News Release 2/20/12 (2)

AGREEMENT EASES WAY FOR WVU DEGREE

[Beckley, W. Va.] An agreement signed recently by West Virginia University President Jim Clement and West Virginia Community and Technical College System (WVCTCS) Chancellor Jim Skidmore will allow students who begin their studies at New River Community and Technical College to finish their bachelor's degrees online through WVU.

The Baccalaureate Pathway Agreement, which becomes effective March 1, advances the state goal for improving college degree completion by increasing access to college courses. The agreement establishes an articulation between WVCTCS and WVU for students at the state's 10 community and technical colleges who wish to pursue an online bachelor's degree in Multidisciplinary Studies or a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree.

Community college transfers are not new, but what is unique about this "B.A. Pathway" initiative is that it allows students, particularly adults, the option of staying in their communities and finishing their degree online. Students can transfer up to 72 credits to WVU and design their own multidisciplinary studies degree by choosing three minors instead of one major. A capstone course unites the minors with a culminating project.

WVU piloted the B.A. Pathways program last year with selected community colleges, including New River.

"We are pleased that West Virginia University has reached out to our graduates at New River to allow them to complete this unique baccalaureate degree option online. The dream of students to complete a four-year degree without leaving home is a reality and will increase the number of citizens in the state who will complete a baccalaureate degree," said Dr. Harry R. Faulk, executive vice president and chief academic officer at New River.

Under the agreement, New River students with an overall 2.0 grade point average (GPA) or higher will be accepted into WVU's online Multidisciplinary Studies program. Students with an overall GPA between 1.7 and 2.0 maybe be admitted on a provisional basis. Students out of high school for four or more years may choose the online RBA degree.

Through WVU Extended Learning, 15 online minors have been packaged into multiple career-oriented tracks. These include business applications, liberal arts, promotion and publicity and sports studies. For example, a student interested in business could choose minors in business administration, entrepreneurship and public relations. Some students who have more than one associate's degree and years of professional experience may also opt for the Regents Bachelor of Arts degree.

The minors that can be combined in the pathway include advertising, business administration, child development, communication studies, entrepreneurship, family and youth, fashion merchandising, health promotion, history, infant and toddler, professional writing and editing, public relations, religious studies, sport communication, and sport and exercise psychology.

"The Multidisciplinary Studies degree allows a student to select minors that reflect their interests as well as the economic opportunities in their community," said Sue Day-Perroots, dean of WVU Extended Learning. "Life and work continue as they pursue their degree online."

Students interested in pursuing the B.A. Pathways program through New River should contact Peggy Epling, director of the Center for Advanced Studies, at (304) 929-4749.

News Release 3-20-12 (1)

BOG Schedules Presidential Evaluation Forums

[Beckley, WV] The Executive Committee of the New River Community and Technical College Board of Governors is currently conducting an evaluation of Dr. Ted D. Spring under guidelines set forth in Title 135 Legislative Rule/West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education/Series 5.

As part of the process, members of the Executive Committee will solicit input at a series of open forums at the five campus locations:

Greenbrier Valley Campus 101 Church Street, Lewisburg, Hollowell Auditorium

Tuesday, March 27, 10-11 a.m.

Advanced Technology Center, 527 Odd Road, Ghent, Room T105

Thursday, March 29, 1-2 p.m.

Beckley Campus 127 Dye Drive, Beckley, Room A-1

Wednesday, March 28, 1-2 p.m.

Mercer County Campus 1397 Stafford Drive, Princeton, Room 205

Friday, March 30, 1-2 p.m.

Nicholas County Campus 6101 Webster Road, Summersville Student Commons

Friday, March 30, 1-2 p.m.

The president's evaluation is based on duties and responsibilities, the success of the institution and other criteria established by the Board of Governors. Faculty, staff, students and members of the community are invited to attend and participate in the evaluation process.

New River Community and Technical College is part of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System. It serves nine counties in southern and south central West Virginia from four campuses: Beckley, Greenbrier Valley (Lewisburg), Mercer County (Princeton) and Nicholas County (Summersville). Technical training programs are offered at the Advanced Technology Center in Ghent. Administrative offices are located in Beckley. For further information about the college, visit www. newriver.edu.

News Release 2-9-12

LEAP FOR GREATNESS POWER LUNCH FEB. 29

[Lewisburg, W. Va.] The Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce and New River Community and Technical College invite you to "Leap for Greatness" at a Power Lunch at the Greenbrier County Public Library at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

The Leap Day presentation is about the principles or "atti-tools" that attract prosperity in workplace and business arenas. The presenter is Katie Gwinn of Your Abundant Life. Sam's Club of Beckley will provide lunch for this mini- workshop.

Gwinn is the creator of Personal Effectiveness Programming for the workplace and has worked as a business consultant and teacher throughout her varied career. She received a liberal arts education in California and did postgraduate work in psychology and human development. She has worked as an "abundant life coach" since 1971 in various private and public venues. She recently conducted a workshop on "Sculpting Your Life" sponsored by New River's Office of Workforce Education.

"My Power Lunch presentation will give an overview of how to find the greatness within by taking a 'leap of faith' into uncharted personal and business territory," Gwinn says. "This presentation should motivate participants to explore their inner resources to create new goals and approaches for success in the workplace"

Power Lunches are a member service of the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with New River Community and Technical College. To register, please go to the Chamber website at www.greenbrierwvchamber.org and click on this event under Upcoming Events. Call the Chamber office at (304) 645-2818 for more information about Chamber membership and their programs to help businesses increase the bottom line.

News Release 2/20/12 (1)

GREENBRIER EAST STUDENT WINS IPAD


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[LEWISBURG, W. VA.] Silas Wade, a senior at Greenbrier East High School, was the lucky winner of the IPad given away at the College Goal Sunday event held at the Greenbrier Valley Campus of New River Community and Technical College on Sunday, Feb. 12. Donna Polk, student program advisor at the GVC and coordinator of the event, presented the IPad to the delighted student.

Wade, the son of Bill and Nancy Sarver of Lewisburg, has recently been accepted at Shepherd University. When asked what his major will be, he responded (with tongue firmly in cheek) that he plans to major in alchemy and pursue his quest for the philosopher's stone. The IPad will no doubt come in handy in that pursuit.

The Greenbrier Valley Campus was one of 19 locations statewide to host the third annual College Goal Sunday, an opportunity for students and parents to have financial aid experts provide free, professional support to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Polk reported that the GVC event was attended by 112 people. Nora Overath, financial aid counselor; Wanda Johnson, program coordinator; and Suzanne Soucier, educational outreach counselor from Bluefield State, completed 51 FAFSAs. In all, there were 19 volunteers on hand to assist with the event.

Students do not have to be prospective New River students in order to receive assistance at College Goal Sunday, which is a statewide initiative supported by a number of colleges and universities. The College Goal Sunday program was created by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association with funding from the Lilly Endowment Inc. and supplemental support from the Lumina Foundation for Education.

News Release 2-7-12 (1)

MORSCHES TO SPEAK AT CONFERENCE

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[BECKLEY, W.VA.] Michael Morsches, director of developmental education at New River Community and Technical College in Beckley, W. Va., will be one of the keynote speakers at The International Exhibition and Forum for Education to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 13-17.

Morsches will address an international audience of senior officials of universities, institutes, training centers in both governmental and private sectors and others concerned with the field of education. Last year more than 1,500 delegates took part in the forum.

Morsches will present a paper entitled "Evaluating the Philosophic Teacher," which proposes a developmental framework that allows teachers to explore their own notions of philosophy, instruction, assessment and evaluation while maintaining the standards set by their school environments.

"New River is extremely fortunate to have a person with such an outstanding educational background. Mr. Morsches has been invited to make numerous presentations at national conferences and we are delighted that he has been invited to present at such a prestigious international conference," commented Dr. Harry R. Faulk, executive vice president and chief academic officer at New River.

Morsches recently returned from Jordan, where he and two other New River representatives participated in an academy for teachers who work with Palestinian refugees. He is a volunteer with local relief agencies in Jordan that provide assistance to refugees in the region. His paper for the Riyadh forum was co-authored by educational specialists Bassam Saleh and Zeinab Al-Ajarmeh and teachers Alaa Amoura and Sultan Awwad, all who work in United Nations Relief Agency Schools in Jordan.

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