Monthly Archives: July 2016

Durham Tech students brave heat for community service

Durham Tech’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students are always on the move with service-learning projects and supporting community organizations in need. They didn’t let the nearly 100 degree temperatures slow them down on Thursday, July 7, as the students worked to build raised garden beds for the residents of Charles House-Winmore.

Students installed two raised garden beds, one of which is wheelchair-accessible. The OTA students raised more than $600 through fundraising activities, of which approximately $200 was used for the bed installation project. The ground was leveled with topsoil and finished with mulch, and the beds were strategically placed and loaded with a topsoil and compost blend donated by Mellott Construction Company in Chapel Hill.

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The beds were then carefully lined with squash, green and jalapeño peppers, cucumber plants, and various herbs that were donated by Garden Supply Company in Cary. Two large pots were filled with tomato plants. Charles House staff and residents will tend the plants and enjoy the vegetables they harvest.

Kristine Nguyen, OTA student service learning project chairperson, said the garden beds have already yielded enjoyment, connecting student volunteers and residents of the home.

“We are really proud of the way the project turned out and pleased that our contributions to Charles House-Winmore are long-lasting and will be enjoyed for years to come by the residents,” Nguyen said.

After picture

The students will host an ice cream social on July 16th for the residents and their families and the staff of Charles House-Winmore to dedicate the new raised garden beds, along with an activity binder and associated activities and games the OTA students created and selected for the residents. The project is designed to give older residents living at Charles House-Winmore engaging and therapeutic activities.

The Charles House Association operates the Charles House Center for Eldercare, providing quality, personalized care to elders and respite for their caregiving families. Six residents inhabit the Charles House-Winmore home, which opened in September 2014 in northwestern Chapel Hill. According to the organization’s website, the program aims to provide “high levels of social and physical engagement for residents.” Durham Tech is committed to supporting great initiatives that give back to the community.

For more information, contact Communications and Social Media Manager Nathan Hardin at 919-536-7246, ext. 5206 or

Durham Tech student awarded William L. Rodgers Educational Scholarship

A Durham Technical Community College student was awarded the North Carolina Dental Laboratory Association – William L. Rodgers Educational Scholarship in May.

Krystal Spivey, a student in the Dental Laboratory Technology program at Durham Tech, said the scholarship will allow her to focus on her studies without the financial worries.

“I’ve always been a hard worker and I want to help prepare for my future. This scholarship really helps me financially. I don’t have to worry as much and I can focus on my studies and stay late after class if I need to.”

The NCDLA – William L. Rodgers Educational Scholarship was named in honor of Bill Rodgers who served as the director of the Dental Laboratory Technology program at Durham Tech for more than 26 years. The scholarship is awarded annually to a rising second-year student enrolled in the Dental Laboratory Technology program at Durham Technical Community College.

Spivey has always had an eye on the medical field, she said, and has developed passion for dental lab work since entering the program last year.

“I really like it. It’s interesting and there is always something in this career field that you can learn more about.”

Three Durham Tech students also were recently awarded North Carolina Dental Laboratory Association Excellence Awards.

Those recipients included Emily Holt, Liyu An, and Noah Urlaub. All three were students in the Dental Laboratory Technology program and graduated in May.

Congratulations to Erin Popov, who passed her Certified Dental Technician exam in Complete Dentures this spring! Erin, the clinical coordinator and instructor of Dental Laboratory Technology, also was one of the recipients of the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology Spring Pillar Scholarship.

Let’s celebrate July anniversaries and birthdays!

July Anniversaries (Years)
Hyacinth Ingram (24); Cynthia Davis (17); Janice Stuart (17); Santosh Shonek (17); Susan Cheng (17); Melissa Ockert (16); Elizabeth Payne (11); Wanda Sutton (10); Patrick Hines (9); Tracy Bennett (8); David Kittrell (6); Deidre Lancaster (6); Jacquelyn McKeithan-Foster (6); Karen Mosley-Lyon (6); Charles Farrow (6); Clara Hawley (6); Lynn Unsworth (5); Brenda Wasson (5); Brian Edwards (5); Marshall Fuller (5); Heidi White (4); Jessica Vaughan (4); Pamela Krakow (4); Greg Stilley (3); Toni Brown (3); Mark Hand (2); Antone McClain (1); Cecil Outlaw (1); Dawn Stanley (1); Justin Bordeaux (1); Leslie Scott (1); Tayonda Saunders (1); Jessica Dormady (1); Monique Tuset (1)

July Birthdays (Date)
George Allen (1); Darlene Covington-Brown (1); Johanna Brown (2); Jonathan Cook (2); William Schuck (3); Tammy Nelson (4); Shavon (Nikki) Williams (5); Matt Arnold (6); Nathan Smith (7); Sasha Afanador (9); Dorothy Wood (9); Monique Tuset (10); Antone McClain (12); Danyece Allen (12); John Stauble (13); Karin Abell (14); Patricia Gould (15); Steven Kerrigan (16); Teri Kaasa (17); Naomi Feaste (18); Bonnie Tilson (18); Theresa McLaurin (18); Timothy Postell (18); Clara Hawley (18); Melissa Mitchell (19); Herman Taylor (19); Margaret Memory (19); James DePalma (26); Burnice Parker (26); Vanessa Spence (26); Gabrielle McCutchen (26); Marina DelVecchio (27); Michael Szczerbiak (27); Dawn Tevepaugh (28); Anita (Ja Nel) Moore (28); Sherron McDonald (30); Emma Borynski (30); Linda Chalmers (31); Meredith Lewis (31)

July farewells

Durham Tech bids farewell and best wishes to the following employees:
Jacqueline Futrell, Instructor, Adult Basic Education (July 1)
Michael “Mick” Haubert, Security Officer (July 1)
Laveshia Johnson, Instructor, Associate Degree Nursing (July 17)
Melody Wilkinson, Instructor, Associate Degree Nursing (July 26)
Tiffany Collins, Coordinator, Student Accounts (July 1)
Brian Edwards, Police Officer (July 20)