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2018-11-8

GREENSVILLE/EMPORIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

LOCAL BOARD MEETING

The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will hold its regular meeting Thursday, November 15th, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.

GREAT OPPORTUNITIES IN TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING CAREERS (GO-TEC) GRANT

GO TEC PROGRAM COORDINATOR

FOR THE EASTERN REGION LOCATED AT SOUTHSIDE VA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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Please visit the employment page of our web site at http://www.dcc.vccs.edu/Employment/employment.htm for details.

Danville Community College is committed to becoming a model higher education institution for diversity and inclusion and invites multicultural professionals from all backgrounds to contribute to its aspiration for building an inclusive community where everyone is given equal opportunity to reach their full potential.  Employment will be contingent upon the results of a background check.         

2018 4-H Youth Masquerade Dance Highlights

On Friday, October 26, 2018, Greensville/Emporia 4-H hosted a Youth Masquerade Dance (Halloween Themed) at Greensville Country Ruritan Club. Approximately 60 youth and teens from Greensville/Emporia were in attendance. We would like to sincerely thank Greensville County Ruritan Club​ for allowing us to host our event at the clubhouse and for allowing us to use their facility. We would also like to thank Greensville County Sheriff's Office for watching out for us over the course of the night to ensure our youth had a fun and safe night! Also, a huge thank you goes out to adult volunteers and the Greensville/Emporia 4-H Teen Club members for serving as teen leaders during the dance and helping to decorate for the event. Everyone had a wonderful time dancing the night away and making memories with new and old friends.

Greensville/Emporia 4-H is open to all community youth between the ages of 5-19 and their families. 4-H is America’s largest youth development program, which empowers nearly six million young people across the United States with skills to lead for a lifetime. The majority of local 4-H youth development programs are offered at a low-cost or are free-of-charge. Greensville/Emporia 4-H offers youth the opportunity to become positive role models in their community, teen leaders and good citizens, while learning how to cook, eat healthy, exercise, care for animals, care for the environment, participate in 4-H shooting sports, and much more! Contact 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent, Hannah Parker, at 434-348-4223 or hdp2513@vt.edu to learn more about local 4-H activities.

For more photos from the event, please check out our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/EmporiaGreensville4H

Reini Maryland and Jelissia Johnson smile for a photo before heading out to the dance floor. Pictured (left to right): Reini Maryland and Jelissia Johnson

New 4-H friends, Talynn Robinson (left) and Isaiah Williams (right), have fun dancing together and celebrating Halloween at the Masquerade Dance. Pictured (left to right): Talynn Robinson and Isaiah Williams

Trick or Treat? These ladies were ready for Halloween! Pictured from left to right: Jordanne Morgan and Hailey Sowards

Several youth stop to take a photo with friends during the 4-H Masquerade Dance. Pictured from left to right: Mandy Johnson, Jaylen Easley (front), Cashlyn Meade, Jadeyn Mobley, Hailey Sowards, Lenleigh Cifers, Jekya Fields, and Malina Wilson

    

Fun on the dance floor

Interior Department to Commemorate Four Hundred Years of African-American History

Fifteen Federal Commission Members Appointed to Lead the Anniversary Commemoration in 2019

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced the appointment of a 15-member commission to coordinate the commemoration of the 400-year anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the English colonies in 1619.

The 400 Years of African-American History Commission, established by Congress on January 8, 2018, will plan, develop, and carry out programs and activities throughout the United States to recognize and highlight 400 years of African-American contributions. The bill had bipartisan support, and included sponsors from 23 States and the District of Columbia.

“I am honored to appoint this group to oversee such an important milestone in African-American history,” said Secretary Zinke. “As with President Trump’s recent designation creating Camp Nelson National Monument, as well as with the five historic sites designated into the African American Civil Rights Network this past year, this commission will help expand the understanding and appreciation of all facets of African-American history and culture.”

Commission members, many of whom are leaders in the African-American history community, are appointed by the Secretary to serve for the life of the commission, through July 1, 2020. The Secretary received recommendations from governors, members of congress, civil rights and historical organizations, and the Smithsonian Institution. Support for the commission will be provided by the National Park Service. The new commission members include:

  • Mr. Terry E. Brown, Superintendent, Fort Monroe National Monument, National Park Service, Virginia
  • Mr. Lonnie Bunch III, Founding Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; former President, Chicago Historical Society; Former Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs, National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.
  • Mr. Ron Carson, Founder, Appalachian African-American Cultural Center; Black Lung Program Director, Stone Mountain Health Services, Pennington Gap, Virginia
  • Ms. Kenya Cox, NAACP Kansas State President; Executive Director of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission, Office of the Governor, Wichita, Kansas
  • Reverend Nora “Anyanwu” Cox, Minister and Founder, Holy Spirit Healing Ministry; Retired Nurse; Community Advocate and Activist, Wichita, Kansas
  • Dr. Rex Ellis, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; Former Vice President, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; Board of Trustees, Fort Monroe Authority, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Mr. Ted Ellis, Artist and Cultural Historian; Art Ambassador, National Juneteenth Organization, Friendswood, Texas (formerly of New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Mr. Glenn Freeman, President, Omaha Chapter, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, a patriotic, civic organization; retired decorated Air Force Chief Master Sergeant; Omaha, Nebraska
  • Dr. Joseph Green, Jr., Pastor, and Co-Founder Antioch Assembly; Founder/CEO, Josiah Generation Ministries; Founder, The 2019 Movement, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Mr. Hannibal Johnson, Attorney, Author, and Independent Consultant specializing in diversity and inclusion/cultural competence issues and non-profit governance, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Mr. Kenneth Johnson, CEO, Johnson, Inc., Richmond-based marketing and communications firm;  Board of Trustees, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
  • Mr. Bob Kendrick, President, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Mr. George Martin, Managing Partner, McGuireWoods law firm, Richmond office; Member, 2019 Commemoration (VA) Steering Committee, Richmond, Virginia
  • Dr. Myron Pope, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Central Oklahoma; Adjunct Instructor, Department of African and African-American Studies, The University of Oklahoma; Advisory Board Member, Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, Edmond, Oklahoma

“Fort Monroe plays a significant role as the site of the first arrival of enslaved Africans in English North America and later, a safe haven for freedom seekers during the American Civil War,” said Superintendent Brown. “During this anniversary we are honored to lead the conversation about the resilience and contributions of African Americans, including the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had on the United States.”

The commission is expected to begin meeting later this year and begin to encourage civic, patriotic, historical, educational, artistic, religious, economic, and other organizations to come together to participate in anniversary activities.

Ground Broken for new SVCC Learning Resources Center

Those “breaking ground” for the new building at Southside Virginia Community College's Christanna Campus are (Left to Right) Darren Hayes and Keisha Carr, representing Delegate Roslyn Tyler; Bill Thompson of the architectural firm Thompson and Litton; Senator Frank Ruff; Elizabeth Sharrett, Chair of SVCC Local Board; Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President; Barbara Jarrett-Harris, Chair of the Brunswick County Board of Supervisors; Robbie Pecht, President of the SVCC Foundation Board; and Brandon Spencer, Executive Vice President for Kenbridge Construction.

Since construction is underway on the new, two-level Student and Learning Resources Center on the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College in Alberta, the College Local Board moved the official groundbreaking October 24, 2018 inside as a symbolic celebration of the new structure. The 45,000 square foot, 12-million-dollar building will be home to the relocated library and will have a performance space, food service area, beautiful student study and lounge areas, a workout room for students and employees and a welcome area. It will also house a career center, a veteran’s center, a credentialing center, and an IT networking and security training laboratory. Existing services to be relocated to the facility include student services, financial aid, admissions and records, and IT Services. The Ground Breaking ceremony was held during the annual board event that included many area partners who work to help SVCC meet its goals. The building is scheduled to be completed in early 2020.

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