Monday, August 6, 2012

VISTAs Represent at Summer Network Meetings

Two NC Campus Compact VISTAs participated in our recent Network Meetings, held August 1 -3 across the state. We were happy to see a number of VISTA alumnae there as well. Sally Parlier, VISTA at Durham Technical Community College, joined VISTA alumnae Carolyn Byrne (UNC Chapel Hill, '09, '10) and Becca Bender (Lenoir-Rhyne, '10) at our Eastern NC network meeting hosted by Fayetteville State on Aug. 1. Derald "Banjo" Dryman, current VISTA at Western Carolina, joined VISTA alumna Stephanie Richey-Capps (Gardner-Webb, '10) at our Western NC network meeting hosted by Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC).

In addition to our typical professional development and sharing sessions, participants in the West enjoyed a post-meeting tour of WPCC's sustainable farm. WPCC is the largest community college in the state (by land area) and has one of only three sustainable agriculture programs in NC. In addition to battling flying insects and ogling heirloom tomatos, Banjo and I enjoyed feeding goats, chasing chickens, and plucking bunnies! It was a great tour, but I don't think Banjo is ready to leave his office job for a life on the farm just yet.
That isn't a weird mortarboard on Banjo's head. It's a solar panel.