Monthly Archives: October 2012

NCC Students Assist with Financial Literacy Event

Communities in Schools held their annual 7th Grade Financial Literacy Retreat in the Nash Community College (NCC) Brown Auditorium on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Area students learned about personal finance and gained skills in basic financial decision making. Nash Community College students and community volunteers assisted the seventh graders with their “checking accounts” and real life scenarios. Students also heard from experts in the areas of personal finance and entrepreneurship. In the photo, NCC Student Nursing Association members and Phi Beta Lambda business organization student members assist middle school students with a practice scenario of balancing their check registries and paying bills.

NCC Professor Holds Special Presentations


After her proposal was selected from competitive entries throughout the Southeast, Nash Community College Humanities Professor Dr. Mary Wayne Watson of Knightdale presented her talk, “Women’s Attitudes towards Secession and the Civil War,” at the regional conference of the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA)  in Louisville, Kentucky, on October 19, 2012.  She will give the full presentation at a special event on November 20, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. in NCC Science and Technology Building Room 7104, where her student, the late Caitlin “Caitie” Elizabeth Davis, will be honored. The public is invited to attend. “When I found a series of eloquent, moving letters written by my great-grandmother and her sisters in what is now Scotland County to a family in Moore County, NC, during the Civil War, I felt compelled to research this matter further. I am pleased that the conference selection committee chose my proposal for presentation at this conference,” Dr. Watson said. “In what may be an even more important event to me,” Watson continued, “I will present the full version of the talk to my Honors English classes in November. Had Caitie lived, no doubt she would have been in Honors English, and I hope she would have been in every other class that I taught. Her work ethic was beyond reproach, and she was a talented writer.  She had a strong intellect, and she reasoned at a very high level.  Like the women whom I will quote in my talk, she was uncompromising and unabashed in her quest for fairness and justice. Caitie sought the good in people and in the world. I am honored to have taught her in two classes at Nash Community College. Although she lived only a short time, she accomplished much, and she will not be forgotten.”  A special guest at this event will be Caitie’s father, Glenn Davis.

Dr. Watson is a Road Scholar with the North Carolina Humanities Council, and after giving the talk in Caitie’s honor, she will present it throughout the state under the auspices of the Council and Nash Community College. It is particularly appropriate that this talk be given at this time since it is the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. Dr. Watson resides in Knightdale.

Abstract of Talk

Original, unpublished documents and correspondence from gifted women provide fascinating perspectives of the beginning, middle, and end of the Civil War period in North Carolina. An initially uplifting, idealistic support of the Union as a great experiment in democracy and self-rule ultimately fades into prayers for return of the surviving men as well as hopes for peace, followed by ultimate acceptance of the bitter realities of war on a land and a people crushed in the aftermath.  Poignant descriptions of the impact of Sherman’s “scorched earth policy” on a once proud and surprisingly literary community remind us once again that war is hell, even when it is brother against– sister.

State Board of Community Colleges Tours NCC


Nash Community College welcomed the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges for its annual planning session and regular meeting in the College’s Brown Auditorium on October 17-19, 2012.  The State Board meets 10 times each year; however, campus visits are limited to one or two of the 58 community colleges. Nash Community College President Bill Carver provided a campus tour of the state-of-the-art math tank and award-winning advanced manufacturing and mechatronics laboratory.

NCC and State Board of Community Colleges Celebrate Anniversaries


To celebrate the North Carolina Community College System’s 50th anniversary and Nash Community College’s 45th Anniversary, Nash Community College presented System President Scott Ralls a piece of art designed by NCC Advertising and Graphic Design Graduate Jessica McCumbee to be displayed in Raleigh reflecting the theme of “Hope, Opportunities, and Jobs”: the System’s tagline for its Creating Success campaign. From left: North Carolina Community College System President Scott Ralls, State Board of Community Colleges Chair Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, State Board of Community Colleges Member Norma Bulluck Turnage and NCC Board of Trustees Chair Bill Marshburn.


NCC Director of Electronic Media Recognized by National Council


Nash Community College’s Director of Electronic Media Andrew Small was recently recognized for his video production by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations at the fall district two conference in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Small’s Computer-Integrated Machining video and NCC Foundation video were both selected among entries from the Council’s Southeast members for bronze Medallion Awards. The Computer-Integrated Machining video featured the MAC-248 Production and Procedures Spring 2012 student class project – a scale model of the Julian B. Fenner Memorial clock located on campus. In the NCC Foundation video, friends of the college and scholarship recipients shared their experiences with Nash Community College. Both videos are available on the college’s YouTube channel at

Andrew Small began working at Nash Community College in August of 2010 as the Website Coordinator and Graphic Designer and Photographer and was named Director of Electronic Media in 2012. He specializes in photography, videography and video editing, print design, web design, audio editing and composition.

Small also serves as advisor to Big Bang Radio, NCC’s student-run radio station broadcast locally as WNIA 89.1 FM, Tarboro, Rocky Mount, Nashville – a service of Nash Community College and Nash in Action television program which airs on EdTV, the local educational access television station operated by Nash Community College and Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools and on WHIG-TV on Suddenlink Cable channel 3 and Time Warner Cable channel 97.

Andrew Small is Nash Community College’s 2012 J. Edgar and Peggie T. Moore Staff Award recipient. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Auburn University and has held positions as graphic artist, designer, columnist, photo/video editor and art director for small and medium-sized newspapers in Alabama. Small and his wife, Angela, live in Wilson with their two sons, Lee and Cameron.

NCC & N-RMPS Hold Career & Technical Education Showcase



On October 25, 2012 from 5:30-7:30pm, Nash Community College (NCC) and Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (N-RMPS) will host eighth through twelfth grade students and their parents at the Career & Technical Education Open House.

“The relationship between Nash-Rocky Mount Schools and NCC is a perfect collaboration of deliberate actions to prepare students and adults to become career and college ready. The Showcase is an example of this great relationship that exists,” N-RMPS Director of Career & Technical Education Pam Lewis said.

Attendees will explore classes that can be taken in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools that align with classes and programs offered at Nash Community College. Held in the Nash Community College Brown Auditorium, the event will give students and parents an opportunity to learn more about the college application process, financial aid, academic programs, career options and more.

“This event proves to be successful annually with over 900 students and parents coming through the doors in NCC’s Brown Auditorium. The event is the epitome of a successful relationship between educational institutions and the business community,” NCC Associate Dean for Student and Enrollment Services Wil van der Meulen said.

Over 86 tables representing Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools’ classes, Nash Community College programs of study and other educational and business partners will give attendees a taste of the programs and classes offered through each entity. In addition, representatives from local businesses and industries will be there to share more about their organizations and the importance of a skilled and educated workforce.

For more information, contact Wil van der Meulen at 252-451-8392. Last year’s event photos and additional information are available at

NCC Foundation Hosts 23rd Annual Student Scholarship Golf Classic


The Twenty-Third Annual Nash Community College Foundation Student Scholarship Golf Classic was held at Birchwood Country Club in Nashville on October 4, 2012 with 136 golfers participating. The tournament raised $30,000 for student scholarships.

2012 Tournament Chair Wes Berry (left) of BB&T, NCC President Bill Carver (right) and NCC Foundation Executive Director Pat Daniels thank the golfers for their support

Members of the golf committee coordinating the event were 2012 Committee Chair Wes Berry – BB&T Senior Vice President/City Executive, Jim Carpenter – McLane Vice President of Distribution, Morris Wilder – Certified Public Accountant and Business Consultant, Scott Rogers – Nash County Assistant Emergency Services Director, Cam Blalock – Sr. Vice President of Corporate Services, Nash Health Care Systems, David Combs – Broker/Owner, Century 21/The Combs Company, Randy Davis – Golf Professional, Birchwood Country Club, Clay Frazier – President, Universal Leaf North America, U.S. and Joe Saputo – President, Carolina Eagle Budweiser, Inc., Dr. Bill Carver – NCC President, Annette Dishner – NCC Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Dr. Trent Mohrbutter – NCC Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer  and Pat Daniels – NCC Foundation Executive Director.

This year’s grand tournament sponsors were Autumn Care of Nash, Calvin Davenport, Inc., Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant, MBM, McLane, Nash Health Care Systems, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, Oakley-Collier Architects, Sandy Cross Consultant Service, Inc. and Wells Fargo. Hospitality and event contributors were Speight’s Trophy Shop, Carolina Eagle Budweiser Inc., Davenport Autopark, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, The Cheesecake Factory Bakery, Poppies International, Canteen Vending Services, Birchwood Country Club, Chick-fil-A of Cobb Corners, SunDrop Bottling Company of Rocky Mount and Verizon Wireless.

Tournament Winners – Speight’s Trophy Shop

The first place team in the championship flight was Speight’s Trophy Shop with a total net score of 37.6. Team members included (from left): Ray Richardson, Ashley Leonard, Carolyn Hinton and Roscoe Speight.

Championship Flight – Second Place Team
In second place was the North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives team with a net score of 42.7. Team members included (from left):Cecil Alexander, Tommy Greer, Rhonda Williams and William O’Conney.

First Flight – First Place Team

The first flight winner was the Batts, Batts and Bell team with a net score of 46.4. Team members included (from left): Phil Lane, Lisa Holland, Jeffrey Batts and Dink Warren.

First Flight – Second Place Team

The second place winner in the same flight was the The Doctor’s Posse’ with a net score of 49. Team players included (from left): Jerome Creech, Dr. Trent Mohrbutter, Stuart Sanderson and David Anderson.

Second Flight – First Place Team
The Nashville Auto Mart team was the second flight winner with a net score of 43.8. Team members included (from left): Rick Davenport, Debi Davenport, Kristin Davenport and Travis Davenport.   

Second Flight – Second Place Team
The second place winner in the second flight was the The Dudes team sponsored with a net score of 44.3 with team players (from left): Steve Berry, John Tulloss, Fred Tulloss and Bill Craig.

Contest Winners

Closest-to-the-pin contest winners were: Brandon Godwin on hole two representing Team Tyson, Rich Parker on hole nine representing the Wells Fargo team, Dan Sellers on hole 12 representing The President’s Team and Graham Campbell on hole 17 representing Teeny-Weeny Cleaning Service. The men’s longest drive winner was Brock Godwin of Team Tyson and the women’s longest drive winner was Ashley Leonard from the Speight’s Trophy Shop team. Steve Berry with SunDrop Bottling Company of Rocky Mount won the Acer Tablet raffle. On behalf of Nash Community College students, thank you for your support of the 23rd Annual NCC Foundation Student Scholarship Golf Classic!

EMT Students Graduate


Nash Community College is pleased to announce its October 2012 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Academy graduates. The Emergency Medical Technician – Basic Academy is the first EMT Academy in the college’s history. It includes 179 hours of classroom and lab instruction and 24 hours of field training. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for emergency medical technicians is expected to increase between now and 2018 as a result of higher call volume due to an aging population, an increase in time required for each patient and an increase in specializing hospitals resulting in more patient transport. For more information on training at Nash Community College for this employable field, call 252-451-8355

Pictured on the front row (L to R): Olivia Moss (NCC EMS Coordinator), Kizzy Taylor (Rocky Mount), Matthew Smith (Rocky Mount), Justin Bissette (Elm City), Randall Lamm (Castalia), Joseph James (Nashville) and Ashley Shearin
(Battleboro). Back row (L to R): Joshua Garris (Whitakers), Christopher Carlos (Koror, Palau), Justin Beddingfield (Nashville), Samuel Pridgen (Rocky Mount), Bryan Boyd (Castalia) and Larry Carpenter (Nashville, Lead Instructor, Full-time Paramedic Nash EMS).

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