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Nov. 20, 2014
Halifax Community College Trustee Board Report
November 2014
WELDON, N.C. – The Halifax Community College (HCC) Board of Trustees met on Nov.18 for their monthly meeting.

Committee reports were given. Among them was the Building & Grounds Committee which reported on a recent meeting. Issues discussed included temperature controls and needed upgrades, parking lot lights and electronic sign repair. The Academic Affairs Committee gave a brief update. Also, HCC is preparing for a one percent reversion (about $156,000) of funds to the system later this academic year.

HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. presented the President's Report to the board. Points of information included:
  • Special recognition of James H. Pierce, chair of the Halifax County Board of Commissioners
  • Special recognition of Graphic Designer Kimberly Edwards and Director of Public Relations & Marketing Melanie Temple for work on the 2013-14 President's Report to the Community
  • Griffin will serve as Grand Marshal of the 2014 Town of Weldon Christmas Parade on Dec. 4.
  • New signs have been installed around campus. Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) grant funding was used for the project.
  • Griffin and Director of Title III and Sponsored Programs/PRIDE Daniel Lovett met recently with Bernadette Miles, program analyst for the PBI Program – U.S. Department of Education.
  • HCC hosted two Presidential Student Forums on Nov. 4, focusing on financial literacy.
  • HCC has partnered with solar company Geenex to provide internships. Two Industrial Systems Technology students and instructor Jason Bone interned the weekend of Nov. 8. They performed scans and uploaded information to a server. The server helped software to map out locations of everything on the Geenex site. A representative from Geenex will present the findings to a class this semester. This was a great experience for the students.
  • On Oct. 15, Griffin received a call from a student stating that she wanted to enroll in the mini-semester class, CIS 110, but the cost of the book was more than tuition. After conducting some research, it was discovered that HCC had been overcharged for the book by the book company. The book was then reduced to the correct price. The student had a solution that afternoon and was able to take the class and purchase the book. Students who had previously purchased the book were able to be refunded the difference.
  • Charles P. McElheney Jr. presented a $10,000 check to HCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the HCC Foundation Inc. Dr. Dianne Rhoades on Nov. 12. The funds will establish the Corky H. McElheney Memorial Scholarship.
  • Southern Bank Vice President Branch Manager Kim Ivey presented a $2,500 check to Rhoades on behalf of the Southern Bank Foundation, Nov. 12. The funds will benefit the Southern Bank Scholarship.
  • Griffin has been invited by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to a meeting on Dec. 2 in Washington, D.C., to explore strategies for enhancing engagement between the nation's community colleges and Minority Serving Institutions including Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions.
  • Griffin has been appointed by the AACC board of directors to the Commission on Economic and Workforce Development. The term dates are July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017.
  • The Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) has asked the North Carolina Community College System for a two percent general fund reduction totaling $20.8 million. The Presidents Association has made recommendations, but the State Board of Community Colleges will have the final say on the response to OSBM. On Oct. 29, Dr. R. Scott Ralls, president of the NC Community College System responded to the OSBM and management regarding budget cuts. The letter addressed options including a possible tuition increase, reductions of categorically funded programs and elimination of funding for the Small Business Center Network, which is an option of last resort.
  • HCC was awarded the NCWorks Career Pathway Program grant in the amount of $35,000. The leadership grant will explore ways to improve Career and Technical Education career pathways between Halifax County Schools, Roanoke Rapids Graded School District, Weldon City Schools and HCC with special emphasis on employer engagement, rigorous programs of study, career advising and work-based learning. Funds will be used in support of the approved project and in accordance with the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2008.
  • East Carolina University (ECU) Partnership statistics were reviewed: three students who are currently enrolled in the partnership program listed HCC as their primary community college, nine students from HCC graduated from ECU through the Partnership East online model and 26 potential students are on the active mailing list. ECU graduate Judy Oglesby took part in the program, which helped her earn a teaching degree without having to move out of her hometown. She teaches at Belmont Elementary School. A year of encouragement led her to enroll and graduate from HCC and two years later, from ECU.
  • Updates on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges were shared, including the importance of the fifth-year interim report.
  • A review was given of the Complete College America program including recommendations such as co-requisite remediation, performance funding, full-time is 15+ credits per semester, structured schedules around the student, and guided pathways to success. For a strong economy, the skills gap must be closed. Precious time and money are lost when students don't graduate on schedule. For certificate and associate degree students, graduation rates are very low, even when students take more time. HCC has a graduation rate of 25 percent.
Updates were also given on: the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Induction Ceremony; the PTK-Student Support Services campus clean-up; licensure pass rates for traditional associate degree nursing (ADN), licensed practical nursing (LPN) and transitional LPN/ADN graduates; loan default management committee work; budgets/expenditures for state, county and The Centre; the HCC Foundation Inc. donor and scholarship luncheon; the Children's Theatre series; the American Indian Heritage Month Celebration; the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Concert Band's upcoming holiday concert; the Brick By Brick Campaign; and, the golf tournament. An update on Student Government Association (SGA) activities was also provided including upcoming SGA officer elections slated for Dec. 3-4, the Disability Awareness Walk held at Edgecombe Community College and the N4CSGA Conference held at the Gateway Convention Center in Rocky Mount.
Trustee Meeting
HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr., from left, presented special honors to Graphic Designer Kim Edwards and Public Relations & Marketing Director Melanie Temple for their work on the 2013-14 President's Report to the Community at the HCC Board of Trustees meeting, Nov. 18. Also pictured is HCC Board of Trustees Chair Bernella DeLaMora, far right.
Halifax Community College's Mission
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