Two PDCCC students selected for honor society’s All-Virginia Academic Team

PTK-Awards-Luncheon-2016 resizedInterim President of PDCCC Dr. Bill Aiken, was on hand to congratulate Brandy Main and Ellis Cofield III at the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Awards Luncheon.
Two Paul D. Camp Community College students were named to the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society All-Virginia Academic Team.
Brandy Main of Suffolk and Ellis Cofield III of Franklin were honored April 20 at the PTK Annual Awards Luncheon at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Richmond.
Main, currently PTK Omega Zeta Chapter president at PDCCC, has been selected for the All-Virginia honor for two consecutive years. She is a senator in the Student Government Association, a Presidential Student Ambassador, a member of the Faith Unleashed in Everyday Life (FUEL) Bible study club, and a tutor of practical reasoning with Student Support Services. She has volunteered for a number of events and organizations at the college and in the community and has also been selected to represent the college at several statewide events.
She is one of only 12 accepted into the cytotechnology program at ODU this fall and has been offered honor classes there. She has also already been accepted to attend graduate school at North Carolina State University after she has graduated from ODU. In May, she will graduate from PDCCC with associate degrees in science and general studies and a certificate in general education. She has previously earned career studies certificates in nurse aide, phlebotomy and pre-nursing. She works as a receptionist at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center.
Cofield currently serves at PTK Omega Zeta Chapter vice president. He is a past president of the Student Government Association, has been selected to represent the college at the Virginia General Assembly and serves as the student representative on the President’s Advisory Council. In addition, he heads the initiative of PDCCC’s adoption of J.P. King Jr. Middle School. He serves on the board of supervisors for the Boys & Girls Club of the Southwest Region.
Cofield also founded and implemented Striving To Reach Excellence To Create Heroes (STRETCH) Project Inc., a peer-to-peer mentoring program focused on middle school youth. He has received numerous awards and honors including the Prudential Spirit Award, Daughter of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award, the Southampton County Public Schools’ Community Partners Award and the Senator Harry F. Byrd Leadership Award. Cofield works as student activities officer on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus.
According to PTK Omega Zeta Chapter Advisor Troy Hand, Virginia is one of 38 states participating in the state Academics Teams project introduced in 1994 as a way to provide scholastic recognition to Phi Theta Kappa members while promoting excellence at two-year colleges.
“The All-Virginia Academic Team recognizes our college scholars by saluting their academic achievements, leadership and service,” he said. “Brandy and Ellis were presented with medallions and certificates noting their accomplishments.”
For more information about the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, contact Hand at


Paint parties help emergency fund for students

One does not have to be a descendant of Andy Warhol to attend Paul D. Camp Community College’s Paint Party fundraisers.
“The classes are designed for anyone, even with no painting experience,” said Dr. Renee Felts, vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the PDCCC Foundation. “You can network with other participants while creating your very own piece of artwork to take home.”
The sessions will be led by Twyla Duke of Conway, NC, who is a Social Artworking independent consultant with Decoart through her part-time business, Art Fully Yours. She is a graduate of Chowan University with an associate’s degree in commercial art and bachelor’s degree in studio art. She is also curator for the Wayland L. Jenkins, Jr. Fine Arts Center at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, NC. Duke is a native of Suffolk.
“The classes are taught in such a way that the students leave with a sense of satisfaction, a new confidence, and a great painting,” Duke said. “It brings people together to create and have fun.”
Upcoming paint classes are scheduled as follows:
tranquil surf 2 hrs

Tuesday, May 17, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., in room 121 on the Franklin Campus, 100 North College Drive. Tranquil Surf

beached boat 2hrs 30m

Monday, May 23, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., in room 106 on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road. Beached Boat

land that i love 2 hrs

Tuesday, June 21, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., in room 121 on the Franklin Campus, 100 North College Drive. Land I Love


Monday, June 27, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., in room 106 on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road. Freedom Flag

The cost is $35 per person, and includes all paint supplies. The proceeds will go to the PDCCC Student Emergency Fund, which assists students with various funding needs. For more information, call Stacy Pauley at 757-569-6790 or log onto to register.


PDCCC student accepted to competitive program at ODU and graduate program at NCSU

Brandy Main 2 croppedBrandy Main of Suffolk is one of only 12 students accepted into Old Dominion University’s cytotechnology program for fall 2016. Cytotechnology, a specialized allied health program, trains students to be highly skilled in the microscopic study of cells.
“I have already been told that it will take a year and a half to complete the cytotechnology program,” said Main. “After my journey with ODU is over, I will attend North Carolina State University to get a master’s degree and become a pathologist.” Main has been offered honor classes at ODU and has already been accepted to the university in North Carolina.
Main will graduate from Paul D. Camp Community College May 13 with an associate’s degree in science, an associate’s degree in general studies, and a certificate in general education. She also has earned career studies certificates in nurse aide, phlebotomy and pre-nursing at PDCCC.
The receptionist at the college’s workforce development center in Franklin has been selected for two consecutive years as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s All-Virginia Academic Team. She currently serves as the PTK Omega Zeta Chapter president at PDCCC, and has carried the chapter from two-star to a five-star status. She also received a certificate from Coca-Cola recognizing her PTK accomplishments. She formerly was employed in the financial aid office on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus as a work-study student.
Main is active in Student Support Services, where she is a tutor for practical reasoning. “I teach other students the core subjects of college which are English, math, history and critical thinking,” she said.
She is also a member of the Student Government Association (SGA); Faith Unleashed in Everyday Life (FUEL) Bible study club; and serves as a PDCCC Presidential Student Ambassador. She was selected to represent the college at the Virginia General Assembly and to attend the VCCS Student Leadership Conference. During graduation, she will give brief remarks before announcing the PTK honor graduates.
Her volunteer work includes Peanut Fest parade and booth, Suffolk Christmas parade, American Red Cross blood drives, Clean Rivers Day, and the PDCCC annual golf tournament.
Main, a member of Cross Pointe Baptist Church, credits her success with the support from her extended family and friends. “Through this incredible journey, every time I thought that I just couldn’t make it, they would hold me up and give me strength, and without them and God, I would not have been this successful.”
She is also grateful to her mentor, Marie Linton, financial aid officer on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus. “She introduced me to all the important people at PDCCC who have changed my life,” said Main.
PDCCC’s 45th commencement exercises will be held Friday, May 13, beginning at 7:00 p.m.


PDCCC Gala first in the state to raise funds for the RVHI

Dep Sec and Dr FeltsDuring the gala, Dr. Dietra Trent, deputy secretary of education, left, speaks with Dr. Renee Felts, vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the PDCCC Foundation.
Approximately 200 participants attended a fundraiser at Paul D. Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center that netted more than $30,000 to help students succeed.
The Paul D. Camp Community College Platform for Change Gala was held to raise money for the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI), a state level campaign that includes PDCCC and is aimed at helping more people in rural communities transition into postsecondary education. This was the first gala for the RVHI held in the state.
“I am so pleased with the outcome of this event,” said Dr. Renee Felts, vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the PDCCC Foundation. “We want to help as many students as we can by hiring more full-time career coaches and providing more incentives for our GED recipients. This gives us a great start.”
The event featured remarks from the Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges Dr. Glenn DuBois. “As you might guess, this area is significantly lacking in funding for education,” he said. “The RVHI is a progressive program designed to bring students into a new generation who can work their way into the middle class and beyond.”
Legislators HonoredLocal legislators who were committed to education were also honored during the event. From left, President of the PDCCC Foundation Board Herbert DeGroft, former state senator Frederick Quayle, Chancellor of the VCCS Dr. Glenn DuBois and former state delegate Samuel Glasscock.
The gala also served as a platform to launch the Glasscock-Quayle Annual Fund, honoring two respected leaders in the community for their contributions to education. Former Virginia Delegate J. Samuel Glasscock, a director of the PDCCC Local College Board, and former Virginia Senator Frederick M. Quayle, who serves as treasurer of the PDCCC Foundation Board were recognized by College Board Chairman Lynn Jones and President of the PDCCC Foundation Board Herbert DeGroft, respectively.
Another highlight was a video message from Senator Tim Kaine, who could not attend. “Your genuine interest in advancing education has been personified by your continued commitment to community colleges,” he said about the legislators. “In my judgment, community colleges are truly the platform for change in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
Introduced by Interim President Dr. Bill Aiken, keynote speaker Virginia Deputy Secretary of Education Dr. Dietra Trent noted that since she is from a small town, she knows firsthand how important the role of community colleges like PDCCC play in rural communities and how career coaches impact the lives of their students.
The gala, sponsored by Smithfield, Dominion and Bank of America, showcased the talents of The Smithfield High School Evening Ensemble, who performed during the VIP and opening receptions.
“We’d like to thank all who participated, donated and provided services,” said Felts. “We are fortunate to have so many people come together to contribute to the future of our communities. And it is not too late to give to the RVHI.”
For more information on how to make a donation, call 757-569-6790.


State Board Committee Certifies Presidential Finalists for Paul D. Camp Community College

The State Board for Community Colleges has certified a group of four finalists for the position of president at Paul D. Camp Community College, with campuses in Suffolk and Franklin. The finalists were among 90 people who applied for the presidency from across the country.
The four finalists include Dr. Pamela Haney, of Matteson, IL; Dr. Daniel Lufkin, of Williamsburg; Dr. Mark Smith, of Temple, TX; and Dr. Kristen Westover, of Martinsville.
Dr. Pamela J. Haney is currently vice president of academic affairs for Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL, a position she has held since 2012. Previously, she served as dean of the college’s science, business, and computer technology department. From 2009-2010, Dr. Haney also served as assistant dean of the college’s academic initiatives program. She holds a doctorate in interpersonal communication from Bowling Green State University, OH, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Norfolk State University.
Dr. Daniel W. Lufkin is currently vice president for student affairs at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, a position he has held since 2013. Prior to that, he was dean of enrollment management at Maricopa County Community College District /Gateway in Phoenix, where he served as a member of the president’s leadership team from 2009-2013. Previously, he served as vice president for student affairs at MCCCD/Gateway. He holds a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University, FL, as well as a master’s in education from Northern Arizona University, and a bachelor’s degree from State University College at Potsdam, NY.
Dr. Mark A. Smith is vice president of educational services at Temple College in Temple, TX, a position he has held since 2008. Previously, he served as associate vice president of the college’s distance education department. From 2003-2006, he also served as college director, student affairs for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, MS. He holds a doctorate in education from Capella University in MN, and both a master’s degree in business administration as well as a bachelor’s degree in general studies from William Carey College in MS.
Dr. Kristen A. Westover is currently vice president for academic and student services at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, a position she has held since 2011. Previously, she served as higher education program coordinator at the University of Texas in Austin, from 2009-2011. From 2008-2009, she also served as director of technical programs for the Kansas Board of Regents. She holds a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University in FL., and both a master’s degree in instructional technology and a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University in KS.
Candidates will attend on-campus interviews at PDCCC in May, with a final decision expected later in the month. The appointee will follow Dr. William C. Aiken, who has served as PDCCC’s interim president since April, 2015.


Inaugural event hosted by Paul D. Camp Community College focuses on retention

Symposium Antwan PerryAntwan Perry of Germanna Community College leads a motivational presentation with students during the Student Success Symposium.
Paul D. Camp Community College’s STEPS program hosted its first Student Success Symposium recently at the Regional Workforce Development Center with 145 faculty, staff, administrators and students attending. STEPS is an acronym for Students Transitioning through Education Programs Successfully.
The event, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President of Academic and Student Development, The Faculty Senate, The Classified Staff Council, and the Planning and Effectiveness Committee in collaboration with the Chancellor’s College Success Coach Initiative, was focused on ways to help increase the number of students graduating with an associate’s degree, career readiness or other certificates; or transferring to other places of higher learning to continue their education.
“This event not only provided students with information about motivation and success, but also served as a professional development opportunity for our faculty and staff, to increase the effectiveness of their roles in the classroom and offices,” said PDCCC College Success Coach Laura Clark.
The symposium was highlighted by a presentation from Dr. Bethanie H. Tucker, professor of education at Averett University in Danville, co-author of Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students and specialist with the company, aha! Process. She spoke to faculty, staff and administrators about the “hidden rules” of social class and its implication in the classroom. She emphasized the importance of defining what respect looks and sounds like, and realizing that “some students are living in the moment,” Tucker said. “Instructors should ask students, ‘What is your plan?’”
In her session with students, Tucker encouraged students to consider what resources are necessary to be successful in college and the professional working world. She also shared practical steps to maintaining motivation.
Also featured was guest speaker, Antwan L. Perry, director of the Early College Academy and special projects manager with the Office of Student Success at Germanna Community College. A former student success coach at the community college, Perry is a first-generation college graduate and is on schedule to complete his Doctor of Education degree from Regent University at the end of this year. He presented “Engaging Black and Minority Males on the College Campus.” He spoke about African-American male student achievement, noting, “The graduation rate of black males is extremely low,” which he attributed to his belief that stereotypes play a significant role in the low success rate. He conducted a workshop for black males, allowing them to recommend best practices for college success.
During his session with students, Perry shared compelling stories from his personal journey that helped the audience know that success is possible with motivation and persistence.
Students also had the opportunity to learn about leadership from Ellis Cofield, student activities officer and full-time student at PDCCC. He shared several ways that leadership skills can be developed during the college years and honed in the workplace for years to follow.
Working in mixed groups, students and faculty worked through case studies of situations that often present barriers to student success and retention in the college setting.
Examining barriers that our students face gives us a better understanding of how to help them get enrolled and stay enrolled throughout the academic process,” said College Success Coach Dr. Sandra Walker.
According to Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, the event also supports the Chancellor’s plan for community colleges to triple the number of credentials awarded by 2021.
“I am extremely proud of our college success coach team,” she said. “The symposium was very informative and was designed to assist everyone at the college. We had a great number of participants and look forward to offering additional symposia in the future.”

Symposium Bethanie TuckerDr. Bethanie Tucker led a session for faculty, staff and administrators that focused on “Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students.”


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