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Nussbaum to lecture at UVa-Wise Sept. 17

UVa-Wise News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 1:41pm

Martha Nussbaum, an American philosopher and the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, will visit The University of Virginia’s College at Wise on Sept. 17 to deliver a lecture titled “Anger and Revolutionary Justice.”

Nussbaum, the author of many books, is presenting the lecture as part of the Colgate Darden Lecture Series. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the David J. Prior Convocation Center.

She received her bachelor’s degree from New York University and her MA and PhD from Harvard. She has taught at Harvard, Brown, and Oxford Universities.

Nussbaum is an associate in the Classics Department and the Political Science Department, a member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a board member of the Human Rights Program. She is the founder and Coordinator of the Center for Comparative Constitutionalism.

 

 

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Fall Classes Begin

UVa-Wise Calendar - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 8:00pm

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Intramurals Battleship

UVa-Wise Calendar - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 3:00pm

Teams of 3 will compete in this classic game of Battleship in Greear Pool. Teams will be given 3 bucket, but will be responsible for bringing their own items for water deflection. Items such as umbrellas, cardboard, Rubbermaid Lids, etc. may be used to keep your boat from sinking.

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Chancellor Henry pledges economic focus

UVa-Wise News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:48pm

In her State of the College address, Chancellor Donna P. Henry announced Tuesday that Southwest Virginia’s future will be the focal point of her leadership at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

“The College’s role in economic development is even more important to Southwest Virginia’s future with continuing announcements about job layoffs,” Henry said as the UVa-Wise campus held Convocation activities to mark the beginning of the new academic term.

Henry touted the work of the College’s economic development officials for leading the establishment of new businesses, research and development companies, and the expansion of entrepreneurship and advanced manufacturing efforts in the region. UVa-Wise faculty and students are working closely with companies such as Micronics on research and development projects, and Henry announced that more faculty members will be conducting joint research projects with what she termed “early stage” companies.

“In August, I moved economic development and engagement to my office so that my involvement and support can be more immediate and deep,” she said. “Southwest Virginia’s future is important to this College and to me. And in cooperation with our many partners, I intend to make this a focus of my chancellorship.”

The College’s role as an economic engine for the region is a major part of UVa-Wise’s Envisioning 2020 strategic plan, and Henry told the crowd that significant progress has been made of its goals and strategies. She outlined the steps taken on academics, and briefed those attending on budget issues and the College’s move to full NCAA Division II membership for athletics.

Henry said the number of Southwest Virginia students enrolled at UVa-Wise is expected to remain stable or grow even with the declining population in the region. However, the majority of enrollment growth will likely come from other parts of Virginia, the nation and other countries. UVa-Wise now gets half of its more than 2,000 students from outside the region. Henry said a comprehensive marketing and communication strategy is in the development stage to spread the word about the educational offerings of UVa-Wise. In addition, enrollment management is moving toward a year-round recruiting process, Henry added. The College, a division of the University of Virginia, is partnering with the University on recruitment.

In terms of budgets and other resources, Henry said, Virginia’s fiscal budget continues to be a moving target. Henry said UVa-Wise has always and will continue to be prudent with its resources. The College’s many donors continue to make a difference.

”On a more positive note about resources, our endowment now totals about $84.5 million, which continues to be bigger than the endowment at any of our Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges institutions and several endowments of much larger and older institutions in Virginia,” she said. “This fall, we will be holding conversations and gathering information about the College’s future needs so that we can prioritize and build a case for support for our next fundraising campaign.”

Henry said the College is grateful that new equipment in laboratories, including a mass spectrometer, a powder x-ray diffractor, a liquid chromatography system, new simulation equipment for nursing, 3-D printers and other items were all made possible through private gifts or grants.

In the area of academics, Henry said freshmen seminar was reconfigured to immerse new students in their college careers with a faculty advisor assigned to guide and mentor each one. Supplemental instruction, a service known as PASS that helps students with difficult courses such as chemistry and mathematics, has been expanded, and gains have been made in online learning.

UVa-Wise is working to get its chemistry program nationally accredited, and the software engineering and computer science programs have completed self-studies needed for re-accreditation, Henry said. In addition, UVa-Wise continues its work on institutional re-accreditation, which is required in order for the College to receive federal funds. In a related matter, the College selected Wise Writes as its quality enhancement plan to improve writing in all academic disciplines. The plan should be in place within the next five years.

“Our goal for Wise Writes is that every student who graduates is more proficient in writing in his or her major discipline, whether that is biology, history, software engineering, theatre or psychology,” Henry added.

Henry also outlined the goals and strategies UVa-Wise will work on in the coming year, including fostering more professional development opportunities for faculty as well as improving undergraduate research, international programs and internships for students.

Classes at UVa-Wise begin on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Photo by Tim C. Cox

 

 

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Sullivan visits for Convocation 2015

UVa-Wise News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:44pm

A liberal arts education is one of the best ways to prepare for jobs in the 21st century that require working in diverse, multi-disciplinary teams to find solutions to society’s complex problems, University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan said to students, faculty and staff of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Tuesday at Convocation.

“By choosing to enroll at UVa-Wise, you are stating your belief that education in the liberal arts is valuable and worthwhile,” Sullivan said. “I agree with you. A liberal arts education teaches us to be critical thinkers, to be perceptive of the world around us, and to value the opinions of others, to write clearly and persuasively, and to integrate multiple perspectives before arriving at decisions. Those broad skills—as much as any specialized, technical skill—are fundamental to the work of the 21st century.”

Sullivan addressed the crowd during Convocation, the traditional beginning of a new academic year. UVa-Wise is a division of the University of Virginia. She welcomed freshmen, the newest students to the College at Wise, and she offered greetings to returning students, staff and faculty.

Higher education is an expression of hope and promise for the future, Sullivan told the students.

“Those of you here today are the latest in a long line of students who have benefitted from the excellent education offered at UVa-Wise over the past half-century,” Sullivan said.

The local residents who convinced University leaders to open a division in Southwest Virginia in 1954 were staking our new territory for higher learning in the region, she added. They were picking up where Thomas Jefferson left off more than a hundred years earlier, she explained.

“For many years, Mr. Jefferson worked on a plan to create a state-wide system of education in Virginia,” Sullivan said. “But he failed to gather support in the legislature, just as he struggled for years to gather support for the University in Charlottesville.”

Jefferson lamented that the lawmakers then failed to realize that knowledge is power, safety and happiness, she said, adding that he dreamed of a system of education that would reach all citizens.

“Today, here in Wise, we see the modern realization of Mr. Jefferson’s dream,” she said. “From somewhat humble beginnings in the mid-1950s, the College at Wise has evolved into one of the nation’s top public liberal arts colleges. Students here today should feel proud to be members of this distinguished community.”

Sullivan also urged the students to study broad subjects while at Wise, and to explore the full range of learning by trying new academic challenges.

“Investigate the full range of the curriculum,” she said. “Use this time now to learn broadly and to explore.”

She thanked the faculty and staff for their commitment to teaching and supporting the students.

“You nurture our greatest product: educated men and women who leave here prepared to contribute to the careers and communities they enter beyond this campus,” she said.

She ended her address by touting the connection between the University and the College at Wise, adding that both share a “commitment to a set of values of honor, integrity and academic excellence.”

Photo by Tim C. Cox

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Student Activities Fair

UVa-Wise Calendar - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 7:00am
All August 18 Fall Convocation activities will move to the Prior Center, including the activities fair and picnic.

Take a walk through the Student Activities Fair after Convocation to pick up FREE giveaways and learn about the local businesses Wise has to offer as well as Club and Organizations on Campus.

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Fall Convocation

UVa-Wise Calendar - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 6:00am

The UVa-Wise fall convocation is a joyous, important celebration where we welcome new students, reconnect with friends and colleagues, and launch another academic year. Just as it does at commencement, the faculty wear regalia to mark the event’s significance as we celebrate our commitment to engaged learning while living and working in a community of mutual respect, integrity, stewardship and excellence.

All faculty, students and staff are invited to participate in the processional. Faculty and staff have reserved seats on the arena floor. Please click the link to view the Assembly Instructions (instructions have been revised due to the weather forecast):

Assembly Instructions RAIN

Please click on the link below to view the Order of Program:

2015 order of program

Click on the link below to read a message to students from Mikaela Logan:

New message from Mikaela

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Expedition

UVa-Wise Calendar - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 8:00pm

Expedition serves as an all-encompassing kick-off to the UVa-Wise experience for all new first-year students. Named for Mr. Jefferson’s vision of exploration of the western U.S. by Lewis and Clark, it is a three-day extended orientation program that helps new students make their transition into the campus community as seamless as possible.

While summer orientation sessions provided students and families an opportunity to learn more about UVa-Wise, get questions answered and take care of business, Expedition is focused solely on the new students.  Expedition incorporates a multitude of educational, social, community service, and leadership opportunities geared toward student success.

View the Expedition Schedule

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Convocation and Activities Fair Venue Change

UVa-Wise News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 4:15pm

Message from Provost Huguenin

Dear friends,

As we plan for tomorrow’s Convocation, based on the likelihood of rain, we have made the following determinations:

All August 18 Fall Convocation activities will move to the Prior Center, including the fair and picnic.

Concerning the fair and picnic:
The activities fair will be set up on the left concourse.
The picnic, including food tables and buffet, will be set up on the practice court behind the curtain.

Concerning the procession and convocation ceremony:
Freshmen will already be seated in section 106 when the procession begins.
Faculty will wear regalia.

The Color Guard, gonfalon bearer, platform party, faculty, students, and staff will meet in the locker rooms in the ground floor of the Prior Center at 9:30 a.m.
The processional will go down the hall by the athletic offices, up the stairs beside the elevator, down the concourse, and down the steps.
The recessional will be the reverse of the processional.

Stay tuned for further communications.

Best wishes,

Sandy

_____________________________________
Sanders Huguenin
Provost
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
1 College Avenue
Wise, VA 24293

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RecFest

UVa-Wise Calendar - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 3:00pm

Join Intramurals, Student Activites, and Outdoor Rec on the Lawn for a fun night of Kiddie Pool Slip ‘N Slide Kickball, Bubble Ball, Water slide, Dunk Booth, Blow Up Obstacle Course and Music! Don’t miss the chance to win some awesome prizes such as a TV, Beats by Dre or a gift card to one of your favorite places to eat!

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Expedition

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 8:00pm

Expedition serves as an all-encompassing kick-off to the UVa-Wise experience for all new first-year students. Named for Mr. Jefferson’s vision of exploration of the western U.S. by Lewis and Clark, it is a three-day extended orientation program that helps new students make their transition into the campus community as seamless as possible.

While summer orientation sessions provided students and families an opportunity to learn more about UVa-Wise, get questions answered and take care of business, Expedition is focused solely on the new students.  Expedition incorporates a multitude of educational, social, community service, and leadership opportunities geared toward student success.

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GlowRage Paint U Party

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 4:00pm

SAB will host a welcome back Glow Rage Paint Party! Come dance the night away as paint cannons spray paint on everyone for an awesome black light effect!

 

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Intramurals Flag Football Registration Begins

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 8:00pm

Registration for all teams open on www.IMLeagues.com/uvawise. All teams must be registered before deadline ends in order to play. Teams typically play anytime Sunday-Thursday from 6pm-11pm.

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Expedition

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 8:00pm

Expedition serves as an all-encompassing kick-off to the UVa-Wise experience for all new first-year students. Named for Mr. Jefferson’s vision of exploration of the western U.S. by Lewis and Clark, it is a three-day extended orientation program that helps new students make their transition into the campus community as seamless as possible.

While summer orientation sessions provided students and families an opportunity to learn more about UVa-Wise, get questions answered and take care of business, Expedition is focused solely on the new students.  Expedition incorporates a multitude of educational, social, community service, and leadership opportunities geared toward student success.

View the Expedition Schedule

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Move-In Day

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 8:00pm

·       Freshmen/First Year Students with less than 30 hours may move in on Sunday, August 16 from 8am to Noon. Students should check in at their community office (McCraray Hall residents check in to McCraray Hall; Commonwealth Hall residents check in at Commonwealth).

·       Returning/Upperclass Students may move in on Sunday, August 16 beginning at 1pm. Students should check in at their community office (Culbertson Hall residents should check in at Commonwealth Hall; Asbury/Henson/Martha Randolph/Thompson residents should check in at Henson Hall).

·       If you take pictures on Move-In Day or make posts on social media, tag it using the hashtag #WiseMoveIn for a chance to win a Move-In Day t-shirt!

Please be aware of congested traffic in the residential area of campus during Move-In Day and the immediate days that follow. Students are asked that once they unload their vehicle(s) that they move their vehicle to a designated parking space in the appropriate lot.

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Lecture at UVa-Wise on Confederate flag history

UVa-Wise News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 3:34pm

Brian Wills, director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era and professor of history at Kennesaw State University, will visit The University of Virginia’s College at Wise to speak about the history of the Confederate flag.

Wills, who taught history at UVa-Wise, will lead a meaningful discussion on the timely subject that has stirred controversy recently. The talk is scheduled for Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Rhododendron Room of the Slemp Student Center. The public is invited to attend the free academic program.

“In light of recent events, I think it is wise for the College to sponsor an event that can present a meaningful discussion on the history of the Confederate flag, how it has been used by various groups, and what it means to different people,” said Brian McKnight, a history professor at UVa-Wise. “We feel it is important to say that this is an academic program without political consideration.”

The banner that is generally considered the Confederate flag was one of many different flags used by the southern armies during the Civil War. The use of the flag and its changing meanings remain controversial.

About Brian Wills

Brian Steel Wills is the director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era and Professor of History at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. He had a long tenure at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and is the author of numerous works relating to the American Civil War, including a new volume – The River Was Dyed with Blood: Nathan Bedford Forrest and Fort Pillow. His other titles include:

A Battle From the Start: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest
Reprinted as: The Confederacy’s Greatest Cavalryman: Nathan Bedford Forrest. This work was chosen as both a History Book Club selection and a Book of the Month Club selection. He also authored, The War in Southeastern Virginia, released in October, 2001, and No Ordinary College: A History of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, (2004), both by the University Press of Virginia. Gone with the Glory: The Civil War in Cinema appeared in 2006. An updated edition of the James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr., Civil War Sites in Virginia (Virginia, 2011) arrived just in time for the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, and in 2012 and 2013, Brian authored George Henry Thomas: As True as Steel and Confederate General William Dorsey Pender: The Hope of Glory.

For more information on the lecture, contact College Relations at 276-376-1027.

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UVa-Wise earns national recognition as College of Distinction

UVa-Wise News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:48pm

Strong and creative learning opportunities at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise have earned the public liberal college recognition among the nation’s Colleges of Distinction.

“It is gratifying that UVa-Wise has earned recognition as a national College of Distinction for our innovative learning opportunities,” said Chancellor Donna P. Henry. “Our students earn college credit and valuable life experience by participating in study abroad programs, service learning, internships, undergraduate research, and other educational programs that are models for higher education across the nation.”

UVa-Wise received notification of the recognition on Aug. 10.

“Colleges of Distinction is delighted to honor UVa-Wise for its success in expanding programming by developing competencies relevant to graduates’ lives,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. “Active engagement is well recognized as a key to ensuring that undergraduates get the most out of their educations, and it has proven correlation with on-time graduation as well. Students increasingly demand access to hands-on learning, and Colleges of Distinction congratulates UVa-Wise for leading the way in the development of new methodologies that prepare students for the future.”

Schools must demonstrate results across the Four Distinctions—Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. High school counselors and educators make nominations and each school is evaluated on key indicators including student engagement, student empowerment, and curricular innovation. Colleges that have distinguished themselves in each of the Four Distinctions and that have demonstrated dedication to enriching student outcomes through innovative learning opportunities are then invited to join Colleges of Distinction.

The annual process to select the nation’s Colleges of Distinction also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan, and alumni success and satisfaction measures.

“Colleges of Distinction provides more than just a ranking or a tally of test scores,” Schritter said. “We identify colleges that offer every student an educationally rewarding experience, The Colleges of Distinction have earned solid reputations for nurturing and serving their students across every measure. Like UVa-Wise, our member schools provide the affirming undergraduate experience every student deserves.”

To view UVa-Wise’s profile or to find more information about the innovative learning experiences it offers, visit CollegeosfDistinction.com.

About Colleges of Distinction

The Colleges of Distinction website and e-guidebook recognize and honor schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The member schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. CollegeofDistinction.com provides dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and more for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, visit CollegesofDistinction.com

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Summer Session II: Grades Posted by 12:00 Noon

UVa-Wise Calendar - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 8:00pm

Summer Session II

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Summer Session II: Exams

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sun, 08/09/2015 - 8:00pm

Summer Session II

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