Olympic Gold Medalist Motivates Students at Paul D.Camp Community College

LaTasha Clark Speaks WebOlympic Gold Medalist and Portsmouth native LaTasha Clark served as motivational speaker during Paul D. Camp Community College’s Student Appreciation Week, sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.
Clark, below photo, visited students at the Franklin and Hobbs Suffolk Campuses. Pictured with her, from left, are: Student Government Association members Brent Hall, representative; Abigail Idisi, secretary; Kirstyn Andrew, vice president; and Student Activities Coordinator Eric Benton.
Clark works to remove barriers that prevent youth from succeeding and is founder of the LC Treasures Within Foundation.
LaTasha with students Web


Paul D. Camp Community College Holds its First Alumni & Friends Reception

An inaugural reception for alumni and friends of Paul D. Camp Community College will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the College’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin.
“The event will present an opportunity for classmates and professors to reconnect,” said Alumni Relations Associate Lori Carter. “It is free and open to all alumni of the college and to former and retired faculty.”
The reception will also feature light refreshments and a short program. “It will be a very casual event,” said Carter. “We just want to bring our graduates together to share their success stories and let them know how proud we are of their accomplishments.”
Paul D. Camp Community College launched its Alumni Relations Program in January. There is no fee to join the Alumni Association.
“Participants only need to fill out a registration form,” said Carter. “They will receive communication about upcoming events catered to alumni. We have already had 500 alumni sign up for the organization.
Although the Alumni & Friends Reception is free, registration is required. Visit www.pdc.edu/alumni/ to register for the reception. For more information regarding the PDCCC Alumni Association, contact Carter at lcarter@pdc.edu or 757-569-6082.


Paul D. Camp Community College Holds 6th Annual Literary Festival April 24

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Literary Club is sponsoring its 6th Annual Literary Festival on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road, Friday, April 24, 2105, from 6 to 9 p.m.
“We have been planning the Literary Festival for a long time,” said Literary Club Advisor and Assistant Professor of English Ronette Jacobs. “The event’s focus is to raise awareness and appreciation of literary works and to provide encouragement to writers. In addition, the college provides the perfect venue for the students, faculty, staff and the community to come together for a family-oriented night out together.” There is no admission fee.
This year’s theme is “Promoting Literacy across Generations,” and will be highlighted by the keynote panelist, Virginia’s 2012-2014 Poet Laureate Sofia M. Starnes. The author of five poetry collections, she is working on a current collection titled, In Search of Nature. Her works have appeared in more than 100 publications.
Award-winning poet, recording artist and educator Synnika Lofton will serve as the Festival Moderator. He has recorded more than 150 CDs, albums, singles and mixtapes of poetry, and has written 11 books. Lofton is the founder of Riot Speech, a new musical genre that combines performance poetry and traditional musical forms.
He teaches World Literature, British Literature and Composition while touring the country, performing at festivals, poetry readings and other events. He also teaches literature at Chesapeake Bay Academy. Lofton hosts his own poetry festival, the People’s Poetry Festival, and leads the longest running book club in Chesapeake, the African Mahogany Book Club.
In addition to the panelists, the Literary Festival will be highlighted by poetry readings from the Paul D. Camp Community College Student Poetry Contest winners. The deadline for submissions is April 10.
According to Jacobs, there will be plenty of activities for the children as well.
“We will have storytelling, arts and crafts, balloon art and face painting,” said Jacobs.
Storytelling will be led by former Dean of the Hobbs Suffolk Campus and author Dr. Harriette Arrington. She has serves as a teacher, college professor and public school administrator. In addition to writing children’s books, she has performed as a storyteller throughout the country.
Open Mic sessions and raffle drawings will also take place at the Literary Festival. For more information, contact Jacobs at 757-925-6331 or rjacobs@pdc.edu.


Paul D. Camp Community College Hosts Olympic Gold Medalist LaTasha Clark

LaTasha_Colander_Sydney_2000Paul D. Camp Community College’s Office of Student Activities is sponsoring a motivational session with LaTasha Colander Clark on Monday, April 13, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. in room 122 on the Franklin Campus, 100 North College Drive, and at 5:30 p.m. in room 106 at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road. The event is free and is part of Student Appreciation Week at the College. For more information, contact Student Activities Coordinator Eric Benton, ebenton@pdc.edu. Clark is a native of Portsmouth and works to remove barriers that prevent youth from succeeding. She is founder of the LC Treasures within Foundation. She is a 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist and helped set a world record in the 800-meter relay in 2000.


Take Your Best Shot during photography class at Paul D. Camp Community College

Whitenack S Red White and Blue webShirley Whitenack has earned many awards for her photography. She took this photo, titled, “Red, White, and Blue.”
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center is offering “Digital Photography: Take Your Best Shot” on Tuesdays, May 5-June 2, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The classroom instruction will take place at the PDCCC at Smithfield site, 253 James Street, with the following schedule:

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May 5, 2015 Classroom at PDCCC’s Smithfield Site
May 12, 2015 Classroom and Smithfield Station
May 19, 2015 PDCCC’s Smithfield Site Gazebo & Classroom
May 26, 2015 Huntington Park, Newport News
June 2, 2015 Classroom

The class, led by award-winning photographer Shirley Whitenack, will teach participants about when to use different camera modes and how to use exposure compensation.
“On-location shooting will provide opportunities to fully utilize directional light, learn how and when to add a flash outdoors, use photo reflectors and exploit depth of field,” said Whitenack. Students will also learn to use the rule of thirds, power points, leading lines and depth of field techniques.
“Throughout the class, we will analyze histograms and review and critique photographs,” she said. “In our final class, we will discuss printing options, organizing and archiving images, photo resources and any follow-up questions students may have.”
Participants are asked to bring their camera, battery charger, instruction manual, digital media, and a sample of some good and less than good photos they have taken. Bringing a tripod and laptop are optional.
The cost of the class is $130. The deadline for registration is May 1, 2015. For more information, contact the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center, 757-569-6050.


Paul D. Camp Community College Career Development Center Partners with ‘Wounded Warrior’ to Host Event for Veterans and Military

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Career Development Center (CDC) will host two informational sessions for military and veterans on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, from 10 to 11 a.m., and 6 to 7 p.m., in the Technology Theater of the Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin. This event was rescheduled due to February inclement weather.
Education Navigator Nycholle Woolfolk-Gator will be on hand from the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP) through the Virginia Department of Veteran Services. She will also bring a special guest to speak to participants.
“The VWWP serves veterans of any era and branch who are residents of Virginia,” said event coordinator and CDC Adult Career Coach Kandace Turner.
The VWWP program “provides a network of community-based services that help veterans and their families overcome the challenges of stress-related conditions and traumatic brain injuries resulting from military service,” According to Woolfolk-Gator.
She added, “These services are coordinated through local community providers, including community services boards, brain injury service providers, VA medical facilities and other public and private providers.”
The VWWP also provides direct support through veteran peer specialists, resource specialists and family support specialists.
Confidential referral services that are offered by VWWP are as follows:

  • Comprehensive Assessment of Individual and Family Needs
  • Direct Linkage to Treatment Services for Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Care Coordination Services
  • Outpatient Behavioral Health Therapy
  • Peer Support Services
  • Rehabilitative Services
  • Family Support Services
  • Homeless and Housing Services
  • Support Groups
  • Benefit Services
  • Employment Services
  • Outreach and Education Services
  • Prisoner Re-Entry Services

The sessions will benefit members of all branches of the Armed Service, National Guard and Reserves not in federal service and their family members.
The event is in alignment with a statewide initiative to enhance military and veteran services throughout the Virginia Community College System. For more information about the informational sessions, contact Turner, kturner@pdc.edu, or 757-569-6766.


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