More Than A Vacation Celebrates Silver Anniversary

by Billy Chandler

It’s a classic love story. The love for a college coupled with the desire for life-long learning. Yet, how do you put a name on it?

That was the challenge 25-years ago as volunteers for Emory & Henry College met to work on the revival of an event called “Alumni College.” As they agreed on a name, they had no idea how difficult “More Than A Vacation” (MTAV) would be to remember.

It might have been a rocky start, but attendance numbers grew and soon MTAV became a tradition. And while it was created to bind alumni to the College, participants became bound to each other and an unintended but treasured family grew.

“In 2018, we will celebrate our 25th anniversary for the little event that could,” said Monica Hoel, alumni director. “Some folks will be new and some have been here for every inch of the journey. What a blessing both of those groups are.”

For four days each summer, at the end of July, alumni and friends of Emory & Henry College gather on campus to continue their commitment to the pursuit of knowledge.

As it so happens, they also manage to have a great time and make great friends in the process. This year’s silver anniversary event will be held from July 25-29.

The program is built around a theme that is fairly common for MTAV: Stories We Never Knew. The event will explore new ideas, share fascinating backstories and urge participants to look deeper at the College.

Events scheduled for this year include a birding program led by an alum who serves with the Center for Conservation Biology, a discussion of microplastics with an alum who is a physicist trained at NC State, a children’s book discussion with a former E&H faculty member, and current events presentations by two former E&H presidents. In fact, every living E&H president is participating in some manner this year to honor the 25th anniversary.

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Hoel hopes participants will go home to share their MTAV experiences with friends and family.

“We want everyone to rave about the beauty and culture of Southwest Virginia and the surrounding region. We hope they’ll share facts learned at the event and discuss viewpoints never before considered.”

She credits the success of MTAV to all of the people that have served as leaders, volunteers or attendees.

Jeannette Reynolds Kendall, a member of the E&H class of 1974, says the event opened her eyes.

“More Than a Vacation introduced me to more than the Emory & Henry I knew; it took me over the river, through the woods, beyond the mountains and valleys that surround this wonderful college,” said Kendall. “It brought people to us and took us places that help me better understand the Southwest Virginia I never knew while attending Emory & Henry.”

Nearly every review of MTAV comes back with two thumbs up. No matter what you call it (we get “Better Than A Weekend” all the time), make it a part of your summer tradition. After all…it’s a fun event…but…it’s “More Than Just A Vacation.”

To register for the event please contact Monica Hoel at mshoel@emoryhenry.edu or click on the link below.

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2889-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry is now taking applications for the spring 2024 cohort of explorers in the Semester-A-Trail Program, the only program in..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3000" data-max-h="2318" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2889-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic">Emory & Henry Only College to Offer Academic Credit for Thru-Hiking in the U.S. Two Options now Available for Students</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), 25 Emory & Henry students earned college credit while studying in the great outdoors. They participated in the Emory & Henry Semester-A-Trail Program – the only program in the United States that offers college credit for attempting a thru-hike or section of the A.T. with an academic component and training. The College is now taking applications for the spring 2024 cohort of explorers.</span></p><a href="/live/news/2889-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3493-emory-henry-senior-first-acting-fellow-at"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry student Destinee Nikole on stage" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1364" data-max-h="1363" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3493-emory-henry-senior-first-acting-fellow-at">Emory & Henry Senior First Acting Fellow at Barter Theatre</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Senior at Emory & Henry First to Receive Barter Theatre’s Black Fellowship</p><a href="/live/news/3493-emory-henry-senior-first-acting-fellow-at" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3505-gov-youngkin-approves-emory-henry-and-regional"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.jpg" alt="People on assembly stage with a presentation projected on a screen" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1824" data-max-h="1825" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3505-gov-youngkin-approves-emory-henry-and-regional">Gov. Youngkin Approves Emory & Henry and Regional Partners to Move Forward with Southwest Virginia Lab School Plans</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Emory & Henry College Approved as One of Six New Lab Schools in Virginia by Governor Glenn Youngkin To Help Address the Healthcare Workforce Shortage</p><a href="/live/news/3505-gov-youngkin-approves-emory-henry-and-regional" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3117-emory-henry-college-welcomes-largest-amount-of"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14468_EH-Week-of-Welcome-Orientation-Sessions-August2023_0713.rev.1693339722.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14468_EH-Week-of-Welcome-Orientation-Sessions-August2023_0713.rev.1693339722.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14468_EH-Week-of-Welcome-Orientation-Sessions-August2023_0713.rev.1693339722.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14468_EH-Week-of-Welcome-Orientation-Sessions-August2023_0713.rev.1693339722.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14468_EH-Week-of-Welcome-Orientation-Sessions-August2023_0713.rev.1693339722.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry College climbed to 1,105 residents this fall, the largest number of undergraduate students on the Emory campus since 2004!" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14468_EH-Week-of-Welcome-Orientation-Sessions-August2023_0713.rev.1693339722.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14468_EH-Week-of-Welcome-Orientation-Sessions-August2023_0713.rev.1693339722.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3117-emory-henry-college-welcomes-largest-amount-of">Emory & Henry College Welcomes Largest Amount of Undergraduate Students to its Emory, Virginia Campus Since 2004</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The population of Southwest Virginia increased by 1,105 residents this fall with the largest number of undergraduate Emory & Henry College students to attend classes on its Emory campus since 2004, representing a 2.1% increase over the previous year.</p><a href="/live/news/3117-emory-henry-college-welcomes-largest-amount-of" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2713-emory-henry-college-launches-new-online"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png" alt=" Latest print edition of the Fall 2022 E&H Magazine, now online at www.emoryhenry.edu/magazine " width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png 3x" data-max-w="9000" data-max-h="5700" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2713-emory-henry-college-launches-new-online">Emory & Henry College Launches New Online Magazine</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Emory & Henry College is proud to announce the launch of the College’s</span> <i><span style="font-weight: 400;">E&H Magazine </span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">website, a complement to the bi-annual publication created by the Office of Marketing and Communications in partnership with the Office of Advancement and the Alumni Office.</span></p><a href="/live/news/2713-emory-henry-college-launches-new-online" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3483-emory-henry-director-and-professor-granted-a"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg" alt="Celeste Gaia" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2132" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3483-emory-henry-director-and-professor-granted-a">Emory & Henry Director and Professor Granted a Fulbright Award</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Gaia Awarded Fulbright Honoring International Education Administrators</p><a href="/live/news/3483-emory-henry-director-and-professor-granted-a" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3372-emory-henry-celebrates-ribbon-cutting-for-new"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15496_HelenMatthewsLewis-WomensGenderCenter-RibbonCutting_3-16-24_017.rev.1710858492.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15496_HelenMatthewsLewis-WomensGenderCenter-RibbonCutting_3-16-24_017.rev.1710858492.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15496_HelenMatthewsLewis-WomensGenderCenter-RibbonCutting_3-16-24_017.rev.1710858492.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15496_HelenMatthewsLewis-WomensGenderCenter-RibbonCutting_3-16-24_017.rev.1710858492.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15496_HelenMatthewsLewis-WomensGenderCenter-RibbonCutting_3-16-24_017.rev.1710858492.jpg" alt="Faculty, Staff and Community Members at Emory & Henry's Ribbon Cutting at the Helen Matthew's Lewis Women's & Gend..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15496_HelenMatthewsLewis-WomensGenderCenter-RibbonCutting_3-16-24_017.rev.1710858492.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15496_HelenMatthewsLewis-WomensGenderCenter-RibbonCutting_3-16-24_017.rev.1710858492.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3372-emory-henry-celebrates-ribbon-cutting-for-new">Emory & Henry Celebrates Ribbon-Cutting for New Women’s & Gender Center Honoring Helen Matthews Lewis</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Emory & Henry College proudly announced the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Helen Matthews Lewis Women’s & Gender Center, held on Saturday, March 16, at 1 p.m. The event occurred at the Damer House on the Emory campus.</p><a href="/live/news/3372-emory-henry-celebrates-ribbon-cutting-for-new" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>