Cape Fear Community College Students to Showcase Electric Bikes, April 21

Cape Fear Community College Mechanical Engineering Technology students will display custom built electric bicycles they designed and constructed on April 21 from noon – 2 p.m. in the McKeithan Center on CFCC’s North Campus in Castle Hayne (4500 Blue Clay Road). The students studied bicycle science, physics, and electric bicycle technology and used their skills to create a paper design for an Ebike during their first semester in the program. The four best designs were chosen, and this semester, the students had the opportunity to build and test the Ebikes.

“The design and build of the electric bicycles requires the students to apply what they have learned in all of their classes to a real, physical project. Successful completion requires teamwork, hands-on construction, and time management to meet the deadline. These skills are important to their future employment,” said Daniel Hendrickson, CFCC’s Mechanical Engineering Technology Program Director.

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program at CFCC prepares students for employment as mechanical technicians. Graduates of the program are qualified to work in many types of manufacturing, fabrication, research and development, and service industries. For more information about CFCC’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program, visit

Cape Fear Community College Students Recognized During N.C. Community College Excellence in Education Month

Governor Pat McCrory proclaimed April “North Carolina Community College Excellence in Education Month.” Students from all 58 community colleges received awards for academic excellence and exemplary leadership. Megan Lambert, a CFCC Student Ambassador and President of CFCC’s Alpha Chi Sigma Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society, was the award recipient from CFCC.

“Students seek out our community colleges because the education and skills they acquire lead to opportunity – for a career, for further education and ultimately to get them that much closer to reaching their goals,” said NC Community College System Interim President George Fouts.  “This is a true celebration of community college excellence and the successes that happen every day on our campuses.”

As part of the celebration, CFCC recognized students at its annual Student Recognition Ceremony held earlier this month. The following students were recognized:

Malik Allen
Dave Aman
Amber Annab
Joshua Armstrong
Katie Armstrong
Danilo Artiga
Carey Avant
Douglas Bai
Morgan Bell
Lesley Bey
Jessica Biel
Marissa Blackman
Abigail Bradley
Caitlin Breuninger
Brandon Carr
David Cruz
Karly Dahlin
Ian Drometer
John T. Emerson
Tyler Evans
Anthony Floyd
William Gates
Peter Gilman-Bryan
Marcus Green
Leteshe Hamilton
Mark Hardy
Savanah Haug
Brittany Haynes
Keila Henry
Kayla Herring
Caroline Horne
Emily Hughes
Jacob Ingle
Ann Jackson
Christina Keith
Cathy Kelly
Kristin Kendall
Luke Kolk
Jennifer Kozlof
Megan Lambert
Megan Laughinghouse
Miranda Lawrence
Sandra Maciolka
Amber Major
Patti Malette
Brittany Marlow
Ashley McDermon
Gregory Midgett
Heidi Milliken
Nathan Myrick
Alejandro Nava
Jessica Newcomb
Janerfer Oliver
Thomas Owen
Lauren Pine
Blaine Pugh
Katie Ray
Luke Roberts
Lucas Salguero
Stephanie Santiago
Madaline Schulz
Narges Shafiee Shakib
Wanda Stumpf
Jodie Taylor
Bennett Todd
Anna Vancina
Deborah Williams
Quamiesha Williams
Andrew Wishon
Relynne Wolf

In addition to the awards ceremony, CFCC also held a reception to celebrate its annual literary and arts magazine, Portals, and to announce the award winners included in this year’s publication. The following students and faculty member were honored:

Transom Award–Best Overall:  Matthew Maffei

Poetry Award:  Victoria Drake

Fiction Award: Lindsay Haney

Non-fiction Award: Stephen Roark

Art Award: Jahns Chavez

Faculty Award: Lesley Richardson

Cape Fear Community College Plumbing Students Assisting Local Homeowners

Cape Fear Community College Plumbing students are partnering with the Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM) to make critical repairs to local homes. WARM organizes volunteers and raises funds to complete urgent home repairs and accessibility upgrades for low-income homeowners in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties. Requiring an advanced and specialized skill set, plumbing repairs are among the most difficult for WARM to address.

This semester, CFCC Plumbing students, under the direction of instructor Mike Smith, completed critical repairs to three area homes and are currently working on two more. “The Cape Fear Community College Plumbing Program is proud of its partnership with WARM. It allows students the opportunity to give back to their community while providing unique learning experiences. The learning opportunities encountered on WARM projects would be almost impossible to duplicate in the classroom lab environment,” said Smith.

The partnership is a win-win situation, providing CFCC students with invaluable field experience and enabling WARM to meet the urgent needs of local residents. WARM covers the cost of project materials, saving CFCC the cost of practice supplies used on campus. Utilizing CFCC student volunteers recently saved WARM $2,000 on a home repair, allowing the organization to serve at least one more homeowner with the money saved.

“I doubt these students knew when they signed up for the course that they would also be keeping dreams alive,” said JC Skane, Executive Director of WARM.

For more information on CFCC’s plumbing program, please visit or call 910-362-7000. For information on WARM, visit

CFCC Hosts Wilmington Arts Summit

Cape Fear Community College’s Humanities and Fine Arts Department, in partnership with the Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County, will present the inaugural Wilmington Arts Summit, April 15-16, 2016. The event will feature more than 30 expert-led workshops on professional development and community building for arts and arts organizations. The event is open to the public and is free of charge.

The summit will open with a networking reception on April 15 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at CFCC’s Wilma W. Daniels Gallery (200 Hanover Street). Concurrent breakout sessions and panel discussions will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the academic wing of CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center on April 16. Presenters will discuss marketing, fundraising strategies, and resources for artists, as well as Wilmington’s arts community and arts education in New Hanover County.

“This event is the perfect opportunity for our arts community to band together in an effort to learn from one another, to strengthen the bonds that already exists, and to create new ones. There is a lot of talent and professional expertise in the Port City, and we’d like to see what happens when we bring it all under one roof,” said Brandon Guthrie, Chairman of CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Department.

Space is limited and registration is required ( For more information on CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Department, visit



CYA: Cover Your Arts Panel – Studio Theater

Board Recruitment

Arts for Aging Audiences

Most Common Grant Mistakes

Connecting in a Digital World

Art & the Law: A Primer for Visual Artists

Periphery & Center: Wilmington & Art

Board 101

Give a Damn about the Arts! with Karen Wells, Director of Arts NC – Studio Theater

Evaluating & Determining Program Strategy

Storyforce: The Power of the Narrative

Dance Cooperative Master Class with Gaspard Louis – Offsite

Speed Reading Your Manuscript


Understanding Financial Reports

Crowdsourcing for the Arts

Board Engagement

Creating a Roadmap to Success

Donor Retention

Calling All Millennials

Google: Let’s Put Wilmington on the Map

Dynamic Models for Activating Space Panel – Studio Theater

Motivating & Managing Staff & Volunteers

Lessons from a Freaker

Arts Council of Wilmington Resources

Fund Development

Appraising Art

Dashboards to Measure Progress

State of Arts in Education in NHC – Studio Theater

Strategic Leadership

Arts Marketing: Crack the Code


Strategic Agendas

Resources for Arts Organizations

Cape Fear Community College Annual Student Art Exhibition

Cape Fear Community College’s Wilma W. Daniels Gallery is pleased to present Cape Fear Community College’s annual student exhibition, a juried group show featuring over 100 original works of art by current CFCC students. The exhibition runs from April 5th – May 6th, 2016 with a Fourth Friday reception and awards presentation on April 22nd from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Arts Council of Wilmington’s Executive Director, Rhonda Bellamy, served as this year’s juror. She selected the featured work from nearly 200 submissions.

In addition to the Fourth Friday reception, the Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County, in association with Cape Fear Community College’s Humanities & Fine Arts Department, will present the inaugural Wilmington Arts Summit, April 15-16, 2016 at CFCC. The kickoff for this event will be held on Friday, April 15th from 6-9pm in CFCC’s Wilma W. Daniels Gallery. This event will provide networking opportunities by discipline and other focus areas, as well as provide an additional opportunity to view the Annual Student Exhibition. For additional information on the Summit, visit

Admission to the student exhibition is free and is open to the public. Wilma W. Daniels Gallery is located in the Hanover parking deck (200 Hanover Street) on the campus of Cape Fear Community College. Regular gallery hours are TuesdayFriday, 10-5:30pm and Saturday 12-5:30pm. For more information about this exhibition please contact Sarah Rushing at

It’s on Us, CFCC!

It’s on Us, CFCC!

Today, it’s estimated that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men on college campuses have been sexually assaulted. Just 13% of those assaults are reported. It’s on us to change that!

Join the Cape Fear Family and other colleges across the nation in signing the pledge to be part of the solution at When you take the pledge, you’re recognizing that non-consensual sex is sexual assault. You’re saying you’ll identify situations in which sexual assault may occur, and you’re saying you’ll intervene, when, and if it does. You’re committing to help create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and where survivors are supported.

If you sign the pledge during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April), EVOLVE CFCC will enter you into a drawing for a $100 VISA gift card. Simply forward your pledge confirmation email to for a chance to win.


EVOLVE CFCC is hosting several Sex Matters events as part of It’s on Us National Week of Action:

April 5

10:30am – 2pm – Information Tables in U170 Hallway

10am – 2pm – Free HIV and Hepatitis C Testing – U527

11am – 12pm – District Attorney’s Sexual Assault Laws Forum – U170

12:30pm – 1:30pm – Rape Crisis Center’s What Now? Forum – U170

2pm – 3pm – NHC Health Department’s Get Smart, Get Tested Forum – U170


CFCC Boat Show – April 2

Cape Fear Community College’s Marine Technology department will hold its 17th annual Boat Show on April 2 from 9:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. on the Wilmington riverfront (Water Street between the Hilton Riverside Hotel and the Coastline Convention Center). The event showcases the art of boat building, featuring the work of CFCC boat building students and local craftsman. A variety of wooden and fiberglass boats will be displayed along the riverfront, as well as in the water. All proceeds from the boat show support scholarships for CFCC’s boat building students. 
The show will include a live boat building demonstration by Atlantic Veneer, ten judging categories plus special Simmons Sea Skiff awards, and a knot-tying challenge. CFCC’s 135 foot research vessel, the Cape Hatteras, will be open for tours.  
For more information about the CFCC Riverfront Boat Show, visit For information about CFCC’s Marine Technology department, visit

Cape Fear Community College Group Shedding Light on “Sex Trafficking in the Port City”

Cape Fear Community College’s Community Involvement and Service Learning Alliance will host a panel discussion entitled “Sex Trafficking in the Port City” on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 in CFCC’s Union Station Auditorium (U-170) from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. The event is part of CFCC’s human trafficking awareness initiative, Not4$ale, and is open to the public. Presenters will include Sergeant Bill Woolf of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force; MaLisa Johnson Umstead, founder of A Safe Place; and Lindsey Roberson, former prosecutor for the New Hanover County District Attorney’s office, and the first attorney to obtain a conviction under North Carolina’s Safe Harbor Act for Victims of Sex Trafficking.

“CFCC’s Not4$ale initiative endeavors to shed light on the issue of modern day slavery and exploitation in North Carolina and on the east coast. It may be hard to believe that this kind of business happens here in Wilmington, and that’s what it is – a business. That’s why it’s important for people to come to our events and to workshops and training series done by our partners across the state; Project Fight, Eastern North Carolina Stop Human Trafficking Now, a Safe Place, and others. People need to hear the facts as told by those who work with advocacy and restoration every day,” said Kate Santhuff, CFCC’s Educational Partnerships Liaison.

In addition to the public event, CFCC will hold a special workshop for law enforcement professionals from 8:00 AM – noon on March 30, as well as a session designed for educators from 4:00-6:00 PM.

For more information about any of CFCC’s Not4$ale events, call 910-362-7862.

Legendary Percussionist Joe Chambers to perform with Benny Hill Quartet at Cape Fear Community College on March 3

BENNY_HILL_SLIDE (1)Wilmington, NC – The Cape Fear Community College Humanities and Fine Arts Department, in partnership with Benny Hill Music and Music Medic, is proud to present the Benny Hill Quartet featuring Joe Chambers, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. in a concert to support CFCC’s music students. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the CFCC Jazz Scholarship.
The concert will highlight many different jazz eras featuring both standard and original compositions and will include the original members of The Benny Hill Quartet, Brad Merritt, Doug Irving, and Israel Bannerman, as well as legendary drummer and vibraphonist Joe Chambers. Chambers is best known for his work with Wayne Shorter on the album Adam’s Apple. He has worked with high-profile artists such as Eric Dolphy, Charles Mingus, Lou Donaldson, Chick Correa, and Freddie Hubbard.
Benny Hill, CFCC music instructor and saxophonist, put the show together as a way to raise funds for CFCC student musicians. “I’m so blessed and excited about the opportunity to play with a jazz legend like Mr. Chambers and help students in the process,” he said.
Tickets are $20 for the general public and $5 for CFCC students with a student ID, and may be purchased online, by calling Ticket Central at 910-362-7999, or in person at the Ticket Central counter inside the Humanities and Fine Arts Center located at 703 N. 3rd Street.
For more information about Cape Fear Community College’s music program, please visit or call 910-362-7000.


Cape Fear Stage presents: Generation Axe – A Night of Guitars on Saturday, April 23


Legendary guitarists Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi will perform at Cape Fear Community College’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center on Saturday, April 23, 2016 as part of their North American tour, Generation Axe – A Night of Guitars.  Tickets may be purchased this Friday, February 19, beginning at 2 p.m. online at, by calling Ticket Central at 910-362-7999, or in person at the Ticket Central counter inside the Humanities and Fine Arts Center located at 703 N. 3rd Street in Wilmington.

About Generation Axe – A Night of Guitars:

The term “supergroup” gets thrown around on a regular basis these days, however, a new tour featuring some of the greatest guitarists of all time is about to truly give the term a whole new meaning.

Introducing: Generation Axe, featuring Steve VaiZakk WyldeYngwie MalmsteenNuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abasi.

Beginning on April 5th in Seattle, Generation Axe – A Night of Guitars is hitting the road for 26 performances in North America.  Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday, February 19th.

“The Generation Axe show is a unique performance of five fiercely talented guitar players coming together to create a 6-string extravaganza that is sure to amaze and delight,” commented Steve Vai.

The Generation Axe fan experience will go way beyond simply gathering five guitar greats on one stage to jam.  Each tour stop will include a variety of collaborations by the five players, including everyone performing together as one cohesive band with a rhythm section including Pete Griffin (Dweezil Zappa, Stanley Clarke, Edgar Winter) on bass and Nick Marinovich (Yngwie Malmsteen) on keys.  Vai, Wylde, Malmsteen, Bettencourt and Abasi will perform songs from their various catalogs and join forces on some well-known songs (as well as probably a few unexpected, unearthed gems).

Making this rare tour experience even more special, Generation Axe VIP packages will be offered, giving fans access to these guitar masters and exclusive one-of-a-kind memorabilia.  A front row package (including a meet & greet), a meet & greet package, and a VIP tour package will be available.  For more information, visit

About the Generation Axe Members:

While many artists fit easily into a single category, Steve Vai remains unclassifiable.  Vai is a virtuoso guitarist, visionary composer, and consummate audio producer who sculpts musical sound with infinite creativity and technical mastery.  He is one of the most in-demand, versatile, eloquent and soulful guitarists in the business.  The GRAMMY Award-winner has sold over 15 million albums and toured the world as a solo artist, a member of G3, and with Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake.  Vai launched his successful solo career with the release of Flex-Able in 1984 and has written, produced, and engineered all of his solo albums.  He has appeared as a guest artist on more than 40 albums and created music for blockbuster films, best-selling video games, national sports franchises, and corporate brand initiatives. Vai has earned honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and Musicians Institute.  For more info, visit:

GRAMMY Award-winner Zakk Wylde’s legendary career includes a lengthy tenure with Ozzy Osbourne during which Wylde co-wrote and recorded several albums, including the multi-platinum No More Tears, Osbourne’s largest selling solo album featuring the classic hit single, “Mama, I’m Coming Home” and the bulk of the double platinum 2002 set, Ozzmosis.  With Osbourne, Wylde has played on countless world tours and television appearances, with his signature bullseye Les Paul in tow. Wylde has his mitts imprinted on Hollywood’s Rock Walk of Fame; guest-starred alongside Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston in the movie “Rockstar”; and even momentarily joined Axl, Slash and Duff in Guns N’ Roses.  But nothing offers the pure expression of Zakk Wylde’s animalistic “id” like Black Label Society, the stomping, heavy, bluesy, recklessly unhinged hard-rock-metal quartet who are as quick to rip up a solo as to dip into a piano-fueled anthemic ballad.  For more info, visit:

When Yngwie J. Malmsteen hit the scene in the early 80s, he turned the entire guitar world upside down; never before was guitar playing like his ever heard. Drawing inspiration from his love for Baroque and Romantic classical music, Malmsteen employs classical violin techniques such as four and five octave arpeggios, pedal notes, and harmonic minor, diminished and Phrygian scales, flawlessly delivered at mind-boggling levels of speed and clarity. In doing so, he has singlehandedly created a brand new style of guitar playing and composing that is still derived from today. In addition to having written and produced 35+ neoclassical rock albums, Malmsteen composed and orchestrated the “Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra,” which he recorded with the prestigious Czech Philharmonic in Prague, conducted by Yoel Levy of Atlanta Symphony fame. Malmsteen subsequently performed the piece live with the the New Japan Philharmonic and the Taipei Symphony, among others.  Malmsteen has received numerous Grammy nominations, hundreds of magazine covers, dozens of Reader’s Poll and Composer of the Year Awards, a plaque on the Rock Walk of Fame, signature model guitars, amps, pickups, strings, picks, pedals, microphones, and more. TIME Magazine placed him as one of the top ten guitarists of all time. Some 35 years and 25 million+ album sales later, Yngwie shows no signs of slowing down, with his brand new record World on Fire due for release in April 2016.  For more info, visit:

Guitar virtuoso, singer-songwriter, and record producer, Nuno Bettencourt rose to international prominence as a guitar player with the GRAMMY-nominated, Boston-area band EXTREME, one of the most successful rock acts of the early to mid-1990s selling over 10 million records worldwide. Musically, EXTREME is dominated by Bettencourt’s blistering guitar riffs, often with funky, syncopated timing, and incendiary, high-speed rock/metal solos. Bettencourt penned the acoustic ballad “More Than Words” that went to #1 on the Billboard charts and “Hole Hearted” that reached #4. He has released multiple solo albums as well as with bands he founded including Mourning Widows Population 1, Dramagods and Satellite Party. Bettencourt has written, produced and performed with many legendary artists including Rihanna, Steven Tyler, Paul McCartney, Janet Jackson and many others.  For more info, visit:

Oluwatosin Ayoyinka Olumide Abasi, better known as Tosin Abasi, is a Nigerian American guitarist known as the guitar player and founder of the instrumental progressive metal band, Animals as Leaders.  Abasi’s compositions of intricate music have garnered critical acclaim in a few short years. Abasi is part of the breed of new contemporary players who are raising the bar on the concept of electric guitar virtuosity.  His approach to the guitar stems from a passion for advanced techniques and harmony. Using 7-, 8-, and 9-string guitars have allowed Abasi to create a highly unique and individual sound.  For more info, visit:

Generation Axe – A Night of Guitars is produced by Copeland International Arts and is booked by CAA.  For more information: