Parking at Central Campus – Park in Designated Parking Spaces

Tow truckPlease remember to park your vehicle only in a Central Piedmont Community College parking facility when you come to Central Campus. Do not park alongside streets near campus, at businesses adjacent to campus (including Bojangles’ restaurant), nor in the parking areas at one of the nearby city/county parks and greenway.

All Central Campus parking decks are open. The decks and parking lots provide ample parking spaces for every student and employee who wishes to drive to campus.

Should you choose to park any place other than on campus, please know your vehicle could be ticketed, booted, or towed. If any of these occur, the college will not be able to assist you.

If you drive to Central Campus, please park on campus, and avoid an unnecessary expense.

 

Memorial Stadium Construction to Impact Parking at Central Campus

Please note, the renovation and re-construction of the American Legion Memorial Stadium adjacent to Central Campus will begin this Thursday, Sept. 19, at 10 p.m. The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department is undertaking this large-scale project.

As a result of this project, the following parking lots and parking spaces will be impacted or closed, beginning Thursday night:

  • The majority of Lot 7, located at the corner of North Kings Dr. and East Seventh St., will be closed. (Some spaces near the culinary arts center will remain open.)
  • The stadium’s accessible parking spaces on Armory Drive, near Charlottetowne Ave. will be closed.

For alternative parking options, please consult the Central Campus Parking map. As a reminder, Deck 1, located at the corner of East Seventh St. and Charlottetowne Ave., is now open and available for use. Also, additional accessible parking areas are available in Deck 1 and in Lot 5, near Central High.

We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter. Please plan accordingly, and give yourself plenty of time to park your vehicle and get to class. If you have any questions, please contact Central Piedmont Facilities at 704.330.6000.

Central Campus Door Unlock Schedule

In recent months, the Central Campus has experienced a number of situations in the early morning hours involving people who have come onto college property without a legitimate purpose. College Security Services is concerned these situations could pose a danger to college employees, students or visitors – as well as to college property.

As a result, changes have been made to the Central Campus exterior door unlocking schedule. As you recall, the college’s hours of operation are 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. On weekdays, building exterior doors will now remain locked until 7 a.m.

Students who need to arrive early on Central Campus will be directed to the Overcash Commons Elizabeth Ave. entrance, which will unlock at 6 a.m. This will allow College Security Services to provide students shelter from the weather and access to facilities while waiting for the college buildings to unlock at 7 a.m.

If a building is scheduled for a 7 a.m. class, the exterior doors will unlock at 6:30 a.m. for student access. Employees would continue to use their access card to get into the building beginning at 6 a.m.

Parking Alert – Central Campus

Just a reminder to everyone who drives to Central Campus – please be sure to park your vehicle in a Central Campus parking facility. Do not park along side streets near campus, at businesses adjacent to campus, nor in the parking areas at one of the nearby city/county parks and greenway.

All Central Campus parking decks are open. The decks and parking lots provide ample parking spaces for every student and employee who wishes to drive to campus.

Should you choose to park any place other than on campus, please know your vehicle could be ticketed, booted, or towed. If any of these occur, the college will not be able to assist you.

If you drive to Central Campus, please park on campus, and avoid an unnecessary expense. Thanks.

 

Central Campus Library Open, Accessible

Just a reminder, the Central Campus library is now located in the former Advanced Technology Center, bordered by the Citizens Building and Charlottetowne Avenue, at the northeast corner of the main quad. See the college website for a Central Campus map.

You can access the Library easily from the sidewalk along Charlottetowne Avenue. You also can reach the Library from the main quad, just follow the signs around the construction fencing.

Most of the fencing will be down by mid-September, providing a direct route from the quad to the Library.

 

Participate in ‘Blur: A Community Portrait Project’

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Click dates to register for photo sessions in Ross Gallery on August 26 and August 27.

Atlanta-based photographer Melissa Alexander uses her camera to create a space of respite and self-rediscovery. Join her at Central Piedmont Community College’s Ross Art Gallery on August 26 and 27 from 3 – 7 p.m. for “Blur,” a special community portrait project that reclaims not only our time, but ourselves. Participate in a fun and affirming photo session where your self will be uncovered, your bravery rewarded, and your vulnerability empowered.

Melissa Alexander’s photography sessions are a part of the larger exhibition, “Blur: A Community Portrait Project” on view in Ross Gallery on October 16.

Photographs completed during these portrait sessions will be exhibited at the Ross Art Gallery, October 16 – December 12, 2019.

 

The Exhibition ‘Shift’ Comes to the Ross and Overcash Art Galleries

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Featuring artists Reuben Bloom, Amanda Foshag and Heather Lewis
Ross and Overcash Art Galleries
August 12 – October 3, 2019

“Shift” explores the idea of assigning value to the invaluable. Unifying found, recycled, and uncommon objects, Bloom, Foshag, and Lewis use these materials to create their art. All three artists work in various types of media, constructing their creations out of chaos. Each one strives to find beauty in the dramatic shifts of life through deconstruction, rebirth, and growth.

Opening Reception in Ross Gallery
Thursday, August 29; 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Artist Lectures
Reuben Bloom: Date: Thursday, September 19 at 12:30 p.m. in Tate Hall
Heather Lewis: Date: Thursday, September 26 at 10 a.m. in Tate Hall
Amanda Foshag: Date: Monday, September 30 at 3 p.m. in Tate Hall

Attend the Research Symposium on April 5

All Central Piedmont students and faculty are invited to attend this week’s Research NC STEM AllianceSymposium held by the NC STEM Alliance. Please join us as students from Central Piedmont and Guilford Technical community colleges present findings from their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics research. The symposium will be held on April 5, 2019, from noon-3 p.m. in the Zeiss Building, First Floor on Central Campus. Hope to see you there!

Central Piedmont Library to Host Variety of Sensoria Events

Central Piedmont Library is sponsoring several events during this year’s Sensoria festival that we would love to have you attend!

Author’s Showcase – “Wicked Charlotte” featuring Stephanie Burt
Stephanie Burt will read from and discuss her book Wicked Charlotte, which delves into the sordid side of the Queen City’s history.
https://sensoria.cpcc.edu/event/715/

Film Screening – “Night School”
“Night School” is a documentary discussing the daily life and challenges faced by low income Americans in one American city.
https://sensoria.cpcc.edu/event/773/

Film Screening – “Science Fair”
“Science Fair” documents the attempt by nine high school students to come in first at the International Science and Engineering Fair.
https://sensoria.cpcc.edu/event/772/

Film Screening – “We Are Still Rising”
“We Are Still Rising” tells the history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States.
https://sensoria.cpcc.edu/event/698/

 

Students, Staff to Perform Excerpt from “Coming of Age: Decisions” on April 6

Join us as TRIO and Mariot and G.M. Productions present an excerpt from “Coming of Age: Decisions” in Tate Hall on April 6 at 2:30 p.m., during Sensoria. The performance is free.

“Coming of Age: Decisions” tackles the topic of sexual assault and the many elements that lead to this tragic incident.

The performance will feature Central Piedmont DRE and ENG students, as well as individuals from Central Piedmont’s TRIO office. Following the performance, there will be a brief discussion about the play led by the writer and cast.

 

Library Move and Other Updates

Welcome to the first day of classes for the spring 2019 semester! There are some important – and exciting – changes happening at the library. The Hagemeyer Learning Resources Center – the old building that housed the Central Campus library – is now closed so the library has moved across the quad to 1241 Charlottetowne Ave., which is beside the curved Citizens Building.

The Learning Resources Center (and Pease Auditorium inside the building) will come down and be replaced by a new, state-of-the art library and student success center for our students. The new facility will also include a replacement of the existing Pease Auditorium and gallery. The new Central Campus library and student success center is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

Even in its new location across the quad, the fantastic library team is still here to assist you.

  • Reading room, group & quiet study spaces
  • Staff available to direct students & provide academic support
  • Computers and printing labs
  • Graphing calculator, laptop, and hotspot checkouts
  • Information Technology Services (ITS) Express services
  • Books & DVDs for checkout

Also, Blackboard orientation sessions are available the first week of classes:

Here’s the breakdown of the departments and services housed in this new location for the Central Campus library:

First floor

  • ITS Help Desk
  • Coppa Coffee (opening February 2019)

Second floor

  • Library Informational desk
  • Computer lab
  • Library Archives
  • Library classroom
  • Learning commons, collaboration space

Third floor

  • Library quiet study spaces
  • English department
  • Library administration
  • Digital Media Services

Visit us at all of our Central Piedmont locations or online at www.cpcc.edu/library

Construction Updates on Demolition of Terrell and Ceramics & Visual Arts Annexes, Pease Lane to Close Next Week

Beginning next week (Nov. 19), two new construction projects will begin at Central Campus, impacting access to Pease Lane:

Terrell Demolition

On Monday, Nov. 19, Pease Lane will close to vehicular traffic from Elizabeth Avenue and only be used for construction traffic. Here is what you need to know about this road closure and how it will impact you as a Central Piedmont student, employee or visitor:

  • Pease Lane will be opened as needed for events at Pease Auditorium.
  • Visitor and accessible parking on Pease Lane will not be available. To accommodate this change, visitor and accessible parking will be available in Parking Lot 5, located behind Central High. Access to this lot is available from Kings Drive. See the Central Campus Map.
  • The small parking lot on the side of Terrell will be closed.
  • The sidewalk along Pease Lane will remain open during construction.

Please note that some staff and faculty offices will remain in Terrell until the end of November. Employees can access Terrell from the Quad entrance.

In the space not being used in Terrell, the removal of furniture and equipment will begin. Once all staff, faculty, furniture and equipment have been removed from the building, the physical building demolition process will begin.

Ceramics and Visual Arts Annexes Demolition

In addition to the changes happening on the Quad, structural demolition of the Ceramics and Visual Arts Annexes, located behind Central High, will begin next week. Construction trucks will be on site, hauling debris such as walls, floors and roof materials from the buildings. Construction vehicles will use Pease Lane to access Sam Ryburn Walk.

Our apologies for the many disruptions taking place on campus; however, this is an exciting time at Central Piedmont as the college builds important new facilities to enhance student success!

College Security Services Campus Safety Update

In response to the two recent student pedestrian incidents at crosswalks on Elizabeth Avenue, the college has taken the following actions:

  • A law enforcement patrol will be parked along Elizabeth Avenue with flashing blue lights on class days from 7-9:30 a.m., noon to 2 p.m., and 5 to 9 p.m. These times will be adjusted to match any changes in pedestrian traffic.
  • The college has contacted Charlotte DOT with the request to repaint all Central Campus crosswalks in a color more noticeable and reflective than white.
  • The college and CMPD have requested that permanent flashing lights be installed at the crosswalks on Elizabeth Avenue. These would be similar to the crosswalk lights at Harper Campus.
  • Campus Security Directors, Student Government Officers, CMPD and Mecklenburg Sheriff Deputies, and Allied Universal Police Officers are kindly reminding students and employees to always use the crosswalks and to always be alert for oncoming vehicles when crossing the street.

 

Thanks,