Two special events will be held in the Dabney S Lancaster Community College Library on the Clifton Forge campus on Thursday, September 18: An observation of Constitution Day featuring a guest speaker from Washington and Lee University at 3 pm, and an Alumni Reception in honor of the inauguration of DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone from 4:30 to 6 pm. The presidential inauguration will take place on Friday, September 19.
Beginning at 3 pm, Dr. Ted DeLaney will serve as a guest speaker in celebration of Constitution Day, held annually in September to observe the adoption of the United States Constitution. This year also marks the sixtieth anniversary of Brown versus the Board of Education, the landmark decision that ended the legal segregation of public schools, and the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Dr. DeLaney will speak on the implications of these historic events that continue to impact education across the nation.
Dr. DeLaney will focus on the importance of strong leadership for maintaining an environment that continually supports learning, accepting, understanding and valuing. The goal is to establish a campus climate that is welcoming for each and every individual who seeks a positive atmosphere that facilitates academic, occupational and personal growth.
Dr. Delaney is an Associate Professor and head of Africana Studies at Washington and Lee University in Lexington. Dr. DeLaney completed grades one through twelve at Lylburn Downing School, from which he graduated in 1961. He then earned his B. A. degree cum laude in American History at WLU and his doctorate in the same field from the College of William and Mary. His major focus in graduate school was the antebellum South and his teaching experience includes The Asheville School, Asheville, NC; State University of New York—Geneseo; and WLU, since 1995 (Assistant Professor, 1995-2001; Associate Professor, 2001—History Department Head, July 2007-June 2013). In July, 2013, Dr. DeLaney became WLU’s Director of Africana Studies, an interdisciplinary minor that examines the culture and experiences of African people and those who make up the African Diaspora throughout the world.
Also scheduled in the DSLCC Library on September 18 is an Alumni Reception from 4:30- 6 pm. DSLCC alumni are invited for fun and fellowship with current DSLCC faculty and staff, as well as friends from the community. A display of old yearbooks, newspapers and other memorabilia will be on display, highlighting important news items and special events that have occurred throughout the College’s history, spanning more than five decades.
DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone extends a special invitation to alumni to participate in the reception, stating, “This is a wonderful opportunity to set aside time to celebrate Dabney S. Lancaster Community College and its importance to our region. Every person who has ever studied, taught, worked, visited, or supported the institution in some way is a valued part of the fabric of its history. I am excited to meet our guests and look forward to exchanging stories about the College’s history to learn more about its early days.”
Those attending the event are also cordially invited to return on Friday, September 19, for the 1:30 p.m. inauguration of Dr. Rainone as the fourth president of the College. This event will be held in the Armory/Convocation Center on the Clifton Forge campus.
The public is invited to attend Dr. DeLaney’s presentation at 3 pm and the Alumni Reception at 4:30 pm in the DSLCC Library, located in Scott Hall. For details about Dr. DeLaney’s presentation, call 540-863-2828. For more information about the Alumni Reception, call 540-863-2819 or 540-863-2837.