Letter to Faculty & Staff from Richard Zollinger

January 2015

We are always energized by new beginnings.  Welcome back to the beginnings of a new semester and a new year!

Here are updates on some important Learning Unit and College initiatives.

Achieving the Dream (AtD)

As an Achieving the Dream (AtD) Leader College we continue with our initiative to improve success rates of African-American male students. A diverse cross-college team chaired by JJ McEachern, Diann Back, and Marcia Colson was pulled together to provide academic, personal, and professional support for African-American male students. The synergy resulting from their efforts has increased fall-to-spring retention of African-American males by 6% and fall-to-fall retention by 4.5%. During the past year this team hosted a President and Dean’s List luncheon for African-American male students, targeted financial aid assistance through the Dollars and Bills financial aid event as well as outreach to those who are attending CPCC but did not attend a new student orientation, offered academic chat/Thursday night basketball with employees, and conducted specific information sessions with campus tours.

While on campus in November, the AtD coaches facilitated a round-table discussion with approximately 50 faculty and staff discussing cultural awareness and the need to provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to gain an understanding of cultural membership, to participate in a fair and genuine inquiry into cultural differences, and to consider how culturally embedded assumptions influence the experience of higher education. It was decided that during the spring 2015 semester, the Cultural Responsiveness Committee will continue to explore, via discussions with faculty/staff, the current cultural environment and need for cultural awareness programs.

Completion by Design (CbD)

As part of our Completion by Design (CbD) initiative, the new proactive advising model was fully implemented at the beginning of this academic year.  New Associate in Arts and Associate in Science students will attend three advising sessions during their first year of enrollment. These students will then be assigned a faculty advisor/mentor based on area of interest. New Associate in Applied Science students will attend one advising session and then be assigned to a faculty advisor in their program of study. As part of this process the College has begun utilizing our new student tool, MAP (My Academic Plan), in a more robust manner. MAP displays for students a semester-by-semester course sequence and serves as a roadmap toward completion of a certificate, diploma, and/or degree. Faculty training on MAP is in process and will continue throughout spring semester.

As the College embarks on our third year of CbD, we are beginning to tell our stories and share lessons learned with each other, non-CBD colleges, practitioners, our peers, our regulators, and others in our industry. These stories will detail the core strategies executed by the colleges and the rationale for each and focus on sharing our work and the “lessons we’ve learned” along the way.

Success through Academic Reporting (STAR)

Fall 2014 marked the first semester of implementation of STAR: Success through Academic Reporting, our College’s five-year Quality Enhancement Plan.  Instructors in 16-week courses submitted student intervention emails through the Online Student Profile prior to the withdrawal date and at mid-term to encourage information sharing on student progress. In total, over 20,000 reports were submitted. This semester was the first semester that instructors had the option to submit reports for students who are performing satisfactorily, and over 55% of this semester’s STAR alerts were submitted for students who were performing well.  Many students appreciated the positive feedback as much as the constructive criticism and resource referrals. Our STAR Student Success Coach, Terrence Strickland, has begun working with first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students who need additional support based on their STAR interventions.

Thanks to those of you who have begun to submit your feedback on the STAR technology, resources, and trainings.  Workshops will be held this semester with two purposes: to synthesize student, faculty, and staff feedback on the first year of STAR and to share what we have learned about our students based on trends in their STAR intervention reports.

As Dr. Tracie Clark transitions to her new role as Executive Assistant to the President, Susan Browning will step up as interim STAR Director. Tracie has done a marvelous job of helping the College formulate and begin the STAR plan, and I know Susan will carry on her good efforts.

Campus Conversations
I am enjoying meeting with you during our campus conversations. It is very important to me that we continue these dialogues since there are so many different innovations we are undertaking that will disrupt our work and our comfort zones. Some of these changes are self-induced while others are either mandated System-wide or at a national level. I look forward to the next meetings. Also be aware that we keep updates at this site: http://www.cpcc.edu/learning/featured-updates/campus-conversations.

Assistant to the Vice President for Learning & Workforce Development

I am pleased to announce that Amy Bruining is joining the Office of the Vice President for Learning & Workforce Development. Dr. Cathey Ross is retiring as of February 1 after serving as my assistant for the past six years. Amy comes to the Office from her position as Associate Dean, Graduation and Records. She has an extensive background working with faculty in curriculum matters and served as a consultant on the College’s accreditation committee.  I wish Cathey the very best and look forward to a close working relationship with Amy.

New Hires

The following individuals have joined the Learning Unit in the period of August 1 through December 31, 2014:

Position Title Employee's Name Department
Academic Advisor Heidi Hanson CCE
Administrative Assistant II Patricia Holevas Health & Human Services
Assistant Director, Customer Service Brandi Patterson CCE
Chief High School Equivalency Examiner Quinise Billups College & Career Readiness
Coordinator Jennifer Herndon Workplace Learning
Curriculum Coach Melissa Granados Mathematics
Curriculum Coordinator (DRE) Christie Rife English, Reading & Humanities
Customer Service Representative Georgina Jones CCE
Director Jeanette Cheshire Nursing Education
Director, Human Resources Development Bryle Hatch College & Career Readiness
Division Director Anasa Sinegal Digital Media, Journalism & Communication
Financial Analyst II John Riopko Learning Unit
Instructional Developer II Janna McColgan Professional Development
Instructional Lab Coordinator Debbie Knowles Sciences
Instructional Lab Facilitator Darrin Leer Engineering Technologies
Instructional Lab Facilitator, Culinary Kathryn Fry Hospitality Education
Instructional Office Assistant Maria Benitez Foreign Language & Academic ESL
Instructional Office Assistant Rebecca Barran Digital Media, Journalism & Communication
Instructional Office Assistant Nzingha Reel BLET
Instructor, Adult High School Sonya Burney College & Career Readiness
Instructor, Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Mark Paterno Construction Technologies
Instructor, Automotive Technology Robert Koski Transport Systems Technology
Instructor, Cardiovascular Technology Adrienne White Health and Human Services
Instructor, Computer Integrated Machining Tech Ramon Scott Bradey Engineering Technologies
Instructor, Computer Integrated Machining Tech Dominic Mascari Engineering Technologies
Instructor, Construction Management Technology Alan Beane Construction Technologies
Instructor, Criminal Justice Anne Marie Garmon Public Safety
Instructor, Criminal Justice Taurean Walker Public Safety
Instructor, Dental Assisting Tracey Hagen Health Sciences
Instructor, Dental Assisting Robin Hackney Health Sciences
Instructor, Dental Assisting Janice Henderson Health Sciences
Instructor, Developmental Math (DMA) Michael Owens Mathematics
Instructor, Developmental Math (DMA) Jantelle Collins Mathematics
Instructor, Developmental Math (DMA) Paula Barnette Mathematics
Instructor, Developmental Reading/English (DRE) Sharon Kimel English, Reading & Humanities
Instructor, Developmental Reading/English (DRE) Patrick Kratz English, Reading & Humanities
Instructor, Early Childhood Education Carla Brown Early Childhood Education
Instructor, English Angelina Oberdan ACA, English & Humanities
Instructor, English Colin Hickey ACA, English & Humanities
Instructor, English Heidi Huntley ACA, English & Humanities
Instructor, History Crystal Moore Behaviorial & Social Sciences
Instructor, International Business Doug Marrelli Business & Accounting
Instructor, IT (Cyber Crime & Digital Forensics) Jason Lands Information Technology
Instructor, Mathematics Dianne Matthews-Leibowitz Mathematics
Instructor, Mathematics Lisa Creighton Mathematics
Instructor, Medical Assisting Amber Rhinehardt Medical Careers & Cosmetology
Instructor, Nursing Melanie Colson Nursing Education
Instructor, Nursing Lavare Seltun Nursing Education
Instructor, Nursing Margaret Machovec Nursing Education
Instructor, Occupational Therapy Assistant Tyson Simmons Health Sciences
Instructor, Occupational Therapy Assistant Megan McCcann Health Sciences
Instructor, Office Administration Tony Emetu Professional Careers
Instructor, Reading and Writing Ifétayo Nellons College and Career Readiness
Instructor, Respiratory Therapy Tina Harper Health & Human Services
Instructor, Surgical Technology Karie Tennant Health and Human Services
Instructor, Surgical Technology Melissa Sitera Health and Human Services
Librarian Monique Clark Library Services
Librarian Senior Tracy Pizzi Library Services
Medical Records Specialist Charlene James Medical Careers & Cosmetology
Recruitment, Retention & Assessment Specialist Lindsay LaPlante College & Career Readiness
Senior Coordinator, Art Gallery Grace Cote Arts: Visual, Performing & Interior Design
Position Title Employee's Name Department
Instructional Office Assistant Denise Strange Applied Technologies
Director, Campus Administration Stephen Gerhardt Harper Campus
Executive Director of Skills Initiative Jill Lutz CCE
Instructor, Automotive Systems Technology Brian McMillan Transport Systems Technology
Library Specialist Olga Sandler Library Services

Walt Disney said “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” What a great sentiment to begin a new semester and a new year! Our students have dreams, and we have dreams for them. I am always proud of the courageous way we work together to help our students make their dreams come true! Here’s to a wonderful year working together! Thanks for all you do!

Kind regards,

Richard Zollinger

Vice President for Learning & Workforce Development
Central Piedmont Community College