December Employee of the Month: Meagan Little

Meagan Little creates a positive atmosphere for the students on each of the three campuses by providing fun and upbeat events for them to join or view. CCCC has been trying to get students to stay on campus more, and I think Meagan is helping us head in that direction.

One of her latest events that did well was her Canned Food Drive. She loaded the school van from front to back with food to take to a local food bank. Meagan brings not only good to the college but in the community as well.

Meagan deserves a pat on the back and a thank you for what all she is trying to do for the three CCCC campuses.

Meagan Little

Student Activities Coordinator

How long have you worked for CCCC?
A little over a year now. I started with the college in September 2017.

What brought you to CCCC?
I enjoyed working in activities and event planning with students in higher education during an internship and graduate assistantship, so I loved the idea of continuing to do so with a community feel close to my hometown, family, and friends!

Describe what you do for CCCC.
In my role, I work to implement activities for our students outside the classroom in order to promote a positive student life experience and enhance a student's personal and social growth. This includes working with the Student Government Association and Ambassador student groups, planning special events on campus, and encouraging student club involvement.

Where were you born?

Where did you grow up?
The lovely small town of Goldston, in Chatham County.

Educational credentials?
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University and Master of Arts in Sports Management from East Tennessee State University.

Where do you live now?
We just moved into our first house in Sanford at the end of June.

Tell us about your family!
I am married to my "high school sweetheart," Wes, and we are excited to be expecting a sweet addition to our family in March! We are blessed to live near all of our parents and many siblings; I am one of four children, and Wes is one of three. We love our crazy big family and our little beagle Penny too!

What are some of your hobbies or other interest outside of CCCC?
I enjoy spending time with family and friends, I love to sing in my choir, play any type of sport (snowboarding is my favorite when it's cold!), bake, read, and drink coffee!

What superhero power would you most like to have?
If I had a superhero power I would love to be able to teleport. I could see the world in an instant, and never have to be in a car for more than three hours.

Which actor would portray you in a movie about your life?
Sandra Bullock, but it would have to be the Sandra from the Blindside, I love her character's sass and moral regard in that movie!

What is your favorite meal?
I love shrimp and grits and good sushi.

Anything else you'd like to share with the CCCC family?
I would just like to note how much I have learned about the opportunities for students at a community college since beginning to work in the system. There are many great hands on career paths and financial support systems that benefit students, which I hope to continue to share with younger generations.



Christmas Tree Lighting

Great music by Lee County High School's Marching Band and The Temple Teens, a visit by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, and lighting of the Christmas tree all added to the festivities Nov. 29 as the CCCC Foundation hosted its Annual Christmas Tree Lighting celebration for the community.

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Those who had pictures taken with Santa Claus can view and download them at the college's website,


CCCC Professional Development Day

Professional Development Day will be held Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. and is open to all full-time and permanent part-time employees (those working 30+ hours). Register at to ensure we have an accurate food count and to receive the evaluation following the event.


University Transfer Day

Scenes from University Transfer Day on Nov. 28.

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Thank You From VUB

Veterans Upward Bound would like to thank all those who helped for our Thanksgiving Dinner Program for VUB participants. We helped seven families this year with a full traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Special thanks to CIT Instructor (and retired Air Force) Rich Biggs for the generous donations.

More recently, we would also like to thank everyone who participated in our VUB Angel Christmas Tree Program. Twenty children will now have a better Christmas thanks to you!

Happy Holidays and many thanks!

Sara Delvalle-Blair,
Anthony Farrior,

and Matt Thewes


NCAEOP Silent Auction

Scenes from the CCCC Unit of NCAEOP Silent Auction, held Dec. 5 on the CCCC Lee Main Campus.

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Holiday Challenge: How to Manage Holiday Stress

How to Manage Holiday Stress

Stress can be a powerful and often unnoticed force in your life. It can influence weight, mental health, quality of sleep, and have effects on blood pressure, heart rate, and the immune system. When chronic stress is present, a hormone called cortisol is released which increases glucose in the bloodstream. This increase in glucose is the reason you are more likely to reach for a doughnut or cookie during stressful times. There is typically no shortage of stressful situations (and sweets) during the holiday season. But the good news is, you can manage it. Take away the effect that stress has on your life with these strategies:

  • Ensure you are getting 7-8 hours of sleep at night. You can tackle almost anything life throws your way after a good night's sleep.
  • Take a few moments for yourself. Clear your mind by listening to your favorite song or read a few pages of a good book.
  • Exercise. All types of exercise have been shown to reduce stress. Stretching and meditating exercises such as yoga or Tai Chi are excellent ways to distance yourself from the stress and refocus your mind. Cardio exercises release endorphins which can create positive feelings.
  • Breathe. Take a few deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.

Bonus tip: During times of stress, eating a healthy, balanced diet is perhaps even more important to support your body's needs. Here at Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less, we love to eat the Med Way! Following a Mediterranean-style eating pattern is an evidence based approach to a lifestyle of healthy eating.

There is still time to register at and click Holiday Challenge. Use CCCC in the company field. CCCC is a participating employer from Nov. 12 - Dec. 31. Sign up for weekly newsletters, daily tips, challenges, healthy holiday recipes, free virtual race through Rome, and prizes.

The first 75 employees to sign up and list Central Carolina Community College as employer will receive a CCCC ornament just in time for the holidays!


CCCC and TRiO Alumna Highlighted in the News

Alison Plumley, a December 2017 graduate of CCCC's Associate in Science degree program and alumna of CCCC's TRiO Student Support Services program, is breaking down barriers and soaring to new heights at N.C. State University.

A former cosmetologist who suffered a shoulder injury that left her unable to continue in her profession, Alison came to CCCC in the fall of 2015 seeking an Associate in Science degree. As a non-traditional, first-generation student, she initially struggled a great deal with technology. However, she sought assistance from TRiO, the Academic Assistance Center, and her instructors, and ultimately performed very well throughout her program.

Currently in pursuit of a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science at N.C. State University, Alison was recently highlighted in a NC State University article about the invisible problem of food and housing insecurity. As the article states, "On the surface, Plumley is a first-generation college student chasing her goals. What you may never notice is that she juggles her coursework, internship and family life with food and housing insecurity."

As the article details, Alison recently left an abusive relationship and sought assistance from the TRiO team at N.C. State to get connected to resources that could assist her and her two children with housing and food so that she could remain enrolled in her courses. The article highlights the services provided by TRiO Student Support Services programs, as well as the prevalence of food and housing insecurity that college students face. It also identifies some of the supports that the institution is implementing, much like CCCC's own initiatives like the Hunger Free Zone, Dreamkeeper's Fund, Resilience Initiative, and Career Closet Project, all created and offered to help our students who are facing obstacles have the opportunity to succeed.

Now a participant in N.C. State's TRiO McNair Scholars program, Plumley has aspirations for a Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management after completing her Bachelor's degree. In preparation for her graduate program, Alison is participating in a paid research experience as a part of the TRiO McNair Scholars program. "It never ceases to amaze me how far I have come from a student that could barely use a computer to analyzing data with computer software," she said. Alison is on track to finish her undergraduate degree in 2020, and we couldn't be more proud!


Cougar Athletics New Year's 5K


United Way Donations & Raffle Winners

Thanks to all of you that made this year's campaign such a success! Together, we raised $3,968. Your contributions to the United Way help improve lives right here in our own community. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and now for the first time, it's time to announce our campus raffle winners! Each person is now the proud owner of gift bag and assortment of items courtesy of our Lee County United Way.

Join me as we congratulate:

  • Matthew Thewes in Lee County
  • Michelle Powell in Chatham County
  • Garrick Ewers in Harnett County


QEP Corner: My Academic Pathway

Introducing the M.A.P. Newsletter!

The first edition of the M.A.P.: My Academic Pathway Newsletter is now available! M.A.P.: My Academic Pathway is CCCC's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The purpose of M.A.P. is to provide a personalized approach that enables new students to make efficient, effective, and timely choices in order to complete their educational and career goals.


Notes from Institutional Effectiveness & Research

Happy Holidays from IER!

Here's our gift to you! Check out our Excel Tips & Tricks handout. It's from IER's Excel Basics Tips and Tricks professional development session in Fall 2018. Happy Holidays, CCCC!

Institutional Effectiveness & Research is your home for accreditation, strategic planning, outcomes & assessment, and institutional research!


News From The Library

WOW! Words on Wheels (New)

In case you missed us earlier this week, the Lee Main Campus Library introduced our new Words on Wheels (WOW) mini bookmobile. WOW visited individual departments on campus to bring the library to your offices. If you would like for us to visit your department in future visits, please contact the circulation desk staff at ext. 7244. If you have specific book or DVD requests, you can let us know before we come and we will bring those to you. We will collect any library returns you may have as well. Be sure to have your library card with you. We plan to make monthly departmental WOW visits on the third Wednesday of each month to bring the library to you.

Accepting Book Order Requests

The Library is accepting book order requests to support your curriculum programs and reading interests from now through March 1. You may submit your requests using the online form, or by contacting the librarian liaison for your program. Please refer to our Collection Development Policies for questions regarding purchase requests, or contact Tara Lucas, Director of Library Services, at or (919) 718-7245.

Library Instruction

Librarians are now scheduling library instruction sessions and online librarians for your spring classes. We tailor our instruction and course modules to meet your needs! Library instruction is vital to the success of CCCC students as it provides them with the opportunity to develop research and critical thinking skills, which can be used in discerning all types of information. To request an online librarian, contact Nora Burmeister at Faculty may request an instruction session for seated classes using our online form, or by contacting the librarian at your campus:

  • Chatham - Dana Haven (919) 545-8088
  • Harnett - Grace Sharrar (910) 814-8814
  • Lee - Samantha O'Connor (919) 718-7340 or Nora Burmeister (919) 718-7435

Harnett Library News

Harnett Library News

The Harnett Main Campus Library is proud to announce that we now have a MakerSpace that is freely available to all patrons. Located in the back of the Library by the DVD collection, patrons can help themselves to various supplies, including yarn, markers and coloring pencils, construction paper, modeling clay, and Legos. Patrons are also allowed to design and make their own buttons; you will just need to ask for assistance from a library staff member. These supplies can be used to make something for a class, or just as a way to de-stress. The 3D printer is also a part of the new MakerSpace. However, it does cost 25 cents per gram of filament used and can take up to one week to complete (depending on the size of the 3D model being printed). If you have any questions about our MakerSpace, please feel free to contact the HMC Librarian.

Chatham Community Library News

Giving Tree: 'Tis the season for giving! Chatham Community Library invites you to give back to the community by sponsoring books from our Library Giving Tree. Take a tag from the tree, follow the URL to the Amazon Wish List, and purchase a listed item. Items will be donated to the Sonflower Seeds Christian Preschool & Learning Center in Siler City. Sonflower Seeds Christian Preschool & Learning Center is a locally owned and operated educational center for children between the ages of 0-12. Each classroom uses Creative Curriculum to teach writing skills, numbers, motor development and language. Classroom lessons are designed to meet each child where they are and are reinforced using a variety of hands-on learning activities. The items on this year's Giving Tree list reflect the curriculum style in place at Sonflower Seeds by promoting early literacy, social skills, and cultural awareness. Spread the holiday cheer and promote literacy with books for our community's youngest learners! The deadline for making purchases is Thursday, Dec. 20.

Holiday Hours

Lee and Harnett Libraries:
Dec. 18: Open 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dec. 19:
Lee - Open 7:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Closed the remainder of the day for Professional Development Day.
Harnett - Open 7:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Closed the remainder of the day for Professional Development Day on the Lee Main Campus.
Dec. 20: Open 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dec. 21: Open 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 24 - Jan. 1: Closed
Jan. 2 - 3: Open 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Jan. 4: Open 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 7: Regular hours resume

Chatham Community Library:
Dec. 22 - 26: Closed
Dec. 27 - 31: Open regular hours
Jan. 1: Closed

Happy Holidays from the Library Staff!

View our holiday video by clicking on the image below!


Red Clay Review

From the 2017 issue of the Red Clay Review

"Destination" by Judith D. Fisher

this is your first time living here and you need to know how to get around so
you dont get lost God forbid: A train express to manhattan and brooklyn with
B C E locals to the same place-stand away from the edge of the platform and do
not show any money in the subway; only ride in the front or middle of the train
with the engineer or conductor never the back cause the crazies live there and
nothing running is on time ever - keep watching out for others and NEVER let
the crowds lead you the wrong way cause aint nobody gonna take time to give
you the right directions cause they only know one way and as far as the 1 2 3
4 5 6 and 7 trains go you got the 2 4 5 6 on east side and 1 3 on west with
queens # 7 line colored red green and purple respectively with purple also taking
you to a mets game if you want to but why go cause they never win anyway but
just be careful cause if anything happens to you i cant be responsible except i feel
like I am so mind what I tell you and always have exact change on the bus which
we will discuss tomorrow.



Triangle South Enterprise Center Christmas Luncheon

Scenes from Triangle South Enterprise Center Christmas luncheon.

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2019 NCCCS Student Award Nominations

Dear Faculty and Staff:

Let's recognize our outstanding students for their hard work. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 NCCCS Student Awards. The nomination deadline is Friday, Jan. 18, at 12 p.m.

The three NCCCS awards, and nomination criteria, are as follows:

  1. Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award
    • Must be enrolled at least half-time (minimum of six hours), be in good academic standing and have a current GPA >= 2.5 (at the time of nomination) in a curriculum program.
    • Should be active in campus activities and possess traits which will help them be/become leaders in their communities.

  2. The Dallas Herring Achievement Award
    • The Dallas Herring Achievement Award was established by NCCCS to honor the late Dr. Dallas Herring whose philosophy of "taking people where they are and carrying them as far as they can go" was his guiding principle for the system. The award is given annually to a current or former community college student who best embodies Dr. Herring's philosophy.

    The nominee can be a current or former student at a North Carolina Community College who meets the following criteria:

    • (a) if currently enrolled is in good academic standing
    • (b) if not currently enrolled, was a student during the past two years and left either through graduation or in good academic standing.
    • (c) Nominees can come from curriculum, continuing education, OR literacy programs.

  3. The "Great Within the 58" Academic Excellence Award

    Each college will select one recipient. The following are recommended criteria for student selection:

    • Must be currently enrolled,
    • Must have completed at least 12 semester hours in an associate degree program, and
    • Must have a cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.25
    • Any additional service learning, community/extracurricular involvement, etc. that demonstrates academic excellence.

Thanks in advance for your nominations, and for everything you do for our students.


I Am A Super Hero Workshop

On Nov. 17, Upward Bound Programs hosted Mr. Joey Negron, Partner and Experience Generator at CoolSpeak, a Youth Engagement Company. Joey is a motivational speaker, facilitator and behavioral specialist. He works with youth across the nation and is the author of the book, One Zero Nine.

Joey shared his personal story and background with the Upward Bound participants and talked about overcoming adversity, and the importance of education. The Saturday session ended with his "I am A Super Hero" workshop where he inducted a new class of Upward Bound Super Heroes. Students developed their own Super Hero name, powers, and mission. Joey encouraged everyone to "Step Up" instead of "Backing Down" while facing school and community issues. He charged the students to activate their super powers and create realistic goals that would help them make a difference in their community. We truly enjoyed having Joey join us for our Saturday session and we all learned that we were born to be great!

TRiO Upward Bound and TRiO Upward Bound Math and Science are federally funded programs through the U.S. Department of Education that provide specialized service for students who are low income or first-generation. If you know of a student that could benefit from our program's service, please refer them by emailing or calling (919) 718-7576.


TRiO Student Support Services Mentor Program Kickoff Event

On Oct. 29, TRiO Student Support Services hosted a kick-off event for the start of the 2018-2019 TRiO SSS Mentor Program. The Mentor Program was developed to link students to a CCCC faculty or staff member to provide support, motivation, direction, coaching, and goal setting. At this event, participating TRiO students were introduced to their mentors and were given a general overview of our program. Our theme for this year is "Growth Mindset" and our mentor and mentee pairs participated in an activity and discussion to further explore this topic. This year, our mentor program has nearly tripled in size from previous years, totaling 15 pairs! We are excited for what this year has to offer our mentors and mentees.

The mentors participating in our program come from many different departments of CCCC, as our participating students come from all areas of study. If you are interested in serving as a mentor to our students, we would love to have you as part of this program! Interested mentors can email for more information.

TRiO Student Support Services and Students Support Services STEM and Health Sciences are two federally funded programs through the U.S. Department of Education that provide specialized services for students who are low-income, first generation, or have a disability. If you know of a student that could benefit from our program's services, please refer them by e-mailing or calling (919) 718-7567.


Retirement Celebration

News from the CCCC Dunn Center

A small retirement celebration was held Dec. 6 at the Dunn Enrichment Center for Ms. Phyllis Taylor, CCCC Senior Activities Director. Provost of CCCC Harnett County, Dr. Jon Matthews, made a few remarks to the group and allowed Ms. Taylor time for a few comments.

The CCCC Culinary Program prepared breakfast/brunch items for the celebration and the CCCC Barbering Department assisted with decorating for the event. Several local government friends were in attendance, as well as many of the senior citizens that participate in various activities at the Senior Center. Ms. Taylor will be officially retiring Jan. 2, after more than 18 years of local goverment service.

Congratulations, Phyllis!

Debby Vaughn, Nutrition Program Coordinator II, Harnett County Department of Aging, and Phyllis Taylor, CCCC Senior Activities Director


Upward Bound Programs Host Stress Management Saturday Session

On Dec. 8, the Upward Bound Programs hosted a Saturday Session on the Harnett Main Campus for their high school participants focused on managing stress and anxiety. Special guests from Campbell University's Counseling Services, including Professor Jenny Wagstaff, Chris Shieb, and Karen Driggers, attended the session to present information to students on mental wellness.

Participants also made DIY stress balls with program staff as an example of one way to help manage stress. In addition, Walter Brown, Upward Bound Academic Coordinator, talked with students during the session about how to overcome test anxiety in preparation for high school final exams and EOCs in January.


Upward Bound Induction Ceremony Celebrates New Participants

On Dec. 6, the Upward Bound Programs inducted 59 new participants from both Harnett and Lee Counties ranging from grades 9 to 12. Families joined together for a dinner buffet, and new students were recognized and honored with certificates. Current participant Braynka Brown, a senior a Lee County High School, read a testimonial about her experience in the program as a part of the event. Additionally, several current and former participants and parents, including our very own Peggy Cotten, served as panelists and answered questions from Upward Bound Program Manager Amber Lennon-Harmon about their experience in Upward Bound and its impact on their or their child's educational journey.

Upward Bound continues to recruit new participants for its programs, and is currently seeking 9th grade applicants from Harnett and Lee County high schools. Eighth grade students in those counties will also be able to submit an application to the program this spring. Please visit for additional information or to download the application, and share this information with others who could benefit from the Upward Bound programs!


Winter Desktop Wallpaper

Is the cold and rainy weather bringing thoughts of winter? Download one of these beautiful photos by Kelly Baird for your desktop wallpaer.

Click on an image below, when the image appears in your window, right click on the image and "Save Image As" to your computer (somewhere you can find).

  • For PC users, find that image wherever you saved it, right click on it and select "set as desktop background."
  • For Mac users, right mouse click on the image and select "Set Desktop Picture."


Award Winning Author Visits Dental Hygiene Students

A nationally renowned, award-winning author visited CCCC on a Friday morning in December, but she didn't speak in the civic center auditorium and it wasn't even about her book. Mary Otto came to discuss social policy with a small group of dental hygiene students -- and to search for solutions.

Otto spent eight years covering health care and poverty for The Washington Post, and now works as a freelance journalist still based in the nation's capital. She serves as the oral health topic leader for the Association of Health Care Journalists and is author of Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America.

After a brief introduction, Otto pulled up a rolling chair, sat down in front of the room and began by saying, "Let's just chat."

For more than an hour, Otto answered questions and sorted through issues with 18 second-year students. It began with what led Otto to become a champion for disadvantaged people who don't have access to dental care, but quickly shifted to nuances of social policy and dental care. It was a vibrant, give-and-take with students discussing their own research and asking the expert for her insight and suggestions.


University of North Carolina at Pembroke Transfer Visit

On Nov. 16, TRiO Student Support Services took a group of students to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) for a transfer visit. Our students were treated to an information session and tour presented by a representative from the Office of Admissions at UNCP. After the tour, the group enjoyed a delicious lunch in the dining hall. Our students enjoyed learning about UNCP, and had a wonderful time on campus.

UNCP is one of three UNC System Universities included in the NC Promise program. This program reduces tuition for in state students to $500 per semester. TRiO SSS has been highlighting the NC Promise schools this semester as potential transfer options.


Triangle South Workforce Development Board Awards Banquet 2018

Scenes from the Triangle South Workforce Development Board Awards Banquet.

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Language Exchange at Siler City Center

English Language Learners in Julia Herbon's and Ashley Byrd's ESL classes participated in a Language Exchange program with Begona Buxen's Spanish students from Chatham Main Campus in Pittsboro. Students in both programs had an opportunity to engage in conversation in Spanish and English while enjoying delicious homemade hors d'oeuvres.



Central Carolina Works: 2019 Bellwether Award Submission

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Cougar Cudos

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Professional Development Opportunities

This month's focus is on Health & Wellness for the Holiday Season and Leading Into The New Year as well as Getting Your Courses Ready for the Spring Semester.

1. Health & Wellness for the Holiday Season and Leading Into the New Year

There are many resources available to help you understand how to manage stress, think positively, recognize triggers, and understand the nutritional deficiencies leading to mental illness. A few you might find interesting include:

  • Health & Wellness of Educators - this training provides you with an understanding of the nutritional deficiencies that may be leading to mental illness such as low vitamin B, amino acids, omega-3, etc.
  • Emotional Wellbeing & Stress Reduction - this training discusses the widespread effects of depression and anxiety emotional, physical, career, financial, society, etc., and provides ways to lessen their influence.

2. Getting Your Courses Ready for the Spring Semester

The holiday break is upon us and for many, it's also a time to prep our courses for the spring. We have several trainings available that will assist you in getting your courses ready while saving you time.

  • Teaching Online & Hybrid - this training provides you with tips to maintain academic excellence strategies to engage your students in the online environment and creating quality course design.
  • Instructional Video Best Practices for Making Instructor Videos - this course will address how to make your videos an active learning experience for your students, how to add closed captions, and offers a downloadable instructional software table with resource links to other instructor video examples, websites, and more.
  • Educational Program Design Using ADDIE Module - this training offers an explanation on how to implement the most commonly used and flexible model in both seated and online courses. You will learn how to differentiate between learning outcomes and learning objects, the four levels of Kirkpatrick's evaluations, etc.
  • Blackboard Learn 9.1 - there are courses on Grade Center Training including how to download grades to your computer, create reports, etc., Instructor Training including how to assess, provide discussion boards, and how to align goals and objectives.
  • Collaborate Training - learn how to present and moderate web conferencing leading to new approaches to learning while involving students.

To Login: Go to the CCCC Portal and enter your campus credentials, click the Hoonuit tab

In the top toolbar, search for the topics listed above in bold (screenshot below). Select each one you're interested in learning more about. Also, notice once the training is selected, you have the option of only watching the portion of the video that is relevant to you.



2018 Remaining Pay Dates

DecemberDec. 4, 2018Dec. 21, 2018

2019 Pay Dates

January Jan. 10, 2019 Jan. 31, 2019
February Feb. 8, 2019 Feb. 28, 2019
March March 8, 2019 March 29, 2019
April April 10, 2019 April 30, 2019
May May 10, 2019 May 31, 2019
June June 4, 2019 June 28, 2019
July July 10, 2019 July 31, 2019
August Aug. 9, 2019 Aug. 30, 2019
September Sept. 10, 2019 Sept. 30, 2019
October Oct. 10, 2019 Oct. 31, 2019
November Nov. 8, 2019 Nov. 27, 2019
December Dec. 3, 2019 Dec. 20, 2019


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.


Welcome New Employees!

  • Beverly Diniz, College & Career Readiness Administrative Assistant
  • Jamie Ferguson, Associate Degree Nursing Instructor
  • Mary Schmid-Carter, Associate Registrar


Welcome to the Nursing Department

Jamie Ferguson joined the nursing department on Nov. 26. Jamie has experience in critical care and emergency department nursing. Welcome, Jamie!



Dixie Holden, Nursing Faculty, sat for and passed the certification test for simulation. She now has the title of Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. This exam only has a 50 percent first-time pass rate. This is very important for us because we can do 25 percent of our clinical in simulation. She worked hard to obtain this certification attending Drexel University for the course work prior to testing. Congratulations, Dixie!

Jairo McMican Named 2019 ATD Fellow
Please join me in congratulating Jairo McMican, Dean is Student Learning, for being accepted as a 2019 Achieving the Dream Fellow. He will receive a travel stipend and complimentary registration to attend the 2019 Achieving the Dream conference. Fellows participate in different conference tracks where they will capture the track content, new ideas, and innovative concepts. Fellows seek out specific information during the conference which will culminate in a publication, participate in special events, and are recognized during the general session.

Achieving the Dream is a national, nonprofit leader in championing evidence-based institutional improvement dedicated to long-term, sustainable commitment to improving student success. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, Achieving the Dream now leads the most comprehensive non-governmental reform movement for student success in higher education history.



12/14 Ginger Bartholomew
12/14 Trevor Bradian
12/14 Nicole Malott
12/16 Danielle Bruner
12/17 Nora Burmeister
12/17 Ashley Tittemore
12/18 Tamara Joyner
12/19 Liza Guzman-Ramirez
12/19 Dianne Johnson
12/20 Michelle Powell
12/23 Maryann Aucompaugh
12/23 Anne O'Shaughnessy
12/24 Heather Willett
12/27 Henry Wilson
12/28 Katie Hall
12/29 Benjamin Buchanan
12/29 Derek Chester
12/29 Mike Spivey
12/29 Richard Stump
12/29 Amber Thomas
12/29 Adam Wade
12/30 Fred Fritz
1/2 Elizabeth Ryan
1/3 Brenda Barefoot
1/3 Michael Peluso
1/5 Kelly Dorman
1/5 Johnny Frye
1/6 Evelyn Gomez
1/10 Jessica Brown
1/10 Nichelle Lariviere
1/10 David Watson
1/11 James Anderson
1/11 Karen Sides
1/12 Stephanie Whitaker
1/13 Rakleh Scott
1/14 Tracy Autry
1/14 James Lassiter
1/15 Richard Heptig
1/15 Andrew McMahan
1/16 Kelly Dehring
1/16 Pamela Riddle
1/17 Grace Sharrar
1/17 Patricia Wicker
1/18 Amy Kennedy
1/18 Joseph Norris
1/20 Nellie Brown
1/20 Mitchell Patterson
1/22 Mary Burke
1/22 James Fry
1/24 Richard Love
1/24 Abby Walker
1/24 Hampton Williams
1/24 Jason Ziebart
1/25 Dana Scott
1/26 Michael Murray
1/27 Benjamin Falero
1/27 Tina Godbey
1/27 Mark Hall
1/27 Joshua Johnson
1/27 Laura Musselwhite
1/31 Amber Lennon-Harmon



We sadly want to inform everyone of the passing of Sylvester Lee Turner known as "SL," age 86, of Sanford, passed on Dec. 2 at his residence. SL work for CCCC as one of our couriers and also in security at W.B. Wicker Center for a number of years.



Dates to Remember


Monday, Dec. 17: Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Graduation at 6 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic & Conference Center

Wednesday, Dec. 19: Professional Development Day 11 a.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic & Conference Center

Monday, Dec. 24 to Jan. 1: College closed

Wednesday, Jan. 2: College re-opens

Monday, Jan. 7: Spring 2019 classes begin

Saturday, Jan. 19: Cougar Athletics New Year's 5K




Cougar Pets News

My name is Cheddar. I am a 2-year-old male that would love to come home with you! I am a playful little boy that enjoys attention. I am very sweet and love to be loved! I can't wait to find my forever human that wants to sit in the recliner and listen to me purrrrr! Cheddar is available for adoption!

Cougar Pets

All of our adoptable dogs and cats are spayed/neutered, microchipped, and up-to-date on all vaccines. In addition, they have had regular dental cleanings, blood work, and physical exams. We pride ourselves on the care that our cats and dogs receive during their stay. Contact us at for more information on our colony cats and available dogs.

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!


For sale: Microsoft Xbox One - 500GB - Black. One Xbox One controller. Games included (can be deleted from system memory, if desired):

  • FIFA 18
  • Madden 18
  • NBA 2K18
  • Rory McIlroy Golf
  • Call of Duty WWII

This Xbox is in great used condition and would make an excellent gift for the holiday season! Asking $150. Please contact Erynn Stainback at (252) 529-8340 for questions.


  • Solid Oak China Cabinet $800
  • 3 piece Pine Entertainment Center $300
  • Oak kitchen table (can be used round or oval with leaf) $100
  • 6 antique tiger oak violin back kitchen chairs $120
  • 4 piece solid oak bedroom suit (white wash) $1400

Anyone interested in more information or photos, please email Diane Kannarr at


These beautiful 14K gold and tanzanite earrings have never been worn. They are still in original jewelry store box and bag. A wonderful holiday gift!

Retail for $400, but selling for $150. For more information and photos visit Contact Mike Peluso with questions at More information and photos at:


The VMT program is still (and always) in search of gently used towels for our Cougar Pets. Do you have any to spare? Donations can be dropped off at the faculty office in the VMT building, Suite 113.

Also needed are dog jackets or "coats," particulary for our bigger dogs. This cold rainy weather has certainly been a reminder that anything to help increase comfort for these sweet pals would be most appreciated!

Thank you!



Contribute to Cougar Bytes

Cougar Bytes is eager to accept your new year contributions!

Our monthly Cougar Bytes newsletter is focused on staff and faculty. We welcome your stories, successes, events, photos, or shout-outs in every issue. Please submit your contributions to or contact Cris Oliver at with any questions or suggestions.

The deadline for contributions is Jan. 23 for the January issue. Thank you!

Mark your calendars for 2019 contributions! Cougar Bytes will be published on the following dates:

  • Jan. 25
  • Feb. 22
  • March 28
  • April 26
  • May 24
  • June 21
  • July 26
  • Aug. 23
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  • Oct. 25
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To be sure your contribution is included, please submit at least two days ahead of the publication date. Thank you!


The next issue of Cougar Bytes will be Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.