CPCC names second annual Tony and Beth Zeiss Award recipients

last modified May 06, 2015 11:46 AM

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will present Rita Dawkins, associate vice president of Student Success Services, and Dr. Pat West Moreland, an instructor of Marketing, with the Tony and Beth Zeiss Award at the college’s spring commencement ceremony on May 14 at Bojangles’ Coliseum.

The Tony and Beth Zeiss Award recognizes a CPCC faculty and staff member whose efforts to support student success have been particularly extraordinary during the past year.

Rita Dawkins, CPCC Staff Member

Ms. Dawkins firmly believes academic advising is the second most important function at every community college – second only to instruction. As a result, she has spent much of her 28-year career at CPCC focusing on advising and how it contributes to student success.

While her role at the college has evolved over the years – before being appointed to her current role, she served as a college transfer counselor and then dean of student success services – her commitment to create processes and procedures that support the success of the college’s students has not waivered.

She brings this passion for student success to the many committees she serves throughout the college community, including the college’s Strategic Planning and Student Intake Committee, the CPCC Advisement Management Team and the institution’s Completion By Design initiative, which seeks to increase student completion rates at the community college level.

Dr. Pat West Moreland, CPCC Faculty Member

For 28 years, Dr. Moreland has been teaching Marketing classes at the college. During that time, she has not only emerged as a highly skilled instructor, but also as a valued member of the CPCC community who is a champion for student success.

As a result, she has spearheaded several leadership groups on campus, including serving as chair of the college’s Curriculum Committee and as an active member of CPCC’s Achieving the Dream and Completion by Design initiatives.

“I am extremely proud to have my name associated with Rita and Pat,” said Dr. Tony Zeiss, president of CPCC. “Their leadership has helped CPCC make critical strides in student success, ensuring our students meet both their academic and professional goals.”

To learn more about CPCC, please visit www.cpcc.edu.