News from Virginia College Birmingham, Columbia, Austin and Jacksonville

Oct 12, 2011

Virginia College in Birmingham recently held a VIP reception honoring Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell. President Lisa Bacon welcomed approximately 250 guests who enjoyed tours and a reception at the facility.

Students at Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College demonstrated sugar pulling and chocolate making. Century Restaurant's catering team served made-to-order crab cakes with mango chutney sauce, Alabama wild shrimp and locally-sourced artisanal cheeses.

Education Corporation of America (ECA) Board Chairman Avy Stein of Chicago was there, in addition to ECA CEO Tom Moore, Greg Calhoun of Calhoun Enterprises, Penny Lee, Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell Sr. and Alabama state legislators Oliver Robinson, Lawrence McAdory, Mary Moore, and Priscilla Dunn.

The Columbia campus recently showed their colors by dovetailing a fundraiser for United Way with recognition of National College Team Spirit Day.

President Harvey Giblin and several Austin staffers recently volunteered at the soup kitchen at Caritas, an organization that serves the homeless, working poor and documented refugees. The Austin campus team helped prepare and serve 350 meals. The group plans to continue its volunteer efforts and dedicate more time to helping the Austin community, including Caritas and other United Way beneficiaries.

The Jacksonville campus was recently awarded the Pacesetter Award by United Way of Northeast Florida. The award is for the highest percentage increase of giving (519%) from the previous year.

Campus Processing Specialist Laura Jones and Academic Dean Adam Haas received the award on behalf of the Jacksonville campus.