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Empowering Students to be Career and Life Ready

You can feel the energy as you walk into the modern interior of the building, formerly known as the Ampersand Center, and now the new van Vlissingen Center for Career and Professional Development (VVC). The ampersands painted on the wall are still relevant as the Career Center is all about connections. But, there are new faces, new ideas and fresh perspectives that lead the work of the Center.

Letter From The President

From the Desk of

John W. Wells

Sometimes during this past semester it has seemed as if Emory & Henry exists in two worlds. One is the world of a pandemic, in which a reduced number of students lived on a subdued campus. The other world fosters a dynamic application of the liberal arts to the better fortunes of both our students and communities.

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Cover Story Background: John Fentener van Vlissingen

The cover story this issue features The van Vlissingen Center for Career and Professional Development, which supports the College’s new strategic initiatives, Pivot Toward the Future, 2020-23, approved by the Board of Trustees in March 2020.


Stanley Wins Award for Role in COVID Response

Susan Stanley, RN, the College’s Director of Health Services since 2011, was presented with the Blue & Gold Award for the July-September quarter on Monday, November 23 during the Staff Town Hall with President Wells.

Dr. Mark Handy, left, and Chelsey Cardwell

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A Healthcare Mentor Who Makes All the Difference

In 2014, Chelsey Cardwell was working on her biology degree at Emory & Henry and had plans of going to a Physician Assistant school. But she needed an internship. “I needed experience in the medical field, and the local hospitals didn’t have any programs like that unless you directly knew someone.”
Dr. Tracy with his newest project--inside Carriger Hall.

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Founding Dean of E&H School of Business Named

Emory & Henry is remodeling Carriger Hall to house the new School of Business on the Emory campus. The first step toward that end was the demolition of Matthews Hall to make room for significant upgrades to Carriger and an updated outdoor space for the entire campus to enjoy. Until the renovation is complete, McGlothlin Street Hall will be home to the Business Department.

Left to right: Dr. Charles Quillin, Mrs. Heda Quillin, President John Wells

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E&H Military-Affiliated Student Center Dedicated to Quillin

The E&H Military Affiliated Student Center, located in Martin-Brock, was recently dedicated to Col. Charles M. Quillin, Jr. (’70). As E&H Veterans Services coordinator, Dr. Quillin works closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure E&H veterans, military students and dependents receive appropriate benefits. Quillin retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1995 as a Colonel. He was an instructor and fighter pilot and served as a professor of Aerospace Studies at Duke University.

News from Campus… and Beyond

School of Health Sciences Graduates 96 Students

On Aug. 15, the School of Health Sciences presented 32 Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees and 30 Master of Physician Assistant Studies degrees in a virtual ceremony.Graduates were from Canada and several states including California, Oregon, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, Wisconsin and Texas. Five Emory & Henry alumni were part of the graduating classes.

E&H Launches Mental Health Counseling Program

Emory & Henry College School of Health Sciences is launching a new Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program in the fall of 2021 pending approval by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Provost Expresses Appreciation

”I simply cannot say enough to express my appreciation of the faculty for how they have responded and adapted to the pandemic. I know it has been an extremely challenging semester for both faculty and students, but both have worked in unison to continue the excellent educational experience for which Emory & Henry is known. I visited several classes this semester – some with students both face to face and remote, others entirely remote – at each of our instructional locations, and I went away from each and every one of those classes impressed by the level of engagement I saw and the efforts of the instructors to find ways to keep students involved and on task. More than ever, I am just in awe of our tremendous faculty.”

- Dr. Michael Puglisi, E&H Provost

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Giving Tuesday

This year’s Giving Tuesday efforts resulted in 254 gifts totaling $60,270, exceeding our goal of 200 gifts in 24 hours! We feel truly blessed for the support from alumni, parents, employees, students and friends.

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Class Notes

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

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  • 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…

  • Bunny Medeiros

    Bunny Medeiros A second edition of her book, FRIENDLIEST TOWN ON THE TRAIL, is available at The E&H Bookstore. It has all the essential history of the town and its trails with updates on the many changes in recent years that continue to keep Damascus a great destination for locals and tourists. A memoir published in 2019, WALKING TO WIJIJI, is also available at Amazon. Both books are also available locally at the Arts Depot & Holston Mountain Artisans in Abingdon. After graduation with a BA in Sociology, Bunny briefly worked with with the Area Agency on Aging then moved to Gainesville, FL where she worked as a psychiatric nurse in a private Hospital and a prison. She then attended Florida School of Massage before returning to Southwest Virginia and opening a massage practice.

  • 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…

  • Bobbie Larkin

    Bobbie Larkin ’03 Bobbie was named for the 2020 Distinctive Service to Emory & Henry Award by the E&H Alumni Association. Read more…

  • Kris Sheets
    Kris Sheets ’02 Kris was named the 2020 E&H Alumni Humanitarian of the Year. Read more…
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Editor/Art Director: Jamie Smyth, Executive Director of Institutional Communications

Contributors: Allison Galloway | Patty Hunt | Joe Matthews | Monica Hoel (’85) | Jennifer Pearce | Leah Prater | Brent Treash (’01) | Rachael Wilbur

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