Monday, April 20, 2015

Registration Open for Maymester and Summer Classes - New Classes

Summer classes at Vol State are coming up soon and there are several alternatives to choose from, to fit busy summer schedules. Registration is open now.  The first option is called Maymester. Those classes start May 8 and end May 29. Each class usually meets for a few hours every weekday. The main summer session starts on May 30 and lasts until August 8. But students can also take summer classes that run for the first five weeks of the summer session, starting on May 30 and for the second five weeks, starting on July 6. Classes are offered in person, online and in a wide variety of subject areas. Students home from university for the summer often take Vol State classes that can apply to their university degree.

A new Maymester course this year is POLS 1030-American Government and Politics. It’s a way for students to get ahead in their college requirements with a quick, intensive session. New classes this summer with different intensive schedules include English 2300, Creative Writing, which will be offered in a three-week course from June 1-June 19, 8 a.m.-11 a.m.  It’s a hands-on workshop in writing original poetry, songs, short fiction, non-fiction, and drama. The course will include local field trips, talks with visiting writers, and some online lessons. The class counts as a Vol State Humanities elective. The course Social Problems will also be offered Monday through Friday for the first 3 weeks of June. The general education goal of this course is to provide information which enables students to identify, analyze, and understand the sociological perspectives on social problems.

Visit  for the summer class schedules and for information on how to apply and register. New students will need to fill out an application, which can be done online. Students can also visit the Admissions Office in person at the Ramer Building on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The phone number for Admissions is 615-230-3688.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring Career Fair Features Soft-Skill Tips April 22

Experience and a resume can only get you so far in a job search. The interview process is an important step, and for many people the so called “soft-skills” needed to do well in an interview can seem mystifying. Volunteer State Community College will be offering soft-skill tips at the Spring Job Career Fair on Wednesday, April 22. All job seekers are invited to attend.
 “People really appreciate hands-on advice when it comes to the interview process,” said Rick Parrent, director of Career Placement at Vol State. “We’ll have coaches providing tips for what may seem like simple things: hand shaking, tie tying, dressing for success and cultural competency awareness.”
 Attendees will also be able to get information about using a Linked-In web page in their job search. Representatives from dozens of area employers will be on hand at the fair. The fair provides an opportunity for job seekers to talk directly with the people responsible for hiring. Participants are encouraged to bring several copies of their resumes.  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 will be held in the gym at the Pickel Field House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Student Art Show Kicks Off Next Week

Michael Clark finishes matting his pieces for the show.
Want to check out what your fellow Vol State art students have been up to this year? 

Rio McKaskle works on her final pieces for the show.
Be sure to stop by the Ramer Administration Building next Friday, May 1, from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. for the opening reception to see the selected work from this year's group of students. There will be refreshments.
Amberly McFarlane and Meagan Lee work on matting a photograph.
If you don't get a chance to stop by for the reception, the work will remain up through the end of the semester.
Issac Wix completes matting of one of his pictures.

Important Gallatin Construction Update - Road Closed Permanently

Due to construction needs, the loop road around campus (Howard George Blvd) will be permanently closed, starting this Saturday, April 18, between the Wood Campus Center and the Thigpen Library.  This effectively cuts the road in two and will not allow for through access for vehicles. This will have several impacts for students, faculty, staff and visitors:
-People driving who wish to access the Pickel Field House (east) side of campus will need to enter at Enterprise Drive or Gap Blvd. You will no longer be able to travel from the west side of campus to the east side of campus, without using Nashville Pike.
-People driving who use the Enterprise Drive entrance to campus will only be able to travel to the east side of campus. Those who normally enter at Enterprise Drive and travel to the west side of campus (Caudill Hall, Ramer) will need to use the Nashville Pike entrance.
-Anyone wishing to drive from one end of campus to the other will need to use Nashville Pike

Construction work on the new loop road is ongoing. It is expected to be completed in early May. Until then, we appreciate your patience. The new Humanities Building will be a great asset to campus.

Celebrate Earth Day April 22

Celebrate Earth Day next week. Jeff Barrie, will be the guest speaker for Vol State Earth Day at 1pm on Wednesday April 22. His presentation is called "People Power". There will also be a showing of two of his movies for Earth Day. The movie "Kilowatt Ours" will be shown on Monday April 20 at 12:30 in the carpeted dining room. This is an award winning film that promotes energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy. They will also show Barrie’s movie "Arctic Quest" on Wednesday, April 22nd at 11am in the carpeted dining room.
Here's the full Earth Day week line-up:

Monday ~ "Kilowatt Ours" feature film 12:30-1:30pm - Carpeted dining room

Tuesday ~ Coal's Dirty Little Secrets 11am-12pm - Carpeted dining room

Wednesday ~ EARTH DAY CELEBRATION 11am-2pm, outside in Duffer Plaza or Wood Campus Ctr.
11am – 12pm "Arctic Quest" feature film
12pm - 1pm Poetry and acoustic music
1pm - 2pm JEFF BARRIE - guest speaker
Prizes, giveaways, FREE FOOD, plant sale, poster presentations, sidewalk art,
live music, & fun guaranteed

Thursday ~ "Dirt! The Movie" feature film 12:45-1:15pm - Carpeted Dining Room

Friday ~ ARBOR DAY- Tree planting- 1:15-1:45pm – Outside Warf Building
    In dedication to Nancy Morris & Richard Harville

**Bring your aluminum cans for recycling this to register for prize

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Overwhelmed in College? This Could Help

Overwhelmed in college? Worried About Everything? We have a special Vol State student BOOT CAMP that can help. It will be held on May 18, 19, & 20 from 8:30am – 4:00pm
Learn how to:
• Use Vol State Technology
• Manage Your Time
• Power Study
• Improve Memory
• Pass Tests
INTERESTED? Contact Toni Murad at 615-230-4757 or

Monday, April 13, 2015

Dream Come True: Former Student Starts Magazine in Oregon

Holly Feral (photo by Eve White)
Sometimes all you need is a good foundation and discovering where your niche is.

Former Vol State student Holly Feral found that foundation while at Vol State, and she's now putting her skills to use with a special publication of her own creation in Portland, Ore.

Driftwood is a quarterly travel and culture magazine exploring the vegan lifestyle around the world. The magazine recently completed its $25,000 Kickstarter campaign, raising nearly $28,000 to see the the project through. The first issue is expected to be released in July.

Feral, who eventually moved to the Pacific Northwest following her time at Vol State, saw a need for a magazine that celebrates and explores the vegan communities of the world, so Driftwood was born.

"Most vegan publications are really targeted at people who are not vegan. They're really targeted towards people who are thinking about becoming vegan, so they're more focused on convincing you to be vegan. There really aren't a lot of magazines focused on people who are already living the lifestyle," Feral said.

While at Vol State from 2003 to 2006, Feral studied journalism. She had her hand in all three of the college's student publications. She wrote for The Settler, was editor-in-chief of The Pioneer, and headed up the resurrection of Squatters' Rites. Those experiences editing the magazines and writing for the paper helped Feral get a strong handle on the skills needed to see publications through to the end product.

"I really enjoyed being able to find other really talented people and figure out what they were really talented at and help them shine," she said.

Those important skills learned at Vol State helped her get where she is now as editor-in-chief of Driftwood, which she called a dream come true.

"My dream in life has always been to write a publication, to travel, and to use my storytelling to bring people together. It was a really exciting time at Vol State, and it really made me value all of the fundamentals of journalism and the excitement of journalism. Vol State was integral to my development," she said.

For more on Feral's new magazine, visit Driftwood's site. Visit Driftwood's Kickstarter page to find out more about the campaign.