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2011 Community College Impact Award

Virginia Western Community College proudly announces that Stanard F. Lanford, chairman of Lanford Brothers Company, a long-time proponent of higher education, and a vital supporter of Virginia Western, is the 2011 recipient of the Community College Impact Award.

Stan Lanford

Stan founded Lanford Brothers with his brother Jack in 1960, and the company now has over 250 employees and completes $25 million of work each year repairing and replacing bridges, roadways, guardrail, and signs in four states.

An enthusiastic supporter of community colleges, Stan served on the Virginia Western Community College Local Board for eight years and as chair of the Local Board for an additional two years. He has served on the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation Board for the past 10 years. During this time, Stan played a tremendous role in securing gifts for Virginia Western's first major gifts campaign in 2005 that raised $4 million. The impact of his efforts for Virginia Western continue to be felt as he tirelessly supports the Educational Foundation in its day-to-day fundraising and advocacy initiatives.

As part of their support, the Lanford family established the Stanard and Betty Lanford Endowed Scholarship, which provides tuition assistance to Virginia Western students seeking an engineering degree.

Stan currently serves as the co-chair of the college's $7 million College Access Campaign. This campaign is focused on providing two years of college education tuition-free to area high school graduates who qualify through the Community College Access Program (CCAP). "CCAP answers a problem in society by providing a way to college for those young people who do not have a strong mentor like I had," he says. "Even with government assistance, many of these students have no college in their future. By making college possible for them, CCAP raises their standard of living, helps them become more self-supporting, and creates a strong workforce for our region."

Stan's commitment to the Roanoke Valley region's quality of life extends to other areas of the community. He has been appointed by the Governor of Virginia to several boards, including multiple terms on the Virginia Recreational Facilities Authority, the Roanoke Higher Education Authority, and the VDOT Transportation Study Commission in 1999.

His dedication to philanthropic opportunities and academic excellence for Virginia Western Community College are evidence of Stan's extraordinary leadership. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western, notes, "Stan is a true gem for this college and our students." For this reason, Stan was also awarded the 2007 Chancellors Award for Leadership in Philanthropy by the Virginia Community College System.

2011 Distinguished Alumni Award

Virginia Western Community College proudly announces that Carolyn Webster, senior vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer of Carilion Clinic, is the 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient. Webster was recognized by Virginia Western at the recent Educational Foundation Annual Awards Ceremony.

Carolyn Webster

Webster graduated from Virginia Western in 1981 with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, and has remained a supporter of the college throughout her career. She served on the Educational Foundation Board of Directors from 2002-2007 and again from 2010-present. She is currently a member of the Scholarship and Grants Committee.

She first joined Carilion in 1971, as a staff nurse, and has been an integral member of the hospital staff for over 36 years. She has held positions of staff development, Director of Emergency Department, and Vice President of Nursing Operations, before moving into her current role as Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer of Carilion Clinic.

As the Roanoke native progressed in her career, she also added to her education, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Radford University, a Master of Business Administration from Averett University, and attending the Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives.

Employee Giving Campaign

Virginia Western faculty and staff are everyday heroes to students inside and outside of the classroom. Through generous donations to the 2011 Employee Giving Campaign, they also support the Community College Access Program, annual scholarships and emergency funds. (Click the image below to donate.)

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Al Pollard Memorial Foundation Recognized

The Al Pollard Memorial Foundation of Roanoke has earned the 2011 Chancellor's Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. Virginia Western Community College nominated the Pollard Foundation for the statewide award, which was given at a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia on April 19.

The Pollard Foundation was created to honor the life of Al Pollard, a Roanoke restaurateur who owned well-known establishments like Corned Beef & Company, Frankie Rowland's and 419 West. When he suddenly passed in 2006, a group of his friends decided to honor him by continuing his legacy of positive change in the Roanoke Valley.

Through an annual golf tournament, the Pollard Foundation has been able to make the largest annual scholarship contribution in the history of the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation, resulting in the Al Pollard Memorial Scholarships for the Culinary Arts. These scholarships go to support first-year and second-year students participating in the college's Culinary Institute located at the Roanoke Higher Education Center. Since 2006, the Pollard Foundation has contributed more than $140,000 in scholarships.

The Chancellor's Award for Leadership in Philanthropy is hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) to honor the leading philanthropists from each of Virginia's 23 community colleges as well as the statewide foundation. This marks the sixth year the awards have been given.

This year's class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of $11 million dollars to Virginia's Community Colleges.

"Each of these supporters personifies the theme of this event, Living Philanthropy. For those of us here today, living philanthropy is the promise that our impact will live on; it will blend with those who came before creating a larger and larger living tapestry of good will, benefitting and elevating those who come next," said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia's Community Colleges.

Award recipients will have a scholarship named after them which will be awarded next fall to a student attending their community college. The scholarships are funded largely by the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation.

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