The Phi Theta Kappa organization at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College recently spent an afternoon cleaning up the I-64 exit ramps near the college campus in Clifton Forge. From left: Neil Seldomridge of Covington, Chris Ryder of Hot Springs, Ralph Sass, Kathy Smestad, David Shofstahl of Clifton Forge and Dr. Stan Willenbring. Sass, Smestad and Willenbring are staff and faculty advisors for the group; Seldomridge, Ryder and Shoftstahl are student members. Phi Theta Kappa is the honor society for two-year colleges and encourages volunteerism throughout the community in addition to promoting and acknowledging academic excellence.
The winners of the first annual Poetry Contest at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College were recognized during a reception at the DSLCC library April 22. The contest was sponsored by the DSLCC Writing Center in honor of National Poetry Month. From left: James Robinson of Clifton Forge, first place; Taylor Goodwin of Natural Bridge, second place; Blair Thomas of Raphine, third place; and Samantha Hale, lead tutor for the Writing Center. Not pictured: Brandon George of Covington, honorable mention. Services of the new Writing Center are available for all DSLCC students. For more information, contact Hale at (540) 863-2903 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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
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
In Their Steps
Stephen Walker, Southside Virginia Community College
Improving Student Success ─ Institutional
Learning to Communicate
Teresa Galyean, Wytheville Community College
Team Members: Kent Glindemann, Tracy McAfee, Elaine Smith, Lorrie Coe-Meade, and Patsy Muncy
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
Sandy Stephenson, Southwest Virginia Community College
Team Members: Cherie Aukland, David Webb, Wen Andrews
Leveraging Blackboard to Introduce New Faculty to Essential Technologies
Kimberly Evans, Reynolds Community College
Team Member: Kenyada McLeod