News archive : March 2013

UVa-Wise to participate in Tornado Preparedness Day on March 12

Gov. Bob McDonnell has proclaimed March 12 as Tornado Preparedness Day.

UVa-Wise will participate in the statewide drill. While students and faculty will be on spring break, we encourage everyone to take a moment this week to visit the college website for information on what to do during a tornado. The link is

The New Age Exhibit by Jordan Sandidge

A mixed media exhibit from Jordan Sandidge will be held in Gallery 121 of the Gilliam Center for the Arts at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

GMEC/AHEC receive grants


The Graduate Medical Education Consortium and Area Health Education Center of Southwest Virginia received three grants designed to improve health care in the region.

GMEC/AHEC garnered a grant to hold an educational event in Geriatric Medicine for rural practitioners. The event took place at the Appalachian Agency on Aging in Buchanan County on March 8.

Entrepreneur Cameron Johnson featured in inaugural lecture series

Cameron Johnson, one of the most successful young entrepreneurs in the world, will visit The University of Virginia’s College at Wise on April 17 to discuss ways that college students can pursue their dreams and find success in tough economic times.

UVa-Wise women compete in 5K Mud Run


Several women from UVa-Wise drove hundreds of miles to Memphis just to slip, slide, stride and just plain roll around in the mud, but it was all for a good cause.

The women, Erin Clem, Carlee Reiber, Brittanie Jones, Sarah Smith and Nichole Davis and Sydney Pack, participated in the Go Dirty Girl 5K Mud Run, a female only run for ladies of all ages and athletic abilities.

UVa-Wise history majors to present papers


Three history majors from The University of Virginia’s College at Wise will travel to Christopher Newport University on March 23 to present papers at the annual Phi Alpha Theta Conference.

Ashlee Childress, a resident of Appalachia, will present a paper on “Medieval Ethiopian Slavery and Medieval English Serfdom.”

Astor to discuss Kentucky and Missouri in the Civil War

Aaron Astor, a history professor at Maryville College and an authority on Appalachia’s Civil War, will lecture at UVa-Wise on Friday, March 29.


Astor, an expert on the borderland region of the Civil War, will speak in the Slemp Student Center’s Dogwood Room at 1 p.m.  His lecture, “Rebels on the Border,” will introduce the audience to the work that has gone into his book. 

Coffee Night poetry and prose reading set for April 16


Virginia Poet Laureate Sofia Starnes is the key speaker at the spring semester’s Coffee Night, a reading and performing event dedicated to the poetry and prose of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and community creative writers.

PRISM 2013 set for April 27 at UVa-Wise


The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Department of Visual & Performing Arts is set to present its 8th annual PRISM Gala and Auction.

‘Phantom of the Opera’ begins April 11 at UVa-Wise

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s adaption of “Phantom of the Opera” is the spring 2013 production of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Visual and Performing Arts Department.

Webber’s musicalization of the Gaston Leroux novel won the 1988 Tony Award for Best Musical and is the longest running show in Broadway history.