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VI Announces Exciting Spring Convocation Programs


Spring convocation events at Virginia Intermont are shaping up with a variety of enriching and entertaining programs!  Thanks to all students and faculty who attended the Freedom Riders film in honor of Martin Luther King Day.  As a documentary, the film served as a reminder of Dr. King’s accomplishments portraying the story behind hundreds of civil rights activists called the Freedom Riders who challenged the racial segregation of the American interstate transport.  They traveled together in small interracial groups and sat where they chose on buses and trains to demand equal access and to bring racial segregation national attention.

Coming up, Convocation Director Will Hankins has a line up through April and is still working to add a few more events which will be announced soon.

“I am working on bringing in a professional ballet company and a writer to lead a creative writing workshop which will include a speaker’s event for convocation credit,” Hankins said.

Jan. 29-Feb. 1 – 7:30 p.m. Trayer Theatre.  Next up is the devised theatre project “Mountains: Great and Small,” that opens next week and runs Jan. 29-Feb. 1.  VI theatre majors have pursued the art of devising theatre which culminated in an original script and production of the play, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in Trayer Theatre. Attendance is free for the VI community and $5 for the public. Read more about the play here.

Fri. Feb.21 – 7:30 p.m. Harrison-Jones Memorial Hall.  Angela Rose, an engaging speaker and expert on sexual assault and violence prevention will speak on “Shattering the Silence of Sexual Violence.” After being abducted at knife point at age 17 outside a suburban Chicago shopping mall, Rose has spent a decade of work on the issue of sexual violence which has made her highly-respected, and she is also widely recognized as an advocate for survivor empowerment.  Rose’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.

Mon., March 3 – 3:30 p.m. in Nunn Recital Hall. Get ready to move! A Latin Dance workshop will be led by BJ Goliday, a local dancer, teacher, choreographer and performer.  Goliday specializes in 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 BDR at 5 p.m. and converse with BJ over dinner, dutch treat.

April 10-12 – 7:30 p.m.; April 13 – 2:30 p.m.  VI Theatre will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a delightful musical comedy.  The play was conceived by Rebecca Feldman, music & lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheikin with additional material by Jay Reiss. Boasting six Tony nominations and two wins, including Best Book, the musical is described on their website: “This hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicles the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime . . . a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.”

Sat., April 12, 2014 – 7:30 p.m. Paramount Center for the Arts. Paramount Chamber Players return to Bristol!  They are 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. Don’t miss this event – the players want to connect to a younger crowd and share some upbeat music pieces to be enjoyed by all ages.  Here is how they describe what they have on tap to end the season:

“Ever wondered what a fish might sound like if it were a musical riff? How about a ghost? In our final program of our year, The Paramount Chamber Players presents two of the most imaginative and popular works in chamber music repertoire, Beethoven’s Ghost Trio and Schubert’s Trout Quintet.  To ease you into the fantastic voyage, we present first a song (Aria) and a joke (Scherzo). The aria has been arranged especially for our flutist, Rebecca Paluzzi to play with a string quartet by Louis Moyes. Also appearing in this concert Craig W. Combs, piano; George Figueroa, violin; Kimberly Ray, violin; Luis Casal, viola; Cherylonda Fitzgerald, cello; and guest artists, Sarah Kapps, cello; and Maria Brotherston, string bass.”

This event is free for VI students with a current student ID. VI faculty and staff will need to pay $2.00 at the door with ID.

Tues., April 22, 2014 – 6:00 p.m.  Nunn Recital Hall. VI Humanities Professor Randy Smith will lead a special program for Earth Day: Master Naturalist and Seed Saver Program. Smith, whose primary field is history, has always had an avid interest in environmental issues – he actually participated in the very first Earth Day , April 22, 1970!  He 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.

Read more about all VI Convocation events here.


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