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Virginia Western 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Call for Nominations

The Virginia Western Educational Foundation and the Virginia Western Alumni Association are calling for nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award.  The annual recipient or recipients will receive the award at a special Scholarship Awards Ceremony March 22, and a plaque will be placed on the Virginia Western Distinguished Alumni Wall outside Whitman Theater.

For many, the road to lifetime achievement started at Virginia Western Community College.  The Virginia Western Alumni Association established the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006 to recognize those alumni who have achieved outstanding success and made a lasting impact on their community. The prestigious award is intended to showcase the diversity of Virginia Western graduates and their range of influence on our region.

The 2016 Distinguished Alumni honorees were Michael Crawley, Chief of Police for the City of Salem, and Dr. Mary B. Loritsch, Ed.D, R.T. (R).

Prior honorees:

2015 – Deborah A. Yancey ’97 and ’98

2014 – Chief Craig S. Harris ’00 & J. David Wine ’73

2013 – Cheryl Cunningham ’86

2012 – Anne Hogan ’76

2011 – Carolyn Webster ’81

2010 – Russell H. Ellis ’80

2009 – Shirl D. Lamanca ’75 and Dennis R. Cronk ’72

2008 – Donna L. Mitchell ’81

2007 – Dr. Kent A. Murphy and Charlotte C. Tyson ’84

2006 – John B. Williamson III ’75

Anne Hogan (’76), serves as chairwoman of the Alumni Association. The Association fosters a mutually beneficial relationship and interaction between the College, its alumni, and the community; connecting with the college community to recognize and foster the diverse talents and successes of Virginia Western graduates.

Distinguished Alumni Eligibility requirements:

To be eligible for nomination, the candidate must:

  • Be a graduate of or have completed a minimum of two semesters at Virginia Western Community College.
  • Have attained extraordinary distinction and success in his or her profession or life.
  • Be a person of such integrity and stature that the College will take pride in his or her recognition.
  • Have attained regional, statewide or national prominence and significant involvement in civic, cultural or charitable affairs.

How to nominate:

Anyone may nominate a Virginia Western Community College alumna/us or former student for this award by completing a nomination form.  This form can be submitted online or downloaded from the College’s website at virginiawestern.edu/alumni.  Two letters of reference are also required.


Nominations must be received by Feb. 27, 2017.

For more information, contact Amanda Mansfield, Donor Relations Coordinator, Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation, at amansfield@virginiawestern.edu or (540) 857-6962.

Join us for CCAP information sessions

Virginia Western Educational Foundation to hold

information sessions for Community College Access Program

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation invites parents and students interested in learning more about the Community College Access Program (CCAP) to attend any of the public information sessions planned in October and November. The CCAP application period opened Oct. 1, 2016, and closes Feb. 28, 2017.

Administrators from the Educational Foundation and Virginia Western’s Office of Financial Aid will be on hand to answer questions about CCAP, which provides up to three years of tuition for high school graduates who meet program requirements.



Botetourt & Craig County High Schools

At Greenfield Education & Training Center                            Nov. 3, 6 p.m.


At Franklin County High School                                       Nov. 16, 6 p.m.


Roanoke City

At William Fleming High School                                              Nov. 15, 6 p.m.

At Patrick Henry High School                                                  Nov. 3, 6 p.m.


Roanoke County

At Northside High School                                                        Oct. 27, 6 p.m.

At William Byrd High School                                                   Nov. 10, 6 p.m.

At Hidden Valley High School                                                 Nov. 17, 6 p.m.

At Salem High School                                                              Nov. 1, 6 p.m.


The Virginia Western Educational Foundation, a nonprofit affiliated with Virginia Western Community College, raises support for CCAP through a public/private funding partnership. Since 2008, more than 1,900 Roanoke Valley students have participated in the program.

For more information about CCAP, see virginiawestern.edu/ccap or contact Carolyn Payne, CCAP Coordinator: (540) 857-7544 or cpayne@virginiawestern.edu.

Educational Foundation named Best Arts and Culture Nonprofit

The Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce named the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation the Arts and Culture Nonprofit of 2016 at its 30th annual Small Business Awards ceremony on Thursday night.

The awards committee “was impressed with the number of people this organization reaches,” said Chamber President and CEO Joyce Waugh in presenting the award to Dr. Angela M. Garcia Falconetti, Executive Director of the Educational Foundation and Virginia Western’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation was founded in 1981 as a nonprofit that serves the College by raising funds for student scholarships, program support and capital projects. Its hallmark initiative is the Community College Access Program (CCAP), which has provided up to two years of tuition to more than 1,900 Roanoke Valley students since its founding in 2008.

Overall, the Educational Foundation contributed more than $1 million in assistance in the 2015-16 academic year. It supported faculty with Innovation Grants, helped students buy college textbooks, created a new fund to enlarge the Brown Library Collections and established its first scholarship for students seeking professional internships.

“We are honored to be recognized the Roanoke Regional Chamber and our business community,” Dr. Falconetti said. “What we do would not be possible without the generous support from businesses and community leaders that understand our role in moving Roanoke forward.”