Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Important Parking Notice for Ramer Lots

Wednesday is the start of a paving project for parking lots A and B near the Ramer Administration building. Lots A and B will not be closed at the same time. However, parking will be limited and you may want to find another place to park regularly for the rest of the semester. The overflow parking lots in the back of campus will be open for use by all, as well. The work is expected to continue through mid-December. Your cooperation during this time is appreciated.

Vol State events this Week

Oct. 22             Work-Based Learning Info Session, Cookeville CHEC, Atrium, 10:30am-2pm
Oct. 22              Welch College representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 11 am – 2 pm
Oct. 22             Let’s Talk Boundaries, workshop with lunch, Nichols Dining Room B, 11:35am-12:35pm
Oct. 22             Movie: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Caudill Hall, 6pm
Oct. 22             I Am Not Your Negro, documentary film, Nichols Dining B, 6pm
Oct. 23             Brew with the Blue, coffee, donuts with campus police, Duffer Plaza, 10:45-11:15am
Oct. 23              Middle Tennessee State University, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Oct. 24              Lipscomb University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Oct. 23             Nature’s Drummer and Dance Ensemble, African music, Nichols A and B, 11:30am-1pm
Oct. 24             Voices Against Violence: Tree Planting, Wallace South courtyard, Noon
Oct. 24             Fall Festival and Food Day, games, interactive booths, food, Thigpen Plaza, 11am-2pm
Oct. 24             Hispanic Heritage/National Food Day Celebration, Cookeville CHEC, Terrace and Atrium, 9am-3pm.
Oct. 24             Nursing Program Info Session, for interested students, Caudill Hall Auditorium, 5:30pm

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Vol State Events this Week

Oct. 16 Get a Job and Earn College Credit, Work-Based Learning info session, Wood Campus Center, 10am-1pm
Oct. 16 The Well Tables, student support services info and burgers, Wallace North, 5-6pm
Oct. 16 King University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Oct. 17 Belmont University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 11 am – 2 pm
Oct. 17 The Latinx Experience through Story Telling, discussion, Nichols Dining B, 11:30am-1pm
Oct. 18 Warf Open House, Warf near Mechatronics wing, 11am-1pm
Oct. 19 Fall Fiesta at Vol State, celebration of Latino culture, free food and music, Plaza, 10am-3pm
Oct. 19 Artist Reception: Marilyn Murphy, Vol State Art Gallery, SRB first floor, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Friday, October 11, 2019

Nursing Program Info Sessions Coming Up

The Vol State RN Nursing A.A.S. Degree Program is offering information sessions for students who are interested in applying for the next class, which starts in June 2020. 
Oct. 24    Gallatin Campus, Caudill Hall Auditorium, 5:30pm
Nov. 12   CHEC Cookeville, Room 227, 3pm
Nov. 12    Livingston Campus, Room 155, 5:30pm
Nov. 14    Livingston Campus, Room 155, 3pm
Nov. 14    CHEC Cookeville, Room 227, 5:30pm
There will be other sessions coming up for all of the campuses in February and March. We’ll have those details later. The Nursing Program has classes on the Gallatin and Livingston campuses. The application will be available in March and be due in May.
There are general education classes required to be taken before application. The program is competitive and there are GPA requirements. The students most likely ready to apply for the summer start are current pre-nursing students. However, everyone is welcome to attend the info meetings.
For more information about the program please visit www.volstate.edu/nursing

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Vol State Fiesta October 19 - La Fiesta de Vol State el 19 de octubre

A Mariachi lunch will be served at the Fall Fiesta at Volunteer State Community College on October 19. Sol Azteca from Nashville will perform Mariachi music during the free lunch that will feature Chile Colorado, carnitas, and chicken. The 13th annual celebration of Latino culture will include a mask-making contest this year, an event that is open to all ages.

“We like to have activities that give a sense of Latino history. Mask-making is an important tradition in many Latino nations including Guatemala, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, to name just a few,” said Eric Melcher with Vol State. “We’ll provide the paper masks and people can decorate them in whatever style they like. It’s not a formal contest. We’ll have some small prizes for the stand-outs. It should be fun for the whole family.”

The Nashville band Revolfusion will perform Latin dance music at the Fiesta. There will also be a soccer goal kicking contest, with several age categories from kids to adult. The food cook-off contest will have dishes from many different Latino nations. After judging at 11 a.m., the public is welcome to sample. The Fiesta will also have cultural dance, 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.

La Fiesta de Vol State Presenta un Almuerzo con Mariachi el 19 de octubre

El 19 de octubre se servirá un almuerzo con de mariachi en la Fiesta de Otoño en Volunteer State Community College. Sol Azteca de Nashville interpretará música de mariachi durante el almuerzo gratuito que incluye Chile Colorado, carnitas y pollo. La decimotercera celebración anual de la cultura latina incluirá un concurso de fabricación de máscaras este año, y es un evento abierto al público de todas las edades.

“Nos gusta tener actividades que den una idea de lo que es la historia latina. La fabricación de máscaras es una tradición importante en muchas naciones latinas, incluyendo Guatemala, México y Puerto Rico, por nombrar solo algunas”, dijo Eric Melcher de Vol State. "Proporcionaremos las máscaras de papel y las personas podrán decorarlas con el estilo que deseen. No es un concurso formal. Tendremos algunos pequeños premios para los más destacados. Será algo muy divertido para toda la familia".

La banda de Nashville Revolfusion interpretará música de baile latino durante la Fiesta. También habrá un concurso de patadas de fútbol, ​​con varias categorías por edad, desde niños hasta adultos. El concurso de cocina tendrá platos de diferentes naciones latinas. Después que el jurado delibere a las 11 a.m., el público puede probar los diferentes platillos. La Fiesta también tendrá bailes culturales, pintura de caras y juegos para los niños.

La Fiesta de Otoño se llevará a cabo de 10 a.m. a 3 p.m. El evento sucederá, con lluvia o con sol, en el campus de Vol State en el 1480 Nashville Pike en Gallatin. La ubicación del evento en caso de lluvia será en el gimnasio Pickel en Vol State. La Fiesta de Otoño es gratis y está abierta al público en general. Se les sugiere a las familias a traer una manta y sillas para pasar el día con nosotros. Para más información en inglés o español llame al 615-230-4846.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

First Year Experience Can Help You Succeed

If you’ve ever felt lost in the haze of college- meaning you’ve felt generally clueless or helpless when getting through school-, you’re not alone!  Too many students don’t know vital information about being successful in college or their career, but Volunteer State Community College’s First Year Experience can help.

The First Year Experience is a student success initiative that has three programs to implement a better college experience for new freshmen:

1.) Connect.
This aims to create a stronger sense of community at Vol State with a new student orientation.  It will be a smaller event, but it will be more frequent during the summer to increase student attendance.  To test this new orientation, Vol State will offer orientation for spring students, starting later this year.

2.) Engage.
This will focus on students’ well-being with new student convocation.  Starting a week before classes, this is a big event that familiarizes students with different divisions of the school.  During this week, students can meet faculty in those programs and see where their classes are.

“You would be there with the students that you’re probably going to be taking a majority of your classes with,” said Quality Enhancement Plan Director Jessica Lewis, “There will be giveaways, there will be a students’ panel where current students can talk to new students about what to expect and what their own experiences are.  Then we’ll have breakout sessions, which will cover ‘just-in-time’ information.”

Quality Enhancement Director Jessica Lewis
3.) Succeed.
This is the last and longest program of FYE, as it will use student success courses for students to gain more information and exploration in their area of interest before they commit the rest of their academic career- let alone life- to it.  They will also cover necessary skills for success in the real world, like time management, communication and accountability.  These courses will be piloted this spring for some electives, but they will become a requirement for all first-time students next year.
“First Year Experience One, or FYEX 1030, is the first course that students will take in the fall, and that course will focus more on student success,” said Lewis, “The second course, First Year Experience Two or FYEX 1040 is focused more on the career aspect, so that will be much more about resumes, interview skills and things like that.”

While some parts of FYE have already been piloted, it should not affect current students and will begin next school year.

“Our biggest goal is that we want every student to be successful, and we want every student to understand that that’s why we are here.  We’re here to help you be successful,” said Lewis, “If we can help ten or twenty more students across that graduation stage, then it’s worth it.”

-Gloria Cortes

Monday, October 7, 2019

Your Vol State Merit Page Explained

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!

Get Ready for Spring Class Registration - Coming Up Soon

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!
The spring course schedule is available now on My Vol State.
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 for Tennessee Promise students.
Priority spring course registration for current sophomores (completed 30 credit hours or more) starts at 8am on November 4. It opens for current freshmen (completed less than 30 credit hours) on November 5 at 8am.
If you have problems you can contact the Advising Center at 615-230-3702 or visit them in person in Gallatin in Ramer room 141. For the other campuses ask for Student Services help at the front desk.

Vol State Events this Week

Oct. 7                  TN Tech Univ representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Oct. 7                  “New France & Native Americans,” Brad Smith, Rochelle of Thigpen, 1pm
Oct. 8                   UT Martin representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 11:30 am – 1 pm
Oct. 9                   Cumberland University representative, Wood Campus Center hallway, 11am-1 pm
Oct. 9                   Cultural Competence vs. Cultural Humility, discussion, Nichols Dining B, 11:30-1:30pm
Oct. 10                 SGA meet and greet, students leaders and hot chocolate, SRB 2nd floor, 12-1pm
Oct. 14, 15           Fall Break: No classes, offices open

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Get Help with Disability Services

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. If you believe you have issues that are interfering with your ability to do well in your classes, please contact us. It all starts with a conversation. Location: Ramer 176  Phone: 615.230.3472 www.volstate.edu/disability

Get Online Help with Papers

Online essay review is available to all Vol State students through eLearn. Go to the eLearn page for the course and look for the “Essay Review and Writing Support” tab. You can upload any written assignment to a dropbox there and receive feedback from a Learning Commons tutor. You can also drop by the Learning Commons in person at each campus for a face-to-face session with a writing tutor. You can come by during any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming and invention to final revision and editing.