Virginia College Student and Faculty Update

Mar 4, 2011

When Jackson's Virginia College cosmetology students discovered there was a shortage of wigs for African-American women who had lost their hair through the chemotherapy process, they knew they could help.

The result: the students made 13 wigs and donated them to a 'wig closet' sponsored by the Metro Jackson Professional Women's Group in partnership with the American Cancer Society. The wig closet is available to cancer patients through area hospitals.

Three Virginia College faculty members were elected to statewide leadership positions at their annual professional association meeting, which was held recently on the Montgomery campus.

Members of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) Alabama chapter voted Mobile instructor Ashley Sylvester and Montgomery instructor Michael Edwards to the Board of Directors.

Sylvester was also elected as a delegate to the 2011 AST National Conference in San Francisco.

Jean Stewart, Program Director for Virginia College's Surgery Technology program in Mobile, was elected to complete a remaining term as secretary.

Helen Phillips, along with staff and students, did an outstanding job hosting the event with a Mardi Gras theme.

Dean Richard Schnorbus from Virginia College in Biloxi recently discovered that wieners aren't just for breakfast anymore. The dean and other staff grilled over 600 hot dogs for a recent Student Appreciation Day, serving them with chips, cookies and soda to day and night students in appreciation for their hard work.