Saturday, January 31, 2015

Get your Chili and Soup Ready!

“Chili/Soup for Books” Cook-off
February 20, 2015
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wood Campus Center – Nichols Dining Room

Get out those aprons and crock-pots!

The Employee Relations Committee invites you once again to help support our Book Scholarship Fund by entering a pot of your award winning chili or soup in our “Chili/Soup for Books” Cook-off.  A Grand Prize will be awarded to the Top Chef of the day.

For those that would like to participate in the event, but not cook, you may purchase lunch at a cost of $5.00.  Your meal will include chili or soup, crackers, dessert, and a drink.  All VSCC employees and students are welcomed.  Tickets will be available at the door.

Proceeds from this event will go toward a book scholarship fund to benefit employees and their dependents attending VSCC.

We hope you will submit your best chili or soup dish and bring it to this event.  Those interested in entering the Chili/Soup Cook-off will need to reply to this email or contact Kate Walker at extension 3577 to register by February 13th.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Vol State in the News

The story of Goldie the eagle made the Tennessean.

The Tennessean also has this story about the Humanities Building site dedication event.

You can help us get the word out. The Sonography program is once again offering free ultrasounds for expecting moms. This is a story in the Macon County Times that has details.

We invite the community to visit the Thigpen Library art gallery. Here's a story in the Tennessean about the Andrew Dailey exhibit.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Meet the New Executive Assistant to the President

Lauren Collier is the new executive assistant to the president at Vol State.  The executive assistant to the president provides direct assistance and advice to the president of the college in achieving goals and objectives regarding matters of institutional operations, and facilitates communication between the president and internal and external constituencies.

"I'm handling a number of internal projects, such as the Tennessee Healthier Workplace," Collier said. "And others that are more community focused, such as One Book, One Community. I'm also working with the Tennessee Complete College Academy, part of the Tennessee college completion initiative."

Dr. Collier served in the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice-President for Public Service and Outreach, and the Office of the Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Georgia. Prior to that, she started the service-learning program at the College of Charleston and served as executive director for the South Carolina Campus Compact.

“I have a background in community engagement and worked to expand my understanding of all the functions of higher education while I was at UGA,” Collier said. “This new position allows me to utilize and grow those skills.”

Collier holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. She also has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Alabama, and a bachelor of science degree from Birmingham-Southern College.

Join us in welcoming Dr. Collier to campus!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

One Book, One Community

“The Other Wes Moore” is the story of two kids growing up in the same city and facing many of the same challenges. As adults, one ends up working at the White House and the other spends his time in prison. They’re both named Wes Moore. The book is author Wes Moore’s exploration of his life compared to a kid he first read about in the newspaper. It tackles decisions and outcomes as framed in urban America. It is the featured book for One Book, One Community, a program that encourages Sumner County residents to read the same book and join in conversation. Vol State is partnering with area libraries and hosting a discussion series, open to everyone, to highlight issues raised in “The Other Wes Moore”.

Here is a description of the book from the author website:

“Over dozens of let­ters and prison vis­its, Wes dis­cov­ered that the other Wes had a life not unlike his own: Both had grown up in sim­i­lar neigh­bor­hoods and had dif­fi­cult child­hoods, both were father­less; they’d hung out on sim­i­lar cor­ners with sim­i­lar crews, and both had run into trou­ble with the police. At each stage of their young lives they had come across sim­i­lar moments of deci­sion, yet their choices and the peo­ple in their lives would lead them to aston­ish­ingly dif­fer­ent destinies.”

The discussion series is free and open to the public.

February 10     Film: “American Promise”, two showings, noon and 3:30 p.m., Thigpen Library                                 

February 16     Effects and possible solutions to the issue of “deadbeat dads”, 12:30 p.m., Nichols Dining Room, Wood Campus Center

February 24     Tense relationships between the police and the African-American community and possible solutions, 12:30 p.m., Nichols Dining Room, Wood Campus Center
March 2           The effects of Hip-Hop on Society, 9 a.m., Pickel Field House

March 19         Fear of (or low expectations of) young African-American males and possible solutions, 12:30 p.m., Nichols Dining Room, Wood Campus Center

March 24         Final discussion: Lessons learned and where do we go from here?
6 p.m., Thigpen Library

One Book, One Community is a partnership between Thigpen Library, Sumner County Schools, and the public libraries of Gallatin, Hendersonville, Portland, Westmoreland and White House. More information and a reading guide can be found at or by calling 615-230-3461.

Vol State Events Calendar for February

Vol State Events Calendar February 2015
All events are free, unless specified.

Jan. 29                         Unity Day: Dr. Thomas Bynum of MTSU on Black History, Caudill Hall, 12:30pm and 7pm
Ongoing                      Andy Dailey, art exhibit, Thigpen Gallery, 8am to 4:30pm, Mon.-Sat.
Feb. 2                          Lecture: “Created Equal: Loving v. Virginia” by Carole Bucy, Rochelle Center of Thigpen Library, 12:20pm
Feb. 4                          Honors: Student panel on digital technology, Thigpen Library, 12:20pm
Feb. 4                          Spoken Word Artist: Odd Rod, Cafeteria, 12:30pm
Feb. 10                        One Book: “American Promise” film, Thigpen Library, noon and 3:30pm
Feb. 11                        Transfer Day: Four-year school reps meet with students, Ramer Great Hall, 10:30am to 12:30pm
Feb. 11.                       Soul Food Luncheon, Nichols Dining Room, Noon
Feb. 12                        “Clearly You”, free laser crystal imaging, presented by Evening Services, Nichols Dining Room, 1:30pm to 7:30pm
Feb. 13                        Andy Dailey, artist gallery talk, Thigpen Library, 10am
Feb. 16                        One Book: Effects and possible solutions to the issue of “deadbeat dads”, Wemyss Auditorium, Caudill Hall, 12:30pm
Feb. 17                        Lecture: “Race, Slavery & American Values,” Grady Eades and Nancy Blomgren, Thigpen Library, 11:10am
Feb. 17-19                   Hispanic Family Week, Advising Center, Ramer 174, 8am to 7pm each day
Feb. 18                        Honors: Psychology panel on mental health, Thigpen Library, 12:20pm
Feb. 19                        Coffee with the Prez, Cafeteria, 10am-11am
Feb. 19                        Lecture: “Transcendentalist Communes in Fiction,” by Shellie Michael, Thigpen Library, 11:10am
Feb. 19                        Lunch and Learn, bring your own lunch, Nichols Dining Room, 12:30pm
Feb. 19                        Cumberland Nursing Program Info, Warf 110, 12:45pm-2:10pm
Feb. 24                        Lecture: “James Baldwin’s Politics of Love,” by Laura Black, Thigpen Library, 11:10am
Feb. 24                        One Book: Tense relationships between police and the African-American community, Nichols Dining Room, 12:30pm
Feb. 25                        Black History Recognition Luncheon, Nichols Dining Room, 12:30pm

Feb. 28                        Science Olympiad, area schools compete, campus-wide, all day

Friday, January 23, 2015

Andrew Dailey Art Exhibit at Thigpen Gallery

The Vol State Thigpen Library Gallery will display the work of Ohio artist Andrew Dailey in February. The show is called "Genus Machina."

Promotion for the artist describes his work this way: "Andrew Dailey's drawings explore themes of adaptation, evolution, truth and fiction. The Genus Machina drawings are an ongoing series that examines a hypothetical nexus between biological and technological adaptation. Each drawing in the series derives from the questionable notion that mankind could potentially "fix" or "improve upon" nature through the use of technology."

Dailey is from Dayton, Ohio. He teaches at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and works at the Rosewood Art Center. His work will appear at the Vol State Thigpen Library Gallery through February. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The gallery is closed on Sunday. Dailey will have a gallery talk on February 13 at 10 a.m. next to the Gallery. The Thigpen Library Gallery is located on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. For more information call 615-230-3201.

Pictured: A drawing titled “Elephant” by artist Andrew Dailey.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Important Road Closures and Changes on the Gallatin Campus

The Humanities Building construction on the Vol State Gallatin campus moves to another level this week, and that means significant road closures and traffic changes.

There is currently a road closure going to and from the back entrance to the college at Greenlea. It will last for several months. When you come onto campus from the back entrance you will not be able to turn right and go towards Caudill and Wood. You will only be able to go left and head towards the back parking lots, Wallace South parking (employee and disabled only), the Art Building, and ultimately Pickel Field House. Students who have classes in the Science Field Station (Vet Tech and a few others) will only be able to approach from the back entrance and will be the only ones allowed to take a right turn to go to the Science Field Station.

Traffic may get congested near Pickel, so you may want to consider using the Gap Blvd entrance.

Next week there will probably be lane closures at the main entrance to the college off of Nashville Pike. You will be able to enter and leave, but it will be down to one lane in each direction. It will be especially tough for people with larger pickup trucks and SUVs to navigate the tight turns required. These closures will last several months.

It would be best to consider long-term changes in how you get into the college and where you park. The back entrance to the college will remain an excellent way to park in the rear lots and probably have the least congestion. Gap Blvd. will be free from construction, but may get congested.

We know these changes will be an inconvenience for all of us. However, the Humanities Building is an important part of the college's future. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Vol State in the News

The Site Dedication for the Humanities building and the construction of Phase One has brought some media attention. An event for the dedication was held Friday. Here is a story in the Tennessean and a piece on News 2.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Remembering Nadean Napier

Nadean Napier passed away last week from a heart attack.  She was a fixture in Student Services for fourteen years. You won't find many pictures of her in the official Vol State picture files, primarily because she always threatened me with great bodily harm if I took her picture. And that was Nadean- gruff, funny and before you knew it, a good friend. She was known as Mama Nadean to many students over the years. She helped them through their struggles and shared in their victories.

“I was a veteran that attended Vol State from Fall 09-Spring 2011,” said alumnus Buddy Daniel. “She took care of all the needs of the veterans that attended Vol State and was loved and appreciated by all. She was always ready to assist and provide many laughs for anyone who came into the Student Services Office! We are going to miss Ms. Nadean!!”  
“I always learned something from Nadean,” said alumnus Jennifer Easton. “She was like the ‘on-campus’ mother to me as well as many other students and employees at the college. You always felt that genuinely cared about your success and well-being.  Like a mother, she would give advice or quickly put you in your place if needed, but she was also your biggest cheerleader - even when you made mistakes.”

Nadean started at Vol State in 1998 and worked as a secretary in Students Services until her retirement in 2012.

There is a Mama Nadean scholarship that was established in her name a couple of years ago by the Student Government Assocation. If you would like to donate to that fund please send a check through office mail to the Foundation and put in the subject line "Mama Nadean Scholarship".

Friday, January 9, 2015

A New Home for Goldie

The eagle has landed at the Wallace South Building and for one Vol State employee, the move brings back childhood memories. You may know Goldie the Eagle from her display in the Ramer Great Hall. She was there for many years. She is a tough old bird, having survived a direct hit from the 2006 tornado. Dr. Faulkner felt that Goldie was getting lost in the shadows in the Ramer Building. Her new location is in the sunny main hall of the new Wallace South Building. Light floods the display, which is placed on the west side of the hallway. The natural spot for such an specimen would have been the Warf Building, home of the sciences at Vol State. But with narrow hallways and many other displays, that idea was not practical.

The move didn't occur until the authorities were contacted. Why? Well, Goldie is actually on loan from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). Golden Eagles are protected by the federal Bald Eagle Protection Act of 1962.

“I wasn’t sure if we had to notify them that we were moving Goldie or if we even could,” said Glenda Godwin, Vol State director of Construction and Facilities. “I wondered if TWRA was required to actually make the move. They told me that their records didn’t specify what building the Eagle was displayed, only that it was on display at VSCC at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin, TN.  As long as Goldie remained at the address of record we could move it. I also contacted a taxidermist regarding exposure to sunlight and heat and was told that moths are the main concern of our preserved feathered friends.”

Vol State students put the display together in the 1980's when it was suggested that Vol State house the mounted eagle. It has been here ever since.

There is another angle to the Goldie story. Kim Morris, the Vol State Plant Operations scheduler, goes way back with the eagle. Suzanne Hesson from Health Sciences reminded everyone of the newspaper article from 1978 that shows Kim, as a child, holding up Goldie after she was found dead in Sumner County, from apparent electrocution. Kim was friends with Suzanne's sister and their dad was a well-known taxidermist, called out to give advice to TWRA when the eagle was found.

"I was ten when it happened and I remembered the picture and everything," Morris said (she's the one in the funky pants to the right, Suzanne's sister is to the left). "But I didn't remember that the eagle was here at Vol State. I love where it is now. In the Ramer Building it was in a corner and had no visibility. I think it looks awesome." 

Dr. Faulkner: New Year’s Resolution

The web site Statistics Brain offers some interesting statistics on New Year’s Resolutions.  For example:

The most often adopted resolution is to “lose weight” with “getting organized” at second.

The percentage of Americans that usually make resolutions is 45%.

38% absolutely never make resolutions.

Only 8% are successful at keeping their resolutions.

The portion of resolutions that are maintained through the first week is only 75% while only 45% make it to 
the six month mark.

I’m not one to make resolutions myself, but last September I read an interesting article that made me think about my day to day activities and tempted me to adopt these resolutions.  The article is titled “The 2 Minutes That Create Success” by Geoffrey James.  Here is the link to the article.  Please take a look. 

-Dr. Jerry Faulkner

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Vol State in the News

We invited the media up to campus on Friday to get a local reaction to President Obama's national free community college proposal. Channel 4 had this story. Channel 5 had this piece and it was even picked-up in Charleston, SC. Here is the Tennesean interview with Dr. Faulkner.

The Tennessean takes a look at how Middle College High School students are adapting to the Vol State Gallatin campus.

The Health Sciences Division is always in a race to stay up to date in emerging health technology. Here's the story in the Tennessean with a focus on the Ophthalmic program. Tech World Twitter feed also picked up the story.

The EMT program has realigned its offerings to better fit with national standards. The Gallatin News Examiner has more.

An education in the visual arts can benefit students in all sorts of degree paths. The Hartsville Vidette has this story and the Tennessean this piece.

The new Humanities building is also in the news. This story from the Tennessean.