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Events ‘R’ Us

April is going to be a huge outreach month for SPCC. College faculty and staff will host open house events and set up info tables at community events to showcase our comprehensive offerings and recruit students. We can all help. Take time each day to tell someone about one or more of these great events. Invite a friend, tell a colleague or post a flyer. Events are promoted at www.spcc.edu and www.spccevents.com.

Here’s the lineup:

Ready to Work Expo – Anson
Tues., April 1 / 9 a.m. – noon
Lockhart-Taylor Center
514 N. Washington St., Wadesboro
Pt. of contact: Al Johnstone, Kristi Phifer

Ready to Work Expo – Union
Fri., April 4 / 9 a.m. – noon
Old Charlotte Highway Campus
Charlotte Pipe & Foundry Conference Center
4209 Old Charlotte Highway, Monroe
Pt. of contact: Al Johnstone, Wendi McCarn

Carolina Writers Conference
SPCC hosts.
Sat., April 5 / 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Lockhart-Taylor Center
514 N. Washington St., Wadesboro
Pt. of contact: Tiffany Evans

Manufacturing Awareness Day
Tues., April 8 / 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Center for Technology & Health Education
3509 Old Charlotte Highway, Monroe
Pt. of contact: Todd Morris

Free Family Movie Night! – Frozen
Fri., April 4 / 7:30 p.m.
L.L. Polk Campus
Helen Goodman Amphitheater
680 Highway 74, Polkton
Pt. of contact: Cari Thompson

Free College Day – Anson
Sat., April 5 / 9 a.m. to noon
L.L. Polk Campus
680 Highway 74, Polkton
Pt. of contact: Cari Thompson

Down to Earth Day
SPCC is a sponsor. UCEC will participate.
Sat., April 5 / 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Union Co. Agricultural & Conf. Center, Monroe
Pt. of contact: Caroline Cate

2014 Spring Art Walk
South Piedmont is a participant.
Fri., April 11 / 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat., April 12 / Noon – 4 p.m.
Historic Downtown Monroe
Pt. of contact: Dustin Robertson

Creating the Future Conference
Early Childhood Education program hosts.
Sat., April 12 / 8:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Old Charlotte Highway Campus
Charlotte Pipe & Foundry Conference Center
4209 Old Charlotte Highway, Monroe
Pt. of contact: Carilyn Raymond

Free College Day – Union
Sat., April 26
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Old Charlotte Highway Campus
Charlotte Pipe & Foundry Conference Center
4209 Old Charlotte Highway, Monroe
Pt. of contact: Cari Thompson

South Piedmont Night at Café Bliss
Tues., April 29
5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
8163-A Kensington Dr., Waxhaw
Pt. of contact: Tiffany Evans

President's Corner graphic.Hello Everyone,

In February, I sent you information regarding our county funding as an FYI and have since visited with a number of our faculty and staff to discuss. Thank you for your interest in our college and community and feel free to stop by anytime. I believe it is important to communicate to you some of the major issues our college is working to overcome.

This month on the President’s Corner page please take a look at the executive summary of Where Value Meets Values: The Economic Impact of Community Colleges report. It’s a report commissioned by the American Association of Community Colleges that provides an eye-opening view of our impact on our community and students.

It’s hard to believe that we are almost to the end of another very good year. Walking the halls and listening to our students I hear the same sense of excitement and satisfaction with South Piedmont as their first day here last August. They have internalized and now deeply value this unique experience that you have created for them. They feel your commitment and like and respect you. Enrollment is up due to your hard work in recruiting and retention. Because of these efforts we are one of the very small group of North Carolina community colleges growing this year.

Thank you for everything you do to support our students and community,

Dr. Stan Sidor, SPCC President


This month we welcome two new SPCC employees and congratulate a current employee on a new position:

Shana Payne photo.
Shana Payne
is a new Basic Skills Community Programs Instructor/Coordinator.
She is located in the Lockhart-Taylor Center.

Gary Sikes photo.
Gary Sikes is a new Horticulture Instructor at the
Brown Creek Correctional Institution.

Amy Williams photo.
Amy Williams
has started her new position
as Lead Accounts Receivable Technician, based at the L.L. Polk campus.


Foundation Scholarships Luncheon

Foundation Scholarship Luncheon photo.Last week, the SPCC Foundation hosted its annual Scholarship Recognition Luncheon to honor South Piedmont students receiving Foundation scholarships this year and the generous donors who make the scholarships possible.

In addition to representatives from SPCC, the Foundation and its boards who spoke, Cheryl Muldrow, representing a donor’s perspective, and students Raina Newman and Amy Morrison also addressed those in attendance.

SPCC students have access to a wide range of endowed and local scholarships. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, academic performance and other criteria as directed by the donors. During the 2013-2014 academic year, more than $65,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 82 students as of March.

Unloading new sonography equipment photo.New Sonography Equipment

South Piedmont’s Medical Sonography program recently received the donation of an Acuson Sequoia ultrasound machine from Novant Health Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Alice Bradley, Dean of Allied Health and the Interim Director of the program, said, “This equipment will create an additional workstation in our lab. The lab experience is a vital part of each student’s training, and the new station will add important scan time to that experience.”

Medical sonographers specialize in imaging procedures, using high-frequency sound waves, that assist in physicians’ diagnoses. SPCC’s accredited Medical Sonography program provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to sit for the examinations administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

Finding Your Tomorrow in the Medical Field

Photo of high school students watching a sonography demonstration.On March 21, South Piedmont’s Allied Health and Nursing programs hosted “Finding Your Tomorrow in the Medical Field,” an event that brought approximately 100 high school students from Union County to the college’s Old Charlotte Highway campus to explore health careers, tour the college and get an up-close look at careers they may be interested in. SP faculty and students in the various programs shared their experience with the high school students, answered their questions and gave the high school students the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the equipment used in the careers they were exploring.

Rep. Horn Guest Lecturer in William Dick’s Class

Photo of State Representative Craig Horn speaking with the class.State Rep. Craig Horn was a guest lecturer in William Dick’s World Civilization class (HIS 112) earlier this month. Rep. Horn, a member of the International Churchill Society, spoke to the class about Winston Churchill’s accomplishments and how they related to the outbreak of World War I, the topic the class was examining at the time.

... . ... State Employees' Credit Union photo.

SPCC employees are eligible for the many member services and programs offered by the State Employees’ Credit Union, including deposit account services (checking accounts, health savings, etc.), mortgage and auto loan services, insurance and investment services and much more. Learn what SECU has to offer at www.ncsecu.org.

Who's That?Who’s That?

This photo was taken somewhere at SPCC. Do you know who it is? Last month’s “What’s That?” was a tough one. Only Joseph Howard recognized the colorful pawn-like pieces used to demonstrate the Fanuc robot at the college’s new Center for Technology and Health Education. So here’s an easy one.

Email the ‘who?’ in this photo to mmcallister@spcc.edu and you could win one of three SP mini-flashlights to be given away. All correct answers received by 5 p.m. on April 11 will be entered into a drawing.

Have a story, photo, or other idea for the Insider? Send it to Michael McAllister at mmcallister@spcc.edu.