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Ragtime Piano Performance at SCC

Dr. Paul StewartFun, cheerful, vibrant – just a few words to describe the Ragtime piano performance by Dr. Paul Stewart held on the campus of Stanly Community College (SCC) on February 25, 2015. Celebrating Black History Month, SCC students, faculty, staff and community citizens gathered to enjoy Dr. Stewart perform the classic rags of Scott Joplin, Charles Johnson and George Gershwin, just to name a few.

Ragtime peaked in popularity between 1897 and 1918 and became popular sheet music for piano, pre-dating jazz. Dr. Stewart performed many songs by the composer Scott Joplin, who became famous when his “Maple Leaf Rag” was published in 1899. The Oscar-winning film The Sting revived ragtime as Mr. Joplin’s classic “The Entertainer-1902” became the theme music for the movie.

Dr. Stewart is a Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he serves as Director of Piano Pedagogy Studies. Playing piano since nine years of age, he enjoys performing in venues all over this country and Europe.

“It was truly a pleasure to share my study of Ragtime with the Stanly Community College audience. Ragtime is a long time passion of mine and I welcome opportunities to perform and talk about this vibrant music,” commented Dr. Stewart. “Only in the USA could such music have sprung. The blending of our various cultures produced this music, with its joyful poly rhythms and intoxicating melodies. It is extremely appropriate to honor the creative talents and compositional contributions of Scott Joplin during Black History Month. Of course, for me - every month is a Ragtime Piano Music Month.”

This event was sponsored by Momentum – a mentoring program for all students “working to create positive change and success in themselves and the world.” For more information on Momentum, please contact Andell McCoy at 704-991-0298.

Dr. Paul Stewart

Dr. Paul Stewart performed classic ragtime piano on the campus of Stanly Community College. Many selections of Scott Joplin were played in celebration of Black History Month.


SCC to Host Annual Career Fair

Stanly Community College (SCC) will be hosting a Career Fair on Tuesday, March 24 in the Webb Student Center on the Albemarle campus. The fair will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. and is open to students and the general public. SCC and ResCare Workforce Services will be offering free workshops to help individuals with their resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, and more.

The Resume, Cover Letter, Interviewing and Skills workshop is scheduled for March 17 and 19 in the Eddins Building, Room 114, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Another workshop, Marketing Yourself for the Job, Best Practices from HR Directors is scheduled for March 18 in the Snyder Building, Room 226, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Both workshops are free for students and the general public to attend.

“The College Career Fair is a great opportunity for our students to network, learn more about career fields, and network with potential employers,” noted Marcus Pryor, Assistant Dean of Students and Career Placement for SCC. “We invite anyone seeking employment to come by and visit or attend the free workshops. Please dress in the appropriate business attire and bring plenty of resumes to share with employers.”

Stanly Community College has become a vital resource to the community for career and workforce development. Programs are strategically planned to provide state-of-the-art training that deliver success in today’s workforce. Get the Skills and Get the Job are useful sections located on the Career Center web portal on the College’s website that features job search videos, beneficial tips for resumes and interviews, along with the latest information on job fairs, business expos and free seminars. The website also contains a Job Portal where employers can list openings in their company and students can post their resumes and search for employment. In addition, SCC offers a Human Resource Development class for those wishing to learn additional job seeking/job keeping skills, and the fee is waived for those that qualify.

Business representatives attending the Career Fair will include public and private employers, large and small businesses, and those located inside and outside of Stanly County. Click here to view a complete listing of attending companies. Employers who wish to participate in the Stanly Community College Career Fair should contact Marcus Pryor at 704-991-0278 or email at


New Officers Elected for SGA

SGA OfficersSGA stands for Student Government Association and is the governing/sanctioning body for all student clubs within Stanly Community College (SCC). Every year, new officers are elected to the SGA Executive Board. These elected officers are responsible for planning student activities throughout the year and also represent the College at various community events.

The SGA Officers for this year are as follows: President – Taylor Carter; Vice President – Madison Eury; Secretary – Hannah Tucker; Treasurer – Chelsea Barber; and Public Information Officer – Megan Chapman. Advisors for SGA are Katie Furr and Marcus Pryor from the College.

The main function of the SGA is to give students the opportunity to network, engage in local and state issues affecting them, be the voice for the student body, and provide workshops for leadership training.

SGA President Taylor Carter comments, “As the Student Government Association President, I want to be the best I can be. I want the student body to know I am there for them and will do anything I can to make their experience at SCC a great one. We are the voice for students!"

SGA Officers

SCC SGA Officers pictured (left to right) Taylor Carter, Hannah Tucker, Madison Eury, Chelsea Barber and Megan Chapman.


Paul Stewart to Perform American Ragtime Piano Music

Paul StewartPaul Stewart will perform a program of American Ragtime Piano Music at Stanly Community College on Wednesday, February 25, at a noon lecture recital in celebration of Black History Month. It will be held in the Dennis Auditorium - Kelley Building on the Albemarle campus.

The performance will include music by Scott Joplin, also known as the “King of Ragtime” in the early 20th century. He is best known for the Maple Leaf Rag 1899 and Entertainer 1902, which was later used as the theme music for the Oscar-winning film The Sting, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Other selections include Charles Johnson’s Dill Pickles Rag 1906 and George Gershwin’s Fascinating Rhythm 1924.

Paul Stewart has performed Classic Piano Ragtime in Manchester, England and in Bologna, Italy for International music conferences. He presented his Seminar, “Bands, Bars, and Banjos: Influences on Ragtime,” for the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, Sedalia, Missouri. He has also appeared at the Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival, Boulder, Colorado and the Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival in California.

Mr. Stewart is Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he serves as Director of Piano Pedagogy Studies. His piano performance degrees are from Indiana University, University of Illinois and Florida State University.

As an active performer, Stewart has appeared as piano soloist with the North Carolina Symphony four times and given numerous solo and Chamber Music recitals. His longtime interest and research into Ragtime piano music culminated in his 2007 CD titled “Rhythm and Rags.” Professor Stewart has given Ragtime workshops, pedagogical sessions and performances for numerous State Conferences of the Music Teachers National Association.

This event is sponsored by Momentum – a mentoring program for all students “working to create positive change in themselves and the world.” For more information, please contact Andell McCoy at 704-991-0298.

Paul Stewart

Paul Stewart will perform a program of American Ragtime Piano music at Stanly Community College on Wednesday, February 25 at noon.


AMIT Campaign Accepts $20,000 from For Stanly, Inc.

AMIT FundingStanly Community College (SCC) received a $20,000 donation from For Stanly, Inc. in support of its Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology (AMIT) Phase II campaign.

SCC is seeking to raise funding dollars for major renovations to the existing Annex Building located on the Albemarle campus. The funds will be utilized by the College in order to create and expand training programs for Industrial Automation, Heavy Equipment, and Industrial Systems Controls. The check was presented to the president of the College, Dr. Brenda Kays, by Mr. Bill Lawhon, Chairman, For Stanly, Inc.

For Stanly, Inc. is a private, non-profit community development initiative in Stanly County. The organization was formed in 1995 through contributions from individuals and corporations interested in “creating jobs for Stanly County.” For Stanly, Inc. has been instrumental in driving several economic development projects in the county since its inception in 1995 including: purchasing land for the creation of an industrial park, attracting regional developers to invest in Stanly County, relocation incentives for prospective industry, and widening the entrance to Airport Road from Highway 740 to permit large trucks to access the airport as well as the Prime Power Park.

If you are interested in supporting the mission of For Stanly, Inc., please contact Mr. Bill Lawhon at If you are interested in supporting the SCC Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology (AMIT) campaign, please contact Dr. Brenda Kays at

AMIT Funding

Pictured from left to right (front row): Jane Rogers, B.A. Smith, Bill Lawhon, Dr. Brenda Kays, and Ron Janey. Back row: Dean Martin, Paul Stratos, Kathy Almond, and Christy Bogle.


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