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Job#: 2017-10

If you are interested in making a positive impact on the lives of Virginia’s youth, then we want you to become part of our Team!  Rural Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility located in Jarratt, Virginia seeks positive role models to work directly with adolescent boys and girls in a psychiatric residential treatment program.  The Youth Service Worker is responsible for role-modeling healthy behavior, teaching life skills, administering a trauma informed behavioral support program, and leading youth in and participating in social, cultural, and recreational activities.  This position supervises youth in the residential unit and on off-campus activities and appointments.

Must possess the availability to work weekends, evenings, holidays, and nights.  Supreme flexibility required. 

Seeking candidates with Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology, Sociology or other Human Services field.   Experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Compensation package includes 401(k) retirement plan & employer sponsored health, dental, vision & life insurance.  JBHS is a Drug Free Workplace.  Successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background screening.  EOE.  Positions opened until filled.

E-mail cover letter and resume to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Attn: Chris Thompson
Job # 2017-10
E-mail:careers@jacksonfeild.org

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CASE Names 2017 Distinguished Service Award Winners

WASHINGTON, DC — The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has announced the 2017 recipients of its Distinguished Service Awards. The awards honor individuals and organizations for extraordinary service in education and the field of educational advancement, which includes alumni relations, fundraising, communications and marketing.

CASE will recognize seven recipients at a luncheon on Monday, July 17, 2017, in conjunction with the CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement in San Francisco.

The 2017 CASE Distinguished Service Award winners are:

Jerry Davis, recipient of the E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award.

With 40 years of service, Davis is one of the longest-serving college presidents in the United States. He served as president of Alice Lloyd College in Kentucky from 1977 to 1988 and is now president of College of the Ozarks in Missouri. Throughout his career as an institutional leader, Davis has had a significant impact on the field of advancement, especially in fundraising. Under his leadership, Alice Lloyd raised almost $18 million, built 15 buildings and realized a capital asset growth of 253 percent-from

$4.7 million to $16.8 million. And during his nearly 30 years at the College of the Ozarks, he has transformed the college into a debt-free institution with a $500 million endowment. In 2009, he established the College of the Ozarks' Patriotic Education Travel Program, which has so far paired 324 students with 154 war veterans for trips to battlefields around the world where the veterans once fought. The college funds these trips, and no cost is passed to the students or veterans. He is widely respected for being a visionary who also cares about the details. The E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award is supported by a generous contribution from the consulting firm Marts & Lundy.

T. Denny Sanford, recipient of the James L. Fisher Award for

Distinguished Service to Education. Sanford is chair and CEO of United National Corp., and owner and founder of First Premier Bank. During the past two decades, Sanford has given more than $1 billion to charitable causes. His support of various education initiatives have impacted hundreds of thousands of lives, particularly in his native South Dakota, where he has gifted millions of dollars to the state's public institutions. This includes a $70 million gift in 2006 to help turn South Dakota's Homestake Mine into a deep underground lab. The Sanford Underground Research Facility allows students from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Black Hills State University and the University of South Dakota to gain a hands-on research experience.

Ellen Sullivan, recipient of the John Lippincott Award for Global

Advancement and Support of Education. Sullivan most recently served as executive director of international advancement at Boston College, and has been appointed director of international advancement at Phillips Academy as of June 1. She has worked in university advancement for almost 20 years and has been an active member of CASE since 1998. Throughout her career, Sullivan has shared her fundraising expertise by volunteering as a faculty member at conferences across six continents and serving as a trustee on the CASE board, chair and vice chair of its international committee and co-chair of the CASE International Advancement conference for three years . She has also played a key role in elevating the advancement profession's profile in Latin America; most notably, she secured funding to help underwrite early operations in the region. In addition, Sullivan was a primary catalyst in maintaining and advancing CASE's engagement efforts in Africa.

Thomas C. Tillar, recipient of the Frank L. Ashmore Award for Service to

CASE and the Advancement Profession. Tillar is special assistant to the dean at the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, his alma mater. He began his career in 1971 at Virginia Tech, advancing to the position of vice president of alumni relations in 1995. During his 40-year career in alumni relations, Tillar instituted groundbreaking organizational changes, including integrating the alumni association into central administration, transitioning the annual fund into a centralized university development, opening a satellite office in Washington, D.C., and shifting alumni chapters from a dues-based system. Throughout this time, he was active in advancing the alumni relations profession at institutions and serving as a mentor, role model and member of the CASE Commission on Alumni Relations.

Lawrence Bonchek, M.D., recipient of the Distinguished Friend of

Education Award. A cardiothoracic surgeon for more than 50 years, Boncheck invented two commercially marketed surgical medical devices. His dedication to Pennsylvania's Franklin & Marshall College began in 1987. Since then, he has been an active volunteer and philanthropic leader of the institution.

Bonchek served as a trustee of the board, and later, as board chair from 2010 to 2016. In 2003, he was inducted into the Founders Society for a $1 million gift, and his support has contributed to scholarships, academic buildings and institutes. In addition, Bonchek helped develop a residential life program and an instiutional talent strategy for student recruitment that has resulted in both robust admission growth and a significantly stronger academic profile of the college.

John and Mary Lou Barter, recipients of the Ernest T. Stewart Award for

Alumni Volunteer Involvement. John and Mary Lou Barter have served Alabama's Spring Hill College as trustees, administrators, and the College's most significant living donors. Together, they boast a combined 28 years of service as members of the Spring Hill College Board of Trustees. Mr. Barter, former president of AlliedSignal Automotive, served as chair of the board from 1998 to 2002, and Mrs. Barter co-chaired several subcommittees and presidential search committees during her tenure. Throughout the institution's most economically challenging years, the couple guided the College to financial stability by dedicating 19 months to hiring a new president, reforming the College's budget, instilling best practices, and eliminating $27 million in debt through a critical strategic initiative. The Barters dedicated these 19 months of time, talent, and treasure entirely pro bono, including their weekly commutes to and from their home in Charleston, SC.

About CASE

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas.

CASE was founded in 1974 and maintains headquarters in Washington, D.C., with offices in London (CASE Europe, 1994), Singapore (CASE Asia-Pacific, 2007) and Mexico City (CASE América Latina, 2011).

Today, CASE’s membership includes more than 3,670 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and nonprofit organizations in more than 80 countries around the globe. This makes CASE one of the world’s largest nonprofit educational associations in terms of institutional membership. CASE serves nearly 81,000 advancement practitioners on the staffs of its member institutions and has more than

17,000 professional members on its roster.

To fulfill their missions and to meet both individual and societal needs, colleges, universities and independent schools rely on—and therefore must foster—the good will, active involvement, informed advocacy and enduring support of alumni, donors, prospective students, parents, government officials, community leaders, corporate executives, foundation officers and other external constituencies.

CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with all of these constituencies by providing relevant research, supporting growth in the profession and fostering support of education. CASE also offers a variety of advancement products and services, provides standards and an ethical framework for the profession and works with other organizations to respond to public issues of concern while promoting the importance of education worldwide.

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New laws seek to enhance driver safety

By Yasmine Jumaa, VCU Capital News Service

RICHMOND – In 2015, a driver with severe vision problems hit and killed a bicyclist in Hanover County. The motorist was “basically legally blind,” recalled Del. Hyland “Buddy” Fowler, who represents the county in the Virginia House.

Now the state is about to implement two new laws to help prevent such tragedies. One will require motorists to have a wider field of vision, and the other will encourage health-care professionals to report motorists who have medical problems that may impair their driving. Fowler sponsored both bills, which will take effect July 1.

“The folks at the Virginia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons took a look at the vision requirements and came to me and said, ‘You need to do better for the public safety issue,’ and wanted to know if I’d carry a bill in the House, which I told them I’d be glad to do,” said Fowler, whose district includes parts of Hanover, Caroline and Spotsylvania counties.

House Bill 1504sets new standards for obtaining and keeping a driver’s license or learner’s permit. It will increase the minimum field of vision that a driver must have in Virginia from 100 degrees to 110 degrees. That means drivers must have a greater ability to see what is on the periphery as well as what is in front of them.

“Being able to see properly and being able to scan the roads is a very important part of safe driving,” said Brandy Brubaker, public relations and media liaison for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

HB 1514,alsocarriedbyFowler, gives doctors and other health-care professionals civil immunity if they report patients who have vision or other medical problems that may impair their ability to drive safely.

The law will protect health-care practitioners from legal action if they tell DMV that they believe someone has a disability or impairment and shouldn’t be driving. For instance, the motorist could not sue the physician for violating practitioner-patient confidentiality.

“With that act of good faith, if they report somebody to the DMV to be examined, and if they suspect that the person shouldn’t be driving for legitimate health reasons, they will be protected from a legal situation,” Fowler said. He believes the law will foster “a greater reporting of folks that probably shouldn’t be behind the wheel.”

DMV officials said they already protect the identity of people who tell the agency that somebody may be an unsafe driver because of vision or health concerns.

“We get these reports from law enforcement, family members, maybe even neighbors, and we are prohibited to release information on the source for those medical reports that we receive,” Brubaker said.

When DMV receives such reports, she said, “We review cases of drivers who may have health or medical conditions that would impair or hinder their safe driving.”

Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant of Henrico County sponsored companion bills to Fowler’s legislation: SB 1229was identical to HB 1504,andSB 1024wasthesameas HB 1514. The General Assembly approved all four bills during its 2017 session.

Schools must test for lead in water

By Ben Burstein, VCU Capital News Service

RICHMOND – With the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, safe drinking water is a high priority nationwide, especially for children. Beginning July 1, schools in Virginia will be required to test their potable water for lead.

Senate Bill 1359, which Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law on March 20, seeks to ensure that local school boards test the drinking water in schools and that it meets federal guidelines. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that the level of lead not exceed 15 parts per billion.

Del. Kaye Kory of Falls Church is especially concerned about the water in older school buildings that may have lead pipes.

“The water that comes to the school from the water supplier can be fine, and still, because of the pipes inside the school, there will be lead in the water that children drink,” said Kory, who co-sponsored the bill. (The chief patron was Sen. Jeremy McPike of Woodbridge.)

The new law requires testing in all schools but puts an emphasis on schools built before 1986. Each school board must decide how to implement the law. Currently, schools are not required to test for lead.

Testing could be especially important for older school districts in lower-income areas with a deteriorating infrastructure, Kory said.

Testing for lead is complex: The tests must be conducted multiple times and at multiple locations, such as drinking fountains and faucets. If tests find high levels of lead, the school may have to replace pipes and take other actions, including providing bottled water for students and teachers. The problem cannot be fixed overnight.

Kory believes the new law is a step in the right direction to make sure the next generation of Virginians grows up healthy.

As seen in Flint, lead can be harmful to the human body, especially in children. Low levels of lead do not affect the body immediately, but prolonged exposure can damage the nervous system and cause other problems, including learning disabilities and hearing impairment.

Dr. Rutherfoord Rose, a toxicologist and professor of medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, said lead poses a particular problem for young children whose nervous system is still developing.

“The critical point of lead exposure, even though you don’t want it in anybody, is really before they get to school,” Rose said. Most cases of lead poisoning come not from drinking water but from products that contain concentrated levels of lead, such as paint.

Whether the risk is marginal or not, parents are still concerned about lead exposure in their child’s school. Parents naturally want their children to have safe drinking water.

Thomas Amrhein’s 6-year-old daughter attends kindergarten at R.C. Longan Elementary School in Henrico County’s West End. Amrhein is glad for the new law requiring water testing.

“I think it’s urgently important since the problem has been uncovered,” Amrhein said. He said he is happy the testing is being done because the safety of children in public schools is crucial.

If the tests find lead in the drinking water at R.C. Longan, Amrhein is confident that the school will take immediate action to resolve the issue. “I believe they would rectify it in a timely manner.”

Free Concert to Benefit Local Cancer Care Fund

SOUTH HILL, VA– A 50th Reunion Concert featuringThe Invaders, is set for June 3rd at the Centennial Park Amphitheater in South Hill, VA from 6:00PM – 9:00PM.  This is a free admission concert.  Any donations given at the concert will benefit the Hendrick Cancer & Rehab Center of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.  The donations will specifically support the Cancer Care Fund that was established for cancer patients in financial need.

The Invaders first played at Buckhorn Elementary School in South Hill, VA in 1966.  The original band included Cliff Ferguson (vocals), Buster Watson (bass), Nicky Santore (lead guitar), Billy Lockhart (drums), and Andy Moody (rhythm guitar).  Wayne Sculthorpe replaced Buster on bass and Wimpy Creedle was added for keyboard and lead vocals.  This lineup played until 1969.  Billy Creedle played bass after Wayne left the group to attend college. The Invaders were managed by Jack Moody and Charlie Santore.

Billy Lockhart, (who proposed the idea of a 50-year reunion and the youngest member of the Invaders) graduated from Park View in '72 and the University of Richmond in '76.  He married Karen Creedle and they have two children and three grandchildren.  Billy worked in banking for several years before he was hired by the Virginia Lottery in 1988.  He has been with the Virginia Lottery ever since (29 years).  He has played in various bands around Richmond, including The Union Pacific Band, Satisfaction, Main Stay, Accelerations, 45 RPM and others.  “Billy and Nicky” also played together in "Sad Sunshine" during high school which was another local band with members from Park View, Central and Brunswick county schools.

Nicky Santore played lead guitar in several Southern Virginia bands including the Invaders, Electra's, Sad Sunshine, Dragon Flight, and Hold the Phone.   A 1971 graduate of Park View High School, Nick also graduated from NC State University.   Nick and his wife of 35 years, Gail Nance, now live in Raleigh, NC where he works as a consulting electrical engineer.

Wayne Sculthorp is a 1969 graduate of Park View and Emery Riddle University, Daytona Beach, Florida.  He is a retired United States Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer.  Wayne continues to work as a private contractor in support of US Navy.  He and his wife, Susan, live in La Crosse.

Wimpy Creedle graduated from Park View High School in 1970.  He has been married to Joan Hayes Creedle for 47 years and resides in Chase City, VA.  Wimpy and Joan have two daughters and four grandchildren.  Wimpy retired from Mecklenburg Electric Coop with 41 years of service and also retired from Virginia Army National Guard.

Andy Moody was 14 years old when he started playing in the band in 1966.  Like many of the other band members, Andy wasn’t old enough to drive and his parents provided transportation to band performances.  The band practiced in the basement of Andy’s home on High Street in South Hill.  Andy played in the band all through his high school years and after graduating from Park View in 1971, went on to complete his college education at Virginia Tech where he majored in Horticulture.  He is now retired from his family business, Wayside Nursery, where he worked for over 40 years.  Andy and his wife Gail have been married for 36 years and have two children. 

The Invaders 50th Reunion Concert is sponsored by the following:  Benchmark Community Bank, Citizens Community Bank and J.A. Barker Construction, Inc. 

RELAY FOR LIFE ~ CAR, TRUCK & MOTORCYCLE SHOW Winners & Special Awards

 

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AWARD

VEHICLE

OWNER

1

Most Chrome        (Tie)

1957 Chevy Pickup

1957 Chevy Bel Air

James Nicholson     

Connie Jordan

2

Least Chrome

1937 Chevy Sedan

Bruce Tudor

3

Highest Ride

1966 Ford Pickup

Bert Dickens

4

Lowest Ride

1951 Ford Mercury

Ernie & Nita Sydnor

5

Most Original      (Tie)      

1965 Ford Galaxy

1970 Pontiac GTO

Kenny Herrick

Robbie Mack

6

Best Interior

2010 Chevy Corvette

Cindy Vann

7

Best Exterior

1968 Ford Mustang

Chris Ellis

8

Best Engine         (Tie)       

1956 Chevy Bel Air

1967 Chevy Chevelle

James Wrenn

Diane Taylor

9

Best Appearing New Model

2016  Mustang Shelby

James Robinson

 

 

 

 

 

Special Awards

 

 

10

Relay Choice

1967 Mustang Conv.

Susan Harrell

11

Charles Taylor  Memorial

1937 Chevy Coupe

Thurstan Vann

12

David Williams Memorial

1967 Ford Mustang

Jesse Harrell

13

Bennie Acree     Memorial

1986 Chevy Pickup

Justin Smith

  14

George Blick     Memorial

1969 Chevy Impala

Dickie Delbridge

15

Special Interest

1984 Chevy Blazer

Charles Bradshaw

16

People’s Choice

1965 Chevy Pickup

Walter Lynch

 

DASH PLATES SPONSORED BY Link’s Electrical Chris Link. Special thanks for donations from Walter Lynch & Diane Taylor, and all the Support from Volunteers which made this event possible

Relay for Life ~ Calvary Baptist Church

“Praying for a Cure”

 

 

BA May 2017 Student of the Month

Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Jared Ethan-Everette Utley has been chosen the May 2017 Student of the Month. Jared, a senior, is the son of Ben and Judy Utley of Alberta.  He has two brothers Will Utley and John Woodard, both graduates of Brunswick Academy.  Jared has played JV and Varsity Football, JV and Varsity Basketball, JV and Varsity Baseball and Varsity Soccer.  He is also a member of the Spanish Club, The BA Theatre Tech Crew and this year was a Big Vike to the Class of 2028. 

Jared has been a very active member of the Farmville District Youth Ministry.  This group participates in youth activities, fund raising projects and delivers pastoral care to churches within the district.  Jared is a also an active member of Bethel United Methodist in Alberta.

He will attend Southside Virginia Community College this fall.  He plans to further his education at Regent University’s combined ROTC program with Old Dominion University.  Jared plans to major in Religion and wants to be a Military Chaplain.    

WAY TO GO JARED! 

2017 SVCC Powerline Graduates

The Southside Virginia Community College Power Line Worker Training School graduated the fourth class on May 11, 2017.  The new graduates are (Front L-R:)  Branden Hinton (Amelia), Bryce Morcom (Madison Heights), Tyler Parrish (Dundas), Adam Weaver ( Chesterfield), Chase Goodman (Beaverdam), Lisa Hodson (Blacksburg), Hunter Hicks (Madison Heights), Devan Hinton (Amerlia), Cody Harvey (Gladys), Daniel Bradbury (Amelia), Brandon French (Chester) and Brad Wike, Instructor)

Back L-R:  Clyde Robertson, Instructor, Patrick Robbins (Kenbridge), Ricky Wilson (McKenney), Ethan Kelly (Fredericksburg), Wayne Allen (Amelia), Jake Dillard (Jetersville).  For information about the school, Call 434 292 3101 or email powerlineworker@southside.edu

2017 Associates of Nursing Pinning

Southside Virginia Community College held a Pinning Ceremony in May to recognize students from the Associate Degree Nursing Program. These students from the Christanna Campus are now eligible to take the State Licensing Test to become Registered Nurses.  They are (front row )Left to Right:  Emily Pope-Emporia, Kristen Jackson-Dolphin,  Tammy Wright -Boydton, Rose Privott-Chester, Courtney Yager-Bracey.

2nd row L to R: Molly Buchholz-South Hill, Jessica Young-Blackstone, Dominique Gunn-Kenbridge, Linda Gordon- South Hill, Melissa Jones- Lawrenceville

3rd row; L to R: Michelle Williams-Brodnax, Stephanie Thomason- South Hill, Anita Simmons-South Hill, Jessica Gordon-South Hill.  SVCC has three sites that offer the ADN program;  Christanna Campus, John H. Daniel Campus, and South Boston.

Helen Newsome Woodruff

Helen Newsome Woodruff, 83, of Emporia, VA passed away on May 26, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank G. Newsome and Pearl Wallace Newsome and her husband, George Leroy Woodruff. Visitation will be held Tuesday, 1pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by a funeral service at 2pm. Interment will take place in Emporia Cemetery immediately following the service. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Meherrin Regional Library urges families to sign up for Summer Reading Program

 

 

The Meherrin Regional Library System is gearing up for its annual Summer Reading Program, with registration beginning June 1st and events beginning June 29th.

This year’s theme is READING BY DESIGN. Preschoolers, Children, and Teens are all able to participate and win prizes by keeping track of books read during the summer. Participants will also be entered into drawings for reaching reading goals. Sign up options this year include a new online feature that participants can use to track reading and earn virtual badges.

Free events will be held each Thursday beginning June 29th, at 10:30 AM at the Brunswick County Library in Lawrenceville, and at 2:00 PM at the W. E. Richardson Memorial Library in Emporia. This year’s events include magic shows, a smoothie making competition, Zumba, and a show featuring live animals. A Grand Finale celebration with prize drawings, awards, and refreshments will be held on August 3rd.

Monday Morning Movie showings will also be held at each branch at 10:30 AM beginning July 10th.

To learn more about Summer Reading at the library, please stop by or contact the Brunswick County Library at (434) 848-2418 x301, or Richardson Memorial Library at (434) 634-2539, or visit www.meherrinlib.org.

Charles Wilson

Charles Wilson, 58, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017. He was the son of the late Benjamin F. Wilson, Jr. and Eunice Walton Wilson. He is survived by two sons, Joshua Wilson and girlfriend, Megan Gillespie and Joseph Wilson and wife, Brittany; daughter, Amanda Stone; sister, Wanda Wilson and husband, William Jordan; brother, Wayne Wilson and wife, Melanie and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 26 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Saturday, May 27 at Pelham United Methodist Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

Alfred Titus Hobbs, Jr.

Alfred Titus Hobbs, Jr. passed away peacefully on May 23, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.  Alfred was born, and raised, in Emporia, VA.  He was 74 years old.  Since 1974, he has been a well-known building contractor in Emporia and the surrounding counties.  Alfred was very particular about his work and he took great pride in trying to satisfy each and every one of his customers.  He was an active member of Main Street Baptist Church and he was involved in numerous local charitable organizations.  He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Peggy, son Chris, daughter Sherri, step-son Chris, step-daughter Tara, their spouses, Stephanie, Juri, Susan and Joey and seven grandchildren, Bailey, Olivia, Claire, Jackson, Anna, Cooper, and Sloane.   He is also survived by his loving sister Peggy and her husband Ernest, his brother-in-law Kiser Robinson, and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred T. Hobbs, Sr. and Lucy Bradley Hobbs, sisters Edla Hobbs Wray and Louise Hobbs Robinson.  A gathering of friends will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 25th at Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia, VA.  The funeral service will also be held at the church at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, May 26th.  A private graveside service will be held immediately following the funeral.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Main Street Baptist Church, 440 S Main St. Emporia, VA  23847 or the Emporia Greensville Humane Society, 113 Baker St., Emporia, VA  23847.  Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville will be handling the arrangements.  

Plan to Attend the Veteran's Support Group on June 13

VCU Massey Cancer Center’s  Cancer Research and Resource Center of Southern Virginia is pleased to host monthly a Veteran’s support group every 2nd Tuesday at the Center, 221 North Main Street, Lawrenceville, Virginia  23868.  On June 13, 2017 at 10 am, Susan K. Spence, Veterans Service Representative from the Virginia Department of Veteran Services from the South Hill office will be present along with facilitator Mr. Jose A. Illa, a Transition Patient Advocate from Hunter Holmes McGuire Veteran Administrative Medical Center, Richmond, VA.  They will be available to all Veterans from Southside Virginia who need assistance regarding questions on benefits, applications, doctor’s appointments, transportation, etc. Veterans can receive interactive session in enrolling them in the HealtheVet program.  HealtheVet is VA’s online personal health record designed for Veterans, active duty Service members, their dependents and caregivers. The HealtheVet helps Veterans partner with their health care team providing opportunities and tools to make informed decisions.  Among the newest features available to Veterans with a Premium Account include VA Notes.  These are clinical notes that your health care team records during your appointments or hospital stays.  Also available are your VA Immunization records, more detailed lab reports and a list of your current medical issues. These features are in addition to prescription refills, VA appointments and secure messaging.  All Veterans are welcome to attend.  If you need further information, please contact the Cancer Research and Resource Center, 221 North Main Street, Lawrenceville, Virginia  23868. Phone 434-532-8190 or email ttaylor37@vcu.edu.  The Center is funded by VCU Massey Cancer Center and the Tobacco Region Revitalization Region. Like us on Facebook. 

4 Ways For Busy Business Owners To Keep Up With Bookkeeping

“One thing an accountant hates to see coming is a client with a box,” Longwood Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Business Analyst Kim Ray says.

Ray operated her own accounting business for 12 years before coming to SBDC and experienced those clients first hand. “When an accountant sees a box, the bill goes up,” she says with a smile.

Accountants are paid by the hour, she adds, and going through a year’s worth of receipts takes time.

Ray, who received her MBA from Virginia Tech in 2004, currently advises new and prospective business owners in Farmville’s SBDC office. One of the first things she tells her clients is to make time for record keeping.

“A lot of small business owners are so busy keeping up with the primary focus of their business that they don’t have time to do the administrative work,” Ray says.

The regimented nature of accounting, she adds, is also not appealing to everyone.

“There are a lot of rules and steps in accounting, and you can’t skip them,” she says. “You can’t be creative.”

While “creative accounting” is something you probably don’t want to do, there are creative ways to establish a recordkeeping system that works for you. Here are Ray’s tips:

Get organized!

Start by developing a system for organizing receipts, bank records and warranties for equipment. It can be a simple as dozen 8 by 10-inch envelopes, one for each month. Once you have source documents organized, you don’t have to keep them in reach. Just close them up, and you’re done.

Have a backup plan.

Before you throw those documents in a box or envelope, have some type of listing. Organize your documents and have a record-keeping system — it can be as simple as a ledger or a computer file. It’s also wise to back that data up in another location.

Seek assistance.

The worst scenario is not completing the first two tips. A business owner who doesn’t have time for bookkeeping should consider outsourcing. Hiring an accountant or other professional relieves stress and often saves money in the long run. The main thing is — bookkeeping needs to be done. Make a habit of record keeping.

Establish a CPA relationship.

It pays to have a CPA you can call for business advice. A CPA can look at a major purchase from a tax-wise perspective and provide legal representation on IRS issues. It never hurts to have a CPA look over what you’ve done. These professionals stay up to date on the latest laws — it’s always good to have expert advice.

To make an appointment or for more information on the services SBDC provides, contact the Longwood Small Business Development center at (434) 395-2086 or visit www.sbdc-longwood.com.

COMCAST AWARDS $69,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO 60 VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

Annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program Recognizes Students’ Leadership Skills, Academic Achievement and Commitment to Community Service

Richmond– May 19, 2017 – The Comcast Foundation today announced the 2017 recipients of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program awards in Virginia. The program, funded by the Comcast Foundation, recognizes the best and brightest high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills.

“Congratulations to this year’s scholarship winners for their outstanding achievements in both the classroom and their communities,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. "Education is essential to a brighter future for our students and for the economy they will enter after graduation. I thank Comcast for their commitment to education and look forward to the impact these winners will have for years to come.”

Comcast, joined by Deputy Attorney General: Transportation, Real Estate & Construction Division for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Stephen A. Cobb and school administrators, recognized the students at a special event held Thursday, May 18, at the Virginia State Capitol. Fifty-nine recipients of the 2017 Virginia Leaders and Achievers® scholarships received $1,000 scholarships. Chrinique Christian, a senior at Matoaca High School in Chesterfield County was awarded a $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship – instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation – for a total of $69,000 awarded this year to Virginia high school students.

“It is an honor to be a part of an event that celebrates such exceptional young adults,” said Cobb.  “These high school seniors have proven to be leaders in their communities, and the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship program is giving them the recognition they deserve. I look forward to following these students’ successes in the years to come.”

“Our Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners are committed to academic excellence and community service,” said Mary McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Beltway Region. “We are honored to recognize their achievements, and are excited to support them as they continue their educational journeys.”

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who strive to achieve their full potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to prepare for the future and to engage them in their communities. The program also demonstrates the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community. 

Since 2003, Comcast has awarded nearly $800,000 in Leaders & Achievers Scholarships to more than 760 students in Virginia.  This year, the program will award more than $2 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students across the country to help them pursue higher education.  Visit hereto learn more.

2017 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Recipients from Virginia

Alexandria

Rachel Price of Bishop Ireton High School

Adele Reardon of St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School

Arlington

Veronica Olivera of Arlington Mill High School Continuation Program

Augusta County

Brett Hostetler of Riverheads High School in Staunton

Charlottesville

Kibiriti Majuto of Charlottesville High School

Chesterfield County

Shaquille Carmichael of Cosby High School in Midlothian

Chrinique Christian of Matoaca High School

Cana Clark of Thomas Dale High School in Chester

Isobel Harrison of Midlothian High School

Emilia Lizama Garay of Meadowbrook High School

Alexandria Markiewicz of Monacan High School

Eva Melendez of L.C. Bird High School

Vivian Tran of Manchester High School in Midlothian

Culpeper County

Brooke Bonfadini of Culpeper County High School

Danville

Amanda Liggon of George Washington High School

Dinwiddie County

Brooke Winn of Dinwiddie High School

Emporia

De’Ja Mangrum of Greensville County High School

Fairfax County

Jenna Hirshfeld of South Lakes High School in Reston

Frederick County

Kristen Enns of James Wood High School in Winchester

Abigail Esslinger of Millbrook High School in Winchester

Mitchell Skowbo of Sherando High School in Stephens City

Hanover County

Zachary Berenson of Atlee High School in Mechanicsville

Mikayla Mason of Hanover High School in Mechanicsville

Harrisonburg

Genevieve Cowardin of Harrisonburg High School

Henrico County

Unity Bowling of Glendale Home School

Madison Bradley of Godwin High School

Pratyusha Chaluvadi of Henrico High School

Christopher Gothard of John Randolph Tucker High School

Sara Hamilton of Douglas S. Freeman High School

Clare Shupack of Deep Run High School in Glen Allen

Asia Farmer of Varina High School

Loudoun County

Jaden Edmonds of Broad Run High School in Ashburn

Ashley Jain of Freedom High School in South Riding

Lauren Moore of Loudoun County High School in Leesburg

Camille Nau of Briar Woods High School in Ashburn

Lynchburg

Jonathan Bumgarner of Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology

Jasmine Fuqua of Heritage High School

Catherine McCord of E. C. Glass High School

Manassas Park

Andrew Taylor of Manassas Park High School

Pittsylvania County

Reid Brown of Chatham High School

Prince William County

Savannah Gaillard of Battlefield High School in Haymarket

Jordyn Harrell of Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge

Norman Jones of Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas

Richmond

Jovannah Alston of St. Catherines School

Akayla Anderson of John Marshall High School

Jonae’ Crump of Richmond Community High School

Andrea Culotta of St. Gertrude High School

Andrea Eichenberger of Trinity Episcopal School

Jonathan Essex of St. Christopher's School

Autumn High of Open High School

Jasmine Jones of Franklin Military Academy

Demetrice Morgan of Armstrong High School

Le’Tyra Roberson of Huguenot High School

Harish Tekriwal of Maggie L. Walker Governor's School

Evan Tunstall of Hermitage High School

Roanoke

Megan Whitney of Roanoke Valley Christian Schools

Salem

Ashlyn Pugh of Salem High School

Spotsylvania County

Lindsay Stynes of Massaponax High School in Fredericksburg

Stafford County

Caroline Posillico of Mountain View High School

Waynesboro

Rebecca Pereles of Waynesboro High School

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE REMINDS MOTORISTS TO SLOW DOWN OR MOVE OVER THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

RICHMOND – Memorial Day signifies the official start of summer, and the Virginia State Police is taking this opportunity to remind motorists to do what’s right when they see lights – #MoveOver.

See lights- Do what's right.

The “Move Over” law is a lifesaving law intended to protect public safety professionals and highway workers who help to maintain the safety of the Commonwealth’s roads.

Drivers are required to change to another travel lane or, when unable to change lanes, cautiously pass emergency personnel stopped on the side of the road. The law also includes highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks equipped with flashing amber lights.

From 2006 to 2015 nationwide, 128 law enforcement officers were struck by vehicles while conducting traffic stops, assisting motorists, directing traffic, or otherwise working at the roadside.*

Last year, five Virginia State Police troopers were injured after being involved in crashes in which a motorist failed to “Move Over.” Nationwide, 15 officers were struck and killed outside their vehicles.**

“Every day first responders and highway workers knowingly take on the dangerous task of working along the roadside to assist motorists or improve our highways,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We’re asking drivers to help protect those men and women by doing what’s right when they see flashing red, blue or amber lights – Move Over or Slow Down. It’s the law, and it could save a life.”

Since the 2017 Memorial Day holiday weekend falls within this year’s Click It or Ticket campaign, state police troopers will be even more vigilant in their efforts to increase seat belt usage among adults, teenagers and children. The two-week, concentrated educational and enforcement initiative began Monday and runs through June 4, 2017. The annual Click It or Ticket campaign combines high visibility enforcement of seat belt and child safety seat laws with outreach and education. 

Of the 761 total people killed last year in crashes throughout Virginia, 304 were unrestrained.***

Occupant restraint enforcement is a key component of the Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) traffic safety initiative that begins 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2017, and concludes Monday, May 29, 2017, at midnight.

The state-sponsored, national program encourages law enforcement agencies to increase visibility and traffic enforcement efforts on major travel holidays, like Memorial Day. The program also means that all available Virginia State Police troopers will be on patrol through the holiday weekend.

The 2016 Memorial Day Operation C.A.R.E. initiative resulted in troopers citing 913 individuals who failed to obey the law and buckle up, as well as issuing 273 citations for child safety seat violations on Virginia’s highways statewide. In addition, state police cited 11,048 speeders and 2,663 reckless drivers. A total of 131 drunken drivers were taken off Virginia’s roadways and arrested by state troopers.

There were 11 traffic fatalities statewide during the five-day period (May 27, 2016 – May 31, 2016) of the 2016 Memorial Day weekend. In 2015, there were 14 traffic deaths and, in 2014, Virginia experienced eight fatalities on Virginia’s highways during the holiday weekend.***

ANNIE MARIE “DOODLE” ROBBINS SMITH

The Fudge Lady, Annie Marie “Doodle” Robbins Smith, 82, of Gaston, NC died Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Mrs. Smith was born in Wilson County, NC the daughter of the late William Hansel Robbins and Daisy Bass Robbins. She was also preceded in death by her husband Romie B. Smith a granddaughter, Tammy Lynn Cooke, a half-brother Russell Robbins and a half-sister, Prudie Mae Webb and a grand-dog Phoebe Branch.

Mrs. Smith, retired from Prillaman Chemical of Suffolk, VA. She served as pastor of The Church of Jesus Christ, 116 Emry Street, Roanoke Rapids, NC from Sept. 2002 until present.  She served her community in numerous ways, being an active participant in Relay for Life from 1997 until present serving as chaplain, accountant and team leader, and being an active member of the Pilot Club from 1976 until present serving in numerous offices and was Pilot of the Year 1982-1983 and 2012-2013.

Surviving are: three daughters, Elaine DeBerry, and her husband Ronald, Connie Pernell and her husband David and Melody Branch and her husband Michael, all of Gaston, NC; a sister, Madie Higgins of Gaston, NC; three grandsons, William “Bill” Allen Cooke, Jr. and his wife Robin, Michael Ray Cooke and Jason Everette Pernell and his wife Amy, all of Gaston, NC., great grandsons William “Will” Allen Cooke, III, Christopher “Ryan” Cooke, Andrew “Drew” Everette Pernell all of Gaston, and Michael “MJ” Ray Cooke, Jr. of Emporia, VA., two step grandsons, two step granddaughters, seven step great grandchildren, special adopted granddaughters Gracie and Jamie Clements, beloved  grand-dogs Autumn, Bella, Remington, and Snow Branch.

The family will receive at Wrenn Clarke & Hagan Funeral and Cremation Service, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, from 7:30 to 9:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 2:30 PM, in the funeral home chapel, with Mr. Ricky Jordan and Mrs. Judi Hux officiating. Interment will follow in Cedarwood Cemetery, Roanoke
Rapids, NC.

The family request memorial donations be made to: The Pilot Club of Roanoke Valley, P. O. Box 971, Roanoke Rapids, NC  27870.          

Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.wrennclarkehagan.com

Person of Interest Sought After City's First Homicide of 2017

Investigators working to solve a weekend murder of Quinton L. Ivey are looking for Brittany O’Bannon.

O’Bannon, 27, of Emporia, was named a person of interest in the City’s first Homicide of 2017, and the Emporia Police Department is asking anyone with information about O’Bannon’s whereabouts or information about Mr. Ivey’s death to call (434)634-2121. Detective Sgt. Jerry Wright is in charge of the investigation

“Police received information that three individuals were seen running east on Church Street from the crime scene after Mr. Ivey was shot,” Emporia Police Chief Ricky A. Pinksaw said. “The Emporia Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance to locating Brittany O’Bannon who has been identified as a person of interest in this criminal investigation.”

It was not made clear whether O’Bannon was seen running on Church Street.

Police were called to the 300 block of Church Street in Emporia for a shooting at about 4:20 on Saturday morning.

“Upon the Officers arrival they located and later identified Quinton L. Ivey as the shooting victim,” the chief said.

Police have not yet said what led up to the shooting, nor have they identified the people seen running on Church Street.

“If anyone knows of [Brittany O’Bannon’s] whereabouts, or has any other information about who may have killed Mr. Ivey… please contact the Emporia Police Department at 434-634-2121,” the chief said. “Any piece of information that you may feel is not important is critical to the successful conclusion of this investigation to bring the murderer of Mr. Ivey to justice.”

Ivey, the son of Noral Brown and Florence Carpenter was the father of two. He was remembered at a candlelight vigil on Sunday evening.

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First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe Visits Edward W. Wyatt Middle to Highlight School Breakfast Growth

First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe joined Virginia Secretary of Education Dietra Trent, Virginia State Delegate Roslyn Tyler, Virginia State University Head Football Coach and former NFL player Reggie Barlow and other partners, including No Kid Hungry Virginia and the Southeast Dairy Association at Edward W. Wyatt Middle School on Friday, May 19, to recognize the school for its success in connecting students with breakfast. Edward W. Wyatt Middle School was one of 12 school winners in the Virginia Breakfast Challenge, a campaign to increase school breakfast participation across the state.

1,325 schools participated in the Virginia Breakfast Challenge, which ran from October 2017 through December 2017. In January, 2017, after the competition concluded, 24,741 more Virginia kids participated in school breakfast each day, compared to January, 2016.

At the beginning of the assembly, those who were instrumental increasing access to breakfast were recognized.  Crystal Crutchfield, GCPS Foodservice Director, Ruth Bullock, Edward W. Wyatt Middle School Cafeteria Manager, and the staff of the cafeteria were all recognized. Mrs. Bullock and the lunch ladies received a rousing standing ovation. It was pointed out that the smell of freshly baked biscuits every morning was a great way to start the school day.

“We know expanding school breakfast programs help since childhood hunger and helps children perform better in schools,” said Mrs. McAuliffe.  “This has been proven by research connecting school breakfast but as a patient to improve school attendance and math tests course, but we also are you need from administrators schools across the commonwealth that embrace the alternative models, like Edward W. Wyatt.  They’re seeing fewer discipline referrals better learning environments and better concentration from students after making the change.  It’s a win-win.” “Kids can’t be hungry to learn if they’re just plain hungry, which is why we need to continue to increase access to breakfast in our schools. Together, we can end childhood hunger.”

One in six kids in Virginia living families that struggle with hunger.  Research shows that Congress serious consequences for children, including lower test scores, weaker attendance rates, and higher risk of hospitalization and chronic diseases.

No Kid Hungry Virginia and its partners and focused on breakfast after the bell is a critical way to end childhood car in Virginia.  The program increases access to school breakfast by burning breakfast out of the cafeteria and making it part of the school day.

Edward W. Wyatt middle are using credit will model allowing students to finish their breakfast in their first.  Class.  The number of students eating breakfast of the Edward W. Wyatt middle grew by 55% between October 2015 and October 2016.

First Lady Mcauliffe and distinguished guests observed the Grab & Go breakfast program and spoke about the importance of healthy eating habits.  For winning the Virginia breakfast challenge, No Kid Hungry Virginia award the school $4000 to support technology enhancements, field trips or playground equipment.  On behalf of Virginia dairy farmers the Southeast Dairy Farmers Association awarded school $2500 to purchase equipment to support the school’s breakfast program.  The Virginia Breakfast Challenge was made possible by generous donations of No Kid Hungry Virginia sponsors including Smithfield Foods, Dominion, and Wal-Mart.

“A complete breakfast as part of a healthy diet.  Breakfast programs help ensure all are Virginia students get the nutrition they need to succeed in school,” said Barlow.

Virginia was one of the top 10 states with the biggest growth in breakfast programs, according to recent data from the food research and action center and is on track to serve eight million more breakfasts during the 2016-2017 school year compared with the 2013-2014 school year.

Rise and Shine Breakfast Poster Winners Announced

Winners of the Rise and Shine Breakfast Poster Contest were announced during First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe's visit to Edward W. Wyatt Middle School on Friday, May 19, 2017.

Librarian Tabby Owen, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and Secretary of Education Dietra Trent with the winners of the Rise and Shine Breakfast Poster Contest

Sixth Grade Winner-Judah Winstead

Seventh Grade Winner-Tyanna James

Eight Grade Winner-Tyona Harris

Mary Delbridge Taylor

Mary Delbridge Taylor, 74, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017. She was preceded in death by a son, William Chris Jarratt and a sister, Lucille Ogburn. She is survived by her daughter, Shirley J. Gill and husband, Henry; son, Michael E. Taylor and wife, Nicole; grandchildren, Michael Gill, Amanda Gill, Casey Fender and husband, Nathan, Leslie Gill Edwards and husband, Chuck, Bryan Gill, Christy Taylor, Nick Taylor, Katie Taylor and fiancé, Zach Liles and Samantha Grizzard and Josh Jarratt; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Albert Delbridge, Jr.; two sisters, Frances Taylor and Julie Finch and a number of nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her beloved canine companion, Sweetie. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 24 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, May 25. Interment will follow at Emporia Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 310 N. Main St., Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com. 

Benjamin “Uncle Benny” Veliky

Benjamin “Uncle Benny” Veliky, 85, widower of Erma Jean Veliky, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017. He was the son of the late John and Anna S. Veliky and was also preceded in death by three brothers, John Veliky, Jr. , Paul Veliky and Charlie Veliky. He is survived by two sons, Tony Veliky and wife, Betsy and Stewart Veliky; daughters, Connie Marshall and husband, Michael and Wanda Dunlow and husband, Clinton; grandchildren, Crystal Jones and husband, Danny, Cyndal Perkins, Heather Veliky, Andrea and Lance Marshall, Eric and Leslie Veliky and Brooke and Blake Dunlow; three great-grandchildren, Zoe, Ryleigh and Bryant, a sister, Margaret Dianis and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 22 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 at St. John Lutheran Church with interment to follow at the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 1351 W. Atlantic St., Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month

W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Stacey King, Communications Representative in the Admissions Department, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for April.  There to congratulate Stacey was Ken Libby, Vice President of Finance.

Stacey has been employed at VCU Health CMH for five years.  Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “When phones were temporarily out in one of our centers Stacey did an exceptional job taking messages and emailing information to the appropriate department director.  Based on the frequency of emails that Stacey sent, it was evidence of how busy her day was.  Stacey’s extra efforts were enormously helpful to multiple departments.  Stacey is to be commended and applauded for the teamwork she displayed.”  “Stacey has always been agreeable to going the extra mile to help with whatever situation arises.  She has consistently helped our department by working extra hours.  She has also been instrumental in helping with our communications transition.”

In addition to the award certificate, Stacey received a STAR Service lapel pin, letter of commendation from Administration, a $40 gift certificate, and a parking place of her choice for the month. 

Virginia Tech’s Tom Tillar honored for exceptional service to the advancement profession

May 18, 2017 -- Tom Tillar’s exceptional dedication to higher education advancement, shown throughout his 46-year career at Virginia Tech, will be recognized with the Frank L. Ashmore Award by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, widely known as CASE.

Tillar stepped down as vice president for alumni relations in 2015. He continues to serve his alma mater as special assistant to Pamplin College of Business Dean Robert Sumichrast and is involved with planning and preparation for the Global Business and Analytics Complex.

“Tom created an unprecedented culture of engaged and committed alumni by building life-long relationships and maintaining the history and traditions of the university,” Virginia Tech President Tim Sands said. “He has been an exemplary role model to senior professionals in the field, and a mentor and inspiration to students and staff.”

The Ashmore Award honors a current or former staff member at a CASE member institution or educational partner who has performed exceptional service to CASE or the advancement profession. Presented annually since 1968, it was originally known as the Presidential Citiation. It was renamed in 1973 in memory of a former director of the American College Public Relations Association, a predecessor organization to CASE. This year’s award will be presented to Tillar in July at CASE’s Summit for Leaders in Advancement.

A native of Emporia, Virginia, Tillar is a member of the university’s Class of 1969. He earned a bachelor’s in biological sciences, a master’s in student personnel services, and a doctor of education degree, all from Virginia Tech.

Tillar began his Virginia Tech career in 1971 in what is now the Division of Student Affairs. In 1975, he joined the Virginia Tech Alumni Association staff. He held several positions in alumni and development, including director of alumni chapter programs, director of corporate and foundation support, director of alumni annual giving, and director of alumni relations, before being appointed vice president for alumni relations in 1995.

In 2015, Tim Sands called on Tillar to serve as interim senior vice president for advancement during a reorganization that combined the Office of Development and University Relations and the Office of Alumni Relations into a single Division of Advancement, now headed by Charlie Phlegar. Senior Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Matt Winston now heads the university’s alumni relations programs.

Tillar has been active in CASE throughout his career. He has presented at national and district conferences and served on the CASE Alumni Commission.

He completed the CASE certificate program in alumni relations. He earned the certified fundraising executive designation conveyed by what is now the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has been a member of the Council of Alumni Association Executives for 20 years.

Doug Dibbert, president of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill General Alumni Association, nominated Tillar for the Ashmore Award.

“For nearly a quarter of a century I have observed and admired Tom’s deep commitment to his alma mater, his complete understanding of its rich history, and his pride in the passionate support of present and former Virginia Tech students,” said Dibbert, who won the Ashmore Award in 2015. “At professional conferences, when Tom speaks, he reflects quiet confidence, authenticity, and wisdom.”

While leading the university’s alumni engagement initiatives, Tillar established staffing for college and constituency programs and incorporated student-class-officer leadership into alumni relations. He helped plan, design, and raise funds for the Holtzman Alumni Center, which opened in 2005.

In 2007, at the request of former President Charles Steger, Tillar formed and chaired the committee that oversaw creation of the April 16 Memorial on the Drillfield in front of Burruss Hall. The number of active alumni chapters nearly doubled between the start of Tillar’s Virginia Tech career and when he announced he was stepping down as vice president in mid-2015.

“I am honored to receive this recognition from CASE, which is such a valuable organization enriching our profession,” Tillar said. “While I realize it’s rare these days, I’ve been blessed to work for my university over my entire career. It’s always meant so much personally to be able to serve in the spirit of our motto, Ut Prosim, and help hundreds of thousands of our alumni stay connected with their university and with each other.”

State Board Sets Tuition for 2017-2018 Academic Year

RICHMOND —The State Board for Community Colleges, by a unanimous vote, established the 2017-2018 academic year in-state tuition and mandatory fees rate at $150.25 per credit hour today at its regular May meeting. Beginning this fall, in-state students will pay an additional $4.00 per credit hour – an increase of 2.7 percent – which means the cost of a typical three-hour class will increase by $12 and the cost of a full-time load of classes for the year will increase by $120.

The new rate keeps community college tuition and mandatory fees at approximately one-third of the comparable costs at Virginia’s public four-year universities.

Virginia’s Community Colleges will use the tuition increase to pay a share of the General Assembly-approved employee pay raise; rising fringe benefit costs; and costs associated with using various Virginia administrative systems. It will also pay for operating costs for new buildings.

“Our State Board remains sensitive to the need to ensure higher education is affordable for Virginia families,” said James Cuthbertson, chair of the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges. “Accordingly, today’s tuition decision strikes a careful balance between that need and our commitment to provide an outstanding and worthy educational experience.”

TUITION DIFFERENTIALS

The State Board also agreed to approve select increases in the tuition differential rates that are in addition to the base tuition. The board approved increasing the differential for Northern Virginia Community College by $1.00 per credit hour. Even with the differential, NVCC’s tuition remains the lowest among comparable colleges in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Further, the board approved an increase of 50 cents per credit hour to the tuition differential rate for John Tyler Community College in Chesterfield and the Tri-city area.

The tuition differential rates remain unchanged from last year for the following community colleges: Germanna in Fredericksburg; Piedmont Virginia in Charlottesville; Reynolds in Richmond; Tidewater in Hampton Roads; Thomas Nelson on the Virginia Peninsula; and Virginia Western in Roanoke.

OUT-OF-STATE TUITION

The State Board increased the tuition rate for out-of-state students by $4.00 per credit hour to a total of $346.85 per credit hour. As required by law, the Board also approved an increase of $1.00 per credit hour to support the debt service for Virginia’s Higher Education Equipment Trust Fund. Out-of-state students make up approximately five percent of the total enrollment of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

OUT-OF-STATE ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY DISCOUNT

The Board elected to take advantage of a change in state law that allows public institutions to charge reduced tuition and mandatory fees to active duty military members stationed outside Virginia who are enrolled in degree programs associated with their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).
The Out-of-State Active Duty Military Discount essentially allows the VCCS to charge active service members a reduced tuition rate along with the $1.00 per credit hour capital fee required of all out-of-state students. The discount will save military members more than half of what they would otherwise pay in out-of-state tuition.

BA JV Softball Team Undefeated

The Brunswick Academy JV Softball team completed an undefeated 2017 season with a 19-0 record.  The Lady Vikings were victorious in the Virginia Colonial Conference championship with a win over Southampton Academy beating the Raiders with a score of 3-2. Seventh grader, Emily Roberts threw all seven innings and recorded seven strike outs. Seventh grader, Sydney Paul along with eighth graders, Melody Cox and Kaitlyn Waller, had RBI's to bank the win. This marks two consecutive years as the V.C.C. Regular and Tournament Champions with undefeated conference records. The JV Lady Vikings are coached by Amanda Hawthorne, Belinda Rivas  and Darlene Roberts.

Picture info : Front row (left to right): Shelby Rideout, Carleigh Jarratt,  Melody Cox, Naomi Sadler (C), Emily Roberts, Reanna Powers, Assistant Coach Belinda Rivas. 

Back row (left to right): Head Coach Amanda Hawthorne, Nelia Washburn, Kaitlyn Waller, Taylor Hill,  Alyssa Rivas, Sydney Paul, Cassidy Smith, Assistant Coach Darlene Roberts. 

Not pictured: Scorekeeper Angie Sadler,

When supply exceeds demand, wages for Langley Park day laborers suffer

By GABY GALVIN, Capital News Service

LANGLEY PARK, Maryland – Each weekday morning, contractors in need of day laborers to paint, mulch or hammer pull their trucks into a small strip mall here and begin negotiating with job seekers. It takes just a few minutes for the price of human labor to decline – often below the state’s minimum wage – as men desperate for work underbid each other.

On a recent weekday, eight trucks pulled in over a two-hour period and separately negotiated with about 10 workers at a time. The bidding started at $12 an hour. But because there were more laborers than employers, the price frequently fell to as little as $5 per hour, significantly lower than the state’s mandated $8.75 minimum hourly wage and Prince George’s County’s minimum wage of $10.75 an hour. Although several workers cut deals at that low rate, Jose, a construction worker who moved to the U.S. from Guatemala 21 years ago, held out for higher pay – a decision that cost him a job at the time.

Even though Jose sometimes works for less than the $16 an hour he thinks he should be earning, he won’t bid himself down as low as the other workers. Day laborers make so little, he said, that they “have to work sometimes day and sometimes day and nights.” (Capital News Service is withholding the last names of day workers to protect them from possible retaliatory actions from employers.)

Scenes such as this have become a common part of the American informal job market and are especially prevalent in heavily immigrant areas such as Langley Park, a small community in Prince George’s County that is home to many families that have come to the U.S. from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and other countries in Central America and Africa.

Immigrant day workers say these informal markets serve a good purpose by allowing them to find work easily and without signing paperwork or governmental oversight. But worker advocates argue that these markets actually work against the long-term interest of immigrants by pulling wages down so low that families struggle to break out of poverty. The average annual income for day laborers in Langley Park, many of whom are in the U.S. illegally, is between $10,000 and $15,000, according to CASA de Maryland, the largest Latino and immigrant advocacy organization in the Washington, D.C. area.

Moreover, some economists believe these trends have trickled down to the broader job market and could partly explain why wages for some low-skilled workers – both native-born and immigrants – have remained stuck at the same level for decades and in some cases have fallen.

“The theory says that increased supply [of workers] should lower wages,” said Nicholas Montgomery, a labor economist at the University of Maryland. Montgomery says that while native-born Americans might frown at the idea of working for less than minimum wage, many immigrants calculate their earnings differently. “I do believe these workers are thinking, ‘What is the way that I can make the most amount of money?’ And that’s not necessarily holding out for a higher wage. And I would rather bid myself down to $8 an hour, and have an 80 percent chance of getting a job, than having a 10 percent chance at $15 an hour.”

Between March 2006 and March 2016, average weekly wages adjusted for inflation for all U.S. production workers rose 8.2 percent to $309.68, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That category includes workers in construction, manufacturing and service jobs and those who are not primarily employed to supervise others. But average weekly wages for workers in some industries haven’t kept pace and in some cases have declined.

For example, average weekly wages for workers in the janitorial services industry declined 1.8 percent from March 2006 to March 2016 to $144.56; wages for employees in the house painting industry declined 3.3 percent to $307.46 and average wages for workers in the house and office furniture moving industry were down 11.5 percent to $235.76. Average weekly wages for workers in landscaping services rose 6.2 percent, but remained relatively low at just $252.85 in March 2016.

“It’s been tough” to convince workers not to underbid their labor, says Delia Aguilar, the senior manager of workforce development for CASA de Maryland. She says that workers believe that jobs are more plentiful in the informal markets, “but that doesn’t mean that they’re getting fair payment.”

Since 1985, CASA has tried to push back against falling wages by establishing so-called “welcome” centers where employers and potential employees can meet and CASA mediators will help negotiate wages and working conditions. CASA’s welcome center in Langley Park opened in 2008 and handles between 20 and 40 workers daily.

CASA sets a wage floor of $10 per hour, though Aguilar said employers often pay at least $12 an hour. Higher-skilled workers earn between $15 and $20 per hour, a sharp increase from the federal minimum wage of $7.25 and Maryland’s $8.75 hourly minimum wage. The state’s hourly wage is set to increase to $9.25 in July.

In return for paying higher wages, contractors that hire via CASA take on workers who have received job and safety training. CASA offers classes on building maintenance, drywall, heating and cooling and other occupational skills, and instructs workers on professional dress and behavior.

Still, some employers “are going to try to save money, and they see it as a business opportunity to do that,” Aguilar said of contractors who hire non-CASA workers for cheaper wages. “Some employers are conscious, they understand, what we have over here is a little bit different. They pay a little bit more, but they understand that the process is more viable.”

CASA operates with a first-in, first-out system: When workers arrive, as early as 6 a.m., they sign in and wait for the first employer to show up with work. The second worker to arrive then moves up a slot, and so on, with the rotation carrying over to the next day. When employers pick up laborers, they sign documentation agreeing to what CASA’s staff refers to as a “living wage.” If employers don’t pay, CASA’s legal services team comes knocking.

Felix, an immigrant from Cameroon in Central Africa, appreciates CASA’s tactics. “CASA is looking out for everybody, not for a particular person,” said Felix, who has been finding jobs through the welcome center for the past three years. He said he rarely participates in the informal markets because he isn’t willing to work for less than $10 per hour and he doesn’t like the way workers undermine each other. “Everybody up there is everybody for themselves.” 

At least as many workers choose to look for work outside of CASA, though. For those laborers, it’s better to work for less pay than to not work at all, a risk with CASA’s one-in one-out system. With no way to collectively enforce CASA’s higher pay, wages end up dropping for all workers, according to Montgomery.

“There’s only going to be so many people who are willing to hire people at $15 an hour,” Montgomery said. “And however many people that is, it is fewer than the number of people who are willing to hire people for $10 an hour. If you underbid, that increases your probability of getting a job.”

Workers who operate outside of CASA underbid themselves because they think in terms of accrued wages, not hourly, Montgomery and Aguilar agree. Although CASA workers earn more hourly, the probability of not getting work in a given day is higher. Non-CASA laborers, conversely, might work more often but make less money hourly.

CASA encourages employers to request workers through an online form and telephone calls so they don’t have to physically go to center and be “harassed” by outside workers, Aguilar said. Langley Park is the only of CASA’s five welcome centers with this issue because it is located in a strip mall’s basement. It is easy for outside workers to intercept employers on their way to CASA, offering to work for less than those waiting downstairs, she said.

“We understand at the same time, [non-CASA laborers] are in need,” Aguilar said. “They’re trying to do as much as they can to be able to make that money that they need to support their families. At the same time, they are changing the environment in the area.”

SENS. WARNER, BLUNT LEAD BIPARTISAN COALITION TO REINTRODUCE INFRASTRUCTURE LEGISLATION

~Bill would help states and localities leverage private funds to build and repair outdated transportation, water, and energy infrastructure~

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) led a bipartisan coalition of Senators in introducing legislation to establish a new infrastructure financing authority to help states and localities better leverage private funds to build and maintain the nation’s outdated infrastructure. The Building and Renewing Infrastructure for Development and Growth in Employment (BRIDGE) Act helps to address the nation’s alarming investment shortfall in maintaining and improving our transportation network, water and wastewater systems and energy infrastructure. The legislation would provide additional financing tools for states and localities to create new jobs here at home while also increasing our nation’s economic competitiveness.

“As we mark the 5th annual Infrastructure Week, we must think boldly and make real investments in our nation’s infrastructure rather than kick the can down the road with short-term fixes,” said Sen. Warner. “The BRIDGE Act offers a bold, bipartisan solution to help address our infrastructure needs by incentivizing private investment and pairing it with public resources. This legislation will set a clear framework that will help create jobs, expand U.S. commerce and trade, and keep American businesses competitive.”

“Missouri is a transportation hub, and improving our roads, bridges, and waterways is critical for economic growth in our state and across the nation,” said Sen. Blunt. “This bipartisan bill will provide much-needed resources to strengthen infrastructure and help ensure Missouri’s farmers, manufacturers, and small businesses are able to remain competitive in an increasingly global economy.”

The BRIDGE Act is cosponsored by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Coons (D-DE), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dean Heller (R-NV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Thom Tillis (R-NC).

America currently spends roughly two percent of its GDP on infrastructure– about half what it did 50 years ago. By comparison, Europe spends around 5 percent, and China spends 9 percent of GDP on infrastructure. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report, the United States currently ranks 12th among 144 developed countries in overall infrastructure compared to our global competitors. 

The American Society of Civil Engineers latest estimate shows that in order to close the $2.0 trillion 10-year investment gap, meet future need, and restore our global competitive advantage, we must increase investment from all levels of government and the private sector from 2.5% to 3.5% of U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2025. As of 2012, of the more than 600,000 bridges in the U.S., 24.9 percent were either functionally obsolete or structurally deficient. Nationally, our bridges are, on average, 42 years old, and need an estimated $76 billion to repair and replace. Similarly, the average age of the 84,000 dams in the country is 52 years old, and the Association of State Dam Safety Officials estimates that aging and high-hazard dams require an investment of $21 billion to repair.

To help address this funding shortfall for our nation’s transportation, water and energy infrastructure, the BRIDGE Act will establish an independent, nonpartisan financing authority to complement existing U.S. infrastructure funding. The authority would provide loans and loan guarantees to help states and localities fund the most economically viable road, bridge, rail, port, water, sewer, and other significant infrastructure projects.  The authority would receive initial seed funding of up to $10 billion, which could incentivize private sector investment and make possible $300 billion or more in total project investment. The authority is structured in a way to make it self-sustaining over time without requiring additional federal appropriations.

“If we are to improve our nation’s infrastructure, graded a D+ in ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, we can no longer afford to defer needed investment in modernization and maintenance. Under Sen. Warner’s leadership, the BRIDGE Act would make a significant step toward this increased, sustained investment, establishing a new, innovative funding authority designed to attract billions of dollars in private sector investment in our nation’s water, transportation, and energy sectors. Sen. Blunt’s co-sponsorship demonstrates once again that infrastructure is a bipartisan issue that impacts the lives of all Americans. Through the BRIDGE Act, our nation’s infrastructure will receive much-needed additional funding to help narrow the $2 trillion infrastructure investment gap that currently costs every American family $3,400 a year out of their discretionary income,”said Norma Jean Mattei, PH.D., P.E., President, American Society of Civil Engineers

“The 31 national associations and construction trade unions of the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) applaud your bipartisan efforts in crafting the Building and Renewing Infrastructure for Development and Growth in Employment (BRIDGE) Act. We support your proposal as a means to supplement the core federal transportation investment programs by utilizing an array of financing tools to encourage private sector investment in needed transportation infrastructure improvements. As Congress and the Administration move forward on a rewrite of the nation’s tax code and an encompassing infrastructure package promised by President Trump, the TCC believes a permanent solution to the Highway Trust Fund revenue shortfall should finally be addressed and included in either of these legislative packages. Additionally, all options, including alternative project delivery and finance methods like the BRIDGE Act, to address the nation's infrastructure deficit need to be considered as well. The BRIDGE Act represents an innovative approach that would provide the ability to support nationally and regionally significant infrastructure projects that require innovative financing outside the existing core federal programs,” said the Transportation Construction Coalition, representing 31 national associations and construction trade unions

“Senators Roy Blunt of Missouri and Mark Warner of Virginia, should be commended for their ongoing effort to strengthen our nation’s investment in critical infrastructure. Their legislation, The Building and Renewing Infrastructure for Development and Growth in Employment Act (The BRIDGE Act), establishes a set of creative tools and incentives to draw private capital off the sidelines and promote effective public private partnerships.  There is at least a $1.4 trillion shortfall in funding needed to adequately support infrastructure needs between now and 2025.  The BRIDGE Act is key to unlocking private investment necessary to support long-term economic growth and a more competitive nation,” said Jason Grumet, President of the Bipartisan Policy Center.

According to ASCE, 42 percent of our major urban highways are congested, which costs the economy an estimated $101 billion in wasted time and fuel annually. Currently, the Federal Highway Administration estimates that $170 billion in capital investment would be needed on an annual basis to significantly improve conditions and performance. Virginia received a C- on ASCE’s 2015 Infrastructure Report Card, with key regional infrastructure deemed structurally deficient such as Arlington Memorial Bridge in Northern Virginia.  The same report concluded that Virginians spend a cumulative two full work weeks per year just sitting in traffic.

Other individuals and organizations endorsing this legislation include Sean McGarvey, President of the North America's Building Trades Unions; Ed Rendell, Co-Chair of Building America’s Future and former Governor of Pennsylvania; Chris Spear, President and CEO of the American Trucking Association; Kurt J. Nagle, President and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities; Elaine Nessle, Executive Director of the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors; Jane F. Garvey, North America Chairman of Meridiam Infrastructure and former Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration; Adrea Turner, Director of Transportation for America; and Jennifer Aument, Transurban Group General Manager for North America.

For more information on key provisions of the BRIDGE Act, click here

Joint Statement from Senate Intel Committee Leaders on Special Counsel Appointment

WASHINGTON –Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today made the following statement on the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel:

“The appointment of former FBI Director and respected lawyer Robert Mueller as special counsel for the Russia investigation is a positive development and will provide some certainty for the American people that the investigation will proceed fairly and free of political influence.

“The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will continue its own investigation and to the extent any deconfliction is required, we will engage with Director Mueller and our expectation is that he will engage with the Committee as well.”

KAINE & WARNER BILL TO GRANT FEDERAL RECOGNITION OF VIRGINIA INDIAN TRIBES MOVES ONE STEP CLOSER TO FINAL PASSAGE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017, a bill reintroduced in March by U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, cleared its first procedural hurdle with unanimous passage out of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.  The legislation would grant federal recognition of six Virginia tribes: the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan, and the Nansemond. These tribes have received official recognition from the Commonwealth of Virginia, but have not received federal recognition, which would grant the tribes legal standing and status in direct relationships with the U.S. government. The legislation will now advance to the full Senate for consideration.

“Today’s committee passage brings Virginia’s tribes one step closer to federal recognition,” said Kaine and Warner “Passage of this bill would give these tribes access to educational and health care services and the ability to properly pay respect to their ancestors. We won’t give up until Virginia’s tribes receive the recognition they deserve.”

Federal recognition would allow Virginia’s tribes legal standing and status in direct relationships with the U.S. government. Further, it would allow tribes to:

  • Compete for educational programs and other grants only open to federally recognized tribes;
  • Repatriate the remains of their ancestors in a respectful manner. Many of these remains reside in the Smithsonian, but without federal status there is no mandate to return the remains; and
  • Provide affordable health care services for elder tribal members who have been unable to access care. 

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