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The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion celebrated Black History Month with featured speaker Dr. William “Bill” H. Turner.
News from Campus… and Beyond
In January, incoming students participated in Service Plunge, atradition at Emory & Henry.
van Vlissingen Center for Career & Professional Development Offers “Backpacks to Briefcase” Event
Representatives from People Inc., Enterprise, Concord Wealth Partners, Food City, CGI, General Shale and the Virginia Department of Transportation fielded questions with senior students recently as they prepared to enter the workforce. Representatives were available to the students for networking and discussing open positions that the students could turn into careers after graduation. The inaugural lyceum event was productive, resulting in many students from the College receiving interviews at Food City’s corporate offices, CGI federal consulting and Enterprise holdings.
Keynote speakers included Lydia X. Z. Brown, a disability justice advocate, organizer, educator, attorney, strategist, and writer; Jibreel Khazan (Ezell Blair, Jr.) the last surviving member of the Greensboro Four and graduate of Howard University Law School in Washington, DC and Massachusetts University in Dartmouth; and Jenna Lyn, M.D., MHA Ballad Health.
33rd Annual B.G. Raines Forum
Guest lecturer for the education forum, Becky Haas, brought an exceptional combination of first-hand experience, and an in-depth knowledge of the science of supporting trauma-informed approaches in education. ‘What she has accomplished in Johnson City, Tn. serves as one of the most dramatic examples of how a trauma-informed approach can change a community,” said Sandra Frederick, Ed.D., Education Department Chair.
New Leadership Program Receives $50,000 Gift from Holston Foundation
Students in the region and on campus will now have a new opportunity to develop key leadership skills in the area of diversity, equity inclusion, civic engagement, and social justice at Emory & Henry College due to a generous gift of $50,000 from the Holston Foundation.
School of Nursing Welcomes Inaugural Class of Nursing Students
Ten Emory & Henry College students pledged a commitment to ethical and compassionate care during a White Coat ceremony held at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts with college leadership, faculty, friends and family members in attendance.
Healthcare Career Camps Encourage High School Healthcare Hopefuls
Emory & Henry College will host the fourth annual Healthcare Career Camp for three weeks in the summer of 2022 with remote and in-person sessions across southwest Virginia designed to prepare high school students for a diversity of healthcare careers. For more information about these summer camps, visit ehc.edu/summer.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Earns Accreditation
Emory & Henry’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has earned accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
School of Business Sponsors Business Challenge Entrepreneur Award
As part of the 2022 Washington County Business Challenge, Emory & Henry College, for the fourth time, is sponsoring an award. The E&H Entrepreneur Award is $5,000 and includes the opportunity to send three employees of the organization to Emory & Henry’s Small Business Growth program. Worth $3,000, the program provides entrepreneurship education that sets the standard for excellence in connecting purposeful liberal arts with transformative business knowledge.
First Bank & Trust Company Presents Check to School of Business
First Bank & Trust Company presented a check to the Emory & Henry College School of Business for $50,000.The gift will support programs and internships.
Larmore Poetry Series
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Jenna Wygal ’16 Jenna is currently getting a Master of Science in Information and Library Science through the University at Buffalo. She is working as a Senior Library Assistant in Rochester, NY, and will be promoted to Collection Development Librarian in the Spring of 2022. She married Jonathan Wygal (E&H Class of 2018) in the summer of 2020. “We just adopted an Irish Setter named Murphy to round out the family.”
Will Gibbons ’03 Will was recently appointed Dean of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Crane is one of the oldest and most prestigious music programs in the US, and trains approximately half of all music teachers in New York state.
Stafford Stephenson ’69 Stafford and Tess Stephenson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 18, 2021, alongside their three daughters and their families. Stafford is a retired insurance agent from State Farm Insurance. He played basketball for E&H, served as the color commentator for the High Point University men’s basketball team, and is honored to be in the Smyth County Sports Hall of Fame. Click here to read a fascinating article about a twist of fate during his days working at the University of Evansville.
Will Mullins ’92 Will’s scripts The Manor and Fantasy Clash were both Honorable Mention winners in the long running Screenplay Festival script competition. His fantasy script The Madness of Winter was a Bronze Award winner at the LA Sci Fi & Horror Festival. Other scripts advanced in various competitions, including Scriptation Showcase, International Comedy Film Festival, the Screenwriting Master Contest, Lit Scares, So Cal Film Awards, and Culver City Film Festival.
D.W. Saur ’05 D.W.’s fourth book titled Just Friends was released in December 2021. His YA Fantasy novel Dark Days finished the 2021 award season with its sixth award coming from the American Fiction Awards in the Epic/High Fantasy category. Learn more at his website: https://dwsaur.com/
Stephen and Jessica Curtis Callahan ’11 Jessica and Stephen Callahan were chosen as the 2022 E&H Young Alumni of the Year. Read more…
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