CCCC Employee of the Month!

Full-Time Employee of the Month: Tanasha Murchison

"Tanasha is the single most dependable and reliable person I have ever worked with. She's also always willing to do what is asked, and the work product she delivers is always top notch. She's the glue that holds [us] together."

"[Tanasha is] a pleasure to work with, she takes pride and joy in helping others - faculty and students alike. She is highly competent, takes appropriate initiative, is a good communicator with a good work ethic, and is warm, personable, and caring. She also has many different responsibilities, as she supports many different individuals and seems to proficiently manage all of her support and other administrative duties. She is the kind of employee that I want to be more like."

"...Tanasha is the "face" of the Sustainability and Culinary departments and she is always professional, helpful and kind. She is on top of schedules and deadlines and is always helpful in gentle reminders that we, the faculty, remember and stay on top of those deadlines as well."

"Tanasha has assisted full-time and adjunct faculty in many capacities, including being a liaison for instructors who need to get items to students at various times, locating people and resources when needed and not possible for me to complete in person (sometimes my "eye-in-the-sky"), generally being helpful to make the work of others flow more smoothly."

Tanasha Murchison

Administrative Assistant, Culinary Arts & Sustainability

How long have you worked for CCCC?
Over 10 years.

What brought you to CCCC?
A family member saw an ad in the newspaper and encouraged me to apply. I did and I've been here ever since.

Describe what you do for CCCC.
I am the Administrative Assistant for the Culinary Arts & Sustainabilty program. I assist students, faculty and staff with their needs as they arise. I am also the receptionist for for the Sustainable Building greeting and directing customers to appropriate personnel.

Where were you born?
Chapel Hill.

Where did you grow up?

Educational credentials?
M.A. Human Resources Management, Webster University; B.S. Business Administration - UNCG

Tell us about your family!
My amazing parents recently celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary on January 9th. From this union brought my sister and I who are three years apart, but everyone thinks we are twins. She is an undergraduate and graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill currently working as a nurse at UNC.

What are some of your hobbies or other interests outside of CCCC?
I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and planning family gatherings. During COVID, I've learned to use Zoom to plan family events such as family game night.

What superhero power would you most like to have?
To teleport in order to be with more family and friends.

What is your favorite meal?
No particular meal, but I enjoy Italian food.

Anything else you'd like to share with the CCCC family?
I am thankful to be a part of such great community of people who displays the true definition of family. I appreciate my CCCC family for choosing me to be the December Employee of the Month.


Salute to CCCC Employees

Central Carolina Community College Phi Theta Kappa conducted an Employee Appreciation Project. Thank you to our PTK students who put this project together to salute CCCC employees! We appreciate all of our students!

Once downloaded, be sure to run the PowerPoint as a slideshow for the full effect (there is background music, too). PTK CCCC Employee Appreciation Project.


Town Hall Meeting Feb. 3

The next scheduled Town Hall Meeting will be at 3 p.m. on Feb. 3. Keep an eye out for the meeting link.

Please click on Town Hall Topics/Questions if you would like to share suggestions regarding topics to be addressed during the Town Hall Meeting.


Chatham Magazine's Women of Achievement

Congratulations to CCCC's Melissa Fogarty, Medical Assisting Program Director and Lead Instructor, for being named to the Chatham Magazine's Women of Achievement. Melissa is featured in The Women's Issue, April 2020 (pg 44-45). Read the full issue here.


Foundation is Here to Help

The Foundation is Here to Help!

Not only do we strive to assist our students,
we are here to help YOU as well!

What Can We Help You With?
Equipment needs
Program needs
Funds for upcoming projects
Professional Development opportunities
Success stories we can share
Student needs/scholarships

I would love the opportunity to speak with you!
Please contact me so we can get started on a plan
for you and your program!

As always, thank you for all you do!

Abby Walker
(919) 718-7332


Upcoming Book Release

Image by Peyton Sickles at Sickles Photography

MINE BY DESIGN, a political romantic suspense by Becky Moore (Dolly Sickles), will be released February 3, 2021 by the Wild Rose Press. Read the full media release.

Becky is an adjunct instructor in the continuing education Creative Writing Program. Congratulations, Becky!


Looking for Hidden Talent

Certified Zumba Instructor? Homemade Pasta Wiz? Student Activities wants YOU!

Student Activities is looking for the hidden talent of the CCCC family to showcase in online programs. We are looking for any class, activity, or program that a student can easily do at home with materials they already have. Examples could include: origami, scrapbooking, yodeling, salsa dancing, etc. Whatever makes your heart happy, we want to show!

The goal is to have a live event that is recorded and posted for a few weeks so our students can visit and revisit the program.

Interested? Contact Samantha Carroll at


Congratulations Medical Sonography Program Director

Please join me in congratulating Soni Sundquist on her promotion to Program Director for the Medical Sonography Program.

Soni brings 15 years of experience as a Registered Sonographer; with supervisory positions included, and one-year experience as a Clinical Coordinator/Faculty member to this position. She was also an integral part of the accreditation site visit for the Medical Sonography Program, which will allow our students to take the National Exam to become Registered Sonographers. We are incredibly lucky that Soni was promoted into this leadership role within the Health Sciences and Human Services division.

Congratulations, Soni, and welcome to our leadership team! Thank you for serving as the Interim Program Director and we look forward to supporting you as you transition into the permanent Program Director role.



Welcome New Employees!

    Percy Crutchfield, Public Safety Department Chair


Your Help is Needed

Gracie Palmer, one of our wonderful custodians, recently suffered a tragic fire in her home. She and her family have lost everything. The Library and Custodial staffs are collecting items to help her through this difficult time.

We welcome donations of toiletries and clothes, as well as money to put toward a gift card. If anyone has anything they are able to donate, please contact Samantha O'Connor at or Buzz (Henry) Wilson at (919) 935-2855 to arrange a time to drop off items at the Lee Campus Library.

If you wish to send a card, please send it to the library via interoffice mail or drop it off with a donation, and we will make sure Gracie gets it!


2021 Pay Dates

January Jan 8, 2021 January 29, 2021
February Feb. 10, 2021 Feb. 26, 2021
March March 10, 2021 March 31, 2021
April April 9, 2021 April 30, 2021
May May 10, 2021 May 28, 2021
June June 3, 2021 * June 30, 2021
July July 8, 2021 July 30, 2021
August Aug. 10, 2021 Aug. 31, 2021
September Sept. 10, 2021 Sept. 30, 2021
October Oct. 8, 2021 Oct. 29, 2021
November Nov. 10, 2021 Nov. 30, 2021
December Dec. 2, 2021** Dec. 21, 2021

* Payroll is due EARLIER due to fiscal year end
** Payroll is due EARLIER due to early pay date in December


Employee Assistance Program


The EAP can provide resources to assist you and your family. EAP stands for Employee Assistance Program. It is a benefit provided by CCCC and covers you and anyone in your household. Read this attachment for more information on how to access this program.

Please contact Trinity Faucett with any questions.



1/22 Mary Burke
1/22 James Fry III
1/24 Richard Love
1/24 Abby Walker
1/24 Hampton Williams
1/24 Jason Ziebart
1/26 Mary Schmid-Carter
1/27 Walter Creswell
1/27 Benjamin Falero
1/27 Tina Godbey
1/27 Mark Hall
1/27 Joshua Johnson
1/27 Laura Musselwhite
2/1 Latoya Brower
2/1 Kathy Sheffield
2/2 Carol Johnson
2/2 Justin West
2/3 Jessica Gonzalez
2/3 Mary Parker
2/3 Karen Sasser
2/5 Vicky Clark
2/5 Leslie Matthews
2/6 Kymberli Barker
2/6 John Lavere
2/11 Kelly Klug
2/13 Lindsay Tipton
2/14 Gary Beasley
2/14 Barbara Campbell
2/15 Kevin Carter
2/15 Haley Thomas
2/16 Julia Herbon
2/17 Robin Smith
2/18 Adena Mitchell
2/19 Charles Guin
2/22 Zeickia Ledwell
2/24 Janice Heller
2/25 Heather McKenzie
2/26 Regina Minter
2/27 Sylvester King
2/28 Chesure Tate
2/28 Lauren Winkens
2/29 David Malenick

If you would prefer not to be listed or if your name does not appear as you'd like, please email and let us know!


News From The CCCC Family

We are deeply saddened that former CCCC Trustee Nancy Pickard has passed away. Follow this link to share a memory of Nancy or leave a message of condolence.

We so sadly want to inform everyone of the passing of one of our long-time instructors, Larry Foster. Larry Dale Foster, age 67, of Sanford, passed away on Dec. 31, at his home surrounded by family.

In his retirement he dedicated his time to teaching and mentoring students in the BLET Program to become certified law enforcement officers, as the Law Enforcement Coordinator for Central Carolina Community College.

In lieu of flowers, the family will be setting up a scholarship fund for future law enforcement officers. A visitation time and service will be scheduled at a later date.

The family would like to extend their love and gratitude to Larry's many friends and colleagues for their continued support shown to them during his illness.

We sadly inform everyone that Robin Smith, Harnett Cosmetology Administrative Specialist, Barbering, Cosmetology, and Esthetics at HMC, lost her mother, Carolyn Wilton, age 78, on Dec. 27. Please keep Robin in your prayers and visit here to post messages of sympathy.

We sadly want to inform everyone that Brittney Goldston's grandmother, Mrs. Betty Johnson of Siler City, peacefully transitioned Saturday, Dec. 26, at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill. A graveside service was held Jan. 1. Let's keep Brittany and her family in our thoughts and prayers.

We sadly want to inform everyone that Kevin Coleman's (HCI Welding Instructor) father passed away on Dec. 26. Please keep Kevin in your thoughts and visit here to post messages of sympathy.

We sadly want to inform everyone that Adam Wade, Director of Admissions, Grandmother, Hazel Lassiter Collier, aged 93, passed away on December 19. Please keep Adam and his family in your thoughts. Visit here to post message of sympathy.


Cougar Kudos

We love recognizing our peers in our college family! In addition to our Annual Awards and Employee of the Month program, don't forget about Cougar Kudos.

Cougar Kudos is a quick and anonymous way to send a note of appreciation or a pat on the back directly to a colleague. You can find the link on the CAE homepage. A little note of appreciation goes a long way!

*Your name and email address will be kept confidential and not sent with your message.




Cougar Pets News

Cougar Pets are proceeding with adoptions for all of our animals who are already spayed/neutered. If the animal hasn't been spayed and neutered, then we notify the applicant that we will hold them until PPE resources become more readily available, and we can get the animal into surgery or we can suggest alternative pets that may have similar qualities for what they are looking for.

We are not able to host any meet-and-greets right now, so we are doing adoption trials in home with pets that we think might be compatible. If they aren't a good fit for the household, then we can pick them up.

Meet Leonardo

Cougar Pets


My name is Leonardo. I am a 2-year-old male that would love to come home with you! I am a playful little boy that enjoys attention. One of my favorite things to do is hang out in boxes! If I'm not in a box, I'm chasing cat toys. I am very sweet and love to be loved! I cannot wait to find my furever home!

Leonardo is currently available for adoption!

Meet Statler

Cougar Pets


My name is Statler. I am a 4-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.



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Our monthly Cougar Bytes newsletter focuses on staff and faculty. We welcome your images of the campuses, staff and faculty successes, events, and shout-outs in each issue. Please submit your contributions to or contact Cris Oliver with any questions or suggestions.

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The next issue of COUGAR BYTES will be published on Friday, Feb. 26, 2020.