Koichi Takara receives 2019 Community Impact Student Award


Koichi TakaraCongratulations to Central Piedmont Community College student Koichi Takara who was recently recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to civic engagement.

Takara received the organization’s 2019 Community Impact Student Award, which honors one student leader at each school, who has demonstrated a deep commitment to community involvement and an ability to inspire others.

Takara has made significant leadership and service contributions both inside and outside the Central Piedmont community since becoming a student in 2018. He is a Foundation Scholar for Peer Mentoring, was elected President of the Student Government Association, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Rotaract, and the NC Scholars of Global Distinction program.

As SGA Student Body President, he not only leads the constitutional revision committee to address the needs of the student body, but also strives to engage all six of the college’s campuses by boosting student engagement in the many opportunities and campus organizations the college offers. His efforts have resulted in more students being involved civically and adopting leadership roles.

Says Jesse Bennett, the director of service-learning at Central Piedmont who nominated Takara for the award, “Koichi’s approach is always enthusiastic and compassionate. He possesses a willingness to share skills, knowledge, and expertise on a wide array of subject matter.”

Takara, a Huntersville resident, plans to major in political science and international relations and eventually attend law school after completing his associate in arts degree at Central Piedmont.

Nominate a Librarian for the I Love My Librarian Award!

Has a Central Piedmont librarian made a difference in your life? If so, you can nominate them for the 2019-2020 “I Love My Librarian Award!”

The “I Love My Librarian Award” encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.

Each year up to 10 librarians are selected. Each librarian receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception held in their honor. The 2019-2020 “I Love My Librarian Award” ceremony will take place on Jan. 25, 2020, at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia.

Submit your nomination at http://www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian. Nomination deadline is October 21,2019.

Central Piedmont Ceramics Instructor Contributes to Work of Art on Display in New York City

Every One

“Every One”

Congratulations to Paula Smith, ceramics instructor at Central Piedmont Community College.

In January 2018, New Mexico-based artist Cannupa Hanska Luger created an instructional video requesting communities from across the U.S. and Canada create and send him 2” clay beads for a project he hoped to create to raise awareness of indigenous LGBTQ+ community members.

Smith answered Luger’s call for submissions. Soliciting the help of her peers at Moving Poets, Smith and the team created almost 200 beads for the project, which Luger used in his sculptural installation, “Every One,” now on exhibit in the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.

“Every One” is composed of more than 4,000 individual, handmade clay beads that were personally fired, stained in ink and strung together by Luger to create a pixelated image of the photograph “Sister” (2016) by First Nations photographer Kali Spitzer.

The piece fits well into Luger’s portfolio of work which tends to address environmental matters and issues of violence against indigenous populations. It’s this passion for pushing the boundaries of his craft that earned him the Museum of Arts and Design’s 2018 Burke Prize. As a result, “Every One” and several other pieces by Luger are now on display in the Museum through March 17, 2019.

“Raising social awareness through art is everything,” explains Smith. “Bringing attention to populations that are often overlooked is a responsibility we all share, and I am proud to have contributed to such an important cause in such a creative way.”

Kudos to Smith for contributing to such a powerful work of art. To learn more about the piece and its significance, please visit cannupahanska.com/mmiwqtbeadproject. For more information on the college’s ceramics program, visit cpcc.edu/arts-interior-design/visual-arts/visual-arts-courses.

Central Piedmont Student is Mind Over Glamour Winner!

Cammie Neely (on the left in the corresponding photo), a Central Piedmont cosmetology student, took first place in the InfluenceCammie Neeley Haircare student competition!  The theme was “Back to the Future; 70’s Styling with Hair Color.” The competition was focused on model finishing, but included a verbal presentation for 5-, 10-, and 20-year career goals. Congratulations, Cammie!

North Carolina Campus Compact Recognizes Central Piedmont Student for Leadership and Service

Congratulations to Central Piedmont Community College student Jacob Hege who was Jacob Hegerecently recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to civic engagement.

Hege received the organization’s 2018 Community Impact Award, which honors one student leader at each school, during the organization’s annual CSNAP student conference, held Nov. 10 at Fayetteville State University.

Hege has made significant leadership and service contributions to the well-being of his fellow students, the Merancas Campus and the community as a whole since joining the Central Piedmont family two years ago. He is an active member of the campus’s Student Government Association, serving as the group’s Senate Chair. In this role, he has helped raise student involvement and awareness of campus events, increased SGA membership to record levels and brokered an agreement with Huntersville Parks and Rec to offer students free, weekly access to the local rec center and gym to promote healthy living.

In addition to spearheading several projects with SGA, he also contributes his leadership talents to Central Piedmont’s Rotoract Club, MAN UP organization, Phi Theta Kappa and Student Ambassador programs.

Says Jesse Bennett, the Student Life coordinator who nominated Hege for the award, “Jacob is an exemplary student, as well as a  person of tremendous character. His demonstrated leadership and vision have already made a positive impact on our campus community, and I have no reservations that his impact will continue to thrive at Central Piedmont long after he graduates.”

Hege, a Huntersville resident, plans to transfer to a four-year institution upon completing his associate of arts degree.

CPCC Wins First Place in Energy Category at Sustain Charlotte Event

On April 23, 2016 (Earth Day), Sustain Charlotte hosted their 5th annual celebration of sustainability leadership. On hundred nominees representing a diverse cross section of Charlotte area businesses, nonprofits, Sustain Charlotte Awardneighborhood organizations, government agencies and residents were recognized.
CPCC won FIRST PLACE in the Energy category due to aggressively reducing its energy consumption by 15 percent since 2006 while increasing its square footage by more than 33 percent. CPCC continually drives energy reduction opportunities in its renovation and new construction projects to better serve the Charlotte learning community.
Sustain Charlotte is a nonprofit organization helping to advance a region-wide sustainability movement by serving as a catalyst for change. Their mission is to inspire choices that lead to healthier and more vibrant communities across the Charlotte metro region for generations to come. (http://www.sustaincharlotte.org/)
The link to the awards press release is http://www.sustaincharlotte.org/2016energy.
The CPCC Director of Energy and Sustainability Pam Metcalf is engaged in sustainability and energy efficiency. If you have suggestions, they can be emailed toPamela.metcalf@cpcc.edu.

Service Helps Learning Says 2013 Educator/Service Award Winner

CPCC Today - Krystal Crowe Interview

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Krystal Crowe, Student Life program coordinator at CPCC, and this year’s Larry M. Harding Educator/Community Service Award winner, sees giving back as more than just a nine to five. In addition to her work getting students involved with service opportunities through the community college, she also finds time to volunteer with her church outreach group. “I’m a strong believer in what Gandhi said –  ‘the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’” she says.

Service isn’t just good for your spirit — it can help with your grades. A 2001 collection of studies from the Corporation for National and Community Service cites the benefits of service based learning on academic achievement, graduation rates, and universities and larger communities. Crowe agrees, “Service learning allows students to connect what they are learning in the classroom with what occurs in their community.”

In her three and half years with CPCC, Crowe has helped develop many ways students can learn through giving back. She says students who want to get involved should connect to CPCC’s Service Learning Center which offers projects throughout the semester as well as courses with a service component.

“I am a servant leader by nature” says Crowe. Recently, she also helped restructure the “IGN1TE” program, which teaches students leadership skills through a semester long, non-credit program.


Article and interview by Mason Rhodes, adjunct faculty at CPCC.
Video production services by CPCC Digital Media Services.

CPCC Dance Theatre Students Recognized

CPCC's Dance Theatre

CPCC's Dance Theatre

CPCC Dance Theatre members Christina Thomas and Javier Gonzalez have been selected as this year’s recipients of the CPCC Dance Theatre Patrice Burnside Award.  This prestigious award is presented in honor of former CPCC Dance Theatre member Patrice Burnside.

Patrice was the department’s original Clara in “The Nutcracker” and went on to become a principal dancer with CPCC Dance Theatre, while also performing with North Carolina Dance Theatre and the New York Theatre. Sadly, Patrice was killed in a tragic automobile accident.  This award was created in her memory and celebrates excellence in dance.  This is the first time in four years the award has been presented and Christina and Javier are being recognized for their work with CPCC Dance Theatre as well as other companies in Charlotte.

Congratulations Christina and Javier!

National Student Employment Week

National Student Employment Week

National Student Employment Week

The week of April 9 -13 is “National Student Employment Week.”  In acknowledgement of this commemorative week, CPCC plans to show our appreciation for our work-study student workers by selecting a “Student Employee of the Year.”  If you would like to nominate any FWS student(s) that you feel deserve to be recognized for their outstanding work for this award please print the “Student Employee of the Year” nomination form along with a typed letter of recommendation of why you feel this student should receive this award. For the “Student Employee of the Year” nomination form, click here.

All nomination forms and letters of recommendation should be submitted to Jordan Dalto in the Financial Aid Office no later than March 16.