As a youngster growing up in Big Stone Gap, Rabern Simmons always knew he would attend The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.
It was a family tradition, one that his parents, Barry Simmons ’91 and the late Rae Simms ’76, established in the mid 1970s. Simmons’ connection to campus would grow stronger over the years, but it began when the young boy would accompany his parents to various alumni events.
The Valentine Dance that was set for Feb. 14 has been rescheduled for Feb.18 at 6 pm at Cantrell Hall.
The UVa-Wise Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony that was set for Saturday, Feb. 15, has been postponed due to weather. The event will be rescheduled for later in the year. However, the basketball games between UVa-Wise and the University of Charleston are still scheduled for Saturday. The women's game begins at 2, followed by the men's matchup at 4 p.m.
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.
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.
By Matt Kelly
University of Virginia
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).
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.
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.