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

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 (Jenn.Marts@cpcc.edu) 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

Students Leaders Visit Washington, D.C.

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. Abed Arian, SGA President, is one of those students and he recently returned from a Student Life-sponsored trip to Washington, D.C.

Abed in front of the White House

“Every year CPCC takes the Phi Theta Kappa students on a trip to Washington, D.C. to learn more about the U.S. government and serve the community while bonding with fellow students. This year the Student Government Association was invited to join in on this great opportunity, and it was an honor to be able to go. During this trip, I learned about the history of the U.S. government as well as explored some of the most fantastic sights of American history. I also got to build relationships with some of the students. My roommate, Alvan, specifically made an impression on me. Although we are both in SGA, it was not until this trip that we were able to really get to know each other. I am grateful for the lasting friendships I was able to make and all the history I got to experience.”

If you are interested in getting involved on campus, please visit the EXPLORE site for a list of student organizations offered at CPCC, ranging from academic-focused to special interests. With more than 40 recognized clubs, the options are endless for getting involved. Current student leaders who are interested in developing their club members and growing their organization can visit the EVOLVE site for resources and tools.

SGA Announces the 2014-2015 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: Abed Arian

“My name is Abed Arian, and I am originally from Afghanistan. I am a full-time student at Central Piedmont Community College in the Associate in Arts program as a first step to ultimately earning a Master’s degree in Political Science and International Business. In the course of the three semesters I have been at CPCC, I have taken frequent opportunities to become involved on campus. I started as a representative for SGA in my first semester, and was elected to be a senator in my second semester. Throughout the year, I actively volunteered in events like Fall Fest, MLK Challenge, and SGA promotion tables. I’m also with the Peer Mentoring Program as a mentor for the first year students. As someone from a different country, I have had to learn how to ask proper questions, how to listen to different viewpoints, and how to work with different people. I offer these skills to the Student Government Association, at the same time, allowing me to further grow in my mission to promote leadership, encourage responsibility, and represent the interests of the students of this institution.”

Vice President: Antoine Lopez

“I have seen faith and ambition in the eyes of CPCC students, and as the Vice President for the student government, I will dedicate my time and effort to fulfill their aspirations of excellence. My name is Antoine Lopez, a student at Central Campus in the Associate in Arts program and will be going to UNC Charlotte for degrees in Political Science and Communication. The student government has a special meaning for me. Community within the community, each member is cheerful and full of promises, and they as a whole have given me strength and trust through my initial experience. Being the Vice President will be an honor and the occasion for me to give CPCC the favor back. I will strengthen the links of the SGA toward other CPCC entities, I will put under the spotlight the effort of the one who worked hard for success, I will value their efforts and their cause and dedicate our student government to our great focus, student’s success. I will give the second “C” of CPCC a new life and gather everybody under the same flag. Community is only the beginning, success is our goal.”

Treasurer: Moza Hamud

“My name is Moza Hamud and I am currently enrolled at CPCC as a transfer student with my short term goal of obtaining my associate in science degree with academic honors and to apply what I learn in class throughout my career. I plan to transfer and complete my pre-med degree in biochemistry then apply to a medical school to complete my doctor of medicine degree and I would love to specialize in oncology. I was the CEO of Green Enterprise Rolls (a junior achievement company program) and led a debate team to victory in 2012. I am currently a representative for the SGA at Levine Campus. I really enjoy working for the SGA, and I feel like it would be such an honor to be part of the executive committee and give life to the students as that is exactly what SGA does. It actually makes college life so much fun!”

Public Information Officer: John Hamilton

“My name is John Hamilton and I’m from Hampton, Virginia. I moved here a couple of years ago to spend more time with my family and soon after that I fell in love with Charlotte. I applied for the public informational officer position, to help my school broaden, not only my knowledge, but also the students that attend CPCC about the many services that CPCC has to offer and programs they can attend. I’ve been with the SGA before in my first semester and have met many of the officers and have enjoyed the different events that have taken part because of the SGA. I’m also active in other activities in school such as the Man-Up program and as a volunteer at the CMC hospital. I look forward to helping my fellow students broaden their knowledge about new events, school information as well as community information and help by giving good and creative ideas for SGA.”

The CPCC Student Government Association (SGA) is an organization run by 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.

To learn more about how you can get involved in SGA, please click HERE.