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Giving Thanks Day

UVa-Wise Calendar - Wed, 11/09/2016 - 11:00am

The 6th Annual UVa-Wise Giving Thanks Day provides students, faculty and staff an opportunity to pause to write a thank-you note for donors who provide private support for endowed scholarship funds, academic program support, athletic gifts or who support the College’s greatest needs!

All are encouraged to participate!

Event will be held in the Library Books & Brew area – 5th floor!

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BCM Bible Study

UVa-Wise Calendar - Tue, 11/08/2016 - 8:00pm

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Fall Bands and Jazz Ensemble Concert

UVa-Wise Calendar - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 8:00pm

The Fall Bands and Jazz Ensemble Concert will feature the UVa-Wise Concert Band and Jazz Ensembles.  This event is available for cultural activity credit.

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UVa-Wise Girls Day in STEM-H is a success

UVa-Wise News - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 3:41pm

Kelsey Johnson, an astrophysicist with the University of Virginia, asked about 400 sixth grade girls from Southwest Virginia Monday to draw a picture of a scientist. The youngsters took pen to paper and earnestly went to work.

Johnson, an assistant professor of astronomy, showed the girls a slide with about a dozen pictures of male scientists.

“If your drawing looks like this, scribble it out,” she said. “Draw another scientist. Draw yourself doing science. Your drawing of you doing science is going to be awesome.”

The girls, with a new spark in their eyes, went to work again and drew a picture of what could be, and that activity was one of many lessons the sixth graders learned at the inaugural Girls Day in STEM-H at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise. The event, held in the David J. Prior Convocation Center, was organized by UVa-Wise faculty and staff to show the young girls that careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health are not just for men.

Studies show that young girls begin to lose interest in STEM-H fields of study just before they reach high school. The numbers drop again in high school and in college. Girls Day in STEM-H was organized to encourage the girls to keep their interest in those fields of study.

“I think I have the very best job in the world,” Johnson told the girls. “I get to study galaxies colliding. I get to work with some of the brightest young people in the world. I get to talk about crazy stuff like whether there are other dimensions, and I get paid for it. I get to travel all over the world.”

Johnson gets to do what she called “amazing things,” but she said that was not always the case. She grew up in a single mother home and things were not always easy and encouragement was not always abundant.

She reminded the girls that they all have the ability to write their own stories, and she said that is what she decided to do when she was about their age.

“I decided I needed to understand my place in the universe,” she said.

She learned things in school that did not make much sense at the time. She learned that fire needs oxygen to burn, yet she wondered why stars in space burn.

“This drove me nuts,” she said. “There were mysteries in the universe that I didn’t know the answers to, and from then on I was hooked. That was it for me.”

She went to science camp as a young girl, even though she wanted to be popular. Popular girls did not go to science camp, but it was there that she found girls with similar interests, and she went to science camp for the next five years.

“I realized I had found my tribe,” she said. “Some of my best friends today were at those science camps.”

Several hands flew up when Johnson asked if they didn’t understand or like science, and she said that broke her heart. Today’s society must understand science and technology because it is embedded in everything. Those who don’t understand science and technology tend to get left behind, and girls are the ones who get left behind the most, she said.

Just 30 percent of students in science classes in college are women, and only 11 percent of women have careers in STEM-H. The imposter syndrome, a term for knowledgeable people who internalize their accomplishments because they fear being exposed as a fraud, seems to hit women the hardest.

“It starts now,” she told the girls. “The self esteem of girls drops faster than boys.”

She urged the girls to remember that imposter syndrome exists and to surround themselves with others who will support them when self esteem dips.

Girls Day in STEM-H also included a variety of activities and demonstrations for the sixth graders as well. UVa-Wise plans to hold the event each year to encourage girls to remain interested in STEM-H fields.

Photo by Tim Cox

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BCM Free Lunch

UVa-Wise Calendar - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 12:00pm

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Choirs Concert

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sun, 11/06/2016 - 8:30pm

The Concert Choir and Highland Chorale will be performing in Cantrell Banquet Hall.  This event is available for cultural activity credit.

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Marisol

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sat, 11/05/2016 - 8:00pm

Free for students with CAVs Card/$5 for public.  This is a cultural activity credit event.

Synopsis – Marisol was written by Jose Rivera.  Marisol Perez, a young Puerto Rican woman, is a copy editor for a Manhattan publisher. Although she has elevated herself into the white collar class, she continues to live alone in the dangerous Bronx neighborhood of her childhood. Marisol is visited by her guardian angel who informs her that she can no longer serve as Marisol’s protector because she has been called to join the revolution already in progress against an old and senile God who is dying and “taking the rest of the universe with him.” The war in heaven spills over into New York City, reducing it to a smoldering urban wasteland where giant fires send noxious smoke to darken the skies, where the moon has not been seen in months, where the food has been turned to salt, and water no longer seeks its level. Alone, without her protector, Marisol begins a nightmare journey into this new war zone.  Marisol finds herself on the streets, homeless. With the apocalypse well under way, the angels have traded in their wings for Uzis and wear leather motorcycle jackets and fatigues. As the action builds to a crescendo, the masses of homeless and displaced people join the angels in the war to save the universe.

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Women’s Volleyball vs West Virginia State University

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sat, 11/05/2016 - 6:00pm

Women’s Volleyball vs West Virginia State University Wise, Va.
For more information visit: http://www.uvawisecavs.com/calendar.aspx

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Football vs West Virginia Wesleyan College

UVa-Wise Calendar - Sat, 11/05/2016 - 12:00pm

Football vs West Virginia Wesleyan College Wise, Va.
For more information visit: http://www.uvawisecavs.com/calendar.aspx

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Marisol

UVa-Wise Calendar - Fri, 11/04/2016 - 8:00pm

Free for students with CAVs Card/$5 for public.  This is a cultural activity credit event.

Synopsis – Marisol was written by Jose Rivera.  Marisol Perez, a young Puerto Rican woman, is a copy editor for a Manhattan publisher. Although she has elevated herself into the white collar class, she continues to live alone in the dangerous Bronx neighborhood of her childhood. Marisol is visited by her guardian angel who informs her that she can no longer serve as Marisol’s protector because she has been called to join the revolution already in progress against an old and senile God who is dying and “taking the rest of the universe with him.” The war in heaven spills over into New York City, reducing it to a smoldering urban wasteland where giant fires send noxious smoke to darken the skies, where the moon has not been seen in months, where the food has been turned to salt, and water no longer seeks its level. Alone, without her protector, Marisol begins a nightmare journey into this new war zone.  Marisol finds herself on the streets, homeless. With the apocalypse well under way, the angels have traded in their wings for Uzis and wear leather motorcycle jackets and fatigues. As the action builds to a crescendo, the masses of homeless and displaced people join the angels in the war to save the universe.

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Women’s Volleyball vs University of Charleston

UVa-Wise Calendar - Fri, 11/04/2016 - 7:00pm

Women’s Volleyball vs University of Charleston Wise, Va.
For more information visit: http://www.uvawisecavs.com/calendar.aspx

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Intramural Volleyball Captain’s Meeting

UVa-Wise Calendar - Fri, 11/04/2016 - 5:00pm

Any team wishing to particpate in the season, needs to have a team representative present at the captain’s meeting (Student Center, 3rd Floor-Intramural Sports Office) at 5pm.

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Intramural Volleyball Registration Closes

UVa-Wise Calendar - Fri, 11/04/2016 - 1:00pm

Registration for the season closes at 1pm, so ensure your team has been created by this deadline. You are eligible to add players later before your first scheduled game or before they play in their first game with your team.

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Weekly SGA Meeting

UVa-Wise Calendar - Fri, 11/04/2016 - 1:00pm

Weekly meetings are held each Friday at 1pm in the Dogwood Room on the 5th floor of the C. Bascom Slemp Student Center. All meetings are open to the public. Minutes of each meeting are taken by the Secretary and are approved at the next weekly meeting. There are no meetings during break periods.

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Lecture: “Election of 1940”

UVa-Wise Calendar - Fri, 11/04/2016 - 1:00pm

We close the series with a look back at the election of 1940: could Democrat FDR win an unprecedented third term and could the U.S. stay out of war?  And were Republicans becoming out-of-touch and unable to offer the type of leadership that the country wanted in a critical time?

Prof. David Klocek

Approved for cultural activity credit

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