Thursday, July 27, 2017

Hail to the Chief

It's retirement time for Vol State Campus Police Chief William Rogan. He's served the college for more than 25 years. Chief Rogan has been a calm and reassuring presence on campus for so long it will be hard to imagine the place without him. There was a retirement party held for him recently. It brought in many people from campus, police from other jurisdictions and friends from around Sumner County.

Monday, July 24, 2017

One Book, One Community: Just Mercy

According to numbers provided by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, the United States has the highest incarceration rate of any nation in the world. The number of American prisoners has increased from 300,000 in the 1970s to 2.3 million people today." We'll be examining these issues at Vol State this coming school year as "Just Mercy" has been chosen for the One Book, One Community read. Here is how the publisher describes the non-fiction book.

“Bryan Stevenson takes us on an unforgettable journey into the broken American criminal justice system in his much lauded New York Times bestselling “Just Mercy.” After Stevenson graduated from Harvard Law School he started the Equal Justice Initiative, a law practice dedicated to defending some of America's most rejected and marginalized people. Among the first cases he took on was that of Walter McMillian, a black man from Monroeville, Alabama who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. The case would change Bryan's life and transform his understanding of justice and mercy forever. “Just Mercy” follows the suspenseful battle to free Walter before the state executes him, while also stepping back to tell the profoundly moving stories of men, women, and even children, who found themselves at the mercy of a system often incapable of showing it.” 
Bryan Stevenson. Photo by Nina Subin

The One Book One Community initiative has three speakers coming to the Vol State campus in Gallatin to discuss issues raised by the book.

Jeannie Alexander will be speaking on September 13th at 1 p.m. in the Caudill Hall Wemyss Auditorium. Readers of the Nashville Scene will recognize her as the publication’s “Best Advocate” in 2017. Alexander, who has been involved in advocacy for those affected by homelessness as well as the prison system, now heads up the No Exceptions Prison Collective, a nonprofit focused on the abolition of prisons as well as the establishment of basic treatment standards for prisoners. Alexander will speak about her experiences as an advocate and more generally about the prison system.

Vanderbilt Philosophy Professor Lisa Guenther will speak about the prison system in America on October 24th at 1 p.m. in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room. Guenther’s areas of focus include mass incarceration, capital punishment, the carceral state, race and racism, and the effects of solitary confinement. Students, faculty and members of the community are invited to join for what promises to be a compelling and interesting discussion of imprisonment practices in America.

The Reverend Joseph B. Ingle will join us on November 15th at 1 p.m. in the Caudill Hall Wemyss Auditorium. Ingle is an expert on the history of incarceration in the United States and will speak on that subject. Ingle founded the Tennessee Committee against State Killing, and has served as the director of the Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons as well as the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Justice Center, a Nashville based coalition focused on restorative justice. Ingle will share some of his wealth of knowledge on the subjects of incarceration and justice, as well as providing unique insights gained from his years of dedicated service to ameliorative justice in Tennessee.

For more information please visit the web page.

Respiratory Students at CMA Fest

Our Respiratory Care students stay engaged with the community….even working at one of Nashville’s biggest music festivals. On June 10th, they volunteered at the CMA Festival tent for the CHEST Foundation’s Lung Health Experience in Nashville. They collected health information and gained valuable hands-on-experience by performing spirometry screenings for the country music fans. Details about the Respiratory Care program can be found at the website.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Athletic Association Golf Classic Coming August 7

Individuals and teams can compete for prizes and bragging rights at the eleventh annual Business Credit Reports Athletic Association Golf Classic, benefiting the Volunteer State College Foundation. The tournament is scheduled for Monday, August 7 and registration is open now. Highlights of the event are the Volunteer State Bank Paul Warren Memorial Corporate Cup Challenge and the Business Credit Reports Four Man Scramble. The tournament will be held at Fairvue Plantation in Gallatin. Registration and warm-up begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a light lunch and a noon shotgun start.

The Golf Classic raises money for the Volunteer State Community College Athletic Association. Businesses and individuals are encouraged to enter teams for the event. The cost for individuals is $150 and $600 per team. There will be prizes for men and women’s par 3, long drive and closest to the pin. All tickets this year will include a putting contest, mulligan, chipping contest and other fun events. The event will culminate that evening with an awards dinner.

To register a team or for more information, call the Volunteer State College Foundation at 615-230-3526 or email

Alison Muncy Joins the Foundation

Alison Muncy is the new development officer for the College Foundation. Muncy was most recently director of Member Relations for the Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce. She also served as a board member for Beautiful Hendersonville. In her Vol State position she is charged with fundraising and event planning.

“Development is educating people about what their money will be doing and the impact it will have on people’s lives,” Muncy said. “People may be under the impression that community college is free these days, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Books and materials are expensive, and our scholarships can help cover those costs. And even with the great new statewide scholarship programs, there are still some people who might not qualify. We’re here to help them, as well.”

Muncy holds a Master of Science in Public Health degree from Meharry Medical College and a Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing degree from Middle Tennessee State University. She also has an associate of applied science degree from Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. She is a Leadership Sumner graduate and former member of the Board of Directors.