Monthly Archives: September 2015

Let’s celebrate October birthdays and anniversaries

October Anniversaries (years)

26 – Charlene West; 15 – Karin Abell; 14 – Rebekah Roehrs; 12 – Darlene Covington-Brown; 11 – Sandra Grady; 10 – Dwight Williams; 9 – Jesse Greenhill; 8 – Annette Phillips; 6 – Teri Kaasa, Craig Smith; 5 – Patricia Gould, Barbara Hughes; 4 – Douglas Aitkin, Carver Weaver; 3 – Stesha Little, Janette Montalvo; 2 – Candace Rashada, Stephanie Wiggins, Gregory Miller; 1 – Yasmeen Haque, Temika Ford.


October Birthdays (date)

Martha Williams; Micara Lewis (1); Earl Stenlund (2); Jerry Oxendine (3); Robert Pennington (4); Annette Phillips (7); Linda Hall (8); Oliver Just (9); Jamaal Walker (10); Marguerita Best (11); Irene Laube; Kerry Cantwell (12); Rebecca McClain; Vincent Penn (13); Cecil Outlaw, Jr. (15); Andra Bennett; Warlyn Dixon; Anne Harris (16); Gregory Mimmack; Edwin Smith (17); Jesse Urban (18); Nathan Hardin; Santosh Shonek; Janette Montalvo (21); Steven Leadon (22); Harriett Wagstaff; Norbert Golebiewski, Jr. (23); Andrea Parrish (24); Lisa Inman; Willie Johnson (25); Joseph Fleming; Eric Kilpatrick; Danny Francis (26); Andrew Teears; Julie Humphrey; Christopher Mansfield (27); Yasmeen Haque (28); Jennifer Meade (30); Claudia Joyner; Erica Taylor; Jennifer Bennett (31).

Durham Tech awarded more than $22,000 in fire training equipment


The Durham Technical Community College Foundation celebrated a donation of more than $22,000 in training equipment from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for the college’s Fire Academy on Thursday.

The Foundation received a forcible-entry door simulator and other equipment to be used by students at the Durham Tech Fire Academy.

Representatives from Durham Tech, the Public Safety Foundation, and North Carolina Central University — who also was awarded equipment — joined in the event at a Firehouse Subs franchise on Erwin Road. The celebration also included a demonstration of the door simulator by Fire Academy cadets.
IMG_3992In 2005, Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations.


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning program accepts two Durham Tech faculty

Jonathan Cook and Sheza Healey have been selected 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.

Jonathan is a full-time English instructor in the Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer department. Sheza is a full-time Developmental Reading and English instructor in the Student Engagement and Transitions department. They will receive mini-sabbaticals from teaching in Spring 2016, so they can research their SoTL projects. Jonathan’s preliminary research title is “Best Practices in Preventing Plagiarism.” Sheza’s working title for her research is “Keeping Current: Media and Technology in the DRE 098 Classroom.”

Jonathan and Sheza join Lea Bingham and Daysha Lawrence, Round 1 SoTL participants, who are currently conducting their research. Round 3 applications for SoTL will be due on February 1, 2015. See the SoTL webpages on the TLC website ( or contact Gabby McCutchen, TLC director, for more details.

Congratulations, Jonathan and Sheza! We look forward to hearing about your results!

Durham Tech welcomes Self-Service

Move over, WebAdvisor, there’s a new student academic planning system in town! Self-Service is Durham Tech’s new advising and academic planning web application from Ellucian. Through Self-Service, students can access easy-to-read financial aid information and can easily view their billing statements and pay their tuition. Self-Service also provides students and advisors with a variety of helpful academic planning tools. Some exciting features of the new system include the following:

  • A My Progress degree audit tool which allows students to view their progress in their academic programs. It displays both completed courses as well as courses that they still need to take in order to earn their chosen credential. Students who are considering changing majors can select the “View a New Program” option for a similar course-by-course analysis of their progress in a different program.
  • The Plan and Schedule feature allows students to create an academic plan displaying which courses they will take in each of their remaining semesters. The plan clearly displays pre-requisite and co-requisite alerts so that students can avoid scheduling errors in future semesters. When registration is open, students can register for classes directly from their academic plans.
  • With Self-Service, registration is now easier than ever before! Students can view a weekly schedule that displays the times that their planned classes are held. This helps them avoid scheduling conflicts. Similar to our old Open Course List, students can filter their course searches by seat availability, location, instructor, and time of day.
  • Self-Service allows students to communicate with their advisors and access other information such as test scores and unofficial transcripts.
  • Self-Service has a number of handy advising tools as well. In addition to providing advisors with all of the same information that students can see, it also enables them to view students’ plans and approve individual courses. It also allows advisors to record advising notes and archive printable student plans.

You may be wondering when we’ll get this fabulous new thing. We are delighted to report that it’s already here! Over the course of the summer semester, our ACA 122 students tested out the system and have already begun mapping out their academic course plans. Fall ACA 122 students will continue this work, and by the spring semester we hope to provide Self-Service access to all new students so they can use it to plan and register for their classes.

We are inviting all advisors to roll up their sleeves and take Self-Service for a test drive. Throughout the fall semester, we will be hosting a series of Self-Service training sessions through the TLC. Space is limited, so please be sure to visit the TLC calendar and register soon!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kerry Cantwell or Eliza Murphy.

Durham Tech students to compete in High-Altitude Balloon competition

Durham Technical Community College students will compete with nine other North Carolina community colleges in a grant-funded, high-altitude balloon scholarship competition in the spring semester.

Six Durham Tech students will design, engineer, fly, and hopefully recover a helium balloon bound for the edge of space. Students will battle against other schools’ teams for awards based on best payload, highest flight, and best photograph.

Jimmy Acevedo, an Associate in Science student who participated in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center earlier this year, will be the student lead on the project.

Jimmy Acevedo, an Associate in Science student who participated in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center earlier this year, will be the student lead on the project.

Each participating team will be allocated up to nearly $23,000 to support a faculty member, travel costs, engineering costs, and scholarship funds of between $500 to $1,000 per team member. The competition is funded by a NASA grant provided to the North Carolina Community College System and North Carolina Space Grant, an academic consortium of in-state institutions dedicated to promoting technology and space-related science.

“We are excited to give our students an opportunity to participate in a statewide competition that will foster growth in research, project management, and team-building skills,” said Charlene West, Interim Chief Instructional Officer at Durham Tech. “Our students will also have a chance to work with mentors and present their findings during an Undergraduate Research Symposium in the spring.”

Durham Tech will join three returning North Carolina schools from last year’s pilot competition. Central Piedmont, Catawba Valley, and Rowan-Cabarrus community colleges competed in the contest. During the competition, some balloons reached more than 90,000 feet, conducted experiments, and took photographs. Joining the group will be Pitt, Craven, Edgecombe, Guilford, Southwestern, and Randolph community colleges.

Faculty advisor for the team will be Julie Hoover, an instructor in Geology and Physical Science at Durham Tech. The student lead for the project will be Jimmy Acevedo, an Associate in Science student, who participated in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center earlier this year. Durham Tech students will begin preparing for the balloon competition as early as October with an expected launch date in April 2016.