HCC Founders Day
celebration held, awards bestowed
Halifax Community College
held a Founders Day Ceremony Sept. 8 in
The Centre. Congressman G.K. Butterfield (1st
District of North Carolina) was the keynote speaker. The
event was a celebration of HCC’s 43rd
“I thank Dr. Griffin
for his friendship and for his leadership and for his vision
for this college... I unequivocally support the work of this
institution and I commend all of you who have a hand in
making it happen,” said Butterfield. “Today, Halifax
Community College is meeting the demands of the 21st
century.” He also referred to the Roanoke Valley Early
College as a “wonderful program” and commended the
partnership that made it possible.
Butterfield also suggested that during a
slow economy, unemployed and underemployed individuals can
“seize the opportunity to improve their educational
attainment.” He added, “You must be prepared and you must be
trained for the jobs that are in demand... I can’t imagine
what North Carolina and Halifax County and Northampton
County would have done without Halifax Community College.
This institution has been a beacon of light and hope for
thousands of citizens and their families who are now
benefiting from the education they received behind these
“I don’t think the men and women who were
so wise to charter the technical school had any idea what
Halifax Community College would become… Halifax Community
College is a home for the county community and a place for
the community and citizens to gather, plan and work for a
better future for Halifax County,” said Representative John
May of the North Carolina House of Representatives.
“From the chartering of Halifax Technical
Institute in 1967 to fall 2010, HCC has strived to provide
academic and workforce development programs second to none
in North Carolina, second to none in the United States, and
second to none worldwide. We realize that we are competing
with the world in the arena of economic development and
maintenance of our quality of life for future generations,”
said HCC President, Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr.
This was the second year that faculty
emeritus, staff emeritus, distinguished alumni and community
service awards were presented during Founders Day:
• 2010 President
Emeritus honorees included Dr. Phillip W. Taylor and Dr.
Elton L. Newbern Jr.
• 2010 Faculty Emeritus honorees
included Eloise Hardee, Mary Hatchell and Don Beaver
• 2010 Staff Emeritus honorees included
Dr. Laura Buffaloe and Janice Hargrave
• 2010 Distinguished Alumni honorees
included Katie Penley and Michael Cousins
The 2010 Community Service Award went to:
Curtis Wynn, president and CEO of Roanoke Electric
Cooperative & Subsidiaries; Dallas H. Jones, founder of the
Dallas Jones Roanoke Valley Veterans Museum and a World War
II veteran; and, Evelyn Dawson, co-owner and executive,
quality management and training director of Britesmilz
Family and Community Connections, LLC.
Also during the program, Advertising &
Graphic Design Department Chair Gloria Tysinger highlighted
the history of the college from 1967 to the present. HCC
student Theodore Ivey won a laptop donated by the HCC
Bookstore in a drawing for students. The Amazing Voices of
HCC provided entertainment during the event.
Halifax Community College
Founders Day Ceremony Sept. 8 in The Centre. Congressman
G.K. Butterfield was the keynote speaker. Pictured are award
honorees, front row from left, Dr. Elton L. Newbern Jr.,
Eloise Hardee, Mary Hatchell, Dallas H. Jones, Evelyn Dawson
and Butterfield; second row from left, Don Beaver, Michael
Cousins, Donna Penley accepting on behalf of her daughter
Katie Penley, and HCC President, Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr.