Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Vol State in the News

We're making a push for workforce training this fall through the many programs of Continuing Education. Here's the story in the Tennessean.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Meet Patty Anderson - Dean of Business and Technology

Patricia Anderson is the new dean of Business and Technology. She comes most recently from Dynetics, Inc., a Huntsville, Alabama engineering, scientific and IT solutions company, where she was a senior account manager. In her new role, she will oversee the Business and Technology Division at Vol State.

“Technology is so fast-evolving,” Anderson said. “You have to stay on the cutting edge. We’re going to enhance our technology electives and look into new programs at Vol State. I want to make sure that we give students the tools that they need to be the first choice in a job interview.”

Dean Anderson has a Master of Science in Information Assurance and Security from the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH). She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Athens State College and an Associate of Science degree from Calhoun Community College. Anderson has professional higher education experience as an academic advisor at the UAH College of Nursing and as director of the Gender Equity Program at Calhoun Community College.

“I didn’t start college until I was in my mid-thirties and I was scared to death,” she said. “I didn’t know if I could do it. The most rewarding professional position I’ve ever experienced has been in higher education. I realized how education changed my life and I could see how it could change the lives of my students. Education can truly be a lifesaver.”

Dean Anderson, who goes by Patty, is making the transition to live in Sumner County. But she and her husband already have roots here. Howard Harris Anderson's mother came from Gallatin and his family connections go back decades in Sumner County.

Friday, September 26, 2014

James has made the Top 25!

The GRAMMY Foundation® and The Recording Academy® have partnered to present the Music Educator Award™, to recognize music educators for their contributions to our musical landscape. Vol State’s own James Story was one of the 222 Quarterfinalists, and just this morning it was announced on CBS News that he has made the top 25 semifinalists.

James says he’s excited about what the publicity could mean for the program and the college. We personally think it’s a great recognition of his hard work and devotion to music education for more than three decades in Sumner County and at Vol State in particular.

The award is open to current U.S. music teachers from kindergarten through college, in public and private schools. One winner will be selected from 10 finalists each year to be recognized for their remarkable impact on their student’s lives. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award and attend the GRAMMYs, and they will receive a $10,000 honorarium along with a $10,000 grant for his/her school. The nine finalists and their schools will each receive a $1,000 honorarium. Finalists will be announced in December.

The award will be presented at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception during GRAMMY Week 2015.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Vol State October Events Calendar

Vol State October Events Calendar 2014
All events are free, unless specified.

Oct. 1              Vol State Employee Benefits Fair, Ramer Building, 10am-3pm
Oct. 1              Vol State Employee Flu Shots, Ramer Building, 10am-2pm
Oct. 1              Hispanic Heritage Luncheon, RSVP to Student Life, Nichols Dining Room, 12:30pm
Oct. 1              Honors Lecture: “Should We Trust Science?” Parris Powers, Thigpen Library 12:20 pm
Oct. 2              The North Korean Human Rights Crisis, presentation sponsored by Collegiate Ministry, Thigpen Library, 12:45pm and 7pm
Oct. 4              Commercial Music Ensemble concert at Main Street Festival, Courthouse Square in Gallatin, Noon
Oct. 4              Kids Play: “The Adventures of Nate the Great” by Vol State Theater, Caudill Hall, 7:30 pm, $5 suggested donation, kids are free
Oct. 7              Gallatin Commit to Completion, signing event, Phi Theta Kappa, Plaza,
Oct. 8              Lecture: “Peru!” by Keith Bell, Thigpen Library, 12:20pm
Oct. 8              Hispanic Heritage Quiz Bowl, Cafeteria, 12:30pm
Oct. 9              Movie: “Toxic Hot Seat” presented by Fire Science, Caudill Hall, 7pm
Oct. 11            Highland Crest Fall Carnival, Springfield, 10am to 2pm
Oct. 13, 14      Fall Break: A reminder that Fall Break is only two days this year
Oct. 15            Livingston Commit to Completion, signing event, Phi Theta Kappa, 11am-1pm
Oct. 16            Union University Nursing info session, Warf 110, 12:45-2:15pm
Oct. 18            Fall Fiesta at Vol State, a celebration of Hispanic culture, Duffer Plaza, 10am-4pm
Oct. 21            Highland  Commit to Completion, signing event, Phi Theta Kappa, 11am-1pm
Oct. 21            Lecture: Emerson and Transcendentalism, Shannon Lynch and Deb Moore, Mattox 104, 11:10am

Oct. 22            Fall Festival, Duffer Plaza, 10am to 2pm
Oct. 25            Household Hazardous Waste Collection, outside of Wood Campus Center, 9am to 2pm
Oct. 27            Diversity Week, events all week

Oct. 29            Honors Lecture: “Hal 2014” by David Fuqua,  Thigpen Library, 12:20 pm

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Vol State in the News

We have several Vol State events in the news this week, including a kid's play called "Nate the Great" on October 4, a presentation on North Korea on October 2 and a movie about toxic fire issues on October 9. The Tennessean has the stories.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Students Join Police Reserves

After several months of hard work and training, four Vol State Criminal Justice students-Janos Briscoe, Caleb Helson, Derrick Walker and Jacob McCafferty- graduated to become Gallatin Police Reserve officers on Thursday, September 18. They took the police officer oath and had their badges pinned on by family members. Criminal Justice director Kevin Cook explains how it all came about: 

"In spring 2014, students taking CRMJ 1150-Criminal Justice Career Planning had the opportunity to do mock police candidate panel interviews with several police departments/officers in our service area," Cook said. "Several of our Social Science and Education Division faculty, including Dean Foley and Rick Parrent, were panel participants as well. The Gallatin Police Department was one of the partners on the panel. They were very impressed with our students and invited them to apply for the Gallatin Police Reserves."

Congrats to these newest reserves and to the Vol State Criminal Justice program. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Vol State Students Show Lawmakers the Power of Undergrad Science Research

Scientific research isn’t just a passion for professors and graduate students. Increasingly, undergraduates are getting in on the action. Educators say it can be a creative hook to get students interested in the sciences. Two Vol State State students will show off their undergraduate research to lawmakers in Washington next week. It’s hoped that by seeing the work of undergrads from across the country, members of Congress will get a better idea of the importance of research in teaching science. Student Genna Batchelder of Gallatin will be presenting on water quality.

“I didn’t think I was going to enjoy my Environmental Geology class,” said Batchelder. “But the research helped me to understand how this is so important. It brought together my chemistry, physics and geology classes. It meant more to me when I had a practical application for what I was learning.”

Batchelder was one of hundreds of Vol State Math and Science students who have been studying water quality in local streams over the last two years. Students are taking samples, charting measurements and compiling the information in a database. That database will help environmental engineers determine area water quality. The research gets students out of the classroom and helps them apply science to the world.

“Research is the best teacher,” said Parris Powers, associate professor of Chemistry. “It allows students to think critically and problem solve with real world applications.”

Batchelder will be presenting her project in the form of a poster session across the street from the U.S. Capitol. The event is put together by the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative.

Professor Powers will be accompanying the students on the trip “It’s important for lawmakers to see what our students are doing. It will help them to understand that education happens in many different ways, not just in the classroom.”

Vol State student Phillip Martinez of Lebanon will be presenting on a tongue teasing topic: Proteo-Genomic Profiling of a Multi-Drug Resistant Acinetobacter baumanni Clinical Isolate. The paper stems from his work at Meharry Medical College, where he held an internship this summer, which then turned into a consultant role.

“The goal of this research is to find major multi-drug resistance indicators,” Martinez said. “This will help identify an appropriate treatment plan for patients in a matter of hours, instead of days.” That can help saves lives.

Martinez said that the excitement of medical research is consuming at times. “Every day that I go into Meharry, I love what I do. I’ve had to set the time on my phone to eat lunch, because I’m in the zone.”

“Gene sequencing, like Phillip is doing, is the future of molecular biology,” Powers said. “That’s the power of undergraduate research.”

Dr. Faulkner: Kudos

One of the great pleasures of being President of Vol State is I get to hear all the compliments about the college.  People share remarks with me about how great the college is and what an asset the college is to the community.  I try my best to pass these compliments along to the department or person that is truly responsible.  Within the last 24 hours, I’ve received several accolades and so I wanted to take this opportunity to remind all of us of the types of great things we are doing at the college.

This past Friday evening was our annual harvest Moon Soiree.  Several folks have approached me including one just this morning to share with me what a great event it was.  From preliminary figures it appears it will be the best in terms of scholarship money raised.  Kudos to our team in the Resource Development office for organizing such a wonderful event.

This week we had a team on campus as part of the American Bar Association accreditation of our Paralegal Program.  The team consisted of two members that are in Paralegal Programs at other community colleges.  We had an outstanding review and had only one minor recommendation that we can easily remedy.  The team was highly complimentary of Loretta Calvert as program director and of the college for our effectiveness.  Kudos to Dr. Calvert.

The team also had great comments to make about our campus.  They observed how well maintained, attractive, and clean are our buildings and grounds.  This is a common theme from all first time visitors to our campus.  Kudos to all our physical facilities team for creating a beautiful, inviting learning environment.

I received a letter just yesterday from the Executive Director of the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI).  This is a National Science Foundation grant funded project to infuse real scientific research experience into the community college curriculum.  Vol State is one of a handful of community colleges from across the national that participate in this program.  The letter was expressing appreciation for the participation of Parris Powers and our students Genna Batchelder and Phillip Martinez.  Parris and the students will be traveling soon to Washington D.C. to participate in an annual meeting and the students will be presenting the research via a poster session to be held in the Hart U.S. Senate Building.  Kudos to Parris and our students.

And then also yesterday I received a letter from the Vice President for University Outreach at the University of Oklahoma.  The letter was to praise the participation of Girija Shinde as a volunteer member of the National Advisory Council of the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE).  The letter acknowledges the valuable contribution Dr. Shinde has made to the advancement of the mission of NCORE.  Kudos to Dr. Shinde

All of this in just 24 hours!  Even if I don’t get to each individually, I want you all to always know how much I appreciate how much each member of the college community contributes and how proud I am to be part of Vol State.

-Dr. Jerry Faulkner

Vol State in the News

We're continuing our Tennessee Promise push in the media, especially focused on our upcoming October help events. Here's the story in the Macon County Times.

The bible story continues to get national interest, including this story in Christian Today. Local coverage continues in Lebanon and the Knoxville paper picked it up, as well.

Vol State Events this Week

Sept. 22           Tennessee Technological University representative, Wood Campus Center, 10am—1pm
Sept. 23           Austin Peay State University representative, Wood Campus Center, 10am—1pm
Sept. 23           Health and Wellness, Nichols Dining Room, 10am to 2pm
Sept. 23           Pre-Nursing Advising Session with Belmont University, Warf 110, 12:45pm
Sept. 24           Job Career Fair, Pickel Field House Gym, 10am to 1pm
Sept. 24           Vets Next Steps – Job advice for veterans, Pickel Field House, 11:30am-1 pm
Sept. 24           The Relationship Guy – Jereme Ford, Rochelle Center – Thigpen Library, 12:30pm
Sept. 25           Sumner College Night, Pickel Field House Gym, 6 pm to 8 pm

Sept. 26           Tennessee State University representative, Wood Campus Center, 9am—11am