Thursday, July 31, 2014

Criminal Justice Students Get Amazing Access in England

Vol State students have been traveling the globe this summer for travel study. Criminal Justice Director, Kevin Cook, taught a class in England, and they did some pretty cool stuff. Here is a report from Kevin:

This summer Vol State students studying Criminology with TnCIS (Tennessee Consortium for International Studies) through a class taught by myself, had exclusive access to 10 Downing Street the residence and cabinet office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The class topic was a discussion of threat assessment and security for the Prime Minister. 10 Downing Street is equivalent to visiting the White House-Oval Office. Many U.S. Presidents, foreign leaders and the Queen of England have taken the iconic picture in front of the door at 10 Downing.

My students also had the honor of attending a lecture in Experimental Criminology at the University of Cambridge. The students and I were surprised when they were asked to participate in small group exercises with high ranking senior law enforcement officials from throughout the Commonwealth (Australia, Scotland, England) in developing methodologies and theories in decreasing crime. Students toured and received a lecture at the U.S. Embassy in London presented by the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service. They used that experience to complete a research paper on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.

Additionally, students visited New Scotland Yard and met Constable Fletcher, a Strategic Analyst for Counter Terrorism with the London Metropolitan Police Department.

Interested in travel study for next year? Check out the website for details. There are mandatory sessions that will be held this fall and applications that will need to be filled out.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Get an Updated Gallatin Campus Map

Are you new to the Gallatin campus? We have a map that can help you find buildings and parking areas. It's recently updated and available online. You can also find a printable version online. We always have a stack of printed copies available in the Ramer Building Great Hall, as well. Have a great semester and if you get lost, feel free to ask any faculty, staff or students you see for help.

Our Highland Crest and Livingston campuses are smaller, so if you need help getting around, just check in with the front desk and they can help.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vol State Alumni Band Video Goes Viral

It’s surprising what you can do with a voice, a guitar and a really interesting room. Members of the band Wabash have attended Vol State and now they’re garnering national attention for singing in a grain bin. It’s more than just a gimmick. The acoustics of the metal bin, combined with the soaring vocal of Brandon McDuffee and soulful blues guitar of current student Quinn Bible, make this a must see clip on You Tube. Many other sites have picked it up as well. Bible and McDuffee play by themselves in this particular clip. The rest of the band includes brothers Alex and Luke McDuffee, and James Alan on drums. Alan actually did the video taping of the grain bin performance.

“It was the perfect song for that setting,” Alan said. “It’s amazing what an idea on a whim can do.”

The reaction has been exciting. The clip has more than 44,000 views on You Tube from people all over the world.

“We’ve been getting views from Australia, Malaysia, Japan and Ireland,” said Quinn. “It’s just us doing our thing. Hopefully people will keep enjoying the music.”

“It’s fun, it’s exciting,” said McDuffee. “I didn’t think that was going to happen.”

The band cut material last year in the Vol State recording studio and just finished a new EP in the studio. Vol State student Nikki Lawrence mixed their first release and Vol State Director of Entertainment Media Industry Programs engineered the latest material himself. The band has just decided to officially release the grain bin performance, as well.

Thanks to the Entertainment Media Production and International Education programs, Wabash traded video-taped recordings of songs with British bands for an international TV show called “The Beat.” It’s produced by students at Exeter College in England.

Next up, is a gig at the well-known rock club The End in Nashville on July 31 and hopefully, they say, touring after that. We don’t know if any grain bins are being considered as venues.

Take a moment to listen to the performance (or click on play above) and if you enjoy it, consider visiting the band’s Facebook page. Here's a link to the latest EP.