Emory & Henry is located in Emory, Virginia, which is approximately 25 miles north of Bristol, a city that offers large shopping areas, movies, and restaurants. The area surrounding Emory is known for its scenic beauty, recreational opportunities, and talented craftsmen. Within an hour's drive are slopes for snow skiing, lakes for waterskiing, the Appalachian Trail for hiking, and locations for horseback riding, canoeing, and many other sports. The historic town of Abingdon, Virginia, which lies just 7 miles south of Emory, is the home of the renowned Barter Theatre, the oldest professional theater in the United States. Abingdon's downtown district includes shopping areas, movie theaters, restaurants, and museums. The city also hosts the annual Virginia Highlands Festival, bringing together musicians, artists, and craftsmen for exhibitions and competition.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
McGlothlin-Street Hall is a 70,000-square-foot academic center that houses the Departments of Biology, Business, Chemistry, Education, Environmental Studies, Geography, International Studies, and Psychology; a 104-seat auditorium; and a tiered sixty-seat auditorium. Classrooms and laboratories in McGlothlin-Street Hall are equipped with the most current technological equipment, including Internet access and interactive TV. Miller-Fulton Hall contains computerized classrooms used for instruction in such fields as accounting and computer science. Science departments located in Miller-Fulton and McGlothlin-Street Halls feature a variety of equipment, such as a microcomputer-based laboratory for physics students, computerized chromatography for chemistry students, a DNA sequencer in the Biology Department, and biofeedback equipment. In 2010, the College finished construction on a new residence hall, which includes 116 beds in double-occupancy rooms, each of which has its own bathroom. The completion of the residence hall follows construction on two other student residence halls located in the Emory village a few blocks from the main campus. The newly renovated Byars Hall houses three stories of classrooms, seminar rooms choir and ensemble rehearsal halls, a digital art lab, a dark room, two large art studios, practice rooms for instrumental music, and a theatre support room. Wiley Hall, which was built in 1929, has undergone a massive restoration. The historic building houses numerous administrative offices as well as some faculty offices and classroom space. The library collection consists of more than 350,000 items, including books, periodicals, government documents, audio and videotapes, compact discs, DVDs, and electronic databases. The library contains a group of computers reserved for library research, an open computer lab, and a computer classroom.
The Appalachian Center for Community Service is available for students committed to community service and integrates service learning into many classes. The King Health and Physical Education Center includes a new fitness center and enhances the College athletics program. Varsity sports for men are baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, and tennis; women compete in basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. Several sports are played on a club basis. A large percentage of E&H students engage in community projects that often involve policy research and advocacy aimed at benefitting the region. An aggressive internship program provides on-the-job opportunities for students in most of the College's programs, providing academic credit for off-campus work in community agencies and businesses. Many students have completed internships in the surrounding communities, while others have opted for internships outside the region, including several in Washington, D.C., in positions related to the Congress or the federal government. Emory & Henry students participate in a wide variety of study-abroad programs. From Rome to Beijing and from Eastern Europe to East Asia, Emory & Henry students experience cultures and people in a way that enriches their perspective on their studies, their lives, and their futures. Emory & Henry helps students prepare for these experiences through language study and with courses offered through a comprehensive international studies program. The College has exchange agreements with colleges and universities in Asia, Europe, and Central and South America. Students who desire other types of travel/study are assisted by the E&H International Education Program in locating suitable programs.
Student Organizations & Activities
Students at Emory & Henry are encouraged to take part in campus decision making. They have voting representatives on nearly every faculty committee and on the Board of Trustees. The central body in campus government is the Student Senate, which brings together representatives of the student body, faculty, and administration. Students have opportunities for involvement in a variety of campus activities: service clubs, Christian fellowship, fraternities, sororities, sports clubs, honor groups, and multicultural groups. Student staffs produce a yearbook, an online magazine, and a literary magazine; others operate a 9,000-watt FM public radio station with a coverage area that extends some 40 miles beyond the campus. Musically talented students have opportunities to participate in a choral program and a pep band. The prestigious Concert Choir has toured throughout the United States and in parts of Europe. The Barter Theatre, a professional theater in nearby Abingdon, works with Emory and Henry College to provide a theater education program that integrates college-level drama study with the benefits of experience on a professional stage.