News from Pensacola, Montgomery and Richmond campuses

Sep 19, 2012

Each month, the Pensacola campus selects a charity to support and recently they chose the Global War on Terrorism Veterans in Need. When they learned that the group was helping an injured soldier get re-established into the community with his wife and two children, the Virginia College staff and students decided to raise money by offering pancake and sausage breakfasts to students in exchange for donations.

Officials for the organization recognized Virginia College for its $500 contribution, saying, "This generous act of kindness from your faculty and students will significantly help Corporal Palmer and his family. Their lives and our community were enriched by Virginia College's exceptionally warm hearts and patriotic support."

Above, left to right: Don Cockroft, Virginia College Academic Dean; Dave Koxeng, Owner, Cat County 98.7 Radio; Dr. Kim Coolidge, Virginia College Campus President; Kris Tande, NW Florida Regional Director, Office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio; Jennifer McSherdon, Virginia College Office Manager.

Montgomery: Here's a note from Madeline Little, Campus President

"Recently, I spent the best part of the morning with our first-quarter Cosmetology students whom I adopted to follow me through my journey with breast cancer. When my hair started to come out in clumps, I knew it was just a matter of time before I would have to go toward wigs and scarfs. The PD, Ms. Bonner, and I decided by adopting the first quarter students they would be with me through all phases of this process.

When I first met with them, the students had done their research. The classroom set up with candles, bottled water, mints and soft music. The class had chosen a haircut and style that they thought fit my personality and face. They were able to give me advice on the types of shampoos and treatment that I should be using to maintain my hair for as long as I had it.

By the end of the session, 17 students—guided by Ms. Bonner and their instructor, Ms. Lewis—had given me a new look. But what meant the most to me was the care they showed with their precious hands. We were all very proud of their teamwork and finished product: their first human haircut!"

The Richmond campus recently held a Student Appreciation cookout which was an enjoyable break from the classroom.