Monday, February 24, 2020

This Week at Vol State

Feb. 24             APSU representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Feb. 25            Get a Job and Earn College Credit, Work-Based Learning information for students, Wood Campus Center lobby, 10:30am-12:30pm
Feb. 25            The Feed Vol State Student Food Bank Open House, new location in Wood 102 (first floor off of SRB plaza), 11am-3pm
Feb. 26             Lipscomb representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Feb. 26            Movie: Hidden Figures, free and open to everyone, Nichols Dining Room B, 11:15am and 5pm
Feb. 27            The Well Table, find out about student resources, yogurt bar, Caudill Hall lobby, 9:15am-9:45am
Feb. 27            International Film Series: “Faces Places”, reception at 5:30pm, Caudill Hall, 6pm

Thursday, February 20, 2020

New Feed Student Food Bank Location

It’s hard to focus on your studies when you’re hungry. The Feed, Vol State student food bank, is designed to help students in need. It has just moved to a new location on the first floor of the Wood Campus Center. It is right off of the SRB plaza or just down the stairs near the Bookstore. The Feed will continue the current system of requiring students to sign-up for appointments in order to use the Feed. But all students are eligible. There are many canned and boxed foods and even health and hygiene supplies. There is a microwave and ready-to-eat meals available for a student who wants to heat up their food on location. Another new feature for the Feed will be read-to-go lunch bags in several offices around campus for any student in need. The new Feed is in room 102 of the Wood Campus Center. There will be an open house next week, February 25, from 11am to 3pm.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Online and In-Person Essay Help

You may have papers and other written assignments due this semester. There are two ways to get feedback on those assignments before you turn them in. 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 visit the Learning Commons location on 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 to final revision. The assistance is free and open to all students.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Vol State events this Week

Feb. 17 TN Tech University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 1 pm
Feb. 18 MTSU representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Feb. 18 Daniel Caron: Picture Leadership, student workshop, Rochelle Center-Thigpen Library, 12:45pm
Feb. 18 SGA Meeting, Rochelle-Thigpen Library, 11:15am-12:15pm
Feb. 18 Black History Lunch and Learn: The Life of James Baldwin, Nichols Dining B, 11:15am-4pm
Feb. 19 Belmont representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 11 am – 2 pm
Feb. 19 Q and A with President Faulkner, Cookeville Atrium, 10-11:30am
Feb. 19 The Words We Use, welcoming language discussion, Springfield Campus Community Room, 11:10am
Feb. 19 Daniel Caron: How to Play with Difficult People, student workshop, Nichols Dining Room B, 11:15am-12:30pm
Feb. 20 Union University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2:30 pm
Feb. 20 The Words We Use, welcoming language discussion, Cookeville Campus, 11:10am
Feb. 20 Civil Rights Activists in the 1950s, Lecture by Melanie Cochran, Rochelle Center-Thigpen Library, 11:15am
Feb. 22 Intercollegiate Student Art Show Reception and Awards, Art Gallery, first floor SRB, 1pm-4pm
Feb. 22 Final Basketball Home Games, join the SGA is cheering on the Pioneers, Pickel Field House, games at 2pm and 4pm

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Three Things to Do Now if You are Struggling in Your Classes

The work is piling up. You are getting behind in your classes. You are not sure if you can do it. First, take a deep breath. Most college students feel this way at one point or another. It is still early in the semester and there are things you can do to catch up. Here are three things to do immediately:
1.       1. Talk to the instructor for any class that you are having problems. Visit them in their office or see them after class, but have a real discussion about what you can do to catch up. They have to hold you to the same standards as other students in the class. They also want to see you do well in their class. Work out a plan with each instructor and get the work done.
2.       2. Many students have trouble juggling work and family needs with college demands. Make a priority list of what are the most important things you need to get done and consider dropping the extras that you don’t have time for. Hopefully, that isn’t your classes. It could be that you have over-extended yourself with extracurricular activities, volunteering at church, etc.
3.       3. You may be trying to take too many classes and need to drop one. Just be careful, it can impact your TN Promise, TN Reconnect and other financial aid. If you are considering dropping a class at this point or perhaps even considering dropping out of college altogether, please talk to someone first. There are advisors available on each Vol State campus. It doesn’t have to be your assigned academic advisor. You can visit the Advising Center on the Gallatin campus, Ramer Room 141, at any time during business hours. You can drop-in or make appointments to see advisors on other campuses. You should also meet with Financial Aid to discuss how it will impact you.
College may be tougher than you expected. You can do this.  Successful college students have one thing in common- they overcome adversity and challenges. That means getting in there and fighting to succeed. We are here to help, whether it be with free academic assistance and tutoring or just by listening and offering advice. Don’t forget all of the free Vol State academic help you have available to you. Visit for details.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Vol State Events this Week

Feb. 10 Lead on. Feed on. Students can learn about leadership and the Feed student food bank, donate items to the Feed to win prizes, Nichols Dining A, 11:15am-12:15pm
Feb. 10 and 11 Auditions for the Vol State production of the musical “Annie Warbucks, open to all, Caudill Hall auditorium, 6pm-8pm
Feb. 11 SGA Meet and Greet with Something Sweet, meet student government and make a candy gram, SRB 2nd floor hallway, 12:30-1:30pm
Feb. 11 Lipscomb representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Feb. 12 and 13 Blood Drive, Cookeville Atrium check-in, 10am-3pm
Feb. 12 Nashville Opera performance, everyone invited, SRB 151, 2pm
Feb. 13 UT Knoxville representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
Feb. 13 Black History Lunch and Learn: The March on Washington, Nichols Dining B, 11:15am-12:30pm
Feb. 13 NSLS Empowers, discuss empowerment with students, SRB second floor hallway, 9am-12:30pm
Open Now Cookeville Art Exhibit: Margaret Krakowiak, Urban Trees, hallway show though April

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

What the Vol State Library Can Do For You

The Thigpen Library in Gallatin is your number one campus resource.

Don’t know where to start when researching a topic?  The library staff offers personalized service. Librarians can provide instruction on methods to search for books, eBooks, journal articles from databases, streaming videos, and other resources.

Would you like access to technology?  The IT department maintains a computer lab on the library’s first floor that is open in conjunction with the library. Use one of the many computers available in the lab, including printing and scanning. The library also has laptops available for check-out and use anywhere within the library.

Do you need to access a specific textbook?  There are a variety of textbooks on reserve for two hour use within the library.  Just ask the staff at the circulation desk for assistance.

Would you like a peaceful place to study?  There is a silent study room on the second floor of the library and additional study space throughout the second floor.

Do you need a meeting place for a group activity?  There are study rooms on the second floor for group study and a practice-presentation room.

For Library services in Springfield, Livingston, and Cookeville please visit:

For other information please visit

Monday, February 3, 2020

Vol State Events this Week

Feb. 3 Trevecca University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 11am – 2pm
Feb. 4 Cumberland University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 11am – 1:30 pm
Feb. 4 SGA Meeting, Nichols Dining B, 11:15am-12:15pm
Feb. 4 Global Engagement Mixer, meet students from other countries, Rochelle-Thigpen, 1pm
Feb. 5 UT Knoxville representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10am – 2pm
Feb. 5 Black History Lunch and Learn: The Tuskegee Airmen, Nichols Dining B, 11:15am-12:30pm
Feb. 6 Coffee with the Prez, students can chat with Dr. Faulkner, SRB second floor, 9:15am-11:30am
Feb. 6 Baptist College representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10:30am – 2pm

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Feed Student Food Bank Open to All Students

The Vol State Feed provides free food to students in need. All students are eligible.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.
How to Use The Feed
You need to make an appointment to use The Feed this semester. Just visit the Student Engagement Office in the Wood Campus Center, room 215. Or email  Please see the front desks at CHEC, Livingston and Highland Crest campuses for help at those locations.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Free Help with Math, Papers, and Speeches at the Learning Commons

The Learning Commons is your one stop shop for academic support. There is a Learning Commons location on each Vol State campus. We all need help in one area or another. Give your grades a boost!
The Learning Commons in Gallatin has:

  • Assistance with papers, other written assignments, and speeches/presentations.
  • Help with eLearn Essay Drop-Off (you access via your class eLearn page)
  • Math tutoring for many classes, including math-based science classes
  • Tutoring in other subjects
  • Test preparation
  • Skill assessment and development
  • Help with online classes and eLearn use
  • Help using
Learning Commons locations on the other campuses vary in exactly what is offered, but they all have free academic support. The Learning Commons in Gallatin is located in the Thigpen Library building, first floor.

Details on the other campus locations here. 

Monday, January 27, 2020

Vol State Events this Week

Ongoing               Intercollegiate Student Art Show, works from colleges across TN, Art Gallery, first floor SRB, through Feb. 22
Jan. 27                  The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speaker, Nichols B, 11:15am-12:30pm
Jan. 28                  Student Club Information Tables, SRB second floor hallway, 11:15am-1pm
Jan. 29                  Spring Campus Kick-Off Fair, find out about campus resources and pick-up free lunch, Nichols Dining A and B, 11:15am-1pm
Jan. 29                  Movie: Selma, Nichols B, 5pm
Jan. 30                  Soul Food Lunch, celebrate Unity Week, Nichols Dining B, 11:15am-12:30pm
Jan. 30                  Movie: The Wind Rises, Studio Ghibli Film Night, free and free food beforehand, SRB Room 150, 5:30pm

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Nursing Program Info Sessions

The Vol State RN Nursing A.A.S. Degree Program is offering information sessions over the next few months for students who are interested in applying for the next class, which starts in June 2020.  The sessions will be held on the Vol State campus locations in Gallatin, Livingston, Springfield, and Cookeville. Nursing program classes are held in Gallatin and Livingston.
The application to apply 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 the dates, times, and locations of the meetings please visit

Questions about Vol State Technology? Answers Here

Setting up Vol State technology for the first time? Or perhaps you are having problems? The IT Help Desk has resources to answer many questions. Click on these links for more info about commonly asked questions.
1: My Vol State account password:
2: Vol State campus wireless access:
3: Office 365 questions:
4: WEPA on-campus printing:
5: Student email:
If you are still having issues you can call 615-230-3302 from any campus. If you are on the Gallatin campus you can also visit in-person. The I.T. Help Desk is located in the Learning Commons Room 123 in the Thigpen Library.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Students: Three Things to Do Now

We're launched into the semester. Here are three things to do now to get off to a great start!
-Buy all of your required textbooks. If you are waiting on a refund you can read textbooks at the library in the meantime. Ask at the library front desk. Don't get behind on readings.
-Keep a master calendar of all of your big assignments and keep checking the course schedule for each class.
-Work ahead on the bigger assignments, especially research projects. Visit the Thigpen Library for help starting research.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Free Academic Services to Help You Succeed in Your Classes

We want to remind everyone that we have free academic assistance available to all students on all campuses. Tutoring includes math and math-based science classes, as well as help with papers and speeches. Other resources include research assistance and programs for students who have specific needs.  We put many of these resources together for what we call the “College Success Zone.” It’s not an actual place, but rather a list of programs, by campus, that can help Vol State students. Visit

Vol State Events this Week

Jan. 21 Spring classes start
Jan. 21 Want to Make S’More Friends? S’mores and hot chocolate, Nichols Dining B, 12:45-1:45pm
Jan. 22 The Well Table, information about student support services, free lunch, SRB second floor hallway, 10:45am-11:15am.
Jan. 23 CAB Café: Do You Wanna Build a Snowman Cookie? Nichols Dining A, 12:45-1:15pm

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Student Spotlight: Tiara Harris

Tiara Harris with her supportive best friend
New student Tiara Harris, a recent high school graduate, is a true example of grit and hustle. Graduating from high school a whole semester early, she’ll be attending Vol State in the spring in Radiologic Technology. Harris has overcome adversity, from her having been adopted as an infant by her grandparents, to the serious health problems of some of her immediate family members.
Harris has a love for athletics and hopes to get involved here at Vol State, especially cheerleading. She and I also spoke about different club activities that she could get involved with, including the National Society of Leadership Success (NSLS).
-Savannah Stover

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Advice for New Students by Current Students

Welcome to Vol State! A new semester is upon us and I understand the anxieties that can begin creeping in. I thought it would be helpful to hear what seasoned Vol State students suggested for ensuring the best academic experience possible.
Students I talked with consistently impressed the need to be thorough in reading your class syllabus, paying special attention to due dates, “making a schedule and (navigating) eLearn,” Vol State senior Charles Cason advises. Vol State senior Josh Lampert says, “Don’t get behind and don’t procrastinate. Keep your GPA up. Many programs require a high GPA for acceptance (for example), any medical program.” Vol State senior Julia Bazenet says, when it comes to “big assignments, do a little bit everyday rather than waiting until the last minute.”
Another frequently emphasized tip: study, study study. “You can never study too much,” advises Bazenet. Utilize the study rooms found in the campus library, she further suggests, “They’re out of your own room and away from distraction.”
The most frequent advice given was to use every campus resource afforded to you as often as you need. Build positive relationships with fellow classmates for peer support and professors and don’t be shy to go pay them a visit in their office if necessary.  That’s what they’re there for. The unified goal is for your ultimate success. Don’t go it alone. “Don’t give up, there’s good help here. You are not alone,” said Daniel Walker, Vol State graduate and now on staff as a math specialist in the learning commons.
I felt the best summary was in this succinct, humorous advice given by student Gillian Mraz: “Do your work, study, Quizlet all day every day, utilize your professor, check your friggin’ email.”
Good luck to all newly incoming and returning students alike! Let’s make this semester great!
-Savannah Stover

Tips for New Students

Hundreds of new students are kicking-off or continuing their college career this spring semester. Welcome to Vol State! Classes start the week of January 21. January 20 is a holiday. Here are a few tips for those first few days of classes:

1. Print up your schedule at home so you have it ready to go, before you get to campus. If you have a class scheduled for Livingston, CHEC, Cookeville, Springfield or Highland- those are different campuses, in different cities, not buildings. If you still don’t have a room assignment for a class, make sure it is not an online section unless that is what you intended. Online courses have a C in the course number. Contact the Division Office for that class if you have a question about location.
2. Print up a Gallatin campus map to help you get around those first few days.
The other campuses are in one building. If you have questions, ask at the front desk.
3. Give yourself extra time for traffic and parking. It may seem a bit crazy the first couple of weeks; don't worry- parking and traffic both calm down later in the semester.
4. Give yourself extra time to find classes.
5. Ask for directions or help. The faculty and staff will be happy to assist.
6. Attend all of your classes. Missing a class can put you behind. If you do have to miss a class, be sure to let the instructor know, check the course schedule, and do the assignments. Attendance during the first week is mandatory for you to receive financial aid. You won’t get a financial aid refund unless your attendance is taken.
7. Have fun and enjoy college! We have many campus events planned this year, so stay tuned to social media and the calendar on the front page of our website for details: