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Virginia Western Educational Foundation announces 2015 Board of Directors

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation is pleased to announce new members and officers for its 2015 Board of Directors. The board members, who offer guidance and expertise on campaigns such as the Community College Access Program (CCAP), include leaders from a wide array of Roanoke Region titans such as Advance Auto Parts, Carilion Clinic, Virginia Tech, Rockydale Quarries, Optical Cable Corp., Hall Associates and more.

Eight new at-large members have joined the Board of Directors:  Nancy Howell Agee, Chief Executive Officer and President, Carilion Clinic; J. Spencer Frantz, Principal, Graham White Manufacturing Co.; William Farrell, Chief Executive Officer, Berglund Automotive Group; Leon Harris, President,  Keltech Inc.; Drew Parker, Executive Vice President, Carter Machinery; Garnett Smith, CEO, Advance Auto Parts (retired);  Dr. Charles W. Steger, President Emeritus, Virginia Tech; and Nicholas F. Taubman, President, Mozart Investments.

The Board of Directors officers for 2015 are:  President, J. Kenneth Randolph, Rockydale Quarries Corp.; Vice President, Warner Dalhouse; Secretary, Bertram Spetzler, M.D.; Treasurer, Neil D. Wilkin Jr., Optical Cable Corp.; and Immediate Past President, Edwin C. Hall, Hall Associates Inc.

“Each of these individuals has contributed much to our region as they have pursued their distinguished careers,” said Dr. Angela M. Garcia Falconetti, Executive Director of the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation and Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “I am certain their collective insight, governance and leadership will propel us forward as we address Virginia Western’s strategic mission and goals for 2015 and beyond.”

The new at-large board members began their terms with the Educational Foundation’s new fiscal year, January 2015. Existing members completing the at-large board are: James W. Arend, Glen C. Combs, Nick Conte, Steve Cronemeyer, David Dantzler, Tammy Moss Finley, Randy Foley, W. Heywood Fralin, Maryellen F. Goodlatte, Kent S. Greenawalt, Jeffrey A. Marks, Tom M. Robertson Jr., J. David Wine and Barton J. Wilner.

"The leadership of the Educational Foundation board members will open doors of opportunities for thousands of Virginia Western's students," says Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western Community College.

Posted on January 21, 2015 in Campus News, Educational Foundation | Permalink

Virginia Western among participants in Governor McAuliffe’s credentialing program for high-demand sectors

Commonwealth's $500,000 investment will help 500 Virginians earn credentials through incentive program Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday that seven of Virginia’s Community Colleges, including Virginia Western Community College, will receive direct incentives totaling $500,000 for student completion of credentials identified regionally as high-demand by business and industry.  The pilot program is an initiative of Governor McAuliffe’s New Virginia Economy Strategic Plan and supports his goal of seeing an additional 50,000 credentials in the Virginia economy before the end of his term. These credentials can lead an individual into careers that boast median wages at or above the Commonwealth’s per capita personal income of $48,377. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on December 11, 2014 in Campus News | Permalink

Financial Aid & Veterans Affairs Office Closed

The Financial And & Veterans Affairs Office will be CLOSED from 10:15 – 12:30 on Friday, December 12th for training.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Virginia Western librarian awarded prestigious national public service honor

Hurt is one of only 10 to receive Carnegie Corporation/New York Times-sponsored award

On Tuesday at a ceremony in New York, Virginia Western Community College librarian Lynn Hancock Hurt received the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award for her outstanding public service to the community and ongoing commitment to changing lives through education. Hurt is one of only 10 librarians within the United States recognized this year for this esteemed honor.

"This is an amazing award, and I could not think of an individual more deserving than Lynn," said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western. "In her 26 years at the college, Lynn has consistently shown dedication to improving our students' education. Her work at Brown Library has been integral to the success of many of our graduates."

Hurt has transformed the Brown Library into a positive force at the community college by modernizing the facility to meet the needs of 21st century learners. Efforts began from the ground up, as she worked with contractors on the new library renovation, while continuing to serve the school’s students, faculty and staff. Improvements include a technology center and collaborative study spaces.

Maintaining the vision of the college as a “student-oriented center for lifelong learning,” Hurt is known for her ability to identify ways the library can engage more with student life, and is an active member of the book selection committee for “Roanoke Valley Reads,” a community-wide reading experience that promotes reading on campus.

Hurt also works to provide outreach to traditional and distance-learning students who previously have had little library interaction. One creative way was by assisting on a fun infomercial explaining the library resources and services available to all students.

Hurt received a $5,000 prize at an award ceremony and reception hosted by The New York Times.

"What an amazing night! This has been an experience that I will never forget," Hurt said. "I am proud to represent Virginia Western and help spread the word about the great work being done at the college."

As part of the award process, library users nominate librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries. This year more than 1,000 library patrons submitted detailed stories regarding how their librarian had an impact on their communities and lives.

There are a total of 165,986 certified librarians in the United States and more than 200,000 dedicated library workers who connect people with the information access and critical resources they need to support lifelong learning.

A complete list of the 2014 I Love My Librarian Award recipients can be found at ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.

Posted on December 5, 2014 in Campus News | Permalink
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