Students Dakota Hughes, Emma Buchanan, and Austin Compton joined VHCC President Ron Proffitt for a recent trip to Richmond to visit the Southwest Virginia legislative delegation. During their travels, students got the opportunity to meet Sen. Bill Carrico (center) and other legislators from the region. The trip was organized as part of “Every Day is Community College Day,” an annual initiative of Virginia’s Community Colleges. A second group of students is scheduled to travel to Richmond on Feb. 12-13.
VHCC students and community members will showcase their talents tonight and throughout the weekend when Four-by-Three, a series of four short plays by three major American playwrights, hits the VHCC stage.
The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. when Alesha Russell and Austin Puckett take the stage in This Property is Condemned, a play by Tennessee Williams. This will be followed by a monologue from Williams’ Portrait of a Madonna performed by Kelly Hayden. And, finishing the first act, is I’m Herbert, a play by Robert Anderson that stars Mark Stewart as Herbert and Hope Dingus as Muriel.
Coffee will be served at Wolf Grounds Coffee Shop during the 15-minute intermission, then Joseph Harmon and Ronnie Whitaker will perform The Zoo Story by Edward Albee.
The play is directed and designed by Gary Aday, with Jaime Graves as assistant director. Jennifer Mullins and Kelly Hayden are in charge of hair, costumes and makeup, with lighting and sound by Katie Tucker and Jonathan Blake. Students Katie Tucker, Duane Holliday, Bracken Caldwell, Kaitlyn Meade, Jennifer Mullins, Hope Dingus, Alesha Russell and Austin Puckett were responsible for building and painting the set.
Those involved in the play get together nightly for rehearsals and then meet the week prior to the show for “tech week,” during which all actors must have their lines memorized and stage blocking mastered.
Alesha Russell explained that the production is a lot of work, but added that close friendships are formed during practice. “When it’s time for the show, it never fails that we get the jitters before the curtain opens,” she said. “But without stage jitters, I really don’t think it would be much fun.”
The play begins at the Keyser-Aday Theatre on the VHCC Campus tonight, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are free for VHCC students, faculty and staff with a valid campus ID and $5 for community members.
Biology students at Virginia Highlands Community College are using geospatial technology to map tree species on campus and to document reptile and VHCC Assistant Professor Kevin Hamed recently participated in an extensive one-week Regional Geospatial Institute that provided training using geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and remote sensing. He is now incorporating the technology into his biology courses.
Students enrolled in Plant Life of Virginia this fall are using GPS technology to map all the trees on the VHCC campus that are native species. The exercise is giving students experience using technology and identifying species, Hamed said, adding that the finished product will be a valuable tool for updating the VHCC Master Landscape Plan.
The new technology will also be used by General Biology students next spring to create a mobile app that will track reptile and amphibian life throughout the region, Hamed said. Community members can download the app on their smartphones and use it to take photos of turtles, snakes, frogs, lizards and salamanders they see. The app will record the exact location the animal was spotted and, once the information is compiled, students will have a valuable database of reptile and amphibian life in our region.
Hamed said he also plans to use the technology in March when Coastal Ecology students travel to Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory for a one-week study of marine life.
Nineteen community college faculty and three high school teachers participated in the training provided through the Expanding Geospatial Technician Education(GeoTEd) project. GeoTEd is coordinated by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. Partners include the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), Virginia Western Community College, Thomas Nelson Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College, J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College, and the Virginia Geospatial Extension Program in the College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech. The National Science Foundation provided funding through its Advanced Technological Education program.
Old shoeboxes that are taking up precious closet space and items needed by U.S. military personnel are currently being collected by the VHCC Student Government Association as part of Operation Shoebox, a nation-wide effort to provide holiday care packages to the troops.
The goal is to fill 150 shoeboxes on November 12 when the packages are assembled.
Items needed include:
rice crispy treats
- ground coffee
hot chocolate mix
salt & pepper shakers
word puzzle books
travel size games
bar soap with fragrance
pens & paper
Items that cannot be sent include decorations, chips, chocolate, and liquid soap.
Monetary donations are also being sought and will be used to purchase needed items and to cover shipping costs. Items can be dropped off at the VHCC Career and Transfer Center located in the Instruction & Student Center (ISC). For additional information, please contact the SGA at VHSGA@vhcc.edu or Kim Morton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the campus community are encouraged to celebrate American heroes this Veterans Day by submitting the story of their own military service or sharing the story of a friend or family member who served in the U.S. armed forces.
The effort is being sponsored by the VHCC Student Veterans Association and all information and images submitted will be displayed in the VHCC Wolves’ Den. Multiple stories can be submitted.
A basic outline to help compile the information is available online at here. Participants may complete the sheet and submit it using the online form or submit your stories and pictures to Debbie Barrett or Jessica Seymour in the Admissions Office, ISC 133. Those who do not have access to a scanner, may bring their photos to Debbie or Jessica. Forms will also be available in the Wolves’ Den.
Please help us honor those who have served or are currently serving in the military. Land of the free because of the brave!
For additional information, please contact Debbie Barrett at (276) 739-2460.
By Allie Widener
Regarded as a safe, glitzy drug, Molly is actually one of the most commonly tried drugs by first time users, with the exception of marijuana. In reality, Molly is a murderous mixture of miscellaneous chemicals that wreak havoc on the human mind and body. The new name for an old drug once called Ecstasy, Molly has taken center stage in raves, dance clubs, music festivals, and homes all over the globe. Miley Cyrus, Madonna, and Kayne West have glorified it in our culture; claiming that the euphoria produced by the drug is worth the risks that accompany it.
So, what is Molly? Is it the drug you take when you want to feel good? Is it the drug you take when you want to have awesome sex? Or is it the drug you take when you want convulsions, organ failure, brain swelling, and hyperthermia? Is it the drug you take when you want to be driven insane by the overload of neurotransmitters directly related to depression and anxiety? Is it the drug you take when you want to risk your life? The answer to all of these questions is yes. Of the plethora of reasons why people take Molly, sex, feeling good, enjoying music, and euphoria are the main ones given. What the majority of Molly users or potential users do not know, however, are the multitudes of dangerous side effects that always accompany the “good side” of the drug.
Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA, is the scientific name for Molly. What I want to know is why people who would never dream of doing meth, will do Molly, which has methamphetamine as a root word. Side effects are similar as well. Psychosis, permanent brain damage, depression, heart attacks, seizures, and death are all side effects associated with Molly use. These are just the serious ones; there are far more super uncomfortable ones that are common with every dose, such as clenching your jaw, tension, overheating, chills, severe stomach pain, chest pain, and emotional extremes.
Besides the obvious reasons why Molly sucks, it is also terrible because it is impossible to know what it is cut, or mixed with. When buying “Molly”, you could easily be getting cocaine, heroin, or bath salts, mixed with a very small percentage of MDMA. Talcum powder, baking soda, and Tylenol have also been known to be in “Molly”; pretty much any white powder is used under the guise of Molly. Obviously, it is not good for your body to ingest bath salts or baking soda mixed with other various chemicals that react with chemicals in the body.
I realize this is an informative, scientific blog, but really, if you get nothing else from it, get this: Molly sucks. It KILLED my close friend. A few short hours of “fun” are not worth the rest of your hours in a hospitable bed, a suicidal depression, or a GRAVE.
You may be wondering why I am so passionate about this, why I’m taking time to write a blog about it. Well, one reason is because Shelley Goldsmith died from this drug, and she was the close friend mentioned earlier. I know my Shelley would do everything in her power to raise awareness if the roles had been reversed. She deserves this. A life so great will not become a death in vain. Spreading awareness is now the only thing I can do for her, so I intend on doing it to the best of my capabilities.
My last motivator is even more personal. Right now, it is October 4, 2013, and a year ago today was when God changed my life around. In all reality, it should have been me instead of Shelley. I was a 97 pound girl utterly and hopelessly bound by drugs.I had no desire to live and was too afraid to die.Rock bottom for me was more like an avalanche. Things kept happening, and one day I woke up and I was so tired. I was tired of waking up in parking lots surrounded by puke, not having a clue what had happened the night before. I was tired of not being able to function without several pills burning my nose. Most of all, I was tired of feeling like I had wasted my life and dreams. I determined to fight to regain my future. Now, Shelley’s death has served as a wake up call; it has shown me what I should be doing. After all, who is better to speak to people experimenting with drugs than one who was an addict? By the grace of God, I climbed out of that dark abyss. Now it is my duty and mission to help others begin that same battle.
Can you hear sneakers squeaking against the freshly waxed floor? Can you hear the swish of a perfectly executed three-pointer? Can you hear cheers and howls of a Wolf Pack? Why? It’s Basketball baby, that’s why!
The 2013 VHCC Basketball team is preparing for another great season. Practice has already begun and the team looks strong.
Let’s introduce you to the team:
Tyler Austin (F), a former Chilhowie Warrior, in his first year with the Wolves
Aaron Church (F), a former Abingdon Falcon, in his third year with the Wolves
Evan Cole (G), a former Holston Cavalier, in his second year with the Wolves
Brennan Crandell (F), a former Tennessee High Viking, in his first year with the Wolves
Cory Heath (G), a former Chilhowie Warrior, in his first year with the Wolves
Alex Lomans (G), a former Chilhowie Warrior, in his first year with the Wolves
Tre Lomans (C), a former Chilhowie Warrior, in his first year with the Wolves
Kyle Mills (G), a former John Battle Trojan, in his first year with the Wolves
Nick Smith (G), a former Lakeview Spartan, in his third year with the Wolves
Adam Taylor (C), a former Patrick Henry Rebel, in his first year with the Wolves
Isaiah Thomas (F), a former Holston Cavalier, in his first year with the Wolves
Preston Weddle (G), a former Marion Scarlet Hurricane, in his first year with the Wolves
Coaches: Tony Fuller and Travis Sykes
Athletic Director: Michael McBride
Team Manager: Alex Daugherty