DOBSON — The Monday regular meeting of the Surry Community College Board of Trustees was marked by faculty and staff award presentations, a scholarship donation and information about expanding its center in Yadkin County.
College Instructional Technology Specialist Helen Dollyhite was recognized for her contributions to the school’s information technology program by school President Dr. David Shockley. Chemistry teacher Robin Narehood was also recognized with an excellence in teaching award for her contributions to the school’s chemistry department.
Surry County Commissioner Chairman Buck Golding, Nancy Edmonds and Don Mosley presented Board of Trustee’s Chairman Deidre Rogers and Shockley with a check for $2,400 to the Surry Community College Educational Foundation on behalf of the Beulah School Alumni association for the Glenn Robertson Scholarship. This scholarship aids students in the Beulah community who attend the college.
Board member Ed Carter and Yadkin County Commissioners Kevin Austin, Gilbert Hemrick and Eric Church gave a presentation on a proposed expansion of the college’s Yadkin Center. The proposal suggests the addition of a satellite center building near the current one. Austin said the the building could be larger than 33,000 square feet with an upper level devoted to administrative space for agencies including the county’s cooperative extension, forestry and soil and water conservation offices.
“We feel the need is there for growth of Surry Community College in Yadkin County,” added Austin. He showed several architect’s drawings of the proposed building to the board. The bottom level of the new building would be used by the college and could include a new distance learning room as well as eight classrooms and a room that would allow indoor physical education activities. The proposed building would also include a 300-seat banquet room and a demonstration kitchen as well as a commercial kitchen.
Austin said the design of the facility was an effort to “build this into a win-win situation for everybody” and would aid the county’s agricultural community. He said talks about the expansion had been ongoing for a year and began as a discussion of the need for a new agricultural facility. He said it had the full support of the commissioners and the community.
“This project benefits everybody,” added Austin. “We are ready to start a capital campaign.” Austin suggested separate campaigns from the county and the school that would work together seeking funding. He said the commissioners are examining seeking grants from the Tobacco Commission, Farm Bureau of Yadkin County, monies from dairy farmers’ associations and a grant application to the Golden Leaf Foundation.
The board passed a measure of support of the commission in the endeavor.
College student government association president Audrey Mahan, who serves as a student trustee member on the board told the board about the annual SGA Angel Tree Festival that has been set for Nov. 28 in the gym on the Dobson campus. The festival is scheduled to be held from 1o a.m. until 1 p.m. and will include a a variety of games and carnival foods. Mahan said all proceeds will go towards helping the children of student’s who need aid. She said last year 80 children were helped.
The next board meeting has been slated for Jan. 14 at 4 p.m.
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