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Averett Hosts Pinning Ceremony for First Accelerated BSN Students

Last week, Averett University held a pinning ceremony for the first cohort of students in its accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program.

The event marked the transition from students to nurses following the completion of a 16-month program, which Averett launched in 2021 as a career path for those with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree or at least 60 non-nursing university credits. The program combines an online curriculum with hands-on application in an interactive learning lab. Students also apply their skills through clinical rotations at Bon Secours, the university’s healthcare partner in Norfolk. After completing the programs, graduates prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination before they can officially start working as a nurse.

The ABSN program complements Averett School of Nursing offerings at its main campus,
including a traditional four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and its Master of Science in Nursing program focused on Family Nurse Practitioner and Emergency Nurse Practitioner.

The ABSN program has annual start dates in January, May and August.

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Danville CC Announces Job Resource Fair

Danville Community College, in partnership with the Danville/Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, the City of Danville, Pittsylvania County Community Action, PATHS, BrightView, and Goodwill Industries, Inc., is hosting a Community Resource Fair. Community-wide employment at the Community Market in Danville on November 1, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is open to the public and anyone with an employment need is encouraged to attend.

The event is aimed at both job seekers and employers. Local businesses looking to hire new employees can reserve space for a table at the event where they will meet with job seekers, receive resumes and distribute information about their open positions.

Job seekers are encouraged to dress for success and bring copies of their resume with them to the event.

Event attendees will be invited to visit each booth and speak to employers and support services staff.

For more information or to reserve space as a company seeking employees, contact Barry Mayo at [email protected] or call 434-797-8429.

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Wytheville CC Announces Lineup for Monthly Bluegrass Jamboree

Wytheville Community College will host its monthly bluegrass and old-timers jamboree at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The free concert will take place at the William F. Snyder Auditorium on the WCC campus, 1000 E. Main St. Adam McPeak and Mountain Thunder will perform first, followed at 8 p.m. by The Crooked Road Ramblers.

Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted to help cover group travel costs.

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W&L’s Staniar Gallery Presents Fall 2022 Programs and Exhibitions

The first fall exhibition at Washington & Lee University’s Staniar Gallery, “Black Alchemy: if this one thing is true – Redux,” will run through October 5. An opening reception and lecture are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on September 20.

“Black Alchemy: If This One Thing Is True – Redux” features the works of Aaron Turner. Photo courtesy of Staniar Gallery at Washington & Lee University.

The exhibit focuses on the work of Arkansas artist and educator Aaron Turner. Turner uses photography as a transformative process to understand ideas of home and resilience in the Arkansas and Mississippi deltas. His exhibition presents photographic studies of still lifes – taken with a large format camera – which are reflections on identity, history, darkness as matter and abstraction.

Later this fall, “Distorted Myths” – featuring the work of artist Esteban Ramón Pérez – opens October 10 and will be on view until November 2.

“Distorted Myths,” featuring the work of artist Esteban Ramón Pérez, opens October 10. Photo courtesy of Staniar Gallery at Washington & Lee University.

In his interdisciplinary works, Pérez often incorporates materials such as leather and embroidery, paying homage to his experience growing up in his father’s upholstery shop. Drawing on his experience of the west coast of Chicanx, his practice can be seen as an expression of the rasquache aesthetic, which is an approach to artistic creation based on a theory developed by Tomas Ybarra-Frausto that explores “a perspective from outsider, a view of los de abajo [from below].”

Marcela Guerrero, Associate Curator Jennifer Rubio at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, will join Pérez for an artist talk at 5 p.m. on October 25 with a reception to follow.

The third fall exhibition, “Terra Ignota: Land Unknown”, explores the art of Amanda Lechner and will be on view from November 7 to December 9. The artist talk will take place at 5:30 p.m. on November 15 with a reception to follow.

“Terra Ignota: Land Unknown” explores the art of Amanda Lechner and will be on display from November 7 to December 9. Photo courtesy of Staniar Gallery at Washington & Lee University.

A spirit of experimentation and discovery permeates Lechner’s studio practice which draws on ideas from subjects such as quantum physical imagery, alchemy and science fiction. This exhibition is organized around the notion of terra ignota (also called terra incognita), Latin for “unknown land”. This expression has long been used in cartography to designate the unexplored, the undescribed or the unexplored. In our contemporary times, terra ignota is often used to refer to the unmapped vastness of outer space, the unknowns of the ocean floor, or the complexity of the human brain. The exhibition focuses on egg tempera works and improvisational frescoes – processes related to the birth of scientific research and the history of visual art.

For more information on the exhibition and the fall 2022 programming, visit the Staniar Gallery website.

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