Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Tips for Successfully Transferring to a University: Starting the Search

Are you considering transferring to a university after you graduate from Vol State? It’s never too early to prepare. Don’t wait until your last semester!
Vol State has several opportunities over the next few weeks for you to meet with admissions representatives right here on campus:
·        University Transfer Fair - Wednesday, Feb 28 from 10 am - 2 pm in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining room in the Wood Campus Center. Many universities will be represented.
·        University information tables in the Wood Campus Center (check your email and social media for upcoming dates and times). Several universities have already visited, and there are several more coming through the end of March.
Not sure how to start researching universities? Here are some tips:
·        Make a list of all of the universities you are interested in exploring. Create a spreadsheet and put the names of the universities in the first row across the top, one column per university.
·        Make a list of all of the questions you have and things you want to know about each university. Put those questions down the left side of the spreadsheet in the first column, one question per row.
·        Start with the university’s Admissions website and read through the information. You may find answers to a lot of your questions there. Put the answers in your spreadsheet.
·        Find a transfer admissions counselor. An admissions counselor is your preliminary guide for the university. Let them know you’re attending Vol State and you’re considering transferring after you graduate with your associate’s degree. They can send you links to information, tell you how to apply, what events are coming up for prospective transfers, etc. Keep in mind, however, that an admissions counselor typically does not do academic advising.
·        Find an academic advisor. Your transfer admissions counselor may be able to point you to the right person. This might be a faculty advisor or a full-time advisor. Ask them if you can make an appointment to look at your transcript and discuss how your Vol State credits will transfer, and what other courses would be accepted in transfer.
Plenty of university information is at your fingertips. Keep it organized and get excited about all the opportunities out there!

Lindsay Guenther , Josie Larson , and Rebecca Adair are full-time advisors at the Gallatin campus

Monday, February 26, 2018

Events this Week at Vol State

This week at Vol State:
Feb 26 MTSU Admissions Rep, Wood hallway outside 217, 10 am – 2 pm
Feb 27 UT Martin Admissions Rep, Wood hallway outside 217, 11 am – 3 pm
Feb. 27 CAB Café: Love Yourself, Nichols Dining Rooms, 11:10am-1pm
Feb. 28 Transfer Fair: University reps on hand to meet with students, Nichols Dining Room, 10am -2pm
Mar 1 Welch College Admissions Rep, Wood hallway outside 217, 10 am – 2 pm

Friday, February 23, 2018

Family Tragedy to a New Career

It’s typical for college students to change their major once or twice, but for one student, her reason was tragic and deeply emotional. Ashley Pearson received her Vol State degree in Criminal Justice. Ashley previously attended Motlow State Community College for Nursing. “I was going through a divorce. I was looking at Vol State, because I didn’t like Motlow. I ended up having some health problems that kept me out of school for about a year. Right as those things were going on, my brother was murdered.”

Christopher Reese was shot to death while working at a convenience store in Notus, Idaho. “I fell to the floor when I got the call, my mother was screaming on the other end, and when I saw her, it really hit me, it was like flashback, because I had experienced the loss of a child, except I didn’t have mine for twenty-five years like she did. My mother couldn’t function. When you go through something like that, you just can’t think straight. I remember her sitting in her chair, she had cried so much there were no tears left.”

Ashley poured herself into her brother’s unsolved case, researching any type of information she could find and maintaining a close relationship with the detectives. The case was tough because the killers were disguised. They came into the store completely covered, wearing masks. “I knew I had to step up to make sure everything was in place. I just started making phone calls and going over the photos of the men who killed him. It’s like you’re in shock, but you’re still going, you just have to push through it. I did the best I could to try to take care of everything so my mom wouldn’t have to.”

The detectives began noticing how diligently Ashley conducted her research. In fact, one investigator mentioned to her that she would make an excellent detective. “I kind of laughed it off. But then I found myself on Vol State’s website looking at the Criminal Justice program. I thought, this might be something I’d really want to do, and I signed up for the program. I fell in love with the school and my classes. I worked as hard as I possibly could to graduate, not just for myself and my kids, but for him. The doors opened up, I had prayed a lot about it, and everything fell into place. I feel like this is where I needed to be.”

Christopher’s case is still unresolved. “We do these interviews for him, to keep him out there, to let people know that he was somebody’s son, brother, and father. We plead with the public to tell us information, and we pray for closure every day.” Her family continues to search for answers. Ashley intends to pursue a career in criminal psychoanalysis, counseling, or a similar field. Meanwhile, she plans to continue her Criminal Justice studies at Western Kentucky University.

-By Rachel Keyes

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Transfer Fair: Colleges and Universities Visit February 28

Will you be transferring after Vol State? The Office of Admissions invites you to attend the annual Transfer Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 28th in the Nichols Dining Room of the Wood Campus Center. Representatives from four-year Colleges and Universities will be available from 10am to 2pm to answer questions.  Below are the institutions currently registered to attend.

Belmont University
Bethel University
Boyce College
Bryan College
Cumberland University
East Tennessee State University
King University
Lincoln Memorial University
Lindsey Wilson College
Martin Methodist College
Middle Tennessee State University
Mississippi State University
Nossi College of Art
Tennessee Tech
Tennessee Wesleyan University
The Art Institute
The University of Alabama
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Trevecca Nazarene University
Union University
University of North Alabama
Welch College

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Language Center Offers Free Help with Papers and Assignments

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.

This Week at Vol State

This week at Vol State:
Feb. 19 Meet the Artist: Lisa Lorek Quine, Vol State Gallery, first floor of SRB, 11:30am-12:30pm
Feb. 19 Black History Read-In, Ramer Great Hall, 12:45pm
Feb. 20 Shut Up and Write Workshop with Daniel Caron, Nichols Dining Room, 9:35-11am
Feb. 20 How to Play with Difficult People by Daniel Caron, SRB 150, 12:45pm
Feb. 21 One Book, One Community: Prisoners and Law, Caudill Hall auditorium, 1pm
Feb. 21 Know Your Health, learn more about glaucoma and sickle cell anemia, Wallace South 216 and 217, 10am -1pm

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Vol State Students Hands-On with Robots in Advanced Manufacturing

I’m sure you’ve all seen an assembly line in a factory, but have you ever taken a moment to think about how these massive structures are developed, operated, or maintained? Well, there’s a field that will teach you about all of the different technologies that go into creating such a system.

“Mechatronics, it’s a hybrid of classical engineering and manufacturing, the recombination of really any engineering field. Using computer control to power things,” says Taylor Matson, a Mechatronics major at Vol State. Mechatronics professionals, or mechatrons, as Matson calls them, are working in one of the fastest growing industries today. These experts repair, maintain, and design state-of-the-art robotics and computer-aided equipment.

“It’s amazing how many manufacturing jobs are in Tennessee. Take Gap, they have a huge mechatronics line where they have all of their clothes automated coming from assembly lines, being sorted by computers, and shipped properly. It’s only one of dozens of companies using mechatronics.”

So, what about the cool stuff, like building robots? “If you’re interested in robotics and working with machines that move, this is the most cost effective way to learn, especially since classes here are so cheap, relative to universities. One of my primary initial reasons for learning mechatronics is that I want to learn to make robots. If you want to be involved in the future of robotics, you have to do mechatronics. Any massive industrial system, like a spaceship, would need a ton of mechatronics officers just to be maintained.”

SkillsUSA is an organization that provides educational events, competitions, and programs that support technical and career education across America. Matson recently gave a speech for SkillsUSA on Vol State’s behalf, honored as the Outstanding Technical Student of the Year. “I told them that Vol State is the place for mechatronics, period. This opportunity is rare and it’s affordable. It’s very hands on and requires large, expensive equipment. Just existing, this program is a huge advancement for Gallatin.” This degree program is still relatively new for Gallatin, born in fall 2017. Since its inception, seats have filled up quickly.

Matson has previously obtained an A.A.S. in Music Production, is a DJ and Audio Engineer, has a drone production company Avita Industries, LLC, and plans to continue his studies in mechatronics after he is released from the U.S. Army. For more information about Mechatronics at Vol State visit

-By Rachel Keyes

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Pioneer Peers Needs You!

We are excited to introduce the Pioneer Peers, a new team of orientation leaders that will represent Vol State at Campus Connect this summer. We are seeking outgoing students that want to help welcome first time freshman to Vol State and assist in their transition to college. Serving as a Pioneer Peer is a great way to:
·        Earn your community service hours (TN Promise students can gain their hours by participating)
·        Build your academic resume
·        Make new connections
·        Earn Pioneer Swag
·        Strengthen leadership skills
This opportunity will benefit all students, especially those interested in fields of study like public relations/mass communications. Fulltime students with a minimum 2.0 GPA are encouraged to apply. Applications are available now and will be due on March 1st.
Contact Kate Crye at kate.crye@volstate.edu

Monday, February 12, 2018

Free Math Tutoring in the Learning Commons

Math can be tough, but Vol State instructors are here to help. Get free tutoring in math at the Learning Commons in the Thigpen Library on the Gallatin campus. It's available to everyone. Many math classes are covered, including math-heavy science classes, such as physics. See the Learning Commons front desk for the wide-range of times tutors are available.

Events this Week at Vol State

This week at Vol State:
Feb. 13 Mardi Gras Celebration, French classes celebrate with King Cake and activities, SRB Third Floor, 12:30-1:30pm
Feb. 13 Valentine’s Day Voice Concert, vocal students perform, SRB 151, 7pm
Feb. 14 Lecture: African Americans and the Great War by Grady Eades, Rochelle in Thigpen, 1pm
Feb. 17 Science Olympiad, campus-wide event for secondary school students, All Day

Monday, February 5, 2018

This Week at Vol State

This week at Vol State:
Feb. 6                    CAB Café: Black History Bingo, Cafeteria, 12:45pm
Feb. 7                    Soul Food Luncheon; lunch, history and fellowship; Nichols Dining Room, 12:45pm
Feb. 10                 Meet Me at the Game, join student leaders at Pioneers basketball, Pickel Field House, 2pm-6pm