The Institute continues to build the region’s workforce capacity by providing eight paid summer internship opportunities to current students and recent graduates. The internships are four or eight week opportunities to work directly with Institute staff in the areas of research, finance, and economic development funded by the IALR Foundation. 

Alana Baker recently received her PhD from East Carolina University and is working with Linda Green (SVRA). Daniel Caccavelli is an Averett University graduate and is studying SMART tables under the direction of Dr. Lowman. Zach Taylor is currently enrolled in a Master’s program at Virginia Tech and is studying the characterization of endophytes with Dr. Mei. Alexander Pradhan is a student at the University of Virginia and is working with Dr. Da. Blake Adkins is a student at Virginia Tech and working with Dr. Lowman. Ariana Colon-Sifre and Hammad Nasir are both AET students and working with Dr. Lowman to further study the applications of our SMART tables. Angelica Orlikowski is an Averett University student and is working with Pat Chatt in the Finance Department.

“Internships provide critical work-based learning experiences for young adults. Not only will they learn technical skills, they will develop the essential skills required in any profession. IALR and the IALR Foundation are pleased to offer these opportunities,” said Dr. Julie Brown, Director of Advanced Learning. 

Board of Trustees’ Chairman Don Merricks (right) presented Jerry Gwaltney with a memento honoring his service of more than four years to the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research as Executive Director.  Gwaltney retired from the Institute July 31, 2017.  The token of appreciation was designed by students and staff at the Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining, a Capstone program developed by Danville Community College and the Institute.

 “I have enjoyed the associations that I have made, the many new things that I have learned, and the many accomplishments that we have all achieved working together,” said Gwaltney.

The Virginia House of Delegates appointed Connie Nyholm to the Board of Trustees for the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) for a three-year term.

“I am honored to serve on IALR's Board of Trustees, especially during this exciting time when the focus is laser targeted on commercializing the important research and development occurring at the Institute,” said Nyholm.

Nyholm is Owner and CEO of VIRginia International Raceway (VIR).  Leveraging her love of Virginia and business expertise, Nyholm currently serves on the board of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Roadracing Industry Council.

"We are pleased to welcome Connie Nyholm to the Institute board.  She is one of the strongest voices calling for revitalization in the Dan River Region and is the first to step forward offering assistance and guidance where needed.  Under her leadership, VIR has grown to be a premiere destination in southern Virginia and her experience and voice will be a welcome addition as the Institute works to transform our community for the future,” said Institute Board Chairman Donald Merricks.

“It is great that House of Delegates Speaker, Bill Howell, appointed Connie Nyholm to the Board of the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.  As a very successful business person, she brings excellent judgment and insight to the table. Connie has a personal knowledge of our region, its strengths and its educational needs. Her entrepreneurial spirit will offer the enthusiasm that is characteristic of the IALR programs and she will hit the road running, as she always does at VIR,” said Delegate Danny Marshall.

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research serves Virginia; however most applied research, advanced learning, and economic development efforts focus within Southern Virginia including the counties of Patrick, Henry, Franklin, Pittsylvania, Halifax, and Mecklenburg along with the cities of Martinsville and Danville.

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