Southside Virginia Community College Has Ribbon Cutting For New Learning Resources & Student Services Building

New state of art building will better serve the needs of SVCC’s students.

Keysville, Virginia, July 25, 2014— Southside Virginia Community College has ribbon cutting for its new Learning Resources & Student Services Building on the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville, VA.

The ribbon was cut by Virginia Delegate Tommy Wright and also in attendance was Virginia Senator Frank Ruff.

During the ceremony Dr. John Cavan, SVCC President said, “This building is a prize in Southside VA.  It was my dream to bring a facility like this to SVCC as I ride off into the sunset.”  Dr. Cavan is retiring on July 31, 2014. 

The two story building will house student services, a career center, counseling, admissions, business office, financial aid and a cafeteria on the first floor and the library with several study rooms on the second floor. This building will allow the college to consolidate all of the student service functions into one location as well as provided badly needed student activity and study space. The new library will be state of the art and will better serve today's learning resource needs.

The building will allow for the elimination of three modular trailers and will free up space in the main instructional building for an enlarged bookstore and nursing space. It will also provide more faculty office space as well as room for the middle college.

The newly constructed building is located to the north of the main instructional building and was built by Kenbridge Construction Inc.

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Roslin Davis, SVCC Success Story

Roslin began her studies at Southside Virginia Community college in the fall of 2008. She entered the field of health care and became a Certified Nursing Assistant. She gained experience in this field for two years and then decided to obtain her Registered Medication Aide certification through the college. In addition to this she became a licensed Phlebotomist.

During this period Roslin was offered an opportunity to enter the Virginia Board of Health’s Administrator in Training program in the fall of 2013. Roslin was approved for a 680 hour program due to the approved college credits she received through South side Community college. 

Roslin credits the opportunities for advancement in her field to the excellent guidance and support she was given by the faculty at the college.  When she made the decision to further her education, she was encouraged to come in and the staff made the process effortless.

Roslin is now the Assistant Administrator for Mecklenburg Assisted Living Facility in South Hill, Virginia. She is excited to be a part of the health care Management team and looks forward to a long and rewarding career in this field.

Roslin currently resides in Mecklenburg County and has two children, Javon and Jaleal.

Roslin’s advice to incoming students…. “Never give up. I know that sounds cliché; however I started my career later and kept going even when there were road blocks along the way.” She goes on to say, “My children are my inspiration and they have encouraged me the entire way.” 

Roslin has been a role model for her children as well. Her son , Javon,  attended Southside and received his Associate’s  Degree  and continued  to receive his Bachelor’s from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Her youngest son Jaleal goes to Park View and may one day attend SVCC as well.

 Roslin is thankful for the college and the opportunities it provides for her family.

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SVCC Offers Life-Changing Opportunity for Author

A young mother, writer, motivational speaker and surprisingly strong woman wonders what her life would be like if she had not attended Southside Virginia Community College. 

Angela Marie Carter’s book, Memory Chose A Woman’s Body, published by Unbound Content is currently available for sale.  The book has been life-changing, much like her decision to attend SVCC.

After high school, Carter decided to attend the local community college.  As a resident of Alberta, the Christanna  Campus  was practically at her back door. 

“At SVCC, there was such fostering of ideas and allowance to be creative,” she said of her experience. 

Carter got involved with student art and literature and helped to organize the SVCC Arts and Literature Festival featuring writers, artists and musicians.  Because she was going through turmoil in her personal life, she welcomed the involvement and escape through college life.

During her years at SVCC (1999-2001), the college offered a Study Abroad Program in which students could travel to the University of Bath in England to study for a semester.  SVCC offered scholarships to the program and one was offered to Carter. 

“I was not the typical person to receive this, but I feel it was just meant to be,” she remembers.

After what transposed in England, Carter notes that she is afraid to consider what her life would be like had she not gone.

Carter notes that the trip to England was her first escape from the grim specter of a childhood stolen and the first chance to discover her true self. As a child, Carter had encountered abuse by a non-family member. Her own parents were not aware of the long-standing effects, and toll it had taken on her life, until the last few years.

“For the first time in my life, I could be who I wanted to be, I could be whoever I chose to be and I chose someone who I am really proud of,” she says with confidence.  Before she felt bullied, controlled and diminished, a country girl but now, she was a scholar. 

Carter blossomed in England, was mesmerized by the country and the classes and after returning to the United States to get her life in order, she went back to England on a work visa.  She met her husband and they lived there for five years and have two daughters.  Returning to the U.S., she received a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Mennonite University and now lives in Harrisonburg, VA.

Her life evolved into work and motherhood but she continued to be a motivational speaker and poetry performer, and a reading of her poetry in Bridgewater, VA, she was approached by a New Jersey publisher who wanted an entire book of her poems. 

“My time living abroad forced me to get to know who I was and the book erupted”, she said.

Having suffered depression and abuse, she speaks on these subjects and encourages others to live the best life they can.

“My family definitely supports me and has accepted and encouraged me to speak out.  I am living my life, trying to make others comfortable in speaking up, who have experienced this.  I am not trying to embarrass others.  I believe I am helping others to open up because pretending something is not there does not mean it is not there,” she said.

She notes that the book is not a “beach read” for fun, it has a lot of hope and is somber and sad, it is the truth, not meant to protect identities, and this is how abuse affects the victim.

Life is to be lived and Carter has taken on a mission of helping others to be able to soar, live and enjoy life, even after devastation.  She is also a firm believer in reaching for the opportunities that are there, like Southside Virginia Community College.  Sometimes, the best things in life are right in your own back yard.

Plans are underway for Carter to revisit the college and read from her book.

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SVCC Truck Driver Training Program Returning to Emporia

The Southside Virginia Community College Truck Driver Training Program is returning to Emporia on August 11 and classes will be held Monday-Friday from 5:00pm-10:00pm at the Southside Virginia Education Center. The Truck Driver Training Program consists of a twelve week program where students will spend fifteen percent of instruction time in the classroom and eighty five percent of the time in and around the trucks. Financial aid programs are available to assist students in reaching their academic goals. For more information about the SVCC Truck Driver Training Program in Emporia call (434) 634-9358 or (434) 292-1650.

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Southside Virginia Community College's Foundation Scholarship Golf Classic Nets $14,500

The 7th Annual Southside Virginia Community College Golf Classic was held at the Lake Gaston Golf Club on May 28th.  The golf tournament was a success again this year bringing in more than  14,500 to be used toward SVCC Foundation scholarships.  The Foundation would like to extend a special "Thank You" to all the players and sponsors who made the tournament possible and contributed to it's success.

Championship Flight 1st Place

Buck’s No Names - (L to R) Buck Brockwell, Topper Watson, Josh Booth, William Thompson 


Championship Flight 2nd Place

Biggs Construction - (L to R) David Biggs, Ron Palmore, Buck Johnson, Stephen Hite


Championship Flight 3rd Place

GEO #2 - (L to R) Scott Ridge, J.C. Rodgers, Jeff Dilman, Buck Rogers

Lower Championship Flight 1st Place

Felix Anderson - (L to R) Larry Jones, Felix Anderson, Ken Catritt, Bill Woodfin


Lower Championship Flight 2nd Place

Dr. D’s Longknockers - (L to R) Dennis Smith, Doug Smith, Jesse Rollins, Jamie Jones


Lower Championship Flight 3rd Place

Valley Proteins - (L to R) Ron Field, Maggie Field, Mark Mitchell, David Sponaughle


!st Flight 1st Place

Arcet - (L to R) Steve Goin, Lawson Marshall, Sammy Johnson, Jason Edwards

1st Flight 2nd Place

Fluor #2 - (L to R) Adam Stitzer, David Clarke, Paul Mazur, Chris Nee



1st Flight 3rd Place

Russ Hicks - (L to R) Harlan Wrenn, Billy McGraw, Duncan Quicke, Russ Hicks



SVCC Faculty Member Chosen as Outstanding Alumni

Danville Community College’s Alumni Association honored Dr. Percy Richardson, faculty member at Southside Virginia Community College as a 2014 Outstanding DCC Alumni in banquet ceremonies April 11 in Oliver Hall on the DCC campus.  Honorees represent Danville Community College and its two predecessor institutions, Danville Technical Institute and Virginia Polytechnic Institute—Danville.

Dr. Richardson graduated from Danville Community College in Business Management.  Since graduating from DCC, he has obtained two Master's degrees and a doctorate.  Currently employed as a Professor of Business/Coordinator of International education for Southside Community College at Keysville Virginia, he resides in Halifax, Virginia. 

"My educational success,"  Dr. Richardson emphasizes, "comes from the positive and supportive experience I had at DCC. The education I received from DCC has been the hallmark of my academic achievement.   I owe special "Thanks" to great educators like Dr. Wayne McCubbins, Mrs. Sharon Scott, Mr. Russell Scruggs, Mr. Joseph (Joe) Carr, Mr. Wayne Martin and Ms. Allen, and the late Mr. Fred Lloyd. These individuals gave me a sense of confidence that I can do anything that is humanly possible."

After leaving DCC, Dr. Richardson received his BS in Management Science from Averett University, his MSA in General Administration from Central Michigan University, his Master of Business Administration from Pfeiffer University and his DA in Community College Education with a concentration in Public Management from George Mason University.

Dr. Richardson instructs and advises 150 students per year at SVCC’s John H. Daniel Campus in business management, human resources, and international business through in-class and on-line instruction.  He directs the business graduates seminar and project while marketing and recruiting for the college's Global Education Program.  He has served as the Honors Program Advisor and taught in the Correctional Education Program.

Dr. Richardson promotes SVCC abroad to potential foreign students while working with college departments to support foreign students.  He is assigned to lead the instruction of MBA and MLS graduate students.

From 2001-2005, Dr. Richardson was adjunct Professor of Business at Bluefield College in Bluefield, Virginia.  He has been published twice in The Journal of the Virginia Community Colleges concerning teaching with a global perspective and international travel and learning from a community college perspective.

Dr. Richardson is Co-chair of the Southside Virginia Community College Golf Tournament held to raise scholarship money for the college's endowment and for students to study abroad.  He also helps raise money for SVCC's Study Abroad Program for scholarships by including community citizens in the study abroad program.

Richardson was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps from 1976 to 1979.  After military service, Dr. Richardson aided his church, White Oak Fork Baptist Church, in helping those less fortunate.  He regularly helps collect and distribute toiletry items for the residents of Berry Hill Nursing Home.

Dr. Richardson is the 2013 VCCA Showcase winner for Outstanding Faculty on the John H. Daniel Campus.  He was nominated in May 2010 for the Virginia's Community Colleges Community Services Award, the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Workforce Training and Instruction.

He is the father of one daughter and grandfather to three grandchildren.

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Dr. Alfred A. Roberts Named Southside Virginia Community College’s Next President

RICHMOND–The next president of Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) is Dr. Alfred A. Roberts, of Emporia, Virginia. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, said Roberts will assume his new post on or about Aug. 1, 2014, replacing retiring president Dr. John Cavan.

“I’ve known Al for a long time and I have observed his leadership at SVCC for many years,” DuBois said in making the appointment. “I’m confident he will do a terrific job in taking the college to the next level.”

Roberts is currently provost of SVCC’s Christanna Campus in Alberta, a position he has held since 2012. He served as provost of the John H. Daniel Campus of SVCC, in Keysville, from 2010-2012.  Prior to that, he was vice president of workforce services at SVCC. His career at SVCC began in 1995 when he assumed the role of administrator for student support services.

“The Southside Virginia Community College Board unanimously supports Dr. Roberts as our next president,” said Dr. Charlette T. Woolridge, acting chair of the College Board. “We are very pleased and excited to have a solid and experienced new president with proven leadership, expertise to advance educational and workforce development programs to prepare students for the 21st century economy, a commitment to working with the Southside Virginia community and leaders to strengthen our economy, and more. We look forward to his leadership in our region.”

“We set a high standard and spent many hours in our search, with input from stakeholders at the state and local levels,” said Dr. Nancy Carwile, College Board member and former chair. “In all areas, Dr. Roberts was first among well-qualified candidates. Our hearts were in this process and Dr. Roberts' heart is also in this work as SVCC moves forward.”

Roberts says the presidency is “a great opportunity for me to give back to the community that has done so much for me.”

“I have a real commitment to a high level of community engagement; to quality academic programs; and to workforce training and development,” he said. “It will be a challenge to follow in Dr. Cavan’s footsteps, but also a tremendous opportunity to advance the mission of the college and enhance its reputation as a world class, 21st century community college.”

Before joining SVCC, Roberts was program director for Sussex-Greensville-Emporia Adult Activity Services and also taught radio and television production classes at Norfolk State University.

He received his doctorate from Old Dominion University, his master’s from Virginia State University and his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

The longest serving president in the VCCS, Cavan has presided over SVCC since 1983.



SVCC holds Nurse Aide Pinning Ceremony in Alberta

Southside Virginia Community College held a Nurse Aide Pinning Ceremony on May 8 at the Christanna Campus in Alberta.  The following Students were recognized:

Brunswick High School

Row 1 (L to R):   Jenifer Wesson, Instructor, Kyesha Manning, Latrell Wallace-Williams, TaNeisha Moore, Anika Smith, Jalisha Maddox, Angelicia Richardson, Shalonda Cherry, Dominque Hill,

Row 2 (L to R):  Ashley Blue, Asia Johnson, Whitney Puryear, Tia Fields, Kadajah Thomas, Kristen Jackson, Ryshauna Jones, Stacey Toone

Greensville & Emporia

Row 1 (L to R):   Kaylesha Edwards, Brianne Rose, Alexis Autry, Christina Knight, Ashley Walker, Jennifer Watson

Row 2 (L to R):   Sabrina Burns, Taylo Harrison, Ashley Myrick, Sharebra Doyle, Mayci Clements

Chase City

Row 1 (L to R):  Shuntwayne Osborne, Francine Medley, Rebecca Evans, Crystal Caparatta


Park View

Row 1 (L to R):   Crystal Roberts, Ariel Phillips, Diana Martinez, Lizbeth Jimenez, Amber Wooton, Brittany Whitby, Summer Wells, DaShawnda Lambert, Olliyah Bagley,
James Ragsdale

Row 2 (L to R):  Heather Popick, Tajayla Ratliff , Savanna Pearce, Reba Davis, Tamia Overbey, Terry Edmonds, Alicia Brown, Lori Surry, Instructor
Row 3:  Patricia Urda, Instructor



Row 1 (L to R):  Krystal Fuentes-Nunez, Kaci Pittard,
Row 2 (L to R):  Kristian Crews, Dy’Equa Walker, Amanda Melnick


Lake Country Advance Knowledge Center in South Hill

Row 1 (L to R):  Melissa Hamm, Ashley Crump, Jessica Hudson, Jennifer Weeast, Stacey Rogers, Martani Hurt
Row 2 (L to R):  Geneva Couch, Tracy Short



Row 1 (L to R):  Mattie Bishop, Shaniqua Carter, Kristina Baicy, Jasmine Brown, Kamila Goode-Spencer, LaChanda Brandon

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Dr. John Cavan Presides Over 32nd SVCC Commencement

For the 32nd and final time, Dr. John J. Cavan, Southside Virginia Community College President, awarded degrees, certificates and diplomas on Saturday May 10, 2014.  The capacity crowd of nearly 4,000 moms, dads, family and friends and graduates gathered under the huge tent for the Pomp and Circumstance.

“As a college graduate, you have beaten the odds.  The demand for those who earn the credential is increasing every day.  That brings me to the question I want to pose this morning:  What’s next?,” asked Dr. Glenn DuBois, Commencement speaker and Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System.

Dr. DuBois related his story of finishing high school with no thought of college, becoming a dishwasher at a restaurant and being badgered by his mother to attempt the community college.  He finally attended and completed community college and then, kept pursing higher education.  Dr. DuBois now heads a state system of 23 community colleges.

“So what does it mean to be graduating this morning?  In a word, it means everything,” he said. 

It was our job to prepare you for that question with the education and experience you earned here at Southside Virginia Community College, he said.  It is now your job to answer What’s next?  Choose wisely and good luck, he noted.

During the commencement, student completing the SVCC Honors Program were recognized.  This program allows students to pursue a variety of honors courses, seminars and special projects and is designed challenge, and involve the superior student.  This year’s Honors graduates are Joseph Baker, Makayla Evans, Waverly Garner, Jeffrey Karow of Emporia (pictured at left), Kristen Milton, Cecilia Moser, Courtney Salley and Victoria Wood.

The American Association of Community Colleges/Phi Theta Kappa/All-USA Team represents the best academic talent at the nation’s community colleges.  Being nominated for this award is an honor.  This year’s students are Joseph Baker, Waverly Garner and Victoria Wood.

Hooding ceremonies were held for three members of the SVCC faculty who have received terminal degrees this year.  Those celebrated were Michelle Edmonds, SVCC Dean of Nursing and Health Technology, who received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Old Dominion University, Christy Lowery-Carter, Associate Professor of Mathematics, who received her Doctorate of Education with a concentration in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University, and Sarah Horne, who received a Doctor of Education degree from Liberty University.

The First Annual Hero Award was presented this year by SVCC to Dr. DuBois. A Hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.  Due to his tireless efforts and courageous willingness to lead and pioneer programs, Dr. DuBois is a hero in area of education and deserving of this award.

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SVCC’s Commencement Pays Tribute To Dr. Cavan, Leader for 31 Years

Dr. John Cavan (Left) and Dr. Glenn DuBois (Right) saying goodby at the Southside Virginia Community College graduation ceremony.  Dr. Cavan will retire this year after 31 years at the helm of SVCC.

How do you say goodbye to a great leader, mentor and higher education advocate?  A good place to start is a gathering of thousands celebrating the completion of educational goals.  This is just what happened on May 10, 2014 at the John H. Daniel Campus of Southside Virginia Community College.

Dr. John Cavan presided over his final SVCC graduation recently and though it certainly is all about the students, this day was about him too.  In his tenure, he has graduated more than 12,000 people and spent 31 years at the helm of SVCC.

During the event, Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor for the Virginia Community College System, was the speaker and had the following to say about Dr. Cavan: “If you are lucky, my friends, you will find mentors and people who inspire you throughout your life.  I have.  And if you will afford me just a moment of personal privilege, I want to tell you about one that is special to me.

The Importance of John Cavan,

For this person, today’s commencement exercise is the final one of his presidency – a significant moment for a man who has loved this community and this college for years.  In turn, they have loved him right back. 

I am talking, of course, about Dr. John Cavan.  Like me, John is a native of New York.  That makes him a hybrid, meaning he operates with southern efficiency and northern charm.

You can search high and low, far and wide, and back again and never meet another person who takes the community college mission to heart the way that John Cavan does.

He once told me that he had a re-occurring nightmare – one that would wake him up at night in a cold sweat. Well, what is it, I asked?

Glenn, he said, I dreamed that I ran out of people to recruit to come to the community college. And he was dead serious.

John Cavan would tell you that only two type of people lived around here: Those who were students of this community college and those who someday will be.

John Cavan is enshrined in three different halls of fame for his success on the basketball court. He has competed 120 marathons over the course of his lifetime, including 18 Boston marathons and 29 New York City marathons. (In fact, I even have a picture in my office of him competing in a Richmond race while on crutches.)

But as passionate as John is about those hobbies, I have no doubt that he would stop any basketball game, that he would walk-off from any marathon course if it meant being able to inspire and convince just one more person to attend his college.

Thomas Jefferson once wrote that, “It is in our lives, and not from our words, that our religion must be judged.”

By that standard, John, I believe that you are the single, greatest community college evangelist that I have ever known. For more than 30 years now, you have spread the word about “America’s Democracy Colleges.” You have inspired a “tradition of education” in more families than we can count. And you have done it all with a passion and energy that is second to none.”

Dr. Cavan will retire July 31, 2014.

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Southside Virginia Commnity College Honors Correctional Officers

Southside Virginia Community College  held its Sixth Annual Corrections Awards Banquet on April 24, 2014 at Christanna Campus in Alberta.  Dr. John J. Cavan presented the Keynote address.  Officer and Employee of the Year from each institution were recognized and presented with an award to commemorate the honor.

Front Row – Left to Right:

Officer Mary A. Artis, Lawrenceville Correctional Center

Danielle R. Coleman, Counselor, Nottoway Correctional Center

Officer Tina R. Powell, Nottoway Correctional Center

Sharon A. Alexander, Lunenburg Correctional Center

Richard P. Harrison, Grounds Supervisor, Greensville Correctional Center

Officer Tyrone Cutter, Greensville Correctional Center


Back Row – Left to Right:

Dr. James H. Taylor, III, Associate Professor of Administration of Justice & Program Head,

Charles E. Smith, Safety Officer, Buckingham Correctional Center

Kimberly W. Weaver, Regional Office Manager, Deerfield Correctional Center

Lerberta Davis, Lawrenceville Correctional Center

Sgt. Cynthia B. Powell, Deerfield Correctional Center

Vanessa K. Haskins, Office Services Specialist, Baskerville Correctional Center

Officer Willis A. Woodall, Baskerville Correctional Center

Officer Michael C. Jones, Lunenburg Correctional Center

Officer James R. Hicks, Halifax Correctional Unit #23

Garry A. Jones, Counselor, Halifax Correctional Unit #23

Dr. Chad Patton, Dean of Instruction

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Southside Virginia Community College Honors Dual Enrollment Students

Southside Virginia Community College recognized Dual Enrollment students with a dinner on the Christanna Campus recently.  These students take classes that offer credit for both high school and college and many are able to graduate from SVCC before high school.   Students from Greensville are (Left to Right) With Assistant Superintendent Angela Wilson, Michael Seay, Tiara Manning, James Driver and Dr. John J. Cavan, SVCC President.

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Southside Virginia Community College Graduates Nursing Students

Southside Virginia Community College recognized Associate Degree Nursing students with a Pinning Ceremony held on May 6, 2014.  These students have successfully completed the program and are now eligible to take the State Board to become Registered Nurses.  The students from the Christanna Campus Program are (Front Row, Left to Right) Lisa Smith of Kenbridge, Kristina Chapman of South Hill, Jessica Sargent of Blackstone, Cindy Choate of Bracey, (Second row L to R) Melissa McCarthy of La Crosse, Jenea Bennett of South Hill, MIriam Ridout of Bracey, Debra Atkins of Victoria and (Third row, L to R) Sherry Barnette of Brodnax, Ashley Jackson of Boydton, Peggy Carter of Baskerville, Brittney Turner of Emporia and Back Row, l to r Chad Carter of Baskerville, Shauna Robertson of Lawrenceville, Tracey Mays of Warfield and Michael Gallagher of South Hill.




State Board Committee Certifies Finalists for President at Southside Virginia Community College

RICHMOND– The State Board for Community Colleges has certified finalists for the position of president at Southside Virginia Community College. The three finalists include Dr. Thomas F. Wright, of Cleveland, Tennessee; Dr. Alfred A. Roberts, of Emporia, Virginia; and Dr. Linda Y. North, of Opelika, Alabama.

Dr. Thomas F. Wright is currently vice president for finance and administration at Cleveland State Community College where he also served briefly as interim vice president of academic affairs in 2012. Previously, he worked as director of administrative support services for student development and as director of housing operations at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Wright began his career in 1993 at Brevard College in Brevard, NC as assistant director of housing. The following year, he would take on the role of coordinator of maintenance services at Middle Tennessee State University. He holds a doctorate from Tennessee State University and master’s and bachelor’s from Middle Tennessee State University.

Dr. Alfred A. Roberts is currently the provost of the Christanna Campus at Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC). From 2008-2010, Roberts worked as vice president of workforce services at SVCC. His career at SVCC began in 1995 when he assumed the role of administrator for student support services. He previously served as program director for Sussex-Greensville-Emporia Adult Activity Services. Prior to joining the Community Youth Center in Emporia as director in 1980, Roberts taught radio and television production classes at Norfolk State University. Roberts received his doctorate from Old Dominion University, his master’s from Virginia State University and his bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

Dr. Linda Y. North is currently the dean of academics at Southern Union State Community College. For a brief period, she also worked as interim president of Chattahoochee Valley Community College while serving as dean of health sciences at Southern Union State. From 1999-2004, North was employed as associate dean for instructional design at Alabama Southern Community College.  She began her career as an instructor at Trenholm State Technical College and has taught nursing at Athens Area Technical Institute and Troy State University. North holds a doctorate and master’s from the University of Alabama, and a bachelor’s from Troy State University.

Candidates will attend interviews at the community college beginning later this week. VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois plans to announce the appointment before the end of June. The appointee will replace Dr. John J. Cavan, who will retire this July after 31 years of service as SVCC’s longest reigning president.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than a quarter-million credit students each year. For more information, please visit



Southside Virginia Community College adopts four families for Easter

The SVCC Southside Virginia Education Center Student Ambassador Organization adopted four local families in the Emporia/Greensville area for the Easter season.  The Student Ambassadors and SVEC staff put together food boxes and baskets for each of the families. Each family received two food boxes which included ham, potatoes, bread, canned foods, and all the fixings for a hearty Easter meal.  Each family also received large Easter baskets filled with goodies for the children.  This outreach project benefited four families including sixteen children.
The SVEC Student Ambassador Organization and the SVEC Staff would like to thank everyone who purchased 50/50 raffle tickets and also Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.  Participation with these fundraisers helped purchase the items for this great project.  Special thanks to Charles Rullman, Senior Social Worker from Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services for helping with this project and delivering all the food and goodies to the families.



SVCC Students in Who's Who

Christanna Campus Graduates of Southside Virginia Community College were recognized recently at a ceremony on campus.  Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges is one of the most prestigious awards the academic community can bestow.  Students are selected by a college committee based on academic excellence and outstanding community involvement.  The students are (Left to Right) Victoria Wood of Blackstone,Tina Seaborn of Jarratt, Anthony McGhee of Skippers, Sanikkumar Patel of Emporia, Jeff Karow of Emporia, Earl Lee of McKenney,, Allen Kidd of Dolphin, Mason Lumpkin of Emporia, Linda A. Banks-Reese of Victoria and Madison Browder of Lawrenceville.  Not pictured is recipient Michael Smith of Victoria.



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Get the Facts on Government Programs and Local Bank Loans

The Brunswick County Industrial Development Authority and the Longwood Small Business Development Center invite you to attend a FREE lending forum.  Mary Jo Sisson-Vaughan, Project Manager, Virginia Small Business Financing Authority will be the presenter. The forum is designed to bring traditional and non-traditional lenders together with small business to talk "Money". There will be representatives on hand from the Longwood SBDC, SBA, banks, and other lending sources to discuss your needs.

Owners of small businesses in need of working capital, money for equipment, and or real estate should attend this forum. This is also the place for start-up businesses.

The program includes a banker panel discussion moderated by the presenter. She will ask lenders a variety of questions concerning the mistakes borrowers make in asking for funding, making good impressions on the lender and the latest changes and trends in the banking industry followed by a Q & A session.

This workshop will be held at Southside Virginia Community College, John J. Cavan Workforce Center, Christanna Campus, Alberta, Virginia. Seating is limited. To register, call (434) 848-0248 or e-mail

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

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The Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Induction at SVCC Christanna Campus

The Phi Theta Kappa Chapter of the Christanna Campus in Alberta, Southside Virginia Community College held an induction ceremony recently to welcome new members.  Membership is extended by invitation and to be considered a student must be enrolled in a two-year college, have accumulated 12 semester credit hours, have achieved a cumulative gpa of not less than 3.5 and exhibit good citizenship.  New inductees are (Front Row, Left to Right) 

Click image to enlarge. Latonya Harris of LaCrosse, Jamisen Baskerville of Lawrenceville, Kayla Jackson of Lawrenceville, Trinity Harrison of Lawrenceville, Jayla Seward of Lawrenceville, Jenel Lynch of LaCrosse, Beatrice Thomas-Toone of Baskerville, Amelia Paulette of Blackstone, Kristie Lynne Tuck of Virgilina, Chelsey Lynn Suggs of Blackstone, Rachel Leach of Emporia, Katrina Dix of LaCrosse, Edwin Winfield of Brodnax and (Second Row, L to R) Shalonda Moore of Dolphin, Desiray Bennett of Blackridge, Christopher Cousin of South Hill, Matthew Jones of South Hill, Raven Stigall of Blackstone, Taylour Edmonds of Kenbridge, Lauren Seitzinger of Kenbridge, Steven Carrol of South Hill, Damien Taylor of South Hill, Catandra Chavis of LaCrosse, Tiffani Livingston of White Plains, Brandi Bennett of South Hill and (Back Row, L to R)  Marsha Hays of Freeman,  Sheryl Valentine of Petersburg, Antwaun Tucker of Chase City, Daylan Owens of Lawrenceville, Gareetta Johnson of Lawrenceville, Aaron Flynn of Chase City, James Gillispie III of South Hill, Tyler Johnson of Lawrenceville, Victoria Wallace-Williams of Lawrenceville, Katherine gurkin of Lawrenceville, Leslie Edwards of Drewryville, A'nyah McCrae of Lawrenceville and Angel Clark of LaCrosse.

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Commencement 2014 Fast Approaching

Commencement  for Southside Virginia Community College will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014 on the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville at 9:30 a.m.  Dr. Glenn DuBois, the Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System, is the guest speaker for the event.

This annual event marks the 32nd and last time SVCC’s graduation will be presided over by Dr. John J. Cavan, President.  His retirement is set for July of this year.

In the summer of 2001 the Virginia Community College System welcomed Dr. DuBois to serve as its new chancellor. Since then, he has led the 23-college system through its first and into its second strategic plan, rising to the challenge of enduring both unprecedented enrollment growth and unprecedented cuts in state operating funds.

During his tenure, Virginia’s Community Colleges have signed groundbreaking guaranteed transfer agreements with more than two dozen public and private universities; become Virginia’s leading provider of workforce development services, helped Virginia close headline-grabbing economic development deals; diversified community college funding sources, doubling foundation-led private fundraising; and have maintained a tuition rate that is one-third of the comparable rate at Virginia’s universities.

DuBois received his doctorate in higher education administration, research and policy from the University of Massachusetts. He began his career at a community college in New York.

An active participant in community college organizations nationwide, Dr. DuBois has chaired the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges.

An avid, year-round cyclist, Dr. DuBois is also an avid reader and lifelong student of history. Past interest include stints as an umpire for National Little League Baseball, performances in numerous theatrical productions, and beekeeping.

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(EMPORIA, VA) – The Nutritional Services Department of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) recently conducted a community food drive in conjunction with Sodexo’s “STOP HUNGER” program to benefit the local Family Violence/Sexual Assault Prevention Program. 

As SVRMC’s vendor for food service management, Sodexo serves hundreds of nutritious meals locally and thousands more in facilities across the country each year.  Sadly, there are many Americans, including an estimated 16 million children, who will go the bed hungry tonight.  To combat the devastating effects of hunger in the communities they serve, Sodexo developed the STOP Hunger program.  Through this program, Sodexo challenges their employees, clients and partners to use their talents to help end hunger in America. 

The Nutritional Services Department of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) issued the Sodexho Stop Hunger challenge to all the departments in the hospital.  SVRMC staff brought in two pallets overflowing with non-perishable food items to benefit the local Family Violence/Sexual Assault Prevention Program.

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Tenth Annual SVCC African-American History Contest Winners Announced

The tenth annual African-American History Contest sponsored by Southside Virginia Community College celebrated the winners on Friday, March 21 with a luncheon held in Keysville, Va.   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.  Those who won in the Category of  Community included Mary Hamlett of Alton who has placed nine times in the contest and won first place this year. 

She is shown with-- (Left to Right) Le'Tina Giles, Student Activities Coordinator on Daniel, Hamlett, Vondrenna Smithers, Student Activities Coordinator for Christann, Dr. Paula Gastenveld, Provost of Daniel, Bernadette Battle, Coordinator of Counseling for Christanna, and Dr. John J. Cavan, President.

Brenda Richards of Green Bay was second, and Dominque Nelson of Lynchburg was third.

In the John H. Daniel Campus winners, Summer Fink of Boydton placed first, Josh Rawson of Clarksville placed second and Dimitri Jones of Victoria placed third.  Shown with Dimitri (Far Right) are (Left to Right) Vondrenna Smithers, Student Activities Coordinator for Christanna, L e'Tina Giles, Student Activities Coordinator on Daniel,  Dr. Paula Gastenveld, Provost of Daniel, Bernadette Battle, Coordinator of Counseling for Christanna, and Dr. John J. Cavan, President.

Christanna Campus student winners are Dana Nikolaisen of Ford, First, Mostafa Negm of Crewe, Second, and Amelia Paulette of Alberta, Third.  In the photo (Left to Right) Vondrenna Smithers, Student Activities Coordinator for Christanna,Dr. Paula Gastenveld, Provost of Daniel, Bernadette Battle, Coordinator of Counseling for Christanna, and Dr. John J. Cavan, President and Paulette, Nikolaisen and Negm.

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SVCCC Job Fair Welcomes Large Crowd of Job Seekers

“Our Christanna Campus Regional Job Fair was a huge success!,” according to Debra Smiley, Director of Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Southside Virginia Community College.

Approximately 320 people came to the event held March 19 to learn about the job opportunities in Southside Virginia.  There were commitments from 28 employers and employer service agencies.    Those included in the list of business there to talk to prospective employees were

American Buildings, Dominion Power, AmeriCare Plus, LLC, AVON Products, Mecklenburg County Schools, 3WD Radio(promotion), Transamerica Agency Network, Southern Virginia Medical Center,

Community Memorial Hospital, Team Nurse, Care Advantage, Emporia/South Hill VA Employment Office, Old Dominion Home Health, Home Recovery Home Aid, Inc, Ameristaff, Workforce Invest Act Services (Workforce Center), Woodmen of the World, Lakes Media(promotion), JVR Tech, LLC,

Fluor Construction Corporation, Wal-Mart Distribution Center, Virginia Staffing, Halifax Regional Health System, SVCC Human Resources and  Personal Touch Preferred Group.

Cindy Kirby, Human Resource Director at American Buildings, Atlantic division, LaCrosse said, “The job fair at the Christanna campus provided American Buildings Company the ability to connect with welders and other job seekers who are interested in joining our team.  We were able to reach out to the community and provide information about our local business and also the opportunities available with our parent company, Nucor. It was a great networking opportunity for businesses, students and job seekers as well as educators and service providers to learn more about the many ways the community works together to get people trained and working!  I appreciate all the hard work put in by the staff and volunteers that made this job fair such a success; the campuses of SVCC are an important partner within the local business community.“

“We are fortunate to have an institution like Southside Community College in our backyard,” said Danny Woods, operations and maintenance manager at Dominion Virginia Power’s Brunswick Power Station. “Their engineering program aligns well with the specialized skills we are looking for in entry level positions at the power station.”

The event was coordinated and sponsored by SVCC Student Development and Workforce Development departments. 

Smiley also thanked many who helped make the event a success especially local news media who helped with publicity.

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Boating Safety Classes offered at Southside Virginia Community College

Southside Virginia Community College is offering Boating Safety classes this spring starting April 21 in South Hill and May 10 in Clarksville.

Scheduled class dates are as follows:

Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center – South Hill, VA
April 21st and 23rd, 2014 from 4:00PM to 8:00PM
(Must attend both dates to complete class)


Clarksville Enrichment Complex – Clarksville, VA
May 10, 2014 8:30AM – 5:00PM

In 2007, the Virginia General Assembly enacted a law to establish a boating safety education compliance requirement. This requirement will be phased in over the next several years and by 2016, all operators of PWCs (Personal Watercraft such as jet skis, Sea Doos, Wave Runners) and operators of Motorboats with a 10 hp or greater motor, will be required to have a boating safety education course completion card on board when operating a PWC or Motorboat.

As of July 1, 2009, all PWC operators 20 years old and younger must complete a boating safety course. This is the beginning of the phase-in of the Education Compliance Requirement for all Virginia boaters. As of July 1, 2010, all PWC operators 35 and younger must complete a boating safety course

PWC Age Restriction: No person under the age of 14 may operate a PWC. Those operators 14 and 15 MUST show proof of completing an approved and accepted boating safety course either in a classroom or online. The challenge exam or other provisions of the Education Compliance Requirement do not meet the requirements of the age restriction law.

A Personal Watercraft or PWC, more commonly known as a Sea-Doo® (Bombardier Recreational Products), Waverunner® (Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA), and JET SKI® (Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA), is defined as a motorboat less than 16 feet in length that are powered by jet pumps, not propellers, where the persons stand, kneel, or sit on, rather than inside the boat. If you are an experienced boater, you may choose to take an equivalency/challenge exam rather than take a boating safety course.



Human Services Workshop Offered

Southside Virginia Community College is hosting a Human Services Workshop on Wednesday, April 16 in Alberta.  Family System in Human Services Part Two is being offered.

 In Family Systems Part Two, participants will understand the patterns that are developed by family members and how behaviors of family members affect others in the family.   One of the best ways to begin therapy and to gain understanding of how the emotional system operates in your family system is to put together your family Genogram. Studying your own patterns of behavior, and how they relate to those of your multigenerational family, reveals new and more effective options for solving problems and for changing your response to the automatic role you are expected to play.

Crisis Intervention with Adolescents - This workshop explores the differences in the brains of teens and adults, discusses common mental health diagnoses, gives participants invaluable information on managing family conflicts, and explores suicide prevention and intervention.

Individualized Service Plan (ISP) - This unique workshop allows professionals to actively practice writing ISPs, get one-on-one support with planning their ISPs, and understand the clinical elements of a

Person Centered ISP. This workshop uses the P.A.T.H. Intervention developed by Nikole Jiggetts, LCSW.

Pre-registration required by Friday, April 11th

Presented by: Pulliam Innovative Consulting Firm – .5 CEUs will be earned

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Time: Check-in: 8:30AM – 9:00AM | Seminar: 9:00AM – 3:30PM

Fee: $15.00 (includes lunch)

Location: Southside Virginia Community College, John J. Cavan Workforce Development Center – 109 Campus Drive, Alberta, VA 23821

Pre-registration required by contacting: Angela McClintock at 434-949-1026 or Non-Credit applications can be faxed to: 434-949-0107

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IST Program at SVCC Leads To Careers

“I don’t think Southside Virginia Community College gets nearly enough credit.  The professors are knowledgeable and approachable.  The classes are challenging and I never felt like I was wasting my time or not learning enough in class,” is how one student in the Information Systems Technology program describes the local college.

Jean Lucas continues, “As a busy mom, one of the main reasons I chose SVCC was the availability of so many online and evening classes.  I don’t think most people realize the quality and variety of programs that are offered at SVCC.”

Lucas is a 2013 Summa Cum Laude graduate with the Associate of Applied Science degree in IST.  She is currently participating in an internship at Kinex Telecom in Farmville, Virginia, a local telecommunications company specializing in telephone and internet services serving southern Virginia.    Kinex also repairs computers for businesses and individuals and is a partner and supporter of the Information Systems Technology program at SVCCKinex also provides a representative to serve on the Advisory Committee at the college for Information Technology. 

Lucas is putting her classroom knowledge to work in a hands-on environment in the area of computer repair and troubleshooting.  She is Microsoft Office Specialist certified in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

“When I contacted Joan Tuck with SVCC and explained that I was looking for an intern, I never expected to have someone of Jean Lucas’ caliber apply.  Jean came to us, mild, friendly and with a beautiful smile. Jean is a highly talented and a dedicated professional who is helpful and intuitive.    Her technical experience is strong and her organizational skills are invaluable.  She has effectively demonstrated her learned professional and technical abilities from SVCC.  We are happy to have her working with our team and recognize the valuable service SVCC offers our communities,” said Lorraine G. Carter, General Manager, Kinex Telecom, Inc.

Another successful IST student is Oscar Ramirez (pictured) of Buffalo Junction, Virginia who is a 2011 graduate of Bluestone High School.  He completed his Associate in Applied Science degree at Southside Virginia Community College in December 2013 and has been hired full-time by Atos, an international Information Technology services company, in Boydton, Virginia as a data center entry-level technician.  Ramirez received his Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification in Security Fundamentals while taking classes at SVCC.

According to Joan Tuck, Professor, Information Technology for the Daniel Campus, “the Information Technology field changes rapidly and is an exciting career choice for many people, especially those who enjoy a hands-on, challenging, problem-solving environment.   The faculty in the Information Technology Department are dedicated and committed to the success of our students.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the national median pay for computer support specialists is $46,260.  The national median pay for network support specialists is slightly higher at $59,090.  Computer support specialists provide installation, repairs, updates, help, and advice to people and organizations using computer software or equipment.  Network support specialists analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), and Internet systems. They also perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption. 

SVCC has a robust associate degree program in Information Systems Technology with a variety of classes that include application software, operating systems, web design, programming, PC hardware troubleshooting and repair, networking, and security.   A networking specialization within the associate degree program is also available.  Many of the courses prepare students for industry certifications that are valuable in information technology careers. 

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Seminars for Small Business Owners

Art As A Business & Doing Business in a “GAFA” World (Google, Amazon, Facebook & Apple) **Rescheduled from January 30, 2014**

Marc Willson, Retail Consultant for the Virginia Small Business Development Centers will conduct a FREE seminar on “Art as a Business & Doing Business in a GAFA World”. He will discuss how to sell your art without selling your soul, define and engage your collector, master merchandising basics, market and advertise your product/artwork, build your brand, create a social media presence, and embrace and understand the business side of selling your product/artwork.

Marc brings 35 years of experience in assisting retail, restaurant and tourism-related small businesses refine and promote their concepts to the public. He joined the Virginia SBDC in 2009 as a Retailer Industry Consultant and has delivered seminars and assisted retailers throughout the United States.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center
118 E. Danville Street
South Hill, VA 23970
FREE seminar
To register: 434-738-6191 Ext. 4261 or
**If you registered for the class for January 30, PLEASE REGISTER AGAIN**

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SVCC Students and Administrators Visit General Assembly

Southside Virginia Community College students and administrators visit the Virginia General Assembly each year speaking with Delegates and Senators about the importance of the college and the benefits to people in the area.  This year's delegation is shown with Delegate Tommy Wright and they are (Left to Right) Robert Wrenn of Emporia, Aaron Newby of South Hill, Makayla Evans of Lawrenceville, Jeff Karow of Emporia, Delegate Wright, Tyler Johnson of Lawrenceville, Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC Provost, Freddie Reekes, SVCC Recruiter and Dr. John J. Cavan, SVCC President.
This year's delegation is shown with Delegate Rosalynn Tyler and they are (Left to Right) Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC Provost, Jeff Karow of Emporia, Makayla Evans of Lawrenceville, Delegate Tyler, Tyler Johnson of Lawrenceville and Bobby Wrenn of Emporia.

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Dr. John J. Cavan Recognized As Devoted, Innovative Leader By Virginia General Assembly

The General Assembly of Virginia recently commended Dr. John J. Cavan, President of Southside Virginia Community College, for his work helping student of the Commonwealth to build bright futures.  Dr. Cavan is retiring in 2014 after 32 years at the helm of SVCC.

Senate Joint Resolution Number 92 was agreed to by the Senate and House of Delegates on January 14, 2014.  It recognized Dr. Cavan as a devoted, forward-thinking leader in higher education.  The resolution states that “due in large part to John Cavan’s dedicated leadership, Southside Virginia Community College has one of the best served and largest service areas in the Commonwealth.”

Dr.  Cavan began his presidency at SVCC 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. 

“With his vision, determination and professionalism, Dr. John Cavan leaves a legacy of excellence to SVCC and community college presidents throughout the Commonwealth,” the resolution reads.

Senator Louise Lucas presented the resolution to Dr. Cavan.

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Battle Follows Tough Act at SVCC

Bernadette Battle faced a tough act to follow when promoted at Southside Virginia Community College recently.  When Judy Shepherd, former Director of Counseling on the Christanna Campus, retired last spring after 40 years of service to the College, she left a void that was not easy to fill.

Fortunately for Southside, Battle was waiting in the wings and ready to follow in Judy’s footsteps.  Bernadette, or “Bern” as she is affectionately known, joined the Southside family in 1999 as Student Activities Coordinator and has since held several positions of increasing responsibility. She says she is “humbled and honored to accept the torch of leadership from my friend and mentor.” Bern, who describes herself as “a student-centered administrator,” credits Judy with preparing her to assume the responsibilities of her new position and is “also grateful for the support of the entire student development team and College administration.”

Throughout her tenure at Southside, Bern has been recognized for her outstanding professionalism and superior performance. She has been responsible for the creation and implementation of numerous activities and programs that contribute to student engagement and success.

Additionally, she has served the Virginia Community College System as an active member of several state-wide committees and workgroups. In recognition of her many accomplishments, Bern represented the College at both the Classified Leadership Academy and the Faculty and Administrative Leadership Academy, received the Chancellor’s Fellowship, and selected twice by her peers to receive the VCCA Showcase Award. 

According to Judy, her former supervisor, Bern “truly lives the College mission in the fullest sense.  She is an advocate for students, helping them to find the very best that they have.”

Battle received her B.S. in Human Ecology from Virginia State University and her Master of Education in Counseling from the same institution.  She completed the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013 and also has taken course work towards n Ed.D. in Community College Leadership. 

She resides in Emporia Virginia with her husband, Preston, and two children, P.J. and Brooke.

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