Meet The SSC Staff
Stephanie Battle, M.S.
Director of the Student Success Center
Erma Hedgepeth, B.S.
E: ehedgepeth @ncwc.edu P: 252-985-5131, Office D
Erma W. Hedgepeth is a native of Zebulon, NC, but has resided in Nashville, NC for the past 31 years. She began her career at NC Wesleyan College in 1993 as the Administrative Assistant in the Student Support Center. Always wanting to continue her education, she saw this as a dream opportunity to pursue the degree that she had always desired. So, while juggling a full-time job and a young family, she enrolled in her first college course that set her on a very insightful path. Though the journey was seventeen years long and filled with many challenges, she graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan College in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. In 2012 she was promoted to Academic Advisor in the SSC, where she works primarily with first-year students that are transitioning from high school to college. In 2013 she received the Distinguished Staff Award for her service and dedication to the College.
During her tenure, Erma has served as an advisor to several campus organizations, including the Sisters of Distinction and the Voices of Triumph Gospel Choir. She has also served as a representative for the NCWC Staff Council.
She aspires to do all that she can to see all students excel. Erma states, “I’ve seen many changes during my years at Wesleyan, but the one thing that remains constant is seeing the students transform from timid freshmen trying to find their way in the world, to confident seniors prepared to go out and conquer the world!”
Away from the College, Erma enjoys spending quality time with her husband, two children and close friends. She also loves working with the women’s ministry at her church and singing in the choir.
Catherine Smith, M.S.A Nash County native, Catherine joined the Student Success staff in August of 2013. Catherine received her Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina State University, and her Master’s Degree from East Carolina University in Counselor Education, focusing in clinical mental health counseling, as well as student affairs and college counseling. As an academic advisor and academic coach, Catherine’s passion aims toward meeting students where they are through tailoring an individualized approach to each for personal, academic, and professional aspirations. “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” -Proverbs 15:22
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|Scott Marsigli, M.A.
Director of Freshman Advantage
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Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Scott spent most of his life in the Rocky Mount area. After graduating from Rocky Mount Academy, he attended North Carolina State University and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a concentration in Journalism. This was followed shortly thereafter by a Master of Arts Degree in English from East Carolina University, this time with a specialization in Creative Writing. In 2000, Scott accepted a position at North Carolina Wesleyan College as an Adjunct English Instructor and Professional Tutor in the College’s Writing Lab. Working closely with freshmen in their English Composition classes provided him with a strong belief in student advocacy and a sincere desire to help students achieve academic success. In 2003, Scott accepted the position of Pre-Major Advisor and coordinated the WesBridge conditional-acceptance program. This eventually led to his current appointment as Freshman Advantage Coordinator, another selective program for incoming freshmen.
"There are two things I really love about Wesleyan,” he explains. “First, I love the fact that it is a small school with a more personal feel. Second, I love the people, from the staff and faculty members to the students. Wesleyan is unique in that it allows for a greater sense of community than students at larger colleges might experience.”
Off campus, Scott enjoys spending time with friends, watching movies and working on seemingly endless creative projects, most of which involve either screenwriting, graphic design or desktop publishing. His favorite films include Pulp Fiction, Ocean’s Eleven, The Usual Suspects and almost anything from Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, M. Night Shyamalan or Quentin Tarantino. Scott is also a student of pop culture and loves to immerse himself in television (“Lost”), music (reggae & ska) and other entertainment mediums.
LaNika M. Richardson, B.S.
Whitakers native LaNika Richardson graduated from NC Wesleyan College in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. Committed to continuing her education, she is enrolled in the ASPIRE program working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies, while pursuing a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. LaNika began her professional career in 1999 as a chemical laboratory technician for Abbott Laboratories/Hospira, Inc., advancing to a senior position as coordinator of the API laboratory. She left in 2007 to work as an instructional assistant for the Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System. She was selected to help implement a new all-male redirection program to promote academic achievement and behavioral growth for high-risk students. In 2010, LaNika joined the staff at her alma mater as the Student Success Specialist in the Student Success Center.
LaNika describes herself as a country girl, who treasures family time, especially with her husband and their daughters. In addition, she enjoys meeting new people, traveling, reading, and dabbling in the kitchen as an amateur chef. Her mission is to make a positive and lasting impact on the people that she meets. LaNika believes that she can relate to current NCWC students. She states, “My journey from freshman to graduate was not an easy one. I personally understand the personal, financial and learning challenges that so many students at NCWC face on a daily basis. Every day when I drive onto campus, my goal is to be a source of light and motivation.”