Jefferson Chronicle-Spring/Summer 2008

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Featuring "Growing By Leaps & Bounds."

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  • J E F F E R S O NC H R O N I C L E

    Issue One, 2008

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    Growing By Leaps & Bounds

  • College Board of direCtorsstephen MusselwhIte

    Chair

    wIllIaM R. ReIdimmediate Past Chairman

    ellen wadeViCe Chair

    nathanIel l. BIshOp, d.MIn.MaRtha BRuce BOggs

    MaRyellen gOOdlatte, J.d.davId gRIng, ph.d.

    stuaRt MeasewIllIaM R. ReId

    chaRles saldaRInIthe hOnORaBle phIlIp tROMpeteR

    F. lee tuckeR, M.d.gaRy d. waltOn

    susan wIllIsJOseph wRIght

    College administrationcaROl M. seavOR, R.n., ed.d.

    President

    dOuglas sOuthaRd, ph.d., p.a.-c.ProVost and dean for aCademiC affairs

    anna MIllIROns, M.B.a., c.p.a.dean for administratiVe serViCes

    hOwaRd BallentIne, M.s.dean for enrollment management and Planning

    BRIdget MOORe, M.a.dean for teChnology serViCes

    JennIFeR caRlO, M.a.dean for student serViCes

    magazine editorMaRk a. laMBeRt

    assistant editorchRIstIna hatch

    design & PrintingsOuRce4 cOMMunIcatIOns

    College aCCreditationJeFFeRsOn cOllege OF health scIences Is

    accRedIted By the cOMMIssIOn On cOlleges OF the sOutheRn assOcIatIOn OF cOlleges and schOOls tO

    awaRd assOcIate, BachelORs and MasteRs degRees.

    c O n t e n t s

    JEFFERSON COLLEgE of HEaLtH SCIENCES

    JEFFERSON CHRONICLE 1

    Sectionsa letteR FROM the pResIdent ..........................................................................................2

    JeFFeRsOn MatteRs ............................................................................................................3

    spIRIt day at Jchs ................................................................................................3

    OFF and RunnIng: spORts cluBs at Jchs ............................................................4

    wInteR cOMMenceMent ........................................................................................6

    aluMnI BOaRd update ...........................................................................................7

    Faculty/staFF BRIeFs.......................................................................................................12

    class nOtes ....................................................................................................................16FeaturesgROwIng By leaps and BOunds ........................................................................................8

    Jchs educatIOnal FOundatIOn ....................................................................................10

    annual Fund update .....................................................................................................11

    ReMeMBeR Jchs In yOuR estate plannIng ....................................................................11

    gettIng OuR cReatIve JuIces FlOwIng:

    Jchs cReates hOsts FIRst annual aRt shOw ......................................................13

    dId yOu nOtIcethe new Jchs MascOt! ..................................................................17About the Coverthe cOveR OF thIs Issue FeatuRes IMages that IllustRate hOw we aRe gROwIng at JeFFeR-

    sOn cOllege OF health scIences. aMOng the pIctuRes aRe Jchs RespIRatORy theRapy

    students pRactIcIng theIR skIlls In a new laB On the nInth FlOOR OF caRIlIOn ROa-

    nOke cOMMunIty hOspItal; Jchs nuRsIng students celeBRatIng spIRIt day wIth OuR

    new MascOt, JeFF, the JeFFeRsOn Blue healeR; students In a newly OFFeRed FORensIcs

    class exaMInIng a staged cRIMe scene; and OuR new aluMnI assOcIatIOn BOaRd duRIng

    a MeetIng thIs spRIng at FRalIn hOuse. these aRe Just a Few exaMples OF the aMazIng

    gROwth Jchs has expeRIenced In the last Few yeaRs. tO leaRn MORe aBOut OuR Recent

    gROwth and plans FOR the FutuRe, see the stORy gROwIng By leaps and BOunds On

    page 8 OF thIs edItIOn OF the Jefferson ChroniCle.

    vISIt uS ONLINE at www.JCHS.Edu

  • J e F F e R s O n M a t t e R sJ e F F e R s O n M a t t e R sOff and Running!spORts cluBs add a new dIMensIOn tO the student expeRIence at Jchs

    It all began with a Biology class field trip to the James River in 2006. JCHS professor dave Eckes was

    carpooling with several of his students to the site near the river where they would hold class when two

    of the students noticed his shirt was emblazoned with the Liberty High School tennis team logo.

    they asked if I played tennis. I told them yes, that I played and that I had coached at Liberty in

    Bedford for 33 years before I came to JCHS, Eckes says. they said we should start a tennis program

    at the College because they had played in high school and were interested in college play.

    Over the summer, Eckes assembled a small, all-female squad of six players,

    and club-level sports were born at JCHS. the College even hosted and

    won a tennis tournament that fall, with four schools participating from

    across the region: Randolph-Macon College, Mary Baldwin College,

    virginia western Community College and Central virginia Community

    College. In addition, the tennis club became part of the united States

    tennis association (uSta) Collegiate Club tennis League.

    almost two years later, the sports clubs at JCHS have blossomed to

    include cross country, womens basketball, spring track, softball, volleyball

    and soccer in addition to tennis. golf and swimming may also be on the

    horizon. Eckes feels that athletics are an important addition to JCHSs

    move toward a more traditional college campus feel.

    Its vital in developing a bond between the students and their school,

    Eckes says. they need a relationship to their school thats beyond their

    studies.

    word about the burgeoning sports program at JCHS is spreading. In

    February, the local sports magazine Play by Play featured a profile of the program, and the JCHS

    website now has several webpages dedicated to the clubs.

    Ive heard that a lot of prospective students will visit a colleges website and will click on the

    academic program they are interested in and then on sports to see what they can participate in,

    Eckes says.

    Our sports clubs are offered under the auspices of the Colleges student activities program based

    on student interest on a semester-to-semester basis. activities staff will continue to support these

    informal clubs in response to students and faculty taking an active interest in organizing and

    participating. For example, gabrielle Sirica, one of our students, did a great job of organizing our

    JCHS women to enter a basketball team in the city league. Scott Hill, JCHS Student activities

    director, says, these activities provide wonderful social opportunities and foster school spirit, and

    we are all for that.

    we need to get our students more involved before we could expand further or go into any kind of

    leagues, says Eckes. Right now, weve had to choose sports that dont require a whole lot of people.

    Individual sports like tennis and track work best. with no scholarships or anything like that to

    attract people, the players participate for the joy of it.

    Eckes also acknowledges that students at JCHS are unique because of their fields of interest and

    the commitments that go along with those careers.

    we have very dedicated players, says Eckes. One time, we were hosting a tennis tournament

    and one of our guyshes 38 and has four kidsshowed up and I said, Man, you look tired.

    turns out he had just finished a 12-hour shift at the hospital, but really wanted to play. He ended

    up winning the singles tournament. theres a lot of sacrifice

    going on for the love of the game.

    In addition, the athletic clubs face the

    challenge of fielding players that can

    range in age from late teens to late 40s.

    we had a 35-year-old woman who had

    graduated from JCHS and came back to

    take some classes, Eckes recalls. when

    she saw we had tennis, she joined the club

    because that was something she missed

    out on as a student at JCHS.

    the upside to such a varied age range is

    that the older athletes help mentor and

    inspire younger participants, acting almost

    like unofficial assistant advisors.

    the programs also face the challenge of a developing campus that doesnt include plans for athletic

    facilities, like a gym, track or tennis courts. the advantage the programs have is that Roanoke City

    and County offer many sports facilities that can be rented or are available free of charge, like the

    tennis courts at Crystal Springs and local recreation center basketball courts. the JCHS cross country

    and track clubs have even trained in nearby city parks and in the countryside around Roanoke.

    when I went to high

    school and college, Eckes

    reflects, I had really good

    coaches and got very

    involved in sports. It

    became a very important

    part of my development.

    at JCHS, were very

    academic, which is

    understandable. But

    a club-level sports

    program is dynamite

    for our students.

    On the Ball wIthdave eckes

    On most days, you can find dave Eckes in his white

    lab coat, teaching in the Science and Mathematics

    department at JCHS. But on occasion, you might just

    find him running a triathlon or wielding a tennis racket

    during a JCHS tournament.

    I play all sports, Eckes says. Some people like

    motorboats or skiing, but I enjoy being involved with

    student athletics and I even get to participate mysel