Tuesday, December 20, 2011

College Schedule Over the Holidays

Vol State will be closed starting December 24 and not back open again until January 3. This includes all offices and all locations. You can apply to the college for spring semester online at http://www.volstate.edu/ . Current students who have met with their advisor can register online while the college is on break, using the My Vol State portal.

If you need help registering before the 24th you can visit the Advising Center in Ramer 174 and for help in applying to the college visit Admissions in Ramer 173.

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

We'll see you in January and for Spring semester. Spring classes start January 12.

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Vol State Cheerleading Calendar is Here

The Cheerleading Squad has worked very hard to prepare a 2012 Calendar for Vol State that represents our Athletics Department. The calendar is really beautiful. It lists a number of campus events and important dates, and is a fundraiser for Athletics. You can expect one or more of the cheerleaders to be in the campus buildings this week and next coming door-to-door for sales. Please help us out and invest in this calender for yourself, friends, or loved ones!

The calender will also be for sale in the Vol State Bookstore beginning on Monday. They are $10 each or $8 w/ student ID.

-Bridgett Augustino-Wilke, faculty advisor

Friday, December 16, 2011

EMT Adjunct Faculty of Year award

EMS Education is proud to announce that Brandie Park received the EMT Adjunct Faculty of Year award for 2010/2011. Brandie has been an adjunct instructor at Vol State since 2010. Brandie is a 2004 Paramedic and 2009 AAS degree graduate. Since 2001, Brandie has served as a Firefighter/Paramedic with Wilson County Emergency Management Agency (WEMA).

“Brandie is an outstanding instructor dedicated to student success,” said Robert W. Davis, Director of EMS Education. “She always makes herself available to assist other instructors”.

The EMS Education program has four full-time and 13 adjunct faculty providing EMT and Paramedic programs at the main campus, Highland Crest campus, and five additional sites in Middle Tennessee.

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Logistics Students Work at Second Harvest

Logistics is important work. It's a profession that keeps complex organizations running smoothly. The Vol State Logistics program is actively involved with many local business and community organizations. Instructors George Wilson and Don Ellis put together those partnership opportunities.

On Saturday, December 10, ISM Nashville Inc. the local affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) held its annual community service at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Nashville. An opportunity arose to ask for volunteers from the Vol State Logistics LGM 130 class to attend this event. Students Amy Radmonovich, Jeff Hartman, and Roman Williamson participated. Roman worked at Second Harvest after already working a shift at FedEx. The students learned the logistics involved in running a busy food bank operation, at an especially busy time of the year.

ISM-Nashville has been involved in many Vol State projects and also recently made a $500 donation to the Vol State TnCIS China 2012 Travel-Study program.

Pictured left to right: Roman Williamson, Don Ellis, Adjunct Instructor and Jeff Hartman.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Grammy Award Winning Songwriter at Vol State

Gordon Kennedy brought his songwriting talents to Vol State earlier this week. The multi-Grammy award winning artist is probably best known for the 1997 Eric Clapton hit "Change the World". That ballad won song the year. Kennedy has also worked with Bonnie Raitt, Garth Brooks and Carrie Underwood, just to name a few. He was visiting Vol State for a taping of a new Vol State songwriting TV show that is in production. The show, hosted by Ben Clark, himself an established songwriter and musician. Kennedy shared his vision for crafting a song and then took a turn playing in the Vol State recording studio. The Vol State songwriters TV show will debut next spring and air on cable stations across the area and include web streaming.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sounds of the Season CD for Sale and on WVCP Radio

The Vol State college radio station, WVCP-FM, is pleased to broadcast "Sounds of the Season 2011"—the Vol State Christmas CD. "Sounds of the Season" is a production of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Special thanks go to James Story, Lynn Peterson, Mark Barnett, Steve Bishir, and the Com 295 practicum class for their help with students in making this production possible. "Sounds of the Season" was recorded in the Vol State Recording Studio. You can get a copy of the CD in the Humanities Office in Ramer 101, but there are only a few copies left. They're $5.

Here's the WVCP 88.5 FM Analog/HD-1/Web Stream/Air Schedule:
Wed. 12-14-11-----1:00 PM
Thurs. 12-15-11----9:00 AM

88.5 FM HD-2 Air Schedule:
Wed. 12-14-11-----2:00 PM
Thurs. 12-15-11----10:00 AM

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Reason for the Season

Jazmin Mercer welcomes Dr. Scism to light the tree
The Vol State Show Stoppers sing "Carol of the Bells"
I attended the Vol State annual Festival of Lights this week, not knowing what to expect.  The flier indicated that three religious and cultural holidays would be celebrated: Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.  Once I found out Paul Fields from the Vol State Grill was making homemade toffee, sweet potato pie, and latke with sour cream, the deal was sealed.  The food was delicious, but when Professor James Story directed the Vol State Show Stoppers, I thought it couldn’t get any better.  I was wrong; it continued to improve as many of the campus clubs and departments took part in decorating the Christmas tree, wishing good will toward everyone there.  People seemed emotional and sentimental at the final ceremony as interim President Dr. Bruce Scism lit the tree.

The Festival is sponsored each year by the Student Government Association (SGA).  Vice President of the SGA, Jazmin Mercer has already been involved in numerous events this year.  “It is an opportunity for us all to get together to celebrate the holidays, no matter what religion or race we may be part of,” said Mercer.  “People often forget the true meaning of the season which is giving and spending quality time with our friends and family.  The lighting of the tree is representative of all the different groups, clubs, and offices on campus enjoying the true reason for the season.”
Check out this video of the Vol State Show Stoppers to kick-off the holidays.  

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Santa Claus Comes to Vol State

Santa and one of his elves were spotted giving gifts to children on the Vol State Campus last week.  This was an annual event sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA).  Various students who are facing hardships brought their little ones down to kick-off the holiday season.
Lori Miller from the Student Life and Diversity Office was part of the team.  “Some of the parents that have been involved in the past said this was the best turnout we have ever had.  When I was a student here, my kids actually benefited from this event.  It was really rewarding, since this time I got to give back to the community and see it come full circle.” 

Maggie Lewis with the Association of Campus Events (ACE) helped with the registration of 140 children.  “I worked with Christmas for the Kids last year also,” said Lewis.  “They get so excited.  It was well worth the work I put into it.  Just to make one child happy would have been worth it.”

“Jazmin Mercer was the chairperson for this event and dressed up as an elf,” said Miller.  “She did such a great job it literally brought tears to people’s eyes when she worked with the kids”

Activities for the children included pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The kids did arts and crafts, played board games and took part in face painting. The party lasted about three hours and both the parents and the children left with the Christmas spirit.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Online course and student e-mail direct links

If you need to access your Vol State online classes and student e-mail you can do so directly while the portal is being worked on: online classes https://elearn.volstate.edu/
and your student e-mail at https://mail.volstate.edu/

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Class Registration System Down from 5pm December 1 - 8am December 6

Due to computer upgrades the Vol State class registration system will be shut down from 5pm on Thursday, December 1 to 8am on Tuesday, December 6. Students wishing to register for spring classes should do so before or after those dates. The computer work will also shut down the My Vol State portal, but students will be able to access their online courses and student e-mail via links that will be put on the portal page. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Environmental Science Might be a Good Class for You

I would never have chosen BIO 1050 from Vol State on my own, but now I am glad I did.  Dr. Phil Clifford, affectionately called Dr. Phil by his students, has proven his skill in making education enjoyable.  He is just as entertaining as world famous scientist Steve Spangler.  Our current lab experiments (Seven EcoCubes) are on display in the Warf Building.

The idea came from a Christmas gift Clifford received in grad school.  “It was an Eco-Sphere that had algae, a carefully balanced population of bacteria with some decomposers and pink shrimp swimming around,” said Clifford.  “I wanted to look at a lab that allowed us to look at air quality, water quality and soil quality.  This was perfect because we could build a complete ecosystem, and we can learn just as much from a failed system as we can from a stable one.”

Debbie Breese is studying for a degree in Environmental Resources.  “I especially like the labs,” said Breese.  “Dr. Phil makes the class fun, but his labs are where I learn the most.  This is a great foundation.  We had a fish in our EcoCube, but it died.  When it is all over we are going to examine what went wrong and what went right.”

This is Daniel Russell’s first science class.  “Dr. Phil is a great professor, his lectures are informative and the labs have great hands on experience,” said Russell.  “My EcoCube is going pretty good.  We had pill bugs and beetles to eat the decaying biomass and spiders to pick off anything else that was struggling.  We even have a tree growing, but I can’t see the bugs anymore.  I recommend this class and plan on taking the follow up class in spring.”

Public Relations major Crystal McCormick was worried about which science class to take but is now happy she chose BIO 1050. “I would have never guessed that we could learn so much from an EcoCube.  We had worms, spiders, grasshoppers, and tried to create a natural Tennessee environment.  I love it.  The class is not easy, but it’s very fun.  We get to go outside and see how things affect our everyday environment.  I have enjoyed this class and suggested it other students.”

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Opportunities for Student Writers this Spring

Students interested in writing and art should consider enrolling in the two English practicum offerings related to the publications "Number One" and "Squatters' Rites". A student enrolled in a three-credit practicum will work on collecting submissions, book layout including work with Quark or InDesign layout software, keeping up with correspondence with writers and artists and (in the case of Number One) assisting the faculty editors.
"Number One" is Vol State's literary publication and publishes stories, poems, essays, and interviews from all over the country. It is staffed by faculty.

"Squatters' Rites" is a student publication; student staffed, with faculty advisors, and publishing student poems, stories, and artwork in full color on the cover and on four inside pages. "Sqauatters' Rites" has won a national prize for several years in a row. We also need student submissions for SR.

The class numbers are:
ENGL290p-001 = Number One, Instructor C. Wyatt
ENGL290p002 = Squatters’ Rites, Instructor D. Kelley

For more info contact Cindy Wyatt at 230-3203

Interested in EMS? Read This...

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Education Program at Vol State will be conducting advising sessions for our upcoming Spring Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate courses. The sessions will be conducted in the Carpeted Dining Room of the Woods Campus Center at the Vol State main campus in Gallatin on November 28, 2011 at 1:00pm and 6:00pm. Students interested in enrolling in the EMT classes at all locations should plan on attending one of the sessions. Please visit www.volstate.edu/emt
for more information.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Vol State and China

D. K. Wu of China NOW made a visit to Vol State on Monday to finalize arrangements for a return trip to China this spring for the TnCIS program. Last year, students, including Molly Bridges and Gary Bickle, and faculty member George Wilson of the Logistics program, traveled to China for a three-week itinerary including stops in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou. The 2012 itinerary will be similar, except that the travel-study will expand to four weeks to provide for additional language training, a tour of a solar panel production facility, and a service learning project to a Chinese orphanage. Courses available in China for 2012 are logistics, architectural engineering, philosophy, and sociology. During his visit to campus Mr. Wu visited with Karen Mitchel, Vice President for Resource Development, among many others. Left to right: George Wilson, Molly Bridges, Karen Mitchell, D.K. Wu and Gary Bickle.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Saluting Our Veterans

Vol State students, faculty and staff remembered Veterans Day with a number of activities today. History instructor Peter Johnson brought out his incredible collection of World War II equipment and uniforms for display in the Ramer Great Hall.

Student leaders put together a very moving display in the cafeteria recognizing POWs and MIAs. The table and place setting has a special meaning. The table is round and set for one symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner, alone against his or her oppressors. The single rose signifies the blood they may have shed in sacrifice for their nation.

Some folks decorated doors to mark the day and created a wall of heroes. In Livingston, they put together a bulletin board to remember those who have served.

We have a new Coordinator of Veterans Affairs on campus, Ken Hanson, and he helped to get veterans together today. Check out the new Veterans Affairs webpage, with tons of info for current student veterans and those considering college: www.volstate.edu/veterans
Ken is your Veterans liaison here at Vol State. Don't hesitate to contact him if you have questions.

            Volunteer State Community College Veterans

Monday, November 7, 2011

Vol State Celebrates 40th Anniversary- You're Invited November 18

There are many ways to describe what 40 years means in the life of a community college. Perhaps the best way comes in the form of a number: 134,280. That’s the estimate of how many people have attended Volunteer State Community College in the last 40 years. That means former Vol State students, if assembled together, would be the sixth largest city in the state.
Vol State is celebrating the 40th anniversary with a free community event on Friday, November 18. There will be special tours of the college, including program highlights to show-off what the college is doing currently. The International Education program will have displays about international travel-study and the international student population at the college. There will be story sharing, student music, a performance by the Pioneer cheerleaders and a free lunch. College leaders hope that alumni, retirees and the community will join current students, faculty and staff for the celebration.

Ground breaking for Volunteer State Community College was held on a cold and blustery day in November of 1970. Vol State opened for classes in October of 1971.
The free community celebration will be held in the Tiled and Carpeted Dining rooms in the Wood Campus Center on Friday, November 18 with lunch and tours of campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event itself will start at 11:30 a.m. On Saturday, November 19 the celebration culminates with the annual Homecoming basketball games, which will be held at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. with special 40th anniversary events throughout the day.

The college has a 40th anniversary web page with a picture gallery of Vol State through the decades. There are a number of blogs in which alumni, retirees and others can post their memories of Vol State through the decades, including a special blog for couples who met at Vol State. Those blogs and picture gallery can be visited at www.volstate.edu/forty

For more information about the event visit the web page or call 615-230-3571.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Vol State Student Sings for Presidential Candidate

Nashville is often referred to as Music City and seems to have a magnetic attraction for talented people like Vol State student Tammy Allen.  Like other artists, she wants to make a difference in her community and share something beautiful with others.  But following her dream has not been easy.  As a single mother, small business owner, and full-time student she has made sacrifices that clearly display her passion and commitment to her goals.  Last week Allen once again gleaned the harvest of her labors when she sang at a private dinner held for Presidential candidate Herman Cain.

“I really want to sing in places that I can make an impact,” said Allen.  “In the past I have performed in venues like bars, and I just didn’t get any gratification from that.  You have to take a stand for what you believe in and you will attract others with similar beliefs and convictions.  Nothing is free in life and you can expect some regrets, but if you are true to your self you will never regret that.”

Allen just finished shooting her first music video and is currently in the studio working on a three song EP.  For more information about Allen visit her homepage.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

You are Never Too Old for College

No one ever considered me a model student in high school.  In fact, during my sophomore year (almost thirty years ago), one counselor told my parents to forget about me graduating with my class.  By the skin of my teeth, I barely acquired a diploma.  Since then, I have been intimidated by the very thought of returning to school.  As life would have it, the economy crashed, and I found myself jobless and in desperate need of that missing education.  After discussing it with my wife and kids, I decided to  give college a try. 
At the start, I only committed to one semester.  I won’t lie, it was difficult, and there were challenges around every corner.  However, once I jumped in, Vol State was willing to help me along the way.  As a community college, they were not uncomfortable with a post-forty adult student.  Realizing there was no room for pride, I shamelessly took advantage of every free aid available.  The patience of the tutors and counselors was awesome. 
My next significant milestone is in May, when I graduate with an associate degree.  To many this may not seem lofty, but for me it is monumental, since neither my parents nor grandparents received a college degree.  Soon, I will need to make more life changing decisions.  I am confident that the skills I have learned at Vol State will empower me to make the wisest choices. 
 If you are considering college as an adult, here are a few tips:
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Get to know the students in your class, this will pay off when studying.
  • COMMUNICATE - Be honest about your fears and concerns.
  • Try the TRIO program (If you qualify, it’s a great resource for non-traditional students).
  • Become familiar with labs on campus.  (FREE 1x1 help) Language, Math, and Computer.
  • Research and shop around for your textbooks BEFORE the semester starts.
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween Events at Vol State

Get your mask and make-up ready!  Here are the Vol State Halloween events:

Event # 1 is Friday, October 28
Starting at 5:30 pm Friday night, bring your family to the Rochelle Center in the Thigpen Library.  There will be CiCi’s Pizza, drinks, and plenty of candy.  African American Student Union (AASU) Vice President Daniel Russell helped coordinate last year and pointed out the benefits of holding the event indoors, where it is safe and warm. 
“We will have masks and face painting, and coloring,” said AASU Vice President, Daniel Russell.  “We had a great turn out last year and the cake give-away was especially popular.  The great thing about this event is it’s open to the whole community for kids of any age.  We will probably have a costume contest as well.”
The event closes around 7:30 pm.

Event #2 is Monday, October 31
Faculty, Staff, and students are invited to participate in the Vol State Foundation’s Halloween Costume Contest.  If an entire class participates and wins, they will receive a FREE pizza party!  The participation fee is $5.00 per person and must be turned in to Stacey Wolmeduff by Friday at 4:00 pm.  All proceeds will benefit the Foundation General Scholarship.  Judging will be Monday from 9:30 am - 2:00 pm. Winners for 1st, 2nd and 3rd will receive gift cards and group winners will receive a pizza party!

Here are few photos from last year.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My Vol State Portal Down Friday Night...Read This for Direct Links

The My Vol State Portal will be down for service this weekend starting Friday night. You can still access your online classes directly athttps://elearn.volstate.edu/ and your student e-mail at https://mail.volstate.edu/

Early Registration Starts November 14 and 15

Early Registration for the Spring Semester is coming up for current Vol State students. It will start on Monday, November 14 for students with 30 or more hours of course credit (sophomores) and on Tuesday, November 15 for students with less than 30 hours (freshmen). Register early to make sure you get the classes you need! Registration for new and readmit students starts on November 28.

Monday, October 24, 2011

What do Yale, Harvard and Vol State Have in Common?

Students from universities all around the world apply for a small number of White House Internships.  Vol State has joined the ranks of the prestigious colleges sending students to the program, now that alumnus Ian Smith has been accepted into the Joining Forces program at the White House.  Ian was motivated to apply for the internship after learning about an opportunity set forth by the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden to support military families.

Smith is a graduate of the Vol State  Emergency Medical Technician program and a military veteran.
“(It) was a natural fit for me to continue my role of service to my country," said Smith. "It offered me a new learning challenge, working first hand in public service at the national policy level."
"My primary duties include assisting with correspondence with the many great individuals and organizations that want to help support our veterans and their families. ..I also help manage the Executive Directors’ schedule and ensure that various meetings in the White House are facilitated.”
Smith said the program  began in September and ends in December.  
“I know that in my future, well after the White House Internship ends, I will continue to support individuals, programs, and agencies that have our veterans’ best interests at heart and who honor the fallen.  It is important work that we, as a country, must all join forces to do.”

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Vol State Students Get Trashy

How do you spend your time on a Saturday?  Three Vol State student organizations recently got together to clean up trash and collect recyclables from Lock 4 Park in Gallatin.
Vice President of the Vol State chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), CT Hodgson, explained how this came about.  “I was brainstorming during Welcome Week and wanted to build closer relationships with the other campus organizations,” said Hodgson.  “I knew our club had this project coming up and thought it might be a great opportunity to bring us together.  I approached some reps from the other groups and they thought it was a great idea.”

Nursing major, Hope Chrisawn was excited to participate.  “With only thirteen members from NSLS, three from PTK, and two from Team Change, we collected over seventy-five bags of trash and three truckloads of things to be recycled,” said Chrisawn.

“I was very excited to see the participation of these clubs working together,” said Student Life coordinator, Jamey Campbell.  “The students spent the better part of a Saturday pulling trash out of Lock 4 Park in Gallatin.  It was carefully sorted to pull out all the recyclables.  The result was stunning to see that much trash collected from the park.”

Brandon Shaw with Team Change felt that campus groups would be stronger and more productive if they played off each others strengths.  “A lot of times people think that their clubs are all inclusive but there is no reason we cannot work together,” said Shaw.  “Right now we are in the planning stages to see if we can involve more student government organizations.”

If you would like to participate in the next clean up day.  Please contact the office of Student Life.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

If You Hate Math - Vol State Offers New Solutions

Professor Caldwell teaching
I have been dreading math next semester.  Of course, part of my problem is that I have not exercised my math skills since high school (and even then, I wasn’t that confident).  However, I was pleased to find out that Vol State is working on ways to help students who do not feel prepared to tackle algebra on the first day of class.  Department Chair for Mathematics Kim Caldwell recognizes that many students suffer from things like “math anxiety,” or maybe they are just rusty.  With her colleagues she has been working on this age-old problem, and one promising solution involves what are called Learning Support classes, which students take in the Learning Commons.

“We have redesigned the math program so all the entry level students are using the same book, the same code, and the same online learning system,” said Caldwell.  “This encourages them to move as quickly as possible.  The math components are broken into five competencies, and students who have more time on their hands can move ahead.  The pace of a formal classroom won’t restrain them.  If they don’t finish all the competencies in one semester, that's okay because they can pick up where they left off.  This helps students to go as fast as they want to.”

The Newly remodeled Learning Commons
Carolyn Harlan is a mathematics specialist and has focused on helping both new and returning students who felt that they needed a little help getting acclimated to attending college. 

“The theory was just to get students to college level math quicker,” said Harlan.  “This may shave off a whole year if a student is able to move through the program.  If somebody could not get into a specific class, they may be able to  come to the Learning Commons.  We have already had students move up to the next level this semester, and that was just in the first five weeks.”

The new Learning Support classes are required for students who score below a certain level in testing. They're also held in Reading and English.

For more information about Learning Support classes visit the web page: www.volstate.edu/LearningSupport

The Learning Commons can also help with test preparation and other skill improvement. You can visit them in Warf 126 for details.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New EMS Manikin is High-Tech and Realistic

The 32-year-old man is pulled from the swimming pool. He’s conscious and yet unable to move. The only sign of injury is an abrasion on the head. Now the Vol State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) faculty members get their turn and the newly purchased patient simulation manikin playing this role will give them workout. The intensive two-day training will get the EMS instructors familiar with this latest piece of technology. The Laredal simulator is more than just a standard manikin, he seems unnervingly human. He coughs, sweats and breathes. His pupils dilate, and the eyes open and close. He can simulate a cardiac arrest, collapsed lung and many other critical possibilities. He even reacts to drug cards flashed next to his IV line. If you don’t get the dosage right- watch out!

Vol State students will have the opportunity to test their skills on the new manikin later this semester. First, the Vol State EMS faculty members need to get their practice. While they’re on the front lines for this training, in the future they will be behind a laptop hooked up to the manikin. It will allow them to monitor how students react and change the nature of the simulation to provide a life-like set of circumstances. The goal is to run through a scenario in real-time, giving the students valuable training in a number of different situations. The Vol State folks trained with Flight Nurses from Vanderbilt University Medical Center LifeFlight. They plan to use the manikin for the training of rural nurses, paramedics, and physicians across Middle Tennessee.

Each generation of simulator manikins comes with new technology and features, designed for realism. The new Laredal manikins purchased by Vol State include two adult versions and one pediatric. Just remember: don’t call the manikin a dummy. It’s packed with enough technology to earn it a bit of respect.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

New Vol State Allied Health Building: Room for More Students

Allied Health programs are among the most popular on campus and yet they are unable to grow much for one primary reason: space. Plans were unveiled recently for a solution to that problem. It’s a new Allied Health building for Volunteer State Community College, to be constructed in the parking lot between the Mattox and Wallace buildings, with a walkway connection to Wallace. It will be a $10 million project with specialized labs and classrooms. These artist renderings are the first step in the design process and there could be many changes down the road.

“Right now the plans are for the first floor to have Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Health Information Technology (HIT),” said Allied Health Dean Elvis Brandon. “On the second floor, we’ll have Ultrasound, Ophthalmic, Medical Lab Technology and Sleep Diagnostics.”

It isn’t just a matter of more space. The building is designed with unique features for the programs.

“In the EMS suite we’re going to have at least three simulation labs and one big control room. We’ll be able to videotape the simulations for discussion with students later. HIT will have a computer lab and classroom, all in one. It will be a nice workstation for the HIT students. The Ophthalmic program will have actual exam rooms, which will help for training and for lab testing.”

Other major additions include a dedicated Sleep Diagnostics lab. Sleep studies require a carefully controlled environment and specialized equipment. Medical Lab Technology has been housed at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. The new building will have a dedicated lab for the program. The Sonography program will have room for more ultrasound equipment, providing students with greater hands-on time. The building also includes new anatomy and physiology classrooms. They are a required set of courses for Allied Health students.

The extra space will create room for more students and an expansion of the popular programs. Where an allied Health program might currently be capped at 16 students, they could expand to 25 students.

“All of the programs moving in there are at or above capacity. It will allow additional opportunities for more students.”

Dean Brandon says Allied Health programs often require particular equipment and layout considerations and the new building should make a big difference.

“We’ve tried to make programs fit into spaces,” he said. “Now, we will design spaces for the programs. This will be key for moving our programs forward and helping them have even more success.”

The project will begin next spring with the construction of new parking lots across the creek in the open green space near the rear entrance to the college. Ground breaking for the building itself should take place next summer, with completion expected about a year later.

The design work has been completed by SDI/MNI and given to Vol State administrators for review. The College will make recommendations to the Tennessee Board of Regents and then TBR will make the final decision. Once the building project is officially approved, it will be time to break ground and start a new era for Allied Health at Vol State.

First floor and then second floor preliminary layout:

Friday, October 7, 2011

A Gathering Place for Writers, at Vol State

"There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you." ---Z.N. Hurston
Vol State student, Brittany Bertoli sharpens her pen
Have you ever wanted a place to share something you have written?  Vol State now has a student writers group.  The first meeting is set for 5:00 pm, Monday, October 10 at the Wood Campus Center, in room 308.  All styles and genres are welcome.  Refreshments will be served.  If you are interested in participating please email club President, Michelle Chowning or Vice President, Paul Farmer.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Open House in the New Art Building

Professor Mulcahy teaches in one of the new classrooms
Wednesday, October 12 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm the Vol State Art Department invites you to a special event in their newly renovated building.  

 Professor Sue Mulcahy is excited.  “There are two separate things going on.  First, a lot of people have asked to come down to see all the changes.  We’ll have an Open House with a reception, so the campus can see what a nice job maintenance did over the summer.  The second  thing involves a showcase for two students who traveled to Italy with the international TnCIS program, for art classes.  Cory Amons studied drawing, and Lauren Bader studied photography.”

Preparing to display some of the art from Cory Amons

Kick off your fall break with light refreshments, and feel free to ask for a tour.  For more information about the Art Department click here.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Cash found at Vol State- what would you do?

English major Keith Harper was walking to class when he spied an envelope full of cash and a couple of receipts.  Harper wanted to do the right thing, but he did not know how to locate the person who lost the money.  He contacted campus police to see if anyone had reported it, but they showed no records of lost cash.  He chose to turn it in anyway, sharing a detailed description of when and where he found the envelope.  

“I could have stuck the money in my pocket, but all I could think about was that some student was depending on this.  I am learning to be a writer and I know how hard it is to make ends meet,” said Harper.  “I thought, maybe they had plans with their family or something.  This all happened about the time that students were receiving grant money, and I know how much it would affect me to lose this much cash.”

Vol State Police Officer Steve Etheridge took up the quest for the owner of the dough.  He began an extensive search through archived surveillance videos without much success.   

"The camera angles did not reveal anyone dropping the envelope," said Etheridge.  "So, I followed the trail of the receipt across the street to Textbook Brokers.  With the help of security videos from Operations Manager, Michael Moghadam, I was able to find a clue to the owner’s identity.  I contacted the student who lost the envelope and he said, he thought it was a lost cause, nobody would turn in an unmarked envelope with almost five-hundred dollars cash.”
“We try to help campus police anytime we can," said Moghadam.  "The student that lost the money got lucky that someone was honest enough to turn it in  and an officer was diligent enough to spend the time researching it.”

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Interested in Travel-Study? Info Sessions Are Coming Up Soon

Do you want to travel overseas and earn college credit? Vol State has travel-study scholarships available for students. Trips include countries from Asia, Africa, South America and Europe. Interested students must attend one of the following information sessions:

TnCIS Information Sessions

Oct. 10th Main Campus 2:30 p.m. Mattox 104

Oct. 10th Main Campus 5:30 p.m. Mattox 104

Oct. 12 Livingston noon to 2 p.m. Room TBA (look for the signs)

Oct. 22 Main Campus 9 a.m. Mattox 104

Oct. 25 Springfield/Highland Crest 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Room TBA (look for the signs)

Nov. 9th Livingston noon to 2 p.m. Room TBA (look for the signs)

Nov. 10th McGavock High School 5:15 p.m. Room TBA (look for the signs)

For more information contact Ann-Marie.Ruttenbur@volstate.edu or 615-230-3764.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Students from Egypt, Vietnam, Burma, Mexico, and Korea- welcome to Vol State!

Students conducting interviews with each other
One definition of diversity is variety and another is multicultural differences.  That is exactly what I found at the VISA mixer today in the Ramer building.  Vol State has students from many countries.  Today I met students from Egypt, Vietnam, Burma, Mexico, and Korea, just to name a few countries.

“The purpose of the VISA club is for people of all backgrounds who are interested in international culture, ideas, issues, and travel to come together and meet others with a common interest,” said the faculty co-advisor for the group, Kay Grossberg.  “We have had students come to the club and realize that the world is here at their doorstep. Students from other countries are given a chance to get involved in student government and really develop an understanding of our culture. ”
Ashley and Mital get know each other
Mohamad and Michael discuss diversity

Criminal Justice major, Ashley Simmons spoke with Mital Patel, who is still undecided about her major.  Both were enjoying the conversation.  “I am not in the VISA club but I like what I see,” said Simmons.  “And I think after this event, I want to get involved with this program.”

Michael Wahpa is a first-year engineering major from Egypt.  “This helps me to break the ice.  I have been here two months,” said Wahpa.  “My cousin invited me to come, he is also attends here at Vol State. The culture is very different.  I already knew a little English. I had studied it but never spoke it.”

From left to right, Ha, Anthony, and Michael
Anthony Zaul is from Burma.  “When I graduated from Hendersonville High School, I wanted to come to this college,” Zaul added with a hint of pride.  “All my brothers went here. When I finish, I am going to attend college in Michigan.  I am not a member of the VISA club but I like it.  The diverse culture is good.”

Free food is hard to turn down for students
The VISA club is open to everyone and their next scheduled meeting is October 11 at 2:15 pm.  For more information please contact Associate Professor, Kay Grossberg.

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