single parents and they’re utilizing The Feed. By having baby products available helps to free some of their money up to pay bills elsewhere. Having those diapers, wipes, bottles, baby food, those types of items, helps them to be able to sustain themselves for the next week to two weeks,” said Lori Miller of Diversity and Inclusion.

In attempts to bridge the gap by helping our fellow students provide items for their children, Honors students are currently hosting a baby product drive; we need your help!

We’re asking for donations for the following items:

-Baby Formula/Jarred Food
-Diapers/Wipes
-Pacifiers/Bottles
-Creams/Lotions
-Any Other Baby Products

Donations are being collected in room 217 of the Wood Campus Center. We thank you in advance for your support.


-By Rachel Keyes



Tips for Successfully Transferring to a University: Starting the Search


Are you considering transferring to a university after you graduate from Vol State? It’s never too early to prepare. Don’t wait until your last semester!
Vol State has several opportunities over the next few weeks for you to meet with admissions representatives right here on campus:
·        University Transfer Fair – Tuesday, February 26, from 10 am - 2 pm in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining room in the Wood Campus Center. Many universities will be represented.
·        University information tables in the Wood Campus Center main hallway (check your email and social media for upcoming dates and times). Several universities have already visited, and there are several more coming through the end of March.
Not sure how to start researching universities? Here are some tips:
·         Make a list of all of the universities you are interested in exploring. Create a spreadsheet and put the names of the universities in the first row across the top, one column per university.
·         Make a list of all of the questions you have and things you want to know about each university. Put those questions down the left side of the spreadsheet in the first column, one question per row.
·         Start with the university’s admissions website and read through the information. You may find answers to a lot of your questions there. Put the answers in your spreadsheet.
·         Find a transfer admissions counselor. An admissions counselor is your preliminary guide for the university. Let them know you’re attending Vol State and you’re considering transferring after you graduate with your associate’s degree. They can send you links to information, tell you how to apply, what events are coming up for prospective transfers, etc. Keep in mind, however, that an admissions counselor typically does not do academic advising.
·         Find an academic advisor. Your transfer admissions counselor may be able to point you to the right person. This might be a faculty advisor or a full-time advisor. Ask them if you can make an appointment to look at your transcript and discuss how your Vol State credits will transfer, and what other courses would be accepted in transfer.
Lots of university information is at your fingertips. Keep it organized and get excited about all the opportunities out there!

Lindsay Guenther  and Josie Larson are full-time advisors at the Gallatin campus.
©2018 Lindsay Guenther, Josie Larson, Rebecca Adair

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Student Spotlight: Michael Mullins

Michael Mullins has been playing piano since he was nine, but found his immense love for music during a high school performance with his show choir; he doesn’t show signs of stopping anytime soon.

“Just singing in front of everyone, hearing the applause, that’s really what did it for me. I was like, ‘this is what I want to do.’ It’s almost like I was on a four wheeler or a dirt bike, doing a wheelie for the first time, the adrenaline rush, that’s almost how it is every time I sing in front of somebody, and I’m addicted to it,” he said.




He’s now a student of our new Professional Music program here at Vol State, where he was first encouraged to pick up a guitar only four months ago.

“I was told I’d never make it in the country music industry if I don’t play acoustic guitar. So, that’s what’s driven me to learn it so fast and to keep learning. I’m no expert by any means, but every day is a new day … I’m excited to see what I can do in the next couple of months.”

Michael said he writes about two to three songs per week. He frequently performs his original music at shows in Tennessee. He’s still contemplating his plans after Vol State and said he’s excited for whatever comes his way in life.

“I get that it’s hard. I get that it’s a huge competition and industry. But, it’s music, it’s what I love. It’s a huge part of my life, that’s why I’m wanting to spend the rest of my life on a stage.”

Here’s a plot twist, Mullins is also a volunteer firefighter in Pleasant View, Tennessee; he said wanted the life experience of it, yet he remains laser focused on his musicianship.

For more information on our Professional Music program please visit: www.volstate.edu/humanities/performing-arts/professional-music-courses

-By Rachel Keyes

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Get Academic Assistance with eLearn Online Essay Drop-Off


Need help with a paper or assignment?
Vol State has a new online drop-off essay service on eLearn. All Vol State students have the Essay Review and Writing Support section on eLearn. Students can submit essays to the Dropbox for feedback from a tutor. There are several ways you can access it:

1.    There’s a link under the “Help” drop-down menu.
2.    There’s an announcement and link on each course homepage within the academic resources widget.
3.    There’s a “course” shell within the Spring 2019 term in each student’s “My Courses” widget.
Tutors will respond to your essays within forty-eight hours with feedback on writing concerns, such as writing to purpose, thesis development, focus, paragraph development, unity, and documentation, and sentence-level feedback, including grammar, mechanics, and punctuation. The forty-eight hour response applies to papers submitted before noon on Thursdays. Responses after that may not come until the next week.
Students can also visit the Learning Commons for face-to-face tutoring sessions.

Monday, February 11, 2019

This Week at Vol State


Feb. 11                  Middle Tennessee State University, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 1 pm
Feb. 12                  Trevecca University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 11 am – 1 pm
Feb. 12             Veterans Forum, Vol State Student Veterans Association (VSVA), Nichols Dining Room A, 11am-1pm
Feb. 13                 Book Discussion: Rendered Invisible by Frank Dobson, author discussion, 11:15am Nichols Dining Room B
Feb. 13                  UT Knoxville, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Feb. 14                  Welch College representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Feb. 14                 Let’s Talk About Equality, presentation and discussion, Nichols Dining Room B, 9:30am
Feb. 14                 CAB Love One. Feed One. Donate water bottles to the Feed, get a shirt, register for prizes, lunch at noon, Nichols Dining Rooms A and B, 11:30am-1pm


Friday, February 8, 2019

Vol State Seeks President's Ambassadors


Vol State is searching for our next group of Ambassadors!


They’re essentially representatives of the college, who lead campus tours and assist with a range of events on and off campus. A couple perks of the program include a full tuition scholarship for two semesters plus a book stipend. Eligible students include those who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and at least twelve hours of credits under their belt from Vol State.

“If I had to describe my overall experience as an Ambassador, I would sum it up in one word, and that’s fulfilled. If I was not an Ambassador, I would have not been a part of the all of the events that I’ve been a part of. Some are prestigious and some are just the norm, like our tours. Each of those, whether it’s on a high or a low spectrum, you just feel fulfilled. You get to network with incredible people who can actually move you along in your career path,” said Anedra Moore.

The Ambassadors do have high expectations placed upon them. They’re expected to take their role seriously and to represent the college professionally throughout the entirety of the contract. “When choosing an Ambassador we’re really looking for students who have initiative and good work ethic, students who really want an opportunity to represent Vol State,” said Admissions Advisor Charity Walker.

Working a minimum of forty hours each semester plus twenty hours during the summer for training is the trade-off for the scholarship. “I was so nervous about this program at first, which isn't abnormal for me, I stress about everything. I was worried I wasn't going to be good enough and would fail. Once we got through training and began working events, those fears just faded away,” said Katelynn Roberts.

“I have had a blast with the other President’s Ambassadors, it is unreal. I am usually someone that keeps to myself, but I have really opened up. I feel that I have grown into a more spontaneous person because of this program. It has kept me on my toes since the program has started,” said Brianna Hogan. 

The deadline to apply for the program for 2019/2020 is March 1 at 4:30 P.M. Click here for more details. As a current Ambassador myself, I’d like to invite you to connect with us face to face at one of our upcoming Meet and Greets:

Wednesday      Feb. 13       1:00 P.M.        Rochelle Center 
Thursday         Feb. 21     11:00 A.M.       SRB 209
Tuesday           Feb. 19     11:00 A.M.       SRB 209



-By Rachel Keyes



Wednesday, February 6, 2019

High School Music Day Coming Up February 23 - Register Now




High School Music Day at Volunteer State Community College is an opportunity for high school students with musical interests to come together for a day of workshops and fun. Registration is open now. Vol State instructors will lead the sessions. The topics will include Keyboard Skills for Basic Music Theory; Functioning Successfully in a Bluegrass Group; Contemporary Songwriting: Fishing for Hooks; The Do’s and Don’ts of Music Row; From Recording to Mixdown; So You Wanna Lead Worship?; From High School Band to the Nashville Symphony; Not Just Country Music City; and Audition Prep: Musical Theatre vs. College Vocal Scholarship. Students will be able to pick two sessions to attend.
High School Music Day is free and open to all high school students in the area. It will be held on Saturday, February 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The workshops will held in the recording and performance spaces in the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building. Students are encouraged to bring their instrument. Pianos will be provided. A few pre-chosen singer/songwriters will have an opportunity to record a song. Interested students should email benjamin.graves@volstate.edu. Registration for Music Day is required and can be accomplished at www.volstate.edu/HSMusicDay. For more information call 615-230-3302.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Recent Vol State Grad Pursues Medical School


Do you ever wonder where your Vol State degree could lead you?

Bill Pham is one whom we’ve kept tabs on since he was named the Vol State Outstanding Graduate in 2015 and received Summa Cum Laude Honors. Bill went on to study Biological Sciences at the University of Tennessee Knoxville where he became one of three Top Graduates in the Natural Sciences Division of the College of Arts and Sciences in the fall of 2018.

He gave much credit to his professors and to the staff of TRIO Student Support Services.

“Wow, they helped me a lot. The belief that my professors put into me at Volunteer State Community College was not a fluke. They inspired me to do better,” he said.

Bill spent much of his time at Vol State tutoring for both TRIO and the Learning Commons in anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, and mathematics.

“The time I worked as a tutor in TRIO and Learning Commons was one of the best times for me. I learned a lot from the students and I taught them things they had trouble with, I loved it. It taught me how to communicate with people and see what they really need help on. Also, we shared a lot of stories.”

During his time at Vol State, his love for mathematics landed him first place in two competitions held by the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (AMATYC.)

“Would it be weird if I said I like to do math in my free time?” he laughed. “If I didn’t follow my biological science major, I would want to be a mathematician.”

However, Bill is indeed following his passion for biological science and one of his earliest inspirations is quite unusual.

“One of my interests, embarrassingly and also proudly, is Pokémon. It helped me learn. It kind of gave me an interest in biology because some of the inspiration behind the Pokémon comes from real animals.”

Bill is currently focused on studying for the MCAT with the goal of going to medical school; he currently plans to study rheumatology or internal medicine.



-By Rachel Keyes


Key Lifelong Learning Classes at Vol State this Spring


Topics ranging from elder care to honey bees are coming up this spring for the KEY Lifelong Learning Program at Volunteer State Community College. There are several lectures scheduled on Friday mornings. The topics are “Elder Care Law Issues”; “Wizard of Oz”; “The Reformation – 1517”; “Honey Bees 101”; “Tennessee Self-Defense Law and Firearm Simulator”; and “The Korean War and the Relevance to Current Political Issues.” The fee to enroll in one or all of the lectures in the series is $49. The lectures start March 8 and continue each Friday into April. Everyone is welcome to register and attend.
KEY stands for “Keep Educating Yourself.” The classes will be held in Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. People can register by calling Vol State Continuing Education at 615-230-3358 or visiting in person at the 300 Building, room 106, on the east side of the Vol State campus. For a complete list of lecture series dates and to register online visit www.volstate.edu/CE

Photo by Maxime Gilbert on Unsplash

Monday, February 4, 2019

Free Academic Assistance for Students at the Learning Commons

The Learning Commons is your one stop shop for academic support. There is a Learning Commons location on each Vol State campus. We all need help in one area or another. Give your grades a boost!
The Learning Commons in Gallatin has:
  • Assistance with papers and written assignments
  • Help with eLearn Essay Drop-Off
  • Math tutoring for many classes, including math-based science classes
  • Tutoring in many subjects
  • Test preparation
  • Skill assessment and development
  • Help with online classes and eLearn use
  • Help using Tutor.com
Learning Commons locations on the other campuses vary in what is offered, but they all have free academic support.

Visit to discuss your needs and how we can help. It’s all free and available to all students, even to those who have been accepted but don’t plan to attend until the next semester.

Details on locations here. 

Events this Week at Vol State

Events this week at Vol State:
Vol State Celebrates Unity Week Feb 4-8
Feb. 4 Exhibit Opening: The Art of Omari Booker, artist discussion, Wood Campus Center 217, 11:30am, art available for viewing thru Feb. 15
Feb. 4 Austin Peay State University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 1 pm
Feb. 6 King University, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Feb. 5 Documentary Screening: Brother Outsider, pizza served, Nichols Dining Room, 11:30am
Feb. 6 Let’s Talk About Our Faith, presentation and discussion, lunch served, Nichols Dining Room, 11:30am
Feb. 7 Soul Food Luncheon, commemorating Unity Week, , lunch and history talk, Nichols Dining Room, Noon

Friday, February 1, 2019

Vol State Unity Week Feb 4-7


Unity Week is coming up this February.

What’s it for?

“I think Unity week is just another way of bringing the Vol State community together … Since it starts the first week of Black History Month, we think that’s important. A couple of the programs that we have that week really delve into some of the history of some of the events that have happened in the Civil Rights Movement and in Black History,” said Jeff King, manager of Diversity and Inclusion.

Jeff said that Vol State has been able to expand on the definition and scope of diversity in attempts to be more inclusive this year than ever before.

Events will range from art, movies, and discussions.


Here’s a list:

Feb. 4    Exhibit Opening:  The Art of Omari Booker, artist discussion, Wood Campus Center 217, 11:30am, art available for viewing through Feb. 15

Feb. 5    Documentary Screening:  Brother Outsider, pizza served, Nichols Dining Room, 11:30am

Feb. 6    Let’s Talk About Our Faith, presentation and discussion, lunch served, Nichols Dining Room, 11:30am

Feb. 7    Soul Food Luncheon, commemorating Unity Week, lunch and history talk, Nichols Dining Room, Noon