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									                 Beaufort County Community College

 February 2010

                                                                   BCCC is creating success!

                             BCCC receives Wilkinson Trust gift
                                The Beaufort County Community College Foundation recently received the largest
                             single cash gift in the history of the non-profit from the trust of Beaufort County lawyer
                             John A. Wilkinson.
                                The gift – in the amount of $330,000 – was announced in January by Foundation
                             Director Judy Meier Jennette.
                                It comes to the college in addition to a gift of $25,000 made by Wilkinson in 1993 –
                             which has grown to an amount worth about $180,000 and today funds the college’s
                             Ambassador Program which provides eight scholarships in the amount of about
                             $8,000 to outstanding students each year.
                                “John Wilkinson led by example,” said Foundation Director Judy Meier Jennette.
                             “He saw the true value of education and was committed to giving others access to it.”
                                The gift was made from the John A. Wilkinson Foundation, which also made gifts to
                             other charities, including the George H. and Laura E. Brown Library, following Wilkin-
                             son’s death in 2001.
                                “John Wilkinson had an abiding interest in the welfare and education of the citizens
                             of Beaufort County,” said BCCC President David McLawhorn. “This interest led him
                             to set aside funds in his trust for the education of worthy local residents who can
                             profit from Wilkinson’s generosity for generations to come.”
                                This gift to BCCC was important to Wilkinson “because it furthered the educa-
                             tion of people who could not otherwise obtain it,” said James Vosburgh, a trustee
                             of the Wilkinson Foundation. “Throughout his life, John Wilkinson contributed to the
                             community, but he did it very quietly. This was a continuation of that effort – a major

Inside                       contribution he could make to the community.”
                                Wilkinson, a Beaufort County native, practiced law in the county for over 60 years.
                             He served in the law firms of Ward and Wilkinson, Wilkinson and Vosburgh and
Page 2                       Wilkinson and Rader before retiring in 1995. He also served as president of the Sec-
Fashikie Smith is new lead   ond District Judicial Bar Association.
MLT instructor.                 Wilkinson was active in civic and political affairs in Beaufort County and North
Nominations sought for       Carolina throughout his life.
BCCC Ambassadors.               A U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II, Wilkinson was a member of American
                             Legion Post 15 and a member of the Washington Masonic Lodge #675 A.F. & A.M.
Page 3                          He was a delegate for 40 years to the Republican National Convention and served
Kidwell family donates       on the National Republican Committee in 1983 to 1984, among other party positions.
funds for scholarship.       He was a candidate for the N.C. House of Representatives in 1966, 1980 and 1982.
                             In 1988, Wilkinson was inducted into the N.C. Republican Party Hall of Fame.
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                                Under guidelines established by the college and foundation representatives, the
BCCC to host FAFSA Day
                             gift will be invested with a portion of its earnings to be used to fund scholarships and
financial aid workshop.
                             faculty and staff awards that promote excellence in education. The first scholarships
                             from the gift are expected to be made in Fall 2010.

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Fashikie Smith, a BCCC alum heads MLT Program
   A BCCC alumna who studied medical laboratory technology at the college has been chosen to lead the program in
which she earned her degree.
   Fashikie E. Smith of Washington, a graduate of the Medical Labo-
ratory Technology Program at Beaufort County Community College,
joined the faculty in January as the lead instructor for the program.
   She succeeds Art Keehnle who held the post for 26 years before
his death in late 2009.
   As lead instructor, Smith is tasked with managing the MLT Pro-
gram at BCCC, teaching the laboratory disciplines and supervising
the students as they work at a dozen clinical sites throughout east-
ern North Carolina.
   “I am very excited about the possibilities and potential that Fashik-
ie brings to help the MLT Program meet the challenges of the 21st
Century,” said Gregg Allinson, chairman of BCCC’s Allied Health
Division which includes the MLT Program, among others. “I look
forward to working with Ms. Smith into what I expect will be a bright
future for her, the program, the college and the community.”
   Smith was drawn to medicine, in part, by concern for members of her Fashikie Smith is BCCC’s new Medical Laboratory Techni-
                                                                         cian Lead Instructor.
grandmother’s church in Aurora who were experiencing health issues.
   “I just wanted to help,” she said.
   After considering other health-related fields, she chose medical laboratory work as a good fit for her interest and her
personality, she said.
   “It’s interesting to be on the cutting edge and on the diagnostic end of medicine,” she said.
   A native of Washington, Smith graduated from Washington High School in 1986. After completing general college cours-
es at East Carolina University Smith earned an associate’s degree from BCCC in 1991. She also holds a 2003 bachelor’s
degree in industrial technology and manufacturing from ECU and a 2005 master’s degree in occupational safety from ECU.
                                                                                                         SEE SMITH, PAGE 3

  Ambassador nominations sought                                          Beaufort County
The BCCC Foundation is now seeking nominations                          Community College
for applicants to represent the college as Ambas-                is a public comprehensive community college
sadors for the 2010-2011 school year. Those se-
                                                               committed to providing accessible and affordable
lected as Ambassadors will receive a one-year
tuition scholarship and will help the college mar-                    quality education, effective teaching,
ket its programs and services. To be considered for           relevant training, and lifelong learning opportunities
the program, students must be nominated by a faculty                  for the people served by the college.
member and meet the following minimum qualifications:
A high level of commitment to BCCC; a neat appear-
ance and outgoing personality; good verbal communica-
tion and presentation skills; poise and ability to make a
positive first impression; scheduling flexibility, and have
their own transportation. Ambassadors are expected                  Campus Connections
to have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher at                      is a monthly newsletter
the time of nomination and maintain a GPA of 2.5                             published by
or better each semester they serve as Ambas-                    Beaufort County Community College,
sadors. The deadline for faculty nominations for               P.O. Box 1069, Washington, N.C. 27889.
BCCC Ambassadors is March 12. For more in-
                                                                        Judy Jennette, editor
formation about the Ambassador program, inter-
ested persons can contact Marcia Norwood in the                 Betty Mitchell Gray, writer and design
BCCC Foundation office at 940-6218 or by email at                     Tracey Johnson, printing
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Kidwell family donates funds for scholarship
   The family of Louise Proctor Kidwell recently made a contribution to the Beaufort County Community College Founda-
tion to augment scholarship funding from an endowment created in memory of Mrs. Kidwell.
   It was established in 2008 by her children.
   The scholarship will be awarded to an accounting or business
student attending BCCC this spring.
   Mrs. Kidwell was born in Aberdeen, Maryland, and attended
Mount St. Agnes High School in Baltimore. After graduation, she
attended night school at McCoy College, a part of Johns Hopkins
University, which did not accept women at the time. She applied
for work with the FBI but received a rejection letter from J Edgar
Hoover informing her that is was not their policy to hire women.
   Before moving to Washington, Mrs. Kidwell lived in New
Jersey where she raised her children and worked for 17 years in
New York City as an accountant for Van Riper Schmitt & Co. In
January 1969, she began working for H & R Block in Rutherford,
N.J., and in 1974 she passed the Internal Revenue Service En-
rolled Agent Exam, an accomplishment of which she was very
proud. In September 1979, she bought the local H & R Block         Pictured above, Keith Kidwell presents a $500 check for the schol-
franchise, established what would become LPK Accounting            arship to BCCC Foundation Director Judy Meier Jennette.
Service Inc. and relocated to Washington.
   The Kidwells’ made the donation in memory of their mother. They operate three H & R Block offices, two in Washington
and one in Chocowinity.

  Did you know?
                                       The BCCC nursing programs exceeded NCCCS accountability
                                       standards and the system averages for licensure passing rates
                                       for 2008. The NCCCS Standard is 70%.

                                          BCCC                        BCCC           NCCCS Average
                                          Nursing Program            Pass Rate         Pass Rate
                                          2008 ADN                     92%               90%
                                          2008 PN                      95%               94%
       From the Office of
   Institutional Effectiveness

SMITH, from Page 2
   Smith began her career as a medical laboratory technician at the Aurora Medical Center in 1992. With over 14 years
experience in the profession, Smith has also worked in the medical labs at Beaufort County and Pungo District Hospital.
   During this time, she also served as a safety intern at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, where she conducted environmen-
tal audits, waste management reviews and participated in hazardous material drills, among other activities.
   Before joining the BCCC faculty as lead MLT instructor, Smith taught part-time at the college in 2006 as a hematology
   She also served for three years as a laboratory supervisor at the Pitt County Health Department, supervising work in
the department’s lab, developing budgetand overseeing quality control, among other activities.
   Smith said she was drawn to teaching after observing some of the area’s students at work in her laboratory. She began
to think that she could play a role in helping them improve their skills and work ethic.
   “I began to wonder how I could spark their interest,” she said. “Unfortunately, Art’s passing was the opportunity for me to
come in a difference.”
   Smith’s professional activities include membership in the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the American
Society of Safety Engineer’s Eastern Carolina Chapter.
   She is an active member of Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, walking and travel-
ing to new places.
   Smith and her daughter, Jai, 14, live in Washington.
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BCCC to host FAFSA Financial Aid workshop
   Beaufort County Community College will participate in a statewide Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA,
Day 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 13, in Building 9, Room 927, on the BCCC campus.
   College financial aid officers and specialists will be available at this time to help high school seniors and families com-
plete and submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms, according to Harold Smith, BCCC’s direc-
tor of Financial Aid, announced that
   The event is being held in cooperation with the College Foundation of North Carolina.
   Completing the FAFSA form is a requirement to be considered for all federal and most state financial aid, including
scholarships and grants, for college. This year’s statewide FAFSA Day is sponsored by College Foundation of North Caro-
lina, the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the State Employees’ Credit Union.
   The workshops are open to any high school senior. The student participating at a college site does not need to be plan-
ning to attend the host college. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. A list of all locations and registration is available at or by calling 866-866-CFNC toll-free.
   To be fully prepared to complete the FAFSA on February 13th, event participants should bring the following items to
FAFSA Day: both the student’s and parents’ federal 1040 tax forms for 2009 (or W-2 forms and other income and as-
set documents if completed tax forms are not available); the student’s and one parent’s Personal Identification Numbers
(PINs) obtained in advance from the U.S. Department of Education website,; and a FAFSA on the Web
Worksheet with as much information entered as possible. The online Worksheet is available at
   Additional free college planning information is available at the College Foundation of North Carolina website, CFNC.
org. Families can find college cost estimators, listings of scholarship, grant and loan opportunities, information about North
Carolina’s 529 college savings plan, career information, virtual tours of more than 100 of the state’s college campuses and
online college admission and financial aid applications.
   For more information about the workshop being held at BCCC, contact the BCCC Financial Aid office at 252-940-6219.

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                                        Upcoming Events
February 2―BCCC Board of Trustees dinner, 6 p.m., meeting, 6:30 p.m., Building 10, Board Room.
February 2—Gamma Beta Phi meeting. For more information, contact Wesley Beddard at 940-
   6226 or Crystal Ange at 940-6216.
February 2—BC3 Science Club Trail Blazing Meeting, noon, Room 935, Building 9. for more infor-
   mation, contact Ana McClanahan at
February 4―Onyx Club meets. For more information, contact Maurice Jordan at 940-6251.
February 6—BC3 Science Club dinner at Hibatchi in Greenville.
February 9―SGA Officers meeting.
February 11—BC3 Science Club meeting, 2 p.m. Room 935, Building 9.
February 12―Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day.
February 15―Presidents Day.
February 16―Southern Culture Cuisine Covered Dish Lunch, Student Lounge, Building 9.
February 16―BCANS meets. For more information, contact Sherry Glover at 940-6265.
February 18―Onyx Club meets. For more information, contact Maurice Jordan at 940-6251.
February 23―SGA meeting, noon, Student Lounge, Building 9.
February 25—BC3 Science Club meets, 2 p.m., Room 935, Building 9.
February 26—BC3 Science Club museum tour.
To publicize an event, contact the public relations staff no later than the 15th of the month in order to list your event in
the next edition of Campus Connections. E-mail your announcements to Betty Gray at

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