Evie Herndon

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Asian Racism in the United States

Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Delaina Ashely Yaun, Xiajie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Paul Andre Michels, and Elcias R Hernandez-Ortiz were brutally murdered in a spa in Atlanta, Georgia. Their deaths mark the initial uproar of a long-overdue movement against Asian racism in the United States. While the shooting cannot yet be entirely attributed to anti-Asian sentiment, it was the breaking point for many AAPIs (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) to stand up and finally say enough is

Nationwide Injustice for Sexual Assault Victims

Did you know that every 73 seconds an American is sexually assaulted? According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, 1 out of 6 women and 1 out of 33 men have been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. It is also said that annually, 433,648 people 12 or older are sexually assaulted or raped. That is not including the 18,900 military service members who experience unwanted sexual contact, the 80,000 inmates who are sexually assaulted, and the 60,000 children who experience sustained sexual abuse.

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5 Ways to Pick Out an Outfit Faster Everyday - College Fashionista

One of the most enjoyable and exciting parts of my day is when I get to decide what I want to wear. It is that glorious moment of standing in front of my closet and skimming through my clothing that allows for a flood of possible outfit ideas to flash through my mind. While I am sure this is a highlight of many CF community members’ day, I am also sure that too often we all have to rush the styling process to get out the door to class, work, or other obligations. Well, that is why a year ago I

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VSCC has a rising star, Conner Sweet – TheSettler.Online

Volunteer State Community College alumni, Conner Sweet, got a taste of fame after his breakout song,”Times Like These,” received 64,780 streams on Spotify. Sweet’s song also reached thousands of listeners on other streaming platforms. The song snagged him a spot on the music Top 40 as it ranked #38 on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart and #55 on the Billboard Country Indicator. He also performed as the opening act for country music star, Lee Bryce. Success came as a surprise for the young a

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Vol State President spotlight – TheSettler.Online

“I was born and raised in Corryton, Tennessee, which is a rural community near Knoxville,” Faulkner said. He managed to stay in-state for his higher education as his bachelor’s degree in secondary education – biology is from Tennessee Temple University, which he received in 1983. His master’s degree, which he received in 1987 and his doctorate, which he received in 1993, are both from the University of Tennessee in botany and ecology. The Tennessee native has stayed true to the state through al

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VSCC Closed due to Severe Winter Storms – TheSettler.Online

Volunteer State Community College announced on Monday-Tuesday that they have closed all campuses for the week of Feb. 15-19, due to severe winter storms that hit Tennessee. According to a mass message sent out via text from Vol State, “All campuses are now closed from Feb. 17-19. Online and virtual classes will continue as scheduled.” “Students who have a class on a campus should check their student email for notes from their instructor. We think most instructors will continue with class work,

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Student Veterans of America Club at Vol State – TheSettler.Online

The Volunteer State Community College Student Veterans of America (VSVA) club is looking for new members. According to the Vol State website, “The mission of the Vol State Student Veterans of America student club is to provide military veterans with the resources, support and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.” “The VSVA has been active at Vol State since 2012 and is now at the Gallatin and Cookeville campuses. Students from any campus may participate,” ac

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Chief Lawson strives to serve students at VSCC – TheSettler.Online

Lawson was born and raised in Nashville, Tenn., She stayed true to the state throughout all her schooling. “I graduated from Stratford High School. I then received my bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Bethel University and I attended the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy,” said Lawson. After the academy, Lawson began her law enforcement career in Nashville,Tennessee. “I started my law enforcement career at Metro Nashville Police Department,” Lawson said. “I then worked for t

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VSCC welcomes new Dean of Humanities – TheSettler.Online

Volunteer State Community College has a new Dean of Humanities. Dr. Erin Mann will be joining the Vol State faculty on Jan. 4. She is from western Nebraska, Dr. Mann has lived in Houston, Texas, northern Nebraska, rural Austria, Iowa City,Iowa and Saint Louis, Missouri, and now she will moving to Gallatin, Tennessee, she said. “I went to the public high school in my small town, Wayne High. My undergraduate degree is from Rice University and my graduate degrees (Masters and Ph.D.) are from the

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Rescue Research Event at Thigpen Library – TheSettler.Online

According to the Coordinator of Educational Technology Support, Ryan Taylor, students were able to stop by personally or attend a virtual event from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Dec. 1,2 and 3. The program was dedicated to helping students with research for their final research assignments. “Thigpen librarians can help you with all your research needs, from beginning to end and all the steps in between. They can help with choosing a topic, evaluating information, navigating databases, finding articles a

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Vol State offering online academic coaches – TheSettler.Online

Volunteer State Community College now offers training options online to encourage social distancing and help students navigate online classes. The options were announced Aug. 27 that there are now four Learning Academic Coaches available to meet virtually for coaching sessions and help with online classes. “Students can book an appointment for a virtual meeting, email, or call the coaches” and “Students can also sign up to attend any of the workshops about time management, study strategies, usi

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T. Wesley Pickel and The Pickel Field House – TheSettler.Online

The Volunteer State Community College, Pickel Field House is home to all health, athletics, and physical education-related activities and offices. It was built in 1972 and named after T. Wesley Pickel. According to “Community Colleges of Tennessee: The Founding Years,” Pickel was the assistant commissioner of education for the state of Tennessee for eight years straight. It was Pickel who stood beside the founding president, H. R. Ramer, and State Education Commissioner, J. Howard Warf, in the

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VSCC adviser spotlight featuring Duane Berry – TheSettler.Online

The Spotlight is on Volunteer State Community College Adviser, Duane Berry. Berry has been an advisor at Vol State since the beginning of 2020 but started out as a teacher at Vol State in 2018. In fact, Berry’s initial line of work has his roots in teaching, specifically with international students and his work as an advisor came a little later, he said. “I have been teaching for about 20 years and prior to coming to Vol State, I was the Academic Director of a small language school for interna

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J. Howard Warf Building Spotlight – TheSettler.Online

J. Howard Warf is the math and science building at Volunteer State Community College. The Warf Building is named after State Education Commissioner, J. Howard Warf, who is a primary reason for the establishment of Vol State according to “The Community Colleges of Tennessee: The Founding and Early Years.” “On Jun. 2, 1969, a resolution was adopted authorizing the State Board of Education to establish a community college in Sumner County” according to “The Community Colleges of Tennessee: The Fo

VSCC has a decline in fall enrollment – TheSettler.Online

Volunteer State Community College has seen a decrease in enrollment this semester. A 3.4 percent decrease in enrollment was recorded this semester, compared to Fall 2019, according to The College System of Tennessee. That equals 310 fewer students enrolled at Vol State, leaving the college with an enrollment of 8,836 students this fall. This loss of students cannot completely be linked to the uprising of the global pandemic; however, the wakes of the virus have contributed to Vol State student