Tuesday, April 30, 2013

EMS students in action...Check out this photo!

Courtesy Jae. S. Lee/Tennessean
How cool is this? Doyle Walker is one of our paramedic students who provided medical coverage for the Music City Marathon. Doyle carried a runner across the finish line to ensure they received their completion medal. Along with 25 studentsand faculty covering the on-course medical tents, Vol State provided 12 students and faculty instructors as additional support at the Nashville General Emergency Department. Way to go Doyle! And a special thanks to photographer Jae S. Lee with the Tennessean for taking such a great photo.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Once a Pioneer, Always a Pioneer

For those of you who graduate in less than two weeks, it does not mean you have to say goodbye to Vol State. Alumni can always be an active part of the Vol State Community by being a member of the Alumni Association.
“It’s always exciting to come back and see what’s going on,” said Lori Johnson, resource development specialist. Johnson says the Alumni Association likes to encourage students to come back to campus and see what's new.

Benefits of the Alumni Association
  • Know what's going on at Vol State
  • Receive free admission to sporting events
  • Access to the library
  • Access to the training room
  • Receive the biannual alumni magazine (Volunteer Vision)

Free Alumni Events
  • Spring - Alumni Breakfast 
  • Fall - Homecoming Bash
Alumni can also make donations toward the Alumni Scholarship, a scholarship that is available to any relative of an alumnus. In the past, there has been at least one scholarship given per year, but this past year the foundation was able to give away two. More information about the alumni scholarship can be found here.

Once you graduate, you automatically become apart of the Alumni Association. However, you will want to make sure all your information is up-to-date. The Alumni Association will be available at graduation rehearsal in order to update your information, or you can update the information here.
"We want you to feel like a part of the Alumni Association when you are a student, and then once you graduate, we want you to feel like you are still part of the campus," said Johnson.
For more of information about the Alumni Association click here.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

From Vol State Practicum to Professional

Timothy Battle with Darius Rucker 
“If I did not do it (WVCP-FM radio show) at Vol State, I would not be where I am now,” said Timothy Battle, the new producer for Clear Channel’s Big 98 WSIX-FM The Bobby Bones show.
Battle started his broadcasting career here at Vol State as a radio disc jockey for WVCP-FM  in the radio practicum class COMM 291P.
“I started at the radio station in spring of 2008,” said Battle. ‘It was great because I was working Tuesday nights with an all request rock show.”

The Vol State radio practicum class, as well as other practicum classes, give students the actual real life experience that they will need for their future career.

“I could have gone to a four year school, but I chose Vol State because I was going to get a good education and it was more hands-on.”

Battle does not think he would have received the full experience of being part of a radio production if he went to a different school, and he would not have been prepared for the real life experience. 

After graduating in fall 2011 with an associate's degree in radio and television broadcasting, Battle worked as a Clear Channel intern the following spring and summer. He heard about the job from a friend who was also working at WVCP-FM. He said he folded t-shirts, drove a truck, and assisted the talent.

“In radio it’s all about working your way up,” said Battle. “In February I got the job offer of being a morning show producer.”

Battle plans to continue to work his way up the radio ladder and he aspires to have his own radio show. Until then, you can hear him doing voice-overs for Clear Channel commercials broadcast on Big 98, 101.1 The Beat and 107.5 The River.

Monday, April 22, 2013

A New CD of Original Student Music Out Soon

If you are anything like I am, then you love music. As a music lover, you are going to want to hear the new CD titled "Writers in the Storm" that Vol State students have produced.

The final edits are still being processed, but the CD will include 10-12 original songs all written, recorded, engineered, mixed, and mastered by students. The only thing not done by students is the actual manufacturing of CD's and printing of the inserts.

The CD offers a variety of music genres from all types of students.

"We have kids working on a song together who have never met,"said Assistant Professor of Music, Lynn Peterson.

Students who have not met will meet soon as everyone starts rehearsal for the Spring Music Showcase and CD release show on April 26th and 27th. The first part of the show will include music from the bluegrass ensemble, a jazz band and more. 

"The second half of the show is like an album release concert, because we play all the songs on the album,"said Peterson. "The cool thing is that we are all involved together."

By "we", he is referring to the Vol State radio station, WVCP-FM, - that plays the music, the art department - that created the design, the theater department - that designed the stage set, and the studio -  where the album was produced and engineered.

The show admission is $10, which will include a copy of the album.  All proceeds go toward a scholarship for music students. Admission to the show is free with Vol State and the CD can be purchased. 

"If you are a student of Vol State, old or young, you can submit a song to the album," said Peterson. 

If you are an active student next spring, you can submit a song for the next spring album. Submissions begin in early February and continue throughout the month.

Logistics Students Connected to the Professional World

One of the most well-connected programs on campus is the Logistics Management program in the Business Division.  Logistics is simply the business of making things move: products, packages, information and even people. It's a process used by businesses and industries across the globe. The Logistics program not only trains students for a career in Logistics- a big part of the program are the relationships with area businesses that use Logistics to do business: Amazon, GAP Inc and LifeWay are just a few examples.

Recently, Vol State logistics Students toured the LifeWay Christian Resources Distribution Center in Lebanon. LifeWay General Manager Rodney Cathey and Outbound Transportation Manager Brian Heflin provided a two-hour tour highlighted by LifeWay's pick-to-light and pick-to-voice warehouse systems. Rodney is a Vol State Adjunct Instructor and a Logistics Advisory Board Member. Brian is a Vol State Logistics AAS Graduate and a Logistics Advisory Board Member.

Pictured left to right after the tour are Pamela Paschall, Brenda Fennell, Dawn Leady, Brian Heflin, George Wilson, Andrew Schneider, and John Kemper. Photo by Beverly Wilson.

Check out the Vol State Logistics program web page to learn more about this growing profession: http://www.volstate.edu/Logistics/?ref=az

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Tips for Landing the Job

As the end of the semester and summer approaches, a vast number of students are looking for employment. On April 24, 2013 Vol State will host its Spring Job Fair with about 80 potential employers and vendors. So, what can set you apart from other applicants? Dr. Rick Parrent, Director of the Office of Career Replacement, Cooperative Education, and Service Learning has tips to help you land that job or internship.

Tips for the Job Fair or Interview
Get a good night sleep
Dress for success
Be prepared (Have a resume)
Have a firm handshake
Don’t leave until you have something to take with you (business card)
Don’t wear perfume or cologne (someone may be allergic)

Resume Tips
Use a cover letter
Use action verbs
Organize to fit the employer's criteria
Include one valid phone number

At the career fair individuals should keep an open mind. "Don't just think that because maybe somebody is not exactly what you are looking for, that there is not somebody that you are actually looking for," said Parrent.

Sounds confusing right? But Parrent says just because you are looking for a job in computers information systems, don't say you're out of luck because there are no IT firms. There will be government agencies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations there and all of those companies need individuals for IT.

Even if you are not graduating this semester or looking for a job, Parrent says, “Now is the time to begin to start networking and building relationship. It's a moment to be able to establish a rapport, be understood and known, then you can have an insider looking at you."

Parrent invites students seeking full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs to also visit the Career Placement website.

If you would like feedback on your resume or cover letter, send a copy to rick.parrent@volstate.edu.

"This is the office that helps with career development skills," said Parent.

Monday, April 15, 2013

EMT Students Participate in Mass Casualty Exercise

The Boston Marathon tragedy shows the great need for emergency training and response. First responders are a big part of that training and our EMT students are the future first responders.

75 Vol State EMT students participated as simulated “patients/victims” in a large-scale mass casualty evacuation exercise recently.  The exercise simulated a mass casualty disaster occurring out of state requiring the evacuation of people to Tennessee for extended medical care. "Patients" were offloaded from military aircraft at the Tennessee National Guard Air Base in Smyrna and transported by mass casualty buses and ambulances to seven hospitals in Middle Tennessee.  Several students were moulaged (the art of applying make-up to mimic injuries) to simulate blast and burn injuries. The “patients” were triaged and treated at the regional hospitals. 15 Vol State EMT Instructors were stationed at each hospital and the air base to coordinate the loading and offloading of buses and ambulances.  

EMS Education faculty and students received high praise from the VA regional emergency response team leaders and hospital officials. 

-EMS Director Robert Davis

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Catch the Fever -But Watch Out!

Remember your senior year in high school and how it was all about you and your classmates? Your car windows were probably painted in bright letters, letting the world know that you are a senior, class of ….  As graduation neared closer, you became anxious and nervous, a new adventure was just on the horizon.
Now, as a Vol State sophomore, you are probably gearing up for finals and it’s starting to feel like senior year in high school all over again. You may not be a senior but you sure have senioritis. You’re nervous about the end of the semester, finals and graduation. A whole new chapter of your life is waiting just beyond the horizon yet again.
“I can’t wait to get out of here,” said sophomore Naika Dorcelon. 
Although Dorcelon is excited about graduation, she is still a little apprehensive about finals.
“I’m not ready at all,” Dorcelon said.

Like Dorcelon, many students may feel like there is not enough time to get everything finished before the end, or some may have slacked off a little around the middle of the semester. So now is the time to pick up the pace and get prepared for finals and graduation.

“I never got over my senioritis from high school,” said Joshua Rittenberry. “ Trying not to procrastinate, as much, can prove difficult because you don’t have a lot of free time with school and work. Sometimes I find myself skipping out on assignments.”
Rittenberry isn’t the only one skipping a few assignments. Student Bailey Armstrong says that she finds herself slacking off a little in the middle of the semester.
“In the beginning of the semester I’m really organized and on track,” Armstrong said.
“The end of the semester is a good time for me to pick up on my assignments,” said Evan Ray.
As the end of the semester rears it’s ugly head, students should be picking up the pace. We all know that senioritis is a dangerous disease that could cause failure and no one wants to repeat their senior year, yet alone their sophomore year.
“Once I get my associate degree, I feel like I’m moving forward,” said Austin Hayes. “I’m ready to get college over with.”

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Respiratory Care Students Have 100 Percent Pass Rate on National Certification for Six Years in a Row

The Respiratory Care Program at Volunteer State Community College is celebrating the completion of another fantastic year! Every one of Vol State’s Respiratory Care graduates successfully completed and passed their national certification exam on the very first attempt. It’s the sixth year in a row that Respiratory Care program graduates have experienced a 100 percent board passage rate on the first attempt. This board examination is necessary for graduates to obtain their national credentials in order to become licensed and employed as Respiratory Therapists in the state of Tennessee.

The Respiratory Care degree program consists of a general education core and four semesters of major core courses that combine class, laboratory and clinical experiences for the students. Members of this Respiratory Care program will walk in the May 2013 graduation ceremony.

Vol State’s Respiratory Care credentialing board examinees: 

Front row: Suzanne Jackson and Ter’rez Crabtree;

Second row: Kim Christmon, Clinical Director, LaDona Hoyt, Traci Heckerman, Kristel Pruitt, Micah Pausina, Jamie Dorris, Tazlyn Saez, Kristyn Ellison, John McNab, Chris Martin;

Third row: Cory Martin, Program Director, Edwin Aymara, Josh Mullinax, Jonathon Rich and Chase Shehane.

-Cory Martin

Monday, April 8, 2013

We're Hiring a Student to Write for this Blog!

Student social media writer Maggie Blakemore has done a terrific job this year writing stories for this blog. Now it's time to pass the torch to another student. We're accepting applications for the part-time position of Social Media Writer, working in the Public Relations office. It starts next August, about two weeks before school begins, and will run the entire school year, until late April. Only Vol State students, who plan to be enrolled and taking classes in the fall and spring, will be considered. It's about 15 hours a week of work.

You must enjoy writing and be able to come up with interesting stories on campus. We'll have some story ideas, but we need someone who can work independently to find cool things happening with Vol State students. The writer also takes pictures and uses Google Blogger to post blog entries. We can help with training on the technical stuff.

Interested in the job?

Click on this link and then click "Clerical/Support" to see the entire job listing and to apply. It's a good opportunity to build your resume, especially if you are interested in working as a writer in social media in the future.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Vol State PTK Students in San Jose

Six Vol State students and one advisor have embarked on a learning experience and adventure across the country to San Jose California this week, to attend the annual Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) international convention.  The city of San Jose has really welcomed the members of PTK. The streets of the airport are lined with PTK banners, the hotels have proudly displayed the PTK logo, and the downtown area is offering tremendous discounts. 
The convention is a place where we can come together with our fellow PTK members for support, fellowship and friendly competition.
Several companies like Coca-Cola and Geico offer scholarships to PTK members. Jennifer Erickson, Vol State’s PTK chapter president, will be honored for winning one of the Coca-Cola’s Silver Star scholarships. Our chapter is up for a Hallmark award, and I have won an award for most distinguished chapter member in our region (Tennessee). You may think, aw, an honor society, what a bunch of nerds. True, we may be nerds, but we are nerds who help our community and gain millions of dollars in scholarships every year.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Lady Pioneers are Playing Hard Despite Injuries

Now that it is beginning to feel like spring, you may want to go out to the ball park and watch America’s favorite past time, but don’t forget about the ladies. Our softball team, The Lady Pioneers, is working hard to stay on top of their game.
“We’ve had a couple of injuries that we normally haven't had in the past,” said Coach Johnny Lynn. “We are basically hurt and injured right now, I think we have 12 live bodies and one is hurt and can’t run.”
Even with hurt players the team still maintains a great attitude about the season.  The team consists of a freshmen majority with a few returning sophomores, so they have had to learn how to play together and how to deal with changes when someone gets hurt. 
“I feel like this season has gone awesome,” said sophomore player, Molly Bellamy.  “I expected us to kind of hang our head at first, but we have done a lot better, improved and we have come a long way.”
Being tied for second in the state illustrates how they have come a long way with hurt and injured players. Chelsea Burd says that she is very upset to be out for the season with an injury, but she continues to come to the games and practice to support her teammates.
”They are a good group that does what you tell them," said Lynn. “We didn’t know what to expect when all of this happened. They have battled and worked hard and that is all a coach can ask for.”
So, come out and watch the Lady Pioneers continue their battle this season. Check out the complete game schedule here.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Coming this Fall: Service Learning Practicum Courses

Earn college credit, challenge yourself and make a difference in the community. What’s a practicum? It’s a supervised practical learning experience to help you build career skills. The classes are great for your resume and can help you decide what you might want to do after college.

Vol State has four course options this coming Fall semester. Any student can take any option. Explore something new or use the experience to expand your major work.

• Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Service Learning Practicum: 3 credit hours
Work with the EXPLORE program’s urban youth to build a greener Nashville along the Cumberland River by land and boat. CRN 83719.

• Humanities Service Learning Practicum: 1 credit hour
Take part in outside environmental sustainability projects at a state park. CRN 83435.

• Humanities Service Learning Practicum-Livingston: 1 credit hour
Organize an event to raise money for a community group. CRN 83666.

• Social Science and Education Service Learning Practicum: 1 credit hour
Teach children about health and wellness. CRN 83467.

Talk to your advisor for details on how to register. You can also call the Service Learning Office at 615-230-3307.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Express Your Point of View

There's a new club on campus that is allowing students to think critically and debate today's issues without fear of ridicule. The Political Awareness and Current Events (P.A.C.E) club allows students to discuss current events from their own point of view.
"The club is open and welcomes a multiplicity of opinions and ideology," said Michael Lenz, the advisor for the club.
Lenz said the club was created to allow dialogue on campus about pressing political issues. He believes that it is important for students to get involved in the discussions and wants other faculty members to encourage students to take part. 
Johnathan Reynolds, PACE president, directs the discussion by asking questions like, "What makes same-sex marriage relevant or irrelevant to the government?" 
"I'm asking questions to provoke thought," said Reynolds during the March 22 meeting.
A lot of thought seems to occur with the students who participate in the discussion, it's like a light bulb has been turned on. 
"Most kids our age are sheltered from what our parents don't want us to know," said Derflinger.
Derflinger says the club has allowed him to be open to other cultures and experiences that he wasn't as open to before.
Wade Browne said he attends the meetings because he has a desire to stimulate his mind. He grew up with a family that taught him things that he is beginning to realize may not be so true.

"More diversity leads to a much better group meeting," said Cody McFarlin. "Because when everybody is one sided, the conversation goes nowhere and it's not intriguing. When there is different voices of opinion, it's much more enjoyable."

Everyone has an opinion; some individuals like to express their opinions more than others, while some just stand in the background trying to avoid conflict. P.A.C.E allows students to voice their opinions without fear of confrontation.