Monthly Archives: December 2013

News & Notes #2

I want to thank you for the positive feedback from the first News & Notes. As you can see, this version is on now a President’s Blog which I hope to post to occasionally. If you would like to receive direct responses from this Blog, you can “subscribe” to it and receive emails each time I post. Thanks to Paul Vosteen for setting this up on our system.

I would also like to once again recognize John Barnes, Sandy Haverlack, and Lynda Thompson for their years of service to DSLCC. You colleagues and your students thank you for your dedication.  You will be missed!

Community Parades

Congratulations to the Student Senate and the many employees for their work on the DSLCC Holiday Parade Float.  I learned from John Barnes that it has been 22 years since DSLCC participated in the local festivities.  I am proud of the commitment on behalf of the students, faculty and staff.  A special thank you goes to Student Senate President Danielle Reynolds for her leadership.

The work of everyone showed when DSLCC’s Float won 1st prize in the Covington Parade and 2nd Prize in the Buena Vista Parade.  Congratulations.

DSLCC Presentations

DSLCC presented recently a “Prescription for Partnership” at the 2013 VCCS Hire Ed Conference at the Omni Homestead.  This presentation described our partnership with George Washington University and Lewis Gale Alleghany Hospital and with our RN program at DSLCC.  This model is perfect for other industries concerned with upskilling incumbent workers and having sufficient numbers of candidates to hire.  Joining me on the panel was Dr. Jean Johnson, Dean of School of Nursing , George Washington University; Lynn McAllister, Head of DSLCC Nursing Program, Matt McGraw, DSLCC Director of Student Services, and Robin Broughman, Director of Nursing, Lewis Gale Hospital-Alleghany.

Also at the Omni Homestead, Gary Keener co-presented on the Virginia Education Wizard and what it means for our students.  The panel highlighted the use of the Wizard as a component of advising and how this tool can assist users in their quest for careers matching personal skills and interests.

I was happy to be invited to speak at this year’s Council for Resource Development Annual Conference in November in Washington, DC.  As a Past President of the organization, I was asked to co-present at the Executive Institute on the “President’s Role in Fundraising.”  In addition, I was asked to open a morning session for the Campus Impact Awards with a brief discussion on leadership.  I used one of my favorites, Abraham Lincoln, as the basis for the speech.

Holiday Cheer Decorating

Congratulations to Institutional Effectiveness and Research for collecting the most pet food for the Animal Shelter.  They collected a total of 364 pounds!

Congratulations to Talent Search!  Their door was judged to be the “Best Holiday Door Decoration”.  Our theme this year was The Culture of Competition.  Their door was titled, “There’s No Competition: Animals are our Best Friends.”

Honorable Mention goes to both Institutional Effectiveness and Research and the DSLCC Educational Foundation.  The PTK students took special note of the intricate scissors work used on both of these doors.

Thank you to Ralph Sass, Kathy Nicely, and Kathy Smestad for your leadership and thanks to everyone for participating.

DSLCC in the Community

  • Gail Johnson attended the summary session of the Blueprint Virginia initiative.  This activity culminated a year-long process launched by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce that looked at trends and goals for key sectors of the state’s economy and put them into a cohesive plan to present to Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe.
  • Michael Scott and Gary Keener hosted a meeting of area high school guidance counselors and principals.
  • Penny Fauber was on WREL radio to discuss the College’s practical nursing program.
  • The School Group, led by Michael Scott, continues to meet to discuss best practices, college procedures and current issues that impact the interaction of DSLCC employees with the area public schools.  Topics include things such as dual enrollment and placement testing.
  • Lauren Wiley attended a career fair in Greenbrier County, WV.  Students from GEHS and GWHS attended the event.
  • Donnie Kern is working with Goodwill Industries to host two Job Fairs during the DSLCC spring break in March.  Watch for more information!
  • Gail Johnson attended Parent Day at Millboro Elementary School.  Parents and teachers stopped by to offer ideas for credit and noncredit courses that the College may want to offer in that section of Bath County.

General Assembly Visits

I will be taking groups of DSLCC students and college staff to visit our representatives in the General Assembly.  In 2014, we are scheduled to be in Richmond January 21 and February 5.  This year’s theme is to Preparing Virginians for Tomorrow’s Jobs!  The focus will be on

  • Producing More College Graduates
  • Growing Virginia’s Pipeline of Talent
  • Keeping Higher Education Affordable
  • Investing in Workforce Credentials
  • 21st Century Workforce Equipment, Facilities and Instructors


Please join me in congratulating Nova Wright, who recently received the TRIO Achievement Award for the state of Virginia.  Nova was recognized in Virginia Beach at the VAEOPP (Virginia Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel) Conference.  VAEOPP represents all TRIO programs in the state of Virginia.  The VAEOPP Achiever’s Award seeks to recognize individuals who were members of one or more TRIO programs and who have achieved success in their chosen field. As a non-traditional student, Nova came to DSLCC as an adult and was served by the Student Support Services program (A Center).  Her two older boys were also members of the Talent Search program. Nova gave a moving statement at the conference giving credit to the many folks at DSLCC who encouraged and mentored her during her educational journey. Nova was chosen for this award from among the other applicants not only for the success she has achieved, but for the fact that she strives to “pay it forward” in her position as Library Director and provide the mentoring, encouragement and assistance that help our students succeed.

Congratulations to Tamra Lipscomb for her appointment on the VCCS Technology Council.  Tamra will have a great opportunity to represent DSLCC in developing and recommending technology planning from a system-wide policy perspective.  The VCCS Technology Council provides analysis and advice to the Advisory Council of Presidents (ACOP) on technology issues.

Congratulations to the Clifton Forge School of the Arts as they were honored as the recipient of one of only four state-wide Virginia Community College System’s Chancellor’s Awards for Workforce Development, during the annual Hire Ed Conference at the Omni Homestead. The CFSOTA won the award in the category of “Community Services” for its partnership with Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in offering credit and non-credit courses.

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I wish you and your family Happy Holidays and the most joyful of New Year!