The Earl E. and Dorothy J.
Dellinger Learning Resources Center (LRC) is a 50,000 square
foot, two story facility, and centerpiece of the Southwest Virginia
Community College (SWCC) campus.
The center features a 15,000 square foot Library, which can house
100,000 volumes of material, a 36-station computer teaching center, 24
public access computers, wireless internet connectivity, faculty
research area, and the Lee Smith Archives. Also included is a designated
reading area for children, and private study rooms for students, as well
as access to catalogued information and book collections in university
and public libraries throughout the nation. View
The Distance and Distributed Learning
department of the LRC is an advanced technological area that
provides a student services center, online testing facility, terraced
electronic classrooms, and television and production areas, in addition
to private student study areas.
Learning Assistance area of the LRC
provides numerous services to SWCC students, including tutoring
services, placement services, developmental study materials, academic
programs for students with disabilities, and software for Allied Health
and other instructional programs.
Also located in the LRC is Old Dominion
University’s (ODU) distance learning program. This program
enables SWCC students to pursue college degrees from bachelor degree
levels to advance graduate studies without leaving campus. ODU offers
interactive televised and online programs, as well as personalized
advisement services for students.
In addition to the superb technological capabilities of the LRC
facility, several unique architectural design features have been
incorporated to include an expansive indoor waterfall with brick and
stone sculpting that further promotes the existing beauty of the SWCC
Southwest Virginia Community College is privileged to dedicate
the Learning Resources Center in honor of philanthropists Earl E. and
Dorothy J. Dellinger.
Education has always been very important to Earl Dellinger. His
father instilled the value of education into his children and once
rejected a job offer because there was no local school near the place of
employment. Earl advanced within
the automobile industry to become the owner of one of the most
successful car dealerships in southwest Virginia. This success enabled
the Dellinger family, Earl and his wife Dorothy, to help deserving
students. Earl and Dorothy spent 63 wonderful years building their lives
and their business.
Their family has created an educational legacy that will ensure that
many of the region’s citizens can transform their lives through a
Lee Smith Archives
A generous and treasured gift from popular award winning novelist and
short story writer, Lee Smith, includes her writing memorabilia, papers,
first edition books and other treasures. These important items will be
placed in the Lee Smith Archives. The archives room, which is adjacent
to the main library, will serve as a reading room for faculty and staff
as well as a resource for Lee Smith scholars. Lee is also a member of
the CORNERSTONE SOCIETY, having included SWCC in her estate plans with a
charitable remainder trust bequest by will. Lee’s writing has its
“roots” in Grundy and southwest Virginia, and she has never forgotten
her home of Buchanan County.
Alumni Legacy Patios
The donation of the upper patio furniture celebrates the life of Jenny
Alford Walk (1959-2007), a graduate of the SWCC Class of 1979. Jenny
served as Administrative Assistant of the SWCC Educational Foundation
from 1987-2006. While at SWCC, she was an active member of Phi Theta
Kappa, a member of the college choir the PHILOS, and she was selected
for the SWCC Alumni Hall of Fame. Jenny’s zest for living was a “tonic”
to everyone who knew and loved her.
|Ratcliffe Foundation Funds Brick Sculpture
for Learning Resources Center
Dellinger Hall Learning Resources Center features brick
sculptures depicting the American Indian pictographs located at
nearby Paintlick Mountain.
A generous gift of $150,000 from the Ratcliffe Foundation,
established by the late A. M. “Smiley” Ratliff, provided funding
for the sculpture. Scott Cole, Chair of the Ratcliffe Foundation
Board, was on hand for the announcement. Johnny Hagerman,
internationally acclaimed brick sculptor and SWCC alumnus, in
conjunction with General Shale Brick, coordinated this very