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

New Student Printing Service on Campuses

Vol State has a new student printing system on each campus. Use your Student ID for quick access to print jobs. All students are granted $17.50 of printing credit each semester. Additional funds may be added via the Kiosk in Gallatin Library 1st floor with credit card, at the Business Office in Gallatin with cash or card, or at the front desks of Cookeville, Livingston, or Springfield. The printers have a quick how-to guide located on each machine. We have also attached those instructions below.

Printers are available in the following locations:
o Gallatin Library 1st Floor
o Gallatin Learning Commons
o Gallatin Wallace South Lab 104
o Gallatin Wood Cafeteria
o Springfield Library
o Livingston Library
o Cookeville Library and Room 231






Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Boost that Grade with the Vol State Learning Commons


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

-Assistance with essays, writing, and speech
-Math tutoring for many classes, including math-based science courses
-Math Learning Support class testing
-Natural science tutoring (Chemistry, Biology)
-Peer tutoring in many subjects
-College readiness and placement test preparation
-Skills assessment and development in reading, writing, and math
Visit any campus location to discuss your needs and how we can help. It’s free and available to all students, even those planning to attend the next semester. Online help available. www.volstate.edu/learningcommons

Monday, September 20, 2021

Vol State Events this Week


Sept. 20                Constitution Day event: Guardians of the Constitution: A Brief Overview of Landmark Supreme Court Cases by history professor Melanie Cochran, 11:30am, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/91873416174

Sept. 23                Discovery Days: Balancing All the Things, stress management, 11:30am-12:15pm, Zoom, register here: https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcocOioqjgsEtNCGIV34czu3sdbuvrvvSZY

Sept. 23                Math and Science: Discover Your Success, learn about the programs and possibilities, 3pm - Tour of Warf and Wallace Labs, start in Warf, 4:30pm - Faculty Panel (Warf 105/Zoom) https://volstate.zoom.us/j/91722986949    

Sept. 24                Family Movie Night: Raya and the Last Dragon, outside movie for the whole family, bring a chair or blanket, free, 7:15pm, Thigpen Library Lawn


Thursday, September 16, 2021

Struggling in Your Classes? Four Things to do Now


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 four things to do now if you are struggling:

-Talk to the instructor of each class that you are having problems, in-person or by email. Ask them what you can do to catch up and if they have ideas for how you can do better in their class.
-Get extra help in-person and online with free Vol State academic help services. Visit www.volstate.edu/collegesuccess for a list.
-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. Contact the Financial Aid Office first, to find out how dropping a class impacts your Financial Aid and if you will need to pay money back.
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.
Everyone wants to see you succeed, so reach out now if you need help!

Monday, September 13, 2021

Online Vol State Events this Week


In-person classes are back as scheduled this week, but many of our events are online. Here's the list:

Sept. 13            International Education Info Session, learn about Study Abroad opportunities and International Ed events, 3pm-4pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/92643079201

Sept. 14                Student Government Association (SGA) Meeting, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom, Check your student email for the access code

Sept. 14            Break the Silence, honoring those who have died by suicide and supporting survivors, Noon-1pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/97647375931

Sept. 15            Confronting Crisis Inside and Outside the Classroom, how we can help each other cope with life crisis, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom, Register here: https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEpfuqrpzIsG9FrcHSl5S28R75oxArLnIHr

Sept. 16                Discovery Days: Beyond the Classroom, opportunities outside of class, 11:30am-12:15pm, Zoom, register here: https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0of-GoqDwrGtwij4xXlRHcX2dKS9KmW84u

Vol State is offering vaccine clinics for employees and students on September 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will take place on each of the Vol State campuses. Everyone should bring their insurance card and driver's license or other ID. Students without insurance can also get the COVID vaccine for free. The other vaccinations require insurance or payment. See your Vol State email for details and the form that will need to be filled out before attending.

Vaccines available: Flu, COVID-19, Pneumonia, Shingles
Gallatin Campus: SRB Humanities Building, First Floor, Room 150, Performing Arts Space
Cookeville Campus: Cody Hall, Room 102
Livingston Campus: Room 210
Springfield Campus: Room 146

Thursday, September 9, 2021

In-Person Classes Resume Starting Sept. 13


Vol State will return to the normal schedule of in-person classes starting this Monday, September 13 at all campus locations. Everyone is still required to wear a face mask inside buildings. We look forward to having students back on campus!

Vol State is offering vaccine clinics for employees and students on September 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will take place on each of the Vol State campuses. Everyone should bring their insurance card and driver's license or other ID. Students without insurance can also get the COVID vaccine for free. The other vaccinations require insurance or payment. See your Vol State email for details and the form that will need to be filled out before attending.

Vaccines available: Flu, COVID-19, Pneumonia, Shingles

Gallatin Campus: SRB Humanities Building, First Floor, Room 150, Performing Arts Space

Cookeville Campus: Cody Hall, Room 102

Livingston Campus: Room 210

Springfield Campus: Room 146

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Vol State Online Events this Week


Sept. 9                  Discovery Days: Hey Is Not the Way, communicating with faculty, 11:30am-12:15pm, Zoom, register here: https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvcuCpqDkvH9wYve0dkxPhVPKY2hVlsE7f

Sept. 9                  Virtual Club Recruitment Fair, learn about student clubs and organizations, 5pm-6pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/96812500282#success

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Free Academic Help Online and In-Person


We have a full range of student academic support available online, including help with papers, math and science tutoring, and library research. All Vol State offices are open, but we can also assist you online. For a complete list and links visit: https://www.volstate.edu/collegesuccess

Home Internet or eLearn Issues? Info here


Students- if you have internet issues at home you can use computers on all Vol State campuses. All labs and offices will be open for normal hours. In Gallatin, visit the Thigpen Library. For other campuses just ask at the front desk. If you have eLearn issues email eLearn@volstate.edu


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Vol State will move many on ground classes to an online/virtual environment 9/2/21 – 9/12/21


Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in our communities and at the college, Vol State will move many on ground classes to an online/virtual environment 9/2/21 – 9/12/21.  These classes will resume on ground formats at each campus location on 9/13/21.  This may not impact some hands-on classes that will still meet in-person.  Students should check their email as well as eLearn for specific instructions from their professors.  For questions regarding class formats, please contact   VPAA@volstate.edu or call 615-230-230-3555 . 

All Vol State campus locations will remain open for normal hours of operation.  All services and offices, including the library and computer labs, will continue to be available to support students.