What is the difference between “Stay at Home” and “social distancing”?

Social distancing refers to collective actions taken by Public Health officials to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious disease. Since there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.This is why social distancing, although sometimes inconvenient, is vitally important. When done properly, it will limit the spread of infection. Stay at home is a stricter form of social distancing.

Stay at home means:

  • Stay home (stay unexposed and do not expose others)
    Only go out for essential services
    Stay 6 feet or more away from others
    Don’t gather in groups

YOU CAN

  • Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
  • Visiting a health care professional for medical services that cannot be provided virtually (call first)
  • Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
  • Care for or support a friend or family member
  • Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise – just keep at least six feet between you and others
  • Walk your pets and take them to veterinarian if necessary
  • Help someone to get necessary supplies
  • Receive deliveries from any business which delivers

YOU SHOULD NOT

  • Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by the recent Stay-at-Home Order
  • Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
  • Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out
  • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility or other residential care facility, except for limited exceptions
  • Travel except for essential travel and activities

For the full Proclamation, go to MeckNC.gov/COVID-19. For further questions, call the Mecklenburg County Stay at Home help line at (704) 353-1926. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Charlotte Area Transit System: Free Fare and Modified Schedule

By operating modified service, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is able to continue providing the community access to essential daily needs, front-line jobs and medical services. Starting on Wednesday, March 25, CATS will make modifications to transit service to accommodate the current demand.

All service will be FREE during this time.  These changes are effective until further notice.

LYNX Blue Line:

  • The LYNX Blue Line will operate on a Sunday schedule.

Local Bus:

  • Local bus service will operate as follows:
    • Monday – Saturday buses will run a Saturday schedule
    • On Sunday buses will run a Sunday schedule

In order to minimize interaction between operators and the public, bus passengers will be requested to board and exit the bus from the rear door and to not sit directly behind the bus driver.

Visit the CATS official website for the latest updates regarding public transportation scheduling.

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.

Online Courses and Remote Student Services This Week

During your extended Spring Break, Central Piedmont staff and faculty have been working around the clock to transition thousands of courses to online delivery. We know many of you need help and have questions. Please know your instructors and student services staff members are here to assist. All student services are available online or by phone. Please use the college website to find the service you need, and don’t hesitate to call or email.

We ask for your patience and understanding while we navigate this transition together. You may experience some delays, but we promise to respond to your questions and concerns as quickly as possible. Please remember to:

  • Go online.The college has created a comprehensive Web page with resources to help you during this transition. Visit learnremotely.cpcc.edu to discover what you need to know if you’re taking online courses, or if your courses have moved online.
  • Check your college email often for communication from your instructors and the college. This is the college’s official channel of communication, and we will provide email updates as soon as the information becomes available.
  • Visit the college’s COVID-19 Web page to review all announcements and instructions related to the coronavirus.
  • Download the Central Piedmont Mobile app for your phone from the App store or the Google Play app store. This is a convenient way to access news, Blackboard, MyCollege, and your college email account.
  • Stay connected with Central Piedmont social media. This is a fast, easy way to stay up-to-date.

We remain dedicated to preserving the health, safety, and academic needs of our students. Thank you, and we look forward to serving you this week and the weeks to come.

Get Help Online from the Library

Get Help Online

There are many ways the Library can provide you with expert help and services remotely. Always check the Library’s website for the latest info about our hours and services.

  • Chat
    The library will operate chat from 7:30 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Friday, and 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Saturday starting on March 23rd.
  • Get Research Help Online
    Need help with research or finding peer reviewed articles? Last minute citation question? Ask us! You can email us, text us, or chat with a librarian from the convenience of your home.
  • Schedule a Consultation with a Librarian
    Subject librarians with expertise in specific areas are available for remote consultations  via phone, email, or online (e.g. Webex).

If you have further questions, we encourage you to reach out to us, either by phone or email.

Also, visit learnremotely.cpcc.edu to discover what you need to know if you’re taking online courses or if your courses are moved online.

Advisory: In-person classes suspended; remote student services available

The college has suspended in-person classes in an effort to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. We’re partnering with local and state leaders on this comprehensive effort that’s requiring immediate action in every community. We’re doing all we can to keep our students, faculty, staff, and community as safe as possible. Please understand that the situation remains fluid, and we really appreciate your patience and flexibility.

Important Reminders

As a reminder, spring break for students has been extended one week, until March 23. The college is open but students should not report to campus.

Please remember: The short sessions of classes that were originally scheduled to begin March 16 have been moved to start next week on Monday, March 23. Registration for these 4-week and 8-week short sessions has been extended to March 22. Eligible students can use financial aid to buy books and supplies online for the second short session courses at Central Piedmont’s Barnes & Noble College bookstores. Since these are short session courses, it’s especially important to log in as soon as your classes start and begin work.

On March 23, the majority of our courses will resume online. Students enrolled in these classes should start receiving communication from instructors with details about how we will work to help you achieve your academic goals the best we can during this unprecedented situation. Check your college email often for communication from your instructors and the college concerning your classes next week.

Online Resources

The college has created a comprehensive Web page with resources to help serve students’ educational needs and provide tools for working and collaborating online.

Visit learnremotely.cpcc.edu to discover what you need to know if you’re taking online courses or if your courses are moved online.

During the coronavirus situation, Charter Communications is temporarily offering free access to Spectrum Internet. Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students, faculty, and staff who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. To enroll call 1.844.488.8395.

Campus Services and Access

 Student-facing offices will remain operational remotely to support you during this time. All student services are available online or by phone, and dedicated staff and faculty will respond to emails, voicemails and online inquiries as soon as possible. Please be patient as we all navigate this transition together.

  • The Single Stop Office is available online or by phone to help connect students to a variety of basic needs support. Please email singlestop@cpcc.edu or call 704.330.6435 for more information.

 

  • The Academic Learning Center will continue to provide free online tutoring services to curriculum-level students. Student can schedule appointments online, call 704.330.6474 or email alc@cpcc.edu for more information.

 

  • Counseling Services will continue to address the needs for Pre-Health Program advisement, Probation and Suspension students, and personal counseling through phone and WebEx appointments. Please email counseling@cpcc.edu to request further information. Students experiencing a mental health crisis should call 911.

 

  • Students who need enrollment help or have general questions can contact First Year Experience. Please email fye@cpcc.edu or call 704.330.6100.

 

  • The Library is open virtually and available to provide online, email, text or chat support to students. Visit the Library’s website to learn more about availability and services.

 

  • Both the college’s Information Center (704.330.2722) and Information Technology Services Help Desk (704.330.5000 / helpdesk@cpcc.edu) are open by phone and email during weekdays. Please submit questions online here. Students experiencing issues accessing technology can call the ITS Help Desk.

 

Federal Work Study Employees

Federal Work-Study (FWS) employees will continue to be paid monthly during the emergency period if they are unable to work due to college restrictions. The Financial Aid office will determine the total monthly Federal Work Study pay amount on an individual basis. Prior monthly Federal Work Study hours earned during the 2019-20 academic period will be considered.

 Graduation Ceremonies

We know that graduation ceremonies are on the minds of our students who are completing programs this semester. We are working to determine the best course of action and will update you as soon as we can.

On-Campus Events

By recommendation of Gov. Cooper, college-related events and large gatherings will be cancelled or postponed through April 30. Several departments are exploring remote learning methods and virtual options for programs. Students participating in college affiliated programs, groups, and clubs will be contacted directly with updates on virtual alternatives as they become available.

 

It is extremely important to stay connected and informed during this time. Visit the college’s COVID-19 Web page to review all announcements and instructions.

Again, please ensure you monitor your college email often as we will update conditions as soon as the information becomes available. We strongly recommend downloading the Central Piedmont Mobile app for your phone from the App store or the Google Play app store. This is a convenient way to access news, Blackboard, MyCollege, and your college email account. Finally, please connect with Central Piedmont social media. This is a fast, easy way to stay up-to-date.

 

This is new territory for the college, but we remain flexible in discovering ways to help our students complete the semester and to keep the college operating. We appreciate the patience of our students and their families as well as Central Piedmont faculty and staff as we work to preserve the health, safety, and academic needs of our students.

COVID-19 – Spring Break Extended for Central Piedmont Students

Central Piedmont is working hard to monitor and follow local, state, and federal public health recommendations regarding COVID-19 or novel coronavirus. The college vows to do its part to limit the spread and impact of the virus, while continuing to serve the educational needs of our students and community.

Central Piedmont will remain open as we adjust how our students learn and how our employees work. The college has decided to extend spring break – for students only – for an extra week, until Monday, March 23. Students should not come to campus next week.

During the week ahead, faculty and staff will work together quickly to identify which classes can be successfully moved from in-person instruction to an online or alternative delivery method by March 23.

By recommendation of Gov. Cooper, college-related events and gatherings of 100 or more people will be cancelled or postponed through April 30.

For more details and the latest updates on the situation, please visit cpcc.edu/coronavirus.

Latest Update from the College About Coronavirus

The coronavirus brings a worldwide concern to our community, and we understand it can be very scary and confusing. Central Piedmont continues to remain in contact with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Mecklenburg County Health Department, for updates and direction.

The governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, declared a state of emergency Tuesday (3/10/20), as leaders and public health officials continue to deal with the coronavirus. As of this writing, the Charlotte Observer reports North Carolina now has seven people who have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, health officials said. All of the patients are in isolation while officials identify close contacts.”

Now that cases have been confirmed in North and South Carolina, it’s time to put aside panic and focus on preparation. We can all stop stigma and the spread of misinformation related to COVID-19 by knowing the facts and sharing them with others.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provided resources on mental health and coping during COVID-19 and also issued information about helping end coronavirus-related stigma and discrimination that is occurring toward groups of people including:

  • Persons of Asian descent
  • People who have traveled abroad or to states with coronavirus outbreaks
  • Emergency responders or healthcare professionals

In the meantime, the college’s contracted company for cleaning and janitorial services is taking extra care to clean and disinfect the usual virus and germ “transmission points,” such as doorknobs, light switches, water fountains, phones, countertops, etc.

To reduce your chances of contracting any kind of illness, the CDC recommends the following.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick (social distancing).
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

We pledge to give you as much updated information as we can. This is an update to let you know we are thinking of every option to keep you safe and healthy. Visit the college’s Emergency Management website for updates from Central Piedmont.

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.

Central Piedmont Presents “Violins of Hope” in Partnership with UNCC

In partnership with the UNCC College of Arts + Architecture, we present this musical commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust, featuring Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” and the east coast premiere of “Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope.” Composed by internationally regarded composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer “Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope” was commissioned to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, receiving its world premiere in the San Francisco Bay Area on January of 2020.

“Intonations” is a song cycle scored for mezzo-soprano, violin soloist, and string quartet, with a concluding solo by a child violinist. The poetic text is inspired by the stories from the book “Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour,” written by UNC Charlotte musicologist James Grymes. Published by Harper Collins in 2014, “Violins of Hope” won a National Jewish Book Award. It tells the histories of violins recovered from the Holocaust by Iraeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. UNC Charlotte presented the North American premiere of those violins in exhibition and performance in April 2012. Since then more than a dozen U.S. cities have hosted the “Violins of Hope.”

“Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope” will feature mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock, assistant professor of voice at UNC Charlotte, and solo violinist Mikylah Myers from West Virginia University, performing with the Beo String Quartet of Pittsburgh. Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra violinist David Karpov joins the ensemble for the conclusion.

Following the performance of Intonations, the University Chorale and the Central Piedmont Chorus will perform Bernstein’s beautiful “Chichester Psalms,” a setting in three movements of six Psalms, sung in Hebrew. Conducted by Alan Yamamoto, division director of visual and performing arts at Central Piedmont, Chichester Psalms will feature harpist Christine Leimer, a professor at Central Piedmont.

Performances are April 4 at 7:30 p.m., and April 5 at 2:30 p.m. in 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.

 

Student Reward Offers for March

Being a Central Piedmont student comes with a lot of perks — including cool, exclusive discounts. For the month of March be sure to take advantage of some local rewards:

Barnes & Nobles Book Store: 

  • Flash Sale 25% off Entire Stock of Tees & Hats. (Online and In-Store – March 16 – 20)
  • Flash Sale 25% off Women’s. (Online and In-Store – March 23 – 27)

Moe’s Southwest Grill:

Visit Moe’s Southwest Grill, show your Student or Staff ID and receive 15% off your meal.

This offer is only valid at:1500 East Blvd.,Charlotte, NC 28203

Cam Auto Repair:

Students must present their ID at checkout to receive the following:

  • 10% (excluding tax) discount towards service and repair*
  • 10% (excluding tax) discount towards parts*
  • 10% (excluding tax) discount towards any oil change*

* Discount not valid with any other special discounts or offers. Must schedule appointments 24 hours in advance.

 

 

Need help learning anatomy? 

Want to take learning anatomy from the pages of your textbook to real-life? Brush up on anatomy and/or physiology during the Anatomage Table Lab Open Hours.

  • When: Monday through Thursday 3 PM – 8 PM
  • Where: Health Careers Building on Central Campus, Room 3525
  • What: Using a 3D cadaver, the Anatomage Table, and the expertise of an anatomy lab facilitator, you can get the help you need to bring anatomy to life

Contact Ms. Wanda Walker-Gary for additional information or questions.

Chef Robert Marilla medals at the Culinary Olympics in Germany

When Chef Robert Marilla’s students look back on their culinary arts education at Central Piedmont, they can say they learned their craft from an Olympic champion.

Chef Marilla recently returned from the IKA 2020 International Culinary Olympics in Stuttgart, Germany, and brought home gold (team), silver (individual), and overall bronze (team) medals at the event.

On the first day of competition, Chef Marilla, who is the captain of the Regional Team for Team USA, was awarded the gold medal for his “Cold Food Table” display. Two short days later, he was recognized with a silver medal in the individual program for his “Five-Course Menu for One Person and Finger Foods for Six People” submission, a display that also featured the talents of Central Piedmont culinary arts student and Regional Team apprentice Liam McCall, who assisted him in the kitchen.

The icing on the cake came at the closing ceremonies when Chef Marilla, together with his Regional Team teammates, learned they had been awarded the overall team bronze medal, finishing third in the world.

The overall team bronze medal not only set Team USA apart from the 29 other teams who competed but also marked the first time since 1976 that an American Regional Team finished on the podium at the Culinary Olympics.

Congratulations, Team USA and Chefs Marilla and McCall on your many accomplishments.

Mark Your Calendars for these Important Scholarship Deadlines

Need-based and merit-based scholarships are awarded for a host of reasons – choice of major, community involvement, special interests, creative talents – and that’s just to name a few. Regardless of your economic situation, take every opportunity to lessen the financial burden of college.

Central Piedmont has over 250 scholarship opportunities available each year. Students can access a number of these opportunities by completing the General Scholarship Application on Academic Works for fall, spring and summer semesters.

Here are some important deadlines to keep in mind:

  • Summer 2020 application deadline – April 30, 2020
  • Fall 2020 & spring 2021 priority application deadline – May 15, 2020
  • Fall 2020 & spring 2021 regular application deadline – July 30, 2020
  • Spring 2020 only application deadline – November 30, 2020

*Students who complete the application will automatically be considered for all auto-match scholarship opportunities. Certain opportunities may require supplemental information (i.e. transcripts, essays, letters of recommendation, etc.).