Friday, December 10, 2010

a farewell post. sad day. : (

well guys, this is our last day here at our internship, so, unfortunately, this is the last time you'll hear from us on the blog. we have had so much fun and have learned so much this semester. This opportunity has been so great for the both us and we are so grateful that it was given to us. some of you may be thinking, what?! what about the blog????. have no fears, sweet friends! there are definitely plans to keep the blog alive. the blog may change a bit, but only for the better! we're both really excited to see how this little project expands. as for now, though, the blog will be down until early next year. so, until then, just enjoy the holiday season!

to the ladies working in college relations:
we really love you guys and are so glad we've gotten to know you all! please stay in touch! friend us on facebook (seriously)! we're gonna miss you guys big time. thank you so so so so soooooooo much for this great opportunity. we both really appreciate it.


(peace guys!)

(haha, one last photo of the two crazies.)

Interview with Suzanne Sherry, Digital Services Specialist in the Midlo Library

How long have you worked at John Tyler?
I’ve worked here for four and a half years, but I started as a part time person. When I was in library school, I had a friend that worked at Chester and she told me about the job, so I walked in and was interviewed. It was a good match. I like students and it’s not a disturbance if they want to ask me questions. There are no dumb questions. It’s the reason I am employed. I’ve only been full time for about six months though. It’s really fun. 
Have you always been a librarian?
I’ve worked in the technology industry. I worked for a tiny internet start up.  There were five employees. It’s crazy to think when google started. It blew everyones’ mind. I was also a pet sitter. That was a lot of fun. I like dogs a lot. 
What made you want to become a librarian?
I taught myself to read when I was three. That has been my one thing that I have always been good at and I always read a lot and spent a lot of time at the library. So, I thought while I’m a stay at home mom, Ill go to library school. It was a natural fit. 
What do you like the most about the library here at John Tyler?
Hmm. I don’t know. I mean, we have a good crew of people. Our team is good. The building is fabulous. We always try to new things. The students are really nice. It’s very diverse here. We have a lot of students from around the country with different backgrounds. There’s a lot of variety. 
Where did you grow up?
I actually went to Midlothian high school. I used to work at the Midlothian Public Library in high school. That was my after school job. So, I grew up here. But, I’ve lived other places. I’ve lived abroad in Ireland. That’s where I met my husband. 
How old are your kids?
One is getting ready to be eight and one just turned eleven. So they get to read all the fun stuff right now. 
What’s your favorite genre of book?
Haha, I have no favorite. I read everything. I will say that I do not like southern realistic fiction and I don’t really like issues fiction where they take an issue and explore it. I especially like magical realism and I really like young adult, hahaha. 
What’s your favorite book?
Oh, I have a list of about a hundred. I mean, where do you start? I really like Small World by David Lodge. I read that every couple of years. I really like The Hobbit. I’ve read that about twenty times. I really like Elizabeth Zimmerman. Her stuff is really outstanding. I really like Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore, that’s one of my favorite all time books and The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson. 
Also, Mrs. Sherry later sent us a list of her top twenty or so books….
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
The Barrytown Trilogy (The Commitments, The Snapper, The Van) by Roddy Doyle
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
Small World and Nice Work by David Lodge
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life the Universe and Everything, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish) by Douglas Adams
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
The Diamond Age and Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Wild Designs by Katie Fforde
Harry Potter Series (Always an adventure, no matter how many times I read it.)
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan (he is great for reluctant readers and kids who have a tough time at school)
Amy Tan
Isabel Allende
Elizabeth Zimmermann
Plus, if you’re interested feel free to friend her on Goodreads. Here’s the link for her profile:
What do you love most about your job?
Oh, I don’t know. I guess being around the books all the time is a real soothing thing. Does that makes sense? That’s one part. But I really like helping people out with the resources. Give them the bridge that they need. Even something simple like giving someone a library card. 
Outside of work, what hobbies do you have?
Well, I knit and I dug up my front yard and planted vegetables this year. Um, and you know, mom’s taxi service. Everyone has to go to scouts and soccer and stuff and we travel quite a bit. We hiked in Yellow Stone! But reading is definitely the right job for me. 
Tell us about your red shoes.....
The red shoes! You know, when I interviewed for this full time job that was the only shoe I could find that fit at DSW and so, I wore those and I have gotten so many comments on those shoes when they were just a happy, clearance, 20% off accident. 
What do you look forward to the most about the Holidays?
A long vacation. I think everybody does. It makes a big difference. You come back really refreshed. 

And don't forget!...

"Midlothian has a book club that meets once a month. We choose what we want to read and discuss. Our book for January is Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind. I’ll post the meeting times on LibrarySpace and on Facebook; anyone is welcome to come and join the discussion! We will also be picking the next batch of books at the January meeting." -Mrs. Sherry. : )

survivor. jtcc edition.....last week.

so it may not be summer, but you're sooooooooooooooooooooooo close to a break.

you can do it!

Friday, December 3, 2010

all i have to say is...


can i get a hollah up in the hizzouse???
i think so. 

anyone have any fun plans for the weekend?
one idea might be to get an early start on studying for exams. ; )
you can use this post for help, if ya want. 
or you could maybe try out a new study place from this. 
also, the weather this weekend is supposed to be wonderful! a bit chilly, but it is december after all! maybe studying/picnic at the park!
just throwin some ideas out.

: )

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

places we like to study.

Hey there! With everyone getting ready to study for exams, we thought it'd be fun to do a post on some places we like to go to study and do homework in the Richmond area.

First up, your standard Starbucks. Starbucks is great because it's fairly quiet depending on which one you go to and they're everywhere. So, no matter where you are, you should be able to find a Starbucks. Plus, you can of course get yourself a drink and a nice little treat.Annemarie's favorite one is the one downtown at Robinson and Stuart. It's usually pretty quiet and chill there....just not on a Sunday morning. 

Another place we love is Ellwood's Cafe. It's probably not a good idea to go here until late afternoon if you're planning on studying as it's a pretty hoppin' place. However, if you can get a spot sitting outside, you're golden. Also, on the nights that they are open later, that's probably a good time to go. 

Crossroads. We love that place. They not only serve the typical coffee and tea but also ICE CREAM! Let's be honest, who doesn't like ice cream? It is my weakness, I must admit. This is a great spot to plop down for a few hours and study hard over a cup of joe and/or ;) ice cream. You can also sit outside and if you are lucky you can snag the cute little bench on the grassy spot out back! Here is the link to the website. There are two locations:

26 N. Morris Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220

3600 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23225

Urban Farmhouse is another favorite of Annemarie's. If you go after two then you are set up for a great little time out. There is a plethora of snacks and drinks to choose from and the atmosphere is great for those who absolutely love Richmond. And if you don't love Richmond, maybe you should try this place out. It may change your opinion! ;)

And last but not least! Barnes and Noble! The great thing about this place is that you don't have to pay for anything. That means that you can walk in, sit down, grab whatever books you need AND get free WiFi! That's my kinda place! Just google "Barns and Noble richmond va locations" and find the one closest to you!

That's all for now! We hope that this helps you with studying for finals! 

Annemarie and Heather

survivor. jtcc edition. week twelve.

this week's topic: surviving the exams, of course.

tip #1: don't wait until the night before to study...duh.

tip #2: make sure you have all of your previous tests from the class your studying for. then, study, study, study those old tests especially the questions that you originally got wrong. check with the teacher or other students to make sure that you now have the correct answer.

tip #3: get a study buddy. this could be someone from your class or even someone who's just really good at the subject. trust me this helps AND makes the time much more enjoyable.

tip #4: take breaks. don't try to just plug through for like four hours straight. that's not fun and will just burn you out. maybe study for an hour then take a small break. whatever suits you.

tip #5: for me, it helps to change up my scenery. i can't focus in the same place for a long time. things just get boring. so sometimes i'll just go sit at barnes and noble or a coffee place or whatever (more on that later).

tip #6: treat yourself. have a nice cup of coffee or tea or even a cookie to start off your studying on a good note.

tip #7: make notecards. that way you're writing AND reading the info, which will really help it stick.

cool cool guys! happy studying.... : p

p.s. hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

survivor. jtcc edition. week eleven.

alright guys here's the deal. 

if you can survive until turkey day, then......YOU'RE GOLDEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hollah!

happy thanksgiving folks! we'll see ya next week with some new posts!

heather and annemarie. 

heather's back from india!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Last Chance to Be Green!

Did you know that plants cover 50% of our new Science building at John Tyler's Midlo campus?! That's right. The plants are also native to Virginia so they need minimal care. 

Here at JTCC, we like to award fuel-efficient people. That means car-poolers and low-emission vehicles have parking spaces specifically assigned for them!

Who has a bike? A well working bike? Use it! John Tyler provides bike racks for those who can bike to class. They also provide showers and changing rooms to freshen up in. You can get your exercise on and go to class all in one fell swoop!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

survivor. jtcc edition. week ten.

Here's our tip for surviving school this week: DON'T PROCRASTINATE. It's really not worth the stress.

However, some of you might ask, "How does one become an anti-procrastinator?"

Well, lucky for you, Heather and I happen to be pros at this stuff (for the most part, anyways ; ). Here are some tricks that could help.

One. Do your assignment or at least plan when you will do it immediately after your teacher gives it to you. Then, plan the rest of your day around your assignment rather than doing your assignment whenever you can "find the time."

Two. Plan out your day. Leave time for school and for yourself. We like to list out our plans on stickies on our computer. So, if you have a Mac, that's a great option. If not, just make sure your plan is some where that you will see it or you could forget about it completely.

Three. For big assignments, give yourself enough time to do everything a little bit at a time. Don't wait until the last two days when your teacher originally gave you two weeks...major pressure there if you ask me.

Four. Set constant reminders on your phones and/or computers throughout the week. This is great because it will keep you thinking of what tasks you need to accomplish.

Hopefully, this will help some and if you have any other tips...send 'em our way!


Monday, November 15, 2010

Artsy Folks!


Hey guys!

This post is for all you "artsy" folks out there at John Tyler. We would really like to post your work here on Connect (if you are comfortable with putting yourself out there). It can be anything from charcoal to sculptures and oil to poetry. Seriously, we want to highlight you guys!

If you would be so bold as to send pictures of your work (or documents for you poets) our way, we would greatly appreciate it! Once again, our emails are and

Thanks you guys! We hope to be receiving photos in the near future!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

be green, guys.

Be green and be healthy! John Tyler's efforts to be green, really help the air quality. So if you get sick....don't blame it on John Tyler!

It's true...some of our carpets and walls at JTCC are recycled. How great is that?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

survivor. jtcc edition. week nine.

Okay, so everyone pretty much knows that there's an "app" for pretty much everything on your iphone/itouch/whatever it is that you have. Turns out, there are also so apps that might be helpful for school...

One app is CourseSmart....

With this app, you can download some of your textbooks straight to your phone! How cool is that? This way, whenever you have some spare time and homework that needs to get done....just whip out your phone or ipod and you're good to go!

Another app is the handy dandy Graphing calculator...
We've all forgotten to bring our ridiculously expensive graphing calculator to class before. Now, though (if your teacher will allow of course), you'll always have it with you. It might also be helpful to have this one for when you're not doing homework at home. 

Also, there's an app called My Homework...


This app provides an easy way to schedule and plan your homework/assignments.

Oh and of course how could we get through the school day with the Facebook app...; )

For more apps to help you with school go here.  This is where I got all of the info/photos.

Ciao ciao!

Monday, November 8, 2010

an interview with professor colin ferguson. w00t.

Hey guys! Here's an interview we did last week with Professor Colin Ferguson! Hope you enjoy!

1.     How long have you been at John Tyler and what classes do you teach?
I started here in the fall of 2000 and I teach the drawing and painting classes, but I’ve taught other classes here as well.

2.     What is your favorite thing about teaching art?         
      I suppose one thing I really enjoy is what I kind of call the “aha!” moment where somebody had been kind of struggling, but then, they suddenly can see what we’ve been talking about in class. It’s the break through moments that you’ve helped facilitate.

3.     Where did you go to college?
      I did my undergraduate at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and I got my M.F.A. at Ohio University of Athens.

4.     Tell us how you received the opportunity to illustrate for a textbook.
      I’ve known Mike LoPresto since the second grade and we were actually roommates at Edinboro freshman year. So, I’ve known him all my life. He first did Cycle in the Sky and then kind of an extended version called Fundamentals of College Astronomy; he asked me to do illustrations for both.

5.     Was this work very tedious for you or was it mostly enjoyable?
It wasn’t tedious. It was kind of a fast pace because I had to get them done. I started them in the middle of May and I had to have them done by July 4, so I was busy. It was interesting and because I did the illustrations I learned about the people and subjects I was drawing.

6.     Do you think you would ever do it again?
Oh sure, especially for a friend.

7.     What’s your favorite drawing in the textbook and why?
Hmm. I liked doing the one that was the extinction theory because I got to be a little creative with it and I liked drawing Edmund Halley because he had one of those crazy, poofy wigs. Plus, I just thought that one turned out nice. Then, a couple of interesting ones, too, were ones where I had to show not just the person but the invention that was with them like Stanley Miller and Wilson and Penzias.

8.     Other than art, what are some of your hobbies you enjoy in your free time?
I am a cyclist and a downhill skier, and I enjoy other outdoor activities as well.

9.     What’s your favorite thing about Richmond?
I really like spring in Richmond because, where I lived, we didn’t really have spring. We had fall, winter, and, then, right to summer.
     What advice do you have for a student wanting to pursue a career in art?
     Work hard and try a little bit of everything to really find what direction in art helps you find your voice.

p.s. Keep Heather in your thoughts for these next couple of weeks. She flew out to India last night. How cool is that?!

Friday, November 5, 2010

g-g-g-go green peeps.

Here's your dose of green for the week!
Hopefully you guys have seen the plethora of recycling bins on the campuses. Take advantage of those! Baby steps, guys...they make a big difference in the long run. Plus, Heather is watching you...

That's right guys...we're all walking pollutants whether we like it or not. Our shoes pick up and carry around all the nasty stuff we don't want to have around. Thankfully, though, JTCC's mats in front of the doors solve the problem. : )

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Interview with the President!

You guys, we really did interview the President! Well... of John Tyler that is. Dr. Smith is a pretty cool guy. We had a lot of fun talking with him and looking at pictures of his sweet dog and him. Take a look at the interview!

How long have you been working at John Tyler?
September 1st started my 21st  year, so about as long as you two have been alive and then some. I started in September 1990.
Have you always been the president, or have you had other jobs at John Tyler as well?
I came here as president. Obviously, that wasn’t my first job, though.
What are some of the responsibilities you have as the president of John Tyler?
That’s a good question. I guess it’s probably about what you think it is. Internally, it’s trying to provide leadership to the institution. Externally, it’s trying to make friends with the surrounding colleges and the community. I’m sort of an ambassador, I guess. 
John Tyler is responsible for 10 different jurisdictions. Chesterfield is obviously the big elephant in the room, but we have others, so it’s a really big area to cover. In fact, geographically, it’s the third largest area in the community college system in terms of square miles. 
What’s changed the most about John Tyler since you’ve been here?
Well, there was the Chester campus, period, when I started.  It was built in 1967. The Midlothian campus opened in 2000. The Nursing Education Center opened in 2006. So, there has been a lot of physical growth, and the number of students has just about doubled. 
Having more than one campus is really a big kind of change if you think about it. You have two of everything, and you have to go back and forth. Plus, you have to keep track of the nurses! 
What’s happening at the college right now that’s exciting to you? 
Well, because of the enrollment growth, we’ve really been able to add to the faculty.  A college is not about buildings, as much as it is about people.  I’ve been really excited that we’ve been able to add faculty members. And, we’re adding nine more in the spring, which is good, because it is really important to have a diverse mix. 
Now we have international faculty. We have faculty from India, Vietnam, Turkey, and a couple years ago someone from Wales. I think that’s a good thing for students, because you get to see different kinds of folks.
Another piece is that we’re continuing to look toward adding to both campuses – a building here at Midlothian and a building at Chester. It shows you’re growing when you’re building things. 
What’s something you would like to see happen in the future at John Tyler?
I hope you two will graduate. Besides that, let’s see: well, I think it’s pretty much unknown, and that’s what makes it interesting. 
As a community college we are responsible for meeting the needs of the community. We have to be alert and tuned in to the community to see what’s needed.  For example, right now we are expanding the paramedic and EMS programs. It’s about finding out what’s needed, and stopping things that aren’t needed.  If there’s not a demand, then we stop doing it. So it’s being alert to see what the opportunities and expectations are. 
Also, we’re getting younger. For years we were getting older and older, and now we’re getting younger and younger. Now, we’re talking more about things that would be of interest to an 18-, 19-, and 20-year-old, as opposed to people who are 30 or 40. 
What surprises you about students today?
143. I didn’t know what that was until yesterday. They were telling me all the codes that are used now for texting. Ms. McIver [Web Content Manager at the College] was giving us a lesson in all of it. 
If you take them as a whole, I think there’s more uncertainty about the future than there has been in the past student generations. They’re really worried about what their future is going to be like. Each generation sort of has things that interests it and frighten it. But I think that just generally the world is kind of unsettled now. 
There are four boys next door in my neighborhood, and one was walking his dog and I was walking mine and he said, “What about France?”  He was really concerned, so I think there’s just some apprehension about, “What’s the world coming to this time?”
What are some hobbies you enjoy while you’re not working?
I’m never “not working.” But, this one will prove what you already think about boys: I still build model trains and model ships when I have time to fool around. 
I do a great deal of reading, history primarily. That’s what I studied: naval history. 
I don’t have a lot of spare time to tell you the truth, but I follow sports. I went to Alabama, so there’s always football. 
Tell us about some of your favorite sports and sports teams. 
I’m a baseball and football person. Collegiately, it’s Alabama, and professionally, it’s Atlanta. That’s where I lived for a while.
And years ago, when I was your age, I played a good deal of racquetball, but I’m afraid old bones have taken over that – old knees particularly. 
What kind of dog do you have?
It’s a Westie, a West Highland Terrier. His whole name is Duncan MacDonald. He’s a Scots dog, so he had to have a Scots’ name. 

What do you think about social media and its contribution to the community?
You know about the presentation yesterday?  [There there had been a social media presentation at the College the day before.] I thought it was really good for me, because let’s face it: I really am from an older generation.  It’s interesting for me to see what kinds of things your generation is interested in. 
Social media has made the world a very small place, but I think it’s not something everyone has learned to use responsibly. I think some of your friends and neighbors have realized that nothing done in social media is private, but not all of them have.  
Social media certainly makes your generation very connected, and that’s good. However, it’s diminished reading, generally, and being a teeny bit old-fashioned, I still would like to see people read. 
So, there you have it! Our interview with the President of John Tyler!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

survivor. jtcc edition. week eight.

Here's a little story for you guys....

Since I (Annemarie) take online classes, I have to sometimes take some of my tests and quizzes here at JTCC in the Testing Center. Last week I had to take a quiz for my Humanities class. So, I made my appointment right away and everything was fine and dandy. However, when I arrived the morning of my quiz, I discovered that the power had gone out that morning and blackboard was down completely. My two options were either to check back every fifteen minutes to see if blackboard was working or to reschedule my quiz. Thankfully, I was able to wait and blackboard was back up in about half an hour. Also, since I scheduled my appointment right away, I still had two weeks left to take the quiz if I needed to reschedule.

So here's your survival lesson today......


Who knows what could happen!

If I hadn't scheduled so early and had enough time to wait for blackboard, I would have been in quite the pickle, you remember guys, don't be dumb and schedule those appointments ASAP!

Friday, October 29, 2010

VMFA College Night Fun

You guys, did you go to the college night at VMFA?! Remember when we told you about it here? Well,  we went and had a blast! If you weren't able to make it out, here are some photos:
(Michael Hirsch's (J Sarg. student) charcoal portrait of Lauren King.)

(Lauren King's (J. Sarg. student) charcoal portrait of Michael Hirsch.)

(Awesome step team... So intense!)

(Lauren King and Michael Hirsch.)

(Just us. : )

Fantastic art work. Free food (including a sweet potato bar!). Awesome friends. If you couldn't make it this time, next time grab a couple friends and head on out to the Virginia Museum of Fine Art!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Eco-Friendly John Tyler

Hey guys! We know that being eco-friendly is very important to the majority of you. So, here is another post about how John Tyler is making great efforts to be as eco-friendly as possible. You can find these two in the library at the Midlothian campus. Take a look:

"The plants outside these window are more than beautiful - they are hard working."

Native plants are more efficient at absorbing and filtering storm water runoff. And, because they require minimal water and maintenance, water consumption association with irrigation is reduced by 87% annually, saving 3,513,159 gallons of drinkable water.

Large windows throughout the building allow natural light to stream in, minimizing the need for artificial lighting and reducing energy consumption. If the light gets to be too bright, motorized light-filtering sunshades are provided.

Pretty cool, right!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

survivor. jtcc edition. week seven.

If John Tyler is ever to be attacked by zombies......

one. run, hide, scream. whatever you please.


two. join them.

Happy Halloween season guys!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

yo, yo, yo!

hey guys! just a quick message we have for you...

send us suggestions! and also! you may have noticed that sometimes we advertise different jtcc events...that being said, if there's an event you'd like for us to highlight on the blog, let us know!

again, our emails are:


stay tuned guys! we have some exciting posts coming up!


heather and annemarie.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

survivor. jtcc edition. week six.

thankfully....we're not in high school anymore.................

some helpful tips:

one. don't listen to this guy.

two. don't act like this guy.

Brenda Miller the Biker Babe

A few days ago, we interviewed Heather's ITE 115 professor Brenda Miller. Mrs. Miller is probably one of the coolest people ever. Check out our interview!

What courses have you taught at John Tyler?
I teach ITE 115 which is just Basic Computer Literacy. Two online courses: Intro to Internet Services and Web Design I and II. I also teach Math 02 and Math 120. Years ago I taught C++ and Visual Basic, but I haven’t dome those in a while.
What is your favorite subject to teach and why?
I love my ITE 115’s. I love them. But mostly because I love the students. I hate all the grading I have to do in it. It takes forever. And I really love my math course because I get to use the same book more than two or three semesters in a row which is amazing considering we change the ITE books every year. 
In general, what goals do you have for your students?
Computer comfort. The ability to adapt to whatever technology that comes along. And sort of on the side, confidence. Having had kids myself I guess I know that students at this age, typically a range of 18-23, a lot of times do not know what they are doing. They just kind of roll with the punches. I like to get to know a little bit more about the student. Just to talk to them about what they want to do see if they have a passion that they have not discovered that I could push them towards. I like to just kind of help them along because I was one that did not have a straight passion for a long time. It would have been nice to have had someone there to talk to me about my likes and dislikes.
You know I realized there are scholarships. Somebody has to get them... might as well be you. You know? Like, what is your story? 
What are some of your hobbies outside of teaching? 
I read. I walk like a maniac. My family is huge, huge, huge in all kinds of ways. Um... I ride a motorcycle, I do. I almost rode it work today. I’m no biker babe but I ride. You know, I ride a mini van or a motorcycle... 
What kind of motorcycle?
A Suzuki 800 intruder. Candy apple red. She is so cute; Susie is her name. She does well. I’m not hardcore though. 
What’s your favorite thing about Richmond?
My favorite thing in richmond is that there is so much going on. I grew up in northern Virginia and I mean you’d here about different things going on but it was just kind of so big that you avoided it. But you know,something could be happening in the west end and it’s no big deal. Just hope in the car and drive. There will not be much traffic and people are pretty normal. Richmond City is pretty much taboo for me because my husband was a Richmond City cop. I’m very familiar with Richmond though. Richmond is very doable. 
Anything else you want us to include?
Well, I have very strong feelings toward John Tyler. I’ve worked here since 1994, and I absolutely love this place and the people that work here. It’s a family place; we struggle together and we celebrate together. We do everything together! We are very close. John Tyler is a wonderful place to work, and I adore my students. I kind of instantly fall in love every semester. I really, really adore the students. I really do. 

Here she is!


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Don't Waste Water!

What's shakin' guys?! Hopefully your all having a rad weekend (do people even say that anymore?... i do!). Here is another post on how John Tyler has made a great effort to be environmentally friendly:

Did you know John Tyler conserves water? The school has reduced their water consumption by 24% a year... that save 100,909 gallons of water annually! Pretty sweet, right?

Remember to check this out for more info!

Alright, peace out guys!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

calling all volunteers!

What up, what up? Well, the Salvation Army want you! You better believe it! Below is the info for the Red Kettle Campaign. Jeff Baldwin emailed me and asked me to post this to get some volunteers. So, sign up people!
Volunteers Desperately Needed During Red Kettle Campaign 

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign in Central Virginia is set to kick off on Friday, November 12 and volunteer bell ringers are desperately needed. 

“This year, more than ever, volunteers will be critical to the overall success of our Red Kettle Campaign,” said Jeff Baldwin, Public Relations Director for The Salvation Army. “On any given day, over half of our sites are silent with no-one there to ring the bell. Every penny, nickel, dime and dollar bill adds up, but without volunteer manpower, we can’t possibly reach our goal. More than any other fund raising drive, this campaign is crucial to the financial stability of The Salvation Army. The money raised through the Red Kettles allows us to meet the on-going and ever-increasing demand for our services.” 

This year’s campaign will run November 12 through Christmas Eve, and raises funds to provide assistance to thousands of children and families and support Salvation Army programs and services throughout the year. 

Volunteer slots are available every day Monday through Saturday, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day and opportunities exist in both the Richmond metro and Tri-Cities areas. 

Currently, more than 75 locations are available, however, on most days a large percentage of these sites and shifts are vacant.   

“It’s unfortunate, but every year we have more kettle sites than we do bell ringers,” said Captain David Worthy, Commander of The Salvation Army in Central Virginia. “This year, more than any other, we’re pleading with the community to step forth and partner with us. The red kettle is iconic and it represents hope, happiness and healing to the least, the lonely and the lost.” 

Individuals and groups that are interested in volunteering during the campaign can register one of two ways; either by visiting our website;, or by calling Captain Natalie Sayre at (804) 433-1684. 

“Volunteering as a bell ringer is easy and effective,” said Worthy. “Simply show up at the appointed location on the confirmed date and time and someone with The Salvation Army will deliver your kettle and bell. Once your shift is over, we’ll return to pick the kettle up. This year, our objective is to cover as many of the available kettle sites as possible. To do that, we’re asking individuals, civic organizations, corporate groups, churches, schools and sports teams to spend a few hours helping us raise the crucial financial support that will allow us to sustain our services to those in need,” said Worthy. 

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign began in 1891 by Captain Joseph McFee of San Francisco as a way to raise funds to provide Christmas dinner to the area’s poor. He remembered collection pots from his days as a sailor and quickly secured permission to place pots throughout the city, thus launching a tradition that spread throughout the United States and around the world. Today, it is the single-largest fundraiser of the year for the Army.  In 2009, the Red Kettle Campaign raised $139 million in the United States.

Also! Khiem Tran from John Tyler is gathering volunteers for Full Moon Madness on
October 23rd! Make sure you read the below information and then sign up to help out! 

"Hey you! We need you, right now! VOLUNTEER as a course assistant for the Full Moon Madness event on the Midlothian Campus - Saturday, October 23, 2010. Beef up that résuméand get community service hours!
Go to and click on the purple Volunteer Registration button near the bottom. Or go directly to it here: Sign up as a "4 Mile Course Assistant"

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Annemarie and Heather