HR Excellence Award

Pictured from left to right, Denise Johnson, Trinity Faucett, Jessica Fink

Congratulations to the CCCC Human Resource Department!

The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources recognize the efforts of individuals, teams, and institutions who are transforming HR at their institutions and influencing the profession on a wider scale.

Our own HR was the recipient of the 2019 HR Excellence Award. Well done!


2019 Employee Golf Tournament

A wonderful time was had by all at the 2019 Campus Fund Drive Employee Golf Tournament on Friday, April 12th, at the Sanford Golf Course.

A total of six teams comprised of college employees, college retirees, and their guests played in the tournament combining fun, fellowship, and a little golf on a soggy day on the greens!

The tournament winners were:

1st Place Team (With a score of 65)

  • Steve Heesacker
  • Jon Spoon
  • Donnie Dinsmore
  • Danny Stewart

Men's Longest Drive: Danny Stewart

Women's Longest Drive: Lori Rainforth

Closest to the Pin #2: Edwin Thomas

Closest to the Pin #6: Scott Hunt

Closest to the Pin #11: Edwin Thomas

Closest to the Pin #14: Ken Hoyle

Thank you to all who participated and helped with the annual event!


Alcohol Awareness Day

Here are scenes from Alcohol Awareness Day on the Central Carolina Community College Lee Main Campus in Sanford. The event includes a visit from the UNITE's Arrive Alive Tour(R) program. The program uses a high-tech simulator, impact video, and a number of other resources to educate the public about the dangers of intoxicated driving. The simulator allows participants to experience the potential consequences of impaired driving in a controlled environment.

Photos by Matt Smith.


Student Awards Night

Student Awards Night will be on May 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Dennis A. Wicker Civic & Conference Center. Thank you for helping recognize our students and their wonderful achievements! We look forward to having a good showing and a successful night! Thanks for your participation and I look forward to seeing you there!


HRP Hosts CCCC Motorcycle Department

Stan Thompson took his motorcycle students to Hawaya Racing for a visit. Read the full blog post at


Calling all CCCC Faculty!

Each summer the Upward Bound Programs run a six-week summer program for our rising 10th grade students. Students will commute daily to one of the three CCCC campuses to learn more about the programs that each campus offers, explore different professions, and hopefully have an exciting opportunity to learn from the knowledgeable faculty here at CCCC.

We are looking for CCCC faculty members on each campus to lead hands-on activities, labs, and lectures for groups of 10 to 15 students in their area of expertise. These activities are ideally planned for two hours each afternoon (1 - 3 p.m.) for one week, but with further conversation could also be planned for only one, two, or three days. All instructors not designated as 12-month will be compensated for their time at a rate of $120/day.

At this time, we are surveying CCCC faculty to gauge interest in facilitating workshops. If you would like to learn more about the opportunity, please call or email Rebeccah Lystash at or (919) 718-7209.

You may also complete our survey to indicate whether or not you are interested in hosting a workshop, and if so, to provide some additional information.


North Carolina General Assembly

Last month, Dr. Chapman, Dr. Newcomb, Dean Byington, Jairo McMican, and Jessup Overton went to the North Carolina General Assembly. Dr. Chapman and Dr. Newcomb spoke to the assembly and advocated for the entire system to secure more statewide career coach funding.

Jessup, who is graduating this spring and has already secured full-time work, relayed his personal experience and the multiple benefits of continual support of CCP. Not only did CCCC provide the skills and education he needed, it also gave him the confidence to seek more accomplishments as he progresses in the welding profession. Jessup has a bright future.

The entire CCCC family has every right to be proud of our work and should celebrate all that we do for our community.


Mandatory Employee Title IX Training

CCCC full-time and part-time employees have received an e-mail about an assignment in Hoonuit regarding Title IX training. This training is mandatory and will help faculty and staff be more aware of situations in which sexual harassment or misconduct may occur. It will also aid employees in understanding their responsibilities in reporting and aiding students and/or colleagues who may have experienced these behaviors. This training is due for completion by May 31, 2019.

If you have questions regarding training, reporting, the policy, or your role as a mandatory reporter, please contact:

Heather Willett, Dean of Student Support Services/Title IX Coordinator
(919) 718-7235
CCCC Lee Main Campus, Room 40, Hockaday Hall


Trinity Faucett, Director of Human Resources/Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Faculty & Staff)
(919) 718-7291
CCCC Lee Main Campus, Science Building, Human Resources

Thank you for your cooperation in meeting federal training requirements and creating a campus environment that is safe and supportive.


Financial Aid Making Headlines

Our very own financial aid members are making headlines across the state. Precious Ward, Associate Director of Financial Aid, has been elected as Secretary for the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NCASFAA). Zilma Lopes, Director of Financial Aid, will continue her previously elected role as Treasurer for the NCASFAA for the '19-'20 year. Both ladies were nominated and elected by their peers across the state to serve on the Executive Board for this wonderful association.

The North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NCASFAA) provides training and professional development opportunities to the financial aid community, advocates on behalf of financial aid professionals, and strives to promote educational access and choice for students.

The three principles of NCASFAA are:

  • To develop and strengthen the professional competency of student financial aid administrators employed by North Carolina postsecondary institutions, agencies, and private and community organizations.
  • To promote the strengthening and enhancing of programs of student financial aid so the end that no qualified person desirous of a postsecondary education shall be denied that opportunity due to a lack of financial resources.
  • To facilitate communication among educational institutions, agencies, and sponsors of student assistance funds, through the exchange of ideas, information, and the performance of such studies as may be appropriate.

Please help us congratulate these ladies on this awesome accomplishment.

Precious Ward

Zilma Lopes


Campus Fund Drive

Campus Fund Drive packets are out! Please complete yours and return to Abby Walker by May 1. Our goal is to say 100% of our incredible faculty & staff gave to this years fund drive! Thank you for continued support of the Foundation!


QEP Corner: My Academic Pathway

Spring 2019 M.A.P. Newsletter!

The second 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.

Learn more about My Academic Pathway by visiting our website!


Notes from Institutional Effectiveness & Research

April - May 2019 CCCC Surveys

We need YOUR help to gather feedback about CCCC! These surveys are sent out via email and direct links. If you get a survey, please take a few minutes to complete it and ask students, graduates, and employers to share their feedback, too! April-May 2019 CCCC surveys include:

  • Enrolled Curriculum Student Survey (Curriculum Students)
  • Employer Satisfaction Survey (Local Employers)
  • Graduate Student Survey

It's Outcomes & Assessment Reporting Time!

The 2018-2019 Outcomes & Assessment reports are due for CCCC departments on May 31 - July 31. The purpose of Outcomes and Assessment reporting is to help the College focus on students, ensure continuous improvement, and to promote high-quality standards. Please contact IER with any questions. We're always happy to help! For due date changes, please contact your dean or vice president.

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


News From The Library

Librarians Attend and Present at the NCCCLA Conference

Samantha O'Connor and Grace Sharrar attended the North Carolina Community College Library Association (NCCCLA) conference last month in Asheville. They co-presented together on "Assessment in Instruction," and Grace also co-presented with Calvin Craig, Librarian at Gaston College, on "3D Printing." Samantha O'Connor was elected to be the new NCCCLA Secretary. Former CCCC Librarian, Jennifer Seagraves, was elected as NCCCLA Vice President/President-Elect. Nora Burmeister is Vice Director for District 4, and Grace Sharrar is Secretary for District 4. Congratulations to our librarians for their achievements!

National Library Week

The Library celebrated National Library Week this month with a variety of activities. Below are a few photos from those activities.

Paws to Read @ the Lee Library

Maker Fair Activities @ the Lee Library

Jelly Bean Jar Count Winners @ the Lee Library

We had a tie this year with Derrick Ivra and Diana Mattson both guessing only two away from the actual number of jelly beans. So they split the jar!

Library Land Game @ the Harnett Library

Students at the Harnett Library played the life-sized, literary-themed game of Library Land and were rewarded with cookies for participating.

Harnett Library News

The Harnett Library will begin planting the community garden on Wednesday, May 1. There is still time to sign up to either volunteer to tend the garden over the summer, or to donate a plant. You can sign up here, or by emailing Grace Sharrar at

Upcoming Events

Harnett Library and Academic Assistance Center Exam Study Party for students on April 29, from noon - 3 p.m. Pizza, snacks, and drinks provided on a first come, first served basis. We will have tutors, writing coaches, and a librarian available to help you prepare for your final exam or finish your final paper. De-stressing activities will also be available. Students should RSVP online via the email link they received.

Chatham Community Library News

Visit the Chatham Community Library Calendar of Events for more details and information.

Sincere Forms of Flattery: Blacks, Whites, and American Popular Music, May 11 at 1 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon discussion on "Sincere Forms of Flattery: Blacks, Whites, and American Popular Music," an in-depth look at how historic interactions between African Americans and European Americans shaped the evolution of American popular music. Using musical instruments as well as rare recordings, North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar Billy Stevens helps his audience understand the relationship between jazz and blues, ragtime and gospel, and how the first distinctly American musical genre has influenced country musicians up to the present day. The result is a better understanding of how our music reflects America's social fabric, affirming the contributions of performers both famous and forgotten, while empowering minority communities often relegated to obscurity.

Microsoft Excel Basics, May 14 & 21 at 3 p.m.

Learn how to create, organize, and manipulate data in the popular spreadsheet program. Register online.

Author Event: Marion O'Malley, May 18 at 2 p.m.

Chatham Community Library will host an author event with writer Marion O'Malley on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 2 p.m. in the Holmes Meeting Room. Shopping With Mama: Write 'Til the End, is O'Malley's account of her last 10 years with her aging mother. Both Marion and her mother, Mena Webb, were writers and women of the South, but that's where the similarities ended. Unconventional, peace-educator Marion spent every Thursday with her conservative, silk-stocking mother, taking her shopping, out to lunch, then increasingly to doctors' appointments and funerals. Shopping With Mama is the distillation of those 10 years of Thursdays.

Ships Named North Carolina, May 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Colonel Sion Harrington presents this program about the five warships that have borne the state's name: Ship-of-the-Line (1823), the Confederate ram (1863), the Armored Cruiser (ACR-12), the Battleship (1941), and currently, the nuclear submarine (SSN777). This program honors the men and women of North Carolina who have served in the military in defense of their state and nation.

Lieutenant Colonel Sion H. Harrington III, United States Army (Retired), spent nearly four decades in the military, which included duty with the 82nd Airborne Division; XVIII Airborne Corps; 1st Special Operations Command (Airborne); the United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command; as well as hostile fire area deployments to Grenada and Bosnia. Colonel Harrington dedicated his final working years to the collection and preservation of North Carolina military history as the Military Collection Archivist for the State Archives of North Carolina, retiring in 2011.



Employee Award Nominations

Our college is successful because of you, the many highly-motivated employees who contribute their time and energy for the good of the students, the college, and our community. Therefore, we are again soliciting award nominations to again recognize employees who go above and beyond in their service to the college.

If you know a fellow employee you feel deserves recognition for their efforts, please consider submitting a nomination for the following awards:

  • Faculty Member of the Year
  • Staff Member of the Year
  • Adjunct of the Year
  • Excellence in Advising

See the full details and nomination instructions. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 10.


College Community Month

Thanks to WWGP Radio and Margaret Murchison (right) for hosting Jairo McMican (left), CCCC Dean of Student Learning, on Friday, April 12, to talk about Community College Month.


Free Dental Clinic

FREE dental clinic offered this June 18-19 outside of the Keller Health Sciences Building. Please encourage all students to participate!

Free Dental Clinic


Financial Literacy Month


In recognition of financial literacy month, the Upward Bound Programs held a Saturday Session highlighting the importance of establishing and maintaining healthy financial habits. Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science students participated in hands-on workshops discussing personal finance and budget management.

The programs partnered with Jared Spencer and Jake Goode with State Farm Insurance Agency to provide students with information about developing a budget, saving money, managing debt, understanding credit, and highlights of the N.C. Department of Insurance Safe Driver Incentive Plan. We would like to thank Mr. Spencer and Mr. Goode for taking time out of their busy schedules to meet with our students and share their expertise!

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.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office held a successful financial literacy event on April 23. Students enjoyed food, drinks, games, and activities surrounding financial literacy. We are appreciative of our external partnerships: Wells Fargo, SECU, Fidelity Bank, TRiO SSS, & College Foundation of NC (CFNC) for participating in our event and sharing vital information regarding financial literacy to our students. Students enjoyed interactive activities with each of our vendors and had a chance to win prizes and a grand prize of a CCCC laptop. Special thank to the Foundation Office for sponsoring this event and everyone who assisted with this event.


Summer Desktop Wallpaper

Summer is around the corner, so perhaps you would like to change your desktop wallpaper for summer inspiration! Download one of these beautiful photos by Kelly Baird.

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 later).

  • 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."


National Small Business Week


ECU MLS Degree Online Information

East Carolina University is offering a virtual information forum for anyone who is interested in earning a MLS (Masters in Library Science) degree. Please see the information from Dr. John Harer for more details.


Retirement Planning PD Session

Join in on Thursday, May 23 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Civic Center's Auditorium to learn about pre-retirement planning information for members closer to retirement, and educational information for personnel officers and others who handle retirement matters. In addition, Prudential Retirement, our defined contribution plans administrator, also offers information on the Supplemental plans. Read more about the session.


Adjunct Connection Issue

Take a moment to view the newest issue of the Adjunct Connection Newsletter, April 2019. Each issue features an adjunct and a CCCC office/department, along with key dates and special announcements. Please contact the Center for Academic Excellence with questions at (919) 718-7490.


Know Your Numbers in 30-seconds

The Health and Fitness Science program is pleased to announced that on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. - 8:50 a.m., there will be one student assigned in the Cardio lab who will conduct anthropometric measurements in less than 30 seconds. The program has a new device to measure weight, overall body fat, body age, BMI, skeletal muscle, and resting metabolism. You will have to place your bare feet on the device. The HFS program will be running this service for anyone that wishes to come down between those hours and will provide your results as well as comparison tables to detect where your levels are in comparison to health norms. We hope our faculty and staff will take advantage of this new opportunity in the health and fitness science program.


Student Presentations for Engineering/Information Technology

You are invited to two separate student project presentation sessions this year.

  • Engineering Technology programs (Electronics, Computer, and Computer-Aided Drafting), from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on May 3 in the Wilkinson Building, Room 220. Students will also be available beforehand for questions and small demonstrations.
  • Information Technology program, from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., on Monday, May 6, in the Wilkinson Building, Room 201. The time will be used for each group to present formally.

I hope that many of you will attend and witness the marvelous job that our students have done in their capstone projects this semester!


You're Invited to the Showcase!



Professional Development Spring 2019 Opportunities

For the complete, detailed listing of all sessions, descriptions, locations, and added information, visit Spring '19 PD Calendar.

Resilience & Thriving: The Secret Power of Stress
April 26, 10 a.m. - noon

Do you ever wish you had a better ability to deal with stress or how you could use it to prosper and thrive? If so, join in as we discuss ways to strengthen your coping mechanisms and improve your health, happiness, and success! Register at

May 20, 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Join us as we provide an overview of our CC CARES website, resources available to students and how to access them, and how to report Title IX and BAT (Behavioral Assessment Team) concerns. Additionally, Daymark Recovery Services will join us to help us better identify students in distress or dealing with other issues and practice techniques of engaging with students and connecting them with appropriate resources. Register at

NC STRIVE Conference
June 6, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at NC State University

The overarching goal of NC STRIVE is to provide services and supports leading to Student Veterans' success in two-year and four-year public and private institutions of higher education in North Carolina. This goal is achieved through the implementation of four regional conferences targeting student veterans, administrators, support staff, and faculty. Register at



Welcome New Employees!

  • Ariana Peterson, Academic Assistance & Writing Center Coordinator


Summer Hours

The college is on a 4-day/10-hour work day schedule for the summer.

  • May 24
  • May 31
  • June 7
  • June 14
  • June 21
  • June 28
  • July 5
  • July 12
  • July 19
  • July 26

2019 Pay Dates

AprilApril 10, 2019 April 30, 2019
May May 10, 2019 May 31, 2019
JuneJune 4, 2019 June 28, 2019
JulyJuly 10, 2019 July 31, 2019
August Aug. 9, 2019 Aug. 30, 2019
SeptemberSept. 10, 2019 Sept. 30, 2019
October Oct. 10, 2019 Oct. 31, 2019
NovemberNov. 8, 2019 Nov. 27, 2019
DecemberDec. 3, 2019 Dec. 20, 2019


Health and Wellness Newsletter

Live Well, Work Well, April 2019. Health and wellness tips for your work and life.



4/26 MontE Christman
4/26 Jessica Ingram
4/28 Teresa Brown
4/28 Charmaine Keffer
4/30 Pam Byrd
5/3 Lori Rainforth
5/4 Clifton Ferguson
5/4 Alyce Gaines
5/9 David Newcomb
5/10 Mary Brown
5/10 Jonathan Spoon
5/11 Shawna Jones
5/11 Patrick Kelly
5/13 Emily Barrick
5/13 Donna Boykin
5/13 Meagan Little
5/14 James Flannery
5/15 Douglas Arevalo
5/16 Christopher Gregory
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 Robert Powell
5/23 Camela Burris
5/23 Thadd McElreath
5/24 Gary Blankenship
5/24 Lauren Braly
5/24 Phillip Price
5/25 Clint Matthews
5/26 Susan Macklin
5/26 Mary Wilson
5/27 Melissa Fogarty
5/27 Drew Goodson
5/27 Christa Mashburn
5/27 Lauren Weaver
5/30 Dwight Dixon


Cougar Cudos

Looking for a way to say thank you without being noticed? Send an anonymous* compliment or note of appreciation to a colleague! Try this great feature from the Center for Academic Excellence by completing this form.

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We sadly would like to inform everyone of the passing of Karen Cafferty Rogers. Karen was the former Career Pathways Coordinator for the Workforce Development Department, which falls under the Triangle South Workforce Development Board. Karen passed away on March 2. Services were held on March 30 in Rhode Island. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.



Dates to Remember


Tuesday, April 30: Business Showcase at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic & Conference Center at 3 p.m.

Wednesday, May 1: Campus Fund Drive deadline.

May 5 - May 11: National Small Business Week deadline.

Wednesday, May 8: Foundation Golf Tournament - Chatham County at the Golf Club at Chapel Ridge from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8: Awards Night at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic & Conference Center at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, May 13: 2019 Spring Graduation Ceremony at the Dennis A. Wicker & Conference Civic Center.

Thursday, May 23: Retirement Planning PD Session

Friday, May 31: Mandatory Employee Title IX Training deadline.




Cougar Pets News

Meet Statler

Cougar Pets


Meet Statler. I am a 2-year-old neutered male that would love to be your new best friend! I enjoy the company of people, but I am picky about my canine friends. I love to run, play, and cuddle. Statler is currently available for adoption!

All adoptable dogs and cats are spayed/neutered, microchipped, and up-to-date on all vaccines. 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 dogs and available cats.



Things Wanted, For Sale, or For Free!

For Sale: Country style red and white plaid sofa, made in NC, $175 or best offer.

This 2-cushion sofa with pillow back made by King Hickory in Hickory. It measures approximately 80 inches long and includes free red accent pillows. One owner with no children or pets. Non-smoking home. Cushion covers are removable for easy cleaning. Great condition: no holes, tears, or worn spots. High quality piece of furniture and very comfortable! Cash only, please. If interested, call Tara Guthrie at (919) 718-7245.

For Sale: Dining room set

Dining room set includes table, chairs, hutch, and sideboard, $900 or make a reasonable offer.

If interested, contact Karen Minter at (919) 718-7300 or R.V. Hight at (919) 718-7265.

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



Contribute to Cougar Bytes

Send along your Cougar Bytes 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 May 21 for the May issue. Thank you!

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

  • Thursday, May 23
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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 published on Thursday, May 23, 2019.