Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Holiday Hours

We hope that everyone had a great semester. We look forward to having you back in 2017. The college will be open the rest of this week and then closed from December 24-January 2. We will be back open for normal business hours on Tuesday, January 3. You can apply to the college at any time online at www.volstate.edu/apply

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Fall Grades Now Available for Viewing

Fall class grades are now available for viewing on your My Vol State page. We hope they are good ones!

Financial Aid Application Help for TN Promise Students

Tennessee Promise students need to complete the financial aid application called FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as part of the scholarship program. Volunteer State Community College will have help available for students and families on Saturday, January 7 from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. TN Promise students will be able to receive assistance in completing their FAFSA and apply for admission to Vol State. Refreshments will be provided. The sessions will be held at the Gallatin Campus and the Cookeville Higher Education Center (CHEC). Livingston and Highland Crest students are encouraged to travel to Cookeville or Gallatin for the event. A reservation is recommended and can be completed online at www.volstate.edu/promise. Exact information about times and locations can be found on that page.
Students should be sure to bring the student and parent social security numbers; student driver's license or ID card; and student and parent 2015 tax returns (and spouse if married) and W-2 forms.  If the student is not a citizen they should bring an alien registration number or permanent resident card (Green Card). Additional items that will be needed are any 2015 untaxed income information, such as child support; the current balance of cash, savings, and checking accounts (amount only); and the current net worth of student (and spouse's) business and investments.
Students and parents will need to obtain a FSA ID before they attend the event. That can be accomplished at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm. For more information contact the Office of Financial Aid at 615-230-3456.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Spring Class Fees Due January 9

Fees for your spring classes are due by January 9. You can pay at any time and in several different ways. Here is a link to the details.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Financial Aid has Moved to the Ramer Building

The Financial Aid Office in Gallatin has moved to the Ramer Building, room 132. It's down a hallway just off the Ramer Lobby. Up until recently they were located in the Wood Campus Center. The new location in the Ramer Building is nicer and roomier. Be sure to tell your fellow classmates about the move.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Graduation Ceremony will be Streamed Live

The Vol State Fall Commencement ceremony, coming up this Saturday, December 10 at 10 a.m., will be streamed live at www.volstate.edu/graduation

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Congrats to Our Literary Magazine

Congrats to the editors, writers and artists who worked on the 2016 Squatter's Rites student literary magazine. It won third place for the southern division of small colleges in the Community College Humanities Association college magazine contest. The award-winning publication is going through some changes this year- including a new name. You can vote for your favorite name of the finalists on the front page of this student blog. If you want to get involved with the publication email emily.andrews@volstate.edu

Monday, November 28, 2016

Hitting A Wall

Soon after my son was diagnosed with autism, someone told me quite casually “It will be okay.” At the time I was deep into 12-hours-a-day research of all things autism and formulating a long list of steps we needed to take. Frustrated at the flippancy of the comment, I replied that it will be okay “because I’m going to make it okay.”

It’s a common platitude that things will “work out for the best.” Yet not many people float down the lazy river of life having things just work out. You have to work for it.

Last week I hit three walls on the path that I’ve chosen. They weren’t little walls, but the kind that
knock a person down and make them think about giving up and going to live in a tent on a beach. Okay, I think about that occasionally anyway.

My Happy Place
So I took a break, spent some time with my son, ate some pumpkin pie, and came back more determined than ever. Setbacks have a way of teaching me more about myself, and disappointment refines my understanding of what I really want. I’ve faced bigger walls than this.

This semester has been tough for some – for different reasons. Finals are looming, we’re all exhausted, and probably a lot of you have some personal hardships on top of it. Stand up, breath, and push through it. Life only works itself out in nice little bows on television. The rest of us have to make it okay ourselves. You can do it.

Gaynell Buffinet Payne is a writer, single mother, and student at Volunteer State Community College. She also blogs for Vol State's Returning Adult Learners.

Events this Week at Vol State

Events at Vol State this week:
Nov. 29 Music Department recital, SRB 151, 2:30-3:30pm
Nov. 30 Festival of Lights, holiday celebration of many cultures, Nichols Dining Room, 12:45pm
Dec. 2 and 3 "Starry, Starry Night" Music Department annual Christmas concert and CD release, $5 donation for the public, free with Vol State ID, Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall, 7:30pm

Vol State Holiday Concerts December 2 and 3 at 7:30pm

Music is a big part of the holiday season. Students at Volunteer State Community College will be presenting two nights of festive songs in a show titled “A Starry Night - An Evening of Christmas Favorites.” There will be choreographed performances from the Showstoppers, rock and roll from the Commercial Music Ensemble, and country musical renditions by the Bluegrass Ensemble, Bluegrass Ablaze. There will also be music by two new Vol State groups- the Guitar Ensemble and the Wind Ensemble. The event will highlight the wide-ranging talents of more than seventy-five students.
The concert includes a CD release of Vol State student work. This year’s CD will be for sale at the shows on December 2 and 3 in the Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The show time is 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.
Pictured: Bluegrass Ablaze performs in the 2015 holiday concert. Photo by Tony Young.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving Week Hours

We wish a happy Thanksgiving to all. Here's a reminder about our Vol State holiday schedule this week:
Nov. 23 Thanksgiving break, no classes, offices open this day, including the Gallatin Thigpen library until 4:30pm
Nov. 24-26 Thanksgiving break, no classes, all campus locations closed

Dr. Faulkner on Post-Election Dialog

The recent presidential election has polarized our society and country.  The result of the polarization is that we have seen a variety of protests and demonstrations across the country, from a variety of viewpoints. There is much discussion occurring in our society and Vol State is no exception. There is dialog about race relations, sexual discrimination, the economy, immigration and other issues. Dialog and discussion are good things, even when the issues are quite difficult. Part of the college experience is to create a place for such discussions. Civil discourse is a hallmark of higher education.  But that’s not a promise that everything will be comfortable when it comes to dialog about issues. The college campus is a place for the exchange of opinions and ideas. It is important that such discussions enhance, not inhibit learning.
However, when discussion degenerates into language and actions that attack people as groups and individuals- that is a problem.   Vol State is a diverse community and we value every member of the community.  Because we value every member, we must treat each other with respect, regardless of our views and beliefs.  We will tolerate nothing less. No one on campus should feel that they are under attack because of who they are or because of the values they hold.
The Student Government Association and the Office of Student Life are already working with faculty and students to create opportunities for us all to participate in true communication and discussion surrounding the issues.
Again, we expect exemplary behavior on the part of all members of the college community.  Should there ever be a situation that results in verbal or physical threats, you should call Campus Police immediately. Otherwise, your first stop for concerns is the Student Services Office in the Wood Campus Center Room 217. You can ask for advice, make a complaint or just talk to someone.
My open door policy extends to all of you as we work through these evolving times.   You can schedule an appointment with my office or send me an email at jerry.faulkner@volstate.edu

-Vol State President, Jerry Faulkner

Friday, November 18, 2016

Tuesday- A Day of Listening and Reflection on Current Events

Vol State aims to foster an environment of safety, civility, inclusion, and respect. A Day of Listening and Reflection on Current Events will be held on Tuesday, November 22 for students and employees to address attitudes, perceptions, and emotions in a safe, neutral environment.  Led by our Student Government Association leaders and faculty, participants will engage each other in an open dialogue to understand various vantage points while promoting unity and solidarity. All are welcome.

Tuesday, November 22
9:30am - 11:00am, Nichols Carpeted Dining Room, Wood Bldg.
11:15pm - 1:00pm, Performing Arts Studio, SRB 150
2:30pm - 4:00pm, Performing Arts Studio, SRB 150

Please direct questions or comments to Student Life & Diversity Initiatives in Wood 215 or call 615-230-3461.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Priority Registration Over - But you can Still Register for Spring

Priority registration for current students is over. But you can register for spring classes at any time. Just remember that registration is open now for new and readmit students. So, to get the classes and class times you want, you should register as soon as possible. Spring classes start January 17.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Why You Need the Language Center and Library Research Now

You may have big papers due at the end of the semester. If you want a good grade you should be researching and writing them now. The Vol State Language Center and the Thigpen Library on the Gallatin campus can help. The Thigpen Library has tons of research tools and even better- people who can show you how to best use those tools. Need a program for an easy bibliography? Need to find a specific academic source? Ask a librarian for help.

The Language Center in SRB 205 works with students on everything from developing an outline to polishing a final draft. You can pop in multiple times as you write. But only if you utilize them now. You can drop-in at any time during their hours and the service is free to all Vol State students. Here is a web link to their hours. The Language Center will be closed over Thanksgiving break. The Library will be open on Wednesday, November 23 from 8am to 4:30pm, but closed for the rest of that weekend.

Students on other campuses can get library help at their library or by phone or email from the Gallatin campus. Visit the website for details.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Where Are You Going To Be Next Year?

For those looking forward to graduation in the Spring, it’s also time to look forward to the next year and figure out where we want to be in the Fall. Some are joining the workforce or using their degree to advance their careers, and some plan to continue their education. For those who are transferring it's time to start working on your college applications. From MTSU to Harvard, most colleges judge transfer applicants differently than freshmen, sometimes opening opportunities that may not have existed right out of high school. You’ve already proven that you can hack it in college, maybe even excel. The application process takes time, so it’s best to start early. Don’t wait until the middle of Spring semester to apply, competing with thousands of applications and possibly waiting until August to get word of where you’re going next. Take it step by step.

1. Figure out where you want to be, then go for it. Make a list of which colleges would fit you and your major best. If possible, visit the campuses and take a tour. Note that what they highlight in their pitch is probably the primary focus of the campus. You can get a feel for the atmosphere and if it’s something you think will fit you. Nail down your top choices.

2. Fill out the FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid.) You can add up to ten schools to the application. Start with your top school choice(s) and add a few for backup in case your circumstances change. You should fill out the FASFA even if you don’t think you qualify. Click here to understand why.

3. Fill out the applications. Many schools will ask for an essay of some type. If you start early enough you can give some time and thought to this task. Write it, polish it, then go back a few days later and polish it again. Ask your favorite English teacher(s) to look over it for mistakes and suggestions, or bring it to the Language Lab. It’s important that your essay is free of typos and spelling errors. Need more? Read "Everything You Need To Know About the College Essay".

4. You will need to send transcripts of all the schools you have attended from high school and beyond. This is another task that can take a few weeks: from filling out the forms, mailing them or bringing them to your alma mater’s office, to waiting for processing and shipping time.

5. You may be asked for letters of recommendation from your professors. Make sure to give them enough time to write something glowingly appropriate.

6. Will you be moving to student housing, a house, or apartment? Or are you staying put and commuting? It’s important to have at least an idea of your options for each college choice, and you will be asked when you fill out the FASFA.

Wherever you go from here, start working towards your future now! Tomorrow comes faster than you think.

I'm anxiously waiting
to hear from Tulane.
Where are you going?

Gaynell Buffinet Payne is a writer, single mother, and student at Volunteer State Community College. She also blogs for Vol State's Returning Adult Learners.

Events this Week at Vol State

This week at Vol State:
Nov. 14-17 International Education Week
Nov. 14 Passport Table, Cafeteria, 12:45-1:45pm
Nov. 15 Veterans Day Event: Vietnam War Forum, Caudill Hall, 6-9pm
Nov. 15 Irish Music: Brock McGuire Band, Livingston Campus, 1:30pm
Nov. 15 Weddings around the World, and free henna tattoos, Nichols Dining Room, 11am-2pm
Nov. 16 “The Agony of Defeat: Past Presidential Contested Elections,” panel discussion, Rochelle Center-Thigpen Library, 1pm
Nov. 16 Spoken Word Poetry: NAV, Nichols Dining Room, 12:45-1:45pm
Nov. 16 Irish Music: Brock McGuire Band, Nichols Dining Room, 6:30pm
Nov. 17 Around the World in a Day, explore countries with Vol State students, Nichols Dining Room, 11:30am-2:30pm

Friday, November 11, 2016

International Education Week

November 14-17 is International Education Week at Vol State. We have several events taking place in Gallatin and Livingston:
Nov. 14 Passport Table, Cafeteria, 12:45-1:45pm
Nov. 15 Irish Music: Brock McGuire Band, Livingston Campus, 1:30pm
Nov. 15 Weddings around the World, and free henna tattoos, Nichols Dining Room, 11am-2pm
Nov. 16 Irish Music: Brock McGuire Band, Nichols Dining Room, 6:30pm
Nov. 17 Around the World in a Day, explore countries with Vol State students, Nichols Dining Room, 11:30am-2:30pm

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Vietnam War Forum November 15 at 6pm

To mark Veterans Day, several area veterans groups have joined together for a forum to discuss the impact of the Vietnam War. Six veteran soldiers, sailors, and Marines will speak, along with a South Vietnamese civilian who escaped after the war. There will also be a display of items from the Vietnam war outside the auditorium. Everyone is invited to attend and it is free. The forum will be held on November 15 at 6pm in the Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. It is sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution, the VFW, the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Sons of the American Revolutions and David Black.

Irish Music at Vol State November 15 and 16

The sounds of Ireland will grace Livingston on Tuesday November 15 and Gallatin on Wednesday, November 16 as the Brock McGuire Band makes a return visit to Volunteer State Community College. The County Clare ensemble performs traditional Irish folk music. The band is internationally recognized and has received numerous awards. They have played the Grand Ole Opry, and even recorded bluegrass music with Ricky Skaggs. The Brock McGuire Band will perform at 6:30 p.m. in the Wood Campus Center Nichols Dining Room on the campus at 1480 Nashville Pike on November 16. They will perform on the Livingston Campus, 113 Windle Community Road, at 1:30pm on November 15. The musicians will demonstrate a variety of music types, explain the instruments, and discuss the history of Irish music. The events are sponsored by the Vol State International Education Program. For more information about the performances call 615-230-3764. Information about the band can be found at www.brockmcguireband.com.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Homecoming 2016

I don’t know about you, but I need a distraction from recent events. Something that brings people together for a common goal of fun and community. So it seems perfect that the Vol State Homecoming games are this weekend.

I dropped by practice and spoke to Coach Rusty Melvin, who explained that this weekend’s games aren’t just any games, but the TCCAA Conference Tournament. “We have an eighteen game conference schedule. We’re opening up with Jackson State, who last year knocked us out of the tournament.”

Both Coach Melvin and Pioneers Videographer Howard Robinson expressed their hopes that the Gallatin community – especially Vol State alumni – would come to cheer them on.

“They don’t even have to drive out to Nashville to see a college basketball game,” said Robinson.

How do they think the Pioneers’ chances look this year? “Come out Friday and you’ll see!” quipped Robinson with a grin.

The men’s basketball team will be playing Jackson at Vol State this Friday, Nov 11th at 5:30pm. The women’s basketball game will begin at 7:30pm. Saturday’s games are against Columbia State at 2:00pm and 4:00pm.

Watch the interview with Coach Melvin:

Gaynell Buffinet Payne

Monday, November 7, 2016

This Week at Vol State

This week at Vol State:
Nov. 7 Priority Registration opens at 8am for sophomores (30 or more credit hours)
Nov. 7 An Evening of Tom Lehrer, music faculty and students, SRB 151, 7:30pm
Nov. 8 Priority Registration opens at 8am for freshmen (less than 30 credit hours)
Nov. 11 Homecoming Basketball Games, Pickel Field House, 5:30 and 7pm

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Your Student Government Association (SGA) in St. Louis

From October 13-16, the SGA had the immense pleasure of attending the “We are SGA” Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Going in with high expectations, I did not feel that those expectations could be exceeded. I. Was. So. Wrong. My expectations were not only exceeded, they were blown out of the water. I was challenged to examine my own beliefs and I was forced to put myself in other people’s shoes and examine their beliefs as well. It was so inspiring to have those critical conversations and be able to listen with an open heart and mind. As a Student Government, we are continuously challenged in good and bad ways, whether it be from our peers or our faculty. 
This conference taught all of us to step outside of our comfort zones and to look at the world in a completely new perspective, thus we are now able to better communicate with those around us. We had the pleasure of meeting students from all over our country, from Montana to Colorado, and even the Virgin Islands. I now have friends and acquaintances all over the country who are not only facing the same adversities that we are, but they are crushing them and sharing their successes with us. We have grown so much as the Vol State SGA in the last week. We are ready to take a step back while simultaneously helping our student body become the best it can be. I look forward to the next conference with an open heart and mind and I cannot wait to see what else awaits us as the Volunteer State Community College Student Government. WE ARE SGA!
                SGA is a crucial part of campus. We help plan activities, we facilitate conversations between students and faculty, and we help to solve any campus issues that may arise. We meet every other Monday in the Rochelle Center from 12:45-1:45pm. The meetings are open to all students and faculty! If you would like to connect with us on a day that is not a meeting day, we are located in Wood 213, between the cafeteria and the bookstore! We are open to all concerns from the student body. Please drop in and visit with us any time!

-Caitlyn Ellis, SGA Secretary of State 2016-2017

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Priority Spring Class Registration November 7 and 8

Get the classes you need at the times you want! Priority spring class registration starts next week for current Vol State students. Monday 8am for Sophomores (30 credit hours or more) and Tuesday 8am for Freshmen (less than 30 credit hours). Visit DegreeWorks and see your academic advisor now to plan what classes you need to take. Details: http://bit.ly/2eg41AP

Monday, October 31, 2016

Basketball Season is Here

Get ready for basketball season at Vol State! The Pioneer men will tip off on November 2 against Kentucky Wesleyan JV at 7pm. Men and women will also play at home on November 4 with the games starting at 6pm. Homecoming will be November 11 with the men starting at 5:30pm and the women’s game at 7:30pm. We are looking forward to exciting games this season. Admission is free with your Vol State ID. All home games are in the Pickel Field House. Check out the season schedule here: http://www.volstate.edu/athle…/documents/VSCC-Basketball.pdf

This Week at Vol State

This week at Vol State:
Oct. 31 Dead Poets Open Mic, Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society, SRB 150, 12:45-2pm
Nov. 2 Humanities Lecture: Maya Civilization: Literature and Art, Jaime Sanchez, Thigpen-Rochelle Center, 10am

Monday, October 24, 2016

Get Ready for Spring Priority Registration - See Your Advisor Now

It's time to get ready for spring priority registration coming up November 7 and 8. You need to meet with your academic advisor. You can find who that is on your My Vol State page. Click on “DegreeWorks” under the Quick Links section. More info here.

Also- the Spring 2017 schedule of classes is now available online.

Events this Week at Vol State

Events this week at Vol State, including Diversity Week activities:
October 24 WWII Display, Peter Johnson, Thigpen-Rochelle Center, 8am-3:45pm
October 24 What Lives Matter? panel in the Ramer Great Hall from 11:10 am- 12:45pm
October 25 Vol State’s Got Talent: Open mic, Performing Arts Studio SRB 150, 11:15-12:30pm
October 25 What You Say Can Hurt in the cafeteria from 12:45-1:45 pm
October 26 Domestic Violence & Bystanders in the Ramer Great Hall from 11:10-12:45pm.
October 26 Magician: Joel Myers, Cafeteria, 12:45-1:45pm
October 27 Growing Up Trans (2015) showing in the Ramer Great Hall from 9:30-3:00 pm
October 27 Humanities Matters lecture series, Kai Harris, "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" Birthed Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou: African-American Women in Literature from the Slavery Era to the Present.” Performing Arts Studio SRB 150
October 28 Voice Masterclass, Choral Room SRB 151, 1pm
October 29 Household Hazardous Waste collection event, Parking Lot near SRB, 9am-2pm

Friday, October 21, 2016

zSpace Technology Brings Virtual Reality to the Classroom

On Thursday a long powder-blue truck pulled into the parking lot in front of the Pickel Field House while students looked on with curiosity. The most curious of faculty and students entered in to explore a world of new possibilities. Virtual reality had come to Vol State.

What zSpace has to offer is virtual reality for the classroom. Dissections are made easier and less messy, streamlined and individualized for the school. What’s different about this reality is that hefty headsets are not required. Students simply don a pair of specialized glasses and watch the screen come to life. Manipulate objects and even pull them out to inspect them in 3D.

Watch as a heart is selected and “held” in hand.

While zSpace isn’t available at Vol State yet, it’s exciting to think about the possibilities for the classroom of tomorrow.

Gaynell Buffinet Payne is a writer, single mother, and student at Volunteer State Community College. She also blogs for Vol State's Returning Adult Learners

Theater for Kids: Aesop's Fables this Weekend

Vol State Children's Theater students present Aesop's Fables, Friday Oct 21 & Saturday Oct 22 @ 7:30pm in the Wemyss Auditorium at Caudill Hall. $5 suggested donation or FREE with a student ID!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Vol State Diversity Week Events

October 24-27 is Diversity Week at Vol State. It's an opportunity to take a look at issues and challenges that impact us all. All events are free and open to everyone. 

Vol State Diversity Week Lineup:

Oct. 24: What Lives Matter? panel in the Ramer Great Hall from 11:10 am- 12:45pm to be moderated by Michael Torrence.
Oct. 25: What You Say Can Hurt in the cafeteria from 12:45-1:45 pm to be moderated by Eric Melcher.
Oct. 26: Domestic Violence & Bystanders in the Ramer Great Hall from 11:10-12:45pm.
Oct. 27: Growing Up Trans (2015) showing in the Nichols Dining Room from 9:30-3:00 pm

This Week at Vol State

Busy week at Vol State...take part!

October 18 Rape Prevention Seminar, Thigpen-Rochelle Center, 12:45-2pm
October 18 Voice Recital, Alumnus Ben Troxler, Choral Room SRB 151
October 19 Fall Festival, Library Lawn, 11am-3pm
October 19 Food Day at Vol State in conjunction with the Fall Festival, demonstrations, tastings and information, Plaza, 11am-3pm
October 19 Humanities Matters lecture series and the Food Days Project: "The Pioneer Table: A Look at Food from Across the Disciplines" – a panel discussion moderated by Kelly Ormsby, 2pm SRB Amphitheater or Performing Arts Studio SRB 150
October 19 Squatter’s Rites student literary magazine meeting for writers, editors and artists interested in participating, SRB 209
October 19 Presidential Debate Watching Party, Dept. of Communication, Nichols Dining Room, 6pm
October 20 zSpace Virtual Reality learning system demo, students invited, Pickel parking lot, 9 until noon.
October 21- Erin Holster Almazan, SRB Art Gallery show, through the end of the semester

Friday, October 14, 2016

Panel to Address Sexual Assault Concerns

Between 20% and 25% of women will experience a completed and/or attempted rape during their college career.” ~ Department of Justice

Sexual assault, acquaintance rape, and domestic violence are some of the many issues that impact women in college. In truth, they affect everyone.

“My girlfriend, my sister [have been sexually assaulted.] It’s tough on them, and it’s tough on us [the families] because we don’t know how to help them,” confessed a student who wished to remain anonymous.

To address these issues, Vol State will be hosting a seminar with the Nashville-based group “You Have the Power…Know How to Use It, Inc.” on Tuesday, October 18 at 12:45pm, in Thigpen Library’s Rochelle Center at 12:45pm. The short documentary “I Never Thought It was Rape” will be followed by a panel discussion. Everyone is invited to attend.

“30% of the college women who said they had been raped contemplated suicide after the incident.” ~ Robin Warshaw, author of I Never Called it Rape

“It’s definitely something that stays with you,” said another student.

“Vol State is committed to creating a safe and healthy campus climate. Our goal is for students to understand how to build healthy relationships and strong communities.”

Lori Cutrell, Title IX Coordinator and Director of HR at Vol State, and Vol State Police Chiefs William Rogan and Angela Lawson will be on the panel.

You Have the Power…Know How to Use It, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency whose mission is to educate, advocate and empower individuals and communities who are impacted by violent crime.
Did you know? Vol State's Advising Center isn't just for academic advice. "Feel free to reach out," says Amanda Foster, Completion Advisor at VSCC. "It can be little things, a crappy day, or something major. Reach out to a favorite teacher. It doesn't have to be the Advising Center, but go to who you're comfortable with, or have them go to the Advising Center with you."

You can also visit TN.gov for mental health services or call 855-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471) 24/7 for a mental health emergency.

You Can Use Tutor.com for Free

A reminder: Tutor.com is a 24/7 online tutoring service. It’s free and available to all Vol State students. You will have Internet access to a live online tutor when and where you need one. You access Tutor.com via the eLearn page for each of your courses. You must access it through your eLearn page for it to work. Here are more details:
What can you do? Brainstorm ideas, develop outlines for papers, prep for tests, and get editing help with papers. You can talk to a live tutor or drop off a paper for review. You will usually have it back within 24 hours.
To get connected to a live tutor, follow these three steps:
-Go to your course in eLearn.volstate.edu
-Click the “Connect” button in the Tutor.com box.
-A new window will pop open where you can enter your question. Click “CONNECT NOW” to be connected to a live tutor.
Want to Learn More? See how Tutor.com works in this How It Works Video
If you have questions or need assistance logging in to your account, please contact: studentsupport@tutor.com.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Study Abroad Information Sessions for Students

Interested in traveling to another country to study for a few weeks? Study Abroad information sessions for students are scheduled for Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. and Oct. 21 at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Mattox Building room 137. Information sessions will also be held in Livingston and Cookeville on November 2. If you want to travel you need to attend one of these sessions. Scholarships are available and will be discussed at the meetings. Here's more info on the program.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Important Registration Info for All Students

It’s time to take your next step at Vol State….plan your path and get ready for spring semester. Current students get a jump start registering for spring classes in November. Here’s what you need to do now:
-Make sure you know your academic advisor. Find your assigned academic advisor’s information in your MyVolState portal. Click on “DegreeWorks” under the Quick Links section.
-Check your DegreeWorks page to see what classes you need on the road to your degree. Then talk to your academic advisor.
-If you haven’t decided on an exact degree path yet, it’s time to plan for your future. Check out our academic programs and also the Tennessee Transfer Pathways available if you want to transfer to a university. Then talk to your academic advisor. If you plan to transfer to a university, contact an advisor there, as well, to make sure you are on the right track.   
-Make an appointment to meet with your assigned academic advisor to discuss what you plan to take in the spring. You will register for your classes yourself.
Your Priority Registration jump start is coming up quickly, so get ready now:
November 7:  Currently enrolled students with 30+ hours can start registering themselves for classes
November 8:  Currently enrolled students with less than 30 hours can start registering themselves for classes

If you have any problems along the way and are unable to reach your assigned advisor, visit the Advising Center on the Gallatin campus or check with the front desk at Highland, Cookeville and Livingston for advising help. You can also call 615-230-3702.

Skin Cancer Detection Seminar for Hairdressers October 21

A hairdresser could be a lifesaver with the proper training. That’s why Volunteer State Community College is offering a special seminar on skin cancer recognition for hairdressers. The event is free and open to all hairdressers and cosmetologists. It will be held on October 21 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the Vol State campus in Gallatin. Dr. Keith Loven of Rivergate Dermatology will discuss early skin care detection techniques when it comes to viewing the scalp, face and neck. Registration for the free Vol State Health Sciences Continuing Education seminar is required and can be completed by visiting www.volstate.edu/healthconed and then clicking on available courses. For more information call 615-230-3338.

Whatever Happened to Wilson?

Dear Tom Hanks,

The students of Vol State humbly request your presence at our May 2017 graduation.  One student in particular! He's pretty fun to hang out with, and a really good listener. Anyway, he claims that you know each other from way back. 

We'd be honored if you could speak at our graduation ceremony. Either way, I hope that we've made you smile!


Vol State Class of 2017

** Vol State students: we haven’t given up! Let’s give Tom Hanks a massive shout-out. Tweet your request using #Hanks2VolState and tell him why you’d love to see him at our commencement.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Events this Week at Vol State

Everyone is invited to these events this week at Vol State:
Wednesday: The Humanities Matters lecture series: Bryant Owens, "Educational Value of the Liberal Arts as seen by Augustine of Hippo's De Doctrina Christiana and The Confessions." Wednesday, October 12th, at 1:00 pm, Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities Building, Room #153.
Thursday: Nashville eye surgeon Ming Wang talks about his journey to the United States and success as an immigrant. VISA Club presentation. Thursday, October 13 at 12:45pm Ramer Great Hall.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Free Academic Help for Midterm Tests, Papers and Assignments

Get the extra help you need for midterm tests, assignments and papers. We list free tutoring services on the College Success Zone web page.They're available for all Vol State students.

-Online tutoring for everyone
-Help with papers and speeches
-Math tutoring-research help

 Check out the list here: www.volstate.edu/collegesuccess

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Midterms? Make Your Study Time Count!

When are your midterms?! I have a couple next week, right after Fall Break, so at least a portion of the break will be spent studying. But how should we study effectively so that it pays off in good grades? I’ve heard students lamenting that they study but still end up with a lower grade than hoped for, and I've heard students asking for help. So I asked a teacher and an “A” student for their advice. 

Leslie LaChance, English faculty

For classes in which reading is important (literature classes, history classes), I recommend that students have printed rather than electronic texts.  I also recommend that they take notes directly in the text, highlighting, underlining, writing little summaries of important points in the margins, writing out the meaning of new vocabulary.  If a teacher calls attention to a particular part of a text, make note of it, underline it, etc. Then, when it is time to prepare for an exam, return to the passages you have marked, review them carefully, and closely, making a separate page of notes as part of your review.

I often see students taking pictures of something a faculty member has written on the board.  That’s fine, but current research is suggesting that the physical act of actually writing something down can increase retention of that information, so rewriting lecture notes you’ve taken pictures of in class is another helpful study technique.

(My note: In the textbooks that I rent, I keep a notebook beside me and take notes on anything that seems important, just as I would during a lecture.)

Sheridan Hitchcox, student

Don’t wait until the last minute and cram! Go over your most difficult subjects every day and stay confident. Copy everything by hand, including handouts: the act of writing it builds up muscle memory, and that helps when it’s time to take a test.

I make flashcards of everything. I try to imagine how a question might be asked on a test and make a card of it. Sometimes I ask a family member to go over the flashcards with me.

(Sheridan also recommends the YouTube channel Crash Course  if you’re confused about a concept in subjects like History or Biology.)

Don't forget that the Language Center is available for help with papers, and instructors are waiting for your math questions in the Learning Commons or at tutor.com, which can accessed from your elearn account. 

Do you have a preferred method that helps you make the grade? Share in the comments!

Gaynell Buffinet Payne is a writer, single mother, and student at Volunteer State Community College. She also blogs for Vol State's Returning Adult Learners

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Free Math Tutoring in the Learning Commons

Get math help in many different classes, including physics and engineering in the Learning Commons on the Gallatin campus. It's free and available to all students. Visit the Learning Commons front desk for a copy of the schedule. The Learning Commons is located inside of the Thigpen Library. Check with the Learning Commons rooms for Livingston and Springfield to see what tutoring services they offer.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Claim Your Vol State Merit Page

You will soon be receiving an email about your Vol State Merit Page. They're designed to help you celebrate your success while at Vol State. That can include academic honors, such as the dean's list or honor roll. It can also include student clubs and activities.We'll be adding badges for various student achievements throughout the school year. Many colleges and universities across the country have them for students. You can add to your badge if you transfer to keep a total record of your college and university career.

What do you need to do? The first thing is to claim your page. The easiest way to do this is click on the link provided in an email sent to the personal email address that you listed with the college. You can then personalize your Merit page however you want - add a picture or add work experience. You can also put in the emails of parents or loved ones so that they will be notified when you receive a new badge from Merit.

When you go to claim your page it will ask you for your email address...use your personal email address that you listed on your Vol State application. It's trying to confirm that you are who you are. Your Vol State email address won't work for that confirmation. Everything goes through your personal email address.

We'll start everyone off with an enrollment badge so you can see what they look like and how they work. It also puts you in the system. Vol State Merit pages are run by the Vol State Office of Public Relations. If you have any questions you can contact us at pr@volstate.edu.

If you don't get the email you can also visit the main Vol State Merit Pages web page and search from there. If you still can't find your page just email us with your name, city, zip code, and email address and we can create one for you.

Have a great school year!

This Week and Next Week at Vol State

This week and next week at Vol State:
October 4 Poetry: Carlos Andres Gomez, Cafeteria, 12:45pm
October 4 Voice Masterclass, Choral Room SRB 151, 1:30pm
Oct. 10 & 11 Fall Break, no classes, offices are open
October 12 Humanities Matters lecture series, Bryant Owens, "Education Value of the Liberal Arts as seen by Augustine of Hippo's De Doctrina Christiana and The Confessions.” SRB 153, 1pm
October 13 VISA Club: Dr. Ming Wang talk, Thigpen-Rochelle Center, 12:45pm

Thursday, September 29, 2016

FAFSA Event Saturday for Future TN Promise Students

High school seniors: future TN Promise students can get help with FAFSA financial aid forms and Vol State admission in one event this Saturday, October 1 on the Vol State campuses in Gallatin and Livingston. The sessions are from 10am-1pm. You must register to get the exact campus location. http://www.volstate.edu/promise/

Monday, September 26, 2016

Free Help with Papers in the Language Center

Get help with papers and assignments at the Vol State Language Center. It's in SRB Humanities Room 205 on the Gallatin campus. It's free and available to all Vol State students. You can also get writing help in the Learning Commons at Springfield and Livingston.

The Language Center Can Help With:
• Generating Ideas
• Getting Started
• Thesis, Focus, and Development 
• Organization and Unity in Presentation
• Style and Diction
• Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics
• Proofreading Techniques
• MLA, APA, AMA, Chicago, and Turabian Documentation Styles

Resources Available Include:
• Qualified Writing Assistants for Tutoring
• Computer Lab
• Scanner for Academic and Personal Use
• Grammar Handbooks and Style Manuals
• Rosetta Stone  (Spanish, French, Chinese and English)
• English Basics and Grammar Software

Visit the website for hours: