‘Gift of Education’ raises over $300,000 for student scholarships

May 15th, 2014 by CFCC Public Information Office

GOE crowd photo


Generosity and gratitude were the prominent themes during a special event at Cape Fear Community College today. An estimated 600 members of the local community gathered at CFCC’s Schwartz Center earlier this afternoon and raised over $300,000 for student scholarships at the “Gift of Education” luncheon.

The annual event is sponsored by the CFCC Foundation and was held in downtown Wilmington.

Highlights from the program included speeches from remarkable students whose lives have been transformed by their experience at CFCC.

Student speakers included Ray “Chief” Charfauros, a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who enrolled at CFCC to earn a degree to start his civilian life; Destiny Newsome, a student who recently returned home after volunteering in Africa as part of her studies in occupational therapy assisting; and Hudson O’Keefe, who overcame several major setbacks during her pursuit of a degree in medical sonography.

O’Keefe discovered a new calling for a career in health care after enduring numerous medical tests while dealing with a cancer diagnosis, which turned out to be false. After enrolling at CFCC, she also faced another set of obstacles – an unexpected layoff from her job and the death of her mother. In spite of these challenges, she chose to persist with her education.

“I had to decide if I was going to let my situation, these challenges, stop me.  Would I return to what I already knew, have a decent income from jobs that had no meaning and added nothing to the world or would I push forward against any storm to change my life?  I decided on the latter,” O’Keefe stated.

She closed her remarks by thanking the crowd for their generosity and stated that she recently started her own scholarship fund to help future students.

“There are many things you could have done with the money you donated to Cape Fear Community College and I am so glad you chose to give it to the Foundation. Because you donate to this school, each one of you is a role model. Because you donate to this school, you are also creating new role models for others. With gratitude and in your honor, I am proud to say that I have started my own scholarship for sonography students. Paying my debt forward is the only way I can begin to repay it, and I thank you, each one of you,” O’Keefe said.

Following the student remarks, guests heard from veteran college basketball coach Jerry Wainwright, who was the keynote speaker. Interspersed with humorous stories, Wainwright praised the crowd for their commitment to CFCC students.

“Someone once told me that the simplest prayer is just two words – ‘thank you’,” Wainwright said.

Other speakers included CFCC President Dr. Ted D. Spring, chair of the CFCC Foundation Board Sara Strassle and CFCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement Margaret Robison.

The CFCC Foundation is a non-profit organization made up of a volunteer board of directors focused on raising private funds to support the mission of CFCC.

Duke Energy awards $147,592 to Cape Fear Community College to expand course offerings in Pender County

May 9th, 2014 by CFCC Public Information Office


John K. Elliott, Director of East Region Government and Community Relations for Duke Energy  (at left) presents a check for $147,592 to Cape Fear Community College President Dr. Ted D. Spring surrounded by CFCC faculty and staff.

John K. Elliott, Director of East Region Government and Community Relations for Duke Energy (at left) presents a check for $147,592 to Cape Fear Community College President Dr. Ted D. Spring surrounded by CFCC faculty and staff.

Duke Energy and Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) today announced a $147,592 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation to establish certified metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding training programs at CFCC’s Burgaw Center in Pender County.

Grant funds will be used to outfit a new welding lab at the Burgaw Center, including purchasing  specialized equipment and modifying the facility. The Duke Energy grant will also cover part of the costs of materials.

“Cape Fear Community College is excited to expand our course offerings in Pender County, and we look forward to making these training programs more accessible to our students. This grant underscores Duke Energy’s commitment to job training in our area,” said Dr. Ted Spring, CFCC president.

“Our partnership with Cape Fear Community College develops a highly-skilled workforce that will attract and retain businesses in the region for years to come,” said Paul Newton, Duke Energy’s state president – North Carolina.

This grant is part of Duke Energy’s $6.7 million investment in North Carolina Community Colleges’ focus on technical education and support of business and industry.  Since 2004, Duke Energy has awarded $15 million in grants to 24 community colleges within the Duke Energy Carolinas service area. This new $6.7 million investment also includes community colleges located in the Duke Energy Progress service area.

Individual community colleges can apply for funds through the Foundation for the Carolinas (Duke Energy Carolinas customers) or NC Community Foundation (Duke Energy Progress customers). Applications will be reviewed by a committee of representatives from Duke Energy, NC Community College System and NC Department of Commerce.

About Duke Energy Foundation

Duke Energy Foundation makes charitable investments on behalf of Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States with 7.2 million customers in six states. Over the foundation’s long history in local communities, it has identified focus areas that maximize the foundation’s dollars and guide the foundation’s giving. The foundation makes grants supporting the environment, economic development, education and community vitality. In North Carolina, Duke Energy Foundation invests $16 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation, visit www.duke-energy.com/community/.

CFCC adds nearly 100 new courses to summer session – many online

May 6th, 2014 by CFCC Public Information Office

This summer, Cape Fear Community College will increase the size of its course offerings by expanding its curriculum by an additional 100 classes.

The college is adding more classes this summer to respond to an increased demand from prospective students. Most of the courses are in the college transfer area and include English, math, history, science, art, political science, and sociology.

College officials stated that there has been an increased interest from current CFCC students who want to get ahead to complete their academic programs, university students who want to take a course that will transfer to their university, and also from high school students to get a jump start on their own college career.

Officials stated that many of the new classes are online, which help students who are working and have less flexibility in their daily schedules.

Summer classes begin Tuesday, May 20. For more details, visit the CFCC website.

Landfall Foundation grant helps CFCC students afford certification exams

May 2nd, 2014 by Sonya Johnson

The Landfall Foundation’s $5,000 grant to Cape Fear Community College’s health science programs is enabling more students to become certified in their field of study and increasing their opportunities to become successfully employed.

This year’s grant is assisting students finishing CFCC’s Dental Hygiene Program. Upon successful completion of program coursework, students are required to take certification exams to further qualify them for employment. The Landfall Foundation’s funds cover a portion of the costs of the certification exams, which many students struggle to pay.

Regina McBarron, chairperson of CFCC’s health science programs, says that the funds provided by the Landfall Foundation help students complete one of the final steps toward employment. These certifications help our students get jobs.  Often, students have difficulty affording the exams on top of all their other expenses. The Landfall Foundation grant will help students pay for the exams, and in turn, help them attain good jobs in our area.

The mission of the Landfall Foundation is to provide funds to local nonprofit organizations for programs and projects that provide for the Arts, Education, and Health and Welfare in the Greater Wilmington, North Carolina area.

CFCC Faculty Member Receives National Recognition

April 30th, 2014 by CFCC Public Information Office

Dr. Philip Jacobs, religion instructor at Cape Fear Community College, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 30 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Dr. Jacobs will participate in a program entitled “Representations of the ‘Other’: Jews in Medieval England.” The five-week session will be held at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in the United Kingdom and directed by Professor Irven M. Resnick.

The twenty-five scholars selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend of $3900 to help cover their travel, study, and living expenses. Topics for the 30 seminars and institutes offered for college and university teachers this summer include Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: literature, the arts, and cinema since independence; American Maritime People; America’s East Central Europeans: migration and memory; arts, architecture, and devotional interaction in England, 1200-1600; black aesthetics and African diasporic culture; bridging national borders in North America; Dante’s Divine Comedy: poetry, philosophy, and the city of Florence; Daoist literature and history; George Herbert and Emily Dickinson; Jewish Buenos Aires; the Late Ottoman and Russian Empires: citizenship, belonging and difference; mapping nature across the Americas; the meanings of property; medieval political philosophy: Islamic, Jewish, and Christian; Mississippi in the national civil rights narrative; the Mongols, Eurasia, and global history; mortality: facing death in ancient Greece; performing Dickens: Oliver Twist and Great Expectations on page, stage, and screen; pictorial histories and myths: graphic novels of the Mixtecs and Aztecs; problems in the study of religion; reconsidering Flannery O’Connor; reform and renewal in medieval Rome; representations of the other: Jews in medieval England; Socrates; Tudor books and readers: 1485-1603; the federal government and the American West; the visual culture of the American Civil War; westward expansion and the Constitution in the early American republic; World War I and the arts; World War I in the Middle East.

The approximately 437 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs of study will teach over 113,925 American students the following year.

CFCC’s Honor Society Named to Top 100 chapters worldwide

April 30th, 2014 by CFCC Public Information Office

The Cape Fear Community College chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recently won several major awards at the international conference held last weekend.

During the conference, which was held on April 24-25 in Orlando, FL, CFCC’s chapter was named among the “Top 100” chapters out of over 1250 chapters worldwide.

CFCC garnered other awards including a “Distinguished Chapter” ranking, given to only 37 out of over 1250 chapters worldwide. CFCC also earned a “Distinguished College Project” award for a quiz bowl event that was held earlier this year. CFCC student Billy Koch earned a distinguished officer award and chapter advisor John Schulte earned the Paragon Award.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 131,000 students inducted annually.

CFCC recognizes student achievements at annual awards ceremony

April 28th, 2014 by CFCC Public Information Office

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

Each student award winner was chosen from each of CFCC’s academic programs and student clubs by faculty members and club advisors. The criteria for the awards are based on a variety of different criteria, including academics, leadership and persistence in their chosen field of study.

Hundreds of student family members, friends and faculty attended the event, which was held on April 22 at the Schwartz Center.Recipients included:

Arts and Sciences Program
Kristin Ballard
Eliza Belew
Chasity Beshears
Lesley Bey
Matthew Bishop
Raymond Charfauros
Perry Chase
Joel Ducey
Kyle Everhart
Britni Floyd
Bradley James
Hannah Labate
Joshua Lawson
Nicholas Lisle
Summer Salcedo
Melissa Semmens
Emily Smith
Christopher Walton
Shaun Ward
Benjamin Waugh
Anna Williams
Jamar Williams

Associate in General Education
Belinda Hammonds
Darien White

Technical/ Vocational Programs
Robyn Arp – Accounting
Ashley Carlson – Occupational Therapy Assistant
John Carr – Computer Information Technology
Zayne Casbeer – Cosmetology
Stuart Caulder – Computer Integrated Machining
Jessica Chandler – Business Administration
Patrick Daur – Hospitality Management
Benjamin Fisher – Sustainability Technologies
Jessica Hassler – Interior Design
Gil Julian – Radiography
Patricia Lee – Pharmacy Technology
Andrew Lewis – Marine Technology
Sheena McCallum – Early Childhood Education
Hillary Milner – Medical Sonography
Justin Murphy – Construction Management Technology
Guiying Song – Practical Nursing (PN)
Heather Tetterton – Medical Office Administration
Amanda Thompson – Dental Hygiene
Alexis Wallin – Registered Nursing (ADN)
Ellie Wells – Dental Assisting

Early College High School
Thomas Long – Wilmington Early College High School Service Learning
Mariah Sutton – Pender Early College High School
Jennifer Wang – Wilmington Early College High School
Morgan Wittmer – Career and College Promise Program

Continuing Education
Eugene Bradley – Human Resources Development
Danielle McCray – Adult High School
Ivy Perkins, Demetrius Snell – Basic Skills Plus
Pearlie Nelson – GED
Maria Olga Olivera-Nava – English as a Second Language

Student Clubs, Organizations and Special Awards
Stephanie Aman – Student Ambassador Award
Jeffrey Barrett – Pineapple Guild
Eli Blevins – Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Tria Brown – North Carolina Community System Academic Excellence Award
Katherine Christian – Visual Arts Club
Davey Hatcher – Salt N Light
Jonathan Herring – Minority Male Mentoring Program
Sydney Jackson – Student Employee of the Year
Waleed Jarrad – SGA Service Learning Club
Kini Johnson – Students of Occupational Therapy Assistant Club
William “Billy” Koch – Phi Theta Kappa
Corrine Marshall – Anthropology Club
Ty Whitley – Sociological Society
Jessica Wilson – Green Building Club



The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged

April 25th, 2014 by Sonya Johnson

shakespeareslideNext Friday, May 2nd at 8:00pm, Saturday, May 3rd at 8:00pm, and Sunday, May 4th at 2:00pm in the Union Station Auditorium the drama club will present the Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged. Students/Faculty are $5 and $7 for the public. Tickets will be sold at the door one hour prior to show time. All 37 plays in a little over an hour. It’s like an ADD Shakespeare review in an hour, and it’s funny.

CFCC selects director of new Humanities and Fine Arts Center

April 25th, 2014 by CFCC Public Information Office

Shane Fernando

Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce the appointment of Shane Fernando as the director of the CFCC Humanities and Fine Arts Center.

Fernando has worked at the University of North Carolina Wilmington for the past nine years, lastly serving as Director of Campus  Life Arts and Programs, which oversees UNCW Presents, the Arts in Action Performance and the Leadership Lecture Series, Ann Flack Boseman Gallery, Lumina Theater, Sharky’s Box Office and Game Room and the Association for Campus Entertainment.

Fernando is excited about all the opportunities that will be possible at CFCC’s new facility, which is currently under construction on Third St. in downtown Wilmington and is expected to open early next year.

“I’m humbled and thrilled to begin serving as director of Cape Fear Community College’s gorgeous, state-of-the-art performing arts center; it is a joy to see her steel quickly rising from bedrock at the banks of the Cape Fear river. She will certainly serve as a new, cultural anchor in downtown Wilmington, as well as serve as a laboratory for applied student learning outside of the classroom. The scale of the center will allow us to regularly present acts never before seen in our region and I look forward to working with major presenting partners at Thalian Hall and UNCW to brand our region as a performing arts hub,” Fernando said.

His first day working at CFCC will be May 19.

In addition to his experience at UNCW, Fernando has been active in the local theater community, serving as the City of Wilmington appointee and President of the Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts Board of Trustees. When his term ends this summer, he will become programming consultant for the Hall, overseeing the booking of the Main Attractions Series.

He was also recently elected to the executive committee of the North Carolina Presenters Consortium, and was selected by the N.C. Arts Council as a performing arts juror for this past year’s arts presenters regional conference, ArtsMarket in Durham.

In addition, Fernando is a public arts commentator for WHQR Public Radio and a member of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). He has been a director, property master, and actor in over 150 local theatre productions.

He is also a backyard beekeeper in historic Wilmington.

CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center is a 159,368-foot building and will house three floors of academic space for CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Program and feature a 1,500-seat performance hall for theatrical, musical and other cultural events. Funds for the building came from a $164 million bond referendum passed by New Hanover County voters in 2008.

CFCC broke ground on the facility last March and the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2014. The building was designed by LS3P architects and Edifice Construction is the general contractor.

CFCC to hold presentation from local author C.J. Brown

April 23rd, 2014 by CFCC Public Information Office

Cape Fear Community College will host a free lecture from local author C.J. Brown, who recently published her first book, “A Metamorphosis of the Soul”.

The program will be held on Tuesday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the Health Sciences Building room L-107 located at 415 N. Second St.

Brown will speak about her life, career and the inspiration behind her book, which deals with simple but unique life experiences that transformed her soul and helped her adjust to life’s changes. Brown will lead the audience in a discussion to reflect on significant events from their lives and help them consider new options available after retirement or other phases of life.

This presentation is part of CFCC’s new Plus50 Encore Completion Program, which focuses on offering courses and programs targeted toward older adults who may be transitioning from one phase of life to another.

CFCC is among 38 community colleges from across the country to have been chosen to join the Plus50 program. Nationwide, the program is working to prepare 10,000 baby boomers over the next two years for new jobs in health care, education and social services.