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UVA Wise will issue a credit to offset the tuition increase

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise has announced that state students will receive a $182 credit for the 2022-2023 academic school year. The one-time student loan was approved Friday by the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors, which sets the college’s tuition and fees. The credit corresponds to the three percent increase in tuition approved by the BOV last December for this academic year.

Students will receive a credit to their student accounts for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters, and UVA Wise’s Office of Financial Aid and Cashier’s Office have already begun reviewing students’ individual financial packages to implement the change.

The one-time action comes in line with Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s request this summer that all state public colleges and universities consider ways to keep tuition constant for the current academic year.

In a press release, the school said the one-time reduction is consistent with UVA Wise’s other efforts to make college affordable. In the 2021-22 academic year, 96 percent of students received financial aid, with the college awarding nearly $17 million in scholarships and aid.

In 2019, the college introduced its Within Reach program, which offers scholarships to students from Virginian families with incomes of $40,000 or less to cover tuition and fees. The year before, the college announced a special, significantly reduced tuition fee for students living in the Appalachian Regional Commission area, which includes select counties in a geography spanning from New York to Mississippi.

The one-time student loan will result in a budgetary impact of $156,000 on the college’s 2022-2023 operating budget. However, the overall reduction is offset by savings from cost savings and an additional $1 million in government funding as part of a more than $12 million package announced in Junedesigned to support affordable access, the school said in a statement.

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New medication support program offered at the NRCC

Registration is now open for the new Short Term Medication Assistant Training Program at New River Community College.

Students in the medication assistant program are trained to work closely with patients in long-term care facilities. This program prepares students for the Registered Medication Aide State Board exam. The course consists of 68 hours of instruction and consists of classroom and practical skills.

Students learn basic pharmacology, the five rights of drug administration, and proper techniques for oral and topical drug administration. They will also administer insulin and do blood glucose tests. Interested students must have the Certified Nursing Assistant license. Certification will increase employability in long-term care facilities.

The first course starts on October 31, 2022 and runs until January 5, 2023. Classes are held on Mondays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for face-to-face classes and on Saturdays from 6:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. for clinics.

The course is one of 12 NRCC FastForward programs offering affordable, short-term training through the Office of Workforce Development. Virginia residents may qualify for special rates.

To enroll, visit https://www.nr.edu/fastforward/medication-aide.php, call (540) 674-3613, or email [email protected]

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Christine M. Anderson-Cook. Courtesy of Virginia Tech.

Christine M. Anderson-Cook speaks at the inaugural address of the Douglas C. Montgomery Distinguished Lecture

Christine M. Anderson-Cook, a recently retired research scientist in the Statistical Sciences Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will lead the way Douglas C. Montgomery Distinguished Lecture Series at Virginia Tech on September 20th.

During her time at Los Alamos, Anderson-Cook contributed to more than 80 projects and managed projects in a variety of areas including nuclear non-proliferation, sequential design of carbon capture experiments, cybersecurity, reliability of complex systems, and leveraging data competitions to advance algorithms for Detection of radioactive substances.

Anderson-Cook’s discussion focuses on the relevance of designed data collection in the age of big data. She will present several scenarios highlighting how strategic data collection with designed experiments can guide big data choices. She will also demonstrate how new methods and innovative applications of existing experiments have enabled better solutions to complex problems.

“The new era of big data challenges us to adapt our methodologies to better meet project needs with our data while carefully managing limited resources,” said Anderson-Cook, a faculty member of the Department of Statistics at Virginia Tech from 1996-2004.

This event will take place on Tuesday, September 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the Fralin Hall Auditorium and virtually via the Zoom webinar. It’s free and open to the public; register, visit aimbbis.vt.edu/MontgomeryLecture2022.

The Anderson-Cook discussion launches the Douglas C. Montgomery Distinguished Lecture Series, a collaborative effort between the Department of Statistics in the College of Science and the Grado Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineering in which College for Engineers.

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Lindsey Nair. Courtesy of Roanoke College.

Roanoke College is hiring a new college editor

Roanoke College welcomed a new college editor to the Office of Marketing and Communications on August 1st.

A 1998 graduate of Roanoke College, Lindsey Nair brings 24 years of communications experience to her new role, including more than six years in higher education. As college editor, Nair will oversee production of the school’s semiannual alumni publication, Roanoke College Magazine, and work with stakeholders from across the college community to help tell the story of Roanoke to key audiences.

Nair, a native of Clifton Forge, Virginia, earned a BA in English from Roanoke and replaces former editor Leslie Taylor, who retired in July. (Disclosure: Taylor is a member of our Journalism Advisory Committee, but committee members have no role in news decisions.)

After graduating from Roanoke, Nair spent 17 years at The Roanoke Times, where she was an award-winning reporter and editor. As a reporter, she covered police, state and federal courts, and then wrote a popular food column for the Extra section called Front Burner. She ended her tenure at the newspaper as editor of the Extra section.

In 2016, Nair joined the Office of Communications and Public Affairs at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, where she served as Senior Writer and Director of Content Development before assuming the role of Senior Director of Content Strategy.

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