One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for October 22, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
Sometimes the best businesses have partners. They realize that forming collaborative relationships it often creates a win-win relationship for all of the entities. Collaboration is no longer just a strategy: it is the key to long-term business success and competitiveness. A business that wants to thrive and shine today needs to be collaborative to succeed in the new global economy.
One example of that locally where I live is the relationship between a four-year university UNC Pembroke and a two-year college Robeson Community College. There are a number of things the two institutions work on together and they are exploring more.
One reason it works is because of relationships. A number of people at Robeson Community College have previous ties to UNC Pembroke and the reverse of that is true for employees working at UNC Pembroke.
One friend of mine is James Bass who not only went to school at UNC Pembroke but also worked there.
Photo below of Dr. James Bass from Robeson Community College speaking at UNCP.
Today James is Director of Student Success at Robeson Community College. That position has him being responsible the coordination of tutorial services and college writing center; planning and assessment of tutoring and academic assistance programs and services. James who has been at RCC since 2010 is not just an administrator he is also a professor with his terminal degree. He teaches and plans the writing courses in the Department of English, including experience with implementing (DRE) developmental reading and writing courses.
James is not totally removed from UNC Pembroke as he teaches as an adjunct in the Mass Communications Department. Prior to him going to RCC in 2010 he served as UNC Pembroke’s Alumni Director. In that role he administered the university’s alumni affairs programs, including coordinating annual fundraising campaigns, student organizations and alumni recognition programs, graduation events, and alumni social networks.
James is married to a former assistant volleyball coach at UNC Pembroke Paula Levay. They got married in 2005 and they have three daughters.
James also has a discriminating ear for music, a penchant for celebrities especially musicians, actors, and professional wrestlers. He also has a creative vision with photography. If you are Facebook Friends with him you get to see images of all of the above with his posts.
At Robeson Community College he works for a leader in Pamela Hilbert who happens to be the President.
The Friend-JAMES BASS-shown with his wife Paula.
The Friend of the Friend-PAMELA HILBERT
In 2013 Dr. Pamela Hilbert, who was the vice president of academic affairs at Pitt Community College in Greenville, NC became RCC’s fourth president, and the first woman to hold the position. She replaced Charles Chrestman, who retired after serving as RCC president for more than a decade.
A community college can do a lot of great things for a community. It needs assistance and the current president at Robeson Community College has worked hard to build collaborative relationships with those different entities. She has gotten involved with the Lumberton Rotary and found ways for RCC to help the region on pressing needs.
One of those needs is literacy. RCC, President Hilbert along with James Bass have been gigantic supporters of a signature event in Lumberton called Book’ Em North Carolina.
The Book ‘Em North Carolina annual event brings together at least 75 authors under one roof to speak on a variety of subjects and to sell their books. A portion of the proceeds raised from the event (a minimum of 40%) is given to the community – Robeson County and Lumberton, North Carolina – for the purpose of increasing literacy and reducing crime.
The event is free and open to the public. All ages are encouraged to attend. There will be authors with children’s books as well as authors from a large variety of genres: mystery/suspense, romance, historical, non-fiction, and much more.
The event was co-founded by a Lumberton, NC Author P.M Terrell.
Photo below of Robeson Community College receiving an award related to Book’em North Carolina.
President Pamela Hilbert holding RCC’s award-James Bass far right.
Pamela Hilbert and James Bass make a difference in our community. If you are free on Saturday February 27, 2016 get yourself to Robeson Community College and see President Hilbert and Dr. James Bass collaborate to make RCC and our community stronger.