Registration now open for State math competition

By Velma Crochet

Volunteer State Community College is participating in Tennessee Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (TYMTYC) state competition on Nov. 19-21. Students can sign up through the announcement in their eLearn.

The competition is open to any student who has not earned a two-year degree or higher, part-time students are eligible according to Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Lingli Ni.

The competition is comprised of five examinations administered locally at each college. The examination the student must take for the competition will last one hour. If the student is taking; math 1130, 1630, 1710, 1720 and 1730 they will take the precalculus test; math 1005, 1010, 1410 and 1420 the student will take the survey of mathematics test; math 1830 or 1910 they will take the calculus A test; math 1920, 2010 and 2110 they will take the Calculus B test; math 1530 they will take the statistics test according to the announcement sent to all the students in eLearn.

“For the first time, we are going to have two locations for TMATYC math competition, one at the Gallatin campus and one at the Cookeville campus,” said Ni.

The test dates for all five tests are, Nov. 19, Tuesday, for the precalculus test, Nov.20, Wednesday, for the tests of survey of math, calculus A and calculus B or Nov. 21, Thursday, for the statistics test. All test will take place in the Learning Commons Breakout Room located in the Thigpen building room 125/126 or at the Cookeville campus. Please come between 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. to take the one-hour test, bring your calculator said Ni.

“We want to make a difference to students by showing them what they can achieve with their knowledge, what we are offering here at Vol State, and we are passionate about math competitions,” said Ni.

Jonathan Kenigson, Instructor of Mathematics at VSCC since the fall of 2017 said if a student would like to take a practice test before the competition all they have to do is meet with one of the four coordinators Lingli Ni, Leah Frauendienst, Elizabeth Forrester and himself to up a time to take it.

TMATYC awards 15 cash prizes for the top three contestants from each exam. The cash prizes awarded will be in the amount of $75, $50 or $30. The top ten contestants from each exam are recognized. Vol State students win the top three prizes every year and students benefit from the experience very much, said Ni.

Starting this year, Math and Science division will be awarding prizes of $35, $25, and $15 to the top three winners among our own students. There will be an award ceremony for the winners on Dec. 13, 4 p.m. in the Learning Commons. Everyone is cordially invited to celebrate VSCC students’ accomplishments, said Ni.

“TMATYC math competition is only in Tennessee, with six community colleges participating,” said Ni.

“I have worked at VSCC for almost six years. I started to manage the VSCC math competition in 2017. In TMATYC math competition, we were doing very well in 2017, and we had 60+ students who participated in 2018, which is a record-high number of participations in five years. In order to have more winners, we need student and faculty participation,” said Ni.

Vol State cook would rather cook at school than in her kitchen

By Velma Crochet

Nacole Fields, is the head cook at the Vol State Grille. She has been working at Volunteer State Community College since 2012.

The owner of the Vol State Grille, Paul Fields, says his daughter-in-law, who is also his head cook, started working at the grille right out of high school. He also said he enjoys working with her and that he loves her lasagna.

Fields, said she loves cooking at the college but not as much at home. When she cooks at home, she loves making spaghetti or steak with peppers for her family. Pasta of any kind or shape is her favorite food to eat, said Fields.

Fields, favorite meal to cook at VSCC for the students is meatloaf with all the fixings such as mashed potatoes and warm rolls.

“She is a kind person, respectful,” said Carmel Meadors, cafeteria worker at the Vol State Grille.

Meadors, said she has worked with Fields, for the last 4 years and has really enjoyed them working together.

Fields is from Gallatin, Tennessee, and has always lived there.

“It’s the greatest city in America, right?” said Fields.

She graduated from Gallatin High School in 2012 and attended VSCC for some classes as well.

“I’ve just celebrated my sixth wedding anniversary with my husband. We have two beautiful sons, 2-year-old and 5-year-old,” said Fields.

“She is a great mom,” said Paul Fields.

She really enjoys spending quality time with her husband and sons with her off time. Shopping is another relaxing activity when she is not working, cooking or taking care of her beautiful sons, said Fields.

Nacole Fields, favorite book is “Dear John” written by Nicholas Sparks. A story about a solider falling in love with a college student. Even when the solider is called to war their love survives through a bunch of love letters according to goggle.

Nacole Fields, loves the fall in Gallatin, Tennessee.

Teacher focuses on generating curiousity

By Velma Crochet

Dr. Carole Bucy is a professor of history at Volunteer State Community College. She has been teaching there since 1995.

She earned her master’s degree in history at Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1972. Bucy worked fulltime at VSCC while going to school part time at Vanderbilt University in Nashville where she earned her Ph.D. in history in 2002.

Bucy is from Texas. She came to Nashville for college. Her plans were to return to Texas to teach but meet her husband during Vietnam and decided to stay in Tennessee, said Bucy.

She also taught a high school history class in Atlanta, Georgia.. She had never lived there before getting the job so teaching Georgia history was challenging. First year teaching is a learning experience said Bucy.

She has been married to her husband for 45 years. They have two children. Their son John lives in San Francisco, California, and is a software engineer for Google.

Their daughter Ellen lives in Sweden with her husband and three daughters.

Bucy, makes several trips to visit her granddaughters. She gets to see them on the computer but doesn’t feel it’s the same as just holding them babies, said Bucy.

Bucy and her husband enjoy eating at different restaurants such as Green Hills Grill and Midtown Café. They also enjoy going to the symphony and enjoying a meal downtown with so many options to choose from.

Bucy, enjoys going to Broadway musicals in New York. She also enjoys taking a good hike out west at National Parks such as Yosemite National Park or a two-week hike at Glacier National Park.

Tennessee offers so many places to visit and you don’t even need a plane ticket. Taking a walk on a green way in Nashville or visiting historical sites such as the Fort Donelson Battlefield said Bucy.

Nashville Cemetery is where James and Charlotte Robertson are buried however, that is also where Bucy’s curiosity for Tennessee history was ignited. Intrigued by all things history she began learning and meeting people in the history field all the while raising her children as a stay at home mother said Bucy.

Most of her graduate work and favorite part of history is centered around women in the twentieth century. Women’s suffrage, fighting for their right to vote. Women’s role in World War I and II plus joining the work force. During the depression women’s roles and how they were affected said Bucy.

Bucy loves teaching Tennessee, history as well. So many of her students are from Tennessee but don’t know much about it. Helping students make connections to the things they drive. My goal is to try and generate curiosity so people will look around and want to learn said Bucy.

“Learn the history of your place, the story, who we are as Americans, as Tennesseans,” said Bucy.

Callie Cothron is a history major at VSCC and is taking Tennessee history with Bucy. She is really enjoying her class and learning about Tennessee.

Her favorite quality of Bucy is her willingness to help the students. Meeting with students anytime, even in the evenings in zoom.

Bucy, has spoken at several schools in and around Nashville. Sharing history with all age groups and enjoys the energy of the children. She has also spoke for documentaries on subjects such as

women’s role during civil war and women suffrage. Most recently she spoke about Veterans and voting for public television said Bucy.

Bucy, spoke Thursday at the Cumberland Compact in Nashville, Tennessee, about the rivers, floods, locks and dams. While their she learned about how the dams are made said Bucy.

“I have learned a lot but still learning,” said Bucy.

Bucy taught workshops for history teachers in Tennessee to help them be better history teachers. Taking them on trips such as Washington, St. Louis and Philadelphia. She also wrote textbooks for fourth and fifth grade students. Bucy took two semesters off from teaching to research for the textbooks. She is very proud of her accomplishments and has been working on the chapters for her Tennessee history class for the last 10 years said Bucy.

Stella Pierce, assistant professor of history at VSCC describes Bucy as fearless, confident, master of her field, and accomplished.

Pierce, said Bucy has many qualities she admires such as her energy, commitment and always prepared for the many presentation that Bucy speaks at such as elementary schools.

“I can go to her with any questions about Tennessee history, U.S. history, she is a wealth of knowledge. She is well read and knows the topic,” said Pierce.

Bucy said VSCC has changed so much over the years, especially after the tornado that hit campus. She loves the changes to the grounds the most.

Lawson juggles role as chief and mother

By Velma Crochet

Angela Lawson is the Chief of Police at Volunteer State Community College. She is also a wife,mother, friend and role model for women hoping to work in a public service job.

Lawson, graduate from high school in 1993 from Stratford High in Nashville, Tennessee. Shortly after she began college at VSCC while working fulltime. She finished her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Bethel University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lawson said, she comes from a family of public service workers starting with her parents. Her mother is a retired fire chief and her father is a retired fire fighter, she said.

It does not stop with her parents, two of her brothers are also fire fighters, her other brother is an IT guy for Gallatin, Tennessee, police department and her sister is working in non-profit.

Lawson said, she along with her family are called to do this type of work. She also said her calling to public service stuck.

On a person’s worse day is when police show up and it is important to Lawson, to be there, the human aspect of her job is special to her, she said.

Lawson was a civilian officer with Metro in Nashville, Tennesse. That is where she realized being a police officer was her calling. She then worked for Gallatin Police Department for 13 years.

Tabitha Sherrell, Coordinator of Student Services said she has been working with the Lawson since the Chief began. Sherrell also said, in her role at Vol State working with Lawson has been awesome and she is easy to get in touch with by email, phone or just stopping by her office.

“Working with me and being flexible while setting up events is great,” said Sherrell.

Lawson and I collaborated to set up the “brew with the blue” so the students and VSCC officers will be able to interact every month, said Sherrell.

“Chief Lawson makes me feel safe and I would trust her with my life in an emergency situation,” said Sherrell.

Lawson has been working at Vol State for six years and really enjoys it. This position allows plenty of time off to be with her family. Not many officers are able to enjoy the weekends, holidays and semester breaks at home.

“I like the way she leads her team because they genuinely care about our students and are equally concerned about their safety,” said Tiffany Zwart, Coordinator of Student Support Student Engagement and Support.

Lawson has been married for nine years to her wife April and they have three sons.

Lawson choose Gallatin, Tennessee, to raise her family because even with all the growth the town still has that small community feel and offers amazing schools for her sons to attend, she said.

She really enjoys spending time with her three sons and wife playing virtual reality games, soaking up as much time together as possible or watching sports such as tennis, said Lawson.

Lawson loves all Mexican food and hates things out of order.

Christmas is her favorite holiday. Now that her sons are a little older, her family can travel and just enjoy time together. Working at VSCC gives her extra opportunity to enjoy a longer holiday with her family and she is very grateful for that, said Lawson.

Lawson is currently reading a motivational book by Jean Sincero ,”You Are a Badass Everyday.”

Orange coffee mugs were handed out at “brew with the blue” because that is Lawson’s favorite color.

“Behind the badge, behind the uniform we are humans,” said Lawson.