Friday, August 29, 2008

Library Welcome

The library staff would like to extend a cordial welcome to all new and returning students. We want to inform you of some information that you may find helpful.

You do need your Vol State Student ID card to check out materials from the library. You can get this in the Student Services Office. Our books are checked out for a two-week period with the possibility of renewal. You can set up a self-service account at the library homepage at if you want to renew items yourself. You can access electronic books and electronic articles from your home computer by using your Vol State username and password.

The library does have some textbooks on reserve that you can use in the library. You can photocopy chapters for ten cents a page. Please check at the Circulation Desk.

We have Group Study Rooms available on the second floor of the library. You need to check out a key to the room on the second floor at the College-at-Home Desk. Keys may be checked out for two hours.

The library hours for this fall are Monday- Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The most important thing to remember is that we are here to help you. Please ask any staff member for assistance if you have trouble finding any information. We look forward to working with you.

Meet Jacie Meador

Our Subject: Jacie Meador

Jacie is a Nursing major. She’s in her last semester here at Vol State.

What did you do over the summer?
“Work, but the most fun thing I did was going to Florida.”

What’s the last movie you saw?
“Pineapple Express. It was different, to say the least…”

Why Vol State?
“I didn’t like Tennessee Tech. It was too big… Vol State has much smaller classes.”

How do you feel about parking?
“Not enough student parking, too many staff parking spots. But it’s like that everywhere you go.”

Thursday, August 28, 2008

A Fine Day

Meet Matt Carter

Our Subject: Matt Carter

Matt is a University Studies major from Hendersonville. This is his first semester in college.

What did you do over the summer? “I took a road trip to Florida.”

What’s the last movie you saw? “The Dark Knight, it was awesome.”

Why Vol State? “I save gas coming here to get my general education classes out of the way.

Least favorite class? “CSI 100, just because of the time it's at. I like the professor.”

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Life as a PTA Student

Well, now I’m here. It’s been a grueling year and a bit, but with the summer semester down and only two to go, I can safely say that I definitely made the right choice in The Physical Therapist Assistant program here at Volunteer State. With a proven track record of some 20 years our program is recognized as one of the best, if not the best, in this State and surrounding area.

Let me tell you a little about myself and the PTA program. My name is Ian and I’m originally from Canada. I moved here 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario to marry my lovely wife (whom I affectionately refer to as Kitten) and start a new life. As of 2007, I am a legal permanent resident (with no conditions attached) awaiting my chance to become a Citizen of these United States. After working as a CNA for a time, I knew that I had more to offer. I had become acquainted with Physical Therapy through my work and decided to pursue a career in the field. My role model, and dare I say mentor, is a fellow by the name of Steve Fergeson, a PTA of 30+ years and a friend. I’ll put it this way, if I can be half the PTA that he is, then I’ll have accomplished something wonderful.

OK, a little about the program itself. It is basically a 2 stage process. The first year is called Pre-PTA where all the pre-requisites are covered. Anatomy & Physiology (1&2), Physics, Math and others are some of those required courses. It is here that you are in contention for 1 of the coveted 32 positions offered each year. A rigorous interview process follows and if fortunate, you are accepted into the second year on your first attempt. Now the competition ends, as you and the other 31 students, together with your Faculty, draw together into a compact family like unit within the overall Family that is Volunteer State Community College.

The PTA program is not all work though. Sometimes, we have fun too! Our Field Day, held 7/17/08 combined therapeutic exercise with stress relieving fun. There were the ever popular wheel chair races, the oversized gym ball soccer matches, the challenging Hydrocollator Strapping three legged races, and the moisture inducing wheel chair water balloon toss (where the participants kept moving apart until they reached their respective goal lines or used up their balloons).

They say a picture paints a thousand words, well I guess the faces of my friends in the accompanying photos would fill several novel length books! We had a blast that day, and there are more to come if I can have any say in the matter!!!

Ian Pass
Student PTA

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Meet Chez Poole

Our Subject: Chez Poole

Chez is an Aviation major from Gallatin.

What did you do over the summer?
“I took some pilot training classes in Murfreesboro.”

What was the last movie you saw?
“The Dark Knight. It was pretty amazing.”

Why Vol State?
“It’s right next to my house.”

Favorite quote?
“No matter what happens, the sun will rise and set whether you’re here or not."

Meet John Crowder and Crystal Parker

Our Subjects: John Crowder and Crystal Parker

Both John and Crystal are recent graduates from Portland High School. John is a Radiologic major and Crystal is a Spanish major.

What do you think are going to be your favorite classes?
Crystal: "Spanish 1010"
John: "Anatomy and Physiology"

What classes are you not looking forward to?
Crystal: "Definitely Math."
John: "English."

Why Vol State?
Crystal: "It's close to home."
John: "And cheap."

Monday, August 25, 2008

About the Student Blogger...

Howdy, I’m Kristen Salter.

I'm the new Student Blogger for Vol State. My goals are to bring the readers a student’s perspective to the news and events that happen around campus. I’ll also be profiling interesting students, post tips and guides for new students, and how to get involved with all the different clubs on campus.

But more about me, I’m a 21 year old native of Hendersonville. I’m a Journalism Major. I've done a lot of work on the newspaper, The Settler, and magazine, The Pioneer. I was a writer and photographer for The Settler and this semester I’m the Art Director for The Pioneer.

When I’m not doing stuff around campus, I’m a freelance photographer and graphic artist. I love shooting concerts and big events.

I hope to be here throughout the 2008-2009 year. If you have any story ideas, just shoot me a line at I check my e-mail regularly and I’ll reply the same day.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

New Student Guide – Where to eat?

In five days, Volunteer State Community College will burst to life with the start of the academic year with new and returning students.

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting guides for new students to try and help out brand new freshman find their way around Vol State, where to eat, what to do, and how to get involved with any of the clubs on campus.

This week, here's a look at where to go to grab a bite to eat around Vol State.

The cafeteria in the Wood Campus Center offers a decent selection of deli sandwiches, pizza, salads, and menu of food that can be cooked to order. When that isn’t enough, there are plenty of restaurants conveniently located within a mile from campus.

A few offer Wi-Fi (ones with the asterisk [*] beside their names), and some offer discounts to Vol State student and employees. You just need to show your Vol State I-D.

Click here for the list of Faculty and Staff Discounts.

Click here for the list of Student Discounts.

Here is a list of the restaurants located directly across the street from campus:

  • Subway *
  • McDonald’s *

  • Publix Deli

  • Dunkin’ Donuts

  • Gatti’s Pizza

  • Painturo’s *

  • Marble Slab Creamery

  • Baskin Robin’s

  • No. 1 Chinese

Just a mile and a half down Nashville Pike heading into Gallatin, here’s the list of restaurant around the Wal-Mart Supercenter:

  • Sonic

  • China Buffet

  • Stroud’s Barbeque

  • Cheeseburger Charley’s

  • Arby’s

  • Lenny’s Sub Shop

  • CiCi’s

  • Chick-Fil-A

  • Zaxby’s

  • Cracker Barrel

  • Logan’s Roadhouse

  • Longhorn Steakhouse

  • Wendy’s

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Meet The New President's Ambassadors

Every new year at Volunteer State Community College, both the Gallatin and Livingston campuses select a group of their highest performing students to represent and serve the college in many different ways.

“President's Ambassadors work for the college, specifically in the Admissions Department. During school hours give tours or go to school functions where they need help such as this upcoming President’s Picnic,” said Jared Sharp.

The President’s Picnic will be held Saturday August 23 at the Pickle Building from 10am-2pm.

The way a student becomes a President's Ambassador is by maintaining a 3.0 or better GPA, the student must be in their second year, and prospective students can either apply or are invited.

Then, potential students are interviewed three different times for about 15-20 minutes by faculty members.

“The interview process was pretty intense,” said Gary Chansler. “The first was a small group interview that was kind of difficult with very in-depth, probing questions. The second is an individual interview that is even worse than the first. The third, well, it was a grueling, exhausting experience, but it was well worth it in the end.”

Vol State would normally only accept ten students. Due to some of the Ambassadors receiving scholarships other than the one offered to them, Vol State was able to accept twelve.

Ten will work on the Gallatin Campus, and the remaining two will work on Livingston.

There are some advantages to being a President's Ambassador aside from the full ride, working scholarship.

“I did the Trustee Reception at the President’s house and got to meet a lot of the people that are responsible for all the fundraising… that was really cool… It’s some of the people you get to network with that’s one of the really big perks,” said Ian Pass.

“I get to meet a lot of prospective students that may be undecided on attending Vol State and helping them make the good, correct choice to attend our fine institution,” added Chansler.

“This is such an incredible opportunity for me. I really look forward to getting to know the students, staff, and the school better,” said Tiffany Zwart.

Over the next few weeks, I will be profiling each Ambassador individually to give you some insight on what they do.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Getting Ready for Fall Semester

Campus is buzzing with students registering, buying books and getting acquainted with campus. Classes start on August 23rd for weekend courses and August 25 for weekday classes. There is still time to apply and register, but you probably want to get moving. It's getting pretty busy. Start with a visit to the Admissions Office in the Ramer Building or call 615-230-3688.

The President's Picnic is coming up on August 23 for new students. You should have received an invite in the mail. It's a fun chance to talk to various people from the college, get your ID and have some food and even a tour of campus. You can RSVP by going to our website and clicking on the RSVP button under campus events.

We'll have a new student blogger this year, Kristen Salter will be writing regularly about life as a student. She has a bunch of great ideas. Look for her posts starting next week.

Finally, if you are looking for the Ride Share Board it's in a post just before this one. You can either scroll down this page or click on the link to the right. It's still up and running and will remain so throughout the semester.