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Examinations End

UVa-Wise Calendar - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 12:00am

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Thursday Mass

UVa-Wise Calendar - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 5:00pm

The Catholic Campus Ministry offers mass at 5 p.m. every Thursday in the Sandstone Room (Cantrell Hall). The service lasts about 30 minutes. For more information contact Matt Vaughn at mv9zx@uvawise.edu

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Four Softball Players Earn All-MEC Honors

UVa-Wise Sports - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 12:00pm

BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. - - Four members of the UVa-Wise softball team garnered All-Mountain East Conference honors for the 2018 softball season. Senior pitcher Taylor Brandts claimed a spot on the All-MEC First Team while senior outfielder Zoe Millard, senior third baseman Samantha Ely, and freshman Alexis Miles all earned All-MEC Second Team acclaim. The league office made the announcement Thursday afternoon.
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Truck-in Thursday at Alumni Hall

UVa-Wise Calendar - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 11:00am

This Week’s Food Truck is:

Caribbean Grill

Visit them on Facebook @caribbeangrillPR


Meet at Alumni Hall on Thursdays for fun, food and friendship.

We will feature a different food truck each week.

Follow us on Facebook @UVaWiseAlumni for more information.

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Hillman’s undergraduate research boosts confidence

UVa-Wise News - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 8:46am

Alexis Hillman will walk across the stage of the Prior Center Saturday with a Bachelors Degree in Art and the confidence to call herself an artist.

The talented Fort Blackmore native admits she did not always have that confidence, but four years of intensive study in art and the basics of a liberal arts degree with a heavy emphasis in undergraduate research changed that mindset. Several tubes of paint, dozens of brushes, other tools of the trade, and several art shows later, Hillman is ready for what comes next.

“For as long as I can remember, art has been important to me,” the 22-year-old said. “I remember winning a competition at the museum in Big Stone Gap when I was 11. Getting recognition locally taught me that my abilities were worth something.”

Hillman tried to find different avenues to study for careers, but she kept coming back to art. She felt it was her calling.

“When I came to UVa-Wise, I wondered if I could even call myself an artist,” she added. “It seemed like such a bold title to bestow on yourself without being established. Now I know that being an artist is about being in a constant pursuit of creativity, growing and learning.”

Hillman learned that there is never a plateau or pedestal that one can reach to earn the title of artist.

“For me, the term ‘artist’ means someone who has an ever growing relationship with creating art. So yes, I’m an artist.”

Hillman, like nearly 200 students on campus, participated in an undergraduate research project. She tackled the topic of “The Self-Portrait: An Exploration of Process.” She spent countless hours on her project before realizing that her art was her research.

“As I started my research, I got a bad feeling of self doubt and worry,” she said. “It really held me back. I finally decided to forget that fear and push on and see what happened.”

What happened was a series of self-portraits of Hillman in different styles and themes. She also looked at her work and realized that her work was mimicking some of the artists’ work that she learned about in art history class. The realization left her feeling connected to those artists in many ways. One portrait, she thought, had mimicked Edward Munch while another one seemed to mimic Matisse.

“It made me more aware of how I might be coming across to people,” she said.

She decided to use Feldman’s Method of Critique on her own work to note elements within the art work such as color, line, shape, texture, space, form, unity and balance.

“After performing Feldman’s Critique on my own work, I expected to find inconsistencies between the results and reality,” she said. “If this is so, the same could be assumed about what art history teaches about past works.”

Hillman posed the questions of how much can a viewer assume to know about an artist and his or her work without knowing the artist’s history, and are there limitations to what a viewer can presume to know when using Feldman’s Method of Critique.

The viewers’ critique of her self-portraits revealed that they did not completely match her own views on her work.

“The viewer doesn’t have the same relationship with an art work as the artist who created it,” she said. “Each viewer brings a different perspective so no critique can be fully objective.”

Her research showed that knowledge of an artist’s background and concept would always be useful for those whishing to interpret a work of art. She also found that her research led to more questions that answers.

“Does the artist make the rules for a work of art or does the viewer possess the power to alter its meaning?” she said.

Hillman observed in her research that the artistic process is self-research.

She plans to work for a while to gain experience in the workplace, and she will refine her portfolio for graduate school in the future. She said her best times on campus took place in the Gilliam Center for the Arts as she learned who she is and what drives her.

“I’m unsure what concentration I wish to study in graduate school, so I want to spend some time learning what interests me outside of college,” she said. “UVa-Wise gave me the ability to earn a bachelor’s degree at a young age, so I am able to take my time now and discover what I really want.”


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The Gathering Student Ministries

UVa-Wise Calendar - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 7:00pm

Weekly Bible study and snacks

Contact Joshua Griggs at jpg6e@uvawise.edu for more information. Not approved for cultural activity credit

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Mapping a career the ROTC route

UVa-Wise News - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 1:05pm

When Catherine Dina arrived at UVa-Wise two years ago, she never imagined she would one day find herself “off course” in the Knoxville woods that surround the Forensic Anthropology Facility, better known as the Body Farm, but that’s exactly what happened to the Alexandria, Virginia resident.

Dina, a first year cadet in the Army ROTC program at UVa-Wise, was teamed with four other cadets on a land navigation assignment in a joint exercise with other ROTC programs in the region. Her team—all female—were to use a map grid to plot points and navigate around the unfamiliar woods. It didn’t take long for Dina and the team to realize they were off course.

“It was pretty bad,” she said.

A few minutes later the team decided the best course of action was to retrace their steps to the starting point and begin the task again. Their determination was rewarded with a fresh start and a perfect score. Dina and the cadets plotted the five places they needed to locate. Their second attempt to navigate the Body Farm woods was a success, and the 22-year-old communication major found she enjoyed land navigation immensely.

“It’s a good skill to have,” she said.

Major Marc Sandefur, with the UVa-Wise ROTC program, smiled when he recalled Dina’s first foray at the Body Farm.

“She didn’t know what she was doing, but she picked up on it fast,” he said. “She’s going to do well.”

Dina’s map to UVa-Wise took a few twists and turns along the way as well. In high school, she wanted to see if she could make it as an athlete at the collegiate level, but she also had had a growing interest in a military career. As is generally the case, her mother offered sage advice.

“Mom said to try the athletics at the collegiate level, and she said if I decided to change things, I could join the ROTC program,” Dina said.

Dina played lacrosse for a while and enjoyed the experience. She said the coaches and players were excellent, and she enjoyed the competition. As she thought about her future career—she wants to be a speech pathologist—she turned to ROTC.

“One of the benefits of ROTC is it pays for half of my tuition,” she said. “That makes a big difference for me.”

Dina’s parents, both visually impaired, were unable to attend her contracting ceremony. Her mother cried as she listened to a video recording of the day Dina agreed to join the Army after her graduation and completion of the ROTC program.

When she joined ROTC, Dina figured she was in good physical shape because of her athletic training. She was in for a surprise.

“I thought I’d be at the top of the world with my fitness,” she said. “I was not, and it was something they fixed quickly.”

Sandefur said many cadets who are athletes begin with the same thoughts Dina had about physical fitness. They soon realize being an athlete and a soldier have different physical requirements. An athlete relies on speed, but a soldier must work on endurance as well.

“She has greatly improved,” he said. “ She has become one of our stronger cadets, even though this is her first year with us. We have that a lot with athletes. They do more with speed, but they soon learn the new ways.”

Dina also enjoys the ROTC labs. The first part of an ROTC lab happens in a classroom. The cadets learn how to carry out an assault or an ambush or conduct reconnaissance. The second part of a lab happens later in the academic year. The cadets are outdoors practicing the skills they learned in the classroom at the platoon and squad levels.

While ROTC keeps cadets busy, there is always time to experience college life, Dina added. She plans to join a sorority in the fall and to be a part of campus life.

“I found out that I can hold my own,” she said. “It is possible to be involved in other activities and ROTC.”

Dina also enjoys the outdoor recreation offered in the southwestern Virginia region. She often hikes on the numerous trails. Her last hike to the Devil’s Bathtub, a scenic area that is not always easy to traverse, had her waist deep in one of the many stream crossings.

She has two more years left in her undergraduate and ROTC career.

“I would like to go active duty,” she said. “I want to work with soldiers who have experienced brain trauma so I can help them regain their speech again.”

To continue her Army goals, she must pass her physical training test and her academic career records are sent to Cadet Command for review. Upon her successful completion of the ROTC program requirements and after her degree is conferred, Dina will commission as a second lieutenant in the Army.

For more information on the ROTC program at UVa-Wise, visit www.uvawise.edu.

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Dennehy Coach of the Year, Reilly Defensive Player of the Year as Lacrosse Dominates MEC Awards

UVa-Wise Sports - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 12:52pm

WISE - - The Mountain East Conference announced its all-conference honors for the 2018 women's lacrosse season Wednesday afternoon, UVa-Wise saw 10 student-athletes earn all-conference acclaim while Meghan Dennehy was named the league's Coach of the Year. Senior goalie Melanie Reilly was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season while Rachel Cole, Jesse French, Kristin Gobbi, Charlotte Hess and Jessica Apgar joined Reilly on the All-MEC First Team.
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CCM Bible Study

UVa-Wise Calendar - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 8:00pm

The Catholic Campus Ministry holds Bible study at 8 p.m. every Tuesday evening in the Henson Hall classroom. For more information contact Katie Reda at mkr9a@uvawise.edu

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Chamber Music Concert

UVa-Wise Calendar - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 7:30pm

The UVa-Wise Clarinet Choir and Trumpet Ensemble will be performing in Cantrell Banquet Hall at 7:30 p.m.  This is a cultural activity credit event.

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Hooswell Weight Watchers at Work Meetings

UVa-Wise Calendar - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 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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Late Night Breakfast

UVa-Wise Calendar - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 10:00pm

Enjoy a free meal served by the faculty and staff of UVa-Wise as you prepare for finals week.

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Cavs Sweep Bobcats, Control Own Destiny For MEC Tournament Berth

UVa-Wise Sports - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 5:23pm

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. - - UVa-Wise now controls its own destiny in terms of making the postseason after Hank Banner's club scored a Mountain East Conference doubleheader sweep of West Virginia Wesleyan Monday afternoon. The Cavaliers hung on for a 5-4 win in the opener before a trio of relievers pitched five innings in a 6-3 win in the finale. Freshman hurler Andrew Balmer was credited with the first win of his collegiate career in the finale as he fired 2 2/3 innings of one-run ball before senior Matthew Wilkinson notched his second save of the day.
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Gobbi and Reilly Claim MEC Player of the Week Honors

UVa-Wise Sports - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:05pm

WISE - - After capping a perfect Mountain East Conference regular season with a pair of wins last week, UVa-Wise had two players honored by the league office Monday. Junior Kristin Gobbi was named Offensive Player of the Week while senior Melanie Reilly was named Defensive Player of the Week.
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Examinations Begin

UVa-Wise Calendar - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:00am

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Softball Earns No. 3 South Seed in MEC Tournament

UVa-Wise Sports - Sun, 04/29/2018 - 4:11pm

BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. - - The UVa-Wise softball team has earned the No. 3 seed in the South Division in the 2018 Mountain East Conference Softball Tournament. The league office made the announcement Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers will face the No. 2 North seed, Wheeling Jesuit, on Friday, May 4 at noon. The tournament will be held at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va.
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Senior Lecture Recital

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sun, 04/29/2018 - 4:00pm

Rebecca Bays, Music major, will be giving her senior lecture recital on Sunday, April 29 at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths.  This is a cultural activity credit event.

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Softball Sweeps Glenville State, Co-Head Coach Nick Bitter Earns 100th Win

UVa-Wise Sports - Sun, 04/29/2018 - 3:52pm

WISE - - UVa-Wise softball wrapped up its regular season Sunday afternoon with two dominating shutouts against Glenville State. The Cavaliers earned an 8-0 shutout in game one and scored an incredible 17 runs in the second game. The game one victory marked the 100th win for Co-Head Coach Nick Bitter.
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UVa-Wise Set to Host MEC Women's Lacrosse Tournament

UVa-Wise Sports - Sun, 04/29/2018 - 3:39pm

WISE - - For the first time in the four-year history of the women's lacrosse program at UVa-Wise, the program will host the Mountain East Conference Tournament by virtue of winning the regular season title. The 2018 league tournament will begin Friday at 12 p.m. inside Carl Smith Stadium.
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Baseball at West Virginia Wesleyan College

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sun, 04/29/2018 - 3:30pm

Baseball at West Virginia Wesleyan College Buckhannon, W.Va.
For more information visit the UVa-Wise Athletics site or view the complete athletics calendar.

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