A Monthly Publication for Sharing Information of Interest to Durham Tech Employees
ment agencies; and we provided career
growth opportunities for many others
By Dr. Bill Ingram, President of DTCC in fire protection, criminal justice, and
other related fields. Graduates of our
It has truly been an eventful year; and as Information Systems programs went to
I reflect on our accomplishments, I am work as computer programmers, network
astonished at what we have done. In engineers, office managers, and medical
January, we adopted an ambitious coders. And students in our Industrial
Strategic Plan that directs our attention to and Engineering programs gained under-
five major initiatives for the next several standing of “green technologies” in fields
years. With the adoption of that plan, we as diverse as automotive systems, electri-
reaffirmed the notion that we are a learn- cal and electronics technologies, and
ing college focused on student success. architectural technologies.
January also brought record enrollments Dr. Bill Ingram Graduates of our University Transfer pro-
as the national, state, and regional econo-
for admission and for financial aid. We gram continued their academic success at
my fell into the “Great Recession.” For
provided all our students with email UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
the first time in memory, credit enroll-
accounts and began using WebAdvisor for Central University, N.C. State, and
ments in the spring semester exceeded
student registration. dozens of other colleges and universities
enrollments in the previous fall, as
across the region and the nation. This fall,
Durham and Orange County residents As we completed our fifth year as a char- the State Board of Community Colleges
turned to us for skills updating and career ter Achieving the Dream institution, we recognized our tradition of excellence in
readiness and as families recognized are able to point to successes in our devel- preparing transfer students for future suc-
Durham Tech as a high-quality, low-cost opmental education efforts and in provid- cess. We have launched our Center for
alternative to two years on a university ing opportunities for engagement for the Global Learner, an initiative to con-
campus. Registrations grew again this fall, minority male students. Those successes solidate and strengthen our service to
as we saw record numbers of applications were recognized nationally as we were international students and to enhance
invited to continue our association with opportunities for all our students to gain
Achieving the Dream as a Leadership a global perspective while enrolled here.
What’s Inside(r) College.
Meanwhile, we continued to provide
Season’s Greetings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 As the community college for the City basic literacy education for thousands of
Durham Tech Launches Center for of Medicine, we continued to prepare stu- our area’s adults and provided a second
the Global Learner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 dents for successful careers in nursing and chance at high school completion for
Latino Youth Leaders Enjoy a Day allied health fields. Our Medical Assisting hundreds more. The Gateway to College
at Durham Tech . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 program received initial accreditation, and National Network named us a replication
48 Scholarships Awarded to Deserving Students . . .3 our Nursing Assistant program main- site and awarded us a $300,000 grant to
tained its approbation by the State of further our community’s efforts at
OTA Students Gain Valuable Experience
in Washington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 North Carolina. Both our Associate dropout recovery, and Jobs for the Future
Degree Nursing and Licensed Practical provided us with a $40,000 grant to
Employee Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Nursing programs received recommenda- “scale up” our Breaking Through initia-
Wellness Committee Sponsors a Host tion-free preliminary reports from the
of Healthy Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 tive that provides pathways for meaning-
National League of Nursing, the first step ful employment for GED graduates.
Harvest Feast Raises Money for Two in attaining accreditation from that pro-
Scholarships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 fessional group. And we provided thousands of Durham
Student Represents Durham Tech on Cultural and Orange County residents with
Graduates of our Business and Public opportunities to develop or enhance skills
Arts Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Service Technologies programs began or through our Corporate and Continuing
College Hosts Legislative Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 continued careers in accounting and Education Division, providing job-readi-
This Month’s Dossier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 in business, in public schools and child ness certificates and training area emer-
December Birthdays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 care centers across the region. We trained gency medical personnel, firefighters,
December Anniversaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
new officers for the Durham Police
Department and for other law enforce-
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Durham Tech Launches Center Season’s Greetings (continued)
for the Global Learner bioprocess technicians, nursing assistants,
and individuals in dozens of other fields.
Dr. María Fraser-Molina, associate vice president and In partnership with the Office of
executive director of the Center for the Global Learner, Workforce Development, we provided
recently answered some questions for The Insider. training in “Brownfields” clean-up for
environmentally distressed locales in
Q. Why was the Center for the Global Learner Northeast Central Durham.
created? We have accomplished all of this during a
A. During the summer of 2008, Dr. Ingram called a time of unprecedented financial stress,
meeting of the Global Connections/International with reductions in state funding, cuts to
Students Committee to receive an update about the local budgets, and private giving on the
college’s globalization efforts. He had just completed Dr. María Fraser-Molina decline. We have accomplished this with
the World View Global Leaders’ Leadership Program at major construction occurring on the
UNC-Chapel Hill and was interested in finding out what the next steps would be Main Campus, with classrooms and labs
to move various initiatives forward. During the program, the idea for the Center for the that are more crowded than ever, and
Global Learner (CGL) was presented as a way of advancing and coordinating ongoing with parking lots that are constantly full.
disparate efforts and providing dedicated leadership and a focal point for all international We have accomplished this — you have
activities at a college. At the time, Durham Tech was in the process of developing accomplished this — because of your
its vision and strategic initiatives and goals. After “Emphasizing Globalization” became hard work and dedication to our students
one of the five adopted strategic initiatives, Dr. Ingram approved the creation of the and our community, because of your pro-
proposed CGL. fessionalism and your expertise. Whether
you teach biology or answer the tele-
Q. What are the benefits of having a Center for the Global Learner? phone, whether you evaluate transcripts
A. Programs such as English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign for transfer credit or clean restrooms,
Language (EFL) that have been part of different units in the college are now under the whether you install software on our com-
CGL. This consolidation will provide non-native English speakers with seamless advising puters or make sure our bills are paid on
and placement. A student might start his or her English studies in ESL, take a few con- time, your efforts have contributed to the
tinuing education offerings, and transition to EFL before pursuing an adult high school, extraordinary progress we have experi-
continuing education, or curriculum program. In the past, this student, who is learning enced this year.
his or her way around a new place and educational system with limited English skills, I thank you for your hard work and
would have needed to go to three or four different locations to talk to several people commitment to Durham Tech and to our
before completing each step in the process. Now, the CGL will handle the coordination. students. Through your efforts, we are
The benefits extend not only to international students, but to all students, faculty, staff, able to fulfill our mission of enriching
and the community. The CGL will work collaboratively with other departments and our students’ lives and the broader com-
units of the college on efforts like globalization of the curriculum to include outcome munity through teaching, learning, and
development and assessment, intercultural programs and activities, study abroad, and service. Best wishes throughout this
professional and staff development. The CGL will create strategic partnerships with busi- winter break.
ness and industry, non-profit and governmental organizations, and academic institutions
both in the U.S. and abroad.
Q. Is this one of the first Centers for the Global Learner in the NCCCS?
Drama 122 Performs
A. To my knowledge, this is one of the first such centers in the NCCCS. Other colleges “The Exonerated”
address globalization issues through committees, assigned staff, or the dedication Plan to attend a performance of
of committed faculty members. Of course, community colleges offer a wide range of “The Exonerated,” performed by the
programs that are global in nature; but the concept of a central administrative unit to students in Tracy Francis’ Drama 122
promote, coordinate, and lead all globalization efforts in a collaborative way is unique Oral Interpretation course.
to Durham Tech. Performances will be held in the
ERC Auditorium on Wednesday,
Q. Anything else you'd like to share with our faculty and staff? December 2, at 3 p.m., and Thursday,
A. The center has no physical location at the moment and is not fully staffed. We expect December 3, at 2 p.m. Admission is
to consolidate some offices in the White Building when the renovations to that building free and open to the public.
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Global Learner (continued)
Latino Youth Leaders Enjoy
are completed, but my office will continue to be in the Phillips Building. We
are lucky to have experienced and dedicated faculty and staff members at the a Day at Durham Tech
center. They include Margaret Newhouse, counselor/admissions officer for Fourteen Durham middle and high school students
International Students; Gwen Barclay-Toy, advisor for International Studies spent a morning at Durham Tech learning about the
and coordinator/instructor for the English as a Foreign Language program; opportunities available to them. They are members of
Karin Abell, director of the English as a Second Language (ESL) program; the Jóvenes Líderes en Acción (JLA)/Latino Youth in
JoAnn Molnar, coordinator/instructor of ESL; and Marianela Mañana, direc- Action, a joint venture between El Centro Hispano
tor/instructor of the Spanish Certificate programs. We are also in the process and AmeriCorps. Dr. Charles Nolan, principal of the
of appointing a community-based Advisory Committee for the Center for the Middle College High School, explained the operation
Global Learner. of the college and what it offered students. Wayne
In order to disseminate information about ongoing activities and to solicit Durkee, associate dean of Business and Public Service
input about how the CGL can serve students, faculty, and staff, we are plan- Technologies, talked about technical and vocational
ning a TLC presentation in February. In addition, I plan to visit all the courses and programs. Dr. María Fraser-Molina, asso-
college’s departments and units during the next several months. In the mean- ciate vice president and executive director of the
time, I invite our faculty and staff to contact me with their ideas, questions, Center for the Global Learner, explained dual enroll-
or interest in getting involved with the CGL. ment opportunities. The students finished their day
with a guided tour provided by a student mentor and
lunch at the College Café.
48 Scholarships Awarded to Deserving Students
Founding trustee George Newton Lettie Robinson Goode presents Natasha Christopher Hart was the recipient of
awards Samuel King the George W. Jackson the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority the Charlene B. Daye and Terry C.
and Mary H. Newton Scholarship. Inc. Scholarship. The international Lowrance Memorial Scholarship.
sorority is committed to leadership and Charlene's husband, Douglas, and
service by African American women. Terry's wife, Kay, presented the award.
During this fall’s Scholarship Awards Ceremony, Durham Tech’s Foundation awarded 48 scholarships to 61 students. According to
Foundation Director Robert Turner, the college awarded approximately $51,000 in scholarship funds to students.
Many donors attended the November 16 scholarship ceremony to meet the recipients. “In a challenging economy, the Foundation
worked very hard to find resources so that scholarship assistance for students would be impacted as minimally as possible,” Turner said.
A new scholarship was announced this fall, the Rebecca Clark Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was recently established by
the Orange County Democratic Women in memory of Orange County resident Rebecca Clark. She was well known for her work
and leadership on many issues in the community. Clark worked at UNC-Chapel Hill for many years and the UNC laundry facility
bears her name. Clark’s life was based on the principle of equal opportunity for all, Turner said. The first recipient of this scholarship is
Deonne A. Evans.
OTA Students Gain Valuable
Experience in Washington
Ten Durham Tech Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)
students had the opportunity to lobby for their profession
recently in Washington, D.C. Occupational therapy profes-
sionals as well as students from around the nation talked with
their legislators and their staffs about issues that are impor-
tant to the occupational therapy industry. This is the third
year that OTA students from Durham Tech have attended
the annual American Occupational Therapy Association
(AOTA) Capitol Hill Day. The trip was a “Professional
Skills” project for the Durham Tech students. First they gath-
ered with other students and industry professionals for a
briefing at the Washington Hotel. They learned about health care Second-year Occupational Therapy Assistant students look
bills being considered by the House and Senate and tips for effec- forward to starting their careers.
tive discussion with legislative staff members, such as providing
key information in a direct manner and following up with dramatically during the next 10 years. OTAs work under the
additional information. supervision of licensed occupational therapists, performing many
of the same duties to help patients regain life skills at home, work,
The Durham Tech students’ first stop was at the office of Sen. Kay and play.
Hagan, D-N.C., where they met with a legislative assistant. They
visited staff members of Sen. Richard Burr, D-N.C. and Rep. Among those attending was Kelly Boyd, who enrolled in Durham
Howard Coble, R-N.C. They also met with staff members of Tech’s OTA program after working for years with sexual assault
Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C. and Rep. David Price, D-N.C. Some victims. Boyd, who already earned a bachelor’s degree in Human
of the people the students met were familiar with occupational Development from UNC-Greensboro, wanted a career change.
therapy, while others were not and wanted to learn more. The She has enjoyed her OTA courses and would like to work in long-
Durham Tech students said that talking to legislators gave them a term care with older clients. “This field provides a lot of creativi-
feeling of empowerment and helped them understand the politi- ty,” she said.
cal issues that might affect the profession. Kamrin Marks, another OTA student attending, currently works
One national issue is that the current law prohibits occupational as a cosmetologist. She loves making her clients look good, but
therapists from “opening” Medicare home health cases – defined she felt the need to change careers and perhaps have a greater
as conducting the initial assessment of a patient – even when a impact on people. While at Durham Tech, Kamrin, who is mar-
physician prescribes occupational therapy. According to industry ried with a 3-year-old son, has continued to work full time at her
officials, allowing occupational therapy professionals to “open” cosmetology job while attending OTA courses and performing
cases and perform assessments allows agencies to use the most clinical work in area health agencies.
appropriately skilled service. The students also brought up Other students who attended were Evwell Batten, Ashley
protecting Medicare and Medicaid to ensure the proposed reim- Clayton, Kameelah Corum, Alisa Humphries, Leah Lowrance,
bursement cuts do not reduce beneficiary access. Rachel Ritsema, Stacey Simpson, and Jenny Wheeler.
Occupational therapist shortages exist in some areas of the Funding for the Washington, D.C., trip was provided by the
country, and demand for this therapy is expected to grow Durham Tech Student Senate.
Felix Drye won't brag about his daughter, so The Insider will! Utahya Drye, a senior at Virginia Tech, has been named a captain of the
women's basketball team for the 2009-10 season. The Northern Durham High School standout started all 30 games at Virginia Tech last
season and was the leading scorer and rebounder on the team. Utahya was ninth in scoring last season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
She needs just 124 points to become the 22nd member of the Tech 1,000-Point Club. Felix travels regularly to watch his daughter's
games. After she graduates, she is hoping to continue her basketball career in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) if
drafted and attend graduate school at Wake Forest or Georgetown University.
To read more about Utahya, click on www.hokiesports.com. Then click on Basketball (Women’s), then on Roster, and then click on
Wellness Committee Sponsors a Host Student Represents
of Healthy Activities Durham Tech on
This semester, the Wellness Committee launched a "Let's Get Moving" campaign to
encourage faculty and staff to fit exercise and health-conscious activities into their
Cultural Arts Board
workdays. During the faculty and staff meeting on Tuesday, November 17, Andrei Did you know that Durham Tech has a stu-
George reported on the Wellness Challenge program. Components have included dent representative on the Durham Cultural
information sessions on topics ranging from flu information to state health plan Arts Master Plan Board? Ashley Mattheis is a
updates and group fitness activities such as pilates and community walks. Starting Washington, D.C., native who moved to
next semester, the committee will begin sending out biweekly electronic wellness Durham four years ago. She is pursuing an
updates, to include featured "Wellness Heroes." Faculty and staff are invited to sub- Associate of Arts degree in the University
mit nominations for this award to any member of the Wellness Committee. Transfer program and also serves with the
Mentor Project. Mattheis plans to enroll at
Why should you participate in Wellness Challenge activities? George shared some UNC-Chapel Hill next fall to complete a
benefits: better health in general, less job stress, more productivity on the job, and Bachelor of Arts degree in American Women's
fewer absences from work are just a few. Focusing on wellness can also save employ- Studies with a minor in either comparative
ees money, as the state health plan will soon provide financial incentives to members religion or history. She enjoys designing and
who are physically fit and who do not use tobacco products. creating gemstone jewelry and participating in
The Campus Wellness Challenge will also return during the spring semester. See the local art shows.
college’s calendar and watch Campus Happenings and reminder emails for more Tom Russo, coordinator of Career Services in
details. Wellness Committee members are Deborah Hummer, Sue Cheng, Pat the Advising, Counseling, and Student
Hemingway Smith, Andrei George, Chinauwa Harris, Don Rouse, Patrick Hines, Development Department, thought Mattheis
Roger Bond, and Felix Drye. was an excellent choice for the Cultural Arts
Master Plan Board and encouraged her to
apply. The board meets once a month to
Harvest Feast Raises Money for Two discuss the city's and the county's progress
and adherence to the Cultural Arts Master
Scholarships Plan goals.
On Monday, November 16, the “I vote on board initiatives and try to highlight
Durham Tech Chapter of the ways to involve DTCC in the community and
American Association of Women in create community involvement at DTCC,”
Community Colleges (AAWCC) Mattheis said. “I try to use the information to
held its annual Harvest Feast assist in creating possibilities for the arts at
fundraiser. Fifty people attended the DTCC.”
luncheon, which was held in the
Teaching and Learning Center. The Cultural Arts Master Plan includes
Charlene West, Michele Parrish, and They feasted on an assortment of representatives from museums, the Durham
Danelle Smith serve grateful diners at traditional and not-so-traditional Arts Council, and many other arts and cultur-
Harvest Feast. Thanksgiving dishes, ranging from al entities in Durham. The board was respon-
pulled pork and chicken from Q-Shack to green bean casserole and vegetarian sible for commissioning the sculpture in front
options to pies and other desserts. Members of AAWCC prepared and served the of the Durham Performing Arts Center
food from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The money raised through ticket sales funds schol- (DPAC) and sponsors many arts programs
arships for female students at Durham Tech. Thanks to the $500 raised this year, two for children and other activities for the
scholarships will be awarded during next year's scholarship ceremony. AAWCC community. For more information, visit
looks forward to increasing student involvement in the coming years. www.durhamculture.com.
Although attendance was down from last year, AAWCC President Danelle Smith
reports that the feast was still a big success. The most popular dishes at the feast this Donate to the
year were corn bread and desserts. Door prizes were a new addition to this activity. Clothing Drive
In conjunction with the feast, the organization conducted a canned food drive on Please contribute new and gently used
behalf of the women’s shelter at the Durham Rescue Mission. The drive collected hats, scarves, gloves, coats, and new socks
about 75 bags of canned food, and AAWCC also made a monetary donation along to a clothing drive sponsored by our
with leftovers from the feast. Organizers said that the Rescue Mission was very Orange County Campus. Bring items
pleased with Durham Tech's efforts and looks forward to AAWCC's continued to any of our campus libraries
support in the years to come. by December 14th.
College Hosts Legislative Panel
Three state lawmakers said that next year will likely be a more dif-
ficult budget year than the current one during a panel discussion
hosted by Durham Tech and the Orange-Durham-Chatham Unit
of The League of Women Voters on November 13. Rep. Paul
Luebke, D-Durham, chairman of the N.C. House’s tax-writing
Finance Committee, reminded the gathering that the state is col-
lecting less income tax because of high unemployment and also
less sales tax as budget-conscious citizens spend fewer dollars.
Rep. Mickey Michaux, D-Durham, the senior chairman of the
House Appropriations Committee, said because revenue is lower
than anticipated, additional program cuts are a possibility later From left, Dr. Bill Ingram, Sen. Bob Atwater, D-Chatham,
this fiscal year. Durham, and Lee; Rep. Mickey Michaux, D-Durham, and
Legislators said the state could be facing a budget shortfall of up Rep. Paul Luebke, D-Durham
to half a billion dollars when the legislature meets in May for its
short session. The two-year budget plan passed in August by the mental health. Rep. Luebke said the economic crisis is "worse
General Assembly cut about $2 billion worth of spending. State than anything in the state since the Great Depression." However,
Sen. Bob Atwater, D-Chatham, Durham, and Lee, said legislators the legislators agree that in many states, including California and
acknowledge the gravity of the cuts, especially in the area of Michigan, the economic situation continues to be far worse.
This Month’s Dossier
Name: Rodney W. Norman II Vacation You would Most Like to Take: A vacation to Brazil
Present Position: Network Items Most Likely to Be Found in Your Refrigerator or Pantry:
Administrator Orange juice, milk, and protein shakes
First Job Ever Held: School bus Favorite Magazine: Mustangs and Fast Fords
washer Favorite Movie: Gone in 60 Seconds
Proudest Accomplishments: Person You’d Like to Have Dinner with (Not Counting Your
Completing my Bachelor of Science degree from Winston- Significant Other): President Barack Obama
Salem State University and playing college football
Something You’d Like to Do When You Have the Time: Work
Your Secret Vice: Washing cars on my Mustangs and go drag racing
Most Memorable Vacation: A vacation to Disney World and Something People Would Be Surprised to Know About You:
my honeymoon I participated in a NFL Combine in Atlanta, Georgia
1 – Paula Rubio; 2 – Vickie Crill, Linda Meisenbach; 4 – Dwight Williams; 7 – Richard Lawrence; 8 – Christine Husketh;
11 – Carolyn Henderson, David Rigsbee, Erik Townsend; 12 – Ralph Matthews; 15 - Denettia Shaw; 16 – Ingrid Charles;
18 – Craig Smith; 20 – Alfreda Gregory, Mary Moore; 21 – Tom Beveridge, James Weeks; 29 – Tina Webb; 30 – Gwen Barclay-Toy;
31 – Cameron Murray
26 – Mike Patrick; 25 – Patricia Hemingway Smith; 23 – Ken Hill; 16 – Randy Egsegian, Cameron Murray, Christine Kelly-Kleese;
9 – Tom Murphy; 8 – Yaneta Sanchez-Brown; 5 – Nell Yates, Sandra Covington; 3 – Craig Stoke; 2 – Glenda Morris.