Five of Stanly Community College’s (SCC) student groups have received the school’s “Soaring Eagle Award” recognizing their achievement during the school year in areas of organization activities, campus involvement, and community service.
Presidents of the organizations received certificates and cash awards for reaching goals set by Brittany Brooks Neal and Megan Mabry, president and vice president, respectively, of the SCC Student Government Association.
According to Neal, a list of goals were provided for the 18 student groups that fall under the Student Government Association umbrella. Documentation showing achieving a specified percentage of the goals was submitted to determine the recipients.
Honored were the following organizations: Human Services Club -- Candice Gelvin, president, and Kelly Deal and Kara Finch, advisors; Medical Lab Technician Club -- Shanea Williams, president, and Melissa Jackson, advisor; Multicultural Club – Kellyn Cortez-Munoz, president, and Liane Huneycutt, advisor; Phi Beta Lambda – Monica Chang, president, and Dan Hazlett, advisor; and Respiratory Theraphy Club – Brandon McNaught, president, and Tina Harper, advisor.
Among the many projects and activities included a Christmas coat drive, food pantry contributions, participation in state and national conferences, sponsoring displays at the campus library, bringing alumni and guest speakers to campus to present programs, and collecting supplies for hurricane victims. Additionally, students participated in leadership development programs, assisted with campus outreach activities such as “Halloween on the Hill” and “Christmas on the Hill.”
“The members of these five organizations stayed busy throughout the fall and spring semesters doing both service projects and educational programs that were beneficial to the individuals and brought attention to the College,” Mabry commented, “and the SGA is pleased to recognize their visibility and contributions.”
A new program of the College is a television show called, SOAR, an acronym for Student Organizations and Activities Recognition. Each month, one of the student organizations is featured on the show. The group’s president and advisor are interviewed so the public can be aware of the beneficial work done internally and the service provided to the community. SOAR shows can be viewed on Spectrum Channel 21 or SCC-TV online at https://www.youtube.com/user/stanlytv/videos.
The most recent show highlights the Bible Campus Ministry group. In addition to President Matthew Osborne and Advisors Rita Love and Joe Pollard, members are shown speaking about a book the group read and discussed, caroling at Spring Arbor, serving a meal at Community Table, and doing a fundraiser to assist a family during a medical situation and loss of a child who was a member of the group.
“Although all the organizations worked on campus projects and activities like SOAR, Fall Fest, and Spring Fling, it was interesting to read the ‘Soaring Eagle’ documentation reports on programs particular to each individual club. All of the active organizations are to be congratulated, and we are pleased to call attention to these five who met the award criteria for 2018-2019,” Neal remarked.
Pictured accepting the Stanly Community College Student Government Association “Soaring Eagle Awards” from left to right: Human Services Club President Candice Gelvin (Gold Hill), SGA Vice President Megan Mabry (Oakboro), Phi Beta Lambda President Monica Chang (Albemarle), Respiratory Therapy Club Representative Erika Dabbs (Locust), SGA President Brittany Brooks Neal (Locust), and Multicultural Club Representatives Maria Torres (Stanfield) and Daisy Mercado (Oakboro).