We celebrate many holidays as a community at JCHS and Thanksgiving was no exception. In this slideshow, you'll see how our students, faculty and staff celebrated together in 2009.
By November, autumn had overtaken the JCHS campus, painting our trees with vibrant color and infusing the cool air with the scent of blazing fireplaces across the region. As JCHS headed into Thanksgiving break, we celebrated the holiday and counted our blessings at two events — one for students and one for faculty and staff.
Our student Thanksgiving Dinner took place on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009 in our new student union, The Dog House, at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital.
Before the dinner began, our caterers prepared lots of pumpkin pie for all of our guests.
The dinner was served as a buffet-style meal and everyone in attendance was welcomed to load up their plates with their Thanksgiving favorites. Here, the caterers put the finishing touches on the meal. Just outside of camera range, everyone is already lining up!
And then, it was time to dive in and eat! At the head of the line was JCHS student Erin Lindeau.
At one of The Doghouse's bistro tables, JCHS student Sukhpreet Sohi chats over her meal.
All smiles at the dinner were (l-to-r) JCHS student Kirstin Harrell, JCHS Assistant Director of Student Life Sarah Ross and JCHS student Taja Smith. (Kirstin, by the way, <I>always</I> insists on being in these slideshows. **SIGH**)
Sitting at one of our lower tables were JCHS students (l-to-r) Sarika Sahgal and Sarah Smith. Looks like the tryptophan in the turkey is already getting to Sarika!
The dinner was a great opportunity for our students to get together and socialize as well as eat. Here, JCHS students Rachel Wanzer (sitting on the floor) and Taylor Hite (drinking) enjoy the conversation over their meals.
The Dog House was literally overflowing with students and guests during the dinner.
Wow, check out that multi-tasking! JCHS student Chelsea Bertrand balances her plate while checking out messages on her cell phone.
JCHS student Jessica Lore grabs a roll from the buffet as she heads to her seat to enjoy her holiday dinner.
In addition to students, members of the JCHS VOICE (Violence Can End) Committee were invited to the dinner. They had just finished a meeting next door. Here, committee members Jennifer Carlo (also the JCHS Dean for Student Affairs) and Melody Meier (also the Associate BSN Program Director and Assistant Professor) smile up a storm in hopes that the photographer won't pester them further as they eat their dinners.
JCHS students (l-to-r) Brittany Cox and Kelsey Stokes focus intently on their meals.
JCHS student Wyatt Roop keeps an eye on the pumpkin pie table as he eats.
Near the door, JCHS Safety and Physical Plant officer Susan Booth shares a smile with Lee Linkous of Carilion Clinic's Security Services. On the counter in front of her is JCHS's littlest fan, Alex! (Word is, he's also a fan of Thanksgiving dinners...)
As the evening wore on, JCHS students continued to trickle in and enjoy their dinners. It was a great event for all of our students!
On Thursday, Nov. 19, the JCHS Caring & Sharing Committee hosted the Faculty and Staff Thanksgiving Potluck Luncheon at the Reid Center. Room 418 was packed with dozens of folks from the JCHS community.
Just before the potluck began, Caring & Sharing Committee member Linda Davis readied the turkey.
It wasn't long before faculty and staff began showing up for the feast. Here, we see several members of our Administrative Team and Administrative Support Staff arriving, including (l-to-r) JCHS President Carol Seavor, Dean for Administrative Services Anna Millirons and Administrative Secretary to the Deans Patsy Marshall.
Staff and faculty began to wind their way through the line, loading up their plates with all of the delicious dishes that others brought. Here, we find (l-to-r) Carol Jessee, Administrative Assistant in Administrative Services; Carol Rowlett, JCHS Institutional Research Manager; and Nikki Byrd, Admissions Counselor.
Kathy Cochenour, Administrative Assistant in Administrative Services, prepares to chow down. Pile that grub high, Kathy!
The luncheon was a chance for our faculty and staff to not only enjoy some great food, but to catch up with each other. From closest to farthest are George Steer, Associate Professor in Respiratory Therapy; Beth Biggio, Department Secretary in Nursing; Linda Cochran, Associate Professor in Respiratory Therapy; and Chase Poulsen, Assistant Professor in Respiratory Therapy.
Here, Chase Poulsen tries to duck out of the camera frame before the picture is snapped. Not as easy to escape the lens when you're balancing a plate full of food, is it, Chase. Ha!
Nearby, Tonia Andrews, Associate JCHS Bursar, chats with Senior Staff Accountant Vicki Cole over their lunches.
We think Christina Hatch, JCHS Coordinator for Development and Alumni Relations, was trying to lead her table in prayer, but we're not entirely sure what she's doing. Probably something kooky. Wilton Kennedy, Physician Assistant Program Director looks on in amusement.
Back over at the buffet line, Priscilla DuBois, Administrative Secretary to the President, takes her food choices very, very seriously.
Enjoying their Thanksgiving feast are (l-to-r) Rebecca Greer, Assistant Professor in Nursing; and Janice Taylor, Department Secretary in Nursing. In foreground, is Assistant JCHS Registrar Marlene Perrott.
We even had the chance to visit with everyone's favorite JCHS mascot, Jeff the Blue Healer! We hear he even got some table scraps. Which means we'll be up all night letting him outside...
JCHS student Janet Reynolds—who acted as Jeff's guide at the luncheon—even checked Jeff out to make sure he didn't have doggy breath that might offend some of the folks eating nearby. Way to take one for the team, Janet!
Another multi-tasker! Patricia Airey, Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator in the Physician Assistant Program, chats on the phone while preparing her plate.
Decisions, decisions! JCHS President Carol Seavor checks out the dessert table.
Showing off one of his <I>TWO</I> Thanksgiving-themed ties, Mac Snead, Assistant Program Director and Assistant Professor in Emergency Services, looks mighty dapper!
"I know you're not taking my picture while I'm loading up my dessert plate," said Ruth Taylor, Department Secretary in Admissions.
Glen Mayhew, Program Director of the JCHS Emergency Services Program, was less than enthused to be photographed. Actually, we just caught him off guard. After all, isn't it rare to <I>not</I> see Glen smiling?!
Sarah Higginbotham, Coordinator of the JCHS VOICE (Violence Can End) Program, partakes in some yummy desserts!
Beth Biggio, Department Secretary in Nursing, seems to be enraptured by her conversation. Or maybe she's just thankful all the delicious Thanksgiving food choices at the luncheon!
Chair of the JCHS Nursing Program Carolyn Melby listens to her fellow diners as they discuss the semester and the upcoming holiday.
JCHS wishes you all the best during this Thanksgiving season!