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Squall the Seagull’s 2017 Football Tour Dates announced

For the third season in a row, Squall the Seagull, the official mascot of Rappahannock Community College, will be appearing at select football games at high schools throughout the area.

Thanks to the following schools, Squall will interact with fans, pose for photos, but due to the unresolved “feather-hands” issue, he will not be giving autographs. Staff from RCC will be on hand also to answer questions about the College’s various programs and offerings.

2017 Schedule

DATE TEAMS LOCATION TIME
Thursday, Aug. 31 Brooke Point vs. King George King George High School 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 8 King William vs. Essex Essex High School 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 15 Rappahannock vs. Washington & Lee Washington & Lee High School 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 22 Washington & Lee vs. King William King William High School 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 29 Bruton vs. New Kent New Kent High School 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 5 Middlesex vs. West Point West Point High School 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 6 Colonial Beach vs. Rappahannock Rappahannock High School 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 13 Menchville vs. Gloucester Gloucester High School 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 20 Essex vs. Lancaster Lancaster High School 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 21 Charles City vs. King & Queen King & Queen High School 1 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 27 Charles City vs. Mathews Mathews High School 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 2 Mathews vs. Middlesex Middlesex High School 5:15 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 3 Lancaster vs. Northumberland Northumberland High School 7 p.m.
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Professor Tom Danaher to Re-Engineer Programs at RCC

Danaher has big plans for both what he will be teaching in his engineering classes, but also for what his students can achieve after they graduate.

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RCC Culinary Arts program cooking up surprises for Fall 2017

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Hatley Bright, director of RCC’s Culinary Arts program.

For anyone who has met RCC Culinary Arts professor Hatley Bright, enthusiasm is not something she lacks. Excitement flows from her spatula — like water over Niagara Falls — and the faucet has been turned up all the way, now that she’ll be getting her space at the Glenns Campus. Construction on the upcoming RCC Culinary Arts Lab will begin on September 5 and should be completed a few months afterward.

For years, the culinary arts program was sort of like a food truck. Chef Bright and her equipment on wheels would appear in multiple locations throughout the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. But soon, that will all change.

“It’s going to be a teaching kitchen and a culinary lab,” says Bright. In this new classroom, Bright will be able to teach her students in an environment that is very much like what one would experience in a high-end restaurant.

“The new space will have the state-of-the-art equipment!” gushes Bright.

The culinary arts lab will allow Bright to offer new sorts of courses, including a baking class, which Bright herself got a bit of a refresher on some time ago.

In October 2016, and again in March 2017, Bright journeyed to San Francisco, California, for a “chance of a lifetime” to learn baking skills and new techniques at the San Francisco Baking Institute, a working bakery as well as a school in the city.

Bright says that she received this opportunity with a scholarship that was privately funded by local donors and the RCC Educational Foundation.

“[The donors] also have established a culinary arts scholarship at RCC, which will be awarded to students starting in 2019,” says Bright.

For Bright, going to these baking courses in California was a refreshing experience, one that put her back into class as a student. She loved every minute of working in the “art and science of cooking of culinary arts” and learning from others.

“You make your products, but you work in teams,” she says of the baking experience. “It’s an all-day thing, nine hours a day, five days a week, and pretty intense, start at 7 o’clock in the morning and go all day.”

Although an experienced culinary professor herself, Bright says of learning new techniques, “It was an eye-opening experience. There’s more than one way to do just about anything.”

As for bringing her experience in San Francisco to her classroom, “I am in the process of working on a career studies certificate for baking, and that [experience is] something I’m hoping to implement next year. It was a real experience being taught by other professionals who are doing this on a daily basis now.”

While RCC builds her a permanent home, Bright was called on to help instruct folks who wanted to learn from other professionals. In May, Bright traveled to Many, Louisiana for a master teacher seminar during the summer designed to give teachers training to be more effective in the classroom.

A summer of learning new experiences and techniques have prepared Chef Bright to have a great 2017. The Fall semester, which begins on August 28, has all the ingredients to be a special one for Bright and her students. — Ashley Wood and Eric Pesola

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RCC Committee to host seminar on Potable Water

The Rappahannock Community College Environmental Sustainability Committee and Math and Science Club will be holding a seminar on August 30, from 12:25 to 1:25 p.m. in the lecture halls of Warsaw Campus and Glenns Campus.  The title is “Potable Water in the Northern Neck, ” and the invited speaker is Dr. Lynton Stuart Land.

Dr. Stewart is a member of the Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship (NAPS).  The event will represent the first collaboration between RCC’s Environmental and Sustainability Committee and NAPS.

In addition to other important work in the community, NAPS supports local schools and provide scholarships for many students throughout the area.

Dr. Land will present on the issue of potable water in the Northern Neck, including the unsustainable pumping in the region.

For more information about the even, please contact Dr. Tom Mosca at tmosca@rappahannock.edu or 804-333-6718.

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King Carter Chapter #5 Order of the Eastern Star Supports RCC Nursing Program

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Dr. Elizabeth Crowther (left) accepts a $500 donation to support the RCC Nursing program from Martha Hancock, Treasurer of the King Carter Chapter #5 Order of the Eastern Star.

The King Carter Chapter #5 Order of the Eastern Star is providing support to students in the RCC Nursing program through a recent $500 donation to the RCC Educational Foundation, Inc.

Chapter Treasurer Martha Hancock presented the contribution to Rappahannock Community College President Elizabeth H. Crowther on August 4 on behalf of Worthy Matron Bonnie Pettey and Worthy Patron Lawrence Petty.

The Nursing program discretionary fund is an emergency fund that helps with expenses associated with the nursing program.  This could include books, fees, uniforms or clinical costs.

The King Carter Chapter #5 Order of the Eastern Star was chartered in 1937.  The members of the Order of the Eastern Star are dedicated women and men who sincerely reflect the spirit of fraternal love and the desire to work together for good. It gives them the opportunity to give a part of their time to many projects that benefit mankind.

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Join historian Bessida Cauthorne White for a look at Genealogy with RCC Lifelong Learning at the RCC Glenns Campus

Appearing for the first time as an instructor for the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) is Bessida Cauthorne White, who will teach “Genealogy 101: Climbing Your Family Tree” on September 13, 20, and 27 (Wednesdays), 2-4 p.m., in the board room at RCC’s Glenns Campus.

Though genealogy is one of the fastest-growing hobbies in the United States, getting started can be daunting. This course’s tips and strategies for uncovering family stories will include basic genealogy terms and tools, public and private records, Internet sources, oral history, and DNA. Participants will be guided through the process of beginning their own family trees; for maximum individual attention from the instructor, class size will be limited to 15.

Long-time genealogist Bessida Cauthorne White is the historian for eight different families, and manages DNA results for 25 members of her own family. A founder of two genealogy societies, she currently serves as president of the Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “Genealogy 101: Climbing Your Family Tree” and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707), or e-mail her at sdrotleff@rappahannock.edu.

The Educational Foundation expresses sincere appreciation to the Bank of Lancaster’s Golden Advantage program, and to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, for their generous support of RILL in 2017.

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Begin flower arranging through RCC’s Lifelong Learning at Rappahannock Westminster Canterbury Life Enrichment Center in Irvington

Instructor Laura Anne Brooks returns this fall to the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) with her new course, “Farm to Table Flower Arranging.” The single session is scheduled for Thursday, September 21, 1-3 p.m., at the Rappahannock Westminster Canterbury Life Enrichment Center in Irvington.

This course demonstrates English floral garden design using seasonal farm-to-table plant materials. Participants should plan to bring a garden urn, liner, flower snippers, at least three market bouquets, and “found” materials from the yard or meadow. The class, limited to 12 persons, will consist of an hour-long lecture followed by an hour of supervised arranging.

A prize-winning horticulturalist and flower arranger, Laura Anne Brooks is a fellow of the Washington National Cathedral School of Flower Arranging, an instructor at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, and a frequent speaker at Virginia federated garden clubs and church altar guilds.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $30 plus a $15 fee for supplies, is required to take this course. For more information on “Farm to Table Flower Arranging” and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707), or e-mail her at sdrotleff@rappahannock.edu.

The Educational Foundation expresses sincere appreciation to the Bank of Lancaster’s Golden Advantage program, and to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, for their generous support of RILL in 2017.

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RCC Lifelong Learning offers Bird Watching class at Glenns Campus

Outstanding birder Jeffrey Wright will share his expertise in “Bird Watching — For the Fun of It and for Citizen Science,” a course from the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL). The three sessions will take place on September 14, 21, and 28 (Thursdays), 9-11 a.m., with initial meetings in the board room at RCC’s Glenns Campus.

Bird-watching, whether done outside or from a window, can be a rewarding life-long pursuit. This course will get you started identifying birds of the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. As you record and report your sightings, you will have the opportunity to contribute materially to the protection of these birds and their habitat. Each class (limited to 15 participants) will include short guided walks.

Jeff Wright has birded throughout the United States and the world. He is a Virginia Master Naturalist, and in addition to being a member of numerous organizations that promote the well-being of wild birds, he has participated in many bird-related conservation projects. Currently he is doing volunteer work on the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “Bird Watching—For the Fun of It and for Citizen Science” and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707), or e-mail her at sdrotleff@rappahannock.edu.

The Educational Foundation expresses sincere appreciation to the Bank of Lancaster’s Golden Advantage program, and to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, for their generous support of RILL in 2017.

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Lifelong Learning Class Focuses on Colonial Era Life in Lancaster, County

“The Map of the Americas 1755 and the Multi-talented Doctor John Mitchell,” a new course from the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL), will tell the life story of a Colonial-era boy from Lancaster County, Virginia. Instructors Dr. Paul Malone and Barbara Hartley will teach the three-session course on September 12, 19, and 26 (Tuesdays), 6-8 p.m., at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury in Irvington.

In addition to his medical practice, Dr. John Mitchell was a botanist, zoologist, pathologist, and mapmaker, among many other interests. Course participants will explore his life in depth, and will also learn how the town of Urbanna discovered Mitchell’s 1755 map of the Americas, which it restored and now protects at the Urbanna Museum.

Dr. Paul Malone of Urbanna has made numerous presentations on Dr. John Mitchell and his “most important map in American history,” published in 1755. Barbara Hartley, who along with others deeply involved in the procurement and preservation of this important document, strives to develop awareness of Dr. Mitchell, his map, and the tremendous contributions made by the people of Urbanna toward its preservation.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “The Map of the Americas 1755 and the Multi-talented Doctor John Mitchell” and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707), or e-mail her at sdrotleff@rappahannock.edu.

The Educational Foundation expresses sincere appreciation to the Bank of Lancaster’s Golden Advantage program, and to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, for their generous support of RILL in 2017.