By Amanda Moss
HAMLET — Richmond Community College is getting ready to turn 50.
The RCC Board of Trustees discussed briefly on Tuesday the plans for a month-long celebration in April to celebrate what board members called an extraordinary event.
Andy Cagle, director of marketing and communications, said the college was chartered on April 4, 1964 and has since grown into the college it is today. The college plans to celebrate its birthday for the entire month of April starting out with revamping the logo for the college. The college is getting into the final stages of the new design that will be revealed at a gala the college plans to host in April.
RCC President Dale McInnis said the gala will be “an extraordinarily nice event” with great music and entertainment. The college plans to use the entire Cole Auditorium for the event.
Cagle said that there will be a cost associated with tickets to the gala, but all proceeds from the event will go to the new “The Working Scholarship” program at RCC. This new scholarship program recognizes and helps those students that work while going to school. Those that qualify can receive up to $1,000 in scholarship money.
Another event to help kick off the celebrations will be held on April 10 at the Cole Auditorium. It will be a very informal reunion breakfast that will give opportunities for former employees, retirees, students and graduates to gather together.
“It’s a chance to have a good time while looking over our 50 years,” McInnis said.
RCC also updated its smoking policy by banning e-cigarettes on campus. Sandra Richardson, vice president of student services, noted that electronic cigarettes are starting to show up on campus and that the college needed to change its policy to address them.
RCC has a campus-wide no smoking policy. While students may smoke in their own vehicles, they cannot do so on campus. This policy will now include e-cigarettes on campus.
The board also approved a change to the student attendance policy concerning students who fail a course due to nonattendance.
Tony Clarke, vice president of instruction, said that, for financial aid purposes, students that failed because of not attending class should be distinguished from those students that experience academic failure. The college will now ask instructors to not assign an “F” to those students that do not attend, but a “WF.”
The discontinuation of the associate degree in general education and general occupational technology will be on the table for the board in the near future. It will be moved to the Curriculum Committee for further discussion before approval is needed from the board.