Thursday, April 17, 2014

CenturyLink contributes to sign campaign



CenturyLink recently contributed $500 to the campaign mounted by the Beaufort County Community College Foundation to build a digital sign at the front of the campus along U.S. Highway 264. The sign will provide information about campus events, star students, services offered, job fairs, registrations, new programs and even warnings during severe weather or other emergencies. CenturyLink is a leading provider of high-speed Internet, television, and voice services in Beaufort County, and throughout North Carolina, and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. Pictured, second from right, Derek Kelly, market development manager for Century Link, presents a check to BCCC President Barbara Tansey, right, as Foundation Director Judy Jennette displays a rendering of the proposed sign by Architect John Farkas.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rod Cantrell contributes to sign campaign



Rod Cantrell recently contributed $1,000 to the campaign mounted by the Beaufort County Community College Foundation to build a digital sign at the front of the campus along U.S. Highway 264. The sign will provide information about campus events, star students, services offered, job fairs, registrations, new programs and even warnings during severe weather or other emergencies. Pictured, second from right, Cantrell, of Washington, presents a check to BCCC President Barbara Tansey, right, as Foundation Director Judy Jennette displays a rendering of the proposed sign by Architect John Farkas.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

For the Birds

Participants in the BCCC Foundation’s January trip attended an exhibit at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences along with a performance of the musical Once at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Pictured above, some of the trip participants look at an exhibit about Birds of Paradise at the museum. They are, left to right, Catherine Partrick, Sally Scales, Margaret Peterson and Alice McClure. The Foundation is planning a trip later this month to see Book of Mormon at DPAC. There is a waiting list for this trip. For more information about upcoming trips, contact Judy Jennette, Foundation director, at 252-940-6326.

Meeting rescheduled - BCCC Foundation Board of Directors to meet Feb. 18

The Beaufort County Community College Foundation’s Board of Directors will meet at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Board Room of Building 10 on the BCCC campus. Reports from various committees, as well as the director’s report, will be presented at this meeting. Note: This meeting was originally scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 30, but rescheduled due to inclement weather. For more information, contact Foundation Director Judy Jennette at 252-940-6326.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Solo woman sailor to speak at BCCC: An event for students, faculty, staff and friends

In May 1985, when Tania Aebi was only 18 years old, she cast off from the docks of South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan, and sailed 27,000 miles around the world, alone. With only two years of limited sailing experience, she pulled away from a New York City dock, bound for Bermuda in her small boat. Cold and scared with tears streaming down her face, she waved good-bye to family and friends. She had never sailed a boat alone in her life until then. For the next two and a half years, with only a cat for company, she crossed the Caribbean, the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean, and the North Atlantic, stopping in 23 countries along the way. Aebi, pronounced Abby, will share her experiences with BCCC alumni, students, faculty and staff in an appearance at 11 am, on Friday, Nov. 22 in the Multi-purpose Room of Building 10 on the BCCC campus. Her visit is sponsored by the Beaufort County Community College Foundation, the Student Government Association and support from PotashCorp-Aurora, Tayloe’s Hospital Pharmacy and Rod Cantrell, CFP. Aebi sailed through storms and calms, gathering stories, friendships, inspirational examples, and maturity along the way. She also learned a lot about setting a larger-than-life goal and being committed to following it through despite mechanical breakdowns, the death of her mother, loneliness, doubt, and fear. Aebi did not have a global positioning system receiver, since the GPS system was not in operation then. Instead, she had a sextant for celestial navigation and a radio direction finder. And her boat, a $40,000 sloop Varuna, was plagued by factory defects that could easily have been corrected before departure. She met her husband, Olivier Berner, in Vanuatu, an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean, when he was also sailing solo. The two boats sailed in tandem and he was in New York when she returned home from her journey. They were married, have two sons and have since divorced. It was also in Vanuatu that she acquired Tarzoon the kitten, who was with her for over half the trip. In November 1987, at 21, Aebi returned to New York City, becoming, at the time, the first American woman and the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe. She spent the year after her return reliving the trip in words, writing her bestselling book, Maiden Voyage, the personal account of a modern day odyssey and the dramatic childhood leading up to it. Maiden Voyage has been translated into seven languages, and portions of it have been anthologized in many collections. Aebi now lives in rural Vermont, has earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and raised two boys who are now in college. She also leads learn-to-sail 10-day flotillas in different countries around the world, writes a column for a popular sailing magazine, and in 2005, published a second book, I’ve Been Around. Light refreshments will be served to attendees. For more information about Aebi’s appearance at BCCC, contact Judy Jennette, director of the BCCC Foundation, at 252-940-6326 or by email at judyj@beaufortccc.edu.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

BCCC alumnus joins Foundation Board


Gary Burbage, an alumnus of Beaufort County Community College and a former college employee, has joined the BCCC Foundation Board of Directors.
"The BCCC Foundation is delighted to have someone of Gary's experience and direct knowledge of the needs of our students serve on the Foundation's Board of Directors," said Foundation Director Judy Jennette. "I look forward to working with Gary in his new role in the years to come."
Burbage succeeds Howard Pope, who retired from the board in May. Pope served 12 years on the board and was a member of the Ambassador Selection Committee.
Burbage attended BCCC from 1976 to 1977 and was among the first students to enroll in the College Transfer Program at the school. At the time, the program was about one year old and had not received degree status, Burbage said, adding "so I just got as much credit as I could earn and transferred to East Carolina University."
After graduation, Burbage returned to BCCC and, ultimately, served as Director of Admissions, helping students just like him begin their college educations in Beaufort County. He retired in May 2012 after 30 years of service at BCCC.
Burbage owns and operates two family businesses - Turfmaster Lawn Care and Pamlico Pecans.
In addition to his appointment to the BCCC Foundation Board, Burbage serves on the Board of Directors of Tri-County Telecom, Tri-County Telephone Foundation and the Belhaven Chamber of Commerce.
Burbage and his wife, Donna, live in Bath. Their three children - Mary Beth, Kyle and Carter - all graduated from BCCC. He and his wife attend Harvest Church.

Monday, September 16, 2013

See the stage production of Beauty and the Beast with the BCCC Foundation!


Join the Beaufort County Community College Foundation, Saturday, Oct. 12, for a trip to Durham to see the award-winning stage production of Beauty and the Beast and enjoy a meal at one of the state's outstanding French restaurants.
The trip will also include a tour of the Museum of Life and Science in Durham and dinner at Coquette Brasserie in Raleigh.
The cost of the trip, open to all BCCC students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the college, is $185 per person. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 1.
The price of the trip includes transportation to and from Durham, two meals and tickets for seats in the orchestra section for Beauty and the Beast at the Durham Performing Arts Center in downtown Durham.
The trip will leave the parking lot at BCCC by 8 a.m. and arrive at the Museum of Life and Science by 10:30 a.m. Once there, the group will tour and have lunch at the museum. The Museum of Life and Science features an array of largely hands-on exhibits intended to illustrate concepts of natural science. It is home to the Magic Wings Butterfly House where guests can walk through a rain forest surrounded by 1,000 tropical butterflies.
After lunch, the group will travel to DPAC in Durham for a matinee performance of  Disney's Beauty and the Beast, based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature. The classical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes. It includes such well-known musical numbers as Be Our Guest and the beloved title song.
After the performance, participants will travel to North Hills shopping center in Raleigh for dinner at Coquette Brasserie, a true French brasserie. The tour is scheduled to return to Beaufort County around 9 p.m.
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 website at www.beaufortccc.edu.