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Papa in the Pacific Nominations sought for 2005 Alumni
Chancellor Emeritus Recognition Program
Joseph “Papa Joe”
Smiddy packed his The Alumni Recognition Program recognizes alumni, former faculty
favorite UVa-Wise and staff members, and friends of the College who have made significant
contributions to their profession, community, society, the College, or the
sweatshirt for his
Alumni Association. Recipients will be honored during the last home
summer trip to
football game in 2005.
Australia, New Zealand A brief description of each award follows. For selection criteria, please
and New Caledonia. visit the alumni home page at www.uvawise.edu/alumni.
It was Smiddy’s first visit to New Caledonia since his service there
during World War II. During the war, Smiddy’s unit was one of Meritorious Achievement Award
dozens in New Caledonia that provided tanks, trucks, and jeeps to The highest award presented by the Alumni Association recognizes alumni
and professors for meritorious service to the College.
American servicemen battling in places like Guadalcanal. Smiddy
was joined on his trek by Scott Pippin, former director of College Outstanding Alumni Award
Relations at UVa-Wise and later the first manager of public radio This award recognizes alumni who have achieved substantial professional
station WISE-FM. A recent graduate of the University of Virginia growth and advancement over an extended period, made significant
law school, Pippin lives in Washington, D.C. Smiddy is pictured contributions to society and service to fellow man, thus reflecting
at the memorial erected “in honor of the U.S. forces who by their extraordinary credit to the College.
presence during the Pacific War insured the freedom of New Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Caledonia.” This award recognizes young alumni who have achieved substantial pro-
Have you taken your favorite UVa-Wise sweatshirt or t-shirt fessional growth and advancement over a short period of time, made sig-
to an exotic location? Please share your favorite travel photos with nificant contributions to the professional world or community, thus
The UVa-Wise Magazine. E-mail email@example.com or mail to reflecting extraordinary credit to the College. Recipients must have gradu-
Valerie Lawson, UVa-Wise, 1 College Avenue, Wise, VA 24293. ated from the College within ten years from the time of the nomination.
Distinguished Service Award
This award recognizes alumni and former employees who have
Spotlight On Education provided significant service to the College through the Alumni
Association, academics, athletics, student services, etc.
Preparing students for service in
the classroom has been an Past recipients include:
important part of the College's 2000 - Edward L. Henson, Meritorious Achievement Award;
mission since 1954. We want to 2001 - Marianna Hensley ‘95, Outstanding Young Alumni Award;
Kevin Williams ‘94, Outstanding Young Alumni Award;
feature teachers and the impact
L. Stanley Willis, Distinguished Service Award;
the College has had in Southwest
Joseph C. Smiddy, Meritorious Achievement Award;
Virginia schools and beyond in
2002 - Betty J. Gilliam, Meritorious Achievement Award;
the spring issue of The UVa-Wise Ron Short ‘71, Outstanding Alumni Award;
Magazine. Please let us know about your life as an educator. E-mail Roy L. Wells, Jr. ‘56, Distinguished Service Award;
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 276/328-0128. J. Clayton Willis ‘56, Distinguished Service Award;
2003 Kenneth P. Asbury, Lifetime Commitment Award;
Nominations sought for Athletic Hall of Fame William J. Sturgill ‘56, Meritorious Achievement Award;
Help recognize outstanding UVa-Wise athletes, exceptional
N. Brent Kennedy ‘73, Outstanding Alumni Award; and
coaches and loyal supporters by nominating them for inclusion in the
Joseph Carico ‘95, Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
Athletic Hall of Fame. Nominations may be made to the Hall of
Read about the newest award recipients on page 44.
Fame Selection Committee by any alumnus of the College, faculty or
staff member, or Hall of Fame inductee. The Hall of Fame Selection To nominate an individual for an award, please include the nominee’s
Committee includes faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and past Hall of name, employer, job title and responsibilities, degrees obtained, any
Fame inductees. Athletes nominated for Hall of Fame honors must known awards, and any newspaper articles or other publications
be graduates of the College. highlighting the nominee. Include information related to volunteer
To be considered, the athlete must have completed his or her activities including civic, church, schools, etc., and any involvement they
athletic eligibility five or more years ago. Hall of Fame nominations may have had with UVa-Wise/Clinch Valley College. Tell us why you
must be received by June 30, 2005. Nominees will remain on the believe this nominee should be considered for an award.
ballot for up to three years. For more information, or to make a E-mail information to email@example.com or mail to Alumni
nomination, contact Robin Benke at 276/328-0151 or via e-mail at Recognition Selection Committee, UVa-Wise Alumni Association,
firstname.lastname@example.org or Chuck Banner at 276/328-0220 or via Alumni Hall, 1 College Avenue, Wise, Virginia 24293. Nominations
e-mail at email@example.com. must be submitted by July 30, 2005.
Four names have been added to the list of Alumni Association Recognition Awards
recipients and three new members have been inducted into the UVa-Wise Athletic Hall
of Fame. The awards were presented during a Nov. 6 ceremony.
A L U M N I A S S O C I AT I O N
R E C O G N I T I O N AWA R D S
Jim C. Lipps ’56 – Distinguished Service Award
Jim Lipps came to Clinch Valley College in 1954 as a member of the
Pioneer Class. Lipps, also the College’s first staff member, later became
director of Buildings and Grounds. During his 42 years of employment
at the College, he watched the institution grow from one building,
Crockett Hall, to dozens of facilities by the time he retired in 1996.
Former Chancellor Jay Lemons, who nominated Lipps for the award, said
“Jim devoted himself fully and completely to the College. He was present Front row, Bill Ramseyer and Kelee Gonzalez '83. Back row, Jim C. Lipps '56,
at all hours night and day; he was creative in resolving thousands of prob- Roger C. Viers '64, Joe Frank Smiddy '61, George E. Hunnicutt, Jr. '72,
lems, and he sought constantly to sew a silk purse from the sow’s ear.” and George E. Culbertson '57.
Joe Frank Smiddy, M.D. ’61 – Outstanding Alumni Award
Joe Frank Smiddy began his college career at Clinch Valley College before AT H L E T I C H A L L O F F A M E
transferring to the University of Virginia, where he earned a bachelor’s Kelee Gonzalez ’83 – Basketball, Softball
degree in 1964 and a medical degree in 1967. He is a partner with Kelee Gonzalez, a two-sport athlete at UVa-Wise, competed in
Pulmonary Associates in Kingsport and medical director of the Lung basketball and on a championship-wining softball squad. The
Center and Wound Care and Hyperbaric Program at Wellmont Holston highlight of her career came in 1980 when she helped guide the Lady
Valley Hospital. The author of numerous books and articles, Dr. Smiddy Cavaliers to the Virginia slow-pitch softball championship, the first state
has made presentations at medical conferences around the world. He is a title in the College’s history. Gonzalez played shortstop and hit a home
member of the UVa-Wise Board, the Wellmont Health System Board, run in the title game, propelling her team to the championship and into
the Carter Fold, and he serves on the advisory committee for the the Southeastern Regional Tournament.
respiratory therapy program at Mountain Empire Community College. George E. Hunnicutt, Jr. ’72 – Outstanding Service and Support
Roger C. Viers ’64 – Outstanding Alumni Award George E. Hunnicutt, Jr. was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame for
Roger C. Viers, owner and director of Landmark Financial Services, LLC, his extraordinary service and generosity to UVa-Wise and the athletic
in Wise, earned a two-year degree from CVC then completed his bache- department. Hunnicutt, president of Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Norton,
lor’s degree in commerce at the University of Richmond. Active in a vari- attended the College for two years before transferring to the University
ety of community and civic organizations, Viers is a member of the Town of Virginia and earning a bachelor’s degree in commerce in 1976 and a
of Wise Planning Commission, a member of the BB&T Regional Board law degree in 1979. In 2002, UVa-Wise named Hunnicutt the College’s
of Directors, and a member of the Wise Business Association. An Volunteer of the Year. “Pedro has played a significant role in the
immediate past president of the Wise Kiwanis Club, Viers is a member development of the College and its athletic programs,” said UVa-Wise
of the Wise Baptist Church. Viers’ service to the College is also extensive. Assistant Vice Chancellor for Athletic Development Carroll Dale.
He recently completed a six-year term on the UVa-Wise Foundation “He has always been willing to help us with our needs.”
Board, and served on the steering committee of the College’s first Bill Ramseyer – Coaching
campaign, which raised $21 million dollars. He is co-chair of the 50th Bill Ramseyer is often called the architect of the UVa-Wise football
Anniversary Coordinating Council. In 2003, UVa-Wise honored Viers program. The Ohio native took over the team as its founding head coach
and his wife, Beverly, as the College’s Volunteers of the Year. in 1991 and led the Cavaliers on a remarkable run during his 11-year
George E. Culbertson ’57 – Meritorious Achievement Award tenure. In five short years, Ramseyer led his UVa- Wise team from
George E. Culbertson served the College for more than 32 years as modest beginnings in the inaugural 1991 season to the national playoffs
teacher, administrator, counselor and mentor. He has been the registrar, in 1995 and 1996. He was named Virginia’s College Coach of the Year
associate dean, chief financial officer, dean, provost and senior vice chan- in 1996 following an undefeated 10-0 season.
cellor, and, finally, leading the College as interim chancellor. After com-
pleting a two-year degree at CVC, Culbertson went on to Virginia Tech
where he earned a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in mathematics. He
returned to the College in 1970 to teach mathematics. Culberton, who
retired from the College in 2001, currently serves as treasurer of the UVa-
Wise Foundation, director of the Kline Foundation, and is a founding
member of the Twin Leaf Society. He is past president of the Highland
Cavalier Club. Culbertson’s list of honors includes the prestigious Kanto
Award, which recognized his significant contributions to the betterment
of education in Wise County and Norton. Crutchfield Corporation SEND YOUR NEWS TO CLASSNOTES BY E-MAIL AT
established an endowed professorship in mathematics and computer sci-
ence in honor of Culbertson’s devoted service to the College.
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