DOBSON — Surry Community College Trustees named the recipient of this year’s Academic Excellence Award at their regular meeting.
Michelle Goble, an accounting degree graduate, received the honor Tuesday. College President Dr. David Shockley read a letter of congratulation from the North Carolina Community College System’s President Scott Ralls to Goble. He said she would receive a commemorative medal for the honor to wear Thursday at the school’s commencement. Goble credited long-term Business Division teachers Helda Hall and Tom Parker with inspiring her. Parker and Hall plan to retire later this year.
According to the system’s web site, selection of the academic excellence award recipient is based on a single selection from each college. Selection is consistent with Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society criteria and includes the recipient being currently enrolled, have completed at least 12 semester hours in an associate degree program and must have a cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.25. Colleges may use additional scholarship criteria beyond these minimum requirements.
Vice President, Curriculum Programs Dr. Jami Woods briefed the board about the suspension of the school’s horticulture degree option as it moves to a certificate only program. She cited declining enrollment figures over the past five years as the reason the college was making the change. Woods stressed the degree program was not being cancelled but was being suspended to keep the option available if demand increased again.
Facilities Committee Chairman Ed Carter told the trustees plans for the Yadkin Valley Education and Agricultural Center would be available for contractors to view before bidding on the proposed expansion of the Yadkin Center.
Trustees participated in a discussion brought about by Shockley talking about changes in the school social media policy. He described the earlier policy as “lengthy and out of date” in light of recent new developments on the Internet. Members discussed the importance of social media as well as their concerns and how approval is required before SCC’s name would be used on the outlets.
Student Services, Director of Campus Life and Student Support Tony Searcy is in charge of this process as well as the college technical and marketing departments. The new policy was described as a move to bring the guidelines “up to date with what currently exists.”
Shockley also briefed the board on the school’s application to the state community college system to change its industrial systems technology program to “Machatronics Engineering Technology.” He also briefed the trustees on how the school is undergoing its standard state audit. Shockley said the college’s Surry Cellars wines did well at the Budbreak Festival.
Surry Cellars is the label for wine produced at SCC through its Viticulture and Enology program, and part of the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology. More than a dozen types of wines are produced by Surry Cellars, many of which have won local, regional and national awards.
The trustees commented favorably on a recent published article by Pittsburgh Glass Works in Elkin, which encouraged prospective employees to get their training for the robotic machines at Surry Community College. One hundred and thirty-three are employed at the Elkin plant.
New Student Government President Marshal Eddleman was introduced. Eddleman will hold the student position on the Board of Trustees for the next year. This spot is currently held by Aubrey Mahan.