Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Vol State Student Art at Hendersonville Arts Council

The imagination and skill of Volunteer State Community College students will be on display for a Hendersonville Arts Council exhibition at the historic Monthaven Mansion. “Art Off-Campus” features drawing, painting, design and 3-D works. It starts on Saturday.

“We have not held an off-campus exhibition of our students' work in many years,” said professor Sue Mulcahy. “We are very pleased with the Hendersonville Arts Council’s generous invitation to share the art with the broader community. We hope this will begin an ongoing series. “


The show will run from May 16 to June 13. There is a reception for the artists this Saturday, May 16 from noon to 2 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monthaven Mansion is located at 109 Antebellum Circle in Hendersonville. For more information call 615-822-0789 or visit www.hendersonvillearts.com.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Classified Staff Appreciation Award

Staff Council would like congratulate Sharon Langford, winner of the Classified Staff Appreciation Award for the month of April! Sharon is a member of Plant Operations at the Livingston Campus.

Also nominated in the month of April for exceptional service:
Ann Kirkpatrick from the Library
Debra Lindsay from the Humanities Division
Wanda Smith from Records and Registration

Every month a winner is drawn from the pool of nominees who were seen offering exceptional service to the Vol State community. The award recipient receives a certificate of appreciation and a $20 gift card. Any Vol State employee can fill out the short nomination form to recognize any permanent classified staff employee by going to the Staff Council webpage (http://www.volstate.edu/StaffCouncil/index.php). The Staff Council webpage can also be found using the A-Z Index.

Thank you for supporting this Staff Council initiative and your fellow coworkers!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Vol State in the News

Here is a cool story in the Washington Post about a Vol State graduate who was helped along in the college process by a program for former foster kids called YVLifeSet. Just another way Tennessee is innovating to help people get into, and be successful in, college.

Free Vol State dual enrollment classes, thanks to a new last dollar scholarship, have made the news in several papers, including the Tennessean.

Channel 5 came to the Gallatin campus for a story on how we're preparing for the influx of TN Promise students.

Graduation is in the news as well...and these days we have several of them. Here is a story on our High School Equivalency graduation in the Macon County News. Here is the Community College Daily report on our main graduation. This is the story in the Lebanon paper. Here is a Tennessean story about father and daughter grads.

And speaking of High School Equivalency. June Spears received honors recently for being named Adult Education Teacher of the Month. The Macon County Times has the story.


In case you didn’t see it in the Gallatin News Examiner, our own Terry Bubb, director of Advising and Testing Centers, was recognized recently as being a “2015 Sumner Star.” Each year the Tennessean newspaper group picks out several Sumner County leaders to be recognized. Terry was honored for his work in growing advising at Vol State, and especially his leadership in promoting Hispanic outreach efforts here. This is a link to the article. You will have to page forward to page 11 to see the Terry piece. Congrats Terry!


http://issuu.com/tennessean/docs/sumner_stars


The Vol State land donation for a local rugby club is in the Tennessean.

The Vol State SAILS program for dual enrollment is part of this feature story on two high school students in Putnam County.

The Career Exploration Day hosted by Vol State made the Channel 5 news.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Riding for Scholarships

The Vol State riders get ready for the Half-Metric Tour.
The Vol State Cycling Classic had 175 riders on Saturday for the second year of the event. Most of the riders participated in the Metric Century Tour (about 61 miles) that traveled all the way up to Portland and then back down to campus. It was a lovely day for a bike ride and we thank all of the riders for participating. We had a number of cyclists from Vol State who did the Half-Metric tour (about 33 miles). You can see Dr. Faulkner in the middle of this group of riders at the start.





Sunday, May 3, 2015

Dr. Faulkner: Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

It is hard to believe that the Spring semester is drawing to a close.  It seems just yesterday that Spring classes began.  And then we had the ice storm and the weather delays and closings.  I’ve attached some campus photos from those days.

In the midst of the winter, we wondered, “Will Spring ever come?”  As it always does, Spring follows on Winter and Summer on Spring and before you know it will be time to kick-off Fall semester.

We are looking forward to a great Summer session.  May-mester actually begins before graduation.  Many things are planned for the Summer including some activities to help TnPromise students with the transition.  We have multiple Campus Connect session scheduled and students are already signing up for orientation and registration.  If you are away during the Summer, just know that those of us here will be laboring effectively toward the Fall semester. 


I hope everyone has a great Summer.  Please be sure to plan some time for rest and recreation.

-Dr. Jerry Faulkner








Vol State Leases Cottontown Land to Sumner Rugby Club

Vol State has entered into an agreement to lease land in Cottontown to the Sumner Rugby Football Club. The Gallatin-based group plans to eventually build a rugby pitch, parking and a field house on the site at 1000 Upper Camp Creek Road. Rugby is a form of football that began in England. It is now one of the most popular sports in the world.

“On behalf of the coaches and the Board of Directors we are thrilled to begin this initiative to benefit middle and high school students in and around the Sumner County area,” said Mike Lees, president of the Sumner Rugby Club. “Additionally, we would like to express our thanks to Dr. Faulkner for his work with numerous state agencies to bring this opportunity to fruition, as well as Anthony Holt for introducing us almost two years ago. Our initial sponsor, Rogers Group, has pledged time and materials to assist in the first phase of a parking area and the preparation of the first rugby pitch.”

The land was willed to the college by the Spurlock Family. The twenty-year lease still allows Vol State the option of using the land in the future. For more information about the Rugby Football Club visit www.sumnerrugby.org.


Pictured: Rugby Club President, Mike Lees, and Vol State president, Dr. Jerry Faulkner, trade jerseys to announce the lease agreement.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Vol State Graduation will be Streamed on Internet

The Vol State graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 9 will be streamed live on the Internet again this year for people to watch all over the world. Last year a family in India watched a student graduate. This year a student will have their family watching in El Salvador. The streaming video does not require any special equipment. People can simply visit the website www.volstate.edu/graduation. The live video on the Internet will start at 10 a.m. The recorded video will be played at various times on Thursday, May 14 on Comcast Channel 19 in Gallatin and Hendersonville, and U-verse Channel 99 throughout Middle Tennessee. The speaker for graduation this year will be Emily J. Reynolds, vice-chairman of the Tennessee Board of Regents.

June Spears Teacher of the Month

June Spears of the Vol State High School Equivalency Adult Education Office has been named Teacher of the Month for Adult Education statewide. June teaches High School Equivalency classes in Macon County. This is from the announcement:

“June Spears is an exceptionally skilled, dedicated, innovative and knowledgeable teacher.”


The recognition places her in the running for Teacher of the Year for Adult Education (AE) in Tennessee. That announcement will be made at the AE annual Academy of Excellence in July. June will be presented a plaque and monetary gift by Jason Beard, the State Administrator of Adult Education this week. Congratulations to her!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Yarbrough Receives Lambda Award

Dr. Kenny Yarbrough, director of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives at Volunteer State Community College, has been honored with the Terry Whitesides Ally of Diversity Award at the 2015 Lambda Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Plus (LGBT+) College Conference. The meeting, held this year at Middle Tennessee State University, brought together thirty colleges and universities from across the region, along with corporate and community leaders, to discuss diversity and inclusion issues impacting students and their future in the workplace. The Vol State student Spectrum club nominated Yarbrough for the award.


Pictured: Kenny Yarbrough and Blake Coker, the president of the Vol State student Spectrum club.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Scholarship Helps High School Students get Dual Classes for Free

Help us spread the word! A new program just announced by Vol State now makes it possible for many high school students to take up to four  dual enrollment classes for free thanks to a last dollar scholarship. The general education courses can transfer to universities and colleges across the country. Students can take Vol State dual enrollment classes at high schools in Davidson, Robertson, Sumner, Wilson, Macon, Trousdale, Putnam, Overton, Pickett, Smith, Jackson and Clay counties.

“We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to the students in our entire service area,” said Vol State president, Dr. Jerry Faulkner. “The head start that students gain from dual enrollment sets them on a path for success. It enhances their ability to benefit from the TnPromise program once they finish high school.”

Students must apply for the Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant program, which provides grant money for high school students taking dual enrollment classes. Vol State will now cover tuition costs not covered in the Dual Enrollment grant, so that many students can take four classes for free.

Students are limited in funding from the grant to two dual enrollment classes per semester. Scholarships for high school seniors, who have previously taken dual enrollment courses, will be handled individually, based on current scholarship guidelines.


The revised dual enrollment grant funding amounts will begin in the fall semester of 2015. High school students should meet with their school counselors to determine the process for enrolling in Vol State dual enrollment courses and applying for the dual enrollment grant. For more information students and parents can also call the Vol State Dual Enrollment Office at 615-230-3742