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

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

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.