Thursday, April 19, 2018

VCCS Celebrates Philanthropy – The Lipman Foundation

Each April, Virginia’s Community Colleges honor leading philanthropists from each of 23 community colleges at a special luncheon hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE). The 13th annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy event was held in Richmond on April 17, 2018 and recognized the outstanding contributions made to the growth and development of Virginia’s Community Colleges and their respective foundations. More than two dozen individuals, families, and businesses from around Virginia earned the Chancellor’s Award. Their combined contributions totaled $6 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Reynolds Community College submitted The Lipman Foundation to be one of the philanthropists recognized with this year’s Chancellor’s Award. In 1991 Eric and Jeanette Lipman made their first gift to the college. Mrs. Lipman went on to establish the Eric and Jeanette Lipman Endowed Scholarship, to create an endowment to support Reynolds’ Middle College program, and to fund the Jeanette Lipman Auditorium in the Massey Learning and Technology building on the Reynolds Parham Road Campus. But, Mrs. Lipman gave more than just funding, she also gave of her personal time and talent by joining the Reynolds Educational Foundation Board in 2001. The Lipman Foundation’s latest support was a $1 million donation to extend the college’s footprint in Richmond’s East End. 

Picture here left to right: Reynolds President Gary Rhodes, 
Educational Foundation Board Member Julie Gustavsson,
The Lipman Foundation - Mike Gracik,
Reynolds Development Director Marianne McGhee
The Lipmans were fervent champions of individuals determined to overcome difficult circumstances and succeed. Eric Lipman fled his native Germany to escape the Nazi Holocaust. He served in the U.S. Army and later he, along with his wife Jeanette, built a highly successful machine tool import business operating out of Richmond. Along the path of their success the couple experienced their own struggles and hardships.

“Jeanette was very much interested in helping people help themselves,” said Elizabeth Littlefield, executive director of the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Foundation. “She saw our college as a pathway to economic independence, and provided scholarships to make sure financial resources were not a barrier.”

Ellen Robertson of the Richmond Times-Dispatch had this to say about Mrs. Lipman: “Jeanette Lipman once said that she practiced “venture philanthropy.” Although she and her husband made gifts to prominent Richmond institutions, her special passion was for causes that had little or no mechanism for funding. She then found resources to address problems.”

Eric Lipman passed away in 1992. Jeanette Lipman passed away in 2017 at the remarkable age of 102. Although they are now gone, the Lipmans and their Foundation will have a lasting impact not only on Reynolds, but on about 30 other organizations in Richmond, in Virginia and beyond.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Meet Karen Steele
Curator, Reynolds Art Collection

Where did you grow up? If not Richmond, how long have you lived here, and what brought you here?
I grew up in Fairmont, West Virginia, where I attended Fairmont State University. I came to Richmond in 1968 for that most traditional of reasons: I married a man who was living here.  

How long have you worked for Reynolds? What did you do for work before you came here?
When John Fugate, who was program chair for art, called and asked me to interview for an adjunct teaching position at Reynolds in 1991, I was the Administrator-Curator of Wilton House Museum. I remember talking with him on an extension in the Museum’s basement kitchen. 
You are the Curator of the Reynolds Art Collection. Please tell us about your job.
My job includes identifying potential art donors, negotiating gifts, documenting all art in a catalog program, hanging art on all three campuses, working with artists and art groups who exhibit in the Conference Center Gallery to assure high quality shows, coordinating the Student Art Show. Some days, it’s just what comes along. Recently I used a hex wrench to attach sleeves to the rods we use in the Walker Hanging System. I teach art history every semester.  

Reynolds has received a number of significant donations to the art collection in the past year. What is the most important thing for faculty and staff to know about this asset?
These works are an important part of the educational mission of the college.  Not only does colorful art break down the institution feel of college buildings, it can be a critical part of teaching in many disciplines. Art teaches problem solving, or as one artist put it, problem creating. It’s a classic situation where students are forced to explore new ideas and approaches to make a successful work. Students learn the kind of flexibility in thinking that allows them to find new solutions to old problems in the workplace. 

This is an exciting time of year for you. The Annual Student Art Show is on exhibit now in the Workforce Conference Center Gallery and the Show Awards Reception will be held on Thursday, April 26? What will happen at the Awards Reception?
We will honor this year’s major donor: Chuck Scalin, who gave the college 47 of his art works. He chose 47 to represent each year of his 47 year-long career.  He and his wife Mim Golub judged the show. They will announce the Reynolds Prize (best in show) and prizes for painting and drawing.  The winning students will receive a check. John Negri will provide music. The food will be excellent.  

When you aren’t here at Reynolds working with art, what do you like to do for fun?
Turns out I’m a bit of an art and design nerd.  I sew, read, knit and design needlework. I like to travel. I look for good museums, classical music concerts, and excellent coffee in a new city.

What is your favorite thing to do in Richmond?
I like Carytown. There are fun shops and galleries with lots of interesting people to watch. I especially like the flower vendors. They bring such color to the city.  

If you won the Mega Millions jackpot what would you do first?
After all of the practical stuff, I’d book a raft trip down the Colorado through the Grand Canyon. 

Reynolds Faculty Publishes Second Edition

Reynolds Community College is pleased to announce that Assistant Dean, School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering Dr. Richard Groover has published an ambitious reference book: The Environment Almanac of Virginia, 2nd edition. 

The Environmental Almanac of Virginia, 2nd edition covers all major environmental topics relevant to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Chapters include natural resources, air quality, water quality, solid waste issues, toxics found in Virginia’s environmental, wildlife species of Virginia, and endangered species. Groover approached Frits van der Leeden, author of the first edition, to encourage him to write a second part, but the author instead encouraged Groover to take on the monumental task. Which he did.

This second edition reference book contains hundreds of pages packed with up-to-date information, more than 30 maps, charts and tables organized in a user-friendly format for quick access. Some information that is irretrievable for government sites, internet searches or current research has been distilled for the reader’s use. New topics since the first edition have been updated in this edition, such as energy strategies, Marcellus Shale deposits, uranium deposits, and alternative energy possibilities. Also new in the Second Edition is current climate change data for Virginia, information on invasive species, and updates on water quality, air pollution and environmental regulations.

According to a recent interview with Emory & Henry College, Groover’s alma mater, Groover enjoys being busy. Groover told E & H: “I’m worried about being bored. If I die tomorrow, I’ve had a really fun life!” In the course of his life he has been a scientist, a teacher, a field researcher, a government employee, a reserve deputy sheriff, a hostage negotiator, a documentary filmmaker, a National Park docent, a former member of the Governor’s Climate Change Commission for Virginia, and is a current member of the Board of Trustees for the Virginia Science Museum. 

Dr. Richard S. Groover is an aquatic ecologist. He has a PhD in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University. In addition to being an Assistant Dean at Reynolds Community College, he is a Fellow of the Virginia Academy of Science, and was a member of the Governor’s Climate and Resiliency Commission, 2014 – 2015. He has published articles in journals and other media, and has produced a number of award-winning documentary and educational films. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Reynolds Adjunct Faculty

D. Pulane Lucas, PhD

Publishes Latest Book

Reynolds Community College is pleased to announce that School of Business Adjunct Faculty D. Pulane Lucas, PhD. has published her third book, God and the Self: Insights from Major Thinkers in the Western Philosophical Tradition

In God and the Self Dr. Lucas explores the dynamic and complex notions of God and the self from a number of philosophical perspectives. This three-part volume examines the work of Kant, Coleridge, and Nietzsche before analyzing the views and influences of Descartes, Locke, Hume, and Schleiermacher on conceptions of God and the self. A final section on self-awareness investigates the self and draws upon the works of William James and George Herbert Mead. Each essay in the volume examines a fundamental way of conceptualizing and understanding the self with a historical and theoretical perspective.

Lucas had this to say about her latest book: “I would like readers to gain an appreciation for how the philosophers sought to liberate the mind from oppressive conditions and destructive forces, and how they understood the power of thought and imagination in transforming the human experience and helping individuals and communities recognize their genius.”

Dr. Lucas joined the Reynolds faculty in spring 2014. She teaches face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses. She enjoys integrating Harvard Business School case studies into her lesson plans. Her courses include Introduction to Business, Principles of Supervision I, Principles of Management, Organizational Behavior, and Ethical Issues in Management. She states that the case method approach helps students think critically about management, administrative, and leadership dilemmas and sharpens their analytical skills as they grapple with complex, real-world business issues.

Dr. Lucas has served on several Reynolds faculty committees, including the Meta-Majors and Guided Pathways Task Force, the Business Administration Advisory Committee, the School of Business Program Assessment Committee, and the Professional Development and Renewal Committee. She also has participated in the Faculty Learning Community (Strategies for Student Engagement). She is a member of the Harvard Business School Healthcare Alumni Association and Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) and has been a member of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

Dr. D. Pulane Lucas is a professor, author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration (Health Policy Concentration) from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Arts degree from Harvard University, a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Dr. Lucas completed her undergraduate studies at California State University, East Bay.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Reynolds Culinary Arts Student Profile

Meet Ed Cary

What motivated you to study culinary arts?  
I graduated from the MCV School of Pharmacy in 1988 with a Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy. I have been a retail pharmacist for the past 30 years. I have worked in a variety of setting in retail pharmacy since graduating. Most recently I was employed by Ukrops/Martins Pharmacy. When Martins decided to pull out of the Richmond area, I decided to start working part-time as a pharmacist and go back to school part-time. I decided to pursue a career in Culinary Arts. I have always had a passion for cooking. My mother was a Home Economics teacher and my father was a cook on a warship in World War II. Both of my parents taught me and my siblings how to cook a very young age.   

Where are you in your culinary studies?  
I am working towards becoming a Certified Chef in the Culinary Arts Program at Reynolds.

What are you working on now?  
This semester I am taking Fruit, Vegetable, and Starch Preparation (HRI 218),  and Soups, Stocks, and Sauces Preparation (HRI 219).

What is your favorite task as a culinary student?  
I am excelling in the all of the classes that I am taking. I have enjoyed all of the classes that I have taken thus far. I have made Dean's List every semester since starting the program in the Fall of 2016.  

What is your favorite ingredient?  
I love meat, seafood, and poultry (and all of the starches that accompany these).

Do you have a “signature dish”?  
My signature dish is Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks with rice, avocado, spring onions, and wasabi/soy sauce.

What would you most like to do in culinary arts when you graduate?  
I am schedule to complete my degree in 2019, and I plan to become the owner/co-owner of a Gourmet Food Truck in the Richmond area.  

What is your favorite restaurant in Richmond?  
My wife and I love The Iron Horse Restaurant in Ashland, VA. We go to this restaurant for all of our special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.)  

What would you tell other potential students interested in studying culinary arts at Reynolds?  
Chef Miller and Chef Rounds are attempting to take Reynolds Culinary Arts Program to a level comparable to the Culinary Arts Institute of America (CIA) and/or Johnson and Wales University Culinary Arts School. These are the top two schools for Culinary Arts in the United States of America.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Reynolds Arts Student Profile
Meet Bethany Stiehm

Have you always been interested in art or did you discover your talent and passion later?
I've always been interested in art and enjoyed it from an outside perspective, but I never thought of myself as an artist until last year when I took a painting class at reynolds. Taking a painting class made me realize how accessible art really is and that anyone can make art. It gave me the confidence to explore my artistic side. 

What is your area of study at Reynolds?
My area of study is social sciences. 

What is your favorite medium?
I think it might be too early in my artistic journey to say what my favorite medium is. I'm still learning and exploring a lot when it comes to art materials. I have been loving oil paints since I started working with them and I like fabric and textiles, but I don't think I've found my favorite medium yet.

How does your art express your feelings and attitudes?
I think my art gives me an outlet to express the dreamy colors and subject matter I find myself most drawn to. It gives me an opportunity to detach from reality and live inside my own brain. 

What would you like to do with your art background in the future?
I would like to continue studying art at a four year university and find a career where I can continue to make art.

Reynolds Arts Student ProfileMeet Kathrine Ramos

Have you always been interested in art or did you discover your talent and passion later?
I've always loved art, but just recently decided I wanted to make it my career path.

What is your area of study at Reynolds?
 I’m a liberal arts major hoping to move to a 4-year institution to study sequential art.

What is your favorite medium? 
My favorite medium is digital because there are so many possibilities.

How does your art express your feelings and attitudes?
I like to use my art to express my emotions in a way that can be interpreted many different ways by the viewer. I like when different people get different feelings when looking at my art.

What would you like to do with your art background in the future?
The dream is to do character design or comic illustration, but any job that has me in an artistic environment will fit me well.

What advice would you give other students interested in studying art at Reynolds?
My advice is never give up and be open to criticism! I attribute a lot of my artistic growth to my openness to criticism. Anyone can create great art, you just have to keep going no matter what bumps you find in the road!

Reynolds Honors Students Win Prestigious Awards

Meghan Clancy (AS, Social Science) was selected as the Virginia Collegiate Honors Council’s Emerging Scholar of the Year. This is a unique honor bestowed on a student who has demonstrated extraordinary potential as an emerging scholar, and who embodies the scholarship, character, and ambition associated historically with honors students and the Virginia Collegiate Honors Council (VCHC).  She will receive a $500 cash award/scholarship and complimentary conference registration to the Southern Regional Honors Council Conference in Northern Virginia where she will speak and accept her award at the VCHC dinner. Meghan has also received a National Collegiate Honors Council scholarship to fund her application for a summer Partners in the Parks trip, which will take her on a NCHC faculty-led trip to National Historical sites in New York City. The Partners program is an interdisciplinary exploration of various sites. Meghan will travel with other Honors students from 4-year programs across the country.

Michael Pittman (AS, Science) is one of only 10 students selected for a paid summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) internship at the New York State Department of Heath’s prestigious Wadsworth Center. Michael will live in Albany, New York for ten weeks and pair with a PhD mentor in a biomedical research lab to help conduct a project focused on genetic research and in cooperation with Albany Medical Center. This internship offers invaluable lab and research experience, as well as a chance to present in a student symposium at the end of the summer.

Bryanna Mountford (AS, Science) has been selected to participate in the Theoretically Interesting Molecules Consortium REU summer program at the University of Richmond, a paid internship. Bryanna will work with Dr. Kristine Nolan, a chemistry professor at U of R. This program will allow Bryanna to conduct research in Dr. Nolan’s lab with current U of R students,  and traveling internationally to Quebec City, Canada to attend the International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry from July 8th to July 13th. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Reynolds Arts Student Profile

Meet Mary Taylor

Have you always been interested in art or did you discover your talent and passion later?
My passion for art was discovered later, after taking Professor Mullins Art Appreciation class.  I then decided to take the painting class after trying to paint on my own.  

What is your area of study at Reynolds?
My area of study at Reynolds is Nursing.

What is your favorite medium?
My favorite medium is oil paints.

How does your art express your feelings and attitudes?
When I am painting, I am able to feel the most relaxed.  All of my problems seem to disappear when I have a paintbrush in my hand.

What would you like to do with your art background in the future?
I plan on continuing to paint and continuing taking classes at Reynolds in painting.  I want to become a better painter and artist. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Meet Alan Crouch

Assistant Dean, School of Business

Where did you grow up? If not Richmond, how long have you lived here, and what brought you here?
Born in NJ, grew up in CA and then moved back to NJ before moving to Richmond in 1973. We moved about every 3 years growing up as Dad was always seeking a more challenging position. 

What drew you to the field of Automotive Technology?
As a kid I really got into cars. I built a lot of plastic model cars and had fun painting and customizing them. In high school I was talking to a counselor and said I like cars. He said get a job at a gas station to see if you really like them. So I did and I do! 

After earning your AAS, BS and MS you started teaching at New River Community College, then went on to a career at Mitsubishi and other auto related businesses. Then you came back to teaching. What brought you back?
When I was teaching at New River Community College, I really liked it but wanted to see more of the world than just Dublin, VA. So I joined corporate America and got to see the world. I always wanted to get back to teaching at a community college to show automotive students the opportunities that the automotive field can offer. When the automotive instructor job at Reynolds came open, I jumped at it. 

You have been at Reynolds since 2008. How has it changed in the past ten years?
As a faculty member, you have to make an effort to reach out through committee work and participation in the many activities that Reynolds offers. It is easy to focus on teaching where you prepare for classes, teach and then go home. I have met many wonderful Reynolds people who have helped me connect with other campuses, schools and groups.

What is your favorite car and why?
My favorite was a car I had in high school, a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro. The movie Aloha Bobby and Rose had one and I remember the car doing a donut while the song Welcome Back My Friends from Emerson, Lake and Palmer was playing. “Come inside the shows about to start, guaranteed to blow your head apart”!

What advice do you give your students on succeeding in the automotive business?
Read/learn everything you can all the time. The industry changes almost every day and you have to keep up with the changes. There are lots of jobs in the automotive industry. Job stands for Just over broke. When you become passionate about something you turn a job into a career. There are lots of great careers in the automotive industry where you can see the world, meet a lot of great people and make a lot of money. 

What do you like to do when you aren’t working at Reynolds or being a Director at the Goochland Chamber of Commerce?
I like to play golf and ride motorcycles. Sometimes I ride my motorcycle to the golf course. I am currently working on my project car, a 1953 Mercury Custom. I hope to have it running by the end of summer. Which year is still up in the air.

Everyone gets asked the lottery question. If you won the Mega Millions jackpot what would you do first?
Build a climate controlled 20 car garage and shop eBay to start filling it up. Then build another garage for motorcycles. 

Reynolds Arts Student Profile
Meet Matt Chubb

Have you always been interested in art or did you discover your talent and passion later?
I have always been interested in the arts in some fashion or another since childhood. I was involved in community theater in middle and high school which gave way to an interest in photography in college. My interest in the visual arts really bloomed after college though. I was involved in an artist circle with other young professionals where my interest really became a passion. 

What is your area of study at Reynolds? 
I do not a declared major or area of study per se, but I am taking courses in both the arts and psychology. 

What is your favorite medium? 
That's a hard one to narrow down to just one as I find different media can evoke different feelings and atmospheres depending on what I am trying to express. I find that in the studio I prefer charcoal, mostly, because it has a painterly quality that I have come to enjoy.   

How does your art express your feelings and attitudes?
Many times I will find myself drawn to very detailed work, work that has a lot straight lines and abstract forms or work that is bold, with a lot of contrast. Over time I've discovered that those tendencies spring from being detail-oriented, possessing an intense personality and experiencing some intense contrast in my own life. 

What would you like to do with your art background in the future?
I would like to use my passion for the arts to assist others in their journey toward wholeness, using art as part of the therapeutic process. I have found personally that art and beauty have been a way back to health for me and I believe I have a responsibility to grant that chance to others. 

What advice would you give other students interested in studying art at Reynolds?
Challenge yourself. Take the risk. If for no other reason that you challenge the notion that you can't draw or paint. You may find that you can. That revelation may just inspire you to challenge yourself in other areas.  Additionally, our arts faculty here at Reynolds is excellent, both in their training and in their commitment to inspiring students to explore, risk and pursue endeavors in the arts. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Reynolds Annual Student Art Show
to be Judged by Chuck Scalin

The 2018 Reynolds Student Art Show will be on display from March 24 to April 30 in the Conference Center Gallery in the Workforce Development and Conference Center on J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College’s Parham Road Campus. Faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to view paintings, drawings, digital media, mixed media and photographs created by Reynolds art students. 

Show awards will be presented at a public Awards Reception to be held on April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery. The reception is free and the community is invited to join in the celebration of the artistic accomplishments of Reynolds’ students. 

Reynolds is pleased to have Professor emeritus and former Assistant Chair of the Communication Arts + Design Department at VCU Chuck Scalin and his wife, artist Mim Golub, as this year’s show judges. Chuck and Mim are honored to be judging this show and presenting awards to the students during the Awards Reception.

Additionally, Reynolds is pleased to have a body of Scalin’s work, “Chuck Scalin: creative pursuits 1971 – 2017” exhibited during the Awards Reception.  Eventually these works will become part of Reynolds’ permanent collection. His collection will consist of 47 examples of work produced in various mediums over the past 47 years.

Chuck has worked in many different mediums over the years and this collection will include examples of his photography, collage, assemblage, printmaking, clay and glassworks. Chuck earned his BFA and MFA degrees from both the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and Pratt Institute in New York.

He has been a practicing professional artist for over 50 years and is also a designer, collector and curator and project producer. His work has been included and received recognition in over 300 exhibitions, with 25 solo exhibitions and has works in many public and private collection both in the US and abroad.
He has been involved with the local galley scene since he moved to Richmond in 1967 and has sat on boards of non-profit galleries, including 1708 and Artspace Galleries.

Reynolds Students Named Coca-Cola Scholars

Reynolds Community College is pleased to announce that two of its students have been selected as 2018 Coca-Cola Academic Team Scholars. James Brown and Donald Cooper were selected from more than 2,000 applicants and named as Coca-Cola Bronze Scholars.

The Coca-Cola Academic Team recognizes high achieving two-year college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends beyond the classroom to benefit society. Of the more than 2,000 applicants this year only fifty students were named Bronze Scholars. To be eligible for this program, students must submit an application for the All-USA Academic Team and be selected as a nominee by their college. Donald and James were nominated by Reynolds. Their selection was based on academic achievement, leadership, and engagement in college and community service. Funding is provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

Donald Cooper
When asked how he felt about winning this scholarship Donald Cooper had this to say: “Ultimately, winning this scholarship has pushed me to be a better version of myself. After getting my letter that I had won the Coca-Cola Academic Team scholarship, I was of course super pumped. However, it made me reflect back to all of the time I had put into applying. I am honored that someone took a great deal of time to read about my life, my choices, and my passions. Again, it means the world to me that someone out there can see or relate to my story of self discovery and improvement, and be there to help provide for my financial needs in the next chapter of my career.”
Donald and James will be recognized at the Phi Theta Kappa Annual Convention in Kansas City, Missouri in April.

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said J. Mark Davis, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals.”

“We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for recognizing these student leaders and for investing in their futures,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. “Scholarships like these are integral to the success of these students in reaching their educational and career goals.”

Reynolds Art Student Profile
Meet Sarah Brown

Have you always been interested in art or did you discover your talent and passion later?
I did not know I had any talent until last semester when I chose to take Drawing 1 as an elective. I was so surprised by what I was able to accomplish when I took the time to fix mistakes and put real effort into it. 

What is your area of study at Reynolds?
I am currently taking general education and prerequisites for my Bachelors of Science in Nursing. 

What is your favorite medium? 
I really enjoy charcoal and collage. 

How does your art express your feelings and attitudes?
Art is a great release for me. If I am stressed about another class my art work tends to be more controlled. If I am in a generally good mood my art is more expressive and care free. 

What would you like to do with your art background in the future?
In the future I am mostly planning on drawing for fun while maybe selling a few pieces on the side. 

What advice would you give other students interested in studying art at Reynolds?
My advice is to not be worried about not being good enough to take college level art. Drawing 1 starts at the basics of drawing and will help you very quickly improve. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Reynolds Culinary Student Profile:

Meet LaKia Davis

What motivated you to study culinary arts?
I've always had a passion for creating little snacks and desserts. Growing up I always made the holiday desserts and birthday cakes. That was way before Pinterest and Social Media, so I would take ideas from magazines and recipe books. In recent years, I started picking this back up as a hobby and a few years ago I said I can could do this permanently, lol.

Where are you in your culinary studies?
I am a 2nd year study under Culinary Arts. I will be taking my Capstone this summer and eligible for graduation after that, but in the fall I will pick up Culinary Management and finish Pastry Arts as well. The convenient part of this program is that there is a bulk of classes all culinary fields have to take which makes it easier to finish another degree at the same time.

What are you working on now?
Right now I am in International Cuisine. Just finished American Regional a few weeks ago. My other class is Menu Management which I am currently working on our business plan project that includes creating, resourcing and projecting a full dinner menu.

What is your favorite task as a culinary student?
My favorite task as a student, lol, would be cryovac'ing our leftover product. I like using the machine and seeing the different shapes the items result in when the air has been removed. Also, it is way better than having to do the dishes and having to take out the trash.

What is your favorite ingredient?
PASTA! I love it when we get to make fresh pasta because you can incorporate into many different dishes as well has styles and ingredients.

Do you have a “signature dish”?
Actually I have a "signature" dish my group member, Trevor and I came up with. It's called the "Blueberry Smash". It came about when we had to do Blueberry Pie and we left too much juice. Even though it congealed when it was cut it was just a mess. So instead of serving it like that, we smashed the pie up and served it as a cobbler. Two weeks later we had to do a Blueberry Cobbler. In the process of class, we forgot to make the dough. Soooooo, we revisited our original idea with frozen pie crust, crumbled it like a cobbler and made it again. Totally awesome. Our class loved it. 

What would you most like to do in culinary arts when you graduate?
My ultimate goal is to open up a lunch/dinner counter named after my Grandma, "Shirley's". Currently, I'm using the business as well as culinary skills I've learned to offer traditional desserts, homemade jams and jellies as well as small batch dog treats.

What is your favorite restaurant in Richmond?
My favorite places in Richmond would be Mom's Siam II, Buz N Ned's and Proper Pie Co. I think that's a perfect mix of the food diversity Richmond has to offer.

What would you tell other potential students interested in studying culinary arts at Reynolds?
It's a wonderful program to start with regardless of if you've just discovered culinary arts or you've actually worked in the industry. It's a great opportunity to understand culinary arts and get the background you need to decide whether you want to go into catering, pastry arts, management, banquet or become a world famous executive Chef.

Reynolds Culinary Student Profile:

Meet Shalise Turner

What motivated you to study culinary arts? 
I worked for a restaurant for several years in many positions, then I got married and my husband at the time encouraged me to open a cafe. I went to San Fransico to study how to mix herbal teas for health and enjoyment purposes and learned how to prepare simple elegant cafe style foods. My cafe started off as a tea and coffee shop, then I added simple foods and over time it became a small jazz shop. On the weekends I would offer a pre-fixed three-course menu and live music for two. 

Where are you in your culinary studies?
I am a triple major student at Reynolds. I have nearly completed my degree in culinary art and I have a few classes left in my culinary management degree. I am about halfway with my Horticulture degree, which I am studying at Reynolds. I have taken a few of the classes I need to transfer to Johnson and Wales when the transfer agreement is completed. 

What are you working on now?
I work full time at VCU Health the local number one trauma hospital downtown. I am a roundsman in the patient care kitchen. 

What is your favorite task as a culinary student?
I really enjoy washing dishes. I love to cook yet my fellow students enjoy using a number of dishes and pans so we have a large amount of dishes that need to be handled at the end of lab. I feel that there is a sense of tranquility that comes when I wash dishes because I know the meal was complete and someone got to enjoy it and I am just readying the next chef for his or her turn at greatness. Most people don't enjoy doing the dishes. But I think it gives you some time alone with your thoughts so you can reflect on how things went during class. 

What is your favorite ingredient?
Garlic and onions, I love them because they are a perfect pair. Like a good balanced marriage both are great on their own yet together they make a wonderful base for anything from a sauce to a marinade. They are very diverse and can be complex or dulled down. 

Do you have a “signature dish”?
When I opened my second restaurant I had a signature sandwich which was called the "Big Mother Trucker" because I was located near a truck stop and it weighed nearly a pound. I would offer food challenges to people who could complete it. The sandwich was made up of two Texas toast grill cheese sandwiches, quarter pound burger patties, sauteed onions and peppers, bacon, french fries and close slaw with lettuce, tomato, and cheese. It was served with fries and a house mayo and spicy spread 

What would you most like to do in culinary arts when you graduate?
I would really like to be a personal chef or a chef with a medical facility focused on organic growth for health care purposes. Since I have worked in the restaurant scene and enjoyed it I would like to venture out into another area where I can still enjoy my craft yet not so much of the burnout from a restaurant. 

What is your favorite restaurant in Richmond?
To be honest, I do not have one, Richmond has so many options when it comes to dining. I love local foods yet I am crazy about authentic cultural foods.

What would you tell other potential students interested in studying culinary arts at Reynolds?
I would tell them that it is a wonderful program and it is full of challenges not just academic but ones that test your character and help you build confidence in yourself and your skills. The teachers are amazing because they come from all walks of life and they truly have a love for the craft and they have the desire for you to learn it the right way and to enjoy it. I appreciate that they are so talented and have used their skills to experience a number of great things in the industry and they bring back the good and the bad of the craft. Things are not sugar coated. They expect you to want to learn and it is not made easy, yet they are reasonable and fair. 

Reynolds Host Successful Science Night

Reynolds recently hosted its 14th Annual Science Night on the college’s Parham Road Campus. This year’s event was titled “An Interactive Evening with Scientists”. Exhibitors participated from organizations outside the college including:  Henricopolis Soil and Water Division, Science Museum of Virginia, Virginia Department of Transportation, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Community Idea Stations – Science Matters, MathScience Innovation Center, Virginia Herpetological Society, Mattaponi Pamunkey Rivers Association,  Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, King and the Queen Courthouse Tavern Museum.

“The event is always exciting for our students,” said Assistant Professor of Biology Karen Neal. “And we are very thankful for all the outside organizations that participated. While at Science Night, the outside organizations were able to share with our students what they are doing in the community and also gives them time to recruit our students to volunteer or work for them.”

With over 300 people in attendance, there were eight exhibits by Reynolds faculty, staff and student organizations including the Reynolds Honors Program, the Science Club and the Robotics Club. A few of the favorite exhibits were the Goldfish Petting Zoo, Streams in Action, Physics of Our World, Reynolds’ Makerspace, Microorganisms are Everywhere and The Skin You Are In.

During the event, Reynolds President Dr. Gary Rhodes was presented with a gift from the Math, Science and Engineering Department in appreciation for his continued support of Science Night. Rhodes had this to say about the event on Facebook: It was a most fun and informative evening! A shout out of MANY THANKS to the faculty and staff who made tonight’s event such a success! 
Dr. Gary Rhodes (Right)