Monthly Archives: March 2015

Doing More Great Things!

EMS Program Director John Deal recently received his credential as a Certified Critical Care Paramedic (CCP-C). John also holds certifications as a Nationally Registered Paramedic (NRP), and Certified Flight Paramedic (FP-C). He also has his Master’s degree in Health Sciences.

He reports that he has gotten the Durham Tech EMS Program listed as an approved provider of the Critical Care Transport Review Course through the Board for Critical Care Transport Paramedic Certification.

The program has also been approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP). CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field, reviewing more than 2,000 educational programs in 28 health science occupations.

Let’s Celebrate April Birthdays and Anniversaries!

April Anniversaries (years)
Melissa Mitchell (23); Megan Nicholson (20); Harry Bulbrook (18); Mary Moore, Judy Roberts, David Sorensen (10); Richard Lawrence (7); Judy Graham, Michelle Jordan, Andrea Thomas (5); Eric Kilpatrick (4); Glen Fisher, Teresa Holder (3).

April Birthdays (date)
Vernon Bridges, Christine Gunnigle, James Luxton, Donna Matheson (2); Elecia Brown, David Sorenson (4); Tracy Bennett, Shannon Hahn (9); Amy Kern, Jemma Superville (11); Cortissia Johnson (12); Bill Ingram, Blake Williams (13); Olga Hogrefe (16); Luc Thomas (17); Dorothy Holman (19); Synthia Cooper (20); Terra Bikah (23); Jill Roofner (24); David Long (25); Harry Bulbrook (26); Victoria Deaton (28).

Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony Held March 3

Spring 2015 Induction PictureThe Durham Tech chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society inducted its newest members on Tuesday, March 3. New members were welcomed into the Phi Theta Kappa family by co-advisors Tracy Mancini, Kara Battle, Shannon Hahn, Marisa Sullivan, and Lyndsay Al-Shibli as well as by chapter officers Shannon Dodd, President; Candice (Lackey) Green, Secretary; Monica Lee, Community Service Officer; and Winniehope Mamboleo, Student Senate Representative.

After a short welcome by Tracy Mancini, Dr. Ingram spoke to new members about the importance of celebrating their accomplishment of scholarship and invited them to continue to strive for greatness.

Christine Gunnigle, instructor in the Occupational Assistant Program, served as the invited Key Note speaker. She regaled new members with the story of her own success, which started with a community college education. She reminded new members that, even though their community college degree may only be the beginning of their journey, reaching this first important mile stone most likely will be one of their proudest accomplishments, as that first mile stone is often the hardest to reach.

Since its last induction in September 2014, the Durham Tech chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has welcomed over 60 new members, all of whom must have achieved high academic honors to even be invited to join.

ASUT student takes 1st, 2nd place in Duke Gardens Photo Contest

Callistus Ndemo, an Associate in Science student, is on track to graduate in May from Durham Tech, and hopes to transfer to NC State to study Mathematics. He is a member of the Durham Tech Math League and works in the library’s computer lab. Callistus is a very talented young photographer. His photographs won first and second place in the Winter Scenes photo contest at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. He submitted three images and two of his received the most “likes” category on the Duke Gardens blog.

The first photo received nearly 200 “likes” and the second received more than 115 “likes”. Congratulations Callistus! (Glad somebody got something good out of all that snow!)

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Durham Tech Student Selected to Visit NASA This Spring

Jimmy Acevedo, an Associate in Science student at Durham Technical Community College, has been selected to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center this spring to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS). Acevedo has been selected as one of 240 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of NCAS.

The five-week scholars program culminates with a three-day on-site event at Stennis Space Center and offers students the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers and others as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at NASA, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team is responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget, and developing communications and outreach.

The on-site experience at NASA includes a tour of facilities and briefings by NASA subject matter experts.NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars is a project funded in part by the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, which is committed to the recruitment of underrepresented and underserved students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to sustain a diverse workforce.

With this project, NASA continues the agency’s tradition of investing in the nation’s educational programs. It is directly tied to the agency’s major education goal of attracting and retaining students in STEM disciplines critical to NASA’s future missions, which include missions to Mars and beyond.

For additional information, please contact National Community College Aerospace Scholars by email at or by phone at 281-483-0493. For more information, visit:

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Business Honor Society Inducts 17 Students


On February 11, 2015, Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) inducted 17 members into the Delta Beta Upsilon Chapter at Durham Technical Community College. The induction ceremony was held in the GlaxoSmithKline Technology Building and had many colleagues, friends, and family in attendance.

In picture from left to right, back row-Jalen Nwachukwu, Ian McKee, Emilia Arrington, Linda Johnson, Inestin Petit-Homme, Sara Wehust; front row – Janice Kerber, Michele Parrish, Wendy Jones, Edith Veremu, Ann Roy, Betina VanDenend, LaTonya Steele

The guest speaker was Paul Pacheco, a former Durham Tech student, currently working at EMC (an information technologies/cloud computing data center) and a current NCPBL Professional Division-Foundation member. He spoke of the importance of integrity and his experience with PBL and how it has positively affected him. He also encouraged members to take advantage of the many opportunities that PBL offers.

During the induction ceremony, each member was given a Membership Certificate and a small gift. The Chapter officers were also given portfolios by the advisers.

After the ceremony, attendees enjoyed a reception hosted by the Chapter’s advisers Janice Kerber, Michele Parrish, LaTonya Steele, and Charlene West. Coincidentally, February 11 was also national PBL Advisor Appreciation Day, so the members thanked them with signs and cupcakes.

Phi Beta Lambda is a national organization for business students at the college level. The organization’s basic purpose is to provide opportunities for students to develop competencies for business occupations through an extension of the classroom. Participation in Phi Beta Lambda allows students to develop those “success” characteristics necessary for the business world. The national organization is comprised of over 12,000 members nationwide while the North Carolina State Chapter has over 800 members in over 30 local chapters at colleges and universities across the state.

Cisco representatives visit campus, talk with students

Michele Parrish and Harry Bulbrook (pictured, lower photo) Durham Tech Information Systems Security/Networking Technologies instructors, report that on Feb. 3, Cisco representatives visited Durham Tech’s campus and talked to approximately 25 students about Cisco’s business, jobs, and internship opportunities. The event was very interactive with students being able to ask questions about working at Cisco, the changing technology market, and training/certification. Representatives looked over students’ resumes and conducted mini-interviews. Several students have been contacted by Cisco to put in applications and have conducted preliminary interviews for employment.

Cisco Systems, Inc. is an American multinational corporation headquartered in San Jose, California, that designs, manufactures, and sells networking equipment. The company announced last year that they would add 550 positions over the next four years, bringing the number of RTP employees to more than 5,000. ciscoday harry_ciscoday

Two instructors selected for inaugural round of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Lea Bingham and Daysha Lawrence have been selected as the first two Durham Tech instructors to participate in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in the Teaching-Learning Center (TLC).

SoTL is the synthesis of teaching, learning, and research in higher education. The TLC supports full-time and part-time instructor participation in SoTL projects that substantially change the ways in which instructors teach. SoTL is a three-semester process that culminates in the participants sharing their research and experiences with the larger college community.

Lea is a full-time English instructor in the Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer department. She will receive a mini-sabbatical from teaching in Fall 2015, so she can research her SoTL project about knowledge transfer from the composition classroom to writing across the curriculum. Lea will develop research-based teaching methods, assignments, and activities that all college English instructors can use to improve students’ transfer of skills.

Daysha is a part-time sociology instructor in the Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer department. Daysha’s SoTL project will focus on increasing instructor-student contact in SOC 210 (Introduction to Sociology) online and then in assessing whether that increased contact yields increased rates of student success. Upon completion of the three-semester SoTL project, Daysha will receive a $500 stipend.

Round 2 applications for SoTL will be due on September 1, 2015. Look for information sessions in the TLC or contact Gabby McCutchen, TLC director, for more details.

Congratulations, Lea and Daysha! We look forward to hearing about your results!