Student Fellows’ Opportunity for Charlotte Racial Justice Consortium

​​Central Piedmont has joined with UNC-Charlotte, Queens University, Johnson C. Smith University, and Johnson and Wales University to create the Charlotte Racial Justice Consortium (CRJC).

“The vision of the CRJC is to work towards a Charlotte community that understands its history of race and racism, believes in our shared humanity, embraces a more comprehensive narrative on race, and develops faculty, staff, and student leaders who work across our campuses towards truth, racial healing, and transformation. A key component of our TRHT Campus Center is the Racial Justice Fellows program, which empowers students on each campus to work towards this vision by building a skillset that can help to dismantle racism and achieve racial equity. Each campus will hire six Fellows to work on this project for the academic year 2020-2021.”
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The Student Fellows’ two main priorities will be to research the racial history of Charlotte, with a special focus on Central Piedmont Community College (or whichever institution the Fellow attends), and leading the Racial Healing Circle programs. Students will receive training on research, presenting, and facilitating deliberative dialogues; among learning other skills and receiving support.
For their work students will be compensated with stipends which will total $2,000 for the entire year (fall 2020 – spring 2021). Applications are open now, and will close October 2nd with interviews taking place the week of October 5th.
Questions? Please contact Justin.Knoll@cpcc.edu or Kelvin.Chege@cpcc.edu.

SGA Elections: Cast Your Vote Next Week!

Elections for new officers of the Central Piedmont’s Student Government Association Executive Committee are taking place next week! SGA leaders serve for a full-year term, representing the needs and interests of all students at Central Piedmont. They provide feedback to college administrators and committees, support student organizations with funding and resources, and support the campus SGA Councils in their work on all of Central Piedmont’s campuses, and even in our remote learning environment.

Learn about this year’s SGA  candidates and cast your vote next week! SGA elections are currently being held online September 15 at 8:01am through Sept. 17 at 11:59pm. All positions are elected by the student body (Central Piedmont employees do not vote).

Questions? Contact student.life@cpcc.edu.

Campus Activities Board – How Can You Get Involved?

Greetings fellow, students!

My name is Jamie Roldan-Moquete, Executive Director for the Campus Activities Board (CAB) for the 2020-2021 academic year. CAB is a student-led organization that provides social, educational, and recreational events and activities. 

As an organization that serves the Central Piedmont Campus Community, our goal is to offer opportunities to strengthen student engagement and enhance your college experience. Although we would love to be on campus interacting with each other face-to-face, we’ve worked hard throughout the summer transitioning to a 100% virtual environment. The best part is we can now stay connected across all Central Piedmont campuses.

Did you know that all of the events we host are free and developed by students, just like you? Take a break from the books and get involved in several fun and memorable events this fall semester. 

For more information, please visit the college website and follow us on Instagram for event updates and giveaways! (@cabcentralpiedmont)

Thank you and best of luck this year!

Jamie Roldan-Moquete

Top Ways to Stay Connected This Week

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. Central Piedmont is hosting a food share event on Harris Campus, where members of our community can get access to FREE food! The best part is, you don’t even have to leave your car, because it’s a Drive-Thru event! Join us Friday, September 11, 10:30 – 11:30 am. Advance registration is required. Register Today!
  2. Perspectives: Book Club: Service-Learning invites you to learn from other’s experiences through reading their stories. Students will read each month’s book and join us in the discussion each third Friday at 1:00. To learn more, please contact Lindsey.Graves@cpcc.edu.
  3. Service-Learning Dialogue Series: Be apart of the conversation! Join in on one of our dialogue series on current events, racial justice, or social justice. Contact Lauren.Estes@cpcc.edu to learn more.
  4. Click and Relax, Wednesday, September 2 from 4pm-5pm: Click and add color to many historic works of art from history via Google Arts and Culture experiments. Listen to relaxing music or top hits while you re-create historic works of art. You will be able to engage with other students, staff, and share your works. Zoom link.
  5. “Lunch and Introduction,” Thursday, September 3 from 12pm-1pm: The Library and Academic Learning Center will present information regarding virtual services and engage directly with students to answer questions and provide resources. Zoom link.
Visit the Student Events Calendar and follow Student Life Instagram @cpccstudentlife to learn more about upcoming student events.

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

Virtual Student Resources Week

Student Life is excited to host the first virtual Student Resources Week. We recognize the challenges that can come with taking classes remotely. Join us for Student Resources week, September 8 through 11, to learn from the many different resources the college offers to help you succeed as a student at Central Piedmont.

Throughout the week, you can watch videos about each support resource on FlipGrid. In their video, each support service will introduce themselves and what they offer. Student Life staff will also be available on Zoom each day from 3:30–4:30 p.m. to answer your questions.

As part of participating in Student Resources Week, you can enter to win one of three Apple AirPods with wired charging case. 

To participate, join us for the Zoom meeting each day, or go directly to FlipGrid to submit any questions regarding the resources available. You will need to sign in using your Central Piedmont login credentials. Learn more about Student Resources Week.

For more information, please contact John.Gomez@cpcc.edu.

Run for an SGA Executive Committee Position – Applications Now Open

The Student Government Association is excited to announce that SGA elections are now open! All Central Piedmont students are members of the SGA, and are represented by elected student officers. This is your opportunity to become an officer – be involved in the democratic process and create a positive change for yourself and other students across the college.

Apply now to serve on the 2020–21 SGA Executive Committee (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, or public information officer). The deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 25. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Students who take on leadership roles in SGA serve as advocates for the student body, make budget recommendations, hear funds requests from student organizations and support programs and activities in Student Life. You will have the opportunity to grow as a leader, work with diverse issues and have fun while you’re doing it!

More information including eligibility requirements and position descriptions can be found on the SGA website. Once you’re familiar with the roles and expectations, complete the application to be considered as a candidate.

Please note, the online election will take place September 8 – 10. All students taking curriculum classes are able to vote!

Contact student.life@cpcc.edu with any questions or concerns!

Virtual Q & A Sessions With Central Piedmont

Have questions about how to enroll at Central Piedmont? How to register for courses? Want to know more about student life opportunities?

Get answers to these questions and more or get connected to the service you need — join us for a virtual Central Piedmont drop-in question and answer session.

AVAILABLE SESSIONS

Each session will be available for 30 minutes. There is no sign up or registration — on the day and time of the session you want to join, simply click the link for that session. Learn more about the available drop-in sessions scheduled throughout the week.  (We will continue to add information for upcoming sessions).

Central Piedmont staff will be available to answer your questions and guide you to helpful resources.

Blood Drive on Central Campus – Save Lives: Donate Blood

Central Piedmont along with community blood center, One Blood, will host a blood drive on August 20 from 9:00 a.m – 3 p.m., in the driveway in front of the Overcash building. Space is limited in order to social distance and appointments are required. All donors will receive a FREE OneBlood Tote Bag, as well as a free wellness check (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, pulse, iron count and cholesterol check). Reserve an appointment (use sponsor code #44503) or contact Jesse.Bennett@cpcc.edu with questions.

Get Connected to Student Life!

You’ve got your schedule, you’ve logged into Blackboard and your Central Piedmont email. What’s next on your list? GET INVOLVED!

Student Life has spent the summer designing fun virtual student experiences and we look forward to a year of social spaces, plenty of opportunity to build personal and professional skills, and ways that you can connect with other students who share your interests and goals. We might be at a distance from one other, but connection still matters (and it helps you be a better student).

Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Welcome Week: Some fun, including trivia, games and a virtual student club fair!
  • E-Sports: New for 2020! We know lots of you are gamers, and we think this will be a popular addition!
  • Civic Engagement: 2020 has been an important year for our country and community. Find ways to connect to voting, volunteering, important issues, and more!
  • Leadership Development: You can learn more about your talents, developing skills for your career. Our Summer Leadership Academy was popular, and we’ll have new opportunities for brand new and returning student leaders.
  • Current issues: Look for programs and conversations about racial justice, inclusion, making change, and asking tough questions.
  • Wellness: These days can be difficult for everyone, so learning healthy strategies for managing stress and anxiety are important skills.
  • Student Clubs: Virtual organizations are possible! Look for our club fair Aug. 20 and club interest meetings on the calendar soon.

How can you keep posted on what we’re doing? Three easy steps!

  1. Follow @cpccstudentlife on Instagram! The best way to see what we’re all about!
  2. Download the Central Piedmont app (you need it anyhow!) and you can find our Student Life Events Calendar there.
  3. Click here to check out our website and see our events calendar there.

Two Central Piedmont Students Headed to Ivy League Schools in Fall 2020

Central Piedmont Community College is excited that two of its 2020 graduates – Koichi Takara and Christopher St. Hilaire – will matriculate to Ivy League schools in fall 2020. Both Takara and St. Hilaire overcame a number of obstacles to reach this milestone in their academic journey. Please read their stories below:

Koichi Takara
After living in Japan for the majority of his childhood, Takara moved to California and graduated from one of their highest-rated public high schools. His résumé was padded with an outstanding SAT score, 4.2 GPA, and an abundance of extracurricular activities. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, as he was rejected from six of his top seven college choices. To make matters worse, he could not afford the one school that accepted him. As a result, he moved to Huntersville, N.C., and enrolled at Central Piedmont where he flourished. During his time at Central Piedmont, he served as president of the Student Government Association and was an active member of the college’s Rotaract, Phi Theta Kappa chapter, and the NC Scholars of Global Distinction. After graduating from Central Piedmont on May 14, Takara plans to attend Cornell University as a junior on a full ride need-based scholarship. He’ll major in Industrial Labor Relations. Says Takara, “coming to Central Piedmont was the best decision of my life.”

Christopher St. Hilaire
St. Hilaire felt isolated in high school and dropped out at just 15 years of age. He later completed his studies, earning his GED from Central Piedmont in 2015. He immediately joined the workforce, working as a server at Ballantyne Country Club. A club member recognized St. Hilaire’s potential and urged him to go back to school. Thankfully, St. Hilaire heeded his friend’s advice and enrolled where he was most familiar: Central Piedmont. Back on campus, St. Hilaire decided to be a part of everything the college community had to offer – Student Government Association, Rotaract, Model UN and Phi Theta Kappa. He excelled at Central Piedmont, and will graduate this week with an Associate (Transfer) Degree. This fall, St. Hilaire will move to New Jersey, where he will study philosophy at Princeton University on a full scholarship as one of only 13 community college students in the country to be admitted to the Ivy League school for the fall term. “Central Piedmont welcomed me back with open arms and getting involved in its many Student Life and leadership activities made it all worthwhile,” says St. Hilaire.

For more Central Piedmont student success stories, please visit the college’s Facebook page.

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! Be sure to visit the Student Life Events Calendar for all our virtual events!

  1. Stay active and join our community partner, the Latin American Coalition, in their virtual run to support Charlotte’s immigrant communities affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Unlike a traditional race, a Virtual Run/Walk takes place where you are and when you want, anytime from May 4th through June 8th, 2020. Visit https://sharecharlotte.org/city-immigrants-virtual-run​ for more information.
  2. Join the online Seat at the Table with the Family Resource Center. Seat at the Table is a program created for students, faculty, and staff to have conversations that relate to their everyday lives outside of work and the (virtual) classroom. Friendships, mental health, self-care, and establishing boundaries are among the many topics that will be held during this stressful time. We meet online on Wednesdays at 12:30pm. Click here to joinusing the following meeting information (Meeting ID: 937-2645-1123 Meeting Password: 861458).
  3. Spring is a great time to set new goals. Adrienne Charleston, Life Coach, was supposed to take part in this year’s Sensoria celebration, and we are capturing her motivating talk here. She’ll discuss how to make goals, plan for each step, and achieve goals–with a tailored approach given the current pandemic paradigm.
  4. Looking for a way to stay connected and give back to the community? Make sure you follow @cpccstudentlife on Instagram on Mondays. Every Monday, we will rotate a  “how-to” video on an at-home service project with a Central Piedmont spotlight on one of our great community partners that you can volunteer with! ​
  5. Finals are coming! Study hard and connect with Central Piedmont Tutoring Services for any last minute preparation that you need support with. Visit their website for information on how to schedule a virtual visit and for free resources that can help you finish that last project or write that last paper.

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

Summer Leadership Academy Application Deadline is May 22

Looking for ways to maintain your good momentum into next school year? Have some free time to improve your leadership skills? Join Student Life for our virtual summer series – the Summer Leadership Academy.

This free opportunity will connect you with other Central Piedmont students, offer you the opportunity to develop and practice important skills in time management, communication, conflict resolution, inclusion, and others – all things that will help you grow as a student and a professional.

Space is limited, so be sure to complete this ONLINE REGISTRATION form by May 22. This virtual series will meet online beginning Tuesday, May 26 from 2pm – 3:30pm, and will meet weekly on Tuesday afternoons for 8 weeks. We expect these sessions to be informative, interactive, and maybe even fun!

Students new to Central Piedmont are also welcome, but we ask that you have already completed your registration for Fall 2020 in order to be eligible to join. You do not need to be registered for the Summer 2020 semester. Students will need to be able to meet weekly, using a mobile device. At the end of our summer, students will receive a certificate acknowledging their successful completion of the program, which is a benefit to add to any resume or portfolio!

Put your free time this summer to good use! Join us!

Questions? Contact Student.Life@cpcc.edu

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. Single Stop is offering a webinar for students – “Crisis Budget Management” – on Wednesday, April 15 at 3pm. Learn important information about how you can best manage your money through this difficult time. Click here to register and receive login information to join the webinar. Questions? Email Student.Life@cpcc.edu
  2. Central Piedmont and community blood center, One Blood, will host a blood drive on April 21, noon-5 p.m., in the driveway of the Overcash building on Central Campus. Space is limited in order to properly social distance and appointments are required. All donors will receive a $20 eGift Card, as well as a free wellness check (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, pulse, iron count and cholesterol check). Reserve an appointment or contact Jesse.Bennett@cpcc.edu with questions.
  3. Know a teacher who has gone the extra mile or who has made an awesome transition to teaching online? The SGA has extended their nomination for the 2nd Annual Teaching Excellence Awards until April 24. Nominate a great Central Piedmont teacher and thank them for their work.
  4. Mark your calendar for your priority registration dates. Summer priority registration and fall priority registration begin Fri., April 17. Be sure to check in with Academic Advising to make sure you are registering for the right classes! 
  5. Show us your Central Piedmont SFH (study from home) pride by tagging @cpccstudentlife and @centralpiedmontcc wearing your Central Piedmont gear in your at home classroom!

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. Central Piedmont and community blood center, One Blood, will host a blood drive on April 21, noon-5 p.m., in the driveway of the Overcash building on Central Campus. Space is limited in order to properly social distance and appointments are required. All donors will receive a $20 eGift Card, as well as a free wellness check (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, pulse, iron count and cholesterol check).Reserve an appointment or contact Jesse.Bennett@cpcc.edu with questions.
  2. Is sewing one of your talents? Participate in the North Carolina Community College System Community Service Project and help our medical community with the shortage of medical masks. Atrium Health has provided some simple GUIDELINES to sew masks. A short video tutorial can be found HERE. Please send an email to communitybenefit@atriumhealth.org to arrange delivery. Any student who makes 50 masks will get a “58 Strong” NCCCS T-shirt. Simply upload pictures and or video of your masks to this FORMto receive your T-shirt. Deadline to complete masks is June 1. Your photos and videos could be shown at the NCCCS Conference in October. Contact Jesse.Bennett@cpcc.edu for more information.
  3. Harper “Connect Four” On-Line – All Harper students are invited to join Career Services and Student Life in our weekly job-readiness challenges. Look for an email with the Subject Line “Harper Connect Four On-Line”. Everyone who completes a challenge will receive a prize as indicated in the email.  If you are not a Harper student but you would like to participate, please email anita.mcgill@cpcc.edu to join the challenge.
  4. Complete your Census 2020! Join the #iCountNC challenge by posting a picture, video, or TikTok about why it’s important to participate in the Census. Each post (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) that tags @nccampuscompact and #iCountNC has a chance to win a $50 gift card!
  5. This unprecedented time for all of us, and it’s easy to be overcome by anxiety and fear. Remember that Central Piedmont Counseling Services remain available to our students. Visit their website for information on how you can schedule virtual time with them. In addition, this CDC LINK has helpful tips on how to manage Coronavirus anxiety.

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

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!