Alumni Spotlight


Alumni Spotlight: Eric Whitmore

Eric Whitmore graduated from Southside Virginia Community College with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Drafting and Design Technology (1977). He grew up in Crewe (Nottoway County) and graduated from Nottoway Senior High School. After SVCC, he joined the Virginia State Highway Department in Richmond as a drafter and helped develop designs for highways and bridges.

Alumni Spotlight: Jennah Gunter

Jennah Gunter began her formal education in her community’s home school co-op, which she completed through the eighth grade. She finished the SVCC Middle College in 2012 where she attained her General Educational Development (GED®) credential. Jennah graduated from SVCC in 2014 with an Associate’s Degree in Arts and Sciences General Studies and her General Education Certificate. She then transferred to Longwood University where she has just completed her junior year majoring in English. She is minoring in Psychology.

Alumni Spotlight: Scott Lewis

Scott Lewis graduated from Nottoway High School in 1993 and graduated from SVCC in 1996 with an Associate’s Degree in Business Management. While at SVCC, he was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Scott transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University, from where he graduated in 1998, double majoring in Finance and Economics.

Alumni Spotlight: Zelda Tucker-Dugger

Raised in Nottoway County’s Blackstone in a family of ten children, Zelda D. Tucker-Dugger found her calling in the educational field. After graduating from Southside Virginia Community College with an Associate in Applied Science in business management, she went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in business administration and Master of Education in guidance degrees from Virginia State University.

Alumni Spotlight: Normand "Rudy" Adams

Look in the dictionary for the term over-achiever, and you will likely find Normand “Rudy” Adams. Following his Summa Cum Laude graduation from SVCC in 2012, Rudy went on to Virginia Tech to pursue a dual degree in Agribusiness and Horticulture. If his final semester is like his five previous ones in Blacksburg, he will graduate this May with a perfect 4.0 for his VT career.

Alumni Spotlight: Connie D. Bailey

Connie Bailey graduated from Southside Virginia Community College in June of 1981 with an Associate in Applied Science. During her second year at SVCC, she worked as a student assistant in the English Department with Susan Slayton and Lillie Mumford. The flexibility of the work schedule allowed her the time to complete her duties either before or after classes.

Alumni Spotlight: Michael Gallagher

In 2011, Michael Gallagher moved to South Hill, VA with the intention of applying to SVCC’s nursing program. The idea of a career in healing others appealed to him. After a year of prerequisites, he was accepted into the RN program. He had not imagined the intensity of nursing school and he admits that at times the stress of a rigorous schedule and the hours of studying seemed to be too much.

Alumni Spotlight: LeTrell Brown

LeTrell Brown was born and raised in the Emporia/Greensville area. She graduated from Greensville County High School and for many reasons attended SVCC. According to LeTrell, SVCC offered affordable tuition, had several locations, offered convenient and flexible class times; and she was not ready to leave home nor her family. She graduated from SVCC and all of her classes transferred to Virginia State University where she graduated in December of 2004.