Get Involved On Campus

            Prior to being a student at CPCC, I was always known as the quite or introvert one out of all my friends. I would often say “I’d like to be more adventurous,” but I did nothing to explore that aspect of myself.  For an example I never joined clubs or got involved in extra-curricular activities in high school, because I was afraid to fail.  But all that soon changed once I was asked to join the Student Government Association at the Cato Campus. Once I was accepted into the organization, I dived right into it, not really knowing the magnitude of how much I was about to gain from this experience. Immediately, I had to learn how to work with others, problem solve, and lead.

              Looking back on my overall experience as an involved student, I would say it was one of the most important and necessary things I could have done as a student. Being involved helped me grow into a more responsible student.  I noticed I took my education even more serious just to maintain the appropriate grade point average to continue to be active in the organization. Also, I observed that I grew into the habit of working with others and that helped me become closer to my goal in being less introverted.  This helped me in class when I would have to do presentations or even just answer an instructor’s question.

                Lastly, being involved taught me about the campus/college.  I was aware of all resources provided for me and it drew me closer to meeting as well as, getting to know the staff of the college. As a student I found it was most helpful to know who to turn to when I had questions or concerns.   It was refreshing to have advisors know me personally and by name. All in all, I have to give thanks to my peers and the club advisors of SGA, for teaching and supporting me through the journey of being a newly involved student. I plan to continue to stay involved and I assure others that it is most certainly worth giving it a try.

JaKeyla Wallace, Cato Student Life

Leadership is Your Ticket to Success

                Imagine you just graduated from college or will be graduating in a couple of weeks and you’re feeling the anticipation and excitement of landing that first job in your field.  You’ve cleaned up your resume, filled out numerous applications, written countless cover letters, and even persuaded your most challenging, yet respected instructor to write you a reference letter.  You are prepared….or so you think.  The awaited day has arrived and you go into your first interview.  Packed with your credentials and armed with the perfect speech about your academic success, you enter the waiting room of the office suite and find yourself surrounded by other recent college graduates with similar credentials, grades, and that perfect smile.  Reality hits and you begin to ask yourself some questions.  What makes me different or makes me stand out from the rest?  What have I done or accomplished that makes me the one to hire?

                These and other questions quickly run through your head as you anxiously take your seat beside your competition.  Just as you begin to sit, however, a cool breeze comes over you.  You take a deep breath and a little confident smile creeps upon your face.  Why?  You have what companies and organizations are looking for and needing.  You have a history and a record of being a team player, motivator, critical thinker, relationship builder, planner and organizer, record keeper, and most importantly, an effective leader.  Your years in college were not only spent mastering your subject matter, but you learned how to make a positive difference in an organization and in the greater community and learned how to work with others to accomplish amazing things.  You learned these important lessons by getting involved in student clubs and organizations, doing community service, attending the annual Student Leadership Conference, or participating in one of the leadership programs CPCC has to offer.  While you were in college, you went beyond self, and wanted to make your college, your campus, and/or your community a better place for others.  You learned leadership, and so in this waiting room you smile, sit confidently, and clearly know why you are the best candidate.

 -Davis Mahatha, Student Life Coordinator at the Cato Campus

College is what YOU make it, GET INVOLVED!

The truth is, college is your time to find what drives you, to make lifelong friendships, and to explore who you are as a person. In Student Life, we believe so much of this can be experienced in the ways in which you become involved on campus. Your college experience while here at CPCC can be amplified and ignited outside the classroom as well as inside it. CPCC has so many opportunities for involvement and it is truly a place where each student can find something that kindles their passion as a person as much as their classes kindle their passion as a student. Students who get involved on campus create for themselves an experience that stretches far beyond the walls of the classroom and allows them to experience friendship, teamwork, leadership and perhaps most importantly, fun! So make time to do more than just go to class. Being involved while I was in college helped me find my best friends, made some of my favorite memories, and built the portfolio and professional network that landed me a job in my career.

CPCC has more than 60 different student clubs and organizations, focusing on leadership, service, common interests, or as part of a program of study. With so many options, you are sure to find something that speaks to you! We know that students who get involved are more likely to stay in school, more likely to graduate or transfer successfully, and are more likely to get a job when they leave. So what is there to lose!?

Not sure where to start? Join us at a Welcome Event or  Contact the Student Life Coordinator on your campus. Our former students will always have a home in Student Life, and we want to help you find your place here too.

A Message from the SGA President

SGA President Alvan Makoundi-Tchibinda

August 17th is the start of the fall semester at CPCC. I am sure you are feeling a little anxious to see that summer is over, but I am also certain that you are as excited as I am about all the opportunities that will come along with this new semester. Author Nora Roberts said:  “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” Whether you are a new student, a returning student or an online student, succeeding in college starts by the will to grow yourself. Then it becomes an idea, and once you’re attending classes, you have solidified this journey and made that step forward.

No one said attending college was easy. For some of us, it may even look impossible because of financial and/or family instability. Beyond all the obstacles or hurdles that we may encounter, we must keep in mind all the great resources the College has to offer. As a student and a Student Government president at CPCC, I get to see first-hand how much the college invests in our success, by having the right staff/faculty and services.

Now, the task is ours. It is our responsibility to create that great environment where we can build lasting relationships at CPCC. Relationships with either classmates, professors, staff or faculty that will help us build networks to improve our future.

As of myself, I would like to welcome you to CPCC and hope that you will be joining us at the Student Government, or one of the over 40 clubs and organizations that CPCC holds.

Thank you,

Alvan Makoundi-Tchibinda

Remembering September 11

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“May the lives remembered, the deeds recognized, and the spirit reawakened be eternal beacons, which reaffirm respect for life, strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance and intolerance.”

These words are part of the mission statement of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center in New York City. As the nation and world mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, CPCC Office of Student Life shares the sentiments of the 9/11 Memorial and calls upon readers to make Sept. 11, 2013 a day of commemoration.

Take a moment to remember and honor the thousands of innocent men, women, and children lost in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001. Thank your local first responders for their dedication to protecting your community. Remember the many Americans who have served and are currently serving in our nation’s military—many of whom enlisted as a response to the 9/11 attacks.

Let us come together this 9/11 to honor, remember and reunite. Visit the Student Life Events Calendar for more information about the following campus activities commemorating 9/11.

  • Harper Campus: 9/11 Remembrance Wall (Sept. 9 – 13)
  • Harris Campus: 9/11 Remembrance Table (Sept. 11)
  • Cato Campus: Back to School Blood Drive – Saving Lives on 9/11 (Sept. 11)

Please join us in observing 9/11 as a day of good deeds, when we pay tribute together by promoting unity, compassion and peace. If you are unable to attend campus events, we encourage you to do a good deed and spread kindness throughout your community:

  • Eat lunch with someone new
  • Visit a sick friend
  • Clean a neighbor’s yard
  • Offer a hug
  • Give an unexpected gift
  • Open a door
  • Plant a tree
  • Thank a teacher or mentor
  • Offer your seat
  • Let another go first
  • Bake cookies to share
  • Give a compliment
  • Donate clothes to a shelter
  • Encourage a friend
  • Forgive mistakes
  • Smile at someone

Volunteering in the community is one of the most popular ways to commemorate those we lost and celebrate the spirit of working together. The CPCC 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. For a list of fall semester service opportunities coordinated by the Service-Learning Center, please click here. For more information from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, visit