After another wonderful beginning of a new school year, I thought I would provide my next installment of News & Notes. I would like to commend all faculty and staff for a great start and for the teamwork demonstrated in all areas of the College. DSLCC has the most dedicated employees, anywhere.
Today begins Inaugural Week and preparing for an Inauguration is an exciting time, but it is so much more. It is a ceremonial passage – a time to celebrate the history and traditions of the College – and to anticipate a wonderful future for Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.
The Inauguration on Friday, September 19 is not about any one individual. It is about the continuum in the life of an exemplary place of learning. We celebrate the past 52 years while also looking forward to the next 50 years and beyond.
I thank all the volunteers who participated in the planning of the events for this week.
DSLCC Student Named to SCHEV Committee
I am pleased to announce the appointment of DSLCC student Lisa Colwill to the 2014-15 State Council for Higher Education for Virginia Student Advisory Committee (SAC). Four students were selected to represent the Virginia Community College System on issues of concern to students in higher education across the Commonwealth. Lisa is an honor student and leader on campus with Student Senate and Phi Theta Kappa. DSLCC is proud to have her as our representative.
Forestry Program Recognized
Please help me congratulate DSLCC’s Forest Management Program as it was recognized in Virginia Living’s State of Education 2014 issue. Dabney S. Lancaster Community College was recognized under our Science, Math & Technology category for the Forestry Program. The Program will be listed in their Top High Schools & Colleges 2014 list. Congratulations to faculty Brian Keiling and Joe Thacker for leading an award-winning program.
Aspen Finalists Announced
The Aspen Institute announced its 10 community college finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence at the beginning of September. Although DSLCC was not chosen as a finalist, I am very proud of our selection to the Top 150 Institutions – which places us in the top 10% with all community colleges in the nation. The ten finalists were selected on performance and improvements in learning, graduation, workforce outcomes, and equitable outcomes for all students, focusing on those in traditionally underserved racial/ethnic groups, and those from low-income backgrounds. DSLCC looks forward to our next chance at the Finals in 2017. A list of the Top 10 finalists can be found here.
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