UVa-Wise Weekly


G2K Game Innovation Competition winners announced during Innovation Day

     During Innovation Day at UVa-Wise on Friday, seniors Tara Greear and McKenna Blevins received $6,000 in startup funds from G2K Games to move their marketing idea to the next level.
     Greear and Blevins presented their social media marketing business idea “Reach More Marketing” to four judges during the competition. Reach More Marketing is designed to set up social media accounts, create pages and design social media marketing material for businesses to use on all platforms. Their business plan edged out senior Kaitlynn Davis’s plan to promote hemp farms in the region for the purpose of selling oil from the plant as a pharmaceutical commodity…


Spring band concert set for April 3 at Prior Convocation Center

The Division of Music at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise will present its spring band concert on Monday April 3, 2017 at 7 PM in the David J. Prior Convocation Center. The concert will feature the college’s Wind Ensemble and the Highland Winds college/community band. They will also be joined with special guests, the Gate City High School Band under the direction of Rick Lake. Guest conductors for the evening will be Wes Harris, 2016 UVa-Wise graduate and student intern Ryan Huntington. Harris will be conducting his own original composition, Lui’ na Gre’ine. For more information please contact Director of Bands Richard Galyean at 276-328-0235 or rdg3y@uvawise.edu
The concert is free and open to the public.

Quesenberry’s wins award for library project

Quesenberry’s Construction, a general contractor and construction manager in Big Stone Gap, VA, has received the 2016 Project of the Year Award from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of TN Tri-Cities Branch. The Division II award, for projects of $5 million construction costs and up, was presented at an awards banquet on March 28 in Johnson City, TN. The company received the award for the new library at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, located in Wise, VA. Cannon Design, the lead architect on the project, received the 2016 Architect of the Project of the Year award.

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Public history students ready for internships

Visitors to some state parks this summer may find themselves interacting with several UVa-Wise history majors who are completing public history internships.
The five students— Dakota Mullins, Whitney Turner, Brittany Olinger, Krystal Miller and Chris Fritze—will spend the summer practicing the skills they have learned in their public history courses. The students are working at Breaks Interstate Park, Fairy Stone State Park, Hungry Mother State Park and Natural Bridge State Park.

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UVa-Wise students Doherty, Akinosi garner top SAACURH honors

     Two UVa-Wise students received top honors at the South Atlantic Affiliate of College & University Residence Halls (SAACURH) Regional Business Conference held March 24-25 at Clemson University.

     Michael Doherty and Mary Akinosi, both members of the National Residence Hall Honorary and the Residence Hall Association, received the honors…

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Bevins earns ITEEA honor

Scott Bevins, the associate vice chancellor for information services at UVa-Wise, has been awarded the Distinguished Technology and Engineering Professional designation by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association.

     The honor is basked upon documented evidence of leadership and management skills, continuing participation in association education programs and demonstration of leadership in the association and community…

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Art Guild Weekly Meeting – 1 p.m., Gilliam Center for the Arts, room 214
UVa-Wise Spring Band Concert – 7 p.m., David J. Convocation CenterTUESDAY, APRIL 4
Weight Watchers at Work Meeting – 12 p.m., Alumni Hall
BCM Bible Study – 7 p.m., Baptist Student Center
CCM Bible Study – 7 p.m., Chapel of All FaithsWEDNESDAY, APRIL 5
Wesley Fellowship Lunch – 12 p.m., Wesley Fellowship Building
Innovators INC Weekly Meeting – 1 p.m., Wyllie Hall
Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Lecture in Entrepreneurship – 1 p.m., Slemp Student Center, Rhododendron Room
The Gathering Weekly Bible Study – 7 p.m., Chapel of All Faiths
RHA Bi-Weekly Meeting – 8 p.m., Commonwealth Classroom

Multicultural Alliance Weekly Meeting – 6 p.m., private dining room in the cafeteria
Wesley Fellowship Women’s Prayer Group – 12 p.m., Wesley Foundation Building

Weekly SGA Meeting – 1 p.m., Dogwood Room, Slemp Student Center, 5th floor

Sunday Catholic Campus Mass – 4 p.m., Chapel of All Faiths


Want to win an Echo Dot? Put some words in Mr. Jefferson’s mouth.

Mr. Jefferson was a prolific writer, but had a bit of a phobia about public speaking. He preferred to let his pen do the talking. You can help him out and win the Echo Dot by participating in a Poster Captioning Contest as part of the April 12 Founder’s Day Celebration. The SGA is sponsoring the contest, and our graphic artist designed a poster using an image of the Jefferson bust that sits near the circulation desk in the library. All you have to do to enter is submit your caption to news@uvawise.edu before April 7. Because this is a competition do not submit captions on this Facebook post, please. The contest is open to UVa-Wise students only. The winner will also get a framed copy of the poster with the caption. Have fun!

Spring Choirs Concert set for April 9

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise 2017 Spring Choirs Concert, titled Unclouded Day, is set for Sunday  April 9, at 7:30 p.m., in  Cantrell Banquet Hall on campus. The concert  is filled with music of hope, wonder, and joy. From South African Freedom Songs to tonal pictures of a summer night, Unclouded Day is filled with beautiful singing that is sure to fill concert goers with hope and excitement. The concert will feature UVa-Wise Highland Chorale, UVa-Wise Madrigal Singers, and the UVa-Wise Concert Choir, who will be back from their Spring 2017 Regional Choir Tour. The concert is free and open to the public.

Spring Coffee Night, April 11, will feature Virginia Authors Sara M. Robinson and Neva Bryan

Authors Sara M. Robinson and Neva Bryan are the featured writers at Coffee Night, an event dedicated to the poetry and prose of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and community writers.
Coffee Night will take place on April 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rhododendron Room of the C. Bascom Slemp Student Center. The event also features “Spring Highland Voices: Writers and Performers of the College and Community. All contributors to the 2017 spring edition of the Jimson Weed are welcome to present and the program will be forthcoming. Others in the region who are interested in participating or performing at Coffee Night may contact Shelby Roberts, Jimson Weed managing editor, at by April 5.
A book signing will follow both events. Robinson’s books, Stones for Words and Sometimes the Little Town, are available in the bookstore, as are Bryan’s books St. Peter’s Monsters and Sawmill Boys. All of the events are free and open to the public. Students will receive cultural activities credit for attendance.

For more information on the forum or to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-swva-economic-forum-tickets-31421101360
Thanks to Gabrielle Smith for sharing this pic with alumni Alex Cole, both who are showing off their Cavalier spirit on their shirts!
Mike Hurt to deliver Caudill Lecture at UVa-Wise

     Mike Hurt, a native of Pound, Virginia, and a successful entrepreneur and co-founder and CEO of HBG Core Holdings, will speak at UVa-Wise on April 5 as part of the Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Lecture in Entrepreneurship Series.

     The lecture will take place at 1 p.m. on the fifth floor of the Slemp Student Center. It is a cultural credit activity for UVa-Wise students.

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Kristin Gobbi and David Thomas tabbed as March Cavaliers of the Month

Women’s lacrosse sophomore Kristin Gobbi and baseball sophomore David Thomas have been named Cavaliers of the Month for their play in the month of March. Gobbi led the team with 19 goals in the month while having a .452 shooting percentage. Thomas led the team in batting average (.354), RBI (13) and on base percentage (.439) during March….

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Thompson fires four innings of hitless relief as Cavs split with Fairmont State

     Freshman Nate Thompson fired four innings of no-hit relief to aid UVa-Wise to an 8-7 win over visiting Fairmont State in game two of a doubleheader at Stallard Field Sunday afternoon. The Fighting Falcons doubled up the Cavaliers 12-6 in the opener as the two teams split the Mountain East Conference twin bill….

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

-Scott Adams

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