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Local agriculture leader recognized with Virginia Western’s 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award

ROANOKE – The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation announced that Mary Catherine (Kate) Lawrence has received the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award. Lawrence is Botetourt County’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent for the Virginia Cooperative Extension. She took classes at Virginia Western between 2005 and 2008.  The Distinguished Alumni...
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Virginia Western Student Food Co-op continues to provide much-needed aid

Melissa Spangler doesn’t have much free time. As a full-time student in Virginia Western’s Phlebotomy program, she carries a heavy load of classes that include labs and clinicals. She also works part-time on campus, and cares for her young grandson.  With that schedule and a...
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Why I Give: A Q&A with Dr. Allan Sklar

(To be published in the Winter 2021 edition of IMPACT! magazine, a publication of the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation.) A lifelong learner, Allan Sklar, M.D., is an area nephrologist who has spent the past 15 years practicing in Roanoke, Martinsville, Blacksburg and the...
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Anderson Hall: Building played critical role in growth of Virginia Western

By Tiffany Michelle Stevens As a young mailroom clerk working in Anderson Hall in the late 1990s, Amy Maiolo knew she didn’t have to worry about reaching her car safely after work. Lou Bass, a Virginia Western Community College professor who taught biology in the...
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Anderson Hall: Remembering a campus ‘home’ that forged friendships

By Pamela Woody On June 3, 2020, when I received an email from someone on campus who indicated that this was the week that the demolition for Anderson Hall was to occur, I had tears in my eyes.  Anderson was my “home” for over 20...
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In year of crisis, new ACHIEVE scholarship helps keep Virginia Western students on track

Jagger LaDouceur had a plan and a budget. He was going to attend Virginia Western Community College for two years, then transfer to Virginia Tech to study Computer Science, and then get a job as a software developer. He thought he would be able to...
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Pandemic increases student emergency needs at Virginia Western

When spring classes at Virginia Western Community College were abruptly moved online last spring, many students found themselves unequipped to continue learning. Many didn’t have personal computers or internet service, and they didn’t have the finances to pay for these new necessities. That was the...
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Photos from the Virginia Western Chili Cook-Off and Cookie Bake-Off March 9

For more details, see “Winners of Virginia Western Chili Cook-Off and Cookie Bake-Off announced.”
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Winners of Virginia Western Chili Cook-Off and Cookie Bake-Off announced

Congratulations to these winners of the Virginia Western Chili Cook-Off and Cookie Bake-Off. The March 9 event raised nearly $700 to benefit the Virginia Western Student Food Co-Op, Fueled by Kroger: Ladles & Linens door prize: Marla MookSweepstakes prize of 50-inch TV, donated by Kroger: Gayle ClaryNon-traditional...
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Virginia Western Chili Cook-Off and Cookie Bake-Off March 9 benefits Student Food Co-Op

YOU’RE INVITED TO THE: Virginia Western Chili Cook-Off and Cookie Bake-Off Monday, March 9, 2020 Noon to 2 p.m. (Judging from 11:30 to noon) In the Richfield Living Multipurpose Room (HP208/210) of the Horace G. and Ann H. Fralin Center for Science and Health Professions...
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