Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Phi Theta Kappa inducts 103 Reynolds students

Reynolds Community College’s chapters of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society held their annual spring induction ceremony on Saturday, February 22, 2014 in the Lipman Auditorium of the Massey Library Technology Center at the Parham Road Campus. Students who have completed 12 transferable credit hours and have a 3.3 cumulative GPA at the college are invited to join PTK every fall and spring semester.
Alpha Iota Beta Chapter President Tiffany Plumber opened the festivities and Reynolds President Gary Rhodes welcomed the audience. 103 new members were inducted, many of whom participated in the ceremony.

Dr. Corné Bekker, Regent University professor, delivered a motivational speech as the keynote speaker, addressing whether leaders are born or made.

“It has been shown that leaders are neither born nor made,” Bekker explained to the inductees. “Leadership is evolved. It is when someone looks at a follower and sees what no one else can see. Leadership is about motivating people to do the right thing, at the right time for the right reasons.”

In closing Bekker challenged the students, “You have been created by an almighty God to go forth and change this world. Look deep within yourself for that something that only you can bring to this world and if you rise up and are willing to take the charge to go forth and change the world, then the sky is the limit.”

Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. Reynolds has two chapters at the college. The Alpha Iota Beta chapter represents members enrolled in programs at the Parham Road Campus and the Alpha Gamma Omicron chapter represents members enrolled in programs at the Goochland and Downtown campuses. Reynolds has inducted 4,707 members since 1982.

For more information on PTK, visit – www.reynolds.edu/studentlife.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Navy Veteran Offers Copious Amounts of Praise for Reynolds Community College

Before she became a student, Tiwana Simon was a sailor. She spent six years in the Navy circumnavigating the globe. With the exception of the Indian Ocean, she has traversed every sea and walked on just about every continent.

“My favorite places were Africa, São Tomé, and Japan – Japan because it was so peaceful. I went to Hiroshima – the site where the bombs were dropped – on a tour.”

Born in Georgetown, Guyana and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Simon is a second-year student at Reynolds. She says the college’s “Military Friendly” designation is especially appealing to her.

“As soon as I told everybody that I was a veteran, they knew where to point me and in what direction. They were very, very helpful because they know I’m an older student.”

Wherever she goes, Simon can’t stop bragging about Reynolds’ Parham Road campus which she says reminds her of a four-year university.

“It’s larger, it’s not all in one building; I get to move around…I can hang out on the grass. There are so many clubs. I’m a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and a student ambassador. Reynolds also employed me with work-study so I work in the Student Success Center which is very helpful.”

The biggest reason Simon is so smitten with Reynolds is cost-savings. Like so many other students, she’s on a budget and Reynolds delivers value in spades.

“I love Reynolds for the affordability because I get the same quality education that I’d get at a four-year university except cheaper. And I love Reynolds because I can get a career started here when I graduate.”

 Simon says she’ll always recommend Reynolds to any student, whether they’re a veteran or not, because of its affordability.

“I also noticed that a lot of the adjunct professors (here) also teach at four-year universities so you’re getting the same education but more one-on-one time with smaller classrooms.”

 Simon plans to transfer to ODU later this year and eventually earn her bachelor’s. After that, she’s looking forward to serving her country again – this time, as a teacher.

Craig Butterworth
Virginia Community College System

Thursday, February 20, 2014

11th Annual Scholarship Bowl

The 11th annual Scholarship Bowl took place on Saturday, February 1st.  The turnout of supporters ready to bowl on an early Saturday morning was amazing! The 103 bowlers comprising 24 teams raised a total of $1,744.50 towards the Classified Council Scholarship.  

 Award Results:
 High Score Bowler - Rollin Bostock, score 214, team SNAH #4
 Lowest Score Bowler (spirit counts!) - Sarah Moss, score 41, team CCWA Plus
 Most Spirited Bowler - Carolyn Loftin, team Reynolds’ Ravens #2
 Best team name - Minds in the Gutter  with team members: Larry Long, Chad Taylor, Daniel Mietla, and Jerom Jones

 Trophy Winners:
3rd place- SNAH #5 (A.K.A. - Great Balls of Fire) with team members Elaine Beaupre, Adorna Hayward, and Alan Crouch

2nd place- The Extras with team members Stephen Smith, Robin Smith, Kim Pomier, and Mazhar Anik 
1st place- Team Vexor with team members: Kimberly Talley-Bryant, Karen Houchens, William Judon, and Carlos Vieira

The Classified Council could not have pulled this successful fundraising event off without the help of some other key Scholarship Bowl supporters at Reynolds:

Dr. LeRosen served as the official "Scholarship Bowl Photographer" and the photos are outstanding, a sample of which are shown below. 

Dean Hunter and her team at The School of Nursing and Allied Health supported the event with a total of five bowling teams competing this year.  

Reynolds’ team spirit was shining bright thanks to the Office of Marketing and Larry Long at Follett Bookstore for the abundance of donated T-shirts, banners, pens, sweatshirts, and cups for our raffle.

Marianne McGhee from the Office of Institutional Advancement covered the event and David Cloer from Applications Development and Support helped with all that took place behind the scenes with the online registration form.

Last and certainly not least, many kudos to Kim Cain for her tremendous work in planning and organizing an event of this magnitude.  

It’s never too early to start practicing for next year! 

Additional pictures

Friday, February 14, 2014

Reynolds student honored

About 500 people attended Richmond magazine's third annual Elby Awards on January 26 to honor

Celeste Bolling Eisingerthe Richmond region's restaurant community. Congratulations to Reynolds Culinary Arts student Celeste Bolling Eisinger for being named as one of two Culinary Students of the Year.
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Reynolds students visit Virginia General Assembly

As a part of the Virginia Community College System’s “Every day is Community College Day”, delegations of Reynolds students attended the Virginia General Assembly on three separate occasions over the last month sharing their college experiences and stories with a number of lawmakers.

“It is important that they hear your story,” noted Reynolds President Gary Rhodes. “They hear from me many times during session, but they would much rather hear directly from you about your life or college story. You represent Virginia’s future, so your concerns are of interest to them.”

Following morning visits with legislatures, the students walked to the Virginia State Capitol where they toured the building that holds the nation’s oldest legislative body. During the general assembly sessions, each group was welcomed and recognized in the House of Representatives or the Senate.

“I wanted them to know how important it is to keep the cost of tuition as low as possible,” noted Reynolds student Brian Marube. “This year’s proposed budget is very friendly to the community colleges and I hope they keep as much of it in place as possible.”

During one of the visits, the students were join by VCCS board member Admiral Fountain and Reynolds board members Mark Creery and Rick Rush. On their last visit, the students delivered chocolates made by the college’s culinary arts students.