Lunch & Learn

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Lunch & Learn

Bring your lunch and join the Roanoke Higher Education Center for a series of lunchtime talks.

By Roanoke Higher Education Center

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November 10, 2022 · 12pm - April 18 · 1pm EST


Roanoke Higher Education Center 108 North Jefferson Street Roanoke, VA 24016

About this event

Join us for Lunch & Learn with the Student Success Center at the Roanoke Higher Education Center! All sessions are free and open to the RHEC community and the general public. Sessions are held in room 411 from 12:00 - 1:00 every month.

Upcoming Sessions:

March 21, 2023: Roanoke's Remarkable Women

Speaker: Ashley Webb, Curator of Collections & Exhibitions, Historical Society of Western Virginia

Subject: Mary Johnston, Lucy Addison, Martha Anne Woodrum, Virginia Lee, Lucinda Terry – these are recognizable Southwest Virginia names to some, but why? Discover more about the lives of ten Roanoke women, highlighting their contributions to the fields of women’s rights, education, medicine, literature, aviation, and the arts, influencing lives locally, nationally, and internationally.

Bio: Ashley received her BA in History and Anthropology from Longwood University, Farmville, and her MA in Museum Studies from Bournemouth University, UK. She works with several local museums as a museum collections specialist in addition to her work at the Historical Society, including the Taubman Museum of Art, the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, the Salem Museum, and the Harrison Museum of African American Culture. Her specialty is fashion history, and she owns Bustle Textiles – a historic dress preservation company, and an online vintage store.

April 18, 2023: Urban Gardening

Speaker: Shawn Jadrnicek, Associate Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Subject: Learn how to grow a successful urban garden by providing plants the sunlight, nutrients, soil pH, weed control, warmth, and water they need to grow. The latest tools and techniques will be presented to reduce maintenance and work.

Bio: Shawn Jadricek has nourished his interest in agriculture through his work as a farmer, nurseryman, extension agent, arborist, landscaper, manager of Clemson University's Student Organic Farm and manager of Wild Hope Farm. From his earliest experiments with no-till farming in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California to his highly functional bio-integrated designs in the Southeast, Shawn has learned how to cultivate food in a variety of climates and landscapes over 25 years of working with the land. A Snapshot of his knowledge is available in his book The Bio-Integrated Farm.

Our Brown Bag lunches are held monthly from 12:00pm - 1:00pm in room 411 of the Roanoke Higher Education Center.

For additional questions please contact: Kimberly Mattson |

About the organizer

Roanoke Higher Education Center is dedicated to expanding the educational opportunities of the people in the Greater Roanoke Region. Located in Roanoke, Virginia, the Center offers over 200 programs of study through its partner organizations.