VA21 Is Coming To New River

If you are interested in politics in Virginia then you should attend the meeting with VA21 Representatives Thursday November 12th in the student lounge.  There will be a representative there from VA21 which is a nonpartisan student political think tank.  They helped get the Virginia Transfer Grant passed and they represent students by bringing students to the legislators.  To learn more, attend the meeting at 11 am on the 12th!

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Halloween Festivities At New River

Koy Worrell and friend proud display their  freshly made Jack-0-Lantern.

Koy Worrell and a friend proudly display their freshly made Jack-0-Lantern.

On October 30 the SGA and Student Activities held a halloween costume contest and pumpkin carving contest.  Congratulations to the following winners!

Costume Contest:

1st – Rachel  (Lion Princess) ( $25.00 Wal Mart Gift Card & Trophy)

2nd – Leah Rose (Pumpkin Patch with Pumpkin) ( $15.00 Wal Mart Gift Card & trophy

Ben Kramer introduces Leah Rose & her “pumpkin” to the audience.

Ben Kramer introduces Leah Rose & her “pumpkin” to the audience.

3rd- Kirstie- Bumble Bee ($10 Wal Mart Gift Card & Trophy)

Runners-Up got T-shirts and special candy prizes:

Latoya (Queen of Hearts), Christina Horton (Fairy), Thomas Drain (zombie), Jessica (Vampira)

“Over or under, closest call gets it” Candy Corn Counting Contest-

Actual Amount in Jar: 596

1st – Abreon Hines with a guess of 631 ( $25 Wal Mart gift card and the container)

2nd – Tyler Pearce with a guess of 550 ( $15 gift card & T-shirt)

Michael Trujillo with his Frankenstein Jack-0-Lantern. Lydia Seklii also helped make this fine one.

Michael Trujillo with his Frankenstein Jack-0-Lantern. Lydia Seklii also helped make this fine one.

Pumpkin Carving Contest winners:

1stplace ( $25 Wal Mart Gift Card) Jeffrey O’Neal’s “The Pumpkin Pirate”

2ndPlace ( $15 Wal Mart Gift Card) “The Joker- Why So Serious?” by Thomas Drain and Christina Horton.

3rdPlace ($10.00 Wal Mart Gift Card)  TIE:

A.) Ralph the Puking Pumpkin by Clay Iroler, Lucas Marshall, and Zach Hall.

B.) “The NRCC Knight” by Colby Turner and Brendan Howard

Danielle Kincer  and “Count Pumpkula”!

Danielle Kincer and “Count Pumpkula”!

In addition to these festivities, there was an abundance of free candy in the lounge all day.  It was a fun pre-Halloween celebration at NRCC.

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Student Activities: November 4th-15th

Wednesday, November 4, 2009:

-Baseball Hamburger/Hotdog sale- 11:00am-1:00pm in Godbey Hall. Thank you for your support!

- PBL will sponsor a new & used book sale On Wednesday & Thursday in Godbey hall/ the Lounge from 11:00 am to 1:00pm. Lots of great titles for the lowest prices anywhere!

- The Martial Arts club will meet from 6:00pm to 8pm at the Dublin Fairgrounds. For information about the martial arts club, contact Michael Breen at mjb2724@email.vccs.edu

Thursday, November 5, 2009:

- PBL will sponsor a new & used book sale On Wednesday & Thursday in Godbey hall/ the Lounge from 11:00 am to 1:00pm. Lots of great titles for the lowest prices anywhere!

-The Women’s Volleyball team will play Virginia Western Community College at 7:00pm at the Pulaski Church of God on Bobwhite Boulevard. Admission is $2.00 per person.  Go Lady Knights!

- The Student Government Association will hold a meeting in Godbey 130 starting at 11 am. They will also take a group picture this day.  For information about the SGA, contact Ben Kramer at bkramer@nr.edu

Friday, November 6, 2009:

The SGA and selected student leaders will attend the Virginia Community College Student Leadership Conference held at the Hotel Roanoke from Friday November 6 to Sunday November 8, 2009.

Saturday, November 7, 2009:

-Cheerleading Practice- 4:00pm at the Fairgrounds Gym. For more information, contact Coach Belinda Nuckols at bnuckols@nr.edu

Sunday, November 8, 2009:

-Women’s Basketball Practice-5:30-7:00 at Crosspointe Gym, Christiansburg. Please contact Coach Nicole Epperly atnepperly@nr.edufor more information about women’s basketball at NRCC.

Monday, November 9, 2009:
-Books Are Fun Book Fair will be held in the Student Lounge from 9:30pm to 3:00 pm.  This event is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa.

-Lamours Gifts will have a table selling jewelry and novelty gift items in Godbey hall Monday Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 am to 3pm each day. This event is sponsored by Phi Beta Lambda.

-Radford University advisors will be in Dublin to talk to prospective RU students on Monday from 9:00 am to 2:00pm in Rooker Lobby.

-The men’s and women’s basketball teams will hold a pizza sale in Godbey hall from 11:00am to 1:00pm today.
-The Women’s Volleyball team will play Wytheville Community College at the Pulaski Church of God at Bobwhite Boulevard at 7:00pm. Admission to the game is $2.00 This is their final home game of the season. Go Lady Knights! For information about this team, contact Coach Amanda Allen at aallen@nr.edu

- The Martial Arts club will meet from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Dublin Fairgrounds. For information about the martial arts club, contact Michael Breen at mjb2724@email.vccs.edu

Tuesday, November 10, 2009:
- Soccer practice will be held on the field behind Rooker Hall, 2:00pm-3:30pm. Contact coach Ben Kramer for details at bkramer@nr.edu
- The Cheerleading team will practice at Richardson Auditorium, Rooker hall from 3:00pm to 5:00pm this day. For more information, contact Coach Belinda Nuckols at bnuckols@nr.edu
- Campus Crusade for Christ will meet at 11:00am in Godbey 130. Contact Logan Witt at lww21@email.vccs.edufor more information about “Cru”.
-Phi Theta Kappa will meet at 11:0 am in Godbey 131. For more information about Phi Theta Kappa, contact advisor Brian Clark at bclark@nr.edu

-Radford University advisors will be at the Mall site to talk to prospective RU students on Monday from 9:00 am to 2:00pm.

-Lamours Gifts will have a table selling jewelry and novelty gift items in Godbey hall Monday Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 am to 3pm each day. This event is sponsored by Phi Beta Lambda.

-Louise Wade, a retired NRCC counselor, will be on campus Tuesday, November 10, with her new book “Melody’s Gift: An Inspirational Story of a Family’s Determination that Neither Cerebral Palsy or Mental Retardation Would Silence Melody’s Song.” The book  tells how  the personal  and professional lives of Louise and Jack Wade were shaped raising their daughter, Melody.  She will sell and sign the book in the student lounge from 3 to 7 p.m.  The cost of the book is $22.  Profits from “Melody’s Gift” will be given to the USA Association of Retarded Citizens, Camp Virginia Jaycee and Craig Springs Camp. Louise can be reached by e-mail at lsaute@aol.com.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: Veteran’s Day
-Baseball Hamburger/Hotdog sale- 11:00am-1:00pm in Godbey Hall. Thank you for your support!
-NRCC Student Activities will hold a veteran’s day observance in the Student Lounge starting at 11 am.  This event will honor the service & sacrifice of our US military veterans and also remember our former Veterans advisor, Ms. Pat McPeak. There will be a reception for all in the lounge right after the  service.

-Lamours Gifts will have a table selling jewelry and novelty gift items in Godbey hall Monday Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 am to 3pm each day. This event is sponsored by Phi Beta Lambda.

- The Martial Arts club will meet from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Dublin Fairgrounds. For information about the martial arts club, contact Michael Breen at mjb2724@email.vccs.edu

- The men’s basketball team will play the Bluefield College JV team at 7:00pm at Crosspointe Gym.  All are invited to this game.  Go Knights!

Thursday, November 12, 2009:
-The Psychology club will meet at 11:00 am in Godbey 133.  All students are invited to this club, which is newly sanctioned at NRCC.

- The Student Government Association will hold a meeting in Godbey 130 starting at 11:00am. They will also take a group picture this day.  For information about the SGA, contact Ben Kramer at bkramer@nr.edu

-The Women’s Volleyball team will practice at the Pulaski Church of God at Bobwhite Boulevard from 5:30pm to 8pm.

Friday, November 13, 2009:
-Applications for Spring Graduation are DUE!!!! Please see the Admissions Office for details.

Saturday, November 14, 2009:
-Cheerleading Practice- 4:00pm at the Fairgrounds Gym. For more information, contact Coach Belinda Nuckols at bnuckols@nr.edu

-There will be a meeting of the NRCC Fiddle & Banjo Club in Edwards Hall from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. This month features a Veteran’s Appreciation event at 7:30pm focusing on appreciating Vietnam Veterans.  Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.  Lots of great bluegrass music! This event is a community favorite! For details, contact Roger Adkins at radkins@nr.edu

The NRCC Men’s Basketball team will play Lord Fairfax at 6:00pm in Winchester, VA. Go Knights! They will then travel to Fredericksburg to spend the night for their next game.

Sunday, November 15, 2009:
-The NRCC men’s basketball team will play Germanna Community College at 11:00am in Fredericksburg.  Go Knights!

-If you have any questions about any of the above events, please contact me.  Thank you!

Benjamin G. Kramer

Activities Counselor

New River Communitny College

P.O. Box 1127

Dublin, VA 24084

bkramer@nr.edu

540-674-3600, ext. 4431

540-674-3644 (Fax)

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Alcohol Awareness Game Show

Ben Kramer, our activities counselor held the Alcohol Awareness Game Show in Richardson Auditorium, Rooker Hall at 1:25 on Wednesday October 21.  The game show was for his SDV 100-01 class. It was a jeopardy style PowerPoint presentation originally from Roanoke College, updated by his Radford Interns, Candace Edmonds and Helen Pegler. Helen Pegler assisted him with operating the game show PowerPoint. Everyone in the class was able to participate, and he randomly chose students to answer questions. The winners of the gift cards were: Jessica Jackson, $10.00, Garrett Harris, $15.00, and Andrew Bolt, $25.00, several other students won pencils, lanyards, wallets, and T- Shirts.

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Veterans to be Honored at NRCC’s Old-time and Bluegrass Music Concert

The Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club at New River Community College will host a free concert on Saturday, November 14. The concert will showcase performances from bluegrass performers John Viers and Friends, from Hiwassee, along with Zephyr Lightning Bolts, a North Carolina-based old-time band.

The evening’s events will also include a Veteran’s Day observance. Nearly 100 Vietnam veterans from the Narrows, Radford, and Pulaski VFW posts will be honored for their service. There will also be a special tribute to Vietnam POW, Julius Long, who recently passed away. All the veterans in attendance will be recognized for their services, as well.

The concert will be held in Edwards Hall at NRCC in Dublin. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with live music from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission to the concert is free; however, donations will be accepted to help cover band expenses.

The college hosts monthly bluegrass and old-time concerts October though April. Corporate sponsors of the event include CVS Pharmacy, Dublin; Fine Arts Center for the NRV; King’s Tire Service, Pulaski; Pepsi Cola Bottling Co.; Shoney’s Restaurant, Dublin; Trader’s Emporium & Estate Jewelry Services, Dublin; WNRV Radio, Narrows; and WPSK Radio, Pulaski.

Additional information is available at 674-3600, ext. 4307, or nr.edu/fiddle.

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Thoughts On Studying

As college students we are supposed to know how to study. By this time in our lives we have had fifteen or so years of experience in school and we absolutely should know the ins and outs of a good study session. Feeling lost? Do not feel bad, it took me two years of being enrolled in college classes to figure out just what I was and was not doing right.

Let us start at the beginning, how many of us do not read the book for class? We buy it every year, we spend hundreds of dollars on it, and there it sits all semester long never even having the spine cracked. PICK IT UP! When your teacher suggests you read the chapter before class, do that! It does wonders! While you are reading your chapter ahead of time for class, try making an outline of the information and take that with you. Having an outline of the chapter before class enables you to just add minor notes during the lecture. This way, you spend more time listening then trying to catch up with all of the big items.

Actually study. High school was where we learned to memorize and regurgitate. This is college, you need to know your information and be able to apply it where applicable. Learning the information is essential so start some study groups and really get down to business. Make up little stories to help you remember and keep referring to it. If this information becomes used in your day to day speech it will be so much easier to remember come test time!

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Tradesmen License Renewal Courses to be held at Mall Site November 14

New River Community College will offer tradesmen license renewal courses on Saturday, November 14, at its New River Valley Mall site in Christiansburg for journeymen, master plumbers, electricians, HVAC mechanics and gas fitters.

NRCC’s license renewal courses are approved by the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation and the Virginia Board of Contractors. Plumbers, HVAC technicians and electricians must take three hours of continuing education in their field. Journeymen and master gas fitters, liquefied petroleum gas fitters and natural gas fitters must complete one hour of a continuing education course.

The plumbing course (PLMB 1100-CA) will be held from 9 a.m. to noon for a $125 fee. The electrical renewal course (ELEC 1108-CA) will be held from 9 until noon for a $125 fee. The gas fitting renewal course (PLMB 1101-CA) will be held from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. for a fee of $65. The HVAC mechanic renewal course (HVAC 1103-CA) will be held from 1:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. with a fee of $125.

The tradesmen license renewal courses are also now available online. Participants can complete the continuing education course in their field by going online to nr.edu/workforce to register. Tuition for the electrical (ELEC 1108), plumbing (PLMB 1100) and HVAC mechanic (HVAC 1103) is $29.95. Cost for the gas fitting course (PLMB 1101) is $14.95.

Each course covers new definitions, code changes, general requirements, impacts on the job and general use and special equipment included in the respective codes.

A registration form can be accessed from the Workforce Development website at www.nr.edu/workforce. More information is available at 674-3633.

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The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month…

It was the end of the war to end all wars.  The guns finally fell silent on November 11, 1918 at 11am as an armistice between Germany and the Allied Nations went into effect.  The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919 and in November of that year, President Woodrow Wilson commemorated the end of World War I with the words “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The United States made November 11 a legal holiday on May 13, 1938 with the intention of honoring those who had served in the great war of 1914 to 1918.  Unfortunately this was not the war to end all wars and after Americans served in World War II and Korea, Armistice Day was changed on June 1st, 1954 to Veterans Day to honor all American war veterans.  After a brief period from 1971 to 1975 when Veterans Day changed yearly to accommodate three day weekends, the observation was moved back to strictly November 11 each year.

New River Community College will observe Veterans Day 2009 on Wednesday, November 11 at 11 am in Room 117 of Edwards Hall.  The ceremony is dedicated to the late Ms. Pat McPeak, who was New River’s Veterans advisor.

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X/1999 Review

X/1999 is an anime series centered on the nearing of the apocalypse, based off of the book of Revelation. Kamui is a 15 year old high school student who must make a decision that could change the fate of the world; whether to join the Seven Dragons of Heaven or the Seven and save the world as we know it, or join the Seven Dragons of earth or the Seven Angels and destroy the world to rebuild it.

The anime is set in Tokyo, Japan, where 6 other people possessing all different powers meet to fight for the Seven Dragons of Heaven.  Throughout the whole series they protect Kamui hoping he will fight for them, while the Seven Dragons of earth try to con him into joining their side. In the process, Kamui looses those close to him, while he fights to accept his own destiny.

Laced with beautiful artwork, insane fight scenes, love, and sacrifice, X/1999 takes an interesting and incredible take on the traditional coming of age tale.  Even though it is a bit dated, it does not take away from the gripping plot, relatable characters, and mystery of what will happen next. All of this builds up to the final fight between the Seven Dragons of Heaven and the Seven Dragons of Earth, which side will Kamui choose? Watch and find out!

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Bridge day 2009 – Autumn’s 876ft Free Fall

The 30th annual Bridge Day festival offered plenty of thrills for the thousands of spectators who came out in the cold to watch 450 BASE (Building, Antenna, Span and Earth) jumpers from around the globe jump the 876 feet down to the New River in Fayetteville West Virginia on October 17th.

This is the largest extreme sports gathering of BASE jumpers in the world and this year marked Bridge Day’s 30th anniversary.  Bridge Day is always the 3rd Saturday in October and it is the only day of the year that it is legal to jump from the bridge.

In the history of Bridge Day, there have only been 3 fatalities.  In comparison, West Virginia saw 53 ATV fatalities in 2006 alone, so BASE jumping has a good safety record at this event.

Out of the 450 registered jumpers, 12% were female, the average age of the jumpers was 33 and every one of them was required to complete at least 100 prior sky dives to qualify for the jump, although the majority of jumpers have also completed at least 100 BASE jumps.

The bridge was opened on October 22nd, 1977 although the first Bridge Day was not until 1980. The Bridge is the second highest bridge in the United States, and at 1,700 feet it was the longest single span bridge in the world until 2003 when China built the Lupu Bridge in Shanghai which is 1,815 feet.

Although most people may never BASE jump from this Awesome Bridge, everyone can view and admire the engineering that went into the design and building of this 23,000 tons of steel and over 24,000 tons of concrete, making a total weight of more than 88 million pounds.

For more information see the Bridge Day website  http://www.officialbridgeday.com/

Prepared for dry landing

Porky Pig BASE jumper

Porky Pig BASE jumper

A matter of scale

The sheer size difference for this jumper is amazing

Walking on water - Briefly

Walking on water - Briefly

PAIN

A Painful Landing For Some

Minimal safety equipment!

Minimal safety equipment!

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