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									Red Fox Flier
No. 44 August/September 2002
MECC’s student publication MECC’sstudent publication

Students receive PTK awards

MECC students Cobern Rasnick and Jennifer McElroy were named to the 2002 Phi Theta Kappa All-Virginia Academic Team. They were recognized at an awards luncheon in Richmond. Jennifer is an education major. Cobern graduated in May in computer networking, but has returned to MECC to study in the environmental science MECC President Terry Suarez, Cobern Rasnick, and Glenn Duwater/wastewater program. Bois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System.

MECC kicks off voter registration
“Do you vote?” “Ahhh, why should I?” This is an often heard conversation. Without getting too melodramatic, this past year our democracy has had the greatest challenge since World War II. And that was a long time ago, which shows that we can never become complacent about our rights. The United States is considered by many to be the greatest democracy in the world, and yet many of our citizens do not vote. Ahhh, why should they? This November, Virginia voters can directly participate in the decision to fund education. We don’t get that choice too often. This is only the fourth time in Virginia’s history that voters will be asked to decide on obtaining funds to upgrade facilities at all public colleges, museums and parks. But to vote, you have to be registered. Which leads us back to the headline of this article. You can register to vote right here on the MECC campus. Inquire at the Student Services Office in Godwin Hall. You only have until October 7 to get registered to be able to vote on November 5.

MECC SGA Elections September 25-26

U.S. and Va. Elections November 5

Appreciating Diversity • Seeking Unity Appreciating Diversity • Seeking Unity

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Bus service change announced

Set up your email in three easy steps
All new MECC students must set up a student email account. Many campus announcements are made through your email account, and instructors may use students’ email to send out important course announcements and assignments. You can set up your new email account online in three easy steps: 1) Click on “Students” on MECC’s home page. 2) Click on “Student Webhmail,” then on “Create a new account.” 3) Fill out a short online form.

That’s it. To access your email from now on, click on the “Student Webmail Login” button on MECC’s home page, enter your entire email address and password, then hit the “Log in” button.

GAIN Program offers services
The Student Support GAIN Program provides free academic support services to eligible students. Services include tutoring, career and personal counseling, transfer advising, academic success assistance, cultural awareness programs, and assistance to students with disabilities. The program also plans field trips each semester to four-year colleges and universities for students planning to transfer to those institutions. The GAIN Program serves 175 eligible MECC students per year. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to assist students with academic, career, and personal concerns. For more information, or to request services, visit the GAIN office in G216D. 2

The LENOWISCO Mobile Medical Clinic is on campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month, behind Robb Hall, to make convenient, on-campus health services available to students, MECC personnel and their families. Although walk-ins are invited to use the clinic’s services, students interested in visiting the clinic may also call or come by Student Services in Room 140, Godwin Hall, to make an appointment.
The Red Fox Flier is a monthly MECC student publication. Contributions to this publication should be delivered to R207. Student Writer Advisor/Editor Amanda Clark Dr. Sharon Fisher Justin Mullins Photographer Neka Wilson Shawn Williams Design/Layout Jennifer Rose If you would like to write for the Red Fox Flier, or submit publication material, email sfisher@me.vccs.edu or jrose@me.vccs.edu.

Clinic visits campus

Campus Calendar
August & September
To be prepared for MECC’s semester events, mark your calendars today!
• August 26 • August 26-30 FIRST DAY OF FALL SEMESTER CLASSES! Welcome Week, includes club recruitment, popcorn, music, and GAIN recruitment; Casino Day on August 28 in the Goodloe Center; Student Picnic, Rock Wall, and DJ on August 29 on the PT patio; — check bulletin boards for details. September 2 Labor Day — COLLEGE CLOSED — NO DAY OR EVENING CLASSES! September 4 LENOWISCO’s Mobile Health Unit will be parked behind Robb Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 9 Last day to add a course, change from audit to credit, withdraw with a refund September 10 Pictionary, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. in Fugate (DC) Auditorium, sponsored by SGA September 10 GAINing Excellence seminar, Setting Priorities & Effective Time Management, at 12: 15 in G220. Presenter is Connie Rhoten. September 16 College Night 2002, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Goodloe Center, sponsored by Educational Talent Search September 18 Workshop, Study Techniques, from 2 - 3 p.m. and from 5 - 6 p.m. in G214. Presenter is Sgt. Gary Calhoun, Virginia Army National Guard. September 24 Student Club Leadership Training, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. in G211 September 25-26 Student Government Association (SGA) elections September 26 Student Services program, The Magic of Joseph Young, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. in the Goodloe Center September 26 Student Services workshop, Career Decision Making, at 3 p.m. in G152 September 28 SGA Senate meeting at 12:15 p.m. in G164, for all club representatives

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WATCH FOR GAINing EXCELLENCE SEMINARS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. Feel free to bring your lunch.

SGA starts fall with flurry of student activities
MECC’s Student Government Association (SGA) has been busy cooking up a full calendar of activities to welcome new and returning students to campus for fall semester. August 26-30 has been designated MECC Welcome Week, courtesy of our new president, Dr. Terrance Suarez. In addition to Welcome Week activities listed in the calendar, above, the SGA will be giving away Tshirts on the 29th — first come, first served. Also, in cooperation with Welcome Week, student clubs and organizations will set up recruitment tables in Holton Hall. Students vs. Faculty and Staff in Pictionary at 12:15 p.m. on September 10 in Fugate (DC ) Auditorium, sponsored by the SGA. SGA President Tony Russell wishes to remind readers that “students have never won,” and to encourage students to catch the other side by surprise and win an upset victory. SGA elections are set for September 25-26; vote in the Learning Place. Candidates must file a candidacy form with at least 25 signatures in order to run for office. Offices to be filled are vice president, corresponding secretary, recording secretary, and treasurer. Candidates may begin campaigning on September 1. Club Leadership training for all clubs is set for September 24 in G211. Attendees will receive a prize

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By Amanda Clark earth_angel_19@excite.com

LIVE AND LEARN: ROAD RAGE, RESTROOMS, AND OTHER TRAVELERS’ TIDBITS
I love to travel. For me, nothing is better than driving along a stretch of open road, looking forward to the sights that await me. While I can’t say that I’ve been all over the world, I have been to a wide variety of places. From these journeys, I have noticed a few similarities in travel traditions and conditions. Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to pass someone on the highway? I have a theory about this: Other drivers can telepathically sense your intention to change lanes. Of course, their immediate response to this realization is to accelerate their vehicles, thereby rendering you unable to pass — and fervently praying you’ve paid up your car insurance. As if other drivers can’t be irritating enough, also consider the following: You will generally be forced to use the one restroom stall whose door does not lock.

This tidbit applies to bathrooms in rest areas, department stores, and more. Trust me, situations such as these are NOT Kodak moments. Another of my pet peeves is stopping to ask for directions. I don’t mind admitting that I’m lost. I just wish three different people wouldn’t give three entirely different sets of directions. If I wanted to get lost, I could (and have!) done so quite nicely on my own. However, once you get past a few annoying factors, traveling is actually quite enjoyable. For example, you have a chance to try new cuisines. Many places, especially large cities, offer a tantalizing array of choices, among them German, Italian, Chinese, and “country cooking” restaurants. Or, if you prefer a faster route of food preparation, you can discover if a Whopper in, say, Connecticut tastes the same as a Whopper in Virginia. Finally, let’s not overlook one huge possibility: The trip can (and often will) change your life. If nothing else, a journey can change the way you look at the area in which you live. I remember returning from a vacation once and wondering if the Appalachian Mountains had always been so beautiful. For perhaps the first time, I was seeing the area through the eyes of a tourist, not through the eyes of someone who had lived in the community her entire life. Indeed, a trip can be a unique, exciting, and unpredictable adventure. If you have the chance to go somewhere you’ve never been, I urge you to accept the opportunity. In all likelihood, you won’t regret your decision. As for me, I plan to do a great deal more traveling in the future. Only this time, I’ll try not to lose the road map.

Pizza Hut serves a limited menu for lunch on campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. They will set up a pizza wagon adjacent to Godwin Hall.

Additional items may be added at a later date. The following MECC phlebotomy students recently successfully completed their certification exams with the National Phlebotomy Association:
Submitted by Kim Dorton

$3.50 $4.00 $1.75 $1.50

Amanda Back Anita Bowen Jamie Copeland Susan Dickenson Mary French Latricia Kiser Mary Martin

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Sgt. Gary Calhoun of the Virginia Army National Guard will present selected workshops from the Guard’s “You Can” school program as a public service to MECC students. Calhoun has been specially trained and certified in this program, and will present workshops on subjects such as academic success, leadership, citizenship, social concerns, violence, and other topics. The You Can program is designed to motivate and empower students to take charge of and improve their lives and their futures. The presentations are set for 2 p.m. September 18. All You Can workshops, except for the and again at 5 p.m. on the first and third November 11 workshop, will be held in G214. The November Wednesdays of each month, beginning 11 workshop will be held in the Goodloe Center.

By Justin Mullins justymaximus@yahoo.com The fiery rage of summer scorches our skin and causes our bodies to flourish with a waterfall of crude sweat. The not so rare breed known as the “new student” walks in a panicked dumbfounded state of being. When the ball drops followed by the darkening sky, close your colorful eyes and set back with your cup of Joe. Let the thoughts of pleasure and pain run rapid through your endless mind. Think back to your first days at college, work, or anything. Notice that the word days is plural. Every single one of us (also notice the word us!) has been new at something in our life. A great amount of our new experiences could be referred to as the stuff that dreams are made of. But, a few of our new experiences have been filled with embarrassment, puzzlement, and the general feeling of the Forest Gump Syndrome. The Forest Gump, aka FGS, is defined as walking around with your mouth open, dumbfounded, not knowing where to go or what to do. Whether you are new to this flourishing campus or an aging veteran who basically camps in the parking lot, you share a common bond with your fellow person and student. The bond is that we all have been atomic dropped into something that is foreign to us, we are unaware of how our new peers, or coworkers, will receive us, wondering if we will make an impact that matters or at least survive the situation. The next time that a situation arises, or you view someone with the FGS, stop and point them towards their destination. No, don’t tell them that the bathroom is on the roof either. As always I am your hero and personal Jedi Master.

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Quillen wins with ‘Lovelife’
“Elizabeth’s Lovelife,” by MECC English instructor Rita Quillen, recently won an honorable mention in the Harriette Arnow Award for Short Story contest sponsored by the Appalachian Writers Association. Quillen received an awards certificate, and her name and story title will be a permanent fixture on the AWA website. Quillen is teaching Creative Writing I (ENG 211-N1) this fall. The class meets from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. on Tuesdays in G243. Students may still register for the class through Monday, September 9.

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College interns get on-the-job experience in the world of work
With a college degree in hand, graduates seeking their first job often encounter employers wanting applicants to also have work experience. When Amanda Hubbard completed her degree in Administrative Support Technology at MECC this summer, she had work experience as a result of her college internship program. “I had a great experience,” said Amanda about her internship with the Virginia Employment Commission’s Comprehensive Virginia Workforce Center in Norton. “It gave me the confidence where I now know that I can do the job.” Diana Collier, who was Amanda’s supervisor, agrees. “Amanda was eager to learn and a fast learner. She had no problem grasping what needed to be done.” According to MECC Professor Peggy Rusek, who supervises the interns in the Administrative S u p p o r t Technology program, the purpose of the internship is to expose students to real world opportunities, refine their skills, and blend the academics with on the job experience. “We generally have about 20 interns placed each year,” says Rusek. “This helps students fill in the gaps, if any, in terms of knowledge and skill.” For some students, their internship leads directly to em-

ployment. Donna Lawson, a May 2001 MECC graduate in Legal Assisting, who did her internship with the Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, is now employed there.

Federal law requires that virtually all men living in the United States register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Men who fail to register can find themselves permanently ineligible for benefits such as student loans, job training, federal jobs, and — for male immigrants — U.S. citizenship. Find the online registration form at: https://www4.sss.gov/regver/register_nc.asp

Bartleby offers free access to books online
Bartleby.com offers free, unlimited, online access to classic reference, literature and verse for students, researchers and “the intellectually curious.” Of special interest to students laboring over writing assignments are Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style, Roget’s Thesaurus, American Heritage Dictionary, and Bartlett’s Quotations. For biology and health sciences students, Gray’s Anatomy should be a welcome reference. Bartleby.com was recently 6

named the 2002 “Best Literary Resource” on the web by the editors of Yahoo! Internet Life magazine — one of a hundred sites to win the magazine’s annual recognition for Net excellence.
Information from bartleby.com/

PTK club stays busy providing services to college, community
By Amanda Clark — earth_angel_19@excite.com
Theta Kappa. From service projects to induction ceremonies to regional and international events, Phi Theta Kappans are amidst a whirlwind of activity. And, thanks to information obtained at the 2002 International Convention in Nashville in April, this year promises even more activities and adventures. At the convention, PTK officials announced two new service programs, both of which will span a two-year time frame. One initiative was “Project Graduation: Feed a Body, Feed a Mind,” designed to help alleviate hunger and illiteracy in the community. For the other project, members are urged to perform service projects for the American Cancer Society. Project Graduation was not Alpha Delta Psi’s (MECC’s PTK chapter) only aim this summer. In June, the chapter held a car wash on campus, the proceeds of which will go toward travel expenses for the 2003 International Convention in Anaheim, Calif., next April. In the not-so-distant future, the club also plans to attend the Regional Honors Institute, which is scheduled for November 7-10 at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va. In the meantime, Phi Theta Kappans will implement the 2002-04 Honors Study topic, “Dimensions and Directions of Health: Choices in the Maze,” as well as attempt to provide service to the community and the American Cancer Society through a menagerie of projects. Upon returning from the Nashville convention, Alpha Delta Psi set plans for Project Graduation into action. Graduating students, their guests, and faculty members were asked to bring a nonperishable food item and children’s book to the MECC’s graduation ceremony in May. Thanks to an outpouring of support, PTK collected 85 cans of food and 99 books for the cause. As of press time, the food had been donated to the Big Stone Gap Food Bank, while the books will go to local charities.

The 2001-02 academic year was a busy one for Phi

MECC’s PTK Sponsor John Cotham and club President Amanda Clark
However, MECC was not alone in its collection efforts. According to a recent report, 263 chapters in 39 states had pledged their loyalty to the cause. To date, 103 of these chapters reported a collection of 22,843 cans of food and 8,008 books. These items, in turn, benefited women’s and homeless shelters, soup kitchens, literacy programs, and more. Although the plans for the coming year are indeed numerous, with the dedication and hard work for which Phi Theta Kappans are known, the chapter can surely accomplish its goals. NOTE: PTK is the international honor society for community college students. For more information see MECC’s PTK advisors John Cotham, Carolyn Helms or Jim Strength; or email Amanda Clark.

Find Encyclopedia Britannica online
Time to knuckle down and do research for class projects, term papers, presentations, and on and on and on. Fortunately, a lot of legitimate resources are online, including Encyclopedia Britannica. You can go directly to the EB website at http://www.britannica.com/, or go to MECC’s Wampler Library website, at http: //www.me.vccs.edu/melrc/ 7

melrc.htm for dozens of access points to research resources. Or visit Wampler Library in person by coming to the second floor of Robb Hall. You’ll get to touch the books.

Discovering a Trail: Drama MECC Students Onstage and Backstage at an Outdoor
By Amanda Clark — earth_angel_19@excite.com Music, laughter, and love come alive on the stage of the Trail of the Lonesome Pine outdoor drama, one of Big Stone Gap’s most beloved attractions. The Trail, which recently completed its 39th season, runs tri-weekly through the months of June, July, and August and showcases some of the area’s finest acting and musical talent. The story is based upon a book by John Fox Jr., a former Big Stone Gap resident. Fox’s spellbinding tale chronicles life in Big Stone Gap during a coal mining boom, and focuses in particular on a young mining engineer, Jack Hale, and a mountain girl, June Tolliver. Although Jack and June find love in each other, they both must experience some major transformations, leaving the audience to wonder if this tender love affair will endure. In addition to the dramatic portion of the show, a nightly pre-show features a variety of bluegrass, country, and gospel songs. Even the drama itself is peppered with old tunes such as “Barbry Allen” and “Wayfaring Stranger”. Of course, no play is complete without a cast. By night, the cast members are actors, enchanting those who watch them. By day, they are doctors, teachers, students, and more. This year’s cast included a few current and former MECC students. Among these students is Erin Dalton, a 2002 MECC graduate and a four-year veteran of the drama. Since her first season in 1999, she has played numerous roles both on- and offstage. Dalton’s acting roles have included Widow Crane, Widow Taylor, Miss Ann Saunders, Loretta Tolliver, and many more. This year, she portrayed Marie and served as a costume assistant to June Tolliver (Valerie McQueen of Norton). Dalton’s offstage roles have also been numerous. She has performed tasks such as prop handling and set striking (“like everyone else,” she asserted), as well as costuming and child care for some of the younger performers. Another MECC student involved in the production was Dustin Smith, a current MECC student who portrayed Young Dave Tolliver in the performances and served as an understudy to Jack Hale (Melvin Dillon of Big Stone Gap). Like Dalton, Smith is a member of the Troupe, MECC’s drama club. However, unlike Dalton, Smith is a newcomer to the Trail. As both Dalton and Smith can attest, participating in the drama has numerous advantages. Dalton commented, “The Trail provides a good opportunity to people with little or no theater experience who would like to become involved in some manner.” This experience, according to Dalton, goes beyond acting: There is also a need for technical assistance with props, lighting and sound. Also, thanks to the tight rehearsal and performance schedule, Dalton added, the cast can form lasting friendships with each other. Nonetheless, as most actors know, not all aspects of a production are easy. Rehearsals, Dalton revealed, often lasted until “well past ten o’clock at night”. Such a schedule must surely be intense for the cast. Dalton cautioned for others to participate in the Trail only if acting is something they truly enjoy. Luckily, for Dalton, Smith, and many other cast members, enjoyment is certainly not a problem. From the experience gained onstage to the friendships formed behind the scenes, participation in the Trail is an experience those involved are not likely to forget. If interested in participating in the Trail, be sure to attend the auditions for the production, which are usually held in March. For more information on the drama, visit http://www.bigstonegap.org/attract/ trail.htm.

Are You Visiting Outdated Web Pages?
What do you do about sites that change their content frequently? How do you know that a page you're viewing is actually the latest creation? You see, once your browser loads a page, it's placed in your cache. (A special folder on your hard drive.) Your browser looks there whenever you request a page, and if it finds the URL, it loads it from

your computer. So you may not see the current page. Click the Refresh/Reload button to be sure you are seeing the up-to-date page instead of a page-fromthe-past stored on your computer.
Excerpted from the Newbie Club Newsletter By Joe Robson — http://www.newbieclub.com/

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At national conference
MECC Phi Beta Lambda club members recently won accolades in Nashville at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference, a professional association for students pursuing business careers. Students competing in FBLA-PBL’s national awards program from MECC and representing the state of Virginia PBL, were Deanna Grosso of Wise, Sarah D. Dingus of Nickelsville, Tabitha Falin, of Appalachia, Amanda Hubbard of Pound, Kimberly Mullins of Pound, Sherry Tabor of Pennington Gap, and Tammy Ward of Church Hill, Tenn. Tabitha Falin and Kimberly Mullins performed as a team and received a national award for Emerging Business Issues, while Sherry Tabor competed individually and received a national award for Impromptu Speaking. Other MECC students competed in open events in Leadership, Ethics, and Computer Systems, as well as Desktop Publishing, Word Processing, and Information Management. The awards were part of an annual comprehensive, competitive events program sponsored

PBL students honored

by FBLA-PBL. Individuals, state teams, and local chapters are encourage to compete in any of 40 different events representing a wide range of activities and the business and leadership development focus of FBLAPBL. The winners of these highly competitive and prestigious awards are selected from among FBLA-PBL’s membership of 250,000 students and advisers

and represent some of the best and brightest of today’s youth. The almost 7,000 delegates to the National Leadership Conference participated in a structured, four-day meeting for each division that included business and leadership training workshops and seminars, corporate tours, and the election of national officers. MECC students were accompanied by one of their local PBL advisers, Peggy Rusek.

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As the fall semester begins, it is important to look at some of the reasons why college students experience academic problems. Hopefully, by examining these issues early, you can take steps to correct any problems. • Study Skills – typically the lack of effective study methods. It is not uncommon for students to have not developed any study skills prior to college. Sometimes this may be due to study skills not being taught or because they were not a necessity. For many adult students, not only are the essential study skills absent, but there has also been a time of disconnection from academics that can interfere with effective study skills. Motivation – lack of a clear vision or purpose as to why you are here. If college enrollment is something that has been made mandatory, a condition of employment, or generally something that does not include your own goals and vision about what you want, the likelihood for success is slim. Sometimes you may need to ask yourself, “Is school for me, right now?” or “Whose dream am I living?” Time Management – inefficient and/or ineffective use of time to complete school-related tasks including out-of-class study and class attendance. One of the best things you can do for your success is to attend class regularly and to come to class prepared. Most students have multiple time demands in addition to school – work and family to name a few. College makes an impact on your life and requires changes that accommodate the new time demands. Feeling Out-of-Place – just like it sounds – feeling like you don’t belong. MECC has students just out of high school and students 10 who have returned to school after many years of work, family, or other responsibilities. Finding “your place” at college can be the single most important factor (next to class attendance) in your success. It is normal to feel anxious because it is a new venture, a new unknown. Remember that you are not alone in these feelings. Whether others say it or not, you can be sure many have similar fears. Make acquaintances and connections at MECC; it can be a key element in your persistence. Substance Abuse – recreational use, addiction, or self-medication for a psychological problem. While substance abuse does not forecast failure, it seriously affects the ability to attend class regularly and perform at your potential. Psychological Issues – undiagnosed and/or untreated psychological disorders. Depression, anxiety, and panic disorder (just to name a few) are very common disorders with effective treatments. If left untreated or undiagnosed, the impact on college performance can be extensive (poor GPA, academic probation) not to mention the blow to your self-confidence.

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This is not a complete list of possible barriers to success (you can probably name a lot more!). The most important step you can take is to become aware of anything that may interfere with you performing at your highest potential. College counselors are available to help with academic problems (motivation, study skills, time management, etc.) and can provide referrals for psychological or substance abuse issues. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now. — Goethe

By Justin Mullins — justymaximus@yahoo.com This summer I had the undying and well sometimes dying pleasure of watching a lot of cinematic works of art. One thing that I have noticed is that the same previews are played with every single film I see! Something about ordering tickets from the computer, printing them out, and then going to see your film! The commercial includes some overweight male interfering with the daily routine of some Buddha punk. Then in order the second commercial comes on, which is M & M’s, and if you didn’t know, the coating of that

once magical candy is made out of shellac. In other words it comes from the bodily fluids of African Bugs. The movie of the summer, if not year is Signs. It consists of Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, and Rory Culkin. First of all Rory Culkin is the brother of the Home Alone kid, “You know the one that slaps aftershave on his face and runs around yelling in that early 1990s movie.” This film will play with your emotions, scare the shellac out of you and bring on emotions of laughter and sorrow. Joaquin Phoenix is the villain from Gladiator; he gives a great comedic performance and should be an early Oscar nominee. Mel Gibson is in that rare form that he displayed in such films as Braveheart, Mad Max and Lethal Weapon. The film deals with the crop circles phenomenon. It is written, produced and directed by the man who brought you The 6th Sense and Unbreakable. The flops of the summer are Austin Powers 3, and Men In Black 2. The comedy in Powers 3 is sometimes frequent, but often forgotten, as is the flow of the movie. While MIB 2 was the little engine that couldn’t mold its comedy to be cutting edge, I often found myself laughing for the heck of it. As always I am your hero and personal Jedi Master.

Benefits provided to veterans’ families
By Shawn Williams — Swilliams@me1.vccs.edu Some MECC students may not be aware that they may be eligible for both Pell and Veterans benefits. Veteran’s benefits include a monthly payment (reaching to as high as $586.00) to eligible students for taking college classes. To be eligible for Veterans benefits, you must be a veteran, spouse of a veteran, or child of a veteran who has served in active duty of a military branch. To apply for Veterans benefits, you must complete VA Form 1990, which can be obtained from Enrollment Services/Veterans Affairs located on the first floor of Godwin Hall. Some students may also be eligible for Virginia War Orphans Program assistance. This program 11 offers assistance for surviving children of veterans who have been permanently disabled or killed during active duty, or listed as M.I.A. or P.O.W. For more information on Veterans benefits, or you feel you may be eligible, contact Lena Grace in Enrollment Services/Veterans Affairs, or contact the Veterans Administration, located on Cloverleaf Square in Big Stone Gap. "Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work." — Stephen King, Author

Critical Information For Fall 2002
Student IDs can get good ‘deals’
MECC student IDs not only allow students to check out Last day to add a course, materials at Wampler Library on campus and to take home receive a refund, or change course videos, but also get students in free to any Pro-Art from audit to credit Association cultural event in the region. And, when ordering computer hardware or software, be sure to ask for the vendor’s Wampler Library Hours academic prices. Students can then fax or mail a copy of their (Located on the second floor of Robb Hall) student ID to the vendor to qualify for sometimes drastically At press time, hours had not been finalized. Check reduced prices on technology purchases. the MECC web site for updated hours. Some retail and food establishments in the community may give a discount to students who present their IDs when making purchases. Check with each establishment when Math Lab Hours purchasing. (Located on the second floor of Godwin Hall) Student IDs and ID updates are available at the Learning Check schedule on Math Lab door. Place in G216. Hours are listed at right. To get a student ID, bring your registration printout to the information desk in The Learning Place Hours G216. If you have had a student ID in the past, please bring (Located on the second floor of Godwin Hall) it with you to be updated with a sticker so you will not need Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. to have a new ID made. Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
September 2 September 9

Critical Dates

HOLIDAY - College Closed

Students may use computer labs

Saturday

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Students using the computer labs after hours and on weekStudent Services Hours ends are reminded that they must have permission from their (Located on the first floor of Godwin Hall) instructors, who will email the security office stating the per- Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. son or persons’ names and the time and date that the labs will Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. be used. Also see special Registration Hours below. Instructors will use email only — no verbal or handwritten requests. This is for documentation so each security guard has Registration Hours access to the names and times the labs will be used.
Provided by Braccle Sloce, Security Office

Get your parking permits here!

Student parking permits are available in the Business Office on the first floor of Godwin Hall. Parking permits are free to students, and you need to have this information ready: • Your name • Your social security number • Information about each of your vehicles (model, year, license plate number, and whether it is a car, truck or van) Your permit is a hanging tag assigned to you instead of Campus Map to your vehicle, so you hang it on the rear view mirror of Students can find campus maps on various bulwhichever vehicle you drive to MECC. letin boards across campus, or on the college’s web Tag colors change each year, so if you have a tag from last site — just click the “Campus Map” link on the MECC year, you need to come in and get a new one. home page. 12

Certain offices will stay open late during fall registration period for the convenience of students who cannot register during the day. Fall registration continues through Monday, September 9. On Mondays — Thursdays during this time, the offices below will be open from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.: Admissions Office Financial Aid Office Business Office Bookstore Student Services Continuing Education Arts and Sciences Division Technologies Division


								
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