Increase Your Excellence

“Increase in Excellence” is, of course, borrowed from our college motto, Macte Virtute. And we are excited about extending our learning opportunities together through the college that taught us to never stop learning.  Watch for regular events.

Coming up….

Apr. 6, 7 pm: Dr. Kathleen Chamberlain leads us in a book discussion on Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie. This event is full.

Apr. 13, 7 pm: Katie Cordle highlights the top ten waterfowl we’re likely to see in the well fields of Saltville. Read more and register!

Apr. 27, 7 pm: Tony Iwane from iNaturalist will share a presentation on citizen science and the phenomenon of this sharing platform. Read more and register!

May 5, 7 pm: Meet Dr. Doug Tallamy, Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. His book Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants has been described as something of a game-changer for anyone looking to have a positive impact on the environment. Read more and register…

Available on your own… 

(recorded Mar. 10, 2021) Jeremy Stout shares the natural history of Saltville, Virginia. Known for his expertise on all things prehistoric, Jeremy shares fascinating facts, and Museum of the Middle Appalachians museum volunteers helped answer questions! Read more and register!  Here’s the video…

(recorded Feb. 9, 2021) Susan O’Dell Underwood discusses her poetry and the wonders of nature that inspire her to write. Here’s the video…

(recorded Dec. 29, 2020) Tommy Britt (E&H Class of ’02) discusses the history of death in the movies and his recently published work on this topic. Here’s the video.

(recorded Dec. 17, 2020) Dr. Jim Warden (E&H Physics Faculty, retired) discussed the planetary conjunction occurring on Dec. 21, 2020.Here is a link to NASA’s picture of the day, and  Here’s the video of Dr. Warden’s lecture!

(recorded Nov. 18, 2020) A Conversation with Author Ron Peterson, Jr. about his books on unsolved crimes in the New River Valley. Ron is the author of Under the Trestle and Chasing the Squirrel. If you missed the conversation, here’s a link to the video.

(recorded Dec. 8, 2020) A Conversation with Dr. Lana Whited about true crime novels. Lana has just published a book entitled Murder, In Fact – a book about true crime novels and how some of those books make it into the category of “classics.” The first half of this one-hour conversation will air on WEHC-FM in spring of 2021, but you can enjoy the whole conversation now. Here’s a link to the video…

(Adding new interviews routinely) “Duck Pond Wall” Interviews
Enjoy archived WEHC interviews  with alumni about their lives, projects, and careers. The Duck Pond Wall airs weekly on Thursdays at 6:30 pm. You can stream it live, or listen to recordings in the archives. https://archive.org/details/OntheDuckPondWall

Corona Virus Video Class.
Take in this video course on Covid-19 our E&H students took part in this summer. (Expect patches of “blurring” and editing as we tried to eliminate privacy issues for participating students.) 

PART ONE: Dr. Brian Wolfe, E&H 1997, discusses being a hospitalist in Denver during the pandemic.(Here’s a quick news story on Dr. Wolfe.)
Jenny Wang, E&H 2017, has a background in social service administration and is at NYU in Shanghai and has served at the United Nations. Here’s the video…

PART TWO:
Dr. Rebecca Buchanan, E&H Health and Human Performances division, and Todd Stanley, E&H Powell Resource Center, discuss good mental health practices for the pandemic. Here’s the Video…

PART THREE:
Dr. Jack Wells (E&H History department) discusses other pandemics in history.
Jeoff Bodenhorst (E&H Class of 1975) discusses his company’s switch to producing PPE at the beginning of the pandemic. (Here’s a story about Jeoff and LA Corp.) Here’s the video…

June-July, 2020:  More Than A Vacation Many event videos are available!