By WENDY HERKEY • OCT 27, 2017
Charlotte Talks on WFAE
Monday, October 30, 2017
Host Mike Collins sits down with the new president of Central Piedmont Community College, Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer. She shares her vision for the school and her focus on student success with an eye toward economic mobility for Charlotteans.
Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, CPCC President
Charlotte has had several new leaders for its higher profile organizations in the past year, including CMS superintendent Clayton Wilcox, a new Charlotte city manager, a new director at the health department, and soon, we'll have a new mayor.
Central Piedmont Community College also has a new person at the helm, only the fourth president in its more than 50-year history, and only the second woman to hold the job.
Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer is digging right in with a focus on student success and of leading CPCC in making an impact on lives here in the Charlotte region.
Although she's been on the job since January, this week will mark Dr. Deitemeyer's inauguration at CPCC.
She'll sit down with Mike Collins to talk about the many initiatives she has in her sights, including CPCC's role in helping with economic mobility in Charlotte, workforce and job skills training and more.
Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer with students on the first day of classes
From the Charlotte Observer:This local college is building its biggest building yet, starting next weekOctober 27, 2017
OCTOBER 26, 2017 10:43 AM
Central Piedmont Community College plans to break ground Wednesday on its biggest building yet, a new classroom facility on its Central Campus in Elizabeth.
The $56.1 million building is funded through 2013 Mecklenburg County bonds. Totaling 154,000 square feet, the new building is larger than the Overcash Building on Central Campus, currently the school's largest. The new building will be located on the main quad, near Sam Ryburn Walk.
The new building is set to open in January 2020 for classes. The facility will include 23 standard classrooms, 29 computer classrooms, a 200-seat auditorium, six labs and offices.
Rodgers Builders is the general contractor and Bergmann Associates is the architect for the project.
The Connor Chamber Series is an extension of the already existing partnership between CPCC and the Symphony in an effort to reach new, diverse audiences and share music with the whole community. The series is made possible by ardent supporters of both organizations, Catherine and Wilton Connor.
"Chamber orchestra performances combine the creativity, talent, and discipline found in all classical music, but the experience is more intimate and personal," says Catherine Connor.
The Charlotte Symphony and CPCC have shared a longstanding partnership, including Orchestra On Campus, a multidisciplinary approach to music education that brings the full orchestra once a year to CPCC's Dale F. Halton Theater for a free performance for CPCC students.
The first of two Connor Chamber Series performances in 2017-18 will take place on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at 3 p.m. in Tate Hall on CPCC's Central Campus, located near uptown Charlotte.
The program will feature Charlotte Symphony Concertmaster Calin Lupanu in a play/conduct performance of works by Elgar, Shostakovich, and Britten. A reception will follow the performance and give audience members the chance to meet Symphony musicians.
The second performance will take place on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 3 p.m. in Tate Hall. Charlotte Symphony Assistant Conductor Christopher James Lees will conduct.
Tickets cost $18 and are available at tix.cpcc.edu or by calling 704.330.6534. Complimentary parking is available in the CPCC Theater parking deck, located at 1225 E. 4th Street.
CPCC creative writing and art appreciation students are working with the Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in their forthcoming Inside|Out Charlotte installation of art throughout the city. Lead by instructors Ashley Knight and Angelina Oberdan, students will collaborate to write descriptions of the masterworks to be displayed throughout various Charlotte neighborhoods. Inside|Out is an exhibit that takes artwork from local museums out in the community to create cultural engagement. Students writing was featured in the first Inside|Out installation in Washington Heights. The second installation will run from September 3 through December 3.
"CPCC's student collaboration with Inside|Out provided not only a way for students to become involved with the goals of the project (to engage with art), but it also reiterated to Creative Writing students the importance of using concise and deliberate language," said Angelina Oberdan, discipline chair of the ACA, English and Humanities division at CPCC. "Also, just like Inside|Out brings artwork outside of the museum, this collaboration brought students' work outside of the classroom."
"I really enjoyed seeing our students engage with the selected art works at the Bechtler Museum and Gantt Center. At one point, they gathered into a large group and were intently listening to a docent telling the story surrounding the Giacometti drawings," said Ash Knight, an art instructor at CPCC. " I believe they captured and expressed their own excited curiosity about the art in writing the captions."
CPCC Museum Pass
In addition to participating in the installation, students will also receive a CPCC Museum Pass, thanks to the generous cooperation of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, The Mint Museum of Art. and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Going forward, CPCC's Culture Card will give close to 3,000 students free admission to these institutions for a year. This partnership supports the learning process for CPCC students and serves to further their engagement with the arts through access to the excellent collections in our community.