Thursday, October 16, 2014

Students and Service



In an effort to increase the visibility of community service and encourage students to serve in their communities, the Office of Student Life hosted Reynolds Serves RVA events this week on the Parham Road and Downtown campuses.  Reynolds Serves RVA was originally called Service Day, an event that has not been held in the past few years.

The first Reynolds Serves RVA event was held on the Parham Road Campus on Wednesday, October 15.  Several non-profit organizations were in attendance including HandsOn Greater Richmond, the Central Virginia Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Bark, and The League of Women Voters - all very important, large, and selfless organizations that have served the communities of Richmond and the surrounding counties for years.

As soon as students entered Burnette Hall on Wednesday, a vibrant and engaging atmosphere immediately drew them in. A DJ played a variety of contemporary music for their enjoyment, whether they were taking part in the event or simply socializing with their peers at a table by the café. Representatives from the non-profits were friendly and informative providing interested attendees with information on the plethora of volunteer activities and positions their organization offered.

In order to encourage students to gather information and explore all the non-profits in attendance, Student Life offered students ice cream with various toppings for stopping at each exhibit and obtaining a signature. Student Life also hosted a table of their own to promote the many upcoming events this semester, and handed out popcorn to all students attending.

Community service is recognized as a very important venture here at Reynolds Community College, and as such students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to be involved in their own communities and give back. The Reynolds community has historically been active in a variety of service projects, philanthropy endeavors, and drives for food, clothing, and various supplies.

A second session of Reynolds Serves RVA took place on October 16 at the Downtown Campus. If any students are interested in serving their communities, being involved in a service club, or taking part in a service project they can contact The Office of Student Life at studentlife@reynolds.edu, or visit their offices on the Downtown and Parham Road campuses.




Reynolds student Dylan Chaplin - Dylan is serving as a PR Assistant as well as a Student Ambassador. 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.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Maintaining a Safe Reynolds Community


Our campus police department plans a Safety Day Fair every year with its goal being to educate the college on personal safety, criminal minds, and warning signs. This year’s event has been a work in-progress since the previous Safety Day Fair in September 2013. In order to organize the event, Sgt. Kimberly Talley-Bryant reached out to several departments in the surrounding counties requesting their attendance.
 
The agencies that participated in this year’s Safety Day included: Henrico Police and Fire Department, Chesterfield Police and Fire, Richmond Police Department, Hanover Sheriff Department, Steven Conlon with the FBI National Academy, and Dana Schrad with Virginia Associations of Chiefs of Police.

Our department uses the community policing model to create partnerships with students, faculty and staff,” noted Sgt. Talley-Bryant. “We recognize the importance of partnerships and collaboration and hope to bring awareness to our college about the dangerous effects of alcohol, distracted driving (texting) and driving under the influence of alcohol, personal safety and protection as well as sexual assault, dating, and domestic violence.”

This year’s Safety Day offered a texting-while-driving simulator, special guests that spoke on safety, and several tables hosted by representatives from the various agencies in attendance.

Students flocked to the many tables for information on safe habits, information on the agencies, and career opportunities - the representatives from each agency were more than happy to provide answers to questions and other information requested by the students.

Our campus police has done an excellent job on a day-to-day basis making the Reynolds community a very safe to work, study, and grow.
 
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.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

17th Annual Scholarship Luncheon

The Reynolds Community College Scholarship Luncheon is an opportunity for the college’s scholarship donors to meet the recipients of their generosity and is always a heartwarming affair - this year’s luncheon was certainly no exception. More than 220 donors, students, board members and faculty took part in this year’s celebration.

The luncheon was the perfect setting for donors and student recipients to meet each other, many for the first time. Smiles and tears abounded as grateful scholarship students relayed the positive impact the scholarships have had on their lives and how they are now able to pursue their dreams.

For the last academic year, the J. Sargeant Reynolds Educational Foundation awarded scholarships totaling more than $450,000, opening the doors of opportunity for 387 students.

LaShunda Binns and Chad Majewski spoke to the audience during the luncheon. LaShunda graduated from the college’s Middle College program and is a current Reynolds student pursuing a degree in Administration of Justice, while Chad graduated from Reynolds in May and is currently attending VCU.

“The most important lesson that I learned from Professor Flowers did not pertain to Engineering Economy, or the Dynamics class that I took with him the following semester,” noted Chad. “The greatest lesson George Flowers has taught me, and exemplified, was that of the Economy of Education. This knowledge that we acquire is not for us to squander or hide away in a storehouse, this education that we received and nurture here at Reynolds is to be shared with any and all who are open to receiving it.”

At the conclusion of the luncheon donors and recipients paired up for pictures to commemorate the day’s festivities. For more information about available scholarships, how to apply and important deadlines, visit wwww.reynolds.edu/scholarships.




Monday, September 22, 2014

Run4Reynolds



Beautiful weather and a spirit of camaraderie marked the first Run4Reynolds team at the Broad Street Mile. Clad in Reynolds t-shirts and sneakers laced, the team included staff, faculty, spouses, and even one granddaughter; Jackie Epps brought her little one along to participate in the one-mile Fun Run.

The 5K course began at Harrison and Broad and looped down to Hermitage Road and back. Experienced Bill Wilson, Sharon Carlyle, Debra Duke, and their spouses, made great time on the chip-timed 5K course. With only one very gentle hill, it wasn’t too taxing for novices. Engineering student Troy Statton said he had two motivations for joining the team. “I was a Marine for many years, and I’m starting again with a training program. Plus, it’s a good way to show school spirit.” Registering for the VCU Broad Street Mile also came with the side benefit of supporting local non-profits. Donations earmarked for Reynolds’ Educational Foundation will support scholarships.

The walkers and runners enjoyed a boisterous soundtrack provided by the VCU Pep Band. At one point, a harmonica was produced, and a VCU police officer delighted the crowd with a virtuoso solo – a great moment that capped off a great day.




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 https://flic.kr/s/aHsk2CS84C.

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 www.driveelectricweek.org.

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