Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Former Globetrotter Hired as Women’s Basketball Coach

Otis Key is the new women’s basketball coach at Volunteer State Community College. He comes most recently from South Warren High School in Kentucky, where he was boys’ varsity assistant and freshmen coach.

“We had a lot of quality applicants,” said Vol State athletic director, Bobby Hudson. “I took the time to find the right one. I think Otis will do a great job. He has player development experience. He’s also a former player for the Harlem Globetrotters.”

“I spent ten great seasons within the Harlem Globetrotters organization,” Key said. “I had many roles. I think that experience, in many different areas, helps me in my coaching, not to mention all of the great coaches I worked for.”

Key coached for the American Basketball Association Kentucky Bison and the Continental Basketball Association Bowling Green Hornets. He is currently working with the Vol State team to get ready for the upcoming season.

“I’ve talked to all of our players. I’m excited to meet them and begin watching them play. I think this team has a lot of potential. We have our nucleus coming back and an all-American, Jenise Davis, coming back.”

The Vol State Lady Pioneers will hold scrimmages in October and kick-off their season on November 1 in the Vestle “Pops” Hudson Classic at Vol State versus Wabash Valley. For the complete schedule visit

Meet Ashley Kyler: the New Executive Assistant to the President

Ashley Kyler is the new executive assistant to the president at Vol State. She began working on campus this month. She comes most recently from Miller-Motte Technical College in Madison, where she was director of education. Kyler also has higher education experience during her tenure at DeVry University in Nashville. In her role as executive assistant, Kyler will lead initiatives as outlined by the president.

“I love education. It’s always been a passion of mine,” said Kyler. “I come from a family where I was the first to get a master’s degree and one of the first to get a college degree. I think I understand this demographic. If you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything. I strongly believe in community college education.”

Kyler grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Nashville in 2006 to open the DeVry University campus. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and a Master in Business Administration in Marketing from the Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Humanities Building: No Pain - No Gain

The next two years are going to be busy here on the Gallatin campus. Dr. Faulkner reported at Convocation that construction for the road and parking lot projects that precede the Humanities Building construction, will start at some point near or in November. A new parking lot will be built near the back entrance of the college near Enterprise Drive. There will be a new ring road which will cut over from the main entrance and connect with the current outer ring road. Perhaps the biggest change will be that the current inner ring road, Howard George Blvd, will stop behind Caudill and there will be a pedestrian mall for the rest of the stretch past the library. The new Humanities Building, as you have probably heard, will be built in the parking lot behind the Wood Campus Center. 

There will be a learning curve for faculty, staff and students as we all navigate the construction. We encourage everyone to keep in mind how wonderful the new facility will be for Vol State. Nothing great comes without challenges. 

Hot Auction Items at the Harvest Moon Soirée

Celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Volunteer State College Foundation at the Harvest Moon Soirée coming up on Friday, September 12 at the Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club in Hendersonville. The annual fundraising dinner supports student scholarships at Vol State. It will feature a silent auction and performances by Vol State community members. Some items available in this year’s auction include fiddles signed by Charlie Daniels and one signed by The Band Perry; a hockey stick signed by Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne; a pet microchip identification system from Critter Clinic; eight passes to Long Hollow Golf Course; a weekend stay at the Tropicana Hotel in Evansville; and a media dresser and mirror from Cresent Fine Furniture.

Sponsorship packages, tables, and individual seats are available through Friday, September 5, while space is available. Individual tickets are $75 each. The Titanium and event title sponsor this year is Sumner Regional Medical Center with a $20,000 commitment to the Soirée. The 2014 Harvest Moon Soirée Committee is Shirley Arrendale, Wanda Faulkner, Jim Harding, Diane Hughes, Dixie Jones, Hilary Marabeti, Chris Nichols, Laurette Nuckols, Grace Tomkins, Sandy Webster, and Betty Zuccarello with support from the Foundation staff.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails and the silent auction. Dinner and entertainment will follow. For more information, visit

For tickets call the Foundation at 615-230-3506, or email   


Monday, August 18, 2014

Convocation 2014

Faculty and staff filled the Wemyss Auditorium on Monday for an official welcome to the new school year. Convocation 2014 was primarily an informational and motivational event. 

A talent show provided some lighter moments, showcasing the musical stylings of Vol State faculty and staff.

Heather Harper revealed that the Social Science and Education Division was once again the Red Solo Cup award winner, for providing outstanding advising and orientation help this year.

Convocation is also a time to salute our long-time employees. Here is a list of the Service Awards for this year. We'll have a picture gallery up soon.

Five Year Awards
Academic Affairs Division
Philip A. Clifford
Kevin Marcus Cook
Alisha Rene Cornish
Melissa Renee Tyndall Fox
Mohamed Jamshed Ghouse
Phillip Turner Hearn
Peter J. Johnson
Carolyn J. Moore
Angela Racquel Neal
Mark L. Poindexter

Business & Finance Division
Ann Michelle Boyd
Mark E. Dennis
Sheila Wells Jessup
Brian J. Kraus
Yvonne Marie Deweese Waller

IERPA Division
Kimberly Anne Martin
Ten Year Awards
Academic Affairs Division
Samuel C. Cropper
Robert G. Jankiewicz
Kelly Ormsby
Terry M. Seals
Carol Jean Topping

Business and Finance Division
LaDonna J. Brooks
Elizabeth C. Cooksey
Steve Etheridge
Donnie R Goodrum
Morris W. Keith
David Richard Reese

Office of the President
Karen D. Waller

Student Services
Judith Ann Hendon

Fifteen Year Awards
Academic Affairs Division
Julie Gail Brown
Le-Ellen Dayhuff
Yolanda Clarice Ellison
Jimmy A. Hargrove
Carolyn S. Harlan
Joy Hosey
Debra L. Lindsay
Cory E. Martin
Nancy Ann Slaughter
Tammy Denise Swindle

Business and Finance Division
Randall H. Fuqua
Beverly R. Houser
Terrance M. McGovern
Linda A. Parker
Michele L. Taqui

Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Publications
Holly Nimmo

Student Services Division
Timothy Amyx

Twenty Year Awards
Academic Affairs Division
Leonard E. Assante
Travis M. Ford
Phillip W. Hailey
Sidney E. Hardyway
Katherine R. Johnson
Edith Bailey Lester
Hillman Kemp Mann
Jeffrey Tod Moore
Julie Rhea Morgan
George Joseph Pimentel
Gregory D. Pryor
Mary Norton Yarbrough

Office of the President
Jerry L. Faulkner

Student Services Division
Walter Russell Melvin

Twenty-Five Year Awards
Academic Affairs Division
Lisa Carol Haley
Mickey R Hall
Andy Eldo Osaitile
Rita B Sowell

Business and Finance Division
Paul M. Hammock

Thirty-Five Year Awards
Academic Affairs Division

Betty C. Williams

Friday, August 15, 2014

Work in the Community Garden at Vol State

Have you been to the Vol State Community Garden? It's located behind the Wallace Buildings. If you enjoy gardening you can join in. This is an old picture. If you get the opportunity, take a walk by at some point this semester. Jeff Kent has this update:

There will be regular Community Garden workdays scheduled into the fall.  The workdays will be on the 3rd Saturday of each month and will start at 9:00AM and generally last until 12:00PM. Everyone who is interested in gardening is welcome to attend.  The Master Gardeners who oversee the development of the garden offer a wealth of advice and expertise to us novices learning gardening and often they are willing to provide seeds and plants for use in our home gardens. Also, the garden is there for all VSCC staff and faculty to enjoy so come out and help us enhance the beauty of the campus! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

International Color in the Wood Campus Center

Take a look up the next time you are walking through the Wood Campus Center main hallway outside of the Student Services offices. You'll see a new and colorful reminder of the growing international make-up of Vol State. The flags are from many different nations and represent each of the countries that Vol State students, faculty and staff come from. The project was a joint effort between Student Life and Diversity Initiatives and the International Education program. If you see a country that we have left out please contact Student Life, so that we can get the proper flag.

Vol State in the News

There has been plenty of promotion about university and Vol State 2 plus 2 programs from our end. It's interesting to see from the university side. Here's a recent news release from Tennessee State University.

Our 101 year old Lifelong Learner was featured in the Gallatin News Examiner.

The fiddle signed by Charlie Daniels is just one of many interesting auction items that will be available at the Harvest Moon Soirée. The Tennessean has this story.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

101 year-old is a Vol State Lifelong Learner

Allene Byars and her daughters Ann Byars (left) and Kay Cook (right) during a break in the lecture series. 

Joe Spann is a genealogist and on this day he’s explaining emigration to the American Colonies. “Most of you will have ancestors in one of these groups,” he said, pointing to a projection that lists Scots-Irish, Quaker, English Elite and Puritans. If it sounds like a history class, it is, of sorts. But it’s for a different group of students than you might normally expect at Volunteer State Community College. These are Lifelong Learners, many of them retirees, looking for some intellectual fun. The group is attending one in a series of lectures called KEY Lifelong Learning at Vol State. KEY stands for Keep Educating Yourself. 101 year-old Allene Byars of Gallatin has attended several of the lectures with her daughters.

“”I’m interested in history and genealogy, almost anything along those lines,” Byars said. “I’m a born student. I read a lot. Yesterday we had a lecture about art and I was interested in that. I’ve read all of the books in the lecture series and I want to see what the speakers say about them.”

Vol State Continuing Education is putting on the program. They offer classes throughout the year for fun, career and workforce development. For details visit

Vol State Grad Coordinates International Program at Vandy

Vol State and University of Memphis graduate, Shannon White is now Program Coordinator for the Hubert H. Humphrey (HHH) Fellowship Program at Vanderbilt University. The program brings in visiting scholars from across the globe. They learn about the American educational system and share knowledge from their home country. Vol State has been involved in the Humphrey Fellowship program with Vanderbilt for several years. The Fellows visit the Vol State campuses each year to share international insights with students.

“Vol State has been involved with the program since 2009 and each year we continue to be excited about the opportunities the partnership provides to our campus and to Vol State students,” said Anne-Marie Ruttenbur, coordinator of International Education at Vol State. “A few years ago, Vol State was officially named a Humphrey Associate Campus; one of only four associate campuses in the country.”

Shannon recently organized one of the first events of the year, the Friendship Family Dinner. The Friendship Family Dinner is the first opportunity for the HHH Fellows to meet the Friendship Families who will work with them throughout the year.  George and Beverly Wilson from Vol State were in attendance and are taking part in the program. George knows Shannon well from her days as a student here. Anne-Marie remembers the role travel study played in Shannon’s Vol State experience.

"Shannon's desire for global learning was fostered when she traveled to Greece with TnCIS/Vol State to study philosophy," said Anne-Marie. "Being able to engage in learning on foreign soil opens the mind."
The Fellows will be on the main campus on August 27 beginning at 8:45 a.m. in the Ramer Building for our annual Kick-off event showcasing “What is a Community College.” Dr. Faulkner will provide a welcome in the Carpeted Dining Room at 9 a.m. with presentations from various departments following.

Pictured: (left-to-right) the new Friendship Family for a visiting Fellow from Brazil: Kelly Hill, Comptroller of the Tennessee Treasury Office; Kelly Cardoza, Humphrey’s Fellow from Brazil; Shannon White, George Wilson, and Beverly Wilson.