Monthly Archives: November 2015

Durham Tech faculty meets with Latin American visitors during campus stop

Durham Tech faculty members spoke with six Latin American visitors during a visit to campus earlier this month.

Constanza Gómez-Joines, executive director of the Center for the Global Learner; Heidi White, director of International Student Services and Study Abroad; and Gina Perryman, International Student Advisor, discussed study abroad programs offered at Durham Tech and about possible student exchange programs with universities in Latin America.

Six visitors from Latin America spoke with Durham Tech faculty during a campus stop on Nov. 9.

Six visitors from Latin America spoke with Durham Tech faculty during a campus stop on Nov. 9.

The group, which was accompanied by three U.S. Department of State interpreters, were a part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Program, an initiative started by President Obama in 2011 to encourage students in North America to study in South America and vice versa.

The visitors included: Monica Palacios Bernal, an English Teaching Coordinator at the Ministry of Education of Ecuador; Dr. Angela Aurora, a Coordinator of the Board of Graduate Programs at the University of El Salvador; Victor Cornejo Montano, the director of Strategic Planning and Professional Development at Don Bosco University in El Salvador; Jose Escarcega Castellanos, the director of Technical Institute of Nogales in Mexico; Mario Portillo, chief of Department of International Relations at Universidad Católica de Asuncion in Paraguay; and Marcelo Meregalli Ferrer, director of International Relations at Austral University in Uruguay.

The visit was coordinated by International Focus, Incorporated, a small non-profit organization based in Raleigh. The organization aims to support multiculturalism, international exchange, and diversity within the Research Triangle Area.

Phi Beta Lambda attends NCPBL conference, nabs awards

Eight members and two advisers from Durham Tech’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) attended the NCPBL Fall Leadership Development Conference in Greensboro (N.C) on November 6th and 7th.

The chapter was awarded the Gold Star chapter award and won the Membership Recruitment Display competition.

Pictured above from left to right: Guan-Wen Chou, Ann Roy, Eric Eales, Tyler Kempton, MoreBlessings Ncube, Chris McDuff, Bentina Van Dendend

Pictured above from left to right: Guan-Wen Chou, Ann Roy, Eric Eales, Tyler Kempton, MoreBlessings Ncube, Chris McDuff, Bentina Van Dendend

Betina Van Dendend, who is studying Business Administration at Durham Tech, won the state’s pin design competition. The winning pin will be produced and sold at the NCPBL State Leadership Conference in April.

Janice Kerber and Michele Parrish, advisers for the chapter, led a workshop titled “Team Building: An Essential Element in Leadership Success.” Parrish also was a speaker at the conference’s general session.

Durham Tech meets blood drive goal

The 20th Red Cross blood drive at Durham Tech met its donor goal last week.

The event, sponsored by Gamma Beta Phi and Phi Theta Kappa, had 44 blood donations. In 20 blood drives at Durham Tech, more than 950 donors have participated — nearly all of whom were faculty, staff or Durham Tech students.

The blood drive was held on Thursday, Nov. 12. Many at the event were first time donors, according to organizers.

Thanks to those who turned out for the event.

Durham Tech met its blood drive goal last week.

Durham Tech met its blood drive goal last week.

Durham Tech student recognized with honors at PBL National Leadership Conference

(Durham, NC) – A Durham Tech student received national recognition in impromptu speaking at a National Leadership Conference in Chicago this summer.
Durham Tech’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter joined more than 1,600 of the nation’s brightest college students in the Windy City to compete for scholarship funds.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) held its PBL National Leadership Conference in Chicago on June 24–27. Participants from across the United States attended the exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.
Ian McKee, a Durham Tech student who is studying Accounting, brought home ninth place in impromptu speaking. Also at the event were: Wendy Jones, who is studying Networking Technology; Kate Kenner, Computer Information Technology; Christopher McDuff, Networking Technology; Ann Roy, Networking Technology; Betina Van Denend, Business Administration; and Edith Veremu, Accounting and Business Administration.
The speaking contest was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.
Michele Parrish, the Durham Tech chapter advisor, also was recognized as the NCPBL Local Outstanding Chapter Adviser for 2015.

Phi Theta Kappa welcomes new members

The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society welcomes its newest members during an induction ceremony on Thursday.

The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society welcomes its newest members during an induction ceremony on Thursday.

The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society welcomed its newest members during an induction ceremony at the Multi-Purpose Room inside the Phail Wynn, Jr. Student Services Center last week.

Students invited to join Phi Theta Kappa are among the college’s brightest minds. Students must have at least a 3.5 GPA, be enrolled in a degree program, and have at least 18 credit hours.

Below are the names of students who have joined Phi Theta Kappa chapter since the spring semester:

Ijeoma Ahaotu
Girolamo Finazzo
Jennifer Parks
Caique Vidal de Oliveira
Andres Alcocer
Darwin Garcia
Glenda Polanco
Sarah Weiner
Ramsha Aleem
James Gemborys
Julian Ramirez
Jah Wesee
Ana Araysa Rivera
Ava Haines
Amelia Rella
Louis Yuhas
Elizabeth Baldwin
Jonathan Hartman
Fernanda Rocha-Teixeira
Lakisha Barry
Shemaiah Hawkins
Claire Runyan
Maggie Brown
Kennica Herndon
Lucy Sams
Brian Brooks
Hossain Md Safwat
Haley Shaw
Bertha Bullock
Enomen Idiagbonya
Naheed Siddiqui
Maria Canini
Lori Jones
Giovani Silva
Taylor Collier
Hermina Kiss
Emma Stoumen
Svetlana Dmitrieva
Frenshell Kizzee
Randi Thompson
Karen Edwards
Jennifer Makoczy
Fernanda Torres Galan
Thomas Ervin
Caroline Mueller
Latusha Tyson
Lucia Ferejohn
Udochukwu Onuoha
Zachary Urban

 

Congratulations, new members!

Let’s celebrate November birthdays and anniversaries

November Anniversaries (Years)

Matthew Williams (19); Gregory Bellamy (15); Jill Roofner; Lois Ballen (10); Linda Crawford (9); Jacequeline Mitchell; Nebraska Edwards (8); Linda Chalmers (7); Melissa Chappell; Ja’net Spruill (5); Tony Shipman (4); Sandra Young (3); Vega Swepson (2); John Deal (1)

November Birthdays (Date)

Andrew Kleitsch, II (1); Jason Moldoff (2); Audrey Muhammad; Suchitra Dutta (4); Dawn Stanley (6); Ja’net Spruill (7); Crystal Grimes; Gregory Bellamy; Erin Riney; Jesse Greenhill, Sr. (9); Kevin Hinton (10); Cara Potter; Jessica Dormady; Johnnie Bratton (14); Angela Breault; Lois Ballen (15); Tiffany Collins; Julie Hoover; Anthony Tolin (18); Tyesha Ellerbe (19); Susan Paris; Elizabeth Filipowski (20); Bijoy Patnaik (21); Leslie Scott (23); Tiffani Polk (25); Lynn Unsworth (26); Ralph Thomas; Marie Fogarty (29); William Gluck (30)