WISE, Va. – The UVa-Wise softball team claimed the school's first-ever NCAA postseason win with a 2-1 victory over No. 8 seed Chowan University Saturday afternoon at Cavalier Field, but fell 6-4 to No. 5 seed Shepherd University
WISE, Va. – Friday's scheduled softball games at the 2017 NCAA Division II Softball Championship Atlantic 1 Regional have been postponed until tomorrow due to forecasted weather and heavy rain in Wise, Virginia
WISE, Va. – The UVa-Wise softball team was defeated 5-1 by fifth-seeded Shepherd University in the first game of the 2017 NCAA Division II Atlantic 1 Regional Thursday evening at Cavalier Field
Economic developers, educators, business owners and others gathered on May 10 at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise to look at ways to improve Southwest Virginia’s economy by working together and sharing ideas to boost the region and its people.
UVa-Wise Chancellor Donna P. Henry welcomed those attending the second SWVA Economic Forum to the David J. Prior Convocation Center. Stephen Moret, president and chief executive officer of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Steve Smith, president and chief executive officer of K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. and a member of the Go Virginia Board, and state lawmakers Delegate Terry Kilgore and Delegate Israel O’Quinn were among the speakers at the event.
“As I look throughout the audience, I see friends and colleagues who care deeply about the future of our region,” Henry said. “Many of us are partnering in ways we’ve never partnered before and engaging in creative, innovative and new initiatives that we never imagined even five years ago when I arrived in Wise.”
Henry listed many projects that had been accomplished since the first forum was held at the College a year ago. Several industrial announcements for new facilities and expansions of existing ones were on the list. DP Facilities and Frontier Secure/Sykes in Wise, TeleTech in Scott County, announcement of Branch Botanicals in Wythe County, expansion of Universal Companies in Washington County, expansion of Mayville Engineering Company and Woodgrain Millwork in Smyth County were mentioned.
“Additionally, investments by the Virginia Tobacco Commission and the Appalachian Regional Commission through POWER funding have enabled us to launch new, disruptive programs,” Henry added. “I mean ‘disruptive’ in the most positive sense of the word. I mean thinking outside of the box and rethinking the way we do things to achieve innovation and efficiency.”
The chancellor listed Mountain Empire Community College’s Unmanned Aerial Systems training program, among the first in Virginia as a program that distinguishes our region as a leader in this emerging industry.
“Leveraging the fiber optic network and power grid, the community colleges and UVa-Wise partnered to successfully receive ARC POWER and VA Tobacco Commission grants to build a cybersecurity workforce in Southwest Virginia,” Henry said.
Henry noted that many say more initiatives are underway than many have seen in the past. Initiatives in cyber, unmanned systems, solar, agriculture, trail development, river destinations, health & wellness coalitions, entrepreneurship and much more are occurring all across the region, she explained, adding that the projects show that Southwest Virginia is attractive for new business and industry.
“All of these work together to create a diversified and vibrant economy in Southwest Virginia,” she said. “With that said, it seems we just can’t work fast enough. We see our friends and neighbors struggling–many of them leaving or considering leaving the place they’ve called home all of their lives. There is a sense of urgency for most of us here today and a strong desire to reimagine our future. There is a strong sense of place in Southwest Virginia, and it is through cultivating a spirit of partnership that we will realize a healthy and sustainable future for our region. Our struggle is not with each other but with the external pressures facing our region. There are never enough resources… time, money or people to make things happen when we go it alone. If we collaborate and partner in creative and productive ways, we will transform the region’s economy.”
Henry said the College is committed to the region and will do all it can to partner with others in the region to move Southwest Virginia forward.
“I urge colleagues across all sectors, whether from education, industry, economic development, government or civic organizations, to be intentional about seeking partnerships, leverage assets with each other and to refrain from territorial thinking and work together,” Henry said. “Southwest Virginia is recognized across the Commonwealth for our regional collaboration. We’ve been a model for others in this regard. Our collaboration has gotten us through tough times before and it will see us through the challenges we face today. “
Moret presented statistics that indicate the region will lose about 1,000 people a year for the next 10 years, and must add 250 new jobs each year to maintain the status quo. Other parts of rural America are experiencing the same situation, but the region is doubly challenged by the downward trend of coal markets.
However, Moret touted the computer science and software engineering program at UVa-Wise and said the programs, along with a boost to workforce development training, a look at changing the state’s tax structure, better incentives for companies looking at Virginia and developing mixed-use developments that appeal to younger workers are ways to help Southwest Virginia’s future.
Smith briefed those attending on the Go Virginia Board, a group created to encourage private business growth and job growth. He said the nine Go Virginia regions will work to find the needs of each area, consider which projects to recommend to the Go Virginia Board for funding, and said funding would be based on the particular needs of those projects.
DANIELS, W.Va. - - Making its first NCAA Division II postseason appearance, the men's golf team at UVa-Wise wrapped up regional play Wednesday afternoon at The Resort at Glade Springs. Sophomore Jacob Smith was the highest finishing Cavalier in the event as his opening round score of 76 was the lowest of any of Head Coach David Harvey's golfers.
WISE, Va. – UVa-Wise softball is set to host the NCAA Division II Softball Championship Atlantic 1 Regional at Cavalier Field as the No. 4 seed in the region
WISE - - The start of UVa-Wise freshman Nate Thompson's collegiate career did not go unnoticed as the Wise, Va. native was named Mountain East Conference Freshman of the Year and All-MEC Second-Team as a utility player and as a relief pitcher.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Junior right-hander Taylor Brandts has been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Atlantic Region Second Team, the organization announced Wednesday afternoon with their regional awards release
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For the first time in program history the UVa-Wise softball team is receiving votes in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise held a special Commencement ceremony on Monday, May 8, for three Cavalier softball players who could not attend Saturday’s Commencement exercises because they were participating in tournament play.
Chancellor Donna P. Henry invited the players and their families to her home and held a mini Commencement ceremony complete with caps, gowns and a short processional. Olivia Cleary, Alexa Hernandez and Emily Kale received their diplomas and Henry conferred their degrees.
“Olivia, Alexa and Emily, you have led outstanding undergraduate careers as student athletes,” Henry said. “You have put in countless hours on the field, off the field, and on the road. Congratulations on this milestone. Thank you for hard work, your school spirit and your Cavalier Pride. I know being a student athlete will serve you well in all your future endeavors.”
The UVa-Wise softball team learned Monday that they received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II national championship. UVa-Wise will host the Atlantic 1 Regional on Thursday through Saturday.
“You have a promising future ahead,” Henry said. “You have choices to make and much work to do. Explore and endeavor to make sound choices. Shoulder the necessary responsibilities and lead yourself, your colleagues and your community in making a better world. Seek out and commit to the essentials in your life. Nurture your family, your friends and your spirit as you journey away from us out into the world. And remember you will always have a home here at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.”
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The UVa-Wise softball team has been selected as the No. 4 seed and a host for the 2017 NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional, the NCAA Division II Softball Committee announced via its online selection show Monday morning
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WISE - - The 2017 Atlantic/East NCAA Division II Men's Golf Regional begins Monday in Daniels, W.Va. at the Resort at Glade Springs. It will mark the second time this season Head Coach David Harvey's Cavaliers have played on the course, UVa-Wise claimed the Mountain East Conference crown and the automatic berth to the regional last fall by posting a three-day score of 905 on the par 72, 7,151 yard course.
WHEELING, W.Va. - - UVa-Wise junior Rachel Cole was named to the Mountain East Conference All-Tournament Team following her performance in the 2017 league tournament. The Flower Mound, Texas product scored a goal and led the Cavaliers with seven draw controls in their semifinal contest against Shepherd University.
WISE - - UVa-Wise and visiting Concord split a pair of one-run games in the regular season finale Sunday at Stallard Field. The Cavaliers won game one 6-5 on a walk-off two-run single by junior Stuart Paz to cap a four-run seventh before the Mountain Lions outlasted the hosts 9-8 in 10 innings in the night cap. The doubleheader concludes the regular season for UVa-Wise while Concord will advance to next week's Mountain East Conference Tournament.
SALEM, Va. – The UVa-Wise softball team reached the 2017 Mountain East Conference Tournament title game but dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 1 South Division seed West Virginia Wesleyan Sunday afternoon at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Virginia
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SALEM, Va. – UVa-Wise softball defeated No. 1 North Division seed Shepherd University 3-1 Saturday evening in the 2017 Mountain East Conference consolation bracket final at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex