Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Important Dates for Holidays and Spring Semester

Spring semester is right around the corner. Here are some important dates to get you started. Do you want the full list? Visit the Vol State calendar.

Vol State offices will be closed for the Holidays from Dec. 24-January 2 and back open Monday, January 4.

Current students can register at any time on My Vol State. New students can apply to the college online at any time at

Spring class fees are due January 8

Gallatin campus offices will be closed in the morning and open at 1 p.m. for Professional Development Day January 12. The main campus Business Office and the Bookstore will be open for normal hours all day. Livingston, Springfield and Cookeville will be open for normal hours.

All campus locations will be closed January 18 for MLK, Jr. Holiday

Spring classes start January 19

Spring Break is March 7-12.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

New Free Program Can Help Adult Learners

We have a new program for adult learners at Vol State. What's an adult learner? It can be anyone who spent a couple of years out of school before attending college. That means 20-65 years old. Here's the invite- and it's for everyone, not just new students:
We would like to invite you to participate in a Launch & Learn informational program designed for adult learners.  This program is geared to familiarize adults with the services and resources available at Vol State in order to make your education experience a little bit easier.  The process of starting college may seem intimidating or even overwhelming.  Our goal is to provide guidance to help lessen the stress of going back to school and to help you navigate towards success. 
These programs are scheduled for:
-January 13th, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
-January 14th, 2016 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
If you are interested in attending one of these sessions please register with us by January 8th, 2016. 
You may register by emailing Briggette Moore, Secretary for the Office of Veterans Affairs and Adult Learners at or calling 615-230-4861.

Along with gaining valuable resources to help you with school, you will be offered the opportunity to schedule a time to take a free career assessment to assist you in your college and career planning.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Fall Graduation Saturday will be Streamed Online

We're very excited! Saturday will be the first fall graduation at Vol State. Congrats to all of the grads! The ceremony will be streamed live starting at 10am on Saturday, December 12 at If you have family members who will be watching the stream from outside of the state or the country, please let us know. We always like to highlight the cool stories of family members watching from far-off locations.

Share your selfies and graduation pics Saturday with the world on Twitter or Instagram with ‪#‎volstategrads‬

Friday, December 4, 2015

Annual Christmas Concert Set for this Weekend

The fall semester is almost over, which means Christmas is just around the corner. In order to get into the holiday spirit, Vol State students will be performing two Christmas concerts this weekend.

"Sounds of the Season" is an annual tradition at Vol State, showcasing the talent and diversity within the music department. James Story, chair of the Visual and Performing Arts department, said the program has expanded this year to include students from the Showstoppers, solo instrumentalists, and the Commercial Music, Commercial Jazz, and Bluegrass ensembles. Students from the recording program worked on putting together a CD featuring songs from the show that will be available for purchase at the shows.

"We bring the creative side and the commercial recording side together, so it's a collaboration between the Music department and the Communications department," Story said.

One of the hardest things about putting together the annual holiday show is finding new Christmas songs to perform.

"It's always difficult trying to find a diversity of Christmas tunes, but this year's CD has a lot of traditional Christmas favorites," Story said.

Joe Pinchevsky
Student Joe Pinchevsky is playing bass guitar in the orchestra this year, which is a bit of a change from last year when he played the drums.

"It's a whole different preparation process. This year, I'm really having to work at it, but it's really rewarding to be able to come in here and show what I've learned," he said.

Pinchevsky said he hopes the concert will help get in the holiday mood as they enjoy all of the hard work the departments have put into their show.

"I love being able to work with this team of people. They're all incredible musicians," he said.

The concert will take place tonight and tomorrow night in the Wemyss Auditorium of Caudill Hall at 7:30 p.m. each evening. A suggested donation of $5 benefits the Music Department Scholarship Fund. Admission and a copy of the Christmas CD are $10. For more information contact the Office of Humanities at 615-230-3202.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

What Can You do with Calculus? Check this Out

What can you do with calculus?
Benjamin Moore, a student studying electrical engineering, created an augmented reality sandbox as part of his capstone project for his Calculus Analytic Geometry III class taught by associate professor Mary Yarbrough. The project was more than just a cool demonstration of what you can do when you combine math, computer programming and topography. Moore was demonstrating what he has learned during his time at Vol State.
The sandbox utilizes a projector and an Xbox 360 Kinect, a motion sensing controller, to create a topographic map based on the sand inside the box.
"When you move the sand around it'll change the elevation lines and colors of the lines using the Kinect. If you make it really low, the map will even change into water, because it has some fluid physics code as well," Moore said.
The entire system Moore designed runs on the Linux operating system. It is based on plans Moore found online, but since the code itself wasn't that detailed, Moore had to rely on his calculus knowledge to make the augmented reality sandbox work.
"The Kinect makes a base plane when it scans an empty sandbox and it gets the equation from that. Calculus is all about vectors and planes, and I used those calculations to create new planes based on where the sand is at," he said.
Students in the class watched as the machine scanned the box and then they had fun checking out the final results of the project: seeing how the computer built an image of the sand and even hands rearranging the sand in realtime.
So, that's one thing you can do with calculus. Students demonstrated several other projects they put together for the class, showing the practical applications of math. So, pre-calc students...keep going, you can be there soon enough.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Free Help to Get Ready for Finals

It's crunch time- you have papers due soon and big tests coming up. Vol State has several free resources that are available to all students. For that paper or speech you can visit the Language Center in Ramer 157. They can help you get started on a paper and polish up a draft before you hand it in. Their hours are listed here.

The Learning Commons in Thigpen Library has tutoring available for math and some science courses that use math. See the Learning Commons front desk for the details.

Thigpen Library has extended hours for studying. The library will be open the week of November 30 through December 4 as follows:
·         Mon.-Thurs., open 7:30am until 10:50pm
·         Fri., open 7:30am until 6:00pm
·         Sat., open 8:00am until 4:00pm
The library will also stay open from 7:30am until 10:50pm on December 7-8 (Mon. & Tues. only).
For Livingston and Highland: Please check directly with the libraries at the sites for their operating schedules.
Best of luck to everyone! You can do this!