Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Cafeteria Logos

The PR Office has been working to update old logos on campus. The cafeteria is the latest installment. One of our freelance designers, Aaron Fraze, put together a couple of fun graphics to cover the old logos in the cafeteria. As time and money permits, there are plans to update graphics in other buildings. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Science Research Presentation You Missed

These students were due to present at Professional Development Day some research that they did last semester. The presentation was canceled due to a weather delay. But Billy Dye was kind enough to share this with us:

As part of an independent study/research program during the fall semester 2016, students learned to analyze DNA sequences and annotate the functions of unknown genes into the genome database.  Students used the Microbial Genome Annotation Network (MGAN) to access the genome of a prokaryote called Acidianus hospitalis.  The students used several online bioinformatics tools to identify the functions of unknown genes and then update the genome database with their findings.  Near the end of the semester, as two groups, the students presented posters of their work at the Tennessee Academy of Science Meeting held at Austin Peay on November 19.  Some of the students received college credit under BIOL276T and some did it only for the experience and learning opportunity.

The students were (from left to right in the photo) Keri Buttrey, Braxton Dawson, Melissa Ortiz, Ariana Whitley, Katelyn Armstrong, Megan Gardner, and Steven Wall (not pictured).

Vol State in the News

Vol State Librarian Laura Sheets has a great piece in the Tennessean about fake news and the importance of librarians in education.

A Medical Laboratory program news release made it in the Lebanon Democrat recently.

The Tennessean ran a release over the holidays about our campus security upgrades.

The Tennessean also ran a story about the efforts to upgrade the Warf Building classrooms and labs.

Friday, December 2, 2016

An Inside Look at the Christmas for the Kids Collection

Christmas for the Kids helps Vol State students and their families have a good holiday season. And it's not just presents for the kids, but also food boxes for families. The food collection is organized by the Employee Relations Committee. The Office of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives puts together the presents in conjunction with the Campus Activity Board, the SGA and many other student groups.
We had a sneak peak at the collection today and it's impressive. This room in Student Life is stacked full of presents for 78 kids this year. Down in Plant Operations Employee Relations Committee members spent the morning preparing 30 boxes of food that will be handed out tomorrow, with the presents, at the annual Christmas for the Kids party.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the present and food drives.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Squatter's Rites Award

Congrats to Squatter's Rites student literary magazine for taking third place for the southern division of small colleges in the Community College Humanities Association college magazine contest. The award-winning publication is going through some changes this year- including a new name. You can vote for your favorite name of the finalists on the front page of the Vol State student blog.

Vol State in the News

The Governor has issued an editorial discussing how recent higher education grants help in the Drive to 55 initiative. He mentions the Vol State Math and Science projects. It's here in the Wilson Post.

The Tennessean recently ran our news release about the Med Lab Technology Program. It's interesting to see why we're attracting many students who already have bachelor's degrees to the program.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Holiday Concerts Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm

Music is a big part of the holiday season. Students at Volunteer State Community College will be presenting two nights of festive songs in a show titled “A Starry Night - An Evening of Christmas Favorites.” There will be choreographed performances from the Showstoppers, rock and roll from the Commercial Music Ensemble, and country musical renditions by the Bluegrass Ensemble, Bluegrass Ablaze. There will also be music by two new Vol State groups- the Guitar Ensemble and the Wind Ensemble. The event will highlight the wide-ranging talents of more than seventy-five students.
The concert includes a CD release of Vol State student work. This year’s CD will be for sale at the shows on December 2 and 3 in the Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The show time is 7:30 p.m. each evening. A suggested donation of $5 benefits the Music Department Scholarship Fund. Admission and a copy of the Christmas CD are $10. For more information contact the Office of Humanities at 615-230-3202.
Pictured: Bluegrass Ablaze performs in the 2015 holiday concert. Photo by Tony Young.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Tennessee English Conference at Vol State

Vol State hosted the Two-Year College English Association of Tennessee (TYCAT) conference on November 11 and 12.  English professors from 10 of the 13 TBR community colleges were in attendance. 

This annual conference allows community college English professors across the state to share ideas, concerns, and pedagogical approaches with their colleagues.  This year’s conference was conducted in the style of “TED Talks” and made great use of the Performing Arts Studio in the new Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities Building.  Ten of the 37 presenters were Vol State English Faculty, and they include: Emily Andrews, Cindy Chanin, Leslie LaChance, Betty Mandeville, Laura McClister, Ami Price, Catherine Randall, Cynthia Wyatt, Kevin Yeargin, and April Young. 

Vol State students from the Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society were also on hand to assist with registration and to listen in on some of the presentations. 

-Deb Moore

Vol State in the News

The Med Lab program was a recent Vol State program release. Here's a link to the story in the Tennessean.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Rad Tech Students Win Knowledge Bowl

Vol State Rad Tech students took first place in a competition of Radiologic Technology knowledge recently. It was part of the annual meeting of the Tennessee Society of Radiologic Technologists. They’re the professionals who perform x-rays and other radiographic imaging of patients in hospitals and clinics. Teams of four students from across Tennessee competed in a single elimination student bowl. There were a total of ten teams participating. The Vol State team of Leslie Williams, Chelsey Odum, Lindsey Bullock, and Meagan Foss won all four rounds of the competition, taking home first place. The students will graduate with their class in May of 2017.

Pictured: The winning Vol State team, left to right: Leslie Williams, Meagan Foss, Chelsey Odum, and Lindsey Bullock.