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The VC Publication The Monthly Journal Dedicated to Your Success ISSUE 28 November 2011

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

In This Issue I Am Grown Up P.1

I am a Grown– Up?

I’m Thankful P.2 Graduation News P.2 A Note from the Dean P.3

By Kele Jenkins When are you considered grown? The most common answer is twenty-one, or in some cases eighteen. I’m not talking about becoming an adult, but grown. The word itself

Upcoming Events P.4

This month we focus on the reasons that we are thankful and those things in which we give thanks.

has many different meanings to different people. Webster’s (2004) actually defines the word as 1.) advanced in growth: a grown boy. 2.) Arrived at full growth or maturity, adult, a grown man. Verb 3.) Past participle of grow. These are all sound technical definitions, but do any of these things make one grown? As a youth, I strongly thought that because I could make money and provide for myself then I was grown. Moving out

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on my own and having two beautiful children only fueled my

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thinking. From my adolescent years up until recently, I was

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living life in a way that I thought made me grown.

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On August 11 of this year my world was turned upside down. Allah called my father home. I was thrust into a life I had been prepared for from the time I was born. Having to be

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there for my mother at all times, trying to maintain in school, and keeping my kids in order (conversation for another day!) I’ve just begun to realize that I’m not grown, but growing. I was fortunate enough to have a grown man in my life. You never stop growing. I pray that I will continue to grow. Until that day my son will look at me and say, “My father is a grown man.”

In a slow-cooker or a large pot over low heat, combine apple cider, orange juice and lemon juice. Season with cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Bring to a simmer. If using a slow cooker, allow to simmer all day. Serve hot.

I am thankful... My 4 year old made it out of surgery yesterday. Mettie Holback, HCR I didn’t drop out of school. Rico Fielding, AOM I am alive. Frances Jackson, AOM That my family is well, alive & I am employed. James Hawthorne, BA I am thankful for my children. Kele Jenkins, BA Education….JaWona Caldwell, BA

Graduation Graduation will be held on Saturday, January 21st, at 11:00 a.m. at the Bell Auditorium. The mandatory graduation rehearsal is scheduled for Saturday, January 7th, at 10:00 a.m. at the Richmond Academy High School (ARC) auditorium. If you plan to participate in the graduation ceremony but have not yet met with Ms. Cole, please do so before November 7th as that is the deadline for ordering caps and gowns.

Honor Our Veterans On Friday, 11/11/11, Veterans Day, VC Augusta will show appreciation to our military families by hosting a hot dog cookout from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the student patio. All students eligible for military benefits are welcome to attend. We thank our military families for their service and sacrifice.

Perfect Salmon Dip Ingredients Black pepper 3 oz salmon chunked 1 Tablespoon freshly diced onions 1 Tablespoon fresh parley 1/4 cup mayonnaise Combine mayonnaise, parsley and onion. Fold salmon in with spatula. Add black pepper and salt to taste.

Watch for the VC Student Ambassador program to begin later in the term. Students must be nominated by their Program Director. Check the Information Board for more details.

Poetry Corner Here am I, O LORD, Yours to Command By Christine Bostic

Here am I, O Lord, yours to command, And all I ask…please take my hand And lead me through the wilderness, And make my pain a little less! The choice is yours, as it should be. My gift is small…It’s only me! Grant me the strength to bear my grief, And the wisdom to understand That this is just a resting place, And not the promised land. When the seedless fruits I’ve sown Lie dormant in the ground, Give me the surge of faith I need To build success around. He gave you life…It’s yours to live. And what have you, my friend, to give? It’s spring and I, like the blossoms, must fade, And strange as it seems, I walk unafraid! His kindness and mercy have taught me the way; This morning I thanked Him for just one more day!

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Perfect Broccoli Casserole

Read the Blog: Follow the Tweets of James Hawthorne @vcsolution as he gives you inspiring quotes and job leads! Log on and joined the Virtual Book Club. This month we are reading, “The Help.”

President’s & Dean’s List President’s List and Dean’s List for Summer Quarter have been posted on the bulletin board across from Ms. Cole’s office. Students who would like to have a Certificate printed for them must initial next to their name before Friday, November 18 th. The Certificates will be printed on that day and they will be available for pick up the following week.

A Note from the Dean Dear Students, I need to inform you of recent changes made by the U.S. Department of Education regarding how your overall academic progress is judged. As a college student you must maintain satisfactory academic progress, known as “SAP” to remain eligible to continue as a regular student and to retain eligibility for Federal Student Aid. Each student is evaluated for SAP at the end of each payment period. If you do not achieve the required cumulative grade point average as outlined in the campus catalog, you’ll be notified and will be placed in an academic “warning” status. You’ll continue to have access to financial aid for one more quarter while in this status. If you again do not achieve SAP at the end of that next quarter, you will be dismissed from Virginia College. If you can show that mitigating circumstances contributed to your lack of success, you may appeal the dismissal. If the appeal is approved, you may continue in school with financial aid eligibility intact for one additional payment period after that. . If at a future point in your academic journey it’s determined (either by your program director or me) that it is mathematically impossible for you to achieve SAP, you’ll be dismissed from Virginia College at that time.. Many education regulations can be unclear or confusing and I want make sure that you understand them and feel comfortable with them. So, please don’t hesitate to talk with myself or your program director regarding “SAP.” - Paul Lund, Academic Dean

Ingredients 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped broccoli, cooked and drained 1 cup mayonnaise 1 cup grated sharp cheddar 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 cups crushed crackers 2 Tablespoons butter, melted Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees Spray a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with vegetable oil cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine broccoli, mayonnaise, cheese, soup and eggs. Mix well with a metal spoon. Place the mixture in the prepared baking dish. Top with the crushed crackers and pour the melted butter evenly over the crackers. Bake for 35 minutes or until set and browned.

Our VC Augusta Chapter of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) will hold the induction (pinning) ceremony on Thursday, November 17th, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. We will recruit new members for the Honor Society each term. If you have any questions about the Honor Society, please see Ms. Cole in Room 170 or Ms. Farr in the Registrar’s office.

Joke of the Month What do you call a dog with no legs? It doesn’t matter what you call him, he ain’t coming anyway!

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Cookies & Cream Directions Make 2 layers of vanilla pudding, crushed chocolate wafer cookies and whipped cream in tall glasses. Top each with a cookie.

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water bottle. Here is the quote for November: To

the uneducated, an A is just three

sticks.—A.A. Milne At first glance, this quote seems pretty brutal. Especially if you know who the guy who said it was! A.A. Milne was the creator of Winnie the Pooh! Looking deeper into the quote, I realized what he meant. My mother was a teacher for about 10 years so we are all obviously aware of how important education is. The sentence “I don’t want to go to college” has never crossed my mind and I owe that to not only my mother, but to the brilliant words of Mr. Milne. He has a good point doesn’t he?! “To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks” means those who don’t put effort into learning, won’t know the true values in life. This doesn’t mean the uneducated are dumb. It plainly means… know the world you live in. 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 All essays must be less that 150 words and submitted via email to no later that the 15th of each month.

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

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