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RCC Scholarship Recipients and Donors Honored

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Left to right: Deb Shelby, Janice Whitley (Dr. Mel Shelby Scholarship recipient), and Marsha Germek and Arliss Ketchum of the Samaritan Group enjoyed the RCC Foundation program.

The Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation, Inc. (RCC EFI) hosted its annual scholarship program in October to honor 2017-18 scholarship recipients and donors.  The event was held at Warsaw’s Cobham Park Baptist Church, a venue large enough to accommodate the expanding number of awardees, their family members, and the scholarship donors.

College President Dr. Elizabeth H. Crowther welcomed the guests and drew attention to the printed program that listed all of the 270 students who received awards for the 2017-18 academic year.

“We have gained incredible momentum in making an RCC education affordable,” said Crowther. “We have increased scholarship awards from $275,000 to $597,000 in ten years.  This is an extraordinary show of support from our community businesses, civic organizations, and residents.”

President Crowther directly addressed the scholarship awardees, noting that “the local community is cheering you on as you complete your education at RCC and reach your goals.”

RCC EFI Board President and scholarship donor, Dr. Robert Gates, followed President Crowther by thanking the donors in joining him in their support of RCC students.

Scholarship recipients and donors individually stood as academic dean Dr. Matt Brent announced the awardee names and RCC EFI Executive Director Sarah Pope announced the donor names.   The program ended as scholarship awardees and their family members connected with the scholarship donors for handshakes, hugs, and photographs.

Scholarship donor Deb Shelby followed the crowd into the fellowship hall to enjoy food and drink.  Mrs. Shelby, a registered nurse, recently started a nursing scholarship in memory of her late husband, Dr. Mel Shelby, and in partnership with the Samaritan Group in Gloucester — an organization for which the couple had volunteered for many years.  She was joined at the reception by her husband’s sisters, who traveled from out of town, and Samaritan Group case workers, Marsha Germek and Arliss Ketchum.

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RCC President Dr. Elizabeth H. Crowther tells the scholarship recipients that the community is cheering them on as they complete their degrees.

At the reception, the Samaritan Group entourage immediately found Janice Whitley, the recipient of the Dr. Mel Shelby Scholarship, who was attending with her husband and two-year old daughter.  Janice, a second year RCC nursing student from Gloucester, was selected for the scholarship because of her demonstrated leadership in clinical work.  Dr. Shelby understood clinical empathy as vital in the successful treatment of his patients over his long career as an Obstetrics/Gynecology physician.

Janice relayed to the Samaritan Group, “I’d like to become a labor and delivery nurse and eventually continue my education to nurse practitioner. Giving birth to my daughter really gave me a new perspective on how much those nurses do for mothers, especially first-time mothers. I would love to be as inspiring and helpful to another mother as my nurses were during this time.”

Marsha Germek with the Samaritan Group commented, “Meeting Janice was very meaningful to all of us. Deb had the opportunity to visit with her and share with her Mel’s contributions in the medical field, as well as her own in celebrating Mel.   Mel’s sisters Millie and Dana were also present which meant so much more to know that Mel’s presence was with us.”

The scholarship application for the 2018-19 academic year is open until February 16, 2018.  Students only need to complete one online application by going to:  www.rappahannock.edu/scholarships to qualify for 100 different scholarships earmarked specifically for RCC students.  The average award is $1,500 which covers 30% of a year’s tuition and fees.

If you are interested in learning more about how to establish a RCC EFI scholarship, go to: www.rappahannock.edu/scholarships or contact Sarah Pope, RCC EFI Executive Director atspope@rappahannock.edu or 804-333-6705.

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RCC Gives Thanks to Veterans

“The character that our veterans develop during their terms of service flow into the fabric of our nation,” emphasized U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 (Ret) Stanley Wood.

It was during Rappahannock Community College’s Veterans Day event on November 9 in which Wood, a combat veteran, and the event’s keynote speaker, elaborated that “[this character] is found in our schools, in our businesses, and in our churches.”

Wood, a recipient of the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross, deployed to combat in Desert Storm in Iraq, the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia, as well as other conflicts in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

During the Battle of Mogadishu, now readily known as “Blackhawk Down,” Wood’s Blackhawk helicopter “Super 66” was responsible for the insertion of Ranger forces into the city on October 3, 1993.  His aircraft later received heavy enemy fire in that battle and was rendered unserviceable.

Speaking with authority and wisdom that comes only from experience, Wood shared how his military service had shaped his character.  From his time as a U.S. Army Ranger, through the rigors of Flight School, and during his service in Special Operations Aviation, Wood spoke of the humility, integrity, and courage he learned.

He also commented that the volunteer spirit of our nation is amazing.

“Today, a person that enlisted in 2001 in response to 9/11 attacks and bothered to stay in for a career has seen nothing but war.”

Concluding his remarks, Wood stressed, “This character makes our communities and nation stronger, and for this and the sacrifices that are made in combat we should give thanks to our nation’s veterans.”

And, give thanks is exactly what RCC did.  The event which took place on both campuses celebrated veterans who work at the college and veterans who take classes at RCC.

Hutt Williams, Dual Enrollment Advisor and College Recruiter, introduced the event with comments about his service in the Air Force.  Then, Sharon Mann, RCC’s Business Office Technician, beautifully sang the National Anthem.

Before the keynote address, Master sergeant Ryan Maline, U.S. Air Force Recruiter, commented on the importance of education and how the Air Force helped him reach those education goals.

Charlene Jones, Student Activities Coordinator, concluded the event by thanking all those who attended and especially thanking those who have served our nation.

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Santa and Mrs. Claus Visiting RCC/Richmond County Public Library on December 14

In what has become a recent annual tradition, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the Richmond County Public Library at the Rappahannock Community College campus in Warsaw on Thursday, December 14 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to meet and talk with Santa and children attending will receive a free book and candy. And for the first time, Squall the Seagull, the official mascot of RCC, will also be in attendance. Squall is prepared to share hugs and will pose for photos, but please, no autographs.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the RCC/Richmond County Public Library. Contact Ruth Lynn at the library for more information at 804-333-6713.

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RCC to host Information Sessions in December and January

Rappahannock Community College will be hosting a series of informational sessions over the next few weeks. They are designed to give information to those who are considering starting a degree or for those who would like to take a few classes in January. Campus tours are included, and faculty will be on hand to answer questions about specific programs.

  • King George Site, December Wednesday, 13, 2017, starting at 5 p.m.
  • Warsaw Campus, December Thursday, 14, 2017, starting at 5 p.m.
  • Glenns Campus, December Tuesday, 19, 2017, starting at 5 p.m.
  • Glenns Campus, Tuesday, January 9, 2018, starting at 5 p.m.
  • Warsaw Campus, Wednesday, January 10, 2018, starting at 5 p.m.
  • New Kent Site, Thursday, January 11, 2018, starting at 5 p.m.

Those who are interested in attending the information sessions are asked to complete registration here: http://bit.ly/2nJvhwn . For details on these sessions, please contact Hutt Williams at 804-333-6744 or hwilliams@rappahannock.edu .

Emergency Services program

In addition, the Emergency Medical Services department will host information sessions:

  • Session on the Emergency Medical Responder – EMS 101 class at the Northumberland Sheriff’s Department offices on Dec. 18 at 6 p.m.
  • Session on Advanced EMT at King George Fire Department on the Dec. 14 at 7pm.

For details on our EMS program, please contact Ellen Vest at 804-758-6777 or evest@rappahannock.edu .

Nursing program

The top-ranked RCC Nursing program will host an information session at both the Glenns and Warsaw Campuses in Room 122 (Lecture Hall) on Jan. 18, 2018 from 1 to 2 p.m. Contact Jennifer Carr at 804-758-6768 or jcarr@rappahannock.edu to register for this event.