Monday, November 27, 2017

Vol State #GivingTuesday Scholarships November 28

Help us spread the word!

#Giving Tuesday is coming up this Tuesday, November 28 and Vol State is participating in the fundraising effort.The money raised on #GivingTuesday this year will be used specifically for student book scholarships. The College Foundation has set a 24-hour goal of $5000, which would fund ten such scholarships. Donations can be made with a credit card on the college website at and then by clicking on the Giving tab. The College Foundation has been sharing messages from donors and student recipients on social media to kick-off the campaign.

#Giving Tuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Organizers of the event say they want to “inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.” 

Pictured: Vol State graduate and donor, Andrew Finney of Perkins Drugs, is just one of many community members participating in the Vol State social media campaign.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Meet Jessica Buchanan

Jessica Buchanan has been hired as Special Assistant for Strategic Initiatives. She will work directly with President Faulkner in developing community partnerships and special projects.

“It’s all about collaboration,” Buchanan said. “I’ll be making partnerships in the campus community and working on initiatives that cross academic divisions. I think a large part of my job is listening; trying to understand what people need.”

Buchanan comes most recently from Be Better Advertising in Franklin where she was operations and data analyst. She was assistant director for Student Success Services and Career Services at Midway University in Kentucky. She has also held career development positions at Berea College in Kentucky and Polk State College in Florida.

“I like this community," she said. "My boyfriend lives here in Sumner County and he graduated from Vol State last May. I was here for the graduation and I looked around and thought the campus looked pretty amazing.”

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communication Arts from Warner University and a Master of Science in Information Technology from Florida State University.

Vol State in the News

Health Sciences faculty got creative recently, attracting attention from Fox 17. The TV station did live reports before the opening of the Metro Schools Career Exploration Fair. Kevin Alspaugh, Lindi Boyd, Edward Carlton, Kimma Hammers, David Linn, Mel Matthews, and Brandie Park created a Health Sciences booth with a common theme. It was an interactive display featuring Bernie the Sim-Man ( one of our EMS high tech training mannequins). The scenario explained that Bernie had fallen asleep at the wheel, leading to a car accident. Students were able to experience how sleep problems are diagnosed, the emergency medical response, and the diagnostic roles of medical lab, radiology, and ultrasound. Here's the story.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Successful Hazardous Waste Collection on Campus

Vol State hosted a Household Hazardous Waste Event on October 28th. Organizers report that 194 households attended the event.
  • Flammable Liquids (Lighter Fluid, Gasoline, Lamp Oils)-998 lbs.
  • Non-Flammable Liquids (Antifreeze, Soaps)-1,113 lbs.
  • Poisonous Material (Pesticides and Herbicides)-2,231 lbs.
  • Aerosols (Spray Paint and Cleaners)-443 lbs.
  • Fluorescent Lamps-57 lbs.
  • Corrosive Materials (Oven Cleaner, Bleach, Draino)-307 lbs.
  • Oxidizing Materials (Peroxide, Pool Chemicals)-71 lbs.
  • Mercury-35 lbs.
  • Sharps-18 lbs. 
  • Event Total - 7,391 lbs.
Congrats to all of those involved on a successful day!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Help Get the Word Out About Health Sciences Associate of Science

A new Vol State degree can provide the education for a career on the front lines of public health. The Health Sciences associate of science (not to be confused with the longtime AAS) is the stepping stone towards employment in public health administration. It's a new option for students who may not make it into our highly competitive specialty programs in Health Sciences. Here's a story we did that explores employment in public health. Help us get the word out to students!

The kids hold up their hands excitedly inside the dark tent. There are patches of glowing white here and there. It’s a fun way for the Whitten Elementary School students to learn about handwashing. Sumner County Health Department public health educator, Beth Gray, assists them in the project, making sure they use the glow in the dark lotion correctly. Then the kids head off to wash off the lotion. They return under the black light in the tent to see how they did. The splotches show places they didn’t get “clean”.  Out in the gym, Kimberly Bonds, a health educator II, talks to the third graders about scrubbing beneath their nails and making sure to get the backs of their hands. The demonstration is on the front lines of public health and the simple lesson has big implications for all of us.

“We want to keep them in school,” Bonds said. “When they’re not sick, they’re learning. They may work in fast food restaurants as teenagers, and this can remind them how to keep their hands clean. When they enter the workforce they better understand how to be responsible when you have a cold or flu.”

Vol State has a Health Sciences associate of science degree program that is designed to train workers for public health administration jobs. Working in public health, as an administrator, educator or in community outreach, means a wide range of activities.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Gray. “We go to many different schools. Rather than sit in the office, we go out into the community and meet people. We have an impact on their lives.”

The Vol State Health Sciences degree includes courses that you might expect, such as Medical Terminology and Anatomy and Physiology, but it also includes other important education for a public health worker, including Fundamentals of Speech Communication and Introduction to Ethics. The program is intended to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in Health Sciences at a university. Most public health jobs require at least a four-year degree. The Sumner County Health Department handles many responsibilities, including the operation of health clinics, promoting immunizations and preventing the spread of disease. Public health administrators have many roles within the field.

“The roles of Public Health administrators are evolving to include community economic development, community planning, and design,” said Hal Hendricks, county director for the Sumner County Health Department. “We live in a global society, even in what we still consider rural communities. That, along with changes in healthcare, make public health an integral part of community safety and quality of life.”

“We are on the front lines of education and prevention with four major areas of concern: obesity; not getting enough physical activity; tobacco use; and opioid drug abuse,” Bonds said. “One day you can be teaching cute kids and the next day adults. You’re doing something that impacts the community.”

For more information about the Health Sciences associate of science degree program visit

Vol State in the News

The Health Sciences associate of science degree publicity campaign got some help from the Sumner County Health Department. The Tennessean has our news release.

The Foundation recently completed the fundraising requirement for our portion of the Warf Math and Science Building renovation project. The Tennessean has the details.

The Tennessean also covered a recent "To Kneel or Not to Kneel" discussion organized by the Office of Diversity Initiatives.