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SPCC Has Been Hopping …

Among the highlights of this month’s Insider is the return of Dr. Sidor’s regular column, the President’s Corner. But there’s a lot more, including some new faces. And a cult-classic horror movie gets a mention. Keep reading to discover a few things you may have missed this month at South Piedmont.

President's Corner graphic.After a hiatus, the Insider is back! I always look forward to reading about the success of our students and everything you all do to support them. We have much to be proud of. I can also say with confidence that the trustees are very proud of our students’ accomplishments and your amazing support.

The college is well into the second semester of what will be a great year. So far we have opened a new building, launched new programs, embedded librarians and tutors in classes, opened a second disc golf course, hosted visits with legislators and the lieutenant governor, coordinated an economic development forum, and started a speaker’s series. This is just a small sample of the things the college has been able to do because of your commitment to our students and community.

As a result, our communities are responding, enrollment is up and exciting partnership opportunities are crossing our doors every day. We are working with our county and legislative delegation to find avenues for additional resources that will support all of these efforts.

To provide you with information and insight into some of the discussions and presentations to our Board of Trustees meetings, we will be posting those reports to a new link on the college’s website. In addition, you are always invited to attend any of the scheduled board meetings.

These trustee presentations provide valuable insight into how all the daily issues intertwine as we grow our college.
Thank you for everything you do to create an exciting and participative environment to support our students and our communities.

— Dr. Stan Sidor, President

SPCC Hosts Dr. Joseph Bathanti, N.C. Poet Laureate and Longtime Friend of the College

Dr. Joseph Bathanti, North Carolina Poet Laureate and longtime friend of the college speaks to the crowd.As part of the SPCC Foundation’s speaker series, the college hosted North Carolina Poet Laureate Dr. Joseph Bathanti for two delightful days earlier this month. At events in Wadesboro and Monroe, Bathanti read from his poetry and other writings, but he also wove in stories from his days as a Visiting Artist at Anson Community College, a predecessor to South Piedmont.

In addition to his poetry and responsibilities as Poet Laureate, Bathanti is a novelist and professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University.

During his presentation to SPCC students and faculty, Bathanti spoke warmly of Anson and Union counties, recounting the people and places he remembered. Many of his memories from those days—in the 1990s—have made their way into his published works, including his hilarious account of his experience as an extra in the cult-classic horror film Evil Dead II, filmed in Anson County while Bathanti lived there.

Click here to see a Fox 46 Carolinas story about Bathanti’s return to Anson and Union counties.

Inaugural Anson Economic Development Summit Comes to the Lockhart-Taylor Center

Anson Economic Development Summit. Presenting the legislative perspective were (from left): State Rep. Craig Horn, State Rep. Mark Brody, and State Senator Gene McLaurin.More than 70 Anson County civic and business leaders packed the Ingram Room of the Lockhart-Taylor Center earlier this week to share ideas about the economic future of the county. The first Anson Economic Development Summit generated a lively exchange of ideas.

Presenters for the day-long event included State Representatives Craig Horn and Mark Brody; State Senator Gene McLaurin; Chuck Horne, Chair of the Anson Economic Development Corporation and President of Hornwood Inc.; Jarvis Woodburn with Columbus McKinnon Corp., the Anson County Commission, and Vice Chairman of SPCC’s Board of Trustees; Mary Beck, Director of the Anson County Office of Economic Development; Michael Freeman, Deputy Superintendent of Anson County Schools; David Hollars, Executive Director of the Centralina Workforce Development Board; Dale Nelson, owner of Nelson Land & Livestock, and SPCC President Dr. Stan Sidor. Wadesboro Town Manager Alex Sewell moderated.

The summit was organized by the Anson Economic Development Corporation, the Anson County Chamber of Commerce, and SPCC.

Photo: Presenting the legislative perspective were (from left): State Rep. Craig Horn, State Rep. Mark Brody, and State Senator Gene McLaurin.


Please make these new South Piedmont employees feel welcome:

Jennifer Joyner-TalbotJennifer Joyner-Talbot joins SPCC as its new Apprenticeship Coordinator. She comes to South Piedmont from Vanguard Group in Charlotte, where she held a variety of management and strategic leadership positions. Jennifer holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Belmont Abbey and a Masters in Organizational Management and Leadership from Pfeiffer University. She loves great food and traveling in her spare time. Jennifer believes in the value of a quality education for every person, regardless of age, gender, race, or socioeconomic background. Her favorite quote is by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.”
... Cheryl LockwoodCheryl Lockwood recently joined the SPCC IT department as a Windows Systems Administrator. She will be located in the IT area of Building A on the OCH campus. Cheryl previously worked as a Windows Server Administrator and Windows Product Support Specialist at a Fortune 500 company for over 15 years. She earned her Bachelors of Science at the State University of New York, graduating Magna Cum Laude. In her leisure time, Cheryl enjoys cooking organic whole foods, bicycling, hiking, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends.
Calvin JonesCalvin “C.J.” Jones is a new English Instructor. He’s originally from Fayetteville, but has lived in many places, including Germany, Kansas, and Texas. C.J. loves all areas of English, including linguistics and creative writing. In his spare time, he writes poetry, with the goal of getting at least one poem published this year. C.J. has worked at a number of community colleges in the area, including Central Piedmont, Rowan-Cabarrus, and Davidson County. He’s excited to be part of SPCC's English department and is looking forward to learning and growing here.   Shannon ParhamShannon Parham is a new Psychology Instructor. Originally from Marion, NC, Shannon has lived in the Charlotte area for 20 years. From 2000-2010, she worked at Union Academy, coordinating a program for at-risk students. Since 2010, Shannon was self-employed, providing alternative therapy for individuals with ADD/ADHD. She has also worked as an adjunct instructor in developmental English at CPCC. Shannon holds her MS in Psychology. She is married with two kids. In addition to teaching psychology, Shannon enjoys the outdoors and getting into people’s brains!

Union County Middle Schoolers Get to Know South Piedmont at Annual Career Day

SPCC was very well represented at the Union County Public Schools CONNECTIONS 2014 – Middle School Career Day at the Union County Agricultural and Conference Center earlier this month with 16 (!) tables of information and hands-on activities. Approximately 600 students from Cuthbertson, Monroe, Porter Ridge, and Piedmont middle schools attended. Piedmont Middle School sent all 340 of their eighth graders! Here’s a little of what they saw:

SPCC at Union County Annual Career DaySPCC at Union County Annual Career Day

What's that?What’s That?

This photo was taken somewhere at SPCC. Do you know what it is? This is a tough one! Email the ‘what?’ and the ‘where?’ to mmcallister@spcc.edu and you could win one of three SP t-shirts to be given away. All correct answers received by 5 p.m. on March 14 will be entered into a drawing.

Last month’s “What’s That?” t-shirt winners were Cathy Horne, Susan Flake, and Dawn Hildreth—all recognizing the dark shape against the sky as part of the Calhoun sculpture in the center of the LLP campus. Well done!

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