CPCC Today

Welcome to CPCC Today! An online community and weekly e-newsletter for CPCC students.

Attention STEM students: Are you pursuing an associate degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) program? Find out if you qualify to become a NC STEM Alliance Fellow.

The goal of this grant program is to:

Provide students with the tools they need to navigate their STEM career pathways:

• Financial support/scholarly stipends available

• Targeted tutoring support

• Academic research participation

• Faculty and peer mentoring available

• STEM Navigator – personal contact guides you through college connections

For more information or to see if you qualify, visit www.cpcc.edu/ncsa or contact us at ncsa@cpcc.edu.

Looking for a part-time job? Plan to attend the Part-Time Job Fest being held on Tuesday, Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Central Campus Quad. Recruiters from 25 companies will be on campus collecting resumes and job applications. Multiple industries Job Openingsincluding food service, recreation, entertainment and more will be represented. Click here to see which companies plan to attend. All students from all campuses are invited!

Need help with your resume? Visit www.cpcc.edu/career/studentsgrads/resumes for tips.

CPCC has contracted with Sbarro Pizza and Taco Del Mar to provide food services from the Overcash building.  The college is in the process of finalizing plans with services expected to begin later this semester.SbarroTaco Del Mar

 

Once established, an opening date will be communicated to all college employees and students.

 

 

Welcome to the 2015 fall semester!  Hopefully, you had a chance to get settled into classes during the past week.  With the beginning of a new semester, we’d just like to take some time to remind you of a few of the services that the library has to offer, as well as highlight a few recent changes.

Books and More!

As always, the library wants to help out with your research and educational needs.  To that end, we provide access to a wide variety of resources, both in print and online.

To find out what books or DVDs are available in the library (or in electronic format), check out the online library catalog.

If you are looking for research articles or educational online videos, have a look at our Research Resources.

Need help using either one of these resources?  Don’t be afraid to Ask a Librarian!  Library staff are available to help in person, over the phone or online.

Online book renewals, which were not working during the spring and summer sessions this year, are now once again working!

Study Space?  We Have That!

Need a quiet place to study?  All CPCC campus libraries have dedicated quite study spaces.  Additionally, Central, Cato and Levine campuses have study rooms available. You can book these study rooms yourself online. Book early though, as they tend to fill up quickly!

We hope everyone has a great semester!

In addition to the normal struggles with coursework, relationship issues, and working on their recovery program, students in recovery also have to contend with the college environment, which is often unofficially organized around alcohol and other drug use. Collegiate Recovery CommunityThe Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) offers an alternative. It provides a supportive environment within the campus culture that reinforces the decision to disengage from addictive behaviors. It provides a community of peers with shared experiences, goals and values around recovery. It offers an educational opportunity alongside recovery support to ensure that students do not have to sacrifice one for the other. It reinforces accountability for recovering students that comes from self, peers and higher education staff. And finally, it provides a normative college experience for individuals in recovery apart from the culture of drinking/substance use that is present on today’s campuses.

The CRC meets every Monday at 12:15 p.m. to plan events and fellowship.  The meeting is on Central Campus in Worrell, Room 1130.  The CRC has Support Group Meetings on Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and on Thursday from 12:30 to  1:30 p.m.  These meetings also are held in Worrell, Room 1130. Students can engage with and seek support from other students fighting the same battles as well as have access to supportive faculty and staff members on Central Campus. The program is designed to assist these students with any struggles they may have in maintaining sobriety while being a successful college student.

For more information about the CRC, contact Tony Beatty at tony.beatty@cpcc.edu or at 704-330-2722, ext. 3481.

 

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) returns to Central Piedmont Community College for a Fall Blood drive.  This blood drive is on Thursday, September 24 from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Overcash driveway.  CBCC goal is to save lives in the Community Blood CenterCharlotte community, and every drop of donated blood stays local.  Currently, there is a huge need for donors of all blood types, so please consider supporting CBCC’s mission and donate to help individuals in your community.  To reserve an appointment that works best for your schedule, please click here, or feel free to show up on September 24 and donate on the spot. To donate, you are required to be at least 120 lbs., be in good health, and please remember to drink water and eat prior to donating.  As a thank you, all donors will receive FREE T-shirt from the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas! If you have any questions, please contact Jenn Marts at Jenn.Marts@cpcc.edu or at 704-330-6824.

 

Every Tuesday the Transfer Resource Center (TRC) hosts admissions representatives from four-year colleges and universities as they visit CPCC to talk with prospective transfer students. On Tuesday, September 1, representatives from Montreat

Transfer Resource Center (TRC)

Transfer Resource Center (TRC)

University and Pfeiffer University will visit Central Campus from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the elevator lobby of the Elizabeth Classroom Building. That afternoon from we will host UNC Wilimington in the same location at Central from 1:30-4:30 p.m. UNC Wilimington will visit Levine Campus from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. A representative from Chamberlain College of Nursing will visit the Cato Campus from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. in the main lobby of Cato I.  For more information about Transfer Tuesdays and other services offered by the Transfer Resource Center, please visit our website at www.cpcc.edu/ican/trc.

Due to budgetary issues, the library made the decision to stop subscribing to Easybib, a popular citation generator, in order to make room for other library resources. If students need a citation generator to create MLA, APA, or Chicago style citations, Son of LibraryCitation Machine (http://www.citationmachine.net) is a good, free alternative.  Easybib (http://www.easybib.com) is still available to cite for free in MLA, and individuals can purchase the Easybib Pro version for $30 if they so choose to get access to APA and Chicago style.

Your questions and feedback are welcome. Please email Erin Payton (erin.payton@cpcc.edu), assistant director for Library Services at 704.330.6814.

 

Math

The S.O.S. Math Program will provide Supplemental Instruction workshops and Extended Math Labs to DMA students throughout the fall 2015 semester. Events will take place during day, evening, and weekend hours on all CPCC campuses. All events are “drop-in” (no registration required). Get help with MyMathLab homework assignments and learn how to use the learning resources, prepare for math tests and manage math test anxiety. Each time you attend an event, your name is placed in a drawing for a calculator!

Find out more at: www.cpcc.edu/math/math-emporium/s.o.s.-math.

 

Come join the First Year Experience (FYE) Peer Mentoring program. Whether you are brand new to college or returning and need a mentor, we can pair you up with an FYE Peer Mentor for the fall 2015 semester.  If interested, come by Central High, Room 110 or email Ariel Cam at ariel.cam@cpcc.edu.

Elizabeth Classroom BuildingAs we gear up for the fall 2015 semester – classes begin Monday, August 17 – we want to share some important reminders to help you during the first week of class. Remember, CPCC is a tobacco-free college. All tobacco products (including anything resembling tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes) are prohibited everywhere at all times. We thank you for your cooperation.

Here are the eight essential things you need to know to be prepared for the new semester:

1. Attend class on the first day. Download the new CPCC app and use your CPCC Login to view your class schedule from My College (or go to http://mycollege.cpcc.edu to print your schedule). Bring a copy of your class schedule to ensure that the location has not changed. Note both the campus and building name for your classes. Look for information tables on campus to help you locate your classrooms or answer questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Tuesday (8/18) is the last day to add a full semester class without permission. The twelve-week session begins September 14 and the second eight week session begins October 14. Check CPCC Schedule Builder at https://schedule.cpcc.edu/myschedule/ for course availability.

2. Plan to arrive early to allow enough time to park and find your class. Traffic is heavy during the first two weeks of class.  Download the new CPCC app to see campus maps or visit http://www.cpcc.edu/campuses for information about each campus and follow #cpccparking on Twitter for the latest updates. Be aware of the new CATS CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar/trolley that’s now running up and down Elizabeth Avenue. Watch the City of Charlotte’s online safety podcast (and earn a FREE t-shirt!) to stay safe on and around the streetcar system.

3. Park only in areas designated for CPCC students. Local businesses do enforce towing.  Student parking decals are available at any campus Cashiering office during regular operating hours and in Central High Room 122 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during the first two weeks of school.

Parking decals must be displayed by August 31.

4. Use your CPCC Login to access My College (http://mycollege.cpcc.edu/) to find important information such as residency status, priority registration dates, enrollment verification, critical alert information, your student ID number and much more!

5. Pay your tuition by the due date to avoid being dropped from your classes. As of now, payment is now due the day of registration. For payment information and due dates visit CPCC Cashiering (http://www.cpcc.edu/cashiering/tuition-payment-dates).  Log into My College (http://mycollege.cpcc.edu/) to view your fall 2015 tuition bill.

6. You will need your student ID to check out materials from the Library, use the testing and fitness centers, or access the computer labs on campus. Student Identification Card information is available online.

7. Read CPCC Today, your student e-newsletter sent to your CPCC email every Wednesday or read it via the new CPCC app an. CPCC Today (http://www.cpcc.edu/cpcc-today) covers a wide range of useful information from registration, parking and payment to important dates and events.

8. Have you received your CPCC Debit Card? If you’re a new curriculum student registered for fall 2015 who receives financial aid, you will receive a CPCC Debit Card. Remember this is NOT a credit card but a refund only card. Once you receive your card, follow the included instructions and select your refund choice. Keep your card in a safe place even if you do not expect a refund this semester, as there is a replacement card fee.

If you have not received your card, make sure you have updated your address through MyCollege (http://mycollege.cpcc.edu/).  For more information, visit www.cpccdebitcard.com. If you have any questions regarding the CPCC debit card, please contact Higher One at 1.866.782.0821 or the cashiering office at 704.330.6964.

Thank you for using your CPCC email account; it is the official means of college email communication to you so please check your account often. You can now access your CPCC email account through the new CPCC app!

We are here to assist you and are ready to help you reach your academic goals. If you have any questions, call the CPCC Information Center at 704.330.2722 or visit the Student Success Center on your campus.

-Enrollment and Student Services (http://www.cpcc.edu/ess)

The CityLYNX Gold Line, Charlotte’s new rail service (trolley car) is now servicing CPCC’s Central Campus! The Gold Line is a free service; therefore, students do not need a ticket to rideIt runs every 15 to 20 minutes from Time CityLYNX is HEre!Warner Cable Arena to Novant Presbyterian Medical Center, along Elizabeth Avenue.

Operating Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday: 6 a.m. to midnight
Saturday: 8 a.m. to midnight
Sunday:  9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

When on or around the rail vehicle, please remember the following:

•   Park only in designated spaces. Even if just for a few minutes, do not park your car on Elizabeth Avenue if there is not an official parking space.

•   Your entire vehicle, including mirrors, must be within the solid white parking lines. Incorrectly parked cars will be subject to a citation and towing.

•   Cyclists should cross the tracks at a 90 degree angle to avoid getting wheels stuck or crashing.

•   Cross only at designated crosswalks.

•   Do not cross in front of a streetcar. Even if the streetcar is stopped. Wait for the streetcar to pass before you cross.

•   Watch your heels. Step over the tracks to avoid catching your shoe in the track gap.

Your safety is our #1 priority. Use the information above or watch the City of Charlotte’s online safety podcast (and earn a FREE T-shirt!) to stay safe on and around the streetcar system. For more safety information, please visit: http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/cats/lynx/Pages/rail-safety.aspx

 

Campus Printing and Signs

CPCC Campus Printing and Signs is conveniently located on CPCC’s Central Campus and provides high quality printing and copying services to CPCC students, employees and local non-profit organizations.

Our facility is equipped with the latest printing technology, giving our team the ability to produce copies, letterhead, business cards, invitations, fliers, posters, banners, books, signs and more, quickly, on time and at an affordable rate.

Contact us today to let us know how we can assist you with your printing or copying needs. We look forward to working with you!

The CPCC Music Department announces two early music recitals to be held in Tate Hall in the Overcash Building on Central Campus this fall.
On August 27, the college welcomes back former faculty member Webb Wiggins in a harpsichord recital during which he will play on both of the college’s Kingston harpsichords.
Then on September 10, music faculty member Holly Maurer will be joined by Gail Schroeder on viola da gamba, Kelly Roudabush on baroque flute, and Barbara Weiss on harpsichord in a program of music of the late Baroque.
Both concerts are at 12:30 p.m., are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the event parking deck.
Teachers from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) are currently engaging in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) internship at CPCC, learning how to prepare their students for jobs of the 21st century.

2015 STEMersion

CMS teachers kickoff 2015 STEMersion at CPCC.

The internship is part of CMS’ STEMersion program, an integrated approach to teaching and learning that applies math and science principals to the solution of real-world problems. For the next two weeks, through August 7, 50 teachers from CMS will participate in STEMersion 2015. The program includes an intensive hands-on learning experience to train the teachers in the skills necessary to complete a variety of high-tech jobs.
Following their instruction at CPCC, the teachers will participate in a handful of professional development immersion internships with some of the top STEM businesses and industries in the Charlotte area, including Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bosch Rexroth, Piedmont Natural Gas, LPL_Financial, Skookum, Packard Place, Microsoft, Groninger, Peak10, TIAA-CREF, DAETWYLER, Xerox, Premier. Inc., Siemens, Livingston and Haven, AREVA and Duke Energy.
After successfully completing STEMersion 2015, the CMS teachers will create curriculum for use within instructional units across the district in order to better prepare students for today’s workforce.  The partnership with the local STEM companies will help teachers understand how STEM comes to life in the workplace so they can create interesting and relevant lesson plans and authentic projects intended to spark student interest and curiosity in these in-demand career fields.

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