Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Haiti dance troupe draws large crowd

Drums were beating, dancers were soaring, and spirits were lifted as the Richmond Boys Choir and the Resurrection Dance Theater of Haiti mesmerized nearly 200 guests in a recent performance at the Lipman Auditorium. 

Hosted by the Multicultural Enrichment Council (MEC), the event raised $2,000 to support Hearts with Haiti, a nonprofit organization that is helping to rebuild the St. Joseph’s Home for Boys—an orphanage for former child slaves and homeless boys that was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake.

Laurie Weinberg, chair of the MEC, said she could not stay in her seat during the performance. “ I watched in awe as these young men so artistically and athletically reenacted their difficult lives as former street children and orphans.  Like so many others in the audience, I was inspired to contribute to the cause so that the lives of young children in Haiti can be improved. I want to thank the members of our JSRCC “family” who turned out in large numbers for the moving performance. ”

Fighting Hunger in Goochland County

JSRCC’s Goochland Campus responded to Governor McDonnell’s call for a Day of Service by participating in Goochland’s Free Clinic and Family Services Food Drive.  Rather than serving fellow citizens for just one day, food was collected from September 10th through September 28th. 
Assistant Dean of the School of Business Chuck Swaim contacted the Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services and secured posters and bags for food collection.  Karen Gentry from the Student Success Center strategically located the posters and empty bags around campus and was instrumental in encouraging students, staff, and faculty to participate.  She reports that generous JSRCC students would pick up an empty bag, take it home and return the next day to drop off a bag full of grocery items. 
Chuck Swaim noted, “It was our most successful food collection on-campus in recent memory with 248 pounds of groceries collected.”   
After the food was delivered to Sally Graham, Executive Director of Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services remarked, “The total for JSR was 248 pounds! Thank you so much for your help and support. We collected over 14,500 lbs. of food and are still counting.  This has been even more successful than we imagined.”

Friday, October 12, 2012

Free classes offered by Reynolds during Goochland Campus Community Night

Who says nothing in life is free? On Tuesday, October 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College will offer free one hour classes on its Goochland Campus during Community Night. The College will offer concurrent sessions, with one session of classes beginning at 5:45 p.m. followed by another session at 6:45 p.m.
The early session of classes includes: Fall Floral Design, How to be a Master Gardner, Welding, Proper Diesel Engine Maintenance, Emerging Tech – Hybrids and Electric Vehicles, College Choice, Pathways for Careers in Education, Intro in the Goochland Historical Society, Electric Vehicle Club/ Virginia Community Capital grant, the Latest Labor Market Information, and Seed Cataloging.
The second session of classes includes: Campus Tour, Small Engine Maintenance and Winterization, Auto Myths and Buying Cars, Introduction to Excel, Transfer Agreements, Intro into the Goochland Historical Society and Resume Writing.
Along with free classes, attendees can apply to the College and participate in guided tours of the campus.
The Goochland Campus is located at 1851 Dickinson Road in the area of the Goochland Courthouse. Class sizes are limited and while preregistration is suggested, it is not required. To view a full list of available free classes, visit www.reynolds.edu/goochland. For further information, call
(804) 523‐5400 or email cswaim@reynolds.edu
JSRCC Goochland Campus Community Night
When:  5:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Where: JSRCC Goochland Campus, 1851 Dickinson Road, Goochland