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NRCC offers free computer optimization
New River Community College is hosting a Cyber Day event on Saturday, December 3rd.
Cyber Day is an event where everyone can bring their laptops, desktops, tablets and phones for a free vote and virus scan. The NRCC Computer Club is hosting the event from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room 127 at the College’s Christiansburg campus in Uptown Christiansburg.
At the event, several students and Dr. David Filer, NRCC Professor of Information Systems Technology and Club Advisor, working on the systems. Any Windows or Android device is welcome.
The NRCC Computer Club focuses on the skills to repair and create computers for campus and community use. For more information about Cyber Day, contact Filer at [email protected] or (540) 674-3600, ext. 4272.
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Professor at Lynchburg University to study spiders in Panama
The biology professor Dr. Lynchburg’s John Styrsky returns to Panama to study Orbweaver spiders. Styrsky and two professors from partner universities recently received a $120,000 grant from the Republic of Panama’s National Secretariat for Science, Technology, and Innovation.
The two-year grant will fund travel, equipment and chemicals, and also allow university students, including one from Lynchburg, to participate in the research.
Between 2008 and 2014, Styrsky took six biology students from Lynchburg to Panama to study acacia weavers. With the scholarship — $5,000 of which is earmarked for Lynchburg — he is expected to return to Panama with a student in the summer of 2023 or 2024.
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Smyth County Chamber Announces Scholarship Winners
The Smyth County Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the 2022 Tom Burkett Scholarship. The Tom Burkett Scholarship was established in 1997 by outgoing Executive Director Tom Burkett. The scholarship is to be presented to a college-bound senior from each of the three county high schools. The scholarship award consists of an award letter, a certificate of appreciation and $500.00. The 2022 honorees are Ezrah Pennington of Marion Senior High School, Lexa Somervell of Chilhowie High School and Abigail Parkey of Northwood High School.
Pennington plans to get her degree in medical sonography. She has a 4.2083 GPA and is active in volleyball and basketball, is SCA President, is in the Beta Club and the Hurricanes for Christ Club. She is a volunteer for the Special Olympics. Ezrah has received the Sportsmanship Award and is the captain of the volleyball and basketball teams.
Somervell plans to study forensics and has a 4.375 GPA. She is a member of the CHS swim team, Scholastic Bowl team captain and guitarist for the Henderson School of Music. She also received a perfect attendance, all A’s Honor Roll, is a Beta Club member, received the Rural & Small Town Nation Recognition Award and was a 2nd Place Scholastic Bowl Champion.
Parkey plans to become a licensed social worker and has a GPA of 4.2083. She is active in the French Club, FBLA historian and member of the Beta Club. She was named an Employee of the Quarter at Starbucks, received two years of honors, French Outstanding Student, was an Advanced Placement Governor’s School student, was an elite learning student, and was a dual enrollment student at Virginia Highlands Community College.
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The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation has awarded $125,000 to the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education to help community college students secure resources to alleviate food, shelter and other insecurities that stand in the way of their success stand.
“It’s hard to focus on your studies when you’re struggling to pay for food, housing, childcare, transportation and other basic needs,” said Jennifer Sager-Gentry, executive director of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, which accepted the donation on behalf of Virginia’s community colleges.
The Anthem Foundation grant will be used to raise awareness of Single Stop among students at fourteen community colleges in Virginia’s “rural horseshoe region.” Single Stop is an online on-campus screener tool that quickly connects students to federal, state, and local service programs.
So far this year, Single Stop has been used by more than 9,700 Virginia Community College students nationwide, earning them more than $21 million in benefits to which they are entitled.
Fourteen Virginia community colleges serving the region receive the Anthem Scholarships to encourage Single Stop among their students.
- Blue Ridge Community College
- Danville Community College
- East Coast Community College
- Laurel Ridge Community College
- Mountain Empire Community College
- Mountain Gateway Community College
- New River Community College
- Patrick & Henry Community College
- Paul D Camp Community College
- Rappahannock Community College
- Southside Virginia Community College
- Community College in Southwest Virginia
- Virginia Highlands Community College
- Wytheville Community College