Friday, April 17, 2015

Reynolds Recyclemania Logo Contest

This semester J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College joined hundreds of other colleges and universities nationwide participating in "RecycleMania" focusing on waste reduction and increasing campus recycling. As part of the competition, Reynolds invited students to submit a logo that best symbolized conservation and sustainability. A panel of judges recently awarded prizes for first, second and third place.

First Place - Sofia Duarte for "Thinking Green"

Sofia notes that her submission "is a computer generated image made to inspire Reynolds students to think about how we can help conserve resources to better protect the wildlife around us and for future generations."

Second Place - Ciani Clarke

Third Place - Wayne Rau

Congratulations to all three students for their visualizations of Reynolds' recycling and sustainability efforts. And don't forget about Earth Day observations at Parham Road Campus next week.


Earth Day Observation at Reynolds
April 22, 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
PRC, Massey LTC, Lipman Auditorium

Earth Day marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The annual observation of Earth Day has continued to serve as a time to sharpen our focus on sustainability and environmentally friendly practices. Earth Day 2015 at Reynolds will be celebrated with a very special speaker: Carrie Rose Pace, GRTC Public Relations Manager, who recently retired from WTVR CBS-6 as their weekday morning meteorologist after more than six years. At GRTC, Carrie advocates for advances in transportation technology, including upgrading to cleaner and more efficient fuel options and transit systems.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Engineering Mentorship Dinner and Panel Discussion to Honor Fred McConnell

For classmates Wilbur Hogge and Mark Wood, the opportunity to celebrate a much-beloved professor also gave them a chance to see one another after nearly 20 years. The two were among the alumni who attended the recent Engineering Mentorship Dinner and Panel Discussion to Honor Fred McConnell.

Wilbur Hogge (R) and Mark Wood

The event, held on the Parham Road Campus, brought Engineering and Civil Engineering Technology graduates back to their alma mater and gave current Engineering students the chance to absorb school and career advice from alumni working in the field. “This was created as a mentorship event because Dr. McConnell was such an influence in the lives of his students,” explained Marianne McGhee, director of development. “He was a treasured advisor, and alumni shared the best stories about his going above and beyond to help them. It was fitting to honor his legacy by bringing back his former students and inviting them to share some of their wisdom with current students.”  

A panel discussion with Ray Burton, Dean of the School of Mathematics, Science & Engineering, and alumni Gianna Clark, John Lewis, and Bill Via was a trip down memory lane for some attendees and a glimpse into the workforce future for others. All of it was dedicated to Dr. Fred McConnell, Professor Emeritus, and a true engineer of student success at Reynolds Community College.   

The McConnell Engineering Scholarship was established in 2005 by alumnus William F. “Bill” Via, Class of 1974. If you would like to help continue Dr. McConnell’s great work of getting outstanding engineers started, please consider a donation to his scholarship:

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring Job Fair

Reynolds and Style Weekly combined forces to sponsor a Spring Job Fair on April 7th in the commons area of Burnette Hall on Reynolds’ Parham Road Campus.

Employers in attendance included Aramark, Inc., Brown Distributing, Care Advantage, CoreRVA, ECPI, Elephant Auto Insurance, Flagger Force, Hermitage Country Club, Intercept Youth Services, Kings Dominion, New York Life, and Verizon Wireless, just to name a few.

The fair was sponsored by Reynolds’ Career, Employment and Transfer Center. Staff from Reynolds’ Human Resources department was on-hand to critique resumes.

Students came with resumes on-hand, walking from booth to booth introducing themselves to different recruiters. With the exchange of resumes and business cards, both the students and recruiters were excited about the turnout and opportunities presented. The job fair lasted from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and was an overall great success for the college students.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Middle College Students Experience History and Service in Jackson Ward

On Friday, April 3rd, a group of Middle College students set out on foot to the Jackson Ward community, where they would pick up more than a bit of historical knowledge. These students participated in a service-learning project with the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, to include a trash clean-up along the self-guided, street walking tour created by the museum. The students first participated in the museum and house tour, which further developed their knowledge of Richmond’s rich African-American history and one woman’s story of determination and community empowerment.  Following the tour, they put on gloves, clutched the “picker-upers” and headed out to clean up the walking tour for visitors coming in for the weekend’s sesquicentennial celebrations around the city. By the end of the project, students cleared four heaping bags of trash, expanded their knowledge of historic Jackson Ward, and deepened their appreciation for the individuals and groups that never gave up and persevered through adversity and set-backs, like the construction of Interstate 95, built right through the heart of the community.

At each stop on the walking tour, a different student shared a piece of history gained through prior research, enriching the experience for everyone, including the rangers who accompanied them on the walk. On the way back to the museum, students encountered 83-year-old barber and life-long Richmond resident, William Nathaniel Branch, who shared his experiences as a young man in the Jackson Ward area, including some memories of Maggie Walker’s Penny Savings Bank and the St. Luke’s headquarters.

Middle College students have faced set-backs in their own lives, but are persevering with their minds on their future educational and career goals. They emerged from this project even more determined to succeed, both on their GED tests and in their transition to college. One student remarked in a group email to her classmates, “Have faith, hope, courage and carry on. If Maggie Walker could do it in the times she lived in, we definitely can.  Have a Maggie Walker mindset!”

Blog post written by Kristin Hott, Academic Coordinator & Instructor

The Middle College at Reynolds is a college transition program which includes GED to college academic instruction, employment coursework and college knowledge workshops to help students pursue their goal of a college education and career pathway success. For more information about the Middle College at Reynolds click here.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Reynolds Celebrates Women's History Month

Each year March is designated as Women’s History Month, a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. For today’s young women it is hard to imagine a time when women could not vote, but just over 100 years ago, on March 3, 1913, 5,000 suffragists marched up Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. demanding the right to vote! Although Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress requested the President proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week", it wasn’t until 1987 that Congress passed Public Law 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month."

To mark the occasion, Reynolds recently held its annual Women’s History Month celebration in the Workforce Development Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus.

Reba Hollingsworth of “CBS 6 This Morning” welcomed the audience and Nanette Kenney of Reynolds gave an overview of Women’s History Month before the group enjoyed lunch.

Keynote speaker, CBS 6 Meteorologist Carrie Rose shared career advice for women and her story of growing from adversity. She continued her presentation by talking about living presently and growing confidently, which led to her recent new job as the Public Relations Manager for Greater Richmond Transit Company.

The afternoon session continued with a panel discussion featuring environmentalist Patti Jackson, Julie Williams-Byrd from NASA and Rose. Each discussed how they achieved their positions, who and what helped them along their professional career path, and how they hope to contribute to moving the next generation forward.

A second discussion panel included three women who work in higher education: Fatma Shuaipi from the University of Richmond, Aditi Jain of Virginia Commonwealth University and Mayola Mayhew of Reynolds.

The annual event continues to serve as a reminder that women are making tremendous strides in the workforce world as well as in their own personal lives.