Honors and accomplishments for New River Community College faculty and staff
NRCC activities counselor receives doctorate
New River Community College student activities counselor Ben Kramer recently received a doctorate from Old Dominion University. Kramer was a part of Old Dominion’s Community College Leadership program, and his dissertation was titled “From Homeschool to the Community College: A Multiple Case Study.”
His study focused on how homeschooled students experience the community college setting and the ways in which they adapt and succeed in what is often their first structured educational experience.
NRCC Middle College mentor receives bachelor’s degree
Elizabeth Swing, a mentor in New River Community College’s Middle College program recently graduated from Virginia Tech. Swing received a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology with a concentration in crime and deviance.
NRCC music professor presents at conference
New River Community College associate professor of music Louise Billaud recently represented the college at the Music and Lifelong Learning Conference at James Madison University in Harrisonburg. The conference was sponsored by the National Association of Music Education Adult and Community Music Education Special Research Interest Group.
While at the conference, Billaud presented her doctoral research results in a session titled “Instrumental Music Participation and the Hierarchy of Needs: A Drive Towards Self-Actualization.” The primary focus of the research, explains Billaud, relates to the experiences of band instrumentalists, including those who are lifelong musicians, returning after a hiatus from participation and those beginning later in life. She is studying their experiences through interview, observations and document collection and trying to understand what life needs have influenced their band participation or nonparticipation. While her research focuses on life needs as related to music, she sees the potential for other applications related to meeting the needs of community-college students at large.
Billaud is currently pursuing a doctorate in music education at Boston University.
NRCC distance education employee produces music CD
Angela Poston, administrative/program specialist in the distance education department at New River Community College, recently produced her first music CD, titled “Jesus Can,” featuring local southern gospel group Voices of Truth.
Voices of Truth members include Emily and Lauren Gerald of Floyd County. On the CD, Poston joins the Geralds on piano and voice. The disc includes four original songs and is dedicated to the Geralds’ great-grandmother, known to friends and relatives as “Grandma Elizabeth,” who passed away in January at age 97.
In addition to their work on the CD, the duo often performs at the Indian Valley Church of God and at local benefits and fundraisers. Poston also plays piano at the church and joins Voices of Truth for other events, including performing once a month for the residents of Skyline Manor Nursing Home in Floyd and Wheatland Hills Retirement Center in Hillsville.
A portion of the proceeds from the group’s CD sales will benefit the Indian Valley Church of God and God’s Harvest of Hope Food Pantry.
– Submitted by Amanda Allen, Public Relations Assistant, New River Community College
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