Decades Dance celebrates BCC’s 35-year anniversary

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By Sam Hickman




What: Brunswick Community College Blue & Teal Decades Dance


When: Friday, April 11, 5:30 to 11 p.m.


Where: Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center, Brunswick Community College


How much: $10 for alumni, faculty and staff; $20 general admission


For tickets, go to: www.eventbrite.com/e/blue-teal-decades-dance-tickets-10802814509?ref=ebtn



Brunswick Community College is celebrating its 35th year in style.

The Blue & Teal Decades Dance is the first major event to kick off the celebration.

“It’s a celebration of our 35th anniversary, and we’re really excited about it,” said London Schmidt, BCC’s director of public relations and marketing. “It’s a way for us to incorporate our alumni, faculty, staff, and the community.”

The event, which will take place at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center, will begin at 5:30 p.m. with Mike’s Garage Band kicking it off. They will be followed by Jaded Mayberry, which will take the stage at 8 and play until 11 p.m.

The “coastal cocktail” will also include raffles, door prizes, a cash bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets for the general public are $20. Tickets for staff, alumni and faculty are $10.

“The Decades Dance is one exciting way the College and the Community will celebrate a 35-year collective history,” BCC President Dr. Susanne Adams said. “Brunswick Community College exists through the hard work and dedication of very supportive county residents and those residents have benefited from the school.

“This anniversary also allows us to imagine the future of the institution and the new ways that the college and county residents will work together for the advancement of the county, the college, and the individuals who are fortunate to call Brunswick County home.”  

All proceeds will go toward the BCC Foundation Completion Scholarship Fund.

Brunswick Community College traces its beginnings to 1977 when Bobbie Varnam and then-Brunswick County Commissioner Bill Stanley attempted to secure signatures on a petition urging creation of a college in Brunswick County.

This resulted in the feasibility study and the formation of Brunswick Technical Institute in May 1979. The legislative bill established the new school, which was introduced by state Rep. Tom Rabon. The country then deeded a building to the school, which is near U.S. 17 and N.C. 211 in Supply.

Brunswick Technical Institute opened in 1980 with nearly 100 curriculum students and 2,400 students in continuing education classes.

The school’s name was changed to Brunswick Technical College in 1979. In 1987, the Board of Trustees and the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved a name change they felt would reflect the school’s ultimate identity: Brunswick Community College.

The growth of Brunswick Community College fostered the passing of a $30 million bond referendum in 2004. Since the bond was received, BCC has constructed an applied plant sciences facility, a student center, three continuing education centers, and early childhood education center and a multipurpose athletic and community center, the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center.


Other celebrations

Brunswick Community College began its 35 years celebration at the end of March when it installed street pole banners on the Bolivia campus.

At the beginning of April, the library displayed scrapbooks from the archives to offer a glimpse into the college’s past for alumni, students and other guests. The library is on the second floor of Building A on the college’s main campus.

On April 1, school leaders held a campus fund drive kickoff in front of the McLamb building.

Additionally, Brunswick’s annual community breakfast, which is slated for April 11, will highlight the 35th anniversary.

This year’s breakfast will feature World Trade Center attack survivor Joe Dittmar, who will give a first-hand account of his experiences as he and his colleagues escaped from the upper floors of one of the World Trade Center towers hit by a terrorist-hijacked plane Sept. 11, 2001. His lecture, entitled “The Victory of the Human Spirit,” will highlight the events, memories and lessons learned on the day of the attacks and the days after. Tickets for the event are $20, include breakfast, and are available for purchase online.

Jason Watts, student government president, is coordinating Spring Fling, which is scheduled for April 24 at the LaDane Williamson Student Center. Spring Fling will feature a dunking booth, food vendors and other activities for Brunswick Community College students.


Sam Hickman is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or shickman@brunswickbeacon.com.