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The Monthly Journal Dedicated to Your Success Valentine’s Day By Christine Bostic, Editor
Let me tell you a story about Saint Valentine's Day!! Well I was amazed that the story of Valentine’s Day has two different versions - one the Protestant and one Catholic. Saint Valentine was a bishop that held a secret marriage ceremony of soldiers in opposition to Claudius II, who had prohibited marriage for young men in love. Now during the lifetime of Bishop Valentine, the golden era of Roman Empire had almost come to an end. The Catholic's banned marriages, which came as a great shock to the Romans. But they dared not voice their protest against the mighty emperor. The Bishop Valentine realized the injustice of the decree because he saw the trauma of young lovers who gave up all hope of being united in marriage. While awaiting his sentence in prison, Valentine was approached by his jailor, Asterius. It is said that just before Valentine's execution, the bishop asked for a pen and paper from his jailor and signed a farewell message to his daughter (Asterius) "From Your Valentine," a phrase that lived ever after. Valentine is believed to have been executed on 14 February 270 AD. Thus February 14th became the day for all lovers and Valentine became its patron saint.
ISSUE 31 February 2012
In This Issue History of Valentine’s Day P.1 Student Ambassadors P.2 A Note From The Dean P.3 What’s Happening P.4
Creating a New History By Dominic Richardson
The Saturday before graduation, the halls of VC were alive with energy as the students prepared themselves for commencement on January 21, 2012. I met soon to be graduate, Ms. Malakita Dunbar in the halls and I asked how she was feeling about reaching her goal. “I’m excited and know it’s a time for me to celebrate myself and look back on my journey.” I was inspired by her words and decided to add a few of my own. As the graduates move forward and begin to create a new personal history, I want to encourage the rest of the students to stay focused and finish the goal of graduation. It will pay off in the long run, and students will thank themselves for having patience in college. Going to school gives students the advantage of being something positive instead of being surrounded in negativity. Also keep your head above the water and stay committed to your studies. The education we have learned will do us good. Then we can pass our knowledge to our love ones and be an example. If anyone comes wanting advice for doing better, lend a helping hand and don’t be afraid to spread the wealth. One can never know if when they may need to ask someone for help. At VC we have wonderful Instructors willing to mold their students into becoming professionals. So when it’s time to graduate, students will be amazed at themselves and can truly appreciate changing their personal history.
Your Student Ambassadors!
Poetry Corner By Nikki Butler, Instructor
Your Virginia College Student Ambassadors have been making their presence felt on and off the campus in the past two months. During December, they volunteered with our ABC (Augusta Boxes for Christmas) gift wrapping event, during which 86 shoe
Love is a verb in which I must do
boxes were wrapped and donated to three local charities. At the New Student Orientations, three student ambassadors spoke about their experiences as students and offered tips and resources for a successful time at Virginia College. They were also a huge part of the successful January Graduation, handing out programs, directing traffic and greeting guests.
Meet Harlan McMath By Kayla Lamb
If you show me, then I will show you Show you by pledging to spend my last dying breath telling you Telling you how complete my world is with you
This summer Harlan McMath will be graduating with an associate’s degree in Business. He decided to go to
Complete in loving you
Virginia College to further his education because in the jobs he was working, he found that without a degree, there is little room for advancement, and with a degree he has an opportunity to create financial security and freedom for himself and his family. If he starts something, he has to finish it. He stated he is not a quitter. He is currently working in security and transportation, and he knows everything he needs to know about this employment field, which is why he chose to study business. The business classes he takes at Virginia College aid
more than my heart, soul, and mind would allow If I’m not loving you right, then please show me how
him in learning the ins and outs of running a business so that he can open up his own security and transportation firm. He believes his studies at Virginia College will pave that way so he will be ready when he graduates. Transportation and security is not a part time hobby for Harlan. Some of Harlan’s hobbies are to collect Hot Wheels, walk, play basketball,
Because loving you the way I know how, is what I am doing now.
swim, and dance. His favorite sport to play is basketball, and his favorite sport to watch is football. Harlan is the proud father of four children, three young men and one daughter. He is into his eighth quarter. He switched from Business Office Management to Business Administration, so he has two more quarters to go until graduation. He will be done at the end of the spring quarter.
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A Note From the Dean
Dear Students, I’d like to share a few thoughts about “work.” Over 100 years ago, President Theodore Roosevelt said at the time of an economic downturn, “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard a work worth doing.” In 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. said to a group of street sweepers, “If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, like Shakespeare wrote poetry, like Beethoven composed music; sweep streets so well that all the hosts of Heaven and earth will have to pause and say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper, who swept his job well.’” As you enter your chosen profession, keep in mind that it will require the best of your blood, sweat and tears. Having a good attitude about work will be important to your long term happiness and satisfaction. Reflect on what you can accomplish in your field if you put your heart, mind and soul into your work. It is well documented and scientifically understood that working hard generally results in improved mental and physical health and well being. Working hard as a student leads to habits that will translate into your future jobs. Think of Virginia College as “training camp” for the rest of your professional life. -Paul Lund, Academic Dean
Our Soldier This quarter, the TuesdayThursday English 1010 class was given a special homework assignment. The students were shocked when the assignment walked into the room. PFC Kevin Sanderson is the pen pal for the Tuesday /Thursday English class and the homework assignments are to write letters to PFC Sanderson. PFC Sanderson grew up in a military family and graduated from Hephzibah High School in 2009, where he was often spotted out front of the band as the school’s Head Drum Major. He now is stationed in Kuwait and can be seen out front of the M888 as a mechanic. During his tour in Kuwait, he will do his utmost to write to the class and keep it informed. The class, in turn, will pen him letters of encouragement to make sure he knows he has friends who are thinking about him.
Did you know? The shortest war on record was fought between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes. African American Otis Boykin invented electronic control devices for guided missiles, IBM computers, and the control unit for a pacemaker. Until President Kennedy was killed, it wasn't a federal crime to assassinate the President. What we now call Black History Month originated in 1926, founded by Carter Godwin Woodson as Negro History Week.
African American Marjorie Stewart Joyner invented a permanent wave machine that would allow a hairdo to stay set for days.
Relay For Life On Wednesday, February 29th, at 2:30 p.m., VC will hold a seminar on physical and financial fitness called “Get Fit in 2012.” Speakers will include Teri Maas, Corporate Relations Director, from the Family Y and Karen Steele, Vice President, Sr. Relationship Manager, from Wells Fargo. This seminar is designed to provide tips on how to improve both physical and financial fitness in the new year. The seminar will last about an hour. Refreshments will be provided and each attendee will receive a small gift. Seating is limited to 15 students and the sign-up sheet will be posted on Wednesday, February 15th in Ms. Cole’s office.
Say What? This month’s winner is Dempsey Wright. Your essay on February's Quotable Quote was a winner! You have won a VC Mug. February’s Quote “Don’t cry for a man who’s left you, for the next one may fall for your smile.” - Mae West Many ladies are looking for love in all the wrong places and seem to find men who do not treat them well. When these men decide that they have found something better or feel that a woman has nothing else to offer, the men get up and leave, taking a piece of the woman’s heart. I think the quote is saying that ladies, should not cry over the one that is gone but smile for the one that is coming. That man that comes and falls in love with your smile will take the time to listen, learn, and love. Smile even when it is hard because you never know who is watching. Just because “he” made you cry and broke your heart , smile because that next guy will make sure that it never leaves your face for anything in the world. Plus, it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown and cry. March’s Quote: Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" ~Robin Williams All essays must be less that 150 words and submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later that the 15th of each month.
Virginia College is making plans to participate in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life on May 4th & 5th at Westside High School. Team co-captains are Nicole Bartlett (MOM) and Melinda Testi (PT). We will hold an informational meeting on Thursday, February 9th at 4:00 pm in Room 176. ACS Representatives will be on hand to discuss the Relay For Life for those who have never participated in this event and will also answer any questions. We hope to have another great team this year including students, staff, and faculty. Our goal last year was $2,000 and we doubled it. Please attend the meeting on February 9th and join us in this wonderful cause.
Your Winter 2012 Newsletter Staff
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February issue on history and love.