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Montague Recommended for Next President of Vol State

2 weeks 3 days ago

The Tennessee Board of Regents will hold a special called meeting July 27 to consider the appointment of the next president of Volunteer State Community College. After a search of more than three months, TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings is recommending to the Board the appointment of Dr. Orinthia T. Montague as the next president of Vol State.

Dr. Montague was among three finalists selected by a search advisory committee last month. All three candidates participated in campus visits, including forums with campus groups and the public, June 22-24. After the Vol State campus visits and forums last month, Chancellor Tydings conducted final interviews and gathered and reviewed feedback from the public and campus communities after the campus visits in deciding on her recommendation of Dr. Montague to the Board.

Montague has been president of Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, New York, since 2017. The public community college, which also has extension sites in Cortland and Ithaca, NY, is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) System. She previously served as vice president of student affairs and chief diversity officer, and dean of students, at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, MN. Earlier, she held a number of positions at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, including associate vice provost and dean of students.

Key accomplishments Montague listed as president of Tompkins Cortland Community College include reversing a decade-long enrollment decline, establishing new community partnerships, leading the construction of a new childcare center, helping secure over $3 million in philanthropic donations, developing improved communications initiatives with campus constituencies, and serving on the Governor’s New York Re-opening Advisory Task Force.

She earned her Ph.D in higher education administration at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, her Master of Arts degree in counseling at Lindenwood College and her Bachelor of Arts in interpersonal communication at Truman State University. Her complete resume´, the recording of the June 23 public forum on campus and other information about the search are available on the TBR website at www.tbr.edu/hr/executivesearches/president-volunteer-state-community-college

“I’m delighted to recommend Dr. Montague to the Board of Regents,” Tydings said. “We are fortunate to have had an excellent pool of candidates and three outstanding finalists, each of whom could well serve the Vol State community as its next president. I believe that Dr. Montague was particularly well received during the campus forums and that her broad range of college leadership experience and work with students and her vision will help her lead Vol State to even higher levels in serving its students and its communities.”

If approved by the Board of Regents, Montague would become the fourth president in Volunteer State Community College’s 50-year history, succeeding Dr. Jerry Faulkner who announced his retirement earlier this year, effective Aug. 31. He has served more than nine years as the college’s third president. The president is the chief executive officer of the college.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Vol State is a comprehensive, two-year public community college primarily serving 11 northern Middle Tennessee counties. In addition to its main campus in Gallatin, it has campuses in Cookeville, Livingston, and Springfield.  Additional information can be found at the college’s website: www.volstate.edu/

The Board of Regents meeting will be held virtually, by Microsoft Teams teleconferencing, at 2:30 p.m. CT July 27. The meeting is open to the public and will be live streamed and archived on the TBR website at www.tbr.edu/board/july-27-2021-special-called-board-meeting. Anyone wishing access to the Teams meeting itself should contact Board Secretary Sonja Mason by 4:30 p.m. July 26 at sonja.mason@tbr.edu or 615-366-3927, for more information.

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Students - Important My Vol State Changes for You

2 weeks 5 days ago


There is a big change for everyone at Vol State this year. The My Vol State platform has had a makeover and also has a new link: https://portal.volstate.edu

If you bookmarked the old My Vol State site, you will need to delete it and bookmark the new link.

You will notice that many of the tools you use as a Vol State student are collected on the new My Vol State platform including: Registration, Advising, DegreeWorks, online classes, the College Catalog, student email, ePrint (your campus printing account), Office 365 ( your free Microsoft Word, Excel and more). They are organized now with easy to see icons.

Many of these services will be single-sign-on, which means you only log into My Vol State and then use the other services without having to log-in individually.

We suggest you take a few minutes to bookmark the new link and look around. You will log in with your usual Vol State credentials.

You can always find the new link at volstate.edu on the front page at the very top of the page under My Vol State.

Make sure you use your Vol State email address and usual password if you are a returning student. New students will need to set their password. Use the directions in your welcome email. If you are still running into problems please contact the IT Help Desk at (615) 230-3302. They can help.


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Dr. Irene Rios Visits Vol State for Presidential Interviews

1 month ago

The search for the next president of Vol State has advanced to three finalists. They are visiting the Gallatin campus this week for a series of interviews and forums.

Dr. Irene Rios, chief executive officer of Suffolk County Community College’s Ammerman Campus in Suffolk County, New York visited Thursday. She talked about looking for ways to provide laptops for all students, using a grant to get college advisors into elementary and junior high schools, and organizing Sector Summits to develop new degree programs in emerging job fields. Students and the community can participate in the afternoon forum, either in person at Caudill Hall or via Zoom. The time will be the same for each candidate and held from 3pm to 4pm each day. The Zoom link can be found at: https://www.volstate.edu/presidential-search

Dr. Jothany Blackwood, vice president for academic success at San Antonio College in San Antonio, Texas visited Tuesday. Dr. Orinthia T. Montague, president of Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, New York visited Wednesday.

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Dr. Orinthia T. Montague Visits Vol State for Presidential Interviews

1 month ago

The search for the next president of Vol State has advanced to three finalists. They are visiting the Gallatin campus this week for a series of interviews and forums.

Dr. Orinthia T. Montague, president of Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, New York visited Wednesday. She shared her path as the daughter of immigrants and the challenges she faced as a struggling student in higher education. She discussed creating a Mental Health Center on the campus of her current college and how important flexibility in educational methods is for students these days. Students and the community can participate in the afternoon forum, either in person at Caudill Hall or via Zoom. The time will be the same for each candidate and held from 3pm to 4pm each day. The Zoom link can be found at: https://www.volstate.edu/presidential-search

Dr. Irene Rios, chief executive officer of Suffolk County Community College’s Ammerman Campus in Suffolk County, New York will visit Thursday. Dr. Jothany Blackwood, vice president for academic success at San Antonio College in San Antonio, Texas visited Tuesday.

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Dr. Jothany Blackwood Visits Vol State for Presidential Interviews

1 month ago

The search for the next president of Vol State has advanced to three finalists. They are visiting the Gallatin campus this week for a series of interviews and forums.

Dr. Jothany Blackwood, vice president for academic success at San Antonio College in San Antonio, Texas visited Tuesday. She grew up in Nashville and went on to professional positions in California and Texas. She mentioned Guided Pathways, academic success initiatives, and educational equity as some of the most important elements of her current work and discussed growing those areas at Vol State.

Staff and faculty forums were held this morning. Students and the community can participate in the afternoon forum, either in person at Caudill Hall or via Zoom. The time will be the same for each candidate and held from 3pm to 4pm each day. The Zoom link can be found here.

Dr. Orinthia T. Montague, president of Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, New York will visit on Wednesday. Dr. Irene Rios, chief executive officer of Suffolk County Community College’s Ammerman Campus in Suffolk County, New York will visit Thursday.

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Masks No Longer Required on Campus for Those Vaccinated

2 months 1 week ago


Per CDC guidelines, face masks are no longer required inside or outside on Vol State campuses for people who are vaccinated. Those persons that are not vaccinated for COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to continue wearing a mask and to continue social distancing both to protect themselves and others.

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COVID vaccinations are getting easier and reaching more people.

2 months 1 week ago


At the Vol State campus in Gallatin, vaccinations are on a drive-up basis next week, May 17-21, no appointment needed. Starting May 24, the clinic will move inside the Pickel Field House for walk-ups, no appointments needed. And a reminder that vaccines have been authorized for 12-15 year-olds, as well. Kids under age 14 must have consent from a parent or legal guardian. A non-parent or guardian bringing the child to Vol State must have signed note allowing for the child to receive the vaccine.

The Vol State clinic hours are 7am – 1pm on Friday, May 14 and 12:30pm to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday, starting Monday, May 17.

A reminder that the vaccine clinic at Vol State is run by the Sumner County Health Department. For updates visit this site.

If you live in another area, you can visit this website to the find the vaccine location closest to you.

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Vol State Graduation Livestream on May 8

2 months 3 weeks ago


We're looking forward to in-person graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 8. They will happen at 10am and 2pm. Just a reminder that guests are not allowed. Both ceremonies will be streamed live and recorded for viewing later at www.volstate.edu/graduation We also have a virtual graduation video for those students who could not attend and for others who wished to participate that way. It will be part of each ceremony stream.

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Vol State Virtual Events this Week

3 months ago


April 27                 Student Government Association meeting, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/326397332#success

April 29                 Black Student Association meeting, 11:30am-12:30pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/92892334847#success

April 29            Student Government Association (SGA) Forum-Rescheduled, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/96493090786

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Get Ahead in College with Vol State Summer Classes

3 months ago


Summer online classes at Volunteer State Community College are a way for students to get ahead in their college career. University students, home for the summer, can take general education courses at Vol State to meet university requirements. Current Vol State students can take classes to speed-up their path to graduation. Summer classes will be held primarily online this summer.

Vol State Summer courses come in four different versions, designed to fit around family holidays and other summer events. -The first option is full-term summer classes. They start on May 17 and finish on August 6.-The second option is nine-week session classes. They start on May 17 and June 7.-The third option is six week classes. They start on May 17 and on June 28.-The fourth option is an intensive three-week session class. There will be four of those sessions during the summer. The first starts May 17. Check the schedule for the other dates.The college also offers online courses through TN eCampus. They start on May 24.For the full summer schedule visit www.volstate.edu/scheduleNew and readmit students will need to apply to the college. That can be done online at www.volstate.edu/apply. Students can also visit the Admissions Office in-person at the campus of their choice. A mask and screening form are required. Visit www.volstate.edu for details. The phone number for Admissions in Gallatin is 615-230-3688.
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Current Students - Register Now for Summer and Fall Classes

3 months ago

Current Vol State students – there is still time to register for summer online classes and fall classes both in-person and online. But you should get going now before the times and formats you want book up. Summer classes will be primarily online.
The college will be increasing the number of on-ground classes available on all four campuses this fall: Springfield, Gallatin, Cookeville, and Livingston. The college will also be expanding opportunities for students to engage in campus activities while still maintaining safety measures.
Vol State online courses will continue to be offered in three versions. Online asynchronous classes don’t have regular class meetings, allowing students to set their own schedule during the week, with due dates for assignments. Virtual synchronous classes have regularly scheduled online class meetings with instructors live via Zoom or other video platforms. The third type, hybrid classes, offer limited in-person class sessions, combined with online coursework. The course schedules for summer and fall semesters are available now.
Register now on My Vol State! If you need help call the Advising Center at 615-230-3702.
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Vol State Virtual Events this Week

3 months 1 week ago


April 20                       Fit Club Meeting, 1-2pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/98043379500#success

April 22                       Between the World and Me • Group Zoom Viewing
12:30 – 2:00 PM, Zoom Link: https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkdu-sqTkrHNK5s8w77LpeiJdf8HQQw2_N

April 23                       Between the World and Me • Campus-Wide Discussion
Facilitated by faculty members Oneil Wright and Doug Williams • 1:00 - 2:30 PM Zoom Link:  https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItceiqqD8uH9dSuYv-VxzCfX5lq0Wwmzm8

It’s that time of the semester- Vol State students are sharing their research work in various science classes this week. This semester the poster sessions are being held online. Everyone is encouraged to drop in, take a look, and ask some questions of the students.

April 22                    ISCI 1030 (Science, Society and Sustainability) Poster Session from 3:00-5:00 PM

Poster topics include: Hidden Cost of Food Production, Causes of Food Insecurity, How to Meet Future Food Demands, Coal as an Energy Production, ABCs and 123s, not DDTs, Large Scale Conservation Efforts in the Tropical Rainforest, The Future of Nuclear Power in a Carbon-Conscious World, The Future of GMOs, Improving Global Food Security, Climate Change and the Effects on the Polar Ice Caps, Residential Solar Energy, Desalination into Potable Water. Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/93138416372

April 23                   Virtual Wellness Fair 2021 presents service learning projects on different health issues presented by Girija Shinde’s Anatomy and Physiology II students. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Topics include: COPD, Celiac Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lung Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Kidney Disease and disorders, Asthma, Thyroidism, Ovarian Cancer, Diabetes, Types of Leukemias, Endometriosis, Pancreatic Cancer, Pneumonia, Obesity, Lupus, Congestive Heart Failure, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/91547107561

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Campus Discussion: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

3 months 1 week ago

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." — Ta-Nehisi Coates. 

Watch the documentary based on the book and then join us for discussion.

 In his book, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. This documentary draws directly from the book through dramatic readings interwoven with wonderful and celebratory archival pictures and videos of the African American experience. However, it also exposes an America that has built an empire on the idea of "race," a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. This documentary describes Coates' journey from Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children's lives were taken as American plunder.

As the Vol State community and communities all across the nation attempt some reconciliation of this reckless hate and most recent acts of madness and violence impacting minority communities, this documentary demands much more than the usual platitudes and empty rhetoric before assuming a "business as usual" posture.

The VSCC departments co-sponsoring this screening and discussion urge our Vol State community to participate by watching the documentary, joining the dialogue, and asking the question, “How can Vol State better serve as leaders in our community as it pertains to race, equality, and inclusion?” These seminal opportunities for discussion can help move the needle towards a more just and equitable community if we are willing to confront our past and present and work towards a more positive future.  Please see this film and help us in the reckoning of mindsets built on division towards a community "doing the work" of moving us towards a better understanding of each other. Without question, this is our charge as an educational community.  

Please see the instructions below to view the documentary and join the campus-wide discussion.  

Between the World and Me • Individual Documentary Viewing Week

Wednesday, April 14 - Friday, April 23

Vol State students, faculty, and staff may view this film anytime using their own devices through the Thigpen Library.

Running time: 79 minutes.

Viewing Instructions:
The URL to view the documentary click on this link https://libproxy.volstate.edu/login?url=https://fod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=17150&xtid=237721 
This link authenticates that the user is eligible to use our subscription. On campus the authentication is seamless but from off-campus the user will be directed to a login page for library resources that automatically redirects the user to the video. The login page for library resources uses the standard Vol State username / password.

Between the World and Me • Group Zoom Viewing

Thursday, April 22nd • 12:30 – 2:00 PM
Zoom Link: https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkdu-sqTkrHNK5s8w77LpeiJdf8HQQw2_N

Meeting ID: 969 1647 2166

During this group screening you may encounter technical issues on some viewing devices and platforms due to individual bandwidth limitations and other compatibility issues.  Some language may be unsuitable for younger viewers.

Between the World and Me • Campus-Wide Discussion

Facilitated by VSCC Profs Oneil Wright and Doug Williams.

Friday, April 23 • 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Zoom Link:  https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItceiqqD8uH9dSuYv-VxzCfX5lq0Wwmzm8

Sponsors

Thigpen Library

The Teaching and Learning Center

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Black Student Association (BSA)

Men of Color Achieving Success (MOCAS)

Student Government Association (SGA)

Diversity and Cultural Awareness Committee

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Vol State Virtual Events this Week

3 months 2 weeks ago

April 12                 Fit Club Presents: Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget, 11:30am-12:30pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/98043379500#success
April 13                 Student Government Association meeting, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/326397332#success
April 15                 Black Student Association meeting, 11:30am-12:30pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/99544837049#success
April 15           Student Showcase: High Impact Practices, students discuss extracurricular and academic activities that have enhanced their college experience, 3:30pm-4:30pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/97626443294
Between the World and Me • Individual Documentary Viewing WeekWednesday, April 14 - Friday, April 23Vol State students, faculty, and staff may view this film anytime using their own devices through the Thigpen Library.Running time: 79 minutes.Viewing Instructions:The URL to view the documentary click on this link https://libproxy.volstate.edu/login?url=https://fod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=17150&xtid=237721 This link authenticates that the user is eligible to use our subscription. On campus the authentication is seamless but from off-campus the user will be directed to a login page for library resources that automatically redirects the user to the video. The login page for library resources uses the standard Vol State username / password.
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Graduate Profile: Daniel Castillo

3 months 2 weeks ago

 April is Community College Awareness Month. The best way to celebrate is to share the accomplishments of our graduates. This week we profile Daniel Castillo.

Imagine what it would feel like to arrive in a foreign country on your own, not for a visit, but as an immigrant. That was the case for Daniel Castillo.

“I came to the United States from Venezuela in June of 2017. I came to this country not knowing any English. I couldn’t even say ‘how are you?”

He arrived with a goal and survived by sheer determination.

“I always knew I wanted to be a doctor. I started to learn English by myself online, doing videos, and then by talking to people. I like talking to people. If I’m going to talk to people, I’m going to learn English. I worked specifically anywhere I had to speak English for the job.”

Daniel’s family was struggling with the massive economic downturn in Venezuela. They spread out to other countries, such as Chile and Spain.

Daniel kept pushing on his own in the United States.

“I started ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) at Vol State. There are five levels and I started at two. I did so well, I skipped up to level four. My professors were great. They helped me to understand that even though I would have an accent, I could be a doctor or lawyer. They said- ‘It’s not going to be easy, Daniel, but you can do it.”

Then came COVID-19 and Vol State switched to primarily online courses.

“In-person classes were great for me.” He pauses and you can hear the anxiety in his voice. “Here at home, I’m not talking to anyone, just the walls. It’s like a jail. It’s been really hard for me to focus with my classes online. I normally go to the library and study for five or six hours. Studying at home has been really hard.”

There were many dark days and yet Daniel kept going. Now there is light at the end of the tunnel: graduation with an associate of science degree.

“I am super, super happy. I won’t be able to invite anyone to attend in-person, but I have family in Venezuela, Chile, and Spain that will be watching.”

And Daniel is not on his own anymore. He has a new responsibility. “My brother Angelo is here now and he sees what I have done. He’s going to Vol State for ESOL now. I help him a lot.”

His original dream still stands. “I’m transferring to MTSU to do forensic science. My goal is to be a doctor.”

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Get Help with Research Papers and Other Big Assignments

3 months 2 weeks ago

It's that time of the semester. You probably have some research papers and longer written assignments coming due. You can get free academic help as a Vol State student and that early feedback can help you get a better grade. Here are some of the things we offer online this semester.

The eLearn essay drop-off service provides feedback from faculty members for drafts of your work, before you turn them in. That can help you get a better grade. Look for essay drop-off info on your main eLearn page.

If you have research assignments to complete this semester, remember there is plenty of help from Thigpen Library. They can provide research assistance and answer questions. And check out these Zoom sessions with more tools to help you in your research. A research paper can be a lot easier if you use some of these tools.







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