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/