Chancellor visits SVCC to learn of best practices

Dr. Glenn Dubois, chancellor of the Virginia Community College System, recently began a statewide listening tour of best practices related to student success.

He stopped by Southside Virginia Community College on Sept. 13 to learn more about one of the college’s successful programs as well as facilitate a discussion around barriers to student success within the community college system.

The SVCC presentation featured students from the Make It Happen (MIH) program who participated in internships and research projects at Hampton University during the summer.

This MIH program began in the fall of 1998 in an effort to enhance the academic success of African-American males at the college. This comprehensive program provides meaningful activities for participants and establishes an institutional climate of support.

The students presented information about the Hampton University Minority Men’s Health Initiative. They participated in this program to promote and deliver the highest quality of research, education, training and outreach to combat and eliminate health disparities affecting minority men in several areas.

These areas of research included cancer, cardiovascular disease, violence prevention, diabetes and obesity, melanoma in Hispanics, transforming cultural lifestyles resulting in healthy bodies, healthy families and healthy communities of minority men and ultimately all Americans.

The MIH participants who presented during the chancellor’s visit were Andre Harrell of Brunswick, Kaleb Greene of Brodnax, Anquinni Lee of Nottoway and Jarius Miller of Prince George.

Featured Photo: The chancellor of the Virginia Community College System recently visited Southside Virginia Community College in order to learn more about programs that enhance student success. At SVCC, he heard about the Make It Happen (MIH) Program that benefits African-American males in their successful pursuit of higher education. Those participating in the event were (left to right) Executive Director of VCCS Student Success Center Shauna Davis, SVCC MIH Advisor Dr. John Hicks, MIH student Andre Harrell, VCCS Vice Chancellor for Academic Services and Research Sharon Morrissey, MIH student Kaleb Greene, Chancellor Dr. Glenn Dubois, MIH student Anquinnie Lee, SVCC Local Board member LaFreda Ogburn, MIH student Jarius Miller, VCCS Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Services Van Wilson, SVCC President Dr. Al Roberts and SVCC Dean of Institutional Effectiveness Dr. Anne Hayes.