Harper Campus Hosts Local Boy Scout Troop

The Harper Campus Welding department, along with students from the American Welding Society, hosted the 2nd Annual Welding Merit Badge Workshop for the Mecklenburg County Council BSA on Saturday, March 14th. A total of 27 Boy Scouts earned their Welding merit badge. Requirements included safety hazards and first aid, appropriate safety gear, welding terminology, mechanical and thermal cutting methods, selecting a welding process, performing welds with the equipment, and career opportunities. Each Scout went home to their Troop with an eagle sculpture that they personally completed, as well as a completed merit badge blue card.

Instructor Rich Davis teaching the Boy Scouts Oxy-Acetylene Cutting.

Welding is a relatively new STEM related subject added to the century old tradition of merit badges, and since it’s introduction in late 2012 has already become one of the most popular activities, with 11,061 Scouts earning the badge in 2014. David Langdon, the incoming President of the American Welding Society, and a recent visitor and guest speaker at Harper Campus, was one of the authors of the merit badge guide.

Instructor Mike Scott teaching the Boy Scouts GMAW welding and helping them assemble an eagle made from cut metal parts.

14 volunteers, including students, staff, and faculty members were here for support – giving up not just a weekend, but part of their spring break for a service-learning project. The volunteers included: American Welding Society club officers Eric Navarette, Chris Salley, Paige Hoose, plus Jason Blanchett, Joe Miller, Roxy Aleman and Simon Brown; Full Time Welding Instructor and AWS club advisor Ray Sosko; Full Time Instructional Lab Facilitator Rich Davis; Full Time Staff members Denise Strange and Randy Hellinger; and Part Time Welding Instructors Michael Scott and Brian Lucas. Priscilla Kay, Lab Facilitator from Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology, also helped with arrangements. Special thanks to dedicated Scouter and welding expert Paul Summers, SCWI from Chicago Bridge & Iron, one of our corporate partners. I cannot thank them all enough for making this possible.

Blog Contributor:
John McPherson, CPCC Welding Instructor
Mecklenburg County Council/Lincoln Electric
Welding Champion and Welding Merit Badge Counselor

The American Welding Society (AWS) is a student organization housed at the Harper Campus and includes students currently enrolled in the Welding certificate and/or degree programs. They often participate in community service work and have competed in local and regional welding competitions. The AWS enhances awareness of the art and science of welding, and how it affects our daily lives. If you are interested in learning more about the student club, please contact Ray Sosko (Club Advisor).

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

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.

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?


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.