Letter to Faculty & Staff from Richard Zollinger
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.
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.
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|
Employees On The Move
|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!
Vice President for Learning & Workforce Development
Central Piedmont Community College