Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Graduation will be Streamed Live on the Internet

The Vol State graduation ceremony will be streamed live on the Internet once again this year. Graduation is scheduled for Saturday, May 10, 2014 starting at 10 a.m. The video will be streamed at www.volstate.edu/graduation

Monday, April 28, 2014

Pioneer Baseball and Softball Advance in Tourney - Big Games Friday

The Pioneers Baseball and Softball teams had a big weekend. They both advanced to the TCCAA Region 7 tournament next weekend (May 2-4) here at Vol State. The women play on Friday at 2pm versus Roane State. The men play at 10am Friday versus Motlow State. The games are free for everyone with a Vol State ID and just $5 for the public. Kids under 12 are always free. Be sure to get out there and cheer on the Pioneers!

Here are the brackets for next weekend (click on them for a larger view):

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New Vol State Original Music CD - Out This Weekend

Check out the latest release from Vol State student songwriters and musicians! The new CD "In Plain Sight" is coming out this weekend. Look for it at the Spring Showcase concerts this Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm in the Caudill Hall Wemyss Auditorium. The CD is $5 and the show is free with your Vol State ID. Just $5 admission for the pubic.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Students Perform Original Music, Jazz, Bluegrass, Country and Rock at Spring Showcase

The spotlight is on Volunteer State Community College songwriters and musicians for the annual Spring Showcase concert and CD release party. This year the show is based on the Vol State CD release titled “In Plain Sight.” The title refers to the exposure the CD will hopefully provide for student performers in the area. It features a number of musical styles performed by the Commercial Music Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Songwriting Class and the Bluegrass Ensemble- “Bluegrass Ablaze.” The CD will be available for sale at the show and at the Vol State Bookstore in Gallatin. It was recorded in the Vol State Recording Studio by students in the Entertainment Media Production program and Recording Industry Management program.

The Spring Showcase performances will be held on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wemyss Auditorium at Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus, 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. There is a suggested donation of $5 for admission, $10 for admission and a copy of the CD. The funds will be used for music scholarships. For further information please call 615-230-3201. For information about the Music Program at Vol State visit www.volstate.edu/music

Vol State Now Hiring Social Media Writer

Do you enjoy writing? Vol State is hiring a student Social Media Writer for next school year. This is a paid position. You need to be a good writer and be available to work 10-15 hours a week for both fall and spring semesters next year. Writing samples are required. Apply online now. Click this link and then click "Clerical Positions" and then the Social Media Writer posting. 

Vol State Events April 21-27

Vol State events this week:

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

Pre-Nursing Advising Session with Union University, Warf 110, 12:45pm
Baseball, versus Wallace, 2pm

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

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

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

Friday, April 25 
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

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

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

Sunday, April 27
Wag and Walk Fundraiser, Bring Your Dog, 2pm – 5pm, Gallatin main entrance, $10 per person

Friday, April 18, 2014

Congrats to Jenise Davis

Congrats to Jenise Davis, the freshman guard with the Lady Pioneers basketball team. She was voted to the NJCAA All-American 2nd team for the 2013-2014 women’s basketball season. Jenise finished the season averaging 24 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists per game. Leading the conference in both scoring and assist. Here is a link from the NJCAA page. Go Pioneers!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ramer Speech Contest Winners

Wednesday April 16, 2014, The Communication Department hosted the Hal R. Ramer Speech Contest. Dr. Hal Ramer was the founding president of Vol State. The contest was named in his honor to celebrate the achievements of students who share a passion for public speaking. The contest recognizes the outstanding public speaking skills of the Vol State students. The contest is presented each spring at Vol State.

1st Heather Thompson “The Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language”
2nd Maryanna First “The Harmful Effects of Hereditary Mutated Genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2”
3rd Stevie Hewgley “Donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charity”

Pictured from left to right: Heather Thompson, Maryanna First, and Stevie Hewgley.

Stay on Track to University - Use Tennessee Transfer Pathways

Stay on Track. Take the Classes You Need. Save Money. Graduate Earlier. Use Tennessee Transfer Pathways as one way to plan your college and university career. They can show you exactly what classes you need to take for a particular major, transferring from Vol State to a state or private university. Make sure your credits transfer for your degree. Here are the details.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Take Charge of Your College Career

Stay on track. Take the classes you need. Save money. Graduate earlier. How do you do it? Meet regularly with your academic advisor. Still having trouble? See the folks in the Advising Center in Ramer 174 or ask at the front desk of Livingston and Highland Crest. Use Degree Works on My Vol State to see what classes you will need for your degree. It's free and every student has access. It's under the academics tab and in the quick links.Take charge of your college career!

If you need help with Degree Works visit or call the Advising Center. 615-230-3702.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Vol State Career Fair Wednesday, April 23

A resume is only one tool in a job search these days. Online services, such as the LinkedIn business networking website, can be just as important. The Spring Job Career Fair at Volunteer State Community College will feature one-on-one help to show job seekers how to sign-up for LinkedIn and use the service in their search. The LinkedIn assistance will be available throughout the Job Fair.

Of course, the primary draw for the event is that dozens of employers will be on hand. All job seekers are invited to attend. Participants are encouraged to bring several copies of their resumes. The fair provides an opportunity for job seekers to talk directly with the people responsible for hiring at many area companies. There will also be a special session for military veterans called “Vets Next Steps” from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Pickel Field House room 130A. The discussion will focus on transitioning from the military to the civilian workforce. There is still space available at the fair for recruiters and businesses. They should visit www.volstate.edu/Placement for details.

The Spring Job Career Fair is free and open to all job seekers. It will be held in the gym at the Pickel Field House on Wednesday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vol State is located at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. For more information call 615-230-3307.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Vol State Events for this Week

Vol State Events April 14-20

Tuesday, April 15
Spring Honors Night, Nichols Dining Room, 6pm, for Honors Program members as well as students who are interested in the Honors Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, April 18
Campus Closed and no classes for Good Friday

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bluegrass Jamboree at Vol State on Saturday

The third annual Sumner County Bluegrass Jamboree is coming to Volunteer State Community College on Saturday, April 12 and everyone is invited to enjoy the free performances and competitions. The event is hosted by Vol State as part of the Bluegrass Music degree emphasis at the college. 

The competition begins at noon and people can sign up the morning of the competition, starting at 10 a.m.. Categories include: 

Beginner Fiddle (15 and under) 
Junior Fiddle (16-39)
Senior Fiddle (40 and up)
Beginner Guitar (15 and under)
Guitar (16 and up)
Beginner Mandolin (15 and under)
Mandolin (16 and up)
Beginner Banjo (15 and under)
Banjo (16 and up)
Beginner Dobro (15 and under)
Dobro (16 and up)              
Bluegrass Band  ($25 entry fee due day of competition)

Registration is $10 for instrumentalists and $25 for bands. The competitions are open to everyone. Sign-up will be held the day of the event starting at 10 a.m. There will be monetary prizes based on the number of registrations in each category and judging by bluegrass veterans. The public is invited to watch the players square off.

"Bluegrass music is inherently competitive, as it's often up tempo, always energetic, and the players are truly unplugged, forcing them to play with commitment and stamina,” said Vol State assistant professor Ben Graves, who organizes the event and runs the Bluegrass Program. “Bluegrass players play their instruments a lot, so there's an engrained spirit of competition in the tradition.”

The Jamboree will also feature jamming and free concerts in the afternoon. 

"Bluegrass musicians take their tradition very seriously and it comes through in the music,” Graves said.  “Most music lovers, or folks that value musicianship, usually find something to like or enjoy in the Bluegrass tradition because it's about as real as music gets.” 

The Sumner County Bluegrass Jamboree will be held from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. There is plenty of free parking. For more information visit http://www.volstate.edu/jamboree  or call 615-452-8600, extension 2936.

Attention Students - Name Changes for Fall Business Classes

For those of you registering for fall classes, the Business Division has changed the names of several courses. Please be aware of these changes before you go to look for fall classes:

Business Division Course Renaming – Effective Fall 2014
Original Course Number & Name
Revised Course Number & Name
BUS 155* Business Mathematics
BUSN 1320* Business Calculations
BUS 100* Job Readiness
BUSN 1000* Job Readiness
BUS 110* Introduction to Business
BUSN 1305* Introduction to Business
BUS 111* Keyboarding with Word Processing
BUSN 1302* Keyboarding with Word Processing
BUS 200T* Information Resources in Business
BUSN 200T* Information Resources in Business
BUS 222* Business Communications
BUSN 1310* Business Communications
BUS 251* Business Law
BUSN 2370* Legal Environment of Business
BUS 276T* Selected Problems in Business
BUSN 276T* Selected Problems in Business
MGT 120* Supervision Principles
BUSN 1380* Supervisory Management
MGT 200* Project Design and Management
BUSN 2385* Project Design and Management
MGT 264* Human Resources in Management
BUSN 2340* Human Resource Management
MKT 110* Principles of Marketing
BUSN 2380* Principles of Marketing
INFS 150* Microcomputer Spreadsheets
BUSN 1370* Spreadsheet Applications
BUS 280* Cooperative Work Experience
BUSN 2395* Business Applications

Monday, April 7, 2014

Registration Date Changes Because of Computer Problems

We apologize for the computer problems Monday morning. Summer and Fall class registration for current sophomores will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, April 8. General registration will start at 8 a.m. Registration for freshmen will be pushed back until Wednesday, April 9, also at 8 a.m. for general registration. 

Vol State Events for this Week

Vol State events for this week:

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

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

Tuesday, April 8
Transfer Day, colleges and universities on hand to talk about transfer, Ramer Great Hall, 10am-Noon,

Baseball, versus Motlow, 5pm

Thursday, April 10
STEM Expo for secondary school students, Gallatin campus

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

Baseball, versus Southwest, 3pm

Softball, versus Walters, 4pm

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

Saturday, April 12

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

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

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

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

Friday, April 4, 2014

Vol State Music from Gallatin to England

International Education is growing in ways we may have never expected, and tuneful ones at that.

The band Wabash is made up of Vol State students. They're cutting a CD in the Vol State recording studio and now, thanks to the Entertainment Media Production and International Education programs, they're trading video-taped recordings of songs with British bands. It's for for an international TV show that connects Gallatin college students to students in Exeter, England. The Vol State students, faculty and staff involved in the project set-up in the auditorium recently to tape a segment for the show.

"Exeter College faculty in England wanted to partner with us on this type of show," said Entertainment Media Production director, Steve Bishir. "We're sharing ideas for how to expand this in the future."

The TV shows is called "The Beat" and it's produced by students at Exeter. The Vol State students were taping segments of Wabash performing and being interviewed. Those cuts will be sent to England to be included as part of the show. Once it's done, "The Beat" will be seen on cable stations in Devon County, England and here in Middle Tennessee.

"We're doing two songs and students are doing it all," said Media Services director, Terry Heinen. They're shooting, directing and mixing it all, as well as playing."

And why Tennessee for a partner?

"Nashville means something in England, musically," said Bishir.

The experience is great for students, but it's also education for the faculty involved.

"We have found that we're ahead of our English counterparts in some areas of media curriculum and they're ahead of us in others," said Bishir. "It's a great chance for us to both grow."

The college radio stations at both schools will also be partnering in projects. The Exeter station wants Vol State music to play and our Vol State station, WVCP-FM, will play the local Devon bands.

The entire venture started with an International Education trip by former vice president of Academic Affairs, Bruce Scism. It shows that International Education is not just a matter of student trips overseas. It can be collaborations of all sorts, and involving many college programs. Those relationships take cultivation and the fruit of those labors is seen in projects like this one.

We'll have more info when "The Beat" airs here in Tennessee. And to our new British friends: we look forward to hearing your tunes!

For more info on International Education visit: www.volstate.edu/international

For more info on Entertainment Media Production visit: www.volstate.edu/entertainment

Fall and Summer Class Schedules Now Available Online

The summer and fall class schedules are now available for viewing on My Vol State. Early registration starts next week for current students. Sophomores (30 or more credit hours) on Monday and Freshmen (less than 30 hours) on Tuesday, both at 8am. registration for new student and readmits will start April 21. Yiou will have to apply to the college first if you are a new student or readmit. For those without access to My Vol State, you can view the schedules here.