Local professors to visit JMRL for college chat

The transition from high school to college can be tricky to navigate. Get a head start at the Professors’ Tips for the College Bound chat at the Gordon Avenue Library on Wednesday, March 11 at 7pm.

During this insightful talk, authors and local professors Dana T. Johnson and Jennifer E. Price will outline some of the important concepts in their book “Will This Be on the Test? What Your Professors Really Want You to Know About Succeeding in College”.

As an experienced college professor, Price said that succeeding in college is more than just being book-smart.

“Over the years, colleagues and I have noticed students coming to college with less knowledge than ever about their professors’ expectations and of college in general,” Price said.

“The educational system in college is very different from that of high school, and most college freshmen expect it to be similar.”

The book focuses on how students can meet their professors’ expectations and how to develop healthy academic habits in college.

Price said only about 60% of students who begin college are expected to graduate within six years, and far fewer will graduate within four years.

“With high price tags on college tuition, room, and board, the cost of a few extra semesters or of beginning a degree with nothing to show for it is unfortunate,” she said.

“Simply understanding what is expected of you and having a plan for how to meet those expectations will greatly increase your chances of success.”

Community college students planning to transfer to a four-year college, current college students, and younger high school students are also invited to attend this chat and utilize the advice.

The Gordon Avenue Library is located at 1500 Gordon Avenue, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903.

For more information, visit jmrl.org.

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Spring Seed Swap & Workshop: March 8

Central Library will be hosting a Spring Seed Swap & Workshop on Sunday, March 8 at 1:30pm!

Attendees can bring seed to swap and/or learn about starting plants from seed with experienced Piedmont Master Gardener, Fern Campbell! Fern will give a seed starting demonstration and be on hand to answer questions.

This event is open to new and experienced gardeners.

Central Library is located at 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, Va 22902.

For more information, check out the Facebook event.

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Saving Our Streams: Water Quality in Albemarle County

Join the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VA DEQ) and Wild Virginia as they chat about water conservation and quality in Albemarle County on Wednesday, February 5 at the Crozet Library.IMG_0230

From 6:30-8pm, the VA DEQ will discuss a new study and (along with Wild Virginia) will provide information about causes of impairments on streams and what citizens can do to help.

Nesha McRae, TMDL Coordinator at VA DEQ, will share information about the department’s biological monitoring program and some of their findings in the South Fork Rivanna River watershed, including several streams in and around Crozet.

“Participants will learn how we identify problems with respect to stream health in our waterways, along with the process that we use in Virginia to improve stream health and water quality,” McRae said.

“The presentation will also include some information about how local stakeholders can get involved in this clean-up process, which will begin in the South Fork Rivanna River watershed this spring.”

For more information, visit www.jmrl.org.