Global Advancements in Community College Radio Station, Big Bang Radio WNIA 89.1 FM


Station Manager Melissa Herbert and Joey Daughtridge (aka DJ Joey D).


“이는 K-팝이다” or “This is K-Pop (Korean Pop)” is just one of the show introductions listeners of Nash Community College’s radio station, Big Bang Radio WNIA 89.1 FM, will hear in the upcoming fall semester. Dubbed “the station that plays something for everyone” by the first student manager back in 2008, WNIA stays true to its roots with the ushering in of the station’s fourth successor, Melissa “Max” Herbert.

Graduating from Nash Community College this year with an Associate in Arts degree, a Korean pop show is but one of the eclectic genres to be highlighted on the novice station manager’s roster of shows, set to begin mid-August. Tune the dial to WNIA 89.1 FM and audiences may hear poetry readings, Celtic music, PROG (Progressive Rock and Metal) or a talk show being culminated with the current airing of today’s hits in a mix of genres and yesterday’s classics. “I want it [Big Bang Radio] to stand out from other radio stations and for listeners to be exposed to something new,” is Melissa’s take on her plans for the autumn radio line up.

Jessi Brown, or DJ E.L.F. (Ever Lasting Friends), is on board with the diverse approach taken by the new Big Bang Radio manager. Hosting the imminent K-Pop show, Jessi hopes the Korean tunes she features will make those attentive want to dance. When asked why she chose K-Pop as her genre to host; “It’s happy…even though you can’t understand all of the words.”

“We continue to improve the format of Big Bang Radio, focusing on independent local and unknown artists,” shared Andrew Small, chief operator of WNIA. In addition to format advancements, the station also progresses on a technological level. Beginning as a streaming station in 2008 and broadcasting FM in December 2010, Nash Community College’s Big Bang Radio now offers the digital vibes of an Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) stream. Accessible via a desktop computer media player or as an application for Android and Apple devices, Big Bang Radio can be heard at any location a connection to the internet can be received. Small suggests that this up-to-date means of broadcasting is the first of exciting changes set to take place at the College.

Though operated by Nash Community College students and alumni, the station is not only targeting on-campus facilitators and encourages the utilization of the assorted audible resources that constitute Big Bang Radio, WNIA 89.1 FM, by the community. Station manager, Melissa Herbert strives to have anyone, not just college-age, tune into the gamut of public-encompassing topics being offered. She also encourages the participation of Nash Community College students and alumni with an interest in communication to volunteer at the station to achieve the growth and craft of a radio station that the College’s faculty, staff, students and surrounding community want. With eyes on the prize of an ever-flourishing fan base, the college radio DJ signs off with the assured, “Thank you for listening to Big Bang Radio, WNIA 89.1 FM…Tarboro, Nashville, Rocky Mount, a service of Nash Community College.”

Contact Andrew Small, Nash Community College Director of Media Production at 252-451-8220 or Big Bang Radio Station Manager, Melissa Herbert at 252-451-8486 for more information about the station or volunteering.

NCC Employees Learn Lifesaving Techniques


From left: NCC EMS Instructor and Coordinator Olivia Moss, Rocky Mount Fire Department Fire and Life Safety Educator Dorothy Hinton, NCC Director Safety and Security and Chief of Police Wayne Lamm

Nash Community College faculty and staff participated in professional development activities to learn life saving techniques this summer. Through the Rocky Mount Fire Department Public Access Program for AEDs, employees are taking a step toward a safer campus by understanding how to use hands only CPR and Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in emergency situations. To date, 76 percent of Nash Community College’s full-time employees have received training in hands only CPR and AED use. Twenty-nine employees were certified prior to beginning the recent training.

Hands only CPR can more than double the chance of survival when someone experiences cardiac arrest. Knowing how to utilize an AED, and having access to the device when needed could result in 50,000 saved lives throughout the country every year, according to the American Red Cross. The organization recommends that individuals should be within a few minutes of an AED and someone trained to use it.

“Nash Community College trains our area’s first responders, so it is only fitting that our campus is provided the same opportunities to be qualified to step in and help if needed. When a person’s heart stops, the top two methods that have shown an improvement in patient outcomes are early CPR and early defibrillation,” Nash Community College Emergency Medical Services Coordinator and Instructor Olivia Moss said. “CPR should begin as quickly as possible and the AED should be placed within 10 minutes to increase the chance of survival.” Moss led the training, along with Fire and Life Safety Educator, Dorothy Hinton of the Rocky Mount Fire Department.

As a result of high participation, the College received two AEDs from the grant in July. Once in place, a total of four AEDs will be available for use throughout campus. The placement of the devices will help narrow response time in the event of a critical situation. Once installed, continued training will be offered for additional employees.

For more information about Nash Community College’s Emergency Medical Services, CPR or AED training, please call Olivia Moss at 252-451-8355. For more information about the Public Access Program offered through Rocky Mount Fire Department, contact Dorothy Hinton at 252-972-1384.​

NCC Instructor Appointed to World View Board



Nash Community College is effectively infusing a global worldview throughout its campus by instilling diversity, knowledge, interconnectedness and understanding in students, faculty and staff.

Humanities and Social Sciences Instructor, Christopher Kent, was recently appointed to the University of North Carolina’s World View Board of Directors. As a public service and international program for educators at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, World View equips leaders in academia with best practices and resources to extend to students in preparing them for the world ahead. “Internationalizing the classroom is important because the more globally our students think, the more globally our students can act, effectively reaching out to the rest of the world and making an impact both at home and in the ever internationalizing job market,” Kent said.

Christopher Kent, of Tarboro, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from East Carolina University and a Master of Science degree in Asian Studies from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. His professional résumé includes experience teaching in higher education in English as a second language, cross cultural communication, global understanding, and East Asian History, and in curriculum design, along with extensive international travel and scholarship.

Kent is co-chair of Nash Community College’s Global Education Committee leading the development, enhancement and promotion of campus-wide awareness and knowledge related to global education, with Dr. Keith Smith, the College’s Associate Vice President of Community and Governmental Affairs.

In June, Kent participated in the World View Summer Institute in Chapel Hill and he will attend various events sponsored by World View throughout the upcoming academic year. With his service on the Board of Directors, and along with the vision of the College’s Global Education Committee, Kent and Nash Community College leaders are creating opportunities to use existing technology to extend selected courses to foreign students. Future plans for NCC include creating a study abroad program and partnering with foreign schools. Kent is teaching a new course this fall, East Asian History, which will be centered around hands-on learning.

75 Nurse Aides Primed for Medical Careers

Seventy-five Nash Community College Level I and II Nurse Aides were honored for program completion this month during a graduation ceremony. Nurse Aide I students learned nursing skills to prepare them for patient care including topics ranging from healthcare law to infection control and terminal illness. Nurse Aide I graduates are prepared to take the North Carolina Nurse Aide Exam, and following successful completion, may serve in a variety of healthcare settings as a vital member of a medical team. Many Nurse Aide I graduates continue their education by enrolling in nursing school.

Nurse Aide II students are often seasoned in providing direct patient care and wish to expand their knowledge. With the Nurse Aide II certification, many completers are able to achieve promotion in their field. Additionally, Nurse Aide II graduates are eligible to apply for the North Carolina State Board of Nursing Nurse Aide II credential. For more information about Nash Community College’s Nurse Aide program, call 252-451-8352.

Nurse Aide I – From left: Front Row – Jalisa Judkins of Rocky Mount, Jennifer Best of Zebulon, Crystal Gibson of Bailey, TaTanisha Hill of Nashville and Emily Bonsell of Rocky Mount. Back Row – Tianna Alston of Nashville, Tonya House of Rocky Mount, Rickietta Elliott of Tarboro, Latoya S. Hicks of Roanoke Rapids, Amanda Pridgen of Nashville and Kimberly Graham of Rocky Mount. Not Pictured: Jesse Bullock of Enfield, Jessica Dancy of Castalia, Tiffany Davis of Enfield, Emily Denton of Spring Hope, Jessica Draughn of Rocky Mount, Marisela Garcia of Rocky Mount, Christine Kingsley of Louisburg, Brian Luter of Rocky Mount, Linda Matthews of Zebulon, Amanda Renfrow of Lucama, Carolyn Wiggins of Bailey and Sheena Williams of Wilson.

Nurse Aide I – From left: Front Row – Taquanda McGee of Enfield, Barbara Blount of Rocky Mount, Dominuque Baines of Rocky Mount, Aquilla Silver of Rocky Mount, Jasmine Hudson of Rocky Mount and Joetta Stubblefield of Rocky Mount. Back Row – Courtney Gay of Castalia, Alma M. Garcia of Rocky Mount, Carrie Jantzen of Red Oak, Robin Joyner of Castalia and Alexus Williams of Rocky Mount.


Nurse Aide I – From left: Front Row – Diana Alejandro Keel of Nashville, Jessica Sandy Shaw of Zebulon and Blair Elizabeth Edwards of Rocky Mount. Back Row – Brittany Miller of Rocky Mount, Luette Griffin of Rocky Mount and Ashleigh Medlin of Wendell. Not Pictured: Gwendolyn Blackwell of Battleboro, Christy Hamarick of Rocky Mount and Erin Strickland of Rocky Mount.

Nurse Aide I – From left: Front Row – Shaneka Pittman of Rocky Mount, Katherine Heafner of Nashville and Eboni Armstrong of Rocky Mount. Back Row – Jasmine Ragland of Rocky Mount, Lori Vick of Spring Hope and Mia Vick of Spring Hope. Not Pictured: Rebekah Champion of Zebulon.


Nurse Aide II – From left: Front Row – Andrea Hucks of Tarboro, Sandra Cone of Middlesex and Ashlee Dement of Louisburg. Back Row – James C. Green, Jr. of Spring Hope, Brianna Cone of Middlesex and Bailey Parker of Rocky Mount. Not Pictured: Lynette Coultrap of Battleboro, Robbie Driver of Rocky Mount, Allyson Green of Rocky Mount, Tammy King of Castalia, Brittany Pittman of Whitakers, Chelsey Shearin of Roanoke Rapids, Samantha Trajo of Bailey and Brittney Ward of Rocky Mount.

Committee Plans 25th Annual Foundation Golf Classic


Quiet on the course! The Nash Community College Foundation Golf Committee is preparing for its 25th Annual Student Scholarship Golf Classic. The tournament will be held Thursday, October 2nd at Benvenue Country Club in Rocky Mount to provide deserving students with scholarships. Approximately 144 golfers are expected to play during morning and afternoon tee times.

For almost 25 years, golfers and sponsors have assisted students like Dana Litchfield in their pursuit of higher education. A scholarship recipient, Litchfield recently graduated from Nash Community College’s largest nursing class and successfully completed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). “The most important thing I would like to convey to you is that your efforts change people’s lives,” she shared. “I started out on the road to graduation long ago, but put my education was put on hold as I began a family. The idea of going back to finish my degree was compounded by family and work responsibilities — a common challenge among students who have chosen Nash. The generous contributions from members of the community allowed me to achieve my goal to become a nurse, and there are not sufficient words to explain my gratitude.”

2014 Golf Committee members pictured from left include: Providence Bank Vice President and Information Technology Officer Lyn Brown, Nash Community College Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Trent Mohrbutter, Nash Community College Coordinator of Alumni and Annual Programs Melissa Sykes, First South Bank Senior Vice President and City Executive Lank Dunton, 2014 Golf Committee Chair Phil Dixon and CMA Chief Executive Officer Phil Dixon, Benvenue Country Club Tournament Director Rob Farmer, Century 21/The Combs Company Broker/Owner David Combs, Nash Community College Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Annette Dishner, Nash Community College President Dr. Bill Carver and Nash Community College Foundation Executive Director Pat Ellis Daniels. Committee members not pictured: Nash Health Care Systems Senior Vice President Corporate Services Cam Blalock and Nash County Assistant Emergency Services Director Scott Rogers. Visit for more information.

Alumni Association Spotlight: Elizabeth Cahoon

_DSC3441Nash Community College Alumna, Elizabeth Cahoon, always knew she wanted to make a difference in her community. After graduating from Barton College, she discovered she wanted more than just a degree in Criminal Justice. In 2003 Elizabeth completed the Basic Law Enforcement Training program at Nash Community College. There, she found her true calling to be a law enforcement officer. “I had a strong desire to give back to the community and change lives. Nash Community College provided me with the training to do this in the field of law enforcement.”

As a law enforcement officer, Elizabeth also serves in other roles in her community. Nash Community College provided training which allowed Elizabeth to serve as a firefighter, law enforcement officer, and Emergency Medical Technician. “I am able to help individuals during the most difficult situations they will ever face. I feel like I am truly making a difference in my community.”

Elizabeth offers the following advice for anyone wanting to pursue a career in law enforcement. “To serve in law enforcement, one must be driven, have a strong desire to help people, possess the ability to work with various types of individuals, and have a great sense of integrity. These characteristics provide the foundation for a successful career in public service.”

To those interested in pursuing the NCC Basic Law Enforcement Training program, Elizabeth says, “Be prepared to get physically fit and study hard. The standards are high; however, all of the training is essential to safety and success in the field of law enforcement.”

Duke Energy Foundation Grant to Fund NCC Program Enhancements


From left: NCC President Bill Carver, Duke Energy District Manager Tanya Evans, NCC Foundation President Andy Blanton, NCC Foundation Vice President and 2014 Campaign Chair Jake Parrott and NCC Foundation Executive Director Pat Ellis Daniels

Nash Community College (NCC) has been awarded a $50,000 grant from Duke Energy through the Duke Energy Foundation. The purpose of grant is to fund an enhancement project to ensure NCC’s Electric Line Construction Academy students receive classroom and field instruction. The instruction will incorporate collaborative problem solving and critical thinking. The grant will employ project-based learning to hone skills, expand knowledge, preparing students to enter the workforce. To achieve this, the current Line Construction classroom will be redesigned to include interactive displays, lecture capture, and configurable seating to accommodate team learning, already part of the College’s Math Tank and English Studio redesigns. Multi-configurable spaces have led to increased student passing rates from 50% to 80%.

“Duke Energy has been an important partner with the college, investing in the education of electric line construction technicians help to ensure future success and job safety. The role of these trainees is critical to meeting the utility needs in our state and beyond,” NCC President Bill Carver said.

Additionally, instructor videos will provide concept previews, while helmet cameras will record and live stream climbing projects for self and peer evaluation and targeted formative instruction. Enhanced technology features include computer touch screen input, to be integrated into training field. Industry specific supplies will support team and project-based training. The improved learning environment will aide in increased instruction efficiency and provide increased supplemental resources to better engage students, leading to increased recruitment and retention, improved performance, and faster progression through skill sets.

“Nash Community College is an important partner in developing the workforces that enables Duke Energy to provide safe, reliable energy 24-hours a day,” said Tanya Evans, Duke Energy’s District Manager.

NCC provides workforce development to improve the lives of students and their families, reduce costs for employers, and enhance the quality of life in communities. The 16-week Electric Line Construction Academy prepares graduates for entry-level careers in the electrical utility field and is the first step towards the Electric Line Construction Technology diploma and degree. The Academy accelerates training leading to the 3rd Class Line Construction Technology Certificate, a credential in high demand.

The Academy has a reputation for training competent candidates for the utility industry. Since 2011, students have enrolled in the program from counties all across North Carolina and from other states, including Virginia, South Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. Employers who have hired students from the program include Progress Energy, Duke Power, Dominion Power, Electric Membership Corporations, state municipalities, and contractors. Fifteen students from the semester ending in December 2013 are already working for the City of Rocky Mount, Strata Solar Company, T&D Electrical, City of Wilson, Wake Electric, Duke Energy, South River EMC, Edgecombe-Martin EMC, and companies in Pennsylvania and New York.

Duke Energy Foundation makes charitable investments on behalf of Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States with 7.2 million customers in six states. Over the foundation’s long history in local communities, it has identified focus areas that maximize the foundation’s dollars and guide the foundation’s giving. In North Carolina, Duke Energy Foundation invests $16 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation, visit

Park View Hospital Nurses Gather for Centennial Celebration

DSC_3134croppedAlumnae and friends of Park View Hospital and School of Nursing recently celebrated the 100th Commemorative Anniversary at Nash Community College’s Brown Auditorium. Park View Hospital opened its doors on July 1, 1914 with a 25-bed capacity and served the Rocky Mount community for 57 years, closing in 1971. The Park View School of Nursing began the year the hospital opened and educated nurses until 1969, graduating 55 nursing classes. Some graduates of the Park View Hospital School of Nursing are still practicing today, while many other graduates have retired in the Nash/Rocky Mount area and other parts of the United States. This year also marks the 25th Anniversary of the Park View Nurses’ Alumnae Scholarship Endowment that provides financial assistance to a second-year associate degree nursing student exhibiting academic excellence and pursuing a nursing career in the local community. Approximately 30 students have benefited from the scholarship. Pictured are the alumnae participants of the Park View Hospital School of Nursing’s 100th Reunion.

NCC Emergency Medical Technicians Graduate

In a ceremony held Tuesday, July 1, Nash Community College recognized 22 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic and Intermediate program graduates. The program instills discipline, character, professionalism, teamwork, integrity, credibility, physical ability, knowledge and skills to perform the job of a professional emergency medical technician. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic students participated in 179 hours of combined lecture and lab instruction and 24 hours of hands-on field training. At the intermediate level, students completed a 322 hour course. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the job outlook for emergency medical technicians to increase as a result of the aging population, an increase in time spent per call and an increase in specialty healthcare resulting in more patient transport. For more information on Nash Community College’s EMT courses, call 252-451-8355 or email
EMTBasic-070114EMT Basic graduates from left – Front row: Donald Jeffrey Joyner of Castalia, Ellen Saunders of Middlesex, Megan Bandy of Battleboro, Timothy Askew of Rocky Mount, Christina Hinton of Rocky Mount and Instructor Kimberly Messer. Back row: Kendall Blake Sauls of Spring Hope, Blake Smith of Nashville, Jamison Tyson of Nashville, Kimani Stanley of Rocky Mount, James Ray Pridgen of Battleboro and Dontamius Alston of Rocky Mount. Not Pictured: Sara Gwinn of Rocky Mount, Amanda Lewis of Zebulon, Brandon Lindsey of Nashville, Brittanie Sherrod of Wilson and Verma Sweet of Whitakers.
EMT Intermediate graduates from left: Brandie Simmons of Castalia, Theresa Lynch of Hollister, Crystal Swinson of Tarboro, Kizzy Taylor of Rocky Mount and Instructor Brandon Taylor. Not Pictured: Randall Lamm of Castalia and Christopher Mullinax of Raleigh.