The Roanoker - July/August 2017 - 72
This student is in an
156-year-old, nationally ranked liberal arts college in
Illinois, since 2011 as provost, overseeing Augustana's
strategic plan and an innovative set of student services,
including development initiatives.
In just seven years at the helm, Maxey has helped institute an intellectual inquiry core curriculum with 80
courses at Roanoke College; re-opened and renovated
four residencies; and opened the huge new Cregger Center, an athletic and entertainment complex.
VIRGINIA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
VWCC's emphasis on engineering and megatronics
"is designed to challenge the student with hands-on
instruction in mechanical, electrical and computer
systems in preparation for the Siemens Mechatronics
Systems Certification," according to the college, creating
a highly-skilled technician who can work with modules
and components in complex megatronic systems. That
is desirable to a number of industries looking to expand
or re-locate in this area.
President Robert Sandel has pushed hard for the community college to link with areas and meet their educational needs for the past few years and with a number
of new offerings and physical improvements has upgraded the image of VWCC-often considered a trade
school in the past-considerably. In fact, engineering
students with good grades are now being accepted at
Virginia Tech, which would have raised a lot of eyebrows in years past.
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VTC AND JEFFERSON COLLEGE OF HEALTH
A medical education in the Roanoke Valley has become
not only possible on an international scale, but also a
great economic development issue since the inception of
the Virginia Tech Carilion Medical College & Research
Institute and the considerable upgrading of Jefferson
VTC is small (165 students) by medical college standards, but its impact has been anything but. In 2016,
the college had 4,600 applicants for 42 open spots. Dr.
Aubrey Knight, associate dean of student affairs explains
the attraction: "We have a deliberate and robust research
curriculum. Students are required to have a research
project. ... Our curriculum is patient-centered [and]
problem-based. Even as the students are learning the
basic science of medicine, they are doing so in the context of a patient and a patient problem."
Virginia Tech expects to invest $100 million in health
sciences and technology in the coming few years, including construction of a $67 million building doubling the
size of the research facility. It is all part of a plan to create
a health/science center in Roanoke. Tech plans to move
some of its bio-medical engineering and neuroscience
programs to VTC. That's 500 to 1,000 students, faculty
and scientists, including 25 new research teams (there are
half that now). The idea is to attract investors who would
initiate new companies or open offices for large firms.
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