What Are You Doing for Others?

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Yesterday, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 115 students gathered at CPCC for the 11th Annual MLK Challenge. Students had the opportunity to learn about Dr. King’s legacy and to participate in a variety of community service projects throughout the city, including framing a house with Habitat for Humanity and making security blankets for children with the Linus Project. News coverage can be found at the following websites: WCCB Charlotte and Charlotte Observer.

If you didn’t get the chance to participate in this year’s MLK Challenge, you still have plenty of opportunities this semester to give back and make a difference in the community. We challenge you to do something for others this semester, whether it’s a small act of kindness or participating in an upcoming service project sponsored by Service-Learning. 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.  Service-in-Action is a series of 12-15 service events hosted throughout the semester. Participants can have a “little of this, a little of that” experience to explore  different ways to give back. For a complete list of Service-in-Action dates for spring semester, please click here. Upcoming January Service Projects include:

Friday, January 30, 2015
Friendship Trays, 8am-11am
Friendship Trays – also known as Meals on Wheels – delivers, in a caring and friendly manner, balanced meals to individuals in this community who are unable, because of age or infirmity, to obtain and prepare their own meal. For this event, participants will assist in helping package meals to be shared with the community. Want to know more? Please visit: http://www.friendshiptrays.org/

Saturday, January 31, 2015
ECE Poverty Simulation at Harris Campus, 11am-3pm
A poverty simulation is a guided experience that exposes participants to the realities of poverty, including the challenges of navigating the complex world of government services and other essential service providers. Students participating in this volunteer opportunity will assume the roles of different families facing poverty or serving as a govern agency. The task for each family is to provide basic necessities and shelter during four 13-minute weeks, while balancing the requirements of various service providers with the realities of daily life.

To Register: Email Jenn Marts to sign up for any Service-in-Action events at  Jenn.Marts@cpcc.edu or call 704.330.6824. Please remember to leave your CPCC Student ID Number, your email address, your name, if this is for a class, your instructor’s name along with class and course number, and your phone number.

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MLK Holiday: Make It a Day ON

Challenge yourself to spend your day off in service to your community.
Challenge yourself to work hard with a group to complete an intensive service project.
Challenge yourself to meet people and share new ideas.
Challenge yourself to make a difference.

Join us for the 11th Annual MLK Challenge

Monday, January 19, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.
Central Campus, Overcash Building, Student Commons
For more information and a video, click HERE!

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This event is FREE and open to the CPCC community only. We will provide transportation to service sites, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Participants are asked to dress comfortably and be prepared for anything, including service projects outdoors. To pre-register, please contact jenn.marts@cpcc.edu.

The 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.

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Welcome Back, Students!

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Succeeding in college begins with an idea, whether it’s enrolling in a degree program to get your dream job or just taking a few courses for fun. Either way, it’s important to take action early in the semester by establishing, developing, and maintaining relationships at CPCC.

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 and professionally. The relationships you create, the events you attend, the leadership opportunities you participate in, and the student services you use are all important ingredients in making your dreams a reality.

Your first step toward success should be attending an upcoming Student Resources Day (SRD) at any CPCC campus. This event 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:

January 22: Harris Campus (9 am)
January 28: Central Campus (10 am)
January 29: Levine Campus (11:30 am), Merancas Campus (10:30 am)
February 2: Cato Campus (10 am)
February 3: Harper Campus (11 am)

Please check the Student Life calendar for details regarding your campus SRD and other upcoming Student Life events.

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Let Your Actions Speak for Peace

I’m always amazed at how quickly the year passes and how it always seems to come to a close with a screeching halt. It’s a time of reflection, but often a time filled with great stress and anxiety as many of you prepare for exams, look forward to the next semester, and think about upcoming holidays or the year or semester ahead.

This year in particular seems to close (for our nation) in similar stress and anxiety. Whether we look to the national news, the larger economic climate, political discourse, or even the stress of our own lives or those of our friends and neighbors, we can see examples of injustice, struggle and confusion.

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As an optimist and someone who has the fortunate opportunity to work with a diverse group of people, I continue to believe in the power of a collective effort. When I look around and wonder how I might have a hand in creating peace in this big, bad world, I’m brought back to the idea that actions speak louder than words.

We can come together. We can stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. We can help our neighbor. We can serve our communities. Like any good superhero, we can use our powers for good.

So, how can you get involved?

There are endless ways in which you can let your actions speak for peace. But, if you’re stumped or need a head start, consider marking your calendar for January 19th, and participating in the 2015 MLK Challenge. There’s room for lots of students, and the collective impact creates a positive change in our own community. Change made about by you and me, and peace created for all we encounter.

Blog Contributor:
Amanda Capobianchi
Associate Dean of Student Life

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Register for the 2015 MLK Challenge

Join us for the 11th Annual MLK Challenge

January 19, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The MLK Challenge on January 19th is an annual Service-Learning Center event that 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. The day begins with an introduction to King’s life and lessons, and then students are 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, students will reassemble to reflect on their accomplishments in a guided discussion. This helps students process all that happened during the day. Click HERE to read student reflections from previous MLK Challenges.

This event is FREE and open to the CPCC community only. We will provide transportation to service sites, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. at Central Campus in the Student Commons area of the Overcash Building. Participants are asked to dress comfortably and be prepared for anything, including service projects outdoors.

To register for this event or to learn more, please contact:

Jenn Marts
Central Campus, OC 241-D

The 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.

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International Alternative Spring Break: Applications Available

CPCC Service-Learning is excited to announce that it is offering a unique opportunity for students to travel abroad for a transformative hands-on learning experience. During spring break, March 8-14, 2015, six students will have the opportunity to travel to Kingston, Jamaica to complete service projects at the local YMCA – an organization that seeks to promote the development of young people in spirit, mind and body. Kingston, Jamaica – the capital and largest city of Jamaica – is located on the south eastern coast of the island and is considered the island’s cultural and economic heart.

This international service-learning trip is an educational and enriching experience that combines individualistic growth with civic-mindedness. Students will be exposed to and interact with people of different ages, backgrounds and educational levels. Not only will students learn about the culture, but they will also experience it as they work alongside the locals and engage in meaningful dialogue.

Please CLICK HERE for more information about the application process, requirements, cost, and itinerary. You will also find information about local options for those students wishing to stay in the Charlotte area for spring break.

Application Deadline: Monday, December 8, 2014!

The 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. For more information about how you can get involved, please visit their website at: www.cpcc.edu/service-learning

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Students Leaders Visit Washington, D.C.

Student leadership is one of the most beneficial extracurricular activities a college student can get involved in on campus. It’s about: discovering who you are and what you are passionate about, making new friends, building a professional network, maximizing your opportunities, developing your skills, and – most importantly – having fun along the way. Within Student Life, we have witnessed first-hand how students’ lives have been changed because of their leadership experience. Abed Arian, SGA President, is one of those students and he recently returned from a Student Life-sponsored trip to Washington, D.C.

Abed in front of the White House

“Every year CPCC takes the Phi Theta Kappa students on a trip to Washington, D.C. to learn more about the U.S. government and serve the community while bonding with fellow students. This year the Student Government Association was invited to join in on this great opportunity, and it was an honor to be able to go. During this trip, I learned about the history of the U.S. government as well as explored some of the most fantastic sights of American history. I also got to build relationships with some of the students. My roommate, Alvan, specifically made an impression on me. Although we are both in SGA, it was not until this trip that we were able to really get to know each other. I am grateful for the lasting friendships I was able to make and all the history I got to experience.”

If you are interested in getting involved on campus, please 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. Current student leaders who are interested in developing their club members and growing their organization can visit the EVOLVE site for resources and tools.

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This Week: Geek Fest at Levine Campus

THE Geek Fest, a celebration of innovation and technology, is coming to CPCC’s Levine Campus on Thursday, November 13th and will feature the latest in technology, innovation and professional opportunities. The greater Charlotte community is encouraged to participate in this free event.

Attendees will interact with exciting new technologies, meet innovative companies and learn from industry experts. This year’s event will highlight a variety of exciting topics, including launching a start-up business, product development, social media, programming and software development, animation, automotive technology, engineering, mobile computing, instructional technology and much more. Activities will include guest speakers, an exhibit hall, demonstrations, activities, video games, music, contests, food and door prizes.

Don’t miss this must-attend event that will inspire you to discover – and embrace – your inner geek!

WHEN:  Thursday, November 13, 2014, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WHERE: CPCC Levine Campus, 2800 Campus Ridge Rd., Matthews, N.C.
CONTACT: http://www.thegeekfest.com

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Drawing Can Be a Path to Insight

Don Colley Showing a Sketch

On October 21, 2014, artist Don Colley conducted a free workshop  at Harper Campus showcasing his sketchbooks and sharing his thoughts about drawing the world on a daily basis. Faculty and staff at Harper were invited to participate in his presentation and page through his lavishly illustrated travelogues. The presentation to classes at Harper and Central campuses emphasized all the ways drawing can enhance learning and visual thinking. Drawing is an activity that can be practiced by anyone as a way to interact with the world. Everyone is creative and everyone can draw.

Don Colley travels the country with his set of drawing tools and a sketchbook, sketching and documenting America in all its diversity. He rides on public transportation and captures passengers in solitude. Working in the mode of a journalist, Don employs the language of drawing to reveal the truths of contemporary cities and the people who live in them. His work reveals stories that are difficult to find in a world that is fast-paced and often based on fleeting impressions. A drawing of a particularly ‘tough’ looking man is an excellent example of how perception and reality are often not aligned. By drawing this man on train knitting, Don engaged the man in a conversation of both words and images. The knitting Reverend was crafting a shawl for his mother, who loved the beach. The pattern in Don’s drawing reveals a seashell pattern among the stitches in the afghan.

Drawing can be used as a critical thinking process and presents those who draw with an opportunity to understand the world in a different way. As a neuromuscular skill, it only improves with practice. This activity requiring critical thinking, as the person drawing must make decisions at every stage of the drawing process. One can begin to understand how something works through the drawing process. Drawing is a way to develop empathy with a subject or a situation. Drawing can be a path to insight. Drawing is one way we can take STEM to STEAM, by using the language of line to reframe problems in all disciplines.

Faber Castell was kind enough to fund Don’s trip and we are hopeful he will join us next Fall for another lecture and a SKETCHCRAWL on campus! For more information about the Advertising + Graphic Design program at Harper Campus and to participate in the student club’s Curious Wednesdays, please visit our webpage by clicking HERE.

Blog Contributor:
Ellen Ward, Instructor for Advertising + Graphic Design
Harper Campus

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Harper Summit: Trade Show & Career Networking Event

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Harper Campus, 1 pm – 5 pm

The Harper Summit celebrates the distinctive academic programs at Harper Campus and connects students to employers in growing, dynamic industries. This event aims to showcase the exceptional work our students and faculty are doing at CPCC and within the community, as well as raise awareness about the value and importance of the skilled trades. In the words of Mike Rowe, “We need to reinvigorate the trades. We need to confront the stigmas and stereotypes associated with skilled labor, and let go of this absurd belief that a four-year degree is the only viable way to acquire useful knowledge.” The Harper Summit is our small part in helping to close the Skills Gap and, it is our hope that people will leave with a better appreciation for and interest in skilled trades.

For a list of participating companies and available workshops, please visit the following website: https://www.cpcc.edu/student_life/events/harper-summit

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