Community service, liquid space and school supplies

Aug 29, 2011

Virginia College Cosmetology instructor Vickie Hill and the Macon Campus Cosmetology Team recently participated in a day of community service, providing children with haircuts and making little girls feel special by polishing their nails for the first day of school. Transportation was provided by Feed Center Outreach Ministries.

Virginia College staff, faculty and students volunteered recently at the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Sixteen students and six faculty and staff members filled food boxes for hungry families in the area.

Students from the Huntsville Networking department showcased their skills with a PC aquarium that honored the space program.

Michael Avolese, Academic Advisor, said, "What we did, essentially, was transform a twelve gallon fish aquarium into a computer case. We mounted the hardware (motherboard, processor, memory, video card, and power supply unit) into the aquarium, installed Windows 7, and poured horse laxative–grade mineral oil into the case to serve as a cooling solution."

The bottom of the aquarium celebrated the Rocket City's space program and honors its conclusion, including models of space shuttle Enterprise, Saturn I and V rockets, and a satellite.

"It was our intention to not only create a unique and memorable computer, but also to have it stand out as a reflection of our unique Huntsville character," said Avolese.

Meanwhile, the Huntsville campus Business Club held a Back–2–School Festival and gave out 169 backpacks filled with school supplies, exceeding last year's contributions to school kids. Fundraisers were held throughout the quarter and school supplies were donated by staff and students to help fill the need. Assistance with the festival—which included a watermelon eating contests, water balloon toss and plenty of hotdogs, chips and lemonade—was provided by instructor and Business Club advisor, Karen Martin–Hearon.

Bermuda's Royal Gazette Online recently featured Jonathan Stowe (right), a Virginia College graduate of the Network Engineering associate's degree program in Huntsville. He provides support for the information technology systems for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in Bermuda.