On Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008, Roanoke City Mayor David Bowers visited Jefferson College of Health Sciences as part of our ongoing Community Hours Speaker Series.
JCHS President Dr. Carol Seavor introduces Mayor Bowers to the JCHS faculty, staff and students in attendance.
Among other topics discussed, Mayor Bowers outlined what the City of Roanoke has to offer JCHS students, faculty and staff, including exciting changes and initiatives the City is embarking upon.
Mayor Bowers also took questions from the audience. Here, Carol Molinari, Ph.D., JCHS Program Director of Healthcare Management, asks a question about how citizens can get more involved in the Roanoke community.
Mayor Bowers also spoke about making our crosswalk in front of the Reid Center safer. He asked that we work together to petition the City Council to take steps to ensure the safety of pedestrians when crossing, saying he'd stand behind us all the way!
Addressing JCHS student Emma Tate, Mayor Bowers talked about all of the great opportunities and developments we all will see over the next few years in the "Jefferson Street Corridor." This are will extend from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital past JCHS and into downtown.
Dr. Seavor looks on during the Mayor's discussion.
In response to an audience question, the mayor also talked about easing traffic congestion by updating traffic patterns both in southwest Roanoke around Tanglewood Mall and in north Roanoke near Valley View Mall.
Those who came to hear Mayor Bowers speak and to ask questions including many students, faculty and staff from across curriculums at the College.
Among those faculty members who attended and asked questions was Sharon Hatfield, M.B.A., Interim Chair of Community Health Sciences and Program Director and Associate Professor in Respiratory Therapy.
One part of Bowers' discussion dealt with his opposition to building a restaurant on top of Mill Mountain. He said he had a personal stake in the decision since he lives in the area himself. Here, he gestures while talking about the debate over the plan.
Here, Jose Elacate, M.L.S., JCHS LRC Circulation Librarian and Assistant Professor, shows Mayor Bowers where he will be videotaping the discussion. Many events like this one are filmed and kept of file in the Learning Resource Center.
Pamela Banks, Administrative Assistant in JCHS Alumni Relations/Development and Communications/College Relations, listens as Mayor Bowers speaks.
After his discussion, Mayor Bowers was presented with a JCHS coffee mug by Sarah Ross, JCHS Assistant Director of Student Life.
Mayor Bowers then stuck around and chatted personally with several audience members, including Judy Cusmano, Ph.D., JCHS Chair of Arts & Sciences and Program Director and Associate Professor in the Health Psychology Program.