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Jimmie Cochran Platt

Education

  • Mars Hill College - BA
  • Western Carolina University - MBA in Public Affairs
  • Dr. Christopher Pratt and Jimmie Cochran Pratt developed an archives and rare books library in affiliation with the University of Cincinnati. The collection consists of publications relating to cooperative education including the Journal of Cooperative Education (1964-2001), conference programs, and information from cooperative education programs from around the United States including the University of Cincinnati, Northeastern University, Brigham Young University, and the American University. The collection is arranged into six series:
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Edgar Norman “Buddy” Plott

  • Personal History - Plott Genealogy and Plott History compilation
  • The Garden Farm (Flowery Garden):Home of James H. and Flora Kinsland Plott – compiled for a home tour
  • Application writer for the National Register of Historic Places for the James Henry and Flora Kinsland Plott Farm
  • Application writer for the National Register of Historic Places for the Pingree Priestly and Charity Haseltine Osborne Plott house

Flora Ellen Kinsland Plott

  • Diary – 1926 that includes references to events in 1925, 1926, and 1927

Reverend Hannah Jewett Powell

  • Contributed articles to The Universalist Herald
  • Contributed articles to Universalist Leader
  • Contributed articles to The Christian Leader
  • Documentation of her projects and work at Inman Chapel as its minister
  • In the Mountains of North Carolina, published by Women’s National Missionary Association
  • Joy on the Hill – A Christmas publication

Reverend Richard Ploch

  • Worked in journalism for 21 years
  • Palm Beach Daily News
  • Palm Beach Post and Evening Times (Desk Editor and Newsroom Reference Coordinator)
  • Washington Post for 10 years (Desk Editor charged with training reporters and editors in online research)
  • The Mountaineer newspaper (Columnist, Opinion Pieces, Features)
  • Methodist Minister whose wife, Carol, is also an ordained minister

Archives and Rare Books

  • Journal of Cooperative Education
  • Conference Programs and Proceedings
  • Northeastern University
  • Various Universities
  • Publications on or relating to Cooperative Education
  • University of Cincinnati Materials and Ralph Tyler Biographical information

Professional Activities

  • Haywood Community College – Director of Cooperative Education and Recruitment Established the college’s cooperative education program
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte - Faculty Associate for Experiential Learning
    Co-ordinated students on out-of-classroom experiential learning opportunities
    Led employers to participate in international student exchange programs and developed and facilitated an international student exchange program
    Liaison for the alumni association
  • Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College – Foundation Development Officer

Civic Involvement Including Presentations and U-Tube Presentations

  • United Way of Asheville/Buncombe County - Director of Resource Development for the United and Key Accounts Associate Developed and implemented Operation Helping Hands for victims of Hurricane Hugo Developed the first United Way at Work program
  • American Heart Association in Chapel Hill - Region One Director
  • American Society for Engineering Education - Presenter at Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration
  • Cooperative Education Association (Awards Committee)
  • Cooperative Education Association of North Carolina (Nominating Committee Chair, Publicity Chair, Program Committee)
    Presenter at CEA/WACE International Conference
    Presenter at the North Carolina Cooperative Education Association Conference
  • National Association of College and Employers
  • Southeastern Regional Cooperative Education Conference (Planning Committee)
  • North Carolina Community College Student Personnel Development Association (Program Committee)
  • Rotary Club of Haywood County (President, Secretary)
    Rotary District 7670
    Rotary “On to Singapore” Chair
  • American Lung Association, Western Region (Board member, Secretary)
  • Haywood County Chamber of Commerce (Business and Education Committee)
  • Equal Rights Amendment - NC Alliance (Co-Chair)
    Equal Rights Amendment for North Carolina – U-Tube presenter “Equal Rights March on Asheville”

James Roy Pressley

  • The Forks of Pigeon
  • Veterans History Project Audio Collection
  • North Carolina Society of Historians (Book Award for Forks of Pigeon)

Reverend Steven J. Pressley

  • The Mountaineer newspaper (Columnist)
  • Graduate of the Southern Baptist Seminary
  • Minister with Beverly Hills Baptist Church in Asheville
  • Associate Minister with Greensboro First Baptist Church
  • Facilitated transition from membership in the Southern Baptist Convention to an autonomous Missionary Baptist Church
  • A Decade of New Beginnings, CBFNC and the First Ten Years (History of the Cooperative Baptist Foundation in NC)