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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.





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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.         

SVCC Sponsoring the Tenth Annual African American History Quiz

The tenth annual African-American History Contest sponsored by Southside Virginia Community College will challenge what you know and offer a chance to win monetary prizes, too.  Students and the general public are eligible to participate for prizes of $125, $75 and $50.  Sponsors include the SVCC President Dr. John J. Cavan, Student Development and Student Activities.

Contest questions will require some knowledge and/or investigation on the part of the participants. 

Contest materials can be picked up from these SVCC locations now: Southside Virginia Higher Education Center in Emporia from Gary Cifers; the SVCC Christanna Campus in Alberta from Vondrenna Smithers or Susan Early or Louise Ogburn; SVCC John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville from Letina Giles; the Estes Community Center in Chase City from Melissa Robbins; Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston from Kathy Whitt; Occupational Technical Center in Blackstone from LaTonya Fowlkes; and Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill from Makiko Malone.

The deadline for submitting completed entries is 5 pm on Thursday, February 20, 2014.  Celebrate African American History Month by participating in this exciting challenge.  For further information, contact Vondrenna Smithers  at 434-949-1028 or Le’Tina Giles at 434-736-2023.

SVCC co-sponsors Open House/Job Fair for Lignetics, Inc.

Southside Virginia Community College’s Workforce Development Services is co-sponsoring an Open House/Job Fair for Lignetics of Kenbridge, Virginia.  Lignetics manufactures wood pellets for wood heating, firelogs and animal bedding.  Lignetics is seeking highly skilled individuals to fill positions as Front End Loaders, Industrial Electrician, Dryer Operator, and Industrial Maintenance Technician.

The Open House/Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, February 11th from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Lignetics, Inc. located at 11068 South Hill Road in Kenbridge, Virginia.  This event is open to the public.  Any questions may be directed to Debra Smiley, Director of Workforce Development at 434-949-1060, or Robert Pritchett  with Lignetics at 434-676-4800.

Dr. John Cavan Receives 2013 Margaret H. Traylor Distinguished Service Award from Brunswick Chamber

Dr. John J. Cavan, Southside Virginia Community College President, received the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce 2 013 Margaret H. Traylor Distinguished Service award on January 8, 2014.   Dr. John Sykes, Jr., former Provost of the Christanna Campus introduced Dr. Cavan and presented facts about his years at SVCC

His legacy includes years of record enrollment, innovative new programs, thousands of college graduates and the best served and largest service area in the state community college system, according to Dr. Sykes.   “His innovation and ability to formulate a strong offensive has enabled him to bring many educational opportunities to this rural area including Truck Driver Training, the largest dual enrollment program in Virginia, athletic teams who have done extremely well, the Middle College Program, Honors Program, associate degree nursing and practical nursing programs and strong transfer opportunities,” Dr. Sykes said.

Dr.  Cavan began his presidency at Southside Virginia Community College in 1983 with a goal of moving the college into the 21st Century.  Dr. Cavan never forgot his roots and made a commitment to serve the under-served community and build a strong tradition of education for the region that he has come to love.  A graduate of Nicholls State University, he received his master’s degrees from Kean University and Yeshiva University.  He also completed the Ed.S.  and  Ed.D.  from Yeshiva’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and has completed postdoctoral study at Harvard University.

Dr. Cavan held numerous administrative positions at Atlantic Community College in Mays Landing, New Jersey and Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, New York.  He has taught in the graduate school of George Mason University, George Washington University and Yeshiva University and been a guest lecturer at the Center for International Leadership in New York City. 

Growth of centers offering college courses has been initiated by Dr. Cavan during his tenure with him promising to “take the college to the people at any place and any time.”  The college has two campuses, and many permanent  centers .  An avid basketball player, he has been named to two college basketball halls of fame and the athletic hall of fame for Newark, New Jersey.

Dr. Cavan is as persistent in his athletic endeavors as he is in providing quality education to Southside Virginians.  A marathon runner, he has completed a total of 120 marathons including 18 Boston Marathons and 29 New York City Marathons.  Cavan has devoted his life to education and athleticism.  As the leader at Southside Virginia Community College he has approached the job with the same fevered commitment.  The college has experienced record growth during Cavan’s tenure and currently serves more than 8,000 students per year.

He and his wife, Ann, reside in Kenbridge, Virginia.  They have four daughters and eight grandchildren.

Photo Caption:  The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce chose Dr. John J. Cavan as the recipient of the 2013 Margaret H. Traylor Distinguished Service Award.  Shown in the photo are (left to right) Linda Branson, Chamber President, Dr. Cavan, and Dr. John Sykes, Jr., past president of the Chamber and former Provost at SVCC.


A year’s worth of mandela art featuring institutes of higher education and bound together in a glossy calendar has garnered much praise for the creator.  Dr. John J. Cavan’s Higher Education in America 2014 Calendar features colleges and universities throughout the world depicted through his artwork. 

Mandala is an ancient art form from the Sanskrit word for “circle” and features symmetrical geometric designs that serve as cosmograms and focal points for meditation, according to Mandala Designs by Martha Bartfeld, copyrighted by Dover Publications, Inc., in 1997.  Dr. Cavan’s mandala’s feature college colors and mascots and designs of more than 200 of these colleges.

This year’s calendar features 144 institutes of higher learning including Southside Virginia Community College, Harvard University, the University of Virginia, North Carolina State University, University of Michigan, Murray State University, James Madison University, University of Delaware, Johns Hopkins University and the College of William and Mary just to name a few.  Dr. Cavan sent calendars as gifts to the presidents of colleges featured and other colleagues and received a grand response.

Drew Faust, President of Harvard, emailed that he appreciated that his college was included in the calendar.  W. Randolph Woodson, Chancellor of North Carolina State University, wrote, “I look forward to enjoying your work throughout the year and seeing our nation’s institutes of higher education portrayed in such a beautiful manner.”

Cornell University President David J. Skorton noted that the designs were interesting and was also pleased Cornell is included in this year’s calendar.  The College of William and Mary is featured in the month of January which was noted in the thank you from that college’s President W. Taylor Reveley, III.

Others who responded with notes included presidents from Emory and Henry College, Averett University, Randolph-Macon College, Campbell University , St. John’s University,  the University of the Ozarks, Coastal Carolina University and the Admissions representative from Johnson and Wales University.

This is the third in a series of calendars designed by Dr. Cavan.  This year features the most colleges and universities.  The president of St. Joseph’s University noted, “I enjoyed looking through the pages of the calendar, Dr. Cavan, and was thrilled to see Saint Joseph’s University among your work.  I did, however, wonder if you are aware of the longstanding rivalry between St. Joseph’s University and Villanova University.  We are situated side by side in the month of November.  Of course, I am joking, but I did get a laugh out of seeing that.”

The calendar offers an interesting and new perspective on the colleges and universities we all love to hear about and cheer for in sports situations. 

Dr. Cavan is the President of Southside Virginia Community College and has presented his artwork to many people throughout the nation including our nation’s presidents, governors, chief justices, senators and college presidents.

SVCC Offers Pesticide Application Training

Southside Virginia Community College is offering a new non-credit course designed to deliver training to earn a Private Pesticide Applicator Certification.  This Private Pesticide Applicator Certification training covers categories in 90-Food, Fiber, Forestry Products and Commodity Production Pest Control and 91-Ornamental Production Pest Control.  

Classes will consist of an in-depth review of all chapters within the core manual followed by the private pesticide applicators test.  This training will be held at the SVCC Southside Virginia Education Center located at 1300 Greensville County Circle in Emporia.  Class meets every Monday beginning February 10th through March 31st from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  Cost is only $89 which includes textbook and certification card.  Pre-registration for this course is required by contacting Angela McClintock at 434-949-1026 or


Nationally recognized comedian to speak at free community cancer event


Cancer survivor and comedian Scott Burton to keynote Connected by Cancer and Beyond, a free conference for cancer survivors, patients and caregivers in Southside Virginia

Headlining comedian and bestselling author Scott Burton is slated to be the keynote speaker at Connected by Cancer and Beyond, a free program for cancer survivors, patients and caregivers on Saturday, January 25 from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Workforce Development Auditorium at Southside VA Community College at 109 Campus Drive in Alberta, Va. Burton, a stage IV cancer survivor who has worked with famous comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno, has turned his cancer fears into strengths and now focuses on using his experiences to benefit others affected by cancer.

“We are delighted to have such a dynamic and well-known national speaker for our event,” says Vivian Taylor, health information coordinator at VCU Massey Cancer Center and coordinator of the Cancer Resource Center of Southern Virginia in Lawrenceville. “We have several additional guests hosting breakout sessions, and we expect this to be a very entertaining and educational event.”

In addition to Burton’s keynote address, the event will include breakout sessions hosted by health care professionals from Emporia, South Hill and other areas in Southside Virginia, including:

  • “What do I do now…that I have finished my cancer treatment?” by Paul Goetowski, M.D., director of radiation oncology at Community Memorial Healthcenter (CMH) Cancer and Specialty Care
  • “Cancer and restorative therapy” by Lesley O. Horne, speech and language pathologist at CMH
  • “Colon cancer awareness and early detection” by Theopolis Gilliam, Jr., M.D., gastroenterologist at Emporia Medical Associates
  • “Ten tips for family caregivers” by Bill Humphreys, founding member of Partners in Healthcare and part of the Crater Caregivers Coalition
  • “Nutrition for cancer survivors” by Ratia Kirby, health information program coordinator at VCU Massey Cancer Center and Halifax county nutritionist

Tzann Fang, M.D., medical director at CMH Cancer and Specialty Care will also be available for brief one-on-one confidential consultations throughout the entire conference.

“As a resident of the Emporia Greensville community I have seen the collaboration of multiple organizations whose purpose is to improve the quality of life and health of our area,” says Marilyn S. LeGrow, community outreach coordinator for VCU Massey Cancer Center. “I am happy to see resources and research projects becoming increasingly available for community-based participation, and I am honored to be included in the planning of Southside Virginia’s first cancer survivor and caregiver’s conference.”

For more information about the conference or to make reservations, please contact Vivian Taylor at the Cancer Resource Center of Southern Virginia at (434) 848-4850, or email This event is  sponsored by The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission and VCU Massey Cancer Center.

(Editor's Note:  See a sample of Scott Burton's story in this video:


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