Archive for April, 2019

Cape Fear Recognizes Student Achievements at Annual Awards Ceremony

Friday, April 26th, 2019
Michael Friant

CFCC student Micahel Friant receives Dallas Herring Achievement Award from CFCC President Jim Morton

Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce the names of students who earned awards at the annual Student Recognition Ceremony.

Each student award winner was chosen from the college’s academic programs, student clubs and organizations by faculty members and club advisors. The criteria for the awards were based on excellence shown in academics, leadership, and persistence in their chosen field of study, club, or organization.

Hundreds of student family members, friends, and faculty attended the event, which was held on April 16 at the Wilson Center. Recipients included:

Arts & Sciences
Morgan Agiovlassitis
Marx Andrzejewski
Delaney Arthur
Michael Ballard
John Burkee
Irene Cho
Jose De Leon
Dhara DeVane
Jean Druhen
Oscar Fawcett
Michael Friant
Steven Gibbs
Grayson Godwin
Nicholas Hill
Bridget Hollandsworth
Jeffrey Holler
Benjamin Hounshel
Simon Howell
Caroline Johnson
Zahria Johnson
Anastasia Katris
Jeanie Lozada Dome
Lauren McMahon
Ashley Ochs
Yesenia Perez
Taleeyah Perry
Josh Sekela
Joseph Sharp
Noah Sibbett
Eli Stafford
Tatiyanna Venable
Shenita Waddell-Daniels
Christina and Richard Whaley
Emma Wilson

Arts & Sciences Academic Achievement
Alex Courts
Elizabeth Medlin
Regina Winston

Health Sciences
Allison Fitzpatrick, Occupational Therapy Assistant
Sarah Mitchell, Radiography
Melissa Paige Sigmon, Early Childhood Education
Nicole Spencer, Associate Degree Nursing (RN)
Katie Wilt, Dental Hygiene

Vocational Technical
Casey Barnette, Fire Protection Technology
Amy Carroll, Healthcare Business Informatics
Michael Cosenza, Culinary Arts
Glenn Dell, Electrical Systems Technology
Fallon Demonte, Business Analytics
Christopher Dewey, Carpentry
William (Garth) Edwards, Business Administration
Monica Erickson, Paralegal Technology
Kristopher Evans-Newman, Chemical Technology
Austin Foxworthy, Construction Management Technology
Kyle Gushman, Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology
Jesse Harvey, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Kaylen Howard, Interpreter Education
Elora Huber, Basic Law Enforcement Training
Molly Kendrick, Architectural Technology
Joshua Kofroth, Boat Building (Wooden)
Rebecca Lawrence, Medical Office Administration
Jessica Massie, Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology
Haley O’Leary, Hospitality Management
Jordan Pettid, Emergency Management
Greyson Pope, Automotive Systems Technology
Ethan Saxon, Landscape Gardening
Erin Taylor, Baking and Pastry Arts
Joshua Walsh, Sustainability Technologies
Jody Wolf-Cooke, Accounting

Cooperative Innovative High School
Alexandria Trifaro, Pender Early College High School
Jessica Robertson, Wilmington Early College High School
Moonay Chri, Career and College Promise Dual Enrollment
Jason Durgala, Sea-Tech High School

Continuing Education
Alec (Seth) Beacham, Basic Skills Plus
Lasanda Boykin, Certified Healthcare Access Associate
Josefina Cortes-Hernandez, English as a Second Language
Ryan Dykes, Human Resources Development
Yolanda Gause, Adult High School
Gloria McClammy, GED
Gary Ratliff, Burgaw Welding Program
John Rectenwald, ABE Essentials
Joshua Roberts, Burgaw Welding Program

Clubs, Organizations, Special Awards
Matt Allen, Student Engineers Association (SEA)
Maria  Caravajal, Honors Club
Chase Futrell, Student Chapter National Association of Veterinary Technicians
MacKenzie Lancaster, CISL Alliance
Kathryn Lewis, Creative Arts Club
Evan Morton, Pineapple Guild (Hospitality/Hotel/Restaurant)
Sherry Polera, Business Technologies Club
Marissa Silva, Culinary Club
Erin Telfer, SOTA (Occupational Therapy)

Honors Experience
Lillian Beecroft, Phi Theta Kappa
John Chuisano, C-STEP Megan Lambert

Student Employee of the Year
Amber Crowley, Foundation

Ambassador Award
Adrian Megee

Dallas Herring Achievement Award
Michael Friant

Governor Robert W. Scott Leadership Award
Luis Mendoza Sanchez

NCCC Academic Achievement Excellence Award
Courtney Kirkham

Student Employee of the Year

Thursday, April 18th, 2019
Student employee of the year

From left to right are Mehan Merritt, CFCC Foundation director of philanthropy; Patsy Lackey, CFCC Foundation administrative assistant; Amber Crowley, student employee of the year; Mayor Bill Saffo; Rachel Cavenaugh, CFCC director of financial aid; Joanne Ceres, CFCC VP student services and enrollment management.

Ms. Amber Crowley, second-year occupational therapy assistant student at Cape Fear Community College, received the 2019 Student Employee of the Year award. She was honored Wednesday, April 17 by Mayor Bill Saffo.

The student employee of the year is awarded annually to a deserving student who demonstrates excellence in their reliability, initiative, uniqueness of contribution, and quality of work.

Amber spent her work-study hours with the Cape Fear Community College Foundation. She was noted by the Director of Philanthropy Meghan Merritt for her professionalism, willingness to help wherever needed, and her audacity to learn:

“She took it upon herself to become very skilled in using our Raiser’s Edge software (where we make notes and track all of our actions/events with donors). The software is difficult to learn, but she jumped right in and is now helping us enter notes, track conversations, register donors for events, and much more. If she was going into our line of work, she would be hired in a heartbeat! We are grateful for her devotion to the Foundation.”

Librarian Highlight: Dr. Kayla Page

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

Dr. Kayla Page

Dr. Kayla Page has worked in many different types of industries and libraries over the years. She has her BA from Campbell University, her MLS from East Carolina, and her EdD from Walden University. She lives in Wilmington, NC with her husband Mark, two sons, Jc and Luke, her basset hound Weezie, and Fluffy the cat. She enjoys traveling to new places, reading, boating, and random snarky remarks given at highly unanticipated moments.

Where you’ll find her

Dr. Page is the Technical Services Librarian (behind the giant chalk wall in the Wilmington Campus Library). She helps students with research and makes sure all of the library’s digital subscriptions and databases are current and functioning properly.

Outside of the library, you’ll find Dr. Page traveling with her family, out on her boat, searching for sea glass, or fishing.

Why she loves her job

“Librarians are naturally good at critical thinking and problem solving and this is one of the biggest parts of our daily job when working with students. I love helping students locate and connect with resources that they may be unaware of.”


Her observations of the difference of being a school librarian and an academic librarian


“Size. I can honestly say that the majority of the students at Cape Fear are a lot bigger than my old K-5 students. Kidding aside, the biggest difference between being a school librarian and an academic librarian is the students and the services that are available to the students. Younger students still need a bit of drama and entertainment to make learning fun, whereas students in higher education are focused, driven, and have some idea of what direction they want to take in life.”


Her recommendations
“82% of Port City Java locations recommend reading a book for pleasure. I recommend their Hot Moccachino (no whip) with a good thriller…like Something in the Water by Steadman or Panic by Oliver (a good Truth or Dare book in the YA section). We have both of these titles in the LRC – BTW.”