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First-Generation Student: Ethiopine Choping

1 day 16 hours ago
With the end of the semester rolling around, graduation is so close- yet, so far away.  Being a first-generation student can make graduation seem so out of reach.  As an honors student, Sudanese refugee and civil engineer, Ethiopine Choping demonstrates the determination needed to overcome the challenges of being a first-generation student.  
Ethiopine Choping
Choping said, “[Being first-generation] makes everything really hard.  Only because you don’t have that person to ask who can give you immediate answers.  Being a first-generation student, you don’t have that much college guidance.  I come from a family of immigrants so I’m the first person the finish high school, go to college, so there isn’t anybody in my family that can give me guidance on how to approach college or how to get scholarships, things like that,” said Choping.She said that she will be the first female in her family to finish high school, go into civil engineering and graduate college. “[Finishing college] is a lot of pressure to get it done, but it’s a journey where you have to pace yourself.  I’m really excited…. It all pays off, even though it’s crazy,” said Choping.

Being the first to do something can be really stressful without guidance, but Choping has used Vol State’s TRIO program to stay successful in school.

“I’m in the TRIO program, and the ladies there are just wonderful,” said Choping, “They’re like a home away from home.  They have all that college experience, so they can kind of guide me along the way.”

Outside of TRIO, Choping is one of the only civil engineering students she knows, and said she doesn’t have the same kind of support groups that other students have.

“It would still be nice to get that support, even though there’s not a super huge civil engineering group,” said Choping.

While the life of a first-generation student may seem a little lonely and challenging, it doesn’t have to be.  There are people and programs at Vol State that can help.

“Communicating with everyone just helps a lot,” said Choping, “If you think you have a ‘bad professor,’ communicating with them can normally change your mind.”

Any first-generation students interested in college support should check out Vol State’s TRIO program for more information about the success services they offer.


-Gloria Cortes
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Vol State Events this Week

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Nov. 11           Veteran’s Day Meet and Eat Social, celebrate veterans, Nichols Dining B, 11:30am-1pmNov. 12          Education Career Fair, meet education employers, Caudill Hall, 10am-NoonNov. 12           Nursing Program Info Session, CHEC Cookeville, Room 227, 3:30pmNov. 12           Nursing Program Info Session, Livingston Campus, Room 155, 5:30pmNov. 13           Art Gallery Show: Regional Craft Artists, SRB first floor, through Dec. 10Nov. 13           Stopping Gender Violence, Lamont Holley speaker, Nichols Dining B, 11:30am-1pmNov. 14           Nursing Program Info Session, Livingston Campus, Room 155, 3pmNov. 14           Nursing Program Info Session, CHEC Cookeville, Room 227, 5:30pm
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Need Help Figuring Out a Career? Register for FYEX Courses this Spring

2 days 19 hours ago

Has the transition to college been difficult or frustrating? Are you struggling to choose a major/career? If so, FYEX 1030 and 1040 can help. FYEX stands for First-Year Experience. The classes will be held during the spring Semester in seven-week segments. The first course covers interpersonal skills including self-awareness, self-management, and teamwork. The second course helps students to identify careers they may be interested in and set goals to help them develop the skills they will need to enter their desired profession. The class will include career assessments and exploration, resume writing, and interview skills. Are FYEX 1030 and 1040 required classes?No, neither FYEX 1030 or 1040 are required for any student in Spring 2020.If I want to take one of the FYEX classes, do I have to take both of the classes? Yes, in Spring 2020 FYEX 1030 and FYEX 1040 are only offered as co-requisites.  This means students will not be able to take just one of the classes; students will need to take both classes.How many credit hours are the classes worth?Each of the classes are worth 1.5 credit hours, so students completing both classes will earn a total of three (3) credit hours of general elective credit. What campuses will have FYEX 1030 and 1040 classes?In Spring 2020 FYEX courses will only be available at the VSCC campus in Gallatin and at CHEC. However, in Fall 2020 FYEX classes are expected to be offered at all VSCC locations. Will financial aid pay for the course?If you have three (3) credit hours of general education electives available to be completed in your program of study, yes, financial aid will cover the courses. If you do not have three (3) credit hours of general education electives open to be completed, then you will have to pay out of pocket for the classes. Financial aid will not cover classes that will not be used in your program of study. Will the classes transfer?The FYEX classes are university parallel courses and are likely to transfer. Students will need to check with their transfer institution to see if the courses will transfer. Transfer institutions typically request course descriptions to determine the eligibility to transfer. Course descriptions are provided below:First Year Experience I - FYEX 1030: This course includes strategies for college success. Campus resources, college culture and traditions, mindset, personal responsibility, self-motivation, self-management, interdependence, self-awareness, and emotional intelligence are emphasized. First Year Experience II - FYEX 1040: This course includes strategies for career readiness and success. Career exploration, resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, and soft skills are emphasized. Do any of the FYEX courses have a special topic or focus?Yes, one set of classes have a special focus. The special focus section of FYEX 1030 will examine cultural experiences in higher education, with special attention on experiences of students of color. FYEX 1040 in the special focus section will examine career exploration and readiness while juxtaposing cultural and diverse experiences and influences, with special attention to students of color.  The course will help students identify barriers and opportunities and build on some of the fundamental skills that lead to academic success. Students will need a permit to register for the special topic sections. Students will need to contact the Advising Center OR the Social Science and Education Division office for a permit to register. How do I register for FYEX 1030 and 1040?Students who are interested in taking the special topic section will need to obtain a permit to register for the special topic classes.Students can obtain a permit by contacting the Advising Center (615-230-3702 daytime or 615-230-3701 evening)or the Social Science and Education Division (615-230-3231). Once a student has a permit, they can register for the class as normal. ONLY students wanting to take the special topic section will need to obtain a permit. Students who do not want to take the special topic section WILL NOT need a permit and can register for the classes, as normal, using schedule planner or by entering the specific course CRN into the add classes function of the portal.  When are the classes offered?Four sections will be offered at the Gallatin campus and one class will be offered at CHEC in Spring 2020.GALLATIN SECTIONS1.      MW 8 am – 9:25 pm a.       FYEX 1030 CRN: 17687b.      FYEX 1040 CRN: 177132.      MW 11:10 am – 12:35 pma.       FYEX 1030 CRN: 17688b.      FYEX 1040 CRN: 177143.      TR 11:10 am – 12:35 pm *Special Topic sections. Students will need a permit to register. Students will need to contact the Advising Center or the Social Science and Education Division office for a permit to register. a.       FYEX 1030 CRN: 17690b.      FYEX 1040 CRN: 177154.      TR 2:20 pm – 3:45 pma.       FYEX 1030 CRN: 17689b.      FYEX 1040 CRN: 17716
CHEC SECTION1.      MW 9:35-11:00 am a.       FYEX 1030 CRN: 17740b.      FYEX 1040 CRN: 17741
For more information contact Advising at 615-230-3702.
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Vol State Weather Delay and Closing Guidelines

6 days 12 hours ago
This a reminder of the Vol State weather delay and closing guidelines. We put this out at the start of each winter weather season.Weather notices from Vol State can call for a delay of classes or a closing of a campus. It is always specific to the campus, so what happens in Gallatin may be different from Livingston, Cookeville-CHEC, or Springfield.-A delay means that classes start at that hour. For example- If we say delayed opening at 9:30am that means only classes that would be meeting at 9:30am or later will be meeting. Classes before that are canceled. Some classes last for several hours. Those classes will start at the opening time.-Labs are handled differently for a delay. Students should check the eLearn page for each lab to see what the instructor had decided. If campus is closed, there are no classes or labs.- Vol State closings are not based on public school closings. You'll find that the College doesn't close or have class delays nearly as often as the high schools, primarily due to the fact that we don’t have buses to consider.-If the roads are dangerous in your area you have the right to decide if you want to attend class or not. If you can't attend let your instructor know so that you can make up work.-If there is a delay or cancelation students should check their eLearn web page for each canceled class to receive updated assignment info from instructors.-Students will automatically receive text alerts with closing or delay info if they have a current cell phone listed in My Vol State.-The website will always be updated on the front page if there is a delay or cancelation: www.volstate.edu-You can also monitor our primary Facebook page: www.facebook.com/volstateIf you don’t receive a text use the website to double check. Any weather statement from the college will appear at the top of the home page.We do send notices about delays and cancellations to the Nashville TV stations. However, TV stations should be a last resort to view closings. It sometimes takes an hour for the Vol State listings to come up on the screen due to the number of closings. The times the TV stations give us to choose from often don’t match our class times, so we have to approximate.
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First-Generation Student: LaBryian Scharklett

1 week ago

Older siblings are normally the first to do things in a family with children, and they can set the standard for their younger siblings.  As a first-generation student and the oldest of 10 children, civil engineering major LaBryian Scharklett is setting a collegiate example for his family.
While his dad has no college experience, his mom actually has some.  She briefly went to college after he was born, but was later convinced her to drop out and focus on taking care of her child.
LaBryian Scharklett“From seeing [my parents] lives, and how not going to school turned out for them, it gives me the drive to want to go to school and see what it’s like on the other side,” said Scharklett.
He says since neither of his parents went to college, they don’t always understand or appreciate the work it takes to succeed in school.
“When I tell my parents- either one- things I accomplish in college, they’re not very appreciative or don’t reward me like how I would expect they should.  No, ‘I’m proud of you,’ or things like that because they don’t know what it is that I say.  A student hearing that they’re doing well can really help, change or influence them to do better in school,” said Scharklett.
As pessimistic as it may seem, that’s just the reality for some first-generation students.  Having parents that went to college is an advantage.
“Kids whose parents went to college have role models, and they already have a road paved to where they need to go, but we have to pave our own road….  Some students just have that perk of having parents who already know what college is like,” said Scharklett.
Although his parents may not be able to guide him, the TRIO program at Vol State has supported him through school.
“Not having all that stuff for some reason just makes me want to try harder.  It’s almost as if I can’t fail.  I can’t afford to fail college.  Some students have wealthy parents and inherit things, but I have nothing.  If I fail this, there’s nothing else I can go to,” said Scharklett.
Scharklett is now mentoring at TRIO, and says he is looking forward to graduation and planning to attend Tennessee Tech University. 
“[TRIO] has treated me very, very well.  I don’t think I would be where I am without them  They’ve helped with registration, planning classes, support, work study, all of that stuff,” said Scharklett.
Any first-generation students interested in college support should check out Vol State’s TRIO program for more information about the success services they offer. 
To show appreciation for first-generation college students, come to the First-Generation Vol State Celebration events planned throughout the week.

-Gloria Cortes
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Basketball is Back - Home Opener Sat., Nov. 9

1 week ago

Get ready for Pioneer hoops! The home opener for the Vol State basketball season is this Saturday, November 9 at Pickel Field House. The Pioneer Women play at 2pm and the Pioneer Men tip-off at 4pm. All Vol State athletic events are free to everyone, so invite your friends and family. Come out and show your Pioneer Spirit.
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Vol State Events this Week

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Nov. 4             Priority Spring Class Registration Opens, sophomores, 8amNov. 4             First Generation College Student Week: Well Tables. Get your First-Gen t-shirts and for faculty and staff. “I Pledge to Support First-Gen College Students” pledge cards and buttons available. Gallatin: 9:15-9:45AM and 11:00-11:30AM, SRB 2nd floor hallway. (Refreshments) Highland Crest: 9:15-11:00AMNov. 5             Priority Spring Class Registration Opens, freshmen, 8amNov. 5             Grow Your Veteran-Owned Business with Google Livestream, workshop, 300 Building, 11am-NoonNov. 5             First Generation College Student Week: First-Gen and Information TablesGet info on services from TRIO, The Access Center, Diversity and Inclusion, and Adult Learners and Veteran Affairs. First-Gen t-shirts and “I Pledge to Support First-Gen College Students” pledge cards and buttons will be available. Gallatin: 9:00-11:00AM, Wood, Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room A. (Refreshments).
Nov. 5             Adult Learners and Veterans Affairs, Information and First-Gen Table for evening students. Gallatin: 4:30-6PM, Mattox Hallway. (Refreshments)
Nov. 6             First Generation College Student Week: Lunch/Learn: What’s Next after Vol State? A discussion of university transfer and workforce decisions. Hosted by Diversity and Inclusion and TRIO. Gallatin: 11:15AM Wood, Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room B. (Lunch)Highland Crest: 11:15AM Zoom Only, Room 146. (Lunch). Livingston:11:15-1:00PM Zoom, Room 109, plus First-Gen Table (student lounge area). (Lunch).
Nov. 6             Adult Learners and Veterans Affairs, Information and First-Gen Table for evening students Gallatin: 4:30-6PM, Wallace North Hallway (Refreshments)
Nov. 6             Veterans Day Ceremony, CHEC Cookeville, Terrace, 9:30am Nov. 7             Story Slam, students tell stories for prizes, Rochelle Center-Thigpen, 11:10amNov. 7             First Generation College Student Week: First-Generation Student Celebration. A discussion with first-generation college students, faculty and staff hosted by President Faulkner. Everyone is encouraged to wear their First-Gen t-shirt and/or button. Prize drawings for gear and book scholarships for students.Gallatin: 12:45PM Mary Cole Nichols Dining Rooms A and B. (Lunch)Highland Crest: 12:45 Zoom, Room 146, 12:00-3:00PM First-Gen Table (Lunch)Cookeville: 8:00-3:30PM, First-Gen Table only (Atrium) (Lunch)Nov. 7             Southeastern Grasslands Initiative, discussion, Rochelle Center-Thigpen, 3pmNov. 9             Basketball Home Opener: join the student section, Pickel Field House, 2pm-6pm
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Celebrate First-Generation College Students - Events this Week

1 week 2 days ago
First-Generation College Students Celebration at Vol State
Join us for these events!
A First-Generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s) did not complete a bachelor's degree and who is resilient, determined, driven, persistent, tenacious, hopeful, supportive, AND is a trailblazer who inspires others!
Monday, November 4           The Well TablesGet your First-Gen t-shirts and for faculty and staff. “I Pledge to Support First-Gen College Students” pledge cards and buttons available. Hosted by Student Engagement.Gallatin: 9:15-9:45AM and 11:00-11:30AM, SRB 2nd floor hallway. (Refreshments)Highland Crest: 9:15-11:00AM
Tuesday, November 5           First-Gen and Information TablesGet info on services from TRIO, The Access Center, Diversity and Inclusion, and Adult Learners and Veteran Affairs. First-Gen t-shirts and “I Pledge to Support First-Gen College Students” pledge cards and buttons will be available.Gallatin: 9:00-11:00AM, Wood, Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room A. (Refreshments)
Adult Learners and Veterans Affairs, Information and First-Gen Table for evening studentsGallatin: 4:30-6PM, Mattox Hallway. (Refreshments)
Wednesday, November 6      Lunch/Learn: What’s Next after Vol State?A discussion of university transfer and workforce decisions. Hosted by Diversity and Inclusion and TRIO.Gallatin: 11:15AM Wood, Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room B. (Lunch)Highland Crest: 11:15AM Zoom Only, Room 146. (Lunch)Livingston: 11:15-1:00PM Zoom, Room 109, plus First-Gen Table (student lounge area). (Lunch)
Adult Learners and Veterans Affairs, Information and First-Gen Table for evening studentsGallatin: 4:30-6PM, Wallace North Hallway (Refreshments)
Thursday, November 7         First-Generation Student CelebrationA discussion with first-generation college students, faculty and staff hosted by President Faulkner. Everyone is encouraged to wear their First-Gen t-shirt and/or button. Prize drawings for gear and book scholarships for students.Gallatin: 12:45PM Mary Cole Nichols Dining Rooms A and B. (Lunch)Highland Crest: 12:45 Zoom, Room 146, 12:00-3:00PM First-Gen Table (Lunch)Cookeville: 8:00-3:30PM, First-Gen Table only (Atrium) (Lunch)
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Priority Spring Registration Starts Nov. 4 and 5

1 week 2 days ago
Use Priority spring class registration to get the classes you need at the times you want!

Priority spring course registration for current sophomores (completed 30 credit hours or more) starts at 8am on November 4. It opens for current freshmen (completed less than 30 credit hours) on November 5 at 8am.

To get ready to register you need to meet with your academic advisor. You don't want to take classes that don't apply towards your degree. Make an appointment with your advisor now!The spring course schedule is available now on My Vol State.You can start the process by visiting the DegreeWorks section of your MyVolState page. It shows you what classes you need, but you still need to meet with your academic advisor to make sure. If you don't know your academic advisor, you can look them up under your personal information on your MyVolState page. Advisors are also listed in DegreeWorks.A reminder: Advising is mandatory for Tennessee Promise students.If you have problems you can contact the Advising Center at 615-230-3702 or visit them in person in Gallatin in Ramer room 141. For the other campuses ask for Student Services help at the front desk.
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First-Generation Student: Jessica Lee

1 week 6 days ago

Freshman and first-generation student Jessica Lee used to feel clueless and afraid of college, like many other students, but she now feels more confident. 
Lee felt like she didn’t know anything about college, because even though her older brother already went, she was home-schooled and her parents lacked college experience.
“I didn’t really know what to expect [from college], because I had no one around to tell me what to expect,” said Lee, “Most people have their parents, even though it was a different generation, and most of the time, they know what to expect.  I didn’t have that, and it felt like I was coming into college blind.”
Jessica LeeLee said this lack of knowledge caused her to imagine that college would be incredibly difficult.  Now, she plans to move on to a four-year university after graduating from Vol State for a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
“I thought [college] would be insanely hard.  I mean, it is hard, but I thought it would be ten times harder than it is, like I would fail every class.  Yes, going into it, I was very afraid,” said Lee.
“There are a lot of resources at Vol State that are very helpful, like the Learning Commons.  The people in my classes are really helpful, and most of my professors are really helpful too,” said Lee, “Try talking to people in your classes, and see if you can make a study group or a group text- especially with homework because some things can be confusing and your professor can’t always get back to you immediately.”
To help her time management, Lee uses a planner to remember her responsibilities and recommends other students who struggle with time management do the same.
“A planner is insanely helpful, because you can write down everything that needs to be done, along with the due dates and times,” said Lee.
To show appreciation for first-generation college students, come to the First-Generation Vol State Celebration events planned throughout the week.

-Gloria Cortes
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Grow Your Veteran-Owned Business with Google Livestream

1 week 6 days ago
Tuesday, November 5 from 11a.m.to Noon, Vol State Gallatin Campus, 300 Building. The TSBDC at Vol State is partnering with Grow with Google to help our veteran-led small business community learn digital skills to grow their business with a livestream viewing at Vol State Community College, in Building 300, on November 5th 2019. At the workshop, National Veteran Small Business Week Livestream, individuals will learn how Google My Business can assist with the following: Establishing a local online presence Using your brand voice to build a loyal customer base and showcase the uniqueness of your products or services driving traffic both in-store and online. To get here, take the GAP Blvd entrance from Nashville Pike into Vol State. Then take your first entrance on the right into the parking lot. The 300 Building will located in the round-a-bout and has the number 300 on the front. Fee: No Cost. RegisterOnline Phone: 615-230-4780. Email: calexander@tsbdc.org
This is available at the same time on our other campuses: Highland Crest, Springfield, Room 146 - contact Alice Warren (615-433-7032 ext. 7038) Cookeville Campus, Zoom Room 228 - contact Sherrie Cannon (931-520-4634) Livingston Campus, Room 204 - contact Lisa Officer (931-462-5217)
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Vol State is Hiring a Student Social Media Writer

2 weeks 1 day ago
Vol State is hiring a Student Social Media writer for the spring semester. Gloria Cortes, our current Student Social Media Writer, has done a great job, but she is graduating in December. It is a part-time position working in the Office of Public Relations. Freshmen candidates will also be considered for the position during the next school-year. It is a 15 hour a week position paying $12 an hour. You must be enrolled as a Vol State student while you work in the position. Candidates should enjoy writing, photography and telling stories. We'll review applications in a few weeks, so apply now.
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First-Generation Student: Yvonne Nachtigal

2 weeks 1 day ago
Returning adult student Yvonne Nachtigal is facing the odds by continuing her education at Volunteer State Community College.

Although she’s coming to school on her terms now, it wasn’t always that way.  As a young woman, Nachtigal’s mother was not supportive of her academic passions, and neither of her parents had a college education.

“It’s important to note my family came from Germany.  My mother considered her high school education to be higher than an education here… I don’t know, that’s just her thing,” said Nactigal, “I was never encouraged to go to school unless I became a doctor.  She made college very unattractive to me, because I had no interest at all in being a doctor.  My interests were in the arts and creating things.”

First-generation student Yvonne NachtigalWith no family support, Nachtigal did not go to college after high school, and instead got married and had children.

“At that point I’m homeschooling my children, when I just had a high school education, and I learned more at home schooling my children than I did at school,” said Nachtigal, “Once my kids grew and went into the workforce, I started to realize my limitations as far as being to progress in the office because I didn’t have the education.”

Her employer later sent her to college for graphic design after finding out she had a talent for it.  She happily worked as a freelance graphic designer for about eight years, until she became extremely ill for two years, and the severity of the illness almost killed her.  By the time she recovered, she wasn’t up-to-date on her graphic design skills, and was more drawn to writing.  Her desire to write about her near-death experience caused her to come to Vol State.

“I had some experiences I wanted to share and some things that I wanted to say, so I went back.  I started to write about what I wanted, but again, I felt that lack of education,” said Nachtigal.

Even as a grown adult, happy mother and successful student, Nachtigal is still criticized by her family for going back to school at her age, but she does not allow it to affect her, and even became a student mentor at Vol State.

“I love learning so much, I could just be a full-time student for the rest of my life and be happy.  I’m having fun being around the young people and being in a learning environment,” said Nachtigal.

To show appreciation for first-generation college students, come to the First-Generation Vol State Celebration events planned throughout the week.


-Gloria Cortes
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First-Generation College Student Spotlights

2 weeks 2 days ago

As many people know, college is hard!  But for the students who don’t have any parental guidance, getting through college can feel like walking in the dark.  At Volunteer State Community College, we’re celebrating the academic journey of first-generation college students.
At Vol State, a first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s) did not complete a bachelor's degree and who is resilient, determined, driven, persistent, tenacious, hopeful, supportive, and is a trailblazer who inspires others!
“Firsts” are important, and they deserve recognition and respect, especially if it’s a first for a family.  Being the first to go to college is not only a huge step for the family, but also a huge, completely new experience for the family and student.  Along with all the ordinary stresses of college, first-generation students face different challenges that other students may never have to worry about. 
This week at Vol State, we’re celebrating first-generation students’ successes during their college experience.  Come to our First-Generation College Students Celebration events to help raise campus awareness and support for our first-generation college students, and get to know some of these students through blog spotlights later this month.

-Gloria Cortes
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Vol State Events this Week

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Oct. 28             Salute to the Greatest Generation- WWII Display, Thigpen Rochelle Center, 9am-3pmOct. 28            UT Knoxville representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pmOct. 28             Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony, Rochelle Center of Thigpen Library, 5pm-7pmOct. 29             “AIDS: A Battleground for Civil Rights in the 1980s,” by Melanie Cochran, Rochelle Center, Thigpen Library, 11amOct. 29            Union University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pmOct. 29             SGA Presidential Forum, students ask administration questions, Nichols Dining A, 12:45-2pmOct. 29             Cybersecurity Seminar, learn more about this fast growing profession, Mary Cole Nichols B, 11am-1pmOct. 29             Movie: Hocus Pocus, Cookeville CHEC campus, Cody Hall, 4:30pmOct. 29             Movie: Us, Caudill Hall, 6pmOct. 30             Cosmic Glow Golf, CHEC Cookeville, Cody Hall, 10am-3pmOct. 30            Trevecca University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 11 am – 2 pmOct. 30             Health Sciences Info Event, learn about Vol State programs, Cookeville large conference room, 1pm-3pmOct. 30             Nugs for Drugs, bring unused medication - get chicken nuggets, Duffer Plaza, Noon-2pmOct. 31             CAB Presents: Thriller Thursday, Halloween party, Nichols Dining Room B, Noon-2:30pmOct. 31             Lindsey Wilson College representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 1 pm
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Welcome to Our Irish Visitors - Concert on Monday, October 28

2 weeks 5 days ago
We have visitors from Ireland coming to the Gallatin campus on Monday, October 28 and you can hear them perform in the Ramer Great Hall at 10am. They are 48 students and 7 faculty and staff from The Presentation School, Thurles, County Tipperary, Republic of Ireland. The students will be performing Choral music in the Great Hall about 10AM and visiting with VSCC students and faculty during the day.Vol State has worked with, and visited, the Presentation School in Ireland a number of times in the past ten years. Our Education and Music students have done performances and visited the school classes in Ireland a number of times. Please join us in welcoming them to Vol State!
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World Food Day Offers Food for Thought

3 weeks ago

Food is an important part of tradition and everyday life, but it’s also something that people can take for granted.  To learn more about different aspects of food and how they affects you, join Vol State in celebrating World Food Day this Thursday.
World Food Day at Vol State includes games, service activities, student presentations, tables of informational community partners, a guest speaker, and lunch provided by the Office of Student Services while supplies last. 
World Food Day organizer Kelly Ormsby said the point of celebrating World Food Day is to bring the Vol State community together through food education and entertainment, and she urges attendees to use the informational resources offered at the festival and learn about how impactful food is.
World Food Day organizer Kelly Ormsby“People in general just don’t think about where their food comes from or the effects our food choices have on other people and the environment,” said World Food Day advisor Kelly Ormsby, “It’s also interesting to see how one topic can touch so many different academic areas.”
For those interested in eating and learning, an international tasting table will feature foods from students and employees cultures, with some available recipes, and this year’s guest speaker, Tennessee State Museum, will have an interactive station about different Tennessee foods and traditions. 
Sophmore Connor Crispens“I think some people would be interested in going, because now there’s more of an interest in eating healthier, so I think people would be interested in learning about it,” said sophomore Connor Crispens.
For those who feel like giving back, SGA will also have a food drive table for those facing food insecurity.
World Food Day also provides students with service opportunities.  Students interested in volunteering can contact Ormsby at Kelly.Ormsby@volstate.eduor coordinator of student activities, Tabitha Sherrell at Tabitha.Sherrell@volstate.edu.

-Gloria Cortes
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First-Generation College Students Celebration

3 weeks ago

First-Generation College Students Celebration at Vol State
Join us for these events!
A First-Generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s) did not complete a bachelor's degree and who is resilient, determined, driven, persistent, tenacious, hopeful, supportive, AND is a trailblazer who inspires others!
Monday, November 4           The Well TablesGet your First-Gen t-shirts and for faculty and staff. “I Pledge to Support First-Gen College Students” pledge cards and buttons available. Hosted by Student Engagement.Gallatin: 9:15-9:45AM and 11:00-11:30AM, SRB 2nd floor hallway. (Refreshments)Highland Crest: 9:15-11:00AM
Tuesday, November 5           First-Gen and Information TablesGet info on services from TRIO, The Access Center, Diversity and Inclusion, and Adult Learners and Veteran Affairs. First-Gen t-shirts and “I Pledge to Support First-Gen College Students” pledge cards and buttons will be available.Gallatin: 9:00-11:00AM, Wood, Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room A. (Refreshments)
Adult Learners and Veterans Affairs, Information and First-Gen Table for evening studentsGallatin: 4:30-6PM, Mattox Hallway. (Refreshments)
Wednesday, November 6      Lunch/Learn: What’s Next after Vol State?A discussion of university transfer and workforce decisions. Hosted by Diversity and Inclusion and TRIO.Gallatin: 11:15AM Wood, Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room B. (Lunch)Highland Crest: 11:15AM Zoom Only, Room 146. (Lunch)Livingston: 11:15-1:00PM Zoom, Room 109, plus First-Gen Table (student lounge area). (Lunch)
Adult Learners and Veterans Affairs, Information and First-Gen Table for evening studentsGallatin: 4:30-6PM, Wallace North Hallway (Refreshments)
Thursday, November 7         First-Generation Student CelebrationA discussion with first-generation college students, faculty and staff hosted by President Faulkner. Everyone is encouraged to wear their First-Gen t-shirt and/or button. Prize drawings for gear and book scholarships for students.Gallatin: 12:45PM Mary Cole Nichols Dining Rooms A and B. (Lunch)Highland Crest: 12:45 Zoom, Room 146, 12:00-3:00PM First-Gen Table (Lunch)Cookeville: 8:00-3:30PM, First-Gen Table only (Atrium) (Lunch)
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Travel-Study Applications - Learn in Another Country this Spring

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Student Travel-Study is an amazing experience and the college covers some of your travel costs. Many countries to choose from. Trips happen in the spring. The application is available now. The deadline is Nov. 15.
Also attend a travel-study info meeting:
Gallatin CampusThipgen Library, Room 224 (TLC)Monday 10/28 @ 2:30 p.m.Tuesday 10/29 @ 12:30 p.m.Monday 11/4 @ 8:00 a.m.Monday 11/4 @ 3:30 p.m.
Cookeville CampusRoom 228Wednesday 10/30 @ 11:00 a.m.Monday 11/4 @ 12:00 p.m.Tuesday 11/5 @ 10:00 a.m.Wednesday 11/6 @ 1:00 p.m.
Highland Crest CampusLobbyTuesday 10/29 @ 11:00 a.m.
Livingston CampusRoom 209Wednesday 10/30 @ 1:00 p.m.Thursday 10/31 @ 1:30 p.m.
Online via ZoomMonday 11/11 @ 11:00 a.m.Join at https://volstate.zoom.us/j/514386062Or call (855) 880-1246 with meeting ID: 514 386 062
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