Monday, November 30, 2020

Vol State in the News

You may remember Vol State student Austin Bonebrake. He was the Outstanding Graduate a few semesters ago. He's doing well at WKU now. WBKO TV in Bowling Green has an update.

The P-16 council, organized by Vol State recently recognized people in the community who are supporters of education with the BEST Awards. The Gallatin News has this story about the winners.

We recently issued a news release announcing that our inaugural nursing class had a 100 percent pass rate on their RN licensure. Here is a copy in the Upper Cumberland Business Journal.

Music Department Goes Virtual for Performances

You may have been wondering about the annual Vol State Christmas concert. While the in-person event was canceled the Music Department has been working with students on songs virtually. They will be putting those up on a special You Tube page soon and we will share the link so everyone can enjoy the performances.

And speaking of performances, faculty member and Pianist Nicholas Reynolds will be performing this Friday, December 4 via You Tube. The live stream
recital will feature works for solo piano, and piano with pre-recorded electronics, by composers Franz Schubert, Missy Mazzoli, and Modest Mussorgsky. Click on the YouTube Live link for program details.

Friday, December 4, 2020 at 7:00 PM CST,

Virtual Holiday Celebration Tuesday

Holiday Virtual Festival of Lights
Tuesday, December 1st • 12:30-1:30 PM.
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To ring in the holidays, we will have performances from several Vol State Performance Ensembles. Members from our campus community will also briefly share what this season means to them and how they will remember 2020 and look towards 2021.

Organized by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Department of Performing Arts.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

100 Percent Pass Rate for Nursing Grads

The first group of graduates in the Vol State Nursing program had a perfect pass rate for Registered Nurse licensure. Eighteen of eighteen students took and passed the NCLEX on the first attempt for a pass rate of 100 percent.  NCLEX is the National Council Licensure Examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

"It’s a remarkable achievement considering it’s the first year of the program and even more impressive when you consider that all classes moved online in March due to COVID-19," said Vol State president, Jerry Faulkner. "Congratulations to the students, faculty, and staff on a job well-done."

The two-year degree program offers an A.A.S. in nursing and is preparation to apply and sit for RN licensure. The second class of Nursing students are currently taking hybrid, online and on-ground, courses on the Gallatin and Livingston campuses.  The application cycle for the next cohort will open beginning December 1.  That’s earlier than last year. All applications will be due before April 1 for a summer 2021 start. 

Massive Effort for Huge Food Project

Many Vol State staff members and student volunteers worked together to pull off a major food distribution project at the Vol State campus in Gallatin this week. The Springfield campus participated with student distribution, as well. The Farmers to Families Program is providing food to be distributed each Wednesday through December 23rd. They have approximately 400 boxes to give out each week. It starts in Gallatin with Vol State students at 10am and then opens to the community at 10:30am. Springfield students should contact the Springfield office. Kudos to the Office Of Student Engagement and Support for organizing this expanded food distribution. And thanks to Plant Operations and Campus Police for the support in pulling it off. Student Services has worked since the start of the pandemic to get students food support in new ways. The need is great. You can support the Feed through a donation via the College Foundation. Visit for details.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Student Food Giveaway Now Includes the Community

Vol State is working to keep students and their families fed. A new program is expanding that effort to also help the community. The Gallatin campus will be a pick-up site for a Farmers to Families Program food giveaway each Wednesday through December 23. There will be approximately 400 boxes to give out each week. The distribution will start with Vol State students at 10 a.m. and then, if supplies allow, continue for the public starting at 10:30 a.m. Each box contains two packages of meat, a gallon of milk, cheese, yogurt, or cottage cheese, fruits, and vegetables. Vol State at Springfield is participating for student distribution only. Students should see their email for details.

This is part of an ongoing effort by the Vol State Office of Student Engagement and Support. They have operated the FEED student foodbank for several years. Organizers say the need for food support has increased greatly with Covid-19 economic issues in the last year. The distribution will happen at the campus in Gallatin at 1480 Nashville Pike. Attendees should use the main entrance to the college, with the electronic sign, and look for the posted signs. For more information call 615-230-3492.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Vol State Virtual Event Features Nelson Mandela Jailer

Christo Brand, former prison warden and friend of Nelson Mandela, will share a living testimonial of Mandela’s time in prison and his release. Brand is one of a select few who can offer authentic insights into Mandela’s thoughts, reflections, and hope for humanity. It’s part of International Education Week at Volunteer State Community College and the public is invited to attend.

Brand was Mandela’s warden for twelve years and became a close friend of his – right up until his death in 2013.  At Mandela’s insistence, Brand co-wrote his autobiography titled Doing Life with Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend.  Mandela chose the title of the book. The presentation features slides showing personal letters, notes, and pictures. Participants will then have the opportunity to ask questions. The free event will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, November 17 at 11 a.m. at The International Education program at Vol State includes student study abroad opportunities and special events.

Vol State Veterans Day Events

Honoring the Legacy of Our Veterans:  A Visual Tribute

Tuesday, November 10th • 12:30 PM

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Wednesday, November 11th (Two showings)

11:11 AM

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4:00 PM

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Vol State in the News

Political science professor, Scott McMillan talked to WSMV recently for a story about the elections.

International Education Week at Vol State

International Education Week is coming up at Vol State. Learn about Study Abroad opportunities for students and how you can participate. And join us on Tuesday for a very special guest speaker.

Monday, November 16: Study Abroad Student Information Session at 10 a.m. Zoom, 

Tuesday, November 17: “Nelson Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend – a virtual presentation and discussion with Christo Brand” at 11 a.m. Zoom,

Wednesday, November 18: Faculty International Education Information Session at Noon, Zoom,

Thursday, November 19: Study Abroad Showcase at 11 a.m. Faculty members talk about the experience of Study Aboard. Zoom,