by Jeff Bell
The Jackson County Center of WVU Parkersburg (JCC) has been extremely busy with activities and events. New technology, improved comforts and educational presentations have made the campus an excellent learning atmosphere, leading the way for several more activities in April.
The new Community Conference Center has been a valuable tool in classroom and speaking engagements. Students have had the capability to view many guest speakers via the video-conferencing equipment thus saving the hour drive to and from the main campus. The student lobby/multi-purpose area has had some improvements as well.
The WVU Parkersburg Foundation, under the direction of Executive Director Kimberly Jones, has furnished the lobby/multi-purpose area with all new furniture. The improved aesthetics and comfort of the new furniture are intended to increase the use of the area, according to JCC Director John Gorrell. The upgrade in comfort has been ideal for the recent movie nights.
Movie nights, sponsored by the JCC Student Government, have increased some social gathering at the campus. Movies, such as Jeff Bridges’ "True Grit", have been shown on the lobby/multi-purpose area big-screen television free of charge to anyone involved with the JCC. Snacks and other refreshments have been available. Another form of educational entertainment has been in the form of historical presentations.
Mrs. Freda Bradley presented a historic portrayal of Mary Knight, a Jackson County resident during the time of the Civil War. Bradley’s husband, David, portrayed a Union surgeon. The presentation captured the essence of the hardships of life during the trying times of the 1860s. More events, social opportunities and educational experiences are available and scheduled for April.
The statewide Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Conference was recently held on April 8-9. According to the official TESOL Mission Statement, TESOL’s mission is to develop and maintain professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages.
The American Red Cross will be holding a community blood drive at the JCC from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 18. Blood supplies are low nationwide for the upcoming spring and summer months and donation are needed. Another event will allow students to have their voice heard in the month of April. On April 19 the WVU Parkersburg Presidential Cabinet will meet from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Students are invited and will be permitted to interact with the Cabinet during the meeting. Immediately following the cabinet meeting, President Gnage will attend a student ice cream social, where students will be offered more time of social interaction and questioning with the president.
Students are invited to contact the JCC for more information on any of the scheduled events and opportunities at (304) 372-6992.