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VWCC to host 12th annual autonomous robot competition

Virginia Western Community College’s School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) along with its Engineering and Engineering Technology programs will host the 12th annual autonomous robot competition Dec. 1 in the college’s Humanities Building gym. In addition to 10 teams of Virginia Western students, 22 teams total comprised of middle school, high school and college students from the area will be putting their robots to the test. The fun-filled event is free to attend and a crowd of robot and technology enthusiasts is expected.

This year’s competition theme is “Hurricane Rescue-Bots.”  As in years past, the competition is based on the annual American Society for Engineering Education national competition. Local teams began the design process in September for their autonomous robots and will continue creating and testing through November. Their robots will be programmed to navigate hurricane-obstacles on a track to rescue wooden pegs representing people.

“This year’s competition is pretty tough but the students are doing a great job so far. It’s really neat to see the concepts they brainstormed in early September start to take shape,” said George Studtmann, engineering professor. “In the robot project, there is a lot of design, build, test, fail and try again.  This is exactly what engineering is about.  It’s great to see the ‘Aha’ moments when things start to work.”

The challenge offers a hands-on learning activity as students must create a design, perform 3D modeling, budget and order parts, assemble their robots, complete multiple test trials and troubleshoot software bugs. The excitement of competition day is that anything and everything can happen.

Teams will present their designs in a science fair poster session from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Engineering and STEM judges from around the Roanoke Region and Virginia Western will grade each team. Then, at 10 a.m., the teams will demonstrate their robots in a series of five trials.  The winning team will be recognized around noon. Please join Virginia Western for an action-packed, energetic morning – and may the best robot win!

WHAT:     12th Annual Autonomous Robot Competition

WHEN:     8:30  a.m.-Noon, Saturday, Dec. 1

WHERE:   Virginia Western Humanities Building Gym

Gaming Club to host Extra Life fundraiser on Nov. 2-3

Virginia Western Community College’s Gaming Club seeks “Extra Lifers,” and invites students to participate in their second annual Extra Life game-a-thon event from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Nov. 2-3 on the third floor of Virginia Western’s Student Life Center.

Extra Life’s slogan is simple, “Play games. Heal kids.” One hundred percent of the proceeds raised stay local, supporting sick and injured children, through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Southwest Virginia – Carilion Children’s Hospital. Last year the gaming club raised nearly $1,200. This year they hope to double what they raised last year. So far, before even turning a game on, the club has 23 team members and nearly $1,600 in online donations.

Students are welcome to participate by signing up at the Fab Lab or simply show up the day of the event and play. All participants are to raise a minimum of $10 to play for a day or $20 to play for both days. There will be additional prizes for those who raise the most money. Students can also participate in tournaments during the event where they can win prizes like VW FabLab 3D printed Mario Kart trophies, gift cards, figurines and more. Food for gamers will be on-hand and food donations are welcome. Classic board and card games will also be available for the less technical. Not a gamer and want to support one? Following is a link to the event’s donation page:

Extra Life, a non-profit, unites thousands of gamers around the world to play games in support of their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for the past 10 years. It started with a little girl in Orange, Texas, Victoria “Tori” Enmon and a radio host, “Doc” Jeromy Adams meeting in Houston. Inspired by their journey, and eventual friendship with Tori and her family, Doc felt called to do more for kids and in Tori’s honor. “It just occurred to me that gamers should be able to do the things they love, to be able to help sick and injured kids, as well.” Doc shares, “And so, Extra Life was born. 1,200 gamers showed up on October 15, 2008.” Each year Extra Life continues to grow, uniting over 100,000 gamer “heroes” and raising more than $40 million for sick and injured kids since its inception.

470 Roanoke Valley students earn CCAP for Fall 2018

Virginia Western’s Community College Access Program (CCAP) is making college possible this fall for 470 recent graduates of Roanoke Valley high schools.

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation, a nonprofit affiliated with Virginia Western Community College, raises support for CCAP through a public/private funding partnership. CCAP provides up to three years of tuition for high school graduates who meet program requirements, as funding allows. Since 2008, more than 2,500 Roanoke Valley students have participated in the program.

Current high school seniors interested in CCAP for Fall 2019 should contact their guidance counselor and/or plan to bring their parents or guardians to an upcoming information session held at 6:30 p.m. on these dates at Virginia Western’s Fralin Center for Health Professions Multipurpose Meeting Room 208: Nov. 13, Dec. 6, Jan. 17. An information session is also scheduled on Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Greenfield Educational & Training Center in Botetourt County.

The CCAP application for fall 2018 admission opened Oct. 1, 2018, and closes Feb. 1, 2019.

To stay up-to-date on CCAP news, see www.virginiawestern.edu/ccap. Sign up for important CCAP updates about application deadlines, financial aid workshops and more by texting “CCAP2019” to 31996. (Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help; message and data rates apply.)

The following are CCAP students for Fall 2018:



Alexis Anthony, Madison Bowen, Shae Bryant, Skyler Camper, Matthew Clemons, Allena Curtis, Abe Diviney, Adam Downey, William Duke, Hannah Elias, Frederick Elliott, Marissa Falls, Sara Faust, Eric Filer, Brady Firestone, Brycen Ford, Bryson Gray, Mikayla Grooms, Martha Guffey, Cameron Hale, Hunter Harless, Kyle Hayslett, Mckinzee Hoose, Catelyn Hoyt, Rachel Kickuth, Aaron King, Emma Layman, Ethan Loving, William McAllister, Daniel Peters, Bryson Sanchez, Riley Sartorius, Allison Smith, Samantha Vaughn and Abigale Wentworth


Delaney Alls, Kylie Angel, Raven Beckner, Kristopher Call, Anastaysia Conrad, Dylan Enslow, Emily Faust, Blair Grim, Sarah Jones, David Kreyling, Brittany Lyle, Austin Metz, Timothy Morejon, Tyler Mundy, Glenn Murray, Madison Poole, Morgan Ratcliffe, Hailey Rochay, Erik Swortzel and Amanda Wright



Dalton Frango, Cody Hutchinson, Andrew Kendall, Alison Maguire, Erin Maguire and Leighann Pallette


Morgan Caldwell and Maddy Jones



Mackenzie Akers, Hannah Arrington, Alexys Bailey, Gideon Bernard, Logan Burgess, Elizabeth Burrell, Katelynn Bush, Christopher Carter, Renee Cundiff, India Falke, Delaney Forbes, Jillena Guilliams, Paige Haddock, Taylor Hale, Jordan Hall, Sydney Hamilton, Donovan Hartman, Brittani Hatch, Amber Hodges, Jesse Hodges, Daniel Hoffman, Emily Howell, Benjamin Hudson, Peyton Ingram, Gabriel Johnson, Taylor Ledbetter, Emilia Martinez, Riley McCranie, Austin Mills, Alexis Moore, Tyler Nelson, Kira Pasquale, Sadie Pasquale, Jalen Patterson, Rachel Power, Savanna Reed, Alexander Smith, Marimar Spangler, Brianna StClair, Ashley Stubbs, Emily Stubbs, Dylan Taylor, Zachary Tincher, Gage Washburn, Sherman Witcher and Kennedy Young


Kyle Adams, Logan Akers, Amelia Bousman, Grace Burrows, Anna Kate Carter, Joshua Cooper, Tyler Craghead, Megan Diggs, Jacob Eames, Sara Flora, Brooke Garman, Raejon Hampton, Mykah Heaslip, Victoria Hillard, Jacob Hodges, Jordon Hodges, Reagan Hunley, Hannah Ingram, Cameron Janney, Autumn Jennings, Preston Kesler, Brooke MacPherson, Terrell Preston, Jonas Reilly, Sarah Richards, Anna Richardson, Madison Robertson, Lydia Sarbin, Jordan Talley, Amanda Tolman, Paula Torres, Emily Trail, Rachel VanNess, Bailey Vaughan, Melody Vogelsong, Frances Wampler, Grayson Washburn, Breanna Wheeling and Morgan Wood



Njoud Alhamad, Cesia Alvarado Tejada, William Angle, Roger Basham, Shaun Basham, Evin Bowman, Uniquah Brown, Micah Burks, Tyler Burns, Kynara Butler, Brooke Carver, Karen Castaneda, Lydia Christopher, Kayla Clark, Baylee Cooper, Maria Cortes, Samantha Coy, Tulasha Dahal, Maci Daniels, Hannah Dean, Marcia Dewitt, Debby Diaz, Monse Diaz, Rebecca Drumheller, Alissa Edwards, Angel Garcia, Bosimah Gentles, Valentino Lucas  Green, Jud-Ernst Guillaume, Kenneth Guthrie, Jonathon Halferty, Jannet Hernandez Ortiz, Antonio Hernandez, Brandon Hernandez, Tamara Hill, William Hobbs, A’Seanta Hodnett, Zachary Howell, Habibo Isse, Nia Johnson, Madeline Jones, Kendall Land, Audrey Lee, Davis Lee, Luis Lopez, Essence Lynch, Sabin Mainali, Evelyn Martinez, Christopher Martinez-Murillo, Farhiya Mberwa, Suzanne Moore, Keoshae Morris, Rebecca O’Dell, Devin Overton, Samantha Peerman, Carrie Pohlman, Kaitlin Potter, Regina Pringle, Richard Reams, Jaezha Robertson, Kimberly Rodriguez, Yasmin Roiter, Sheridan Saunders, Louise Scere, Kayleigh Scialpi, Kieyshon Scott, Alyssa Sheets, Haleigh Smallwood, Somina Som, Benjamin Songer, Bandana Sutar, Aiden Taylor, Shequenda Telsaint, Bhanu Thapa, Stuart Van Metre, Arllet Vega-Martinez, Duyen Vu, Austin Wilcher, Haleigh Wood, Elliot Woodrum, Emily Workman, Spencer Wright, Virginia Yemey, Kaniqua Young and Tyraneka Zellars


Whitney Bills, Garrett Brown, Timothy Cass, Andrew Clark, Mason Goad, Kaila Goetten, Diamond Jones, Binita Kadariya, Dayan Martinez Murillo, Derek McIntyre, Noah Melton, Marla Moock, Asia Moore, Keeli O’Neill, Keira O’Neill, Raina Peterson, Brianna Pierreval, Colin Smith, Ethan Summerson, George Taylor, Emma Thomas, T’Asia Thomason, Ethan Turner and Cori Van Scott


Savannah Alls, Angela JeanBaptiste, Mariana Munoz-Munoz and John Page



Benjamin Achino, Alexander Altice, Joshua Argabright, Sydney Azar, Jeremy Barlow, Jennifer Barry, Taylor Beck, Dane Blackwood, Kaylee Blevins, Paige Bowers, Sierra Boyd, Dakota Bradshaw, Tristan Brady, Joseph Bryant, Juanita Byrd, Madison Byrd, Justin Campbell, Caleb Carawan, Faith Carleno, Saje Carter, Bailey Chapman, Ivan Chitwood, Brianna Christian, Allen Coleman, Elena Coleman, Michael Cone, Caroline Cooper, Jasmine Crawford, Caitlyn Croft, Jordan Culver, Jonathan Dalton, Amberlee Davis, Rachel Davis, Curtis Day, Jared Dennis, Kayla Dilcher, Abigail Dimmick, Joshua Dimmick, Jacob Ellis, Kirra Eveland, Tyler Fanning, Allison Faulkner, Charisma Gaylor, Hannah Gillispie, Emily Goodman, Abigail Gordon, Kayla Greer, Macey Grisso, Justin Hampton, Madison Hanes, Chandler Henderson, Silas Henderson, William Henderson, Amer Hodzic, Asia Holland, Erin Holt, Ahna Huff, Eric Hughes, Hunter Jarrett, Corrie Johnson, Hunter Johnston, Alexander Jones, Angela Jones, James Justice, Heidi Kalinke, Colton Kent, Gabrielle King, Jennifer Lawrence, Lexi Lawrence, Ethan Lawson, Aaron Lee, Ryan Lee, Molly Letchford, Kathleen Linsenman, Ian Lynch, Schuyler Lynch, Levi Martin, Nicholas McGuire, Hannah McInturff, Olivia McKinney, Dakota Moore, Carrington Morris, Baylee Morton, Ronald Murphy, Grace Murtagh, Julia Nelson, Ryan Novitsky, Taylor O’Lynn, Jarod Osborne, Purander Patel, Alexandria Patro, Kristyna Perrin-Augustyniak, Nicholas Poole, Justin Powers, Courtney Ralston, Johan Ramirez, Nicole Reeves, Zackary Reynolds, Carla Risser, Jessie Roberts, Andrew Robertson, Jokubas Roseckas, Nathan Sandidge, Laurel Shelton, Deven Shepherd, Emilie Short, Chloe Simpson, Kelsey Sledd, Andrew Smith, Jacob Snyder, Callie St.Clair, Jessica Terry, Drake Tran, Amina Vatres, Emily Viliborghi, Chelsea Wall, Bailey Waller-Smith, Blake West, Cassidy West, Jesse White, Kyle Williams, Logan Williams, Nicholas Wilson, Dylan Wood, Kayleigh Wyatt, Natalie Yates and Mina Youssef


Tristan Anderson, Corey Boehringer, Shelby Carpenter, Daniel Carroll, Morgan Chaszar, Hannah Childress, Abigail Corekin, Nichole Dulaney, Dillon Frost, Anna Harris, Jared Harvey, Katherine Le, Daniel Link, Cameron Lynch, Conner Lynch, Cara Martin, Kristopher Maxey, Emily Meadows, Ryan Moore, Challen Pineda, Brandon Pitzer, Ryan Prillaman, Andrew Ratliff-Fuqua, Michael Richardson, Matthew Schell, Benjamin Stanley, Alexis Suiter, Sarah Thompson and Christian Vaughan



Rachel Ahlers, Taylor Albanese, Harlee Allen, Lindsey Amiot, Rebecca Amiot, Kenneth Bagnasco, Sidney Booze, Tuan Chau, Blake Davidson, Logan Dennis, Casey Epperly, Isaac Fairchilds, Elijah Ford, Jessica Graham, Darrius Hairston, Thomas Helvey, Sade Holland, Connar Johnson, Curtis Johnson, Andy Lin, Kayla Lintner, Dilan Martinez, Claire Maxey, Joshua McClure, Samuel Mead, Sierra Messinger, Lawrence Mundy, Mya Nixon, Jamie Parker, William Plympton, Christopher Pugh, Nathanial Scutt, Owen Shiflett, Katelynn Simmons, Jacob Stewart, Brandon Szymusiak, Dylan Trail, Halie Wood and Amanda Woody


Colton Brushwood, Emily Duhon, Dalton Gordon, Amber Llerenas, Katlyn Maggi, Jared Martin, Rebekah Moore, Kelly Richards, Jett Sable, Evan Sowder, Emma Studtmann, Zachary Ward, Katrina Wright and Kayla Wright

For more information about Virginia Western’s Community College Access Program, contact Carolyn Payne, CCAP Coordinator, at (540) 857-7544 or cpayne@virginiawestern.edu.

To learn more about how you can be a part of the community effort to help make college possible, contact Amanda Mansfield, Philanthropy Director, at (540) 857-6962 or amansfield@virginiawestern.edu.