CPCC Today

Welcome to CPCC Today! An online community and weekly e-newsletter for CPCC students.

Please be assured that your safety is our officers’ top concern. They patrol our parking facilities on foot and bicycles, and in golf carts and marked patrol vehicles. It’s a vital part of our efforts to protect our students and employees, and to prevent crimes at allSecurity of our campuses.

Please contact the College’s security team at 704.330.6632 when you need:

  • an escort to your vehicle.
  • assistance with a safety or security issue.

Please contact the College’s security team at 704.330.6911 when you need:

  • to report a crime or suspicious activity.
  • to report a medical emergency.

For your additional safety, there are emergency “blue light” phones stationed throughout the main areas of campus, including the main quad and the parking decks. Please use these in the event of an emergency as well; once the handset is picked up, you will automatically be connected to CPCC’s Security team.

Please utilize these security resources any time you need assistance and remember to stay alert to your surroundings; walk with a friend, if possible; and educate yourself on prevention tactics.

Important Numbers to Know

CPCC Campus Security 704.330.6911

CPCC Non-Emergency: 704.330.6632

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC)

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC)

Make a difference in your community by donating blood to the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC). CBCC blood mobiles will be parked in front of Harper Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Your participation will allow the blood that is collected to stay in our community. Donors can pre-register by emailing krystal.crowe@cpcc.edu or walk-in on the day of the drive. Come out and enjoy FREE refreshments and share your life-saving blood!

  • When: Tuesday Feb. 28; 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
  • Where: Harper Campus, 3rd Floor Entrance (Blood Mobile)

Written by Angela Perry
Communications and Journalism Co-op Student, CPCC

Emily Boggs, a cytotechnology program student at CPCC and a resident of Charlotte, N.C., is the recipient of two scholarships – the North Carolina Society of Cytology $500 Scholarship, awarded at the organization’s annual winter meeting on Feb. 4 in Raleigh-Durham; and a $1,000 Siemens-American Society of Clinical Pathology Scholarship, a national scholarship that recognizes excellence in the cytotechnology field.

Emily will use her scholarship monies to help pay for her cytotechnology certificate studies, the program’s pre-requisite classes and her current tuition fees.

“Successful cytotechnology students embrace challenge and responsibility, are problem solvers, work well under pressure, are reliable, set high standards for themselves and expect quality in the work they perform,” said Arlene Parrish, program director of CPCC’s Cytotechnology program. “Emily possesses all of these qualities and is a deserving recipient of these scholarship awards.”

CPCC’s Cytotechnology program is the only one in the southeastern United States and the only program of its kind in the country to be housed at a community college. There are a total of 33 programs in the nation. The one-year, post-baccalaureate program trains students to be experienced cytotechnologists, individuals who are able to detect abnormalities such as cancerous cells, pre-cancerous cells or infectious diseases in their earliest stages. The program’s curriculum is both challenging and intensive; CPCC students receive 480 clinical hours of training at a variety of health care sites around Charlotte and the Carolinas.

If you see Emily on campus, please congratulate her on both of these accomplishments.

Attention Spring, 2012 Graduates

Are you planning to participate in this year’s graduation ceremony?  If so, your graduation application must be received in the Graduation Office no later than March 2 to ensure processing.  If you are eligible for graduation, your name will be printed in the Ceremony Program.  Applications received after March 2 may still be processed, however, your name will not appear in the program.

If you have not yet submitted your application, please apply on line through your MyCollege account.  Under “Academic Profile” select “Graduation Application” and provide the requested information.  Once you click on “submit”, the application will go directly to the Graduation Office for processing.

Remember, we must have your application in the Graduation Office no later than March 2 to ensure processing for the May 10 Graduation Ceremony.

Prospective Summer, 2012 Graduates

All prospective summer graduates are to complete a Graduation Application beginning March 1, 2012.  Prospective Summer, 2012 graduates may participate in the Spring, 2012 Ceremony if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have no more than two courses with seven or fewer credit hours remaining to complete during the Summer, 2012 semester and
  • Your GPA is 2.00 or above.

Once you have registered for your final class(es), you are to bring a copy of your schedule to the Graduation Office. At that time, the Graduation Analyst will review your record and grant permission for you to march in the ceremony. Please note:  The names of Summer 2012 graduates will appear in the Spring 2013 Ceremony Program only.

To view the library’s hours of operation at all campuses during Spring Break (March 5 –10), please visit http://www.cpcc.edu/library/about-the-library/spring-break-library-hours.

From Security & Emergency Management:

This afternoon, at approximately 2:45 p.m. a student was the victim of an attempted robbery in Student Parking Deck 2 on Central Campus. The student was not injured and was able to get away from the suspect, who fled on foot.

At 3 p.m., a suspect fitting the same description robbed a student in Student Parking Deck 3. The suspect showed a handgun and took a book bag from the student, who was not injured in the incident.

CMPD and College Security are now interviewing a man believed to be the suspect in both incidents. Witnesses described the suspect as a tall white male, wearing all black clothing.

Officers are investigating both incidents. Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 704.334.1600 or College Security at 704.330.6632

Mark your calendar for Business & Accounting Week on March 26 – 30, 2012!  CPCC’s Business & Accounting Division will be hosting special presentations each day during the weeklong event including topics on marketing, global issues, economics, effective interview strategies and the chance to mingle with local business professionals in your area.  Students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to attend. Stay posted for upcoming details on each day’s events.

Last week, two Project Life Bone Marrow Drives were held at Central and Levine Campuses. The goal of both drives was to recruit a total of 300 CPCC students, faculty and staff.  We are happy to report that 207 individuals signed up at Central and 101 signed

Project Life

Project Life

up at Levine, making a grand total of 308 new people on the National Bone Marrow Registry. It is likely that one or more of our new donors will have the opportunity to save a life one day!

We would like to extend an enormous thank you to the students and instructors who continuously supported and volunteered during the Project Life Bone Marrow drives. The following CPCC Health Science programs were an active part of our success: Cardiovascular Technology, Cytotechnology, Human Services, Medical Assisting, Medical Lab Assisting and Physical Therapy Assisting.
We look forward to our next Project Life drives in spring of 2013!

ConstructionPlease be advised that the Elizabeth Avenue sidewalk, near the Taylor Hall construction site, will be closed to pedestrian traffic for construction activities March 5 – 9, 2012.

Career Services expects to host over 70 employers at the 2012 Career Fair on Thursday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center.  See which employers are coming and get tips to help you prepare and maximize your experience at the fair at www.cpcc.edu/career/fair.

See a full list of companies currently registered to attend here!

Why Go to the Career Fair?

  • It’s still a tight job market, but every employer coming to the fair is hiring
  • Standing out from the crowd can be difficult when you’re applying for jobs online – the career fair gives you a chance to make a great impression in-person
  • Even if you’re not looking for a job, meeting employers and making connections will pay off in the future 

Prepare early by visiting Career Services

  • Create a professional resume and a get a professional resume review
  • Practice what to say to employers
  • Pre-register to send your resume to employers before the fair by using employmeNC
  • Bring your CPCC Student ID  to skip long lines and be admitted at the student entrance

Professional dress is required for admission.  Bring plenty of copies of your resume and be sure to tell employers you are a CPCC student.  Employers want to meet with you!

Contact our Central campus office at 704.330.6551, CH 122 or view contact information for Career Services at other campuses.


Beginning this Spring 2012, the Veterans Resource Center will be offering a 10-week group counseling experience. The focus of this group will be broad and it will be determined by the needs of the participants. Potential focus areas may include: the

Veteran's Day Flag Ceremony

Veteran's Day Flag Ceremony

challenges of transitioning to civilian life, adjusting to the role and responsibilities of being a student, coping with depression, anxiety, and/or PTSD, as well as other related personal concerns. The group will meet each Thursday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for 10 consecutive weeks beginning on Thursday, March 1, 2012. Group participation is completely voluntary.  If you believe that you would benefit by focusing on any of the areas listed above, or if you are interested in the opportunity to share personal concerns within a supportive group environment of veterans, please contact Christopher Lloyd at 704.330.2722 ext. 3454 or at Christopher.Lloyd@cpcc.edu or Wesley Phillips at 704.330.2722 ext. 3448 or at Wesley.phillips@cpcc.edu.

The Veterans Resource Center is located on the second floor of the Terrell Building on CPCC’s Central Campus.

Come join us and listen to Kevin Alston, best selling author, certified Master Peak Performance Coach, Certified NLP Practitioner, EFT Practitioner, master trainer and motivational speaker who has the keen ability of creating change and invoking transformation in any arena. He is the author of the #1 best seller, Life Is Not A Spectator‘s Sport: There‘s a big difference between playing to win and playing not to lose!”
Topic:  Raising the B.A.R (Your Beliefs, Attitude, and Relentless Work)
Date:  Thursday, Feb. 23; 1 p.m.
Location: Tate Hall
Learn more about raising the bar personally and professionally.

Keeping you safe is one of the College’s top priorities. That’s why we’ve decided to upgrade Critical Alert and the emergency notification system tool we use to contact you in the event of a campus emergency.

Critical Alert! Emergency Notification System

Critical Alert! Emergency Notification System

As of now, all emergency communications from the College will come from Regroup.com. This new tool is extremely user-friendly and includes a variety of new features. Going forward, you’ll be able to:

1.    directly update your contact information in the Emergency Notification System instead of logging in through CPCCLogin.

2.     control whether or not you receive emergency notifications by joining or opting-out of the system.

3.     customize your notifications.

If you are a CPCC student, staff or faculty member who previously signed up to receive notification messages, your contact information will be automatically transferred into the new system. To ensure this information was transferred correctly, a test message will be sent to you on Friday, Feb. 24.

If you do not receive the test message, need to sign up for this service or want to confirm your contact information is correct in the system, please visit https://cpcc.regroup.com.

If you have difficulty accessing the site or inputting your information, please view the tutorial video at http://www.cpcc.edu/emergency-services/critical-alert.

If you have any questions regarding the upgraded service, please contact our Information Technology Services Help Desk at 704.330.5000 or email helpdesk@cpcc.edu.

The student body at CPCC is a beautiful mosaic of stories that strengthen and maintain our community, and we encourage you to share your story at an upcoming Word of Mouth event on your campus. Telling your story has the potential to make a Storytellingdifference within the CPCC community by educating, inspiring or entertaining your fellow peers. This storytelling event, sponsored by CPCC Libraries and Student Life, is open to all students, faculty and staff. To read about the stories heard last week at the first Word of Mouth event and to share your thoughts as a listener, or to learn how you can participate in any of the five remaining events, please check the Student Life blog.


On Feb. 14 and 15, CPCC once again hosted the annual North and South Carolina interviews for the CBYX scholarship program (Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange). The program seeks to give young American professionals the opportunity to experience

(l. to r.): Nadine Russell; Beth Uding, Project Manager CBYX; Pauline Schroeter, Visiting German Instructor from UNCC; and Daniela Weinert.

the academic, professional and everyday life of Germany.

Nadine Russell, director of Global Learning at CPCC, and Daniela Weinert, discipline chair for the German Language at CPCC, participated in the program’s nationwide interview process. The duo were among four panelists charged with interviewing 16 students from the Carolinas to determine who would be among the 75 students from the U.S. to study for one year in Germany through the CBYX program. The program offers a fully paid scholarship. German language students can apply for it every year.
Among the 16 students interviewed, two attended CPCC. The students will find out in March if they are selected to participate in the program.