Please help us to congratulate Mary Gourley from Gaston Community College in Dallas, NC. She is the winner of the 2018 Johnny Underwood Legacy Scholarship. Her prize includes free conference registration and lodging for the 2018 NCCCSPA Annual Conference, which will be held in Asheville, NC. Mary will be a first-time conference attendee, and we're thrilled to have her on board. Congratulations, Mary!
Hello NCCCSPA Members!
I am happy to report that the Executive Board met for the planning retreat for our upcoming conference in Asheville, NC, this fall from November 7-9th and we have many exciting things in store for you this year.
I would like to begin by congratulating our 2018 Johnny Underwood Legacy Scholarship winner, Mary Gourley! Not only is Mary our scholarship winner, she will also be presenting a poster in our new poster presentation category. We are scheduled to have roughly 10 posters and presenters for this category. The topics range from mentoring research to addressing food insecurity. This poster presentation addition to the conference is a way to increase the information we are providing to you and we are excited about it!
Now, on to other important stuff...
Our theme for 2018 will be [Re]Innovation: Rethinking the Basics for Student Success. We are scheduled to have some excellent presentations on Psychogenic Seizures: How Childhood Trauma/Abuse Affects the Brain, Navigating the Racial Landscape: Advancements in Thought on Racial Politics and Methods for Inclusion in The College Classroom, Addressing Title IX on Campus, and Differentiated Instruction in Higher Education. I am working on the conference program and hope to have it available once all of our presenters are confirmed. Keep an eye on the website!
Finally, I have been honored to be part of the Executive Board for some years now. The 2018 conference marks my second and final year as conference chair. I have watched this organization grow and cannot express how fulfilling this experience has been. I urge you to consider getting involved with the Executive Board. All new members are mentored and helped every step of the way by more seasoned board members. This is an amazing organization, so if you are interested, please consider giving back by volunteering.
Anyway, I cannot wait to see you in Asheville in November!
NCCCSPA Vice President
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Hello NCCCSPA Members!
There are exciting things afoot as we enter the holiday season.
Just in time for holiday shopping, we have a new Cafe Press store for all of your NCCCSPA logo needs. Visit us and pick up something for yourself and your colleagues to show your member pride. You can find us at http://www.cafepress.com/NCCCSPA. All proceeds from the shop will be applied to scholarships and programming for our annual conferences.
We're also well on our way to planning an exciting 2018 NCCCSPA Annual Conference for you, and it's time to ask for your help.
The Call for Proposals is now open, and we'd love to hear from you. If you or someone you know has an idea for a conference session, we encourage you to submit a proposal. We are also accepting proposals for poster presentations if you have ideas that you'd like to share that way. Visit our Call for Proposals page to submit your proposals before February 16, 2018.
We are also once again offering a conference scholarship to send one lucky person to our 2018 Annual Conference in Asheville, NC. Visit our Conference Scholarship page to apply today! The deadline for applications is February 16, 2018.
We're finalizing hotel reservation details, and should have instructions for reserving your hotel room available very soon. In the meantime, conference registration is now open for the 2018 Annual Conference, so reserve your space today to get the best possible price on your conference admission.
We look forward to seeing you in Asheville in 2018. Thanks for all of your continued support!
Hello NCCCSPA Members and Friends!
As we unwind from the very successful 2017 NCCCSPA Annual Conference in Kill Devil Hills, we want to extend our sincere thanks to everyone involved.
To our members who attended, we were overjoyed to see you! We had many new faces join us this year, and we hope that you will continue to be involved for many years to come. As those of us who have been involved for a while can tell you, this is a fantastic organization of supportive colleagues and a network of like-minded educators who are always ready to help you or celebrate with you. To our returning members, welcome back! Your faces always bring us smiles. :) We've had several members share pictures with us, but we need more. Email any pictures that you took at the conference to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add them to our photo album.
To our presenters, several of whom were first time attendees, we can't thank you enough! You were truly wonderful, and we thoroughly enjoyed learning from your expertise! Almost all of the presentations are now linked on our conference archive page for the 2017 conference, so visit to see what's new! We will also be adding the lesson plans and ideas shared during the Tricks of the Trade session by our members to our Tricks of the Trade pages on our website, so stay tuned for that as well.
To our hosts at the Ramada Plaza Nags Head...WOW! Working with Jarred in the event sales department was smooth and flawless. And Wanda, our personal caretaker, went above and beyond to make everything perfect. Thanks so much!
To our sponsors, McGraw-Hill and Cengage, we couldn't have done it without you! McGraw-Hill sponsored our cocktail reception on Wednesday evening, allowing us to get to know our new faces and reconnect with familiar ones. Cengage was kind enough to sponsor our meeting room, which was amazing with a beautiful view of the ocean.
Finally, to our planning committee, we thank you for your tireless work in planning such a well-received conference. We will look forward to seeing the fruits of your efforts next year when we return to Asheville for the 19th NCCCSPA Annual Conference.
From the presentations, to the ocean view, to the camping themed photo booth...there was a great deal of Collaboration, Innovation, and Fun to be had at the 2017 NCCCSPA Annual Conference. Whether you were able to join us this year or not, we hope to see you next year at the 2018 NCCCSPA Annual Conference, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, NC. The Call for Proposals and Conference Scholarship applications will be open very soon, so be thinking about what you would like to submit.
Time to start planning for 2018!
The NCCCSPA Executive Board
I want to take a minute to thank you for your trust in allowing me to serve as your Vice-President. I am humbled and honored to take on this responsibility.
One of my main functions as your VP is to plan the next two conferences with the help of the planning committee. This is a big job, as the conferences I have attended have been so amazing, but rest assured that I am working diligently to make sure that our 2017 conference in Nag’s Head and our 2018 conference in Asheville are just as good. I am very lucky to have a great planning committee to work with.
That being said, we have been moving along on the planning. The contracts are being finalized for the 2017 conference at Nags Head. We will be returning to the Ramada where we were in 2015. The hotel has been remodeled and it should be spectacular! Be sure to check out the newly updated hotel reservation information on our registration page to get your room reserved at the gorgeous Ramada Plaza Nags Head Oceanfront.
We are working to make sure that there is all of the good stuff at the conference, the stuff that makes it the amazing conference it is, but we are also working to make it an even better experience for you. All of the favorites will be there, but we are going to bring a few upgrades and fun surprises!
A couple of important things that you should keep in mind about the 2017 conference:
Remember, this organization is amazing! However, we need you to be involved to keep it going. Also, the more people who get involved with it, the more amazing it becomes! So look around at your fellow sociologists and psychologists and invite them to come to the conference. Let’s continue growing together!
Pitt Community College
When I first joined the NCCCSPA, I had just begun my first full-time year as a Sociology Instructor at A-B Tech. I had been adjuncting for only two years, so I suppose my audition was shorter than that of most full-timers. My department chair, Kelly McEnany, was on the Executive Board as a Western Representative, and she thought it would be a good conference for me to attend. Bonus, it was in Hickory that year -- my hometown. I got to go to a conference and visit my grandmother (MawMaw) in the same weekend.
I met so many folks there, but Johnny Underwood was certainly the standout for me. There's something about his personality that just draws people to him. They call that charisma, right? Yeah, I think so, too. He has it. It's interesting to be writing this as your newly-elected President, when Johnny has been such a staple of the organization. More than the staple, though, he has been the foundation. We're going to miss his leadership. I hope, Johnny, that I can make you proud. I have a great team behind me (really, they do all the work, y'all know that, right?), and I know we will be a successful organization long into the future.
Back to that first NCCCSPA conference I attended, though. Besides meeting Johnny Underwood, there were no seats open on the board, but I wanted IN! Some folks who have been feeling that way for a while have recently joined our board, and I'm glad to have Jim McAlhaney, Aaron Bowman, Steve Smith, Jean Cahoon, and Brook Cathey on board for this next year. This is the first time since I've been part of the organization that we have had a full board. There are zero vacant seats. This is an exciting time to be part of NCCCSPA. I wanted in in 2011, though. I wanted in bad. So, my then department chair said she would give up her Western Representative seat so I could run for the seat. And there you have it, I weaseled my way in!
I've had so much fun since then. So many people have joined the organization. So few have left. We've had tragic losses, like Linda Chandler, and we'll have great additions in the future, as some of our board members and general members bring children into their lives.
Johnny Underwood always said that NCCCSPA was more like a family to him than a professional organization. I am committed to keeping that feeling alive while we have incredible professional conferences each year.
The NCCCSPA members in attendance at the 2016 NCCCSPA Annual Conference nominated and elected new board members, and we'd like to introduce them. We're excited to tap into the energy of these amazing people to make this the best year yet for the NCCCSPA!
President: Porscha Orndorf, A-B Tech
Vice-President: Happy Gingras, Pitt CC
Secretary: Steven Smith, South Piedmont CC
Treasurer/Webmaster: Patricia Adams, Pitt CC
Eastern: Chris Schulte, Coastal CC; Jean Cahoon, Pitt CC
Central: Jim McAlhaney, South Piedmont CC; Aaron Bowman, Rockingham CC
Western: Bucky Dann, Southwestern CC; Brook Cathey, Pitt CC
Past President: Johnny Underwood, Carteret CC
Please watch your mail and email for information sent to you from your regional reps, and help us to keep the conference excitement going all year! Registration, calls for proposals, and scholarship applications for the 2017 Annual Conference are up and running, and we're looking for Tricks of the Trade from you to add to our blog!
Thank you for your continued support of the NCCCSPA!
The 2016 NCCCSPA Annual Conference was a huge success!
We had beautiful weather in Asheville for the November 2-4, 2016 conference, and enjoyed the gorgeous setting as much as we enjoyed the conference programming.
The theme this year, "Mystery Classroom Theatre: Seeing and Responding to Hidden Student Populations in the Community College Classroom" helped us to take a look beyond the academics of our classrooms to know our students on a deeper level.
We'd like to extend our thanks to our presenters for providing such wonderful conference sessions. Jean Cahoon and Brook Cathey from Pitt Community College presented "Examining Mental Health Issues in the Classroom." Porscha Orndorf from AB Tech, who is also our new President, talked with us about "Trans* Students in the Classroom." Finally, Jim McAlhaney from South Piedmont Community College presented on "Mindfulness in the Classroom" and also led us in a mindfulness meditation before breaking for the day on Thursday. On Friday, we had a thought provoking roundtable discussion on "Poverty in the Classroom" that helped to highlight more of the issues that our students are facing.
We would also like to thank our sponsors. Norton, Pearson, Macmillan, and McGraw-Hill provided our lunch, welcome reception, and conference snacks and beverages. Their generosity made this a wonderful conference!
The Hilton Garden Inn Asheville Downtown was the setting for our 2016 conference, and it was gorgeous! Situated in downtown Asheville, it was close to everything and perfectly placed for enjoying the sights of our host city. The event staff, led by Jon Hessler, went above and beyond to make our conference experience smooth and enjoyable. We thank them for their support!
We have opened registration for the 2017 NCCCSPA Annual Conference, which will return to Kill Devil Hills and the Ramada Plaza Nags Head Oceanfront. This location is right on the ocean and a gem of the Outer Banks.
Please consider submitting an entry to our Call for Proposals for the 2017 conference. For the first time we have two presentation options for you to consider. We have our regular Conference Session option, but are adding a Poster Presentation to our conference next year as well. What can you contribute to the conference? We want to hear from you!
Even more exciting, though, is the addition of a conference scholarship that will provide conference registration and two nights accommodations to one lucky applicant. The Johnny Underwood Legacy Scholarship was announce at our conference this year in honor of Johnny Underwood, who has served the NCCCSPA twice as president and since 1999 in many leadership capacities. It is in his honor that we invite you to apply for the scholarship. The deadline for both the Call for Proposals and the Conference Scholarship are February 10, 2017.
How exciting is this?! We're in deep planning mode for the 2017 conference, and will continue to post details as they are confirmed. In the meantime, visit our Past Conferences page and take a look at the materials from the 2016 conference and other previous conference meetings.
Thanks to everyone for your continued support of the NCCCSPA! We couldn't do this without you.
The NCCCSPA Executive Board
Your requests have been heard, and we're proud to announce that t-shirts are now available!
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