Monthly Archives: March 2014

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@nullalleghany.k12.va.us or Dr. Susan Rollinson at amrollinson@nullgmail.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.

April is National Poetry Month

To celebrate, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College’s Writing Center is sponsoring a Poetry Contest.

Open to all DSLCC students, the contest is open now for submissions with the winner to be announced Friday, April 18th. Deadline for submissions is April 8th

Poems may be submitted:

Guidelines:

  • All entries must be the contestant’s original, previously unpublished work
  • Entries must not exceed 1 page (single or double-spaced)
  • No personal attacks/bullying
  • Use clean, clearly legible fonts/copies for submission

Winners will receive gift baskets and a poetry celebration/reading/awards ceremony in their honor on April 22nd at 2:00pm in the Library.

DSLCC Hosts Woodsmen’s Competition April 5

chopThe Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet, featuring several contests involving students from five college forestry technology programs, will be held on the main campus of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College on Saturday, April 5, beginning at 8 a.m.  ESPN –U will be covering the event, which is sponsored by Stihl Timbersports and serves as a qualifier for the national competition. The Forestry Technology students at DSLCC will be among the groups competing. The last time DSLCC  hosted this event was in 2007.

Morning events include archery and dendrology (tree identification), team pulp toss for accuracy and distance, team log roll, cross cut sawing, water boil and horizontal speed chop. Afternoon events, starting at 1:30 pm, include the axe throw, pole climb, bolt split, horizontal sheep chop, chain saw, and pole fell.

The highlight of the day will be the Stihl Timbersports Collegiate Qualifier events, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

In addition to DSLCC, the college programs represented will be Penn State at Mont Alto; Montgomery Community College in Troy, NC; Haywood Community College in Clyde, NC; and Allegany College of Maryland in Cumberland.   Also, forestry programs from Penn State and West Virginia University will be sending their best competitors for the Stihl qualifier events.

DSLCC Forestry Club members have played a key role in the preparation of materials for the competition and will be involved in the set-up and clean-up operations related to the activity, donating their time and labor.  The work involved in securing and setting up the materials for the events in the competition is being done under the direction of DSLCC Assistant Professor Joe Thacker.

The meet could not be held without support and financial contributions from employer and community partners. A large donation by Stihl Timbersports and ESPN-U has been most helpful, but more assistance is needed.  Sponsors may help with covering the cost of a meal for the students or providing funds to cover some of the other needs that must be met in order for the event to be successful.

Several student organizations at DSLCC will sell refreshments to the public:  DSLCC Student Senate, Phi Theta Kappa, The DSLCC Veterans Club and the DSLCC classified staff.
Students in the DSLCC Emergency Medical Services program, as well as local Boy Scouts, will be assisting with set-up, meals and clean-up. The EMS program will have EMT’s on hand with a first-aid station. The DSLCC CERT team (Community Emergency Response Team), which has been trained to assist with large events, will also be campus that day.

For more information,  contact Brian Keiling, DSLCC Forestry Technology Program Head, at (540) 863-2894 or email bkeiling@nulldslcc.edu.

DSLCC Hosts Health Care Enrollment Workshop

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will host an Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment workshop on Monday, March 24, from 2:30 to 7:30 pm in Room 409, Warren Hall, on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus; anyone may attend one of five workshop sessions or attend a 60-minute presentation about the ACA beginning at 5:30 p.m. by Joanne Corte Grossi, MIPP, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, followed by Q&A and enrollment assistance. This event is free and open to the public, however space is limited.  Registration is required and available by visiting: https://www.getcoveredamerica.org/events/rsvp/4jj8w

ACA navigators and counselors will be on hand to help you understand your health insurance options and complete your application.

Attendees should bring their social security numbers or document information for      immigrants with satisfactory status; employer and income information for everyone in family; and federal tax information.                                                                                                                 

The deadline to sign up for the new health insurance options made available under the Affordable Care Act is March 31st.  Plans that are offered through the new health insurance marketplace are required to cover the basics — doctor visits, hospital stays, preventive care, prescriptions and more, and you may be able to get help paying for the cost of your new insurance or qualify for low cost options. 

For more information contact DSLCC Student Activities at (540) 863-2828

EMS Intermediate program okayed for financial aid

image002Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Financial Aid Officer Joy Broyles has announced that the Emergency Medical Services –Intermediate Level program has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education for financial aid. “This is exciting news”, stated DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone. “Individuals who are interested in this program may now seek financial assistance and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Awards are of tremendous help for our students and their families.”  Applications for 2014-2015 are being accepted now; for more information about the program contact EMS Program Head Jeanette Mann at (540) 863-2832 or email jmann@nulldslcc.edu. This program was established at the College through the generosity of The Alleghany Foundation. Shown are current EMS-Intermediate students Morgan Murray and Cliff Persinger, both of Covington, and Thomas Andrews of Hot Springs practicing loading a patient into the “simbulance”, a simulated ambulance used for the EMS program.

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