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RANDOLPH COMMUNITY COLLEGE Fall 2016 | Magazine & Report to the Community

Beauty & the BEST!

In this issue:

Baseball • Coaches • Elephants • Oh my...

Heads Up!

On the Cover

Photo by Perfecta Visuals/Jerry Wolford and Scott Muthersbaugh.

Photo by Perfecta Visuals/Jerry Wolford and Scott Muthersbaugh.

Cosmetology students routinely practice on mannequin heads before moving to the salon floor. They can use these mannequins to practice a variety of hair styling techniques, including coloring, curling, flat ironing, braiding, and cutting. Each student starts with five mannequins and adds more in subsequent semesters.

Cosmetology instructor LaTia Hairston (left) and student Jessica Warner of Biscoe are pictured in the new Cosmetology Center. The 10,865-square-foot facility was created in the former Bost Neckwear production facility on Industrial Park Avenue. Jessica is in her third semester of classes at RCC.


C O M M U N I T Y C O L L E G E Magazine & Report to the Community | Fall 2016

CONTENTS President’s Message.............................................................................2 Cover Story.....................................................................................4-10 Seriously Awesome......................................................................11-25 EPIC News.................................................................................... 26-44 RCC Foundation......................................................................... 45-57 Armadillo Archives.....................................................................58-59

RANDOLPH COMMUNITY COLLEGE Board of Trustees F. Mac Sherrill, Chairman Fred E. Meredith, Vice Chairman John M. Freeze James G. Gouty J. Harold Holmes Jorge A. Lagueruela

T. Reynolds Lisk Jr. Curt J. Lorimer Shirley McAnulty Bonnie R. Renfro Cynthia G. Schroder R. Andrews Sykes

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Information: 336-633-0200 Alumni Relations: 336-633-1118 Public Relations: 336-633-0208

The Randolph Community College Magazine is produced twice a year by Randolph Community College and the RCC Foundation.

Magazine Staff

Felicia Barlow, Managing Editor Cathy Hefferin, Editor Shelley Greene, Associate VP

Contributing Writers Shelley Greene Kelly Heath Lorie McCroskey Joyce Wolford

Design & Production

Kris Julian, Magazine Art Director

Photography by

Felicia Barlow Cathy Hefferin Kris Julian Guest photographer credits provided in articles.


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Each issue of our magazine gives me an opportunity to reflect on all the wonderful things happening on our campuses for our students and the citizens of Randolph County. The articles in this issue once again feature our students and their stories, and the impact that your community college has on those students, many of whom are your family, friends, and neighbors. We remain proud every single day of that impact and are always striving to do more and do it better. While we have expanded programs, we have continued to improve our facilities so we can serve more students and so they will have an environment in which to learn and grow that is up-to-date and functional. Following are just a few examples of why we invest in our facilities: •

With the opening of our new Cosmetology Center in August, we have yet another example of the renovation of an old building that has been repurposed to allow us to put more graduates into jobs. As with any program the College starts, the goal is to provide quality educational opportunities for students that serve Randolph County and the region. Our Cosmetology program began in November 2009 with 18 students in the inaugural class. Our new facility can accommodate up to 44 students with styling stations and three classrooms, significantly increasing the number of students we can serve.

Photo by Molly Mathis


When we renovated the old, vacant Klaussner facility to become the Continuing Education and Industrial Center, we were able to accommodate more students in Computer-Integrated Machining and add programs such as Mechatronics.

The expansion of a very small body shop into the more spacious and up-to-date Richard Petty Education Center also allowed us to serve many more students in those programs, using the latest technology.

Our sole purpose in facility investment is to help navigate students from where they are toward their future in the best environment possible. As Dallas Herring, the father of North Carolina’s community college system, used to say, “Our job is to meet students where they are and take them as far as they can possibly go.” Up-to-date facilities, new programs, and great faculty and staff are key components in taking them as far as they can go — to have a career where they can be successful and live in the wonderful communities we have right here in Randolph County.



New Digs for New ‘Do’s By Cathy Hefferin Around 100 excited onlookers — community members, local dignitaries, RCC officials, faculty, staff and students – gathered at the official ribbon cutting of Randolph Community College’s new Cosmetology Center on the Asheboro Campus on Sept. 15. (continued next page)


RCC President Robert S. Shackleford welcomed the crowd and talked about how the College identified the need for the Cosmetology program in Randolph County several years ago. “There were only 11 community colleges in the state out of 58 that didn’t have cosmetology programs,” he said, “yet Randolph County had numerous salons.” He noted that cosmetology jobs would not move to Mexico and are pretty inflation proof. “Everyone has to get their hair done,” he said to laughter from the crowd. “The purpose is to train people to work in Randolph County,” he concluded. “We’re glad these students didn’t have to leave the county to get training,” pointing to more than 20 Cosmetology students who stood to one side of the twostory glass entrance/lobby dressed in their black training uniforms. 6|COVER STORY

Since 2009, the Cosmetology program had been located in a rented facility in Hillside Shopping Center, but the program quickly outgrew the space. Cosmetology Program Head Robin Coble thanked the crowd for the opportunity for her students to become a bigger part of the campus community and take advantage of the resources offered on the Asheboro Campus. “The space is unbelievable,” she said, relating that a client had commented that it “was just as nice as any salon she had been to in New York City.” “We nailed it,” Coble said, cutting the ribbon a few minutes later joined by Suzanne Rohrbaugh, RCC vice president for instructional services; Jake White, project manager with

Garanco Inc. General Contractor; Dean Sexton, president of the RCC Foundation; Perry Wallace, RCC facilities project manager; Dr. Robert S. Shackleford, RCC president; Mac Sherrill, chair of the RCC Board of Trustees; Robert Carmac, architect with Smith Sinnett Architecture; and Daffie Garris, RCC vice president for administrative services. Like its Continuing Education and Industrial Center neighbor, the 10,865-square-foot facility at 503 Industrial Park Avenue has been transformed from an old factory/ warehouse building into a dynamic, beautiful learning environment. The building is the old Bost Neckwear Company production facility. (continued page 8)

At the ribbon cutting, from left to right, are Suzanne Rohrbaugh, RCC vice president for instructional services; Jake White, project manager with Garanco Inc. General Contractor; Dean Sexton, president of the RCC Foundation; Perry Wallace, RCC facilities project manager; Dr. Robert S. Shackleford, RCC president; Robin Coble, department head for Cosmetology; Mac Sherrill, chair of the RCC Board of Trustees; Robert Carmac, architect with Smith Sinnett Architecture; and Daffie Garris, RCC vice president for administrative services.

Photo by Sydney Bartholow

Cosmetology students socializing during the Open House. Bottom photo is of the shampoo area, which accommodates 10 clients.

A HISTORY OF RCC COSMETOLOGY Eighteen students began studying in RCC’s new Cosmetology program in the fall of 2009. The program offered the option of a certificate, diploma or degree. The College held an Open House at the Cosmetology Center on Nov. 5, the day the students began taking walk-in clients at the salon, which was located in a rented facility at Hillside Shopping Center. The first seven students graduated from RCC’s Cosmetology program on July 29, 2010. Six of the seven had already secured jobs. These first seven graduates finished the 1,200 contact hours (34 semester hours of credit) necessary to obtain their Cosmetology certificate, which made them eligible to sit for the State Board of Cosmetic Arts exam and obtain an apprentice license. Other students in the first class opted to continue their studies to obtain their diploma, 1,500 contact hours (44 semester hours), or their associate degree (70 semester hours). Graduates with diplomas can obtain their full license once they pass the state exam, with no apprenticeship required. Associate degree graduates are eligible to go on to advanced studies or teach. In the fall of 2012, RCC added certificate programs in Manicuring/Nail Technology and Cosmetology Instructor.


The new facility includes 44 student styling stations, 10 shampoo stations, 16 hair dryers, separate facial and waxing rooms, a manicure/pedicure area featuring massaging pedicure chairs, and three classrooms. From the larger, modern waiting area to the expanded practice lab with its own dedicated shampoo bowls and dryers to the upgraded utility area that houses an industrial gas towel dryer and a looped hot water system that can pump 291 gallons an hour, RCC’s Cosmetology students can train for their chosen profession in an inviting, upscale atmosphere. The students also have a roomy breakroom with individual lockers and Wi-Fi availability. The peacock-themed color scheme was chosen from a variety of student-submitted design ideas, according to Cindi Goodwin, director of facilities operations for RCC. (continued page 10) 8|COVER STORY

Photo by Sydney Bartholow

RCC’s Cosmetology students are thrilled with the new facility, which includes 44 student styling stations and a spacious waiting room.

Separate facial (above) and waxing rooms are available in the new Cosmetology Center. The pedicure stations feature massaging pedicure chairs.

Photo by Sydney Bartholow


The color scheme is carried throughout including stained concrete floors with a Mica-Flex decorative floor coating of blended mica flakes topped with a durable epoxy. Coble said she currently has a total of 38 students in the three programs offered: Cosmetology, Manicuring/ Nail Technology, and Cosmetology Instructor. The Cosmetology program offers an associate in applied science degree, diploma, and certificate with both fall and spring admissions available. The $1,850,000 facility was funded by the Randolph County Âź-cent sales tax referendum. Smith Sinnett Architecture of Raleigh was the architect, and Garanco Inc., based out of Pilot Mountain, was the general contractor. A complete list of services offered, hours of availability, and prices for both Cosmetology and Nail Technology are available at


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Solving a Pachyderm Problem at the N.C. Zoo SERIOUSLY AWESOME | 11

Welding Students’ Feeders Make Digestion Woes ‘Irrelephant’ By Cathy Hefferin


Randolph Community College Welding Technology students have twice come to the rescue of the elephants at the North Carolina Zoo. Well maybe it’s not as dramatic as that, but the students jumped at the chance to help the Zoo’s elephants fight some bad cases of indigestion and boredom. Eight Randolph Community College Welding Technology students delivered three new elephant feeders to the North Carolina Zoo this summer, the second time students in RCC’s program have helped the Zoo with this unique project. The idea for the elephant feeders came about in 2013 when zoo personnel approached RCC’s Welding instructor about fabricating something that would keep the hay off the ground. When elephants consume hay from the ground, they also consume a good bit of sand, which causes sand colic.

The students came up with the initial design, presented it to the zookeepers, made refinements based on feedback, and delivered a prototype in March 2013. The feeder worked so well, the students eventually fabricated six more feeders and delivered them to the Zoo that July. Fast forward to 2016 when zookeepers saw the need for additional feeders. Some modifications were made, such as additional openings to let multiple elephants eat from the same feeder. “It creates a more complex habitat giving the elephants a chance to problemsolve,” said zookeeper Erin Ivory. “It makes them happier and healthier.” RCC’s Welding students again took on the project, which instructor Allan Bechel said helps them learn how to fabricate and repair welds, among other skills. The additional three feeders were delivered on July 19.

RCC Welding Technology students delivered new elephant feeders to the N.C. Zoo, helped to mount one of the feeders, and watched the elephants try it out. They were given the opportunity to hike up to the rear of the public elephant viewing area and pose with the zookeepers in front of a couple of the elephants who will benefit from the new feeders.

The bracketed metal crates can be mounted low or high on the outside of the enclosure, and they can be moved around as many times as needed. The multiple openings in the crate promote social interaction. In addition, a round hollow ball with openings is mounted on an inner pole and is sometimes filled with elephant treats like sweet feed and monkey biscuits to give the elephants a challenge. It also extends the foraging time, which is a natural behavior. The 2016 Welding class had the chance to mount one of the feeders on the elephant enclosure and then watched while zookeeper Michael Violette filled it with hay and sweet treats and brought out two female elephants, Nekhanda and Rafiki, to feed. The elephants quickly located the feed, while warily watching the students watch them, and smelling the spots where the students had recently stood. “Their sense of smell and hearing is very good,” said Ivory. She explained that these are African elephants, which are bold and very expressive, as opposed to Asian elephants, who don’t like to draw attention. The feeders have been so successful, Bechel said, that he’s gotten email inquiries about the design from other zoos, one all the way from Israel. Students participating in the project this summer included Zane Hughes of Jamestown; Alvin Haney of High Point; Derek Brower of Ramseur; Jonathan Bautista of Liberty; Kaitlin Smith of Trinity; Jacob Akines of Sophia; Kyle Hollingsworth of Sophia; and German Garcia of Asheboro. SERIOUSLY AWESOME | 13



RCC Nursing Students: On a Mission By Felicia Barlow It’s easy for us to get caught up in the day-to-day of life and to take things for granted. We’re human. But sometimes, there’s a defining moment that really puts life in perspective. For many senior Nursing students, that moment came when they visited the Victory Junction Gang Camp. This camp is dedicated to enriching “…the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camp experiences…at no cost to the camper or their family.” It is spread out over 84 acres in Randleman and serves children from all across the world. RCC Nursing instructor Catherine Coggins says, “It’s a little piece of heaven in the hidden places of Randolph County…and it grabs your attention as soon as you drive on the property.” In the spring of 2016, two groups of dedicated Nursing students, along with Coggins and the head of the Nursing department, Terri Rich, volunteered at the camp — an experience the students call “very humbling.” They were able to interact with these special campers over the course of two separate weekends at Victory Junction. Coggins says the Nursing students “jumped right into the excitement and enjoyment of the full experience working with the kids and their family members.” One student, Amanda Hilliard-Ziemba, says she didn’t realize just how much she would get out of this interaction. She says it helped her let go “of preconceived notions about childhood and limitations…and of fears and doubts.” The campers are children who have serious illnesses or debilitating conditions. Their stay at Victory Junction gives them a sense of normalcy, even if it is only temporary.

The Nursing students who took part in this inaugural outreach program say meeting these kids was a true blessing. Hilliard-Ziemba says the kids are amazing because they “do not let physical limitations define them... they live as if they have no limitations while they are at Victory Junction.” Coggins adds that watching them “sing, dance, assist, and connect with the kids was such a sweet encounter.” Rich says it was a powerful experience that also made an impression on her husband. He’s now volunteering at Victory Junction as well. Hilliard-Ziemba says one thing she had not thought about prior to her visit was just how much parents benefit as well. She says it gives the parents an opportunity “to see their children happy, truly happy…they get to take a breath from being a caregiver and enjoy being a parent…they get to witness how this one camp changes their children’s lives forever.” After their visit, the Nursing students and faculty held a special appreciation event to thank camp representatives for helping make the outreach a reality. There, the students spoke about their experience at Victory Junction and presented gifts of much-needed camp items. Attending the event was Mark Schumacher, the chief development officer for Victory Junction. For him, it’s much more than just a job. His son is a cancer survivor, and his wife is a nurse. Schumacher had wise words for the Nursing students. He commended them on this great achievement but reminded them that “learning doesn’t stop here.” Hilliard-Ziemba says she just can’t stress enough how this experience positively affected not only her, but everyone involved. “Every single student walked away from this experience excited to help, excited to learn more, and eager to find new ways we can help our community.”


Honoring the AWESOME Machining Magician Garret Parker’s Laser Focus on Student Success Randolph Community College honored Garret B. Parker as its 2016 Excellence in Teaching award winner during its Spring Convocation held Jan. 8 in the R. Alton Cox Learning Resources Center auditorium. Parker is a conscientious instructor who spends time getting to know his students. He is a shining example of an instructor who focuses on students’ successful development as whole persons. Students report that Parker is patient, involved and always ready to help. He gets to know students as people, and he helps them think about their future careers on an individual level. Parker has been instrumental in implementing the necessary requirements for RCC’s program to become NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills) certified. He introduced a new software called “Immerse2Learn,” designed by Immersive Engineering, to enhance class and lab activities. Parker maintains close relationships with companies in the area to stay attuned to the most current machining technology. He utilizes suggestions from his advisory board to keep the curriculum updated. He also uses peer instruction, discussion groups, and collaborative problem solving to facilitate active learning. He also has worked very closely with other RCC personnel to procure grants for the program including more than $1,675,000 for equipment, supplies and scholarships from the Golden LEAF Foundation, the Timken Foundation, the Gene Haas Foundation, and the Duke Energy Foundation. Parker earned his Associate in Applied Science degree in Machining Technology from RCC in spring 1999 and joined RCC as a full-time instructor in fall 2000. He was named department head for the Computer-Integrated Machining program in 2011. Parker has been president of the Association of Instructors of Machine Shops of North Carolina for the past four years. He is also a community college representative for HAAS Technical Education Council (HTEC). 16|SERIOUSLY AWESOME

Photo by Tyler Brock

RCC’s 2016 faculty and staff winners were announced in fall 2015, as these winners become RCC’s nominees for statewide awards due in October. The recipients were surprised during their daily routines with a visit from RCC’s Senior Leadership Team and presented with flowers, balloons, and an oversized award certificate. The formal recognition is done during the Spring Convocation when all faculty and staff members are present.

Money on Her Mind Joyce Wolford Boosts Bottom Line Joyce B. Wolford was honored as the 2016 Staff Person of the Year during RCC’s Spring Convocation. Wolford’s commitment to RCC and the community college system has been evident since she first enrolled at RCC as a business administration student in the 1980s. As a student, she worked part time in the admissions office and decided she wanted to work full time at RCC in the future.

Wolford is an RCC graduate (Business Administration) who went on to Greensboro College to earn her bachelor’s degree. She started working at RCC in 1985 in the Public Affairs/Affirmative Action office, eventually moving to the Development office in 2003 before being promoted to director of foundation operations and executive director of the RCC Foundation. She has excelled in this position, managing the very successful Foundation Ambassador program for many years, developing and running internal fundraising campaigns each fall that have been more and more profitable, and was an integral part of the team that brought Dancing with the Randolph Stars and its phenomenal fundraising ability to RCC. Under Wolford’s leadership, Foundation assets have grown from $6.7 million at the end of 2002 to nearly $10 million. More importantly, contributions to the RCC Foundation rose from just under $94,000 in 20032004 to over $326,800 in 2014-2015, and scholarship awards for curriculum and continuing education students jumped from approximately $52,000 in 2003-2004 to over $322,600 in 2014-2015. Wolford has been an active member of the North Carolina Council of Resource Development (CORD) for many years. She graduated from the Asheboro/ Randolph Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Randolph program, the Archdale Chamber of Commerce’s Discover Archdale leadership program, and was a member of the 5th Randolph Community College President’s Educational Leadership Academy in fall 2012.

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Making College a Family Affair By Lorie McCroskey Imagine walking through the halls with friends in your first year of college and running into your dad or your younger sister. That is not just a weird dream for one Randolph Community College freshman. Zoe McDowell is a firstyear Nursing student from Trinity. Her dad, JJ McDowell, is in his third semester as a Business Administration major, and Kaylee Snellen, her younger sister, is a sophomore at Randolph Early College High School. Zoe says it’s not that unusual to walk around a corner and bump into her dad. “My friends always say, ‘Your dad goes here?’” Zoe says. Zoe’s friends will sometimes even talk to him. Sister Kaylee says that it’s not all that bad having her dad here on campus, but it can be a little awkward. “I mean, I am in high school, and my dad’s right here,” Kaylee said. “But if I forget my lunch, he will buy me something to eat.” JJ came back to school after being in the workforce for more than 26 years. He says he wishes he would have taken advantage of an education a little earlier in his life. “I wish I would have known some of the things that I have learned here during my career,” JJ says. “I would have been much more successful.” JJ started his journey at RCC in January of 2016. Kaylee was already a student at the Early College. “I had to help dad in his first semester, (because) he was taking a class that I had already taken,” Kaylee said. Zoe started during the fall 2016 semester after graduating from Wheatmore High School last spring. “It makes more sense to come here,” Zoe said. “I can get some classes out of the way and then transfer to a four-year university later. It is much more relaxed.” The trio spends a lot of time together discussing classes and instructors. Sometimes they even work together on their homework. “Zoe is more advanced in math than me,” said JJ as the three talked about their classes. There is still one sister at home, 9-year-old Anika McDowell. When asked about Anika’s plans for the future, Kaylee said, “She’s coming here.”

Photo by Sydney Bartholow




Each summer, RCC photography students in the Small Format Photography class have descended on area baseball and softball diamonds photographing local teams. The assignment, “Baseball,� has multiple parts, including game action images, the pitcher with the ball just off the fingers, and an Americana image. The assignment teaches students to photograph unpredictable and fast-paced action using long focal length lenses. They practice skills from other classes and lessons as they constantly have to make exposure adjustments and place themselves in the best position depending on the game situation. A big thank you to the Asheboro Copperheads for allowing our RCC students to photograph games for years!

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PARADE of PRESIDENTS New Community College System President Introduced



One of the things that really stood out for both the Search Committee and the Board was (Dr. Williamson’s) ~State Board Chair Scott Shook business experience.


On August 11, Dr. James C. “Jimmie” Williamson, the new president of the North Carolina Community College System, visited the campus of Randolph Community College for the first time as part of a regional visit. Several regional meetings were held across the state over a three-month period to allow Dr. Williamson and State Board members the opportunity to meet with presidents and board chairs and to give Dr. Williamson a short but powerful overview of the opportunities and issues within the System. RCC hosted one of these meetings and welcomed presidents and board chairs from Alamance, Davidson, Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Rockingham, Surry, RowanCabarrus and Sandhills community colleges, as well as two members

of the State Board of Community Colleges and staff from the office of the North Carolina Community College System. Dr. Williamson received a special tour of campus with RCC President Dr. Robert S. Shackleford and visited several areas on the main campus, including the Richard Petty Education Center, Photography, the new Cosmetology Center, and the Continuing Education and Industrial Center. Before assuming the role at NCCCS, Dr. Williamson served two years as president and CEO of the South Carolina Technical College System after rising through roles from registrar to dean to two college presidencies and then to system president.


Dr. James C. “Jimmie” Williamson became the eighth president of the North Carolina Community College System on July 1, 2016. Before assuming the role at NCCCS, he served two years as president and CEO of the South Carolina Technical College System, where the highlights of his tenure included working with South Carolina university partners to smooth transfer pathways, chairing a special Senate proviso committee to develop a comprehensive workforce development strategy to help close the skills gap, and working with companies such as Volvo, Michelin, Continental, BMW and more on industry-specific worker training. Additionally, he has been at the helm of South Carolina’s nationally recognized apprenticeship program and was named State Employee of The Year by the South Carolina Association of Regional Councils in 2015. Dr. Williamson holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Winthrop University, as well as a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina. A long-time Rotarian, Dr. Williamson served as District Governor of Rotary District 7770 in 2014-15. His community involvement includes having served as board member of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and as a member of various economic development boards. He formerly served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Chesterfield County School Board and the Winthrop University Board of Trustees. Additionally, he was named “Citizen of the Year” from the Williamsburg Hometown Chamber of Commerce.

RCC President Robert S. Shackleford (right) shows Dr. Williamson (left) and other visitors through the Richard Petty Education Center.

Don Ashley (left), Automotive Systems Technology department head, watches as Dr. Williamson takes a photo of Richard Petty memorabilia in the Richard Petty Education Center.

~ reprinted from the NCCCS website, about-us/north-carolina-communitycollege-president


Distinguishing Features Rick Powell & PEMMCO Manufacturing 2015 Distinguished Service Award Rick Powell and PEMMCO Manufacturing were honored by the Randolph Community College Board of Trustees on July 16, 2015, with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award. Rick Powell, president of the Asheboro-based manufacturer of precision machine parts, accepted the award.

Sherrill also mentioned that PEMMCO has made numerous contributions to the RCC Foundation, and Powell appeared in a video supporting the College’s 201415 capital budget request to the Randolph County Commissioners. They have also provided numerous support letters for grant applications.

RCC Board of Trustees Chair Mac Sherrill said, “PEMMCO has been a model partner with us as we continue to create opportunities and changes lives for our students.”

In accepting the award, Powell said, “It is truly a partnership that we have with RCC.” He introduced a couple of PEMMCO employees who are RCC graduates. “Not only are we getting students (from RCC), but these are key people in our organization,” he said.

“Over the years, PEMMCO has hired a number of our graduates and continually provides feedback on the performance of those graduates so that we can improve our programs,” said Sherrill. “They are always willing to give tours of their facility when our students need them as part of their course of study, and several of their employees serve on our ComputerIntegrated Machining advisory committee.”

Photo by Molly Mathis


Dr. Alan Luria, a retired Trustee and former member of the RCC Foundation Board of Directors, was honored by the Randolph Community College Board of Trustees on July 21 with the 2016 Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Luria served on the RCC Board of Trustees from July 1999 until June 2014. RCC Board of Trustees Chair Mac Sherrill said that during Dr. Luria’s time on the Board, “He never hesitated to advocate for Randolph Community College.” He noted that Dr. Luria was also instrumental in founding RCC’s Student Leadership Academy, which was renamed for him and Dr. Stuart Fountain, the other founding donor. “We are honored to recognize his passion for students and our community college,” said Sherrill. In accepting the award, Dr. Luria said he would like to be remembered for two things: first, as an advocate for the College’s vocational programs and nontraditional students. “I think those programs are at the heart and soul of what we do,” he noted.

Dr. Alan Luria 2016 Distinguished Service Award

He also wished to be remembered for his love for the RCC Foundation. Dr. Luria said an RCC administrator once told him that the money the state appropriates for the community college is only meant to provide adequate services. “To be excellent, a faculty or staff member has to do something beyond what their job calls for, or the Foundation provides a margin of excellence for the students,” he said. “Usually both of those things happen.” EPIC NEWS | 29





Stovall Named to State Board of Community Colleges


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RCC student Kirsten Faith Stovall of Liberty is serving as the student representative on the State Board of Community Colleges for the 2016-17 academic year by virtue of her role as president of the North Carolina Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association (N4CSGA). She will serve on the State Board’s Programs Committee. The N4CSGA is made of up of the Student Government Associations of all 58 community colleges in North Carolina and works to represent the interests of students across the system. Stovall also serves as the vice president of RCC’s local Student Government Association. “I have had the great pleasure of getting to know Kirsten as a Presidential Scholar, and I know how hard she has worked in all of her endeavors with us since coming to RCC in 2015,” said Dr. Robert S. Shackleford, RCC president. “She represents the very best of what our students in community colleges are all about, and I know she will be a tremendous asset to the State Board and will also continue to be a special voice here at RCC in her role as vice president for our Student Government Association.” Stovall was one of five RCC Foundation 2015 Presidential Scholars and enrolled at RCC in the fall of 2015 on a two-year scholarship. She is pursuing an Associate in Arts (College Transfer) degree with the intent of going into business or accounting.

Shane Bryson, RCC’s student activities coordinator, said, “Having served as the advisor for N4CSGA from 2013-2015, I can attest that Ms. Stovall’s position as president and an ex-officio member of the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges is a very important role. She will be representing all community college students in the state of North Carolina at each of the State Board’s meetings and at the N4CSGA state and regional conferences. It is an extremely high honor to have a student from Randolph Community College in that position.” Stovall was inducted into RCC’s Beta Theta Rho chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in April 2016. A graduate of Providence Grove High School, Stovall was a member of the Beta Club and the Tri-M Music Honors Society at PGHS. “I am very excited to be the new N4CSGA president,” said Stovall, “and it is truly an honor to be a member of the State Board of Community Colleges. After my first State Board meeting, I realized that each State Board member brings something different to the Board, and there is so much I can learn from them. I am eager to learn as much as I can…and report what I have learned back to the community college students. I am very thankful for this opportunity, and I am glad I get to be the voice and advocate for so many students across North Carolina.”


An Image of Success Academic Excellence Award Goes to Santiago Ponce Santiago Avila Ponce of Asheboro, a Radiography student, was honored as Randolph Community College’s 2016 Academic Excellence Award winner on April 14 by Dr. Robert S. Shackleford, RCC president, who presented Ponce with a medallion and plaque. Ponce is one of 58 students from each community college in North 32| EPIC NEWS

Carolina who were recognized in April for academic excellence. AEA selection requirements are consistent with Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society criteria. Students must be currently enrolled, must have completed at least 12 semester hours in an associate degree program, and must have a cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.25. A committee at RCC selected the final recipient based on faculty recommendations.

“He is truly an exceptional student,” says one of his instructors, “He is incredibly professional and very poised.”

According to his nomination, Ponce’s success goes beyond his grade point average, which is excellent. His instructors say it regularly shows up in the classroom and at clinical sites.

Ponce comes from a close-knit family of six. His father, mother, two older sisters and younger brother are very important to him. His family is the reason he strives to be successful.

Another instructor described Ponce, who graduated from Southwestern Randolph High School, as “a very gifted student” whose insight was displayed in his critical thinking and writing skills. “His abilities set him apart from the rest of the class.”

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Vice President for Instructional Services “I’m trying to make sure I’m supportive…giving back to my family,” he said. “My family helped me get here.” He chose RCC because it was close and “it was the best financial option for me as well.” He chose Radiography “because I know that I’m actually helping someone.” He likes the detail of making the radiographic images, checking the markers and making sure he has a quality image. He also enjoys clinical rotations. “It gives you the real life aspect,” he said.

Suzanne Y. Rohrbaugh joined Randolph Community College in July 2016 as vice president for instructional services. In this position, Rohrbaugh serves as RCC’s chief academic officer and provides leadership for and oversight of the development, management, assessment, and quality improvement of the College’s curriculum instructional programs and services including certificate, diploma, and degree credit programs; developmental education; distance learning; and learning resources/library. Rohrbaugh was most recently vice president for academic affairs at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth, where she had been for

two years. Before that, she worked at Davidson County Community College for 17 1/2 years and at the College of The Albemarle for three years. She is past president of the North Carolina Community College Adult Educators Association, a member of the NCCCS Workforce Development Leadership Committee, and an Advisory Board Member for Reverse Transfer. She won the President’s Award for Excellence at COA in May 2013. A native of Lexington, Rohrbaugh earned a B.S. in Medical Technology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also earned an M.A. in Liberal Studies/Education and Leadership from UNCG.


HAAS in the HOUSE Gene Haas Computer-Integrated Machining Institute By Cathy Hefferin Randolph Community College officially renamed its machining program and lab the Gene Haas ComputerIntegrated Machining Institute on Oct. 7 during a ceremony in the Continuing Education and Industrial Center on the Asheboro Campus. Peter Zierhut, vice president of Haas Automation, was on hand to present a “big check” representing a $1 million gift to RCC, which will be used to expand the machining program, according to Dr. Robert S. Shackleford, RCC president. “What a great occasion,” Shackleford remarked to the crowd of around 70 local officials, machining industry representatives, RCC faculty, staff, and students. “It is raining outside, but man is it sunny in here.”


“Machining is one of the most employable skills in this county,” said Shackleford. “Local manufacturers tell us if we could train double the amount of students we have now, they could hire them. And they are hired at great wages.” Shackleford talked about RCC’s long relationship with Haas Automation, which has deepened through the efforts of Garret Parker, CIM program head at RCC. Shackleford said that 90% of the equipment in the machining lab is Haas equipment purchased through local distributors, and that RCC’s program has been designated a Haas Technical Education Center since 2007. Peter Zierhut said he was happy to present the check on behalf of Haas Automation and its 1300 employees. “I should have come a lot sooner,” he said. “This is one of the most impressive facilities I’ve seen…the best in North Carolina so far.” He presented Dr. Shackleford and Parker with a Gene Haas Foundation plaque machined from aluminum. “Our efforts around education are really second to what you do here,” he said. “Without what you do, there would be no need for us.”

Photo by Molly Mathis

This artist’s rendering (top left) shows how the signs in front of the Continuing Education and Industrial Center will recognize the contributions of the Gene Haas Foundation and JB and Claire Davis. At top right, Peter Zierhut (left), vice president of Haas Automation, presents Dr. Robert S. Shackleford with a Gene Haas Foundation plaque. At right is the signage at the entrance to the machining lab.

Dean Sexton, president of the RCC Foundation, also spoke briefly, thanking the Gene Haas Foundation for the donation. “Your gift will be used to help close the skills gap and the interest gap for machining,” he said. Shackleford unveiled a large free-standing sign that will stay at the front entrance to the machining lab inside the Continuing Education and Industrial Center. He said RCC will also have signage on the outside of the building, the front, both sides and rear entrances, so that “from any direction you approach this building, you will see the Gene Haas Computer-Integrated Machining Institute.” EPIC NEWS | 35

Photo by Sydney Bartholow


Sequilla McLean (far left) and Ivry Cheeks (left) are RCC’s new Career Coaches. They will provide outreach to four county high schools.

Meet our Career Coaches By Felicia Barlow Think back for a moment. What do you remember about high school? It’s often easy for us to forget just how tough that time of life can be. Wouldn’t it have been nice to have a little extra guidance during those four years? Now, some local high school students will have just that, thanks to Randolph Community College’s new “Career Coaches.” Ivry Cheeks and Sequilla McLean split their time between four high schools and RCC. You may ask why do they each only have two high schools? This is just the beginning of a grant-based project that we hope can expand to all local high schools in the near future. For now, Ivry focuses on Southwestern Randolph and Asheboro high schools. Sequilla has Trinity and Eastern Randolph high schools. Both Ivry and Sequilla come from an education background. Ivry started teaching nearly 25 years ago and eventually worked her way into school administration. She served as assistant principal and principal. Ivry earned her master’s degree in counseling and will finish her doctorate in the spring of 2017. Ivry says being a high school Career Coach utilizes her counseling background and also gives her a chance to interact closely with students. As a school administrator, Ivry says, “the only time I had contact with students was for disciplinary concerns.” Now she gets one-on-one interaction and says she really enjoys learning about students’ hopes and dreams. As Career Coaches, Ivry and Sequilla take those hopes and dreams and guide students along a viable path for their future. They are often able to broaden horizons and

If You COACH Them, They Will Come. introduce potential careers that some may have never considered before. Ivry says, “It’s exciting to see so many kids who want more information” and who are eager to get ahead academically. Sequilla says she knew from an early age that she wanted to help people. She started mentoring her peers in middle school and has volunteered at many after-school programs over the years. Sequilla began her professional career in public healthcare education. She says she enjoyed some aspects of that job but something was missing. After earning her master’s degree in business, Sequilla decided to become a lateral entry teacher. She says she truly enjoyed teaching but when she got engaged, she knew she needed to be closer to her fiancé. He works in High Point and Sequilla graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, so coming back to the Piedmont was an exciting prospect. She says initially she searched for classroom jobs but she says it was her Godmother who pushed her to take a closer look at being a Career Coach. Sequilla says she “took a leap of faith…and I love it!” She says it truly is the best of both worlds. She still gets to interact with the children but also gets to be a resource for them. Sequilla says being a Career Coach “has been everything and more!” Sequilla and Ivry say the response from parents and students has been very positive. Right now, the Career Coach program is grant funded and considered temporary. However, the Coaches hope they will become long-term, permanent parts of RCC and helping its students.


Photo by Charlotte de Lรณpez


Jae Campbell (far left) and Pam Wiggins (left) are success coaches at RCC under the First in the World grant program, a Department of Education program focused on helping students stay in school.

Coaching Success: One Student at a Time By Felicia Barlow We’ve all heard the old adage, don’t judge a book by its cover, but in reality, that’s easier said than done. Every day we pass people and we make assumptions about them based simply on the way they look. We’ve all done it, even if we don’t openly admit it. Now, put yourself in the shoes of some of Randolph Community College’s students. Single parents, full-time jobs, no food in the house, and no money for medicine. Oh, and that doesn’t even include all the expectations that come with being a college student. That is reality for our students, and that’s why we are taking intensive, proactive steps to help them succeed, even through all of life’s curveballs. RCC is one of 10 community colleges across North Carolina taking part in the Carolina Works Validation Study. It is part of the Department of Education’s grantbased First in the World program. Study leaders say it “aims to support, develop, test and replicate innovative solutions to address persistence and other challenges affecting student outcomes.” To put it in simpler terms, we’re learning more ways to help our students STAY in school once they start. Pam Wiggins and Jae Campbell are the faces many of these students see

Don’t ASSUME Anything.... every day. They are RCC’s “Success Coaches.” A big part of their job is to talk to these students one-on-one, to get to know them, to learn what they deal with inside and outside of school, and to help them in any way possible. This early intervention can be a true game changer for a student on the verge of dropping out. Pam sums up her job best when she enthusiastically tells her students to “consider me your personal navigator app!” She tells them that whenever they need something, come to her and she’ll find it. Pam has been an educator for years and has a wealth of resources to pull from. Not only has Pam taught in college classrooms, she has also taught people across North Carolina about substance abuse and mental health. She has been part of similar research projects in the past and says she is super excited to have the “opportunity to be part of the change…because this could be the tide turner for future colleges.” Pam says we can all learn something from her students. She says it’s important not to “assume they’re not invested…they just might not have the ability to ask for help.” Things you and I take for granted, like filling out a form or asking a question, are often beyond reach for some students. Pam reiterates, “Don’t assume anything.” Jae agrees and says many students are legitimately terrified to ask their instructor a question. She says they will often take a zero before they will open up a dialogue with someone

of authority. Jae says the one-onone interaction helps build their confidence and communication skills. Jae spent years teaching in the classroom and says she “loved the opportunity to sit down with students” because she could literally see their progress. She says that’s what drew her to this position and what she loves most about being a Success Coach. Her “…only job is to focus on these students” and help them navigate college. Jae says she gets to know her students as people first and that connection makes all the difference. She makes sure her students know they’re not in this alone. She will be there for support throughout the entire journey. Our students are balancing so much. Sometimes, it’s overwhelming and they just don’t know where to turn. Jae says she has “already been able to intervene to help students with situations that may have otherwise been the last straw.” So the next time you walk past someone, don’t assume you know their story. Most of us are fortunate enough to have beds to sleep in and plenty of food to eat. Pam and Jae have already learned that is definitely not the case for many of our students. That’s why this First in the World program is so important. We will be able to learn so much about our students and what they truly deal with on a daily basis. From that, we hope to make the needed changes to help them thrive as healthy, vibrant members of our community. EPIC NEWS | 39

The Future of Food

Aquaponics program in the national spotlight

product aired on FOX stations across the country!

By Felicia Barlow

“The Fascinating Future of Growing Food” showcased RCC’s Aquaponics Lab, as well as faculty, staff and students most familiar with the project. The lab is a working model of a food production system that raises fish and plants together. The head of RCC’s science department, Bryan Marbert, says aquaponics is quickly becoming a staple for food production in many communities worldwide. The integration of aquaculture (fish production) and hydroponics (the soilless growing of plants) into one system allows for production of a multitude of

Thirty years ago, some envisioned the future much like the animated series “The Jetsons” with flying cars, jetpacks, and moving sidewalks. Fast-forward to today. What will things look like in 30 more years? The nationally syndicated show Xploration Earth 2050 investigates that very topic. While researching, the show’s producers came across RCC’s aquaponics program. That brought their crew to our campus, and, in November 2015, the finished 40| EPIC NEWS

fish, fruit and vegetables on a small or large scale year-round. Both components of the system complement each other with the fish waste providing a natural food source for the growing plants and the plants acting as a natural filter for the water the fish live in. In combining both systems, aquaponics capitalizes on the benefits of each organism and eliminates their drawbacks. Chuck Pell is the host of Xploration Earth 2050. He told local FOX affiliate, WGHP, that he was impressed with what’s being done at RCC. He added that “our lives will be depending on what they figure out here…that’s pretty interesting.”

Producer Merv Jones interviewed Kevin Jones, science lab facilitator, (above left) and Bryan Marbert, department head, (above right) for the Xploration Earth 2050 segment. The host, Chuck Pell, was filmed outside the aquaponics lab (right center) for a segment of the show. The cameraman and producer (bottom right) review some of the footage.

Let’s face it, the future is full of unknowns. But it’s comforting to know a viable alternative for growing food exists, and it’s being taught to the next generation right here at RCC. Hulu subscribers can see the episode featuring RCC’s Aquaponics lab anytime. If you are not a Hulu member and want to watch it, the service offers a free trial. EPIC NEWS | 41

July 17, 2015

It’s About Time

RCC Trustees honor Rick Powell, PEMMCO Mfg. with 2015 Distinguished Service Award (see page 28).

The academic year at Randolph Community College is very, very busy. Although it is impossible to capture it all in one Report to the Community, we thought a timeline of events might give you an idea of the many wonderful events and activities that fill the community college students’ school year.


Apr. 9, 2016

Jan. 21, 2016

RCC team competes in high altitude balloon launch (see last issue).

Mar. 30, 2016

Fourteen students complete FountainLuria Student Leadership Academy (see page 47).

Apr. 14, 2016

Santiago Ponce Honored for Academic Excellence at RCC ceremony (see page 32).

May 11, 2016

Dr. Brenda Lopez, a 2009 RCC graduate, former Student Ambassador, and NCCCS Dallas Herring Achievement Award recipient, was guest speaker at the 2016 Curriculum Graduation (watch graduation video at

By the

NUMB3RS 2015-2016 Enrollment/ Financial Aid Stats

May 19, 2016



36% Male


July 15, 2016

RCC unveils JB and Claire Davis Corporate Training Center name (see last issue).

RCC student Kirsten Stovall is sworn in as a member of the State Board of Community Colleges (see page 30).

May 23, 2016

Gene Haas Foundation announced $1 million gift to support RCC’s ComputerIntegrated Machining program (see last issue).

July 21, 2016 – RCC Trustees honor Dr. Alan Luria with 2016 Distinguished Service Award (see page 29).

57% Part Time 43% Full Time

24 %

Jerry Howell Lecture Series features RCC photography graduate Raymond McCrea Jones, who published the photo book “Birth of a Warrior: Ten Weeks in Basic Training.”

Average age of Curriculum (college credit) student


Average age of Continuing Education student

Curriculum completions (2015-2016)



120 AA Degrees 312 AAS Degrees 604 AGE Degrees 19 AS Degrees 130 Diplomas 518 Certificates

Sept. 4, 2015

Sept. 15, 2015

The RCC Foundation sponsored its first #RCCProud Day as part of the Founders Day Celebration.

Nov. 21, 2015

The nationally syndicated television show, “Xploration Earth 2050,” featured a segment on RCC’s aquaponics lab that aired locally on WGHP-TV Fox 8 (see page 40).

July 25, 2016

RCC Foundation holds a Dancing with the Randolph Stars reunion to honor and thank the volunteer dancers for the successful fundraiser, which ran from 2010-2015.

Sept. 16, 2015

RCC student Edward Sapper chosen to receive Stanly Community College ASC/ITC Scholarship.

Jerry Howell Lecture Series features photographer Burk Uzzle, known for his iconic images of the civil rights movement.

Nov. 16, 2015

Sept. 24, 2015

Nov. 18, 2015

Oct. 2, 2015

RCC Foundation votes to change the name of the Pledge Fund to the Robert S. Shackleford Emergency Fund.

RCC becomes the first community college in North Carolina to activate the eTranscripts Ordering Service with the National Student Clearinghouse.

RCC named a partner in $9.2 million grant to pilot student retention program (see page 39).

Timken Foundation awards $25,000 grant to RCC Computer-Integrated Machining program (see page 56).

July 28, 2016

RCC is named one of the Top 10 community colleges in North Carolina by the online education search website,

Aug. 26, 2016

Asheboro City Schools, RCC and Randolph County School System announce second “Pathways to Prosperity” initiative (see page 44).

Aug. 30, 2016 RCC Opens new Cosmetology Center (see page 5). STOP

Curriculum (credit) students enrolled in fall 2015:

Continuing Education students enrolled in fall 2015:

Number of students awarded financial aid:

Curriculum (credit) students enrolled in spring 2016:

Continuing Education students enrolled in spring 2016:

Total financial aid awarded to RCC students:





*unduplicated headcounts



*unduplicated headcounts


Over $6.8 million EPIC NEWS | 43

Photo by Sydney Bartholow

Paths of Most Assistance School Systems Align to Steer Youth to Promising Careers By Kelly Heath Asheboro City Schools, Randolph Community College, and the Randolph County School System recently unveiled a second pathway in their partnership project, Pathways to Prosperity. The three school systems debuted the project in 2015 with four pathways for advanced manufacturing jobs, and this latest initiative focuses on health care jobs.

create a system of career-focused pathways that span the last years of high school and at least one year of postsecondary education or training that leads to an industry-recognized certification or credential.” The project has also connected with Dr, Shackleford’s presidential initiatives for the College for the last three years.

“I think it is one of the most exciting things going on in the county,” said Dr. Robert S. Shackleford, president of RCC. “(The three school systems) are working together in unprecedented ways.”

Dr. Stephen Gainey, superintendent of the Randolph County School System, said the collaboration is for the benefit of the county as a whole and added “public education is not about competition.” In explaining what Pathways to Prosperity means for students, Nancy Cross, career and technical education administrator for the Randolph County School System, said they will push career exploration to a younger age group. Currently these types of courses are taken in high school, and, this year, they will expand to middle schools.

The project is based on a report, “Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century,” released in 2011 by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In the report, school systems are “called to align Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses with area and state labor market demands and

Dr. Terry Worrell, superintendent of Asheboro City Schools, said she was excited about the opportunities. “This lays out a path for students from cradle to careers,” Worrell said. Dr. Julie Pack, director of secondary education for Asheboro City Schools, said that, once the students are exposed to available careers in health care, “we must


have a clear plan of study ready for them.” She said these pathways will include nursing, medical assisting, phlebotomy, radiography, human services, and emergency medical services, adding that the pathways will include workplace learning experiences so the students will learn early whether or not they are suited for a certain career. Linda Brown, president of the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce, who has been acting as a facilitator for the steering committee, pointed out that it is not just the three school systems working together, it is the school leaders having conversations with area businesses, industries and the community about what is needed. She said that the recent Randolph County Strategic Planning process brought up an important point. “Quality of life begins with a job,” she said. “We need a way to introduce our young people to careers…that lead to family-wage jobs here in the community.” For more information on Pathways to Prosperity, go to www.randolph. edu/pathways-to-prosperity.html.

Message from the RCC Foundation Board President The Randolph Community College Foundation’s fundraising efforts during 2015-2016 focused on building relationships with our constituents and did not include a fundraising event. This was a change in direction from the previous six years in which we held Dancing with the Randolph Stars that provided over $620,000 for student scholarships. While this was a leap of faith for the RCC Foundation Board and staff, you made our efforts successful and enabled the Foundation to have its biggest fundraising year ever! During the 2015-2016 annual campaign, $336,617 was raised to support RCC and its students. This includes the establishment of 20 new endowed scholarships and 10 new designated scholarships. In addition to annual campaign gifts, the Foundation also received a $1 million gift from the Gene Haas Foundation to support Computer-Integrated Machining.

Dean Sexton President

More importantly, the Foundation provided over $612,000 to RCC and its students in 2015-2016. Direct support to students totaled nearly $295,000. This consisted of emergency grants for students facing unforeseen financial emergencies that could cause them to drop out of school, as well as scholarships to RCC students in credit and noncredit occupational courses. Program support and grants to RCC totaled over $318,000. This support includes new program start-up, equipment updates, and enhanced opportunities for students.

Dean Sexton

Baxter Hammer Vice President

Daffie Garris Treasurer

Shelley Greene Secretary (nonvoting)

Foundation Board of Directors Elizabeth H. Aldridge Steven E. Eblin Vickie H. Gallimore Daffie H. Garris James G. Gouty Neal Griffin III Dr. J. B. Griffith III Baxter Hammer Ann M. Hoover Curt Lorimer

Waymon Martin Gail H. McDowell Nicki McKenzie Daffie H. Garris Dr. Cynthia G. Schroder H. Dean Sexton Dr. Robert S. Shackleford Jr. F. Mac Sherrill Mini Singh

These are a few highlights from the 2015-2016 school year. More highlights plus donor recognition lists are included in the following pages. The RCC Foundation Board of Directors and I appreciate your support of RCC and its students. You are creating opportunities, changing lives, and meeting needs!


H. Dean Sexton President, RCC Foundation

Foundation Staff Shelley W. Greene Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement 336-633-0174

Lorie M. McCroskey Director of Development 336-633-1118

Joyce B. Wolford Executive Director, RCC Foundation 336-633-0295 • •


Memorial Scholarship Fulfills Katelyn’s Aspiration By Joyce Wolford Katelyn Mary Lynch was a hard-working 18-year-old when her life was tragically cut short on June 14, 2012. She had recently completed the Certified Nursing Assistant program at Randolph Community College. Having passed the CNA exam, she was set to enter RCC’s Associate Degree Nursing program later that summer. Before the semester began, she lost her life in a one-car accident. In addition to being a student, Katelyn worked at both Main Street Steakhouse in Randleman and Bath and Body Works in Asheboro. Through her Main Street Steakhouse job, she met RCC President Dr. Robert S. Shackleford. He was influential in her decision to pursue a nursing degree. Katelyn’s family says after many conversations with Dr. Shackleford, she came home from work one night with the announcement she was going to RCC and become a nurse. Although Katelyn wasn’t able to fulfill her dream, she was posthumously awarded an honorary degree from RCC in 2014. The manager at Bath and Body Works informed Katelyn’s parents that on the day she passed away, she filled four bags with merchandise and put them in the storage room to purchase the next day when she got paid. Her manager asked what she planned to do with all the products, and she replied she was giving them to others. It was her spirit of giving and helping others that led the Lynches to start the Katelyn Mary Lynch Memorial Nursing Scholarship with the RCC Foundation. Her mom, Malinda Lynch, said, “She was an extremely generous person with a heart of gold. Katelyn was always helping people, so we knew that starting a scholarship in her memory would be the way to carry on her legacy of helping others.” For three years, the Lynches held a motorcycle ride, that also included an auction and band performances, to raise money for the scholarship fund. The first event was held in September 2012, only three months after Katelyn’s death. Katelyn’s parents, friends and other family also have made contributions over the years, and the scholarship was fully endowed in December 2015. This fall, the first recipient of the newly endowed Katelyn Mary Lynch Memorial Nursing Scholarship was selected. It was awarded to Casey Woodruff, a second-year Associate Degree Nursing student at RCC. An award will be made from the scholarship fund each year in perpetuity as a memorial to Katelyn.


The Spirit of Giving

Follow the Leader Fourteen Students Complete 9th FountainLuria Student Leadership Academy Fourteen students graduated from the Fountain-Luria Student Leadership Academy at Randolph Community College on March 29. The students were chosen for the Academy based on a competitive process that considered leadership experience, leadership potential, and a letter of reference from a faculty member. Randolph County Sheriff Robert Graves, former director of safety and emergency preparedness for RCC, was the keynote speaker. Sheriff Graves talked to the graduates about the traits of a good leader. The Student Leadership Academy has been sponsored since its inception by Dr. Stuart B. Fountain, a former member of the State Board of Community Colleges, and Dr. Alan S. Luria, a former member of RCC’s

Board of Trustees. This is the ninth year of the Academy. Participants in this year’s Student Leadership Academy attended evening sessions throughout the school year with guest speakers focusing on different leadership topics. Each student created a personal portfolio, which was reviewed by a local human resource professional. The participants were also involved in a leadership project, in which they were charged with finding a need in the community and meeting that need. The graduates of the 2015-2016 Fountain-Luria Student Leadership Academy, their majors, and hometowns are as follows: David Arellano, RECHS junior,

Associate in Arts (College Transfer), Asheboro

Lily Burgess, Associate in Arts (College Transfer), Climax

Christopher Clark, Associate in Arts

Nicholas Everage, RECHS senior,

Associate in Arts (College Transfer), Staley

Carlos Mancilla-Garcia,

Criminal Justice Technology, Asheboro

Jahmina Ollison, RECHS junior, Associate in Arts (College Transfer), Asheboro

Jake Parrish, Associate in Arts (College Transfer), Asheboro

Seth Parrish, RECHS senior, Associate in Arts (College Transfer), Asheboro

Sean Ponder, RECHS senior, Associate in Arts (College Transfer), Franklinville

Michael Ratliff, Computer Information Technology/Networking Technology, Asheboro

Cinthia Salinas-Pavon, Associate in Arts (College Transfer), Asheboro

Allison Storm, RECHS junior, Associate in Arts (College Transfer), Sophia

Polly Van Ausdall, Associate in Arts (College Transfer), Archdale

Teresa Zheng, RECHS junior, Associate in Arts (College Transfer), Randleman.

(College Transfer), Asheboro


Your Mark with e k a M The Pokémon Go craze is not just all fun and games at the Randolph Community College Foundation. TM

By Shelley Greene


The JB Davis Bell & Clock Tower is a PokéStop for gamers, and the Foundation has made this location a place for Pokémon players to “Pay It Forward.” A Poké Ball sits under the clock tower serving as a collection site, giving Pokémon players the ability to make a donation to the RCC Foundation’s Changing Lives Scholarship.

Photo by Sydney Bartholow

On the Leading Edge High School Leadership Academy Draws Record Numbers Thirty-one area high school students took part in the third annual Randolph Community College High School Leadership Academy, sponsored by the RCC Foundation, on June 14 on RCC’s Asheboro Campus.

This fund helps students who have financial need but do not qualify for traditional financial aid. There are many reasons students find themselves in this situation, but mostly it is because their family’s income is a little too high to qualify for a Pell grant yet not high enough to realistically afford all the costs associated with college. These students would be unable to obtain a college education without scholarship assistance.

The leadership development program for rising ninth graders, which is modeled after RCC’s college-level Student Leadership Academy, focused on topics such as the definition of leadership, team building, personality types and leadership styles, networking/public speaking, and situational leadership, according to Lorie McCroskey, RCC’s director of development. Participating students and their high schools were the following: Asheboro High School Payton Buttrey, Sarah Lynn Ficquette, Jonah Hydzik, Gabriel Ruiz, Georgia Shipley, Olivia Tyler.

Eastern Randolph High School Haven Berbaum, Ellen Lane Moore, Carter Ray Moore. Providence Grove High School Cela Watson. Randleman High School Alyssa Canter, Iris Espinoza, Alondra Martinez-Ocampo, Francis Nicole Molina-Piña, Raven Sizemore, Matthew Taylor. Randolph Early College High School Aeman Alazzam, Emily Castro, Ashley Mangum, Jessica Vega Escutia. Southwestern Randolph High School Jacob Jones, Daniel McNeill, Brooke Parks, Ashlyn Trotter. Trinity High School Jack McCroskey, Rylee Schofield. Uwharrie Charter Academy Katie Allen, Emma Fowler, Ashley Garren, Taylor Ledbetter. Wheatmore High School Jacob Clodfelter.


ANNUAL GIVING HONOR R O L L The RCC Foundation would like to express appreciation to the following investors who generously supported Randolph Community College and our students with cash gifts from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.

Benefactor ($10,000+)

Gene Haas Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Gene Holder Lillian & Tom Jordan Gail & Tony D. McDowell Petty’s Garage RCC Campus Store The Timken Foundation of Canton

Leader ($5,000 - $9,999) Duke Energy Foundation Alan & Jacqueline Luria Petty Family Foundation Dean Wolfe

President’s Club Honor Council ($2,500 - $4,999) Chick-fil-A Falling Oak Timber Bill & Ann Hoover Klaussner Home Furnishings Dahlia Oldham Jute M. Ramsay RE/MAX Central Realty Sandy Reid Dr. & Mrs. Robert S. Shackleford Jr.

President’s Club ($1,000 - $2,499)

Acme-McCrary & Sapona Foundation Advisors Financial Center Elizabeth H. Aldridge Asheboro Fire & Security Richard & Mary Balog Jacquelyn Church Betts Heather Clark


I graduated from East Montgomery High School as the valedictorian. I was accepted to many different universities but they were very expensive, which meant exorbitant student loans. I decided to come here [RCC] because it is more affordable, and this scholarship will help me finance my goal.


~ Nathan Litts,

Associate in Science (College Transfer)

Photo by Charlotte de López


Delta Delta Chapter No. 6036 Steve & Rhonda Eblin Dr. & Mrs. Stuart B. Fountain Daffie & Tim Garris Mr. & Mrs. James Gouty Robert & Donna Graves Shelley & Kyle Greene Frankie Ingold Dr. J.W. & Kathy Kelley Elbert & Rose Lassiter Lumina Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Lynch Waymon & Louise Martin Lorie & Bobby McCroskey Fred & Diane Meredith Dr. Suzanne Sampson Dr. Cynthia G. Schroder Mr. & Mrs. Dean Sexton Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Smith Trinity Furniture Inc. Ethel Winters

Dean’s Club ($500 - $999) Burge Flower Shop Commonwealth Hosiery Mills Ann Covington Mr. & Mrs. John M. Freeze Jimmy & Pam Hill Mr. & Mrs. Harold Holmes Insurance Associates of the Triad Tom Jones Dr. Larry K. Linker Lowe’s Buchan Club Mr. & Mrs. Allen Luther McKenzie Properties & Investments Elizabeth Provancha Randolph Hospital Volunteers


This scholarship helps me financially and emotionally and it’s my time to shine.


~ Shannon Gunn, Cosmetology

Photo by Kristi Craven

Mr. & Mrs. Mac Sherrill Southern Place Associates LLC Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Thomas Zooland Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America

Faculty Club ($250 - $499)

Area Recruiters in Education Admissions Don Ashley Mr. & Mrs. Mack Blankenship Clyde Cash Teresa Cox Dodge & Altamura Pam Freeze Brandi Hagerman Mr. & Mrs. Baxter Hammer Kelly & Sam Heath Hendrick, Bryant, Nerhood, Sanders & Otis LLP Jerri Hewett Mr. & Mrs. Luke Huffman III Kevin Jones Lucille Leon Curt & Vickie Lorimer Kim Maddox Breanne Marshburn Lou Plummer Deanna Schrader Dr. Bob & Susie Scott Tara Williams Joyce & Jerry Wolford

Scholar ($100 - $249) Clark Adams Brenda Albertson Mr. & Mrs. Wilson Alexander Robert Avila Mr. & Mrs. Bill Barker

Allan Bechel Betty D. Howard Real Estate Jim Boomgarden Larry Boyd Lynn Brady Mark Brumley Tracy Burnette Rose Chilson Barbara Chriscoe Robin Coble Cathy Coggins Susie Collins Sharon Cook Jesus Corona Gabriel Cortez Angela Cox Theresa Daniels Darrell Howard Inc. Sherri Davis Dr. & Mrs. Malkiat S. Dhatt Tina S. Dixon Sherry Doty Bob Durand Scotty Duyck Melissa Earliwine El Amigo Tires Melinda Eudy Mr. & Mrs. Phillip E. Fagg Forever Two Wheels Betty & Clyde Foust Tami Goins Marlana Hancock Renee Harper Cathy D. Hefferin Herschel & Anne Hockett Lisa Hughes Ilderton Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram Tiffany Ingram

Iron Patriots MC Neal Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Johnston George & Amy Jordan Kris Julian Richard Kasper Mr. & Mrs. Mike Keogh Mitchell Kiser Grey & Dwight Lane Debbie Luck Jen Macy Mr. & Mrs. Richard Madaris Dan Moore Selina Moore Melinda Morgan Julie New Erin Palmer Patrick R. Pardee Garret Parker Ashley Proctor Gann Mr. & Mrs. John Provancha Linda Raplee Sharon Reynolds Susan Rice Dr. & Mrs. James Rich Jr. David Rodriguez Melissa Schultz Mr. & Mrs. Hayden Shackelford Hilda Smith Devin Sova Superior Body Center Dr. & Mrs. Randall Teague Barbara Vansant Janice Wassack Chad Williams Donna Windish Terry Worrell Roy Wright Jr.


Mr. & Mrs. Ed Bunch Keith Bunting Pam Burleson Curtis Burnette Amanda Byrd Robin Cagle Debbie Callicutt Jay Capers Stacey Carlen Megan Chapman Tammy Cheek Heather Clouston Stefanie Coble Sandra Collinson Bonnie Columbia Chad Conville Aimee Corning Jamie Cox Wendy Curty Bonnie Davenport Anthony Davis Cam Davis Raymond Dumeh Michael Dunn Kevin Eames W. Allan & Patricia Edwards Dhanraj Emanuel Cameron Eunice Lisa Evans Daniel Farmer David Farrell Tammy Fletcher Mr. & Mrs. David Garner Evelyn Garner-Ingold Olivia Gatlin

Friend (Up to $99) A3 Debbie Adams Heather Adams Cathy Aikens Kelli Akins Sylvan Allen Deana Allman David Allred Lenny Andrews Beth Arnold Erin Arsenault Mr. & Mrs. Luke Atkins Melanie Avelino Steve Baltes Angie Bare Holly Barker Felicia Barlow Viridiana Barrios Deana Bauer Dean Beck Wanda Beck Cathy Beeson Donnie Boling Rita Boling Amelia Borkowski Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Bowman Loretta Brady Regina Brewer Willie Brewer Matthew Britt Josh Brown Wade & Wanda Brown Shane Bryson Nancy Bullins

Kenda George Paul Goins Terri Gooch Cindi Goodwin Denise Greene Eva Greene Mr. & Mrs. Joey N. Greene Guy M. Turner Inc. Betsy Hackney LaTia Hairston Mr. & Mrs. Scott Halso Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Hamlet Dorothy Hans Sandra Hartz Bryle Hatch Tracie Hayes Lisa Hayworth James Healy Mr. & Mrs. Will Herring Jared Hotchkiss Kandi Hughes Chris Hussey Christi Hussey Michael Hussey Janet Ingold Sydney Jackson Terri James Kimberly Jeffries Malinda Jennings Elsie Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Richard E. Johnson Wade Johnson Robert Jones Renee Kerkensen Brent Kidd

Rebekah Kingston Dr. & Mrs. James B. Kinlaw Jr. Ken Kinley Meghan Kirkland Ryan Knight Miranda Lane Maria LeBaron Joyce Light Jennifer Long Angela Lucas Tonya Luck Steve Maness Bryan Marbert Bryan McCormack Nancy McCurry Mary McIntosh Laurie Merritt Jessica Miller Marissa Mills Dr. Bill & Susan Milner Carra Miskovich Tonya Monroe Mary Moore Rev. Molly Morgan & Judge Pat Morgan Dacia Murphy-Price Gabby Nall Lou Ann Neal Matthew Needham Randy Owens Paul, Cox & Todd PLLC Donna Perry Jeremy Peterson Amy Phillips Anna Phillips


I have had a great experience at RCC. The professors are passionate about what they teach and eager to help their students. A teacher once told me that no good deed ever goes unnoticed. I believe that the kindness that has been offered to me, through this Foundation scholarship, will be rewarded.


~ Joselyn Villasenor,

Associate in Science (College Transfer)

Photo by Kristi Craven



I came to RCC because of the outstanding reputation and because I wanted to further my education at the right college. My Foundation scholarship will help me achieve my goals by granting me the ability to acquire the resources and supplies needed to earn my degree.


~ Angela Sloan,

Advertising and Graphic Design

Photo by Tyler Brock

Arlene & Steve Phillips Keith Poe Pam Pollard Matthew Price Hillary Pritchard Jane Redding Mr. & Mrs. Mike Redwine Angela Reeder Richard Rich Teresa Rich Darla Richardson Lynn Richardson Jamie Rimby Karen Ritter Steve Roberts Isai Robledo Allyson Rothrock Karen Routh Jim Russell-Owen Stacy Schmitt Susan Shaw David Shields Mr. & Mrs. William A. Sibbick Adrianne Siler Curby Simerson Mini Singh & Kulvinder Vohra Tremaine Skeen Ann Smith Scott Smith Mr. & Mrs. James South

Mr. & Mrs. Mark Strider Jerry Summey Mr. & Mrs. Charles A. Swiers Susan Teague Jenny Thomas Allen Thompson Todd Thompson Kathy Thornburg Gina Toomes Joey Trogdon United Way of Randolph County Warlock Vance Kia Vang Dolores Vargas-de-Haro Jimmy Varner Kevin Walker Perry Wallace Fred Watts Amanda Watts-Bartels Neil Weatherly Teresa A. Weaver Mr. & Mrs. James R. Willett Mary S. Wood Melissa Woodell DeShandra Woodle Mr. & Mrs. Stewart Wooten Toni Wooten-Wright Katherine Yates Asif Zaidi

During 2015-2016, the RCC Foundation raised



Would you like to contribute to a scholarship, program support fund, the Robert Shackleford Emergency Fund, or unrestricted fund? Visit to make an online gift to the RCC Foundation or mail a check to RCC Foundation, 629 Industrial Park Ave., Asheboro, NC 27205. RCC FOUNDATION| 53

Lifetime Membership Clubs Philanthropist Club ($1,000,000+) R. Alton Cox Estate

Humanitarian Club ($500,000-$999,999) Duke Energy Corporation Gene Haas Foundation

Platinum Club ($100,000 - $499,999) Anna Burton Estate Anonymous Donor Photography Challenge Howard & Mescal Ferguson Martha Comer Johnson Klaussner Home Furnishings Jack & Betty Lail Randolph County Board of Commissioners Sydney Luria Memorial The Timken Foundation of Canton U.S. Department of Education

Gold Club ($50,000 - $99,999) Asheboro Rotary Club CommunityOne JB & Claire Davis Frank Poindexter

Silver Club ($25,000 - $49,999) Acme-McCrary & Sapona Foundation Elizabeth H. Aldridge William & Ruth Alexander Allie B. Hinshaw Estate Commonwealth Hosiery Mills Marion Stedman Covington Keith & Jane Crisco/Asheboro Elastics Energizer Charitable Trust Energizer Plant 2 Hans Klaussner Foundation Cathy H. Hendrick Bill & Ann Hoover Lillian & Tom Jordan Hans J. Klaussner Dr. Alan & Jacqueline Luria Martha Moleta Morgan North Carolina Community College System North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Jute M. Ramsay RE/MAX Central Realty Dr. & Mrs. Robert S. Shackleford Jr. Tyco Electronics Corp.

Bronze Club ($10,000 - $24,999) Accuchrome Tool & Mold Advisors Financial Center Allen Precision Industries American Legion Liberty Post 81 American Legion Post 45 Jennifer Lynn & Leon Atkinson Bank of North Carolina BB&T Jacquelyn Church Betts Blanche Black Burlington Industries Mr. & Mrs. James M. Campbell Jr. Marvin & Helen Caviness CenturyLink Chick-fil-A


Communities in Schools of Randolph County Dart Foundation Delta Delta Chapter No. 6036 Steve & Rhonda Eblin Elastic Therapy Energizer Plant 1 Dr. & Mrs. Stuart B. Fountain Georgia-Pacific Corp. Goodyear Wilbert & Shirley Hancock Jimmy & Pam Hill Herschel & Anne Hockett Mr. & Mrs. Gene Holder Max & Lola Jarrell Dr. & Mrs. George W. Joyner Kiwanis Club of Asheboro Level Cross Civitan Club Dr. & Mrs. Larry K. Linker Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Lynch MarLouAnn LLC Waymon & Louise Martin Ted & Carol Matney Ken & Lowanda McDowell McDowell Lumber Co. Gail & Tony D. McDowell Fred & Diane Meredith Mid-State Plastics Dr. Bill & Susan Milner Nan & Robert L. Hughes Estate May Parrish Petty Family Foundation Petty’s Garage Lee & Anita Phoenix PNC Bank Progress Energy Pyramid Services Ramseur Inter-Lock Knitting Ramtex Randolph Electric Membership Corp. Randolph Hospital Randolph Rotary Club Randolph Telephone Membership Corp. RCC Campus Store RCC Student Government Association Dr. & Mrs. James M. Rich Jr. Robert P. Bunker Trust Dr. Cynthia G. Schroder Sew Special Robert & Anne Shaffner Mr. & Mrs. Sherrill W. Shaw Jim & Sharon Sides Janice & Larry Simpson Mary & C. Reitzel Smith Stedman Corp. Technimark Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Thomas Unilever Bestfoods Donald & Bobbye Wellington Wells Fargo Wells Fargo Foundation Dean Wolfe

Foundation Club ($3,000 - $9,999) A & F Vending A Venue On Worth Eddie & Audrey Allen Archdale Friends Meeting Asheboro Civitan Club Asheboro Fire & Security Asheboro Jaycees Asheboro Plumbing & Heating Co. Asheboro Randolph Realtors Council Asheboro SCORE Chapter 0648

Asheboro Woman’s Club Automatic Vending Service AVS Catering & Banquet Centre B. B. Walker Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Talmadge Baker Richard & Mary Balog William F. & Patsyanna B. Barker Harvey A. Barnett Jr. Belk Company Clark & Diane Bell

Tony Bellarosa Beta Theta Rho Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Blue Bell Foundation Blue Flint Animal Hospital J. P. Bost D. H. & Edith B. Briles Peter & Mary Lynne Brisley Mr. & Mrs. J. Michael Brower Wade & Wanda Brown

President’s Infinity Circle members are donors who have made a commitment of at least $1,000 on an annual basis. Acme-McCrary & Sapona Foundation Advisors Financial Center Elizabeth Aldridge Asheboro Fire & Security Richard & Mary Balog Jacqueline Church Betts Chick-fil-A JB & Claire Davis Delta Delta Chapter No. 6036 Duke Energy Carolinas Steve & Rhonda Eblin Falling Oak Timber Dr. & Mrs. Stuart B. Fountain John & Ellen Freeze Daffie & Tim Garris Gene Haas Foundation Mr. & Mrs. James Gouty Robert & Donna Graves Shelley & Kyle Greene Bryant & Carri Hampton Mr. & Mrs. Gene Holder Bill & Ann Hoover Martha Johnson Lillian & Tom Jordan Dr. J. W. & Kathy Kelley

Klaussner Home Furnishings Elbert & Rose Lassiter Lumina Alan & Jacqueline Luria Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Lynch Waymon & Louise Martin Lorie & Bobby McCroskey Gail & Tony McDowell Fred & Diane Meredith Dahlia Oldham Petty Family Foundation Mac & Ann Pugh Ramsay Family Foundation RCC Campus Store Sandy Reid RE/MAX Central Realty David & Bonnie Renfro Dr. Cynthia G. Schroder Mr. & Mrs. Dean Sexton Dr. & Mrs. Robert Shackleford Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Smith Technimark Trinity Furniture Inc. Don Wellington Ethel Winters Dean Wolfe

David & Judy Bryant Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Bullins Howard & Pat Burkart Dr. Daljit S. Caberwal Millie Cannon Carolina Bank Dewey L. Caviness Sr. Centel Pioneers - Asheboro/Troy ITPA Champagne Dye Works Charlie’s Heating & Cooling Mildred F. Chrisco The Courier-Tribune Mr. & Mrs. John H. Croom Dan Thomas Pontiac Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Davis Dr. & Mrs. Malkiat S. Dhatt Dick Broadcasting Co. Du Pont Duke Energy Carolinas Duke Energy Foundation E. A. Morris Charitable Foundation Eastman Kodak Company W. Allan & Patricia Edwards Employees of Rampon Products Falling Oak Timber First American Savings Bank First Bank First Baptist Church of Seagrove First Presbyterian Church Robert & Pamela Foy Mr. & Mrs. John M. Freeze Pam Freeze Friends & Supporters of the Honorable Russell G. Walker Sr. Frontier Auto Body Supply Diane & Steve Frost Daffie & Tim Garris Dr. & Mrs. David G. Gimenez Gossage-McFarland Sports Marketing Mr. & Mrs. James Gouty Robert & Donna Graves Shelley & Kyle Greene Greenfield Industries Julia F. Grissom

Carl & Linda Grubb Brandi Hagerman J. Hyatt & Bonnie Hammond Joyce Harrington Mr. & Mrs. Johnny Harvell Michael S. Heazlitt Richard & Jeanette Heckman Barry D. Heller Jerry & Jo Ellen Holder Joretta Holt Louis E. Hudson Mr. & Mrs. Richard Hurley Mr. & Mrs. John Ingold Insurance Associates of the Triad Ivey B. Luck Estate J. H. Allen Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Gary Jarrett Joan Fabric Corp. Rick & Nadine Johnson Robin & Marylou Johnston Dr. Augusta Julian Reid & Lois Kearns Dr. J.W. & Kathy Kelley Mr. & Mrs. Mike Keogh Dr. & Mrs. Harry W. Killian D.D.S. Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Kinney Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Richard Kite Dr. Melinda Lamb Elbert & Rose Lassiter Mike & Joanna Lee Liberty Ruritan Club Dr. & Mrs. Gerald Limber Curt & Vickie Lorimer Ivey B. & Ruby O. Luck Lumina Mr. & Mrs. Allen Luther Mac McCarrell Mike McCracken Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. McCrary Sr. Lorie & Bobby McCroskey McDonald’s/McPACH Doug & Becky McDowell McKenzie Properties & Investments Rebekah H. Megerian










Special thanks to the following members of the RCC Foundation Legacy Society for individuals who have made a bequest to the RCC Foundation. Let us know you’ve included the Foundation in your will or other estate plans, and you’ll be recognized as a member of the Legacy Society.



Sheila Barnes Robert P. Bunker Anna Burton R. Alton Cox JB & Claire Davis Howard & Mescal Ferguson Vickie Gallimore Daffie Garris Shelley Greene Allie B. Hinshaw Willis Honeycutt Bill & Ann Hoover Nan & Robert L. Hughes

Elbert Lassiter Dr. Larry K. Linker Ivey B. Luck Lorie McCroskey Susan Milner Dahlia Gubalane Oldham Dr. Robert S. Shackleford Jr. Paul Thomas Joyce Wolford Betty H. Wooley

Mid-State Paper Box Co. MOM Brands Mike & Julie Moore Morningstar Christine G. Myers National Tooling & Machining Piedmont Chapter N.C. Nurses Association District No. 31 North Ridge Church Mr. & Mrs. Patrick O’Briant Tony Ocampo Dahlia Oldham Ornamental Mouldings Leo & Melva Peraldo Mr. & Mrs. Mack Peters Petty Enterprises Piedmont Natural Gas Co. PMA Dixie Division H. Harold & Dorothy P. Powell Alan & Mary Joan Pugh Pugh Funeral Home Mac & Ann Pugh Quik Chek Winifred P. Ramsay Randolph Arts Guild Randolph County Medical Society Randolph Hospital Volunteers Randolph Oil Company Mr. & Mrs. Sam Rankin Sr. RCC Campus Food Service RCC Faculty Association Mr. & Mrs. John F. Redding S. Steele Redding Mr. & Mrs. William H. Redding Deva & Nancy Reece Phyllis J. Rees Maynard B. & Sandra Reid Kimberly Roberts J. D. Ross Jr. Dr. Bob & Susie Scott Sealy Mr. & Mrs. Dean Sexton Linda Shankle Mr. & Mrs. Mac Sherrill

Jerry & Shirley Simpson Sir Pizza Mr. & Mrs. Archie L. Smith Jr. Smith Sinnett Architecture Stacey Van Berkel Photography Dr. & Mrs. Charles W. Stout SunTrust Dr. & Mrs. R. Andrews Sykes Tom & Joyce Temple Mike & Cindy Thrall Senator & Mrs. Jerry W. Tillman The Timken Company Thomas A. & Tracy A. Tolone Triad Quality Forum Trinity Furniture United Brass Works Von-Tex Hosiery Mills Vruwink Family Dentistry Dr. & Mrs. Henry Vruwink Wachovia Foundation Honorable & Mrs. Russell G. Walker Sr. Michael & Buffy Waltrip Ernest “Pep” & Dorothy Watkins Jane White White Oak Family Physicians Willis Honeycutt Estate Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Wingfield Joyce & Jerry Wolford Mary S. Wood Xi Delta Epsilon of Beta Sigma Phi Zooland Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America



was awarded in scholarships to Curriculum and Continuing Education students during the 2015-2016 school year.


Timken Plant Manager Jonathan Waller (right) presents RCC President Robert S. Shackleford with a grant check for $25,000 for the purchase of expanded tooling for RCC’s Computer-Integrated Machining program.

Industry Impact Timken Grant Funds Machining Equipment In September 2015, the Timken Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to the Randolph Community College Foundation for Computer-Integrated Machining. The grant was used to purchase indexable cutters, solid carbide cutters, holders and inserts for Randolph Community College’s CNC machining centers, hybrid two axis vertical mills, CNC turning centers and manual engine lathes. Garret Parker, department head for Computer-Integrated Machining, noted the impact the grant has had on students.

“With the grant money, we were able to uniformly equip each machine with cutting tools, holders and inserts for roughing, finishing, threading and other specialty operations. With this new and expanded tooling, our students have the capability to train and be exposed to the same standards industry has requested.” This project is part of Randolph Community College’s effort to close the skills gap for employers searching for qualified employees. The College hopes to secure additional funding for phase two of the project, which will focus on organization of the new tooling.

Memorials & Honorariums July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016


Lisbon Bulla Robert F. Bulla Hubert Causey Teresa Crenshaw Tara Engstrom Nathan Hall Henry Harsch Eugene Hicks Charles Dewey Hilliard Pearl E. Huffman Robert W. Johnson Julia A. Kaufmann Michael N. Kidd Sr. Linda King Aaron K. Linker Sue Lucas Katelyn M. Lynch Donald M. Morrison Thomas L. O’Briant Lynda Petty Frances & J. W. Plummer Winifred Ramsay


Maynard B. Reid Mr. & Mrs. Robert S. Shackleford Sr. Rebecca Singleton Doug Smith Ralf W. Thomas Georgia Varner Ruth Walker Edward W. Winters Joan Wolfe


Lavina Baughn Sandra Engstrom Pamela Freeze Paul Goins Dorothy Greene Lillian & Tom Jordan Lorie McCroskey Garret Parker Amy Phillips Dr. Robert & Teresa Shackleford Daphne Welch Joyce Wolford

In 2015-2016, the Foundation’s RCC Pledge and Title III Emergency funds provided



to prevent 7 students from dropping out due to unforeseen financial crises.

Foundation Balance Sheet June 30, 2016

Assets Cash and cash equivalents $1,100,669.68 Investments held by fiscal agent $8,801,791.59 Accounts receivable $1,164.99 Fixed Asset – Automobile $1,060.66 TOTAL ASSETS


Liabilities Accounts Payable


Fund Balance Beginning Fund Balance July 1, 2015 $9,807,546.88 Revenue – 2015-2016 $771,272.27 Expenditures – 2015-2016 ($676,724.52) TOTAL FUND BALANCE TOTAL LIABILITIES & FUND BALANCE

$9,902,094.63 $9,904,686.92

The RCC Foundation gratefully welcomes contributions to support RCC’s programs and activities and to provide scholarships for students. If you wish to help, visit to make a gift online or mail a check to RCC Foundation, 629 Industrial Park Ave., Asheboro, NC 27205. Please indicate the fund you wish to support. For more information about the RCC Foundation, contact Lorie McCroskey at 336-633-1118 or Joyce Wolford at 336-633-0295.


Armadillo Archives

Then and Now... It’s that time, once again, to creak open the door to the vault of our Armadillo Archives, blow off the dust, brush away the cobwebs and uncover another photographic treasure from our past. This image hails from an ancient era we like to call “The Eighties” and depicts the Campus Store in its original location (where the Coffee Xchange and Armadillo Room currently reside in the cafeteria). Our heroine in the picture, attired in the latest plaid fashions, appears to be browsing a bountiful supply of pens that range in price from 29-69¢...what carefree living! Notice the antiquated cash register with its lack of laser scanners 58|ARMADILLO ARCHIVES

and network connected credit card-swiper. This was during the time that our institution was known by the moniker “Randolph Technical College.” Fast forward to today where our Campus Store continues to serve our institution with a variety of merchandise, from computers to coffee mugs. In fact, did you know that sales of RCC apparel help fund student scholarships? While much has changed in the decades between this photo and our current cutting-edge, freestanding Campus Store, if we’re truly getting “technical,” then our commitment to community and education is a value we’ll never have to dust off.

Randolph Community College & RCC Foundation

629 Industrial Park Avenue Asheboro, NC 27205



A drone flyover of RCC Photojournalism class Small Format Photography students on the front lawn learning to shoot photos with the 300mm lens (photo by Jay Capers). Randolph Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Randolph Community College. The College is authorized by the State Board of Community Colleges to award the Associate in Applied Science degree, the Associate in Arts degree, and the Associate in Science degree. EOE.

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