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

CFCC welcomes public to attend 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

CFCC 9/11 Memorial

Cape Fear Community College invites the public to attend a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony ​on Friday, September 11 at 8:30 a.m. ​to honor the victims, first-responders and survivors of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The ceremony will be held at the college’s 9/11 Memorial at the CFCC Safety Training Center, located at the north campus in Castle Hayne. Visitors can enter the campus at 4500 Blue Clay Rd.

The event will feature remarks by CFCC President ​Dr. ​ Amanda Lee, a silent procession by students in the college’s First Responders Academy and a plaque dedication, which explains the significance of the student-made memorial completed in 2011. The National Anthem will be performed by CFCC student Anna Emery along with​ student-led poetry readings, lowering of the flag by the CFCC Fire Academy and a bagpipe rendition of “Amazing Grace” by Major Andy Simpson.

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Cape Fear Community College to offer two new courses for writers

Award-winning author Rebecca Petruck


Cape Fear Community College is planning to offer two new courses for writers starting later this month. Both courses will be taught by award-winning author Rebecca Petruck.

The courses include:

Writers Read

Six weeks. Six books. Six sneaky lessons about character, plot, voice, place, theme, and style. You will read six current novels selected by award winning author Rebecca Petruck. In moderated discussion, you will explore key areas of how a writer crafts a novel and how elements apply to your own work. $69

Section #81361

Tues:  Oct 6 – Nov 10

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Wilmington Campus, T Conference (114)


Writing Picture Books – Rebecca Petruck

Picture books, like haikus, are deceptively simple and difficult to do well. We’ll briefly study the strict form of PB manuscripts, then workshop student manuscripts. We will identify key areas for revision related to character development, plot, and quality of writing. Several tools for revising will be presented, as well as tips for generating ideas, keeping up momentum, and resources for pursuing publication. $49

Section #81770

Tues: Sept 8 – 22

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Wilmington Campus, T Conference


About Rebecca Petruck

Rebecca Petruck is a Minnesota girl, though she also has lived in Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, England, Connecticut and, currently, North Carolina. A former member of 4-H, she was also a Girl Scout, a cheerleader, and competed in MathCounts. She reads National Geographic cover to cover. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, Fiction, from UNC Wilmington, and is represented by Kate Testerman of kt literary.

Her debut STEERING TOWARD NORMAL is a Blue Ribbon winner as a Best Book of 2014 by the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (BCCB), an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce New Voices selection, as well as a Kids Indie Next List title. Vanity Fair’s Hollywood dubbed it a “book we’d like to see made into a film,” the L.A. Times included STEERING TOWARD NORMAL in its Summer Books Preview, Christian Science Monitor named it one of 25 Best New Middle Grade Novels, it is part of the International Reading Association’s list “Books Can Be a Tool of Peace,” in the 2014 ABC Best Books for Children catalog, and an American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Recommended Publication. The BCCB gave it a starred review.

STEERING TOWARD NORMAL was released by ABRAMS/Amulet May 2014. Her second novel, WILL NOLAN EATS BUGS, will also be released by ABRAMS/Amulet, in Fall 2016. You may visit her online at

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CFCC employees win awards for outstanding performance and teaching excellence


CFCC award winners 2015

Three Cape Fear Community College employees were recently honored with awards to recognize teaching excellence and outstanding performance.

The awards were presented by CFCC President Amanda Lee on August 19 at the college’s annual in-service program.

Sociology instructor Bethaney Ferguson received the Marilyn Goodman Anderson Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award is given annually to a faculty member that proves an asset to CFCC through their positive impact on students, mastery of their subject and outstanding teaching philosophy. Recipients of the Marilyn Goodman Anderson Endowed Award receive a $2,000 stipend to further advance their classroom.

Ferguson’s teaching style is described as “magic in the classroom” by coworkers and students alike. She incorporates technology, a passion for Sociology and discussion into her classroom to fuel deep empathy and understanding in her students.

Ferguson’s personal goal is to help students become “critical, creative, innovative thinkers with the ability to connect facts to abstractions while simultaneously conducting themselves as autonomous, self-disciplined individuals capable of strategically working in teams.”

Rebecca Miller and Mark VanCura received this year’s Presidents Award, which seeks to recognize outstanding efforts and contributions to CFCC, students and the community. Recipients embody CFCC’s key principles of dedication, involvement, professionalism and leadership.

Rebecca Miller is praised for her outstanding contributions to CFCC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program. Handling administrative needs for the program, Miller developed new procedures to streamline paperwork processes for the office that ensures accuracy and time efficiency.  Mrs. Miller’s program proved so effective that BLET programs across the state adopted it to enhance their department.

A colleague described Miller by saying that her “positive ‘can do’ attitude is refreshing. She is loved and respected by students, co-workers and supervisors. Her contagious smile brightens our days at the Safety Training Center.”

Biology Instructor Mark VanCura is recognized for his exceptional, engaging teaching styles that motivate students to enjoy learning material and to persevere to their full potential.  Past students nominated Mr. VanCura, boasting that they still remember individual bones  and muscles of the body, even after graduating from CFCC in 2012. They credit this knowledge to VanCura, who “has helped and motivated his students with an outstanding education and motivation that is necessary to achieve career goals.”

Both the Marilyn Goodman Anderson Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching and the President’s awards are presented annually and recipients are nominated by students and fellow employees.

Riverfest continues support of CFCC Marine Technology students

RiverfestOn Tuesday, August 4, Wilmington Riverfest continued its support of Cape Fear Community College students by presenting a donation of $5,000 to the college’s Marine Technology program.

The recipient of this year’s scholarship was Jenna Colthorp, a Marine Technology student who has excelled in her studies.

Jason Rogers, Department Chair of Marine Technology at CFCC, commented on the importance of Riverfest‘s long-standing support. “Our students benefit from decades of support from Riverfest. Students like Jenna, who are academically outstanding, can now focus all of their efforts on school itself and not worry about the financial burden of how to pay for it.”

The Wilmington Riverfest Committee plans to continue its support of Cape Fear Community College students and the Marine Technology Department with gains from future festivals.  Each year, the Riverfest committee donates to the Riverfest/Ava M. Hobbs Endowed Scholarship, which has contributed more than $150,000 for CFCC student scholarships so far.  Chris Snowden, Riverfest Chairman expresses excitement for the upcoming 2015 festival: “Hopefully next year we can give even more.”

This year, Riverfest will be held on October 2-4 along the famous Downtown Wilmington Riverwalk.  The festival unites people from the Wilmington community and beyond, bringing over three million dollars to the area. Riverfest has become a fall tradition since its debut in 1979.  Festival activities include musical performances, vendors, concessions, a fireworks display and new this year, a Miss Riverfest pageant.


The Legendary Liza Minnelli to Perform at Opening Gala

liza minelli

Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce its inaugural performance season at the highly anticipated Humanities and Fine Arts Center. Opening this fall in downtown Wilmington, the Center will host a variety of performances from stars of both stage and screen, to Broadway shows and contemporary dance companies.

“We have pulled out all the stops for the Center’s opening week. From classical music, to avant garde, to Disney on Broadway, we have something for everyone at a variety of price-points. We want the entire community to help us celebrate,” said Shane Fernando, director of CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center.

The opening week will begin on the evening on Oct. 3 with a black-tie gala featuring the legendary Liza Minnelli with the North Carolina Symphony.

Minnelli, winner of four Tony Awards, an Oscar, a special “Legends” Grammy, two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy, is one of the entertainment world’s consummate performers. In film, on stage and in television, Minnelli has won critical acclaim, a multitude of fans, and recognition from her peers in show business, giving new dimension and credibility to the word “superstar.”

“We wanted star-quality to open the Center. Liza Minnelli is show business royalty. It doesn’t get much bigger than Liza. Her impact on American culture is unrivaled,” Fernando said.

Following the opening gala, the N.C. Symphony will open their official season at the center with a Russian Spectacular classical music performance on Oct. 4.

The Center’s Broadway Series opens on Oct. 5 and 6 as NETworks presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which will be the first of three touring Broadway shows to be held this season. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features the animated film’s Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The original creators of the Broadway production are together again for this new touring production. UNCW is co-sponsoring this performance.

The opening week wraps up on Oct. 10 with Artsplosion!, a free festival where the entire community can celebrate as the official main stage curtain is raised for the first time, followed by performances from various community arts groups on the main stage. Artsplosion! will also include a uniquely eccentric musical performance by Squonk Opera in the Center’s outdoor courtyard. A cultural arts resource fair will also be held in the lobby throughout the day.

Following the opening week, the Center will present acts from other well-known performing artists, including:

  • Boz Scaggs – Oct. 28
  • Lily Tomlin – An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin – Feb. 4
  • Jackson Browne – Jackson Browne Solo Acoustic – Jan. 9
  • Broadway production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Feb. 25
  • Broadway production of Mamma Mia – May 3 and 4

The Center will present a contemporary dance series, which will feature touring dance companies who will perform in the Center’s studio theater.

  • Gaspard and Dancers – Critically acclaimed N.C. Dance Company – Feb. 16
  • SEOP Dance Company – South Korean Dance Company – March 9
  • Contra-Tiempo – Urban Latin Dance Company based in Los Angeles – April 13

In addition to the performances presented by CFCC, Fernando says that he anticipates that the facility will host dozens of additional events presented by a variety of other performing groups and promoters.

“We fully expect to host 30 additional performances presented by outside organizations between now and the end of 2015. It is truly exciting to see such an enthusiastic response to this venue, which will add to the already stellar reputation of the greater Wilmington area in terms of becoming a cultural center in southeastern North Carolina,” Fernando said.

Tickets for Cape Fear Stage productions will go on sale beginning on August 10 at or in-person at the temporary box office located at CFCC’s storefront located at 254 N. Front St.

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CFCC student boat builders to show off annual projects

CFCC boat

With the summer boating season in full swing, the areas waterways are full of all types of watercraft. But just how much work goes into getting those boats made in the first place?

If it was built in the Cape Fear Community College boat building programs, it all starts with a set of plans, a stack of wood and lots of determination. If all goes well, by the end of the year the finished product ends up cruising on the Cape Fear River.

Next week, students and faculty from CFCC’s boat building programs invite the public to watch all of this year’s finished projects in action and meet the student builders.

On Wed., July 22 at 11 a.m., the college will host an exhibition of the student-built boats, where they public can get a first-hand look at the projects before they go up for auction later this month on the state surplus auction website. The boats were built from scratch starting last year and were made out of both wood and fiberglass. The smallest boat is a 13-foot wooden sailboat and the largest is a 17-foot outboard-powered skiff.

Proceeds from the sale of the boats will help fund construction of next year’s work.

Available boats include:

15′ Christmas Wherry (Can be used as a sailboat or rowboat)

15′ Cortez Melonseed (Sailboat)

13′ Barto Melonseed (Sailboat)

13′ Peapod (Can be used as a sailboat or rowboat)

N.C. 17 skiff (outboard)

All-fiberglass 15′ Garvey skiff (outboard)

The event will be held behind the CFCC Boat Shop on the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington. For more details, call 362-7151 or email


Interested in becoming an EMT?

Female EMT worker tending to ill senior patient, listening to heart rate with stethoscope

CFCC’s Surf City Center is offering EMT Initial Training beginning in August.  Classes will be held on Tues/Thurs evenings and on Saturdays (9/5, 9/19, 11/6, & 12/5).

Registration is now open! Students may register early at the North Campus, McKeithan Building, Room NA-241 from 9a-3p one week prior to class start date or on the first night of the class. Cash, money order, check, or credit card payments are accepted. Please call 910-362-7751 for registration/supplies/textbook fee information. EMS, Fire, and Rescue may be exempt – call for more information.

Students must be at least 17 years of age and have internet access.  Seating is limited.  Registrations will also be accepted on the first day of class.

Pharmacy Tech Program Accepting Applications

Applications are still being accepted for the Pharmacy Tech Diploma program at CFCC.  Students, if you are interested, please stop by the Counseling office on either the Wilmington or North Campus as soon as possible to determine if you are eligible to enroll.   Or, for more information, contact Pam Aubry at 910-362-7558.