E&H Invited Back to COA: Topics Range from Bats to Barbershop!

Posted by Xuan Wang-Wolf
The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center’s College for Online Adults has invited Emory & Henry to participate in their winter class. All classes are offered free of charge and online. E&H will offer six sessions!

There are a variety of classes available from a host of instructors and you may see the full list here: https://www.swcenter.edu/coa/

Emory & Henry also participated in the fall class – offering something of an armchair road trip that mimics our E&H summer alumni college, More Than A Vacation. This winter’s session will be another fun exploration of a variety of topics – all of which begin with the letter B. The “Cool Bees” will be presented by a range of presenters including popular E&H professors Dr. David St. Clair and Dr. Steven Hopp, and everyone’s favorite entomologist E&H alumna Kadie Britt (’13).

The E&H classes will be on Thursdays at 1 pm beginning January 14 – making it the perfect lunch break if you’re willing to skip Days of Our Lives.


Below is a list of topics and presenters. (You may download a list here, if you like.)

Register with the SWVHEC to receive the Zoom link:

Jan. 14: Bugs
Kadie Britt, E&H Class of 2013, entomologist at Virginia Tech, will highlight 5 of her favorite bugs and explain why insects are important to the ecosystem.

Jan. 21: Blossoms
Did you know that it’s possible to make delicious jelly from Kudzu Blossoms? We’ll talk with the man who is Carolina Kudzu Crazy, Darryl Wilson.

Jan. 28: Birds
Dr. Steven Hopp, E&H professor of environmental studies, and world renown
ornithology expert, will talk with us about birds and birding.

Feb. 4: Bats
Bats are fascinating…but oft-maligned. We’ll be joined by a guest from the Virginia Department of Transportation who will talk about bat characteristics and how VDOT works to preserve their habitat.

Feb. 11: Barbershop
Warren (E&H ’73) and Andy Fuson reveal and share the relatively unknown African American roots of Barbershop music.

Feb. 18: Beatles
Dr. David St. Clair (E&H ’73), United Methodist Minister and E&H professor (retired) will discuss how the Beatles forever changed the face of music.

March 10: BC (It’s a BONUS BEE!)
Jeremy Stout, geologist and nature educator at Steele Creek Park, will share the natural history of Saltville, Virginia. Watch the E&H Alumni page for details.

  • Dr. Steven Hopp will talk about birds and birding. (This is a Common Yellowthroat.)