Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Vol State in the News

The focus is adult students for the Vol State graduation news release, appearing here in the Tennessean.

An endangered salamander lives close to Vol State, but you can only see them at a certain time of year. The Tennessean has the story.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Introducing Dr. McKee


Anne Marie McKee with International Education has successfully defended her doctoral dissertation earning her a Doctor of Education degree from Union University. Dr. McKee conducted  her dissertation research in the area of Study Abroad by completing a longitudinal case study examining a cohort of Career and Technical Education students and faculty. Congratulations Dr. McKee!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Congrats to Dr. Rhonda Gregory


Rhonda Gregory is now officially Dr. Rhonda Gregory, having successfully defended her dissertation titled “Influence of Quality Matters™ Professional Development on Faculty Members’ Perceptions of Design Standards and their Course Development Abilities.” Vol State currently uses the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric for the quality assurance of online and hybrid courses. Rhonda is the director of Distributed Education at Vol State.

The Ed.D. in Instruction & Curriculum Leadership is from the University of Memphis.  



Friday, April 27, 2018

Vol State in the News

The Tennessean had a lovely story about the new Parris Powers arboretum...and the impact a professor can have on students. It's something that happens every day at Vol State. It's nice when it gets highlighted.

The Tennessean ran our news release about the Pioneer Pen winning a national honor.

The Tennessean and Channel 5 came out to cover the memorial for Vol State student Lexus Williams, who was killed in a reported domestic incident earlier this month.

The CHEC Earth Day event attracted some attention with articles in the Overton County News and the Cookeville Herald Citizen.

Channel 4 came out to the Gallatin campus for a weather warning story. They reported on our upgraded emergency warning systems, including the police speaker system inside and outside on campus and our texting system.

Campus Police were lauded for their safety efforts and the Tennessean had the story.

Tennessee Reconnect has been a big promotional inititiative for the college. Here is a story in the Tennessean.

The Overton County News  interviewed Greg Burgess, a Vol State Cyber Security instructor, for a feature story on the Cyber Security program in Livingston. 



Monday, April 23, 2018

A Police Officer with his Hands in Clay



Student artists can be known for their stylish outfits, but seldom do they dress in an all-navy uniform and carry a gun. Thus there was a bit of a surprise on this reporter’s part when Campus Police Sergeant Philip Woodard stepped forward at a recent student art awards ceremony to receive his certificate for Best Ceramic Set. His beautiful cobalt blue and brown coffee mugs and bowl would be at home in any craft art show in Nashville. It’s the product of his independent study class in ceramics with instructor Patrick Green.

“I’ve always liked to build and make stuff,” Woodard said. “My grandmother painted, so I come from people with some artistic ability. When I started working here I saw the pottery studio and I thought it would be really neat to take a class.”

Woodard has been working on a degree in history at Vol State. Now he is considering switching to fine arts. “I think it’s a great way to relieve stress.”

He thanks the Art Department faculty members for helping him to develop his skills. But don’t think for a moment that the recognition has gone to his head. He told me that his big goal is to take that ceramic bowl home and eat ice cream out of it.

Sergeant Woodard’s pottery, and many other fine student art works, are on display in the Vol State Gallery on the first floor of SRB. It’s well worth a visit.

Graduate Profiles on the Virtual Community Blog


Each year we highlight a couple of upcoming graduates. You can find the stories for this semester on the Vol State Virtual Community Blog.

Reminder: Parris Powers Memorial Arboretum Event Friday


The Vol State Gallatin campus is now home to a certified Arboretum: a collection of trees that have been identified and listed for nature exploration and scientific study. The Tennessee Urban Forestry Council has certified the campus as a Level II Arboretum. It will be named for former Vol State Chemistry Professor Parris Powers. A grand opening for the Parris Powers Memorial Arboretum will be held on Friday, April 27 at 2 p.m. on the Duffer Plaza.  Everyone is invited.

The designation is largely the work of Vol State alumnus Cynthia Hernandez and Vol State faculty members. Part of the effort involved identifying and marking 62 species of trees on the campus. They worked with Parris Powers on the project and it will stand as a lasting symbol of his commitment to environmental science at Vol State. The college will be producing a map of the tree locations and visitors are welcome to campus to view them.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Fond Farewell for Dr. Torrence

Dr. Michael Torrence is headed soon to Motlow State Community College to take on the position of President. Today, faculty and staff here at Vol State gathered to wish him well.




Vol State Student Among Tops in Mircosoft Word

Vol State graduate Jordyn Houghton recently discovered she ranked fourth in the state of TN on the Microsoft Office Specialist (M.O.S.) exam in Word. You could be next by taking advantage of the many free testing opportunities available to students, faculty, and staff at Vol State. The International Data Corporation says that Microsoft Office skills rank third as the top skills employers are looking for. Obtaining a Microsoft Office Specialist certification is way to give you a professional edge, potentially boosting annual salary by as much as $16,000, according to Microsoft.com.

“I knew I passed, but I had no idea that I had done that well. I didn’t even know this test was an option until it was given to me as the final exam for a computer class I was taking,” said Jordyn. “I had a lot of experience with Word, so the classes were kind of like a review for me. If I learned something new, it was easy to retain that information because of my experience with the program. Students need to know that this is an option. It’s free and it’s something great to add onto your resume. Excel is another one that students should look into because it’s a big part of any business."

“We only had a handful of students that tested with us at Vol State, so for one of those students to be number four in the entire state for her age bracket is pretty awesome,” said Lisa Borre, assistant director of Advising and Testing. “A lot of people in job interviews will say that they’re proficient in Microsoft Office, and that’s pretty subjective. But to say that you are Microsoft certified, that’s taking it to another level - its confirmation from Microsoft. If you don’t get the score you need, nothing gets recorded, so there’s really nothing to lose…We’re trying to get the word out because it’s an awesome benefit that a lot of people aren’t aware of. When you’re a student and you’ve graduated, you’ll not only have your degree in your subject matter, you can also have an added benefit of receiving Microsoft certification. I would also highly recommend Imagine Academy,” said Borre.

Microsoft’s Imagine Academy provides free curricula and resources on Microsoft products for students and educators; it can be used to prepare for the exams. The exam can then be scheduled through Vol State’s website. The Testing Center offers many other free tests for students, faculty, and staff, such as career and personality assessments, CLEP, and much more. For more information on testing at Vol State, swing by the testing center in room 126 of the Warf building, or check out their website at www.volstate.edu/testing.

Photos - Top Left: Jordyn Houghton
             Bottom Right: Lisa Borre

                                                                       
-By Rachel Keyes

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Retirement Celebration

It's that time of the year again...when we send off the latest group of college retirees. There were fond wishes and some funny stories at this year's event. We wish everyone the best.





Monday, April 9, 2018

Gallatin Campus Celebrates Arboretum Designation April 27

This Japanese Maple is one of the Arboretum trees
The Vol State Gallatin campus is now home to a certified Arboretum: a collection of trees that have been identified and listed for nature exploration and scientific study. The Tennessee Urban Forestry Council has certified the campus as a Level II Arboretum. It will be named for former Vol State Chemistry Professor Parris Powers. A grand opening for the Parris Powers Memorial Arboretum will be held on Friday, April 27 at 2 p.m. on the Duffer Plaza. Everyone is invited.

The designation is largely the work of Vol State alumnus Cynthia Hernandez and Vol State faculty members. Part of the effort involved identifying and marking 62 species of trees on the campus. They worked with Parris Powers on the project and it will stand as a lasting symbol of his commitment to environmental science at Vol State. The college will be producing a map of the tree locations and visitors are welcome to campus to view them.

Dr. Faulkner: Mistakes


“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”  John Powell
“All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.”  Winston Churchill

“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” Thomas Edison

Often we view those that are successful as always being perfect and never having made a mistake.  Even wildly successful persons and enterprises have mistakes in their history.  Look at the uber-successful company Pixar.  We are all familiar with their top grossing films like the now 20 year old Toy Story or Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and Cars.  What we have not been aware of are the stops and starts that led to those blockbusters.

Pixar has just taken the unprecedented step of releasing a video of their failures.  You can find their Scrapped Ideas video on YouTube

Why would any company, let alone the premier animation studio in America, release a video about their failures?  Perhaps they are reminding us that the creative process is often a messy one.  Perhaps they are reminding us of the truth from the quotes above.  Mistakes will be made but we must learn from and build upon our mistakes.

That can only happen in a culture that gives people permission to explore and make mistakes.  A culture that punishes creative mistakes causes people to hide their failures, not to learn from them.

From the Harvard Business Review  we learn that Pixar operates on three principles: 

1. Everyone must have the freedom to communicate with anyone.
2. It must be safe for everyone to offer ideas.
3. We must stay close to innovations happening in the academic community.

Where could we as a Vol State community go if we embraced these principals and applied them across our campuses?  What if we felt safe being creative and taking risks?  What if we learned from our mistakes?

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Education Students and Read Across America


Education students, led by Penny Duncan, had a big project this spring. They collected more than 250 children’s books and distributed them to a local Head Start location for “Read Across America” day. The students also toured the Head Start and read to a small group of students in each classroom to celebrate this national event that promotes early childhood literacy.


Respiratory Care Service Learning


Great Service Learning projects are happening this semester. Here is one for Health Sciences:

The Respiratory Care Program participated in the Fight for Air Climb through the American Lung Association. This event took place on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Fifth Third Bank Center in downtown Nashville. This building has 29 flights of stairs the climbers have to climb. This is a timed event. The students all volunteered in a variety of capacities from working the registration table, providing hydration and nutrients to the climbers, and being the climbers biggest cheerleaders all the way to the finish line. One of the top climbers suffers from a severe lung disease and he participates every year to bring awareness to lung health. The fastest climb time was 4:00 minutes by a firefighter with all of his gear.

-Mallory Higginbotham, Respiratory Care

Strengthening Ties with the Netherlands


ROC Midden students are shown here with their president, Paul van Maanen, as he signs a memorandum of understanding between ROC Midden and Vol State. ROC Midden is located in Utrecht, Netherlands.

This exchange is an on-going project that began in  2008 when Vol State hosted its first delegation of education representatives from the Netherlands. Thus far, Vol State has sent 23 faculty and administrators to visit and observe the higher education system in the Netherlands. This June, six Vol State students will be participating in this college exchange.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Presidential Announcements: Congrats to a Current and Former Vol State Employee


Two educators with Vol State ties will take on presidential roles in the Tennessee community college system soon.

The first is our very own Dr. Michael Torrence, assistant vice president for Academic Affairs. He has been named president of Motlow State Community College.

“I am overwhelmed and appreciative of the opportunity to stand up Motlow and connect in ways that perhaps we haven’t done yet but we will. I want support for student success and completion and workforce development. That ties directly into the governor’s initiatives – the Drive to 55, Tennessee Reconnect and Tennessee Promise. We understand the importance of making sure that we collaborate and have programs that are designed in ways that meets the needs of the community. I look forward to making that happen and to success for our students and our communities.”


"My roles here at Vol State prepared me for the the Presidency at Motlow through the trust developed between Dr. Jerry Faulkner, Dr. George Pimentel, and myself. They invested in my skill set and provided a broad landscape for me to assist in the success of Vol State. Their openness to our areas of focus in Dual Enrollment, Student Success, Learning Commons, Distributed Education and the further development of the Upper Cumberland centers at Livingston and Cookeville greatly prepares me. I would be remiss if I did not mention the importance of every single person at Vol State that I have worked with directly and indirectly, they too have prepared me in ways that are immeasurable. I am thankful and humbled by it all." 

Dr. Torrence will start at Motlow on May 1.

A former Vol State employee has been appointed president of Nashville State Community College. Dr. Shanna Jackson was executive assistant to the president here at Vol State and spent a number of years coordinating Off-Campus activities. She is currently associate vice president and chief operating officer of the Columbia State Community College Williamson County Campus. 

“[While] teaching and meeting students, who had barriers outside of the classroom that were preventing them from being successful – and wanting to really make a difference in their lives and to contribute in a significant way, [higher education became a path],” Jackson said. “And when I started my community college journey at Volunteer State Community College, it really was one of those life-changing moments where you realize the power that community colleges have to transform lives.”

The new Nashville State president may change relationships with neighboring community colleges.

“Our industries and our students don’t care about service-area lines, so we will be partners together to serve this great state and our students and really make a difference. I am grateful and excited about the future, not just for Nashville State but for Middle Tennessee and our state.”

Dr. Jackson will begin her new position on June 1.


Join the New Civitan Club at Vol State


There is a new club forming on the Vol State campus and this time it's aimed at Vol State faculty and staff members, as well as anyone from the community. Kevin Cook is one of the organizers:

"Many faculty members have been looking for convenient opportunities to meet promotion and tenure community services requirements. Please come to our next meeting held in Betty Gibson Hall, every Thursday at Noon until the end of April."



For information contact Kevin Cook, kevin.cook@volstate.edu or Alison Muncy, Development Officer, Office of the Vice President for Resource Development and Executive Director of the College Foundation, 615-230-3526 alison.muncy@volstate.edu

More information about Civitan http://civitan.org/

Monday, March 12, 2018

Vol State Student Determined to Drive After an Accident


Getting a driver’s license is a big step in life for most people. Austin Bonebrake, a Freshman at Vol State, was excited to get his, and then his life completely changed. He was two weeks shy of getting the license when he was in a serious sledding accident on a large hill in Robertson County.
“They estimated I was going 45 MPH, I shattered C5 and broke the C6 vertebrae in my neck and it paralyzed me from the chest down. I was life flighted out after the accident. It didn’t sink in that it was permanent until after the surgery. I’m considered a quadriplegic, sometimes that means you can’t move anything. I can move my arms, and my hands don’t work much, but I can still do certain things.” Austin has been going through various rehabilitation programs, and even learned to drive while he was at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, which brings him closer to his goal of owning a truck that he can operate using hand controls.
The cost of purchasing a vehicle with special hand controls is through the roof. For Austin, this is the only option. “My parents have been a big support, helping me get to Vol State. My mom, she had to lose her job to take me back and forth, so it’s just dad working right now. Just the hand controls are going to cost anywhere from $45,000-$50,000. We’re trying to get a vehicle that I can drive (the wheelchair) into, and the vehicle can run from $50,000-$60,000 itself.”
Austin says he wants to become more independent and to care of himself completely. “The goal is to move out and live on my own, being able to branch out and not have to have any limitations, this is what I want to do, and I’m going to do it, that probably won’t take off until I get a job and am able to drive. We’re always going to be faced with challenges, but you can’t take those challenges and just give up," he said. "No matter what you’re faced with, you have to keep pushing forward to overcome it or learn new ways around it. It's better to laugh than cry about it.” 

Austin has a GoFundMe account to collect donations for his future truck. In Gallatin, a local rehabilitation center has also extended financial help to his family. “We’re going through a thing called vocational rehab, as soon as I graduate, and am looking for a job, if we buy a vehicle, they’ll pay for the hand controls.”
In the meantime, Austin continues his education. He says he is fascinated by the environment and loves to go hunting and fishing. Austin plans to follow his interests and pursue a career in Environmental Science.

-By Rachel Keyes

I Ain’t Doin It- Social Media Sensation at Educate a Woman


Heather Land, known as the “I Ain’t Doin It” sensation from social media, will be the featured presentation at the Educate a Woman luncheon on April 13. The event raises money for scholarships for women at Volunteer State Community College. Tickets are not required, but there is a suggested minimum donation of $50 requested at the event. This year Educate a Woman will be held at the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville at 106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd. Registration starts at 11 a.m. and the lunch and program at 11:30 a.m. The Summa Cum Laude sponsor for Educate a Woman 2018 is Sumner Regional Medical Center – Highpoint Health Systems. The Magna Cum Laude sponsor is First Tennessee Bank. To register email lynn.jones@volstate.edu or call 615-230-3506.

California Suite Comedy Theater at Vol State


A suite in the Beverly Hills Hotel is the setting for the classic Neil Simon comedy California Suite. The play will be presented by the Volunteer State Community College theater program as part of the Spring 2018 Visual and Performing Arts Series. The production uses the same suite as the location for each of four parts, with different characters in each act. Couples visiting Los Angeles sort through marriage problems, mid-life complications, and in one case, a dilemma involving an unconscious prostitute. The 1976 Broadway play was later made into a movie by the same name.

The play will be performed on Fridays and Saturdays, March 16 and 17, and March 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a matinee show on Sunday, March 18 at 2:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. Admission is a suggested $5 donation, which is used to fund student scholarships. For more information call 615-230-3200. For other Visual and Performing Arts Series events visit www.volstate.edu/art.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Family Tragedy Leads to a Career Change for Vol State Grad



It’s typical for college students to change their major once or twice, but for one student, her reason was tragic and deeply emotional. Ashley Pearson received her Vol State degree in Criminal Justice. Ashley previously attended Motlow State Community College for Nursing. “I was going through a divorce. I was looking at Vol State, because I didn’t like Motlow. I ended up having some health problems that kept me out of school for about a year. Right as those things were going on, my brother was murdered.”
Christopher Reese was shot to death while working at a convenience store in Notus, Idaho. “I fell to the floor when I got the call, my mother was screaming on the other end, and when I saw her, it really hit me, it was like flashback, because I had experienced the loss of a child, except I didn’t have mine for twenty-five years like she did. My mother couldn’t function. When you go through something like that, you just can’t think straight. I remember her sitting in her chair, she had cried so much there were no tears left.”

Ashley poured herself into her brother’s unsolved case, researching any type of information she could find and maintaining a close relationship with the detectives. The case was tough because the killers were disguised. They came into the store completely covered, wearing masks. “I knew I had to step up to make sure everything was in place. I just started making phone calls and going over the photos of the men who killed him. It’s like you’re in shock, but you’re still going, you just have to push through it. I did the best I could to try to take care of everything so my mom wouldn’t have to.”

The detectives began noticing how diligently Ashley conducted her research. In fact, one investigator mentioned to her that she would make an excellent detective. “I kind of laughed it off. But then I found myself on Vol State’s website looking at the Criminal Justice program. I thought, this might be something I’d really want to do, and I signed up for the program. I fell in love with the school and my classes. I worked as hard as I possibly could to graduate, not just for myself and my kids, but for him. The doors opened up, I had prayed a lot about it, and everything fell into place. I feel like this is where I needed to be.”

Christopher’s case is still unresolved. “We do these interviews for him, to keep him out there, to let people know that he was somebody’s son, brother, and father. We plead with the public to tell us information, and we pray for closure every day.” Her family continues to search for answers. Ashley intends to pursue a career in criminal psychoanalysis, counseling, or a similar field. Meanwhile, she plans to continue her Criminal Justice studies at Western Kentucky University.


-Rachel Keyes, PR Student Social Media Writer

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Relay for Life Meeting March 5

Relay For Life will be hosting a kick-of organizational meeting on March at 6pm in the Vol State Caudill auditorium. Relay for Life will be held again on the Vol State campus in September and they could use your help. Here's the info:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Remind Students to Apply for Foundation Scholarships

We need your help getting the word out: it’s time for students to apply for Vol State College Foundation scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year.  These are private donor scholarships that can provide students with extra money for books and materials, even if they will be using TNPromise or TNReconnect. There are also tuition scholarships for students who don’t qualify for those programs.

For scholarship consideration students need to
1) Complete the online application:  http://www.volstate.edu/foundation/scholarships  
2) Complete the FAFSA https://fafsa.ed.gov/  for the 2018-2019 Academic Year.

The Foundation will begin awarding private scholarships in April.  Please contact our office if you have any questions. 615-230-3506. Rebecca.mckinney@volstate.edu

We Need Your Children's Books

Vol State Education students are collecting used children’s books for Children’s Book Drive-Read Across America. They will be reading and giving them to the local Head Start children on March 2nd. If you would like to donate- please place the books in the boxes located on campus- Wood, Ramer, SRB, Library and Caudill (222). They are identified with a flier that includes information and a picture of Dr. Seuss. They can be any children's book....but Dr. Seuss is great too!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Dr. Faulkner: TIPS for Teaching

I’ve written on previous occasions about lessons learned from Training, a magazine for professional trainers in business and industry. I find many similarities between what they do and what we as an educational institution aspire to do.

In a recent issue author J. Brooke Hoover offers a methodology called “TIPS” which stands for Teach, Illustrate, Practice, and Simulate.  Hoover says, “The goal is to go from zero grounding to fluency without compromising quality as quickly as possible.”
The first step, Teach, involves subject grounding and knowledge transfer.  This is perhaps the most traditional step in higher education.   Unfortunately in many cases, this step has become routine and done without much planning or forethought.  For example, lecture has been described as the quickest way to get information from the teacher’s notes to the students’ notes without going through the brain of either.  Knowledge transfer doesn’t have to be boring.  We should use all the technology and bells and whistles that we can to make this step fun and exciting.

The next step is Illustrate.  In many classrooms Teach and Illustrate are combined.  If teach is the let me tell you part then illustrate is the let me show you part.  Often this is where the students have that discovery moment.  This is particularly true in our visually centered society.  Again, technology is our friend and the multiple online resources provide us with multiple media devices for illustrating.
This is the point where Hoover makes what we in higher ed might see as a startling suggestion.  He offers that, “Teach and Illustrate should take up about 20 to 25 percent of the training time . . . tops!  Practice and Simulation should take up the remaining 71 to 80 percent.”

The third step is Practice.  “This is the ‘Now you do it’ part.”  Hoover believes that this is where real learning results are exponential.  In Math these are the practice problem sets.  In other classes it may be the writing assignments.  In skills based classes like our Health Science classes it is demonstrating proper technique.  In science classes, laboratory sections are much about practice.  Even assessments like quizzes and tests can be considered practice, especially those that require students to do more than regurgitate information.  Our efforts to have more flipped classes give us more time for practice.

And the final step is Simulate.  The author acknowledges that it is hard to separate Practice and Simulation.  Simulation involves “real world conditions, situations and sometimes unfortunate realities.”  In Health Science the hi-fidelity, mannequins are the ultimate simulation.  I remember when we obtained the first one in the nursing program at Cleveland State.  The most impactful lesson came when students were allowed to simulate treatments and make mistakes that ultimately lead to the “death” of the patient.  Problem based learning in business and critical thinking in other disciplines is a way to simulate.  This is often referred to as authentic assessment.  Service learning is a highly effective real world opportunity that even goes beyond simulation.

So the challenge for us as educators is to find ways to enhance but shorten the Teach and Illustrate steps and find opportunities to increase the Practice and Simulate steps.

-Dr. Jerry Faulkner

I Am Not Your Negro Movie Screening for Unity Day

The Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” will be presented at Vol State for Unity Day on January 31 at 5 p.m. The film explores the lives of leaders of the Civil Rights movement in the United States from the perspective of author James Baldwin. Samuel L. Jackson narrates the movie that is based on an unfinished book by Baldwin focusing on the assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The free screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring people involved in the Civil Rights struggle in Sumner County.

Unity Day is an annual event. It explores the legacy of Dr. King and the racial equity challenges still inherent in American society. The movie will be shown in the Caudill Hall auditorium. For more information please call 615-230-3461.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Vol State Students Perform Well in Math Competition

Tennessee community college students went head-to-head in the Tennessee Mathematical Association of Two-year Colleges (TMATYC) math competition. The results are exciting: Vol State had 28 students, including several Middle College students, among the 225 students from across the state competing in all five math competitions. Vol State students performed very well in all categories.  Our students were represented in the “Top Ten” in every competition, racking up a total of twelve “Top Ten” positions. Of those, we had one first place winner, one second place winner, and three third place winters. A list of all competitors and placeholders is below.

Math and Science Dean Tom Ekman said: “If you do the math (sorry – I just had to say that), Vol State students made up 12.4% of the competitors but received 29.4% of the “Top Three*” cash prizes, and 23.1% of the “Top Ten*” placeholders. (*There were some ties).”

Among the 15 top three cash prize winners in all five categories: 
Pellissippi State had        6 top three winners
Volunteer State  had       5 top three winners
Chattanooga State had   2 top three winners
Cleveland State had        1 top three winners
Nashville State had         1 top three winners 
Northeast State had        0 top three winners

Congrats to all of our students! Here is the list:

Top Ten Survey of Math

Christian Bass  second place

Sara Eaton   third place

Top Ten Statistics
Kailyn Fournier   third place

Ashtyn Gillihan

Top Ten Precalculus
Emily Bentley   sixth place

Jaimee Brown   seventh place tie

Kush Patel   seventh place tie

Anamarie Hinson

Blaine Birk

Ethan Denson

Kartesh Patel

Lakshmi Ramesh

Sky Nichols

Tyler Clay

Top Ten Calculus A
Chaohui Zheng   first place

Siyuan Zhang    fourth place

Zachary Houtman   fifth place

Rachel Stoneman   ninth place tie

Hannah Bates

Hannah Hudson

Jeny Starnes

Kaylee Wheeling

Top Ten Calculus B
Mark Skelton   third place
Jacob Wheeling   tenth place

Dalton Davis

John Cruz

Kohen Williams

Tatera Roe


Pictured above: The participating faculty and students: Back Row left to right: Lingli Ni, Sara Eaton, Christian Bass, Mark Skelton, Chaohui Zheng, and Kailyn Fournier. Front Row left to right: Jonathan Kenigson, Thomas Ekman, Chuck Conrad, Peter Melvin

Pictured below:  Kailyn Fournier (left), third place winner in TMATYC statistics test, and Elizabeth Forrester (right), Kailyn’s instructor for statistics.



DMS Offers Free Pregancy Ultrasounds

Please let your friends and family know:
The Vol State Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is offering free ultrasounds for expecting moms in their second or third trimester this spring. The program organizes the scans so that Vol State students can gain experience with real obstetric patients. The scans will be performed in the Sonography Center at the Vol State campus in Gallatin. It’s equipped with six beds, HD screens and state-of-the-art ultrasound machines. All ultrasounds are supervised by a Vol State faculty member. The students will be scanning on Mondays and Wednesdays through the end of April. The scans usually last one-hour.  Patients must sign a release of liability, and already have had an initial ultrasound exam before they can participate. To schedule an appointment please contact the Jessica Campbell at 615-230-3322. For more information about the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program visit www.volstate.edu/DMS.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Warf Renovation Plans

The Warf Renovation project continues in the design phase. There may be demolition/ground work starting this summer, with construction expected in the fall. Here are some pictures from the architect, J Holmes, showing changes to the building itself and the new Mechatronics wing that will be added.






Lisa Lorek Quine Art Exhibit at Vol State Gallery

The work of lettering artist and graphic designer Lisa Lorek Quine will be on display at the Vol State Art Gallery in January and February. The Cleveland based artist’s presentation has ranged from coloring books and murals to magazine covers and gallery shows.

“I enjoy beginning with a quote, lyric, or headline,” she said. ”I then challenge myself to bring it life using hand-drawn type and illustration. I strive to create a human connection with each piece. The slight imperfections and the organic nature of the forms are what I love most about the art of hand-lettering.”

After graduating from the University of Dayton with a BFA in Visual Communication Design, Quine began her career in the fast-paced world of advertising. After five years in the industry, she made the decision to leave a full-time role as an art director at Global Prairie to dedicate more time to lettering. 

The Vol State exhibition will run from January 16 to February 19. There will be a meet and greet with the artist on Monday, February19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Gallery. The Vol State Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building on the Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information call 615-230-3202. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Dr. Faulkner: 50 Tough Questions

I’ve written before about things I’ve learned from Inc.com and the magazine for entrepreneurs that they publish.  A recent post on their website was “50 Tough Question You Never Ask Yourself, But Should.” 

The article address the New Year Resolution theme and suggests that rather than make commitments that are forgotten or abandoned in 30 days or less, that you should ask yourself some tough questions and set goals based on the answer to these questions.  As expected, many are about business.  For example #20, “What do I need to grow my business, but don’t have?

But many are more introspective.  The article offers the quote from Carl Jung, “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.  Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”  I encourage you to read the entire list at the link above, but here a few of my favorites.

#1.       What is my ideal definition of success?
#2.       Is this definition well-rounded, to include all of the important aspects of my life?
#5.       Do I feel good about the way I treat the most important people in my life?  (My addition to this one would be, “Who are the most important people in my life?”
#10.     What are three things I want to pay closer attention to in 2018?
#19.     What is the single, most significant change I can make in 2018?
#24.     What would I be risking if I did some of the things that are outside of my comfort zone?
#26.     On a scale of 1-10, how optimal is my self-care?
#33.     Do I acknowledge and celebrate my wins, even the smaller ones?
#39.     If someone were to observe the inner workings of my business, would my values and a healthy culture be visible to them?  (Of course this is geared to business owners but it definitely applies to our lives and work.)
#45.     When was the last time I had a good laugh?
And perhaps my favorite:
#49.     Am I living my passion? (If the answer to this one is no, then the next questions should be, “What is keeping from my passion and what can I do to make the change?”

Happy New Year to all!

-Dr. Faulkner