Vol State songwriters perform at local eatery

By: Barbara Harmon, Assistant Editor

The Advanced Songwriting Class and Commercial Music Ensemble from Volunteer State Community College performed at Swaney Swifts in the Gallatin, Tennessee square on March 23.

Liz Hengber, Instructor for Advanced Songwriting, opened for her class. She introduced herself and said that six of her students would be performing.

She said the first student that would be performing was Jackson Steele and said his biggest inspiration was his dad. He started the show off with an original song.

After he finished his song and everyone had applauded, Hengber said Justin Walters, another student from her class, would be joining Steele for them to sing a song they had cowritten.

Hengber said when she walked into the cafeteria at Vol State one day, they were sitting around with their guitars.

“I thought, this is like the 60s—I love Vol State,” said Hengber.

Walters joined Steele and they performed their song, “Instead I’ll be Gone.”

Hengber then introduced the next student, Cecily Wingsong, who was born in Chicago and had been singing since she was 4-years-old.

Hengber and Wingsong had been waitresses together, after Wingsong had moved to Nashville.

“I’ve loved her for a long time,” said Hengber.

Wingsong’s first song was “For You,” a song she had co-written with Barbara Harmon, another student in the songwriting class.

Her next song was a song she wrote about her father. He had been a cowboy singer on the National Barn Dance.

When she would be staying at her grandmother’s house, they would gather around the radio so they could her him sing.

The song was about him singing “Sing of Great River Valley,” and her wanting to hear him sing to her.

The audience complimented her on her performance as she walked back to her seat.

“A petite beauty with a huge voice,” said Hengber into the microphone.

Hengber then reintroduced Walters and said he found his love for music at 13-years-old. He performed his song “While You’re at It” with his fiance Kelly.

As he sang his next song, “Wake Up My Yesterdays,” the floor vibrated while his and several other people’s feet were tapping to the beat of his song.

Caleb Baker, another student from Hengber’s class, then joined Walters for them to perform “Talking in Emoji,” a song they had cowritten together.

Walters played the guitar while Baker sang lead. They both smiled as they performed their song that everyone in the songwriting class had said was catchy.

Hengber then introduced Rickie Pickering, an advanced songwriting student, who had lived in Gallatin for 30 years.

“He is one of my favorite hippies in the world,” said Hengber.

Pickering then sang a song he had co-written with Braden Baugh, a former songwriting class student. The song was titled “Poison,” and Pickering said that Baugh had it available on iTunes.

Next he sang, “Luckiest Man Alive,” a song he co-wrote with Bobby West, who was also in the audience that night.

After Pickering, Baker came back up to perform two of his original songs.

The first song he sang he said was about staying together, and the next “Story of a Broken Man,” he said was the story of a homeless man.

Hengber then introduced Victoria Lee Watson, another songwriting student, and said she had singing since before she could talk and writing songs since she was 3-years-old.

“I heard her song on iTunes, and I went crazy for her,” said Hengber.

Watson’s first song was “Just a Little More,” a song she said she wrote when she was 17-years-old.

She said it was about her grandmother and about her own personal experiences.

Her next song, “Hands to the Sky,” was a song she wrote for songwriting class. “It’s about guys cheating on girls at bars,” said Watson.

Watson shrugged her shoulders as she sang the words “and quite frankly neither did I.”

“You nailed it,” said Hengber to Watson, as she ended the songwriting class’s part of the show.

“Thanks, so much, for coming tonight to see the advanced songwriting class.

“I’ve never been so proud of eight students in my life…in many ways, they are teaching me,” said Hengber.

Lynn Peterson, Instructor of the Commercial Music Ensemble, then introduced the ensemble.

Watson was also a member in this group. They opened with “Dust in the Wind.”

After the song had ended, Hengber said “they’re good.”

They performed several songs including “Jolene,” “The House of the Rising Sun” and “Wish You Were Here.”

For the last two songs the Commercial Music Ensemble performed, Kyle Cothron, a Commercial Music Ensemble student who had also been the sound person through all the performances for both classes, joined them.

One of the songs he sang was “Seven Bridges Road.” Steve Young, the original singer/songwriter of this song, had recently died on March 18.

Peterson ended the show with a few words.

“The reason why they’re smiling is because they work hard at this and are enjoying there time,” said Peterson.

He said there will be a big show with these students at the end of April.

 

One Book, One Community event celebrates activist

By: Sam Walker, Staff Writer

On Wednesday, March 23, Volunteer State Community College held a panel in the Rochelle Center to commemorate Malala Yousafzai.

The Struggle for Education panel was held as a discussion amongst six panelists all with a variety of different struggles in order to become educated. The inspiration for this event was the book titled “I Am Malala.”

This book follows the amazing story of a young girl named Malala who survived when a group of Taliban boarded her bus, asked for her by name, and shot her in the head for being an advocate for female education in Pakistan since she was eleven years old.

She was flown to a military hospital for medical care.

After undergoing surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation Malala regained her ability to walk and talk. After her recovery she continued to be an activist and uses her story as an inspiration to girls everywhere.

She went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her work.

There were seven panelists gathered for the discussion consisting of: Rebecca Loftis, Patty Powell, Rozhan Sadik, Rahim Buford, Melinda Peery, Margarita Perez, Ndume Olatushani, and the moderator Sarah Passino.

Before the panelist began there was a short video shown of stories of Vol State students who have struggled with their own obstacles to achieve going to college. The students featured in this production were William Spratt, Margarita Perez-Torres, Carolina Davila-Torres, Gaynell Buffinet Payne, John Lam, Mary Choul, and Seth Walker. After the video presentation the panelist introduced their stories of their struggles while achieving education that ranged from poverty, segregation, crime, and disability.

A Q&A was held after the panel for students to ask their own questions. One student, Chris Torres stated to the panelist, “Thank you all for being here, all of your stories are truly amazing.”

With over 50 students and faculty in attendance the panel was conducted and organized by executive assistant to the President, Lauren Collier and Director of Library Services and Learning Resources, Sarah Smith.

When asked about the panel Sarah Smith stated, “I hope that there is greater realization that education is truly a privilege not to be taken for granted.”   

Stop by Thigpen Library to pick up a copy of “I am Malala” as there are many copies available for checkout.

 

Vol State’s Lost Boys of Sudan

By: Preston Neal, Staff Writer

With thousands attending Vol State, many students are not aware of “The Lost” boys and their history. “I’ve never heard of the ‘Lost Boys’ of Sudan,” said Sarah Leyhew, Vol State student. They can be identified by the linear scars on their foreheads, caused by a cultural practice of scarification.

Most of the Lost boys no longer attend Vol State, having departed to pursue employment and other opportunities.

Sudan is the third largest country in Africa, and is home to various peoples and culture. The northern part of Sudan is dominated by Islam, and the southern region by Christianity.

As addressed in English International Development Committee member Peter Verney’s “Sudan: Conflict and Minorities,” differences between North Sudan and South Sudan, such as culture and religion, became prevalent after Sudan’s independence from Great Britain was gained in the 1950s.

This animosity culminated in a civil war that lasted from 1983 to 2005. According to a documentary from the “Next Door Neighbors” series, presented by Nashville Public Television (NPT), this war claimed over two million lives and resulted in the displacement of over four million Sudanese.

This conflict made wandering orphans of thousands of Sudanese children, many of whom would perish while fleeing to refugee camps in neighboring countries.

Some of these children were also recruited by Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), a guerilla movement that was a central catalyst of the Second Sudanese Civil War. These scattered children came to be known as the “Lost Boys.”

According to the International Rescue Committee, the “Lost Boys” are the most war-traumatized children ever documented. In 2001, as part of a program established by the United States Government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), approximately 3800 Lost Boys were allowed to resettle in the United States.  

This effort was halted after the tragedies that took place on Sept. 11, 2001, but was resumed in 2004. The Sudanese were settled in various states, with the largest concentration of Sudanese residing in Omaha, Nebraska.

Many Sudanese settled in the Nashville area, attempting to assimilate to the American way of life and pursue education.

The Lost Boys Foundation was founded in 2004 to help refugees find jobs, attend school and to spread word of their story.  

According to the NPT, the Sudanese were permitted to attend class at Gallatin High School. With little to no prior education, this was a valuable resource for the Sudanese.

Word spread between communities, and Sudanese from other states traveled to Gallatin in order to attend school.

Over recent years, several of the “Lost Boys” attended Volunteer State Community College. Those interested in learning more about the “Lost Boys” of Sudan in Nashville should visit their webpage, thelostboysfoundation.org, for more information.

Vol State hosts Women’s History Tea

By: Jessica Peña, Staff Writer

Volunteer State Community College hosted the annual Women’s History Tea Wednesday, March 23, in the Mary Nichols Carpeted Dining Room.

The Women’s History Tea is an annual event that welcomes guest speakers to come to Vol State to speak on the importance of women’s roles in society and how to better include the diversity appreciation as a whole.

The event was coordinated and created by Dr. Kenny Yarbrough, Director of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives.

This year, the event was decorated as a Parisian-themed ambiance with Eiffel Tower figures with black, white and red table decor.

An assortment of teas decorated each table and volunteers from Virginia Rockwood’s French class waited to serve everyone.

The keynote speaker at the tea was Dr. Heidi Leming, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Leming’s speech was titled “What Do You Believe?” and she engaged the audience to join with others in similar action to help revolutionize the push for equality.

“Beliefs are so important in shaping not only our individual actions, but how to foster a healthy democracy,” said Leming.

Leming spoke about the issues and milestones in women’s history, including the literacy gap between men and women in the 1700’s and later coeducation.

“Women have struggled with living up to the promise of their education and at the same time fulfilling a female role,” said Leming.

Leming urged the audience to pay attention to the critical role women play in the world of higher education.

“I can say that one area we need to do more work in is supporting women from minority populations to achieve their goals in getting a degree or higher education,” said Leming.

Leming closed her speech with a challenge for her audience to become activists like the women before to help pave the way for the opportunities women have in this day and age.

“Join with others in the continued pursuit of joy and happiness.

“We aspire to have these democratic ideals as Americans. To be an ordinary American, but with extraordinary dreams,” said Leming, in her closing statement.

Dianna Johnson, a non-traditional student at Vol State, said she enjoyed the message from Leming’s speech.

“I thought she said some very interesting and inspirational things.

“As women, the odds have usually been stacked against us and I think she [Leming] touched on subjects that we all feel pretty strongly about,” said Johnson.

Johnson is not only a student at Vol State, but she works for the city of Gallatin, Tennessee.

Johnson is a recipient of the Vol State Foundation Scholarship and will be speaking at the annual Educate a Woman Luncheon at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee on April 22.

Approximately 30 people attended the Women’s History Tea event and only a couple of them were men.

“That is something we have to think about in terms of how we can attract more men to this particular type of event,” said Yarbrough.

The lunch menu for the event included deli spirals, popcorn chicken, salad, vegetable platters, and Cheesecake cubes.

As attendees enjoyed the food, Rockwood’s volunteers served guests hot tea and spoke simple French phrases for guests to respond to with the help of the event pamphlet.

After lunch servings, Vicki Dretchen, Diversity and Cultural Awareness Committee Chair, announced the award recipients for the event.

The recipients were Kay Dayton, Dr. Kimberly Caldwell and Dr. Carol Bussey.

Yarbrough awarded Leming for being a guest speaker at the Women’s History Tea, and Dretchen for her all of her efforts as a Committee Chair.

 

Blake’s Book Bag: The Parthenon panic

By: Blake Bouza, Assistant Editor

Nashville has been coined as the Athens of the South. This is because in the early days, there were not too many educational opportunities in the South. Nashville began building colleges and universities to make up for the lack of education, also instituting the South’s first public school system.

Just as the Athens of ancient Greece, Nashville became the metropolitan center for education and culture in the South, a pinnacle of knowledge and wealth for the area.

While other cities have since made up for the lack of educational opportunity and Nashville does not quite go by this name anymore, opting for a more modern “Music Capital of the World,” there are still testaments to Nashville’s Athenian roots.

This includes the dozen of prestigious colleges all around the city, from Vanderbuilt and Belmont to Trevecca and Fisk.

It is because of this nickname that they built the Parthenon replica in Centennial Park during the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition to celebrate Nashville’s 100th year in the Union.

The Parthenon is a scale replica, the columns and pillars the same length/height/width as the actual Parthenon in Greece. The Athena Parthenos replica stands golden in the center of the second floor while the first floor is devoted to art pieces and a museum about the construction of the replica in the late 1890s.

You may have seen the Parthenon and the Athena replica in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief movie based on the best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. While the Parthenon does not appear in the book that the movie is based on, it does showcase an action sequence where the main characters face off against a Hydra in the main room in front of the Athena Parthenos.

So hey, what better place to spotlight a series about Greek demigods than the Parthenon?

Rick Riordan does something special with the Percy Jackson series: he makes the Greek myths relevant, modern, interesting, and hilarious. The series follows the (mis)adventures of demigod UN-extraordinaire, Perseus Jackson – son of the sea god, Poseidon.

The first series chronicles the efforts of Camp Half-Blood, a haven in Long Island for demigods, to stop the ancient titan Kronos from rising again and taking vengeance on the Greek gods.

Percy grows up through the book series, going from twelve to sixteen over the course of the novels. He deals with many aspects of the Greek mythos, from finding the Golden Fleece to battling the Minotaur, traversing the dangerous Labyrinth and visiting the River Styx.

Riordan writes with a sense of wryness and the dry wit is a signature of the series, as the characters comment on the inconsistencies of the ancient legends and on the many, many transgressions committed by the Greek gods in their “sovereign rule” of humanity.

Mount Olympus presides over the Empire State Building, Medusa owns a statue garden, the witch Circe runs an amusement park in the Sea of Monsters, Daedalus is an out-of-work engineer, Poseidon wears swimming trunks and Hawaiian shirts.

Percy and his romance with fellow Half-Blood Annabeth, daughter of Athena, has sparked an Internet phenomenon known as a fandom. The celebrity nickname for the two of them is Percabeth.

In the sequel series, The Heroes of Olympus, we get to see from Annabeth’s point-of-view in the POV shift from first-person of the first series to third-person of the second.

Just read it, you won’t be sorry. You’ll gain knowledge of the Greek mythos that you can impress your friends with. It’ll also expand your awareness about just how much our current society draws from Greek culture and mythology, from names to customs.

While the books are labeled as “Middle Grade” reading level, it’s worth the read. Just don’t expect anything too serious.

Riordan hasn’t limited himself to writing about Greek mythology in modern day. He’s expanded to Roman and Egyptian mythos with the Kane Chronicles, and this year he will be releasing a fourth series dealing with Norse myths.

 

Vol State’s ThinkFast Game Show a success

By: Shannon Feaganes, Web Editor

Volunteer State Community College hosted a ThinkFast Game Show celebrating Women’s History Month in the cafeteria March 2, at 12:45 p.m.

ThinkFast is an interactive game show created for colleges by TjohnE Booking & Production.  

ThinkFast allows college staff to customize the game show to fit certain themes and test student knowledge. ThinkFast provided game show buzzers, studio equipment, and interactive technology.    

TjohnE’s ThinkFast host, Paul Giambalvo, asked 12 students from the audience to volunteer to participate in the game who were given wireless keypads, and would allow them to answer questions displayed on the screen by pressing buttons on the keypad.

Each participating student was given a team name, and for each question answered correctly, they would gain points.

The questions were multiple choice and included both pop culture references as well as women’s history.

There were four talent portions in which contestants volunteered to compete against one another for placement in the final round by singing, dancing, or debating.  

Between a series of questions, a set of facts regarding women’s history appeared on the screen and polls were taken.  One of the polls asked the question, “Do you consider yourself a feminist?” to which half of the contestants answered, “Yes.”  

During the final round, the four remaining contestants had their speed tested when they were asked to answer a set of pop culture questions.

Those that hit their buzzer first would receive one hundred points if they answered the question correctly.  

The winner of ThinkFast and the grand prize of $200, with a total of 5000 points, was Aaron Smith, a Vol State student, who shared his prize with his friend.  

“I’m happy with my win, and I split it with my friend so we could get some lunch,” said Smith.  

The game show attracted the attention of the students in the dining room.  

“I’m happy that we had enough people to have a good time, but of course the more the merrier, and we had 100 at most,” said Giambalvo, “it would’ve been great to have more people, but we made the best of it, I think.”

Students expressed excitement about the ThinkFast Game Show after it was over, expressing hope that it would return next semester.  

“I think it was really, really fun,” said Penny Arwood, a Vol State student, “I would really like to participate next time.”        

       

Honors students donate book drive contributions

By: Blake Bouza, Assistant Editor

Students in the Honors Leadership and Development class hosted a book drive at Volunteer State Community College on Monday, Feb. 15 – Friday, Feb. 26.

Donations were taken to Safe Haven, a Nashville-based shelter-to-housing program whose official mission is empowering Middle Tennessee homeless families with children to achieve lasting self-sufficiency, said Christopher Keller, Community Relations Manager.

The project was put together by Shannon Feaganes, Victoria Anderson, Kyle Homer, and Jenny Hernandez, students of the leadership class.

“Over 200 books were donated. It was much more than we expected,” said Hernandez.

“Honestly, we expected around 50 books. It was amazing to have students, faculty, and staff contribute to our book drive,” she said.

Keller said that he was impressed at how hands-on the students in the leadership class were.

“They took care of the details with little help from us, which was great,” Keller said.

Keller’s role is to coordinate volunteer activities that happen daily at the shelter and meet families’ basic needs. This includes finding volunteers to provide dinners, staffing after school programs and special events.

Additionally, he coordinates many community events such as the book drive.

“We were overwhelmed at the quantity and quality of the donation,” Keller said.

He went on to say that all residents at Safe Haven, including children and parents, will have access to the books.

“We have a library here and we actually let residents keep any books they are interested in,” said Keller.

He said that this encourages a love for reading and is helpful for families to begin to read together.

“Reading is also a great way for families to relax and have quality time and escape from the day-to-day pressures of life,” Keller said.

In addition to books donated from faculty and students, Hernandez said that Guild Elementary School donated the majority of children’s books the drive received.

She said that the book drive is a great way to make a difference in the local community.

“This could definitely become an annual event. I would love to pass on the torch of this responsibility to another group of students,” said Hernandez.

Keller said that he is looking forward to working with students from Vol State in the future. He encouraged any students interested in volunteering in Safe Haven’s children’s program as a tutor or enrichment volunteer to visit safehaven.org for more information.

“I humbly enjoyed making a positive difference and promoting education for Safe Haven,” Hernandez said.

Editorial: Taking responsibility for your actions

By: Sara Keen, Editor-in-Chief

We all have a tendency to lay blame elsewhere when something goes wrong, but we happily take credit when something is right.  Whether that something is a class, assignment or relationship, when something goes wrong put the blame somewhere else.  

Everyone does it, and we often find ourselves giving reminders that maybe we are blaming the wrong person or thing.

As adults, we have to take responsibility for our own actions and contributions to what happens in our lives.  Whether you understand that you are partially to blame or receive credit, you know that you did something to affect that situation.

If you fail a class after a semester of procrastination, laziness or anything non-academic, then the blame is yours.  The educator cannot be entirely to blame, and sometimes you are not either.  For example, you can fail because of medical issues or personal issues that are repeatedly inhibiting your own ability to learn.  

Even with a legitimate reason, however, there is still blame that can fall to you.  Seldom is a situation so black and white that the blame falls solely on a single individual.  

We all have to make choices, and those choices can inevitably “make or break” us.  When a friendship ends, we want to blame the other party because we feel better by thinking that we are innocent in its downfall.

That just tends not to be true.  Both parties have an effect on a friendship, and typically when things end there is a reason on both sides.  Maybe you were not a good listener, or they were terrible with secrets.  Both people have their own reasons, and it tends to blame the other person.

As adults we have to learn that, as Spiderman puts it, “with great power, comes great responsibility.”  We have the ability to make decisions that affect not only ourselves, but also others, and that needs to be considered.  

So the responsibility falls on our shoulders, not to lay blame for our actions or the actions of others but to find a way to repair or cope with our decisions.  When you make a mistake, own it, and fix it if you can.

Mistakes and decisions are not reversible, and often take a long time to repair when they go considerably bad.  Life is not a video game, and you cannot undo, repeat or start over without saving when you mess up.  

We all want that ability, but all we have is the choices we make.  Those choices today can affect the rest of your life, so choose wisely.

Off-Campus art exhibit celebrates Black History Month

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(Pictured: Resistance is Futile by Samuel Dunson.  Photo courtesy of Barbara Harmon.)

By: Barbara Harmon, Assistant Editor

Volunteer State Community College hosted events dedicated to Black History Month. Those events commemorated historical events and observed occurrence in today’s society.

The Hendersonville Arts Council at Monthaven Mansion, which will annually host “Art Off-Campus,” an exhibit for Vol State students’ art, also featured a special exhibit during this time.

“Men of Winter: a fine art exhibition in celebration of Black History Month,” was curated by Carlton Wilkinson, proprietor of Wilkinson Arts and former photography teacher at Vol State.

“This exhibition represents a collective of Tennessee-based, male artists who are addressing their creativity in consideration of these contemporary times.

“They will be showcasing their perspectives of circumstances, in terms of one’s own existence,” according to the “Men of Winter” statement.

Some of the artists included in this exhibition were James Threalkill, Leroy Hodges and Samuel Dunson.

“We are in the still winter as there is an environment of social and economic chilliness in our world.

“However, there remains the projection of hope, continuity and productivity as we prepare for the spring season for renewal,” according to the statement.

Included in the exhibit was “I am a Man,” by Leroy Hodges.

“This picture was based on the sanitation workers in Memphis protesting for higher wages and the removal of glass ceilings, in terms of promotion.

“And this march took place right around the time Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated  in 1968,” said Wilkinson.

“Resistance is Futile,” by Samuel Dunson, relates to Michael Brown.

“This piece is an eye-opener. He’s relating to black males shot by police.

“It could happen anywhere—it could be in Ferguson, which by appearance isn’t ghetto, but poor or rich it doesn’t matter,” said Wilkinson.

The blood the man in the picture bleeds is an American flag.

“Dunson, who is also a professor of studio art at Tennessee State University, speaks about the subject of his work—the misrepresentation and mistreatment of African-Americans—with a warmth that might seem to mask his intensity, but which often underscores how ordinary incidents of violence against African-Americans have become.

“For him, it culminated with reports of the shooting of Walter Scott, a 50-year-old South Carolina man who was shot in the back eight times as he fled from a police officer after a traffic stop,” according to nashvillescene.com.

James Threalkill’s painting, “Wrapped in Glory,” is of a young African-American man wrapped in an American flag and bleeding in the area covering his heart.

“It’s the mood—the black and white, and the only thing he wanted in color was the blood—the symbolism of blood.

“I think you could probably relate that to a gunshot wound,” said Wilkinson.

“Destined for Greatness,” another piece by James Threalkill, is of an African-American child with a graduation cap on and ambitions surrounding him: teacher, scientist, judge, president, engineer, artist, doctor, CEO, inventor, mayor, athlete.

Wilkinson said Threalkill’s work is usually uplifting like this one, and “Wrapped in Glory” was a different piece for him.

“He was obviously thinking of contemporary issues concerning Black Lives Matter,” said Wilkinson.

“I think there is a lot of misunderstanding that is relating to that, because people see it as anti-police, but it’s about anti-corruption.

“And so, no one’s saying not to have police—I don’t think anyone would want that, but there are elements of the situations where black young, black males are treated differently, in terms of arrest and what have you,” said Wilkinson.

This exhibition ended on March 12, but these pieces and other African-American art can be purchased through Wilkinson Arts.

The next “Art Off-Campus” exhibit for Vol State students’ art will be May 14-June 14, said Dan Titcomb, Executive Director of Hendersonville Arts Council.

 

Vol State participates in virtual college fair

By: Jessica Peña

Volunteer State Community College was among 27 institutions in the state to participate in the first statewide virtual college fair March 16, from 1-6 p.m.

Tennessee Pathway Day was coordinated by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) and offered a new way for current and upcoming college students to familiarize themselves with potential colleges of their choice.

The Tennessee Board of Regents has created a virtual college for the tech savvy generation.

According to the TBR website, participating colleges included all TBR institutions like Austin Peay University, East Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University and University of Memphis.

Participants of the college fair could register and login from their computers, tablets or smart phones and visit any of the available colleges, and were able to chat online with advisors to ask any questions they may have about their institution.

“It was a fairly simple, straightforward process,” said Virginia Moreland, Associate Director of Communications and Marketing at the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Moreland said the Tennessee Pathway Day was a new event created to enhance what institutions were already doing.

“Many students may not have the time or resources to attend a physical college fair, especially with a campus located far away.

A virtual college fair provides a convenient means of communicating with a variety of colleges from across the state in a single afternoon without leaving home,” said Moreland.

Each college had an online booth with links to download and view books, or other materials about their institution.

The booths also included links to specific information on the universities’ websites and videos about the schools.

Just as a physical college fair, participants could visit with as many or as few colleges as they chose.

Moreland said one objective of the event was to build awareness of the Tennessee Transfer Pathway program, so potential students could explore their options.

“Students that were considering starting at Vol State and then transferring onto one of the four year public universities, had the opportunity to talk to representatives at both colleges about that major, and the transfer process.

“It’s a great way for students to start mapping out their college plans,” said Annette Wagner, Assistant Director of Admissions at Vol State.

“It was a very user friendly format, so Vol State was confident that the students would be able to navigate it without a problem,” said Wagner.

Wagner said that the fair does not replace any other programs they have going on, but it is another way to showcase and share all about Vol State to prospective students.

“As a college, we are always looking for different ways to reach out to our prospective students. We want to connect with them in a format that works best for them.

“This is simply a new avenue that we can use to help them explore all that Vol State has to offer,” said Wagner.

Any students who missed Tennessee Pathway Day still have a chance to check out information on their institution.

College booths will be available online for another 30 days for anyone who would like to visit and learn more about the participating colleges. The link is tnpathwayday.org