Thursday, April 19, 2018

VCCS Celebrates Philanthropy – The Lipman Foundation

Each April, Virginia’s Community Colleges honor leading philanthropists from each of 23 community colleges at a special luncheon hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE). The 13th annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy event was held in Richmond on April 17, 2018 and recognized the outstanding contributions made to the growth and development of Virginia’s Community Colleges and their respective foundations. More than two dozen individuals, families, and businesses from around Virginia earned the Chancellor’s Award. Their combined contributions totaled $6 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Reynolds Community College submitted The Lipman Foundation to be one of the philanthropists recognized with this year’s Chancellor’s Award. In 1991 Eric and Jeanette Lipman made their first gift to the college. Mrs. Lipman went on to establish the Eric and Jeanette Lipman Endowed Scholarship, to create an endowment to support Reynolds’ Middle College program, and to fund the Jeanette Lipman Auditorium in the Massey Learning and Technology building on the Reynolds Parham Road Campus. But, Mrs. Lipman gave more than just funding, she also gave of her personal time and talent by joining the Reynolds Educational Foundation Board in 2001. The Lipman Foundation’s latest support was a $1 million donation to extend the college’s footprint in Richmond’s East End. 

Picture here left to right: Reynolds President Gary Rhodes, 
Educational Foundation Board Member Julie Gustavsson,
The Lipman Foundation - Mike Gracik,
Reynolds Development Director Marianne McGhee
The Lipmans were fervent champions of individuals determined to overcome difficult circumstances and succeed. Eric Lipman fled his native Germany to escape the Nazi Holocaust. He served in the U.S. Army and later he, along with his wife Jeanette, built a highly successful machine tool import business operating out of Richmond. Along the path of their success the couple experienced their own struggles and hardships.

“Jeanette was very much interested in helping people help themselves,” said Elizabeth Littlefield, executive director of the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Foundation. “She saw our college as a pathway to economic independence, and provided scholarships to make sure financial resources were not a barrier.”

Ellen Robertson of the Richmond Times-Dispatch had this to say about Mrs. Lipman: “Jeanette Lipman once said that she practiced “venture philanthropy.” Although she and her husband made gifts to prominent Richmond institutions, her special passion was for causes that had little or no mechanism for funding. She then found resources to address problems.”

Eric Lipman passed away in 1992. Jeanette Lipman passed away in 2017 at the remarkable age of 102. Although they are now gone, the Lipmans and their Foundation will have a lasting impact not only on Reynolds, but on about 30 other organizations in Richmond, in Virginia and beyond.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Meet Karen Steele
Curator, Reynolds Art Collection

Where did you grow up? If not Richmond, how long have you lived here, and what brought you here?
I grew up in Fairmont, West Virginia, where I attended Fairmont State University. I came to Richmond in 1968 for that most traditional of reasons: I married a man who was living here.  

How long have you worked for Reynolds? What did you do for work before you came here?
When John Fugate, who was program chair for art, called and asked me to interview for an adjunct teaching position at Reynolds in 1991, I was the Administrator-Curator of Wilton House Museum. I remember talking with him on an extension in the Museum’s basement kitchen. 
You are the Curator of the Reynolds Art Collection. Please tell us about your job.
My job includes identifying potential art donors, negotiating gifts, documenting all art in a catalog program, hanging art on all three campuses, working with artists and art groups who exhibit in the Conference Center Gallery to assure high quality shows, coordinating the Student Art Show. Some days, it’s just what comes along. Recently I used a hex wrench to attach sleeves to the rods we use in the Walker Hanging System. I teach art history every semester.  

Reynolds has received a number of significant donations to the art collection in the past year. What is the most important thing for faculty and staff to know about this asset?
These works are an important part of the educational mission of the college.  Not only does colorful art break down the institution feel of college buildings, it can be a critical part of teaching in many disciplines. Art teaches problem solving, or as one artist put it, problem creating. It’s a classic situation where students are forced to explore new ideas and approaches to make a successful work. Students learn the kind of flexibility in thinking that allows them to find new solutions to old problems in the workplace. 

This is an exciting time of year for you. The Annual Student Art Show is on exhibit now in the Workforce Conference Center Gallery and the Show Awards Reception will be held on Thursday, April 26? What will happen at the Awards Reception?
We will honor this year’s major donor: Chuck Scalin, who gave the college 47 of his art works. He chose 47 to represent each year of his 47 year-long career.  He and his wife Mim Golub judged the show. They will announce the Reynolds Prize (best in show) and prizes for painting and drawing.  The winning students will receive a check. John Negri will provide music. The food will be excellent.  

When you aren’t here at Reynolds working with art, what do you like to do for fun?
Turns out I’m a bit of an art and design nerd.  I sew, read, knit and design needlework. I like to travel. I look for good museums, classical music concerts, and excellent coffee in a new city.

What is your favorite thing to do in Richmond?
I like Carytown. There are fun shops and galleries with lots of interesting people to watch. I especially like the flower vendors. They bring such color to the city.  

If you won the Mega Millions jackpot what would you do first?
After all of the practical stuff, I’d book a raft trip down the Colorado through the Grand Canyon. 

Reynolds Faculty Publishes Second Edition

Reynolds Community College is pleased to announce that Assistant Dean, School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering Dr. Richard Groover has published an ambitious reference book: The Environment Almanac of Virginia, 2nd edition. 

The Environmental Almanac of Virginia, 2nd edition covers all major environmental topics relevant to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Chapters include natural resources, air quality, water quality, solid waste issues, toxics found in Virginia’s environmental, wildlife species of Virginia, and endangered species. Groover approached Frits van der Leeden, author of the first edition, to encourage him to write a second part, but the author instead encouraged Groover to take on the monumental task. Which he did.

This second edition reference book contains hundreds of pages packed with up-to-date information, more than 30 maps, charts and tables organized in a user-friendly format for quick access. Some information that is irretrievable for government sites, internet searches or current research has been distilled for the reader’s use. New topics since the first edition have been updated in this edition, such as energy strategies, Marcellus Shale deposits, uranium deposits, and alternative energy possibilities. Also new in the Second Edition is current climate change data for Virginia, information on invasive species, and updates on water quality, air pollution and environmental regulations.

According to a recent interview with Emory & Henry College, Groover’s alma mater, Groover enjoys being busy. Groover told E & H: “I’m worried about being bored. If I die tomorrow, I’ve had a really fun life!” In the course of his life he has been a scientist, a teacher, a field researcher, a government employee, a reserve deputy sheriff, a hostage negotiator, a documentary filmmaker, a National Park docent, a former member of the Governor’s Climate Change Commission for Virginia, and is a current member of the Board of Trustees for the Virginia Science Museum. 

Dr. Richard S. Groover is an aquatic ecologist. He has a PhD in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University. In addition to being an Assistant Dean at Reynolds Community College, he is a Fellow of the Virginia Academy of Science, and was a member of the Governor’s Climate and Resiliency Commission, 2014 – 2015. He has published articles in journals and other media, and has produced a number of award-winning documentary and educational films. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Reynolds Adjunct Faculty

D. Pulane Lucas, PhD

Publishes Latest Book

Reynolds Community College is pleased to announce that School of Business Adjunct Faculty D. Pulane Lucas, PhD. has published her third book, God and the Self: Insights from Major Thinkers in the Western Philosophical Tradition

In God and the Self Dr. Lucas explores the dynamic and complex notions of God and the self from a number of philosophical perspectives. This three-part volume examines the work of Kant, Coleridge, and Nietzsche before analyzing the views and influences of Descartes, Locke, Hume, and Schleiermacher on conceptions of God and the self. A final section on self-awareness investigates the self and draws upon the works of William James and George Herbert Mead. Each essay in the volume examines a fundamental way of conceptualizing and understanding the self with a historical and theoretical perspective.

Lucas had this to say about her latest book: “I would like readers to gain an appreciation for how the philosophers sought to liberate the mind from oppressive conditions and destructive forces, and how they understood the power of thought and imagination in transforming the human experience and helping individuals and communities recognize their genius.”

Dr. Lucas joined the Reynolds faculty in spring 2014. She teaches face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses. She enjoys integrating Harvard Business School case studies into her lesson plans. Her courses include Introduction to Business, Principles of Supervision I, Principles of Management, Organizational Behavior, and Ethical Issues in Management. She states that the case method approach helps students think critically about management, administrative, and leadership dilemmas and sharpens their analytical skills as they grapple with complex, real-world business issues.

Dr. Lucas has served on several Reynolds faculty committees, including the Meta-Majors and Guided Pathways Task Force, the Business Administration Advisory Committee, the School of Business Program Assessment Committee, and the Professional Development and Renewal Committee. She also has participated in the Faculty Learning Community (Strategies for Student Engagement). She is a member of the Harvard Business School Healthcare Alumni Association and Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) and has been a member of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

Dr. D. Pulane Lucas is a professor, author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration (Health Policy Concentration) from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Arts degree from Harvard University, a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Dr. Lucas completed her undergraduate studies at California State University, East Bay.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Reynolds Culinary Arts Student Profile

Meet Ed Cary

What motivated you to study culinary arts?  
I graduated from the MCV School of Pharmacy in 1988 with a Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy. I have been a retail pharmacist for the past 30 years. I have worked in a variety of setting in retail pharmacy since graduating. Most recently I was employed by Ukrops/Martins Pharmacy. When Martins decided to pull out of the Richmond area, I decided to start working part-time as a pharmacist and go back to school part-time. I decided to pursue a career in Culinary Arts. I have always had a passion for cooking. My mother was a Home Economics teacher and my father was a cook on a warship in World War II. Both of my parents taught me and my siblings how to cook a very young age.   

Where are you in your culinary studies?  
I am working towards becoming a Certified Chef in the Culinary Arts Program at Reynolds.

What are you working on now?  
This semester I am taking Fruit, Vegetable, and Starch Preparation (HRI 218),  and Soups, Stocks, and Sauces Preparation (HRI 219).

What is your favorite task as a culinary student?  
I am excelling in the all of the classes that I am taking. I have enjoyed all of the classes that I have taken thus far. I have made Dean's List every semester since starting the program in the Fall of 2016.  

What is your favorite ingredient?  
I love meat, seafood, and poultry (and all of the starches that accompany these).

Do you have a “signature dish”?  
My signature dish is Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks with rice, avocado, spring onions, and wasabi/soy sauce.

What would you most like to do in culinary arts when you graduate?  
I am schedule to complete my degree in 2019, and I plan to become the owner/co-owner of a Gourmet Food Truck in the Richmond area.  

What is your favorite restaurant in Richmond?  
My wife and I love The Iron Horse Restaurant in Ashland, VA. We go to this restaurant for all of our special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.)  

What would you tell other potential students interested in studying culinary arts at Reynolds?  
Chef Miller and Chef Rounds are attempting to take Reynolds Culinary Arts Program to a level comparable to the Culinary Arts Institute of America (CIA) and/or Johnson and Wales University Culinary Arts School. These are the top two schools for Culinary Arts in the United States of America.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Reynolds Arts Student Profile
Meet Bethany Stiehm

Have you always been interested in art or did you discover your talent and passion later?
I've always been interested in art and enjoyed it from an outside perspective, but I never thought of myself as an artist until last year when I took a painting class at reynolds. Taking a painting class made me realize how accessible art really is and that anyone can make art. It gave me the confidence to explore my artistic side. 

What is your area of study at Reynolds?
My area of study is social sciences. 

What is your favorite medium?
I think it might be too early in my artistic journey to say what my favorite medium is. I'm still learning and exploring a lot when it comes to art materials. I have been loving oil paints since I started working with them and I like fabric and textiles, but I don't think I've found my favorite medium yet.

How does your art express your feelings and attitudes?
I think my art gives me an outlet to express the dreamy colors and subject matter I find myself most drawn to. It gives me an opportunity to detach from reality and live inside my own brain. 

What would you like to do with your art background in the future?
I would like to continue studying art at a four year university and find a career where I can continue to make art.

Reynolds Arts Student ProfileMeet Kathrine Ramos

Have you always been interested in art or did you discover your talent and passion later?
I've always loved art, but just recently decided I wanted to make it my career path.

What is your area of study at Reynolds?
 I’m a liberal arts major hoping to move to a 4-year institution to study sequential art.

What is your favorite medium? 
My favorite medium is digital because there are so many possibilities.

How does your art express your feelings and attitudes?
I like to use my art to express my emotions in a way that can be interpreted many different ways by the viewer. I like when different people get different feelings when looking at my art.

What would you like to do with your art background in the future?
The dream is to do character design or comic illustration, but any job that has me in an artistic environment will fit me well.

What advice would you give other students interested in studying art at Reynolds?
My advice is never give up and be open to criticism! I attribute a lot of my artistic growth to my openness to criticism. Anyone can create great art, you just have to keep going no matter what bumps you find in the road!