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Central Piedmont Community College
September 6, 2007

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Foreign language degree requirement change

As a reminder, the NCCCS recently changed the way foreign language courses can be used to fulfill humanities/fine arts requirements. Elementary foreign language courses may no longer be used as a student’s only humanities/fine arts course. Subsequently, all foreign language courses, including ASL, have been removed from the list of humanities/fine arts electives for AAS degrees. This change affects students in the 2007-2008 and future catalog years. Students in the 2006-2007 and prior catalogs are not affected.

In summary:

Technology Equipment Planning process now open

The annual Technology Equipment Planning process for the 2007-2008 fiscal year is now open to identify needs and plan for equipment and services throughout all College campuses. The process enables departments to enter their requests through our online technology planning system starting Wednesday, September 5, through 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 21, 2007.

ITS staff will schedule meetings with department and division heads from September 24 through October 19 to review all needs identified through this process.

Department heads are requested to enter their technology requirements using Submit Your Requests and Review Requests Submitted by their department.

Faculty and staff are welcome to provide their input through their department and division heads. Requests entered by 5:00 p.m. on September 21, 2007, will be considered in this fiscal year's plans.

Requests entered beyond that date will be reviewed subject to availability of funds or for next fiscal year. Please review the following information before submitting technology requests:  

Items to consider for inclusion in your requests:

  1. Computer needs for expansion of existing facilities e.g. new labs, classrooms.
  2. Hardware and/or software for new projects and initiatives.
  3. Volume licensing needs for software.
  4. Items with unit cost above $1,000 are classified as "equipment" and those between $500-$999 are considered "minor equipment" and will be subject to the availability of funding.

Items to exclude:

  1. Items with unit cost of less than $500: The state considers such items "supplies." Equipment funds cannot be used for these items so they should be acquired using departmental supply budgets.
  2. Replacement of existing desktop/laptop computer and projector equipment: All computers and projectors are on a prescribed refresh cycle depending upon changes in technology and functional requirements.
  3. High speed laser printers: Two trends in this area have driven our approach. Personal printers have become more affordable (<$500). These are often not worth repair and should be replaced with new ones when they become defective. High speed printers have converged with copiers and scanners into multi-function devices. The College is acquiring multi-function devices for placement in almost every office cluster as existing equipment is replaced. Scanning will be at no cost but printing and copying will be subject to chargeback by College Services. The College will also be moving all network printers to the Staff Print Accounting System by the end of the year. Departments are encouraged to keep this in mind during the budget preparation cycles.
  4. Equipment for new positions: This is already planned for. Departments are asked to place new position equipment requests at the start of the hiring process. Please note that new employees filling an existing or vacant position normally inherit offices and equipment that was in use by the previous person in the position.
  5. Portable projectors and laptops: Most requests for laptops and portable projectors are addressed by increasing the number of laptops and projectors available for short-term checkout through the library. Existing devices in the libraries will be on an upgrade cycle.
  6. Peripherals: Departments are requested to acquire peripherals like CD or DVD burners, scanners, LCD monitors, additional computer memory, digital cameras and desktop printers using their supplies budgets. ITS website  lists recommended products, recent prices and vendors for these items.

For assistance with this process, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 704.330.5000 or .

CPCC TV program notes

§ Maha Gingrich, host of Charlotte: A City of International Success, welcomes world-renowned Charlotte cardiologist Dr. Francis Robcisek to her next show, which debuted on Tuesday, September 4, and ends October 16, 2007. Shows are Sundays 5:30 a.m., 8:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m.; Mondays 5:30 a.m.; Tuesdays 12:00 a.m., 1:00 a.m., 2:00 a.m., 5:00 a.m., 6:00 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., noon, 10:00 p.m.; Saturdays 4:30 a.m., noon, 10:00 p.m.

§ Superior Court Judge Albert Diaz is Edith McElroy’s guest for Perfiles Latinos de Charlotte. The show debuted August 29.

§ CPCC Snapshot host David Rhew explores the national teachers’ shortage in America. Amy White discusses what CPCC is doing to supply the profession with qualified teachers to local classrooms. This show debuts Thursday, September 13, on CPCC Television.

College Fellows applications

College Fellows is accepting individual and team applications for: (1) Learning Fellows, (2) Applied Research, and (3) Community Fellow. Register for one of the professional development workshops to learn more information. Selected Fellows can receive release time to work on research project, stipend to use for expenses associated with project, and a laptop.

For more information, visit or contact Anne McIntosh or Debbie Bouton.  

Do you have a family emergency plan?

Did you know that September is National Readiness Month? If you answered “no,” visit the Homeland Security—Get Ready America website that provides information on building a family emergency plan that includes how-to demonstration videos, PDF printable lists, guidelines, and more. Building a plan is easy; simply look through the Homeland Security web links listed below, and then work together as a family to formulate your personalized family emergency plan. If you have a pet, a baby or an elderly person living in your home, remember to include special plans addressing their needs.

What’s the best way out of here? Where will the family go? Whom will the family contact?

Preparing your family for the unexpected makes good sense. Get ready now!

Outreach and Recruitment update

§ The Office of Outreach and Recruitment’s travel season has begun! This week we will be traveling with other colleges and universities to schools outside Mecklenburg County. This week we are visiting the following high schools: Hunter Huss, South Point, Ashbrook, Forestview, East Gaston, North Gaston, East Rutherford, Rutherfordton-Spindale, Chase, Highland School of Tech., Lincoln County Schools, Bessemer City Schools, and Cleveland County Schools.

§ Our next CPCC Information Session will be October 2 at Central Campus in Tate Hall and at the Levine Campus in LV 3100. These sessions will be held from 6:00-7:00 p.m. each month at rotating campuses.

If you would like us to display your program information at the sessions, let us know!

Online faculty resource

Online faculty resource  offers resources and tips to new and veteran faculty, including an alphabetized compilation includes over 150 websites. 


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University commission forum in Charlotte
Oct. 3

The University of N.C. Tomorrow Commission, a blue-ribbon group of business, education, government, and nonprofit leaders from across the state, will host 11 community listening forums across the state during September and October to discuss how the multi-campus university can best meet the changing needs of the state and its people over the next 20 years. The commission will then advise the UNC Board of Governors as it develops potential solutions that are consistent with the university's mission of teaching, research, and public service.

The commission will be in Charlotte on Wednesday, October 3, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, Rm 267.

"We want to hear from the people in every part of North Carolina about the challenges and opportunities they face in their communities, work, and lives, and how the university can help," said UNC Board of Governors Chairman Jim Phillips, who also chairs the commission. "Our goal is to be more responsive to the needs of this State, and to do that, we need input and feedback from the citizens we are here to serve."

Interested citizens are invited to attend a forum in or near their community to discuss the emerging challenges facing N.C. as a state—and their region in particular. Members of the commission will be joined by UNC President Erskine Bowles and top university scholars from multiple UNC campuses. Each forum will last up to three hours and will include a public comment period. Written comments will also be collected through a survey available at each forum, as well as online. The online survey is already available.

For more information about the University of N.C. Tomorrow initiative, readers can visit

For more information about the initiative, contact executive director Norma Mills at 919.843.1903. You may also contact deputy director Tony Caravano at 919.962.4231.

Charlotte Chamber Newcomer Fair Sept. 8

New to the Charlotte area or just interested in what Charlotte has to offer? The Charlotte Chamber will hold a Newcomer Fair on Saturday, September 8, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Chamber (330 South Tryon Street). The day will include Mascot Mania with Sir Rufus from the Bobcats and Sir Purr from the Panthers, games, prizes, a historic Charlotte lesson from Mecklenburg County Public Library, a blood drive, and much more.

CPCC will have an information booth at the event. Make plans to attend and learn more about your city!

Mark your calendars for Walk a Mile Oct. 2-4

In recognition of Disability Awareness month, Student Life, Disability Services, Physical Therapy Assisting program, and the Developmental Disability program are teaming up to bring back Walk a Mile, a hands-on disability simulation event. The dates for the Central Campus portion of the event are Tuesday, October 2–Thursday, October 4. Simulation days will occur on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on the Belk patio, with a discussion forum and luncheon on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in IT 2130.

Included in this year’s event will be disability simulations supported by the Physical Therapy Assisting program and a hands-on area where participants may experience learning and physical disabilities through different demonstrations.

Look for more information in the coming weeks leading up to the event. If you would like for your class to participate, but are not sure how to incorporate the event into your curriculum or syllabus, please call Jennifer Conway (6743) or Amanda Capobianchi (6374) for some further discussion and ideas.

At Harris Conference Center

Global Knowledge, the largest privately held provider of training, enterprise learning services, and software solutions for information technology (IT) and business professionals, recently held their fifth meeting at the Harris Conference Center this year. They offer a broad array of hands-on IT, project management, and professional skills training featuring proprietary core and custom curriculum as well as content from leading companies, including Cisco, Microsoft, Nortel, Oracle, and Red Hat. Global Knowledge was founded in 1995 and currently employs over 1,000 worldwide. The company headquarters are located in Cary, N.C.

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Artist reception at Pease
Sept. 6

Please join us for a reception for digital artist Tod Carleson today, September 6, at 4:00 p.m. in Pease Gallery. CPCC Pease Gallery presents “Tod Carleson: Moments: Digital Photographs” through September 19, 2007. Reception September 6, 2007, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Peggy Rivers, 6237.


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Staff on the move in
Aug. 2007!

Please join us in warmly welcoming the following new additions to CPCC:

Staffing changes
Congratulations to the following members of our CPCC family who are beginning new roles:

Retirements (August)
Best wishes and congratulations to our colleague who is beginning a new phase of her life: Evon Ammons—Administrative Secretary, Senior

Service accolades

Cindy Savage, Financial Services Institute, commends John Duke, IT Technical Services at Harper Campus, for coming to the rescue of a real estate instructor and a class of students when they encountered difficulty accessing their SNAP accounts and experienced other computer-related glitches.

Cindy writes, “John Duke…eventually got the HELP message (by the second class) and came to assist the instructor. He stayed most of the class and not only brought up the website in class, he helped each student individually, as they tried to access the class site with their logins. Many were not able to access it for various reasons. Instead of just sending them off by themselves to the lab to print, he made inquiries as to why their printing account balances had $0 listed when they paid the required technology fees, etc. He made every attempt to help each student, at a time when very little campus support is available (evenings and weekends). Thanks to John Duke, one section is up and running because of his efforts.”

Thank you, Information Table volunteers!

Student Life would like to extend a huge thanks to all of our colleagues (named below) who so generously volunteered their time to assist us in staffing information tables at all six of our campuses.

We’re astonished at the number of people who continue to so generously give of their time each semester. With your help, we were able to greet students on those first days with a smile and helping hand, leading them in the right direction. This is an invaluable service, and it couldn’t be done without your help. Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in January!

To Dwight Evans and Janet Barker: A special thanks to these key individuals for having computers ready to go at 7:15 a.m. in four different locations around Central Campus!

Information Table Volunteers

Alisa Hylton

Alisa Notte

Amanda Capobianchi

Amy Bowen

Amy Bruining

Amy Derck

Amy Riebold

Ann-Marie Maino

Augustine Martinez

Betty Baker

Betty McCall

Beverly Laws

Bill Whitaker

Bobbie Everett

Brandon Lewis

Cassie Moore

Cathy Curtis

Cedric Steele

Chris Bonnemere

Cindy Fowler

Clarine Moore

Connie Vickers

Connie Volk

Cray Hill

Cynthia Boyd

Cynthia Thore

David Privette

Debbie Bouton

Debbie Terry

Deborah Phillips

Deborah Rivers

Deloris Lilley

Dena Shonts

Denise Strange

Denise Wells

Derek Faggart

Devonne Gaddy

Diana Mibelli

Diann Back

Don Thomas

Donna Mackey

Dorothy Arnold

Dwayne McDaniels

Eddie Howell

Elizabeth Weinberg

Emma Lewis

Frank McGuire

Gayle Somervell

Gene Merklein

Gladys Bolden

Harriet Williams

Hugh Dussek

Ilia Lively

Ina Davenport

Jackie MacLaughlin

Janet Chernega

Janice Teeter-Blanks

Jay Potter

Jean Woodleif

Jeannette Coggins

Jennifer Arnold

Jennifer Conway

Jenny Brunnemer

Jerri Haigler

JJ McEachern

John Duke

Johnnie Roach

Joyce King

Julie Cox

Julie Grahl

Kablia Lee

Karen Streppa

Karen Verryt

Kathy Watkins

Ken Compton

Kent Rittenhouse

Khushwant Singh

LaTosha Hicks

Laura Webster

Leslie Bayne

Lewis Jefferies

Libby Vagnoni

Linda Dunham

Linda Jones

Linda Moorer

Lisa Davis

Lisa Ware

Lorretta Hinton

Lynn Kilgore

Marcella Williams

Marcia Addison

Marge Wilson

Margret Austin

Mark Helms

Mark Perryman

Mary-Lynn Mitchell

Mel Gay

Michael Hudson

Michael Matlock

Mitchell Hagler

Mona Baker

Monica Crawford

Natalia Gonchar

Nicki Brooks

Nicole Patterson

Nicole Ritchie

Noemi Jesalva

Pat West

Patricia Williams

Peth Chin

Phil Adams

Phil Briggs

Phillip Lopp

Randy Collila

Rasheeda Brown

Reggie Pincham

Renata Ashe-Warren

Retha Hall

Richard Griffin

Richard Zollinger

Rita Apaza

Robin Hunter

Rod Foley

Ron Williams

Ruth Hedgpeth

Sally Whitten

Sara Graham

Sarah Wilson

Saronda Easter

Savannah Clay

Scarlett Hollingsworth

Sharon Gay

Shera Dieth

Stacey Brown

Stephanie Gainer

Steve Corriher

Steve Gore

Susan Oleson

Suzanne Marcoux

Tammy Eudy

Terry McMicking

Tom Covington

Tracie Kanellopoulos

Tracy Moore

Valerie Wright

Vivian Edwards

Vivian Farr


Birth announce-

Bill Whitaker, Cato Campus, invites you to join him in congratulating Michael and Courtney Hudson on the birth of their daughter, Sarah Michael Hudson, born September 5 at 1:52 a.m. Both mother and daughter are doing fine. Michael is division director for Professional Careers.



Sept. 7

Cindy Mae Barnhill
Mark E. Helms
Roger N. McDow
Richard H. Redman


Elizabeth J. Brumbach
Jenny G. Brunnemer
Lyvio Faustin
Mary-Lynn Mitchell


Cheryl Lyn Richards
Boyd A. Sigmon


Benjamin Phillip Adams III
Mary Ann Burkeen
Richard Warren Spellman
Shawna Marie Wood


Elaine T. Olenik
Susan Elaine Stover


Robert J. Craig
Carolyn J. Hogbin
Barbea Bowlin Tripp


Mary A. Cheatham
Janeen S. Craven
Donald F. Taylor Jr.
Jane Whyte Uzzell

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Sailors wanted

Racing sailboats is easy to get into. Catawba Yacht Club on Lake Wylie (South Charlotte) is actively looking for individuals with some experience to come and race. We race MC Scows, Lasers, Ensigns, and a variety of other cruising sailboats literally year round. People wishing to crew are also welcome.

Please contact Jim Higgins 704.551.7244, or visit for more information.

For sale

§ CitiPass books are being sold by the Metrolina Chapter of International Association of Administrative Professionals® (IAAP). Cost $25. Over 150 restaurants, food vendors, and entertainment coupons are available in the book. In addition to the Charlotte area, the 2008 book includes York, Union, Cabarrus, and Gaston counties, as well as Lake Norman, Mint Hill, Matthews and Lake Wylie. You may contact Dora Johnson at 6323; Davandra Reed at 5924; or Kim Holmes at 6284.

§ It’s that time again! The Choir School at St. Peter’s is once again pre-selling live Christmas wreaths!

Order yours today; contact Teri at or 4349. Thank you for your support.

§ Homegrown tomatoes. Call Sara, 6898.

§ 16 ft. Old Town Appalachian canoe—$800; retail $1,100. Whitewater river canoe used only a few times. Call Danyse, 6430.

§ Tickets for the annual Classified Staff Council Raffle. Drawing to be held at Classified Staff Council Retreat in October. Date to be announced. Tickets are only $1. Prizes are as follows:

Proceeds will help fund Classified Staff Projects for 2007-2008.

§ Carolina Panthers permanent seat license (PSL). Must sell PSL and 2007-2008 season tickets. Location: Section 107, Row 14, Seat 5; lower level at goal line to the left of tunnel at Panthers entrance. Purchased for $15K, but selling for $10K. All reasonable offers will be considered.

If interested, contact for more information. Bank of America Stadium seating chart

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