Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Ophthalmic in Guatemala

Vol State Ophthalmic students and faculty are once again working in Guatemala to provide eye exams and glasses for people in a village there. The team saw 90 people on Monday and 191 patients on Tuesday. Here are some pictures they sent.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Book Drive Update

We have an update on the Dr. Seuss themed book drive led by Education program students. They collected more than 300 books, which will be distributed to two local Head Start programs and one day care. Educational Psychology students distributed the books to one of the Head Start locations today. In addition, they read to children to celebrate Read Across America Week. Congrats to students and faculty on a great project!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Landon Crowell Exhibit at Vol State Gallery

The work of Ohio artist Landon Crowell is on display at the Volunteer State Community College Art Gallery. Crowell is the Sculpture and Gallery technician at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where he also completed his B.F.A. in sculpture. Landon said he has spent more than 17 years traveling and living across the United States honing his technical skills and exploring the art making process. He adds that most of the materials for his latest project were scavenged from construction site dumpsters and demo projects from remodeling.

“The work in “Canyons of the Broken and Departed” is a culmination of ideas and material experimentation that I have been working on since 2010, with some elements reaching back as far as 1996,” Crowell said. “It is a map of sorts, of memories long since faded and barely recognizable. Through altered landscapes, realities, memories and materials.”

The Vol State show runs until March 28. The exhibit is free and open to the public. 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.

Pictured: You Shimmed us up to remain true. Without you level has become very elusive. By Landon Crowell

Dunaway Hired as Vol State Financial Aid Director

Donna Dunaway has been hired as the director of Financial Aid at Vol State. She had been assistant director of Financial Aid at Motlow State Community College in Smyrna for nearly nine years.

“I wanted to have the opportunity to have an impact on an institution as director and hopefully, help the college continue to move forward,” Dunaway said. “It’s a great opportunity.”

Long-time director, Sue Pedigo, is working alongside Donna in the transition.

Dunaway has worked in educational financial aid for twenty-four years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration and Supervision from Middle Tennessee State University.

“In the last five years there have been significant changes to financial aid. One of the biggest challenges is keeping up with federal regulations. I often say that financial aid is like trying to pin Jell-O to the wall.”

Monday, February 18, 2019

Carole Bucy Featured in NPT Documentary

Vol State History professor Carole Bucy is featured as a commentator in the new Nashville Public Television documentary, Soldier & Citizen.  It examines how minority groups ‒ specifically African-Americans and women ‒ leveraged their “blood debt” of military service to further their cause for full citizenship. Soldier & Citizen premieres Thursday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. on NPT and will be available for online viewing at and streaming at

Dr. Bucy will also be speaking at an event for the documentary. NPT and the Tennessee State Museum are hosting a free preview event this Saturday, Feb. 23, 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the museum. Reservations are required at Seating will be first come, first served.

The panelists are Dr. Lisa M. Budreau, senior curator of military history at the Tennessee State Museum; Dr. Carole Bucy, professor of history at Volunteer State Community College; Jo Ann McClellan, founder and president of the African American Heritage Society of Maury County; and Dr. Reavis L. Mitchell Jr., professor of history and Dean of the School of Humanities and Behavioral Social Sciences at Fisk University.

This is an extended trailer of the documentary:

Vol State Radio WVCP-FM Celebrates 40 Years

Thousands of students and volunteers have worked at the Vol State radio station over the years. Now WVCP-FM is welcoming back those alumni to celebrate the 40th anniversary of 88.5 FM. An open house will be held on Saturday, March 16 at the studios in the Ramer Building on the Vol State campus in Gallatin. The tours and events run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the latest studios and have lunch at noon. Station Manager Howard Espravnik said he is excited to see the many DJs and students who participated in community broadcasting at WVCP.

“I think it will be a lot of fun to see so many of our former WVCP students and volunteers. When you talk to students that you haven’t seen in many years, it’s always interesting to learn about what types of employment they’ve had and their many accomplishments,” Espravnik said.

WVCP took to the airwaves on January 4, 1979. The groundwork for the station was led by Sammy Parker and Terry Arnold. James Milliner was radio station chief engineer in 1979, in addition to his full-time job in maintenance at the college. He continues today in a part-time role at WVCP. Skip Sparkman was a broadcast instructor at Vol State for many years. In 1983 he was instrumental in getting the station an increase from 300 to 1,000 watts of power. Espravnik arrived at Vol State in 1986 and has been with the station for the more three decades. His work included rebuilding the station after the studios took a direct hit from an F-3 tornado in 2006.

People are asked to register on a web page so the college knows how many people may attend. Visit:

For more information about the WVCP anniversary open house call 615-230-3218.
Here is a look back. The pictures at the end show the damage from the 2006 tornado.

Vol State in the News

A state report reinforced that a large number of Tennessee high school students are not prepared for college. Channel 5 came to campus to talk to Dr. Faulkner about the issue. Here is the story.

The announcement of a new RN Nursing program in Gallatin and Livingston received some coverage. This is the story in the Upper Cumberland Business Journal.

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."