Friday, March 27, 2009

Come see "Fiddler on the Roof" this weekend!

For the next 3 days, the Music and Theater departments will be performing "Fiddler on the Roof" in the Weymss Auditorium in the Caudil Building. There will be a $5 suggested donation at the door, and the show starts at 7:30pm. On Sunday, March 29th, the show will begin at 2:30pm.

A quick synopsis from Wikipedia for 'Fiddler on the Roof', "The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope with both the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—each daughter's choice of husband moves progressively further away from established customs—and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village."

It's free for Vol State students, faculty, and staff.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Vol State Student by day, Local TV Show Hostess by night...

Since May of 2006, Savanna Faith Johnson has been directing, producing, and the host of a television ministry outreach show called "Do Something! TV".

Savanna is sitting to the right beside her co-host, Hilliary McCain.

The show airs on Charter Channel 6 every Tuesday and Thursday night at 10:30pm in the Lebanon/Watertown/Alexandria area. The show also has a YouTube channel.

The show has interviewed various missionaries from Peru, Mexico, Africa, Russia, Brazil, Japan, and Israel. The show has also taped several episodes of mission trips in Mexico. They've also traveled to Nashville, Las Vegas, Kansas City, and Washington, DC to cover TheCall Prayer Gatherings.

The picture to the left is of Savanna covering Tornado Relief in Lafayette, Tenn from the February 5th, 2008 Tornadoes.

They have also hosted different Christian music singers such as Ricky Skaggs, Jonathan Porter, and Jimmy Renfro.

Not only does Savannah run her own television show, she is also the president of the College Republicans and a very active member in the Collegiate Ministry.

Check out the show's Myspace for more information and to contact them.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Give a speech. Win $100, $75, $50 and a plaque. How easy is that?

If you love giving speeches, then you might want to think about participating in the annual Hal R. Ramer Oratorical Contest. This year, the contest will be held on April 6th at 12:15pm in Weymss Auditorium in Caudil Building.

"The idea is that we find the best student speakers from across campus, these are students that have been recommended by the instructors to apply for the contest, or students who apply on their own. And we have this public speaking contest in the auditorium in front of a big crowd of people, and we'll have outside judge that come from off campus, then students will give a speech and then they're evalutated. Then the best ones win money," said Chair of the Communications Department, Len Assante.

Any student, part or full time, can enter in the contest.

The judges for this year's contest will be Sumner County Executive Anthony Holt and State Representative for the 45th District, Debra Maggart.

"Usually we have about 4 or 5 students, but this year I've been contacted by 10 or 12 students asking for more information," said Judi Truitt. "The deadline is the 31st [of March]."

Did I mention there's money up for grabs? If you win first place, you'll receive $100 and your name on a plaque across the hall from the Humanities Division Office. Second place winners receive $75 and a wall plaque. Third place winners receive $50 cash and a wall plaque.

Here's a link to the contest rules.

So, interested in participating in the oratorical contest? Contact Judi Truitt or Len Assante for more info.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Diversity Luncheon Vlog

Here's a video of what happened yesterday at the Luncheon:

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

"Strong Women, Interesting Lives" Diversity Week 2009 Schedule

Tuesday, March 17 Rochelle Center
Movie: A Mighty Heart
Featuring Angelina Jolie. The movie is about the kidnapped journalist, Daniel Pearl, and his wife's desperate search to find him. Read the movie review here.

Wednesday, March 18 Rochelle Center
Diversity Luncheon and Comedian Maija DiGiorgio
Free food from the Mediterranean, and "The Smart Women's Guide to Men" from comedian
Maija DiGiorgio.

Thursday, March 19 Rochelle
Movie: Persepolis
The animated true story of a girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution. This movie can be quite funny at one moment and quite serious the next.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Add "Vol State" on Facebook!

Click here to add Vol State on Facebook!

The profile is run by the Admissions department.

"It’s another opportunity for the college to talk and communicate with both prospective and currently enrolled students," said Heather Harper, Assistant Director of Admissions.

Be sure to check out the events that Vol State posted on their Facebook page to see all the future happenings on campus.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Vol State Basketball Try-Outs

Volunteer State will be hosting open tryout days on March 21 and April 4 from 1:00 till 5:00 pm. These workouts are open to all high school seniors looking for an opportunity to play collegiate basketball. VSCC is located just out of Nashville, TN in the town of Gallatin.

In the just completed season the Lady Pioneers went 27-4 and were ranked #15 in the nation in the final NJCAA DI poll and lost in the TJCCAA Conference Championship game while having three players named all-conference including the 2009 player of the year. Our players are heavily recruited by four year schools from DI down throughout the South and Midwest so this is a great opportunity for exposure.

For more info visit our website at or contact head coach Jason Montgomery at

Jason Montgomery
Head Coach
Volunteer State Community College
Women's Basketball
1480 Nashville Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066

office - 615-230-3708
cell - 615-374-8983

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Women lose to Walters State

The Lady Pioneers fought hard, but lost to Walters State 68-45 during the championship game for the TJCCAA basketball tournament in Cleveland today. Walters State is a force to be reckoned with....they are 30-0 and rated number four in the country. Still, it was a great season for the Vol State women. Congratulations to all of the players and to Coach Montgomery.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Women Win up Championship Game

The Vol State women's basketball team won 89-69 today to put them in the Championship game tomorrow for the TCCAA/NJCAA Region VII Tournament. It's been an amazing season for the Lady Pioneers. Congrats to Coach Montgomery and the players. The championship game is at 2pm Sunday against Walters State. We'll put that score up as soon as we get it. Good luck ladies and Go Pioneers!

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Men lose in tight overtime game

The Vol State men's basketball team lost today 74-67 in overtime in the TJCCAA tournament in Cleveland. Ahtletic Director Bobby Hudson reports that the guys played a great game but Motlow made a 3 point shot as time expired to tie the game. We join him in saying congrats to Coach Melvin and the players for an exciting season. They finished the season with a 14-12 record. The Lady Pioneers play Chattanooga State tomorrow at 4:00.

Congrats to Vee Young, Katie Richardson, and Shaniqua Gray!

Congratulations to the following three players who have been selected to both the TJCCAA All Western Division team and The All Region team. They are;

Vee Young - Freshman - Pulaski, TN
Katie Richardson - Freshman - Mineral Springs, AR
Shaniqua Gray - Freshman - Milan, TN

In addition – Shaniqua Gray was named the 2009 TJCCAA Western Division Player of the Year

"They're great kids and they deserve it. They're the ones that made us go all year," said Jason Montgomery, Head Coach of the Women's Basketball team.

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Vol State Women Win!!!

The Lady Pioneers won their first game in the TJCCAA basketball tournament last night. They defeated Motlow State 90-77. They will play again Saturday at 4:00 against the winner of the Chattanooga-Dyersburg game. The Vol State men will play Motlow State Friday at 2:00. Congrats everyone and Go Pioneers!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Whoa, that's a car?

Carol Topping is an Associate Professor of Social Sciences. She's also a proud owner of a SmartCar, a Daimler Chrysler brand of super compact vehicles.

I sat down and talked to Carol Topping about her interesting little set of wheels.

I first asked her what interested her in such a small car, "The first time I thought that would be the perfect size for me because I'm always by myself. With all the other vehicles I've had, I've always had a lot of extra room that was wasted."

She told me that before she drove the SmartCar, she drove a LandRover and a RAV4 Toyota SUV. "I've been trying to downsize," she added. "At first I ordered a black one, but then I was worried that people wouldn't be able to see me. I switched and ordered a yellow one."

"They're very reasonable priced," she said. So, how much does one cost? According to the SmartCar USA website, the basic models start at around $11,000. The higher end versions start around $18,000. Not bad when you compare a 2009 Honda Civic starting around $15,000, or a 2009 Toyota Corolla for the same price.

The second question on everyone's mind when you talk about vehicles is gas mileage. So I asked her and she answered, "The other night I got 52 miles to the gallon.... It's been down to 34 back a few weeks ago when the wind was bad... But it's usually between 45-50."

When asked about how the car handles, she said it's just like any small car; when the wind picks up, the wind feels like it's pushing the car sideways. She also added that the wheel base is so small than when you hit a bump or a pot hole, you can feel it. "But I'm not use to comfort in my car so bumps just don't bother me or wrestling with the wind doesn't bother me. Other than that, it's really speedy and picks up fast. It's a lot of fun to drive."

The picture is from Flickr's Creative Commons gallery.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Men Win!!!

The Vol State men's basketball team won 74-73 in the first round of the TJCCAA tournament in Cleveland today. They go up against Motlow State on Friday at 2pm. The women kick off their tournament action tomorrow. Go Pioneers!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Click on the 2009 TCCAA/NJCAA VII Region 7 Women's/Men's Basketball Tournament Brackets below to enlarge them:

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Come out to the SGA Meeting tomorrow!

Don't forget to come out to the SGA Forum tomorrow at 12:15pm in the Cafeteria.

This is your chance to come out and voice your opinions, questions, or concerns about anything regarding the college.

And, as always, there will be free food!

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