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Class of 2017 receive degrees and best wishes

UVa-Wise News - Sat, 05/06/2017 - 2:55pm

Commencement 2017 was special for Donna P. Henry, Chancellor of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

When Henry became chancellor in 2013, she welcomed a group of freshmen to campus. She handed them their diplomas when they walked across the stage on Saturday, May 6.

“Now I get to confer their degrees,” she told their family and friends who gathered in the David J. Prior Convocation Center for Commencement 2017.

She reminded the 270 graduates that UVa-Wise alumni are leaders in medicine, business, law, politics, education, community service, military service, science and the arts.

“You have a promising future ahead,” she said. “You have choices to make and much work to do. Graduates, explore and endeavor to make sound choices. Shoulder the necessary responsibilities, and lead yourself, your colleagues and your community in making a better world.”

She urged the Class of 2017 to look for and commit to the essentials of life, nurture their families, friends and spirit as they take on the world.

“Graduates, I speak for all members of our College community when I tell you how very proud we are of you,” she said. “Remember, you are not leaving UVa-Wise behind. You will always be a part of the UVa-Wise family. Your achievements, service to others and loyalty will contribute to the greatness of UVa-Wise. You have our best wishes for success and happiness throughout your lives.”

University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan and University Vice Rector Frank “Rusty” Conner III also addressed the graduates. UVa-Wise is the only off grounds division of the University of Virginia.

“The University of Virginia in Charlottesville and the College at Wise are connected in many ways, perhaps most importantly by our shared commitment to a set of values—the values of academic excellence, honor, integrity and respect,” Sullivan said.

She told the students she hopes they carry the values they learned on campus with them as they leave UVa-Wise.

“You will need them,” she said. “In the years ahead, you will experience moments when it might be easier to keep quiet when truth is obscured; to argue the easy point rather than the true point; to follow blindly rather than sticking to your convictions. At those moments, I encourage you to remember the values you learned at UVa-Wise. Those values will guide your path as you navigate your future.”

Conner said UVa-Wise prepared the Class of 2017 for tackling complex problems they will face in the 21st century economy.

“As you leave this campus to take on new challenges, you take with you the accumulated wisdom and advice of all the teachers, advisors and mentors who have shaped your life and learning at UVa-Wise,” he said. “You can face the future with confidence because of the excellent education you have received here at UVa-Wise.”

Marcia A. Gilliam, a 1982 graduate of the College and chair of the UVa-Wise Board, also addressed the Class of 2017.

“You have prepared for your future here at UVa-Wise, both emotionally and professionally, and are ready to face the challenges and goals you have set for yourselves,” Gilliam said. “Nothing can or should stop you. Remember that courage is an outgrowth of who you are. Exterior supports may temporarily sustain, but only inward character creates courage.”

Henry, Sullivan and Conner also paid tribute to the late Joseph C. “Papa Joe” Smiddy. Smiddy, the College’s first chancellor, passed away on May 1 at the age of 96.

“He played an essential role in establishing this College and guiding it through its early years,” Sullivan said. “From a personal standpoint, getting to know Papa Joe over the last few years was a great joy, and it was obvious why he was such a beloved figure in this community.”

The Class of 2017 also heard remarks from Student Government Association President Cassidy Strange and honorary student speaker Gabrielle Smith. ROTC cadets Thomas Bauserman, Jeremiah Cooke, Karla Degener, Zachary Evans and Logan Mullins were commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army during Commencement 2017. The College has now had 22 commissioned officers since the ROTC program began in 2009.

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Kilgore pairs advice and golden oldies at UVa-Wise Commencement

UVa-Wise News - Sat, 05/06/2017 - 1:43pm

Delegate Terry Kilgore offered advice to the 270 graduates of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, and peppered his guidance with oldies tunes that were hits during his student days at UVa-Wise.

Kilgore, who graduated from what was then Clinch Valley College in 1983 and earned a law degree from the College of William and Mary’s law school, said his four years at Wise developed his leadership skills, allowed him to form lifelong friendships and deepened his pride for his Southwest Virginia home.

He recalled hard fought intramural contests, his term as Student Government Association president, dorm life in Crockett Hall, and the weekly Thursday night dances that pitted disco fans against rock and roll diehards. The dances and the music carried lessons that served graduates of that era well. He shared those lessons during the May 6 Commencement 2017 exercise at the David J. Prior Convocation Center, a facility he helped fund through his work in the Virginia House of Delegates.

“While I was thinking about what wise words of wisdom I wanted to bestow upon you, I realized for me if all goes back to the ’80s,” Kilgore said. “What a time to be on campus! Crockett Hall was then just for guys, intramurals were the thing, and most importantly, every single Thursday night there was a dance.”

Kilgore played bits of the song “Funky Town,” and said the battle on campus was over the music. Disco won the battle, but rock and roll won the war, he explained.

“There’s a lesson here,” he said. “Don’t ever give up on the classics. There will be fads, there will be movements, but in the end, certain views have staying power…just like rock and roll.”

He gave the Class of 2017 a gently warning about the power of social media to the tune of “Jenny 867-5309.” He explained that the lack of phones in dorm rooms back then and a lack of mobile phones gave those in the 1980s some privacy.

“We can find out so much more about Jenny today than her phone number,” Kilgore said as he cautioned about posting pictures that parents and future employers would not want to see. Be careful what information you give out to someone.”

He played snippets from “Wake Me Up Before You GoGo” and “Lean on Me” as he said friends and roommates continue to be people that they can rely on. “Magic,” “Living on a Prayer,” and “All Night Long” are reminders that students actually had to work and not procrastinate to earn good grades. “Papa Don’t Preach” illustrates that the experience earned in a classroom is often more important that picking the right major. “The Eye of the Tiger” shows the value of competition.

“During the ’80s, everyone was not a winner,” Kilgore said. “We didn’t have safe spaces. We had intramurals, and we came to win. We knew who won and who lost. We learned how to deal with those losses and how to deal with the wins. That’s an important lesson to carry forward in life. There are winners and there are losers. Understanding how to grow from each will define your life.”

Kilgore told the graduates their education has given them tools to find a job, but he said the work world would be a different experience.

“The real world is about to hit you,” he said as “9 to 5” played. “Just keep working hard and the money side will work out,” he said to the song “Money for Nothing.”

The working world requires planning, and he played “Morning Train,” especially for graduates who will work in Northern Virginia or Hampton Roads.

“This College has been an important part of your life,” he said. “It’s equally important hat you not forget about UVa-Wise,” he said as “Don’t You Forget About Me” played. “Whether you live in this region or whether you live outside the region, it’s important to help UVa-Wise and this College succeed. I’ve tried to do that by representing this region and this College in the General Assembly in Richmond. I hope you will represent this region in your job, your position and in many other ways as you move forward.”

Kilgore applauded the graduates for their accomplishments and for their decision to attend UVa-Wise.

“As I look back to where you are sitting—one—yes ’80s song played in my mind,” he said as “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” played. “May God richly bless you. Thank you and good luck.”

About Delegate Terry Kilgore

Kilgore has served in the Virginia House of Delegates for 24 years. While in the state legislature, Kilgore has helped UVa-Wise grow. He was instrumental in legislation that changed the College’s name from Clinch Valley College to The University of Virginia’s College at Wise. He garnered funding for the new library, science building renovations, other building renovations, and for the David J. Prior Convocation Center construction

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Softball Downs Shepherd University 1-0 for 12th-Straight Win

UVa-Wise Sports - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 8:00pm

SALEM, Va. – The UVa-Wise softball team defeated No. 1 North Division seed Shepherd University in the winner's bracket semifinals of the 2017 Mountain East Conference Tournament at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex Friday night
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Baseball Swept at Concord

UVa-Wise Sports - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 7:46pm

ATHENS, W.Va. - - Concord University claimed a doubleheader sweep of visiting UVa-Wise in baseball action Friday. The Mountain Lions held off the Cavaliers 3-2 in the opener before run-ruling the guests 16-6 in the finale.
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Cavs Start Slow, Can't Recover in MEC Tournament Loss

UVa-Wise Sports - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 7:37pm

WHEELING, W.Va. - - Shepherd University scored the opening five goals and never looked back in posting a 17-6 win over UVa-Wise in the semifinals of the 2017 Mountain East Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament at Bishop Schmitt Field Friday afternoon.
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Baseball at Concord University

UVa-Wise Calendar - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 3:30pm

Baseball at Concord University Athens, W.Va.
For more information visit: http://www.uvawisecavs.com/calendar.aspx

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Cavalier Softball Picks up 1-0 Win in MEC Tournament First Round

UVa-Wise Sports - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 2:49pm

SALEM, Va. – UVa-Wise softball defeated No. 3 North Division seed Notre Dame College 1-0 in the opening round of the 2017 Mountain East Conference Tournament Friday afternoon at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Virginia
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Baseball at Concord University

UVa-Wise Calendar - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 1:00pm

Baseball at Concord University Athens, W.Va.
For more information visit: http://www.uvawisecavs.com/calendar.aspx

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Examinations End

UVa-Wise Calendar - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 12:00am

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CTE Spring Classes End

UVa-Wise Calendar - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 12:00am

All CTE Spring online classes will close on May 5th.

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Six Softball Players Named to All-Mountain East Conference Teams

UVa-Wise Sports - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 12:12pm

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – The UVa-Wise softball team landed six players on the 2017 All-Mountain East Conference teams Thursday afternoon with the league's annual awards announcement
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Softball Holds Steady at No. 7 in NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Rankings

UVa-Wise Sports - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:09pm

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For the second straight week UVa-Wise softball is ranked No. 7 in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region with the third release of the regional rankings Wednesday afternoon
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Reilly and French Highlight Women's Lacrosse Award Winners

UVa-Wise Sports - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:28am

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - - After a program record 12 wins during the regular season, the women's lacrosse program at UVa-Wise received a plethora of individual honors when the Mountain East Conference announced its all-conference teams Wednesday. Junior goalie Melanie Reilly was named Defensive Player of the Year while freshman attacker Jesse French took home Freshman of the Year accolades. Junior midfielder Hannah Marshall was named First-Team All-MEC for the third consecutive year to join defender Lauren Donahue and Reilly as Cavaliers named to the unit.
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Late Night Breakfast

UVa-Wise Calendar - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 10:00pm

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