7 Fun Things to Do While Quarantined

As COVID-19 social distancing continue, the new norm—spending more time inside, working from home or learning from home — has forced us to slow down. Being home is not bad once you realize all the fulfilling and productive things you can do.

What can you do to pass the time while self-quarantined? With your usual means of entertainment off the menu, here are 7 fun things to do while quarantined:

Connect with friends virtually

Don’t let social distancing keep you from interacting. Call someone, text them, use FaceTime. Use virtual meeting apps like Zoom and Skype to hold a virtual party.

Learn a new craft, hobby

Curious about a specific topic, interested in developing a new skill, or really anything at all? Now’s the time to educate yourself. Find your favorite topic and listen to a podcast on it. Doing something detail-oriented or creating something beautiful can be rewarding.

Get your game on

Turn off the electronics and dust off one of those board games stashed away in the hall closet. With extra time to kill, see if you can beat your family in Monopoly or and old-fashioned card game. If you live alone, pass time with puzzles, crosswords or video games and check out online gaming communities.

Stream a concert, opera or exhibit

Performers are trying to find ways to share their art with the world. With more virtual options for social gatherings, including free online concerts and digital museum tours, you can create your own sense of community,

Go for a walk, get outside

Fresh air and exercise are good for not only your physical health but also mental health. You can walk around your neighborhood if you live in the suburbs, go to a park, go hiking or go jogging. You can leave your home in most cases, just practice social distancing (if you’re not under curfew or a shelter-in-place order).

Volunteer Virtually

There are lots of communities to support right now, and although we can’t necessarily provide relief or comfort with our physical presence, you can certainly contribute in other fun and creative ways. Find local charities in need of your support online.

Cook

Now’s the time to start living your best domestic life. See what you have in your pantry and whip up a new meal. Make it a virtual competition with friends and family, like one of your favorite TV competition shows.

Top 5 Ways to Stay Connected

During this time where we’re all online together, it’s still possible to stay connected to each other and to Central Piedmont. Let Student Life & Service-Learning offer you some easy ways to maintain your connections virtually!

  1. Student Life would like to continue connecting with students, and we need your help!  Help us identify some activities, information, and ideas that students might be interested in during this time. Tell us your thoughts in this online survey!
  2. Applications for the 2020-2021 Ruth G. Shaw Scholarship and Women’s Leadership Program are now available! Click here to learn more and to access the online application, due April 17.
  3. Stay active! Follow CPCC Student Life on Instagram, and watch out for our weekly workouts with Lindsey (and other fun things too!)! FaceTime a friend and stay fit together.
  4. Many of us had Sensoria events on our calendars. We’re sad it was canceled, but here’s a reading from the US Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo, who would have joined us on campus.
  5. Connect with classmates and your teacher using WebEx Teams! It’s helpful, free to students, and easy to use!

Questions? Ideas? Email student.life@cpcc.edu and let us know!

Campus Bookstores and Food Vendors Locations Temporary Closings

All Central Piedmont campus bookstores and  food vendors locations, including  Barnes & Noble College (BNC) bookstores; Subway, Taco del Mar, Sbarro, and Calvine’s Coffee; Smart Market:

  • All campus locations of the BNC Bookstores are closed until further notice
  • All dining options at all campus locations are closed until further notice

Community Partners Help Package Food For Residents

Central Piedmont Community College’s hospitality education program partnered with Sysco Foods and the Piedmont Culinary Guild on March 25 to package and deliver 500 boxes of food to local restaurant employees who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Sysco Foods donated 250 cases of food to the community outreach project. The cases consisted of frozen chicken, produce, fresh fruits and vegetables, and dairy products, such as milk and butter.

Representatives from Central Piedmont, Sysco Foods, and the Piedmont Culinary Guild were on site at Central Piedmont’s Culinary Arts Center to receive the cases of food, sort and package the individual boxes, and deliver them to 25–30 restaurants located in Mecklenburg County and beyond.

Each box included three to four major food group items, providing local restaurant workers with a nutritious meal for their family during this unprecedented time. Restaurants needing employee assistance signed up to participate in the community outreach project online through the Piedmont Culinary Guild’s website.

Thanks are extended to Central Piedmont’s Richard Kugelmann, division director of the college’s hospitality education division; Ross Howard, director of business resources and marketing for Sysco Foods; and Kris Reid, co-founder of the Piedmont Culinary Guild for spearheading the initiative.

View WSOC-TV’s coverage of the community outreach project.

Advisory: Mecklenburg Co. Issues Stay-At-Home Order (effective 3/26 at 8 a.m.)

Please be aware that Mecklenburg County issued a stay-at-home order this afternoon. It goes into effect this Thursday (March 26) at 8 a.m., and lasts through April 16. You can read the full statement on the Mecklenburg County Government website for more details.

According to the “Essential Businesses & Operations” section of the county’s proclamation, educational institutions may remain open “for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research related to COVID-19, or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible,” so our most essential workers can continue to come to campuses as needed.

Students and all other employees should follow the county order, stay at home, and not come to campus. However, our teams are still here to support you: We continue to provide as many services as possible remotely, via phone and email. See the college website for a complete directory of departments, or call our Information Center during business hours at 704.330.2722. Please reach out to us if we can help in any way.

Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Coming Week

Central Piedmont offers you a ton of ways to get involved, make friends, do good for others, and have fun. While we offer hundreds of unique experiences on each campus during the semester (calendar of events), here are the Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Week.

  1. Service-In-Action Event: Children’s Theatre (Off-Campus): (Wed, March. 11, 9 am-11am and 11am-1pm)  Student volunteers will assist in ushering in school groups attending the playhouse to watch the performance. They are welcome to watch most of the performance, and then at the conclusion, will assist in ushering the school groups back outside to their buses. Ushers are asked to wear a print-free white top and black bottoms or a Central Piedmont shirt. Volunteers will be indoors and will be able to store their coats and bags if necessary. **5 volunteers requested at each shift. Please sign up here.
  2. Spring Fling (Merancas Campus): (Mon, March 16, 9:30 am-11:30am)
    Join Student Life and SGA for our annual spring festival! There will be various recreational activities, arts and crafts, treats, and music! Please contact: Cassie.Sinkovitz@cpcc.edu
  3. Spring Fest (City View Campus): (Tues, March 17, 11am-2:00pm) Join us for a day full of music, games, and activities. Contact: John.gomez@cpcc.edu
  4. Women’s Rights: Let’s Talk –Valiant Women of the Vote (Central Campus): (Tue, March 17, 11am-1:30pm) Join us for a discussion on Women’s Rights in honor of Women’s History Month. Light refreshments served.
  5. Where Are My Clovers?: (Central Campus): (Tue, March 17, 12:30 pm-3pm) The Campus Activities Board is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day-themed scavenger hunt around Central campus! There will be prizes for those who find all the clues. The first clue is at our Table at the Worrell Patio. There will be free snacks, prizes, and bead necklaces!

Please visit our websites for complete information about the Offices of Student Life & Service-Learning.

  1. Please sign up here. for this event using the following link: CPCC Service-In-Action Website Address: ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, 300 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202. There are two shifts you may sign up for on this project.

Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Coming Week

Central Piedmont offers you a ton of ways to get involved, make friends, do good for others, and have fun. While we offer hundreds of unique experiences on each campus during the semester (calendar of events), here are the Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Week.

  1. Positive Community for Women (Central Campus): (Wed, March. 4, 2pm-3pm)
    March 4: Let’s Give Back! Need a supportive environment to help achieve your personal and academic goals? Join PCW, supported by Central Piedmont Counseling. If you have questions contact PCW at positivecommunityforwomen@cpcc.edu, 704-330-6954
  2. Blood Drive (Cato Campus): (Thu, March 5, 10am-3pm)
    It is that time again to help save lives, be someone’s miracle please come out and help by donating blood. Walk-ins welcome! Look for the bus!
  3. Career Fair (Central Campus):(Thu, March 5, 11am-2pm)
    View current information, including the companies hiring at this year’s Career Fair here. This event is free and open to everyone. If you are a Central Piedmont student and need interpreting services, please contact Disability Services. Non-students, please contact Mattie Thomas at mattie.thomas@cpcc.edu. Questions? 704.330.6551
  4. Service-In-Action Event: Loaves and Fishes (Off-Campus):(Fri, March 6, 9am-11:00am) Address: 648 Griffith Road Suite B Charlotte, NC 28217. Please park at the back near the warehouse. Once you enter the complex, you will see a large Loaves & Fishes sign on the building.  Student volunteers will be assisting in sorting, inspecting, and packing non-perishable food items for distribution. Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for the weather. **8 volunteers requested. Please sign up here:CPCC Service-In-Action Website
  5. Level Up Personal Enrichment Series (Levine Campus): (Fri, March 6, 11am-1pm) Level Up – A journey to becoming a better “YOU”! Level Up is an exciting new series developed to provide students opportunities for personal growth beyond the classroom. If you’re ready to challenge yourself beyond your comfort zone, meet new people and begin a guided journey towards self-awareness and personal development, this program is for you! Contact Nakeshia Staley (staley@cpcc.edu) to register.

Please visit our websites for complete information about the Offices of Student Life& Service-Learning.

Music Department Presents Mozart’s Classic Comic Opera, “Cosi Fan Tutte”

Central Piedmont’s Music Department is excited to present Mozart’s classic comic opera, “Cosi Fan Tutte.” In this modern interpretation, the opera is set in the present day on Central Piedmont’s Central Campus, and will be sung in English. Hilarity ensues as our two heroes make a wager that their girlfriends will be faithful to them no matter what the circumstance.  Mozart’s beautiful melodies and timeless topics give us no choice but to look and laugh at ourselves honestly. You’ll want to find out who wins this wager.

Performances are March 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m., and March 29 at 2:30 p.m. in the Halton Theater.

For tickets, visit tix.cpcc.edu or call the SunTrust box office at ext. 6534. Central Piedmont students with a valid Central Piedmont ID will get FREE admission. Non-Central Piedmont student tickets are $5 with a valid student ID.

It’s Official – The 2020 Career Fair is Here

We are one day away from the college’s largest recruiting event – The Career Fair. This event is happening Thursday, March 5 in Worrell Gym from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Check out the trailer to see how this event will work.

Connect with Career Services and elevate your career:

  • Drop-Ins for students needing quick job search help (resume, cover letter, interviewing, etc.):
  • Central Campus – Wednesdays, Central High 122, 1- 3 p.m.
  • Levine Campus – Tuesdays, Levine Student Success Desk, 2-4 p.m.

For an appointment, contact ext. 6433 or career.services@cpcc.edu

Visit cpcc.edu/career to learn more.

Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Coming Week

Central Piedmont offers you a ton of ways to get involved, make friends, do good for others, and have fun. While we offer hundreds of unique experiences on each campus during the semester (calendar of events), here are the Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Week.

  1. Black History Month: Film and Discussion (Levine Campus)- Wed., Feb. 26, 3pm-5pm: Watch “Selma” and join us for some discussion. Refreshments provided.
  2. It’s Showtime (Central Campus) – Thu., Feb. 27, 5:30pm-7:30pm: Come out to the North Classroom building, room 1123 and watch your favorite shows and movies from the late 1990s and early 2000s with the Central campus Activity Board! Make new friends, have some snacks, and have a lot of fun! Contact justin.knoll@cpcc.edu with any questions or how to get involved!
  3. Service-In-Action Event: Latta Nature Preserve (Off-Campus) – Sat., Feb. 29, 9am-1:30pm and 1pm-5pm: THERE ARE TWO SHIFTS YOU MAY SIGN UP FOR ON THIS PROJECT. First shift: 9am-1:30pm Second Shift: 1pm-5pm Address: The Latta Nature Preserve, 5226 Sample Road, Huntersville NC, 28078. Student volunteers will assist with a variety of stations, including but not limited to: crafts, games, registration, assisting with shuttles, preparing free popcorn, tending fire pits, etc. Please dress according to the weather as this event is outside. Feel free to dress in fairy-themed clothing! **20 volunteers requested for each shift.
  4. Food Pantry Open House (Harper Campus) -Mon., March 2, 2pm-4pm:
    Did you know each campus has an emergency food pantry? During this open house event, faculty, staff, and students can stop by to learn more about the food pantry and how we fight hunger on campus. Contact lindsey.graves@cpcc.edu with questions
  5. Women’s Suffrage/Voter Rights Program (Central Campus) – Tue., March 3, 11am-12pm in Tate Hall: Come out and learn about the 100 year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment that gave women in the US the right to vote! The presentation will also include other voter rights issues and Q+A. Presentation is being facilitated by the League of Women’s Voters – Charlotte. Contact justin.knoll@cpcc.edu to become involved.

Please visit our websites for complete information about the Offices of Student Life & Service-Learning.

Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Coming Week

Central Piedmont offers you a ton of ways to get involved, make friends, do good for others, and have fun. While we offer hundreds of unique experiences on each campus during the semester (calendar of events), here are the Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Week.International students sit on ground working

  1. Volunteer Fair (Levine Campus): (Wed., Feb. 19, 11:30am-1pm) Stop by and meet local nonprofits and community organizations! These organizations have multiple opportunities for students to gain service hours and give back to their community. Contact: lindsey.graves@cpcc.edu for more information.
  2. Business Etiquette Lunch Training (Central Campus): (Thu., Feb. 20, 11:30am-12:30pm) Professional work settings may require you to join your future boss for a meal. Do you have the skills to eat while speaking professionally? Wonder which fork to use? Do you need to practice your “small talk” with strangers? Students will have free lunch in the Van Every Culinary building at Central Campus the following week, and this mandatory etiquette training session is required the week before the lunch. Contact jennifer.conway@cpcc.edu for more information.
  3. Service In Action – Reedy Creek Elementary (Off-Campus): (Sat., Feb. 22, 10am-2pm) Students will participate in the festival for parents and students at the school. Volunteers will work in partners to run the exhibits, teachers will be present to guide and explain. Volunteers will be indoors and it is suggested that they wear a t shirt with jeans and sneakers (casual). Please sign up for this event using the following link: CPCC Service-In-Action Website
  4. Recreation Volleyball (Central Campus): (Mon., Feb. 24, 1pm-3pm) Come on out to the Worrell gymnasium and play some volleyball! Drop-in style of play with teams based on who shows up first. Open to all currently enrolled CP students with current semester sticker. Appropriate dress required to participate.
  5. Black History Month Trivia (Harper Campus): (Tue., Feb. 25, 11:30am-1pm) Join us at the Harper 4 First Floor Atrium to show off your history skills and learn some great Black History Month facts!

Please visit our websites for complete information about the Offices of Student Life & Service-Learning.

Male Mentoring Program Open to All Male Students

The MAN UP Program is a male mentoring program that provides wrap-around services and comprehensive activities that promote personal development, academic improvement and other social and educational advancement needs. It is open to ALL Central Piedmont male students.

Come participate in fun, engaging activities and events that promote personal development, academic improvement and other social and educational advancement needs!

Join Us For…

  • “Real Talk” session is every other Monday at 12:30pm on the Central Campus in Overcash 220.
    • Feb. 24th
    • March 16th and 30th
    • April 13th and 27th
  • Bring your “A” game EVERY THURSDAY at 4:30pm in Worrell room 1112.

Visit us online or come by CH120-121 to learn more about MAN UP.

Attend the Spring College Transfer Fair on Levine Campus

Every February, the Transfer Resource Center welcomes over 20 colleges and universities to the annual Spring College Transfer Fair at the Levine Campus.

This year’s Fair will take place on Tuesday, February 18  from 10am – 1pm in the Levine II Building.

Meet representatives from colleges and universities from across the Carolinas to learn more about their institutions and how to transfer. The following institutions will be present at this spring’s fair:

  • Appalachian State University
  • Belmont Abbey
  • Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
  • Catawba College
  • East Carolina University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Gardner Webb University
  • High Point University
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Lees-McRae College
  • Montreat College
  • NC State
  • Pfeiffer University
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • UNC Asheville
  • UNC Charlotte
  • UNC Wilmington
  • UNC Chapel Hill
  • UNC Greensboro
  • University of South Carolina
  • Western Carolina University
  • Wingate School of Pharmacy
  • Wingate University
  • Winthrop University

Visit our website for more information and a list of updated attendees.

 

#CentralPiedmontSpirit: Show Your School Spirit Any Day on Campus

Want to win cool Central Piedmont swag? Show your #CentralPiedmontSpirit any day on campus and tag us in your Spirit Selfie on social for your chance to win. New winners announced every Friday!

Share a pic of yourself and other Central Piedmont students wearing the new college logo to social media and “mention” us in your post for the chance to win. Once you’re ready to share a great post about Central Piedmont – please type the “at” symbol and our college info (below) in the text of your post:

  • Facebook: @centralpiedmontcc
  • Instagram: @centralpiedmontcc
  • Twitter: @cpcc

While you’re online, don’t forget to connect with Central Piedmont on social media. Here are our primary college accounts:

Did you know that Fridays are Spirit Day at Calvine’s Coffee on Central, Levine, and Merancas Campuses?

To help promote Central Piedmont’s new logo, Calvine’s Coffee will give an additional 3% discount off any purchase when staff, faculty, and students are wearing their new logo shirts.

 

Interested in Transferring?

Join us for UNC Charlotte Day on Central Campus, Thursday, January 30th. Representatives from Admissions, Academic Advising, Housing, and Financial Aid will be on campus to answer questionsWe can’t wait to see you between 9:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Worrell Lobby!

Don’t Forget! Every Tuesday the Transfer Resource Center hosts admissions representatives from four-year colleges and universities as they visit Central Piedmont to talk with prospective transfer students.  For the full calendar of Spring 2020 attendees, please visit the website.

Transfer Tuesday Schedule – February 4, 2020

Central Campus – Zeiss Lobby – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Queens University
  • Winthrop University
  • Belmont Abbey College

Levine Campus – Levine Main Lobby – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Cabarrus College of Health Sciences

Cato Campus – Cato I Lobby –10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • UNC Charlotte

 Merancas Campus – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Montreat College

Jump Start Appalachian State University at Levine

Jump Start is a support program that helps students find the answers and resources they need to successfully transfer to App State. Please stop by one for one of their table visits in the main lobby area of Levine I. If you are unable to stop by then please contact jumpstart@appstate.edu or visit jumpstart.appstate.edu

  • Thursday, January 30th – 12:30 – 3:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 19th – 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 4th – 9:00am – 2:00pm; Lunch & Learn at 11:30am
  • Thursday, April 2nd – 2:00 – 4:00pm