November 25, 2013

In the spirit of the season, I am proud to report that earlier this week members of the RBC Student Assembly delivered to the Colonial Heights Food Pantry canned goods and funds collected at their Halloween Bash in October. Crystal Hawkes (Enrollment Services) helped to coordinate the project, and she accompanied our student leaders to the Food Bank where the Executive Director provided a tour of the facility and explained the process of collecting and dispersing food items to those in need. This is one shining example of community service and civic engagement among RBC students, and I commend their efforts.


Professor Michelle Delano is also modeling civic engagement and a thankful spirit by actively celebrating kind thoughts and deeds in her 1 Kind Thing (1KT) project. Brava to Michelle, our art students and everyone involved in this interactive community art project, which has received support from the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, City Council and Southside Virginia Arts Council.


Training Brain Operations Center Interns

On Tuesday, November 19, the Training Brain Operations Center (TBOC) located in Newport News, Virginia, and Richard Bland College signed a Memorandum of Understanding that establishes an internship program for a select group of RBC students to work alongside Army leaders to gain practical, real-world experience and attain specific student learning outcomes across a range of disciplines. The agreement, which is complementary to an existing partnership between TBOC and William & Mary, enables students to compete for twelve (12) internship positions, including Software Integrator, Model Builder, GIS, Scenario Developer and Operational Environment Research analyst. Please help to identify prospective interns and encourage them to take advantage of this remarkable learning opportunity. Tyler Hart has led this initiative and is RBC’s liaison and point of contact.


Council of Independent Colleges Ceremonial Signing

On December 2, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in the Library Board Room, representatives fromAverett University, Hampden-Sydney College, Hampton University, Liberty University, Lynchburg College, Randolph-Macon College and Shenandoah University—all members of the Council of Independent Colleges of Virginia—will sign an unprecedented umbrella Guaranteed Transfer Agreement with Richard Bland College. This agreement is a significant step forward in building new seamless pathways and expanding university destinations available to transfer-bound students. Everyone is invited to attend the signing ceremony.


Employee Appreciation and Holiday Reception

Our 2013 Employee Appreciation and Holiday Reception will be held in the Library Community Room on Friday, December 13 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. This year all students and employees were invited to nominate a member of the campus community for the following awards: Most Innovative Employee of the Year andChampion for Student Success. Please join me in celebrating these award winners and all of RBC’s outstanding employees, as well as officially kicking off the holiday season on campus. More details will be forthcoming.



To continue the theme of celebration and gratitude, I am pleased to share a note of thanks recently received from Michael Winn, a 2013 graduate of Richard Bland College and current art history major at William & Mary.


RBC has opened so many doors for me. It is a great college and is truly unique in the way that its faculty and staff are so close-knit and kind to students…I was hesitant to come at first because I did not want to attend a two year college after I had worked so hard in high school to get into a bigger school. I am so glad that I came to RBC because I ended up completely rethinking my life plan after taking Dr. Schrader’s Art History course. That class inspired me to become an Art History major because it was something I enjoyed and was eager to learn more about. With Professor Delano’s help I am now on the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts College Advisory Council and president of the RBC Art Club. I never thought that Richard Bland could change my prospects on what I wanted to do with the rest of life and my career field, but it most definitely did.


Happy Thanksgiving to all!