Neva Cashion welcomes visitors to her new business, Inner Banks Music Academy. One of the experts she turned to for help with her planning was Lentz Stowe, director of the Small Business Center at Beaufort County Community College.
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Friday, November 22, 2013
Most members of the campus community at Beaufort County Community College are too young to remember the events of November 22, 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
But just as the attack on Pearl Harbor was the defining moment for a generation, the death of a president was seared into the memories of those BCCC faculty and staff who were alive at the time. Here’s a look back in their own words:
BCCC Trustee Laura Staton:
I was in first grade at KC Junior Academy in Kansas City, Missouri. We were at lunch when the news came in that he had been shot. They turned the radio on in the cafeteria. The only time the radio was turned on was when there was a threat (tornado warnings mostly), but it was always somber when the radio was on. That night, I got a call from a friend that lived in Dallas. She had been watching the motorcade and had actually shaken the President’s hand. For the longest time I related my friend shaking hands with the President to him being killed.
Foundation Board of Directors member Zoph Potts
I was teaching an 11th grade US History class on the third floor of Grainger High School in Kinston, NC. The school flag pole was located directly outside my windows. All of a sudden the flag was being lowered to half-mast. The Principal, Frank Mock came on the P.A. system and announced that President Kennedy had been assassinated while riding in the presidential limousine in Dallas. Mr. Mock dismissed school and asked everyone to pray for the Kennedy family and for our country. I went home and found my wife, Robin, sitting on the back steps sobbing. We then went inside and watched the events unfold on TV over the next several days.
Foundation Board of Directors member Bill Wall
I was a junior at Rocky Mount Senior High School. Our principal, Mr. Cy Edson, was a tall stately man and was well respected by the faculty, students and parents. That year we had a lot to celebrate, having won the State 4-A championshps in football, basketball and baseball (the only school to ever have won all three in a single year).
On the day of November 22, 1963, Mr. Edson interupted all classes with an important message on the intercom system. He said with deepest regret that he needed to tell all of us the President Kennedy had been assinated in Texas. He also advised all teachers to suspend classes and bring all students to the auditorium. As I recall, there was a wave of emotions that circulated among all of us - sadness, anger, fear, uncertainty and sorrow. All around, students, teachers and the like were weeping and appeared disoriented. Once we were all assembled in the auditorium, Mr. Edson attempted to bring a state of calm amongst us. He was giving assurance that our great nation would remain safe and that our leaders would soon install Lyndon Johnson (then Vice President) as our new President. While we listened intently to Mr. Edson, but there was still an abundance of emotions and doubt circulating about. During this same time period, the Viet Nam war had taken the lives of several of our former graduates. For many of the boys, looming out there was the possibility that upon graduation we would also be marched off to this dreadful conflict. Combined with Mr. Kennedy's assassination, concern for our future remained uncertain. Several television sets were set up in the auditorium and for the next few days classes remained suspended. We were allowed to remain home or come to school and observe this historical time with on another in the auditorium. Most of us came to school. Many did not want to be home alone - the fear and emotional anguish brought us together as never before. I recall seeing Walter Cronkite reporting to the American people that Mr. Kennedy had been assassinated, and then totally breaking down. I will never forget that moment. We continued to huddle in the auditorium for the next several days thru the day of Mr. Kennedy's burial. I will also never forget seeing little John Kennedy, Jr. saluting his father's casket as the funeral procession passed by the Kennedy family. We were living, seeing and experiencing an extraordinarily historical time. Mr. Edson was a visionary to have allowed all of us to congregate together for those memorable days. As one might expect, he gained a new level of respect from one and all. Today when I see a Kennedy half dollar, it brings back so many memories. One lesson I learned is that no matter how difficult a situation may seem at a certain point in time, the American people are very resilient and when we recover, we recover as a stronger nation. When you look around at many of us men who grew up during that time, take a look at our haircuts. A whole lot of us fashioned our haircuts after President Kennedy, and I still do to this day.
Foundation Board of Directors member David Francisco:
I was 19 and a sophomore at Frederick College in Portsmouth, Va. I was walking through the student center and another student ran up to me and said the President has been shot. I remember thinking “someone shot President Alford ?” He was the school President. No, President Kennedy. A folk group I had formed was to play & sing in Norfolk that weekend. The show was cancelled and school was dismissed until the following Monday. What a time.
Foundation Board of Directors member Sue Nicholson:
First of all, I cannot believe fifty years have gone by so rapidly. Nevertheless, I vividly remember where I was on that fateful, as well as fatal day. At the time, I was a sophmore at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Ironically, I was in a philosophy class during a lecture about clairvoyance. The professor had just mentioned the idea of a person being able to predict future events, like the assassination of a leader. Giving no deep thought to that idea, as soon as the class was over, I walked across campus for a leisurely stroll through falling leaves. A unknown student came running up to me, saying “The President has been shot”. I stood there in horror, recalling what my philosophy professor had just mentioned at the end of class.
President Barbara Tansey:
I was on the front row of a freshmen government class with Coach Fairchild. It came over the intercom (yes, we had them back then) that President Kennedy had been shot. Coach flipped the televison on and we sat and watched the news until the end of class.
Vice President of Continuing Education Chet Jarman: “I was in Mrs. Shakleford's seventh period class at Harvey Junior High School in Kinston, N.C. She was called out of the room and when she returned, she was crying. She then announced to the class what had happened. It was also, I remember, the day when report cards went home. I had learned earlier in the day that I had made my FIRST EVER grade of "D". It was in Algebra (no surprise to those who know me well). I knew that I was going to be in a lot of trouble when I got home. However, my parents were consumed by the news on television (black and white) that they expressed their dissatisfaction of the grade (D), but simply said, "try to improve this by the next report card period." Although saddened by the event of the day...........it did spare me an encounter with my Dad that on any other day, would have been different.”
Career Center Director Sandria McFadden:
For me, I was thirteen and in California at my grandparents’ home, in Riverside. My father was relocating from a base at Duluth, Minnesota to a base outside of Charleston, W. Virginia. We were taking a break and visiting my mother's family, in between the change. I was outside swimming in their pool and had just come in the house, when someone said the President had been shot. My grandparents had a small den in the front of their house where my grandfather was allowed to smoke his cigars. That was where everyone was crowed into this tiny smoke-filled room watching a black and white TV. My father was parked on an ottoman in front of the TV and fixed. Walter Cronkite took off his glasses, and looked at the clock in the studio, and choking back the tears he said the famous words, "President Kennedy died at 1:00 Eastern Standard Time." It was the first time that I ever saw my father cry. We watched all the events unfold for the next four days from that tiny smoked filled room in California. It was true reality TV for the first time in history when we saw Jack Ruby shoot Lee Harvey Oswalt in the basement of the police station. I remember thinking there goes the truth hidden and sealed forever. However, when I saw that little boy, John John as we knew him then, step in front of his mother and sister to salute, I sobbed. I will never forget the sounds of the drums on the march to the cemetery, and the riderless horse's hooves as they clicked on the pavement. It went on and on and on. (It was very much like the funeral for Diana with the deafening silence and the sobbing of people along the route.)
My senior year we had to do a term paper. Mine was on the four days in November of 1963. I have followed the life of JFK's family story since that terrible day in Dallas.
Allied Health Office Manager Margie Cobb:
I was sitting in class at Mineola Elementary School. My teacher, Mrs. Ruth Brown, was writing on the bulletin board when the announcement came over the intercom. She and other teachers gathered in the hallway, crying with disbelief. We had to go to assembly so the principal, Mr. Randolph, could talk with all of us. Even though at 11 I knew about death, I don't think I and the other the other students understood the concept of what this tragedy really meant at that time.
Project Coordinator North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance Darwin Richards:
I was a young soldier in the 101st Airborne Division, stationed at Fort Campbell KY. Dolly and I had been married a little over two years, and rented a small house just outside of the base in Clarksville TN. That particular day I was driving home for lunch, listening to the radio. I heard the news flash breaking into the regular programming that President Kennedy (visiting Dallas TX) had been shot. Beyond that, I recall the buzz of conversation among all the troops. The 101st had a keen interest in the President, having been a factor in operations planning surrounding both the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Marketing Coordinator Wes Sumner:
I was in my high school English class. Dot Powell, my teacher, was an ardent supporter of President Kennedy and I remember her openly weeping when she came into the class with the news. Her husband was a Kennedy political appointee and she had personally met the President, so she felt a very personal sense of loss. Like many of my fellow students, the enormity of the event did not really strike home for me until that evening when I began to see the CBS news coverage. And now, as I view the historical documentaries 50 years later, the impact seems even greater for me than it was earlier in my life.
Accounting Specialist Clara Ebron
I do remember where I was and what I was doing and where I was sitting. I was in Mrs. Bertha Green Baker's 3rd grade class in Belhaven, North Carolina. I was nine years old. I was sitting in the back of the class away from the windows. Another teacher came in and whispered in her ear and she started to cry. We all got sad and wanted to know what was wrong. She told us that the President had just got shot. We all wanted to know, Why would anyone shoot the President? Her reply, I do not know.
Public Relations Coordinator Betty Gray:
I was in Margaret Buck’s fifth grade class at John Small School on John Small Avenue in Washington. Every so often, Spanish language students at Washington High School would visit our classroom for a short Spanish lesson. The high school students had finished the lesson and had left the classroom. On their way out of the building, they had heard on the radio in the school library that the President had been shot. The two ran back into the classroom and delivered the news. Later that day, I was home and our black and white television was showing a silhouette of President Kennedy. My mother’s good friend, Florence Jones, was watching television with me and held her hand to the side of her face and just shook her head in disbelief that something like that could happen. My dad subscribed to many, many newspapers and magazines and for years we kept all of the publications from those events in a box in the attic of our home. Every now and then, as I grew older, I would go upstairs and look through them.
Co-Operative Education Coordinator Stephen Smith
I was in eighth grade outside of Washington, DC. Heard it first after school but they got the guy, Lee Harvey Oswald, later that day. A few days later, saw the first live televised murder in history of Oswald by Jack Ruby. Before President Kennedy's funeral, his body was in the Capitol Rotunda and my parents went downtown to see it. The line at night was wrapped several times around the Capitol and it took them many hours standing in the cold to get inside for a brief peek. The day of the funeral was quite something. The world stopped, there were church services, I think it was a workday but there was no school, and it was all on tv, which was a big deal back in the day, remember this was 1963. Still very sad to recall.
Student Activities Coordinator Theresa Edwards:
President Kennedy was assassinated during the time my mother passed away. For years in my mind I thought they died the same day. I can remember the sadness and concern from the adults around me. I grieved for both my mother and our President. Tears come to my eyes now as I recall the emotions experienced and the lost I endured during that time of my life. It wasn't until I was older that I realized that he died 8 months prior to my mother....I was 8 years old.
Financial Aid Assistant Barbara Goodman:
I was in Mrs. McMillian's fifth grade class at West Jefferson Elementary School in West Jefferson, NC. She was teaching us how to make cottage cheese (UGH??) by using a gallon of spoiled milk that had been sitting in the sun in the window of our classroom!! Never been able to eat cottage cheese after seeing that!! I remember a knock on our classroom door. Mrs. McMillian stepped back into class crying and told us what had happened. I don't remember a huge reaction by the class. Guess we were just too young to realize what we were hearing and what the impact would be.
Lead Instructor Office Administration/Medical Office Administration Debra Baker
I was in the 4th grade in Ms. Sarah Brown’s class at Winterville Elementary School in Winterville NC when over the loud speaker a very solemn principal said: “President Kennedy has been shot!” My teacher began to cry and of course all of us began to cry and I remember feeling very scared and sad and confused. I will never forget my feelings that day. I remember it was a Math class I was sitting in. We actually bowed our heads in prayer for the president and then recite “The Lord’s Prayer”. When I arrived home after riding the school bus, I remember all the TV news coverage. My parents had all four of us-my sister and two brothers sit down and they discussed with us what had happened. A sad, sad day.
Assistant to the Registrar Joy Landeck:
I was in fourth grade at Roper Elementary school. Our class was outside playing baseball and the principal call everyone in to tell us what had happened then school was dismissed and we went home.
Accounting Specialist Dianne Evans:
I was a freshman at Chowan College in class when the announcement was made.
Financial Aid Assistant Carol Willard:
I was sitting in by 2nd Grade class when the news came across the intercom system. I was attending Chocowinity School and my teacher's name was Mrs. Baker. I remember her crying at her desk.
History Instructor Keith Lyon
I was not yet born, but my mother always talks about coming home from school (she was a teacher) to pick up my older brother (he was five) at my Grandmother’s house (in South Mississippi). My brother, Ken, was outside in the bushes, hiding with his toy guns. When she asked him what he was doing, he said, “I’m going to get the men who shot President Kennedy.” He wasn’t playing. He was serious (my brother always is; I rarely am). To me, it shows how devastating it was, to affect a small boy so deeply.
Office Administration/Medical Office Administration Instructor Michele Mayo
I wasn’t born yet. However, I do have very clear memories of my parents discussing the tragedy in my early childhood and remember it affecting my view of the world. My mom purchased a documentary book, and those images were quite disturbing to me as a young child and were my first exposure to violence.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The Division of Continuing Education at Beaufort County Community College will offer a review session and test for ServSafe certification 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in Room 830 of Building 8 on the BCCC campus. The class accommodates those who wish to renew their ServSafe certificates, to retest or who have taken the ServSafe online course. After a one-hour review session, BCCC staff will proctor the course. The registration fee is $10. Students must purchase their own Exam Answer Sheets, available from the BCCC Bookstore or the National Restaurant Association via the Internet, before the review session. A ServSafe certification ensures restaurant owners that two points will be available on their sanitation inspections and some local employers give preference to applicants who have earned ServSafe certification. For more information about the course and information about ordering the required materials, interested persons should contact Clay Carter, director of Community Partnerships, at 252-940-6357 or by email at email@example.com. Students may register for these classes by calling 940-6375 or in person in room 802 of Building 8 on the BCCC campus. BCCC accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Checks payable to Beaufort County Community College may be mailed to the attention of Eva Peartree, 5337 U.S. Highway 264 East, Washington, NC 27889. For information about other classes offered by the Division of Continuing Education, visit the BCCC website at http://www.beaufortccc.edu/coned.