Archive for June, 2015

Artsplosion at the Center – October 10, 2015

Friday, June 26th, 2015

CFCC HFAC 2015Cape Fear Community College announces Artsplosion at the Center – October 10, 2015

Free community event will celebrate the first raising of the curtain at CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center

Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College is excited to announce Artsplosion at the Center, the official opening of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center at Cape Fear Community College.  Artsplosion will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Artsplosion at the Center will be open to the public and free of charge for the entire community, and will include the first raising of the curtain at Cape Fear Community College’s new performing arts space. Attendees will enjoy performances by CFCC students and local performing artist groups, an arts resources fair and courtyard performances by the nationally-acclaimed Squonk Opera.

“We are pleased to be working with local arts leader and producer, Beth Crookham, who will curate the official opening performance, a celebration of the some of the best arts organizations throughout New Hanover County,” said Shane Fernando, CFCC Humanities and Fine Arts Center Director.  “Ms. Crookham will be working with a jury of local performing arts professionals to select the organizations that will represent the New Hanover County performing arts community in this one-of-a-kind event.”

Artsplosion at the Center is seeking submissions from non-profit performance organizations and performing artists that are based in New Hanover County for opening performance consideration. The performance piece should be 2-4 minutes in length and entries must be received by July 31st.  All submissions meeting the requirements will be considered.  There are 5-6 performance spots available and additional groups may be selected to be part of the opening and closing numbers. All those selected will be listed in the commemorative program.  For further information on how to apply, visit or email

The Cape Fear Community College Humanities and Fine Arts Center is being constructed as the result of a 2008 New Hanover County bond project.  The Center also receives support from community donors.  While the Center will be the home of the largest performance space in North Carolina’s southeastern region, a primary focus of the facility will be on student learning and academic growth.  In addition to the traditional classroom experience, CFCC students will have the opportunity to work behind the scenes with the performances brought to the venue and be able to rehearse in the Center’s state-of-the-art facilities.

For more information about Cape Fear Community College’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center, visit and to stay up-to-date on everything happening at the Center, follow

CFCC Trustees select Dr. Amanda Lee as CFCC’s new president 

Friday, June 5th, 2015
CFCC President Dr. Amanda Lee

CFCC President Dr. Amanda Lee

The Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr. Amanda K. Lee has been selected as the new CFCC president.  Dr. Lee was unanimously chosen by the Board of Trustees from a pool of four finalists who were interviewed earlier this week.

Dr. Lee has served as CFCC’s interim president since January, and worked as CFCC’s vice president for instructional services preceding her appointment as interim.

“We are confident we have made an excellent choice for CFCC and for the Wilmington community,” said Jason Harris, chair of CFCC’s Board of Trustees.

“Dr. Lee is a strong, respected leader.   She has the right skill set and experience for the job as well as an amazing vision for the college.  We look forward to working with her and expect great things.”

Dr. Lee has worked at CFCC for over a decade, starting her tenure at CFCC in 2003 as an instructor before moving into administration.

As CFCC’s vice president for instructional services, Dr. Lee was primarily responsible for​ the​ planning and overs​ight of the college’s academic divisions, including arts and sciences, technical and vocational education, continuing education and two learning resources centers. In addition, Dr. Lee has worked with faculty and business representatives to coordinate the development, approval and implementation of new academic curricula and job training programs. In this role, she was also involved with faculty, staff, trustees and architects in the planning and design of the college’s new academic facilities. She has also coordinated efforts to introduce new and maintain ongoing statewide initiatives with the N.C. Community College System.

“Cape Fear Community College is an exceptional institution and it is my great honor to be able to serve its students, employees and the community in this role,” Dr. Lee said.

“CFCC enjoys great success because of the dedicated professionals who work hard every day to create an unparalleled educational experience for our students, an open, supportive environment for business, and a strong partnership with the community we serve.  I look forward to working alongside those professionals as we continue to grow and innovate.  I’m excited about all the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Lee attended Baylor University in Texas, where she earned her BA in Telecommunications and her MA in Communication Studies.  Dr. Lee earned her doctorate in Communication Arts from Regent University in Virginia. She currently lives in the Ogden area with her husband and two daughters.

The Board of Trustees’ selection is pending final approval from the NC State Board of Community Colleges.

Donor’s gift provides service learning opportunity for CFCC students, needed equipment for Boy’s and Girl’s Home of Lake Waccamaw

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

generatorwebDr. Joe James, a long-time supporter of Cape Fear Community College (CFCC), recently provided a unique, hands-on experience for CFCC students, which united the Heavy Equipment and Diesel, Welding and Collision Repair programs to work towards common goal.  Dr. James arranged for CFCC students to refurbish a 4.5 KW generator to power a dormitory at the Boy’s and Girl’s Home at Lake Waccamaw.

The Boy’s and Girl’s Home of Lake Waccamaw provides housing and education for youth between the ages of 6 and 21 who are unable to live successfully with their family or previous home setting.  The environment at Boy’s and Girl’s Home is one of welcoming support, encouraging their residents to not only achieve success in the school setting but to use their personal strengths to guide their future.

Dr. James has supported the Boy’s and Girl’s Home for years, following in the footsteps of his stepmother. He is especially impressed by the school’s 80% graduation rate, which is attributed to teachers’ strong commitment to leave no child behind, no matter their past circumstances. A majority of these students continue to college.  Therefore, when James heard of the Home’s need for a generator, he jumped at the opportunity to combine his resources with CFCC’s know-how.

The generator, previously idle at Dr. James’ home, was in rough shape before students revived it. Though the engine and generator were in working condition, the frame surrounding the generator was caked in rust which halted its ability to perform.

Students restored the frame to more effectively support the engine, repainted the unit and ran performance checks on the generator as a whole.  Their combined efforts ensured that the generator would work efficiently and reliably for the Boy’s and Girl’s Home.

“When I saw it I was overcome with emotion,” said James. “It looked just like it did twelve years ago when I first installed it.  And when it promptly started and produced the correct voltage and frequency on schedule I was greatly pleased.”

Patrick Hogan, Dean of Vocational and Technical Education at CFCC, joined Dr. James in commending his students and the department on this service learning opportunity. “I could not be prouder of our students, faculty and staff for their support of this service project that allowed them to hone their technical skills while providing a valuable emergency generator for this Boy’s and Girl’s Home,” he said.

Along with the technical skills students refined during the project, students also gained collaborative experience working hand-in-hand with other departments to accomplish a common goal – skills that will prove valuable in their future careers. “Getting the job done on schedule told me that these students were not only learning vocational skills with this project, but were also learning the business associated with these skills,” said Dr. James.

Cape Fear Community College strives to integrate students into community service and career-preparation projects such as this and extends many thanks to Dr. Joe James for allowing our students to be a part of this rewarding opportunity.