Thursday, October 12, 2017

Meet James Brown
Enrollment Services Information Specialist

Are you from Richmond or did you come here from another city and state?
I am originally from Williamsburg, Virginia. I moved to Richmond from Hampton 20 years ago.
How long have you worked for Reynolds?
I have worked at Reynolds for approximately eight years.

Have you always worked in Enrollment Services? 
I’ve always worked in Enrollment Services. First, on Parham Road in the Testing Center and currently in the Downtown Enrollment Services site.

What do you like best about working here?
It’s a cliché, but I love the interaction with people; the students, parents, faculty and staff. I have a passion for helping people and this position allows me to do it in an environment where I can possibly change the lives of those I encounter.
In your position you see lots of people and probably get asked lots of questions. What is the most memorable situation you have encountered?
There are too many good memories and a few bad, of course. But, overall each one is different in their own way. My satisfaction and best memories come when I provide students with what they need and they come back and say, “Thanks, Mr. Brown, you helped me get this or that done”.

When you are not working, what do you like to do?
I enjoy spending time with my family and sharing in their monumental events. Over the past couple of months, after the loss of my son, I try to make that a priority. I also am a sports enthusiast. I like practically all sports. I love football and basketball, especially, the college games. Lastly, listening to jazz takes me into a whole different world. I love my jazz music.  

If you won the lottery, what would you do first?
Once I’ve gotten over the excitement of winning. The amount would dictate whether or not I’d continue to work. So, I guess the first thing would be, to see if it’s enough that I could stop working and perhaps become a volunteer at Reynolds….lol.

What is the one thing you want others to know about you?
I am one of 13 children. I know you said one, but Shelby Brown of CBS News6 is my baby sister. People always say, “You didn't tell me Shelby was your sister”. To me she is a sister who happens to be a News Reporter, we are very humble family.

What is the best compliment you have ever received?
School wise, is when a student tells you that the reason they are here is because of you. But the one of the best compliments that I've gotten is when an elderly lady said to me in the parking lot of Walmart, that I had a Halo over my head. She knew that I was a child of God, just after seeing me for the first time in her life. Because I am a Christian, that really meant a lot to me.

Who is your most respected hero or heroine, and why?
My grandmother. My Dad died at the age of 42 and I was raised by a single mother who worked a great deal. So, my grandmother lived with us and helped raise us with love, sensitivity, morals, good character and standards. She was old school. So, you know what that means….you better not get out of line.

Reynolds Dedicates Mary and Jerry Owen Student Center

Reynolds Community College recently celebrated the dedication of the Jerry and Mary Owen Student Center. Longtime supporters of Reynolds, Jerry and Mary Owen were honored at the event for their many and major investments to the college.
Jerry served on the Reynolds College Board from 1984 to 1988. The couple supports the college’s scholarship fund and created an endowment for the Reynolds Middle College, which helps individuals earn a high school equivalency certificate and transition into a degree or workforce credential program. In 2015, the Owens made a major gift to improve outcomes for current and future students.

“I grew up on a dairy farm and we didn’t have a lot of money. (But) we gave. We raised lots of vegetables and gave them to the people that needed them. We were always taught to give. That was a part of our lives,” noted Mary on her early lessons about philanthropy. 

Located within the newly-renovated Georgiadis Hall on Reynolds’ Parham Road Campus, the Jerry and Mary Owen Student Center houses the college’s offices of Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, Veteran’s Services, Student Life, the Campus Book Store, and other student success supporting programs. The space reflects the Owens' belief that every student should receive the guidance and tools to help themselves, their family, and community succeed.

Jerry Owen, who attended the groundbreaking of the Parham Road Campus in 1973, said, “When thinking about my purpose, I come up with three lines of 7 words: Word hard, enjoy life and share my blessings. It reinforces what’s good about life. You can’t buy that kind of goodwill. The joy of living is enhanced by the joy of giving.”

As part of the dedication ceremony, guests toured the student support offices and learned what services are provided to help students successfully navigate college. “Whether it’s guidance that in choosing academic degree programs or technical careers or paying for classes – or, just helping some students get through those bumps along the way – the Jerry and Mary Owen Student Center is the space where students will be heard and assisted,” explained Reynolds Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Thomas Hollins. “The Owens’ investment will continue to do what they have always done – and that is simply to help students.”

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Reynolds Police Department Celebrates Safety Day and Ribs Cook-off

The Reynolds Police Department recently hosted Safety Day on the Parham Road Campus. Students, faculty and staff enjoyed a BBQ Ribs Cook-off along with a dunking booth, free vehicle identification etching and the Emergency Responders Job Fair.

As always, the BBQ Ribs Cook-off was a big hit as it pitted representatives from the Reynolds Police Department against several local first responders in the Open Division, while the college’s culinary arts students competed in the Student Division. Rib samples were available for free while supplies lasted.

“The rib cook-off is always one of the highlights of the year,” noted Reynolds Police Chief Paul Ronca. “It is a great way to engage and build relationships with local first responders and our students and is always competitively fun.”  

Henrico County Police Officer Aaron Lancaster won the Open Division, and the team of Reynolds students Ed Cary, Shakira Batts and Alex Stewart won the Student Division.

This year’s BBQ Cook-off contest might be over, but it is never too early to start preparing for the 2018 event!