News archive : February 2014

Scholarship established in memory of late school superintendent

The family of the late Michael G. Basham, a longtime educator and superintendent of various public school systems in the region, has established a scholarship fund in his memory to benefit students at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

Basham, a native of Shawsville, Va., served as superintendent of schools in Scott and Wise counties in Virginia and in school systems in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was a pioneer of education and held a strong belief in the empowerment of learning.

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony postponed

The UVa-Wise Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony that was set for Saturday, Feb. 15, has been postponed due to weather. The event will be rescheduled for later in the year. However, the basketball games between UVa-Wise and the University of Charleston are still scheduled for Saturday. The women's game begins at 2, followed by the men's matchup at 4 p.m.

Valentine Dance rescheduled

The Valentine Dance that was set for Feb. 14 has been rescheduled for Feb.18 at 6 pm at Cantrell Hall.

Simmons establishes scholarship to honor family


As a youngster growing up in Big Stone Gap, Rabern Simmons always knew he would attend The University of Virginia’s College at Wise. 

It was a family tradition, one that his parents, Barry Simmons ’91 and the late Rae Simms ’76, established in the mid 1970s. Simmons’ connection to campus would grow stronger over the years, but it began when the young boy would accompany his parents to various alumni events. 

Joshua Darden remembered for service to UVa-Wise


Those familiar with the history of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise know the role the Darden family played in the creation of the region’s only four-year state college.

Most have heard how former University of Virginia President Colgate Darden, who was also a former Virginia governor, took notice when three Wise County leaders traveled to Charlottesville in the early 1950s to propose the University establish a branch college in the coalfields.

PRISM Gala, Silent Auction, Concert set for April 19


The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Department of Visual and Performing Arts will present its 8th annual PRISM Gala, Silent Auction and Concert in April.

The event, which benefits music student scholarships and the UVa-Wise music program, is set for April 19, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the David J. Prior Convocation Center. Tickets are $35.