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 Monday, November 14, 2016


VCCS Honors Veterans

Americans honored the bravery, dedication and sacrifice of our country’s nearly 22 million vet erans on Veterans Day last Friday. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Virginia is home to more than 781,000 of those veterans, many of whom turn to Virginia’s Community Colleges to help them carve a career path once their military service has concluded.
“During our 50-year history, Virginia’s Community Colleges have proudly served military students, their families, and our country’s veterans by providing access to the resources, education and training they need to succeed at home. We consider it a privilege to enroll those who have served in the armed forces and are dedicated to their success in the pursuit of education — be it higher education, retraining, vocational skills or just lifelong learning,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges.


Letter Campaign Supports Veterans
Submitted by Bobby Allen Roach, Danville Community College

More than 250 letters are on their way to veterans and active duty service members, thanks to Danville Community College’s first Letters for Veterans campaign.

Danville Community College (DCC) students, faculty, and staff recently participated in the Letters for Veterans campaign as part of Week to Engage, a service week made possible through a partnership between DCC, Averett University and Piedmont Community College. The letters were mailed on Tuesday, October 25.

The campaign originated at DCC, but garnered support from the entire community.



Several employees have used this newsletter’s feedback email address ( to offer suggestions or ask questions, and we thank you! Below is the first of several questions we’ve received. Stay tuned to future issues for more Q&A with the Chancellor.

Q: What is the Chancellor’s Planning Retreat? What is its purpose? Who attends and why?

A: Each year, the Chancellor invites college leadership – presidents, vice presidents, faculty, and state board members and others – to come together for conversations related to future strategies for our colleges. The current event represents a mash-up, bringing together what was formerly the planning retreat held in August and the State Board’s Annual Meeting held in November. This day-and-a-half-long gathering featured a variety of keynote addresses and concurrent sessions led by VCCS colleagues and national leaders. This year’s retreat in particular, took a few moments to reflect upon the game-changing work of our first 50 years while also discussing ideas and strategies for addressing the opportunities and challenges of the next 50 years.


Submitted by Dr. Stewart W. Edwards, Northern Virginia Community College

Faculty’s Role in Campus Emergency Planning and Response
For most community college students in Virginia, professors are the face of the college. That’s just the reality of a student’s experience – they see their instructors more than anyone else on a campus. As a result, faculty are likely to be the ones that students will depend upon if an emergency situation arises on that campus. Therefore, faculty should play an important role in community college emergency planning and response, but, within the VCCS, that is largely not the case.


Leading from Where They Stand
Submitted by Dr. Abigail Stonerock, Office of Professional Development

They arrived at the new System Office not quite sure what to expect. For pre-meeting homework, they had to read leadership articles from Harvard Business Review, review strategic planning documents from the American Association of Community Colleges and the VCCS, and complete self-assessments. As they took their seats, you could a hear a few whispers, “Are you ready for this?” followed by a bit of friendly, but nervous laughter. “We had heard that, since the Office of Professional Development redesigned this course, we needed to arrive rested and ready. The four days were going to be exhausting. Little did I know, they were also going to be life changing!” said Dixie Dalton, dean of humanities, social sciences, and business at Southside Virginia Community College.



State Board Meeting                                                      Richmond (Arboretum)                            Nov. 17

VCCS First Year & Adjunct Faculty Institute            Glen Allen (Wyndham Crossings)         Nov. 17-18

American Red Cross Blood Drive                               Richmond (Arboretum)                            Nov. 29

Fall Administrative Services Conference                 Richmond (Wyndham Crossings)        Nov. 29-30

Chancellor’s Faculty Advisory Committee                  (CFAC) Richmond (Arboretum)             Dec. 5-6

HIRE Education Conference                                         Hot Springs (The Homestead)              Dec. 7-9


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