News archive : 2011

Slideshow of UVa-Wise Day of Service



Dance Ensemble to perform spring concert April 26-27 at UVa-Wise

The Dance Ensemble of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise presents its spring concert “Potpourri: An Evening of Dance,” in the black box theatre of the Gilliam Center for the Arts on April 26 and April 27 at 8 p.m.

An assortment of movement forms will be presented, including ethnic, after the style of Eddy Thomas of the Dance Company of Jamaica, ballet, to contemporary sacred music, jazz, after the style of Bob Fosse, modern, lyrical and a touch of hiphop and break dancing.  The Guitar Ensemble will offer musical interludes.

Clarinet Day at UVa-Wise April 23

Clarinetists of all ages and playing abilities are invited to participate in the Third Annual Clarinet Day at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise on April 23.

Clarinet Day will introduce students and others to UVa-Wise and its expanding music program. The program begins with registration in the Gilliam Center for the Arts at 9:30 a.m. Instruction and rehearsals follow registration.

UVa-Wise graduate Belcher heads to medical school

Rachel Belcher is leaving The University of Virginia’s College at Wise with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, but the Pound resident plans to return to Southwest Virginia as a physician after completing medical school at the University of Virginia.

The honors graduate was tapped to deliver the student address for the 2011 Commencement.

UVa-Wise inducts new Darden Society members


The Darden Society of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise added 26 new members during its induction ceremony on April 28 in the Cantrell Banquet Hall.


The college’s oldest honor society, the Darden Society is named for Colgate W. Darden Jr., former governor of Virginia and former president of the University of Virginia, whose belief in higher education and love for Southwest Virginia brought him to lend support essential to the founding and growth of UVa-Wise. The late E. L. “Buck” Henson Jr., professor emeritus of history, founded the Darden Society in 1964.


Darden Society membership is based upon high scholarly achievement and intellectual promise. Sophomores become eligible for membership by completing their first three semesters in residence at the college with uniformly superior records. Faculty members of their respective major departments must nominate juniors and seniors.

Dominion Resources CEO Farrell to deliver Commencement address at UVa-Wise


Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dominion Resources, will deliver the keynote address during Commencement exercises at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise on Saturday, May 14.


Mr. Farrell, former rector of the University of Virginia, joins the ranks of Virginians who have been invited to speak at Commencement as part of the “Distinguished Virginians Series.” Delegate Clarence Phillips ’74, Governor Timothy Kaine, Senator John Chichester, Leonard Sandridge and Marcia Gilliam ’83 have been featured in the series.


The public is invited to attend the Commencement ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m. on the Lawn by the Lake on the UVa-Wise campus.

UVa-Wise honors outstanding faculty members


The University of Virginia’s College at Wise recognized faculty achievements during the annual Faculty Awards Luncheon on May 3.

The following UVa-Wise faculty received Harrison Awards:

 Ann Duesing received the Outstanding Instructional Support award, which is presented to a faculty member who has provided exceptional service to students and the college with activities that support the academic program.

Kristina Feeser received the Mentoring Undergraduate Research award, which is presented to the faculty member who fosters the kinds of relationships with undergraduates that result in research appropriate for publication or public presentation.

Catana Turner received the Outstanding Academic Contribution award, which is presented to faculty members who make a major contribution to enhancing the entire academic program of the college.

Dominion Resources CEO Farrell addresses UVa-Wise Class of 2011


Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer for Dominion Resources, urged the 305 graduates of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise to protect democracy by becoming informed and active citizens.

Many citizens take citizenship for granted, but the quality of citizenship determines the quality of the nation, Farrell explained.

“We live in an era when more information is available to more people than ever before,” he said. “Yet never has it seemed harder to get the public issues resolved.”

America is a nation of diverse people, but its shared set of values binds the country together, he said.

“We believe that in America, anyone can work hard and get ahead, that there are fewer limits on human potential here than in any other country in the world, and for that matter, in the history of the world,” he said.

Americans individually are not exceptional, but America, because of its governing philosophy and its culture, is exceptional, Farrell said.

UVa-Wise announces spring Dean’s List


The spring 2011 Dean’s List at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise includes 321students.


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.


The only branch campus of the University of Virginia, UVa-Wise offers Virginia's only undergraduate degree in software engineering, among other degrees and professional programs in the liberal arts tradition of Thomas Jefferson.


Hileman receives 2011 Leonard Sandridge Outstanding Contribution Award at UVa-Wise

 Red T-shirts, key chains, sweatshirts and books are among the fixtures students expect to see when they enter the UVa-Wise Bookstore. Sheila Hileman, the recipient of the 2011 Leonard Sandridge Outstanding Contribution Award, has quietly become a fixture there as well during her decade of service.