The SVCC Connections newsletter is published annually to keep SVCC graduates connected
and informed about college and alumni news and events.
Vol. 12, Issue 1 Fall 2004
SCHEDULE Alumni Homecoming
Registration Saturday, November 13
(Community Center foyer)
Calendar Now for
Nov. 13, 2004!
Please Call Your Forty-six alumni are inducted into the SVCC Hall of Fame at Homecoming 2003.
SVCC Alumni Office
to RSVP The fourth annual SVCC be eligible to win some great door
by November 5! Homecoming and Alumni Hall of prizes donated by SVCC alumni and
276/964-7339 Fame ceremony will be held on area businesses. Prizes donated last
or Saturday, November 13, at the year included a 27" flatscreen color
276/964-7588 SVCC Community Center. TV, DVD player, VCR, Barter
Dr. Charles King extends a Theatre tickets, Thomas Kinkade
special invitation to all SVCC alumni painting, and a Florida vacation.
Inside to attend Homecoming 2004. The The entire evening is our gift to
this Issue: informal gathering will include free
entertainment, food, and fellowship.
show our appreciation for your
support of SVCC.
Alumni Casual dress is encouraged. Please call the SVCC Alumni
Spotlight.....................2-3 Homecoming provides the Office to make reservations so that
perfect opportunity to reunite with we can plan for the dinner and
Homecoming 2003 old classmates, friends and seating.
Highlights...................4-5 professors. Former and current RSVP as soon as possible at
faculty and staff will also be present. 276/964-7339 or 276/964-7588. We
SVCC Campus SVCC will honor the Hall of will also need the name of the
Information ..................6 Fame alumni with a special induction spouse/guest you plan to bring.
ceremony during Homecoming 2004. Join us for an evening full of
Alumni In addition, all graduates, fun and fellowship!
on the Move...............7-8 faculty, and staff in attendance will
Spotlight on Alumni
Processing program. He says that Faye plans to return to SVCC and
Robert Jordan attending SVCC helped him to decide complete a certificate in Photography
Earns Doctorate what he wanted to do with his life. He in the coming year.
later earned his B.S. degree in Busi-
ness Management from UVA-Wise. Pamela Adams
Joe is currently the Manager of
the Wal-Mart store in Lebanon, VA. Publishes Book
He has been employed by Wal-Mart
for 14 years and has opened five new
stores for the corporation. The store
Joe was managing in 1999 received the
Store of the Year award under Joe's
Joe and his wife, Barbara, reside
Robert Jordan received an in Abingdon, VA.
associate degree in General Studies
from SVCC in 1998. He was
inducted into the SVCC Alumni Hall
of Fame in 2003. Graduates at 82
Robert received a B.S. degree
from Palmer College of Chiropractic
in Davenport, Iowa. He earned his
Doctorate of Chiropractic degree in
June, 2003. SVCC graduate Pam Adams
Robert's wife, Kerri Bennett has written a unique book that
Jordan, is also a SVCC graduate prepares children for loss and
and is working on her Doctorate of provides suggestions on how to
Chiropractic degree. They are handle the accompanying grief. The
planning to eventually open a book, "Once Upon a Family,"
practice in Murfreesboro, TN. chronicles the journey of Pam's son,
Jordan, as he tries to understand the
death of his beloved father.
Joe Ratliff Manages Pam graduated from SVCC in
“I don’t think that any healthy 1980 with an AA&S degree in
Wal-Mart Store elderly person should just sit at Business Administration. She
home . . . you can learn by being received a B.S. degree in Organiza-
with people of other ages,” said 82 tional Management and Develop-
year old Faye McClanahan, of ment from Bluefield College in 2000.
Russell County, when she recently Pam was inducted into the SVCC
graduated from Southwest Virginia Alumni Hall of Fame in 2003. She
Community College. She is a native married her current husband,
of Buchanan County. Michael Adams, in 2001. They
Faye, whose husband Roger, reside in Roanoke, VA, where she is
worked in the mines, has five the Program Coordinator for Huff
children, three granddaughters, and Lane MicroVillage Concepts.
six great grandchildren. Pam is willing to share her grief
Faye received her degree in experience with churches, schools,
Arts and Crafts Production. She and other groups. She can be
Joe Ratliff graduated from previously received a certificate in contacted by email at:
SVCC in 1986 from the Data Horticulture Management in 2001. firstname.lastname@example.org
Spotlight on Alumni (Continued)
Educational Excellence Award efforts in the Internal Audit
Gerald Luttrell (1995), and Henry Krumb Lecturer Department. In 2003, Spalding
Excels As (2001). was the President of the Institute of
Internal Auditors of East Tennessee
VA Tech Professor and is currently a member of the
Laura Spalding Is AICPA.
Laura, her husband, Matthew,
Director of and daughter, Sierra, reside in
Budgeting Lenoir City, TN. She is the
daughter of Paris and Phyllis
Is President/CEO of
Dr. Gerald H. Luttrell is a
1978 graduate of the Engineering
program at SVCC. He is cur-
rently a Professor of Mining and
Minerals Engineering at Virginia After graduating from
Tech, where he received his B.S. SVCC in 1990 and from Virginia
(1980), M.S. (1982) and Ph.D. Tech in 1992, Laura Spalding
(1986) degrees. spent three years at Coopers and
Dr. Luttrell joined the faculty Lybrand, LLC and earned her
as an Assistant Professor in 1986 CPA certification in St. Louis, David Thornbury attended
and was promoted to Associate Missouri. Laura is currently the SVCC in 1983-84 and was
Professor in 1991, Full Professor Director of Budgeting and enrolled in the General Studies
in 1997, and Massey Professor in Reimbursement at Parkwest program. While attending SVCC,
2004. He has completed R&D Hospital (a member of Covenant he was the treasurer of the Student
projects worth more than $10 Health) in Knoxville, TN. She is Government Association. David
million, obtained 14 process responsible for managing the received a Bachelor's degree in
patents, and authored more than Revenue Cycle of a 307 bed Business Administration from the
160 technical publications. acute care facility. In addition, University of Kentucky in 1987.
He is a five-time recipient of she is responsible for the David is currently the
the Departmental Outstanding operating and capital budget of President/CEO of Levisa
Faculty Award, a three-time the hospital and leads efforts in Pharmacies, Inc., a local family
recipient of Virginia Tech’s reducing insurance claim owned drug store group with
Academy of Teaching Excellence denials. locations in nine localities. He is
Award, and a recipient of the Laura had previously also a Board Member (South
College of Engineering Dean’s worked with Eastman Chemical Grundy District) for the Buchanan
Award for Excellence in Public in Kingsport, TN and Bush County School Board.
Service (1998). Brothers & Co. in Knoxville, David and his wife, Rebecca,
Dr. Luttrell's professional TN. She has worked with have two children: Abigail (3) and
honors include the SVCC Covenant Health since 1998 and Katherine (2). The Thornburys
Outstanding Alumnus Award was promoted into a leadership reside in Grundy, VA.
(1987), PCMIA Stephen McCann position in 2000 after leading
Guests of all ages enjoyed an evening filled with
good food, good fun, and great fellowship!
Dr. King welcomes everyone to Homecoming 2003.
Mike Rush Sandy Shortridge
Over 400 alumni and guests joined us for a wonderful dinner.
Joey Trivette's jazz ensemble, including Mike Henry, Leanna
Mosley, and Chris Tague entertained the alumni and guests.
The Southwest Virginia All Stars: Matt Stacy, Jared Sweet, Band members not pictured: Jennifer Redden, Deaton Jones,
Alex Hibbitts, Jamie Stacy, Kim Slaughter, and Amanda Hull. Sarah Daniels, and Jim Humphrey.
Scott Cole was the 2003 PTK Distinguished Alumnus.
The "Family with the
Most Alumni Present"
were: from left to right,
Todd Ratliff, Joann
Mumpower, Pam Hinkle,
Debbi Malcolm, and
Ruby Ratliff Hale.
Bob Nassif receives the 2003 Ambassador of Dr. King
Goodwill award. recognizes Kerri
Jordan as the
Johnny "Traveled the
Hagerman, Longest Distance"
right, accepts to attend Home-
the 2003 coming. Kerri and
Cultural her husband,
Ambassador Robert, traveled
Award. 750 miles. Second
place was David
and Neena Sproles
Door Prize Winners
Homecoming 2003 prize winners pictured above are Madonna Shortt, shown with a 27" Flatscreen TV; Jim Humphrey,
winner of the Thomas Kinkade painting; and Stacy Harris, shown receiving a Club Resorts Florida vacation. Winners not
pictured are Ruby Ratliff Hale, Kay Hess, Christine Keene, Patsy Nunez, Lynn Snapp, Kayla Swaim, and Teresa Thompson.
New Music Scholarships
Honor Former Teachers REGISTER
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Pictured (left to right) are Mary Lawson, Dr. Sam Schulken, Bea Leist, Wrenda Fuller,
Dr. Joseph Trivette, and Dr. Charles King Mon., November 8
Advanced Registration for
Dr. Joseph Trivette, SVCC’s Gaynelle Lockhart Albert Endowed Chair Spring
of Music, is proud to announce the creation of three new scholarships for
SVCC students interested in pursuing the field of music. The scholarships Sat., November 13
will honor Wrenda Fuller of Lebanon, VA; Bea Leist of Tazewell, VA; and Homecoming 2004
Registration at 5:30 p.m. (CC)
Dr. Sam Schulken of Richlands, VA. “These scholarships are intended as
celebrations of the lives of three educators whose dedication to music has Sun., December 5
contributed greatly to the SVCC service region,” Trivette states. Dr. SVCC Community Chorus
Charles King adds, “We are pleased with the growth of the music program Holiday Concert at 3 p.m. (CC)
and are excited about the opportunities these scholarships will provide for
Wed., Thurs., & Fri.,
our students.” January 5, 6 & 7
Wrenda Fuller taught public school music in Lebanon for 30 years. She Spring 2005 Student
served as church musician in Virginia for 35 years and co-founded the Registration & Orientation
Southwest Virginia Children’s Chorus. In addition, she accompanies the
SVCC Community Chorus. Mon., January 10
First day of Spring Classes
Bea Leist taught public school music in Virginia for 24 years. She
taught music at SVCC and Concord College for 12 years and founded Fri., January 21
Tazewell High School’s exemplary “Green T Singers.” Robert Burns Dinner
Dr. Sam Schulken founded the music program at SVCC where he 6:30 p.m. (CC)
taught for 23 years. He directed SVCC choirs and ensembles which
Mon., March 21
toured the eastern seaboard from Millbury, Massachusetts to Orlando, Advanced Registration for
Florida. He also served as church musician in Cedar Bluff for 9 years. Summer 2005 Classes
Anyone wishing to contribute to these scholarships should contact Dr.
Joseph Trivette (Joseph.Trivette@sw.edu) at 276/964-7381 or Mary April 17 - May 1
Lawson at 276/964-7348, or donations can be mailed to: SVCC SVCC Festival of the Arts
Spotlight: Africa and Her
Educational Foundation, PO Box SVCC, Richlands, VA 24641. Legacy
SVCC ALUMNI ON THE MOVE
1972 Patricia K. Gross pieces. Delilah resides in Engineering Technician for Management Association.
Bluefield, WV. the United States Army Donna and her husband,
Patricia graduated in 1972 Research Laboratory, NASA Gary, live in Mavisdale, VA.
from the Clerk/Typist 1975 Linda S. Coleman Langley Center. Bruce and
program. She is currently his wife, Mary Elaine, reside 1987 Craig A. Stiltner
employed as a Special Linda graduated from SVCC in Newport News, VA, and
Investigator for the Mine in 1975 from the Pre-Teacher have one daughter, Shelly, Craig received his AA&S
Safety and Health Education program. She has and two grandchildren, Jacob degree in Science at SVCC in
Administration (MSHA). been employed as a Mine and Savannah. 1987. He attended the
Patricia and her husband, Safety and Health Assistant Medical College of Virginia
William, reside in Richlands, for over 23 years with the 1983 Donna Fletcher (MCV) and received his
VA, and have two children, Department of Labor's Mine graduate degree in 1990 and
Cynthia and Barry. Safety and Health Donna graduated from the is currently employed as a
Administration (MSHA). Financial Services and pharmacist by CVC. Craig
1974 Dr. Delilah Linda and her husband, Carl, Bookkeeping program in and his wife, Laura, live in
O’Haynes live in Keen Mountain, VA, 1983. She is attending Wytheville, VA.
and they have one son, David Bluefield College and plans to
Delilah is an Associate Ball. graduate in 2004 with a B.S. 1991 Angela R. Hughes
Professor of English at in Organizational
Concord College. She 1982 Bruce D. Management and Angela is a 1991 SVCC
received degrees in General Macdonald Development. Donna is graduate. She received an
Education and Journalism employed by Buchanan AAS degree in Nursing and is
from SVCC in 1974. Delilah Bruce received an AAS degree Health Care in Grundy, VA, currently a Nurse Practitioner
continued her education and in Mining from SVCC in as a Billing Auditor and in Family Practice at
earned her B.S. from ETSU, 1982. He also received Medical Coder. She is Bradshaw Medical Clinic.
M.S. from Radford, and certificates in Welding (1979) certified through the Angela received a B.S. degree
Ed.D. from UT. She has and Machine Tool Operations American Academy of in Nursing in 1998 from
authored several books, (1980). He is currently a Professional Coders and the Bluefield State College and a
articles, poetry, and fictional Military Aerospace American Health Information
(continued on page 8)
Alumni Information Update
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Mail to: SVCC Alumni Office, P.O. Box SVCC, Richlands, VA 24641-1101
Alumni on the Move (continued from page 7)
M.S. in Nursing-Family Nurse program in 1993. She is an Administrative Assistant at currently employed by GASCO
Practitioner from Mountain employed by the Russell the Lebanon Community Drilling, Inc. Sonya lives in
State University in 2002. She County Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Center. She lives Tazewell, VA, with her
became a Board Certified FNP Local Inmate Data Systems in Cedar Bluff, VA, with her husband, Chris.
in April of 2003. Angela and Technician. Wanda lives in children, Tonya and Zachary.
her husband, Ricky, reside in Lebanon, VA, with her 2001 David M. Ratliff
Raysal, WV, and have three husband, Bob, and they have 1998 Wanda Proffitt
children, Amber, Sheilah, and two children, Bobby and David graduated from SVCC
Christine, and one grandson, Brooke, and one grandchild, Wanda received her Clerk/ in 2001 with certificates in
Owen. Julie Anna. Typist and Legal Assistant Hospitality Management and
certificates from SVCC in Hotel/Motel Operations. He
1992 Mary Ruth Yates 1995 Karen Harrison 1998. She is currently also received a certificate in
employed as a Legal Assistant Food Service from SVCC in
Mary is a 1992 SVCC graduate Karen received her AAS at the firm of Ferris, Eakin, 1991. David resides in Bee,
with an AAS in Management. degree in Nursing from SVCC and Thomas, P.C. Wanda VA.
She currently works at the in 1995. She is a RN resides in Roanoke, VA.
Virginia Association of Supervisor for the Personal
Purchasing and is the Senior Care Program for the 2000 Sandra Harris SVCC
Buyer for the Board of
Supervisors for Buchanan
Appalachian Agency for
Senior Citizens. Karen plans Sandra is a 2000 graduate Connections
County. Mary was involved in to enroll in the RN to BSN from SVCC with an AA&S
the initiation of the Dismal
Rescue Squad, The Gift of
program at ODU in the near
future. Karen and her
degree in General Studies.
She is currently teaching
Love at Keen Mountain, the husband, Wayne, and their son, Kindergarten at Riverview is published by
implementation of 911 in Eric (13), reside in Honaker, Elementary/Middle School in the SVCC Alumni Office
Buchanan County, and she is VA. Grundy, VA. Sandra resides
an active participant with the in Vansant, VA. President
American Cancer Society. 1996 Deborah L. Arms Dr. Charles R. King
Mary’s parents are Amos and 2000 Sonya Ratliff
Bessie Yates. She resides in Deborah graduated in 1996
Oakwood, VA. with an AAS degree in Sonya graduated in 2000 with Editor-in-Chief
Management. She worked as a an AA&S degree in Business Phyllis Roberts
1993 Wanda C. Phillips Senior Analyst/Loan Officer in Administration. She received
Charlottesville, VA, before a B.S. in Business
Wanda graduated from the moving back to Southwest Administration from UVA-
Office Systems Technology Virginia. Deborah is currently Wise in 2002. Sonya is Angela Fuller
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SVCC ALUMNI HALL OF FAME 2004
The SVCC Alumni Hall of Fame was established to honor our former students who have brought
recognition to themselves and SVCC or to the region either through contributions to the college,
outstanding professional or personal achievement, or dedication and service to the community.
Criteria for eligibility:
1. Nominees must have attended SVCC at least five years ago (1999 or before) to be considered for this
2. Nominees should have brought recognition to themselves and SVCC or to the region either through
contributions to the college, outstanding professional or personal achievement, and/or dedication and
service to the community;
3. Nominations should come from SVCC alumni, faculty, staff, or administrators through submission of a
4. All candidates, living and deceased, will be considered. If deceased, the award will be presented to
Please complete the following with as much information as you have available. However, please note
that all nominees will be considered regardless of the amount of information you are able to
provide. (If additional space is needed, please attach a separate page.)
Nominee's Name ____________________________________________________________________
Date of Birth ___________________Years Attended SVCC or Graduation Year __________________
Home Address ______________________________________________________________________
City, State, Zip ______________________________________________________________________
Home Telephone ________________________ Email Address ________________________________
Employer/Firm Name _________________________________ Phone _________________________
I have nominated this alumnus because of the following: _____________________________________
Optional data (to assist us in locating an alumnus and/or gathering additional information):
Spouse's Name _________________________________________________________________________
Children's Names _______________________________________________________________________
Nomination submitted by: _________________________________________ Phone _________________
Please mark one of the following categories: I am a SVCC: _____ Alumnus _____ Faculty/Staff/Administrator
Please return form by OCTOBER 15, 2004 to:
SVCC Alumni Office, P.O. Box SVCC, Richlands, VA 24641