Nash Community College receives “Military Friendly” Distinction

nashccLogo(NEWS RELEASE) Nash Community College has been named to the coveted Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Nash Community College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

The Military Friendly Schools media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. The schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.

Sharpsburg Mayoral Race Draws Attention

The ongoing battle over the results of October’s election for Sharpsburg Mayor, a race decided by only 4 votes, is starting to draw interest with respect to the appeal efforts of the losing candidate.

Current Mayor Robert Williams, Jr., who currently trails challenger Randy Weaver by a count of 202-198, protested the results on the basis that one of the voters was not living at the address where they were registered.

Angela Hight provided an overview of Williams’ protest, along with a summary of its recent review and denial by the Nash County Board of Elections, in a story for Raleigh’s Civitas Institute:

Williams was appointed mayor of the town in July 2013 and had already requested a recount of the election because the race was so close. The election was held on Oct. 8 and Randy Weaver, the challenger, won with a vote of 202-198. The recount yielded the same results.

Friday morning all involved parties met at the Nash County Agricultural Center Auditorium which houses the Nash County Board of Elections. Williams presented his case in which he said that one individual was not eligible to vote in the election because he did not live at the address where he was registered to vote.  The voter had lived in a trailer at the address but it had been repossessed right before the election.  The voter admitted that he had fallen on hard times but that he still had valuables on the property, he was up to date on lot rent, his driver’s license showed that this was his residence, he slept in a tent on the property some nights and has every intention to put a trailer on the property when he saves up enough money.

The voter in question presented several pieces of evidence to prove that he still lived at the residence in question.  After the Board heard the testimony from the voter in question and others who were called to support him, they dismissed Williams’ protest unanimously and said the written order would be available in the days to follow.  The board referred to several similar cases in coming to their decision to dismiss this case.  A domicile is considered a person’s residence.  One important thing to note is  to legally change a domicile, there must be an actual abandonment of the first domicile with the intent not to return to it, and the acquisition of a new domicile by actual residence at another place with the intent to make that new place a permanent home. Owens v. Chaplin 228 NC 705, 47 SE2d 12 (1948).

Williams did say, after the Board gave their decision, that he would be filing for an appeal at the State Board of Elections (SBOE).  The Election cannot be officially declared until that appeal has been decided on by the SBOE.  There will follow up to this blog when they have given their ruling on the matter.

Public Schools prepare Parents for Test Score drop

Officials with both Edgecombe County Public Schools and Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools are making parents of their students aware of likely drops in upcoming test score reports as a result of significant changes in statewide curriculum.

Earlier this week, both school systems released statements explaining the changes and how they will be implemented in the coming weeks. Based on their information, these changes are part of the State’s adoption of controversial “Common Core” standards.

From Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools:

During October, the State Board of Education adopted new academic achievement standards (also referred to as cut scores) to align the new assessments students with the new Common Core and Essential Standards curriculum. As a result of the higher standards, student scores across the state are expected to be significantly lower than in previous years.

Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent, said the drop in scores is consistent with trends in other states, and with past re-norming of standards and corresponding assessments. 

“As with any major change in assessments, there is an anticipated drop in performance — as teachers adjust instruction to meet the new standards — and students adjust to the higher levels of rigor,” said Jackson. “We want parents to understand that this is a reflection of both the major shift in the rigor of the curriculum and the new testing process.”

The State Board of Education will approve the new accountability data for students and schools across the state on November 7. Schools will begin issuing individual score reports shortly after the State Board gives approval. On November 14, schools will host parent nights, during which school administrators and educators will speak with parents about the test scores.

In a letter sent home to parents on October 30, Jackson asked parents to carefully review the individual score reports. 

“Unfortunately, because these are new assessments, it is virtually impossible to compare this year’s performance to your child’s previous scores,” said Jackson in the letter. “Please see these scores as the baseline for your child’s performance moving forward.”

While proficiency scores are expected to be lower this year, the school district will also be highlighting school and district level growth data, which will give an indication of how students progressed, based on their performance from the previous year. Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools will utilize the growth and proficiency data to adjust instructional strategies to support the needs of students as they develop the skills to meet the higher demands moving forward.

For more information about the release of test scores, parents and community members are invited to visit the NRMPS website, www.nrms.k12.nc.us. Several resources are available, including sample score reports, frequently asked questions, and descriptors of each achievement level. A detailed schedule of upcoming parent nights will also be available on the website.

From Edgecombe County Public Schools:

As a result of changes in the assessment process and the implementation of a new curriculum, North Carolina student results are expected to drop significantly.

So that the assessment data can be properly aligned to the new assessment and the new curriculum, the North Carolina State Board of Education implemented new academic achievement standards in October.  These standards, referred to as cut scores, are a reflection of increased standards across the state and are an indication of the significant drop in student scores that the state is expected to see.

On November 7, 2013, the State Board is scheduled to approve the student data at its meeting.  Within two weeks by way of U. S. Mail, Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) students will receive detailed individual student reports and a letter from Superintendent John Farrelly.

“Looking at historical trends for North Carolina, whenever there has been a change in the assessment tool, scores across the state have declined,” said Farrelly.  “With both a change in the assessment tool and the curriculum we are teaching in North Carolina, there is an expectation for scores to fall significantly.”
  
The ECPS system is being proactive by alerting the community that the scores will not be an accurate reflection of student potential.  The new Common Core curriculum that was adopted by North Carolina is indicative of increased rigor.  As teachers modify instruction relative to the new standards, students across the state are likewise adapting to the new testing model.

It is imperative that parents not compare their students’ data with those of previous years, as the comparison is inaccurate.  As is typical moving forward after changing assessments, student scores generally incline. 

“We, as a district in Edgecombe County, will continue to focus on growing students and are committed to staying the course instructionally for student success and growth,” stated Farrelly.  “Our current emphasis on infusing technology into our content areas will prove to be highly effective.  We recognize that we have significant challenges in front of us to meet the new rigorous curricula standards. The new curriculum and assessments demand that we adjust instructional practices to provide more problem solving learning experiences for students. Despite the anticipated drop in overall scores, I am confident that we will continue to raise the bar for both teacher and student performance.”

Duke Scholar: 129 Million Americans will lose Current Insurance due to Obamacare

Chris Conover

A renowned researcher at Duke University reported last week that full implementation of the Affordable Care Act will force 68% of Americans with private health insurance, or 129 million people, to lose their current coverage.

Chris Conover with Duke’s Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research and the American Enterprise Institute, shared these findings in a statement released last week in response to comments made by David Axelrod, former Senior Adviser for President Barack Obama.

Responding to a comment Axelrod made that the majority of Americans will keep their existing coverage, Conover stated, “I suppose one could interpret this as a tacit admission that at least for those not in the vast majority, Obamacare violates President Obama’s June 15, 2009 promise that ‘If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.’  But the sad reality is that David Axelrod himself also is dead wrong: it’s more accurate to say that the president’s pledge will be shattered for a solid majority of Americans with private health insurance coverage.”

Conover concluded that 129 million of the 189 million Americans with private health insurance will be forced off their plans as a result of the implementation of regulations and requirements of the Affordable Care Act. His analysis includes the following coverage eliminations:

  • 9.2 to 15.4 million in the non-group market
  • 16.6 million in the small group market
  • 102.7 million in the large group market

“Most of these are individuals involuntarily forced to purchase expensive add-ons to their existing plans,” Conover stated. “But included among these are the many millions now having their non-group policies cancelled along with 9 to 35 million who will lose their existing employer-provided plans entirely. Most admittedly will find other coverage, yet out of this group, 1.5 million will become uninsured, along with 2.3 million from the non-group market who likewise become uninsured because they simply cannot afford the expensive Obamacare upgrades.”

“In short, the ‘vast majority’ are not keeping their health plans. Statements to the contrary are flatly untrue.”

In a recent interview with The Daily Caller, Conover also discussed the significant impact of coverage mandates and how strict interpretation of “grandfather” clauses mentioned during President Obama’s promotion of health care reform would endanger existing health insurance options.

“Technically, every single health plan in the country already has been subject to at least some new Obamacare requirements. That is, even ‘grandfathered’ plans and self-insured plans were required to eliminate lifetime and annual limits and to cover dependents up to age 26 on their parent’s plan. Each of these “improvements” in coverage costs money, just as every feature you add to your car costs money (anti-lock brakes, all-wheel drive)…

“So strictly speaking, NO ONE who was entirely satisfied with their pre-Obamacare coverage has been able to keep it.”

Congressman across the country have received calls from their constituents who received letters indicating their existing insurance plans, which they were supposed to be allowed to keep under the Affordable Care Act, have to be cancelled due to noncompliance with regulations.

North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones (R-3rd District) has called for Congressional hearings into the issue of cancellations and other cases where citizens are being forced to pay significant premium increases.

Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC 2nd)

“Individuals in Eastern North Carolina and across the country are being forced to pay exorbitant rate increases for new insurance plans that they do not want while being prohibited from visiting the doctors that they need,” said Congressman Jones in a letter to Congressional leadership.  “This runs directly contrary to the president’s promise that ‘if you like your healthcare plan, you’ll be able to keep your healthcare plan’ and is further proof that this law is an unaffordable burden to the average American.”

The latest report from the Associated Press indicates that approximatley 160,000 individuals in North Carolina have so far received cancellation notices for their existing policies. As a comparison, a recent report by WNCN television showed that only 1 person had signed-up for coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchange.

So far, at least 3.5 million Americans have received cancellation notices.

As part of ongoing damage control resulting from the rollout of Affordable Care Act provisions, including the establishment of health insurance marketplaces and the impending individual insurance coverage mandate, the Obama Administration is asking insurance companies to provide better explanations to current policy holders who are being told their existing policies are being cancelled.

 

Multiple Recycling Services Available at Golden East Mall, November 9th

This Saturday, Keep America Beautiful and City of Rocky Mount will host their annual America Recycles Day event at Golden East Crossing Mall’s parking lot near JCPenney from 10am to 1pm.

America Recycles Day provides anyone a free opportunity to dispose of household waste safely and responsibly. Attendees can have up to four paper bags full of paper shredded in order to rid themselves of confidential documents and papers.

Staff and volunteers on hand will also accept old electronics for recycling, as well as gently used clothing for redistribution to those in needs.

Public safety authorities will also be on hand to conduct a free “medicine drop” of unwanted and unused prescription drugs, to ensure safe and appropriate disposal.

Golden East Crossing Mall is located on Benvenue Road and is adjacent to North Wesleyan Boulevard and Jeffreys Road.

 

Jones new Princeville Mayor, Page wins in Tarboro – Complete Edgecombe, Nash, Wilson Election Results

election-2013-buttonPrinceville’s Bobbie D. Jones and Tarboro’s Rick Page are the new Mayors of their respective communities, winning Tuesday’s elections against multiple opponents.

Jones received about 67% of the total votes in Princeville against a field that included incumbent Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates (16%) and Milton R. Bullock (13%).

JoeRoam Myrick was elected to Princeville Commission for Ward 3, while Pamela L. Ransome leads with 48% for the Ward 4 seat against Calvin Sherrod (37%) and Tyrone Hopkins (15%).

In Tarboro, Page received 51% of the votes cast for Mayor in a race that included fellow challengers John Wooten (27%) and Donnie Hale (22%).

Tarboro’s Ward 1 Council Seat featured a 3-way race with Othar Woodward (40%) leading Gerrelene Walker (33%) and Carl Benson (27%). Steve Burnette won the Ward 3 seat, while John L. Jenkins was elected in Ward 5. Taro Knight, Ward 7 Councilmember, ran unopposed.

Tarboro and Princeville were the closest-followed of Tuesday’s local races in Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson Counties. More than a dozen municipalities held Mayor, Commissioner and Council elections, with turnout generally light in all locations.

Here is a complete rundown of results for municipal elections in Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson County. Percentages are not shown for uncontested races.

Edgecombe County

Conetoe – Mayor
Linda Ingram

Conetoe – Commissioner (4 Seats)
Milton Goff, Jr. – 25.5%
Johnny Respass – 21.9%
Wilson Jones – 20.9%
Jesse Petteway – 16.2%
Leon E. Wynn – 15.5%

Macclesfield – Mayor
Mike Keel

Macclesfield – Commissioner (2 Seats)
Kathryn Cobb Ford – 45.4%
Dannis L. Sanderson – 29.2%
Write-Ins – 25.4%

Pinetops – Commissioner (2 Seats)
Joyce E. Tolson
Suzanne Coker Craig

Princeville – Mayor
Bobbie D. Jones – 67%
Prisciilla Everette-Oates – 16%
Milton R. Bullock – 13%

Princeville – Commissioner, Ward 3
JoeRoam Myrick – 82%
Isabelle Purvis-Andrews – 18%

Princeville – Commissioner, Ward 4
Pamela L. Ransome – 48%
Calvin Sherrod – 37%
Tyrone D. Hopkins – 15%

Tarboro – Mayor
Rick Page – 51%
John Wooten – 27%
Donnie Hale – 22%

Tarboro – Town Council, Ward 1
Othar Woodard – 39.6%
Gerrelene M. Walker – 33.2%
Carl Benson – 27.1%

Tarboro – Town Council, Ward 3
Steve Burnette – 68%
Leshaun Jenkins – 27%
Stephen Ribustello – 5%

Tarboro – Town Council, Ward 5
John L. Jenkins, II – 59%
Candie Bailey Owens – 41%

Tarboro – Town Council, Ward 7
Taro Knight

Nash County

Bailey – Mayor
Timothy Johnson

Bailey – Commissioner (2 Seats)
Shelley Carroll – 50%
Phillip (Rocky) Winstead – 31%
Allen Daniels – 19%
(Harold Flora won for a third seat, unexpired term ending 2015)

Castalia – Mayor
Ellene Leonard

Castalia – Commissioner (2 Seats)
Brian Hinkle – 33.7%
Write Ins – 31.3% (TBD)
Debbie Moore Rodriguez – 21.7%
Debra Sjoberg – 13.3%

Middlesex – Mayor
Luther (LuHarvey) Lewis, Jr. – 44.7%
Dale Bachmann – 28.4%
Vennie Brock – 26.3%

Middlesex – Commissioner (2 Seats)
Ann Mitchell Lewis – 31.7%
Harold Meacombs – 26.4%
Robert Johnson – 21.1%
Brandie Holt – 14.9%
Stacey E. Meek – 5.9%

Momeyer – Commissioner (2 Seats)
Martha Lucas
Ronald Pace

Nashville – Town Council (2 Seats)
Larry Taylor – 41.8%
Patricia Rogers – 31.2%
Jerry Harris – 26.8%

Red Oak – Mayor
Alfred Wester

Red Oak – Commissioner (2 Seats)
Levell Langley
Barbara High Tyre

Spring Hope – Mayor
James F. (Buddy) Gawltney III

Spring Hope – Commissioner (3 Seats)
Drew Griffin – 31.4%
Daryl Emig – 29.2%
Ted Lee Bissett II – 20.3%
David Rose – 18.9%

Whittakers – Commissioner (3 Seats):

Doris E. Lindsey – 21.8%
Fran Lynch – 19.9%
Al Wright – 17.3%
Jessica Vinson – 16.8%
Nancy Jones Taylor – 13.7%
Betty H. Bullock – 10.2%

Wilson County

City of Wilson – Council, District 3
William Thomas (Tom) Fyle – 80%
Ricardo Dew – 20%

City of Wilson – Council, District 5
Donald I. Evans

City of Wilson – Council, District 6
Logan T. Liles

City of Wilson – Council, District 7
Derrick D. Creech – 77%
William (Bill) Darden – 19%
Write-Ins – 2%
Reginald E. Pope – 2%

Black Creek – Mayor
Ralph M. Smith, Jr.

Black Creek – Commissioner (5 Seats)
Roland W. Lucas – 21.8%
Ellen E. Dawson – 20.0%
Elton R. Franks, Jr. – 20.0%
Lisa Godwin Skinner – 18.2%
Write-Ins – 11.8%
Damian Seltzer – 7.7%

Elm City – Mayor
Grady N. Smith

Elm City – Commissioner (5 Seats)
Dave Childress
Melvin Cooke
Lewis Crockett, Jr.
Marsha Wells
Gil Wheeler

Lucama – Commissioner (3 Seats)
David A. Johnson – 32.1%
Jed Simpson – 29.4%
Tim C. Wiggs – 28.4%
Thaddeus Washington – 9.2%

Saratoga – Mayor
Charles (Tommy) Hawkins

Saratoga – Commissioners (3 Seats)
Ronald McCormick
Anthony Newcomb
Elaine Saunders

Sims – Mayor
Dana K. Hewett

Sims – Commissioner (5 Seats)
Robert (Bobby) Ruffin – 21.5%
Eddie Ray Watts – 17.5%
Rhonda Ruffin Payne – 17.5%
Courtney Waren – 13.4%
Michael Hall – 12.8%
Louis Sparks, Jr. – 9.4%
Danny Howell – 8.1%

Stantonsburg – Council (3 Seats)
Donnie Bass
Jackie Grice
Robert Watson

Nash CC Foundation hosts Annual Golf Tournament

(NEWS RELEASE) The 24th Annual Nash Community College Foundation Student Scholarship Golf Classic was held at Benvenue Country Club in Rocky Mount on October 17, 2013 with 132 golfers participating.

Members of the golf committee coordinating the event were 2013 Committee Chair, Lank Dunton, Vice President, Southern Bank & Trust Company; Jeffrey Batts, Attorney, Batts, Batts & Bell; Cam Blalock, Sr. Vice President Corporate Services, Nash Health Care Systems; Bill Carver, President, Nash Community College; David Combs, Broker/Owner, Century 21/The Combs Company; Pat Daniels, Executive Director, Nash Community College Foundation; Phil Dixon, Director of Sales and Training, Construction Imaging by Viewpoint; Annette Dishner, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Nash Community College; Trent Mohrbutter, Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer, Nash Community College; Scott Rogers, Assistant Emergency Services Director, Nash County; Joe Saputo, President, Carolina Eagle Budweiser, Inc. and Morris Wilder, CPA, Business Consultant.

This year’s grand tournament sponsors were Autumn Care of Nash, Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant, Oakley-Collier Architects, P.A., MBM, Sandy Cross Consultant Service, Inc., Wells Fargo, McLane and North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives. Golf carts were sponsored by Franklin Street Partners and Nash Health Care Systems. 2013 Hospitality/Event Contributors were Benvenue Country Club, Canteen Vending Services, Carolina Eagle Budweiser, Inc., Davenport Autopark, Speight’s Trophy Shop and SunDrop Bottling Company of Rocky Mount.

Nash Community College Foundation 2013 Golf Tournament Champions, UR.stocks.R.up, comprised of (from left): Gray Daughtridge, Phil Dixon, Jamin Dixon and Wes Ballance.

The first place team in the championship flight was UR.stocks.R.up with a total net score of 49. The team was comprised of Gray Daughtridge, Phil Dixon, Jamin Dixon and Wes Ballance. Second place was captured by the Teeny Weeny Cleaning Service team with a net score of 50 . Team members included Graham Campbell, Al Godwin, Johnny Poland and Bob Norman.

First place in the First Division (first flight) was Wells Fargo team with a net score of 54. Team members included Grant Everette, Bryan Williams, Tem Myers and Frank Harrison. Second place went to the Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant team with a net score of 54. Team players included Ed Willburn, Monte Tippette, Elliot Canupp and Charles Harris.

First place in the Second Division (second flight) was the City of Rocky Mount team sponsored by Texican Natural Gas with a net score of 58. Team was comprised of Rusty Owens, Aubrey Hilliard, Ricky Proctor and Rich Worsinger. Runners-up in this division were the Oakley-Collier Architects team with a net score of 59 with team players Matt Oakley, Franki Joyner, Tim Oakley and David Griffin.

Closest-to-the-hole contest winners were: Kevin O’Conner on hole 2, representing the MBM Corporation team, Phillip Manning on hole 9 representing the Danco Builders team, Tim Sasser on hole 13 representing Team Harris and Linda Amerson on hole 17 representing the President’s Team. The men’s longest drive winner was Terry Coppedge of Nash Health Care Team and the women’s longest drive winner was Rhonda Williams from the North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives team. Kenney Baker with the Sandy Cross Consultants Team won the Acer Tablet raffle.

NC Wesleyan expand Community College Partnerships

(NEWS RELEASE) An agreement between Brunswick Community College (BCC) and North Carolina Wesleyan College now makes it possible for students who complete a BCC associates degree to transfer seamlessly into Wesleyan’s Traditional or ASPIRE Adult Degree Program to work toward a bachelor’s degree.

NCWC President Jim Gray, Provost & Senior VP of Academic Affairs Dr. Michael Brown; BCC’s Dr. Sharon Thompson and President Susanne Adams approved the new academic agreement.

Administrators of the two colleges signed a Memorandum of Understanding on September 26 that allows Wesleyan to offer a number of courses on the BCC campus, in addition to online courses.  BCC associates degree graduates who are at least 22 years old with a GPA of 2.0 will be automatically accepted to work toward a bachelor’s degree through NC Wesleyan.

Brunswick Community College’s main campus is located in Bolivia, NC, with branch locations in Leland and at the South Brunswick Islands Center.

BCC President Susanne Adams said BCC students are eager to continue their education and that she welcomes the new opportunity that Wesleyan will provide. “Working with our college partner to serve this rural region has been delightful,” she said.

Dr. Sharon Thompson, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at BCC, said she expects the program to be available to BCC students as early as the 2014 fall semester. “We have a good plan in place administratively to help transfer and support the needs of students at Brunswick Community College,” she said.

Wesleyan President Jim Gray said the agreement opens the door for North Carolina Wesleyan to have a real impact in Brunswick County. “We have outstanding programs to support this initiative,” he said. “I am looking forward to a productive relationship.”

Wesleyan’s Vice President of Adult and Professional Studies, Dr. Evan Duff, added, “These relationships are important to the geographically bound working adults in this area who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Now they have access to do just that right here at Brunswick Community College.”

An Admissions and Advising Coordinator will be on the BCC campus to assist previous and future BCC graduates. For additional information, contact Katie Farrell (kfarrell@ncwc.edu) at 910-520-6786

Nash Community College Marketing Efforts Honored

nashccLogo(NEWS RELEASE) Nash Community College’s Marketing was recently recognized by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) Southeast United States district for its marketing collateral. The NCMPR is an organization for marketing and public relations professionals at community colleges and technical colleges across the United States.

Nash Community College Director of Media Production Andrew Small, left, and Senior Director of Marketing and Communication Kelley Deal, right, receive awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. (Photo from Nash Community College)

Nash Community College Director of Media Production Andrew Small, left, and Senior Director of Marketing and Communication Kelley Deal, right, receive awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. (Photo from Nash Community College)

The College’s Marketing team, which includes Senior Director of Marketing and Public Relations Kelley Deal and Director of Media Production Andrew Small, received bronze awards for their 2012-2013 Community Report, the Industrial and Advanced Manufacturing Academy Video and the First Day Matters campaign in the categories of ”College Annual Report,” ”College Promotional Video” and “Successful Recruitment Marketing Campaign” respectively.

Deal serves as NCMPR’s North Carolina state representative for the Southeast US district. She joined the NCC staff in 2007 and was recently named the College’s 2013 Ambassador Award recipient. A graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, she is currently a second year Master of Arts degree candidate in the East Carolina University School of Communication.

Andrew Small was a presenter at the conference held in Hilton Head, South Carolina, leading a session titled “Design Asylum” highlighting strategies for marketing professionals and creative professionals to work effectively as a team. Small has been employed with Nash Community College since 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Auburn University and was selected as the College’s 2013 J. Edgar and Peggie T. Moore Staff Award recipient.

For more information about Nash Community College, please call 252-451-8235.

Senator Hagan Joins “Delay” Chorus on Obamacare

Earlier this month, North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan stood firm with her Democratic Party colleagues against efforts by Senate Republicans to delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Now, with the government shutdown over and mounting challenges present with the rollout of the massive expansion of government’s healthcare footprint, Hagan has now somewhat changed her tune on whether or not the program’s “individual mandate” provision should be enforced and delayed.

On Thursday, Senator Hagan asked the Obama Administration to extend the initial enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act by two months. She also asked the Administration to hold off on enforcing fines scheduled for those who chose not to enroll in a health exchange or purchase qualifying health insurance by other means.

“Everyone should be committed to making this work and making health care more affordable, and if that requires fixes, then we need to make those commonsense changes,” Senator Hagan said. “An extension would provide time to assess the extent of the problems and determine whether additional delays in the individual mandate are necessary. But frankly, the Administration had plenty of time to get these websites user-ready, and I would like to keep the pressure on to get these problems fixed sooner rather than later so that North Carolina families can get online and shop for the plan that suits them best.”

On September 27th, Senator Hagan voted for a Senate-led plan that authorized a Continuing Resolution without delaying Affordable Care Act implementation, including enforcement of the individual mandate.

“North Carolinians didn’t elect me to shut down the government, harm our state’s families, and jeopardize our economic recovery,” Senator Hagan said then of her position. “I reject the political games being played in Congress, and I urge the House to pass the Senate’s plan that keeps the government running at currently reduced spending levels and prevents a damaging government shutdown.”

President Obama already announced this week that the deadline for enrollment without penalty will be extended to March 31, 2014. The extension resulted from problems associated with the launch of the Federal Healthcare Exchanges earlier this month, specifically the inability of the healthcare.gov website and other online services to work properly or handle incoming workload.

Not everyone is convinced the proposed extensions will really protect citizens from fines, especially in light of reports that hundreds of thousands of people across the country are having to reconsider health insurance options after learning that their existing, personally-owned insurance coverage has to be cancelled because it does not meet new Federal requirements.

From Kaiser Health News:

Florida Blue, for example, is terminating about 300,000 policies, about 80 percent of its individual policies in the state. Kaiser Permanente in California has sent notices to 160,000 people – about half of its individual business in the state.  Insurer Highmark in Pittsburgh is dropping about 20 percent of its individual market customers, while Independence Blue Cross, the major insurer in Philadelphia, is dropping about 45 percent.

Second District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R) proposed legislation this week in the House to provide further protections from the proposed fines.

“Since the launch of the Obamacare exchanges on October 1st, Healthcare.gov has been plagued with delays, errors and fundamental flaws in website design,” said Congresswoman Ellmers. “But despite these major malfunctions and structural defects, the administration still has penalties in place for individuals who can’t obtain coverage.”

Senator Hagan will be up for reelection next year.