[submitted by Crystal Reynolds]
All institutions of higher learning have student groups and clubs. These clubs range from academic groups to groups that are for fun. Beaufort County Community College (BCCC) has many of these groups. One such student organization at BCCC is the academic honor society Gamma Beta Phi. The group is led by faculty advisor and history professor, Dr. Keith Lyon. This past semester, Gamma Beta Phi conducted a fundraiser on behalf of the Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Communities. The Institute is rehabilitating a historic home on 3rd street in Washington which will benefit female veterans who suffer from PTSD.
On March 14th, 2018 the group presented a check representing their hard work at fundraising to PRISC’s CEO Dr. Robert Sands and Project Engineer David Steckel. At this presentation, Gamma Beta Phi members were joined by Dr. Keith Lyon and members of BCCC’s administration that included student services faculty advisor, Ms. Theresa Edwards, the school’s President Dr. David Loope, Dean Ms. Lisa Hill, and BCCC Vice President Dr. Crystal Ange.
Gamma Beta Phi members and the administrators and faculty were given a tour of the home to see the progress that has been made over the winter. While there, they learned a little of the home’s history as well as what PRISC hopes to accomplish with the historic home when it is finished. They were also given a tour of the grounds which includes the barn in the back and informed of the healing gardens that are also in the works for the home and its future residents. In honor of all the student’s hard work, Dr. Sands and Mr. Steckel presented a “brick of appreciation” to the Gamma Beta Phi organization.