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      VOLUME 35, NUMBER 5                                                                                             DECEMBER 10, 2007
                                                                                                                          www.rockinghamcc.edu

 Early Childhood Program Receives NAEYC Accrediation                                                                  What Should We Do When
         Seventeen community colleges recently re-                                                                      It Snows or Sleets?
ceived accreditation for their early childhood educa-
                                                                                                                               As winter approaches, students should be
tion programs. Only three were located in North
                                                                                                                      aware of Rockingham Community College’s proce-
Carolina and only 34 have been accredited nation-
                                                                                                                      dures regarding announcements of schedule changes
wide.
                                                                                                                      due to inclement weather.
         Accreditation was granted by the Division of
                                                                                                                               When the college’s regular schedule must be
Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation of
                                                                                                                      adjusted due to inclement weather, information will
the National Association for the Education of Young
                                                                                                                      be provided to the following media sources.
Children (NAEYC). Since 2005, 140 colleges in
35 states have enrolled in self-study to work toward
                                                                                                                      •WLOE/WMYN AM (1490) Eden
accreditation through this organization.
                                                                                                                      •WXII TV - Channel 12 Winston
          “This accreditation system provides the first-
                                                                                                                      •WAKG-FM (103) Danville
ever national standards by which early childhood as-
                                                             An intern in the early childhoof progam works            •WXLV TV-Channel 45 Greensboro
sociate degree programs can be uniformly measured,”
                                                                           with a young student.                      •WJMH FM (102.1) Greensboro
said Alison Lutton, Director, of the Early Childhood
                                                            ingly calling for its teachers to have at least an        •WFMY TV-Channel 2 Greensboro
Associate Degree Program at NAEYC. “By earn-
                                                            associate’s degree or higher. Elevated professional       •WGSR Channel 39 or 5 Reidsville
ing this distinctive and rigorous mark of quality for its
                                                            standards for educators in the early childhood field      •WGHP TV-Channel 8 High Point
students and faculty, these colleges have elevated the
profession and the quality of education in their com-       will have a direct effect on the quality by which early
                                                            learning programs will be evaluated.                              In addition to the media sources listed above,
munities.”
                                                                     “Teacher quality is a crucial component in      RCC’s Educational Access Channel (Channel 2 on
         Professional early childhood education teach-
                                                            providing high-quality early childhood education to      Time-Warner Cable) and the college’s website will
ers are among the fastest growing occupational needs
                                                            millions of children across the country,” said Jerlean   have information regarding closings. The RCC tele-
in the United States. The association’s Early Child-
                                                            Daniel, Ph. D., Associate Executive Director of          phone message will also be updated.
hood Associate Degree Accreditation system recog-
                                                            NAEYC. “Establishing high standards for associate                 College officials try to make morning an-
nizes degree programs at colleges which meet the
                                                            degree programs is an important step towards rais-       nouncements prior to 6: AM.
highest standards for teacher preparation.
                                                            ing the quality of all teacher preparation programs.”             When delay of opening or closing announce-
         Both public and private early care and edu-
                                                                                                                     ments are made, they will affect all college programs
cation programs, including Head Start, are increas-
                                                                                                                     and activities scheduled on and off-campus. Faculty
Davies Retires after 32 Years at                            RCC                                                      and staff or administration will be affected according
                                                                                                                     to policy (see page 42 in the 2005 Faculty/Staff
        “I Could Not Have Asked for a Better Job.”                                                                   Handbook).
          Rockingham Community College art instruc-         His imagery was bold and sometimes disturbing –                   RCC will not announce when the college will
tor Jim Davies admits having a couple of real fears:        the complete opposite of his mother’s traditional, de- operate as usual.
that he will lose his effectiveness as a teacher by stay-   tailed miniature landscapes, for which she later earned           Please avoid confusion by listening carefully
ing in education too long and that educators are be-        a growing reputation before her death at age 73.         to one of the above stations, RCC’s Educational
ginning to treat teaching as a mere job.                              Davies artistic talents were nurtured early by Access (Channel 2 on Time-Warner Cable), or the
          To circumvent the former, Davies, at 62, is       Annette Rosenshine, an elderly neighbor in the 1950s college’s website on days of inclement weather.
retiring effective Jan. 1, 2008 after a 32-year career      in Berkley, Calif. Rosenshine had studied under the
at RCC. As for the latter, he hopes the trend will          renowned Henri Matisse, one of the most famous Two Receive SECU Awards to
change.                                                     artists of the twentieth century. In addition, Davies                      Attend RCC
          From his first class in 1975 to his last one      spent time with Ansel Adams, a world famous pho-                  Thanks to $1 donations by State Employees
this fall, Davies has been committed to his students.       tographer and frequent visitor to his parents’ home. Credit Union members, Meredith Nunnery of
They think of him as a father figure. When class isn’t               But it wasn’t until his military service ended Mayodan and Matthew Fowler of Eden each re-
in session, they use his classroom as a study hall be-      that Davies delved deeply into art. He never looked ceived a $1,250 per semester State Employees Credit
cause they like the atmosphere. The sit knee-to-knee        back. And when he entered the realm of teaching it Union scholarship to attend Rockingham Commu-
and elbow-to-elbow in his office because they like          was not with the idea of mentoring – it was with the nity College. Nunnery is enrolled in the nursing pro-
being close to him. They seek his advice on their art       personal understanding that this was a way he could gram and Fowler is in the college transfer program
and about their lives.                                      freely express himself. He could make a living with- with a concentration in English.
          But Davies is beginning to feel the first trem-   out having to satisfy a buying public.                            Two SECU scholarships are given each year
ors of a forming generation gap. Once the process                    “I thought of myself as an artist who was       at each of the state’s 58 community colleges. In ad-
completes itself, he says he will no longer be effec-       teaching.”                                               dition, one scholarship is awarded each year at each
tive as a teacher. As a committed educator that is                   The reverse happened. “I fell in love with of the state’s high schools. SECU members fund
unconscionable, so he’s leaving.                            teaching. I loved the students. I realized quickly that these scholarships by having their $1 per month ser-
          When Davies arrived at RCC in 1975, he            this was not going to be just a job, this was going to vice fees put instead into the SECU Foundation which
was a Vietnam veteran medic with an undergraduate           be a career.”                                            funds the scholarships.
degree from Duke University in sociological anthro-                  Davies says he subscribes to the Native                  The Foundation’s goal is “to promote local
pology, master’s level work in archaeology, and             American coyote teaching concept: conduct your- community development in the areas of education,
bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts from East      self and your class in a way that students learn with- health, and human services.
Carolina University.                                        out realizing they are being taught. In Davies’ courses,          The scholarships were first available for fall
          At the time, Davies says with a laugh, “My        students are exposed to art concepts and techniques      semester 2005. In Rockingham County, SECU
parents didn’t understand my art but they were tol-         while being encouraged to explore the diversity in- scholarships are funded by all three credit unions in
erant.”                                                     herent in life.                                          the county.
          That’s because Davies pushed the envelope.                         Continued on page 5.
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        Community College Prices Are Good News for Those                                                                       There Just Might Be a Way
             Struggling to Pay for an Education...                                                                                to Pay for a College
         Quite frankly, North Carolina community                   courses so that the student can transfer to a univer-                 One of the main reasons a person doesn’t
colleges are cheap. Even though a full-time student                sity as a junior.                                           go to college is the cost. Rockingham Community
currently pays $1,100-$1,500 each year for tuition                          For the student who wants academic excel-          College cost $1,000-$1,500 per year for tuition and
and fees…that’s cheap. In comparison, the College                  lence, RCC offers instructors who inspire, challenge,       fees, which is thousands less than the cost of attend-
Board’s annual report released recently shows North                and encourage.                                              ing a public four-year university. Yet people look at
Carolina’s public four-year universities cost an aver-                      For the student who wants involvement in ex-       that price tag and think, “There’s no way I can afford
age $8,640 per year for tuition and fees. Private                  tracurricular activities, RCC offers student govern-        that for myself or my children.”
four-year universities charge approximately $23,000                ment, clubs, organizations, intramural sports, and an                 Well…there just might be a way.
per year on average.                                               athletic program.                                                     Last year the financial aid office at RCC
         Community college prices, then, are good                           For the student who requires academic help,        awarded just under $2.5 million in financial aid to
news for those struggling to pay for an education for              RCC offers learning labs and a student success cen-         RCC students for an average of almost $1,900 per
their children or themselves. And unlike nearly half               ter.                                                        student. That amount increased this fall to more than
of the counties in the state, Rockingham County citi-                       For the student who wants to save money            $2.5 million for an average of $2,150 per student.
zens have a community college in the “back yard.”                  and get a good education, RCC cannot be beat.                         Financial aid comes in the form of scholar-
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 90 percent of                                                                             ships and grants from local, state, and federal sources.
all Rockingham County families earn $35,500 per                    Electronics Program Offers                                  Except for some local scholarships, these awards are
year or less. At $35,500, paying tuition and fees for              Improved Course Materials                                   need-based.
a four-year public university education is going to eat                     In keeping with its mission to provide the                   The trick with financial aid, though, is to ap-
up 24 percent of a families’ yearly gross income.                  people of Rockingham County with a high quality             ply early. For need-based scholarships and grants, a
         But that’s not the whole picture. Room and                education, Rockingham Community College has im-             person must – and the emphasis is on must – fill out a
board will add another $4,000-$5,000 at North                      proved the course material in its electronics program.      Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Carolina’s four-year public universities and colleges.             To reflect those changes, it has changed the name of        form. As its name implies, this is a federal applica-
That leaves a family with a gross income of $35,500                the program (formerly electronics technology) to elec-      tion. It can be filled out online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
with approximately $21,000 to cover all the other                  tronics engineering technology.                             Before anything else, when you get to the website
family needs and incidentals for the year – food, rent,                     “These changes introduce some new topics           apply for a PIN number. This is like a social security
house payments, car payments, federal, state, and                  and materials,” said Mike Frazier, electronics engi-        number, so you must keep it in a safe place. Once
local taxes, insurance premiums, and any additional                neering technology professor. “It reflects advance-         you receive your PIN number, you will use it to ap-
monthly or annual expenditures, bills, donations and/              ments in the field as well.”                                ply for federal scholarships, grants and/or loans
or fees.                                                                    Although the bulk of the program is essen-         throughout your educational career.
         Conversely, Rockingham Community Col-                     tially the same, course changes include DC/AC cir-                    Once you have a PIN number you can fill
lege tuition and fees amount to four percent of a                  cuit analysis with theorems, automation systems, and        out the FAFSA form online. Admittedly, this form
$35,500 annual income. That leaves a family in that                computer upgrade and repair. In addition, more hours        can be confusing so we’ve got two ways to help you:
earning bracket with $34,000 instead of $21,000 to                 were added to the software for technicians and              FAFSA worksheets will be available at RCC’s fi-
make it through the year. Over two years, such a                   troubleshooting courses in order to more thoroughly         nancial aid office on Jan. 4 and then on Feb. 9, RCC
family would save $28,000.                                         cover those topics.                                         will be an official FAFSA Day host site. On FAFSA
         Of course, financial aid will offset some of                       Because of these changes students will now         Day you can come to RCC and do the entire appli-
these costs. According the College Board report,                   be eligible to apply for additional job titles such as      cation online. Several individuals will be on hand to
however, financial aid amounts have lost ground even               electronics engineering technician, electronics systems     help you. Just have your PIN number and tax infor-
as tuition and fees have risen. Therefore, student                 integrator, and engineering assistant. For those who        mation available from 2007. If you want to attend
borrowing now hovers well in the billions nationwide,              wish to continue their education in the electronics         FAFSA Day but won’t be in town, check for the
shackling students with years of repayment.                        engineering field, the changes will enable students to      FAFSA site nearest to you by going to www.cfnc.org.
         The cost of a quality education at a commu-               transfer more easily into electronics engineering tech-     They will have a list of locations.
nity college looks better and better.                              nology programs at four-year institutions.                            Never pay anyone to fill out the FAFSA form
         For the student who wants to get a four-year                       In the new program, students advance from          for you. Applying for FAFSA is free. Help in filling
education, RCC offers freshman and sophomore core                  fundamental electrical and electronic courses to con-       out the form is free.
                                                                   centrated studies of electrical machinery, industrial                 Beginning with the 2008-09 school year, the
                                                                   controls, microcomputer systems, and telecommuni-           federal government will no longer print FAFSA ap-
                                                                   cations. Course work includes direct and alternating        plications for schools to distribute. Paper applica-
                                                                   current electricity, digital and analog electronic cir-     tions can be requested by calling 1-800-433-3243.
                                                                   cuits, microprocessors, computer and networking                       So far we’ve talked about federal aid. State
                                                                   systems, and industrial motors and controls.                financial aid can be determined online through the
                                                                            Students will also be trained on an advanced       College Foundation of North Carolina at
                                                                   system known as FACET (Fault-Assisted Circuits              www.cfnc.org.
                                                                   for Electronics Training). This system provides state-                Local aid, too, is abundant thanks to the RCC
                                                                   of-the-art computer-assisted, multimedia-based elec-        Foundation, one of the most active foundations in the
                                                                   tronics training.                                           state. This fall, the RCC Foundation awarded over
                                                                            In addition to the jobs mentioned above,           $160,000 to 210 students. Some of these scholar-
                                                                   graduates may find career opportunities as a micro-         ships are merit-based and some cover costs other
                                                                   computer/network technician, electronics or electri-        than tuition and fees.
                                                                   cal technician, custom control panel designer, field                  The priority deadline for local, state, and fed-
THE ROCK is published four to five times per semester
during the fall and spring semesters by the students, fac-         service technician, electronic tester, bench technician,    eral grants and scholarships for 2008-09 academic
ulty and staff of Rockingham Community College. THE                and production control technician. Graduates may            year is March 15.
ROCK cherishes contributions from its readers but reserves
                                                                   also find jobs in the exciting field of robotics. For all             Although most financial aid has been distrib-
the right to edit all submissions in accordance with accepted                                                                  uted for the current school year, students are advised
style and space limitations. Articles and editorials which         graduates, opportunities for employment are excel-
                                                                   lent. For more information, call Mike Frazier at 342-       to check with the financial aid office in order to de-
appear in THE ROCK do not necessarily represent the views
of the students, administration, faculty or staff of this insti-   4261, Ext. 2125.                                            termine if money is still available. To do that, you
tution.                                                                                                                        must – and, again, the emphasis is on must – apply to
                                                                         MLC Hours for Spring 2008                             attend RCC and then register for classes. Financial
  Rockingham Community College does not discrimi-                          The Multimedia Learning Center will be open         aid cannot be determined until the financial aid office
  nate in administering or access to, or treatment or              Monday through Thursday from 8 AM until 10 PM,              has your information, including the cost of your edu-
  employment or admission in its program and activi-               Friday from 8 AM until 3 PM, and Saturday from 9            cation based on the number of classes you are going
  ties. No person shall be discriminated against on the
                                                                   AM until 1 PM.                                              to take.
  basis of race, sex, religion, age, national origin, or
  handicap. Inquiries may be directed to the Equal Op-                     The MLC will be closed January 21 (Holi-                      Talk to an admission counselor today. We
  portunity/Affirmative Action Officer at the college.             day) and March 17-22 (Spring Break). The MLC                just might have exactly what you need for you and
                                                                   will close at 12:00 noon on May 5.                          your children to attend college.
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           Grogam Fulfills Her Dream of Becoming a Teacher                                                               Here’s How You Can Use
         Last month, Lauren Grogan of Eden fulfilled                                                                           WebAdvisor!
a dream she had harbored since kindergarten. On                                                                               WebAdvisor is now available at Rockingham
that day Grogan, now 22, walked to one end of the                                                                    Community College!
hall at Draper Elementary School and entered the                                                                              Rockingham Community College (RCC) has
third grade classroom as the new teacher. It was                                                                     implemented a new web-based tool (WebAdvisor)
6:45 a.m., the time she still arrives at work, and the                                                               for registration. WebAdvisor is a comprehensive
building was empty. She had boxes to unload and                                                                      web-based tool that allows access to information via
papers to organize and a new, exciting life to begin.                                                                the Internet. This service was made available to all
         This is actually a year of many firsts for                                                                  RCC students in the summer 2007 term.
Grogan: her first job as a teacher, her first year of                                                                         Online registration is one of the web-based
marriage, and before it’s over it will be her first time                                                             services provided by WebAdvisor. Through
as a mom. The baby is due in the spring.                                                                             WebAdvisor, students will be able to:
         She marks a first for Rockingham Commu-                                                                              ·search for classes by time, location, day and
nity College as well. She is the first graduate of the                                                                                  instructor
Elementary Education program offered through                                                                                  ·view account summary
Greensboro College at RCC. Others will follow               at RCC in elementary education, I came back as soon               ·review course descriptions
shortly but Grogan received special permission from         as I could.”                                                      ·check course availability in real-time
Greensboro College to be released early from stu-                     The program at RCC offers individuals an                ·check financial aid status
dent teaching in order to take a full-time teaching         opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in elemen-                ·check grades
position at Draper Elementary.                              tary education. Freshman and sophomore classes                    ·print a non-official transcript
         “During the interview process, it seemed evi-      are taught by RCC faculty; junior and senior level                ·print class schedules
dent that Lauren had received the right type of train-      courses are taught by Greensboro College faculty.                 ·and other features as they become available.
ing and she seemed a good fit and a good match for          The bachelor’s degree is conferred by Greensboro
Draper,” said Draper Elementary principal, Tammy            College.
Heath.                                                                Grogan said the program was excellent.
         Grogan was introduced to education early.                    “It offered the same courses as Averett, but I
Both of her parents, Mary and Jeff Roberts, are             didn’t have to do all of that driving. I was very pre-
teachers.                                                   pared when I started my full-time job. I tell anyone
         “I used to help my mother with class deco-         who is interested in teaching that they should go to
rations and preparations for a new year,” said Grogan.      RCC. Two people I’ve told are interested and
“I also started subbing in classrooms as soon as I          they’ve told their daughters who are also interested.
graduated from high school.”                                It’s a fantastic opportunity for Rockingham County
         She is well-suited for her job: patient, loving,   citizens.”
nurturing and a good listener.                              Planning to Graduate?                                              In addition, the college expects to begin ac-
         For the first two years of her college educa-                                                                 cepting online payments during the coming year.
tion, Grogan attended RCC. At the time the college                 Don’t Forget These                                          You may also refer to the WebAdvisor tuto-
did not have the elementary education program, so
Grogan transferred to Averett University in Danville,               Important Steps!                                   rial page on the RCC web page:
                                                                     Students who expect to complete require-          http://www.rockinghamcc.edu/techsupport/
Va.                                                                                                                    webadvisor.php
         “I drove there every day for three semes-          ments for a degree, diploma, or certificate must ap-
                                                            ply to the Records Office for graduation by filling out            If you have any questions about this new ser-
ters,” said Grogan. “When they started the program                                                                     vice, please feel free to contact: Cheryl Evans,
                                                            a “Notice for Degree” form. These forms should be
This Course Makes Horse Sense                               completed at the time of registration for the semester     evansc@rockinghamcc.edu , 336-342-4261, ext.
         Rockingham County is among the top 10              in which the student expects to graduate. The next         2119; or Kay Simpson, simpsonk@rock-
North Carolina counties in horse population. There-         graduation is scheduled to be Friday, May 9, 2008          inghamcc.edu, 336-342-4261, ext. 2309.
fore, Rockingham Community College is offering              at 10 AM. December completers can have the gradu-          Cheer for RCC’s Basketball Eagles
“Equestrian Science – Horse Care,” through its Com-         ation information posted to their transcripts. Actual
munity Workforce and Education Division. Deborah            Degrees/Diplomas/Certificates will be awarded at the                       by Tynesha Johnson
Stone of Ruffin, an instructor certified through the        May graduation. If you have any questions concern-                     Cheerleading Coach/Advisor
American Riding Instructors Association, will teach         ing your graduation, please contact your faculty ad-                I would like to introduce the RCC’s
the course using classical equestrian concepts of care      visor and the Student Development Staff.                   cheerleading squad. These young ladies have really
and safety for both animal and rider.                                   Attention May Graduates!                       worked hard to prepare for this upcoming basket-
         The importance of proper care cannot be                     Your deadline for turning in your “Notice for     ball season.
overemphasized. Therefore, Stone will cover a wide          Degree” form for the May 9, 2008 graduation is Feb-                 On behalf of my cheerleaders, I’d like to in-
gamut of equestrian topics including equine types and       ruary 15, 2007. Forms received after this date you         vite everyone out to the games to join us in cheering
basic needs, horsemanship, handling, leading, ground        will not be eligible to graduate until the July 25, 2008   on our Eagles.
safety, hauling, trailer types, hoof care, gaits, lame-     graduation. The Records Office staff needs time to                  Members of the 2007-08 cheerleading
ness, medical needs, riding types and concepts,             evaluate your academic record, order your certifi-         squad are: Tiffany Galloway, Captain, Marketta
grooming for home and show, fencing, barns, and             cate, diploma or degree and to make preparations           Martin, Captain, Sara Al-Jaouni, Shanika Brooks
grounds. Emphasis will be placed on horse and eques-        for graduation.                                            and Krystal Clark.
trian safety equipment, which applies to trotting and                A $25 graduation fee will be charged to all                Season’s greetings to all from the RCC Eagle
gaited horses as well as mules and donkeys. Classes         students completing a degree, diploma or certificate.      Cheerleaders!
will consist primarily of lectures, handouts, audio/vi-     The fee includes the cost of providing the certificate,
sual presentations and barn labs.                           diploma or degree, cover, cap, tassel, gown and 10
         Students ages 16-18 may take this course if        graduation invitations. The graduation fee must be
a minor’s release form is signed by their high school       paid before graduation or your academic record will
principal and their parent/guardian prior to the be-        be encumbered. Please submit the “Notice for De-
ginning of the first class on Jan. 8. The release form      gree” form now. The fee needs to be paid before
is available at high school career resource centers         graduation.
and at the office of the Community and Workforce                     Please bring your “Notice for Degree” form
Education Division at RCC. This course will not be          to the Records Office and then go to the Bookstore,
counted toward high school graduation credit.               during regular hours, to pay your graduation fee and
         “Equestrian Science – Horse Care” will be          make arrangements to receive the items that will be
taught Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m., Jan. 8 through March         provided for you. These items will be picked up
11, 2008. The cost is $55. To register, call 342-
4261, Ext. 2177 or 2140.
                                                            before graduation. You need to notify us now of
                                                            your intention to graduate.
                                                                                                                        Support Your Eagles!
                                                                                                                                Your
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     Trust Offers a Variety of Scholarship Opportunities                                                                Acceptable Use Policy Set Limits
          The J.T.-Minnie Maude Charitable Trust was        J.T.-Minnie Maude Charitable Trust by phone at               on How College Networks and
founded to provide financial assistance for the pur-        (434) 797-3330.                                                Equipment May Be Used
suit of higher education to deserving U.S. citizens who              Completed application packages may be                        According to the Rockingham Community
currently reside in and who have resided in the Vir-        submitted starting January 2, 2008, but must be de-         College Acceptable Use Policy, “access to resources
ginia counties of Pittsylvania, Halifax, Henry and the      livered to the J.T-Minnie Maude Charitable Trust by         on campus, including use of college equipment, the
North Carolina counties of Caswell and Rockingham           4 PM. on March 3, 2008 or post marked no later              campus network, and the Internet, is provided to
for a minimum of twelve consecutive months at the           than the same date.                                         support the research, educational and administrative
time of application.                                                 Applicants will be advised of the determina-       purposes of the College. All who use these services
          Scholarship recipients will be selected on the    tion of their application request no later than June 2,     will do so responsibly, respecting the rights of other
basis of academic achievement, financial need, and          2008.                                                       users, the integrity of the physical facilities and all
other related selection criteria. Award amounts will                                                                    applicable laws and regulations.”
vary, up to and including a possible full scholarship.      What You Should Know about
                                                                                                                                  While the primary purpose of RCC technol-
          Recipients may attend any accredited public       RCC Public Wireless Access                                  ogy resources is to support the research, educational
or private, two or more year college or university, or               RCC has wireless access available in limited       and administrative purposes of the College, RCC will
an institution offering a one- year certificate degree.     areas around campus. Any use of Rockingham Com-             provide limited access to social networking and en-
Payments will be made directly to the educational           munity College’s network (wired or wireless) must           tertainment websites in order to meet the personal
institution of enrollment.                                  be in accordance with the Acceptable Use Policy.            needs of our students, faculty and staff. Access to
          The Charitable Trust encourages award re-         RCC staff is not able to provide technical assistance       these sites will be available on the wireless networks
cipients to recognize their responsibilities as citizens.   for wireless access beyond that presented here.             in the Whitcomb Student Center, James Library and
Therefore, awardees will be generally required to                    ·Users are responsible for ensuring they have      Advanced Technologies Building. In order to meet
perform twenty (20) hours of volunteer services of a        the appropriate compliant wireless card (802.11b or         the needs of curriculum students who do not have
civic and/or humanitarian nature in each academic           g) and are running up-to-date antivirus and                 personal laptops or other wireless devices, wireless
year.                                                       antispyware software on their wireless device.              laptops are available for checkout in the Library.
          Scholarships will be awarded on an objec-                  ·Depending on your wireless adapter, it may        There will also be a limited number of hardwired
tive and nondiscriminatory basis, without regard to         not be necessary to change TCP/IP settings. If you          machines available with access to social networking
race, color, religion, age, national origin, gender of      need to set these manually, set them to obtain both         and entertainment websites in the Multimedia Learn-
disability.                                                 the IP and DNS server addresses automatically.              ing Center located in the Advanced Technologies
          There are three application types:                         ·Wireless access does not require a login.         Building and in the Library.
          1. For student enrolled full time in a college             ·While RCC does not guarantee specific rates                 The RCC Acceptable Use Policy states that
or university seeking an associates or bachelors de-        of speed or against interruption of service, every at-      the “creation and/or transmission of threatening, rac-
gree. (Requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5             tempt will be made to make wireless access avail-           ist, sexist, obscene, offensive, annoying, or harassing
on a 4.0 scale through the most recent completed            able 24/7.                                                  language and/or material is prohibited. Display of the
semester.)                                                           ·Printing is not available for wireless connec-    aforementioned language and material is permitted
          2. For students enrolled full time in technical   tions.                                                      only as it pertains to academic objectives.” In keep-
or trade school seeking a diploma or certificate. (Re-               Please note: the wireless network is not se-       ing with the intent of the policy, pornography will be
quires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0             cure (i.e., it is not encrypted using WEP, WAP, etc.).      blocked from Internet access on the Rockingham
scale through the most recent completed semester.)          The level of security of your transactions, files on your   Community College network.
          3. For students enrolled full/part time as a      hard drive and general web surfing will depend on                     In addition, RCC will block all known high
nontraditional student returning to seek a degree, di-      the level of security precautions you have taken with       risk websites that pose a threat of introducing viruses,
ploma, or certificate.                                      your computer.Wireless locations include the                harmful files, and other methods of vandalism into
          Copies of the application packages may be         Whitcomb Student Center, the Humanities Building,           the campus network.
accessed on-line at www.JTMM.org For any ques-              the Math/Science Building, the James Library, the                     If at any time access to a site needed for re-
tions regarding the application, you may contact the        Bishopric Lifelong Learning Center, the Advanced            search, educational or administrative purposes is
                                                            Technologies Building, the Industrial Technologies          found to be blocked, please notify the Director of
       NC LIVE Adds PBS                                     Building, and the Owens Human Service Building.             Technology Support Services. Every effort will be
   Streaming Video Collection                                     State Government Offers                               made to accommodate your needs while protecting
                                                                                                                        the integrity of our network.
          Effective 1 January 2008, students, faculty          Internship Program for College
and staff will have free access to quality educational                                                                  Planning to Use Blackboard Next Semester?
                                                                   Students This Summer
and entertainment programming from PBS over the
Internet. As a member of NC LIVE, North Carolina’s
                                                                    The North Carolina State Government In-
                                                            ternship Program will again provide paid summer in-
                                                                                                                             Here’s How to Login
statewide library consortium, James Library will pro-       ternship opportunities in state government agencies,                 Blackboard is an online course management
vide on-site and home access to nearly 250 PBS pro-         for community college students of all majors. The           system that allows faculty to post grades, informa-
grams, including Ken Burns’ Baseball and The Civil          program is part of the Youth Advocacy and Involve-          tion, and assignments. Instructors at Rockingham
War as well as the Emmy award-winning series Ameri-         ment Office of the North Carolina Department of Ad-         Community College use Blackboard for online
can Experience and Frontline.                               ministration.                                               classes, hybrid classes and as enhancements in the
          Paid for by grants from the North Carolina                • Internships for all majors are available in       classroom.
State Library, the award-winning programs available         various state agencies located throughout the state.                 The username is comprised of Last Name,
from the PBS collection will include the science se-                • Eligible students are legal residents of North    First Initial, Last Four Digits of your Student I.D.
ries Scientific American Frontiers, history series Em-      Carolina with at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.            Example, John Doe with an I.D. Number of
pires, the investigative journalism program Frontline,              • The application deadline for Summer               00123456 would have a Login ID of: DOEJ3456.
and kids’ series Cyberchase and Liberty’s Kids.             2008 is January 23, 2008. (postmarked)                               The initial password is your birthday with-
          “The quality of the PBS programming will                  Program details can be found online at              out the slashes. If John Doe were born on July 4th,
provide North Carolinians with the perfect video            www.ncyaio.com.                                             1976, the password for his login ID is: 070476
marriage of education and entertainment, and is a                   Advisors and counselors have copies of the          (Please note that only the last two digits of the year
natural fit for students, faculty, and patrons of all of    2008 Internship Project Book and program flyer. The         are required).
the State’s libraries,” said Tim Rogers, Executive Di-      book outlines the details of the program, including                  If students have any problems logging into
rector of NC LIVE. “We’re very proud to be the              how to apply, and lists the available positions by major    Blackboard or questions about navigation, please have
first statewide cooperative that will be using stream-      and location. They will be happy to share this infor-       them contact Cheryl Evans at 342-4262 ext. 2119
ing technology to deliver these incredible resources,       mation with interested students.                            or Curtis Dunlap at ext. 342-4261 ext. 2269 during
continuing a North Carolina tradition of great librar-              For further information about the program,          the day or 342-4261 ext 2346 in the evenings.
ies that support and enhance education, economic            please contact Lisa J. Flint, coordinator, internship
development, and quality of life.”                          program at Lisa.Flint@ncmail.net or at 919-789-
          This exciting new resource will be available      5880. You may also contact Peggy Beach, System
from http://www.nclive.org and from the James Li-           Office, Public Affairs, beachm@nccom-
brary web site http://www.rockinghamcc.edu/library.         munitycolleges.edu or at 919-807-6964.
THE ROCK                                                                www.rockinghamcc.edu                                                                        Page 5
Student Email Accounts:                                                                                              Davies Retires after 32 Years
    You’ve Got Mail! Here’s How to Check Your Account                                                                  of Teaching Art at RCC
         Rockingham Community College (RCC) is             cation between students, faculty members and ad-                          Continued from page 1.
pleased to announce that all curriculum students have      ministrative staff. The primary purpose of student
                                                                                                                               His own explorations have resulted in exhib-
RCC email accounts; electronic mail (email) is an          email is to meet the academic, student life, adminis-
                                                                                                                     its of his work at a long, long list of venues including
official means of communication with RCC students.         trative, and business needs of the College.
                                                                                                                     the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Center for
Students will benefit by receiving timely, accurate, and            Students can access their email by going to
                                                                                                                     Visual Arts Gallery, in numerous North Carolina uni-
up-to-date communication about matters including,          http://www.rockinghamcc.edu and clicking on the
                                                                                                                     versity galleries, and in galleries in New York City
but not limited to:                                        email link at the top of the page.
                                                                                                                     and in France. He maintains membership in several
         • financial aid and scholarships                           The user name/login ID is comprised of Last
                                                                                                                     professional organizations.
         • registration                                    Name, First Initial, Last Four Digits of your Student
                                                                                                                               On the administrative side of teaching,
         •billing notification                             ID Number. For example, John Doe with a ID num-
                                                                                                                     Davies’ most significant contribution was founding the
         •college policy statements                        ber of 00123456 would have a Login ID of:
                                                                                                                     North Carolina Community College Faculty Asso-
         •college services and events                      doej3456.
                                                                                                                     ciation, now in its tenth year. For nearly five years,
         •course information                                        The password is your date of birth. Example:
                                                                                                                     he served as president. The association is well re-
         •degree completion and/or graduation              If your birthday is December 10, 1981 you would
                                                                                                                     spected and has contributed to excellence in teach-
         •administrative actions                           key in the following format: 121081 (without the
                                                                                                                     ing by collaborating with the state boards of commu-
         •academic calendar                                slashes). Please change your password after logging
                                                                                                                     nity college presidents and boards of trustees.
         While the college will continue to communi-       into the server.
                                                                                                                               “We haven’t succeeded in everything we’ve
cate through printed publications and written corre-                The full RCC email address for this student
                                                                                                                     tried, but we have helped boost instructor’s pay.”
spondence, it is expected that the College will in-        example would be doej1789@students.
                                                                                                                               At RCC, he has served on numerous com-
creasingly use student email as an official means of       rockinghamcc.edu. This is not case sensitive.
                                                                                                                     mittees, as president of the Faculty Senate, and as
communication with RCC students. A student’s fail-                  If students have any problems logging into
                                                                                                                     faculty representative to the College Assembly. He
ure to receive or read official college communica-         the email or questions, please have them contact
                                                                                                                     has been a representative to the state faculty asso-
tions sent to the student’s official email address does    Cheryl Evans at 342-4261 ext. 2119 or Jason
                                                                                                                     ciation and a frequent member of the board Fine Arts
not absolve the student from knowing and complying         Durham at 342-4261 ext. 2318 during the day or
                                                                                                                     Festival Association of Rockingham County.
with the content of the official communication.            342-4261 ext. 2346 in the evenings.
                                                                                                                               After retirement, Davies intends to concen-
         RCC encourages the use of student email as
                                                           Students, Take Note!                                      trate on sculpting, his favorite medium, and exhibit
an effective and efficient way to improve communi-
                                                                                                                     his work more frequently. He will continue to give
                                                            Thinking about Joining an private art lessons at Carlisle School in Martinsville,
                                                                   Online Community?                                 Va. and will visit his sister in Madrid, Spain.
                                                                                                                               He leaves with this thought: “I believe people
 Tech Support Is Now Available 24/7                                 Rockingham Community College recognizes are meant to spread light in this world and I have
         Rockingham Community College Department           that many students participate in online communities tried to do that through teaching. As repayment, the
of Technology Support Services will continue a part-       such as Facebook and MySpace in positive ways to students have been my reward. I can honestly say
nership with the North Carolina Community College          connect with and interact with others. At the same that in 32 years, I’ve never regretted coming to work
System Office and Presidium, to offer technical sup-       time, however, users should be aware of the poten- a single day. I could not have asked for a better
port for Blackboard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,         tial down sides and dangers of such directories. While job.”
365 days a year.                                           the College is not responsible for material published
         Visit the Online Learning Support Center via      on social networking sites by our students, RCC              Library Schedule Will Be
the Internet at http://d2.parature.com/ics/support/        would like to offer the following suggestions to help
default.asp?deptID=4181. Here, you can search the
                                                                                                                          Abbreviated Dec. 17-21
                                                           keep our students safe.
Knowledge Base for answers to commonly asked                        First, be aware that anything that you post                The James Library will observe shortened
questions. You can also connect with a Blackboard          online is public information available for anyone to hours of operation during the next few weeks.
support representative through several options. The        see, read, or print. Your professors, your parents,                 Information and Technology Services has
live Chat option allows you to get answers quickly,        your future employers and undergraduate and gradu- scheduled several maintenance procedures and up-
while submitting a Ticket typically takes up the least     ate school admissions officers may easily be able to grades to the campus servers for the week of De-
amount of your time. The Online Learning Support           log onto your site. Be conscious of the image you are cember 17-21. Without Internet connectivity, library
Center can also be accessed by telephone at 866-           creating for yourself.                                    users will not be able to access the catalog, subject
852-7535.                                                           Second, when using any online community specific databases, NC LIVE or the Internet, said
         You may use this service for many types of        confirm that the most private security setting is se- Teresa Frohock, library technical assistant. The cir-
technical assistance in Blackboard including having        lected. Using all of the security tools and privacy set- culation system will also be unavailable to check
your password reset. Keep in mind, however, that           tings on these sites effectively is to your advantage. materials in and out to users. Since the library can-
should you experience problems while taking a test,                 Third, avoid listing personal information such not offer these services, it will be closed to the public
only your instructor will be able to reset a test for      as address, phone numbers, and class schedules. beginning Wednesday, December 19th at noon.
you.                                                       Your “friends” will already know this information.                  The library will observe the following hours
         Since your ID number will be used as a se-        Withholding personal contact information from pub-        for the week of December 17-21: Monday from 8
cure means of identification, please have that number      lic online community websites reduces your chances Am until 5 PM (closed for Holiday Luncheon from
readily available should you need assistance from the      of being stalked, harassed or victimized.                 11:30 AM until 1 :30 PM), Tuesday from 8 AM until
Support Center. Your ID number is printed on your                   Fourth, you should know that while 5 PM, and Wednesday from 8 AM until noon. The
Student ID card.                                           MySpace, Facebook and similar directories are library will be closed to the public on Thursday and
         If you need to have your password reset, Pre-     hosted outside RCC servers, violations of College Friday.
sidium will send your new password to your RCC             policy on online communities (for example, using ha-                Library staff scheduled to be on campus
issued student email account. If you have difficulty       rassing language, reference to drug or substance WILL be working in our respective offices and the
accessing your student email account, Presidium can        abuse taking place on campus, or other violations of back door of the library will remain unlocked. If you
answer basic questions for you. However, if you need       the Student Code of Conduct) are subject to investi- need us, please don’t hesitate to stop by or call, and
to have your student email password reset, contact         gation and sanction.                                      we’ll be happy to assist you in whatever means our
Jason Durham at 336-342-4261 ext2318 or Cheryl                      Fifth, and finally, participation in online com- limited Internet connectivity will allow us, Frohock
Evans at 336-342-4261 ext. 2119. Your student              munities while on campus utilizes RCC resources in- added.
email username is last name, first initial and last four   tended to support the research, educational, and ad-
digits of your ID number (smithj1234).                     ministrative purposes of the College. At any time, you
         If you just want to learn more about using        may be asked by a member of the faculty or staff to
the different features of Blackboard, visit the website    refrain from using College resources for personal en-
and choose the downloads section to browse the li-         tertainment in order to respect the rights of other us-
brary of guides and tutorials. We hope that you will       ers seeking to complete educational and administra-
take advantage of this new service to enhance your         tive assignments.
online learning experience.

				
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