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First Baby Born at New VCU Community Memorial Hospital

South Hill, VA – At 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, Lane Joseph Newton became the first baby delivered inside the new Garland Birthing Center at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.

Lane weighed in at eight pounds and eleven ounces.  Lane is the second son of Rebecca and Brian Newton of Bracey, VA. 

When asked about her delivery inside the new Garland Birthing Center, Mrs. Newton stated that Dr. Austin and the nursing staff was fantastic and her entire experience has been wonderful.  She thought the facility and the accommodations were top-notch.  She also liked the fact that her, her son and husband were able to stay in the same room throughout their whole experience.

Mrs. Newton said when she found out her due date was so close to the opening of the Garland Birthing Center (Nov. 20th) that she wouldn’t make it; she would deliver before then, since this was her second child. She was pleasantly surprised that Lane was the first born at the new hospital.  She was also excited about not having to drive to Petersburg, as they had before with their first son.

Even though Mrs. Newton said that two kids were all she wanted, when asked would she deliver at VCU Health CMH again, she said with no hesitation, “For sure, no doubt.”

BRUNSWICK ACADEMY SENIOR LEAVES IT ALL ON THE COURT AND BECOMES A WINNER IN WENDY’S HIGH SCHOOL HEISMAN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

There are some students who set the bar.  They work harder, show more passion and lead by example – in the classroom, on the court and within the community.  Wendy’s High School Heisman recently recognized Brunswick Academy senior, Heather Dianne Thompson of Emporia for her dedication to never cutting corners by naming her a winner in the scholarship program. 

Since 1994, Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust have been running the same play to perfection; honoring more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed students.  This year, Wendy’s will celebrate the accomplishments of thousands of the best high school seniors. 

The Wendy’s High School Heisman was created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas in 1994.  Dave Thomas dropped out of high school when he was 15 years old in order to work full-time and went on to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history.  While this nontraditional path led to his prosperity, it always worried Dave that others would follow in his footsteps and expect to achieve similar fame and wealth by not finishing high school or attending college. 

Faced with this dilemma, at 61 years old, Dave enrolled at Coconut Creek High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and received his GED.  Inspired by this moment and with a desire to celebrate the outstanding achievements of youth in America, he launched the Wendy’s High School Heisman program.

Heather Thompson is the daughter of Chris and Kristine Thompson of Emporia.  She has played JJV, JV and Varsity Basketball, JV and Varsity Volleyball, Varsity Soccer and JV softball while at Brunswick Academy.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, Jr. Beta Club, Student Council Organization, Honor Council and BA Latin Club.  She has been an active member of the BA Theatre program with many leading roles.  Heather has also participated in the Model General Assembly program and received the College of William and Mary Leadership award.  Congratulations Heather.

SVCC Faculty Recognized at VCCA Annual Meeting

Southside Virginia Community College was well represented at the Virginia Community College Association Annual Meeting.  Four members of the college were recognized as Showcase recipients for 2017.  This recognition is for leadership, dedication and hard work at their colleges and to the mission of the Virginia Community College System.  Three of those recognized from SVCC are (left to right) LaTrisha McCargo, Library Specialist and currently Acting Coordinator at the Estes Community Center in Chase City, Melissa Dunn Back, Assistant Professor of Biology on the John H. Daniel Campus, and Angela L. Jackson, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Finance and Administration. 

Alfonzo Seward (left) Associate Professor of Administration of Justice for the Christanna Campus of SVCC receives his Showcase award during the annual Virginia Community Colleges Association conference held recently.  Seward received a Showcase award in recognition of his leadership, dedication and hard work in promoting the mission of the Virginia Community College System. 

BENCHMARK BANK HONORS THE LEGACY OF MIKE WALKER WITH SVCC SCHOLARHSIP

 

Dr. Al Roberts,President of Southside Virginia Community College, Mike Walker, and Jay A. Stafford, President and Chief Executive Officer of Benchmark Community Bank  (Left to Right).

Benchmark Community Bank has established the Michael O. Walker Benchmark Community Bank Scholarship at Southside Virginia Community College.  This honors the leadership and legacy of Walker’s 43 years of service at the bank. 

In the bank’s most recent Annual Report, it notes, “The Mike Walker years will be remembered for the extraordinary progress made and the healthy growth of the bank, which almost doubled in asset size and added over 17,000 customers during that time.” 

Another aspect of Walker’s legacy is recorded as “his input was always greatly appreciated, sometimes awe-inspiring.”

Walker worked at the bank for over four decades and served as the President and CEO for 12 years until his recent retirement.  During his tenure, he introduced a robust secondary mortgage program, reorganization of loan operations, introduced a Benchmark credit card, construction of three new branch facilities and the completion of five major renovation projects.   He also spent ten years encouraging employees to “Make Southside Smile.”

This scholarship in his honor will continue Walker’s contribution to happy people in Southside Virginia.

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