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WVEMS Awards

WVEMS awards

Three Dabney S. Lancaster Community College faculty  members were honored recently as recipients of three of the ten regional awards from the Western Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services at its annual Regional Award Banquet at the Vinton War Memorial. The Regional EMS Award winners are now nominees for the 2014 Governor’s Awards, which will be announced at the OEMS Symposium in Norfolk in November. From left: DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone; Diana Coffey, RN, Carilion Clinic Life-Guard, was awarded the “ Nurse with Outstanding Contribution to EMS” Award; Jeanette Mann, DSLCC EMS Program Director, who was awarded the “Outstanding Pre-Hospital Educator” Award; and Dr. Michael Moran, was awarded the “Doctor Cheryl B. Haas Award for Outstanding EMS Physician”. Dr. Moran is the Program Medical Director for the DSLCC EMS program and Coffey is a DSLCC adjunct instructor in the nursing program.

John Jimenez Earns Prestigious Valley Proteins Fellowship

John Jimenez

The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education has selected John Jimenez, who attends Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, as a member of the fourth class of the prestigious Valley Proteins Fellows scholarship program.

Jimenez, 44, was employed in the hospitality industry for many years, locating to the United States when he was 17. When he decided he wanted to continue to give service to his community, as well as further his education, he enrolled in the nursing program at DSLCC. He plans to volunteer at a local hospital as a translator (he is fluent in both Spanish and English), and he also serves as a Boy Scout leader. He and his wife have three children and reside in Buena Vista.

“It means a lot to me and my family” to be chosen for the scholarship award, said Jimenez, originally from Mexico. “It means that my American dream is about to be completed.”

The Valley Proteins Fellows represent the best and most motivated second-year students at Virginia’s Community Colleges who demonstrate both academic and leadership potential along with an uncompromising commitment to excellence.  Of the 400,000 people Virginia’s Community Colleges serve across the commonwealth, only ten are selected for the Valley Proteins Fellows Program.

“It is an honor to have a DSLCC student included in this elite group,” commented Dr. John Rainone, president of DSLCC.  “John is a shining example of what can be achieved through community colleges that serve Virginia and how anyone at any stage in life can move forward and reach their goal.  I am sure that he will continue to be an ambassador for DSLCC, help to promote the value of a community college education, and share with others how higher education is critical for taking steps in career pathways leading to success.”

The fellowship has an estimated value of $15,000, which includes full coverage of tuition and fees.

The fellows participate in a unique curriculum that includes leadership programs, cultural opportunities and a community service project.

The fellows program is made possible through the generous donation of Valley Proteins, Inc., a longtime supporter of the Virginia Community College mission. The Winchester-based company has been in the rendering business for more than 60 years and currently operates 14 plants in 7 states.

“Congratulations to these students who earned some of our most competitive scholarships,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “These scholars are talented, motivated and community-focused. These men and women will be taking the reins of leadership and leaving their mark on the world and we’re delighted to work with them.”

July Fourth Festivities

July 4 Parade group

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College entered this float in the July 4 parade in Clifton Forge, celebrating the country’s 238th birthday. Staff, faculty and students who participated included, from left: Cynthia Boteler, Billy Ould, Dr. John Rainone, Nova Wright and daughter Aysha, Lisa Colwill and daughter, David Shoftstahl, Samantha Hale, Kristy Casstevens, Nancy and James Mathias, Kathie Clarke  and Melissa Unroe. DSLCC volunteers also participated in the July 4 Balloon Rally in Lexington.

Nancy Mathias

Nancy Mathias, Academic Skills Specialist in the Achievement Center at DSLCC, hands out fliers at the parade.

Baking and Pastry Arts + GED = Success!

Are you a resident of Bath County or Rockbridge County, Lexington or Buena Vista who needs to study for the GED exam to earn your Certificate? Take advantage of a great new program this fall at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center. Begin in August and complete the requirements in only 16 weeks by attending three days a week.

Through a partnership with the Rockbridge Regional Adult Education Program and the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board, DSLCC will offer eligible students the chance to enroll in new Baking and Pastry Arts courses while they are studying for the GED exam. Come out of this program with several positive things that will help you get a job! Call Lindsay Brooks at 540-462-7536 for more details on how you may qualify for this program at no cost to you. If you are interested and you live outside of the Bath County/Rockbridge County region, call 540-863-2819. Spaces are very limited so call today!

EMT to Intermediate Program Offered at DSLCC

The Emergency Medical Services program at Dabney S Lancaster Community College will offer an EMT to Intermediate program beginning in July. An informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 3, at 5 pm in Room 422, Warren Hall, on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. Any current EMT who is interested in advancing to the Intermediate level should attend.

For more information contact EMS Program Head Jeanette Mann at (540) 863-2832 or email jmann@nulldslcc.edu.

DSLCC Holds 47th Commencement Exercises

A total of 162 students received associate degrees, certificates and career studies certificates during the 47th annual commencement exercises at Dabney S Lancaster Community College Tuesday evening on the Clifton Forge campus.

“Community college graduates are a hot commodity in the global marketplace,” said guest speaker Elizabeth Creamer, advisor for Workforce Development in the office of the Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “You showed up, you finished, better and bigger jobs are in your future.”

Creamer relayed her own story of finding herself a single mom in her 20s with only 3 years of high school. “I didn’t walk, I crawled, to the community college. There has been nothing as challenging in my life as going back to school and getting that degree.”
She asked the graduates to thank “that faculty member, that coach, that administrator, that family member, who has made a difference in your life.”

This was the first commencement for DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone, who took office last July. He gave the graduates an overview of the class of 2014: Twenty-five percent were dual enrollment students, attending college classes while still in high school; one third traveled more than 30 miles to and from classes; 30 percent attended classes at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista; almost 80 percent finished on time; 95 percent plan to continue their education; 67 percent have been accepted to four-year colleges at 14 different institutions; and 60 percent are already employed.

David Shofstahl of Clifton Forge was named the recipient of the Gary Lee Miller Outstanding Student Award, given to a graduating student who demonstrates academic excellence, leadership and active participation in campus and community activities. It is named after a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, who died in combat in Vietnam.

Dr. Rainone recognized Dr. Michael Scott, Vice President for Instruction, Student Services and Research, who is retiring after 42 years of service. Dr. Scott has served as master of ceremonies for commencement for many years.

Student speakers were Emanuel Alfred and Shofstahl.

A gallery of photos from the event are available on the DSLCC Flickr Site.

The following received diplomas:
Alleghany County
Jonathon Matthew Aldridge, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Certificate, Law Enforcement; Career Studies Certificate, Private Security Services
Asbury, West Virginia
Crystal Elaine Cole, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Auto, West Virginia
Jordan Duane Sheets, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Bedford
Dustin T. Boyles, Certificate, Welding
Buchanan
Kristin Ashley Noel Brammer, Certificate, Practical Nursing; Joshua N. Christie, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Career Studies Certificate, Urban Forestry; Patrick Pentecost, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology
Buena Vista
Jonny Lee Ayers, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy; Tammy Brown, Certificate, Practical Nursing; Rita M. Carter, Certificate, Advanced Health Care; Katie Elizabeth Clark, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy; Kelsey Bray Cole, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Joshua Ryan Cranston, Career Studies Certificate, Welding; Brittany E. Fitzgerald, Certificate, Practical Nursing
Jordan Marie Fitzgerald, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science; Kirsten Gibbons, Certificate, Practical Nursing; Karla K. Hamilton, Certificate, Practical Nursing; Joshua Jamerson, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science; Chrystal H. Knick, Certificate, Practical Nursing; Jordan Lewis, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Jon Conrad Patterson, Jr., Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Melinda K. Ramsey, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management; Christian Lynne Schley, Certificate, Culinary Arts; Certificate, Hospitality Services; Career Studies Certificate, Hospitality Management; Jeffrey Lee Tomlin, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Kasey Lin Tomlin, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Career Studies Certificate, Office User; Milea Webb, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Jacob Marino Wheeler, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Carlisle, PA
Henry M. Fox, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Chantilly, VA
Daniel James Bluntzer, Career Studies Certificate, Urban Forestry
Chesapeake, VA
James Thomas Ramsay, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology
Churchville
Victoria Peyton Hevener, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Clifton Forge
Michael Austin, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Wesley Travis Broughfman, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Jordan Isaac Carroll, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Tyler Edward Crance, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Education; Thomas James Deisher, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Monroe Newton Farmer, Jr., Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Logan Rae Figgers, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science; Amber Marie Haley, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Benjamin Edward Haynes, Career Studies Certificate, Welding; Heather Nicole Hinebaugh, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Christopher Scott Hoke, Career Studies Certificate, Emergency Medical Services – Intermediate; Dustin Jones, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Weston Jones, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Christy Kay Lanahan, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Asheby Lheay Auztin Leach, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Certificate, Law Enforcement; Career Studies Certificate, Private Security Services; Tyler Drew Linkenhoker, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration; Lisa Marshall, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Chad Algon Nicely, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Tara Katherine O’Conner, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Whitley A. Blayne Oliver, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy
David J. Shofstahl, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Education; Associate of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration; Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science; Amber Jayne Stephens, Certificate, Practical Nursing; Ashby Ray Taylor, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology
Michael Ryan Underwood, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Ronnie L. Underwood, Jr., Certificate, Culinary Arts; Brent Walker, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science; Tawnya Lee West, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management
Covington
Thomas W. Andrews, Career Studies Certificate, Emergency Medical Services – Intermediate; Trena Maile-Burton Arritt, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Wesley Allen Baker, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Candon R. Bates, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Alissha Angel Bazzrea, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management; André Booker, Certificate, Welding; Jonathan A. Brumit, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management; Certificate, Business Leadership and Communication; Certificate, Office Management; Career Studies Certificate, Business Leadership; Career Studies Certificate, Small Business Management; Benjamin Lloyd Butler, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Joseph Payne Campbell, Certificate, Welding; Megan Marie Colón, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Whitney Caitlynn Crawford, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Education; Jessica Leigh Givens, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Katie May Hepler , Associate of Applied Science, Business Management, with Specialization in Administrative Support; Certificate, Administrative Support Technology; Beverly J. Hodgdon, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Ryan Todd Holley, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management; Tyler Knick, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Richard Camell Knick, III, Career Studies Certificate, Emergency Medical Services – Intermediate; Erich Ryan Mann, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Certificate, Law Enforcement; Morgan Danielle McCallister, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Cole Andrews Murray, Certificate, Welding; Morgan E. Murray, Career Studies Certificate, Emergency Medical Services – Intermediate; Clara M. Neal, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Cody Ryan Nida, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Certificate, Law Enforcement; Bryder C. Osbourne, Jr., Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science; Jason Persinger, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Shawn Renee Persinger, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Clifford Brooks Persinger, Jr., Career Studies Certificate, Emergency Medical Services – Intermediate; Damon A. Reynolds, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Joy Beth Slayton, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Kaitlin Tallman, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice with Specialization in Forensic Science; Certificate, Forensic Science; Jared Adam Thrasher, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management; Vicki Tremblay, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management
Craig County
Brandon R. Dudding, Certificate, Welding
Eagle Rock
Jacob Hunter Fairburn, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Jordan Alexander Saville, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Terri Ellen Garrison Slusser, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Education; Virginia Lee Wimbish, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management; Certificate, Business Leadership and Communication; Certificate, Office Management; Career Studies Certificate, Small Business Management
Hide, Manchester, England
Hilary Bergmann, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management, with Specialization in Administrative Support
Fairfield
Michael W. Coss, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Damien Zachary Carlton Farris, Certificate, Practical Nursing; John H. Posten, Certificate, Welding
Fincastle
Kyle Tyree Bostic, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management
Frankford, WV
Tara Nicole Brammer, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Frenchtown, NJ
Marco Ramirez, Certificate, Wind Turbine Service Technology
Glasgow
Caleb Anthony Brumit, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Cynthia M. Lively, Certificate, Advanced Health Care; Certificate, Practical Nursing
Grottoes
Seth David Stoutamyer, Career Studies Certificate, Welding
Harrisonburg
Belén Martinez, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management
Holland, MI
Laura Lynn White, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Iron Gate
Jopeph Alexander Stull, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Adam Michael Sweet, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology
Knoxville, TN
Michael Jay Kosta, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science
Lexington
Jessica Lynn Alt, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Charlene G. Bryant, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy; Adam Carter, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Sierra Love Clark, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Claire Elizabeth Cornwell, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Dian Davis, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Erin Deacon, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management; Erica Nicholé Fitzgerald, Certificate, Practical Nursing; George N. Gates, Jr., Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Bradley Gardner Goodbar, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Jessica K. Hamm, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Stephanie Nicole Higgins, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Education; Jacob Scott Holstein, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Stephanie Rose Hostetter, Certificate, Practical Nursing; Jacob Dylan Deacon Kramer, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; David Owen Martin, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science; David Reese McCormick, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Anthony Leighton Nix, Certificate, Welding; Thomas Oxendine, Certificate, Wind Turbine Service Technology; Dustin Shane Parker, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Ashley Nicole Potter, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Megan Wieringa, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management; Certificate, Office Management
Low Moor
Roxana DePriest, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Luray
Travis Gregg, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management
Marlinton, WV
Kimberly Dawn Moore, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy
Millboro
David R. Dujardin, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Jessica D. Frady, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; John L. Wolfe, III, Certificate, Welding
New Castle
Dylan M. Hurley, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Brianna M. Martin, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Norfolk
Tina Shannon Lowen, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
North Amityville, NY
William Garrett Stowell, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
North Pole, Alaska
Nathaniel Levi Meadows, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Organ Cave, WV
Tiffany Alexis Sansom, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Powhatan
Nicholas Beckley, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology
Queens, NY
Emanuel Alfred, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Raleigh, NC
Ariella Mejia, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Redding, CA
Christopher Allan Mailliard, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology
Rockbridge Baths
Avis Elizabeth Troxell, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Certificate, Law Enforcement; Career Studies Certificate, Private Security Services
Second Creek, WV
Tanya Ashlee Boggs, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Selma
Shawn Matthew Wolfe, Certificate, Welding
South Haven, MI
Holly Renee Norman, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Staunton
Christopher Porter, Certificate, Culinary Arts
Stuarts Draft
Lynzey Alane Whitlock, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management
Swoope
Devyn Nicole Kiser,  Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Virginia Beach
Stephen J. Demma, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Warm Springs
Rebecca Leigh Chaplin, Certificate, Practical Nursing
Waynesboro
Jonathan Dakota Rose, Certificate, Culinary Arts
West Monroe, LA
Lauren Hope Antommaria, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Williamsburg
John Paul Ewan, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Career Studies Certificate, Urban Forestry
Winchester
Kathy Michelle Atkins, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing

2014 Practical Nursing Program Graduates

practical nursing RRC pinning group_May 2014Ten students graduated and received their pins during the Pinning Ceremony for the Practical Nursing Program at the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Rockbridge Regional Center on May 7th, 2014. Front row, from left: Rebecca Chaplin of Warm Springs; Karla Hamilton of Buena Vista; Kristen Brammer of Buchanan; Brittany Fitzgerald and Kirsten Gibbons, both of Buena Vista. Back row: Amber Stephens of Millboro; Chrystal Knick, Damien Farris and Stephanie Hostetter, all of Lexington; Cynthia Lively of Glasgow; and Program Head Penny Fauber, RN. Guest speaker was Marlene Cooper, RN, Nurse Manager of ICU and Medical-Surgical at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital.

Each student also received a Certificate in Practical Nursing during commencement exercises May 13 on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus.

New Massage Therapy Program Graduates

massage-therapy-grads-2014_2Students who successfully completed the Massage Therapy program at the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Rockbridge Regional Center this year were recognized recently during a brief ceremony. From left:  Katie Clark of Buena Vista;  Lance Fujiwara, Director of Virginia Military Institute’s Department of Sports Medicine, where the students performed many clinical hours; Massage Therapy Program Head Gloria Lawrence; Jonny Ayers of Buena Vista; Charlene Byrant of Fairfield; and Blayne Oliver of Clifton Forge. The students each received a Career Studies Certificate in Massage Therapy during commencement exercises on May 13 on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. Lawrence is holding DSLCC’s National Certification from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork certifying that the program has met and exceeded the high standards put forth by the NCBTMB. DSLCC is an ” Approved and Assigned School” until March 15th, 2018. DSLCC was advanced to that status as a result of Lawrence obtaining Board Certification and the NCBTMB visiting and reviewing the curricula.

For more information about the program, contact Lawrence at (540) 261-1211 or email glawrence@nulldslcc.edu.

PTK Clean Up

Phi Theta Kappa students and faculty/staff advisors at workThe Phi Theta Kappa organization at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College recently spent an afternoon cleaning up the I-64 exit ramps near the college campus in Clifton Forge. From left: Neil Seldomridge of Covington, Chris Ryder of Hot Springs, Ralph Sass, Kathy Smestad, David Shofstahl of Clifton Forge and Dr. Stan Willenbring. Sass, Smestad and Willenbring are staff and faculty advisors for the group; Seldomridge, Ryder and Shoftstahl are student members. Phi Theta Kappa is the honor society for two-year colleges and encourages volunteerism throughout the community in addition to promoting and acknowledging academic excellence.

DSLCC poetry contest winners

Poetry winnersThe winners of the first annual Poetry Contest at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College were recognized during a reception at the DSLCC library April 22. The contest was sponsored by the DSLCC Writing Center in honor of National Poetry Month. From left: James Robinson of Clifton Forge, first place; Taylor Goodwin of Natural Bridge, second place; Blair Thomas of Raphine, third place; and Samantha Hale, lead tutor for the Writing Center. Not pictured: Brandon George of Covington, honorable mention.  Services of the new Writing Center are available for all DSLCC students. For more information, contact Hale at (540) 863-2903 or email shale@nulldslcc.edu.