Congratulations July Employee of the Month: Aaron Mabe

Aaron Mabe

Aaron Mabe has always displayed a high level of professionalism and energy in providing advising and admissions materials to our students. His colleagues will agree that his work is exemplar and concentrated on student success!

Recently, he was selected to take on a new role as the Ambassador Advisor, and since then has selected 10 wonderful students to provide service to the college. I am extremely impressed with his organization and tenacity to develop a comprehensive leadership program that will not doubt impact these 10 students immensely.

Aaron Mabe
Admissions Counselor

Q.   How long have you worked for CCCC?
A.   I have worked at CCCC for over three years.
Q.   What brought you to CCCC?
A.   I started working in February of 2013 with the Veterans Upward Bound program, providing Career and Academic Advising for potential Veteran students. Having previously worked with another TRiO program, I knew that this new program was an excellent opportunity for CCCC and local community to support our Veterans. In November of 2014, I began working in the Admissions Department on the Sanford Campus.
Q.   Describe what you do for CCCC.
A.   As an Admissions Counselor, primarily I work with new students, but occasionally advise current students. I assist curriculum students with admissions, registration, advisement, and placement testing interpretation for 15 CTE programs and Special Credit students. I also serve as the Advisor for the Ambassadors Program and teach a section of ACA.
Q.   Where were you born?
A.   I was born in Fayetteville, NC.
Q.   Where did you grow up?
A.   I grew up in Hope Mills, NC.
Q.   Educational credentials?
A.   I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Social Work in 2011 from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. I continued my education by completing a second Masters degree in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University (Boston, MA) in 2012.
I started college with aspirations to become a counselor and assist families in low-income areas. After working in higher education as graduate student, my interest changed drastically to helping students gain more access to higher education. Ever since then, I have work at various community colleges in North Carolina.
Q.   Where do you live now?
A.   I live right outside Hope Mills in a community called Gray's Creek.
Q.   Tell us about your family!
A.   My wife (Cathleen) and I have one mischievous little girl, named Maddison Jean (3 years old). Cathleen is a 4th grade teacher at local elementary school in Cumberland County and is pursing her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Garner-Webb University.
Q.   What are some of your hobbies or other interest outside of CCCC?
A.   Every summer we visit our family in Boston, MA and catch a Red Sox game! I run three times a week in the mornings and enjoy going to the movies.
Q.   Anything else you'd like to share with the CCCC family?
A.   CCCC is a unique institution that offers a lot of great opportunities for both students and employees. It is rewarding to know the impact that we all make in the local and surrounding communities. Thank you!



"Back To School" Cookouts

Mark your calendar! "Back to School" cookouts to welcome faculty and staff back from summer break sponsored by the CCCC Foundation! Watch this space for more details to come!

  • Monday, Aug. 8 - Chatham Campus
  • Wednesday, Aug. 10 - Harnett Campus
  • Thursday, Aug. 11 - Lee Campus


Writing and Reading Center Welcomes New Coaches

The Harnett Main Campus Writing and Reading Center (WRC) is excited to welcome two new employees. Please join in welcoming Liz Hinnant, Head Coach, and Jacob Berger, Coach. Students in seated or hybrid courses may use the Writing and Reading Center as a walk-in or by making an appointment. Students enrolled full-time in online or evening classes can receive Writing and Reading Center assistance through the Online Writing Lab (OWL).

After graduating from UCLA with a degree in English, Liz Hinnant taught English in the public school system for more than 15 years. During her teaching career she worked with students of all ability levels and academic needs, from second language learners to gifted and talented students. No matter the need, she's looking forward to helping every student succeed.

Jacob Berger, a recent graduate of Campbell University with a major in English and a minor in Theatre Arts, has experience working in writing centers. He will be attending N.C. State University this fall pursuing his Master's in English. Jacob enjoys working at the WRC not only because he is able to help students, but also because he enjoys getting to know the interests and goals of our CCCC students.

Please encourage your students to use the WRC as a step toward their academic success. We are here to help!

Writing and Reading Center Welcomes New Coaches


Senior Activities Director-Dunn Center

I am proud to announce that Phyllis Taylor will be joining CCCC in July as Senior Activities Director at the Dunn Center. This new position is an extension of the College's operations in Dunn, with the City funding the position and its programming and the College assuming administrative responsibilities for the Senior Activities Center. Having held the same position with the City of Dunn since 2000, Phyllis brings a wealth of experience in planning and managing a wide range of programs and activities for senior citizens from communities in and around Dunn, including Meals on Wheels.

The College is fortunate to have such an experienced leader to continue Dunn's long tradition of senior activities. Please join me in welcoming Phyllis to the College!


Newly Myers- Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified Practitioner

Jessica Rogers, Director of TRiO Student Support Services Programs is newly certified practitioner in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) of the Step I and Step II instruments. The MBTI is a personality inventory and a popular training tool for professional development and organizational improvement. MBTI results gives people helpful feedback and how they are different from others, but most importantly it is useful with employee coaching, conflict management, team building, career development and more. Jessica completed four days of intensive, highly engaging training that well prepared her to administer and interpret the MBTI assessments.

For more information please contact ext.7536 or


Elon's 13th Annual Teaching & Learning Conference

The 13th Annual Elon Teaching & Learning Conference will be held on Thursday, Aug. 18. This year’s conference theme, Evidence of Learning, is reflected in sessions that explore various approaches for creating learning experiences that produce significant and lasting impact.

The opening speaker is Dr. David B. Daniel, Professor of Psychology at James Madison University. Dr. Daniel has been teaching for over 25 years and his scholarship bridges research and practice. Dr. Daniel’s work focuses on “evidence demonstrated” knowledge that can be used to inform individual teaching practices and educational policy. He has been given the Society for Teaching of Psychology’s Teaching Excellence Award and he is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. His plenary will focus on "reconstructing the learner." Research studies deconstruct the individual into pieces such as cognition, emotion, and motivation. Yet, as teachers, we have an entire person in front of us every day. Dr. Daniel will explore the question of whose job is it to put the pieces back together as well as highlighting some of the unintended effects of our pedagogical approaches.

Register for the conference and view the current program at


Leadership Chatham Program Graduates

Congratulations to Anita Green, HSE supervisor/success coach, and Jonathan Spoon, Small Business Center Director, for graduating from the Leadership Chatham program of the Chatham Chamber of Commerce.


Dreamkeeper Fund

The Foundation will continue to accept donations to the Dreamkeeper Fund in amounts of $1 and above throughout the summer. All "Dreamkeepers" will be receiving a special thank-you from the committee.

The Dreamkeeper Committee,


Heather Willett, Dean, Student Support Services
Emily Hare, Executive Director, CCCC Foundation
Ken Hoyle, VP, Student Services
Meghan Brown, Associate Director, Grants & Strategic Initiatives
Linda Scuiletti, AVP, Student Learning & Strategic Planning
Kelly Klug, Project Management Specialist
Tamara Joyner, Controller


New Dental Hygiene Instructor

Danielle Bruner

Danielle Bruner has joined the dental hygiene team as the second year instructor. She is a CCCC dental hygiene graduate and has been an adjunct with the college for two years. She has recently completed her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene and plans to pursue her master’s degree. She brings a plethora of clinical dental hygiene knowledge to our program and our students. Please join us in welcoming Danielle to the CCCC community!


TRiO Upward Bound Math and Science Summer Program Highlights

Our Upward Bound Math and Science students are off to a very busy summer!

Six UBMS graduates from Harnett County High Schools are enrolled in ENG 111 and/or MAT 171 at CCCC and started their courses on June 13. In addition to taking these classes, students participate in a semi-weekly college transition seminar with UBMS Summer Bridge Coordinator and UNC-Chapel Hill rising senior, Brandon Garcia, in which they discuss topics that will help them prepare for their upcoming freshman year in college. Courses will run until Aug. 9 then the students depart for a three-day cultural enrichment trip to New York City.

Another group of 10 rising seniors are participating in a summer internship program in which they are serving 25-40 hours per week at a local business or organization which matches their career goals. During this time, they are mentored by a professional in the field and meet weekly to reflect on their internship experiences and participate in a College Admission Application Prep seminar. Kevin Tolson, UBMS Summer Internship Coordinator, has been doing a great job of facilitating these seminars, communicating with students and internship supervisors, and conducting site visits! This program ends on July 29, and the following week students will be departing for a three-day cultural enrichment trip to Baltimore to visit several colleges and explore the area!

Finally, our rising juniors are excelling in their math and writing boot camps, as well as their ACT prep courses. Weekly STEM workshops give students the chance to discover new passions. From lasers and photonics, to robotics and dental hygiene, these kids have been enjoying each opportunity to dive into fun and exciting new science fields! College tours of Appalachian State, UNC Pembroke, NCCU, and UNC-Chapel Hill are providing students with an interactive way to engage with current college students and gain more information on potential college options. Students are really looking forward to the three-week residential program, in which they will move into Campbell University and get a first-hand look at what college will entail from July 17 to Aug. 5. This group of students will also attend the cultural enrichment trip to Baltimore in August.

Here's to a summer they will never forget!

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Chatham Trades Raffle

Chatham Trades is raffling off an amazing cooker! Raffle tickets are $10 . If you would like to purchase a ticket, please reach out to Mike Peluso at (919) 777-7725 or (919) 280-6681. The raffle is November, enter more than once!

Since 1980, Chatham Trades has been providing vocational and developmental services for Chatham adults with developmental disabilities. Thank you for supporting Chatham Trades!




SECU Flyer

As a Central Carolina Community College employee, you and your family can become member-owners of State Employees' Credit Union (SECU). Join today!


Flower And Gift Savings


From You Flowers is offering all CCCC employees a 25% discount.

SAVE 25% on a spectacular collection of flowers and plants from the complete line of FTD and 1800FLOWERS trademarked items. Your employee discount also entitles you to great savings on gift baskets and gourmet baked goods from brands like Godiva, Ghirardelli, and David's Cookies. To take advantage of the 25% off employee discount, visit the CCCC customized site at or call (800) 838-8853 and mention code: CCCC.


QEP Update: My Academic Pathway

The QEP summer pilot is progressing through each of the new student orientation sessions this summer. As of mid-July, we have administered the RIASEC interest inventory at seven sessions. The RIASEC scores have been used by students to start discussions with fellow students on their program of study as well as with faculty/staff prior to registration. Preliminary data has revealed that 89.7% of students initially applied for a program that matches their RIASEC scores. The QEP team will reconvene once the fall semester begins to review the data and discuss the next steps for the QEP!

View more information on the QEP implementation at


Summer Bridge Program Kick-Off

The College Success Center is piloting a new "Summer Bridge" program for summer 2016. Selected applicants will participate for two weeks beginning July 18 through July 28 on the Sanford Main Campus from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Each day students will be immersed in CCCC's campus culture while earning an academic credit for the study and success skills they will acquire.

In collaboration with Central Carolina Works (CCW), this bridge program was designed to help ease the transition for both CCW and incoming students into higher education. The Summer Bridge Program will provide a seamless transition to college by (1) exposing students to college resources early, and (2) by educating students on the "soft skills" that are so crucial for success in higher education. Participants will earn a one-credit hour course while being immersed in a fun and intensive learning environment that will give them an advantage heading into their full college experience.

Summer Bridge Program Kick-Off


State Health Plan Newsletter

View the e-Newsletter for the North Carolina State Health Plan. Keep up to date with plan benefit changes for 2017 and more.

State Health Plan


New Student Orientation Is Here!

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is off to a great start. Don't forget that NSO T-shirts are still for sale. Reserve yours today at Please send payment to Kevin Pearson and checks can be made to "CCCC Foundation".

Be sure to drop by and meet new students at NSO at the following dates in July and August:

  • July 19 - Lee Campus
  • July 20 - Harnett Campus
  • July 28 - Lee Campus (Evening session)
  • August 3 - Lee Campus
  • August 4 - Lee Campus (Evening session)


Fall TV Schedule

View the Fall TV schedule. You will note the addition of three shows:

  • 4C Visions
  • Carolina TV Hoofbeats
  • Carolina TV Hoofbeats for kids

The first show is hosted by our very own R.V. Hight. The second two shows are being provided to us free of cost via Carolina TV and Ms. Rose Cushing. It is a North Carolina show about horses and also airs on the CW in Wake County.


Notes from Institutional Effectiveness & Research

In the Spring 2015 and 2016 College Services Surveys, many of you asked "What is Institutional Effectiveness & Research (IER)?" We're happy to fill you in on who we are and what we do!

Project of the Month: CCCC’s Decennial Reaffirmation

CCCC’s Compliance Certification report is due to SACSCOC on March 1, 2017. The Compliance Certification will be 1000+ pages long and it documents CCCC’s compliance with all 96+ SACSCOC Standards. Dedicated authors from across CCCC are writing this report. So far, we’ve completed 91% of narratives in our first of four rounds! Only 308 steps to go!

Institutional Survey Results - Now Available!


You asked and we listened! Ever wonder about the results of CCCC’s annual surveys? You can now view our survey summaries and/or numerical survey results on our webpage! In addition to the results, the President's Council will begin providing feedback and updates on each of these surveys. Keep an eye out for the PC minutes to learn more. Happy browsing!

Before you go
Don't forget to check out our weekly "SACSCOC Tip of the Week" on the CCCC Staff Announcements.


News From The Library

Guide to Linking Library Resources in Blackboard

The library has a new online faculty guide on how to link library resources in Blackboard. In the guide, you can learn how to find and link to articles, eBooks, and streaming videos. The guide goes into more detail with linking videos from Films on Demand. To access the guide, visit cccc.
. For more information, see the faculty Blackboard resources section of the library web page, or contact Caroline Hallam.

Guide to Faculty & Staff Professional Development Resources

We also have a new guide to professional development resources available through the library. The guide provides links to books and eBooks on academia, college administration, teaching and learning, student success, leadership and work relationships, employee health and wellness, and more. If you know of other resources we can add to the guide, please contact Caroline Hallam.

Films on Demand – More Than Just Instructional Videos

Did you know that Films on Demand has more than just videos to support your curriculum classes? It has videos to support your healthy lifestyle too! You can find over 900 videos in the Personal Health & Wellness category. If you search for “workout” or “yoga”, you can find 132 videos and 257 videos respectively. To help promote a healthy lifestyle and Films on Demand, join Jennifer Seagraves at the Harnett Library on Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. for a 20-minute lunch workout in the library instruction lab. Just bring a mat and some comfortable clothes to move in. Contact Jennifer Seagraves for more information.

Library Instruction Sessions

It’s never too early to schedule a library instruction session for your fall classes. Faculty may request an instruction session using our online form, or by contacting the librarian at your campus:

  • Chatham – Dana Haven (919) 545-8088
  • Harnett – Jennifer Seagraves (910) 814-8843
  • Lee – Caroline Hallam (mornings) (919) 718-7435 or
  • Samantha O’Connor (afternoons/evenings) (919) 718-7340

New Year, New Book Budget

Now that the new fiscal year is here, the library is accepting book order requests from faculty and staff. Requests can be made online using the Library Order Request Form. Or requests can be sent directly to your campus librarian. Requests for the Chatham Library should go to Tara Lucas, Director of Library Services. If you have any questions regarding book order requests, please refer to our Collection Development Policy and Guidelines.


Summer Schedule

The college's 4-day/10-hour work days continues with the following Friday closures:

  • May 20
  • May 27
  • June 3
  • June 10
  • June 17
  • June 24
  • July 1
  • July 8
  • July 15
  • July 22
  • July 29

The eight-hour work day schedule will resume Monday, Aug. 1, 2016.


New Supply Store Catalog

A revised Supply Store Catalog dated June 2016 is now available. Print the revised catalog and begin using immediately. Please make sure you discard your old list as item numbers and prices have changed.

Download Supply Store Catalog here.

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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
7/21 Meghan Brown
7/21 Morgan Steele
7/22 Kaan Ozmeral
7/23 Shelly Watkins
7/24 Sue Atkins
7/26 Heather McCracken
7/27 Nancy Wiser
7/28 Amy Baker
7/28 Nena Dixon
7/29 Cathy Swindell
7/30 Theresa Cebulski-Field
7/30 David Butler
7/30 Joli McDonald
7/31 Richard Biggs
7/31 Elizabeth King
8/2 Marcie Dishman
8/3 Karen Owen-Bogan
8/4 Jon Matthews
8/7 Michael Fann
8/8 Kim Browning
8/8 Sarah Hoffarth
8/8 Kelli Antonides
8/9 Janet Zurbach
8/9 Wendy Harrington
8/10 Donna Cummings
8/10 Jessica Rogers
8/10 Tanasha Murchison
8/12 Sherri Reynolds
8/14 Sandra Hurley
8/14 David Heesacker
8/14 Lara Abels
8/15 Daniel Berndt
8/16 Talia Friday
8/16 Emily Hare
8/20 Crystel Harris
8/20 Neil McGowan
8/22 Diane Kannarr
8/22 Phillip Ashe
8/22 Donna Rhodes
8/22 Wynnette Oliver
8/25 Cinder Goldston
8/25 Debra Champion
8/25 Kevin Pearson
8/28 Becky Finken
8/29 Robin Walker
8/30 William Palme
8/31 Robert Hammond


Notes of Thanks

To all from Virginia Brown,

Bianka once told me that this college is a family. It took me awhile to get that, but over the years, I have known this to be true. Thank you CCCC family for 8+ wonderful years. I will truly miss working here with all of you. CCCC is the best college and is made up of the most talented and dedicated people I will ever work with. It has been a true pleasure working with you all. I am so fortunate to have learned from the best. My departure is very bittersweet. Please plan to attend conferences in Oregon :).

CCW Advisors,
Keep up the great work. You are the most amazing group of people, hard working, and devoted. You make me proud everyday. It has been an absolute honor to lead you. Thank you for being on this journey with me. I love you all dearly.


Love Always,

a.k.a. Sheriff Brown


News From The CCCC Family


We are sorry to inform everyone of the passing of CCCC employee Kenneth McLamb's wife, Patsy Jean McLamb. Patsy Jean Neighbors McLamb, age 70 of Broadway, died Thursday, July 14, at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford. Funeral services were conducted at the Mount Pisgah Presbyterian Church. Online condolence can be made at

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Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and more.

Do you write a blog for your course? Do you have a Twitter account or Facebook page for your department or classroom? Share your link! Email Cristina Oliver at and we will add to the list.



Cougar Pets News

Cougar Pet

Bouie is an intact male beagle mix.

Are you interested in adopting Bouie or another pet? Anyone interested please visit our Facebook page at
for more information and pictures of all the animals that need homes.



Things For Sale or For Free!

Are you looking to clean out your attic or basement? CCCC-Bay is happy to post your items, for sale or give away, here in Cougar Bytes! Send an email (with photos if you would like to include) to Cristina Oliver at and we'll feature in next month's publication.



Contribute to Cougar Bytes

Cougar Bytes is a monthly newsletter distributed to staff and faculty. Is there a college event you would like to promote? Perhaps you have a success story you would like to share? We welcome any events, stories, photos, or shout-outs in our next issue. Please submit any contributions to

Our deadline for contributions is Aug. 25 for the August issue. Thank you!


The next issue of COUGAR BYTES will be
Friday, August 26, 2016.