Vietnam Veterans to Visit VHCC

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war in Vietnam, a group of local veterans will visit VHCC next week to share their wartime experiences and answer questions about life back in the states. The event is being sponsored by the VHCC Student Veterans Association and will include Vietnam veterans from various branches of the U.S. military. Members of the group…

Spelling Bee Was ‘Nerve-Racking,’ Winner Says

 The words weren’t as difficult as Jamie Brown feared they might be, but the experience of competing in VHCC’s first annual Spelling Bee still was “nerve-racking” because all eyes in the Keyser-Aday Theatre were focused on her while she was at the microphone. “I don’t even remember the word I won with,” she said. “That’s…

Jennifer Pharr Davis to share lessons from the trail

 Jennifer Pharr Davis, a world renowned hiker who has broken long-established speed records and learned important life lessons while hiking the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail, will share stories from the trail during two presentations on March 31 in Abingdon. She will speak at 2 p.m. at Virginia Highlands Community College and again that evening at 6…

VHCC Students Visit Virginia Lawmakers

Four VHCC students traveled to Richmond in February to meet state lawmakers and explain how the College is helping them to achieve their educational goals. The student group included two Patrick Henry High School and two Holston High School graduates who were chosen to participate in the annual VCCS initiative entitled Every Day is Community College…

VMS Students Get Their Hands Dirty

Thanks to VHCC Greenhouse Manager Ben Casteel, students at Virginia Middle School now know that horticulture is both an art and science, that the last frost in our region occurs around May 10, and that organic gardening techniques are making a comeback. Ben shared this information with participants in the VMS Afterschool Academy, a grant-…

Coastal Critters the Focus of Spring Break Study

If your idea of a perfect Spring Break at the beach includes sun, sand, boat-tailed grackle and Yabby shrimp, you’re probably one of 14 students and three faculty members taking part in VHCC’s 2014 Coastal Ecology Course. Jessica Cox described the experience nicely. “I came on this trip expecting to learn about the marine environment,…

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…

Four-by-Three Opens Tonight

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…

Geospatial Technology Being Used in Biology Courses

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…

Shoeboxes and Slim Jims Needed

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…

VHCC to Honor American Veterans

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…

Student Warns that Molly is a Murderous Mixture

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…