First Greeter at the Ball Visitors Center

If you have ever been to the G. Victor and Margaret Ball Garden Visitors Center on either a Monday or Friday you probably have met a lady by the name of Sue Williamson. Sue has been a faithful greeter in the reception center since January 2000. In fact she asked if she could be considered as a volunteer for the center prior to completion of the building in 1999.

Screen Shot 2016-12-12 at 10.24.36 AM.png“I am so grateful to the SSC Landscape Gardening faculty, staff and students for implementing and maintaining these beautiful gardens. What an asset to the community! Appreciation goes to those in the community who have been so supportive in many different ways.”

Sue grew up on a small farm in Columbus County, North Carolina with four older brothers. After completion of grade school she earned a BS degree in Science from East Carolina University and afterwards a Masters of Art in Teaching from the University of Chapel Hill followed by a Masters of Art in Chemistry Teaching from Loyola in New Orleans. In 1967 she won a scholarship sponsored by the Corning Glassware Foundation to study abroad. All of her graduate work was accomplished with stipends granted by the National Science Foundation. Later she was involved in additional graduate studies at California State at Fullerton, the University of California at Berkeley, Duke in Durham, North Carolina, and in 1977 was awarded a two and one half month science study tour of Europe sponsored by Southern Illinois University.

The first 18 years of her professional life was spent teaching in the North Carolina public school system. The last four years was spent teaching chemistry at Pinecrest High School. In 1973 Sue was employed by Sandhills Community College to teach chemistry. She attributes the 25 years of employment at Sandhills as “the best working years of my career” working with Dr. Avery Dennis and all of the faculty in the Science Department.

She held membership in the American Chemical Society and the two year College Chemistry Committee; served on the Ruth Pauley Lecture Series Board at Sandhills Community College for 18 years and was made an Honorary Member about eight years ago; served on the Sandhills Horticultural Society Board for one term; is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority for women educators and has held all major offices in the local chapter; has served all major offices in the local branch of the American Association of University Women; and continues to be an active member in The Church of Wide Fellowship having served as deacon, assistant financial secretary, and archivist. When asked about her hobbies, as if she needed more to do, she quickly lists cooking, needlework, reading, and travel. When you ask former members of the Science Department at Sandhills to comment on Sue you hear such comments as “A very gracious lady who was dedicated to helping students reach their potential and was always available to help students from early morning to late afternoon.”

When you asked Sue to sum up her volunteer work as a greeter at the G. Victor and Margaret Ball Garden Visitors Center she will tell you that she has looked forward to working there every week meeting local people, many from other states and countries. A round of applause for Sue for all she has done and continues to do for others.

The Gardens are always looking for new volunteers as greeters and docents. If you would like to become one and enjoy some of the experiences that Sue has had, please contact Dee Johnson at 910.695.3883 or email at johnsond@sandhills.edu. Training is offered and you can volunteer as much or as little as you wish. Come and join us!

-Fred Garrett

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