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From left: Frank Shushok Jr., President of Roanoke College; Michael Mansfield; Sandra Meithaler; Seth Davis; Susan Smith, representative of the Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir; Douglas Jackson; Michael Hemphill; and Mary Dana Hinton, President of Hollins University. Photo courtesy of Roanoke College.

2022 Kendig Award winners announced

The Perry F. Kendig Awards, presented annually to individuals and organizations that support the arts in the Roanoke area, were presented Tuesday at Hollins University.

The awards, co-sponsored by Hollins and Roanoke College, are named for the late Perry F. Kendig, who served as President of Roanoke College and was an avid supporter and patron of the arts.

Three awards were given:

  • The Individual Artist Award went to Seth Davis, resident music director of Mill Mountain Theatre. For nearly a decade, Davis has inspired more than 4,000 children and teens by helping them find joy and fulfillment through music. Its students develop leadership skills and talents that they can use in their studies and future careers. “Teaching is Seth Davis’ passion; Music is his language,” said one of the nominators.
  • The Arts and Cultural Organization Award was presented to the Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir. For 35 years, the RVCC has served the needs of young people throughout the Roanoke Valley, providing an artistic and in-depth study of the voice in a choral setting. The choir currently consists of 130 singers between the ages of 7 and 18. It is divided into a “Little Singers” group for children aged 4 to 6, three training choirs and one concert choir, and children progress through the groups as their development and skills deepen.
  • The Individual or Business Arts Supporter Award was presented to Douglas Jackson, City of Roanoke Arts and Culture Coordinator and Capacity Development Specialist for the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Jackson is a longtime ally of the arts in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, committed to finding ways to make the arts engaging and accessible to all. He has accomplished this through community initiatives such as BOOK CITY and Roanoke’s Year of the Artist. “Doug’s belief in the power of art to strengthen communities in all their diversity and build trusting relationships is contagious,” said one nominator.

Other nominees included Michael Hemphill, founder and host of the Blue Ridge PBS and YouTube show “Buzz4Good”; Michael Mansfield, an actor and director who has worked with several local arts organizations; and Sandra Meythaler, executive director of the Roanoke Ballet Theatre.

The Kendig Awards program was established in 1985 and was presented annually by the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge until 2012. Hollins University and Roanoke College have been collaborating on the program for 10 years now. Kendig’s sons, Bill Kendig, a 1980 graduate of Roanoke College, and John Kendig attended Tuesday’s event.

“We appreciate that Roanoke College and Hollins University honor Dad with this award,” said John Kendig. “He would like to be here. He would be in his element.”


Nutrition and health programs are federally funded

Three initiatives in Virginia that provide health care and nutritional assistance have received a total of $2.5 million in assistance from the US Department of Agriculture for community agencies through the Emergency Rural Health Care Grant Program.

The funding, announced Thursday by the offices of US Sentas Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both D-Virginia, will be distributed as follows:

  • $467,900 to Appalachian Sustainable Development in Duffield to expand food distribution and help food supplies meet their financial costs.
  • $1 million to the Harvest Outreach Center in Gladys to help Virginians access mental health care through telemedicine and reimburse revenue lost during the COVID pandemic.
  • $1 million to Northampton County to purchase emergency medical services, medical and food prep equipment, and new generators for two elementary schools.

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The SML Pavilion opens in Moneta

The SML Pavilion, a non-profit venue in Moneta, opened this week with a community gathering.

The pavilion offers a performance stage and seating for up to 220 people under a 40-foot by 100-foot tent. All events at the pavilion benefit nonprofit organizations in the Smith Mountain Lake area, including SML Good Neighbors, Lake Christian Ministries, Children’s Assistive Technology Service and the Moneta Fire Department.

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Management Institute at Roanoke College accepting nominations in 2023

The Management Institute, sponsored by Roanoke College’s Department of Business and Economics, is accepting nominations for its 2023 Management Program.

Application deadline is November 11th. The program will be held during the spring semester and kick off on January 17th with a networking and team building event. The program runs for 12 weeks and meets at Roanoke College on Thursday evenings.

To participate, an employee must be nominated by an organizational sponsor. Organizations can appoint more than one employee. A maximum of 18 candidates will be admitted to the program at a cost of $1,950 per participant.

To nominate someone or to learn more about the program, visit

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