Breast Cancer Awareness: Mobile Mammography at CPCC

Photo courtesy www.nationalbreastcancer.org

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

The Novant Health Breast Center mobile mammography unit is a coach that provides screening mammography services in the community. It is a collaborative effort between Novant Health breast health services, Novant Health Foundation, and several individual and corporate donors. The service is designed to ensure all women have access to high-quality breast health services, regardless of your ability to pay or travel to a full-service imaging center.

  • Benefits of the mobile unit: state-of-the-art digital mammography; expert team of female technologists; and on-site convenience with the luxury and privacy of a traditional imaging center.
  • Walk-ins are accepted, but an appointment is recommended. Please reserve a time slot in advance by calling (704) 384-7226.
  • Mammograms are covered as a preventative screening every 366 days starting at age 40 for most insurance plans. Uninsured women may receive a free mammogram if they qualify. Please call (704) 384-5250 to see if you qualify.

October 28, 2014
Harris Campus
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

November 3, 2014
Central Campus
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Upcoming Fall Festivals

Fall is upon us and that means that it is the season for festivals at CPCC. Each campus sponsors a festival during October or November that is open to all students, faculty, and staff. This is a great time to take a break from your everyday routine and enjoy an opportunity to build community on your campus.

Each campus festival is unique, but all offer fun entertainment and free giveaways. Campus festivals are the perfect time for you to meet new friends, learn about campus resources and student organizations, enjoy games, and explore a side of CPCC that you won’t find in the classroom.

Please join us at any of the following CPCC Fall Festivals:

  • October 21: Merancas Campus (11 am)
  • October 22: Cato Campus (10 am) & Central Campus (10 am)
  • November 4: Harper Campus (Harper Summit - 1 pm)
  • November 13: Levine Campus (The Geek Fest - 9:30 am)

For event details, please check the Student Life Events Calendar or contact the Student Life Coordinator on your campus.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Silent Witness Display

Every October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is observed to bring light to an issue that affects our families and communities. According to the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “Domestic violence is when two people get into an intimate relationship and one person uses a pattern of coercion and control against the other person during the relationship and/or after the relationship has terminated. It often includes physical, sexual, emotional, and economic abuse.” Domestic violence (also known as intimate partner violence) can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, income, or other factors.

  • 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
  • 2 million injuries and 1,300 deaths are caused each year as a result of domestic violence (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
  • Witnessing violence between parents is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next (NCADV).
  • The health-related costs of intimate partner violence exceed $5.8 billion each year (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
  • 75% of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence (Family Violence Prevention Fund).
  • Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence (NCADV).

The Silent Witness Display raises awareness of domestic violence and serves as a memorial to victims of domestic violence. Please find the red silhouettes on your campus to learn about domestic violence, read stories about victims, and pick up a purple ribbon in honor of those who have lost their lives to domestic violence. The Silent Witness National Initiative seeks to promote peace, healing, and responsibility in adult relationships. For more information, please visit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website at http://www.ncadv.org/.

Silent Witness Displays*
October 6 – 9: Silent Witness Display (Harper Campus)
October 15 – 16: Silent Witness Display (Harris Campus)
October 20 – 23: Silent Witness Display (Merancas Campus)
October 27 – 30: Silent Witness Display (Levine Campus)

*For specific locations on campus, please check the Student Life Events Calendar.

Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Day of Awareness at CPCC
October 29, 2014 at Central Campus, Tate Hall, 9:30 am -12:30 pm
A free community event that includes panel discussions, a resource fair, and related film screenings. Sponsored by CPCC Sociology-Psychology Association, in partnership with the Domestic Violence Speakers Bureau.

Victim Services:

24-Hour Hotline/Domestic Violence Shelter: (704) 332-2513
National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-SAFE (7233)

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Help Support Students: Yankee Candle Fundraiser

Photo courtesy www.yankeecandlefundraising.com

October 1 – 20, 2014

In order for student organizations to continue doing great things on campus and within our community, and to expand their learning opportunities outside of the classroom, club members must rely on their own fundraising initiatives. Please consider supporting the HVAC/R Club for their annual Yankee Candle Fundraiser to help further their mission.

The HVAC/R Club is a student organization whose main goal is assisting members in their pursuit of educational and professional goals. The club promotes ideals of honesty, community service, leadership, critical thinking, and technical skills development. In addition, the club provides many opportunities for networking, skills enhancement, and life-long learning.

Forty percent (40%) of your purchase will be donated directly to the student club, which will support club-sponsored activities and professional development opportunities for AHR students. The club hopes to raise enough funds to send students to a conference to learn about new products, trends and innovations.

Shop online before October 20th:

  1. Visit www.yankeecandlefundraising.com.
  2. Enter Group #990068909 in the “Start Shopping” box.
  3. Make your purchase and have it shipped directly to you.

If you have any questions about this fundraiser, please contact Krystal Crowe, Student Life Coordinator at Harper Campus. The HVAC/R Club meets weekly on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 5:30 pm in Room 324 at Harper Campus.

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HVAC/R Club Hosts Harper Campus Dean

Mr. Potter, Dean of Harper Campus, addressed the HVAC/R Club last week to discuss the skills gap and how to succeed in gaining employment within the HVAC/R industry. Dean Potter expressed the importance of developing new skills to get jobs, promotions, and higher compensation in today’s rapidly changing HVAC/R environment. He discussed how new technology is raising the bar for success in the workplace and how important it is to stay abreast of new technology.

Dean Potter also discussed the importance of “soft skills,” which refers to a cluster of personal qualities, habits, attitudes, and social graces that make someone a good employee and compatible to work with. Dean Potter referred to these skills “as important an indicator of job performance as hard skills.” Some of the soft skills that were mentioned and need to be developed include: having a strong work ethic, maintaining a positive attitude, good communication skills, time management skills, problem solving skills, acting as a team player, self-confidence, and being able to work under pressure. Dean Potter also discussed the importance of first impressions and how you can gain or lose a job in just the first few seconds of a job interview. He also mentioned the importance of keeping a professional online presence.

The advice provided by Dean Potter was invaluable and we appreciate that he took the time to meet with us. We look forward to future discussions on campus and we encourage more students to get involved. If you are interested in joining the HVAC/R Club, we invite you to attend one of our weekly meetings held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 5:30 pm in Room 324 at Harper Campus.

Blog Contributor:
James Nash
President, HVAC/R Club

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Service Project: Memorial Park Playground Build

Through small and simple acts, great things can happen…including a personal transformation. Get involved today and experience the benefits of community service first-hand. CPCC’s Service-Learning Center initiates and supports curricular and co-curricular activities that enhance student learning, promote civic responsibility, and respond to the critical needs in our community through collaborative campus and community partnerships. As a student, you can get involved in the Rotaract Club or participate in community service projects through our Service-in-Action events. One upcoming event is a Memorial Park Playground build on Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 1pm to 5pm. For more information, please see below.

Recently, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation and the Partners for Parks Foundation have been raising funds to build a playground in memory of the students and teachers lost at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. This tragedy left 20 elementary school children and 6 adult staff members’ dead and an entire community in mourning. Memorial Playground is being built to let those who lost their lives remain in our hearts and serve as a celebration of each life lost. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation and CPCC’s Service-Learning department are collaborating on this large scale service project.

The location of the Park Build is on Park Road in Charlotte, NC. Construction for the park will begin on Monday, October 27, 2014 and the park will be completed on Friday, October 31, 2014 at noon. There will be 2 volunteer shifts each day, 8am – noon and 1pm -5pm, which are being covered by multiple organizations, agencies, and volunteer groups. Parks and Recreation will need about 200 volunteers at for each shift. CPCC Service-Learning is scheduled to cover the Thursday, October 30th volunteer shift from 1pm to 5pm, with hopes to bring out 100 students, staff, and faculty volunteers for this event. There will be opportunities for both trained and untrained volunteers; all you need is a service-minded heart, energy, and are ready to help build this very special playground! If you are interested in volunteering, please click HERE to sign up. If you have any questions, please contact Jenn.Marts@cpcc.edu.

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September 11: Honor, Remember, and Reunite

Photo courtesy of 911memorial.org

“May the lives remembered, the deeds recognized, and the spirit reawakened be eternal beacons, which reaffirm respect for life, strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance and intolerance.”

These words are part of the mission statement of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center in New York City. As the nation and world mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, CPCC Office of Student Life shares the sentiments of the 9/11 Memorial and calls upon readers to make September 11 a day of commemoration.

Take a moment to remember and honor the thousands of innocent men, women, and children lost in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001. Thank your local first responders for their dedication to protecting your community. Remember the many Americans who have served and are currently serving in our nation’s military—many of whom enlisted as a response to the 9/11 attacks.

Let us come together this 9/11 to honor, remember and reunite. Visit the Student Life Events Calendar for more information about the following campus activities commemorating 9/11 and celebrating Constitution Day.

9/11 Remembrance Wall
September 8 – 12th
Harper Campus, Outside Room 304
Please pick up a ribbon and post a message on the Remembrance Wall in honor of those we lost or were injured in the attacks, and to remember the heroic actions of all the people who responded selflessly and courageously.

9/11: We Remember
Thursday, September 9th
Merancas Campus, 8:45 – 9:45 am
Meet at the flagpole at 8:45 am for a moment of silence to remember the victims of 9/11. In partnership with the Student Veteran’s Association at Merancas, we will pass out remembrance ribbons. Free doughnuts and coffee for attendees.

“Constitution USA: It’s a Free Country”
Tuesday, September 16th
Central Campus, Screening times: 9:30, 11:00, and 12:30
Please join us for our annual Constitution Day celebration as we show the PBS documentary: Constitution USA with Peter Sagal, “It’s a Free Country.” Ask Americans what the Constitution’s most important feature is and most will say it’s the guarantee of liberty enshrined in the Bill of Rights. In this episode, Sagal explores the history of the Bill of Rights and addresses several stories — ripped from the headlines — involving freedom of speech, freedom of religion and right to privacy.

 

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Explore. Equip. Evolve.

One of the great things about college is the opportunity to get involved on campus. College is about making new friends, understanding different perspectives, and experiencing new things. Students should make the most of their college experience and maximize what is learned in the classroom by becoming engaged outside the classroom.

To get started, visit the EXPLORE site for a list of student organizations offered at CPCC, ranging from academic-focused to special interests. With more than 40 recognized clubs, the options are endless for getting involved. Don’t see anything that interests you? Then make sure to read our Explore Handbook to learn how you can establish a new student organization on campus.

If you are already a member of a student organization, make sure you visit the EQUIP site to get more information about club guidelines (including the most up-to-date handbook) and to access all forms related to club activities. If you have questions about completing forms, please see the Student Life Coordinator at your campus.

Current student leaders who are interested in developing their club members and growing their student organization can visit the EVOLVE site for resources and tools, including leadership tips and a list of icebreakers that you can use to re-energize a meeting or event.

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Connect with CPCC Support Services

Establishing, developing, and maintaining relationships are important to a student’s success at college. Get to know as many people as possible, especially classmates and professors, by engaging in conversations with others and regularly participating in events on campus. Students should be proactive in building a network of key individuals – family, friends, and CPCC staff – who can help them personally or professionally. The path to success at CPCC begins with getting connected!

Student Resources Day (SRD) is the perfect opportunity to meet staff, learn about valuable services and resources on your campus (including your student rights and responsibilities), enjoy free food and giveaways, and make new friends. Take the initiative to connect with staff as soon as possible to create a foundation of support at CPCC. Representatives from Student Life, Career Services, Financial Aid, Service Learning, Family Resource Center, Academic Advising and more will be present to talk about their services and answer your questions. Remember to make the effort to stay connected with these services throughout the year (day in and day out) so that you maintain the level of support you need to be successful at CPCC!

Upcoming SRD Events:

Wednesday, September 3: Harper Campus, 11 am – 1 pm
Thursday, September 4: Levine Campus, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Wednesday, September 10: Cato Campus, 10 am – 12 pm
Wednesday, September 10: Central Campus, 10 am – 1 pm

Tuesday, September 16: Merancas Campus, 10 am – 12 pm

*For more detailed information (including location), please check the Student Life Events Calendar or speak with the Student Life Coordinator on your campus.

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10 Tips to a Great Start at CPCC

The start of a new school year is always exciting; from meeting new people, beginning new experiences, maybe a few new clothes, backpacks, pens and paper. But, it can also come with great anxiety and stress. For some of you, maybe this is the first time in a (long) while that you’ve been in school. For some, you’ve just finished high school and are now beginning your journey as a college student. Some of you have left your home in another country, and are beginning your studies in a very new place, perhaps with an environment that is very different from what you’re accustomed to. And some of you might be the first in your family to pursue a college education. Whatever your reasons for being a new student at CPCC, all of us (staff, faculty and yes, your fellow students!) want to offer you our congratulations and support! It’s going to be great.

Every new (and not so new) student needs a few words of wisdom for their first week. We promise that if you carry these 10 easy tips with you, you’ll be off to a great start. It’ll be graduation before you know it.

1.      Go to class.

This might seem obvious, but it’s really important. College is like running a marathon, and every class is a mile-marker. You can’t do all the things you need to do as a successful student if you’re not in class and plugged into what’s happening. College classes often have fewer assignments and tests, and the material can be more complex. Being in class is important, not only because your teacher will have an attendance policy, but because if you’re not there you’re limiting your own success.

2.      Get to know your teachers.

Guess what? Community college teachers really like students. For many of them, that’s why they choose to teach here, versus other colleges and universities. I promise you – if you go up to your teacher before class starts, offer them a handshake, a smile, and your name – you’ll be off to a great start. It’s likely that your teacher teaches at least one other class (or as many as five others), so if you can offer up a nice first-impression that can carry you a long way. Letting your teachers know that you’re going to be committed to their class is often an investment in their commitment to you.

3.      Ask for help.

No one likes to admit that they’re not good at something, or that they don’t understand something, or that they aren’t sure they can make it through the end of the semester. However, it happens to every single one of us. Every student that there ever was – at some point in their educational journey – had a tough time in a class or in life outside of school. As tough as it might be, asking for help can come with great relief. But don’t wait until the stress is too much. Ask early on. Before you find yourself inundated with confusion. Before the next exam or assignment is due. Who can you ask? Lots of people. Your teacher. A counselor at the college. The Academic Learning Center. A classmate. A lab instructor. You’ve got lots of options. Use them!

4.      Get to know someone in every class.

You’re going to be sitting next to the same people, every week, for as many as 16 weeks. Some of these people are definitely worth knowing. Why? Maybe you missed a class and need lecture notes. Maybe you aren’t sure of when the next assignment is due. Maybe they made a great score on the last quiz, and you didn’t do so well. Maybe they know a great study spot on campus. College is a great opportunity for you to make new connections and practice networking skills that will be important in your future life after college. Start practicing now!

5.      Get to know your campus.

Some of you will be at a really big campus, with multiple buildings and entrances. Some of you might be at smaller campuses with one way in and out. Either way, every campus has resources and services that will help you be a successful student. Knowing locations of places like the library, counseling and advising, financial aid, the bookstore, vending machines, student activities, security, and computer labs will be helpful for you as you make your way through the semester.

6.      Do more than just go to class.

It might seem like your life is just too busy to fit one more thing in. It might also seem like some things just “aren’t for you.” I’m going to challenge you to consider that the previous two statements are wrong. Think about joining a student organization. Consider attending a special event on campus, like a festival, a special speaker, a service project, or an arts event. Some people think that you can’t have a “real” college experience at a community college, but really, those people don’t know what they’re talking about. There are plenty of opportunities for you to meet other students, gain leadership experience, have fun, and connect with others at the college and in the community. (Oh, and one added benefit? Participating in these things often results in academic success as well.)

7.      Plan ahead.

So, assuming you’re taking me up on these helpful tips, you’re going to be a busy student! Managing classes, assignments, exams, study groups, student events, and your life outside of school is going to be a challenge. If you think it won’t be, you’re wrong. But, you can start planning now. Arrange for your children to be cared for while you’re in class. Begin looking ahead to the next semester. What might you need to take next? When is it time to think about an internship? When can you register for the next semester? When should you begin applying to transfer or for graduation?

8.      Get a calendar. Use it.

So while you’re planning ahead, you need a way to organize these plans! Whether you’re someone who loves using your iPhone calendar app or a regular paper planner, find the method that works best for you. Gather all your syllabi for the entire semester, and jot down assignments, tests, and other important deadlines. (And don’t forget breaks and days off! Those are great to look forward to!) Practicing good time management skills helps you plan and set aside study time and can help you come in to class prepared. These are great skills to take with you into the workforce!

9.      Get to know your advisor.

One important relationship is with your academic, transfer and/or faculty advisor. These individuals can help you talk about your future plans here at CPCC, but can also help you look forward to the next semester, the next college, or your future career plans. They’re also really connected on campus, and can help recommend you to other helpful resources like Career Services, the Academic Learning Center, or other good places.

10.   Have fun.

Overwhelmed yet? Doing something you like to do can also be an important part of being a successful student. Going to college is stressful. And busy. Time consuming. Sleep depriving, even. Make time to do something you enjoy – spending time with family or friends, exercising, going to the movies, cooking, reading, listening to music. Whatever you enjoy, make time to take a break from the books, connect with others, and relax. School/Life balance is a tricky thing, and lots of college students get caught in one or the other. Do your best to enjoy a healthy moderation of both. You deserve it.

Blog Contributor:
Amanda Capobianchi
Associate Dean of Student Life

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