Archive for August, 2014

Cape Fear Community College’s Michelle Lee wins 2014 ACCT Southern Region Professional Staff Member Award

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014


Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce that Michelle Lee, executive assistant to the president, has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Southern Region Professional Board Staff Member Award.

Lee has worked at CFCC for more than 14 years.  In addition to her duties as executive assistant to CFCC President Ted D. Spring, Ms. Lee also serves as the official college liaison to CFCC’s Board of Trustees.

Lee was nominated by Barren Nobles, chair of CFCC’s Board of Trustees for the 2013-14 fiscal year. “Michelle provides each board member with personal, professional and courteous attention,” Nobles said.  “We depend on her completely.”

Lee will receive the award in late October at the 45th Annual ACCT Leadership Conference in Chicago.  As the recipient of this regional award, she will also be the nominee from the ACCT Southern Region for the national ACCT Professional Board Staff Member Award for 2014.

NC Sorosis supports CFCC student veterans with coffee donation

Monday, August 4th, 2014


Student veterans at Cape Fear Community College often stop into the college’s Veterans Center to enjoy a cup of coffee between classes.  A coffee break may seem like a small thing, but to CFCC’s student veterans, it not only provides refreshment, but also a chance for them to socialize and support one another.  Now, thanks to a generous donation from North Carolina Sorosis, they will enjoy free coffee for months.

On July 24, several members of the Wilmington Chapter of NC Sorosis visited the Veterans Center on CFCC’s Wilmington Campus and brought with them a cart load of coffee with more than 18 cases of single-serve “k-cups,” which will provide over 2,000 cups of coffee to CFCC’s veteran students this semester.

Debbie Sheehan, president of NC Sorosis, presented the coffee to the student veterans and Veterans Center staff. “NC Sorosis works on several community service projects throughout the year, and one of our focus areas is veterans,” she said. “Our group toured Union Station a few months ago and during our tour, we visited the Veterans Center. We saw a need that could be addressed simply, so we decided to make sure they had enough coffee.”

Scott McLaurin, a U.S. Navy veteran and director of CFCC’s Veterans Center says that drinking coffee is a habit that often develops in the military. “When you are deployed the water could taste bad or potentially be unhealthy, so it often needs to be boiled.  As a result, many veterans drink coffee and tea. It also helps soldiers stay awake during their post assignments and is a way for soldiers to socialize. It is really part of the military culture.”

That culture translates to the veteran experience at college, where early morning classes and late night study sessions take the place of long shift assignments. “I think a lot of veterans swing by each day just to get a cup of coffee. It brings more students into the center,” said Zachary Kestner, U.S. Army Veteran and CFCC student.

Frequently, these quick visits turn into something more important. “Once students come in the center – often for the coffee – they realize that there are other students like them, learn about the range of services we offer and begin to develop a network of friendship and support on campus,” said McLaurin.

Approximately ten percent of CFCC’s curriculum students are veterans, so there is always a need for coffee. “We are hoping that our donation will inspire other organizations or businesses to donate coffee to the veterans center,” said Sheehan. “I understand this donation will only last about six weeks, so we are going to try to do more in November, in honor of Veterans Day.”

NC Sorosis has about 80 members locally, and is the oldest women’s organization in the state. The club is committed to promoting volunteerism, improving our community, and fostering new friendships. North Carolina Sorosis is proud of its many contributions to our community and is dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service.

The CFCC Veterans Center is committed to bringing quality programs and services to student veterans, families and dependents of veterans at Cape Fear Community College. The Center strives to provide contacts, mentoring, counseling and support to help ease veterans’ transition to college and enhance their educational experiences.

Wilmington Police Department establishes “Send a Cop to College” scholarships at CFCC

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Lieutenant Kathy Cochran, Chief Ralph Evangelous, and Deputy Chief Mitch Cunningham of the Wilmington Police Department, along with event sponsor Jim Hurley of Hanover Federal Credit Union, present a check to Cape Fear Community College’s Dr. Amanda Lee, vice president of instructional services, and Mr. Dave Conklin, chair of the public service department. The gift will establish several scholarships to encourage officers and personnel of the WPD to earn associate’s degrees at CFCC.

On Monday, July 14, several officers from the Wilmington Police Department gathered in the lobby of Cape Fear Community College’s Union Station building to present the College with a $5,000 check to fund several “Send a Cop to College” scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year. CFCC’s Union Station building stands on the site of the former Wilmington Police Department headquarters, which made it a fitting location to commemorate the occasion.

The “Send a Cop to College” scholarships have been established to encourage Wilmington Police Department officers and personnel to enroll in or return to college and earn an associate’s degree at Cape Fear Community College.

“We believe that higher education helps to shape the minds future leaders in law enforcement,” says Ralph Evangelous, chief of police. “We are grateful for our partnership with CFCC. These scholarships will open the door to educating and shaping the minds of police personnel who are interested in advancing their careers in the field of law enforcement.”

 Scholarships will be available to CFCC students in the associate of arts and associate of sciences college-transfer programs, as well as students studying criminal justice, business or paralegal studies. Applicants may be WPD employees or dependents of employees who are members of the Police Recreation Association.

“This is an outstanding way for the Wilmington Police Department to support their future colleagues,” says Margaret Robison, vice president for institutional advancement at Cape Fear Community College. “We enjoy a wonderful relationship with the WPD, and are so happy to be an integral part of the training of many members of our local police force.”

The “Send a Cop to College” scholarships were funded through the hard work of the Wilmington Police Recreation Association, who planned and hosted its inaugural celebrity dinner fundraiser in April 2014, allowing local residents and sponsors to dine with well-known film actors, athletes, pageant queens and performers.

The Wilmington Police Recreation Association is dedicated to the advancement of the Wilmington Police Department’s image and the well-being of the community. The Association achieves this purpose through sponsorship of youth athletic teams, providing holiday food baskets for the elderly and needy, public education and safety projects, and other charitable contributions.

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation exists solely to support the students, instructors, programs and mission of the College. The Foundation secures and manages gifts and grants, including cash contributions, deferred gifts, securities, gifts-in-kind for educational purposes. For more information about CFCC, or about scholarship opportunities, please contact the Cape Fear Community College Foundation at 910.362.7207 or visit