Inaugural Events at DSLCC This Week

In honor of the inauguration of Dr. John J. Rainone, the fourth president of Dabney S. Lancaster Community, several special events have  been scheduled this week on the Clifton Forge campus and are open to the public. The inauguration will take place on Friday, September 19, beginning at 1:30 pm at the DSLCC Convocation Center/Armory.

Two events are scheduled on Thursday, September 18. Dr. Ted DeLaney, Associate Professor and head of Africana Studies at Washington and Lee University, will give a talk at 3 pm in the DSLCC Library in Scott Hall  in observance of Constitution Day. DeLaney’s speech will mark the 60th anniversary of Brown versus the Board of Education, the landmark decision that ended the legal segregation of public school, and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For more information call (540) 863-2828.
Following Dr. DeLaney’s talk, there will be an Alumni Reception, also in the library, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, for an afternoon of fun and fellowship. Old yearbooks and other memorabilia will be on display.

The public is also invited to attend a reception immediately following the presidential inauguration on Friday, in Moomaw Center.

For more information about the alumni reception, the inauguration or the reception, call (540) 863-2819.

Job Fair, College Night Hosted at DSLCC September 24

Job Fair A Job Fair for job -seekers as well as employers will be held on Wednesday, September 24, at the Armory/Convocation Center on the Dabney S Lancaster Community College Clifton Forge campus, from 9 am to 1 pm.

“Fall Back into Your Dream Career” is the theme for the free event, co-hosted by the “On Ramp” Adult Career Pathways Program at DSLCC and Goodwill Industries of the Valleys. Coordinators are Joyce Broughman, On Ramp Grant Coordinator, and Jenny Wright of Goodwill’s Beyond Jobs program.

“Goodwill Industries of the Valleys is excited about our upcoming job fair,” says Wright. “Our philosophy is ‘a hand up, not a hand out’.  What better way to provide a hand up than to link our participants with our local employers.   Goodwill is committed to helping provide a holistic integration of career services with family and financial strengthening services. We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with our community in helping to lead individuals to careers where they can be self-sufficient.”

Anyone needing help with preparing a resume or wearing proper attire should contact Wright at (540) 620-6391 by September 19.

“Face to face contact with a potential employer is key to making a good first impression,” adds Broughman. “Making a good first impression will ignite a conversation, which may lead to employment.”

Also assisting with the event is Brooke Jarvis, the new Job Placement Coordinator at DSLCC. Jarvis can help participants with resumes and cover letters, and she may be reached at or (540) 863-2848.

Employers may reserve a free space by contacting Wright at (540) 620-6391  or Broughman at (540) 863-2923.

That same evening, September 24, the annual College Night will be hosted at the DSLCC Armory from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Representatives from over 50 colleges, universities, specialized training providers and the military have been invited to participate in the event.  For more information about College Night, contact Matt McGraw at (540) 863-2866 (toll-free at 877-73DSLCC) or Joy Broyles at (540) 863-2861. Students may also learn more details about College Night by contacting their high school guidance office.

DSLCC Presidential Inauguration Set September 19

Dr. RainoneDr. John J. Rainone, president of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, will be inaugurated as the school’s fourth president on Friday, September 19, at 1:30 pm, in the Convocation Center on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. There will be a reception in Moomaw Center following the ceremony. The public is cordially invited to attend.

Dr. Rainone, of Cape Neddick, Maine, has been serving at DSLCC’s president since July, 2013. Prior to arriving  at DSLCC, he was dean of institutional advancement at York County Community College, in Wells, Maine, a position he held since 1999.

Rainone succeeds Dr. Richard Teaff, who retired last year after 18 years at DSLCC.
“My first year at DSLCC has been a wonderful and positive experience. DSLCC and the entire Virginia Community College System have a successful and proud legacy of which I am honored to be a part,” said Dr. Rainone. “Those who reside in the DSLCC service area have given my family and me a very warm welcome and we have been able to meet and interact with many residents. I look forward to working with everyone, led by our talented faculty and staff at the College, to move the institution forward.”

Dr. Rainone previously served as interim chief financial officer/administration at York County Community College and also as interim dean of academic programs. Prior to that, he was dean of professional development and business services at York County Community College and assistant dean of community education and workforce development at New Hampshire Technical College, now Manchester Community College.
Dr. Rainone holds a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University as well as a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University. He and his wife, Laura, have a daughter, Julianne.

For more information about the inauguration ceremony, please call (540) 863-2819.