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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

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