Monthly Archives: December 2014

Music Ensemble students perform

Nine students in the Music Ensemble course showed off their vocal prowess at a performance on Tuesday, December 9. Students Sheree Baylon, Darlene Covington-Brown, Paul Dargan, Michelle Jackson, Jairus McNeil, Angela Nze, Kobi Reynolds, Keianne-Claress Taylor Walker, and Joseph Yancey performed a variety of songs, ranging from show tune and jazz, to gospel and pop. Accompanied by a trio professional musicians, they were directed by recording artist Adia Ledbetter.

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Shout out to Leah Tilden

From Sally Parlier:
“After Thanksgiving, the Durham Tech food pantry got an impressive donation from Leah Tilden, clinical coordinator for the EMS program at OCC. We wanted to give her a shout out.

“Every year, Leah’s mother asks guests at Thanksgiving to bring food to donate to a nonprofit organization. This year, Leah’s mother chose the Durham Tech Campus Harvest Food Pantry. Leah and her family collected nearly 100 pounds of food for us, which will help feed the 50 to 60 students we see each week! I think this is a wonderful tradition that many of us could start with our own families and friends around this time.”

Leah Food pantry donation

The photo, taken by Jaclyn Krohn, is of all the donations packed into Penny Gluck’s car for delivery.”


Wes Moore comes to Durham Tech

As part of the Dr. Charles Sanders President’s Lecture Series, Durham Tech was pleased to host best-selling author Wes Moore on Wednesday, December 3. After first meeting with the Debate Club, Moore spent more than an hour speaking to a nearly packed ERC Auditorium about his book and the insights he gleaned while writing it. “The Other Wes Moore” contrasts and compares Moore’s life with that of another African-American man who grew up in Baltimore around the same time. The author, after early run-ins with the law, went on to become a Rhodes Scholar after graduating from Johns Hopkins University. He is a decorated combat veteran and a former White House Fellow. The “other” Wes Moore is serving a life sentence without parole for felony murder.

Visions and Wed Moore

Moore (fourth from the right) poses with members of Visions.

After his appearance on Main Campus, Moore moved to Hillside High School, where he spoke to another high school students and signed copies of his book at an event cosponsored by Durham Public Schools and the Durham Public Library.

Wham! Bam! Poetry Slam!


The judges give high marks to one contestant’s poem.

Ten Durham Tech students took the stage at the ERC Auditorium on Tuesday, December 2 to compete in a poetry slam. Presented by the Vive/Viva the Arts Committee and emceed by Dasan Ahanu from Bull City Poetry Slam, the slam went three rounds, with judges from the ASUT English department and library staff picking the winners and the enthusiastic crowd cheering all the contestants. Congratulations to the winners:

  • First place: Jamayah Parrish
  • Second place : Elonzo Willis
  • Third place: Christina Boyd

The three students won generous gift cards to the Durham Tech bookstore donated by the Durham Tech Foundation.


Slam contestant Christian Gunn applauds the poem of another student.

The students delivered poems that fell into a wide range of style, subject matter tone, and delivery. The poems explored issues of womanhood, identity, relationships, hope, special needs children, body image, racial profiling, and motherhood.


Kate Giggey presents her poem about her son’s beautiful eyes and the world as he sees it.



Durham Tech is pleased to welcome the following new employees (click on heading to see photos):

AlfredaThreatAlfreda Threat, security officer


DawnPerepaughDawn Tevepaugh, security officer



JosephSolomonJoseph Solomon, audio/visual technician

LoriLewisLori Lewis, departmental secretary

Mary-ElizabethMedlinMary-Elizabeth Medlin, accounting technician

MelodyWilkinsonMelody Wilkinson, nursing instructor

NataliyaRiceNataliya Rice, disability services coordinator

December birthdays

Linda Meisenbach, Emily Pakes, Dwight Williams, Richard Lawrence, Christine Husketh, Laveshia Johnson, David Rigsbee, Carolyn Henderson, Erik Townsend, Gloria Gay, Greg Stilley, Kenya Harris, Ingrid Charles, Andrea Thomas, Chenelle Smith, Alfreda Gregory, Mary Moore, Toni Brown, Tom Beveridge, James Weeks, Paula Wilder, Haji Dove, Janemarie Baker, L.C. Murray