Highlights of Cape Fear Community College Accomplishments 1996 - 1997
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- Following the successful completion of a 30-month self-study and an on-site visit by a twelve member committee, CFCC received reaffirmation of accreditation status with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges December 1996.
- CFCC was represented during Career Days at New Hanover, Topsail, Laney, Hoggard, and Lakeside High Schools.
- The students in the Licensed Practical Nursing, Associate Degree Nursing, and Dental Assisting programs all received a 100% pass rate on licensure exams.
- CFCC will graduate its first class of Radiography students this year.
- The Basic Law Enforcement Training students received a 100% pass rate on the State exam.
- The Business Department began the REAL program which is designed to help young entrepreneurs get started in business.
- CFCC welding lead instructor was authorized by the American Welding Society to test and certify welders.
- Eight new CFCC programs were approved to begin Fall 1997: Medical Transcription, Architectural Technology, Interior Design, Cosmetology, Auto Body Repair, Masonry, Pharmacy Technology, and Truck Driver Training.
- Other new programs to be offered but pending approval are: Speech-Language Pathology Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Occupational Therapy Assistant, and Environmental Science.
- CFCC was in a leadership role for the preparation of the grant proposal team "Cape Fear Partners for Career Success." This resulted in a $65,000 award to establish school to work programs with another $60,000 addition expected in October. This will be the first year of a potential 3 year grant.
- CFCC was invited to participate with a group of community colleges seeking a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for Advanced Marine Technology Education. The NSF preliminary review has been favorable and award is expected in late May or June.
- Cape Fear's Engineering Technology students and faculty competed with engineering students and faculty from universities throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico and won the 4th International Submarine Race's top award for design, construction, and performance.
- The CFCC submarine design and operation team has been invited back to participate in the international human powered submarine competition to be held in June. CFCC's goal is to set the world speed record for human powered submersibles.
- Carolyn Dyson, a business student, was awarded the Professional Secretaries International Award for the state of North Carolina.
- Two faculty members won mini grants to develop classroom uses of technology.
- A CFCC home page was created and has received recognition as one of the best in the educational community.
- CFCC students and faculty volunteered many hours to the community and many hours were given in the aftermath of the hurricanes last year.
- CFCC's computer teaching capabilities have been upgraded and a new computer lab has been installed at the Burgaw campus.
- Refurbishing of the cafeteria on the Hampstead campus is near completion and will house the Basic Law Enforcement Training program.
- A community service sailing program was started, and due to the overwhelming response by students, it may become a physical education curriculum course for Fall 1997.
- The refurbishment of the 55' catamaran MAR TECH was completed and is currently being used for classes.
- Shirley Hart Berry participated in the North Carolina Community College Leadership program and delivered the keynote address at her graduation.
- Allison Nye co-authored an article for the "Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance" on cultivating and evaluating pedagogical skills in inexperienced faculty.
- Anthony Johnson, Evelyn Bradley, Shirley Hart Berry, and Kathy Marks co-authored an article on telecourses for publication in Best Telecommunications Practices in North Carolina.
- Robert Sutton presented a paper/demonstration on "Cyber Space and the Real Classroom" at the mid-Atlantic Regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature.
- Brad Barkley published a novel, Circleview, and received rave reviews.
- A shared directory was established for full-time faculty, providing all faculty access to syllabi, outlines, and textbooks.
- GPA of College Transfer students improved over last year.
Student Government Association
- The Student Government Association (SGA) sponsored the annual Fall Festival in September. The dunking booth activity raised money for the Wilmington Boys Club, students registered to vote, and CFCC clubs and organizations provided information to students during the festival.
- On April 9, 1997, the SGA sponsored a Spring Festival on campus with over 2,300 students, faculty, and staff in attendance.
- The SGA sponsored American Red Cross Blood Drives on campus in October, February, and May.
- Two food drives were sponsored by the SGA; one at Thanksgiving for needy families in the community and one at Christmas with the food being donated to the Salvation Army.
- Two student socials were sponsored by the SGA at Christmas and Valentines.
- SGA was active in the N4CSGA and sent representatives to conferences in November, January, and May. SGA President, Kevin Gilbert, represented CFCC at the Governor's inauguration in January.
- In September, SGA distributed food and relief goods sent by truck from Gulf Coast Community College in Florida to 1300 students and faculty who were victims of Hurricane Fran.
PHI THETA KAPPA Honor Society
- Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society's Alpha Chi Sigma Chapter of Cape Fear Community College received the following regional and international awards in 1997:
- Regional Awards:
Hall of Honor presented to Clint Childress & Melissa Bordeaux
Distinguished Advisor presented to Mary Dowless
Valerie Korwatch elected Regional Vice President for N.C.
Most Distinguished Chapter, First Runner-Up (Distinguished Chapters are determined by the performance of each chapter in the Four Hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa - Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship.)
- International Awards:
Five-Star Status Level in the Five Star Development Program (Beta Alpha Award for Continued Excellence)
Attained Distinguished Chapter status for three years in a row
Out of 1,300 international chapters, Alpha Chi Sigma ranked sixth in Leadership and seventh in Service
Of the 1300 chapters, the CFCC chapter ranked sixth overall (Miami-Dade Community College, the largest community college in the country, ranked in fifth place.)
Dr. McKeithan received the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction, an award given to college presidents on the basis of outstanding effort given toward promoting the goals of Phi Theta Kappa
- Offered customized, on-site classes for Gage Carolina Metals, Takeda Chemical, General Electric, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Queensboro Steel, Corning, and Jackson Beverage Company.
- Provided a series of computer classes to New Hanover and Pender County public school teachers and administrators to meet state minimum certification guidelines.
- A series of four regional seminars were offered focusing on Forensic Investigation and the Human Identification Society (FIHIS).
- Sponsored a Mini-Conference on Technology featuring keynote speaker Dr. Robert McCabe, Senior Fellow for the League of Innovation in the Community College.
- Offered a fall and spring Cinema Symposium in cooperation with Screen Gems and the Greater Wilmington Film Commission.
- Co-sponsored the Eastern Carolina Fire Seminar with the Eastern Carolina Firemen's Association.
- Published a literacy magazine, Reflections, featuring the poetry and writings of students in the Basic Skills program.
- Co-sponsored the Pender County Fire Seminar with the Pender County Firefighters Association.
- Offered a series of four musical presentations entitled "Bach Lunch Series" at various locations in the downtown area.
- Co-sponsored the North Carolina Fire Prevention School with the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs.
- Co-sponsored the New Hanover County Fire Seminar with the New Hanover County Firemen's Association.
- Offered a fifty-hour re-certification course entitled Chiropractic Assistant Radiology Seminar.
- Co-sponsored a supervisory development program entitled "Making A Difference" with the North Carolina State Firemen's Association.
- Offered six Sigma Quality Programs to non-exempt employees at General Electric.
- Implemented Student Ambassador Program.
- Developed Academic Warning System to assist students before probation is necessary.
- Implemented a follow-up system for students on academic probation.
- Filled Director of Financial Aid and Registrar positions.
- Implemented a series of financial aid high school information programs and workshops.
- Began electronic processing of financial aid documents to reduce total application/award timeline.
- Held successful CFCC Open House April 19, 1997 with over 1000 guests in attendance.
- Developed and held a series of Career/Financial Aid recruiting visits to all area high schools.
- Conducted Job Fairs for students and employers.
- Developed job search workshops that featured employers presenting strategies for getting and keeping a job.
- Incorporated coordination of all student development financial assistance into one unit.
- Developed semester crosswalk and conducted semester conversion training for all advisors.
- Developed and distributed semester conversion workbooks to all area high school counselors.
- The 1995-96 financial audit occurred in April 1997. The audit disclosed no findings or concerns.
- The 1995-96 equipment audit disclosed no material findings or concerns.
- Implemented payroll encumbrance system for budgetary control.
- Implemented payroll direct deposit for full-time employees in May 1997.
- Completed installation of 5 communication closets in 4 buildings connected by fiber and wireless.
- Installed network, Internet, and E-mail access for full-time employees in the Galehouse, McLeod, Burnett, Emmart, and Electronics buildings.
- Implemented on-line faculty advisement for students.
- Windows 95 migration is in progress. CFCC will complete 80% upgrade by June 30.
- Installed Unix platform for administrative software.
- A full-time Resource Development Officer was hired and serves as Executive Director of the CFCC Foundation.
- The CFCC Campus Fund Drive, lead by Robert Puckett and David Smith, raised $12,565 with 147 faculty and staff participating.
- The Community Fund Drive chaired by Emily Barefoot exceeded its goal of $100,000.
- Orientation for Foundation Board members was held.
- Fund raising software was purchased for the Foundation to improve management of donor records.
- Five local high school students were named as the first CFCC Foundation Scholars.
- The Corning Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant to the CFCC Foundation to be used for scholarships.
- The CFCC Foundation is implementing an Investment Policy.
- Three new members, Dr. Andre Brillaud, Mrs. Sandy Cyphers-Bohn, and Mrs. Sondra Richardson joined the Foundation Board.
- The first Appreciation Banquet for major Foundation donors was held on May 19, 1997.
- A Donor Board was purchased and placed on permanent display to recognize individuals, businesses, civic clubs, etc. who contribute annually to the CFCC Foundation.
- The Order of the Cape Fear was established to recognize donors who have contributed a total of $10,000 or more in gifts to the CFCC Foundation. The first induction of donors into the Order was held May 19, 1997.
- Conducted research, and compiled and published the CFCC Strategic Plan 1997-2017.
- Filled Public Information Officer position.
- Submitted the Annual Program Review report electronically for the first time to NCCCS.
- CFCC held a ground breaking ceremony for new facilities on December 18, 1996.
- Phase I construction and renovations are underway with completion dates as follows:
General Administration Building renovations to be completed September 1997;
renovations to accommodate the Hotel and Restaurant Management program to be completed August 1997;
Workforce Training Center and renovations for Student Services to be completed November 1997.
- Phase II construction bids are scheduled to be opened June 1997 with construction beginning July 1997 for the Allied Health/LRC Building, Student Activity Center and Science Wing.
- The expansion of the Burgaw facility is in progress.
- CFCC leased property at State Ports for Cosmetology and Truck Driver Training programs. In addition, CFCC leased property for Automotive Body Repair program and secured a five year lease for the Neuwirth property to be used for student parking.
- Installed a State Employees Credit Union ATM on main campus.
- Established and maintained relationship with major commercial real estate brokers who assisted in developing estimates for property values in proposed foot print for property acquisition downtown.
- Updated the Faculty and Staff Handbook.
- Completed 27 employee searches and are currently processing 18 other position openings.