Vol State Hosts Latinx Experience

Elsa Mercado. Photo by Gloria Cortes

By Gloria Cortes

Volunteer State Community College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted an interview preparation and the Latinx Experience through Storytelling event Thursday Jan. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room B.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion administrative assistant Lori Miller said 41 people signed into the event, but there were others who attended but did not sign in.
This event was open to the public and offered food. Continue reading

Pioneer Pen gives students an artistic outlet

By Erin Holloway

“The Pioneer Pen prints any art forms from poetry to short stories, memoirs, photography, videos, cartoons, and songs,” said Laura McClister, faculty advisor and chair of the English department.

The Pioneer Pen has been Volunteer State Community College since 1995, known as “Squatter’s Rites,” before the name was changed, and every year they print a new issue.

The Pioneers Pen makes its yearly issues from art submitted by Vol State students through the school’s website. To submit, go to www.volstate.edu, go to “Academics,” click on “English” and “Publication,” then you sign a Creative Works waiver where you give Vol State permission to print your work while you still own it.  Then, you leave your name, email address and title of your work(s). Continue reading

International Film Series Stairway to Heaven


By Katelyn Marshall

Volunteer State Community College will host the International Film Series, “Stairway to Heaven,” Jan. 24, at 5:30 pm in Caudill Hall.

This film is a romance, fantasy, drama, comedy, and war genre movie about a British wartime aviator who cheats death and must argue for his life before a celestial court, according to IMDb.

“This movie really tells two interwoven stories,” Vol State’s English instructor Sarah Crotzer, said. “One on earth as Peter the fighter pilot fights what appeared to be some sort of seizure that comes over him and seeks help from a local doctor, and in heaven the angel is working to claim his soul. He ultimately has to go up in front of a celestial court to argue that he should stay alive in the arms of the woman he loves.” Continue reading

MLK commemoration

By Jim Hayes

The life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the lives of those killed in mass shootings over the past several years will be commemorated at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, in Caudill Auditorium.

The ceremony will begin with an address by Volunteer State Community College President, Dr. Jerry Faulkner followed by a video in remembrance of those who have died in mass shootings.  A candlelight vigil and moment of silence will take place before a showing of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

“I strongly encourage everyone who can attend to be a part of this important commemoration of the life of a man who changed the course of world history,” said Faulkner in an email sent to Volunteer State students and faculty. Continue reading