Vol. 10 #6, 2008.p65 by garrickWilliams



                OPEN DOOR
A Publication of the North Carolina Community College System                                              Spring 2008          Vol. 10 No.6
      Community colleges help communities deal with drought
                                            By Peggy Beach, System Office, Public Affairs
  In recent weeks, North Carolinians             Steve Herring, instructor in geography,           Keeping gardens and plants healthy
have welcomed much-needed rain.               religion, and developmental studies, and          is a concern for many, as a number of
However, much of the state remains in         Monika Fleming, chair of the English              community college faculty members
a drought, according to a report              department, obtained approval from the            have discovered.
released May 1 by the North Carolina          Office of State Archaeology for a                    Laura Lauffer, green building
Drought Management Advisory                   research project examining the
Council. Drought conditions have              cultural context of the Old
existed in the state since last June, the     Sparta shipwreck. They also
council report said.                          obtained permission to begin a
  The effects of the drought are also         dig on dry land investigating
being felt at the state’s community           the history of the old bridge
colleges. As the drought has continued,       and elevated roadway at Old
faculty members have fielded questions        Sparta. One project allows for
from the public on how to keep plants         work in the river when the
and gardens healthy. The community            water is low, and the other
colleges themselves are developing            provides for work outside the
ways to use water and energy more             river bank when the river is
efficiently to cut costs and help the         high.
environment – issues that have taken on          According to Mary Tom
greater implications since the drought        Bass, public information
began. And at least one community             officer at Edgecombe, the          Stephen Herring, an instructor in geography, religion, and
college has found a positive impact           college immediately began          developmental studies at Edgecombe Community College, is
from the drought.                             offering a volunteer training      shown working to reclaim a dugout canoe from the drought-
  In October, officials in Edgecombe          program to anyone interested       stricken Tar River. This discovery has led to a continuing edu-
County discovered a dugout canoe in           in becoming a field assistant      cation class in archaeology.
shallow water of the Tar River near Old       on an archaeological dig. “This spring,           program coordinator, Central Caro-
Sparta. The drought caused the shallow        we offered a continuing education course lina Community College , encourages
water to reveal the canoe. Instructors        in archaeology called ‘Practice of                the use of drought resistant plants such
from Edgecombe Community College              Archaeology’,” said Bass. “The students as daylilies, coneflowers, baby’s breath,
reclaimed the artifact from the river bed     are spending their time primarily doing           bee balm, irises, gerbera daisies, and
and discovered that it may date back as       field work at the Old Sparta site where           asters, among others. (For a list of
far as the mid-1800’s.                        the canoe was discovered.”                        drought resistant plants, check
                                                                                                                           See Drought page 2

         North Carolina Symphony to visit community colleges
  As The Open Door was going to               Lancaster, who retired as president of                David Chambless Worters, president
press, the Raleigh News and Observer          the North Carolina Community College               and chief executive officer of the
announced that the North Carolina             System on May 1, said that he thinks the           symphony, is also excited about the
Symphony will soon send soloists and          program is a very good idea. “I do think           project.
ensembles to community colleges and           there is a hunger for programming that                “The community colleges in many of
public schools to perform and offer           would be widely available to the public,           these locations really are the epicenter
instruction, depending on local interest.     more importantly to public school                  of community activities,” he said. “It
  Money for the initiative will come          students and community college stu-                struck us as a real natural partnership.”
from the U.S. Department of Education.        dents, filling a need that has been unmet             For more information on the initia-
U.S. Representative David Price (D-           since the early 1990’s,” Lancaster told            tive, check www.ncsymphony.org
NC) secured the funds. H. Martin              the News and Observer.
Drought from page 1                          will only absorb 1/10th of an inch of        the call. The newly-opened Northern
www.ces.ncsu.edu ).                          rainfall per hour. Kiser also said that      Wake campus of Wake Technical
   “They work well for obvious rea-          gardeners should use fertilizer enhancers    Community College is built to the U.S.
sons,” Lauffer said. “It is also important   so that more nutrients will go to the        Green-Building Council’s highest
to water well. Soaker hoses, for             plant’s root system. Kiser’s colleague,      environmental standards, LEED. Water
example, allow the water to seep deeper      Jimmy Abernathy, turfgrass management        conservation is a key component of the
into the soil by using water more slowly     instructor at Catawba Valley, said that he   LEED standards. Laurie Clowers,
than other hoses.” Lauffer also sug-         urges people to talk to agricultural         director of public relations at Wake
gested that fall is a better time to plant   extension agents in their area. “What        Tech, said that college estimates that it
a garden because it allows plants to         works well for plants in one part of the     will save more than 20,000,000 gallons
establish a better root system. “Summer      state may not work as well in others,”       of water over the next 30 years on the
is not as good because it is too hot,”       said Abernathy.                              new campus.
she said.                                      John Royals, turfgrass management            Wayne Community College and
   Gerald Kiser, chair of the environ-       instructor at Central Piedmont Com-          Wilson Community College, among
mental life science division at Catawba      munity College, said that he tells           others, have installed low-flow devices
Valley Community College, said that          homeowners to not “mow low.” “If you         on toilets. At press time, Central
he urges gardeners to use water              leave your grass just a little taller when   Carolina Community College had
absorbing materials such as                  you mow it, the longer roots will            scheduled a workshop on how to be
Aquasorb.TM “When planting plants,           promote better growth for plants and         water wise. Other similar courses are
it allows for more water to get to the       grass,” he said.                             planned for the future, said Lauffer.
roots,” said Kiser. That is particularly       The drought has also heightened              Whatever challenges the people of
important, said Kiser, because the red       awareness of protecting the environment      North Carolina face with the continuing
clay in the Hickory area, for example,       and community colleges are answering         drought, community colleges will be on
                                                                                          hand to help their communities cope.

                N4CSGA presents awards
                  at spring conference                                                      “Education
  The North Carolina Comprehensive
Community College Student Govern-
                                             positive change and advocacy on their
                                             campus and in the community.                   is the most
ment Association (N4CSGA) presented            The Outstanding Community
awards at its annual spring conference
in March at Research Triangle Park.
                                             Service Award -- Brian Harbour of
                                             Rockingham Community College. The             powerful tool
The winners are listed below.                award is given to an individual who has

   Daryl Mitchell Award -- for Eastern
                                             performed exemplary community
                                                                                              we have
Division: Karen Emily Perry of Pitt            Top “C” Campus Award -- Tri-
Community College; for Central
Division: Crystal Dennis of Stanly
                                             County Community College. The
                                             award is presented to the school that
                                                                                           for changing
Community College for Western
Division: Michael Graybeal of Wilkes
Community College. The award is
                                             demonstrates the qualities consistent
                                             with the community tradition that the 58
                                             colleges represent. It is based upon the
                                                                                          people’s lives.”
named in memory of the late Daryl
Mitchell, former N4CSGA president
                                             SGA’s involvement and interaction on
                                             campus as well as in the community.
                                                                                             Nelson Mandela
and is given to students who demon-            The Bryan Pugh Award -- Corey
strate the leadership qualities of           Harris of Wayne Community College.
trustworthiness, respect, responsibility,    This award is given in honor of the first                     The Open Door
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fairness, caring, and citizenship.           N4CSGA president and is given to the         The Open Door is an information and idea
   Dr. Michael Taylor Award --               individual who worked diligently and         exchange for employees and friends of the
Winter Archibald of Randolph                 exceeded the expectations that are           North Carolina Community College
Community College. The award is              required for his or her office.              System. The ideas and opinions expressed
named in honor of Dr. Michael Taylor,          The Karen Yerby Award -- Richard           do not necessarily reflect the official policy
president of Stanly Community College        Sullins, North Carolina Community            or view of the State Board of Community
and presidential liaison to N4CSGA.          College System Office. The award is          Colleges or of the Community College
The award is given to a student whose        named in honor of Yerby, a long time               Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, Chair
work has enhanced the growth of others       adviser to N4CSGA, and is given to an           State Board of Community Colleges
in their organization, increased team-       individual who has given his or her time
                                                                                                 Dr. R. Scott Ralls, President
work and personal involvement, while         to assist the organization.                  North Carolina Community College System
helping the organization reach its             The Ray Jeffries Award -- Shannon
potential.                                   Overman, Alamance Community
   Advocacy Award -- Peggy Jo                College. The award is given in honor of
Reuter of Tri-County Community               Jeffries, who played a significant role in            NORTH CAROLINA
College. The award is presented to an        the creation and success of the                   COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM
individual who has committed them-           N4CSGA. It honors an individual                         Published May 2008
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selves to promoting and implementing         displaying outstanding leadership and             AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
                                             support of the N4CSGA.

                      Community colleges get national attention
                          from Bush, Clinton and Obama
   North Carolina’s community colleges          munity College. In April 2004, he spoke          On April 23, former President Bill
have been getting a lot of national             about workforce development while             Clinton spoke to his wife’s supporters
attention lately – from the current             visiting Central Piedmont Community           at a rally at Davidson County Com-
president and two presidential candi-           College. In July 2005, Bush visited           munity College. On the day before the
dates.                                          Gaston College.                               North Carolina primary, Senator
   U.S. President George W. Bush                  On March 19, Senator Barack Obama           Clinton spoke to a crowd of more than
praised North Carolina’s community              (D-IL) spoke to a crowd of 150 support-       1000 supporters at a rally at Pitt
colleges on March 14 during a speech            ers at the Tony Rand Student Center at        Community College.
at the Economic Club of New York.               Fayetteville Technical Community                 The flurry of candidate visits to
   Bush said that the state of North            College. Obama spoke for 35 minutes,          North Carolina was a reflection of the
Carolina “wisely used their community           mostly about military issues.                 state’s importance in the Democratic
college system to be able to fit needs            On March 27, Senator Hillary Clinton        presidential contest, an unusual
and skills” when the textile industry           (D-NY) spoke to supporters at Wake            occurrence since the nominee is often
began to change in the 1990’s.                  Technical Community College. During           decided before North Carolina’s
   During his administration, Bush has          her presentation, she made a major            primary in May. Both Democratic
visited community colleges in North             economic policy address. Later in the         candidates have stated that community
Carolina on several occasions. In               day, Clinton spoke at Forsyth Technical       colleges are a key to revitalizing the
November 2003, he participated in a             Community College, also on the                economy.
panel discussion on helping dislocated          economy.
workers at Forsyth Technical Com-

     U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) on his way to speak at
     a campaign rally on the campus of Fayetteville Technical
     Community College in March.

                                                                 Dr. Steve Scott, president of Wake Technical Community College, greets
                                                                 U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) on her March visit to the college.

                                      Community College News
   As The Open Door went to press,         Central Piedmont and
Durham Technical Community                 later became an instruc-
College was scheduled to open its          tor in the college’s
Orange County campus in                    instructional lab. Prim
Hillsborough. The first building of the    and her husband, David
new campus is a 40,000-square-foot         Cole, donated the farm
brick structure at the Waterstone          for the college to use in
Development south of downtown              helping students with
Hillsborough, off of exit 261 of I-40      special needs…Bill
and exits 164 and 165 of I-85…             Woodruff, a biotech-
Central Piedmont Community                 nology instructor at
College and Davidson County                Alamance Community
Community College were two of 69           College, was named
community colleges nationwide to           Biotech Educator of the
receive community-based job training       Year in April at the
grants from the U.S. Department of         BioForum state confer-
Labor in March. The $668,540 grant to      ence in Winston-
Davidson County Community College          Salem…In February, Dr. The 2008 Upward Bound Scholar’s Bowl winners from Surry
will fund additional healthcare job        Scott Ralls, then            Community College. Front: (left to right) Amanda Smith,
training to provide more registered        incoming president,          Alicia Williams (team captain), Kimani Parker Back: (left to
nurses for the community. It will          North Carolina Commu- right) Sandra Johnson (team coach), Bethany Francis,
                                                                        Megan Francis,Julie Gilley, Stewart Mauck (Upward Bound
develop a new initiative to help medics    nity College System,         counselor).
returning from military service and        Hilda Pinnix-Ragland,
paramedics statewide become regis-         chair, State Board of Community                 mathematics, current events, science,
tered nurses. The $745,957 grant to        Colleges, Dr. Patricia Skinner, president, social science, computers and African
Central Piedmont Community College         Gaston College, and Dr. Tony Zeiss,             American history. The Upward Bound
will be used to establish the Center for   president, Central Piedmont Commu-              program, sponsored by the U.S.
Non-Destructive Examination Technol-       nity College, were part of a videotaped         Department of Education, is designed
ogy Training (NDE Center), a partner-      discussion on the future of community           to assist high school students in
ship of the Electric Power Research        colleges in North Carolina. The discus-         building the academic skills necessary
Institute, Duke Energy, regional           sion was part of the North Carolina             for attaining diplomas and getting post-
community colleges, Charlotte-             Cable Telecommunications Association’s secondary degrees. The other students
Mecklenburg Schools, and the local         annual meeting in Cary. The North               on the team were Brianne Estes,
Workforce Development Boards…Also          Carolina Center for Public Policy               senior, Swain High School; Jessica
in March, Central Piedmont received        Research, the North Carolina Cable              Masters, junior, Smoky Mountain High
                                                                  Telecommunica-           School; Hailey Trantham, sophomore,
                                                                  tions Association,       Swain High School; Jessica Snyder,
                                                                  and Time Warner          senior, Franklin High School; Shane
                                                                  Cable, co-spon-          Brown, junior, Smoky Mountain High
                                                                  sored the event,         School and James Cash, freshman,
                                                                  which was shown          Blue Ridge High School…Ivan
                                                                  statewide on Time        Broadwell, an instructor at the Carolina
                                                                  Warner and other         Auction Academy, a program of Stanly
                                                                  TV systems…The           Community College, was inducted into
                                                                  Upward Bound             the Auctioneers Association of North
                                                                  team of Surry            Carolina Hall of Fame…The late Alvin
                                                                  Community                Harris, a woodcarving instructor at
                                                                  College won the          Carteret Community College, is
                                                                  North Carolina           featured in an exhibit at the North
                                                                  Scholars’ Bowl in        Carolina Museum of History in Ra-
                                                                  March. The North         leigh. A replica of Harris’s duck decoy
                                                                  Carolina Council         workshop is included at the beginning
  L to R: Former U.S. Representative Tim Valentine, former of Education                    of the new exhibit, Art Ducko. The
  I.E. Ready Award recipient Ned Delamar, retired system Opportunity                       exhibit explores the art and function of
  president H. Martin Lancaster and North Carolina State Program spon-                     duck decoys in the coastal life of North
  Representative Alice Underhill. The four attended the dedi- sored the event at           Carolina. It will be on display at the
  cation of the Ned Delamar Center at Pamlico Community           North Carolina           museum through March 2009…In
  College in March.                                               Central University. March, Pamlico Community College
                                                                  The individual           dedicated its new auditorium and allied
the gift of a 22-acre farm near Shelby     high scorer from the event was Daniel           health classroom facility, the Ned
from former instructor Renee Prim. At      Ferguson, team captain, and student at          Everett Delamar Center. Delamar, who
age 21, an injury left Prim paralyzed.     Smoky Mountain High School. Students            as a state legislator, co-sponsored the
During her recovery, she took classes at were asked questions from literature,                                       See News page 5

News from page 4                             library purchased 20 new laptop comput-       place in March, included a lengthy
                                             ers for student use…Trustees at               discussion of Irish history… The
legislation that helped to found the         Johnston Community College voted in           Intercollegiate Horse Show Association
North Carolina Community College             March to begin men’s basketball and           (IHSA) western team at Martin
System in 1963, is a former recipient of     women’s volleyball teams for the 2008-        Community College ended the season
the I.E. Ready Award, the highest honor      2009 academic year. The college has a         in March as reserve year end high point
bestowed by the State Board of               men’s golf team and hopes to include          team. Sarah Woody, a second year
Community Colleges. Also attending           men’s baseball and women’s softball to        equine technology student, will
the ceremony were Tim Valentine,             its athletic lineup by 2010… Cape Fear        participate in the national champion-
former U.S. Representative; H. Martin        Community College has accepted                ships in California in May. Also at
Lancaster, outgoing president of the         $10,000 from the Wilmington Housing           Martin Community College, three
North Carolina Community College             Authority (WHA) to establish the first        members of the Kappa Eta chapter of
System; and Alice Underhill, member,         WHA endowed scholarship fund to               Alpha Beta Gamma (ABG) won three
North Carolina House of                      assist the college’s students who are         essay awards and one award for
Representatives…During a visit to            residents of the Wilmington Housing           excellence in service after attending the
Australia in March, H. Martin                Authority or Section 8 housing. The           2008 Alpha Beta Gamma Leadership
Lancaster, outgoing system president,        Wilmington Housing Authority began its        Conference held in April in Mexico.
gave a presentation on biotechnology         involvement with the Cape Fear Founda-        The students were Swindell Lawrence,
and technical education to top govern-       tion in 2003 and has previously given         Gerrie McCauley, and Sandy
ment and business leaders. Lancaster         more than $45,000 for annual scholar-         McMurtrie…Students at Vance-
spoke in Geelong, second largest city in     ship assistance to the students of the        Granville Community College
state of Victoria and the largest regional   college…Students in western civilization      recently won the first annual “World
center in the state. Geelong is 47 miles     and world history classes at                  Whiz” Quiz Bowl at Johnston Commu-
south of the state’s capital of              Rockingham Community College                  nity College. The bowl tests students’
Melbourne…The State Library of               participated in a video conference with       knowledge of world geography. The
North Carolina awarded a $20,000             Thomas Fraser, a professor at the             students were Zeb McGill, Katy
grant to Asheville-Buncombe Techni-          University of Ulster in Derry, Northern       Chalmers, Craig Bailey, Justin Such,
cal Community College. The college           Ireland. The conference, which took           Larry Burwell and Russell Creech.

                       Class at Wake Tech lead to new charges
                                in 1985 triple homicide
                                                       From news reports
  In March, WRAL-TV in Raleigh and           go back and push for DNA testing as a           “The DNA is the reason we’re here,”
other news organizations reported that a     result of this class,” said Anthony           Spinner said.
continuing education class for law           Caison, public safety dean at Wake Tech.        Caison said that the Hennis case is an
enforcement officers at Wake Technical         Hennis was in the Army in May 1985,         example that lessons learned in
Community College ultimately led to          when Kathryn Eastburn and two of her          continuing education cases – used to
new charges in a 1985 triple homicide        three daughters, 5-year-old Kara and 3-       sharpen skills of law enforcement
case involving a Fort Bragg soldier.         year-old Erin, were killed. He was            officers – can apply in real life.
  Sgt. Larry Trotter, with the               convicted in state court and sentenced to       “To actually see something come
Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office,          death, then acquitted in a retrial in 1989.   back as a result of a training we have
took an interest in the case of Master         He retired from the military in 2004,       delivered is fantastic,” Caison said.
Sgt. Timothy Hennis.                         but was called back to active duty in           “It doesn’t surprise me that some-
  Scott Whisnant, who wrote a book in        October 2006 to face new charges              body would obtain a new skill, learn a
1993 about the case, was speaking to a       against him from the military.                new way of doing something and be
class studying cold-case investigations.       Hennis’ attorney, Frank Spinner, says       able to take it back to their job,” said
  “The instructor happened to mention        the new DNA evidence is the only              Chris Day, a police officer at Duke
this case back in the mid-80s, and it        reason his client was re-charged after 18     University. Day takes continuing
kind of sparked one of the students to       years.                                        education courses at Wake Tech.

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                                            Campus Highlights
Bladen Community College                     the donor’s death, with all gifts          Forsyth Technical
Dublin, North Carolina                       totaling approximately $1 million. The     Community College
                                             foundation has now has two endowed         Winston-Salem, North Carolina
 The college celebrated its 40th             teaching chairs. The John Brooks
 anniversary in 2007. Events took            Williams Endowed Chair was estab-           Four Danish students spent the spring
 place throughout the year, including        lished in 2004.                             semester at Forsyth Tech, taking
 the publication of a special com-                                                       courses in financial services toward
 memorative book in September.             College of The Albemarle                      their financial management degrees
 In June, Jason Britt, student govern-     Elizabeth City, North Carolina                from Niels Brock Business College
 ment president, became the first                                                        in Copenhagen. As part of this new
 Bladen student ever to attend the           The college is experiencing an              international exchange program, a
 Student Leadership Institute in             enrollment increase at all three            group of Forsyth Tech students will
 Raleigh. Chad Smith, a senator in           campus locations – Elizabeth City,          go to Denmark to study at Niels
 student government, has been                Edenton-Chowan, and Manteo. These           Brock during the 2008-09 school
 selected to attend in 2008.                 increases have been noted in all areas      year.
 In March, the college broke ground          - curriculum, corporate and continuing      The Motor Sports Club sponsored A
 on a grant-funded $1 million major          education, and basic skills. Curricu-       Bicycle Built for You, a holiday
 shop renovation project. The project        lum programs experiencing the largest       project, in which Forsyth Tech
 will upgrade all shop facilities at the     enrollment growth are: associate in         students refurbished donated bicycles
 college. Included will be the               arts college transfer; associate in arts    and tricycles for needy children. A
 construction of a “clean room” to be        elementary education; early childhood       group of 65 students worked on the
 used to teach fabrication and repair        education; basic law enforcement;           bicycles. The Salvation Army
 of biotechnology equipment. The             machining technology; and air               distributed the more than 1,000 new
 timeline calls for completion of the        conditioning, heating and refrigera-        and used bicycles. The successful
 project in late summer.                     tion.                                       project will become an annual event.
 In the fall, the college received a         In December 2007, the college               Beginning in 2008-09, Forsyth Tech
 $30,000 minority male mentoring             celebrated its founders’ day and the        will offer an associate degree
 grant. A group called Men of                naming of the John Wood Foreman             program in race car technology. The
 Standard, made up primarily of              Technology Center at its Elizabeth          race car performance concentration
 minority male students, was formed          City Campus. Foreman was one of the         within the automotive systems
 to carry out activities associated with     college’s first trustees, a businessman     technology program has been a
 the grant. The group has sponsored          and community leader. A plaque to           popular choice, operating at full
 several events including a college          commemorate the naming was                  capacity since 1999.
 tour of North Carolina Central              unveiled and is now hanging in the          More than 60 applications have been
 University.                                 vestibule of the building.                  received for the Early College of
                                             Expansion and renovation continues at       Forsyth, scheduled to open in fall
Blue Ridge Community College                 the college with the following in           2008. The new venture is a collabo-
Flat Rock, North Carolina                    various stages of completion: a new         rative agreement between the college
                                             22,000 square foot expansion at the         and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County
 The college will open the technology        Elizabeth City campus; the addition of      Schools.
 education and development center in         a motorcycle range in conjunction
 the fall. College credit and continu-       with a local Harley Davidson dealer-       Nash Community College
 ing education courses in computer           ship; a new greenhouse at the              Rocky Mount, North Carolina
 programming, networking, hardware           Edenton-Chowan campus; and the
 maintenance, business information           renovation of the Dare County campus        In 2007, the college celebrated its
 systems, computer applications, web         library.                                    40th anniversary.
 development, multimedia, and three-                                                     The college’s Betsy B. Currin Child
 dimensional virtual reality program-      Fayetteville Technical                        Development Center (CDC) received
 ming will be taught in this state-of-     Community College                             accreditation by the National
 the-art facility.                         Fayetteville, North Carolina                  Association for the Education of
 An applied technology building will                                                     Young Children (NAEYC).
 also be added to the college’s              The college’s children center has           The math and science department
 Transylvania Center in Brevard. The         earned a five-star rating on a new two      received a $194,940 NCCCS
 new facility will bring additional          part rating system.                         BioNetwork grant for a liquid and
 classroom and laboratory space for          In the spring, Fayetteville Tech began      gas chromatography module. Michael
 automotive systems and allied health        a new 16 -week program, “Interactive        Shaner and Wes Bell, instructors
 programs, along with other occupa-          3D.” The program focuses on the job         wrote the grant proposal. Curriculum
 tional training classrooms. A distance      skills necessary to train an individual     courses such as biotechnology and
 education classroom and a small             to develop i3D content using the EON        organic chemistry will implement
 business incubator, with seven office       Reality Studio 5 suite of software.         these technologies into lab experi-
 suites, will also be included in this       The college will offer seminars,            ments.
 facility.                                   conferences, remote interactive
 The college’s foundation received a         training, and industrial courses
 gift of $25,000 to establish the Pay It     through the continuing education
 Forward Endowed Chair Fund. The             division as self-supporting offerings.
 chair is expected to be fully funded at

Campus Highlights continuted               program also recently received a new       In February, the college held a
Randolph Community College                 3D ultrasound machine.                     groundbreaking ceremony for the
Asheboro, North Carolina                   Earning a 100 percent pass rate, every     emergency services training center
                                           one of the recent emergency medical        off Coal Chute Road. The first phase
 In April, 14 students participated in     technology graduates passed the state      of the project will be completed by
 the college’s first student leadership    exam on the first attempt.                 2009. The center will provide basic,
 academy. Dr. Bob Shackleford,             With the acquisition of additional         intermediate and advanced training
 college president, initiated the          properties, construction of a new          for fire, rescue, emergency medical
 academy to provide leadership             highway connector road and the             services, and law enforcement
 development opportunities for             building of a multipurpose classroom/      personnel. The site will have a
 Randolph students.                        conference center, the Jackson campus      residential burn building and hazard-
 The college established a partnership     will have a new entranceway. The           ous materials props, a control tower,
 with Pfeiffer University to offer area    combined cost for this new develop-        a driving pad, and a road course.
 residents the opportunity to earn a       ment is more than $20 million.             The health science building on
 bachelor’s degree in elementary                                                      campus opened for classes in
 education on Randolph’s Asheboro         Stanly Community College                    February. This $3.8 million dollar
 campus. The first students enrolled in   Albemarle, North Carolina                   project, funded by the 2000 Higher
 January 2008. Randolph is in talks                                                   Education Bond Referendum, will
 with other private colleges and           Stanly Online continues to grow. Over      provide new classrooms, laborato-
 universities to offer additional          half of the college’s students take        ries, and offices for the college’s
 bachelor’s degree programs in             classes online. 34% take courses           healthcare programs such as nursing,
 Asheboro.                                 online and another 29% take both           medical assisting, and medical
 The new 20,000-square-foot building       online and traditional courses. The        laboratory technology.
 that will house the auto body repair      college offers eight associate degrees,    The college will offer a new program
 and automotive systems programs,          seventeen certificates, and six diplo-     in surveying technology beginning in
 will be named the Richard Petty           mas through Stanly Online.                 the fall.
 Education Center. Construction is         The college’s global partnership team      In March, the Exploring North
 expected to begin on the center later     has been busy developing international     Carolina series on UNC-TV included
 this year.                                ventures with the Universidad              a story about the Berry site location
                                           Tecnologica De Queretaro (UTEQ) in         of Fort San Juan, a 1567 fort built by
Rockingham Community College               Queretaro, Mexico, as well as with         Spanish explorer Juan Pardo. The
Wentworth, North Carolina                  institutions in South Africa, and the      Berry site is located north of
                                           Philippines.                               Morganton. Humanities students
 The college is working with               The college has improved its emer-         from Western Piedmont have helped
 Rockingham County Schools to plan         gency communications system through        to excavate the site for a number of
 and operate an Early College High         Connect-Ed. This multi-modal service       years.
 School on the college campus              enables campus leaders to schedule,
 beginning in the fall. Approximately      send, and track personalized voice        Wilkes Community College
 60 to 80 rising ninth graders will be     messages up to six phone numbers and      Wilkesboro, North Carolina
 accepted.                                 two email addresses per person.
 Rick Leinecker, assistant professor of    SCC-TV, the college’s TV channel,          The college is wrapping up Phase 1
 computer systems technology, began        moved to Channel 21 on the Time            of the Next Step Campaign, a $9.5
 podcasting his lectures during spring     Warner Cable dial in March. The            million campaign which includes
 2007. Since then, he has led a dozen      station now broadcasts 24 hours, 7         construction of Lowe’s Hall, addi-
 seminars across the state about           days a week.                               tional parking and the expansion of
 podcasting and its uses in education.     Dr. Scott Ralls, president, North          Daniel Hall. Planning for Phase 2 of
 Leineker has developed a software         Carolina Community College system,         the campaign has begun with the
 program to make podcasting simple         spoke at the opening sessions for the      acquisition of a parcel of land near
 for educators.                            North Carolina Community College           the college campus.
                                           Instructional Administrators confer-       The Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs
Southwestern Community College             ence held at the college in February.      Foundation, a division of the Fabrica-
Sylva, North Carolina                                                                 tors and Manufacturers Association
                                          Western Piedmont                            (FMA) Foundation, awarded the
 The new Macon campus opened its          Community College                           Ashe campus a $4,000 grant to offer
 doors in spring 2007. Growth has         Morganton, North Carolina                   a summer manufacturing camp
 been so rapid that the county will                                                   program for rising 9th and 10th grade
 start on a second building this           Nancy Epley, a student in environmen-      students at Ashe County High
 summer. The new facility will help        tal science technology, has been           School. Twenty students will learn to
 house Macon Early College, which          named as an 2008 New Century               build robots at the ROBO-Tech
 starts its third year in fall.            Scholar. Epley spearheaded ‘The            camp.
 Southwestern is now operating two         Green Campus’ initiative on campus.        Approximately 92 Wilkes County 9th
 early colleges in Jackson County –        Epley, a member of Phi Theta Kappa,        graders in the student success
 one on the college’s Jackson campus       (PTK) intends to use a portion of her      academy visited the campus in
 and the other at Blue Ridge School.       award money to purchase a tree for         March. They toured the campus and
 In the past year, the medical             Earth Day to be planted on the college     learned about career planning, tech
 sonography program was awarded            campus. The New Century Scholar is         prep, and college programs. College
 national accreditation, and expanded      the highest recognition a PTK member       officials hope that the students are
 to include an associate’s degree. The     can achieve.                               motivated to stay in school.

     System hosts fourth Minority Male Mentoring Conference
   The North Carolina Commu-                                                                           the Southern Association of
nity College System sponsored                                                                          Colleges and Schools (SACS);
the fourth annual Minority Male                                                                        Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, founder and
Mentoring (3M) Conference in                                                                           director of Student African-
April in Research Triangle Park.                                                                       American Brotherhood (SAAB);
The theme of the conference was                                                                        Dr. Simon Whittaker, co-founder
“Changing the Image of Educa-                                                                          of the Whittaker Institute for
tion: A Call to Action!”                                                                               Success and Enrichment; and Dr.
   More than 500 people at-                                                                            Don Locke, Professor Emeritus
tended the conference. Accord-                                                                         at North Carolina State Univer-
ing to Monty Hickman, associate                                                                        sity. Conference attendees also
director of financial aid, North                                                                       attended workshop sessions as
Carolina Community College                                                                             well as a poetry slam. More than
System, conference attendees                                                                           30 young men and two instructors
developed a strategic plan to                                                                          shared original poems or “raps”
increase participation in higher                                                                       that reflected a myriad of ideas,
education by minority men.                                                                             emotions and opinions.
                                      Dr. Belle S. Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of
Minority men are grossly              Colleges and Schools (SACS), center, talks with students at the Cornelius Dickens, a student at
underrepresented in higher            minority male mentoring conference.                              Halifax Community College,
education, according to enroll-                                                                        won the contest with a tribute to
ment data of the North Carolina                institutions by December 2008.”                  his young daughter.
Community College System.                         The complete plan, with objectives               Several community college leaders
   “The participants are planning to           and implementation strategies, can be            were honored for their service to the
implement the strategic plan in their          found on the system website at: http://          3M program including H. Martin
own communities,” said Hickman.                www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/                     Lancaster, outgoing system president
   Hickman said the plan focuses on            Stu_Dev_Services/                                and a strong proponent of the program.
four areas: community and faith; health StudentDevPersonnel.htm.                                   Michael Spriggs, a student at Wayne
and human services; business partner-             More than four years ago, the                 Community College said the confer-
ships; and education advancement. A            Governor’s Crime Commission funded               ence and the mentoring program are
specific strategy was created for each         the program at several community                 important to him. “When you come
area. For example, in community and            colleges. In 2007, the North Carolina            here it gives you a lot of empowerment,
faith, the stated goal is to “inform 150       General Assembly provided the funding            a lot of motivation, a lot of inspiration
minority churches across the state of          for 15 new programs and to partially             to go back home and inspire the other
North Carolina of the widespread               finance the conference.                          youth,” said Spriggs. “3M has taught
problem of the retention/graduation rate          Featured speakers at the conference           me how to prioritize. I seek to under-
of minority males in educational               were: Dr. Belle S. Wheelan, president of stand, and then to be understood.”

                North Carolina Community Colleges Foundation
                               elects new chair
                                  Foundation also names W. Dallas Herring fellows
   The board of directors of                                                                                   Jr. and Stephen P. Zelnak, Jr.,
the North Carolina Commu-                                                                                      both Raleigh business
nity Colleges Foundation, Inc.                                                                                 leaders, have also chaired the
elected Hunt Broyhill to serve                                                                                 foundation board.
as chair, succeeding Raleigh                                                                                      Board members unveiled
attorney Dwight Allen.                                                                                         an impressive plaque in the
Broyhill, a businessman with                                                                                   lobby of the Caswell
Broyhill Asset Management                                                                                      Building, headquarters of the
LLC in Lenoir, has served on                                                                                   North Carolina Community
the foundation’s board since                                                                                   College System, honoring
its revival in 1998 and                                                                                        donors to the capital cam-
recently chaired the invest-                                                                                   paign, and individual plaques
ment committee.                                                                                                acknowledging large gifts
   In making the nomination at                                                                                 made by or in honor of
the foundation’s meeting in                                                                                    Poole; the late Governor
Raleigh April 29, retiring                                                                                     Luther Hodges; and AW
chair Allen praised Broyhill        Members of the North Carolina Community Colleges Foundation board          North Carolina.
for his excellent work on           gather to dedicate a new plaque at the Jones Street entrance to the           The board also approved
investments and his commit-         System Office. L to R: Sam Hunter, Susan Nobles, J. Gregory Poole, H.      the selection of two recipi-
ment to the foundation’s            Martin Lancaster, Hunt Broyhill, Frank Daniels, Jr., Dwight Allen and      ents of the W. Dallas Herring
successful capital campaign.        Richard Harris. The plaque honors contributors to the foundation’s capi-   Fellowships to the Institute
Since 1998, J. Gregory Poole,       tal campaign.                                                                       See Foundation page 9

                Six community colleges get state energy grants
                         Energy bill savings will pay projects’ costs in less than two years
   Six community colleges received          check the State Energy Office website at   $25,000, annual savings: $5,000.
state energy grants, Governor Mike          www.energync.net.                            Mitchell Community College,
Easley announced in April.                    The projects are as follows:             energy efficient measures, estimated
   The state’s first Energy Efficiency        Central Carolina Community               cost: $25,000; annual savings: $8,000.
Reserve Fund grants will implement 58       College, energy efficient lighting,          Piedmont Community College,
power-saving projects at 10 state           estimated cost: $15,000; annual savings:   heating, ventilation and air conditioning
agencies, 15 University of North            $3,000.                                    controls, estimated cost: $120,000,
Carolina campuses and six community           Central Piedmont Community               annual savings: $40,000.
colleges. The $5 million spent on the       College, energy efficient measures,          Wake Technical Community
projects will save about $3.2 million a     estimated cost: $50,000, annual savings:   College, heating, ventilation and air
year in utility costs. The energy saved     $17,000.                                   conditioning of student services
is equal to the amount needed to power        Martin Community College, energy         building, estimated cost: $150,000,
4,028 homes for a year, according to        efficient lighting, estimated cost,        annual savings: $93,000.
Easley’s office. For more information,

                           College Tech Prep Awards Announced
Community colleges and public schools       Brunswick Community College and            College and Guilford County Schools
from across North Carolina received         Brunswick County Schools                   Silver Award for Excellence in
the North Carolina College Tech Prep        College of The Albemarle, Edenton-         Promotion
Award in Greensboro in March.               Chowan Schools and Perquimans              Davidson County Community
College Tech Prep is a course of study      County Schools                             College and Davidson County Schools
designed to meet the need for high          Guilford Technical Community               Pitt Community College and Pitt
school graduates to have more techni-       College and Guilford County Public         County Schools
cally oriented educational backgrounds.     Schools                                    Platinum Award for Excellence in
The overall award recognizes the            Gold Award for Excellence in Partner-      Promotion
programs that achieved a high percent-      ship                                       Brunswick Community College and
age of student participation, lowered       Davidson County Community College          Brunswick County Schools
dropout and remediation rates and           and Davidson County Schools                Catawba Valley Community College,
involved all partners in the process. A     Silver Award for Excellence in             Alexander County Schools, Catawba
complete list of award recipients           Partnership                                County Schools, Hickory City Schools,
follows.                                    Central Piedmont Community College         and Newton-Conover City Schools
                                            and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools          Guilford Community College and
Silver Award for Overall Excellence         Fayetteville Technical Community           Guilford County Schools
Fayetteville Technical Community            College and Cumberland County              Platinum Award for Worksite
College and Cumberland County               Schools                                    Brunswick Community College and
Schools                                     Platinum Award for Excellence in           Brunswick County Schools
Platinum Award for Overall Excel-           Partnership                                Fayetteville Technical Community
lence                                       Guilford Technical Community               College and Cumberland County

Foundation from page 8
for Future Presidents. Endowed in           College System, praised Dr. Brewer and     capacity of the North Carolina Commu-
2003 by gifts to the foundation from        Dr. McGinnis for their vision, energy      nity College System and its community
friends of the late Dr. Herring, regarded   and commitment to community college        colleges to increase public advocacy,
as the spiritual father of the North        education in North Carolina. He noted      encourage innovation, recognize
Carolina Community College System,          that four of the six previous Fellows      excellence and build capacity for
the fellowships assist in preparing         have already become community college      leadership. Contributions to the
talented senior administrators to           presidents in North Carolina. They are     Foundation support, among many other
become community college presidents.        Dr. Robert S. Shackleford, Jr.             efforts, statewide awards for presiden-
   This year’s Fellows are: Dr. Tim         Randolph Community College,                tial, faculty and staff excellence;
Brewer, vice president for instruction at   Asheboro; Dr. Sharon Morrissey,            scholarships such as the NC GSK
Mitchell Community College in               Richmond Community College, Hamlet;        Foundation Teacher Preparation
Statesville; and Dr. Kim McGinnis,          Dr. Ralph G. Soney, Roanoke-Chowan         scholarships; leadership training; and
dean of continuing education at James       Community College, Ahoskie; Dr. Kay        public awareness.
Sprunt Community College in                 Albertson, Wayne Community College,           For information about the foundation,
Kenansville.                                Goldsboro.                                 contact Chancy Kapp at 919-807-6962,
   In presenting the names for approval,      The North Carolina Community             kappc@nccommunitycolleges.edu.
H. Martin Lancaster, retiring president     Colleges Foundation, Inc., is a non-
of the North Carolina Community             profit foundation working to enhance the


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