News from Virginia College campuses

Jan 23, 2012

Macon—The number of hybrid students (students taking some classes online) in Macon is growing, giving students more flexibility to accommodate family, jobs, and other personal issues.

Pictured are hybrid students (front row) Ashley Smathers, Kim Bostic, (back row) Tiquilla Spivey, Arielle Carroll and Campus Online Coordinator Megan Black. These students have developed time management and self–discipline skills to excel in their online classes as well as in the classroom.

Jackson—How can learning about computer security made to be fun? The Jackson Network Engineering students recently developed a "privacy monitor" using a pair of surgical goggles and a monitor that's viewable only by the person wearing the goggles.

Students removed the polarized screen from an LCD monitor, separating the polarized portion from the anti–glare matte film. Then they took the polarized film with the antiglare removed and retrofitted this to a pair of goggles. The result: a fully functional computer monitor that keeps prying eyes from seeing secure information.

CharlestonTherapeutic Massage students recently contributed their time for the Turkey Day Run at Marion Square Park in downtown Charleston. Kids visiting the booth received hand massages and the runners received services and coupons.

Richmond— Twenty–eight new members of Alpha Beta Kappa were tapped recently, the inaugural group of members for the new Virginia College campus. According to the website, Alpha Beta Kappa is the premier national honor society for America's private, postsecondary schools, institutes, colleges and universities. The purpose of the Society is to encourage and recognize superior student academic achievement, character, and leadership.

To be eligible for the Richmond chapter, students must have a cumulative 3.75 GPA and be within two terms of graduation.

Augusta— Students, staff, and faculty donated items to fill 86 shoeboxes for adults and children for a community Christmas project called ABC (Augusta Boxes for Christmas). Items were boxed and wrapped at a party complete with cookies, hot chocolate, and holiday music provided by IT Manager Phil Hadley. Fourth–graders at the Immaculate Conception school in downtown Augusta handmade Christmas cards to fill the boxes.

The shoeboxes were delivered to three local agencies: the Fisher House (guest residence for families of injured military members); the Jeffrey Chavis House (guest residence for families of burn survivors being treated at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital); and the CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority, which places homeless families into shelters and temporary housing in 14 Georgia counties.

Also in Augusta, Medical Office Management student Natasha Miller and other Virginia College students recently teamed up with the Team Lean weight–loss competition at the YMCA in downtown Augusta. Read the story in the online edition of the Augusta Chronicle.