Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015

The Patrick Henry Community College community is sponsoring a moment of silence today at 12:15 p.m. in memory of Alison Bailey Parker, who was killed last week on the job as a broadcast journalist for WDBJ7 in Roanoke. 

Parker had an associate’s degree from Patrick Henry that she earned in 2009 as a dual enrollment student through the Piedmont Governor’s School for Math, Science and Technology.  She went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in media arts and design from James Madison University.

In 2014, Parker was featured as a successful dual enrollment student and graduate on the PHCC website, and in May 2015, she was on of 10 named  to this year’s class of Distinguished Alumni

The college and the PHCC Foundation have established the Alison Bailey Parker Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded on an annual basis to a PHCC student who enters the Media Design and Production program.

Christopher Parker, vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the PHCC Foundation, said establishing a scholarship in honor of Parker (no relation) is a way for us to remember her contributions and memory.

“Alison was a great example of what dedication and motivation can do in someone’s life,” Parker said. “As a product of PHCC and Martinsville, she made us all proud of her achievements and the way she carried herself through that success in life.”

Parker, a graduate of Martinsville High School, served as a television journalist for WDBJ7 News in Roanoke since 2014. Before starting at WDBJ7, Parker was the bureau chief for WCTI TV 12 and FOX 8/14 in Jacksonville, N.C. After graduating from PHCC, Parker attended James Madison University where she majored in Media Arts and Design. She graduated from JMU in December 2012 and began her career in journalism as an intern at WDBJ7.

Donations for the Alison Bailey Parker Memorial Scholarship can be made online at or by cash or check to the Patrick Henry Community College Foundation, 645 Patriot Avenue, Martinsville, VA 24112. For additional information, call (276) 656-0250.'

Susan Hayden

Susan Hayden worked for Virginia's Community Colleges for 25 years in the Institutional Advancement office before retiring in December 2015. She currently is on special assignment regarding the 50th anniversary of Virginia's Community Colleges.

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