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UCB's Sasser Urges Graduates To Seek 'Real Success'
BY SUSAN USHER
More than 80 Brunswick Com
munity College graduates, clad in
Carolina blue gowns and enormous
smiles, marched Friday night with a
dignity suiting the background
strains of "Pomp and Circumstance"
and the elegant setting of the Odcll
But the polite reserve of this
largest group to ever participate in
commencement at BCC transformed
into enthusiastic support for one an
other when it came time to accept
certificates and diplomas. David
Kelly, chairman of BCC's Board of
Trustees, conferred certificates, de
grees and diplomas as whoops and
cheers and occasional grunts or
whistles rang out from the audience
that overflowed into the balcony of
the 1,500-seat auditorium.
During the year 165 students
earned certificates, degrees or diplo
mas in curriculum programs ranging
from general education to nursing to
welding, and another 116 earned
their GED, the near-equivalent of a
high school diploma.
Graduates also cheered and ap
plauded guest speaker E. Rhone
Sasser's brief remarks as the
Hallsboro native wished each of
them success in life, "real success."
He defined that success as achiev
ing a balance in life, "being at peace
with one s self, with one's family
and friends, and with one's God."
To achieve that balance, the chair
man and chief executive officer of
United Carolina Bancshares ad
vised. requires a commitment to use
ones God-given talents to the
fullest, to focus on helping others,
and to be honest.
"People will rally behind those
who make a sincere effort even if
they fail, but not if they arc dishon
est, said Sasser. a native of
Hallsboro and one-time Shallotte ex
ecutive for Waccamaw Bank &
He urged graduates to find work
they enjoy, that allows them to both
make a living and an enjoyment of
You can find good people every
where. people who will help you do
your work and who will help you
deal with disappointments," said
Sasser. Most of the time, he said,
those disappointments will turn out
to be minor if you arc doing work
"You don't have to bat 1.000,"
said Sasser. "You can come up to bat
and miss seven times out 10 and
they'll put in the Hall of Fame for
batting .300. You just have to do the
best you can with what you have."
"Sharing the richness within each
of us is what community is all
about, he said, challenging gradu
ates to, wherever they go, seek to
build "communities that promote
peace, prosperity and togetherness."
Vice President of Student Dev
elopment Beth McLean presented
seven special awards on behalf of
the faculty and staff.
? President's Award: Jan Irene
Carlton, past Student Government
Association president and member
of the Vocational Technical Honor
Society, was selected as the most
outstanding student in scholastic
achievement and leadership quali
? Citizenship: Dwane Russell
Mitchiner Jr. was selected for this
award on the basis of campus lead
ership. service to fellow students
and participation in extracurricular
? Esther Swan Fraser Nursing
Award: Sandra Jo Moody received
this cash award presented annually
to a nursing student who has demon
strated outstanding scholastic
achievement, high standards of pro
fessionalism and service to college
and community. ? ? a?
c ? 1SteLVCn AJ,en ^"e Nursing
Scholarship: Peggy S. Millwood re
ceived this cash award which is also
MORE THAN 80 Brunswick Community College graduates were awarded certificates, degrees or diplomas in ceremonies last Friday
evening at Odell Williamson Auditorium.
given annually to a nursing student
who has demonstrated outstanding
scholastic achievement, high stan
dards of professionalism and service
to college and community.
? Outstanding Students: (Cath
erine Victoria Graham, technical;
The I ma B. Boyer, vocational; and
Mark Rosser Laugisch, general edu
cation. These awards are presented
to students who have exhibited aca
demic excellence and contributed
significantly in terms of service to
the college and community.
McLean also recognized the
1993-94 student Ambassadors for
their service to the college and com
munity: Rusty Mitchener, Vicky
Graham, Jan Carlton and Angela
Velva Hall Jenkins, associate dean
of continuing education, presented
GED graduates in the absencc of
Jerry Thrift, vice president of com
munity and continuing education,
who had a medical emergency an
hour before the ceremony. Johnnie
R. Simpson, vice president for in
struction, presented degree, diploma
and certificate candidates.
Other program participants in
cluded Portia Starks, BCC graduate,
who sang "God Is Watching Us
(From A Distance)" as the invoca
tion, Vice President Benjamin A.
DeBlois. who welcomed attendees;
and President W. Michael Reaves,
who introduced Sasscr.
Graduates, listed by hometowns
and majors, are as follows:
BCC GRADUATES 1994
Associate in General Education:
Angela Dawn Boswell, Pamela P.
Cumbee, Amber Deanna Grissett,
Elizabeth Anne Harrelson, Jennifer
A. Harren, Graham B. Knowles,
Mark Rosser Laugisch, Natalie Joy
Lupica, Jennifer Rayburn Swain,
Sherrie Lenea Clarke Wisnowski
Associate in Applied Sciencc
Administrative Office Technol
ogy: Jan Irene Carlton, Kathy Ann
Clemmons, Katherine Victoria Gra
ham. Julia Bellamy Hayes. Angela
Yvettc Lyons, Nancy Nadine Mc
Crary, Brenda Faye Galloway Pal
more, Montana D. Ray, Stephonie
Livingston Smith, Viola Palmorc
Business Administration: Chris
tina Renee Russ Johnson. Deloris
Annette Jones, Kimberly deVaux
Jones, Shannon Denisc Knight. Lori
G. Wilks Lambertsen, Lynette Law
rente, Jerry S. McCrary, Sherry G.
Montgomery, Diane Elizabeth
Mooney, Marietta J. Garvin Peter
son, Barbara E. Polanski, Mary Cat
herine Royal, Brent James Varnam,
Gayle Rcnce' Ward, Julie Laura
Business Computer Programm
ing: Amy Elizabeth Brown, Bonita
Gaye Brown, Judy Faye Brown,
Michelle Lynn Carteret, James Neil
Howell. Lynette Lawrence, Lorida
Ann Moser, Jacquctta Taylor, Sam
uel B. Thomas, Karen V. Thompson.
Dianna Vaught. Randy Lee Weddle
Electronics Engineering Techn
ology: Leman R. Frink, Suzette W.
Frink. Daron K. Knox, Keith
O'Brien Milliken, Dwanc Russell
Mitchiner, Jr.. Betty Maria Piper,
Samuel F. Sharp, Rosalind Allen
Health Information Technol
ogy: Tonya Kaye Creech, Reann
Recreational Grounds Manage
ment Technology: Adam Ken
Cosmetology: Beverly Raynor
Boyd. Thelma Burgess Boyer, Car
rie McKee Brouillard, Kathleen D.
Automotive Mechanics: Szhon
Business Computer Programm
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Cosmetology: Martie Abercrom
bie, Sonja Lynetta Baines
Industrial Maintenance: John
Ellison Aiken , William A. Davis
Sr.. Charles Ernest Gore, Thomas E.
Grady, Tillman Ivey Jr., Otis A.
Mapson, Harry L Thomas, Eugene
Practical Nursing: Barbara Jean
Harbaugh Babson. Josh Radford
Brinkley, Amanda Lea Brittain,
Brandice M. Dunn. Barbara B.
Green. Cheryl L Hilburn, Ross
Hines, Evelyn B. Hudson, Jody J.
LeBlanc, Michelle Christine Mc
Craw, Shandi Jo Anne Medltn, Mar
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Toler Miller, Peggy S. Millwood,
Sandra Jo Moody. Kecly Deanicne
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