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The Jewelry program and the CPCC Metal Arts Club is happy to invite you to our Annual Jewelry sale on December 1! The students have been working hard creating a strong production line that will show their interest in craft and their passion for jewelry making.

This year we are exploring materials! Students are working with a range of interesting materials to bring you jewelry that will stop a crowd. From 3D printing, to steel, wood and stones  are some of the materials that we have for you.

Support the Jewelry program and most importantly the students, that have been working hard creating between 30 to 50 pieces total. Students learn through this project, production skills, pricing, marketing, and business skill.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 1

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Jewelry Studio ( Center for Arts and Technology Building, next to the ceramics studio)

Coming Soon: Residency Determination Service will take over all new and returning students’ residency determinations. Most students will not need to update residency unless two consecutive major semesters (fall and spring) or more are missed.  If you believe your residency status is incorrect, please contact the Admissions office before January 25 or you will be directed to the new RDS system. More information can be found at http://www.cpcc.edu/admissions/admissions/residency.


Please join us for this year’s Fall CPCC Dance Theatre production! The show will open with jazz and modern pieces choreographed by dance faculty member Megan Payne. Then the show will conclude with scenes from Katharyn Horne’s, “Intimate Nutcracker.”
Pease Auditorium
December 9 & 10 at 7:30 p.m., December 11 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10. Buy tickets online or at the box office.


When Sleeping Beauty was kissed by Prince Charming, did he have her consent? Find out on December 1 at noon, when CPCC’s Title IX administrator defines ‘consent’ and how it is interpreted by law. Female CPCC students email ESS-Admin@cpcc.edu or call 704-330-3623 to reserve a seat. Lunch is provided for participants.  

One lane of Charlottetowne Avenue (between 4th Street & Elizabeth Avenue) has been CLOSED for construction of the New Advanced Technology Center.
The lane will remain CLOSED through 2017.  Access into Student Parking Deck 1 is still OPEN.  The exit from Student Parking Deck 1 onto Charlottetowne Avenue is CLOSED for construction.  Exit onto 4th Street.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

The Cosmetology Salon’s last day for business this year is December 8.  It will reopen on January 12.




Best Choice Schools (BCS) has ranked Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) as #14 on its list of “Top 20 Best Culinary Schools on the East Coast.” CPCC’s program was the only culinary program in North Carolina to be named to the list.

To be considered for this recognition, programs had to offer hands-on training, a variety of program options, externship opportunities and have a solid reputation in the field based on BCS’ research. BCS evaluated schools located in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina Georgia, Florida and New York.

“This recognition is a testament to our program’s dedicated, professional faculty who are extremely passionate and good at what they do,” said Bob Boll, division director of hospitality education at CPCC.

CPCC boasts one of the top culinary schools in the country, offering a Culinary Arts program and a Baking & Pastry Arts program that are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission. CPCC features state-of-the-art equipment and a mixture of learning delivery methods including classroom, lab and on-the-job. Students learn how to select quality ingredients for their culinary creations and prepare exceptional entrees and dishes. CPCC also features a low student-faculty ratio for more individualized attention.

To view BCS’ complete Top 20 list, please click here. To learn more about CPCC’s Culinary Arts program, visit cpcc.edu/hospitality-education/culinary-artsand to learn more about CPCC’s Baking & Pastry Arts program, visit cpcc.edu/hospitality-education/baking-pastry-arts-bpa. CPCC also offers a Hospitality Management program and to learn more about it, visit www.cpcc.edu/hospitality-education/hospitality-management.

Hunger and Homelessness Lunch N’ Learn

Thursday, November 17, 2016

12:30-1:30 p.m.

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Please join us for lunch and panelist discussion on Hunger and Homelessness with one of Service-Learning’s long-time community partners, the Relatives. The Relatives mission is focused on safety, stability, and successful futures. PD credit will be shared with Faculty and Staff and Service-Learning credit will be shared with students in attendance.


Stress Free Day

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

OC Lobby

Join Student Life for some relaxing stress relieving massages! We will have a mobile massage team on hand to give you a quick relaxing massage!


Central Piedmont Community College student DaQuane Cherry has been recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities with a shared cpcc_daquanecherrycommitment to civic engagement. Cherry is a recipient of the network’s Community Impact Award, honoring one student leader at each member school.

Cherry is one of 25 students selected by their campus for the 2016 honor, joining more than 200 college students recognized by the network since the award was first presented in 2006.

A second year marketing student from Elizabeth City, Cherry has been an active leader across the spectrum of civic and community engagement at CPCC. He is a SGA Senator and serves as the Election Engagement Fellow on Central Campus, working to engage his peers in the 2016 election. As a Rotaract member, he has been part of many community-based service projects, and as a Service Learning Program work study student, he has helped other students become involved in service learning. He is also a frequent performer in CPCC plays and musicals.

Dr. Jenn Marts, CPCC’s Director of Service-Learning, says Cherry “has been a fantastic addition to the Service-Learning team,” and she praises his “outgoing, energetic, inclusive” leadership style.

Cherry will be honored at the Compact’s annual CSNAP student conference, held this year on November 12 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The event will convene more than 160 students and staff from 24 campuses in the network. In addition to awards and networking opportunities, the conference will include student-led workshops on diverse community engagement topics and a showcase of organizations working for social change, including the Campus Kitchens Project, Rachel Carson Council, and the Sustained Dialogue Institute.

North Carolina Campus Compact is a statewide coalition of 36 public, private, and community colleges and universities that share a commitment to civic and community engagement. The network was founded in 2002 and is hosted by Elon University. North Carolina Campus Compact is an affiliate of the national Campus Compact organization, which claims 1,000 member schools representing nearly 2 million college students.

CPCC Opera Theatre and Dance Theatre present excerpts from “Christmas Oratorio,” with music by Johann Sebastian Bach and choreography by modern dance pioneer Charles Weidman. This production features a full orchestra, chorusunknown-1 and company of dancers depicting the Christmas story, conducted  by Alan Yamamoto, and co-directed by Rebecca Cook-Carter and Clay Daniel. Please join us for this special event!

Show dates and times: 

   Friday, November 18 – 7:30 p.m.

   Saturday, November 19 – 7:30 p.m.

   Sunday, November 20 – 2:30 p.m.

Location: Dale F. Halton Theater, CPCC main campus

Tickets: http://tix.cpcc.edu/events/christmas-oratorio OR call 704.330.6534

The RISE (Resources Inspiring Student Excellence) group continues to meet monthly and offers insightful presentations on how to be a successful college student. The meetings are held at the Cato, Central, and Levine campuses for female CPCC students. Lunch is provided to all participants. Make plans to attend the remaining fall sessions and reserve your seat via email. You will receive the meeting location once your seat is confirmed.

Thursday, November 17 at 12 p.m. on CENTRAL CAMPUS – RSVP to ESS-Admin@cpcc.edu
Katrina Johnson, Assistant Director for Mentoring and Bridge is presenting on how to get the most out of a mentoring relationship (motivational).

LEVINE CAMPUS  – RSVP to Nakeshia.Staley@cpcc.edu
Margaret Smith, Title IX Administrator, Institutional Equity will discuss consent and its meaning, respect, and getting out of a bad relationship.

Wednesday, November 30 at 12 p.m. on CATO CAMPUS – RSVP to CatoESS@cpcc.edu
Margaret Smith, Title IX Administrator, Institutional Equity will discuss consent and its meaning, respect, and getting out of a bad relationship.

Thursday, December 1 at 12 p.m. CENTRAL CAMPUS – RSVP to ESS-Admin@cpcc.edu
Margaret Smith, Title IX Administrator, Institutional Equity will discuss consent and its meaning, respect, and getting out of a bad relationship.


From November 14 to December 12, 2016, the CPCC Libraries will be hosting Fine Forgiveness Days. During this period, fines accrued from overdue items will be forgiven at all campus libraries in exchange for a donation to CPCC’s Single Stop program.

How does fine forgiveness work?

·         For every box or pack of requested items from the list below $4 in fines will be waived. Single items will not be accepted. For instance, an individual serving of Lance crackers will not be accepted, however an eight-pack of crackers will be.

·         A maximum of $20 in fines will be waived from any account.

·         Only fines are waived – replacement fees for lost books are not eligible.

·         No credits for future fines will be issued. Fine Forgiveness Days is for existing fines only.

The following items are requested for donation for Fine Forgiveness Days:

·         Microwave Popcorn (Boxes)

·         Hot Cocoa (box of 8 or 12)

·         Apple Juice (box of 8 or 12)

·         Water (6 or 24 pack)

·         Trail Mix or Nuts (Box or individual bags)

·         Granola Bars, Fruit Bars, Breakfast Bars (box of 6)

·         Oatmeal (Instant, box of 12), Lance Crackers (8 pack)

·         Tissues (pocket pack 8 individually wrapped)

Donations will be accepted even if you don’t have fines!

Please join the Service-Learning Center and Community Blood Center of the Carolinas for a blood drive on November 17 in the Overcash Lobby! The Bloodmobile will be available from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. No appointment necessary. Help save local lives!

All donors will receive a free T-shirt. Please contact Kay.Printy@cpcc.edu with and questions.

Mr. Scott Syfert, Corporate Attorney at Moore & VanAllen, Board Member of CPCC, and personal friend of Dr. Zeiss, commissioned artist Edwin Gil to create a glass portrait of Dr. Zeiss as a tribute to Dr. Zeiss (who will retire at the end of this year after leading the college for 23 years) for his efforts and accomplishments at CPCC and in Mecklenburg County.

Mr. Syfert and Dr. Zeiss share a great passion for history and are members of The May 20th Society, a nonprofit organization founded by Mr. Syfert that endeavors to capture and celebrate Charlotte’s rebellious and visionary spirit and history.

The beautiful portrait of Dr. Zeiss is part of the series, Faces of Diversity, by Edwin Gil which is currently displayed at the Levine Bill and Patty Gorelick Art Gallery at Levine Campus. This gift was unveiled and presented to Dr. Zeiss at the end of a presentation hosted by Gil to approximately 85 of our students.  Faces of Diversity is a social art project that seeks to break stereotypes through art.  Dr. Zeiss himself, students, faculty and staff contributed to the piece of art by stamping their fingerprints on the pieces of glass that compose the background of the portrait.  This portrait will remain at the Levine Campus as a legacy of all the ways Dr. Zeiss’ “thumbprints” have been on so efforts — at the college and in the county — to grow and achieve greatness over the past 23 years.


Dr. Zeiss and Edwin Gil


Mr. Scott Syfert, Dr. Zeiss, High School poet (Jennifer McClain) for Faces of Diversity, and Edwin Gil


CPCC student (at left), Dr. Paul Koehnke, Catalina Ramirez, Dr. Edith Valladares McElroy, and Edwin Gil