Friday, April 25, 2008

Vol State grad new head of Sumner EMS

Congrats to Vol State grad Keith Douglas!

This article is from the Tennessean:

Keith Douglas has been named head of Sumner County's Emergency Medical Services. County commissioners voted unanimously this week to install Douglas, a 15-year agency veteran.
Douglas said he was humbled by the appointment, adding it is his team that makes the real difference in the county agency.

A graduate of Volunteer State Community College, Douglas joined the agency in 1993 as a part-time dispatcher. He rose through the ranks to become dispatcher supervisor, operations manager and, in 1997, assistant director.

"I have received a lot of encouragement and support from our employees, family, friends and community leaders," Douglas said.

Commissioner Jim Vaughn of Gallatin said Douglas deserves the position and has the experience the department needed.

A near lifelong resident of Sumner County, Douglas lives in Oak Grove with his wife and three children.


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What are you doing this summer?

The spring semester is drawing to a close. Finals are next week and after that....well, tell us what you'll be doing. A cool internship? A big road trip? Maymester classes start on May 5 and summer classes start on May 27. Are you getting a jump start on classes by taking a course this summer? Post in the comments section and take the poll. You can pick as many options as you would like in the poll.

Posted by Eric

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Here are the biggest losers!

Some great things happened during Biggest Loser at Vol State:
114 staff, faculty, and students participated.
Total weight lost – 2, 552.65 pounds
Team with most weight lost – Orange Team -192.25 pounds lost
Runner – Up Biggest Loser Employee– Tammy Hudson
Runner-Up Biggest Loser Student– Kelly McClanahan
Employee Biggest Loser– John Osborne
Student Biggest Loser – Adam Hanes
Congratulations to everyone who participated! It has been a pleasure working with you as you reach your personal goals.

Biggest Loser has concluded for the spring semester. There have been many people who have expressed interest in continuing in the fall, so be on the look out for Biggest Loser in the fall. If you didn’t participate this time, know that you are always welcome.

Posted by Kyla Webb, RN.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

WVCP awards

The annual WVCP Vol State radio awards are always fun, in fact I'd call them the most fun of all the award events. This year was no exception. Howard Espravnik and Len Assante even gave out door prizes. It was a big school year for WVCP 88.5 FM. The station moved into new and improved studios. They're getting ready to work on a new website. All this means you should take a listen now. Check out the live radio streaming on the current website and their cool new Associated Press news video service. Congrats to all of the award winners!
Posted by Eric. Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

Monday, April 21, 2008

This week at Vol State

Sign up for summer!
Today is the start of summer registration for new and re-admit students. That means that everyone can sign-up for classes. If you are new to the college you'll need to fill out an application first. Visit the Admissions office for help with that. If you need tips of which classes to register for visit the Advising Center. They're both located in the Ramer Building.

Music Department’s Spring Music Showcase-April 25 and 26@ 7:45PM

The sounds of spring will be in the air this weekend as Vol State students take to the stage for the Spring Music Showcase. Pop, jazz and original student songs will be on the set list. The Vol State Showstoppers and the Commercial Music Program team up for the concert each year.

“The Showstoppers are doing a Broadway set from the musical “Les Miserables” as well as a big band swing set of popular songs from the 1940’s,” said Associate Professor James Story, who directs the show.

It’s the premier event for the spring CD release entitled “Wasted Time.” Vol State students not only perform on the CD, they also record and mix the project in the college recording studio.

“It’s a great variety this year,” said Assistant Professor Lynn Peterson, who heads up the project. “There are some nice religious tunes, pop, some rock and roll and even some alternative rock songs. It’s a pretty versatile album.”

The students have set up a MySpace Internet page for the recording project. Songs can be heard at

The Vol State Spring Music Showcase will take place in the gym in the Pickel Field House. Admission is $5 at the door and $10 for the show and a copy of the CD. All proceeds go to benefit student scholarships. For more information call 615-230-3202.

Prospective paralegal student meeting. Thursday 4/24 at 6:00 p.m. in Mattox building 105

Have you ever thought about being a paralegal? This is your chance to find out more about this fast growing field. The meeting is open to everyone...current Vol State students or anyone who is thinking about college.

Springfest Wednesday 10am-1:30pm plaza
There always seems to be nice weather for this event. Student organizations and clubs show off what they do and how students can get involved. Food,'s always a good time.

Friday, April 18, 2008

CPR Saturday Success!

CPR Saturday was held on April 12 and it was a big success. More than 60 people from the community took the free classes, which were presented by the Vol State Center of Emphasis in partnership with Tennessee Donor Services and Sumner Regional Health Systems.

The American Heart Association says that immediate bystander CPR plus defibrillation, within 3-5 minutes of a collapse, can improve chances for survival. Sudden cardiac death from coronary heart disease occurs over 900 times per day in the United States. The risk in adults is estimated to be about 1 per 1,000 adults 35 years of age and older per year.

“CPR Saturday” is designed to teach the basics of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. It’s perfect for beginners or those who haven’t had a class in a number of years. The Family & Friends CPR program teaches participants how to perform CPR in adults, children, and infants and how to help an adult, child, or infant who is choking.

These folks took the class and here is what they had to say:

Cindy Landskson “Info was well presented. Instructors gave many opportunities to ask and adequately address questions.”

Tina Nash Raymer “Ted and Dave did a great job with the CPR class. I would highly recommend it to others. It was very informative and lots of fun at the same time.”

Brent Yelle “Fun and informative! The instructors explained how to perform CPR very well.”

Jenny Yelle “I feel that if someone needed CPR, I would not feel helpless. I could save a life. I hope that the public athletic facilities are all equipped with AED’s.”

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

Garden work day Saturday

I would like to remind anyone who is interested that that there will be a Community Garden workday THIS Saturday, April 19 from 9:30AM to 12:00 PM. Everyone is welcome. Please NOTE - There is a strong chance of rain in the forecast. The National weather service is indicating showers (50%), so if it is raining at 9:00 AM Saturday morning, we will postpone the workday till next Saturday, April 26, and try again. Please be sure you come prepared with work clothes and gloves for handling brush and waterproof shoes or boots may be beneficial. We will try to clear more brush out of the creek-bed area (Guaranteed to relieve the frustrations of a long semester). There are some plants such as daffodils, snowbells, etc, that will need to be planted, providing it is not too wet, and we need to clear out some materials from around the greenhouse. Come join us in the garden!

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

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Gas prices and college

Many students, faculty and staff travel a significant distance to get to the college each day. Gas prices continue to climb. Is that making a dent in your budget? Are you spending less on other things? Are you canceling travel plans? Take the poll and sound off in the comments about how gas prices are impacting your life.

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

Women’s Basketball Signs East Robertson’s Moore

East Robertson senior guard Jana Moore has signed her national letter of intent to continue her basketball career at Volunteer State. The 5’8" Moore was a 1,000 point scorer for East Robertson and averaged 13.4 points and over 8 rebounds per game as a senior. Moore finished her career strong averaging over 18 points per game in the post season including a 34 point effort against Heritage. For her efforts she was selected to the All-District and District All Tournament Team.

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

Monday, April 14, 2008

Plenty going on this week at Vol State

This week at Vol State:
-Tuesday is the TMTA High School Math Competition, so expect the brainpower to be burning bright from 9am to 2pm as some of the best in our area put their math skills to the test.

-Wednesday is the Spring Job Career Fair at Vol State. This event brings in more than 50 employers and hundreds of job seekers each year. It will be held in the gym from 10am to 1pm. Students and everyone from the community are welcome to attend. It's free.

-Comedian Hilby will be getting the laughs on Wednesday in the Cafeteria at 12:15pm.

-Finish off the week with Movies by Starlight on Friday at dusk. The features are The Water Horse and National Treasure II. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on the library lawn for this family event. It is free and open to the public.

Podcasts to Help you as a Student

I haven't had a chance to post many tech tips this semester- I've been busy learning about several new tools myself. I did want to share a podcast that I have found that you might find handy as you begin planning for the coming semesters.

I ran across the Financial Aid Podcast and Blog by following cspenn on Twitter. This podcast and blog is designed to share information with students and families regarding financial aid, possible scholarship opportunities and more. As colleges around the nation look at rising costs and increasing tuition, this may have something to help you.

Check it out- there might be something you can use.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Recording student gets a great internship

Elliot Parry, a Recording Industry student, has secured an internship with Masterfonics ( in Nashville. Masterfonics is one of the older studios in town, and does mostly mastering. Tim McGraw & Johnny Cash are just a couple of the artists they have worked with. Also, because Masterfonics shares the building they are in with LOUD Recording, they have asked Elliot to do a part time internship with them as well. LOUD is owned by one time CEO of Dreamworks Records here in Nashville, James Stroud. James has done a great number of albums, including Clint Black, Alan Jackson, and a host of other artists. Elliot will be working in the heart of music row, and with engineers that have Platinum selling albums to their credit.

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

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Milan’s Shaniqua Gray Signs With Vol State

Milan High School’s sensational point guard Shaniqua Gray who is no stranger to success having led her Lady Bulldogs to state runner-up during her just finished senior campaign is now looking to the future. Tuesday the future became clear as she signed her national letter of intent to continue her career at Volunteer State.

Gray put up impressive number for her senior season leading Milan in scoring at 17.4 ppg and assist at 3.1 while being named All District, All Region, 1st team All West Tennessee and All State. She finished her career scoring over 1400 points and dishing out nearly 300 assist.

Gray will see her first action after signing this Saturday as she takes to the court as a member of the West team in the 2008 TACA East / West Senior All Star Game. Shaniqua will be one of two future Lady Pioneers in action, (Heather Miller of Mt. Juliet). Of the twenty-four players selected to participate Volunteer State is the only junior college with players in action and one of only two schools with two players in action. Twelve of the twenty-four participants have signed Division I scholarships.

Posted by Jason. Vol State. Volunteer State Community College

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Celebrating Vol State Radio WVCP

It was a good day for college radio. Vol State students showed off the new studios at WVCP and everyone gathered for a ribbon cutting. It was all part of a grand reopening celebration at 88.5 FM. Community members, including members of the Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, toured the new radio station home. While WVCP went back on the air quickly after the April 7, 2006 tornado, the studios received major damage in the storm. The new facilities include an on-air studio, newsroom area and production and teaching studio. WVCP has been on the air since 1979. Students are DJs, they read the news and work on productions. Journalism classes also use the studios for broadcast classes in the Communication Program. The station can be heard in a 15 mile radius from the college and online at

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Florida Prep Star Signs With Volunteer State

Nature Coast Technical High School prep star Cherikhan Waddy today became the first member of the highly touted recruiting class of 2008 to sign with VSCC.

Waddy finished an impressive prep career as the all-time leading scorer and only 1,000 point scorer in school history. In addition she has numerous all-area selections she was twice named Hernando County player of the year and this season was selected to the All Suncoast team by the St. Petersburg Times.

Waddy led Nature Coast in scoring at 12.3 ppg this season for a team that was 22-6 and ranked as high as #4 in the state of Florida in class 4A. On her career teams at Nature Coast posted an overall record of 92-24 and twice reached the FHSAA Sweet Sixteen.
Waddy is the first of six players slated to sign with Volunteer this week.

Posted by Jason. Vol State Volunteer State Community College.

Hal R. Ramer Oratorical Contest

Public speaking isn't easy, as many of us have found out the hard way. On Monday some student speakers put their skills to the test in the annual Hal R. Ramer Oratorical Contest. The speakers needed to be clear, persuasive and interesting. The topics ranged from abstinence to eminent domain. Who came out on top? Here's the list of winners:

1st Josh Ward
2nd John Langford
3rd Toshiba Luckett
4th Lydia Yau

Congrats to these outstanding student speakers and a special thanks to everyone who participated in this long standing Vol State tradition. It was a fine start to Communications Week. Scroll down for what the rest of the week has to offer.

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Monday, April 7, 2008

Week full of communications and diversity events

It's a busy week at Vol State as we celebrate Communications Week and Diversity Week. Here's what's on tap for Communications week:

1) Monday 4/7 Hal Ramer Oratorical Contest, 1215pm, Mattox 104. Student speakers compete for cash and prizes.
2) Tuesday 4/8 WVCP live remote broadcast from the Gazebo. 12pm. Be a part of WVCP's live afternoon show!
3) Wed. 4/9 WVCP Grand Re-Opening. Ribbon cutting at 1230pm, then tours and refreshments. See our new station! (Ramer 170)
4) Thursday 4/10 Reader's Theatre Presentation of "Trifles." See our speech team in action. 1215-1245 Rochelle Center.
5) Friday 4/11 Our award-winning student magazine "The Pioneer" hits the stands. Get your free copy!
6) Saturday 4/12 Vol State hosts First Annual Pioneer NFA Warm-up. Forensics teams are preparing for nationals, so we are hosting a tournament to get them ready. Hosted by the Pioneer Speech Team! All-day event all over campus.

Diversity Week this year is called "Tennessee Today: New Faces, More Cultures." Here's what is coming up:

Monday, April 7 - International Reception – Come meet our international students and learn about their cultures. World food for lunch, speakers and a video. Carpeted Dining Room. 12:15pm.

Tuesday, April 8 – The Images of Hate – Dr. George Pimentel will present a Power Point presentation on how art has been used to foster concepts of distrust and hatred toward various races and cultures across history. Rochelle Center. 12:15pm.

Wednesday, April 9 – Mix it up diversity Luncheon – Foods from all across the world and a ‘mix it up’ seating arrangement. Rochelle Center 12:15pm

Thursday, April 10 – Race Test Panel Discussion – Dr. Pimentel, Dr. Ruff, Dr. Bucy, Dr. Jackson, Dr. Sanchez will talk about how they have dealt with topics of hatred and prejudice in their classes. They will share results from the Race Test and some of their own stories about dealing with hate in their lives. Carpted Dining Room. 12:15pm.

Everyone is encouraged to take several self-tests found on
These tests have been taken by over a million people across nations. They help us look at our own issues with understanding others.

Posted by Eric. Volunteer State Community College

Friday, April 4, 2008

"Electra" this weekend

There's murder and revenge afoot in Gallatin this least on stage anyway. Vol State students will present "Electra" at the Palace Theater on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Greek classic gets an update in this new version. The Frank McGuiness take on “Electra” is often described as a translation. It uses modern speech to help the audience better understand the story. The play is directed by Vol State Associate Professor Edmon Thomas. It will be presented on April 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and April 6 at 2:30 p.m. All performances will he held at the Palace Theater on the square in downtown Gallatin. Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit student scholarships. For more information call 615-230-3202.

Posted by Eric. Volunteer State Community College.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Basketball honors

Brandon McGill, a sophomore Vol State basketball player from Knoxville, TN, has received All Conference Awards. He made the All Western Division Team and then was named on the All State TJCCAA team. Brandon was captain and a 2 year starter and led the team in scoring at 13.4 pts per game. Brandon is set to graduate this spring.

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