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Dr. Deneese Jones to address public policy and education issues during H-SC forum

February 13, 2009

Dr. Deneese “Dee” Jones

Dr. Deneese "Dee" Jones, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, will be a panelist for the symposium "Closing Doors, Opening Doors: Fifty Years After the School-Closing in Prince Edward County" to be held February 24-26 at Hampden-Sydney College. The symposium marks the fiftieth anniversary of the school closing in Prince Edward County.

Dr. Jones' lecture, "Opening Doors for Change: Moving Forward while Honoring the Past," will address public policy and education issues. The session will be held at 4:30 p.m on Thursday, February 26 in Crawley Forum at Hampden-Sydney. Other speakers/panelists include Dr. Eugene W. Hickok, a 1972 Hampden-Sydney alumnus, senior policy director for Dutko Worldwide, and former U.S. Undersecretary of Education (2001-2004). Dr. Elizabeth J. Deis, professor of rhetoric and humanities and associate dean of the faculty at Hampden-Sydney, will moderate the discussion.

"Prince Edward County found its way into the history books in the 1950s; we honor that past," said Dr. Jones. "The message of that time holds true even today. There may be times when standing up for what you know is right may seem pointless, but it is always the right thing to do. When it comes to our present educational policies and issues of equity for students, we must have the courage to recognize our challenges and the wisdom to acknowledge the strategies that are needed as well as the moral power to stay committed to these through thick and thin. Our children are depending on us for their future and we need them for ours."
For more information about the symposium and to view a complete schedule, visit http://www.hsc.edu/events/.