Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Paralegal Studies Career Info Night April 5

Looking for an in-demand career? Employment for Paralegals is expected to grow eight percent in the next few years (U.S. Department of Labor). Paralegals assist attorneys with research, writing and other legal activities.

Vol State has an American Bar Association approved Paralegal Studies program. Vol State Paralegal Studies is holding an open house event on April 5 at 6pm in the Caudill Building, room 102, on the Vol State campus in Gallatin. Anyone interested in Paralegal is encouraged to attend to get more info.

Vol State Students at Southern Literary Festival

Several Vol State faculty members and students attended the Southern Literary Festival at MTSU last week. It's an annual event held since 1937, moving from campus to campus, with different hosts each year. Classes and workshops are held in all sorts of literary styles, including fiction, poetry and playwriting. Here are some pictures from the trip.  
Mackenzie Border tries her hand at printing on an old fashioned common press.
Vol State Students and Faculty at The Southern Literary Festival: Kristin Toole, Cindy Chanin, Sarah Passino, Mackenzie Border, Tyler Kraft, Josh Hart

Mackenzie Border enjoys a book arts workshop at the Southern Literary Festival

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Current Students- Get the Classes You Need at the Times You Want

Priority summer and fall registration for current students begins next week...and it's shorter this year, about two weeks. That means you have less time to register for classes before new students begin registration. Registration opens at 8am on April 4 for sophomores (30 hours or more) and April 5 at 8am for freshmen. Get the classes you need at the times you want with priority registration.

As always, registration will remain open until the start of classes for each semester. Priority registration is the time you can register before everyone else.

Use DegreeWorks on your My Vol State page to see what classes you need for your degree and then talk to your academic advisor to make sure you are on track for graduation and transfer.

If you are considering time off from college we have this caution: students who skip a semester or two are much more likely to never finish. That may seem obvious, but it's a far too common occurrence. If you can do it - do it now. It will only get tougher in the future to return to college. Okay, we'll stop preaching now.

Vol Students Cameo in Chris Stapleton Video

"We got a little dramatic with the blood"

It was a normal day in December when Katie Jones was called into her boss' office. "Would you like to be in a video?" she was asked. "At first I said 'no'," Jones recalls. "I didn't want to be in a video. But they told me that I'd get to meet one of my favorite singers."

That singer was Chris Stapleton, country music star and Nashville resident. He was shooting a video that day in Portland, TN, and needed EMTs who knew what they were doing.

"No lines, we just simulated the call. Chad [Robb] did the call in. It's his voice you hear on the radio in the video." Katie Jones is an EMT and student at Vol State working on her Paramedic Certification. Chad Robb is a paramedic and Vol State graduate. Stapleton's video "Fire Away" deals with mental suffering and suicide and the EMTs were asked to simulate a suicide call. The video also promotes the Campaign to Change Direction, a website dedicated to changing the conversation on mental health issues.

"They said 'guys, it's your world. Do it like you would normally do it.' We got to do the blood, and got a little dramatic with it.

While Jones isn't sure if she'd do another video anytime soon, she enjoyed getting to meet Chris Stapleton. "He was really nice."

Monday, March 28, 2016

Events this Week

March 28         “Remembering Our Fallen” memorial for Tennessee soldiers who died in combat will be on display from March 28th at 2:00 PM to April 1st at noon at the Wood Campus Building
March 29         Diversity Movie: “The Women” Thigpen-Rochelle, 1pm, 3pm and 6pm
March 29-30    MLA and APA style workshops at Thigpen Library, visit for times:[]=559
March 30         Spring Fling, Plaza in Gallatin, 10am-2pm

March 31         Unity Day Speaker: Fred Bailey, Caudill Hall, 12:45pm

New Fitness Gear for Your Use

What's better than a nice walk for exercise? How about combining that walk with some basic fitness activities- such as pull-ups and sit-ups? The Vol State Fitness Trail is now equipped with several fitness stops- simple equipment you can use to boost your workout.

The Fitness Trail is a mulched walkway that runs from the Tennis Courts and along the creek on the backside of the college. It's a lovely trail  and a get away from the rush of campus. Here are the new exercise stops that you will find along the way. You can click on this image for a larger view.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Remembering Our Fallen Display March 28-April 1

“Remembering Our Fallen” is a stark reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by fallen military members from the state of Tennessee, killed while wearing our country’s uniform in a war zone. The photo memorial, which includes military and personal photos of each of Tennessee’s Fallen, is traveling throughout the state and will be coming to Volunteer State Community College. The sponsor of the memorial is Vol State Student Veterans of America.

“Remembering Our Fallen” will be on display from March 28th at 2:00 PM to April 1st at noon at the Wood Campus Building at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The memorial is organized by a non-profit group called Patriotic Productions. For more information visit

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Student Speech Contest - Cash Prizes

Students…do you have a speech you worked on this year or a topic you would love to present? Consider the Ramer Oratorical Contest. It’s coming up in April and you can register now. The speech doesn’t have to be long…five minutes to no more than eight minutes. Here are the details:
Students can enter a speech in the following categories: Storytelling, Informative, Persuasive.
Cash prizes: 1st $100, 2nd $75 and 3rd $50
Wednesday April 13 at 1:00 pm in Mattox 104. 

Students can register here.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Meet an International Student March 31

The VISA international student club invites all students, faculty and staff to an event on March 31 celebrating international students and international education. “Meet an International Student” is an opportunity for Vol State students to talk to Vol State international students and Vol State students who have traveled internationally through travel-study. It will be held from 11:30am to 1:30pm in the Ramer Great Hall. Refreshments will be served.  This event is a partnership between the VISA international student club and the Vol State International Education program. We hope to see you there!

Current Students - See Your Advisor Now

Get ready to register- see your academic advisor now!
Priority registration for current students, for summer and fall classes, is coming up on April 4 for sophomores (30 credit hours or more) and April 5 for freshmen. Use Degree Works on your My Vol State page to see what classes you need for your degree and then meet with your academic advisor. Priority registration is your opportunity to register before new students. Get the classes you need at the times you want.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Vol State Events this Week

March 21         Sumner County Elementary Art Exhibition, Ramer Great Hall through April 9
March 23         One Book, One Community Discussion: “I Am Malala” 12:45pm and 6:30pm, Rochelle Center in Thigpen Library
March 23         Women’s History Tea, Nichols Dining Room, 12:45pm RSVP to
March 25         Good Friday: Campuses closed, no classes
March 25         Play: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Caudill Hall, 7:30pm

March 26         Play: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Caudill Hall, 7:30pm

Your Struggle for Education - Join the Discussion

Everyone has to struggle for their education...but some even more so. Join us this Wednesday, March 23 at 12:45pm and 6:30pm when we discuss the issue in relation to the One Book, One Community read, "I Am Malala". It's a great book but you don't have to have read it to get something out of the discussion. We'll have Vol State student stories. Join us in the Thigpen Library Rochelle Center. The event is free and open to everyone.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Two Workshops for Adult Students

The Office of Veterans Affairs and Adult Learners is presenting a workshop series to enhance your learning experience for years to come.  The workshops are free and open to our Vol State Community of adult learners. No need to register, just sign in at the workshop.
Do You Have the Time?
Presented by Marie Gabbard
The Time Management workshop will include:
·         Organization and Time Management
·         Goals and Priorities
·         A Daily Time Management Plan
·         Using Technology to Save Time
·         The Time Wasters and How to Handle Them
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Caudill 102; Gallatin Campus

We’re in the Money!
Presented by Jones Adukeh
The Financial Literacy workshop will include:
·         Understanding the Financial Landscape While in College
·         Investing in your Financial Future and Education
·         Financial Goals and Generating Income
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
3:30 pm to 5:00pm
Caudill 102; Gallatin Campus
There will be more workshops to follow during March and April. If you have further questions, contact Briggette Moore at

And a reminder that all students can attend these workshops!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Summer and Fall Class Schedules Now Available Online

Get ready for priority registration for current students...summer and fall schedules are available now online. Use Degree Works and talk to your advisor to help you pick classes. Stay focused on the classes you need for your particular degree, especially if you plan to transfer to university. Priority registration starts April 4 and 5. Three keys to college success:

-Stay on track: take the classes you need for your degree.

-Register early: get the classes you need at the times you want.

-If you are transferring make sure you are taking the classes you need for that university program. See your advisor and talk to the university advisor on a regular basis.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

This Weekend: A Midsummers Night's Dream

Coming up this weekend: Vol State Theater presents "A Midsummers Night's Dream." Comedy, magic and lovers all on one summer night. March 18 and 19 at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm in Caudill Hall. Free with student ID. $5 suggested scholarship donation for the public. You can also catch it next weekend on March 25 and 26 at 7:30pm.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Transferring? Check Out 25 Colleges and Universities Live Chat March 16

Tennessee Pathway Day provides a unique opportunity to visit with multiple schools across the state in a single afternoon and explore options to complete their first two years at a community college before transferring to a university to complete a bachelor’s degree. It’s the first statewide virtual college fair for Tennessee students on March 16 from 1 to 6 p.m. Current students can chat with representatives from more than 25 Tennessee colleges and universities from home using their computers, tablets or smartphones. Interested students are encouraged to register ahead of time at

Events this week at Vol State

March 15         Lecture: Nahuatl Literature, Jaime Sanchez, Thigpen-Rochelle, 11:15am
March 15         Middle college info session, Ramer, 5pm 
March 18, 19   Play: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Caudill Hall, 7:30pm
March 19         Family Day and Easter Egg Hunt, Library Lawn, 10am-2pm
March 20         Play: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Caudill Hall, 2:30pm

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

It's Time to Get Ready for Fall and Summer Class Registration

Priority class registration for summer and fall classes is just around the corner. It's time to get ready.
Priority class registration for summer and fall classes gives you the opportunity to get the classes you need at the times that you want. Current Sophomores can start registering on Monday, April 4 and Freshmen (less than 30 class credits) can start on Tuesday, April 5, at 8am both days. 
This is the time to get ready. Your first step would be to check Degree Works on My Vol State. It can show you what classes you need for your degree. It also gives you the available day and time options. Once you have sorted out what you want to take, it's time to see your academic advisor. They can make sure that you are taking the correct classes in the correct order.
You also need to consider the university requirements if you plan to transfer in the future. The best way to do this is with a Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP). Click on that link for details.

Registration for summer and fall classes will soon open to everyone else. So, take advantage of Priority Registration now and the get the first crack at classes.