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Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces August Employee of the Month

Emporia, VA – Alison Phillips has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for August 2017. Ms. Phillips, who works in SVRMC’s Imaging Department, has been employed at SVRMC since June 2003.

Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for August was Service Recovery.  Ms. Phillips’ nomination included the following statement:  “Alison strives to ensure that each of our patients has an excellent customer experience while at SVRMC.  When one of our patients expresses a concern, she always goes above and beyond to accommodate them. Alison is a true patient advocate and is very deserving of the Employee of the Month Award for Service Recovery”.

As SVRMC’s August Employee of the Month, Ms. Phillips received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2017 Employee of the Year.

Joyce Livesay Harding

Joyce Livesay Harding, of Emporia, Virginia went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 23, 2017 after a long battle with dementia while at Hickory Hill Retirement Center. She was preceded in death by her brother Darden R. Livesay and mother Ella Maude Darden Livesay. She is survived by her husband of 55 years Robert W. Harding and her children Douglas W. Harding and Tricia L. Parker. She was a long-standing member of Main Street United Methodist Church.

The family will receive visitors on Thursday, September 28th at 9:00 a.m. at Main Street United Methodist Church in Emporia, Virginia. A Celebration of Life will follow at 10:00 a.m. with a reception afterwards. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Main Street United Methodist Church.

Mandatory Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System to be Conducted on September 27, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a mandatory nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on September 27, 2017 at 2:20 pm EDT. The test will assess the readiness for distribution of the national level test message, as well as verify its delivery.

The EAS test is made available to radio, television, cable, and direct broadcast satellite systems, and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test’s message will be similar to the regular monthly test message of the EAS with which the public is familiar, only inserting the word “national.” “This is a national test of the Emergency Alert System. This is only a test.”

Significant coordination and regional testing has been conducted with the broadcast community and emergency managers in preparation for this EAS national test. The test is intended to ensure public safety officials have the methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public in times of an emergency or disaster. Periodic testing of public alert and warning systems is also a way to assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure required for the distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.

Conducting the test following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria will provide insight into the resiliency of our national-level alerting capabilities in impacted areas. The test will also provide valuable data into how the Integrated Public Alerts and Warning System (IPAWS) performs during and following a variety of conditions. With two major hurricanes already making landfall, and a potential for two more impacting our nation, we need to have the ability to maintain the continuity of critical infrastructure under various conditions. 

Receiving preparedness tips and timely information about weather conditions or other emergency events can make all the difference in knowing when to take action to be safe. FEMA and our partners are working to ensure alerts and warnings are received quickly through several different technologies, no matter whether an individual is at home, at school, at work, or out in the community. The FEMA App, which can be downloaded on both Android and Apple devices, is one way to ensure receipt of both preparedness tips and weather alerts. The FEMA App can be downloaded at www.fema.gov/mobile-app.

The back-up date for the test is October 4, 2017, at 2:20 pm EDT, in case the September 27 test is cancelled. More information on the IPAWS and Wireless Emergency Alerts is available at www.ready.gov/alerts. You can also access a video, FEMA Accessible Emergency Alert System IPAWS Test Message, in American Sign Language.  

This is the third mandatory nationwide test of the EAS. The first test was conducted in November 2011 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials. The second mandatory test was conducted in September 2016.

Moses Archie Clements

Into eternal rest, Moses Archie Clements, on September 23, 2017.  A lifelong resident of West Purdy, VA, Moses  graduated in 1971 from Brunswick Academy and was named a Merit’s Who’s Who Scholar.  He attended Virginia Tech and graduated from the School of Engineering in 1977.   While at Tech, he worked for the agricultural engineering department  and was a founding member of the National Chapter of the  Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.

Moses was the son of the late local farmers  Archie B. and Ida Conner Clements, and from 1977-1989, he returned home and  operated the Clements family farm in Purdy.  He was named Farmer of the Year in 1983 by the J. R. Horsley Water and Soil Conservation Organization.  Like his father before him, Moses was an an excellent farmer who shared the bounty of his large garden, especially his excellent watermelons, with countless  friends and neighbors.     He accepted employment with Greensville County in 1989, eventually rising to become the assistant director of the Water and Sewer Authority, where he oversaw many projects that raised the standard of living for county residents.

Mr. Clements is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years, Debra; his sons Robert Archie Clements and wife Trista, and Adam Decker Clements and wife Michele;  and by five granddaughters:  Sumer, Cora, Alyce, Anna, and Caroline.  He is also survived by his sister, Connie Ellison and husband Andrew,  and two  nieces, Jean Prince Ellison and Stephane Dene Satterwhite, and two  nephews, James Moses Ellison and William Asa Rowland. As well, he leaves behind numerous faithful and loving cousins, inlaws, and friends.  The support and love of his community and friends  sustained Moses and his family  during his inevitably unwinnable battle with ALS.

Moses Clements  held strong convictions on the importance of education.  He served for many years as the treasurer and chairman of the Scholarship Committee for the Greensville/Roanoke Rapids  Tech Alumni Chapter.  Numerous recipients of the award, as well as many other college students, received regular notes and small monetary gifts from Moses during their years in college, along with the admonishments to: “Do us proud!”, “Study hard!” and “Get that degree!”  The Scholarship was renamed by the organization in July in honor of Mr. Clements.              As well, the Southside Virginia LandSharks Parrot Head Club, of which Moses was a founding and very active member, dedicated the Moses Archie Clements Memorial Scholarship in June, to be given annually to a local student who will be attending Tech.  Moses Clements loved life, and enjoyed being in three places above all others:  cheering on his beloved Hokies in Lane Stadium, singing along with Jimmy Buffett at concerts, and watching the sun set over the water at his “Metal Mansion” at Lake Gaston.  All of these were enjoyed more when he was  with the many friends he held near and dear.   He was one of life’s true givers.  The friends, family members, and complete strangers who benefitted from his acts of kindness are innumerable.   His only desire in the giving of his time, talents, and money was that the recipient “pay it forward”, spreading kindness to others.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, September 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 26. Interment will follow at Emporia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Mr. Clements requested donations to Purdy Baptist Church, where he was a lifelong member, and long time  deacon, the ALS Foundation, or one of the scholarship funds mentioned above.  Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

Panther Prep Day for SVCC Is October 3, 2017

Plan now to attend Panther Prep Advising Day at various sites of Southside Virginia Community College on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.  This event is the perfect time to register for Spring 2018 classes, meet with advisors learn about the offerings at SVCC and just have some fun.  There will be music, food, giveaways, demonstrations, financial aid information, entertainment and more.  Get immersed in the culture of SVCC at this event.

Save the date and time, October 3, 2017 from 10 a.m. until 6 P.m.  This event will be held at six locations.  Christanna Campus in Alberta, John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston, Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill, Southside Virginia Education Center in Empoiria and SVCC Occupational Technical Center in Blackstone.

For information, check out the SVCC Facebook or www.southside.edu

Daughters of the American Revolution Encourage Commemoration of Signing of US Constitution

Members of William Taylor Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (Louise Ogburn of South Hill, Christie Hales of Lawrenceville, Mary Jane Elkins of South Hill and Nancy Turner of Kenbridge) encourage students at Southside Virginia Community College to join in commemorating the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America—September 17-23.  

VSP Issues Warning about Automated Traffic Ticket Email Scam

RICHMOND – Virginia State Police is warning all Virginians of an email scam that advises individuals they are receiving an “automated traffic ticket” from the State Police. The Virginia State Police does not use or issue digital/automated traffic tickets or summonses. Anyone receiving such an email should delete it and NOT click on any links provided in the email (See example below).

The email scam is just one of numerous tactics used by scammers to harass individuals under the guise of being the Virginia State Police. Just last month Virginia State Police pushed out an advisory about state police phone numbers being cloned by scammers demanding money and/or threatening individuals with arrest warrants. In these instances, anyone receiving such a phone call should hang up.

To protect one’s self from such scams:

  • Never open or click on a link in an email from an unknown email address, individual or organization. To check the validity of an email, locate the entity’s website and call to determine if it is a legitimate email. The same goes for an individual.
  • Never give out personal information, credit card numbers, bank account information, etc. to an unknown individuals or entities via the phone or email.
  • For additional tips on how to protect yourself and identifying common scams, go to www.usa.gov/scams-and-frauds.

An email might look like the one provided below:

Fish Tales

An annual rite of fall for the boys and girls at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is a trip at Buckroe Beach Fishing Pier in Hampton for a day of saltwater fishing.  Old Point Trust and Financial Services sponsors this event in conjunction with the City of Hampton Roads Parks and Recreation.

Seventeen young anglers – most of whom had ever been saltwater fishing – arrived bright and early and ready to fish using rods, reels, tackle and bait provided by Old Point.  Don Lancaster and Matt Smith with two other fine volunteers helped the children.   Don provided brief “Fishing 101” instructions where he showed the boys and girls how to bait hooks, protect their hands from the fins, and release the hooked fish.

The kids had so much fun that many did not want to leave. One young man who never had been fishing was so excited and happy he was beside himself.                                                   

When asked why he volunteers each year, Lancaster responded “These youngsters have had so many challenges in their lives.  It does your heart good to see them have such a good time enjoying the simple pleasure of fishing.

The boys and girls are most grateful to the wonderful volunteers and to Old Point for sponsoring this great day of fishing.

The Transformative Power of Education

By Dr. Al Roberts

The Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan group that informs the public about issues, attitudes, and trends that shape the country and the world, examined the situation facing workers in the United States. The report summarizing their findings was titled “The State of American Jobs: How the shifting economic landscape is reshaping work and society and affecting the way people think about the skills and training they need to get ahead” (October 2016).

“The nature of jobs is changing,” the report noted. “Employment data shows that the job categories with the highest growth tend to require higher social skills, analytic savvy, and technical prowess.” The study’s survey of employed adults found that an overwhelming majority—87%—said getting training and developing new skills were either important or essential for staying abreast of changes in the workplace. The report stated, “Americans believe knowledge of computers, social dexterity, communications skills, and access to training are key to success for today’s workers.”

To address these concerns, Southside Virginia Community College maintains active partnerships with business and industry leaders throughout our service area. These collaborative efforts help ensure that curricula are up to date and aligned with current and future workers’ needs. One example is the recent launch of the Center for Information Technology Excellence (CITE) Lab located at the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill.

The CITE Lab was made possible through a grant from the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission and developed under the guidance of local employers, including Microsoft. Microsoft’s cloud computing facility in Mecklenburg County is one of the largest in the world. The CITE Lab’s state-of-the-art equipment lets students learn in a situation that replicates the work environment of large data centers and prepares them to earn important CompTia industry credentials (A+, Server+, Network+, and Security+).

The rise of cloud computing, which involves collecting and storing data, is one of the driving forces behind technology-related employment growth. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in computer and information technology occupations will grow faster than the average for all occupations. Furthermore, they report wages within the field are more than double the median wage for all occupations.

At SVCC, our mission is to give everyone an educational foundation that develops and extends their skills and knowledge. This enables students to embark upon or move along career paths in growing fields with family sustaining wages. We believe in the transformative power of education. We believe students can meet challenges and change their lives through learning, and we believe education can lead to individual prosperity and regional economic vitality. The responsibility to instruct scholars and train tomorrow’s workforce drives all our activities. For more information about how your education needs can be met, call 434-949-1000.

Dr. Al Roberts is president of Southside Virginia Community College, an institution of higher learning that provides a wide variety of education opportunities to a diverse student population within a service area that spans ten counties and the city of Emporia. He can be reached via email at al.roberts@southside.edu

Dominion Energy Crews Help Restore Power to Hundreds in Florida

Dominion Energy crews traveled from Daytona Beach on Friday to the Gulf Stream Staging area where they were deployed and helped restore power to several hundred customers. Work locations included broken poles and downed wires in locations which were difficult to access. Customers have been very appreciative and our colleagues at Florida Power & Light have assigned Dominion Energy crews to additional projects on Saturday.

As of 5:30 p.m. on Friday about 1.4 million customers are without power in Florida and Georgia due to Hurricane Irma, according to the Edison Electric Institute. Outages peaked on Monday at 7.8 million customers. More than 750 Dominion Energy employees and contractors are currently assisting in restoration efforts. In total around 60,000 are working on restoration efforts in one of the largest mobilizations of power crews in United States history.

Spotlight on Jobs by the Virginia Employment Commission

Part Time Solid Waste Collection Site Attendant: Candidates must be registered with the Virginia Employment Commission to apply. Desired applicants should be at least 21 years of age, have a driver’s license valid in VA and possess a high school diploma or GED. This is heavy work that is performed in all types of outside environmental conditions. Applicants must apply at the Virginia Employment Commission. Job Order # 1165210

Electrician I: Desired candidate should possess a High School Diploma or GED and be at least 18 years of age. This is a position opening for Class I Electricians with at least 36 months experience in industrial electrical maintenance. Must be willing to work any shift, holidays, weekends and overtime as needed. Job Order #1161997

Part Time Custodian: Seeking reliable, responsible part time custodians to help maintain and care for local office facilities. Must share mission of the company to take pride in care and internal appearance of the facilities where we work. No experience is required but is highly preferred. Must be able to pass background check and be able to work between hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday-Wednesdays and Fridays. Job Order #1167960  

Millwright I: Desired candidate will have a high school diploma or GED and at least 36 months experience in industrial mechanical maintenance to include troubleshooting, repairing and maintaining industrial machinery. Must be able to work any shift to include weekend, holidays and overtime as needed. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be able to follow all safety and company policies and be committed to improve production reliability and uptime. Job Order # 1162007

Lathe Technician: Seeking candidates with MP2 experience, advanced maintenance and PLC experince. Must have a high school diploma or GED and at least 12 months verifiable work experience. Will be assigned to 12 hour rotating shifts and must be able to work overtime as needed. Must be able to adapt to changes and work with a sense of urgency and embrace safety as a priority.  Job Order # 1158385

THESE AND ALL JOBS WITH THE VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION CAN BE FOUND ONLINE AT

www.vawc.virginia.gov

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Every 15 minutes, someone in the United States dies by suicide.  Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental illness can feel like no one understands.  Join us on Wednesday, September 27th at 5:00pm for the 2nd Annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk on the campus of VA State University- Foster Hall to help raise hope and awareness regarding this preventable public health issue.  The first 50 participants will receive a free T-shirts.  Let’s walk together to end suicide in our community.  For more information, contact (804)862-8002 ext. 3193.   This event is free & open to the public.

Help For Harvey Victims at SVCC

The office of Student Activities at Southside Virginia Community College has collaborated with several non-profit organization who will be taking supplies to Texas for Hurricane Harvey Relief.  The student services areas on the Christanna and Keysville campuses will be drop off locations from now until September 15, 2017. 

Items needed include: bleach, cleaning supplies, mops, brooms, dust pans, paper products, laundry detergent, non-perishable food, manual can openers, plastic food containers, plastic zip bags, toothbrushes and toothpaste, combs, brushes, deodorant, soap, shampoo, dry or canned pet food, cat litter, collars and leashes, tarps, batteries and flashlights, emergency candle, clothes pins and lines, matches, generators, shovels, trash bags, diapers, personal care items, and formula for babies. 

Any questions can be directed to Le’Tina giles, Student Activities Coordinator, 434 736 2023 or letina.giles@southside.edu

SVCC Graduates Fifth Class of Power Line Workers

The Power Line Worker Training Program of Southside Virginia Community College graduated the fifth class of students on August 30, 2017.  Those completing the 11-week course are

L-R front Row: Sonny Smith (Instructor) Quadre’ Pulliam (Saxe), Wyatt Timberlake (Crewe), Sidney Card (Chesterfield), Khalil Watson (Farmville), Zachary Davis (Beaverdam), Trey Pruitt (Tangier), Brad Wike and Clyde Robertson (Instructors). 2nd row L-R: Will Nickel (Powhatan), Dylan Loving (Aylett),Dakota House (White Plains) Ryan Keesee (South Hill),  Jimmy Woolcott (Powhatan), Jordan Harris (Nellysford). Back Row L-R: Daniel Hobson (Windsor), Dylan Stimpson (Famrville), Cole Tapp (Wilsons) Corey Clark (Freeman) Josh Quinn (Blackstone), Alex Fletcher (Louisa), Chris Dulin (Locust Grove), Todd Scott Chisholm (Louisa), Tyriq Welton (Prospect), Matthew Townsend (Prospect)

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