Please Attend Next College Senate Meeting: Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The next College Senate meeting is Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 2:30 p.m. in Webex. We invite all faculty, professional, and classified staff members to attend College Senate meetings and to encourage your colleagues to attend — you do not have to be a senator.

Submit Questions for Dr. Deitemeyer

Our guest speaker this month is President Dr. Deitemeyer. Dr. Deitemeyer will take questions. Please submit questions for Dr. Deitemeyer by Friday, October 16 and encourage your colleagues to do the same.

Meetings

Learn More and Stay Up-to-Date on College Senate

Questions?

Contact College Senate President Owen Sutkowski at owen.sutkowski@cpcc.edu, email senate@cpcc.edu, or use the College Senate feedback form if you have any questions or concerns about senate.

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In Case You Missed it: September 2020 College Senate Meeting

The College Senate met on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Thank you to our guest speakers, current student Sarar Ayache and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Heather Hill. The following are updates and reminders from the meeting.

Senate Priorities

Each senate committee has met to finalize their priorities for the 2020-2021 academic year. These priorities could shift in response to college discussions. Each committee priority connects to the college values and to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Potential Merger with Classified Staff Council

The leadership teams of the Classified Staff Council and the College Senate are considering merging these two groups. The leadership teams of both groups will be putting forth resolutions to their respective elected bodies in October to seek support for the merger. This is the first step in a multi-step process.

Required Course Elements

As the college continues our implementation of Brightspace (replacement for Blackboard), The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and Brightspace Project Management Team have created a Required Course Elements for Student Success in the Online Environment. The elements outlined will be required for all curriculum course in online, hybrid, and blended formats taught in Brightspace. Your feedback is needed. Please review and share your thoughts on the Brightspace required course elements document before the end of September.

Course Evaluation Update Team

A Course Evaluation Update Action Team is forming. Review the Course Evaluation Update Action Team project plan for this group. 

Conquer Forward

Focusing on Central Piedmont’s strategic plan, the Conquer Forward Action Team has reviewed Central Piedmont and peer college best practices and data on student success and credential completion. A significant amount of this data consistently showed that students succeed more in compressed course terms compared to full-semester-length courses.

In the spring semester, the college will work with instructor volunteers to offer more 8-week format courses within a two-part term of two 8-week sessions. This will be Phase I of Conquer Forward. This will be expanded in fall 2021, with the long-term goal of having five distinct 8-week sessions throughout the year (summer, early fall, late fall, early spring, and late spring) with focused marketing, recruitment, registration, and holistic student support available for each of the sessions. The college is optimistic Conquer Forward will increase enrollment, retention, and student success. Data from the spring pilot will be reviewed and used to help inform decisions moving forward.

Come to the October College Senate Meeting

The next full senate meeting will be on Tuesday, October 20. Dr. Deitemeyer will be our guest speaker. You can submit questions for Dr. Deitemeyer in advance here.  Please continue to encourage your colleagues to attend senate meetings. The Webex links to all of this year’s meetings can be found on the Meetings and Minutes page of the College Senate website.

Review Meetings Minutes

The draft of the September senate meeting minutes are available for you and others to review. These minutes are not considered final until they are approved at our October senate meeting.

Learn More About College Senate

  • Learn more about the work of each senate committee.
  • Subscribe to this blog to get regular updates about senate work and monthly meetings. 
  • View the senator roster to learn more about who is a senator this year and what the senator responsibilities are. 
  • You can share questions, concerns, and comments via the senate open feedback form

Please share this with others, and reach out to senate@cpcc.edu, a committee chair, current senator, or College Senate President Owen Sutkowski (owen.sutkowski@cpcc.edu) if you have any questions or comments.

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Next College Senate Meeting: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The next College Senate meeting is Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 2:30 p.m. in Webex. We invite all faculty, professional, and classified staff members to attend College Senate meetings and to encourage your colleagues to attend — you do not have to be a senator.

Submit Questions for Dr. Hill

Our guest speaker this month is Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Heather Hill. Dr. Hill will answer your questions. Please submit questions for Dr. Hill by Thursday, September 10 and encourage your colleagues to do the same.

Meetings

If you would like to have the calendar invite for senate meetings forwarded to you so that you can add it to your calendar, email senate@cpcc.edu.

Learn More About College Senate

Questions?

Contact College Senate President Owen Sutkowski at owen.sutkowski@cpcc.edu, email senate@cpcc.edu, or use the College Senate feedback form if you have any questions or concerns about senate.

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In Case You Missed It: August 2020 College Senate Meeting

The College Senate had its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, August 18. Thank you to our guest speaker, the new Vice President of Student Affairs Chris Cathcart, and the senate executive team for a great first meeting. The following are updates and reminders from the meeting. Please share with your peers.

Join a Senate Committee

At the August 2020 College Senate meeting, each senate committee introduced itself, its purpose, and its potential priorities for the 2020–21 school year.

  • All senators are required to serve on at least one senate committee (you may serve on more than one). If you are a senator, please submit the form to indicate your committee choice by Monday, August 24.
  • If you are not a senator, you are also welcome and encouraged to join senate committees, and/or to attend committee meetings. Please indicate your committee choice on the form and pass the form on to anyone else you think would be interested in serving on a senate committee. 

Review Meetings Minutes

The draft of the August senate meeting minutes are available for you and others to review. These minutes are not considered final until after they are approved at our September senate meeting.

New Student Affairs Hours

Mr. Cathcart shared new hours of operation for Student Affairs starting this semester. Student Affairs will have limited rotating staff in each of their departments on each campus Monday, Thursday, Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., and extended hours Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m.–7 p.m.

Come to the September College Senate Meeting

The next full senate meeting will be on Tuesday, September 15. Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Heather Hill will be our guest speaker. You can submit questions for Dr. Hill in advance here.  Please continue to encourage your colleagues to attend senate meetings. The Webex links to all of this year’s meetings can be found on the Meetings and Minutes page of the College Senate website.

Learn More About College Senate

Please share this with others, and reach out to senate@cpcc.edu, a committee chair, current senator, or College Senate President Owen Sutkowski (owen.sutkowski@cpcc.edu) if you have any questions or comments.

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Join Us at College Senate in 2020–21

Want to learn more about changes and discussions happening at the college? Want to be part of the conversation? College Senate is here to represent you and is your forum to voice your concerns, ideas, and questions. Take advantage of this resource — please join us at College Senate meetings. In addition to updates and an open discussion forum, we have a guest speaker, such as Cabinet members, at each meeting to discuss procedures and policies, college updates, and to take questions.

College Senate meetings are held every third Tuesday of the month at 2:30 p.m., this year via Webex. Our first meeting is Tuesday, August 18. We invite all faculty, professional, and classified staff members to attend our meetings and to encourage their colleagues to attend — you do not have to be a senator. You can find the Webex links for all of the 2020–21 meetings on the College Senate website. If you would like to have the calendar invite for senate meetings forwarded to you so that you can add it to your calendar, please email senate@cpcc.edu.

Our guest speaker at our August 18 meeting is Dr. Chris Cathcart, our new Vice President for Student Affairs. He will introduce himself, discuss Student Affairs services during coronavirus (COVID-19), and take questions. Please submit questions for Dr. Cathcart in advance and encourage your colleagues to do the same.

To learn more about College Senate:

We look forward to serving and working with you this year.

Questions?

Contact College Senate President Owen Sutkowski at owen.sutkowski@cpcc.edu, email senate@cpcc.edu, or use the College Senate feedback form if you have any questions or concerns about senate.

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College Senate President 2020–21

Dr. Owen Sutkowski portraitDr. Owen Sutkowski has officially assumed the role and responsibilities as the 2020–21 College Senate president. Jennifer Perkins will continue to serve on the senate as this year’s president-elect.

You can learn more about Owen by reviewing the information he submitted when he ran for election or his statement on the College Senate website.

Congrats, Owen! The senate looks forward to coming together to serve the college and our students under your leadership.

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Attend the May 2020 College Senate Meeting Tuesday, May 19

All faculty and professional staff are encouraged to attend the May 2020 College Senate meeting in Webex on Tuesday, May 19, at 2:30 p.m. You do not have to be a college senator to attend.

Dr. Deitemeyer will be our guest speaker to answer your questions. Please submit questions for Dr. Deitemeyer in advance. Also on the agenda for this month’s meeting is the presentation of the Outstanding Senator of the Year and the official “handing the gavel” to the next College Senate president, Owen Sutkowski.

Please direct any questions to Jennifer Perkins, College Senate president, at jennifer.perkins@cpcc.edu. To stay up-to-date with College Senate, subscribe to this blog or visit the College Senate site.

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Coronavirus Grading Options for Spring 2020

Information on coronavirus grading options for spring 2020 are available in the Communicator (Central Piedmont login required). You can also find important date information on the coronavirus section of the Central Piedmont website.

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Help Celebrate Our Graduates

Because our May 2020 graduates will not get to experience a traditional, large scale graduation ceremony this spring, we hope to see as many employees as possible — especially our college senators — submit a photo or video to help our graduates feel special.

The deadline to submit is 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 29.

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Elections for 2020–21 College Senate President-Elect

Elections for the 2020–21 College Senate president-elect are this week. The successful candidate will serve as College Senate president for the 2021–22 academic year (and as president-elect for 2020–21). The College Senate president represents faculty and professional staff on numerous committees, college functions, and deliberations.

Although we now only have one candidate, current College Senate President Jennifer Perkins, there will still be an election as the senate constitution has established for each election year. All full-time faculty and full-time professional staff are invited to vote. Professional staff is defined as full-time, exempt, college employees who are not faculty, administration, or classified staff.

Elections begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 27 and end at 11 p.m. on Friday, May 1. Cast your vote for College Senate president-elect.

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