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2018-12-3

Community Invited to Complete Survey in Search for SVCC’s New President

The preliminary stage of the process to secure a new president for Southside Virginia Community College is underway.  Dr. Al Roberts, current president, will retire effective July, 1, 2019 and the college and the Virginia Community College System will conduct a nationwide search for his replacement.

Betsy Sharrett, Chair of the SVCC Local Board, said, “On behalf of the SVCC Local Board, I would like to express our deep appreciation to Dr. Roberts for his devoted leadership.  He has provided five years of outstanding service to both our College and Southside Virginia.”

As one of the first prescribed steps the Board will identify the most pivotal challenges or opportunities that the College will face over the next three to five years.  These will be used as a guide in constructing a strategic framework and determine the leadership quality required of the next president. 

The entire community is urged to take an online survey as stakeholders in the process and the future of SVCC.  Please respond by December 11, 2018 at 5 p.m. to Link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8NXSCLW or find it on the college website www.southside.edu

Sharrett noted, “While we are losing a much-respected leader, we are confident that we will be able to find a worthy successor to lead this great institution.”

BA Art Students 'Paint-a-Plow"

This year Lawrenceville Area VDOT Headquarters partnered with Brunswick Academy in the Paint-a-Plow program. This program allows schools in the community the opportunity for art programs to share their artistic talents by painting a snow plow blade to represent their school. Early this fall Brunswick Academy art students under the direction of Mrs. Kathy Lee worked diligently over several weeks to complete the project. Be on the lookout in the community for the creative artwork of our Brunswick Academy art students as VDOT “moves forward” with their snow removal operations this winter.

Averett University and Southside Virginia Community College Partner in Sociology/Criminal Justice Articulation Agreement

DANVILLE, Va. (November 30, 2018) -- Today, Averett University President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks and Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) President Dr. Alfred Roberts signed the first articulation agreement and a community educational partnership agreement between the two schools in order to make the transfer process to Averett orderly and smooth for graduates of SVCC.

The articulation agreement focuses on those studying sociology and criminal justice, allowing for students who have completed SVCC’s administration of justice program to transfer to Averett University and continue their education to earn a Bachelor of Science in sociology/criminal justice. The students will enter Averett with a junior status and can expect to graduate after completing a minimum of 60 credits at Averett.  

The community educational partnership agreement guarantees acceptance into Averett with a junior status of any student from SVCC who has completed an associate’s degree. Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher will be able to transfer.

“We are excited to enter into a new partnership with Southside Virginia Community College. This is a wonderful opportunity for more students who wish to build upon their two-year degree by taking that next step to a four-year university,” Franks said. “We want to make the transition as easy as possible and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the team at Southside Virginia Community College.” 

Both the Community Educational Partnership Agreement and the articulation agreement allow for an orderly and smooth transition for students, including many scholarship and financial aid options. Members of Phi Theta Kappa, the community college honor society, are automatically awarded a $2,000 Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship once they are admitted to Averett University.

"Partnerships such as this one with Averett University are critical to the success of SVCC and our students. By joining others who share a common commitment to access and opportunity, we are able to provide additional pathways for our students to further their educational journey. We look forward to continued collaboration with Averett to better serve the citizens of Southside Virginia," said Dr. Roberts.

Linda Faye Ricks Malone

Linda Faye Ricks Malone, 70, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2018 following several years of declining health. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Fannie Ricks and her husband of thirty years, Paul Malone. She is survived by her faithful companion of 20 years, Donald Mountjoy and his family; stepdaughter, Sabrina Baker; brother, William E. "Mac" Ricks; two sisters, Barbara Nelson and Debra Carroll; several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Linda was a quiet, simple and gentle woman that loved her animals, family and her jellybeans. She will be greatly missed.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, December 3 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will will be held  11 a.m. Tuesday, December 4 at  Victory Fellowship Church, Emporia, Virginia. A private interment will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be shared with the family at  www.owenfh.com

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