Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cobb, Van Gyzen receive BCCC honors

Their peers recently recognized two Beaufort County Community College employees – Margie Cobb and Bryan Van Gyzen – for their service to the college.
Cobb, office manager for BCCC’s Allied Health Division, was named Staff Member of the Year. Van Gyzen, lead instructor for the Automotive Systems Technology Program, was named Faculty Member of the Year.
Cobb came to BCCC in 1990 after working for Singer Furniture for two years. A BCCC alumnus, she earned an associate’s degree in office administration in 1988.
A member of the BCCC Staff Association, Cobb has been active in organizing that group’s fundraisers, scholarships and service projects. She has served as the staff association’s president, vice president, secretary and treasurer during her BCCC career. She also served on the State Employees Credit Union Board of Trustees and was instrumental in bringing an ATM to BCCC’s campus.
Margie Cobb,
office manager for the Allied Health Division,
was named Staff Member of the Year
at Beaufort County Community College.
Cobb and her husband, David, have been married 43 years and have five children – four daughters and one son. Off campus, she enjoys cooking for family, friends and members of the community who are sick or shut-in. Last Thanksgiving, she and her family fed more than 75 people.
Cobb will retire in June after almost 25 years with BCCC. She said she loves the people here, who are like a second family. She plans to do “absolutely nothing” this summer, she said, but does have a cruise planned with her sister in November.
Van Gyzen joined the BCCC faculty in 2008. He graduated from Northside High School in 1992 and earned an associate’s degree in automotive technology in 1994 from Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, where he received training certified by General Motors.
Van Gyzen joined the BCCC faculty in 2008. He graduated from Northside High School in 1992 and earned an associate’s degree in automotive technology in 1994 from Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, where he received training certified by General Motors in the ASEP program.
Bryan Van Gyzen,
lead Automotive Systems Technology Instructor
was named Faculty Member of the Year.
Van Gyzen began his career in automotive technology at Lee Chevrolet-Pontiac-Buick in Washington through a cooperative work experience program at Wayne Community College. He has additional experience at Paul Service Center and at Cox Chevrolet in Belhaven. Prior to joining the faculty at BCCC, he specialized in electrical and drivability automotive repair at Lee Chevrolet in Washington.
During his tenure at BCCC, Van Gyzen has taken a lead role in establishing a car club and in organizing the car show held during Gullfest, BCCC’s spring festival at BCCC.
Van Gyzen and his wife, Cathy, a pharmacy technician at O’Neal’s Drug Store in Belhaven, live in the Pungo Community of Beaufort County. They have four children, Susanna, Jacob, Conner and Breanna

In his spare time, he enjoys working on and cruising in his vintage vehicles. He also enjoys spending time with his family. Together they enjoy fishing, boating, swimming and most outdoor sports.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Early College High School hold virtual meeting with author

Eric Martinez asks Rye Barcott a question during the Skype chat with students in Ms. Smith’s Civics and Economics class at Beaufort County Early College High School. 
Students at Beaufort County Early College High School earlier this month held a virtual meeting with Rye Barcott, author of It Happened on the Way to War and co-founder of Carolina for Kibera as part of the grant-funded Bright Ideas program.
Students in Amanda Smith’s Civics and Economics courses have been reading Barcott’s book this semester. In the book the students learned about Barcott’s military service and his work in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya.
Students submitted questions to Barcott and talked with him via Skype about his military and charitable work.
The books were supplied through a Bright Ideas Grant from Tideland EMC. For more than 20 years, the electric cooperative has offered grants to North Carolina teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms across the state.
“Reliving your experiences through your book opened up my eyes and made me realize that even though I am young, I can still strive to make a change in my community,” student Perla Garcia Lugo told Barcott.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Nine MLT graduates receive pins in ceremony

Beaufort County Community College’s Medical Laboratory Technology graduates and their instructors pose for a photograph before pinning ceremonies on the BCCC campus Friday, May 15.
Nine graduates of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Beaufort County Community College received their pins in a ceremony held Friday, May 15, in the Multi-Purpose Room of Building 10 on the BCCC campus.
Those graduates receiving pins are Martha Richardson of Grimesland: Juanita White of New Bern; Krystal Cherry, Kaley Jones and Sylvia Smith of Pinetown; Heather Birdo of Plymouth, and Alexis Fraley and Donna Jackson of Washington.
MLT Director Erica Schatz welcomed those attending the ceremony; MLT Graduate Kirsite Williams gave the invocation and the benediction. A student message was given by Sylvia Smith.
Special awards were given to the graduates as follows: Highest Grade Point Average, Martha Richardson; Clinical Performance Award, Syliva Smith and Art Keenhle Outstanding Student Award, Heather Birdo.
The Medical Laboratory Technology curriculum prepares individuals to perform clinical laboratory procedures in chemistry, hematology, microbiology and immunohematology.
Graduates may be eligible to take exams given by the Board of Registry of Medical Technologists of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists or the Certifying Agency. Employment opportunities include laboratories in hospitals, medical offices, industries and research facilities.

For more information about BCCC’s MLT Program, contact Erica Schatz, program director, at 940-6425 or by email at erica.schatz@beaufortccc.edu.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

ADN graduates pinned in May 14 ceremony

Fifty-one Associate Degree Nursing graduates recite the Nursing Pledge at their Pinning Ceremony held Thursday, May 14, at the Turnage Theather in Washington.

Fifty-one graduates of Beaufort County Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing program received their nursing school pins Thursday, May 14, in a ceremony, which is a traditional rite of passage for nursing school graduates across the country.
It was the largest Associate Degree Nursing class and at 11, the largest graduating class of new male nurses in the school’s 48-year history.
The ceremony was held at the Turnage Theater in Washington before an audience of about 350 BCCC administrators, faculty and staff as well as family and friends of the graduates.
Four students received awards honoring their academic and nursing success. The Leadership Award was presented to Josh Harriett. The Outstanding Senior Student Award was presented to Cecil Scott Campbell II. The Katie Paul Award for Clinical Excellence was presented to Bridget Lynn Lewis. Kimberly M. Moore received the Academic Excellence Award
In his faculty address, Kent Dickerson, director of nursing at BCCC, told the graduates that they had changed from their first day of orientation and are ready for the challenges ahead.
“Go out there and do the little things that nurses do,” he said. “And then take that extra step with your patients because it’s by going that extra mile with your patients that you will leave your legacy.”
In remarks on behalf of the graduating class, Lewis thanked the family and friends of the graduating class for their support and recalled the class’s years as nursing students.
“In the last two years, we have grown to e a family,” she said. “We’ve held each others hands as we witnessed babies being born and we dried each other’s tears when we lost a patient. We came together when it really, truly counted.
“This has been a life changing experience for all of us and I think that’s appropriate because we are going into a profession where we change people’s lives,” she said.
Pinning ceremonies in their currently recognizable form began in 1893. The pin is awarded to the nurse to recognize the achievement of entering the profession and to signify a nursing school graduate’s affiliation with a specific nursing school.
The graduates are now qualified to take the state licensure examination. 
The graduates are Nina Arrington Alexander, Diego Amorocho, Brett Ange, Kayla Ange, Elsie Baker, Megan Nicole Barr, Randy Baugham, Brandy Sheppard Baynor, Cameron B. Blake, Susan Braxton, Rebecca Lynn Brooks, April C. Bullock, Laura Lyon Butler, Lauren Elizabeth Bystrack, Cecil Scott Campbell II, Caren Moller Cooper, Dustin Earwood, Lillian Danielle Edwards, Cody Wayne Furlough, Josh Harriett, Morgan Carol Herring, Carolyn Leighann Hill, Caitlyn Elise Horton, Carolyn Elizabeth Jones, Cathy Lengyel, Andrew J. Lewis, Bridget Lynn Lewis, Kelly Bland Meetze, Jessica Marie Mitchell, Meredith Duke Mobley, Kimberly M. Moore, Brittany R. Moss, J.R. Nimeskern, Sarah M. Oswald, Alexis Lillian Peed, Sarah Elizabeth Peek, Meg Poston, Meredith Price, Deanna A. Pryor, Aime S. Roberson, Lisa Council Rogerson, Amber Christin Rombold, Elizabeth Watson Rose, Jodie Rouse, Elzbieta Skiba, Amy Kirk Tinker, Bethany Rae Utter, Brandi Louise Walling, Samantha Marie Whitfield, Caleb Manning Woolard, Marissa Brooke Woolard.
For more information about the Associate Degree Nursing program at BCCC, contact Kent Dickerson, director of nursing, at 252-940-6205 or visit the BCCC website at www.beaufortccc.edu.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Miller named President of BCCC Faculty Senate for 2015-2016

Brian Miller, lead computer information technology and programming instructor at Beaufort County Community College, prepares a bulletin board about the Microsoft IT Academy. He will serve as President of the BCCC Faculty Senate for the 2015-2016 Academic Year.
Brian Miller, lead computer information technology and programming instructor at Beaufort County Community College, will serve as President of the BCCC Faculty Senate for the 2015-2016 Academic Year. He is joined in the Faculty Senate leadership by Lynne Modlin, vice president; Kate Purvis, secretary, and Kimberly Mullis, treasurer.
A native of Lake Charles, La., Miller moved to Washington as a teenager. He graduated from Washington High School and attended N.C. State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management of information systems from Mount Olive College and a master’s degree in technology systems with a concentration in computer networking management from East Carolina University. Miller is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served on submarines from 1994 to 2003.
Miller joined the BCCC faculty in January 2013 and was named Lead Instructor in July 2013. Before joining the BCCC faculty, he served as IT Administrator at Carver Machine Works in Washington. Miller and his wife, Rachael, a recent BCCC graduate, have two children. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and watching movies, particularly those concerning military history. He and his son are active in Cub Scouts and enjoy camping and outdoor activities.
Lynn Modlin, right, is Vice President
of the BCCC Faculty Senate.
Kate Purvis is Secretary
of the BCCC Faculty Senate.
Modlin, of Jamesville, joined BCCC’s faculty as an instructor in the Associate Degree Nursing Program in 2007 and was named Faculty Member of the Year for 2014. A Martin County native, she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from East Carolina University and a master’s degree in nursing education from Walden University. She is specially trained in the operations of high-fidelity simulators. Modlin and her husband, Michael, have two children. She is a member of Cedar Branch Baptist Church where she is Chairman of the Personnel Committee. In her spare time, Modlin enjoys spending time with her family and gardening.
Purvis joined BCCC’s full-time faculty in 2013 as a Developmental English and Reading Instructor after teaching at the college part-time since 2012.  A native of Tarboro, she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degrees in elementary and reading education from Appalachian State University. She served as an Instructional Coach for Pitt County Schools before joining the BCCC faculty. Purvis and her husband, Martin, live in Washington. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, working in the yard and spending time on the Pamlico River.
Kimberly Mullis is Treasurer
of the BCCC Faculty Senate
Mullis, of Washington, has been active in the BCCC Faculty Senate, previously serving as President of the organization. A native of Gloucester, Va., Mullis began teaching part-time at BCCC in 2001. She joined the full-time faculty in 2005 and in 2012 became Lead Instructor of Mathematics. Mullis earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in mathematics education from East Carolina University. Mullis and her husband, John, live in Washington and have two children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and being outdoors.

The purpose of the Faculty Senate is to aide communication among BCCC faculty and between its members and the college administration. It also makes recommendations on college policy and governance issues of concern to faculty, advocates for faculty viewpoints on pertinent issues and works to develop cooperation among faculty in various instructional programs at the college, among other activities.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Join the BCCC Foundation for a trip to see Newsies

Join the Beaufort County Community College Foundation, Saturday, June 6, for a trip to Durham to see the stage production of the 2012 Tony Award Winning musical, Newsies.
The cost of the trip, open to all BCCC students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the college, is $200 per person. Final payment is due by May 18.
The price of the trip includes transportation to and from Durham, lunch and tickets for seats in the orchestra section at the Durham Performing Arts Center in downtown Durham.
The trip will leave the parking lot at BCCC by 9 a.m. and travel to Durham for lunch at The Tobacco Road Sports Café overlooking the Durham Bulls athletic field. A locally-owned restaurant the Tobacco Road sport Café is inspired by the unique sports climate of North Carolina and its “Tobacco Road” schools. Lunch will be served on the patio.
After lunch, the group will go to DPAC for a matinee performance of Newsies, the exhilarating musical that won two Tony awards in 2012 including Best Score. With a book by renowned Broadway impresario, Harvey Fierstein Newsies tells the story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. Based on true events, it’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right.
After the performance, participants will depart Durham for the trip home and enjoy light refreshments on the bus.
For more information, or to register, contact Marcia Norwood, Foundation specialist, at 252-940-6218 or Foundation Executive Director Serena Sullivan at 252-940-6326.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

BCCC hosts NCADE Conference

The Developmental Education Department at Beaufort County Community College recently hosted the North Carolina Association of Developmental Education’s Eastern Regional Conference.
About 50 participants from Beaufort, Craven, Lenoir, Pitt and Wake counties attended the meeting which featured three concurrent sessions and a keynote address by Denise de Ribert, director of the Kellogg Institute at Appalachian State University.
With the changing face of developmental education and new placement testing, the conference was particularly valuable to BCCC’s developmental education instructors, according to Lead Instructor Dana Sauls.
All of BCCC’s developmental education instructors had the chance to attend sessions as part of their professional development, she said.

Pictured, instructors attend one of the concurrent sessions.