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UVa-Wise chemistry program receives ACS accreditation

UVa-Wise News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 3:41pm

The chemistry department at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise received accreditation by the American Chemical Society, making the program the fourth academic program at the College to receive such recognition.

ACS approval of the College’s baccalaureate chemistry program means UVa-Wise offers a rigorous curriculum that produces students with the academic and professional skills necessary for successful careers in the industry.

UVa-Wise now touts accreditation in nursing, education, software engineering/computer science, and now chemistry.

“I am so pleased that the American Chemical Society has granted accreditation to the UVa-Wise chemistry program,” said UVa-Wise Chancellor Donna P. Henry. “I’ve always had the highest confidence in our chemistry program. Our faculty have a breadth of scholarly and teaching experience. ACS accreditation reinforces the strength of our program and more clearly signals to graduate schools and employers that our students are well prepared for rigorous academic and professional careers in chemistry.”

ACS accreditation benefits UVa-Wise in many ways, including attracting leading high school students who want to study programs that are both rigorous and established. In addition, ACS approval also lets prospective students and businesses know the chemistry department contains excellent faculty and well-equipped facilities.

“American Chemical Society accreditation is a verification of the strength and quality of the chemistry program at UVa-Wise,” said Floyd Beckford, the Van W. Daniel III Endowed Professorship in Chemistry. “It is a recognition that the curriculum being offered by the Department of Natural Sciences is rigorous and fair and can produce graduates that are competitive in all post-baccalaureate endeavors.”

Beckford said it means student can now offer to graduate programs, professional programs and employers, clear and convincing proof that UVa-Wise is a solid academic institution.

“The College can now offer even more tangible proof to prospective students of the value of an education from us,” he said. “The notice of accreditation is the culmination of a multi-year process that involved a very detailed self-study of the chemistry program in the context of the department and the College. The process also involved a visit to the campus by experts appointed by the ACS Committee on Professional Training.  We are pleased and proud to receive this stamp of approval from the ACS.”

Margie Tucker, chair of the Natural Sciences Department, said Beckford took the lead on the accreditation process.

“He did a superb job,” Tucker said.

 

 

 

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Lacrosse Wins Third Straight With 17-6 Win Over Mars Hill

UVa-Wise Sports - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 3:36pm


WISE - -  UVa-Wise scored nine consecutive first half goals to break open a 2-2 game en route to a 17-6 non-conference women's lacrosse victory over Mars Hill University Tuesday afternoon.
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Hooswell Weight Watchers at Work Meetings

UVa-Wise Calendar - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:30am

Hooswell Weight Watchers at Work Meetings are held each Tuesday at Alumni Hall.

Weigh-ins begin at 11:45 a.m. Meeting begin at 12:15 p.m.

Meetings are open to the public.

For more information contact Deborah Vanover at dlv8y@uvawise.edu or 276-376-1067.

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Gilliam is honorary class speaker for Commencement 2018

UVa-Wise News - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 1:19pm

Andrew Gilliam, a mathematics major, is the honorary student speaker for Commencement 2018. The Jonesville, Virginia native graduated from Thomas Walker High in Lee County before beginning his college career at UVa-Wise. The 22-year-old has plans to attend graduate school soon to meet his goal of teaching mathematics.

“I have wanted to teach math since I was in sixth grade,” he said. “I never had a bad math teacher, so I just want to pay it forward and teach. To me, math is like solving puzzles, and I hope that I can turn a reluctant math student around one day.”

Gilliam certainly made his mark at UVa-Wise during his four years on campus. He was a sought after math tutor in the Tutor Connection Office. He worked as a teaching assistant in the Mathematics Department. He served as president of the SVEA, is a member of the National Society for Leadership and Success, a member of the Darden Society and is a member of the Sigma Zeta, the mathematics and science honor society. Gilliam has also performed on the stage of the Gilliam Center for the Arts in a production of Marisol. He has also performed in the “Trail of the Lonesome Pine,” Virginia’s official outdoor drama.

During Gilliam’s stint as president of the Student Virginia Education Association and as the Southwest Virginia representative for the SVEA State Board of Directors, UVa-Wise won the Ultimate Award and Best Chapter in Virginia.

Gilliam’s journey to UVa-Wise began when Winston Ely, a former member of the Office of Development and College Relations team, spotted him at a football game in Lee County. Gilliam was there with his family to watch his brother play football. The UVa-Wise administrator noticed Gilliam working hard on his math homework as the others watched the game.

“He asked someone who I was, and she told him that I was the valedictorian of Thomas Walker High,” Gilliam said.

Ely began recruiting Gilliam for UVa-Wise. Although Gilliam still had other colleges in mind, the deal was sealed when he called one school’s financial aid department to see what scholarship packages he could receive. After a lengthy phone session that required him to give his account number several times as he was transferred from desk to desk, Gilliam decided to ask the same questions at UVa-Wise.

“I called UVa-Wise’s financial aid office and they said ‘hey, Andy, how’re you doing?’ I was immediately recognized and they knew me.”

He landed several scholarships, including the Thomas Walker Class of 1950 and the Chancellor’s Scholarship, Riggs Family Scholarship, Hank Johnston International Scholarship, Lauren Wallace Fields Scholarship, Thelma Meade Hancock & Robert C. Hancock Memorial Scholarship, Miners’ Family Scholarship, and the William H. Starnes, Jr., & Sofia M. Starnes Scholarship

Gilliam reflected on his decision to come to Wise, and he knows he made the right choice.

“My instructors were wonderful,” he said. “If I ever had questions or problems, they would help me,” he said. “I got to go to Rome and study abroad on scholarship, and that was an amazing experience for me.”

Gilliam also served as an usher for Commencement for three years. Today, he gets to enjoy Commencement 2018 with his fellow classmates.

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Jessica Apgar Named MEC Defensive Player of the Week

UVa-Wise Sports - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:59am


BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - - UVa-Wise junior Jessica Apgar has been named Defensive Player of the Week by the Mountain East Conference. The award is the second of the season for Apgar and comes after the Cavaliers began league play 2-0 with victories over Wheeling Jesuit University and Notre Dame College.
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Cavs Put Forth Dominating Performance in 15-4 Win over NDC

UVa-Wise Sports - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 10:21am


WISE, Va. - -  UVa-Wise put forth a dominating effort Sunday afternoon in a 15-4 Mountain East Conference women's lacrosse victory over Notre Dame College at Smith Stadium. The Falcons mustered just eight shots on goal in the loss, including one in the first half, as the Cavaliers used a stifling defense to post its second consecutive league win to begin the year.
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“Little Shop of Horrors” by Ashman & Menkin

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 8:00pm

The UVa-Wise Theater Department presents this year’s biannual spring musical:  “Little Shop of Horrors”.  This is a cultural activity credit event.

Free to UVa-Wise students & employees / $10 for public

Synopsis for “Little Shop of Horrors” by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken – The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

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Baseball vs West Virginia State University

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 3:30pm

Baseball vs West Virginia State University Wise, Va.
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Softball at Fairmont State University

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 3:00pm

Softball at Fairmont State University Fairmont, WV
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Softball Splits Doubleheader with Fairmont State

UVa-Wise Sports - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 2:35pm


FAIRMONT, W. Va. - - UVa-Wise softball split a doubleheader with Fairmont State University Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers dropped game one by a score of 2-1 and earned a 6-2 win in game two.
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Cavs Drop Doubleheader to Yellow Jackets

UVa-Wise Sports - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 1:56pm


WISE, Va. - - UVa-Wise dropped a pair of baseball games to Mountain East Conference baseball games to West Virginia State at Stallard Field Saturday afternoon. The visiting Yellow Jackets scored two runs in the seventh inning of game one to win 5-3 before a five-run outburst in the opening inning of game two led to a 12-2 victory.
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Baseball vs West Virginia State University

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 1:00pm

Baseball vs West Virginia State University Wise, Va.
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Softball at Fairmont State University

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 1:00pm

Softball at Fairmont State University Fairmont, WV
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Men’s Tennis vs Milligan College

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 11:00am

Men’s Tennis vs Milligan College Wise, Va.
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Men's Tennis Drops Non-Conference Match to Milligan

UVa-Wise Sports - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 10:54am


WISE - - UVa-Wise men's tennis dropped its non-conference match against Milligan College Saturday afternoon, 6-3. The Cavaliers celebrated senior day as the team recognized Chris Armistead, Viktor Tunnikov, and Andrii Rutnytskyi.
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“Little Shop of Horrors” by Ashman & Menkin

UVa-Wise Calendar - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 8:00pm

The UVa-Wise Theater Department presents this year’s biannual spring musical:  “Little Shop of Horrors”.  This is a cultural activity credit event.

Free to UVa-Wise students & employees / $10 for public

Synopsis for “Little Shop of Horrors” by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken – The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

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Women’s Lacrosse vs Wheeling Jesuit University

UVa-Wise Calendar - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 7:00pm

Women’s Lacrosse vs Wheeling Jesuit University Wise, Va.
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Cavs and Yellow Jackets Split a Pair of One Run Games

UVa-Wise Sports - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 6:31pm


WISE - - UVa-Wise and West Virginia State split a pair of one run games in a Mountain East Conference baseball doubleheader at Stallard Field Friday afternoon. The Cavaliers came from behind to win the opener 8-7 in eight innings before the Yellow Jackets held off the hosts for a 6-5 win in the night cap.
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Lacrosse Knocks off Preseason Favorite Wheeling Jesuit 14-10

UVa-Wise Sports - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 5:52pm


WISE - - UVa-Wise used a strong second half to down preseason Mountain East Conference favorite Wheeling Jesuit 14-10 in women's lacrosse action at Smith Stadium Friday night. McKayla Grasham scored three of her game-high five goals in the second half as the Cavaliers stormed back from an early 6-3 deficit to win their league opener.
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Softball at Shepherd University

UVa-Wise Calendar - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 4:00pm

Softball at Shepherd University Shepherdstown, WV
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