Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Free Summer Bridge Helps New Vol State Health Students...Sign Up Now

New students considering Health Sciences programs at Vol State can get a head start on their college career and extra help in getting ready for college. The free program is called Summer Bridge and it's organized by the Rx-Tennessee Program and the Vol State Health Sciences Division. It’s designed for new students who will require what are called Learning Support classes; courses to get students up to college-level in math or English.
“The Summer Bridge is designed to help students test out of Learning Support requirements during the summer prior to their first semester at Vol State, so they can move right into college-level classes and begin taking the classes that are required for the Health Sciences program of their choice,” said Adam McKeever-Burgett with RX-Tennessee. 
McKeever-Burgett says the Bridge Program could save time and money for students.
“Pre-Health Sciences students who have to take Learning Support courses often have their applications delayed by one calendar year while they take those courses; the Bridge Program hopes to decrease the number of students that get caught in that holding pattern,” McKeever-Burgett said. 
Bridge participants will be on the Gallatin campus for four hours a day, Monday through Friday, from July 7 to August 1, receiving test preparation from Math and English faculty and participating in college success workshops. The goal is to have students do well in the Compass test, which can allow them to test out of Vol State Learning Support classes.
The free program is capped at 30, so students are encouraged to apply now. Interested students should visit the website If you have questions, email Adam McKeever-Burgett at or call 615-230-3624.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Collegiate Ministry Helps Out Hurricane Victims on Long Island

Hurricane Sandy tore through New York and New Jersey on October 29, 2012. A year-and-a-half later some residents are still rebuilding. Recently, Vol State students and faculty members with Collegiate Ministry traveled to Long Island to help. Six students and faculty advisor Cindy Chanin spent several days helping an elderly woman who ran out of flood insurance money and assisting a man who was repainting his house on an Indian reservation.

The work was done as part of the North American Mission Board. It’s not the first time Collegiate Ministry has gone to action to help people after a big storm. They made a mission trip to the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and have participated in many other such projects.

Is College Worth the Money?

Is college worth the money? A new study says yes. Here's an article in the New York Times that explains.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Final Grades and Diploma Info

First, congratulations everyone on what hopefully was another successful semester for you! We know everyone has been working hard. Your final grades should be available for viewing next Thursday on My Vol State. How does that work for graduation? Graduates won't receive a diploma Saturday, only a diploma holder. Once final grades are calculated and the system does a process, the diplomas will be available at the Records office. Visit for the details.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Vol State Students on the Finish Line at the Country Music Marathon

Vol State students take a brief break before things heat up at the Country Music Marathon.
Vol State Emergency Medical Services students and faculty were once again on the front lines of medical care at the Country Music Marathon a few weeks ago in Nashville. Or should we say the finish line? Between 40 and 50 EMT and Paramedic students staffed the finish line medical tent. This year, there was a particularly urgent case, and two Vol State students helped to make the diagnosis.

“We had a patient stumble in and we thought it would be the usual dehydration case,” said paramedic student Josh Baker.

The students sat him down and went through their usual procedures for runners in distress, including having the patient drink a Gatorade/salt mixture and using cooling towels.

“He said he was feeling better, so we sat him up and then we noticed that his right arm and leg were not moving,” said student Jennifer Earp.

The students were concerned that there was something else going on, medically. They called over their Vol State instructor, Kevin Alspaugh and Dr. John Nixon, the medical director for Vol State EMS.

“In a few minutes the patient couldn’t talk and had no motor function,” said Baker.

The runner was apparently suffering from a stroke and the Vol State folks knew that immediate transport was necessary.

“It’s time-sensitive,” said Baker. “There’s only a certain window to fix it or stop it.”

The patient was transported to an emergency room and then transferred to Vanderbilt Medical Center intensive care.

Alspaugh says that such a case is unusual during a marathon and not something medical workers are initially looking for.

“There are three primary things we look for, sudden death, and that seems strange, but marathon runners have an unusual risk of a certain type of sudden death. But we’re mainly looking for heat related emergencies and hyponatremia. Some of the new runners over-hydrate by drinking too much water.”

This is the fifth year that Vol State students have served at the Marathon medical tents. With 30,000 runners in the races, it provides a unique situation for student learning.

“I’ve never worked at a large event like that, “said Baker. “You get to see a whole range of problems coming in.”

EMS director Robert Davis says the Vol State students had the opportunity to work with new medical students from Meharry Medical College this year. Next year, the Vol State crew may be staffing the main medical tent in this ongoing partnership with the Country Music Marathon.

Kevin Alspaugh and Jennifer Earp