Thursday, July 29, 2010

Student ID Information

Hey students...this note from our friends in Student Services:

We are ready to begin issuing the 2010-2011 student ID to all students who have already registered for Fall 2010 classes and have proof that they have paid their fees (either in full or have begun the deferred payment plan) or have authorized financial aid equal to or in excess of their fees. Returning students need to come to our office with their current ID card and we will update the expiration date. Any returning student who has lost their ID card will need to pay the $10 replacement fee in the Business Office and bring their receipt when they come to us. New students who have never had a VSCC ID will need to bring a government issued, photo ID to get their initial campus ID card.

Students are encouraged to come as soon as they meet the criteria above to avoid the lines that form closer to the start of classes. Student ID’s and parking passes are issued from Wood 215 (Student Life and Diversity Initiatives) and Wood 217 (Student Services).

If you have questions e-mail

Volunteer State Community College

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Urban Studies Scholarship at TSU

TSU Public Service Scholarship

The Public Service Scholarship offers community college students tuition reduction if they enter Tennessee State University as an Urban Studies major. This scholarship provides financial assistance for 60 credit hours over five semesters to local community college students. In order to qualify for the program, students must meet the eligibility requirements. Full-time students selected for the program will enroll in 15 hours per semester.

Students participating in the Public Service Scholarship Program must be full-time undergraduate students. Students selected for this program will pay the same tuition rate as they were charged at the community college attended. The scholarship will be awarded only to in-state students who enroll in College of Public Service and Urban Affairs approved courses as declared Urban Studies majors.

These individuals will also meet the following criteria:

(a) Admitted as a regular student at Tennessee State University;

(b) Have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);

(c) Have an Associate Degree from one of following community colleges; Volunteer State,

Columbia State, Nashville State and/or Motlow State.

(d) Have at least a 2.50 cumulative G.P.A. on a 4.00 scale;

(e) Maintain at least a 2.00 GPA each semester during the program (Mandatory);

(e) Not currently enrolled at Tennessee State University

Community Partners

Nashville State Community College (NSCC), Columbia State Community College (CSCC) – Franklin campus, Volunteer State Community College (VSCC) and Motlow State Community College (MSCC) – Smyrna campus.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Meeting a Two Million Year-Old in South Africa

Traci Pillow is a Vol State student who visited South Africa this year. She reports that the travel study program included a first-hand look at the Cradle of Humankind:

I traveled to South Africa this spring and studied Cultural Anthropology. The country was beautiful, especially Cape Town. I never imagined that I would learn as much as I did in a three-week period. I learned about Nelson Mandela and toured Robben Island, where he was a prisoner at the maximum security prison. I learned about apartheid and saw the effects it still has on the country.

There is no way to find the words to describe the feeling of seeing the way of life in the townships. It truly made my heart ache for them. There were miles upon miles of worse than poor living conditions.

One of the most fascinating experiences was at the Transvaal Museum. We were able to go into the vault (which was for authorized personnel only) and see many bones and fossils that had been excavated including Mrs. Ples, a well-preserved skull of an australopithecine estimated to be 2.5 million years old. We went to Sterkfontein cave which is located in The Cradle of Humankind. Sterkfontein is the world’s largest running paleoanthropologist site.

I was also able to go on a safari and on a shark-cage dive, which was a thrilling experience.

-Traci Pillow (Hammond)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Digital Photography in Italy

What better place to learn about digital photography than historic and beautiful Rome, Italy. Vol State student Denae Dorris is back from a travel study trip with this report:

My name is Denae Dorris, I traveled to Italy, and studied Basic Digital Photography while I was there. I had such a great time while I was in Italy. I learned a lot from my class and also about the Italian culture. It was so nice to see the Coliseum and Trevi Fountain; just a few of the sites to name. The Italians I met were very nice and friendly. Also the group of people that traveled to Italy was awesome. The friendships I made are incredible. I learned a lot from this experience, and I am so thankful I had this opportunity!

Friday, July 16, 2010

A Student View of Apartheid

Travel study trips to South Africa provide students with a first-hand perspective of a different country and also a society still coping with the effects of apartheid. Amy Hester has this report:

My name is Amy Hester, and I went to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa for three weeks in May 2010. While I was there, I took Cultural Anthropology and going to South Africa was an experience of a lifetime. The thing I noticed the most about South Africa is that the people there are so resourceful. They make trinkets to sell out of Coke cans and build their houses out of materials that Americans would consider garbage. The people did not have much, but they are thankful for what they do have. Many people do not have indoor plumbing, a yard for their kids to play in, or privacy from their neighbors, but they do not complain about their living situations. They accept what they have and make the best out of it. They do not depend on the government for unemployment checks, but instead learn a skill in arts or crafts to have a job selling their products. There are people in the streets everyday setting up their items for sell to make a living.

The effects of apartheid are still present and the effects are devastating to see. The houses were still in different sections and of very different quality. The houses are somewhat still separated by class, but also separated by income. The poor black Africans homes are made out of scrap pieces of metal and the roofs would be attached by cement blocks sitting on top of it so the metal pieces did not blow away. The rich white Africans have houses similar to the houses in America, and while I was there, I did not see one white person on the streets selling items for a job. South Africa has come a long way from apartheid, but still has a long way to go.

-Amy Hester
Volunteer State Community College

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Blood Drive Tuesday, July 13 10am-3pm

The Nashville area chapter of the American Red Cross is holding a blood drive Tuesday, July 13 on  the Vol State campus from 10am-3pm. It will be held in the Wood Campus Center carpeted dining room. Walk-ins are welcome!

Travel Study on the Emerald Isle

Vol State student Lydia Yau traveled to Ireland as part of a TnCIS travel study program. Here is her perspective on the Emerald Isle:

There were certain highlights of my Ireland trip that stand out. The night we spent with the Toastmasters was one. We had the opportunity to listen to speeches made by some of the most experienced speakers. My Public Speaking class came in handy. It helped me appreciate the different styles of speeches.

We also spent a night learning Irish folk dancing! It was such a vigorous night of dancing and all of the people in the dancing class were senior citizens, as opposed to the young ones in our group who were panting. These old 'young' ones had such stamina. I appreciate that they shared their culture with us in dance!

Not only did they share their Irish culture with us in dance they also shared their culture in songs. We went to De Burca's - a pub owned by a widow and her daughter. Incidentally her daughter, Theresa De Burca was a fiddler for Lord of the Dance. The team traveled all over the world performing Lord of the Dance! Every Tuesday and Friday residents from Thurles go to De Burca's and sing traditional Irish ballads. All ballads tell a story.

Another memorable day was spent visiting Ireland's 'Hedge School' location. These were schools ran illegally during British rule when they were forced to stop teaching and learning Irish. Bold and enterprising school masters secretly started schools to teach Irish. In those days they were paid only in potatoes or chickens. Today monuments stand to mark their courage forever. I stepped on the ground reverently in respect of such people. A fiddler played music and there was singing by the 16-year-old daughter of an instructor at the Tipperary Institute. She sang a song with such a haunting melody that we were all awed to silent respect.

Needless to say most of us did not want to come back towards the end of the trip. I in particular wished the volcano in Iceland would spew more ash into the air to delay our coming back but alas nothing of that sort happened and we were back on the dot!

-Lydia Yau

Volunteer State Community College

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Kilts and Film in Scotland

Vicki Phillips has been touring the highlands of Scotland, as part of a Vol State travel study program. Here is her report:

I knew when I began my journey to Scotland that I would come back with new views on the culture and society of another country, but, what I did not know is that I would have learned so much from it. From the moment the bus dropped us off in Edinburgh, I immediately started soaking up the amazing scenery of the city. Edinburgh (pronounced Ed-in-bro) is a lively city full of pedestrian lined streets and sidewalks as cars are a luxury there and not a necessity. The castle lined streets and colorful buildings were a photographer's dream and it was interesting to hear from the locals about the important history of the city. Although I could have had fun sight-seeing forever, I did have a class. The class we took in Edinburgh was a women's film study class. We were even lucky enough to be there for the Edinburgh Film Festival, where we had the opportunity to view movies from international directors before the public could. It was amazing. I learned so much about how movies depict female stereotypes. It really opened my mind and has me thinking about what we can do to change that.

After the hustle and bustle of the big city we took a few days and headed to Portree Isle of Skye. It looked exactly like a postcard: sheep grazing on lush mountaintops. The sea reflected off the mountains, so I could not tell where one ended and the other one began. Our last stop was in Glasgow, where plaid kilts and bagpipes ended my journey on a memorable note.

-Vicki Phillips
Volunteer State Community College

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Learning Spanish in Spain

Teresa Epley has been in Segovia, Spain as part of a Vol State travel study program. She says learning the language is much easier with immersion:

If you truly want to learn a language then the TnCIS study abroad should definitely be a vital component. My classroom literally was expanded to every second of the day! I learned it is very important to have my foundation in the Spanish language, but I learned in order to speak another language fluently I also had to understand the culture, customs, and habits of the people to really meaningfully communicate. When I lived with my home stay family it gave me a better understanding allowing me to practice and quickly learn. The excursions explained the Spanish culture, and the people’s deep rooted traditions.

Learning abroad gave me passion to continue learning the Spanish language. The traditional classroom will continue to strengthen my vocabulary and grammar. However, I gained insight through this program: I cannot limit my studies to only the textbook. I now understand the Spanish language is very similar to English in that it is based on the geographical area. There is certain to be different dialect and slang being used along with what we are being taught in our classrooms. The study abroad class allowed my education to be multifaceted by being completely immersed and it was absolutely a positive experience for me.

-Teresa Epley

Volunteer State Community College

Friday, July 2, 2010

Campus Closed Monday, July 5

Just a reminder that the Vol State campus will be closed on Monday, July 5 for the holiday. We hope everyone has a fun and patriotic 4th of July!