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Posts published in November 2018

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.

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.

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.

“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.

Vanderbilt’s Fontus speaks at Vol State’s Unconscious Bias event

By: Gloria Cortes 

Guest speaker Gregory Fontus hosted the Deconstructing Unconscious Bias event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rochelle Center of the Thigpen Library Nov. 7.

Gregory Fontus, M. Ed. and M. Div., is the Assistant Director of Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence at Vanderbilt University.

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