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The VC Publication

Editor: Darryl Demmons Managing Editor: Christine Bostic Faculty Advisor: Cheryl Corbin

The Monthly Journal Dedicated to Your Success ISSUE 29 December 2011

In This Issue Six Sigma Project P.1 You’re Hired P.2 Dan Dimmick Scholarship P.3 Our Graduation Speakers P.4 A Note from the Dean P.6 Say What? P.8

BUS 2760 Class Works on 6 Sigma Project

Caramel Eggnog 6 tablespoons sugar 1 1/2 cups water, boiling 3 eggs, separated 2 tablespoons sugar 3 cups milk, chilled 3/4 cup evaporated milk, chilled 1/4 teaspoon salt (to taste) Directions:

Place the 6 tablespoons sugar in a skillet and heat, stirring frequently, until an amber liquid is formed. Slowly add the boiling water and stir until caramel is dissolved; remove from heat and chill. Just before serving, beat egg yolks until very thick and lemon-yellow. Beat egg whites separately, gradually adding the 2 tablespoons of sugar, until very stiff and smooth. Combine chilled caramel syrup with the milk and evaporated milk. Fold egg whites into yolks, and quickly stir in the milk mixture and salt. Serve at once.

By Frances Jackson

Six Sigma is a process to improve the concerns of an organization. BUS2760 students did a survey of VC stop letters, registration, and staffing in the business office. Based on the polls students showed most concern about the “stop letters.” We listened to the voice of the customer and contacted Shea Camp, Director of Financial Planning, about the stop letters. Originally, we assumed the stop letters were for outstanding financial obligations; however, our findings suggested the intended letters were a last resort for personal, financial, or academic information. We would like to thank the 60 random students that participated in the survey, our champion who allowed us to interrupt classes, our facilitator, and special THANKS to Shea Camp, Director of Financial Planning, and the subject manager expert (SME’s) of BUS2760 class. Special thanks goes to Ms. Clay for providing us with the actual information for a Six Sigma project and giving us the opportunity to participate in such an endeavor. Champion – Mr. Chris Moore, President Facilitator - Mrs. Tanya Powell, PD SME’s - Judy Brown, Twalla Jones, Frances Jackson, Natasha Mack, Natasha Miller, Shea Camp, Director, Financial Planning Green Belt - Ms. Lezlie Clay 1

You’re Hired... Barry, Sara D

Blockett, Marquette D

Clark, Charmaine

Delbridge, Brandon K

Fiske, LeAnne

Gaines, April

Graham, Tamica

Hammond, Sharon

Harris, Carol

Johnson, NeKea

Hollomon, Jovita

Hope, Mack

Knight, Jennifer

Mack, Christine

Poetry Corner Grandpa Meant So Much By Nell Gracie McNeal

I came to his house Not wantin’ to go in, Messner, Jacqueline

My New Year’s Resolution 1. Stop lying, you ain’t going to lose any weight. — Christine Bostic 2. Stop hanging with fools and losers — Rico Fielding 3. Go to church more. Darryl Demmons 4. A closer walk with Jesus!! Janet Whiting 5. Stop making the same mistake twice. -Tanya Powell 6. To work a lot smarter and not harder. -Darnell Holston 7. To become a better person and avoid the bad things I’ve done this year— Ernestine Brooks

I wouldn’t give him much time Yet it bothered me within. He only wanted a little of my time, Just to let me know Exactly what I meant to him, But I wouldn’t let him tell me so. I found out a little too late That he was the best, And compared to him I didn’t need the rest.

8. Stay true to my dream—Cheryl Corbin 9. Read more– Kele Jenkins 10. Work harder on being a better person— Kim Glen-Wright

Ultimate Party Meatballs

If only I had come inside I could have known the love he sent, And I would have known

1 (14 oz.) can Ocean spray Jellied Cranberry sauce 1 (12 oz.) bottle Heinz Chili Sauce 1 (2 lb.) bag frozen, pre-cooked, cocktail-size meatballs

Just how much Grandpa really meant.

Directions: Combine sauces in a large saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until smooth. Add meatballs. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until meatballs are heated through, stirring occasionally.

Submit your original short work by the 15th of each month to:


National Honor Society Inductees

Shannon Smith, Surgical Tech

The National Technical Honor Society Induction (Pinning) Ceremony was held on Thursday, November 17, 2011. Twenty three Honor Society members were pinned. The Honor Society will be open to eligible members each quarter. Eligible students will receive an invitation letter in the mail. VC will hold two Induction ceremonies each year. Marguerite Flynn, Instructor More photos available on The Student Ambassador program has been launched and has seven Student Ambassadors from the following programs: Charmaine Kellam, Business Administration, LaSonya Morton, Pharmacy Technician; Tina Prater & Monica Abrego, Medical Assisting, Jennelyn Harris, Medical Billing & Coding; and KyAra Meadows & Trey Bowen, Surgical Technology. These students were nominated by their Program Directors based on academic achievement, attendance, and leadership skills and will represent Virginia College at events such as graduation, advisory board meetings, open houses, etc. Each Student Ambassador will serve a term of two Quarters.

Best Pot Roast 1 whole onion 1/2 pound baby carrots Adobo seasoning seasoning salt black pepper 1 pot roast 3 teaspoons of vinegar 1 cup of water Soak pot roast in vinegar and water for 5 minutes. While waiting for the pot roast, clean and wash carrots and peel onion. Wash the onion in cool water. Chop onion as thinly as you like and set aside.

The family of Allied Health Instructor Dan Dimmick created a scholarship for the students he taught at Virginia College. The school was saddened when we lost Mr. Dimmick this year, but his legacy for excellence will go on. This year students in the Medical Assisting program have submitted applications and the school will award the first Dan Dimmick Memorial Scholarship on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. The ceremony will take place in room 176.

If you are able to get a roasting bag, then do so and place the roast in it. Sprinkle the Adobo, seasoning salt and black pepper (as much as you desire, to taste) on the roast in the bag. Place carrots and onions in the roasting bag along with the roast. Cook for 1 hour or until meat is tender and thoroughly cooked.


Graduation Speaker: Shawnda Kettles, TM What are your plans when you graduate? First, I have a mentorship that I must fulfill with Laura Allen. I would like to eventually open a non-profit organization that will offer massages to people with chronic pain. Later, I plan to further my education by studying sports medicine or chronic pain management. How was your journey at VC? Actually, it was awesome! I see the growth I’ve made since I first came through the doors: as a mother, as a woman, and as a therapist. So much of my life, personally, has happened in the last two years. VC was my “go-to” place, my comfort, my hiding spot. I was able to do so much here. I was Editor of the Newsletter. I was involved in Student Advisory, Work Study, Drama Club. If I had attended another college, I wouldn’t have had the same experience or obtained the same knowledge that I was fortunate to gather here at VC. Is there anything else you would like us to know about? What I would like to deeply express to the students is that I truly believe the staff and faculty REALLY live up to the “Student First” motto. I have a respect for each person at VC from student to President. I will miss being here because they became my family. Interview by: Gracie McNeal

Our Graduation SpeakerSara Barry, ST By: Christine Bostic My plans after graduating are pretty predictable. I will work as a surgical technologist for a few years. I plan to continue my education at the Medical College of Georgia. I would like to attend night school for a while to obtain my Bachelors of Science in Nursing. My journey through Virginia College was more like a roller coaster ride. Every quarter seemed to test me further than the last. I was really blessed with great Career Services help, Ms. Rosalyn Holliday and Mr. Darnell Holston. I would not have gotten my job at the Surgery Center in Columbia County had they not helped me so much with my resume. The only thing I have left to say is how much I appreciate my teacher, Mr. Stephen Wurtz. I was so grateful for him. Not only is Mr. Wurtz an amazing teacher, but he really does listen to his students and take the time to work with them individually. If Mr. Wurtz hadn’t been my teacher, I doubt I would have made it through the program. There is something to be said about a person who cares so much about all of his students and takes the time to learn about each of them.

Crisped Oven Potatoes 1 envelope Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup Mix ½ cup olive or vegetable oil ¼ cup butter or margarine, melted 1 tsp. thyme leaves (optional) 1 tsp. marjoram leaves (optional) ¼ tsp. pepper 2 lbs. all-purpose potatoes cut into quarters Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In shallow baking or roasting pan, thoroughly blend all ingredients except potatoes. Add potatoes and turn to coat thoroughly. Bake, stirring occasionally, 60 min or until potatoes are tender and golden brown. Garnish, if desired, with chopped 4 parsley.

Graduation is January 21, 2012! Reminder: December graduates - graduation rehearsal (mandatory) is scheduled for Saturday, January 7th, at 10:00 a.m. at the Augusta Richmond Academy High School (auditorium). Graduates will receive their cap, gown, tassel, and guest tickets for the ceremony. Graduation is scheduled for Saturday, January 21st, at 11:00 a.m. at the Bell Auditorium. We will have ~185 graduates from the following programs: AOM, Cosmetology, Healthcare Reimbursement, Medical Assistant, Medical Billing & Coding, Medical Office Management, Pharmacy Technician, Surgical Technology, and Therapeutic Massage. Our two graduate speakers will be Sara Barry (Surgical Tech Summer Quarter graduate) and Shawnda Kettles (Therapeutic Massage Fall Quarter graduate).

Quotes to live by:

Cornbread Recipe

Life is hard. It's harder if you're stupid.—John Wayne

1/2 cup butter 2/3 cup white sugar 2 eggs 1 cup buttermilk 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup cornmeal 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt

If you can't be content with what you have received, be thankful for what you have escaped.—Izaak Walton When you believe in things that you don’t understand then you suffer. [in “Superstition”] - Stevie Wonder

USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books Inheritance by Christopher Paolini 11/22/63 by Stephen King Steve Jobs: A Biography by Walter Isaacson The Litigators by John Grisham The Next Always by Nora Roberts

Top Five Best Albums Adele- 21

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8—inch square pan. Melt butter in large skillet. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended. Combine buttermilk with baking soda and stir into mixture in pan.

Lady Gaga- Born This Way

Stir in cornmeal, flour, and salt until well blended and few lumps remain.

Lil Wayne - Carter 4

Pour batter into the prepared pan.

Mumford & Son - Sigh No More Jason Aldean - My Kinda Party

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Ms. Christine’s Collard Greens 5 pounds assorted greens (collard, kale, mustard, and turnip greens, in any combination), tough stems discarded 2 medium onions, chopped 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2 jalapenos, seeded and minced, optional 1 (1 1/2 pound) smoked turkey wing Seasoned salt and freshly ground black pepper

Tear greens into large pieces. Wash the greens well in a sink full of cold water. In a large pot combine onions, water, oil, and jalapenos. Bury turkey wings in greens, season with salt/pepper for taste, cover. Cook until tender and then serve hot. Makes 4-6 servings or more.

Saying Farewell to 2011 This year has been a year of growth, of happiness and of sadness. At Virginia College we lost an instructor, Dan Dimmick. This year we also lost those of great fame and notoriety and those who were not famous. As we move into a new year, forget the resolutions. Make a conscious effort to remind those closest to you that they are loved. Here is to a fantastic 2012 and a new year to work on being a better you!

A Interview the Dean What would you consider to be your greatest challenge as Dean? One of the greatest challenges has been convincing students that it is in their best interest to attend classes. It is my biggest challenge to explain to a student they are being withdrawn from class for something as simple as not coming to class enough. Rarely do students leave Virginia College for academic reasons but almost, always it centers around attendance. If I may quote Woody Allen, he said, “Eighty percent of success is just showing up.” What is the one thing that makes you smile and makes it all worthwhile? The rubber meets the road at the Bell Auditorium when I see the students walk across the stage. I can then smile as I see them complete the journey.

VC’s ABC – Augusta Boxes for Christmas Virginia College is sponsoring a community Christmas project this year. We will work with 3 local groups: the Fisher House at Fort Gordon, the Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, and CSRA EOA. We will fill shoeboxes (as many as possible) with items for adults, children, and infants. W e are asking everyone – students, staff, and faculty to participate. We will have a competition between classes. The class that fills the most shoeboxes will win a pizza party with Mr. Moore and Mr. Lund. The items should be small and inexpensive. Food items or breakable items cannot be accepted. We will collect items for ~3 weeks and then fill and wrap the boxes at a Christmas wrapping party on Thursday, 12/8, at 3:00 p.m. in Room 176. There will be hot chocolate, cookies, and Christmas music for the volunteers. Everyone can participate, by filling boxes or even helping wrap them.

What would be your advice to the students who ask if they should continue? I must answer a question with a question, “Where do you want to be in 5, 10 or even 20 years from now?” And sometimes I get a shrug, and I remind students, faculty and staff alike that in order to receive a change you have to make a change; that is what constitutes the small successes and daily small successes lead to long term big successes. 6

Getting Help in the LSC


Two new faces have joined the LSC this year, manager

Surgical Tech Team!

Ellen White-Khazrai and tutor Amy Panunzio. Coordinator Nikki Keyton and tutor Shylae Stringer complete the staff. All staff members are eager to offer assistance. Ms. White-Khazrai specializes in English but also provides help in math, word-processing, Microsoft Office, Internet, time management, and study skills. She is available Monday through Friday 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM. Ms. Keyton is available Monday through Wednesday 4:00-8:00 PM and provides assistance in math, English, word-processing, Microsoft Office, and most computer operation questions. Ms. Stringer specializes in accounting but also tutors in all areas except medical. Additionally, she is happy to speak with students who are thinking about joining any of the military services. Ms. Stringer is available 9:00 AM2:00 PM Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for the remainder of this quarter. She graduates with an Associate of Science Degree in Administrative Office Management on January 21, 2012. Ms. Panunzio, a fourth-quarter Medical Office Management student, can

Our Surgical Technology program is now listed on the CAAHEP Website as an approved program. Congrats to Mr. Walter Lake and Mr. Steven Wurtz on a job well done and for se t t in g the bar high. Thanks to all who assisted in any wa y d u rin g t he accreditation process, especially Dr. Russ McGuire and his team of Allied Health professionals for the many hours of guidance and planning behind the scenes.

help with word-processing, document formatting, PowerPoint, Excel, accounting, and algebra. Her availability is as follows: Tuesday 9:00 AM2:00 PM, Wednesday 2:30-4:30 PM, Thursday 12:00-5:00 PM, and Friday 9:00 AM-2:00 PM.

Links You Need to Know Shea Camp, Director of Financial Planning Student Enrollment Portal— here you can find all your enrollment documents You can complete/update financial planning information as well as make updates to your address, phone numbers, and email . If you cannot login, there is a “Forgot Password” link: Attending Student Portal—With this link, you can view your attendance, schedules, grades, ledger card, company announcements, portal messages, etc. Students will need to register their first time and the email address must match the email you gave to your PD. There is a “Forgot Password”, “Register Account” and “Contact Support” tab for you to utilize. For any technical issues, the student should click “Contact Support” and the portal helpdesk will respond to them. Catalog Information—Students can view their Campus Catalog by visiting:


My Best Gift....EVER!!!! Salvation - Rico Fielding

Easy Sweet Potato Pie

Whole family getting together after 20 years—Carla Howlett My husband asked me to marry him! — Paula Rodich My car, waking up and there it is outside! —Linette Badger My loving husband—Carolyn Knight My great, great, grandfather’s bible—Sanyel Robinson My daughter— Marguerite Flynn

Say What? This month’s winner is James Hawthorne, BA. Your essay on December’s Quotable Quote was a winner! You have won a VC water bottle.

1 1/2 c. sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed 2/3 c. dark brown sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. allspice 2 eggs, beaten 1 Tbsp. lemon juice 1 c. milk 1 deep dish (9 inch) pie shell, unbaked Mix all ingredients. Spread in pie shell and bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.

Reduce heat to 350 December’s Quote: Between the great things we cannot do and the small things we will not do, the danger is that we shall do nothing. ~Adolph Monod degrees and bake 30 minutes or I like this quote because it is so true. In today’s society until filling is everyone wants the great things in life: the big house, fancy cars, and set. millions of dollars. There is nothing wrong with wanting all of those things. The problem with wanting those great things is people don’t want to do the work to get them. I am a true believer in a quote I was once told, “you have to crawl before you walk.” In order to get the greater things in life you must be willing to start from the bottom and work your way up. If owning a business in fast food is your dream

Your Fall 2011 Newsletter Staff Darryl Demmons, Gracie McNeal, Christine Bostic & Rico Fielding

starting at McDonald’s as a fry guy might be one of the small things you may have to do that you don’t want to do to accomplish your goals. Anything in life worth having is worth working for. In order to be successful and have the great things in life you must be willing to do the little things you don’t want to do. When times get hard don’t give up; something is better than nothing. January’s Quote: Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.- Oprah Winfrey All essays must be less that 150 words and submitted via email to no later that the 15th of each month.

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