It’s Christmas in July for Alumni!

by Billy Chandler
More than a Vacation is an event Emory & Henry does every summer for our wonderful alumni. Now in its 26th year, the alumni gathered July 24-27 to learn and reconnect with each other and our campus.

For four days each summer, alumni and friends of Emory & Henry College gather on campus to continue their commitment to the pursuit of knowledge. This year, participants in More than a Vacation (MTAV) returned to campus July 24-27 to take tours of new facilities, participate in various cultural activities around the area, and take part in learning discussions. Alumni came from as far away as Arizona and as close as Marion, Va. 

“It’s wonderful to be back,” said Lynda Hawkins (’66). Hawkins is a retired school teacher who studied psychology and history while a student at Emory & Henry. “This place is my second home. I love it here.”

Twenty-six years ago, volunteers met to work on the revival of an event called “Alumni College.” The name was changed to More than a Vacation (MTAV), and the event has slowly grown into a new tradition that brings alumni together.

“This is our 26th year to do this event, and every year we’re amazed by the great presentations we hear every time we get together,” said Monica Hoel, alumni director. “We hear from E&H alumni and E&H faculty members and even renowned authors and news-makers who are passionate about their projects.” 

Hoel hopes participants will go home and share their MTAV experiences with friends and family.

“We want everyone to rave about the beauty and culture of Southwest Virginia and the surrounding region. We hope they’ll share facts learned at the event and discuss viewpoints never before considered.”

The theme for this year’s MTAV was Christmas in July, named for the new book From Heaven to Earth: Christmas for old believers, new believers, and non-believers, by alumni Rev. Wil Cantrell (’01) and Rev. Paul Seay (’01), who spoke on Saturday with other notable alumni. Other discussions held during MTAV included topics such as the life and crimes of Georgia Tann held by Barbara Bisantz Raymond on her book, The Baby Thief. Librarian of Virginia Sandra Treadway spoke on Thursday morning about the Virginia Women’s Monument in Richmond and Ron Peterson discussed the mysterious and infamous murder of Gina Hall in his book Under the Trestle.

“We’re already making plans for next year because there are still so many great topics to explore,” Hoel said. “I owe the success of MTAV to all of the people that have served as leaders, volunteers or attendees.”

For information on More than a Vacation or other alumni events, email Monica Hoel at mshoel@emoryhenry.edu.

This place is my second home, I love it here.
-Lynda Hawkins

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3184-historic-carriger-hall-transformed-emory-henry"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.jpg" alt="Ribbon Cutting for the newly renovated School of Business: E&H Board of Trustees Member George A. Whitley '77, Dr. Emmett P. Tra..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2134" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3184-historic-carriger-hall-transformed-emory-henry">Historic Carriger Hall Transformed: Emory & Henry College Celebrates the Grand Reopening of the School of Business</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Emory & Henry College proudly inaugurated its transformed historic landmark, Carriger Hall, as the new vibrant home of the School of Business in a special ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Friday, October 13, 2023. </span></p><a href="/live/news/3184-historic-carriger-hall-transformed-emory-henry" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3054-emory-henry-colleges-school-of-health-sciences"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry School of Health Sciences awarded more than 100 advanced healthcare degrees to students in the Clinical Mental Health C..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3054-emory-henry-colleges-school-of-health-sciences">Emory & Henry College’s School of Health Sciences Graduates Record-Breaking Class and Two Inaugural Cohorts</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On Saturday, August 12, at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Va., 103 students graduated from Emory & Henry College’s School of Health Sciences, marking a milestone of the largest graduating class to date. Additionally, the College celebrated the inaugural cohorts of the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the Doctor of Occupational Therapy. Many other students graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies or a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.</span></p><a href="/live/news/3054-emory-henry-colleges-school-of-health-sciences" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3031-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry is now taking applications for the spring 2024 cohort of explorers in the Semester-A-Trail Program, the only program in..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2131" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3031-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic">Emory & Henry Only College to Offer Academic Credit for Hiking the Appalachian Trail in the U.S.</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), 25 Emory & Henry students earned college credit while studying in the great outdoors. They participated in the Semester-A-Trail Program – the only program in the United States that offers college credit for hiking a section of the A.T. with an academic component and training. The Center for Outdoor Studies at Emory & Henry is now taking applications for the spring 2024 cohort of explorers.</span></p><a href="/live/news/3031-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3381-emory-henry-celebrates-community-and-alumni-at"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry faculty walking into the chapel." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3381-emory-henry-celebrates-community-and-alumni-at">Emory & Henry Celebrates Community and Alumni at 187th Founding Day, Alumni Stephen and Jessica Callahan Founders of Tennessee Hills Distillery Served as Keynote</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The 187th annual Founding Day Convocation at Emory & Henry College was celebrated on Thursday, March 21, 2024. Each year, Founding Day is celebrated with a keynote speaker and awards ceremony honoring distinguished alumni and philanthropic members of the community.</p><a href="/live/news/3381-emory-henry-celebrates-community-and-alumni-at" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2974-emory-henry-breaks-ground-on-new-multisport"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry Breaks Ground on new MultiSport Complex" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2974-emory-henry-breaks-ground-on-new-multisport">Emory & Henry Breaks Ground on new MultiSport Complex for the Region Thanks to Generous Lead Gift of $4 Million from Food City</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Hundreds of Emory & Henry College students and thousands of middle and high school students will soon be playing sports including lacrosse, track and field and soccer at the new MultiSport Complex at exit 26 just off the I-81 Emory & Henry Education Corridor. Emory & Henry spans facilities from Marion to Bristol in Virginia serving more than 1,400 students. It is estimated that the new complex will be ready for use by fall 2024.</p><a href="/live/news/2974-emory-henry-breaks-ground-on-new-multisport" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3504-emory-henry-lauds-students-with-academic-and-community-"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry Biology Department awards winners at the Awards Day on Sunday, April 21 at Emory & Henry College." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3504-emory-henry-lauds-students-with-academic-and-community-">Emory & Henry Lauds Students with Academic and Community Awards</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Emory & Henry Students Celebrate Academic Accomplishments at the 2024 Awards Day Convocation</p><a href="/live/news/3504-emory-henry-lauds-students-with-academic-and-community-" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>