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Constructing Success: Strategic Planning for Student Success

Mingling historic with modern, the College is currently transforming its century-old Wiley Hall Auditorium into a location for the new Paul Adrian Powell III Student Success Center, being described as a one-stop resource center.

Letter From The President

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John W. Wells
This 2022 issue of the E&H Magazine Extra focuses on the new Paul Adrian Powell, III Student Success Center and the construction of new equestrian, athletics, and student housing facilities, all part of our expansion efforts of Emory & Henry College. Our goal is to provide new first-class facilities completing the college’s academic reputation while expanding our brand to travelers on the I-81 corridor.
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Gus Provides Special Therapy

Of course, we can’t talk about the new Student Success Center without including Gus, a 5-year-old black Labrador retriever who now greets and comforts students all over campus.
Emory & Henry College Multipurpose Stadium

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Plans for Emory & Henry and the I-81 Corridor

Emory & Henry College plans to construct two new facilities on property it owns adjacent to Exit 26 off Interstate 81 ­— a new equestrian center and a new multi-sport complex for track and field, soccer and lacrosse.
Paul Adrian Powell, III Plaque

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Powell Family Continues to Honor Son, Support E&H Students

A Roanoke, Virginia, family with connections to Emory & Henry College that span several generations is continuing its support of the College with a generous $400,000 donation toward the creation of a new Student Success Center.
E&H School of Health Sciences students traveled to Guatemala to deliver aid.

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Annual Medical Mission in Guatemala, Hundreds Aided

Dr. Michael Nowak and two Physician Assistant Studies Department students at the Emory & Henry College School of Health Sciences traveled to remote Guatemalan villages to deliver aid to hundreds of people and to practice skills related to their field during winter break 2021.
Performance at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts

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Gala Honors “Legends of the Arts”

Emory & Henry College and the McGlothlin Center for the Arts paid tribute to the founders of the arts at the institution in April, recognizing the six former professors who launched successful programs in music, theatre and the visual arts.

News from Campus… and Beyond

Photo from Backpack to Briefcase Networking Event

van Vlissingen Center for Career & Professional Development Offers “Backpacks to Briefcase” Event

Representatives from People Inc., Enterprise, Concord Wealth Partners, Food City, CGI, General Shale and the Virginia Department of Transportation fielded questions with senior students recently as they prepared to enter the workforce. Representatives were available to the students for networking and discussing open positions that the students could turn into careers after graduation. The inaugural lyceum event was productive, resulting in many students from the College receiving interviews at Food City’s corporate offices, CGI federal consulting and Enterprise holdings.

E&H Claims Advertising Awards

Emory & Henry College staff and students claimed nine advertising and marketing awards at the 10th annual American Advertising Federation (AAF) of Southwest Virginia American Advertising Awards on Saturday, March 5 at K-VA-T Corporate Support Center in Abingdon, Va.

High Energy at MLK, Jr. and DEI Week of Awareness

Keynote speakers included Lydia X. Z. Brown, a disability justice advocate, organizer, educator, attorney, strategist, and writer; Jibreel Khazan (Ezell Blair, Jr.) the last surviving member of the Greensboro Four and graduate of Howard University Law School in Washington, DC and Massachusetts University in Dartmouth; and Jenna Lyn, M.D., MHA Ballad Health.

33rd Annual B.G. Raines Forum

Guest lecturer for the education forum, Becky Haas, brought an exceptional combination of first-hand experience, and an in-depth knowledge of the science of supporting trauma-informed approaches in education. ‘What she has accomplished in Johnson City, Tn. serves as one of the most dramatic examples of how a trauma-informed approach can change a community,” said Sandra Frederick, Ed.D., Education Department Chair.

Women’s History Month Celebrated

Emory & Henry College enjoyed a month full of events during March to celebrate and honor women, their struggle and their achievements. Women’s History Month has been observed at the College annually since 1987.
Emory & Henry College receives a $50,000 gift from Holston Foundation for the new leadership program.

New Leadership Program Receives $50,000 Gift from Holston Foundation

Students in the region and on campus will now have a new opportunity to develop key leadership skills in the area of diversity, equity inclusion, civic engagement, and social justice at Emory & Henry College due to a generous gift of $50,000 from the Holston Foundation.

School of Nursing Welcomes Inaugural Class of Nursing Students

Ten Emory & Henry College students pledged a commitment to ethical and compassionate care during a White Coat ceremony held at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts with college leadership, faculty, friends and family members in attendance.

Healthcare Career Camps Encourage High School Healthcare Hopefuls

Emory & Henry College will host the fourth annual Healthcare Career Camp for three weeks in the summer of 2022 with remote and in-person sessions across southwest Virginia designed to prepare high school students for a diversity of healthcare careers. For more information about these summer camps, visit

CCNE Accredited

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Earns Accreditation

Emory & Henry’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has earned accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

School of Business Sponsors Business Challenge Entrepreneur Award

As part of the 2022 Washington County Business Challenge, Emory & Henry College, for the fourth time, is sponsoring an award. The E&H Entrepreneur Award is $5,000 and includes the opportunity to send three employees of the organization to Emory & Henry’s Small Business Growth program. Worth $3,000, the program provides entrepreneurship education that sets the standard for excellence in connecting purposeful liberal arts with transformative business knowledge.

First Bank & Trust Company

First Bank & Trust Company Presents Check to School of Business

First Bank & Trust Company presented a check to the Emory & Henry College School of Business for $50,000.The gift will support programs and internships.

Larmore Poetry Series

The featured speaker for the Catherine Burns Larmore Poetry Series was Safiya Sinclair. She was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica and is the author of the memoir How to Say Babylon, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster. She is also the author of the poetry collection Cannibal, winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Poetry, the Phillis Wheatley Book Award, and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Cannibal was selected as one of the American Library Association’s Notable Books of the Year and was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, as well as being longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize.
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Class Notes

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

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  • J. Sanders Henderson III ’85 Sanders ran for school board in the Jefferson District of Washington County in November 2021 and won his third term. He was elected to be the Chairman of the Board for 2022. He is working as a Special Assistant to Athletics Fundraising at Emory & Henry College.

  • Stephen and Jessica Curtis CallahanE&H Class of 2011

    Stephen and Jessica Curtis Callahan ’11 Jessica and Stephen Callahan were chosen as the 2022 E&H Young Alumni of the Year. Read more…

  • Rob Goldsmith

    Rob Goldsmith ’71 Rob was named the E&H Alumni Humanitarian of the Year in 2021. Read more…

  • Cyndi Jennings

    Cyndi Jennings ’91 Cyndi was selected for the 2022 E&H Distinctive Service to Emory & Henry Award. Read more…

  • Charlie Phillips

    Charlie Phillips ’60 Charlie was named the 2022 E&H Alumni Humanitarian of the Year in 2022. Read more…

  • Tommy BrittE&H Class of 2002

    Tommy Britt ’02 Tommy works at George Mason University, and attended Ohio University for graduate school. He has been promoted to Full Professor at George Mason University. 

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

Contributors: Monica Hoel (’85) | Dirk Moore | Leah Prater | Joe Matthews | Jennifer Pearce | Tyler Seagraves | Greg McMillan (’90) | Travis Proffitt (’04)

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Cover and related stories written by Carolyn Wilson ’82, a freelance writer in Washington County, Va.,