Owen Sutkowski, College Senate President 2020-21

College Senate is pleased to announce that Owen Sutkowski has been elected College Senate President 2020-21! Owen will serve as President-elect for the 2019-20 academic year, while Jennifer Perkins serves as President.

Owen Sutkowski

Owen Sutkowski

Candidate Video

Bio:
This is my 9th academic year at CPCC. I came to CPCC in 2010 to work with the Transfer Resource Center, and as an adjunct faculty member in the Communication discipline. In 2012 i started working with Career Services. In 2016 I joined the Communication faculty full-time. My committee has included: Retention Committee, NC Scholars of Global Distinction Advisory Board, Technology Integration Learning Community, College Senate Faculty Welfare Committee and Faculty Titles Committee, and the General Education Foundation Council. I have also been a learning partner for new faculty in the faculty onboarding process, and delivered several professional development sessions for faculty and staff.

Sutkowski Statement: It would be an honor to serve faculty and staff as college senate president. Almost nine years of collaborating with students, faculty and staff in both student services and as a faculty member have given me skills and experiences to understand concerns, narrow down those concerns to specific actionable outcomes, and build consensus around solutions. As you consider supporting me, I want to share the approach and values that will shape my service to faculty and staff in this important role. I hope that by understanding my approach and values, you can see how I will work with you, and represent you. Listening closely with care, asking thoughtful open-ended questions, continual transparency, and careful reflection are important approaches to my work throughout my time at CPCC. These approaches are founded upon valuing every single voice, seeking accountability, and finding a yes.

Being ready to carefully listen, and valuing every voice is part of my everyday experience. Colleagues have come to know that I always answer the phone with, “How can I help?”. Sharing time with colleagues to deeply listen to and understand their concerns, ideas, and solutions is essential. Part of valuing all voices through active listening also means asking thoughtful questions. I approach every situation using questions to clarify background information, confirm accuracy, and determine possible solutions. Meaningful transparency is supported when questions are integrated into discussions.

Transparency builds trust and sustained accountability. I believe in transparency that makes sure everyone knows the same set of of information, and is regularly updated. When everyone is one the same page, both trust and accountability will be better served. It is with transparency that people are held accountable. It is also with transparency and reflection that I believe we can find a yes. Bringing together questions, and responses, with deeper reflection toward finding a yes is how I approach many issues. Finding a yes means reflection individually and an in groups toward building consensus wherever possible, and compromise whenever needed.

I hope you can see how I would work with you and represent you as college senate president. It would be my honor to serve staff and faculty in this role. I am also grateful to you for taking time to understand the approach and values that will shape my service.

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Vote for College Senate President April 22- 28

Please take a moment to vote for College Senate President 2020-2021!

The College Senate President represents the faculty and professional staff on numerous committees, college functions, and deliberations. The successful candidate will serve as President-elect during Jennifer Perkins’s presidency in 2019-2020, and then as President during the 2020-2021 year.

The candidates are Don Michael and Owen Sutkowski. Candidate statements, bios, and videos are available on the voting site or on our previous blog post.  You can also view a recorded candidate forum at bit.ly/presidentelectforum to learn more about the candidates

Voting is open now through April 28  at https://services.cpcc.edu/elections/electionid32/.

Voting is open to full-time faculty and professional staff. Faculty shall be defined as full-time instructors who are not part of Administration. Professional Staff shall be defined as full-time, exempt, College employees who are not Faculty, Administration or Classified Staff.

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Candidates for College Senate President-elect

College Senate President  2020-2021

College Senate has two candidates for President-elect.

The College Senate President represents the faculty and professional staff on numerous committees, college functions and deliberations.

The successful candidate will serve as president-elect during Jennifer Perkins’s presidency in 2019-20, and then as president during the 2020-21 academic year.

Faculty and professional staff are invited to attend a candidate forum held during the College Senate meeting on April 16, 2:30 pm at the Central Campus Heath Sciences Building, Room 4510.

Voting will commence on April 22 and end on April 28.

Here are the candidates (in alphabetical order, by last name):

Donald Michael

Don Michael Jr., B.F.A, M.F.A.

Candidate Video

Bio:
Education: Masters of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, Adult Vocational Education Certification, University of Connecticut, Hamden, Connecticut (partial course work)

Past Teaching Certifications: Connecticut Teacher Certification and North Carolina Teacher Certification, Graphic Communication (both expired)

Department:  Senior Program Coordinator, ITS Learning Technology Services

Current Committees and Campus Services: Open Educational Resources, NC Multiple Pathways to High School Equivalency, College Senate Student Welfare and Professional Development committees, ManUp and NSF STEM Alliance mentor.

Michael  Statement: In my six years at Central Piedmont I have gathered a deep understanding of our academic culture and how its policies, in practice, affect the lives of the college community. During this time, my contributions have been focused on making a difference in the education of students who struggle financially, just as I struggled as an undergrad. My previous work as a teacher and an assistant professor was rewarding but I became frustrated with the disconnected academic policy created by disconnected administrators at those institutions. After teaching for several years and creating successful programs at various schools, I decided that I would bring my experience to the administrative side of education to influence the decisions made at that level.

It has become my mission to share my experiences and knowledge to help make connected and relevant decisions for our students and the college community as a whole. The current College Senate administration has done incredible work! I would like to continue their work by helping faculty and staff prepare for CPCC Cloud in 2021 as learning tools become virtual and accessible from anywhere. My goal is to help College Senate offer support for innovative learning environments and creative teaching that recognizes and rewards instructors for all they do for our students each and every day. Finally, with your vote, I hope to insure that faculty and staff are provided a safe and open space for communication with administration so their voice is heard. I hope I can count on your support. It would be a privilege and an honor to serve as the next Central Piedmont College Senate President.​


Owen Sutkowski

Owen Sutkowski

Candidate Video

Bio:
This is my 9th academic year at CPCC. I came to CPCC in 2010 to work with the Transfer Resource Center, and as an adjunct faculty member in the Communication discipline. In 2012 i started working with Career Services. In 2016 I joined the Communication faculty full-time. My committee has included: Retention Committee, NC Scholars of Global Distinction Advisory Board, Technology Integration Learning Community, College Senate Faculty Welfare Committee and Faculty Titles Committee, and the General Education Foundation Council. I have also been a learning partner for new faculty in the faculty onboarding process, and delivered several professional development sessions for faculty and staff.

Sutkowski Statement: It would be an honor to serve faculty and staff as college senate president. Almost nine years of collaborating with students, faculty and staff in both student services and as a faculty member have given me skills and experiences to understand concerns, narrow down those concerns to specific actionable outcomes, and build consensus around solutions. As you consider supporting me, I want to share the approach and values that will shape my service to faculty and staff in this important role. I hope that by understanding my approach and values, you can see how I will work with you, and represent you. Listening closely with care, asking thoughtful open-ended questions, continual transparency, and careful reflection are important approaches to my work throughout my time at CPCC. These approaches are founded upon valuing every single voice, seeking accountability, and finding a yes.

Being ready to carefully listen, and valuing every voice is part of my everyday experience. Colleagues have come to know that I always answer the phone with, “How can I help?”. Sharing time with colleagues to deeply listen to and understand their concerns, ideas, and solutions is essential. Part of valuing all voices through active listening also means asking thoughtful questions. I approach every situation using questions to clarify background information, confirm accuracy, and determine possible solutions. Meaningful transparency is supported when questions are integrated into discussions.

Transparency builds trust and sustained accountability. I believe in transparency that makes sure everyone knows the same set of of information, and is regularly updated. When everyone is one the same page, both trust and accountability will be better served. It is with transparency that people are held accountable. It is also with transparency and reflection that I believe we can find a yes. Bringing together questions, and responses, with deeper reflection toward finding a yes is how I approach many issues. Finding a yes means reflection individually and an in groups toward building consensus wherever possible, and compromise whenever needed.

I hope you can see how I would work with you and represent you as college senate president. It would be my honor to serve staff and faculty in this role. I am also grateful to you for taking time to understand the approach and values that will shape my service.

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Faculty Title Holders Recognized!

On Wednesday, March 27th, the Learning Unit recognized seven new CPCC faculty title holders with a luncheon in the Executive Dining Room of the Greenway Restaurant. CPCC culinary students prepared and served a first class meal to our recipients as well as the previous title holders who were on hand to congratulate them.

Please congratulate Professors Ann Aksut, Kenn Compton, Linda Dunham, Hugh Dussek, and George Wightman and Associate Professors Kent Cashion and Jennifer Perkins.

In addition to recognizing outstanding faculty members, this occasion also served as an opportunity to bid farewell to Deborah Bouton who has served as a liaison between the faculty titles committee and upper level administration for many years. Debbie was presented with a title of Honorary Professor and a small gift at this meeting as well.

Thank you to all who organized and attended the lunch, especially Vivian Jenkins planner extraordinaire.

If you are interested in pursuing a faculty title, please find more information here. Please contact Kris DeAngelis with any questions.

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Professional Staff, you are invited to attend the inaugural Professional Staff Day of Learning!

College Senate, Professional Staff Welfare Committee, and Human Resources invite Professional Staff to attend the inaugural Professional Staff Day of Learning on March 13, 2019.

The day will include many exciting learning opportunities that will benefit all Professional Staff. With a focus on career advancement, talent development, networking, and self-care in the workplace, there is definitely something for everyone!

Earn PD credit for each session! Come for the whole day or pick and choose which sessions to attend. All sessions are in the LearnerWeb calendar.

Lunch will also be provided to the first 100 registrants in LearnerWeb for the Keynote Lunch session. Register now to enjoy lunch on us!

Time Session
8-9 a.m. Morning check-in and networking with refreshments in Zeiss Lobby.
9-10:15 a.m. Block 1 of Concurrent Sessions. Attend one of the following sessions:

  • Google Suite for Beginners
  • Office Yoga
  • Influential Communication
10:30-11:45 a.m. Block 2 of Concurrent Sessions. Attend one of the following sessions:

  • Google Suite for Intermediate/Advanced Users
  • Office Yoga
  • Influential Communication
noon-1:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker and Lunch
1:30-3 p.m. Talent Development at Central Piedmont
3-4 p.m. Learning Expo and door prizes drawn

Do not miss this opportunity to connect with your co-workers and learn about opportunities for professional growth at Central Piedmont. We look forward to seeing you there!

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November College Senate Presents Workshops

November College Senate Presents Flyer

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2018 Professional Staff Fall Forum – October 22

The Professional Staff Welfare Committee invites Professional Staff to join us at the 2018 Professional Staff Fall Forum.

Sign up in Learner Web today to attend (in person or via WebEx). WebEx attendees will be sent the WebEx link prior to the forum.

The Professional Staff Fall Forum is your opportunity to learn about all the exciting things your College Senators are doing! Attending this event will give you the opportunity to hear from Professional Staff Senators and the members of Professional Staff Welfare Committee. There is also an opportunity to share your concerns and offer solutions to improve the College.

Agenda Topics Include:

  • What is College Senate?
  • What is Professional Staff Welfare Committee?
  • College Senate and Committee Updates
  • Current Initiative, Professional Staff Development Day (planning for spring 2019)
  • Solutions Forum to share concerns and offer solutions
  • Meet current Senators and hear their testimonies of the benefits of serving on College Senate!
  • Light refreshments will be served for those in attendance at Central Campus.

We look forward to seeing you at the forum!
If you have any questions, please to contact Laurie Necasek.

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October Senate Updates

Join a Committee!

Please contact the committee chairs for more information. Full-time faculty and professional staff are eligible to serve on College Senate Committees.

  • Academic Policies – Tony Emetu
  • Credentials – Adam Harris and Kelly Wilson
  • Faculty Welfare – Owen Sutkowski and George Wightman

College Senate Presents

Professional Development Workshops – Register in LearnerWeb

  • The ABC’s of Curriculum Committee and Programs of  Study
    • October 5 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am – Central Campus/Hall310
    • October 26 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am – Cato Campus/CT3-111
    • October 26 @ 11:00 am- 12:30 pm – Merancas Campus/TS 212
    • October 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Harper Campus/HP350
    • November 2 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am – Levine Campus/LV1408
  • College-wide Educational Funding for Trainings and Conferences
    • October 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm- Central Campus/Hall 215
  • ADA Tips and Tricks for Best Practices
    • October 31st @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Central Campus/Hall 304
    • November 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm- Levine Campus/Levine 1306

Focus Fridays

Be sure to sign up for Focus Fridays in LearnerWeb. For more info, please contact Jennifer Perkins.

Faculty Technology Survey Results

The 2018 Faculty Technology Survey results are now available under Initiatives on the Employee Intranet. You can also find additional information about the LMS RFP process.

Upcoming College Senate Speakers

You do not need to be a senator to attend our meetings. Any interested faculty and professional staff members are invited to attend. Meetings are at 2:30 pm in the Allied Health Building, HE4510.

  • October 16, 2018 – Richard Zollinger
  • November 20, 2018 – Jeff Lowrance and Charles Wright
    • Learn more about college safety to include communication and security protocols about incidents and potential threats. There will be time for questions after the presentation.
  • January 15, 2019 – Dr. Deitemeyer

 

 

 

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2017-18 Outstanding Senator Award presented to Lauren Estes

Congratulations to Lauren Estes, 2017-18 Outstanding Senator!

At the May 2018 College Senate Meeting, Richard Zollinger presented the Outstanding Senator Award to Lauren Estes.

Lauren serves on the Professional Welfare Committee and chairs the Student Welfare Committee. She demonstrates passion and leadership in every meeting she attends, whether she is speaking out about student issues or employee issues. Lauren has proposed multiple initiatives for both committees with the intention of improving the welfare of professional staff and students. She understands the needs of students as a result of her role in the College, and brings the student’s perspective to the table when College issues are being discussed. Congratulations to Lauren!

 

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Jennifer Perkins, College Senate President-elect, 2018-19

Congratulations to Jennifer Perkins, College Senate President-elect 2018-19!

headshot of Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Bio
I started my career back in 1995 as an elementary school teacher soon after earning my Master’s degree from Queen’s University. From the start of my teaching career, I knew I wanted to make a difference in the lives of my students for the rest of my career. To this day, I love teaching students and enabling them to be proactive learners and advocates in their education.

In 2004, I started teaching developmental English courses for CPCC, and shortly thereafter, I joined the ACA department. I worked as an adjunct instructor for six years before I was hired to teach full time in the fall of 2010 as an ACA instructor. I have always considered myself fortunate as I get to teach students to be successful whether that be through a college student success course or a study skills course or a transfer success course. My job is literally to help students to be successful in the college classroom and in life itself.

Now, I am even more excited to offer my expertise to my fellow faculty members through professional development. In my current position, I am able to facilitate learning opportunities for faculty and staff here at CPCC. As a peer developer with the professional development department, I mentor new faculty members at the college, facilitate new faculty training on a monthly basis, coordinate and schedule Focus Friday events for all faculty and staff at the college, and provide ongoing training as needed at all six campuses.

Candidate Statement
: Over the years, I have worked closely with adjunct faculty and full time faculty with bi-annual training sessions at the start of every semester. As well as training faculty for ACA, I have also worked to train and prepare summer bridge instructors each year to work with our incoming summer bridge students. I have served on the scholarship committee, summer bridge committee, college senate, curriculum committee, completion by design, IT committee, institutional effectiveness committee, and the communications team. My willingness to work and serve this college is abundant from the shear fact I thoroughly enjoy making a difference in the lives of our students, faculty and staff. Serving as college senate president would only enhance my work here at the college to that next level of leadership. I would be honored by the opportunity to serve and make a difference here at Central Piedmont Community College.

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