Archive for October, 2015

CFCC drama department to reenact War of the Worlds broadcast – LIVE – this Friday, October 30

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

War or the Worlds - October 30By:  Katie Merritt

Cape Fear Community College’s Drama Department will revive HG Wells’ classic War of the Worlds this Friday, October 30, at 8 p.m. In addition to the theater audience, WHQR will broadcast the performance live to their audience of listeners – up to ninety miles away.

CFCC’s War of the Worlds will feature four students in the performance – Jordan Spillers, Seth Lee, Blake Howard and Micah Bryant. Bryant will serve as a Foley artist, creating live sound throughout the show with a variety of props.  WHQR’s Production Manager, George Scheibner, will headline the show, playing Orson Welles’ original role that created panic among American radio listeners on October 30, 1938.

Friday marks the 77th anniversary of Mercury Theatre’s radio adaptation of War of the Worlds, which depicts a Martian invasion on earth. Presented as a news bulletin throughout a majority of the broadcast, listeners in 1938 believed the broadcast to be delivering live news updates for an actual alien invasion.  Mass panic erupted from the audience, sending Mercury Theatre’s telephone lines into frenzy. In fact, the production staff had to stop the broadcast to remind the audience of the show’s fictional content.

Jack Landry, CFCC’s lead drama instructor and coordinator of the show, expects the broadcast to reach an audience of thousands through the combination of the live performance and the radio broadcast. Not only will this performance and broadcast be a first for CFCC, it will also be the first production performed by students in CFCC’s new Humanities and Fine Arts Center.   Landry and his students have prepared for this show intensively since the Humanities and Fine Arts Center opened in the beginning of October.

“The students and I built 24 risers for the audience, hung every light, adjusted speakers, set up the board, built a stage and painted it entirely for this production,” said Landry.

The original script was updated by Landry and the students as well. After receiving rights to perform War of the Worlds, Landry localized the script to include landmarks and communities in Eastern North Carolina.  Audiences can expect to experience goose bumps as WHQR and the CFCC team will bring the Martian invasion a little too close to home.

“The goal is, as Orson originally put it, ‘to deliver a holiday present’ to the audience.  If we do our job, hopefully a few folks will believe, as the original audience did, that the Martians have landed and are wreaking havoc,” said Landry.

Tickets for the event are $25 dollars for the public and $5 for CFCC students. For tickets or more information visit

CFCC to break ground on Advanced and Emerging Technologies Center on Wednesday, October 28

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Castle Hayne, NC – Cape Fear Community College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Advanced and Emerging Technologies Center on Wednesday, October 28, at 11 a.m. at its North Campus in Castle Hayne.

The Advanced and Emerging Technologies project will be comprised of three buildings at two sites on CFCC’s North Campus:  the Advanced & Emerging Technologies building (approximately 75,500 square feet); a Veterinary Technology building (attached to the AET building via a covered walkway, approximately 18,500 square feet); and a Heavy Equipment and Transportation Technology building (approximately 32,300 square feet).

The AETC will include flexible instructional space for customized training programs, expanding CFCC’s ability to provide employee training for area companies.  Vertex, Fenner Drives, ACME Smoked Fish, Corning, Castle Branch, Verizon and GE Hitachi Nuclear are among the businesses that have partnered with CFCC to for their employee training needs thus far.

“We are so excited to begin this project at the North Campus,” said Dr. Amanda Lee, CFCC president. “The response from our customized training programs has been tremendous, and with the addition of the flex space, we will be better able to meet the needs of businesses and industries in our region and to provide even more training opportunities for our community.  We are also ready to expand some programs to the North Campus that have outgrown their current space downtown and to add some new, high-demand programs for our students as a part of this project.”

The HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning), Sustainable Technologies and Heavy Equipment and Transportation Technologies (HEATT) programs will move from the downtown campus to the AETC, where they will have more space and room to grow.  In turn, the relocation of those programs will allow for the expansion of other existing programs at the Wilmington Campus, including construction management and automotive technology.

“Cape Fear Community College strives to provide programs for our students that will help them get good jobs that available in our region.  We continually work with our program advisory boards, area employers and business leaders to design courses that are the right fit for our students and area employers.  We’re proud to provide training that will help grow both the local workforce and our area economy,” says Lee.

The Advanced and Emerging Technologies Center is the final project that CFCC will construct from the $164 million bond referendum that voters approved in 2008. The estimated budget for the project is $41.6 million and classes are expected to begin in the AETC in the fall of 2017.  Other facilities built with the bond funds include Union Station, a student parking deck and the Humanities and Fine Arts Center.

CFCC Board of Trustees approves Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

The Cape Fear Community College’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr. Daryl L. Minus has been selected to serve as CFCC’s vice president for student services and enrollment management.

Dr. Minus will oversee all student services at the college including admissions and recruitment, financial aid, records and registration, counseling and advising services, career planning and placement, disability services, student judicial conduct, student support services, athletics and student activities.

Dr. Minus most recently served as Executive Vice President for Learning and Student Success at Craven Community College in New Bern, NC.  He has worked for more than 17 years in higher education, including more than 6 years of executive leadership experience at Craven Community College.

“We are pleased that Dr. Minus will join the Cape Fear Community College staff in this very important role and look forward to working with him,” said Bill Turner, chair of the board of trustees.  “We are confident that his tremendous leadership experience will benefit our entire student body and our leadership team.”

Dr. Minus will join the Cape Fear Community College staff in November.



Artsplosion! @ the Center! – Saturday, October 10

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College will officially open its Humanities and Fine Arts Center on Saturday, October 10 with  Artsplosion! @ the Center! This FREE event will feature performances by New Hanover County performance arts groups and the nationally acclaimed Squonk Opera.

Doors open at 11:00 am, and the stage curtain will officially be raised for the first time at noon.  Seating in the Performance Hall is limited, and free tickets for the first curtain-raising will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis as the audience enters the building.

Schedule of events for Artsplosion! @ the Center (subject to change due to weather):

11:00am          Doors open

Squonk Opera “Pneumatica” – Courtyard

Arts Resource Gallery opens

11:30am          Performance Hall house opens

12pm                First Curtain Raising (featuring CFCC and New Hanover County performing arts groups) Performance Hall

12:15pm           Squonk Opera “Pneumatica” – Courtyard

2pm                 Squonk Opera workshop combining science and art – Courtyard

3:30pm            Squonk Opera “Pneumatica” – Courtyard

Throughout the day, from 11am – 5pm, there will be an Arts Resource Gallery in the main lobby featuring New Hanover County based arts organizations. The CFCC Fine Arts department faculty and students will be creating art all throughout the facility for guests to enjoy.  Faculty and students from CFCC’s music department will be performing both inside and outside the Center.  Following the First Curtain Raising, the Performance Hall will remain open for viewing.

Many groups will take the stage during Artsplosion! among them: CFCC Music Department, CFCC Visual Arts Department, CFCC Drama Department, Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington, Cape Fear Chordsman, Cape Fear Dance Theatre, The Dance Cooperative, Dreams of Wilmington, Dram Tree Shakespeare, LaCi, Snipes Academy, Stranded Silver, and St. Mary’s Suzuki Violins

Artsplosion! @ the Center is a day of celebration for all ages and is free and open to the public.