News from Virginia College campuses

Nov 21, 2012

The Surgery Technology lab at the Jacksonville campus recently served as a set for a Discovery Channel program to be aired in 2013.

The show, called Last Night in Jacksonville, is based on a true story of a Jacksonville murder that occurred 15 years ago.

Surgical Technology PD Joseph Milam was used as an extra and the Cosmetology faculty and students were also involved on the day of shooting.

Jackson: Virginia College recently held a Breast Cancer Balloon Release. Students and staff came out to hear Tasha Lock, Academic Dean, read a poem written by a breast cancer survivor. Guest speaker was Barbara Tapps, Nurse Practitioner (pictured above, left), who responded to students' questions about breast cancer signs, symptoms and causes. Also, instructor Margaret Jones (pictured above) spoke of her experience with cancer.

Columbia: Students and faculty served food recently at Transitions, a United Way agency in Columbia organization that offers programs to help the homeless.

Pictured at the serving line are Megan Outlaw, Kenetra Gamble and Campus President Nick Foong. Other volunteers (not pictured) include Lino Soriano, Taviona Keys, Attisyah Evans and Dawn Brown.

Montgomery: Virginia College graduates Cynthia Perkins, RMA, CMAA (left) and Rocella Carlyse, RMA (right) visited campus recently for the Medical Assistant and Medical Office Management Town Hall Meeting. During their visit they awarded Campus President Madeline Little (center) with a pin from the Alabama State Society of American Medical Technologists.

Knoxville: Recently, Wyatt Hall, instructor for Learning Framework and Medical Law and Ethics, served with FEMA in Chalmette and Cut Off, Louisiana helping with their floods.

In this role, Mr. Hall acted as an Insurance Specialist. "I go out into the community where people would normally go to make repairs to their homes (Home Depot, Lowes, hardware stores, etc.), and explain the resources and processes that the Federal and State governments have to assist disaster survivors," he said.

Baton Rouge: Admissions Associate and Naval Reserve Petty Officer First Class Kelly Brewer has been named the Navy's Sailor of the Year for 2012.

Ms. Brewer joined the military in 2000 and recently returned from a 13-month mobilization to Iraq and Kuwait. She currently serves as Assistant Leading Petty Officer and the Career Counselor for Operational Support Unit of Navy Operational Center in New Orleans.

She was one of only two reservists to be selected for recent oil spill recovery operations. Other awards include a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, an Army Achievement Medal, three Flag Letter of Commendations and Blue Jacket of the Quarter. She is also involved in the community through volunteer work with the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps.