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.

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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