Monday, January 28, 2019

This Week at Vol State

This week on the Vol State campus:
Jan 29 Cumberland University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10am-2 pm
Jan 31 Welch College representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Jan. 31 International Students Social and Professional Workshop, VISA students, New Americans, and all others strongly encouraged to attend. Obtaining the Skill Sets Towards Integration and Success 11:30 AM- 12:30 PM, Nichols Dining Room and then Life Experiences through Shared Storytelling 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Nichols Dining Room

How Vol State Handles Weather Closings and Delays

This a reminder of the Vol State delay and closing guidelines.
Weather notices from Vol State can call for a delay of classes or a closing of a campus. It is always specific to the campus, so what happens in Gallatin may be different from Livingston, Cookeville-CHEC, or Springfield.
-A delay means that classes start at that hour. For example- If we say delayed opening at 9:30am that means only classes that would be meeting at 9:30am or later will be meeting. Classes before that are canceled. Some classes last for several hours. Those classes will start at the opening time.
-Labs are handled differently for a delay. Students should check the eLearn page for each lab to see what the instructor had decided. If campus is closed, there are no classes or labs.
- Vol State closings are not based on public school closings. You'll find that the College doesn't close or have class delays nearly as often as the high schools, primarily due to the fact that we don’t have buses to consider.
-If the roads are dangerous in your area you have the right to decide if you want to attend class or not. If you can't attend let your instructor know so that you can make up work.
-If there is a delay or cancelation students should check their eLearn web page for each canceled class to receive updated assignment info from instructors.
-Students will automatically receive text alerts with closing or delay info if they have a current cell phone listed in My Vol State.
-The website will always be updated on the front page if there is a delay or cancelation:
-You can also monitor our primary Facebook page:
If you don’t receive a text use the website to double check. Any weather statement from the college will appear at the top of the home page.
We do send notices about delays and cancellations to the Nashville TV stations. However, TV stations should be a last resort to view closings. It sometimes takes an hour for the Vol State listings to come up on the screen due to the number of closings. The times the TV stations give us to choose from often don’t match our class times, so we have to approximate.
If you have questions please post them as comments to the Vol State Facebook page weather posting and we will answer.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Vol State Student Leader Shares Her Educational Journey

Vol State student Megen Roberts’ challenges have been many, but she’s never let them hold her back. Her initial encounter with Vol State was in 2013. After two semesters, she was forced to drop out when her eight year-old son Samuel, who has a form of autism and cerebral palsy, became very ill. It was in the fall of 2017 that she next considered college. While working two jobs, she recognized that despite her obstacles, she wanted something larger for her life.

“I was at work one day, and I looked up and realized that everybody who was there was miserable. I didn’t want to be like any person that I worked with. Meaning, the life they had, I didn’t want. So, I decided to quit my job, both of them, and come back to school … Quitting my jobs was a big financial burden for my family, but I was able to get a scholarship through the foundation in the spring semester, which was really helpful.”

At thirty years of age, she is a first generation college student. Despite a rocky first semester back, she kept going and never gave up.

“I got shingles that semester and I missed a month of lectures. I really didn’t think I was going to be able to keep going, and somehow, I managed to end the semester with all A’s. I worked really hard. At the end of the semester when I got my grades, I remember thinking, ‘I might be able to do this.’ “

Not only did she excel in her classes, she now wears many hats around campus. She’s the president of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), a President’s Ambassador, and Honors student.

“I really thought that as a non-traditional student I would just exist in classes and go home. Being this involved is not what I expected. I just didn’t think I would be able to do it, but somehow, everything is falling into place.”

Megen has realized her calling to become a History professor.

“I’ve always loved history. It’s this amazing thing that encompasses all of humanity. I can get excited just about any period of history, I think it’s all just completely fascinating and it’s something that we’re always finding out something new about. It’s constantly changing, and I could spend the rest of my life doing it, and learn something new every single day.”

-By Rachel Keyes

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Feed Student Food Pantry Open for Spring Semester

The Vol State Feed provides free food to students in need. All students are eligible. If you don't like to read, you can also check-out this video
The Feed at Vol State seeks to alleviate the barriers and challenges associated with food insecurity and hunger so that students can remain in school, and ultimately, earn their degrees. It could be called a food pantry or a food bank. The important point is that The Feed is open to all Vol State students. It is operated at all four Vol State campuses.
The Feed is stocked with non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items. All current students are welcome to use The Feed and must present their Student ID at each visit. Students are able to use The Feed as often as needed. The Feed operates on the honor system. Students will be asked to fill out a brief registration form with basic information, but it is not necessary to prove eligibility.
You can get involved, even if you don’t need help.
The Feed accepts donations of non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items. You can find The Feed permanent donation bins in the Wood Campus Center, Ramer building, Thigpen Library, and the SRB Humanities building on the Gallatin campus and in the lobbies of CHEC, Livingston and Highland Crest campuses. Monetary donations are accepted through the Vol State Foundation Office. We need staffing assistance sorting donated items, tracking inventory, and collecting donated items. If you would like to help, contact us!
The hours are 9am-4pm Monday and Wednesday, 9am-6pm Tuesday and Thursday, and Friday by appointment only for the Gallatin campus location. Other campuses may have different hours- check at the front desk for details.
The schedule changes based on the academic calendar and availability of volunteers. Like the Vol State Facebook page to stay current with hours of operation.
Location and Contact
The Feed is located in the Ramer Building, Room 151, next to the Veterans Affairs and Adult Learners Office on the Gallatin campus. Please see the front desks at CHEC, Livingston and Highland Crest campuses for help at those locations. Email:

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Commit to Completion

We have Commit to Completion flags up for the start of the semester. They're intended to set a tone for the coming semester and remind you why you are here. Committing to Completion means that you will earn your degree or certificate. It's important to remember that goal when times get tough, as they inevitably will. You can do this and we're here to help you succeed.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr. Event on Wednesday, January 23

MLK Commemoration: A Day of Peace and Reconciliation
Wednesday, January 23rd • 11:30 AM • Caudill Auditorium
Gather for a candlelight vigil and a brief video to remember those lost these past years through mass shootings and other senseless acts of violence throughout the country. After this tribute, we will screen King’s renowned “I Have A Dream” speech at the March on Washington in 1963. A reception will follow.

Vol State Campuses Closed Monday, January 21

A reminder that all Vol State campuses will be closed on Monday, January 21 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No classes on Monday and all offices will be closed.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Three Tips for Doing Well in Your Classes

We hope everyone has a great Spring Semester. Here are three tips for doing well in your classes and getting closer to your graduation goal.

1. Attend your classes. It may seem simple, but it is the most common reason why students fall behind and get poor grades. If you do have to miss a class, email your instructor to get caught up.
2. Get organized. If you let assignments pile up you will become overwhelmed. Every class should have a course schedule that describes due dates for the semester. Start your own personal calendar to remind you of what you should be working on and when it is due. Do this for all of your classes.
3. Ask for help. If you don’t understand something ask the instructor. You can do that during class or after. If you want extra help with papers and assignments use the free Learning Commons services available on each campus. You can get assistance with math homework, math-heavy science homework, papers, and assignments. Visit this website for details:

If you run into big problems be sure to contact Advising on your campus. In Gallatin the Advising Center is located in room 174. Or you can call them at 615-230-3702.

You can do this! We’re here to help you succeed.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Las Vegas Artist Exhibit at Vol State Gallery

The work of Las Vegas artist Erik Beehn is on display at the Vol State Art Gallery. The exhibit will be an installation, meaning that Beehn will build some of the art on location. The show is based on the novel “The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
“The exhibition, ‘Some Sort of Conclusion,’ presents a visual interpretation of the story as a platform to pose conversations around agency and empathy. Processes of mechanical reproduction are employed to unique results with specific interest in observational paintings evolution into abstraction,” Beehn said.
The Vol State show runs until February 14. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Vol State Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building on the Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information call 615-230-3202.
Pictured: A Erik Beehn installation in Las Vegas. His Vol State work will be customized for this exhibit.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Events this Week at Vol State

This week at Vol State:
Jan. 14 Erik Beenh art exhibit, Vol State Gallery, First floor of SRB, through Feb. 14
Jan. 15 Spring Campus Kick-Off, info about student clubs and activities, Wood Campus Center 11:30pm-1pm
Jan. 16 Spring Campus Kick-Off, info about student clubs and activities, Wood Campus Center 11:30pm-1pm
Jan. 17 CAB Café: the Arcade, mini-golf and video games, Cafeteria, 11:30am-2:30pm
Jan. 21 All campuses Closed for MLK, Jr. Day, No classes

Thursday, January 3, 2019

There is Still Time to Apply for Spring Classes - They Start January 14

There is still time to apply for Vol State Spring classes- they start January 14. Adult students who don't have a college degree may qualify for TN Reconnect, tuition-free education. Visit We have more than 100 areas of study to choose from and onlline classes for increased flexibility. You can apply to the college online at