Virginia Western to host National Remembrance Day Roll Call on Veterans Day

Virginia Western Community College will host a National Remembrance Day Roll Call beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday (Veterans Day) at its flag pole area in the Court of Four Seasons. Volunteers will read the names of every U.S. military member killed in action since September 11, 2001.

In addition to the roll call and a ceremony honoring fallen military members, Virginia Western has planted Flags for the Fallen in the Community Arboretum along Colonial Avenue.

Virginia Western has been named a Military Friendly School for the services and programs offered to military students. This fall, 289 self-reported veterans enrolled at Virginia Western along with 386 other military-affiliated students.

The college opened its Military Student Center this fall semester in Anderson Hall as a resource for students. Multiple studies have shown that one-stop centers, away from primary administration offices, are strongly preferred by military students. First-time students are often apprehensive about going to college after the service, and a designated center helps them feel comfortable. The Military Student Center offers staff assistance with veterans financial aid benefits, admissions and enrollment and it offers computers, a kitchenette and lounge area for military-affiliated students.

The college also boasts an Armed Forces Student Association and a chapter of SALUTE, the national honor society for veterans. In August, the Armed Forces Student Association hosted the first Boots2Books 5k to raise funds for the Virginia Western Educational Foundation’s Veterans Assistance Fund. More than 113 runners participated and more than $15,000 total was raised.


Posted on November 5, 2014 in Campus News | Permalink

Rapids men rally but come up short on road

Guilford Technical Community College held off a big second half rally by the Virginia Western men's team to take a 83-75 basketball victory Tuesday night in Greensboro, NC.

Guilford Tech (1-0) limited the Rapids (0-2) to just 31 first-half points but the Rapids found their rhythm in the second half and stormed back from a 17-point deficit to cut the Tech lead to 76-75 with a little over a minute left in the game. The Rapids were unable to connect on their next possession and Tech made their free throws down the stretch to pull away.

Virginia Western was led by Damien Harris with 26 points and Chris Jones pitched in 18. The Rapids continued their hot shooting from behind the 3-point line as they connected on 12-of-28 attempts.

The Rapids return to action Thursday in the battle of 220 at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville.

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VWCC Haiku Contest

Virginia Western Community College Haiku Contest

Haiku can be …

An old silent pond...

A frog jumps into the pond,

splash! Silence again.

by Basho (1644-1694)

Haiku can be …

The apparition of these faces in the crowd; Petals on a wet, black bough.

“In a Station of the Metro” by Ezra Pound (1919)

Haiku can be …

Get used to your body, forget you were born, suddenly you got to get out!

“Approaching Seoul by Bus in Heavy Rain” by Allen Ginsberg (1990)

Haiku is a brief poetic form, traditionally using the 5-7-5 syllable structure of its Japanese origins, that captures a brief, illuminating moment in time.

  • Haiku often incorporates vivid nature images, humor, and should be read in one breath.
  • In its most traditional form, “Haiku was … written in the present tense and focused on associations between images. There was a pause at the end of the first or second line, and a ‘season word,’ or kigo, specified the time of year” (Academy of American Poets).

So, do you haiku?

  1. Visit the Japanese Print exhibit in the art gallery (H212) for inspiration after it opens this Wednesday, November 5th.
  2. Submit to the Virginia Western Haiku contest by emailing your submissions to awoodford@virginiawestern.edu.   There will be separate categories for students and faculty/staff of VWCC.  There will also be an impromptu Haiku board in the art gallery with its own contest.  See the board and its guidelines to enter for another prize.
  3. Deadline November 16, 2014.


First prize is a $100 Barnes and Noble Gift Card.

Second prize is a $50 Barnes and Noble Gift Card.

(One each for student submissions and faculty/staff submissions.)

Winners will be announced at the International Students Club Festival on November, 21, 2014

Posted on November 3, 2014 in Campus News | Permalink

Art Gallery Exhibit

"A Sense of Place" (an art exhibit running from November 5 until December 15) features 27 rural and urban scenes by Japanese artists from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Pieces range from woodblock prints and sumi ink paintings to video clips from classic anime and video game backdrops. From the traditional to the contemporary, the exhibit explores the centrality and importance of the landscape and cityscape in the development of Japanese aesthetic and national identity.  Visit the VWCC art gallery in the Humanities building to experience this fascinating exhibit.  The opening reception (complete with Japanese snack foods) will be Wednesday, November 5th, from 5-7 pm.


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