NCC Announces Spring Semester Academic Honors

Nash Community College is proud to announce that the following students achieved academic honors during the 2014 Spring Semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average (all A’s) while taking 12 or more semester hours. Students who qualify for the Honor Roll must earn a grade point average of 3.3 or above and be enrolled in 12 or more semester hours.

Dean’s List
Sarah Alford of Elm City
Jonathan Allen of Rocky Mount
Jeffery Alston of Rocky Mount
Benjamin Anderson of Rocky Mount
Emily Arroyo of Rocky Mount
Jessica Avila of Zebulon
Alan Babineau of Battleboro
Clayton Baker of Nashville
Dana Baker of Nashville
Diamond Bartlett of Broadway
Matthew Bergenn of Nashville
Alexander Biggs of Rocky Mount
Anna Bindrim of Rocky Mount
Michael Bolton of Rocky Mount
Roni Bost of Rocky Mount
Haley Bostic of Louisburg
Tanner Braswell of Kenly
Nathan Brindle of Spring Hope
Mary Brown of Rocky Mount
Edgar Burton of Rocky Mount
Summer Carter of Elm City
Ervin Catlett of Castalia
Heather Christman of Rocky Mount
Rubin Coleman of Rocky Mount
Whitney Conklin of Raleigh
Lynette Coultrap of Battleboro
Chelsea Crocker of Rocky Mount
Jordan Daniel of Zebulon
Michelle Daughtridge of Rocky Mount
James Davis of Wilson
Heather Denton of Zebulon
Karina Denton of Wilson
Edward Duke of Nashville
Allison Edwards of Nashville
Thomas Eigner of Rocky Mount
Gemmi Ellis of Rocky Mount
Tracy Everette of Rocky Mount
Alexander Ferguson of Rocky Mount
Arafel Fischer of Wilson
Tammy Freeman of Nashville
Edward Fulghum of Wilson
Heather Godfrey of Battleboro
Alyse Hall of Spring Hope
Clay Hamilton of Elm City
Kelly Harris of Rocky Mount
Abeshay Harrison of Enfield
Samantha Hill of Rocky Mount
Timothy Hill of Tarboro
Holly Hoffman of Wake Forest
Elizabeth Hoppe of Wake Forest
Asjia Howard of Rocky Mount
Brett Howard of Rocky Mount
Alyssa Hunt of Nashville
Tyler Hunter of Nashville
Kimberly Hussey of Rocky Mount
Anna Inscoe of Louisburg
Randy Johnson of Rocky Mount
Tracey Johnson of Wilson
Justin Jones of Rocky Mount
Tony Jones of Castalia
Erica Kettelson of Rocky Mount
Stephen Kinney of Rocky Mount
Ashley Knight of Rocky Mount
Ruby Leak of Rocky Mount
Ashley Lee of Spring Hope
Rebekah Lee of Bailey
Russell Leonard of Rocky Mount
Jason Lewis of Zebulon
Reginald Lewis of Rocky Mount
Darryl Lyle of Rocky Mount
James Martin of Rocky Mount
Lilia Martinez of Louisburg
Cerita Mattison of Whitakers
Rashaun McMillan of Rocky Mount
Tiwana Middleton of Bailey
Margaret Moats of Zebulon
Kathleen Moody of Rocky Mount
John Moore of Rocky Mount
Taylor Moore of Wilson
Tiffany Mosley of Rocky Mount
Andrew Nelms of Rocky Mount
Timothy Oteri of Wilson
Helen Page of Battleboro
Anabela Pardo of Nashville
Debora Parker of Battleboro
Joseph Parks of Rocky Mount
Pamela Parks of Whitakers
Timothy Peck of Nashville
Arelys Perez of Rocky Mount
Terry Perry of Youngsville
Jackyn Perryman of Spring Hope
June Pittman of Nashville
Amanda Pridgen of Nashville
William Pridgen of Rocky Mount
Randy Pugh of Rocky Mount
Calvin Pulley of Nashville
Christopher Reynolds of Zebulon
Latasha Richardson of Nashville
Stephanie Richardson of Hollister
William Richardson of Zebulon
Cassie Robbins of Sharpsburg
Tammy Rochester of Louisburg
Amy Roe of Rocky Mount
Frederick Sanderson of Rocky Mount
Bennett Satterwhite of Rocky Mount
Melanie Schafer of Raleigh
Janice Shearin of Elm City
Takisha Silver of Rocky Mount
Alecia Smith of Spring Hope
Ryan Spivey of Rocky Mount
Nicole Stanley of Bunn
Charles Sturdivant of Rocky Mount
Stephen Tart of Goldsboro
Judie Taylor of Battleboro
Luke Taylor of Wendell
Pandora Taylor of Wilson
Ann Thomas of Wendell
Matthew Tyson of Spring Hope
Jeremy Vowell of Henrico
Brittney Ward of Rocky Mount
Chad Warner of Durham
Kristin Watson of Rocky Mount
Morgan Willcox of Rocky Mount
Whitley Wilson of Elm City
Daniel Wrenn of Nashville
Erica Wright of Battleboro

Honor Roll
Carim Adams of Battleboro
Nathaniel Akers of Rocky Mount
Deanna Al-Hammori of Rocky Mount
Omar Allan of MacClesfield
Devonte Alston of Enfield
Daniela Alvarez of Wilson
Faith Anderson of Zebulon
Brittney Andrews of Rocky Mount
Olvette Arrington of Rocky Mount
Charles Ashley of Bailey
Stephanie Ashley of Nashville
Connie Bailey of Woodland
Tori Bailey of Elm City
Unique Bailey of Battleboro
William Bailey of Rocky Mount
Rachel Baines of Nashville
Kody Banks of Elm City
William Barnville of Rocky Mount
Kaona Battle of Rocky Mount
Tanya Beacham of Nashville
Erin Belton of Battleboro
Rafael Benitez Samano of Spring Hope
Zachary Bennett of Elm City
Chelsey Blackston of Rocky Mount
Christian Blackwell of Bailey
Rebekah Bolton of Spring Hope
Bradley Boone of Nashville
Christopher Booth of Rocky Mount
Christina Bottoms of Wilson
Taylor Bowman of Battleboro
Wanda Boyle of Middlesex
Krista Brabham of Rocky Mount
Dorian Branch of Tarboro
Jason Brannan of Nashville
Julie Brantley of Zebulon
Whitney Briggs of Nashville
Jonathan Brown of Nashville
Dean Bullock of Zebulon
Shana Bunn of Sharpsburg
Sharmika Bunn of Halifax
Shiloh Burch of Rocky Mount
Gregory Carroll of Rocky Mount
Andrew Carter of Clinton
Angela Carter of Nashville
Cullen Casper of Zebulon
James Champion of Zebulon
Victoria Chinn of Roanoke Rapids
Dina Chrobot of Middlesex
Samantha Corn of Sims
Robyn Covington of Rocky Mount
Melanie Craft of Rocky Mount
Christian Creech of Zebulon
Travis Daniels of Battleboro
Ashley Daughtridge of Castalia
Christian Davis of Rocky Mount
Dawn Davis of Spring Hope
Kathy Davis of Enfield
Mary Davis of Nashville
Deshawn Dazevedo of Rocky Mount
Toni Denton of Elm City
Amber Driver of Zebulon
Westley Driver of Zebulon
Lisa Dumaual of Rocky Mount
Reuben Dunn of Robbins
Mallory Ellis of Wilson
Amanda Enroughty of Nashville
Cesar Espinoza of Whitakers
Jackson Etheridge of Nashville
Keith Farmer of Enfield
Nolan Farmer of Elm City
Austin Fennell of Bailey
Moneca Ferguson of Rocky Mount
Shannon Ferrell of Nashville
Jacob Ferry of Rocky Mount
Karla Flores of Elm City
Touche Foster of Nashville
Kevin Gaidurgis of Rocky Mount
William Gantt of Rocky Mount
Chelsea Gaston of Elm City
Mary Gay of Castalia
Felicia Gaylor of Nashville
Paul Geldston of Cary
Ashley Glover of Bailey
Meredith Glover of Bailey
Ismael Gomez of Bailey
Lauren Gosselin of Nashville
Nastasha Greene of Prospect, PA
Gregory Grogan of Rocky Mount
Jeremy Hanson of Rocky Mount
Samuel Harris of Zebulon
Juvonya Hart of Rocky Mount
Samuel Hattaway of Nashville
Torri Hawkins of Hollister
Justin Hawley of Rocky Mount
Lonzie Hedgepeth of Whitakers
Misty Hedgepeth of Hollister
Monica Highsmith of Rocky Mount
Crystal Hill of Middlesex
Asha Hines of Rocky Mount
Alan Horne of Rocky Mount
Rebecca Horne of Rocky Mount
Tristan Hunter of Rocky Mount
William Ipock of Gloucester, VA
Heather Jacobs of Rocky Mount
Jessica Jacobs of Rocky Mount
Wanda Jenkins of Spring Hope
Jeremy Johnson of Rocky Mount
Cleon Jones of Rocky Mount
Joshua Jones of Rocky Mount
Latoya Jones of Tarboro
Sarah Jones of Rocky Mount
Spencer Joyner of Rocky Mount
Brittany Keith of Zebulon
Venea King of Middlesex
Telly LaFranque of Rocky Mount
Michael Lamm of Nashville
Elizabeth Landen of Rocky Mount
Louise Langley of Hollister
Carolyn Lewis of Rocky Mount
Michael Lewis of Bailey
Shaina Lewis of Rocky Mount
Travis Lewis of Nashville
William Lewis of Nashville
Angela Lievense of Wilson
Karla Lilley of Tarboro
Scott Lindenmuth of Stem
Autumn Lipford of Rocky Mount
Scott Loveless of Rocky Mount
Sandra Lucas of Elm City
Teri-Jo Lumsden of Littleton
Detrick Lynch of Nashville
Christopher Manning of Pinetops
Gwendolyn Manning of Rocky Mount
Jeremy Marlow of Rocky Mount
Josiah Marshall of Rocky Mount
Matthew Masney of Rocky Mount
Brittany Mayo of Rocky Mount
Gisele McCowan of Wilson
Carrie Medlin of Spring Hope
Christopher Mercer of Rocky Mount
Jacob Miller of Wilson
Nathan Mills of Enfield
Ashleigh Moore of Battleboro
Olivia Moore of Rocky Mount
Makayla Morrison of Nashville
Amanda Myers of Red Oak
Brooklynn Newberry of Pinetops
Tevin Nicholson of Elm City
Jonathan Noble of Lumberton
Jeremy Oconney of Nashville
Samaher Odeh of Rocky Mount
William Outlaw of Rocky Mount
Patrick Owens of Wilson
Heather Parker of Battleboro
Zachary Parker of Nashville
Cesar Perez of Middlesex
Abby Pettitt of Spring Hope
Tyquarius Pittman of Rocky Mount
Lakesha Powell of Enfield
Jonathan Price of Wilson
Kaitlyn Price of Rocky Mount
Zachary Privette of Zebulon
William Proctor of Middlesex
Whitney Quinn of Mount Olive
Arvis Rainey of Littleton
Sonal Rathod of Rocky Mount
Matthew Reda of Rocky Mount
Hannah Rhodes of Whitakers
Bailee Richardson of Rocky Mount
Calvin Robinson of Enfield
Jeremy Rountree of Rocky Mount
Janicia Rover of Roanoke Rapids
Brandon Rowe of Nashville
Miguel Salinas of Spring Hope
Kyle Salvadore of Nashville
Matthew Sampson of Spring Hope
Brittany Sasser of Middlesex
Lyn Saunders of Rocky Mount
Becky Schaberg of Battleboro
Nykea Scott of Rocky Mount
Yahia Seidi of Elm City
Felicia Sessoms of Castalia
Jason Shaw of Roanoke Rapids
Benjamin Sherrod of Bailey
Dustin Siemers of Wake Forest
Tyler Silver of Hollister
David Smith of Zebulon
Emily Smith of Nashville
John Smith of Battleboro
Patrick Smith of Halifax
Sara Smith of Spring Hope
Michael Stallings of Rocky Mount
Sharon Stokes of Spring Hope
Elizabeth Strange of Henderson
Akeila Sullivan of Enfield
Kandace Summerlin of Nashville
Celeste Sykes of Rocky Mount
Travis Sykes of Nashville
Laura Kay Tart of Wilson
April Taylor of Rocky Mount
Taylor Thomas of Rocky Mount
Brittany Thorne of Rocky Mount
Matthew Unruh of Rocky Mount
Stephen Vassallo of Wilson
Samantha Vick of Red Oak
Stephen Wagner of Spring Hope
Casey Wall of Whitakers
Danielle Wall of Wendell
Monica Walton of Nashville
Dylan Webb of Zebulon
Brendan Weir of Rocky Mount
Imani West of Rocky Mount
Jerry White of Rocky Mount
Megan Whitehead of Tarboro
Kylar Whitley of Nashville
Stacey Whitley of Middlesex
Vonnetta Wiggins of Rocky Mount
Aaron Williams of Rocky Mount
David Wittman of Rocky Mount
Dylan Wollett of Red Oak
Derek Wright of Rocky Mount
Kadijah Wright of Spring Hope
Tameka Wright of Nashville
Jimmy Young of Zebulon
Zandher Yucor of Rocky Mount
Salustiano Zapata of Rocky Mount


Students Complete Detention Officer Certification Course

Five students recently completed Detention Officer training at Nash Community College. Detention Officer Certification includes 179 hours of training designed to train qualified participants to function as officers in detention facilities. The course is governed by the North Carolina Sheriffs’ and North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commissions. Students who completed the certification program are: (front row, from left) – Darren Hinson of Johnston County and Valeria Strickland of Johnston County with Instructor/Coordinator Law Enforcement In-Service Training Reuben Crumpton. Back row, from left – Avery Younger of Johnston County, Jessie Wade of Nash County and Joshua Holmes of Johnston County.

Azaleas Gifted to Nash Community College

NC Beautiful, WRAL-TV5 and Capitol Broadcasting have selected Nash Community College (NCC) to receive 50 azaleas for use in its beautification project at the Myrtle Carter Henry Amphitheater. The award is part of NC Beautiful’s 28th Annual Azalea Celebration, which selects North Carolina community groups for improving their communities through creative landscape projects.

The new azalea garden was planted beside the seating area of the College’s Myrtle Carter Henry Amphitheater. Nash Community College’s new LiveWell and Learn Trail, a 2.5 mile fitness and nature trail winding through the wooded area of campus, will bisect the garden, giving visitors a chance to explore and enjoy the garden.

The College’s Master Gardener Ken White and the Campus Tree Advisory Committee coordinated the planting and student and employee volunteers from the NCC Science Department, Math & Science Club, Student Government Association, and other student organizations assisted. General upkeep and maintenance tasks will also be performed by curriculum students through the Science Department Student Learning Project and by community members taking Continuing Education personal enrichment classes related to horticulture.

Nash Community College has concentrated its efforts on beautifying the campus for the benefit of the students and the community for the past eight years. NCC’s current beautification project, of which the Azalea Garden will be part, is the LiveWell and Learn Trail. Opening to the public in the fall, the trail will wind through the wooded back area of campus. Loops and spurs are currently being added to increase the length of the trail and take visitors to learning and fitness stations and the outdoor amphitheater. The Amphitheater area will include the pond, woodland shelter, and Azalea Garden.

Thirty learning stations along the LiveWell and Learn Trail will feature Quick Response (QR) Codes etched into metal plates mounted on poles. Visitors will scan the codes with a smartphone or tablet to launch an informational webpage about a relevant subject such as botany, local history, conservation, ornithology, or fitness. The College envisions that the LiveWell and Learn Trail will become a favorite destination for families and individuals to enjoy nature, stay fit, and learn about the area they call home.

The LiveWell and Learn Trail and the Myrtle Carter Henry Amphitheater area have been created by the College for the community and area travelers to enjoy. The Amphitheater was built in 2003 and enhanced in 2014 with support from the DeLeon Carter Foundation. A concrete seating platform and bridge were built in early 2013 through two Eagle Scout projects.

College Students Named to Who’s Who

During a recent recognition ceremony, Nash Community College honored 43 students for one of the most prestigious academic awards: the 2014 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. The recipients are: Omar Allan, Jessica M. Avila, Saadiquah F. Ayler, Pamela D. Bailey, Diamond A. Bartlett, Donald K. Battle, Michael A. Bolton, Francine M. Brantley, Audrey M. Bridgers, Nathan M. Brindle, Teresa Brooks, Anna C. Brown, LaShonda M. Caine, Summer L. Carter, Allison P. Chappell, Chelsea L. Crocker, Karina W. Denton, Westley M. Driver, Jerry L. Duncan, Karla Flores, Edward A. Fulghum, Mary A. Gay, William R. Geanes, Heather F. Godfrey, Rachel L. Groves, Alyse C. Hall, Juvonya R. Hart, Caleb E. Hurlebaus, Aundray Johnson, Michael J. Joyner, Shaina W. Lewis, Twanda H. Lewis, Anna M. Owens, Abby L. Pettitt, Taylor N. Rawls, Christopher A. Reynolds, Miguel A. Salinas, Benjamin G. Sherrod, Travis D. Smith, Amber R. Stallings, Stephen Tart, Imani Z. West and Megan E. Williams.

Students are recognized each year with this exclusive honor from one of the most highly regarded and long-standing honors programs in the nation. The national recognition by the Who’s Who program marks scholastic achievement in higher education. The award is conferred by more than 2,842 colleges and universities representing every state in the United States.

Committee Prepares for Ride to Benefit Students

Plans are underway for the 7th Annual Jack Laughery Ride for Knowledge being held on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson. The event serves as a tribute to Jack Laughery, the former CEO and chairman of the Hardee’s restaurant chain along with his wife, Helen and their love of motorcycling and support of higher education. All proceeds from the motorcycle ride benefit the Helen and Jack Laughery Honorary Scholarship Fund at Nash Community College. Members of the ride committee recently on campus are (from left): Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services Larry Mitchell, Coordinator of Alumni and Annual Programs Melissa Sykes, Rocky Mount Harley Owners Group Director Shelton Meade, Senior Director of Marketing and Communication Kelley Deal, Nash County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant David Wooten, Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson General Manager Jimmy Lyles and Foundation Executive Director Pat Ellis Daniels.

Rider registration will begin at 9:00am and the ride will start at 11:00am. The cost per rider is $20 and includes an hour long ride through western Nash County escorted by Nash County Sheriff’s Office, breakfast by Hardee’s and Dunkin’ Donuts, lunch by Doug Sauls’ BBQ, a unique ride pin and a chance to enter a rider only raffle worth $750. Plus, attendees will enjoy southern and classic rock by Bushhawg and have an opportunity to experience the Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson burn out pit and jumpstart experience. All bikes are welcome. The ride is rain or shine. For more information, visit or call 252-451-8230.

Event Brings Awareness to Early Childhood Programs

Faculty, staff and students from Nash Community College and the Betsy B. Currin Child Development Center celebrated The Week of the Young Child April 7-11. The annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) focuses public attention on the needs of young children and their families and the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. NCC Betsy B. Currin Child Development Center students planted a “pinwheel for prevention” garden to kick off the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child and to raise awareness about child abuse.

The Child Development Center opened its doors in August 1999 and serves children from birth through five years old from families of college employees, students and the community. The Five-Star licensed center operates Monday through Friday from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm. Early Childhood Education college students work with the young students in a real-world lab setting enabling them to acquire valuable skills through observation and interaction with children and experienced teachers.

For more information about Nash Community College’s Betsy B. Currin Child Development Center, call 252-451-1388, email or visit

Campus Awarded for United Way Campaign

NCC Human Resources Director Susan Barkalow and NCC Student Activities Coordinator Kara Deans accept the United Way Community Cheer Award on behalf of NCC.

Nash Community College is a recipient of the United Way Tar River Region’s Community Cheer Team Award for its 2013 campus campaign. The award recognizes the top workplace campaigns, out of 130 campaigns across Nash & Edgecombe Counties, that have exhibited creativity, spirit and enthusiasm for the United Way campaign.

Nash Community College was selected for its strong campaign support, generating fun and excitement among the students, faculty and staff. The campus held special events such as a “Pie in the Face” contest and Jeans Days and created a United Way wall that inspires others to “Live United” enter the College’s Business and Industry Center.

NCC Students Assist with Financial Literacy Event

Communities in Schools held its annual Financial Literacy Retreat for seventh graders in the Nash Community College Brown Auditorium on Wednesday, April 30th. Area students learned about personal finance and gained skills in basic financial decision making. Nash Community College Student Nursing Association members, Phi Beta Lambda business organization student members and community volunteers assisted the middle school students in maintaining their mock checking accounts with real life scenarios. Students also heard from experts in the areas of personal finance and entrepreneurship. In the photo, NCC students assist attendees with a practice scenario of balancing their check registries and paying bills.

Educational Leaders Discuss Challenges at Legislative Meeting

NCC President Dr. Bill Carver expresses the importance of support for critical training programs at community colleges during a legislative meeting held at NCC.

Nash Community College hosted a legislative breakfast in its Science and Technology Building Wednesday, April 30th. Nash, Edgecombe, Wilson and Halifax Community College Presidents shared updates with members representing the local communities in the North Carolina General Assembly. Community college administrators, trustees and faculty explained particular challenges the respective schools face due to budget cuts and limited resources including funding for technology, restrictive budgeting and staffing needs.


Nash Community College President Dr. Bill Carver expressed the importance of support for critical training in science technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs at community colleges. He cited a recent study by Brookings describing two STEM economies — a main STEM economy, referring to STEM careers in metropolitan areas, and sub-STEM economy which refers to the STEM workforce in smaller metro areas like those in eastern North Carolina. The study, titled “The Hidden STEM Economy,” states employees in science, technology, engineering, and math fields have a direct role in facilitating economic growth. However, due to the way the STEM economy has been outlined, economic leaders have mostly focused support on training employees with at least a four-year degree, disregarding the potential of STEM employees working with two-year degrees. “Jobs like these have doubled in the last 10 years,” Carver said. “Twenty-six million adults are working in STEM-related roles. Half of these positions require only a two-year degree and pay on average $53,000 annually – and these are just entry level jobs,” he said. “Community college associate degree graduates are earning a good living right here in our communities.”


Training for STEM professions is necessary, but costly. These jobs require hands-on laboratories to prepare students to work in real-world, highly technical local environments that extend globally. “Our advanced equipment is not reserved for graduate students; it is provided for our students to utilize and learn on from day one,” Dr. Carver said. The unique industry training that occurs in STEM programs at local community colleges requires industrial equipment, and the pace of obsolescence is accelerating.


Edgecombe Community College President Dr. Deborah Lamm described how restrictive budgeting challenges local campuses. “Community colleges can benefit quite a bit from having flexibility in budgeting. When small colleges receive restricted budgetary language, we have more difficulty than larger colleges,” she said. “Edgecombe Community College is the second least funded community college in the state. Flexibility is key for small community colleges, especially when county funding is low.” Next week at Edgecombe Community College, Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash and Wilson Community Colleges are hosting one of 21 NCReady4Work Workforce Learning Summits being held throughout the state to convene leaders and workforce partners of area community colleges and showcase best practices involving key partners from the colleges’ service areas.


Halifax Community College President Dr. Ervin Griffin discussed the challenges in retaining current employees and hiring new employees stating, “As people retire, it is getting harder and harder to replace them because today’s professionals require competitive salaries. If we are going to recruit talented professionals, we are going to have to pay more to get them here.” Similarly, community college employees have not received pay increases in several years, and in some cases positions have been eliminated. The request was made for legislators to consider supporting salary increases for all state employees, not only for K-12 employees citing North Carolina community college employees make on average $47,000 annually and the national average for community college employee annual earnings is $61,000.


“Our work is not done; it is growing,” Wilson Community College President Dr. Rusty Stephens said. “This cannot continue, we cannot continue to get less and less money and more and more work. We have had to cut people and programs,” he said. “Community colleges are about community and without people with vision, we might as well close our doors. Faculty, staff and students are our lifeblood.”


Leaders discussed the increasing effort each college puts into securing supplemental funding. At Halifax Community College, a Department of Education grant enabled the campus to complete capital projects. Nash and Edgecombe Community Colleges are partnering to use Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) funds to grow mission critical programs.


North Carolina leaders who attended the event are: Senator Angela Bryant representing Halifax, Nash, Vance, Warren and Wilson Counties, Senator Buck Newton representing Johnston, Wilson and Nash Counties, Representative Bobbie Richardson serving Franklin and Nash Counties, Representative Joe Tolson serving Edgecombe and Martin Counties and Representative Jeff Collins serving Franklin and Nash Counties.


NCC Professor Receives Award for Excellence in Clinical Social Work

Nash Community College Humanities and Social Sciences Professor Marbeth Holmes of Franklin County is the recipient of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Mary Jane Burns Book Award for Excellence in Clinical Social Work. Holmes will graduate from the UNC School of Social Work in May with a Masters degree.
The Mary Jane Burns Book Award for Excellence in Clinical Social Work was established in 2013 to honor the memory of Mary Jane Burns, MSW ’74, by members of her book group. Mary Jane Burns was a clinical social worker who demonstrated compassion, professionalism, devotion to her clients, a deep understanding of clinical practice, and commitment to education in her field.
Marbeth Holmes began working at Nash Community College in August 1998. In 2004, she was recognized as Nash Community College’s J. Edgar and Peggie T. Moore Excellence in Teaching Award recipient. In 2008, she established the Jimmy and Mary Charles Holmes Endowment Scholarship Fund at Nash Community College in memory of her parents. She is a member of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of English and the National Council of Teachers of English. She was inducted into Who’s Who of America in 2009.
Her recent clinical placements have been at the Duke University Infectious Disease Clinic and the Duke University Addictions Program where she has worked with patients with triple diagnoses living with HIV, Substance Use Disorder, and a variety of mental health disorders. In the context of the placement, she has also served as a behavioral healthcare provider on an Institutional Review Board (IRB) research study facilitated by the Duke Center for Health Policy and Inequalities.
Holmes holds an Associate in Arts degree from Louisburg College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Meredith College and a Master of Arts in English from Abilene Christian University, all with honors. She is the 2013 recipient of the UNC-CH Carroll Heins Scholarship to study at the Psychoanalysis Center of the Carolinas learning how childhood development, unconscious conflict and psychological trauma influence memory, symptoms, relationships, and a sense of self.