Virginia Western 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Call for Nominations

The Virginia Western Educational Foundation and the Virginia Western Alumni Association are calling for nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. The annual recipient or recipients will receive the award at a special Scholarship Awards Ceremony April 6, and a plaque will be placed on the Virginia Western Distinguished Alumni Wall outside Whitman Theater.

For many, the road to lifetime achievement started at Virginia Western Community College. The Virginia Western Alumni Association established the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006 to recognize those alumni who have achieved outstanding success and made a lasting impact on their community. The prestigious award is intended to showcase the diversity of Virginia Western graduates and their range of influence on our region.

The 2015 Distinguished Alumni honoree was Deborah A. Yancey (’97 and ’98), Dean of Business, Technology and Trades at Virginia Western Community College.

Prior honorees include:  

2014 - Chief Craig S. Harris ’00 and J. David Wine ’73

2013 - Cheryl Cunningham ’86

2012 - Anne Hogan ’76

2011 - Carolyn Webster ’81

2010 - Russell H. Ellis ’80

2009 - Shirl D. Lamanca ’75 and Dennis R. Cronk ’72

2008 - Donna L. Mitchell ’81

2007 - Dr. Kent A. Murphy and Charlotte C. Tyson ’84

2006 - John B. Williamson III ’75

Anne Hogan (’76), serves as chairwoman of the Alumni Association. The Association fosters a mutually beneficial relationship and interaction between the College, its alumni, and the community; connecting with the college community to recognize and foster the diverse talents and successes of Virginia Western graduates.

Distinguished Alumni Eligibility requirements:

To be eligible for nomination, the candidate must:

  • Be a graduate of or have completed a minimum of two semesters at Virginia Western Community College.
  • Have attained extraordinary distinction and success in his or her profession or life.
  • Be a person of such integrity and stature that the College will take pride in his or her recognition.
  • Have attained regional, statewide or national prominence and significant involvement in civic, cultural or charitable affairs.

How to nominate:

Anyone may nominate a Virginia Western Community College alumna/us or former student for this award by completing a nomination form. This form can be submitted online or downloaded from the College’s website at www.virginiawestern.edu/alumni. Two letters of reference are also required.


Nominations must be received by Feb. 26, 2016.

For more information, contact Amanda Mansfield, Donor Relations Coordinator, Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation, at amansfield@virginiawestern.edu or (540) 857-6962.


Posted on January 29, 2016 in Educational Foundation | Permalink

Steger to serve as Chairman of Virginia Western Educational Foundation

Dr. Charles W. Steger, President Emeritus of Virginia Tech, has been named Chairman of the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation Board of Directors for 2016.

Steger joins other local leaders serving as officers of the Educational Foundation: Neil D. Wilkin Jr., Vice Chairman; Dr. Bertram Spetzler, Secretary; William J. Farrell II, Treasurer; and J. Kenneth Randolph, Immediate Past-President. Dr. Robert H. Sandel, president of Virginia Western, and Gerald Burgess, Local Advisory Board Chairman, round out the Board leadership.

The Board of Directors guides the Educational Foundation’s mission of supporting student scholarships, faculty development and capital projects at Virginia Western. Board members have been the driving force behind Virginia Western’s Community College Access Program (CCAP), a successful public-private partnership that provides up to two years of tuition to eligible students.

“Our board members, led by Dr. Steger, are committed to building Virginia Western into a leader of regional economic development,”  said Dr. Angela M. Garcia Falconetti, Executive Director of the Educational Foundation and Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Virginia Western. “Their support is critical as the College approaches its 50th anniversary and makes plans for further expansion.”

Existing at-large members of the Educational Foundation Board are: Nancy Agee, Glen C. Combs, Nick Conte, Steve Cronemeyer, Warner Dalhouse, David Dantzler, Tammy Moss Finley, Byron Randolph Foley, W. Heywood Fralin, J. Spencer Frantz, Edwin C. Hall, Leon P. Harris, Jeffrey A. Marks, Drew Parker, Tom M. Robertson Jr., Garnett E. Smith, Nicholas F. Taubman, J. David Wine and Barton J. Wilner.

Posted on December 15, 2015 in Educational Foundation | Permalink

Latest edition of ‘Impact’ magazine highlights Virginia Western donors and new scholarships

The Winter 2016 edition of "Impact," a magazine and annual report published by the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation, is now available here online.

If you would like a print copy or more information, contact Carole Tarrant, Coordinator of Development, at ctarrant@virginiawestern.edu or (540) 857-6281.


Posted on November 23, 2015 in Educational Foundation | Permalink

Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approves $210,000 in scholarship assistance to Virginia Western

The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission has approved a $210,000 grant to the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation to support scholarships for Franklin County students in the 2016-17 academic year. The funds will support students participating in Virginia Western’s Community College Access Program (CCAP), which provides up to two years of full-time tuition at no cost to students who meet program requirements.

In addition, Tobacco Commission scholarships will assist students seeking credential training in high-growth employment occupations such as welding and industrial machining.

The 2016-17 grant marks the fifth consecutive year of Tobacco Commission support for Virginia Western students from Franklin County. “The Tobacco Commission has focused on the need to give the young people and dislocated workers of the tobacco region assistance in preparing for a brighter future. We are fortunate to have quality community colleges to work with in this effort," said State Sen. Frank Ruff, Vice Chairman of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission and Chairman of its Education Committee.

The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is a 28-member body created by the 1999 General Assembly. Its mission is the promotion of economic growth and development in tobacco-dependent communities, using proceeds of the national tobacco settlement. To date, the Commission has awarded 1,913 grants totaling more than $1 billion across the tobacco region of the Commonwealth, and has provided $309 million in indemnification payments to tobacco growers and quota holders.

For information on the Commission’s history, mission, funding programs and recent grant awards, visit www.tic.virginia.gov or call, toll-free, 1-877-807-1086.

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation, a nonprofit affiliated with Virginia Western Community College, raises support for CCAP through a public/private funding partnership. Since 2009, more than 1,500 Roanoke Valley students have participated in the program.

Current public high school seniors interested in CCAP for the 2016-17 academic year should contact their guidance counselor and plan to bring their parents or guardians to an informational session Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Franklin County High School auditorium. The CCAP application period opens Jan. 6, 2016, and closes Feb. 29, 2016. To stay up to date on CCAP news, see www.virginiawestern.edu/ccap.
For more information about CCAP, contact program coordinator Carolyn Payne at (540) 857-7544 or cpayne@virginiawestern.edu.

Posted on October 26, 2015 in Educational Foundation | Permalink

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