Monday, October 7, 2019

Mike McDonald Honored

Current adjunct faculty member and professor emeritus of Communication, Mike McDonald, was presented the 2019 “Communicator of the Year” award at the annual meeting of the Tennessee Communication Association recently. He is shown here being congratulated by Vol State  Communication Department chair, Melva Black. Mike was honored for his lifetime of service to communication education, both as a college professor and as a tireless proponent of communication and higher education while representing Sumner County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

Vol State in the News

Everyone is invited to the Grand Reopening of the Warf Math and Science Building on Friday, October 18 from 11am to 1pm. We are inviting the community to take a look at our new facilities, as well. It's important to show people our commitment to Math and Science education and our wonderful new home for the Mechatronics program. Help us get the word out. Here is the story in the Hendersonville Standard.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Open Educational Resources Conference Presentation

The use of Open Educational Resources (OER) is expanding at colleges and universities across the country and Vol State is beginning the journey in how OER resources might shape the courses we offer.  OER are educational materials built by faculty and embedded into the course itself. They can take the place of an outside textbook, saving students money and making it easier for them to have access to all of the educational materials they need in the course. A pilot program is underway at Vol State in the Communication Department. Speech 2045 is being offered in an OER format. Recently, three faculty members, Sheri Waltz, Jennifer James, and Shellie Michael, presented at the TN Communication Association conference regarding the work they have done for the pilot and how OER is transforming the Public Speaking course. 

“Although the endeavor was time consuming, access to the course and the learning material should be available to all students regardless of socio-economic status, said Waltz. “ It is important that all students have equal and free access to course materials so each student may excel in the course.”

The revised Public Speaking course is being piloted for the first time in all sections in the Fall 2019 semester. Faculty members say the initial reception from students has been promising. There are other faculty also using OER at Vol State. Dean of Academic Support, Rhonda Gregory, said that Sidney Hardyway is using OER in PSYC 1030 and Phil Hearn uses it in a Project Management course. Other courses are still being planned for fall 2020 with the hopes to create at least three or four OER courses each year.

Marilyn Murphy Exhibit at Vol State Art Gallery in October

The drawings of Nashville artist Marilyn Murphy are on display at the Vol State Art Gallery through October. The professor of Art emerita at Vanderbilt University has been shown in 390 exhibitions nationally and abroad.

“My drawings typically include one or two figures involved in an improbable action or working at some curious task,” Murphy said. “While occasionally my art has a political element, many of the pieces in this series comment upon the act of seeing, the creative process or some aspect of human experience.”

“There is a particular logic inherent in Murphy’s conjunction, one based on visual punning and the slightly too bright, almost halated quality of her tonalities,” said Peter Frank, a Los Angeles curator.

“If this is dreaming, it is lucid dreaming, a knowing exploitation of the dream state by Murphy to provide her and us, with images and sensations of improbable freedom and thrilling or hilarious juxtaposition.”

Murphy has had a mid-career survey at the Frist Center in Nashville and a two-person exhibition at the Huntsville Museum of Art. Her work is in many public and private collections including the Huntsville Museum of Art, the Boston Museum School, and the Prudential and Bridgestone Collections. 

The Vol State show runs from September 30 until October 31. There will be a reception for the artist at the Gallery on October 19 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Vol State Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building on the Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information call 615-230-3202.

Pictured: Marilyn Murphy, Civic Still Life Control.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Vol State in the News

Multiple news outlets helped to get the word out about an attempted abduction of a student at the Cookeville campus two weeks ago. Campus Police are still looking for the assailant. Cookeville Police are helping with extra patrols of the area. Campus police officers are on duty at CHEC during all class times and an hour and a half after the last class dismisses for the evening. We will have updates when they are new details in the case.

The upcoming appearance of Body Farm founder, Dr. Bill Bass, has been receiving much attention on social media and also in the news media. This story is from the Hendersonville Standard.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Respiratory Care Honored

The Respiratory Care program at Vol State has been honored with the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The award was presented at the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Summer Forum awards ceremony held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The award is given as part of CoARC’s continued efforts to value the RRT credential as a standard of professional achievement.

With a focus on program effectiveness, the CoARC views the RRT credential as a measure of a program’s success in inspiring its graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional aspirations. When selecting programs for the recognition, the CoARC Board used objective criteria based on key accreditation metrics documented in the 2018 Annual Report of Current Status. Programs are required to: (1) have three or more years of outcome data; (2) hold accreditation without a progress report; (3) document RRT credentialing success of 90 percent or above, and (4) meet or exceed established CoARC thresholds for certified respiratory therapist credentialing success, attrition, and positive job placement.

Presenting the award from left to right: Dr. Allen Gustin, Jr, CoARC’s president of the Board of Commissioners; Kim Christmon, Vol State program director; Mallory Higginbotham, director of Clinical Education; and Bradley Leidich, CoARC’s immediate past president of the Board of Commissioners.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Vol State in the News

Vol State is bringing more specialty courses to the Highland Crest campus. The Robertson County Connection has this story about a new phlebotomy class.

Foundation donations come from many community sources, some of which have been donating regularly for many years. The Gallatin News has a story on one of those donors.

The EYH science event for girls is coming up soon on the Gallatin campus. The Gallatin News has this piece.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Documentary Film Crew Comes to Gallatin Campus Next Week

A documentary film crew will be on the Vol State Gallatin campus next week, Tuesday and Wednesday. They are shooting a project tentatively titled “Voices of Pathways.” The project is focusing on guided pathways implemented at community colleges across the country. Guided pathways is an educational approach that includes clear academic plans for all students and a range of supports, including career exploration, first-year experience programs, completion coaches, and academic assistance, such as our co-requisite Math and English classes.

The crew has filmed at four colleges thus far, in Milwaukee, Austin, Maryland, and Oregon. The filmmakers will conduct a few interviews and film scenes around campus. They have already identified participants for the film, but you may be included in a scene if you happen to be where they are filming. The production team may ask you to sign a release if you are on camera. Next Chapter Communications, and documentary filmmakers Meridian Hill Pictures, are leading the project. The finished product may be up to five short films on the subject. We’ll have more word on where it is available once the project is completed.

Photo by Sam McGhee on Unsplash

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Body Farm Founder Speaks in Two Presentations

Dr. William Bass, the creator of “The Body Farm” in Knoxville, makes a return engagement to Volunteer State Community College on Thursday, October 3 for two public lectures. The forensic anthropologist is best known for his work in founding the Anthropology Research Facility at U-T Knoxville. Researchers there study the decomposition of donated bodies in various weather and burial conditions. The findings, including methods to help determine when a person died, revolutionized forensic science and criminal investigation. To expand the work, and provide expertise to the world, the Forensic Anthropology Center was opened in 1987. It curates the largest collection of contemporary human skeletons in the nation and provides professional training. Bass, now retired, became a bestselling author and inspired many fictional characters in TV and movies. His first presentation, at 11:15 a.m., will discuss “The History of the Body Farm.” His second lecture will be at 6 p.m. and is titled “The Mysterious Case of Colonel William Shy.” Both events are free and open to the public and will be held at Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin.  The college encourages attendees to bring non-perishable food donations for the Feed student food bank.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Vol State in the News

The story of a Robertson County alumnus who has been awarded a US State Department fellowship is in the Robertson County Connection.