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SVEA to hold middle school Valentine’s Day dance

January 31, 2017 - 3:05pm

The SVEA Chapter at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise invites middle school students to attend its annual Valentine’s Day Dance on Friday, Feb. 10.
The event will take place in the Dogwood Room of the Slemp Student Center from 6-8 p.m. The middle school student dance is open to both singles and couples.
Refreshments and Valentine’s Day gifts will be available purchase as will photo booth opportunities sponsored by Theta Phi Alpha sorority.
Admission is $5 per person at the door. A parent or guardian must sign each participant in and out of the event.
For more information, please contact Sandra Richardson at 276-608-9186.

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UVa-Wise and partners build free K-12 science lesson plans

January 27, 2017 - 10:30am

It’s always a bonus when the answer to a perplexing problem is found right outside the door. That’s exactly what happened when a group of determined scientists, environmentalists and educators worked together to fulfill the needs of public school science teachers.

Teachers in 10 counties in Southwest Virginia were surveyed a couple of years ago. They expressed the need for lesson plans that would allow them to use the region’s assets—public parks, rivers and wildlife—to teach complex scientific topics instead of relying on curricula that would require expensive supplies for laboratories.

UVa-Wise, Clinch River Valley Initiative and Friends of Southwest Virginia listened. Using funds from the Virginia Environmental Endowment, the partners developed Teach the Clinch, a series of 50 lesson plans for K-12 classrooms. The lessons focus on using natural assets to teach the broader topics in biology, geology and watershed science.

“Teach the Clinch” went into use this year, and it seems to be successful. Wally Smith, a biology professor at UVa-Wise, said the program is designed to increase environmental education in the region. Teachers reported the need for adequate facilities, funding and training, but limited money was an immediate issue for school systems.

Those involved in the project realized straightaway that Southwest Virginia has plenty of public areas to study habitats, wildlife, watersheds and geology, Smith explained. The partners were thrilled at the notion that the scientific topics could be taught using free resources.

Smith said veteran educator Terry Vencil, known for her work with the Estonoa outdoor classroom in St. Paul, played a big part in the project. The mother-son team of Carol Doss and Christopher Anama-Green were tapped to build the lesson plans.

The five content areas in the program are tuned to Virginia’s Standards of Learning. Doss and Anama-Green built the plan to be a living document that can be adjusted when needed.

“The power of place, which is so prevalent in the Clinch River Watershed, was always evident to me growing up,” Anama-Green said. “I’m go glad that I could combine my passion for education and my love for the region through the ‘Teach the Clinch’ curriculum project.”

Anama-Green said the program targets specific areas of environmental education and lessons that are original to the project and resources that have been tailored to the Clinch River Watershed.

“The curriculum incorporates some of the best-available pedagogical strategies and resources to allow teachers to provide high-quality environmental education concepts for easy cross-curricular connections,” he said. “It is truly a blessing that we are able to provide this resource at a time when environmental education does not receive enough support or resources.”

The lesson plans can be downloaded directly from the website for free, or educators can download the whole guide as a standalone PDF and send it to their Kindle or other tablet device as an e-book. The website can be found at http://southwestvirginiacsi.wixsite.com/clinch/blank.




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ProArt wins Dominion award

January 25, 2017 - 4:29pm

The ProArt Association, based on the UVa-Wise campus, is one of five nonprofit organizations from Virginia to receive a $10,000 Shining Star ArtStars Award.

Dominion Resources recognized ProArt for its WiseJAMS program. WiseJAMS provides instrumental instruction and promotes the area’s cultural heritage to grade school students.

“ArtStars is about recognizing arts and cultural organizations that are making communities and schools more vibrant through theater, art, music, and other artistic forms,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Foundation, the charitable arm of Dominion Resources. “Dominion is proud to support these five winners as they continue their efforts to enrich students’ education through the arts.”

Dominion, headquartered in Richmond, is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy. The Dominion Foundation is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well being of the communities served by Dominion companies. The Foundation supports nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education and encourage community vitality. For more information, visit www.dom.com.


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Diabetes Prevention Program available to UVa-Wise faculty, staff, spouses covered by the UVA Health Plan

January 20, 2017 - 2:56pm

Join the Hoos’ Wise Virtual Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in Learning How to Make Healthy Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

It is estimated that 1 in 3 American adults has prediabetes.  People with prediabetes have higher-than-normal blood glucose levels and are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with prediabetes will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within 5 years. People are more likely to have prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if they:

·       Are 45 years of age or older;

·       Are overweight;

·       Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;

·       Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or

·       Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.

The good news is that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed, and the need for prevention programs to do just that is great.

Hoos’ Wise DPP is a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of lifestyle coaches and one’s peers. The program is based on research that showed that people with prediabetes who lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) by making modest lifestyle changes reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

In the program participants will learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes.  Participants will also have the opportunity to participant in group fitness sessions.

Hoo’s Wise DPP group will meet virtually for a year — weekly for the first 4 months, twice a month for 2 months, then monthly for 6 months. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

The program will meet virtually with coaches broadcasting from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  The virtual meetings will be held in the Ely Health & Wellness Center, 1st floor conference room, on Wednesdays from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.  The cost to participate is $100.00, but participants have the opportunity to earn their money back if they achieve attendance and weight loss goals.

To learn more about the program or to obtain an enrollment form, please contact: Please
Francene Meade, HR Benefits Administrator at 328-0142 or kfm4x@uvawise.edu.
or Viola Holmes at UVA Virginia Center for Diabetes Prevention & Education (434) 982-0173 or vjf7j@virginia.edu.

Registration is limited to 12 participants and is open on a first come, first serve basis – so don’t delay!

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Corcoran to be featured NSLS speaker

January 19, 2017 - 4:22pm

The UVa-Wise chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success is hosting a speaker broadcast event featuring Barbara Corcoran. The event, entitled Barbara’s Rags to Riches Story, will be on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in Cantrell Banquet Hall and is free to all students, staff, faculty and the public. The event will be streamed live and hosted by New Jersey City University in Jersey City, New Jersey.  All viewers are invited to submit questions via Twitter and Facebook which will be answered live during the broadcast.  For those unable to attend the live event, a re-broadcast will be shown (without the live interactive features) on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. in Cantrell Banquet Hall.

Barbara Corcoran is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, investor and “Shark” on the popular ABC network show “Shark Tank.”  Barbara is famously brash, courageous and a brilliant identifier of opportunity and talent often invisible to others. Corcoran has built a $5 billion real estate empire and invested in over 25 entrepreneurs personally helping each one succeed.  She continues to speak, coach and share her knowledge with audiences all over the world.  Corcoran will share her personal experiences and offer coaching to help students identify opportunities to build their own foundations for success.

This is the fourth installment of the 2016-2017 NSLS multi-speaker broadcast series which is designed to support the Society’s overall mission of Building Leaders Who Make a Better World.

About The National Society of Leadership and Success
The National Society of Leadership and Success is the nation’s largest leadership honor society. It was founded in 2001 to build a community of like-minded, success oriented leaders who come together to help one another succeed. The Society offers interactive broadcasts with the nation’s best speakers, training in goal setting, and team meetings in which students set and hold each other accountable for achieving goals. These benefits, which aim to help members personally and professionally, are offered for the rest of their lives. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 520 college and university campuses nationwide and serves more than 640,000 members. For more information about the national organization, please visit www.societyleadership.org. Follow the Society on Twitter @theNSLS and Like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theNSLS.

Learn more about the UVa-Wise chapter which was founded in 2011 at www.uvawise.edu/nsls.

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