2019 REPORT TO OUR COMMUNITY
2017-2018 College of The Albemarle Board of Trustees S. Paul O’Neal, Chair Marion Harris, Jr., Vice Chair Dr. Travis Burke Dr. Reide Corbett
2018-2019 College of The Albemarle Board of Trustees
Tommy Fulcher Doug Gardner Mike Hall David Harris Patti Kersey Dr. Roger Lambertson Don McCabe* Wallace Nelson Dr. Joe Peel Coleen Santa Ana George Thomas, Jr. Arty Tillett
Marion Harris, Jr., Chair Arty Tillett, Vice Chair Dr. Travis Burke Dr. Reide Corbett Tommy Fulcher Mike Hall David Harris Patti Kersey Dr. Roger Lambertson Wallace Nelson S. Paul O’Neal
Dr. Joe Peel
Joe Winslow, Jr.
Robert Woodard, Sr.
Robert Pippen, Jr. Coleen Santa Ana
Dr. Anthony Sharp George Thomas, Jr. Graham Twine Robert Woodard, Sr.
Marion Harris, Jr. (2018-2019) Paul O’Neal (2017-2018)
A Message from our Board Chairs On behalf of College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Board of Trustees, we would like to thank you for your steadfast support of the college as our enrollment grows and program offerings expand. We have each served on COA’s Board of Trustees for some time and having each been appointed Chairman in the last two years, we have worked diligently with the trustees to make meaningful decisions that help to shape the future of this esteemed institution. Facility renovation and new construction have been a chief focus of the board. In the fall of 2017, the COA Foundation received the gift of The Pines; a country club and golf course that has been a mainstay in Elizabeth City for more than 40 years. Through a partnership with the YMCA of South Hampton Roads, the college is able to utilize the facility for classroom space and meeting needs, while the YMCA manages the golf course and uses space for camp programming. Through the partnership, the YMCA continues to offer space for community members’ events. On the Elizabeth City Campus, the Performing Arts Center Lobby renovation was completed with a grand opening for the public held in August 2018. The renovation of the library building, a major undertaking with attention to modernizing technology and research needs for our students, was finished in the spring of 2019. A ribbon cutting to celebrate the reopening of the newly named Charles H. Ward Library and Knowledge Commons was held in April of 2019. Finally, the plans for a new Public Safety Building in Currituck County, to be shared by the county and the college, continue to move forward as a groundbreaking ceremony is planned for the fall of 2019. Discussions for a new campus building at the Roanoke Island Campus in Dare County persist. COA introduced the new Agribusiness Technology program in March of 2018. Working closely with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at North Carolina State University, the Agribusiness Technology program is designed for students to easily transition from the community college to the university. The degree combines agriculture business training with technology and allows for the students to choose any number of directions to go into a career in agriculture. COA also started the process of adding Emergency Medical Science (EMS) as an associate degree program and that coursework began in the fall of 2019. COA continues to have a significant impact on the citizens in the region. The faculty and staff at the college dedicate their time and efforts to help students fulfill their academic endeavors. Our customized training offerings for businesses produce a highly trained workforce in our seven county service area. Providing a quality, affordable education for our community members remains our priority and we look toward ensuring continued success in the years to come.
Agribusiness Launch College of The Albemarle signed a letter of partnership with NC State Universityâ€™s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) in March 2018, to announce the creation of the Agribusiness Technology program and the implementation of the CALS PackTrac program. The PackTrac program offers advisement tools to help community college students with the transfer process to NC State University. The prospective curriculum was first introduced in the spring of 2017 with support from board members and many area farmers who saw the potential for community college coursework focused on agriculture. With northeastern North Carolina possessing a rich farming heritage, COA was dedicated to executing a successful program to serve the surrounding area. Once the collegeâ€™s accrediting body, Southern Association of Community Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, gave final approval, the first cohort of students began in the fall of 2018. As part of the plan, COA Agribusiness students enrolled in the CALS PackTrac program have the opportunity to transfer to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State, continuing studies to obtain a degree in a number of agriculture business or science programs. Dr. Felix Buabeng, Program Coordinator and Instructor for the Agribusiness Technology program helps a student break ground in anticipation of planting their first crops.
Career Coach In an effort to help students decide on the best career for their futures, College of The Albemarle sought out a new online resource called, Career Coach, in the summer of 2018. Career Coach is an online tool that can help students identify areas of interest and skill, explore programs that COA offers to help gain skills in specific career fields, and create a resume in preparing for a new career. Potential students are encouraged to go online and take the “Career Assessment” to help determine which program of study may be the best fit for them. This allows students to pinpoint from the start which classes to enroll in, putting them one step closer to graduation and entering the workforce. Career Coach also offers a “Work Opportunities” job board where employers can post job openings to share with students, graduates and the general public. From there, a person can build their resume and apply through the job board. The features included in Career Coach are free for everyone to use and the staff at COA have received positive feedback from those who have utilized the program. Lynn Hurdle-Winslow, Vice President of Student Success and Enrollment Management, said, “Since offering Career Coach, the college now employs a unique opportunity for students to match career interests with College of The Albemarle programs. This assessment tool guides students to careers that match their interests while also providing employment information in our seven county service area and job opportunities within a commuting distance (to include the Hampton Roads area where many of our citizens travel for employment).”
Former COA President Dr. Robert Wynegar and former East Carolina University Chancellor Cecil Staton sign a co-admission agreement on June 5, 2018.
College of The Albemarle and East Carolina University Co-Admission Agreement In June of 2018, College of The Albemarle (COA) signed a co-admission agreement with East Carolina University (ECU), structured to improve transfer student access and success through a degree completion program. COA was one of 14 North Carolina community colleges who took part in a signing ceremony at ECU. Students benefit from this agreement with a cost effective pathway, as it provides a smooth transfer process to a fouryear university. Students are afforded additional benefits like access to ECU libraries and programming through the ECU Office of Student Activities. Students would also have access to joint financial aid counseling and academic advising, micro-scholarship opportunities, and a waiver of the ECU transfer application fee. Obtaining support from ECU ultimately encourages students to complete their associate degree at COA and then easily transferring on to complete coursework for a bachelorâ€™s degree. The agreement took effect in the fall semester of 2018.
College of The Albemarle and Old Dominion University Agreement College of The Albemarle (COA) entered into an articulation agreement with Old Dominion University (ODU) that allows COA students earning an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) the opportunity to take courses at ODU in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program simultaneously. The agreement was first initiated when an ADN student starting fall 2017 courses at COA met all the criteria to enroll in ODU’s program as well. Officials from ODU contacted Robin Harris, Dean, Health Sciences and Wellness Programs and together, a streamlined partnership was developed. The agreement outlines the courses needed, the transfer of courses between the two colleges and the requirements for students to be concurrently enrolled. Depending on the student and their course load, it is possible to graduate from COA’s ADN program, take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), become a registered nurse (RN) and then have their BSN degree conferred after completing all Old Dominion University RN to BSN courses. The ODU program offers a rolling admission process and is very flexible based on the nursing student’s individual needs. This agreement offers an innovative and affordable pathway to the BSN degree, as the BSN classes are offered online and at the same rate for ODU in-state students. This was also one of the first community ADN programs in North Carolina to allow students to work on their BSN from their very first semester of the ADN program. It gives a student the potential to graduate with both degrees at the end of the two years. Lindsey Fisher, RN, became the first graduate of this agreement during the spring and summer of 2019. She earned an Associate Degree in Nursing at COA, passed NCLEX and became a Registered Nurse in May. Fisher then completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing with ODU by August.
College of The Albemarle and East Carolina University aRIBN Dual Enrollment College of The Albemarle (COA) signed off on an additional articulation agreement with East Carolina University (ECU) that would allow COA students earning an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) the opportunity to be dual enrolled and take courses at ECU in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at the same time. COA’s Nursing program already had an agreement in place with ECU for a regular Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) program for high school students, but the alternate RIBN (aRIBN) agreement is geared toward students who are already progressing in college level coursework under the NC nursing articulation agreement. The aRIBN program provides a four-year nursing option that concurrently enrolls students in COA’s ADN program and ECU’s Nursing program. Students in the aRIBN track must complete all first year general education and prerequisite courses satisfactorily with a “C” or better at COA. Students then must be accepted into COA’s ADN program and can apply to be part of the aRIBN program. If selected, students are then dually enrolled at ECU in one general education online course per semester. Beginning in their third ADN semester, students can begin taking ECU’s BSN coursework concurrently. After graduating from the ADN program and passing the state licensure exam, students then progress to the final year of courses online at ECU to complete their BSN. The first COA graduate of the high school based RIBN program occurred in May 2019. Lindsey Bunch, RN, completed her Associate Degree in Nursing at COA, passed NCLEX and became a Registered Nurse in May. Bunch is in the process of completing her final Bachelor of Science in Nursing courses at ECU.
PAC Lobby Renovation
Performing Arts Center supporters Marlyn Hopkins, Sharron Hunt, Nancy Sauer, Barbara Wood, Brenda Simpson and Georgeen Armstrong enjoy the opening celebration for the facilityâ€™s newly renovated lobby.
The Performing Arts Center Lobby on the Elizabeth City Campus was approved for renovation in 2017. Using $605,000 of NC Connect Bond funds and private donations, work began in the fall of 2017. The project included many upgrades that would give the lobby a contemporary feel. New lighting, carpeting, paint and complete remodel of the restrooms offer a polished look to the space. The addition of glass railings for the wheelchair accessible ramp creates the illusion of added space. At the entry, former closets were converted to a concession area and coat room, and a new ticket booth and will-call window were constructed to ease the process of purchasing tickets at the door. Renovations were completed in the spring of 2018. Doors opened to the public in August of 2018 with a reception that gave theater patrons a first glimpse at the attractive upgrades. At the opening, patrons were treated to snippets of shows in the upcoming season, including Annie; Bye, Bye Birdie; and Hello, Dolly! The Performing Arts Center has been a staple facility in the community for many years. Home to the College of The Albemarle Student Theatre (COAST) Players, the Performing Arts Center serves as a venue for local dance studios to hold recitals and for area public high schools to host graduation ceremonies, band concerts and more. Completing the renovation of the lobby was essential in providing a modern and professional appearance enhancing the patron experience when attending productions at COA.
College of The Albemarle Performing Arts Center 2019-2020 Season Nunsense: A Musical Comedy September 6 – 15
Anne of Green Gables October 24 – 27
Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus December 12 – 15
Footloose February 20 – March 1
The Little Princess April 17 - 26
College of The Albemarle Student Theatre (COAST) Player’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast!
Alumni Connect In 2018, a new initiative called Alumni connect was presented to the Board of Trustees. Amy Alcocer, Executive Director, COA Foundation, and Lyndasu Wynegar, wife of former COA president Dr. Robert Wynegar, introduced the endeavor as a way to increase participation among alumni at the community college level. The pair visited COA alumni who had started careers in the collegeâ€™s service area. Each alum of the college was given a COA lapel pin, purchased by the Wynegars, and asked to provide their current contact information to stay connected with the college. The visits proved successful and are ongoing. They also generated discussions around a new alumni association being formed by the Foundation. The alumni association kicks off in the 2019-2020 year.
Great Clips, Elizabeth City
Visit the website below for information on how to join the COA Alumni Association. www.albemarle.edu/alumni Hilton Garden Inn, Kitty Hawk
Hornthal, Riley, Ellis and Maland, Elizabeth City
Hockmeyer Equipment, Elizabeth City
INTRAMURALS Sumitomo Drive Technologies, Chesapeake
Alumni Connect Regulator Marine, Edenton
United States Coast Guard Aviation Technical Training Center, Elizabeth City
Library Renovation and Opening On April 4, 2019, the long anticipated reopening of the library building on the Elizabeth City Campus occurred with more than 200 guests in attendance. The Charles H. Ward Library and Knowledge Commons was a $2.89-million-dollar renovation project that took two years to complete. The total overhaul of the 21,000 square foot space was much needed to provide students with a more modern and technology geared space for research and collaborative learning. The Library renovation utilized $1.8 million in Connect NC bond funds as well as state funds and private donations, but a $600,000 gift from Charles H. Ward gave the project the forward momentum it needed to become a reality. Mr. Ward was appointed to COA’s Board of Trustees in 2009 by the Perquimans County Board of Commissioners. He was a member of the board until he passed away in 2014 and was a true advocate of College of The Albemarle, supporting the mission of the college and its service area. During the ribbon cutting, former COA president, Dr. Robert Wynegar, shared the college’s “sincere gratitude to the late Charles H. Ward and his family for the substantial donation that helped to give COA students access to a state of the art facility.” The renovation of the library was a considerable project that benefits COA students and the community. The contemporary furnishings and improved technology are appealing to patrons looking to study individually or work with a group on a project. Technology improvements included upgraded Wi-Fi fiber-optic for the entire building, new towers, all-in-one computers, and wireless mini computers for student areas. Two collaboration rooms contain software that allow for four to eight computers to be connected at one time on a flat screen monitor. Laptop carts for student and classroom usage, air media for wireless connection, and plug-and-play for personal devices used for instructional purposes round out the list of enhancements to the facility.
The second floor of the Charles H. Ward Library and Knowledge Commons serves as the Academic Support Center and the Testing Center. The Academic Support Center offers an array of free tutoring services for current COA students. The Testing Center offers a central location for incoming students to take placement tests to measure skills in reading, writing and math that help to determine the appropriate courses to begin with upon entry to COA. Staff within the Testing Center also serve as proctors for a variety of exams such as Career Readiness Certification, High School Equivalency, distance education midterms and finals, and even non-COA student testing for those taking online courses through a four-year college or university. Distance Education program offices and classrooms are also housed on the second floor. In June 2019, COA was awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the State Library of North Carolina. The grant, in the amount of $50,000, will be used to promote the “Student Envois” project. The project will develop and implement a dynamic, studentdriven learning environment within the college’s Charles H. Ward Library and Knowledge Commons. The Student Envois will encourage other students to engage in active learning, collaborate with others to achieve course goals, utilize available college resources/technology/staff effectively, and ultimately be considered “empowered learners.” To achieve this, the grant funding will support the hiring of a Mentor who will develop the program, assist in hiring the student envois and then train and guide the group in their duties. A cadre of students (1012 individuals) will be chosen to pilot the project. Rodney Wooten, Director of Library and Learning Services, applied for the grant with increased usage of library resources in mind. Mr. Wooten shared, “In the last few years, patrons typically visited the library to use the computer lab and testing center. With the completion of the building renovation, we now have a space that is inviting and promotes collaborative learning. The student envois will receive the training and experience necessary to help assist their peers to apply the resources and technology available in COA’s library toward their coursework.” * This grant was made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
Literary Festival In conjunction with the unveiling of the newly renovated Charles H. Ward Library and Knowledge Commons on April 4, 2019, College of The Albemarle hosted a Literary Festival that included a variety of activities focused on literature and the arts. The event was open to the public and included writing workshops featuring COA instructors, a seminar featuring Albemarle area authors discussing their creative processes and student readings by COA’s Writers Club. The festival was highlighted by a keynote presentation from North Carolina’s Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green. Mrs. Green is the third woman to be named NC’s Poet Laureate and the first African-American to hold the title. During the hourlong presentation held in the Performing Arts Center, Mrs. Green read excerpts from her most recent collection of poems called, I Want to Undie You. She answered questions from the audience about her background and how her different life experiences inspired her writing. Immediately following the presentation was a meet and greet opportunity with Mrs. Green. The project was made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant was secured by Joshua Howell, Instructor of English, and enabled the college to host Jaki Shelton Green as the keynote speaker of the festival. “It was an honor to assist in the organization of this event as writing is meant to be shared,” said Mr. Howell. “This type of event encourages our students and the public that we all have a voice, with a story to tell.” The Literary Festival was a tremendous success and planning for the 2019-20 event is underway. North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Greene
COA Foundation Board President Douglas Gardner and Foundation Executive Director Amy Alcocer with entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Taylor at The Pines.
COA Foundation Receives Largest Gift Ever College of The Albemarle Foundation received the gift of The Pines at Elizabeth City from local McDonald’s restaurant owner, Bill Taylor, in the summer of 2017. Bill opened his first McDonald’s in Elizabeth City in December 1971. The gift of the 111 acre 18-hole golf course, valued at $3.83 million, was the largest gift to ever be received by the Foundation. The gift included the golf course, the clubhouse and the pool. While the Foundation’s Board of Directors preferred to keep the golf course running, the college would be unable to operate the facility. In September of 2017, the Foundation partnered with the YMCA of South Hampton Roads to take over the daily operations of The Pines, so the community would continue to have access to the golf course, outdoor pool and banquet hall. The relationship between COA and the YMCA has spanned more than 15 years, when the Zack D. Owens Health Sciences Center was constructed in a shared building with the Albemarle Family YMCA located on the college’s Elizabeth City Campus. The opportunity to operate The Pines as a collaborative effort with the YMCA has allowed COA students, community members and families in the area to continue enjoying the recreational events The Pines has to offer. Through the partnership, COA has had the opportunity to use the facility for additional classroom and meeting space, while the YMCA utilizes the space for camp programming, outdoor activities and the pool for swimming lessons and recreational activities in the summer.
2018 graduating class of COA’s Hospitality Leadership program.
Hospitality Leadership Program Student completers in the Hospitality Leadership certification program at the Dare County Campus took part in a graduation ceremony on April 26, 2018. The program, offered through College of The Albemarle’s Workforce Development and Career Readiness, was first introduced in the summer of 2016 when area realty companies, and other frequently visited destinations along the Outer Banks, saw an opportunity for local residents to receive additional training in the hospitality/tourism industry in preparation of the busy season. Three certifications are offered through the program; Reservation and Front Desk Specialists, Housekeeping and Operations Specialists, and Intro to Maintenance for the Hospitality Industry. While students can choose from the certifications, select classes are required prior to beginning any certification course, including Computer Skills for the Workplace, Customer Service in the Hospitality Industry, OBX Ambassador and Career Readiness. The classes are designed to produce top rate professionals whose skill sets would be realized by customers, coworkers and employers. Upon completion, students can confidently enter, or continue in, their careers in the hospitality industry. The program can be completed in just a few months and there are grants and need-based scholarship opportunities available for those who qualify. Due to the success of the certification classes, COA began to look for more opportunities to help the program grow. In December of 2018, COA received notification from the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) that the application for a Workforce Credential Pathway in Hospitality Leadership was approved. This rendered COA the first community college in the state to offer this Career and College Promise - Workforce Continuing Education pathway for dual enrolled students. “Creating a Career and College Pathway state certification in Hospitality Leadership provides our local high school students and community an opportunity to be employed immediately, either during high school or after they graduate,” said Tim Sweeney, Dean of the Dare County Campus. “We are proud that COA is able to assist these students and transition them into a full-time job immediately after completing the program.”
COA Culinary Arts: First Friday ArtWalk in Downtown Elizabeth City On November 1, 2018, College of The Albemarle participated in Downtown Elizabeth City’s First Friday ArtWalk, an event that occurs on the first Friday of each month. The event provides area artists opportunities to showcase their work in downtown businesses, but this particular ArtWalk allowed faculty and staff to showcase the “art” of a number of programs. Faculty and staff from across the college took part in the event, setting up information booths and promoting COA offerings at downtown locations. Students in the Culinary Arts program shared a few of their culinary creations with community members. Chef Leslie Lippincott, Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator of Culinary Arts at the Edenton-Chowan Campus, shared that her students were excited about the opportunity to prepare food for the event. “The students who participated in the First Friday ArtWalk really enjoyed it. They were so excited to be included in the event because we think of food as art all the time, but to be included as part of an art presentation made a big impression on our students. They were hyper-focused on the presentation of their dishes and very connected to the idea of food as art, which reinforced a lot of topics we cover in class.” Chef Lippincott explained that the event was a good way for students to experience working with the public and the logistical side of preparing for an offsite event. “Students were able to have one-onone conversations with the attendees who sampled the food. This is very important in our industry; to be able to describe to patrons the dishes they’ve created and the concepts of what they made,” explained Chef Lippincott. She continued that the event was a good exercise for the students to be away from the kitchen and having to “maintain all safety and sanitation procedures that must be upheld to keep food safe and to be dependent on the planning process involved in packing and displaying the food, as this requires attention to detail.”
Travis Slaughter (graduate and Lab Assistant); Culinary students Amya Rankins, Hannah Whitehead, Ashland Tann, Flora Grimstead and Casey Nicholas; along with Chef Leslie Lippincott present food as art at First Friday Artwalk
“This was truly an inspirational experience. I went in wanting to change lives and ended up changing my own.” – Lauren Bolton
Study Abroad Program College of The Albemarle’s (COA) first study abroad trip was a great success and students who participated returned inspired by their experiences. In December of 2017, nine COA students, one community member and four chaperones traveled to Nicaragua. The purpose of the trip was to expose students to community service learning while exploring a new culture. Students were involved in a number of service learning projects during the trip. At Los Fierros, a village near the city of Managua, students helped locals pick coffee and prepare the land. At the Instituto Diocesano Monte Tabor, a Catholic School, students helped with gardening and cleaning up the school’s grounds. The group also participated in an array of cultural experiences along the trip. They toured the city of Grenada, one of Central America’s oldest cities, and took a sunset cruise to view some of the Islets of Grenada, 365 tiny islands formed thousands of years ago when a neighboring volcano erupted. They explored Lake Nicaragua, a fresh water lake the size of Puerto Rico, and embarked on a ferry ride to Ometepe, an island formed by two extinct volcanoes, hiking its ecological park and swimming in a pool filled by a natural spring. Students also toured a Cultural Art Museum, watched traditional Nicaraguan folk dancing and visited the Lake Managua waterfront during their travels.
“In America, we talk the talk about how we want to do more for the environment, but Costa Rica really walks the walk. It showed me that if we want to make a change, really want to do something important, we can.” - Brianna Hall
“I decided to go on this trip because I wanted to immerse myself in Spanish - being completely surrounded by a language is the most effective way to learn it. The trip to Nicaragua allowed me to excel in two more Spanish courses after I returned.” - Connor Roughton Plans for the April 2019 study abroad trip to Costa Rica were in the works even before the plane landed from Nicraragua. The group included eight COA students and three faculty chaperones. The trip was spent learning about the history, culture and biodiversity of Costa Rica while completing service learning projects throughout the week. Service work included visiting a public school and helping students practice speaking English; building crates for use in the school’s horticulture program, which grows vegetables as part of its lunch program; clean-up work at a wildlife refuge for injured and endangered animals; and painting tables and benches for the outdoor seating area at a senior citizen center. Brian Edwards, Associate Professor of History, serves as the Study Abroad Coordinator and he explained that the program is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about the world around them. “It allows students to experience other cultures and see, for the first time in many cases, other places outside of our region. Our learning is further coupled with service projects to immerse ourselves deeper in a place and gain a greater perspective of life there, while also helping the local community. Consequently, Study Abroad is an important step in creating global citizens, which is becoming so essential in today’s world. The College of The Albemarle Foundation has played a vital role in the initial success of this program. Without it’s support, many of our students would otherwise be unable to afford such a transformative experience. We look forward to continuing this positive relationship as we plan for future trips and create a culture of Study Abroad here at the college. We are very much looking forward to our new adventure to Puerto Rico in April 2020, where we will spend six days on the island gathering insights into its history, biodiversity and culture.”
For more information on the Puerto Rico trip or on the study abroad program, contact Brian Edwards at: email@example.com or 252-335-0821 ext 2206.
Fenwick-Hollowell Trail: Renovations Continue On February 5, 2019, the Foundation kicked off the fundraising effort for the Fenwick-Hollowell Wetlands Trail with a presentation and walking tour showcasing the recent restoration and ongoing improvements. Most commonly referred to as “the boardwalk” and located on the south side of the Elizabeth City Campus, the 3,440-foot-long trail was dedicated in August of 2006. The trail was named after Major George Bradford Fenwick and Ms. Elizabeth Vaughan Hollowell, who both had an affinity for nature and instilled in those who knew them the importance of observing the beauty in one’s environment. Dr. Bill Sterritt and his wife, Patricia, were instrumental in raising funds supporting the construction of the initial boardwalk and continue to raise awareness of the trail and the wetlands that surround it today. Over the years, different portions of the boardwalk have needed repairs due to storm damage or the general wear and tear of being exposed to the elements. With grant funds acquired by Pasquotank County through Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA), the boardwalk will go through three phases of repairs. Phase I of the project was completed prior to the February 5 tour and was funded with a grant award of $90,000. Grant funding for phase II of the boardwalk repairs was approved and awarded to the county in the amount of $84,000. This will fund the repair of 1,400 square feet of boardwalk behind Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. Phase II repairs should begin in the late fall of 2019. Phase III, the final phase of the project, was approved by Pasquotank County and a grant will be submitted to repair an additional 750 square feet of boardwalk. While the grants provide a large portion of the cost of repairs, COA Foundation persists in its efforts to raise additional funds for the project. Since the February tour, the Foundation has raised $11,285 toward the ongoing renovations. The community is encouraged to walk along the Fenwick-Hollowell Wetlands Trail and observe the work that has already been completed, but to also see the areas where continued support is needed.
Former COA President Dr. Robert Wynegar with the college’s new training aircraft.
Aircraft Donation for Aviation Systems Technology In 2018, COA Foundation was approached by Virginia-based company, WM Jordan Construction, about a small aircraft donation for use in the college’s Aviation Systems Technology program. The 1969 Fairchild IIB, valued at $333,670, was added to the fleet of aircraft located at the Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center (RATTC) in Barco, bringing the total number of aircraft for the program to four planes and one helicopter. The airplane was flown into RATTC and parked in the hangar to be used for training purposes. The Aviation Systems Technology program is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and students gain the knowledge and skills needed to qualify for an Aircraft Mechanic’s Certificate with airframe and powerplant ratings. COA INTRAMURALS
President’s Cup Winners Ashley Tedrow, 2018 Edenton-Chowan Campus Diploma in Culinary Arts
Ashley is an inspiring leader and served as a mentor to her fellow classmates. She is a role model to others, in part due to the passion she has for the culinary industry. In turn, her commitment to flawless execution and topnotch planning helped to make COA’s Culinary Arts program shine. When asked about her time at COA, Ashley shared, “My experience at COA was amazing and truly life changing. As an older student, I am now in my dream profession, currently working as the Sous-Chef at The Mills Downtown Bistro in Elizabeth City. Chef Lippincott cultivated my talent and taught me how to become a leader. I have so many wonderful memories from my time at COA.”
Anastasiia Ovcharuk, 2019 Dare County Campus Associate in Arts
Anastasiia is the first student to complete the North Carolina Global Distinction Program at COA. She has been actively involved in all aspects of student life at COA, having served as a student ambassador and president of the International Club. Anastasiia is extremely hard working, inquisitive and full of grace and determination.
Campus Cup Nominees Natasha Bekjarska, 2018 Dare County Campus
Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Natasha Bekjarska proved to be an outstanding student during her time at COA. Natasha graduated from COA with two degrees, Associate in Arts and Associate in Science, while participating in International Week and volunteering for service projects in the Outer Banks community.
Megan Bundy, 2018
Rita Cornelius, 2019
Associate in Arts
Health and Fitness Science
Elizabeth City Campus
“I am unable to pinpoint one exact favorite memory from COA because I have so many! From volunteering at the Pork ‘n Pearls event with other Student Ambassadors, working at the front desk with Mrs. Margie Holley, viewing the solar eclipse with my sociology class and working in the bookstore. There are so many great memories I have from the institution… I really love College of The Albemarle.”
Elizabeth City Campus
Rita entered the first class of the Health and Fitness Science program and found her niche working with clients with disabilities, particularly Parkinson’s disease. Her passion extends to those who wish to improve their physical, emotional and spiritual health.
Casey Nicholas, 2019 Edenton-Chowan Campus Culinary Arts Program
Casey is an incredibly dedicated and committed student that has excelled in the Culinary Arts program. A mentor for students, he always looks for opportunities to gain additional experience in the Culinary field. Casey goes above and beyond each day.
Faculty Awards Rodger Rossman
2017-2018 Excellence in Innovation and Engagement Award Associate Professor, Psychology Started at COA in 2003 The enhancements Roger provided to his lecture delivery for students earned him the Excellence in Innovation and Engagement Award. Rodger recorded lectures for students with visual issues and transcribed lectures for students with hearing impairments. Rodger explained, “Because Flash format became obsolete, I had to change my method of delivery and started recreating the lectures in Camtasia (video audio) and HTML (text). I wanted everyone to be able to access these files, not just my students.” Through the creation of a web page where all of the audio and transcribed lectures would live together, Rodger provides an easily accessible method for general psychology students to review material.
Christina Weisner 2017-18 Excellence in Service Award
Instructor, Art Started at COA in 2016
During the fall of 2017, Christina worked alongside Kerry Krauss, robotics collaborator, and scientists at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, to create the sculpture entitled Ocean Bottom Seismometers. The sculpture was exhibited in the Professional Arts Building gallery on the Dare Campus, as well as Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City. The sculpture sparked excitement in the community and drew attention to the Associate in Fine Arts program. Christina’s dedication to the Visual Arts program at COA is evident in her desire to see her students succeed.
Dr. Carol Jo Evans
2017-2018 Excellence in Professional Development Award Associate Professor, Sociology/ Anthropology Started at COA in 2010 Dr. Carol Jo Evans, like many other COA employees, began her education at COA. Carol Jo was awarded the Excellence in Professional Development award for her work outside of her regular teaching schedule. Carol Jo and two of her students presented The Pros and Cons of Social Media at the North Carolina Sociological Association Annual Meeting in February 2018 and in the same month, she presented her research on Cyberbullying at the International Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting. She created and introduced a General Anthropology course for spring semester 2018 and chartered the Anthropology/ Sociology Club, whose mission is to view the world through a holistic lens and appreciate cultural diversity and humanitarianism.
2017-2018 North Carolina Community College System/ R.J. Reynolds Excellence in Teaching Award Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor, Practical Nursing / Started at COA in 2008 Rachel started her career as an obstetrics nurse in Raleigh, NC. She enjoyed having nursing students come onto the floor and do their critical rotations with her. One day, the clinical instructor pulled Rachel aside and asked if she had ever considered teaching, as she worked well with the students. In October 2008, Rachel decided to apply for the Practical Nursing position at COA and never looked back. In the fall of 2016, the Practical Nursing program began implementing a new concept-based curriculum, required by the NC Community College System in conjunction with the NC Board of Nursing. Rachel took on the task of developing the new curriculum through the summer of 2017and also completed a 449-page Nursing Program Descriptive report for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) for the Practical Nursing program’s re-accreditation process. The report was described as one of the best the council had ever seen.
2018-2019 Excellence in Service Award
Program Coordinator, Developmental Reading, English and ACA; Assistant Professor Developmental Reading and English Started at COA Full-time in 2012
2018-19 Excellence in Innovation and Engagement Award Chair, Humanities and Fine Arts Department; Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages Started at COA in 2012 This was the third time Ekaterina has been chosen for the Excellence in Innovation and Engagement Award. She was the very first videoconference instructor at COA during the 2017-18 year and she continued to incorporate Voice Thread into her online classes over the past two years to help her students develop their oral Spanish proficiency. Ekaterina also started using a smart rubric in 2018-19 that provided clear and immediate feedback to students in online classes. The rubric has been shared and used by other instructors in traditional classes as well. Through innovative teaching techniques and her dedication to her students, Ekaterina continues to evolve in the classroom and to engage students in an active learning environment.
2018-19 North Carolina Community College System/R.J. Reynolds Excellence in Teaching Award Associate Professor, Developmental Reading and English Started at COA in 2004 Leah has made great strides in enhancing her students’ classroom experience in Developmental Reading and English courses, earning her the Teacher of the Year award for the 2018-19 academic year. She modified and created assignments, including games and collaborative writing into three different courses, and used a music theme in certain courses to connect to her students’ lessons to real-life situations. Leah also altered final exams for the Developmental Reading and English courses to use read aloud applications through Moodle and Google applications, helping to meet the needs of diverse learners in her classes.
2018-2019 Excellence in Service Award Program Coordinator, Developmental Mathematics; Associate Professor, Mathematics Started at COA in 2005 Lisa and Lucretia were nominated for their joint efforts in their commitment to excellence at COA. The duo serves on the First in the World Committee, a group focused on shifting student advising to a Success Coach model, and the Career and College Ready Graduate initiative. Their work on the NC Community College System’s Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) committee, showcases their commitment to helping COA instructors be prepared in the classroom. They have worked diligently together to create lunch and learn faculty/staff training sessions, and create workshops and student information sessions to provide RISE information to the college. Through their dedication, COA will be well prepared for the redesign of developmental education that RISE will bring.
2018-19 Excellence in Professional Development Instructor, Art Started at COA in 2016
During the 2018-19 year, Christina continued her work in the art community through the Ocean Bottom Seismometer exhibition at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, a group exhibit, Mainframe, at the Mint Museum of Charlotte, NC, and a solo exhibit at the Gregg Museum of Art and Design. She also received a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in New York City, as well as the 2018-19 NC Art Fellowship in Visual Arts, for the development and creation of the River Cube Project.
Staff Awards Angie Godfrey-Dawson
2017-2018 Staff Person of the Year North Carolina Community College System Award Nominee Director, Financial Aid Started at COA in 1989 Angie’s work ethic has been described as outstanding and she continually upholds the value and integrity of COA and its mission at the highest level. Spending time with students who tell their stories of need are what drives her to go above and beyond each day. Angie firmly believes in knowing a student’s story to adequately determine how to meet their needs. There are many students who are just a minute away from dropping out of their coursework and in her position, she may be their last hope. Angie’s compassion for those in need is evident in the effort she makes to help COA students each day.
2017-18 Para-Professional Staff Member of the Year Payroll Administrator Started at COA in 2013
With new software and projects surfacing within the college’s business office, Sara volunteered to spearhead the latest initiatives. Coordinating the migration from Docuscan to Etrieve, employees at the college are now able to access files online through a more simplified, streamlined process. Sara also took on the task of providing new hire training in Docusign, Webadvisor and Google Drive. To round out her busy year, Sara graduated with a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management.
Myrtle “Faye” Oliver
2017-2018 Professional Staff Member of the Year Coordinator, Adult Basic Education Transitional Opportunities Started at COA Full-Time in 2002 For 28 years, Faye Oliver has been a familiar face in the Basic and Transitional Studies department. First teaching part-time in the GED program, Faye has been serving as the Adult Basic Education Transitional Opportunities Coordinator for the last 17 years. Faye has helped many students over the years, providing them with the encouragement needed to succeed. One of her favorite aspects of teaching is going to work each day and experiencing something new through the eyes of her students.
Luther “Luke” Whedbee 2017-2018 Institutional Support Staff Member of the Year Maintenance Mechanic Started at COA in 2014 The multitude of work for facilities on campus provides many tasks on any given day. Luke is dedicated to the college and its employees, always providing consistent, quality work. He works well under pressure and can be flexible with unexpected jobs that need taken care of throughout the day. Even in working in undesirable weather conditions, Luke completes tasks with a great attitude and a smile.
2018-2019 Staff Person of the Year North Carolina Community College System Award Nominee Dean, Business, Industry and Applied Technologies; Campus Administrator, Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center / Started at COA in 2007 Michelle is highly involved and works to create a studentfocused environment with both faculty and staff. She leads by example and has made many community connections to provide support and employment opportunities for our students after they finish their education with COA. Michelle works hard to identify the needs of the community and create programs designed to provide the skilled workers needed to fill those needs. Her focus, first and foremost, is to help students achieve success at COA.
2018-19 Para-Professional Staff Member of the Year Coordinator, Student Life and Leadership Started at COA in 2015 An advocate for and promoter of COA, Alicia has always created an inviting atmosphere for students on campus. She finds creative ways to engage students and helps them to view attending COA as not just an opportunity to gain an education, but also a life experience. In Alicia’s nomination of this award, she is described as “a remarkable person with a caring spirit who has a genuine commitment to student success.”
2018-19 Professional Staff Member of the Year International Student Services and Academic Advisor Started at COA in 2014 Katie’s work ethic speaks for itself as she constantly seeks ways to better serve the Dare County students and promote quality services. Her willingness to assist and train her co-workers goes beyond her job responsibilities. Katie is dedicated to her colleagues and constantly helps to guide advising toward what is best for the students.
2018-2019 Institutional Support Staff Member of the Year Custodian Started at COA in 2004 Described as helpful, hardworking and compassionate, Margaret’s positive attitude shines through the work she does at COA each day. Her attention to detail and strong work ethic are unmatched. Margaret is always smiling, greets students and guests as they enter the Owens Center, and is eager to help find an office or give directions for those inquiring.
2017-2018 COLLEGE FINANCIAL REPORT 9%
Student Tuition & Fees $2,044,466.29
Grants & Gifts $829,071.36
Fiscal data for the year ending June 30, 2018
Student Financial Aid $3,161,653.67
County Appropriations & Capital Aid $3,115,926.44
State Appropriations & Capital Aid $12,610,639.32
Scholarships & Fellowships $2,093,623.73
Supplies & Materials $1,088,602.35
Salaries & Benefits $14,438,201.91
2018-2019 COLLEGE FINANCIAL REPORT 9%
Student Tuition & Fees $2,087,423.62
Grants & Gifts $1,210,953.36
Unaudited fiscal data for the year ending June 30, 2019
Student Financial Aid $2,921,757.85
County Appropriations & Capital Aid $3,051,919.34
State Appropriations & Capital Aid $15,091,618.73
Scholarships & Fellowships $2,116,283.27
Supplies & Materials $2,226,021.57
Salaries & Benefits $13,981,739.73
2017-2018 GIVING 2017-2018 FOUNDATION FOUNDATION GIVING 0.4%
5.8% 5.8% Chowan
0.4% Currituck $1,262.50 Currituck
7% 7% Dare
4.3% 4.3% Camden
0.1% 0.1% Gates Gates $165.01 $165.01
Camden $13,684.00 $13,684.00
Giving Giving by County by Total: County $318,717.06
24.9% 24.9% Outside COA Outside COA Service Area Service $75,514.09 Area $75,514.09
1.6% 1.6% Perquimans
Pasquotank Pasquotank $178,278.46
College College Support Support
41.7% 41.7% Scholarships Types Types of Giving of Giving
2018-2019 FOUNDATION FOUNDATION GIVING 2018-2019 GIVING 0.3% 0.3%
Currituck Currituck $735
Chowan Chowan $16,245.00
23.6% 23.6% Dare
4.8% 4.8% Camden
0.1% 0.1% Gates
Gates $135 $135
Unaudited fiscal data forfor thethe year ending June 30,30, 2019 Unaudited fiscal data year ending June 2019
Giving Giving by County by Total:County $263,207.59
26.8% 26.8% COA Outside
OutsideArea COA Service Service Area $70,568.45 $70,568.45
36.1% Pasquotank Pasquotank $94,911.98 $94,911.98
2.1% 2.1% Perquimans
21.5% College College Support Support
40.9% 40.9% Scholarships Types Types of Giving of Giving
37.6% Unrestricted Unrestricted 27
GRADUATION STATISTICS Number of Students Graduating
Number of Students Earning Multiple Degrees
Number of Degrees, Diplomas & Certificates Awarded
Number of Career & College Students Earning Degrees or Diplomas
FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP STATISTICS Number of Funds Scholarships Awarded From 2017-2018: 85 2018-2019: 103
Number of Students Receiving Scholarships 2017-2018: 168 2018-2019: 224
Number of Scholarships Awarded
Value of Scholarships Awarded
The purpose of College of The Albemarle Foundation is to aid, strengthen and further in every proper and useful way, the work and services of College of The Albemarle, and to provide broader educational opportunities to its students, faculty and staff, and to the residents of the seven county service area served by the college. We hold more than $9M in assets designated for scholarships and college support. Our goals include securing new donors and raising more funds each year for the college, which helps close the gap between the collegeâ€™s needs and our state funding.
Foundation Board President’s Message Taylor Sugg Serving as President of the Foundation Board, I see firsthand how donor contributions are transforming the lives of our students. Through the support of the Foundation, we are able to provide for that student who may be struggling to pay tuition to complete the final classes needed to graduate. We can help the student who cannot afford their book for a specific course. At COA, our desire is to see students excel academically and be successful as they graduate, transfer or begin a new career. The worry over financial hardships can take away from a student’s academic success. The Foundation has been able to supplement funds for those students who need just a little extra help in order to achieve their goals, disbursing a total of $585,000 in student scholarships over the last two academic years. The Gift Aid Program (GAP) Scholarship was approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2017. The board recognized that while some students do not qualify for financial aid, they would still benefit from financial assistance to help pay for some of the cost of attending college. The scholarship is meant to help “bridge the gap” where state and federal assistance ends and college affordability begins. This endeavor was a priority for our board and we have already seen the considerable impact the scholarships are making on the students. We are incredibly thankful for the support of our donors. Every gift is significant and meaningful and we look forward to another outstanding year of support for COA.
Dr. Zack D. Owens & Martha Anderson Owens Trust Sentara Albemarle Medical Center
A. R. Chesson Construction Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Carolina Furnishing and Design / KI IdentifyYourself Mildred’s Florist Telephonics
Foundation Circle $7,500
Saslow’s Jewelers Vidant Chowan Hospital
Dolphins Club $5,000
CenturyLink Perry Auto Group Mr. & Mrs. Cy & Nancy Rich TowneBank of Currituck
Blue & Orange Partner $3,500
Chick-fil-A G.R. Little Agency, Inc. Systel Business Equipment
Premier Partner $2,500
Colony Tire J.W. Jones Lumber Regulator Marine Sussex Development Corporation TCOM
Event Patron $1,000
The Daily Advance Fairfield Inn & Suites Long & Foster Real Estate Palladium The Twiford Law Firm Walmart of Kitty Hawk
Friend of COA $500
Albemarle Nephrology Associates BB&T B&M Contractors, Inc. City Beverage Company Hornthal, Riley, Ellis and Maland J. H. Miller, Jr. Land Surveying J. H. Sanders, Jr. Aviation Services, LLC SAGA Construction & Development Taylor Mueller Realty, Inc. Todd’s Pharmacy Whichard & Woolard Wealth Management Donna H. Winborne CPA, PC
In 2017, College of The Albemarle Foundation hosted a more casual annual fundraising event — Pork & Pearls: Pig Pickin’ & Oyster Roast was held at The Crawfish Shack in Perquimans County. The event included whole pigs on the smoker, plus roasted oysters and all the fixin’s by Currituck BBQ Company, live and silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle, and a Pig Kissing Contest featuring local celebrities. COA Board of Trustees Member Sally Francis Kehayes of Chowan County raised the most money and was compelled to kiss Pepa the pig, a rescued animal from Right Way Rescue in Elizabeth City, but only after COA President Dr. Robert Wynegar showed her how it was done. Because the event was such a resounding success, Pork & Pearls 2 was held in 2018. Although there was no pig kissing contest, the crowd enjoyed the same great food and had the chance to rock to the sounds of the Daniel Jordan Band.
Dr. Zack D. Owens & Martha Anderson Owens Trust Sentara Albemarle Medical Center Vidant Chowan Hospital
City Beverage Oliver & Linda Etheridge J. H. Sanders, Jr. Aviation Services, LLC Palladium Telephonics
Foundation Circle $7,500
Dolphins Club $5,000
Friend of COA $500
Firehouse Subs of Elizabeth City Ann Hoffman & Chuck Martin Hornthal, Riley, Ellis and Maland
Perry Auto Group TowneBank of Currituck
Premier Partner $2,500
A. R. Chesson Construction Regulator Marine Systel Business Equipment TCOM
Event Sponsor $1,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites IdentifyYourself Long & Foster Real Estate Mildred’s Florist
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS DONORS PRESIDENT’S CLUB $10,000 +
Comerica Bank & Trust Dare County EMS Mr. and Mrs. Bill and Linda Taylor** Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and Ann Lamb Mr. and Mrs. Lucien O. Morrisette/ The Carolina Dunes Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Kim Chalot Ms. Faith Gregory North Carolina Community Foundation Pepsi Bottling Ventures* Seniram Air Incorporated Sentara Albemarle Medical Center Vidant Chowan Hospital W.M. Jordan Construction Corp
FOUNDATION CIRCLE $9,999 - $7,500
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey and Gloria Emmerich* Outer Banks Community Foundation Saslow’s Jewelers**
DOLPHINS CLUB $7,499 - $5,000
CenturyLink Mr. and Mrs. Simon and Nancy Rich Perry Auto Group TowneBank of Currituck Mr. & Mrs. Frank and Deborah Hollowell A.R. Chesson Construction Co., Inc.
BLUE AND ORANGE ADVOCATES $4,999 - $3,500
Elizabeth City Morning Rotary Club Mr. and Mrs. Charlie and Tapp Robinson Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
$3,499 - $2,500 Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Trucks, Inc Chick-fil-A* Colony Tire Corporation Five “C’s” Inc/Forbes Homes G. R. Little Agency, Inc. Gene Haas Foundation Hornthal, Riley, Ellis and Maland, L.L.P. J. W. Jones Lumber Company, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. William and Laura Owens Mrs. Frances A. Gaither Pasquotank County Regulator Marine, Inc. Sawyer’s House of Furniture Southern Bank and Trust Co. Sussex Development Corporation Systel Business Equipment TCOM, L.P. Manufacturing The Harley V. Cole Irrevocable Trust
$2,499 - $1,000 Albemarle Family YMCA** Albemarle Glass LLC Albemarle Nephrology PLLC Atlantic Emergency Solutions B & M Contractors, Inc. BB&T City Beverage Company, Inc. Donna H. Winborne, CPA, P.C. Dr. and Mrs. Alex and Sally Kehayes Dr. and Mrs. Edward and Nancy Eadie Dr. and Mrs. Peter and Barbara Wood Dr. and Mrs. Robert and Lyndasu Wynegar Dr. and Ms. William and Patricia Sterritt Dr. Evonne Carter* Dr. Lynn A. Butler and Dr. Greg Warren
East Carolina Radio Edenton Motors, Inc.** Elizabeth City Foundation Fairfield Inn and Suites* Fast Pace Laser Engraving Follett-COA Bookstore Gregory and Associates, CPAs, PC Harman Law Firm IdentifyYourself J H Miller Jr. Land Surveying J.H. Sanders Jr. Aviation Services LLC. Keri Pampuch Photography Long & Foster Real Estate Manteo Lions Club, Inc. Miss Emily J. White Mollie A. Fearing & Associates Morgan Stanley Mr. and Mrs. Bruce and Anna Biggs Mr. and Mrs. Chris and Jennifer Purcell* Mr. and Mrs. Daniel and Rhonda Gregory Mr. and Mrs. Dennis and Deanne Smith Mr. and Mrs. Derek and Michelle Waters* Mr. and Mrs. Don and Roberta McCabe Mr. and Mrs. Douglas and Diana Gardner Mr. and Mrs. Garry and Abbey Manning Mr. and Mrs. James and Phoebe Cartwright Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey and Sharon Aldridge Mr. and Mrs. John and Kristen Ward Mr. and Mrs. Kevin and Wendy Brickhouse Mr. and Mrs. Marion and Wilma Harris Mr. and Mrs. Mark Winslow and Lynn Hurdle-Winslow Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Noel Lopes
Mr. and Mrs. Oliver and Linda Etheridge Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Charlene Pippen Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Michelle Askew Mr. and Mrs. Russell and Rose Lay Mr. and Mrs. William and Jane Harris Mr. and Mrs. William and Nannette Orr Mr. Chris Houtz Mr. James Turdici Mr. Jason Waughtel Mr. Jim F. Perry Mr. Mark Holmes Mr. Rex Etheridge Mr. Warren B. Davis Mrs. and Mrs. Marjorie and Margie Crisp Mrs. Ann Hoffman and Mr. Chuck Martin** Mrs. Ginger O’Neal Mrs. Marcy Bergman Pritchard Mrs. Rhonda Twiddy Ms. Robin Harris Ms. Sara Johns Ms. Thelma S. Forbes Oasis Suites Hotel** Outer Banks Heating and Cooling** Outer Banks Hospital Palladium Partners LLC
* Denotes monetary and in-kind gifts ** Denotes in-kind gifts
$999 - $500 A.P.P. 129 Photography Albemarle Plantation** Boundtree Dowdy & Osborne LLP Dr. Dang-Khoa Vo H2OBX Waterpark Kiwanis Club of Kill Devil Hills Manteo Furniture & Appliances Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Barbara Byrne Mr. and Mrs. Chris and Jennifer Purcell Mr. and Mrs. Danny and Wanda Fletcher Mr. and Mrs. Dick and Laura Phillips Mr. and Mrs. George and Mary Thomas Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and Ayako Turner Mr. and Mrs. Larry S. Gutshall Mr. and Mrs. Taylor and Nancy Sugg Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Elizabeth Fulcher Jr. Mr. Damon Allen Frazier Mr. Peyton Sessoms Mrs. Ann Hoffman Mrs. Phyllis Bosomworth Ms. Betty Haar Salvo Ms. Judy Stallings Ms. Krystal Lee Needham Ms. Leslie Lippincott Ms. Mindy M. Lorber Nationwide Insurance Hertford** Oasis Suites Hotel Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program Pottery Art Studio, Inc. SAGA Construction and Development Sanderling Resort** Sawyer’s House of Furniture** Spear’s Welding Stryker Medical Taylor Mueller Realty
Telephonics Corporation The Daily Advance The NAP Foundation Todd’s Pharmacy Twiddy & Company, Realtors Twiford Law Firm* Walmart Store Kitty Hawk Whichard & Woolard Investment Group Xenith Bank
$499 - $250 American Legion Commander Days Inn & Suites - Mariner Days Inn & Suites - Wilbur Wright Dr. and Mrs. Ravi and Ashley Ramsamooj Dr. and Mrs. Steven and Cindy Manuli Dr. W. Roger Lambertson EC Design Hilton Garden Inn Mann Custom Boats, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and Carolyn Peel Mr. and Dr. Gregory and Susan Peck* Mr. and Mrs. Andy and Lisa Johnson* Mr. and Mrs. Bobby and Carol Adams Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Thornsvard Mr. and Mrs. James and Anne McKell Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey and Melanie Carter Mr. and Mrs. Joe and Kathleen McCaslin Mr. and Mrs. Justin and Jenna Hatfield Mr. and Mrs. Kennon D. Briggs Mr. and Mrs. Norman and Rhonda Watts Mr. and Mrs. Philip and Kathy Donahue Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Cynthia Berrio Mr. and Mrs. Skip and Robin Zinsmeister Mr. and Mrs. Tim and Claudia Sweeney Mr. and Mrs. Tom and Valerie Cummings Mr. and Mrs. Wallace and Freda Nelson Mr. and Mrs. William and Sally Sharber Mr. and Ms. Michael McOwen
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney and Betsy Rabon Mr. Carl Curnutte and Mr. John Buford Mr. Danny Couch Mr. David Host Mr. Greg Frucci Mr. James Day Mr. Jeffrey B. Dowdy Mr. Joel Sanders Mr. Joshua Hammond Mr. Joshua Howell Mr. Kenneth Moore Mr. Lee Norfleet Mr. Marcus Jones III Mr. Michael Ernest White Mr. Patrick Detwiler* Mr. Preston Taylor Mr. R. Kirby Mr. Thomas Williamson Mr. Walter B. Jolly Mr. William C. Owens Mrs. Amy Alcocer Mrs. and Dr. Kathy and Dwayne Stallings Mrs. Latia Allen Mrs. Lynn Nash Ms. Barbara Holton Ms. Betty Jo Shepheard Ms. Ciara M. Spence Ms. Ekaterina Brooks Ms. Elouise White Ms. Hannah C. Spence Ms. Mary Kelley Ms. Michelle Portoukalian Ms. Pamela Federline* Ms. Susan Gentry Nutrition Pair R. O. Givens Signs, Inc. Ramada Plaza Hotel** Rebekah Lodge First District Association River City Fraternal Order of Police Silver Bonsai Gallery** Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America The Carolina Center The Carolina Club Golf** The Honorable and Mrs. Herbert and Annette Small The Pointe Golf Club** Trio Wine** Vaughan’s Fine Jewelry & Gifts, Inc.**
CONTRIBUTOR UP TO $249
252 Grill 3 Amigos** Abbey’s Waggin Tails Air Time Inflatable Rentals Anew U Massage Therapy Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café** Belk of Elizabeth City** Blount’s Mutual Drugs, Inc.** Brew-Thru, Inc. Busy Living Cleaning** Byrum Hardware Company, Inc.** Cafe Lachine** Christian Book Seller** City Nails** Cozy Kitchens Crystal Enterprises, Inc. Currituck BBQ** Currituck Chamber of Commerce Currituck County High School FFA** Cypress Creek Grill** Diamonds ‘n Dunes** Dixon and Thompson Law Dockside Day Spa** Downtown Cafe and Soda Shoppe** Dr. and Mrs. Casey and Emily Nekl Dr. and Mrs. Evan and Jane Fiedler Dr. and Mrs. J. Parker Chesson, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Johnny and Virginia Houston Dr. and Mrs. Michael and Mary Gilbert Dr. and Mrs. Paul Richmond Dr. Andrew Walser and Mrs. Jamie Gillespie Dr. James M. Watson Dr. Jill Lettieri
Dr. Julian W. Selig, Jr. Ɨ Dr. Thomas P. Nash, IV Dr. Travis Burke East Carolina Monograms** Eastern Pet Company Edenton Bay Trading Company** Edenton Coffee House** Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce Elizabethan Gardens Event Extravaganza Firehouse Subs of Elizabeth City** Flour Girls Cafe & Bakery Food Lion** Foundation Fitness Foundation for the Carolinas Garden of Eden Club** Ghost Harbor Brewing Company GlenRoss Properties** Hair Cuttery of Elizabeth City** Harris Teeter - Kill Devil Hills** Harris Teeter - Kitty Hawk** Hilton Garden Inn** Holly Ridge Golf Course Home Depot** Honey and Hive Bouqitue** Hoppin’ John’s Hurricane Mo’s** Inner Banks Inspiration Islander Flags of Kitty Hawk** Jimbo’s Jumbos** Klassy Nails II Kmart Outer Banks** LaTiendita Mexican Restaurant** Layden’s Supermarket Lisa Bunch Hunter Lowes**
Lydia Todd Massage Therapy** Martha L. Newbold Michael Whitehurst Miss Katie Morgan Montero’s Restaurant, Bar, and Catering** Morris Farms, Inc. Mr. A. Dewane Frutiger Mr. Alan Willis Mr. and Mrs. Willard W. Newbern Jr Mr. and Mrs. Arthur and Pam Tillett Mr. and Mrs. Bo and Renee Gladden Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Marchbanks Mr. and Mrs. Brian and Fay Edwards Mr. and Mrs. Brian and Laura Rollinson Mr. and Mrs. Burton Jones Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Thompson II Mr. and Mrs. Carlton and Cherrie Boyce Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Carole Purser Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Harriette Woodard Mr. and Mrs. Chris and Pauline Younger Mr. and Mrs. Chris Robertson Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Perry and Brianne Clark Mr. and Mrs. Coran and Dana Newton Mr. and Mrs. Dana and Cathy Clair Mr. and Mrs. Daryl and Qiana Austin Mr. and Mrs. Dennis and Debra Crehan Mr. and Mrs. Donald and Deborah Cherry Mr. and Mrs. Dorsey and Marylann Hawkins
At the COA Foundation’s Eat Drink Art fundraiser at the Dare County Campus, Fletcher and Linda Willey pose with Dr. Johnny Farrow, a COA alum who spoke at the event.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl and Margie Sawyer Mr. and Mrs. Ed and Renee Shannon Mr. and Mrs. Ernest and Anne-Marie Knighton Mr. and Mrs. Fred and Jan Riley Mr. and Mrs. Gary and Colleen Woolard Mr. and Mrs. Gary and Virginia Teachey Mr. and Mrs. George C. Haskett Mr. and Mrs. Graham and Gloria Twine Mr. and Mrs. Gregory A. VanErt Mr. and Mrs. Hood and Anne Ellis Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Wright, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. J.B. and Terri Riddick Mr. and Mrs. J.H. and Angela Miller Mr. and Mrs. James and Anna Boyce Mr. and Mrs. James and Frances Norrell Mr. and Mrs. James and Judy Mason Mr. and Mrs. James and Leah Jones Mr. and Mrs. James Robison Mr. and Mrs. Jay and Patti Peterson Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan and Rachel Crane Mr. and Mrs. Kelvin and Sharon Brown Mr. and Mrs. Ken and Susan Myers Mr. and Mrs. Kevin and Lucille McGrath Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Hornthal, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Larry and Marvie Cartner Mr. and Mrs. Lee and Judy Vassar Mr. and Mrs. Leonard and Sandra Ray * Denotes monetary and in-kind gifts ** Denotes in-kind gifts
Foundation President Taylor Sugg presents Joe Ausband, of IdentifyYourself, with a certificate of thanks for being a five-year Foundation Community Partner at the annual appreciation dinner.
Mr. and Mrs. Les and Patti Kersey Mr. and Mrs. M K. Fearing III Mr. and Mrs. Mark and Harriet DeHart Mr. and Mrs. Marty and Muffy Vestal Mr. and Mrs. Nathan and Mariah Schierer Mr. and Mrs. Nelson and Elizabeth White Mr. and Mrs. Paul and Sharon Oâ€™Neal Mr. and Mrs. Paul Flach Mr. and Mrs. Philip and Brandy Foreman Mr. and Mrs. Raphael and Marylou Scaffa Mr. and Mrs. Reuben E. James Mr. and Mrs. Richard and Patricia McCall Mr. and Mrs. Richard and Phyllis Davis Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Lennon Mr. and Mrs. Robert Morrill Mr. and Mrs. Rodger and Jane Rossman Mr. and Mrs. Rodney and Tracy Wooten Mr. and Mrs. Rodney W. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Roy and Patricia Godfrey Mr. and Mrs. Rufus and Andrea Dance Mr. and Mrs. Sean and Allison Lavin Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Claire Mills Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Grace Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Tim and Joanne Gregory Mr. and Mrs. Todd and Sandra Krueger
Mr. and Mrs. Tommy and Brandy Wooten Mr. and Mrs. Val and Vivian Bridgers Mr. and Mrs. Walter and Lisa Meads Mr. and Mrs. Wayman and Simona White Mr. and Mrs. Wayne and Kathy Harris Mr. and Mrs. William and Dorothy Fenwick Mr. and Mrs. William and Patricia Hoggard Mr. and Mrs. William and Victoria Norrell Mr. Andrew Howle Mr. Benjamin F. Speller Mr. C. Everett Thompson Mr. Cecil Perry Mr. Charles A. Creighton and Mrs. Anne M. Creighton Mr. Chip Phillips Mr. Clay Cummings Mr. Cody Dough Mr. Dan Gurganus Mr. David Connaughton Mr. Dean Roughton Mr. Ed Mathews Mr. Elton K. Boyce Mr. Eric Robisch Mr. Harvey Binns Mr. Horace Beasley Mr. James A. White Mr. James Ayers Mr. Jeff Campbell Mr. Jeff Smith Mr. Jerry Climer
UP TO $249 Mr. John C. Laughton Mr. John Sanders, Jr. Mr. John Wilson Mr. Johnson Biggs Mr. Joseph L. Lamb, Jr. Mr. Joseph P. Passante Mr. Joseph Pometto Mr. Kendal Banks Mr. Michael Brisson Mr. Michael F. Cavanagh Mr. Michael McCormack Mr. Michael Oâ€™Steen Mr. Mike Laborde Mr. Randolph Harris Mr. Robert N Powell Mr. Robert T. Gillam, III, DDS, PA Mr. Robert Woodard Mr. Sandy Yancy Mr. Solomon Brothers Mr. Tony Stimatz Mr. Will Yelton Mr. William DeFeo Mrs. and Mrs. Natalie and Natalie Peel Mrs. Angie Godfrey-Dawson Mrs. Annya-Marie Soucy Mrs. Barbara Kehayes Mrs. Colleen Kennedy Mrs. Dara Harrell Mrs. Dawn Allen Mrs. Deborah Holland Mrs. Dee McManus Mrs. Ekaterina Brooks Mrs. Eushekia Hewitt Mrs. Ginger Midgett Mrs. Jeannine Wright Mrs. Judi R. Smith Mrs. Judy A. DiGirolamo Mrs. Kathryn S. Miller Mrs. Lynn Jennings Mrs. Megan Bundy Mrs. Penny Leary Smith Mrs. Sara Shepherd Mrs. Shellee Rust Ms. Alissa Woody Ms. Angela Ebertowski Ms. Annette Roberson Ms. Barbara J. Wood Ms. Barbie N. Sawyer Ms. Belinda Petricek
Ms. Deborah J. Malenfant Ms. Denise Michaud Ms. Doris R. Godfrey Ms. Elisabeth Neesmith Ms. Ellen H. Boyd Ms. Essie K. Horne Ms. Georgia K. Swayne Ms. Heather Colson Ms. Heather Nichole Williams Ms. Heather Tolson Ms. Jackqulyn Sawyer Ms. Jamie Waugh Ms. Janice P. Bryant Ms. Jean S. Christman Ms. Jeanette Anderson Ms. Karen Alexander Ms. Kathleen Townsend Ms. Kathryn Fagan Ms. Kathy Hutcherson Ms. Kathy Lawrence Ms. Kay Barefoot Ms. Kelli Harmon Ms. Kelly Thorsby Ms. Kristen Beavers Ms. Laura Morrison Ms. Laura Rhodes Ms. Lisa Bunch Hunter Ms. Liz Hawks Ms. Lucretia White Ms. Lynda Wood Ms. Lynn Merritt Ms. Lynn Taylor Ms. Maggie Daidone Ms. Marsha N. Vanture Ms. Mary Ann Mason Ms. Mary Blackburn Ms. Mary C. Dunstan Ms. Mary Lowe Ms. Marykate Scanlon Ms. Maxine Rossman Ms. Megan Bohn Ms. Monica Thibodeau Ms. Myrtle Faye Oliver Ms. Nicole Fortuna Ms. Paula Y. Albers Ms. Rebecca C Morgan Ms. Rebecca Walker Ms. Rena R. Jackson Ms. Samantha Ingram Ms. Sara Copeland Ms. Shelly Johnson Ms. Shirley H. Phelps Ms. Stephanie Loftis Ms. Sudie Sawyer Saunders Ms. Susan Nolton
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On The Cover: Laine Laughlin accepts the Professional Crafts Jewelry Students award from Program Coordinator Kathryn Osgood. Early Childhood Education graduate Doris Capehart Long accepts her diploma during Spring Commencement 2018. Culinary Arts Program Coordinator Leslie Lippincott teaches participants about fresh herbs during summer Culinary Camp for teens. Information Technology instructors Barbie Sawyer and Larry Cooper talk with a prospective student and his mother at COA’s Spring Open House. COA Student Ambassadors Computer Aided Drafting Program Coordinator John Stolarczyk works with participants using the 3D printer during summer Manufacturing Camp. COA graduate Casey Bundy hugs her mother Penny Tillett (a COA employee) following commencement. Signing ceremony for the 2017-2018 Student Government Association officers
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Dare County Campus 132 Russell Twiford Road 205 S Business Highway 64/264 Manteo, NC 27954 252-473-2264
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Edenton-Chowan Campus 118 Blade Street Edenton, NC 27932 252-482-7900
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Elizabeth City Campus 1208 N Road Street Elizabeth City, NC 27909 252-335-0821
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Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center 107 College Way Barco, NC 27917 252-453-3035