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Leslie Garvin (left) with Tida Bayo

Leslie Garvin, executive director of N.C. Campus Compact (left), with Tida Bayo

North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to civic engagement, recognized Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) student Tida Bayo with its Community Impact Award, during its annual Citizenship, Service, Networking, And Partnership (CSNAP) Conference at Winston-Salem University on Nov. 18. The award recognizes one outstanding undergraduate student service leader from each member campus.

Bayo was one of 23 students selected for the 2017 honor, joining the more than 250 college students who have been recognized by N.C. Campus Compact since the award was first presented in 2006.

Bayo, a native of The Gambia in West Africa, is currently seeking her associate degree in science at CPCC. She is deeply involved in the CPCC student community as a member of the college’s Rotaract, Phi Theta Kappa and the African Student Association. She also serves on the executive board of the Student Government Association.

While her contributions to these many groups have been outstanding, her greatest accomplishment to date has been working at CPCC’s Central Campus Emergency Food Pantry. Selected last spring as a student coordinator for the pantry’s first semester, Bayo was the only student coordinator to be re-hired in fall 2017. A skilled organizer, she manages pantry inventory, coordinates deliveries with pantry suppliers and provides referrals to students who need more support. Most of all, she respects students’ privacy and treats them with kindness and compassion.

During the conference, Bayo had the opportunity to network with more than 230 students and staff from 28 campuses in the N.C. Campus Compact network and attend a variety of student-led workshops on diverse community enga

Revery and Continue SculptureArtist Matt Horick’s “revert and continue” exhibit comes to CPCC’s Pease Gallery Jan. 11

WHAT: Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) is pleased to announce Matt Horick’s latest exhibition, “revert and continue,” will be on display in Pease Gallery beginning Jan. 11.

The exhibition expands on Horick’s idea of sculptural editions and features a number of distinct works for both the wall and floor. It will include many of Horick’s signature white abstract forms, situated alongside a new set of sculptures created from found and recycled sheet metal, largely retaining the raw appearance of their original material.

Horick began working on the exhibition while in residence at the McColl Center for Arts + Innovation in uptown Charlotte. As a result, it serves as a culmination of his work over the past several years. His work has also been added to CPCC’s permanent art collection and is featured as part of Learning Resource Center’s sustainable Greenroof.

WHEN: January 11 – March 7, 2018; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Monday – Thursday)

Artist Lecture: February 7, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Opening Reception: February 7, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Pease Gallery, Learning Resource Center, First Floor, CPCC Central Campus, 1200 Sam Ryburn Walk, Charlotte, NC 28204


About FaceCPCC partnership with About Face Charlotte seeks to engage community through photography

The CPCC Ross Art Gallery is partnering with About Face Charlotte to bring the works of Scott Gardner, a videographer and photojournalist for Discovery, National Geographic, History Channel and Animal Planet, to the college’s Central Campus.

About Face Charlotte is a movement dedicated to the cultivation of kindness, compassion and connection through photography, storytelling and community engagement. It seeks to empower people to make a difference in their community by creating campaigns and projects that raise social awareness through art and empathy education.

Be sure to mark your calendars to visit Ross Art Gallery for an awe-inspiring experience featuring real people and the many stories of our community.

WHEN: January 11 – March 7, 2018, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Monday – Thursday)

Artist Lecture: January 23, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Opening Reception: January 23, 5 – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Ross Gallery, CPCC Central Campus, Overcash Center, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204

As the season for inclement weather approaches, now is the time to make sure the college has all of your up-to-date contact information, so you’ll be the first to know whether you get to leave early (or sleep in) if the college closes due to inclement weather!

Here’s how to confirm, update and add your mobile, office and home phone number(s) – plus any non-CPCC email addresses – to the Critical Alert emergency notification text/phone/email system:

  • Use your CPCC login and password at cpcc.regroup.com
  • From the left navigation, go to “Profile”
  • View your Personal Information page to update and add your contact information (email and phone number)

The college sends communication concerning severe weather closings and other critical incidents via Critical Alert, CPCC email, CPCC social media and the CPCC website first before anything is sent to local media. Don’t spend your time waiting for an announcement on TV or radio. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date on Critical Alert now, and simply receive a text and phone call whenever a critical incident occurs.

Please note that you cannot opt out of Critical Alert notification emails to your CPCC account because your CPCC email is the college’s official channel of communication.

Carolina Panther Statue Head

Flickr: Scott LePage

Thanks to everyone who participated in the recent website redesign survey. Congratulations to Janet Dinh, an academic advisor in College & Career Readiness, who won the drawing for two tickets to the Carolina Panthers home game on December 17. Nearly 2,500 surveys were returned, providing valuable feedback for the strategic direction of the new cpcc.edu website.

On Saturday, Nov. 18, CPCC math instructors Cao Nguyen and Hai Ngo took a group of seven, top-performing math students to the 8th Annual North Carolina Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges Students Math Competition(NCMATYC) Mathematics Competition hosted at Forsyth Technical Community College. The group competed against 100 students from 12 community colleges located across the state.

The competition consisted of two parts: a morning calculus exam (90 minutes, 40 questions, multiple-choice, calculators not allowed) and an afternoon team competition containing solely pre-calculus problems (scientific calculators only, provided by the competition organizers).

The CPCC won third place overall in the competition. Kudos to the team on this accomplishment!

CPCC is leading the tailgate recycling efforts this Saturday, Dec. 2, for the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium. Volunteers will distribute recycling bags to tailgaters and encourage recycling! Volunteering starts at 4 p.m., and lasts until 6 p.m. Meet at Mecklenburg County LUESA – 2145 Suttle Ave, Charlotte, NC. Please contact David Valder at david.valder@cpcc.edu if you’d like to join the volunteer team!

Anne Roberts

Anne Roberts

If you’re hoping your New Year’s resolutions will including improving your finances and your credit score, a CPCC Business and Accounting Division instructor has some advice. Anne Valdes Roberts, CPA, MBA, is part of CPCC’s Accounting and Finance faculty.

She talked with WalletHub.com and shared helpful information about how to improve your credit.


CPCC’s Spectrum Club invites qualifying CPCC students to participate in an LGBTQ survey being conducted in partnership with a student at the University of Georgia.

A UGA doctoral student named Melvin Whitehead is looking for participants for his study titled, “The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Students of Color Attending a Community College.” The study will explore the experiences of LGBTQ+ students of color in accessing community, resources and support with the intended goal of helping faculty, staff and administrators better support this population. Students who opt to participate will complete one interview lasting between 45 to 60 minutes. All responses will remain confidential.

Each student who participates in the study will receive a $20 Amazon gift card.

To participate, students must:

1.       Be a currently enrolled student at CPCC (either part time or full time),

2.       Self-identify as a person of color, and

3.       Self-identify as LGBTQ and/or similar gender identity/sexual orientation (e.g., pansexual, genderqueer, nonbinary, etc.)

Students who meet the criteria are encouraged to participate. 

If you are interested in participating, please email melvin.whitehead@uga.edu by Thursday, November 30, 2017, to set up an interview. If you have any questions about the study, you may contact him or his supervising professor, Dr. Darris Means, at dmeans@uga.edu.

Positive Community for Women invites you to their next meeting, “Christmas Dance Party!,” on Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. in Central High, Room 305 on Central Campus.   

The event will include a potluck meal, so if you wish to bring a dish to be shared, email positivecommunityforwomen@cpcc.edu.

Join us and invite a friend as well!

RSVP to positivecommunityforwomen@cpcc.edu.

Fourteen CPCC Turfgrass Management Technology students attended the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association Conference on Nov. 14, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Each year the conference attracts golf course superintendents from throughout the Carolinas who meet to receive the latest education, research and equipment updates from leaders and innovators in the turfgrass industry.

In addition to including a number of seminars, demonstrations and exhibitor booths, the event also featured a Student Turf Bowl, a “Jeopardy-style” competition that asks contestants turfgrass-related questions.

Participating colleges were able to enter two teams from their respective institutions. Among those competing were Clemson University, Horry-Georgetown Technical College, CPCC, Sandhills Community College and N.C. State University.

CPCC’s Team A advanced to the championship round, after winning tough contests against two competitive N.C. State, Horry-Georgetown Technical College and Sandhills Community College teams. In the championship, CPCC faced both of Clemson’s A and B teams. CPCC finished third overall and won a $300 award.

Congratulations to CPCC’s Turfgrass Management Technology program on this accomplishment!


Chef Robert Marilla, CEC, a culinary arts instructor at CPCC, earned one of only eight spots on the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major Chef Robert Marillainternational culinary competitions. Fourteen chefs from across the country competed for a place on the eight-member team during a July 10-13 conference in Orlando, Fla.

During the four-day event, Marilla, together with Sam Hart, a CPCC culinary student intern and Charlotte resident, participated in two competitions, expertly executing the menu Marilla had perfected in the months leading up to the event: a fish course featuring Brunswick County Strawberry Grouper, a Frisee and Brussels Sprouts salad and a Pork Loin and Sausage Crepinette entrée.

“I cannot thank the CPCC community enough for its support,” Marilla, a Denver, N.C., resident, said. “I am extremely excited about this opportunity and representing CPCC on the world stage.

While much of Marilla and Hart’s time was spent inside the competition kitchens, the duo was able to attend the conference’s other attractions, including a variety of culinary seminars and networking sessions with some of the most notable chefs in the country.

Sam Hart plating food“This experience gave me the opportunity to see the best in the country put forward their best work,” said Hart. “The conference and the six months of preparation leading up to the competition with Chef Rob have meant everything to my career. Because of my involvement, I was offered jobs at some of the most prestigious restaurants, clubs and corporations in the county. As a result, my sights are set much higher now – my current floor used to be my ceiling.”

A new ACF Culinary Team USA is officially named every four years, and the team is comprised of three divisions: national, youth and military. Marilla was named to the national division, and going forward, will train, practice and compete with his new teammates in a number of smaller competitions (including Luxembourg in November 2017), prior to participating in the World Championships in 2018 and the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) “Culinary Olympics” in Erfurt, Germany, in 2020.

Being named to the ACF Culinary Team USA is just one of the many accomplishments Marilla has achieved during his career. Since graduating from Johnson & Wales University, he has earned his HACCP Manager Certification and has served as executive chef for a variety of notable establishments, including Cramer Mountain Country Club, The Point Lake and Golf Club, Solace Restaurant and Morrison’s Advanced Culinary Center. In the past, his culinary masterpieces have impressed both patrons and the industry’s leading culinary experts. As a result, he has won 13 ACF medals (three silver and one gold) and was named the 2008 winner of the Best Appetizer and Best Tapas/Small Plate Restaurant Award.


Discipline: Global Business and Supply Chain Management.

Thursday, November 16, 2017; 2 – 3:15 p.m.

Central Campus, Zeiss Building, Room 1112

Guided by faculty, staff and Charlotte business leaders – each session of the Business & Accounting Student Leadership Series is an immersive experience in a different business and accounting discipline. You will come away with a greater understanding of how the discipline relates to you personally and professionally. The series culminates with Business & Accounting Week – a week-long, deep-dive into hot topics in the business world.

Attend one or all sessions to:

• Sharpen your soft skills

• Network with your peers

• Connect with Charlotte business leaders

• Be recognized at a special session during Business and Accounting Week

For more information, visit: http://www.cpcc.edu/business_accounting/student-opportunities/student-leadership-series


Please join the Visual Arts Club & Art Gallery team for the closing of our Holiday Art Market.

Come and create some holiday cheer with card making and snowflake crafts.

Enjoy holiday treats available for purchase in support of the Visual Arts Club.

All works of art in the market will be 40 percent off!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

10:30 a.m. – noon 

CPCC Central Campus, Overcash Center, Ross Art Gallery (1st floor)




All CPCC students who want to help make a child’s holiday special are invited to participate in our upcoming Toys For Tots Drive!Toys for Tots

        What:            CPCC Service-Learning, Rotaract and Phi Theta Kappa are collecting donations of unwrapped toys for Toys For Tots – you can grab an angel off any of the Toys for Tots holiday trees, or buy any toy that you think a child would love to have as a gift! Please leave them unwrapped and only donate new items. Help us make the holidays brighter for a child in need!

        When:           November 2 – December 1, 2017 – any donations received after this date will be shared with Bright Blessings

        Where:          Drop off spots are on each campus:

  • Central Campus: Overcash 257
  • Merancas: Claytor Lobby
  • Levine: Student Life, LV 1400
  • Harper: Student Life HP 342 or Service-Learning HP 344
  • Cato: Cato I, Main Lobby
  • Harris (Jackson Park Ministries Donations), Student Life Lounge

Questions? Contact Director of Service-Learning, Jenn Marts, at 704-330-6824 or Jenn.Marts@cpcc.edu.

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This is a time for us all to start to think about what we are thankful for, a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness and work toward a world where no one has to experience Hunger and Homelessness.

The Service-Learning Center is hosting the 3rd annual week of educational programming that will allow our campus communities to come together around the topics of Hunger and Homelessness and to spur conversations around how each of us can serve as a catalyst for making our local communities free of Hunger and Homelessness.

Review the schedule of Hunger and Homelessness Week of events. Please feel free to join us for as many of these programs as you wish to – all are welcome to attend. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Jenn Marts, director of Service-Learning, at Jenn.Marts@cpcc.edu or at 704.330.6824.