Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Extreme Office Makeover: Student Remodels Area Children's Services Facilities

Anna, Ken, and Parker Wilson
Anna Wilson has a heart for children, and she's putting that love into action with her work in Vol State's Early Childhood Education program. Recently, Wilson performed a makeover on the waiting rooms in two area children's services facilities by providing a place where kids can be kids.

As part of Wilson's assignment in her initial Early Childhood Education practicum, she was required to remodel a center in an early childhood setting. As a foster mom and someone who runs an in-home daycare, Wilson saw a need for something different in the waiting rooms of area facilities. To meet that need, Wilson decided to contact the Cheatham County Department of Children's Services with an idea to make the waiting room a more inviting space for the many children who go in and out of the building all day.

"I felt like it was a great opportunity to do something outside the box. I had been in several different meetings where all of the children were required to be there and they were going insane," she said.
The office before the makeover.

Starting at the Cheatham County office, Wilson cleaned out the toy box, reorganized things, and separated the toys based on age. She then added puzzles, art sets, workbooks, stuffed animals, and a calm-down kit. A "cozy corner" was also added to encourage parental involvement.

"There was nothing set up in a way that promoted play or helped them become comfortable in that room. It's supposed to be a visitation room with parents, and the room was not set up in a way that was conducive to encourage parental involvement with the children at all," she said.

The office after things were added and tidied up.
The remodeled waiting room was so successful, Wilson performed a second makeover at the Robertson County office. The project's success gave Wilson the chance to practice what she was learning in her classes, which is something instructor Penny Duncan was hoping for when she assigned the project to her students.

"It demonstrates that she's an advocate for young children. She has compassion and integrity that's above and beyond a lot of students that I see. It shows that she wants to make a difference in the community that she lives in to help kids," Duncan said.

For Wilson, the chance to make a difference in the lives of any child is worth the work she put into the project.

More materials added to the waiting room.
"I felt like this project was really special to me, because it's something that needed to be done. It was something I was proud to do, and I knew it would affect children that were in my home directly, and that's a really cool feeling," she said.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Don't Be a Statistic - Commit to College Completion

Does it seem like you are falling behind in your classes? Have you considered dropping out?
College isn’t easy. Many community college students drop out. Don’t be a statistic. You can do this and we will help you each step of the way. Your goal and our goal is the same and it’s simple: graduation. You need to get that certificate or degree. Here are some tips on how to do it:
Get focused and stay on track: Meet with your academic advisor at least once a semester. Pick a major and a degree plan as soon as you can. Take only the classes you need for your degree. How do you do that? Take charge of your college career with free tools, such as DegreeWorks and College Scheduler. You’ll find them on your My Vol State page.
Keep going:  Community college students face a real challenge with time. The longer college takes, the less chance you have of graduating. Does that mean you can’t do it as a part-time student? Of course not, but it’s best to take multiple classes each semester. Clearly, you don’t want to get overwhelmed by taking more classes than you can handle. We know its tough balancing work, family and school. Still, the quicker you get through college, the better chance you have of succeeding. Consider online courses and summer courses, but first speak with your academic advisor.
Don’t give up, if you run into problems. Visit the Advising Center for help. Is life getting in the way of college? They will have ideas on how you can keep going to school. The Vol State Advising Center can be reached at 615-230-3702. It’s in the Ramer Administration building, room 174, in Gallatin. You can also ask for advising help at the front desks of Livingston and Highland Crest.
Get free academic help. Is there one particular class that you can’t seem to pass? (We all have that one class.) Make sure you get extra help. Many courses have free Supplemental Instruction study groups. The college also has free help with papers and speeches in the Language Center and free help with Math in the Learning Commons. Smarthinking provides free online tutoring in many subjects.  Did you notice that we keep saying “free”? Here's a list: College Success Zone
Graduation is the goal. Whether you want to get a job after graduating with a career degree from Vol State or transfer to a college or university for a four-year degree, the common goal is graduation.

You can do this. We will help.

      Commit to college completion.

Thanksgiving Week Schedule

There will be no Vol State classes held on Wednesday, November 25, but Vol State will be open for business during normal hours. The whole college will be closed November 26, 27 and 28 for Thanksgiving. We hope that everyone has safe travels and a wonderful holiday.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Homecoming Events Today and Saturday

Plenty happening on the Gallatin campus today and Saturday for Homecoming and for other events:
Coffee with the PREZ
Today- 11/19/15
Wood, Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room
Today- 11/19/15
Wood, Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room
*Join the Vol State Cheerleaders for refreshments and Basketball team introductions*
Evening Services Presents- Clearly You Crystals
Today- 11/19/15
Wood, Cafeteria
Don’t forget- HOMECOMING GAMES this Saturday, November 21, 2015.
Women’s game at 2:00PM
Men’s game at 4:00PM
Get your FREE raffle ticket at the door for a chance to win a GoPro camera during each halftime!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

No Tobacco or Vape Anywhere on any Campus in 2016

After January 1, 2016, Volunteer State Community College will prohibit the use of tobacco on any campus property for all students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors. The use of tobacco and vaping (e-cigarette) products will be prohibited in college buildings and on college grounds, including parking areas, walkways and buildings.  This does include any vehicles located on campus property on campus locations in Gallatin, Springfield and Livingston. 
Prohibited products include:

·         Cigarettes
·         Cigars
·         Tobacco Chew or Snuff
·         Clove Cigarettes
·         Electronic Cigarettes (Vaping)
·         And all other products that are smokable substances and/or use tobacco
The tobacco-vape-free policy is a part of Vol State’s commitment to creating a healthy and sustainable environment for all members of our campus community and is designed to be positive and health directed.  Individuals noticing violations of the policy should strive to be non-confrontational and respectful to tobacco or vape users when communicating our policy.  Additionally, tobacco or e-cigarette users are expected to adhere to the policy and likewise be respectful to the remainder of campus.  Enforcement of the policy will be achieved primarily through education, awareness and a spirit of cooperation.
Vol State is not requiring faculty, staff and students to quit using tobacco products; however, we do expect the policy to be followed while on Vol State property, and we are offering support to our students and employees who wish to stop using prohibited products. 

For more information and tips on how to stop using tobacco, please visit

Monday, November 16, 2015

Vol State Homecoming and Other Events this Week

This week at Vol State. It's Homecoming!
Nov. 17 International Education: Around the World in a Day, international displays, Nichols Dining Room 12:45pm-1:45pm
Nov. 18 Spoken Word Poetry: Asia Project, Nichols Dining Room, 12:45pm
Nov. 19 Coffee with the PREZ, Cafeteria, 9am-10am
Nov. 19 Clearly You: free 3-D image in crystal for all students, Nichols Dining Room, 1pm to 7pm
Nov. 19 The Psychology of Race, panel discussion, Thigpen Library, 1pm
Nov. 19 Homecoming Pep Rally, Cafeteria, 12:45pm
Nov. 21 Homecoming Basketball Games, Pickel Field House, 2pm and 4pm

Friday, November 13, 2015

Current TN Promise Students: December 1 Deadline to Stay Eligible

Current TN Promise Students: Many of you have not turned in your community service hours for this semester. You have to do it every semester. Community Service you did last summer does not count. You need eight new hours and must file it online by December 1. You will be dropped from the TN Promise program if you don't complete the community service requirement and file it by December 1. Please, take this seriously and get it done. We want to see everyone back this spring! Here is the link to file your hours.