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President Sullivan speaks at Convocation

UVa-Wise News - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 12:56pm

University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan welcomed new and returning students to The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Tuesday, Aug. 23, during Convocation, the traditional start of the academic year.

Sullivan said UVA welcomed its students last weekend, and said students at the College at Wise stand at a pivotal moment in their lives.

“For each one of you, the work you do over the next few years will determine, to a great extent, your success in the future and the person of character and consequence you will become for the rest of your life,” Sullivan said to the 480 freshmen and transfer students.

Sullivan said students learn lessons about history and draw lessons from the past, she added that higher education is an expression of hope for the future.

“For this reason, we are focused on the future as we approach a major milestone in the history of the University of Virginia: about 14 months from now, in October 2017, we will launch UVA’s bicentennial celebration,” she said. “Although many events will take place in Charlottesville, the bicentennial will draw together members of the UVA family from across the nation and around the world, including, of course, our dear friends and colleagues here at UVa-Wise. We want you to join with us in celebrating the exciting days that lie ahead.”

Sullivan said an essential element of UVA’s third century would be its strong, enduring relationship with the College at Wise, a relationship that has been ongoing since 1954 when the College was founded.

“The future that we share is shaped by our shared past,” Sullivan said. “The University in Charlottesville and the College at Wise are in some ways the modern manifestation of a dream that Thomas Jefferson had more than 200 years ago.”

UVa-Wise has evolved into one of the nation’s top public liberal arts colleges over the years since UVA and officials in Wise joined forces, Sullivan explained.

She told the students that by enrolling in UVa-Wise, the freshmen and transfer students have expressed belief that education in the liberal arts is valuable and worthwhile.

“A liberal arts education teaches us so many things,” she said. “It teaches us to be critical thinkers; to be perceptive of the world around us, and to value the opinions of others; to write persuasively; and to integrate multiple perspectives before arriving at decisions.”

Sullivan said the complex problems of society demand multidisciplinary approaches to solutions. Employers want employees who have experience working in diverse, multi-disciplinary teams. A liberal arts education prepares students for that work, she added.

“I’m grateful to celebrate this day with our UVA family members here in Wise,” Sullivan said.

 

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Chancellor Henry delivers State of the College address

UVa-Wise News - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 11:26am

Chancellor Donna P. Henry welcomed the largest crop of freshmen and transfer students in recent years to the UVa-Wise family Tuesday and said the College is on a compelling and clear path toward greater vitality and distinction.

“With approximately 480 new students, I am happy to report that the College is on track to achieve our robust enrollment goals, enabling us to support new initiatives across the College,” Henry said in her State of the College address during Convocation, the traditional ceremony that starts the new academic year.

Henry said the boost of new students is the result of an intentional and comprehensive effort to spread the word about the “gem in the mountains” across Virginia, the nation and beyond. The enrollment uptick is just one of the reasons the state of UVa-Wise is strong, Henry explained.

The successful completion of the 18-month reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges was a significant accomplishment.

“While it was an exciting accomplishment, in some ways it’s just the icing on the cake on what we know to be true about our institution,” Henry said. “In fact, last week UVa-Wise once again earned recognition among the nation’s Colleges of Distinction.”

The College of Distinction recognition is based on a clear demonstration in the areas of engaged students, great teaching, a vibrant community and successful outcomes.

Other successful endeavors include the participation of nearly 90 students in undergraduate research projects and subsequent presentations at national and regional conferences.

“Already, our students are tackling real world problems, asking the tough questions and identifying possible solutions,” Henry said.

The chancellor touted the generous donors who helped create the College’s $80 million endowment for making it possible for students to travel to conferences and to receive stipends for their research. She said the steadfast dedication and commitment of the faculty and the students themselves also deserve credit for the undergraduate research successes.

The new library, which now houses the Writing Center, in support of the comprehensive Wise Write program, will lead to more student success, Henry added.

The health of students is also vital, and Henry said she would continue to emphasize the College’s dedication to creating a healthy UVa-Wise community. She encouraged those on campus to take advantage of the College’s wellness center, other recreational opportunities, and its many place for solitude and reflection. Henry also praised the College’s diversity.

“Creating a healthy community also means embracing our differences and our diversity,” Henry said. “We are an inclusive academic community, and certain basic values underpin and sustain life at UVa-Wise.”

Those values include respect and integrity, Henry added.

“We value a healthy exchange of ideas and perspectives,” she said. “The best baccalaureate education is one in which an individual or groups of individuals have the freedom to grapple with complex, and sometimes uncomfortable, topics. This is a rite of passage and a natural aspect of college life, and one that contributes to its vibrancy and its value.”

Henry also reported on efforts the College has made since she announced that economic development would be a major part of her tenure as chancellor. A successful economic forum held in the spring brought 350 stakeholders together to work on various strategies, and groups created at the forum will meet on Aug. 24 to continue work to move the region forward.

Other positive developments related to the College’s role in economic development include:

  • Selection by the White House to lead the South Central Appalachian TechHire Initiative.
  • The College’s work with others to attract Frontier Secure and DP Facilities, two companies that could create more than 500 jobs.
  • Hosting the Governor’s roundtable on unmanned aerial systems and cybersecurity.
  • Successful visits from state and federal officials and members of the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia.

“I hope you believe, as I do, that UVa-Wise is on a compelling and clear path toward even greater vitality and distinction,” Henry said as she concluded her address. “I am honored to lead such a passionate community that believes in our mission as a public liberal arts institution, which has the capacity and the wisdom to keep our College moving forward, and is eager to do so in a spirit of mutual respect, integrity, stewardship and excellence. Let’s keep going!”

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Student Activities Fair

UVa-Wise Calendar - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 11:00am

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, 08/23/2016 - 10:00am

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. The processional will line up at 9:30 in front of the College Relations office. The processional will be led by the ROTC Color Guard, followed by the Marching Highland Cavaliers, the Gonfalon, students, staff and faculty. The processional will begin the walk to the Prior Center at 9:45 a.m.

The 2016 Order of Program and Assembly Instructions are available by clicking the links. An activity fair and picnic will follow on McCraray lawn. We are pleased to welcome special guest President Teresa Sullivan of the University of Virginia.

For more information please call the office of College Relations at 276-376-1027 or email news@uvawise.edu.

 

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SAB Movie Monday

UVa-Wise Calendar - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 8:00pm

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Expedition

UVa-Wise Calendar - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 12:00am

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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Glow Rage Paint U

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 8:00pm

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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Intramural Flag Football Registration Opens

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 12:00am

Register for Intramural Flag Football (7×7) on IMLeagues.com. Teams will be comprised of a minimum of 5 players, with 7 players on the field at once, with no maximum roster size. Register on IMLeagues as a team captain and take cotrol of your team, join a friend’s team, or signup as a free agent and get drafted to a team during our captain’s meeting.

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Move-In Day

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 12:00am

New Students/Transfers with Less Than 30 hours may move in to their residential spaces from 8am until Noon on Sunday, August 21. Students assigned to McCraray Hall should check in at McCraray, Students assigned to Commonwealth Hall should check in at Commonwealth, and students assigned to Henson Hall should check in at Henson.

Upperclass/returning students may move in to their residential spaces beginning at 1pm on Sunday, August 21. Students assigned to Culbertson Hall should check in at Culbertson, and students assigned to Asbury, Henson, Martha Randolph or Thompson Halls should check in at Henson Hall.

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Expedition

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 12:00am

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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Mary McGeorge wins Miss Teen United States title

UVa-Wise News - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 3:22pm

Miss Virginia Teen United States, Mary McGeorge, was crowned Miss Teen United States 2016 on Thursday, August 4th in Las Vegas. McGeorge’s crowning moment on the stage at The Palms Resort was just the beginning of what will be a very exciting and eventful year of service as Miss Teen United States 2016.

Originally from Grundy, VA, McGeorge attends the University of Virginia’s College at Wise where she is a junior majoring in Special Education. On campus McGeorge is a cheerleader and is a member of the Highland Singers.  McGeorge is an accomplished ventriloquist who received her first puppet when she was 5 years old. A black and white furry dog named Scruffy. Mary and Scruffy still perform at local events and hospitals.

Mary is very active in serving her community. She enjoys working with Backpack Blessings in Buchanan County which helps provide weekend meals for children experiencing food insecurity.  In addition to promoting her platform McGeorge will also support United States Pageant Organization’s national philanthropy, No Kid Hungry. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending child hunger a national priority.

About Miss United States

The Miss United States Pageant prides itself in providing an avenue for young women to give a voice to those needing to be heard, lend a hand to those less fortunate, and be
a compass for those daring to dream. At the local, state, and national level, the Miss United States Pageant gives women the opportunity to promote a platform of community
service.

The pageant system allows young women all over the country to interact and discuss their achievements in service and volunteerism. It promotes the intellect, moral character,
and personal engagement of its outstanding participants as they pursue success in achievement. Additional information about the Miss United States Organization can be found
atwww.unitedstatesnationalpageants.com

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UVa-Wise is recognized as College of Distinction

UVa-Wise News - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 1:40pm

Innovative application of high impact educational practices at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise has earned the school recognition among the nation’s Colleges of Distinction.

UVa-Wise students earned college credit and valuable life experience while participating in study abroad programs in numerous countries, as well as through internships in a wide range of companies and governmental agencies

“We’re so happy to award UVa-Wise for developing skills relevant to graduates’ lives,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. “High student engagement in college is one of the keys to a successful undergraduate education. With an increasing emphasis on hands-on learning techniques, Colleges of Distinction applauds UVa-Wise for practicing methodologies that prepare students for their futures.”

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 is more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. We only include colleges that offer every student a holistic and valuable experience,” said Schritter. “The Colleges of Distinction have earned solid reputations for serving their students and nurturing success. 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

Since 1999, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have recognized and honored 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 resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, visit CollegesofDistinction.com

 

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Summer Session II: Exams

UVa-Wise Calendar - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 12:00am

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