Hutt Williams and Carrie Lewis

Warsaw Rotary presents RCC and RAM of Virginia $2,500 to support upcoming free medical event

Hutt Williams and Carrie Lewis

Hutt Williams, RCC employee and Warsaw Rotary Club member, presents a check to Carrie Lewis, who is coordinating the upcoming free medical event with RAM of Virginia. Lewis is a member of the nursing faculty at RCC.

On November 4 and 5, Rappahannock Community College will be hosting RAM of Virginia for a free medical event, at Richmond County Elementary School.

Medical, dental, and vision care will be available on a “first-come, first served” basis, for people who often cannot afford to pay for these services. Care will be provided regardless of their insurance, financial, or residency qualifications.

On Wednesday, October 18, the Warsaw Rotary Club presented Carrie Lewis with a check for $2,500 to support this event. Lewis, an RCC nursing faculty member, is working with the RAM of Virginia organization to put on the event.

Hutt Williams, a member of the Warsaw Rotary and an employee of RCC as well, presented Lewis with the check, which was a result of a grant application from the Warsaw Rotary to the Rotary International organization.

The funds will help cover expenses related to the event like food for both the volunteers and patients, as well as other facilities-related fees.

For information about donating or volunteering for the upcoming RAM clinic, please visit www.rappahannock.edu/ram.

Sue Perry and Ellen Koehler, directors of the RCC PN and ADN Nursing programs

RCC Nursing graduates achieve 100 percent pass rate in NCLEX

Sue Perry and Ellen Koehler, directors of the RCC PN and ADN Nursing programs

Sue Perry and Ellen Koehler, directors of the RCC PN and ADN Nursing programs, celebrate the recent 100 percent NCLEX pass rates of the Class of 2017.

The faculty in Rappahannock Community College’s Health Sciences department are like the coaches of a championship contender. Year after year, RCC’s nursing program achieves high marks and accolades, like the recent No. 1 ranking among all community colleges in Virginia.

Now, add another accomplishment to the list, as the graduating Class of 2017 from both the Practical Nursing (PN) and Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs have achieved an unprecedented 100 percent pass rate for the NCLEX exam.

The National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX, is the test that each state board of nursing uses to test if an individual is prepared to enter the workforce in a nursing practice. The first step of this licensure process is to complete their nursing degree, which is the ADN or PN.

This means our faculty produced a team of nursing all-stars.

“It’s a big deal for us because it’s validation that the hard work of our faculty and our students is paying off,” says Ellen Koehler, program chair of the ADN program at RCC.

“This is the first time one of our classes achieved a 100% pass rate since 2012 — and this was one of our largest classes too. So the fact that every one of them passed the very first time is a huge deal.”

Many of the faculty who teach in the ADN program also work in the PN program, and vice-versa. Sue Perry, an RCC alumna herself and the director of the PN program, is equally thrilled about this news.

“I am elated that all of them passed,” says Sue Perry, program chair of RCC’s PN program. “We graduated 14 students in May, and they all passed. Right now we have 44, so our program is growing.”

“Students are more likely to come here if we have a really high NCLEX pass rate, which we now have,” says Perry.

The word must be getting out about the ranking and recent testing results. Koehler says that she’s received multiple calls from recruiters and organizations looking to hire students out of the program — even before graduation.

“We have a great reputation for putting out students who are well-suited for the field,” says Koehler. “But now there is a real nursing shortage in almost every healthcare facility in this region. We’ve been talking about the shortage for years, and now it’s finally hitting us now.”

For now, the celebration is short-lived. Koehler and Perry will enjoy this moment very briefly, much like Bill Belichick, coach of the New England Patriots, who views winning the Super Bowl as being “five weeks behind” on the next season.

The coaching staff in the RCC Nursing Department are busy training the next cohort of nursing students for another championship run.

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RCC statement on Lindsey Greggs

We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Lindsey Greggs, a practical nursing student here at Rappahannock Community College. Ms. Greggs died in a car accident Monday morning. Our thoughts are now with her family, friends and classmates. Vincent Funeral in West Point is handling arrangements. More information is available here:

http://www.vincentfh.com/obituaries/Lindsey-Greggs/

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VIMS’ Joe Cope to present at RCC on Long-term Changes in Zooplankton

On Monday, October 30, 2017, from 12:25 to 1:25 p.m. at our Glenns and Warsaw Campus lecture halls, Joe Cope will present “Long-term Changes in Zooplankton off the Western Antarctica Peninsula.”
 
Cope serves at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester as a Scientist I. He will present on the WAP, or Western Antarctic Peninsula, which is one of the most rapidly warming regions on Earth
 
Cope will examine trends in summer abundance of zooplankton along the WAP over two decades and their relationship with environmental parameters like sea ice, atmospheric climate indices, sea surface temperature, and phytoplankton biomass and productivity. 
 
The zooplankton that is part of the discussion were collected from the top 120 meters of the water in a regional study.  Cope will include some original photography from the region and will bring some preserved animals.
 
The event is free and open to the public.
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RCC Lifelong Learning presents options for dream garden

The ideal garden, in the inspirations of gardeners over the centuries, will be the topic of a course from the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL). “Accepting Imperfection: Changing Visions of the Ideal Garden” will be held on October 31, and November 7 and 14 (Tuesdays), from 1 to 3 p.m., at RCC’s Kilmarnock Center, with instructors Susan Lindsey and Anne Olsen.

This course will explore the vision of the ideal garden as it has changed in the course of time, technological advances, and a better understanding of ecological issues. It will examine fashions in gardening, the impact of gardening practices on the environment, and issues specific to gardening near the Chesapeake Bay.

Anne Olsen and Susan Lindsey are long-time Master Gardeners in their home county of Northumberland. Olsen specializes in native plants and garden history and has traveled extensively to explore some of the world’s great gardens. In recent years, Lindsey has focused on the shoreline issues that confront Chesapeake Bay homeowners.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “Accepting Imperfection: Changing Visions of the Ideal Garden” 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 looks at local celebrities

The Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) will provide an intimate look at several historic personages in “Presidents and First Ladies of New Kent and Charles City, Virginia.” The two sessions, to be held October 29 and November 5 (Sundays), from 1 to 4 p.m., will include visits to Berkeley Plantation and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, then Sherwood Forest Plantation and Cedar Grove Cemetery (not all parts of the tours are wheelchair-accessible). Brian McGovern will be the instructor.
 
From the Virginia counties of New Kent and Charles City, no less than six individuals have attained the White House: Presidents William Henry Harrison and John Tyler, First Ladies Martha Washington and Martha Jefferson, and Tyler’s first and second wives, Letitia Christian Tyler and Julia Gardiner Tyler. John and Julia Tyler also made Charles City County their home for many years following their departure from the White House in 1845. Participants will learn about the lives of these distinguished Americans by experiencing their homes and houses of worship.
 
Brian McGovern holds the degree of Master of Arts in history from Old Dominion University, teaches United States history with Peninsula Catholic High School’s dual enrollment program, and serves on RCC’s adjunct history faculty.
 
Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35 and an additional fee of $35 to cover the costs associated with the plantation tours, is required to take this course. For more information on “Presidents and First Ladies of New Kent and Charles City, Virginia” 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 focuses on effects of Reformation in King George

On October 19 and 26, and November 2 (Thursdays), 2-4 p.m., at the L. E. Smoot Memorial Library in King George, the Rev. Dr. Christopher M. Agnew will explain “The Reformation” to participants in the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL).

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s action of nailing his ninety-five theses to the door of the court church at Wittenberg. This course will examine the event both in the context of its time, and in the contemporary context of the 1997 Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification between the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation.

The Rev. Dr. Christopher M. Agnew has taught history at both the secondary and the collegiate levels, most recently at the Virginia Theological Seminary. In addition to serving as manuscript librarian of the Historical Society of Delaware and as registrar and archivist of the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware, he serves on the board of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “The Reformation” 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 tours Mathews County

As frequent and popular instructors for the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL), Dr. David Brown and Thane Harpole will join forces with the Mathews County Historical Society to present “The Fascinating History of Mathews County: Churches, Historic Homes, and More!” The three sessions will be held on October 19 and 26, and November 2 (Thursdays), from 10 a.m. to noon, at various Mathews locations.
 
The history of Mathews County is preserved in its 18th-to-20th-century religious, political, and domestic buildings, which connects the past to the present through their historic fabric and the surrounding landscape. Each session will include multiple site visits and tours—incorporating recent archaeological discoveries and historical research—in addition to landscape analyses which affect efforts to preserve these significant places and alter the interpretation of the past.
 
Brown and Harpole received their undergraduate degrees from the College of William and Mary, and are founding members of the Werowocomoco Research Group and co-directors of The Fairfield Foundation in Gloucester County. Dr. Brown recently completed his dissertation in history, also at the College of William and Mary.
 
Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “The Fascinating History of Mathews County: Churches, Historic Homes, and More!” 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 Makes Fixing Dinner a Snap

Well-known chef Hatley Bright will be featured by the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) in “Make-Ahead Meals,” a single-session course to be held at RCC’s Kilmarnock Center on Friday, October 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

With a little forward thinking, explains Chef Bright, you can create menus and shop for make-ahead, balanced, and healthy meals to spice up your week-day dinners. This class will include tips on organizing, storing fresh and cooked ingredients, reheating and freezing, and wine pairing. The menu will include roasted Cornish game hens with peach and Cointreau demi-glace, mashed potato and parsnip cakes, Bolognese, and oven-roasted polenta. Come alone or bring a friend or your spouse, but be sure to bring your appetite. The evening will be fun and satisfying.

Chef Hatley Bright has been in the restaurant business most of her adult life. Though trained in classic French and Italian cuisines, she loves to experiment with Asian, Southern, and other alternative styles. This diversity of approach keeps her classes educational, innovative, and lots of fun. Chef Hatley was the founding director of RCC’s Culinary Arts program in 2006 and continues in that position today.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $30 and an additional fee of $25 for to cover the cost of your meal, is required to take this course. For more information on “Make-Ahead Meals” 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 and RAM Virginia sponsor free medical care clinic, November 4-5

On November 4 and 5, Rappahannock Community College, in partnership with the Remote Area Medical (RAM) Virginia organization, will be offering free medical care for all. Richmond County Elementary School in Richmond County, Virginia, is the site of the clinic.

Medical, dental, and vision care will be available on a “first-come, first served” basis, for people who often cannot afford to pay for these services. Care will be provided regardless of their insurance, financial, or residency qualifications.

RAM Virginia is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “provide free quality health care to those in need” — please visit the RAM Virginia web site, www.ramusa.org, for more information.

The November event is being sponsored by the RCC Educational Foundation and coordinated by students and instructors of the College’s associate-degree nursing (ADN) program.

This will be the second RAM Virginia event held on the Northern Neck of Virginia. The first was in 2015 when RCC worked with RAM Virginia to treat over 600 patients in need. This included building over 400 pairs of glasses on site and over 1,000 dental procedures

For patients, please note the following:

  • Tickets will be given out at 3 a.m., starting on November 4
  • Registration will begin at 6 a.m. each day
  • No pets allowed (service animals only)
  • No pain medicine prescriptions will be issued

RCC and RAM Virginia officials will accept donations of money, materials, and volunteers’ time. Monetary donations are tax deductible. Among the needs are medical and non-medical volunteers, medical equipment and supplies, food, lodging for non-local volunteers and staff, and hospitality facilities.

For information about donating or volunteering for the upcoming RAM Virginia clinic, please visit www.rappahannock.edu/ram.