Tansey Topics: A Weekly Look At What's Happening At BCCC | Eastern North Carolina Now | The purchase of a 13.6-acre plot of land adjacent to Beaufort County Community College was finalized on Thursday, Aug. 27. The land, located to the east of BCCC's existing property, was purchased using funds provided by the BCCC Foundation and Beaufort County.

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College closes on adjacent property

    The purchase of a 13.6-acre plot of land adjacent to Beaufort County Community College was finalized on Thursday, Aug. 27. The land, located to the east of BCCC's existing property, was purchased using funds provided by the BCCC Foundation and Beaufort County.

    The addition will allow for two critical pieces of infrastructure needed for educational programs. A driving pad will be used for vehicle training by several BCCC programs, including law enforcement training, fire and rescue, and truck driving. Currently, there is nowhere in the county to complete the hands-on driving portion of those programs.

    A burn tower for fire training will also be constructed, not quite on, but adjacent to the new land acquisition. That facility is expected to be completed by the end of the year, so that it can be used for BCCC's new Fire Academy, which began this fall and continues into early 2016.

    Until the driving pad can be built, the existing farmland may be used by the college's agriculture programs.

    "We want to use it for educational purposes as soon as possible," says BCCC President Dr. Barbara Tansey.

    The BCCC Foundation paid a portion of the purchase cost out of its Mish fund, an unrestricted account that can be used to support the college at the discretion of the BCCC Foundation Board of Directors. The funds were donated by the estate of Harriett Heynen Mish in memory of W. Albert and Harriett Heynen Mish.

BCCC Speakers' Bureau

    We are working to organize a BCCC Speakers' Bureau for our service area in order to share the talents and expertise of our employees and to bring more awareness of our programs to our constituents throughout Beaufort, Hyde, Tyrell and Washington counties. There are many organizations in our community who have regular speakers, and presentations are typically 15-20 minutes long. If you would like to submit a proposal, please write a brief summary (1-2 sentences) of your topic and email it to the President's Office. The deadline is Monday, Aug. 31. We will produce a brochure of available speaker topics, and when we receive a request, we will contact you to make arrangements with the individual or organization.

Faculty/Staff Kick-Off Meeting

    The Fall 2015 Faculty/Staff Kick-Off Meeting was held at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 25 in the Building 8 Auditorium. Topics included an introduction of board members, the Foundation Golf Tournament, new communication techniques, maintenance projects, budget, new hires, SACS/COC QEP, and Con Ed service area expansions. "This is the best faculty and staff we've ever had," says Dr. Tansey. "We are the best little community college in eastern North Carolina, and we do that by having the most dedicated and caring faculty and staff."

Student Government Association

    The BCCC Student Government Association has named its officers for the 2015-2016 school year. The new officers are as follows: Elizabeth Cobb, President; Alfred M. Griffin, Vice President; Ashley Paszt, Treasurer; Katherine Blandford, Secretary; Yalissa Dominicak, Historian; Stephen Charles Owens, Parliamentarian; and Craig Ward, Special Needs Coordinator.

Travel/Study Trip to Ireland

    The BCCC Study Abroad Program is providing an opportunity to travel to Ireland next summer while earning college credit. The trip is provided in conjunction with HUM 180 — International Cultural Exploration, a summer course. Students completing the trip and the course will receive three hours of transferable humanities elective credit. Payment plans and fundraising are available for the trip. Students must be at least 18 years old and have a 2.5 GPA to join the trip. Interested students should contact Suzanne Stotesbury at 252-940-6339 or Suzanne.Stotesbury@BeaufortCCC.edu.

Important Dates

    Please send any Important Dates you would like publicized in Tansey Topics/Campus Connections/BCCC Briefs to Jules.Norwood@BeaufortCCC.edu. This includes but is not limited to student and campus events, fundraisers, student organization meetings and board meetings.

BCCC Foundation

  • Congratulations to the BCCC Foundations scholarship recipients for Fall 2015. The Foundation has awarded 68 scholarships totaling $59,720. Look for the full list of recipients in the newspaper and Campus Connections in the coming weeks.
  • The 22nd Annual BCCC Foundation Golf Tournament has been scheduled for Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. Team and hole sponsorships are now available, and proceeds will provide emergency student grants. For more information or to register, contact Marcia Norwood at 252-940-6218 or Serena Sullivan at 252-940-6326.
  • The Beaufort County Community College Foundation and the Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a 10-day trip to Italy. A special presentation about the trip is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, in Building 10 on BCCC's campus. For more information about upcoming events, contact Marcia Norwood at 252-940-6218 or Serena Sullivan at 252-940-6326.

Personal and personnel notes

  • Please welcome new employee Ben Deck, Public Speaking Instructor.
  • Monday, Aug. 31 will be the last day for Tony Taylor as Director of College and Career Readiness (formerly Basic Skills). We wish Tony the best as he enjoys retirement and would like to thank him for his 29 years of service to Beaufort County Community College.
  • BCCC is currently seeking applications for the following position:
    • Director of College and Career Readiness (Full-time)
  • Please share this posting with anyone you know who may qualify and be interested. Visit the BCCC Employment Opportunities page (https://jobs.beaufortccc.edu/) for additional position announcements and information about how to apply.

And in the coming weeks, watch for the following:

Sept. 1 Men of Success, 11 a.m., location TBA
Sept. 1 Gamma Beta Phi meeting, 8:30 a.m., Building 12, Room 1217
Sept. 7 Labor Day Holiday
Sept. 8 Men of Success, 11 a.m., location TBA
Sept. 11 SGA 9/11 Remembrance
Sept. 14 Registration for Second 8-Week Classes begins
Sept. 14 Allied Health Information Session, ADN, PN; 1 p.m., Building 12, Room 1217
Sept. 15 Men of Success, 11 a.m., location TBA
Sept. 16 Student Support Services/TRiO Annual Community Resources Day, 9 a.m., Student Lounge, Building 9
Sept. 22 Men of Success, 11 a.m., location TBA
Sept. 22 SGA meeting, 12:20 p.m., Student Lounge

    Beaufort County Community College is a public comprehensive community college committed to accessible and affordable quality education, effective teaching, relevant training, and lifelong learning opportunities for the people served by the College.
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