BRCC Foundation 2018 Endowed Professors
Sterling forbes scholarship luncheon
Sterling Forbes had been in his last semester in culinary arts at the campus when a boating accident on False River suddenly took his life on May 16, 2009. He was just 22. Two of his friends were also killed that day on False River. His mother, Michelle Forbes has nothing but fond memories of her son who had an ever-present smile and a fabulous sense of humor.
Sterling was a student in BRCC's culinary program where he truly flourished. He knew the instructors well and really liked them. One of those instructors was Chef Jean French.
“Sterling was a wonderful student. Very helpful. Always smiling and just good nature. I still miss him. I wish every one of our students could be like him,” says Chef French. French also recalls the practical joking nature that Sterling possessed and how he would periodically change the culinary office computer’s main language to French (Chef French’s native language). French says it was a consensus among the students and chefs that they wanted to do something to honor the young man with the gentle nature who seemed loved by everyone with whom he came into contact. The group decided they would do something grand and renamed their cafe Sterling’s Place.
In addition to the cafe being named after Sterling, Michele has also established an endowment scholarship in her son’s name – The Sterling Forbes Memorial Endowment.
Sterling's mother, Michelle, wanted to do something that would benefit someone in a program that I think Sterling benefited from. I know the skills he learned in that program were preparing him to do whatever he was going to do in life. It’s a program that teaches the students the true basics. Sterling really got the hands-on approach of the program. I want to see that program succeed and at the same time, I want to help a deserving student.”
Michele will give one $500 scholarship per year to the program until the endowment is self-sustaining. The
endowment fund goal is $10,000 to be reached in a period of five years with the contributions of Michele, her family, and friends.
Alvin Ailey II, The Next Generation of Dance
Chancellor’s Evening with Ailey II, featured the world renowned dance company, Ailey II, that was preceded by a gala reception featuring pop-up dances by local high school students choreographed by Roxi Victorian.
Founded in 1974 as the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, the company embodies his pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. Under the direction of Sylvia Waters from 1974 to 2012, Ailey II flourished into one of the most popular modern dance companies, combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs.
Eyes of Freedom
The Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial, created by Anita Miller, depicts the fallen Marines and Navy Corpsman of Columbus, Ohio based Lima Company 3/25, one of the most heavily engaged units of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 23 life-sized portraits have become a powerful traveling veterans tribute honoring all who answer our nation’s call. The traveling tribute is supported by a board of directors consisting of retired military, business men and women and clergy.
“We are honored to host such a powerful tribute to the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve our country. Ms. Miller’s depiction of these soldiers is sure to prove breathtaking and awe-inspiring to all visitors of the memorial,” said BRCC Chancellor Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib. “Baton Rouge Community College is proud to be a presenting organization of this traveling veterans memorial, and we are equally pleased to have our Secretary of the Department of Veteran Affairs, Col. Joey Strickland, join us for the unveiling ceremony.”
The exhibit is sponsored by the BRCC Foundation, and BRCC Student Government Association. For information about The Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial, visit www.EyesofFreedom.org
Voices from the Bayou
A student motivated anthology called “Voices from the Bayou” has been produced and edited by Professor Clarence Nero and published through the Baton Rouge Community College Foundation for the purpose of allowing students a voice regarding their views relating to the shootings and historic flood in Baton Rouge over the past year.
Proceeds from the publication will benefit English Department students and faculty.
The Great Flood in Baton Rouge displaced over 30% of our faculty and staff and hundreds of students.
With initial contributions from faculty and staff, the BRCC Foundation Disaster Relief Fund was created to support students and the BRCC Community impacted by flooding. Over 200 students were able to purchase textbooks and school supplies and a number of faculty and staff members received emergency assistance.
With support from the fund, the BRCC Disaster Resource Center was created to augment emergency efforts. The Center was able to assist in recovery, aided by generous donations from partners, including Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Wallace State Community College and San Jacinto Community College.