KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — At the College’s annual Student Leadership Awards banquet, several Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students were recognized for their outstanding achievements and were later introduced to the College’s Board of Trustees at their monthly board meeting.
“I am quite proud of these students for their dedication to the College and their fellow students,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.
Stacy Burgess received the Outstanding Community Service Award. The Outstanding Community Service Award is given to an individual who has performed exemplary community service, made significant contributions to enhance the quality of life in the community, and demonstrated an understanding of his or her responsibility to one’s community through involvement with campus clubs and activities.
“Stacy is a recent graduate of our Radiography program and has continued to be a high achiever in her club from the beginning of her involvement,” said Natasha Lipscomb, director of student life and leadership development. “She works hard to organize events, mentors freshmen, and maintains a high GPA in this very selective and demanding academic program. One special project, ‘Backpacks for Homeless Veterans,’ gained attention through the local newspapers and was a club project with enormous impact.
Wilbert Torrence was awarded the Silver Leadership Award. The Silver Leadership Award is given to an individual who has shown commitment to academic excellence by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The student must be a first-year student with less than 30 credit hours completed. The individual should be an active member of a campus club/organization and show great promise in helping to build and strengthen the club.
“Wilbert has a passion for being involved and connected. Since the first day of classes, he jumped in and did not look back. He is quick to lend a hand and get involved,” said Lipscomb. “He has adopted the motto, ‘Where there is a way, there is a means.’ He has looked for ways for the club to collaborate both internally and externally and he uses his influence to encourage students and help them become involved on campus.”
Cynthia Rickman, received the Golden Leadership Award. The Golden Leadership Award is given to an individual who has shown commitment to academic excellence by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. In the spirit of commitment, the individual must be an active member of a club/organization for more than two semesters. The student should be a second-year student with more than 30 credit hours completed. The individual recognized has assisted the club advisor and other club members in providing meaningful opportunities for the student body through campus activities. The individual that receives this award shows great character by helping the club make decisions that will sustain the reputation of the organization.
“Cynthia has been a pillar for her club by participating in many programs, including breast cancer awareness, the homeless veterans’ project, STEM Open House, mentoring freshmen students in the Radiography program, outreach to high school students and other college events,” said Janet Spriggs, chief operating officer for the College over the Division for Student Success & Service Excellence.
Anthony Martino, a member of Phi Theta Kappa, was awarded the Eddie H. Myers Leadership Award.
Eddie H. Myers, past Vice-President of Student Services and Advisor to the Student Government Association played a significant role in the success of student body initiatives at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. During his time as a college administrator, he assisted in organizing student clubs on both state and local levels. This award is given in his honor to a student who demonstrates the leadership qualities of self-discipline, good citizenship, commitment to lifelong learning, and the ability to overcome adversity. The student must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and contribute to the success of a club/organization on campus. The student must be on track to complete graduation requirements no later than the end of summer term.
“Anthony is a student who continually demonstrates leadership qualities through his actions,” said Spriggs. “Anthony has a 4.0 GPA and has advocated for the Phi Theta Kappa chapter here at Rowan-Cabarrus by getting students connected, inspired, and motivated. Anthony has helped his club grow by building a team with a ‘let’s get this done’ attitude. He is an award-winning member of his club and has been recognized for his commitment to the club’s annual service project. He personally solicited and delivered supplies valued over $500 to local animal rescue shelters.”
Bobby Ingram was awarded the Student Life Award. The Student Life Award is given to an individual who participates in Student Life and demonstrates enthusiasm and a willingness to work hard.
“Bobby has used his opportunities to grow tremendously in his role over the last two years,” said Lipscomb. “He is quick to offer a helping hand and is an advocate for the student body in any way possible.”
At Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, students are encouraged to get involved in activities and organizations beyond the classroom that take their education to the next level.
“We believe that our ever-expanding set of extracurricular activities and communications creates a holistic student experience, developing well-rounded graduates,” said Spalding. “It’s all about developing leaders and helping them engage in their community.
For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2017 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications the fall 2017 term. Fall classes begin on August 14, 2017.