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’s Jonathan Huynh Honored for Community Service

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.