At long last, The Settler can reveal the owner of the unique pen holder featured on March 26.
Len Assante, associate professor of communication, is also chair of the communication, philosophy and foreign languages department at Volunteer State Community College
Assante has been at Vol State since 1995 and has taught full-time since the fall of 1996.
Before Vol State he was at Austin Peay for two years. He also taught at schools in South Dakota and Pennsylvania.
Assante has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Rutgers University in New Jersey and a master’s in communication from State University of New York, Buffalo.
As The Settler has seen with many instructors, Assante’s path to his career was somewhat of an accident.
“I started out as an engineering major, found I did not like it, and started looking around. I took a communication class, enjoyed it and the rest is history,” he said.
Assante said that he feels the best way to teach communication is to engage students in communication.
“I’ve learned a lot about interpersonal communication this semester. The class has been really fun,” said student Jazmin Mercer.
“Mr. Assante is really funny and classes aren’t boring,” said another student, Travis Johnson.
Assante is also the advisor for the Vol State College Democrats, although the club is currently inactive.
Outside of school, Assante is a private pilot who enjoys flying his own plane. His Cessna 150 is based at the Gallatin airport.
He has a cat named Nina who he calls his best friend. She has been with him for 15 years.
Assante also enjoys firearms.
“I have a small collection of guns and teach the Tennessee handgun carry permit class and other firearms classes.
“People find it odd that I enjoy firearms and teach NRA firearms courses since I am very much a liberal, but stereotypes are meant to be broken,” he said.
The pen holder we pictured represents his love of firearms. It is made from the cylinder of a revolver.
“It is as close to having guns on campus that is allowed,” he said.
As part of Comm Week, the communication department is hosting the Hal Ramer oratorical contest on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 12:15 in Wemyss Auditorium. All students are invited to participate in this annual speech competition. Outlines must be submitted by April 10 at noon in the Humanities office located in Ramer 101.
Assante can be reached at 615-230-3727 or in his office at Ramer 150.