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Vol State hosts 50-year anniversary celebration Thursday, Oct. 21

Last updated on October 17, 2021

By Nathalie Recinos

Volunteer State Community College’s Gallatin campus will be celebrating 50 years of operation Thursday, Oct. 21, from 12 – 2:30 p.m. The celebration will also be an opportunity for students to meet and welcome Vol State’s new president, Dr. Orinthia Montague. 

According to Vol State’s Campus Events page, there will be special guests, live entertainment, performances from Vol State’s student musicians and the students and staff from the first year at Vol State will be special guests on the Vol State radio show, The Vol State Chat.  Student organizations like Phi Theta Kappa Society will also be there passing out food as a part of the World Food Festival.

“The station will be doing breaks from the event as part of the World Food Festival that day, and the station will be featuring international songs. We will also be doing a second live portion of The Vol State Chat featuring Dr. Montague. We are so excited to be part of such a big day for Vol State!” said the host of the show, Dianna Monk. 

The anniversary party will take place on the lawn outside the Thigpen Library. Coordinators will have tents set up in preparation for possible rain. 

According to the Vol State website, “Vol State has experienced phenomenal growth in enrollment, curricula, staff, program, public service, facilities, and quality, over the last 50 years. In fall of 2019, the enrollment was 9,227 students,” said the page. “Academic offerings now span more than 100 areas of study in six divisions: Humanities, Health Sciences, Business and Technology, Math and Science, Nursing, and Social Science and Education.”

Students may contact event coordinator Tami Wallance via email for more information.

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