COVID-19 Is Forcing Us to Be Creative
We all plan to take “social distancing” seriously — but we don’t really want to lose touch with each other or our alma mater. So, the E&H Alumni Association is thinking creatively about how we can all keep in touch. If you have an idea, be in touch!
For starters, join us online for some really interesting interviews with E&H faculty members about issues at hand. Click on Coronavirus Extra to see what’s up next or watch videos from recent interviews!
Coronavirus Extra: Staying Sharp in a Time of Social Distancing
These are 10-15 minute interviews guaranteed to keep you sharp while we’re limited in our social activity. We’ll post times for the LIVE event, and then we’ll post a recorded version to be enjoyed and shared later.
March 20, 5 pm: Happiness – In a time of social distancing
Dr. Celeste Gaia, E&H Psychology Department and director of E&H Study Abroad Program, will talk a little about the psychology of happiness and offer tips on keeping our spirits up during such an unusual time. We’ll talk with her on March 20, designated the International Day of Happiness. Click here to watch the video of our discussion with Dr. Gaia!
Additional reading links:
March 24, 5 pm: Fit to Print
With so many updates coming our way, it’s hard to know what we can trust. Dr. Mark Finney, E&H Mass Communications Department, will talk about how to know if you can trust your source of news and information.
Check out Dr. Finney’s “side gig” – he’s part of Tumbling Creek Cider!
March 26, 5 pm: Reading Matters
We’ve all got a little extra time on our hands – so reading seems like a great option! Scott Sikes, Appalachian Center and blogger about reading, will share some great suggestions and talk a bit about why reading is a great option during downtime.
And here are some links from Scott to follow up on the talk:
Friday, March 27, 7 pm: What About the Economy?
Dr. Deborah Spencer, E&H Economics professor, will talk a little about how this current situation is likely to affect the world and US economy.
Our 15-minute conversation ran long! But you can skip about 20 minutes of discussion at the end! Here’s the video.
Wednesday, April 1, 7 pm: Keep Moving!
Joy Scruggs, E&H physical education department (almost retired!),will give us some basic tips on wellness in a time when we’re asked to keep a little distance from other folks.
JOIN US LIVE: https://ehcmeeting.zoom.us/j/6781790165
Rev. Mary K. Briggs, E&H Chaplain, will share some tips on looking out for ourselves while looking out for others. (Confirmed! Time TBA)
You Don’t Have to Stay Inside!
Dr. Steve Hopp, E&H Environmental Studies faculty, will talk about some of the cool things we can do in nature during these days of social isolation. (Confirmed! Time TBA)
MTAV Online! Special events for the spring and summer of 2020
Sure…we love being on campus for More Than A Vacation (MTAV) – our summer alumni college that has taken place on campus for 26 years. But, now that we’re all getting more comfortable with online events, why couldn’t we enjoy some of our MTAV events all throughout the year?
Beginning in April 2020, we’ll have a series of events that are just like the ones we enjoy during More Than A Vacation – only, you can enjoy them at your home!
We’ll list a time for the live event where you can enjoy the speaker and ask questions. Later, we’ll post a link to the recorded event.
Watch this space as we continue to add more events!
Emily Wallace, E&H ’04, will discuss her book Road Sides and take questions about this interesting A to Z book that highlights some of our most iconic road side stands. Prepare to talk about Dip Dogs and South of the Border and more! (Confirmed! Time TBA)
Jennifer Loux, Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Highway Marker Program Manager, will give us the run down on just how those ubiquitous historic markers are chosen and installed. A little drive in the country might shake your blues – so lets find some markers together and get a little history!
Growing on the Roadside
Darryl Wilson, from Carolina Kudzu Crazy, knows all about the most ubiquitous roadside plant: kudzu. And he makes the most delicious kudzu jam that this typist has ever had! Let’s get ready to ask him how he makes our most noxious weed the most delicious jam!
More Than A Vacation: our summer alumni college
Check out the details of this annual favorite….where alumni return to campus and learn together!
Visiting the RVA
Every year, on the first Saturday of December, we visit a museum or historic site in Richmond. Past events have featured the Virginia Historical Society, the Virginia Women’s Monument, The Science Museum of Virginia, and more! Follow this link as we make a plan for December 5, 2020.
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