2014-2015 SGA Officers

PresidentVice PresidentTreasurerPublic Information OfficerSecretary
Abed Arian Antoine Lopez Moza Hamud Rhyne Cureton Jessica Westfall

Abed Arian

My name is Abed Arian, and I am originally from Afghanistan. I am a full-time student at Central Piedmont Community College in the Associate in Arts program as a first step to ultimately earning a Master’s degree in Political Science and International Business. My plan is to transfer to the University of Washington in Seattle after graduating in spring 2015. In the course of the three semesters I have been at CPCC, I have taken frequent opportunities to become involved on campus. I started as a representative for SGA in my first semester, and was elected to be a senator in my second semester. As a Senator, I have learned to take responsibilities and work collaboratively with other senators and Student Life Staff.

Throughout the year, I actively volunteered in events like Fall Fest, MLK Challenge, and SGA promotion tables. I’m also with the Peer Mentoring Program as a mentor for the first year students. I believe doing such activities within the campus has brought me closer to people from different cultures with different mindsets, and that has enabled me to develop my communication skills considerably. Additionally, this year I participated in an unbelievable weekend in Camp Cheerio for the CPCC’s 25th annual Student Leadership Conference. This weekend was extraordinarily important because it made me realize the potential and capability that I have, to lead people. Not only realizing my strengths I also learned my weaknesses.

Outside the College walls, I am a peace ambassador and a translator for a non-profit organization called Solace for the Children. This organization brings children from Afghanistan to provide medical, dental and optical treatments. For the first time, I had the chance to travel with my ill brother, then escorting a group of 21 children back to Afghanistan. The experience itself is absolutely one of a kind. By making myself available to others to link the two different nations by providing knowledge, motivation and direction, I have learned that nothing is impossible.

As someone from a different country, I have had to learn how to ask proper questions, how to listen to different viewpoints, and how to work with different people. I offer these skills to the Student Government Association, at the same time, allowing me to further grow in my mission to promote leadership, encourage responsibility, and represent the interests of the students of this institution.

 

Antoine Lopez

I have seen faith and ambition in the eyes of CPCC students, and as the Vice President for the student government, I will dedicate my time and effort to fulfill their aspirations of excellence. My name is Antoine Lopez, a student at Central Campus in the associate in art program and willing to go to UNC Charlotte so as to attempt in a double major degree in Political Science and Communication.

I have been a traveler all my life, born in Winston Salem, North Carolina, and I have spent most of my time in Europe, mainly France and Spain. Today I am in the greatest journey I ever had. My Journey is long, my journey is tough, but thanks to CPCC, this journey is worth the time invested in it. After several years of studies in France I was lost, no cause to dedicate myself to, no purpose to defend. It was high time for me to decide what kind of man I want to be, and CPCC gave my goal a name: success. I started my journey through Europe in 2007, not that long ago but it seems already like an eternity. Meeting many different people, brilliant minds, sharing their faith and their opinion, I have learned a lot in seven years and I have a great faith in humanity. I am today persuaded that we can together accomplish great things, regardless of our origin or beliefs, and I want the future to be the symbol of this idealistic idea. My trip is not done though, and I am still looking for home.

In 2011, my heart landed into CPCC and for the first time, I felt that home was not as far finally. You, Charlotte, and our students taught me an important word, togetherness. The student government has a special meaning for me. Community within the community, each member is cheerful and full of promises, and they as a whole gave me strength and trust through my initial experience. Being the Vice President will be an honor and the occasion for me to give CPCC the favor back. I will strengthen the links of the SGA toward other CPCC entities, I will put under the spotlight the effort of the one who worked hard for success, I will value their efforts and their cause and dedicate our student government to our great focus, student’s success. I will give the second “C” of CPCC a new life and gather everybody under the same flag. Community is only the beginning, success is our goal.

Being available and approachable are my main qualities, but my strong will and my desire for the CPCC success as an entity are making me a great candidate. I will extend myself to give voice to students and opportunities to every organization to be heard. My plan is Unity.

 

Moza Hamud

My name is Moza Hamud and I intend to run for Treasurer for the Student Government Association 2014-2015. I am currently enrolled at CPCC as a transfer student with my short term goal of obtaining my associate in science degree with academic honors and to apply what I learn in class throughout my career. I plan to transfer and complete my pre-med degree in biochemistry then apply to a medical school to complete my doctor of medicine degree and I would love to specialize in oncology.

I am qualified to hold this position because I have been in many leadership positions throughout my life. I am the first born in my family which automatically forces me to be a leader and a role model to my younger siblings. I was the CEO of Green Enterprise Rolls (a junior achievement company program). I also led a debate team to victory in 2012. I am currently a representative for the SGA at Levine campus.

I am very organized, hardworking, easy-going, trustworthy, fun loving, and diligent. I work very well under pressure. I am a very good listener and given the chance, I am able to lead and delegate duties equally without bias. I am a very active SGA member and I have been involved in the many activities that the SGA has organized. I am also a member of Phi Theta Kappa. I recently attended the Student Leadership Conference organized by Student Life and I learnt so many great leadership skills, among them, being honest and trustworthy, which I believe I possess and I also believe that these are good qualities for a treasurer. Moreover I possess a year of progressive experience as a customer service liaison and/or cashier at Rx Clinic Pharmacy. My responsibilities include: managing the cash register, answering phone calls, coordinating deliveries for patients, filing prescriptions and to performed inventory. I have also been commended on my excellent communication skills. I, therefore, have dealt with money as the cashier at Rx Clinic Pharmacy which I believe gives me a green light at being a potential treasurer.

Honestly, I really enjoy working for the SGA, and I feel like it would be such an honor to be part of the executive committee and give life to the students as that is exactly what SGA does. It actually makes college life so much fun!

 

Rhyne Cureton

Hi, my name is Rhyne Cureton, and I am running for SGA’s Public Information Officer position. My current major goals are to graduate from CPCC with an Associate in Science. Once completed, I will transfer to a four year university (preferably NC State) to pursue a degree in Animal Science. After obtaining that degree I’d like to enter into veterinary school to eventually earn the status: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. I have always had these goals, but I believe being a student at CPCC has given me further clarity and determination to make these goals a reality.

When I first entered CPCC I didn’t want to be here. I had originally gone to a four year university, but upon my first semester, I dropped out because I wasn’t ready. After my first year at CPCC I became bored and wanted to get involved. I was fortunate to of had a teacher who was looking for students to join the student organization they were advising. That was the moment I gained joy and satisfaction from being a student at CPCC.

I am a member of both the Sociology Psychology Association (SPA) and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK).  As a member of SPA I got involved in activities relating to issues within Charlotte such as the Sexual Assault Awareness Walk with Safe Alliance, and the Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Day of Awareness at CPCC. SPA has taught me to break closed mindedness and give people a more well-rounded perspective. As a member of PTK I was involved in numerous projects that ranged from helping set up events like the Skyline Run for CPCC to hanging clothes for the Salvation Army Family Store. As a member of PTK, I learned to not just give back to my college, but to my community as well. It showed me that knowledge is great, but true service is what changes the world and the people you encounter.

As the former Secretary of SPA, I learned that a group of officers is no good without having ideas and goals in place; because a group with no direction neither thrives, succeeds, nor creates influence of change within its community.  As a participant of the 2014 Leadership Conference, I learned that a good leader has to know how to follow. Leaders who weren’t good followers will disregard the ideals of their peers, which create stagnancy and a lack in productivity. This leader has to be willing to give their authority, when needed, and allow others to direct the group. The actions of a good leader are not reflections of selfish desire, but rather geared towards the overall success of the group and its goals.

As the Public Information Officer of SGA, I want to inform and encourage other students to see what CPCC has to offer and how they themselves can be a part of something productive and beneficial to both the Charlotte community and their own personal lives. I’ve grown to appreciate the bonds I’ve created with members of SPA, PTK, SGA, and the faculty in Student Life. They’ve unknowingly helped mold me into a more efficient student and an effective leader, while also creating in me a heart of service for others. Getting involved at CPCC has changed my life for the better. Because of this, I want to also help lead other students into participating and taking advantage of what CPCC has to offer because I believe that giving one’s self the opportunity to connect with people of a different mindset only helps strengthen one’s mind and personal goals. I bring my experience as a member of several student organizations to the table as I help lead SGA. I’ve seen and experienced firsthand the benefits of putting yourself out there and embracing the ideas of service and getting involved. I also understand that CPCC is always in need of extra hands to help out here and there, so I would like to provide CPPC with additional help while also giving students the opportunity to serve and explore what CPCC has to offer to its students. My goal as Public Information Officer is to see that there is an increase in student involvement on campus and throughout Charlotte. With the help of my fellow SGA members, I believe that this goal of mine can become more than just a fantasy. I just pray that my excitement and determination can be embraced by both CPCC faculty and its student body.

Jessica Westfall


My name is Jessica Westfall and I am running for the secretary position of the student government association at CPCC. In my opinion, education is not just a set of credentials to acquire in order to land a well-paying job. Developing a career is important to me, but getting an education has become a process of refining my worldview, finding personal meaning, and aiming to become a self-actualized and well-rounded member of the community. I have been honing my critical thinking and writing skills in many of my classes and I expanded my cultural awareness and mental flexibility during a study abroad trip to Italy, Greece, and Turkey. Establishing a network with the students and faculty has encouraged me to push harder and reach farther in my ambitions and personal development.

The student life at CPCC has helped me to find my potential, understand my weaknesses, and enhance my strengths. Becoming a representative in the student government gave me insight into how members of
a team work together to benefit the whole and accomplish goals in the most efficient way. Volunteering with different school events helped me to find my voice in a group atmosphere and to understand that my unique personality and set of experiences can contribute positively to a public setting. I learned more about teamwork and community organizing while on alternative spring break in Savannah, Georgia. I decided to apply for alternative spring break because of my previous volunteer involvement with hospice and teaching ESL locally, and with teaching ESL and spreading environmental awareness abroad.

I am involved in the peer mentoring program with CPCC’s First Year Experience department and was recently accepted in to the Ruth Shaw Women’s Leadership program. I am currently working on receiving an ESL certification while continuing with community activism and working on an associates of arts transfer degree. I plan to double major in economics and international studies and my long-term plan is to help start a non-profit organization centered on women’s rights and other issues of inequality. I hope to eventually go to law school and use my education to help the community in whatever way I am capable of giving back. This wish also applies to the student body of CPCC. I am grateful for the experience that CPCC has afforded me and I hope to help pass along the knowledge and opportunity.