Volunteers from The University of Virginia’s College at Wise are preparing once again to work with the organizations that conduct the three-day Remote Area Medical clinic each July.
The College has been involved with the free clinic for nearly two decades. The College provides housing for volunteer medical personnel. Other UVa-Wise staff and faculty help with patient registration and in other ways. Professors from the College’s nursing department help with medical treatment. Several UVa-Wise graduates who are now working in the health care field also volunteer.
“UVa-Wise has a strong commitment to public service,” Chancellor Donna P. Henry said. “Our faculty, staff, students and alumni spend many hours of their personal time working with RAM each year. Their dedication strengthens the College’s commitment of service to our region and beyond. I am proud of all of our volunteers.”
Julie Scott, director of the C. Bascom Slemp Student Center and the Winston Ely Health and Wellness Center, said her team is ready to house more than 534 RAM volunteers on campus from Thursday, July 16 through Sunday, July 19.
“Every residence hall on campus will be used to house the volunteers who travel as far away as Canada,” Scott said. “UVa-Wise has housed RAM volunteers for more than 15 years.”
Professor Garrett Sheldon works with members of the First Baptist Church in Big Stone Gap to prepare snack bags for the people who wait in the long lines for treatment. His group also provides food for volunteers.
Ann Duesing, outreach health sciences librarian with the University of Virginia’s Health Sciences Library, has worked with RAM since its inception.
“I set up an educational tent and provide health information searches for patients and family members and also talk with them about quality health information resources on the Internet, focusing on MedilinePlus from the National Library of Medicine,” Duesing said. “Some of our Healthy Appalachia students have worked with us in the past and this year two of those students who are in medical school will be joining us again.”
Tauna Gulley and Rebecca Mullins, both assistant professors of nursing at UVa-Wise, will work with RAM again this summer. They work with the women’s health section of the RAM clinic, and they will have many of the College’s nursing students helping as well.
RAM, a collaborative effort between several groups and organizations from Virginia and beyond, provides medical, dental and vision care for people who have no insurance or are underinsured. Most patients have jobs but no health care benefits. Others have recently lost their jobs in layoffs. People travel from several states, including Florida, to receive the health care services.
The free clinic is held at the Virginia-Kentucky District Fairgrounds near Wise.
The 21 high school students who attended the three-week Governor’s School program at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise this summer gained both theater production experience and an extra boost of confidence.
Kaila Carpenter, a junior from Stuart, Virginia, had been in a few productions at her high school and enjoyed working behind the scenes, but Governor’s School pulled her out from behind the curtain.
“I have really opened up a lot,” said Carpenter. “I was not really shy but insecure and afraid of who I am. I was so focused on my past that I wasn’t going anywhere. The teachers have really inspired me and have shown me it is ok to have been through negative things and to still be yourself.”
Participants undergo training in voice, movement, scene study, stagecraft, aesthetics, theatrical design and theatrical history. Students experience hands-on activities in each area of a theatrical production and present two performances of a play during the final week. The students presented an abbreviated version of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare this summer.
“We started off doing read readings of the play,” Carpenter said. “They cast us and we built the set from nothing. We came up with our own ideas for the set and selected our costumes.”
Students found many of aspects of the program unlike anything experienced previously.
Deanna Jackson, a Marion, Virginia senior, particularly enjoyed the movement class with Alexis Steckel, an instructor of voice for the program.
“The teacher was so confident and is what every girl should have as a role model,” Jackson said. “She had us do things that you don’t normally do such as interpreting the wind without sound. In another exercise, the group lifted each person. While it doesn’t sound like a big deal, when you are that close to someone and giving your trust to them, it made me realize it is ok to trust other people. You don’t have to be completely independent all the time. You can lean on other people. I found another side of myself.”
Jackson had grown up with a speech impediment and professes to be nervous when speaking with others. Although her high school teachers have provided much support, she found the Governor’s School particularly helpful in getting out of her comfort zone.
“Here, I can be confident and do things that I wouldn’t normally do,” she said. “We are used to people wanting to make us feel good whether we are doing it right or not, and we are always worried about doing something wrong and making fools of ourselves. Here they show us how to do things better. It is boosting my confidence to where I feel like I can do anything. I am passionate about this and I don’t think I would have realized how much I love it if I hadn’t come there.”
As part of the Governor’s School program, the students traveled to the American Shakespeare Center in Stanton, Virginia to see performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Antony and Cleopatra in the Blackfriar’s Playhouse. They also earned three hours of college credit
Michael McNulty, a professor of arts at UVa-Wise and director of the Governor School, said the group quickly formulated a sense of community and understood how the responsibility of an individual directly impacts the larger group’s endeavor.
“Aside from team building, the importance of arts in education, in a time that the arts are disappearing, still helps these students learn a lot about life,” McNulty said. “They are learning to be human and that’s important too.”
Tech Splash 2015 is a showcase of exemplary presentations of technology integration in the K12 classroom as well as focusing on new and emerging technologies.
July 13, 2015
SWVA Higher Education Center, Abingdon, VA
Registration and breakfast begins at 8AM
Doorprizes and closing ends at 3:30
The TechSplash Experience includes:
- Special Keynote kickoff by Dr. Ginno Kelley, Director of Teaching and Learning for Worldwide Education at Microsoft
- Dozens of concurrent sessions showcasing innovative technology integration in all content areas.
- Digital Sandbox area with tech tools to explore!
- Food, Fun, and Doorprizes!!
- Schedule and session information coming soon!
For more information contact: Heather Askea
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Mountain Empire Community College and The University of Virginia’s College at Wise announced a partnership to respond to crisis incidents or events occurring at either campus.
Dr. Scott Hamilton, president of MECC, and UVa-Wise Chancellor Donna Henry, PhD, signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday, July 9, stipulating their respective colleges will provide mutual support in the event of an emergency situation impacting either campus. The agreement will facilitate increased preparation and effective communications in responding to the needs of students, college staff, and the community, should an emergency occur.
“Solidifying an agreement to help each other in times of crisis seemed a natural step for two colleges with a strong history of working together to benefit students and our region,” Henry said. “A crisis can take many forms and can occur at any time. It is comforting to know that MECC and UVa-Wise can rely on each other when an unexpected situation hits either campus.”
The agreement, which takes effect immediately, states that, “Upon notice from The University of Virginia’s College at Wise of any crisis incident occurring at facilities or upon lands owned or operated by The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Mountain Empire Community College, when needed, shall provide reasonable support for public information management, emergency incident management and services, and facility support services to The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and, if so requested, shall assume responsibility as lead agency for the defined role for the crisis incident reported.”
“Likewise, upon notice from Mountain Empire Community College of any crisis incident occurring at facilities or upon lands owned or operated by Mountain Empire Community College, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, when needed, shall provide reasonable support for public information management, emergency incident management and services, and facility support services to Mountain Empire Community College and, if so requested, shall assume responsibility as lead agency for the defined role for the crisis incident reported.”
“Preparation is key to responding effectively in any type of crisis situation,’’ added Hamilton. “This partnership is one avenue where we can improve our emergency preparedness on campus and in our community.”
For more information on this partnership, or other emergency preparation efforts by both colleges, contact Amy Greear, MECC’s Coordinator of Community Relations at 276.523.7480 or Kathy Still, director of news and media relations for UVa-Wise at 276-373-1027.
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is ranked 11th on a list of the 100 most affordable small colleges east of the Mississippi.
Great Value Colleges, a company that helps students and their families make informed decisions when choosing higher education options, released the ranking on July 6. The company points out in the rankings that UVa-Wise deserves an important mention when it comes to both affordability and overall value.
“Access and affordability are top priorities for our College, and we are delighted to be recognized by Great Value Colleges,” UVa-Wise Chancellor Donna P. Henry said.
“This four-year college is one of the top public liberal arts institutions in the region, offering an impressive selection of academics, research opportunities, and experiential learning,” Great Value Colleges says of UVa-Wise.
According to the company, UVa-Wise “offers nothing but the best to its students,” including the opportunity to combine different majors with the Peake Honors Program, international study or undergraduate symposiums.” UVa-Wise lands students from all over the United States to the Southwest Virginia college and its “unbeatable campus facilities.”
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