Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vol State Number 21 in Nation on Student Ranking Site has announced that Vol State placed number 21 in the nation, in terms of student satisfaction, for community and junior colleges for its 2013-2014 report. The measurement combines faculty ratings with campus ratings. More than 8,000 colleges and universities are listed on the site. This is the second year in a row that Vol State has placed in the top 25 nationally.
MTV runs the popular website that has more than 15 million ratings. It asks students to rate professors in terms of how helpful they are and how clear they are. Those categories are used to determine an overall quality score. The overall campus score is judged in several categories, including reputation, internet access, food, library, clubs, social life and overall happiness. Vol State scored four out of five for the campus and 3.83 out of five for the average faculty score.
The complete rankings can be found at

Important Nashville Pike Entrance Info for Students

In preparation for our new Humanities Building construction, roadwork and construction fencing placement will begin on December 1st.  Work will be done in phases and this first phase will greatly impact the Nashville Pike campus entrance.  Please be mindful of lane closures and cautious of two-way traffic changes. Safe driving and patience will be greatly appreciated as we implement progressive changes to our Vol State campus. A reminder that you can use the back entrance to the College off of Greenlea or the Gap Blvd. entrance as alternatives.

More details will follow soon. Here's a reminder of what will come of this construction project.

Monday, November 17, 2014

This Week at Vol State

Nov. 17                       International Week- Beverage Day, Cafeteria, 12:30-1:30pm
Nov. 18                       International Week- Union (wedding) Ceremonies display, and Henna tattoos, Nichols Dining Room, 11am to 2pm
Nov. 19                       Honors Lecture: “Cornucopians AND Cassandras”, by Phillip Clifford, Thigpen Library, 12:20pm
Nov. 19                       “Around the World in a Day!”  Students and faculty who have studied abroad with Vol State’s International Education program display items from their journeys, Cafeteria, Noon to 1:30pm
Nov. 19                        Music Department Recitals, Pickel 130, 12:30pm

Nov. 20                        Vanderbilt Humphrey Fellows showcase clothing from their home countries,           Cafeteria, 1:30pm

Nov. 20                         Coffee with the Prez, Cafeteria, 10am-11am

Friday, November 14, 2014

Info about Vol State Weather Closings and Delays

Don't get excited folks, this is an old photo. Let's discuss Vol State weather closings and delays. We are separate from the county school systems in most locations. So, Sumner County Schools could be closed and we could be open. We don't have school buses to worry about, so this is often the case. The best method to find out is through free text alerts. There is a link below to sign-up. If you have already signed up, you don't need to sign up again. You will get the info quickest and straight to your phone via text alerts.

Second best is the Vol State website home page. We also put out the info on Twitter and on the main Vol State Facebook page. It may or may not appear in your news feed, due to Facebook throttling, so if you use Facebook be sure to come directly to this page. You can post on Facebook all day long, asking if we are closed. That is up to you. But don't expect a response. We won't post anything until we actually make the decision to be closed or delayed. Once the decision is made, the posting will go out quickly. In most circumstances we won't post that we will be open. If you don't hear from us, that means classes are on as usual.

Finally, you are in college. It is up to you to decide whether you can attend classes or not. If driving conditions are not safe where you are, and you need to miss a class, you can contact your instructor to make up the work. We want everyone to be safe.

We have separate closings for Highland Crest, Livingston, the Main Campus and the other learning sites.

Here is the text alert link.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Swing the Stress Away: Vol State Offers Table Tennis Course

When building your schedule for the semester, it's important to remember to take at least one class for fun. You'll gain class credit and you won't go crazy from keeping your nose stuck in a book.

What kind of fun class should I take, you ask? Two words: table tennis.

Yes, Vol State offers a table tennis class that meets twice a week every semester for seven weeks. The class, which is listed in the course catalog as PHED 1110, is designed to take students through the fundamentals of the game, offering a study of rules, techniques, and skills of the popular pastime.

"We go over the basic rules and etiquette of the game, as well as the different spins and techniques of playing table tennis. We like to get in some tournament play as well," said adjunct instructor Andy Yarbrough. "We always have a wide range of folks in here. Some people have been playing for years. Others have been playing for just a couple of months, and some have never played before."

First-year student Dustin Cowan signed up for the class after he discovered it was offered. With a full plate of classes that have him putting in a lot of study hours, having something like table tennis is the perfect way for Cowan to relax a little bit during a hectic week of classes.

"There's no homework, no projects, nothing like that, so when I come into this class, I get to do what I want to, plus if a student wants to sharpen their skills or just blow off some steam, this is the class for them. It's a serious class, but it's fun at the same time," he said.

Yarbrough said the class has normally received a lot of positive feedback as a one-hour elective.

While the class might be fun, Yarbrough also said it's a way to teach students about an activity they can keep up for the remainder of their lives.

"This is a course that teaches you a sport you do lifelong. Many sports are tough to play lifelong, but this is something you can stay active with," he said.

The classes tables, Robo-Pong machine, and barriers were all donated to the school by Newgy Industries, Inc., a Gallatin-based table tennis company.

For a look at the class, click on the video below.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Vol State Veterans Recognition Lunch

You don't have to go far at Vol State to find someone who has served their nation in the military. Vol State student, faculty and staff veterans were honored, along with veterans from the community, during a lunch today. The group represented all military branches and service spanning many decades and several wars. 

Kody Sharman, the president of the Vol State Student Veterans of America chapter, explained the symbolism behind the POW-MIA table, traditionally set during any veterans meal. The chair is reserved for all of the service people held behind enemy lines or missing in action. The salt on one of the plates symbolizes the tears family members have shed.
Dr. Faulkner told the group that support of student veterans can come from everyone at Vol State, but especially from faculty and staff veterans. He asked Veterans Affairs Coordinator Ken Hanson to come up with ideas for how to visually show student veterans which faculty and staff members have served, in hopes that they could become mentors, and even just a friendly person to listen to problems, for the students.

We thanks all veterans on this day for their service. 

For more information on Veterans Affairs at Vol State visit the web page.

Artisans' Alliance to Host Poetry Reading

Have a little poet in you? Might want to brush off that notebook and get to speaking, because a poetry reading will be coming to Vol State this week.

Artisans' Alliance will be hosting a poetry reading, "Voice in the Spotlight," on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. in the carpeted dining room of the Wood Campus Center.

The event will offer plenty of free coffee for those who attend, plus artists will be reading their own selections while silhouetted against a screen.

"I feel like it adds an aesthetic that we're trying to go for with something a little more sophisticated, and I don't want people to focus on the speaker. I want them to hear the words they are saying and really take them in," club vice president Michael Clark said.

The unique atmosphere of the poetry reading will hopefully be a comfortable space for students to share their soul, according to Clark.

This is the first poetry reading event Artisans' Alliance has been responsible for, and Clark hopes it's a way to bring Vol State's writing community together.

"I feel like we have a lot of creative writers here, but I feel like they don't have a lot of outlets to share their work," he said.

Since Artisans' Alliance is a club made up of various people that want to further their artistic skills, so  the poetry reading seemed like the perfect fit to try and bring Vol State's art students together.

"We want it to be a club where art students who are actively involved in the community want to change the way things are now and push the art forward. I feel like Vol State's art community really isn't a community. Artisans' Alliance is there to bring those groups together," Clark said.

There are already several students lined up to speak, but it's not to late to submit your work for the reading. The selections that are submitted will be included in a free zine that will be available at the event.

For more information about the event, email Clark at