Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Reynolds Celebrates Nursing Pinning

Reynolds recently recognized 61 students who completed the Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing. Held in the Lipman Auditorium of the Massey Library Technology Center, the ceremony opened with a welcome by Reynolds President Dr. Gary Rhodes and inspirational words from Joe Mazzo, RN, BSN, MA, FACHE, who serves as the Chief Executive Officer at the HCA Virginia John Randolph Medical Center

“You’re venturing into a profession where you will be asked a lot of different questions. Get use to that,” Mazzo said while addressing the graduates. “I challenge you to accept that you don’t know everything. I don’t know everything and I have found out the more I learn, the more I find out the more I don’t know. You weren’t born a nurse – we’re always learning. Encourage people to ask questions – train them, motivate them. We’re all in this together.”

The Reynolds’ Nursing Program is designed to prepare its students to serve as collaborative members of nursing care teams and to provide direct care to patients in a variety of health service facilities and agencies. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students are eligible to take the licensing examination to become Registered Nurses.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Meet Sarah Smith - Student Life Specialist

How long have you worked at Reynolds?
I have worked here exactly 1 year (Seriously, I started on January 10 2017!!!)

Where did you work before coming here?
I worked at Thomas Nelson CC, Old Dominion University and Christopher Newport University

Why did you decide to work in Student Life?
I decided to work in Student Life, because I knew after speaking with Cara and Jackie that we all had a similar vision to help create educational experiences for students. My goal has always been to help students get to where they want to be, and try and work around any barriers that may hinder them from getting the education they want. I knew that the leadership, educational, social, recreational and various other opportunities that we provide students, help them grow and learn outside of the classroom and potentially help them get to where they want to be! 

What do you like best about Reynolds?
I get to interact with tons of students on campus, and I really like how diverse the student population is at Reynolds. Each time I interact with a student, I learn something new and I appreciate that students here are willing to share experiences with me.

We heard you recently completed a marathon – what motivated you to run a marathon?
It was my second, and I really wanted to run the Richmond Marathon specifically, because the course is amazing and it showcases some amazing parts of RVA! I couldn't pass up the opportunity to run a race around my favorite city. 

What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to run, hike, kayak and be outside all the time!

What is your favorite restaurant in Richmond?
This is the hardest question!!! I'm going to go with Lunch or Supper - because it has a great brunch and dinner menu!

What is your favorite food?
Tacos! Continental Divide and Asado have the best tacos in Richmond!

Where was your favorite vacation?
Panama! Most of my family lives there, and it's a beautiful country.

Who is the one person that influenced you the most when growing up?
My mom was my role model and a still is today.

What is the oddest job you have ever had?
In grad school I was a Secret Shopper for Papa John's. It was awesome, because I got free pizza and a little spending money.

If you won the $100,000,000 lottery what would you do with the winnings?
I would donate a lot of it to charities, public schools and national parks. I would buy my mom a beach house and make her retire early, because she works too hard! I would pay my student loans off and get my PhD.

If you could be a super hero, who would it be?
Wonder Woman.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Artist Emma Lou Martin Showcased at Reynolds January 20, 2018

Reynolds is pleased to announce a gallery show of works by local artist Emma Lou Martin. The show will be open from Saturday, January 20 to Saturday, March 24, 2018. The public is invited to view the show in the Conference Center Gallery in the Workforce Development and Conference Center on Reynolds Community College Parham Road Campus.   

Emma Lou Martin has devoted her life to enriching the art community of Richmond. In 1992 she was the moving force in establishing the Uptown Gallery as its founding director. She is passionate about the arts, and has found great joy passing that passion on to others, whether as a museum docent, workshop painting teacher, art consultant, and exhibitor, or creating “art adventures” for fellow artists.

Emma Lou majored in fine arts at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and graduated from the College of William and Mary. She has been influenced by her world travels and continued studies with nationally recognized master painters. 

Emma Lou’s work can be found in numerous corporate collections including Media General, UVA Hospital, E.R. Carpenter Corp., Birdsong Peanut Corp., Philip Morris, Inc. and private collections internationally.

Monday, December 11, 2017

“I Pay Attention”

Jeremiah Meadows says, “I pay attention”. His smile is warm, his manner attentive, and there is not a shred of doubt he is paying attention, processing, thinking and planning. When asked if he would be willing to come back to Reynolds in May to talk about his experience at VCU where he is headed in January, he pulls out his phone and sets up a calendar reminder. Impressive.

Jeremiah admittedly wasn’t always passionate about academics. He was home schooled and didn’t get a good perspective on the value of education until later when he began exploring his own ideas and interests. Jeremiah has been on his own financially since he turned 20.

Jeremiah’s first real classroom experience came at Reynolds. For a student who had struggled for years to learn independently, to solve his own problems and answer his own questions without the benefit of teachers, coming in to a welcoming environment that offered a community of learners was the spark that set his love of learning on fire. He said, “Now I enter every class ready to learn and engaged. Whether or not the subject is directly related to my studies [biology!] doesn’t matter, I can always take away a lesson.”

Jeremiah, like many of the Honors Students, said he delayed going to college until he knew what he wanted to do. He needed a goal. Instead of heading to college – the easier path that his parents supported – he went to work. He had been working since age 14 so the choice seemed clear. By the time he knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life he had worked in a hardware store, for an answering service, as a server at a resort, and as a 911 dispatcher. Currently he works 20 hours each week for Chesterfield County in addition to carrying a course load of 12 or 13 credit hours. 10 of those credit hours are Honors Courses. Again, impressive.

Now that it’s time to leave Reynolds, Jeremiah is reluctant to go. “My experience at Reynolds has been so incredible. The professors have made a huge difference. I am so grateful for the relationships I have made with them. They have always been willing to help and they do a fantastic job of teaching. What I have learned here is so valuable. Not just what is in the textbooks, but for example, Professor Teresa Creech’s class discussion format sharpened my analytical skills and Professor Robert Tyson opened my eyes to my path in life. Then there is the community of learners who inspired me, kept me on track, and became my friends. It’s very hard to leave these relationships.”
To any student thinking about coming to Reynolds, Jeremiah had this to say: “Reynolds is a very welcoming environment. It’s not judgmental. Students are free to be themselves, to explore and express ideas. There is much less pressure. Reynolds is a smart choice for many reasons, certainly financially, but more important, it is a smart choice academically.”

Best of luck to you, Jeremiah. Your professors and fellow students are going to miss you terribly, but no doubt they will be glad they knew you.

Jeremiah Meadows graduates from Reynolds in December as an Honors Scholar. The Honors Scholar designation means Jeremiah has completed the full Honors curriculum and is eligible, per Reynolds transfer agreements, for direct admission to VCU or JMU Honors College.

Earlier this semester, when asked about his future plans, Jeremiah had this to say: “My transfer to VCU this spring (2018) is underway, where I will double-major in Political Science and Philosophy. After that, my course could change or divert. Currently, I wish to attend Harvard Law School after I receive my baccalaureate degree. However, I could find myself on an academic path toward a deeper pursuit of philosophical study where I may go to graduate school for the discipline. My primary goal for my future career is to work toward eliminating the stark socioeconomic inequality that exists both inside and outside of the United States.”

Meet Louis Luchsinger 

Automotive Technology – Program Head & Instructor

Where did you grow up? If not in Richmond, how long have you lived here, and what brought you here?
I was born and raised in northern New Jersey, just across the river from NYC. I have not officially moved here yet. I rent an apartment near Goochland, and commute back to my home and family in NJ on most weekends. We have purchased property nearby, and are in the early stages of having a house built. The opportunity to work here at Reynolds introduced me to the area, the friendly people and beautiful countryside cinched the deal.

When and why did you get involved with cars?
My father owned a service station when I was in my early teens, and I helped out there a lot. I developed a strong passion for cars and motorcycles, became a true gearhead, and started racing during my high school years. It has developed into an extremely rewarding, and satisfying career, doing something I have always loved.

How long have you worked for Reynolds?
It will be two years this January.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Teaching my craft, and seeing my students’ reaction when it finally “clicks”, and they truly understand what they’ve been taught and how to use it. 

What is the best car you have ever owned and why?
I have had so many, I could never pick just one. So I will talk of my current project car, a 1980 Lotus Elite. It is a unique vehicle with many early British vehicle challenges, but it helps to keep me reminded of the brilliant minds such as Colin Chapman’s, that have influenced automobile design throughout history. 

How about the worst car? And why?
That same Lotus Elite. It is an early British vehicle with the everyday issues of cars from that era. (Still glad I own it, but it is something I can gripe about when I need to complain.)

What advice would you give someone buying a new car today?
Buy only what you need, the technology changes so quickly. Be aware, great strides are being made in electric vehicles. They are evolving quickly, and will likely be a serious consideration in the not so distant future.

What do you like to do when you are not working?
Spend time with my family (especially my grandchildren), attend or participate in automotive, racing and country music events. 

You’ve just won the Mega Millions jackpot. What are you going to do first?
Provide for my family’s needs, my grandchildren’s education, check a few things off my “bucket list”, and give back to the communities which enabled me to pursue my passions.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Two Community College Initiatives Set to Serve Veterans

Reynolds Community College Veterans Resource Center
The Reynolds Veterans Resource Center was recently recognized by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) as part of the Commonwealth’s VERITAS program (Veteran Education Resource Initiative for Transition, Advising and Success). Reynolds is one of seven community colleges in Virginia to house a Veterans Resource Center.

(L to R: Reynolds Veterans Coordinator Herman West, VERITAS Liaison Chequana Boisseau, Reynolds President Dr. Gary Rhodes)

“These centers are a central hub for all veteran activities on campus. They are a quiet place for students to study; and they enable veterans to connect with each other, helping them renew the bonds of military service,” says VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois.
Other community colleges included in the VERITAS program are Germanna, John Tyler, Northern Virginia, Thomas Nelson, Tidewater and Virginia Western.

 Credits2Careers – New VCCS Online Portal for Veterans and Military Students

Thanks to a new portal created by the VCCS, veterans and military students will now have an easier time earning credit for prior learning. Credits2Careers will allow veterans and service members to upload their Joint Services Transcript to see instantly how their experience can translate into academic credits at more than 1,700 community college programs.  The portal also provides real-time employment information and enables users to explore civilian careers related to their area of expertise or interest. Credits2Careers can be accessed at www.credits2careers.org.
“Today’s announcement means our community colleges are the only college system in the nation with this comprehensive, patent-pending tool,” said Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins. “The Credits2Careers online tool will make it easier than ever before for our men and women in uniform to find a career path to transition from their service to civilian life. This portal will save individuals time, money, and hassle as they look for an accelerated way into the civilian workforce.”
Virginia’s Community Colleges served 36,868 veterans and military-related students last year. This tool positions the colleges to attract and help even more of these students.
To find out more about the Reynolds Veterans Resource Center, visit www.reynolds.edu or call the center at 523-5656.