Friday, July 31, 2015

Welcome Kim-Sue Tudor

Kim-Sue Tudor is the new director of Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) at Vol State. She comes most recently from Quintiles, Inc. in Marietta, Georgia, where she was a clinical researcher. Medical Laboratory Technicians collect samples from patients and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances. Vol State has a dedicated state-of-the-art training lab in the Wallace South Building.

“I’m a clinical laboratory scientist,” said Tudor. “I wanted to return to teaching. It’s something I enjoy and that gives me a great degree of satisfaction. This position gives me the opportunity to shape a clinical laboratory science program. I would like to expand the program and I would like to have it be more visible in the community.”

Tudor has also worked in research settings at John Hopkins University and Hospitals in Baltimore. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Medical Technology from James Madison University in Virginia; a Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from California University of Pennsylvania; and a Ph.D. in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine from the University of Cincinnati.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Retiree Service Awards

Nancy Morris finished her career at Vol State recently.  Dr. Faulkner presented her with the 35 year TBR Service Award before she left. Phil Clifford starts his new position as dean of Math and Science at Vol State on August 1.

Susan Brandt is also retiring from Vol State. The education professor has been with the college for 30 years. Dr. Faulkner presented Susan with her Service Award, as well.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Vol State in the News

The new Fire Chief for Hendersonville is a Vol State Fire Science graduate. Congratulations to Chief Scotty Bush! The Tennessean has the story.

Soon-to-be Vol State students made USA Today recently, as they complete community service work for TN Promise.

Vol State ranks in the top 50 nationally among community colleges for online education according to an education web site. The Gallatin News has an article.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Higher Ed Employees Have a HERO Who is Ready to Help

This article comes from the Tennessee Office of the  Higher Education Resource Officer (HERO):

As the Tennessee General Assembly continues its efforts to boost the state’s college graduation rates, it is more important than ever that higher education faculty, staff and employees are able to work as efficiently and effectively as they can. Now there is an employee in the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury office who will help faculty, staff and employees navigate institutional barriers that may be limiting their ability to meet goals. The Higher Education Resource Officer (HERO) was established to improve state government responsiveness to faculty, staff and employees of Tennessee’s public higher education system.

Nneka Norman-Gordon is a liaison and resource for faculty, staff and other employees at state colleges and universities for any issues they have in dealing with institutional red tape. For example, when one university staff member was told guidelines of its higher education system prohibited the institution from leasing color printers and using legal size paper, despite the need for students, the HERO stepped in.

Norman-Gordon worked with the institution and the higher education system to resolve the guideline misinterpretation. The institution began investigating the cost-effectiveness of providing leased printers that can be used by students for color copying and legal-sized print options.

“I look forward to serving the faculty, staff and employees of our state’s great colleges and universities,” Norman-Gordon said. “My goal is to improve the interaction between faculty, staff and employees of public postsecondary institutions with higher education institutions and systems.  A large part of my job is providing constituent services to a group that is entrusted with helping to educate Tennesseans.”

For more information on the HERO office or to schedule a visit to your campus, go to the website.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Amy Smith is Director of Paralegal Studies

Amy Smith is the new director of Paralegal Studies at Vol State. Fort those of you not familiar with the program, paralegals assist attorneys with legal work for law offices, corporations and government agencies. Smith comes most recently from New Life International in Nashville where she was General Counsel and a Chapter 11 Plan Administrator. She was in private practice at Chaffin, Burnsed and Smith as a partner. She has teaching experience as an adjunct law professor at Belmont University.

“I’ve always wanted to teach full-time,” said Smith. “I love teaching and I love the law. For many years I have wanted to blend both.”

The Vol State Paralegal Studies Program is approved by the American Bar Association. It has a one-year technical certificate program and two-year associate of science and associate of applied science degree offerings.

“Good paralegals with strong skills help lawyers get their jobs done. Lawyers need paralegals and always have. Without paralegals, I don’t think the law profession would work as well as it does.”

Smith holds a law degree from Nashville School of Law, and Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Education degrees from Belmont University.