Campus Construction Update

Be careful on campus throughout the rest of the summer and fall!

The renovation of the biology labs in West Hall starts next week. There will be construction activity on the second and third floor from now until approximately Dec. 1. The parking lot on the north side of West Hall will be closed to public parking.

Some science classes for the fall semester have been scheduled to accommodate this move.  The new labs will be ready for spring 2015 semester classes!

PHCC culinary students to stage cooking demo

Farmers MarketUptown Martinsville Farmers’ Market and Patrick Henry Community College’s culinary program are teaming up to put on a cooking demonstration for the community.

The “Farm to Fork” cooking event will be Monday, Aug. 11 with sampling starting at 5 p.m. Bob “Chef Bob” Koester, a culinary arts instructor at PHCC, will highlight vegetables grown by local farmers in the demonstration.

He said, “This is a great event for us to bring visibility to uptown Martinsville for the culinary department and the farmers market, and to showcase what this area has to offer the community at night.”

Pat Folio, manager of the Uptown Martinsville Farmers’ Market, said she’s hoping the “farm to fork” concept will catch on more throughout the area.

“We have a few local restaurants like Mtn’ Jax that are taking advantage of the farmers market, but we hope more will get on board,” she said. “Everything that’s available in our farmers market is grown on our soil in the area. You can talk to the farmer who grew it, the person who baked the goods, or the person who crafted what you’re buying. It’s cheaper, more sustainable, and a great way to support your local businesses is by supporting the farmers market.”

The Uptown Martinsville Farmers’ Market is open on Mondays from 4-7 p.m., Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to noon and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon until the end of September. Starting in October, the market will be open only on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon, and it will close for winter at the end of October.

“We are so excited that Chef Bob is doing this with his students,” Folio said. “There’s a lot of room for growth, so we’re hoping this is something we can do annually.”

To get the latest updates, visit the farmers market on Facebook by searching “Farmers Market-Uptown Martinsville.”

Aleman-Saba named to NJCAA All-American Team

StibelPHCC freshman and Dominican Republic native, Stibel Aleman-Saba was recently named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-American First Team.

With his selection, Aleman-Saba is the third First Team All-American in Patrick Henry Community College’s history.  He is one of three outfielders in the nation that was given this honor.

“Stibel put together a magnificent season and this honor is well deserved,”  head baseball coach Lucas Jones said.  “Stibel has a passion and energy for the game that helped put him in position to have individual success.  Stibel would be the first to tell you that his individual success is a result of the team that surrounds him.”

Stibel, by way of James River High School in Richmond, VA,  put together one of the best freshman seasons in program history as he completed the 2014 regular season with a .381 batting average for the Patriots.  Even while battling an injury for most of the season, he still was able to provide 53 hits on the year, including 16 doubles, 2 home runs, 27 runs batted in, and 33 runs scored in 36 games played.

The All-American nod is the latest in a string of accomplishments for Stibel who was also named the Region X Player of the Year.  The freshman currently holds a 3.2 gpa, while pursuing an Associates Degree in General Studies.

Memorial Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary Board awards scholarships

The Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County Volunteer Auxiliary Board recently awarded two nursing students at Patrick Henry Community College with scholarships of $500 each for the spring 2014 semester.

Devyn Varner, a PHCC student getting ready for her second semester, said she was thankful to receive this award.

“Receiving this scholarship is a great opportunity for me,” she said. “I actually used it to pay for one of my classes this summer. It was very helpful.”

The second recipient, Greg Harduk, will graduate in December from the nursing program. He said because he’s not on financial aid, this scholarship is a great help to him and his family.

“I’m using this scholarship to pay for my tuition,” he said. “It helps take some of the pressure off my wife, who is supporting me right now. It helps tremendously.”

Nancy Craig, a volunteer board member for the auxiliary, said they were happy to reward hardworking students at PHCC.

“We really want to give back to our community,” she said. “In everything we do, we give back to the hospital and the community to help others. And helping with the cost of education is definitely a good thing.”

The auxiliary takes proceeds from the hospital’s gift shop and they hold events, such as uniform and book sales, to help support scholarships and help care for patients who have been released from the hospital, according to Craig.

Craig said they will increase their scholarship awards to give three in both the spring and fall semesters starting in the fall 2014 semester.

The scholarship was established in November 2012 by the volunteer auxiliary board at the hospital. To date, six nursing students have received $3,000 in tuition funding. The awards can be used for tuition, books and fees.

Contacts for this scholarship are Craig and Anne Anderson. To qualify, students must

-          be enrolled in either PHCC registered nurse or practical nursing programs;

-          be a full-time student;

-          have demonstrated financial need;

-          and have and maintain a 2.5 grade point average.

PHCC Nursing Scholarship

(From left) Christopher Parker, executive director of the Patrick Henry Community College Foundation, congratulates scholarship winners Devyn Varner and Greg Harduk on receiving a scholarship from the Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County Volunteer Auxiliary Board. Also pictured is Nancy Craig, a volunteer serving on the auxiliary board.

Mini Maker Faire Coming May 3

Martinsville_MMF_logos_squareEveryone’s welcome to participate in a free event Saturday, May 3 at the Fab Lab in uptown Martinsville to highlight area innovators and celebrate creative spirit.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Fab Lab, located in the Artisan Center at 54 W. Church St., will host the first-ever Martinsville Mini Maker Faire. A variety of hands-on, educational activities, including woodturning and 3-D printing demonstrations, will be open to participants. Concessions also are available for purchase.

Guests can design their own stickers, make their own Martinsville Mini Maker Faire t-shirts, children can learn how to solder, and they can even learn how to make slime. Participants are welcome to keep whatever materials they create throughout the event.

Lloyd Cannaday, a computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) instructor at PHCC, will be on-hand to teach CADD classes. There also will be hands-on arts projects, cupcake decorating with Chef Colleen Butker, the owner of Uptown Sweets, and other projects involving equipment in the Fab Lab.

“This event is going to be a festival of inspiration and invention with cool hands-on activities,” said Matthew Wade, Fab Lab coordinator. “We hope people of all ages will come, get inspired, and take advantage of all the resources we have at the Fab Lab to make their ideas come to life.”

Wade said he’s hoping this event will become an annual celebration of creation and innovation.

Space is available for anyone who would like to display their work. Contact Wade at for additional information.

He added, “tinkerers, engineers, do-it-yourselfers, cosplay costume designers, wood workers, welders, sculpture artists – you name it, they’re welcome. We encourage anyone who makes anything to come and do a display. Maybe they can get some ideas and talk to other like-minded, creative people.”

The faire is funded by a Chancellor’s Innovation Fund grant, given to PHCC by Virginia’s Community Colleges. The nearly $25,000 grant serves to increase entrepreneur opportunities to degree track and noncredit students.

The Martinsville Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. It’s a place where people can show what they’re making and share what they’re learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts, to crafters, homesteaders, scientists or garage tinkerers of all ages and backgrounds. The faire’s main goal is to entertain, inform, connect and grow the community.

The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, Calif. It celebrated its seventh annual show in 2012 with 800 makers and 110,000 people in attendance. Maker Faires are now being held around the U.S. and world, including Detroit, Mich., Kansas City, Mo., Newcastle in the United Kingdom, and in Tokyo, Japan.

The Fab Lab at Patrick Henry Community College is a joint initiative among PHCC, New College Institute and the Martinsville Henry County Economic Development Corporation. It’s the first of its kind of Virginia and is one of more than 30 in the U.S.

It was established in 2012 as a small-scale workshop to enable users to design and create products for prototypes or personal use.

You’re invited! Presidential Inauguration: Dr. Angeline Godwin

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou’re invited to celebrate the official installation of Dr. Angeline Godwin as the third president of Patrick Henry Community College.

The program starts at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 25 in William F. Stone Hall gymnasium.

Former Gov. Gerald L. Baliles will serve as keynote speaker, and Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, will perform the investiture before Dr. Godwin’s inaugural address.

It’s an occasion you don’t want to miss! Visit to find out more about the event.