Thursday, October 31, 2019

First-Generation Student: Jessica Lee


Freshman and first-generation student Jessica Lee used to feel clueless and afraid of college, like many other students, but she now feels more confident. 

Lee felt like she didn’t know anything about college, because even though her older brother already went, she was home-schooled and her parents lacked college experience.

“I didn’t really know what to expect [from college], because I had no one around to tell me what to expect,” said Lee, “Most people have their parents, even though it was a different generation, and most of the time, they know what to expect.  I didn’t have that, and it felt like I was coming into college blind.”

Jessica Lee
Lee said this lack of knowledge caused her to imagine that college would be incredibly difficult.  Now, she plans to move on to a four-year university after graduating from Vol State for a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

“I thought [college] would be insanely hard.  I mean, it is hard, but I thought it would be ten times harder than it is, like I would fail every class.  Yes, going into it, I was very afraid,” said Lee.

“There are a lot of resources at Vol State that are very helpful, like the Learning Commons.  The people in my classes are really helpful, and most of my professors are really helpful too,” said Lee, “Try talking to people in your classes, and see if you can make a study group or a group text- especially with homework because some things can be confusing and your professor can’t always get back to you immediately.”

To help her time management, Lee uses a planner to remember her responsibilities and recommends other students who struggle with time management do the same.

“A planner is insanely helpful, because you can write down everything that needs to be done, along with the due dates and times,” said Lee.

To show appreciation for first-generation college students, come to the First-Generation Vol State Celebration events planned throughout the week.


-Gloria Cortes

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Grow Your Veteran-Owned Business with Google Livestream

Tuesday, November 5 from 11a.m.to Noon, Vol State Gallatin Campus, 300 Building. The TSBDC at Vol State is partnering with Grow with Google to help our veteran-led small business community learn digital skills to grow their business with a livestream viewing at Vol State Community College, in Building 300, on November 5th 2019. At the workshop, National Veteran Small Business Week Livestream, individuals will learn how Google My Business can assist with the following: Establishing a local online presence Using your brand voice to build a loyal customer base and showcase the uniqueness of your products or services driving traffic both in-store and online. To get here, take the GAP Blvd entrance from Nashville Pike into Vol State. Then take your first entrance on the right into the parking lot. The 300 Building will located in the round-a-bout and has the number 300 on the front. Fee: No Cost. RegisterOnline Phone: 615-230-4780. Email: calexander@tsbdc.org

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Priority Spring Registration Starts Nov. 4 and 5

Use Priority spring class registration to get the classes you need at the times you want!

Priority spring course registration for current sophomores (completed 30 credit hours or more) starts at 8am on November 4. It opens for current freshmen (completed less than 30 credit hours) on November 5 at 8am.

To get ready to register you need to meet with your academic advisor. You don't want to take classes that don't apply towards your degree. Make an appointment with your advisor now!
The spring course schedule is available now on My Vol State.
You can start the process by visiting the DegreeWorks section of your MyVolState page. It shows you what classes you need, but you still need to meet with your academic advisor to make sure. If you don't know your academic advisor, you can look them up under your personal information on your MyVolState page. Advisors are also listed in DegreeWorks.
A reminder: Advising is mandatory for Tennessee Promise students.
If you have problems you can contact the Advising Center at 615-230-3702 or visit them in person in Gallatin in Ramer room 141. For the other campuses ask for Student Services help at the front desk.

Vol State is Hiring a Student Social Media Writer

Vol State is hiring a Student Social Media writer for the spring semester. Gloria Cortes, our current Student Social Media Writer, has done a great job, but she is graduating in December. It is a part-time position working in the Office of Public Relations. Freshmen candidates will also be considered for the position during the next school-year. It is a 15 hour a week position paying $12 an hour. You must be enrolled as a Vol State student while you work in the position. Candidates should enjoy writing, photography and telling stories. We'll review applications in a few weeks, so apply now.

Monday, October 28, 2019

First-Generation College Student Spotlights


As many people know, college is hard!  But for the students who don’t have any parental guidance, getting through college can feel like walking in the dark.  At Volunteer State Community College, we’re celebrating the academic journey of first-generation college students.

At Vol State, a first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s) did not complete a bachelor's degree and who is resilient, determined, driven, persistent, tenacious, hopeful, supportive, and is a trailblazer who inspires others!

“Firsts” are important, and they deserve recognition and respect, especially if it’s a first for a family.  Being the first to go to college is not only a huge step for the family, but also a huge, completely new experience for the family and student.  Along with all the ordinary stresses of college, first-generation students face different challenges that other students may never have to worry about. 

This week at Vol State, we’re celebrating first-generation students’ successes during their college experience.  Come to our First-Generation College Students Celebration events to help raise campus awareness and support for our first-generation college students, and get to know some of these students through blog spotlights later this month.


-Gloria Cortes

Vol State Events this Week


Oct. 28             Salute to the Greatest Generation- WWII Display, Thigpen Rochelle Center, 9am-3pm
Oct. 28            UT Knoxville representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Oct. 28             Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony, Rochelle Center of Thigpen Library, 5pm-7pm
Oct. 29             “AIDS: A Battleground for Civil Rights in the 1980s,” by Melanie Cochran, Rochelle Center, Thigpen Library, 11am
Oct. 29            Union University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Oct. 29             SGA Presidential Forum, students ask administration questions, Nichols Dining A, 12:45-2pm
Oct. 29             Cybersecurity Seminar, learn more about this fast growing profession, Mary Cole Nichols B, 11am-1pm
Oct. 29             Movie: Hocus Pocus, Cookeville CHEC campus, Cody Hall, 4:30pm
Oct. 29             Movie: Us, Caudill Hall, 6pm
Oct. 30             Cosmic Glow Golf, CHEC Cookeville, Cody Hall, 10am-3pm
Oct. 30            Trevecca University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 11 am – 2 pm
Oct. 30             Health Sciences Info Event, learn about Vol State programs, Cookeville large conference room, 1pm-3pm
Oct. 30             Nugs for Drugs, bring unused medication - get chicken nuggets, Duffer Plaza, Noon-2pm
Oct. 31             CAB Presents: Thriller Thursday, Halloween party, Nichols Dining Room B, Noon-2:30pm
Oct. 31             Lindsey Wilson College representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 1 pm

Friday, October 25, 2019

Welcome to Our Irish Visitors - Concert on Monday, October 28

We have visitors from Ireland coming to the Gallatin campus on Monday, October 28 and you can hear them perform in the Ramer Great Hall at 10am. They are 48 students and 7 faculty and staff from The Presentation School, Thurles, County Tipperary, Republic of Ireland. The students will be performing Choral music in the Great Hall about 10AM and visiting with VSCC students and faculty during the day.Vol State has worked with, and visited, the Presentation School in Ireland a number of times in the past ten years. Our Education and Music students have done performances and visited the school classes in Ireland a number of times. Please join us in welcoming them to Vol State!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

World Food Day Offers Food for Thought


Food is an important part of tradition and everyday life, but it’s also something that people can take for granted.  To learn more about different aspects of food and how they affects you, join Vol State in celebrating World Food Day this Thursday.

World Food Day at Vol State includes games, service activities, student presentations, tables of informational community partners, a guest speaker, and lunch provided by the Office of Student Services while supplies last. 

World Food Day organizer Kelly Ormsby said the point of celebrating World Food Day is to bring the Vol State community together through food education and entertainment, and she urges attendees to use the informational resources offered at the festival and learn about how impactful food is.

World Food Day organizer Kelly Ormsby
“People in general just don’t think about where their food comes from or the effects our food choices have on other people and the environment,” said World Food Day advisor Kelly Ormsby, “It’s also interesting to see how one topic can touch so many different academic areas.”

For those interested in eating and learning, an international tasting table will feature foods from students and employees cultures, with some available recipes, and this year’s guest speaker, Tennessee State Museum, will have an interactive station about different Tennessee foods and traditions. 

Sophmore Connor Crispens
“I think some people would be interested in going, because now there’s more of an interest in eating healthier, so I think people would be interested in learning about it,” said sophomore Connor Crispens.

For those who feel like giving back, SGA will also have a food drive table for those facing food insecurity.

World Food Day also provides students with service opportunities.  Students interested in volunteering can contact Ormsby at Kelly.Ormsby@volstate.edu or coordinator of student activities, Tabitha Sherrell at Tabitha.Sherrell@volstate.edu.


-Gloria Cortes

First-Generation College Students Celebration


First-Generation College Students Celebration at Vol State

Join us for these events!

A First-Generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s) did not complete a bachelor's degree and who is resilient, determined, driven, persistent, tenacious, hopeful, supportive, AND is a trailblazer who inspires others!

Monday, November 4           The Well Tables
Get your First-Gen t-shirts and for faculty and staff. “I Pledge to Support First-Gen College Students” pledge cards and buttons available. Hosted by Student Engagement.
Gallatin: 9:15-9:45AM and 11:00-11:30AM, SRB 2nd floor hallway. (Refreshments)
Highland Crest: 9:15-11:00AM

Tuesday, November 5           First-Gen and Information Tables
Get info on services from TRIO, The Access Center, Diversity and Inclusion, and Adult Learners and Veteran Affairs. First-Gen t-shirts and “I Pledge to Support First-Gen College Students” pledge cards and buttons will be available.
Gallatin: 9:00-11:00AM, Wood, Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room A. (Refreshments)

Adult Learners and Veterans Affairs, Information and First-Gen Table for evening students
Gallatin: 4:30-6PM, Mattox Hallway. (Refreshments)

Wednesday, November 6      Lunch/Learn: What’s Next after Vol State?
A discussion of university transfer and workforce decisions. Hosted by Diversity and Inclusion and TRIO.
Gallatin: 11:15AM Wood, Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room B. (Lunch)
Highland Crest: 11:15AM Zoom Only, Room 146. (Lunch)
Livingston: 11:15-1:00PM Zoom, Room 109, plus First-Gen Table (student lounge area). (Lunch)

Adult Learners and Veterans Affairs, Information and First-Gen Table for evening students
Gallatin: 4:30-6PM, Wallace North Hallway (Refreshments)

Thursday, November 7         First-Generation Student Celebration
A discussion with first-generation college students, faculty and staff hosted by President Faulkner. Everyone is encouraged to wear their First-Gen t-shirt and/or button. Prize drawings for gear and book scholarships for students.
Gallatin: 12:45PM Mary Cole Nichols Dining Rooms A and B. (Lunch)
Highland Crest: 12:45 Zoom, Room 146, 12:00-3:00PM First-Gen Table (Lunch)
Cookeville: 8:00-3:30PM, First-Gen Table only (Atrium) (Lunch)

Travel-Study Applications - Learn in Another Country this Spring

Student Travel-Study is an amazing experience and the college covers some of your travel costs. Many countries to choose from. Trips happen in the spring. The application is available now. The deadline is Nov. 15.
Also attend a travel-study info meeting:
Gallatin Campus
Thipgen Library, Room 224 (TLC)
Monday 10/28 @ 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday 10/29 @ 12:30 p.m.
Monday 11/4 @ 8:00 a.m.
Monday 11/4 @ 3:30 p.m.
Cookeville Campus
Room 228
Wednesday 10/30 @ 11:00 a.m.
Monday 11/4 @ 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11/5 @ 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday 11/6 @ 1:00 p.m.
Highland Crest Campus
Lobby
Tuesday 10/29 @ 11:00 a.m.
Livingston Campus
Room 209
Wednesday 10/30 @ 1:00 p.m.
Thursday 10/31 @ 1:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom
Monday 11/11 @ 11:00 a.m.
Join at https://volstate.zoom.us/j/514386062
Or call (855) 880-1246 with meeting ID: 514 386 062

Have you considered a career in cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is a top priority for businesses and a fast-growing profession for students to consider. On October 29, the Computer Information Technology (CIT) program at Volunteer State Community College will host a Cybersecurity Seminar. It will feature FBI special agent Dean Kinsman who has served in a number of cybersecurity roles during the past decade, including several coordinated multinational searches and arrests of international cyber suspects. Currently, he serves on Squad 14-Cyber with the FBI. He will encourage personal accountability and proactive behavior in security best practices and discuss issues with digital privacy.Vol State instructor Josh Bond will present on account security, including phishing and how organizations can virtually eliminate risk with technical controls. Vol State instructor Abbas Imam will explore Vol State’s Cybersecurity degree program and careers in cybersecurity.The seminar will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Wood Campus Center in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room B on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. Lunch will be served. The event is free and everyone is invited to attend. For more information email joshua.bond@volstate.edu or call 615-230-3303.

Meet with Your Academic Advisor Now - Get Ready for Priority Registration


Meet with your Academic Advisor now to get ready for Priority Spring Class Registration, coming up on Nov. 4 and 5. Priority registration is your opportunity to get the classes you need at the times you want. You have two weeks to register for spring before the public. To get ready to register you need to meet with your academic advisor. You don't want to take classes that don't apply towards your degree. Make an appointment with your advisor now!
The spring course schedule is available now on My Vol State.
You can start the process by visiting the DegreeWorks section of your MyVolState page. It shows you what classes you need, but you still need to meet with your academic advisor to make sure. If you don't know your academic advisor, you can look them up under your personal information on your MyVolState page. Advisors are also listed in DegreeWorks.
A reminder: Advising is mandatory for Tennessee Promise students.
Priority spring course registration for current sophomores (completed 30 credit hours or more) starts at 8am on November 4. It opens for current freshmen (completed less than 30 credit hours) on November 5 at 8am.
If you have problems you can contact the Advising Center at 615-230-3702 or visit them in person in Gallatin in Ramer room 141. For the other campuses ask for Student Services help at the front desk.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Important Parking Notice for Ramer Lots

Wednesday is the start of a paving project for parking lots A and B near the Ramer Administration building. Lots A and B will not be closed at the same time. However, parking will be limited and you may want to find another place to park regularly for the rest of the semester. The overflow parking lots in the back of campus will be open for use by all, as well. The work is expected to continue through mid-December. Your cooperation during this time is appreciated.

Vol State events this Week


Oct. 22             Work-Based Learning Info Session, Cookeville CHEC, Atrium, 10:30am-2pm
Oct. 22              Welch College representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 11 am – 2 pm
Oct. 22             Let’s Talk Boundaries, workshop with lunch, Nichols Dining Room B, 11:35am-12:35pm
Oct. 22             Movie: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Caudill Hall, 6pm
Oct. 22             I Am Not Your Negro, documentary film, Nichols Dining B, 6pm
Oct. 23             Brew with the Blue, coffee, donuts with campus police, Duffer Plaza, 10:45-11:15am
Oct. 23              Middle Tennessee State University, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Oct. 24              Lipscomb University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Oct. 23             Nature’s Drummer and Dance Ensemble, African music, Nichols A and B, 11:30am-1pm
Oct. 24             Voices Against Violence: Tree Planting, Wallace South courtyard, Noon
Oct. 24             Fall Festival and Food Day, games, interactive booths, food, Thigpen Plaza, 11am-2pm
Oct. 24             Hispanic Heritage/National Food Day Celebration, Cookeville CHEC, Terrace and Atrium, 9am-3pm.
Oct. 24             Nursing Program Info Session, for interested students, Caudill Hall Auditorium, 5:30pm

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Vol State Events this Week

Oct. 16 Get a Job and Earn College Credit, Work-Based Learning info session, Wood Campus Center, 10am-1pm
Oct. 16 The Well Tables, student support services info and burgers, Wallace North, 5-6pm
Oct. 16 King University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Oct. 17 Belmont University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 11 am – 2 pm
Oct. 17 The Latinx Experience through Story Telling, discussion, Nichols Dining B, 11:30am-1pm
Oct. 18 Warf Open House, Warf near Mechatronics wing, 11am-1pm
Oct. 19 Fall Fiesta at Vol State, celebration of Latino culture, free food and music, Plaza, 10am-3pm
Oct. 19 Artist Reception: Marilyn Murphy, Vol State Art Gallery, SRB first floor, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Friday, October 11, 2019

Nursing Program Info Sessions Coming Up


The Vol State RN Nursing A.A.S. Degree Program is offering information sessions for students who are interested in applying for the next class, which starts in June 2020. 
Oct. 24    Gallatin Campus, Caudill Hall Auditorium, 5:30pm
Nov. 12   CHEC Cookeville, Room 227, 3pm
Nov. 12    Livingston Campus, Room 155, 5:30pm
Nov. 14    Livingston Campus, Room 155, 3pm
Nov. 14    CHEC Cookeville, Room 227, 5:30pm
There will be other sessions coming up for all of the campuses in February and March. We’ll have those details later. The Nursing Program has classes on the Gallatin and Livingston campuses. The application will be available in March and be due in May.
There are general education classes required to be taken before application. The program is competitive and there are GPA requirements. The students most likely ready to apply for the summer start are current pre-nursing students. However, everyone is welcome to attend the info meetings.
For more information about the program please visit www.volstate.edu/nursing

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Vol State Fiesta October 19 - La Fiesta de Vol State el 19 de octubre


A Mariachi lunch will be served at the Fall Fiesta at Volunteer State Community College on October 19. Sol Azteca from Nashville will perform Mariachi music during the free lunch that will feature Chile Colorado, carnitas, and chicken. The 13th annual celebration of Latino culture will include a mask-making contest this year, an event that is open to all ages.

“We like to have activities that give a sense of Latino history. Mask-making is an important tradition in many Latino nations including Guatemala, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, to name just a few,” said Eric Melcher with Vol State. “We’ll provide the paper masks and people can decorate them in whatever style they like. It’s not a formal contest. We’ll have some small prizes for the stand-outs. It should be fun for the whole family.”

The Nashville band Revolfusion will perform Latin dance music at the Fiesta. There will also be a soccer goal kicking contest, with several age categories from kids to adult. The food cook-off contest will have dishes from many different Latino nations. After judging at 11 a.m., the public is welcome to sample. The Fiesta will also have cultural dance, face painting, and games for kids.

The Fall Fiesta at Vol State will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will happen, rain or shine, on the campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The rain location is the Pickel Field House. The Fall Fiesta is free and open to everyone. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket and chairs, and spend the day. For more information in English or Spanish call 615-230-4846.

La Fiesta de Vol State Presenta un Almuerzo con Mariachi el 19 de octubre

El 19 de octubre se servirá un almuerzo con de mariachi en la Fiesta de Otoño en Volunteer State Community College. Sol Azteca de Nashville interpretará música de mariachi durante el almuerzo gratuito que incluye Chile Colorado, carnitas y pollo. La decimotercera celebración anual de la cultura latina incluirá un concurso de fabricación de máscaras este año, y es un evento abierto al público de todas las edades.

“Nos gusta tener actividades que den una idea de lo que es la historia latina. La fabricación de máscaras es una tradición importante en muchas naciones latinas, incluyendo Guatemala, México y Puerto Rico, por nombrar solo algunas”, dijo Eric Melcher de Vol State. "Proporcionaremos las máscaras de papel y las personas podrán decorarlas con el estilo que deseen. No es un concurso formal. Tendremos algunos pequeños premios para los más destacados. Será algo muy divertido para toda la familia".

La banda de Nashville Revolfusion interpretará música de baile latino durante la Fiesta. También habrá un concurso de patadas de fútbol, ​​con varias categorías por edad, desde niños hasta adultos. El concurso de cocina tendrá platos de diferentes naciones latinas. Después que el jurado delibere a las 11 a.m., el público puede probar los diferentes platillos. La Fiesta también tendrá bailes culturales, pintura de caras y juegos para los niños.

La Fiesta de Otoño se llevará a cabo de 10 a.m. a 3 p.m. El evento sucederá, con lluvia o con sol, en el campus de Vol State en el 1480 Nashville Pike en Gallatin. La ubicación del evento en caso de lluvia será en el gimnasio Pickel en Vol State. La Fiesta de Otoño es gratis y está abierta al público en general. Se les sugiere a las familias a traer una manta y sillas para pasar el día con nosotros. Para más información en inglés o español llame al 615-230-4846.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

First Year Experience Can Help You Succeed

If you’ve ever felt lost in the haze of college- meaning you’ve felt generally clueless or helpless when getting through school-, you’re not alone!  Too many students don’t know vital information about being successful in college or their career, but Volunteer State Community College’s First Year Experience can help.

The First Year Experience is a student success initiative that has three programs to implement a better college experience for new freshmen:

1.) Connect.
This aims to create a stronger sense of community at Vol State with a new student orientation.  It will be a smaller event, but it will be more frequent during the summer to increase student attendance.  To test this new orientation, Vol State will offer orientation for spring students, starting later this year.

2.) Engage.
This will focus on students’ well-being with new student convocation.  Starting a week before classes, this is a big event that familiarizes students with different divisions of the school.  During this week, students can meet faculty in those programs and see where their classes are.

“You would be there with the students that you’re probably going to be taking a majority of your classes with,” said Quality Enhancement Plan Director Jessica Lewis, “There will be giveaways, there will be a students’ panel where current students can talk to new students about what to expect and what their own experiences are.  Then we’ll have breakout sessions, which will cover ‘just-in-time’ information.”

Quality Enhancement Director Jessica Lewis
3.) Succeed.
This is the last and longest program of FYE, as it will use student success courses for students to gain more information and exploration in their area of interest before they commit the rest of their academic career- let alone life- to it.  They will also cover necessary skills for success in the real world, like time management, communication and accountability.  These courses will be piloted this spring for some electives, but they will become a requirement for all first-time students next year.
“First Year Experience One, or FYEX 1030, is the first course that students will take in the fall, and that course will focus more on student success,” said Lewis, “The second course, First Year Experience Two or FYEX 1040 is focused more on the career aspect, so that will be much more about resumes, interview skills and things like that.”

While some parts of FYE have already been piloted, it should not affect current students and will begin next school year.

“Our biggest goal is that we want every student to be successful, and we want every student to understand that that’s why we are here.  We’re here to help you be successful,” said Lewis, “If we can help ten or twenty more students across that graduation stage, then it’s worth it.”


-Gloria Cortes

Monday, October 7, 2019

Your Vol State Merit Page Explained

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 pr@volstate.edu.

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.


If you don't want to participate that's fine. You will find a link to opt out of the system, as well, with your page.

Have a great school year!

Get Ready for Spring Class Registration - Coming Up Soon


Priority spring class registration for current students is coming up soon. Why should you care? Priority registration is your opportunity to get the classes you need at the times you want. You have two weeks to register for spring before the public. To get ready to register you need to meet with your academic advisor. You don't want to take classes that don't apply towards your degree. Make an appointment with your advisor now!
The spring course schedule is available now on My Vol State.
You can start the process by visiting the DegreeWorks section of your MyVolState page. It shows you what classes you need, but you still need to meet with your academic advisor to make sure. If you don't know your academic advisor, you can look them up under your personal information on your MyVolState page. Advisors are also listed in DegreeWorks.
A reminder: Advising is mandatory for Tennessee Promise students.
Priority spring course registration for current sophomores (completed 30 credit hours or more) starts at 8am on November 4. It opens for current freshmen (completed less than 30 credit hours) on November 5 at 8am.
If you have problems you can contact the Advising Center at 615-230-3702 or visit them in person in Gallatin in Ramer room 141. For the other campuses ask for Student Services help at the front desk.

Vol State Events this Week


Oct. 7                  TN Tech Univ representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Oct. 7                  “New France & Native Americans,” Brad Smith, Rochelle of Thigpen, 1pm
Oct. 8                   UT Martin representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 11:30 am – 1 pm
Oct. 9                   Cumberland University representative, Wood Campus Center hallway, 11am-1 pm
Oct. 9                   Cultural Competence vs. Cultural Humility, discussion, Nichols Dining B, 11:30-1:30pm
Oct. 10                 SGA meet and greet, students leaders and hot chocolate, SRB 2nd floor, 12-1pm
Oct. 14, 15           Fall Break: No classes, offices open

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Get Help with Disability Services


Disability Services has one basic goal: to provide resources to help you be as successful as possible in college. We work closely with students with disabilities, including those who have physical, cognitive, learning, psychological and chronic health issues. You may have received assistance in high school, such as test accommodations, note taking assistance or alternative format textbooks, or your specific circumstances may be more recent. Our services are available whether you just graduated from high school or are returning to college after many years. If you believe you have issues that are interfering with your ability to do well in your classes, please contact us. It all starts with a conversation. Location: Ramer 176  Phone: 615.230.3472 www.volstate.edu/disability

Get Online Help with Papers

Online essay review is available to all Vol State students through eLearn. Go to the eLearn page for the course and look for the “Essay Review and Writing Support” tab. You can upload any written assignment to a dropbox there and receive feedback from a Learning Commons tutor. You can also drop by the Learning Commons in person at each campus for a face-to-face session with a writing tutor. You can come by during any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming and invention to final revision and editing.