Archive for August, 2015

CFCC employees win awards for outstanding performance and teaching excellence

Monday, August 31st, 2015


CFCC award winners 2015

Three Cape Fear Community College employees were recently honored with awards to recognize teaching excellence and outstanding performance.

The awards were presented by CFCC President Amanda Lee on August 19 at the college’s annual in-service program.

Sociology instructor Bethaney Ferguson received the Marilyn Goodman Anderson Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award is given annually to a faculty member that proves an asset to CFCC through their positive impact on students, mastery of their subject and outstanding teaching philosophy. Recipients of the Marilyn Goodman Anderson Endowed Award receive a $2,000 stipend to further advance their classroom.

Ferguson’s teaching style is described as “magic in the classroom” by coworkers and students alike. She incorporates technology, a passion for Sociology and discussion into her classroom to fuel deep empathy and understanding in her students.

Ferguson’s personal goal is to help students become “critical, creative, innovative thinkers with the ability to connect facts to abstractions while simultaneously conducting themselves as autonomous, self-disciplined individuals capable of strategically working in teams.”

Rebecca Miller and Mark VanCura received this year’s Presidents Award, which seeks to recognize outstanding efforts and contributions to CFCC, students and the community. Recipients embody CFCC’s key principles of dedication, involvement, professionalism and leadership.

Rebecca Miller is praised for her outstanding contributions to CFCC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program. Handling administrative needs for the program, Miller developed new procedures to streamline paperwork processes for the office that ensures accuracy and time efficiency.  Mrs. Miller’s program proved so effective that BLET programs across the state adopted it to enhance their department.

A colleague described Miller by saying that her “positive ‘can do’ attitude is refreshing. She is loved and respected by students, co-workers and supervisors. Her contagious smile brightens our days at the Safety Training Center.”

Biology Instructor Mark VanCura is recognized for his exceptional, engaging teaching styles that motivate students to enjoy learning material and to persevere to their full potential.  Past students nominated Mr. VanCura, boasting that they still remember individual bones  and muscles of the body, even after graduating from CFCC in 2012. They credit this knowledge to VanCura, who “has helped and motivated his students with an outstanding education and motivation that is necessary to achieve career goals.”

Both the Marilyn Goodman Anderson Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching and the President’s awards are presented annually and recipients are nominated by students and fellow employees.

Riverfest continues support of CFCC Marine Technology students

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

RiverfestOn Tuesday, August 4, Wilmington Riverfest continued its support of Cape Fear Community College students by presenting a donation of $5,000 to the college’s Marine Technology program.

The recipient of this year’s scholarship was Jenna Colthorp, a Marine Technology student who has excelled in her studies.

Jason Rogers, Department Chair of Marine Technology at CFCC, commented on the importance of Riverfest‘s long-standing support. “Our students benefit from decades of support from Riverfest. Students like Jenna, who are academically outstanding, can now focus all of their efforts on school itself and not worry about the financial burden of how to pay for it.”

The Wilmington Riverfest Committee plans to continue its support of Cape Fear Community College students and the Marine Technology Department with gains from future festivals.  Each year, the Riverfest committee donates to the Riverfest/Ava M. Hobbs Endowed Scholarship, which has contributed more than $150,000 for CFCC student scholarships so far.  Chris Snowden, Riverfest Chairman expresses excitement for the upcoming 2015 festival: “Hopefully next year we can give even more.”

This year, Riverfest will be held on October 2-4 along the famous Downtown Wilmington Riverwalk.  The festival unites people from the Wilmington community and beyond, bringing over three million dollars to the area. Riverfest has become a fall tradition since its debut in 1979.  Festival activities include musical performances, vendors, concessions, a fireworks display and new this year, a Miss Riverfest pageant.


The Legendary Liza Minnelli to Perform at Opening Gala

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

liza minelli

Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce its inaugural performance season at the highly anticipated Humanities and Fine Arts Center. Opening this fall in downtown Wilmington, the Center will host a variety of performances from stars of both stage and screen, to Broadway shows and contemporary dance companies.

“We have pulled out all the stops for the Center’s opening week. From classical music, to avant garde, to Disney on Broadway, we have something for everyone at a variety of price-points. We want the entire community to help us celebrate,” said Shane Fernando, director of CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center.

The opening week will begin on the evening on Oct. 3 with a black-tie gala featuring the legendary Liza Minnelli with the North Carolina Symphony.

Minnelli, winner of four Tony Awards, an Oscar, a special “Legends” Grammy, two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy, is one of the entertainment world’s consummate performers. In film, on stage and in television, Minnelli has won critical acclaim, a multitude of fans, and recognition from her peers in show business, giving new dimension and credibility to the word “superstar.”

“We wanted star-quality to open the Center. Liza Minnelli is show business royalty. It doesn’t get much bigger than Liza. Her impact on American culture is unrivaled,” Fernando said.

Following the opening gala, the N.C. Symphony will open their official season at the center with a Russian Spectacular classical music performance on Oct. 4.

The Center’s Broadway Series opens on Oct. 5 and 6 as NETworks presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which will be the first of three touring Broadway shows to be held this season. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features the animated film’s Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The original creators of the Broadway production are together again for this new touring production. UNCW is co-sponsoring this performance.

The opening week wraps up on Oct. 10 with Artsplosion!, a free festival where the entire community can celebrate as the official main stage curtain is raised for the first time, followed by performances from various community arts groups on the main stage. Artsplosion! will also include a uniquely eccentric musical performance by Squonk Opera in the Center’s outdoor courtyard. A cultural arts resource fair will also be held in the lobby throughout the day.

Following the opening week, the Center will present acts from other well-known performing artists, including:

  • Boz Scaggs – Oct. 28
  • Lily Tomlin – An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin – Feb. 4
  • Jackson Browne – Jackson Browne Solo Acoustic – Jan. 9
  • Broadway production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Feb. 25
  • Broadway production of Mamma Mia – May 3 and 4

The Center will present a contemporary dance series, which will feature touring dance companies who will perform in the Center’s studio theater.

  • Gaspard and Dancers – Critically acclaimed N.C. Dance Company – Feb. 16
  • SEOP Dance Company – South Korean Dance Company – March 9
  • Contra-Tiempo – Urban Latin Dance Company based in Los Angeles – April 13

In addition to the performances presented by CFCC, Fernando says that he anticipates that the facility will host dozens of additional events presented by a variety of other performing groups and promoters.

“We fully expect to host 30 additional performances presented by outside organizations between now and the end of 2015. It is truly exciting to see such an enthusiastic response to this venue, which will add to the already stellar reputation of the greater Wilmington area in terms of becoming a cultural center in southeastern North Carolina,” Fernando said.

Tickets for Cape Fear Stage productions will go on sale beginning on August 10 at or in-person at the temporary box office located at CFCC’s storefront located at 254 N. Front St.

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