December 2017 Around Town 4

From Discovery to Recovery

The Sumner County Family YMCA hosted its first From Discovery to Recovery Breast Cancer Awareness luncheon on September 26 at the First Baptist Church in Hendersonville. Coinciding with the October arrival of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the event provided an exploration of the breast cancer cycle, from detection to post-treatment recovery.

Following opening remarks by Kathy Raglin, district executive director of Sumner County YMCA, and Diana Pelham, development director, the crowd learned about local breast cancer support resources from a panel of counseling and health care professionals. During their presentation, the panelists provided information about cancer treatment and post-treatment support options available locally in and around Sumner County. They also stressed the importance of early screening and detection to improve the survivability of a breast cancer diagnosis.

At the end of the presentation, the panelists held honest discussions about the costs of cancer screening, treatment and post-treatment recovery. They emphasized that fears about the financial burden of cancer could be mitigated for many women due to grants and other resources provided to many local agencies.

Volunteer State Community College Introduces New Pioneer Mascot

Volunteer State Community College students have been known as the Pioneers for more than 40 years. However, there hasn’t been a physical mascot for more than a decade. That situation changed on October 18 as the college welcomed the new Vol State Pioneer mascot to campus. Vol State cheerleaders, athletes and students participated in the event held on the Thigpen Library plaza on the Gallatin campus.

“This is a fun way to show off our Pioneer identity and let people know about the events and activities we have here at Vol State,” public relations coordinator Eric Melcher says. “The mascot will cheer on our athletes at our basketball, softball and baseball games, and get out into the community to represent our Vol State pride.”

Welch College Celebrates 75th 
Anniversary and Ribbon-Cutting 
of New Gallatin Campus

Welch College celebrated its 75th anniversary with a ribbon-cutting September 29 at its new campus in Gallatin. Hundreds of guests and dignitaries from across the nation attended the celebration in recognition of the college’s accomplishments over the past three-quarters of a century. In addition to college and denomination leaders, the event also attracted several state and local elected officials.

Although several other speakers addressed the group, the principal remarks were delivered by President J. Matthew Pinson. During his talk, Pinson discussed the many milestones achieved by the school over the past three-quarters of a century.

At the close of the formal program, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held, formally opening the new Gallatin campus.

Golden Apple Awards

The Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation held its fifth annual Golden Apple Awards celebration October 17 at the Bluegrass Country Club. During the event, several Hendersonville area schools received grants totaling almost $10,000.

The Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation created the Golden Apple Grant program to promote education in the greater Hendersonville area. The purpose of the grant program is to provide funding to help address school needs and to develop creative new programs. All grant applicants must ensure that their proposed projects are consistent with the overall mission of their schools. Grants may be awarded to single teachers and classrooms, entire grade levels, specific academic disciplines, entire schools and may even encompass multiple schools.

Teachers and their schools were recognized by several chamber and chamber foundation board members, including John Ferguson, Leisa Byars, Charles Lea, Greg Wilson, Hilary Marabeti, Kelly Webb and Deb Wendorff. In addition, Hendersonville Mayor Jamie Clary presented Sumner County Schools Director Del Phillips with a proclamation declaring the first Tuesday following the Sumner County Schools fall break as Golden Apple Day.

Volunteer State Community 
College Upgrades to Fully Digital Radiography Lab

A hospital X-ray can be taken by a technologist and processed for a doctor to review in a shorter amount of time these days thanks to digital technology. That’s good news for patients both in terms of discomfort and the time spent in a waiting room. Volunteer State Community College recently upgraded the Radiologic Technology Lab at the college to digital radiography (DR) equipment. The program had been using computerized radiography (CR) technology.

“Our lab is exactly like a diagnostic X-ray suite in a hospital,” Vol State instructor LuAnn Buck says. “It’s the latest equipment, all digital. X-ray has evolved from developing film with chemicals to full digital. Now we’re able to teach it all: film, CR and DR. When our students graduate, they can go into these facilities and start working right away.”

Vol State student Martha Shaw adds “we will know what we’re doing with the equipment before we ever get to a hospital or clinic. It gives us more confidence”.

The Vol State Radiologic Technology program has graduates working in hospitals and clinic across Tennessee, including Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Training to become a radiologic technologist is not just a matter of passing the course. Students need to pass their board exams to become certified.

“Our program prepares students to pass that exam,” program director Terry Seals says. “It is challenging and time-consuming, but the payoff is very rewarding. And you can’t practice without passing the national certification exam. Passing allows you to work anywhere in the nation.”

Vol State students had a 100 percent pass rate for the certification exam in 2017 and a 100 percent job placement rate.