Free Vision and Hearing Screenings

In 1925, Helen Keller challenged the Lions Club to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” And they accepted. For nearly 100 years, members of the Lions Club have worked on projects designed to prevent blindness, restore eyesight and improve eye health and eye care for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. In addition, they have developed programs that demonstrate concern and respect for the dignity and independence of people who have hearing or speech disorders, with the goal of improving their quality of life.

One of their programs includes the Mobile Screening Unit (MSU), an important tool in the early detection of vision and hearing problems. The Charlotte SouthPark Lions Club will be visiting CPCC to conduct free vision and hearing screenings for students, faculty, and staff. This is a screening only and should not be confused with a complete exam. Based on the individual’s screening results, a recommendation will be made to that individual as to when they should have a complete exam. Screenings will be conducted on a drop-in basis. The Lions Club will also be collecting eyeglasses for donation.

Thursday, April 2
Harper Campus
9 AM – 2 PM
Parking Lot B, 3rd Floor Entrance by Security
315 West Hebron Street, Charlotte, NC 28273

Thursday, April 23
Levine Campus
9 AM – 2 PM
Pete’s Fountain Out Front Circle
2800 Campus Ridge Road, Matthews, NC 28105

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Join the Ruth G. Shaw Scholars Program

March is Women’s History Month, so there’s no better time to reflect on important women who have made an impact in our world, nation, and even in our local communities. It’s also a great time to recognize the everyday contributions and work of women all around us, including our very own CPCC students!

I’ve had a great opportunity this year to play a role in the inaugural Ruth G. Shaw Women’s Leadership program at CPCC. Dr. Ruth Shaw was CPCC’s second college president, and she was a trailblazer in seeing the need for CPCC to open local campuses that would eventually serve more than 70,000 people in our community. After Dr. Shaw left CPCC, she served as president and CEO of Duke Power Company, now Duke Energy. She remains an active participant in our community and is still a loyal supporter of the College. As a result of her generosity, the CPCC Foundation created the Ruth G. Shaw Women’s Leadership Program at CPCC.

This leadership program aims to connect women to one another and to a supportive network of faculty, staff and community mentors; to inspire women to assume leadership positions and celebrate their own achievements; to nurture female leaders by encouraging them to creatively solve problems; and, most importantly, to foster a deeper awareness of the many roles women play and their contributions to society.

I’m so excited and proud of this year’s scholars who are readying themselves to take on the world. They are mothers, daughters, future machinists, social workers, medical professionals, entrepreneurs and, most of all, leaders. They are like many of our students – juggling multiple responsibilities, looking forward to their future academic and career goals, and balancing all that comes along with being a college student in today’s world. Many of them have shared that without the Ruth G. Shaw Scholars Leadership program, they would have missed out on some important opportunities to grow and connect – both inwardly and with others they met along the way. We look forward to providing the same educational and enriching experience for future scholars.

If you are interested in participating in this unique leadership opportunity, please visit the Student Life website for the 2015-2016 application. Applications are due back in Student Life by April 27, 2015. If you are interested in learning more about the program and speaking with a recent graduate of the program, we invite you to attend our upcoming event:

Film Screening of Girl Rising
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Central Campus, Overcash Building – Tate Hall
Screenings at 9 AM and 12 PM
Reception between screenings at 11 AM

Girl Rising is a moving documentary tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting an education, they’re able to break barriers and create change. Girl Rising unites girls, women, boys and men who believe every girl has the right to go to school and the right to reach her full potential. The Ruth G. Shaw Scholars will show excerpts from the film and lead a short discussion about the girls featured in the film and the impact of education in their lives.

Blog Contributor:

Amanda Capobianchi
Associate Dean of Student Life/Co-Facilitator of the Ruth Shaw Scholars Program

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The Power of Encouragement

“People go farther than they thought they could when
someone else thinks they can.” – John Maxwell

To be an effective leader, you must take the time to recognize others and encourage them to dream more, learn more, and do more. People never stop needing to be encouraged, just as hot air balloons need continuous air. Dr. Tim Elmore expands more on this analogy in the following excerpt from his book, Habitudes.

Hot air balloons rise as the burner is released but, eventually, they begin to fall and need to be refilled. They must continue to be filled in order to go up. People are like this. We fill other people’s balloons by affirming them, meeting their emotional needs, and giving them hope. The word “encourage” literally means “to inspire courage.” It goes much deeper than just creating warm fuzzy feelings. It’s about helping others overcome obstacles, see a new perspective, and reach for their highest potential.

Encouragement rarely happens by accident. Like any skill, it takes time and effort to develop. Here are a few tips on how you can improve your compliments:

  • Make them sincere.
  • Make them specific.
  • Make them public.
  • Make them personal. 

Timing plays a big role in the effectiveness of our encouragement as well. Good leaders know how to encourage others, but also understand when. There’s no one-size-fits-all guide to know the best times to encourage others, but here’s a starter:

  • After they fail – so they won’t give up hope.
  • After they succeed – so they’ll want to win again.
  • When they least expect it – so they’ll know it’s not an act.
  • When they first meet you – so they won’t forget your connection.

Dig Deeper:

Think about the network of people around you – your friends, teachers, student club members, or coworkers who most need a word of encouragement right now. Grab a cup of coffee and take some time to write these individuals a letter or a few encouraging words on a Post-it note. Express your gratitude for having them in your life and compliment them on some positive traits you’ve noticed.

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Voices and Choices

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How do you define success?

If you pooled a room of people, I’m sure that you would get a variety of answers, depending on life experiences and individual goals. Maybe your version of success includes any of the following: graduating college, having a family, surviving cancer, buying a new car, going on a mission trip, finding happiness, or turning your passion into a career.

Regardless of how you may define success, I believe that it’s important to create and cultivate positive voices and choices in your life. Doing so, will help you accomplish your goals sooner and lead you to the success you desire.

Jim Rohn once said that we become the average of the five people we spend the most time with. If you haven’t taken the time to assess the relationships in your life, then you should start now. The people you surround yourself with on a regular basis can influence your beliefs, attitudes, and behavior. Therefore, it’s important that you choose your influencers wisely. If you strive to be happy, athletic, or creative, then surround yourself with happy, athletic, and creative people. Surround yourself with people that not only bring out the best in you, but also encourage you to be a better person. Effective leaders and top entrepreneurs spend more time putting together the right team than they spend on any other component of their job. You should do the same for your personal life. Seek out individuals who will increase your average.

Although people can influence how we think and act, we are ultimately responsible for the choices we make. Great leaders understand how to make wise decisions that positively impact themselves and others. Your quality of life and your contribution to the world depend on the career you choose, the lifestyle you embrace, and the decisions you make on a daily basis. Each day you have the opportunity to choose to look at life in a positive or negative way and, depending on what you choose, you can either create a fulfilling, balanced life or a life that you wish was different. Thankfully, it’s never too late to change your life and the quality of your work. It all begins by choosing, today, to make a positive change in at least one area of your life. Choose to take a risk. Choose to open your heart. Choose to apologize. Choose to defy. Choose to smile. Choose to be adventurous. Choose the people and opportunities that make you happy and bring you closer to realizing your dreams. In doing so, you have the unique opportunity to positively impact those around you – inspiring them to dream more, learn more, do more and become more.

What life do you want to live and how can you be a better leader – both at home and at work? Do you like the voices and choices in your life? If not, what can you do today to make a change and create the life you desire?


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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 ( 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.


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:

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 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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