Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ramer Speech Contest Winners

Wednesday April 16, 2014, The Communication Department hosted the Hal R. Ramer Speech Contest. Dr. Hal Ramer was the founding president of Vol State. The contest was named in his honor to celebrate the achievements of students who share a passion for public speaking. The contest recognizes the outstanding public speaking skills of the Vol State students. The contest is presented each spring at Vol State.

1st Heather Thompson “The Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language”
2nd Maryanna First “The Harmful Effects of Hereditary Mutated Genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2”
3rd Stevie Hewgley “Donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charity”

Pictured from left to right: Heather Thompson, Maryanna First, and Stevie Hewgley.

Stay on Track to University - Use Tennessee Transfer Pathways

Stay on Track. Take the Classes You Need. Save Money. Graduate Earlier. Use Tennessee Transfer Pathways as one way to plan your college and university career. They can show you exactly what classes you need to take for a particular major, transferring from Vol State to a state or private university. Make sure your credits transfer for your degree. Here are the details.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Take Charge of Your College Career

Stay on track. Take the classes you need. Save money. Graduate earlier. How do you do it? Meet regularly with your academic advisor. Still having trouble? See the folks in the Advising Center in Ramer 174 or ask at the front desk of Livingston and Highland Crest. Use Degree Works on My Vol State to see what classes you will need for your degree. It's free and every student has access. It's under the academics tab and in the quick links.Take charge of your college career!

If you need help with Degree Works visit or call the Advising Center. 615-230-3702.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Vol State Career Fair Wednesday, April 23

A resume is only one tool in a job search these days. Online services, such as the LinkedIn business networking website, can be just as important. The Spring Job Career Fair at Volunteer State Community College will feature one-on-one help to show job seekers how to sign-up for LinkedIn and use the service in their search. The LinkedIn assistance will be available throughout the Job Fair.

Of course, the primary draw for the event is that dozens of employers will be on hand. All job seekers are invited to attend. Participants are encouraged to bring several copies of their resumes. The fair provides an opportunity for job seekers to talk directly with the people responsible for hiring at many area companies. There will also be a special session for military veterans called “Vets Next Steps” from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Pickel Field House room 130A. The discussion will focus on transitioning from the military to the civilian workforce. There is still space available at the fair for recruiters and businesses. They should visit for details.

The Spring Job Career Fair is free and open to all job seekers. It will be held in the gym at the Pickel Field House on Wednesday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vol State is located at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. For more information call 615-230-3307.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Vol State Events for this Week

Vol State Events April 14-20

Tuesday, April 15
Spring Honors Night, Nichols Dining Room, 6pm, for Honors Program members as well as students who are interested in the Honors Program

Wednesday, April 16
Lecture: “Hispanic Immigration: Misconceptions and Truths”, by Jaime Sanchez, Mattox 104, 12:20pm

Honors Student Presentations, Nichols Dining Room, 12:20pm

Music Department show at the Whippoorwill on the Square in Gallatin, 6:30pm

Thursday, April 17
Coffee with the Prez, Cafeteria, 10am-11am

Spring Fling, Plaza and Library Lawn, 10am to 2pm

Pre-Nursing Advising Session with Belmont University, Warf 110, 12:45pm

Friday, April 18
Campus Closed and no classes for Good Friday

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bluegrass Jamboree at Vol State on Saturday

The third annual Sumner County Bluegrass Jamboree is coming to Volunteer State Community College on Saturday, April 12 and everyone is invited to enjoy the free performances and competitions. The event is hosted by Vol State as part of the Bluegrass Music degree emphasis at the college. 

The competition begins at noon and people can sign up the morning of the competition, starting at 10 a.m.. Categories include: 

Beginner Fiddle (15 and under) 
Junior Fiddle (16-39)
Senior Fiddle (40 and up)
Beginner Guitar (15 and under)
Guitar (16 and up)
Beginner Mandolin (15 and under)
Mandolin (16 and up)
Beginner Banjo (15 and under)
Banjo (16 and up)
Beginner Dobro (15 and under)
Dobro (16 and up)              
Bluegrass Band  ($25 entry fee due day of competition)

Registration is $10 for instrumentalists and $25 for bands. The competitions are open to everyone. Sign-up will be held the day of the event starting at 10 a.m. There will be monetary prizes based on the number of registrations in each category and judging by bluegrass veterans. The public is invited to watch the players square off.

"Bluegrass music is inherently competitive, as it's often up tempo, always energetic, and the players are truly unplugged, forcing them to play with commitment and stamina,” said Vol State assistant professor Ben Graves, who organizes the event and runs the Bluegrass Program. “Bluegrass players play their instruments a lot, so there's an engrained spirit of competition in the tradition.”

The Jamboree will also feature jamming and free concerts in the afternoon. 

"Bluegrass musicians take their tradition very seriously and it comes through in the music,” Graves said.  “Most music lovers, or folks that value musicianship, usually find something to like or enjoy in the Bluegrass tradition because it's about as real as music gets.” 

The Sumner County Bluegrass Jamboree will be held from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. There is plenty of free parking. For more information visit  or call 615-452-8600, extension 2936.

Attention Students - Name Changes for Fall Business Classes

For those of you registering for fall classes, the Business Division has changed the names of several courses. Please be aware of these changes before you go to look for fall classes:

Business Division Course Renaming – Effective Fall 2014
Original Course Number & Name
Revised Course Number & Name
BUS 155* Business Mathematics
BUSN 1320* Business Calculations
BUS 100* Job Readiness
BUSN 1000* Job Readiness
BUS 110* Introduction to Business
BUSN 1305* Introduction to Business
BUS 111* Keyboarding with Word Processing
BUSN 1302* Keyboarding with Word Processing
BUS 200T* Information Resources in Business
BUSN 200T* Information Resources in Business
BUS 222* Business Communications
BUSN 1310* Business Communications
BUS 251* Business Law
BUSN 2370* Legal Environment of Business
BUS 276T* Selected Problems in Business
BUSN 276T* Selected Problems in Business
MGT 120* Supervision Principles
BUSN 1380* Supervisory Management
MGT 200* Project Design and Management
BUSN 2385* Project Design and Management
MGT 264* Human Resources in Management
BUSN 2340* Human Resource Management
MKT 110* Principles of Marketing
BUSN 2380* Principles of Marketing
INFS 150* Microcomputer Spreadsheets
BUSN 1370* Spreadsheet Applications
BUS 280* Cooperative Work Experience
BUSN 2395* Business Applications