Monthly Archives: June 2016

FUNdraising with our Occupational Therapy Assistant program

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Durham Tech’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program got down with the dogs in Apex this past Saturday, June 25. As a fundraiser for their upcoming Clinical Council Meeting (July 22, in the Wynn Center) students offered dog washing, snacks for people and pets (popcorn, snow cones, and homemade dog treats!), face painting, and American flags in exchange for a donation to the OTA program.

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Dog owners received a complimentary photo of their freshly-laundered pooches, decked out in glorious red, white, and blue in front of a beautiful large flag.

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Congratulations to our students for a unique and interesting approach to FUNdraising!

Congrats to our LPN-ADN graduates!

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Congrats to our Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) graduates who celebrated their accomplishments during a ceremony on May 12.

The following students were honored:

Karen Amrine

Shakieda Andrews

Denise Barnes

Sharon Battle

Jessica Blackemore

Amanda Cockerham

Chervae Garner

Deniqua Grant

Keisha Greene

Kendra Lawrence

Juanita McCargo

Yasheka McNeil

Tina Mills

Meena Naz

Le’nisha Parker

Ayesha Peppers

Caitlin Smith

Holly Smith

Michele Stretz

Naiomi Tweneboa-Kodua

J’Mi Walker

Charselle Wall

Fabain Williams

Brandi Wilson

Kimberly Young

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Riverside senior completes Eagle Scout project, BLET exercise platform

A team of volunteers help Riverside High School senior Marcus Willoughby complete his Eagle Scout project May 14, 2016, at the Northern Durham Center.

A team of volunteers help Riverside High School senior Marcus Willoughby complete his Eagle Scout project May 14, 2016, at the Northern Durham Center.

A Riverside High School senior has designed and constructed an exercise platform for Basic Law Enforcement Training students at the Northern Durham Center.

Marcus Willoughby completed the project as a part of his Eagle Scout designation. Willoughby is a scout in Troop 405. The 8-foot by 8-foot platform will be used in leading exercises for BLET students.

On Saturday, May 14, the high school senior was joined on the construction site by a number of volunteers, scouts, classmates, and family members, including: Mark Clancy, David Clifton, Ian and Edward Casker, Leydon Evans, José Gomez, Devon Gregory, Donovan Herndon, Matthew and Thomas Jenks, Stephen Mihaich, Mya Pinnex, Gavin Pennuto, Makenzie and Toriana Poole, Kenyon Ray, Faye Stanley, Lori Thomas, and Makayla Torain.

Fellow scouts, classmates, and family members came out to help Marcus Willoughby complete his Eagle Scout project.

Fellow scouts, classmates, and family members came out to help Marcus Willoughby complete his Eagle Scout project.

Willoughby, who graduates from Riverside on June 8, had to finish the project by the end of May before reporting to Elon University in June to begin training with the football team there. Willoughby was an all-conference performer as both a junior and senior season for the Riverside Pirates, and was named the squad’s defensive player of the year for the 2015 season. Willoughby has also lettered in lacrosse and basketball. He has achieved the rank of Life Scout in his troop and is an engineering pathway student, planning to study business management at Elon. Willoughby is the son of former North Carolina A&T State University football player Marvin Willoughby and his wife, Jacquline, a former Winston-Salem State University basketball player.

Sergeant Mark Clancy of the Durham Police Department gave Willoughby and the volunteer crew Durham Police baseball caps and water bottles as souvenirs. Doug Thomas, Durham Tech director of BLET, awarded the Scout with a plaque commemorating his service to the BLET program at the college.

“Marcus is a very mannerly and mature young man,” Thomas said. “Achieving his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout is a very important step in his life.”

New Faculty Mentor Program returns with success

The Teaching-Learning Center (TLC) revived and refreshed the New Faculty Mentor Program this year with overwhelming success. Nine seasoned full-time faculty mentored 12 new full-time faculty during the 2015-2016 academic year. Mentoring partnerships were made to encourage one-on-one communication and collaboration among diverse faculty across campus. Therefore, mentor and mentee matches often came from different departments and programs.

The New Faculty Mentor Program returned in 2015 with overwhelming success.

The New Faculty Mentor Program returned in 2015 with overwhelming success.

 

The mentors consisted of: Kerry Cantwell, Svetlana Yokum, Johnnie Bratton, Jason Moldoff, Marina DelVecchio, Jessica Vaughan, Scott Stauble, Sue Cheng, and Jonathan Cook. Faculty mentees who participated included the following: Adam Foster, Olga Hogrefe, Deidre Yancey, Yasmeen Haque, Dawn Roberson, Tisha Phillips, Denise Walz, Erin Popov, Eric Crump, Dawn Stanley, Justin Long, and Kris Weberg. Mentors and mentees met regularly throughout the academic year and plan to continue their mentoring partnerships informally in future years. The program wrapped up with an end-of-semester celebration in the TLC, pictured above. For additional information regarding the New Faculty Mentor Program, visit the TLC website.

Johnnie Bratton, an Associate Degree in Nursing instructor, shares a laugh with the New Faculty Mentor Program group in the Teaching-Learning Center on May 12, 2016.

Johnnie Bratton, an Associate Degree in Nursing instructor, shares a laugh with the New Faculty Mentor Program group in the Teaching-Learning Center on May 12, 2016.

 

June farewells

Durham Tech bids farewell and best wishes to the following employees:

Bijoy Patnaik, Instructor, Physics (June 1)
Phillip Gowins, Coordinator, AHSD/College Transitions (June 1)
Robert Pennington, Security Officer (June 1)
Tracy Mancini, Dean and Department Head, Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer (June 17)
Robin Lockhart, College Liaison (June 30)
Daveta Strayhorn, Instructor/Professional Practice Experience Coordinator, Health Technologies Program (June 30)