Monday, December 16, 2013

Dr. Faulkner: Christmas Wish List 2013



I am submitting my Christmas Wish List in hopes that I will get everything this year.  Most of the things on my list are inexpensive and I have been a good boy, so please do your best to fill my wishes.

- Give a pint of blood.  Contact your local Red Cross or blood agency and donate a pint.  Remember - this is giving the gift of life.

- Get a physical or have that medical test you’ve been putting off. (Mammogram, colonoscopy, prostate exam, etc.)  This is the most expensive thing on my list but it will protect my most precious possession – your friendship.

- Go sit alone in the woods.  Find the most remote area you can get to easily and just go sit in the woods for at least a half-hour.

- Feed the birds. Buy an inexpensive bird feeder and some birdseed and put it where you can see the jewels of God’s creation.  You will be in good company because God is a bird watcher too.  (Matthew 10:29)

- Send a letter.  (Not an e-mail.)  Think of someone who impacted your life – a teacher, a mentor, or a business associate – and write them a letter telling them how they changed your life.

- Give some money to a homeless person.  Yes, I know they may not use it for good purposes, but who knows – you may just make a difference in their life.

- Give a hug.  Identify someone in your life that you just don’t hug often enough.  Seek them out and give them a long, warm hug.  Maybe even throw in a kiss.

- Read to a child.  If you don’t have any in your immediate family, call the local library and volunteer to read at children’s hour.

- Attend a Christmas pageant.  Not the professional one at the civic center and not the spectacle at the mega church in town.  Go to the one at your neighborhood church. The one where the little kids with coat hanger halos make up the angel choir.  The one where shepherds are dressed in bathrobes, and Mary and Joseph look like the young couple from down the street – the ones with the new baby.

- Volunteer some of your time.  Yes I know you are busy but there are so many good organizations doing wonderful things that could use a few hours of your time.

- Visit an art museum.  Walk slowly and pause at each work.  Consider your feelings as you observe because art should elicit emotions not just intellect.

- Read an uplifting book.  Not something related to your job.  Not a fiction work.  Read something that challenges you to be better human.

- Take one hour and play.  Remember the play of your youth.  Running, biking, skating, rolling in a pile of leaves, tossing a ball, hide and seek – whatever makes you feel like a kid again.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Nathan Farrar Remembered

Teachers touch so many lives. Nathan Farrar was a man who by all accounts truly loved the art and practice of education. He served Vol State for 18 years as an adjunct faculty member in Biology. Nathan passed away last weekend.

The Math and Science Division has set up a memorial web page that describes his dedication to his students and to education. Please take a moment to visit. Students have been leaving testimonials on the page and also on Facebook. It's just a small indication of the many, many lives that Nathan touched while teaching at Vol State. Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.



Vol State in the News

Multi-talented English professor Cindy Wyatt is highlighted in the Gallatin News Examiner for her recent duck related harp work.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Special Edition of The Insider -- Vol State's 7th Annual Holiday Door Contest Photos and Announcement of Winners!

The Employee Relations Committee would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all who participated in the Holiday Door Contest!  Creativity and a festive spirit touched just about every corner on campus!  Our judges for the event were Mrs. Wanda Faulkner and Foundation Trustee, Ed Mayberry who volunteered their time to view and vote on our entries.

Each entry is listed below along with the ranking of winners:

Off-Campus Services features "The Elf on the Shelf"

The Office of Human Resources has a Christmas tree puzzle to solve.....
2nd Place, Single Decorated Area


IERPA and Programming Services feature a winter wonderland.....TBR style!
2nd Place, Large Decorated Area





The Office of Public Relations features "A Social Media Nightmare Before Christmas" -- Courtesy of the Grinch!


The Humanities Division features "Hark the Humanities Angels Sing!"
3rd Place, Single Decorated Area

Advising featured the movie, "Elf".
1st Place, Inside and Outside Office Area



The Office of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives featured "Santa's Workshop".
2nd Place, Inside and Outside Office Area



The Office of Financial Aid featured "Funderland".  
1st Place, Large Decorated Area






The Business and Technology Division featured "A Christmas Story".
3rd Place, Inside and outside of office area





Allied Health featured "A Christmas Package".  

The Art Department features a "green" version of "Twas the Night Before Christmas".
1st Place, Single Decorated Area


The Foundation Office presents "Frosty".  




The Records Office presents "An Old Time Christmas".



The Business Office presents "Christmas Around the World". 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Vol State Professor Lends Harp Skills to Duck Dynasty Christmas


It’s not the typical musical instrument for a kid to choose. Cindy Wyatt says the appeal for her was immediate. She knew that she wanted to play the harp. “I started when I was 11,” she said. “It was very glamorous. A harp is a beautiful thing for a kid.”

That harp has taken the Vol State Associate Professor of English many interesting places. When she is not teaching literature or composition, she can often be found in a Nashville recording studio. You may have heard a few of the artists that she has recorded for: “Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Barbara Mandrell, Ronnie Milsap and Glenn Campbell,” she said, with just a partial list. “Johnny Cash did a Christmas TV special and I was on camera with him. They put makeup on me and it gave me a rash for two weeks. I looked like a pumpkin.”

Like many Nashville session musicians, she usually does her tracks by herself and long after the artist has finished. She remembers one recording moment in particular. “Usually I’m overdubbing and so it was eerie to me that this was Elvis singing in my head. It was just amazing.” It was harp work for Elvis’s last album, before he died.

Wyatt has plenty of memories and even played on a big hit, “When I Dream” by Crystal Gayle. But it may be a rather odd piece of recent Christmas music that brings her artistry to the widest audience.

“I got the call in early October. It was for the Duck Dynasty Christmas CD. I was called in to do a harp overdub for “Duck the Halls.”

“Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas” debuted in the Billboard top ten in November and is being called one of the hottest selling CDs of the Christmas season. The CD features the cast of the mega-popular reality TV show “Duck Dynasty.”

“I thought the music was kind of hokey, actually,” said Wyatt. “But they are so popular, everyone is getting it.”

Wyatt plays everything from jazz and classical to Celtic music on the harp. She is also a writer and that ties in with a life-long dream. “I had a fantasy that I would write a novel that would be published and Johnny Carson would have me on and I would play my harp,” she said with a laugh.

The Carson dream may now be unobtainable, but the harp session work will most likely continue. “My mother realized early on that harpists are pretty rare in the music world. So, there are more jobs available to harpists; which is still true.”

There is still one more dream and, perhaps, a more achievable one. “I never have had a gold record,” she said.

If the Duck Dynasty CD continues to sell, the television stars may help her reach a milestone that Elvis Presley, Garth Brooks and Faith Hill could not.


Wishing Laurette Well

Laurette Nuckols began her Vol State career in 1991. She is retiring this year after more than 22 years of service to the College, most recently as Executive Aide in the Office of the VP for Academic Affairs. Friends and co-workers gathered to wish her the best during a party this week. Many people, including Jane McGuire, attended.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Memories of Wanda Evitts


Wanda Evitts was a fixture on the Vol State campus for 17 years, last working in Human Resources. She passed away on December 2. She started working here in 1993 as a work study and then part time Payroll Clerk until 1998 when she became full time.  She retired in 2010 as Human Resources Clerk. 

“Wanda loved working at Vol State,” said Lori Cutrell, director Human Resources. “She was typically a quiet individual; however, she had a great sense of humor, and, when you least expected it, she would make the funniest remarks that would make everyone laugh.  She was also our historian, as she could remember everything about the college and those who had worked here.  She was a very sweet person and will be greatly missed.”

Monday, December 2, 2013

Major League Baseball All-Star Returns to Vol State


When six foot four Steve Delabar walks down a hallway it’s hard not to notice, even in the Pickel Field House, where athletes come and go all day long. The Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher is back at Vol State.

“It feels like I never left, walking the halls,” Delabar said. “A lot of the staff is the same. It feels like only yesterday since I was here.”

Yesterday was actually 11 years ago, the last time Delabar pitched for the Vol State baseball team. In that time, the Toronto Blue Jays player has been in and out of surgery and in and out of the majors. His latest stint, though, is going quite well. He pitched in the seventh inning of the 2013 All-Star Game in New York.

“It was kind of a blur going there,” Delabar said. “You try to soak it up all you can and enjoy it.”

When asked what it felt like when he walked out on the field to pitch, he said it was all business.

“It felt like my job. I didn’t know who I was facing. I got in there and threw my warm up pitches.”

Delabar secured a strike out. He then went on to pitch an immaculate inning, the first in Blue Jays history, a few weeks later. An immaculate inning is nine pitches for three strike outs.

He returned to Vol State recently to speak to the young Pioneer pitchers.

“I’m just going to talk to them,” he said. “I’m sure they have a lot of questions. When it comes down to it they have their own path they need to create.

Much of the talk focused on strength, repetition and velocity. Baseball trainers look for conditioning ideas from all sorts of sports. For pitchers, that means considering what tennis players do to build strength.

And when asked about playing community college baseball, compared to big university programs Delabar says the path depends on you.

“The Vol State program was really good when I was here and there were a lot of scouts watching us.  If you play well enough here you can get picked up by a major league team.”


Meet Will Newman – New Senior Director of Plant Operations


Will Newman of Ashland City is the new Senior Director of Plant Operations at Vol State. In that role, he supervises the maintenance, facilities and custodial staffs at the College. Newman comes most recently from DELEK/MAPCO in Brentwood where he was Senior Manager of Maintenance for 374 retail locations. He was also Facilities Manager at Hemlock Semiconductor in Clarksville. He worked in higher education at Fisk University as Assistant Director of Facilities and Grounds. 

“I’ve worked in all the aspects of property management and the one that was the most fulfilling was education,” he said. “You can really enjoy the people around you and see the students go on and graduate.”

Newman is a decorated war veteran with service in the US Army for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Professional and Technical Management from Austin Peay State University.

“The team here at Vol State is above and beyond other local colleges. I want to add some new techniques and opportunities using what they have already worked so hard to establish. There are just so many opportunities here. I’m working with a staff that really wants to be here.”

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Vol State in the News

The big holiday concert for the Music Department is coming up on December 6 and 7 and the Gallatin News Examiner has a preview.

Adjunct instructor Kevin Marshall Chopson as a poem published in a regional anthology.

The Hendersonville Star News has this story about the annual Hendersonville Chamber Foundation Scholarship.

A partnership between Electrolux and the Vol State Logistics program appears in the Gallatin News Examiner.


Monday, November 25, 2013

Dr. Pimentel Talks About His New Job


After 11 years of teaching History at Vol State, Dr. George Pimentel doesn’t need an introduction to most folks on campus. He takes on the role of vice president for Academic Affairs in January. He most recently held the post of interim dean of Social Science and Education at Vol State. He has been the director of the Honors Program since 2011. So, what does he intend to do in the new position?

“I want to create a team atmosphere. I may be in my new role, but I still have this connection with the faculty. I want to communicate in each direction and as much as possible. We need to collectively have a vision for where we need to be in ten years, beyond what is thrust on us.”

Dr. Pimentel holds a Doctor of Arts degree in History and an Ed.S. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Middle Tennessee State University. He also has an M.A. in History and B.A. in History from MTSU. He served in the US Army and was deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003-2004. We asked if his military experience provided insight into academic life and administration.

“In my military experience you learn to work within a massive organization,” he said. “There is debate time and then there is action. Once a decision is made, you have to work to make it happen in the best way possible. I want input and alternate ideas. If you have a better way of doing it, let’s talk about it.”

Prioritization is the big topic on campus this school year, and Dr. Pimentel will be in the middle of some tough decisions.

“I’ve completed prioritization for honors. We’ve written them for Social Science and Education. Once you start the process it makes sense. A lot of the fear is the unknown. We’re worried a bit too much about this. I don’t have this overwhelming fear that we’ll be cutting things or cutting people.”

Here are three things you might not know about the new vice president for Academic Affairs:

1. He played hockey for ten years in high school and adult leagues.

2. He speaks German and Klingon.

3. He has three children and his wife has three children, much like the Brady Bunch. They have 12 grandkids.

Dr. Faulkner: Thanksgiving


A variety of thanksgiving feasts occurred in the New World. Perhaps the earliest occurred in territories held by the Spanish as early as the 16th century. Celebrations were common in what is now Virginia occurring as early as 1607. The dates of these observances ranged from May to December. It is the celebration that occurred at Plymouth Plantation in 1621 that we most often think of as the traditional Thanksgiving. 

Abraham Lincoln established the official observance of the holiday in 1863. Regardless of the history, the final Thursday of November has become a day for us all to stop and give thanks for the many blessings we have received. Our tendency is to concentrate on material things like food, and shelter, and prosperity. Certainly it is appropriate that we are grateful for these things since we are more fortunate than most around the world and many in our own country.

But the things that we should be most thankful for are things that can’t be measured, or quantified, or valued in dollars. These are things like health, friends and  colleagues, family, freedom, beauty, literature, music, art, and love. And as we take time to give thanks it is important that we tell those of our fellow travelers that have brought these to our lives how much we appreciate and are thankful for them.

And so Wanda and I thank you for the wonderful things you have brought to our lives and wish you and yours a joyous Thanksgiving celebration.

-Dr. Faulkner



Friday, November 22, 2013

December and January Vol State Events


Through-

Dec. 13

Yvonne Petkus and Matt Tullis Art Exhibit,

Thigpen Gallery, 7am-9pm Monday through

Saturday, closed Sunday

4

Festival of Lights, Cafeteria, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Everyone invited for food, music and fellowship

4

Matt Tullis Art Exhibit Gallery Talk,

Rochelle Center, 1pm

6 and 7

Christmas Memories music concert and CD release, Wemyss Auditorium, Caudill Hall, 7:30pm, Suggested $5 donation for music scholarships, free with Vol State ID



7

Astronomy Department Star Watching Party,

Science Field Station, Sunset to 11pm

12

Music Students perform at the Whippoorwill on the Square in Gallatin, 6pm, No cover charge

January 8 thru Feb 21

Rachel Kirk art exhibit, Thigpen Library Gallery

January 9

Professional Development, Campus closed

January 16


January 20




January 29


Spring classes begin


MLK, Jr. Holiday, Campus closed


Unity Day speaker Jewel Tankard from the TV show "Thicker than Water" 12:30pm and 7pm, Caudill Hall


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Vol State and Electrolux Team Up For Logistics Program


A gas range may not seem like a global nexus, but when you consider the myriad parts that go into manufacturing a gas range, and the number of countries those parts come from, manufacturing takes on a whole new perspective. That’s the case for logistics and supply chain professionals at Electrolux in Springfield. It’s their job to collect the parts from sources across the planet and get them to Springfield assembly in a timely and cost effective manner. Every decision they make has an impact on the bottom line. Electrolux has teamed up with Vol State to give those professionals a new view of their jobs and global logistics. Ten Electrolux employees are taking Vol State logistics classes together as a group.

“It’s helped to see how we interact with each other,” said Liz Johnson, the unit leader for the logistics group. “We’re each in different areas, and sometimes we didn’t see how decisions one of us would make affected the next person.”

“I think sometimes in a typical classroom setting you’re a little reserved and shy,” said Adam Tracy of Nashville. “When you’re with co-workers you are more likely to share and talk about it.”

The class is termed a cohort course, meaning that the group of students takes several classes together. It promotes bonding and the sharing of ideas. However, it’s rare for an entire cohort to come from the same company. The students have some class meetings at the Highland Crest college campus in Springfield and the rest of the work is done online, for greater flexibility.

“Most of these folks are from the operations side,” said Vol State Instructor Don Ellis. “One of the things we have talked about is interdependent operations. They’re going to get a much better understanding of how things work.”

Elllis is teaching several of the courses. He’s Global Sourcing Quality Manager for Dupont and teaches for Vol State part-time. The idea for the class came from Electrolux. 

“Electrolux Supervisor Russell Schild took one of our Logistics classes and began sharing my PowerPoints with Electrolux Supply Chain Director, JT Terzo,” said Associate Professor of Logistics, George Wilson. “JT found the PowerPoints meaningful for what he was trying to accomplish at Electrolux and we worked to set up the cohort class.”

Now other companies are considering the same method- a program of classes for their employees to take together. The Electrolux students will earn a technical certificate when classes are completed next spring, but they say the benefits from the course work happen daily.

“The logistics classes have a lot of stuff we use every day, we just didn’t know the terms for it,” said Phillip Duncan of Springfield. “We learn together. It helps us grow together.”

For more information on the Logistics and Supply Chain Management program at Vol State visit: www.volstate.edu/logistics

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Pictured: Electrolux logistics employees and their Vol State instructor on the warehouse floor. Left to right: Adam Tracy, Phillip Duncan, Don Ellis and Liz Johnson.



Monday, November 18, 2013

Scientists Hear Bluegrass Ablaze


Vol State's very own Bluegrass Ablaze played for the opening social of the 34th annual North American meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) last weekend at the Opryland Hotel.

SETAC is an international association of environmental scientists dedicated to better understanding the impacts of human society on the planet. The society is composed of approximately 1/3 government agencies, 1/3 academics, and 1/3 industry, so that perspectives on crucial environmental issues are as balanced as possible and all sides of critical issues are heard equally. This is the first meeting of SETAC in Nashville in fifteen years. They will be meeting through Thursday of this week.

Dr. Faulkner: What is the Next Big Thing?


One of the challenges we constantly face is to chart a successful course for the future of the college.  New and exciting things are constantly presented to us so there is no shortage of ideas.  The task is to determine which are the wise choices and which are flash-in-the pan.

Which company would you guess invented the digital camera?  Sony?  Canon?  Nikon?  Actually the first patent was issued to Eastman Kodak.  The first digital camera was created in 1975.  It weighed 8 pounds and was about the size of a toaster.  It had a resolution of 0.01 megapixels and produced black and white pictures.  The camera took 23 seconds to record an image to digital tape and another 23 seconds to read it back to view on a TV screen.  It had a capacity of 12 pictures.

The story is that when the camera was presented to the board, it was met with derision and resistance.  After all, Eastman Kodak was a chemical, film, and photographic paper company, not an electronics company. You probably know the end of the story.  In 2009 Eastman Kodak stopped producing their most popular product (Kodachrome) and its processing ended in December, 2010.  The company filed for bankruptcy in 2012.  The digital camera made film based photography obsolete.

So how do we avoid missing significant opportunities and at the same time avoid wasting resources on ineffective or short-lived fads?  I think there are five important answers to this question:

1     Stayed informed.  We must be vigilant in being aware of emerging products, methods, and trends.
    Keep looking forward.   We must not tie ourselves to tradition just for the sake of tradition.  We can’t  afford  to become complacent.
    Be willing to take risks, to experiment, to pilot.  We need to have a safe environment where people are  not  afraid to try something new because of fear of failure.  Even a failure contains a lesson.
    Evaluate, evaluate, evaluate.  Evaluate what we are doing now and if it is ineffective, try something new.     Evaluate the results of anything new and make data informed decisions.
5     Listen to the students.  We must be sensitive to the feedback students give us about our college.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Vol State in the News

Vol State art exhibits are open to everyone in the Thigpen Gallaery. The Gallatin News Examiner has this piece on a unique double artist exhibit currently on display.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ben Jobe Book Signing


Vol State adjunct faculty member Ben Jobe held a book signing at the Vol State bookstore recently for “Common Threads: My Family’s Journey from Slave Owner to Abolitionist.” It’s a family history with an examination of slavery, both historical and modern. His connection with the famous basketball coach Ben Jobe is a twist in that family history that many people would not expect.

Ben says the self-published book is selling well on Amazon and he is talking to local Barnes and Noble stores about distribution. Of course, the best place to buy the book would be the Vol State bookstore where several folks lined up for a signed copy.



Monday, November 11, 2013

Honors for Humanities Project

Congrats to the folks in the Humanities Division. Our long-running CD recording project, with the most recent collaboration under way now for the December 6 and 7 Christmas concert, is getting some well-deserved recognition. Here is the announcement: 

Volunteer State Community College has been nominated for the 2014 Bellwether Award for the following program: Interdisciplinary Collaboration CD Project by James Story, Steve Bishir and Lynn Peterson

This prestigious award recognizes outstanding and innovative programs and practices that are successfully leading community colleges. The awards are presented annually at the Community College Futures Assembly. The 2014 Assembly Back to the Futures
convention will be held January 25th - January 28th at the Hilton Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Finalists will be competitively selected and will be invited to present at the Assembly.


The Bellwether Awards annually recognize outstanding and innovative programs and practices that are successfully leading community colleges into the future. Thirty outstanding colleges will be selected to present their innovative practices at the 2014 Community College Futures Assembly in January. From each of the three categories below, one college will be selected to win the prestigious Bellwether Award
1) Instructional Programs & Services
2) Planning, Governance, & Finance
3) Workforce Development

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Veterans Day at Vol State

Vol State veterans attended a special lunch Thursday in their honor. You can still check out the wall of honor display with pictures of Vol State veterans in the Nichols Dining Room. On Monday, faculty member Peter Johnson will have his display of WWII equipment for viewing in the Ramer Great Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to commemorate Veterans Day. And to all of the veterans out there: a heartfelt thanks for your sacrifice and service. 

One student veteran in attendance at the event has a story of great challenge and sacrifice to tell. Eddy Rivera's wife, Tiffany, shares it for Veterans Day on the Vol State virtual community blog.

Vol State Students Hear From Renown Researcher


Five Vol State students recently attended the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Toxicology Open House and were treated to a Keynote Speech by MIT Professor Dr. Gerald Wogan, a world renown researcher. He  highlighted five decades of his research as well as the collaboration of other scientists in determining the identity and mechanism of the toxin Aflatoxin B in cancer and other diseases.


The Vol State students were Cody Gibson, Phillip Martinez, Tyler Belisle, Nick Aubrey, and Corbitt Jackson. They were accompanied by professors Dr. Robert Carter and Parris Powers.


Each year the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine hosts an Open House in the Center of Molecular Toxicology recruiting future graduate students into their research labs.

Vol State students attended a number of sessions by Vanderbilt Faculty and researchers in the area of toxicolgy and disease mechanisms. Students were also given a tour of the research labs and Mass Spectrometry Center.

Food Drive

The Vol State Employee Relations Committee, in partnership with the Christmas for the Kids Angel Tree program, is holding a food drive until December 5. You’ll find donation boxes in the following locations: Ramer 101, Warf 100, Rochelle Center, Gibson 106, Caudill 222, Mattox 101, Building 300 lobby, Wallace 102, Ramer Great Hall and Wood 117.

Here is the list of non-perishable food items needed.  No glass please

Meals:  canned meat, stews, soups, tuna, ravioli, lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, Beefaroni, peanut butter, hamburger helper, etc.

Grains: cereal, rice, pasta, dried beans, etc.

Fruits: canned fruit, fruit cups, dried fruit, applesauce, 100% juice and juice boxes, etc.

Canned Vegetables: carrots, beans, tomatoes, corn, etc.

Snack Items: pudding, granola bars, fruit snacks, crackers, pop tarts, etc.

Dry Goods: flour, seasonings, sugar, Bisquick, muffin mix, etc.

Milk Products: powdered, evaporated, shelf-stable milk


The donations will go to the families of the children participating in the Angel Tree program at Vol State.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The New Smoking Policy Has a Personal Impact


Smoking cigarettes is not easy these days. The announcement of a new Vol State smoking policy, starting January 1, is just one of a number of changes in recent years for smokers. For one Vol State employee it’s the last straw or butt for that matter. David Reese in Plant Operations is quitting.

“I decided when they came out with the new policy it would be easier to quit,” said Reese. “For forty years I’ve been used to walking where I want to light-up. With the new policy, that’s going to be a big burden for smokers.”

The policy prohibits smoking in all areas of campus with the exception of parking lots, as long as smokers are at least 50 feet from any building and dispose of their smoking material correctly.

Reese says he smoked two and a half packs a day until quitting five weeks ago. And how has it been going thus far?

“I’m great. I’ve got more energy. I can actually taste food again.”

Reese has tried nicotine gum and the patch in previous attempts to quit. This time it’s been simpler.

“I used the good Lord. I’ve tried other things in the past and this time I just decided to put my trust in a higher power.”

It’s more than just a health or convenience issue for Reese. His mother broke down in tears in church recently when Reese told his smoking story to the congregation. His father died of lung cancer. He was a three pack-a-day smoker.

For tips on how to quit and a look at the complete policy, visit the college web page.