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Contents

From the President’s Desk

Impacting our Region

Features

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Preparing for the Future, Empowering Young Minds Virginia Western is helping to ensure a bright future for the region’s youth by preparing them for the jobs of tomorrow.

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Geology, Geography, and Generosity Former Professor Hugh Smith continues to make a difference in students’ lives outside the classroom.

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All in the Family For the Stinnett family, an education from Virginia Western became a family affair.

Dear Friends: The Virginia Western Educational Foundation has a lot of great things going on, and the impact is beginning to be felt across the region. In my last letter, I introduced some details regarding the Salem Community College Access Program (SCCAP as we like to abbreviate it). Today, I’d like to give you an update on how the program is going, and where this success could possibly lead. The City of Salem and the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation established a public/private partnership to provide opportunities for 2008 Salem High School graduates to continue their education at Virginia Western Community College in preparation for good, well-paying jobs within the region and/or transfer to a 4-year college. The goal of the project is to promote an educated and wellqualified workforce for the City of Salem and to provide an incentive for young people to remain in the area. This is a pilot program and is funded on a year-to-year basis. It was anticipated that 50 students would take advantage of the opportunity. Of the 270 students who graduated with a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma from Salem High School, 24% chose to participate in the program. The Foundation has accepted 64 students into the program for fall 2008. This represents a 16% increase in total

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Above – Participants in the Tasty Technology Camp, sponsored by the Educational Foundation, put their hard work to the test. Cover – Current Virginia Western student Caitlin Hodges examines the state-of-theart technology available to VWCC students. Below – VWCC Racing once again takes the top spot among community colleges at a recent competition.

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Departments From the President Bits and Bites

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Donors Alumni in the News

Educational Foundation Board of Directors

Impact is published by the Virginia Western Educational Foundation, Inc. for donors, alumni, and friends of Virginia Western Community College. Comments and suggestions may be sent to VWCC Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 14007, Roanoke, VA 24038-4007 or by calling (540) 857-8914. President Russell H. Ellis Vice President James W. Arend

enrollment of newly graduated Salem High School students to Virginia Western compared to fall 2007 (based on 2007 part-time and fulltime enrollment). Although this is still in the pilot project phase, these early results are so positive that we are looking at how this program can be adapted to other localities in the region. Meaningful discussions are being held with the City of Roanoke at several levels, and the initial results are quite encouraging. Imagine the potential impact to City students if they could be told in 4th grade

At-Large Members J. Andrew Archer Thomas R. Bagby Secretary Barry W. Baird Edwin C. Hall Martha Bruce Boggs Treasurer R. Daniel Carson, Jr. Charles A. Saldarini Dorothy S. Clifton Clark M. Cole Immediate Past Glen C. Combs President Katherine Elliott Donna L. Mitchell Ronald R. Hare Ex Officio Members Barry L. Henderson William M. Hackworth Stanard F. Lanford Robert H. Sandel Cynthia D. Lawrence William L. Lee

– “You are going to college.” In a nutshell, that is the conversation that the Foundation wants every 4th grade student in the Roanoke Region to have. Get to know the Virginia Western Educational Foundation and get involved. Help us make this positive impact felt across our entire region. Imagine the impact.

Gerald Pace, Sr. James W. Thweatt, Jr. Michael E. Warner W. Lee Wilhelm, III Diane D. Wolff Douglas R. Wright Directors Emeriti G. Len Boone G. Franklin Flippin William H. Fralin, Jr. John R. Francis, Jr. Barbara B. Lemon Elizabeth W. Payne Donald G. Smith John B. Williamson, III

For more information on the Virginia Western Educational Foundation and its programs or activities, please contact: Katherine F. Strickland, Executive Director Phone: (540) 857-6020 | kstrickland@virginiawestern.edu

Sincerely,

Alumni Council Members

Russell H. Ellis, President Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation

Cheryl Cunningham ‘86, Chair Anne Hogan ‘76, Vice Chair Jimmy Holt ‘83 Barbara Maberry ‘03 Donna Mitchell ‘81

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Ad Hoc Member G. Michael Pace, Jr.

Deb Saunders ‘93 Shirl Lamanca ‘75 Sonya Ranson ‘85 Roger Bellini ‘09, SGA President

Wanda L. DiMarco, Administrative & Office Specialist Phone: (540) 857-6371 | wdimarco@virginiawestern.edu Linda J. Fayed, Fiscal Technician Phone: (540) 857-7312 | lfayed@virginiawestern.edu Erik W. Williams, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving Coordinator Phone: (540) 857-8914 | ewilliams@virginiawestern.edu

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2008 - 2009 ANNUAL CONTRIBUTORS as of 10/16/2008 LEADERSHIP SOCIETY $5,000 - $9,999 Mrs. Grace B. Taylor

COMMUNITY PARTNERS $1,000 - $4,999 Anonymous Barry and Alison Baird Mrs. Dorothy S. Clifton Dennis R. Cronk Faith Janney -e Ms. Cheryl C. Miller -e Dr. Albert S. Roslyn Mr. & Mrs. Donald G. Smith Dr. & Mrs. Chuck Terrell -e in memory of Pat Morgan Mr. & Mrs. James W. Thweatt, Jr.

DEAN’S SOCIETY $500 - $999 Dr. J. Andrew Archer in honor of Carol Clower Dr. John S. Capps -e Mr. & Mrs. R. Daniel Carson, Jr. Clark & Karen Cole Mr. & Mrs. Russell H. Ellis Dr. Virginia Garden -e in memory of Dr. Donna Harpold Bill, Andrew & Elizabeth Hackworth in memory of Judy Hackworth Dr. David C. Hanson -e Ronald Hare Ellen P. Holtman -e in memory of Louis Bass Anne B. Kornegay -e in memory of Shannon Crouse Mr. & Mrs. Mark Lawrence Sandra Rakes McMinnis -e in memory of Mr. & Mrs. Glenn W. Rakes Ms. Donna L. Mitchell G. Michael Pace, Jr. Lynn Painter -e Jim Poythress -e Mr. & Mrs. Charles A. Saldarini Sandy Shelton

Largest Planned Gift in College’s History Received

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation recently announced the receipt of the largest planned gift in the College’s history. The life insurance policy purchased by Hall & Associates, Inc. as a part of Ed and Glenna Hall’s estate will create an endowed fund that will support the Hall Associates Career and Employment Assistance Center in perpetuity. For more information on how you can support Virginia Western through a planned gift, please contact the Foundation at 857.6020.

Employee Campaign

Virginia Western employees raised a record $30,848 during the fourth annual Employee Giving Campaign that ran from August 18 to September 26 of this year. An initiative of the Foundation’s 2008 – 2009 “Imagine. Inspire. Impact.” Annual Giving Campaign, employee contributions went to support the Emergency Book Fund, the Student Emergency Fund, the Employee Giving Scholarship, the Employee Family Scholarship or scholarships/funds of the employee’s choice. A special thank-you goes to Foundation Board members and local businesses who donated weekly prizes for participants in the campaign.

Kay and Wayne Strickland -e

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Bits & Bites

Bits & Bites

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scholarship Stats 96 area students awarded scholarships for fall ‘08 and spring ‘09 semester • Total amount awarded is

$33,554.68

$121,622.00,

over the previous year.• Since November

the following scholarships have been established:

K. Bowers

an increase of

Dr. George

Youth Haven Sanctuary Endowed Scholarship •

Raymond and Melvin Hubbard Scholarship • •

2007,

Peter and Roseta Skelly

Endowed

Endowed Scholarship

Dolores Martin Skelly Endowed Scholarship • Judy

Hackworth

Memorial Annual Scholarship •

Light Hubbard

Annual Scholarship •

and Melvin Hubbard L. Mitchell

Gertrude Raymond

Annual Scholarship •

Donna

Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship •

Morris Roslyn

John

Educational Scholarship •  The impact that these

scholarships have on Virginia Western and its students is tremendous. We thank all of our donors for helping our students to imagine the possibilities for the future through an education here at Virginia Western.

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Allen and Pamela Trigger -e Brenda Lee Xeroteres -e in honor of Christopher Abblett Danielle and Ed Yarber Mr. & Mrs. Gary C. Young -e

SCHOLAR SOCIETY $250 - $499 Anonymous Tommy Amos -e Grady and Lori Baker -e in honor of Student Services Division Brucie Boggs and Chip Dondrea Glen and Marsha Combs Nancy B. Cook -e in memory of Beth Ramos Nancy E. Francisco -e in memory of Yolanda Salyers Mr. & Mrs. Barry L. Henderson Dan Horine -e Lynn Hancock Hurt -e in memory of Wanda L. Basham Shirl Duke Lamanca -e in memory of Hilton Holdren, III Carlton and Melody Mabe -e David and Mary Jo Mitchell Tara L. Nepper -e Susan Quesenberry -e Martha Roberson -e Richard and Deanna Shoemaker in honor of our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren Brian Sieveking -e Patsy and John Starnes Mr. Albert W. Stewart in memory of Prof. James E. Nelson Mr. Jeff Strom -e Ms. Natasha Taylor -e Marla S. Whiteside -e Erik W. Williams -e Mr. & Mrs. Douglas R. Wright Deborah A. Yancey -e Ms. Kelsey Yardley -e

FRIENDS $100 - $249 Anonymous (11) Gary M. Adkins -e William Alexander -e Amy Anguiano -e

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Gilbert and Sharon Armour -e in memory of Nicholas E. Janney Ms. Cristin Barrett -e

Alumni in the News

Nicole Bell -e Mr. John Berardi -e Kathryn Boylan -e Ruby Brogan -e Brad and Yvonne Burkholder -e in memory of Clyde Jones Carroll Family -e Dr. & Mrs. Richard L. Clark, Jr. -e Mr. William W. Clingempeel Leah K. Coffman -e Bob and Sally Crawford -e Wanda and Paul DiMarco -e Linda E. Durham, Ph.D. -e Kim Ellis -e Linda and Jerry Fayed -e in honor of Colin, Sophia, Lana & Ellis Richard Gaynor -e Mike Greer -e Ronald Hare David W. Harrison -e in honor of B Bagby (in keeping the arts alive!) Ann R. Kakouras -e George Kegley Anne Koon -e Rachelle Koudelik-Jones -e Dr. Gloria Lindsay -e Owen Lofthus, II -e in memory of Dr. Donna Harpold Dr. Mary B. Loritsch -e Karen P. McCall -e Heidi McClintic -e in memory of Dr. Gare LeCompte Maggie McDaniel -e Melanie Moore -e Mona R. Moore -e Dr. Ann H. Moser -e Joyce Music Meg and Rick Patterson -e Mary Y. Perry -e Pat Price -e Dr. Avis C. Quinn -e

Congratulations to the newly elected Alumni Council Chair Cheryl Cunningham ’86 - Radiography and Vice-Chair Anne Hogan ’76 - Nursing. If you are interested in serving on the Alumni Council and helping to shape the future of the Virginia Western Alumni Association, please contact Erik Williams, Alumni Relations Coordinator, at 857.8914 or ewilliams@virginiawestern.edu.

HALL ASSOCIATES CAREER CENTER CORNER Question: What are some tips to writing a successful resume? Answer: • Use your resume as way to market yourself to a prospective employer. • Use a clear, concise format that is easy to read, with a professional feel and look. • Keep your resume as concise as possible and to as few pages as possible. • Use industry-specific terms or action verbs wherever possible. • ALWAYS have someone else review your resume for typographical or other errors. • Remember, you don’t have to include everything on your resume; you will be able to expand upon your resume in the interview.

Janet Rathbun -e Karen Rayl -e in memory of Curtis F. Orpin, Sr. Robyn Reid -e in memory of Mark Harrell

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Bits & Bites

Bits & Bites

The Hall Associates Career and Employment Assistance Center would be happy to help you create an effective resume. Contact them at (540) 857-7298 or careercenter@virginiawestern.edu. They look forward to hearing from you!

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Thomas L. Foster ’85 & ‘88 of Roanoke, Va., former Virginia State Police area commander in the Bureau of Field Operations at the Bedford (Va.) Field Office, has been named deputy police chief at Virginia Tech. A two-time graduate of Virginia Western, Foster went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Mary Baldwin College and a master of public administration degree from Virginia Tech. He also received two post-baccalaureate certificates - one from Virginia Tech and one from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2002, Foster received the Virginia State Police Superintendent’s Award of Merit, the second-highest honor awarded by the Virginia Department of State Police. In his new position, Foster will assist the chief of the Virginia Tech Police Department in providing leadership, strategic planning, and administrative direction for the campus

police department. He will oversee the daily operations of the department, which provides vehicle patrol, bicycle patrol, foot patrol, traffic law enforcement, traffic crash investigations, criminal investigation, dignitary protection, and crowd control at campus events. The Virginia Tech Police Department jurisdiction spans 2,600 acres, and the department serves more than 27,000 students, 5,000 faculty and staff, and thousands of visitors each year. Jimmy Holt ’83 of Rocky Mount, Va. was recently named the 2008 Technologist of the Year by the graduating students in the Radiography program here at Virginia Western. This award is given out annually to one technologist from area clinical locations and is chosen by the student interns themselves to recognize outstanding clinical instruction and assistance.

Please send contributions for Alumni In the News to alumni@virginiawestern.edu or call 857.8914.

William A. Salyers, Jr. -e in memory of William & Yolanda Salyers Dr. & Mrs. Robert H. Sandel -e James Sargent -e Dan Semones -e Gene and Linda Stuckey -e Debra Thomas -e Dr. Radford Thomas and Sue Steele Thomas -e in memory of Fred & Bessie Steele Lora S. Vasiliauskas -e W. Lee Wilhelm, III Ms. Yolanda Williams -e Dr. Elizabeth Wilmer -e Sharlona Wimmer -e Bill Work -e

CONTRIBUTORS $1 - $99 Anonymous (9) Fredona Aaron -e Lee Allen -e Julia Andrews -e Brenda C. Ashcraft -e Amy Balzer -e Carolyn L. Baratta -e Ms. Betsy Boardwine -e Jennifer Bobbitt -e Dr. Carrie Cao -e Dr. Annemarie Carroll -e Ms. Dori V. Cawley -e Becky Chauncey -e Ms. Heidi Christopher -e Kristel L. Clark -e Carolyn Cleiland -e Lorraine Conklin -e Pam Conner -e in honor of Callie Conner, my granddaughter Lynn Crane -e Leo & Sharon Cullen -e Cheryl V. Cunningham, RTR -e Linda S. Davis -e in honor of Donna Abbatello

Vision 2013

Virginia Western’s 2008-2013 Strategic Plan, Vision 2013, was officially launched during the fall 2008 In-Service presentation. Dr. Sandel, President of Virginia Western, has identified the strategic planning initiative as one of Virginia Western’s highest priorities. To view the plan, please visit virginiawestern.edu/strategicplanning/ Virginia Western Educational Foundation Alumni & Friends News • Volume 2 • Issue 1

Mr. Corvin Davis -e Andrew J. DeLeo -e Ms. Shelia B. Delp Gary L. Dent -e Terry Drumheller -e

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Preparing for the Future, Empowering Young Minds

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nstead of “sitting through first-period English,” Franklin  County  High School  graduate  and current Virginia Western student Caitlin Hodges spent every morning of her senior year exploring the experiential world of mechatronics – much to her delight. “Mecha” what? No, it’s not the latest Wii or gaming device, but it is a cuttingedge approach to understanding how technological systems like this work. Although the concept—which originated in the Japanese electronics

industry—has been around since the 60s, mechatronics applies modern technology to combine mechanical  engineering, electrical engineering, electronics, information technology and systems thinking. It is a new state-of-the-art program available to Virginia Western students, and – thanks to Western’s new Regional Academy for Advanced Technology – eleventh- and twelfth-grade students from 11 high schools across Western’s service area are participating as well. Beginning this fall, the Academy opens as a center for the

Thanks to her participation in the pilot Regional Academy for Advanced Technology, Caitlin Hodges will graduate next spring with her Certificate in Career Studies and will be able to continue on and receive her Associate’s in 2010. Through the Regional Academy, Virginia Western is working to prepare the region’s youth for advanced technology positions throughout the Roanoke Valley and beyond.

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to area business partners’ and employers’ tremendous need for skilled employees in engineering, technology and manufacturing. And it’s not just a local concern, according to Poythress. The United States is not educating enough people in Engineering Sciences to replace those who are retiring. He says, “We will have more jobs available than people to fill those jobs over the next 30 years.” Virginia Western is doing its part locally to fill the gap, while improving economic development. The Academy, which offers dual enrollment credits, gets kids involved sooner, reaching eleventh- and twelfth-grade students with creative, capable minds and a strong interest in academics and technology. “We want these students to know this is an exciting, available career,” says Dr. Rick Clark, assistant professor of Engineering. “Without these types of potential

control mechanical systems in everything from washing machines to coffee makers to automobiles. “It’s important for students to know how things work together,” says Dan Horine of the Business, Engineering, and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Division. “We want them to think about the system ahead of time.” What’s more, students are working with cutting-edge technology. All the lab components are identical to those used at companies like Maple Leaf, Novozymes, Plastics 1, etc. “Our kids don’t leave the classroom trying to make a connection with what they see in the real world,” says Horine. “They see it.”  

‘Most everything is a mechatronic system.’ That’s because electronics control mechanical systems in everything from washing machines to coffee makers to automobiles. Alexander Gardner (front left), Joshua Schellenberger (front center), and Kansley Vinent (front right) all prepare to see which cars they built would come out on top in the race to the finish line as fellow camp participants root them on.

study of engineering, advanced technology in mechatronics and culinary arts. “Our goal is to be the governor’s school for technology,” says Jim Poythress, Dean of Business, Engineering and Technology Division. Hodges was one of nine students nominated to participate in the pilot Regional Academy for Advanced Technology program at Franklin County last year, along with Kristi Porter. “I’ve always been technical,” Porter says. “I like to know how things work.” And growing up in a family full of men, Porter has been drawn to the automotive field—not an easy industry for women to enter and succeed. When Porter saw the presentation video of what she would be doing through the Academy, she says, “It blew my mind; I was amazed!”

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She liked the versatility mechatronics offered by blending electronics, computer technology and mechanics, and the fact that she wasn’t restricted to learning just one skill. In the first two weeks of class, Caitlin and her classmates assembled a CIM (Computer Integrated Manufacturing) cell, which taught them about product lines and quality. From there, the possibilities of exploration were endless. The class was required to do a reverse engineering project, which called for students to take an actual product and draw all of its components using computer software. For instance, Hodges chose a hair dryer and Porter selected a chess set—that encompassed over 100 parts, including resistors and wires—for the assignment. Once all the components were drawn in the program, they put the parts together in an assembly file and made the product work on the computer. Then a rapid prototype machine using chemicals shaped all the components into parts, creating a working model. Being the community’s college, Virginia Western developed the Regional Academy for Advanced Technology in response

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employees, technical-minded CFOs, and chief engineers, we won’t keep our status locally or globally.” Middle school children are also getting more exposure to technology through projects like the national Formula 1 race car competition and the Summer Science and Technology Camps. Supported largely by the Virginia Western Educational Foundation’s Innovation Grants, the Summer Science and Technology Camps are week-long camps focusing on robotics and mechatronics. Students program, design and build their own autonomous robot, using sensors and current technology like Bluetooth. By the end of camp, students have their own robot to take home. “They are essentially turning their ideas into reality, which is what engineering is all about,” says Clark. Today’s employees in advanced manufacturing and engineering need to be diversified, multi-skilled individuals who know how to troubleshoot and problem-solve, since mechatronics are everywhere. “Most everything is a mechatronic system,” says Porter. That’s because electronics

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Geology, Geography & Generosity

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ost people probably aren’t aware that the United States is divided into 23 geographic/geologic settings and that Roanoke is easily accessible to 5 of those. But those privy to any of Dr. Hugh Smith’s geology or geography courses at Virginia Western were sure to know. Chances are they visited those settings, too, on their class field trips. The geography that surrounds Western is one of the key reasons Smith came to Roanoke, and it’s one of the reasons he has stayed—all the while generously sharing his time and talents with his students. Although he has been retired since 1986, Dr. Smith is still giving to Virginia Western students. He has made a significant gift to the Virginia Western Educational Foundation’s Annual Fund to support scholarships for future students. A product of a two-year college education himself—he received his associate degree in geology from San Francisco Junior College—Dr. Smith wants to help others get the same jump-start on education that his college gave him. Dr. Smith says, “I was not a great student in the earlier days, but junior college gave me the leverage I needed to get going with my education.” In fact, Dr. Smith didn’t stop his educational pursuit until he received his doctorate from the University of Utah at age 48. After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California-Berkeley, Dr. Smith went to work for Shell Oil Company as a

micropaleontologist. In other words, he worked with small, single-cell organisms to date various geological materials used to identify oil-containing formations. But the oil industry wasn’t for Dr. Smith, and after 10 years in the business he decided teaching was a profession better suited for him. The head of the Department of Natural Science at Virginia Western responded to an ad Dr. Smith posted in a professional publication and invited him to Roanoke for an interview. “I was very impressed with the department and was treated so well here during my visit,” says Smith. “I knew the geographic setting here made this an ideal place to teach geology and geography.” Dr. Smith relocated his family to Roanoke to accept the teaching position at Western. “The longer I was here, the more I decided I had made a very fine move,” says Dr. Smith, who loved the area almost as much as teaching. “The most rewarding part of teaching was the contact with the students—dealing with them in life situations and seeing some of them go on to earn Ph.D.s, as well as other degrees.” Dr. Smith adds, “Having a part in helping students pursue advanced education was a major consideration for me to take the job at Western.” Today, Dr. Smith continues to play a role in helping students pursue their education through his generous gift. When asked what he misses most about teaching, he doesn’t hesitate. “Oh, I miss the students – but definitely not all the grading that had to be done!” 

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All in the Family

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t’s common to run into siblings who have graduated from Virginia Western, but it’s not every day you run into an entire family of Virginia Western graduates! Such is the case with Deb Saunders, a 1994 and 2000 Virginia Western graduate, and her four other brothers and sisters – Bill Stinnett 1992, Virginia Stinnett-Williams 1991, Joseph Stinnett 2000 and Cynthia Stinnett 2002. The family’s story begins in Chesterton, Indiana, where her mother and father, Gretchen and Harold Stinnett, raised their family of 5 children. After Harold’s retirement from Bethlehem Steel, Deb’s father moved the family to Roanoke, where he took a position working as a sales rep for Mohawk Chemical. The family took off for the Old Dominion with Deb, a junior in high school; Virginia, fresh out of high school; Bill attending Purdue University; and the younger Joseph and Cynthia in tow. Bill began to research his options to continue his education in Virginia. His search took him, and eventually all his siblings, to Virginia Western. “While Mom and Dad were not college graduates themselves, they always encouraged us to go to college. My oldest brother, Bill, set the pace for all the rest of us to follow,” comments Deb. With her brother and sister leading the way, Deb soon followed in their footsteps and enrolled at Western. “From my brother and sisters’ experience, I knew VWCC was affordable and close to home,” says Deb. “Juggling a full load of classes and working 30+ hours a week was very challenging – but if Bill and Jen could do it, so could I,” Deb explained. Deb worked her way through college waiting tables at various restaurants in the Valley

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and graduated with degrees in Management and Accounting. “I loved my experience at Western! There were so many good professors who put me on the right path in life.” states Deb. “I especially remember Sally Branscome, my accounting teacher. She was a hardcore, tough teacher, but what I needed to excel and stay on the right track.” Not only did Deb excel in life, she successfully transferred and graduated from the Radford University 2+2 program on Virginia Western’s campus. She is currently Acting General Manager for Grant Broadcasting Systems II, LLC, which runs two television networks, FOX 21/27 & CW5. While Virginia Western helped Deb excel, it also helped her entire family. Her oldest brother, Bill, transferred to Virginia Tech after attending Western and obtained his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently a manager for suspension engineering for FISKAR Automotive, Inc. out of California. Virginia is the owner and operator of Diverse Title & Settlement Agency, Inc. in Roanoke. Joseph also transferred to Virginia Tech and obtained his Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering. He is a Lead Technical Engineer for Wireless Safety Research for Ford Motor Company and also runs an IT services business in Detroit, Michigan. Cynthia is a stay-at-home mom of 3 boys. Not only did the Stinnett children all graduate from Virginia Western, but so did Joe’s wife Natalie and Deb’s husband Mike. For Deb, Bill, Virginia, Joseph, and Cynthia, attending Virginia Western was not just an educational experience, but a family one as well.

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Legacy Society Members

Martha and William Adams (dec.) Ruby M. Brogan Lawrence H. Hamlar (dec.) Stanard F. Lanford Gertrude Light Hubbard (dec.) Donna L. Mitchell Mary B. Moses (dec.) Mr. and Mrs. Bernard F. Odasz J. William Wilcher

Bill East -e Dr. Mark Q. Emick, Sr. -e Cathy Falligant -e Amy S. Fenster -e Brooke N. Ferguson -e Mia Webb Fittz -e Kimberly French -e Ms. Judy E. Garst Jeffrey S. Gillette -e Mr. Ricky Gossage Marion Grammer -e Mr. Michael E. Green Elizabeth Griffin -e Dr. & Mrs. Harold B. Haley Tracy Harmon -e Craig S. Harris -e Kent and Heather Harris -e Eddie and Susan Haynes -e in memory of John S. Carson Ms. Sheila D. Haynes -e Heavenly Ham Dr. Ruth Z. Hendrick -e in memory of Nadine Ingram Sarah Higgins -e Mr. Grady Hill -e

Bits & Bites

Bits & Bites

City of Salem Community College Access Program pilot a success The City of Salem and the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation established a public/private partnership to provide opportunities for 2008 Salem High School graduates to continue their education at Virginia Western Community College in preparation for good, well-paying jobs within the region and/or transfer to a 4-year college. The goal of the project is to promote an educated and wellqualified workforce for the City of Salem and to provide an incentive for young people to remain in the area. Of the 270 students who graduated with a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma from

Salem High School, 24% chose to participate in the program. The Foundation has accepted 64 students into the program for fall 2008. This represents a 16% increase in total enrollment of newly graduated Salem High School students to Virginia Western compared to fall 2007 (based on 2007 part-time and full-time enrollment).

J. Lee Hipp -e Kathy P. Holland -e Mr. & Mrs. Gary Houff -e in honor of Gary Houff, Sarah Houff & Callie Houff Steve Huff -e Ms. Mildred Huffman -e Lyn Hursey -e Mr. David Hutchins Carly Johnson -e in honor of Paul and Connie Johnson Johnny Johnson -e Jenifer Kurtz -e Ann F. Layne -e Judy Lienhardt -e Shirley S. Long -e Mike Lucas -e Amy Chambers Maiolo -e Tony Maiolo -e Mr. Charles O. Markham, Jr. Constance W. McClain, M.Ed., RTR -e Laura Milliman -e Judy Nunn -e

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Donna Mitchell (center right), immediate past president of the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation, recently received the 2008 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy for her tremendous support of Virginia Western. Also pictured: Russ Ellis (left), President – Virginia Western Educational Foundation, Dr. Glenn Dubois (center left), Chancellor – Virginia Community College System, and Dr. Robert Sandel (right), President – Virginia Western Community College. Virginia Western Educational Foundation Alumni & Friends News • Volume 2 • Issue 1

Rhonda N. Perdue -e Rose Peters -e Mr. & Mrs. Jeffery L. Poff -e John D. Price -e Joyce and Randy Rakes Jeff Rakes -e Jim Ramsdel -e Pat Rhodes -e Martha Richardson -e in memory of Shannon Crouse Jerry J. Schaefer in memory of my son, Jerry John Schaefer Chasity Schaffer -e Bryan Schaubach -e

Sponsored by the Virginia Western Educational Foundation, eight engineering and technology students from Virginia Western traveled to Montreal, Canada to compete in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2008 Mini-Baja competition.  The team competed against 122 other colleges from around the world and placed 52nd overall and 1st among community colleges. L-R:  Patrick Hall, Thanh Nguyen, Dr. Rick Clark, Ryan Browning, Chris Rybitski (behind vehicle), Everett Braden (inside vehicle), Will Symionow (seated on vehicle), Robert Swaine, and Robbie Mercogliano.

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New Alumni

Natalie Mace Talbott -e

Welcome to the newest members of the Virginia Western Alumni Association! Join your fellow classmates in making a lasting impact on your alma mater by joining the Alumni Association today. Visit www.virginiawestern.edu/alumni for more information.

Jonathan E. Barton, 1978 Eva Maye Burritt, 1990 Arlene Guilliams Carter, 1979 Albert Crowder, 1975 Shelia Burnett Delp, 1995 Ronald E. England, 1973 Barbara Phillips Gaddy, 1978 Valerie Dudley Garner, 1985 Ricky Gossage, 1991 Ronald (‘76) & Tamara Guilliams Gordon Hancock, 1990 David Hutchins, 1988 Charles Owen Markham, Jr., 1974 Craig S. Moore Kim Lorraine Novak, 2003 Alice R. Richardson, 1991 Joel Dulay Singson, 1995

Betsey E. Soulsby, 1999 Christy Lynn Stevens, 1986 Belinda Thomas, 2006 Vicki L. Waldron, 1981 Sae-Jin Yu, 1981

Daphne Boyd, 2003 Ronald K. Callahan, 1971 & 1987 John David Cooley, 1982 John R. Cutler, 1985 Richard T. Driscoll, 1975 & 1976 Brenda S. Farrell, 1987 Suzanne Gaff Judy Elizabeth Garst, 1973 Michael Eric Green, 1985 Sharma Haase Kenneth & Janet Lowe Hodnett Donna Pinkard Karr, 1977 Michael E. Meador, 1978 Michael D. Morris, 1973 & 1983 Larry Reynolds, 1970 Kelly Marie Sharp, 1987 Joanne G. Smith, 1988 Nancy M. Staub, 1985 Alise Jean Stewart, 1995 Richard W. Tomlinson, 1983 Gary Michael Webb, 1984 & 1989 (between 10/27/2007 and 3/4/2008)

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Bonny Simpson -e in memory of Mason Metz Richard S. Skelley -e Christine Stanley -e Cathy Swain -e Taaza Rebecca Talbot -e

Susan C. Taylor -e Rick and Sue Terrell Claire Thomas, CPS -e Ms. Belinda Thomas Brenda Tilley -e Tong’s Thai Too Ms. Tina Trudeau -e Mrs. Tara Vance -e Debora Q. Weeks -e in memory of Margaret Hollandsworth Quesenberry Felicia White -e in honor of Mr. Cecil White Joanie White -e Mrs. Bonnie V. Whitley -e Edna Whittier Melissa Williams -e Dianne L. Williams -e Gracie M. Wilson -e Kevin G. Witter -e Holly A. Woodson -e Pamela D. Woody -e in memory of Leon Hooper Mr. Lionel T. Woody -e Barbara Wright -e -e denotes VWCC employee

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2007 - 2008 ANNUAL VWCC Educational Foundation CONTRIBUTORS as of 6/30/2008 PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE $10,000 + Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Odasz Al Pollard Memorial Foundation Dr. Hugh P. Smith

LEADERSHIP SOCIETY $5,000 - $9,999 Kathleen H. Stuart Grace B. Taylor Fred Whitaker Company

COMMUNITY PARTNERS $1,000 - $4,999 Anonymous (1) Access, Inc. Avis Construction Company, Inc. Bank of Botetourt Belmont Presbyterian Church Cabell and Shirley Brand Charitable Lead Trust Breakell, Inc. General Contractors Carilion Clinic Carter Machinery Company, Inc. Mrs. Dorothy S. Clifton through Foundation for Roanoke Valley The Commonwealth Council Dennis R. Cronk through Foundation for Roanoke Valley Dixon, Hubard, Feinour & Brown, Inc. Walter Dixon Ms. Katherine Elliott D.D. Fisher Foundation for Roanoke Valley Mr. Gregory Freeman & Dr. Gudrun Freeman Gary J. Harpold, M.D. Leon and Beverly Harris Intelliworks, Inc. Lamar Advertising Mr. & Mrs. John C. Lanford

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Stan and Elise Lanford through Foundation for Roanoke Valley McLeod Family Foundation Ms. Cheryl C. Miller -e Ms. Donna L. Mitchell Prestige Motorcycle Club Dr. James C. Sears in honor of Dr. Robert H. Sandel Source4 Dr. Chuck Terrell -e in honor of Pat Morgan Mr. & Mrs. James W. Thweatt, Jr. Mike and Carolyn Warner Paul and Diane Wolff -e

DEAN’S SOCIETY $500 - $999 Anonymous (1) Anthony F. Anderson, Esq. The Cartledge Foundation, Inc. Clark & Karen Cole Mr. & Mrs. Preston M. Collins Warner Dalhouse W. Heywood and Cynthia K. Fralin R. Wayne and Marianne E. Gandee Dr. Virginia Garden -e in memory of Dr. Donna Harpold Bill & Ann Hackworth Dr. David C. Hanson -e Ron Hare Ellen P. Holtman -e in memory of Dr. Donna Harpold HomeTown Bank Walter A. Hunt Brenda and Steve Jamison in memory of Robert M. Heil Anne B. Kornegay -e in honor of Allie Virginia Hutcherson William and Dana Lee Sandra B. McMinnis -e in memory of Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Wood Rakes, my parents Elizabeth H. Muse Jess Newbern, III NTELOS Foundation G. Michael Pace, Jr.

Lynn Painter -e in memory of Elizabeth Wright Painter Mr. & Mrs. Brownie E. Polly, III RGC Resources, Inc. Charles A. Richardson Mr. & Mrs. Charles A. Saldarini Mr. & Mrs. Barry L. Shelor Sandy Shelton -e Mr. & Mrs. Edwin A. Sieveking Mr. & Mrs. Donald G. Smith Ms. Betsey E. Soulsby Mr. Albert W. Stewart in memory of Hugh B. Phelps and Prof. James E. Nelson Mr. & Mrs. Joseph C. Thomas, Sr. Allen and Pamela Trigger -e Dr. & Mrs. George H. Wall through Foundation for Roanoke Valley Emily and Chip Woodrum Brenda Lee Xeroteres -e

SCHOLAR SOCIETY $250 - $499 Anonymous (2) Tommy Amos -e Dr. & Mrs. J. Andrew Archer in honor of Dr. Roy Miles Jim Arend Grady and Lori Baker -e Martha S. Barnas -e in memory of Tom Barnas Dr. John S. Capps -e Ms. Karen T. Carpenter -e Glen and Marsha Combs Cheryl V. Cunningham, RTR -e Bettye V. Davis Nancy E. Francisco -e in memory of Nicholas E. Janney Edwin C. and Glenna H. Hall Terry and Zana Hall Mr. & Mrs. Barry L. Henderson Daniel Horine -e Kathlyn Killian Bill and Lorraine Lange Carlton and Melody Mabe -e Melanie Moore -e Mr. & Mrs. Johnny E.

Murray, Jr. Tara L. Nepper -e Thomas C. Olsen -e in memory of Nicholas E. Janney Gerald Pace Jim Poythress -e Susan Quesenberry -e Martha H. Roberson -e Mr. Carl B. Sherertz Richard and Deanna Shoemaker in honor of our grandchildren Brian Sieveking -e Southwest Collision Center, Inc. Patsy and John Starnes in honor of J. Andrew Archer Mr. Albert W. Stewart in memory of VWCC Prof. James E. Nelson Kay and Wayne Strickland -e in honor of the Institutional Advancement Team Mr. Jeff Strom -e Marla S. Whiteside -e W. Lee Wilhelm, III Mr. & Mrs. Joseph B. Wright Gary and Rhonda Young -e

FRIENDS $100 - $249 Anonymous (9) Donna Abbatello -e Gary M. Adkins -e William Alexander -e American Door & Glass S.W. Virginia, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Brady Anderson Margaret Andrews -e Andyboo LLC Prof. & Mrs. James S. Angle -e in memory of Ralph & Ruth Angle Amy Anguiano -e Mr. & Mrs. Barry W. Baird Ralph and Lee Baker Nicole Bell -e Ms. Laura E. Benjamin Michael & Teresa Birmingham -e Pat Bolt Frank and Ethel Bonds -e Mr. & Mrs. John W. Boyle, Jr. Ruby Brogan -e in memory of T.C. and Lonnie Brogan, my parents Mr. & Mrs. C. Whitney

Brown, Jr. Brad and Yvonne Burkholder -e in memory of Clyde Jones Sarah K. Burns -e Carroll Family -e Dr. Annemarie Carroll -e Dr. & Mrs. Richard L. Clark, Jr. -e Ms. Leah Coffman -e Joseph D. Collins -e in memory of Nicholas E. Janney Nancy B. Cook -e in memory of Beth Ramos Ramona Coveny -e Mr. Sigmund E. Davidson Wanda and Paul DiMarco -e Linda E. Durham, Ph.D. -e Frank and Lucy Ellett Mr. & Mrs. Russell H. Ellis Linda and Jerry Fayed -e in honor of Colin M. Fayed, Sophia A. Fayed and Lana C. Fayed Fields Construction, Inc. Mr. George K. Fischer, Jr. Broaddus and Luann Fitzpatrick Mr. & Mrs. James A. Ford Richard Gaynor -e Bob and Maryellen Goodlatte Mike Greer -e Kim Gregory -e Colleen Hailey -e in memory of Mary Rockwood McGowan Richard H. Harris, Jr. David W. Harrison -e Michael Henderson -e David Hillman -e Lynn H. Hurt -e in memory of Wanda Basham Ann R. Kakouras -e Anne Koon -e Shirl Duke Lamanca -e in honor of Rita H. David Cheri Lankford -e Anna L. Lawson Owen Lofthus, II -e Dr. Mary B. Loritsch -e Martin Travel Mrs. Heidi J. McClintic -e in honor of my children, Emorie Addison & Elliott Alexander Dr. & Mrs. Roy G. Miles Mona R. Moore -e Dr. Ann H. Moser -e

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William L. and Lucy S. Neal NovaTech Judith C. Nunn -e in honor of Sandra Myers Mary Y. Perry -e Pat Price -e Dr. Avis C. Quinn -e Karen Rayl -e Robyn Reid -e Ms. Carol S. Reger J. David and Frankie Robbins in honor of Donna L. Mitchell Gerald and Eleanor Roller William A. Salyers, Jr. -e in memory of Yolanda Giardino Salyers Dr. & Mrs. Robert H. Sandel -e James Sargent -e Bryan Schaubach -e Charles and Carol Sliver -e Linda and Gene Stuckey -e Student Government Association Natalie Mace Talbott -e Sue Steele Thomas and Dr. Radford Thomas -e in memory of Rachel Meier Thomas Mr. & Mrs. Paul R. Thomson, Jr. in memory of Paul R. Thomson, Sr., former Chairman of VWCC Board Lora S. Vasiliauskas -e Mrs. Ralph S. Via Virginia Western Community College Human Resources Dept. in memory of Nicholas E. Janney Dr. & Mrs. Peter A. Wallenborn, Jr. Waterproofing Specialties Mr. & Mrs. Cary Webster Debora Q. Weeks -e in memory of Margaret H. Quesenberry Norman T. Wilhelm Erik W. Williams -e Marilee H. Williamson -e Elizabeth Wilmer -e Mr. Woody Windley Mike and Danielle Wise Barry and Libba Wolfe Deborah A. Yancey -e Ms. Kelsey Yardley -e James Zeisler, Sr. -e in memory of Mary Burke

CONTRIBUTORS $1 - $99 Anonymous (18) Ms. Victoria Ainsworth Betty Aker -e Lee Allen -e Theodore D. Allen Kathryn S. Alleyne Ms. Kristina Anderson -e Julia Andrews -e James M. Armstrong Brenda C. Ashcraft -e B Bagby -e Dr. Anna Balog -e Mr. & Mrs. Peter H. Balzer, Jr. -e Ms. Lynn J. Banks Mr. George J. Barnes Ms. Cristin Barrett -e Ms. Lois E. Beck -e Paul N. Belue Don Benson -e Holly M. Bishop Jim Blackwell Jennifer Bobbitt -e in memory of Nicholas E. Janney and Mason Metz Mr. & Mrs. Alex Bowman, Jr. Kathryn Boylan -e in honor of my developmental students Mr. Allen J. Bradley Ms. Ginger L. Brown Ms. Jacqueline Brubaker Mr. Geno A. Busecca Arletha H. Butler -e M. Caldwell Butler Ms. Drema F. Calloway James J. Campbell Dr. Carrie Cao -e Catherine E. Carroll Ms. Nadine Ingram-Carson -e Ms. Tisa A. Carter Rhonda Cassell -e Dori V. Cawley -e Becky Chauncey -e Ms. Becky Christley -e Ms. Heidi Christopher -e Kristel Clark -e Carolyn Cleiland -e Layne Compton -e Mr. Michael A. Compton Lorraine Conklin -e Pamela Conner -e in memory of Harold & Caroline Young Mary Ann Steger Conrad Mary Beth Cornett -e Ramona Coveny -e Mr. Justin Craig -e

Lynn L. Crane -e Mr. Lewis A. Creasy Melanie Crouch -e Leo & Sharon Cullen -e Mr. Shelbert G. Daniels Linda S. Davis -e Sandra Dechard -e in memory of Carol Dechard Andrew J. DeLeo -e Gary L. Dent -e Christine Drake -e Dr. & Mrs. F. Joseph Duckwall in honor of Stan Lanford Ms. Rose Marie Dudley Ms. Sharene N. Duncombe Bill East -e Mr. & Mrs. Louis E. Ellis in honor of Russ Ellis Kim Ellis-Littlefield -e Dr. Mark Q. Emick, Sr. -e Brenda S. Farrell Amy S. Fenster -e Brooke N. Ferguson -e Mrs. Beverly T. Fitzpatrick, Jr. Kimberly French -e Valerie Garner Benjamin I. Gayle Gary G. Gibson -e Dr. Jeffrey S. Gillette -e in memory of Dr. Donna Harpold Mr. Richard A. Glass Marion Grammer -e Grant Broadcasting Systems II, Inc. Brenda Greenway -e Elizabeth Griffin -e Sarah M. Grubb -e Ms. Fedessa A. Guilliams Mr. & Mrs. F. Gordon Hancock Hammerhead Hardware, Inc. Mrs. Tracy Harmon -e Kent and Heather Harris -e Gene Harrison -e Sheila D. Haynes -e Dr. Ruth Z. Hendrick -e Judy Hensley -e Sarah H. Higgins -e J. Lee Hipp -e Anne H. Hogan Kathy P. Holland -e Ms. Latisha N. Holland Ms. Margaret S. Holland Jimmy Holt Mr. & Mrs. Gary Houff -e in honor of Sarah Houff Cathy A. Hubbard Mrs. Pamela M. Hubbard

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Ms. Allison L. Humbert Lyn Hursey -e Carly H. Johnson -e in honor of Mr. & Mrs. Paul E. Johnson Ernest and Becky Johnson -e Johnny Johnson -e Rebecca Jones -e Charles H. Judge Ms. Christina D. Keller -e in memory of Nicholas E. Janney Betty Kelly Dr. C. William Kirby Kristi Kirby -e Rachelle Koudelik-Jones -e Rebecca A. Kraemer -e Jenifer Kurtz -e Anne F. Layne -e Judy Lienhardt -e Ms. Elisabeth V. Lile Shirley S. Long -e Amy Maiolo -e Tony Maiolo -e Constance W. McClain, M.Ed., R.T.(R) -e Maggie McDaniel -e Michael E. Meador Laney Mofield -e in honor of my grandchildren Craig S. Moore Kelleigh N. Moyer Joyce Music -e Mr. & Mrs. William B. Nichols Thomas C. Olsen -e Rebecca S. Olson Mr. Daniel Owen Ms. Dianna B. Parrish Meg C. Patterson -e Rhonda Perdue -e Rose Peters -e Mr. James Potter Jack A. Powell John D. Price -e Mrs. Patricia H. Price -e Mr. & Mrs. Carl W. Pugh, Jr. Carol W. Pugh Jeff Rakes -e Janet Rathbun -e Marianne Repko -e Larry Reynolds Martha Richardson -e DeStacy Roberson -e Mrs. Deborah A. Saunders Linda F. Sawyer -e Jerry J. Schaefer in memory of my son, Jerry John Schaefer Mrs. Elizabeth J. Scherrep

Denise Schuh -e Jeff Scott -e Mr. Robert Short Bonny Simpson -e in memory of Mason Metz Sarah L. Sink -e in memory of Nicholas E. Janney Richard S. Skelley -e Mrs. Kathleen S. Southers Spa VA - Premier Day Spa Mrs. Madaline F. Spickard Laura Stevens -e Linda and Gene Stuckey -e Cathy Swain -e Taaza Rebecca Talbot -e Susan C. Taylor -e Rick and Sue Terrell Clare Thomas, CPS -e Ms. Brenda D. Tilley -e Tong’s Thai Too Townside Gardens, Inc. Tina Trudeau -e Tara Vance -e Elisabeth von Bulow-Lile Mr. Bobby Walker -e Betty Byrne Ware Ms. Barbara J. Warren Ms. Melissa G. Williams -e Gracie M. Wilson -e Wine Gourmet Felicia White -e Joanie White -e in memory of Nicholas E. Janney Linda A. Whitlock Mr. & Mrs. Cranston Williams, Jr. Dianne Williams -e Michael H. Williams Suzanne L. Williamson Ms. Mary T. Willoughby Mr. John D. Wine Mrs. Nancy R. Wingfield Kevin G. Witter -e Mr. William C. Woods, Jr. Holly A. Woodson -e Pamela D. Woody -e in memory of Marie P. Dillon and Mary Rockwood McGowan William Work -e Barbara Wright -e Ed and Betty Wright Garry L. Wright Julie Yates Ms. Janice A. Young -e denotes VWCC employee-

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