Monday, September 24, 2012

October Calendar

oct. 5 - Nov. 10

Trey Gossett Art Exhibit Ramer Great Hall 7am-9pm Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday


"Sustainability: A Social Imperative" by
Parris Powers, Honors Lecture Series,
Mattox 104, 12:30pm


"Tweedledee and Tweedledum - The Two Party System" by Dr. Michael Lenz, Honors Lecture Series, Mattox 104, 12:30pm

15 , 16

Fall Break-No Classes


Professional Development Day- No Classes


Vol State music students perform at the
Whippoorwill in Gallatin, 6:30pm


Hispanic Fiesta, Center Campus, 10am-4pm


HIV Testing Wood Campus Center, 12pm-4pm


Magician Jay Mattioli, Cafeteria, 12:30pm


"Plato and Aristotle Go to the Polls" Dr. Clark Hutton, Honors Lecture Series, Carpeted Dining Room, 12:30pm

26, 27

Play: The Land of Ma, Vol State Performing Arts Students, Wemyss Auditorium Caudill Hall 7:30pm


Household Hazardous Waste Collection,
Wood Campus Center Parking Lot, 9am-2pm

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mattox and Wallace Parking Lot Closures

As you may have heard, we're building a new Allied Health building at Vol State, which is great news for our students, as it will allow us to add spots in some very popular programs. However, it will cause some disruptions. The building will be going up in the parking lots between Mattox and Wallace. Those two lots (T and J) will close for good starting the week of September 24. If you park there currently, you are advised to start looking for your next best alternative. We suggest the new parking lot by the back entrance to the college, off of Greenlea Blvd. It has a walkway up to the buildings and should provide a close spot if you are in Mattox or Wallace. There are also more staff spots now in back of the Wood Campus Center.

As you can see the new building will look pretty cool. Please bear with us during construction.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Vol State in the News

The Vol State Entertainment Media Production AAS program was approved by TBR this week. The Cleveland Banner has details:

Meet the new President's Ambassadors in the Tennessean:

Vol State is part of a consortium of Tennessee colleges participating in a federal grant program to create more training and support for students going into health careers.

Carole Bucy was the keynote speaker at the Hendersonville League of Women Voter's membership kick-off. She spoke about one woman in particular who helped to make the League heard in state political circles.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Walking with the Prez

"Walking with the Prez" kicked-off this week and it was a fine afternoon for a walk. About 20 people joined Dr. Faulkner and his wife Wanda for the brisk stroll. Many in the group walked three miles or more. It's going to be a regular event this fall.

Why the walking emphasis? Walking is a proven way to improve your health. Vol State was the host site for the kick-off for "Walk Across Sumner County".  Organizers are asking Sumner County residents to pledge to walk 34.5 miles (the total distance across Sumner County at its widest points) over the next four weeks. 

Dr. and Mrs. Faulkner have expressed interest in helping Vol State employees become more fit and are encouraging faculty and staff to join them in walks around campus each Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. "Walking with the Prez" dates continue through October 4, and perhaps beyond.

Bobby Hudson is helping to lead this effort and will provide special “Walking with the Prez” t-shirts to participants once they reach milestones in the program.  In addition, Tandy Hamm has secured free pedometers for everyone who joins the group. 
Hope to see you walking soon!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

New Tennessee Tech President Tours Vol State

Dr. Philip Oldham, the new president of Tennessee Tech visited Vol State recently. He met with Dr. Faulkner to get a better idea of what Vol State offers and to explore potential further partnerships between the schools. It was Dr. Oldham's first visit to the Vol State campus.  Dr. Oldham is the university's ninth president. He took office on July 1. He was previously Provost at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Walk Across Sumner

It sounds like a big challenge, but taken over four weeks walking across Sumner County could actually be fun. That's the hope of local civic leaders trying to help Sumner County residents live a healthier lifestyle. The distance is 34.5 miles. They're not asking you to actually walk across the county itself, just that you walk that distance, wherever you would like to walk. A kick-off event was held on Saturday on the Vol State campus. Channel 4 anchor Holly Thompson lead the walk with Dr. Faulkner and County Executive Anthony Holt.

Kudos to Tandy Hamm and Bobby Hudson for organizing the Vol State part of the event.

Vol State in the News

The Tennessean has a story about a Sumner County Farm to Table dinner that will benefit the Vol State scholarship fund:

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fall Job/Career Fairs

The Fall Job/Career Fair at the Main Campus in Gallatin will feature a rolling Career Coach bus from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The bus will have computers and office equipment available to help job seekers.  The fair provides an opportunity for job seekers to talk directly with the people responsible for hiring at many area companies. Participants are encouraged to bring their resumes. Dozens of area employers will be on site. Career Coach Mark Myers will lead breakout sessions titled "Uncovering the Hidden Job Market with a Targeted Search.” The breakout sessions will be held at 10:10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Participants should sign up at

The Main Campus Job/Fall Job Career Fair is free and open to all job seekers. It will be held in the gym at the Pickel Field House on Wednesday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 615-230-3307 or visit

Meanwhile, Highland Crest is hosting it's first Job/Career Fair this year. It will be held on September 17 and 18 from 10am to 2pm in the Community Room. It's a partnership with the Tennessee Career Center.

New Distance Learning Director

Dr. Christine Mayer has joined Vol State as Director of Distance Learning. The start of a semester is never an easy time to join a higher education institution, but Mayer says she is glad she had the opportunity to see the challenges that come up. Once things calm down a bit she has a straightforward agenda.

“I’d like to build online enrollments, but with that needs to come really good customer service” she said. “I want to build a community of online learners. I’d also like to find some early adopter faculty members to try some new and interesting things with online classes.”

Mayer was most recently Manager of Instructional Design and Project Management at the University of Missouri System in Columbia. She has a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Michigan.