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.

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:

Friday, September 23, 2016

New Orleans-Style Second Line Jazz Band Leads Vol State Students to the Future

“There will be so much happening in this building we think ‘SRB’ should stand for Students Really Boogie,” quipped Diane Black, donor for the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Building.

Students were “boogying” today. Excitement crackled in the air as the crowd gathered in the dining room for the Grand Opening of the new Humanities Building. Speeches were made and gifts were given as the tireless work of many were recognized as being integral to the project’s completion. A New Orleans-style Second Line jazz band came in and led the way down the “Bridge of the Future.” Students waved banners and carried umbrellas as they followed, forming a parade along the bridge and through the Humanities Building.

Watch the fun!

Everyone made their way downstairs to find a catered feast along with more musical performances. Theater students, under the guidance of instructor Jack Yatsko,  took to the stage, performing improv in the black box theater for the guests.

The festive event was as much of a party as you’ll ever find at Vol State! From the students – thanks again to everyone who made this dream a reality and provided this amazing building for students to learn and grow.

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.

Students and a Jazz Band Lead the Way for SRB Humanities Celebration

Jazz music and a festive New Orleans-style Second Line procession led students, faculty, donors and the public into the new Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building on Friday. Attendees crossed over the pedestrian bridge to the new building for the grand opening celebration, signifying a bridge to the future. Guests were treated to student music performances, demonstrations in the art rooms and a sample of award-winning Vol State student publications as they toured the building. Thanks to everyone who made the event possible and especially students and faculty for the lovely performances and demonstrations throughout the building. The talent of our students was the true highlight of the day!

Here are some more pictures from the event:

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Complete your Vol State Haven Training

Hey students- Complete your Vol State Haven Training. Haven is a 60 minute online education module that can empower you to make well-informed decisions about issues such as campus safety. It’s simple to do. Check your Vol State email for login details and your registration code. Students are expected to complete Part 1 by September 30, 2016. Questions? Contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Services at 615-230-3441.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Vol State Literary Magazine Wants Your Help

We hope everyone’s semester has calmed down and smoothed out as the first few weeks of classes have passed. As we look ahead to the remaining weeks of fall semester, we wanted to inform you of some exciting changes to Volunteer State’s award-winning literary magazine Squatter’s Rites. Due to Melissa Tyndall’s departure to California, Laura McClister and Emily Andrews (us) are now the co-advisors of the literary magazine. In the spirit of change, and after discussion among the English department, it has also been decided that Squatter’s Rites is deserving of a new name. However, we have no idea what to call it. This is where we will need your help.

We would like for the new name to come from faculty, staff, and student suggestions emailed to the Squatter’s Rites email account, The deadline for submissions is October 21st. After this date, a small committee will whittle down the submissions to the top five. The top five finalists will be asked to submit a brief piece of writing explaining their title. We will then hold a voting period during which the Vol State community will be able to select their favorite out of the five. The final winner will receive a cash prize and have their aforementioned writing piece published in this year’s Squatter’s Rites.

Here’s your chance to be a part of Vol State history. Please share this information with your students and feel free to submit any ideas of your own. There is no limit to how many suggested titles you may submit.

Lastly, we are currently recruiting staff and accepting submissions for this year’s Squatter’s Rites (or whatever it may be named). We will be holding a general interest meeting on Wednesday, October 19 at 1:00 p.m. in the Humanities Conference Room (SRB 209). Please direct any student inquiry to or visit us at and we will take it from there!

-Emily Andrews, Instructor of English

Monday, September 19, 2016

Vol State Career Fair Wednesday, September 21

The 2016 Fall Job Career Fair at Volunteer State Community College is coming up on Wednesday, September 21. Dozens of employers will be on site and everyone is invited. The event provides an opportunity for job seekers to talk directly with the people responsible for hiring at many area companies. Participants are encouraged to bring their resumes.The Career Fair will be held in the gym at the Pickel Field House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteer State Community College is located at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. For more information call 615-230-3307 or visit

This Week at Vol State

A busy week at Vol State:
September 21 Fall Job-Career Fair, dozens of businesses, Pickel Gym, 10am-1pm
September 20 Constitution Day Lecture: “Delegates, Swing States, and Electoral Votes: Electing the President 2016.” Rochelle Center, Thigpen, 1pm
September 21 Hispanic Heritage Quiz Bowl, Nichols Dining Room, 12:45pm
September 23 SRB Humanities Building Grand Opening, everyone is invited, 11am-1pm
September 23 Gathering to remember Chemistry professor Parris Powers. He passed away this summer. Thigpen Library Rochelle Center, 10am to 12:30pm
September 24 Fall Fiesta, a celebration of Hispanic culture, 10am-3pm. Free food music and fun. Everyone is welcome. Bring the kids! Outside on Gallatin campus.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Respiratory Care Application Deadline is October 1

Vol State Respiratory Care Technology graduates help people breathe better. Respiratory therapists work under the direction of physicians to assess, treat, and manage patients with cardiopulmonary related medical issues. The deadline to submit a program application  is October 1, 2016. Interviews will be conducted in November. Upon completion of the program, students obtain an A.A.S. degree and are eligible to take National Board exams. Additional information can be found on the web page.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Fall Fiesta at Vol State September 24 - Fiesta de Otono 24 de septiembre

Vol State Fiesta Features New Soccer Goal Kicking Contest

Soccer players of all ages are invited to give it their best shot at the tenth annual Fall Fiesta at Volunteer State Community College on September 24. The celebration of Hispanic culture will include a new soccer goal kicking contest, with several age categories from kids to adult. Just Soccer of Hendersonville is sponsoring the contest. Prizes will include balls, jerseys and other soccer gear, in each age category.
 “Rather than having a team tournament this year we decided to open it up to everyone with the goal kicking contest. Contestants can register that day and it’s free to participate. We’ll provide the soccer balls,” said Eric Melcher, Vol State coordinator of communications. “It’s a great way for the entire family to come out and enjoy the day and help us celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Fiesta.”
 The Fiesta is a free event featuring food, music and fun. 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,” Melcher said. “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, held outside on the campus grounds, includes live music, dance groups, 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. The event will happen, rain or shine, on the Volunteer State Community College campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The rain location is the Pickel Field House. The Fall Fiesta is free and open to everyone. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket and chairs and spend the day. The soccer contest age schedule can be found in Spanish and English on the web page: For more information in English or Spanish call 615-230-4846.


La Fiesta de Vol State Presenta un Nuevo Concurso de “Patear la Pelota” de Futbol

Los jugadores de fútbol de todas las edades están invitados a dar su mejor esfuerzo en la 10ª Fiesta Anual de Otoño en el Volunteer State Community College, el sábado 24 de septiembre. La celebración de la cultura hispana incluirá un nuevo concurso de “patear” la pelota de fútbol, con varias categorías por edad desde niños a adultos. Just Soccer de Hendersonville, patrocina el concurso. Los premios incluyen pelotas, camisetas y otros equipos de fútbol, ​​en cada categoría de edad.
"En lugar de tener un torneo de equipo, este año decidimos abrirlo a todos con el concurso de patear la pelota (goal kicking). Los concursantes pueden inscribirse ese día y es gratis para participar. Nosotros les proveemos las pelotas de fútbol ", dijo Eric Melcher, Coordinador de Comunicaciones de Vol State. "Es una gran manera para que toda la familia salga y disfruten del día y nos ayuden a celebrar el décimo aniversario de la Fiesta."
La Fiesta es un evento gratuito con comida, música y diversión. La competencia de comida proporciona un lugar para que la gente muestre sus platos favoritos. "Hay tantos países diferentes que forman lo que llamamos la cultura hispana", dijo Melcher. "La comida es una manera de representar los diferentes países y su patrimonio cultural. El concurso de comida está abierto para todos y tenemos premios para los ganadores. Una vez el jurado seleccione a los ganadores, el público tendrá la oportunidad de probar los platillos".
Además del concurso de comida que empieza a las 11 a.m., habrá un almuerzo mexicano y bebidas gratis a partir del mediodía. Este evento familiar celebrado al aire libre en los terrenos del campus, incluye música en vivo, grupos de bailes, actividades de arte, y una variedad de juegos y diversiones para los niños.
La Fiesta de Otoño de  Vol State se llevará a cabo de 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. El evento ocurrirá, con lluvia o sol, en el campus de Volunteer State Community College, 1480 Nashville Pike en Gallatin. En caso de lluvia el evento se moverá al Pickel Field House. La Fiesta de Otoño es gratis y abierta para todo el mundo. Invitamos a las familias a llevar una manta y sillas para que pasen bien el día. Para obtener más información en inglés o español llame al 615-230-4846.

Monday, September 12, 2016

This Week at Vol State

This week at Vol State:
September 13 and 14 Fast Friends Frenzy…meet new friends in this fun event, Thigpen-Rochelle Center, 12:30pm-2pm
September 13 Student Health Fair, Nichols Dining Room, 11am
September 14 Motivational Speaker, Romeo Marquez, Nichols Dining Room, 12:45pm
September 16 Movie Night: Zootopia, free, Library Lawn or Pickel Field House, dusk
University visits (all in the Wood Campus Center hallway)
12 (Monday) – King University – Lynette Perry (10-2)
13 (Tuesday) – MTSU – Mark Murphy (10-2)
14 (Wednesday) – Western Kentucky University – Amber Roberts (10-2)
15 (Thursday) – Western Governors University – Douglas Harris (9-1)

How Can the Thigpen Library Help You?

Stop surfing. Start finding.

Services & Spaces
• Research assistance
• I.T. computer lab
• Study spaces
• Group study rooms
• Practice presentation room
• Technology lending

Available on the web:
• Online resources available 24/7
• Research guides on topics, subjects & courses
• Virtual chat service

Contact us!
Phone: 615-230-3400
Text: 615-956-2275

We also have library locations in Cookeville, Livingston and Springfield. They offer study spaces and research help. For information about those locations, go to

Thursday, September 8, 2016

You Don't Have To Be BFFs With Your Instructor, But...

Two men riding a tandem bike. Are they teacher and student? BFFs?

I see you, sitting in the very back of the class. You take your graded test back with a frown and shove it into your backpack, rushing out of the door as soon as class is over. But guess what? You're not the only person who's ever struggled in a class. We're in college to succeed, right? Whatever your reason for being here is, you want to succeed at it. It gets a little depressing when it doesn't come so easy.

When thinking of the components of what makes a successful college experience, one thing that comes to mind is the importance of developing a relationship with your instructors. I don't mean that you have to become BFFs, have family BBQs together, and paint each other's toenails, but it's important to make an effort. Introduce yourself, make a comment or ask a question about the lesson, tell a joke. Smile (at least just once.)

The reasoning isn't to try to butter up your teacher or curry favors. When you allow an instructor to get to know you, at least a little, then they're in a better position to help you pass their class. Believe it or not, that's what they're there for! Instructors want their students to learn, and they want them to succeed. You want to succeed. You're on the same side. If you're struggling with a subject have a conversation with your instructor. Stick around after class instead of slinking away. Or email and make an appointment to speak in private. Be honest about the areas in which you're struggling and ask what you can do to improve. Let them help.

Succeeding in college is really a team effort between you, your instructors, and your advisor. Make sure the rest of your team knows who you are! It's a small effort that can pay off big. Help them help you.

Got a question? Introduce yourself to your advisor. They are selected to help you get through the maze of academics and on to graduation. Don't know who your advisor is? Log into the MyVolState portal, click on "Academics", and select your term.

Originally published 03/24/16, Updated 03/01/17

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, September 6, 2016

Events this Week at Vol State

This week at Vol State:
September 7 ThinkFast Game Show, Cafeteria, 12:45pm-1:45pm
September 8 Livingston Campus Welcome Day
September 8 VISA International Club meeting 2:30-3:30pm Rochelle of Thigpen Library.
University visits this week (Wood Campus Center Hallway):
Cumberland University Tuesday, September 6 – 9:00am-1:00pm
TN Tech Wednesday, September 7 – 10:00am-1:00pm
UT Martin Thursday, September 8 – 9:00am-12:00pm