Humorist Tom Lehrer Tribute Concert a Success

By: Michaela Marcellino
The Music Department of Volunteer State Community College had their concert, “Too Many Songs by Tom Lehrer (as if that was even possible…)” on Monday, Nov. 7.
This event was a tribute to political humorist and musician Tom Lehrer. It included both faculty and staff from several Vol State music appreciation classes.
The music was upbeat, funny and lively, and seemed to keep the audience laughing the entire time.
The concert included 13 Tom Lehrer songs performed live, as well as videos with Tom Lehrer himself singing—New Math and The Elements—to begin and end the event.
The songs performed live included The Masochism Tango, So Long Mom (a song for World War III), She’s My Girl, and Poisoning Pigeons in the Park. Some of the songs were cynical, yet hilarious takes on political themes, and some were just humorous takes on life in general.
“I thought the show was fabulous, everybody did what they were supposed to do…I think the audience] liked it, they seemed to have a really great time.
“You know, I wanted to give them permission to be as ridiculous and rowdy and crazy as possible, because it is that kind of show. The performers were great.
“Half of them were Mark Granlunds students, and I thought they [all] did great. Ben Troxler [who performed in the show] was a student of mine in 1999, when I first was here [at Vol State].
“[My favorite part of the show] was mine! The song I Hold Your Hand in Mine is extremely funny,” said Nancy Slaughter, associate professor of music, who helped coordinate as well as performed in the show.
All the performers seemed to really enjoy themselves. Even Vol State’s President, Dr. Jerry Faulkner, attended.
“[The show] was great fun. It was very entertaining, and the students did a great job. I do not know if I had a singular favorite part, it was all so good. I do not think I could choose one over the other,” said Faulkner.
“The show went really good, I think everyone did really well. I hope [the audience] was entertained. I think everyone did better than they thought they would do,” said Josie Doyka, a Vol State student who performed in the show.
“[My favorite part of the show] was hitting myself with a tambourine!” said Noah Perkins, another student who performed in the show.
Another faculty member who performed in the show as well as helped coordinate it was Mark Granlund, who teaches voice at Vol State.
“I was so pleased with the students, and their abilities to do what they do. I could not be more proud of them.
“The audience was into it, every bit it of it. They enjoyed it, and laughed at times. I hope they learned to laugh at themselves and laugh with other people. [The concert] gives [students] an opportunity to learn and grow [as] a person. They learn to be their own people,” said Granlund.
The concert was a fun time for everyone involved, and gave the audience the rare and welcome chance to just relax and have fun for a little while.

Spoken Word Artist NAV comes to Volunteer State Community College

By Kailyn Fournier
As a part of International Education week, Volunteer State Community College has invited spoken word artist Navpreet Sachdev, otherwise known as NAV, to perform on Wednesday, Nov. 16. His performance will take place in the carpeted dining room from 12:45 – 1:45p.m.
Like most of the artists who perform at Vol State for various events, NAV was invited here after he performed at the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA) in March. “NAV’s performances are raw and authentic, driven by his passion to inspire the best of humanity,” according to their website, www.apca.com.
The APCA conference in March was NAV’s debut as a performer; however, he had attended the conference as a student, prior to that. The performances he saw inspired him and were a large influence in, “His decision to follow his dreams of being a poet came from,” according to the website.
“APCA was able to let him perform live,” said Tabitha Sherrell, Coordinator of Student Activities. She was one of the Vol State members to attend the APCA concert in March and was also one of the decision makers in NAV performing at Vol State.
The handful of students that attended the conference with her were SGA members. At the conference, they all had a booklet on the events, which they used to grade the performers on their act.
This score was on a letter scale, with A being the best and f being the worst. After the APCA, the SGA members would watch the best performer’s videos and make a group judgment call on whether or not they want to invite the performer to attend any events at Vol State.
NAV must have been impressive because in his 10-minute time to perform, he managed to get that A rank from Sherrell and some of the SGA members to perform here for International Education week.
According to Sherrell, his poems addressed issues such as discrimination and the need to improve society. This was a contributing factor in his invitation to perform during international education week as well.
“His performance at the conference was awesome,” said Brittany Davis SGA’s CAB chair and attended the APCA conference alongside Sherrell.
She says her favorite poem of his is “Thank You and Come Again” which is about his father’s immigration and the discrimination he experienced at the various businesses he worked at.
“It’s really powerful,” said Davis.
His other poems include “I Apologize,” about not being able to flirt and being attracted to someone on more than just appearances; “Politics of Facebook,” about the superficiality and ignorance displayed on social media despite it’s potential to change the world; and “Scars” about the damage that is done by the negative words of other people, but also about accepting the scars and moving on.
Sherrell has invited faculty members to bring their students to his performance. Those who are interested can find his YouTube channel NAVNAVNAV, or on his SoundCloud, NAV the Poet.

Veterans honored with Recognition Luncheon by Vol State Community

By Miguel Detillier
Volunteer State Community College celebrated Veterans Day by hosting the Veterans Recognition Luncheon at the Randy and Lois Wood Campus Center on Nov. 10.
This event took place in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room B and lasted from 12:30 – 2 p.m.
The Veterans Recognition Luncheon started with Belinda Fowler, President of Vol State Veterans of America (VSVA), reciting The Pledge of Allegiance with the audience. Fowler also talked about what a veteran is and what it means to be one and why people choose to be veterans.
Next, Ken Hanson, Veterans Affairs Coordinator, asked the audience if any faculty, staff or students were veterans of the military by having them raise their hands, and asked the audience to raise their hands if any dependents have supported their veterans today.
Hanson talked about the history of Veterans Day by claiming that this holiday started originally as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1918 during the end of World War I.
Hanson also said that Armistice Day was declared as an official U.S. holiday a year later for many people to celebrate the veterans who fought in World War I, and even said that Armistice Day was renamed as Veterans Day from a bill passed by Congress in 1954 since the United States started having more veterans after World War II.
“Recently, I had the honor of a gentleman from the Netherlands who came to visit me, and he was telling me he couldn’t believe how much we honor our veterans in the United States,” said Hanson.
Hanson then shared the gentleman’s sentiment by thanking each of the military veterans in the audience and to those that are in the military for their service.
“We are all brothers and sisters in arms and we need to keep it that way,” said Hanson.
“I had someone telling me years ago, ‘you got your brothers and your sisters that you grew up with, but those that you grew up with in the military and that bond that you have what goes that are in the military is even stronger than the blood bond that you have,’” added Hanson.
Hanson said that Vol State is proud to support their veterans and military students who work hard towards their educational goals.
Hanson also said that the Veterans Center and the Office of Veterans Affairs are all there to help military students have a better education.
Finally, Barry Rice, President of the Tennessee State Council Vietnam Veterans of America closed the Veterans Recognition Luncheon by saying that this country is coming together to remember, honor and pay tribute to those who have served for the United States bravely.
“The veterans we honor today came from all walks of life, but they share the qualities of courage, pride, determination, selflessness, dedication and integrity,” said Rice.
Tabitha Sherrell, Coordinator of Student Activities, said that this event was a great way to support the veterans who came to this event.

Sigma Kappa Delta holds Dead Poets open mic

By: Miguel Detillier
Volunteer State Community College hosted Dead Poets Open Mic at the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities Building on Oct. 31.
This open-mic reading took place at the SRB Performing Arts Studio and lasted from 12:45-2:00 p.m., and was hosted by Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD).
Many students, faculty and staff were offered to participate in this open-mic by reading poems during the event.
The Dead Poets Open Mic started with student Ethan Gorham who read “Ozymandias” by Percy Shelly.
Next, freshman and English major Sarah Cox read through Christina Rossetti’s “Remember.” After that, Pre-Medical Profession major Camille Cole read a poem called “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou.
I even got to participate in this event by reading Henry Vaughan’s “They Are All Gone into The World of Light.” I decided to read that poem because I loved the words from this poem.
After that poem, student Morgan Seay read through Dylan Thomas’ “Do not go gentle into that good night.” Next, Leslie LaChance, Associate Professor of English, read a couple of poems from John Keats called “This Living Hand” and “When I Have Fears.”
Laura Mcclister, Instructor of English, then read “Lady Lazarus” by Sylvia Plath.
Next, English Instructor Julia Cawthon read an excerpt from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet called “To be or not to be.”
Also, Kelly Sleeper, Vice President of Sigma Kappa Delta, read Robert Browning’s “Porphyria’s Lover,” and Sigma Kappa Delta President Gaynell Payne read Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado.” After those poems, Cox read “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou.
Next, sophomore John Beutkeucius read “Matilda” by Hilaire Belloc, and Jerushah Blackburn read “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe.
Mickey Hall, Professor of English, then read Billy Collins’ “The Dead,” and McClister read W.H. Hauden’s “Funeral Blues.” Afterwards, Beutkeucius read through “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll.
Also, student Kristin Meeks read a brief quote from Samuel Taylor Coolidge, “Sir, I admit your general rule, that every poet is a fool, But you yourself may serve to show it, That every fool is not a poet.”
Finally, Payne read through a brief excerpt from “Premature Burial” by Edgar Allan Poe to close out the Dead Poets Open Mic.
Overall, I thought the Dead Poets Open Mic was a great event.
I really enjoyed most of the poems in the open-mic reading, especially those LaChance read from John Keats as well as McClister, who read one from Sylvia Plath, which I thought went well and related to the spirit of Halloween.
LaChance said that the Dead Poets Open Mic was a well-attended and fun event. LaChance also said she was very impressed by the variety of poems the students chose to read.
“I was very pleased with the turn out and the participation,” said Mcclister. “Most of the literary works that were read reflected the fall season, which really added to the ambience of the room.”

Music Department holds tribute concert, open for all VSCC students

By Michaela Marcellino
Volunteer State Community Colleges’ Music Department hosted a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7. It was in the new Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building, Room 151.
Nancy Slaughter, Associate Professor of Music, said that students have been busy with preparations for this exciting event all semester.
According to the flier, “everyone is invited to witness this tribute to political humorist Tom Lehrer.”
The flier also says that this event counts as the concert for Music 1030 classes.
“This is going to be very humorous and satirical. Tom Lehrer is a guitar player, and a political humorist. [The show is] going to be crazy. We will be able to lighten up the mood before the election.
Some of the songs are just really crazy. My song is called Poisoning Pigeons in the Park, and it basically is just a song about the springtime. It is beautiful, and then turns into this crazy, humorous thing.
We really want people to laugh, and have fun. I’m really excited [for the show]. There is going to be props and it will be very theatrical,” said a Volunteer State student, Rachel Loney, who is performing in the show.
“I hope people think [the show] is fun. [Performing is] fun, and I really love entertaining people. I really enjoy helping people enjoy the show,” said Josie Doyka, another Vol State student performing in the concert.
“I hope [students attending the event] will get to see that music can be ridiculous and silly, as well as serious. [This will be] a fun-filled concert with political satire and other humorous songs. [This event will include] singers and instrumentalists, faculty and students,” said Slaughter.
As this concert is a tribute to Tom Lehrer, students may want to know more about him. The site www.thefamouspeople.com has a bio on Tom Lehrer, which says that he is “…an American singer-songwriter and mathematician. He is known for his dark humor and satire.
As a singer he often parodied popular songs and wrote controversial lyrics dealing with the social and political issues of his times.
He began writing songs and tunes from a young age. Lehrer was a brilliant student; he earned his AB in mathematics from Harvard University at the age of 19 and his master’s degree the next year…and taught at MIT, Harvard and Wellesley.
He was a confident man who spoke his mind and never worried about political correctness. His songs often created controversy due to their dark, macabre and satirical nature, but he never bothered.
He started writing funny songs while in college to amuse himself and his friends though he had no plans to become a musician. But his friends who greatly enjoyed his parodies and comic songs encouraged him to record them.
Thus, he recorded his first album, ‘Songs by Tom Lehrer’ under his own label Lehrer Records in 1953. Lehrer was a comic paradox who successfully managed two seemingly unrelated careers—one as a mathematician, the other as a musician.”
Everyone involved hopes that the event was a fun and hilarious evening for those who attended.

Professor Jaime Sanchez holds lecture on the ancient Maya Civilization

By Kailyn Fournier
On Wednesday, Jaime Sanchez, professor of English and Spanish at Volunteer State Community College, held a lecture in the Thigpen Library’s Rochelle Center on the Maya civilization. The lecture drew in a small crowd, including the president of Vol State, Jerry Faulkner, who, upon recognition stated, “I’m just a student today.”
One of the points addressed in the lecture was intelligence of the society. This included the infamous Mayan calendar, in which Sanchez referred to the winter solstice of 2012, and the people who believed it would turn out to be doomsday.
“I don’t know how they thought that…they just didn’t get to that point,” Sanchez said, which received a laugh from the audience.
In regard to the intelligence of their culture, their calculations about the Sun and Moon were extremely accurate. Although this was not the same with celestial masses further away, such as Venus, their calculations were near exact when it came to the Moon and the Sun with the help of the Mayan understanding of Geometry.
“Their view of our universe is complex, and I would like to understand it better,” said Sanchez, after the lecture.
Sanchez also commented on their knowledge when talking about the Mayan game of pitz, which is a sport that is similar to what would happen if someone mixed basketball and soccer.
The game is played like soccer, however the goal is a small stone circle, much like a donut shape, that is just large enough for the ball to go through, and it is attached high on the wall, or sides of the court.
This is not the part of the game that Sanchez commented on, however, as many aspects of the game are still largely unknown. What he did comment on was the knowledge of acoustics the Mayan people demonstrated through the structure of these game courts.
If a speaker were to stand on a platform, and a person stood on another platform a football field away from the speaker, and they were to talk in a low voice, the person could easily hear the speaker.
“It would be like the person was standing two feet in front of them,” said Sanchez.
Sanchez then addressed the diet of the people in the Maya culture, which was mostly corn, and how it correlated with their beliefs. The Mayas believed that mankind existed in 3 forms: the first people being made of clay, the second people being made of wood, and the third peoples, us, being made of the corn plant, an idea that brings a whole new meaning to “you are what you eat.”
Along with that, Sanchez also addressed one of the reasons the Maya diet contained little meat, which was because the species of turkey the Mayans were exposed to were larger, meaner, and had less meat on the breast of the bird than the turkey most Americans know.
In addition to that, “it was a pretty ugly bird,” said Sanchez.
He also went over the artistic side of the culture, showing the audience pictures of the clothing style and their paintings, but he also showed photos of K’inich Janaab’ Pakal’s tomb, and the jade mask that was found inside.
Sanchez told the audience that the mask was stolen, a feat that may not be surprising to many; however, “it is like if someone stole the Liberty Bell,” said Sanchez.
The mask, he continued, was not found until the bust of someone high up in the drug business and the police searched his mansion, and found the jade mask inside.
One of the audience members there, Patricia Highers, is an English Professor who although she missed the discussion of the Maya calendar and art, said she was glad she got to see him talk about the temples and pitz.
“I just think ancient structures and architecture are really interesting,” said Highers.
“For me it’s always about the person… [and] I thought it was fantastic,” said Michelle Vandiver-Lawrence, Associate Professor of Spanish. “It shows us how they developed and how that effects today’s cultures.”

How to Get Ready for Halloween

Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for some people.
The pumpkin patches, haunted houses, bon res, and costume shopping can really get you in a spooky mood.
While this time of the year is very exciting it can also be very dangerous.
With the outbreak of people dressing up as clowns going around scaring and harming people this year people should be especially cautious.
You never know what someone is capable of. The person dressed up as something innocent at the Halloween party may have other intentions.
Never trust someone you do not know with your drink or food. It is so easy to slip drugs or other harmful substances in someone’s food or drink when you leave it unattended.
You can never be too careful. Never ever get in the car alone with someone you do not know. Someone’s true intentions are most likely to come out when you are completely alone with
them.Especially if you have been drinking, ladies or gentlemen, be cautious about alone time with strangers.
Nothing good can come out of alcohol and alone time with strangers. It is always better to travel with groups of friends. Even if you get separated from them
most times someone will notice and come looking for you. Good friends are always going to make you feel safe when you are around them.
They will make sure you are safe from harm, the same way you, hopefully, will look after your friends.
While I have never advised someone dress as a clown for Halloween, I especially do not advise this currently.
People are on the lookout for clowns this year because of all the tension that has been happening lately and they may or may not be ready to harm those in clown costumes.
If you have children another great tip to use when trick-or-treating is putting reflectors on their costumes.
This will help attentive drivers be able to spot them if they happen to get loose from you and get into the road.
As much as parents and guardians hate to think about it children do get out of sight due to excitement and curiosity.
Picking a special reflector to put on your child can help you better spot them in this situation.
The curiosity takes over not just children, but all of us during Halloween. Anyone who has watched a horror movie can tell you that curiously wandering into abandoned houses, wooded areas, or other buildings is a
terrible idea.
Each time someone sticks their
nose where it does not belong in horror movies it ends up being a complete disaster.
They end up unlocking something that does not need to be unlocked, poking at something that does not need to be poked, or becoming possessed with something that really wants to possess someone.
There is no telling what kind of creatures, clowns, or people are dwelling in those areas and it is just better to not nd out.
Lastly, always use your better judgement. If something is telling you that you better not do something, you better not do it.
If, however you do get yourself
into a bad situation this Halloween that you do not know how to get out of it is always a good idea to call someone.
Whether it be a family member or friend they can only provide you with help and support if something bad has happened,
I hope everyone has a safe, and very happy Halloween.

Ben Troxler performs at Vol State

by Michaela Marcellino
Ben Troxler, Bass Vocalist, per- formed in a voice recital at Volunteer State Community College on Oct. 18. This performance took place at the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities Building and lasted from 2:30-3:30 p.m., and Troxler was accompanied by Matt Phelps on piano.
Troxler graduated from Vol State with an Associate Degree and from Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor of Science in Composition, and currently serves as the Director of Music Ministries and pianist at Glendale United Methodist Church, and is the bass section leader in the Sanctuary Choir of West End United Methodist Church.
This recital started with Troxler singing “Arm, Arm Ye Brave” and “Si, tra i cieppi” that are both writ- ten by George Frederic Handel. After the rst two songs, Troxler then sang Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “In diesen heil’gen Hallen” from “Die Zauber oete.”
I thought that those songs Troxler sang showed an upbeat mood which
I really like. I loved the way how the chords would change when Phelps would play the piano on “Si, tra i cieppi,” and also how calm and nice Troxler sounded when he sang “In diesen heil’gen Hallen.”
Troxler then performed Johannes Brahm’s “O wiist ich doch den Weg zurück” which had a much darker mood than the first three songs. Also he performed Jean Baptiste Lully’s “Bois épais” written by Jean Bap- tiste Lully and Gabriel Fauré’s “Les Berceaux.”
What I like about those songs is how emotional Troxler and Phelps sounded when they played those songs from Phelps’ piano playing and
Troxler’s singing.
After Troxler performed “Les
Berceaux,” Phelps played Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Sonata no. 2 in B- at minor, Op 39 in the second movement in non-allegro-lento.
Then Troxler sang a series of songs all composed by Aaron Copland to close the recital, and those songs were “The Boatmen’s Dance,” “Long Time Ago,” “Simple Gifts,” “At the River,” and “Zion’s Walls.”
I really enjoyed how uplifting these songs sounded in the recital, especially in “The Boatmen’s Dance,” which Troxler sounded con dent with his singing.
Annabelle Lee, former adjunct professor, said that Troxler and Phelps performed well in the recital, and that he performed the pieces effortlessly and communicated effectively with his audience.
“I thought that performance was
wonderful,” said Benjamin Graves, Assistant Professor of Music.
“Troxler and Phelps were fantastic in their performance, and I especially enjoyed the Brahms selection as well as the Copland songs, and even Phelps’ performance of ‘Sonata no. 2 in B- at minor, Op 39.
“ I loved how rich and warm Troxler sounded with his voice which made it easy to listen to for the audience, and kudos to Nancy Slaughter for hosting these wonderful musicians,” continued Graves.
“I thought this performance was well-done with Troxler’s spot-on and correct vocal technique and Phelps’ piano playing,” said Nancy Slaughter, Associate Professor of Music. “Troxler told me that it was great to perform at Vol State, and personally it was lovely to see him perform since he was my student in 1999.”

VSCC holds understanding sexual assault seminar

by Lillian Lynch
On Oct. 18 You have the Power… know how to use it, Inc. hosted a seminar on understanding sexual assault.
Veronica Clark, the main speaker, began the presentation with background information on You have the Power. It was formed in 1993 by Andrea Conte, the former First Lady of Tennessee and a victim of sexual assault.
Clark showed a documentary entitled “I Never Thought it was Rape.” The video showed three women, all victims of sexual assault, telling their stories.
The first woman told a story of the aftermath of a college party. Her boyfriend at the time let her ride home with one of her friends after she had been drinking. He took advantage of that and of her. She was left believing it was her own fault.
The second woman to tell her story began with her meeting a man at a club. They were together at his apartment when his advances became
forceful. It was not until she talked to a psychologist at her school that she figured out it was rape. This discovery led her into alcoholism and a string of multiple lovers.
The third woman explained that her family had just moved to TX and she was trying to make friends. At the time, she was 13 and she met an older boy of 17. He became her first boyfriend and showed kindness to her parents. One day, they were locked in her room when he antagonized her into having sex. She had never even had her period.
After the documentary, Clark showed a short clip on the meaning of consent.
Consent must be voluntary. If someone is incapacitated they cannot give consent. The absence of “no” does not mean “yes.” Consent must be a clear and conscious decision.
Next was a guest speaker, Shirley Marie Johnson, a victim of sexual assault and President and CEO of Exodus, Inc. She began by asking the audience their feelings on recent occurrences of public gures’ misogynistic comments.
She then went on with a few statistics.
Only three percent of rapists are convicted and serve their time. In Afghanistan, women are imprisoned for being raped. Women have a two- to-one chance of being raped versus getting breast cancer.
Johnson then told her story.
“In six years of marriage, about 900 times I woke up with my husband on top of me, doing things to me,” said Johnson.
She then explain how her church had told her she needed to go home and please her husband.
Once her time was up, a panel of three people got together in front of the audience to take questions.
The rst question was from the audience.
“Do you think more people are reporting sexual assault?”
“Since I’ve been on campus I have seen more people report it. The word’s getting out that it’s okay to talk about it,” said Angela Lawson, the Assistant Chief of Campus Police.
“Resources for victims and media
awareness are increasing,” said Lori Cutrell, Director of Human Resources. The next question was, “How can someone here report a sexual assault?” “You can report to anyone here on campus. There are upwards of 80 official reporters. Faculty is mandated to report by policy but not by federal
law,” said Lawson.
There are also step-by-step
instructions on how to report an assault and things to do and not to do directly after a sexual assault under Volunteer State Community College’s Policies and Procedures page on www.volstate. edu.
“What’s the difference between sexual assault and rape?” asked Clark.
“Sexual assault is touching and groping while rape is unwanted penetration,” said Lawson.
The next question was, “How many reports of sexual assault have there been on campus in the last three years?”
“There have been about 10 – 15 reports just to Human Resources,” said Cutrell.
The next question was directed at Johnson.
“How long was it before you decided to seek help?”
“I knew something was wrong but I was afraid to leave and be looked down on by the church. He wanted the divorce. I didn’t want to be the one to do that,” said Johnson.
The last question was, “How do the rape victims go on with their lives?” “Some find healing in helping others that have been through the same thing. It depends on the person,” said
Clark.
The seminar was left with a word
of advice.
“It’s never your fault,” said
Johnson.

Graduation deadline is almost here

by Cole Miller
Graduation is necessary to get a degree, and the priority deadline to graduate from Volunteer State Community during the Spring 2017 semester is Oct. 31. The final deadline for this is Feb.1. The process of applying to graduate is one very graduation packet,which can be picked up in the Hal Reed Ramer Administration Building in room 183 in the Office of Records and Registration. According to the Graduation Packet, students applying to graduate after the priority deadline must submit a Graduation Plan by the final deadline date in order to graduate during that semester, otherwise they will be moved to the next semester. This means that if a student misses the Feb. 1 deadline, they would graduate in the Summer 2017 semester, rather than the Spring 2017 semester. The priority and final deadlines for the Summer 2017 semester are March 15 and June 1, respectively. The packet also states that applicants must review all graduation requirements in their College Catalog for their program, check their progress by using
DegreeWorks, and to work closely with their advisor to make sure that all requirements have been or will be met in their anticipated graduated term. Vol State has two graduation ceremonies each year, at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters. All Summer graduates will participate in the following Fall ceremony. Although participation in the commencement is optional, it is strongly encouraged. All requirements for the respective program must be completed before the credential can be posted to the student’s transcript, or a diploma awarded to the student. For students that are graduating this semester, make sure to contact the bookstore by Nov. 11 to order your cap and gown for the ceremony. Graduation rehearsal is Dec. 9, at 10 am in the gymnasium located in the T. Wesley Pickel Field House. The ceremony will be held in the same place,on the following day,Dec. 10, in the gym. The phone number for the bookstore is 615-230-3636, or you can visit them in the Randy and Lois Wood Campus Center. The “Prospective Graduate Checklist”
lists several things that are needed to check off in order to graduate. They are: completion of all course requirements, all exit exam(s) taken, a minimum of 2.000 GPA unless the student is studying for an Associate of Science in Teaching which requires a GPA of 2.75, pay all financial obligations to the college including overdue fees and parking tickets, making sure all deadlines are met, and picking up the diploma on or after the designated dates of the semester graduation occurs for the respective student. Diplomas are available beginning on the following dates for Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 semesters, respectively, Feb. 15, June 15, and Sept. 15. Graduates that cannot pick up their diploma can have their diploma mailed to them by providing a written release and pre-addressed, prepaid envelope to the Records office. “Make sure you meet with your advisor to discuss which classes you need to have credit for [in order to graduate],” said Amber Reagan, Graduation Analyst. “Everything you need to know, and the required forms are all on the graduation packets.”