Friday, August 31, 2018

Four Things to Do Now in Your Classes

-Buy the textbook: Search for the cheapest copy, get it and read it. Don’t get behind on reading assignments.
-Keep a calendar: successful students keep a calendar of upcoming assignments and often mark down by day when they need to do work on those assignments. It can be a physical notebook calendar, Apple calendar or Microsoft Office Outlook. The computer versions have the advantage of automatic reminders.
-Work ahead of deadline: If you wait until the last minute you probably won’t do your best work. If something comes up in your life you may even miss an assignment. If you work ahead you can do better work and not miss deadlines.
-Start work now on big assignments: If you have a big paper or speech or some other assignment coming up in a class, get started now. You can do some basic web surfing to come up with a topic and maybe even start research. Spreading out the big work will make life much better in the middle and end of the semester.
You can do this. Yes, you can. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Change Your Facebook Settings to Get All of Our Posts

Facebook will only allow occasional posts from Vol State to appear in your Facebook news feed. It's easy to change that. Go to our Facebook page and then click on "Following". You will see a pop-up menu that has a pencil next to "Notifications". Click the pencil and switch the setting to all posts. That should do it!

This is a link to our Facebook page. If you haven't followed us yet...feel free! Still do the settings change as listed above, though. We put up a lot of helpful info throughout the school year.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Commit to College Completion - Here's How to Get Started

We have Commit to Completion flags up for the start of the semester. They're intended to set a tone for the coming school-year and remind you why you are here. Committing to Completion means that you will earn your degree or certificate. It's most important to remember that commitment when times get tough, as they inevitably will. We'll have posters on all of the campuses this week that you can sign to show your commitment.

Here are a few ideas to help you do well in your classes:

-Attend all of your class meetings. If you skip even one class you will get behind. This isn't high school and there is a different work expectation here.

-Talk to your instructor if you don't understand something or if you need help. They're not here to give you extensions or allow you to get out of work. They are here to help you learn and succeed. Don't be embarrassed about not understanding something....that's why you're here and that's why we're here.

-Get extra help. We have a number of free academic support services available to all students. Those services will really help you as the semester piles up with assignments and papers. We've collected the tutoring services in one list that we call the "College Success Zone." You can view the list of free services here.

Events this Week at Vol State

Aug. 27                 Art Faculty Exhibition, Vol State Art Gallery, First floor of SRB, through Sept. 20
Aug. 27                 Meet Your Student Government, find out more about SGA and how you can get involved, free ice cream, Nichols Dining Room, 12:45pm
Aug, 28, 29          Student Club Recruitment Fair, Wood Campus Center Hallway, 11am-2pm
Aug. 28                 Coffee with the Prez, ask questions or just chat with Dr. Faulkner, SRB second floor hallway, 8:30-9:30am
Aug. 28                 Evening students grab and go pizza and meet student leaders, Wood Hallway, 5pm-6pm
Aug. 30                 Fall Campus Kick Off Fair, meet with advisors and free lunch, Thigpen Plaza, 11am-1pm
Sept. 3                  Labor Day Holiday, all campuses closed, no classes

Thursday, August 23, 2018

New Look for eLearn and Online Courses

Introducing Daylight – a New Look for Vol State Online Classes
The Vol State online class system, eLearn, is getting a face lift. The new look, branded “Daylight” by D2L the company that runs eLearn, is designed to be more mobile friendly and accessible to assistive technology users. While the look and feel will be noticeably different, most of the functionality will remain exactly the same for both students and faculty. Many find it easier to use.
Here is a sneak peek at the new design.
You will find it in your online classes when they open on August 27. A reminder that online classes don't open until that day. Make sure you log-in right away to see what assignments you may have.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Welcome TN Reconnect Students!

We’re excited to have TN Reconnect students on campus for fall classes.  It’s wonderful to have a tuition-free program for adult students. Now we want to make sure you have success in your classes here at Vol State. We have many support programs available to help students and some events coming up especially for TN Reconnect students.
The first location you need to know about is the Adult Learners Office. They are in the Ramer Building, Room 150. They can answer questions and provide advice. However, all of our offices are experienced in working with adult students, so don’t hesitate to ask anyone for help.
The Learning Commons is your one-stop-shop for college success. You can find math tutoring, help with papers and assignments, and test prep assistance in the Learning Commons. All you need to do is visit the Learning Commons front desk. They will get you started. The Learning Commons is located in the Thigpen Library building in Gallatin. Our other campuses also have a Learning Commons location. Ask at the front desk for the room number.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your class instructors if you have questions or run into problems. They too are experienced in working with adult students.
Try to make friends in class and find study partners. College can be tough and it helps to have someone to help support you as you learn.
Here are a couple of events for TN Reconnect students and other adults taking classes this fall. Have a successful semester!
Sept. 10                Adult Student Open House, Library and Learning Commons, 10am-Noon and 4pm-6pm
Sept. 13                SGA grab and go food and voter registration, Wood Main Hallway, 5pm-6pm

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Starting college for the first time, or returning after it has been a while, can be quite nerve racking. Even if you've been a college student for quite some time, a brand new semester approaching can oftentimes cause a bit of anxiety. Vol State is dedicated to student success, so we spoke to Gail Tomkins, adjunct faculty instructor of College Success courses, to learn some tips for getting off on the right foot.

“Always attend every single class period and be on time. Oftentimes, instructors will give important announcements at the beginning or end of class,” said Tomkins. Students may not consider this until it’s too late, but it is wise to come early to get a parking space to ensure that you are indeed on time for class.

A few other common sense tips are: get sufficient sleep, take a break for lunch – preferably a healthy one – and don’t procrastinate!

It’s no secret that having a support system is a great way to feel connected with those around you. “Establishing a group of friends to rely on is important because you can help each other out if one misses a class. I also think it helps students stay in college if they have a support group,” Tomkins said. From my perspective as a student, don’t be afraid to try to make friends, and when you do, help each other stay on track by holding each other accountable.

Let’s face it, we are all human, and we can be rather forgetful at times. Another piece of advice that Tomkins stressed is to keep a planner. “Don’t try to keep everything in your head,” she added. Keeping a planner will help you stay on track, stay organized, and stay a few steps ahead.

-By Rachel Keyes

Monday, August 20, 2018

New Students - Tips for Getting Around on the Gallatin Campus

New students: check out this video - how to get around the Gallatin campus.

One Week until Classes Start - Things to do Now

Vol State classes start on August 27. That’s next Monday. Here are a few things to do now to get ready.
-There is still time to register for classes or make changes to your schedule.
-If you have been looking for a specific class that has been full, check again. We have added course sections and seats.
-Check your schedule to make sure it is correct.
-Make sure you don’t have an online class or a class at another campus, unless that is what you intended. Highland Crest, Livingston and the Cookeville Higher Education Center are other campuses in other cities. Online classes have a TBA for time and days. You can tell for sure by checking the course section. If it has a “C” in the course section number, that’s an online class.
-Check your account in My Vol State and make sure to pay anything you owe.
We’ll have more tips for you throughout the next couple of weeks. Have a great semester!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Fall Tips for Students

We're getting ready for the fall semester at Vol State. Here are some tips for new students:

-Classes start on Monday, August 27, but if you don't have a Monday class, your first class will be whatever day you have class that week.

-Make sure you attend all classes in the first two weeks- your financial aid depends on it.

-Attend all of your classes anyway. People who attend class regularly get higher grades. Go to class.

-Double check your schedule to make sure you are taking the classes you think you are taking. If you see TBA listed as a location or time, and you have double checked recently in My Vol State and it still says that- you could be signed up for an online class. Nothing wrong with that if it is what you intended. They are noted with a C in the course section.

-Livingston, Highland Crest and Cookeville Higher Education Center are other campuses, not buildings. Make sure you intend to take a class there.

-Print up a copy of the Gallatin campus map to spot your classes ahead of time. Print it to take with you for your first week of classes.

-Give yourself an extra half-hour or so the first week of classes to find your favorite parking place and your best route to class.

-Use the back entrance to the Gallatin campus off Greenlea, it's much less congested. Parking in those back lots is also easier.

-Sign-up for Vol State social media to get tips and info you need. You can Like Us on 
Facebook or Follow Us on Twitter. Also, stay tuned to this blog for news and stories for students.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Gallatin Offices Closed Friday Morning, August 17

Vol State Gallatin offices will be closed this Friday, August 17 in the morning for Convocation. Offices will re-open at 1pm. However, the Business Office and Bookstore will be open all morning. Other campuses will be open as usual.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Warf Building Closed for a Year - Other Office Moves

The Warf Math and Science building on the Gallatin campus will be closed for the entire school year. Math and Science classes have been moved to other buildings across campus, including the East Campus, which is located on the other side of Gap Blvd. If you see a building location for one of your classes marked: 100, 200, 300, 400 or Betty Gibson Hall, these are on the East side of campus. The Math and Science Division Office is now located on the bottom floor of the Wood Campus Center. Just take the stairs or elevator near the bookstore and go down one level.

There will be construction work on Warf throughout this coming school year. Please pay attention to caution flags and stay out of construction areas. We know this is an inconvenience, but it will lead to a much better facility for Math and Science soon.

Other Office Moves

Disability Services has a new home in the Ramer Building 176. The Testing Center in Gallatin is now in Ramer Room 165. The Language Center has moved into the Learning Commons in the Thigpen Library building.

Here is a link to a map of the Gallatin campus. 

Friday, August 3, 2018

Medical Assistant Program Now Accepting Applications

The Vol State Health Sciences Center of Emphasis is offering the CCMA (Certified Clinical Medical Assistant) program beginning in September 2018 and continuing through June 2018. A Medical Assistant supports the work of physicians and other health professionals, usually in a clinic setting. Interviews for the program will be held on Tuesday, August 14th. For more information please contact Terri Crutcher at or call (615) 230-3343.

Consider a Career in Logistics

Have you ever bought something at Walmart and wondered how it got there? Supply chain management is one of the fastest growing fields in business today. Everyone has a supply chain of some kind. The Vol State Logistics and Supply Chain Management program can move you into a new and exciting career. Vol State offers both a Technical Certificate and an Associate of Applied Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Contact Don Ellis, for more information.