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RCC Lifelong Learning looks at Colonial-period women

The Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) will soon present a course on “Women in Colonial Virginia.” Instructor Robert Teagle will lead the three sessions on May 2, 9 and 16, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Historic Christ Church in Weems (Lancaster County).

This course examines the lives of Powhatan Indian, English, and African women in seventeenth and eighteenth-century Virginia, and explores the ways gender, race, and ethnicity intersected to shape women’s roles. Topics include law, sex, marriage, property, work, family, children, speech, and entrepreneurship, among others. Participants will learn how immigration, unbalanced sex ratios, a dispersed population, high mortality rates, servitude and slavery, and English efforts to create a patriarchal society influenced women as Virginia moved from the status of a colony to that of a new commonwealth.

Robert Teagle is the education director and curator of the Foundation for Historic Christ Church. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of William & Mary and a master’s degree in American history from Virginia Tech. His research and teaching interests focus on the history of colonial Virginia, including its architecture, the role of the Church of England, and the Carter family.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “Women in Colonial 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 Virginia Commonwealth Bank’s Golden Advantage program, and to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, for their generous support of RILL in 2018.

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Northern Neck Association of Realtors again fund RCC scholarship

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Pam Nelson, left, current president of the Northern Neck Association of Realtors (NNAR), presents a check for $2000 to Sarah Pope, Executive Director of the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation.

Pam Nelson, current president of the Northern Neck Association of Realtors (NNAR), presented a check for $2000 to Sarah Pope, Executive Director of the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation at the RCC Kilmarnock Center.

This contribution continues a long tradition of NNAR support for the college.

The NNAR scholarship represents one of more than 300 awards — totaling over $400,000 that the Rappahannock Community College Foundation bestows on deserving students each year.

The NNAR scholarship will be awarded in mid-April to an RCC student for the 2018-19 academic year.

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RCC Lifelong Learning looks at Colonial-period women

The Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) will soon present a course on “Women in Colonial Virginia.” Instructor Robert Teagle will lead the three sessions on May 2, 9 and 16, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Historic Christ Church in Weems (Lancaster County).

This course examines the lives of Powhatan Indian, English, and African women in seventeenth and eighteenth-century Virginia, and explores the ways gender, race, and ethnicity intersected to shape women’s roles. Topics include law, sex, marriage, property, work, family, children, speech, and entrepreneurship, among others.

Participants will learn how immigration, unbalanced sex ratios, a dispersed population, high mortality rates, servitude and slavery, and English efforts to create a patriarchal society influenced women as Virginia moved from the status of a colony to that of a new commonwealth.

Robert Teagle is the education director and curator of the Foundation for Historic Christ Church. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of William & Mary and a master’s degree in American history from Virginia Tech. His research and teaching interests focus on the history of colonial Virginia, including its architecture, the role of the Church of England, and the Carter family.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “Women in Colonial 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 Virginia Commonwealth Bank’s Golden Advantage program, and to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, for their generous support of RILL in 2018.

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RCC-RILL course to delve into yoga practices

On April 5, 12, and 19, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) will present “The Deeper Aspects of Yoga” with instructor Wyatt Portz. The course will be held at RCC’s Kilmarnock Center.

Twenty million Americans now practice yoga in local studios, at home using DVDs, or in churches, YMCAs, or other public spaces. Once an esoteric concept associated with Eastern religion, yoga is now often seen as a form of therapeutic calisthenics. But as any serious practitioner will tell you, yoga is more than cultivating the ability to touch your toes. This class will explore other aspects of yoga through a study of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (the authoritative text on the subject).

The first hour of each session will be devoted to lecture, and the second to the practice of yoga breathing and meditation exercises designed to foster an experience of stillness and peace. No special equipment or skills are necessary — just the ability to breathe and sit in a chair.

Wyatt Portz, who holds a bachelor of arts degree and RYT 200 yoga certification, currently instructs yoga classes at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury and local YMCAs. He has been a practicing meditator since 1968. His main interest is encouraging people to develop a holistic approach to yoga that includes mindful breathing and meditation; these can help overcome anxiety, resentment, anger, grief, and mental attachments by increasing energy and awareness, as well as allowing a direct perception of the wholeness of life.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “The Deeper Aspects of Yoga” 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 Virginia Commonwealth Bank’s Golden Advantage program, and to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, for their generous support of RILL in 2018.

SynDaver

Explore the inside of the human body with RCC’s new SynDavers

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Prof. Lisa Merritt shows off the inside of one of RCC’s new SynDavers.

Rappahannock Community College is excited to announce two new learning tools on campus. Nursing and science students will soon have first-hand experiences with Athena and Synthia, RCC’s two synthetic cadavers, known as “SynDavers.”

In summer of 2017, the College had the opportunity to receive two SynDavers to enhance their labs. Professor Lisa Merritt, a biology instructor at RCC, spoke about the new additions to the classroom.

“These are models made of synthetic tissue and different composed materials that allow us to identify structures within a real sized human model,” she explains.

“We have models available and other animals that we can dissect, but having a life-sized SynDaver in our labs engages the students and helps them to visualize what they may potentially see when they go out into their professional medical careers,” says Merritt.

Now settled into their permanent homes, Athena resides on the Warsaw campus while Synthia on the Glenns Campus, both offering hands-on experience for students. After one semester, Merritt says, “Feedback from the students is that it is engaging and they are excited.”

Currently, students enrolled in Anatomy and Physiology labs for Pre-Nursing and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) courses work with the SynDavers.

All of that said, it turns out that one of the new SynDavers has a secret past, one that involves appearances on a popular television show.

“We do have a model who was actually on Mythbusters and was used in a show where she has some bullet wounds we can see,” says Merritt.

While other colleges may have cadaver labs, RCC now can boast of its SynDavers and hope they will last them many years to come.

“Any students who are considering any type of medical or allied health field, whether it is dentistry and looking at the teeth, or EMTs who have to perform intubations, or to just look at what life-sized internal organs look like, I think they’re going to be really interested and should gear up and be ready to get involved with our SynDaver,” says Merritt. — Mary Ashley Wood

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Dine for a Cause at the Tides in March

Rappahannock Community College President Elizabeth H. Crowther and Tides Inn General Manager Gordon Slatford cordially invite you to a special dining event to raise funds to support the College. Over a three-week period in March, 30% of your meal check at the Tides Inn will be donated to the RCC Educational Foundation.

“Last year, 420 Tides Inn dinner patrons participated in the Dine for a Cause special fundraiser, which raised $4,843 for the RCC Educational Foundation. The program introduced new friends to RCC and was a wonderful opportunity for our old friends to support the Foundation in a new way,” says President Crowther.

Tides Inn General Manager Gordon Slatford says, “We treasure and value our relationship with RCC. Having a strong, viable community college is important to the economic and social health of our rural region. As diners enjoy our winter menu, they can also enjoy knowing that they are giving to a wonderful cause.”

Funds raised by Dine for a Cause help the RCC Educational Foundation carry out its mission, which is focused on providing affordable, accessible, and high-quality education at RCC to the residents of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.

Dine for a Cause runs March 11-15; March 18-22; and March 25-29. To make reservations, go to www.rappahannock.edu/tidesinn .

About The Tides Inn
The Tides Inn was named the #1 resort in the eastern region by Virginia Living magazine and the #7 resort in the nation by readers of Conde Nast Traveler.

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RCC Fast Pitch Softball Team Embarks on 2018 Season

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The 13th season of fast pitch softball started with a bang, as the Gulls hosted Maryland’s Montgomery College.

Rappahannock Community College’s Women’s Fast Pitch Softball team, the Gulls, have begun their thirteenth season, with a double-header on Saturday, March 3 against Maryland’s Montgomery College. After the first action this year, Coach Reggie Brann shared some of his thoughts for this season and the games against the Raptors.

“Over the years, we’ve played a lot of teams,” says Brann. “Club teams, community college teams both in state and out of state, even four-year Division II and III institutions.”

As for this year’s games, he says, “We’re set to play the club teams from U.Va. and VCU, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) home and away, also a first-time date with Southside Virginia Community College.

Though RCC may be a small community college, the softball team will “play against larger schools — like U.Va., VCU, and NOVA, schools with a lot more students than we have,” Brann added. “Our team could still use some more players, so if anyone has the slightest interest in playing, please reach out to us.”

As for the team, Brann says, “The talent is here at the school. This area has had a lot of talented high school athletes. We simply need the talent to play past high school and at RCC and take advantage of the benefits of an education at RCC.

“I cannot stress the latter enough, as my daughter went to a four-year school for a year, came back home to RCC, getting her associate degree, then onto UNC-Chapel Hill to secure her bachelor of science in dental hygiene. That is an RCC success story and without Kathryn Brann Scott, Maria Passagaluppi Hutt, or Dr. Elizabeth H. Crowther, there would not be softball at RCC.”

While playing the game may not be for everyone, all are invited to watch the team play.

“All the games are free, and every once in a while, during the season, Squall the Seagull comes out and makes an appearance.”

Squall was present to cheer on the Gulls against Montgomery College (MC) as the ladies of RCC lost 9-1 in game one, but topped MC 18-10 in the second game.

“The girls played better than they or I thought they would, we had not seen a live pitcher,” says Brann. “Some of them met each other for the first time on game day, and we played on one of the windiest days ever.”

Players are wanted and needed, and fans are always encouraged to attend. All home games take place at RCC’s Warsaw campus on the Elizabeth Hinton Crowther Field.

For more information about the team and their 2018 schedule, visit www.rappahannock.edu/softball . The next home date is Sunday, March 18 against the U.Va. club team.