Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Get Ready for Spring Classes - See Your Advisor Now

Spring semester may seem like a long way off, but priority class registration for current students opens up on November 9 for sophomores (30 credit hours or more) and November 10 for freshmen (less than 30 hours credit). That means you need to start planning what classes you want to take now.

Why is priority class registration important? Classes can fill up quickly. You want to make sure you get the classes you need for your major and degree, at the times that you want. Priority registration means that current students can register for spring classes before new students and the public. If you're taking classes this fall, you can priority register.

The steps are simple:

-Make an appointment to see your academic advisor.

-Your assigned advisor is listed on your My Vol State personal information page.

-Use Degree Works to figure out what classes you need for your particular degree and major. You can find it under the Academics tab on My Vol State.

-Meet with your advisor to make sure you know what classes you need to take next, using what you learned on Degree Works as a starting point.

-Pick the classes you need for your degree. If you stay on track with the correct classes for your degree and major you will save time, money and avoid frustration later. This is especially important for TN Promise and other financial aid students. You need to stay on a strict schedule to stay eligible. 

-Use College Scheduler on My Vol State to help you find the best class times for you and create a schedule.

-Take part in priority registration on your assigned date. It starts at 8 a.m. each day. Remember, this is just when priority registration opens. You have about two weeks before classes will open to the public. A lot of the best class times will go quite quickly, though.

If you have problems using Degree Works or College Scheduler you can visit the Advising Center for help. You can also call them at 615-230-3702.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Vol State Events this Week

Oct. 26                        University Visit: Tennessee Technological University, Wood Campus Center, 10am-2pm

Oct. 27                        University Visit: Middle Tennessee State University, Wood Campus Center, 10am-2pm

Oct. 27                        University Visit: Maryville College, Wood Campus Center, 9am-1pm

Oct. 27                        Food Day, local food advocates, farmers, pumpkin carving, Wood Campus Center, 11a-2p 

Oct. 28                        Fall Festival, Nichols Dining Room, 10am-2pm

Oct. 28                        World War Two Display, U.S., German, and Japanese military memorabilia, Great Hall in Ramer, 8am-4pm

Friday, October 23, 2015

Current TN Promise Students: You Have an Important December 1 Deadline

To continue your eligibility for the TN Promise scholarship you must complete eight (8) hours of community service each semester.  The deadline is coming up quickly: December 1, 2015. You must have your community service hours completed and recorded online by that date in order for you to remain eligible for the TN Promise scholarship during Spring 2016. You can contact nonprofit groups and your church for opportunities. We also have a list of area agencies on this web page
Once you have completed your community service hours you must record them on the TN Achieves website, linked here.
Don’t let your TN Promise scholarship get away! Do your community service hours now!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Food Day Events October 27 and 28 in Gallatin

There are several Food Day events coming up on the Vol State Gallatin campus on October 27 and 28th. Food Day is part of a national effort to improve our food system for health, sustainability, and social justice. Learn more here.

The Vol State events include:

October 27: Food Day Food Fair, 11am-2pm outside on the Library Lawn, including a sustainability pop-up art show, local food activists and a pumpkin carving contest. A discussion from 11am to Noon: "The Pioneeer Table: Food Across the Curriculum" in the Nichols Dining Room of the Wood Campus Center. 

Student posters about food issues, on both days in the Wood Campus Center Hallway.

October 28: Tours of the campus garden during the Fall Festival on the plaza.

Learn more about Food!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Planning to Transfer to University? Look Up Your Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP)

Freshmen and sophomores: If you are planning to transfer to a university you want to make sure that you are on the right path. Why? Taking the correct classes for your major will make transfer easier to university. You want to take the classes that you need and perhaps not take the classes that will not transfer to the university you choose.
How do you stay on track? The most important way is by seeing your advisor before you register each semester. That’s coming up soon. November 9 and 10 is priority registration for spring 2016, so it would be a good idea to see your advisor now. If you don’t know who your advisor is you can look it up on My Vol State under your contact information. If you have problems reaching your advisor contact the Division office for your major.
A great way to ensure that all of your Vol State credits transfer to a particular university program is by picking a Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP). With a Tennessee Transfer Pathway, community college students who want to complete a bachelor's degree are guaranteed that all of their credits will transfer to a particular public or private university program, if those students choose one of more than 50 different majors offering transfer pathways and take the correct courses. Even sophomores should take a look. Talk over what you see with your advisor.
With TTPs you can:
-Transfer seamlessly to a four-year institution
-Know which courses will count toward the completion of your particular major
-Maximize your credit transfer
-Be rest assured your credits will transfer
It’s easy to find out what programs are included for Vol State students and where those programs transfer. Just visit our web site:

Click on the link that lists the majors at the bottom of the page. It will show you which classes you need to take for that pathway. Underneath it will show the universities that participate in that transfer pathway. Not all universities have transfer pathways in every major area. You need to check carefully and talk it over with your advisor.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Chinese Music, Dance and Costumes November 8

Music, dance and colorful costumes will come to Volunteer State Community College on November 8 with a performance by the Chinese Music and Dance Troupe from Huang-Gang City, China. The show is sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Middle Tennessee State University and the Chinese Language Council International. The Vol State show will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall on the campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The show is free and open to the public. The performance is part of the International Education program at the College, bringing global culture and perspective to Vol State students, faculty, staff and the community. For more information call 615-230-3764.

Spring 2016 Class Schedule Now Available

Get ready for Spring class registration. The Spring 2016 Vol State Class Schedule is now available online in My Vol State and other locations. Priority registration is November 9 and 10. See your advisor soon.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Vol State Events this Week

Oct. 19                        University Visit: Western Kentucky University, Wood Campus Center, 9:00am—2:00pm.

Oct. 19                        Diversity Week: Movie and Discussion, Nichols Dining Room, 11:30am-2pm

Oct. 20                        University visit: Tennessee State University, Wood Campus Center, 10:00am—1:00pm.

Oct. 20                        Diversity Week: Male & Female Roles in Pop Culture, discussion, Ramer Hall, 12:45pm

Oct. 20                        Coffee with the Prez, Cafeteria, 10:30am-11:30am

Oct. 21                        Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Wood Campus Center, 10:00am—2:00pm.

Oct. 21                        Diversity Week: Religion and Christian Privilege, Ramer Great Hall, 11:30am-1pm

Oct 22.                        University Visit: University of Tennessee Knoxville, Wood Campus Center, 10:00am—2:00pm.

Oct. 22                        Ming Wang, ophthalmic surgeon shares life story, Caudill Hall, 11:15am

Oct. 23                        Diversity Week: Race Test, Nichols Dining Room and Cafeteria, 11am-3pm

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Diversity Week Events October 19-23

A wide-ranging line-up is planned for Diversity Week, October 19-23. These events are sponsored in conjunction with the Diversity and Cultural Awareness Committee.  Here's the line-up:

Dalia Lama Film 
DATE     Monday, October 19, 2015
TIME      11:30 am – 2:00 pm CDT
EVENT LOCATION            Wood Campus Center
ROOM  Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room B
A film featuring the Dalia Lama will be shown with discussion to follow facilitated by Kenny Westmoreland.  This event is sponsored in conjunction with the Diversity and Cultural Awareness Committee

Discussion: Male & Female Roles in Pop Culture
DATE     Tuesday, October 20, 2015
TIME      12:45 pm – 2:00 pm CDT
EVENT LOCATION            Ramer Administration Building
ROOM  Great Hall
Dr. Michael Torrence will lead the discussion. 

Discussion: Religion 
DATE     Wednesday, October 21, 2015
TIME      11:30 am – 12:30 pm CDT
EVENT LOCATION            Ramer Administration Building
ROOM  Great Hall
Professor Deborah Moore, Professor Sherri Person, and Professor Peter Pagan will make up the panel to discuss religion.  The talk will be facilitated by Dr. Kenny Yarbrough.  This event is being sponsored in conjunction with the Diversity and Cultural Awareness Committee

Race: Implicit Association Test
DATE     Friday, October 23, 2015
TIME      11:30 am – 1:00 pm CDT
EVENT LOCATION            Wood Campus Center
ROOM  Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room B
Instructor Jamie Fuston will administer and analyze the results of the Implicit Association Test which is a survey to help individuals understand their own perspectives of race and all that it implies.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fiesta Saturday now inside - Fiesta sabado ahora adentro

Due to cold weather the Fall Fiesta at Vol State on Saturday, October 17 will be held inside the Pickel Field House on campus. We will have all of the food, music and fun, just warmer. The soccer contest will still be held outside.
Debido a las condiciones frías del tiempo, La Fiesta de Vol State para este sábado 17 de octubre, tendrá lugar en el Gimnasio del Edificio Pickel Field en Vol State. Tendremos toda la comida, música y diversión en un ambiente más agradable. El torneo de fútbol tendrá lugar afuera como siempre.
Everyone is invited to celebrate Hispanic culture on Saturday, October 17 as Volunteer State Community College holds the ninth annual Fall Fiesta at Vol State. The free event features food, music and fun. New this year is a Latin dance exhibition and contest conducted by dance instructors from Nashville. Food is always a big part of the Fiesta. The food contest provides a venue for people to showcase their favorite dishes..
“There are so many different countries that make up what we call Hispanic,” said Eric Melcher, Vol State coordinator of communications. “Food is a great way to show-off countries and their cultural heritage. The food contest is open to everyone and we have prizes for the winners. After judging, the food samples are given away to the public.”
In addition to the food cook-off contest at 11 a.m., there will be a free Mexican lunch and drinks starting at noon. The family event includes a soccer tournament, live music, a dance group, art activities, and plenty of fun games for kids.
The Fall Fiesta at Vol State will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Volunteer State Community College campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin in the Pickel Field House.  The Fall Fiesta is free and open to everyone.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Students Hear from Music Industry Leaders

Gaining perspective is always helpful when trying to choose a specific career path, and Volunteer State Community College students had the chance to hear some great advice on how to get ahead from some music industry leaders Tuesday.
Company executives from Solid State Logic, a leading manufacturer of high-end recording consoles, were on hand Tuesday as part of Vol State's Music Business Lecture Series. Don Wershba, senior vice president of North American operations, and Piers Plaskitt, SSL vice president, each gave presentations on the history of the company, and career advice for how to get a job within the industry once students are done with school.
Music production students Taylor Matson and Gamy Ventura said having these types of lectures gives them some insight on what to expect from the very industry they might choose to work in. 
"With any job or career, it starts out with opportunities that might have you going outside the lines. It's really a matter of perspective and taking into consideration other people's perspective," Ventura said.