Monthly Archives: April 2013

Nash Community College to Hold Record Graduation


Nash Community College students, faculty and staff are preparing for record graduations on Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16, 2013. Nearly 600 students plan to graduate with a degree, diploma or certificate at the College’s forty-fifth graduation ceremony representing an increase in graduates of more than six percent from 2012.

Jeffrey M. Harrington, Ed.D.

Dr. Jeffrey M. Harrington, Program Manager for the United States Secret Service Presidential Protective Division, will deliver the address at the curriculum commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 6:00pm in the College’s Brown Auditorium. Nash Community College President William S. Carver, II, Ed.D. and Board of Trustees Chair William M. Marshburn will preside over the ceremony.

Harrington holds a Doctor of Education in Adult Education with concentration in Leadership from the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University, Master of Arts Degrees in Psychology and History from Washington College and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma. Harrington earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts from the University of the State of New York – Regents College.

Dr. Harrington is an Operation Desert Storm veteran and retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2008. In his current role, he advises Special Agents in Charge in the areas of financial management, property management and analysis, resource allocation and administrative operations. He also provides policy direction to the United States Presidential Protective Division in the initiation, development and recommendation of specific protective and operational agreements. Harrington provides technical input for the Division’s quality assurance and develops proposed overall manpower allocations and operational program plans. He is published in the areas of Adult and Continuing Education and Training and has extensive work experience in management, training, leadership and education. He and his wife, Sue, reside in Chestertown, Maryland and have three children.

Leslie D.Hall RN, MSN, NE-BC

The Associate Degree Nursing graduate pinning ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 16 at 7:45pm, immediately following the Curriculum graduation ceremony in the Brown Auditorium. This time-honored tradition connects past nursing traditions with today’s healthcare professional. Program graduates are also eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

Ms. Leslie Hall, MSN, RN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Nash Health Care Systems, will be the guest speaker at Nash Community College’s pinning ceremony for the 2013 Associate in Applied Science degree nursing graduates. Hall earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Syracuse University and Nurse Executive Basic ANCC certification. She has more than 25 years of experience in nursing management, education and patient care. Her current professional involvement includes membership in the Sigma Theta Tau (Omicron Chapter) National Nursing  Honor Society, American Nurses Association, North Carolina Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives and North Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders.

Randy L. Whitfield, Ed.D.

Nash Community College’s Adult High School and General Education Development (GED) commencement ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in the Nash Community College Brown Auditorium. North Carolina Community College System Associate Vice President of College and Career Readiness, Dr. Randy L. Whitfield, will deliver the address for the Adult High School and GED graduation ceremony.

Dr. Whitfield earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Arts degree in Reading from Appalachian State University. She holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Adult Literacy.

Dr. Whitfield has served as professor, coordinator and consultant in basic skills and higher education. She is the co-author of Workplace Job-Specific Skills Programs: the How-to-Do-It Manual and the Adult Basic Skills Instructor Training Manual. Whitfield is the past chairperson of the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium and the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education.

Each ceremony will be held in the Nash Community College Business and Industry Center Brown Auditorium. For more information, call 252-451-8219.

NCC Names Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient


Nash Community College Humanities Instructor Ashley Berry is the recipient of the 2013 J. Edgar and Peggie T. Moore Excellence in Teaching Award.

The Excellence in Teaching Award nominees are chosen through a peer and a student evaluation process from all full-time faculty members each year. There is a well-defined set of criteria developed to identify and reward quality teaching. The recipient is chosen by secret ballot by the full-time faculty and represents the best in community college instruction. Berry teaches Speech and Health classes.

“I am pleased when a student declares his or her enjoyment of my class, particularly when it is Public Speaking, one of the most feared classes at NCC.  Communication faculty recognize that our task can be a daunting one, for most students enter our classes dreading the semester,” Berry said.

As the 2013 recipient of the award, Berry received a cash award from Ed and Peggie Moore and will serve as Faculty Marshal for the College’s spring graduation programs. She will also represent NCC in the statewide North Carolina Community College System’s Excellence in Teaching Award process.

“As I prepare my lesson plans each semester, I try to anticipate the needs of my diverse student clientele.  I often ask myself: Is this a lesson my students can take beyond the classroom?” It is because of this philosophy that I am so overjoyed when I get a call or a letter from a former student enthusiastically declaring the usefulness of a particular lesson,” she continued.

Berry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from North Carolina State University and a Master of Arts degree in Health Education from East Carolina University. She lives in Rocky Mount and began her career at Nash Community College in 2003.

NCC Celebrates Green Day


Nash Community College students, faculty and staff celebrated “Green Day” by planting three magnolia trees on campus. During the tree planting ceremony, Dr. Margaret Sowerwine (right), Chair of the Medoc Group of the North Carolina Sierra Club, and NCC Biology Instructor Reggie Cobb (left) educated the campus about environmental issues and how to get involved in promoting improved environmental practices. Immediately following, campus volunteers participated in a litter pick-up along Old Carriage Road.

Green Day was led by Cobb, who shared “Although many people are aware of their environmental impact at home and other places such as work, vacation locations, and recreation areas, they are not aware of their impact when traveling from one destination to another. Those corridors are home to many wildlife as well as other people. If everyone becomes aware of how much we impact the environment and becomes a little more eco-friendly, then all living things can continue to inhabit the Earth.”

NCC Honors Steve Felton with Outstanding Alumnus Award


Nash Community College has selected Steven D. “Steve” Felton of Rocky Mount as the recipient of the 2013 Nash Community College Outstanding Alumnus Award. The award recognizes the achievements of past graduates and provides inspiration for current students of Nash Community College. Felton was recognized and presented an honorary degree by NCC President Dr. Bill Carver during a ceremony on Wednesday, April 17th.

Steve Felton studied Business Administration at Nash Technical College from 1981 until 1983. As a student, he was a leader in the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Business Organization and was named Who’s Who in American Community and Junior Colleges. He continued his education at North Carolina Wesleyan College earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration.

Felton was honored as Nash Community College’s 1991 PBL “Business Person of the Year” at the state and local levels recognizing his achievements in the business community. In 2005, he joined the NCC Foundation Board of Directors and along with his family established the Steven D. Felton Business Scholarship Fund to reflect their commitment to providing educational opportunities for the citizens of the Nash/Rocky Mount area.

Felton joined Ameriprise Financial in August 1985 working in Nash, Edgecombe, Pitt, Franklin, Wake and surrounding counties. He has received professional achievement recognition for superior service including Hall of Fame recipient, Circle of Success recipient and Mercury Award recipient as a Financial Advisor and is a member of the Diamond Ring Club.

His community leadership has made a significant impact through his service on Nash Community College’s Foundation Board of Directors as Chair of the 2009-2010 Nash Community College Foundation Annual Campaign and serving as the NCC Foundation Board President in 2010-11. He is actively involved on Duke Children’s National Board of Advisors, and his church, contributing to the betterment of the community.

Felton and his wife, Sandra, have two adult children, Rachel and Daniel. Steve Felton is a testament to the quality of instruction and achievements of Nash Community College.

NCC President Visits with Students


Nash Community College President Dr. Bill Carver visited with students recently during their ACA 115 class. Required for first-year students, the ACA 115 Success and Study Skills class teaches academic strategies necessary for success. Students are also provided an orientation to campus and offered information about other instructional resources. The class teaches participants about campus facilities, services, library skills, self-assessment and goal setting and critical thinking. ACA and the first year experience program, FOCUS, enable students to successfully transition to the demands and expectations of college. This is a part of the Quality Enhancement Plan aimed at helping each student graduate.

NCC Celebrates The Week of the Young Child


Faculty, staff and students from Nash Community College’s Betsy B. Currin Child Development Center celebrated The Week of the Young Child April 15–19. The week is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. The 2013 Week of the Young Child theme is “Early Years Are Learning Years”.

NCC Betsy B. Currin Child Development Center and campus participants planted a “pinwheel for prevention” garden to kick off the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child and to raise awareness about child abuse. The pinwheels represent a bright future for our children and the community. Center faculty, staff and students also participated in craft activities, planted a greenhouse garden and participated in a campus parade.

The Child Development Center opened its doors in August 1999 and serves children from birth through five years old from families of college employees, students and the community. The Five-Star licensed center operates Monday through Friday from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm. A recent expansion added college classroom space to the building, providing NCC Early Childhood Education students easy access to a real world lab setting enabling them to acquire valuable skills through observation and interaction with children and experienced teachers.

For more information about the Betsy B. Currin Child Development Center, call 252-451-1388, email or visit

NCC Student Recognized for Academic Excellence


Lashonda Caine of Garysburg, NC is Nash Community College’s 2012-2013 Academic Excellence Award recipient. Each year, the Academic Excellence Award is presented to North Carolina community college students who exhibit outstanding scholastic achievements. The award represents the highest academic honor at Nash Community College. Pictured from left: Nash Community College Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Trent Mohrbutter, Nash Community College Criminal Justice/Latent Evidence Technology student Lashonda Caine and State Board of Community Colleges Member Norma Bulluck Turnage. Turnage presented the award to Caine during a ceremony on Wednesday, April 17th.


Caine is a Criminal Justice/Latent Evidence Technology student maintaining a 3.912 overall grade point average. A stay-at-home mom for many years, she returned to school so she could one day pursue a new career and take some of the burden off her husband. Upon beginning at Nash Community College, she was introduced to genetic research and opportunities to explore a new direction, finding her passion in lab work, specifically DNA analysis. “Nash Community College provides an atmosphere where personal growth and success go hand-in-hand with academic success,” Caine said.


At Nash Community College, Caine has served as a tutor in the Peer Assisted Learning and Supplemental Instruction program and was the lead researcher on two independent research projects, a laboratory technician in the Biology Department, and President of the Math and Science Club.


“Each opportunity allowed me to develop skills to help further my studies at Fayetteville State University to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science with a Chemistry concentration. I am confident the skills learned at NCC have prepared me for an outstanding career in forensics,” she said.

Student Moodle Seminar


Do you want to learn the basics of navigating and working
in Moodle? Do you want to learn how to efficiently use
Moodle to complete course assignments and get the most
out of your courses at Nash Community College?

In just a few weeks, Nash Community College will offer
FREE Moodle seminars. On Thursday, May 23rd, and
Thursday, May 30th, Moodle seminars will be held at the
following times: 10:00 am – Noon; Noon – 2:00 pm; and
6:00-8:00 pm. In order to attend, you must sign up for
one of the times before May 16th.

To sign up and help the Moodle instructors customize the
seminars to meet your needs, please complete the
following survey: aFc3QzhpVmNyeVlsT1Z4bUZkS2c6MQ

If you need assistance with completing the survey, please visit
the Nash Community College Library and they will be glad to
assist you.

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