UVa-Wise students honored with Tice Total Achievement Awards


Five students at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise were honored with the Tice Total Achievement Award during the College’s 22nd annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon on March 23.

Brittni L. Altmann, Jordan D. Cole, Corbin F. Hayslett, Alana R. Parton and Madeline S. Stallard were each presented with a certificate of recognition and a $1,000 award.

The Tice awards are presented to current UVa-Wise students who honor and encourage family values and community service, cooperation, creativity and scholarship. College faculty and staff nominate the students.

A generous endowment by Dr. Frederick Gordon Tice, in memory of his grandparents and their children, makes the awards possible.

Altmann, volleyball student-athlete, works as a sports camp counselor and enjoys mission work. She participates in Toys for Tots, Relay for Life, and has a genuine passion for helping others. The junior is majoring in liberal arts and sciences and has earned Mid-South Conference All-Academic honors. She has been on the Dean’s list in each of her three semesters at the College.

Cole, sophomore from Coeburn, is majoring in Administration of Justice. Cole volunteers with Back-to-School outreach programs for needy children, a Bread and Milk ministry that delivers loaves of bread and gallons of milk to those in need, and he recently helped move a mother and her children from a homeless shelter to their new home.

Hayslett, a freshman, is a musician and singer who has recorded several CDs. He participates in the UVa-Wise Bluegrass band and teaches middle school students traditional mountain music. In the summer, he works at Appomattox Courthouse as an historical interpreter and is a member of the Brookneal Rescue Squad. He plans to major in history and pursue a teaching career.

Parton, a junior who is majoring in nursing, is a non-traditional student who is married with two children. She returned to college to follow her dream, and she excels in nursing classes, often earning the highest grades on tests and assignments. She is an officer in the Student Nursing Association and volunteers for community service projects on behalf of the nursing program.

Stallard, a sophomore from Pound, is a biology major who plans to pursue a career in a medical field. She is involved in her church and is a member of its Youth League and Ladies Auxiliary. She sings with a family group at various services and functions, and serves as a substitute teacher for a Sunday School class. She is involved in the National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Omega Christian sorority and serves as a student employee in the Office of Student Life.