BCC Foundation Director
Vicki Spencer Resigns Post
BY SUSAN IJSIIKK
Brunswick Community College's fir\t resource development officer
has resigned alier nearly si* years i>n the job to accept a position wilh
Carolina Power & Light Co.'s Brunswick Nuclear Plant.
Today (Wednesday) is Vickj Spencer's last day at BCC. where her
duties have included serving as executive director of
the BCC Foundation.
"It's the longest I've ever worked anywhere," the
Oak Island resident said last week alter college
trustees accepted her resignation. "It's really hard to W
She starts work Dcc. 2 as a senior energy infor
mation specialist. Her responsibilities will include
operating the CP&L Visitors Center at Southpon,
conducting plant tours and various other community HT
Ms. Spencer joined BCC's stall as development SI'KS< KK
officer in 1985. One of her first Utsks was successfully organizing and
coordinating a community-wide campaign supporting passage of an $8
million bond referendum for capital construction and reactivating the
Since then she has helped increase lire Foundation's assets from
S45.000 to approximately S360.000, including only the first two install
ments of a $500,<K)0 endowment to fund operation of BCC's new audito
rium. The Foundation now awards between SI 5,000 and S20.000 annual
ly in scholarships, emergency loans and other forms of student aid, as
well as supporting staff development and travel and major equipment
"She has really put us on the map in the foundation business," BCC
Board of Trustees Chairman David Kelly noted.
While the money raised has been essential to BCC's operation, Ms.
Spencer believes the most important result of her efforts arc increased
visibility anil credibility for BCC and its Foundation.
"People believe in us and know what we do," she said.
Her list of accomplishments during five years on the job is lengthy.
Ms. Spencer lias prepared or guided preparation of grant rcqucsLs to
support the Small Business Center, the Women's Network Center, child
care, literacy, vocational education, compensatory education, sex equity
and staff development
She chaired BCC's 10th anniversary celebration committee, initiated
and coordinated annual campus and community lundraising drives on
behalf of the BCC Foundation, coordinated the Foundation's annual
recognition dinner and worked with the Foundation to increase its en
dowed scholarship fund.
Through the Foundation she also initiated an Adopt-A-Book gift pro
gram for the college library, promoted and funded stalT development and
training programs, established a work-study program and established
scholarships for GF.D program graduates.
"It takes a while to get people to jell, but they've bought in now."
said Ms. Spencer, looking back at the Foundation's successes. "The
Foundation is at the point where it's really growing."
Upcoming major events already in the works, she said, include a
songwriter's festival and golf tournament in February, a project spear
headed by Paul Dennis, who recently retired from the Foundation board.
"I'm still going to be involved, just in a different way," said Ms.
Spencer. "I can't stop."
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BCC VV ants New Smoking Policy That's
Fair To Those Who Do ? And Those Who Don't
I* V SUSAN I Sill K
Brunswick Community College is
looking lor a campus smoking j* >li
cy acceptable to both those who use
tobacco and those who don't.
The existing policy, which was
adopted in 19X9, allows smoking
only at designated areas inside
buildings, including the wiairpeted
dining area of the student center and
some stairwells. Students also
smoke at the main entrance to the
classroom building, which is used
by cosmetology program clients as
well as BCC students and staff
President Michael Reaves fold
trustees last Wednesday he believed
there to be a "consensus on ihis
campus" that BCC' should become
smoke -Tree, following the example
of the county's two hospitals and
public school system and several
other campuses, including Craven
Community College. This would
mean no smoking in buildings, only
in designated areas outside. "In our
suggestion box we get more com
plaints about smoking than anything
else," he said.
However, Student Government
President Ken Perrone. an ex officio
member of the board ol trustees,
said that does not appear to Iv the
sentiment of the student Ixnly. a
"large majority" of which he esti
mates are smokers.
Most arc considerate, he suggest
ed. When the few students known to
be allergic to smoke are in the cafe
teria, he said, fellow students don't
Contrary to what students may
believe. Reaves said a non-smoking
policy would not force students to
smoke in areas unsheltered from the
A committee that is to inelude
Reaves, Perrone anil other students,
stall and trustees will look at the op
tions and re|H>rt back to the hoard.
Kelly charged die panel with seek
ing "some middle ground" and re
turning with a "logical, sensible so
llie issue sparked lively discus
sion among trustees, whose number
includes non-smokers, smokers, sev
eral "recovering" former smokers
and one member who was raised on
a tobacco lann but is allergic to
Just about everyone who smoke
up said they were willing to go
along with any policy a majority
could agree on.
"I recommend we get some more
facts and figures," said Malcolm
Cirissclt, a former smoker who is a
tobacco producer. He noted the
area's location m the tobacco belt,
the crop's impact on the local econo
my and what appears to be a majori
ty ol smokers among the student
"1 don't want us to trigger any
hostility," he said. "But I would
rather live in a non-smoking envi
However, Donna Baxter suggest
ed the college might need to be con
cerned about secondary smoke and
the health risks it represents.
On day P> as a non-smoker, Ms.
Baxter suggested "diat those who
want to breathe fresh area and live a
little longer should be allowed to.
Let's be fair to everybody."
Perrone described it as a "touchy
situation" and recommended a for
mal survey of students be made to
determine the ratio of smokers and
non-smokers and their concerns re
garding a smoking policy.
"There arc a lot of health risks in
volved here," said Jimmy Hobbs,
wIm) grew up on a Columbus County
tobacco farm but is allergic to tobac
co. "At some point we're probably
going to have to take a stand and
there may not be a middle ground
we can lake."
Stall, students and trustees agree
that most student smoking takes
place in the cafeteria, making it "the
most difficult are;* 10 deal with" be
cause the '?emulation system would
make a partition ineffective.
Perrone suggested that the game
r(X)m, which is not connected to the
ventilation system, could be turned
into a non-smokers area.
"Maybe our goal should not be to
make people quit smoking," sug
gested Kcavcs, "but to have better
control over where they smoke.
"We're trying to be fair to both
those who do smoke and those who
In other business trustees:
?Decided to dose the campus from
Dec. 23 through Jan. 1, though em
ployees will have an option of work
ing or taking annual leave Dcc. 30
?Canceled the December board
meeting, with plans to call a meeting
if the need arises;
?Heard from Perrone that the SGA
has turned the TV room into a food
and clothes closet to meet students'
emergency needs. "They may be
getting outside assistance but there
arc emergency needs. We arc getting
a lot of response," he said. "There's
always somebody here and we want
to take care of our own." Requests
lor assistance arc handled coiifiden
Ually thnmgh ihc student aiil ollic
The SGA is also providing SH<i .
help needy sludenls buy Christina*,
presents and will give away a holi
? Heard from Vicki Speticei, r>
source development officer, ih.tt
Brunswick Intergency Program i
receiving a S5(),(KX> gram to expand
its supjxined employment program
?Also heard from Ms. Spencer th.it
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in honor of her late husband. Hew
Clarence Stone, a former superinte
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