Congratulations December Employee of the Month:
Dr. Linda Scuiletti

December Employee of the Month

Dr. Scuiletti led the SACSCOC efforts with unwavering optimism and commitment to improvement. She has inspired those around her to continuously improve their departments for the benefit of our students and college. SACSCOC's off-site and on-site visit had phenomenal results under her leadership. I am nominating Dr. Linda Scuiletti for Employee of the Month because of her amazing leadership during our SACSCOC Decennial Reaffirmation process. Although I think Dr. Scuiletti can be nominated for all of the strategic plan values, I'm focusing on excellence. Our CCCC excellence value is defined as "We set, expect and maintain high educational standards consistent with the needs of the students, region and changing workforce." Linda's work at the college is the epitome of excellence. She had a vision of zero findings from the very beginning of the reaffirmation process. Through her intense dedication, too many late hours to count, a Christmas break devoted to the reaffirmation, and a lot of HARD WORK from our CCCC colleagues, she led CCCC to ZERO FINDINGS! Thank you Linda!

Dr. Linda Scuiletti
Vice President of Assessment, Planning & Research/SACSCOC Accreditation Liason

I would like to accept this honor on behalf of the IE Team, whose outstanding leadership and TEAM effort over the past three years resulted in our successful SACSCOC reaffirmation. Therefore I'm including a picture of all (make that most) of us:


Derrick Dupuis, Amy Gustavson, Stormy Mascitelli, Linda Scuiletti, Brenda Keller, Kelly Hall Baird (not pictured: Liz Rodriguez)

We're originally from all over the East Coast, ranging from New York, Vermont, and Pennsylvania to right here in Sanford, to Puerto Rico! We also each came to IE by way of another career - Derrick Dupuis was previously a bio-statistician; Amy Gustavson, a librarian; Stormy Mascitelli, a Student Services specialist; Linda Scuiletti, an engineer, instructor, and chair; Brenda Keller, a high school teacher; Liz Rodriguez, an IT specialist; and Kelly Hall Baird, a paralegal.

Brenda, whose actual job is teaching Developmental Math, has been here at CCCC the longest, more than 10 years. She's the only one of us who was here for the previous SACSCOC Decennial. She left IE seven years ago, but we've never quite let go of her - she's just that awesome! I've enjoyed every day of my seven years at CCCC, and the rest of us have been here for a few years or less. Between us we have nine children and four grandchildren. :) Stormy's gorgeous twins are the youngest - they just turned one!

Our role at CCCC encompasses long-range institutional planning, institutional research/decision support, outcomes assessment, and everyone's favorite - SACSCOC accreditation. :) We actually LOVE SACSCOC accreditation (most days) - because the entire focus is on high quality standards and continuous improvement in service to our students, whom we hold close to our hearts. I am proud as can be of this outstanding team - together we poured our hearts and souls into the recent Decennial Reaffirmation, each contributing from his or her unique talents, skills, and expertise. Although we're very proud that our collective effort resulted in a perfect score from SACSCOC at the recent On-Site Review, we're more proud that the process helped CCCC make many many improvements in service to our students.

I treasure this team and each and every member of it - this moment in time is precious. Together we can accomplish vastly more than any one of us could achieve individually. Our collective efforts and the way we support each other and care about each other reminds me of a wonderful Rudyard Kipling verse:

  1. NOW this is the law of the jungle,
  2.   as old and as true as the sky,
  3. And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper,
  4.   but the wolf that shall break it must die.
  5. As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk,
  6.   the law runneth forward and back;
  7. For the strength of the pack is the wolf,
  8.   and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

This really applies to ALL of us at CCCC as TOGETHER we tackle the challenging and rewarding work of helping our students transform their lives.



Young Professional of the Month

Congratulations Mari-inetta Pavlic for being selected by the Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce as "Young Professional of the Month."

Young Professional of the Month


Top Three Finalists

We all know how hard Tamara works to make our college run smoothly, but it's even better when those at the NC Community College System Office recognize it as well. Please join in as we congratulate Tamara Joyner as being selected as a top three finalist for the Staff Member of the Year for all of NC Community Colleges!

We now have both our Faculty Member of the Year, Bianka Stumpf, and our Staff Member of the Year, Tamara Joyner, in the Top three for their awards at the state level!


CCCC EOP Silent Auction Scholarship Fund Raiser

The CCCC Chapter of the North Carolina Association of Educational Office Professionals held its annual silent auction for student scholarships on Wednesday, Dec. 6. All proceeds go to the CCCCAEOP Scholarships Fund.

EOP Silent Auction
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Spring 2018 Registration Video


VUB Angel Tree

Look at all of the gifts from sponsors for the VUB Angel Tree. CCCC does great work taking care of the students! Thank you!

Taking Care of Students


Holiday Wishes From Our Student Ambassadors

Holiday Wishes From Our Student Ambassadors


Holiday Greetings

Thanks to all the staff and faculty who have participated in the holiday greetings this year. We've had a great week filming you all. I can't tell you exactly when they will be airing on the cable channel, sometime before Christmas you can go to and click the "on demand" link and scroll down to find your greeting and play it by clicking "watch now."

Also, on Christmas Day we will be running a Christmas fireplace and music along with student musical performances, the tree lighting ceremony and all the holiday greetings. So tune in to Charter Cable 193 in Lee County or anywhere in the country on your computer. Lastly, don't forget we air all basketball games live (along with our sister station WDCC 90.5FM The Beat) and you can watch those on cable or online as well if you can't make the game! Cheers!


Notes from Institutional Effectiveness & Research

2016-17 Graduate Survey
According to the 2016-17 Completer Survey, 95% of graduates are satisfied or very satisfied with their overall CCCC experience. And 88% of graduates would choose CCCC if they had to start over again. Great work, CCCC faculty and staff!

CCCC is seeking SACSCOC approval for a new Diagnostic Medical Sonography program!
CCCC is seeking approval from SACSCOC to offer the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree beginning August 2018. The DMS core classes will be offered through seated coursework at the Lee Main Campus and general education classes will be offered via Distance Education, and in-person at Chatham Main Campus, Harnett Main Campus, and Lee Main Campus.

SACSCOC Correspondence & Substantive Changes: 2017 in Review!
During the 2017 calendar year, CCCC submitted the Decennial Compliance Certification, Focused Report, and QEP to SACSCOC. The College received zero findings after the on-site visit! CCCC also submitted 15 notification and substantive change letters, one modified prospectus for the Criminal Justice Technology Certificate and associated expansion of offerings at five high schools, and one full prospectus for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. CCCC received 12 acknowledgement and approval letters from SACSCOC in 2017.


News From The Library


Farewell, Lindy
The Library bids farewell to Lindy Hall, Library Assistant - Acquisitions. She has accepted a new librarian position at Fort Bragg beginning in January. We will miss her and we wish her all the best in her new job!

New Online Resources Coming in January
NC LIVE: Every three years, NC LIVE re-evaluates its online resource offerings to best meet the needs of the communities it serves. A new resource cycle begins in January 2018 with 14 new databases. Some of the new online resources include: Credo Reference, CINAHL Plus with Full Text, Consumer Reports via MasterFILE, Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, Mango Languages, ProQuest Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection, and others. Seven current databases will be dropped, and three of those dropped will be replaced with new resources. Click here to view a complete list of which resources are being dropped or added. (See the sections labeled "Additions" and "Subtractions.") Please be sure to update/delete any links you may have in Blackboard to the dropped resources to reflect these online resource changes beginning in January. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Feature Films for Education: Also beginning in January, we will have access to a new collection of streaming videos via Films on Demand called Feature Films for Education. This high-interest collection focuses on titles for educational instructional purposes and includes literary adaptations, blockbusters, classics, environmental titles, foreign films, social issues, animation studies, Academy Award winners, and more. The collection will have approximately 600 streaming videos initially, with new titles added quarterly. Click here to view more information and a list of collection hi-lights by title.

Library Instruction & Embedded Librarians
Librarians are now scheduling library instruction sessions for your spring classes. You can also request an embedded librarian for your class (seated or online) to help your students throughout the semester, or a brief pop-in visit for an introduction or refresher on the library. We tailor our instruction to meet your needs! To request an embedded librarian, contact Nora Burmeister at Faculty may request an instruction session for a seated class using our online form, or by contacting the librarian at your campus:

Accepting Book Order Requests
The library is accepting book order requests from faculty and staff through Feb. 28. Requests can be made online using the Library's Order Request Form, or by contacting the librarian assigned to your campus library.

Happy Holidays from the Library Staff!
Click the image below to view our video Christmas greeting to all of you!

Happy Holidays



Community Service at Harnett Manor

On Saturday, Dec. 9, the Upward Bound Math and Science students participated in a community service event at Harnett Manor. During this time, our participants were reminded of the importance of giving back to the community during this holiday season. Students made holiday cards to give out to residents and sang festive carols. Harnett Manor welcomed us with open arms and the residents were excited to see us. A much as the experience meant to the Harnett Manor residents, it was just as meaningful for our students. Upon reflect of the service project, one student remarked, "I really enjoyed that, and can't wait until next year!"

Community Service at Harnett Manor
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Community Service at Harnett Manor


TRiO Student Support Services Attends NC State and North Carolina Museum of Art

On Friday, Nov. 14, TRiO Student Support Services and TRiO Student Support Services STEM & Health Sciences participants visited NC State for a transfer information session and campus tour. This presentation and tour was tailored toward students interested in transferring to NC State. We also visited the TRiO Student Support Services program at NC State where we met with their TRiO Student Ambassadors and TRiO Staff. Here, the students learned about the NC State TRiO program and the specific services they offer.

After our visit to NC State, we attended College Night at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. At this event, college students were admitted for free to participate in the night's activities and events. The theme was Decades College Night focusing on five decades of fashion. Activities included admission to Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair, music, spoken word performances, dance performances from Fusion Dance Crew at NC State and Kamikaze Dance Crew from UNC Chapel Hill, and refreshments. We also visited the permanent collections exhibit.

If you have students interested in transferring or are wanting to encourage a cultural experience, we highly suggest taking a trip to Raleigh and visiting these locations. It was a hit with our students and offered something for everyone!

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.

TRiO Student Services


December Construction Continues

ESTC construction

Construction Projects 1

VMT construction

Construction Projects 2

Civic Center construction

Construction Projects 3

Health Sciences construction

Construction Projects 4


December 2017 Financial Aid Newsletter

Please enjoy the December 2017 Financial Aid Newsletter and share with your students.


2017 Holiday Pictures with Santa in Lee and Chatham Counties

Santa Claus was at the Siler City Center on Nov. 29, and the Lee Main Campus on Nov. 30. Everyone enjoyed the CCCC Foundation's Christmas Tree Lighting, and meeting Santa. View all 2017 Pictures with Santa.

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Complimentary Perks!

Tickets at Work

As we continue to look for new and innovative ways to show appreciation toward our employees, we are offering this complimentary perk that gives you access to 20 - 60% off on movies, hotels, shows, concerts, sporting events and more. (See attached flyer). This is just a small token of our appreciation for your hard work.

Please take two minutes today, and sign up for these complimentary perks.

  1. Click the link below
  2. Fill out the information to become a member (use your work email address)
  3. For Company Code, use "COUGARS18"

Enjoy these great perks!



4C Visions, Episode 19. In this episode, R.V. Hight interviews Mary Schmid-Carter, Director of Secondary Partnerships, and Sara Deal, Project Director, Carolina Works - First in the World Grant.

View more CCCC videos online on the CCCC YouTube Channel.



Professional Development Opportunities

The purpose of professional development is to support the mission of the college by helping employees enhance their job skills, obtain job-related knowledge and information, increase productivity and efficiency, and/or prepare for higher-level positions.

View upcoming professional development opportunities at and register today.

Recorded Sessions

As always, we continue to record the sessions offered in the Smartrooms. You can view them by:

  • Using Internet Explorer to login into Blackboard at
  • In the upper right corner, click on your name and select "Professional Development" from the drop-down menu.
  • Then select, Recorded Sessions from the left-side column.

Hope to see you all soon and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!

Daisha Gaines



Thank you

I just wanted to thank everyone for the calls, cards and prayers over the last couple of months during the passing of my mother and also my father in-law. It meant so much and reminds me of how close we become as we work together daily.

Grace to you, Chris McNeill


Employee Assistance Program


Tickets at Work


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!

  • Kimberly Langston, Dental Hygiene Instructor
  • Rachel Piontak, College Advisor TRiO Upward Bound Programs
  • Mary Wilson, Allied Health Administrative Assistant



Mary Ann Gaster will be retiring in December from a long period of service to CCCC's Nursing Department. We wish you all the best, Mary Ann!



Birthday Cake
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
12/29 Benjamin Buchanan
12/29 Derek Chester
12/29 Reginald Dowe
12/29 Mike Spivey
12/29 Richard Stump
12/29 Amber Thomas
12/29 Dawn Tucker
12/29 Adam Wade
12/30 Fred Fritz
12/30 Terrence Miller
12/31 Kimberly Brzozowski
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 Mary Gaster
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
1/21 Jamie McElreath
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
1/26 Mary Schmid-Carter
1/27 Benjamin Falero
1/27 Tina Godbey
1/27 Mark Hall
1/27 Joshua Johnson
1/27 Laura Musselwhite


News From The CCCC Family

It is with a very heavy heart that we inform everyone of the passing of Ashley Voss' son Riley. Riley Evander Voss, 6, of Sanford, passed away peacefully on Dec. 2, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

In November of 2016, Riley was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. He fought this battle heroically and with tremendous courage until his passing. Riley attended Grace Christian Child Development Center and J Glenn Edwards Elementary School in Sanford and cherished the time he spent with his teachers and fellow students. He loved to learn about dinosaurs and had aspirations of one day becoming a paleontologist. Riley was very intelligent with a quick wit and was a talented artist. He will be remembered for his sweet soul and the compassion he showed toward others.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation, P.O. Box 34277 Bethesda, Md. 20827, or to the Team Blaise Foundation, P.0. Box 1031, West End, N.C. 27376.



Dates to Remember


Friday, Dec. 15: 2017 Professional Development Day will be begin at 11 a.m. at the Chatham County Agricultural Center, Pittsboro.




Cougar Pets News

Cougar Pets

My name is Malachite. I am a one-year-old Golden retriever mix that would love to be your new best friend!

All of our adoptable 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!

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 December 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 Jan. 24 for the January issue. Thank you!


The next issue of COUGAR BYTES will be Friday, Jan. 26, 2017.