Monday, November 25, 2019

Health Sciences at Career Exploration Fair in Nashville

Several Vol State Health Sciences programs attended the 11th Annual Metro Nashville Public Schools "My Future, My Way" Career Exploration Fair, sponsored by Alignment Nashville and the Nashville Hub.  The career fair is an interactive, hands-on professional exploration opportunity for more than 5,000 high school freshmen. It was held at the Music City Center last week.

Vol State faculty members from Respiratory Care, Radiologic Technology,  EMS/Paramedic, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Sleep Diagnostic Technology were in attendance to provide program information for students interested in a career in Health Sciences.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Vol State in the News

A new data center in Sumner County will also mean a partnership with the college for an apprentice program. The Gallatin News has the story.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Craft Artists Exhibit at Vol State Art Gallery

The work of eight craft artists is now on display at the Vol State Art Gallery. Artists include: Chase Gamblin from Bloomington, IN; David Mcbeth from Martin, TN; Amanda Ross from Spencer, IN; Paula Bowers from Asheville, NC; Jay Replogle from Sparta, TN; Abraham Pardee from Sparta, TN; Linda Kieu Phuong Tien from Bloomington, IN, and Russ Jacobsohn from Sparta, TN. The displays are in a variety of style and media, including: fibers, metals, wood, and clay. Most of the artists are from Tennessee or have Tennessee ties. The show runs from November 13 until December 10. There will be a reception for the artists at the Gallery on November 23 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 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: Menorah by Abraham Pardee.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Vol State in the News

Vol State joined the Nashville Technology Council in a grant request that was recently awarded to the tune of $1 million. The Vol State portion will be used to pay for some student IT certification testing and programs for faculty members. The Nashville Post has this story.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Tim Amyx Named to AACRAO Board of Directors

The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) is an organization representing admissions, records, and enrollment management professionals. Tim Amyx, Vol State Director of Admissions and College Registrar, has been named to the AACRAO Board of Directors. He has been involved in the association since 2005 and held many state and national positions. In his new role as Vice President at Large, he will be tackling a number of projects. He has been participating in national lobbying for the organization and that role will continue.

“I’ve been able to participate in Hill Days activities in Washington D.C. for college and university issues, specifically reverse transfer and the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act,” Amyx said. “There hasn’t been a formal reauthorization in some time. Much like the budget, they just keep extending it rather than instituting any real change.”

The College Affordability Act, introduced in the House of Representatives a few weeks ago, would provide that change. One measure included is the Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act, which AACRAO says would “create a new exemption under FERPA and facilitate a four-year institution’s ability to share an education record with the two-year institution where a student was previously enrolled for the purpose of evaluating whether between the two institutions the student has enough credits for a credential from the community college.  The student must still provide consent that they would want the credential.”

Student success is another topic Amyx will be working on.

“I am Co-Chair and Board Sponsor for a student success whitepaper which looks at best practices for student success,” he said. “My next project will be a working group for mentoring and succession planning in the admissions and records world. In the next few years there will be a massive number of retirements in those areas.” This is a link to that paper.

AACRAO has more than 11,000 members in the United States and countries world-wide.

More info on the House College Affordability Act. 

P-16 BEST Awards

The North Central P-16 Council recently announced the 2019 BEST (Businesses Empowering Students and Teachers) Award winners. The BEST Award celebrates the accomplishments of community leaders, business owners, and entrepreneurs. It recognizes those who share knowledge and expertise, advocate, and foster student success in pre-K through postsecondary education. The P-16 Council is made up of area secondary school educators, higher education leaders and business people. It is led by Volunteer State Community College. The goal of P-16 is to promote the relationship between education and the value of work, develop a highly trained workforce, and create a culture of lifelong learning by positively impacting student success through awareness, advocacy, and action. The BEST Award winners were honored by the Council at the October meeting. The 2019 award winners are left to right: Susan Peach, Sumner Regional Medical Center, for Sumner County; Lindsay Johnston, representing James Woodcock, Fleetwood Homes, for Macon County; Timothy Dowell, Electrolux Home Products, NA, for Robertson County; Michael Towns, DVM Trousdale County Veterinary Services, for Trousdale County; and Vol State president, Jerry Faulkner. Honorees not pictured: W.P. Bone, III, Wilson County Motors; and Robert “Bob” McDonald, Cedar Stone Bank; both for Wilson County.

Vol State in the News

A moving tribute to former Vol State student Lexus Williams capped a domestic violence event on campus last week. Faculty and students organized the event with Gallatin Homesafe. John Cross with the Gallatin News has this story.