Welcome to the end of the Fall 2019 semester! Since it is the end of the semester and course evaluation time, I wanted to share some of my favorites from the Tell Us Your Most Ridiculous Feedback From Student Evaluation responses we received at NCCCSPA2019.
“The room is so cold. I don’t understand why she wants to freeze us.” As if we had any control over the temps in our classrooms. This student should wait until the weather warms up and the temps shoot up into triple digits in the room.
“She makes us read.” Well, now. That is cruel and unusual punishment for a college level class.
“This class is a waste of time…we never cover anything” from the student who was perpetually absent. This is right up there with “Did I miss anything when I was out?” When a student asks me that, I always want to tell them that we sat in silence mourning their absence, but I guess that would come to no good.
”This instructor should be told that there is no R in idea.” I can’t even comment on this one.
And the final one that I will share is this one… “I want to make babies with you.”
So, as you finish up the semester, just remember that absurdity abounds on all of our campuses and take a minute to laugh at it.
I hope all of you enjoy your break and come back refreshed in the spring!
Happy Gingras, NCCCSPA President
At NCCCSPA2019, we celebrated 20 years of collaboration and creating connections of all kinds. We learned a lot, and had a great time enjoying a scavenger hunt and playing games too!
One of the most fun activities asked attendees to share their thoughts on several prompts. In this new series of posts, we'll explore each list and share them with you. Without further ado, let's dig into the first item on the list:
Tell us your favorite NCCCSPA memory:
It is getting close to our 20th year conference in Kill Devil Hills! We have a lot of fun and exciting things planned for this milestone year. From great presentations to amazing giveaways, this is going to be one NOT to miss!
Do not forget to register for the conference and reserve your room early. All of the registration information can be found on our website in the 2019 Conference Portal.
Hope to see you soon!
Happy Gingras, NCCCSPA President
Please help us to congratulate this year's Johnny Underwood Legacy Scholarship Winner, Kristen Leverentz!
Kristen is a psychology instructor at Coastal Carolina Community College, and is a returning visitor to our NCCCSPA Annual Conference. We are thrilled to award her this scholarship, which includes registration and accommodations for the 2019 NCCCSPA Annual Conference in Kill Devil Hills, NC.
This year, the NCCCSPA is celebrating our 20th anniversary. The organization was born from a curriculum improvement project in 1999 that gathered psychology and sociology instructors from across the North Carolina community college system to share ideas and create connections. Now, twenty years later, we continue our mission with a conference titled "Creating Connections" that will celebrate the past, present, and future of the NCCCSPA.
Please make your plans to join us in Kill Devil Hills for our event, which will be held November 6-8, 2019. Our conference registration is live, and the Ramada Plaza Nags Head is ready to take your reservations! Visit our Annual Conference page to learn more and reserve your space for this exciting conference! You can find us at www.ncccspa.org.
Congratulations, Kristen, and we hope you will all join us for this year's conference!
Please join our members at Pitt Community College for a regional workshop provided by NISOD on Friday, February 22, 2019.
The workshop, titled "Capture My Heart, Educate My Soul," is intended as a practical, participatory complement to the theories, attitudes, and strategies suggested in the manual of the same name.
Lunch is included in the price of your registration.
Click this link to learn more about the workshop and to reserve your space: NISOD Regional Workshop
We look forward to seeing you there!
Hello members and friends!
There have been some changes to your NCCCSPA Executive board following the elections held at NCCCSPA2018.
Please take a few minutes to visit our Executive Board page to meet your new board members.
Happy Gingras - President
Chris Schulte - Vice-President
Steven Smith - Secretary
Patricia Adams - Webmaster and Treasurer
Porscha Orndorf - Marketing Director
Sara Neeves - Representative At-Large
Jean Cahoon - Eastern Region Representative
Shandrika McNair-Williams - Eastern Region Representative
Aaron Bowman - Central Region Representative
Becky Howell - Central Region Representative
Brook Cathey - Western Region Representative
Kristen Kelly - Western Region Representative
We are thrilled to have so many new faces on board! We will also miss Bucky Dann, from Southwestern Community College, who has served as a Western Region representative for many years. Thanks so much for your service, Bucky! We look forward to continuing to see you at our conferences.
We hold elections each year at our NCCCSPA Annual Conferences, and will do so again at our 20th Anniversary Conference this year in Kill Devil Hills. If you are interested in serving on the board, please plan to join us at the conference to add your name to the ballot.
Conference information for the 2019 NCCCSPA Annual Conference can be found in our Annual Conference Portal. Submit a proposal, apply for a conference scholarship, or simply plan your visit to NCCCSPA2019. We hope to see you there!
Thanks for your continued support of the NCCCSPA!
The NCCCSPA Executive Board
If you've visited our site in the last day or two, you may have noticed some changes. We've migrated our site, and are in the process of constructing important pieces, so please know that your favorite parts of the NCCCSPA site are coming soon if they are not already up and running (including older blog posts).
At the 2018 NCCCSPA Annual Conference, the attendees committed to helping the community colleges in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence. Representatives of the most affected colleges have agreed to help us to distributed the funds that we collected, and we committed to launching a larger effort.
With that in mind, you will now find a page dedicated to our Hurricane Florence Relief fund on our website at www.ncccspa.org. As we enter the season of giving, please consider donating to this worthy cause.
All funds donated (minus small processing fees charged to us by PayPal) will be distributed evenly among the most impacted colleges through our member representatives.
Please visit our Hurricane Donations page to learn more and donate what you can.
Thank you for your generosity and commitment to the NCCCSPA, our instructors, and our students!
The NCCCSPA Executive Board
Hello NCCCSPA Members and Supporters!
NCCCSPA2018 was a huge success, and we appreciate all of your support and feedback. We hope you all enjoyed the event as much as we did, and are looking forward to NCCCSPA2019 and our 20th Anniversary celebration! We will be returning to the Outer Banks next year, and have some exciting things planned already.
The conference materials from our wonderful NCCCSPA2018 presenters have been submitted, and have been linked to the conference schedule on our Past Conferences page. When you visit the Past Conferences page, just click on the Schedule link for the 2018 conference and look for Link to Materials at the end of the description for each conference session to find what you need.
If you have questions or would like to contact any of our presenters, feel free to email them directly if they provided their contact information or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to forward your question to the appropriate presenters.
Many thanks to our talented presenters for submitting their proposals and providing wonderful sessions. We want you to be involved in NCCCSPA2019, so please consider submitting a conference session or poster proposal! All presenters get a discount on NCCCSPA2019 registration fees, and you get to share your expertise with your peers. It's a win/win! You can find the Call for Proposals link on our Annual Conference portal page. We will be accepting proposals until February 17th, 2019, and we look forward to hearing from you!
Thanks again to our wonderful sponsors, McGraw-Hill and Pearson, and to all of our attendees and presenters for making this the best NCCCSPA Annual Conference yet!
We look forward to seeing you at NCCCSPA2019!