Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Children's Play this Friday at Vol State

An energetic play, filled with singing characters dressed in lizard costumes, pirates dancing, and fight scenes make for an event to entertain the whole family. The play is about a not so Scary Pirate, who finds himself stranded on an island, and finds himself helping an islander named Zuma stand up against bullying.

"Scary Pirate in the Land of Ma" is an original play about bullying, and is now an annual tradition. Every year, surrounding elementary schools from Sumner and even Metro area visit Vol State to see the production. This year there will also be a public performance on Friday, February 28.

"Scary Pirate in the Land of Ma" is written and directed by Vol State's Edmon Thomas, Associate Professor of Communication and Theatre.

I asked Edmon what inspired him to write a play with this kind of message and he stated that it was for the kids that are not only getting bullied but the ones who are doing the bullying.

"I noticed how bullying was becoming more and more a daily topic, so I decided to write it to bring attention to it," said Thomas.

Thomas wants each child and even adult that come to the production to receive the message that bullying is simply wrong.

Make sure to catch the play this Friday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wemyss Auditorium of the Caudill Hall Building.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5.00 at the door, but free to Vol State Students with an ID and free to kids under the age of 15.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Vol State March Calendar of Events

Science Olympiad competition,

Campus-wide, 8am to 2pm

Group art exhibit: "Animal Imagery in Art", through April 12, Thigpen Library Gallery,

Monday through Saturday 7 am to 9 pm

Reflections on Women’s History,

Thigpen Library- Rochelle, 12:30pm


College Transfer Day: universities visit, Ramer Great Hall, 10am to Noon


Lecture: "Revival of the Counterculture", Michael Lenz, Nichols Dining Room, 12:20pm

Dash for Dollars Game Show,

Cafeteria, 12:30pm

LGBTQI Awareness Rally,

Nichols Dining Room, 12:30pm


Lecture: "Murder at Bellamy Cave", Joe Douglas, Thigpen Library-Rochelle, 12:20pm

Women in Higher Education in Tennessee (WHET) Regional Conference,

Nichols Dining Room, 8am to 4pm


Spring Break: no classes, offices open


Women’s History Tea, Nichols Dining Room, 12:30pm, RSVP to Lori.Miller@volstate.edu


Vol State Music Night, Whippoorwill on the Square in Gallatin, 6:30pm

Coffee with the Prez, ask questions and get

answers, Cafeteria, 10am-11am

Sumner County Elementary Art Exhibition, through April 13 Ramer Great Hall,

Monday through Saturday 7 am to 9 pm

Honors Lecture: "Women and Pop Culture",

Carole Bucy & Stella Pierce, Nichols Dining Room, 12:20pm


Alumni Breakfast, Thigpen Library-Rochelle, 7:30am-9am, free and all alumni are welcome

Vol State Students Share Research at National Conference

Recently, Professor Parris Powers and Dean Nancy Morris accompanied five students to Phoenix, Arizona for the 2014 National CURRI Undergraduate Research Poster Session.Genna Batchelder, Tyler Belisle,  Corbette Jackson, Phillip Martinez and Maria White presented posters on their Vol State undergraduate research  along with 57 other students from  26 community colleges around the nation. The student scholars from Vol State won first place in the molecular modeling contest by creating a bacteriophage with certain elements given to each group of contestants.

The 2014 CCURI Undergraduate Research Symposium was hosted by Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona. Funding for travel was provided by a National Science Foundation CCURI grant.

Vol State Events this Week

Here are your Vol State events for this week:

Monday, February 24
Lecture: “Environmental Justice” by Merritt McKinney in the Rochelle Center of the Thigpen Library, 12:20pm

Tuesday, February 25th
Lipscomb University representative Aaron Burtch will be in the Wood Campus Center main hallway in front of Student Services 12:00pm—3:00pm.

Wednesday, February 26
Honors Lecture: “American Income Inequality” by David Fuqua in the Nichols Dining Room, 12:20pm

Thursday, February 27
Middle Tennessee State University representative Tyler Henson will be in the Wood Campus Center main hallway in front of Student Services 10:00am—3:00pm.

Black History Month Recognition Luncheon at the Nichols Dining Room, 12:30pm. To attend please RSVP to lori.miller@volstate.edu.

Friday, February 28
Children’s Play: “Scary Pirate in the Land of Ma” in the Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall, 7:30pm. Free to students, faculty and staff with ID. Free for kids.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Your Last Chance for Vol State Hoops Action: Tonight and Saturday

This Wednesday and Saturday are the final home basketball games of the season for the Vol State Pioneers and Lady Pioneers basketball teams.

The Pioneers have had a successful season. The team has 12 wins and 12 losses, with 7-8 (W-L) in conference play.

2013-2014 Volunteer State Community College Men's Basketball Team
Rusty Melvin, the Head Coach for the Men's Basketball team believes that if they continue to work together the team can flourish.

"I think that they are getting better after every game. We are learning to play together and I believe it will show in our performance" said Coach Melvin.

Coach Melvin said that he feels that the team has grown and improved as the season has progressed.
2013-2014 Volunteer State Community College Women's Basketball Team

Meanwhile, the Lady Pioneers have a conference stand out player this season. Jenise Davis has been putting up the big stats and was recently highlighted in the Tennessean.

“They've played hard together,” said Vol State’s Athletic Director, Bobby Hudson. "Interim Coach Raphael Howard has done a good job with them. I think they're finish the season strong."

Sadly, the Lady Pioneers won’t be able to participate in the post-season tournament due to a Vol State rules violation during last year’s season.

“The players were informed last week and needless to say they were upset with the news. They have played so hard this season,” said Eric Melcher, Coordinator of Communications and Public Relations.

If you are looking for something to do tonight come out to support the Pioneers. The men's and women's team play Columbia State, with the women's team beginning at 6:00 p.m. and men's beginning at 8:00 p.m.

The last game of the season will be on Saturday, February 22, with the men's team beginning at 2:00pm and women at 4:00pm. So, come out and support both teams for their last home games of the season.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Events this Week at Vol State

Monday, February 17
Cumberland University representative Ray Robertson will be in the Wood Campus Center main hallway in front of Student Services 8:30am—1:00pm

Tuesday, February 18
Troy University representative Kristin Lawson will be in the Wood Campus Center main hallway in front of Student Services 10:00am—1:00pm.

Hispanic Family Night, college information in Spanish and English, Thigpen Library- Rochelle Center, 5:30pm to 8pm, free and everyone invited

Wednesday, February 19
Western Kentucky University representative Christian Montgomery will be in the Wood Campus Center main hallway in front of Student Services 10:00am—3:00pm.

Motivational Speaker: Odell Bizzell, Thigpen Library-Rochelle Center, 12:20pm

Chili/Soup for Books cook-off fundraiser, Nichols Dining Room, come sample and have lunch to support a good cause- just $5, everyone is welcome, 11:30am-1:30pm

Vol state Music students perform at the Whippoorwill on the Square in Gallatin, 6:30pm

Thursday, February 20
Western Governor’s University representative Doug Harris will be in the Wood Campus Center main hallway in front of Student Services 10:00am—3:00pm.

Coffee with the Prez, ask questions of the President, Cafeteria, 10am-11am

Friday, February 21
Lindsey Wilson College representative Danette Hurley will be in the Wood Campus Center main hallway in front of Student Services 9:00am—3:00pm.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Hispanic Family Night at Vol State February 18 - La Noche Familiar Hispana

Volunteer State Community College is holding an evening especially designed for Hispanic families. The Hispanic Family Education Night will help answer questions about everything from college degree programs to English classes, including free EL/Civics classes, now held at Vol State. The event will be held on Tuesday, February 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the Vol State campus in Gallatin.

“We call it family night, because they are many people who might want to attend, from high school students considering college, to adults who are looking to improve their English skills,” said Eric Melcher, Communications Coordinator at Vol State. “We’ll have several college offices on hand, including Admissions and Advising. We’ll also have bilingual staff available for advising and translating in Spanish.”

ESOL classes are a popular subject at Hispanic Family Night. ESOL stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages. The classes provide a stepping stone for Spanish speaking people to build their skills in conversation, writing and reading. Vol State also manages the high school equivalency program (GED) and EL Civics program for Sumner County. Representatives will be on-hand to let people know about these free classes.

Refreshments will be served and there will be movies and fun to keep the kids entertained, so parents can have time to ask questions. Everyone is invited to attend. Hispanic Family Night will be held in the Thigpen Library on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. For more information call 615-230-3570 or in Spanish 615-230-4846.


La educación es el foco de La Noche Familiar Hispana del Colegio Comunitario Volunteer State
La educación es importante, pero el proceso de solicitud puede ser complicado. Volunteer State Community College tiene un evento que puede ayudar. La Noche Familiar Hispana tendrá información sobre las clases de inglés para hablantes de otros idiomas (ESOL) y también sobre los cursos de nivel universitario y los programas académicos. La Oficina de Admisiones, Ayuda Financiera y el Centro de Consejería estarán disponibles para contestar sus preguntas.

"La Noche Familiar Hispana en realidad es para toda la familia.” dijo Eric Melcher, Coordinador de Comunicaciones de Vol State. "Muchos adultos están interesados ​​en las clases de inglés o cómo volver a la escuela, y los adolescentes se están preparando para ir a la universidad. Vamos a tener consejeros que hablan español e inglés, para responder mejor a cualquier pregunta que puedan tener."

Se servirán refrescos. También habrá diversión para mantener entretenidos a los niños, mientras que los padres y los estudiantes de secundaria pueden tener el tiempo necesario para hacer preguntas. Todo el mundo está invitado a asistir. La Noche Familiar Hispana se llevará a cabo de 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm y las personas pueden pasar en cualquier momento que sea conveniente durante esas horas. Este evento se celebrará el martes, 18 de febrero en la Biblioteca Thigpen en Vol State, 1480 Nashville Pike en Gallatin. Es gratuito y abierto para todos. Para más información, llame al 615-230-4846 en español.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Math Tutoring Available in the Learning Commons

If you need help in Math, the Learning Commons has math tutoring available for many classes. Visit the Learning Commons front desk for a copy of the schedule. The Learning Commons is located inside of the Thigpen Library. Students in Learning Support classes at the time have first priority, and seating may be limited. We're told that afternoons, evenings and weekends are probably the best times for tutoring, although they do have morning hours.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Evening Services Serves as Link to Traditional College Life

Now more than ever, adults are venturing into a classroom setting. Because they may have other responsibilities, such as family and a full-time job, adults may not be able to attend classes like a traditional college student. The non-traditional student is typically described as 25 years old or older, but that is not always the case. A non-traditional student is usually someone that has postponed attending college for whatever reason. They may have to attend school during the evening. Evening classes provide an opportunity for working adults to pursue a degree.

Vol State's Evening Services department helps students to succeed, by offering access to some of the same services that are available to students during the daytime hours. This includes everything from academic advising to being able to socialize with other evening students.

Brenda Buffington, Director of Evening Services is the link between night and day.

"We try to make anything that is available, or most things that are available, to day-time students, to evening students," said Buffington. "Things like turning in needed paperwork, receiving advising, and getting parking decals."

Buffington is currently working on developing an orientation in the evening.

"Our orientation is currently geared toward students that are still living in the home with their parents."

I attended orientation before beginning classes here at Vol State. Being 29-years old and a mom, I was very uncomfortable because everyone in the meeting had their parents, I could not relate to the discussions or topics.

Check out the link below to understand why Brenda Buffington is so passionate about what she does.


Student Services offices are located in the Wood Campus Center room 217. Evening Services are available Monday-Thursday from 4:30 p.m. until  8:00 p.m. and until 5:30 p.m. on Fridays.


Vol State Events this Week

Vol State events this week:

Tuesday, February 11th
Trevecca Nazarene University representative AnnaGee Harris will be in the Wood Campus Center main hallway in front of Student Services 10:00am—2:00pm. 

Wednesday, February 12th
Lipscomb University representative Aaron Burtch will be in the Wood Campus Center main hallway in front of Student Services 9:00am—12:00pm. 

Lecture: “Abolitionists” by Carole Bucy, Thigpen Library 12:20pm

Soul Food Luncheon, 12:30PM-2:00PM, Nichols Dining Room, baked & fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, mac-n-cheese, sweet and unsweet tea

Thursday, February 13th
Tennessee State University representative Lynette Perry will be in the Wood Campus Center main hallway in front of Student Services 9:30am—11:00am.

Reflections on Black History, Ramer Great Hall, 12:30pm

Friday, February 14
Slam Poet: jon Goode, Cafeteria, 12:30pm