June 2017 Around Town 1

Senior Health 
& Wellness Fair

Park Place Retirement Community hosted its Senior Health and Wellness Fair on April 6 with 45 senior-focused vendors and 200-plus in attendance. The annual event gives seniors an opportunity to learn more about available senior care options in their area. Many of the health care vendors offered complimentary health screenings, including blood pressure, thyroid and carotid artery checks. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Hendersonville Home Bound Meals program.

Hendersonville Arts Council’s 
Summer Camp Opportunities 
On Sale Now

Looking for fun, unique and enriching camps for your child this summer? Look no further than the Hendersonville Arts Council’s seven camp offerings taking place at Monthaven Mansion. Due to the educationally enriching curriculum, these camps regularly sell out in advance, and there are early drop-off options this year to help commuting families get to work on time. All camp details, registrations and secure online payments are available on the Hendersonville Arts Council’s website, HendersonvilleArts.org, in the camps section. All camps run from 9 a.m. to noon except for Film Camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“I always look forward to the camps because the Monthaven Mansion becomes so lively every day of the week,” Hendersonville Arts Council Executive Director Dan Tidcomb says. “We also hold receptions on the last day of camp, Fridays, for the kids. They love to explain and show off their completed works to loved ones while enjoying treats and beverages.”

Camps include Summer Artistiks for children ages 9 and up and for ages 6-9; Sculpture Art Camp for ages 8-11; Imagineering Camp for ages 7-12; Film Camp for ages 12 and up; Art Studio Camp for ages 12 and up; and Little Visionaries Art Camp for rising first-graders and ages 6-11. For a detailed description of each camp and the dates they will be held, visit the camps section on HendersonvilleArts.org.

The Hendersonville Arts Council’s camps for 2017 are designed to enhance a spirit of collaboration between children, so camps are limited in size. The small sizes also ensure individualized attention to the kids, fulfilling the Arts Council’s mission of creating educational opportunities for the community.

Erik Jesse Named EMS 
Director at Vol State

Erik Jesse has been named the director of emergency medical services at Volunteer State Community College. He comes most recently from Erlanger Health Systems, where he was operations supervisor. He has also been a critical care paramedic for Warren County EMS for the last eight years. Jesse was clinic manager and emergency medical instructor at Fort Campbell in Kentucky from 2007 until 2016.

“I’ve been working in EMS education for 15 years,” Jesse says. “That’s what I did for the Army for 10 years. When the opportunity came to get back into education full-time, I wanted to go for it. Vol State has a great program. The growth potential is tremendous.”

Jesse holds a bachelors degree in public safety administration and emergency disaster management from Grand Canyon University in Arizona. He also has two masters degrees from Grand Canyo, in public administration and accounting.

For information about the EMS Program at Vol State, visit VolState.edu.

Students Compete in TMTA 
Math Competition at Vol State

The Tennessee Math Teachers Association (TMTA) held a regional math competition at Volunteer State Community College recently. Hundreds of students from schools across the area competed in the following categories: algebra I and II, geometry, statistics, precalculus and calculus. Winners will go on to compete in the state competition. The schools participating included Davidson Academy, Hendersonville High School, Merrol Hyde Magnet School, Portland High School, Sumner Academy, Hendersonville Christian Academy, Gallatin High School, Station Camp High School, Pope John Paul II High School and Mt. Juliet High School. The top winners in each category had their photo taken with Michael Torrence, Vol State assistant vice president for academic affairs.

For more information about math and science opportunities at Vol State, please visit VolState.edu.

Vol State Named StormReady by National Weather Service

Volunteer State Community College has been fine-tuning its severe weather response for many years. Now the college has the title of StormReady to add to its list of accomplishments. The National Weather Service presented the recognition recently. The program is a national effort to prepare communities and institutions for all types of severe weather.

“It’s not an easy task to be recognized as StormReady,” Krissy Hurley, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS), says. “Congratulations, you should be very proud. It’s fitting that this recognition comes on the 11th anniversary of the tornado.”

A tornado struck the Vol State Gallatin campus on April 7, 2006. At the time, college officials said safety drills were one of the reasons there were only minor injuries on campus. In the years since, campus police have worked to upgrade emergency speaker systems, video monitoring and held CERT emergency response training sessions for faculty and staff. The latest upgrades include tornado shelter signs for all storm-safe areas on campus.

“Things were already pretty well figured out here,” Hurley says. “My congratulations for great work that was already done.”

“It’s not if it happens, but when it happens,” Vol State President Jerry Faulkner says. “That’s the attitude that our folks have when planning. It’s created a safe environment here on campus.”

For more information about campus safety at Vol State, visit VolState.edu.