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, 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

International Education Week

By: Yvonne Nachtigal

Beginning today, Volunteer State Community College will be celebrating National Education Week with a special event that goes through Thursday, Nov. 15.

Director of International Education John Espey said international education week at Vol State began about 10 years ago as the result of the Tennessee Board of Regents including international education in their goals and programs.

“The primary goal is to prepare students for participation in global society,” said Espey. Continue reading

PTSD lecture takes place at Vol State

By: Riley Holcraft 

Volunteer State Community College continues its Let’s Talk series with a discussion about post-traumatic stress disorder. The audience was mostly made up of students studying to become EMTs; a better understanding of this common condition is useful on the job.

Tiffany Zwart, Coordinator of Student Support, organized this event near Veteran’s Day due to the fact that PTSD targets many members of the military community.

Guest speaker, Joanna Finney Dixon, gave a presentation concerning the causes, symptoms, and treatment of PTSD. Dixon is a licensed marriage and family therapist, mother to three children, and founder of Matters of the Heart Counseling. Continue reading