Tuesday, September 29, 2020

High School Seniors - Apply for TN Promise Now

High School Seniors- it’s time to fill out the TN Promise application to give you access to your tuition-free college education next fall. You may have not made a decision on where to attend yet. Filling out the application by the deadline of Nov. 1 gives you the option to attend Vol State tuition-free. Visit our web page for a list of dates and links to apply: https://www.volstate.edu/promise

Monday, September 28, 2020

Vol State Virtual Events This Week

Sept. 29        SGA meeting, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom, Meeting ID: 326 397 332
Sept. 29        Study Abroad Student Information Session, 1pm-2pm, Zoom, volstate.zoom.us… Meeting ID: 970 9910 5343
Why Diversity Matters to Everyone   
Presenters:  Honorable Judge Rachel Bell and Dr. Dorsha James, M.D.  
As our elections loom and peaceful protests continue around the country, activism is at an all-time high.  People from all backgrounds, ethnicities, gender, socioeconomic status, and other intersecting identities have come together to push for change.  Now, more than ever, diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the forefront of this country's groundswell of change.  Dr. Dorsha James and the Honorable Judge Rachel Bell will help lead our students and campus community in discussing ways we can celebrate and support this change while fostering inclusive dialogue among all voices wanting to be heard.  Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for this critically important program.   
Date: September 30, 2020   
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM  
Zoom Link: 

Emergency Drill Texts This Week

Campus police will be holding emergency drills this week on all Vol State campuses. You will receive text messages about these drills. Why are we bothering you when you are not on campus? We are demonstrating how we handle emergency notification at Vol State. Part of that notification is via text alert. You don't have to do anything if you are not on campus this week. Just be aware that we take our drills seriously, because they have helped in the past, such as when an F-3 tornado hit the Gallatin campus in 2006. If you are on campus please follow the instructions.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Three Things to do now if you are Struggling in Your Classes

It’s that time of the semester- you may feel like you are underwater with your classwork and falling behind. Take a deep breath. We are here to help you do well in your classes. Here are three things to do now if you are struggling:

-Email the instructor for each class that you are having problems. Ask them what you can do to catch up and if they have ideas for how you can do better in their class.

-Make a life priority list- are there extra things you can cut or scale back on?

-If you are simply overextended, it may be time to drop a class. But that is only a last resort. You will need to check to see how that impacts your financial aid first. You are better off doing well in two classes than doing poorly in three. But do your best to keep taking at least one class. Students who drop out of all classes often have a tough time getting back.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Virtual Vol State Events This Week

Sept. 22           Returning Students Organization, meeting, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom, https://volstate.zoom.us/j/93156677684

Sept. 22           How to Respectfully Discuss Politics and the Elections, discussion, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Zoom, volstate.zoom.us…

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Computers Available for Use at All Vol State Campuses

A reminder that if you have wifi or computer problems at home, you are welcome to use the computer labs at any Vol State campus. You just need to wear a mask and fill out the online screening form before you arrive. You can find that at www.volstate.edu. Computers are located in the Thigpen Library on the Gallatin campus. Check at the front desk at the other locations. Don't let technical problems derail you this semester.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Free Online Support for All Students

The semester is underway. Now we focus on doing well in classes. We have added a bunch of extra support online this fall. It’s free and available to all students. Don’t go it alone. We have a list of support here.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Vol State Online Events This Week

Sept. 17        We Rise Up, Speaker- Okturia Ross, 11:15am-12:45pm, Zoom, https://volstate.zoom.us/s/97647375931

Sept. 17        Study Abroad Student Information Session, 4pm – 5pm, Zoom, volstate.zoom.us… Meeting ID: 970 9910 5343

Sept. 17        Drive-Thru College Fair for Sumner County high school students, attendees must wear a mask and fill out an online screening form, visit www.volstate.edu 4pm-6pm, parking lot D

Constitution Day is this Thursday, September 17

The Vol State Political Science Department celebrates Constitution Day and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with a special online presentation: Constitution Day 2020- The 19th Amendment and Voting Rights in the United Statesby Stella Pierce, Assistant Professor of History and Dr. Carole Bucy, Professor of History.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

First time college student? Check out these success tips from other students

Tisha Wells
 Even though after the first and second week of college it would be stressful with homework everyday but don't get overwhelmed about it you will get through this one day at a time trust me it will get better soon we you get used to the routine of things.

·     Julie Carter-Grubbs Utilize a planner to keep track of tasks and due dates for each class. This helps stay on track and also keeps everything down to manageable bites to keep from getting overwhelmed.

Denise Helmers Brown Julie Carter-Grubbs I was going to suggest this also. With all online classes this semester I started doing this; it has helped tremendously!

Ashley Collier Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Stay on top of your assignments. Most importantly, try your hardest!

Dawn Moore For those coming back at an older age, don’t be discouraged or feel intimidated. I have 8 children and returned 2 years ago and was terrified!!! Don’t be! There are so many others just like us! And we are so determined at this age and know we want to succeed. You got this!!

Ryan Cooper Talk to your instructors outside of class! They want you to do well in their class and they will help you if you have questions about assignments or clarification about content for upcoming tests. Even instructors who can be a little intimidating in the classroom tend to be much more relaxed in a one-on-one chat.

Michele Adelman Niec Use the Classlist in eLearn to find study partners, paper reviewers, etc. Everyone in your class is listed there and you can email them directly.

Beth Christy Webb Thoman I am a returning non traditional student, and in the past I would use this motivating study trick. When you aren't into studying and you know you need to, make yourself for five minutes. Normally after that 5 minutes most likely you will be into it and not want to stop.

Mikayla Milton Take a deep breath when you are feeling overwhelmed. Always keep a planner for your assignments. And don’t over stress about school

Vol State has plenty of free academic support available to all students, including online tutoring. Visit this web page for details.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Vol State Online Student Events This Week

Join us for these Vol State online student events this week. Everyone is welcome!

Sept. 9             “By One Vote”, women’s right to vote movie and discussion, 12:30pm-2pm, Zoom, https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwsfuqprzkvG901W7Io3vmovUnRJvujjrvT 

Sept. 9             Study Abroad Student Information Session, 1pm – 2pm, Zoom, https://volstate.zoom.us/j/97099105343#success

Meeting ID: 970 9910 5343

Sept. 10           “By One Vote”, women’s right to vote movie and discussion, 5pm-6:30pm, Zoom, https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcode6urzguH9ec8rdTVeMj-ri8CVGpJ0E4