Paul D. Camp Community College Celebrates the Power of Words during its 5th Annual Literary Festival

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Dr. Harriette Arrington leads a storytelling session during the last Literary Festival at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus.
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Literary Club Advisor Ronette Jacobs talks with author and poet Nathan Richardson during a previous Literary Festival.
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Literary Club is sponsoring its 5th Annual Literary Festival Friday, April 25, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road. This year’s theme is “Journeying with Words.”
“This event provides a wonderful, family-oriented opportunity for our students, faculty, staff and the community to come together to share in the appreciation of existing literary works and to promote the creation of new works,” said Literary Club Advisor and assistant Professor of English.
The festival will feature panel readings by Hampton Roads-based authors and poets Nathan M. Richardson, Phyllis C. Johnson, Dr. Angela Corprew-Boyd, Tony Ruggiero, and Northern Virginia resident Timothy Lee Giles.
More About the Panel:

  • Richardson, a performance poet and published author, founded Spiritual Concepts Publishing, which offers consulting and workshops for emerging writers. He is a recipient of the 2012 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award and the 2012 Move Maker Award. He is a native of Suffolk.
  • Johnson is an artist, a poet and an actress, who has received national and international attention from her poetic interpretation of Anne Frank’s diary. Among her other published works, she has co-authored a suspense novel and penned a romantic comedy. She is a member of the Hampton Roads Writers and the Chesapeake Romance Writers.
  • The founder of Women Empowered in the Millennium Inc. and Angela Corprew-Boyd Ministries Inc., the Elder and author Corprew-Boyd conducts Empowered Leadership Training sessions. She has traveled across the globe to teach and preach the gospel and to serve as a conference consultant.
  • A Suffolk native, Giles is a self-taught artist, specializing in watercolors. He has self-published two books. He has lived in many different countries, which have served as inspirations for some of his artwork. He has shown in numerous galleries and his work has been showcased at many festivals.
  • Best known for his dark fantasy thrillers about vampires being used by the U.S. military, Ruggiero has written a series of books on the subject. He has his own short story collection, “Humans Need Not Apply,” and his short stories are included in several anthologies. Audio versions of some of his books will be available this year.

Following the panel readings, the authors will be available to autograph books.
The Literary Festival will also be highlighted by poetry open-mic sessions, readings from the student poetry contest winners and raffles. All raffle proceeds will support the PDCCC Literary Club’s efforts to continue offering community programs and college events.
In addition, plenty of activities have been planned for the children’s entertainment. These include storytelling by Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., College President, and Dr. Harriette Arrington, dean of the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, as well as puppet shows, and arts and crafts.
The event is free. For more information, contact Jacobs at 757.925.6331 or rjacobs@pdc.edu.


Saturday Math Tutoring Program Begins at Paul D. Camp Community College

~FREE Math Help Available on April 26, May 3, May 10, and May 17~
Are you struggling with performing basic math functions? Are any children in your home having problems in school doing fractions, multiplication or division? None of you would be alone. Math continues to be one of the greatest challenge areas for many.
According to Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., PDCCC President and advocate for the College’s launch of this math tutoring initiative, without a good grasp of basic math skills, many of the opportunities in our new and changing market place simply will be unavailable to job seekers.
That’s why the College’s “Math Saturday” Tutoring effort was begun. Beginning Saturday, April 26, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the College’s Suffolk Hobbs Campus located at 271 Kenyon Road, targeted, open-access, free of charge tutoring support to children in grades 4 through 6 will start.
“We are excited about the launch of the Math Saturday tutoring effort. It’s easy to participate. Students with their parents and guardians will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis,” said Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins Brady.
“Each session is limited to 30 minutes in order to provide access to all those interested. We’ll have games and information for the parents and students as they wait to be served. This is our first foray into this area and we’re looking forward to launching other aspects of our Math Academy program.”
The math tutoring effort is part of a larger PDCCC Math Academy program.
“PDCCC’s Math Academy is a new grant-funded, multi-strategy initiative to promote mathematics literacy. We are doing the program in partnership with schools and community organizations in the College’s service region. The elements of Math Academy include “Math Academy Saturdays” tutoring, a symposia with K-12 educators, and the provision of mathematics resources to the community through the College’s new Library Learning Commons,” added Dr. Atkins-Brady.
This initial offering of Math Academy Saturdays is made possible by generous grants from the Suffolk Foundation and the Community Action Coalition of Virginia. PDCCC plans to expand the Math Academy Saturdays to its Franklin Campus, and to other grade levels as well as adults.
For more information, contact PDCCC Program Coordinator Rebecca Mercer at rmercer@pdc.edu.


Paul D. Camp Community College Students Kokich and Kimlick Named to State-Level Academic Team

Paul D. Camp Community College students Madalyn Kimlick and Alexandra Kokich, both of Franklin, were named to the 2014 All-Virginia Academic Team during the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s annual awards luncheon held April 16, 2014 at the Richmond Omni Hotel.
PTK Advisor Troy Hand said that the team is designed to recognize PTK members for their academic achievements, leadership and service.

From left: Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., College President; Kimlick and Kokich, Academic Team members; Trina Jones, Dean of Student Services; Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, Vice President of Academic and Student Development and Hand.
Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges.


Seven Additional Scholarships Established at Paul D. Camp Community College due to Generosity of Donors

All new scholarships are available for Fall 2014 semester
Seven new scholarships have been established to help students pay for their studies at Paul D. Camp Community College.
The College has more than 45 scholarships available and awards them each fall and spring semester. In addition to the 17 existing scholarships for new and continuing students in fall, the following awards will be available:

  • The Cynthia A. Shaffer Scholarship. Given by her brother, Eric Shaffer, in memory of Cynthia’s lifetime of caring service to others as a nurse. Two scholarships will be awarded in fall and one during spring semester.
  • The Roy and Eleanor Epps Cornwell Scholarship. Funded by Locke and Cathy Cornwell Floyd, and their sons, Michael, Brian and Paul Floyd, the scholarship has been given in memory of the Cornwells, in honor of the nurses who cared for them and in appreciation of the people in the Western Tidewater area who were part of their lives.
  • Margaret L. Brown Education Scholarship Fund. Established by Clay and Susan White of Suffolk, this scholarship has been funded in memory of Ms. Brown, who was dedicated to the academic success of her students and to inspire them to become great citizens.
  • Nellie C. White Business Scholarship Fund. This award was also established by Clay and Susan White in memory of successful business woman Nellie White, who exemplified hard work, dedication and the pursuance of one’s dreams.
  • The City of Suffolk Early Childhood Development Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will be awarded to a Suffolk resident who is majoring in Early Childhood Development at PDCCC and is employed in the field.
  • Frances P. Hobbs Memorial Scholarship. Established by her children, Kermit Hobbs and Cynthia Baker, in honor of her support of Paul D. Camp Community College, this fund supports students who are furthering their education in the fields of engineering and technology.
  • The William and Dorothy Gwaltney Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is given in memory of Mr. And Mrs. Gwaltney to recognize their commitment to promoting higher education in their home and their community.

“We are so pleased to make these scholarships available to our students,” said Felicia Blow, Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation and Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the College. “It costs about one-third less to attend Paul D. Camp Community College than to go to a four-year public college. However, without financial aid and scholarships provided by generous donors, many students would still not be able to afford to continue their education.”
In 2013, the PDCCC Financial Aid Office awarded nearly 70 scholarships totaling more than $55,000 to students. The acceptance period of scholarship applications for new and returning students and Dual Enrollment Camp Opportunity funds is now open for fall semester.
For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 757.569.6790 or visit www.pdc.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/.


The Hurrah Players Perform April 24 at the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center

The Hurrah Players Inc., Virginia’s leading family theatre company, will perform at Paul D. Camp Community College Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at the Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin. Broadway hits will be featured during the performance.
“Bringing a group of this caliber to Paul D. Camp Community College helps raise cultural awareness and broadens our community’s appreciation of the arts,” said Dr. MeChelle Blunt, PDCCC Student Activities Coordinator. “Music is a universal language that fosters unity and pleasure.”
Blunt said that she hopes that families, churches, schools and community groups will join PDCCC’s faculty, staff and students and attend the free concert.
Refreshments will be served at the event. To find out more about the theatre company, visit www.hurrahplayers.com. For more information about the local performance, call the Office of Student Activities at 757.569.6767.


Country Music Star Colton James Holds Concert to Benefit Paul D. Camp Community College & Foundation

~ True to his roots, Colton James’ July 11 Concert Gives Back to Community ~
Plenty of toe-tapping and boot scooting are in store when CMT star Colton James comes home in July. True to form, James is returning to give back to the community he loves by performing a benefit concert for Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC) on Friday, July 11, at 8 p.m. at the Regional Workforce Development Center at 100 North College, Franklin.
Sponsored by the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation, concert proceeds will help fund the College’s Math Academy, adult program tutors, student scholarships, and faculty training and development.
Colton James Giving Back Through Service
James, who approached College officials about holding the fundraiser, is not only known for his knack for writing and performing original country songs, but also for being a country boy. Raised in Hampton Roads and now residing in Southampton County and Nashville, he remains true to his roots by embracing opportunities to give back to the community.
“This is a phenomenal opportunity for the College,” says Wm. Paul Conco, PhD., president of PDCCC. “It is a fun way to raise funds for the Foundation and introduce the College to those who aren’t familiar with the resources we offer to the community.”
James’ philanthropy is seen in many ways. Through his support of our country’s troops, he received a standing ovation from 16,000 fans after his performance of “Brave Men” at Little Creek Amphibious Base in Norfolk when he opened for Jason Aldean. He and his wife, Cassie, founded Fishin 4 Heroes and are actively involved in Truckin 4 Troops, which both support our active military and veterans. “No aspect of support is too small—just a kind word can go a long way,” he said. After learning about Diane Stokle, who was battling breast cancer, he co-wrote “What Keeps Her Strong,” in her honor, as she was an inspiration and a strong woman. Not only did he have the opportunity to sing this special song to her, but he has also performed it during the Race for the Cure and for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
“I am always looking for ways to help people because so many others have touched my life,” James said. “If it were not for supporters, believers and listeners, I would not have experienced the success I have had so far.”
The country singer has opened for Toby Keith, Mark Chestnutt, Chris Cagle, Joe Nichols, Dixie Chicks, Lonestar, Keith Anderson and Trick Pony. Residents may remember local concerts that included playing the Franklin Southampton County Fair.
“What better way to celebrate area resources than a concert performed by a local country legend that benefits PDCCC students and staff education,” said Felicia Blow, Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation and Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “It is going to be a great time for a great cause.”
James’ latest single is “101 Proof.” He is also working on a reality show titled, “Reel Water Cowboy,” where he travels to exotic locations with his guitar and tackle.
How to Get Tickets
Buy tickets online at www.pdcconcert.org or at the Regional Workforce Development Center. Prices of tickets are as follows:
Seating Price
VIP Seating $75
General Seating $20
Open Admission (Standing) $10
Vice President of Academics and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady said, “Despite the very low tuition costs to obtain an education at the College, our services are still out of reach for many. And, the Faculty who support student learning are consistently in need of development to further strengthen their classroom and project-based learning environments and other student-based activities. Proceeds from this event will make a big difference in helping students and our learning partners.”
For more information, call the PDCCC Office of Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790. Buy tickets online at www.pdcconcert.org.


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