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Celebration honors Salem Veterans Administration

Marian Roache (left) welcomes fellow veterans at the commemorative pinning ceremony– during the celebration held at Salem VA Medical Center, Sunday, October 19, 2019. Roache was four when President Roosevelt visited the area to dedicate the Salem VA Medical Center – Photo by S. Nowlin

by Shawn Nowlin

More than 300 guests gathered in the ball-field in front of the Salem VA Medical Center on October 19 to celebrate the hospital’s 85th anniversary. Several months of planning went into the event held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Preparation included the involvement of several VA employees, Veterans Service organizations and community members. Continue reading Celebration honors Salem Veterans Administration

Seed funding forges partnerships toward diversity

The Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science offers a number of seed-investment programs that support innovative research collaborations, including one aimed at partnerships with historically Black colleges and universities.

Sometimes, the way to take research in a new direction is to bring in a new perspective. That’s the motivation behind the Diversity and Inclusion Seed Investments Program from the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science.

The program, now accepting applications, provides small grants to Virginia Tech faculty members launching collaborations with colleagues at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) or other minority-serving institutions. Now in its fourth year, the awards have a track record of laying the groundwork for significant external funding. Continue reading Seed funding forges partnerships toward diversity

Pine Valley Golf Association

PVGA still strong after 60 Years
PVGA (from left): Executive Committee, Freddie Delbridge, President; Nate Tuning, Tournament Chairman; Nickey Wright, League Commissioner; Gary Lewis, Secretary; Arnold Speaks, Vice President and J.C. Taylor, Treasurer all gathered at the 2019 PVGA Finale Tournament at Hanging Rock Golf Course.

Roanoke Virginia in the 1950s was a thriving city, fueled by growth in transportation, manufacturing, banking, and many other industries. Like many other cities in the south, Roanoke had social issues with respect to segregation in schools, restaurants, lunch counters and other public places including public golf courses. Continue reading Pine Valley Golf Association

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine recognized by INSIGHT Diversity magazine

For the third time, INSIGHT into Diversity magazine has recognized the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine with its Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award, a national honor given to U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The school will be featured, along with 42 other recipients, in the December issue of the magazine. Continue reading Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine recognized by INSIGHT Diversity magazine

Virginia Western STEM Building Grand Opening

Regional leaders cite facility as hub of collaboration that will drive innovation and economic growth

Virginia Western Community College welcomed community members from across the Roanoke Region to celebrate the Grand Opening of its new $37-million STEM Building on Thursday, Oct. 17. More than 300 attendees heard from local elected officials, business leaders and students about the impact the new facility will have on growing the local economy through collaboration and innovation. Continue reading Virginia Western STEM Building Grand Opening