Monthly Archives: April 2017

Durham Tech has largest number of students in attendance at CATI conference

On Saturday, April 8, more than 20 students in Durham Tech’s Translation and Interpretation Program attended the Carolina Association of Translators and Interpreters (CATI) Conference that was held at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. At this year’s conference, Durham Tech had the largest student representation from any college or university in attendance! The annual event is a great opportunity for students to network, receive additional training, and meet up with Durham Tech alumni. Through their attendance at CATI, students were able to receive a more global representation of the interpreting and translation professions.

Several students were recognized by their service sites for their contributions.  For a glimpse into one student’s experience in the Community Spanish Facilitator Certificate Program, check out an article appearing in the Durham Tech Volunteer Blog: https://www.durhamtech.edu/volunteerblog/?p=750.

CATI regularly holds socials across the state, for more information: http://www.catiweb.org/

(From left to right: Maria Flamarique, Michael “Bryon” Desaulniers, Andres Villegas, Jorge Gutierrez, Ron Garcia, Marth De La Torre Lopez; Nissi “Samantha” Rodriguez; Elienait Torres; Sheila Shortell; Instructor and CATI President Ms. Georgia Betcher; Nallely Pina Perez; Sarah “Sol” Pederson; Catherine Cahn; Thomas Huffstetler; Luz Lim; Jamila “Gigi” Gaffney; Esther Fuentes; Sylvia Restrepo; Lauren Cohen; Hugo Posso.)

(Left to right: Maria Flamarique, Michael “Bryon” Desaulniers, Andres Villegas, Jorge Gutierrez, Ron Garcia, Marth De La Torre Lopez; Nissi “Samantha” Rodriguez; Elienait Torres; Sheila Shortell; Instructor and CATI President Ms. Georgia Betcher; Nallely Pina Perez; Sarah “Sol” Pederson; Catherine Cahn; Thomas Huffstetler; Luz Lim; Jamila “Gigi” Gaffney; Esther Fuentes; Sylvia Restrepo; Lauren Cohen; Hugo Posso)

Lucky Number 7 for Learning Matters and the TLC

Five of the seven Learning Matters contributors at the Learning Matters reception on April 26, 2017 (Left to right: Jairo McMican, Cindy Hardin, Mark Hand, Lea Bingham, and Scott Stauble)

Five of the seven Learning Matters contributors at the Learning Matters reception on April 26, 2017
(Left to right: Jairo McMican, Cindy Hardin, Mark Hand, Lea Bingham, and Scott Stauble)

The Teaching-Learning Center (TLC) has proudly published seven college faculty in its seventh volume of Learning Matters. Please join the TLC advisory committee in congratulating the contributors on their articles:

  • “Reflecting on Transfer” by Lea Bingham
  • “From PowerPoints to Video Lectures: Increasing Student-Instructor Interaction in Online Courses” by Daysha Lawrence
  • “Assessing Program Learning Outcomes: The Struggle to Measure Gains in Student Learning” by Scott Stauble
  • “Building Bridges of Color in a Learning Environment” by Jairo McMican
  • “Simulation Use in Interprofessional Education” by Cindy Hardin
  • “Teaching Critical Thinking and Decision Making Skills to Nursing Students in the Classroom: High Fidelity Patient Simulation” by Mark C. Hand
  • “Vision for Effective Leadership” by Marye Vance

The TLC hosted a reception on Wednesday, April 26 to recognize the contributors and distribute copies of Learning Matters. All full-time and part-time faculty will receive a copy of the journal in their campus mail boxes before the end of the semester. If anyone else would like to request a copy, please contact Gabby McCutchen at mccutcheng@durhamtech.edu or Lance Lee at leej@durhamtech.edu.

Cantwell and McCutchen get published

Our very own Kerry F. Cantwell and Gabby McCutchen are published co-authors in the latest monograph by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition entitled What Makes the First-Year Seminar High Impact? Exploring Effective Educational Practices. Their article describing Durham Tech’s ACA 122 course represents one of only two community colleges selected for inclusion in the monograph. You can find a description of the book at the following link: http://nrcpubs.com/

Durham Tech’s Phi Beta Lambda receives 17 awards at state conference

 

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Left to right: Tyler Kempton, LaTonya Steele, Emilia Arrington, Eric Eales, Betina Huntwork, Christopher McDuff, Michele Parrish, Christopher Kenestrick

Six students and two advisors, along with over 300 Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) student and professional division members, took part in the 2017 NC PBL State Leadership Conference (SLC) on April 6-8 in Charlotte, NC. Students attended workshops, general sessions including the keynote address from former NC PBL state presidents, and networked with other members and professionals. Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)-PBL is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year with Legacy of Leadership as the theme.  A highlight of the conference was the Awards Ceremony where our students took the stage for 17 individual awards including:

1st place 

  • Help Desk – Christopher McDuff
  • Network Design – Christopher Kenestrick and Christopher McDuff
  • Networking Concepts – Eric Eales

2nd place 

  • Client Services – Emilia Arrington
  • Cyber Security –  Eric Eales

3rd place

  • Management Concepts – Betina Huntwork
  • Networking Concepts – Tyler Kempton
  • Retail Management – Emilia Arrington

4th place 

  • Computer Concepts – Tyler Kempton
  • Cyber Security – Christopher Kenestrick

5th place 

  • Marketing Concepts – Betina Huntwork

Who’s Who in NC PBL

  • Christopher McDuff
  • Betina Huntwork

Career and Membership Achievement Program (CMAP) 

  • Director Level – Emilia Arrington and Kim Green
  • President Level – Christopher McDuff and Betina Huntwork

Leadership Development Award for attendance at 4 workshops:

  • Emilia Arrington
  • Eric Eales
  • Betina Huntwork
  • Tyler Kempton
  • Christopher Kenestrick
  • Christopher McDuff

Chapter awards:

  • Received The Legacy Leadership Award (TLLA – formerly the Terry Lowrance Leadership award) for being an outstanding chapter.
  • 5th place – Largest Chapter Affiliation NC PBL Professional Division-Foundation
  • Recognition for being a Gold Star Chapter
  • Recognition for maintaining or increasing membership
  • Recognition for designing the 2016-17 NC PBL state pin
  • Recognition for recruitment of five of more NC PBL Professional Division-Foundation members
  • Recognition for contributions to the NC PBL Professional Division-Foundation General Fund (in honor of Janice Kerber, former Durham Tech PBL adviser) and the Scholarship Fund (in honor of Dr. Bill Ingram, Durham Tech President)

All chapter members took part in a roller coaster skit at the opening session.

Emilia Arrington and Christopher Kenestrick, both Navy veterans, carried the American and NC flags, for the presentation of colors at the general session.

All six students will be representing Durham Tech PBL and NC PBL at the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference (NLC) in Anaheim, CA in June. Members will be continuing to raise funds for NLC.  Upcoming fundraisers include Durham Bulls ticket vouchers, Belk Charity Day tickets, California Pizza Kitchen and Chickfila.  Additionally students will be participating in the Triangle March of Dimes walk in late April.

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Durham Tech director receives above and beyond award

Jacequeline Mitchell, director of Certification and Career Training for Corporate and Continuing Education at Durham Tech, received the Above and Beyond Award at a ceremony in Greensboro, NC on March 25.

The Above and Beyond Award is presented by North Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve  State Committees, a Department of Defense office to recognize employers at the local level who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act by providing additional non-mandated benefits to their Guard and Reserve employees.

Mitchell was nominated by U.S. Army Reserve Captain Jeffrey Daye, an adjunct instructor at Durham Tech who serves in the 535th Military Police Battalion.  One of the presenters of the award was Larry Hall, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs.  Mitchell also received the Patriot’s Award for her work with National Guardsmen and U.S. Army Reservists from ESGR last year.

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Durham Tech director receives life membership award

Irene Laube, associate dean and director of the library at Durham Tech, was presented with the Life Membership Award at the North Carolina Community College Library Association (NCCCLA) conference last week. The award qualifies a librarian retiring from the community college system to be a life member of NCCCLA and attend all future conferences free of charge. She will retire June 1.

The NCCCLA conference was held at Carteret Community College (CCC) in beautiful Morehead City where it celebrated the 50th anniversary of the association. Tracy Mancini, a former dean of the Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer program at Durham Tech and current vice president of Instruction and Student Services at CCC, gave the introduction for North Carolina author Lee Smith’s keynote address at the conference.

Also in attendance was Barbara Baker, former vice president of Durham Tech. She was recognized as a past president of the Association from 1982-1983.

Irene Laube receives NCCCLA Life Membership Award

Irene Laube receives NCCCLA Life Membership Award.

Past presidents of NCCCLA, Barbara Baker is seated on first row, fifth from left.

Past presidents of NCCCLA. Barbara Baker is seated on first row, fifth from left.

Durham Tech Men in Nursing chapter conducts supply drive for Haiti

The Durham Tech Men in Nursing chapter conducted a supply drive for nursing students and their families in Haiti in response to the floods from Hurricane Matthew. More than 150 supply kits were sent to the Haiti School of Nursing by way of Dr. Tim Bristol of NurseTim, who has been leading medical teams to Haiti since 2007. Supply kits included school supplies and personal items.

Durham Tech was recently approved as a Men in Nursing Chapter from the American Assembly of Men in Nursing, making Durham Tech the first North Carolina community college to have a local chapter of the national organization. Assisting fellow nursing students on a global level was the chapter’s first community service project.

Nursing students at Faculté des Sciences Infirmières de l’Université Episcopale d’Haïti with backpacks of donated supplies

Nursing students at Faculté des Sciences Infirmières de l’Université Episcopale d’Haïti with backpacks of donated supplies

Let’s celebrate April anniversaries and birthdays!

April Anniversaries (Years)

Melissa Mitchell (25); Megan Nicholson (22); Harry Bulbrook (20); Judy Roberts (12); Mary Moore (12); Richard Lawrence (9); Michelle Jordan (7); Andrea Thomas (7); Judy Graham (7); Glen Fisher (5); Teresa Holder (5); David Wright (1); Keitcha Royal (1); Pamela Rich (1); Paula Reif (1)

April Birthdays (Day)

Patrick L. Morris (1); Eric L. Crump (1); Christine T. Gunnigle (2); James V. Luxton (2); Vernon L. Bridges, II (2); Donna H. Matheson (2); Belinda P. Robertson (4); Elecia R. Brown (4); Liza Nordstrom (6); Shannon W. Hahn (9); Jemma G. Superville (11); Amy R. Kern (11); Cortissia B. Johnson (12); Akin T. Akinli (13); Dr. Bill Ingram (13); Olga Hogrefe (16); Dorothy M. Holman (19); Synthia S. Cooper (20); Terra P. Bikah (23); Paula A. Reif (23); John F. Mathewson (24); Jill E. Roofner (24); David R. Long (25); Harry T. Bulbrook (25); Kim B. Chandler (26); Pamela M. Rich (28); Victoria P. Deaton (28); Rachel M. Lithman (29)

Durham Tech IT instructors participate in statewide conference

gEight IT faculty participated in the North Carolina Computer Instruction Association (NCCIA) annual conference in New Bern, NC, at Craven Community College, March 7-9. The event drew IT instructors from 46 different educational institutions, 38 of which were NC Community Colleges. The conference provides professional development, certification testing, student and faculty scholarships, and opportunities for instructors to share their perspectives and experiences with one another.

Tom Murphy and Harry Bulbrook served as President and Immediate Past President at the event. Margie Dietz, Angie Jones, and Eric Schmieder presented. Leon Holloway assisted in certification testing and in presentation sessions. Michele Parrish won a reward for hunting bears in an after-hours scavenger hunt in which participants navigated New Bern taking selfies with bear statues that pockmark the town named after the Swiss word for bear. Faculty that participated included Harry Bulbrook, Margie Dietz, Leon Holloway, Angie Jones, Tom Murphy, Scott Neal, Michele Parrish, and Eric Schmieder.

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