Thursday, August 27, 2015

September 2015 Vol State Events Calendar

Ongoing          Faculty Art Exhibition, Thigpen Gallery and Ramer Great Hall, through October 5

Sept. 1             Welcome Day and Commit to Completion Signing, Highland Crest, 10am to 1pm

Sept. 2             Welcome Day and Commit to Completion Signing, Livingston, 10am to 1pm         

Sept. 7             Labor Day Holiday, all locations closed

Sept. 8             Cycling 101- How Do I Get Started?, Vol State Bike Club, Nichols Dining, Noon

Sept. 9             Intramural Soccer Sign-ups, Library Lawn, 2pm

Sept. 9            Coffee with the Prez. Cafeteria, 10am-11am

Sept. 10           Commit to Completion Signing, Cafeteria, 10am to 1pm

Sept. 10           Belmont University Nursing Info, Warf Room 110, 12:45pm-2:10pm

Sept. 11           Harvest Moon Soiree, Bluegrass Country Club, 5:30pm, tickets $75, Foundation

Sept. 12           TN Promise Sign-Up Event, campus-wide, 8am, RSVP to

Sept. 15, 16     Career Readiness Symposiums, all students invited, Caudill Hall, 12:45-2:10pm

Sept. 16           Hispanic Heritage Quiz Bowl, Cafeteria, 12:45pm

Sept. 17           Constitution Day, Speech and Election 2016, Thigpen Library, 1pm

Sept. 17           Cumberland Nursing Info Session, Warf 110, 12:45-2:10pm

Sept. 17           TN Promise Sign-Up Event, campus-wide, 5pm, RSVP to

Sept. 18           Movie Night: Avengers Age of Ultron, Library Lawn or Pickel, Dusk (6:45pm)

Sept. 22           Motivational Speaker: Odell Bizzell, Nichols Dining Room, 12:45pm

Sept. 23           Fall Job Career Fair, Pickel Field House, 10am-1pm

Sept. 23           Sumner County College Night, Pickel Field House, 6pm to 8pm

Sept. 29           Open Mic- Students Perform, Library Second Floor, 12:45-2:10pm

Sept. 29           TN Promise Sign-Up Event, Highland Crest, 5pm, RSVP to

Sept. 30           Employee Benefits Fair, Ramer Great Hall, 10am-3pm

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

If You are Offered Supplemental Instruction (SI) Use It

Some classes at Vol State have the free option of Supplemental Instruction or SI. If you have a class that offers SI, you should take the opportunity. SI can help you do better in the class and SI sessions are usually held for the harder classes.
Supplemental Instruction provides students study support with a peer who has completed and earned a B+ or higher in the course. SI Leaders attend class sessions with the students and hold two 50 minute study sessions outside of class. SI is currently offered in courses such as anatomy and physiology, chemistry, history, Spanish and many others. Students who attend SI are more likely to complete the course successfully and earn up to a full letter grade improvement. Visit the SI web page to learn more about the courses served by SI, and the SI Leader contact information by course.
Do yourself a favor...if you have the option of taking SI sessions- do it!
Here is more info about the program:

Monday, August 24, 2015

Tips for Dropping and Adding Classes

Making changes to your schedule? Here are some tips.
Students will be able to drop and add classes through My Vol State until the end of the day Tuesday, August 25th.  
Beginning on Wednesday, August 26th, you can still drop classes online but you will need to submit a signed DROP/ADD/WITHDRAWAL FORM to add full-term classes. (You will be able to add second seven weeks, second five week, and third five-week classes online.) 
Students will continue to be able to drop classes online until the end of the day Friday, August 28th.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tips for Parking and Driving on the Gallatin Campus

It's time to get ready for classes...and for new students that means getting to class. You have a choice of three entrances to get onto the Gallatin campus. We point out that the back entrance, off of Greenlea, is still the least crowded. We also have expanded parking there, probably the easiest on campus. The good news is that road work should be done for the most part, so returning students can expect less construction issues. New students: do yourself a favor and print up a map to spot your classes. Everyone should give extra time the first week of classes to find your perfect parking spot. 

Be sure to check your class locations in My Vol State before you come to class. They have been changing quite a bit lately due to so many new students this semester. They automatically update in My Vol State when they do change.

See you next week!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Important Info for Students About Vol State Text Messages

Vol State is changing its text messaging systems to better help students stay in touch with important information. We will be sending you test messages on each system on Thursday, August 20.
We now have two separate texting systems.
The first is probably familiar to continuing students, as we have been using it for several years. It is emergency text alerts for weather situations, campus closings, campus delays, traffic issues etc. We call it Vol State Text Alerts.
The change is that all registered students who have a cell phone on record with the college are now automatically signed-up for this system. However, you can opt-out of these texts at any time by simply texting STOP to any text we send. Just make sure it’s what you really want to do. Text Alerts are the quickest way to find out about campus closings and delays.
New Texting System
All registered students are also now automatically signed-up for a new texting system called VS Student Texts.

This service will text you once or twice a week with important college information: when fees are due, when to check for financial aid notifications, when priority registration opens for you. You are automatically signed-up for this system if you have a cell phone on record with the college. However, you can opt-out of these texts at any time by simply texting STOP to any text we send.
I don’t have a cell phone on record with Vol State or I wish to change the number listed
You can still be signed-up for these texts services by simply adding your cell phone number to the college system. It’s easy to do. Visit My Vol State and click on Personal Information. You will see a click for change addresses and phones.
You can update your information in My Vol State if you change phone numbers and it will be automatically updated in our system within a day or two.
You can also access dashboards for both texting systems on your My Vol State page. You can access the dashboards using your current My Vol State credentials.
It is important that you realize which text service you are canceling if you decide to do so. We really encourage all students to keep both.
If you have questions or need help, please contact the Vol State PR office at


Vol State Welcomes Back Middle College Students

Lucas Hissam, left, and Brandon Street, right.
Lucas Hissam and Brandon Street were not fans of high school. They were essentially bored with their studies, and they wanted something a bit more challenging. 
"We just didn't fit in in that kind of atmosphere," Hissam said.
That's where the Sumner County Middle College High School at Vol State came in. Sumner County Middle College is a collaboration between Sumner County Schools and Volunteer State Community College that offers high school juniors and seniors the chance to take dual-enrollment courses that culminate in a degree. This semester marks the beginning of the second year of the program.
Middle College students are in the middle of their Supplemental Instruction Boot Camp, which is led by Vol State's SI instructors. It gives students a chance to transition from high school or the break in between classes back into the daily grind of classes before they begin their new semester. 
Both Hissam and Street are returning students entering their senior year as Middle College students. After graduation, Hissam plans on furthering his education in mechanical engineering, while Street plans on going into neuroscience. Since both of those fields require an ample amount of schooling, they both figured it was worth getting a head start on college by becoming Middle College students.
"I thought it would be stupid to not take advantage of essentially two free years of college and get our associate's degree," Street said.
That's the goal of the whole program, according to principals Brad Schreiner and Betsy Hunter. 
"It's an exciting program for students. They come to us for a lot of reasons. A lot of times they're just tired of high school. They want more challenge. Some of them want to be doctors and they want to get a jump on that type of program, because it takes a long time to be a doctor. They're able to get a two-year jump on that," Hunter said.

This year's program features 50 students, 32 of which are returning seniors. There were 19 graduates of Sumner County Middle College last year, and 14 are returning to Vol State to finish out their associate's degree as part of the Tennessee Promise program.
"I think that shows they liked Vol State well-enough that they decided to stay here and finish their degree," Schreiner said.
Click the link for more information on Sumner County Middle College.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Six Tips for New Students

Welcome new Vol State students. Here are six things that can make your life a bit easier:
       -Double-check your class schedule to make sure that you don’t have conflicts.
2.      -Make sure that you don’t have online classes, unless you want them.  The sections that are online include: CO#, R## and H##.
3.      -If you have a class that says Livingston, Highland, Cookeville or McGavock for location, those are other campuses, not buildings on the Gallatin campus.
4.      -Print up a campus map and figure out where your classes will be held.
5.      -Get to campus early on the first few days to find parking and to find your way around.
If you are having any issues you can call or visit the Advising Center this week for help. They are in Ramer 174 or by phone at 615-230-3702. You can also talk to an Advisor at Highland and Livingston. Check-in at the front desk.

If you have a class that has includeED course materials, including books, don’t worry about ordering those. They are included in your course fees and you will pick them up on the first day of class, in class. For online students they will be e-books that you can use starting the first day of classes, August 24. Your instructor can answer more questions about the includeED program on the first day of class. The basic message is this: you are set, don’t worry about books for your includeED class.
For those students who do not have an includeED class: it’s only done in some classes. It simply means that books and materials are included in the course fees. You may have a class like this in the future.