Yancey named Virginia Western 2015 Distinguished Alumni

yanceyThe Virginia Western Educational Foundation is pleased to recognize Deborah A. Yancey, Class of ‘97 and ’98, as its 2015 Distinguished Alumni.  The award was presented at the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation Annual Awards Ceremony, held March 25.  Yancey received the award from the 2014 Distinguished Alumni award winner, Virginia Western Police Chief Craig Harris.

Established in 2006 by the Virginia Western Alumni Association, the Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes Virginia Western Community College alumni and former students who have attained extraordinary distinction in their professional field or life and serves to honor all the men and women whose attendance at Virginia Western helped them achieve their educational and professional goals allowing them to better serve their communities.

“Debbie is well-known for the constant, compassionate dedication displayed toward her students,” said Dr. Angela Falconetti, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of Virginia Western’s Educational Foundation.  “Debbie has always been a favorite teacher and valued colleague, and is a courageous, creative and graceful leader. She embodies the true spirit of service, scholarship and accomplishment that defines a 2015 Distinguished Alumni.”

Yancey’s relationship with Virginia Western began in 1996, when she became a student as well as a part-time tutor.  She completed an associate’s degree in Accounting with cum laude honors in May 1997, receiving another associate’s degree in Management, again cum laude, in December of that same year.  She received a third AAS in Banking & Finance from VWCC in 1998.   She received her BA in Accounting from Radford University in 2000, and she achieved a Master’s of Business Administration from Averett University in 2003.

Yancey became an adjunct faculty instructor in 2003, moving to full time within a few years.  She continued to teach until 2014, and currently serves the College as Dean of Business, Technology and Trades.

Her commitment to student success is nowhere more evident than in her Suits for Students initiative.

Striving to best prepare students for their futures, Yancey had her students undergo “mock real-world interviews.”  The exercise required students to actually prepare and present themselves for an appointment with a new employer.

Knowing that dressing for success is not always possible for everyone, Yancey collected suits for the students to borrow if needed.  To do so, she gathered donations or purchased the suits herself. These suits have since been donated to the Hall Associates Career Center on campus to continue to help Virginia Western students make the transition to real-world success.

For more information about the Distinguished Alumni nomination process or Alumni Relations, contact Amanda Mansfield, Donor Relations Coordinator, at (540) 857-6926 or amansfield@virginiawestern.edu.

Posted on March 26, 2015 in Campus News, Educational Foundation | Permalink

Upcoming changes to Admissions/Advising hours

Please note the following upcoming changes to the Admissions Office and Advising Center Hours:

Admissions Office:

Closed Friday, March 27th from 2-3 pm

Advising Center:

Closed Wednesday, March 25th from 3-4 pm
Closed Friday, March 27th from 2-3 pm
Closed Wednesday, April 8th from 3-4 pm
Closed Thursday, April 9th from 3-4 pm

The Records and Financial Aid Offices will not be impacted. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Posted on March 20, 2015 in Campus News | Permalink

Virginia Western racquetball team wraps up season strong

The Virginia Western Community College racquetball team finishes its first season in the MidAtlantic Collegiate Racquetball Conference in seventh place out of 15 teams. The conference is open to colleges and universities in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Delaware, West Virginia, east Tennessee and the District of Columbia.

Four team members: Nick Taylor, Cedric Hall, Ansel Steele and Kaitlin Wray represented Virginia Western this past season.  What makes their achievement noteworthy is that they competed against other colleges who fielded teams of up to sixteen players.  Students may compete in one of four divisions against others at the same skill level in both singles and doubles.  Tournaments are conducted in the Olympic format thereby ensuring each student with multiple matches.  Participants earn points for their individual rankings as well as for their respective colleges.

The Virginia Western team practices at the Kirk Family YMCA and is coached by former college instructor Phil Wheeler, who also serves as the commissioner of the conference. Assistant to the Dean of Student Services, Bonny Wheeler, is the team advisor and serves as the assistant commissioner of the conference.

The racquetball club is seeking new members.  For more information, students may contact: Bonny Wheeler in Chapman Hall (C102) or by phone 540-857-6348. Coach Phil Wheeler at vadriveserve@gmail.com or by phone 540-721-9035.

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Application period for Fall 2015 scholarships at Virginia Western now open

Virginia Western Community College’s tuition is approximately one-third that of a typical four-year college. However, many students continue to face financial hardships that prevent their access to education, causing barriers to future growth and achievement. Individuals, businesses, community organizations and corporations have generously invested in scholarships at Virginia Western, making college possible for many deserving students.

Prospective and current students can apply for Fall Semester 2015 scholarships between now and 4 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2015, at virginiawestern.edu/foundation/scholarship. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2,000 per semester.

Highlighted are several new scholarships making an impact on the lives of students:

  • Shenandoah Life Annual Diversity Scholarship may be applied to tuition and other related fees for students enrolled in the Business Science or Humanities Division. The scholarship is awarded to diverse students with cultural experiences; first priority is given to students who fluently speak Spanish.
  • Dr. Betty Turner Shepherd Nursing Endowed Scholarship covers full tuition and other related fees to students entering the second semester of the Nursing Program.
  • Dr. George K. Bowers Youth Haven-Sanctuary Annual Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need, and  meet one of the following criteria:  finished a prescribed program at Youth Haven or Sanctuary; attended Youth Haven or Sanctuary for a substantial time; attended counseling sessions with the Roanoke Juvenile Services and are recommended by the Youth Care Administrator of the Roanoke Juvenile Justice Services Division;  been recommended by the courts of Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Salem and the Probation Departments of each locality; and youth who are before the court on petition, or youth who are before Juvenile Intake on a complaint in the City of Roanoke, City of Salem, or County of Roanoke.
  • Encore Capital Group Inc. Community College Scholarship helps to cover costs for tuition, books and other related expenses to students pursuing a certificate or associate’s degree.
  • Shentel Foundation Annual Scholarship helps to cover costs for tuition, books and other related expenses to students, full- or part-time, who are graduates of Botetourt or Franklin high schools and live in those counties. Preference is given to first-generation college students who demonstrate an interest in community service.

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation awarded more than $136,000 in scholarships to nearly 100 students for the 2014-15 academic year. At a ceremony on March 25, the college will honor its scholarship recipients and donors.

For more information about the scholarship process or to learn how to establish a scholarship, contact Carole Tarrant, Coordinator of Development, at (540) 857-6281 or ctarrant@virginiawestern.edu.

Posted on March 3, 2015 in Campus News, Educational Foundation | Permalink

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