Get Your Geek On at THE Geek Fest – Thursday, November 15

THE Geek Fest

THE Geek Fest @CPCC

Get your geek on! CPCC’s 9th annual celebration of innovation and technology, THE Geek Fest, is Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Levine Campus. For one day (9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.), the campus will be immersed in hands-on activities, contributor displays and conference-style topic sessions. THE Geek Fest is an outstanding hands-on learning and networking opportunity for geeks and innovators at all levels. Best of all, it’s open to the community and completely free!

If you would like to contribute, sponsor, volunteer, or be a guest speaker during TGF2012, please visit

For more event information, please visit If you have any questions, please email

Geek is chic!

Skyline Run Event to Impact Student Parking on April 28

17th Annual CPCC Charlotte Skyline Run

17th Annual CPCC Charlotte Skyline Run

This Saturday’s Skyline Run event at CPCC’s Central Campus will impact student parking and general traffic patterns. To avoid confusion upon arriving to campus, please review the following guidelines.

  • CPCC Central Campus will be open for Saturday classes on April 28, the day of the race.
  • The majority of Central Campus will be surrounded by runners; therefore, many areas of the campus will be closed to vehicular traffic.
  • The only parking  available on Saturday between 7 – 9 a.m. will be in Student Parking Decks  1 and 2.
  • If you’re coming from the south and west: You will probably not be affected
  • If you’re coming from the north: Please access CPCC via I-277 and 3rd St.
  • If you’re coming from the east: Please follow East Independence to I-277 and exit 3rd and 4th St., taking 3rd St. to Charlottetowne Ave. Take a left onto 4th St. and enter either Deck 1 or Deck 2. You may also access these parking areas via East 4th St. (Randolph Rd) or Providence Rd. (East 3rd st).
  • There should not be traffic issues after approximately 9:30 a.m .at the Central Campus.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

EdCamp Charlotte Comes to CPCC Central Campus on May 20

Attention Charlotte community! Join us for EdCamp Charlotte #2 at CPCC’s Central campus on May 15.

EdCamp Charlotte

EdCamp Charlotte

What is EdCamp?

EdCamp Charlotte is a user-generated “unconference” event for anyone who is interested in improving student success. An “EdCamp” is based on the “BarCamp” event model for providing open, participatory workshop events, with content provided by participants. Education professionals and attendees make a quick pitch to speak or present a session during EdCamp. Attendees then vote on what they would like to see, creating the schedule of events for the day. Anyone can pitch a session, so start working on your pitch and session content now. It’s a fun, innovative and free way for the community to gather, exchange ideas and share experiences.

Topics at an EdCamp 

Topics often discussed or presented during an EdCamp include but are not limited to teaching and learning, pedagogy, instructional design, instructional technology, e-learning, distance education, mobile learning, improving the quality of education, best practices, instructional emerging software applications and technologies, social media and social learning, learning management systems, course management systems, Blackboard, Moodle, course content creation, classroom management and much more!

Here’s How it Works

  • Anyone with ideas that they want to share makes a pitch to the group.
  • After the pitches, everyone votes on what sessions they want to attend.
  • The votes are tallied, the agenda is set and the learning commences!
  • Presenters and attendees meet in assigned rooms for the sessions.

When and Where

  • Monday, May 20, 2013
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Take Hall in the Overcash Center on CPCC’s Central Campus

Join Us!

Be sure to join us for this innovative and informal way to exchange experiences and promote student success! EdCamp Charlotte is FREE to attend. Student and public participation is encouraged. Pre-event registration is appreciated but not required.
For more information about EdCamp Charlotte, click here to visit our website! For related inquiries, please email

Central Campus Spring Festival Moves to Thursday

CPCC International Spring Fest

CPCC International Spring FestCPCC’s International Spring Fest will take place on Wednesday, April 18 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., in its NEW location, the Overcash front lawn.

The weather continues to look like a certain wash-out Wednesday, so CPCC has decided to move Springfest to Thursday, April 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., on the Overcash lawn. While the date has changed, the event will still boast the same features and schedule of events.

International countries will have tents with displays, flags, traditional dress and information about their country. Campus clubs and organizations will also be giving out information and selling various items so remember to bring your cash!

There will also be live entertainment!

  • The Silvertones Steel Drum band, 10 a.m. – noon
  • Yasmine and Magic Hips (Belly dancing), noon – 1 p.m.
  • Polynesian hula dancing and fire/knife display, 1:15 – 2 p.m.

Basketball and sumo-wrestling inflatables will also be available for fun!

Student Government Association candidate speeches will take place at 1 p.m. Online voting at the SGA tent will be available.

For more information visit or contact Student Life at 704.330.6584

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

Dances of India

CPCC’s very own Dr. Maha Gingrich will present the 11th annual “Dances of India” this spring. More than 30 dancers will perform a series of 3,000 year old traditional Indian temple dances that tell the story of ancient India through movement and music. Performers will showcase the dances in colorful silk costumes with materials and scarfs from various regions of India. Come out and see the differences between traditional Indian dances, the Russian Gypsy, Flamenco, Chinese Long fan dance, Chile’s national dance and Peruvian scarf dances. This event will keep the history and heritage of this art form alive in the community and share the message of unity and diversity among Charlotte’s international community.

In 2011 this event was named one of the top nine memorable events among the nation’s community colleges by Community College Week. “Dances of India” is an experience both you and your family will not want to miss!

Sneak Peak!
Watch this online video for a sneak peak!

Get your tickets TODAY!
Tickets are $5 for school-age children and $10 for adults, and can be purchased online at or by calling the SunTrust Box Office at 704.330.6534. Free event parking is available. Click here to purchase tickets.

Event Details:

  • DATE: Saturday, April 28; 4 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Halton Theater, CPCC Central Campus.
  • Indian snacks will be available for purchase during intermission.



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

Take Time to Make Time

Take Time to Make Time

Take Time to Make Time

Many students juggle multiple roles: school, work, family, household responsibilities, and social life. How do you make the time for it all? Stop by our information table, have a cookie, and get information from counselors about time management and study skills. Learn valuable skills for your success.

  • Cato Campus: Monday, February 13th, 10:00-1:30, Cato I Lobby
  • Central Campus: Tuesday, February 14th, 10:30-1:30, Levine Technology Building Lobby near Subway
  • Harper Campus: Monday, February 20th, 10:30-12:30, 3rd Floor near Security Office
  • Levine Campus: Wednesday, February 29th, 10:30-1:30, Levine II near the entrance

This event is sponsored by P-CAP (Personal Counseling Assistance Program).

Have a Heart, Save a Life

Have a Heart, Sale a Life

Have a Heart, Sale a Life

Save a life by donating blood at this year’s Valentine’s Day Bleeding Hearts Blood Drive! The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will be taking blood donations in their mobile units on Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The units will be parked in front of the Levine Campus.

Come enjoy FREE refreshments, and sign in at our Valentine’s Have a Heart refreshment area in Levine Building II, 2nd Floor Foyer!Donors can pre-register at sponsor code: CPLevine

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

Cato Campus Student Resources Day

Students nibbled on popcorn and collected prizes while gathering information about Student Services at Cato Campus’ Student Resources Day on August 24, 2011.

“I want it to be exciting. I want it to be fun. This is one of those fun days,” David Mahatha, coordinator of Student Life at the Cato Campus, said. The event is held every semester and showcases both familiar and unfamiliar CPCC resources that are available to students.

As organizer of the event, Mahatha wants students to know that there is more to do on campus than simply going to class and going home.

“The smell of popcorn attracted me,” said Florian Ethier, a CPCC transfer student. Ethier had never been to the event and did not know what it was. Ethier said she was drawn to tables that had colorful presentations.

“We’ve been busy since 10 o’clock,” Jill Lutz, coordinator of Cooperative Education at the Cato Campus, said. Lutz thinks the day is a good way to get the word out to students who may be unfamiliar with the co-op internship program. She believes that a lot of students wait too long to contact Career Services and Co-op.

“I got some free pens,” Jaqua Tiggs, Cato Middle College student, said. Representatives used free items such as pens, candy and notepads to attract students to their tables.

There was a “phenomenal turn out” at the Career Services table Connie Johnston, career counselor, said. The table was visited by a larger number of students compared to last year, Johnston said.

Hoping to reach at least 50 students, Retha Hall, senior librarian, offered a survey and prizes at her table. She drew students to the table with an emphasis on CPCC’s service which allows students to check-out a netbook for up to three hours.

“I like this excitement,” Mahatha said. In the spring, Student Resources Day tends to be more laid back, but the event is in full force in the fall.

Written by Melissa Carty
Communications Student Co-op, CPCC