Monthly Archives: December 2016

Phi Beta Lambda Chapter Members Doing Well AND Doing Good in Fall Semester 2016!

PBL Fall conference attendees left to right Chris Kennestrick, Christopher McDuff, Emilia Arrington, Eric Eales, Kim Green, Business Administration Instructor LaTonya Steele, and Betina Huntwork

Michele Parrish, Information Systems Security/Networking Technologies instructor, reports that members of Durham Technical Community College’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), Delta Beta Upsilon, attended the 2016 NCPBL Fall Leadership Conference in Greensboro, NC, November 18-19. Parrish is the faculty advisor for the club.

Along with participating in various workshops on leadership topics, Durham Tech representatives conducted a workshop entitled “Unite and Conquer. Team Building: An Essential Element in Leadership Success,” and participated in the non-trivia and recruitment display competitions.

Photo 1 Winning Pin Design

DT’s Winning Pin Design

For the second year in a row, Durham Tech designed the years’ winning pin. The pin will be made and sold at the State Leadership Conference in April. The chapter was also awarded the Gold Star chapter award by completing six “beginning of the year” activities. Durham Tech student Christopher McDuff was one of three winners of a $650 NCPBL Professional Division -Foundation, Inc. Scholarship.

PBL has been very active in serving the community this semester.  They have volunteered several

PBL members volunteer at the Museum of Life and Science’s Pumpkin Patch

times at Durham Urban Ministries, collected food for the Durham Tech food pantry and participated in Phi Theta Kappa’s clothing drive.  Additionally, they graded written tests and served as “helpers” for the FBLA Triad Regional Conference at Chapel Hill High School on December 10. PBL Members also volunteered at the Museum of Life and Science’s Pumpkin Patch in October and the Santa Train on December 9.

Additionally, chapter members have been collecting donations for the March of Dimes Walk for Babies in April.  If faculty or staff members would like to walk with them or donate they can do so at:

Phi Beta Lambda members volunteering at Durham Urban Ministries

Members volunteer at Durham Urban Ministries

Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., is the premier student business organization in the world. PBL provides opportunities for post-secondary students to develop business-related career competencies. Phi Beta Lambda is an integral part of the instructional program at Durham Tech, and in addition promotes a sense of civic and personal responsibility. For more information about Phi Beta Lambda, contact Michele Parrish at, or call extension 8158.

Charlene West, Dean and Department Head, Career and Technical Programs, at far right

PBL members volunteer at the Museum of Life and Science’s Santa Train in December


The 2016 Durham Tech Holiday Party

The college hosted its 2016 Holiday Party on Tuesday, Dec. 13, with a delightful evening at The Cotton Room at Golden Belt. With scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, a festive atmosphere, and some impressive moves on the dance floor, the evening also celebrated the college’s talented faculty, staff, and administration. Here are some of the wonderful views from the night:

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Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) congratulates first graduating faculty class

TLA Graduates

Durham Tech’s 1st TLA graduating faculty class

Fifteen Durham Tech faculty members have successfully completed the first Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) in the Teaching-Learning Center (TLC). The TLA focused on high-impact practices around the following themes: adult learners, active learning strategies, classroom facilitation strategies, assessment strategies, and the NC Community College System.

The course included five online Sakai modules and two face-to-face workshops on Saturday mornings. It was held through the fall semester. The TLA successfully created a community of Durham Tech full-time and part-time faculty who are committed to student success.

TLA cakeThe following faculty members make up the first graduating class: Meghan Barnes, Stephanie Dawson, Mel Dejesus, Mauricio Garcia-Vargas, Jamie Gilbert, Rhea Hebert, Katherine Koballa, Mickey MacAdam, Starlett Mack, Jennifer Macy, Thomas Magrinat, John Paul Middlesworth, Tisha Phillips, Brittney Vorndick, and Deidre Yancey. The TLA celebrated its conclusion with cake and collegiality in the TLC on Friday, December 9.

Please congratulate the first graduating class of the TLA when you see them and be sure to look for an opportunity to participate in the next TLA.

Durham Tech was represented at the Hillsborough Holiday Parade held Saturday, December 3. Faculty, staff, students, families, and friends from Durham Tech’s Orange County Campus enjoyed sharing their holiday spirit with other members of the community! Thank you to all participants!

Durham Tech EMS at Hillsborough Holiday Parade

Durham Tech EMS at Hillsborough Holiday Parade