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Godwin updates board at PHCC
College president gives report on first 100 days
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer
Dr. Angeline Godwin gave a report on her first 100 days as president at Patrick Henry Community College at the PHCC Board meeting Monday.
She said her first goal for her first year as president is to have lots of dialogue with people at the college and in the community to learn more about and look further into the college and the area — their history, successes, challenges and opportunities.
The information gathered the first year of Godwin’s administration will be used to help the college set strategies and a plan, setting the foundation for its next 50 years, she said.
According to college and PHCC Foundation officials, Godwin has been going at a whirlwind pace to accomplish her first goal. A list of her activities was distributed to the board.
Godwin said, based on her first 100 days as president (as of Oct. 9), some of the things that interest her include:
• The opportunity for having a strong leadership development program: identifying student leaders as early as K-12 and giving them unique leadership development opportunities at PHCC.
• Having a performing student group to do community outreach.
• The opportunity for ecotourism. She mentioned the area’s natural beauty. Ecotourism is “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people,” according to the website of International Ecotourism Society.
• Entrepreneurial opportunities.
Kris Landrum, spokesperson for the college, said in an interview that a committee has been formed to look into the creation of a performing student group to do community outreach. The committee includes representatives of PHCC faculty and staff, and arts and theatrical groups in Henry County and Martinsville.
The idea being explored is to create something new that doesn’t compete with existing groups. It could be a group that does revues, one that does singing and dancing, or something else, she said.
On ecotourism, Landrum said a number of students have expressed interest in the creation of an outdoor environmental club, and the college is looking into that. Such a club might do such things as work with other environmental groups in the area to enhance the environment, Landrum said.
Landrum also said that Godwin would like the college to expand and make more robust what it is doing in the area of entrepreneurship through its small-business class. Landrum said a number of students from that class have started their own businesses.
Among the other business at the PHCC board meeting, Wayne Cardwell, the college’s budget and facilities manager, gave a report on facilities projects. Emergency phone/call posts have been installed around campus. Replacement of the sewer line across the front of West Hall will wrap up in about two weeks.
The following projects are in the design stage with architectural/engineering firms, have not been put out for bid, or have not been awarded contracts:
• Install emergency generators at Frith, Learning Resource Center (LRC), Philpott, Stone and Walker buildings.
• Replace street lights along Patriot Avenue.
• LRC modification to a glass wall at the math lab and enclose a nook to make a small office.
• Americans with Disabilities Act improvements primarily in rest rooms, remodel Walker restrooms and install a chair lift to Walker auditorium stage.
• Reroof West Hall second- and third-floor roofs.
In other business, the board heard a report from Gary Collins, chairman of the PHCC Foundation board, that the foundation and New College Institute are looking into the possibility of awarding a four-year scholarship to enable a student to go to PHCC two years and then NCI two years. Collins said the foundation has secured funding for the first two years at PHCC.
The board also heard reports on local fund expenditures and the student support program.