Savannah Bryant and Heather Brown

Fall 2017 RCC Library Writing Award winners named

Savannah Bryant and Heather Brown

RCC students Savannah Bryant and Heather Brown won first and second place in the Fall 2017 Student Research Paper Awards competition.

The staff of the Rappahannock Community College Library is pleased to announce the winners of the Fall 2017 RCC Student Research Paper Awards competition.

For fall and spring semester, the RCC Library hosts a competition for students, who are invited to submit papers which were written initially for class credit. This edition of the contest had two judges, Dan Ream, Coordinator of Library Resources, and RCC’s Dean of College Advancement, Sarah Pope.

Out of 17 papers submitted for consideration, two submissions were selected to be the best.

First place went to Savannah Bryant for her paper entitled, “Vaccine and Cognitive Development: The MMR Vaccine and the Supposed Effect on Autism Spectrum Disorder,” which she wrote for Prof. Gena McKinley’s English 111 class.

Bryant, who lives in Aylett and graduated from King William High School, will receive a $200 check to accompany this award and Professor McKinley a $50 honorarium for having assigned the paper.

“I spent a lot of time on the paper, and I had a lot of people proofread it for me before I submitted it,” says Bryant. “I was ecstatic when I found out that I won.”

Our second-place prize was awarded to Heather Brown for her paper entitled, “Furosemide: Properties, Alternatives. And the Medication Approval Process,” which she wrote for Professor Don Knox’s Emergency Medical Services class.

Brown, who hails from Gloucester County and attended Gloucester High School, will receive a check for $100 to accompany her award and Professor Knox a $50 honorarium for having assigned the paper.

“I wasn’t expecting to win,” says Brown. “But I got the call, and it’s kind of cool.”

Both winning papers will soon be published online and linked at our Student Research Paper Awards page at as well as in a collection of the Virginia Community College System’s best student writing at

Governor Ralph Northam

Governor Ralph Northam visits the RCC Glenns Campus

On Friday, January 26, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam visited the Glenns Campus of Rappahannock Community College.

Nursing professor Sue Perry

It’s been a ”full circle experience” for RCC Nursing Prof. Sue Perry

Nursing professor Sue Perry

The educational career of Prof. Sue Perry started and ended at the same place — Rappahannock Community College.

Rappahannock Community College’s Susan Perry, part of the faculty for the college’s nursing program, had a unique start for her teaching career. Hired by the school in 2009, Perry’s career course took some turns she didn’t expect in the beginning.

Originally a high school teacher of Biology, Earth Science, and Chemistry, she chose to make a life change in 2001 with RCC, and her life has been forever altered.

A native of West Point and a graduate of Mary Washington College, Perry found she wasn’t satisfied with being a high school teacher. Her daughter, Elizabeth, finished at Old Dominion University with a degree in biology, and then found she too was not satisfied with where her initial educational choices had led her.

“Elizabeth came to me with information about RCC’s Associate Degree in Nursing [ADN] program and said she wanted to pursue that,” said Perry.

After looking over the information with her daughter, she realized, “I had most of those pre-prerequisites and co-requisites.”

Her daughter prompted her with, “quit your job, and go to school with me!”

Thus in 2001 began a new learning adventure for the mother/daughter duo. Enrolling at RCC, the two took classes at the Warsaw Campus, along with clinicals in Kilmarnock and Tappahannock, followed by classes at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and clinicals in Richmond. After much hard work, Perry and her daughter graduated RCC’s nursing program with their ADNs.

“As an adult learner, I was a little nervous,” she says, “but much more dedicated and focused. I was serious about what I was doing and determined to do my very best. I wasn’t interested at all in the social aspect of school.”

While in the program, she found she wasn’t alone, saying, “I wasn’t the only adult learner in the program, so I didn’t feel completely out of touch.”

During her classes, Perry worked as a “nurse aide at Williamsburg Community Hospital (Sentara Williamsburg),” along with her daughter. While they worked in different units, Perry says, “after we graduated, we both were hired at our respective units as RNs.” Though she enjoyed her new degree, she says, “I quickly realized med/surg was not for me.”

Before returning to RCC to teach in the nursing program, however, she continued with her ADN working at Medical College of Virginia (MVC), in the mother/baby unit.

“The one thing I loved about MVC,” she says, “was it was a teaching hospital.  Everyone was in the teaching and learning mode.”

While her daughter went on to work at many hospitals, Perry decided to return to RCC where she could stay close to home and pursue what seemed to be an aspiring passion.

“I investigated the possibility of teaching clinicals for RCC … [and Dr. Wendy Edson] hired me to teach clinicals and campus labs in the ADN program.” With this new job, she continued her education at ODU, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

As a teacher at RCC, Perry says, “I come into contact with a lot of people I know that live and work in my community.  I know that we train nurses through our programs that get a job in local clinics. It’s very gratifying.”

Reflecting on the career choice that took her down an unexpected path, she says, “I’m glad my daughter was in favor of my going to school with her. If she hadn’t done that I would probably be in a whole different scenario.”

Though she could have taken a job at a multitude of hospitals or schools, she wanted to stay with RCC.

“It feels good to know I am giving back to my community in some way … They taught me in the beginning to become a nurse, and now I am giving back by teaching others in the same community.” — Ashley Wood

Author Nic Stone

Best-selling author Nic Stone speaks at RCC on MLK Day

Author Nic Stone

Best-selling author Nic Stone spoke at RCC on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

On Monday, January 15, Rappahannock Community College hosted best-selling author Nic Stone for a special presentation on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the holiday that bears his name.

Stone spoke on how the nation has come to remember Dr. King’s actions and thoughts, and how his marches and speeches are now perceived through the lens of history.

“We have to be careful about what we focus on these days of remembrance,” said Stone. “It’s important that we think about the hard stuff.”

Stone is best known for her novel, Dear Martin, a fictional story based on true-life events. The plot involves a young African-American male who was wrongly arrested. He reacts to the circumstance by writing letters to the late Dr. King.

She appeared at the Glenns Campus, which is located in Gloucester County, and her appearance was shared to the other RCC locations via an interactive video feed. Her speech was also broadcast on Facebook Live.

After her lecture, Stone signed autographs and posed for photos with RCC faculty, students, and staff.

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RCC Closed due to Inclement Weather

Due to weather conditions, Rappahannock Community College will be closed on Monday, January 8, 2018.

Although the college will be closed, we will be offering some services online to help students who want to register for spring semester classes.

If you need assistance, please send an e-mail with your request to the appropriate office.

* Please Note: Due to staffing limitations and a higher-than-normal volume of e-mails, responses to e-mails will be timely but not be immediate during the hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. E-mails will be answered in the order they are received. We thank you in advance for your patience and look forward to helping you.

Registration Assistance through Online Services

Additional Services

  • Assistance with financial aid and student accounts is available 24/7 every day of the year and may be reached by calling 855-877-3942.
  • Textbook orders may be placed online at the RCC Bookstore page, and they will be fulfilled as soon as the college reopens.


  • Spring semester classes start Monday, January 15. Since the college offers classes that start later in the semester, we encourage you to review your schedule in advance, checking dates, times, and locations for your specific courses. You can review your schedule through the Student Information System in your myRCC account.