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Mario and Daniela

Mario Röllig and CPCC German Instructor Daniela Weinert

On Tuesday, April 26 seventy interested students listened to the presentation of the former Stasi Prisoner Mario Röllig at the Levine Campus. Mario grew up in the German Democratic Republic in the sixties. After he fell in love with a West German politician, the Ministry for State Security (Stasi) took notice of the gay 19-year-old East German and demanded that he become an informer. He refused and the Stasi subjected him to massive pressure. After trying to flee the country he was imprisoned in the Stasi Prison Hohenschönhausen in Berlin. Mr. Röllig shared his first-hand account of the GDR dictatorship, incarceration and human rights violations during the Cold War.

Mr. Röllig has made it his life’s mission to draw attention to the crimes of the GDR dictatorship to continue fighting Human Rights Abuse everywhere. Today Mr. Röllig gives tours and lectures at the Hohenschönhausen Memorial Museum, the site of his torture. Currently he is the CLAS Eyewitness in Residence at UNC Charlotte.

The event was organized by Levine Campus director Catalina Ramirez and German Discipline Chair Daniela Weinert whom Mario promised to stop by in fall 2017 to show a new documentary about his life.



All of your hard work has finally paid off and we would like to congratulate you on your graduation. We wish you much success in you new career or on your continued education path. Thank you for choosing CPCC and for letting us help you accomplish your Graduationpersonal and professional goals!

CPCC Turfgrass student Kyle Phillips works for the Charlotte Knights, getting hands-on experience on the grounds crew. To learn more, visit www.cpcc.edu/turfgrass.

Kyle Phillips

Kyle Phillips

It’s EASY! printing sustainabilyMaking print setting changes only takes a couple of clicks. 

Here are some simple measures to make your printing more sustainable: 

  • Print ONLY when necessary — ask yourself: “Do I REALLY need that copy?”
  • Don’t print meeting agendas — send them electronically and include in your slide or PowerPoint presentation
  • Print in duplex mode — printing on both sides of the paper uses HALF AS MUCH paper
  • Print in “grayscale”, “eco”, or “draft” mode
  • Print in color only when necessary
  • Use Century Gothic font — it uses less toner or ink
  • Don’t use background stationary in emails – it uses a lot more toner/ink, and, in fact, is not in compliance with CPCC email standards
  • Re-use the backside of printed pages that would otherwise go in the recycle bin
  • Avoid multi- or duplicate prints — proofread and spell check on screen prior to printing
  • Send documents electronically whenever possible
  • Delete unnecessary internet graphics prior to printing, change to smaller font sizes and don’t print in bold
  • Print only the pages you need instead of the entire document
  • Post documents on Blackboard and other shared college electronic sites instead of printing and distributing


If you have any questions, contact Pam Metcalf, director of Energy and Sustainability, at 704.330.6079.


CPCC’s temperature standards are 74°F in the summer and 70°F in the winter. These temperatures are held to within a +/- 2°F range. thermostat

As we are approaching the transition from spring to summer, there may be fluctuations in your work area. You are free to bring a personal fan to CPCC if you are warm, but electric space heaters are not allowed except for medical reasons.

Here’s how we compare to a few other North Carolina Community Colleges – RIGHT ON TARGET:

Durham Tech:

Occupied heating 70F / cooling 74F

Stanley CC:

Occupied heating 70F / cooling 73F

Davidson County CC:

Occupied heating 70F / cooling 73F

Wake Tech CC:

Occupied heating 69F / cooling 76F

Guilford Tech CC:

Occupied heating 70F / cooling 75F


Occupied heating 69F / cooling 75F


Occupied heating 68-71F / cooling 72-75F


Occupied heating 70F / cooling 74F


Occupied heating 69-71F / cooling 74-78F

Ap State:

Occupied heating 69F / cooling 74F


If you have any questions, contact Pam Metcalf, director of Energy and Sustainability, at 704.330.6079.

Come and celebrate the end of the semester with an amazing exhibition and to purchase some one-of-a-kind presents for Mother’s Day and graduation.

Rings Galore! and Jewelry Sale: a pop-up exhibition by CPCC Jewelry Students exploring the ring as contemporary adornment
Date: Tuesday, May 3
Time: 3 – 6 p.m.
Where: Jewelry Studio, Center for Arts and Technology Bldg. (AU), Room 010

Come and support the jewelry students and take a look at our amazing studio.

Let a tax professional in the Single Stop office assist you with the following:

* Filing late tax returns

* Amendments to your tax returns

* Assistance in filing for an extension

* Filling out W9/W4’s

* Questions/assistance with the Affordable Health Care Act

Appointments will be available on Wednesdays between 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

To make an appointment please call: 704.330.6435 or email: singlestop@cpcc.edu

* This is a free service for CPCC students, faculty and staff


Please note the entrance and exit to Student Deck 1 and the Employee/Theater Parking Deck (accessible from E. 4th St.) will be closed on Saturday April 30, from 5 – 10:30 a.m., to accommodate the college’s annual Skyline Run event which is featuring a new course that will run straight down  E. 4th St.
The entrance to Student Deck 1, from Charlottetowne Ave., will remain open and may be used to enter and exit the parking garage.
Thank you in advance for keeping our runners safe.
On April 23, 2016 (Earth Day), Sustain Charlotte hosted their 5th annual celebration of sustainability leadership. On hundred nominees representing a diverse cross section of Charlotte area businesses, nonprofits, Sustain Charlotte Awardneighborhood organizations, government agencies and residents were recognized.
CPCC won FIRST PLACE in the Energy category due to aggressively reducing its energy consumption by 15 percent since 2006 while increasing its square footage by more than 33 percent. CPCC continually drives energy reduction opportunities in its renovation and new construction projects to better serve the Charlotte learning community.
Sustain Charlotte is a nonprofit organization helping to advance a region-wide sustainability movement by serving as a catalyst for change. Their mission is to inspire choices that lead to healthier and more vibrant communities across the Charlotte metro region for generations to come. (http://www.sustaincharlotte.org/)
The link to the awards press release is http://www.sustaincharlotte.org/2016energy.
The CPCC Director of Energy and Sustainability Pam Metcalf is engaged in sustainability and energy efficiency. If you have suggestions, they can be emailed toPamela.metcalf@cpcc.edu.

CPCC’s Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) Program students need your help. The NDE club needs the money to send students to the American Society for Non-Destructive Testing Annual Conference, which is being held in Long Beach, Calif., this year. The average cost (travel plus lodging) will be around $1,300 per student.  The conference is a great way for students to network and find prospective employers and gives our school’s program and CPCC increased credibility.  

To help with this initiative, the program has created a workplace safety video and needs your vote!  Votes can be cast by going to this link: http://www.careersafeonline.com/index.php/component/content/article/2-uncategorised/268-2016-video-poll.  The CPCC video is third from the top and titled “All Safe. All Day.”  First prize is $5,000!

Vote for CPCC today!

The Ophthalmic Medical Assistant students will be participating in a service project over the next few weeks. They will be gathering items to donate to a local organization called David’s Backpacks for the Homeless. David’s Backpacks for the Homeless started in February 2014 with one backpack given out. Since then, more than 300 backpacks have been distributed.  This group packs backpacks with necessity items that most of us take for granted. They distribute them weekly on the streets of Charlotte and surrounding counties to the homeless community. Each backpack is filled with 30 items. If you would like to donate any of the items you may drop them off in the Health Careers Building Mailroom on the 3rd floor (Room 3545) or send to Program Chair Kathleen Rodgers, HE Room 3547 or email Kathleen.rodgers@cpcc.edu for pick up. 

The OMA students will have a BAKE SALE at the Health Careers building on Central Campus on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Come by and grab some goodies if you would like to drop off your donation or find out more information about David’s Backpacks for the Homeless. Like them on their Facebook page at Davids Backpacks for the Homeless.

The items need for donation are listed below. Thank you for “Changing lives one backpack at a time”

*Gently used/new Backpacks/book bags ( sample or small sizes): *Crackers/ packed snacks  *Bottled water/Juice  *Towels/Washcloths    *Soap  *Toothpaste  *Toothbrushes  *Mouthwash  *Deodorant       *Shampoo *Razors  *Shaving cream  *Hand Sanitizer  *Tissues   *Baby  wipes   *Trash bags  *Ziploc sandwich bags  *Pens   *Sm. Note pads   * Anti-diarrhea med  *Cough drops  *Neosporin   *trial size first aid kit   *Plastic spoon/forks

Each backpack includes a list of the local homeless shelters and other organizations in the area that may offer assistance.  https://www.facebook.com/davidsbackpacks/



Great job to all North Carolina STEM Fellows that participated in the North Carolina STEM Alliance Research Day – April 15! Stem fellows

A special thank you to all the faculty/staff that assisted the Fellows through their first research experience!

A Comparison Study in Dental Radiography
Fellows: Andrew Johnson, Ayana Reid
Research Advisor: Debbie Marcantonio, Dental Department
Abortion and the Empowered Women
Fellow: Christina Hyatt
Fast Food and Its Environment
Fellows: Dominique Payne, Chisom Odoemena, Moria McClain, Diamond Johnson
Research Advisor: Matt Miller, Science Department
Shaping the Future of Pharmacy through Medication Therapy Management
Fellows: Jasmine Jones and Chioma Iwuchukwu
Research Advisor: Karen Garner, Pharmacy Tech Department
Solving Cold Cases: DNA vs. Latent Fingerprinting
Fellows: Alexis Wilkins, Sakinah Horne, Tavius Craig, Mikal Holmes
Research Advisor: Kimberly Miller, Science Department
The Battle for a Better Human: Development of Genome Editing
Fellows: Karriya Bailey, Dannysha George, Rebecca Maldonado, Abdul Matin
Research Advisor: Lauren Jackson, Science Department
Disaster Recovery: Data Loss Recovery
Fellows: Jahdiel Couchman, Henrique Weh
Research Advisor: Joseph Little, IT Department
Disaster Recovery: Network Security
Fellows: Greggory Roberts, Louis Stewart
Research Advisor: Joseph Little, IT Department
Disaster Recovery: Physical Security
Fellows: EJ Alexander, Richard Evans
Research Advisor: Joseph Little, IT Department
Disaster Recovery: Power Loss and Business Impact
Fellows: Andre’ Hidalgo, Matthew Harper
Research Advisor: Joseph Little, IT Department
The Raspberry PI^2 Project
Fellows: Kelvin Clark, Cree St. Juste, Gabrina Middleton, Abas Shiekh, Diamond
Research Advisor: Carl Arrington, IT Department
Excavator/Articulated Truck vs. Dozer/Scraper Research Analysis
Fellows: Jordan Wright, Jackquez Mays, Lateshia Owens
Research Advisor: Fred Gore, Engineering Technologies Department
Gasoline Hose Innovation
Fellows: Timothy Mubichi, William Waddell
Research Advisor: Kelly O’Shields, Engineering Technologies Department
Need a Hand?
Fellows: J. Nickolas Harris, Zachary Graves, Austin Perez
Research Advisor: Darrin Leer, Engineering Technologies Department
Habistats Weatherization Data Project
Fellow: Dimitra Herring
Research Advisor: Lisa Creighton, Mathematics Division

Dances of India is on this Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 4 p.m. in the CPCC’s Halton Theater.  If you are planning on attending, you must purchase your tickets NOW as only few balcony seats are left. Dances of India stage

Come and celebrate the rich culture of India and the show’s signature dance “Unity in Diversity” set to live music, and seven international dance styles. We are featuring more than 60 dancers this year.  

Bring your friends to experience and enjoy the high energy folk traditions of India, Latin America, Russia and Ireland and learn about our similarities.

Purchase Tickets here or purchase your tickets now by calling the box office at 704-330-6534.

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Get your tickets ASAP. We are looking forward to seeing you!

From CPCC Security Services

CPCC students enrolled in a spring first aid class will be participating in a simulated injury drill on Thursday, April 28, from 8 – 11 a.m., and 3 – 5 p.m., near the fountain on CPCC’s Central Campus quad. 

Onlookers can expect to see First Aid Instructor April McCoy leading a simulated mock injury training session and healthy students in make-up, using props. CPCC Security plans to block off the simulation area. Passersby will see mock victims within the area, acting out their assigned injury for the first aid students. The mock drill will help students gain invaluable practice treating injuries as part of their emergency response/first aid training. 


Counseling Services will be hosting a healthy relationship workshop entitled “Consent is Sexy” on Wednesday, April 27 from 11 a.m.-noon in Elizabeth Classroom Bldg, Rm 4119.  This workshop will provide a forum for women and men to discuss sex and relationships in ways that promote mutual understanding and respect .

A light lunch will be served. All students are welcome. No need to sign up, just show up!

For more information, please visit us at http://www.cpcc.edu/ican/counseling-services/upcoming-events.