CPCC student Wylena Jones has been recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to community engagement. Jones is a recipient of the network’s Community Impact
Student Award honoring one student leader at each member school.
Jones is one of 21 students chosen by their campus for the 2015 honor, joining more than 200 college students recognized by the network since the award was first presented in 2006.
At CPCC, Jones has consistently demonstrated a commitment to service, leadership, and helping others. She has logged more than 90 hours volunteering on projects like the Salvation Army Christmas Center, delivering meals to seniors through Friendship Trays, and supporting fundraisers like the CPCC Skyline Run and the Sensoria Book Sale. A second-year nursing student from Charlotte, Jones is also president of the Phi Theta Kappa honors society and an active member of Rotoract and Positive Communities for Women. She was selected for school’s Ruth Shaw Scholars program, which supports women leaders, and she was a key supporter of the school’s Project Life bone marrow donation drive.
“She consistently works toward making CPCC and the local Charlotte community a better place for all who study and live here,” says Jenn Marts, CPCC’s director of service-learning. “Wylena is a true inspiration to me, our department, and to CPCC – we are lucky to have such an amazing woman be a part of our efforts.”
CPCC second-year student Jonathan Huynh was recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities that are committed to community engagement, at a special student conference at NC State University on Nov. 8. There, Huynh received the network’s Community Impact Student Award, which honors one student leader at each member school.
Huynh is one of 18 students across the state to receive the 2014 award, joining more than 200 college students honored by the organization since the award was first presented in 2006.
At CPCC, Huynh has worked to re-launch the school’s service club as the Rotaract club, building a partnership with Charlotte’s Rotary Club in the process. Huynh’s efforts to involve fellow students have doubled Rotaract’s membership on campus and resulted in new community service projects. In addition to his organizational leadership, Huynh connects his personal service to academic learning. As a Biology major with plans to become a veterinarian, Huynh volunteers during the summer and school year with the Carolina Raptor Center and the Humane Society of Charlotte. Huynh has also expanded student service through his work-study position in the Service-Learning department, where he connects others to meaningful community learning experiences.
CPCC Service-Learning Coordinator Jenn Marts says Huynh has, “a unique ability to not just lead, but to create excitement about service among his fellow students.”
North Carolina Campus Compact is a collaborative network of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to educating engaged citizens and strengthening communities. Guided by an executive board of presidents and chancellors, the Compact supports member schools through professional development and resources related to civic and community engagement. The Compact was founded in 2002 and is hosted by Elon University.
Toni Cordell, a second-year student at CPCC, is one of 19 recipients of the 2013 Community Impact Student Award. Given by North Carolina Campus Compact, an association of colleges and universities committed to fostering campus-community engagement, the award recognizes an outstanding student at each campus who
makes a difference in the community.
At CPCC, Cordell is a fixture at service events on and off-campus, including service-learning placements at Ronald McDonald House and Samaritan’s Feet. But her passion is helping patients with low literacy navigate the healthcare system. A “literacy/patient advocate,” Cordell has spoken at universities, health centers, and conferences on the challenges related to literacy, communication, and patient safety. She is also a writer and filmmaker and is currently documenting her experience as a volunteer with Charlotte Hospice. Cordell is an English major from San Francisco.
CPCC Student Life Coordinator Jenn Marts says Cordell is both an “outstanding student” and an “outstanding woman with a heart of gold.” She says Cordell “has a sincere passion for raising awareness about the danger of low literacy for patients.”
Cordell received the award at North Carolina Campus Compact’s annual student conference. Now in its 20th year, the conference was held November 2 at CPCC in Charlotte.