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SGA places in top three in competition

HCC student Howard Bethany (center)  Also pictured are Dean of Student Services & Enrollment Management Barbara Hasty (left) and SGA Advisor and Director of Counseling Services Emily Holmes.

Halifax Community College (HCC) student Howard Bethany of Roanoke Rapids recently received the Bryan Pugh Award during the spring conference of the North Carolina Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association (N4CSGA). The conference was held in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Named after the first president of the N4CSGA, the Bryan Pugh Award is selected by the current president of the organization. It is given to an individual who has worked diligently and exceeded the expectations that are required for his or her office. The recipient of the award symbolizes the commitment that is necessary to serve others effectively and has proven to be in touch with the student population, from cultural events to personal needs. The honoree shows character by supporting the decisions made by the group and exemplifies the meaning of being dedicated to students and the community college system.

Bethany, who is president of HCC's SGA, also serves as N4CSGA Special Populations Chairperson for 2006-07. This committee seeks to address issues and programs of interest for the "special populations" enrolled in community colleges. The main focus of the committee this year is the question of childcare.

"We would love to see the children of N.C. Community Colleges getting the highest quality childcare. However, we feel that finding good affordable childcare and the funding for it is becoming a pressing issue for many of our students," said Bethany. Armed with survey information, Bethany and a delegation from N4CSGA Issue Management made a trek to Washington, D.C. in mid-March to address the issue with state congressmen.

In addition to Bethany's award, HCC's SGA brought home the third place award in the T-Shirt Contest at the conference. The shirt featured news articles and publicity received by the organization during the year. Each college voted on the selections and chose the top three shirts and two honorable mentions for the category.