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Women’s Basketball vs Concord University

UVa-Wise Calendar - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 6:30pm

Women’s Basketball vs Concord University Wise, VA
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Assistant Professor Mays and wife vote in SAG Awards and Oscars

UVa-Wise News - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 3:55pm

Ben Mays, assistant professor of theatre at UVa-Wise, and his wife, Kim Mays always get a flurry of mail in late December and early January, and it’s not the usual supermarket circulars or dreaded holiday bills that keep the postman busy.

They receive DVDs of movies and television shows, many of which are still running in cinemas or are currently airing on network or cable television. Members of the Screen Actors Guild since the 1980s when they worked either together or separately on movies, such as Next of Kin and Fire Down Below, the couple views the DVDs and then cast votes for the SAG Awards and the Academy Awards. And in today’s world, the movies do not just arrive in the mail.

“Many of the films and shows are now on Netflix,” Kim Mays said. “They give us three free months of Netflix during this time so we can watch the performances.”

They are happy to do their parts in the awards process, especially since they do not have to leave their home in Wise to attend special screenings in major urban areas. The volume of DVDs vary from year to year, but seems to have leveled out at 30 for the 2016 awards cycle.

The DVDs also come with what the couple dubs a “Mission Impossible” catch. The DVDs are specially labeled with stern instructions to destroy the products by a certain date. They are also not allowed to let anyone else watch the shows and films. The rules are in place to keep copyrights safe and to prevent pirating.

Watching the films is time consuming and labor-intensive, but they believe it is important to give each performance a fair reviewing. They also work hard to not be influenced by slick packaging from the major studios.

“I try not to believe the hype,” she said. “The careful review from those who vote is sometimes the reason that obscure films come to the forefront. There is a lot of good acting out there that never gets the attention it deserves.”

The next round of mail headed to the Mays home will be voting ballots before the SAG Awards air on Jan. 30 and the Academy Awards on Feb. 28.

“I think it is important to vote because it makes you feel like you have a little bit of say so,” Ben Mays said. “I take it very seriously. I look at the movies and don’t just vote willy-nilly. I’m not as active in the union now as I once was, but it keeps my foot in the door. These people doing the work in the films are the people in the union.”

He laughs when he recalls the day he officially joined the union. He was hired for a part in the Steven Segal film Fire Down Below. He arrived to find a small trailer with his name on the door and he did not realize the fruit and beverages inside were for him. He was disappointed when he thought his contract only gave him a salary of $6.95 an hour and was elated when Kim told him he was earning $695 per day.

“I was so green,” he said. “That’s how I got into the union. Most of my work, like many SAG actors, ended up on the cutting room floor, but I got paid. I figure all my time on the screen during my career totals about two minutes of screen time, but I still get residuals from those films. It’s good work when you can get it.”

They don’t always watch the awards shows to see if their picks are winners, but it is gratifying when they see that others saw similar qualities in performances.

“It is exciting to see the shows,” Kim Mays said. “What is affirming is when you really respect the other people in the field and when you see that others have liked what you liked. Often our taste is not like some of the popular picks.”

The couple is also concerned with the lack of diversity in the Academy Awards nominations, especially this year. The lack of nominations for powerful performances by African American actors has drawn international attention this year.

“There is no diversity,” Kim Mays said. “It is unfortunate in this day and time. I thought things were getting better.”

The SAG Awards air on Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. on TNT and TBS. The Academy Awards can be seen on ABC at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28.

 

 

 

 

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Last Day to Add a New Course

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Men’s Basketball vs Wheeling Jesuit University

UVa-Wise Calendar - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 8:30pm

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Women’s Basketball vs Wheeling Jesuit University

UVa-Wise Calendar - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 6:30pm

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Men’s Basketball vs West Liberty University

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 5:00pm

Men’s Basketball vs West Liberty University Wise, VA
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Women’s Basketball vs West Liberty University

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 3:00pm

Women’s Basketball vs West Liberty University Wise, VA
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Men’s Basketball at Notre Dame College (Ohio)

UVa-Wise Calendar - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 8:30pm

Men’s Basketball at Notre Dame College (Ohio) South Euclid, OH
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Women’s Basketball at Notre Dame College (Ohio)

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Women’s Basketball at Notre Dame College (Ohio) South Euclid, OH
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Classes Begin

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UVa-Wise ranks well in ACTA college guide

UVa-Wise News - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 5:31pm

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise recently was honored by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for its commitment to teaching essential skills and knowledge in academic areas such as expository writing, U.S. history, natural science and mathematics.

UVa-Wise was among only one-third of the nation’s colleges and universities surveyed to receive a “B” rating from ACTA’s What Will They Learn annual online college guide. In contrast, only 24 schools nationwide received an “A” grade. To receive a “B” rating, a college or university must require four to five courses in the core academic areas.

“UVa-Wise is dedicated to providing our students with a quality liberal arts education, and that means ensuring our graduates leave with strong skills and a broad knowledge base that will lead them to success in a variety of career paths,” said Chancellor Donna P. Henry. “The ACTA guide highlights our deep commitment to academic success.”

The guide examines every major four-year college or university in the United States. Schools are given a grade based on whether they require college-level courses in seven core subjects. Out of the 1,108 schools surveyed, only 18.1 percent require students to take a course in U.S. history or government, and four out of 10 do not require college-level mathematics. Only 3.1 percent of colleges and universities surveyed require students to take a basic economics course.

For a list of Virginia schools and their ranking, visit http://whatwilltheylearn.com/schools/states/VA.html

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