News archive : 2010

UVa-Wise Marching Highland Cavaliers band camp set Aug. 8


The Marching Highland Cavaliers band camp is scheduled for Aug. 8-12 on The University of Virginia’s College at Wise campus.
However, band camp begins on Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. for all percussion and colorguard members.

The camp begins Aug. 8 with a 30-minute orientation for new band members at 1 p.m., followed by band camp exercises at 1:30 p.m. Returning band members may arrive at 1:30 p.m. Both events take place in the band rehearsal hall in the Gilliam Center for the Arts.
Band students who will live on campus may move into student housing on Aug. 8 starting at 9 a.m., but they must be completely moved in by noon.
Anyone wishing to be in the Marching Highland Cavaliers must attend band camp.
For more information, contact Richard Galyean at 276-328-0235 or via e-mail at

Upward Bound summer at UVa-Wise

Upward Bound completed its 44th summer on the campus of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

Upward Bound 2010Students attended academic classes to prepare them for Virginia’s Standards of Learning and other classes for the upcoming school year. The Upward Bound theme this summer was “The Clue to your Success!”

Upward Bound at UVa-Wise is a pre-college program serving low income and/or first-generation high school students from five schools in the counties of Wise and Dickenson. The program serves 70 students with the grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The program is free to the students and they receive a stipend for participation.

UVa-Wise among ‘Great Colleges to Work For’

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise was named one of the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” in the July 25 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
UVa-Wise was recognized as one of the top colleges in the category of Facilities, Workspaces & Security, which means facilities meet employee needs, campus appearance is pleasing and steps are taken to provide a secure environment. 

UVa-Wise’s Healthy Appalachia Institute featured on ‘With Good Reason’ Aug. 4

Improving health outcomes in the region is the subject of an Aug. 4 broadcast of “With Good Reason,” a radio production of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
David Cattell-Gordon, co-director of the Healthy Appalachia Institute at UVa-Wise, discusses geographic health disparity in Central Appalachia and efforts to improve the health status of citizens in the region, such as linking patients to medical specialists located hundreds of miles away. Cattell-Gordon is also the director of Rural Network Development with the University of Virginia Health System.

UVa-Wise students earn degrees with least debt among public liberal arts colleges

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is the top public national liberal arts college whose students graduate with a low debt load, according to the Aug. 17 issue of U.S. News and World Report’s annual college guide.
The UVa-Wise Class of 2009 completed its degrees with less debt than students at the nation’s other public liberal arts colleges. UVa-Wise remains at the top of the lowest debt list of public liberal arts colleges for the seventh consecutive year, according to the annual college guide. Seven private liberal arts colleges were ranked above UVa-Wise in the overall lowest debt list of liberal arts colleges.
Among the UVa-Wise Class of 2009, 58 percent graduated without debt. The average amount of debt for UVa-Wise graduates who used student loans is $12,120. In comparison, the average debt load for students at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire is $41,848, the liberal arts college with the largest average student debt.

Live by the Lake Music Festival set for Aug. 28 at UVa-Wise

The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Concert Series returns to The University of Virginia’s College at Wise for the Live by the Lake Music Festival on Aug. 28.

The free concert series at UVa-Wise has brought some of the best roots, folk, and Americana bands to Southwest Virginia for nearly two years. The tradition continues as five bands-Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The New Familiars, Folk Soul Revival, J.O. Parsons and If Birds Could Fly-perform at the festival.

Randy Waller and the Country Gentlemen to headline 42nd annual Dock Boggs and Kate Peters Sturgill Festival

Randy Waller and the Country Gentlemen is the featured act at this year’s Dock Boggs and Kate Peters Sturgill Festival, one of the region’s most time-honored music traditions.
The festival begins on Saturday, Sept. 11. All events are held at the Country Cabin II in Norton.  Appalachian Traditions, Inc. sponsors the festival.

The Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, The Tillers, The Dust Busters, The Mountain Music Makers, Mountain Empire Community College Mountain Music School, The Cowan Creek Youth String Band from the Cowan Creek Music School, “Papa Joe” Smiddy, Lonesome Pine Cloggers and Country Cabin Line Dancers also will perform at the festival.

Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and the festival begins at noon.  Admission is $10. Students with valid college IDs are admitted free. Children 12 and under are admitted for $2. Traditional mountain food will be available for purchase.

Free book giveaway at Alumni Hall across from UVa-Wise on Aug. 25

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Alumni Association and Christian Appalachia Project are participating in a book giveaway at Alumni Hall beginning on Aug. 25.

Christian Appalachia Project, an interdenominational, nonprofit organization created to serve the residents of the Appalachian region, sent a truckload of books to Alumni Hall, located across from the UVa-Wise campus. The free books will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The distribution will take place each weekday until supplies are exhausted.

Groundsman training course offered this fall in Russell County

The Southwest Virginia Technology Development Center in Lebanon will host an electrical groundsman industrial training course beginning Oct. 4.

The comprehensive training will offer participants the opportunity to train for a career as an electrical linesman. The tuition for this program is $3,750.  Interested participants may be eligible for tuition assistance.  The Workforce Investment Board and the Virginia Employment Commission have approved the program for individuals who are qualified for Trade Relief Act Funds.

This is the first time the program has been offered in the coalfield region.

Blood Drive set for Sept. 7 at UVa-Wise

The Office of Greek Life at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, along with fraternities and sororities, will sponsor an indoor blood drive on Tuesday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Cantrell Banquet Hall.
The event benefits MARSH Regional Blood Center, which represents several hospitals in the region.