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:…/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 for mental health services or call 855-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471) 24/7 for a mental health emergency.

You Can Use for Free

A reminder: 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 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
-Click the “Connect” button in the 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 works in this How It Works Video
If you have questions or need assistance logging in to your account, please contact:

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 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:

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, 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

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