Monthly Archives: August 2013

NCC Plans for 24th Annual Student Scholarship Golf Classic


UPDATE: Due to weather conditions, the 24th Annual Student Scholarship Golf Classic will be held on Thursday, October 17th at Benvenue Country Club.

Area golfers have provided 23 years of support for the Nash Community College Foundation and its scholarship program by participating in the NCC Foundation Student Scholarship Golf Classic. Golfers will have a choice to tee off October 10th at 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. at Benvenue Country Club in Rocky Mount for a day of challenging fun, while providing scholarships for deserving college students. Registration begins at 7 a.m. All proceeds from the golf classic will provide student scholarships and support the needs of Nash Community College.

The format for this year’s tournament will be a Texas scramble. Each member of the team plays a drive from the tee box. The best drive is chosen by the team. From that spot, each golfer plays and continues to play his or her own ball until the hole is completed. The team marks the best score.

You may participate in one of the following ways:

  • $700 Sponsor/Player Package: Signage; cart and green fees for four golfers; beverages and meals
  • $600 Player Package: Cart and green fees for four golfers: beverages and meals
  • $200 Individual Player: Cart and green fee for one; beverages and meals
  • $200 Sponsor Package: Tee or green sign; beverages and meals
  • Prize/Gift Bag Sponsor: If merchandise is valued at $200 or more, sponsor receives signage; beverages and meal

Mulligans are $40 per team (two per player) and junk packages are $50 per player including two mulligans: one throw and one red tee buster. Prizes will be awarded to each flight’s first and second-place teams. Flights will be based on the total team handicap. This year’s grand tournament sponsors are Autumn Care of Nash, Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant, Oakley-Collier Architects, P.A., MBM, Sandy Cross Consultant Service, Inc., Wells Fargo, McLane and North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives. Golf carts are sponsored by Franklin Street Partners and Nash Health Care Systems. 2013 Hospitality/Event Contributors are Benvenue Country Club, Canteen Vending Services, Carolina Eagle Budweiser, Inc., Davenport Autopark, Speight’s Trophy Shop and SunDrop Bottling Company of Rocky Mount.

Golfers participating in the 24th Annual Nash Community College Foundation Student Scholarship Golf Classic will have a chance to win a 2013 Honda Accord Sport as a hole-in-one prize sponsored by Davenport Autopark. From left, NCC Foundation Executive Director Pat Daniels, Benvenue Country Club PGA Professional Rich Parker, NCC President Bill Carver, Davenport Autopark General Manager Neill Nelson and 2013 NCC Foundation Tournament Chair Lank Dunton. Additional prizes will be awarded for closest-to-the-pin and the longest drives. Raffles and door prize drawings will give golfers an opportunity to win many other items donated by area businesses and individuals.

Members of the golf committee coordinating the event are 2013 Committee Chair Chair, Lank Dunton, Vice President, Southern Bank & Trust Company; Jeffrey Batts, Attorney, Batts, Batts & Bell; Cam Blalock, Sr. Vice President Corporate Services, Nash Health Care Systems; Bill Carver, President, Nash Community College; David Combs, Broker/Owner, Century 21/The Combs Company; Pat Daniels, Executive Director, Nash Community College Foundation; Phil Dixon, Director of Sales and Training, Construction Imaging by Viewpoint; Annette Dishner, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Nash Community College; Trent Mohrbutter, Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer, Nash Community College; Scott Rogers, Assistant Emergency Services Director, Nash County; Joe Saputo, President, Carolina Eagle Budweiser, Inc. and Morris Wilder, CPA, Business Consultant.

For more information, call 252-451-8230 or visit to register online.


NCC Hires Alumnus to Lead Alumni Association


Melissa Sykes,
NCC Coordinator of Alumni and Annual Programs

Nash Community College has hired an alumnus to lead its alumni outreach. Melissa Sykes of Nashville was named the College’s Coordinator of Alumni and Annual Programs earlier this month.

Sykes joins Nash Community College from Louisburg College where she served in the Financial Aid department. In her role, she will be responsible for driving alumni engagement and coordinating NCC Foundation activities and annual programs. “With experience in higher education, financial aid and service to her own alumni associations, Melissa brings a wealth of knowledge to Nash Community College. As a result, the College plans to offer more alumni programs and reach out to alumni near and far,” NCC Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement Pat Ellis Daniels said.

Sykes graduated from Nash Community College with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice. Then she transferred to North Carolina Wesleyan College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice Studies, later graduating from Capella University with a Master of Science degree in Human Service.

“Nearly 90 percent of our graduates remain in Nash County. We want to connect with them regularly and share their successes with current students and fellow alumni,” Daniels shared. Alumni are encouraged to participate in its 24th Annual Student Scholarship Golf Classic on October 10, 2013 at Benvenue Country Club in Rocky Mount. Visit for more information about the Alumni Association or contact Melissa Sykes at 252-451-8230 or

Congressman Tours Nash Community College Campus


Congressman George Holding visited Nash Community College on Thursday, August 22, 2013. During his visit, he toured the College’s Math Tank, English Studio and Advanced Manufacturing Lab. Congressman Holding represents the residents of the 13th Congressional District of North Carolina. “Nash Community College is honored that Congressman Holding chose to visit campus. His work in Washington on behalf of North Carolina and specifically education will translate to greater student success and a more skilled workforce. The issues we discussed during his visit, such as financial aid and student loans, Perkins, and grant opportunities, are critical to student outcomes and the future of our economy,” Nash Community College President Bill Carver said. In the photo, from left: NCC Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Trent Mohrbutter, NCC Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Department Chair Gary Blackburn, NCC Computer-Integrated Machining Instructor and NCC Alumnus Alex Barnhill and Congressman George Holding.

NCC Medical Assistants Graduate

Nash Community College is proud to announce eleven new graduates of its accredited Medical Assisting program. The program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), prepares health care professionals to perform administrative, clinical and laboratory procedures. The Medical Assisting curriculum includes anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, psychology, communication, medical assisting administrative procedures and medical assisting clinical procedures.

“Medical facilities in our area encourage certification for employment as a Medical Assistant, and being accredited allows our graduates to take the national certification exam. This significantly impacts graduates as they seek employment,” NCC Health Sciences Department Chair Dr. Tammie Clark said. “Employers can be confident that students emerge with the entry-level knowledge and skills necessary for today’s complex medical care.”

Graduates pictured on the front row from left to right are Kathleen French of Rocky Mount, Sarah Tharrington of Zebulon. Second row: Aprill Jones of Rocky Mount, Laurin Wetter of Battleboro and Jessica Joyner of Nashville. Third row: Erika Waniorek-Caslavka of Bailey, Megan Williams of Rocky Mount and Brittany Daniel of Hollister.
Back row: Stephanie Wilder of Rocky Mount, Dana Johnson of Rocky Mount and Mary Gay of Castalia.

NCC Announces Summer Semester Academic Honors


With a commitment to graduating every student, Nash Community College continually assesses how instruction is delivered and how the College seeks to meet student needs in order to provide the tools necessary for success. The campus would like to congratulate the students who achieved academic honors during the 2013 Summer Semester. Michelle Sager of Rocky Mount achieved Dean’s List by earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average while taking 12 or more semester hours. The following students received Honor Roll for the Summer Semester: Patricia Sessoms of Middlesex, Lisa Lynch of Roanoke Rapids and Darryl Lyle of Rocky Mount. Honor Roll recipients must earn a grade point average of 3.3 or above and be enrolled in 12 or more semester hours.

Foundation Golf Committee Prepares for Golf Classic


UPDATE: Due to weather conditions, the 24th Annual Student Scholarship Golf Classic will be held on Thursday, October 17th at Benvenue Country Club.

The Nash Community College Foundation Golf Committee is preparing for its 24th Annual Student Scholarship Golf Classic to benefit deserving students. Golfers will tee off Thursday, October 10th at Benvenue Country Club in Rocky Mount. 2013 Golf Committee members pictured from left: Nash Community College Foundation Executive Director Pat Daniels, Construction Imaging by Viewpoint Director of Sales and integration Phil Dixon, Batts, Batts and Bell Attorney Jeffrey Batts, 2013 Committee Chair and Southern Bank & Trust Company Vice President Lank Dunton, Nash Health Care Systems Senior Vice President Corporate Services Cam Blalock, Nash Community College President Bill Carver and Nash Community College Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Annette Dishner. Committee members not pictured: David Combs – Broker/Owner, Century 21/The Combs Company, Nash County Assistant Emergency Services Director Scott Rogers, Carolina Eagle Budweiser, Inc. President Joe Saputo, Certified Public Accountant and Business Consultant Morris Wilder and Nash Community College Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer Trent Mohrbutter.

Ultimate Chocolate Brownies



5 oz. Bittersweet chocolate or 5 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 oz. Unsweetened chocolate, chopped
8 Tbsp. Unsalted butter, cut in to pieces
3 Tbsp. Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 ¼ C Sugar
3 ea. Eggs, large is best but medium will do
2 tsp. Vanilla extract
½ tsp. Salt
1 C All-purpose flour


1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350°F Line 8-inch square pan with foil. See note. Coat lightly with vegetable oil spray. Melt the chocolates, butter, and cocoa in the microwave, stirring often 1 to 3 minutes. Let the mixture cool slightly.
2. Whisk the sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt together in a large bowl until combined about 15 seconds. Whisk in the melted chocolate mixture until smooth. Stir in the flour until no streaks remain.
3. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached, 35 to 40 minutes.
4. Let cool completely on a wire rack to room temperature, about 2 hours, before removing the brownies from the pan using the foil and cutting into squares.

A note from Chef Don: Line the pan with foil. It’ll take two pieces that cover the bottom and two opposite sides of the pan. I like to place one piece of foil that just fits into the pan going across the two sides (opposites) and bottom of the pan. Then place another piece of foil going in a 900 direction from the sides that aren’t covered and across the bottom. This way the sides and bottom of the pan is covered completely. (Crisscross) Spray the foil lightly with pan spray or brush with melted butter and put the batter into this. When you are done baking and the brownies have cooled it will come out of the pan a lot easier and then the foil is peeled away. No more sticking to the bottom of the pan!

NCC Tailors Offerings to Student Needs


Many people think summers are quiet at most colleges. That has not been the case this year at Nash Community College. Preparing for our largest semester required growth, new strategies and renewed energy. With construction projects including renovations, a new road, two roundabouts, and a new building on the horizon, the faculty and staff are excited and ready to face the year ahead!

The College’s growth is due in part to its continual focus on providing students the tools they need in order to be successful. Nash Community College is committed to graduating every student. To work toward this aim, the College has to listen to what students are saying. To that end, NCC’s administration has re-examined how instruction is delivered and how the College seeks to meet student needs. Colleges no longer have the luxury to implement the same strategies year after year.

For the past three years, Nash students have returned to find ongoing physical and instructional improvements on campus. Earlier this month, the College began soliciting contractors for the new Continuing Education and Public Services Building. The first phase of this process started with the purchase of 25 acres of adjacent property in January 2010. The building plans are complete for a 78,000 square foot facility including 400 parking spaces. The addition of the new building will allow re-purposing of 30,000 square feet to accommodate more students and new programs. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held later this year marking the official beginning of the new Continuing Education and Public Services building construction.

The College tailors its offerings to meet the complex demands of a modern workforce and is prepared to meet the evolving needs of its students and community. This fall, students entering curriculum level English are benefiting from a new computer lab where they will receive one-on-one instruction. Instructors solicit feedback, practice peer teaching and learning and self-evaluation while experiencing various types of instructional techniques, both traditional and non-traditional. The lab is equipped with 32 desktop computers, 16 laptops, and interactive projectors for enhanced teaching and learning.

Upstairs in the same building, Computer Information Technology students are utilizing a new lab featuring an interactive multi-touch whiteboard (also dubbed as the largest iPad in Nash County), three additional 60-inch and 70 inch wall mounted displays. Thirty-six computers are arranged in learning pods, a methodology and learning layout that has seen great success in other instructional labs.

Additional indoor and outdoor seating at the College’s café and a renovated Gravely Foundation Student Lobby offer students more common areas, encouraging socialization and interactive collaborative work.The College is redefining its core by redeveloping instructional methods and creating a helpful, inviting atmosphere inside and outside of the classroom to nurture learning and facilitate success.

In effort to meet students where they are, Nash has implemented a new technology and communication channels. The institutional technology department has increased the campus-wide use of Movi, a technology extending access to students on and off campus, while enhancing their experience with lecture capture tools. The College now offers a total of 10 interactive classrooms. Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing students are benefiting from three dimensional (3D) printing.

The College’s social media footprint continues to expand as students take advantage of these platforms. Updates about campus happenings are disseminated regularly through NCC’s official Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram accounts. An emergency text alert system is available for students, parents, faculty, staff and community members to opt in to receive emergency and inclement weather messages via cell phone. Those who wish to subscribe may visit and then click on the SMS icon and follow the instructions. Only critical messages will be sent via text alert. All of the aforementioned tools, and a news RSS feed, are accessible on the College’s Newswire at

For students seeking Continuing Education opportunities, a variety of new special interest classes like Wine Tasting, Fall and Holiday Appetizers, Entertaining, Beer Brewing, Beginner Photography, Herbs, Container Gardening have been favorites among community members. Registration is open now for many Continuing Education classes. Whether you are interested in taking a class, earning a degree or simply exploring all your community has to offer, we invite you to call 252-451-8235 for more information or to schedule a tour. You will experience firsthand why students choose Nash.

NCC Machinists Design Plaque for System Office


Nash Community College Computer-Integrated Machining Instructors George Shook (right) and Alex Barnhill (left) recently presented a plaque to the North Carolina Community College System Office President Dr. Scott Ralls (center). The plaque, featuring a quote by Dr. Dallas Herring, was designed and crafted by Nash Community College Computer-Integrated Machining students for display in the System Office in Raleigh. As the chair of the State Board of Education in 1963, Dr. Herring was instrumental in the creation of the community college system. He is remembered for his belief that education should be accessible to all as the plaque reads, “We must take the people where they are and carry them as far as they can go.”

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