HCC's Mayle making connections
Halifax Community College's (HCC) Director of Counseling
Services Teresa Mayle partnered with the college’s Student
Government Association (SGA) in the spring 2011 semester to
create a military bulletin board that honors friends and
family of HCC faculty, staff and students who serve in the
country’s armed forces. The board features stories and
photos of retired and active military personnel.
Mayle’s husband is retired from the Army and her brother is
actively serving in the Army. She is also connected with the
local AMVETS organization as well as the Dallas Jones
Roanoke Valley Veterans Center and Museum.
Although she originally got involved in the project to
assist the SGA, it quickly grew into something more. She
described that at first, the project started off slowly, but
then interest grew. "There is still a lot of interest," said Mayle.
Currently, Mayle is looking for more stories and photos and
for updates on existing stories. HCC faculty, staff and
students are encouraged to drop off any information they
would like posted. Those who have served in the military are
especially encouraged to participate and share their
"It connects us as a community," said Mayle. She will
continue the project as long as there is interest. Plans are
to move and revamp the board and have it ready to go by
"I want to make this real to people. If it’s not real to
you, it’s hard to really care what they’re sacrificing," she
added. "The goal is to ease the isolation that many feel and
the bigger thing for me is that it unites people."