Reva A. Savkar, recently retired Annandale associate professor of chemistry and winner of the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and her husband, Professor Emeritus Bob Loser, retired Extended Learning Institute (ELI) instructional designer, were invited to the Executive Mansion in Richmond, Va., on September 7 for a reception hosted by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
They were the only faculty members at the reception that honored the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, the educational foundation of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
“The reception at the Executive Mansion in Richmond was very enjoyable, moving and meaningful,” said Savkar. “It was hosted by Governor and Mrs. McAuliffe in the beautiful drawing rooms of the historic home, the oldest governor’s mansion in the United States.”
Savkar and Loser were among about 70 supporters of the VCCS and the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education from around the Commonwealth of Virginia invited to the reception.
“Each was involved in altruistic, meaningful ways of making our students’ journeys a little easier,” stated Savkar. “It was very heartwarming and moving to be with others who are so supportive and committed to community college student successes.”
Among those in attendance were VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois and Dr. Dana Hamel, the first chancellor of the system, both members of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education Board of Directors.