Poetry contest winners announced

On behalf of the judges and facilitators of the 2014 National Poetry Month Contest at Dabney S Lancaster Community college, we are pleased to announce the winners of the DSLCC Poetry Contest!

1st Place: “Gaia” — Written by James Robinson
2nd Place: “Intent” — Written by Taylor Goodwin
3rd Place: “Lasting Ride in the Country” — Written by Blair R Thomas
Honorable Mention: “Fixing Me” — Written by Brandon George

Congratulations to each and every one of our writers, and thank you all so much for sharing your lovely works with us! All are welcome to attend the National Poetry Month Celebration and Reading on Tuesday, April 22nd at 2:00 pm at the DSLCC Library. Our winners will be honored with gift baskets, certificates of award, and a reading of their poem, if they choose. All will be welcome to share their poems during this celebration. Light refreshments will be served.

Again, congratulations to our winners, and thank you all for the amazing response to our Poetry Contest! See you Tuesday!

New Horizons 2014

New Horizons Conference Bigger and Better than Ever!

April 16, 2014: April 9-11 saw the sun shining, spring flowers blooming, and approximately 900 VCCS faculty, staff and administrators arriving at the historic Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia. New Horizons 2014 may break attendance records, with just under 900 registrants, 180 hours of professional development programming, 18 hours of hands-on computer lab training, 12 Excellence in Education Award presentations, 32 Exhibitors, and 10 Live-streaming sessions. The Opening Session brought attendees to their feet, as Dr. Adolph Brown wowed the audience with his message, “We’ve Gotta Reach Em’ to Teach Em!” With music, motivation, and a profound message, the keynote address inspired, ignited, and excited the audience, demonstrating how the connective capacity of good educators leads to student success and retention.

There were lots of buzz-worthy items this year: The 2013 OER grant recipients who were recognized by the Chancellor for breaking new ground and paving the way for 2014; the live-steaming sessions for those who could not attend; the use of QR codes for assessing sessions; the ability to create your own personalized schedule from the New Horizon’s webpage; the fact that for the first time we needed 3 hotels and a shuttle running between them to accommodate all of the attendees; and of course, the candied bacon!

Of particular note this year was the buzz about the quality of the sessions. Professional development seems to be on everyone’s minds, and New Horizons provides the perfect venue for continuing faculty professional development. There was also a large turnout this year to support The Excellence in Education Awards Program finalists. Each year at New Horizons, The Excellence in Education Awards Program finalists are showcased and celebrated. Finalists are given the opportunity to share ideas and innovations that contribute to student success and the directives of Achieve 2015. Judges assess each project before and during the conference, and award recipients are announced at the culminating event, The Excellence in Education Awards Program Banquet. The 2014 award recipients are:

Best Practices in Teaching Face-to-Face, Online and Student Success

1st Place:
The “Z Degree”: Removing Textbook Costs as a Barrier to Student Success through an OER-based Curriculum
Diane Ryan, Tidewater Community College
Team Members: Linda Williams, Lisa Carter, Sean Lacroix, Pamela Dale, Debra Porter, Okema Bowers, Lynnette Hauser, Natalia Kuznetsova, Maura Lansing, Elizabeth Lohman, Lynn Rainard, and Darlene Stoll
Administrators: Kimberly Bovee, Daniel DeMarte

2nd Place:
In Their Steps
Stephen Walker, Southside Virginia Community College

Improving Student Success ─ Institutional

1st Place:
Learning to Communicate
Teresa Galyean, Wytheville Community College
Team Members: Kent Glindemann, Tracy McAfee, Elaine Smith, Lorrie Coe-Meade, and Patsy Muncy

2nd Place:
CDL001: Orientation to Learning Online
Ghazala Hashmi, Reynolds Community College
Team Members: Meg Foster, Marian Macbeth, Denise Woetzel, and David Cloer

Innovative Use of Technology ─ Face-to-Face & Online Classroom

1st Place:
CampusNav
Sandy Stephenson, Southwest Virginia Community College
Team Members: Cherie Aukland, David Webb, Wen Andrews

2nd Place:
Leveraging Blackboard to Introduce New Faculty to Essential Technologies
Kimberly Evans, Reynolds Community College
Team Member: Kenyada McLeod

Field Ecology Summer Governor’s School Gears up for the 30th Summer With New Schedule

Recruitment activities are underway for the 2014 Field Ecology Summer Regional Governor’s School to be held in two separate sessions this summer at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge. Applications and information have been sent to all participating school divisions.

Important changes are being implemented in the governor’s school schedule for this summer, the 30th for this governor’s school. Jane DeGroot, a director and instructor for the program explains the changes. “This summer, instead of one, three-week session, we will have two independent sessions, June 16 – 25 and  June 30 – July 9. Both sessions have 3-day camping trips with the first session conducting  salamander research in Laurel Fork area of Highland/Pocahontas counties and the second session conducting forestry studies in the Greenbrier State Forest. In both sessions, students are required to create digital field guides. Students may sign up for both sessions, but each session is limited to 16 participants.  Second year participants are only eligible for the second session. We hope that qualified applicants who could not commit to a three week program will be excited to have the flexibility of two seven-day sessons.”

Any current eighth or ninth grade student who demonstrates potential for excelling in biology is eligible to be nominated. Former Governor’s School students who are in ninth or tenth grade may apply to be considered for the advanced program during the second session. The student must be enrolled in a public or private school, including home schooling, in the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Botetourt, Highland, and Rockbridge, and the cities of Buena Vista, Covington, and Lexington. Participants may be nominated by their superintendent, administrator of gifted programs, principal, counselor, or science teacher on the basis of academic potential, positive attitude, good citizenship, and maturity of judgment.

Students are eligible to attend if (1) they are academically gifted and/or show potential for excelling in biological field studies; (2) their overall achievement in school work is acceptable; (3) they have been a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia for at least one year and live within the counties and cities served by Dabney S. Lancaster Community  College; and (4) they are nominated from their schools or school division. All students, including private school and home-schooled students, must meet the Governor’s School selection criteria. Applications are available in each school’s guidance department, or on the Governor’s School web site, www.fieldecology.org

Deadline for the submission of completed applications to the student’s school is at the discretion of the individual schools, but will likely be by the end of the first week of April.

For further information, contact Ms. Jane DeGroot at jdegroot@alleghany.k12.va.us or Dr. Susan Rollinson at amrollinson@gmail.com or visit the Governor’s School web site at www.fieldecology.org. Those interested may also contact their school division’s Administrator of Gifted Programs, school principal, or guidance counselor.