PDCCC Instructor organizes hurricane relief aid

Hurricane Relief 1From left: Steven Street, Kristen Lander, Natalie Street, Jeff Lander and Patrick Street
By Desiree Urquhart
PDCCC Grants Coordinator
In the aftermath of Hurricanes Florence’s and Michael’s historic paths of destruction through towns and hamlets in North Carolina and beachfront resort towns along Florida’s panhandle, good Samaritans from all over the country have been answering the call to provide on-going relief aid to citizens and animals in the stricken areas.
Two such angels of mercy were Steven Street, lead trades instructor at Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC) and his wife, Natalie, an instructional coach at Carrollton Elementary School in Isle of Wight County.
Steven and Natalie, along with Steven’s brother, Patrick, and friends Kristen and Jeff Lander, loaded up three SUVs and a mid-size U-Haul truck with water, non-perishable food, first aid supplies and pallets of dog and cat food to distribute to our neighbors to our immediate south following Florence’s devastation.
This humanitarian effort resulted from a “call to action” by Steven to faculty and staff colleagues at the college and from Natalie’s outreach to her friends and public school co-workers. Natalie’s local family and friends who live in Jacksonville, NC, helped to support the couple’s initial effort by giving them a list of their top needs. Steven immediately jumped on the bandwagon to solicit relief items from his co-workers at PDCCC in order to assist people and families in his in-law’s community and surrounding areas affected by the storm.
Steven notified the entire PDCCC family, including those on the Franklin and Hobbs Suffolk campuses, as well as those at the center in Smithfield, of what he and his wife were planning to do to aid in the clean-up and relief effort. He asked for donations of water, batteries, canned goods, pet food, diapers, cleaning supplies, toiletries and personal hygiene items.
Not only did faculty and staff answer the call, even students jumped at the chance to help others. Within a matter of days after Florence passed over North Carolina, Steven’s office was piled to the ceiling with donations. To make the collection and transport of items easier, Steven announced he would have a U-Haul truck parked at PDCCC’s Franklin campus. Nurses from the Allied Health Department went shopping at Walmart during their lunch hour and put their supplies directly into the truck.
Natalie organized her donation collection similarly. Her work colleagues and friends donated by the dozens and helped Natalie fill three SUVs with much needed supplies for victims of the storm. Many of Natalie’s staff members also had family and friends affected by Florence and found the humanitarian effort by the Streets the perfect way for them to also lend a helping hand.
The Streets and Landers set out for Jacksonville on Saturday, Sept. 22. The usual three-hour trip took over five hours because roads were closed due to flood waters or downed trees. A neighbor of Natalie’s parents who owned a rental property that was undamaged by the hurricane, provided it free of charge as overnight accommodations to these Virginia volunteers.
After two days of handing out some supplies directly to victims in Jacksonville, Steven and his band of gratuitous helpers dropped off their U-Haul supplies at a variety of distribution shelters that opened up in the area. The Onslow Outreach Community, Soup Kitchen, and Samaritan’s Purse were the main shelters where their donated supplies were dispensed. They also met linemen, many from New Jersey and Illinois, who had come to help restore power to the area. Steven and Natalie made it a point to come to the aid of these first responders by giving them bottles of water, snacks, and face wipes.
This benevolent team plans to return to the flood ravaged area again during Thanksgiving as recovery is going to take months, if not years. Anyone interested in donating supplies to be delivered during the holiday season may reach Steve at sstreet@pdc.edu or Natalie at nstreet@iwcs.k12.va.us.

Hurricane Relief 2Caravan of vehicles loaded with non-perishable food, water and hurricane relief supplies for distribution in North Carolina.

Hurricane Relief 3Lander loads the U-Haul with bottled water for the residents stricken by Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Relief 4Lander begins loading pet food to help the affected pets of residents in North Carolina.

Hurricane Relief 5Donation drop-off at aid station set up in Jacksonville, NC.


PDCCC College Night draws approximately 300 participants

College Night High PointRyan Dillan of High Point University in North Carolina prepares to provide information to those participating in College Night.

Paul D. Camp Community College’s annual College Night drew a large crowd to the Regional Workforce Development Center.
“We had a great turnout,” said PDCCC Academic Advisor Nicole Jordan. Jordan and her colleague, Chris Ricks, coordinated the event. “Altogether, there was about 300 students and their parents from Southampton County, Suffolk, Isle of Wight and homeschools.”
In addition, representatives of 51 educational institutions were in attendance. “Many representatives, including our well-known area schools like University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, Christopher Newport University, Norfolk State University, The Apprentice School, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Wesleyan University were present, but students also had the opportunity to get information from colleges they might have only seen on the internet,” said Jordan. They included institutions such as The University of Alabama, ECPI Culinary Institute of Virginia, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Johnson & Wales University and Bluefield College.”
In addition to the informational booths, those interested in assistance with filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), were helped prior to College Night in the computer lab at the Workforce Development Center.
According to Dean of Student Services Trina Jones, this event provides a great opportunity for participants to see what area colleges, universities, and technical and trade schools have to offer.

College Night SentaraKevin Lawrence of Sentara College of Health Sciences was also prepared to help students, potential students and their parents with any questions about the institution


Easterday selected for the June Fleming Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship at PDCCC

Ajalyn EasterdayAjalyn Easterday graduated from ARGS in June. She is the recipient of the June Fleming Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship at Paul D. Camp Community College.
There is no room for pretentiousness in any given hour of the day for Ajalyn Easterday. She is grateful for any opportunities that arise—and whether it is through her academic performance or a dance performance, she finds a way to show it.
“My mom and dad are my biggest role models,” she said. “They have taught me to have a strong, consistent work ethic in order to reach my goals.” Ajalyn is the daughter of Tamika and Jeremy Easterday.
The 18-year-old has been awarded the June Fleming Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship at Paul D. Camp Community College—named for the college’s recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy awarded in April.
Easterday graduated in June from the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School (ARGS) for Arts and Technology in Petersburg. While there, she served as a member and co-president of the Interact Club, a service organization through which she assisted in the initiation of school and community outreach projects.
“One of these projects was a peer tutoring program within school hours to accommodate those who weren’t able to stay after hours, along with helping the incoming freshmen become accustomed to their new classes and work load,” she said. “While I assisted peers with their classes, I was also able to utilize this resource and receive help from other Interact tutors.”
The PDCCC general studies major also served as a mentor through a performing arts organization, Dance Interface, while at the Governor’s school. The dance group performed at various events and venues, but Binford Middle School, where they had established a dance program for their students, stands out for Ajalyn.
“I was able to help teach a master class for more than 20 students and demonstrated choreography,” she recalled. “This experience inspired me because I was able to mentor young dancers who share the same passion with me and help them learn more about the craft of dance.”
In addition, Easterday found time to participate as a member and treasurer of the French Club and was a member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts.
“Her peers relied on her to keep them on task in various classes,” said David Speaks II, Easterday’s math instructor at ARGS. “They looked to her for organizational skills. She was always making study guides and various tools that would not only help her, but others as well.”
Easterday also took English dual enrollment classes at John Tyler Community College and social science classes through Richard Bland College of William & Mary. She earned the Human Anatomy Academic Scholar Award in May 2017 and Best Group Choreographical Work in May 2018.
In her first semester at PDCCC, she plans to earn an associate’s degree before transferring to Longwood University to major in biology.
“The field of medicine interests me the most and through my studies, I hope to find the right career path for me,” she said. “Orthopedic surgery is something I am interested in pursuing, along with becoming a physical therapist for a professional dance company.”
She is currently fulfilling her passion for the performing arts by teaching ballet and serving as a teacher’s assistant at Carol Fox’s Contemporary School of Dance. She is an active member of the Rock Church of Franklin through which she volunteers for activities and where she is part of a life group for young adults.
“My parents have always been there through the early morning rehearsals, the late night shows, and the long drives between the studio and school,” she said. “I am lucky to have a mother and father who continue to support me through all of my endeavors.”
Easterday is also grateful for her selection as the June Fleming Commonwealth Legacy Scholar.
“This scholarship will give me the opportunity to further my education,” she said. “It will help me put a strong foot forward academically and financially for next year, and my coming years at a larger university.”


Paul D. Camp Community College participates in Careers in Energy Week

GIE logoPaul D. Camp Community College will help raise awareness of energy-related fields and jobs during October 15 through 19 as part of Governor Ralph Northam’s declaration of Careers in Energy Week in Virginia. This comes on the heels of Northam’s revealing of the 2018 Virginia Energy Plan, which includes the vision for the state’s energy policy for the next 10 years.
“This is a great opportunity for Paul D. Camp to increase awareness of these industries, because collectively, energy jobs include a wide range of careers from engineers to customer service representatives,” said David Lorenz, associate professor of Electronics/Mechatronics and Robotics.
According to getintoenergy.com, the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) and member companies have been working together to create this special week devoted to energy careers awareness since 2010.
“PDCCC will share energy-related career facts on its social media sites and website during the designated week,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Workforce Development Dr. Renee Felts. “The college offers training and classes in many energy-related jobs, so we’ve got a lot to talk about.”
To see the Governor’s full proclamation, visit www.governor.virginia.gov/.


Application period for spring 2019 scholarships is underway at Paul D. Camp Community College

Paul D. Camp Community College is now accepting applications for spring 2019 scholarships. New and continuing students have until Monday, October 29, at 11:59 p.m. to complete the process.
“Our new automated scholarship application system is in place and we encourage students to get an early start on their paperwork,” said Dr. Renee Felts, vice president for institutional advancement and workforce development/ executive director of the PDCCC Foundation. “There are nearly 20 scholarships available for the spring semester.”
Students who applied for fall scholarships are also welcome to apply for spring opportunities as long as they meet the criteria listed for the award(s).
Including the fall awards that were recently announced, Paul D. Camp has approximately $135,000 available in scholarships for the entire year.
For more information, visit www.pdc.edu/scholarships.


PDCCC Foundation Golf Tournament nets more than $13,000 for athletic program

Athletic Director David Mitchell and Operations Manager Phillip Bradshaw made rounds to check on the golfers and volunteers.
Paul D. Camp Community College hosted 16 teams at its recent 15th Annual Golf Tournament held at the Cypress Cove Country Club. The event was a success, netting more than $13,000 that will benefit the newly formed Hurricanes baseball and softball teams.
“We want to thank everyone who sponsored, participated and donated to this fundraising event,” said Dr. Renee Felts, vice president for institutional advancement and workforce development/executive director of the PDCCC Foundation. “The athletic program is important to student engagement, which is part of our mission to ensure student success.”
Winners of the tournament are as follows:
First Flight
First Place: Ron McLendon, Tony Hamilton and Mike Caraway
Second Place: Jeff Poehls, Jeff Bird and Greg Dady
Third Place: Randy Hedgepeth, Roger Mumford, David Symanski and Marc Patterson
Second Flight
First Place: RP Watson, Forrest Caulder, Rick McGee and Hunter Brown
Second Place: Jorge Marrero, JR Sweet, Jeff Beale and Tim Romeo
Third Place: Ed Miller, Kevin Bryars and Tim Sayles
Superlative Awards
Closest to Pin: Hunter Brown
Longest Drive Men: Roger Mumford
Longest Drive Women: Teresa Beale

David Lorenz, Heather Eckman and Bill Wentz get some practice time in before the tournament.

Registrants prepare to head out on the green to get the tournament underway.


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