Friday, September 21, 2018

Vol State in the News


The appointment of a new VP was picked up by the Tennessean.

The Wilson Post helped us to celebrate the new class of President's Ambassadors.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Vol State and Hawkins Family Renew a Tornado Connection


Many kids want to be firefighters. They may play rescue with their friends or push around toy fire engines. Jair Hawkins took it to a whole different level. “Every Halloween Jair dressed up as a firefighter,” said his dad, Jerrod Hawkins. “Every year. When he was ten-years-old he would ask me questions when I got home from work. How many calls did you get? How long did it take you to get out of the bay? Really specific questions.”

Jerrod has enjoyed a 20 year career as an EMT with the Brentwood Fire Department. He watched his son go from imagining fire scene responses as a child, to actively serving with a department.

“I begged him to let me be a volunteer firefighter. Finally, at age 15, he let me,” said Jair.

Jair is now a student in the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic program at Volunteer State Community College. It’s his first semester at the school. And it’s here that the story takes on a new meaning. The family has a stormy connection with Vol State that goes back 12 years.

“I don’t remember a whole lot from that day,” Jair said. “We went down to the basement and the next thing I knew the whole house is coming in on me.”

“I was working that day and I gave my wife a call to let her know about the storms,” Jerrod said. “I was talking to Amy on the phone and she said ‘I know it’s here’ and I lost the call. Ten minutes later I got a phone call from my neighbor. He said the boys were okay and were going to the hospital, but Amy was really hurt.”

That was April 7, 2006. An F-3 tornado ripped across Middle Tennessee and blasted into the Hawkins family home in Hendersonville. Amy covered up the kids with her body. She was found beneath bricks and rubble from the wreckage of the house. Amy survived, but with major injuries.

“I just remember her being gone a long time, two or three months,” said Jair. Amy had many surgeries and went through extensive rehabilitation. She was left paralyzed from the waist down.

The Sumner County community rallied around the Hawkins family. They were even stars on the ABC TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” The episode is often referred to as an audience favorite by the producers. The family received a brand new house during the show, a home especially designed for Amy and her wheelchair.

Former Vol State president, Warren Nichols, understood the devastation of that tornado. He was on campus when the twister moved north and hit Vol State that day, tearing up buildings, and causing seven million dollars in damage. That connection with the Hawkins family moved him to set up Vol State scholarships for the two boys, Jair and Cole, in 2006. Twelve years later, Jair is walking the Vol State campus as a new student this fall. While he didn’t need the tuition part of the scholarship, thanks to the TN Promise program, he did receive a book scholarship worth $1000 each year.

“I didn’t know how it would work after so long,” Jerrod said. “So, I contacted Karen Mitchell in the College Foundation and she was wonderful.”

Dad says that his son Cole will also be using the Vol State scholarship in a few years. “Right now he wants to go into the Airforce and be a pilot. He wants to do two years at Vol State and then transfer to MTSU for their Aviation program.”

Amy is doing well, but still has pain from her injuries. Jair thinks back to that tragic day and said his mom did something special. “If she didn’t do what she did, I wouldn’t be here right now.” And Jair adds that there are other ties from the past to the present. “A few of my buddies at the station where I volunteer have dads that worked at the station that day, and responded to help us.”

Amy and the family recently took a vacation in Florida. It was the first time she had been in the ocean since the tornado. Jair wants to graduate, continue with Advanced EMT, and then complete the Paramedic program. He has already applied for paid positions at fire departments, including Portland and Murfreesboro. His goal is to eventually be a fire captain.

“I’ve known since he was two that Jair would be a fireman,” Amy said. And as for how the tornado has changed their lives, she replied: “I look at challenges as a positive thing. We lived through this. It’s a celebration of life we do each year.”

For more information about the Vol State EMS program visit www.volstate.edu/EMS.

Pictured above: Jair and Jerrod Hawkins on the Vol State campus in Gallatin.

Pictured above: Amy and Jair Hawkins celebrate his graduation from Portland High School last spring.
Pictured above: The boys are presented with the scholarships in 2006 by the Vol State College Foundation. Left to right: Warren Nichols, Buddy Shaw, Amy, Jerrod, Jair, Cole, Ed Mayberry and Stan Cole.

Vol State in the News

Student Engagement and Support is holding a series of events this month for suicide awareness and prevention. The Tennessean covered the kick-off event and had this story.

The Tennessean covered the news of our record enrollment. It also appeared on area news web sites and WPLN, NPR radio.

The website Campaign for Free College Tuition has an article highlighting TN Promise through the story of CHEC student Emily Buckner. She is now enrolled at TTU.

Vol State art students have been working with high school students and using French Impressionism to dress up a recycling container. Jen Todd with the Tennessean has the follow-up.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Record Student Enrollment

Congrats everyone...we officially have a new all-time record enrollment: 9156. That might not necessarily be a comfortable thing if we hadn't been growing in so many other ways. Here is the news release to explain:

Student enrollment at Vol State has reached an all-time record for the school, with 9156 students attending this fall semester. The previous record was 8989, set in fall of 2010. The current headcount is up 3.5 percent over fall of last year. Much of the increase is attributed to the popular TN Reconnect program. It provides tuition-free education for adults who do not already have a college degree. This fall 1039 new students using TN Reconnect are enrolled in classes at Vol State. There are also 460 continuing students using the program.

“We are excited to have attained this record enrollment,” said Vol State president, Jerry Faulkner. “It is gratifying to see more citizens of our service area taking advantage of the opportunity to advance their education. Vol State is fulfilling our mission to prepare students for successful career, university transfer, and meaningful civic participation in a global society.”

Vol State has been planning for increased enrollment. Two new buildings have been added to the Gallatin campus in recent years. The Livingston campus was enlarged. The Highland Crest campus in Springfield was built. In Cookeville, Vol State began offering classes at the Cookeville Higher Education Campus (CHEC), setting enrollment records there, as well.

The number of online classes has also expanded, allowing for even more growth. In the fall of 2010 there were 195 course sections and this fall 356.  There are many more faculty and staff working at the college, from 769 in 2010 to 854 employees today.

“Our great team at the college has worked really hard to prepare for this year and for continued growth in enrollment,” Faulkner said. “Our next project is a renovation of our Warf science building. We will gain two science labs, a classroom, a computer lab, and a new six thousand square foot wing to house our Mechatronics program.” 

Full-Time Equivalency (FTE) is a unit that measures the number of credit hours students are taking. That FTE number is also a record this fall at 6206, versus 5758 in 2010. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Relay for Life at Vol State September 29

Many of us have had our lives changed by cancer, whether it be as a survivor, a caregiver or as a loved one. Relay for Life is the primary fund raising event for the American Cancer Society. It is held in thousands of communities in 27 different countries. The goal is to raise money for cancer research, support, and awareness activities. The Southern Sumner County Relay for Life is coming up on Saturday, September 29 here on the Vol State campus in Gallatin. Organizers are looking for individuals and teams to walk and raise funds. There will be an opening ceremony, a survivor/caregiver walk, and a luminaria ceremony that will light up campus. If you are interested in participating, please visit the website for details and a sign-up form. If you have additional questions you can contact Jenny Goslin at 615-341-7328.

Dr. Faulkner: My Time as an Undercover Student


This past Thursday I gave up my coat and tie for a casual shirt, blue jeans, walking shoes and a cap.  I spent almost the whole day as a student attending class and doing other things a student would do.  Thanks to Carol Bucy, Deb Moore, Carol Topping, and Theresa Johnson for letting me be incognito in their classes.

Here are some observations from an undercover student:

The online application to Vol State is easily completed.

I only saw one student using a cell phone during class.  This was in a math class so I’m giving her the benefit of the doubt that she was using the calculator on her phone.

Desks are no longer contoured to my contours.

On what should have been the second day of class there were a number of students without books, even when there were reading assignments due.

Our faculty are making good use of eLearn.

There was more give and take between the students and the faculty than I remember happening in my classes more than 10 years ago.

I can still eat a whole hamburger while walking from Wood to Thigpen. (Thanks to Campus Kickoff event for the burger.)

Four back to back classes is a pretty brutal schedule.  (I did have five classes scheduled but an important appointment became available and like a student I cut class.  But I did notify my instructor.)

There was more emphasis on understanding the “”why” and less about memorizing facts.

Students don’t talk to you unless you make the first connection.

Almost no students recognized me until I introduced myself at the end of the period.

Lots of interdisciplinary connections were being made.  In world literature we spent a great deal of time looking at maps of the world and exploring how maps can distort our view of the earth.

Students were engaged, involved and polite.

I learned something new in every class.

We have the greatest faculty in the world!

This was a great experience and something I will definitely do again.

Vol State in the News

The Ledger newspaper is primarily focused on the west side of Nashville. However, it does have sister publications statewide. They recently featured our Sonography and PTA programs in separate articles. Thanks to all of the program folks for help with these interviews.


Thursday, August 30, 2018

Meet the New President's Ambassadors

Vol State has a new group of President’s Ambassadors for 2018-2019. The Ambassadors represent the college at events, conduct campus tours and help with public relations. Students selected for the President’s Ambassadors scholarship program go through a rigorous vetting and interview process. Congrats to all!
Left to right. Back row: Cole Harper, Mt. Juliet; Katelynn Roberts, Cross Plains; Rachel Keyes. Nashville; Kaylen Whisnant, Cookeville; Samantha Lang, Tampa, FL; and Alix Stone, Mt. Juliet. Front Row: Melody Montgomery, Livingston; Amber Kittrell, Smyrna; Callie Swallows, Livingston; Robert Kirby, Cookeville; Brianna Hogan, Centerville; Anedra Moore, Nashville; and Megen Roberts, Lebanon.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Vol State Music Faculty Members Release CD

Vol State music faculty have gigs all over Middle Tennessee in solo and group performances. Longtime faculty member Tiger Ftizhugh has a new group with Vol State adjunct instructor, Ron de la Vega. The third member of the group is Richard Adams, a faculty member at MTSU. The band is called Amity 3 and they have just released their first CD. Check them out here.

Friday, August 24, 2018

New Graphics for Pickel Field House

PR and Athletics have been discussing ways to dress-up the Pickel Field House for several years now. The projects are nearly complete. The first project consisted of new graphics in the gym. We replaced the old painted Vol State logo with an updated version. There are also signs on the other end of the gym that feature a more sports-y look, and the college mascot. In the Pickel lobby, there are four large graphics representing each of our four sports. Here are some pictures, but you really need to see them in person to get the full effect. We have one final project to complete this week - versions of the lobby graphics will be going up in the gym. Considering the last graphic work lasted for 25 years - we have planned this set to last as least as long.






Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Vol State in the News

TN Reconnect is the big story this fall. The national publication, Inside Higher Ed, talked to the Bare family for their TN Reconnect story Four members of the family, all adults, are attending Vol State while using TN Reconnect this fall. The piece does a nice job of highlighting the experience they have had working with Vol State faculty and staff thus far. We'll be highlighting more TN Reconnect students in the coming week on Vol State social media and throughout the semester.

WPLN, NPR radio in Nashville, ran this report on TN Reconnect, focusing on Vol State.

Fox17 talked to the Bare family, four adults all taking classes at Vol State this fall via Reconnect.

Ms. Cheap with the Tennessean took a moment to highlight the KEY lifelong learning lecture series, which kicks off in September. We have several Vol State faculty member doing those seminars.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Congrats to Social Science and Education

The Social Science and Education Division was honored at Convocation with the Red Solo Cup Award. The Office of Student Engagement gives the red plastic trophy to the division that went above and beyond the call of duty with advising for Campus Connect. This makes four out of five years that Social Science and Education has won the award, perhaps making them the Boston Celtics or New York Yankees of divisions (James might prefer L.A. Lakers of divisions). In reality, of course, all of the academic divisions did an amazing job in a very busy summer advising season. Congrats to everyone who worked so hard to get students off on the right foot.

Weight Watchers Success Story


Sherry Watts in Plant Operations has been involved in the Vol State Weight Watchers at Work program for just over 14 months and thus far she has lost 60 lbs. She was on blood pressure medication, but the weight loss means she no longer needs that medication. She has met her goal with Weight Watchers and now needs to do six weeks of maintenance for eligibility as a Lifetime Member.

We had a couple of questions for Sherry:

How does it feel to have lost the weight? “I have so much more energy. I feel healthy and I’m proud of myself. Not to mention a new wardrobe! LOL.”

What would you say to people who are considering a weight loss program? “You need to look for a program that provides support. I have tried many different programs in the past, but never received the help and encouragement that I did with this program. I found that meetings, co-worker support and the on-line tools helped with my success. Also, you have a lot of freedom with the program to continue to eat with your family, go out to dinners and enjoy your favorites. It’s all about tracking and planning and it works!”

“I know now that I can live a healthy life style.”

You can start a healthy lifestyle with a visit to the next Weight Watchers meeting on campus, coming up Wednesday, August 29, 2018 @ 12:30pm in the Rochelle Center. For more information, please contact Tammy Swindle via email tammy.swindle@volstate.edu or by phone at 615-230-3472.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Middle College Students are Back on Campus


Sumner County Middle College High School students are back on campus. It's the largest group yet: 66 students. They began work on the Gallatin campus on August 6th, which is the day all Sumner County students started. They begin days at 8:00 AM with sessions by co-principals Betsy Hunter and Brad Schreiner on how to be successful college students. After those sessions, the students take INFS 1010 or Personal Finance. Students can be seen around campus in Rochelle, Mattox, and the Learning Commons until class start. Say hello if you see them on campus.

Monday, July 30, 2018

New Swine and Dine Foundation Event September 20


The Volunteer State Foundation is taking their annual dinner out to the ranch this year for the new Swine and Dine fundraiser on September 20. It’s designed to be a fun night of music, entertainment, and a barbecue themed dinner by Chef Christopher. It will be held in the relaxed atmosphere of the Bagsby Ranch in Gallatin. Money raised will be used to support Vol State student scholarships and college special projects. There are state programs that cover tuition for many students. However, not all students are eligible for the state assistance, and those programs don’t cover all expenses, such as textbooks.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and music by Bluegrass Ablaze. Dinner will be followed by testimonials from scholarship recipients. The evening continues with a game of chance called Heads or Tails with entertainment provided by Tim “The Fiddleman” Watson. He’s a singer and fiddle player based in Nashville who has opened shows for George Strait, George Jones, Lonestar, and Keith Urban, among many others. Currently, Watson collaborates with Kid Rock, playing as part of his band, and has been a featured artist in lineups headlined by Kid Rock.

Tickets for Swine and Dine are $75/per person. To purchase tickets or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Alison Muncy at 615 230-3506 or email alison.muncy@volstate.edu.

Faculty Member Receives Achievement Award in Audio Description


The American Council of the Blind (ACB) holds the annual Achievement Awards in Audio Description to support the craft, important for bringing events and entertainment to the blind community. This year a Vol State humanities faculty member, Julia Cawthon, was among the recipients. This is the award announcement:

Achievement in Audio Description – Visual Art / Museums / Visitor Centers: Tennessee School for the Blind and Julia Cawthon, Nashville, TN. For their hosting of a unique event on August 21, 2017 to bring a live audio description of the Solar Eclipse to all the blind and visually impaired students at TSB and to thousands of blind people around the world through the live broadcast on ACB Radio.

Congrats to Julia!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Kimberly Helton Promoted to MLT Director


Kimberly Helton is the new director of Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT). She has taught at Vol State since 2013. She also works at Centennial Medical Center as a Medical Laboratory Scientist II. Medical Laboratory Technicians collect samples from patients and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances. An MLT degree can lead to many different career directions, including forensic science in law enforcement. 

“I love my career. It’s a lot of fun to teach other people and get them excited about MLT as well,” Helton said. “I would really like to expand in the future. We’re going to be asking for more student seats for the program. We’re going to be doing simulated labs for some areas and that should help us add more students.”

Helton has also worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Lipscomb University, and most recently a Master’s of Science in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Testing Center Now Open in Ramer 165


The Testing Center in Gallatin is officially open for business today in their new home- Ramer 165. It is another step in the long-term plan to provide new students with a one-stop shop in the Ramer Building.

"The big thing is that Admissions, Advising, Testing, and Financial Aid are all in the same building," said Lisa Borre. "That's really convenient for our students. If Advising sends them to do testing, it's just down the hall."

The new center also has a second testing room, which will allow for additional testing down the road, including professional certification tests that students may need for their program.


Vol State Study Abroad Meets Ireland President

Vol State study abroad student, Caroline Torres, meets the president of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, during a play intermission. Torres, right to president, is pictured here with Vol State Cookeville humanities faculty member Ami Price on the far right.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Vol State and Opioid Awareness


The Vol State AmeriCorps VISTA workers, Crystal Sloss, Anedra Moore, and Jason Ditzler, recently attended a Narcan Training Workshop. They learned to:

● Understand the administration of naloxone products, including “Good Samaritan” protection law
● Recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and identify its causes and risks
● Describe what NOT to do during an opioid overdose
● Follow the correct steps when encountering an opioid overdose

The VISTA’S will be teaming up with Tiffany Zwart, from the Office of Student Engagement and Support, in creating an ongoing Vol State campaign to address student opioid awareness and prevention. 

In order to maintain a drug-free campus, Volunteer State Community College networks with the Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition (SCADC) in conjunction with the Coalition for Healthy and Safe Campus Communities (CHASCo), and the Tennessee Highway Safety Office Booze It or Lose It Program.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Vol State in the News


Vol State Cookeville EMT instructor, Greta Parsley Stone, has received the State of Tennessee American Legion Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) award of the year 2017-2018. The Canon Courier has the details. Congrats to Greta!

The Tennessee Board of Regents approved a 2.7 percent hike in tuition for the coming year and money for a new Vol State campus in Mt. Juliet. A Clarksville website has the TBR news release.

The Tennessean ran our news release about a new transfer agreement with Welch College.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Phillip Hearn Doctorate


Dr. Phillip Hearn graduated last December from Union University with a Doctor of Education in Higher Education/ Education Leadership. The title of his dissertation was "Examining the Difference in Student Achievement Between Face-to-Face and Online Computer Classes."

‘My research included a population of over 5000 students who took INFS 1010 Computer Applications class at Vol State between 2012 and 2016,” Hearn said. “The results of this research showed that there was no statistically significant difference in the Gail Score (Pretest vs Posttest) for Face-to-Face and Online for the sample population as a whole, nor for Male vs. Female, or Traditional vs. Non-traditional students. As there is much ongoing debate today about the superiority of these competitive formats, this research speaks favorably for equivalency of student achievement and effectiveness of faculty delivery in this course for both presentation methods.”

Congrats to Dr. Hearn!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Running on the Great Wall of China

Many people at Vol State enjoy taking part in runs and races around Middle Tennessee. Sumner County Middle College High School co-principal, Brad Schreiner, recently took that to a whole new level. She traveled to China to participate in a marathon on the Great Wall.


“This was definitely a ‘bucket list’ race as far as marathons are concerned. What made it challenging (it is listed as the fifth hardest marathon in the world) is the number of steps. This  26.2 mile course has 5,164 steps. You run two miles uphill to get to wall, then run about half of those steps. The middle portion of the race took us through three rural Chinese villages. Children brought us flowers as we ran along their farms and gardens. Near the end of the race, we got back on the wall for another 2500 steps and finished in Yin & Yang stadium in Huanguaguan, which is about an hour outside of Beijing.  After the marathon, my husband and I spent two weeks touring other cities in China, including  Xi’an, where the terracotta warriors are on exhibit. We ended our trip in Hong Kong.”



Monday, June 18, 2018

Tennis Court Make-Over


The Vol State tennis courts have undergone a make-over. They’re resurfaced and ready for action. There are even new nets. Trees overhanging the courts had made upkeep tough. Those were removed last year, allowing for the renovation work to remain fresh. Athletic director Bobby Hudson says there is plenty of interest in tennis at Vol State and in the community.

“Now we’ll be able to offer more tennis classes in the PE department,” Hudson said. “I always have high schools that want to use it, but it’s been in such bad shape. We’ll be working with the community on events now.”

Student Engagement is considering offering tennis intramurals for students. Hudson adds that if faculty and staff are up for it he could organize league play. Interested people should email bobby.hudson@volstate.edu



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

James Brown Promoted to Dean of Social Science and Education


James Brown has been promoted to the position of dean of the Social Science and Education Division at Vol State. For the last ten years he had been an assistant professor of Criminal Justice here. Brown retired from the Los Angeles Police Department in 2006 after thirty-three years as an officer and detective. He spent much of that time as an investigator in the Juvenile Division, retiring as Officer-In-Charge of the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit and the Sexually Exploited Child Unit. Brown said he plans to start his new position by listening.

“I’m going to get input from the faculty about where they would like the Division to go,” Brown said. “There are many different programs in the Division and that means many challenges and many ideas.”

Brown earned an A.A. degree in Police Science from Pasadena City College in 1971, and a B.S. Degree in Police Science from California State University, Los Angeles in 1972. In 1988 he graduated from the Delinquency Control Institute at the University of Southern California. He earned a M.A. in Negotiation and Conflict Management from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and a J.D. from the Ventura College of Law in 2001.

Alicia Gillespie Returns to Vol State as Director of Accounting


Alicia Gillespie of Gallatin is returning to Vol State to take on the role of director of Accounting. Gillespie was most recently assistant director of Financial Accounting and Budgets for the Tennessee Board of Regents in Nashville. She worked at Vol State previously as an account clerk and College Bursar. She is also a Vol State alumnus, graduating in 2000 with an Associate of Science Degree in Business and Accounting. Gillespie earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting from Middle Tennessee State University in 2002, and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Tennessee Tech University in 2005.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Vol State Athletic Association Golf Classic August 6


Golfers can tee-up to support athletics at Vol State on Monday, August 6. Individuals and teams can compete for prizes and bragging rights at the twelfth annual Business Credit Reports Athletic Association Golf Classic, benefiting the Volunteer State Athletic Association. 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 athletic equipment and support. 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.

A full range of sponsorship opportunities for the tournament are available. To register a team or for more information, call the Volunteer State College Foundation at 615-230-3526 or email Alison.muncy@volstate.edu

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Vol State in the News

The Tennessean has our news release about new programs coming this fall.

The appointment of a new dean of Social Science and Education spurred this news release in the Tennessean.

A Brentwood website picked up the story of our new fall offerings, including Professional Music.

Our graduation news release focus was adult students, as printed in the Robertson edition of the Tennessean.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Samuel Said Doctorate


Samuel Said from Business and Technology received his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Union University this spring. His dissertation title was: "Pedagogical Best Practices in Higher Education National Centers of Academic Excellence / Cyber Defense Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense." Congrats Samuel!


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Carol Bazenet Master's Degree


Carol Bazenet in Student Services received a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University this spring. Her program focus was “Integrating career competency skills through the utilization of High Impact Practices (HIP) early on in a student’s career at Volunteer State Community College.” Her goal is to develop a campus-wide appreciation among students as to the benefit of career readiness at the community college level through direct and indirect engagement by faculty and staff. Congrats Carol!

Elvis Brandon Doctorate


Elvis Brandon received his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Union University in December. His dissertation title is “The Effectiveness of a Cohort Model as a Predictor of Grade Point Average and Graduation Status of Pre-Health Sciences Students in a Public Community College.” Congrats to Elvis!

Bryant Owens Doctorate


Adjunct Philosophy instructor Bryant Owens received his Humanities/Philosophy doctorate from Faulkner University this spring. The title of the dissertation is "The Role of Caritas in the Hermeneutic of Saint Augustine and its Impact on Philosophical and Theological Hermeneutics." Congratulations Bryant!

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.