Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Vol State in the News

Folks on campus and in the community are remembering our friend and colleague Clarence Dobbins, who passed away over the weekend. This is a link to the condolence page.

Dessie at the Tennessean has this feature story about Dr. Faulkner's path to higher education leadership.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Vol State Travel Study Students Sing on Irish Radio

Vol State travel study students are keeping busy on their trips this month. Tomorrow (Tuesday, May 22) music students will be singing on radio in Tipperary, Ireland between 7am and 9am Irish Time. That's pretty much the middle of the night here...1am to 3am. However, if you're a late night person you can listen in live at the following link:

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Travel Study Attracts Indian Media Attention

Keith Bell is leading a TnCIS travel study trip to India this May and the visit has garnered interest from The Times of India. You may remember that Vol State has close ties to the Taabar organization in Jaipur, India. Taabar works to get kids off the street and provide them with food, shelter and education. Two Vol State students set up a several trips to help the kids and the work continues this year.
"The print edition included a picture of three students: Shala Curtis (VSCC), Victor Henderson (VSCC) and Trey Scheb (PSTCC)," Bell said.  "It showed them playing with the children with an inflatable globe and learning about the planet.  All the students on both sides had a great time and this was particularly good coverage as the Times is India's largest English daily circulation."
Check out the online version of the story here:

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Summer Construction Advisory

Summer is almost here...well, summer semester anyway. That means the Vol State campus will be undergoing several construction projects. The project shown above is moving data and fiber wiring, in part to make it easier for crews to work in the area around Wood and Ramer for an upcoming project. Here's the summer list:

  • The Warf building will get all new HVAC (heating and air-conditioning) systems starting in May with all classes and faculty offices moving to other buildings.
  • The Library Learning Commons work will begin in May, after graduation.
  • Construction work will begin for the new Allied Health Building parking lot.
  • The Allied Health Building project itself will break ground late this summer.
  • Landscape improvements to the area between Ramer, Caudill, and Wood will add new seating and spruce up the area.
  • Repaving the bus stop loop road. At times this will require closing the A and B lots starting in May.
  • Numerous exterior ADA improvements will take place throughout campus.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Education Students and Service Learning

Vol State Education Fast Track students in Penny Duncan’s ECED 2120 class participated in a Service Learning Project a couple of weeks ago. They administered the DIAL-4 Screening Assessment to a group of children who attend the Gallatin Child Care Center. The week prior to the project, the students attended the DIAL-4 training in class, viewing a video on the entire testing procedure and learned to score and interpret screening results to the parents. Each section of the test was assigned to a group of students to administer. The students prepared for the screening by getting into their groups coordinating plans, setting up the materials and role played each section. The students arrived at the center early to set up the testing environment, and prepare materials.

Children were tested in the areas of motor, cognitive and language skills. A parent questionnaire was filled out by parents. Over-all the project went well and the students participated in a great learning experience. This site was chosen because it is a government daycare and the center does not have an child assessment tool.

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Another 100 Percent Pass Rate for Respiratory!

The Respiratory Care Program at Volunteer State Community College is celebrating another big accomplishment. All 19 students in the 2011 graduating class completed their board examinations this spring and passed the national certification exam on the very first attempt. It’s the fifth year in a row that Respiratory Care graduates have had a 100 percent pass rate on the first attempt. The students must pass the National Board for Respiratory Care exam to be credentialed, and they need to be credentialed to become licensed and gain employment. The national average first attempt pass rate for all respiratory care exam candidates is 57 percent. Volunteer State Allied Health programs traditionally have very high pass rates. Members of this Respiratory Care program will walk in the May 2012 graduation ceremony.

The Vol State Respiratory Care credentialing board examinees:
Front row, left to right: Chet Creswell, Cody Morel, Jennifer Robbins, Danna Stockton, Stephanie Gould
Second row, left to right: Kim Christmon, Clinical Director, Bruce Burdine, Melanie Walker, Carmen Webster, Falin Gautz, Barbara Proffitt, Chas Osborn, Yasi Kiani, Timothy Patterson, Justin Randolph
Third row, left to right: Christina Hughes, Jennifer Bandy, Cory Martin, Program Director, Mark Risinger, Dusty Lilly, Penny West