Monday, May 18, 2015

Prof. Rich Gossweiler appreciation: 'How do you measure the lump in a student's throat?'


When Cory MacLauchlin began teaching at Germanna Community College, Prof. Rich Gossweiler told him his goal should be simple:
“‘How do you measure the lump in a student's throat?” Gossweiler asked him. “If we don’t make the students feel something, then we miss the point.”
“To me, that’s his legacy,” said MacLauchlin.
Judy Napier and Margaret Gossweiler
at celebration of Prof.Rich Gossweiler's life
 Gossweiler passed away on April 10 after 45 years of teaching in the Virginia Community College system, most of them at Germanna.
He had retired from teaching full time, but couldn’t stay away from GCC , its students and faculty and continued to teach part time.
He was at GCC’s Locust Grove Campus that day when he began to feel ill and went outside to rest on a bench. He collapsed moments later.  Germanna nursing professors who had come to love Gossweiler worked heroically to keep him alive till an ambulance arrived. He passed away that evening, with family --and Germanna faculty and staff  who considered him family-- at his side. He was 74.
“Rich Gossweiler was not only a great teacher of students, but someone who played a critical role in mentoring faculty and staff,” Germanna President David A. Sam said at a celebration of his life at GCC’s Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper on May 6.
.At a retirement event, Gossweiler  had urged faculty members to continue to “challenge the students … make them go further than they expected.”
Gossweiler also asked them to remember that “students are your friends."
Prof. Rich Gossweiler and Prof. Don Frank
at retirement event
“When we go through town, we always run into our students. The wonderful thing about community colleges is you see the results—you see [former] students. You make friends,” he said.
Many are passionate about teaching.  Gossweiler’s feelings went beyond that. He couldn’t contain the joy the profession brought him--and it was infectious.
“When he wasn’t smiling, he was roaring with laughter,” Sam said.
“He helped instill in me the passion I have today,” said Dr. Patti Lisk, dean of nursing at Germanna.
At the celebration of the late professor's life, a former student said, “As long as he taught, there’s a piece of Rich Gossweiler in every one of us.”
In a sense, we were all Rich Gossweiler’s students.
He left so many of us with lumps in our throats.



Sunday, May 17, 2015

Great Expectations: 'If they can make it big, so can you'

Germanna Community College recognizes the strides being made by Great Expectations program students students during a GE Milestones: 
Recognizing and Celebrating Student Successes ceremony.Wednesday night. 
Great Expectations prepares foster care youth aging out of the system for the transition to college in part through mentoring.
“Germanna is a place where you can begin to live out a part of your dreams," GE Program Coordinator Jennifer Lawrence for the students . "Antwone Fisher, a former foster youth, said to himself, 'if they can make it big, so can I.' So, I want you to know as I have shared with you all over and over again. . . I am proud of you for all that you have overcome and if they can make it big, so can you.”
Antwan Perry addresses Germanna Great Expectations students.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Figuring out how to cool coffee down fast is, well, cool




Prof. Mirela Fetea’s Physics 242 class was working on a “How to Cool Down Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate” project Tuesday at Germanna Community College’s Fredericksburg Area Campus in Spotsylvania.


“There’s a lot of physics in something as simple as making a cup of coffee,” Fetea said. “We all have burned our tongues trying to sip coffee when it’s too hot--waiting to take that first sip can seem like it takes forever.”


She challenged students to apply some of the basic concepts and principles studied this semester in the physics class--heat radiation and absorption, conduction and convection, insulation, etc, to figure out what succession of steps would cool down the liquid the most in three minutes:


Quickly pouring the creamer and sugar in, or pouring them in right before you drink, stirring or shaking the cup, blowing on it.


Fetea explained the winning strategy, which involved continuous movement of an aluminum foil tray full of hot water around a table in the physics lab:


"By moving the tray around they tried to maximize the loss of heat via conduction - transfer of energy by the movement of particles that are in direct contact with each other. The larger the temperature difference between the objects, the quicker the heat transfer is. As soon as the temperature of the table surface increased, they moved the tray to another spot, having a slightly lower temperature--room temperature--and therefore speeding up the heat transfer."


The results:


First place: Nathan Helmly, Ethan Martin, Joseph Medawar, and Vincent Eastman.


Sexond place tie: A team of Ali Hayder, Gabriel Simmons, Michael Hales, and Nathan Richters and a team consisting of Daniel Carder, Kristy D'Alessandro, Donnie Lewis, and Justin Wray.


Third place: Nicholas Short, David Brown, Jake Polend and Matt Perry



Nathan Richters waves a styrofoam cup while team members Gabriel Simmons,
Michael Hales and Ali Hayder blow air onto a tray of hot water
 to cool down a hot liquid during a Germanna Community College physics class.
 Six teams of four students had three minutes to apply some of the concepts
 and principles studied in their University Physics II  class.
(Photo by Robert A. Martin)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Germanna bans vaping on campus


GERMANNA BANS VAPING ON CAMPUS

If you’ve got ‘em, don’t vape ‘em.
Germanna Community College has banned “vaping” on campus.
During a meeting at the college's Stafford Automotive Center, GCC’s Local College Board voted Thursday evening to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in campus buildings and within 25 feet of entrances and exits.
Germanna President David A. Sam noted that many believe use of e-cigarettes to be healthier than tobacco, but there’s debate about whether it’s safe. Some say it's helped them quit smoking tobacco.
Dr. Jeanne Wesley, GCC’s Vice President for Workforce, told the board that there have been complaints about students vaping.
She didn’t speculate about safety, but said: “I can tell you one thing. They stink.”
A heating element powered by a battery allows e-cigarettes to atomize a flavored liquid solution that often includes nicotine, creating aerosol instead of smoke. 
According to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, 587 U.S. campuses banned vaping as of Jan. 1.
Only e-cigarettes that are marketed for therapeutic purposes are regulated by the FDA. The agency has proposed a rule that would extend its authority to cover e-cigarettes. Congressional Republicans oppose the change.
The new Germanna ban also includes clove and herbal cigarettes. A ban on tobacco smoking at GCC had already been in effect.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Germanna Educational Foundation honors Bruce and Sandy Davis


The Germanna Community College Educational Foundation honored longtime supporters Bruce and Sandy Davis Friday night, unveiling a plaque naming the atrium of the Dickinson Building on the Fredericksburg Area Campus in Spotsylvania for the couple.
Bruce and Sandy Davis

Bruce Davis is a former co-owner of Freeman Beverage who recently bought 18 Beltone Hearing Centers in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. He has also served as chief liaison to the president at Germanna.
GCC President David A. Sam praised the Davises for their generosity in giving back to the community, both in terms of  funds and time
After their hard work paid off in business success, he said. “they decided to invest in Germanna and our students.” 
Davis noted that the definition of “atrium” is any chamber that’s connected to other chambers or passageways and that “all kinds of students pass through here.”
Another definition, he said, is the upper chamber of the human heart.
Davis said that he and his wife, in their time in Fredericksburg since coming here in 1989, have tried to invest in the community not only here at GCC, but through the Germanna Historical Foundation and the Lions Club.
“It’s part of our heart,” he explained.
Davis said community colleges are making a difference today, “transforming lives in a way never seen before…
“It used to be that if you graduated from high school you did OK, but if you got a four- year degree you could do a lot better,” he said. “Now, companies don’t always want someone with a four-year degree. They often want someone with an associate’s degree they can train and immediately get into their workforce.”
Davis said Germanna “helps transform so many lives of young people who don’t necessarily always have the advantages some of us have. That’s why we’ve invested in the college and in other things as well.
“Because the heart pumps blood out into the body,” he said, “and the body’s the community.”




Monday, March 9, 2015

Student Success Day features Habitat for Humanity build, talent show, drone build and demonstration and free automobile inspections


Don't miss the following events and workshops on Student Success Day, Wednesday, March 11, at all Germanna Community College locations.

Students and parents are asked to join Habitat for Humanity in a build going on all day at GCC's Fredericksburg Area Campus in Spotsylvania.

There will also be a student talent show at 6 p.m. in Sealy Auditorium on the Fredericksburg Campus.

Not mentioned below is the fact that GCC students at the College's Automotive Center at 42 Blackjack Rd. in Stafford is doing FREE general auto inspections which they have valued at $125. Faculty, students and community members are encouraged to sign up for free inspections with Matt Fitzgerald by email at: mfitzgerald@germanna.edu.

FREDERICKSBURG AREA CAMPUS IN SPOTSYLVANIA

Block A: 9:00-10:15AM
Session Title
Facilitator
Location
Morning Zumba!
Sharonda Johnson
SP1 Room 103
Mindfulness: Yoga for the Academic Brain
Danielle Harkins
SP1 Room 301
Fitness Challenge
Gold’s Gym
SP1 Room 317
What is Prezi Anyway?
Taylor Landrie
SP1 Room 215
Library Services
Tamara Remhof
SP2 Room 233
Using your iPhone and Android Apps
Jennifer St. John
SP2 Room 131
Tips for Success in Your Science Classes
Jessica Matheson
SP3 Room 319
STEM Panel
Denise Guest
SP1 Room 211/212

Block B: 10:30-11:45AM
Session Title
Facilitator
Location
Meditation
Carolyn Pevey
SP1 Room 326
Nature Walk
Anita Sutton
Outside
Morning Zumba!
Sharonda Johnson
SP1 Room 103
Dating 101
Preston Simms
SP1 Room 310
Fitness Challenge
Gold’s Gym
SP1 Room 317
EQ: Emotional Intelligence
Carolyn Bynum
SP1 Room 215
Google Your Way to Success
Jen Mlyneic
SP2 Room 233
Demystifying MLA & APA Citations
Jessica Perez
SP1 Room 301

Block C: 2:00-3:15PM
Session Title
Facilitator
Location
Job Coaching Workshop
Career Services
SP1 Room 301
Anti-Drunk Driving
Laurel Happe
SP1 Room 103
Fitness Challenge
Gold’s Gym
SP1 Room 317
Dating 101
Preston Simms
SP1 Room 310
Free Rice – Play a Game and Feed the World!
Ann Lyons
SP1 Room 215
Arts & Crafts
Jessica Green
SP1 Room 326
Drones 101
Engineering Club
SP3 Room 123
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Voting (And More!)

Jamie Lennahan
SP1 Room 211

Block D: 3:30-4:45PM
Session Title
Facilitator
Location
Mock Interviews
Career Services
SP1 Room 301
iGrad: Money, Finances & Credit
Becky Morris
SP1 Room 2330
Fitness Challenge
Gold’s Gym
SP1 Room 317
Stereotyping in the 21st Century?!
Antwan Perry
SP2 Room 131
Self-Defense Basics
Laurel Happe
SP1 Room 103
3-D Printing: From CAD to CAM
Engineering Club
SP3 Room 123

Event Details
Check-in
SP1 2nd Floor Lobby - All-day
Sign in to receive Session Schedule, receive raffle ticket and enter drawing (one drawing for each prize)

Lunch
SP1 Room 213 – Lunch Staging Area
Room 211/212 – Dining Area, with TED Talk
Sign in to receive free lunch, dine while watching an inspirational TED Talk

Habitat for Humanity Build Project
9AM-5PM
Outside (Alternate Location: SP3 room 123)
Students may sign up in advance via student email, or may show up to participate; Habitat staff will direct student volunteers in the construction of a shed to be used in upcoming home build project.

Student Art Show
SP1 Rooms 123 & 124
Students from Art and Graphic Communications classes will be displaying their work.

Talent Showcase
6-8PM
SP2 134 (Sealy Auditorium)
Students are invited to support their peers in the R.I.O.T. Club’s Talent Showcase!

Deconstruction Night
6-8PM
SP3 Room 123
Students, parents, and families are welcome to participate in “Deconstruction Night,” an opportunity to explore electronics and gadgets by deconstructing them.
  


STAFFORD COUNTY CENTER


Room
Block A
9:00am – 10:15am
Block B
10:30am – 11:45am
LUNCH!!
12:00pm – 1:45pm
Block C
2:00pm – 3:15pm
Block D
3:30pm – 4:45pm
Evening Event
6:00pm – 9:00pm
114
Library Services
College Transition
Ali Heiber

Water Conservation
Izabela Sikora


102

TESTING IN ROOM 102

Latitude Yoga
Latitude Yoga
Movie
103
Vision Casting
Matthew Fitzgerald
Vision Casting
Matthew Fitzgerald
TED Talk
Vision Casting
Matthew Fitzgerald
Vision Casting
Matthew Fitzgerald

101
Fitness & Nutrition
American Made Fighter
Fitness & Nutrition
American Made Fighter
TED Talk
Germanna’s Wheel of Fortune
Kim Viarella

Movie

8:30am – 9:00am ---- Breakfast in Reception area. Overflow in Room 102
9:00am – 10:15am --- Block A
10:30am – 11:45am – Block B
12:00pm – 1:45pm –   Lunch available in Reception area – sign in and raffle tickets (will draw after the event), Ted Talk in Rooms 101 and 103 /Transition Rm 102             
2:00pm – 3:15pm ---- Block C
3:30pm – 4:45pm ---- Block D
5:00pm – 5:45pm ---- prep for movie
6:00pm – 9:00pm ---- Family Movie Night!!
9:00pm – clean up.



LOCUST GROVE CAMPUS
Block A: 9:00-10:15AM
Session Title
Facilitator
Location
Google Your Way to Student Success
Chris Kaszuba
Room 210
Stereotyping in the 21st Century
Antwan Perry
Room 302
Making the best of Android and iPhone apps (Interactive Video)
Jennifer St. John
TBD
















Block B: 10:30-11:45AM
Session Title
Facilitator
Location
Nature Walk
Dr. Michael Read
Outside * Meet in cafeteria
Anti-Drunk Driving: Fatal Vision Goggles
Laurel Happe
Room 302
Career Services: Job Coaching Workshop
Michelle Beverage
Room 305
iGrad: Money, Finances, and Credit
Becky Morris
Room 210
Germanna’s Trivia/Wheel of Fortune
Kim Viarella
Room 502










Block C: 2:00-3:15PM
Session Title
Facilitator
Location
Tackle the TEAS
Jen Dodge/Liz Hunziker
Room 302
Afternoon Yoga
Debbie Bennett
TBD
Library Services
Matthew Pierce
Library













Block D: 3:30-4:45PM
Session Title
Facilitator
Location
EQ: Emotional Intelligence
Carolyn Bynum
Room 210
Stereotyping for the 21st Century (Interactive Video)
Antwan Perry
305







Event Details
Check-in
LGC Lobby - All-day
Sign in to receive Session Schedule, receive raffle ticket and enter drawing (one drawing for each prize)
Nursing Transfer Fair
1 pm – 4 pm – Hall 200
Resource Table – Hall 200
Lunch
Dr. Patti Lisk Welcome
Student Lounge/Dining Area to include TED Talk

Family Movie Night: Guardians of the Galaxy 6:00 – 8:00 pm