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2018-19 Employee Excellence Awards

Congratulations to our excellence award winners for the 2018-19 academic year!

Excellence in Teaching Award
Deidre Yancey, Chair and Instructor of First-Year Experience

Deidre Yancey

Excellence in Support Services Award
Liz Filipowski, Web Designer/Developer in Marketing and Communications

Liz Filipowski

Excellence in Community Engagement Award
Mary Moore, Education Navigator in Orange County

Mary Moore

Excellence in Adjunct Teaching and Part-Time Service Awards
Sarah Donovan, English for Academic Purpose
Van Miles, Business Administration
Martha Alonzo-Johnsen, Biology
Benjamin Dunnington, Chemistry
Autmnn Myers, Practical Nursing
Richard Tillies, Computer Programming
Dillon Wilson, Center for Academic Excellence

(L to R) President Ingram, Van Miles, Martha Alonzo-Johnsen, Dillon Wilson, Autmnn Myers, Richard Tillies (Not Pictured: Benjamin Dunnington, Sarah Donovan)

Durham Tech Phi Beta Lambda recognized at state conference

(L to R) Chris McDuff, Kim Green, Chuck Lucas, Joseph Blanchet, Michele Parrish, Dr. LaTonya Steele

The Durham Tech Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) attended the NC PBL State Leadership Conference April 4-6 in Charlotte where they participated in workshops and networked with other members and professionals.

Congratulations to the following students that won awards during the awards ceremony:

1st Place
Cyber Security: Kim Green
Network Design: Kim Green
Networking Concepts: Joseph Blanchet

2nd Place
Network Design: Joseph Blanchet, Chuck Lucas
Computer Concepts: Christopher McDuff

5th Place
Computer Concepts: Chuck Lucas

Who’s Who in NCPBL
Kim Green and Chuck Lucas

Career and Membership Achievement Program (CMAP)
Director: Joseph Blanchet
Director, Executive and President levels: Chuck Lucas
Executive and President levels: Kim Green
* Only 3 NCPBL members obtained President level *

Leadership Development Award
(for attendance at 4 workshops)
Joseph Blanchet and Kim Green

Chapter Awards and Recognition
* 2019 Gold Seal Chapter (1 of 5 in the state)
* 2018-19 NCPBL Professional Division-Foundation (PF-F) Chapter of the Year
* The Legacy Leadership Award for being an outstanding chapter (1 of 10 in state)
* Recognition for being a Gold Star Chapter
* Recognition for contributions to the NC PBL Professional Division-Foundation General Fund (in honor of Charlene West) and the Scholarship Fund (in honor of Ms. Jean Buckley on her retirement as FBLA-PBL, INC, President and CEO).
* Recognition for Membership Achievement for the NCPBL PD-F Chapter Affiliation
* Recognition for Membership Achievement (increased membership)

1st Place
Largest Percentage Increase in Membership for Central Region

2nd Place
Local Chapter Annual Business Report
Largest Increase in Membership for Central Region
Largest PD-F Membership Chapter Affiliation for Central Region

3rd Place
Largest Chapter Affiliation NC PBL Professional Division-Foundation

5th Place
Largest Increase in Chapter Membership
Largest Percentage Increase in Chapter Membership

Other Recognition
*  Michele Parrish was recognized for 15 years of service as an advisor.
*  Michele Parrish and Dr. LaTonya Steele served on the State Awards Program committee.
* As part of receiving the Who’s Who award, Kim Green and Chuck Lucas spoke about the person who they admired the most at the Friday night session.  
* Gilbert Umberger was nominated by Durham Tech PBL and received the 2019 PD-F Distinguished Service Award.
* Mr. David Bishop was the recipient of the NCPBL Business Person of the Year Award.  He is the owner of Stitch Doctor Embroidery in Durham, NC and was nominated by Durham Tech PBL for the support he has provided.

All four students will be representing Durham Tech PBL and NC PBL at the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference (NLC) in San Antonio in June. Members will be fundraising for the trip. NLC. Upcoming fundraisers include Durham Bulls ticket vouchers, City BBQ and California Pizza Kitchen. Additionally, students will be participating in the Triangle March of Dimes walk in late April. 

Gilbert Umberger and Dan Hazlett (NC-PBL State Advisor)

Durham Tech police officer earns certificate from NC Department of Justice

Durham Tech Police Chief Dawn Tevepaugh (left) and Sgt. Jamaal Walker (right)

Sgt. Jamaal Walker, shift supervisor of Durham Tech Police and Public Safety, was awarded the Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate from the North Carolina Department of Justice last month.

The Law Enforcement Officers’ Professional Certificate Program was established in order to recognize the level of competence of law enforcement officers serving governmental agencies within the State, to foster interest in college education and professional law enforcement training programs, and to attract highly qualified people into a law enforcement career.

Congratulations Sgt. Walker!

Durham Tech student honored at national conference

Irina Conc, a current student at Durham Tech, was honored as a 2019 Coca-Cola New Century Transfer Pathways Scholar at the American Association of Community College’s Conference in Orlando, Florida on April 15. She is pictured with Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

L to R: Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner and Irina Conc

Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society inducts 71 new members

Congratulations to the 71 newest members of the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society! They were inducted during a ceremony on main campus on Saturday, March 23, 2019.

Kaitlyn Ackerman

Nathaniel Alvarez

Jose Aparicio-Castillo

Giuliana Ballaben

Vishal Barnela

Melissa Barnes

Demika Blash

Lanetta Bowser

Barrington Briggs

Kay Brown

Kristi Bubeck

Kwali Bunker

Camay Butler

Jennifer Carabez Cortes

Sieta Crawford

Liz Maylin De Jesús Sánchez 

Danielle Deberry

Stevie Dees

Katharine Edwards

Hailey Euceda

Andrew Gaudette

Stephen Gaudette

Aleigha Ginyard

Ramiro Gonzalez

Jonathan Hall

Tamara Hatch

Melanie Hernandez Chavez

Monica Herrera

Benny Horton

Jacob Intini

Jeanette Jarvis

Darrion Johnson

Anthony Jones

Erica Krout

Kimberly Lemos

Brittney Love

Angel Lucas

Christy Mills

Patricia Nadabar

Lilian Roxana Ordoñez Cordero

Francisco Ortiz Paparoni

Colby Peck

Kelly Penny

Chalisa Phoomsakha

Idia M. Piacentini

Nicholas Plonk

Alexandria Rainey

Hind Rasselkaf

Susan Ray

Asha Rice

Matthew Rigsbee

Richard Rojas

Jonathan Runyambo

Trinnyce Silverman

Joy Simmons

Keith Simpson

Julia Storch

Nicholas Storch

Roypim Strait

Steve Sun

My Tran

Alicia Turner

Lowell Upchurch

Alexander Valdez

Donna Villano

Camilla Weaver

Mckenna West

Andrea Wong

Allison Woolford

Keneisha Young

Zhuying Zhang

Durham Tech students and faculty attend statewide IT conferences, scholarships awarded

(L to R) Tom Murphy, Charlene West, Chuck Lucas, Michele Parrish, Harry Bulbrook, Don Sommerfeldt

Seven Durham Tech Information Technology (IT) faculty and staff participated in the North Carolina Computer Instruction Association (NCCIA) annual conference in Greenville, NC, at East Carolina University (ECU), March 6-8. The event was attended by 183 IT instructors,guests, and volunteers from 37 of the 58 NC Community Colleges. The conference provides professional development, certification testing, student and faculty scholarships, and networking opportunities for IT instructors to share their perspectives and experiences with one another.

Durham Tech IT students, Charles “Chuck” Lucas and Maxfield Carpenter, were selected as recipients of $500 scholarships by the NCCIA and are listed in the conference scholarship program. Lucas and Carpenter were nominated by Michele Parrish, who spoke to their accolades at the scholarship presentation.

Participating faculty included Harry Bulbrook, Leon Holloway, Tom Murphy, Scott Neal, Michele Parrish, Don Sommerfeldt, and Charlene West. Tom Murphy and Harry Bulbrook were instrumental in the planning and coordination of the conference as members of the NCCIA Leadership Team and as past presidents of the association. Bulbrook and Parrish attended a Cisco Instructor Training Conference facilitated by Stanly Community College’s Cisco Instructor Training Center at ECU in Greenville, NC on March 5. Bulbrook achieved the Cisco CyberOps certification by completing the two corresponding Cisco exams. This certification is associated with the SEC160 course.

Max Carpenter and Michele Parrish

Let’s celebrate March anniversaries and birthdays!

March Anniversaries (Years)

Tseng-Yuan Woo (32); Tom Jaynes (27); Herman Taylor (26); Angela Perry (23); Karen McPhaul (23); Emerenciana Alejo (16); Joy Hansen (16); Cynthia Hardin (16); Terra Pegram Bikah (15); Danyece Allen (14); Iesha Cleveland (12);Susan Baker (12); Kathy McKinley (7); Blake Williams (6); Eliza Murphy (6); Rhea Deroian (3); Larry Nobles (1); Stephanie Turner (1)

March Birthdays (Day)

Scott Neal (1); Horace Holloway (1); Nadine Ford (3); Carolyn Beatty(3); Daryl Rogers (3); Lisa Blair (5); Tseng-Yuan Woo (5); Sara Juarez (5); Melanie Riester (5); Tammie Davis (6); Jean Brown (6); Véga Swepson (7); Heather Remley(9); Tina Ruff (9); Judy Graham (10); Brittney VornDick (12); Donna Alston(12); Shaunecey Johnson (12); Belinda Wiley (16); Kara Battle (17); LaShon Harley (18); Donnie Sommerfeldt (22); Deidre Yancey (24); Svetlana Yokum (24); Sheza Healey (28); Keitcha Royal (28)

Let’s celebrate February anniversaries and birthdays!

February Anniversaries (Years)

Penny Gluck (24); Don Wheeler (16); Quincy Wright (12); O’Dell Hill (11); Jamaal Walker (10); Lisa Inman (8); Earl Stenlund (6); Sherron McDonald (6); William Gluck (5); Catina Hill-Wafula (4); Denise Walz (3); Robert Leonard (2); Frances Lunsford (2); Arlene Lyons-Daniels (1); Michael Macon (1); Jordan Fulchiero (1)

*NOTE: Donna Matheson alsocelebrated a 13-year anniversary in January 2019!  

February Birthdays (Day)

Drew Scarbrough (1); John Cain (2); Lori Lewis (3); Christine Kelly-Kleese (4); Heidi White (4); Jamia McIver-Eshiet (5); Timiya Mccormick (6); Frances Lunsford (7); Jacequeline Mitchell (8); Shana Curl (9); Margaret Dietz (13); Stephen Brooks (13); David Wright (13); Gail Walker (13); Patricia Pendergrass (16); Justin Bordeaux (18); Robbi Muckenfuss (18); Larry Haynes (20); Douglas Aitkin (22); Patronia Marshall (24); Connie Gomez-Joines (25); Bill Stuart (25); Joseph Solomon (26); Jessica Lombardi (27); Janice Murphy (28)