A Monthly News Source for the Louisburg College Community

Dec. 07/Jan. 2008


Louisburg College: Changes Underway in ‘08

LC Now an e2Campus

Beginning in January 2008,

Louisburg College will offer students

and parents the option of enrolling in a

campus emergency notification system

through e2Campus. This system will

send emergency notification via text

message to a student’s registered mobile

phone. Students will also continue

to receive timely warnings via campus

e-mail. This system gives Louisburg

College the capability to quickly alert

students to potentially threatening

situations on campus. An added bonus

to the e2Campus system will be the

ability to send students updates from all

areas of campus life. Students can opt to

receive announcements about athletic

events, campus activities, intramurals,

and more.

BOT Approves New Policy


On December 6, 2007, the

Louisburg College Board of

Trustees approved in concept the

implementation of a tobacco-free

campus beginning with the fall 2008

academic term. The policy will be

finalized following student, staff and

faculty input and is subject to trustee

review. The policy supersedes all prior

tobacco use policies by the College,

and it applies to all Louisburg College

trustees, administrators, students,

faculty, staff, visitors, vendors and

contractors. The policy also states that

the sale and/or distribution of tobacco

products and tobacco advertisements are

prohibited on campus.

The policy is a result of the College’s

priority to provide a living and learning

environment that is safe and healthy.

This includes creating an environment

that promotes individual student health

and the resources necessary for students

to make healthy choices.

Louisburg College respects the

rights of all persons to use a legal

product and will continue to uphold

these rights. However, persons wishing

to use tobacco products must do so

off-campus. For students, faculty and

staff members that seek to use this

policy as an opportunity to quit the use

of tobacco products, the College will

provide smoking cessation resources to

those seeking assistance.

Examples of tobacco products

prohibited by the policy include, but are

not limited to, the following:

1. Cigarettes

2. Cigars

3. Pipes and Pipe Tobacco

4. Smokeless Tobacco

(including dips)

5. Snuff

6. Chewing Tobacco

At the same meeting, the board

of trustees approved in concept the

implementation of a student dress code

beginning with the fall 2008 academic

term. The code will also be finalized

following student, staff and faculty

input and is subject to trustee review.

While Louisburg College

understands and supports students’

right to self-expression, the college

believes it has an obligation to create

a living and learning environment

where all members of the community

are comfortable and not offended by

inappropriate dress.

The policy that was approved in

concept stated that the following

standards must be adhered to by all

members of the campus community:

1. Dress that is neat, modest and

casual is the minimum requirement at all

times in all public areas.

2. Hats, caps, do-rags, and other

headgear must be removed when in

classrooms, offices and the dining hall.

3. “Baggy” pants or sloppy dress will

not be permitted at anytime.

4. Clothing that is provocative or

contains obscene messages or messages

that are contrary to the mission of the

college will not be permitted.

(cont. “CHANGES” pg. 2)

All is Bright

In partnership with Progress Energy, LC has

improved campus lighting in front of Duke

Dining Center.


Continued from page 1

As an additional order of business

at the December 6 meeting, the

trustees approved in concept the

implementation of required chapel

and assembly attendance for students

beginning with the fall 2008 academic

term. A policy will be finalized

following student, staff and faculty

input and is subject to trustee review.

Related by faith to The United

Methodist Church, the mission of

Louisburg College states that the college

will offer a supportive community. The

college believes that part of offering a

supportive community means having

regular and frequent opportunities

for the community to come together

as one. Community meetings will

allow students, faculty and staff to

grow individually and collectively. The

programs will be open to the public

and will bring opportunities for new

speakers, artistic presentations and

cultural events.

Holton Renovations


Renovations continue in Holton

Gymnasium. Trustee Ely Perry recently

donated theater-style chairs for the

student section in the balcony of the

gym. In addition, a pledge has been

made for new bleachers to upgrade the

general seating area.

Gym renovations were designed and

implemented by Trustee Roger Taylor.

Changes surrounding the exterior of

Alumni Memories Plaza Nears Completion

the gym are also underway. Landscaping

has begun for the Ruth Cooke Gardens.

A Seat with a Different View

As part of the planned renovations

for the boardroom, parlor and lobby

areas of Main Building, board of trustee

members conducted their December

meeting from new chairs behind a new

cherry board table. Trustees purchased

the new chairs for the project.

Above: The bricks have been laid for the

Alumni Memories Plaza. The plaza is located

on campus behind Benson Chapel.

The Alumni Memories Plaza is another addition to the Louisburg College

campus, and it is scheduled for completion in early January. Many alumni

and friends of the college have already purchased bricks for the plaza, and the

bricks have been incorporated into the design of the garden. It is anticipated

that the plaza will be used as an outdoor classroom, worship space, or simply

a beautiful place for students to gather with friends. The alumni office invites

everyone to come and enjoy the new outdoor space this spring.

If you are interested in purchasing a personalized brick for the garden, contact

Director of Alumni and Annual Giving Mary Kate Keith at 919.497.3245 or


The renovations were led by Trustee

Sue Robertson, and the project moved

forward thanks to the enthusiastic and

financial support of new Trustee Roger


Coffee Bar

The College has made arrangements

with Chartwells Dining to install a

coffee bar

in Cecil W.


Library. The

coffee bar will

be located in

the northwest

corner of the

first floor.

The new space is scheduled to begin

serving coffee in January.

Above Left: Construction at the site of the new Ruth Cooke Gardens.

Above Right: New table and chairs arrive for boardroom renovations.

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LC Responds to SACS


On December 10, the Southern

Association of Colleges and Schools

(SACS) Commission on Colleges

notified Louisburg College that the

school has been placed on warning

for six months based on the SACS

accreditation standard on financial

stability. The decision was based

primarily on Louisburg College’s

financial history and the 2006-2007

financial audit.

In the same meeting, Louisburg

College was notified that the

school’s assessment and institutional

effectiveness plan was fully approved.

The warning designation was

extended to Louisburg College as an

opportunity to strengthen the school’s

financial condition with improved

budgeting, increased revenues and

major gifts.

The College immediately notified

trustees, faculty and staff of the decision

rendered by SACS.

Louisburg’s administration has been

working diligently to identify savings

that will assure positive cash flow and

alignment between tuition and fees and

operation expenditures.

President Clyburn issued the

following statement:

“I am thankful that this SACS

evaluation and improvement option

offers Louisburg College a special

opportunity to secure its future. We are

grateful for the support and assistance of

the school’s constituencies and friends as

we move forward.”

interact with students and for students

to take a break from studying.

Staff News

Director of Financial Aid Sean van

Pallandt has been appointed to the

Financial Aid Advisory Group at the

United Methodist Higher Education


C.L. Gobble of Louisburg, NC was

named interim vice president for finance

at LC. Gobble brings a wealth of

management expertise to the position.

He served many years as a successful

administrator and town manager in

Louisburg. Gobble began his service

on December 3. A candidate search has

begun. A search committee comprised

of trustees, faculty and staff will support

the process.

Effective January 15, Ernie Rushing

will serve as interim vice president for

(cont. “STAFF” pg. 4)

Talent and Cheer at LC Christmas Bash

Faculty and staff celebrated

the holiday season with dinner

and entertainment at this year’s

Christmas party.

Clockwise from left: Professor Jeff

Olbrys acts as MC for the evening;

Registrar Martha Hedgepeth

reads The First Christmas Tree;

Admissions Counselor Ernie

Rushing as Elvis; Faculty and Staff

members perform The Twelve Days

of Christmas; Professor Charley-

John Smith as Scrooge; and Mr.

and Mrs. Claus pass out gifts.

Student Life

Study Break

Student Life sponsored an Exam

Pancake Break for students on

December 2, 2007. The President’s

Cabinet served pancakes and bacon to

more than 450 students. It was a great

opportunity for the administration to

enrollment management. Rushing is

currently an admissions counselor at

LC, and his experience will serve the

College well during the transition

period. A candidate search has begun

for the position.

Arts and


The Grass Cats

The Grass Cats will perform at the

Louisburg College Auditorium on

January 25 at 8:00 p.m.

The show features lively footstomping

fiddle and banjo music,

bluegrass classics, tight vocal harmonies,

a cappella gospel quartets and charttopping

original songs.

Though careful never to lose their

traditional bluegrass footing, The Cats

also perform cleverly arranged “covers”

of songs from artists such as Eric

Clapton, Duke Ellington and Johnny

Cash. Their recording career has also

been highly acclaimed with two of their

five CD’s landing in the Top 10 on

Bluegrass Unlimited’s National Bluegrass

Survey. The Blues are Back In Town,

received a highlight review in Bluegrass

Unlimited magazine and garnered The

Grass Cats a #1 single, Bluegrass Man.

Southern Exposure

Southern Exposure: Photography by

Dorothy Blum Cooper will be on display

in the Louisburg College Auditorium

January 28 - February 29.

Born and raised in the south, Cooper

epitomizes what it means to be “of the

south.” As a native of Louisiana, most

of her body of work is from the New

Orleans and Gulf Coast area.

Her work stands in direct contrast

to the flood of images familiar since

Hurricane Katrina brought its wrath

to the area. Works in this show include

rural landscapes, city life, faces of

innocent children, and faces of

elderly mapped by life’s experiences.

The photographs were taken in a

documentary, journalistic style using

natural light in natural settings.

Cooper’s photographic works

are included in private and public

collections across the United States and


A reception and discussion will be

held with Cooper on February 2 at

7:00 p.m. in the Louisburg College

Auditorium. All exhibits are free and

open to the public. Normal gallery

hours are Monday through Friday

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more

information, contact Will Hinton at

Alumni News

Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 17, 10:30 a.m.

Golden Anniversary Council Meeting

(Main Building)

Saturday, January 26, 10:00 a.m.

Alumni Association Board of Directors

Meeting (Main Building)

Friday, February 15, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Wilmington Area Alumni Gathering

Reception before the LC basketball

game vs. Cape Fear Community College

(Joe and Barbara Schwartz Center, Front

Street in Wilmington, NC)

LC Loses Treasured Alumnus

Louisburg College regrets to share

news of the recent death of LC alumnus

Fred Fearing. Fearing was inducted into

the Louisburg College Athletic Hall of

Fame in September 2007.

Services for Fearing were held

on October 21 at the First United

Methodist Church in Elizabeth City,


President Clyburn shares thoughts

about this treasured alumnus:

Fred Fearing was Louisburg College’s

finest ambassador in Elizabeth City, NC. An

exemplary student athlete, he loved baseball,

and he played it with skill for Louisburg. He

graduated from the college in 1935. Fred was

recently inducted into the Louisburg College

Athletic Hall of Fame. With his old glove and

Louisburg College jersey in hand, Fred was

the oldest member inducted into the inaugural

class, and one of the most beloved. He

continued to wear our school colors through the

years, sharing college publications and his

unforgettable smile with people he met in his

cherished role as Elizabeth City ambassador.

As an alum and trustee emeritus, he was

a generous contributor to Louisburg College.

Fred wanted students to have the same

opportunities that he had been given, and he

made generous donations to support student

scholarships and other campus projects. I am

fortunate to have recently met with Fred. The

ideal host, he volunteered to give me a tour of

the waterfront near his home. During my

visit I asked Fred what made Louisburg

College so special to him. He replied that

Louisburg College was where he met his

wonderful wife, Florence. She was also a

student at Louisburg, and Fred remembered

exactly when and where they met on campus.

I am glad that Louisburg College had the

recent opportunity to honor Fred, our

alumnus and friend, at the Athletic Hall of

Fame ceremony.

His love for Louisburg College was always

evident. He represented the best of our college

and alums as he daily portrayed the Christian

values of hospitality, kindness, generosity and

compassion. Fred was the man who kept fond

memories alive and made many people feel at


BOT News

Dr. Edgar J. Boone was elected

chair of the International Adult and

Continuing Education Hall of Fame.

Boone will serve in this role for two

years. The organization encompasses

all adult and continuing education

associations and societies throughout

the international community.

The board of directors includes

20 members from across the globe

and recognizes outstanding leadership

contributions in adult and continuing


For more information about

the organization, visit http://www.

Louisburg College Mission Statement

Related by faith to The UnitedMethodist Church,

Louisburg College is committed to offering a

supportive community which nurtures young men

and women intellectually, culturally,

socially, physically, and spiritually...

For questions or concerns, or to submit news

ideas for the next edition of Hurricane Headlines,

contact Director of Publications and Media

Relations Jade Biggio at 919.497.3330,

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