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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 00:00

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SCC Foundation to host gala at Harrah’s

The Southwestern Community College Foundation will hold its annual “Bluegrass, Blue Jeans & Bling” gala at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort just as the Student Success Campaign nears the completion of its “March to a Million” fundraising effort.

The campaign is less than $53,000 shy of establishing the first $1 million scholarship endowment in SCC’s history. With enough support, the gala could push the campaign past the seven-figure mark.

This is the fourth straight year the SCC Foundation has held a gala in an effort to close the wide gap between the number of students that qualify for scholarships and the actual number of students that receive scholarships each year.

Frogtown will provide the bluegrass music for the evening, and classics singer Steve Johannessen will perform as well. There will also be a wine pull, silent auction, cornhole and a best dressed “Blue Jeans and Bling” contest along with the meal prepared by the chefs of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.

Tickets are $150 each, and table sponsorships begin at $1,500.

828.339.4227 or visit www.southwesterncc.edu/gala.

 

Record freshman class moves in at WCU

Smiles and tears were in abundance at Western Carolina University on Friday, Aug. 18, as the university welcomed what is expected to be a record freshman class to campus.

WCU’s freshman class is expected to number around 2,000 students. They are part of a total student enrollment that is expected to be an all-time record for WCU – around 11,000 students.

WCU also unveiled the newly renovated Brown Hall, a historic building on campus that has been transformed into a modern dining facility in a “mountain lodge” style.

 

Orientations planned for Macon schools

Mountain View Intermediate — Fifth grade orientation will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24; sixth grade drop-in will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 23

Highlands School — Open House for students will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24

Cartoogechaye — Open house drop in from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24

East Franklin — Open house drop in from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23 Nantahala — Open House drop in from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24

South Macon — Open house and orientation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 Franklin High School — Freshman orientation will ne held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 at the Fine Arts Center

Iotla Valley — An open house and orientation will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24

Macon Middle School — Seventh grade and new student orientation will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 and eighth grade open house drop in will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24

 

Nursing scholarship started at HCC

The Sue A. Morgan Nursing Scholarship was recently established through the Haywood Community College Foundation.

Cynthia Bowen, Rosemary Hooper and Vaughn Hooper donated funds for the scholarship in memory of Sue Morgan. Morgan was employed by Haywood County Hospital for almost 20 years and Haywood Community College for 15 years. Throughout her career, Morgan touched many lives in Haywood County and the region.

For more information on the Sue A. Morgan Nursing Scholarship or how to support the HCC Foundation, call 828.627.4544, visit haywood.edu or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Entegra donation yields $22,000 for SCC

Entegra Bank recently offered to match up to $10,000 in gifts to Southwestern Community College’s Student Success Campaign, and the SCC Foundation quickly found a group of donors who fully leveraged the match and pushed the fundraising effort to within $58,000 of the seven-figure milestone.

Including the $10,000 matching gift, Entegra Bank has now contributed more than $68,000 to the campaign. Pepsi Cola of Whittier gave $6,000 toward the effort. Allison Outdoor Advertising gave $2,000, and Leo James donated $1,000 to the effort. Debora and Michael Lindsay of Epic West in Bryson City added $3,000 to help SCC get closer to its goal of providing scholarship assistance to more students than ever before.

The campaign now has crossed the $940,000 threshold, and five students will each receive $4,000 Student Success scholarships to help them attend SCC in the upcoming academic year.

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HCC students compete in SkillsUSA NC

Haywood Community College students recently competed in SkillsUSA NC, where they brought home four awards. HCC electrical systems technology student Cory Ross won first place and secured a spot in the national competition.

At the state level, other HCC top finishes included building construction technology student Wesley Sears with a second place finish, building construction technology student Damon McDaniels with a third place finish and electrical systems technology student Luke Lamar with a fifth place finish.

SkillsUSA NC is the largest showcase of Career and Technical Education in North Carolina.

 

HCC students enhance Learning Support Center

Haywood Community College’s Learning Support Services at the tutoring and testing center are making use of the skills and expertise of HCC students to enhance the tutoring and testing experience.

Instructor Amy Putansu and professional crafts fiber students, with the assistance of Building Construction Technology instructor John Mark Roberts, created sound suppressor boards out of woven material mounted on plywood for the tutoring room to mute sound and improving the look of the area.

Doug Cabe, instructor for Computer-Integrated Machining, and students provided Learning Support Services with plastic, numbered key tabs for lockers used in the testing area.

 

Wiggins start scholarship at HCC

Sam and Carolyn Wiggins have established an endowment for the Sam L. and Carolyn P. Wiggins Scholarship at Haywood Community College.

Sam was an executive at Dayco Corporation and served as director of the HCC’s Regional High Technology Center for over 10 years beginning in 1986 before the center opened. Sam also served on the HCC board of trustees and the HCC Foundation board of directors.

The scholarship will be awarded to a graduate of Tuscola High School within the last five years of application. Preference will be given to full-time students. Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA. The scholarship will be used to cover tuition and fees at HCC.

Call 828.627.4544, visit www.haywood.edu or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Wijewickrama named ‘Master Teacher’

Haywood Community College program manager and instructor of medical office administration Jodi Wijewickrama was named master teacher at the college.

This award is a distinguished teaching award presented to the full-time curriculum faculty member who most exemplifies excellence in teaching by demonstrating excellent teaching, leadership and service to the College and the community.

 

Also:

• Bridgit McCarthy of Shining Rock Classical Academy in Waynesville was named TeamCFA’s 2017 Teacher of the Year. McCarthy has taught at two of TeamCFA network schools and was chosen from among literally hundreds of her peers. She teaches middle school students and works tirelessly to engage her students.

• Retired educator Lambert Wilson of Bryson City was recently appointed to Southwestern Community College’s board of trustees for a third consecutive term. He has been on SCC’s board since 2009, and his current term expires in July of 2021.

• Jeff Cloer of Franklin was sworn in for a second term as a member of Southwestern Community College’s board of trustees. He originally joined SCC’s board of trustees in 2013, and his current four-year term runs through June 30, 2021.

• Macon County Schools recently hired Andy Pyle to serve as principal of Nantahala School. Contact Pyles at 828.321.4388 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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