Friday, June 19, 2015

Meet Debra Daugherty- Director of Development

Debra Daugherty is the director of Development here at Vol State, working in the College Foundation. She began her new position this spring. She comes most recently from the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center in Lebanon where she was executive director. She also has extensive event coordination experience at companies including Sumner Regional Health Systems.

“I’ve always enjoyed event planning. I’ve been doing it forever, it seems like,” said Daugherty. “I have had a few classes at Vol State. I was an adult learner. I had to go back to school as a parent. I realize how important it is to have a great community college.

In her role as director of Development at Vol State, Daugherty will organize college fundraisers and Foundation events. She will also manage the College Alumni Association.

“We’re going to have an alumni networking event soon, a chocolate and wine tasting,” she said. “The Alumni Association is a great way for Vol State grads to stay in touch with each other and build career connections.”


For more information on the Vol State Alumni Association visit www.volstate.edu/alumni

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Aquatic Wildlife Training Program Comes to Vol State


Many people have wondered what the cinder block building is, currently under construction where the Humanities Building was supposed to go. TBR has made us change plans yet again. There is apparently a huge need for trained Aquatic Wildlife Technicians in Middle Tennessee. So, the Humanities Building project has been canceled and we are building a 50,000 gallon dolphin training center in its place.

Tami Wallace will be the new Director of the Aquatic Wildlife Technology program. She apparently specializes in dolphin communication and care. This picture shows her during recent training. Please congratulate Tami on her new position.

For those of you who bother to read an entire article, we will also add that what you are really seeing rising up as part of the Humanities Building project is in fact the Flexible Instruction Space (FIS). It will be used for large meetings, events, conferences, trainings, theatre productions, music productions, and lecture-style classes. It is the only two-story room in the building.

We'll keep you updated on further building tips in the future. But you may have to read to the bottom of the article to get to the real story. And please, enjoy as I do the people who won't read this article and will be asking about the Aquatic Wildlife program for weeks to come.
 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Foundation Honored for Fundraising

The Volunteer State College Foundation has been recognized for its fundraising program by an international education organization. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) picked eleven community colleges in the nation for the 2015 Educational Fundraising Award. The honor highlights colleges that have shown overall performance or improvement in fundraising. Each year the Volunteer State College Foundation provides nearly $300,000 in student scholarships and support for major building projects, including $1.7 million for the new Humanities building, currently under construction on the Gallatin campus. In the last 20 years, the College Foundation has awarded more than 3700 scholarships and raised more than $10 million.

“Our College Foundation has a wonderful Board of Trustees and an active and engaged Executive Committee. They’re integral in our fundraising efforts,” said Karen Mitchell, vice president for Resource Development. “The trustees, combined with the contributions of donors, alumni and business groups, give us important connections to the community.”

“This is just one more sign of the commitment of our donors and supporters in moving Vol State forward with new educational opportunities for our students,” said Jerry Faulkner, Vol State president. “I would like to congratulate our Foundation staff and the Board of Trustees on this honor. Their hard work makes a real difference.”


For more information about the Foundation visit www.volstate.edu/foundation.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Tornado Response in Action


In the case of a large scale emergency it is likely that our employees would be the first to respond on the scene to help. During a major disaster, such as the 2006 tornado, outside emergency crews could take quite some time to make it to campus. That's one reason that we have Vol State employees specifically trained in emergency response. The program is called CERT -Community Emergency Response Team. We have done CERT training on campus for years now. The latest simulation was at the Fox Building last week.



Imagine responding to find smoke billowing from the building and bodies strewn about the parking lot. The CERT trainees were responding to a tornado simulation that left several Vol State people "injured". Volunteers did an excellent job at portraying the various ways people involved in an emergency might respond. One volunteer kept rushing around trying to help people - even though she herself was injured. She had to be escorted away from the other patients. Another was walking around with a head injury. Fake blood helped with the injuries.

The Gallatin Fire Department and Sumner County EMS eventually arrived and that allowed the trainees to learn how to work with first responders.

CERT is an important program on campus. During the real 2006 tornado trained Vol State employees assisted in building searches and helped with triage for the few people with minor injuries on campus. If you would like to participate in upcoming trainings please contact Lisa Morris with the Campus Police at 230-3525.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Staff Council Awards

Staff Council would like congratulate Leslie Norwood, winner of the Classified Staff Appreciation Award for the month of May! Leslie is a Technician in the Information Technology department.

We also want to recognize all the nominees in the month of May for exceptional service:
Beverly Houser from Business & Finance
Beverly Peden from the Learning Commons
Gayle DeSalles from the Math and Science Division
Jessie Poindexter from Plant Operations at the Livingston campus
Mark Poindexter from IT at the Livingston campus
Mark Dennis from IT Telecommunications
Teresa Carter from the Office of 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 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