Spoiler Alert…

So we had a nice crowd for our “Elizabeth Blue” preview…

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And I had to leave before the end of the film…my kiddo had a BIO 1-pager and a geometry test the next day…but my colleagues filled me in on Friday morning…and I have to say, Chickens, I really did not see the ending coming!

I’m whatever the opposite of sentimental is…so the depiction of the title character’s romantic relationship was way over the top…for me, you know, as a hard-hearted pragmatist…so the revelation at the end made it a better film in my, admittedly warped, opinion.

And I’ll admit, the movie really did have me thinking about reality and perception…in a super-deep kind of way. I wonder if we don’t all have ‘Lizzy Blue’ days…I know I do…days where it feels like your reality doesn’t seem to intersect with anyone else’s.

But, Chickens, I think on this we can agree: If you were going to have an imaginary animal appear to comfort you…I mean, who in the world would want a raccoon?!? Raccoons are handsy little rat-bandits! Why not a koala bear? A long-eared bunny? A pink mini-pig? Or even a fluffy feathered …Chicken?

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ASC Administrative Assistant, Jacqui Hores, directs a movie-goer toward snacks and seats

In any case, we were pleased to have partnered with a few of the agencies in the local community tirelessly engaged in promoting mental health and wellness…because it is the foundation for a life well lived.




Need a Carrot? Try Some Popcorn.

Well, well, well, Chickens…here we are. Monday, September 18…5th week of the semester…end of summer…Emmys are over…Trump is still in office…Steelers are 2 for 2…hurricane season is in full swing…IOW…life is going on. Are you?

In FYS (First Year Seminar) we’ve talked about motivation recently. Motivation is, I think, the pulse of the psyche…except rather than an autonomous, unconscious process it’s a needy, high-maintenance b—…

Related imageAhem. I mean that it requires our attention. If we don’t work at it, it doesn’t work for us. So many layers right? Like, we have to work at staying motivated enough to do our work?!? (Heavy sigh…I know, right?!? Why can’t anything be easy!!!) And sometimes motivation can become a twisted, like 50 shades of psychoanalysis, relationship. It’s not always easy to figure out what kind of carrot to put on your stick…

So, Chickens, as we work to keep our fingers on the ebb and flow of our impulse-control, I’ll share what I believe to be key to staying motivated:


That’s right. And I’m not alone. According to New York Times essayist Tim Kreider:

“Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets,…The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration—it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.”

Clearing the “cognitive congestion” and finding room for mental downtime is gaining scientific ground as necessary for maintaining our psychological stores and mental health…those spaces where we house cognitive functions like motivation.

All this to say, we here at Northern are doing all we can to help you maintain balance… this week especially, lots of opportunities for catharsis…a good psychological-emotional-spiritual flossing…

This Thursday (21) @ 6 pm → B&O Auditorium…I mean this movie has got to be a psychological enema…you know…in a totally, like, healthy, cleansing way.

And if your motivation-block needs something a little more…wonder-riff-ic…well we’ve got that too…

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And then, of course, nothing keeps us motivated like a sense of connection, goodwill, and a good meal…


So give me your hand, er…wing…Chickens…and together we will fly in the face of apathy, indecision, and procrastination! I will bring the popcorn.

Several Points of Light

Listen up, Chickens…here’s the good news:

sunThe ASC Welcome Back Home event wrapped up last week…it was, as always, a great time and we were excited to see so many students, faculty, and staff. Congrats go out to our gift card winners:

Loretta Cruise & Jillian Cline

sunYou must check out our new “SchoolShelf” just loaded with resources designed to provide students (and significant others) with the latest tips for academic success, personal growth, and individual well being.

Any school is only as successful as its students, who are only as successful as their faculty, who are only as successful as their administration…and on it goes. So we’re vested in your success – we want successful graduates to tell colleagues, friends, neighbors, and family that WVNCC is the community in which their goals were inspired and achieved. 

So check out yet another tool we’re enthusiastically placing in your kit!


SchoolShelf: Digital Student Success Resources
click logo to access


sunOur 2nd “No Stigma Attached” Lunch ‘n’ Learn Series begins tomorrow with ‘Suicide Prevention’ speaker, R. Tim Bowman. Get your lunch’on at 11:45 a.m. and Mr. Bowman will begin his presentation, on this urgent topic, at noon in the B&O Auditorium.

sunANNNNNNNND…the ASC will be offering Open Labs for any and all students who are having ‘Blackboard blackouts’ or ‘technology trembles’ on Wednesday, September 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Keep in mind, you can stop into the ASC anytime with computer queries because we’re always here to answer FAQs…but we want to offer this special, special time, with fully staffed labs…our clicky-fingers poised to point you toward the cyber-light at the end of the semester.

We’ll talk again soon, Chickens. In the meantime, we will see you around.







Sometimes it’s a real circus around here!

So Chickens, my last post urged you to take your education seriously…but I did promise we would find time to laugh at ourselves. To this end, be sure to stop by the ASC this week to enjoy our proper “welcomin’-you-home (away from home)”…cock-a-doodle-do-an-all!

Put on your red nose and unicycle on in to clown around for just a few…I mean, it totally won’t be the same without you.

Welcome Back Fall 2017