the roanoke times logoFebruary 08, 2008


Spc. Joseph Cormier, who serves in the 29th Army Band in Roanoke, received a full scholarship to Grantham University. Cormier is a member of the Virginia National Guard and received the scholarship during a Family Day celebration on Jan. 26. With the scholarship, Cormier will pursue a degree in criminal justice that was delayed after he was deployed and withdrew from classes. Cormier is also a deputy at the Roanoke County Sheriff's Office.


Ferrum College received a $25,500 grant from the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation to be used for financial aid. The foundation also awarded a grant of $5,000 dollars to the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Endowment at Ferrum College. The endowment was created in 1998 to provide support Sullivan Scholars at Ferrum College.

Ferrum College students with financial needs are eligible.

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools approved and accredited new programs for the Jefferson College of Health Sciences.

The JCHS' master of science degrees in occupational therapy and physician assistant were approved by SAC and will be offered on the college's campus beginning in fall of 2008.

JCHS was given approval to begin offering graduate level courses in 2005 by SACS, moving the college from a level to offer only bachelor's degrees to Carnegie Level III, a level to offer master's degrees. JCHS implemented the Master of Science in Nursing program in 2005 and graduated the first class in May 2007.

JCHS will offer 18 degree programs in 2008, including associate, baccalaureate and master's degrees in health sciences. More information is available at

Jonathan Seidel of Roanoke is one of 16 students in a new weekly martial arts training program at Emory and Henry College.

The class will involve physical training, combat skills, self defense and fitness along with martial arts history and philosophy.

The instructor of the course will be Dane Harden, who began his career in 1969 and earned black belts in tae kwon do, aikido and isshin ryu. He has been featured in Karate Illustrated magazine and has been a top national and world ranked martial artist, as well as the founder of Western Masters Karate Systems, Inc.

Emory & Henry students were first introduced to this open program during the fall semester when eight participants earned advanced ranks, including one student earning both gold and orange belts.

Caitlin Morgan of Roanoke was selected as one of eight actors and actresses from Emory & Henry College to participate in a regional competition of the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival Feb. 5 to Feb. 10.

At the competition, Morgan will be one of more than 300 student actors expected to audition for prestigious scholarships. Winners of the regional competitions will advance to the national auditions at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in April.

Morgan was one of the eight students nominated to participate in the regional Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition after a showing of two E&H theatre productions in the fall: "Rumors" and "Ghosts."

Irene Ryan Scholarship nominees are required to select acting partners and prepare two contrasting scenes -- classical and contemporary -- and a monologue for a three-part competition.

The Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing and design.