Monday, October 26, 2020

Vol State Story Slam - Watch and Vote

We invite you to participate in the 2020 Vol State Story Slam! It’s simple - just watch and vote. Students in Communication classes created amazing video stories of hardship and triumph. You watch the four finalists on You Tube and decide which is best:

Then vote at:

The Virtual Story Slam will run Monday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Oct. 30 at 11:59 PM.

ALL members of the Vol State community are invited to vote (including staff, faculty, friends, and family).

Friday, October 23, 2020

Spring Class Registration Starts Soon - Meet with Your Advisor

Spring priority registration is coming up soon for all current students, so it is time to make an appointment to meet virtually with your advisor. They will help you decide what classes you should take for the spring semester. Email or call your advisor to set up an appointment.  As a reminder, your assigned advisor is listed in Degree Works. The spring schedule is out now.  Priority registration for current students will start Nov. 2 for sophomores and Nov. 3 for freshmen. Get the classes you need at the times you want- use priority registration! 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Free Online Academic Support for all Vol State Students

It's crunch time in your classes...get free online academic support from Vol State: help with papers and speeches, math tutoring, online academic support coaches, and more. Visit:

Monday, October 19, 2020

Cybersecurity Webinar October 21

The Volunteer State Community College Computer Information Technology Department is presenting a Cybersecurity Awareness Month Webinar on Wednesday, October 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Topics will include: If You Connect It, Protect It; Securing Devices at Home and Work; The Future of Connected Devices; and Volunteer State Community College Internet of Things (IOT)/Connected devices. The free virtual event is open to the public. Attendees will need to download Zoom software if they don’t already have it. Visit: . For more information call 615-230-3301.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Spring Schedule of Classes Now Available

The spring schedule of classes is now available on My Vol State. Degree Works is also up and running again. There are some new features in Degree Works. See your student email for details. Priority registration starts the week of November 2. Contact your advisor to get ready.

Cultural Connections Week and Fall Festival/Food Day

Cultural Connections Week/Fall Festival and Food Day 

As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with ESL and English faculty, plan a week of fun programs to hopefully help us understand and learn about our different cultures and history.


Monday, October 19, 2020 
Immigration Reform: Where Do We Go from Here?   
James Cobb (Cobb Law Group)  
Presenters:  Attorneys James Cobb and Abigail Mabry  
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host the Cobb Law Group. Attorneys James Cobb and Abigal Mabry will help the community understand immigration law, the recent Supreme Court decision, and what may be in the future after the elections. Experienced immigration attorneys with extensive experience will help answer questions and hopefully unravel the often-confusing nature of U.S. Immigration policies and practices.  
Open to students, faculty, and staff. 

Time: 12:30 PM –1:30 PM  
Zoom Registration Link: 


Tuesday, October 20, 2020 
Let’s Get to Know Each Other 
Presenter:  Prof. Shirley Gomez 

To celebrate the growing diversity in our Vol State community, we will host a 90 minutes event geared toward providing opportunities for the students on our campus to get to know each other. Let’s Get to Know Each Other will consist of 3 interactive, online activities which will hopefully help open lines of communication among the diverse student groups.  

Time:  1:00 – 2:00 PM 
Registration Link  


Wednesday, October 21, 2020 
American Stew: A Brief History of American Cuisine 
Presenter:  Professor Melanie Cochran, History Dept. 

One area in which Americans have lived up to the "melting pot" idea is with our food. In this talk, we'll examine how imperialism, slavery, immigration, technology, politics and popular culture have shaped a uniquely American cuisine. 

Time:  11:30 AM – 12:30 PM 
Registration Link  


Thursday, October 22, 2020 
Discussing Politics and the Elections – Part 2 
Panelists:  Profs. Melva Black, Nancy Blomgren, Len Assante, Scott McMillan, and Carole Bucy. 
As we are now less than two weeks from perhaps the most pivotal elections of our lifetime, where do we stand as a nation?  What did the debates accomplish?  Will we have a free and fair election and a possible peaceful transfer of power?  Join us for another riveting discussion with our panel of experts.  This discussion will be respectful, civil, and a safe place for differences of opinions. 
Open to students, faculty, and staff.   

Time:  12:30 – 2:00 PM 
Registration Link  


Friday, October 23, 2020 
Fall Festival featuring Food Day, Celebrating the 
th Anniversary of World Food Day 
The Annual Fall Festival and World Food Day celebrates Fall Semester with help from Student Organizations and info stations coordinated by Student Engagement and Support.  World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world in honor of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization through the United Nations.   The day is celebrated widely by many organizations and on college campuses concerned with food security. 
Outside, Wood Parking Lot 

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Livingston and Springfield Campuses Closing Until October 16 - Classes Will Continue

Volunteer State Community College will be closing two satellite campuses, in Livingston and Springfield, temporarily, to handle staffing issues tied to COVID-19. A Gallatin staff member tested positive for COVID-19, in an exposure not thought to be connected to the campus. However, staffing issues came about when the college put into place the usual quarantine protocols on the Gallatin campus. To handle that staffing loss, Vol State is pulling in staff from the Livingston and Springfield campuses, temporarily, to cover shifts on the main campus. The Livingston and Springfield campuses will be closed until October 16. 

The majority of Vol State classes are online this semester and all classes have the ability to do online work, so classes will be able to continue. There may be changes to on-site classes for Livingston and Springfield. Students should see their email for details. Classes and normal business operations at the main campus in Gallatin, and campus in Cookeville, will continue as usual. Students are being informed via text messaging 

Vol State is committed to keeping students, faculty, and staff safe during this pandemic. The college has tight COVID-19 restrictions on campus, including mask requirements and extensive contact tracing. 

Directory of Key Contacts:

Virtual Appointments:

Get Ready for Spring Registration - Make an Appointment with Your Advisor

Spring Priority registration is coming up soon for all current Vol State students, so it is time to make an appointment to meet virtually with your advisor. They will help you decide what classes you should take for the spring semester.  Email or call your advisor to set up an appointment after fall break.  As a reminder, your assigned advisor is listed in Degree Works. Priority registration for current students will start Nov. 2 and 3. Get the classes you need at the times you want- use priority registration! New students will have a separate system to get registered. Check your email for details coming soon.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Watch Vol State Student Compete on Netflix "Sing On!" TV Show

How far does Vol State student Seibreanna Alkinani make it on the new Netflix competition “Sing On!”? Pretty far, but you’ll need to watch to find out.

It started with a phone call. “I got a call while I was actually in class,” Seibreanna said. “She told me I was going to be on the show. I took the major here because I want to be an independent artist. It was fitting I got the call while on campus.”

It has been a whirlwind experience that took the Hendersonville singer to London, England, after a series of auditions and interviews. “It was crazy. I had never done anything like this before. For the audition I had to learn the song in two days.”

In the competition for the $60,000 jackpot, contestants had to sing well-known hits matching the original note for note. But personality was a big part of making the cut for TV. “I did a lot of goofy things and they liked it. They kept it in there.”

Seibreanna says her social media is getting busy now that the show has debuted on Netflix. That could help her decide the next step after she graduates in December with a degree in Music Business. “I’m an R and B and soul singer. My inspirations come from Gospel music. I just want to be a recording artist and travel.”

She says the Vol State Entertainment Media Production program has provided her with important tools to stake out her career. “As soon as I got to Vol State I felt relieved. Everything I have learned has been hands-on and I work well that way.”

And that’s a long way from her original views of college. “I did not plan on going to college. When TN Promise came I thought- well this is free, why not take advantage of the opportunity? The kids in the program here are so talented. It really inspires me. I’ve met great musicians and jammed at their homes.”

Her experience with EMP Director Steve Bishir has also had a big impact. “He’s super passionate about teaching. He really wants us to succeed. It’s amazing to have a teacher care about us that much.”

The six-time Grammy award winning Recording Engineer also helps his students make connections with people in the music industry. “The experience of networking has been great for me.”

In the meantime, Seibreanna is enjoying her moment in the spotlight. The show premiered in September. Tune in to Netflix to see how she does. Here's a link to the Netflix "Sing On!" web page:

For more information about the Vol State Entertainment Media Production program visit:

Vol State Virtual Events This Week and Next Week

Oct. 5 Study Abroad Student Information Session, 4 – 5pm, Zoom,

Oct. 6 Returning Students Organization, meeting, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom,

Oct. 7 Ending Gender Violence, discussion, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom,

Oct. 8 “Just in Time” Virtual Job Fair, 10am-1pm, To get your spot, visit October 8th RSVP Form now!

Oct. 12, 13 Fall Break: no classes, campus offices open

Oct. 15 Study Abroad Student Information Session, 10 – 11am, Zoom,

Friday, October 2, 2020

Free Academic Help for You in the College Success Zone

The College Success Zone is our list of Vol State academic resources. We have writing assistance, tutoring in math and natural science, online academic coaches, and much more….all to help you do well in your classes. That assistance is available online and free to all Vol State students. Visit the College Success Zone for the list and links: