VHCC, UVa-Wise Students Collaborate on Green Salamander Research

A collaborative research project conducted by students at Virginia Highlands Community College and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise has resulted in a better understanding of Green Salamander populations and a September article in Herpetological Review. The research began more than a decade ago and was aimed at determining the prevalence of harmful pathogens…

Loquerisne linguam latinam?

Do you speak Latin? John Walker does and he’s sharing his knowledge with students enrolled in the VHCC Upward Bound summer program. In fact, he’s teaching them to speak Latin and a great deal about the Greco-Roman culture. It’s doubtful, of course, that students will begin having conversations in Latin, but they are gaining some…

Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Visits VHCC

Calling Virginia’s 23 community colleges the “crown jewel” of the Commonwealth, Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs John C. Harvey on Tuesday asked veterans at Virginia Highlands Community College to help him promote the educational benefits and training programs offered on the VHCC campus. “This is where so many of you come to find…

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…

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…

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…

Wolves Basketball Team Announced

Submitted by Michael McBride 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…