Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Warf Building Update

Plant Ops is moving cabinets and such back into the Warf Building, as much of the construction for the classroom side of the building is about finished. Work continues on the areas near the new Mechatronics wing and faculty offices. We were given permissions to take a peek inside last week, and as noted by many, - you won't recognize the place. Warf is much more open now, with wider spaces and bigger offices. And of course everything is nicely updated. Furniture is on the way soon.

The Microbiology lab features a new scrub room with sinks and lockers. Each lecture room will be outfitted with a HoverCam electronic teaching station. Dr. Faulkner demonstrated those at convocation last year.

The building is still not open to visitors, except for those authorized. So, here are some pictures in the meantime.

Vol State in the News

The recent Tennessee Comptroller's Report focused primarily on business practices at the college. And while we did have one finding to respond to regarding IT security, overall it was a good audit report. The findings did include a section on enrollment and the strength of new programs which was very positive. The Tennessean did a story about that section of the audit.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Wilson County Campus Fundraiser

The College Foundation held an event at Beretta Vineyards in Mt. Juliet recently to launch the effort to locate a Vol State campus in Wilson County. The McFarland family has donated 2.5 acres and the college is purchasing an additional 7.5 acres for the campus. The college is raising funds for the development and design of the campus. It will be located on East Division Street in Mt. Juliet, a half mile east of the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce Building. The college is currently working through a multi-part State of Tennessee process for the new campus. The finished facility will have multiple classrooms and other educational facilities that will allow Vol State to offer a variety of classes. The size of the building and a timeline for the project are still being determined.  

Pictured left to right, seated: Sandra McFarland and Vol State president, Jerry Faulkner. Standing: Susan Redmond-Vaught, daughter; and College Foundation executive director, Karen Mitchell.

Meet the New Dean of Business and Technology

Andrew White is the new dean of Business and Technology. He worked at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville as director of the Aerospace and Defense Business Institute and as director of the Aerospace and Defense MBA Program. He also served with the United States Air Force as squadron commander and public affairs director. In his new role, White will oversee the Business and Technology academic division at Vol State, which includes such diverse programs as Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Accounting, and Computer Information Systems.

“Access to higher education changed my family’s life and that’s inspired me to choose this profession,” White said. “My father grew up in a coal miner’s family in Fentress County. Through the G.I. Bill he got a college degree and that changed our lives forever. That’s why it’s exciting for me to be working in a place like this.”

When asked about his immediate plans at Vol State White mentioned community relationships. “We need to strengthen the partnership and alignment between the college and employers, to ensure that we continue to graduate students ready to work and to excel in that work.”

White holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Tennessee; a Master of Science in Public Administration from Central Michigan University; and an Ed.D. in Education Leadership from the University of Southern California.

WVCP is Hot in Germany

Vol State radio WVCP-FM has plenty of loyal listeners in Middle Tennessee, but a new report shows they have a streaming audience across the country and the world. Listeners in Germany clocked more than 1,600 listening hours in March. That's almost as much as the total for the United States. Those U.S. listeners come from 13 different states. When WVCP started streaming in 2004 they had 82 listening hours in a month. Last March they totaled 3,327 hours.

You too can stream WVCP. You can find the link on their web page. If you would prefer old fashion FM tune into 88.5.

Rotary Award and Installation in Cookeville

Stephanie Voris, facility coordinator and adjunct faculty member at the CHEC campus, has been honored with the Rotarian of the Year award from Sunset Rotary in Cookeville. In addition, CHEC faculty member Mark Green was installed as an officer recently.  Two more examples of Vol State folks involved in the community.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Adult Literacy Award

Faculty member David Johnson has been honored with the Burks Award for his work with the Adult Literacy Council. The publisher of the Cookeville Herald-Citizen newspaper presented him with the award.

Vol State in the News

The Cyber Defense Program in Livingston is in the Overton County news.

The P-16 Council, led by Vol State, is accepting applications to honor people in the business and professional community who support education. Nominations for the BEST awards are open now in several counties. The Hendersonville Standard has the details.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Logistics Student Scholarship

Vol State student Sara Carmack received a $1000 scholarship recently from the Delta Nu Alpha (DNA) Transportation Society. Carmack is a student in the Logistics program. Pictured left to right: Jim Hall, past president of DNA; Tamara Dunnabacke, DNA board member; Sarah Carmack; and Don Ellis, Vol State Logistics faculty member. 

Wild Campus Visitors

Apparently human parents are not the only ones comfortable sending their kids to Vol State. Keith Bell took some video of these visitors on campus recently.