Monthly Archives: January 2014

News & Notes #3

Happy New Year!  I hope each of you enjoyed the holiday season and were able to spend quality time with family and friends.  I thank you again for the positive feedback on this form of communication with the campus community.  As a reminder, if you would like to receive direct responses from this Blog, you can “subscribe” to it and receive emails each time I post.

DSLCC Recognized by the Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named Dabney S. Lancaster Community College as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million dollars in prize funds.

The Prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

The Aspen Institute identified the top community colleges through an assessment of institutional performance, improvement, and equity on student retention and completion measures.

DSLCC was selected from a national pool of over 1,000 public two-year colleges using publicly available data on student outcomes.

You can find out more about this journey at

DSLCC Expands Online Courses with Partnership

I am pleased to announce a new partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and the Shared Services Distance Learning Network.  This program will expand DSLCC’s capacity for greater student access and comprehensive course offerings.  These courses allow students to earn DSLCC credit while taking an online course with a NOVA instructor, as well as use the DSLCC testing centers to take proctored tests.  This partnership allows DSLCC to offer courses otherwise unable to offer due to limited enrollment or which we do not currently have credentialed faculty.  The students in Shared Service Network will have access to all the services provided by NOVA in addition to the resources available to all students at DSLCC.  The first courses are slated to be on our schedule for this summer.

DSLCC to Host the Mid-Atlantic STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series

On April 5, 2014, DSLCC will host the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series for woodsmen’s competition of the Collegiate Series Mid-Atlantic Qualifiers.

ESPNU cameras will be on site to capture the competition. The network will provide a national platform to not only highlight the competition, but also spotlight DSLCC’s Forestry program.

DSLCC is thrilled to host the Series and being able to showcase our forestry program and college on a national level really means a lot to our school and our community.  Congratulations to Brian Keiling, Joe Thacker, and the students of DSLCC’s Forestry program.


Lynn McAllister and Karen Persinger  for their recent presentation, “Implementation of a QSEN Curriculum by an Associate Degree Nursing Program” at the Elsevier Faculty Development Conference held in Las Vegas.  This presentation was also accepted at the VCCS New Horizons Conference in April.   Congratulations Karen and Lynn.

Rotaract at DSLCC

Recently, David Kleppinger, executive director of the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation, held an information session about how to start a “Rotaract” Club, a service organization for adults age 18 to 30.  Rotaract is a global community of young adults who gather for positive change.  Rotaract clubs are involved with hands-on service projects, fun networking and social activities, and provides an opportunity for professional development.  If we are able to get at least 15 DSLCC students interested in starting a Rotaract club, the Covington-Hot Springs Rotary Club has agreed to sponsor our Rotaract Club.  Any student interested, should contact Dave Kleppinger at  Additional information is available at

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