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April 30, 2015
 
HCC Board of Trustees presented awards during April meeting
 
WELDON, N.C. – The Halifax Community College (HCC) Board of Trustees met on April 28 at the Hampton Inn for their April meeting and a retreat.

HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. presented the board with two awards.

HCC ranked in the top 10 community colleges in the nation in the Small Colleges Category—Up to 5,000 Students in e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education 10th annual Digital Community Colleges Survey, earning a sixth place finish. This was the fifth year that the College placed in the top 10 in the small college category.

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) recently put the extraordinary—often visionary—work of two-year colleges in the national spotlight with its third annual Awards of Excellence Gala at the AACC Convention held in San Antonio, Texas on April 20. Awardees were judged by a select committee of the AACC Board of Directors. HCC was honored as a finalist in the advancing diversity category.

The AACC Advancing Diversity Award recognizes the college that has contributed significantly and over a sustained period of time to advancing diversity in community college leadership, the community and within higher education as a whole.

Griffin also updated the board on various activities. Among them, he made a presentation on tobacco free school policy during the Legacy Foundation’s briefing at the AACC Annual Conference on April 20.

The trustee board approved the consent agenda which included approval of the minutes from the March 31 meeting and a calendar change for spring 2016 and the academic and administrative calendar for fall/spring 2016-17. The amended calendar includes Good Friday and Easter Monday as holidays, along with a week-long spring break.

Also during the retreat, ET Winzer and David Hammond with the US Department of Education presented “Creating and Maintaining a Successful Student Loan Experience.” They discussed the three-year student loan profile, cohort default rates, default prevention and management, default rate calculations, suggested strategies, and data challenges and appeals.

“If the students can reach out to their servicers and connect with them, then no student should ever default on a student loan. That’s our goal—no student should ever default,” said Winzer. “We understand there will be some who choose to not take any action, but with all of the tools we have, there should not be defaults.”

Director of Student Support Services Sherida Gholston presented “Budget Formula Allocations & Leadership.” Also, a review of the prior year was given in the areas of academic affairs, administrative services, institutional advancement, student services and enrollment management, workforce and economic development, and Title III programs.
 
HCC Board of Trustees pictures with AACC Award
HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. presented the board with two awards including the AACC Advancing Diversity Award and the Digital Community Colleges Survey Award. Pictured are front row from left, trustees Rachel Hux, DeAntré Richardson, Bernella DeLaMora, board chair, Bettie Cofield and Mary Mebane; back row, Griffin, Ruel Solomon, Dr. Stanley Edwards, Sammy Webb and Michael Felt, board vice chair.
 
US Department of Education officials pictured with HCC Staff and Trustees
 ET Winzer and David Hammond with the US Department of Education presented “Creating and Maintaining a Successful Student Loan Experience” during the retreat. Pictured are HCC Director of Financial Aid Tara Keeter, Winzer, Hammond, Board Chair Bernella DeLaMora, Board Vice Chair Michael Felt, Financial Aid Loan Specialist Pat Hux and HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr.
 
Legacy Foundation’s briefing at the AACC Annual Conference officials
HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. made a presentation on tobacco free school policy during the Legacy Foundation’s briefing at the AACC Annual Conference. Pictured are from left, Kristen Tereza Kian with the Legacy Foundation, Griffin, Dr. Pam Haney of Moraine Valley Community College and Alex Parks of the Legacy Foundation.
 
 
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Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239