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

MLK Holiday: Make It a Day ON

Challenge yourself to spend your day off in service to your community.
Challenge yourself to work hard with a group to complete an intensive service project.
Challenge yourself to meet people and share new ideas.
Challenge yourself to make a difference.

Join us for the 11th Annual MLK Challenge

Monday, January 19, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.
Central Campus, Overcash Building, Student Commons
For more information and a video, click HERE!

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This event is FREE and open to the CPCC community only. We will provide transportation to service sites, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Participants are asked to dress comfortably and be prepared for anything, including service projects outdoors. To pre-register, please contact

The 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.

A Simple Lesson in Leadership

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Growing up, my father taught me that every person is significant – no matter what they look like, where they come from, or what they do for employment. We never actually had a conversation about this very important life lesson, but I learned it by observing his daily interactions with people. As a child, I remember going to the supermarket or home improvement store with my father and dreading the checkout line because he would always (in my eyes) ramble on and on with the cashiers when all I wanted to do was pay and get in the car as quickly as possible. But now, looking back, I remember what a difference he made when he took the time to say “hello,” address cashiers by their name, and ask how they were doing (and really mean it). It’s a lesson that has stayed with me into adulthood and something I strive to teach student leaders.

It is important, as leaders, to recognize that every person has a story and that we all contribute to the success of a program, an organization, or a nation – regardless if you are a CEO, manager, secretary, or maintenance worker. We need to take the time to acknowledge others and understand that every person has value. Anthony J. D’Angelo, a current student affairs professional, shared his experience learning this lesson in the book Inspiration for Student Leaders:

During my senior year of college, I took a class on organizational leadership. One day my professor decided to give us a pop quiz. The quiz consisted of ten simple fill in the blank questions regarding the subject matter we had been studying during the last few weeks. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one. “What is the first name of the woman who cleans this building?”

Surely, this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. “Absolutely,” the professor said. “If you truly desire to be a leader you must realize that you will meet many people. Each and every person is significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello.” I’ll never forget that lesson. I will also never forget that her name was Hazel.

Project Life: Are you the one?

Upcoming Event: Bone Marrow Donor Drive

For over thirty years, one of the best kept secrets in providing cures for cancer and diseases has been bone marrow donation and transplantation. In 1987, a federal mandate created the National Marrow Donor Program. The program had a simple, audacious goal: connecting volunteer donors with patients whose only chance for a cure was a bone marrow transplant.

CPCC has once again partnered with Project Life – a national program dedicated to finding and enlisting college students as potential donors for bone marrow and tissue transplants – to educate CPCC students, faculty and staff on the importance of becoming a bone marrow donor. Project Life began more than 20 years ago when a group of students at Davidson College started a grassroots movement to identify potential college students as donors for the National Bone Marrow Registry. Since then, thousands of individuals have participated, and the program has grown to include 10 other college campuses in North Carolina.

Make a difference this Valentine’s Day by visiting a bone marrow donor drive at one of the CPCC campuses. On the day of the donor drive, you will see students “typing” donors through a simple swab of the mouth – an easy and painless process that only takes ten minutes. Join these students next week in helping Project Life increase the odds of donor matches and successful donations. Our goal is to recruit 300 donors who will be added to the National Bone Marrow Registry List.

To learn more about the donation process and read answers to other frequently asked questions, please click here. If you are interested in reading stories from donors and survivors, please click here.

Join us in making a difference and saving lives by participating in one of the following donor drives at CPCC:

Tuesday, February 14

Cato Campus
9 am – 12 pm

Central Campus
9 am – 2 pm

Harper Campus
11 am – 2 pm

Harris Campus
10 am – 1 pm

Levine Campus
9 am – 2 pm

Merancas Campus
9 am – 12 pm