Paul D. Camp Community College honors scholars during Spring 2015 reception

Paul D. Camp Community College Spring 2015 scholarship recipients, their family members, donors and scholarship representatives celebrated at a reception held March 19 at the Regional Workforce Development Center.Scholarship Recipients GroupScholarship recipients attending, from left, are: N. Brooks Stephens of Windsor-Jim Lassiter PDCCC Scholarship and Kiwanis Club of Smithfield Scholarship; Danielle Stauffer of Franklin-Woman’s Club of Smithfield Scholarship; Jena Araojo of Ivor-Dual Enrollment Camp Opportunity Scholarship; Courtney Etheridge of Boykins-Karen Phillips Chase Memorial Scholarship; Jessica Sadler of Branchville- Cynthia S. Frierdich, RN Nursing Scholarship, Bertella C. Westbrook Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students and Connie Patterson Memorial Nursing Scholarship; Porschia Lee of Franklin- Perry R. Adams Scholarship; Rebekah Wilson of Smithfield- Alvin C. Rogers Memorial Smithfield Ruritan Scholarship and Gordon “Gene” Barlow, Jr. Scholarship; and Jacqueline Peebles of Suffolk- Franklin Woman’s Club Scholarship, joined by PDCCC President Paul Wm. Conco. Not pictured are Franklin Woman’s Club representatives Anne Hager and Sharon Hasty, and Foundation Board Vice President Bob Felts.


The best of the Best: Paul D. Camp Community College Student Elected to State Nursing Student Association

Jenna Best and Ann PinnerAssociate Professor of Nursing Ann Pinner, RN, BSN, MS, left, congratulates Jenna Best of Chesapeake on her recent election to the Virginia Nursing Student Association board of directors as first vice president.
It is Jenna Best’s passion to become a nurse — a commitment she does not take lightly.
“She shows much initiative and leadership potential,” said Associate Professor of Nursing, Ann Pinner, RN, BSN, MS. “She is highly motivated, a team player and takes responsibility for herself.”
Best was recently elected as First Vice President of the Virginia Nursing Student Association (VNSA) at a state convention, hosted by the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing in Charlottesville—a convention where PDCCC was the only community college represented.
“It is an honor to have been nominated, especially since I am from such a small college,” said the 20-year-old Franklin native. “I am very excited to see what I will learn serving on the board of directors.”
As First VP, her duties entail planning of the VNSA State Convention for 2016. She will also serve in the absence of the President.
“I will be creating a theme, securing speakers and organizing the entire event so students can gain education in nursing and the opportunities that are available in the nursing field,” she said.
Best also serves as secretary of the PDCCC chapter of the Nursing Student Association (NSA) for 2014-15. “Another goal for me this year is to bring awareness to more nursing students in the state of Virginia about the benefits, opportunities education and connections that you can gain by participating in the NSA, no matter how small your school.”
Currently a resident of Chesapeake, Best chose to apply to the nursing program at PDCCC for personal reasons.
“My grandfather, Clayton Louis Best, was very sick for a while,” she said. “When he was in the hospital, I decided I wanted to have an impact on someone’s life and help them get better.” In addition, her mother serves as a nursing instructor. “She is such an amazing teacher,” said Best. “I have been so inspired by her kindness and wisdom in nursing that I wanted to follow in her footsteps.”
Pinner, who also serves as faculty advisor for the college’s Nursing Student Association, noted that being elected to this position is a significant accomplishment for Best and the PDCCC NSA.
“I am very proud of the initiative and foresight Jenna exhibited by running for the state level office,” said Pinner. “She has demonstrated that she values her participation in the profession of nursing outside the classroom and clinical settings.
“She has integrity and demonstrates accountability, which are both characteristics of an effective and dedicated leader. She will do a great job.”
In the past, two other PDCCC students were elected to the VSNA board. Katrina Denny served as Break Through to Nursing Director in 2011-2012 and Mandi Edwards as Second Vice President in 2013-14.


Paul D. Camp Community College 6th Annual Literary Festival Features Virginia’s Poet Laureate Sofia Starnes

Sofia M. StarnesSofia M. Starnes, Virginia’s Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2014, will be the keynote panelist at Paul D. Camp Community College’s 6th Annual Literary Festival, Friday, April 24, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road.
“We are so honored to have Ms. Starnes agree to serve in this capacity at our event,” said PDCCC Literary Club Advisor Ronette Jacobs. “Her work has been featured in at least 100 different publications.”
Starnes has authored five poetry collections and is the editor of Four Virginia Poets Laureate (2004-2012): An Anthology and Reader’s Guide and The Nearest Poem Anthology (2014), both published by Cedar Creek Publishing.
She has received numerous awards, including a Fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Aldrich Poetry Prize, the Transcontinental Poetry Editor’s Prize, the Whitebird Poetry Series Prize, the Rainer Maria Rilke Poetry Prize, the Marlboro Poetry Prize (Editor’s Choice), three Pushcart Prize nominations, and a Poetry Achievement Award from the Virginia Writers Club of which she is an honorary member.
Starnes received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Union College in Kentucky, from where she also received the designation of Distinguished Scholar. She is poetry editor and poetry book review editor of the Anglican Theological Review, and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Orison Books and the HETL Poetry Anthology Series.
Jacobs added that Virginia’s Poet Laureate also mentors writers through her editing service, Creative Writing Critiques.
“This is especially important, as it resonates with our reasons to hold the Literary Festival—to celebrate writing, and to encourage our authors at the college and in the community to continue doing so.”
For more information, contact Jacobs, 757-925-6331 or


Paul D. Camp Community College’s Robot Takes Award at Chamber Expo

David Lorenz and ChrisPaul D. Camp Community College debuted its FANUC robot at the Smithfield Center during the Isle of Wight-Smithfield-Windsor Chamber of Commerce Expo held March 18, 2015. The college was awarded Best Product Demonstration at the event. David Lorenz, assistant professor of Electronics/Mechatronics/Robotics at PDCCC, above photo right, is pictured at the Expo with student Chris Munford. Below, student C.J. Whitfield is pictured beside the robot.
CJ and Robot


Paul D. Camp Community College and Obici Healthcare Foundation present free diabetes workshop for nurses

Paul D. Camp Community College, through the generous support of the Obici Healthcare Foundation, will present a free workshop for healthcare professionals on Monday, April 20, 2015 at Southampton Memorial Hospital’s East Pavilion Auditorium.
“This event is focused on identifying barriers of diabetes management in our region and identifying ways to help people overcome the barriers,” said Carol Wright, Associate Professor and Nurse Planner for Continuing Education Events at PDCCC.
“Improving the Outcomes for Clients with Diabetes Mellitus” will be led by Dana Stallings, RN, BSN, of the Virginia Department of Health. The free educational event will include a healthy lunch and is geared to registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and advanced practice nurses who care for clients with diabetes mellitus. Participants will earn one Continuing Education credit hour, but must attend the full hour of the program in order to qualify.
The schedule is as follows:
11-11:30 a.m. Registration and Networking
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Program
12:30-12:45 p.m. Receipt of Continuing Education Certificate
“I am encouraging people to register early,” said Wright. “There are only 30 spaces available for the workshop.”
This workshop is part of a series of events funded by the Obici Healthcare Foundation that will provide evidence-based, up-to-date information on diabetes for local area nurses.
“PDCCC is committed to not only the education of undergraduate nurses, but providing lifelong learning opportunities and continuing education opportunities to nurses working in our communities as well,” said Wright. “We are expanding our services to provide learning opportunities for nurses to attain the continuing education hours that are now mandatory in the Commonwealth of Virginia in order to renew their licensure.”
Attendees will also be entered in a drawing to win a FitBit. To register, visit For more information, contact Wright, or 757-569-6723.


‘Selma’ featured during free movie night at Paul D. Camp Community College

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Police attempt to restrain activist Annie Lee Cooper, played by Oprah Winfrey, in this scene of the movie, Selma. Winfrey was also a producer on the film. Photo Courtesy of
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Student Government Association will sponsor two free showings of the movie, “Selma,” on Thursday, April 9, 2015.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this screening to our students and the public,” said Student Activities Coordinator Eric Benton. “The film was widely released in January 2015 and is historical, as it is about one of the most significant victories of the Civil Rights Movement.”
The first showing will be held at 4 p.m. in room 105 on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road. The second will be in the Technology Theater at 7 p.m. at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive in Franklin.
“Selma,” rated PG-13, highlights Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s challenges to secure voting rights for everyone, which ultimately ended in the march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., and the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson.
The movie and cast, including David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tim Roth and Oprah Winfrey, have earned numerous awards. “Selma” runs 128 minutes.
No ticket is required. Free popcorn and sodas will be available during the shows. For more information, contact Benton


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