Monday, April 6, 2020

Vol State Joins the COVID-19 Fight

Vol State recently loaned ventilators from the college’s Respiratory Care program to area hospitals as part of the effort to supply health care workers with the equipment they need to save lives. One ventilator was sent to Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin. Two other ventilators will be loaned to Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. Vol State is also helping with the national shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The college loaned gloves, masks, face shields, Tyvex suits, and N95 respirators to Sumner Regional Medical Center, Hendersonville Medical Center, and the Sumner County Emergency Management Agency. The equipment comes from programs in Health Sciences and Physical Plant operations. We also just sent ten hospital beds and four bedside tables to Sumner Regional.
Of course, the biggest college contribution to the battle against COVID-19 are the thousands of Health Sciences graduates we have working throughout Tennessee and the region. We thank them for their dedicated service.

Vol State in the News

Vol State loans of equipment and materials to the local fight against COVID-19 made it in some of the local media outlets. This story on Newschannel 5, a piece on Fox 17 and one in the Tennessean.

Honors for Bobby Hudson

Congrats to Vol State Athletic Director, Bobby Hudson. He just received one of the National Junior College Athletic Association highest honors – The George E. Killian Award of Excellence.
The George E. Killian Award of Excellence has been awarded annually since 2006 to individuals that have demonstrated the ideals of voluntarism, achievement, service, leadership, and excellence. Bobby has served Vol State, the TCCAA, and the NJCAA in an outstanding manner for more than 30 years.

Vol State Gets it Done with Office 365

A Resource Development Zoom meeting.
Office 365 has proven to be a lifesaver for many folks working at home. Public Relations has the entire college photo and logo archive available there through Sharepoint. We also use Microsoft Teams. The Resource Development Office uses 365 quite a bit:

“With regard to Office 365, we basically work in there all day,” said Karen Mitchell. “We do all of our chatting through that format instead of texting or emails. We put all of the documents that we need and are working in our Sharepoint/One Drive. We can see what each other is working on and talk through any immediate questions via chat. There is also a video chat through 365 and we use that feature some for two or three people but we use zoom when the whole team meets. Our Resource Development Team has a zoom meeting every day to discuss what we are working on, to check in “face to face” and see how everyone is doing and to see if they have any needs.

"Zoom and Office 365 are the “new norm” for our workday in the Resource Development Office," said Lynn Jones. "Our team meets daily as a group on Zoom to discuss current projects, brainstorm on new ideas  and share our day with each other.  We have also put many documents from our office T Drive on to OneDrive. This allows everyone to work on documents. The Teams app is our virtual office where we can chat with each other just like we would during the normal work day. We have also set up folders in teams to work collaboratively on various projects."
Office 365 is available to all Vol State students, faculty, and staff. Go to the Employees tab on the website and you will find a link.

Working from Home

Transitioning to work at home has been easier for some than others. Much has to do with access to technology and specialized software. Of course, there is another element about work at home: family of all sorts. Here are some work at home pictures from Vol State employees. Some of these have been shared by Student Engagement on their Instagram page so students can see that we are all in this together.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Criminal Justice Students at SkillsUSA

Vol State Criminal Justice students recently took part in a SkillsUSA competition in Bell Buckle, TN. Events included crime scene investigation, traffic stops and more. Here's how our students placed:

1st Place CSI Overall winner – Vol State (Allie Mullinax, Mikala Fairchild, Jamie Butler)
Top State Contestant for Criminal Justice Test – Derek Aken (Vol State)
1st Place Criminal Justice Overall – Katelyn Gilliland (Vol State)
2nd Place Criminal justice Overall – Derek Aken (Vol State)
Top State Contestant for Criminal Justice Practicum – Katelyn Gilliland (Vol State)

Read Across America

Vol State English and Education students recently participated in “Read Across America” activities. The event emphasizes the importance of early childhood literacy. Students collected more than 100 books to be donated to the Gallatin Childcare Center. Students also read to children at the Shalom Zone Head Start and the Gallatin Childcare Center to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Vol State Police Officer Meets with President

Last week President Donald Trump visited with tornado victims across Middle Tennessee. He requested to meet and speak with Vol State Campus Police Officer Mike Phillips and family who tragically lost their home and 13-year-old daughter, Bridgett, during the March 3rd tornadoes. Officer Phillips has been with the Vol State Police Department for seven years and is a retired Tennessee Highway Patrolman. His wife Kim is a Deputy with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office. Together, they have dedicated their lives to serving and protecting their communities. In the last several years, Mike and Kim have opened their home to foster children. In addition to meeting the President of the United States, Friday marked a very special occasion for the family as three of their children were formally adopted by Mike and Kim. In the above picture you can see the family with President Trump. From left to right: Rihanna (6), Kayla (26), Charles (9), Destiny (10), Kim, Mike and Ethan (16).
The Tennessean had a touching story that goes into more depth about the family tragedy. The Chattanooga Free Press had this photo of Mike and a memorial he created for Bridgett at the site of the tornado. The Tennessean reports that a private service with Bridgett's birth family is scheduled for Monday. She will be buried in Sparta, Tennessee. The Phillips family plans to hold a visitation at Sycamore Church of Christ in Cookeville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday with a funeral to follow. 
The Vol State College Foundation has set up a tornado relief fund to help out students, employees, and their families. 100% of donations will go to those directly impacted. Please visit to help out this family along with others in the Vol State community. Under the designation, select Tornado Relief.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Wide Open Spaces

We're collecting photos for use in Vol State 50th anniversary events. This one came in recently from Grady Eades via the city of Gallatin. It shows 31-E when the area was primarily farmland. The exact year is not known, but given the lack of Caudill Hall, it is thought to be 1971 or 1972. If you have Vol State photos that you think should be part of our 50th anniversary celebration, and you haven't already shared them with PR, please email them to us. We already did quite a bit of archiving of the photos in the Library for the 40th, and we have hundreds of photos from the last five decades. But you may have a hidden gem. We can also scanner if you have a physical copy you would like to bring by PR in Ramer 121.

New Drug Drop-Off Box at Vol State

 A new drug drop-off box, in partnership with the Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition (SCADC), is now available at Vol State, one of the first such boxes on a college campus in Tennessee. It is located in the Campus Police Department lobby, on the first floor of the Wood Campus Center. Tiffany Zwart with the Vol State Student Engagement Office worked with Chief Angie Lawson on the project.

“Proper drug disposal can prevent individuals from potentially misusing medications that are not prescribed to them or have passed their expiration date,” said Meagan Griffith with SCADC. “While Sumner County has several drop boxes, being able to add one at Vol State gives residents another option, especially for busy college students who might not otherwise have the time to dispose of medications at another location.”

“This is a confidential drop,” said Vol State police chief, Angie Lawson. “We’re not going to ask any questions of anyone. Of course, if they have questions for us we will be happy to answer.”

Only prescription drugs are allowed at the drop box. Illegal drugs and syringes are not allowed.