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CFCC Names Veterans Center in honor of student veterans advocate Bob Philpott

Bob Philpott stands beside the entrance to CFCC's Veterans Center during today's ceremony.

Bob Philpott stands beside the entrance to CFCC’s Veterans Center during today’s ceremony.

Cape Fear​ ​Community College named its campus​ ​veterans’​ ​center after longtime student veteran advocate Bob Philpott​ ​as part of a series of events to celebrate Veterans Day on Nov 11, 2014.

Before retiring​ ​as CFCC’s veterans affairs coordinator​ ​earlier this year, Philpott helped establish CFCC’s veterans center on campus three years ago and was well-known for his support of student veterans and their family members.

As a 26-year U.S. Coast Guard veteran,​ ​Philpott commanded​ ​the​ ​US​ ​Coast Guard Cutters​ ​Gallatin​ ​and Vigilant during​ ​search and​ ​rescue missions as well as drug interdiction operations. Bob was​ ​awarded two presidential meritorious service medals​.​

After his service to the Coast Guard, Philpott joined CFCC’s staff in December of 1993, as an economics instructor.​ ​He​ ​then​ ​served​ ​as​ ​dean of​ ​vocational and​ ​technical programs​ ​until 2011. Afterwards, he transitioned into his role as CFCC’s veterans affairs coordinator.

CFCC President Dr. Ted Spring credited Philpott’s dedication to the college’s student veteran population.

“Under Mr. Philpot’s leadership, CFCC was recognized nationally for three consecutive years as a Military Friendly School and is considered a model for schools around the country,” Dr. Spring stated.
Philpott’​s ​distinguished service extends beyond his time in the US Coast Guard.

In fact, in 2007,​ ​he received​ ​the North Carolina Community College System Employee of the Year Award.

The​ ​naming​ ​ceremony was among several veteran-related activities held at the college today. Other events included a forum entitled “Remembering the First World War”, which featured presentations about the creation of war memorials, World War I writers,​ ​and the battle of Verdun. The college also held a ceremony to honor all student veterans and employees on campus.

Military veterans and​ ​their​ ​family members make up nearly​ ​10 percent of CFCC’s student population in degree-seeking programs. CFCC opened the veterans center three years ago to better accommodate to needs of military personnel and their family members who are taking classes at the college.




Veterans Day activities at Cape Fear Community College

Cape Fear Community College will honor military veterans tomorrow with a series of special activities at the downtown Wilmington Campus.

UPDATE - Due to inclement weather, the 11 a.m. Veterans Day Ceremony has been MOVED to Union Station’s Windell Daniels Hall (U-508). This afternoon’s naming ceremony will take place at the Veterans Center on Union Station’s 1st Floor (U-124) at 1:30 p.m.

Events include a forum entitled “Remembering the First World War” from 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in the Union Station Auditorium (U-170). The forum will include film screenings and presentations about the creation of war memorials, World War I writers and the battle of Verdun.

At 11 a.m., the college will hold a ceremony featuring remarks from retired US Coast Guard Captain Bob Philpott, who also served as CFCC’s veterans affairs coordinator for many years. All active and retired members of the military are welcome to attend. The ceremony will be held in Tabitha’s Courtyard in the 400 block of Front St. A reception and benefits fair for student veterans will follow the ceremony.

At 1:30 p.m., the college will hold a special naming ceremony for CFCC’s Veterans Center, which is located on the first floor of the Union Station Building.

Military veterans and family members make up nearly 10 percent of CFCC’s student population in degree-seeking programs. CFCC opened the veterans center three years ago to better accommodate to needs of military personnel and their family members who are taking classes at the college.




College Transfer Fair

College Transfer Fair – TODAY

Thursday, October 30

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Union Station, 2nd floor lobby

Stop by to meet with admission counselors from the following 4-year colleges and universities:

Belmont Abbey College

Bennett College

Campbell University

Chamberlain College of Nursing

DeVry University

East Carolina University

Fayetteville State University

Ft. Hays State University (KS)

Gardner-Webb University

Greensboro College

Guilford College

High Point University

Johnson C. Smith University

North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina State University

North Carolina Wesleyan College

St. Andrews University

UNC-Chapel Hill

UNC-Greensboro

UNC-Pembroke

UNC-Wilmington

Warren Wilson College

Western Carolina University

William Peace University




CFCC’s Anthropology Club presents the 4th Annual Ghost Chase: Pirate’s Pillage – Thursday, October 30

piratespillageOn Thursday, October 30, Cape Fear Community College’s Anthropology Club will host their 4th annual Ghost Chase. Participants can sign up for the chase at 5:30 p.m. in room 302 on the third floor of Union Station, located at 502 North Front Street.

Each year, the chase focuses upon a different historical event or figure. This year, the Ghost Chase will feature Blackbeard, also known as Edward Teach, and his crew.

An interactive scavenger hunt will take participants on an exciting journey, challenging them to battle the vengeful Blackbeard and his crew for treasure. There will be a variety of games and activities, opportunities to win prizes, and some light refreshments served throughout the evening. This event is open to the public and costs $10. A portion of
the proceeds will benefit the Cape Fear River Watch.

For more information, visit cfcc.edu/blogs/anthropology




CFCC to hold Harvest Health, Wellness and Safety Fair tomorrow (10/22) in downtown Wilmington

HHWSFMore than 65 vendors and CFCC programs will be represented at Cape Fear Community College’s Harvest Health and Safety Fair on Wednesday, October 22 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The annual fair will be held on CFCC’s downtown Wilmington campus, on the 5th Floor on the Union Station Building.

“The health and safety of our students is of utmost importance, says Dr. Ted Spring, CFCC’s president. “We’re pleased to present the fair again this year, and hope that the public will join us!”

Among the vendors scheduled to attend are the Big Buddy Program, Coastal Horizons, Darkness to Light, Department of Veterans Affairs Rural Health Initiative, Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc, Food Bank on CENC, Lower Cape Fear Hospice, New Hanover County Health Department, Pretty in Pink Foundation, Wilmington Fire Prevention, and Women of Hope.

Flu shots will be available (must have insurance and ID) as well as blood pressure checks, health and fitness tips, fire safety tips and much more!

Canned donations will also be accepted. This event is free and open to the public.

 

 




CFCC’s Cyber Security Day offers free professional advice to keep personal data safe

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Keeping personal information secure in an ever growing cloud-based environment is a top priority for cyber security experts and everyday users. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and later this week Cape Fear Community College will present a day-long event that will give participants a chance to get free practical advice about online safety from professionals in the field.

CFCC’s Cyber Security Day will be held on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the BB&T Auditorium in the McKeithan Center at CFCC’s North Campus in Castle Hayne. Visitors are invited to stop in throughout the day to attend one or more of several interactive seminars led by CFCC faculty and staff who specialize in computer technology.

“We hope the public will take advantage of the wealth of information that our instructors, staff and students can provide,” said Melissa Watson, chair of CFCC’s Business Technologies department.

The morning schedule features presentations from instructors who teach in CFCC’s Computer Technology Integration program and staff who work in the college’s information technology department. Topics will include best practices to prevent online security breaches for individuals and small businesses, wireless security and mobile device security.

Between 2 and 4 p.m. the event will feature a hands-on clinic where visitors are invited to bring in their laptops and mobile devices to get a free cyber-security consultation from instructors and students.

Watson explained that in addition to being a valuable public service event, the program will give students an opportunity to apply the knowledge they’ve learned in the classroom in a real-world environment.

​Full schedule:​9:00 am – Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15 am – Session 1: Google Apps

10:15 am – Session 2: Keep Your Small Business and Personal Data Secure

11:15 am – Session 3: Keeping Wireless Technology Secure

1:15 pm – Session 4: Mobile Device Security

2:00 ​-​ 4:00 pm – Cyber Security Clinic

CFCC’s North Campus is located at 4500 Blue Clay Rd. Free parking is available for visitors. ​For more details, visit www.cfcc.edu/cybersecurity.​

 




Wilmington Tri-County Dental Society Continues Support of CFCC

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Dr. Halley White, D.D.S., secretary, Dr. Doug Fry, D.D.S., president, and Dr. Gabriel Rich, D.D.S., vice president of the Wilmington Tri-County Dental Society present a check to Dana McKoy, Director of Annual Giving for the CFCC Foundation to provide funding for students in the Cape Fear Community College Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs.

The Wilmington Tri-County Dental Society recently presented the Cape Fear Community College Foundation with a check for $4,000 to provide funding to assist dental hygiene and dental assisting students.

The majority of funds will provide scholarships for students, but $1,000 will also be available to be used at the discretion of the faculty to assist deserving students with various expenses that emerge at the end of the students’ program, such as fees to take board exams and licensure fees.

Since 1999, the Wilmington Tri-County Dental Association has provided over $32,000 in support of Cape Fear Community College Dental Students.

“The Tri-County Dental Society has been a strong advocate for both the dental assisting and dental hygiene programs at CFCC since the inception of both programs,” said Mary Ellen Naylor,

Dental Hygiene Program Director. “They have provided scholarships and opened their practice doors for our students’ education. We sincerely thank them for the part they play in the educational success of our students.”

The Wilmington Tri-County Dental Society proudly supports the Study and Practice of Dentistry in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender Counties.

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation exists solely to support the students, teachers, programs and mission of Cape Fear Community College. The Foundation secures and manages gifts and grants, including cash contributions, deferred gifts, securities, donated services, and equipment and supplies for educational purposes. For more information about CFCC, the CFCC Foundation or scholarship opportunities, contact the Cape Fear Community College Foundation at 910.362.7207 or visit www.cfcc.edu/foundation.




N.C. Poet Laureate to visit CFCC on Oct. 16

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North Carolina Poet Laureate (2012-2014)​ Joseph Bathani will visit Cape Fear Community College later this week for a workshop and poetry reading.

Bathanti, who is an award-winning poet and author, will hold a poetry workshop on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. in room S-002 in the ground floor of the McLeod Building. He will then read from his own works at 3:00 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center on the second floor of the L Building at 415 N. 2nd St.

His books will be available for signing and purchase. The event is free and open to the public.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Bathanti has BA & MA degrees in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. Bathanti came to North Carolina as a VISTA Volunteer in 1976 to work with prison inmates. Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University, he is also Writer-in-Residence and Director of Writing in the Field for the University’s Watauga Residential College.

Bathanti is the author of eight books of poetry: Communion Partners; Anson County; The Feast of All Saints; This Metal, nominated for The National Book Award, and winner of the 1997 Oscar Arnold Young Award from The North Carolina Poetry Council; Land of Amnesia, in 2009; Restoring Sacred Art, winner of the 2010 Roanoke Chowan Prize, awarded annually by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association; Sonnets of the Cross; and a new volume of poems, Concertina, from Mercer University Press, winner of the 2014 Roanoke Chowan Prize. His first novel, East Liberty, winner of the Carolina Novel Award, was published in 2001 by Banks Channel Books in Wilmington, NC. His latest novel, Coventry, winner of the 2006 Novello Literary Award, was published by Novello Festival Press in Charlotte, NC. His collection of short stories, The High Heart, winner of the 2006 Spokane Prize, was published by Eastern Washington University Press in 2007.  A new novel, The Life of the World to Come, is forthcoming from University of South Carolina Press. They Changed the State: The Legacy of North Carolina’s Visiting Artists, 1971-1995, his book of nonfiction, was published in early 2007. His new book of personal essays, Half of What I Say Is Meaningless, winner of the Will D. Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction, has recently appeared from Mercer University Press in 2014.

He is recipient of Literature Fellowships from the NC Arts Council in 1994 (poetry) and 2009 (fiction); The Samuel Talmadge Ragan Award, presented annually for outstanding contributions to the Fine Arts of North Carolina over an extended period; a Fellowship from The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry; the Bruno Arcudi Literature Prize; the Ernest A Lynton Faculty Award for Professional Service and Academic Outreach; the Aniello Lauri Award for Creative Writing (2001 and 2007); the Linda Flowers Prize; the Sherwood Anderson Award; the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Prize; the Donald Murray Prize; the 2012 Ragan-Rubin Award for Literary Achievement; the 2012 Will D. Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction, the 2013 Mary Frances Hobson Prize; the 2014 The Irene Blair Honeycutt Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Literary Arts; the 2014 Rita Dove Poetry Award, presented annually by The Center for Women Writers at Salem College; and others.

Named the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for the Western Region for the North Carolina Poetry Society for 2011-12, Bathanti also teaches in Carlow University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing. He is the inaugural Senator John Heinz History Center Italian American Collection Scholar-in-Residence.




CFCC to Host “No Texting & Driving” Pledge Event on Friday, October 10

AT&T Driving Simulator to Encourage Students to Commit to Safe Driving

Mayor Bill Saffo and Cape Fear Community College Vice President John Berry will highlight the dangers of texting while driving as AT&T brings its driving simulator to Cape Fear Community College this Friday.

AT&T launched the It Can Wait® public education campaign, now supported by more than 2,500 organizations nationally, to convey a simple, powerful message: No text is worth dying for.

Saffo will address the dangers of texting while driving, which is prohibited under North Carolina law, while Berry will announce that CFCC is joining the campaign as an official It Can Wait® advocate.

Each year, more than 100,000 automobile crashes causing life-changing injuries or deaths involve drivers who were texting, according to the National Safety Council.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our students to learn what could happen if they text and drive,” says Dr. Berry. “Our hope is that this simulated experience will help them to make safer choices and avoid the very real consequences of texting while driving.”

Students and the public are invited to experience the AT&T Driving Simulator on Friday, October 10, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in first floor lobby of CFCC’s Union Station building, and a press conference will be held in conjunction with the event at 10:30 a.m.

 




Let it Be Known to be presented at CFCC on Friday, October 10

Project to train citizen archivists, continue documentation of slave deeds in the lower Cape Fear region

Students from Cape Fear Community College will introduce the Let It Be Known project on Friday, October 10 at 1:00 p.m. in Union Station (Room U-170). The presentation will detail a research project conducted by CFCC students on pre-Civil War property records of enslaved persons from the archives of the New Hanover County Register of Deeds and introduce ways for others to become involved in the continuing project.

Under the direction of Dr. James Burke of CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Department, more than 40 students located and transcribed the handwritten records dating back to the 1730′s. Small groups of students read the handwritten deeds page by page and recorded the names of the slaves, grantor, grantee, date of documents, book, page number, and other important facts about each document.The data gathered by the students was used to create a digital database of the records. By the spring of 2014, the first series of database spanning the years 1734 through 1820 was complete. It contained 6,607 entries.

The work has continued, and now the Let It Be Known project team is in the process of applying for a grant that will focus on the creation of a training program for “citizen archivists” so that more people can become involved.

Friday’s event is free and open to the public, and more information is available at http://www.libkproject.org/.






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