Phi Theta Kappa members raise funds as well as awareness

Alyssa-Felgentreu-Candice-TriplettMembers of the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society at Paul D. Camp Community College bussed tables Tuesday night at El Ranchero Mexican Restaurant on Council Drive to raise funds for the organization.
Recording Secretary Alyssa Felgentreu, left, and Vice President of Service Candice Triplett were among the members on hand who helped to raise awareness of PTK.
Ten percent of sales were donated by El Ranchero to the organization.
The group raised $120 to help with the cost of its annual induction ceremony and trip to the national convention.


Paul D. Camp Community College scores with new head coach hire

~Clay Hyatt began new role this week~

Clay HyattThe Paul D. Camp Community College Hurricanes are celebrating a new addition to the athletics department.
Clay Hyatt, a 2005 graduate of Franklin High School, has been hired to serve as head coach of the women’s and men’s soccer teams and campus life coordinator.
PDC announced plans in January to have the new teams in place for competition by the fall semester, which starts in late August.
Hyatt, also a 2009 graduate of North Carolina Wesleyan, where he played soccer, has worked with the City of Franklin Park and Recreation Department for seven years as athletic specialist and is past president and founder of the Franklin Fire Soccer Club.
In addition, he has coached soccer for 10 years and has experience working with the United States Soccer Federation.
According to PDCCC Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach David Mitchell, who has already built a camaraderie among the Hurricane athletes since his arrival in 2017, Hyatt is currently recruiting for both soccer teams.
“We are extremely pleased to bring Clay on board at PDCCC,” said Mitchell. “He has the skills and expertise to hit the ground running. Implementing soccer will really help move the athletics department forward.”
The sports program has quickly picked up momentum, and enrollment has already increased since 2017 when the baseball program was created.
The community saw softball implementation and the hire of Coach Carrie Hoeft following soon after in 2018.
The addition of soccer is projected to increase full-time enrollment by 50 more students.
In addition to practice, class assignments and game commitments, the PDC Hurricanes are engaged in additional activities that build teamwork, leadership and fundraising skills. They serve as role models for our local youth.
For more information regarding PDCCC athletics, contact Mitchell at 757-569-6767 or or visit


Stoneburner of Sentara Obici inspires Paul D. Camp Community College nursing students

Stoneburner talked to the students about the opportunities nursing can provide to them.
Paul D. Camp Community College nursing students were encouraged by a recent visit from Sentara Obici Hospital’s Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer Phyllis Stoneburner.
This is the third year that she has taken the time to spend with the senior class of Registered Nursing (RN) students at the college.
“With her passion for nursing and her leadership experience, she shared what their future may look like and the opportunities that nursing can provide for them,” said Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program Lead /Associate Professor of Nursing Trudy Kuehn. “As always, she was engaging and left the students eager to complete their degree and begin their careers.”
Stoneburner advised the students to work in a supportive environment that will assist them in their aspirations.
Slightly tearful, as she will soon retire, Stoneburner said to be a nurse is a “privilege and honor. I am grateful to have had such a diverse, but meaningful career.”
Stoneburner holds a diploma in nursing from the Riverside School of Professional Nursing, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Christopher Newport University and a Master of Business Administration from West Virginia University.
“She is always gracious with the students and candid in her answers,” said Kuehn. “She welcomes the hopes, dreams and fears of the new RN graduates.
“She will be greatly missed upon her retirement. We hope to entice her out of retirement next year to continue to dispense her special brand of advice to the next generation of nurses.”
For more information about the RN program at PDCCC, email
The seniors in the registered nursing program took valuable information and inspiration from Phyllis Stoneburner, who served as a recent guest lecturer.


Paul D. Camp Community students awarded scholarships for spring 2019

Tori Ricks Joyce Davis Kermit HobbsRecipient of the Ryan L. Kirkland Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students, Tori Ricks of Franklin, from left, Joyce Davis and O. Kermit Hobbs Jr. enjoy food and conversation during the reception.
Paul D. Camp Community College students were selected for more than $4,500 in scholarships for the spring 2019 semester.
“We are thankful that we have so many in the community who believe in our mission and goals,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Workforce Development Dr. Renee Felts. Felts also serves as executive director of the PDCCC Foundation which oversees the scholarships. “We can never do too much to help our students succeed.”
The following students received awards for the upcoming semester:

  • William J. Gay of Isle of Wight County-Kiwanas Club of Smithfield Scholarship
  • Dawson J. Stevens of Franklin-Perry R. Adams Scholarshp
  • Kirsta D. Rose of Isle of Wight County-Woman’s Club of Smithfield Scholarship
  • Keshonta T. Banks of Suffolk-Matthews & Reed Nursing Scholarship and the Col. Lula B. Holland, US Army (Ret.), MSW, BSN, AA Scholarship
  • David R. Claud Jr. of Franklin-Jim Lassiter PDCCC Scholarship
  • Tamra E. Boone of Southampton County-Kings Fork Woman’s Club of Suffolk Scholarship
  • Megan E. Hatfield of Southampton County-Bertella C. Westbrook Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students
  • Victoria A. Kouassi of Isle of Wight County-Connie Patterson Memorial Nursing Scholarship
  • Tori M. Ricks of Franklin-Ryan L. Kirkland Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students
  • Bonnie B. Burns of Franklin-Karen Phillips Chase Memorial Nursing Scholarship
  • Whitney H. Gibson of Franklin-Jim Lassiter PDCCC Scholarship
  • Olivia A. Smith of Suffolk- Woman’s Club of Smithfield Scholarship

A reception was held recently to celebrate both the fall 2018 and spring 2019 recipients, donors and namesakes. The fall recipients names and awards were published in September 2018.
Scholarships for the fall 2019 semester will also open on Wednesday, Feb. 20, and will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27. Scholarships are available for new and continuing students, graduating high schools seniors, and high school dual enrollment students for fall 2019. For more information or to apply, visit

The BoycesDr. Douglas W. Boyce, who served as PDCCC President from 2002 to 2010, and his wife, Grace, attended the event. The Boyces, along with their family and friends, fund a scholarship in memory of Donald C. Boyce, who was a dedicated elementary school teacher.


Paul D. Camp Community College continues to address needs of students

~ Providing resources helps focus remain on studies ~

Shauna Davis, executive director of the VCCS Student Success Center and office of professional development shared her experiences in education during a lunchtime session at last year’s event that included both students, and faculty/staff groups.
The Paul D. Camp Community College Students Transitioning through Education Program Successfully (STEPS) team is gearing up for its 4th Annual Student Success Symposium. This year’s event, themed “Creating a Culture of Caring, Collaboration and Completion, Addressing Students’ Basic Needs Insecurity,” will be held at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center on Tuesday, March 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
According to research released from the Wisconsin HOPE Lab in April 2018, titled, “Still Hungry and Homeless in College, it is estimated that 42 percent of community college students experienced food insecurity in the 30 days preceding the survey; 46 percent reported being housing insecure within the last year of the survey; and 12 percent reported being homeless during the last year of the survey. Although the numbers have decreased from a larger study conducted in 2017, these are critical issues that students face—issues that have drawn the attention of Virginia’s Community Colleges as well.
In addition, another report released recently from the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), stated analysis of data from the Department of Education showed that 2 million at-risk students who were potentially eligible for SNAP did not report receiving benefits in 2016. It was recommended by GAO that the Food and Nutrition Service improve student eligibility information on its website and share information on state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) agencies’ approaches to helping eligible students.
“Addressing basic student needs is a college-wide effort,” said STEPS College Success Coach Dr. Sandra Walker. “The STEPS team has presented professional development on the topic for faculty and staff, and engaged the community in an effort to develop a shared language, understanding and commitment around how basic needs insecurity may impact individuals who frequent those agencies or establishments.”
According to PDCCC Vice President for Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, the 4th Annual event provides opportunities for faculty and staff professional development, as well as student growth.
“The focus is on relevant issues that our students face that may prevent them from reaching their education and employment goals,” she said. We are always striving to help our students in any way possible.”
The PDCCC STEPS program is part of the Virginia Community College System Chancellor’s College Success Coach Initiative and helps underserved students with their personal, academic and career goals. The program has made great strides and earned recognition since its launch at PDCCC in 2012. As research continued to surface regarding student food and home insecurities, a foodbank committee was implemented in 2017 by PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin.
“At PDCCC, we are focused on the overall well-being of our students,” said Lufkin. “We should always keep our students in the forefront and evaluate their issues so that we can respond in a supportive way that helps them stay on track. That is why it is significant that we formed the Foodbank Committee and developed the partnership with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.”
According to Walker, among those invited to register are college, university, high school and homeschooled students; staff, faculty, adjuncts and administrators; community organization members; human service providers; researchers, elected officials and policy makers.
The Student Success Symposium is free, however, registration is required. Participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the college’s foodbank or toiletry item for the Genieve Shelter to help support community service projects.
For more details, email Success Coaches Dr. Sandra Walker, or Karen Owens, To register, log onto


College success coach raises awareness with community partners regarding hunger and homelessness

Clint Rudy Dr Walker Jennifer BrownDirector of the City of Suffolk Libraries Clint Rudy, left, and Youth and Family Services Manager Jennifer Brown, right, receive certificates of participation signed by Dr. Sandra Walker, center, and Vice President of Academic and Student Development Dr. Tara Atkins-Brady, on behalf of PDCCC. Not pictured are Manager of Library Locations Tiffany Duck and Outreach and Program Services Manager Megan Mulvey.
Paul D. Camp Community College Success Coach Dr. Sandra Walker presented a workshop to the City of Suffolk Libraries staff that focused on the implications of poverty on teaching, learning and the workplace. In addition, she shared new research about poverty, food and housing insecurity, hunger, homelessness, and how this affects the success of students, communities and workplaces.
In April 2018, Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab and colleagues released the report, Still Hungry and Homeless in College. The research revealed that 42 percent of community college students had food insecurity in the last 30 days that preceded the survey and 46 percent were housing insecure within the last year.
“We know that the student sitting in one of our classes could very well be the same patron served by one of the libraries or the client of the human services agency in our service region,” Walker said. “To this end, engagement and communication are the cornerstones of our partnerships.”
PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin formed a food bank committee in 2017 that works in partnership with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and Eastern Shore to provide some assistance to the students.
Walker added, “PDCCC has a pulse on emerging trends within higher education, which includes a movement to address the students’ basic needs.”
For more information, contact Walker at


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