Archive for November, 2014

CFCC Names Veterans Center in honor of student veterans advocate Bob Philpott

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
Bob Philpott stands beside the entrance to CFCC's Veterans Center during today's ceremony.

Bob Philpott stands beside the entrance to CFCC’s Veterans Center during today’s ceremony.

Cape Fear​ ​Community College named its campus​ ​veterans’​ ​center after longtime student veteran advocate Bob Philpott​ ​as part of a series of events to celebrate Veterans Day on Nov 11, 2014.

Before retiring​ ​as CFCC’s veterans affairs coordinator​ ​earlier this year, Philpott helped establish CFCC’s veterans center on campus three years ago and was well-known for his support of student veterans and their family members.

As a 26-year U.S. Coast Guard veteran,​ ​Philpott commanded​ ​the​ ​US​ ​Coast Guard Cutters​ ​Gallatin​ ​and Vigilant during​ ​search and​ ​rescue missions as well as drug interdiction operations. Bob was​ ​awarded two presidential meritorious service medals​.​

After his service to the Coast Guard, Philpott joined CFCC’s staff in December of 1993, as an economics instructor.​ ​He​ ​then​ ​served​ ​as​ ​dean of​ ​vocational and​ ​technical programs​ ​until 2011. Afterwards, he transitioned into his role as CFCC’s veterans affairs coordinator.

CFCC President Dr. Ted Spring credited Philpott’s dedication to the college’s student veteran population.

“Under Mr. Philpot’s leadership, CFCC was recognized nationally for three consecutive years as a Military Friendly School and is considered a model for schools around the country,” Dr. Spring stated.
Philpott’​s ​distinguished service extends beyond his time in the US Coast Guard.

In fact, in 2007,​ ​he received​ ​the North Carolina Community College System Employee of the Year Award.

The​ ​naming​ ​ceremony was among several veteran-related activities held at the college today. Other events included a forum entitled “Remembering the First World War”, which featured presentations about the creation of war memorials, World War I writers,​ ​and the battle of Verdun. The college also held a ceremony to honor all student veterans and employees on campus.

Military veterans and​ ​their​ ​family members make up nearly​ ​10 percent of CFCC’s student population in degree-seeking programs. CFCC opened the veterans center three years ago to better accommodate to needs of military personnel and their family members who are taking classes at the college.

Veterans Day activities at Cape Fear Community College

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Cape Fear Community College will honor military veterans tomorrow with a series of special activities at the downtown Wilmington Campus.

UPDATE – Due to inclement weather, the 11 a.m. Veterans Day Ceremony has been MOVED to Union Station’s Windell Daniels Hall (U-508). This afternoon’s naming ceremony will take place at the Veterans Center on Union Station’s 1st Floor (U-124) at 1:30 p.m.

Events include a forum entitled “Remembering the First World War” from 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in the Union Station Auditorium (U-170). The forum will include film screenings and presentations about the creation of war memorials, World War I writers and the battle of Verdun.

At 11 a.m., the college will hold a ceremony featuring remarks from retired US Coast Guard Captain Bob Philpott, who also served as CFCC’s veterans affairs coordinator for many years. All active and retired members of the military are welcome to attend. The ceremony will be held in Tabitha’s Courtyard in the 400 block of Front St. A reception and benefits fair for student veterans will follow the ceremony.

At 1:30 p.m., the college will hold a special naming ceremony for CFCC’s Veterans Center, which is located on the first floor of the Union Station Building.

Military veterans and family members make up nearly 10 percent of CFCC’s student population in degree-seeking programs. CFCC opened the veterans center three years ago to better accommodate to needs of military personnel and their family members who are taking classes at the college.