Soweto Gospel Choir will perform at Virginia Tech

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Soweto Gospel Choir will perform at Virginia Tech

The Grammy winner Soweto Gospel Choir will perform at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech on Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Co-sponsored by Virginia Tech’s Black Cultural Center, the show will take place at the center’s Anne and Ellen Fife Theater, located in the Street and Davis Performance Venue at 190 Alumni Mall.

Soweto Gospel Choir has shared the stage and collaborated with some of the biggest names in contemporary music, including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, U2, Diana Ross, Peter Gabriel, Chris Martin, John Legend, Pharrell Williams, Jimmy Cliff, Ben Harper, Angélique Kidjo, Robert Plant, Celine Dion, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hugh Masekela and Josh Groban.

This performance is supported in part by a donation from Clem and Georgia Carter and David and Judie Reemsnyder.

Tickets for the show cost between $20 and $45 for the general public and $10 for students and youth 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased on line; at the Moss Arts Center box office, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours.

Paid parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Virginia Tech faculty and staff with a valid Virginia Tech parking permit may enter and exit the garage free of charge. Virginia Tech has also partnered with ParcMobile to provide a convenient, contactless electronic payment option for parking that can be used at any parking meter, campus parking space or lot with standard F/S, C/G or R parking.

If you are a person with a disability and would like an accommodation, please contact Jamie Wiggert at least 10 days prior to the event at 540-231-5300 or email [email protected] during regular business hours.

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Radford appoints speaker for winter opening

Nicole Robinson. Courtesy of Radford University.

Radford University will host the start of winter with two ceremonies at the Dedmon Center, 101 University Dr., on December 9 and 10. Ceremonies include students from Radford Main Campus and Radford University’s Carilion.

The hood ceremony for students receiving graduate degrees is at 5 p.m., Friday, December 9. The ceremony for students graduating with undergraduate degrees is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, December 10.

Nicole Robinson, a 2002 Radford University alumnus, is the guest speaker for both ceremonies. Robinson is the president of Ursa Space Systems, a leading provider of satellite intelligence and data analytics operating a global virtual constellation of satellites. In her role, she is responsible for accelerating the company‘s growth globally while optimizing operations.

Prior to joining Ursa Space, Robinson was senior vice president of global government for SES, the world’s largest commercial satellite operator. As the youngest vice president in company history, she was responsible for the company’s global business portfolio with government customers in defense, security, humanitarian organizations, federal, civilian and institutional.

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Central Virginia Electric Cooperative Territory Students Eligible for Scholarships

Any high school or home school graduating in the spring of 2023, whose primary residence is served by Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, is eligible to apply for a scholarship that can be applied to a two- or four-year college or trade school. The opening date for applications is January 30, 2023, while the application deadline is April 3, 2023. Winners will be notified no later than June 1, 2023. Online application and additional information are available at

Central Virginia serves 14 communities, primarily from Greene and Orange counties south to Prince Edward County and west to Goochland County. The scholarships are awarded by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives’ (VMDAEC) Education Scholarship Foundation. The Foundation’s Board of Directors will select recipients based on these weighted criteria: financial need at 40%, academic achievement at 40%, and personal statement at 20%. An applicant must begin their first semester at a post-secondary or technical/trade school in the fall of 2023. The scholarship funds, which will be sent directly to the educational institution, must be used for tuition, tuition, bedroom and blackboard or textbooks.

Since 2001, the VMDAEC Scholarship Foundation has provided approximately 998 scholarships to high school graduates totaling over $900,000. The scholarships are named in honor of Roberta I. Harlowe and Worth M. Hudson. Hudson was the Foundation’s first president and past chairman of the board of the Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative in Chase City, Virginia. Roberta Harlowe is currently Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of CVEC and previously served as Chair of the VMDAEC Scholarship Fund. The number of scholarships awarded each year is based on available funds.

For more information on the VMDAEC scholarship program or to access the application on January 30, 2023, visit Please send questions about donations and the application process to [email protected]

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The New River professor will be published in a poetry compilation

Ben Campbell. Courtesy of NRC.

Ben Campbell, professor of English at New River Community College, will publish two poems in the new book “The Southern Poetry Anthology IX: Virginia”, which will be released at the end of November.

Campbell’s poems, “Left to Smolder” and “Soup Bean Supper,” will be featured in the artwork. The book is part of the Texas Review Press Southern Poetry Anthology series which will include a compilation of poems for 14 different Southern states. Campbell’s poems will appear alongside the work of other prominent American poets.

Comprising short stories and nonfiction, Campbell was published in three dozen journals during his career, much of his writing reflecting his upbringing in Appalachia.

For more on his publication “Darker Still,” which includes the poem “Soup Bean Supper,” go to “Darker Still” can also be found in the NRC Library.

Campbell taught at the NRC for 14 years and currently teaches English 111, English 112, English 241, English 242 and English 225. He has also taught courses in creative writing and literature of the Appalachians.

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