Monday, February 11, 2019

Health Sciences Programs Join for Simulation

Health Sciences programs had an opportunity to show their stuff last week. They held a Division-wide simulation. The scenario was a person falling down stairs. EMT students responded and transported the patient in the Vol State demonstration ambulance. They took the patient on several more stops, simulating the hospital experience. Along the way MLT, Rad Tech, Ultrasound, Respiratory, Ophthalmic, Dental Assisting, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Health Information students participated in their specialty. The folks in Media Services brought out many cameras and equipment to capture the action. The finished video will be used as a teaching tool for each program.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Dr. Shinde Wins Regional Competition - On to State

Vol State at Livingston Biology professor, Dr. Girija Shinde, was named Middle Tennessee Outstanding Community College Faculty at the regional SOAR competition held last week. SOAR stands for Statewide Outstanding Achievement Recognition Awards. The new competition is organized by TBR and designed to recognize excellence in teaching and education related activities. It's conducted primarily by interviews. Girija was selected by Vol State and then won the regional competition. The next step is a set of statewide interviews at the SOAR meeting on March 19. We wish her the best of luck and are proud that she is representing Vol State so well.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Bryant Owens Article Published

Adjunct faculty member Bryant Owens is published in the Fall 2018 "Journal of Faith and the Academy" with an article titled "The Value of Augustine's Hermeneutic of Caritas in an Age of Secular Epistemology"

This is from the abstract:

"Christian philosophy, particularly the philosophy of hermeneutics, must be founded upon and incorporate the principles of Caritas. Otherwise, the philosophy may follow secular ideas rather than theological ideas. (Caritas is the Latin translation of the New Testament Greek Agape, or love.) While theology can become as misguided as ideology, any philosophy that is Christian must be harmonized with both theological and philosophical disciplines. Augustine's hermeneutic of Caritas seems to offer the right harmony between philosophy and theology. Likewise, this paper desires to show that Augustine's hermeneutic of Caritas is based on this biblical instruction, to love one another as Christ has loved the church. As phenomenology has tried to observe, to understand someone, one must also know that person. The hermeneutic theory unique to Christian philosophy rests in the Greatest Command of love. The Christian mind loves because God loves first. The Christian mind then knows another by loving the other and to know the mind of the text of Scripture requires love from God, the author, and love of God, and love of the text. Therefore, Christian epistemology is echoed in Augustine's hermeneutic of Caritas as the unique contribution to the academic discipline of philosophy."