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Danville Community College Assistant Professor of Sociology Vickie Taylor, left, receives the Center for Community Engagement & Career Competitiveness Engaged Faculty Award from CCECC Director of Experiential Learning Brigid Belko at the college on Tuesday, May 9.

 

DCC Professor Lauded for Community Engagement, 45 Years of Service

 

(May 9, 2017)  – Danville Community College Assistant Professor of Sociology Vickie Holland Taylor was honored twice on Tuesday, May 9, for her service to the Commonwealth of Virginia and the community.
 
Brigid Belko, director of experiential learning with the Center for Community Engagement & Career Competitiveness (CCECC), presented the Engaged Faculty Award to Taylor for her commitment to leading service learning with her students and members of the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society.
 
DCC’s Upsilon Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is thematically centered on academic and civic honor and organizes multiple fundraising and service projects each semester. The hallmarks guiding the chapter are scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship. The student organization coordinates street cleanups, Habitat for Humanity building projects, recycling, tutoring, and raising funds for cancer research.
 
Taylor also noted, half-jokingly, that she “dumpster dives” for aluminum cans that others throw away, and encouraged her colleagues to recycle.
 
Arts and Sciences Division Dean Dr. Paul Fox said in his nomination letter that Taylor was the ideal candidate for the award.
 
“She never misses a chance to promote engagement opportunities in classes or among faculty members and the administration,” Fox explained. “She would filibuster each faculty meeting, if allowed, and tell about all the glorious service projects in which Phi Theta Kappa is involved. She routinely leads the students to win community, regional, and national awards recognizing their contributions and engagement with the community.
 
Taylor was also honored as the longest-serving faculty member at DCC, with 45 years of service. When she began her DCC teaching career as a sociology instructor in 1971, Oliver Hall auditorium, where the ceremony was held, housed the campus library. In the fall of 1976, in addition to keeping a full teaching schedule, she became the college’s first student activities coordinator. The position meant she was responsible for intramural sports for males and females as well as for shouldering all campus student activities. During the ceremony, she shared memories of sweeping water off the softball field in preparation for games.

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