NC Wesleyan College: Earlier this fall, the North Carolina Wesleyan College community learned about the serious illness of a beloved long-time staff member and alumnus, Cliff Sullivan. In response to this news, the campus immediately rallied to find ways to show support for Sullivan and his family.
Over the course of the fall semester, a dedicated group of students joined a fundraising project initiated by classmate Megan Brabble. The group gathers frequently to make and sell bracelets crafted from colorful ribbon, decorative buttons, and drink can tabs. On display in the campus bookstore or made-to-order, the popular bracelets are available for $5.00 each. Students and others have purchased the bracelets to wear or as gifts for others.
Student Government Association president Rebekah Cain reports that over 200 bracelets have been sold by the students thus far with the profits donated to the family. “When someone has a family member with an extended illness, there are a lot of unexpected expenses,” she said. “We hope the money we are raising will help in some small way. We want to let the Sullivan family know that we care about Mr. Sullivan and what they are going through.”
Many people on campus and within the community have joined the students’ efforts. Emily Perry is the administrative assistant to the NCWC provost and has known Sullivan for a long time. Perry has enlisted other college employees and her family members in the bracelet project that has expanded beyond the campus to include nurses at Nash General Hospital and friends at Barton College. This group has sold over 200 bracelets, adding to the students’ total.
Cliff Sullivan graduated from NC Wesleyan in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. As an undergraduate, he played baseball and was a member of the soccer team. A few years later, he earned the Master of Arts degree in Education from East Carolina University. Among his many honors, he received the prestigious NCWC Distinguished Staff Award in 1992. He has worked at the college for more than 33 years, most recently serving as the registrar.
In addition to selling the bracelets, many students have rolled up their sleeves to take on yard work, leaf raking, and other tasks for the Sullivans. Faculty, staff, alumni, as well as Sullivan’s former teammates and many friends have sent cards and donations, visited, and prepared meals.
NC Wesleyan College invites the community to visit the bookstore to purchase the bracelets or to make a donation in support of Cliff Sullivan and his family. For more information on these efforts or to order a bracelet, contact the NC Wesleyan College Bookstore at 252-985-5175.