On Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, JCHS hosted our first annual Homecoming Pasta Dinner at the Patrick Henry Building in downtown Roanoke.
As our guests arrived, they were greeted at our reception table where they signed in and got a name tag from Laura Lee Whitten (left), Assistant Professor in the JCHS Nursing Program, and Beth Biggio, Clinical Resource Associate in the JCHS Nursing Department.
Also greeting our guests were JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop and JCHS Alumni Association President Sue Campbell.
We also welcomed many of our JCHS faculty and staff, including (left to right) Amanda Ellinger, JCHS Sponsored Projects Coordinator; Courtney Watson, Assistant Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences; Ashleigh Dunn, Assistant Professor in Math and Science; and Kimberly Whiter, Instructor in the Medical Laboratory Science Program.
Sue Campbell chats with Al Overstreet, JCHS Director of Academic Support Services and Alumni Association Board Member.
President Bishop shares a laugh with his wife Sylvia (center) and our dinner guests.
Members of the JCHS Alumni Association Board of Directors (from left to right) Al Overstreet, Karen Layman, Sue Campbell, Larry Lilley, De-Dee Foti and Patricia Crockett. Larry will be taking over as President of the alumni Association from Sue this winter.
The dinner itself was held in the Patrick Henry Ballroom on the second floor.
Dr. Bishop greets dinner guests in the Ballroom.
In the foyer outside of the Ballroom, our diners loaded up their plates from the pasta buffet!
Inside the Ballroom, many of our guests sat together and reminisced over their dinners.
JCHS Assistant Professor in Health Psychology Glenn Kent talks with students and colleagues. The next day, Glenn would go on to be a medal winner in our inaugural JCHS 5K Riverside Run & Wellness Walk!
Dr. Bishop with JCHS alum Lori Vier, a 1999 graduate of our Health Sciences Management Program.
Excuse me ma'am, but you can't hide from the camera!
Our dinner guests were treated to live music from Jefferson Skateboard and a slideshow featuring pictures from a variety of JCHS events that took place over the last few months!
JCHS Residence Life Coordinator Jennifer Martin chuckles along with College mascot Jeff The Blue Healer.
Kimberly Whiter talks with JCHS Humanities and Social Sciences Program Director Darrell Shomaker.
JCHS Dean for Student Affairs Scott Hill gets little more comfortable at the dinner, ditching his ever-present tie! I don't blame him!
Then, Dr. Bishop greeted the crowd and applauded our house band for their excellent performance.
Sue Campbell also greeted our guests with well wishes from the Alumni Association.
Dr. Bishop then stepped back up to the microphone and began handing our door prizes along with Catherine Turner, JCHS Resource Development Officer and staff liaison to the Alumni Association.
Catherine Turner hands a door prize to Nursing Department Secretary Janice Taylor.
After all of the prizes were handed out, Dr. Bishop grabbed a bass guitar and joined Jefferson Skateboard in an impromptu performance.
Dr. Bishop jamming with the band at the 2012 Homecoming Dinner.
Kimberly Whiter sneaks a grin at the camera during the dinner.
Connie Cook (center), JCHS Director of Enrollment Management, talks with Glenn Mayhew (foreground), Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness.
Dr. Bishop took time at the end of the evening to pose with some of our current students as well. <P>
If you were able to join us for our first annual Homecoming Dinner, we hope you had a great time. Watch for details and mark your calendars for next year's event and come out for our second annual dinner!