Archive for July, 2016

CFCC’s Marine Technology Program Receives Support from Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation recently received a $1,000 scholarship from the Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron. The scholarship will provide financial assistance to students in CFCC’s marine technology program.

The Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron is a non-profit organization dedicated to boating education and promoting skilled principles of navigation and seamanship. The club of more than 200 boating enthusiasts offers safe boating education both on the water and in the classroom. Members may take courses covering seamanship, piloting, navigation, marine electronics, sailing, engine maintenance, cruise planning, weather, and boater’s certification. Additionally, they perform free vessel safety checks and membership provides discounts on boat insurance and other products.

“We enjoy our partnership with CFCC as we try to make a difference on Wilmington’s waterways by teaching boating skills that make the water a safer place,” says Commander Mark Stacy, AP.

“Our national tagline is ‘Come for the boating education and stay for the friends.’  I believe this phrase sums up what and who we are nicely. Since 1914, we have been at the forefront in teaching boating fundamentals, seamanship, and navigational subjects to both our members and the public at large. We are extremely proud and appreciative of our close relationship with Cape Fear Community College and our members who made this gift possible,” says Lt/C Ed LoBalbo, SN, Squadron Education Officer.

The Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron facilitates boat safety and navigation courses at CFCC. Individuals enrolled in the courses often join the club after the course is finished. “We want to do this annually. CFCC provides us with classrooms, and this is our way of helping them because they help us so much,” adds Lt/C Rick Sorrenti, AP, Squadron Secretary.



Left to Right:

Cape Fear Squadron Education Officer —Lt/C Ed LoBalbo, SN
CFCC – Debi Causey, External Events Coordinator
CFCC – Bob Jones, Foundation
CFCC – Dr. Amanda Lee, President
CFCC – Jason Rogers, Marine Technology Department Chair
Cape Fear Squadron Commander – Cdr Mark Stacy, AP
Cape Fear Squadron Secretary— Lt/C Rick Sorrenti, AP

CFCC Announces Board of Trustees

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

New Hanover County Commissioners recently selected Jimmy Hopkins to serve on the Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees for a four-year term. Hopkins, a broker at Intracoastal Realty, previously served on CFCC’s Board of Trustees. His community involvement includes serving on the Coastal Horizons Center Board of Trustees, chair of the Historic Preservation Committee for the City of Wilmington, Executive Committee member for the Cape Fear Home Builders Association, and the City of Wilmington’s Vision 20/20 Committee.

In addition to Hopkins’ appointment, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory reappointed Louis Burney, Jr. to another four-year term on CFCC’s Board of Trustees. Burney, First Vice President at Morgan Stanley, has served on the board since 2004. He is a member of the USS North Carolina Commissioning Committee, a former trustee of the Cape Fear Museum, and a former treasurer for the Airlie Gardens Foundation Board.

Colonel John Melia was selected by the New Hanover County Board of Education to serve a four-year term. Colonel Melia retired from active duty after nearly 36 years of continuous service, as the Assistant Chief of Staff, US Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Virginia. He is a former Senior Army Instructor at North Brunswick High School and has served on the CFCC Board of Trustees since 2014.

CFCC’s Sea Devils Soccer to Call Legion Stadium Home

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Cape Fear Community College’s men’s and women’s soccer teams will play their 2016 home games at Legion Stadium beginning this fall. The move to Legion Stadium, the 6,000 seat home of the Wilmington Hammerheads, is part of CFCC’s efforts to grow its soccer program and provide the highest quality facilities for its student athletes.

“We are excited to partner with the City of Wilmington,” said CFCC Director of Athletics Ryan Mantlo. “They have been wonderful to work with and it’s a terrific partnership. Playing at Legion Stadium will enhance the game day experience not only for the athletes but spectators as well.”

The 2016 season begins mid-August, with CFCC’s women’s soccer team scheduled to play nine home games in the stadium, including the CFCC Port City Classic, August 27-28. CFCC’s men’s soccer team will play their season opener onSeptember 3 against Richard Bland College at Legion Stadium, as well as six other games.

“We are very happy to call Legion Stadium home,” said Sea Devils Women’s Soccer Head Coach Ryan Deppa. “We not only want to represent CFCC, but also Wilmington, and this central location is a very positive move in that direction for our department. The surface, location, and set-up at Legion Stadium are all outstanding.”

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