News from Virginia College campuses

Sep 21, 2012

The Columbus campus has been busy recently, holding both a hair show and a blood drive.

In conjunction with the American Red Cross, students, faculty and visitors gave 47 units of blood during the two-day blood drive. It is estimated that the resulting blood and blood products will benefit 141 patients in the community.

The Cosmo Magic Hair Show was sponsored by senior Cosmetology students and attended by staff, students and family members. The participants were judged by Mary Hernandez, Chanda Saxton, Leatisha Buckner and Julian Elli, all Master Cosmetologists or Master Barbers from the community.

And the winners were:

  • First place: Lorenzo "Poisonous" Williams. His model was Brooke Olson.
  • Second place: Tameka "Mad Hattress" Skinner. Her model was Sha'Davidson.
  • Third place: Kayode "Tropical Thunder" Johnson. His model was Cornita Robinson.


Columbia: Congressman Joe Wilson from South Carolina's second district, pictured right, visited campus recently and got a tour from Campus President Nick Foong, left, and Academic Dean Lauri Figueroa, center.

Also in Columbia, President Foong recently fielded questions from students at Dent Middle School in connection with a program called AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a national program aimed at encouraging middle school and high school students who would be the first in their families to pursue post-secondary education.

In Huntsville, the Virginia College Business Club held its Annual Back Pack Drive in time for the start of school. Approximately 137 backpacks and kits of school supplies were donated to the children of Virginia College students and to other Huntsville-area students.

Food and games were part of the event. A young guest, above left, shows off the prize he won for winning the watermelon-eating contest. Also pictured is, left to right, Beverly Wyckoff, Business Program Director, Ms. Martin, advisor to the Business Club and Tonya Dumas, an instructor in the Business program.

Chattanooga: The students of Virginia College assisted the Red Bank, TN police department at a fingerprinting event held recently at the Red Bank Senior Center. The department has a new system designed to provide quick identification for at-risk citizens in the community including children, special needs adults, and seniors who may be suffering from dementia or Alzheimer related symptoms.

As seniors were fingerprinted, Virginia College students in the allied health programs provided a wellness check.

Red Bank County Commissioner Ruth Jeno was there and said the Virginia College students present got an "A+ for professionalism, knowledge and kindness."

As a result of the event, the students were enthusiastically invited back for monthly wellness checks.

Three of the participating students are pictured above. Left to right are Sherrie Burkhart, Stella Baylor and Jana Jackson.