Thursday, September 20, 2018

Science and Technology Event for Girls 5th-9th Grade - Sign-Up Now

We’re looking for 5th-9th grade girls for a special day-long educational event at Vol State in Gallatin. E.Y.H stands for Expanding Your Horizons. The goal is to help girls develop a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
October 6 from 8 am - 3 pm
Registration fee: $20
Open to all 5th - 9th grade girls
The Conference features:
• Hands-on workshops in STEM (Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
• Successful women in STEM sharing as role models
• Dedicated and experienced workshop leaders
• Passionate college students serving as group leaders
• Photo booth and fun activities
Register Today!

Why You Should Consider Learning a Foreign Language

It was my first day in France. I had been strolling the city of Paris all day in the summer heat. Enamored by all that was around me, it suddenly dawned on me that I needed to find a drink of water. My phone was dead, my charger at my hotel, and I needed directions. An elegant, elderly woman with a huge smile on her face crossed my path. She seemed approachable; it was time to put my skills to the test.

“Excusez-moi, où est l'épicerie?” I asked. She graciously spouted off directions to me that I couldn’t quite comprehend. “Désolé, je ne comprends pas, madame. Je parle un peu français,” I added. She quickly grabbed my hand, pulling me with her. As we walked, I made small talk in my broken French, and somehow, we were communicating.

At this point, I realized that I might be onto something with this language thing. Later that day, I began to reflect on my first day of French class last year. My professor, Lisa Blomquist, came into the classroom, introduced herself, laid out a few ground rules and expectations, and then informed us that the class would be entirely conducted in French. She then proceeded in her flawless French accent. The majority of the class seemed apprehensive. One student even got up and left, and murmured something like, “yeah, this is too much for me.”

You may be intimidated to take a foreign language. I know that I was. But I was also determined, so I stuck with it, and voilà, I was able to communicate and get around Paris this summer. Traveling through Europe reminded me of how secluded we are in our bubble in the United States.

“The students at Vol State just have to know that the world is a really big place, and there are a lot of opportunities, and you should never limit yourself to staying where you grew up, and what you know, because it’s really easy to do what you know – and it’s a challenge to do something you don’t know. But it’s almost always worth it,” said Professor Blomquist.

Oky Aruguello, Hispanic outreach specialist of Advising, offered some advice. “You need to mingle and learn about other people, the enrichment that you get from learning another language, culture, and system of beliefs makes you a well-rounded person,” she said.

When learning a language, you’re learning more than just words. You’re learning context, history, and culture along with it. Learning a language literally opens up a new world to you.

“Language is sort of like math or working puzzle and there is a right answer. My teacher once said that when you start to dream in the language, you’ll know that your brain is really connecting,” said Professor Blomquist.

Vol State currently offers classes in French, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. If you want to pick up another language in your spare time, regardless of your degree, as a student of Vol State you also have access to Rosetta Stone for free, which offers around 30 languages to choose from. 
If you’re interested in foreign languages, please visit; to set up your Rosetta Stone account, head over to the Language Center located in the Learning Commons of the Thigpen Library.

Au revoir!

-By Rachel Keyes

3 Reasons to Attend the Job Fair on September 26

3 Reasons to attend the Vol State Job Fair next Wednesday, Sept. 26.
-Network with employers and find out what skills they need for future employment
-Learn basic introduction and interview skills.
-Have your picture taken by a professional photographer for you can use it to create a LinkedIn page.
Dozens of employers will be at the Pickel Field House from 10am to 1pm. The Job Fair is free and open to everyone. You don't have to be searching for a job to get something out of it!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Donate to The Feed Student Food Pantry

The Feed is the student food pantry on each Vol State campus. The Feed locations have food and hygiene items for any Vol State student in need. To do that, we need your help. Here are some of the current needs of The Feed in Gallatin. Many of these items would also be good for other campuses. Check with the front desk at your campus to get specific needs.
-Ready to eat meals for lunches (they can be microwavable or ready to eat).
-Individual sized drinks
-Personal hygiene items
And remember- The Feed will take any non-perishable food item or hygiene item. You can find donation bins on the Gallatin campus at the Wood Campus Center, Ramer, SRB Second Floor and Thigpen Library. See the front desk at other campuses to donate.
Thanks to everyone for the support!

Events this Week at Vol State

Events this week at Vol State:
Sept. 17 Western Governors University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway in front of Student Services 10:00am—2:00pm.
Sept. 18 Trevecca Nazarene University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway in front of Student Services 11:00am—1:00pm.
Sept. 18 Sumner College Night, area universities on campus, Pickel Field House, 6pm-8pm students must register first at
Sept. 19 Tennessee State University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway in front of Student Services 10:00am—1:00pm.
Sept. 20 University of Tennessee - Martin representative Wood Campus Center main hallway in front of Student Services office from 11:00am--3:00pm.
Sept. 20 Constitutionally Speaking: a public reading of American documents by Vol State students, Cafeteria, 12:30-1:30pm
Sept. 20 Break the Silence: Suicide Awareness, SRB Plaza, 6pm

Friday, September 14, 2018

Many University Reps at Vol State Tuesday, September 18

Considering transfer to a university? Put this event on your calendar for Tuesday, September 18 at Vol State in Gallatin. Sumner College Night will be held in the Gym 6pm-8pm. Many university reps will be on site. You must register before the event...go to

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Student Food Pantry - The Feed at Vol State

Money for food can be tight. 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.
The hours are 9am to 4pm Monday through Thursday and by appointment on Friday for the Gallatin campus location. Other campuses may have different hours- check at the front desk for details.
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: