Friday, February 29, 2008

Say “H−EYE” to Pam Whitson

Pam has the pressure in her eyes checked by a fellow classmate using the Tonopen.

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

“At first, I was going to be in the X-Ray program here at Vol State, but when I went for
the clinical observations, I found that I was going for the wrong program. It just wasn’t for me. So I began my search for a new career, and I came across the Ophthalmic Technician Program in the Vol Stat catalog, and the rest is history!”

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

“So far my favorite thing about the program is the friends I’ve made. The program is a small group of about fifteen students, and it turns into a family really fast. We all get along great, and everyone has their own personality. It’s been a great
experience getting to know everyone.”

What’s your least favorite thing about the program?

“I haven’t been in the program long, but so far my least favorite thing is lensometry. It is a hard skill to learn that requires a lot of practice.”

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

“The most interesting thing I’ve learned so far is that cataracts are actually on the lens of the eye and not on the cornea on the outside of the eye. It’s neat to learn new things like that.”

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

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Garden work day Saturday

Greetings gardeners:

I would like to announce that there will be a Community Garden workday next Saturday, March 1, from 9:30AM to 12:00 PM. The major project for this workday will be the removal and general clearing of invasive plant and shrub species in the area along the creek-bed and extending down past the tennis courts. We anticipate a couple of youth groups volunteering from Long Hollow Baptist Church as part of a community service activity but we would welcome any interested Students, Faculty and Staff from VSCC.

Everyone is welcome! We will need people to drag brush as it is being cut to an area where Gallatin public works can pick it up. There should also be a number of other activities to keep everyone busy. So, if you are suffering from cabin fever, we will ensure you get a good dose of fresh air and hard work to lift your spirits. Make sure you come prepared with work clothes and gloves for handling brush. I should also announce that we will have another workday scheduled for later in the spring on Saturday, April 19. So, please pencil that date into your calendar.

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

Monday, February 25, 2008

Informal Mac Users Group to Meet

Are you tired of people making fun of your passion for your Mac? Do you love all things Apple? Then come join us for an informal get together of fellow Mac Users.

We will meet in the Rochelle Center on Tuesday March 11 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Bring your Mac or just bring yourself. All interested students and faculty are welcome to join us.

Any questions- contact Mary in Distance Learning or Laura in the Language Center.

Give Blood and root for Akeelah

This week at Vol State we give you the opportunity to help your neighbor and see a really great movie. First the helping part: The Red Cross will be at the college on Tuesday for a blood drive.
It will be held from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m in the Rochelle Center of the library. The Red Cross says that due in part to the recent tornadoes they are running low on blood. And if you are type O, they are very low and really need the help. The blood drive is open to everyone...students, faculty, staff and people from the community. It only takes a half hour or so.

Ready for a feel good movie? Akeelah and the Bee is the story of a young girl who goes against the odds to enter the world of competitive spelling. You'll be cheering for Akeelah Anderson throughout her quest. The Campus and Cultural Awareness is presenting the film on Wednesday and Thursday at 12:15pm in the Rochelle Center. The movie is only open to Vol State students, faculty and staff.
Posted by Eric. Volunteer State Community College

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Social Networking – The Parent’s Perspective

This past weekend, one of our highly technical associate professors, Mary Nunaley, held three social networking information sessions for the parents of the 2008 Science Olympiad competitors. The class is a great concept, and a unique way for parents to take part in their child’s social networking experience, with websites such as MySpace and Facebook. If you are interested in learning more about social networking or understanding the pros and cons, with respect to your child’s participation in them, please contact the VSCC Division of Continuing Education by calling 615-230-3358 to find out about the next series of classes.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Tornado clean-up over spring break

Vol State Collegiate Ministry has taken three trips to the Gulf Coast to help with disaster relief after Katrina and had tentatively planned to go again during spring break this year. The most recent tornado changed that though. We thought it would make more sense to help people in Castalian Springs and/or Macon County. To make this project more like a real mission trip and to free students from distractions, we plan to spend the night at Cragfont Baptist Church Monday through Wednesday, March 3-5, and work during the days Monday through Thursday. If students, faculty, and staff are interested in joining us, please email or call Cindy Chanin at 230-3527.

Posted by Cindy.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Fundraiser for Vol State people with damage

Thank you for the wonderful responses we received for help with the collection of items for the tornado and for those who went out last Friday on the clean up effort. It was great to see an overwhelming desire to help. At this point, we are asking people to take any further donations to the Hartsville Pike Church of Christ or Cragfont Baptist Church, we are not taking the collections at this time. The churches have suggested that we hold off for the time being.

For now we would still like to support our Vol. State folks (employees or students) who were directly affected by the storm. We are gathering a list of names and would like for you to email Kenyatta Lovett with the names of people who were impacted.

We have started a fund here at the Foundation and will take donations that will be used to purchase gift cards for Vol State people. If you would like to donate to that fund you may send a check or pay online at, click on the tab that says Give Now.
Thank you for your generosity!

Karen Mitchell, VP of Resource Development

Prepare for the next storm

This comes to us from the folks in Continuing Ed. It's a very timely topic and open to everyone, just make sure you reserve a seat. Here are the details:

The Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development at Volunteer State Community College is offering a free seminar entitled "Residential Storm Shelters." The seminar is scheduled on Monday, March 10 from 6:00-9:00pm on the Volunteer State campus.

Ø What is a residential safe room?
Ø Types of residential safe rooms
Ø Where are safe rooms needed?
Ø Sources of safe room information
Ø Making your safe room useable
Ø Question and Answer session

Continuing Education Instructor, John Cooper, has over twenty years of experience teaching the Basic House Construction class at Volunteer State Community College. He holds a general contractor’s license in Florida, has worked with NASA teaching construction design, and has assisted with the TVA Carpenter Apprentice Program. He is a volunteer for Baptist Disaster Relief and worked in Louisiana and Mississippi in the aftermath of Katrina. He also volunteers in Guatemala, designing and building homes, schools and clinics.

For more information and to reserve a seat please call the Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development at (615) 230-3358 or 1 (888) 335-8722, ext 3358.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Gallatin Chamber tornado clean-up Saturday


Gallatin City Hall Parking Lot
Saturday, February 16th - Arrive between 8am & 10am
Email to sign up

The Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce is organizing a tornado clean-up this Saturday to assist those whose homes and property were damaged in last week's tornado.

Property owners may contact the Chamber office at (615) 452.4000 or to request assistance.

Volunteers for Saturday's clean-up are asked to arrive at the Gallatin City Hall parking lot between 8am and 10am. From there, teams will be dispatched to assigned clean-up areas. Volunteer groups may pre-register by emailing

Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing. If possible, they should bring gloves, trash bags, rakes, buckets, protective eyewear, etc. Some items will be available on-site, but any extras are appreciated.

Volunteers should be prepared to work a minimum of four hours.
Teenagers may work with supervising adults.

Please note, volunteer efforts will continue in the coming weeks. Check our website at and look for our emails for regular updates.

Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce
118 West Main Street
Gallatin, Tennessee 37066
(615) 452-4000
Paige Brown Strong, Director

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A message from the Gallatin Chamber about tornado relief

The Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce will continue to register and dispatch volunteers. We are trying to get more specific addresses and descriptions of the work needed. Volunteers should come to the Chamber office at 118 West Main Street after 8:30am and they will be registered and directed to appropriate locations.

Cragfont Baptist Church is in need of volunteer help. This is the church at the corner of Harsh Lane and Highway 25 that has acted as the Emergency Operations Center, has received and distributed donations for victims, AND fed thousands of volunteers, emergency workers and victims. They need some support. If you can help there, please call 615.451.9673 (leave a message and they will return your call). The church has been open 24 hours for many days, so help at any time of the day or night will be appreciated.

Plans are also being made to organize another volunteer weekend. We will forward that information on as soon as details are available.

The latest information on donations is that there is still a need for shoes(please bind together), socks, coats, diapers, baby wipes, non-perishable food, water and paper products. Locations where items are being accepted include Gallatin City Hall, Gallatin Cares, Cragfont Baptist Church, and Hartsville Pike Church of Christ. Please advise of any other locations of which we may not be aware.

Monetary donations may be made through the Salvation Army (615.242.0411), the United Way, the Red Cross, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and several other outlets. If you'd like to donate in support of the Wynnewood Restoration Project, donations may be made in C/O Connie Ramsey, Sumner Bank and Trust, 240 W Broadway St., Gallatin, Tennessee 37066. Donations to the Kyson Stowell Fund may be made at Sun Trust Bank, 1605 21st Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212.

Donations needed to support clean-up/volunteer efforts include gloves, garbage bags (large contractor bags are best), rakes, lunch supplies and drinks. We can accept cl these donations at our office.

Thank you all for your generosity and spirit. The work this weekend was amazing and it was greatly appreciated!

Please Forward This Email To Others

Please call the chamber at (615) 452-4000 if you have any questions.

Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce
118 West Main Street
Gallatin, Tennessee 37066
(615) 452-4000
Paige Brown Strong, Director
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Monday, February 11, 2008

A message from Richard and Scotti Reinsch

Hello All,
Many thanks to Volunteer State Community College employees, Hartsville Pike Church of Christ members and Castalian Springs' neighbors for helping us pack up our stuff (what was left), provide water and lunch and load our U-Haul. You have no idea what their goodwill meant to us. :>))
We were able to remove trees and debris away from our house and out of our driveway (Wednesday) so we could get what undamaged furniture that was left out of our downstairs basement (Thursday).
We have found a rental house in Hendersonville and we are working with State Farm in terms of procuring rental furniture for the house as we were only able to save a few pieces. We are staying at a local hotel and anticipate moving to our rental house either Wednesday or Thursday (week coming) after getting all the utilities turned on. And getting furniture (rental), linens, towels toiletry items purchased and back up to speed.
I have already visited with FEMA and SBA officials (Saturday) and will meet with them again this week (completing paperwork and house inspections) as well as the State Farm national disaster team officials (Tuesday). Everyone has been great in helping us and as you can imagine we are just now starting to come out the shock of what has happened.
Thank you for your emails, phone calls and prayers. Trust me, they mean a lot to Scotti and me. :>))
Richard and Scotti Reinsch

Friday, February 8, 2008

Tornado clean-up

It's hard to take in the extent of the destruction. Concrete slabs are all that is left of houses. A post office has been reduced to rubble. 30 Vol State faculty, staff and students spent Friday helping to clean-up. We searched through the wreckage for mail from the Castilian Springs Post Office. We also helped a man pack up all of his family belongings into a U-Haul Truck. The college will have more efforts in the weeks to come. It will be a very long road to recovery.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Vol State tornado clean up crew Friday

For those of you who would like to volunteer tomorrow (Friday) for clean-up duties in Sumner and Macon County, the meeting place will be at Hartsville Pike Church of Christ (see attachment for directions from the College – 615-452-2530) in Gallatin at 8:00 am. Directions will be given to everyone at that time on where to go for clean-up duties. Please remember to bring boots and gloves. Any additional equipment will be provided by the recovery team at the Church.

For those of you who would like to provide cooked dishes for the tornado recovery volunteers, you can contact Cragfont Baptist Church in Castalian Springs at 615-451-9673.

If you have any questions or concerns about the volunteer efforts for tomorrow, please call me at 615-339-5413 at any time.

The Gallatin Chamber of Commerce (452-4000) will lead a volunteer clean-up crew this Saturday. Please call the Chamber for more details if you are interested.

Posted by Kenyatta Lovett. Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

Tornado relief efforts

We are working on efforts that we as a college might be able to assist both locally and with Union University. We know first hand the effects and devastation of tornados but we also know the hope for the future as we are coming to a completion of rebuilding ourselves. It is only fitting for us to work together on efforts to assist. We will let you know as we find out where we will be most effective. For now, we are collecting any items such as:
Canned goods
Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter and Crackers
Trail Mix

You may drop off these items to the Public Relations office in the Ramer Building, Athletic Department Offices, or the Foundation Office in the Betty Gibson Hall. We will take one van load this afternoon, so if you would like to go on your lunch hour to purchase the items and drop them off that would be great! We will also make another trip tomorrow so you may drop items off later this afternoon and tomorrow as well. The items we are collecting will be going to Macon County and Sumner County efforts, we are working with Bethpage United Methodist Church on the collection efforts. Thank you for your support during difficult times.

Posted by Karen Mitchell, College Foundation

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

A long night

It was a long night for everyone. There is destruction across Sumner and Macon Counties. While the college was spared any damage many people in the Vol State family were effected. We're still collecting information and if there is something you think we should know about please contact PR at 230-3570 or email In the meantime our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved. We're also thinking of our colleagues at Union University in Jackson. It is miraculous that there were only injuries on campus, considering the wide-spread damage to the college. We know the incredible challenge they face and we will be reaching out to provide any support we can.

Posted by Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

Monday, February 4, 2008

This week at Vol State

Soldier Donation Drive

Supporting the troops can come in a variety of ways, including giving them the little things that make life more comfortable, such as lip balm, socks and instant coffee. Vol State and Gallatin High School students are teaming up for a donation drive to send items to troops overseas. The Vol State Phi Theta Kappa chapter and the Gallatin High School Student Council are sponsoring the drive. Items can be dropped off at the Thigpen library. The items being collected are: deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, books, AA batteries, pens, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, hand sized towels, powdered drink mix, individual size bags of potato chips, hard candy, sun block, lotion, baby powder, tea bags, bubble gum, microwave popcorn, canned soup, canned tuna, canned chicken, fast-food condiments, packages of socks, lip balm, combs, brushes, stationary, disposable cameras, baseball hats, instant coffee and small stuffed animals. The last day to drop off donations is February 14. For more information contact Lori Lormand with Vol State Phi Theta Kappa at or call 615-230-3443.

Spoken Word Poetry event Wednesday

Spoken Word Artists Travis Watkins and Colin Gilbert will be here Feb. 6th @ 12:15 in the Gymnasium! Here’s a little bit about them.

According to the Layman Lyric website, "As a 6 foot 4 inch 300 pound former Division 1 football star, Travis Watkins doesn't seem to fit the image of a stereotypical Spoken Word Poet. Yet as the winner of the coveted National College Language Association Award for poetry, and a top 8 National Poetry Slam Ranking, it's clear that Travis isn't concerned with images and stereotypes. Colin Gilbert, a native East Texan, grew up in the country with hard work and family values etched into his very being. But barbed wire fences couldn't make the man country. Soon enough, Colin found his new home in Dallas. In the summer of 2005, he began writing and performing his poetry and immediately received local recognition."

With that said, you need to head on over to the Gymnasium to see for yourself what these two men have to offer in the world of spoken word. I hope to see you there!

You can find out more about Travis and Colin by clicking on the following link
Posted by Gina.
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Friday, February 1, 2008

Where should the pavillion go?

The portable classroom buildings will be moving, but the pavillion that is next to those buildings will be staying on campus...and you get to provide input about where it might go. We've started a poll on this blog so people can vote. The Facilities Committee has recommended three locations:

1. Next to the pond
2. Next to the community garden
3. In the Commons area in the corner between the library and the Pickel Building.

Take the blog poll today and make your voice heard!