Annual Giving co-chairmen Lyman Horne and John Clark addressed the group about the impact that the college makes in the community.
Dr. Bill Aiken, SCC President, elaborated on the partnerships with local business and industry that are contributing to the success of economic development efforts and enhancing the growth of our local workforce. Steve Stefanovich, SCC Foundation President, also encouraged guests to give generously to the Foundation. “The SCC Foundation is a nonprofit organization that truly belongs to the people of Sampson County, because it uses contributions to enable students in need to attend college for a fraction of the price,” added Stefanovich. “This is a real savings for students looking for a quality education at a savings to them.”
Lisa Turlington, Foundation executive director, introduced an elite group of students who are taking part in a pilot program on campus which is made possible through the Foundation. The newly minted Student Ambassador Program has named four outstanding students to represent the college as the “Blue Blazers of SCC.” Jason Lee, Mary Ann Walker, Jessica Kidd, and Jairo Najera will serve as official ambassadors for SCC and the SCC Foundation. They will represent SCC at all college-sponsored events including student registration and orientation, donor recognition events, graduation and other school and foundation sponsored events. Ms. Walker, who is enrolled in the Cosmetology Instructors Program, and Mr. Lee, who is a nursing student, spoke of how SCC has helped them personally and professionally. Both students, who were laid off, have returned to Sampson to fulfill their lifelong goals of furthering their education.
Smithfield Farms donated biscuits for the breakfast and Allen Breedlove of Parker Farms donated a pint of freshly picked blueberries for all guests in attendance. For more information about the Sampson Community College Foundation, contact Lisa Turlington at 592-8081, ext. 2042 or visit www.sampsoncc.edu