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NewsThursday, July 14, 2011
Tri-County’s Alumni Association Wants to Reunite Graduates through Facebook Page
CONTACT: COURTNEY WHITE, 646-1484
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7/14/2011
(By Lisa Garrett)
PENDLETON --- Dana Robertson Griffith met Joan Ashcraft back in 1980 - the first day both began Radio and Television Broadcasting classes at Tri-County Technical College. Griffith, then 29 and a divorced mother of two young children, remembers looking around the classroom, and thinking, she was "ancient," she said. "My first day I looked around and saw so many people who had just graduated from high school. I asked myself, 'What am I doing here?" she said.
"But I met Joan, also in her late 20's, and we established a connection and friendship that lasted beyond graduation. Faculty and staff were so welcoming and helpful that it wasn't long before we fit right in. The entire RTV class, then led by Charlie Jordan, really bonded and I consider Charlie to be a good friend and mentor in my life. Many times over the years I have called him for advice or just to say hello," said Griffith.
"Joan and I kept up until the late 1990's. The last time I saw her, she told me she was moving to the beach," she added.
Griffith has made contact with several friends and former classmates via Tri-County's Alumni Association page on Facebook. She hopes it can lead her to find Ashcraft and will be a link to their staying connected.
To become a fan, search Tri-County Technical College Alumni Association on Facebook. It features posts on upcoming events and discussion among alumni. Tri-County Alumni Director Courtney White urges graduates to join the page and to post old and new photos, along with career updates and recollection of their years at Tri-County.
The Photo Gallery on the Facebook page gives a brief history of the Alumni Association, established in 1985, and features vignettes about the first elected officers, including Griffith, who served as the first president from 1985 - 87.
After graduating from Tri-County in 1983 Griffith began her career as a morning news anchor for WFBC-FM in Greenville and later was promoted to news anchor and remained there until 1990. She was news director at Rock 101 for a year until she returned to college to earn a B. S. in Industrial Education from Clemson University and an M. Ed. degree in Industrial Education Graphic Communications. During that time she worked as an adjunct instructor for the RTV program from 1994 - 99. After graduating from Clemson, she worked as an account executive manager in Atlanta and later as a packaging consultant for Olympic Packaging Corp. from 2000- 2008. She returned to her alma mater in 2009 and is a faculty member in the English department.
"I had such a meaningful, life-changing experience at Tri-County," says Griffith, who also served as the editor of The Prism, the College's newspaper, in the 1980's.
"There are so many I'd love to keep track of -- where they went and what they did. I'd love to get the word out about the Alumni Association's Facebook page as a way to generate interest and participation in the College's upcoming 50th anniversary next year," she said.
"When students leave Tri-County, they are proud to be graduates, and they attribute their success and job status to earning the associate degree. I'd love to read about their successes."