Nash Community College Recognizes Faculty & Staff Performance

Nash Community College is pleased to announce the following faculty and staff members were recently honored with the 2013 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) award. As a member of NISOD, the College has been honoring faculty, staff and administrators with this award of recognition annually since 1992. Recipients are selected based on their proven commitment to high performance and extraordinary service to Nash Community College, its students, and the community.

Pictured on the front row from left: Nash Community College President Dr. Bill Carver and Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Trent Mohrbutter (back, right) present the 2013 NISOD award to Continuing Education Assistant Registrar Lori Winstead, Departmental Secretary Cheryl Baines and Cosmetology Instructor Karey Parker. Back row: Compensatory Education Instructor Rich Woodard, Computer Technician Van Wilson and Dr. Trent Mohrbutter. Not pictured: Sociology and Psychology Instructor Keith Milks.

Spring Lake Mayor to Speak at NCC Diversity and Inclusiveness Celebration

Chris V. Rey, Mayor of Spring Lake, North Carolina, will be Nash Community College’s diversity and inclusiveness celebration speaker on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:00pm in the college’s Brown Auditorium. The public is invited to attend.

Rey is the youngest elected Mayor of Spring Lake, the third largest municipality in Cumberland County. A native of Spring Lake, he attended Spring Lake public schools and graduated from Pine Forest High School as a track and field All-American in 1995.  He then earned a full athletic scholarship to East Carolina University.

Chris’ capacity for leadership was manifest through his works at East Carolina.  As a determined student leader, he vigorously worked to transform his university into a more open and diverse epicenter for higher learning.  As a result, the University often recognized his leadership and campus involvement.

In 2000, Chris exhibited the most selfless act of service when he enlisted into the United States Army as a computer information technology analyst.  After two short years, Chris was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Signal Corps through the United States Army Officer Candidate School.  Thereafter, he was deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom followed by a deployment to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.  After being afforded the opportunity to strengthen his leadership skills with the entire world as his backdrop, Chris returned home to Fort Bragg to command the Third Special Forces (Airborne) Signal Detachment. His service and leadership in the armed forces earned him numerous military awards and accolades including the Bronze Star.

After nearly eight years of active military service, Chris was honorably discharged and began studies at William & Mary School of Law, the nation’s oldest legal institution.  Upon graduating in 2010 Chris returned back home to Spring Lake to do his part to serve his community.

Chris currently works for the Virginia National Guard as a federal employee.  He is a Strategic Planner and Policy Director for the Information Technology Division.  He is also a Major in the Virginia Army National Guard and serves as CEO of C2Vizion, LLC, a strategy firm focused on marketing & strategy development for small businesses and non-profits.  He is an adjunct professor in the criminal justice department at Mount Olive College, where he teaches constitutional law, criminal law, juvenile justice and criminal courts.

Mayor Rey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Walden University, and a Juris Doctor degree from William & Mary School of Law. Mayor Rey is also a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., the Kiwanis Club of Spring Lake, the National Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  He is married and he has two children.

NCC Presents The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

NCC students Candace Daughtridge and Laura Pearce look over hairstyle choices for actors during a Wednesday afternoon production meeting.

There will be more to savor than just a delicious meal as Nash Community College drama and Culinary Arts program present one of the most delightful and memorable social comedies, The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde for the annual dinner theatre. It is a comedy of manners that satirizes Victorian manners and customs, but does so with a light, witty style and charming cynicism that is absolutely delicious. Also adding their collaborative flavor to the production are the NCC Advertising and Graphic Design and Cosmetology programs. In the play, two young gentlemen rely on subterfuge and dissimulation to escape life’s tedious duties. However, their deceptions eventually cross paths, resulting in a series of hilarious discoveries that threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits. Here is just a sample of the delightful repartee to be savored in the show:

“I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever.”

“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.”

“It is awfully hard work doing nothing. However, I don’t mind hard work where there is no definite object of any kind.”

- Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Show-only performances will be Friday, March 15 at 7:00pm and Sunday, March 17 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $5 for show-only performances. The dinner theatre is Saturday, March 16 with doors opening at 5:00pm and dinner served promptly at 5:30pm. Tickets for the dinner theatre are $22. Tickets for the dinner theatre or show-only performances can be purchased in advance at the NCC cashier’s window. Tickets will also be sold at the door, but it is highly recommended to purchase your dinner theatre tickets in advance, as seating is limited. All performances are held at Nash Community College’s Brown Auditorium.

NCC Welders’ Art Showcased on Campus

A new jack sculpture adorns Nash Community College’s campus. Symbolic of the college’s first President, Jack Ballard, the piece represents strength, vision and innovation. NCC welding and fabrication students enrolled in the WLD 121: GMAW (MIG) class designed the jack using AutoCAD software and created the mild steel structure in approximately three weeks using a gas metal arc welding technique. Students pictured from left – seated on the front row: John Deans. Standing: Anthony Solomon, Charles Lewis, Arnez Evans, NCC Welding Instructor Jay Manning, NCC President Bill Carver, Forrest Rainey, Derek Lyons and Bobby McCaskill. Pictured on top: Mark Langley and Richard Colbert.

NCC Special to Air on UNC-TV

A six-minute video featuring Nash Community College will air on Thursday, January 24, 2013 on UNC-TV during NC Now at 7:30 pm. The video is part of a series highlighting North Carolina’s 58 community colleges in celebration of the system’s 50th anniversary and will be available online following the show.

Leadership Rocky Mount Tours NCC Campus

Leadership Rocky Mount participants toured Nash Community College this week as part of their focus on local higher education. In the picture, NCC Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Don Sexauer shares information about the college’s Culinary program. The campus tour included visits and demonstrations in the radio station, Math Tank, Advanced Manufacturing Lab, English Studio, Health Sciences department, Early Childhood Education department, College Transfer and Culinary programs. The group enjoyed a luncheon provided by the NCC Midway Cafe with NCC President Dr. Bill Carver and NCC Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Trent Mohrbutter.

NCC Graduate Committed to Lifelong Learning

Graduate, leader, instructor, student, veteran and lifelong learner: These are titles used to describe Donnie Daniels of Rocky Mount. A proven leader with over 24 years of experience in emergency services, his cross-functional background includes military, law enforcement, administrative, professional and volunteer fire experience. He personifies Dallas Herring’s philosophy, “taking people where they are and carrying them as far as they can go.”

Daniels began his career in 1999 as a firefighter with the City of Rocky Mount. Five years later, while enrolled in Nash Community College’s Emergency Preparedness Technology curriculum program, he was promoted to Captain. In 2006, at the age of 37, he completed his Associate in Applied Science degree in Emergency Preparedness Technology.

“My time at Nash Community College was a challenge, as it should be. I remember what it was like being a full time student and a full time firefighter. At the same time, I was a husband, a father of three very active kids, a youth baseball coach, a volunteer firefighter with Red Oak Fire Department, as well as staying active in my church. I remember at times it seemed a little overwhelming,” Daniels said.

As Daniels continued his education, determination helped him persevere, balancing work, family and community involvement. In 2007, Daniels completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety Administration from Grand Canyon University. He reached his next educational milestone when he graduated from the North Carolina Fire Rescue Management Institute at UNC-Charlotte in 2008.

In his role as Battalion Chief of Operations for the City of Rocky Mount Fire Department, Daniels provides emergency service and incident command leadership and oversees daily operations for four fire stations. He is an active fire service member who has been involved in many leadership roles and projects including: the Flood Emergency Planning Group, Risk Management Team, CISD Team, VIPER Task Group, RIT Task Group and Rocky Mount Fire Department’s Swiftwater Emergency Response Team – a state resource for North Carolina Emergency Management.

Daniels exhibits an unfailing commitment to “lifelong learning” and has completed 66 courses at Nash Community College since graduating in 2006. He holds numerous professional certifications including NC Emergency Medical Technician, NC Level I Fire Inspector, NC Level II/Qualified Fire Service Instructor, NC Rescue Technician, NC Level I Life Safety educator and NC Level II Fire Officer. He still continues to serve as a Fire Service Instructor – a role he has held since 2003. He is currently enrolled in the Executive Fire Officer Development Program at the National Fire Academy.

Donnie Daniels is an active member of the Nash County Fire and Rescue Association and the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs. Membership is not enough; he seeks opportunities to make significant contributions to the Nash-Rocky Mount community by his leadership and service. He was selected as the 2012 Nash Community College Outstanding Alumnus Award recipient for his achievements and for providing inspiration for current Nash Community College students.

“Success is when you go home at the end of the day and you know you have led with integrity by being honest and transparent with those around you, cared about others by making them feel important and valued, encouraged those who are going through difficult times to not give up and inspired those around you to perform their best and climb to a higher level,” Daniels said.

NCC’s Thirty-Sixth Law Enforcement Class Graduates

Graduates pictured on the front row, left to right: Mark Fuse of Rocky Mount, Brandon Thomas of Nashville, Jacob Strickland of Rocky Mount and Jacob Villalobos of Spring Hope. Back row, left to right: NCC Law Enforcement Training Director Nathan Mizell, Mark Withrow of Rocky Mount, Derek Belhumeur of Rocky Mount, Teodoro Antunez, Jr. of Bailey and Tyrell Maness of Rocky Mount.

Nash Community College’s thirty-sixth Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) class graduated on Thursday, January 3rd. The NCC Law Enforcement Training program includes physical and classroom state commission mandated topics and methods of instruction. General subjects include criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic, and alcohol beverage laws, investigative, patrol, custody, and court procedures, emergency responses, ethics, community relations and more.

To graduate, students must successfully complete and pass all units of study, including the certification examination mandated by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission.

“Law Enforcement is constantly changing; new challenges are emerging every day. Remember in order to push forward in your new profession you will need to be constantly training and continuing your education,” Rocky Mount Police Department Sergeant Michael A. Whitley shared with the graduates.

During the twenty-seven week training, students learned essential skills required for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with state, county, or municipal governments, or private enterprise.

“I leave you with these final words  that I have adopted as my creed: the appearance of our uniform defines what we are to the public we serve, but it is our actions that define who we are,” Whitley shared.

For more information about the program, contact Nathan Mizell at 252-451-8278 or nmizell@nashcc.edu.