Student Leader Shares Impact of Service-Learning

College is about about discovering who you are and what you are passionate about, making new friends, understanding different perspectives, and experiencing new things. It’s also about maximizing your opportunities and learning to give back. Laura Alonso Restrepo, a CPCC student leader and 2014 graduate, is a testament to the importance of getting involved on campus and the positive impact it can have on your life. She shares her story below:

Laura at the Service-Learning Ceremony

This past school year here at Central Piedmont Community College I have found a home and a supportive enriching environment in Service-Learning. I had the opportunity to rediscover the blessing behind giving back and lending a hand to those in need. This past year I have built relationships with several wonderful ladies who bring to light that helping hand in all of us. Through Service-Learning, just this past school year, I have been able to volunteer here in our community with several all day events such as the annual MLK challenge and American Heart Association 5k run. I have also had the opportunity to do Service-Learning through CPCC in Washington D.C with my Phi Theta Kappa international honor society officers at the 2013 Run to Remember.

Now I have the honor in being the first Central Piedmont Community College student to do international Service-Learning through the Global Learning program. In less than a week I will be on my way to Chimbote, Peru with Krystal Crowe, a Program Coordinator for Student Life, and several other students and faculty from two other community colleges from the states. Service abroad has been a dream of mine for several years and now, thanks to CPCC and the Service-Learning department, I will have the opportunity to reach out and give back to the children of Peru for two weeks after my graduation. We will be doing service with Friends of Chimbote, which supports four primary areas of competency: education, healthcare, social programs, and transformation. Some of the service projects we will be doing include building a house for a family, working in the soup kitchen and day care center, and helping in the center for women and family assistance.

Service-Learning has helped me become a stronger student and an even better community member. As a Charlotte Mecklenburg resident, Service-Learning has raised my awareness of the existence and work of organizations that provide a lending hand to people in need. It has also helped me strengthen my skills, especially my education. I have become more responsible and focused on organization and result seeking.

I could not ask for a better way to end my educational experience here at Central Piedmont Community College. Thanks to the department of Service-Learning and its beautiful minded staff I will have a life changing opportunity in the next few days. This is just the beginning of my life time service to my community here or where ever my life takes me.

Thank you.

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SGA Announces the 2014-2015 Executive Committee

As another academic year is coming to a close at CPCC – with students preparing for final exams and making plans for the summer – there is one group of individuals who are ending their year with a strong sense of accomplishment and an eagerness to return in the fall. The following students are the newly elected SGA Executive Committee officers and they look forward to not only serving their campus community, but making a difference on campus.

President: Abed Arian

“My name is Abed Arian, and I am originally from Afghanistan. I am a full-time student at Central Piedmont Community College in the Associate in Arts program as a first step to ultimately earning a Master’s degree in Political Science and International Business. In the course of the three semesters I have been at CPCC, I have taken frequent opportunities to become involved on campus. I started as a representative for SGA in my first semester, and was elected to be a senator in my second semester. Throughout the year, I actively volunteered in events like Fall Fest, MLK Challenge, and SGA promotion tables. I’m also with the Peer Mentoring Program as a mentor for the first year students. As someone from a different country, I have had to learn how to ask proper questions, how to listen to different viewpoints, and how to work with different people. I offer these skills to the Student Government Association, at the same time, allowing me to further grow in my mission to promote leadership, encourage responsibility, and represent the interests of the students of this institution.”

Vice President: Antoine Lopez

“I have seen faith and ambition in the eyes of CPCC students, and as the Vice President for the student government, I will dedicate my time and effort to fulfill their aspirations of excellence. My name is Antoine Lopez, a student at Central Campus in the Associate in Arts program and will be going to UNC Charlotte for degrees in Political Science and Communication. The student government has a special meaning for me. Community within the community, each member is cheerful and full of promises, and they as a whole have given me strength and trust through my initial experience. Being the Vice President will be an honor and the occasion for me to give CPCC the favor back. I will strengthen the links of the SGA toward other CPCC entities, I will put under the spotlight the effort of the one who worked hard for success, I will value their efforts and their cause and dedicate our student government to our great focus, student’s success. I will give the second “C” of CPCC a new life and gather everybody under the same flag. Community is only the beginning, success is our goal.”

Treasurer: Moza Hamud

“My name is Moza Hamud and I am currently enrolled at CPCC as a transfer student with my short term goal of obtaining my associate in science degree with academic honors and to apply what I learn in class throughout my career. I plan to transfer and complete my pre-med degree in biochemistry then apply to a medical school to complete my doctor of medicine degree and I would love to specialize in oncology. I was the CEO of Green Enterprise Rolls (a junior achievement company program) and led a debate team to victory in 2012. I am currently a representative for the SGA at Levine Campus. I really enjoy working for the SGA, and I feel like it would be such an honor to be part of the executive committee and give life to the students as that is exactly what SGA does. It actually makes college life so much fun!”

Public Information Officer: John Hamilton

“My name is John Hamilton and I’m from Hampton, Virginia. I moved here a couple of years ago to spend more time with my family and soon after that I fell in love with Charlotte. I applied for the public informational officer position, to help my school broaden, not only my knowledge, but also the students that attend CPCC about the many services that CPCC has to offer and programs they can attend. I’ve been with the SGA before in my first semester and have met many of the officers and have enjoyed the different events that have taken part because of the SGA. I’m also active in other activities in school such as the Man-Up program and as a volunteer at the CMC hospital. I look forward to helping my fellow students broaden their knowledge about new events, school information as well as community information and help by giving good and creative ideas for SGA.”

The CPCC Student Government Association (SGA) is an organization run by students to represent fellow students, while also supporting the mission of the College and the Office of Student Life. The purpose of the SGA is to:

  • Advocate for the student body by conveying the opinions, ideas, wishes, and needs of the students to the administration, faculty, and staff.
  • Enhance student life on campus through social, cultural, and educational activities.
  • Provide support to student organizations.

To learn more about how you can get involved in SGA, please click HERE.

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SGA Elections Begin

Today marks the beginning of elections for CPCC’s Student Government Association (SGA), so we encourage all students to learn more about SGA and to cast their vote for the new Executive Committee. Visit the Student Life website to vote online!

2014-2015 Candidates for Office include:

  • President: Abed Arian
  • Vice President: Mariam Belagam; Tzadde Daley; Antoine Lopez
  • Public Information Officer: John Hamilton
  • Treasurer: Moza Hamud
  • Secretary: vacant

To learn more about the candidates and what they hope to accomplish in their new role, please click HERE. Remember… your vote is your voice, so be heard! Elections end on April 27, 2014.

The SGA is an organization run by students to represent fellow students, while also supporting the mission of the College and the Office of Student Life. The purpose of the SGA is to:

  • Advocate for the student body by conveying the opinions, ideas, wishes, and needs of the students to the administration, faculty, and staff.
  • Enhance student life on campus through social, cultural, and educational activities.
  • Provide support to student organizations.
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Student Reflection: Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a low-cost service trip that provides students with an opportunity to participate in meaningful service activities, learn more about community issues, and have fun. In the past, students have traveled to Charleston, Atlanta, Wilmington, and Sumter, SC. For 2014, students traveled to Savannah, GA. The following reflection was submitted by Stella Foster.

Alternative Spring Break was an amazing way to not only help people through volunteering, but also to make new friends. Each and every day I found myself inspired by a touching story. One of the stories involved a man who was one of the leaders in a program at the Savannah City Mission. This program helps men who recently got out of jail or are on probation to be the best that they can be. Some of the duties included helping those in the program to successfully get a career or to help them with finances. He told us that he knew that this works because he was once in the program. When he finished, he found it his duty to help others. This was truly inspiring to hear and helped me to realize that everyone has a story to share and their story can easily inspire others.

While on this trip, we worked with five different organizations – The Savannah City Mission, Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, The Ronald McDonald House, the YMCA, and the Ruth Byck Adult Day Care Center. Along the way we met a lot of inspiring individuals. I remember being at the YMCA and meeting a young girl. She was incredibly smart, wonderfully creative, and had a refreshing spirit. All of the young kids at the YMCA were so nice and they absolutely loved us. We were able to do crafts with them and they ended up teaching me so much. They showed me the beauty of an open mind and politeness.

All in all, I would definitely recommend going on an Alternative Spring Break. This trip was a wonderful balance of service and culture. We were able to explore Savannah and all it has to offer during the afternoon but we were also serving throughout the morning and early afternoon hours. You will have an experience like no other and will meet other students in your school who have a similar desire to serve.

To learn more about CPCC Alternative Spring Break and other community service opportunities, please visit the Service Learning website.

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Spring Festivals & Celebration

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While students and faculty are starting to prepare for finals and the end of the semester, the Office of Student Life is gearing up for our annual celebrations of festivals, honor society inductions, and award ceremonies. As we reflect on an entire academic year dedicated to programming and student leadership, we ask that you join us in celebrating our students and building community on campus. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend our upcoming spring festivals where there will be entertainment, food, games, and more.

  • Tuesday, April 8: Harris Campus at 11 am
  • Tuesday, April 15: Harper Campus at 11 am
  • Wednesday, April 23: Central Campus at 10 am & Cato Campus at 10:30 am

For detailed event information, please check the Student Life Events Calendar.

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Join a Positive Community for Women

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TED Video – Why we have too few women leaders: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers three powerful pieces of advice to women. Sheryl Sandberg, Founder of, wants all women to have the confidence and know-how to achieve their goals. This starts with an active and supportive community.

At CPCC, the Positive Community for Women (PCW) was introduced in hopes to bring about a community for women that supports positive communications and relations for women, about women and with women. The mission of PCW is to provide a positive and educational environment where women are empowered and encouraged to improve their lives through education and personal growth. PCW seeks to support and uplift women as a source of awareness of resources and events, a source of support for confidential exchange and mentoring, and a source of advocacy for student endeavors and for dedication to current and on-going issues concerning women.

PCW is hoping to receive support from faculty and students to find a true niche here at CPCC and increase retention for our female students. PCW is open to all CPCC students, faculty, and staff. PCW is currently holding meetings every Wednesday from 2pm – 3pm on Central Campus. For more information about PCW, please contact Danielle Dosunmu at (704) 330-6954 or e-mail at

Upcoming Event at Sensoria:

What is Beauty?
Central Campus, Tate Hall
Wednesday, April 9th
2:00 PM

Our perspective of self-image and “beauty” is often clouded by our own distorted reflections of self and by the altered images promoted widely in mass media. Join us as we explore perspectives of beauty through illustration and portraiture, considering internal and external perspectives of REAL beauty.

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Apply to Be a Ruth Shaw Scholar

Dr. Ruth Shaw, CPCC’s second college president, made a recent gift to the College to create, in partnership with the CPCC Foundation and Student Life, the Ruth G. Shaw Women’s Leadership Program at CPCC. This unique student program aims to:

  • Connect women students to one another and to a supportive network of community mentors.
  • Inspire women students to assume positions of leadership and to celebrate their individual and collective achievements.
  • Nurture female student leaders by encouraging and demonstrating critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and problem-solving strategies.
  • Foster a deeper awareness of the many roles women play and their contributions to society.

The Program, which is limited to 10 female students who will be completing in Fall 2014, CPCC’s Emerging Leaders Program, includes an application process and annual commitment but offers exclusive benefits.

Through monthly luncheons and guided conversations with community mentors, the Ruth G. Shaw Women’s Leadership Program offers interaction with College leaders, faculty, staff and alumnae; personal and professional skill development; hands-on leadership development; and recognition of achievement. As a culminating event and in collaboration with faculty, staff and mentors, participants will plan and execute an annual spring symposium for the community.

APPLICATION: Applications are due to any Student Life office by 5pm, Wednesday, April 16.

Interested applicants should complete the Ruth Shaw Scholars application (click link above). More information regarding the Fall 2014 Emerging Leaders Program will be available soon.

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NAVIG8TOR: Discover Student Success

Sample NAVIG8TOR Card

The path to success at CPCC begins with getting connected! Establishing, developing, and maintaining relationships are important to a student’s success at college. Students should be proactive in building a network of key individuals – both on and off campus – who can help them personally and professionally. The NAVIG8TOR program is the perfect opportunity to meet staff, learn about valuable services and resources on your campus, make new friends, and enjoy free prizes!

This program is intended to connect individuals to CPCC Support Services that are critical to a student’s success. Students can pick up a NAVIG8TOR Card at select campus locations (see below) and speak with a representative to learn more about the rules for participation. Students will be entered for prizes after visiting required campus departments/areas and completing a short survey. For more information, including details about participating departments and prizes, please speak with a Student Life Coordinator at one of the following campuses.

Where can I get my NAVIG8TOR card?

  • Central Campus: Student Life, First Year Experience, the Library, or any other participating departments
  • Levine Campus: Student Life, Student Success Center, the Library,Tutoring & Testing Center, Computer Labs, and Financial Aid
  • Harper Campus: Student Life, Front Registration Desk, and the Library
  • Cato Campus: Student Life, Student Success Desk
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Student Club of the Month

Each month we will be highlighting a student club or organization at CPCC that has gone above and beyond in service, fundraising, programming, and overall excellence.

March Club of the Month: Cytotechnology Student Association

The Cytotechnology Student Association (CSA) is comprised of Cytotechnology students, practicing Cytotechnologists, and Pathologists. The CSA strives to educate the community on health issues related to the field of cytology as well as promote the profession of Cytotechnology at the local, state, and national levels.

The Cytotechnology Student Association has once again stepped up in a leadership role with advocating for the upcoming Project Life Bone Marrow Drive. Project Life is a non-profit organization that works directly with college campuses to help add more college students, faculty, and staff to the National Bone Marrow Registry. On February 19th, CSA members and other Health Science students, performed a flash mob in brightly colored shirts that say “Get Swabbed” to go along with the theme for this year’s drive, “Be a Life Saver.”

If you are interested in learning more about Project Life and how you can save someone’s life, please visit the Student Life website or stop by an upcoming bone marrow donor drive at one of the following CPCC campuses.

March 5, 2014
Harper Campus
Location: Classroom 352-D
Time: 11:30am-2:30pm

April 9, 2014
Central Campus
Location: Belk Patio (By Belk and Elizabeth Building)
Time: 9am-3pm

April 22, 2014
Harris Campus
Location: Harris Building I Atrium
Time: 11am-2pm

Get Involved in Student Life

If you are interested in joining the Cytotechnology Student Association, or if you would like to help with upcoming events, please contact Kim Kaylor. If you would like to get involved in another student organization, please visit our EXPLORE page to learn about the 40+ student organizations at CPCC. You can also visit a Student Life office at any campus to learn more about leadership opportunities.

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Now Available: Student Leadership Conference Applications

A trail always leads you somewhere. Some paths lead to familiar and expected destinations, while others open you to new discoveries. If you are looking to forge your own path and learn more about who you are as a leader, then grab your bag and join us March 28-30th in the Blue Ridge Mountains for the 2014 Student Leadership Conference.

This is a great opportunity for students to learn outside the classroom and interact with a diverse group of individuals, while also enjoying beautiful scenery and good food! Focused on personal growth and leadership development, this conference will challenge and motivate you to live out your potential and become a better leader in all aspects of your life.

While we won’t provide details on the conference itinerary (what’s the fun in that?), you should be prepared to participate in a full agenda of small group activities and interactive learning experiences. Sometimes, not knowing what lies ahead can be an exciting and worthwhile experience. Join us for a weekend that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

For more information about the conference and to apply, please click HERE, or visit any Student Life office. The application deadline is March 19th by 5 pm.

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