Professional and cultural development for Virginia College students

May 24, 2011

Students and staff at Virginia College in Charleston celebrated Administrative Professionals Day by attending area events recognizing the national holiday.

Gwendolyn Fleming, Student Services Associate, spoke at an awards and scholarship dinner for the local chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). Also, Administrative Assistant students from Virginia College attended the Administrative Professionals Day Annual Conference, which also welcomed receptionists, paralegals and office managers.

Pictured are officers of IAAP, Berkeley County Chapter, and Fleming, third from the left.

Virginia College in Montgomery's first annual Cultural Diversity Day program, "Embracing Faces from Different Places," was held on Cinco de Mayo and was a big success.

Adjunct Shawn Johnson and Student Services Associate Kisha Jolly designed the program to "increase cultural awareness, respect, and understanding, and to effectively communicate and promote diverse cultures."

Keynote speaker was Lecia Brooks, Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery. A Greek monologue was presented by a local theater student and Shirley Julien, Therapeutic Massage program director, shared her dancing talent.

Meanwhile, students and staff at the Montgomery campus are helping the tornado relief efforts by collecting school supplies, toiletry items and beauty aids for those affected. In addition, Therapeutic Massage students recently volunteered in Elmore County to give chair massages to tornado relief workers.