Thursday, September 18, 2014

Library Open House a Great Success

The 2nd Annual Library Open Houses from September 8 - 10 were all a great success. Library staff welcomed over 300 students, faculty, staff and the community to the events with exciting library resources, fun activities and food.

Participants learned about the library’s popular streaming video databases such as Films on Demand and SWANK Motion Pictures, tested their library search skills by playing a game of Library Jeopardy, took a self-guided tour of the library through an iPad Scavenger Hunt, tested some educational apps and eBooks on the iPads, created crafts like giant tissue paper flowers and loom bracelets, practiced T’ai Chi Chih as a healthy and productive work/study break, enjoyed a variety of refreshments, and won cool prizes like a Reynolds t-shirt and a set of earbuds!

For some students, this was their first visit to the library and it offered them a friendly introduction to the library’s space and services. Participants commented that access to computers and the internet, the comfortable atmosphere, and the friendly staff are the things they like most about Reynolds Libraries.  One student said she likes the “helpful staff and the feeling of sanctuary in the library.” A faculty member added that “my favorite thing about the library are the personable, friendly, helpful people. Thanks to all the good folk at the library for everything you do.”

The library staff looks forward to another exciting year of working with students and helping them succeed at Reynolds and beyond!

Please check out the Open House photo album at

Monday, September 15, 2014

Reynolds during National Electric Drive week

Reynolds Community College has shifted into the electric vehicle fast lane as the college’s Automotive Technology Program recently introduced new electric vehicle courses and an advanced certificate in alternative fueled vehicle technology, thus preparing today’s local technicians in the servicing of electric and hybrid vehicles.

“Today’s automotive technicians must be aware of the new components manufacturers are incorporating into their products,” says Alan Crouch, Associate Professor at Reynolds Community College at Goochland Campus, “We’re ready to help the technicians and the community understand this exciting new technology.”

To help celebrate National Drive Electric Week September 15-21, Crouch will be participating in a discussion panel at Drive Electric RVA Meet-up and Rally on Sunday, September 21 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia on 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia.

The Drive Electric RVA Meet-up and Rally will be one of the many events scheduled in over 75 cities to celebrate National Drive Electric Week which is sponsored by Plug-In America, a non-profit organization that encourages the use of alternative fueled vehicles.

Crouch along with other local representatives from the electric vehicle industry will discuss such topics as working in the electric vehicle field as a technician, EV home charging stations and benefits of driving alternative fueled vehicles. A rally of EVs with their owners will be on display; vehicle types will include Chevy Volt, Tesla, Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, Ford C-Max Energi and others. Auto dealers plan to showcase demo cars for participants to test drive or ride in.

There is no fee to attend the rally. For more information on the event, visit the Drive Electric Week Event-Richmond website

To learn more about the Reynolds Community College Electric Vehicle classes and program, visit or contact Crouch at (804) 523-5969.

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Reynolds Welcome

At the start of the fall semester at Reynolds, most students return from either a 4-month vacation, a summer job and/or from taking summer classes.  Whether new or returning, most students find themselves overwhelmed the first few days of classes - unsure of where their classes and other college services are located.  Thankfully, Reynolds has a plethora of resources ready to assist them. As they say, we even have an app for that!

The first week of classes featured Greeter Tables staffed by Student Ambassadors providing students with directions, information, and materials to assist them in finding their way, and Welcome Back parties that put everyone at ease and injected a little fun into their hectic first days.  To get students involved in clubs and activities on campus, Student Life and club representatives marketed their various services throughout the events.

Reynolds has recently received brand new touch screen kiosks that can access campus maps, class schedules, and room numbers to provide simple and efficient directions to any location a student or visitor might need. Students can also download the Reynolds App on their smartphone or tablet.  The Reynolds App, released last spring, provides access to their SIS, campus maps, and other useful information.  Whatever the need, there is a resource to assist you.

With these excellent resources providing direction to new and returning students during this first week, along with the Welcome Back events hosted by Student Life that treated students to snacks, food, drinks, Reynolds merchandises, and entertainment, the semester is off to a great start.

If you are a new or returning student at Reynolds - Welcome! Sometimes you might feel overwhelmed, but know that there are staff, faculty, resources, and events to make you feel truly welcomed all semester long.

Reynolds student Dylan Chaplin - Dylan is serving as a PR Assistant and a Student Ambassador this fall. He also served as the Vice-President of The H.E.A.R.T Service, which is a community service and civic engagement club designed to create connections between Reynolds and its surrounding communities. During his first two semesters at Reynolds he successfully completed the college's Leadership Program, JSR LEAD.  In his spare time he likes to blog.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Reynolds student claims gymnastics national title

Reynolds Architectural engineering student Kiwan Watts recently won his first U.S. Junior title at the P&G National Gymnastics Championships in Pittsburgh on August 24. Watts trains at the Above the Bar facility across the street from the Parham Road Campus.
Kiwan, a graduate of L.C. Bird High School in Chesterfield County, won the men’s 17-18 all-around title with a two-day score of 166.20. He also earned individual medals in horizontal bar (gold), floor exercise (shared gold), pommel horse (silver) and still rings (silver).

Congratulations, Kiwan!

Read the Richmond Times-Dispatch Article

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Headed off to college this fall? Be sure to make the most of it

(From the Goochland Gazette, August 14, 2014)

Reynolds student Ryan Pledger recently was honored with a prestigious Valley Protein Fellowship. After completing an associate in science degree in business administration at Reynolds, Pledger’s goal is to attend the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia to pursue a bachelor of science degree in commerce with a specialization in global commerce

If you are getting ready for your first year of college, you are probably feeling a bit anxious and uncertain. Take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. Whether attending a local community college or a big university, most first year students share similar concerns and fears. I survived that first year and was asked to provide a few suggestions on how to approach this exciting new challenge in your life, make the most of new opportunities, and succeed in college.

College, like most things in life, will be what you make of it. You can become involved in your college community by joining clubs, attending sporting events, and meeting people, or you can take online classes and barely leave your dorm. I recommend the former. College will provide you with the opportunity to meet many different kinds of people from all over the country and world. It is a fantastic chance to branch out, learn new things, and figure out who you are and what you like.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Fredericksburg’s Finest on Fridays – Detective Patrick Lamb

Note: This article is from on August 15, 2014

From galloping racehorses as a teenager to teaching chemistry to college students, Detective Patrick Lamb followed an unusual path to get to his current vocation as the expert Fingerprint Examiner for the Fredericksburg Police Department.   Lamb was born in Richmond and grew up on his family’s farm, the historic Sycamore Hall (circa 1790) in Hanover County, where his parents raised and trained Thoroughbred horses for the racetrack.

Since he was small and light enough as a young teen, Lamb rode many of the horses at home to help prepare them for a racing career.

As an only child, it would have been natural for Lamb to follow in his father’s footsteps and make his living with horses.  But Lamb had a strong interest in science and a passion for learning.  He attended the University of Richmond and earned a degree in chemistry, graduating in 1987.  He followed up with post-graduate education at Old Dominion University and Virginia Commonwealth University, specializing in enzyme research, and for over ten years he worked as a professor in chemistry at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College while he continued his doctoral studies.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Getting Involved, the Reynolds Way!

Reynolds Community College, like most any college or university, has a student life. While it may not be as expansive as that of a four-year college or university, the quality of the student life here at Reynolds competes with that at any college or university - active, engaging, and fun…very fun! There are many things a Reynolds student can do to be involved on and off campus.

One of the most common ways is to get involved is through clubs. Reynolds has over 25 different clubs, and welcomes ideas for more. There are clubs for spiritual beliefs, hobbies/interests, advocacy, careers, academic pursuits, honorary, and more! Some examples of current clubs include: The GSA Club for an LGBT presence and community; The Muslim Student Organization for all those whom share the Muslim faith or share an interest in it; The H.E.A.R.T Service for community engagement, volunteer work, civic engagement, and active service; Phi Theta Kappa, a 2-year college honorary society for students with exemplary academic achievements; CACEE for those interested or pursuing careers in culinary, pastry, or hospitality fields; and the Anime Club for those whom share an interest in Japanese animation. If a student finds that an existing club does not fulfill their interests, then they can contact the Office of Student Life to suggest a new club that suits such interests.

Besides clubs there are special leadership programs students can be involved in. One of these is JSR LEAD, which is jointly run by First Year Initiatives and the Office of Student Life. The program starts in the fall semester, where a student applies and interviews for the program; expressing their interest and motivation for such an experience. JSR LEAD continues from the fall into the spring semester where selected students participate in leadership and teamwork activities, assessments to get to know themselves better (such as personality tests), and a leadership course. It is an amazing experience that builds leaders.

Another leadership program Reynolds hosts is the Student Ambassador program, which is a paid position. Students apply and interview just as they do for the JSR LEAD program, and those selected undergo training, work SOAR orientation sessions, represent the college at events, and staff greeter tables at the start of every semester.

Finally, for those students whom are interested in government, leadership, or politics in general there is Student Senate. A student must apply and interview to participate.  Those selected serve as student leaders that represents their peers to college officials. They conduct surveys, investigate student issues, and address those issues with college officials. Reynolds’ Student Senate members have been responsible for many student-related changes on campus, for which many of their peers are grateful.

In conclusion, there is a key concept I want all Reynolds students especially to keep in mind. All these activities at Reynolds are like treasures in a box. If you want to be involved, then reach out and open the box, and those treasures will be revealed to you. Although being successful in academics always comes first, choosing to get involved in student life activities will enrich your college experience and open many doors! From my own personal experience I can say that there are an abundance of exciting, engaging, and fun student life opportunities waiting for you. Why not get involved the Reynolds Way?

Reynolds student Dylan Chaplin - Dylan is serving as a PR Assistant this summer as well as a Student Ambassador in the fall. He also served as the Vice-President of The H.E.A.R.T Service, which is a community service and civic engagement club designed to create connections between Reynolds and its surrounding communities. During his first two semesters at Reynolds he successfully completed the college's Leadership Program, JSR LEAD.  In his spare time he likes to blog.