Settler spotlight is on Joanne Brown, master gardener

Master Gardener Joanne Brown. Photo by Hailey Bossert

The Volunteer State Community Garden is home to flowers, vegetables, fruits, bees, birds, and much more thanks to volunteers, campus gardeners and Master Gardener Joanne Brown.

Brown was a student at Vol State and graduated with a degree in general business in 2010. After completing her degree, Brown began her journey of becoming a Master Gardener through theUniversity of Tennessee Extension Service.

According to, UT’s main goal with this program is to increase the availability of horticultural information to improve quality of life with community garden or landscape programs. Continue reading

Vol State Financial Aid director Sue Pedigo retires after 48 years

Sue Pedigo

By Katelyn Marshall

Financial Aid Director Sue Pedigo is this week’s faculty spotlight.

Pedigo has been a charter member of the first employees at Vol State and has been in the Financial Aid office for the entire 48 years that she has been at Vol State.

Pedigo is a Vol State graduate. She is married, has two children and six grandchildren. Continue reading

Plant sale to raise money for scholarships


Hailey Bossert

Volunteer State Professor Jeff Kent will be hosting an annual plant sale Thursday, April 18, to fundraise for student scholarships.
For those who cannot make it to the first sale, a second one will be held April 26 at the greenhouse.

All proceeds from the plant sale will go into the Math and Science Division Watlington Scholarship fund, given in honor of Joseph Conrad Watlington, according to the Volunteer State website.

At least two students per year are awarded scholarships from the profits of the sale. Continue reading

Vol State welcomes new assistant vice president of Student Services


By Gloria Cortes

Volunteer State Community College’s new Assistant Vice President of Student Services Kyle Barron started April 1.

As new assistant vice president, Barron is responsible for the supervision of the offices of Disability Services, Student Engagement and Support, Diversity and Inclusion, and the TRIO program. He’s also responsible for traditional affairs and Title IX issues for students.

Sharing how he was welcomed to Vol State, Barron said, “I got a fancy tie. [I just started] and it’s been a great welcome so far. I spent a little time with Dr. Faulkner, getting to know him and his expectations for the employees and just getting to know all the offices and areas I’ll be working with on a daily basis. They’ve all been really warm receptive, and I look forward to working with them more,” said Barron. Continue reading

Club Spotlight is on student government


By Katelyn Marshall

The Student Government Association is under Volunteer State Community College’s club spotlight.

“There is an SGA Presidents’ Wall in the Wood Campus Center, 217 hallway—you have to look up and see all of the frames, as well as the international flags,” Tabitha Sherrell said, who has been at Vol State for seven years and co-advises SGA with Nancy Blomgren. “According to those pictures, SGA has been around for 47 years, with the first year being in 1972.” Continue reading