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

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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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Greatness is Discovered in Service

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. 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. Spots are still available for the following Service-in-Action events:

Loaves & Fishes, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 9am-Noon: Loaves and Fishes is a Charlotte-based food pantry that collects and supplies food and groceries to people in crisis. For this service project, we will be sorting and packaging food that will be distributed to these pantries to help those in need. For more information, please visit:

Second Harvest Food Bank, Friday, April 4, 2014, 1pm-4pm: This volunteer opportunity will focus on students sorting and boxing food and other materials to be distributed to those in need. Volunteers should dress comfortably, keeping in mind that the warehouse we are working in is not temperature controlled. Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina strives through education, advocacy, and partnerships to eliminate hunger by the solicitation and distribution of food. Want to know more?

Crisis Assistance Ministries, Friday, April 11, 2014, 2:30pm-4:30pm: Crisis Assistance Ministry is a Mecklenburg County non-profit that prevents homelessness and preserves dignity for Charlotte’s working poor. For this service project, we will spend the afternoon preparing donated clothing and household items to be given to those in need. For more information, please visit:

CPCC Skyline Run, Saturday, April 26, 2013, 6:30am-11am: This volunteer opportunity is a wonderful way to get involved in the CPCC community and support the effort to raise money for student scholarships. Student volunteers will be placed in a variety of locations around the race 5K race course to assist in traffic flow, handing out water, and helping with other important areas of the race. Want to learn more?

For more information or to register: e-mail Jenn Marts at or call 704.330.6824.

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Free Health & Wellness Events

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Take time this Valentine’s Day to show your own heart some love. Celebrate American Heart Month by taking the first step on the road to a healthy heart. You can begin your journey by visiting one of CPCC’s three fitness centers. The fitness centers are free and open to currently enrolled CPCC students, and all faculty and staff. Appropriate workout clothing and a valid CPCC ID are required. For locations and hours of operations, please click HERE.

Learn more about wellness and helping your heart at any of the following campus events. **For event details, including times and locations, please click HERE to view the Events Calendar.**

Free Health Screenings
15 minutes could save your life. A1c diabetes, blood pressure, and obesity screening.
*February 12 & 13: Central Campus
*February 18: Harris Campus
*February 19: Levine Campus
*February 20: Merancas Campus
*February 26: Harper Campus
*February 27: Cato Campus

Blood Drives & Project Life Events
Save someone’s life by donating blood or registering to become a bone marrow donor.
*February 12 & 13: Levine Campus – Blood Drive
*February 18: Central Campus – Blood Drive
*February 19: Merancas Campus – Project Life
*March 5: Harper Campus – Blood Drive/Project Life
*March25: Cato Campus – Blood Drive

Lunch & Learns
Enjoy a light lunch while you learn about topics related to health and wellness.
*February 18: Central Campus – Eating for Good Health
*February 19: Merancas Campus – Affordable Care Act
*February 19: Central Campus – Affordable Care Act
*March 18: Harper Campus – Affordable Care Act

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Connect with CPCC Student Services

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Success at CPCC begins with establishing, developing, and maintaining relationships within the College. Make an effort to engage in conversations with your peers and to participate in events on campus. It’s important that students take a proactive approach to 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 seek, and the student services you use are all important ingredients in your recipe for success.

Take the first step to success by attending an upcoming Student Resources Day (SRD) at any CPCC campus. This free 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!

Upcoming Campus SRD Events:

Wednesday, January 29 @ 10:00 AM: Harris Campus
Tuesday, February 4 @ 11:00 AM: Harper Campus
Tuesday, February 4 @ 11:30 AM: Levine Campus
Wednesday, February 5 @ 10:00 AM: Central Campus
Wednesday, February 12 @ 11:00 AM: Merancas Campus
Wednesday, February 19 @ 10:00 AM: Cato Campus

Please check the Student Life calendar for specific room locations regarding your campus SRD and to learn about other upcoming Student Life events.

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