International Education Week

By: Yvonne Nachtigal

Beginning today, Volunteer State Community College will be celebrating National Education Week with a special event that goes through Thursday, Nov. 15.

Director of International Education John Espey said international education week at Vol State began about 10 years ago as the result of the Tennessee Board of Regents including international education in their goals and programs.

“The primary goal is to prepare students for participation in global society,” said Espey. Continue reading

PTSD lecture takes place at Vol State

By: Riley Holcraft 

Volunteer State Community College continues its Let’s Talk series with a discussion about post-traumatic stress disorder. The audience was mostly made up of students studying to become EMTs; a better understanding of this common condition is useful on the job.

Tiffany Zwart, Coordinator of Student Support, organized this event near Veteran’s Day due to the fact that PTSD targets many members of the military community.

Guest speaker, Joanna Finney Dixon, gave a presentation concerning the causes, symptoms, and treatment of PTSD. Dixon is a licensed marriage and family therapist, mother to three children, and founder of Matters of the Heart Counseling. Continue reading

Lady Pioneers host Northeast Mississippi for first home game

Lady Pioneers coaches overseeing practice.

Lady Pioneers coaches overseeing practice.

By: Nick Kieser

On Nov. 12 the Volunteer State Community College Lady Pioneers basketball team hosts Northeast Mississippi Community College for the first home game of the season.

“We haven’t really talked about that game because we are trying to emphasize one game at a time. After the game on Monday, we will look back at we can take away from that game,” said guard Hope Hinson last Friday.

Two games into the 2018-19 season the Pioneers have an even record 1-1. This time last year the record was a five-game losing streak. Continue reading

“Wulin Hanyun” Performance at Vol State

By: Yvonne Nachtigal

Volunteer State Community College promoted a Chinese cultural exchange at Caudill Hall Nov. 2, with a Shaolin Kungfu and Chinese folk music performance of “Wulin Hanyun.”

About 200 people attended the two-hour show, which was a blend of history, martial arts, and musical performance was performed by students from Songshan Shaolin Wushu College.  Traditional Chinese music was performed by musicians from Henan University.

The troupe has performed “Wulin Hanyun” on 120 campuses worldwide. This is the second year it has included Vol State on its U.S. tour.

“They had multiple stops and were kind enough to include us. I would guesstimate they might have done eight to 10 performances this year,” said Director of International Education John Espey. Continue reading

Mens basketball gets first win at home this season

By: Jim Hayes 

The Volunteer State Community College men’s basketball team scored a 98-95 win over the Bethel University Wildcat junior varsity team Nov. 5, before losing to the Vincennes University Trailblazers, 98-38 the next night.

The Trailblazers held the Pioneer guard George Stanberry to 20 points one night after he dropped 38 on Bethel.  No other Vol State player had more than four points against Vincennes.

“We got beat by a top-five team in the country,” said head coach Rusty Melvin.  “They’re stronger, faster, they are well coached, and last year were 33-2 and finished third in the national tournament.” Continue reading

WWII Comes To Life at Rochelle Center

By: Yvonne Nachtigal

Volunteer State Community College was treated to a World War II Display at the Rochelle Center in Thigpen Library Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

The exhibit featured Vol State History Faculty Member Peter Johnson’s extensive World War II memorabilia collection.

The sound of Peggy Lee’s “Waiting For The Train” 1945 added to the ambiance as students viewed the exhibit of World War II uniforms, guns, swords, flags and newspapers and more.

Johnson, who was dressed in a World War II uniform, said he started his World War II when he was eight-years-old.

“My dad bought me a helmet. That was my first helmet. My dad was a World War II veteran,” said Johnson.

Johnson mentioned that many men in his neighborhood and all of his male teachers were veterans too, which added to his interest.

Johnson said that some items in the collection were given to him by veterans, some who were neighbors. He found many other items at military shows, antique stores, and garage sales.

Johnson enthusiastically answered student’s questions and shared the stories behind several of the items in his collection.

He said the memorabilia brings history to life, and that he likes imagining what the people associated with each of the items saw.

His favorite item is a bomber coat.

“You can’t find those anymore. I’ve been offered a lot of money for it. If my house was burning down I’d run upstairs and grab that thing. Of course, I’d grab my wife too,” said Johnson.

Asked about the value of the collection Johnson said that at some point he needs to create an itemized list.

“I can tell you this much, that there is one box worth $3000. Now you’re probably all wondering which box it is,” said Johnson.

The exhibit was well received by students.

“I’m really not that interested in history, but Professor Johnson’s presentation, and being able to see the collection makes it a lot cooler. The swords were my favorite part,” said Vol State General Sciences major Brenton Kennedy.

“It gives a perspective of what it was actually like,” said student Alex Winkler.