COA Invites E&H for One More Road Trip!

by Monica Hoel
The Emory & Henry Alumni Office is pleased to be participating one last time in the “College for Online Adults” sponsored by the SWVA Higher Education Center.

Dubbed the “E&H Road Trip,” the E&H class for COA has been fashioned in the style of Emory & Henry’s annual summer alumni college, More Than A Vacation. Topics vary each week and tend to be about things previously unknown.

Fall participants were taken to a variety of locations in the local region (like the new Tumbling Creek cidery and The Birthplace of Country Music Museum). Winter participants enjoyed touring a series of “Cool Bees” (like Birding with Dr. Steven Hopp, learning about Bats from VDOT, and talking about the history of Barbershop music with Warren and Andy Fuson).

This spring, we are using Atlas Obscura as our muse, and we’re going to visit unusual locations around the Eastern U.S. that could provide a fascinating, fun, and low-crowd road trip for those looking to hit the road safely this year.

All events are on Thursdays at 1 pm beginning on April 8. Check the list, mark your calendars, and join us on your lunch hour for a behind-the-scenes look at some interesting spots on the map. Register with the Higher Ed Center for a Zoom link – you’ll find a link in each of the events highlighted below.

April 8, 1 pm: First stop – the Gray Fossil Site in Tennessee! Filled with amazing surprises that tell an incredible history. We’ll get a behind-the-scenes tour! https://www.ehc.edu/calendar/event_id/44391/view/event

April 15, 1 pm: We’re headed to Richmond for a visit to The Poe Museum with E&H grad Tatiana Boelen: https://www.ehc.edu/calendar/event_id/44425/view/event

April 22, 1 pm: If Poe wasn’t creepy enough, let’s talk about ghosts! E&H Alumna Tonia Kestner, Executive Director of the Bristol Public Library, and Jeanne Powers Head of the Reference Department, will team up to lead us on a tour of haunted places in the Virginia Highlands:: https://www.ehc.edu/calendar/event_id/44426/view/event

April 29, 1 pm: Let’s get deep – with a trip to the cave systems in Kentucky! Our guide will be Dave Foster, E&H alumnus and executive director of the American Cave Conservation Association: https://www.ehc.edu/calendar/event_id/44427/view/event

May 6, 1 pm: Next stop, North Carolina with a look at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham led by E&H grad Nicole Powell: https://www.ehc.edu/calendar/event_id/44428/view/event

May 13, 1 pm: Our last road trip stop is in West Virginia to visit rare books and unusual sites with E&H grad Stewart Whitmore Plein, rare books curator at the WVU Library: https://www.ehc.edu/calendar/event_id/44429/view/event

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2616-bonnie-widener-wood-is-doing-more-than-winning"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/46,0,779,733/12618_Bonnie_DC_background.rev.1667415962.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/46,0,779,733/12618_Bonnie_DC_background.rev.1667415962.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/46,0,779,733/12618_Bonnie_DC_background.rev.1667415962.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/46,0,779,733/12618_Bonnie_DC_background.rev.1667415962.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/46,0,779,733/12618_Bonnie_DC_background.rev.1667415962.jpg" alt="Bonnie Widener Wood E&H Class of 1990" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/46,0,779,733/12618_Bonnie_DC_background.rev.1667415962.jpg 2x" data-max-w="733" data-max-h="733" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2616-bonnie-widener-wood-is-doing-more-than-winning">Bonnie Widener Wood Is Doing More Than Winning Awards: She’s Making a Difference</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><span style="font-weight: 400;">How does a woman end up with 5 Emmy awards? Well, it starts with a cattle truck.</span> <a href="/live/news/2616-bonnie-widener-wood-is-doing-more-than-winning" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1643-lisa-jordan-honored-by-the-eamph-alumni"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,12,1124,1135/10969_Lisa_Birthday_2.rev.1647628062.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,12,1124,1135/10969_Lisa_Birthday_2.rev.1647628062.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,12,1124,1135/10969_Lisa_Birthday_2.rev.1647628062.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,12,1124,1135/10969_Lisa_Birthday_2.rev.1647628062.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,12,1124,1135/10969_Lisa_Birthday_2.rev.1647628062.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,12,1124,1135/10969_Lisa_Birthday_2.rev.1647628062.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,12,1124,1135/10969_Lisa_Birthday_2.rev.1647628062.jpg" alt="Lisa Jordan Emory & Henry Class of 1984" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,12,1124,1135/10969_Lisa_Birthday_2.rev.1647628062.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,12,1124,1135/10969_Lisa_Birthday_2.rev.1647628062.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1124" data-max-h="1123" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1643-lisa-jordan-honored-by-the-eamph-alumni">Lisa Jordan Honored by the E&H Alumni Association</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Lisa Jordan, Emory & Henry Class of 1984, has been named the 2021 recipient of the E&H Distinguished Achievement Award, awarded annually by the Emory & Henry Alumni Association. (<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.ehc.edu/alumni/get-involved/alumni-awards/">Read more about E&H Alumni Awards.</a></span>) <a href="/live/news/1643-lisa-jordan-honored-by-the-eamph-alumni" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/899-eamphs-role-in-the-space-race"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,111,1200,1309/6557_Rusty_Young.rev.1563464303.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,111,1200,1309/6557_Rusty_Young.rev.1563464303.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,111,1200,1309/6557_Rusty_Young.rev.1563464303.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,111,1200,1309/6557_Rusty_Young.rev.1563464303.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,111,1200,1309/6557_Rusty_Young.rev.1563464303.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,111,1200,1309/6557_Rusty_Young.rev.1563464303.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,111,1200,1309/6557_Rusty_Young.rev.1563464303.jpg" alt="Dr. Rusty Young, E&H Class of 1927. This E&H math and physics professor was the catalyst for many E&H alumni working at NASA ..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,111,1200,1309/6557_Rusty_Young.rev.1563464303.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,111,1200,1309/6557_Rusty_Young.rev.1563464303.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1200" data-max-h="1198" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/899-eamphs-role-in-the-space-race">E&H’s Role in the Space Race</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> As the US celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, let’s remember our E&H alumni who were part of the success. <a href="/live/news/899-eamphs-role-in-the-space-race" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>