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Student Success News

Food For Thought

You are many things, but hungry shouldn’t be one of them. You don’t have to go hungry when you’re on campus. Visit Lisa Haywood in B163 for details

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Skill of the Month


Stay in control

TIP: Final exams are approaching. Keep due dates in mind, and make sure that you have all of your assignments turned in on time.

Club Events – From fun times to fundraisers

SWCC Clubs meet during activity periods on Thursday from 12:15 to 1:00. Clubs Listing

SWCC welcomes our new campus police chief, Craig Chillcott

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Interim Chief Jerry Stinson looks on as Judge Jack S. Hurley, Jr. administers the oath of office to new Chief Craig Chillcott. Photo courtesy of Michael T. Hall

On November 8, 2017, Southwest Virginia Community College formally welcomed D. Craig Chillcott as the new Chief of Campus Police.  Chillcott received the oath of office from Circuit Court Judge Jack S. Hurley, Jr. in the Tazewell County Circuit Court Room.

Chief Chillcott was accompanied by his wife Diana and daughter Hannah.  Chief Chillcott succeeded Chief Ronnie Kiser who had served the college for the past 33 years leading the campus police.  Also in attendance was SWCC Administration of Justice Professor Jerry L. Stinson II who had performed the duties of Chief on an interim basis after Chief Kiser’s July retirement.

Chief Chillcott comes to SWCC after an impressive career with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives having held leadership posts domestically and internationally.  In addition to his duties as Chief, Chillcott also serves SWCC as Emergency and Risk Manager.  In his leisure time Chief Chillcott enjoys farming and spending time with his family.

Plans are underway for the launch of a new tool for Student Success

navigateSWCC hosted a kickoff meeting for the upcoming implementation of a new tool for student success called Navigate. This tool will serve as a way for potential and current students to explore career interests and select programs that support those goals.

Technology in isolation is not the answer to improving student success,” said Dyan Effler Lester, dean of student success (pictured). “We have a strong team of staff and faculty committed to helping students and this tool will facilitate better communication and a more unified service model for our students.”

Discussion was held around student service flow, advising practices and curriculum redesign efforts. “The future implementation of Navigate will bring efficiency and enhancement to the support the college provides to students with career choices and course selection,” said Dr. Ron Proffitt, Vice President of Academic and Student Success.

SWCC is in the development phase of the Navigate implementation, and is on target to launch the new tool in the Spring of 2019. If you have any questions, please call 276.964.7675.

Christmas woodcarving workshop at Appalachian Arts Center

On Saturday, December 16th from 10am-5pm, multiple award winning wood carver Jeff Bailey will lead an intermediate – advanced wood carving workshop at Appalachian Arts Center.

arts center woodcarvingMr. Bailey specializes in miniature and caricature wood carvings. The cost of the workshop is $45, and students will receive instruction on how to carve either a Santa ornament, or a free standing Santa (pictured below and/or attached.) Basswood ornament blanks will be for sale the day of the class at 2 for $5, and/or a basswood rough out for the free standing Santa may be purchased for $15. Participants should bring their own tools to class, or they may be purchased at the workshop.

There is space for 10 students, and participants will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment must be received in advance of the start of class to hold the spot. Payments may be made by phone via credit card, or stop by the Arts Center during normal business hours: Tuesday- Friday: 12:00-6:00p.m; Saturday: 10:00a.m-6:00p.m Please call the Center at 276.596.9188 to register for the workshop, or for more information.

Appalachian Arts Center, a part of Southwest Virginia Community College, is located on Route 19 in the ‘Old Archie Helton Store’ – 2.5 miles south of Claypool Hill. The Center not only offers workshops for children and adults, but also hosts poetry readings, book signings and performances. Artwork, handcraft, books and cd’s made right here in these mountains are offered for sale to those seeking a shopping experience with soul, that helps support the local economy.

Appalachian Literature Class

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An Appalachian Literature Class is offered in the upcoming spring semester.  The three-credit class will be held on Tuesday evenings, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the SWCC campus.

The humanities class focuses on the study of literary works from writers who have resided throughout the Appalachian Mountains; including, Native American/Cherokee literature, and authors that are well-known in the Appalachian genre. Readings from local authors and poets are also a part of this exciting lineup of literary Appalachian masterworks.

Field trips to both the SWCC Appalachian Arts Center, in Cedar Bluff, Virginia, and Heartwood, located in Abingdon, Virginia, are a part of what students can experience in this class.

Instructor for the course is Teresa Jewell who has a Master of Science degree in Literature, as well as, a minor in Appalachian Studies from Radford University. Jewell was born and raised in War, McDowell County, in the middle of the coal fields of West Virginia. Her roots run deep in the Appalachian Mountains, as her brother, father and grandfather are all coal miners. She is a writer, poet, and song writer, whose muse is the Appalachian experience.

Jewell resides in Rosedale with husband, Ebby.  She and her husband are members of a well-known band, the Bluegrass Kinsmen. The band was started by Ebby’s brother, Shelby 44 years ago.

For more information, contact Teresa Jewell at 276.964.7232 or email to

Alerts & Schedule Change Notices

Sometimes it snows- a LOT! Sign up for SWCC Alert & get the word of emergency situations, campus closings and snow schedule changes through texts and/or phone calls.

Transfer Representatives & Campus Visits

ETSU Transfer Representatives are available in Buchanan Hall, B-143, Monday though Friday from 10 am to 2 pm. Drop in and speak with them about your plans; no appointment is needed.

Visit the Transfer from SWCC page for information on guaranteed transfer agreements and more. For information about transfer visits, please contact Student Support Services at (276) 964-7624 or in B-152

Back to School Splash 2017 was FUN! SPLASH slideshow 400 plus students stopped by to enjoy food, games and music for a great start to Fall Semester.


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