Thursday, February 15, 2018

Reynolds 15th Annual Scholarship Bowl

The 15th Annual Reynolds Scholarship Bowl took place on Saturday, February 10 at Bowl America in Short Pump. The turnout of supporters ready to bowl on an early Saturday morning was amazing, as nearly 100 bowlers raised more than $1,500 towards the Classified Council Scholarship. Over the last 15 years, the event has raised more than $17,000. 

“The Reynolds Classified Council could not have pulled this successful fundraising event off without the help of many key volunteers and supporters,” says Reynolds Classified Council President Kim Cain.

Award Results

1st place: SNAH Bowlers
Robin Shepherd, Daniel Shepherd, John Wood, John Kirtley

2nd Place: Dual EnROLLment
Miles McCrimmon, Sharalyne Tierseron, Stephanie Shea, Catherine Ingrassia, Ellis Billups.

3rd Place: The Redundants 
Ghazala Hashmi, Bill Ziegler, Barbara Lytton, Keith Lytton, Jason Lira.

Best Team Name: Spare Me

Best Team Shirt or Outfit: The Business Bowlers

The Dr. Rhodes Top Bowler Award (Highest Game Bowled): John Wood

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Author Benjamin Campbell Visits Reynolds

When Benjamin Campbell, author of Richmond’s Unhealed History, spoke at two events in the Around the World through Books series on February 8, he came with an agenda. Campbell, who has lived in Richmond and served as a priest at three Episcopal churches since 1970, has a mission to bring better opportunities to the people of the city, especially those living in neighborhoods dominated by public housing.

In two sessions - a luncheon at the Downtown Campus and an evening presentation in Lipman Auditorium on the Parham Campus - Campbell traced 400 years of state and city policy designed to suppress opportunities for African Americans. Richmond’s unhealed history includes a slave market, a series of urban renewal projects that destroyed African American neighborhoods, and a public transportation system that mostly does not cross into neighboring counties - limiting access to jobs and higher education. 

“This is not flat land we are living on,” he said. “It is crooked land, and we cannot rest until it is flat.” Campbell works with RVA Rapid Transit, a grassroots organization serving Metro Richmond, which promotes a regional transit system (; he asked the audience to visit the website and support the cause.

Around the World through Books is sponsored by the Reynolds Multicultural Enrichment Council.

Meet Jackie Epps –
Middle College Office Administrative Specialist 

Where did you grow up? If not in Richmond, how long have you lived here, and what brought you here?
I was born in Richmond, Virginia, but moved to my hometown Amelia, Virginia, where I lived on my grandmother and grandfather's farm.  It was always an adventure living on the farm as a kid - walking through the woods, dipping in the streams, running through the fields. Some of our favorite games were hopscotch, jumping rope, kickball and Annie-over.  We worked the garden everyday and had fresh vegetables to pick and can for the winter.

How long have you been working at Reynolds?
I started to work at Reynolds in August of 1999 as a work study student.  In 2003 I was hired part-time and became full time in 2006.

What do you like best about working at Reynolds?
Being a part of the Middle College as an Office Specialist - a program that provides a second chance for so many people. Also meeting old and new friends.

What is the most rewarding aspect of working in the Middle College?
I enjoy talking with people. My job provides me an opportunity to be a social person. I’m able to assist individuals with personal needs as well as academically. To see and hear a student say they have completed their first GED test is great. The most rewarding event is to see them with the blue cap and gown on for the first time in their lives marching across the graduation stage for all to see.

You are passionate about the City of Richmond and its citizens, if you could make one change to the City of Richmond to make it better, what would it be?
I would find a solution for gun violence by changing the gun laws.

Where is your favorite place to eat in Richmond?
It’s a toss-up between Mama J’s and the Croaker Spot, both of these restaurant have menus with a lot of options.

What is your dream vacation destination?
My dream vacation would be an island where I could go skydiving.

If you won $100 million dollars, what would you do with it?
I would invest in buying properties to refurbish for single families, single parent families and the homeless to have a place to call their own.

Who has inspired you the most during your life?
That would be my mother.

What’s your favorite movie and why?
Along Came A Spider, with Morgan Freeman, the suspense keeps you guessing what will happen next.

I am told you have a talent for remembering students’ names. How did you develop this talent, or where does it come naturally?
I’ve always had a knack for remembering names and numbers. When I started working with the Middle College it was important to remember each student by first and last name. We had several students with the same first name but not last. So I began to identify students by calling them by their first and last name. After a while it became a part of my daily routine as an admin.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Reynolds Community College to host Movie “Hidden Figures”

Reynolds Community College will host an “Around the World Through Film” event on Friday, February 16, at 6 p.m. at the Downtown Campus, 700 East Jackson Street, Room 250. This event is free and open to the public.

Ms. Julie Williams-Byrd, a member of the celebrated Women@NASA group, will lead a pre and post movie discussion. Light refreshments will be served, and door prizes awarded. Please bring canned goods for the Central Virginia Food Bank.

Set in 1960s Virginia, the film centers on three pioneering African American women whose calculations for NASA were integral to several historic space missions. These women were superlative mathematicians and engineers despite starting their careers in segregation-era America and facing discrimination at home, at school, and at work.  

This “Around the World through Film” event is sponsored by Reynolds’ Multicultural Enrichment Council for the purpose of encouraging cultural diversity throughout the college’s campuses and communities.

For more information please contact Ewa Reedy at or Mazhar Anik at

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Reynolds Honor Student Ryan Lingo Advocates for NASA

Reynolds Honors student Ryan Lingo will serve as a NASA Advocate at the annual Aerospace Day Conference held at the Richmond State Capitol during the General Assembly session. The daylong event this year takes place on Wednesday, February 7. Organizations taking part in the event are Virginia Aviation Business Association (VABA) and the Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority along with the NASA Langley Research Center and NASA Wallops Flight Facility. The conference is intended to show Virginia’s state legislature how Aerospace is benefiting the state financially, socially, politically and educationally.

As an Advocate during the Aerospace Day Conference Ryan will visit delegates, senators, congressmen and others in attendance to demonstrate how NASA and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) have shaped his life and why these institutions are vital assets to the state.

Ryan is finishing his first year at Reynolds and is seeking a degree in Business Administration and Management. He was accepted in to the Honors Program for the 2018 Spring Semester. He is also an active member of the Boy Scouts of America with the following designations: Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout), Order of the Arrow (The Boy Scouts’ Honor Society), and the National Eagle Scout Association. Over the past few years Ryan has periodically worked with NASA Langley and VSGC during events such as Aerospace Day. He has been a volunteer at the Science Museum of Virginia for four years where he leads exhibits and activities for events such as the museum’s Space Night.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Reynolds to host author Benjamin Campbell during book discussion on “Unhealed History"

Reynolds Community College will host author Benjamin Campbell for an “Around the World Through Books” discussion on Thursday, February 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Parham Road Campus Massey Library and Technology Center located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public.

In a detailed look at the history of Richmond, Campbell’s book examines the contradictions and crises that have formed the city over more than four centuries. During the evening’s event, Campbell will discuss his hope for Richmond as he believes the city, more than any in the nation, has the potential for an unprecedented and historic achievement – that its citizens can redeem and fulfill the ideals of their ancestors, proving to the world that race and class can be conquered by the deliberate and prayerful intention of honest and dedicated citizens.

A native of Arlington, Virginia, Campbell studied political science and political economy at Williams College in Massachusetts, and studied theology as a Rhodes Scholar at the Queen's College in Oxford. He received a master’s in divinity and an honorary doctorate in divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church in 1966 and has lived in Church Hill since 1970.

The program is a free community event sponsored by Reynolds Multicultural Enrichment Council for the purpose of encouraging cultural diversity throughout the Reynolds campuses and communities.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Meet Karen Layou  -  Professor of Geology

Where did you grow up? If not in Richmond, how long have you lived here, and what brought you here?
I grew up in northeast Ohio—Warren, to be exact.  I have lived in Virginia since 2007, but my home is actually close to Williamsburg.  I graduated from the University of Georgia with my Ph.D. in 2007 and moved to Virginia with my family to do a visiting assistant professorship at the College of William and Mary.

When and why did you get interested in Geology?
I have loved geology since I was a child.  I had a box of rocks that I collected on walks in the park with my grandpa, or from the gravel driveway at my aunt’s house.  For my third grade science fair project, I classified the rocks from that box and it’s been in my blood ever since!  When I started college at Penn State University, I began as an engineering major, but after three semesters, I just wasn’t excited by what I was learning.  One afternoon my sophomore year, I stumbled across a mineral museum on campus and it was like finding old friends.  I went up to the geoscience department office and changed my major that day!  Geology is dynamic and exciting—it’s all about our home, our planet.  I am captivated by the history recorded in rocks and fossils.  And getting to do research in the mountains or on the beach is pretty great, too!

How long have you worked for Reynolds?
I have been a professor at Reynolds since August 2013. I love it here—I have wonderful colleagues and I truly enjoy getting to know my students.
In 2015 you were chosen to participate in a four year National Science Foundation project. How is the project progressing?
The SAGE 2YC Change Agents project is fantastic!  Through this project, I partner with colleagues at Thomas Nelson Community College as one of ten regional teams around the country who are working to improve geoscience education at two-year colleges.  In particular, the project aims to increase student success through implementing research-based best teaching practices, broaden participation in the geosciences, and foster pathways to geoscience careers.  Here in Virginia, my team takes advantage of resources like the VCCS Science Peer Group meeting to run workshops to share and present information related to the project goals with other VCCS faculty.  We have also gotten 2YC students involved in career-building and networking opportunities, such as the annual Virginia Geological Field Conference and Southeastern Geological Society of America meetings.   Check out our website for more info on the project:

For the past two years you have been a Faculty Star Award Recipient. What is the secret to your success as a faculty member?
When I first began teaching, I attended an National Association of Geoscience Teachers On the Cutting Edge Early Career workshop for geoscience faculty.  One of the reflections we did asked us to think about our favorite instructors and consider what they did well.  I most admired teachers who were approachable, genuine, and passionate about their area of expertise. These are traits I try to bring to my interactions with students and colleagues.
What do you like to do when you are not working?
I love spending time with my family—hiking and camping with my husband and 11-year old sons is a great way to spend a weekend.  I also enjoy quiet time on the couch with a cat or two and a great book.  I am a big fan of historical fiction.

If you could travel to any place, where would you go?
Does it only have to be one place?  My students would probably tell you how I mention all the places I need to geologically pilgrimage to someday.  Right now, top of the list is Iceland because glaciers, volcanoes, and a divergent plate boundary all in one country must be visited.  I also have the goal to get to all of the U.S. National Parks in my lifetime—I’ve done 27 of the current 59 so far.  I would also love to spend time on the International Space Station to be able to appreciate Earth from a different perspective—I bet Google Earth isn’t quite the same.

If you won several million dollars what would you do with the money?
I would invest it in the stock market to generate more funds for philanthropic purposes—my faith community, college scholarships, environmental protection, animal welfare, and public libraries.  And I’d probably hit a few more national parks, too.

 (Photo from Karen's trip last summer to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Washington.)