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CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, July 14, 2016 Page 5 ing hosts regional suicide prevention conference The Region 3 West Wellness Council will host the Help...Hope...Healing Conference on August 5, 2016. The conference is designed to decrease the stigma associated with mental health challenges and to promote awareness for suicide prevention. T h e Help...Hope... Healing Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. Conference check- in and a light break- fast begin at 7:30 a.m. Registration for this event is $25. Register online at helphopehealing.eventbrite .cam by July 29, 2016. No registrations or payments will'be accepted at the door. Kevin Hines The conference will fea- ture three globally known speakers whose lives were impacted by suicide. Kevin Hines is the author of the bestselling book, "Cracked Not Broken," which chron- icles his suicide attempt and survival after jumping from the Qolden Gate Bridge in '2000. Hines returns to Help Hope Healing 2016 to contipu~ his advocacy for living mentally well and to deliv- er his new program, 10 Steps to the Art of Wellness. Joining Hines are fellow advocates Lauren Breen and Joe Williams. Breen is one of the eight leaders on the Suicide Prevention Australia, Lived Experience Leadership Group. Her book, "Trust- Surviving the Ripple Effect of Suicide," shares her family's story of suicide survival after the death of her brother. Breen's pre- sentation will focus on encouraging positive men- tal health in youth, adults, and families. Williams, a world champion boxer and national rugby player, works to inspire youth and individuals toward good mental health and recovery. A survivor of suicide after his own attempt in 2011, Williams will share his per- sonal experience and dis- cuss adversity, dealing with struggle, resilience, improving your attitude, positive energy, and how. small steps lead to some- thing greater. Help... Hope... Healing: Joe Williams Our Community... Our Responsibility is part of a regional suicide prevention effort developed by the Region 3 West Wellness Council. The council includes representatives from Cumberland Mountain Community Services, Dickenson County Behavioral Health Services, Frontier Health/Planning District 1 Behavioral Health, Highlands Community Services, Mount Rogers Community Services Board, and the Crisis Center, Inc., in Bristol. Local coalitions part- nering to sponsor the event include the Appalachian Substance Abuse Coalition for Prevention and Treatment (ASAC), the Concerned About Our Community Coalition (CAOC), the Bristol/Washington County Program Managers, Team, Sevierville named top retirement destination by national publication Lauren Breen Buchannan County Youth Prevention Coalition, the Russell County Prevention Coalition, the Dickenson County Partners for Prevention, the LENOWISCO Suicide Prevention Coalition, the SATIRA coalition of Tazewell County, the Twin County Prevention Coalition, the Wythe/Bland County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, and the Washington County Prevention Coalition. The conference is funded by a grant from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. For more information Featured in this month's mountains. issue of Where to Retire The city also caters to magazine, Sevierville, those looking for a slower Tenn. has been named one pace of life while still hav- of the country's top desti- ing access to certain nations for retirees, citing amenities,, like world-class the affordability of the shopping, museums, vine- area, as well as the variety yards and wine tasting of things to do in the city, rooms, as well as locally- from attractions to shop- inspired restaurants and ping to a wide selection of dinner shows. outdoor activities. "Sevierville, hometown "We continue to experi- of singer and actress Dolly ence an influx of retirees Patton, has risen from its moving here, who visited impoverished past to the area as a child or become an eastern brought their own children Tennessee star. It is a gate- here on vacation," said way to Great Smoky. Brenda McCroskey, CEO Mountains National Park, of Sevierville Chamber of the most visited in the Commerce. "It's a testa- country. The Little Pigeon ment to the experience we River flows through this offer to visitors and the area, east of Knoxville. friendliness of the people Affordable neighborhoods in our community." for retirees have sprung up, Sevierville has provenand thriving tourism means to be a great match for year-round superb dining retirees who value easy and shopping for locals," access to a number of out- said Where to Retire editor door activities, including Annette Fuller. hiking in the Great Smoky The profile on Mountains National Park,Sevierville is featured in boating on nearby lakes the July/August issue of and casting lines in the the magazine, which is on trout-filled streams of the sale now. about the Help..,Hope...Healing What are the top five Conference, visit helphopehealing.eventbrite disaster risks to small .corn or businesses? Sweet Briar College raises more than $10 mil- lion and celebrates successful recruiting year- 12 months after near closure One year after Sweet Briar's new president Phillip Stone and new board took over Sweet Briar's governance, the College released strong budget, fundraising and enrollment numbers for the 2016 fiscal year. The College exceeded its fundraising goal of $10 million, a particularly ambitious target given the Saving Sweet Briar cam- paign of last year that raised more than $12 mil- lion to cover the College's operating costs. Sweet Briar raised $10.25 million in just 10 months as part of the Next is Now initiative. The total is five times as much as the College previ- ously raised on an annual basis in unrestricted rev- enue. The $10 million is need- ed to cover millions of dol- lars in costs associated with the attempted closure of the College, including severance payments and lost tuition. After receiving a record number of student applica- tions for fall 2016, the number of incoming stu- dents this fall stands at 175. These students include first-year, transfer and graduate students, as well as those who are returning to Sweet Briar after trans- ferring elsewhere as a result of the closure announcement. Through a combination of incoming students and those continu- ing from last year, the College expects to exceed 325 on-campus students for the 2016-2017 academ- ic year. Students will come to the College from 31 states and five countries, includ- ing China, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Mongolia and Peru. "2016 was a rebuilding year," Stone said. "We took over a mostly shuttered institution and could not start recruiting a new class until September of 2015, six months later than other institutions. The. fact that we will have a student body of this size in such a short time is one more Sweet Briar miracle." Stone noted that the College came in $2 million under budget in FY2016 and, for the first time in its history, did not withdraw a penny from its endowment. "We are proud that the College spent less than it budgeted," Stone said. "The endowment was not touched. That is simply amazing when you consid- er we had a student body of only 40 percent of its previ- ous size, were required by the settlement agreement to pay almost $5 million of severance to faculty and staff, and incurred more than $30 million of other costs due to the attempts to close." When Stone took over the Sweet Briar presidency last July, most faculty and staff had been terminated and all students had trans- ferred to other colleges. The riding and study abroad programs had also been transferred..All athlet- ic contests had been can- celed; memberships in ath- letic associations and pro- fessional consortia had been surrendered. Even the food service was gone. In six weeks, a new senior team was put in place, transferred programs were brought back to the College, a new food ser- vice was retained, 'faculty and staff were reemployed, and classes began on schedule. In addition to fielding every athletic team, two new sports were added for the coming year. The Alumnae Alliance was created to mobilize alumnae around the world to help build sustainability for the College. Recruitment for Sweet Briar's class of 2017 is well underway. Stone concluded, "We learned so much this year. But above all, we learned that small liberal arts insti- tutions must reject fatalism and discover creative, innovative ways for the entire campus community to be involved in nurturing their college. Sweet Briar is well positioned for a bright future." Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Lynchburg, Va., Sweet Briar is a women's liberal arts and sciences college with nationally recognized academic, ' study-abroad and equestrian programs. 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