The New Pioneer Mascot

the new Pioneer mascot standing beside a group of Vol State cheerleaders

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 changed today 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,” said Public Relations coordinator, Eric Melcher. “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. We’re taking suggestions from students for a name for the Pioneer. We’ll announce that at our Homecoming basketball games on Saturday, November 18.”