Monthly Archives: April 2008

Report looks at grad rates for African-Americans

A report published in the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education reveals statistics on the black graduation rate of many universities in America. The national average is 42%. VCU ties the national average. A look at the rates of other Virginia colleges:

UVA 86 %

U of R 83%

W & L 76%

Longwood 65%

George Mason 60%

Hampton 55%

ODU 50%

VSU 40%

Norfolk St. 27%

VUU 24%

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Hot Jobs

Bobby Broyles and Brett Tignor

It’s that time of year for may VCU students. Some of these students are going to have to come over big obstacles. Some of these obstacles include finishing final exams or fulfilling graduation requirements. However, for some graduating students, landing that first job is one obstacle that continues to linger in their minds.

“Well, I have applied for some jobs and I’m in an internship right now that will hopefully turn into a job,” said VCU Senior Andrew Millon. “I’ve sent a bunch of resumes out and some applications, portfolios and have got nothing back so far. It’s definitely one of the top things on my mind trying to a job, especially a good one.”

Right now, there are some jobs in greater demand than others. Jobfox.com just released a PDF with the latest in demand jobs. The number one job in hot demand right now is software design and development. This job pays between $95,000 and $105,000 per year. Nursing was the second hottest job. Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) are in great demand as well. Staring nurses get paid between $35,000 and $45,000 per year. The third hottest job is Account or Finance Executive. The job pays between $65,000 and $75,000 per year.

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VCU seniors dance their way to graduation

Delle Beganie

Ten VCU Dance seniors choreographed and produced their own pieces for their senior project, in a dance concert called “Back 2 Back”. Each piece showed off the dancers individual style and emotion. Here are some shots of the show:


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The show featured two weekend performances in April at Richmond’s Grace Street Theatre.

The first weekend performance featured dance seniors Samantha Crawford, Katie Dean, Hannah Frisch and Danielle Victoria King; the second featured Melaney Cash, Tony Colden Jr., Ami Dowden Fant, Tashara Gavin-Moorehead, Alex Miegel and Adrienne LaNee’ Moody.

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Top 5 Communities for Recycling

By Alex Bahr
Capital News Service

Here are the five solid waste planning units with the highest recycling rates in 2006, according to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. All of these localities have population densities higher than the state average, data from the U.S. Census Bureau show.

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How Localities Rank in Recycling

By Alex Bahr
Capital News Service

Here is the percentage of solid waste recycled in every city and county in Virginia during calendar year 2006, according to the state Department of Environmental Quality.

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Vienna Leads State in Recycling

By Alex Bahr
Capital News Service

The town of Vienna has taken the lead when it comes to recycling in Virginia, recycling more than 55 percent of all solid waste produced in 2006, according to the state Department of Environmental Quality.

While Mayor Jane Seeman said she couldn’t name the exact reason for the town’s high rate, she cited convenience and a long history of recycling as two factors.

“We publicize it quite a bit, and make it as convenient for people as we can, but I really don’t know what to give credit to that for,” Seeman said in a telephone interview. “We’ve been doing it for a long time, so that’s another thing.”

Vienna also had the highest recycling rate in Virginia in 2004 and 2005.

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Recycling Rises Overall but Varies by Locality

By Alex Bahr
Capital News Service

Recycling is on the rise in Virginia, according to the state Department of Environmental Quality, but several localities are having trouble getting residents to recycle their trash.

Statewide, Virginia’s recycling rate topped 38 percent in 2006 – up from about 32 percent the previous year, the department’s latest data showed.

Of the 9.7 million tons of solid waste produced in Virginia in 2006, about 3.7 million tons was recycled. That was an increase of more than 1 million tons of recycled trash from 2005.

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VCU students helping children with deformities

 

 

Brandon Shulleeta

One group of VCU students is trying to help children with facial deformities. They’ve committed to support Operation Smile, a non-profit international organization that sends surgeons to work temporarily in developing countries.  Most of their patients have cleft lips or cleft palates.  The volunteer surgeons perform operations in as little as 45 minutes each and usually for about $240, according to Operation Smile.

“Most of these children, when they’re shunned at home, people… call them names, they don’t let them out of their houses, they don’t go to school, they never get married,” said Gabrielle McDonald, president of Operation Smile at VCU. “So, when they’re able to fix the cleft lip itself, they’re able to accomplish all those goals.”

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Allergy season hits VA hard in April

Bobby Broyles

There are many signs that spring is upon us – warm temperatures, flowers blooming, and allergy season. Each year allergies affect many people in Richmonder and throughout the area.

VCU cross country runner Jay Wyss says he notices a significant drop off in his running performance during this time of year.

“Every year, in late April, early May, my performance in running, takes a total nose dive. It’s allergy related every year,” said Wyss, “I just know it. I feel sore for no reason whatsoever and tired. And I am really suffering from itching, scratcing, and sneezing.”

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A look back at the history of VCU

Emily Smith & Brett Tignor

This summer, Virginia Commonwealth University will celebrate its 40th anniversary, but the school actually dates back to the 1800’s.

VCU traces its roots back to the opening of the Medical College of Virginia in 1838. MCV was one of three southern colleges to graduate a class each year of the Civil War.

In 1917, what became Richmond Professional Institute opened on Franklin Street. RPI was created to combine hands-on training in the community with academic coursework.

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