CPCC Today

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

Hear about the many benefits of CPCC, from one student’s perspective: https://www.charlotteparent.com/community/blogs/details.php?My-Not-So-Failure-to-Launch-2738

Facilities Services contracted with Cintas for secure document management and shredding beginning July 1, 2014.  Since that time, 35 tons has been collected and diverted from the landfill. THANK YOU ALL for helping to make this an environmental as well as information security success!
Our partnership with Cintas Document Management has helped us in our ongoing efforts to reduce costs and increase the protection of our confidential business records. Please make sure that all of your sensitive and confidential materials are disposed of in these bins and not in regular wastebaskets or blue recycle baskets.
If you have any questions, suggestions or need a secure document collection container in your department, contact Pam Metcalf, director of Energy and Sustainability, at pamela.metcalf@cpcc.edu or at ext. 6079.

Student Life has some great programs coming up in the coming weeks:

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Alcohol Awareness Lunch & Learn
Cato Auditorium

It’s everything you need to know about alcohol but were afraid to ask. In compliance with Federal and State Laws, CPCC is a drug-free college for both students and staff. Per our school policy, employees and students are expected to work together to reach and maintain this goal. Education about alcohol and other drugs is vital to help people make healthy, informed decisions about substance use & knowledge is one of the best ways to combat substance-related problems before they happen. Attend this training to ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask & learn what you need to know to help yourself or help a friend!

Getting Fit on a Budget Lunch & Learn
Worrell 1140
12:30 p.m.

Is it possible to stay fit when you don’t have a gym membership? Can you achieve physical fitness with your busy schedule? Join Student Life and Health & Human Services as we explore ways to get fit on a budget. We will also be discussing activities that require little to no equipment that can assist with achieving physical fitness.

A light lunch will be served.

Alcohol Awareness Lunch & Learn
Hall 215
12:30 p.m.

It’s everything you need to know about alcohol but were afraid to ask. In compliance with Federal and State Laws, CPCC is a drug-free college for both students and staff. Per our school policy, employees and students are expected to work together to reach and maintain this goal. Education about alcohol and other drugs is vital to help people make healthy, informed decisions about substance use & knowledge is one of the best ways to combat substance-related problems before they happen. Attend this training to ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask & learn what you need to know to help yourself or help a friend!

Roots in Rhythm
(Previously scheduled on 2/26 – inclement weather)
Tate Hall
1 p.m.

Join Student Life and Drums 4  Life for an educational and cultural enriching performance. Drums 4 Life will perform traditional African dances and drumming.

Kim Brown: Dream, Plan, Act
Elizabeth Classroom, Room 1106
10:30 a.m.

Kimberly Brown is a successful journalist from Baltimore Maryland that has overcome many obstacles to achieve the things that she has in her career. Contributing to outlets such as NBC Universal, BET, National Geographic, and XXL, Kimberly has worked hard to make a name for herself in the world of journalism and entertainment media.

Join Student Life and Kimberly Brown as she encourages CPCC students to Dream, Plan, and Act on their goals. Her story is very inspirational and her experiences have taken her farther than she could have imagined.

Pleasure Unwoven (Addictions Documentary)
Tate Hall
10 a.m.

The most important question about addiction is: “Is it really a “disease?” In this video essay, filmed in high-definition, Kevin McCauley explores the arguments for and against this vital debate, reviewing the latest neuro-scientific research about addiction along the way. Using the spectacular landscape of Utah’s State and National Parks to describe the brain areas involved in addiction, Kevin McCauley turns complex neuro-scientific concepts into easy-to-understand visual images that will help people in recovery feel better understood, and their families and friends feel hope that recovery is possible.

Please contact Omar Crenshaw at omar.crenshaw@cpcc.edu if you have any questions or concerns.


Elizabeth Blackwell

Elizabeth Blackwell
February 3, 1821– May 31, 1910

First American woman awarded a medical degree by a college. Attended Geneva College in New York after she was rejected by all the major medical schools in the nation because of her sex. Elizabeth Blackwell later founded a women’s medical college to train other women physicians.


It’s Career Fair week at CPCC!  Career Services wants to make you aware of last minute details to get you prepared for the career fair taking place this Thursday, March 5 from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center. 2015 Career Fair logo

  • Last chance for a resume review is March 4. The Career Services Central campus office will offer Drop-Ins on Wednesday March 4 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. No appointment necessary. Bring a hard copy of your resume to receive feedback.
  • Professional dress is required for admission to the event. Job seekers who are not dressed professionally will not be admitted to the career fair. Please visit the Career Services Pinterest board for tips on how to dress professionally.
  • Pack a “career fair first aid kit.” Essentials that will come in handy include an umbrella, pens, water, snacks, and additional copies of your resume.
  • Don’t forget your CPCC student ID. Avoid standing in long lines and be admitted through the VIP entrance.
  • Practice your elevator speech. What you say to employers – and how you say it – can make or break their interest in your application. Practice your PR pitch now through Thursday.
  • Arrive early. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., but arriving earlier gives you more time to prepare and interact with companies.

Please know that all campus Career Services offices will be closed Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6 due to the Career Fair.

See you at the Grady Cole Center this Thursday!


Student Life will be showing the film “The Anonymous People” on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 10 a.m. in Tate Hall.

“The Anonymous People” is a feature documentary film about the more than 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.  Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The moving story of “The Anonymous People” is told through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them. This passionate new public recovery movement is fueling a changing conversation that aims to transform public opinion, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting recovery solutions.

Please join us to watch and discuss this documentary.

Anything that causes you to take your attention away from driving, take your eyes off the road, or take your hands off of the wheel is a distraction. The most commonly thought of distraction is the phone.   In North Carolina all drivers are banned from sending or reading texts while they are driving.

Common ways drivers are distracted:

  • Eating, drinking, or smoking.
  • Adjusting the radio, or CD player.
  • Talking, texting or emailing on a cell phone or smart phone.
  • Interacting with the other passengers. This is particularly a problem for novice or young drivers.
  • Searching for or moving an object in the vehicle.
  •  Reading or writing.
  • Personal grooming (brushing hair, applying make up).
  • Rubber necking when passing a crash scene or a work zone.
  • Looking at people, objects or events happening off the roadway

When driving, attention should be on scanning and anticipating other drivers moves and watching for new road conditions.

Passengers – be a friend, don’t distract! You might even hold the driver’s cell phone for them and convey messages.

Tips compiled from national resources by Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention.  These tips and information do not guarantee the prevention of death or injury and should not be the only source of information used.

For more on traffic safety, visit www.facebook.com/IRIDESAFECAROLINA.

Did you know that the number one cause of death of women in Peru is cervical cancer? The main reason for this statistic is limited access to the screenings we take for granted. CPCC Medical Career students are participating in a global medical service learning experience by spending two weeks in Cusco, Peru, to support women’s health through cervical cancer screenings and other health screenings such as immunizations and laboratory work.

To assist with this cause, Nothing But Noodles has generously decided to donate 15 percent of its proceeds to CPCC’s Study Abroad – Medical Service Learning initiative.

To participate, simply visit the Nothing But Noodles location at 1605 Elizabeth Ave. on Thursday, March 5 and mention “CPCC Study Abroad” at the register. You can support the cause by dining at anytime throughout the day, dining in or carryout orders apply.

Thank you for your support!

Before he was a renowned artist, Romare Bearden was also a talented baseball player. He was recruited by the Philadelphia Athletics on the pretext that he would agree to pass as white. He turned down the offer, instead choosing to work on his art.  He is considered one of the most important American artists of the 20th century.  Born in Charlotte, N.C., he landed in New York City and studied with George Grosz.  His early paintings were realistic with religious themes and depicted aspects of black culture in a Cubist style.  He was also a songwriter and designed sets for the Alvin Ailey Company.  The Romare Bearden Park located in Charlotte Center City opened in 2013 and is named in his honor


“Romare Bearden.” Bio. A&E Television Networks, 2015. Web. 24 Feb. 2015.



It’s the last week to get ready for the CPCC Career Fair! The event takes place next Thursday, March 5 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center (next to the Central Campus). 2015 Career Fair logo

Recruiters are eager to talk to CPCC students about full-time, part-time and internship positions with their companies.

Career Services wants to help you with last minute preparations. Check out these resources to help you get ready:

  • Check out Career Services on Pinterest, where you can find even more career fair resources, including our board that highlights all attending companies.

When you attend the fair next week, remember:

  • professional dress is required for admittance.
  • to bring your CPCC Student ID to gain access through the VIP entrance.
  • to have multiple copies of your resume to give to recruiters you talk to.

Learning about job openings and getting the chance to talk to employers face-to-face is one of the toughest steps in a job search. The career fair takes care of both tasks in one day. Don’t miss out on this prime job search event!

Every Tuesday the Transfer Resource Center (TRC) is excited to host admissions representatives from four-year colleges and universities as they visit CPCC to talk with prospective transfer students. On Tuesday, March 3, representatives from UNC Wilmington, Montreat College and Johnson C. Smith will be at the Central Campus from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the main lobby of the Levine Technical Building. A rep from Chamberlain School of nursing will also be at Central in the same location later that day from 4-7 p.m. UNC Asheville, Queens University of Charlotte and Fort Hays State will be at the Levine Campus from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wingate University will visit Cato Campus in the main lobby from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Gardner Webb will visit Merancas in the TS Building Student Lounge from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 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.

Global Competitiveness Summit

You’re invited to watch a live stream of the 2015 Global Competitiveness Summit IV!

The 2015 Global Competitiveness Summit IV event on March 18 will be live streamed, so you can watch from anywhere. The event will be streamed 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Individuals interested in learning more about the Charlotte region’s economic strengths and how Charlotte can capitalize on them are invited to watch the online discussion.

Viewers will hear from a variety of local and regional leaders who are slated to speak at the CPCC Harris Conference Center to determine how to most effectively market Charlotte’s global commerce abilities, while building its global identity, trade alliances and competitiveness.

To view the day’s agenda, please visit www.cpcc.edu/global/events/summit-iv/agenda and stay tuned to CPCC Today for additional details, including the URL to access the streaming online option. Videos from the event will also be posted towww.cpcc.edu/global shortly after the event is over.



Charlotte has long been an international city. Since the 1970s, tens of thousands of refugees have made Charlotte their home. As these new neighbors acclimate to life in the Queen City, we all learn how to better enrich each other and our shared communities.
Join Social Venture Partners and CPCC for “International Charlotte: Welcoming Refugees,” a panel discussion and Q&A with Charlotte community leaders, refugees and community organizations.
We will:
  • glean recommendations from the inter-agency Immigrant Integration Task Force.
  • hear a response from the Charlotte City Council.
  • receive input from refugees who represent the region’s broad spectrum of Charlotteans.
  • learn how best to support and embrace our international community.

Thursday, March 26, 2015 • 6-7:30 p.m. (Reception to follow)
Pease Auditorium, CPCC Central Campus

To RSVP, click here.

For questions about this event, please contact Marianne.Lyall.Knusel@cpcc.edu.

The CPCC Bookstores will be closed on the following days in March for inventory.

Cato will be closed all day on Thursday March 12, 2015 for inventory.
Central will be closed all day on Wednesday March 4, 2015 for inventory.
Levine will be closed all day on Monday March 9, 2015 for  inventory.

The CPCC Career Fair is just two weeks away. Will your resume pass the test with employers who you plan to speak with at the event? Check out the latest CPCC Career Services blog post that offers tips on preparing a career fair-2015 Career Fair logo
friendly resume.

Career Services staff are standing by to help get your resume ready for the career fair. Schedule a resume appointment with a career counselor at any of our campus locations. All students can take advantage of Central Campus Drop-In Hours on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. No appointment is necessary to have your resume reviewed.

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