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The VC Publication

Editor: Roberto Negron Managing Editor: Christina Taliferro Admin Mgr: Charmaine Kellam Faculty Advisor: Cheryl Corbin

The Monthly Journal Dedicated to Your Success

In This Issue Hey Dad

ISSUE 35 June 2012

Look at What I Got You Daddy!


You’re Hired ……….……………..P.2

By Soleil Dent

Daddy’s Angel …….....………… P.2 Going Back to School….………..P.3 From the Dean …………..…...…..P.4 Burgundy Scrubs.……..…………P.4 Summer Fun…………. …......…...P.5 Juneteeth……...…. ……...…....... P.6 Meet Mrs, Flynn…..….…...………P.7 Upcoming Events ..…...………….P.8

Father’s Day By Beatrice Brown

Father’s Day is a holiday inaugurated in the early twentieth century to celebrate fatherhood and male parenting. In addition, Father’s Day is International Men’s Day. Sonora S. Dodd was credited as the founder of Father’s Day. She decided to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in June 1910. It was through her relentless struggle and firm determination that today fathers everywhere are officially given their due respect. Father’s Day is celebrated in over thirty countries around the world. In the beginning, Father’s Day was celebrate by wearing flowers; today fathers’ are rewarded with special gifts.

Ladies, it’s that time of year again, Father’s Day! But just in case you can’t quite figure out what to get dear old Dad, here are some ideas, according to People (not the magazine, just some students in the break room). It does not matter if your special guy is a sports fanatic, an outdoor man, or a techie here are some ideas for gifts that you can get him. If Daddy is a sports fanatic, like a lot of men are, try getting him some tickets to a basketball, football, or baseball game; be sure to go all out and get him some really good seats while you’re at it! If you can’t get him any tickets, try getting him the ultimate sports package on cable! For the outdoor man, hunting, fishing equipment, and tools are great gift ideas. Let them get their primal, “Big Chief Bring Fire” juices flowing with all the gear and equipment they love! Have a man that’s a techie? Try getting him some really cool gadgets that light up, buzz and make big “flashies” that he can play around with. Computer, monitoring, and audio equipment are some things that you might want to consider getting your Big Bad Breadwinner. Moreover, let’s give our men a day of peace with no kids, no noise, and a nice home cooked meal to show them our love and appreciation. But most importantly, let’s give them the love, gratitude and respect that he deserves on his special day.


You’re Hired... Tysheika A. Adams Alavan O. Campbell Elizabeth Dyches Aja Harper Cheryl S. LaRonde Tasha Madison Valerie Middleton Kimberly Singley Ra'Genica Stewart Savannah V. Templin Kambra Welmaker

Alexandria Blount Leigh Davis Dorothea Hadden Kelvin Hodge Yushika Laster Wanda Y. McLean Rebekah R. Salter Jazmen D. Smith J Nicholas Sutton Denetra Terry Erica D. Whaley

Daddy’s Angel Roberto Negron, BA, Editor, The VC Publication

Daughters are definitely daddy’s girls. When I knew that I was going to become a father, I was really excited. Our doctor told us our child was going to be a boy, so my wife decorated the room blue, and I bought clothes and toys for a boy. However, we didn’t find out until the very end that our baby was going to be a girl. My daughter took her time to come into this world; she was a week late arriving on August 14, 2003. Her beauty struck me like lighting. I felt like the proudest dad in the world at that moment. When my daughter opened her big, beautiful, brown eyes, the first person she looked at was me. She didn’t cry at first; she just was lying down like a little diva. She looked at me as if I were the only person in the world. I fell in love with her; she is my baby girl. Now she is 8 years old. She is the sweetest girl I know and a bit of an artist. Every Father’s Day, Christmas, and birthday, she comes to me with greeting cards and presents she drew. She makes each holiday unforgettable for me because she takes the time to craft each present. Because of her, I’m the happiest Dad. She is my angel.

I Know a Leader By Kele Jenkins

Websters describes leadership “as the ability to inspire confidence and support among the people who are needed to achieve organizational goals.” If this is an accurate definition, then I was fortunate and blessed to have lived under the same roof of a leader. My father, Maurice Jenkins, was Submit your original short a proven leader. He motivated through his words as well as his actions. He work by the 15th of each is the reason I’m not only in school, but on the verge of graduation.

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I’ve lost count of the times that people have come up to me and told me what a pleasure it was for them to have served under my father. He was a visionary in the way he prepared for battle. He would play out all possible scenarios. As one former soldier put it, “We would not have made it back, if it weren’t for your father.” He lead me to become a man who, in return, will continue to lead and watch my son also become a leader.

Poetry Corner Katrina By Sharon Dent

In addition to the storm it was raining and cold. Katrina left me standing with no clothes, she ripped through the homes, and left nothing but holes. The people were beneath their homes, stuck with their children left alone. But, that’s a hurricane, it comes and it goes.

Heavy Raindrops By Sohyle Collier, Ritchie Rowland, & Valerie Ornosky

In spite of heavy drops That fell against the windowpane Throughout the night it came down heavy Instead of falling asleep I listen to it over and over again Soothing and calming me through the night Submit your original short work by the 15th of each month to:

Congratulations ! To Ms. Trina Greenwood “Cosmetology Instructor” for receiving the Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching on Friday, May 4, 2012.


Going Back to School By: Frances Jackson I have always wanted to continue my education and receive a degree in business, but things have always been in my way. First there were the children and wanting to make sure that they were well taken care of and that someone would be home for them when they returned from school. Then there were the finances making sure that we had enough money to take care of the things we needed. Every time I would decide to go back to school, I would have to quit for some reason or another. I would encourage my children to continue their education and put myself on the back burner. In 2006, I did go back and earn a diploma in Medical and Health Office Technology. It felt strange being back because of the age difference, but I completed the guidelines and finished. It feels even stranger now because business administration is more computer based, and I am not a computer wizard. All the students in the classes I’ve had so far are my children’s ages and it makes me feel out of place because of it. Sometimes I feel that I am too old to be here. My memory isn’t what it used to be, and arthritis has set in the hands and made it difficult for me to type fast as I once could. This is a learning experience and a difficult task, but I refuse to give up. I might be the oldest in class, but I have the drive to continue this race until I walk across that stage and receive that degree in my hands. Maybe I can encourage some of the younger people to stay in school and never give up on their dreams.

Finding a job, Is a Job!

Come Join the Beta Blockers, Pharmacy Technician Association Meetings are held twice a month (bi-weekly) on Fridays at 4:30 pm. This organization is a great way for fellow pharmacy technician students to come together in building friendship and leadership while participating in community service activities!! The association is open to ALL pharmacy technician students. Please see Program Director Lisa Jones for more information. 3

By LaRon Roberts

I know finding a job is a job, but here are a few pointers to help your job search; with these tips you should be able to start a well-designed job search. The first step is to know your skillsets and your abilities. You will need this to help you on your job search when you begin to enter keywords. Second, know what kind of job you are looking for, whether it is entry level or experienced. You must also keep your search organized so you can remember where you have applied. Third, nothing is going to be given to you, so set short term goals and long term goals. For example, “this week, I will send out 3 resumes.” Finally, stay encouraged. It is a competitive job market, but ask your friends if they know of any job openings.


You may have heard of the classical Greek philosopher, Plato. He founded the

Note From the Dean

Academy in Athens which is considered the first institution of higher learning in the Western World. Plato believed that the good life involved reflection and introspection. Several thousand years later, an English poet and philosopher, Samuel Coleridge, wrote that "but there is one art, of which every [person] should

Paul Wehrum, President

be master, the art of Reflection." He went on to write, "if you are not a thinking [person], to what purpose are you a [person] at all?" While at Virginia College, you can reflect upon where you want to be in five, ten or twenty years from now. Remember, it is those small, everyday habits that most generally will lead you to habits of success through life. On another note, please join me in welcoming our new Campus President, Paul Wehrum. Mr. Wehrum is well experienced, having been a campus president at two other institutions. He is coming from Columbia, South Carolina, and is looking forward to living in Augusta and most importantly, looking forward to meeting each student. - P a u l L u n d , Academic Dean


Welcome Burgundy Scrubs! By Soleil Dent VC welcomes the new Medical Office Administration (MOA)

Becoming certified is one of the first steps to landing your next great job! Congrats to the following Certified Students!

program. The difference between the MOA and Medical Office Management (MOM) is that with MOA it’s all administration no clinical work, which is great for students who are not that comfortable with

Gracie Ayers– McNeal, AS, AOM June 2012

patient contact. MOA has some medical classes such as Medical Law and Ethics, Anatomy and Physiology, but the rest are business classes. MOA also will gain Microsoft experience, medical transcription

Sam Dobbins, AS, BA June 2012

knowledge and learn how to process computerized medical records. Right now, of all the medical programs, the Medical Assistant (MA) is the largest. An MA can draw blood, assist in minor procedures

Donna McNeal, AS, MBC June 2012

and do back office work such as insurance claims and charts. Sharon Scott, Program Director for the Allied Health programs, stated that the goal is to differentiate the two programs by bringing in the MOA program. LaTasha Mason, AS, MBC

Hopefully that will make the job competition a little easier.


June 2012


Summer Fun at Graystone Ranch! By Charmaine Kellam Summer is time for fun in the sun. As students, we only have one week out before the next quarter begins. Here is an idea for a local vacation that not many people know about. The place is called Graystone Ranch Wildlife Education Center. This ranch is on MacManus Road off of Highway 56 in Hephzibah, Georgia ,and admission is only $10. The camp is open from 10 am until midnight. This ranch includes many activities, from a beach to a place to fish. It is awesome because it is only 15 minutes away from Virginia College. There are many activities for the whole family. Visitors can go for a day or they can as long as you like. For more information visit or call (706) 360-0808. Our break is short but our children still want the summer fun experience. Remember to drink plenty of fluids and to wear sunscreen. Have a great summer!!

Stay Safe This Summer

Roberto Negron, BA, Editor, The VC Publication

Summer is here! Summer is a fun time to spend with family and friends. However, it can be dangerous if the precautions for heat and water safety are not put into practice. The following tips are important: Recognizing Heat Stroke: High body temperature (above 103 F, orally); Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating); rapid, strong pulse; Throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea, vomiting; confusion; unconsciousness. Drink plenty of fluids, 16-32 ounces of cool fluids each hour. Stay in a shaded area. If at all possible try to stay indoors, preferably in a air-conditioned space. Avoid sun damage to skin by using sunblock is Use common sense! Water Safety: Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards, and always swim with a buddy. Never leave a young child unattended near water, and do not trust a child’s life to another child. Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.

Chef Christina’s Sparkling Summer Punch Ingredients: 2 cups of unsweetened pineapple juice 2 cups of Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry juice 1 teaspoon Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice 2 cups of Sprite Ice cubes Pineapple wedges for garnish *Optional: For adult consumption you can add a ¼ cup of your favorite distillation* Directions: 1. Combine juices in a pitcher. Stir in soda (distillation optional). 2. Pour over ice and garnish with a pineapple wedge.



Celebrating Juneteenth

By Christina Taliaferro

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. It was 1865 on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with the news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on Texans due to the minimal number of union troops to enforce the new executive order. Today, Juneteenth is celebrated by festivities and foods which include rodeos, fishing, barbecuing, and baseball. Certain foods became popular such as strawberry soda pop. Barbecuing is popular because celebrants believe that they can share in the spirit and aromas that their ancestors, the newly emancipated African Americans, would have experienced during their ceremonies. The barbecue pit is often used as the center of attention at Juneteenth celebrations. June 19th was coined “Juneteenth “and grew with more participation from descendants. The Juneteenth celebration was a time for reassuring each other. Juneteenth continued to be highly revered in Texas decades later, with many former slaves and decedents making an annual pilgrimage back to Galveston on this date.

LaRon’s Spicy BBQ-Sauce 1 cup ketchup 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup decaffeinated coffee 1/3 cup hot sauce 1/3 cup vinegar tsp salt tsp seasoning salt tbsp. black pepper tbsp. cayenne pepper 1/2 stick of butter Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan and simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to low for 10 more minutes. Pour or brush onto the meat according to taste. 6

Okay, it’s time! Time to get into those cabinets and bring in those can goods. Collection containers are located in the front lobby ready to collect your donation to a worthy cause, a chance to add food to a hungry neighbor’s table. The Beta Blockers in conjunction with Golden Harvest Food Bank are asking for your support. The containers will be available for you to donate through August 31, 2012. Remember, even though you may have little, someone else may have nothing. Donate and make a difference.


We Live 2 Read Campaign ! Last year in Georgia, over 60,000 students did not graduate. I wanted to make a difference in our students’ futures so I have joined in with the We Live to Read Campaign to help promote reading and literacy in Augusta. I am asking you to also join me, April Johnson (MOM Program) and the Co-Founder and President of We Live Campaign, Tyrice Lollis, captained our charge for more reading and to reduce the number of students who are dropping out of school. I wanted to start by collecting books from kindergarten through college levels. It’s time to donate to make a difference. You can reach out and touch a life. There are several ways you can help. Learn more about the campaign at http:// or by emailing to or donate on campus by your bringing books to the collection spot set up in the


Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Porter Fleming Literary Competition. The competition has been recognizing outstanding fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays from writers 18 and older in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina for the past 19 years. The competition is held every year in honor of Porter Fleming, a prominent citizen of Augusta, according to a news release. Submissions will be accepted until July 13. The competition awards cash prizes up to $7,000. The awards will be presented during a ceremony in at the Morris Museum of Art from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 6 during the annual Westobou Festival. For forms and guidelines on the competition, visit

Meet Mrs. Flynn Mrs. Flynn has been at Virginia College since the campus opened in July of 2009. She is a lead instructor that teaches keyboarding. She has been teaching keyboarding over twenty years and holds many certifications in Microsoft Word and Excel. She enjoys gardening in her spare time and just being with her family. Mrs. Flynn really enjoys teaching students as well as helping students with their journey into their new professions. She wants her students to leave her classes knowing the basics and proper keyboarding. Mrs. Flynn is very serious about teaching her students to be the best; learning is no joking matter to her. She wants everyone to be very successful in what they do and take great pride when the student’s hard work pays off! She is also a mother and wife; she has been married more than 20 yrs. She has one daughter and three grandchildren she enjoys 7

spending time with them when she can.



Upcoming Events & Info Virginia College Cosmetology Dept. WE PROUDLY SUPPORT… Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 from 9am – 1:30pm

Please make your complimentary mani/pedi appointment. V’s Salon 706-288-2547

Food vendors on campus for June: June 1 Great Wraps June 6 & 7 Great Wraps June 8th—Catz June 13-15—Catz

For more information about this day: In existence since 2003, Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day™ in 2009 received an honorary proclamation in the Congressional Records in Washington, D.C.

The graduation date has been set! Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 14th, 2012 at the Bell Auditorium. June pending graduates, be sure to stop by Carol Sabatino office (Room 171) for mandatory graduation prep.

Say What? This month’s winner is Esterreka Green. Your essay on May's Quotable Quote was a winner! You have won gift certificate to V’s Salon. June’s Quote: “My father always told me to find a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”.—Jim Fox

And be sure to check your email for all communication regarding graduation.

Your Spring 2012 Newsletter Staff

Finding a job in life can sometimes be very stressful, especially under the pressure of responsibilities or other life requirements. Performing a job that one hates or dislikes is where the "work" comes into existence because one has to force one's self into completion of the job. Performing jobs that one loves and enjoy bring excitement, meaning that every task is completed with enjoyment therefore, the task of work is eliminated. To me, this task is helping others in a variety of factors and forms. When one enjoys and loves life, this means that all elements of life are not "work" but love, so no matter what I am doing I continue to find a place of love in it. July’s Quote: “If

our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace.” ~Hamilton Fish All essays must be less that 150 words and submitted via email to no later that the 15th of each month.

Roberto Negron, Soleil Dent, Christina Taliaferro, Charmaine Kellam, Laron Roberts, Beatrice Brown

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