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News archive : January 2012

UVa-Wise to celebrate life of Martin Luther King in January

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with two events in January.

From space and on Earth: astronauts will seek to inspire students with their stories

WISE, Va.  - Two International Space Station veterans, Anousheh Ansari and Leland Melvin, will co-host the live and interactive audio-video communications between local students at the University of Virginia's College at Wise and American and European astronauts orbiting 220-miles above Earth on Thursday morning, January 26, 2012, according event organizers.
Ansari and Melvin have unique stories to share with the region's youth as to how they overcome challenges to gain their formal education, establish their careers and, ul

UVa-Wise announces fall Dean’s List


The fall 2011 Dean’s List at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise includes 323 students.

Students named to the Dean’s List must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale with no grades below “C-“ and must carry an academic load of at least 12 credit hours.

Prospective students to preview college at UVa-Wise 360° Feb. 11

UVa-Wise names Science Center after Leonard Sandridge

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Board approved Chancellor David J. Prior’s recommendation to name the renovated Science Center after Leonard W. Sandridge, the University’s former chief operating officer and a longtime supporter and friend of the college.

Leonard SandridgeThe UVa-Wise Board approved the measure naming the facility the Leonard W. Sandridge Science Center on Dec. 9, 2011.

College financial aid assistance offered at UVa-Wise during Super Saturday

The Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA), in conjunction with The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, will host Super Saturday on Feb. 4, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Smiddy Hall.

Virginia Students to speak live with International Space Station astronauts

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Students gathered at The University of Virginia College at Wise will speak with Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineer Don Pettit aboard the International Space Station at 9:20 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 26. Media representatives are invited to attend.

Highlands Winds rehearsals begin Jan. 30 at UVa-Wise

The Highland Winds, the college and community concert band at The University of Virginia's College at Wise, will begin rehearsals for the spring semester on Monday Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Gilliam Center for the Arts.

ISS Downlink a success at UVa-Wise

More than 4,000 students from Wise County and Southwest Virginia packed the Convocation Center at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Thursday morning to talk live with astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Performances, lectures highlight Black History Month at UVa-Wise

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise will hold several special events throughout February in celebration of Black History Month.

The events commence on Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths. The UVa-Wise Department of Visual and Performing Arts will kick off the activities with a musical performance.

On Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. , a panel discussion on civil rights will take place in the Chapel of All Faiths. Brian D. McKnight, associate professor of history at UVa-Wise, will act as moderator for the discussion.  Participants in the discussion include Tom Costa, chair of the history department at UVa-Wise; Dr. Khalid J. Awan, an ophthalmologist practicing in Norton, VA; Elwood Watson, professor of history and African-American Studies at East Tennessee State University; and Chancellor Emeritus Joseph C. Smiddy of UVa-Wise.

On Feb. 10, William H. Turner, distinguished professor of Appalachian Studies at Berea College, will present a lecture titled “History of African-Americans in Appalachia” at 1 p.m. in the Dogwood Room of the Slemp Student Center.

On Feb. 14, Pro-Art presents L’Tanya Mari’, a critically acclaimed jazz vocalist and creative arranger.  Her vocal command, soaring voice, impeccable intonation, clear articulation and delivery have solidified her as a commanding force in the jazz vocal genre.  Her 2009 recording “A Teardrop of Sun” received wide airplay and climbed to number 30 on the American Jazz Charts.  This event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths.