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Undergraduate research opens up new career choices for UVa-Wise student

UVa-Wise News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 12:05pm

by Lanna Monday Lumpkins

Senior Bernard Manatu, a chemistry and biology major, is incorporating undergraduate research into coursework based on a previous study’s findings supporting an interaction between the proteins of two different DNA repair pathways known as Ku and Fanconi.

According to Manatu, a Norton native, the cell lines used in a previous experiment had died, so to in order to be able to show a correlation, a living cell line with one of the proteins missing from the Ku pathway was needed.

“Previous research using Hela cells had shown there was a linkage, but the cells that had Ku 80 died off because they had the double DNA strand breaks and could not repair themselves,” said Manatu. “So we were going to try to make a more stable line that could continually be researched.”

Although Manatu’s research was unsuccessful in preventing the Ku 80 protein from being manufactured by the cells, he now has more experience under his belt.

“The cells still made the Ku 80, which we were trying to get the cells to not do,” he said. “So we weren’t successful in making the cell line.”

As a result of his Hela cell and Ku 80 research, Manatu gained more insight into specific career specalizations he is now considering pursuing. His goal is to share his knowledge or use it to help better people’s lives.

“I would like to study molecular biology or biomedical engineering,” said Manatu.  “Biomedical engineering would be taking what is learned in this field and applying it to the medical field such as creating prosthetics to help someone with a deficiency.”

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Mar 6, 2015 - The Gathering Men's Bible Study

UVa-Wise Calendar - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 7:00pm
The Gathering will host Men's Bible Study every Friday at 6 pm in the Culbertson Hall Classroom. For more information, contact Joshua Griggs at jpg6e@uvawise.edu or 276-701-3512.
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Mar 6, 2015 - SGA Weekly Meeting

UVa-Wise Calendar - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 2:00pm
The Student Government Association will meet every Friday at 1 pm in the Dogwood Room on the 5th floor of the Slemp Student Center. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact President Shannon Walker at scw5x@uvawise.edu.
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Mar 6, 2015 - PHC Weekly Meeting

UVa-Wise Calendar - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:00am
The Panhellenic Council will meet each Friday at 9 am in the Honor Court Room on the 3rd floor of the Slemp Student Center. For more information, contact Nick Marshall at 276-376-4513 or nsm7j@uvawise.edu.
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Mar 6, 2015 - Mid-term grades due. First 7-weeks courses end.

UVa-Wise Calendar - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:00am
Mid-term grades due. First 7-weeks courses end.
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Mar 5, 2015 - WF Worship and Dinner

UVa-Wise Calendar - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 7:30pm
Join Wesley Fellowship for worship and dinner every Thursday at 6:30 pm at the Wesley Foundation. For more information, contact Rev. Beth Tipton at 276-393-8958 or btipton@uvawise.edu.
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Mar 5, 2015 - OREC Washington D.C. Trip Deadline

UVa-Wise Calendar - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 6:00pm
Outdoor Recreation will be taking students to Washington D.C. April 11-12. The cost of the trip is $60 which includes hotel (double occupancy), bus travel, admission to Baltimore Orioles game, trip to Cherry Blossom Festival, U.S. Capitol Building tour, and sightseeing. Twenty spots are available on a first come, first served basis. Please see Mark Collins (3rd floor of the Slemp Student Center) to register. For more information, contact Mark Collins at 276-376-4651 or mjc6s@uvawise.edu.
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Mar 5, 2015 - GRK Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority Lecture (Rachel Rose)

UVa-Wise Calendar - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:00pm
In honor of Women Empowerment Week, Alpha Sigma Tau sorority invites everyone to attend a lecture by Counselor Rachel Rose in the Dogwood Room on the 5th floor of the Slemp Student Center at 11 am. For more information, contact Sass Sloce at sss7y@uvawise.edu.
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Mar 5, 2015 - GRK Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority Women Empowerment Day

UVa-Wise Calendar - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 11:00am
Alpha Sigma Tau sorority invites everyone to attend its Women Empowerment Day event today in the Jefferson Lounge on the 4th floor of the Slemp Student Center from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information, contact Sass Sloce at sss7y@uvawise.edu.
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Mar 5, 2015 - DFP Weekly ZUMBA FITNESS Class

UVa-Wise Calendar - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 8:30pm
The ZUMBA FITNESS class is sponsored by Dance Fitness Party. Classes will be held Mondays at 7 pm and Thursdays at 7:30 pm in the Slemp Student Center Aerobics Room (inside the Fitness Center). The class is FREE and is open to all students, faculty, and staff. Come out and join the fun! For more information, contact Charles Campbell at clc5eq@uvawise.edu.
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Mar 4, 2015 - NSLS Speaker Re-Broadcast (Debbi Fields)

UVa-Wise Calendar - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 7:00pm
The National Society of Leadership & Success will host a speaker re-broadcast at 6 pm in the Rhododendron Room on the 5th floor of the Slemp Student Center. Tonight's re-broadcast speaker is Debbi Fields, author and founder of Mrs. Field's Cookies. **Cultural activity credit for one speaker event is available to UVa-Wise students.** For more information, please contact advisor Stephanie Shell at stephanie.shell@uvawise.edu or 276-328-0216.
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Mar 4, 2015 - Music in Our Schools Month Performance

UVa-Wise Calendar - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 2:00pm
This Music in Our Schools Month performance will feature the Strings Ensemble. This is a cultural activity credit event.
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Mar 4, 2015 - Delta Epsilon Iota Drop-In Information Session

UVa-Wise Calendar - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 2:00pm
An information session regarding the Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society will be held today. Please visit the Center for Student Development on the 1st floor of Cantrell Hall anytime between 1 and 2 pm. Everyone is welcome! For more information, contact Neva Bryan at njd8r@uvawise.edu or 276-376-1005.
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Mar 4, 2015 - GRK Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority 'You're Beautiful No Matter What!'

UVa-Wise Calendar - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:00am
In honor of Women Empowerment Week, Alpha Sigma Tau sorority invites everyone to attend its 'You're Beautiful No Matter What!' event today in the Jefferson Lounge on the 4th floor of the Slemp Student Center from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information, contact Sass Sloce at sss7y@uvawise.edu.
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Mar 4, 2015 - Jimson Weed Spring Submissions Due

UVa-Wise Calendar - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:00am
Today is the deadline for submissions for the Jimson Weed Spring 2015 issue. Those interested in contributing poetry, short stories, creative essays, photography or artwork for the Jimson Weed may submit their work via e-mail to jimson-weed@uvawise.edu or dm7dm@uvawise.edu. Work may also be submitted on disk or hard copy to Zehmer Hall (Room 131). Please note that the Jimson Weed accepts entries at any time throughout the academic year. For more information, contact Damean Mathews at dm7dm@uvawise.edu.
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Mar 3, 2015 - SAB Movie (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1)

UVa-Wise Calendar - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 9:00pm
The Student Activities Board will show 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' tonight at 8 pm in Cantrell Banquet Hall. Free pizza will be provided, as well! For more information, contact Mikaela Logan at 276-376-3430 or mra4p@uvawise.edu.
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Nursing program gets boost from LPH Community Fund

UVa-Wise News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 8:14pm

NORTON, Va. – The Lonesome Pine Hospital Community Fund continues to enhance health care quality in Southwest Virginia by making additional contributions to support the nursing programs at local colleges and Wellmont Health System hospitals.

The community fund recently donated $20,000 to the University of Virginia’s College at Wise to assist the nursing school’s simulation lab. This contribution will also help the nursing program in purchasing licensure review materials.

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Nursing program gets boost from LPH Community Fund

UVa-Wise News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 8:14pm

NORTON, Va. – The Lonesome Pine Hospital Community Fund continues to enhance health care quality in Southwest Virginia by making additional contributions to support the nursing programs at local colleges and Wellmont Health System hospitals.

The community fund recently donated $20,000 to the University of Virginia’s College at Wise to assist the nursing school’s simulation lab. This contribution will also help the nursing program in purchasing licensure review materials.

The fund also provided $10,000 to Mountain Empire Community College to help students in the registered nursing program who are required to pay fees for a Comprehensive Review and Assessment Program from Assessment Technologies Institute. This program is a focused resource that addresses diverse learning styles and provides multiple remediation tools, traditional and online reading materials, videos and assessments. These ultimately prepare the students for their state licensure exams.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to support these two outstanding educational institutions, which have consistently provided high-caliber nurses for Wellmont’s medical facilities,” said Ed Roop, chairman of the Mountain View Regional Medical Center and Lonesome Pine Hospital board of directors. “These professionals contribute significantly to the compassionate care delivered by Wellmont in Southwest Virginia and throughout the region.”

In recent years, the community fund has financially supported the growth of UVa-Wise’s simulation lab. The lab plays a critical role in enabling students to practice different medical scenarios as if they were really happening so they gain valuable knowledge about the care they will provide in live situations during their career.

A year ago, a donation from the community fund enabled the college to upgrade one of the mannequins students use in their training. Now, the nursing school will have assistance in the purchase of recording equipment so professors and students can review the procedures and techniques used in the training sessions to further develop their skills.

“The generous gift from the Lonesome Pine Hospital Community Fund will help UVa-Wise upgrade equipment to enhance our proven efforts to prepare our nursing students for a successful transition from the classroom to patient care,” said Chancellor Donna Henry. “Our nursing program is thriving, and our graduates are providing health care through the region and beyond. We are thankful for Wellmont’s continued support of our college and its programs.”

Members of the community fund’s board have also been cognizant of the impact they can have on the development of future nurses who attend Mountain Empire.

One of the major needs for nursing students at Mountain Empire is assistance with theComprehensive Review and Assessment Program fees, which cost $600 per person. School administrators say this creates a financial burden for students, who also are responsible fortuition, books and other fees.

In addition, all nursing students have to pay for drug screening and background checks, as well as physicals and vaccinations. Along with the testing fees, this can increase the cost for a student preparing for a nursing career by more than $1,000.

“If a student has not planned for these expenses or does not receive help in paying these costs, it can create a financial hardship, especially for low-income students,” said Dr. Scott Hamilton, the college’s president. “We greatly appreciate the community fund’s philanthropic backing and are pleased to have such a forward-thinking and civic-minded organization in the region. It’s making a tremendous difference in helping our hard-working students as they enter the work force.”

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Snow recovery effort was campus wide task

UVa-Wise News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:53pm

Wise SnowBy Kathy Still

Recovery from the fierce snowstorms that hit The University of Virginia’s College at Wise last month is expected to cost about $70,000 when final figures are tallied, campus officials said on March 3.

UVa-Wise was tangled in a thick blanket of ice and snow in mid February after two feet or more of heavy flakes fell within a matter of days. Classes were cancelled for 10 straight days. College offices were shuttered. The College experienced what appears to be a record number of snow days.

But “snow days” had a different meaning for facilities and grounds employees, food services, campus police and key administrators and staff. Buildings had to be maintained as usual, and basic campus operations had to continue.

Residential students who had not left for a visit home between the fierce winter storms were snowbound. Sidewalks had to be cleared so students could trek to the Hunter J. Smith Dining Commons for meals three times a day. Roads had to be cleared in case of emergencies. It was a relentless chore as new and thicker flakes quickly replaced the snow that work crews shoveled and plowed.

“It was futile,” student Zemery Gilliam said when he recalled watching crews clear the snow. “The snow kept coming back. I couldn’t get my car out of the parking lot for two weeks.”

Campus maintenance supervisor David Short reported to administrators that he had never seen the volume of snow hit campus in his 30 years with UVa-Wise.

“We were exhausted,” Short said.

Sim Ewing, vice chancellor for finance and administration, praised the grounds and maintenance workers for their dedication during the winter storm that forced Wise County to declare a local state of emergency.

“Our facilities people were working non-stop, Ewing said. “They were moving snow by vehicle, equipment and hand. “The snow kept getting heavier and heavier, and they had to take care of other issues that occurred in the buildings.”

Ewing said some buildings experienced leaks, a sprinkler mishap occurred in the Slemp Student Center, and crews had to deal with a bevy of issues in addition to the snow removal efforts.

“They were exhausted,” Ewing said of the more than two-dozen workers and campus police officers. “They worked two straight weeks. They didn’t stop. I don’t think people realized how hard they had to work, and they had difficulty even getting to campus to work. They are truly the unsung heroes.”

Travis Perry, director of capital operations and planning, was also impressed with the efforts.

“Our facilities, grounds and housekeeping did an amazing job,” Perry said. “Having seen the condition of campus and the local community, I could not believe how well they performed under the circumstances. I simply cannot recall having faced conditions like this in Wise County before. It is a testament to their dedication to the College, the students and its mission.”

Ewing said some in administration and staff worked from home or made it to campus to carry out needed tasks, including work on Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation tasks, audit reports, grant applications and other time-sensitive matters.

“Even though we were closed, we were still operating,” Ewing said. “When you have a residential campus, things don’t come to a grinding halt. People knew what had to be done and they did it.”

Josh Justice, director of housing, said the snowbound students enjoyed the first week of the snow, but the second week was more difficult. Student Tim McDonald agreed with Justice.

“At first it was a classic snow day,” McDonald said. “We went sledding and had snowball fights, but it eventually got old.”

Justice said resident advisors organized activities to help students get through the winter confinement. Some RAs held board game events while others held Dance Dance Revolution contests. Professors used technology to keep students current on lessons as well.

“I applaud all of our RAs and housing staff,” Justice said. “It was a tough time for students once it got colder. I noticed they were only out walking on campus when it was time to go to the dining commons for meals.”

Ewing summed up the College’s reaction to the crippling weather situation when he recalled the overall response.

“The thing that revealed the most about our institution and the region is that people came to campus, knew what they had to do, and they got it done,” he said. “We all understood that we were going to make it happen, and we worked through it.”

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