Vol State Begins Dr. Seuss Book Drive

Donation box for the Dr. Suess book drive.

Donation box for the Dr. Seuss book drive.

By Velma Crochet 

Volunteer State Community College is hosting a book drive to celebrate Dr.Seuss’s birthday on March 2.Books can be placed in the white boxes with the Dr. Seuss flyer on the front, around campus. Donations will be accepted Feb. 17- March 2.

VSCC will be accepting any gently used or new children’s book up to fifth grade reading level according to Penny Duncan, Assistant Professor of Education.

This is the third year Vol State has hosted the book drive. The first year 200 books were collected. Last year 500 books were collected according to Stacey Nieman, instructor of Early Childhood Education.

The donated books will be distributed to young children in the community in various locations such as Community Childcare, Gallatin Daycare Center, Gallatin Child Care and Head Start programs in two locations.

Vol State students studying Early Childhood and Education will deliver the books on March 4 which is also known as “Read Across America Day” to the children. The VSCC students will read the books to the children. This is a great experience for the children and a hands-on learning for the college students said Nieman.

“Vol State students engage in reading, gathering books and communicating with small children to promote early literacy is my favorite part. In addition, building a partnership with the schools in this community and teaching the students the importance of networking by example,” said Duncan.

March 2 is the 114 birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel known to most as Dr. Seuss and is also the twenty-first anniversary of “Read Across America Day,” according to 6 Funny Facts About Dr. Seuss. It also states Green Eggs and Ham has only 50 different words and Cat in the Hat has 236 different words.

“The first book I was ever able to read on my own Hop and Pop by Dr. Seuss,” said Nieman.

Hop on Pop is a 1963 children’s picture book also known as “The Simplest Seuss for Youngest Use.” It contains several short poems about a variety of characters and is designed to introduce basic phonics concepts to children according to Google. 


Belmont University and Volunteer State Community College Announce Partnership

By Harley Keene

Volunteer State Community College recently signed a partnership deal with Belmont University. This deal applies only to students working towards their associates in business administration, accounting, information systems, finance, management or marketing. The partnership allows students a direct pathway to complete their bachelor’s degree from Belmont’s Jack C. Massey College of Business. To be eligible students must have successfully completed 24 credit hours, as well as have a minimum 3.0 GPA. This partnership provides a pathway to students so they know what classes they will need to take at Vol State in order to make the transfer process to Belmont easier.

This partnership has been reached with Columbia State Community College and Nashville State Community college over the past few years as well. Although this is the most recent deal with Belmont University and Volunteer State Community College, there are other pathway partnerships as well. Public Relations Specialist Eric Melcher states,  “We have a nursing program that we do with them, so there’s a lot of programs that we have with Belmont and a lot of other schools.” Melcher also encourages students to reach out if they are confused about any pathways the school offers, as well as checking TN Pathways to find more information.

Students should speak with their advisors if they are interested in pursuing any of the pathways Vol State has to offer. Speaking with an advisor ensures students get the help they need and are able to go in the right direction with their degree path.


The Feed Has a New Home

By Velma Crochet

Have you been looking for The Feed on Volunteer State Community Campus? The Feed made a move to Wood Campus Center room 102.

The new location is larger and offers a private area for the students to receive help meeting their needs at the campus food pantry. The larger space also helps as The Feed continues to grow and will be able to have more items available.

“Students helped with the move to the new location. I am so grateful for all of the students,” said Tiffany Zwart, Coordinator of Student Support.

Processes are changing a bit to receive help. Students who have visited The Feed before will have open hours Monday- Friday by appointment or Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 2:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. However, a first-time shopper will need to make an appointment with the student services in the Wood Campus Center room 217. This process allows the staff to make sure all needs are being met for the student.

On February 10 The Feed also hosted Lead On, Feed On. The purpose of the event was to provide information about Career Services, which now goes through Student Engagement and Support. This also allowed donations to be collected and reminded students about The Feed said Zwarts.

The Feed will be hosting a grand opening on February 25 in room 102 of the Wood Campus Center, the new location of The Feed. There will be a drawing and prize giveaway for one lucky donor.

Support and donations are appreciated. Food insecurity has been identified as a major problem in the United States. According to AAC&U News, feeling insecure about one’s next meal can have a huge impact on psychological and academic effects on college students including poor mental and physical health.

Donations are always accepted and appreciated. The Feed has a need for hygiene products such as paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo and shaving cream to name just a few because these items go the fastest. Other items The Feed would greatly appreciate are fruit juices, preferably 100 percent fruit juice, fruit cups, and other healthy food options. 




Vol State gets land for Wilson Co. campus

By Georgia Smith 

A new Volunteer State Community College Campus in Wilson County is in the future after a partial land donation from the McFarland family.

As previously reported, the campus will be positioned on a total of 10 acres of land, 2.5 acres of which was donated. It will be located on East Division Street in Mt. Juliet, about half of a mile from the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce. Population growth, said Eric Melcher, Vol State Coordinator of Public Relation and Marketing, was one of the primary reasons of considering the campus. This new addition will make it easier for residents to attend college because of the convenient location.

“I believe it will affect the students. Ones living within Wilson County area will have more diversity and shorter driving distances,” said Vol State student, LaBryian Scharklett.

People can essentially save money and time commuting to their classes, resulting in more study time and more resources to pay for school supplies. Current students will most likely not be affected by this change, but attendees in the future will have the option of a more accessible campus.

The size and timeline of the building is still being determined.

Melcher said that it will be up and running in a couple of years. Although, this new addition is not in the recommended budget, individuals involved with the new campus are hoping it will be added by the state legislature or the governor as a budget item.

“We have submitted a capital project request to the Tennessee Board of Regents system office for the construction of the building.,” said Jerry Faulkner, Vol State President.

“They in turn have submitted the request to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). THEC did not include our project in the budget recommendation to the Governor although the Governor and/or the Legislature could decide to include the project in the year’s appropriations,” Melcher said.

Once the operation is complete, it will be likely that this Vol State extension, even though smaller, will have the benefits similar to the main campus in Gallatin of clubs, resources, and classes that will be at any and all student’s and staff’s disposal.

The Settler Goes Digital Only

By Harley Keene

This semester, The Settler student newspaper has gone to a digital-only format (Settleronline.org). The paper was originally scheduled to do so this coming fall, but went digital this spring instead.

“The way students and staff receive and intake news and information has changed, primarily to all digital,” said Clay Scott, faculty adviser for The Settler. “This is the main reason the paper is an all digital format now. Another reason is due to less staff it is harder to maintain a print paper without a full staff of writers.”

The paper has been online since 2012, in addition to the print version, but is now only available online. The paper can be accessed through students’ My VolState page, as well as on Facebook (The Settler), Twitter (@TheSettler), Instagram (Settleronline), and Snapchat (Tsettler).

Although there is no app in the making for the  digital paper, “a lot of this is new to The Settler, so I wouldn’t rule it out, but it may be a while,” said Scott.
So students should not count on seeing an app soon but possibly sometime in the future.

The change to digital will give students easier access and information at a more rapid pace to what is happening around campus. Editor Luis Quintanilla, who would usually lay out and edit eight pages worth of the print paper, is now managing the digital paper in a new way.

“I will simply edit the stories as needed and post them to the Settler Online,” said Quintanilla. “This gives the students access to the stories as soon as they are completed, rather than waiting for the paper once a week.

Although students and staff will have to adjust to the change, overall the digital format will be beneficial to students and staff alike, as they can access the media at their fingertips.