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.

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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.