RCC Marks 50th Anniversary with first Photographic Technology Homecoming

ASHEBORO (September 11, 2018)

Randolph Community College’s Photographic Technology program marked its 50th anniversary on Sept. 7-8 with its first Homecoming Celebration. About 170 alumni attended the event that included tours of the newly renovated photo facility on the Asheboro Campus, photography seminars, and a lecture by Nikon Ambassador Tamara Lackey.

Photography alumni gathered outside the entrance of the new facility during the Homecoming Celebration.

Alumni from Randolph Community College’s Photographic Technology program gather outside the new facility entrance during the Friday evening reception, the kickoff to the department’s first Homecoming Celebration on Sept. 7 & 8, 2018. RCC’s program celebrated its 50th anniversary this year; the first classes began in fall 1968 at the school, then called Randolph Technical Institute. Photo by RCC photojournalism instructor Jay Capers.

“The open house on Friday night was awesome,” said Lorie L. McCroskey, RCC’s director of development and an RCC photo alumna. “For most graduates, this was the first time they were seeing the renovated studio space. We had students from almost every class — even the very first year — attend.”

“We had some very notable alums in attendance,” said RCC President Robert Shackleford, including many award-winning photographers. Alumni traveled from all over North Carolina to attend the event. Many came from other states including South Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, and as far away as Minnesota.

McCroskey said several former faculty members attended, including retired department heads Bob Heist and Greg Stewart. Ellen Howell, the widow of longtime instructor and department head Jerry Howell, was at the dinner on Saturday evening held at AVS Catering and Banquet Centre.

Breakout sessions on Saturday included returning to the darkroom, drone photography, lighting, photo archiving, and legal issues.

Funding for the photo homecoming was provided by the RCC Foundation thanks to generous sponsorships from The Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau, THS Creative, and the signature sponsor: The Alderman Company.