Congratulations April Employee of the Month:
Tamara Joyner

Tamara Joyner

The N.C. Office of the State Auditor recently completed their financial statement audit for 2016. Tamara did an outstanding job with the financial statements and once again CCCC received a clean audit opinion. We have not had a single audit issue since Tamara has been Controller. She consistently provides a high level of financial reporting.

Q.   How long have you worked for CCCC?
A.   13 years.
Q.   What brought you to CCCC?
A.   I had worked as a controller at two smaller community colleges, and I wanted the challenge of working at a larger college.
Q.   Describe what you do for CCCC.
A.   I work with budget and cash management, financial reporting, grant and construction reimbursements.
Q.   Where were you born?
A.   Troy, N.C.
Q.   Where did you grow up?
A.   Troy, N.C.
Q.   Educational credentials?
A.   B.S. from Wingate University, M.Acc. from UNC Greensboro.
Q.   Where do you live now?
A.   Sanford, N.C.
Q.   Tell us about your family!
A.   My husband, Jon, is a math teacher at Lee County High School. We have four furbabies: two dogs (Charlie and Scout) and two cats (Pumpkin and Oreo). We also have a cockatiel named Sweet Pea.



Kay Faucette Wins Statewide Honor

Kay Faucette, Facility Coordinator for the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, has been awarded the Lula M. Burrell Educational Office Professional of the Year 2016-2017 by the N.C. Association of Educational Office Professionals, Inc. The award was presented on March 23 at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem.

Faucette is the fifth person from Central Carolina Community College to win the award. Previous winners were Gloria Cheatham (2007), Polly Bouldin (2010), Linda Spivey (2012), and Martha Wilkie (2016).

Read the full story.

Kay Faucette Wins Statewide Honor


Marchant Madness!

Thanks for joining in on "Marchant Madness" and the 2017 Campus Fund Drive! A good time was enjoyed by all!

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North Central Prosperity Zone Community College Press Conference

Central Carolina Community College was one of nine community colleges to participate in the North Central Prosperity Zone Community College Press Conference on Wednesday, March 22, at Wilson Community College.

North Central Prosperity Zone Community College Press Conference

Representing CCCC at the event were Cathy Swindell, Director of Industry Services, and R.V. Hight, Director of Communications.

Keynote speakers included Dr. Stephen Scott, President of Wake Tech Community College; Christopher Blue, student at Vance-Granville Community College; Nikki Ward, Human Resource Director with U.S. Flue-Cured Tobacco Company; Bruce Pannenton, Dean of Health Sciences & Public Safety Dept. Chair of Science, Health & PE at Edgecombe Community College; and Lyn Austin, Trustee Board Chair at Johnston Community College. Dr. Tim Wright, President of Wilson Community College, was moderator for the event.


Volunteers Needed for Special Olympics Harnett Spring Games

Harnett County Special Olympics Spring Games

Harnett County Special Olympics Spring Games will be held on April 28 at Campbell University, Buies Creek. Opening ceremonies will kick off at 9:45 a.m. at the Irwin Belk Track. The games and lunch will follow. Central Carolina Community College, along with Campbell University, East Carolina University, Harnett County Schools, and several other community partners, work together to make Harnett County Spring Games a success.

Athletes from 28 schools and agencies will compete in events such as standing long jump, running long jump, track and field events, softball throw, and relay events.

Volunteers are needed to assist with running the games and, most importantly, accompany and assist the participating athletes for the entire day (8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.). The games are scheduled to last from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be an opening and closing ceremony.

All staff and volunteers will need to arrive at the event site by 8 a.m.

If you wish to be a vital part of this special day, please complete the form at the following link:

Volunteers will need to be at least 16 years of age, and if the volunteer is a minor he or she will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If you need more information about volunteering, please contact Jamie Wicker by phone at (910) 814-8856 or by email at


Academic Excellence Student Awards Ceremony

The annual Academic Excellence Student Awards ceremony will be May 3 at 6 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. Department chairs and instructors will present awards to curriculum students, with a reception to follow.


NC College Helps Immigrant Achieve the American Dream

CCCC Helps Achieve the American Dream

Cary Medina, a CCCC student, is featured in the March issue of CC Week. CC Week is a biweekly publication featuring news and analyses of academic trends and issues in community colleges. Read the full article.


National Science Foundation Grant Proposal Reviewer

Dr. Linda Scuiletti and Dr. Rodney Powell have been invited to serve as National Science Foundation Grant Proposal Reviewers from May 18 to 19 in Arlington, Va.


Peer Leaders

Student Learning has recently hired nine Peer Leaders for the 2017-2018 academic year. Peer Leaders assist new students and their families make a positive transition to CCCC. Through assisting at New Student Orientation sessions during the summer and spring and then serving in ACA courses each semester, this group of students is excited to get started! As you see them on campus, please be sure to congratulate them on their new role.

  • Angela Payne
  • Matthew Hamilton
  • Alison Plumley
  • Shana Johnson
  • Laney Flaugher
  • Mikayla Lamont
  • Teddy Oliver
  • Kayla Fore
  • Ashley Garrett

Check out the Peer Leaders on a recent tour of the Chatham Main Campus.

Peer Leaders Peer Leaders

New Student Orientation Dates are as follows:

  • June 28 - Lee Main Campus
  • July 19 - Lee Main Campus
  • July 24 - Chatham Main Campus (Morning & Evening Sessions)
  • July 25 - Lee Main Campus (Evening Session)
  • July 27 - Harnett Main Campus (Morning & Evening Sessions)
  • August 2 - Lee Main Campus
  • August 3 - Lee Main Campus (Evening Session)

For more information, please check out our website at


Poetry Collection, Suburban Burn

Poetry Collection, Suburban Burn

Ty Stumpf, Humanities Department Chair, is proud to announce that his first collection of poetry has just been published. The collection, entitled Suburban Burn, was a finalist for the Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Competition and has been published by Main Street Rag Publishing Company. Ty has copies for purchase for $11, and he would be honored to sign a copy for any of his CCCC colleagues. Ty will have a reading in Sanford in early May. You can find more info at


News From The Library

Library Surveys
Today is the last day to participate in our Spring 2017 Library Survey. If you have not already done so, take the survey now. Thanks in advance for your input on how we can improve.

Coming Soon! New Login for Library Databases
Beginning May 16, the library will have a new way to access our online resources from off campus. Instead of everyone using the same username and password, you will be able to use your Blackboard login credentials for remote access. Upon clicking on the desired library resource when off campus, you will be directed to Blackboard to enter your personal login credentials. After logging in, you will be redirected back to your selected library resource to resume your search. Please communicate this information to your students for the summer and fall semesters.

Librarians Attend NCCCLA Conference
Samantha O'Connor, Public Services Librarian, and Tara Lucas, Director of Library Services, attended the statewide North Carolina Community College Librarians Association (NCCCLA) Conference in March at Carteret Community College in Morehead City. This year was the 50th anniversary of the organization. Samantha presented two conference sessions and conducted a poster session. Her sessions included:

  • Get Graphic! Use Multimedia eResources to Promote Your Library
  • Let's Make Something! Exploring Maker Activities in Our Libraries
  • Getting More from LibGuides: User Experience Testing & User Focused Design (poster session)
Samantha O'Connor's poster session at NCCCLA Samantha O'Connor's poster session at NCCCLA

Samantha O'Connor's poster session at NCCCLA and demonstrating 3-D pens.

National Library Week
The Library celebrated National Library Week from April 10 - 14 with our Maker Fair, Paws to Read, Library Bingo, and the jelly bean jar count activities at the Lee Library. The Harnett Library kicked off their Community Garden Project and had cupcakes. Below are a few photos from the events.

Dr. Pamela Senegal (right, with Kelly Hall on the left)

Dr. Pamela Senegal (pictured), with Kelly Hall (left) won the jelly bean jar count contest this year. There were 753 jelly beans! Dr. Senegal had the nearest guess at 737.

Paws to Read provided play time with Vet Med pups Paws to Read provided play time with Vet Med pups

Paws to Read provided play time with Vet Med pups and promoted library resources.

Students enjoyed crafts at our Maker Fair. Students enjoyed crafts at our Maker Fair.

Students enjoyed crafts at our Maker Fair, and the button machine was a huge hit!

Cupcakes at the Harnett Library.

Cupcakes at the Harnett Library.

Community gardening kickoff at the Harnett Library. Community gardening kickoff at the Harnett Library.

Community gardening kickoff at the Harnett Library.

Student Activity Day
The Library and the Student Gaming Club partnered to have gaming in the library during Student Activity Day at the Lee Main Campus. Games included board, card, and video games. Photos from the event are below.

Student Gaming Club partnered to have gaming in the library during Student Activity Day at the Lee Main Campus. Student Gaming Club partnered to have gaming in the library during Student Activity Day at the Lee Main Campus. Student Gaming Club partnered to have gaming in the library during Student Activity Day at the Lee Main Campus. Student Gaming Club partnered to have gaming in the library during Student Activity Day at the Lee Main Campus. Student Gaming Club partnered to have gaming in the library during Student Activity Day at the Lee Main Campus.



Faculty in Community with Math Camp

On April 8, dozens of students participated in the 2017 Harnett County EOG Math Camp (End of Grade) at the Harnett County Library in Lillington. The founder and coordinator of the camp is Della Newkirk, Lead Instructor for BELL Academy at CCCC's Siler City Center (College and Career Readiness).

Academic integrity and a commitment to student success are displayed in community leadership, as the camp has reached hundreds of children since 2010. The camp is a preparatory initiative in partnership with area businesses and Campbell University's Operation Inasmuch. Newkirk desires to enrich the educational possibilities for students, tutors, and school-aged students on a weekly basis, and is committed to helping young people succeed in school and inspiring them to build a lifelong habit of learning.

Newkirk has utilized academic and instructional scholarship in adult education for many years. She received a B.S. in Mathematics from Campbell University and a Master of Science in Higher Education from Capella University. She is a currently a doctoral student in Postsecondary and Adult Education at Capella University.

Faculty in Community with Math Camp Faculty in Community with Math Camp Faculty in Community with Math Camp


Mentoring Program Mock Interview

Valorie Benn, Associate Director of Human Resources, recently participated in the BelFlex Junior Mentoring Program mock interviews at Lee County High School. The program, which was established to teach young adults professionalism in the workplace, looks to connect local high school students with area businesses to help prepare students to be confident, poised, and ready for employment.

Mentoring Program Mock Interview Mentoring Program Mock Interview Mentoring Program Mock Interview


CCCC's Fourth Annual Holocaust Remembrance Event

There is an upcoming event with a few spaces still open for faculty and staff interested in reserving a seat. Please email or phone Bianka Stumpf at or (919) 718-7470, to reserve a limited spot.

Traffic Pattern Changes on the Lee Main Campus

CCCC's Fourth Annual Holocaust Remembrance Event
Friday, April 21, from noon - 1:30 p.m.
Dennis Wicker Civic Center Lecture Hall and Lobby

Courtesy of The Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education of N.C., our guest is Dr. Debbie Long, the daughter of two Holocaust survivors who later spent years as refugees. She is a highly regarded speaker on the Holocaust who has spent decades unraveling her family's experience. Given her reputation and the number of speaking engagements she does each year, it's finally our turn at CCCC to welcome her. Additionally, the Center's founder and director, Sharon Halperin, will be part of the program.

We're working to have a loaned exhibit on display in the Lee Main Campus lobby again this year. (Thanks, Marcie and team!) This year's exhibit would be courtesy of the N.C. Holocaust Council and the American Friends of the Ghetto Fighters' Museum. We hope to display the "Triumph of Life" that commemorates the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising with 4 panels depicting Jewish resistance and survivor stories.


Shanxi University Performance

Musicians and dancers from Shanxi University in the People's Republic of China drew an enthusiastic chorus of oohs and ahhs from a packed house during an hour-long performance on March 26 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center.

The free performance was presented by the Confucius Classroom at Central Carolina Community College, an educational hub offering Chinese language and culture classes taught by Visiting Professor Yuehan Ma from China.

It featured Chinese music and dance native to the Shanxi province and other regions of Northern China. Shanxi University is located in Taiyuan, the provincial capital, about 300 miles southwest of Beijing.

Shanxi University Performance

Read the full story. For more information about the Confucius Classroom, visit


Diabetes Week

For five days, CCCC focused on steps to prevent, delay, or better manage diabetes. Events from March 27 - 31 included the graffiti wall, exploring family health history, recipes, and screenings.

Diabetes Week Diabetes Week Diabetes Week

From HR, pictured left to right are Valorie Benn, Trinity Faucett, and Denise Johnson.


UBMS ACT and SAT Prep Course

On April 1, thirteen Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) 11th grade students completed a year-long ACT amd SAT prep course in which they participated in 30 hours of test preparation over the course of ten Saturdays. Throughout April, May, and June students will take official ACT and SAT tests at no cost due to test fee waivers provided by the UBMS program. The graphs below show the impact and success of the ACT/SAT prep program on last year's juniors, with students attaining significant gains on both tests as a result of the course. We hope to see the same successful outcomes with this year's cohort!

As you may know, UBMS is a TRiO program at CCCC focused on college access for over 60 low-income and first-generation Harnett County high school students. The program's goal is to prepare students for the college admissions process while finishing high school strong and to assist them with successfully enrolling into a college of their choice. UBMS starts providing services to students in their ninth grade year and stays with them until they graduate high school. During each academic school year and summer, UBMS provides services that are geared toward preparing these students for college, with a particular focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

We would like to give a big thank you to our students and to their instructors, Mr. Jerome Burgess and Ms. Genny Black, both Harnett County high school teachers, for their dedication and hard work this past year.

UBMS ACT and SAT Prep Course


The President's Puppy Walk

The President's Puppy Walk


Federal Workstudy Program

Please make your plans now to request help through the Federal Workstudy Program for next school year.

Thanks for your support of our students with a need and a willingness to work!



4C Visions, Episode 15. In this episode, R.V. Hight interviews Heather Willett, Dean of Student Support Services and Doug Connor, Head Men's Basketball Coach.

View more CCCC videos online on the CCCC YouTube Channel.


Spring Break College Tour

TRiO Upward Bound Math and Science staff accompanied UBMS participants on a two-day trip to explore Lenoir-Rhyne, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and Western Carolina University. During this two-day trip, participants were given campus tours, along with admissions informational sessions. Students were also given first-hand insight on leadership opportunities, along with financial aid and scholarship information. We were given the chance to explore state-of-the-art classrooms, athletic facilities, and research labs. Students were given the opportunity to enhance team building strategies during their time at the A-Escape room. Participants were broken up into two teams and tried to escape either the "Selachi Biotech Research Bunker" or "Abandoned Submarine." Overall, the trip was a success.

Spring Break College Tour Spring Break College Tour


Diversity Committee Selects Poster Winner

Diversity Committee selects poster winner.

Talia Friday presented student Ashley Foutz, winner of the Women's History Month Poster Contest (Lee Campus), with a $25 Amazon gift card. Sponsored by the Diversity Committee, the theme, aligning with the National Women's History Month Project, was "Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business."

Ashley's poster was dedicated to her sister-in-law, Angela Sasser, who she says she thought of instantly after hearing the theme. Ashley stated, "She [Angela] has two jobs as an LPN, has two children, and was just accepted to an RN program. She was a perfect fit for the contest." Ashley also cited Angela's dedication to her family, quoting Angela as saying "My children are an important part of why I work so hard."

Thanks to the Diversity Committee for generating awareness of Women's History and the importance of women in the workforce.


Dr. Harrington Interviewed by Campbell Magazine

Dr. Anthony Harrington, former History and Broadcasting instructor at CCCC was recently interviewed by Gordon Anderson for an article in the Spring 2017 Campbell Magazine. The article was on the songwriter John D. Loudermilk, who attended Campbell College in the 1950s and wrote many songs. Harrington played most of these tunes in his 23 years in radio broadcasting. Just a few of these songs you may have heard:

  • Indian Reservation by Paul Revere and the Raiders in 1971;
  • Abilene by George Hamilton IV in 1956;
  • Tobacco Road by the Nashville Teens in 1964;
  • Sad Movies Make Me Cry by Sue Thompson in 1960;
  • Break My Mind by Vern Gosdin in 1977; and
  • Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye by the Casinos in 1967.

Read the article on Campbell's website



Summer Schedule

The college's 4-day/10-hour work days will begin Monday, May 19, with the following Friday closures:

  • May 19
  • May 26
  • June 2
  • June 9
  • June 16
  • June 23
  • June 30
  • July 7
  • July 14
  • July 21
  • July 28

The eight-hour work day schedule will resume Monday, July 31, 2017.


Employee Assistance Program: Did You Know

In addition to providing free and confidential counseling, our Employee Assistance Program offers additional benefits such as:
  • Employee discount program called Perks at Work.
  • Financial and legal resources including a free simple create your own will.
  • Free online courses.

Perks at Work

Perks at Work offers employee discounts of up to 25% on name brand, practical and luxury items, as well as travel, amusement park, and entertainment tickets. Register for free at

First-time users will need to register using their work email address and the company name of EAP in order to access the Savings Center. When entering the company name, as you begin to type a drop-down menu will appear. Please choose EAP from the options in the drop down.

  • Don't forget to use the company name of EAP.
  • Please register with your work email address.
  • Be sure that you can access your email right away. A system-created message will be sent to that address immediately.
  • You will need to retrieve the email to complete your registration and then log in to begin exploring the site for the great discounts.

Legal and Financial Center

To access the Financial and Legal Resource Center, go to the EAP website at You will choose the "My Portal Login" and the "Work-Life" option. Enter our unique employer username and password combination-username: cccc2014 and password: guest.

Once you have accessed the work-life site, you will have access to a wealth of resources and online seminars. In the "Centers," you can find the "Legal and Financial Center." This is where you find a link for more information on how to create simple will at no cost to you plus more financial links.

Skill Builder Center

In the "Skill Builder Center," you can access e-learning courses that you can complete in 15-20 minutes. Human Resources recommends several of the topics including:

  • Cultural Diversity in the Workplace
  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • Drug-Free Workplace
  • Business Etiquette and Professionalism

However, there are several courses for your personal enrichment such as:

  • Appreciating Personality Differences
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Effective Communication
  • Eating Your Way to Wellness and more.

The presentations are narrated and you will receive a certificate of completion.

For more information on your Employee Assistance Program, contact the Human Resources Department at (919) 718-7493 or call the EAP at (800) 633-3353.


Employee of the Month Program

Please join me as we continue recognizing our full-time faculty and staff for their exceptional contributions and customer service. The purpose of this award is to:

  • Promote positive employee-to-employee and employee-to-student interactions on campus in order to further a learning first culture.
  • Increase employee engagement through recognizing positive employee behaviors.

The Employee Recognition Committee is currently accepting nominations. All nominations are due by the first Monday of the calendar month to be recognized the following month.

Read Employee of the Month Program Eligibility & Guidelines. To nominate a deserving colleague, please click: Employee of the Month Nomination Form



Birthday Cake
4/21 Kassandra Lyles
4/24 Stephen Mabe
4/25 Jack Oglesbee
4/25 Wendy Cotten
4/25 Tyra Johnson
4/26 MontE Christman
4/27 Stephanie Cole
4/28 Teresa Brown
4/28 Charmaine Keffer
4/30 Pam Byrd
5/3 Lori Rainforth
5/4 Clifton Ferguson
5/4 Alyce Gaines
5/5 Barrett McGehee
5/10 Jonathan Spoon
5/11 Mitchell Carr
5/11 Shawna Jones
5/11 Patrick Kelly
5/13 Emily Barrick
5/13 Donna Boykin
5/14 James Flannery
5/15 Douglas Arevalo
5/16 Christopher Gregory
5/18 Amanda Matthews
5/18 Maria Valdez
5/18 Melanie Yarborough
5/19 Cynthia Page
5/20 Trinnette Nichols-Jones
5/21 Rosalind Cross
5/22 Michelle Coore
5/22 Sonya Hayes
5/22 Robert Powell
5/23 Thadd McElreath
5/24 Gary Blankenship
5/24 Phillip Price
5/25 Clint Matthews
5/26 Susan Macklin
5/26 Felipe Osorio
5/26 Stormi Woltz
5/27 Melissa Fogarty
5/27 Drew Goodson
5/27 Christa Mashburn
5/27 Lauren Weaver
5/30 Dwight Dixon


News From The CCCC Family

We regretfully announce the death of the father of Denise Johnson. Wester Lloyd, 91, of Benson, formerly of Raleigh, died March 23 at Liberty Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Benson. He is survived by a son, Victor Lloyd and wife Susan of Apex; daughter, Denise Johnson and husband Timothy of Lillington; granddaughter, Jessica Woody and husband Johnny; and four great-grandsons, Gavin, Maddox, Banks and Jett.



Dates to Remember


Friday, April 21 CCCC's Fourth Annual Holocaust Remembrance Event , Dennis Wicker Civic Center Lecture Hall and Lobby.

Friday, April 21 Employee Golf Tournament, Sanford Golf Course, Sanford.

Tuesday, May 2 The CCCC Dental Hygiene Pinning Ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford.

Wednesday, May 3 The CCCC Academic Awards Ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford.

Friday, May 5 The President's Puppy Walk will begin at 10 a.m. on Lee Main Campus

Thursday, May 11 Central Carolina Community College graduation will be held at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford.

Monday, May 15 The CCCC BLET graduation will be held at 6 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford.

Friday, May 19 Begin Summer Schedule

Thursday, May 25 The CCCC medical programs graduation will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford.

Thursday, June 15 The CCCC Adult High School Diploma and GED graduation will be held at 7 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford.




Cougar Pets News

Cougar Pets new website

We are VERY excited to announce the official launch of our website at This new website will enable us to give you a more accurate picture of our available pets without having to navigate photo albums!

Don't worry, our Facebook page will still be here to give you up-to-date cuteness and to share special events. Let us know what you think of the website!

To make it easier for potential adopters to fill out applications, complete the online form at Happy adopting!



Things Wanted, For Sale, or For Free!

CCCC-Bay is happy to post your unneeded, unwanted, or unused items in Cougar Bytes! Send an email (photos would be great) to Cristina Oliver at and we will feature in next month's publication.



Contribute to Cougar Bytes

Cougar Bytes is happy to accept your May contributions. Cougar Bytes is a monthly newsletter focused on staff and faculty. We welcome any events, stories, photos, or shout-outs in each issue. Please submit your contributions to

Our deadline for contributions is May 16 for the May issue. Thank you!


The next issue of COUGAR BYTES will be
Thursday, May 18, 2017.