Friday, January 30, 2015

Traffic Changes for Main Gallatin Entrance May Start Next Week

Just a reminder that the traffic pattern for the main Gallatin entrance may change next week as part of the ongoing Humanities Building construction project. They are not sure of the exact start date yet, but please be prepared. You will still be able to enter and exit at that Nashville Pike entrance, but it will be down to one lane in each direction, and require lane shifting.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

TN Promise FAFSA Event Details

We welcome TN Promise students and family members coming to the TN Promise FAFSA meeting on Saturday, January 31 at 10 a.m. on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The event will be held in the Ramer Building and the Wood Campus Center. Use the main entrance to the college off of Nashville Pike (the one with the large electronic sign). Caudill Hall is at the top of the driveway. If you walk in at that entrance to the campus grounds there will be people to direct you to the correct building.

Students should be sure to bring: 
  • Student and parent Social Security Numbers
  • Student Driver's License or ID Card
  • Student 2014 Tax returns (and spouse if married) and W-2's 
  • If not a citizen: Alien Registration number or Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) 
  • Parent's 2014 Tax Return and W-2's
  • Any 2014 untaxed income information, such as child support
  • Current balance of cash, savings, and checking account (amount only)
  • Current net worth of your (and spouse's) business and investments
  • Your PIN (if you do not have a PIN, go to a few days before the workshop)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Drop/Add Reminders

We hope you are set with your classes, but if not, keep in mind that starting today students who wish to drop a class (while still remaining enrolled in at least one other class) must obtain a signature from their professor and complete a DROP/ADD/WITHDRAWAL FORM. After completion, the form should be taken to the Records Office. Students who wish to drop all of their classes, however, must speak with an Advisor/Counselor in the Advising Center (Ramer 174 in Gallatin, check with front desk in Livingston and Highland.) Dropping classes can impact Financial Aid, so check with them first to make sure you have enough hours.

This Student Didn't Skip Class - And Here's Why

Morgunn Siewak and his homemade E-bike.
A little ingenuity can go a long way, or to be more exact, 8.6 miles.

Morgunn Siewak found out he had car trouble recently, he knew he had to find a way to get to his 9:30 a.m. class. With no ride to speak of, Siewak — a computer information systems student and circuit board maker — took a look through his homemade electronics lab.

"I had a couple of old batteries I picked up at Goodwill for $6 each, a hub motor for another project I was working on, so I just decided I would cobble them together and make an E-bike," he said.

Cut to a few hours and zip ties later, Siewak's MacGyver-like skills got him to campus just in time for him to find a suitable place to recharge the batteries for the ride back home to Hendersonville. He was able to plug in at the Campus Police Department.

"I did my math right, and I was able to get here on a single charge, but just barely," Siewak said.

Assistant Chief of Police Angie Lawson said she was blown away by Siewak's determination to not miss his 9:30 a.m. class.

"This is extremely impressive to me that this student would go to this length to get here for one class," she said.

This won't be the last time Siewak brings his homemade E-bike to campus. He doesn't think his car will be fixed anytime soon.

"I can see this becoming a recurring issue, so I needed a semi-permanent solution to be able to get Vol State and back whenever," he said.

So, instead of missing class next time, take a page out of Siewak's book and get creative.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Don't Get Left Behind: Graduation Deadline is Feb. 1

You've likely spent at least a couple of years working towards a degree. You're not going to give it all up by falling behind, are you?

Spring graduation might be several months away, but the deadline to apply is less than a week away.
The final deadline to turn in your graduation application is Feb. 1, but Vol State's Office of Records and Registration will accept applications through Monday, Feb. 2. Students who apply by the final deadline date are expected to follow up with their advisors and DegreeWorks to ensure they have met the requirements to graduate.

Graduation analyst Amber Regan said it's extremely important for students who have yet to apply to use DegreeWorks via the My Vol State to audit themselves to make sure they aren't missing requirements they will need to graduate.

"Schedule an appointment with an advisor to go over your graduation packet and keep an eye on your DegreeWorks audit, because that's what I use to audit students and it's what I use to graduate students. If they see something that's missing or see something that's wrong on their degree works, they can talk to their advisor or contact me," Regan said.
To apply to graduate, you must have completed one of the following requirements: 30 hours toward an associate degree, half of the coursework required for a two or more semester certificate program, or are currently enrolled in a one semester certificate program.
Another important aspect of making sure everything is ready to go for graduation is double-checking to see if your major and catalog year are correctly filed with the Admissions office. Regan said DegreeWorks pulls the information for an audit based on what major is on file. If the major is incorrect, fill out the appropriate paperwork and turn it into the Admissions office.
If you don't apply by the final deadline, you will have to wait until the end of the summer semester to graduate.
Graduation packets can be picked up from the Records office, or they can be found online. For more information on graduation application, including a comprehensive checklist of prerequisites, visit the graduation page, or visit the Records office in Room 183 in the Ramer Administration Building. The office is open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Friday, January 23, 2015

FBI Warns of Student Work-at-home Scam

This news release comes from the FBI. There is nothing specific to our area. It's a general warning for college students:

13 January 2015
Alert Number 01132015a-PSA

FBI Warns of Fictitious ‘Work-from-home’ Scam Targeting University Students
College students across the United States have been targeted to participate in work-from-home scams. Students have been receiving e-mails to their school accounts recruiting them for payroll and/or human resource positions with fictitious companies. The “position” simply requires the student to provide his/her bank account number to receive a deposit and then transfer a portion of the funds to another bank account. Unbeknownst to the student, the other account is involved in the scam that the student has now helped perpetrate. The funds the student receives and is directed elsewhere have been stolen by cyber criminals. Participating in the scam is a crime and could lead to the student’s bank account being closed due to fraudulent activity or federal charges.   Here’s how the scam works:
  • The student is asked to provide his/her bank account credentials under the guise of setting up direct deposit for his/her pay.
  • The scammers will add the student’s bank account to a victim employee’s direct deposit information to redirect the victim’s payroll deposit to the student’s account.
  • The student will receive the payroll deposit from the victim’s employer in the victim’s name.
  • The student will be directed to withdraw funds from the account and send a portion of the deposit, via wire transfer, to other individuals involved in the scam.Consequences of Participating in the Scam:
  • The student’s bank account will be identified by law enforcement as being involved in the fraud.
  • The victim employee has his/her pay stolen by the scammers utilizing the student’s bank account.
  • Without the student’s participation, the scam could not be perpetrated, so he/she facilitated the theft of the paycheck.
  • The student could be arrested and prosecuted in federal court. A criminal record will stay with the student for the rest of his/her life and will have to be divulged on future job applications, which could prevent the student from being hired.
  • The student’s bank account may be closed due to fraudulent activity and a report could be filed by the bank.
  • This could adversely affect the student’s credit record.
Tips on how to Protect Yourself from this Scam:
  • If a job offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Never accept a job that requires the depositing of funds into your account and wiring them to different accounts.
  • Look for poor use of the English language in e-mails such as incorrect grammar, capitalization, and tenses.Many of the scammers who send these messages are not native English speakers.
  • Never provide credentials of any kind such as bank account information, login names, passwords, or any other identifying information in response to a recruitment e-mail.
  • Forward these e-mails to the university’s IT personnel and tell your friends to be on the lookout for the scam.

If you have been a victim of this scam, you may file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at Please reference this PSA number in your complaint.   The IC3 produced a PSA in May 2014 titled “Cyber-related Scams Targeting Universities, Employees, and Students,” which mentioned this scam. The PSA can be viewed at .

Vol State February Events Calendar

Vol State Events Calendar February 2015
All events are free, unless specified.

Jan. 29                         Unity Day: Dr. Thomas Bynum of MTSU on Black History, Caudill Hall, 12:30pm and 7pm
Ongoing                      Andy Dailey, art exhibit, Thigpen Gallery, 8am to 4:30pm, Mon.-Sat.
Feb. 2                          Lecture: “Created Equal: Loving v. Virginia” by Carole Bucy, Rochelle Center of Thigpen Library, 12:20pm
Feb. 4                          Honors: Student panel on digital technology, Thigpen Library, 12:20pm
Feb. 4                          Spoken Word Artist: Odd Rod, Cafeteria, 12:30pm
Feb. 10                        One Book: “American Promise” film, Thigpen Library, noon and 3:30pm
Feb. 11                        Transfer Day: Four-year school reps meet with students, Ramer Great Hall, 10:30am to 12:30pm
Feb. 11.                       Soul Food Luncheon, Nichols Dining Room, Noon
Feb. 12                        “Clearly You”, free laser crystal imaging, presented by Evening Services, Nichols Dining Room, 1:30pm to 7:30pm
Feb. 13                        Andy Dailey, artist gallery talk, Thigpen Library, 10am
Feb. 16                        One Book: Effects and possible solutions to the issue of “deadbeat dads”, Wemyss Auditorium, Caudill Hall, 12:30pm
Feb. 17                        Lecture: “Race, Slavery & American Values,” Grady Eades and Nancy Blomgren, Thigpen Library, 11:10am
Feb. 17-19                   Hispanic Family Week, Advising Center, Ramer 174, 8am to 7pm each day
Feb. 18                        Honors: Psychology panel on mental health, Thigpen Library, 12:20pm
Feb. 19                        Coffee with the Prez, Cafeteria, 10am-11am
Feb. 19                        Lecture: “Transcendentalist Communes in Fiction,” by Shellie Michael, Thigpen Library, 11:10am
Feb. 19                        Lunch and Learn, bring your own lunch, Nichols Dining Room, 12:30pm
Feb. 19                        Cumberland Nursing Program Info, Warf 110, 12:45pm-2:10pm
Feb. 24                        Lecture: “James Baldwin’s Politics of Love,” by Laura Black, Thigpen Library, 11:10am
Feb. 24                        One Book: Tense relationships between police and the African-American community, Nichols Dining Room, 12:30pm
Feb. 25                        Black History Recognition Luncheon, Nichols Dining Room, 12:30pm

Feb. 28                        Science Olympiad, area schools compete, campus-wide, all day

Andrew Dailey Art Exhibit at Thigpen Gallery

The Vol State Thigpen Library Gallery will display the work of Ohio artist Andrew Dailey in February. The show is called "Genus Machina."
Promotion for the artist describes his work this way: "Andrew Dailey's drawings explore themes of adaptation, evolution, truth and fiction. The Genus Machina drawings are an ongoing series that examines a hypothetical nexus between biological and technological adaptation. Each drawing in the series derives from the questionable notion that mankind could potentially "fix" or "improve upon" nature through the use of technology."
Dailey is from Dayton, Ohio. He teaches at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and works at the Rosewood Art Center. His work will appear at the Vol State Thigpen Library Gallery through February. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The gallery is closed on Sunday. Dailey will have a gallery talk on February 13 at 10 a.m. next to the Gallery. The Thigpen Library Gallery is located on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. For more information call 615-230-3201.

Pictured: A drawing titled “Elephant” by artist Andrew Dailey.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Important Vol State Gallatin Entrance Changes

The Humanities Building construction on the Vol State Gallatin campus moves to another level this week, and that means significant road closures and traffic changes.

There is currently a road closure going to and from the back entrance to the college at Greenlea. It will last for several months. When you come onto campus from the back entrance you will not be able to turn right and go towards Caudill and Wood. You will only be able to go left and head towards the back parking lots, Wallace South parking (employee and disabled only), the Art Building, and ultimately Pickel Field House. Students who have classes in the Science Field Station (Vet Tech and a few others) will only be able to approach from the back entrance and will be the only ones allowed to take a right turn to go to the Science Field Station.

Traffic may get congested near Pickel, so you may want to consider using the Gap Blvd entrance.

Starting the week of February 2 there will be lane closures at the main entrance to the college off of Nashville Pike. You will be able to enter and leave, but it will be down to one lane in each direction. It will be especially tough for people with larger pickup trucks and SUVs to navigate the tight turns required. These closures will last several months.

It would be best to consider long-term changes in how you get into the college and where you park. The back entrance to the college will remain an excellent way to park in the rear lots and probably have the least congestion. Gap Blvd. will be free from construction, but may get congested.

A reminder that the parking spaces in front of the construction trailer located in the TC-parking lot next to the tennis courts is construction parking only. Please do not park there, it's for construction workers. Thanks.

We know these changes will be an inconvenience for all of us. However, the Humanities Building is an important part of the college's future. We thank-you for your patience and understanding. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Vol State Hours Will Be Different for Tuesday, January 13

Tuesday, January 13 is Professional Development Day at Vol State. That means that the Gallatin offices will be closed in the morning and back open at 1pm. However, the Bookstore and Cashier's Office in Gallatin will be open all day as usual, with the bookstore open until 6pm. The Livingston campus will be open all day. The Highland Crest campus will be closed all day, with the exception of the bookstore, which will be open 9am to 2pm.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Open for Business - Get Ready for Spring Classes

Vol State offices are back open for business. We're here to help you get ready for Spring classes. They start on January 20. There is still time to register. New and readmit students need to apply first. That be be done online. If you need advising help you can visit any of our three campuses: Gallatin, Springfield and Livingston.

Fees for Spring classes are due January 9. You can pay online, in person or over the phone. Here are details. If you register for classes after January 9 you will need to pay when you register.

The Spring 2015 bookstore charge dates are shorter this year.  The dates are Jan. 13 &14, 2015.  Students with qualified financial aid will be able to begin charging once they’ve received the email saying that they qualify in their student email. Start checking on January 12. Students can charge at the Vol State Bookstore in person or by visiting the Bookstore online.

We look forward to having everyone back on campus!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Not Too Late to Apply and Register for Spring Classes

Registration is open now for returning students who want to take Spring classes at any of the Vol State locations. Fees will be due by January 9. If you register after the 9th the fees will be due when you register. You can pay online, in-person or over the phone at 230-3585.
There’s also still time for new students to apply and register at Volunteer State Community College for the spring semester. Spring classes start on January 20 and registration is open now. New and readmit students must apply to the College first. The application process can be completed online at or in person. Call 615-230-3688 for more information on how to get started. Vol State offers day, evening and Saturday classes in a variety of formats including online courses and hybrid courses, which combine traditional classroom meetings with online coursework. For a complete list of programs and classes visit