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The VC Publication

Editor: Kelly Ellis Managing Editor: Brad Crosby Admin Mgr: Titania Wilson Faculty Advisor: Cheryl Corbin

The Monthly Journal Dedicated to Your Success

ISSUE 39 October 2012

Meet the President, Dr. James Burkett

In This Issue

By Kelly Ellis, Editor I didn’t know what to expect during my interview with Dr. Burket as I anxiously awaited his arrival in the lobby. We have all seen him walking

Meet Dr. Burkett ………………..P.1

the hall in his trademark boldly col-

Save the Tatas ..……..………….P.2

ored shirts and matching socks. But I

Lonely Grave on the Hill………..P.3

wasn’t sure if his personality would

Upcoming Events…….…………..P.4

also match. I was surprised when he came out and greeted me

Dr. James Burkett, President

with a warm, friendly smile. He made me comfortable and ready

OCTOBER Fun Facts and Interesting Tidbits Breast Cancer Awareness Month Cosmetology Month Domestic Violence Awareness Month Fire Prevention Month Get Organized Week (First Week) Fire Prevention and Fallen Firefighter Week (Second Week) Business Women’s Week (Third Week) Red Ribbon Week (Fourth Week) Columbus Day (date changes each year) Halloween (October 31) "It is my considered opinion that the hairdresser is the most influential person in any community. When the public goes to a hairdresser, something happens to them. They feel safe, they relax….” John Steinbeck

to conduct my interview. I was already aware of his criminal justice background,so I asked him how he felt about having a criminal justice program in place of the massage therapy program on campus. Dr. Burkett said, “It would be nice to have a criminal justice program on campus. Virginia College is conducting market research to find a program to replace the massage therapy program. The research is based on the greatest need for jobs in the community, hiring requirements, and the qualifying credentials needed to work in that field.” Dr. Burkett was very charismatic and easy to talk and has an open door policy for students. He is currently working on a ride share program for student transportation and an essay contest to win a free bus pass for a month. “You’ve got to learn it to earn it,” he closed the interview by stressing the importance of student attendance because it not only improves your grade, but also keeps you from missing a lot of valuable information that is helpful to you in your class as well as your career.


A Note from the Dean Dear Students, When you think about your immediate goals, what comes to mind? Perhaps it’s perfect attendance for the current term, or making the Dean’s list, maybe it’s successful completion of your program, and getting a new job that offers better hours and better pay. Taking the time to set goals can add new meaning to your life by helping you to realize your dreams. Jim Rohn, well-known entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker, expressed the following about the importance of goal setting-- “Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. There’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.” What powerful statements! Successful goal setting requires that you first decide what you want to achieve. Next, establish a timeline for achieving the goal. Be sure to write or type the goal and always stay on track by reviewing it often and checking your progress. Focus is the key to success. And once you achieve the goal, take time to enjoy and celebrate! You’ll be amazed by what you’ve accomplished over time. Best wishes, Tanya A. Hollins, MBA, Interim Academic Dean

Save the Tatas!

By Titania Wilson

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Hearing the words “breast cancer” doesn’t always mean there is an ending; it can be the beginning of learning how to save yourself and other women as well. The American Cancer Society estimates that 1.3 million cases of breast cancer will be detected each year. Breast cancer is caused by abnormal cells that settle in the tissues of the breasts. Yearly breast screenings increase the chances of early detection. Doing breast self-exams monthly to check for tissue changes, lumps, and tender spots can aid in early detection. Getting regular mammograms is the main way to detect early forms of cancer. Saving a life from breast cancer starts by knowing your own body and keeping your immune system strong. Learning the risk factors, making lifestyle changes, and being responsible, are all means of taking a stand against breast cancer and to saving the tatas! Read more at http://

Budgeting Tips By Lewis Crosby

The holidays are fast approaching which makes saving money a must. An easy way to save some money is to create a good budget. Here are some budgeting tips to help you along the way. A budget helps keep you honest about your spending. In order to have a good working budget, first be honest about the money you spend. It is imperative to always know where your money is going. Next, calculating living expenses is mandatory because you will need to know how much it costs to live. Compile hard copies of all your bills including ones that are automatically drafted from a bank account. Calculate the amount of money that comes into your household. This is monthly income. Now, let’s start subtracting the monthly expenses from the stack of bills. The remaining amount is what you have left to spend. This should provide you with a good snapshot of where money is being wasted and areas where you can cut back.


Halloween Safety As much as we love to frolic and dress up for Halloween fun, we must also remember to stay safe. Here are some local free events for kids. Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat WHEN: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31 WHERE: Belle Terrace Presbyterian Church, 2454 Golden Camp Road COST: Free INFO: (706) 793-6908 Halloween Party WHEN: 2-4 p.m. Oct. 30 WHERE: Augusta Library, 823 Telfair St. WHAT: For grades K-5; children can wear costumes, play games and make crafts; refreshments INFO: (706) 821-2600

Professionalism By Jerry Cannon, Bus1100

Professionalism encompasses a broad perspective of life advancement, career progression, and positive life principles. Professionalism can fit into many categories, such as being on time, dressing for success; wearing the appropriate hair styles, make-up and jewelry, speaking properly, respecting others regardless of the situation. I challenge us all to take the word professionalism and make it a way of life, so it will assist us to flourish into the professionals so that we might evolve into the professionals we are destined to be and convey positive behavior and manners to our friends and family. We must always remember that progress and preparation do not stop; it is an ongoing process. There will be times when we question ourselves, wondering if this college venture is worth it. I say yes, along with the academic knowledge, as much as Virginia College instructors demonstrate and reiterate professionalism, it is all worth it.

Lonely Grave on the Hill By Sarah Paquin Lonely grave on the hill,

bleak and desolate with winter’s chill. I stand there, my pain and heartbreak for all to see, heeding not The cold wind blowing about me. Oh, but cry I must, and cry I will, at the lonely grave on the hill. For I’ve lost not only my husband, but my best friend too, a man whose love was true, one who always put me first, himself last. I wrap myself in the memories of the past. I miss you so much each waking day. I miss your touch and the little things you would say. The sharing of what life might bring, the fun we had doing things, at the zoo or on the beach sand, walking everywhere hand in hand. With you everything was better, simply because we were together. The sun is setting, the wind increasing its chill, but still I stand at the lonely grave on the hill. For you tomorrow never came. But for me life continues on the same. The wound in my heart is deep and will never heal. But know my husband, my love is real. I’ll wear your name the rest of my life. For all of eternity, I’ll be your wife. I touch your grave, and wipe the tears from my eyes. Then, slowly, I rise. As I turn to walk away, I promise to come another day. And bracing myself against the night’s chill, I leave my heart at the lonely grave on the hill.


October 3-7-, 2012, Augusta, GA www. 10 days of Arts, Song & Dance

The 2012 Fair dates are October 12 - 21 The Fair opens daily: Mond thru Frid 5:00 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays - 12:00 Noon

Graduation! Our next graduation will be held on Saturday, January 19, at 11:00 a.m. at the Bell Auditorium. Keep your eyes on the prize! See you on stage!

University Hospital Miracle Mile Breast Cancer Walk, Oct 20, 2012 –

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