Monthly Archives: October 2013

News & Notes #1

Welcome to the first of many periodic updates from the President’s Office.  The purpose of News & Notes is to keep you informed and engaged with DSLCC – our goals, accomplishments, and our aspirations.  I hope you will enjoy them.

SACS Visit

The SACS team will be arriving on Monday, November 11 and will be on campus from November 12-14.  The chair of the visiting team, Dr. Melinda Robin McCree, Executive Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs from Stanly Community College, Albemarle, NC, will be on campus next Monday, November 4 for a pre-visit.  Chris Orem and I will be communicating with you over the next couple of weeks with the schedule and further details.

Sunshine Fund Established

DSLCC has established a formal Sunshine Fund as a way to express our concern, sympathy, or joy during times of happiness or sorrow for one of our teammates.  Kathy Smestad in the President’s Office will coordinate efforts and she will be contacting you soon with more details and how you can participate.

Backels Hall Canopy Renovation

The work on the Backels Hall canopy project began on Monday, October 28 with the completion expected to be before the new year.  Access to this entrance is off limits until further notice.  Thanks to Ed Kenny for leading this project.

State Board of Nursing Visit

On October 23 and 24, the Virginia Board of Nursing visited DSLCC to examine our RN program.  Although we will not receive the final report until January, Program Head Lynn McAllister and her team did a marvelous job preparing for the Board’s visit.  The comments I received from the evaluator were extremely positive and I expect a “clean bill of health” (yes, pun intended) from the State Board.  Congratulations to Lynn and all the Nursing Faculty.

Donor-Scholar Reception

Congratulations to the Educational Foundation on holding a terrific Donor-Scholar Reception on Friday, October 25.  With over 250 people in attendance, our donors and students were recognized.  Kudos to the four student speakers:  Emanuel Alfred, Cora Cox, Sally Johnson, and Chad Nicely.  Big kudos to Lynda Thompson and Jodi Burgess on a job well done!  Thank you for the work the Educational Foundation do for our students and for DSLCC.

Community Forums Update

This week will complete the final Community Forums.  The feedback from the community has been terrific.  If you would like to see the notes from each session, you can access them at the following link:


Congratulations to Jeanette Mann, EMS Program Director on her recent recognition for the VCCS Chancellor’s Workforce Development Services Award in the category of Occupational Instruction and Services.  The Chancellor’s Award recognizes outstanding contributions made by workforce development services instructors, trainers and staffers. Colleges select nominees based on course evaluations, years of service, assistance to the college in program development and support of the college in its success in serving Virginia’s workforce and community.

DSLCC in the Community – The college’s presence at these and other like events in the community are so important to the success of DSLCC.

  • Thank you to Gail Johnson, Lynda Thompson, Donnie Kern, and Judy Clark for representing DSLCC at the Clifton Forge Fall Festival on October 19.
  • Thanks to Joyce Broughman, Gloria Lawrence, Donnie Kern, and Gail Johnson for representing DSLCC at The Omni Homestead Employee Fair on October 23.
  • Thanks to Bill Tiffany, Phil McManus, and Gloria Lawrence for representing DSLCC at the Bath County High School Career Day on October 9.
  • Four representatives from DSLCC, Michael Scott, Gary Keener, Gail Johnson, and I, attended the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission Annual Dinner in Roanoke on October 24.

Grant Awarded

Congratulations to Vice President Gary Keener and his team on receiving the VCCS 2014 Institutes of Excellence grant for Strengthening Industry Partnerships in Contract Training.  This $17,000 grant will pilot an enhanced workforce development training module to better serve the needs of business and industry and to react to the reduction in staff and resources.

DSLCC Representative on VCCS Task Force

Vice President Angie Graham has been appointed by Chancellor DuBois to serve on the VCCS Funding Model Task Force.  This Task Force is a result of the VCCS Reengineering initiatives.

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