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April 11, 2014
 
PRIDE hosts seventh annual Men to Men Summit at HCC
 
WELDON, N.C. – The PReparing Men for Intellectual, AcaDemic & Educational Success (PRIDE) of Halifax Male Mentoring and Leadership Program hosted the seventh annual Men to Men Summit at The Centre at Halifax Community College (HCC) on April 3. "Am I My Brother's Keeper?" was this year's theme. The keynote speaker was FTB Advisors, Inc. Senior Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Director L. Duane Davis.

"Who wants to be rich," asked Davis of the audience. He then asked, "What is rich?" Money, wealth, happiness, fame and knowledge were suggested.

"To me, the easiest path to success in this country and in every country in the world is education, education, education," Davis said.

Davis mentioned a study that found the wealthiest 85 families in the world own as much as the bottom 3.5 billion people in the world. He reviewed America's educational standing. Only 5 percent of American students have more than two hours of homework. The average U.S. student spends about 900 hours in the classroom and 1,500 hours in front of the television.

"We're competing in a global economy. There is a direct correlation between education and your income levels," said Davis.

He added that the secret to wealth is to get your education, start saving early and be smart with the money that you earn.

A number of activities took place during the summit including breakout sessions and a luncheon. Sessions included:

  • Spirituality, Health and Wellness—HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr.
  • Department Head/Instructor in Human Services Technology Michael Earl
  • Investing, Financing, Understanding Money and Debt Management—FTB Advisor, Inc. Senior Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Director L. Duane Davis
Special recognitions were also handed out during the summit. The HCC 2014 What a Passion—What a Vision Man of Distinction Award was presented to Frank V. Avent III, former HCC trustee board chair, and Dr. Stanley Edwards, an HCC trustee. The award is given in recognition of outstanding leadership, determination and community service.

Also during the event, the HCC Assistant Principal or Counselor High School Leadership Award was presented to Frank Hunter Jr. of Southeast Halifax High School, Andre Stewart of Weldon City Schools and Beverly Vassor of Northwest Halifax High School. The award is given in recognition of outstanding leadership, determination and innovation by increasing student engagement, inspiring teachers, staff and students, and enhancing the learning environment.

The HCC Special Service Beyond The Call of Duty Award was presented to Kenneth Woodley, band director at KIPP Gaston College Preparatory High School. The award is given in recognition of outstanding group performances that support community arts and culture.

This event was funded by the U.S. Department of Education PBI Formula Grant and the North Carolina Community College System 3M Grant.

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Duane Davis, keynote speaker, for the seventh annual Men to Men Summit
 
 
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Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
 
Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239