Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Former Globetrotter Hired as Vol State Women’s Basketball Coach

Otis Key is the new women’s basketball coach at Volunteer State Community College. He comes most recently from South Warren High School in Kentucky, where he was boys’ varsity assistant and freshmen coach.
“We had a lot of quality applicants,” said Vol State athletic director, Bobby Hudson. “I took the time to find the right one. I think Otis will do a great job. He has player development experience. He’s also a former player for the Harlem Globetrotters.”
“I spent ten great seasons within the Harlem Globetrotters organization,” Key said. “I had many roles. I think that experience, in many different areas, helps me in my coaching, not to mention all of the great coaches I worked for.”
Key coached for the American Basketball Association Kentucky Bison and the Continental Basketball Association Bowling Green Hornets. He is currently working with the Vol State team to get ready for the upcoming season.
“I’ve talked to all of our players. I’m excited to meet them and begin watching them play. I think this team has a lot of potential. We have our nucleus coming back and an all-American, Jenise Davis, coming back.”
The Vol State Lady Pioneers will hold scrimmages in October and kick-off their season on November 1 in the Vestle “Pops” Hudson Classic at Vol State versus Wabash Valley. For the complete schedule visit

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Checklist for New Students

Welcome new Vol State students. Here are five 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 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.

Laser-focus paves way for final year

With just one week remaining until classes begin, returning Volunteer State Community College student Courtney Young is eager to get her final year as a Pioneer underway.

The Gordonsville student is excited for her second year at Vol State, mainly because she will finally be getting a chance to take the nursing courses she has been itching to take since she arrived on campus last year.
"This is really my time to focus on getting those electives done, so I can get all my credits," Young said.
And staying focused is exactly what Young plans to do as she makes the final preparations for the start of what she imagines will be a great school year.
"I'm trying to get everything done. I'm really excited to get through all of my science classes before I finally transfer," she said.
Young said she initially chose to attend Vol State because she had friends who told her it was an easy way to transition themselves into the world of higher education. Being able to take her freshman year and get much of her general education courses out of the way has positioned Young to get a head start on the remainder of her college career.
"It's a lot easier. Some of my friends went to a four-year college, and they are struggling, so I think it's easier just to go here," she said.
To help assist with that type of easy transition, Vol State has numerous academic support programs in place for students who might be struggling with specific areas of study.
One of the other aspects Young has enjoyed is being able to take advantage of Vol State's participation in the Tennessee Transfer Pathways program, which guarantees all of her credits will transfer to another Tennessee institution.
Since Young plans on completing her nursing education at Tennessee Technological University, the program has been highly beneficial.
What is Young looking forward to the most about this year?
That would be the culmination of lots of hard work.
"I'm just ready to get my nursing degree," she said with a smile.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Relax, it's OK to have pre-semester jitters

Where is my 8 a.m. class? Will my first exam be hard? Where on earth do I park?

Don't panic. You're not the only one with those questions.

As with any new venture, there can be a fair share of anxiety, but those pesky pre-semester jitters don’t have to get in the way of what’s sure to be a rewarding experience.

“It’s a lot different than high school. It’s bigger and there are harder classes,” incoming Volunteer State Community College freshman Taylor Waldron said. “I’m just looking forward to the difference of not being in school from 8 in the morning to 3, and having my own class hours. It’ll be different.”

While the Portland student might be nervous about the start of her college career, there are plenty of things that outweigh any kind of anxiety she might have regarding the post-high school life.

Fellow student Seth McCoy said he shared many of the same trepidations as Waldron when he was embarking on his freshman year.

With the help of professors and the offices on campus, McCoy said he was able to make the transition into life at Vol State fairly easily.

New friendships also helped McCoy become acclimated to college, and he’s looking forward to catching up with those friends when classes start Aug. 25.

“I’m excited to get back in and see and bunch of friends that I made here the first year,” he said.

McCoy’s best advice for new (and returning) students who might be feeling the pressure of those pre-semester butterflies?

Don’t let yourself get bogged down in the classwork.

McCoy said if you don’t procrastinate, you’ll be in store for a much easier semester.

Also, have fun.

This is college after all.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Important Info for Financial Aid Students

Important info for Financial Aid students: If you have received a Financial Aid award notification from the college, the Financial Aid money will automatically be credited towards your Fall class fees. Some people are confused by an August 15 date. Don't worry about that date. If you have received an official financial aid award notification, you can see the money now in the "Authorized Aid" section of My Vol State. If that amount covers all of your fees, then you are set and it will be automatically credited. If it less than Fall fees, you will need to pay the balance by tomorrow afternoon. Once again, if you have received an official financial aid notification email and it's for an amount that covers your fall class fees, you will not be dropped from classes. If your file is still incomplete, you may have a problem. If so, get those documents needed to Financial Aid and give them a call at 230-3456.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Friend Us or Follow Us to Stay in Touch

You can get connected to Vol State in several different ways. Our goal is to keep you up to date with important information and announcements. However, we also want to provide space for you to interact with other students, ask questions and even make new friends.

Here's what we have available:

Facebook: The Vol State Facebook page for current students is home to all sorts of information and tips to help you throughout the school year. Students chat with each other, sell textbooks and share information about favorite classes and professors. Once you've decided to be a student join the family by Friending us here:

Blog: The Vol State Virtual Community is our campus blog. It has stories about interesting people on campus, cool new programs, student activities and more. In fact, you're on it right now! You can set up an RSS feed to get regular updates or just look-in whenever you feel like it:

Twitter: We send info about campus events and happenings on our main Twitter page. Follow us:

Text Messages: We offer important announcements, including emergencies, weather delays and cancelations, in a text alert system sent directly to your phone or email. You can sign-up by campus and also choose whether or not to receive additional college tips and information via text alert. It's free and you can sign-up here:

Web Page: The Vol State website is your primary hub for everything Vol State. You can use the A-Z index to locate specific programs or offices. The People Finder will help you look up instructors or staff.

My Vol State and Email: You'll be receiving important notices throughout the school year on your student email account. It's important to check this often. This is our way of reaching you individually with important information about things such as financial aid. You can access your email by using the My Vol State web page. My Vol State helps you connect to online classes as well. Keep an eye on the My Vol State page for other campus information, such as stories from the Settler student newspaper.

Have a great semester and stay in touch!

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Six Things Students Need to Know Now

Here are six things you need to know before Fall classes start on August 25:

One: You can pick up student IDs and parking passes starting on August 14 in Student Services, Wood Campus Center, Room 217 on the Gallatin campus. See the front desks at Livingston and Highland. Please bring a photo ID and proof (receipt or print-out) that you have paid your tuition and fees. Returning students will just need to have a sticker put on their old ID, so make sure you bring the old ID along. There is no extra cost for parking or an ID, as the cost is already included in your student fees.

Two: If you are new to the Vol State Gallatin campus, give yourself plenty of time to park and find your way around during the first week of classes. Arrive early and consider using the back entrance off of GreenLea. It’s much less crowded than the Nashville Pike entrance.

Three: Print up the campus map to help spot your classes before you arrive. Also, some office locations changed this summer.

Four: Online classes start the first day of classes, August 25. Make sure you check in right away, especially if you have Financial Aid. Online classes have things students need to do to check attendance, just like traditional classes.

Five: Friend us on Facebook to make sure you stay in touch with the latest tips and info from the college. We post things to that page several times a day. Be sure to go to the Friend page. The Like Facebook page is for people considering college. Go to this one

Six: Sign up for text alerts to find out right away when classes might be delayed or canceled due to weather. A reminder: Vol State is not part of the Sumner County school system. So, if the TV stations say Sumner County is closed, that has nothing to do with Vol State. We put listings on TV and radio as Vol State, but the quickest way to find out is by signing up for text alerts or going to our web page. We also post closings on Facebook, but you will have to visit the exact page…it may not come up on your news feed.