Scholarship established in memory of late school superintendent

The family of the late Michael G. Basham, a longtime educator and superintendent of various public school systems in the region, has established a scholarship fund in his memory to benefit students at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

Basham, a native of Shawsville, Va., served as superintendent of schools in Scott and Wise counties in Virginia and in school systems in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was a pioneer of education and held a strong belief in the empowerment of learning.

UVa-Wise to celebrate Black History Month


The University of Virginia’s College at Wise will hold several special events throughout February in celebration of Black History Month.

The events commence on Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths with SongFest, featuring performances by Rev. Jake Ravizee, Changed, Ain’t I a Woman?, Heavenly Voices, Rich & Poor Frankie and others. 

On Feb. 12, a soul food dinner will be served in the Smith Dining Commons from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. 

U.Va. mourns death of former rector Joshua P. Darden Jr.

By Matt Kelly

University of Virginia


Clark is among SCHEV and Dominion 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award recipients

RICHMOND — The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and Dominion Resources are pleased to announce the twelve faculty members from Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities who have been selected as recipients of the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award (OFA).

Clark selected to receive 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award

Amy Clark
Amy Clark

Amy Clark, an associate professor of English and director of the Appalachian Writing Project at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, is a recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council for Higher Education of Virginia.

UVa-Wise to celebrate Martin Luther King's life on Jan. 20


The University of Virginia’s College at Wise will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan. 20 with a dinner, music, lecture and a variety of performances.

UVa-Wise garners LEED certification for buildings


The Hunter J. Smith Dining Commons and Commonwealth Hall, two buildings on The University of Virginia’s College at Wise campus, have received LEED certification for sustainable design by the US Green Building Council.

O'D penned memoir available Jan. 16


Five decades of wisdom as only Professor Michael “O’ D” O’Donnell can dispense will land in the UVa-Wise Bookstore in mid-January.


“O’ D: a Memoir, Fifty Years of Teaching and Travel,” will officially hit the shelves on Jan. 16, and O’ D will be on hand to sign copies. All profits from the self-published book will go toward the O’D/Michael E. O’Donnell Scholarship.


Sorahs featured on cover of Bicycling Magazine

Bicycling Magazine cover
January / February 2014 Bicycling Magazine Cover

Donald Sorah, a music professor at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, and his wife Kelly, a middle school choral teacher, are feature

Southwest Virginia tourism needs regional teamwork, UVa-Wise student finds

A research project conducted by a student at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise reveals that Southwest Virginia localities have a better chance of cultivating a thriving tourism industry by working in tandem instead of each county venturing out on its own.