Staff Spotlight: Tina Hardin receives the Dr. Mel Gay Legacy Award at Levine Campus holiday party

Tina Hardin receives Mel Gay Legacy award

One of our very own team members, Tina Hardin, received the Dr. Mel Gay Legacy Award last week at the Levine Campus holiday party. She was one of two staff members to receive the award. Barry Gilmore is the second recipient. They were both presented this award by Dr. Gay’s wife, Dail Gay, pictured above with Barry and Tina.

Reginald Pincham, ESS Director of Levine Campus, wrote about the award and the recipients:

Our Dr. Mel Gay Legacy Award winners were selected because they demonstrate the characteristics that the late Dr. Mel Gay exhibited as our leader on the Levine campus: Commitment, Enthusiasm, Communication, Patience and Teamwork.

Here are some of the comments team members said about both Barry and Tina:

 

Barry Gilmore, Full-Time team member:

  • He is constantly thinking of ways to better serve students, faculty and staff. He is always concerned about the “Culture of Levine” and how he can affect that culture. If there is a way to advance the culture of unselfishness, the destruction of the silo mentality on Levine campus and have fun while learning he is exploring a way to achieve it.
  • He has an amazing level of commitment to our staff, students and faculty and he carries an enthusiasm and energy for his department that shines through.
  • He displays a great love and caring spirit for the students he serves and is an advocate for student unity.

Tina Hardin, Part-Time team member:

  • This employee is a joy to work with and clearly demonstrates and embodies the Mel Gay Legacy award criteria.
  • She is caring, kind and responsive to both students and colleagues.
  • She is very patient with everyone, extremely knowledgeable about her department’s role at CPCC and displays a great passion for the service she gives to students.

Disability Services is extremely proud of Tina. Congratulations on this well-deserved award!

 

College Diabetes Network is starting a group this fall at CPCC

The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is coming to CPCC! CDN’s mission is to empower and improve the lives of students living with Type 1 Diabetes through peer support and access to information and resources. CDS’s vision is to create a college community, which will enable students with diabetes to thrive in all of their personal, healthcare, and scholastic accomplishments. A group will soon be meeting at Levine and Central campuses. 

Please call 704-800-5755 or
email cpcc@collegediabetesnetwork.org for more information.

www.collegediabetesnetwork.org

ADA Scenarios Training for Faculty and Staff

Disability Services Presents
ADA Scenarios 

Sign up in Learner Web for PD credit!

Cato                 March 3rd                     2-4pm

Levine              March 31st                   2-4pm

Merancas         April 21st                      2-4pm

  •  Learn how to respond to situations that involve ADA law and students with disabilities
  • Presenters will highlight various disability cases and how to best respond according to the law
  • Increase your knowledge of ADA/Section 504 compliance

 *Completing the Disability Services Online training in Learner Web is encouraged prior to attending ADA Scenarios but it is not mandatory.

Upcoming Student Resource Day Events for Spring 2016. Look for Disability Services!

It’s the start of a new semester! And CPCC Student Life is hosting Student Resource Day at all the CPCC campuses to showcase Student Services and Student Life at the college. This is a great opportunity to learn what resources are available to students on campus and how to become more involved with the college! Here is the schedule of the Student Resource Day events at the CPCC campuses:

Tina Hardin at Levine Campus Student Resource Day

Harris Tuesday 1/19/16 11am-1pm, Harris 1 lobby

Central Wednesday 1/27/16 10am-1pm, Overcash 2nd floor

Levine Thursday 1/28/16 11:30am-1:30pm, Levine campus

Harper Tuesday 2/2/16 11:30am-1pm, Student lounge

Merancas Thursday 2/4/16 11am-1pm, Claytor building

Cato Wednesday 2/10/16 10am-12pm, Cato I Atrium

Look for the Disability Services information table at these events to learn more about our services! Can’t make it to an event? Check out our website, call, or come visit! Visit our Contact Us page for more information.

Need your accommodations for spring 2016 classes? Contact your Disability Counselor as soon as you are registered!

It is open enrollment for the spring 2016 semester and it is time to register! Check your CPCC student account online to find out your registration date and register as soon as possible.

If you are registered with Disability Services for accommodations, contact your Disability Counselor as soon as you are registered for classes. Students who are registered with Disability Services should follow the Steps for Students Who Have a Disability Counselor on our website. We can complete your accommodation forms before the new semester starts. Get ahead of the game by getting your forms done early! Contact your Disability Counselor today!

If you are a student who would like to make your first request for academic accommodations at CPCC, please follow our process and procedures to request accommodations that is posted on our website or visit us on campus. We have two main office locations at the Central and Levine campuses, but we can meet with students at any of the satellite campuses. New requests can be submitted at any time. Please contact us if you have any questions or visit our website for more information:

www.cpcc.edu/disabilities

Good luck as you finish the fall semester! We look forward to working with in spring 2016!

Increased Accessibility at Levine Campus

Written by Tina Hardin

As we strive to improve accessibility on all our campuses, we want people to know that Disability Services is listening and facilitating change! We are happy to announce the installation of two new wheelchair ramps located between the Middle College buildings and the College Curriculum buildings at Levine campus.  In collaboration and coordination with the college ADA Coordinator and the Facilities department, we completed this project in time for Fall semester 2015 to increase accessibility and safety for students traveling back and forth between these locations. Small changes can make such a huge difference! Please see the pictures below of these beautiful new pathways.

New ramp at Levine Campus for the Middle College

New ramp at Levine Campus (photo 1)

Levine campus ramp (photo 2)

Tips for Faculty: Online class accommodations

To the Faculty of CPCC,

Whether you are taking time off or still teaching (hopefully a light courseload!) during the summer term, Disability Services sends you well wishes for a relaxing summer!

With that being said….the fall semester will be here before you know it! Disability Services wants to help prepare faculty for working with students with disabilities for the upcoming fall term. This blog post focuses on online classes and working with students with disabilities to provide academic accommodations. Here’s a list of helpful tips to assist you as a faculty member:

1. Include a statement in the syllabus about Disability Services. This is something that all faculty are recommended to do as a best practice for informing their students about how to request accommodations through Disability Services. Click here to view CPCC’s syllabus statement for accommodations. Even in online classes, students may need to use accommodations to access the material.

2. Sign the accommodation form once it is sent to you and return it to the Disability Counselor. The form explains what accommodations are approved to be used by the student in your class. Accommodations are considered active once you sign the accommodation form. Clarify any questions about accommodations with the student and/or their Disability Counselor. The Disability Counselor is listed on the accommodation form.

3. If you are teaching an online class and require students to test on campus at some point during the semester, notify the testing center about students in your class(es) who are approved to use testing accommodations (such as extended time for testing) when you submit tests to the testing center. Generally, testing for online classes is done off campus. So as a result, the testing center is not notified about students who are approved for testing accommodations when they are registered for online classes. If you know this type of testing occurs in an online class and you are asked to sign an accommodation form for that class, please take the steps to ensure compliance with the student’s accommodations.

4. View the Disability Services website, Faculty and Staff Resources page, for more information on working with students with disabilities. Here you will find FAQs, directions for the accommodation form, tips for referring students to Disability Services, and directions for using the Disability Services Testing Center. Feel free to also look around the Disability Services website for more department information. We’ve recently updated our website content and will continue to update it, so check back often!

Anytime you have questions about accommodations, students with disabilities, or anything else related to Disability Services, please contact us! We are happy to help all staff and faculty at CPCC. You can visit us at our Central Campus (TE 219) or Levine Campus (room 2223) locations. Or by calling us at x6621. We look forward to working with you in the upcoming fall semester!

Staff Spotlight: Tina Hardin, Disability Counselor for Levine Campus

Introduction written by Laurie Jachym

Tina Hardin is the focus of our Staff Spotlight this week. She is a newer team member in Disability Services. After starting as a part-time Disability Counselor at Central Campus, she stepped in as the full time Levine Campus Disability Counselor after Pat Adams retired last November. We in Disability Services miss seeing Tina in the Central Campus office everyday, however she is working hard to provide excellent services as a “one-woman-show” at Levine. Here is a Q & A with Tina to help you get to know her better.

Q: How long have you worked at CPCC?
A: One year, since July 2014

Q: What other professional jobs have you held in the past?
A: I have worked as a Counselor in both clinical and academic settings. After finishing my Master’s degree, I enjoyed doing outpatient therapy with individuals and families at a community mental health center. Then, in 2008, I began working more with persons with disabilities when I became a Guidance Counselor and Academic Resource supervisor at a K-12 school. Before becoming a Counselor, I worked as a Personal Care Attendant for students with disabilities while in college.

Q: What is your area/what are your areas of expertise?
A: Because of the experience I’ve had in clinical mental health counseling, I have knowledge about a variety of mental/emotional disorders as well as medication management associated with those.  In addition, my experience with students in primary and secondary school taught me a lot about learning, developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job at CPCC?
A: I mostly enjoy talking with students. I find the college setting to be an exciting place where people come to learn, grow and prepare for the future. It is a privilege for me to be a support person for a student with a disability who is on an educational journey here at CPCC!

Q: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?
A: Outside of work, I enjoy gardening, playing tennis with my husband and sons, and walking.

Q: What do you want others to know about you?
A: Other things that people may not know about me are:

  1. I am originally from a small, country town in Ohio
  2. I drink tea the “English” way; with cream and sugar (the only RIGHT way)
  3. I know how to ride a motorcycle 😉

 

Staff Spotlight: Kayla Earley, Lab Facilitator


Kayla with poster presentation

Introduction written by Laurie Jachym

Kayla Earley is another new addition to the Disability Services team. She joins the Disability Services Testing Center staff at Central campus as an Instructional Lab Facilitator. She works with students who attend classes at Central, Levine, and Harris campuses to provide testing accommodations and assistive technology services.

Here is a little Q & A with Kayla to help you get to know her better.

 

Q: How long have you worked at Central Piedmont Community College?
A: A very short time, only since March 2015!

Q: What other professional jobs have you held in the past?
A: I worked for 2 years with Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Support Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students, 1 year as Bindery Supervisor at Carl A. Rudisill Library, and 1 year interning as an HIV Tester/Counselor with the ALFA.

Q: What is your area/what are your areas of expertise?
A: My Bachelors of Science is in Community Health from Lenoir-Rhyne University, and I am enrolled to begin my Master of Arts in Anthropology at UNCC this year. I have experience in research, program planning, and captioning.

Q: Can you tell us more about your picture?
A: Sure, that poster is from my Senior Honors Thesis. I was presenting an evaluation of the Council on Adolescent’s Lunch Buddy Program, which is a mentoring program for middle school students in Catawba County.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job at Central Piedmont Community College?
A: I enjoy meeting new students and observing how they learn and recall test material.

Q: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?
A: Outside of work I enjoy reading historical fiction, visiting museums, and going to the zoo with my mom.

Q: What do you want others to know about you?
A: If I wrote an autobiography, the title would be, “I can’t help it; I’m a nerd.”

Please help us welcome Kayla to the college and to Disability Services. She is a wonderful new addition to our team.

Announcement: Patricia Adams retires as Disability Counselor from Levine campus! New contact information for the Levine campus Disability Services office

Written by Laurie Jachym, Disability Counselor
Pat at retirement party
Pat at her retirement party November 2014

Patricia “Pat” Adams retired from CPCC after 27 years of service. She is well-known at the Levine campus as the resident Disability Counselor for Levine students. Pat has an extensive background in the field of special education, both at the K-12 and post-secondary levels. She will truly be missed by the staff, faculty, and students at CPCC. The Disability Services family wishes her and her family well as she begins a new journey!

If you were previously assigned to Pat Adams as your Disability Counselor and you wish to continue to receive services from our office, please contact:

Tina Hardin 704-330-2722 Ext 7279