Friday, March 31, 2017

Priority Registration for Current Students Starts April 3 and 4

Priority registration for current students starts next week. You can register for fall and summer classes starting at 8am on Monday, April 3 for sophomores (30 credit hours or more) and Tuesday, April 4 for freshmen (less than 30 credit hours). You have about a week before registration opens to the public. So, to get the classes you need at the times you want, register next week.

Register Now for High School Music Day at Vol State

There is still room for high school students to attend- share with your high school friends...
High School Music Day at Vol State is coming up on Saturday, April 8. There will be free workshops in a variety of musical areas. It's also a great opportunity to meet other musicians. Interested singer/songwriters will be able to record a song. Details and registration here:

Here is the schedule of workshops. Register now!

We will provide lunch and refreshments.
9-10 AM Students arrive, coffee/pastries in lobby, 1st floor SRB (Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities Building)
10 – 10:30 AM Welcome ceremony featuring Vol State faculty and student performers
10:30 - 12 Noon Workshops:
  • Piano/Music Theory “Keyboard Skills for Basic Music Theory” SRB 109
  • Bluegrass “Functioning Successfully In A Bluegrass Group”PAS
  • Songwriting “Contemporary Songwriting: Fishing for Hooks”SRB 257
  • Jazz/Rock/Blues “Not Just Country Music City” SRB 157
  • Studio Recording/Engineering “From Recording to Mixdown”Studio
  • Instrumental “From High School Band to the Nashville Symphony” SRB 151
12 – 1:30 PM Lunch, featuring performers from CME and/or Bluegrass, 1st floor SRB
1:30 – 3 PM Workshops:
  • Choral “Audition Prep: Musical Theatre vs College Vocal Scholarship” SRB 151
  • Bluegrass “Functioning Successfully In A Bluegrass Group”PAS
  • Music Business/Songwriting “The Do’s and Don’ts Of Music Row” SRB 257
  • Jazz/Rock/Blues “Not Just Country Music City” SRB 157
  • Studio Recording/Engineering “From Recording to Mixdown”Studio
  • Worship/Church Music “So You Wanna Lead Worship?” SRB 213
3 – 4 PM Wrap Up/Questions for our Experts
For more information call 615-230-3200

Monday, March 27, 2017

Events at Vol State this Week

March 28             Music Department Recital, SRB 151, 2pm
March 29             TSU: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wood Campus Center across from the cafeteria
March 29             Spring Fling, campus groups and fun, Gallatin campus Duffer Plaza and Quad, 11am-2pm
March 30             Humanities Lecture: “Descartes on the Problem of Error” by Jeremy Shipley, SRB 310, 3pm-4:30pm
March 30             Paralegal Studies Open House, Caudill Hall, 6pm-7pm
March 31             Musical: “Fame” presented by Vol State Theater students, Caudill Hall, 7:30pm
April 1                   Musical: Fame, Caudill Hall, 7:30pm
April 1                   April Fools’ Day Concert, SRB 151, 6pm

April 2                   Musical: Fame, Caudill Hall, 2:30pm

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fame! the Musical Set to Open This Friday

“We had the right crowd last night,” Professor Edmon Thomas said to his cast members. They were gathered backstage before rehearsal to go over some details and to be encouraged. The crowd that Thomas spoke of was a small group of theater-goers who didn’t get the memo that the show had been delayed a week. They were instead invited to stay and watch the rehearsals. “They loved it. They said it was like watching a show within a show,” said Thomas, who is directing this year’s production of “Fame!” the musical.

“Musicals take more time and work to put together than plays do,” explained Sheridan Hitchcox, who plays Serena Katz in the production. The cast is confident, however, that they will be ready with a great production come show time.

“I’m excited. It’s going to be a great show,” said assistant director and Vol State Theater instructor Jack Yatsko. Yatsko will also be playing the role of music teacher Mr. Sheinkopf in the performance.

“Fame!” is set in an elite performing arts high school and follows the stories of several students, from their freshman year to graduation. “You’ll see each of these characters evolve through graduation,” said Hitchcox. “[The musical] tackles tough subjects like drug abuse, learning disabilities, and racial issues.”

“Fame!” will be performed in Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall, at the Gallatin Vol State Campus. Show times are Friday, March 31 at 7:30pm; Saturday, April 1 at 7:30pm, and a Sunday, April 2 matinĂ©e at 2:30pm. Tickets are $5 at the door or free with a Vol State Student ID.

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.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fall and Summer Priority Class Registration for Current Students Starts April 3 and 4

Priority fall and summer class registration for current students starts April 3 at 8am for sophomores (30 credit hours or more) and April 4 at 8am for freshmen (less than 30 credit hours).

Why do you care? This is a short opportunity for you to register for classes before the public. That means getting the classes you need at the times you want. Visit DegreeWorks on My Vol State and talk to your academic advisor now to get ready.

College Credit EMS Training Comes to Cookeville

College credit Emergency Medical Services (EMS) courses and degrees are now available in the Upper Cumberland as Volunteer State Community College rolls out a new program in Cookeville. Vol State now offers EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), EMT Advanced and Paramedic certificates at the Cookeville Higher Education Center (CHEC). For the first time in the Upper Cumberland those courses will be for college credit, allowing EMTs to also obtain an associate of applied science degree. A college degree can be an important part of the promotion process, and lead to further education, such as a bachelor’s degree. Vol State has been upgrading the equipment in Cookeville as part of the roll-out.
 “We have a SimMan (patient simulation mannequin) that costs $80,000,” said EMS director Erik Jesse. “It gives students the most realistic training opportunity available. It responds just like a real patients. Students can practice skills and get immediate feedback from our instructors.”
 “You can actually visualize and put yourself in that situation. He (SimMan) is very lifelike,” said student, Taylor Hargis of Livingston. “The instructors are helpful. They’re good at taking their time. They don’t mind working with us one-on-one.”
 “Students need to be working hands-on with the very equipment they will be using on the ambulance,” said instructor Roger Brown. “We have the most current training equipment.” Other new gear includes IntuBrite intubation simulators, and a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine.
 “There’s a real shortage of trained EMTs in the Upper Cumberland,” Jesse said. “There’s a lot of job opportunity.”
 “It’s a job that is always changing,” said student Curtis Black of Carthage. “It’s helping others when they can’t help themselves. I plan on getting my associate’s degree here in Cookeville. The location is much more convenient for me.”
 Many students already work as EMTs and are continuing their education with Vol State. Hargis works at Overton County EMS. “I wanted to learn more,” she said. “You can advance more as a paramedic.”
 There is an April 15 application deadline coming up for the next Paramedic program. The college also offers EMT each fall and EMT Advanced each spring semester. For more information visit, email or call 931-372-5551.
Pictured: Cookeville students work with the SimMan simulator, as instructor Roger Brown explains. Left to right: Ethan Burris, Gainesboro; Andrea Miller, Cookeville; Taylor Hargis, Livingston; and Jimmy Savage, Doyle.

Science Expo for Kids K-8 April 6

The Vol State Science and Math Expo is a fun day of science learning for kids K-8 and their parents and grandparents. It's free and coming up on April 6.
“You can see the kids have a genuinely fun time while learning something,” said biology instructor, Billy Dye. “It’s great to see kids discover that science isn’t stodgy and stale, but it’s alive, active and interesting.”
Many of demonstrations and activities are put together by Vol State students, who gain a new perspective on science and math education.  Topics will include: water properties (cohesion, adhesion, and surface tension), dry ice demonstrations, and education on biodegradable and recyclable materials. Students can make, and take home, their own bouncy polymer balls. The Cumberland Astronomical Society and Vanderbilt Mobile Planetarium will be on hand, with much discussion of the upcoming August total eclipse of the Sun in Middle Tennessee.
The Expo has a new name. Former Vol State Chemistry Professor Parris Powers organized the event for many years and passed away in 2016. He is being honored for his hard work and dedication to science education. The event will now be known as the Parris Powers Science and Math Expo.
The Parris Powers Science and Math Expo will be held on Thursday, April 6 from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. It will take place in and around the Wallace Health Sciences Building- North, on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The event is free and open to everyone. For more information call 615-230-3261.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Musical Fame at Vol State

The collision of talent and ambition at a high school for the performing arts leads to love, tears and plenty of soul searching. “Fame” brings that world to life in a musical that has traveled to 25 countries over the years. Theater students at Volunteer State Community College will present “Fame” on March 31 and April 1, both performances at 7:30 p.m. There is a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday April 2. Admission is a suggested $5 donation at the door. The proceeds go to fund student scholarships. The musical will be held in the Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall on the Vol State Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike. For more information call 615-230-3202.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Vol State Events this Week

Plenty to do this week at Vol State:
March 20 UT-Knoxville visit: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wood Campus Center across from the cafeteria
March 20 SGA Debate, officer candidates, Nichols Dining Room, 11:45am-12:45pm
March 20 Administration Forum with SGA, Nichols Dining Room, 12:45pm-2pm
March 21 New Veterinary Technology Building Open House, Gallatin campus near Wallace North, 5 pm to 8 pm
March 22 Union University visit : 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wood Campus Center across from the cafeteria
March 23 Speaker: Aimee Mueller- Positioning Yourself for Success, Nichols Dining, 12:45pm

Friday, March 17, 2017

Fall and Summer Class Schedules Now Available Online

Fall and Summer class schedules are now available for viewing online. Visit your My Vol State page. Registration opens on April 3 and 4 for current students. New and readmit students can register for summer starting April 11 and for fall starting on May 9.
Remember: the earlier you register, the better the selection of classes and times that you will have available to you.Use the DegreeWorks tool in My Vol State to see the classes you need. Then make an appointment with your academic advisor to make sure you are on the right track!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Vet Tech Open House for New Facility - Tuesday Evening, March 21

People interested in the Vet Tech program and those in the animal care field can see the new facility in person during an open house on Tuesday, March 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Vet Tech facility is in the building that formerly housed the Art Department, next to the Wallace North building on the Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike. The open house will feature tours and refreshments will be served.

This is a story about the new facility:

The veterinarian hooks up EKG leads to a stuffed husky toy. The students watch and make comments. They will see this done many times with real canine patients. But it is the ability to have a clear view of the action that is the real story here. When it comes to veterinary care, seeing is learning, and that means having room for students to clearly observe instructors in a modern clinical setting. The redesigned building that now houses the Veterinary Technology program at Volunteer State Community College is five times larger than the old facility. An entire class can watch a surgical procedure performed on a dog. They can see exactly how the equipment needs to be set up for the x-ray of a cat. Being able to fit more students in a surgery suite or radiology area has additional benefits.
“Now we can have first and second year students in on the same days,” said Vet Tech director, Dr. Hope Wright, DVM. “I think that interaction between students will bring a lot to the program.”
“All of them working together means that they’re learning together,” said instructor D.J. Smith, LVMT. “Second year students help to teach the first year students and that teaching cements their learning. This facility is also designed to emulate a clinic. We have a grooming facility, kennels and even a reception area.”
“It’s super nice,” student Jamie Reed of Lebanon said. “We were in one room before and we were all cramped; we didn’t have a whole lot of room to move around. Our whole class can be in the new surgery suite.”
“There’s more room for demonstrations,” said student Lane Silcox of Carthage. “We actually have specific lab rooms now, instead of having labs in the classroom.”
Bright light throughout the building allows for better viewing of details. There are facilities to house animals on site, which helps when the director does spay and neuter operations on animals from the Sumner County Animal Control. Those operations are observed and assisted by students. The hands-on nature of the Vol State Vet tech program has proven successful. Last year 19 students graduated and 17 of those students were employed immediately. Vol State offers a two-year Veterinary Technology Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degree for those wanting to be Veterinary Technicians. The A.A.S program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). There is also a one-year Veterinary Assistant certificate for students seeking employment as Vet Assistants.
For more information about Vet Tech at Vol State visit
Pictured: Dr. Hope Wright shows students vitals monitoring techniques using a stuffed animal model in the new surgical suite.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Fall and Summer Registration: Meet with Your Academic Advisor Now

It's time for currently enrolled students to start thinking about their next semester at Vol State. If you're graduating...awesome! If you're continuing, either this summer or in the fall, priority registration will open soon. Here are some tips:
-Use the Degree Works tool in My Vol State to find out what classes you need.
-Meet with your academic advisor soon to talk about what classes you should take.
-Your academic advisor might not be available after finals, so meet with them now.
-Find you academic advisor in DegreeWorks, under your name. Hover over your advisor’s name to see their email. On your phone, tap and hold for an option to email.
-Priority registration opens at 8am on April 3 for students with 30 credits or more (sophomores).
-Priority registration opens at 8am on April 4 for students with less than 30 credits (freshmen).

Desegregation and Basketball at Vol State Book Event

Basketball collides with desegregation in a book about two childhood friends from Gallatin. “More Than Rivals” is the story of how those two high school students found themselves on the frontline of Civil Rights in Tennessee. This coming Thursday, Vol State will host “More Than Rivals: A Conversation with Bill Ligon & Eddie Sherlin.” Joining them will be the New York Times best-selling author of the book, Ken Abraham.

This is how the book publisher describes the story. “Eddie Sherlin and Bill Ligon were two boys living on opposite sides of the tracks in Gallatin in the 1960s. They shared a passion for basketball. Despite the barriers they knew divided them, including the separation of their schools and the colors of their skin, Eddie and Bill found friendship on the basketball court. By 1970, the process of desegregation was in full-swing and had everyone on edge. All-white Gallatin High and all-black Union High would become one. First, the two schools would face one another in the basketball championship game. This game suddenly held a deeper meaning for the people of Gallatin.”

Ligon and Sherlin will discuss this important part of our local history and how the book “More Than Rivals” came to be. Author Ken Abraham has written about the lives of many famous Americans ranging from astronaut Buzz Aldrin to boxer George Foreman.

“More Than Rivals: A Conversation with Bill Ligon & Eddie Sherlin.” will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Wemyss Auditorium of Caudill Hall. It is free and open to everyone. Pizza and refreshments will be provided and copies of the book available for sale. The speaking engagement is sponsored by Vol State Thigpen Library, Vol State Student Life, Phi Theta Kappa, Vol State Athletics, Sumner County Schools, and Gallatin and Portland public libraries. For more information visit, call 615-230-3400 or email

Events this Week at Vol State

Welcome back! Here's what's happening at Vol State this week:
March 14 MTSU visit: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wood Campus Center across from the cafeteria
March 14 Faculty Recital: Thomas Spann, Percussion, SRB 151, 2:30-3:30pm
March 15 WKU visit: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wood Campus Center across from the cafeteria
March 15 Grab and Go March Madness, free student lunch, multiple locations, 11:30am
March 15 Humanities Lecture: “Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Their Art and Legacy” by Jaime Sanchez, SRB Classroom 353, 12:45 PM - 2:10 PM
March 16 “More than Rivals: A Conversation with Bill Ligon and Eddie Sherlin” desegregation and basketball collide in Gallatin in 1970, Caudill Hall, 5:30pm
March 17 Movie: Suffragette, free and open to everyone, Nichols Dining Room, 7pm

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Considering a Career in Radiologic Technology?

Interested in a career as a Radiologic Technologist? Come to a Radiology information session. They will provide the information you need to get on track to apply to the program. All information sessions are on Thursday @ 2:30 pm in the radiology classroom, room 114, of the Wallace Health Science Building North on the Gallatin campus. No appointment is necessary to attend.
• January 5, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
• February 2, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
• March 2, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
• April 6, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
• May 4, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
• June 1, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
• July 6, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
• August 3, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
For more information contact:
Radiologic Technology Program
Wallace North, 116-C
(615) 230 – 3651

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

What to do if you have not been Receiving Vol State Text Messages

Have you been receiving Vol State text alerts? We have sent several this year. If you haven’t received them you need to go into your My Vol State page and under your personal information update the mobile phone number section with your correct number. This is for students at all campuses, including CHEC. Vol State text alerts will announce weather closings and delays, emergencies and provide tips on important college services and deadlines to help you.