SCC Graduate Makes Journey from Nicaragua to UNC Medical School

Written by Olivia Gillespie – Foundation Intern, Fall 2020 (CLINTON, N.C.) – In 2010, Marvin Albert Meza Jarquín, his parents, and his four siblings immigrated from Nicaragua to North Carolina. In Nicaragua, Marvin’s family consisted of coffee and cattle farmers. He had grown up in Nicaragua until he was sixteen years old. When his family…

Viking Spotlight: Ryan Rutherford

(CLINTON, N.C.) – Ryan Rutherford has been at Sampson Community College (SCC) for a year and a half now. In his newest role, Rutherford acts as the Director of Facilities. Before moving to Sampson County, Rutherford lived in both Washington state and Montana. As the Director of Facilities, Rutherford is the key asset to ensuring that everything is running and working smoothly around campus here at SCC.

Viking Spotlight: Cole Baxley Businessman Right Out of High School

(CLINTON, N.C.) – In 2018, Cole Baxley graduated from Midway High School (MHS), and received an Associate of Arts degree from Sampson Community College (SCC). Upon graduation from both MHS and SCC, Cole went on to attend Campbell University. While at Campbell University he received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Cole was able to obtain his bachelor’s degree in only two years due to already having an associate degree right out of high school with the help of the Career and College Promise program. Since Cole began his college education early, he has been able to begin his career at a faster pace.  

18th Annual Sampson Classic a Success

As a part of an annual tradition, the Sampson Community College Foundation hosted its Sampson Classic Golf Tournament on Friday, November 6. One of its largest donation events of the year, the golf tournament allows local golfers and businesses to raise funds for student scholarships and faculty outreach. This year, golfers teed off at Lakewood…

Viking Spotlight: Marvin Rondon New Dean of Student Services

(CLINTON, N.C.) – Dr. Marvin Rondon has been a full-time employee here at Sampson Community College since 2002. At that time, Rondon began to work in Bilingual Services and was the translator for SCC. Before then, he worked part-time at SCC, teaching Computer Science and Spanish courses. Rondon grew up in Puerto Rico and lived there until the age of thirty-two when he moved to Sampson County in 1999. Before his move, Rondon received an Associate’s in Computer Science from the University of Puerto Rico.

Viking Spotlight: Ria Westphal

(CLINTON, N.C.) – Ria Westphal grew up in the country of Germany until the age of twenty-one before moving to the United States. Westphal received a Bachelor’s in Graphics from Fayetteville State University and a Master’s in Humanities from California State University. Before coming to Sampson Community College (SCC), Westphal worked as an adjunct for Fayetteville Technical Community College for ten years. While attending college, Westphal stayed home with her daughter, who is now twenty-eight years old. Westphal’s main areas of expertise are Art, Humanities, and Physical Education. Now at SCC, Westphal works as an Art and Humanities instructor. Her journey has taken her from Germany to the small area of Sampson County.

Sampson Partners, Inc. Increases Donation

In 2019, Sampson Partners, Inc., formerly Sampson Crisis Center, joined in a partnership with Sampson Community College. Included in this partnership were a scholarship and the use of the Sampson Partners’ downtown space for additional classes and events. Last week, Sampson Partners, Inc. donated an additional $2,000 to be used for its Sampson Partnership scholarship….

SCC Rolls Out ‘Viking Works’ GEER Funds

In August, Governor Cooper directed $95.6 million in funding to help support K-12 and postsecondary students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic for the 2020-2021 school year. The funding is North Carolina’s share of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, a part of the federal CARES Act. Included in that funding are scholarships for Workforce and…

SCC Hosts Annual Campus Drive

Year after year, the Sampson Community College Foundation hosts its annual Campus Drive fundraiser – where the college’s faculty and staff come together to donate toward student scholarships. Sampson Community College boasts full employee participation in the campus drive fundraiser – the only community college in the state to say so. This level of involvement…

Viking Spotlight: Sandra Jackson Pursues New Teaching Pathway

(CLINTON, N.C.) – The Associate of Arts and Associate of Science in Teacher Preparation is a new program here at Sampson Community College, which began this Fall. This program is fit for students interested in teaching elementary education. Sandra Jackson is one of the first students to participate in this program at SCC. Jackson is a stay-at-home mother and a former student of SCC. Jackson received an Associate degree in Animal Science from SCC and has decided to go back to school to pursue a career in elementary education. Her passion for teaching young children led her to start in the Teacher Preparation Pathway.

SCC Foundation Set to Host Annual Golf Tournament

It’s officially fall, and the Sampson Community College Foundation is preparing for its annual Sampson Classic Golf Tournament in memory of longtime supporter of the college, Bill Johnson. This year, the Foundation will host the 18th annual Sampson Classic Golf Tournament at Lakewood Country Club on Friday, November 6. As the giving arm of the…

2020 Faculty and Staff EXCEL Award Recipients Honored

Each year, as the college anticipates its annual Campus Drive – typically one of its first fundraising events of the year – nominations begin to roll in for the Faculty and Staff EXCEL Awards. The EXCEL Awards recognize two Sampson Community College employees who go above and beyond in their daily workplace and community. Nominators…