Monthly Archives: March 2016

Gamma Beta Phi inducts 23 new members

The Gamma Beta Phi Honorary Society inducted 23 new members Saturday, March 5. Advisor Don Sommerfeldt, President Nicole Tatum, Vice President Chris McDuff, and members Kim Green and Ramsha Aleem were on hand in the Wynn Student Services Center Multi-Purpose Room to welcome the new inductees.

Following welcome remarks by Don Sommerfeldt, Chris McDuff read aloud the code of ethics and delivered a reading on the symbolism of the coat of arms. Each member then took a pledge of membership from Nicole Tatum.

“We would like to welcome our new members and wish them to continue to recognize and encourage excellence in education, to promote the development of leadership ability and character in its members, and to foster, disseminate, and improve education through appropriate service projects,” Sommerfeldt said.


New Gamma Beta Phi members:

Bryson Boston
Shameka Carter
Cordelia Chinyani
Lea Chiurco
Shanedra Diaz
Amie Dixon
Daisy Dominguez
Trellis Frierson
Thomas Hering
Brandon Leverenz
Rolinda Little
Luis Martinez
Fifi Mayele
Theresa Moore
Juanisdeli Munoz
Stephanie Nogales
Colleen Pfeiffer
Erick Ramirez
Mariyan Rolandson
Heather Sieber
Chasity Smith
Matthew Swartz
Emily Watkins


Let’s celebrate March birthdays and anniversaries!

March Anniversaries (Years)

Tseng-Yuan Woo (29); Marilyn Slaughter (28); Tom Jaynes (24); Herman Taylor (23); Deborah Maloney (22); Angela Perry, Karen McPhaul (20); George Allen, Linda Meisenbach (16); Emerenciana Alejo, Linda Miles, Joy Hansen, Cynthia Hardin (13); Terra Bikah (12); Danyece Allen (11); Iesha Cleveland, Susan Baker (9); Kathy McKinley (4); Eliza Murphy (3); Valerie Whitley (1)


March Birthdays (Date)

Scott Neal, Alecia Lawrence, Horace Holloway (1); M. Hossain, Tseng-Yuan Woo, Sara Juarez, Cari Borresen (5); Tammie Davis (6); Vega Swepson, Robin Lockhart (7); Tina Bryant-Allen (9); Judy Graham, Phillip Gowins (10); Michelle Laporte, Donna Alston, Shaunecey Johnson (12); Joan Brown, Kara Battle (17); Carol Marcus, LaShon Harley (18); Jairo McMican, Mark Hand (19); Lindsey Carpenter (20); Donnie Sommerfeldt (22); Deidre Yancey, Svetlana Yokum (24); Sheza Healey (28); Gregory Miller (31)

Two Durham Tech faculty selected into Scholarship of Teaching and Learning program

Marina DelVecchio and Jason Moldoff 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.

Marina and Jason are full-time instructors in the Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer department. Marina teaches English and women’s studies; Jason teaches communication studies. They will receive mini-sabbaticals from teaching in Fall 2016, so they can research their SoTL projects. Marina’s preliminary research title is “Classroom Strategies to Help Combat Stereotypes/Assumptions Related to Feminism and Women’s Issues.” Jason’s working title for his research is “Code-Switching in Public Speaking.”

Marina and Jason join current SoTL participants Jonathan Cook, Sheza Healey, Lea Bingham, and Daysha Lawrence. Round 4 applications for SoTL will be due on September 1, 2016. See the SoTL webpages on the TLC website ( or contact Gabby McCutchen, TLC director, for more details.

Congratulations, Marina and Jason! We look forward to hearing about your results!

27 Durham Tech employees complete Mental Health First Aid certification

The Teaching-Learning Center (TLC) recently hosted an eight-hour training facilitated by Alliance Behavioral Healthcare. The training certified the participants to provide immediate care in a mental health crisis in the same way that CPR training certifies people to provide care in a physical health crisis. Participants learned risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns and a five-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health concern or in crisis. The training focused on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and substance abuse.


Congratulations to the following Durham Tech employees who completed the certification: Audrey Muhammad, Cindy Hardin, Claudia Joyner, Gabby McCutchen, Gina Perryman, Heidi White, Jackie Krohn, Janemarie Baker, Janice Murphy, Jennifer Bennett, Jessica Vaughan, Karin Abell, Kerry Cantwell, Lance Lee, Lea Bingham, Lyndsay Al-Shibli, Marisa Sullivan, Melissa Ockert, Olga Hogrefe, Sandy Young, Sheza Healey, Sue Cheng, Suzi Jaikaran, Svetlana Yokum, Tammy Nelson, Tisha Phillips, and Tracy Mancini.

The TLC will offer additional training to support students with mental health challenges again in Fall 2016. If you want to participate, please look for an announcement at the start of the fall semester.