Thigpen has a new librarian

By Fay Kabasu
Originally from the midwest, Teri Terranova moved to Tennessee with her 8-year-old dog Francesca, a
cairn terrier. After working in business, Teri had decided to become a librarian. In order to do that,
Terranova received a Master’s degree for Library and Information Science from Wayne State University.
She later got her Master’s of Arts in Education at Lindenwood University. This fall semester will be her
first time working at Volunteer State Community College as a librarian. Before coming to work at the
Thigpen Library, Terranova had worked at other college universities and a medical library.
When asked about why she chose her career as a librarian, Teri replied, “Being a librarian NEVER
crossed my mind until a few years ago. I have led a varied career path; doing research at a university,
running several small businesses and working in finance. I have a tendency to get bored easily and was
looking for a profession that wouldn’t grow stagnant after a few years. After investigating many different
career options, the field of library science seemed to be the perfect fit.”
Volstate’s Thigpen Library prides on being a helpful resource for students. Whether it’s for research help,
a quiet place to study, or finding books and dvds, the library is always open for students from 7:30 a.m.-
9:00 p.m. on the weekdays. Students are encouraged to seek help from a librarian, as they are experienced
and qualified guides.
Teri commented, “I love having the opportunity to help people navigate the everchanging and
overwhelming world of information.”
Teri’s favorite quote is, “You should leave your children enough so they can do anything, but not enough
so they can do nothing,” by Warren Buffet.

photo courtesy of  Teri Terranova

photo courtesy of Teri Terranova

Gallatin expects to complete crosswalk by early March

By Jim Hayes
Crosswalks at the intersections of Gallatin Pike and The Gap Blvd., and at the main entrance to Volunteer State Community College will be completed by late February or early March according
to City of Gallatin Assistant City Engineer Dwayne Rogers.
“We sent out a bid for advertisement this past Thursday (Sept. 5), said Rogers. “That bid is scheduled to be opened and read at 2:30 p.m., Sept. 27.”
Rogers said the bid included both the installation of electronic pedestrian crossing signals and painting the crosswalks. Once the bids are opened, there are some administrative procedures to
ensure everything looks appropriate before the bid is awarded to the low bidder, he said.
Once the bid is awarded, “we do the reviews, they (the contractors) have to send in performance surety that our attorney has to review, so we’re looking at another three to four weeks for that,”
said Rogers.
Given that timeline, the earliest work could start would be around the end of October. Rogers said that the contract specifies that the work is to be done within 120 working days leading to a
completion date around the end of February or early March.
The project to install the crosswalks started in August 2015, according to an email from Vol State Senior Director of Plant Operations Will Newman. “Vol State made our first appearance before
city council in December 2017 to request PEDEX walkways at the two intersections and a sidewalk on Gap Blvd.,” said the email.
Last March, the electrical, drainage, grading and sidewalk work along Gap Blvd. was completed by the City of Gallatin. In April, the college provided and installed the lights, the email
continued.
The city informed Vol State that pedestrian crosswalk design was complete in June 2019 and the bid package was submitted to the city finance department in August, said Newman’s email.
“This has been entirely a City of Gallatin project,” he said.
Rogers said that the bid includes “everything to complete the project.”
“That includes installing the signals, all the required electrical, all of the pavement markings required in order to complete the project,” he said.

Diversity

By Randall Barnes
The Diversity and Inclusion event “Deconstructing Unconscious Bias” is  focused on
“understand our “blind-spots” in an ever-evolving diverse environment.”
The date of this event is, according to the recent Diversity and Inclusion “Student Services”
pamphlet,  Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 6:00 p.m. in Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room– B.
 This event is focused on “understand our “blind-spots”; in an ever-evolving diverse environment.”
“Unconscious bias,” said Jeff King, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, “can be natural,
innate.”  He also stated, “We tend to maintain an affinity towards those who are most like us all
of our lives. When we make decisions or take actions that positively or negatively impact others
inside or outside our affinity group, then bias occurs. This bias could be intentional or
unconscious.”
Unconscious bias, itself, occurs automatically. The brain makes snap-speed judgments, as the
brain does rely on shortcuts, based on past experiences and background.
According to www.volstate.edu/diversity-and-inclusion, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is
devoted to increasing awareness of and celebrating diversity on our campus in our community.
Their office in Wood 217 is open to all, but making an appointment is suggested.

Prizes given at VSCC Know 1 Feed 1 event

By Velma Crochet
The Feed at Volunteer State Community College will be having a donation event, Know 1 Feed
1 Sept. 25,11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. in the Mary Cole Nichols Dinning hall A and B.
Students can bring as many bottles of water to the event for donation and will receive tickets for
every bottle that they bring. The tickets will go into a drawing for gift baskets.
The prizes will be gift baskets created and donated by Student Government Association and
other clubs on campus.
Have you ever been to The Feed? Tours of The Feed will be available during Know 1Feed1.
Students can see and help be a part of the solution as 15 percent of the student are food insecure.
TiffanyZwart, coordinator of student support will be the contact person with any questions.
She also stated that water would be as easy as going to the cafeteria and getting a bottle to be
entered.
Ashley Cline, student at VSCC stayed she had seen the bins around campus to donate
food.”Helping those in need is always a good thing,” said Cline.

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