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May 13, 2015
HCC to host third annual Alumni & Friends Presidential Breakfast
WELDON, N.C. – To better reach alumni and friends, the Halifax Community College (HCC) Alumni Association will host the third annual Alumni & Friends Presidential Breakfast on Saturday, May 30 at 9 a.m. in The Centre. Attendees will meet with HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. and get an update on the College. The event is also a fundraiser for the HCC Foundation Inc. and its operations.

Also during the breakfast, guests will hear from Donna Clements ’15. Clements, of Roanoke Rapids, just graduated on May 9 from HCC with an Associate in Arts—College Transfer. She plans to enroll in the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She chose that program because it is online and will allow her to remain fully engaged as an HCC trustee and alum.

“I chose HCC for several reasons. Ideologically, I believe in the open-door policy,” said Clements who explained that her first attempt at college almost 40 years ago was not successful.

“I also chose HCC for the fact that it offered my program of choice, it was reasonably priced and it was convenient to my home.” Clements wanted to return to school to fulfill her lifelong dream of completing a formal education.

She continued, “I found myself, in that I found my ability to unlearn that which was not necessary and to learn that which was necessary in order to achieve my education, thereby fulfilling my purpose as an inspirer through words, both written and spoken. It is my goal to encourage others to find themselves at HCC.”

In the spring of 2013, a Roanoke Valley citizen observed Clements’ work in the community and submitted her name to Governor Pat McCrory’s office to fill a vacant governor-appointed seat on the HCC Board of Trustees. She is completing her second year of a four-year term. “It is the most important position I have ever held, one which I take both purposefully and humbly,” she added.

Clements explained why she feels that it is important to support the College and HCC Foundation Inc. “Surely, I am not the only member of our community who suffers, both professionally and personally, from a lack of education. As long as the doors remain open to Halifax Community College and the Foundation, the main obstacle of achieving a two-year college degree, a diploma, or certificate is eliminated.”

Cost to attend the breakfast is $15 per person or $120 per table. Sponsorships are also available. For more details, contact Bonnie Benthall at 252-536-7234, bbenthall481@halifaxcc.net or Dr. Dianne Rhoades at 252-536-7239, dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu.
Donna Clements
Donna Clements
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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