Thursday, February 15, 2018

Reynolds 15th Annual Scholarship Bowl

The 15th Annual Reynolds Scholarship Bowl took place on Saturday, February 10 at Bowl America in Short Pump. The turnout of supporters ready to bowl on an early Saturday morning was amazing, as nearly 100 bowlers raised more than $1,500 towards the Classified Council Scholarship. Over the last 15 years, the event has raised more than $17,000. 

“The Reynolds Classified Council could not have pulled this successful fundraising event off without the help of many key volunteers and supporters,” says Reynolds Classified Council President Kim Cain.

Award Results

1st place: SNAH Bowlers
Robin Shepherd, Daniel Shepherd, John Wood, John Kirtley

2nd Place: Dual EnROLLment
Miles McCrimmon, Sharalyne Tierseron, Stephanie Shea, Catherine Ingrassia, Ellis Billups.

3rd Place: The Redundants 
Ghazala Hashmi, Bill Ziegler, Barbara Lytton, Keith Lytton, Jason Lira.

Best Team Name: Spare Me

Best Team Shirt or Outfit: The Business Bowlers

The Dr. Rhodes Top Bowler Award (Highest Game Bowled): John Wood

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Author Benjamin Campbell Visits Reynolds

When Benjamin Campbell, author of Richmond’s Unhealed History, spoke at two events in the Around the World through Books series on February 8, he came with an agenda. Campbell, who has lived in Richmond and served as a priest at three Episcopal churches since 1970, has a mission to bring better opportunities to the people of the city, especially those living in neighborhoods dominated by public housing.

In two sessions - a luncheon at the Downtown Campus and an evening presentation in Lipman Auditorium on the Parham Campus - Campbell traced 400 years of state and city policy designed to suppress opportunities for African Americans. Richmond’s unhealed history includes a slave market, a series of urban renewal projects that destroyed African American neighborhoods, and a public transportation system that mostly does not cross into neighboring counties - limiting access to jobs and higher education. 

“This is not flat land we are living on,” he said. “It is crooked land, and we cannot rest until it is flat.” Campbell works with RVA Rapid Transit, a grassroots organization serving Metro Richmond, which promotes a regional transit system (; he asked the audience to visit the website and support the cause.

Around the World through Books is sponsored by the Reynolds Multicultural Enrichment Council.

Meet Jackie Epps –
Middle College Office Administrative Specialist 

Where did you grow up? If not in Richmond, how long have you lived here, and what brought you here?
I was born in Richmond, Virginia, but moved to my hometown Amelia, Virginia, where I lived on my grandmother and grandfather's farm.  It was always an adventure living on the farm as a kid - walking through the woods, dipping in the streams, running through the fields. Some of our favorite games were hopscotch, jumping rope, kickball and Annie-over.  We worked the garden everyday and had fresh vegetables to pick and can for the winter.

How long have you been working at Reynolds?
I started to work at Reynolds in August of 1999 as a work study student.  In 2003 I was hired part-time and became full time in 2006.

What do you like best about working at Reynolds?
Being a part of the Middle College as an Office Specialist - a program that provides a second chance for so many people. Also meeting old and new friends.

What is the most rewarding aspect of working in the Middle College?
I enjoy talking with people. My job provides me an opportunity to be a social person. I’m able to assist individuals with personal needs as well as academically. To see and hear a student say they have completed their first GED test is great. The most rewarding event is to see them with the blue cap and gown on for the first time in their lives marching across the graduation stage for all to see.

You are passionate about the City of Richmond and its citizens, if you could make one change to the City of Richmond to make it better, what would it be?
I would find a solution for gun violence by changing the gun laws.

Where is your favorite place to eat in Richmond?
It’s a toss-up between Mama J’s and the Croaker Spot, both of these restaurant have menus with a lot of options.

What is your dream vacation destination?
My dream vacation would be an island where I could go skydiving.

If you won $100 million dollars, what would you do with it?
I would invest in buying properties to refurbish for single families, single parent families and the homeless to have a place to call their own.

Who has inspired you the most during your life?
That would be my mother.

What’s your favorite movie and why?
Along Came A Spider, with Morgan Freeman, the suspense keeps you guessing what will happen next.

I am told you have a talent for remembering students’ names. How did you develop this talent, or where does it come naturally?
I’ve always had a knack for remembering names and numbers. When I started working with the Middle College it was important to remember each student by first and last name. We had several students with the same first name but not last. So I began to identify students by calling them by their first and last name. After a while it became a part of my daily routine as an admin.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Reynolds Community College to host Movie “Hidden Figures”

Reynolds Community College will host an “Around the World Through Film” event on Friday, February 16, at 6 p.m. at the Downtown Campus, 700 East Jackson Street, Room 250. This event is free and open to the public.

Ms. Julie Williams-Byrd, a member of the celebrated Women@NASA group, will lead a pre and post movie discussion. Light refreshments will be served, and door prizes awarded. Please bring canned goods for the Central Virginia Food Bank.

Set in 1960s Virginia, the film centers on three pioneering African American women whose calculations for NASA were integral to several historic space missions. These women were superlative mathematicians and engineers despite starting their careers in segregation-era America and facing discrimination at home, at school, and at work.  

This “Around the World through Film” event is sponsored by Reynolds’ Multicultural Enrichment Council for the purpose of encouraging cultural diversity throughout the college’s campuses and communities.

For more information please contact Ewa Reedy at or Mazhar Anik at

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Reynolds Honor Student Ryan Lingo Advocates for NASA

Reynolds Honors student Ryan Lingo will serve as a NASA Advocate at the annual Aerospace Day Conference held at the Richmond State Capitol during the General Assembly session. The daylong event this year takes place on Wednesday, February 7. Organizations taking part in the event are Virginia Aviation Business Association (VABA) and the Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority along with the NASA Langley Research Center and NASA Wallops Flight Facility. The conference is intended to show Virginia’s state legislature how Aerospace is benefiting the state financially, socially, politically and educationally.

As an Advocate during the Aerospace Day Conference Ryan will visit delegates, senators, congressmen and others in attendance to demonstrate how NASA and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) have shaped his life and why these institutions are vital assets to the state.

Ryan is finishing his first year at Reynolds and is seeking a degree in Business Administration and Management. He was accepted in to the Honors Program for the 2018 Spring Semester. He is also an active member of the Boy Scouts of America with the following designations: Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout), Order of the Arrow (The Boy Scouts’ Honor Society), and the National Eagle Scout Association. Over the past few years Ryan has periodically worked with NASA Langley and VSGC during events such as Aerospace Day. He has been a volunteer at the Science Museum of Virginia for four years where he leads exhibits and activities for events such as the museum’s Space Night.