Are You Ready to Be a Leader?

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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 and our hope is that more students get involved.

If you ask any student leader to share their experience, he/she will most likely tell you that student leadership is not about holding a position. It is about having a passion. It is about serving the campus community with pride, commitment, and love. It is about being in a unique position to make a difference on campus and within the community. And, it’s also about facing fears, overcoming obstacles, and making sacrifices. “There are always two choices. Two paths to take. One is easy. And its only reward is that it’s easy.” – Unknown. It’s up to you to determine which path to choose.

To Be A Leader

You must endure heartache and sorrow.
You must face humiliation and discouragement.
You work while others play.
You support those who have fallen.
You encourage the despairing.
You give directions to the lost.
You carry the burdens of many.
You weep for the suffering.
You laugh with the happy.
You calm the angry.
You comfort the mourning.
You pray for wisdom.
You smile to the frowning.
You listen to the ideas of others.
You forgive those who hold grudges.
You are needed by many.
You are recognized by few.
You achieve the impossible.
You give credit to others.
You give all of yourself to be a leader.
But you ask yourself every day,
“Is it worth it?”
But it is, when you make a difference in the life of another.
For that tilts the scales of sacrifice.
And it makes being a leader
One of the greatest privileges in the world.

By Anonymous, from Inspiration for Student Leaders

Are you ready to be a leader?

It’s never too late to get involved on campus. Start by reviewing our list of active clubs or contacting the Student Government Association for available opportunities. If you have any questions about Student Life, please contact the Student Life Coordinator at your campus.

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Apply Now: Student Leadership Conference

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 a bag and join us March 27-29th in the Blue Ridge Mountains for the 2015 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. Students should be prepared to participate in a full agenda of small group activities and interactive learning experiences. Please join us for a weekend that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

TO APPLY: Please visit the Student Life website for more information about the conference and to print off an application. You may also visit any Student Life office. The application deadline is March 6th by 5 pm.

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Join the Project Life Movement: Save a Life

For over thirty years, one of the best kept secrets in providing cures for cancers like leukemia & lymphoma and for diseases like sickle cell anemia has been bone marrow donation and transplantation. In 1987, a federal mandate created the National Marrow Donor Program. The program had a simple goal: connecting volunteer donors with patients whose only chance for a cure was a bone marrow transplant. The Project Life Movement, a campus-based national marrow donor organization, is dedicated to saving lives and curing cancer and other diseases by identifying and registering volunteers for marrow and tissue donation.

Central Piedmont Community College is partnering with Project Life for the fourth year to educate students, faculty and staff about serving as a bone marrow donor. CPCC is proud to house the first active Project Life chapter in the Charlotte metro area and to be included among ten higher education institutions in North Carolina who are participating in the Project Life Movement. This year’s goal is to recruit 600 potential new donors at CPCC who will be added to the National Bone Marrow Registry List.

Want to Get Involved?

The Cytotechnology Student Association, the Student Government Association, and Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Fraternity are all partnering with Student Life & Service-Learning to support this initiative. We would love to have you come out and be a part of the Movement and help save a life! Please contact Jenn Marts, Central Campus Service-Learning Coordinator, for more details (Jenn.Marts@cpcc.edu) or to volunteer at one of our upcoming Project Life events! We hope you decide to be a potential donor or Project Life volunteer!

Upcoming Project Life Events:

Wednesday, February 11
Cato Campus, Atrium
9 AM – 1 PM

Thursday, February 12
Levine Campus, Student Life
9 AM – 2 PM

Tuesday, February 24
Harper Campus, Room 352-H
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Tuesday, February 24
Merancas Campus, TS Hallway
9 AM – 3 PM

Tuesday, April 14
Harris Campus, Harris I Lobby
9 AM – 3 PM

Wednesday, April 15 & Thursday, April 16
Central Campus, Outside Belk Building
9 AM – 4 PM

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Celebrate Black History Month at CPCC

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During Black History Month, we remember the strength and courage of those who have gone before us and made a difference in the world, while living out new stories that can be passed on to future generations. The Office of Student Life is committed to developing programs and events that foster an environment of inclusion and celebrate diversity throughout the College. Join us this month for events honoring the movements, traditions, and legacies of African-Americans.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

For more detailed information about each of the following events, please check the Student Life events calendar.

February 10
The Power of Women
Central Campus, Tate Hall, 11 AM
Author and motivational speaker, Patrice Gaines, will be speaking on the topic of what women have contributed to African American history.

February 17
Rejoice!! Live Performance Celebration of Dramatic Literature
Levine Campus, Atrium, 12:30 PM
A series of performances that commemorate the history of African American culture, including readings from “The Delaney Sister’s” and “The Whipping Man.”

February 18 & 19
Our Unsung Heroes
Cato Campus, Cato II Atrium, 10 AM
SGA officers will take on the roles of various African-American unsung historical heroes to share the stories of those who have contributed so much to the history of the African-American community.

February 19
Hip Hop & African American Male Identity
Central Campus, Tate Hall, 11 AM
Quincy Brewington, University of Georgia Doctoral Candidate, will be speaking to the realities of the connection between what is being portrayed in hip hop today and how it affects young African American males.

February 20
Black History Presentation
Merancas Campus, 11:30 AM
A series of performances that commemorate the history of African American culture.

February 26
I Am Somebody
Harper Campus, Auditorium (Room 108), 11:30 AM
This performance examines racism, exploitation and survival in South Africa and the Congo. This performance has the power to build bridges across communities and facilitate dialogue across cultures.

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Conquering Mountains

There is a story about an Indian villager named Ramchandra Das who spent 14 years with only a hammer and chisel to carve a tunnel through a mountain. His reason? He wanted to park his truck near his house, which was a 7 km trek for him (that’s more than 4 miles). After authorities refused to build a road, he decided to do something about it himself. So, he began carving his way through the mountain toward the nearest town. Now, villagers can easily access the neighboring town in just 15 minutes.

Can you imagine focusing on a goal for more than a decade? And can you imagine an entire village criticizing and laughing at you while you do it? I’m not sure I could have done it. It takes a lot of courage, faith, and determination to accomplish what Ramchandra did for himself and, ultimately, his community. In today’s society, I think it is extremely rare to come across someone who works as hard as Ramchandra to achieve a goal. Many times we seek immediate gratification and the quickest path to our destination, but I think there is something remarkable to be said about working toward long-term goals. There isn’t anything quite like walking across the stage at graduation remembering all the short-term goals you accomplished, amazing friends you met, obstacles you overcame, and lessons you learned that helped mold you into the person you are in that moment. So, be patient, stay focused, and surround yourself with a great support network that will help you conquer the mountains in your life. In the meantime, here are a few lessons we can learn from Ramchandra.

  • Opportunities are everywhere. Ramchandra looked beyond the obvious and considered an innovative way of solving his problem. It’s important that leaders look at the possibilities rather than be discouraged by immediate obstacles. If a door closes, look for a window.
  • Believe in a vision. Ramchandra’s ability to imagine a future that his fellow villagers couldn’t see is a reminder that great leaders believe in bold visions of the future.
  • One person can make a difference. Although Ramchandra began his journey for personal reasons, his accomplishment benefited an entire village. Not only did he help his community with a practical need, but he also inspired them to not listen to the naysayers and to follow their dreams. His one action could have potentially impacted generations.
  • Be an encourager, not a critic. It’s amazing what Ramchandra was able to accomplish by himself. But, what might have been the outcome if the other villagers joined him? As leaders, we need to remove the harmful emotions and negativities that can distract our team members so that we can inspire individuals to encourage one another. We can accomplish more when we collaborate and use our collective gifts.
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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
jenn.marts@cpcc.edu
704.330.6824
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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