Black history month service learning seeks to inform

 

By Riley Holcraft

Volunteer State Community College is hosting a service learning event during Black History Month to raise awareness about sickle cell anemia and glaucoma Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m in the Wallace Health Sciences Building.

The AmeriCorps VISTAs in the Office of Student Services have partnered with Dr. Kenny Yarbrough, manager of diversity and inclusion, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for this event.

The AmeriCorps VISTA program is one designed “to strengthen organizations that alleviate poverty through volunteering and the mobilization of resources,” according to the program website. VISTA stands for Volunteers in Service to America.

The event is open to all students, faculty, and staff in Wallace South 216 and 217, according to Shala Curtis, a member of the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Food will be provided in Room 216, and a hands-on activity lab will be available in Room 217.

This event is not a three hour presentation, Curtis wrote. Attendees are encouraged to come and go, and instructors are allowed to bring classes at any time.

Curtis and Kate Crye, another AmeriCorps VISTA, have planned this event and commented on the inspiration

“Each year, the Corporation for National Community Service has a Day of Service that honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” according to Curtis and Crye. “We decided to plan our event in accordance with Black History Month.”

Curtis and Crye went on to explain that the diseases of sickle cell anemia and glaucoma are being recognized during Black History Month due to the higher frequency of each disease within the African-American population.

According to the American Society of Hematology, 1 in 12 African-Americans carry the sickle cell gene. The Glaucoma Research Foundation states that glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in African-Americans.

Because diseases such as these can affect anyone, the main purpose of the event is to advise students to protect themselves by keeping up with their health. The informative activities and speakers will encourage regular screenings to expose symptoms before the disease becomes destructive.

“There will be a few interactive activity stations. The stations will be managed by members of the Ophthalmic Tech Program. This will be an opportunity for participants to learn about the negative impact of these diseases on their vision. We are hosting Medical professionals from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. They will be present to offer sickle cell disease screenings during the latter portion of the event,” stated Curtis and Crye.

African-Americans and the Great War

 

By Ashley Perham

Grady Eades, chair of Volunteer State Community College’s history department, will present a lecture titled “Closing Ranks: African Americans and the Great War” Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 1. p.m. in Thigpen Library’s Rochelle Center.

The lecture is part of the yearly lecture series put on by the college’s history, economics, geography, and political science department, according to Eades.

“This year being the centennial of the First World War, it only made sense to have our presentations connect to this anniversary,” wrote Eades.

The lecture also ties in to Vol State’s Black History Month events.

The lecture will focus on African-Americans from all over the country, but will also have middle Tennessee anecdotes, wrote Eades.

“The most important point from the presentation is the same point that Black History month tries to convey in general: African Americans have made important contributions to the history and survival of this country,” wrote Eades. “Sadly, those contributions have often been downplayed or ignored.”

Eades has worked on this lecture for about a month, he wrote. His favorite part of lectures like this one are getting to go beyond the basics of the story to “dig into the specifics.”

For students who are interested in learning more about African-Americans in The Great War, specifically from middle Tennessee, Eades recommended “The African-American History of Nashville, TN, 1780-1930” by Bobby Lovett.

“Just about anything on the Harlem Hellfighters is going to be a good read!” Eades wrote.

Lovett’s book is available at Thigpen Library, according to the library’s website.

Eades said that he doesn’t have a favorite event Vol State puts on for Black History Month.

“All of them have value!” he wrote.

He explained why it is important for students to be aware of Black History Month.

“As long as it is necessary to explain why people should be aware of Black History Month, it is important to have a Black History month,” wrote Eades.

Tori Long, a Vol State freshman at the Highland Crest campus in Springfield, wrote that she would be interested in having an event like this lecture at her campus if it pertained to World War I.

Vol State to host Valentine’s concert

 

By Tayla Courage

Volunteer State Community College’s Associate of Fine Arts students will perform a free Valentine’s Day voice concert Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Room 151.

The concert is scheduled for the Tuesday before Valentine’s Day so as not to interfere with Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent, according to Nancy Slaughter, associate professor of music.

The performances will feature a medley of Broadway love songs selected by Slaughter and Mark Granlund, a fellow associate professor of music.

Voice students will be singing the great songs from Musical Theater [sic] of yesterday. You will be humming a familiar tune when you leave!” according to an email from Granland.

The soloists and duets, which will include a married couple, will be accompanied by Slaughter and Granlund, respectively, on the grand piano.

Slaughter said that Vol State students enrolled in a music appreciation course may use this event as a writing opportunity for one of their required concert reports for the semester.

Sophomore Livy Blizzard, one of the performing vocal students, said that she believes the concert will be “a very wonderful affair” to showcase some of Vol State’s most talented students.

“She chose really well for each of her individual singers, as well as Mr. Granlund. So, not only will there be good songs, but there are good vocalists and the songs suit them perfectly and really show the best of their abilities,” said Blizzard.

Slaughter explained that her students have only had a couple of weeks to fully memorize their music, but she acknowledged that the presence of an audience will serve as an incentive for them to give their best performances.

“It makes them want to be even more prepared when they’re going to have an audience, so it’s very supportive for everybody to come,” said Slaughter.

VSCC to repair parking lots, add sidewalks

 

By Presley Green

Volunteer State Community College will be repairing parking lots and adding sidewalks on the Gallatin campus in 2018.

The Parking, Road and Site Upgrade Project is to repair and resurface older parking lots. Also, sidewalks will be added to end the issues students face while walking to the further parking lots across Loop Road, the road the that wraps around campus connecting the entrances.

This project is still in the design phase, but construction is already being scheduled.

The goal of the Parking, Road and Site Upgrade Project is to repair aging parking lots and increase pedestrian safety through the construction of sidewalks on campus,” according to Will Newman, senior director of plant operations.

This upgrade project includes resurfacing Parking Lots A and B, located outside Ramer Administration Building and Caudill Hall, and repairing Lot E, by the tennis courts, and Lot Y, on the east side of campus. The project is not adding additional parking but just repairing and resurfacing current lots that are damaged or old.

A five-foot-wide sidewalk will be constructed around the southwest side of Loop Road, and another sidewalk will connect Loop Road to the center of the campus.

“This project is funded by annual capital maintenance appropriations which are provided by the state. For fiscal year 2016-2017, the state awarded VSCC nearly $1.6 million for site repairs and upgrades. The Parking, Road, and Site Upgrade is estimated to cost $644,000,” according to Newman in an email.

Even though the project is still in the design phase, the construction is estimated to start in the middle of May and is projected to last until the middle of September. The construction is scheduled to take place during the summer months to avoid disturbing students, faculty, and traffic.

Fatima Carreno, sophomore at Vol State who parks in Lot E four days a week said, “I think this upgrade project is great. I rarely walk along Loop Road, but I’m sure many students do and will appreciate the safety of a sidewalk.”

Man on the Quad 2/13/18

 

We here at The Settler have one goal: to let the student’s voice be heard. So we’re beginning a new segment called Man on the Quad to get students’ opinions, thoughts, and ideas. This week we asked students about some of the weirder things they’ve seen on campus. Here are their responses. You can send your question ideas for this segment to aperham1@volstate.edu.

You told us your craziest Valentine’s Day stories:

It was Valentine’s Day, and I had been asked to have dinner with a guy I had just recently begun seeing. We had only been around each other a handful of times and never alone. He took me to Logan’s Roadhouse to eat because all the restaurants were packed, and we were poor 20-year-olds. I got up to go to the restroom, and I slipped on the peanut shells and bust the floor wide open. Instead of immediately getting up like most humans, I lay there for a good five minutes laughing. I realized he was not laughing. Needless to say, that was our last date. – L

When I was in 5th grade, there was a boy in my neighborhood who had a huge crush on me. On Valentines Day, he brought a box of chocolates and flowers to my house when I was in the shower. My older sister thought it would be funny to tell him I was pooping. My mom was laughing too hard to take up for me, and he waited at my front door until I was done in the shower. I was so embarrassed I said thanks and shut the door. – P

One time I had a boyfriend, and he literally got me a toy car for Valentine’s Day. No chocolates, nothing else, just a toy car. And his reasoning was because my car was a piece of crap, and he wanted to get me a new one. We’re not together anymore. – C

I got like this singing valentine one year, and it was from my boyfriend freshman year. And it was supposed to be cute, but it was also his way of breaking up with me, tied to one of the little roses I got. – J

So I’ve actually never had a valentine, but last year my girlfriend broke up with me a couple of days before Valentine’s Day. I was so excited to have my first valentine then she was like bye – N

In first grade, my parents and grandmother set me up with this other little girl because they knew their parents, and I remember being back behind where we’d put bags up and what not. Because it’s in first grade, so everything’s just kind of awkward, and I handed it [the valentine] over because I didn’t want anyone else to see because the other kids would make fun of me “eww you got cooties” – C

My first Valentines with my boyfriend was on campus. He tried to deliver them to me in one of my classes. I was so embarrassed I pretended like I didn’t know who he was. -R

My first Valentines with my boyfriend, he didn’t get me anything. He gave me something a few days later, and I asked him why. He said, “Everything was on sale, and I could buy you the big stuffed bear.” -H

Pioneers to play in Flag City Tournament

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Photo courtesy of Immanuel DeJesus

 

By Nick Kieser

It is time to hit the road for the Volunteer State Community College Pioneers baseball team this weekend. The team will play in the annual Flag City Tournament in Memphis, Tennessee.

The team is looking to get a win early in their season.

Ryan Hunt, head coach, knows that his guys still have some things to work on and is trying to “get all the kinks worked out” with the team.

Because of rain, one of the three games in Memphis has been moved to Vol State’s Garrett Field Feb. 12 at 2 p.m.

The Pioneers feel there are some improvements to be made in pitching.

“We need to throw our strikes better. We walked quite a few guys in our scrimmage versus Trevecca,” said Hunt.

This tournament will help the Pioneers in a few ways. First, the new freshman players will get a sense for how college baseball feels. Each player will have to transition to the fast-paced game played in the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association). The trip to Memphis will also help preview how the team can play at its full potential this season.

“We could do good or even better than last year,” said Hunt about this tournament.

The team has a consistent work ethic and attends practices every weekday. The pitchers arrive at 1:30 p.m., and position players arrive at 2:30 p.m. If there is an intersquad scrimmage, everyone will be at the field at 1:30 p.m.

Freshman relief pitcher, Chase Haley, knows from his time scrimmaging that his coach is watching everyone closely.

Hunt has been running a lot of intersquads lately to see who will fit well into the system before the regular season starts, said Haley.

Still a redshirt, Haley wants to be back to where his pitching performance was in high school. He knows that throwing at 84 mph is not enough to crack the team as a freshman, but the feat is not impossible.

“I want to get back up to 87 mph so I can show the scouts that I am not the same I was in high school,” said Haley.

Despite having a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection for soreness, Haley feels he is progressing at a steady pace. Haley mentioned if he ever gets a chance to play over the weekend that he will “more than likely” throw a fastball as his first pitch.

To make the weekend and season easier, Haley reminds himself to keep an uplifting attitude. “I’ve been sore and that’s the body saying it’s working. If I dwell on my failure, it will continue to happen,” said Haley.

As the regular season nears, the team is realizing what this means for them.

“It’s starting to get close and more real to me,” said Haley.

After the Flag City Tournament, the Pioneers have a hefty workload in front of them.

“It can be a pretty daunting schedule,” said Hunt, talking about the long season his team will have.

Each game will need to have an element of urgency and to be taken seriously. No game on the schedule needs to be taken for granted, but rather, no matter the opponent, each game needs to be played at full speed.

“We’ll have our hands full. There is some good competition this year,” said Hunt.

Aggressiveness will be a major key for the Pioneers as a whole. Making themselves unpredictable will throw opponents off, and hopefully, by listening to Hunt, they can be happy with how they will perform.

The Pioneers home opener is Friday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at Garrett Field versus the Moraine Valley Community College Cyclones.

 

Romantic movies available at Thigpen

 

By Katie Doll

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and whether the time is spent with a significant other or alone, watching romantic movies will fill up the day. Here are five romantic movies available to borrow at Volunteer State Community College’s Thigpen Library.

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Titanic (1997)

One of the highest grossing films of all time, “Titanic” has been considered among the most romantic films of all time with the iconic performances of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Director James Cameron takes the tragic sinking of a real ship and turns it into an action-packed love story between a poor working orphan and a rich young girl who is forced into an engagement with a 30-year-old man.

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When Harry Met Sally (1989)

When two college graduates argue whether or not men and women can have a platonic relationship, they didn’t realize it would be put to the test ten years later. Out of respect for their best friends, Harry and Sally must stay friends, leaving sex out of the equation. This heartwarming romantic classic is perfect for a laugh on Valentine’s Day.

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Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

This Oscar-nominated film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper gives a take on romance in a humorous and complicated way. When Pat, portrayed by Cooper, is released from a psychiatric hospital, he attempts to win his ex-wife back. Along the way, he meets Tiffany, portrayed by Lawrence, who offers to help him win back his wife only if he enters a dance competition with her.

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Brokeback Mountain (2005)

A thoughtful and heartbreaking film, “Brokeback Mountain” tells the story of two cowboys who fall in love almost by accident. Twenty years later, the two, now married men to women, spark up their torturous affair despite homophobic remarks from others. This film tells a story people of the LGBTQ community can relate to.

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Twilight (2008)

This teenage love-sick drama changed the game for vampire and werewolf movies. High school student Bella meets Edward Cullen, a handsome and mysterious vampire, as they fall in love under the odd circumstances of being a human and a vampire. The two’s teenage-obsessed, emotional love story was followed up with three more movies that can create a movie marathon for Valentine’s Day.

Man on the Quad 2/6/18

What would you change about Vol State?

Music students should get advisors that are in the music program or the AFA program – D

Parking. If they paved the extra parking, it’d be perfect, but people don’t know how to park without lines – G

I actually parked over at the maintenance building one time, and somebody hit my car, and there’s no cameras over there so that’s what I would change. Get some cameras over there – M

The piano practice rooms should be soundproof – A

One thing I would change would be more study rooms for the library. They have a really good library, and I really enjoy it and take advantage of it, but more study rooms – J

Make it easier to contact your advisors – F

The cafeteria definitely needs work. Mostly those [booths along wall]. It just needs to be re-done – N

Maybe the bathrooms. Like keeping them more clean- C

Annual Soul Food Luncheon Educates

 

By Presley Green

Vol State’s annual Soul Food Luncheon will be Wednesday, Feb. 7th, 12:45 p.m., in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room in the Wood Campus Center.

Everyone in the campus community is welcome.

There will be a dramatic reading at the luncheon, and Dr. Kenny Yarbrough, manager of diversity and inclusion, will be giving an address.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to kick off Black History Month.

“People bond around food and most Southern people like soul food. This luncheon highlights the origin of soul food, and how it came to be,” according to Yarborough.

The lunch promotes an understanding of culture and unity around something most people appreciate, good food, according to Yarborough.

“By highlighting our similarities, we can learn to appreciate our differences,” according to Yarborough.

 

Vol State Updates Website

 

By Tayla Courage

Volunteer State Community College sent an email announcement notifying students about its new mobile-friendly website Jan. 30.

Cindy Williams, a web designer for Vol State, described how the “clean and contemporary” appearance allows students and faculty to locate information more efficiently.

“The content has been streamlined and formatted in a way that is easier to skim through and read, both visually and by screen readers and assistive technology,” according to an email from Williams.

Harmoni Eddington and Jacob West, two students in Introduction to Electronic Media, voiced their opinions on the layout of the new website.

“It looks a lot more user-friendly,” said Eddington, a freshman.

“It’s snazzy. It looks sleek. It’s much better than the last website,” said West, a sophomore.

Visitors to the website may also notice a name change in the header of the website. Rather than saying “Volunteer State Community College,” the new header simply says “Vol State Community College.”

Market research has revealed that more students prefer the use of “Vol State” when referring to the campus, according to Jason Bugiada, web and digital media administrator.

Since our website serves as our primary online marketing piece for Vol State, we made the decision to incorporate the “Vol State Community College” logo in the top header,” wrote Bugiada.

He also made sure to point out the original “Volunteer State Community College” logo is still on the website’s footer.

Tami Wallace, director of public relations and marketing, is confident in the market research and believes the redesign will prove to be beneficial to both current and incoming students.

“Throughout the planning process of redesigning volstate.edu, our vision was to create an impactful, student-centered platform to attract incoming students as well as emulate our warm campus community in online form,” explained Wallace in an email.

Tips for navigating Vol State’s new website can be found on The Vol State Virtual Community page located at volunteerstatecommunitycollege.blogspot.com.