The Vance-Granville Community College Board of Trustees held their bimonthly meeting on Monday, March 19 at the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford. Dinner for the meeting was prepared by the college’s Culinary students. At the meeting, the Board swore in a new member and approved a college mascot.Culinary Students Prepare DinnerStudents of the VGCC Culinary Technology program, headed by Chef Joseph Brown, prepared dinner for approximately 40 people, including trustees and the Granville County Commissioners. The five-course meal included Beef Wellington and Baked Alaska. The Culinary program at the college started in fall 2006. Classes are taught in the commercial kitchen at the Masonic Home for Children through a partnership between the college and the Masonic Home.Gregory Sworn In As Board MemberNinth District Court Judge Henry Banks swore in Ronald E. Gregory of Henderson as the newest member of the Board. Appointed by the Vance County Commissioners, Gregory will remain on the Board through 2010 and replaces former NC legislator and retired businessman T.W. Ellis, Jr. Ellis had been on the Board since March 1996.College Mascot ApprovedAt the meeting, the Board also approved the concept of the new VGCC mascot as presented by Student Government Association President Joan Ayscue and Student Activities Coordinator Peyton Boyd. The mascot will be the “Vanguard” and will be symbolized by an armored knight. The name “Vanguard” was chosen by the student body and ratified by senior staff members at the college because it conveys ideals such as leadership, forward thinking and innovation, said Ayscue. Graphic design on the actual logo for the mascot will now begin. South Campus Dedication SetPresident Randy Parker announced that a ceremony would be held on April 19 at 11 a.m. to officially dedicate the new building on South Campus. The new addition adds approximately 20,000 square feet of space for a radiography lab, computer labs and classrooms. John Foster, chairman of the building committee, reported that the final punch list items are now being completed.In other business, the Board approved the authorization of interviewing and selecting an investment firm from the investment requests for proposals received for investing the Butler funds. The gift from the Butler estate in 1998 granted the college $2 million in real property, cash and securities. These funds have provided financial assistance to add new classrooms and facilities. The Board also approved the mid-year amendments to the 2006-2007 budget resolution, and the proposed 2007-2008 county current and Capital Outlay Budgets as presented, contingent upon approval by appropriate county commissioners in the four-county area. The proposed 2007-2008 budget includes: $972,432 from Vance County; $582,881 from Granville County; $149,980 from Warren County; and $301,083 from Franklin County. The next meeting of the Board will be held Monday, May 14 on the college’s main campus. Above: New VGCC Trustee Ronald Gregory of Henderson (left) is sworn in by District Court Judge Henry Banks.