Monday, September 22, 2014

Join the BCCC Foundation for a trip to see Phantom of the Opera

Join the Beaufort County Community College Foundation, Saturday, Oct. 18, for a trip to Durham to see the stage production of Phantom of the Opera, Broadway’s longest-running musical.
The trip will also include time for a visit to the renowned Paul Green Theater in Chapel Hill with a lecture by Professor Jeff Phipps.
The cost of the trip, open to all BCCC students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the college, is $200 per person. The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 10.
The price of the trip includes transportation to and from Durham, lunch and tickets for seats in the orchestra section for Phantom of the Opera at the Durham Performing Arts Center in downtown Durham.
The trip will leave the parking lot at BCCC by 7:30 a.m. and travel to Chapel Hill for a tour of the Paul Green Theater. Located in the Center for Dramatic Art on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus, the Paul Green Theatre is a 500 seat facility that was completed in 1976. The theater is home to PlayMakers’ six annual Mainstage productions as well as professional actors, directors and artists from across the country. It is named for the American playwrite, known for his depictions of North Carolina during the early 20th Century. He is best remembered for his outdoor dramas, including The Lost Colony, written in 1937.
The group will travel from the theater to lunch at Kitchen in Chapel Hill. Recently voted the best French restaurant in that town, Kitchen serves traditional French bistro fare made from local ingredients in an informal environment. Travelers will have a three-course lunch that includes appetizer, entrée and dessert.
After lunch, the group will travel to DPAC for a matinee performance of Phantom of the Opera, which opened on Broadway in 1988 and has been performed there more than 11,000 times. Based on the French novel by Gaston Leroux, the musical’s central plot revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daa√©, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius. The beloved story and thrilling score – featuring songs such as “Music of the Night,” and “All I Ask of You” - will be performed by a cast of 52, making this production one of the largest now on tour.
After the performance, participants will depart Durham for the trip home and enjoy light refreshments on the bus.

For more information, or to register, contact Marcia Norwood, Foundation specialist, at 252-940-6218, or Judy Jennette, Foundation director, at 252-940-6326. Information is also available on the BCCC Newsblog at or the BCCC website at

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Overholt receives Robert C. Page Scholarship

Martin Overholt
Martin Overholt has been awarded the Robert C. Page Scholarship to attend Beaufort County Community College this fall.
Established by Lena Page in 1992 in memory of Robert C. Page, this annual scholarship is awarded to a nursing student who demonstrates high academic achievement and financial need.
Overholt, 55, of Pantego, is a student in BCCC’s Associate Degree Nursing Program. A veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, Overholt plans to work for the Veteran’s Administration as a nurse after completing his studies at BCCC. He and his wife, Sarah, have two children.
“I would like to thank the Page family for this scholarship,” he said. “This award will help me to serve veterans, a deserving group of people.”

Hannah Page Memorial Scholarship awarded to Knott

Gladys Yvonne Knott
Gladys Yvonne Knott has been chosen by the Beaufort County Community College Foundation to receive the Hannah Page Memorial Scholarship to attend BCCC this fall.
Knott, 54, of Jamesville, is a student in BCCC’s Medical Office Administration Program. A graduate of Tarboro High School, Knott plans to re-enter the work force as a medical office administrator after completing her studies at BCCC. She and her husband, Randy, have two children.
“Thank you for this opportunity,” she said. “My educational pursuit would not be possible without your generous support.”
The Hannah Page Memorial Scholarship is given annually to a second-year student enrolled in the BCCC’s Medical Office Administration Program. Family and friends of Hannah Page, a long-time member of the BCCC faculty, established the endowment in December 1999.

Poston receives Chris Moffitt Scholarship

Margaret Poston
The Beaufort County Community College Foundation has awarded the Chris Moffitt Nursing Scholarship to Margaret Poston to attend BCCC this fall.
Poston, 31, of Washington, is a student in BCCC’s Associate Degree Nursing Program. A graduate of Germantown High School in Germantown, Ind., Poston holds a bachelor’s degree in television production from Loyola Marymount University. After graduating from BCCC, she plans to continue her nursing studies and obtain a doctorate in nursing practice.
“This scholarship has lightened the financial stress of attending school and will give me more time to be involved in the nursing program,” she said. “I thank the scholarship donors for their support and generosity.”

Established in 1999 by friends and family in memory of Chris Moffitt, this fund makes an annual award to a full-time student enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing program based on academic standing. Chris Moffitt was a graduate of BCCC’s ADN program.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Midyette receives Lucille Edwards Carowan Dibble Scholarship

James A. Midyette II
The Beaufort County Community College Foundation has awarded the Lucille Edwards Carowan Dibble Scholarship to James Midyette II.
Midyette, 41, of Pinetown, is a student in BCCC’s Heavy Construction Equipment Program. A graduate of Northside High School, Midyette is employed in the marine construction industry. He is the son of Patricia Wallace of Pantego and James A. Midyette of Washington. After completing his studies at BCCC, Midyette plans to work as a diesel mechanic.
The Lucille Edwards Carowan Dibble Endowment was established in 2007 by her husband, Lewis M. Dibble, and daughters Gladys Carowan Howell and Clarissa Carowan Phillips of Washington, Mary Carowan Mertz of Durham and Martha Carowan Zito of Matthews with support from Mrs. Dibble’s friends. It funds an industrial technology scholarship for a student attending BCCC.

Lucille Dibble
Over the years, Mrs. Dibble was active in many civic and church activities. She played an important role in BCCC’s history. Mrs. Dibble chaired a $600,000 bond issue to fund capital improvements at then Beaufort County Technical Institute which included construction of the institute’s first library. For seven years, Mrs. Dibble also chaired BCCC’s College Parallel Committee which oversaw changes in the school’s curriculum which were needed during the transition from technical institute to community college.

Hudson receives Cypress Landing Scholarship

Harley Hudson
Harley Hudson has been chosen to receive the scholarship awarded from contributions to an endowment at Beaufort County Community College by residents of Cypress Landing.
Hudson, 18, of Washington is enrolled in general college courses at BCCC with plans to transfer to a four-year university to study physical therapy. A graduate of Washington High School, Hudson is employed at First South Bank. She is the daughter of Leonard and Emily Hudson.
“I thank the Cypress Landing Homeowners Association for their very generous donation,” she said. “It is going to help me a lot with my first year of college and help me further my education.”
In 2007, the Cypress Landing Homeowners Association raised money among its members to create a $5,000 endowment to provide a scholarship for a student to attend BCCC. Since that time, the endowment has grown to over $30,000 thanks to numerous and generous contributions from the association’s members. Mrs. Helen Sommerkamp Inman and Mr. Chris Harris led the initial effort to organize the campaign. This scholarship is awarded to a BCCC student living in Beaufort County and who demonstrates need

Community Endowment Scholarship awarded to Adams and Hickman

Brenda Adams
Rhonda Hickman
Brenda Adams and Rhonda Hickman have received the Community Scholarship awarded by the Beaufort County Community College Foundation to attend BCCC this fall.
Adams, 57, of Greenville, is a student in BCCC’s Human Services Technology Program. A graduate of J.H. Rose High School, she plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice after completing her studies. Adams and her husband, Michael, have three children.
“I thank you for choosing me to receive this award,” she said. “I hope that I will be able to give back to someone like me in the future.”
Hickman, 49, of Windsor, is also a student in BCCC’s Human Services Technology Program. A graduate of Lawrence Academy, Hickman is employed with Home Life Home Health. After graduating from BCCC, Hickman plans to take substance abuse counseling classes and get a job in her field.
“Thank you so much for your kindness,” she said. “It is people and organizations like these that make it possible for those of us who need assistance to obtain a two- or four-year degree.”

The scholarship is awarded by the Beaufort County Community College Foundation from funds raised by the foundation’s annual golf tournament and from contributions from individuals members of the foundation’s Board of Directors.