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 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.