2014 Alumni Awards
Hall of Distinguished Graduates: Garry Jones
Garry, a graduate of the class of 1974, obtained his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech before entering a four-week audio workshop with a recording studio in 1978. In 1979, he joined the supervisor of that recording studio, Jon Phelps, in opening a recording school. That recording school was the genesis for Full-Sail University where, today, Garry serves as President.
Full-Sail University offers 48 degree programs and has graduated over 45,000 students. Their accolades include “one of the five best music programs in the country” by Rolling Stone Magazine, “one of the top five game degree programs in the world” by Electronic Gaming Monthly, and “top 25 graduate schools to study game design” by the Princeton Review.
Primitivo Delgado Christian Service Award: Latta Terry
Latta, a graduate of the class of 1962, obtained his B.A. from Carson-Newman College before attending Southeastern Seminary, where he completed his Masters of Divinity. After Southeastern, Latte was called to Monte Vista Baptist Church where he served for 44 years.
During Latta’s 44 years of service to Virginia Baptist, he served as president of the Altavista Ministerial Association, moderator of the Staunton River Baptist Association, two terms on the missionary board of the BGAV, and relay center coordinator for Samaritan Purse. For over 10 years, he has served as president of DAWN (a local emergency relief organization), where he continues to serve. His international work has taken him to Mexico, Russia, and Nigeria. In Nigeria, he worked to establish a library for pastors, worked to finance the drilling of a well, and dedicated his time to literacy work.
Alumnus/Alumna of the Year: Liz Povar
Liz, a 2000 graduate of the adult degree completion program, has served with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership as Director of Business Development since its creation by the General Assembly of Virginia in 1995. Beginning in 2012, her role increased as she was named Vice-President for Business Expansion.
In her role, Liz is responsible for marketing Virginia to target business sectors, working with local, state, and private partners to expand business in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In a five-year span from 2003 to 2008, the partnership was able to announce more than 800 projects with over 10 billion in capital investment and 90,000 new jobs created.
Young Alumnus/Alumna of the Year: Brandy Smith
Brandy, a 2001 graduate of the Teacher Education Program, went on to complete her masters through the prestigious Counselor program at Virginia Tech. Brandy is currently serving as President Elect for the Virginia Alliance for School Counselors and Co-Chair for the Professional Development Committee of the Virginia Counselors Association.
Brandy is the 2008 Ross Trust Service Award recipient from the American Counseling Association and a member of the Chi Sigma Luta Counseling Academic & Professional honor society. Brandy has volunteered and served with Elijah’s Backpack, New River Valley Community Service, Habitat for Humanity, New River Valley Community Disaster Response Coalition, and provides pro-bono counseling services for students in the Counselor Education Program at Virginia Tech.
Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee: Randall Belt
Randy, a graduate of the class of 1994, remains the most decorated tennis player in Bluefield College history. During his four-year career, Randy played as the #1 singles player and went 61-13 in singles action. He was an All-Conference selection three times and was the Tennessee Valley Athletic Conference player of the year in 1994.
A success in the classroom as well, today, Randy is an emergency room physician in Johnson City, Tennessee, where he continues his love for tennis as the assistant tennis coach at Milligan College.