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LOCAL BOARD MEETING

The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will meet on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.  The public is welcome to attend.

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Mr. William Freierson, missing from Sussex County, has been safely located. The Senior Alert is cancelled.

 

 

Law updates vision screenings in schools

By Taylor Mills, VCU Capital News Service

RICHMOND – If students can’t see well, they can’t learn well. So Virginia has adopted a new state law to improve student vision screenings. The law will allow schools to partner with nonprofit groups and use digital technology in testing students’ eyesight.

The law is the result ofHouse Bill 1408, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe earlier this year. The legislation, sponsored by Del. Lee Ware, R-Powhatan, will take effect July 1.

“The amendments fortify our efforts to modernize the code regarding vision screening and to deploy modern technology to benefit our schoolchildren,” Ware told his colleagues before the House of Delegates unanimously approved the bill in February.

Under existing law, schools must test students’ eyesight. Ware’s bill updates the law to reflect advances in screening technology and to allow nonprofit groups to perform the tests.

“The bill was amended to allow, but not require, vision screening through digital photo screening by a qualified nonprofit vision health organization,” Charles Pyle, director of communications for the Virginia Department of Education, said in an email. “The bill was also amended to allow other screening methods by such organizations, provided that they comply with Department of Education requirements.”

Under the bill, school districts are allowed to use qualified nonprofit vision health organizations, such as the Lions Club and Conexus for Healthy Vision, for mandated vision screenings. Students’ vision must be tested in kindergarten, in second or third grade, and in seventh and 10th grade.

Conexus officials worked with Ware on revising the current law.

“It really hadn’t been updated for, like, 30 years, so we were kind of involved early on in just trying to modernize the code and put in some definitions,” said Tim Gresham, CEO of the Richmond-based group. “Just kind of bring the code up to today’s standard; to include permissive language, to allow for the use of technology that is available today.”

Gresham said Ware had been involved with Conexus in the past and had observed what the organization, formerly called Prevent Blindness Mid-Atlantic, was doing in Virginia schools.

“So he was aware of the impact that we were having in public schools all across Virginia with our programs and as we modernized our vision screening process,” Gresham said. “It sort of stood in stark contrast with what a lot of school divisions were doing with traditional, old-school screenings.”

Modern testing methods include digital photo screening, in which a camera takes images of a child’s undilated eyes. It can detect who is at risk for amblyopia (lazy eye) and other problems.

Vision screenings can be critical to a student’s success in school.

“If a child is not seeing well, they are just not going to perform well in a traditional classroom,” Gresham said. “A fourth of the public-school-age children in Virginia have a vision problem.”

Ware’s bill gives schools more options to meet the state’s existing requirement to test students’ vision.

“It really is giving these localities the permission to use an outside organization like ours,” Gresham said. “So over time, I would hope that most localities would move away from the old, traditional way of screening into a modern use of technology that is out there today.”

Chamber to Bring Cycling Event to Farmville

May 24, 2017 (Farmville, VA) – High Bridge Trail State Park, known for hiking, cycling and scenic views, continues to attract visitors to Farmville. On July 23 the Farmville Chamber of Commerce and High Bridge Trail State Park will bring even more excitement to the trail with the its first High Bridge Trail Roubaix Time Trial.

“There’s never been a bike race in Farmville since I’ve been here,” Race Director Jordan Whiley said. “With the trail here, that should add interest in a cycling event.” Whiley, who’s been racing bikes throughout the state for over two decades, is finalizing plans for the July 23 event in Farmville which he hopes will attract cycling enthusiasts from across Virginia. “There’s a very active racing circuit throughout the state — several hundred riders that race regularly,” he added.

The race, Whiley explained, is actually a time trial. “It will be held on the High Bridge Trail,” he continued. “ Cyclists will go out individually, race a section of the trail, and come back. The fastest rider in each age group will win.” The race is open to cyclists in the racing circuit as well as local participants, including those with physical disabilities who use hand cycles.

Whiley teaches special education at Bear Creek Academy in Cumberland where he also serves as administrator. He sometimes rides his bike 19 miles to work. “I started cycling in my late 20s when I was a grad student at UVA,” he said. “I’ve been racing for the past 20 years.” Among Whiley’s racing credits are seven state championships in his age category and a 12th place finish in national competition last year in North Carolina.

In the High Bridge event, cyclists from age 7 and up are eligible to enter. “As long as you can ride a bike, you can come out and try it,” Whiley added. “Folks too young to be what we call master athletes (35 and older) or too young to be juniors (under 18) will be categorized by skill level from 5, which is beginner, to 1, the professional cyclists.”

An awards ceremony will follow the race at the Farmville caboose across the street from the High Bridge Trail entrance on Main Street. Prizes will include medals, cash and merchandise. “The Farmville Chamber is sponsoring the event with help from Centra Southside,” Whiley said. “The Friends of High Bridge Trail granted the use of the trail, Uptown Café will provide food for volunteers, and Mainly Clay will help with awards.”

Other local businesses, including Third Street Brewing Company and Outdoor Adventure Store, also plan to donate prizes for the event. Whiley has worked at the Adventure Store tuning bicycles since last summer. “The bike job is something I do part time,” he noted.

Also in his spare time, Whiley is part of the Waterworks Players and sings in the Summer Garden Opera. “Singing, acting and cycling are my three main pastimes,” he added.

Whiley is pleased with local response to his idea for a cycling event in Farmville. “My hope is that when people come to the award ceremony in town they’ll see there are many nice places to eat, and some may spend the night in a local motel,” he said. “Generally these races are beneficial to businesses in the area.”

Farmville Chamber Director Joy Stump is equally enthusiastic. “This event is utilizing High Bridge Trail State Park in a new way,” Stump said. “We believe it will highlight our great community. It’s an event that has potential to grow every year.”

For more information or to register for the High Bridge Trail Roubaix Time Trial, visit bikereg.com and enter the race name in the search bar

CASE Names 2017 Distinguished Service Award Winners

WASHINGTON, DC — The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has announced the 2017 recipients of its Distinguished Service Awards. The awards honor individuals and organizations for extraordinary service in education and the field of educational advancement, which includes alumni relations, fundraising, communications and marketing.

CASE will recognize seven recipients at a luncheon on Monday, July 17, 2017, in conjunction with the CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement in San Francisco.

The 2017 CASE Distinguished Service Award winners are:

Jerry Davis, recipient of the E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award.

With 40 years of service, Davis is one of the longest-serving college presidents in the United States. He served as president of Alice Lloyd College in Kentucky from 1977 to 1988 and is now president of College of the Ozarks in Missouri. Throughout his career as an institutional leader, Davis has had a significant impact on the field of advancement, especially in fundraising. Under his leadership, Alice Lloyd raised almost $18 million, built 15 buildings and realized a capital asset growth of 253 percent-from

$4.7 million to $16.8 million. And during his nearly 30 years at the College of the Ozarks, he has transformed the college into a debt-free institution with a $500 million endowment. In 2009, he established the College of the Ozarks' Patriotic Education Travel Program, which has so far paired 324 students with 154 war veterans for trips to battlefields around the world where the veterans once fought. The college funds these trips, and no cost is passed to the students or veterans. He is widely respected for being a visionary who also cares about the details. The E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award is supported by a generous contribution from the consulting firm Marts & Lundy.

T. Denny Sanford, recipient of the James L. Fisher Award for

Distinguished Service to Education. Sanford is chair and CEO of United National Corp., and owner and founder of First Premier Bank. During the past two decades, Sanford has given more than $1 billion to charitable causes. His support of various education initiatives have impacted hundreds of thousands of lives, particularly in his native South Dakota, where he has gifted millions of dollars to the state's public institutions. This includes a $70 million gift in 2006 to help turn South Dakota's Homestake Mine into a deep underground lab. The Sanford Underground Research Facility allows students from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Black Hills State University and the University of South Dakota to gain a hands-on research experience.

Ellen Sullivan, recipient of the John Lippincott Award for Global

Advancement and Support of Education. Sullivan most recently served as executive director of international advancement at Boston College, and has been appointed director of international advancement at Phillips Academy as of June 1. She has worked in university advancement for almost 20 years and has been an active member of CASE since 1998. Throughout her career, Sullivan has shared her fundraising expertise by volunteering as a faculty member at conferences across six continents and serving as a trustee on the CASE board, chair and vice chair of its international committee and co-chair of the CASE International Advancement conference for three years . She has also played a key role in elevating the advancement profession's profile in Latin America; most notably, she secured funding to help underwrite early operations in the region. In addition, Sullivan was a primary catalyst in maintaining and advancing CASE's engagement efforts in Africa.

Thomas C. Tillar, recipient of the Frank L. Ashmore Award for Service to

CASE and the Advancement Profession. Tillar is special assistant to the dean at the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, his alma mater. He began his career in 1971 at Virginia Tech, advancing to the position of vice president of alumni relations in 1995. During his 40-year career in alumni relations, Tillar instituted groundbreaking organizational changes, including integrating the alumni association into central administration, transitioning the annual fund into a centralized university development, opening a satellite office in Washington, D.C., and shifting alumni chapters from a dues-based system. Throughout this time, he was active in advancing the alumni relations profession at institutions and serving as a mentor, role model and member of the CASE Commission on Alumni Relations.

Lawrence Bonchek, M.D., recipient of the Distinguished Friend of

Education Award. A cardiothoracic surgeon for more than 50 years, Boncheck invented two commercially marketed surgical medical devices. His dedication to Pennsylvania's Franklin & Marshall College began in 1987. Since then, he has been an active volunteer and philanthropic leader of the institution.

Bonchek served as a trustee of the board, and later, as board chair from 2010 to 2016. In 2003, he was inducted into the Founders Society for a $1 million gift, and his support has contributed to scholarships, academic buildings and institutes. In addition, Bonchek helped develop a residential life program and an instiutional talent strategy for student recruitment that has resulted in both robust admission growth and a significantly stronger academic profile of the college.

John and Mary Lou Barter, recipients of the Ernest T. Stewart Award for

Alumni Volunteer Involvement. John and Mary Lou Barter have served Alabama's Spring Hill College as trustees, administrators, and the College's most significant living donors. Together, they boast a combined 28 years of service as members of the Spring Hill College Board of Trustees. Mr. Barter, former president of AlliedSignal Automotive, served as chair of the board from 1998 to 2002, and Mrs. Barter co-chaired several subcommittees and presidential search committees during her tenure. Throughout the institution's most economically challenging years, the couple guided the College to financial stability by dedicating 19 months to hiring a new president, reforming the College's budget, instilling best practices, and eliminating $27 million in debt through a critical strategic initiative. The Barters dedicated these 19 months of time, talent, and treasure entirely pro bono, including their weekly commutes to and from their home in Charleston, SC.

About CASE

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas.

CASE was founded in 1974 and maintains headquarters in Washington, D.C., with offices in London (CASE Europe, 1994), Singapore (CASE Asia-Pacific, 2007) and Mexico City (CASE América Latina, 2011).

Today, CASE’s membership includes more than 3,670 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and nonprofit organizations in more than 80 countries around the globe. This makes CASE one of the world’s largest nonprofit educational associations in terms of institutional membership. CASE serves nearly 81,000 advancement practitioners on the staffs of its member institutions and has more than

17,000 professional members on its roster.

To fulfill their missions and to meet both individual and societal needs, colleges, universities and independent schools rely on—and therefore must foster—the good will, active involvement, informed advocacy and enduring support of alumni, donors, prospective students, parents, government officials, community leaders, corporate executives, foundation officers and other external constituencies.

CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with all of these constituencies by providing relevant research, supporting growth in the profession and fostering support of education. CASE also offers a variety of advancement products and services, provides standards and an ethical framework for the profession and works with other organizations to respond to public issues of concern while promoting the importance of education worldwide.

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