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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.

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@dslcc.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@dslcc.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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NCCER Certification Course Scheduled March 22 at DSLCC

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College has scheduled a second National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Instructor Certification Course for various industrial craft areas on Saturday, March 22, from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm in Room 380, Scott Hall, on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. The instructor will be Earl Dodrill, director of the NCCER Initiative for the area.

This one-day course includes an introduction to NCCER training and adult learning, using NCCER standardized curricula and teaching strategies, says Dodrill. “The workshop format will help the instructor understand the NCCER process, program administration, and the documentation associated with it,” he adds. “ Each participant will provide a 10 minute presentation on selected materials from the NCCER ICTP text.” The NCCER Instructor Certification Test will be given within an individual’s craft, verified by experience and practice.

Applicants must provide documentation of experience and practice by resume, earned training certificates in selected field, and/or other documentation prior to the class date.

Adds Dodrill: “We are seeking part time instructors for Millwright, Pipefitting, Carpentry, and related fields. This class may be a good place to gain a better perspective on what is required to teach and gain an industry recognized certification within a craft area.”

Enrollment is limited to ten participants. There is no tuition fee, but participants are asked to register through the DSLCC non-credit program by calling (540) 863-2863 or emailing jclark@dslcc.edu. Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis; the course number is MANF 1108-M2K. For more information about the class, contact Dodrill at (540) 863-2902 or email edodrill@dslcc.edu.

“SUPER FAFSA Thursdays” Scheduled in February at DSLCC

Several departments at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will partner to offer “Super FAFSA Thursdays”, on February 20 on the DSLCC Clifton Forge Campus and on February 27 at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista. These events are offered to help students and parents apply for financial aid to assist with the cost of attending college. Each Super Thursday will be held from 3 until 7 pm.

“Staff members from Educational Talent Search, Student Support Services and the Financial Aid Office will be on hand to assist all students with the financial process in filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)”, said Christie Hardbarger, director of Talent Search.  “As part of its mission to serve the community, DSLCC will offer this service to all students, regardless of their college destination. Students who are already college students and need help with a FAFSA renewal will also be eligible to receive assistance.”

Rachael Thompson, executive director of the DSLCC Educational Foundation, announced that any student who attends “Super Thursday” to fill out a FAFSA form and who also completes (or has completed) a DSLCC admissions application is eligible for a drawing which will award two scholarships in the amount of $100.

College personnel from other areas will be on hand to help students fill out college applications or answer questions about programs of study at DSLCC.  “Students will have the opportunity to find out about the various occupational, technical and allied health programs, the transfer programs, and articulation and guaranteed admissions agreements that are in place with DSLCC and many other colleges and universities around the state,” added Matt McGraw, Director of student Services. “This is a great opportunity to ask questions and receive individual assistance with completing these college forms.”
Students and families are welcome to attend either session — Thursday, February 20, in McCarthy Hall on the DSLCC Main Campus or Thursday, February 27 at the RRC, located at 35 Vista Links  Drive, Buena Vista.

Students and/or parents may make an appointment for either event by calling the Talent Search office at (540) 863-2874, or they may simply “walk in” the day of the event. Parents desiring to complete the FAFSA should bring completed tax forms and W-2 statements for the parents and student.

DSLCC food pantry donation

food pantry donation

From left: Becca Linkswiler, Debbie West, Ted Wiseman, Greg Woodruff and Ron Dowd

The staff, faculty and students at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College collected almost 295 pounds of canned goods and other non-perishable items, as well as a monetary donation, and delivered them to the Clifton Forge Food Pantry after a devastating fire last month destroyed much of the pantry’s inventory.

A total of $275 was collected from the DSLCC  Classified Staff Committee, DSLCC Student Senate, Phi Theta Kappa and the DSLCC Student Veterans Club. West is the manager of the Food Pantry and Dowd is a Food Pantry volunteer. Linkswiler and Wiseman are both DSLCC employees and Woodruff is a DSLCC student veteran.

DSLCC Hosts EPA AC/Refrigeration Certification Exam

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will host an EPA 608 Certification class for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration technicians on Wednesday, March 12, beginning at 8:00 am in Room 502, McCarthy Hall, on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. Daryl Burkholder is the instructor.

Participants will attend a four-hour class and then take the EPA certification exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, participants will be certified as universal technicians.

The tuition fee for the one-day course is $35; enrollment is limited to 12 participants. For more information about the course, contact Burkholder at (540) 747-5293 or email darylburkho@ntelos.net. To enroll in the class, contact the DSLCC Non-Credit Coordinator at (540) 863-2863 or email jclark@dslcc.edu.

FEMA training

DSLCC attends FEMA training

Five employees from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College attended Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training in Lynchburg, January 28-30.  The training was centered around preparations for multi-hazard emergencies for higher education and covered the planning involved that an organization would need to have in place to deal with natural and man-made disasters that could occur at any time.  Attendees included employees of four community colleges, a private university, several departments of police and fire responders, and a regional office of the Virginia Department of Health.  DSLCC employees who participated were, from left: Director of Student Services Matt McGraw; Director of Technical Services Tamra Lipscomb; Presidential Assistant Gail Johnson; Vice President for Financial and Administrative Services Angie Graham; and AV Specialist William Ould.

Graham also serves as Emergency Coordination Officer and Ould is Coordinator for the Campus Community Emergency Response Team (CCERT). For more information contact Graham at (540) 863-2806 or email agraham@dslcc.edu.