Sunday, August 31, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
“I’m kind of excited to get my associate’s degree and graduate while I’m still in high school,” said Travis Jackson, another junior at Eastern View.
“We have an excellent group for our first Germanna Scholars cohort” said Germanna Dean of Student Development Pam Frederick. “I’m very impressed. They’re intelligent, motivated and well prepared.”
Monday, August 18, 2014
“looked at the employers in the community and saw how Germanna could help them train their workers. He gazed west, toward the businesses in the Route 29 corridor, and saw the need for technology education. He recognized the shortage of health-care workers and joined a statewide task force on nursing education to help community colleges alleviate it.”
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Click here for video from the signing, which took place Monday, Aug. 11 at UMW's Stafford Campus.
|UMW President Rick Hurley and GCC President David Sam talk |
after signing agreements to provide a new pathway to BSN degrees.
"It's a great day to be a nurse in the Fredericksburg area,” said Patti Lisk, Dean of Nursing at Germanna. “These agreements are pivotal to meeting the Institute of Medicine’s 2020 goal of 80 percent of b nurses in our area.”--Fredericksburg Today
Friday, August 8, 2014
Is there a gene for compassion? Or is it learned--developed by a series of experiences as we grow up?
It seems likely that both nature and nurture come into play.
Germanna Community College President Davis Sam’s “Memories in Clay, Dreams of Wolves,” is honest and powerful book that provides a compelling window into the development of the heart and mind of a man who has devoted his life to helping those unlucky through no fault of their own.
"Die when I may," Abraham Lincoln wrote to a friend, "I want it said of me by those who know me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower when I thought a flower would grow."
"Memories in Clay, Dreams of Wolves"gathers semi-autobiographical poetry about a boyhood and adult life lived in conversation with nature. In this volume, Sam describes a life shaped by his youth in Pennsylvania and Michigan and his journey by thumb through the Pacific Northwest. The imprint of these experiences molds his ecological holism and sense of the holiness of the commonplace and of all life.
Profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the Germanna Community College Educational Foundation.
Sam has a reading and signing set for 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 2 at The Arts Center in Orange.
Sam was born and spent his childhood in McKeesport, Penn., a coal and steel suburb of Pittsburgh. His home at the end of 36th Street abutted a woods, and the games he played on that street and the time he spent in those woods all influenced his poetry as well as his sense of the holistic ecology of all things. His neighborhood was filled with immigrants and children of immigrants, and his grandparents themselves came from Poland and Syria.
In 1961, the family moved with his father's factory to Belleville, MI, a far suburb of Detroit. Small town life near a lake and the rural farm fields and woods within a short walk along the railroad tracks often appear in the imagery and biography of his verse.
A first-generation college student and graduate of Eastern Michigan University and Michigan State University, Sam has taught creative writing, English literature, and composition at EMU, Marygrove College, Oakland Community College, and Pensacola State College. He was partner/manager of Gondolier Music & Electronics from 1972-1985 in Belleville before moving into higher education as an administrator.
He and his his wife Linda live in Culpeper, still within sight of the eastern mountain chain. They have two children, Michelle and Ryan, and three grandchildren.
He has offices at Germanna’s original campus in Locust Grove and at GCC’s Fredericksburg Area Campus in Spotsyvania.
The book is on sale via Amazon.com, at The Griffin Bookstore & Coffee Bar in Fredericksburg and at the Germanna Bookstore.