Vol State fitness center has everything

By Hailey Bossert

Volunteer State students and staff members have free access to the Fitness Center every week day.

The Fitness Center is located in room 105 of the Wesley Pickle Field House building on Vol State’s campus. It is open Monday through Thursday, from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Fitness Center has everything from treadmills and exercise bikes to squat racks and dumbbells. Continue reading

Faculty Spotlight is on Jamie Johnson-Gorczyca


By Katelyn Marshall

Jamie Johnson-Gorczyca is the Settler’s Volunteer State Community College faculty spotlight.

Johnson-Gorczyca, who has been an instructor of English at Vol State for six years, said that she, “grew up all over the place, but spent most of my time in North Carolina before moving to Nashville about three and a half years ago. Growing up, my parents really emphasized the importance ofbooks, and I spent a lot of time reading and writing.”

Johnson-Gorczyca explained, “I was the kid who loved school—so much that I never left. Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, traveling, reading, thinking about going to the gym, spending time with my husband and cats, and traveling.” Continue reading

Letter from Patch

By Jim Hayes

A letter from Patch, the Volunteer State Community College mascot who has not been seen on campus in months, was received by the Settler office last Wednesday.

Postmarked Juneau, Ak., the letter details a litany of issues that Patch says led to a self-imposed exile from the campus.

“Really,” the letter says, “I am dissatisfied with the level of spirit demonstrated by the students at Vol State.” Continue reading

Vol State has a new Humanities Dean

Tonya Daniels

By Lauren Fraine

The Division of Humanities at Volunteer State Community College has a new dean this semester, Dr. Tonya Daniels.

In October 2018, former Dean Jennifer Brezina stepped down to assume the role of Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs.

During the transition period, faculty and staff put forth a helping hand to efficiently maintain the position. Continue reading