CFCC Foundation earns top honors at annual philanthropy event

(L-R) Sandy Spiers, CFCC Foundation board members Betsy Leonard and Judy Budd, CFCC Foundation Executive Director Margaret Robison, CFCC Foundation Associate Director Bob Jones, CFCC Foundation Board Chair Jan Capps, and fellow board members Mark Tyler and Martha Harlan.

CFCC’s award-winning fundraisers: (L-R) Sandy Spiers, CFCC Foundation board members Betsy Leonard and Judy Budd, CFCC Foundation Executive Director Margaret Robison, CFCC Foundation Associate Director Bob Jones, CFCC Foundation Board Chair Jan Capps, and fellow board members Mark Tyler and Martha Harlan.


The Cape Fear Community College Foundation was recently honored with several awards for its efforts in fundraising by the Cape Fear Region Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

These awards recognized outstanding achievements in fundraising in our local area at the annual National Philanthropy Day Awards ceremony at the Wilmington Hilton Riverside on Nov. 19.

The CFCC Foundation Board of Directors received the Outstanding Fundraising Board of Directors Award, which honors a board of directors that has shown active involvement in fundraising for their organization.

Bob Jones, associate director of the CFCC Foundation received the Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award, which honors an outstanding fundraising professional in the Cape Fear Region who works for a nonprofit charitable organization.

Sandy Spiers, who recently chaired the opening night gala event at CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center, earned the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award, which recognizes an individual or family that demonstrates outstanding skills in coordinating and motivating groups of donors and volunteers in the Cape Fear region in volunteer projects for the benefit of charitable institutions.

“We are so grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a phenomenal group of volunteers who are dedicated to supporting the college and our students,” said Margaret Robison, executive director of the CFCC Foundation.

Robison added that the community as a whole deserves credit for being so generous with both their time and financial resources to improve the quality of life in the region.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals represents more than 30,000 members in over 230 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs.  The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.

The local AFP chapter helps to advance philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising through education, training, mentoring, research, and advocacy.


CFCC presents poet and motivational speaker, Life Speaks, on Thursday, November 19

Life SpeaksCFCC’s StoryForce and Nixon Male Minority Leaders programs present poet and motivational speaker, Life Speaks, on Thursday, November 19
Cape Fear Community College’s StoryForce and Nixon Male Minority Leaders
programs are hosting Life Speaks, an active Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant and
motivational speaker, at its Wilmington campus on Thursday, November 19.  Life
Speaks will share his story through spoken-word poetry.
StoryForce is a writing group for CFCC student veterans. Students write about their experiences and post-service transitions and through sharing and embracing their powerful
stories, find strength and fellowship among their peers. These stories are later combined into a publication. StoryForce also hosts veteran speakers, like Life Speaks, to connect the Wilmington area with the military community.
Thursday’s event will be held in Windell Daniels Hall on the fifth floor of Union Station at 2
p.m.  A reception will follow.  To join StoryForce or find out more

CFCC to honor veterans at noon ceremony on Wednesday, November 11

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Wilmington, NC  – Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) will honor military veterans tomorrow at noon with a special Veterans Day ceremony. The event will feature the national anthem, remarks from a retired military serviceman and a display of Honor Flags that recognize CFCC’s student and staff veterans and their loved ones. All active and retired members of the military are welcome to attend. The ceremony will be held in Tabitha’s Courtyard, located on the 400 block of Front Street.

Staff Sergeant David Nilson, a retired US Marine and student at CFCC, will speak about his experiences in Afghanistan and as a student veteran at CFCC. Nilson’s military service dog, Sonny, will join him. Sonny proved Nilson’s faithful companion while serving in Afghanistan and together, the pair specialized in locating improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Since retiring, Nilson and Sonny have reunited and now reside in Wilmington.

The veteran population is especially important to CFCC, as veterans represent an estimated 10% of the college’s student body. In fact, CFCC opened the Student Veterans Center in 2010 to better serve the needs of a growing military population in the area.

CFCC is happy to announce that it has again been named a Military Friendly School for 2016 by Victory Media, a company that recognizes higher-education institutions that exhibit leading services to post-military students.

“We are honored to be able to assist our student veterans achieve their educational goals,” said Dr. Amanda Lee, CFCC president.  “Achieving the status of Military Friendly is important to us, because it conveys to our student veterans that we are invested in their college journey and committed to helping them be successful.”

Wednesday’s event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the event or CFCC’s veteran services, visit CFCC’s Student Veteran Center website at

Phlebotomy program application deadline extended until Monday, November 16

The application period for the Phlebotomy program for the Spring 2016 semester has been extended until Monday, November 16, 2015.  Please see a counselor on the Wilmington Campus or the North Campus to apply to the Phlebotomy program.

The Director of the Phlebotomy program will host an information session on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 4:00 in Room L-321,  Appointment not necessary.


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

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

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

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.



CFCC to hold informational session about veterinary technology program

CFCC is planning to start a veterinary technology program in the fall of 2017.

Cape Fear Community College invites the public to attend an informational session about its new veterinary technology program planned to start in 2017.

The meeting will be held on Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the BB&T Auditorium at the CFCC North Campus in Castle Hayne.

During the session, Dave Conklin, chair of CFCC’s public service department, will give a presentation about the program, which is expected to be located at CFCC’s new Advanced and Emerging Technology Center, which will start construction later this month.

Conklin encourages all interested students along with employers to come to the meeting to find out more about the curriculum, which will prepare students to work in a variety of animal care settings.

As a two-year associate degree program, the curriculum is designed to prepare individuals to assist veterinarians in preparing animals, equipment, and medications for examination and surgery; collecting specimens; performing laboratory, radiographic, anesthetic, and dental procedures; assisting in surgery; and providing proper husbandry of animals and their environment.

Course work includes instruction in veterinary anatomy, nutrition, parasitology, pathology, physiology, radiology, terminology, zoology, office practices, laboratory techniques, dentistry, and small and large animal clinical practices.

Graduates of accredited programs may qualify to take state and national examinations administered by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board.  Graduates may be employed in veterinary clinics; diagnostic, research, or pharmaceutical laboratories; zoos; academic institutions; or other areas associated with animal care.

For more information about the program, email

Artsplosion! @ the Center! – Saturday, October 10

artsplosion digital billboardWilmington, 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.

Call for Applications – Arts Resources Gallery at CFCC’s Artsplosion! at the Center

artsplosionFBCape Fear Community College’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center will host an Arts Resource Gallery as part of Artsplosion! @ the Center – a community event celebrating our local arts organizations – on October 10, 2015 from 11am until 5pm. New Hanover County arts organizations are invited to apply to host a table at the Arts Resource Gallery during Artsplosion! @ the Center, free of charge.   This is an opportunity for arts organizations to network with the Wilmington community at the Center’s opening event which is free to the public.

The Arts Resource Gallery will take place in the main lobby of the Center. There are limited spaces available, and spaces will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.  Each space is 8′ x 8′ in size and will include a 6′ table and access to one electrical outlet. Organizations who wish to participate should complete the application at the link below and will be contacted to confirm their participation.

Artsplosion! @ the Center will be 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 by CFCC and New Hanover County dignitaries, performances by CFCC and local performing artist groups, the Arts Resource Gallery and courtyard performances by the nationally-acclaimed Squonk Opera.

For questions regarding Artsplosion! @ the Center, please contact