Thursday, December 16, 2021

Holiday Closing Dates


All Vol State campuses will be closed for the holidays, from December 24 through January 3. We will be back open January 4 to help everyone get ready for the spring semester. Fall students can register for spring classes at any time on My Vol State. New and readmit students can fill out the application online at any time: www.volstate.edu/apply

Spring classes start January 18. The college is closed January 17 for MLK Day.

Monday, December 13, 2021

My terrible, horrible, no good, very bad semester: and how I got help

Have you had a rough semester? You are not alone!  

As many students do, I found myself being pulled in a billion different directions between school, work, and life. This semester I thought I could handle all of it, but it caught up to me… 

Flash back to the third week of the semester, after working 30-hour weeks and being a full-time student in new classes with new material, my body hit a wall and I got Covid. It put me in bed for two entire weeks. Fast forward to early November, I got lice and tonsillitis at the same time 

Week after week, it felt like everything went the opposite of “easy”. It was the hardest, most grueling semester and time in my life thus far for so many reasons.  

The amount of work I missed during the time I was out of school was incredible, and the amount of time it took me to make up the missed assignments, while also keeping up with current material, was exhausting. was struggling more and more as the semester went on with motivation and energy. Each week seemed longer than the last, and my to do list just kept building item by item, and assignment by assignment. 

I got through it in the end, but it has taken, and will continue to take, some time to debrief and destress from the past semester.  

There are so many different things people may struggle with. Whatever your situation and struggle is, it can become overwhelming to the point of exhaustion, and can take a toll on your mental, physical, and emotional health, as it did mine.   

See, what I failed to realize when committing myself in a lot of areas at the beginning of the semester, was that while productive struggle is healthy and initiates growth, there can be unproductive struggle and overworking downfalls as well.   

When I started to feel myself floundering, I tried to fix it myself. When that failed, I reached out to my teachers, and their help is the reason I got through the semester with passing grades. The lesson I learned, despite hearing it many times before, was to ask for help 

Do not give up from the stress of whatever challenges you are facing. Reach out to someone and talk it through, that includes people here at Vol State. You could talk to someone at the Advising office on your campus, or utilize the online resources for mental health 

Support yourself by letting others support you. 

-Winnie Combs

Current Students- Register Now for Spring Classes


Finals are over...congrats! But don't forget to register for Spring classes. Fall students can register for spring right now on My Vol State. If you have issues email or call the Advising Center advising@volstate.edu or 615-230-3702. See you the week of January 18!

Gallatin campus closed 11am-1:30pm December 13


The Vol State Gallatin Campus will be closed today, December 13, from 11am-1:30pm for a holiday party. We will be back open to help you get ready for Spring semester at 1:30pm.

Monday, December 6, 2021

Fall Graduation Live Streaming

 

Vol State Fall 2021 Graduation, coming up this Saturday, December 11 at 10am, will be streamed live on our website at www.volstate.edu/graduation

Everyone is welcome to watch!

Monday, November 29, 2021

Vol State Winter Showcase Concerts

 

Vol State Performing Arts students will share music and theatre in the Vol State Winter Showcase this weekend. The annual celebration includes performances by: Vol State Jazz, Commercial Vocal Ensemble, Bluegrass Ablaze, songwriting students, and selected scenes from Theatre students. It will be held on December 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Caudill Hall on the Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike. The Showcase is free, and everyone is invited. Masks and social distancing are recommended. 

Vol State Events This Week


Nov. 30 Student Government Association (SGA) Meeting, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom, Check your student email for the access code

Dec. 1 Festival of Lights, tree lighting, music and food, 11:45am-1:30pm, Nichols Dining Room

Dec. 3 and 4 Winter Showcase Concert, performing arts students, 7:30pm, Caudill Hall

Monday, November 15, 2021

Vol State Events This Week



Nov. 15 Lionel Davis: Stories from a Former Political Prisoner, South African shares his experience live on Zoom, 11am-Noon, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/s/93982153166

Nov. 15 Dancing with Dr. O, come and dance with the Vol State President, Wood Campus Center, 11:15am-12:15pm

Nov. 15-20 IE Week Escape Game 2021, Test your skills with our online escape game with an international theme, 11am-Noon each day, https://volstate.libwizard.com/f/IEW2021

Nov. 16 Cookeville Campus International Celebration, celebration of global learning, 10am-11:30am, check with front desk for location

Nov. 16 Springfield Campus International Celebration, celebration of global learning, 10am-11:30am, check with front desk for location

Nov. 16 Student Government Association (SGA) Meeting, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom, Check your student email for the access code

Nov. 16 The Well, free lunch and taking donations for Food Drive, 12-2pm, Nichols Dining B

Nov. 16 How to Wrap Up Your Semester, tips for finals and studying, two sessions 12:45pm and 6pm, Zoom ID: 994 8443 1907

Nov. 17 Vol State Singers: Words and Music II, poetry and music, 1pm, Caudill

Nov. 17 International Food and Treasures Showcase, recipes and objects from travels, 3-4pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/s/95182874264

Nov. 18 Gallatin Campus International Celebration, global learning and free food, 10am-2pm, Nichols Dining B

Nov. 18 Livingston Campus International Celebration, global learning and free food, 10-11:30am, check with front desk for location

Nov. 18 International Education Info Session, learn about Study Abroad, 2-3pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/92643079201#success

Nov. 18 Paying for Study Abroad, tips to finance an international experience, 3-4pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/92643079201#success

Nov. 21 Vol State Singers: Words and Music II, poetry and music, 3pm, Caudill

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Students- Get Help With Research Papers and Other Projects


Get help with research papers and other projects

The Learning Commons has a location on each campus and virtual service. They can help students with papers and speeches. Get feedback and advice before you turn your paper in to your professor. You can also use the essay drop-off service in eLearn. See the main eLearn page for details.
VSCC Thigpen Library offers in-person assistance at all campus locations. We're also available for virtual assistance. Visit our website for hours at each location and options for virtual assistance. https://www.volstate.edu/library
All services are free and open to all students. For a complete list visit: www.volstate.edu/collegesuccess

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Vol State International Education Week Nov. 15-20


Join us for these activities celebrating Study Abroad and global learning. Everyone is welcome. Organized by International Education at Vol State.

Nov. 15                 Lionel Davis: Stories from a Former Political Prisoner, South African shares his experience live on Zoom, 11am-Noon, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/s/93982153166

Nov. 15-20           IE Week Escape Game 2021, Test your skills with our online escape game with an international theme, 11am-Noon each day, https://volstate.libwizard.com/f/IEW2021

Nov. 16               Cookeville Campus International Celebration, celebration of global learning, 10am-11:30am, check with front desk for location

Nov. 16               Springfield Campus International Celebration, celebration of global learning, 10am-11:30am, check with front desk for location

Nov. 17             International Food and Treasures Showcase, recipes and objects from travels, 3-4pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/s/95182874264

Nov. 18                 Gallatin Campus International Celebration, global learning and free food, 10am-2pm, Nichols Dining B

Nov. 18                 Livingston Campus International Celebration, global learning and free food, 10-11:30am, check with front desk for location

Nov. 18                 International Education Info Session, learn about Study Abroad, 2-3pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/92643079201#success

Nov. 18                 Paying for Study Abroad, tips to finance an international experience, 2-3pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/92643079201#success

Monday, November 8, 2021

Vol State Events This Week


Nov. 8 Celebrate First Generation College Students, breakfast and info for students, 10-11am, Thigpen Library

Nov. 9 TnCIS Study Abroad Info Session, find out about countries you can travel to for classes and scholarships to pay for it, 9-10am, Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83272290123

Nov. 9 Student Government Forum, ask questions of Vol State administration, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom, check your student email for the passcode to join

Nov. 9 Documentary Film Discussion: Exterminate All the Brutes, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYud-6vpj8vHNOAeZQyCUyAEpmGfJ4aa4zL

Nov. 10 and 11 Health Sciences Discovery Days, Vol State programs show labs and discuss career opportunities, 2pm -4pm each day, arrive at 1:45pm at Wallace South main hallway.

Nov. 10 Pioneer Pen Informational Meeting, learn about the student literary/arts magazine, 2-3pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/97864587772#success

Nov. 11 Veterans Day Documentary: The Six Triple Eight, 12:45-2:30pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwocuqqqz4sGdKFknUYVHrWzDoAjdGvXqhq

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Health Science Discovery Days - Career Exploration Nov. 10 and 11


Students- Discover your future health career at Health Science Discovery Days

Gallatin Campus - November 10th and 11th

Sessions every 30 minutes from 2-4 pm.  Students should come to the check-in table in Wallace South starting at 1:45 each day for directions.

-Learn about health science programs

-Obtain program information and ask questions

-Tour health science labs and see the equipment in use

-Learn about a profession you don’t know about and develop a back-up plan for your future

-Giveaways

Participating Programs

Dental Assisting

Physical Therapist Assistant

Health Information Management

Ophthalmic Technology

Medical Laboratory Technician

Sleep Diagnostic Technician

Emergency Medical Services

Sonography

Radiologic Technology (Thursday only)

Respiratory Care (Thursday only)

For more information contact Health Sciences at 615-230-3330.

Monday, November 1, 2021

Vol State Events this Week


Nov. 1- Nov. 4     Documentary Film Series: Exterminate All the Brutes, colonization and genocide, four episodes, one each day, details and links: https://www.volstate.edu/diversity-and-inclusion/events

Nov. 2                   Student Government Association (SGA) Meeting, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom, Check your  student email for the access code

Nov. 4                   Nugs for Drugs, We will be taking unused and expired prescription medication in exchange for chicken nuggets, 11am-12:30pm, Wood Campus Center Hallway

Nov. 4                   International Education Info Session, learn about Study Abroad, 2-3pm, Zoom: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88932942732

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Priority Spring Class Registration for Current Students Starts Nov. 1


Priority spring course registration for current sophomores (completed 30 credit hours or more prior to this semester) starts at 8am on November 1. It opens for current freshmen (completed less than 30 credit hours prior to this semester) on November 2 at 8am.

Get ready now by logging into your My Vol State portal and clicking on the Degree Works icon. You will see your advisor listed at the top of Degree Works. Click on the envelope icon at the top right to contact them to make an appointment. Your academic advisor can help you with your course schedule and make sure you are taking the classes you need for your major.

If you have problems, you can contact the Office of Advising via email at advising@volstate.edu or call 615-230-3702.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Extended Hours on Mondays and Thursdays - 6pm


Vol State Advising, Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Services now have extended hours on Mondays and Thursday until 6pm to help students register for Spring classes and answer questions about registration.

Vol State Events This Week


October 26      Halloween Bash, wear your Halloween costume: costume contest, spooky treats, haunted glow golf in Thigpen Library, free food and t-shirts, 5pm-7pm, Thigpen Plaza,

October 26      Sumner County & the American Slave Trade, community discussion, 6:30-7:30pm, https://volstate.zoom.us/j/94920414516

October 27      Study Skills Strategy Session: Persistence, 12:30pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/99484431907

October 28          Trick-or-Treat Virtual Game Night, put your Halloween knowledge to the test with our spookiest virtual game, $200 prize, 6pm-8pm, Check your Vol State email for the link

October 29          International Education Info Session, learn about Study Abroad, 10am-11am, Zoom:  https://volstate.zoom.us/j/92643079201

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

What Were You Wearing?

A skirt or jeans. A tank or a tee shirt. “What Were You Wearing” is an art installation featured in the Thigpen Library this week which focuses on spreading awareness about sexual assault. The installation features anonymous stories from sexual assault victims and the type of clothing that they were wearing at the time.

“Rape culture says that what you’re wearing relates to being assaulted,” said Tiffany Zwart, Coordinator of Student Engagement and Support. “When you look at the outfits, it kind of speaks against that and so I think it’s important to us to make sure we’re not victim-blaming.”

Statistics show that sexual assault is especially prevalent on college campuses. According to RAINN, 26.4% of female undergraduate students and 6.8% of male undergraduate students experience rape or sexual assault.

“People don’t want to talk about it because it’s a very sensitive topic but it’s also so prevalent especially in this age range,” said Tiffany Zwart. “We support all survivors.”

“When things are kept in the dark, that’s where they stay,” said student Mary Franc.

The installation will be up until Friday the 22nd. The Office of Student Engagement and Support offers a variety of referrals for sexual assault victims. If you are struggling, contact student.engagement@volstate.edu.

 









Monday, October 18, 2021

Vol State Events This Week


October 18          What Were You Wearing? Art installation about sexual assault, all week through October 22, Rochelle in Thigpen

October 19          International Education Info Session, learn about Study Abroad, 11am-Noon, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/92643079201

October 20          The Well, sexual assault information and support, 10am-Noon, Rochelle in Thigpen

October 20          “Words and Music” by Vol State Singers, poetry set to music, 1pm-1:30pm, Caudill Hall Auditorium

October 21          Red Cross Blood Drive, Wood Campus Center-Nichols Dining B, 9am-3pm, visit Red Cross site to make an appointment

October 21          Fall Festival and World Food Day, lunch and giveaways, 11am-1pm, Thigpen Plaza

October 21          World Food Day, virtual program to explore food and food issues, 4pm-6pm, Sign up: https://www.trumba.com/calendars/master-calendar-2?eventid=155965015

October 21          50th Anniversary and Dr. Montague Welcome, lunch and program, Noon-2:30pm, Thigpen Library Lawn

October 22          Alice in Wonderland, Children’s Theatre production, interactive, 7pm, SRB 150

October 23          Alice in Wonderland, Children’s Theatre production, interactive, 4pm, SRB Plaza (weather permitting)

October 23          Alice in Wonderland, Children’s Theatre production, interactive, 7pm, SRB 150

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Vol State's Children's Theatre Class Presents: Alice In Wonderland

 

Imagine playing croquet in a fairytale world and having a tea party with your favorite storybook characters. Vol State’s Children’s Theatre Class will present Alice in Wonderland- an audience-interactive children’s play.

“This show is written to be very audience immersive,” said Director Brendan Tramel, who also plays a supporting role as the Cheshire cat. “The audience sort of helps us get Alice to Wonderland.” The play will involve crowd participation, including an interactive tea party and croquet game.

Tramel teaches the Children’s Theatre class at Vol State. “I’ve been doing theatre since I was in middle school and then started teaching right out of college,” she said. “It’s something that I love- every aspect of it.”

Landon Klapwyk, who plays the role of the Mad Hatter, said, “There are definitely a lot of surprises to come.

The play will be performed on October 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. in the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Building, Room 150 on the Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike. Masks are required for indoor performances. There is also a special outdoor show on October 23 at 4 p.m. in the SRB Plaza, weather permitting. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for outdoor seating. Admission is free. For more information, contact: brendan.tramel@volstate.edu.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Spring Class Schedule Now Available - Get Ready for Priority Registration


Get the Spring Classes You Need at the Times You Want!

Priority Registration for Current Students Starts November 1 and 2.

The Spring schedule of classes is now available. It’s time to get ready for Priority Registration, your opportunity to sign up for spring semester classes before registration opens to the public. Get ready now by logging into your My Vol State portal and clicking on the Degree Works icon. You will see your advisor listed at the top of Degree Works. Click on the envelope icon at the top right to contact them to make an appointment. Your academic advisor can help you with your course schedule and make sure you are taking the classes you need for your major.

Priority spring course registration for current sophomores (completed 30 credit hours or more prior to this semester) starts at 8am on November 1. It opens for current freshmen (completed less than 30 credit hours prior to this semester) on November 2 at 8am.

 

If you have problems, you can contact the Office of Advising via email at advising@volstate.edu or call 615-230-3702.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

HS Seniors - Time for Your TN Promise Application


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 decided on where to attend college yet. Filling out the application by the deadline of November 1 gives you the option to attend Vol State tuition-free. Visit our TN Promiseweb page for a list of dates and links to apply. 

Vol State offers more than 100 areas of study in six divisions: Business and Technology, Health Sciences, Math and Science, Humanities, Social Science and Education, and Nursing. Many of our students use their TN Promise at Vol State and then transfer those credits to a university to complete their four-year degree. To explore the possibilities, visit our academic programs web page

Monday, October 4, 2021

Vol State Events Week of October 4


October 4        LGBTQ+ roundtable discussion, 1pm-2:30pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMucuuqpj8oHNcvCctUz6XL_e2u8EWRG3MN

October 6        Returning Students Organization Club Meeting, all adult students invited, 2:30pm-3:30pm, Zoom ID: 963 8376 4561

October 6        International Education Info Session, learn about Study Abroad, 4-5pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/92643079201

October 7        International Students Cultural Connections Club, mixer, 1pm-2pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckcO2rqD0sH9ckvpgVDTBcZNVVN08uU7Jf

Monday, September 27, 2021

Vol State Events Week of Sept. 27


Sept. 27                Fit Club Meeting, The goal of the club is to help members stay motivated, provide free workout opportunities and nutrition information, 2:30-3:30pm, Zoom ID: 980 4337 9500

Sept. 28                Student Government Association (SGA) Meeting, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom, Check your  student email for the access code

Sept. 28            International Education Info Session, learn about Study Abroad opportunities and International Ed events, 1pm-2pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/92643079201

Sept. 30                Discovery Days: Next Steps, 11:30am-12:15pm, Zoom, register here:

https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYofu2orTgjHdajFu-gfiFGYO4UKyH3E2nV

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Your Vol State Merit Page


Check your personal email for information 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 the email sent. There is a student page search function in the middle of the page. Put your name in there and find your page. Then there is a button to claim your page and set up your account. 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!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

How Free Academic Coaching Can Help You


Academic Coaches are available to help you with time management, study skills, and online class success. I talked to Crystal Malone-Black, an Academic Coach here at Vol State, and we discussed how Academic Coaching can help students succeed.

How can working with an Academic Coach improve student success?

“Working with an Academic Coach can improve student success by allowing them to enhance study skills, scheduling, and all tools needed to be successful.”

How do you get in touch with an Academic Coach? Is it online or in-person?

“You can do either,” said Crystal. “A student can come directly to the Learning Commons and request through the receptionist to be scheduled. Or they can go to the Vol State website and to the Learning Commons. There’s a direct link they can select to schedule an Academic Coach.”

Have you ever heard any misconceptions or fears that students have about Academic Coaching? How can you ease those fears?

“This is by no means a service that looks down upon anyone whether you’re a new student or an adult learner,” she said. “This program is basically just to help you and give you the support that you need to succeed. It’s a safe spot.”

What is some advice that you typically give to students who are struggling in their classes?

“The typical advice during this pandemic that I give to students is that everyone is doing something new. This is a new way of learning with a lot of classes being online. Try not to be overwhelmed.”

Sign in with your Vol State email address to make an appointment for a virtual or in-person meeting with an Academic Coach here.

-Chloe Duvall