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News archive : 2011

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation supports AIMS program at UVa-Wise.


The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has provided a gift to support the Appalachian-Inter Mountain Scholars program at The University of Virginia's College at Wise.

Established in 2007 as a pioneering partnership with Mountain Empire Community College, the AIMS program is an access and affordability initiative to encourage students in Southwest Virginia to complete a challenging curriculum on the path toward achieving a college degree.

The $5,000 gift from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will provide programmatic support for the AIMS program, which assists students from 13 high schools in Wise, Dickenson, Scott and Lee counties.

David J. Prior, chancellor of UVa-Wise, expressed appreciation to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for its investment in the AIMS program.  “We are deeply grateful for this gift, which is fortifying the College’s goal of becoming an economic engine for the region by producing an educated workforce and citizenry who will remain in the area upon graduation and provide crucial leadership for generations,” Prior said.

Marching Highland Cavalier band camp begins Aug. 12

The Marching Highland Cavaliers band camp begins on Aug. 12 for all percussion and colorguard members.  All other members report on August 14.

Percussion and guard members may move into their residence halls between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12 and all other members may move into their rooms during those hours on Aug. 14.

UVa-Wise Southwest Virginia Summer Opera Company sets performances in Wise and Clintwood

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise has announced two performances of its Southwest Virginia Summer Opera Company this month.

The group will perform on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at 7 p.m. in the Jettie Baker Center in Clintwood.  The performance is free and open to the public.

The Southwest Virginia Summer Opera Company is in its second year, and will perform in off-campus venues in Clintwood and Wise due to the generous support of the Columbus Phipps Foundation, the Office of James R. Lawson (Edward D. Jones Investments) and MountainRose Vineyards.

Distinctive for a small liberal arts college in the mountains, this new performance company provides audiences with the opportunity to see opera scenes only a handful of undergraduates have had the chance to perform.

Forty students receive spring 2011 Intermediate Honors at UVa-Wise

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise has 40 students who received Intermediate Honors in the spring 2011 semester. Students receiving the special honors certificate have been named to the Dean’s List for four semesters in a row.

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.

UVa-Wise achieves LEED Platinum for Science Center

The Science Center at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise was awarded the US Green Building Council’s highest designation for sustainable design, LEED Platinum certification.  The building is only the second higher education construction project in the Commonwealth of Virginia to achieve the prestigious rating. 

Author Stanley Fish to lecture at UVa-Wise in fall

Stanley Fish, one of the most prominent American intellectuals in academia today, will lecture at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise this fall.

Stanley FishThe lecture, which is free and open to the public, is made possible by the Colgate Darden Endowed Lecture Series, and is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, on campus.

The Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor and a professor of law at Florida International University in Miami and Dean Emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago will lecture at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise this fall.

Fish is the author of 10 books, including "How Milton Works," "The Trouble With Principle," "Professional Correctness: Literary Studies and Political Change" and "There's No Such Thing as Free Speech, and It's a Good Thing, Too." His essays and articles have appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Harper's Magazine, Esquire, The Atlantic and The New York Times.

Appalachian Writing Project's annual Writing Retreat scheduled for July 19-21

The Appalachian Writing Project's annual Writing Retreat at the Breaks Interstate Park is now open to the public. Featured authors are Jason Howard (nonfiction), Anne Shelby (poetry) and Kate Larken (songwriting). Seating is limited and the deadline is July 11. Register at:



CASE recognizes Health Blueprint with award

The Southeast District of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education recently recognized The University of Virginia’s College at Wise with its Special Merit Award in its Printed Publications category.  The Southwest Virginia Health Authority’s Blueprint for Health Improvement and Health-Enabled Prosperity was published by the College’s Healthy Appalachia Institute (HAI), with support from the Appalachian Regional Commission.  HAI is the Health Authority’s strategic partner in overcoming geographic health disparities in Southwest Virginia.

UVa-Wise alumna Mullis gives back by volunteering at RAM 2011

Those who know Amanda Mullis ’10 will not be surprised that the medical student spent three long days volunteering in the sweltering heat at the Remote Area Medical free health clinic in July.

Mandy MullisMullis is in her second year as a medical student at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. Classes begin again in early August for the Norton native, but she wanted to do something more than rest this summer. The RAM clinic fit the bill.

“I felt like I needed to come home and give back to the area that gave me so much,” Mullis said as she stood outside a mobile healthcare unit at the Wise County Fairgrounds on the first day of the clinic.

The crowd gathered a day or two before the clinic opened because hundreds of working people who have no insurance often rely on the medical, dental and vision care they receive from RAM. Mullis spent Thursday evening catching up with friends at a Norton restaurant, but got up early to volunteer for the Healthwagon, a local healthcare organization that travels across various parts of the region in a large recreational vehicle to bring medical care to those in need. The Healthwagon is one of the sponsors of RAM.

UVa-Wise professor Amy Clark receives Emma Belle Miles prizes

Amy Clark, associate professor of English at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, was recently honored during the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival at Lincoln Memorial University for her work.

Two of Clark’s essays--“Amazing Grace” based on the oral history of a central Appalachian woman, and “Buck,” based on her great-grandmother’s life--each received an Emma Belle Miles Prize for Essay, an award given for essays that address Appalachian life, literature, religion, folklore, culture and/or values.

This is the second consecutive year that Clark has been recognized with an Emma Belle Miles award.

In addition, “Fighting for the Voiceplace,” an article she penned on Appalachian dialects, was one of two finalists for the Jean Ritchie Fellowship, the largest award given in Appalachian literature. The article is part of a larger book that Clark is co-editing on Appalachian dialects. Ten finalists were chosen by a panel of Appalachian writers and were sent to another panel of judges in New York City. The panel wrote that they were “moved by the work…a truly important and exciting project.”