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South Piedmont's The Insider Newsletter

THE INSIDER IS BACK!

You asked for it, and the wait is over! After getting an overwhelming response to our survey asking the South Piedmont family what it would like to see in the "new" Insider, it’s time to re-launch the popular monthly newsletter. And with the new email-based format, you can catch up at a glance on campus happenings and some of the interesting things your co-workers are doing.

SpreadsheetYour survey responses conveyed:

  • First, you love the Insider and are excited to have it back (89 percent of you read at least most of Insider when it arrives).
  • The SP family really likes the more "newsy" information it provides, especially departmental and employee news. And Dr. Sidor’s regular column, "President’s Message," is also a favorite, so expect to see it back beginning with the next issue.
  • Also look for a few other new features to be sprinkled in, based on your input: "How Does That Work?" (processes and departments explained and mysteries solved), "Big Ideas" (employee-submitted ideas for making the college better), and "Rolodex" (get to know a colleague) all received at least a 90 percent thumbs-up from you.

Your ongoing input is very important to making the Insider a success. For the newsletter to be the most useful (and fun), the Marketing team will need your ideas and your help. So please, let us know what’s happening in your corner of the college and continue to provide us with feedback. We’re listening.


MERRY CHRISTMAS!

SGA at the Monroe parade Members of our Student Government Association (SGA), faculty, and staff have been busy making sure South Piedmont stays off Santa’s "naughty list" this year by spreading holiday cheer in Christmas parades in both Wadesboro and Monroe. Maybe you saw them there.

See parade photos here ...


NEW FACES

Please make a couple of new South Piedmont employees feel welcome:

Anthony BarbourAnthony Barbour is the new Coordinator of Purchasing & Equipment. His office is in the downstairs business office of Garibaldi at LLP. Anthony, who grew up in Wadesboro and graduated from Bowman High School and Wingate University, is married with two children. Prior to coming to SP, he was a general manager with Staples. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, kayaking, hiking, camping, and church activities. ......... Greg GleghornGreg Gleghorn joins SP as Director of Information Technology Services Infrastructure Support. He will be based in the IT area of Building A at OCH. Greg, who has been in the IT industry for 16 years, comes to us from Schaefer Systems International, an automated warehouse systems manufacturing firm in southeast Charlotte, where he served as the Senior Network Security Engineer. He earned a doctorate in Information Security from Capella University. He also serves as an adjunct professor, teaching computer networking and network security. Greg was born in Madison, Wisconsin; however, as an "Army brat," he has lived all over the U.S. and the world. Greg is married with three kids, a grandson, and Bruno, his 14-year-old dog.

GOOD IMPRESSIONS LEAD TO GOOD RECRUITING

At South Piedmont, the first impression that staff and faculty make sets the standard for the friendly, caring attention we are known to give to students as they begin their college experience. Events are a very visible way to meet and greet prospective students and people who would refer students. Here, Lauren Haney paints the face of a young visitor to Waxhaw’s First Friday event this summer. By being present at events in the community, we have opportunities to reinforce the message of SP’s appeal: we offer a great education that’s affordable and convenient, and all in a caring environment.

See SP at more events ...

Lauren Haney paints the face of a young visitor to Waxhaw’s First Friday event this summer.

SUPPORT PROGRESS … YOUR GIFT MATTERS!

Annual Campaign graphicThe South Piedmont Annual Campaign has reached the 90 percent participation level! That’s great, but there’s still time for us to reach full participation. Send your completed pledge card to Gina Rhodes or Ginger McLain by Friday to be eligible for the final prize drawing. To everyone who has already pledged, thank you for your generous support. That kind of support speaks volumes to our community about the level of "buy-in" among our faculty and staff.

The Campaign benefits areas that are critical to the academic success of our students. Among other things, funds raised through the campaign pay for classroom equipment and scholarships. The Annual Campaign also supports convocation and employee celebrations, events for which State funds cannot be used.

"I know firsthand that the scholarships and other support our students receive through the Annual Campaign make a difference," said Mathematics Instructor Andrew Young. "It’s an investment in their success, and the success of the college."


Opportunities Coming
to Mailboxes Soon

Roslyn Lewis, Kristen Griffin and instructors are finishing up the tabloid that lists the Spring 2014 schedule for Career Development and Continuing Education classes. Look for it in your mailbox very soon, and then give your copy to someone you know. What better way to promote our classes to neighbors and friends than a testimony from one of us?

Opportunities class schedule cover graphic . ...

SPCC Foundation Honors
Robert P. Mayberry Jr.

In 2012, South Piedmont Community College lost a dear friend in Robert Mayberry Jr., a respected Union County businessman and former member of the SPCC Foundation’s Board of Directors. To honor his memory, the Foundation directors approved a resolution enumerating some of his many achievements on behalf of others, especially the young people in our area. Read the resolution.

Robert Mayberry Jr.


What’s That?  

Red, white and blue things

This photo was taken at an SP location. Do you know what it is?

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 Dec. 16 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.