Vol State will be hosting annual Fall Festvial

by Michaela Marcellino
On October 19th the annual Fall Festival will be taking place at Volunteer State Community College. The activities will be on the outside on the Quad (the field outside the library), if it rains then it will be moved inside to the Pickel Field House (Gym). A free lunch will be provided for those who stop by the CAB sand art table and get Fall Festival Bucket List ticket.
They will then need to stop by eight tables in order to receive the lunch. Lunch will start at 12:30, a concert will start at 12:45 on the Quad, the concert will feature the Alex Michael Band.
There are multiple activities available at the Fall Festival “this year we will have corn hole, volleyball, a video game station with E-Sports, ping pong with College Republicans and make your own sand art with CAB”, said Coordinator of Student Activities Tabitha Sherrell.
Clubs have the opportunity to sponsor tables at the Fall Festival “Spectrum and RSO will be sponsoring the Sumner County Humane Society Dog Toys where students can visit the table and make homemade dog toys that will be donated to the humane Society” said Sherrell.
The Fall Festival offers a variety of tables that engage students with different interests “I loved the Fall Festival last year, it was fun to look at all the different tables and people.
I was surprised at how much food I got to sample. I hope there is as much this year! Other than the food, it was fun to walk around campus; I got to show my sister some of the clubs that I am in and the tables that we sponsored. I hope there is a big turn out this year”, said student Rachel Edwards.
Food Day will also be a part of the Fall Festival “We are also partnering with Kelly Ormsby who is sponsoring Food Day the same day. She will have the following tables at Fall Festival: UT extension Office, Second Harvest, USDA, Soup Sampling! Farmers Market (two tables).” Said Sherrell.
The Fall Festival is an opportunity to bring your friends and family to campus and let them see what your college is like, “I am going to the Fall Festival this year and I am hoping to join some new clubs.
I felt too frazzled at the beginning of the year to join any clubs, now that I have settled in I think it will be cool to get involved at school and make some new friends and join some student led clubs and activities.
Even if I don’t get to join any clubs at least I got to hang out with my friends and start off the fall season with a Fall Festival, right? I think it will be fun to see the turn out, hopefully the weather gets the hint and gives us some fall weather to go with the festival”, said student Mackenzie Norset about the festival.

Carlos Andres Gomez visits Vol State

by Miguel Detillier
Carlos Andres Gomez, award-winning poet, spoke at the Campus Activities Board (CAB) Coffee House in Volunteer State Community College on Oct. 4.
This lecture took place at the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room A in the Randy and Lois Wood Campus Center from 12:45-1:45 p.m., after a student and faculty open-mic event that lasted from 12:15-12:45 p.m.
Gomez’s lecture started off with him reading a poem about dancing with a woman in a wheelchair in a nightclub called “Hector LaVoe is God.” Gomez also spoke about being in love with his partner in college which lead him to read a poem called “Everything.”
Gomez also talked about holding hands with a man in college which lead him to read a poem about homophobia and rigid gender roles called “Handstitch.”
Gomez communicated with the audience about their looks and identities like freshman Billy Trvoni who spoke about being told that he looked like George Lopez, which lead to Gomez reading a poem about stereotypes called “What does Hispanic look like?”
Gomez also spoke about dealing with the audience over specific lines and metaphors from poems that would confuse them.
And Gomez also told a story over the First Amendment Awareness Week when he asked questions to people in Kentucky about how they know the First Amendment, and also the reception that he got from asking those people about their thoughts on same-sex marriage.
Gomez also talked about dealing with his own fears and that he didn’t have to worry about his fears because of his privileges.
Gomez also communicated with students about how women are being treated like junior MaryAnn Kormoski who talked about the Pink Tax that charges money to women who buy products that are targeted towards women, which lead to him reading a poem about his daughter being gendered called “If a Princess Tries to Kidnap Your Daughter.”
And Gomez closes his lecture by reading a poem that he dedicated to his dyslexic younger sister and to those who have younger sisters called “Gifted.”
Tabitha Sherrell, Coordinator of Student Activities, said that Gomez was planning to give away a copy of his book called “Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood” at the open-mic event, but he didn’t because the books sold out the night before his lecture at Vol State.
“I loved coming to see Gomez perform at the Coffee House when I brought my English class to this event,” said Kelly Ormsby, Assistant Professor of English.
“We have studied poetry, and I think it is a great opportunity to see a poet perform his or her original work.”
Sherrell said that the Coffee House did really well for the Campus Activities Board, and that they’ve had an English class that came to see Gomez perform, and that four students participated in the open-mic showcase.
“It was an absolute joy to perform at Vol State, and I hope I make it back in the future,” said Gomez.

Student government hosts forum

by Michaela Marcellino
The Student Government Association (SGA)of Volunteer State Community College had their SGA Presidential Forum Monday, Oct. 2. This was an opportunity for the SGA to present questions from students about a wide range of topics relevant to Volunteer State. Presidential forums happen once a semester.
Those on the panel for the Fall 2016 forum included Vol State president, Jerry Faulkner, as well as coordinator of communications and public relations Eric Melcher, assistant vice president of student services Talia Koronkiewicz, assistant vice president of academic affairs George Pimentel, chief information officer Kevin Blankenship, assistant vice president of business and technology Renee Austin, and director of plant operations, William Newman.
The SGA Forum covered many different topics, from on-campus child care, to Wi-Fi issues, to future landscaping plans. Questions were also asked about if Vol State will ever have a health clinic, if students will be able to receive a text if a class is cancelled, and much more.
The panel provided answers. On the Wi-Fi issue, it is being worked on, and should be fixed soon. About text alerts, there are two types: One for emergencies such as evacuations and the like, and the other is for important campus information in general.
As of right now, the technology to separate text alerts by class does not exist. However, if a class gets cancelled completely, the division over that class will personally call each student to let them know. Students are encouraged to make sure their phone number in their online student account is correct. On the issues of a Vol State health clinic and on-campus child care, there are no immediate plans for either. Many more issues were discussed as well.
“[The faculty] responded well [at the forum]. I think some of the initiatives are actually being addressed, being sent to where they need to be sent, and getting to where they need to get to.
These are actual student concerns that are being addressed. The questions on our question list that did not get asked will be getting written responses. I think that is a really good thing, I think [the forum] is opening up some dialog that has been a long time coming,” said Sandra Hunt, the president of the SGA. The SGA posed questions, and then afterward opened the floor to give any student present the opportunity to ask the panel a question.
“What could have been done better, is that I wish we would have had more live student questions. The student questions that were posed by the SGA were gathered from our student organization. I wish we would have had more students here, live in the environment asking questions,” said Kenny Yabrough, director of student life and diversity initiatives.
“This is the eight or ninth SGA forum I have been a part of. This happens once a semester, and I have been here a little over four and a half years. This always a good opportunity to meet with students, answer their questions, and hear back from the students as well. So I think this is typically a really good opportunity,” said Faulkner. “This is the third college that I have worked at, and the first time I have ever been a part of an SGA open forum. I’m thrilled to see that the SGA is taking the initiative to even have an event like this, and that the administration is so willing to be involved in it. This is a wonderful way to have transparent communication, and to answer the questions students have,” said Koronkiewicz.
Students not involved in the SGA were also in attendance, listening to the forum. “I think if the café changes its menu, they’ll lose business, because if they start the calorie count, pretty soon it’ll be an all healthy food, and students will just go to McDonalds,” said Vol State student Oressa Jackson. “I think the forum went well, but I think there should be more student interaction,” said another Vol State student Clara West.
“I think its really good that they give us the opportunity to ask questions. It shows that they really care about their students,” said another student, Vincenza Colavolpe.

Hispanic Heritage Quiz Bowl a success

by Lillian Lynch
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, the Volunteer State Community College Campus Activity Board held a Hispanic Heritage Quiz Bowl.
On Sept. 28 the ceiling of the Mary Nichols Dining Room had decorations hanging from it in preparation for the Bowl. It started at 12:45 p.m. with the host of the Bowl, Michelle Vandiver-Lawrence, Associate Professor of Spanish, introducing herself and asking for four contestants to volunteer.
The Quiz Bowl was made up of six rounds, the last one being the final round. Each round had four contestants, aside from the final one that had the winners of each previous round competing against each other.
The very first question of the bowl asked who the first female Hispanic astronaut was. The answer, Ellen Ochoa, was on the same screen as the question and the contestants had to be turned away from the screen so that they would not cheat.
The rest of the round consisted of questions of dance, the Day of the Dead and Hispanic culture.
The questions were on geography, the dance of the Salsa and holidays such as Cinco de Mayo and the Running of the Bulls.
The third round consisted of four more contestants lined in the same chairs faced away from the screen. Some of their questions asked how most people travel in Spain (on foot), what the Volkswagen Beetle was and is still used for in Mexico (taxis) and where El Rastro, a large flea market, is located (Madrid). Other questions had to do with geography, punctuation, and famous Latinos.
For round four another group of four contestants volunteered. Just three questions in, before Vandiver-Lawrence could utter the words “Hips Don’t Lie,” each contestant’s hand was up. The answer was Shakira.
There was another question of dance, this time Tango, and other questions asked about flag colors and when Mexican Independence Day was (Sept. 16, 1810).
The fifth round began with a question on the Spanish language. Other questions were asked about culture, where the term Hispanic came from (the United States Census Bureau created it for the census), national flowers and how many Spanish-speaking countries there are today (20).
In the final round each winner of the five previous rounds took a seat to compete for the grand prize: a Vol State pull-string bag and a Vol State hoodie.
Their questions were cultural for the most part.
They were asked about the Festival Internacional de Poesia (the International Poetry Festival held in Medellin, Puerto Rico), whether or not Puerto Ricans are U.S. Citizens (they are) and what the first Latin production was to hit broadway (“West Side Story”).
The overall winner of the Bowl was student Brittany Jackson.
“I didn’t even prepare for this, I just new that my class was coming to it,” said Jackson.
Even without preparing, it is possible to win a Quiz Bowl.

Carlos Andres comes to Vol State

by Miguel Detillier
Volunteer State Community College is planning to have spoken word artist Carlos Andres Gomez as a guest speaker this week.
Gomez will be speaking at the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room A in the Randy and Lois Wood Campus Center on Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 12:45-1:45 p.m., after a student, faculty and staff open mic event that will last from 12:15-12:45 p.m. as part of the first Campus Activities Board (CAB) Coffee House of the fall semester.
Tabitha Sherrell, Coordinator of Student Activities, said that the Campus Activity Board (CAB) will be looking for faculty, staff and students who are interested in reading poetry or singing a song at the first Coffee House of this semester, and also that they will offer free coffee to students, faculty and staff in this event.
Sherrell also said that Gomez will be looking for a stand-out faculty, staff, or student performance during this event, and the winner of the showcase will win a copy of Gomez’s book called Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood.
According to the website, gomezlive.com, Gomez is an award-winning poet, actor, speaker and writer from New York City, and some of his accomplishments that he made in his career was winning the 2016 Best Diversity Award by Campus Activities Magazines, the 2015 Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, the 2015 Makeda Bilqis Literary Award and even Artist of the Year at the 2009 Promoting Outsiders Writers Awards.
This website also acknowledges him for going viral online in May of 2016 with his poem called “What does Hispanic look like,” that reached over a million views in less than a month, and for co-starring with Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster and Clive Owen in “Inside Man” directed by Spike Lee, and for appearing in the sixth season of HBO’s “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry” and in the third season of TV One’s “Verses and Poems.”
Gomez has been featured on a wide range of media outlets and platforms like NPR, TEDx, the New York Times, and even most recently as a performer in a special event at the White House, according to gomezlive.com.
This website also said that Gomez has also headlined festivals all over the world including the U.K, South Africa, Australia, Ireland, Indonesia, and as Guest of Honor at the Berlin International Literature Festival in Germany, and also has lectured and performed at more than 400 colleges and universities, and even has delivered many keynotes and commencement addresses.
“I saw him perform at the APCA conference and he did an outstanding job with his performance there, and he was also really personable,” said Sherrell. “I think he is willing to give away a copy of his book to anyone who wins the showcase at the Coffee House this week.”
“I think that any chance that students would have to see a poet like Carlos Andres Gomez has the potential to be very inspiring,” said Leslie LaChance, Associate Professor of English.

Artwork in the humanities building

by Kailyn Fournier
As many have noticed over the past few weeks, the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities Building has some artwork scattered all throughout the building. All of the artwork has been done by present or past students. Some of the work dates back as far as 1987.
The bulletin board in the hallway on the second floor is decorated with artwork from the various art classes. The most recent art ranges from observation drawings to oil paintings.
Two of these older works are drawings and can be found in display cases in the same hallway as the bulletin board.
These display cases also hold sculptures as well. There is also an entire section of one of the display cases dedicated to a masking tape shoe project for a 3D design class.
One of these shoes is on the first floor of the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities Building, where there is an art gallery with various projects student have created using various types of media. It was Susan Dewey’s first assignment for the class.
It is a Dickies brand work boot made only from masking tape and paint. Her instructor, Nathaniel Smyth, gave the assignment on the first day of school and took approximately three weeks to complete. It paid off, because at the end of the project when it was compared to the original shoe, some could barely tell the project from the real thing.
The work boot may seem an odd choice to some, especially considering the type of shoe they modeled their masking tape after was each student’s choice; however, because it was on odd choice was part of the reason Dewey decided to do it.
“I picked a work boot because I thought no one else would pick it,” said Dewey, but that wasn’t the only reason.
Dewey says the shoe is particularly tied to the outdoors, and since she likes the outdoors she said, “I kind of thought it reflected my personality.”
Dewey also has some other pieces up in the still unnamed gallery. One depicts a gumball machine, the other shows a bird in its nest.
Both pieces were projects from her printmaking class last semester.
The Gumball machine is an example of a relief print, and the bird an example of a mono print.
She also has some ceramic mugs up on display in the gallery that she made using a slab technique.
The other pieces in the gallery are in a variety of mediums. One of the displays is a series of photographs of a worn baseball.
The previously mentioned art instructor, Nathaniel Smyth, said that these were done by John Ausbrooks for a photography class.
Another piece that Smyth pointed out was that of an octopus done by a now graduated student, Rio McKaskle, for an old 3D design class.
Aside from those, there were various prints, drawings, carvings, ceramics and paintings up on the walls or in display cases.
However, doors were being added to the entrance of the gallery, and “the construction might cause them to take everything down for a while,” said Smyth.
Sure enough, the gallery was closed off on Thursday as the preparations are being done for the construction.
“It will probably take a week or two,” said Abby Felber, who was the one taking down the artwork so it wouldn’t get damaged in the process.
Based on the equipment left in the gallery, Felber says she thinks the doors will be made of glass and be able to slide open or closed.
The artwork should be put back up when the construction is complete.

Banned book reading provides open microphone for everyone

By Miguel Detillier
Volunteer State Community College hosted an open-mic reading to celebrate Banned Books Week at the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Amphitheater on Sept. 27.
The open-mic reading lasted from 12:45-2:15 p.m. and was hosted by the Thigpen Library and Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD), and light refreshments and snacks were provided by the Office of Student Life and Diversity.
Many students, faculty and staff were offered to participate in this event by reading through a paragraph from books that have been banned in schools like “Maus,” “Catch-22,” “The Great Gatsby,” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” in this open-mic reading.
This open-mic reading on Banned Books Week started off with Gaynell Payne, President of Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD), who read excerpts from Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and Leslie LaChance, Associate Professor of English, who read through the opening passage of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451.”
Laura McClister, Instructor of English, read through excerpts from Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” and April Young, Associate Professor of English, read through the first two sections of Norman Mailer’s “The Naked and the Dead.”
Also during this open-mic reading, Sarah Crotzer, Instructor of English, read through passages from L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” freshman Kaitlyn Lee read through excerpts from J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and Cindy Chanin, Associate Professor of English, read through excerpts from Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are.”
And also during this open-mic reading, freshman Jasmine Washington read through passages of Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games,” and sophomore Rhonda Williams-Meneese read from excerpts of Walter Dean Meyers’ “Fallen Angels.”
And finally Kelly Ormsby, Assistant Professor of English, read through passages from Jeannette Walls’ “The Glass Castle,” and sophomore Maggie Colvin read from excerpts of Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree” to close this open-mic reading celebrating Banned Books Week.
“I think that the open-mic reading on Banned Books Week was a huge success for us with over 70 people attending this event including students, faculty and staff,” said Sarah Smith, Director of Library Services and Learning Resources. “And I was really happy to see both the students and faculty to read their chosen titles at this open-mic reading.”
“I was definitely pleased to see so many students come out to listen in this open-mic event on Banned Books Week, and I am also glad to see them participate as readers in this event,” said LaChance.
“I think that the open-mic reading on Banned Books Week was a great opportunity for students, faculty and staff to promote awareness for them to celebrate free speech and also celebrate the power of the written word,” said Young.
“I believe that the First Amendment is something that we all take for granted, and I also believe that events like the open-mic event on Banned Books Week helps raise awareness that we have to protect on free speech and also on the freedom to publish books,” said LaChance.

Suicide prevention on the college campus

by Rachel Yates

Statics show that each year 34,598 people die by suicide. The rate of suicides on campus alone are between .5 and 7.5 per 100,000 students.
One in ten colleges have made a plan for suicides if they happen on campus. Studies by Emory University don’t just stop with these numbers, they continue to show that an average of 94 people complete suicides every day.
But why do students fall into such a dark hole that they think they cannot get out of? The American Institute of Stress said that in a mental health study in 2008 college students say they have sometimes or frequently experienced stress in their daily lives over the past three months.
This is an increase of 20% from a survey they did ve years ago “Stress is a well-known contributor to mood, mental disorders, and suicide risk,” said Charles E. Kubly Foundation.
Stress is something the average person faces constantly and throughout the college years stress can become much more pronounced in ones life.
With exams, term papers, quizzes, and homework all due at the same time on the same day, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed out.
Healthy ways to release stress are going for a walk, talking to friends, writing, lighting scented candles, reading, petting animals, or even just curling up and reading a good book, according to www.helpguide.org .
Depression is another symptom of suicide. 44% of American college students report of having symptoms of depression. 75% of college students do not reach out for help when facing with depression.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among college students. Younger people diagnosed with depression are five times more likely to attempt suicide than adults.
Helpful tools when facing depression are simply talking to someone, fighting through the hard times, and thinking more positive thoughts. These steps may seem difficult but depression is a mental illness that anyone can get over if one just seeks for help.
Bullying is also a major cause of suicide. By being hateful and abusive to one another, either verbally or physically, can end up taking effect on people.
“Students who report any involvement with bullying behavior are more likely to report high levels of suicide-related behavior than youth who do not report any involvement with bullying behavior,” said The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide: What We Know and What it Means for Schools.
Thinking about harming oneself or others, feeling hopeless, rage or uncontrolled anger towards oneself or others, feeling trapped, increasing alcohol or drug use, and acting reckless or engaging in risky activities are just a few examples of signs students may face when leaning towards suicide actions. In 2014, the highest suicide rate was 19.3 among people 85 years or older. The second highest rate was 19.2 people between the ages of 45-64. Young adults between 15-24 years old suicide rate was 11.6.
The numbers continue to increase every single day.
Suicide is such a leading death in America that during Sept. 5-11 Americans hold a National Suicide Prevention Week. This week is filled with encouraging post on social media about how it gets better.
Although many cannot see the end of a dark tunnel, encouragement may be all one needs to steer away from suicide. The American Association of Suicidology encourages friends to talk to one another when someone is feeling down. So if one is having suicidal thoughts, reach out, people on campus, professors, and friends will be willing to help anyone through tough times.

Annual Fall Fiesta is returning

by Michaela Marcellino

Volunteer State Community College will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of it’s Fall Fiesta. The Fiesta will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., outside in the Duffer Plaza.
“We have many student volunteers for the Fiesta. We hope that they gain a new perspective on Hispanic culture. The word Hispanic is used to describe people from many different countries, [and] they each have cultural differences, with everything from food to music,” said Eric Melcher, Coordinator of Communications and Public Relations.
The ier for Fall Fiesta shows that the event will include everything from the Misión ConArte of Nashville, cultural dance, a Latin American food tasting and cook-off (11 a.m.-Noon), live music, as well as games and fun for kids.
There will also free food & drinks, health check-ups and information as well as community group tables. The new event at the 2016 Fall Fiesta is a Soccer Kick Contest for all ages (Kids, Men and Women), with prizes in each age category.
“It’s designed for everyone to attend. You don’t have to be Hispanic to enjoy the free food, music and fun.
It’s also great for the entire family, from young kids to adults,” said Melcher.
“We hope that the students get to experience some elements of the Latino/Hispanic culture: food, music, Spanish language, the countries that form the Latino/Hispanic culture, and more.
“Hopefully some of the students will get to interact with someone from a different culture than theirs, and have fun as they are learning something that they probably did not know before.
“We also hope that the students get motivated to explore other ways to enrich their global experiences, not only with the Fiesta but perhaps with study abroad. Those experiences needs to start somewhere, so maybe the Fiesta can be the beginning of their desire to explore other cultures different than their own,” said Pedro Martinez, an advisor and counselor at Volunteer State.
“It gives the opportunity to some students of the Spanish classes at Vol State to put into practice what they have learned in class, for example, the “dichos” by Professor Vandiver- Lawrence’s class.
“We want the Vol State community and the surrounding communities to get together and experience the rich elements that form what we call the Latino/Hispanic Culture. It is also an event that lets the community know
Vol State is a friendly place
not only for the Latino/Hispanic community, but for people of other countries as well.
“We want everyone to know what a beautiful college Vol State is, and what better way to do that than by having a big celebration such as the Fall Fiesta. This is a collaborative effort between some faculty and staff of Vol State, the students and members of the community. Many people who are involved in this event spend countless hours trying to make this a success. We are really proud of it,” said Martinez.
Fall Fiesta is also “an opportunity to celebrate and interact with Hispanic culture, as well as experience the Hispanic community.
“Because American students are able to connect with Spanish speaking students in a different environment, Fall Fiesta will give a sense of diversity. The Fiesta is colorful and happy, and there is something for everyone to do.
“The students that come will see how much fun it is, and what it has to offer. We have a lot of activities so people can have a fun and different day,” said Oky Arguello, an advisor at Vol State.
As the ier for the event also says, this event is “free and open to everyone, so bring a blanket and chairs and spend the whole day. Rain or shine!”

Vol State welcomes new Assistant Vice President of Student Services

by Kailyn Fournier

As of Aug. 15, Talia Koronkiewicz, has been Volunteer State Community College’s new assistant vice president for student services. Her role oversees TRIO, the Of ce of Disability Services, and the Of ce of Student Life and Diversity.

All three departments report directly to her. Though Koronkiewicz has only been at Vol State for little over a month now, she has already made an impression on Kathy Sowell, who is the director of the disability services.

“So far it’s been very positive,” said Sowell. According to Sowell, Koronkiewicz also, “has a lot of energy…Is very task oriented… [As well as] very motivated.”

The position for assistant vice president of student services opened up for Koronkiewicz when the former assistant vice president, Emily Short, was promoted to Vice President of Student Services.

“I felt like this role was written just for me,” said Koronkiewicz.

However, for those few months before Koronkiewicz, there was no assistant vice president.

“We desperately needed that position,” said Sowell, who had to report directly to the Vice President of Student Services.

“Without a very important position, the Vice president didn’t have a lot of time,” said Sowell. There was less of an outside opinion with that dynamic. Now that the position is filled, Sowell said, “I look forward to having an outside perspective.”

“Her skills are [also] in areas we need,” said Sowell, which includes Con ict Resolution & Mediation Training, Community College Administers Training as well as organizing and implementing various student events.

Koronkiewicz’s skills also apply to the student conduct and disciplinary process which she is in charge of. If a student is ever reported, they will go to Koronkiewicz.

She says she wants to handle situations like those in a productive manner. It is her goal to teach those students how to act appropriately in a professional setting.

Before Vol State, Koronkiewicz, worked in the Student Life Department at McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL. It was there that Koronkiewicz “servedasthestudentconductof cer andcoordinatorofbothStudentLife and Campus Activities,” according to http://www.volstate.edu/stories/.

She was involved in educating her former college community on student rights, classroom management, and student support services. She also helped create programs such as Latino Heritage Month, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and the Student Awards Ceremony at her Governing Board at McHenry, she previous College.

“I’m absolutely committed to the community college mission,” said Koronkiewicz, “I’m very excited to be here.”

Koronkiewicz has also had experience being an advisor.

When she advised the Student increased the membership by over 300 percent. She said she hopes that she can do something similar here.

“My goal is to create a comprehensive student engagement plan… [even though] We are already doing a lot on campus to get people engaged,” said Koronkiewicz.

Also, as of this summer, Koronkiewicz has obtained a Master of Arts, Bachelor of Science and, most recently, a Doctorate of Education. In addition, Koronkiewicz was also a 2016 American Association of Women in Community Colleges 40 under 40 Recipient.