KEY lectures keep minds engaged

By Haley Bossert

Volunteer State Community College will host a series of KEY lectures to promote lifelong learning.
KEY stands for “Keep Educating Yourself.”

The objective of these lectures is to keep participants minds engaged while informing them of various topics ranging from honey bees to caring for the elderly.

The discussion topics will be discussed in the following order: “Elder Care Law Issues,” “Wizard of Oz,” “The Reformation – 1517,” “Honey Bees 101,” “Tennessee Self-Defense Law and Firearm Simulator,” and “The Korean War and the Relevance to Current Political Issues.” Continue reading

Baba Musa and Nature’s Drummers perform traditional African music

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By Gloria Cortes

The Volunteer State Community College Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Performing Arts Department are hosting the Baba Musa and Nature’s Drummers performance of traditional African music on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 12:30- 2 p.m. in the Caudill Hall auditorium.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has hosted events throughout February to commemorate Black History Month.

“It seems like the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is doing something to get people interested and attend these events, and I think they are doing a good job,” said Vol State freshman Jacob Propst. Continue reading

Donations being accepted for veteren’s care packages

By Katelyn Marshall

The Student Veterans of America at Volunteer State Community College will be accepting donations for care packages to be sent overseas to deployed units, now until Friday, March 15, at 5 p.m. There will be boxes located around the campus that donations can be put into. This is a fundraiser and special event, according to Vol State’s website.

“The Veterans Care Package drive is an event to help gain items to send to a deployed unit to help them with items they cannot easily access while deployed,” Tiffany Zwart, Coordinator of Student Support, said in an email.

“Some of these items are necessities, like hygiene items. Others are items of comfort and reminders of home, like cookies, protein bars, hot sauces for meals, and candy or gum. The individuals in the unit benefit from this.” Continue reading

Students host Dr. Seuss book drive

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By Lauren Fraine

National Read Across America Day and Dr. Suess share a birthday, March 2.

The Future Educators Club of Volunteer State Community College is having a book drive to provide books to low-income children at local schools who may not be able to otherwise obtain them.
The Future Educators Club is a group of students, at Vol State, mostly made up of education majors who are interested in education.

The hygiene drive, welcome week and fall festival/spring flings are other events hosted by the Future Educators Club. Continue reading

Guest speaker Dr. Frank E. Dobson comes to Vol State

Photo by Gloria Cortes

By Gloria Cortes

The Volunteer State Community College Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted Rendered Invisible, featuring Dr. Frank E. Dobson Jr., in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room B Wednesday Feb. 13, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in honor of Black History Month.

Guest speaker Dobson from Vanderbilt University spoke about his book Rendered Invisible, which is a historical fiction novel that tells the story of a murderer who killed multiple black men in the 1970s and 80s: the Calliber Killer.

“My reason for writing [Rendered Invisible] was to tell a story- a historical story- that hadn’t been told before, that needed to be told…. My book is about an instance of a racially-motivated killing spree that didn’t get the attention [it needed], almost as though the people who were victimized were not important. My story says they were important, their lives were important, their lives matter too,” said Dobson. Continue reading