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Regent Hosts Community Conversation Breakfast

By Brett Wilson | June 28, 2013

Founder of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for Centerville, Margaret Brzostek.

With its online bachelor's degree ranking in the top 10 online programs by U.S. News and World Report, Regent University's on-campus programs continue to thrive within the Hampton Roads area.

"We are moving in excellence in all that we do, whether it's online or on campus," said Regent president, Dr. Carlos Campo as he addressed attendees of the Community Conversation Breakfast at The Founders Inn and Spa on Wednesday, June 26.

As pivotal partners of the City of Virginia Beach Strategic Growth Alliance (SGA), Regent leaders used the breakfast forum to build stronger ties with community members from the surrounding Virginia Beach neighborhoods.

"We want to build something in Virginia Beach that is unique," said President Campo. "And we want to ensure that we're communicating clearly so that we may keep you all informed."

The founder of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for Centerville, Margaret Brzostek, also joined President Campo in the conversation. The coalition, which began in 2012, comprises community members from 10 nearby Centerville neighborhoods, which are part of a strategic growth area in Virginia Beach.

"Today is a new start for a new relationship with Regent University," said Brzostek. "We also see this as an opportunity for us to become neighbors in a way that we never have before."

Dr. Mitch Land, dean of the School of Communication & the Arts (SCA), shared how the students within the school are fostering relationships within the community. Regent's 2013 theatre season, as well as the new professional theatre in residence, Tidewater Stage, will continue to encourage local involvement.

Read more about Tidewater Stage.

Also joining the discussion was Dr. William Hathaway, dean of the School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC). Hathaway explained that more than 240 local SPC students are offering therapeutic needs to the community. Students are involved with key entities such as the Virginia Beach Court Services Unit, Chesapeake Court Services Unit, as well as taking an active part in regional suicide prevention efforts.

"Our students are there learning how to provide these services under the supervision of licensed clinical professionals; and at the deepest area of psychological needs, our people are here for the Hampton Roads community," said Hathaway. "We couldn't do this training without you all, and we appreciate your partnership."

Read more about Psychological Services Center.


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