SWCC Receives Gift from Estate of Carol Phipps Buchanan
Posted 3/8/14 12:45pm
Southwest Virginia Community College officials have recently been informed that SWCC will receive a multi-million dollar gift. The approximately four million dollar gift was provided as part of
the Estate of the late Carol Phipps Buchanan, of Wise County, Virginia.
SWCC is one of three academic institutions to receive an equitable portion of Buchanan’s estate. Buchanan was a lifelong resident of the region and native of Clintwood. She was married to Dr. John C. Buchanan and was the daughter of Dr. Rufus L. Phipps. Her husband, John, was also a Virginia State Senator. As a state senator, he notably sponsored the first state statute that provided workers’ compensation for black lung disease. Her sister, Jean Lui Phipps was also in the medical field. Carol Buchanan was a trustee of the Columbus Phipps Foundation until her death in 2011 at the age of 86. She was known for her strong dedication to the support of education. As a community minded, but private individual, she wanted her estate to be used to promote education throughout the region. Born Dec. 18, 1924 she passed away May 14, 2011 with no immediate survivors.
In 2012 the Estate of Carol Phipps Buchanan was honored as benefactor of the year at University of Virginia Wise. The Estate gifted the institution with $1 million to endow a professorship in biology in honor of her husband. Professors who fill this position are known as the John C. Buchanan Professor in Biology.
“This gift to SWCC will be used to support new initiatives that will benefit our students, staff, and the community-at-large,” said Dr. J. Mark Estepp, president of SWCC. “We are so grateful for Mrs. Buchanan’s desire to promote education for the people of this region.” This gift comes at a time when SWCC is wrapping up a Major Gifts Campaign. The SWCC “No Limits” campaign will provide additional funding for three community-driven initiatives: Workforce Development, Academic Excellence, and Scholarships for Access and Success.
“Mrs. Buchanan obviously believed that the possibility of a better life and a brighter future begins with higher education,” said Phyllis Roberts, vice president of Institutional Advancement at SWCC. “This generous donation will make an enormous difference in the lives of many students in our region for years to come.”
Highlands Ballet Coming to Town
Sheriff's Office Searching for Memorabilia
Posted 3/6/14 5:33pm
The Tazewell County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance in putting together a historical display.
The department is in the process of putting together old photographs, equipment, calendars, campaign materials, journals and other such items from the past which relates to the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office, Dispatch and the Jail. The display will be located inside the Sheriff’s office and will be available for the public to view. The items will have a description on them and the owner’s name, if it is an item borrowed for display. If anyone has anything they would be willing to donate or they could make copies of please contact Ms. Cindy Tomlinson at 276-988-1167.
SWCC Festival Celebrates 20th Year
Posted 3/6/14 1:26pm
The annual Festival of the Arts sponsored by Southwest Virginia Community College began in 1995 with the theme Spotlight on America: From Sea to Shining Sea. Since that inaugural year many countries and cultures have been explored through the arts, all made possible by the generosity of many donors.
The 2014 festival theme is Winds of Change, Winds of War-1890-1920: An Era of Empire, Invention and Upheaval and will be from April 24-May 4, 2014. It is an unusual theme and one that has many tentacles that reach around the world. According to the knowledge and expertise of the Festival historian and author of the popular Cultural Walk, Randy Forehand, “some of the avenues for exploration will be Victoria’s Greater Britain, the rising might of Germany, the resurgent France, Austria-Hungary’s creaking empire falling to the music of the waltz, the Romanoff’s and Russia, the arrogance of Japan, the doomed Ottoman Empire, the wannabe Dutch, Italian, Belgian, Portuguese and Spain. And, of course, the big stick diplomacy of Teddy Roosevelt and the upstart USA. We are moving to the tunes of John Philip Sousa and Scott Joplin. War and revolution are born during
this period but also the seeds of soaring aspirations and artistic creativity including the birth of modernism in art, music and architecture and the rise of the film and recording industry.”
These years mark the transition from isolationism to the status of a world power; the beginnings of transcontinental telephone service and mass communication; the rise of the automobile industry and mass production; the women’s suffrage movement to secure the right to vote and the beginning of civil and military aviation and sadly, the rise of modern warfare and World War I. The world-wide environment from 1890-1920 played a part in this important event before, during and after.
As in previous years, the focal point of the Festival is the concert by the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra. This performance will present selections to honor the theme, featuring pianist Pavlina Dokovsk. The SWCC Community Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Trivette, will also perform with the orchestra.
The popular Camerata Virtuosi New York is comprised of four internationally acclaimed chamber musicians including two violinists, violist and cellist. They are also joined by pianists Pavlina Dokovska and Vladimir Valjarevic . They will perform three different programs with repertoire that reflects the festival theme. The Festival Finale will be the very popular concert featuring pianists Pavlina Dokovska, Vladimir Valjarevic and Joseph Trivette in Piano Times Three.
We will include a performance by Richmond Ballet II as a tribute to the French empire and the home of ballet. A concert by VITA IN CANTO, from Ekaterinburg, Russia, features a diverse repertoire of Black Gospel, African American spirituals, popular songs, sacred music by US and European composers and world music, to celebrate the Russian culture.
The popular Cultural Walk, Jeopardy and Festival Café will be on the schedule. Art exhibits on the theme of the Women’s Suffrage Movement and World War I memorabilia will be a part of the 20th Anniversary of the Festival of the Arts.
For information, call 276-964-7348, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.sw.edu.
VSP Reports on Weather Related Traffic Crashes
Posted 3/3/14 5:44pm
As the storm system continues to pummel the Commonwealth with snow, sleet, and rain, traffic crashes around Virginia have steadily risen through the day. Virginia State Police troopers have responded to more than 800 traffic crashes across the Commonwealth between 12:00 a.m. Monday (March 3) and 3 p.m. Monday. In addition, troopers have responded to 316 disabled vehicles.
Since midnight, state police dispatch centers have fielded more than 2,000 total calls for service. The majority of crashes involve damage to vehicles and no injuries.
Virginia State Police has responded to one confirmed weather-related fatal traffic crash in Amelia County. Shortly before 11:00 a.m.(Mar 3), Virginia State Police Senior Trooper T. C. Smith responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on Route 614, Dennisville Road, approximately two-tenths of a mile north of Route 680, Maxey Lane, in Amelia County. The crash occurred when the driver of a 1997 GMC Sonoma lost control of the vehicle and ran off the left side of the roadway striking an embankment. The impact cased the pick-up truck to overturn onto the passenger side and strike a tree.
The 30 year-old male driver, who was not wearing his safety belt, died at the scene. Speed and weather conditions are considered factors in the on-going crash investigation.
As of 3:25 p.m. Monday, Virginia State Police have 85 active, pending traffic crashes.
Crash Stats for Wytheville Division: 19 traffic crashes, 23 disabled vehicles out of 201 total calls for service.
Richlands Chamber Holds Annual Banquet
Posted 3/3/14 4:00pm
The Richlands Area Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet, Thursday, February 27 at Southwest Virginia Community College. The featured speaker was Tonya Mallory the 2013 Virginia Business Person of the Year and CEO of Health Diagnostic Laboratory. (Pictures left to right) Dr. Joe Adair, Chamber Board of Director and standing beside Moon Mullins co-presenters of the inaugural 2014 Business Person of the Year presented to Jim Ramey, Tonya Mallory, Buddy D. Stanley, 2013 recipient of the Chamber’s highest honor the Distinguished Citizenship Award, Gene Hurst, Jr. presenter of the award and Karen Patton, President of the Richlands Area Chamber of Commerce. Not pictured is Ron Allison recognized in celebration of his retirement serving Cumberland Mountain Community Services for 34 years.
Food Pantry Still Taking Donations for Alternate Pantry Location