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A New Way of Doing Business

Managing risk. It’s a topic you’ll hear the new founding dean of the Emory & Henry School of Business talk about often. Dr. Emmett P. Tracy (or “Dean Emmett” as he’s often called) is passionate about a few things – creativity, diversity, entrepreneurship – but risk is one he comes back to often.

Letter From The President

From the Desk of

John W. Wells
This issue of the E&H Magazine Extra focuses on the establishment of the Emory & Henry College School of Business, which is part of a major academic reorganization that is intended to better apply the liberal arts to the world of work while reinforcing our mission to serve our region.
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New Staff Boosts WEHC Programming

Ivy Sheppard brings experience as a radio host, audio engineer and producer to her role as general manager of the college and community station, WEHC-FM, 90.7, at Emory & Henry.


Scholarship Honors Beloved Professor

Dr. George Treadwell came to Emory & Henry in 1970 to teach biology and, across the many years of his career at the College, he impacted numerous people. But perhaps none as vivid or lasting as the influence he had on E&H alumnus Dr. John Joyce (’72).


Fleet Trains in National Program

Dr. Christine Fleet, E&H professor of biology, was chosen to attend a training session with the Genomics Education Partnership, where she learned from biology faculty from around the country.

“I was able to bring tools back that will let students use genomics databases to interpret genetic information related to the insulin signaling pathway in fruit flies, and potentially have the opportunity to publish their results,” said Fleet.
Dr. Lou Fincher

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New Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Launched

“We expect our graduates to be caring leaders and change agents in the healthcare disciplines,” said Dr. Laurie Anne Ferguson, recently named founding dean of the School of Nursing, of the potential impact the new School of Nursing may have on the region.
Dr. Danielle McGuire

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E&H Honors Diversity Awareness

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) produced many virtual events for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January and throughout Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March.
Sierra McCray

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Ampersand 2021 Virtual Edition

Each year students showcase their projects to the campus, community, alumni, parents and community partners on Ampersand Day in the spring.

News from Campus… and Beyond

Plans for Return to Campus Underway

Emory & Henry has announced plans to return to in-person learning on August 16, 2021 with a normal academic calendar, increased face-to-face instruction and recreational campus activities.

The B.G. Raines Forum Improves Education in the Region

“For 31 years, the B.G. Raines Education Forum has brought exemplary educators and leaders from all regions of our nation to Southwest Virginia,” said Dr. Sandra Frederick, E&H Education Department chair. “The speakers provide our local educators and community partners with insights into student learning, current educational research, and sound teaching pedagogy that can immediately be taken back into our regional schools.”

Mass Communications Students Gain Industry Experience

Students from three Emory & Henry mass communications classes developed media materials – audio PSAs, a press kit and a PR package – for several Southwest Virginia Federally Qualified Health Centers to raise awareness for colorectal cancer. “The quality of the students’ products were top notch,” said Jaime Zoellner, associate director of the University ofVirginia’s Cancer Center Without Walls.

Chamber Honors E&H Employees

Allison Mays (’95), senior advancement officer for Major Gifts and Planned Giving at Emory & Henry was elected president of the Washington County (Va.) Chamber of Commerce.

Students Guaranteed Placement in Post-Grad Programs

Emory & Henry College has signed an Articulation Agreement with the University of Lynchburg that will give a qualifying Emory & Henry senior majoring in Exercise Science a guaranteed spot in the University of Lynchburg’s Athletic Training graduate program.
Virginia Living Top Schools & Universities 2021

Emory & Henry Ranks Among Top Colleges in Virginia

Emory & Henry College has been awarded top ranking status for Best Colleges in Virginia by, a higher education resource guide. analyzed 189 schools, on a scale of 0 to 100, with only 48 making it to the final list. The ranking takes into account the College’s performance in areas such as curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation and post-graduate employment. In addition, Virginia Living magazine recognizes E&H on their Top Schools and Universities 2021 list.

Students Volunteer at Migrant Health Fair

Anna Fuller, a senior at Emory & Henry who interned at the Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems, Alianza de Salud, asked her fellow Spanish students to volunteer at the drive-through health fair in May. Community members received free health screenings and other health services.
E&H Theatre department presents It's All Relative performed at the McGlothlin Center of the Arts.

Creativity Propels Student Projects

“The student performers have adapted to this project with patience, creativity and a willingness to tackle new challenges,” said Kevin Dudley, assistant professor, head of design and production in the E&H Theatre Department.

Students Participate in “Shaping Our Future”

E&H students and faculty joined more than 35 colleges and universities to take part in the nation’s largest deliberative democracy event for young people. The virtual event hosted by Stanford University, Berggruen Institute, and Equal Citizens brought 1,500 young people together for democratic deliberation, rather than partisan debate.

Hope Awards 2021

The Appalachian Center for Civic Life honored individuals and organizations in the region for their service to the community and the College at the 20th annual Hope Awards on Monday, April 26. The following were honored:

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October 16th, 2021

Homecoming 2021

Welcome home—it’s and Emory & Henry tradition!
PLEASE NOTE that we now have online events as well as in-person events. So you can participate and connect no matter what your travel plans are!
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Connect with E&H on LinkedIn

We’re excited to connect with our alumni on LinkedIn!

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Give to E&H

Emory & Henry needs your support to thrive. It’s just that simple. Whether your gift is small or large–it is vital. Take a moment to look at ways in which you can make a difference for our students and the College.

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Class Notes

Obituaries and Class Notes are now available online! under the Stay In Touch tab.

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  • Josh Stamper, E&H Class of 2007

    Josh Stamper ’07 Josh was selected as the 2020 E&H Young Alumnus of the Year by the E&H Alumni Association. Read more…

  • Harold Craw

    Harold Craw ’99 Harold was named the 2020 E&H Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the E&H Alumni Association. Read more…

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Editor/Art Director: Jamie Smyth, Executive Director of Institutional Communications,

Contributors: Allison Galloway | Mark Graham (’85) | Monica Hoel (’85) | Dirk Moore | Jennifer Pearce | Leah Prater | Rachael Wilbur