Former Gov. Gilmore Says He’s on a ‘Mission’

11/16/2022 by Commonwealth Alliance Board
Former Gov. Gilmore says he’s on a ‘mission’ to drum up support for Ukraine

The former governor and ambassador spoke at Ferrum College to warn about isolationism and the need for the West to stand against Russia.

The speaker at Ferrum College on Monday night went after Tucker Carlson.

He blasted The Heritage Foundation.

He ripped into the Conservative Political Action… Read More

Welcome Message From Dr. Kevin Reilly

11/16/2022 by Commonwealth Alliance Board

Hello from Ferrum College!

The leaves have fallen after one of the most beautiful falls we have had in my time at Ferrum College. We are moving quickly towards the end of the fall semester, and I wanted to make sure to share with you some updates here at the College.

For those of you who I have not had the pleasure to meet yet, my name is Kevin Reilly and I am the vice… Read More

Caesars Gives $504K to Averett University

11/11/2022 by Commonwealth Alliance Board

Caesars Virginia, which is building a $650 million casino in Danville, announced a gift of $504,000 to Averett University on Wednesday.

The gift will be used to develop a hospitality and tourism academic program. Averett’s new concentration and minor in hospitality management and tourism will be part of the university’s business management program and is expected to launch in fall 2023… Read More

Commonwealth Alliance Fall Newsletter

11/7/2022 by garza
Here is our Fall 2022 Newsletter:

Inside this issue:

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT PARTNERSHIP AIMS TO CREATE RURAL PIPELINE FOR PHARMACEUTICAL JOBS FERRUM COLLEGE NAMES DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS STUDENT SPOTLIGHT -- BLUEFIELD UNIVERSITY EMU RANKED THIRD AMONG VIRGINIA PRIVATE COLLEGES IN MONEY’S 2022 BEST COLLEGES LIST AVERETT UNIVERSITY AND DALRADA CORPORATION TEAM UP FOR A… Read More

Loving's Retirement Caps More Than Four Decades at BWX Technologies

10/20/2022 by Commonwealth Alliance Board

After more than 40 years at Lynchburg-based BWXT Technologies, Rick Loving has 19 different business cards to show the positions he’s held at the nuclear-energy company.

Loving was most recently senior vice president and chief administrative officer for BWXT before he retired from the company earlier this fall.

Loving, 67, now has more time to travel and spend time with his… Read More

Partnership Aims to Create Rural Pipeline for Pharmaceutical Jobs

10/7/2022 by Commonwealth Alliance Board

Students at Averett, Bluefield, Eastern Mennonite and Ferrum can now earn dual degrees from VCU as part of initiative to grow pharmaceutical workforce.

A new academic collaboration is intended to help rural Virginia students gain a foothold in the state’s pharmaceutical manufacturing sector, which has seen a recent growth surge and is poised for further expansion thanks to more than $… Read More

EMU Latest News

9/28/2022 by Commonwealth Alliance Board

Just in time for Homecoming and Family Weekend, EMU’s renovated Common Grounds Coffeehouse is open for business. Approximately 200 EMU students, faculty and staff attended the Grand Reopening and ribbon-cutting.

Approximately 200 EMU students, faculty and staff attended the Grand Reopening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday morning, queuing for free celebratory drinks while the EMU… Read More

Colleges in Virginia are Enjoying an Increase in Donations

9/19/2022 by Commonwealth Alliance Board
Colleges in Virginia are enjoying an increase in donations since the pandemic

In February, Virginia Commonwealth University President Michael Rao took the stage at the university library, looked toward the teleprompter and announced a “tectonic shift in VCU’s journey.” VCU had just received its largest gift ever: $104 million toward the establishment of a liver institute.

Altogether,… Read More

Student Loan Forgiveness is Payoff for the Woke

9/16/2022 by Commonwealth Alliance Board

“A Bailout for Woke Higher Ed” reads the headline on the stringent analysis by the Wall Street Journal’s Allysia Finley of the Biden student loan forgiveness program.

It’s a program that’s economically regressive, “even worse than you thought,” with big bailouts for the most affluent, as economist Tyler Cowen points out.

Read the full article on the Richmond Times Dispatch… Read More

After the Ivory Tower Falls Book Review

8/15/2022 by Commonwealth Alliance Board
In “After the Ivory Tower Falls,” Will Bunch traces our political divisions to problems with higher education.

Americans owe $1.7 trillion in student loans, an amount so gargantuan that it has lodged in the public consciousness, like the visibility of the Great Wall of China from space, except the debt monument grows higher and longer every year.

“After the Ivory Tower Falls,” by the… Read More