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Transfer Representatives Campus Visits

Concord University
Lobby of Russell Hall, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on:

Wednesday – September 21st and Tuesday – October 25th

Emory & Henry
Ratliff Commons, Dellinger Hall, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on:
onday – September 19th, Monday – October 17th, Monday – November 7th, Thursday – December 1st

Radford University
Russell Hall Lobby from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Thursday – September 22nd

Contact Student Support Services at (276) 964-7624 or in B-152 for more information.

Transfer Trips TBA


Popular Appalachian writer and poet Dana Wildsmith will be in residence at Southwest Virginia Community College October 4-5, 2016 to participate in a number of events. On Tuesday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m., Wildsmith will read from her award-winning writings.
The Public Reading will be at the Appalachian Arts Center on Rt. 19, between Southwest Virginia Community College and Claypool Hill. Following the reading, a reception will be held and books can be purchased and signed. This program is open free to the public. However, voluntary donations will be taken at the door.

Also on Tuesday, October 4, Wildsmith will conduct a writing workshop with members of the SWCC Reminiscent Writers Group at 10:00 in the King Community Center Elmes Gallery. In the afternoon, from 1:00-3:00 p.m., selected students from Richlands High School and Richlands Middle School will participate in a writing workshop with Ms. Wildsmith, at RHS. On Wednesday, October 5, Wildsmith will meet with students, faculty and staff at SWCC for a reading, discussion and Q & A about her writings. This session will be at 10:50 a.m. in Buchanan Hall Room 130. This Poet-in-Residence program is a continuation of the Rodd Altizer Visiting Poet program and funded by the George Britts Literary Fund.

Like Eudora Welty, Wildsmith says “it was living that made me write” based on her life as the daughter of a Methodist minister and a Navy-career wife where moving from place to place was a constant. Returning to a family farm in Barrow County, GA, which ended her “moving”, she wrote about “how I was living my life on this old farm.” Her books include One Good Hand and a farm memoir Back to Normal: Surviving With An Old Farm in the New South.

Wildsmith was named a Poetry Fellow in the South Carolina Academy of Authors and her chapbook, Annie, won the Palanquin Press competition of the University of South Carolina-Aiken. Her most recent poetry collection, One Good Hand, a SIBA Poetry Book of the Year nominee, was nominated for the Appalachian Book of the Year.

Wildsmith has been Artist-in-Residence for the Grand Canyon National Park and Writer-in-Residence for both Devil’s Tower National Monument and Island Institute in Sirka, Alaska. Her work was read by Garrison Keeler on NPR’s “Writers Almanac.” Wildsmith has a novel, Jumping, forthcoming in November.

For information about the Dana Wildsmith residency, call Mary W. Lawson,
276-964-7348 or, or

todd hillSWCC is pleased to announce that Todd Hill has been selected as part of the sixth class of the Valley Proteins Fellows Program, administered by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. Hill is a sophomore business management student. He is the president of the college’s Phi Theta Kappa and is co-president of the United Way Club. Out of the more than 400,000 people Virginia’s Community Colleges serve across the commonwealth, only nine are selected for the Valley Proteins Fellows Program. Learn more..

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