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For Immediate Release

December NRCC Campus Briefs


NRCC SGA students attend VCCS Student Leadership Conference

Eight students and two advisors recently attended the 2011 Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Student Leadership Conference in Williamsburg delegates from New River Community College.

While at the conference, students attended sessions, heard speakers and participated in activities centered around the conference theme “sustaining leaders.” Notable presentations included a keynote program from Alexis Jones – author, TV talk show host and participant on the TV show “Survivor” – on pursuing one’s passion and an inspirational talk by Larry Scott, father of Columbine high school shooting victim Rachel Scott.

Students attending from NRCC were Student Government Association officers Brady Holcomb of New River (president), Shimelis Roba of Radford (treasurer), Benyam Legesse of Radford (senator), Michael Mitiku of Radford (senator), Dana Michelle Chapman of Pulaski (senator), Russell McGuire of Bluefield (senator), Chris Quesenberry of Pulaski (senator), Zekarias Dagnachew of Radford (senator) and Tejitu Kebede of Radford (senator). Also attending were Great Expectations program student Victoria Nicole Solano of Pulaski, NRCC activities counselor and SGA advisor Ben Kramer and Great Expectations program advisor, Lois Davis.

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Kneeling Left to Right: Brady Holcomb, Shimelis Roba and Ben Kramer.
Standing Left to Right: Zekarias Dagnachew, Tejitu Kebede, Victoria Nicole Solano, Chris Quesenberry, Lois Davis, Russell McGuire, Dana Michelle Chapman, Benyam Legesse and Michael Mitiku.

NRCC counselors present at peer group meeting
New River Community College counselor and adjunct faculty member Ellen Bielema and career counselor and academic advisor Peggy Dunn recently gave a joint presentation on the use of assistive technologies (AT) as an accommodation in higher education at a recent Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Student Development peer group meeting in Richmond.

NRCC Phi Beta Lambda chapter names new officers

New River Community College’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) has named new chapter officers.

During a ceremony held at the college, Matthew Tregoning, current state Phi Beta Lambda secretary/treasurer, officiated the induction.

The 2011-2012 PBL officers are: Margie Tabor of Dublin, president; Brittany Adams of Christiansburg, vice president; Kaylynn Oliver of Floyd, secretary; Pamela Rutherford of Floyd, treasurer; Kim Trump of Christiansburg, reporter; Greg Blough of Blacksburg, historian and Eric Rasmussen of Pulaski, parliamentarian.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit education association that helps prepare students for careers in business and business-related fields.

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Front row, l to r: Margie Tabor, Kaylynn Oliver, Kim Trump.
Back row, l to r: Brittany Adams, Eric Rasmussen, Pamela Rutherford.
Not pictured: Greg Blough.

NRCC staff member profiled in textbook

Diane Belcher, assistant director of volunteer services at New River Community College (NRCC), is making her second appearance in a sociology textbook.

A profile of Belcher’s work with the Volunteer Services program at NRCC will appear as one of a series of “Taking Sociology to Work” profiles featured in sociologist Richard T. Schaefer’s latest edition of the textbook “Sociology.”

The article includes information about Belcher’s work with the Office of Workforce Development and Volunteer Services offices at NRCC and how her understanding of key sociological principles has been to her benefit. The NRCC grad also offers her advice to current sociology majors.

Belcher says her inclusion in the book came about after Schaefer read about her receipt of a scholarship for community service and academic excellence in USA Today in April, 2009.

She was one of 20 community college students in the nation named to the All-USA First Academic Team. She was also Virginia’s New Century Scholar. The awards were sponsored by Phi Theat Kappa, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and USA Today.

Belcher was previously profiled in the ninth edition of Schaefer’s textbook “Sociology: A Brief Introduction” last year.

American Welding Society president visits NRCC

Photo Cutline: Mark Gilbert (right), associate professor of welding at NRCC, recently hosted the president of the American Welding Society at a regional meeting on campus in Dublin. John L. Mendoza (left), of San Antonio, Tex., was keynote speaker for the Southwest Virginia Section of the American Welding Society. Gilbert is currently the SW section chairman.

Tammy Parks opens first NRCC art show

Photo Cutline: Tammy Parks (second from left), assistant professor of art at New River Community College, recently held her first NRCC art show, “An Eclectic Mix” in the college’s art gallery. During the opening reception for the show, visitors were invited to participate in creating a layered glass community art project that Parks plans to install at the college.

NRCC graduate elected to Virginia House of Delegates

New River Community College graduate Michael Watson was recently elected to the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 93rd (Williamsburg) district. Watson graduated from NRCC’s instrumentation technology program in 1983 and went on to become the president and CEO of the Control Automation Technologies Corporation. Watson has also been a member of NRCC’s Educational Foundation board since September, 2010.
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