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Beaufort County Community College CAMPUS February 2010 Connections 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. Page 4 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. Hope • Opportunity • Jobs Campus Connections Page 2 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Page 3 Campus Connections 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 instructor. 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. Campus Connections Page 4 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 CFNC.org/fafsaday 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, www.pin.ed.gov; and a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet with as much information entered as possible. The online Worksheet is available at www.fafsa.gov. 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. Hope • Opportunity • Jobs 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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