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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.

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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

 

Bluestone

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

 

Alberta

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.

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.

 

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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 www.vccs.edu.

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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.
 

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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 Money for Your Small Business

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 Melissa@bcida.org.

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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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER STOP HUNGER FOOD DRIVE A SUCCESS

(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)

Or

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.

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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 angela.mcclintock@southside.edu. 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. 

For information, see the website at www.southside.edu

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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
9:00am—12:00Noon
Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center
118 E. Danville Street
South Hill, VA 23970
FREE seminar
To register: 434-738-6191 Ext. 4261 or gina.mull@mecklenburgva.com
**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.

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.

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.

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, debra.smiley@southside.edu 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.

DR. CAVAN’S 2014 CALENDAR IS A HIT

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 angela.mcclintock@southside.edu

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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 vjtaylor@vcu.edu. 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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