Friday, December 2, 2016

An Inside Look at the Christmas for the Kids Collection

Christmas for the Kids helps Vol State students and their families have a good holiday season. And it's not just presents for the kids, but also food boxes for families. The food collection is organized by the Employee Relations Committee. The Office of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives puts together the presents in conjunction with the Campus Activity Board, the SGA and many other student groups.
We had a sneak peak at the collection today and it's impressive. This room in Student Life is stacked full of presents for 78 kids this year. Down in Plant Operations Employee Relations Committee members spent the morning preparing 30 boxes of food that will be handed out tomorrow, with the presents, at the annual Christmas for the Kids party.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the present and food drives.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Squatter's Rites Award

Congrats to Squatter's Rites student literary magazine for taking third place for the southern division of small colleges in the Community College Humanities Association college magazine contest. The award-winning publication is going through some changes this year- including a new name. You can vote for your favorite name of the finalists on the front page of the Vol State student blog.

Vol State in the News

The Governor has issued an editorial discussing how recent higher education grants help in the Drive to 55 initiative. He mentions the Vol State Math and Science projects. It's here in the Wilson Post.

The Tennessean recently ran our news release about the Med Lab Technology Program. It's interesting to see why we're attracting many students who already have bachelor's degrees to the program.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Holiday Concerts Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm

Music is a big part of the holiday season. Students at Volunteer State Community College will be presenting two nights of festive songs in a show titled “A Starry Night - An Evening of Christmas Favorites.” There will be choreographed performances from the Showstoppers, rock and roll from the Commercial Music Ensemble, and country musical renditions by the Bluegrass Ensemble, Bluegrass Ablaze. There will also be music by two new Vol State groups- the Guitar Ensemble and the Wind Ensemble. The event will highlight the wide-ranging talents of more than seventy-five students.
The concert includes a CD release of Vol State student work. This year’s CD will be for sale at the shows on December 2 and 3 in the Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The show time is 7:30 p.m. each evening. A suggested donation of $5 benefits the Music Department Scholarship Fund. Admission and a copy of the Christmas CD are $10. For more information contact the Office of Humanities at 615-230-3202.
Pictured: Bluegrass Ablaze performs in the 2015 holiday concert. Photo by Tony Young.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Tennessee English Conference at Vol State

Vol State hosted the Two-Year College English Association of Tennessee (TYCAT) conference on November 11 and 12.  English professors from 10 of the 13 TBR community colleges were in attendance. 

This annual conference allows community college English professors across the state to share ideas, concerns, and pedagogical approaches with their colleagues.  This year’s conference was conducted in the style of “TED Talks” and made great use of the Performing Arts Studio in the new Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities Building.  Ten of the 37 presenters were Vol State English Faculty, and they include: Emily Andrews, Cindy Chanin, Leslie LaChance, Betty Mandeville, Laura McClister, Ami Price, Catherine Randall, Cynthia Wyatt, Kevin Yeargin, and April Young. 

Vol State students from the Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society were also on hand to assist with registration and to listen in on some of the presentations. 

-Deb Moore

Vol State in the News

The Med Lab program was a recent Vol State program release. Here's a link to the story in the Tennessean.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Rad Tech Students Win Knowledge Bowl

Vol State Rad Tech students took first place in a competition of Radiologic Technology knowledge recently. It was part of the annual meeting of the Tennessee Society of Radiologic Technologists. They’re the professionals who perform x-rays and other radiographic imaging of patients in hospitals and clinics. Teams of four students from across Tennessee competed in a single elimination student bowl. There were a total of ten teams participating. The Vol State team of Leslie Williams, Chelsey Odum, Lindsey Bullock, and Meagan Foss won all four rounds of the competition, taking home first place. The students will graduate with their class in May of 2017.

Pictured: The winning Vol State team, left to right: Leslie Williams, Meagan Foss, Chelsey Odum, and Lindsey Bullock.

Vol State Food Drive

The Vol State Employee Relations Committee is sponsoring “FOOD DRIVE FOR THE FAMILIES” from November 9 – November 28. The goal is to fill the cupboards of families in our community during the holidays. Please place your nonperishable canned/ boxed foods in the wrapped boxes located in these buildings:

SRB 208
Mattox 101
Warf 100
Building 300
Rochelle Center Gallery
Wallace 102
Gibson Hall 106
Great Hall
Caudill 222
Wood 117

There has been an outpouring of donations in past years. Let’s fill those boxes!

Respiratory Care Week

During Respiratory Care Week the Vol State Respiratory Program students hosted an educational skills fair at a local clinical affiliate, NHC Sumner Place. Each of the students prepared different respiratory related booths. The students were able to educate over 100 of the facilities employees, residents, visitors, and volunteers. 

The service learning opportunity the skill fair provides for the students and the community is something to be excited about. Each person that participated in the skills fair gained solid knowledge of new, useful information on how to care for themselves, residents, or a loved one. The Vol State Respiratory Care Program will be hosting another skills fair in the spring. Keep your eyes out for the opportunity to stop by, learn and to participate in the neat activities.

-Mallory Higginbotham

Vol State in the News

The outsourcing of jobs is an issue at the state level. The question is whether state colleges and universities should have some maintenance and custodial work outsourced. Last week WSMV took a look at Vol State as it relates to outsourcing.