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CTE Summer I Classes Begin

UVa-Wise Calendar - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 12:00am

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CTE Summer I Tuition Due

UVa-Wise Calendar - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 12:00am

All Summer I course tuition must paid or have arrangements made by this date.

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Baseball at Concord University

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 3:30pm

Baseball at Concord University Athens, W.Va.
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Baseball at Concord University

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 1:00pm

Baseball at Concord University Athens, W.Va.
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Baseball vs Concord University

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 3:30pm

Baseball vs Concord University Wise, Va.
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Speakers offer advice to Class of 2016

UVa-Wise News - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 2:49pm

The 310 graduates who participated in Commencement 2016 at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise received a hefty share of kudos and plenty of advice from College and University of Virginia officials and fellow students in front of a packed crowd in the David J. Prior Convocation Center.

Chancellor Donna P. Henry reminded those gathered that UVa-Wise alumni are “leaders in medicine, business, law, politics, education, community service, military service, science, the arts and essentially every walk of life.” She said the Class of 2016 is well prepared to join the College’s more than 10,000 alumni.

“You have a promising future ahead,” Chancellor Henry said. “You have choices to make and much work to do. So, graduates…explore and endeavor to make sound choices. Shoulder the necessary responsibilities and lead yourself, your colleagues and your community in making a better world.”

University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan said the University and the College at Wise are connected in many ways, perhaps most importantly by a shared commitment to the values of academic excellence, honor, integrity and respect.

“As you leave here as newly-minted college graduates, I hope you will carry with you the values that you have learned,” President Sullivan said. “In the years ahead, you will experience moments when it might be easier to keep quiet when truth is obscured, to argue the easy point rather than the true point or to follow blindly rather than sticking to your convictions.”

She encouraged the graduates to remember, when those moments arise, to the values they learned at UVa-Wise to guide them as they navigate the future.

The University’s Vice Rector Rusty Conner said the Class of 2016 has learned to analyze and prioritize information and to think critically. They have also learned to work across disciplines and to work together to arrive at fully informed and ethical decisions.

“As you leave this campus to take on new challenges, you take with you the accumulated wisdom and advice of all the teachers, advisors and mentors who have shaped your life and learning at UVa-Wise,” he said. “You can face the future with confidence because of the excellent education you have received at UVa-Wise.”

Student Government Association President Shannon Walker told her fellow graduates that time has flown by during their years on campus.

“It’s frightening, but what makes it easier is that UVa-Wise has built us,” Walker said. “We have been built into leaders in the classroom, leaders in society and leaders in our own lives. We were built to think critically and challenge our own thoughts. We have been built to speak up when something is not right. We have been built into a Cavalier family and that is something we will always have.”

Madison Ray, the Class of 2016 Honorary Speaker, reminded her fellow graduates that life is not static.

“So let’s not get caught up in the thought that whatever we’ve studied or hope to do as a career is all that we will do or all we will be our whole life,” she said.

She said what a person does as a career and who they are as a person are separate things. It is good if a person can find a way to combine the two but that is not always a guarantee.

“This is only one tiny piece in the puzzle, there are even greater things to come,” she said.

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Former POW Shumaker inspires UVa-Wise Class of 2016

UVa-Wise News - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 1:42pm

A retired Navy admiral who spent eight years, three in solitary confinement, in the infamous Hanoi Hilton, told the UVa-Wise Class of 2016 that communication was a lifeline for him and his fellow Vietnam prisoners of war and communication will be a major key to the new graduates’ success.

Rear Admiral Robert Shumaker, whose story is told in the captivating book “Defiant,” helped create a now famous secret code so prisoners could stealthily communicate through thick prison walls. Shumaker had plenty of time to reflect on life and other matters during his confinement in Vietnam, and he came to several realizations.

“People have a basic need to communicate with other human beings in order to exchange ideas and knowledge and even to simply find companionship,” he told the more than 4,000 people who gathered in the David J. Prior Convocation Center for the graduation ceremony. “We were forbidden to communicate with the other prisoners, but we outfoxed them by developing what we called the tap code. You’d be surprised at the amount of information that flowed through those walls at the slow speed of about four words per minute. You don’t need 10 gigabytes of uplink to get a message across.”

Shumaker taught French at a rate of five words per day to his friend in the next cell by using the slow but steady tap code. The friend used the same code to teach Shumaker to play chess. He and another prisoner of war calculated the twelfth root of the number two over a three-week period using the tap code.

“What I’m trying to tell you is that communication is very important in all the experiences you will encounter,” Shumaker said to the 310 students who participated in the commencement exercise. “We all need to share our knowledge. You’ll find that by sharing what you know with someone else, you’ll reap a dividend that’s even larger in gratitude, enhancement of your own knowledge, friendship and self-satisfaction”

Shumaker, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who flew the F8 Crusader fighter jet and was a finalist in NASA’s Apollo program, said communication skills helped him advance along his career path. He recounted how he worked hard to improve his verbal and written communication skills early on in his career.

“People who have brilliant ideas without the ability to express these ideas or to initiate action on them will simply become frustrated and fail to achieve their goals,” he said.

The American hero also offered the graduates some advice for making it through trying times in the nation.

“Our nation is still strong because it values the capabilities of the individual, it encourages an entrepreneurial spirit, it promotes equality before the law, and it forcefully defends freedom,” he said. “In my prison experience, I lost my freedom for a long time, but now having regained it, it’s my most cherished treasure. It’s worth defending, and that job is soon to be in your hands.”

He also reminded the graduates that the world has changed in his lifetime and will change in their lifetimes as well.

“So you must be willing to accept whatever changes might take place and you should try to lead this evolution with the analytical skills you’ve recently acquired here at UVa-Wise,” he said.

Shumaker also had an opportunity during the commencement ceremony to see five graduates of the College’s Army ROTC program, Whitney Elaine Carico, Victoria Ellen Carter, Devin Johnathan Cash, Johnathan Blaine Kelly and Tyler Stone Ramsey, officially commissioned as second lieutenants.

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Baseball vs Concord University

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 1:00pm

Baseball vs Concord University Wise, Va.
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COMMENCEMENT

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 11:00am

For more information on Commencement, view http://www.uvawise.edu/commencement

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise will live stream Commencement 2016 for those who are unable to attend the May 7 ceremony. The live broadcast, which may be viewed at no charge, will begin at 10:45 a.m. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m.
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Honors Convocation

UVa-Wise Calendar - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 6:30pm

Academic awards are presented to seniors and underclassmen. Invitations will be mailed to awards recipients as well as all graduating seniors and parents. Students who have questions should contact Diane Cornett at 328-0285 or dcornett@virginia.edu.

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President Sullivan garners Crockett Award

UVa-Wise News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 4:04pm

University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan has strengthened the relationship between the University and its College at Wise by advocating for the small liberal arts school in Richmond and beyond, encouraging interaction between the two institutions, and by serving as trusted counsel to its senior leadership.

For those reasons and more, UVa-Wise Chancellor Donna P. Henry presented President Sullivan with the Samuel R. Crockett Award, an honor bestowed upon a University official who has worked hard to strengthen the relationship between the grounds at Charlottesville and the campus in Wise. Chancellor Henry presented the award to President Sullivan during the May 6 Board of Visitors Meeting on the Committee on The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

President Sullivan strengthened the relationship in many ways, including supporting BOV travel to Wise so members have an opportunity to know the College, attended the SACS-COC onsite visit and last month’s State Council of Higher Education for Virginia meeting, and in other numerous ways.

“It is in the spirit of Samuel Crockett and his strong relationships with our peers at U.Va that this award is given to recognize someone who has worked hard to strengthen the relationship between the University and the College,” Henry noted.

Chancellor Henry said she and others at Wise know they can reach out to President Sullivan or her staff at any time for advice or to share critical information.

“During my tenure as chancellor, President Sullivan has been an invaluable leader, a trusted advisor and a tremendous supporter of the College,” Henry said. “She orchestrated the announcement of my chancellorship and fully participated in my inauguration. She has visited the College on many occasions. She regularly attends our fall convocation to welcome new students, even greeting a monkey and snake at the petting zoo.”

Henry noted that while the College, the University’s only off-grounds division is hours away by car, UVa-Wise is never far from President Sullivan’s mind.

About Samuel R. Crockett

Crockett, a University administrator, was snowbound at the Inn at Wise one night in December 1953 when three local women sparked the idea of opening a public college in far Southwest Virginia. Crockett and others went to work and the College opened its doors six months later.

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Examinations End

UVa-Wise Calendar - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 12:00am

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Student Recital – Ryan Gibson

UVa-Wise Calendar - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 7:30pm

This recital will feature Music major Ryan Gibson.  This event is available for cultural activity credit.

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Senior Recitals – Ryan Blevins and Brett Ketron

UVa-Wise Calendar - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 6:00pm

This will be a joint Senior recital featuring Ryan Blevins and Brett Ketron.  This is a cultural activity credit event.

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Trombone Lecture Recital

UVa-Wise Calendar - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 6:30pm

This student lecture recital will focus on the trombone.  Cultural activity credit is available.

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Greear is HAI Summer 2016 Research Fellow

UVa-Wise News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 2:43pm

Student Tara Greear has been selected as the Healthy Appalachia Institute Summer 2016 Research Fellow and will work with faculty mentor Renee Stanley on a research project titled, “Self Efficacy and Social Networking Among Individuals with Diabetes Residing in Central Appalachia. “

Greear has partnered with Virginia Cooperative Extension in Dickenson County to work with participants in the Balanced Living with Diabetesprogram offered this summer. Her research will examine the impact of social networks on the success of participants in the Balanced Living with Diabetes program. Her findings will support the ongoing development, implementation and success of culturally competent diabetes education programs.

“I’m grateful and excited for the opportunity to be working with Balanced Living with Diabetes and to help make a difference in someone’s life,” Greear said.

Balanced Living With Diabetes, offered through Virginia Cooperative Extension, helps people with diabetes learn more about the nutritional management of their disease and the lifestyle practices that will prevent or slow the development of diabetes complications. The program includes weekly classes over four weeks. A reunion class three months after the program ends provides the opportunity for evaluation and follow-up. Learn more about the program here, http://news.cals.vt.edu/innovations/2012/05/taking-charge-of-diabetes/

Greear is a business administration major from Norton, Virginia. She is a member of the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization and was an intern with My Southwest Virginia Opportunity and the Office of Economic Development & Engagement. She is a certified massage therapist and will complete her health coaching certification this summer.

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Commencement 2016 set for Saturday at 11 a.m.

UVa-Wise News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 9:36am

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise will hold its 2016 Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 7, at 11 a.m. in the David J. Prior Convocation Center.

Rear Admiral Robert Shumaker, who helped devise a secret “tap” communication system during the eight years he spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, will deliver the Commencement address.

“We are honored to have Rear Admiral Shumaker, a true American hero, as our speaker at Commencement 2016,” Chancellor Donna P. Henry said. “The harrowing story of his time as a POW in the Hanoi Hilton is one of sheer determination to overcome unimaginable conditions. The secret tap code that he and three fellow POWs devised to communicate is a riveting piece of American history that still resonates today. In fact, the tap code was a key plot element in a February 2016 episode of The Flash on the CW network. We are thrilled to welcome Rear Admiral Shumaker to UVa-Wise.”

Shumaker graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1956 and after flight training, he joined fighter squadron VF32 and flew the F8 Crusader jet fighter. NASA considered him for astronaut training, but a temporary physical ailment blocked his selection.

In 1964, he earned a masters degree in aeronautical engineering from the United States Naval Postgraduate School. While attached to VF154 squadron, he was shot down on a mission over North Vietnam in February 1965. He was captured and spent the next eight years as a POW in Hanoi. He is held in high regard by his fellow POW’s for his resistance, leadership and communication skills during imprisonment.Madison Brooke Ray, a communication studies major from Clintwood, Virginia, is the 2016 class speaker.

Ray, who graduates with top honors, was always interested in communication, but she was unsure about where her degree would take her. She soon learned that there was plenty of potential and many opportunities for communication majors.

“You can know everything, but if you can’t talk to people about it, it’s not going to get you very far,” she said.

The rhetorical part of communication studies drew her attention initially and kindled thoughts of a teaching career at the college level. Her leanings changed as she studied the interpersonal side of the discipline.

However, a health issue that Ray encountered in her junior year completely changed her way of life and her career goals. Headaches became common and she realized she just didn’t feel well most of the time. A physician diagnosed her with gluten sensitivity and a dietary change improved her condition, but she still did not feel completely well. Additional tests revealed a genetic morphism that affected her liver. The quick fix was a vitamin regimen.

“It completely changed my life,” she said.

Ray decided to use her communication skills to pursue a career that blends nutrition and communication to help patients who battle chronic illness. She plans to earn a master degree in professional communication and leadership at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia and then pursue holistic nutrition studies.

Commencement 2016 will include 310 students participating in the procession, which includes a mix of December 2015 graduates and some who will earn their degrees over the summer.

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UVa-Wise faculty honored at awards ceremony

UVa-Wise News - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 10:53am

Several members of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise faculty were presented with awards for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Rosa Bott, director of media services, received the Outstanding Contribution to the Academic Mission award. The award, named after the late Thomas Galyean, is given to a non-faculty employee who has made a significant contribution to the College’s academic mission.

Rachel Tighe, associate professor of communication, received the Outstanding Advising Award, presented to a faculty member who has provided exceptional service to students through advising and related activities that support the academic program.

Bryan Hoyt, professor of psychology, received the Distinguished Professor Award presented to faculty who have given outstanding service in many areas of the academic program over a long period of time.

Adriana Undreiu, instructor of science education, and Anthony Cashio, assistant professor of philosophy, received the Outstanding Teaching Award, presented to a faculty member who excels in classroom teaching and who works particularly well with students.

Thomas M. Costa, professor of history, received the Outstanding Service Award, given to a faculty member who has made significant contributions to UVa-Wise and the community.

Anthony Cashio, assistant professor of philosophy, received the Student Government Association’s Professor of the Year award presented by the Student Government Association, to honor a professor who students feel have made outstanding contributions in the classroom.

Josephine Rodriguez, assistant professor of biology, received the Rising Star award, presented to a faculty member with fewer than five years of teaching experience who exemplifies excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.

Madelynn Shell, assistant professor of psychology, received the Mentoring Undergraduate Research Award, presented to a faculty member who fosters relationships with undergraduates that results in research appropriate for publication or public presentation.

Robert VanGundy, instructor in geology, received the Outstanding Academic Contribution award, presented to a faculty member who makes a major contribution to enhancing the entire academic program of the College.

Matt Harvey, associate professor of mathematics, received the Outstanding Research and Publication Award, presented to a faculty member who has made significant contributions to publish research in his or her discipline.

Daniel Ray, associate professor of computer science, received the Outstanding Instructional Support Award presented to the faculty member who fosters the kinds of relationships with undergraduates that result in research appropriate for publication or public presentation.

Tauna Gulley, instructor in nursing, and Walter Smith, assistant professor of biology, and Michael McNulty, professor of theater arts, were recognized for their nominations for the SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award earlier this year.

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Examinations Begin

UVa-Wise Calendar - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 12:00am

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Baseball at West Virginia Wesleyan College

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sun, 05/01/2016 - 3:30pm

Baseball at West Virginia Wesleyan College Buckhannon, W.Va.
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