Monday, March 31, 2014

Science and Math Expo Features Hands-on Activities for Kids - Thursday, April 3

One of the best activities around for kids and parents is coming up this Thursday at Vol State. Dipping balloons in liquid nitrogen and LEGO engineering are fun activities, but they can also help kids develop a love for science. Those are just two of more than fifty hands-on activities for kids this year at the Volunteer State Community College Science and Math Expo. It’s the thirteenth year for the event and this year the theme is “STEMtastic!” STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. It’s considered among many educators to be one of the most important academic areas for job growth and economic development in the nation.

“Kids are already excited about STEM fields but not from a major or career point of view,” said event co-organizer Glenn McCombs. “They have an innate curiosity, especially in the elementary and early middle school years, and are typically fascinated by how the world works.”

The Expo is designed for kids from kindergarten through middle school. Many of the activities are put together by Vol State Science and Math students, who gain a new perspective on science and math education.

“School teachers are stuck with state standards and testing outcomes so it isn't easy to fit in the cool stuff,” said McCombs. “Our advantage is that we have great Vol State students, who can really relate to the kids and make it one hundred percent fun.”

Hundreds of kids and parents explore science each year at the Expo. There will be demonstrations covering subjects from chemistry to environmental science. Those activities will include a bungee cord competition and the Vanderbilt University Astronomy Roadshow Planetarium.

The Vol State Science and Math Expo will be held on Thursday, April 3 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. It will take place in and around the Wallace Health Sciences Building- North on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The event is free and open to everyone. For more information call 615-230-3261.

Get Tickets Now for a Night in Italy - April 11 and 12

Close your eyes and imagine enjoying an Italian dinner while being serenaded by the Vol State Singers. You don’t have to imagine. Volunteer State Community College students will present “A Night in Italy” on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 at the Ramer Great Hall on the Vol State campus in Gallatin at 6:30 p.m. The menu is an Italian buffet. The entertainment is solo vocal and choral music. Tickets are on sale now. The $20 tickets must be purchased in advance at the Humanities Division office in the Ramer Building room 101 on the Vol State campus, 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The proceeds will benefit the Visual and Performing Arts scholarship fund. For more information call 615-230-3201.

Vol State Events March 31-April 6

Vol State events this week:

Ongoing Sumner County Elementary Art Exhibit, Ramer Great Hall, through April 6, reception April 3 at 3:30pm

SGA Elections are Monday, March 31, and Tuesday, April 1. Elect your student representatives. There will be a table set up in the main hallway of the Wood Campus Center from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM both days. On the ballot this year is also a Referendum to increase the Student Activity Fee from $10 to $14. The increase would allow for more quality activities for the student body to participate in. Make sure you vote!

Monday, March 31
Tennessee Technological University representative Dennis Tennant will be in the Wood Campus Center main hallway in front of Student Services 10:00am—2:00pm.

Softball, versus Harper, 11am

Tuesday, April 1
Union University representative Renee Dauer will be in the Wood Campus Center main hallway in front of Student Services 10:00am—2:30pm

Lecture: “Room for Everyone: The Gay and Lesbian Experience” by Kathy Halbrooks and Deb Moore, Mattox room 104, 12:45pm

Wednesday, April 2 
Tennessee State University representative Lynette Perry will be in the Wood Campus Center main hallway in front of Student Services 9:30am—11:00am. 

Lecture: “Star Trek” by Laura Black, Nichols Dining Room, 12:20pm

Thursday, April 3 
WWII Display by Peter Johnson, Nichols Dining Room, 8am to 3:45pm

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.

Science and Math Expo, for kids and parents, Wallace Building North, 2:30pm to 6pm

Elementary Art Exhibit Reception, Ramer Great Hall, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Friday, March 28, 2014

Vol State Events Calendar for April and May

Vol State April and May Events Calendar 2014

All events are free, unless specified.

Ongoing          Sumner County Elementary Art Exhibit, Ramer Great Hall, through April 6

April 1             Lecture: “Room for Everyone: The Gay and Lesbian Experience” by Kathy Halbrooks and Deb Moore, Mattox room 104, 12:45pm

April 2             Lecture: “Star Trek” by Laura Black, Nichols Dining Room, 12:20pm

April 3             WWII Display by Peter Johnson, Nichols Dining Room, 8am to 3:45pm

April 3             Science and Math Expo, for kids and parents, Wallace Building North,

2:30pm to 6pm

April 3             Elementary Art Exhibit Reception, Ramer Great Hall, 3:30pm-5:30pm

April 7             Student Showcase, arts and crafts, Wood Campus Center Hallway, 10am to 1pm, 4pm to 6pm

April 7             Lecture: “The Lonesome Democracy of American Poets” by Matthew McDonald, Mattox 104, 12:20pm

April 8             Baseball, versus Motlow, 5pm

April 10           STEM Expo for secondary school students, Gallatin campus

April 11           Avancemos Juntos Hispanic Higher Education Conference, 7:30am-3pm, Nichols Dining Room, RSVP required at

April 11           Lecture: “The Poetics of Consciousness” by Thomas Mether and Melissa Fox, Mattox 135, 10:10am

April 11           Baseball, versus Southwest, 3pm

April 11           Softball, versus Walters, 4pm

April 11, 12     “A Night in Italy”, dinner and concert, Ramer Great Hall, 6:30pm, $20 advance tickets are required through Humanities, 615-230-3201

April 12           Sumner County Bluegrass Jamboree, free performances, register for competitions, Caudill Hall, 10am to 6pm

April 12           Vol State Family Day, Easter Egg Hunt, Library Lawn, 11am

April 12           Vol State Home Plate celebration, baseball and softball games at noon, free food

April 15           Honors Night: celebration and information for students considering the honors program, Nichols Dining Room, 6pm

April 16           Lecture: “Hispanic Immigration: Misconceptions and Truths”, by Jaime Sanchez, Mattox 104, 12:20pm

April 16           Honors Student Presentations, Nichols Dining Room, 12:20pm

April 16           Music Department show at the Whippoorwill on the Square in Gallatin, 6:30pm

April 17           Coffee with the Prez, Cafeteria, 10am-11am

April 17           Spring Fling, Plaza and Library Lawn, 10am to 2pm

April 17           Pre-Nursing Advising Session with Belmont University, Warf 110, 12:45pm

April 22           Vol State Student Art Exhibit, Thigpen Library and Ramer Great Hall, continuing through May

April 22           Pre-Nursing Advising Session with Union University, Warf 110, 12:45pm

April 22           Baseball, versus Wallace, 2pm

April 23           “The American Empire and the Consequences for Humanity” by Michael Lenz, Nichols Dining Room, 12:20pm

April 23           Vets Next Steps, advice for veterans, Pickel Field House room 130A, 9:30am

April 23           Job Career Fair, Pickel Field House Gym, 10am to 1pm

April 25, 26     Music Department Spring Showcase Concert, Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall, 7:30pm, free with Vol State ID, $5 suggested donation for public, $10 with copy of the spring music CD

April 26           Commercial Music Ensemble, Gallatin Square Fest, Gallatin Square, Noon

May Events Calendar 2014

May 2              Student Services Graduate Awards, Cafeteria and Nichols Dining Room, 5:30pm

May 3              Vol State Cycling Classic, scholarship fundraiser, start 8:30am and after, Vol State campus in Gallatin, registration required, visit

May 10            Graduation, Pickel Field House, 10am, tickets required

Financial Aid and Scholarship Priority Dates Coming Up Soon

Are you applying for Financial Aid and scholarships? There are a couple of priority dates you should know about. Notice we said dates, not deadlines. People can apply for financial aid and scholarships throughout the year. But if you have your FAFSA (federal financial aid application) turned in by April 1 you will have all of your financial aid worked out well ahead of time and you can apply for private scholarships through the foundation, and have the best shot at getting that money as well. That priority date is also April 1. Here is a link for more info and the scholarship application.

It comes down to this: if you can't get your FAFSA and Scholarship applications in by April 1, just get them done as soon as possible. The sooner you get them done, the better off you will be, and the more money you will be eligible for. If you have more questions visit the Financial Aid website

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Important Graduation Info for You

Commencement is Saturday May 10, 2014 and there are several things that you need to be aware of. We are placing everything you need to know on the Vol State website. The link to connect you to this important information is below as well as some key dates.

• Website Link:

• Contact the Bookstore for your Cap & Gown by April 1 – Ask about sizing options if you fall outside the range of small, medium or large in height or weight

• Complete all required Exit Exams by the end of your graduating term

You will receive five tickets to graduation. We know this makes it tough deciding who can attend, but the gym is always filled to capacity and we have to make sure it's safe for everyone. If you wish to request more tickets we advise you to do that right away. The form you need to fill out is on the Commence Ceremony web page, which is a sub-page to the one listed above.

• Graduates’ Awards Night – May 2, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m., Mary Cole Nichols Dining Rooms. Please RSVP by April 18.

• Rehearsal – May 9, 10:00 a.m., Gymnasium

• Commencement – May 10, 10:00 a.m., Gymnasium

Get ready for Summer and Fall Class Registration

It’s time to talk to your advisor. Summer and Fall class registration for current students begins on April 7 for sophomores (more than 30 credit hours) and April 8 for freshmen. Register early and get the classes you want at the times you need! The class schedules should be posted next week. If you are not sure who your advisor is, check in with the Division office for your major or visit the Advising Center in Ramer 174.

If you are new to the college or didn't take classes this semester you will be able to register starting on April 21.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Vol State Events March 24-29

The Vol State events calendar for this week:

Monday, March 24
Western Kentucky University representative Christian Montgomery will be in the Wood Campus Center hallway by the Bookstore 10:00am—3:00pm.

Tuesday, March 25
Trevecca Nazarene University representative AnnaGee Harris will be in the Wood Campus Center main hallway in front of Student Services 10:00am—2:00pm.

Baseball, versus Bethel, 3pm

Softball, versus Calhoun, 1pm

Thursday, March 27
Lindsey Wilson College representative Danette Hurley will be in the Wood Campus Center main hallway in front of Student Services 9:00am—3:00pm.

Honors Lecture: “Women and Pop Culture” by Carole Bucy and Stella Pierce, Nichols Dining Room, 12:20pm

Lecture: “The deaf Community: Diverse and Divided” by Cindy Chanin, Mattox 104, 12:45pm

Friday, March 28
Alumni Breakfast, free for all alumni, Thigpen Library-Rochelle, 7:30am-9:30am

International Education Presentation: “Examining the Current Situation in the Ukraine” by Dr. Max Melnikov of Cumberland University, Dr. Melnikov is a native of Ukraine and witnessed the breakup of the former Soviet Union, Mattox Room 102, 2:30pm

Baseball, versus Columbia State, 1pm

Softball, versus Columbia State, 4pm

Saturday, March 29
Baseball, versus Columbia State, Noon

Softball, versus Columbia State, 1pm

Friday, March 21, 2014

Art Exhibits Allows Well-Established to Beginner Artists Shine

Art work in the Thigpen Library
Many of you do not know that Vol State has the Thigpen Library Gallery and the Ramer Great Hall to display art work. In some ways, you can say that Vol State has it's very own art gallery.

Art work from elementary students
"Our goal is to expose our students, faculty, staff, and community at large to local artists,"said Britt Stadig, faculty member of Vol State's Art Department. "We want to demonstrate the diversity, talent, experience, and themes that the artists explore. We try to explore all mediums from sculpture and painting, to digital print making and photography."

The art exhibits range from well-established artists to elementary age artists just starting out on the path to life in the arts.

Currently, the elementary show is located in the Ramer Great Hall and includes art work from students in Sumner County elementary schools.
Art Work in the Ramer Great hall

In April, the Art Department will host their annual VSCC student art exhibit. It will consist of a wide range of art work from paintings,drawings, and photographs.

"We are always pleased and proud to showcase the talents of Vol State's own," said Stadig.

The art work from students will be a juried exhibition. The work will be chosen by an outside and impartial judge who is a professional artist.

Also, you can still check out "Animal Imagery in Art" until April 30th in the Thigpen Library Gallery. This exhibit will be compromised of photographs, painting, prints, graphic design, and sculpture from local exhibiting artists' who explore animal imagery in their work.The exhibit showcases contemporary examples of how artists continue to explore the animal in art.
Animal Imagery in Art located in Thigpen Library Gallery

So whether you are passing through between classes or are just curious about the different pieces of art that will be on display, I'd definitely recommend it.

It is impressive the talent that the elementary students' art  provides as well as the art work from our own students, and professional level artists.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Save A Life Tour Comes to Vol State

 When you are driving down the road and you get that notification of a text message, knowing it is wrong for you to look at the message and may even reply.

Distracted driving has bypassed drunk driving as a safety concern for the driving public. Still, we text,check Facebook, and email while driving. As we take our eyes off the road in front of us to glance at our phone, we are playing Russian roulette with other peoples lives as well as our own.

On Wednesday March 26th in Weymss Auditorium from 1:30 P.M to 7:30 P.M,  Kramer Entertainment Group is bringing their Distracted Driving Awareness Program to campus.

The program was developed due to distracted driving becoming a rising problem on our nation's roadways over the years. During the presentation, students and faculty can expect to get the full effect of the consequences of texting and driving. The presenters will use cutting-edge technology, video display, and live personal presentation and interaction.

"As I drive down the highways, I have noticed more adults not teenagers are texting,talking on the phone, and just looking at their cell phone more than they are at the road,"said Brenda Buffington, Director of Evening Services.

She hopes that the Vol State community will take the presentation and change their driving habits to be more safe.

"I want everyone to be more aware of what they are doing behind the wheel,"continued Buffington.

Please stop by the Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall on Wednesday March 26 between 1:30 P.M and 6:30 P.M.and check out the presentation.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Vol State Events March 17-22

Tuesday, March 18

Lecture: “New Pioneers-The Renegade Culture of the DIY” by Alyssa Dawson, Mattox 104, 12:45pm

Wednesday, March 19

Women’s History Tea, speakers and lunch. Nichols Dining Room, 12:30pm RSVP to

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

Thursday, March 20

Coffee with the Prez, ask questions and get answers, Cafeteria, 10am-11am

Lecture: “Thomas Jefferson: Intellect, Architect and Musician” by Patrick McGuffey, Mattox 104, 12:45pm

Saturday, March 22

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

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Spring Break Info

Despite the winter weather, spring break is next week! There will be no classes held from March 10-15, on any of the campuses. However, most campus offices will be open, as usual. The Learning Commons will follow the same Spring Break schedule as the Thigpen Library.

Saturday, March 8 --- 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday, March 10 – Friday, March 14 --- 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday, March 15 – Closed

Have fun and get some rest! We're half-way through the semester!

LGBTQI Rally Thursday

Vol State is hosting a LGBTQI (Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual,Transgender,Questioning,and Intersex) awareness rally tomorrow,Thursday March 6.

Dr. Kenny Yarbrough, Director, Student Life and Diversity Initiatives, is the brain behind this event. He hopes to raise awareness for these communities and help bring our campus together no matter what our differences are.

"My role at the college as Director of  Diversity Initiatives prompts me to continue to educate not only our students but the entire college as well. I am hoping that this day enlightens all of the needs of the LGBTQI communities,"said Yarbrough.
"I want to start bringing programming to our campus to raise our social awareness.Universities across the country have similar events and I want to expose our students to that level of programming," continued Dr.Yarbrough.

Regardless of what personal beliefs that people may have, we can arrive at the same conclusion that we are all human, and should be treated with equality. The LGBTQI rally hopes to bring that type of unity and awareness during the rally.

The rally will also feature guest speaker, Dr. Derrick Tennial, author and assistant director of curriculum and instruction at Georgia Perimeter Community College. Tennial will host a presentation on his latest book titled,"Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Author Dr. Derrick Tennial,will the guest speaker at rally.
"Dr. Tennial is a published scholar and author,"said Yarbrough."He has written several books on what is acceptable of LGBTQI and is an up and coming speaker."

In addition to "Dont Ask,Don't Tell", Tennial has wrote " Marginalized Men", which are stories about same- gender loving African American ministers. His second book, "Be Reconciled", deals with pertinent issues among the same-sex community.

I asked Dr. Yarbrough what he hopes that students and member of the Vol State Community will receive from this event.

"We all have basic needs and wants,wanting to belong is one of those. Everyone has that right to have the feeling of belonging.""We can choose how to live and even believe what we wish;but everyone should have that right."

"This event is designed to bring awareness not only to the communities themselves but also their individual plights and concerns, and how they equate to being a student.

The rally will begin at 12:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m. in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room. Following the presentation, Dr. Tennial will hold an open discussion on issues related to the LGBTQI community.Refreshments will be served following the presentation, which is free and open to all students.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Student Completes Learning Support Class In Two Weeks

When obstacles emerge for most college students, the first place to turn to are parents. But for a lot of Vol State students that is not always an option. For student Tanisia Osborne, adversity struck her at the most inconvenient time, when she had to buy her books for classes. The price of those books was high,especially for her math class.Tanisia's heating unit stopped working at the same time that she had to buy books for her classes. So she had two options: Pay for her books for the semester or repair her heating unit to keep her family warm.

"I could not receive financial aid, so my options were limited. I took of advantage of using a temporary code that was available. I had 14 days to complete it, so I did what I had to do" said Osborne. "I chose to take care of my family." `

So, with consistency, determination, and many late nights she completed each module, quiz, and test within the 14-day trial period, passing with no problem.

"Having a great support system and a great instructor is important,"she continued. " I am thankful for Dr. Kimberly Caldwell for taking the time to explain the math, every step and  process to how I can understand it"                

Tanisia took an obstacle and turned it into an accomplishment. As students we are faced with hardships everyday. As I spoke with Tanisia, I took a look at my personal struggles with school, work and family. I realized that my success is truly up to me and no one else.

Vol State events calendar for this week:

Here is the Vol State events calendar for this week:

Tuesday. March 4
Reflections on Women’s History, Rochelle Center of Thigpen Library, 12:30pm

Wednesday, March 5
Lecture: “Revival of the Counterculture” by Michael Lenz, Nichols Dining Room, 12:20pm

Dash for Dollars Game Show, Cafeteria, 12:30pm

Thursday, March 6
LGBTQI Awareness Rally and discussion on the awareness of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex individuals. We will have a guest speaker: Dr. Derrick Tennial who is the Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Georgia Perimeter Community College, Nichols Dining Room, 12:45pm

Friday, March 7
Lecture: “Murder at Bellamy Cave” by Dr. Joe Douglas 12:20pm, Rochelle Center of Thigpen Library

Women in Higher Education in Tennessee (WHET) Regional conference, Nichols Dining Room, 8am to 4pm

March 10-15
Spring break, no classes