Friday, April 25, 2014

Vol State Mother and Daughter will Graduate Together

Many a parent has wondered what their kids were up to at college. That hasn’t been the case for Jacki McReynolds of Hendersonville. She only needed to look to the seat next to her in the classroom at Volunteer State Community College. Her daughter Kayla is set to graduate with her this May. 

“We haven’t been in college unless we’ve been together,” said Kayla. “And no, I don’t mind it at all.”

“She has let me go to school with her this whole time,” said Jacki.

But the family love for Vol State doesn’t stop there. Let’s add a few more family members to the mix. Daughter Christina graduated from Vol State last year with an associate’s degree in communication. Another daughter, Courtney, attends Vol State currently as a criminal justice major. And in case you’re wondering, yes, that means that all four McReynolds women were attending at the same time last year.

“We had several professors that had three of us in one class,” said Kayla. “Professor Johnson would read the class roll and just say (she does a Scottish accent) ‘The McReynolds Clan.”

“We get into some great discussions on the way home from school,” said Jacki.

And the McReynolds ladies point out that there are many advantages to going to college with family members.

“We’ve studied together,” Kayla said. “It’s been fun.”

“”I take better notes that they do” said Jacki. “But they have that younger and more recent knowledge of things I might have forgotten.”

Jacki is 43 years old. She says that raising kids and the demands of life kept her away from college for too long. “It feels wonderful. I feel like I really accomplished something. It’s been a goal of mine for some while.”

“I’m really proud to say I’m graduating with my mom,” Kayla said. “I was proud to go to school with her. I’m excited. When they call our names we’ll go up together.”

For Jacki, there is another joy that many parents don’t get to have: seeing her kids speak in class and express ideas. “It’s taught me what type of people they’ve grown to be. That’s the best part for me.”

When mom and daughter graduate in May, the other McReynolds women will be there to cheer them on. And the family graduation party will have many reasons to be a celebration. But don’t think that when Courtney graduates that will be it for the McReynolds family at Vol State.

“My son Kyle is coming here next year,” said Jacki.

Ice Cream Break

Smiles, sunshine and ice cream just seem to go together. All three of those are especially nice at the end of the school year, when everyone is crazy busy. The annual Employee Relations Committee Employee Appreciation Ice Cream Social is a fine way to take a brief break and relax. The early crew had their ice cream with Dr. Faulkner in the President's Conference room. And the sun came out just in time for the rest of campus to enjoy their treat that afternoon. Thanks to all of those who put the event together and the President's Cabinet for serving up the toppings.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Vol State in the News

The new Vet Assistant certificate program starts this summer and the Tennessean has this story. The Portland Leader has this piece.

The Home Inspection course is coming up again from Continuing Education. The Lebanon Democrat ran this story.

The first annual Vol State Cycling Classic is coming up on May 3. The Tennessean has a preview.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Get Ready to Bike Ride with Vol State on Saturday, May 3

The weather is growing warmer and people are getting out on bicycles to enjoy spring. Volunteer State Community College has a bike ride event that will be fun and raise money for student scholarships. The inaugural Vol State Cycling Classic, organized by the Vol State College Foundation, will be held on Saturday, May 3. Registration is open, but riders need to act now.

The Cycling Classic is intended for the entire family to enjoy.  There will be a 15 mile Fitness Tour; a 32 mile Half Metric Century Tour; and a 63 mile Metric Century Tour. The tours will start and finish on the Vol State campus in Gallatin. There will be rest stops along the way for food, hydration, first aid and restrooms. The Metric Century Tour will leave at 8 a.m. The Half Metric will depart at 8:30 a.m. and the Fitness Tour will get underway at 9 a.m. The event is part of the Gran Tour Series Cup sponsored by Biker’s Choice Bicycle Shop. There will be prizes for participation in the Gran Tour and the awarding of “Strava King” and “Queen of the Mountain” winners.

The after-ride event at the college will feature barbecue, beverages of many types and live music. Changing facilities will also be available at the college. The ride cost is $35 before April 25 and $40 after that date. Route maps for each tour and a link to the registration page can be found at

Vol State Events April 21-27

Vol State events this week:

Tuesday, April 22
Vol State Student Art Exhibit, Thigpen Library and Ramer Great Hall, continuing through May

Pre-Nursing Advising Session with Union University, Warf 110, 12:45pm
Baseball, versus Wallace, 2pm

Wednesday, April 23
“The American Empire and the Consequences for Humanity” by Michael Lenz, Nichols Dining Room, 12:20pm

Vets Next Steps, advice for veterans, Pickel Field House room 130A, 9:30am

Job Career Fair, Pickel Field House Gym, 10am to 1pm

Friday, April 25
Music Department Spring Showcase Concert, Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall, 7:30pm, free with Vol State ID, $5 suggested donation for public, $10 with copy of the spring music CD

Saturday, April 26
Commercial Music Ensemble, Gallatin Square Fest, Gallatin Square, Noon

Music Department Spring Showcase Concert, Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall, 7:30pm, free with Vol State ID, $5 suggested donation for public, $10 with copy of the spring music CD

Sunday, April 27
Wag and Walk Fundraiser, Bring Your Dog, 2pm – 5pm, Gallatin main entrance, $10 per person

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Retirement Fond Farewell

The annual retirement celebration at Vol State played to a packed house recently in the Nichols Dining Room. The list is long this year and we will miss each and every one of them:

                   Laurette G. Nuckols –Executive Aide                             

Linda P. Brady – Associate Professor -English            

John D. Flynn – Associate Professor of English          


Patricia A. Regel – Associate Professor of English 

Jane K. Armour – Professor of Library Sciences          

Victoria G. Comer – Office Supervisor –Library Sciences   

Louise R. Kelly – Director-Library Sciences and Learning


Robert A. Forrester – Associate Professor of Mathematics


Susan E. Forrester – Associate Professor of Physics  

Frederick R. Frank, Jr.-Associate Professor of Biology   

Barbara E. Gray - Secretary II                                              

Ronald W. Hackney—Associate Professor of Biology               

Mulloy Robertson, Jr. - Associate Professor of


Dolores Vaulx Pillow-Associate Professor

 of Sociology                                                            

                   Kathy Y. Johnson – Assistant Vice President               

Vickie L. McClure-Scheduling Coordinator                   

Bobby A. Troutt-Custodian                                                

William E. Wohlfarth-IT Technician                                 

Sherry L. Brown- Transcript Analyst                                

Teresa J. Brown-Director of Testing Center                   

                   Betty J. Gibson –Administrative Assistant to the President     

Monday, April 14, 2014

Vol State Tour of Gibson Guitars

Students in the Logistics Program visit all sorts of area companies to see how they handle logistics operations. This time, they also had students and faculty from other programs on campus for a trip to Gibson Guitars in Nashville. Program director George Wilson has this report:

Vol State Students and Faculty were hosted at Gibson Guitar for a tour recently by Bill Judge (General Manager), Ron Moe (Purchasing Manager), and Rob Colson (Shift Manager). All three men met us in the factory parking lot as we arrived, and they invited us to walk through one (of the five) Gibson Guitar motor coaches before our plant tour. 

Ron Moe and Rob Colson spent over 1-1/2 hours touring our group through the plant; they were delighted that several people in our group played guitar, including Vol State Music Student Ellis Green. Our Vol State group was diverse: Len Assante (Speech) and George Wilson (Logistics) with Students Cathy Douglas (Management), Ellis Green (Music), and Jeremy Branch, Michael Pearson, Todd Liles, Martin Wilson, Daryl Garcia, and Kevin Stewart (Logistics). Deidra Hall from Macy's Logistics joined us for the Gibson Guitar Tour.

Events this Week at Vol State

Vol State events for this week:

Tuesday, April 15
Spring Honors Night, Nichols Dining Room, 6pm, for Honors Program members as well as students who are interested in the Honors Program

Wednesday, April 16
Lecture: “Hispanic Immigration: Misconceptions and Truths”, by Jaime Sanchez, Mattox 104, 12:20pm

Honors Student Presentations, Nichols Dining Room, 12:20pm

Music Department show at the Whippoorwill on the Square in Gallatin, 6:30pm

Thursday, April 17
Coffee with the Prez, Cafeteria, 10am-11am

Spring Fling, Plaza and Library Lawn, 10am to 2pm

Pre-Nursing Advising Session with Belmont University, Warf 110, 12:45pm

Friday, April 18
Campus Closed and no classes for Good Friday

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Vol State in the News

The Tennessean has a nice story and video about the Science and Math Expo.

U.S. Representative and former Vol State faculty member, Diane Black took to the House of Representatives floor recently to honor two longtime donors to the college: Millard and J.J. Oakley. CSPAN has this clip.

Area Mayors were on campus recently to recognize Service Learning and community service work at the college and out in the community. The Tennessean has this story.

Continuing Education is working with community members on a life-long learning series for senior citizens. The Tennessean has a story.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Vol State Events this Week

Vol State events for this week:

Monday, April 7
Student Showcase, arts and crafts, Wood Campus Center Hallway, 10am to 1pm, 4pm to 6pm

Lecture: “The Lonesome Democracy of American Poets” by Matthew McDonald, Mattox 104, 12:20pm

Tuesday, April 8
Transfer Day, colleges and universities on hand to talk about transfer, Ramer Great Hall, 10am-Noon,

Baseball, versus Motlow, 5pm

Thursday, April 10
STEM Expo for secondary school students, Gallatin campus

Friday, April 11
Lecture: “The Poetics of Consciousness” by Thomas Mether and Melissa Fox, Mattox 135, 10:10am

Baseball, versus Southwest, 3pm

Softball, versus Walters, 4pm

“A Night in Italy”, dinner and concert, Ramer Great Hall, 6:30pm, $20 advance tickets are required through Humanities, 615-230-3201

Saturday, April 12

Sumner County Bluegrass Jamboree, free performances, register for competitions, Caudill Hall, 10am to 6pm

Vol State Family Day, Easter Egg Hunt, Library Lawn, 11am

Vol State Home Plate celebration, baseball and softball games at noon, free food

“A Night in Italy”, dinner and concert, Ramer Great Hall, 6:30pm, $20 advance tickets are required through Humanities, 615-230-3201

Friday, April 4, 2014

Vol State Music from Gallatin to England

International Education is growing in ways we may have never expected, and tuneful ones at that.

The band Wabash is made up of Vol State students. They're cutting a CD in the Vol State recording studio and now, thanks to the Entertainment Media Production and International Education programs, they're trading video-taped recordings of songs with British bands. It's for for an international TV show that connects Gallatin college students to students in Exeter, England. The Vol State students, faculty and staff involved in the project set-up in the auditorium recently to tape a segment for the show.

"Exeter College faculty in England wanted to partner with us on this type of show," said Entertainment Media Production director, Steve Bishir. "We're sharing ideas for how to expand this in the future."

The TV shows is called "The Beat" and it's produced by students at Exeter. The Vol State students were taping segments of Wabash performing and being interviewed. Those cuts will be sent to England to be included as part of the show. Once it's done, "The Beat" will be seen on cable stations in Devon County, England and here in Middle Tennessee.

"We're doing two songs and students are doing it all," said Media Services director, Terry Heinen. They're shooting, directing and mixing it all, as well as playing."

And why Tennessee for a partner?

"Nashville means something in England, musically," said Bishir.

The experience is great for students, but it's also education for the faculty involved.

"We have found that we're ahead of our English counterparts in some areas of media curriculum and they're ahead of us in others," said Bishir. "It's a great chance for us to both grow."

The college radio stations at both schools will also be partnering in projects. The Exeter station wants Vol State music to play and our Vol State station, WVCP-FM, will play the local Devon bands.

The entire venture started with an International Education trip by former vice president of Academic Affairs, Bruce Scism. It shows that International Education is not just a matter of student trips overseas. It can be collaborations of all sorts, and involving many college programs. Those relationships take cultivation and the fruit of those labors is seen in projects like this one.

We'll have more info when "The Beat" airs here in Tennessee. And to our new British friends: we look forward to hearing your tunes!

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