Vol State Men’s Basketball season starts

By: Nick Kieser

The 2018-19 basketball season is going to be tipping-off on Nov.2 at Snead State Community College.

With a record of 8-18 to finish last year’s season the coaching staff is preparing their players for another season.

“This year we have five guys coming back beside George Stanberry that played in about every game last year. We have Justin Goodson who is a pretty good shooter returning as well,” said head coach Rusty Melvin.

Stanberry, according to Melvin, is the best junior college basketball athlete in the nation. Scoring 726 points last year Stanberry was the men’s JUCO basketball leader in points to finish the season.

“Jordan Buchanan from Bowling Green is the most improved player from last year. He hit a shot in the tournament last year to put the game into overtime,” said Melvin.

Starting at the beginning of the school year the team reported to practices, and according to Melvin, he could not be there most of the time due to his wife having hip replacement surgery.

Having assistant coaches Ethan Abner, Ken Miller, and Neil Patel to run the practices the roster was still working out every day on a routine schedule.

“I feel good about it. This is the most enjoyable group of kids that I ever have had to coach. The assistants had them going all September while I was out on leave taking care of my wife. I have been back since the start of October and they have the tempo set already,” said Melvin.

“I need to be more vocal this year. I have last years experience to go off of, and I am still learning to be the best leader that I can be,” said Stanberry.

The 16-man roster has its first regular season game on Nov. 2 at Snead State Community College. Game one in Gallatin is Nov. 5 versus Bethel University’s junior varsity team.

“I am excited and focused. I want to win more. The more wins will equal having good opportunities this year. We have more size and role players on this roster now,” said Stanberry.

“We need to be leaders for everyone on the team. We will keep mentoring each other as well. Team chemistry will help make this team good this year,” said guard Kevin Rimmer.

Winning two games on the road last season and averaging 79 points a game is how the men’s team finished, but this year the schedule, according to Melvin, is not an easy one.

“You can just tell the way they play that they have confidence in themselves. I see them in the gym shooting and working on things. I do not have to tell them to play hard. They know what I want from them,” said Melvin.

“Work on more of my defense, and being in the right place at the right time. We are trying to put Vol State on the map. The more support the better,” said Stanberry.

Fall Activities

By: Shelby Leighton

With the weather finally chilling, and pumpkins everywhere you go – fall is slowly coming to end just as quickly as it began.

That doesn’t mean there’s still not plenty to do to stay in the spirits of fall. So, make the most of autumn with these free activities around Sumner County.

Fall Extravaganza – Hosted at Hendersonville First United Methodist Church Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The extravaganza will offer a wide variety of handcrafted gift items by over 80 craft artists. There will also be a large Bake Sale, Freezer Pleezers, Caramel Apples, plus a silent auction. This is a fundraiser that benefits missions of the United Methodist Women of HFUMC.

GracePoint Church & FBC Winchester Community Fall Festival – Hosted at the Sumner County Fairgrounds Oct. 27, from 4- 6 p.m. This festival will have bounce houses, carnival games, face painting, food, trunk or treating, and more.

Saturday Night Cruise-In and Trunk or Treat – Hosted at the Gallatin City Hall Oct. 27, from 4-8 p.m. Come to see the antique and classic cars of Gallatin while having a fun at the trunk or treat for the kids. A night filled with oldies music, door prizes and a ride of the week trophy.

Halloween In the Park – Hosted at Moss-Wright Park in Goodlettsville Oct. 27, from 1-3 p.m. Come to enjoy crafts, a pumpkin patch, games, photo booths, a DJ, dancing, and treats from local businesses and organizations.

Trunk or Treat at Newton Nissan – Hosted at Newton Nissan, Oct. 28, from 3-5 p.m. Come to join the community for fun, games, food, and of course, candy. This year Newton Nissan is adding a fun photo booth for family pictures to be taken, a nice way to remember such an event.

Harvest Festival – Hosted at Celebration of Life Church in Hendersonville Oct. 28, from 1-7 p.m. This festival includes food trucks, hayrides, face painting, live music, bounce houses, tonnes of games, and so much more. The church will also be hosting a food drive and taking donations where all proceeds will be given to Sumner County families in need during the upcoming holiday season.

Free stuff for students

By: Yvonne Nachtigal

Microsoft Office 365 is available FREE to all Vol State students.

Essentially, the same as Microsoft Office 2016, the difference between Office 2016 and Office 365 is only which of the cloud services are included.

According to the Microsoft website, both include Office 2016 Windows and Mac versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher.

Access on up to five computers per user, as well as the Office apps on five phones and tablets per user.

To download your copy, go to https://www.volstate.edu/students where Office 365 is listed under “Tools.”

This software is free to you with your Vol State tuition.

Students wanting to get a license for Rosetta Stone software should visit the Language Center at the Learning Commons and pick up a blue Rosetta Stone language user software request card.

Fill out the card with your name, email and which language you would like to request and turn it into Suzanne Previte.

You will receive an email from Rosetta Stone with login information once you can access the program.

Vol State has a finite number of licenses for Rosetta Stone and language students will be given priority.

Previte said that due to the limited number of licenses, after 30 days of non-use, students will receive an email letting them know their license has been canceled, but it can easily be renewed again.

Adobe Products Can Be Purchased with an Educational Discount.

According to Vol State Art Faculty Chair, Nathaniel Smyth, the school has an institutional license for Adobe software for college-owned hardware and a very limited number of additional licenses for faculty.

Smyth recommends that students needing Adobe software take advantage of the educational discount offered by Adobe. Individual student licenses can be purchased beginning at $9.99 per month.

For other student discounts including the Dell Member Purchase Program Coupon, visit https://www.volstate.edu/discounts.

Story Slam

By: Yvonne Nachtigal

The Story Slam is returning for its second year, on Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018, from

11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. at Thigpen Library in the Rochelle Center.

“There are some students who we have asked to come to speak, but it will primarily be an open mic event,” said Dr. Shellie Michael.

Storytellers can present a personal Halloween story or personal story on another topic.

Stories can be 2 to 4 minutes in length.

Snacks will be provided and the winners will be voted on.

The second-place winner will receive $50 and the first-place winner will receive $75.

Dr. Michael said that last year’s event was a great success.

“We literally laughed and cried,” she said.

Students who are interested in participating can show up at the event or contact Tabitha Sherrell for more details at Sherrell@volstate.edu or 615-230-3799.

Annual security report

By: Jim Hayes

The Volunteer State Community College Police Department released the Annual Security Report, detailing campus crimes reported to the FBI and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for 2017.

The department reported 17 crimes to the FBI and 40 to the TBI. The numbers do not match
because of differing reporting requirements between the two agencies.

In 2016, only one crime was reported to the FBI and none were reported to the TBI.

“I think the crime rate is low because of officer presence, and the fact that we don’t have dorms
here, that makes a huge difference,” said Lisa Morris, Senior administrative assistant to Police
Chief Angela Lawson.

“People are here a shorter amount of time. They go to class and then go home,” said Morris.

Only the Gallatin and Livingston campuses reported incidents to the FBI in 2017. The TBI
statistics are not broken down by individual campuses.

The Gallatin campus had 13 incidents to report to the FBI. They included three in the burglary
and drug law arrest categories, two in the domestic violence category and one each in the
aggravated assault, motor vehicle theft, stalking, weapons law violation referral and weapons law
arrest categories.

Livingston reported single occurrences of domestic violence, liquor law arrests, stalking and
weapons law arrests to the FBI.

The TBI reporting was highlighted by 13 intimidations, and 11 thefts from buildings.

The Vol State police force consists of 9 full-time officers supplemented by part-time police
officers from local law enforcement departments.

To qualify to be reported to the FBI, an incident has to meet the parameters for Uniform Crime
Reporting as set forth by the bureau.

Blood Drive

By: Gloria Cortes

The American Red Cross held a blood drive at the Rochelle Center in the Thigpen Library of Volunteer State Community College Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We’re the collection side of the blood drive. So, we come out, we get a schedule, we go to the places that have set up with us,” said American Red Cross blood drive supervisor Howard Anderson.

“We’ve had 36 sign up, but that’s not including the people that signed up online, that’s just the signup sheet I have from the school,” said Anderson.

“I’d like to donate blood, but I don’t think I have the time to do that right now,” said sophomore Thomas Williams.

He said 16 people had been able to donate so far that day.

“Our goal today is 39 donations,” said Anderson.

He said the turnout has been good and steady throughout the day.

“A lot of people were there, outside the library, so I’m sure the blood drive went well,” said sophomore Rachel Spurlock.

He said he also hopes that the blood drive will raise student awareness about giving back to the community.

“I hope it makes the students aware of their ability to give back something because the blood drive helps people. With one pint of blood, you are affecting three lives. We take one unit back to our lab and break it down into platelets, plasma, and red cells. So that’s three different people you’re going to affect,” said Anderson.

“I would consider donating blood. I have before,” said adjunct history professor Melanie Cochran.

She said she believes that the blood drive is good because donating encourages positive community involvement.

“I think it’s good. It gets people to be more involved with the community, and help out our neighbors,” said Cochran.

TN Reconnect spotlight

By: Riley Holcraft

The Tennessee Reconnect Program gives eligible, nontraditional students the chance to attend community colleges free of tuition, and Volunteer State Community College is home to several participants.

Lindsay Williams is a reconnect student enrolled in the Vol State Dental Assistant Program; she is also president of the Dental Assistants Club.

Williams is passionate about leading a club dedicated to real-life, hands-on experience that encourages students to get an authentic taste for a career in dental assisting.

“I have come to Vol State twice before and just never really found the degree I was truly passionate about,” said Williams.

After she job-shadowed a dental assistant at a local office in Hendersonville, she discovered her love for the career.

In August, Williams was admitted into the program as a Tennessee reconnect student. She revealed that finding her interest and becoming president of the Dental Assistants Club, “has completely changed my life!”

Enrollment at Vol State is not her only recent milestone. The former Miss Kelley became Mrs. Williams in August of last year.

Her husband, Phillip, is a preacher at a local church. Williams upholds certain responsibilities as the preacher’s wife that includes teaching Sunday school, getting involved in church activities, and showcasing positive energy.

She is recognized as “a Tennessee girl at heart” that is proud of the Christian faith, and she enjoys spending quality time with her husband, church family, and friends.

Williams hopes to become a mother in the near future and raise her child within the church culture.

In her free time, she operates a craft business making and selling wreaths and home decor. She remains busy by juggling school, church, and other hobbies, but her main goal in life is to use her compassion and humility to help and inspire others.

Since serving her community is vital to her, Williams always tries to find a way to intertwine her daily routine with the helping of others.

Her value of service blends well with The Dental Assistants Club since it is involved in multiple service-learning projects throughout the year.

Williams admires “the daily opportunity we have to improve someone’s self-confidence, the excitement of preparing treatments for patients, and our positive influence on people.”

Being a part of both the program and the club encourages students to not only perform the job correctly but also become ethical people dedicated to quality care for patients.

TN Reconnect spotlight

By: Yvonne Nachtigal

Volunteer State Community College Spanish major Ch’Mar Butler loves language.

“I love to speak and read, also write. It helps stimulate me,” said Butler.

Butler was eight credits from his degree and took advantage of the TN Reconnect program to return to college.

“I know the benefits of a degree. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Reconnect,” said Butler.

Butler is a classically trained tenor who sang for President Clinton.

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Butler went directly to Tougaloo College in Mississippi after high school. He received a scholarship for singing in his school’s concert choir.

Butler says his college experience now is much different from when he was younger.

“People were more involved on campus then. Clubs, organizations. I mean, they’re still here, but not with the fervor they had,” said Butler.

He is vice president of the Black Student Union formerly AASU, which will be meeting Wednesdays at 11 a.m., in the Woods Campus Center building, beginning the week after fall break.

Butler has been married for 14 years to his wife, Keesha, and the couple has four children.

“Being married and working full-time. It’s a challenge to find time for school,” said Butler.

Having formerly worked as an entrepreneur, he is now a bilingual insurance analyst. His goal is to be a translator for the court system, go abroad and teach English in Spanish speaking countries.

He encourages students to step out and be more involved at college.

“Go out for that club, say hi to that person you think is cool. It’s ok to be afraid use that fear. Because once it’s over, it’s over. Regrets can be haunting and unforgiving,” said Butler.

TN Reconnect spotlight

By: Gloria Cortes

Tari Pearson is a mother, a nurse assistant, and a Vol State TN Reconnect sophomore.

She said she came back to school to become a registered nurse now that she does not have to raise her children.

“Basically, to better my life. I started out later in life after taking care of my kids, and now my kids are grown. So, I needed to do something more than just be a housekeeper or things like that, so I decided that I wanted to become a registered nurse, which kind of ties into what I do now,” said Pearson.

Pearson said she is a nurse assistant for a private company.

“You could say I’m a caregiver, so to speak,” said Pearson.

She said she was surprised she was able to get the TN Reconnect grant.

“I was in school in the past and had to put it on hold. I couldn’t get a pell grant so it kind of helps me more and it helps me save more money. School is not cheap, and it’s expensive to go back and start over. It has helped me financially,” said Pearson.

She said she chose Vol State for a few reasons.

“It’s out of Nashville. I wanted to get out of Nashville because I’m from Nashville. And Vol State has an excellent program. I did a little background research on Vol State and they have excellent programs. And it has good connections with other universities in case I want to continue with my career path that way,” said Pearson.

Pearson said she has received different reactions from her family about her going back to school.

“My children are supportive, but other family members, you know how critical some people can be. But a lot of them are supportive, and they want to see me do better and strive in life,” said Pearson.

She said some of her classes have been challenging for her, and it is hard for her to make time for her online classes.

“Anatomy, microbiology, and chemistry. Those are my biggest challenges, but I managed to pass microbiology and anatomy and physiology. Trying to learn formulas and trying to redo math in your head after you haven’t taken it in years is a bit of a challenge,” said Pearson.

She said that Vol State has helped her become stronger.

“I’m a lot stronger than a lot of people think I am. And I can take criticism, whether it’s destructive or constructive,” said Pearson.

National Portfolio Day

By: Nick Kieser

For students at Volunteer State Community College and who are interested in displaying their artwork, there is a National Portfolio Day taking place at Watkins College of Art in downtown Nashville.

The event is on Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. open to the public and is free of charge.

“We are trying to encourage a lot of our art majors who are interested in pursuing art-related degrees. It includes things for architecture, graphic design, fashion design, and other things as well,” said art teacher Nate Smyth.

According to www.Watkins.edu, National Portfolio Day gives the opportunity to meet with experienced college representatives who will review artwork, offer critiques, discuss college plans, and share information about their schools.

“If they have questions about the school or the program they can answer the questions, and usually have swag to give away,” said Smyth.

“I used to work these events as an assistant director of graduate admissions at the School of Art Institution of Chicago, and we used to give out outrageous amounts of stuff,” said Smyth.

Additionally, on the site as well there is an opportunity to be able to show personal artwork publicly.

The way a student or a young professional can participate in this is to register online.

“Any art school you go to you’ll need a portfolio. This gives students an incentive to show their work and really try to show their best,” said student Taylor Phillips.

According to a flyer that is posted on the second floor of the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black building down the art hallway there will be 23 schools represented at the event including the host school as well.