Veteran’s Day at CPCC


While I was still in the military, one of my professors said to get involved, and I wrote “Get Involved” in big letters across the top of my page. My friend made fun of me for it, but it has been one of the best pieces of advice I’ve taken yet. No matter what it is, school, relationships, or work, the best way to succeed is to get involved! Getting involved at Central Piedmont Community College has been an excellent decision in my life. I am a veteran and decided to involve myself with the Center for Military Families and Veterans last semester when I returned to college after a decade long hiatus . In doing this, I became part of a support network that feels like a family. The fact that we’re all veterans or have family who served helps a lot, but it really boils down to the fact that it is a close caring group of people who will do anything they can to look out for each other. Being involved with this family like community has pushed me to do well in class, given me the opportunity to meet a lot of really amazing people, and I was even able to obtain a work study position within the Center. It has really helped me feel purpose and made my time here enjoyable and successful.

John McCall
Military Veteran and CPCC student

The GEEK FEST 2015

THE Geek Fest, a celebration of innovation and technology, is coming to CPCC’s Levine Campus on Thursday, November 12th and will feature the latest in technology; creativity and innovation; and career and professional opportunities. The greater Charlotte, Matthews, and regional community are encouraged to participate in this free event.

Attendees will interact with exciting new technologies, meet innovative companies and learn from industry experts, and explore many of the programs that CPCC has to offer. 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, cosmetology, 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 meet other creative and innovative people and to discover, and embrace, your inner geek!  For more information, visit our website at

WHEN:  Thursday, November 12, 2015, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE: CPCC Levine Campus, 2800 Campus Ridge Rd., Matthews, N.C.

SGA Announces the 2015-2016 Executive Committee

As another academic year is coming to a close at CPCC – with students preparing for final exams and making plans for the summer – there is one group of individuals who are ending their year with a strong sense of accomplishment and an eagerness to return in the fall. The following students are the newly elected SGA Executive Committee officers and they look forward to not only serving their campus community, but making a difference on campus.

President: Alvan Makoundi-Tchibinda

I ran for Student Government President because I believe I have been properly equipped to handle the demands of the position, and I have been able to identify and utilize my own strengths in accordance with service and leadership. I am strong-willed, people-oriented, flexible, open to new ideas, and understanding. Furthermore, I must point out, that the Student Government community has been family to me – my comrades have allowed me to grow in so many ways. SGA has the authority to work closely with and serve other student organizations in their efforts and endeavors; because of my positive experiences, advocating for students is something about which I care greatly. I believe the position of President within Student Government is the ideal vehicle for my passions of service and fellowship.

Vice President: Grace Matabishi

There is one thing above all else that I want to make clear, I work for you. I want to serve you, the students from Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). As an experienced person who has volunteered and participated in activities such as Fall Fest, MLK Challenge, and Student Leadership Conference, I believe that I will add a plus in the SGA and the college. I have a desire to improve other students in my college as well as in my community. My goal is to represent the student body in a professional and unbiased way. I plan to listen and give the opinions of the students. Also, I would like to get students involved and see better changes for my college. I want to be that friendly face for new students coming in and a defender for students already here. I want to unite the school and ensure everyone has the most fun that they can.

Secretary: Yelena Ganchenko

I have great team working skills, multitasking skills, and organizational skills. I’m a good listener and I’m open to feed back from those who are around me. Even though I just got introduced to SGA, I’ve already had many opportunities with getting involved. I have participated in the Fall Fest, SGA promotion tables, and I’ve attended the Leadership Conference. At the leadership conference I learned how I could become a better leader and what is asked of me as a leader. I learned the most effective way for me to be a leader to those around me. During this wonderful experience I learned what my strengths and my weaknesses are. These things are important to me because these things helped me become a better leader. The Student Government Association is here to serve to you, the students. I am here to have that bridge between you the students and the faculty. A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.

Treasurer: Jacquez Mays

As an employee at Primerica Financial Services, I have learned a great deal of money management skills and financial concepts that have allowed me to be a high performer in the financial industry. I place a high value on integrity and cooperation, both of which have helped me to excel in the classroom and in my community. I believe that the SGA is the next step in my journey to accomplishing my goals, and also helping others to do the same. The true test of leadership is being able to make others see within themselves that they are also leaders, and elevating them to the next level in leadership and personal growth. I am qualified to serve in the SGA because I bring a great amount of energy and empowerment to the team around me. I am a servant leader. Through this position I will make it my mission to serve to the best of my abilities and make sure that those around me are happy and motivated to become change agents.

Public Information Officer: Ali Hamud

I am very organized, hardworking, trustworthy, and diligent person who works very well under pressure. I am a very good listener, and I lead and delegate duties equally without bias. I am looking forward to being inducted to the honors program, Phi Theta Kappa, this spring. I recently attended the Student Leadership Conference organized by Student Life and I learned so many great leadership skills, communication skills and working as a team – which I believe are great qualities for a public information officer. I am honest and trustworthy, and I pride myself in building long lasting relationships with people from different cultures and backgrounds. I will use my position to serve as the mouthpiece between the SGA and the rest of the students at CPCC. I will create the proper and necessary communication channels for our voices to be heard and also to promote the culture by voicing our opinions.

SGA Elections: April 20-24

Today marks the beginning of elections for the 2015-2016 Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Committee. The SGA is an organization run by CPCC students to represent fellow students, while also supporting the mission of the College and the Office of Student Life. The purpose of the SGA is to:

  • Advocate for the student body by conveying the opinions, ideas, wishes, and needs of the students to the administration, faculty, and staff.
  • Enhance student life on campus through social, cultural, and educational activities.
  • Provide support to student organizations.

Exercise your right to vote!! We encourage all students to learn more about the candidates and to cast their vote for the 2015-2016 Executive Committee.

Please visit the Student Life website to read about what the candidates hope to accomplish in their new roles and to vote online! Elections will end on Friday, April 24th.

Candidates for Office:

  • President: Merit Bajonero and Alvan Makoundi-Tchibinda
  • Vice President: De’Angelo Floyd and Grace Matabishi
  • Public Information Officer: Ali Hamud
  • Treasurer: Jacquez Mays
  • Secretary: Yelena Ganchenko and Shelby Jones

Choose to Live Generously

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What sort of world could we create through the simple, powerful decision to live generously? How would our lives be different if we gave more love, kindness, time, appreciation, forgiveness, courage, respect, or humor – to ourselves and to those around us? I think we would be happier, healthier individuals who could create a better world for generations to come.

The thing that I love most about generosity is that it creates a ripple effect. It spreads out into the world – into our families, our communities, and our work – and has immeasurable effects. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to witness the impact of our giving and to experience the reward of making someone’s day, week, or year. Other times,  our best and most perfect giving opportunity might be as simple as a smile or a compliment, and we may never know the difference it made in the life of another. It’s such a wonderful feeling knowing that not only do we have the power to positively change the lives around us, but we also can impact the lives of strangers we will never come in contact with. It creates a sense of community in a world that sometimes feels disconnected and selfish.

Brad Formsma’s book “I Like Giving” shares inspirational stories of people giving, as well as practical suggestions about creating a lifestyle of generosity. While I have always been a supporter of random acts of kindness, I love the idea of choosing to be generous on a daily basis. Formsma explains that “when generosity becomes your lifestyle, your life will take on a new glow. You will feel appreciated. You will feel worthy. You will feel celebrated, and you will get that deep sense of satisfaction that comes from knowing you enrich other people’s lives. When giving moves from an occasional activity to the very essence of your life, you start experiencing the fullness of life at a whole different level.” He also shares the following advice:

  • Look for ways to give that are in line with your heart.
  • Give with no strings attached. Giving to others when there is no obligation reminds people that they are inherently worthy; they didn’t have to earn it.
  • Don’t let the occasional person who abuses the goodwill of others ruin your giving and deter you.
  • Sometimes people don’t need money or skills or advice. They just need someone to hear their stories and witness their lives.
  • Giving is meant to enrich someone else, not to draw attention to that person’s need. When true generosity is your motivation, you’ll find the best way to give while honoring the receiver.
  • Receiving can be harder than giving, because receiving reminds us that we need other people. When someone meets a legitimate need that we are unable to meet on our own, we are humbled.
  • We often look at the great needs in the world and see all the things we can’t do, which keeps us from doing the things we can do.

In honor of National Volunteer Month, I want to encourage you to not only get involved on campus and in your community, but to start cultivating a lifestyle of generosity. You don’t have to make massive life changes to become a gift to other people. You can start with who you are, right where you are, right now. Take a minute to think about your life. How could you incorporate generosity into your daily interactions with people?