Friday, December 28, 2007

Tech Tip- Free Mac Software from MacHeist

Here's a quick tip for any Mac user's out there. MacHeist is offering some pretty cool (FREE) software for the next few days. Along with the gifts, there is also a game called Mac Heist3 that you can play- earn free software, break codes and more.

Mac Heist Giving Tree

Happy New Year

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Getting Ready for a Holiday Break

The college offices will be open this week through Friday. Everything will be closed from December 22-30. We'll be back open for one day on Monday, December 31 and then closed on New Year's Day. A reminder that even while the campus is closed you can be getting ready for spring semester. You can find the entire schedule online on our front page at
You can register online if you have already been admitted to the college. If not, you can also apply online, however it will take a few days before it is processed, and if it's over the holiday break the application won't be processed until after Jan 2nd. Don't worry though, that is still plenty of time to get ready for spring classes. They start on January 12 for weekend courses and January 14 for weekday classes.

We wish everyone happy holidays and a wonderful new year! We leave you with this snowy picture of campus, which unfortunately is from a couple of years ago. We figured it beat the gloomy weather we have been having. See you next year!
Posted by Eric. Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Holiday Fun

Today’s Holiday Luncheon was a great event. Patsy Lawson shared a story with us about car safety… a Holiday sort of way. Let’s just say, car alarm technology is pretty good these days. Apparently, you can’t get in or out – an elaboration on the roach motel concept I guess. Nonetheless, she did a wonderful job, along with the music provided by Hendersonville High School, and the hard work done by the staff council.

Anyway, the food was great, and everyone seemed to really enjoy the fellowship. This will probably be my last blog of the year, for a grand total of 3 (Eric has helped me with every one). So I would like to say Happy Holidays to the entire campus, as well as friends of the College. I hope the New Year brings good health, happiness, and a brighter look on life.

Posted by Ken.

Quiet Campus-Get Ready for Spring

The finals are over and now it's just a matter of figuring out those grades. The faculty have been crazy busy for the last couple of weeks, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Once they have final grades turned in they can take a little break and then worry about next semester.

In the meantime, campus is quiet for a while. It's a great time to visit and get set up for Spring classes. The Admissions and Advising offices, like all of the offices here on campus, will be open all week with normal business hours: 8am to 4:30pm. Admissions is your first stop if you haven't taken classes at Vol State before. You can visit them in the Ramer Building to get started. You can also apply online at If you have questions you can call them at 230-3688. If you need Advising help the Advising center is also in Ramer and they can be reached at 230-3702. If you are having trouble registering for classes contact Advising for help or check out our online help center on the front page of our website, which will walk you through everything you need to know.

A reminder that campus will be closed for the Holidays, from December 22-30 and also closed on New Years Day, Jan 1. Offices will be open on Monday, December 31. Even if campus is closed you can still apply to the college and register for classes online. If you do apply online it may take a few days to be processed. Spring classes start January 12. There is still plenty of time to get ready!

Posted by Eric. Vol State. Volunteer State Community College

Friday, December 14, 2007

Jones signs with Southern Utah

Vol State athletes go on to all sorts of four year athletic is info on the latest, courtesy of Craig Harris with the Gallatin News Examiner:

Volunteer State Community College sophomore center Lucas Jones recently signed a letter-of-intent to continue his education and playing career at Division I program Southern Utah.

"It's a great little community," pointed out Jones, a product of Murfreesboro's Siegel High School who also considered moving on to Carson-Newman, Central Missouri and Tennessee Tech. "It probably has 35,000 people in it. I went to a game during Thanksgiving (break), and there were still probably 5,000 people there. Coach (Roger) Reid has been at BYU (Brigham Young University) and with the Phoenix Suns. He's a great coach and a good guy."

Jones who stands at 6-foot-9 - began his career at Virginia Military Institute, where he came off the bench before leaving the school after one semester.
This is Jones' first season at VSCC.

Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Red Hat Ladies square-off in cookie showdown

It was a cookie rumble today as the Red Hat Ladies went toe-to-toe in a cookie swap contest. I don't know how they managed to find judges. However, Clay Scott, George Pimentel and myself were more than up to the task at hand. We gazed at the pretty displays and then quickly got down to the real work of eating cookies. There wasn't a dog in the bunch. They insisted that we pick the top cookies and so here are the winners:

First Place: Cindy Johns
Second Place: Jennimarie Ward
Third Place: Kellie Jones

First Place: Kellie Jones
Second Place: Vicki Stratton

A special thanks to the Red Hat Ladies for inviting us. It was quite a bit of fun. And by the way, we would like to announce that Clay, George and myself are available for any future food tasting events.
Posted by Eric

Say “H−EYE” to Jayme Miracle

Jayme takes the near synkinesis test to check how well her eyes accommodate to and from near and distance. Notice the “crossed-eye” appearance when she looks at the object held about 14 inches in front of her.

How did you hear about the Ophthalmic Tech Program?

“A friend of mine that went to Volunteer State knew that I was interested in optometry. She came across the Ophthalmic Technician Program on the website. I looked up the program and became fascinated with it!”

What’s your favorite thing about the program so far?

“My favorite thing by far about the program is meeting all the life long friends that I’ve made and knowing that they are on the same page as me.”

What’s your least favorite thing about the program?

“There's really nothing that’s my least favorite thing. I have met some wonderful people, learned a lot and know that I have a job ready for me when I graduate.”

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned so far?

“The most interesting thing that I’ve learned so far is learning about our vision. Anatomy is my favorite class and I love learning about how we are able to see things.”

What would tell someone who was thinking about applying to the program, but thinks he/she won’t get in, that the program would be too difficult, or anything else that would keep him/her from applying?

“I would tell him/her that although the program is difficult, you just have to work hard and apply yourself. It is well worth it in the end because you know you will have a job waiting for you when you graduate.”

Posted by Melissa. Vol State. Volunteer State Community College

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tech Fun - Fun Food Sites

Today's "tech tip" will actually focus on some food sites that provide fun, entertainment and in some cases, even good recipes.

If you are in the mood for food trivia or little known facts (great to impress friends and teachers) or you just need some recipes, check out the Accidental Hedonist. Checking some recent blog posts, there is a great discussion about the history of Absinthe and the changes in food blogging since 2005. A site that is good for hours of entertainment.

If you're stuck for a last minute research paper, or need those little known facts for a family game of Trivia, then you're in luck if you visit The History of Cookies site. Learn about cookies from their 7th century origin to their current state.

I don't want to shortchange the mathematicians at the school so check out this site- Math with Gingerbread Men! Who would of thought ... there is something on this site for all ages, from pre-school all the way to college. Why not bake a few Gingerbread men before you study?

Finally, since Gingerbread is on my mind, I wanted to recommend a fun book (no, this isn't a tech tip but who can resist a 7 foot tall gingerbread man....). If you are looking for a slighly unusual book (with a tech twist) then make some time to read The 4th Bear, I can almost guarantee you'll never look at nursery rhymes the same way :)

I'll be back with more tech fun and tech tips in January when Spring semester begins.

A door contest judge speaks out!

Jared, one of our student Presidential Ambassadors, was a judge in the Holiday Door Contest here at Vol State. It's put on by the Employee Relations Committee and organized by Jenny Bartley. Here is Jared's blog entry about it all…and our first blog poem! The winning door is pictured. It was decorated by the TRIO Student Support Services program. Also, we've included the odd, but honorable mention winning, giant cat door, by the legendary Howard Espravnik from WVCP radio. Here's Jared:

Doors were the center of attention for myself and two other judges, Whitney and Tasha, in last Fridays Christmas decoration competition. For us and many others, this is yet another reminder that Christmas is right around the corner. Judging these door decorations was quite a trip in itself. As the judges, we got a first-hand look into the creative minds that work here at the college, and basically get to see how each mind is warped by their own department. I’ve compiled the whole shebang into a Christmas poem to remember...

We saw garland a’plenty,
Bribes with candy that was minty.
Miles of lights that were blinking,
And one curious cat, "What the heck was he thinking?"
There were pyramids of penguins,
Presents for the staff,
And one Christmas wish list,
That would make us all laugh.
Records from ‘60,
And a Santa that was tipsy.
The Marines were in salute,
Today we had a hoot!

Posted by Jared

Friday, December 7, 2007

Weight Watchers at Vol State

A few years ago Vol State had a strong Weight Watchers at work program. In 2 years I personally lost over 80lbs. However, once I started working on my doctorate and stopped attending meetings, I gained it all back plus some!!!!

Yet, not everyone who joined the Vol State Weight Watchers at work program met my same fate. Mary Nunaley lost 60lbs and has kept the weight off for 2 years! She and several others at Vol State are currently Lifetime Members of Weight Watchers.

As someone who has struggled with their weight all of my life - the Weight Watcher’s plan was actually easy to follow. I never went hungry and I began to enjoy something I never thought I would – working out! The weekly meetings were the key to keeping me focused on my goal! Once I stopped attending it was too easy to slide back into my old habits.

Well, I am finally finished with school and I am ready to commit to a program that I know works! But in order to bring the Weight Watchers at work program back to Vol State – I need to know how many others are interested in making a positive lifestyle change. We would need at least 18 people to commit for our group to make.

Weight Watchers at Work would be open to men and women staff, faculty, student and community members. The cost for the program is outlined below:
$120 for new members
$110 for current members
$100 for lifetime members trying to get back to goal

Please contact me directly at 230-3530 if you are interested. We can ask Weight Watchers to hold an information session so you can learn more about the program before joining. You can also go online to

I don’t know about you, but I do not want to find myself in the same shape I am in now this time next year. Join me in my effort to loose weight and feel great in 2008!

Shanna L. Jackson
Executive Assistant to the President
Volunteer State Community College
(615) 230 - 3530

Posted by Shanna

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Tech Fun- Thursday

The semester is winding down and the cooler weather looks like it will be here to stay. During your time off between semesters, you might be looking for a few fun things to do online. Today, I'll be making some recommendations of my favorite "free" web "time waster sites).

First, if you don't feel like going to the library and don't want to spend any of your hard earned money on books for yourself, check out Wowio. This site allows you to download free pdf book files to read on your computer or print out and read offline. Registration is easy and the selection is growing daily. Books range from classic literature (might save on textbook bills!) to fun and games such as logic puzzles and more.

Second, if you're traveling and stuck somewhere with nothing to do, you might want to check out this site. 13 Places to Watch TV for free. Some of the sites have some very unusual shows and some of the recommendations are those most people already know such as going to one of the major network sites to watch an episode of your favorite nightly program. No registration required.

Third, need to know how to do something quickly (bake a pie, cook a turkey, become a teacher's pet!), Ehow has all that and more. Using a user rating system for the items, you can also see if other people found the instructions helpful or not. The site is broken down into broad categories and then more specific categories. Registration is free and allows users to post to the message board and more.

Happy Surfing!

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

It's not even considered winter yet and already we've had freezing temperatures! Freezing temperatures mean staying indoors where it's nice and warm and toasty. Freezing temperatures also mean you have some down time! Time for what? Time to get your school stuff situated! It doesn't matter if you are coming for the spring semester starting in January, the summer semester which starts at the end of May or next fall 2008---you can still start planning and making some decisions.

Not sure what you need to do? The Office of Admissions at Volunteer State Community College can help. Just give us a call at 615-230-3689. You still have time to start for the spring semester in January, but you want to make sure that you apply for admission as soon as possible. You can do this by going to our website at and click on the "Apply Online" link. Keep in mind if you are trying to get into a specific program you might have certain deadlines to meet.

Thinking about how to pay for school? You can file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by going to their website, but first you will need a PIN number. Visit to get your PIN number and to file the FAFSA online. Volunteer State Community College also has scholarships that are funded through our Foundations Office. Looking for some private scholarships? Think you might be eligible? Visit

Just remember, the hardest part to all of this is picking up the phone to call or walking through our door. We can help you with the rest. Don't hesitate to call!

Contact Heather Harper in Admissions at or by calling 615-230-3684. Volunteer State Community College. Vol State.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Say “H−EYE” to Jasma Clark

Jasma uses the Snellen Chart to check the vision of a fellow classmate. Learning how to take visions is just one of the many skills an Ophthalmic Tech must master.

Why did you choose the Ophthalmic Tech Program?

“I chose this program because I am interested in the field of study and it feels right. I couldn’t decide on my major. After praying for months and meeting Mrs. Moore, I knew this was it. I love this program and I love what I’m learning and experiencing.”

What would you tell someone who was thinking about applying to the program, but hasn’t for one reason or another?

“I would absolutely tell them to go for it. This program is competitive and hard to get into, but they should still apply. The program work is difficult, stressful, strenuous, but not impossible. Everyone should follow their dreams and see where they lead. There are too many doors in life to not try to enter one. This program is wonderful. We have an awesome program director, Mrs. Moore. We also have many tools and instruments to assist in our learning capabilities. So if someone wants to apply, my advice to them would be to go for it!”

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned so far?

“Before this program, I never knew what you could see and do to a person’s eyes. It amazes me how many tests we can perform and how much ophthalmic equipment there is. And it also has taught me how important the eyes really and how devastating it would be to lose them.”
Posted by Melissa.
Vol State. Volunteer State Community College

Monday, December 3, 2007

This Week at Vol State

It's the final week of classes and everyone is cramming for finals. If you need a break from the books we have a couple of suggestions. The Paralegal Student Association is holding a silent art auction on Tuesday, December 4 from noon until 6pm in the Rochelle Center. All proceeds will benefit the HomeSafe domestic violence shelter in Sumner County.

Punch, cookies and Christmas music will be on tap for the Festival of Lights on Wednesday, December 5 at 12:15pm in the Cafeteria. The annual event always brings a glow to the room. Everyone is invited.

The Vol State Performing Arts Department's hold their Christmas concert this weekend. It's called the Winter Jam and will feature, jazz, pop and holiday favorites. It's being held at the Amber Leaf Restaurant in downtown Gallatin this year on Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8 at 7:30pm. The suggested donation for admission is $5 and for $10 you get admission and the winter CD release, which this year celebrates music from the last 10 years at Vol State.
Volunteer State Community College.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

New Look for the Bookstore

If you haven’t done so already, you need to check out the newly renovated bookstore. There are some dramatic changes that speak well for the College and the commitment on Follett’s part to provide our students with quality service and resources. When you enter the store, there’s classical music playing, and for a split second, you feel like you’re in a bookstore in Manhattan. Okay, maybe not Manhattan, but an urban intellectual setting – if that makes sense. Anyway, it’s a wonderful environment, and I think the renovation adds to the prestige of the College.

Please stop by when you can, and let them know how fantastic it looks.

Posted by Ken.
Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

You can still sign-up for the trip to Spain and France

Come join Volunteer State students and community members in Spain and France in May! We are going on a 9 day personalized tour from May 13-21, 2008.

We will explore Paris, visit the Louvre, stroll the Champs-Elysées, and see many famous places in the city. We will visit Chartres cathedral, Giverny, home and gardens of Monet where he painted many Impressionist works.
We will travel by train through stunning countryside. We will visit the country of castles and famous wines and foods. And eat wonderful foods, of course!

In Spain we will stay in Barcelona and visit Costa Brava and its scenic beach area. We will experience history and art at the Dali Museum, the Picasso museum, the old city, and more in this beautiful country. Eat tapas, shop, explore a world that is both old and new with us in May.

If you are interested in meeting some of the trip participants and getting more information, come join us on campus Thursday, December 6th at 2:20 p.m. in Ramer Bldg. room 170.

For more information, contact Kay McLean Grossberg at 230-3385 or or Jaime Sanchez at 230-3379 or Registration is still available.

Posted by Kay.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Speech Team

Persuasive speaking is one of the most important skills in the business world. The Speech Team at Vol State is a great way to build those skills. Judi Truitt, the faculty advisor, says it's a chance to perform, travel, compete, make new friends and develop your self-confidence. The Vol State Speech Team takes part in events that challenge students in Informative & Persuasive Speaking; After Dinner Speaking; Dramatic Interpretation; Prose & Poetry; Duo Acting and Debate.

Register early! The class, COM296P will meet, TR 1:00-3:00 Spring 2008

Dr. Judi Truitt
615-828-4084 or 230-3781

Volunteer State Community College.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tech Tip Tuesday- "Free" Alternatives to MS Office

If you are anything like me, you probably enjoy a good sale or a freebie now and then. The following programs are "open source", meaning they are free to the user (or they offer a free and a pay for use version). For those of you who are looking for productivity software that is compatible with Microsoft's Office suite but doesn't carry a price tag, you might want to consider using one of these.

NOTE: If you are taking CIS 100 - you will need to have the actual Microsoft Office 2007.

My current favorite is the Zoho Suite. This suite offers very easy to use word processor, spreadsheet, and database programs. In addition, you have access to a project management program, desktop sharing program for conferences and so much more. You can save your work in an office compatible format and these documents are compatible with MyVolStateOnline. If you are interested in starting your own wiki, you can also use the Zoho Wiki tool. Take a spin and see what you think. Setting up an account is simple and FREE.

Before I was introduced to Zoho, I used ThinkFree for most of my word processing and spreadsheet needs. ThinkFree has more of a "Mac" look and feel but is easy to use by all. The interface looks and feels like Microsoft and if you use multiple computers from different locations (for example: work, school, and home) you also get 1GB of free online storage. This makes it great for students on the go.

Two other solutions are OpenOffice and Googles alternative Google Docs and Spreadsheets. While I like many of Google's offerings, I haven't been overly impressed with this entry. If you use Google Doc's I'd be interested in hearing your comments.

Southwest Field Trip

Keith Bell and Clark Cropper are planning a Southwest Field Trip during Maymester. It’s for potential students for a field studies course. They have started a blog and have a couple of meetings coming up. We have included a flyer that has more info.

Check out the blog at:

They are having application meetings with students Tuesday at 1pm and Wednesday at 11:30am in the Rochelle Center.

Say “H−EYE” to Genoa Jenkins

Genoa practices her tonometry skills using a Tonopen on an artificial eye.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned so far in the Ophthalmic Tech Program?

“Blindness is one of the most interesting. Most people who are legally blind can actually see in some form. It amazes me the things you can tell about people from their eyes, and how it seems like everything has to do with the eye. Also, how some diseases or medicines affect your eyes.”

What are you looking forward to most once at your clinical site?

“I am really excited to get out into clinicals and experience things hands-on. I am looking forward to getting to put to the test what I have learned.”

What would you tell someone who’s thinking about applying to the program, but hasn’t for one reason or another?

“I would tell them that if it sounds interesting to them and they like helping people to go for it. It is really a great program and there is always a job out there for you.”

What’s your least favorite thing about the program?

“I would have to say lensometry. Other than that, just my drive to school. I drive an hour and a half, but it is worth it.”

What’s your favorite thing about the program so far?

“Open-Lab on Friday. I like learning about the different equipment and skills we have to do, and then getting to practice for ourselves at our own pace.”

Posted by Melissa. Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

Monday, November 26, 2007

This Week at Vol State

Welcome back to campus! Kind of a dreary start to the week. We have an event coming up on Wednesday, November 28 that could help lift those post-holiday blues. Comedian Rip Michaels will perform in the cafeteria at 12:15pm. On Friday Friday November 30 get ready for a Halo 3 video game competition, Noon until 3 p.m. in the Carpeted Dining Room at the Wood Campus Center. For those of you not familiar with the Carpeted Dining Room, it's right next to the cafeteria.

And don't forget we have registration help available all day, every weekday in the Ramer Building Lobby or you can call 230-3532 or go to our website for an online explanation of the process.

Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Say “H−EYE” to Emily Hutchins

Emily practices her lensometry skills during open lab.

Why did you choose the Ophthalmic Tech Program?

“I’ve always wanted to be in the healthcare field, so I was reading about the Allied Health fields available at Vol State and this one caught my eye and seemed interesting.”

What’s your favorite thing about the program so far?

“I love my classmates and teacher and learning new info and skills everyday.”

What’s your least favorite thing about the program?

“It’s always freezing in our room.”
What are you looking forward to most once at your clinical site?

“Learning so much and actually working with real patients.”

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned so far?

“Everything – I can’t pick just one.”

What would you say to someone who was thinking about applying to the Ophthalmic Technician Program, but hasn’t done so for one reason or another?

“Just do it!”
Posted by Melissa
Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Jewelry Sale Today

I just stopped by the jewelry sale in the Ramer Building Great Hall, and there are some really nice things for sale. There are even things for guys to buy, like this really interesting watch I’m thinking about buying. Anyway, if you get a chance to get out today, stop by the jewelry sale and pick up an item or two. The proceeds benefit the Vol State General Scholarship Fund – not to mention you can get some Holiday shopping out of the way. The crazy thing about the sale is that everything is $5, which is less than you will spend on lunch today.

Stop by the Great Hall, and buy some bling for a worthy cause.

Posted by Ken

Monday, November 19, 2007

Spring Registration Help

It's time to register for Spring classes and we have help available again in a number of different ways. Current students are registering now. New students can start registering on November 30. If you need assistance you can visit our Help Desk. It's located in the Ramer Building lobby. You can also find everything you need to know on our web page just check out the lefthand side of the front page for tips. If you want help over the phone you can call 230-3544 or 230-3532. They can walk you through the online registration system.
If you need help picking classes or have any other class questions you can call the Advising Center at 230-3702 or visit them in the Ramer Building.

The toughest part of college should be your classes, not getting registered. So, if you need any help at all, don't hesitate to ask. It's why we're here!
Volunteer State Community College. Vol State.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Tech Tip Thursday: Organize your "iLife"

I just returned from several days at the CIT (Conference in Information Technology) held in Nashville. This conference is geared towards educator's at community colleges and the goal is to highlight some of the new and innovative ways to incorporate technology in our teaching and our lives. Unfortunately, I didn't get to attend any sessions, I was one of the steering committee members and spent the whole time working. However, I did get to share ideas with my friends and colleagues, who were working with me and I wanted to share something I learned.

If you are like me (or my son) and spend a fair amount of time online, you might find it helpful to use a portal to organize some (or all) of your online life. The two portals that I have been playing with are iGoogle and Netvibes. These are both similar in nature and allow you to create tabs to organize your virtual stuff as well as collecting all of your RSS feeds in one place.

Both portals allow you to customize the look and feel. The iGoogle space is definitely more fun- my son, for example, chose a topper that has a monster eating another monster. The NetVibes choices are more in line with a Blogger template- boring but workable.

I have determined that iGoogle is better for the "fun" side of my life (lots of widgets are available for both platforms) that allow you to add games, pictures, video's and more. and NetVibes is for my "work" life. Netvibes offers pre-made tabs- with popular RSS feeds already added, I found this quite exciting.

What portals are you using? Do you think portals help you become more organized and connected? Drop me a comment or two and let me know your experiences.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Say “H−EYE” to Daniel Tyree

Daniel reads a pair of glasses on the lensometer while Mrs. Moore, the Program Director, watches. Mrs. Moore is always available to make sure we’re performing skills correctly and give us advice on how to perfect them.

How did you hear about the Ophthalmic Tech Program here at Vol State?

“I found out about the Ophthalmic Tech Program by a letter sent to me by Mrs. Moore.”

What’s your favorite thing about the program so far?

“My favorite thing about the program so far is learning about all the different instruments and equipment that we as techs will use on a daily basis. I also have enjoyed all the friendships that have been made in so little time.”

What are you looking forward to most once at your clinical site?

“I’m looking forward to applying what I have learned in the past few months. I’m also looking forward to seeing some of the surgical procedures.”

What’s your least favorite thing about the program?

“Well, this is a hard one…uh…optics! Ha. Ha. I have enjoyed optics as a whole, but the different formulas that we have used so far have been a little challenging.”

Why did you choose this program?

“I chose this program because after reading about some of the courses that are offered it sounded really interesting. I also enjoy the working environment, as well as all the different opportunities after this program.”

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned so far?

“The most interesting thing that I’ve learned so far is image formation and just how complex an eye really.”
Posted by Melissa
Learn more about ophthalmic at Volunteer State Community College

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

This Week at Vol State

Welcome back! We have several things going on this week. Honors Week activities Nov 13 and 14 at 12:15 in the Rochelle Center. There's a student music recital at 12:30pm on Nov. 14th in the Pickel Building room 130. Later this week, Nov. 15 and 16, the Tennessee Academy of Science will be meeting on campus. Also don't forget the Community Garden work day on Saturday. Just scroll down for an entire entry on that event.

Volunteer State Community College

Monday, November 12, 2007

Garden Work Day This Saturday

We invite you to mark your calendar for the final public workday of the year on Saturday, November 17, 2007 from 9:00 – 12:00. This will mark our one year anniversary for the VSCC COMMUNITY GARDEN. Look what we have accomplished together. If you have students or family members looking for opportunities to get in additional volunteer hours for civic responsibility or community service, this is an open invitation. We will continue work on the split rail fence being installed around the garden, clearing and cleaning of the ravine areas immediately adjacent to the Community Garden, late season garden clearing, collection of leaves for composting, and …who knows what else! Bring a brown paper bag, we'll teach you to harvest seed from the Community Garden for your very own Meadow Garden next spring.

Posted by Jeff Kent

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Say “H−EYE” to Christopher Dedmon

Christopher has his pupils checked with a pen light.
You can tell a lot about a patient’s eyes simply
by viewing them in dim light with a tiny beam of light.

What’s your favorite thing about the Ophthalmic Tech Program?

“My favorite thing about the program has been learning how complex and complicated the human eye is, and also about how many different pieces of equipment we must use.”

What’s your least favorite thing about the Program?

“My least favorite thing about the program would be that we are set apart from the rest of the main campus, so many people don’t know about our program.”

Why did you choose this program?

“After receiving my information I started researching what an Ophthalmic Technician was and what they do. Then I made the decision to go to the interview, because I was excited about what the program had to offer and the possibilities of career advancement.”

What are you looking forward to most once at your clinical site?

“I am looking forward to actually being on the floor using my skills I have learned this semester. It is going to be a great experience actually putting my skills to the test with patients in a clinical setting, instead of being in the classroom where I can stop and ask questions.”

Friday, November 2, 2007

Tech Fun- Weekend Reading

I couldn't resist, perhaps it's the geek in me :)

Anyway, this afternoon, I came across an article talking about H.G. Wells War of the Worlds, which was published 77 years ago and talked about how people were so frightened when it first aired on the radio. Society was changed by that experience.

To celebrate that event, a FREE War of the Worlds eComic has been published. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Tech Tip Thursday: Animoto

Greetings! Today we are going to take a look at a program called Animoto. Animoto allows you to create high quality flash productions using still photo's and adding music. The free version of the program lets you create a piece of up to 30 seconds. You add your photo's and then select from the list of "free" music or you can add your own music clip (Just be sure your own the rights to the music).

The program will generate the video - in a snap! Check out the sample above, it took me approximately 5 minutes to create. Once your video is finished, you can email it, link it to a website, blog, Facebook, etc. If you don't like the finished product, click a button and you can remix to your heart's delight!

For a small fee, you can create unlimited video's of much longer length. Plans for Animoto include the ability to create your own CD's and more.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Get Ready for CIT

What do you get when you mix 2500 people from colleges around the world, all the latest cutting-edge technology, nationally-recognized education experts, and a big dose of Music City USA? You get a convention with the very long name "League for Innovation in the Community College Conference on Information Technology." (We just say "CIT '07" for short.)

Each year this conference convenes in a different city with the goal of bringing together community college faculty personnel and industry leaders in the use of technology in higher education. The idea is to promote the best uses of technology to improve teaching and all other functions of a community college. 4 days of papers, presentations, exhibits, demonstrations, and networking allow this to happen.

In 2007, Volunteer State, along with the other community colleges in the Tennessee Board of Regents system, are hosting the Conference on Information Technology at the Nashville Convention Center November 9-13. It takes the efforts of over 220 volunteers (most of them from right here on campus) as well as several teams of experts to put this show on. But its worth it. Take a walk through the holographic classroom of the future, see the latest in "smartboard" technology, create a virtual network, learn to use iPods in class, meet colleagues from all over the country. You can do all this and more at CIT '07.

TBR and Volunteer State were asked to host the conference due to our porximity to Nashville, one of the best convention cities in the south, and our focus on technology use in the classroom. Many Vol State faculty and staff will be involved in the conference as presenters, organizers or volunteers. Just look for the bright red volunteer shirts. That's us!

Want to learn more? Visit the conference website to view the program, plan your visit, explore the opportunities the convention presents, and learn all about the night-time fun that Nashville offers after the exhibits close.

Q and A about Ophthalmic

Q: We have an ophthalmic tech program at Vol State? I never knew that!
A: Yes, we do. It was moved from Vanderbilt Eye Institute 6 years ago and has resided in Annex 400 Building ever since.

Q: What does an ophthalmic technician do?
A: There are three levels of technical personnel in ophthalmology - ophthalmic assistants, ophthalmic technicians, and ophthalmic technologists. They work under the supervision and direction of an ophthalmologist (an M.D.) to perform ophthalmic clinical duties.

They are trained to take medical histories, perform all the ophthalmologic tests necessary for preliminary and highly specific eye exams, take ophthalmic photographs, use ultrasound equipment and other diagnostic and testing technology, administer eye medications, instruct the patient in care and use of corrective lenses, assist in ophthalmic surgery, and maintain ophthalmic and surgical instruments.

Q: What type of person would enjoy or be qualified for this job?
A: Attributes of a successful ophthalmic technician are: a natural curiosity about medical science; a desire to be a hands-on health care worker and help people; critical thinking ability; computer aptitude and problem-solving skills.

Q: Which level of technical personnel does the Program at Volstate teach?
A: Our Program graduates are immediately able to sit for the technician level certification exam – in other words, they skip the assistant level by graduating from our Program. Certification examinations are given by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology.

Q: I know some Allied Health Programs here are accredited. Is this Program accredited?
A: Yes. The program has been granted full accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Ophthalmic Medical Programs (CoA-OMP). This means our Program is held to higher standards that must be monitored and maintained.

Q: How long is the Program and is it a certificate or a degree program?
A: Overall, it takes two years. This is how it is broken down: After successful completion of all prerequisites, which takes approximately one year, applicants are invited to interview for the Program. The formal Program is one year, and graduates are granted an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science – Ophthalmic Medical Technician Option.

Q: Are there jobs available after graduation?
A: The demand for ophthalmic technicians has remained strong over the past decade. An aging population who will require eye care and the technological advances in this field should keep demand at this level or higher. Our employment rate for graduates is 95-100%, and physicians who wish to hire ophthalmic technicians always outnumber the graduates who are available.

Q: How much money do ophthalmic technicians make?
A: In our geographical area of greater Nashville, the average starting hourly wage for our graduates is $15.50. After they complete their certification, most ophthalmic technicians can expect a $1 - $2 an/hour increase.

Q: After graduation, where do ophthalmic technicians work?
A: The work environment for ophthalmic technicians ranges from university medical institutions to one-physician private offices. Ophthalmologists often become subspecialists in cornea, retina, glaucoma and refractive surgery, and ophthalmic technicians increase their value by having knowledge of these special areas.

Q: Is there a career path for ophthalmic technicians?
A: Yes. With additional training, an ophthalmic technician can take a higher level of certification exam to become an ophthalmic medical technologist. Technologists often supervise the technical staff. Areas of specialization include: an orthoptist who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients with crossed eyes and related muscle imbalances of the eye; a certified ophthalmic photographer, a surgical technician; or a low vision technician.

Q: How do I apply?
A: Go to home page. Click on Academics at the top; click on Allied Health under Academic Divisions; click on Ophthalmic Technician Program; then click on Forms to download and complete an application.

Applications may be submitted at any time but must be in by the end of April. Students are chosen for the Program in June and classes begin the 1st week of August each year.

Posted by Kathleen. Volunteer State Community College.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Text-Messaging Alert Service at Vol State

Sign-up Now!

On a community college campus, there are several ways to communicate with campus members about emergency-related events. In the past, the College has used the PA system, the website, and many other communication sources to make this campus as safe as possible.

In an effort to be more efficient with communicating emergencies, Volunteer State has acquired a text-messaging alert service to quickly communicate emergencies, such as school closings, to those campus members who choose to register in the system. The registration process is simple. You can visit to sign-up for message alerts by text-message, by e-mail, or both.

Your safety is a primary concern for the College, and this new text-messaging service is a great way to stay informed with up-to-date emergency information about the College.

Posted by Ken.

Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Tech Tip Tuesday

Greetings, I'm going to be writing about some of the fun web tools that are available to make your life easier (or at least more fun). I've been called the "digital social butterfly" by my colleagues, but actually I'm an Instructional Designer in the Distance Learning department at Vol State and one of the best parts of my job is finding fun and exciting new applications out on the web. I'll do my best to share something new on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Let me know what you are interested in and I'll be glad to share some sites.

Today I wanted to share two of my favorites: and Stumble Upon

I don't know if you work from multiple computers like I do- if you do, then you understand the frustration of having bookmarked a favorite site on one computer only to need it for class or work. It can be hard when you don't remember the exact URL. helps you remedy that. This is a web based application that not only allows you to save all of your favorites, you can also describe why you saved the site and tag the site (if your friends have a account, you can even share the site with them) just add them to your tag list. Finding your bookmarks is a breeze with the search feature. The tag feature also lets you search other users bookmarks to see what they are saving. Great when looking for a new twist for a paper...

StumbleUpon My StumbleUpon Page

My other favorite is Stumble Upon--if you ever wanted to just spend a few hours finding new and sometimes weird stuff, this application is for you. If you are using Firefox, you can quickly add your own Stumble Upon menu bar. Or you can just visit the site.

Happy Hunting!

The Internet - Not Just for Goofing Off Anymore

According to our web server logs, about 15% of the people visiting the Vol State web site are using Firefox. I won't go into all the details but as the web master here at Volunteer State Community College, that's good news for me.

One thing I really like about Firefox is all the extensions available. Some of them just look cool while others add stuff like instant messaging to your browser. Just remember, the more stuff you add to Firefox, the more resources it will need from your computer and the more sluggish it will get. So try to keep your extensions paired down to what you really need and from time to time clean out anything you notice yourself not using any more.

Some extensions can boost your productivity as a college student. I've personally been happy with Zotero, an extension for managing notes and citations when writing papers for class. Most teachers frown on citing online sources, and for good reasons. Most of the time citing a web page is a bad idea (with a few notable exceptions). Luckily, Zotero can handle dead tree based media as well as it can digital sources. Just pull up the book you want to cite on a site like or The Library of Congress Catalog Online and add it to your virtual library.

When you're done with your paper, you can publish a bibliography/works cited page directly from Zotero. Just keep in mind you'll still want to double check and edit the page before you turn it in. Saving time is great, losing a full letter grade on a paper because Zotero defaults to MLA style and your teacher wants APA style is not so great. And yes, I'm speaking from experience.

If you're already using Firefox, you can download the Zotero extension from their website. If you think you might want to try out both Firefox and Zotero, Firefox Campus Edition has it already built in.

Vol State Homecoming events coming November 9

It’s time to show off your Pioneer spirit! Homecoming will be November 9. Alumni and members of the public are invited to attend. Our basketball teams will be squaring off against Motlow State Community College in the gym. The women play at 6 p.m. and then the men’s game will start at approximately 8:30 p.m. The theme this year for Homecoming is “Hollywood”. There will be prizes and giveaways. The new Pioneer Dance Squad will also be performing for the first time. Admission is free for alumni, Athletic Association members, students, faculty and staff. For everyone else the admission will be $5.

On Wednesday, November 7 there will be a chili cook-off. It will be held at noon in the Wood Campus Center. Alumni are welcome to cook up a batch of chili or help judge the contest.

For information about any of the Homecoming activities contact Gina Garera at 615-230-3799.

Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Tennis, Anyone?

Every Thursday evening, a group of students, faculty, staff and friends of the college meet at the tennis courts for some informal tennis matches. Depending on how many people come out to play, you may see 2-3 doubles matches along with a singles match or two happening. This is not a competitive league and you certainly don't need to be a great tennis player (I know that I'm not!!!).

If you are looking for a good way to get some exercise in or meet new people, then come out and join us. We meet at the tennis courts (next to the Mattox building) at 4:30 every Thursday and play until dark. If you would like more information, just call Ron Timberlake 230-3245 or look for me (the one who is always missing the ball!)

see you soon--

Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Drop by and see us

The weather has finally cooled off, and it looks like the much needed rain has moved away for a few days. It's time to take a trip Volunteer State Community College. When the cooler fall weather starts moving in, it's a great time to visit our campus. Hundreds of folks pass by on Nashville Pike every day and never stop in to see what all is going on. There's a lot more to campus than you can see from the street.

Visitors are always welcome, but if you'd like an official campus tour, give us a call in Admissions. We do tours most weekdays at 10:00am and 2:00pm.

Vol State Admissions

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

This Week at Vol State

Another busy week is coming up at Vol State. On Wednesday, October 24 the Student Government Association holds an SGA Forum at 12:15pm in the Cafeteria. You can ask questions of Vol State administrators. If you haven't been to one of these yet you might want to check it out. It's your chance to speak out!

On Thursday, October 25 GMAC will hold two Financial Literacy sessions for students. The first is from 11am-12pm in the Cafeteria and the second session from 12:15pm-1:30pm in the Rochelle Center.

It will be pretty scary in the campus center on Friday. It's the annual African American Student Union Community Halloween Party. The AASU has been doing this for years. It's a great event for kids from the area, hosted by Vol State students. It's from 6-8pm and the public is invited to this free party.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Garden Work Day Saturday

If you haven’t seen the Vol State Community Garden yet, you should take a walk behind the Mattox building and take a look.. Despite the drought it’s really coming along. You can get involved. Saturday, October 20 will be the next Community Garden Workday. People can volunteer for one of two different times during the day, one from 9:00am-12:00pm and a second that would overlap with the first from 11:00am-2:00pm. Projects will include removal of invasive exotics from the creek-bed, landscaping using garden fencing and rock and perhaps some replacement planting of shrubs and trees lost due to weather this past year. Everyone is invited to participate. Contact Jeff Kent for more info 230-3730.

Still Time to Sign-up for Trip to Spain and France

Do you think eight days in Europe might be fun? Kay McClean says there is still time to sign up for the trip to Spain and France. It's being put together by members of the Vol State faculty and other faculty, students, staff and members of the public are invited. The trip includes stops in Barcelona, Paris and many locations in between. The deadline has been extended for a few weeks. Contact Kay for pricing information at 230-3385
or email

Hoops Season Coming Soon

Get ready for Vol State Basketball!!!!!

It's about time for hoops action again...Basketball returns to the gym on November 1st. The Pioneers play tough and they need student, faculty and staff support in those stands. Remember that all games are free if you show your student, faculty or staff I-D. Here's what Athletic Director Bobby Hudson has to say about the season:

"The teams are working really hard. We have a tough schedule early on, so we're going to hit the ground running. Fans are really important for success. We're going to have some half-time giveaways this year. We hope everyone comes out!"
The women have a new coach this year. Jason Montgomery is taking the helm for his first season. Rusty Melvin will be leading the men, and he has some big new players to take the court. Check out the rosters and schedules:
For the men:

For the women:

Volunteer State Community College. Vol State.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

This Week at Vol State

It looks like fall is finally here. The cool weather means everyone is in the middle of classes and buried in books. Well, take a moment away from the studies to take in the ThinkFast game show at the Wood Campus Center Cafeteria on Wednesday, October 10 at 12:15pm. It's a fast paced, fun and interactive event that should take your mind off school for at least a few minutes.

Midterm papers and exams...whew, it sounds like you need a break! Well, don't forget that October 15 & 16 is Fall Break. No classes both days. Campus offices will be open for business as usual.


Volunteer State Community College

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Student Trip to Spain and France

Dear Fellow Lovers of Travel,

Dr. Sanchez and I are delighted to announce our upcoming trip to Spain and France in May of 2008. Come join us in travel during this beautiful and mild time of the year. This trip will be open to VSCC students, faculty, administrators, staff, friends, and community members.

We will begin travel in Barcelona, Spain, and its environs. We will visit the Picasso museum and other wonders of the area. We will continue to the Loire Valley where castles, great food, and beauty abound. We will visit Giverny, Monet’s home. Finally, we will end our tour in Paris, France, City of Light, Love, Art and more.

You will experience history, art, culture, typical food, European train travel, and fun. We want you to know that this is not a “herd of travelers” trip. We have been very selective in choosing Casterbridge Tours above all others. We will be our own group escorted by our own guide who will meet us at the airport and travel with us the entire trip.

We have glossy brochures available. In the meantime, we have attached detailed day-by-day tour information. Brochures are available in the Humanities office, too.

There is a $250 registration fee that is due to Kay by Monday, October 15th. The next fee of $250 will be due in Nov. Final payment due on Feb. 1, 2008.

If you have questions, please contact me or Jaime Sanchez (ext. 3379).

Kay McLean
Humanities Division

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

College Night and Stories from Iraq

Two big events are coming up on Thursday. The first is called "Stories from Iraq", hosted by the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. Two soldiers, Joey Brent and Tray Combs, will be speaking about their experiences in Baghdad, Iraq. It will take place Thursday, October 4 from 7pm-9pm in the Rochelle Center of Thigpen Library. Everyone is invited to attend. There will be a complimentary reception afterwards. If you want more info contact Marie Kemph at or

The second is Sumner County College Night. 80 colleges and universities will be on hand to talk to students. If you're considering transferring or attending a four-year school after graduation, it's a great chance to ask questions. College Night will be held in the gym from 6pm-8pm on Thursday, October 4. Sumner County College Night is coordinated by the Sumner County high school counselors and co-sponsored by the College. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more info contact Admissions at 230-3688.


Volunteer State Community College. Vol State.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Check out Scholarships for Spring

Many students take advantage of the student scholarships that Vol State offers each semester. The Volunteer State College Foundation provided more than 160 scholarships last year worth $213,474. Did you know that some of those scholarships start in the spring semester? Perhaps you didn't think that you would qualify for a scholarship? You might be surprised. Here's one that you can apply for:

The Lynn F. Nystrom Recycling Scholarship provides $500 to a part-time degree seeking student who has an interest in recycling. You need a 2.75 GPA and the recipient must serve on the Vol State recycling committee. You can find out the rest of the requirements and get an application in the Financial Aid Office, room 100 of the Wood Campus Center.

While you're there check out the flyer that shows all of the scholarships that are available. This is a good time to start thinking about how you will fund college in future semesters, and the folks in Financial Aid will be happy to talk to you about it.

Posted by Eric

Volunteer State Community College.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Do You Want to Dance?

Do you have what it takes? If so, we are looking for a few good men and women to be the first to join the new Pioneer Dance Squad.

Pioneer Dance Squad Tryouts will be held October 13, 2007 in the Pickel Bldg, Rm 130A. The schedule will be as follows: 10-12 Clinic, 12-1 Break, 1-3 Tryouts. Please come prepared to perform your own 60-90 second routine to Lloyd’s “Get It Shawty” Remix version with Missy Elliot and Yung Joc. You must call to reserve your spot to tryout. If you have additional questions, please contact Stacy Womelduff at 230-3509 or

Posted by Stacy

Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Tips for Online Classes

Have you been considering taking an online class? Scott from the Advising Center has a few tips to make sure you get off to a good start:

I’ve registered for an online class, now what?
OK, so you have just registered for online classes—now you need to make plans to purchase your textbooks. A good estimate as to the cost of books is this: books typically cost about 30% of your tuition (about $400). Plan ahead to have monies set aside so you are not caught waiting on a check from Financial Aid, this could cause even more delays and you will get further behind in your coursework. You also need to allow time for the books to be delivered to you. If you sign up for RODP courses, you have to order your books through the RODP website—so be sure to allow time for shipping.

First day of classes, now what?
Log in – online class attendance begins the first day of classes.
Prepare a notebook—print the syllabus, calendar, assignments—get organized so
you don’t miss important deadlines.
“Walk around the class”—not really, but click on all the links and make sure you
have access to them; become familiar with the email and discussion
boards. Double-check to make sure all course requirements are clear, if
you notice something odd/unusual, contact the instructor immediately.
Stay active—log in daily to check for any updates from the professor. When
things get tough and you feel the pressure of an impending due date for an
assignment, you may be tempted not to log in. It is still important to check in” just to make sure you’re still on track.
There aren’t any stupid questions---post your questions on the discussion board—
read responses to other discussion questions—valuable information can be found here.

Have a question for Scott? Give him a call in the Advising Center at 230-3702

Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Make a Video and Enter the Contest!

You see homemade videos everywhere these days. They can be funny, they can be serious and sometimes they can be just plain weird. We're looking for Your Take on life here at Vol State, so we're having our second annual Student Video Contest. It's a chance to show off your creativity and get in the running for some cool prizes. We're giving away an 8gb iPod Shuffle to the winner, and iPod Shuffle for second place and a $50 Vol State Bookstore gift card for third place.

The videos can be about anything you would like. It just needs to tie into Vol State. Get creative and don't worry about what we're looking for...we want to get Your Take.

We have all of the rules and details on our web page

Check it out and get those cameras rolling! The Deadline for entries is November 28th.


Volunteer State Community College

Monday, September 24, 2007

This week at Vol State: Diversity and a Hispanic Fiesta

We have another action packed week here for student activities at Vol State. It's Cultural Diversity Week and we have a number of speakers on campus. All of the speakers will be at 12:15pm each day in the Rochelle Center of the Library.

Asian Culture
Monday – Dr. Ann Sloan, Special Assistant to the
Provost for International Education, MTSU

Hispanic Culture
Wednesday – Dr. Theron Corse, Professor of History
(Latin American Studies), TSU
Dr. Ana Rueda-Garcia, Associate
Professor Department of Languages, TSU

Thursday - Dr. Theron Corse, TSU
Dr. Ana Rueda-Garcia, TSU
Dr. Marshall Eakin, Professor of History,
Brazilian Studies, Vanderbilt University

These events are sponsored by Campus and Cultural Activities Committee & the Office of Student Life & Diversity Initiatives.

On Saturday, September 29 everyone is invited to the “Fiesta de Otoño en Vol State”
A Fall Festival Celebrating Latino Culture. It runs from 11am-3pm on the Vol State campus on the Library Lawn, in the Plaza and in the gym.

Everyone in the community is invited for:
-Fajitas, chips, rice and beans
-Tango and Bossa Nova from the critically acclaimed Nashville Latin band Serenatta Romantic Latin Ensemble
-Soccer Contest: Teams of five participate in mini-games. Anyone can enter. Prizes for the winners.
-Dance from the Hispano America Dance Troupe
-Community booths and info tables
-Fun games and rides for kids

If you need more info about the Fiesta, contact me at 230-3570.

Have a great week!


Volunteer State Community College.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Busy week on campus

Get ready for a busy week on campus! We have a bunch of interesting things going on for students. First off, don't miss the Fall Fling celebration in the plaza area on Wednesday, September 19th. It's a great way to find out about all the student clubs and organizations on campus. They'll have tables set up, so you can talk to people about whatever group interests you. There's plenty to do here on campus, you just have to get involved. Fall Fling runs from 10am until 1:30pm.
The Fall Job Career Fair is also on Wednesday. It takes place in the gym from 10am to 2pm. More than fifty employers will be on hand to talk to students about full time and part time positions. It's a good way to meet people if you are looking for a job. Don't forget to bring your resume!

The Red Cross is taking blood donations on campus Wednesday, September 19th from 8am to 2pm. The Bloodmobile will be parked in the lot behind the Wood Campus Center.

And finally, if you need to relax, take in Movies by Starlight. We set up a giant projection screen and sound system and show movies out on the library lawn. This Friday, September 21 we'll be showing Shrek 3 and Spiderman 3. The first movie will start at dusk (about 7:30pm). The best part of all: it's free! There will be some refreshments for sale. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and feel free to bring the kids. The public is welcome to this family event.
Posted by Eric
Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Meet Tammy

Our Subject: Tammy Fugate

Tammy is from Greenbrier. She's in her first semester of University Studies at Vol State.

How has college been so far? "I like it better than high school. It's a lot more grown up."

Favorite recent concert: "I've never been to a concert, aside from a church concert, so Spur 58."

Electronic device you couldn't go without: "My laptop."

Toughest class so far: "Human Growth and Development."
Volunteer State Community College.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Meet Jonathan

Our subject: Jonathan Carver of Red Boiling Springs.

Jonathan is a nursing student in his first year at Vol State.

Toughest class: "Writing."
Favorite recent concert: "Kentucky Headhunters."

Favorite food: "Italian."

Oddest thing we would find in your backpack: "Body spray."
Volunteer State Community College

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Say Hello

You should be running into plenty of people younger and older than you in class and around campus. The average age of a Vol State student is 25. Students, faculty and staff represent several generations. There are students still in high school that are on campus for ACT prep or to take a campus tour. There are senior adults attending for-credit and Continuing Education classes. I know we can’t really ask each other – how old are you? But, say HI to everyone and share a SMILE!

Connie Bass
Admissions Advisor
Office of Admissions
Volunteer State Community College
Fax 615-230-4875

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Check out the new Settler Website

Veterinary program in the works for Vol State sounds like an interesting story, right? Well, you can check it out in the latest edition of the "Settler", the Vol State student newspaper.

New students may be seeing the "Settler" for the first time. It's an award-winning publication that has a reputation for breaking news on campus. Now, they have a new website. You can find all of the stories from the print version, and a bunch of interactive features including chat and a search mechanism. It also has stories from other college papers across the area. The student Editor, Rob Spires, tells me he hopes to be adding new content, in between issues, on a regular basis. I'm personally looking forward to their first breaking news story. You can check out the printed version of the Settler on racks across campus. You can visit the new website by clicking here

Volunteer State Community College.

Meet Dustin

Our Subject: Dustin Dozier of Red Boiling Springs.
Dustin is majoring in Computer Information Systems.

Toughest class: "Writing."

Worst movie you've seen lately: "Bloodlines. It's horrible. Worst movie ever made."

Electronic device you couldn't do without: "My cell phone."

What you did last weekend: "What did I do last weekend? I really don't remember."
Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Meet Elizabeth

Subject: Elizabeth Keen of Nashville. It's her first semester at Vol State. She's majoring in Elementary Education. During a recent stroll across campus, we stopped and asked her a few questions:
How has the first week of classes been? "Actually, it's more relaxed than high school."

Worst movie you've seen: "Delta Force. It's funny, but really stupid."

Oddest thing we would find in your backpack: "Apple Juice."

Toughest class you have so far: "Math. Definitely Math."

Vol State. Volunteer State Community College

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Meet Brandon

Our Subject: Brandon King of Hendersonville.
It's the first week of college classes for Brandon.

How college is going so far: "Really good. Everything's been great."

Best movie see recently: "SWAT."

Favorite food: "Steak."

Toughest class so far: "It looks like it's going to be Psychology."

Electronic device you couldn't live without: "My cell phone."

What you did last weekend: "Went to a car show."
Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Best Day of the Year

You can tell the minute you merge onto Nashville Pike. Traffic is heavier at 7:30am, and classes at Volunteer State Community College are back in session for fall. Today is the first day of classes for the fall semester. It's my favorite day of the year. Campus really comes back to life. There are people everywhere. The air is full of energy and excitement.

Student Government, Phi Theta Kappa and some of the other student organizations have turned the hallway between Student Services and the Bookstore into a Hawaiian paradise full of hanging flowers. The first edition of The Settler, Vol State's student newspaper is on the stands. There are lots of handshakes and hugs going around today too since many people haven't seen each other since the last day of Spring exams.

It's really the best day of the year to work at or be a student at a college.

First Day of Classes

We're back and busy here at Vol State for another fall semester. These are a few shots we took today on campus. Volunteer State Community College.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Meet Heather

Our Subject: Heather Halbert of Hendersonville
Heather is getting ready for her first semester at Vol State. She comes from Station Camp High School. She's "just testing the waters" to see what she wants to major in later on.

Favorite band: "The Deftones."
Best thing she did this summer: "I visited my family in West Virginia."
Biggest college fear: "Getting into a lot of debt."
Most looking forward to: "Meeting new people."
Volunteer State Community College.

Registration Day

It's registration day at Volunteer State Community College. The best and fastest way to get help is to come in. Admissions will be accepting and processing applications immediately.

If you come in today, here are a few tips.

1) Earlier is better. We usually start out slow and pick up speed. Lines will be shortest before lunch. of course, if you have to come later, that's fine. We'll be here to help.

2) If you have personal copies of your ACT scores, bring them. If they are less than 3 years old, we can use them to help you decide which classes to take. If you've never taken the ACT, that's fine. If you need to take a placement test, we can help with that today too. If you just want to take a class or two, you may not need to test at all.

3) If you are a transfer student, bring unofficial copies of your transcripts with you. Admissions will still need official copies, but the unofficial will help your advisor help you.

4) Be patient. We're here to help you, but it may take a few minutes due to all of the new students who will be on campus. We want to make sure everyone gets the help they need.

5) Fees are due today. If you register for classes today, you will need to pay at least a part of your fees today. If you've already applied for Financial Aid, you can swing by their office to find out your status. For more information on fees, go to our Business Office website.

If you can't make it today, we'll be here 8-4:30 tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Free stuff is always good...

“FREE! Yes, I said FREE! When you first set foot on campus Monday and Tuesday, August 27 and 28, come to Duffer Plaza or the Wood Center main lobby from 9:00-11:00am and pick up on some FREE Cookies and Drinks!!!! UPS and the Office of Career Placement and Cooperative Education at Vol State will be there to “share the wealth” and get you started right this Fall 2007 Semester! Come hungry and thirsty. We’ll see you there! Welcome to campus!”

Dr. Rick Parrent, Director
Office of Career Placement and Cooperative Education
Annex 100, Room 101C
Volunteer State Community College
(615) 230-3307

Friday, August 17, 2007

Looking for a Job?

If you are looking to hook up with a job, start a career, or just hang with some new friends and begin networking with employers in Middle Tennessee, be sure to come to the 2007 Fall Job Career Fair at Vol State Community College, the Pickel Gymnasium Wednesday, September 19, from 10:00AM-2:00PM. There will be plenty of businesses looking to hire full-time, part-time, and even seasonal employees. Can you believe it—they are already looking for Christmas workers???? Bring your resume if you can and don’t forget to “beef up” the wardrobe just a tad. Maybe a pair of jeans and polo shirt guys, or ladies, a blue jean skirt and blouse would be nice.

Oh, by the way, remember there are always some “cool” give-aways and great promotional items you can pick up too! So, mark it down today!! We’ll see you at the fair.

Dr. Rick Parrent, Director
Office of Career Placement and Cooperative Education
Annex 100, Room 101C
Volunteer State Community College
(615) 230-3307

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Getting PlUgGeD in!

Seriously. . .can I just remark on HOW HOT IT IS OUTSIDE?! YIKES! There are 12 days until school starts. Are you ready? Seriously, are you ready? Do you have your Student I.D. and Parking Decal? Did you get your books? Have you memorized your V# yet? Could the list get any longer? If you have questions give us a call in the Office of Admissions or send me an email at

I want to remind you that school is not just about going to class. It's also about getting plugged in and joining organizations and involving yourselves in student activities. You NEED to get involved at the college! Think about this---anyone can go to class and make good grades but what sets you apart from EVERYONE ELSE IN THE CROWD? Are you trying to get accepted into a difficult program in Allied Health? Are you trying to find scholarship opportunities? Maybe you are trying to get a job with a particular business. Let's face it, you've got to be well rounded. The Office of Student Life and Leadership on our campus is great! Make sure to look for opportunities to get involved. Look for flyers, events posted in the Cafeteria, or swing by the the Campus Center to get a calendar of events and activities. Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

Meet Rhonda

Our Subject: Vol State student Rhonda Lancaster of Celina

We ran into Rhonda as she was leaving the bookstore. We fired a bunch of questions at her and this is all we managed to get:

Heat: "Hate it."

College Books: "Some of them are too expensive."

Fave Classes: "I'm excited about all of my Radiologic classes."

Toughest thing about being a cook and waitress: "Putting up with your customers."

Celebrity I'd like to have dinner with: "Reece Witherspoon. I think she's a wonderful actress."