Student Discounts

By: Gloria Cortes

Students at Volunteer State Community College are able to get discounts from business in the area.  Listed below are some retailers with their Vol State student discount offers:

  • AT&T, 923 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, TN 37066: 17% off data plan.
  • Brixx Pizza, 300 Indian Lake Blvd, Hendersonville, TN 37075: 10% off.
  • Cornerstone Financial Credit Union, 200 Indian Lake Blvd, Hendersonville, TN 37075: We offer special discounts to all VSCC employees and students. Please phone or come by for the most current offering. A valid Vol State I.D. is required.
  • Frist Museum, 919 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203: Free admission Thursdays and Fridays from 5pm-9pm. A valid Vol State ID is required.
  • Game Trader, 1767 Gallatin Pike N Madison, TN 37115: 8% off used games with a valid Vol State I.D..
  • Gateway Tire & Service Center, 380 Hancock Street, Gallatin, TN 37066: All employees and students with proof of ID will receive 10% off on tires, 5% off on any service work, and 3.00 off an oil change.
  • Marina Pointe Apartments and Townhomes, 1 Carrington Road, Hendersonville, TN  37075: 50% off application and administrative fees. A valid Vol State ID is required.
  • Ron Hibbard Toyota, 1435 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, TN 37066: 15% off service parts and labor Toyota Vehicles and other makes and models. Appointment necessary. A valid Vol State ID is required.
  • Sam’s Club, 301 Indian Lake Blvd, Hendersonville, TN 37075: College membership – $40 – 2 cards (1 for you & 1 for roommate). $15 gift card every year you are a student, able to get some gas, and additional student benefits. A valid Vol State ID is required.
  • Third Coast Comedy Club, 1310 Clinton Street, Ste. 121, Nashville, TN 37203: 50% off all house show tickets; drink discounts included.  Discount applicable for VSCC students and employees with valid college ID.
  • Workout Anytime, 565 Village Green Dr., Ste. C Gallatin, TN 37066: $1 enrollment and no card fee.  Discount applicable for VSCC students and employees with valid college ID.

Check the Vol State website for more information about student discounts.


New crosswalk for Nashville Pike and Gap Road

By: Gloria Cortes

Construction for a pedestrian sidewalk around Volunteer State Community College is scheduled to begin this fall.  

This project cost estimate is $200,000 of taxpayer money, and this seems expensive to some students.

“I can cross the street without a crosswalk… A crosswalk would be nice, but it’s not necessary for that amount of money,” said Ryan Lyle, a Vol-State freshman.

The first phase of this project is for the Gallatin Public Works crews to construct a  sidewalk on Gap Boulevard from Nashville Pike to Vol-State’s parking entrance.

The second phase of this project will be to install a crosswalk at the intersection of Nashville Pike and the main entrance of Vol-State, and another at the intersection of Nashville Pike and Gap Boulevard.  

Unlike the sidewalks, the construction schedule is flexible and subject to change. In an email According to Dewayne “Buck” Rogers, PE Gallatin assistant engineer, “It could possibly be Spring before the intersection project is complete…Pending schedules and weather, the completion could happen sooner. Once the pedestrian design is complete, we will have a better feel for the construction timeline.”

Push buttons will also be installed for crossing pedestrians.  

Students should expect minor delays in their commutes because of the project construction.  

“I don’t anticipate any lane closures on Gap Blvd, but traffic will be slower due to the workers being present,” wrote Rogers.  

With Vol-State’s current record-breaking enrollment, these improvements will hopefully benefit students by making on-foot transportation easier.  

“Vol-State is in the process of trying to make the campus a more walkable community,” said Rogers.  

Students and faculty seem to welcome the idea of these pedestrian improvements, as they believe it will make walking off-campus safer for everyone and provide people with more access to the businesses across Nashville Pike.  

“[The crosswalks] will give us more options to cross the street, for different types of options for food as well as other services,” said Senior Director of Plant Operations Will Newman.

Rogers wrote, “We believe that the Pedestrian Improvements will greatly benefit the students at Vol-State.  The completion of the improvements will provide an alternative means for commuters to safely walk to nearby businesses instead of driving.”  

Despite any minimal opposition, the majority of the Vol-State population looks forward to the completion of this pedestrian project.


Vol State at record enrollment

By: Jim Hayes

A 14 percent growth in enrollment across the three Volunteer State Community College campuses and online students appears to have had little, if any, effect on parking at the main Vol State campus in Gallatin one week into the 2018 fall semester.

The enrollment number 9,372 as of Thursday afternoon may change slightly in the next couple of weeks as students drop classes and leave school.

“Enrollment is up compared to last year,” said Tim Amyx, Director of Admissions  & College Registrar.

“We won’t know what the official enrollment is until 14 days into classes,” said

Eric Melcher, Coordinator of Public Relations and Marketing.

A part of the increased enrollment to Tennessee Reconnect students are because of those taking online classes.

“We had 1,119 Tennessee Reconnect students apply for admission to the college,” said Melcher.

There are no records of how many of those applications were accepted.

Melcher also addressed the parking situation.  

“At the beginning of the fall we can have people parking in overflow,” said Melcher.

He also suggested that students use the Green Lee Boulevard entrance for easier access to the school.

An email from Lisa Morris, the Senior Administrative Assistant to Chief of Police Angela Lawson, said the Campus Police dealt with the parking issue by having “officers directing students into parking lots,” the first days of classes.  

Morris’ email also said that the larger enrollment did not have as much of an effect on parking as was anticipated.

As of Wednesday, the situation “has taken care of itself,” Morris’ email said.

While the enrollment has grown, it appears to have had little effect on parking on the Gallatin campus.

“I haven’t had any problem parking here. If you come in at 9 o’clock, there is a little problem finding a place to park, but the rest of the time, it is easy” said Vol State student Saul Lara.  

One faculty member, Adjunct Member Carlton Wilkinson, who teaches in the Humanities Department, has an issue with the parking situation.  

”It takes me about 8 minutes to park. I try to go off campus for lunch and it cuts into my time. The later you come in the day, the more difficult it is to park,” said Wilkinson.  

However, Wilkinson also thought the situation would improve.  

“I think at the beginning of the semester, it always seems to be more crunched,” said Wilkinson.

The Vol State students interviewed for this article don’t seem to feel there are any parking problems. Vol State student Jevon Nash summed up the student body’s general take on the situation, commenting “It’s been pretty easy for me to find a parking spot.”


Language Center Moves To Thigpen

By: Yvonne Nachtigal

The Language Center has moved to join the Learning Commons in Thigpen Library.

This makes it the one stop shop for Volunteer State Community College students’ tutoring needs.

Eventually, the entire space will simply be called “Learning Commons”, but the two departments are keeping their names for the time being to avoid confusion.

Learning Commons Director Kay Dayton and Language Center Director Suzanne Previte are excited about the move.

“There used to be tutoring for different subjects in different buildings. What bringing us together did was put us under one roof and made it more convenient for students,” said Dayton.

“The primary purpose is that we establish a tutoring space that works with students and is centrally located for the comfort level of students,” said Previte.

Learning Commons will be a busy environment this year since it contains the Language Center as well as math classrooms while the Warf building is under construction, but according to both directors, the environments have always been busy.

While combining the Learning Departments is seen as a positive for students, the need for classroom space admittedly sparked the decision.

“We have record enrollment this year,” said Previte.

Volunteer State Community College enrollment is up 14% this year with an active enrollment of 9,372 students.

Students can expect the Language Center to accommodate all the needs it has in the past.

“The only thing that has changed about the Language center from last semester to this semester is address. Everything else is identical.” Said Previte.

Students can now take advantage of the Language Center during Learning Commons’ hours.

“Bringing the language center staff gave us more coverage, more hours,” said Dayton.

The Learning Commons is open, Monday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

When asked if he was excited about the move, Learning Commons Reading/Writing Specialist Ken Westmoreland was more reserved in his enthusiasm.

“Well, it’s not been going on long enough yet. Don’t know yet,” said Westmoreland.


Vol State summer classes have new sessions


By Presley Green

Volunteer State Community College is offering more options for summer classes by introducing new summer sessions in three-week, six-week and 12-week portions.

For these changes to happen and to allow students more college credit opportunities, the summer semester is beginning a little earlier than usual. The semester begins May 1 and ends August 10.

“The reason is to have less overlapping of class terms, which allows students to take more classes, and earn more college credits over the summer,” Eric Melcher, coordinator of public relations and marketing, wrote on the Vol State website.

There will be four three-week sessions starting May 21, June 11, July 2, and July 23. The six-week sessions will begin May 21, and July 2. These shorter sessions are described as more intensive. They are held for more hours a day than the twelve-week classes.

The twelve-week session begins May 21 and ends August 10. The twelve-week session is similar to a normal semester. You can visit the academic calendar on Vol State’s website for a more complete list of dates.

Volunteer State Community College is also offering a wider variety of subjects. They are even offering both of the classes need to take the Real Estate Exam, Intro to Real Estate (RES215) and The Course for New Affiliates (RES220).

Vol State is also offering Education Psychology (EDUC2110) in the summer, which is a required class for all education majors.  

This is an opportunity for students to finish those final classes to graduate or further their education.

Summer classes can be taken online or in person.  There is no orientation needed for students who have not attended Vol State before. This makes it easy to apply, register, and earn the college credit needed. Applications can be filled out online or in the Ramer Administration Building.

Vol State baseball wrapping up season


By Nick Kieser

The Volunteer State Community College Pioneers baseball team is at the end of its regular season. This weekend the Pioneers will face off against the Roane State Community College Raiders.

“It’s game by game. Put our heads down and go after it. Worry about the game in front of us,” said Aaron England, relieving pitcher.

The three remaining games are preparation for the 2018 postseason. As of publication, the Pioneers would face Roane State in a play-in game situation.

“The pressure of it makes it fun,” said England.

The pioneers have an overall record of 23-15.

“In a disciplinary way coach has guided us in the right way. Team chemistry has been good comparing to recent years. This season has helped us bond,” said Matt Brown, second baseman.

The postseason tournament will be from May 6-11, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Depending on where the Pioneers finish, it is possible they will play on the first day of the tournament at 3:00 p.m. they would play the 10th seeded team.

“When we have our hitting, pitching, and defense all rolling together its a dangerous mix for these guys,” said Logan Maloney, assistant coach.

The road to the college world series is going through Chattanooga on the Pioneers first pitstop.

“The expectation is that every team in this conference is good. Every week we have to compete and give it our all. I look forward to competing each week, and I love facing the competition we get,” said Jacob Cole, starting pitcher.

The 44-game grind will end this weekend at home versus the Raiders, but another road will open up as the postseason will only be eight days away after the series is over.

“You have to be positive and wait for the next opportunity,” said Ryan Hunt, head coach.

“Well it’s always great to end the season off on a good note with a series win going into the conference tournament. That’d be great to not have to be in the play-in game,” said Cole.

“I think we have a good shot. I think we can kinda get it rolling again to stay out of the play-in game, which saves us an arm,” said Maloney.

To stay updated with the Pioneers baseball club for the remainder of their season follow them @VSCCPioneersBSB on Twitter for updates and analysis.

Vol State commencement ceremony will be May 5


By Riley Holcraft

Volunteer State Community College will host its commencement ceremony for all graduating students Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. in Pickel Field House.

Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for all attendees, and guests who are unable to attend are welcome to watch the ceremony through the graduation website (

Amber Regan, graduation associate, provided information on the Commencement Ceremony. There are 784 students pending to graduate in the spring, and 367 students are planning to walk at the ceremony. These graduates include 11 students in middle college, a collaboration between Sumner County high schools and Vol State.  

Each graduate is given five tickets to invite guests to the ceremony. If the gymnasium is filled, the auditorium in Caudill Hall will be used as an overflow for family and friends who do not have tickets. The live video will also be streamed in that location.

This year’s speaker is David Gregory, former chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Gregory has worked for the Tennessee Board of Regents since May of 1998 and was appointed his position as Chancellor in February 2016. Gregory had plans to retire earlier; however, the abrupt resignation of John Morgan led to Governor Haslam endorsing Gregory’s election. After a unanimous vote, Gregory held this position for a year before retiring.


Vol State to host student film showcase


By Riley Holcraft

Volunteer State Community College is hosting its First Student Film Showcase April 26th, from 7-9 p.m. in the SRB Humanities Building.  Deja Brandeis, video production instructor, is organizing this event to screen student work from the 2017-2018 school year.

The video program at Vol State has been expanding over the past few years, and Brandeis explained that an event like this is important for film students to showcase their work. Her film students have worked on many projects over the year, including a promotional video for Vol State Mass Communications. This year, there are 35 video majors and more joining in the fall.

All film submissions are viewed and reviewed by Professor Brandeis before entering the contest. The content must be a strong piece and the best representation of the student’s work. Submissions can be made in a classroom setting or in the student’s free time.

Videos entered into the contest can include documentaries, narratives, promotional videos, and any creative vision a student may have. After the screening, there will be a Q&A with the participants. The audience will also engage in a vote after the videos are viewed, and an “Audience Choice” will be announced as the winner.

Students are encouraged to attend and vote for their favorite video. Since the event is brand new, it is a great opportunity for students to get involved on campus. The Film Showcase is also an introduction for non-video majors that may be interested in the program. Since video production at Vol State is recent addition, students can come learn more about the program and get a taste of video majors and classes.

Donations are encouraged, and all funds will benefit entertainment media at Vol State.


Let’s Review: Marvel movies


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By Katie Doll

Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” is projected to be the biggest movie of 2018. In “Avengers: Infinity War”, all the superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe must unite to defeat their biggest threat yet: Thanos, whose mission is to obtain all of the Infinity Stones to destroy half the universe.

Before seeing “Avengers: Infinity War,” viewers might want to re-watch all 18 films preceding it.

However, because some fans may not have the time to see all 18 films, here is an overview of six of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films that help explain the Infinity Stones and the events leading up to “Avengers: Infinity War”.


  1. “The Avengers” (2012)

As the first time the original Avengers banded together, this film already features two of the Infinity Stones. One being the Space Stone, located in the Tesseract, and the Mind Stone, located in Loki’s scepter. The Space Stone allows the user to control space and teleportation while the Mind Stone lets the owners control the minds of others. Not only does this film show the intense power of two of the Infinity Stones, but it shows how well all of these heroes work together for the first time.


  1. “Thor: The Dark World” (2013)

The sequel to “Thor” introduces the Reality Stone, which allows the user to warp reality at its will. At the end of the film it is given to The Collector for safekeeping, who will be later seen in Guardians of the Galaxy.


  1. “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014)

In this comedic superhero film, the Power Stone is introduced in the Orb. The Power Stone gives the wielder immense power that could wipe out all life on a planet. The stone can also increase the power of other stones. This film also explains for the first time what the Infinity Stones are, as explained by The Collector. By the end of the film, the Orb is housed by the intergalactic police known as Nova Corps.


  1. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015)

This film introduces two new Avengers powered by the Mind Stone: Scarlet Witch and Vision. Vision holds the Mind Stone in his forehead, which seems to be keeping him alive and more powerful than the rest of the Avengers. Scarlet Witch gains the powers of telekinesis through the Mind Stone.


  1. “Captain America: Civil War” (2016)

This film does not include the whereabouts of any of the Infinity Stones, but it does show by the end of the film that the Avengers are split, implying that Thanos will most likely bring them together in “Avengers: Infinity War.”


  1. “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017)

By the end of this comedic installment of the “Thor” series, the Space Stone seems to be in the hands of Loki, and Thor’s home of Asgard is destroyed, leaving him and the Asgardians into space. An end credits scene gives a hint that Thanos is already ready to attack Thor and the Hulk, starting his reign of terror.

Vol State diversity and inclusion manager headed to Wisconsin


By Tayla Courage

Dr. Kenny Yarbrough, manager of diversity and inclusion, is packing up his office at Volunteer State Community College after accepting a position at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater.

He will be joining the Warhawk faculty as its chief equity diversity and inclusion officer.

Prepping for a move north has not been a simple task, according to Yarbrough, who is simultaneously in the process of completing his fifth academic degree.

“It’s a lot. Unpacking, packing, trying to find a house, and then I have to go home and try to work on chapter three. It’s something that nobody else can do but me, so it’s staring at the computer for days and days, and commiserating like you have got to get this done,” he said.

Having been open for just over a year, the Office of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives is a newer addition to Vol State. It is responsible for coordinating educational trainings and events aimed at identifying various diversity and inclusion issues that exist on and off campus.

He described his time at Vol State as “very educational” and “a growing process.”

“It has helped me to really determine the type of work that I want to continue to do,” said Yarbrough.

While he is unsure of who will be filling the role of manager in his absence, Yarbrough said he is hopeful that the momentum will continue with the aid of faculty members who have become “practitioners of diversity and inclusion.”

“We have wonderful faculty who really have taken an interest in this. I’m hoping that whoever they get to find as my replacement will be able to touch base with those persons and continue the work that I have started here.”

Dr. Michael Torrence, assistant vice president of academic affairs, acknowledged Yarbrough’s “exceptional” role at Vol State and congratulates him on his future endeavors.

“His willingness to connect with students and provide guidance, leadership, and a listening ear will be missed. However, he has a wonderful opportunity ahead of him, and he will be successful,” wrote Torrence.

Dr. Melva Black, chair of the communication department, furthered this sentiment with the Booker T. Washington quote: “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”

He has worked tirelessly to build awareness, understanding, and compassion among people of diverse backgrounds. Dr. Yarbrough’s contributions have been thoughtful and selfless, which is essential for identifying and pursuing avenues to serve and uplift those with whom he has worked in academia and the community. 

“He leaves a poignant legacy for all to emulate,” wrote Black.

In his concluding words, Yarbrough thanked Vol State for allowing him the opportunity to interact and potentially influence students, who he defines as “the life blood of any institution.”