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Convocation Events

Virginia Intermont College 2013 Convocation:

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, April 12, 2014 – 7:30 p.m. Paramount Center for the Arts

Paramount Chamber Players
This event is free for VI students with a current student ID. VI faculty and staff will need to pay at the door with ID.  Tri-Cities’ premiere chamber music ensemble dedicated to promoting artistic excellence, providing performance opportunity for local chamber artists in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, sharing chamber music with local audiences, and ensuring that chamber music is a vital part of life in our communities.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – 6:00 p.m. Nunn Recital Hall

Randy Smith – Earth Day: Master Naturalist and Seed Saver Program
A special presentation from Randy Smith, Humanities Professor at VI. Randy is a native of Winston-Salem , N.C. and earned his B.A. from Appalachian State University and his M.A. from Virginia Tech . His field is History but he’s always had an avid interest in environmental issues – he actually participated in the very first Earth Day , April 22, 1970!  Randy Smith recently completed certification as a Virginia Master Naturalist and works as a volunteer nature interpreter at Hungry Mother State Park , as well as the Seed Saver/Sustainable Development program at the Washington County Public Library. He has been a professor at VI for 10 years.

Earth Day Schedule: 1.  “Greet the Sunrise.”  Assemble at the east end ( near gym) of Science Hall @ 6:45 for muffins, coffee, and watching the sun rise to the accompaniment of good music! 2.  Lunchtime Talk: “Living a Life in Tune with the Environment.” VI Professor Randy Smith will focus on area opportunities to volunteer and get more involved with the outdoors.   3.  Join us for the Earth Day feature talk given by Heather Jeffreys of Farm Foods ,LLC .  Heather is a native of Washington State, worked here locally with Appalachian Sustainable Development, and is now embarking on a new venture involving the growing organic produce on a small farm in Smyth County and marketing it to local restaurants and grocery stores.  Heather has dedicated her life to a sustainable, green, lifestyle and will share thoughts and experiences of her journey on that road. The talk will be held at 7:00 p.m. in Nunn Recital Hall.

Previous Spring 2014 Convocation Events:

Monday, January 20, 2014 – 6:00 p.m. Harrison-Jones Memorial Hall

Freedom Riders Film
Join us for the screening of Freedom Riders a 2010 American historical documentary film, produced by Firelight Media for PBS American Experience based in part on the book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice by historian Raymond Arsenault. Directed by Stanley Nelson, it marked the 50th anniversary of the first Freedom Ride in May 1961 and was first aired on May 16, 2011.

The film chronicles the story behind hundreds of civil rights activists called the Freedom Riders who challenged the racial segregation of the American interstate transport and by traveling together in small interracial groups and sitting where they chose on the buses and trains to demand equal access to terminal restaurants and waiting rooms, and to bring racial segregation national attention.


Monday, March 3, 2014 – 3:30 p.m. Nunn Recital Hall

Latin Dance Workshop
BJ Goliday, a local dancer, teacher, choreographer and performer will lead this workshop.  He specializes in the following dances: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Bachata, Hip Hop, Bachata Tango and Zumba.  He will focus on the Salsa and Bachata at the workshop.  After the workshop, students and faculty are invited to come to the Brantley Dining Room at 5 p.m. and converse with BJ over dinner, dutch treat.

Thursday, March 6, 2014 – 6:00 p.m. Brantley Dining Room

Bernie Truarig Speaking
Widely recognized as a legend in equestrian sports, Bernie Traurig will conduct a two-day clinic at Virginia Intermont’s Equestrian Center on the north campus,  Mar. 6-7.  He will also speak, as part of the convocation series, in the Brantley Dining Room on March 6th at 6:00 p.m. The clinic will include jumper, hunter and equitation sessions.  Registration is open to the public with limited space available. Anyone interested in attending or auditing the clinic should contact Lisa Terry at 276-698-4757 or  Clinic Fee:  $100 per session, includes two guests to audit for free.  Priority will be given to current VI students.  Audit Fee:  $15 per day, free to current VI students and VI alumni. Stabling: $20, bedding included.

Thursday, March 6, 2014 – 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Auditorium

Norman Ball

NORMAN BALL (BA Political Science/ Econ, Washington & Lee University; MBA, Finance The George Washington University) is a poet, playwright, essayist and musician residing in Virginia. A featured poet on Prairie Home Companion, his poems and essays have appeared in Light Quarterly, The Raintown Review, The Berkeley Poetry Review, Epicenter, Oxford Magazine, The Cumberland Poetry Review, 14 by 14, Rattle, Liberty, The Hypertexts, Main Street Rag, The New Renaissance, The Scotsman, The London Times among others.

His essay collections, How Can We Make Your Power More Comfortable? (2010) and The Frantic Force (2011), both widely available on the web, are published by Del Sol Press and Petroglyph Books, respectively. His recent play SIDES: A Civil War Musical (Inspired by The Red Badge of Courage) is currently being produced for TV by Last Tango Productions, LLC. His new poetry collection Serpentrope (2013) is available from White Violet Press and he has a new book out from Giant Steps Press on television and culture called Between River & Rock: How I Resolved Television in Six Easy Payments.
Mr. Ball consults on Program Management, Construction Management, and Information Technology topics for a number of companies.

Previous Fall 2013 Convocation Events:

Jason Connell, CEO of Ignited Leadership
Jason Connell, CEO of Ignited Leadership

Virginia Intermont students and staff are in for a treat at Opening Convocation as Jason Connell, CEO of Ignited Leadership, returns to VI to kick off the fall semester with an inspiring presentation.  As part of the ceremony and the beginning of the 2013-14 convocation series, Connell will speak on “The Heart of Leadership” at Opening Convocation, 3:30 p.m. in Harrison-Jones.

Connell was keynote speaker at VI’s Opening Convocation ceremony in 2011, and very well received by the VI community.  Mutually, he said he really loved his time on campus three years ago and is excited to come back.  Connell has done his homework asking questions and learning about VI’s programs and students in order to tailor his message which will explore ways that individuals can find leadership opportunities and discover their own leadership skills.

Based in Washington, D.C., Connell is an international speaker and a foremost authority on visionary leadership for young adults, which he says did not come easy.  His bio starts out:  “At the fresh young age of 19, Jason was a content, ambitious and confident liberal arts student in sunny Florida.  And like many other young people in similarly cozy situations, he thought his future would be relatively comfortable and straightforward – graduate from college, find a good job, and generally enjoy the rather hospitable hand that destiny had dealt him. That’s when he spent a semester abroad in China. And everything changed.”

We can’t wait to hear the rest of his story at Thursday’s convocation. Following the ceremony, Connell will be a guest for dinner in the Brantley Dining Room.  Students, faculty and staff are invited to join him in the BDR for continued conversation on a space available basis.  For questions on the ceremony or dinner, contact Will Hankins at 276.466.7170.

Monday and Tuesday, September 2 & 3, 2013 – Showtimes at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m. Abingdon Cinemall

Arts Array Film “No Place on Earth”
This incredible film brings to light the untold story of thirty-eight Ukrainian Jews who survived World War II by living in caves for eighteen months – the longest-recorded sustained underground survival. Built upon interviews with former cave inhabitants, as well as Chris Nicola, the caving enthusiast who unearthed the story, No Place on Earth is an extraordinary testament to resourcefulness, inventiveness, and endurance against all odds. “Astonishing,” writes John Defore of The Hollywood Reporter. (83 minutes)

Monday, September 9, 2013 – 7:00 p.m. Nunn Recital Hall

Presentation by Emily Satterwhite on Appalachian Fiction
Join us for a discussion of popular Appalachian fiction at Virginia Intermont’s September convocation with speaker Emily Satterwhite, associate professor in the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech. Dr. Satterwhite, also an author, will share her interpretation of readers’ reactions to popular fiction set in Appalachia based on her research on the topic. Presented in Nunn Recital Hall in the Anne Worrell Fine Arts Center on Monday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., the event is part of Virginia Intermont’s Convocation Series and is being held in conjunction with King University’s Buechner Lecture Series. The presentation is open to the public.

“In my work, I am interested in the ways in which Appalachia serves as a kind of ancestral, spiritual, or imaginary homeplace,” says Satterwhite. “Customer reviews at help illuminate shared dreams of Appalachia among readers of authors as diverse as Ron Rash, Jan Karon, Charles Frazier, and Adriana Trigiani.”

Satterwhite teaches Appalachian studies and popular culture studies and has written a book, Dear Appalachia: Readers, Identity, and Popular Fiction since 1878 (University Press of Kentucky, 2011). Her book is the winner of the 2011 Weatherford Award, presented jointly by the Appalachian Studies Association and Berea College for the best work of non-fiction illuminating the Appalachian South. Dear Appalachia also won the 2013 Phi Beta Kappa Sturm Award for Faculty Excellence in Research at Virginia Tech, given in honor of a work’s significant contribution to liberal learning and its appeal to wider educated audiences. She earned a B.A. in English from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory University in Atlanta.

Monday and Tuesday, September 9 & 10, 2013 – Showtimes at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m. Abingdon Cinemall

Arts Array Film “In the House”
A sixteen-year-old boy ingratiates himself into the home of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy’s intrusive behavior unleashes a series of uncontrollable events. Based on the play The Boy in the Last Row by Juan Mayorga, the film features award-winning actress Kristin Scott Thomas. (105 minutes)

Monday and Tuesday, September 16 & 17, 2013 – Showtimes at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m. Abingdon Cinemall

Arts Array Film “The Sapphires”
An inspirational tale set in the late ‘60s about a quartet of singers from a remote Aboriginal mission, discovered and guided by a soul-loving manager. Plucked from obscurity, the spirited women with powerhouse voices are given the opportunity to entertain American troops in Vietnam. The Sapphires is an adaptation of the hugely successful Australian stage musical of the same name, and is inspired by the remarkable true story of writer Tony Briggs’ mother and three aunts. (103 minutes)

Monday and Tuesday, September 23 & 24, 2013 – Showtimes at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m. Abingdon Cinemall

Arts Array Film “Mud”
An engaging adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. Starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, the film competed for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. (130 minutes)

Wednesday and Thursday, September 25 & 26, 2013 – either from 11 a.m. – Noon or 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Brantley Dining Room

Invisible Fight – Presentation by Crisis Center, Inc.
Part documentary and part fiction, Invisible Fight highlights the injustice of victim-blaming. First-person testimonials of actual sexual assault survivors are combined with vignettes depicting real-world scenarios of assault where fictional victims speak out.

Monday, September 30, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. & Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Riding Center

Dr. Rucker – Equine Performance Dentistry ****You must Sign Up for this Event (see link at the end of this description)****
Superior Dentistry for Exceptional Horses — Performance dentistry includes examination of the head and evaluation of incisor and molar occlusion. Teeth are examined for abnormal wear and chewing pattern. A detailed, personalized record is maintained for each horse, describing historical problems and identification and correction of malocclusions.

The examination and corrections are done using a full mouth speculum. Full mouth speculums are essential for proper identification and treatment of dental problems.
Power tools are used for almost all dental procedures. Power tools enable work to be done quicker, easier and with less trauma to oral soft tissue. Also, patients spent less time with a speculum holding the mouth open.

Almost all horses are sedated. Sedation relaxes mastication muscles and facilitates dental procedures especially when major corrections are required. Sedation can be easily reversed when requested.

Bayard A Rucker, D.V.M. Graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in1975 and has been in practice with his wife Peggy (also D.V.M., UGA 1975) in Lebanon, Virginia since graduation.

I developed an interest in equine dentistry in the mid 80’s and my US/International practice is limited to equine dentistry. I have computerized radiology enabling me to take and view radiographs on location.

I have lectured and conducted live animal equine dental seminars in the US and Canada for the past 14 years. I have spoken to Veterinary Associations in several provinces in Canada* and to many regional, state and local veterinary continuing education meetings.

I was one of the principal presenters of the In-Depth equine dental seminar at the 1996 American Association of Equine Practitioners annual meeting in Denver, CO. I have presented several papers at the annual AAEP meetings and at the 2006 FOCUS on Dentistry conference. At the 2007 AAEP annual meeting I presented “Identification of re-occurring cheek teeth malocclusions” and was a facilitator for the 90 minute table topic session on advanced dentistry.

I have been a coordinator and instructor for the last 7 AAEP Dental Labs at Lexington KY. in Sept. and the past chair of the AAEP dental Committee.

The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association awarded me the Service Award in 2000 and 2007 for service to the veterinary profession and the VVMA.

NOTE: This event is limited to 30 students/night. In order to attend this event you must be able to 1) show up on time for the event and 2) stay for the entire event. To sign up for this event please click here.


Monday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 1, 2013 – Showtimes at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m. Abingdon Cinemall

Arts Array Film “The Great Gatsby”
This 2013 3D romantic drama film is an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel of the same name. The film was co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Elizabeth Debicki, Isla Fisher, and Jason Clarke. It follows the life and times of millionaire Jay Gatsby and his neighbor Nick Carraway, who recounts his time spent with Gatsby at the height of the Roaring Twenties. (143 minutes)


Monday and Tuesday, October 7 & 8, 2013 – Showtimes at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m. Abingdon Cinemall

Arts Array Film “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks”
Renowned documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) takes the reins for this noholds-barred look at one of the most unusual occurrences of early 21st century media. In 2006, an Iceland-based outfit called The Sunshine Press launched the provocative website Created by Australian Internet activist Julian Assange, the site’s mandate involved regularly publishing top-secret documents and covert information. Those published documents often regarded confidential and classified military operations. (130 minutes)

Thursday, October 10, 2013 – 7:00 pm Nunn Recital Hall

Award-winning Photographer Robert Gerhardt
Gerhardt will give a Convocation lecture Oct. 10 at 7:00 p.m. in Nunn Recital Hall. He will also be on campus to offer critique of photo students’ work and speak in photo classes.

Gerhardt’s work has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and is in a number of private collections. “Drive Safely,” a collection of dark room prints, is one of his four solo exhibitions in 2013.

In his artist’s statement Gerhardt says: “Through my photographic expressions, I show both the beauty and the sadness of the world as I see it. I do not expect the viewer to relate as I do to the people, places and things in the photographs. But if the viewer comes away having seen something that has made them think or feel in an unexpected way, then my photographs have been successful.”

Monday and Tuesday, October 14 & 15, 2013 – Showtimes at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m. Abingdon Cinemall

Arts Array Film “Shadow Dancer”
Single mother Collette McVeigh is a Republican living in Belfast with her mother and hardliner IRA brothers. When she is arrested for her part in an aborted IRA bomb plot in London, an MI5 officer, Mac, offers her a choice: go to prison for 25 years or return to Belfast to spy on her own family. With her son’s life in the balance, Collette chooses to place her trust in Mac and return home a spy. (101 minutes)

October 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 pm; October 20 at 2:30 pm – Trayer Theatre

Performances – “Next Fall”

The Theatre Department at Virginia Intermont College presents as its season opener the contemporary play Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts. A unique, bold and surprising theatrical offering, Next Fall was presented on Broadway in 2010 and received two Tony nominations – for Best Play and Best Director. It is the story of Adam and Luke, a couple very much in love yet polarized by divergent religious beliefs: Luke is a devout born-again Christian while Adam is a devoted atheist. Parents and friends who cross their paths each have a strong individual religious conviction of their own. All are pulled into a challenge none of them wanted by a tragic incident that makes them examine their lives and beliefs. Of a play that takes a provocative look at gay relationships and religious convictions, Ben Brantley writes in the New York Times: “[Next Fall] considers how the need to believe in something beyond other people tests relationships – among lovers, friends and family members.”

VI Theatre professor Bonny Gable directs the play with technical direction provided by Special Events Coordinator Will Hankins and lighting and sound design by Theatre major Paul Pratt of Glade Spring, VA. Stage management is by VI Theatre majors Salonia Thorn of Ellenboro, NC, Shelby Gage of Lodi, CA and Avian Schmigiel of Stanton, VA. Technical assistance is by VI students Brey Warren, Stephanie Nix and Teddy Hart.

The play’s cast includes VI Theatre majors Will Duff of Roanoke, VA as Luke, Mary Hannah Garber of Boones Mill, VA as Arlene, Chris Hobbs of Bristol, VA as Adam, Rob Lamb of Fletcher, NC as Butch, Stephanie McIntyre of Stuart, VA as Holly and VI Theatre alumnus Ryan Gray as Brandon.

The play contains adult themes and language and is not recommended for children.

Performances are October 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 pm and October 20 at 2:30 pm in Trayer Theatre in the Anne Worrell Fine Arts Center on the VI campus. General Admission tickets on sale at the door are $12 for Adults, $10 for Senior Citizens and $5 for students. For more information contact Bonny Gable at 276.466.7973 or

Monday and Tuesday, October 21 & 22, 2013 – Showtimes at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m. Abingdon Cinemall

Arts Array Film “Blackfish”
Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer. This film shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping such intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity. Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite (producer and writer of Animal Nightmares, producer of Intimate Colors) uses shocking footage and emotional interviews to present a convincing case against keeping these wild animals for human entertainment. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. (83 minutes)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 – 7:30 p.m. Nunn Rectial Hall

Dominique Traverse Locke – Reading/Discussing Poetry and Dinner
Dominique Traverse Locke will be joining us at VI for dinner at 6:00 pm in the Brantley Dining Room; faculty, staff and students are encouraged to buy/bring their dinner and join her. At 7:30 p.m. in the Nunn Recital Hall, she will read and discuss her poems, talk about writing after graduating and talk about what it means to be a poet today.  Dominique received her B.A. in English from Virginia Intermont College where she served as editor of the college’s literary magazine, The Moore Street Review, and later received her M. F. A. in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. While at Queens, Dominique studied under poets Cathy Smith Bowers, Alan Michael Parker, Sally Keith, Claudia Rankine, Cathy Park Hong, Robert Polito, and many other masters of their craft. She has been publishing work in literary magazines such as The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Barely South Review, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, The Howl, The Clinch Mountain Review, The Dead Mule of Southern Literature, Jimson Weed, River Poets Journal, Referential Magazine, A! The Magazine for the Arts, Victorian Violet Press, and other fine publications regularly since 2006. Dominique’s first collection of poems, a chapbook entitled The Goodbye Child, was published by Aldrich Publishing in late spring of 2012. Later that year, her second collection of poems, No More Hard Times, was published by Alabaster Leaves Press. A third manuscript was recently solicited by Finishing Line Press. Two additional manuscripts were finalists in the Press 53 Open Awards, one of which won the poetry category. Her poem, “Thumb,” was a finalist in the STILL: The Journal Literary Contests. Additionally, her poem “By Late July” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012. Editor Pauletta Hansel named Dominique as one of the “Four Under Forty” emerging Appalachian poets. She teaches dual enrollment courses in English and Creative Writing, and edits poetry for Digital Americana Magazine. Dominique resides in the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia with her husband, the poet, David Alan Locke and their beloved shelter rescues.

Monday and Tuesday, October 28 & 29, 2013 – Showtimes at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m. Abingdon Cinemall

Arts Array Film “The Conjuring”
Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. The Conjuring tells the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), world renowned paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives. Described as “sensationally entertaining” by Variety magazine senior film critic, Justin Chang. (112 minutes)

Monday and Tuesday, November 4 & 5, 2013 – Showtimes at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m. Abingdon Cinemall

Arts Array Film “A Hijacking”
Somali pirates on the Indian Ocean hijack the cargo ship MV Rozen while it is heading for harbor. Among the men on board are the ship’s cook Mikkel and the engineer Jan. They, along with the rest of the men on board, are taken hostage in an unsettling game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars, a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company and the Somali pirates. (103 minutes)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 – 7:30 p.m. Nunn Recital Hall

Chuck Pearson – Faculty Insight

Monday and Tuesday, November 11 & 12, 2013 – Showtimes at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m. Abingdon Cinemall

Arts Array Film “Much Ado About Nothing”
Shakespeare’s classic comedy is taken for a new, modern-day turn in Joss (The Avengers) Whedon’s film, Much Ado About Nothing. Shot in only twelve days (and using Shakespeare’s original text), the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy, and sometimes absurd view of the intricate game that is love. Starring Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, and Fran Kranz, called “one of the best films of the year” by the Chicago Sun-Times. (109 minutes)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 – 7:30 p.m. Nunn Recital Hall

Perry Johnson – Faculty Insight
Perry, art professor and VI alumnus, will be discussing painting of the Dutch Golden Age – moralizing tales of beer drinkers and hearty laughs. “The Dutch Golden Age is considered a period in Dutch history generally spanning the 17th century, during and after the later part of the Eighty Years War (1568–1648) for Dutch independence. The new Dutch Republic was the most prosperous nation in Europe, and led European trade, science, and art. The northern Netherlandish provinces that made up the new state had traditionally been less important artistic centres than cities in Flanders in the south, and the upheavals and large-scale transfers of population of the war, and the sharp break with the old monarchist and Catholic cultural traditions, meant that Dutch art needed to reinvent itself entirely, a task in which it was very largely successful.

Although Dutch painting of the Golden Age comes in the general European period of Baroque painting, and often shows many of its characteristics, most lacks the idealization and love of splendor typical of much Baroque work, including that of neighboring Flanders. Most work, including that for which the period is best known, reflects the traditions of detailed realism inherited from Early Netherlandish painting.

A distinctive feature of the period is the proliferation of distinct genres of paintings, with the majority of artists producing the bulk of their work within one of these. The full development of this specialization is seen from the late 1620s, and the period from then until the French invasion of 1672 is the core of Golden Age painting.” – excerpt from Wikipedia

Monday and Tuesday, November 18 & 19, 2013 – Showtimes at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m. Abingdon Cinemall

Arts Array Film “The Hunt”
A Danish drama film directed by Thomas Vinterberg and starring Mads Mikkelsen. The story is set in a small Danish village around Christmas, and follows a man who becomes the target of mass hysteria after being wrongly accused of sexually assaulting a child. The film was screened at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and competed at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival where Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor Award for his role. (115 minutes)

Saturday, November 23, 2013 – 7:30 p.m. Nunn Recital Hall

Theresa Hammons – Information Session about Reece Museum and its Reopening
Theresa Hammons has served as the Reece Museum Director since 2006.  Prior to coming to ETSU, she was a curatorial research assistant at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI).  There she assisted with the opening inaugural exhibitions of the then new museum.  While at NMAI Mrs. Hammons has also worked in the collections department where she assisted with moving the 800,000 artifact collection from New York to Suitland, Maryland.  Mrs. Hammons also worked at Appalachian State University’s Appalachian Museum and Berea College’s Appalachian Museum.  Mrs. Hammons holds here B.A. in Appalachian Studies from Berea College and her MA in Appalachian studies from Appalachian State University.  Mrs. Hammons has significant experience conducting oral histories, curating exhibitions, and managing collections.  While at the Reece Museum, Mrs. Hammons spear headed the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) subsequent reaccreditation process, museum policies and procedure have been created and implemented, collections care and management have significantly increased, fundraising has expanded, and publicity and marketing the museum has increased.   Mrs. Hammons will serve as project coordinator, as well as help identify artifacts and archival materials, be responsible for grant reporting, and lead efforts in fund raising.

Monday and Tuesday, November 25 & 26, 2013 – Showtimes at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m. Abingdon Cinemall

Arts Array Film “Unfinished Song”
Set in London, this comic drama focuses on Arthur, the shy, grumpy, retiree who is prodded by his beloved wife, Marion, to join a very unconventional local choir. Arthur is struggling to build a relationship with his son, James, while the charismatic choir director Elizabeth tries to persuade him that he can still learn to embrace life. Arthur works hard to confront his own grumbling personality as he embarks on a hilarious, life-affirming journey of music and self-discovery. (93 minutes)


Virginia Intermont College Spring 2013 Convocation:


Friday, February 21, 2014 – 7:30 p.m. Harrison-Jones Memorial Hall


Angela Rose – Shattering the Silence of Sexual Violence
A national leader in the movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual violence.
Angela Rose’s decade of work on the issue of sexual violence has made her a highly-respected, engaging speaker and an expert on sexual assault and violence prevention. She is also widely recognized as an advocate for survivor empowerment.


Angela’s efforts have been profiled by CNN, The Today Show, TIME Magazine, The Montel Williams Show, The John Walsh Show, CosmoGirl, Girl’s Life magazine and in newspapers nationwide.


At the age of 17, Angela was abducted at knife point outside a suburban Chicago shopping mall. She was assaulted by a repeat sex-offender on parole for murder—and was eventually released by her attacker. Bruised and disoriented, she then suffered at the hands of authorities who—instead of helping her—subjected her to scrutiny, blame and additional victimization. The anguish of her abduction was immediately magnified by anger and a strong sense of injustice at her treatment by authorities.


Angela worked with her attacker’s previous victims and other concerned community members to help enact Illinois’ Sexually Dangerous Persons Commitment Act in 1998.


Angela continued her activism on the issues of sexual violence prevention as she entered college. There, she perceived a lack of activism on the issues. She then founded the organization, PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment, to create education and action surrounding the issues of sexual violence. The organization was immediately recognized for its inclusiveness to all individuals and their experiences. Through PAVE, Angela has trained students (including athletes, fraternities and sororities) in sexual assault prevention, produced a documentary, entitled Transition to Survivor, and founded Men Opposing Sexual Assault, a student group that highlights the importance of men in the anti-sexual assault movement.



Tuesday, February 12, 2013 – 7:30 p.m. Science Hall – Kennedy Auditorium

Film Screening: “Freedom Riders”

The story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 – 8:00 p.m. Nunn Recital Hall

Photographer Annie Hogan

The esteemed work of Australian photographer Annie Hogan is on display at Virginia Intermont College in the Fine Arts Center through Thursday, March 7, 2013. As part of Virginia Intermont’s Convocation Series, Hogan will give a presentation titled “Space, Place and the Body: From Rentals to Prisons to Plantations” on February 21st.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 – 12:00-12:50 p.m. Brantley Dining Room

Faculty Forum – Mari Alschuler

Faculty Forum Series: The Use of Reflective Journals. This event is for students.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 – 7:30 p.m. Harrison-Jones Memorial Hall

Richmond Ballet II

Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia, awakens and uplifts the human spirit through dance. The new second company, Richmond Ballet II, is an elite group of ten professional dancers led by Richmond Ballet’s own Resident Artist, Igor Antonov. They will present a mixed repertory program of classical ballets and invigorating contemporary works. Tickets go on sale February 7th. Tickets are on sale now! Get your tickets online here.

Richmond Ballet II is partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 – 12:00-12:50 p.m. Brantley Dining Room

Faculty Forum – Jessica Turner

Faculty Forum Series: Paradoxes of Landscape and Development in the Appalachian Geographical Imagination. This event is for students.


Thursday, April 4, 2013 – 6:30 p.m. Brantley Dining Room

Maurie McInnis, Author and UVA Professor

Author discusses her book, “Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade.” You can read her bio online at


Saturday, April 6, 2013 – 1:00 p.m. Boyce Cox Field – DeVault Memorial Stadium

Armed Forces Recognition Game

The Virginia Intermont College baseball team will host the third annual Armed Forces Recognition Game April 6, 2013 to honor those who serve or have served in the United States armed forces.  The Intermont Cobras will take on Union College at 1 p.m. at Devault Stadium in Bristol, Va.  Admission is free, and all Armed Forces men and women, friends and fans are invited.

A pre- game ceremony on the field will recognize all veterans, and those in attendance will receive free refreshments from the concession stand throughout the game.  The first 15 veterans to sign in will receive a free tee-shirt.  Items donated from local businesses will be raffled with the Grand Prize being a trip for two to Dallas and tickets to a Texas Rangers game. Veterans will make the first pitch after the national anthem is sung and the presentation of colors.

Proceeds from raffle tickets, tee-shirt sales and concessions will benefit the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program.  Donations to the organization are also welcome.

Veterans and servicemen and women who expect to attend the Armed Forces game are asked to contact John Carbone at 315 491-2942 or to facilitate planning.  Families are welcome!

Virginia Intermont College students can earn convocation credit for attending the game.


Saturday & Sunday, April 6 & 7, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.

Cobra-Tornado Spring Classic

The Time Trial competition starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. The course, just over four miles in length, will run from the Weaver Pike exit on Highway 394 for two a half miles, on to Sweet Knobs Trail Road and finish just outside of Bristol Motor Speedway. Team Time Trials will go first and then individual races will follow.

The Road Race, starting at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, consists of 15.2 miles of track next to South Holston Lake where participants will ride along the South Holston Dam Rd, Emmett Rd., Highway 421, Pemberton Rd., and back to South Holston Dam Rd. to the original starting location at the Weir Dam. Each category will race different distances up to 60 miles. All will finish at the Weir Dam.

The Criterium begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon in downtown Bristol, consisting of a half-mile track. Criteriums are exciting races similar to a NASCAR race, and purely an American form of bicycle racing. The course’s starting point will be on Shelby St. heading east in between 7th and 6th St. Riders will turn right on 6th St., right on Broad St, right on 8th St., and right on Shelby St. back to the starting point. Races will be 30 min. to 1 hour in length. The “A” riders will race for 1 hour.

Students can earn convocation credit for volunteering at this event.

Monday, April 8, 2013 – 9:00 – 9:50 a.m. Brantley Dining Room

Entrepreneurial Speaker

Local speaker from a renewable energy company called “Ecological Energy Systems” will discuss this new entrepreneurial Wind and Solar Business in the Tri-Cities. He will be bringing in some show and tell items as well.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 – 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center

Poetry Event

The VI Poetry Club will be hosting a campus poetry event in honor of National Poetry month on Tuesday, April 9 , at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center.  There will be four featured faculty readers – Dr. Mark Roberts, Dr. Gary Poulton, Prof. Edison Jennings, and Prof. Mari Alschuler . Several students will read their work as well. The reading should last around one hour and there will be light refreshments served afterwards.  Any student interested in reading that evening should contact Mr. Smith ( or Sierra Mills , President of the Poetry Club ( .   We are hoping for a enjoyable and inspirational celebration of the “language of life”(POETRY) , the entire campus community is invited to attend . Convocation credit will be given.

Thursday, April 11, 2013 – 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Science Hall – Lecture Hall

Vet School at VA Tech

Vet Med students, Tia and Jeremy, will address our pre-med students on Vet School at VA Tech.

Saturday, April 13, 2013 – 2:30 p.m. Science Hall Rm. 201

“Bristol, the Birthplace, and Beyond: VI’s Lasting Impact”
When Sarah Tollie ’09, a graduate student at Middle Tennessee State University, marketing associate at the Birthplace of Country Music, and alumna of Virginia Intermont’s English – Literature & Creative Writing program, first set foot on VI’s campus, she couldn’t have imagined the world of possibilities the small, tight-knit school would bring to her. Now, eight years later, those possibilities continue to come her way – and she gives VI much of the credit. Join Sarah as she talks about VI’s instrumental role in her journey in “Bristol, the Birthplace, and Beyond: VI’s Lasting Impact” on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. in VI’s Science Hall 201.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 – 7:30 p.m. Trayer Theatre

Virginia Intermont Theatre Department Spring Showcase

VIC Spring Showcase – Performance April 23 at 7:30 pm  – in Trayer Theatre in the Anne Worrell Fine Arts Center on the VI campus. For more information contact Bonny Gable at 276-466-7973 or

Friday, April 26, 2013 – 7:00 p.m. Trayer Theatre

Virginia Intermont Theatre Department Student Directed One-Act Plays

The Virginia Intermont Theatre Department will present two student directed one-act plays. Performance April 26 at 7:00 pm  – in Trayer Theatre in the Anne Worrell Fine Arts Center on the VI campus. For more information contact Bonny Gable at 276-466-7973 or


Virginia Intermont College Fall 2012 Convocation:

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. Brantley Dining Room

Protecting and Growing Your Personal Credit – Workshop Presenter: Donna Clark, Wells Fargo Bank

Learn how to protect and grow your personal credit at this workshop. There will be light refreshments and door prizes. For more information about this event, contact Virginia Intermont College, Office of Career Development at (276) 66-7988 or email Ronan King at

Thursday, September 13, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. Harrison-Jones Memorial Hall

Phil Timp – ALS Speaker

Phil Timp, an executive at The Corporate Image in Bristol, Tenn., and a national motivational speaker, will share his powerful and positive “Silver Linings” perspective with the College community at the Sept. 13, 2012, Virginia Intermont Convocation at Harrison-Jones Memorial Hall. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.   Timp’s “Silver Linings” presentation brings awareness and serves as a fundraiser for finding a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, a terminal illness that Timp was diagnosed with in July 2011. Also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS is a progressive motor neuron illness that leads to muscle atrophy. The general prognosis for individuals with ALS is two to five years. Through his “Silver Linings” presentation and Team Timp, a collaboration of family and friends, more than $50,000 has been raised this year.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. in Kennedy Auditorium of Science Hall

Rob Merritt – Poet

Professor Rob Merritt, chair of the English Department at Bluefield College and Dean of The College of Arts and Letters, will hold a poetry reading September 20 at Virginia Intermont as part of the College’s Convocation Series. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in Kennedy Auditorium of Science Hall. The public is invited.   Merritt is a professor of creative writing and British and American poetry and has published poetry and creative nonfiction in a number of journals. His most recent book of poetry, The Language of Longing, was published in 2012. Merritt is interested in how language and landscape can work as forces for cultural and personal healing. Currently he is writing an essay about fascinating connections between Appalachian and Chinese poetics.

The presentation will include readings from the four parts of The Language of Longing, highlighting some of Merritt’s personal journeys. The first part, “Listening to Mountains,” highlights strategies for carrying on in the shadowland of Appalachia, and “Trails” traces travels along the journey. “Everyday History” demonstrates Ezra Pound’s observation that “all ages are contemporaneous,” and the final piece, “Homage to Guides,” honors unlikely mentors who have revealed the route. Merritt may also include a brief example of creative nonfiction and will take questions from the audience.

In addition to the evening poetry session, Merritt will conduct a workshop from 2 – 5 p.m. the same day for VI students in the English department. For information about VI’s creative writing program, click here. For more information about the Convocation event, call Will Hankins at 276.466.7170.

Thursday, October 18, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. Harrison-Jones Memorial Hall

Jose Galvez – Renowned Photographer and Speaker

Tying in with National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), Virginia Intermont College celebrates Hispanic awareness with a presentation and campus visit by renowned photographer and speaker Jose Galvez on Thursday, October 18 at 7:30 pm. As part of the College convocation series, Galvez will speak at Harrison-Jones Memorial Hall and his photos will be on exhibit in the gallery of Worrell Fine Arts Center Oct. 4-25. The Thursday evening event is free and the public is invited.

Galvez will inspire students and the community with his presentation titled “Shine,” a collection of life stories that hail back to his beginnings as a shoeshine boy. Since that time Galvez has spent more than 40 years using black and white film to create a powerful and unparalleled historical record of the Latino experience in America. In his compelling work, created with respect and pride, he captures the beauty of daily life.

From Galvez’s humble beginnings he went on to become a staff photographer at the Arizona Star and Los Angeles Times. In 1984, he was on a team of reporters and photographers at the L.A. Times that won a Pulitzer Prize for a series on Latino life in southern California, being the first Hispanics to win the prize. Galvez has published books and exhibited in museums and galleries across the U.S and abroad, including the Smithsonian. But he also makes it clear that he enjoys sharing his works through portable exhibits at schools, libraries, fiestas, shows and rodeos.

Monday, October 29, 2012 – 5:30-7:00 p.m. Brantley Dining Room

Dining Right – Make the Most of Your First Impressions

Ann Woods, Director of the National League of Junior Cotillions, will present an entertaining and instructional program on general etiquette and dinner table manners. Reservations are required by Tuesday, October 23rd. RSVP to the Career Development Office. Call 276.466.7988 or email Ronan King at Convocation Credit: 1

Thursday, November 1, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. Brantley Dining Room

Desert Survival Workshop – Can you survive the desert?

Join in this fun, interactive team-building exercise and see how well you would do if you were stranded in the desert. For more information contact the Career Development Office by calling 276.466.7988 or emailing Ronan King at Convocation Credit: 1

Saturday, November 10, 2012 – 1:30 p.m. Harrison-Jones Memorial Hall

Chuck Todd – We Just Elected Our New President – Now What?

Chuck Todd is the Chief White House Correspondent for the NBC News, as well as the co-host of the Daily Rundown on MSNBC. He became NBC News’ on-air political analyst for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Today, Meet the Press and MSNBC. He will be joining us 4 days after the Presidential Election. Reserved Seating Tickets: $50, General Admission Tickets: $20. Tickets available as part of the Bristol Public Library Discovery Series. Learn more online at

Convocation Credits

To obtain credit for attending a convocation event, students should fill out a convocation card and turn it in to a convocation staff member at the conclusion of the event. Convocation events are open to the public and the campus community and are generally free of charge unless otherwise noted. For more information, please contact Will Hankins, convocation director, at (276) 466-7170 or complete this form.