Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tech Tip Tuesday: ChaCha

Do you ChaCha? No, not the dance the new service that is available via text or voice. Just text CHACHA (242242) and ask a question. Within a matter of minutes you will receive a response. The service is manned by real live people and not a computer and the results usually arrive to your cell phone in a matter of minutes.

I used the service last weekend to find the lowest gas prices in town. This weeekend, while traveling, I used the service to find out how far the nearest beach was to where we were staying for a tennis tournament.

Imagine the possibilities when debating with friends over who wrote the Declaration of Independence or who won the 2005 SuperBowl? There is no limit to the number of questions you can ask, and if you're lucky, you may even receive some fun facts.

To learn more about the service, you can visit the ChaCha site.

Monday, September 29, 2008


Student Government Association (SGA) and Association of Campus Entertainment (ACE) invited the company TjohnE to present ThinkFast! The game is like Trivial Pursuit, but with higher stakes.

In the middle of the rounds, ThinkFast! hosted a mock "American Idol" and "So, You Think You Can Dance?". The winners of the competition were chosen by the crowd, and the winner earned a spot in the final round.

The video clip is of the finalists competing for the $200 cash prize:

The winner was Matt Kneisel, a 19 year old Pre-Med student from Watertown, Tenn. "I'm going to go fill up my gas tank and buy a game for my Playstation 3," he said when asked what he was going to spend the money on.
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Happening This Week...

September 29th - ThinkFast Gameshow
Political Theme, Winners take $200 in prizes
12:15pm, Cafeteria

October 4th - Commercial Music Ensemble Concert at the Courthouse Square

The Commercial Music Ensemble will be playing at the Gallatin Main Street Festival.
12pm, Courthouse Square in Gallatin.

Friday, September 26, 2008

University Representative Visit Schedule

At different times during the semester, college representatives from four of our area's biggest public universities visit with students and help them transfer to their schools after graduation. Recruiters from Austin Peay State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, and Tenneessee Technological University visit the Advising Center in Ramer Suite 174.

"By meeting with [a recruiter], students ensure that they know all of the proper steps to applying. The requirements for transfer students are very different than those for freshman so it is important to meet with [a recruiter] and verify that they are on the right track," said Megan Mitchell, Transfer Coordinator, for Austin Peay State University.

Vol State and all the universities that visit the college are members of the Tennessee Board of Regents. A long story short, most of your credits will transfer to any universities in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. Each individual university has the final decision to honor the credit or not. The link underneath the university’s name will take you to each university list of credit transfer. Also below the link to check how your credit will transfer, I’ve listed the contact info for each recruiter.

University Representative Visit Schedule

Austin Peay State University (APSU)
Credit Transfer List

Megan Mitchell
Transfer Coordinator

Tuesday, October 7
10am - 1pm

Tuesday, November 4
10am - 1pm

Tuesday, December 2
10am - 1pm

Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU)

Credit Transfer List

Matt Hannah
Admissions Counselor

Thursday, October 9
9am - 12pm

Thursday, October 23
9am - 12pm

Thursday, November 6
9am - 12pm

Thursday, November 20
9am - 12pm

Thursday, December 4
9am - 12pm

Tennessee State University (TSU)

Mr. Everett D. Jolley

Wednesday, October 1
9am - 12pm

Wednesday, November 12
9am - 12pm

Tennessee Tech University (TTU)

Credit Transfer List

Wednesday, September 24
9am - 12pm

Wednesday, October 29
9am - 12pm

Wednesday, December 3
9am - 12pm
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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Career Fair Vlog

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tech Tip Tuesday (a day late)

I'm not sure how many of you have ever visited the Common Craft site but if you haven't I'd recommend checking it out, especially when you are trying to explain Web applications to your friends and family who may not be familiar with them. I wanted to share an example with you and it might even help with your research papers.

This video is Web Search Strategies in Plain English

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Meet Courtney Dyer

Courtney is a 20 year old out of Hendersonville, majoring in Recording Industry Management.

Why the music industry?
"I've been singing since I was young, it's been the one thing I'm really passionate about."

What is one of your biggest pet peeves?
"It's people whining about work. At work."

Did you have any trouble finding gas in the past few days?
"I did. I sat in line for an hour and a half on Saturday."

What do you believe is the reason behind the gas shortage?
"People are freaking out. They're getting gas for everything instead of just their cars."

What's on your MP3 player right now?
"Adele - 19."

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Happening This Week...

September 23rd – Doctors Without Borders
Part of the Phi Theta Kappa Satellite Speaker Series
6:30 PM, Jim Moore Conference in Thigpen Library

September 24th – Fall Career Fair

Free and open to the public
10 AM to 1 PM, in the Gym

Here's a short list of the over 60 employers that will be in the Gymnasium:
  • Gap
  • ServPro
  • UPS
  • FedEx
  • Chick-fil-A
September 27th – Hazardous Waste Drop-Off
Go in the main entrance and look for the signs.
For information on items accepted call 452-1114.
9 AM to 2 PM

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Meet Tiffany Pierce

Tiffany is from Nashville, and plans on being a nutritionist.

Why a nutritionist?
"I have diabetes, so I'm used to watching what I eat. And it interests me."

What do you do for fun?
"I play all sorts of sports. Basketball, volleyball... anything."

What do you do for stress relief?
"I work out."

What is your opinion on the economy?
"It's getting bad. It's hard to find a job... It's hard on everyone right now."

Do you read newspapers or watch the news on TV?
"I only read the sports section."

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Meet Michael Archual

Michael is a 20 year old Pre-Nursing major from Hendersonville, Tennessee. He is also the president of the Soccer club.

What's the purpose of the soccer club?
"It's just a place for people to come play and make friends. "

How can someone contact you if they're interested in joining the Soccer Club?
"E-mail me at archualmc@hotmail.com or Daniel Kelley at Daniel.Kelley@volstate.edu. Or just show up to the practices at Drakes Creek, Monday-Thursday at 2:30pm and sign a waiver."

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
"Ibiza Island, Spain. It's known as a party island during the holidays."

How often to you use the library?
"About three times a week."

What was the highlight of your week?
"I went to see O.A.R. Monday night and met the band."

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Study Tips

We’re a month into the new semester at Vol State. That means tests and quizzes are becoming more common. For new students it can be extremely frustrating. Studying for college is nothing like it was for high school. You need to be much more proactive than reactive when you study for college courses.

Here are a few tips from CollegeTips.com:

  • Make use of the Thigpen Library. There are plenty of cubby holes and such in the Library’s two floors for everyone to find a place to settle down and dig into their HIST 1010 reading. The library also has rooms on the second floor for study groups.

  • Remember to take a break after every hour or so of studying. Give your brain a chance to absorb the material. If you can, try to spread out to a few short sessions.

  • Studying in a group is very effective. Being in a group is a great way to keep you on track, and it will ease some of the tension and stress of studying.

  • Avoid studying in your bedroom, office, etc. Find a place that you can call and designate as your study place.

  • Rank your subjects on how difficult they are. Do your hardest subjects first, and the easiest last.

  • If you don’t understand something, ask your professor or visit their office. Check your syllabus for their phone number and where their office is at.
Source: CollegeTips.com

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Meet Molly Gregory

Molly is a 19 year old Psychology major from Cottontown, TN.

Where did you go to high school?
"Station Camp High School, 2007."

Do you still go to your alma mater's football games?
"I go to all the home games."

Where do you plan on transferring to after you graduate from Vol State?
"Middle Tennessee State University. It's a good school, and it's close to home. I'm the kind that gets homesick."

How has the sudden spike in gas prices affected your life?
"I only drive to and from school if I can help it."

Ignoring gas prices, what would be your dream car and why?
"Dodge Charger. They're cool looking. It's not a very girly car; it's kind of mean looking."

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Future students could be walking underground

We’re lucky to have a movie theatre and tons of great restaurants just across the street from campus. Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a way to get across the street without playing a real life version of Frogger with the Nashville Pike traffic?

In 2011, the city of Gallatin will receive funding and begin work to build two tunnels beneath Nashville Pike at both entrances of the Colleges to the businesses across the street. The city of Gallatin sent a request to the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization for funding for tunnels to connect Vol State to the businesses across the street back in 2007.

That might seem forever to students, but the faculty I talked to loved the idea. “I’d rather walk than drive. It saves up on gas, and walking is good exercise,” said Cyndy Atteberry, Secertary of Advising.

But with budget cuts left and right by the state of Tennessee, tunnels may be nothing more than hopeful thinking.

“At this point the project is still … scheduled for 2011 but it may be impacted by the reduction of funding recently announced by TDOT (Tennessee Department Of Transportation),” said Gallatin City Engineer Jim Svoboda, “I am not sure how this project will be affected by the cuts, but since this project wasn’t scheduled until 2011 it has a greater chance of being impacted.”

Take our poll located on the sidebar and let us know; would you use tunnels if they were built?

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Happening This Week...

September 16th - Blood Drive
For The American Red Cross
9 AM to 2 PM, Rochelle Center

September 17th – Bake Sale
Fund raiser for the Paralegal Association
11 AM to 2pm, Mattox Building
September 17th – Constitution Day
12:10 PM to 1:15 PM, Caudill 106
  • Constitution Day is a free lecture/event that any student can attend. It's hosted by the History Department. After taking a in depth look at the constitution, the Department will host a Double Jeopardy game. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.
September 17th & 18th – Book Fair
All day, Rochelle Center in the Library

September 19th – Movies by Starlight
Kung Fu Panda & Iron Man
Free! Bring the whole family.
Starts at dusk (7:30 PM or so), Library Lawn

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Meet Jesslyn Terrel

Jesslyn is a 23 year old Art Major from Ridgetop.

What's your astrological sign?

What are your weekend plans?
"Tomorrow, I'm going horseback riding at a company picnic."

What do you think about the Presidential Candidates?
"Obama's bad for the presidency. McCain's the lesser of the two evils."

Who are you voting for?
"I'm voting for McCain."

Do you see the glass as half full or half empty?
"Half full."

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Fall Fling Video

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Monday, September 8, 2008

Meet Ronica Haynes

Ronica is a 18 year old Medical Laboratory Tech. major.

How old did it take to dye your hair?
"It's just temporary color. It took about 15 minutes to set and about 30 minutes total."

What hurt worse, the tattoo on your chest or your lip ring?
"The middle part of my tattoo hurt the worse. There's nothing but bone there."

Why did you pick the Medical Lab. major?
"It's a short program, and I'm really good at science-y classes."

What do you like about Vol State?
"I've made friends here... I normally don't make a whole lot of friends. And I like [how open] the campus is. There's a lot of places to chill."

What's your favorite place to hang out?
"The quad."

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Shots From The Community Garden

Whenever you get a chance, you should check out the Community Garden located between the Mattox and Wallace buildings. Here's just a taste of what you can find there:

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Friday, September 5, 2008

Meet Jennifer Pope

Jennifer is a 19 year-old undecided major from Madison. She is one of the students that attends class only on Friday for the Full Time Friday Schedule.

Here's a link for more information on the Full Time Friday Class schedule: http://www.volstate.edu/friday.html

What do you think about the Full Friday Schedule? "I kinda like it. It's easier. It saves gas and I don't have to come up here as much."

How's the weather today?
"I don't like it, it's making me sleepy."

What are your weekend plans?
"I might to to the State Fair or to the movies."

Stealing a line from Barbara Walters, "If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?"
"Ummm... I don't know. It's not something I've really thought about."

Who is your favorite singer right now?
"Probably Leona Lewis."

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Paving Project Map and Dates

People have been wondering about dates and locations for the upcoming parking lot re-paving project this fall. Here they are. Sorry if the image is a little small. Here is a link to a bigger image. http://www.volstate.edu/pavingproject.pdf

Meet Jeremy Wemple

Our Subject: Jeremy Wemple

Jeremy is a 19 year old University Studies major from Hendersonville.

What was the most random thing you did this summer?
"A few friends of mine and me were bored. We climbed up the roof of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville and walked around."

If you were an animal, what would you be?
"That's a toughy... a bear."

What's your favorite song right now?
"The Bending by Hopesfall."

What's the hardest class so far?
"History. It's online."

What help you get through the day?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A little necessary evil known as textbooks...

I doubt you’ll find anyone that will disagree with me when I say that textbooks are expensive. It’s not uncommon for a student to shell out an extra $250-$500 for books and bundled packages. That’s nearly a third of the tuition for a semester.

There are book scholarships out there, but they disappear quickly. You can apply for those through Financial Aid. If you can't nab one of those, then there's a couple of ways to go about buying your books.

The bulletin board across the hall from the Campus Bookstore should be your first stop. Check it to see if any of the note cards like the ones in the picture have the book you need. You can get really good bargains because you buy from students directly.

If that doesn’t have what you need, then your next step should be the Follett Campus Bookstore.

Some of the positives of buying your books on campus is that you know you’re getting exactly what your professor asked for. You can see and hold the book in your hand; you know what kind of condition the book is in if it’s used. There’s no waiting period, aside from the long lines at the beginning and end of each semester. If the edition is still in use at the end of the semester, you can sell your book back for half price.

Some of the downsides to buying your books on campus are that it’s generally the more expensive route to go. Bundled packages are expensive, and more times than not, you never really use all the CD’s and fluff that comes shrink-wrapped with the book.

Textbook Brokers across the street from the college say they offer most books at $10 to $15 dollars cheaper than the Follett Campus Bookstore, you just need to be careful to make sure it's the book you need and in the right condition.

Online textbook stores like eBay's half.com and Amazon's Marketplace are generally the cheapest way to buy used textbooks. You can also sell your old textbooks (Like editions that the campus bookstore wouldn’t take) online. But you can’t physically see the condition of your used book if you buy online until it arrives. Plus, shipping and handling fees will eat into your savings.

Here’s an example of the difference between the costs of buying your textbooks in the bookstore and online:

The cost of the BIOL 1010 textbook, just the textbook and none of the recommended stuff, is $123.00 used. To get all of the materials on the book list, a student would have to pay $202.20 for a single class.

Using http://www.half.ebay.com/, I was able to find the textbook for $80.00. The total cost to buy the entire book list online ended up being $180. That’s not including shipping or handling costs, but it’s still nearly 20% in savings.

It’s all a matter of personal preference. Personally, I start shopping online towards the dead middle of summer. Then I'll buy whatever books I didn't get online at the bookstore.

When we ran a poll and a vast majority of you said you bought your textbooks from the bookstore. Why did you choose the bookstore? What stopped you from buying online? If you bought online, what website did you use? How much did you save by buying online? We want to hear your opinions.

We Can Finally Eat!!

The Financial Aid checks were released Tuesday and surprisingly the line ups were not as bad as expected. These three ladies from the PTA program (in photo from left to right: Shelia Brown, Jenny Beard and Melissa Bowling) were very excited to breeze through the Business Office in about 20 minutes total turnaround time.
When asked what they planned to do now they had their checks, the unanimous answer was..." We can finally eat!!!"
Post by student-Ian Pass

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Meet Kelly Dmek and Laura Evans

Our Subjects: Kelly Dmek and Laura Evans

Kelly, 22, and Laura, 21, are education majors.

Where do you buy your clothes?
Kelly - "Old Navy."
Laura - "Goody's."

What are you hardest classes?
Kelly - "Child Psychology."
Laura - "Abnormal Psychology."

What's your favorite fast food restaurant?
Kelly - "McDonald's."
Laura - "Jack-In-The-Box."

What's your easiest class?
Kelly and Laura - "CPR."