CFCC to honor veterans at noon ceremony on Wednesday, November 11

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Wilmington, NC  – Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) will honor military veterans tomorrow at noon with a special Veterans Day ceremony. The event will feature the national anthem, remarks from a retired military serviceman and a display of Honor Flags that recognize CFCC’s student and staff veterans and their loved ones. All active and retired members of the military are welcome to attend. The ceremony will be held in Tabitha’s Courtyard, located on the 400 block of Front Street.

Staff Sergeant David Nilson, a retired US Marine and student at CFCC, will speak about his experiences in Afghanistan and as a student veteran at CFCC. Nilson’s military service dog, Sonny, will join him. Sonny proved Nilson’s faithful companion while serving in Afghanistan and together, the pair specialized in locating improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Since retiring, Nilson and Sonny have reunited and now reside in Wilmington.

The veteran population is especially important to CFCC, as veterans represent an estimated 10% of the college’s student body. In fact, CFCC opened the Student Veterans Center in 2010 to better serve the needs of a growing military population in the area.

CFCC is happy to announce that it has again been named a Military Friendly School for 2016 by Victory Media, a company that recognizes higher-education institutions that exhibit leading services to post-military students.

“We are honored to be able to assist our student veterans achieve their educational goals,” said Dr. Amanda Lee, CFCC president.  “Achieving the status of Military Friendly is important to us, because it conveys to our student veterans that we are invested in their college journey and committed to helping them be successful.”

Wednesday’s event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the event or CFCC’s veteran services, visit CFCC’s Student Veteran Center website at

CFCC drama department to reenact War of the Worlds broadcast – LIVE – this Friday, October 30

War or the Worlds - October 30By:  Katie Merritt

Cape Fear Community College’s Drama Department will revive HG Wells’ classic War of the Worlds this Friday, October 30, at 8 p.m. In addition to the theater audience, WHQR will broadcast the performance live to their audience of listeners – up to ninety miles away.

CFCC’s War of the Worlds will feature four students in the performance – Jordan Spillers, Seth Lee, Blake Howard and Micah Bryant. Bryant will serve as a Foley artist, creating live sound throughout the show with a variety of props.  WHQR’s Production Manager, George Scheibner, will headline the show, playing Orson Welles’ original role that created panic among American radio listeners on October 30, 1938.

Friday marks the 77th anniversary of Mercury Theatre’s radio adaptation of War of the Worlds, which depicts a Martian invasion on earth. Presented as a news bulletin throughout a majority of the broadcast, listeners in 1938 believed the broadcast to be delivering live news updates for an actual alien invasion.  Mass panic erupted from the audience, sending Mercury Theatre’s telephone lines into frenzy. In fact, the production staff had to stop the broadcast to remind the audience of the show’s fictional content.

Jack Landry, CFCC’s lead drama instructor and coordinator of the show, expects the broadcast to reach an audience of thousands through the combination of the live performance and the radio broadcast. Not only will this performance and broadcast be a first for CFCC, it will also be the first production performed by students in CFCC’s new Humanities and Fine Arts Center.   Landry and his students have prepared for this show intensively since the Humanities and Fine Arts Center opened in the beginning of October.

“The students and I built 24 risers for the audience, hung every light, adjusted speakers, set up the board, built a stage and painted it entirely for this production,” said Landry.

The original script was updated by Landry and the students as well. After receiving rights to perform War of the Worlds, Landry localized the script to include landmarks and communities in Eastern North Carolina.  Audiences can expect to experience goose bumps as WHQR and the CFCC team will bring the Martian invasion a little too close to home.

“The goal is, as Orson originally put it, ‘to deliver a holiday present’ to the audience.  If we do our job, hopefully a few folks will believe, as the original audience did, that the Martians have landed and are wreaking havoc,” said Landry.

Tickets for the event are $25 dollars for the public and $5 for CFCC students. For tickets or more information visit

CFCC to break ground on Advanced and Emerging Technologies Center on Wednesday, October 28

Castle Hayne, NC – Cape Fear Community College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Advanced and Emerging Technologies Center on Wednesday, October 28, at 11 a.m. at its North Campus in Castle Hayne.

The Advanced and Emerging Technologies project will be comprised of three buildings at two sites on CFCC’s North Campus:  the Advanced & Emerging Technologies building (approximately 75,500 square feet); a Veterinary Technology building (attached to the AET building via a covered walkway, approximately 18,500 square feet); and a Heavy Equipment and Transportation Technology building (approximately 32,300 square feet).

The AETC will include flexible instructional space for customized training programs, expanding CFCC’s ability to provide employee training for area companies.  Vertex, Fenner Drives, ACME Smoked Fish, Corning, Castle Branch, Verizon and GE Hitachi Nuclear are among the businesses that have partnered with CFCC to for their employee training needs thus far.

“We are so excited to begin this project at the North Campus,” said Dr. Amanda Lee, CFCC president. “The response from our customized training programs has been tremendous, and with the addition of the flex space, we will be better able to meet the needs of businesses and industries in our region and to provide even more training opportunities for our community.  We are also ready to expand some programs to the North Campus that have outgrown their current space downtown and to add some new, high-demand programs for our students as a part of this project.”

The HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning), Sustainable Technologies and Heavy Equipment and Transportation Technologies (HEATT) programs will move from the downtown campus to the AETC, where they will have more space and room to grow.  In turn, the relocation of those programs will allow for the expansion of other existing programs at the Wilmington Campus, including construction management and automotive technology.

“Cape Fear Community College strives to provide programs for our students that will help them get good jobs that available in our region.  We continually work with our program advisory boards, area employers and business leaders to design courses that are the right fit for our students and area employers.  We’re proud to provide training that will help grow both the local workforce and our area economy,” says Lee.

The Advanced and Emerging Technologies Center is the final project that CFCC will construct from the $164 million bond referendum that voters approved in 2008. The estimated budget for the project is $41.6 million and classes are expected to begin in the AETC in the fall of 2017.  Other facilities built with the bond funds include Union Station, a student parking deck and the Humanities and Fine Arts Center.

CFCC Board of Trustees approves Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management

The Cape Fear Community College’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr. Daryl L. Minus has been selected to serve as CFCC’s vice president for student services and enrollment management.

Dr. Minus will oversee all student services at the college including admissions and recruitment, financial aid, records and registration, counseling and advising services, career planning and placement, disability services, student judicial conduct, student support services, athletics and student activities.

Dr. Minus most recently served as Executive Vice President for Learning and Student Success at Craven Community College in New Bern, NC.  He has worked for more than 17 years in higher education, including more than 6 years of executive leadership experience at Craven Community College.

“We are pleased that Dr. Minus will join the Cape Fear Community College staff in this very important role and look forward to working with him,” said Bill Turner, chair of the board of trustees.  “We are confident that his tremendous leadership experience will benefit our entire student body and our leadership team.”

Dr. Minus will join the Cape Fear Community College staff in November.



Artsplosion! @ the Center! – Saturday, October 10

Wilmington, 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.

For driving directions to the CFCC North Campus, please visit

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.

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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

To register for these courses, visit



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.