I have been struggling with this question for months now, ever since Virginia Western was awarded what Dr. Sandel calls the “holy grail” of community college grants: A Title III Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. *Woot woot!* This is a 5-year grant in the amount of $1.8 million,… Continue Reading What does a successful adult-focused college look like?
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Sometime in late summer — when I must have been in an especially energetic mood — I decided to sign up for an introductory class offered by the Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program (CMStep), one of the only MACTE-accredited programs in the country that focuses on Montessori education for ages 12-18. The course provides… Continue Reading 5 takeaways from my adult learner experience
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This post started with a straightforward mission: Thanks to an Innovation Grant from the Educational Foundation, I’m organizing an (optional) improv theater workshop during January in-service. In order to help promote this virtual workshop, I wanted to share some research by UNC Chapel Hill professor Keith Sawyer, author of “The Creative Classroom: Innovative Teaching for… Continue Reading Falling in love in a time of fear
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I’ve written before about the pandemic being a portal (credit: novelist Arundhati Roy), and it’s becoming clear my portal is leading to my teenage self, in all her 1990s glory. A combination of things have rattled some long-dormant memories over the past 6 months: My quarantine closet purges … a playful “two truths and lie”… Continue Reading How to create moments of real magic
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If you’re anything like me, then you have been streaming *a lot* of TV during this pandemic. I just finished “The Witcher” on Netflix, and whew … it rocked my world. Left me in angry tears. A more serious documentary called “Hungry to Learn” also left me in a puddle when I first watched it… Continue Reading ‘Hungry to Learn’ documentary about college student food insecurity now streaming for free
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When I was in college, I wrote a relationship column for the student newspaper called “Rose and Thorn.”  (And yes, I named it after that Poison song. *Facepalm*) We invited love questions from readers, and then I wrote the answers from the sweet and constructive point-of-view of “Rose” … along with the more cynical, devilish… Continue Reading Rose, Thorn, Bud method can turn failures into a bouquet of lessons
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The grants office is excited to report a few projects that were funded over the summer. Congratulations to everyone who helped make these projects happen — grants are definitely a team sport.  Below, I have included ways YOU can help students benefit from these programs as well. Don’t assume students know about them already …… Continue Reading 3 new grant awards you should know about (and how you can help)
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We’ve all been, uurmm, a little busy since March, so you may have forgotten Virginia Western’s Educational Foundation funded another round of Innovation Grants in late spring.  The college shared a news release in June, touting these creative projects.  Your colleagues deserve a round of applause for their successful proposals, which they submitted just as… Continue Reading A round of applause for our innovative colleagues!
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Back in the Before Times, I was planning to blog about some inspiring examples of faculty and staff who excelled at creating communities, where students had a sense of belonging and trust.  Our G3 planning grant discussions reinforced that relationships are the “secret sauce” to student success, and I saw specific examples across Virginia Western.… Continue Reading How do you build relationships in an online world?
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Last week, I shared some of the Virginia Western ingenuity and teamwork that we’ve witnessed during the pandemic. I continue to welcome more of your emails! Pam Woody, an advisor in the School of Health Professions, shared the following: “I would like to recognize everyone on the Help Desk team — especially during the last… Continue Reading Thank you, Team IET!
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About Stephanie

Stephanie SeagleStephanie Ogilvie Seagle has served as Grant Specialist at Virginia Western since 2016, but she prefers her honorary title: “Chief Joy Officer.” Stephanie spent most of her career at The Roanoke Times, a daily newspaper, where she served in various news and features roles including “Shoptimist” shopping columnist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in integrative studies at George Mason University and a master’s of arts in liberal studies at Hollins University. Stephanie is a mom to one human daughter and multiple chihuahuas … and is obsessed with reading nonfiction, Halloween, and crafting glow necklaces inspired by the Mill Mountain Star. Glow Roanoke!

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