Virginia Intermont College Spring 2013 Convocation:
Thursday, April 4, 2013 – 6:30 p.m. Brantley Dining Room
Maurie McInnis, Author and UVA Professor
Author discusses her book, “Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade.” You can read her bio online at http://www.virginia.edu/art/artarch/faculty/mcinnis.html
Saturday, April 6, 2013 – 1:00 p.m. Boyce Cox Field – DeVault Memorial Stadium
Armed Forces Recognition Game
The Virginia Intermont College baseball team will host the third annual Armed Forces Recognition Game April 6, 2013 to honor those who serve or have served in the United States armed forces. The Intermont Cobras will take on Union College at 1 p.m. at Devault Stadium in Bristol, Va. Admission is free, and all Armed Forces men and women, friends and fans are invited.
A pre- game ceremony on the field will recognize all veterans, and those in attendance will receive free refreshments from the concession stand throughout the game. The first 15 veterans to sign in will receive a free tee-shirt. Items donated from local businesses will be raffled with the Grand Prize being a trip for two to Dallas and tickets to a Texas Rangers game. Veterans will make the first pitch after the national anthem is sung and the presentation of colors.
Proceeds from raffle tickets, tee-shirt sales and concessions will benefit the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program. Donations to the organization are also welcome.
Veterans and servicemen and women who expect to attend the Armed Forces game are asked to contact John Carbone at 315 491-2942 or firstname.lastname@example.org to facilitate planning. Families are welcome!
Virginia Intermont College students can earn convocation credit for attending the game.
Saturday & Sunday, April 6 & 7, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.
Cobra-Tornado Spring Classic
The Time Trial competition starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. The course, just over four miles in length, will run from the Weaver Pike exit on Highway 394 for two a half miles, on to Sweet Knobs Trail Road and finish just outside of Bristol Motor Speedway. Team Time Trials will go first and then individual races will follow.
The Road Race, starting at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, consists of 15.2 miles of track next to South Holston Lake where participants will ride along the South Holston Dam Rd, Emmett Rd., Highway 421, Pemberton Rd., and back to South Holston Dam Rd. to the original starting location at the Weir Dam. Each category will race different distances up to 60 miles. All will finish at the Weir Dam.
Monday, April 8, 2013 – 9:00 – 9:50 a.m. Brantley Dining Room
Local speaker from a renewable energy company called “Ecological Energy Systems” will discuss this new entrepreneurial Wind and Solar Business in the Tri-Cities. He will be bringing in some show and tell items as well.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 – 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center
The VI Poetry Club will be hosting a campus poetry event in honor of National Poetry month on Tuesday, April 9 , at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center. There will be four featured faculty readers – Dr. Mark Roberts, Dr. Gary Poulton, Prof. Edison Jennings, and Prof. Mari Alschuler . Several students will read their work as well. The reading should last around one hour and there will be light refreshments served afterwards. Any student interested in reading that evening should contact Mr. Smith (email@example.com) or Sierra Mills , President of the Poetry Club (firstname.lastname@example.org) . We are hoping for a enjoyable and inspirational celebration of the “language of life”(POETRY) , the entire campus community is invited to attend . Convocation credit will be given.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 – 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Science Hall – Lecture Hall
Vet School at VA Tech
Vet Med students, Tia and Jeremy, will
Saturday, April 13, 2013 – 2:30 p.m. Science Hall Rm. 201
“Bristol, the Birthplace, and Beyond: VI’s Lasting Impact”
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 – 7:30 p.m. Trayer Theatre
Virginia Intermont Theatre Department Spring Showcase
VIC Spring Showcase – Performance April 23 at 7:30 pm – in Trayer Theatre in the Anne Worrell Fine Arts Center on the VI campus. For more information contact Bonny Gable at 276-466-7973 or email@example.com
Friday, April 26, 2013 – 7:00 p.m. Trayer Theatre
Virginia Intermont Theatre Department Student Directed One-Act Plays
The Virginia Intermont Theatre Department will present two student directed one-act plays. Performance April 26 at 7:00 pm – in Trayer Theatre in the Anne Worrell Fine Arts Center on the VI campus. For more information contact Bonny Gable at 276-466-7973 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 – 7:30 p.m. Science Hall – Kennedy Auditorium
Film Screening: “Freedom Riders”
The story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.
Thursday, February 21, 2013 – 8:00 p.m. Nunn Recital Hall
Photographer Annie Hogan
The esteemed work of Australian photographer Annie Hogan is on display at Virginia Intermont College in the Fine Arts Center through Thursday, March 7, 2013. As part of Virginia Intermont’s Convocation Series, Hogan will give a presentation titled “Space, Place and the Body: From Rentals to Prisons to Plantations” on February 21st.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 – 12:00-12:50 p.m. Brantley Dining Room
Faculty Forum – Mari Alschuler
Faculty Forum Series: The Use of Reflective Journals. This event is for students.
Thursday, March 7, 2013 – 7:30 p.m. Harrison-Jones Memorial Hall
Richmond Ballet II
Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia, awakens and uplifts the human spirit through dance. The new second company, Richmond Ballet II, is an elite group of ten professional dancers led by Richmond Ballet’s own Resident Artist, Igor Antonov. They will present a mixed repertory program of classical ballets and invigorating contemporary works. Tickets go on sale February 7th. Tickets are on sale now! Get your tickets online here.
Richmond Ballet II is partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 – 12:00-12:50 p.m. Brantley Dining Room
Faculty Forum – Jessica Turner
Faculty Forum Series: Paradoxes of Landscape and Development in the Appalachian Geographical Imagination. This event is for students.
To obtain credit for attending a convocation event, students should fill out a convocation card and turn it in to a convocation staff member at the conclusion of the event. Convocation events are open to the public and the campus community and are generally free of charge unless otherwise noted. For more information about Convocation or to help VI continue to provide these events, please contact Will Hankins, convocation director, at (276) 466-7170 or complete this form.
Previous Convocation Events:
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. Brantley Dining Room
Protecting and Growing Your Personal Credit – Workshop Presenter: Donna Clark, Wells Fargo Bank
Learn how to protect and grow your personal credit at this workshop. There will be light refreshments and door prizes. For more information about this event, contact Virginia Intermont College, Office of Career Development at (276) 66-7988 or email Ronan King at email@example.com.
Thursday, September 13, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. Harrison-Jones Memorial Hall
Phil Timp – ALS Speaker
Phil Timp, an executive at The Corporate Image in Bristol, Tenn., and a national motivational speaker, will share his powerful and positive “Silver Linings” perspective with the College community at the Sept. 13, 2012, Virginia Intermont Convocation at Harrison-Jones Memorial Hall. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Timp’s “Silver Linings” presentation brings awareness and serves as a fundraiser for finding a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, a terminal illness that Timp was diagnosed with in July 2011. Also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS is a progressive motor neuron illness that leads to muscle atrophy. The general prognosis for individuals with ALS is two to five years. Through his “Silver Linings” presentation and Team Timp, a collaboration of family and friends, more than $50,000 has been raised this year.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. in Kennedy Auditorium of Science Hall
Rob Merritt – Poet
Professor Rob Merritt, chair of the English Department at Bluefield College and Dean of The College of Arts and Letters, will hold a poetry reading September 20 at Virginia Intermont as part of the College’s Convocation Series. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in Kennedy Auditorium of Science Hall. The public is invited. Merritt is a professor of creative writing and British and American poetry and has published poetry and creative nonfiction in a number of journals. His most recent book of poetry, The Language of Longing, was published in 2012. Merritt is interested in how language and landscape can work as forces for cultural and personal healing. Currently he is writing an essay about fascinating connections between Appalachian and Chinese poetics.
The presentation will include readings from the four parts of The Language of Longing, highlighting some of Merritt’s personal journeys. The first part, “Listening to Mountains,” highlights strategies for carrying on in the shadowland of Appalachia, and “Trails” traces travels along the journey. “Everyday History” demonstrates Ezra Pound’s observation that “all ages are contemporaneous,” and the final piece, “Homage to Guides,” honors unlikely mentors who have revealed the route. Merritt may also include a brief example of creative nonfiction and will take questions from the audience.
In addition to the evening poetry session, Merritt will conduct a workshop from 2 – 5 p.m. the same day for VI students in the English department. For information about VI’s creative writing program, click here. For more information about the Convocation event, call Will Hankins at 276.466.7170.
Thursday, October 18, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. Harrison-Jones Memorial Hall
Jose Galvez – Renowned Photographer and Speaker
Tying in with National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), Virginia Intermont College celebrates Hispanic awareness with a presentation and campus visit by renowned photographer and speaker Jose Galvez on Thursday, October 18 at 7:30 pm. As part of the College convocation series, Galvez will speak at Harrison-Jones Memorial Hall and his photos will be on exhibit in the gallery of Worrell Fine Arts Center Oct. 4-25. The Thursday evening event is free and the public is invited.
Galvez will inspire students and the community with his presentation titled “Shine,” a collection of life stories that hail back to his beginnings as a shoeshine boy. Since that time Galvez has spent more than 40 years using black and white film to create a powerful and unparalleled historical record of the Latino experience in America. In his compelling work, created with respect and pride, he captures the beauty of daily life.
From Galvez’s humble beginnings he went on to become a staff photographer at the Arizona Star and Los Angeles Times. In 1984, he was on a team of reporters and photographers at the L.A. Times that won a Pulitzer Prize for a series on Latino life in southern California, being the first Hispanics to win the prize. Galvez has published books and exhibited in museums and galleries across the U.S and abroad, including the Smithsonian. But he also makes it clear that he enjoys sharing his works through portable exhibits at schools, libraries, fiestas, shows and rodeos.
Monday, October 29, 2012 – 5:30-7:00 p.m. Brantley Dining Room
Dining Right – Make the Most of Your First Impressions
Ann Woods, Director of the National League of Junior Cotillions, will present an entertaining and instructional program on general etiquette and dinner table manners. Reservations are required by Tuesday, October 23rd. RSVP to the Career Development Office. Call 276.466.7988 or email Ronan King at RonanKing@vic.edu. Convocation Credit: 1
Thursday, November 1, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. Brantley Dining Room
Desert Survival Workshop – Can you survive the desert?
Join in this fun, interactive team-building exercise and see how well you would do if you were stranded in the desert. For more information contact the Career Development Office by calling 276.466.7988 or emailing Ronan King at RonanKing@vic.edu. Convocation Credit: 1
Saturday, November 10, 2012 – 1:30 p.m. Harrison-Jones Memorial Hall
Chuck Todd – We Just Elected Our New President – Now What?
Chuck Todd is the Chief White House Correspondent for the NBC News, as well as the co-host of the Daily Rundown on MSNBC. He became NBC News’ on-air political analyst for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Today, Meet the Press and MSNBC. He will be joining us 4 days after the Presidential Election. Reserved Seating Tickets: $50, General Admission Tickets: $20. Tickets available as part of the Bristol Public Library Discovery Series. Learn more online at www.bristol-library.org
To obtain credit for attending a convocation event, students should fill out a convocation card and turn it in to a convocation staff member at the conclusion of the event. Convocation events are open to the public and the campus community and are generally free of charge unless otherwise noted. For more information, please contact Will Hankins, convocation director, at (276) 466-7170 or complete this form.