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Andrea J. Burney, APR

Director of  Public Relations



Linda Hagedorn

Dr. Linda S. Hagedorn

DANVILLE, VA, September 7, 2012 - Danville Community College students, faculty, staff and administrators will observe the Eighth Annual Fall Convocation, on Thursday, September 20, at 11 a.m. The Convocation will be held in Oliver Hall (Temple Building), and will feature an opportunity for students to pledge their support for academic integrity, honesty and excellence.

This year’s speaker will be Dr. Linda Serra Hagedorn, an associate dean and professor in the College of Human Services at Iowa State University. Dr. Hagedorn has also served as the assigned researcher and data coach during DCC participation in the Achieving the Dream Initiative.

Dr. B. Carlyle Ramsey, DCC President, said the Convocation is a tradition which gathers together faculty, staff, administrators and students at the beginning of the school year. The event is also an opportunity to display academic regalia and other symbols such as the college’s mace.

“(Convocation) complements our Quality Enhancement Plan, which has the theme: Enhancing Student Learning and Success through Academic Integrity,? Ramsey explained.

Hagedorn serves as associate dean for undergraduate programs, international programs, diversity, and community in the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University. Her two areas of research include community college student success, retention, and transfer and international programs. She is also a prominent researcher in the area of community college student success with over 200 publications and presentations. She is especially interested in issues pertaining to underrepresented student groups, and equity.

Prior to joining the faculty at Iowa State University, Dr. Hagedorn directed the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Florida. She was also the Director of the Transfer and Retention of Urban Community College Students Project (TRUCCS), which was a longitudinal study of over 5,000 students enrolled in the Los Angeles Community College District.

For more information about Convocation, contact the College at 434.797.8400, or
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