Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Coming Week

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Central Piedmont offers you a ton of ways to get involved, make friends, do good for others, and have fun. While we offer hundreds of unique experiences on each campus during the semester – check out the full calendar of events – here are the Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Week.

  1. Blood Drive (Merancas Campus):  Student Life is hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, January 22nd from 10 am-2 pm. Walk-ins are welcome or you can sign up in advance in either the SGA or Student Life Office (TS 231/TS 230) or by emailing Cassie Sinkovitz. All donors will receive a FREE T-SHIRT and refreshments. Contact:
  2. Welcome Week (Central Campus): Goals and Candy, Wednesday, January 22nd from 9:30-11 am, Therapy Dog Visit, Thursday, January 23rd from 11 am-12:30 pm in the Worrell Lobby.
  3. Week of Welcome (Cato Campus): Make Your Own Keychain, Wednesday, January 22nd from 11 am-1 pm (Cato 3 Lounge), WOW Game Truck, Thursday, January 23rd from 12-2 pm (Front of Cato 3).
  4. Warm-Up Wednesday (Merancas): Wednesday, January 22nd from 9:30-11:30 am, grab some free coffee and enjoy conversations with your fellow students.
  5. Student Resource Day (Harper Campus): Join us on the first-floor lobby to learn about resources offered for students at Harper campus on Tuesday, January 28th from 11:30-1:30 pm.

Please visit Student Life & Service-Learning to learn more about how to get plugged in!

Learn How To Prepare Nutritional Food

Cooking and access to nutritional food can be a challenge to college students. Come learn the basics of preparing healthy meals with items from our very own campus food pantry.

Join Service-Learning and the Central Piedmont Hospitality department on November 20 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., on Central Campus in Zeiss, Room 1102. Contact for more information.

Service-Learning in Puerto Rico

Ten Central Piedmont students and one Service-Learning Coordinator will spend spring break volunteering in Puerto Rico, as part of Central Piedmont’s International Alternative Spring Break. The island of Puerto Rico is considered a “commonwealth” of the United States, so students do not need their passports to travel. Our dedicated team will work at an orphanage and help rebuild communities hit by Hurricane Maria.

The Global Learning Office “Did you know?”… for the week:
Although Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, they are not allowed to vote in presidential elections.


Forced from Home Event

Global Learning & Service-Learning at CPCC are offering an amazing and free opportunity for students, staff, and faculty.

This event is sponsored by Doctors without Borders and is called Forced from Home; it travels the country and will be in Charlotte on October 7-14, 2018.

Forced from Home is a free, interactive, outdoor educational exhibition that raises public awareness about the experience of the world’s more than 68.5 million refugees and internally displaced people. This educational event helps attendees learn about the many challenges people on the move encounter and the work Doctors without Borders does to address their basic medical needs in a host of settings.

Here is the link to learn much more about this amazing experience:

We believe it to be very important to offer this opportunity of civic engagement for our students, and we have set up two options where CPCC students can attend as a group with a faculty or staff member as part of the experience. This will allow all of us to experience the exhibition together, and we will offer a reflection for the students at the end. Students will be awarded two Civic Engagement hours on their service transcripts for attending this experience.

Anyone from CPCC is welcome and encouraged to attend, and we would love if you could share this information with your students, fellow staff and faculty. The two designated times for CPCC are:

  • Tuesday, October 9; 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. (CPCC faculty member Tiffany Adams & Director of Global Learning will attend; Nadine Russell will lead the group)
  • Sunday, October 14, 2018; 2 – 3:45 p.m. (Director of Service-Learning Jenn Marts will  lead group)

Please direct interest folks to register here to receive a reminder email for the event:

The Forced From Home Exhibition will be at the NASCAR Hall of Fame: 400 E M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28202; you will need to provide your own transportation to and from this event. The main entrance for the parking garage is located on Martin Luther King Blvd. between Brevard St and Caldwell St.

We will also be hosting a Deliberative Dialogue on the refugee experience that we encourage all attending students, staff and faculty to come to.

This will take place at Central Campus on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The room will be sent once everyone is signed up. We need at least 10 participants to make this part of the experience happen.

Deliberative Dialogues allows people to share their perspectives and experiences with one another about difficult issues we tend to just debate about or avoid entirely. Students will receive 2 hours of civic engagement credit for participating in this opportunity as well. You do NOT have to attend the exhibit to attend the dialogue – all are encouraged to come and learn from one another.

If you have questions, please email

14th Annual MLK Challenge Set for Jan. 15!

The 14th Annual MLK Challenge will take place on January 15, 2018. This event celebrates the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The day incorporates an educational kick-off, service projects, and a reflection wrap-up. We will begin with an introduction to King’s life and lessons, students are then randomly assigned to groups and given a service project at a local organization to complete. Students must work together and utilize problem-solving skills in order to finish their task.

At the end of the day, we will reassemble to reflect on their accomplishments in a guided discussion. This helps students process all that happened during the day. This event is free and open to the CPCC community only. We will provide transportation, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Participants are asked to dress for anything.  

Registration begins 8 a.m. the day of the event in lobby of the Zeiss Building.

Details: MLK Challenge, January 15, 2018;  8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

To sign up for this event please click here or contact Savannah Greer at , or Jenn Marts at  or 704.330.6824.


Participate in our Toys for Tots Drive!

All CPCC students who want to help make a child’s holiday special are invited to participate in our upcoming Toys For Tots Drive!Toys for Tots

        What:            CPCC Service-Learning, Rotaract and Phi Theta Kappa are collecting donations of unwrapped toys for Toys For Tots – you can grab an angel off any of the Toys for Tots holiday trees, or buy any toy that you think a child would love to have as a gift! Please leave them unwrapped and only donate new items. Help us make the holidays brighter for a child in need!

        When:           November 2 – December 1, 2017 – any donations received after this date will be shared with Bright Blessings

        Where:          Drop off spots are on each campus:

  • Central Campus: Overcash 257
  • Merancas: Claytor Lobby
  • Levine: Student Life, LV 1400
  • Harper: Student Life HP 342 or Service-Learning HP 344
  • Cato: Cato I, Main Lobby
  • Harris (Jackson Park Ministries Donations), Student Life Lounge

Questions? Contact Director of Service-Learning, Jenn Marts, at 704-330-6824 or

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This is a time for us all to start to think about what we are thankful for, a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness and work toward a world where no one has to experience Hunger and Homelessness.

The Service-Learning Center is hosting the 3rd annual week of educational programming that will allow our campus communities to come together around the topics of Hunger and Homelessness and to spur conversations around how each of us can serve as a catalyst for making our local communities free of Hunger and Homelessness.

Review the schedule of Hunger and Homelessness Week of events. Please feel free to join us for as many of these programs as you wish to – all are welcome to attend. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Jenn Marts, director of Service-Learning, at or at 704.330.6824.

Help Feed Charlotte’s Hungry!

In honor of Dr. Deitemeyer’s upcoming inauguration on Nov. 3, CPCC’s Service-Learning and Student Life teams have coordinated a number of community outreach initiatives focused on feeding Charlotte’s hungry during the week of Oct. 30.

CPCC students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the following events taking place at CPCC campus near you! Enjoy a free dessert from one of the on-site food trucks (while supplies last!), sign a well wish card for Dr. Deitemeyer and more!

Help us reach our goal of making 2,500 sandwiches during this special week of service. We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, Oct. 30
Merancas Campus

Urban Ministries – Making PB&J Sandwiches Event
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Levine Campus
Urban Ministries – Making PB&J Sandwiches Event
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Levine II, Second Floor, Atrium

Tuesday, Oct. 31

Harper Campus

Urban Ministries – Making PB&J Sandwiches Event
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Harper I, Lobby near Security Office

City View

Urban Ministries – Making PB&J Sandwiches Event
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fall Fest

Harris Campus

Urban Ministries – Making PB&J Sandwiches Event
10 a.m. – noon and 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Harris I, Lobby

Thursday, Nov. 2

Central Campus
Urban Ministries – Making PB&J Sandwiches Event
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Overcash Center, Lobby

Cato Campus
Urban Ministries – Making PB&J Sandwiches Event
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cato I, Room 024

Register for the National Bone Marrow Registry on Nov. 1!

For the sixth-consecutive year, CPCC is partnering with the Project Life Movement, a campus-based national marrow donor organization, to solicit new donors to the National Bone Marrow Registry List in

Project Life

Project Life

honor of Dr. Deitemeyer’s inauguration on Nov. 3.

CPCC and Project Life invite students to attend its upcoming Drive Thru Swabbing event, being held on CPCC’s Central Campus from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., on Nov. 1, in the Overcash Driveway.

CPCC-based student organizations, including Rotaract Club, Cytotechnology Student Association and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, are all partnering with CPCC Service-Learning/Student Life to play a key leadership role in this initiative which seeks to add 700 new donors to the National Bone Marrow Registry List.

During the event, participants will have the inside of their cheeks swabbed for a tissue sample and complete paperwork. The process will take no longer than 10 minutes. After completing the registration process, participants will not only be added to the National Bone Marrow Registry List, but also have the opportunity to enjoy a free lunch – provided by CPCC’s Baking & Pastry Arts students – sign a well wish card for Dr. Deitemeyer and win a variety of prizes.

Come out and be a part of the movement and help save a life!

Donate to a Loaves and Fishes Food Barrel

CPCC’s partnership with Loaves & Fishes continues during Dr. Deitemeyer’s inauguration week when Loaves & Fishes sets up food barrels at each CPCC campus between Oct. 19 and Nov. 30. The CPCC community is invited to donate non-perishable items during this time.

If you’re not sure what to donate, visit the Loaves & Fishes Priority Needs List. All donated items will help feed individuals and families in need who are experiencing a short-term crisis by providing them with a week’s worth of nutritionally balanced groceries.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and helping a neighbor in need!

Write a Well Wish Card to Dr. Deitemeyer

As you’re participating in the various Service-Learning events taking place in celebration of Dr. Deitemeyer’s upcoming inauguration on Nov. 3, don’t miss the opportunity to write her a well wish card. Staff will be on hand to direct you to the card signing table at each event where you’ll have the opportunity to write a personal message to her as she officially begins her tenure as CPCC’s fourth president. Completed cards will be displayed at the Inauguration Luncheon (which students are invited to!) on Nov. 3 for all to read! Thank you for participating!

Emergency Food Pantry to Open on Central Campus April 13

The Emergency Food Pantry is able to provide individuals and households within the CPCC community with a two-day supply of non-perishable food per visit. 
The amount of food you receive depends on how many people live in your household. 
You are eligible to visit the food pantry two times each month.
Pantry hours are:
Monday and Thursday from noon – 4 p.m.
The pantry is located in Pease 066.
For more information please contact Dena Shonts at ext. 6558, or visit

CPCC Student Honored for Community Service

Central Piedmont Community College student DaQuane Cherry has been recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities with a shared cpcc_daquanecherrycommitment to civic engagement. Cherry is a recipient of the network’s Community Impact Award, honoring one student leader at each member school.

Cherry is one of 25 students selected by their campus for the 2016 honor, joining more than 200 college students recognized by the network since the award was first presented in 2006.

A second year marketing student from Elizabeth City, Cherry has been an active leader across the spectrum of civic and community engagement at CPCC. He is a SGA Senator and serves as the Election Engagement Fellow on Central Campus, working to engage his peers in the 2016 election. As a Rotaract member, he has been part of many community-based service projects, and as a Service Learning Program work study student, he has helped other students become involved in service learning. He is also a frequent performer in CPCC plays and musicals.

Dr. Jenn Marts, CPCC’s Director of Service-Learning, says Cherry “has been a fantastic addition to the Service-Learning team,” and she praises his “outgoing, energetic, inclusive” leadership style.

Cherry will be honored at the Compact’s annual CSNAP student conference, held this year on November 12 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The event will convene more than 160 students and staff from 24 campuses in the network. In addition to awards and networking opportunities, the conference will include student-led workshops on diverse community engagement topics and a showcase of organizations working for social change, including the Campus Kitchens Project, Rachel Carson Council, and the Sustained Dialogue Institute.

North Carolina Campus Compact is a statewide coalition of 36 public, private, and community colleges and universities that share a commitment to civic and community engagement. The network was founded in 2002 and is hosted by Elon University. North Carolina Campus Compact is an affiliate of the national Campus Compact organization, which claims 1,000 member schools representing nearly 2 million college students.