Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will present Amy Bagwell, English instructor, and Laura Temples, executive director of Enterprise Information Services, with the Tony and Beth Zeiss Award at the college's spring commencement ceremony, on May 18, at Bojangles' Coliseum.
The Tony and Beth Zeiss Award recognizes faculty and staff members whose efforts to support student success have been particularly extraordinary during the past year.
Amy Bagwell has been a member of the CPCC family since 2010. She is a poet, mixed-media artist and teacher who seeks to present poetry to people in traditional and new ways.
She co-chairs the literary and steering committees for CPCC's annual Sensoria: A Celebration of Literature and the Arts, which this year featured more than 80 events attended by nearly 15,000 individuals.
She co-directs the nonprofit Wall Poems, Inc., a poetry and public art project, as well as the Goodyear Arts residency and events project in Charlotte, with support from the Knight Foundation and Charlotte's Arts and Science Council, among others. She received her MFA in Poetry from Queens University of Charlotte and her BA in English from the University of Georgia.
Laura Temples began her career at Miami Dade Community College, where she worked part-time with the computerized placement testing national pilot. In 1988, she and her family relocated to Charlotte, where Laura continued to work with the national pilot in the Testing Center at CPCC.
Through her work at CPCC, Laura discovered her interest in computer programming, inspiring her to enroll as a non traditional student while continuing to work and raise a family. She earned her AAS in Computer Programming, Business in 1997. Following graduation, she accepted a position as a programmer analyst at CPCC, and is now the Executive Director for Enterprise Information Services in the college's Information Technology and Research Services unit.
As an alumnus of CPCC, she is passionate about the mission of the college and her belief that community colleges improve lives.
"Amy and Laura exemplify CPCC's high standards and commitment to excellence in all areas," said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, president of CPCC. "Thanks to their efforts, CPCC is a stronger community resource to its students, employees, partners and visitors."