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Department of Liberal Arts and General Education News and Updates

Come Join Us for Our Veteran’s Writing Workshop

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Event NameEvent TypeWhenWhere
Veteran's Writing WorkshopWorkshopNovember 18, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
North Campus
Building – 4000
Room – 4133

Looking for a more holistic way to deal with stress and anxiety? Grab your pen and paper, and come out to the Veteran’s Writing Workshop on Tuesday, November 18th from 6-8pm on North Campus in Room 4133. Learn about different genres, writers and writing techniques from RCCC instructors. Dinner will be served.

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Step into Culture

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Step Into Culture is a curriculum-driven community outreach event. This project is a collaboration of Rowan-Cabarrus’ Departments of Fine Arts and English. Classes will be relocated to the Clearwater Artist Studios in downtown Concord on Friday, April 4, 2014. The event will begin with lunch and introductions at 12 p.m. Cultural programming will start at 1 p.m. and continue until 8:00 p.m. During this time, College produced events will include:

Poetry Slams by creative writing students, music performances by students, tours of the Clearwater Artist Studios led by Art faculty and the student Impulse Art Exhibition displayed in the Clearwater Gallery.

 

The reception for the Impulse Art Exhibition will begin at 6 p.m. as part of the Cabarrus Arts Council’s Art Walk (6-8 p.m.) All events will be free and open to the public. The College is working closely with the Cabarrus Arts Council, the City of Concord and the Clearwater Artists to ensure the event is well publicized. Rowan-Cabarrus’ graphics designer will assist in developing marketing materials to be distributed online and in print. Funds will be used for gallery rental, sound system rental, marketing, public reception, exhibition judge and awards.

Event NameEvent TypeWhenWhere
Step into CultureEventApril 4, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Agenda

12:00 p.m. — 12:15 p.m. Formal Welcome

12:30 p.m. — 1:00 p.m. Chorus (student participants)

1:00 p.m. — 1:45 p.m. Spoken Word, Part I

2:00 p.m. — 2:30 p.m. Drama (student participants)

2:45 p.m. — 3:10 p.m. Spoken Word, Part II

3:10 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. Presentation of RCCC Writing Awards

3:35 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Spoken Word, Part II Continued

4:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m. Spoken Word and Poetry Slam, Part III

6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. Student Impulse Show, Live Music, Class Scavenger Hunts

What to Expect

A diverse, cultural experience with: shuttle service, music, food trucks and vendor tables, live demonstrations, poetry, spoken word, a student art gallery, a sense of community, and fun!

What to Bring

To embrace the outdoor festival atmosphere, pack blankets and folding chairs for seating.  Please bring cash for any food items from our food truck vendors. Weather depending, pack sunscreen, sunglasses and a jacket for cooler temperatures in the evening.

Parking

There will be free parking in two lots on site along with other designated areas. Look out for our Step into Culture volunteers to point you in the right direction.

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Courses offered by the English Department:

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The Rowan-Cabarrus Writing Awards 2014

Attention: Student Writers and Instructors of Student Writers

 It is time to submit your best student writings for The RCCC Writing Awards Sponsored by RCCC’s English Division; Originally Created by Claudia Swicegood

 

Award Details

  • Student writing from summer, fall and spring 2013-2014 semesters that may be considered worthy of recognition based on creative (or academic) approach and style may be submitted.
  • Submissions should be polished, creative and exceptional.
  • Four categories are being accepted this year: Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry and Academic Writing.
  • Selected winners will be determined by an Award Committee, and shall receive monetary gifts of $50 per category and a plaque presented by the college. Any work submitted will also be published in the online literary magazine Weaver’s Knot.
  • Awards will be presented Friday, April 4th at the “Step into Culture” event at ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord, NC. Participants and winners will have the opportunity to read their entries during an Open Mic session, which will most likely be held during the afternoon.
  • There is no guarantee that there will be a winner in every category; this is up to the discretion of the judges.

Submission Guidelines

  • Previously published submissions will not be accepted.
  • Each student may submit a total of three pieces in one or more categories of choice.
  • Entries for each category type must be submitted separately via our electronic submissions form.

The following guidelines are required to ensure submissions will be accepted by the committee judges:

  1. Prose pieces (creative fiction or nonfiction) must not exceed 1200 words. Academic writing may be over 1200 words, but only submit 1,200 words for initial consideration. We will contact you if we want to see more. Please note that the piece is longer in your submission. Poetry submissions are limited to three separate poems; five pages total.
  2. All entries, no matter the category type, should be submitted separately using the electronic submission form for each separate entry.
  3. Email any questions to writingawards@rccc.edu.
  4. Submissions are due no later than 11:59pm on March 7, 2014. Final award decisions will be completed by March 24, 2014.

We look forward to your submissions and this unique opportunity to reward and recognize gifted student writers throughout the college!

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Autumn Student Art Exhibit Starts Friday November 2nd

The Student Autumn Art Exhibition is kicking off Friday, November 2 at 11 a.m. with an opening reception starting at 6 p.m. at Rail Walk Gallery (409-413 North Lee St., Salisbury, NC). We currently have over 60 entries from our students to be displayed in a variety of mediums. This is the biggest exhibition that Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has had thus far and we are extremely excited to have the opportunity to display the wonderful projects our students have been working over the past few months.

Jenn Shelby has been working around the clock to make this the best exhibition to date and she is extremely excited at the interest the students have shown in submitting their work. Judging will be conducted on Friday morning with the winners being announced at the opening reception. A list of winners will be posted shortly after the judging. Please join us in supporting the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and the wonder art community of Salisbury on Friday, November 2, 2012.

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Fall Semester Book Club: The Hunger Games

Got the Hunger?

Come satisfy your appetite for adventure at our fall semester book club. Bring your lunch, your copy of the Hunger Games, and your passion to discuss this great book!
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More Information

Calvin Jones
Instructor in English[+]
  • Liberal Arts and General Education
  • Academic Programs

Nancy Waldrop
Instructor in English[+]
  • Liberal Arts and General Education
  • Academic Programs
phone704-216-7225
campusSouth

Shauna Moser
Instructor in Developmental English and Reading[+]
  • Liberal Arts and General Education
  • Academic Programs
phone704-216-3847
campusSouth

Michelle Lyerly-Wiener
Instructor in Religion[+]
  • Liberal Arts and General Education
  • Academic Programs

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Religious Diversity Project

Religious Diversity Project

This semester on both the North and the South campus’ the Religious Diversity exhibit had yet another successful showing. This exhibition is a mixture of art, knowledge, and sharing that analyzes a variety of religions and religious iconography. The students from Michelle Lyerly-Wiener’s religion classes successfully explored a wide variety of religions and presented their findings to the RCCC community. Michelle started this project in 2009 as classroom exercises and had grown exponentially over the years. Michelle stated that this exhibit, “is a fun educational opportunity for all to learn about diversity and the world around them, especially in this increasing global economy.”

The three main participating classes for this exhibition were REL 110: World Religions, REL 211: Introduction to Old Testament, and REL 221: Religion in America. The exhibits were located on the North Campus on March 22nd and the South Campus April 4th. Each set of exhibits was judged for their own separate awards.

On the South Campus Dasean J. took the first place award in the World Religions Idol category with a project entitled “Top Notch” Cater, Christian Rap Artists .”  

Student Nicholas Green stated “I liked that exhibit because it showed me a different type of hip hop music that I did not know about before I went. I also liked that particular exhibit because the music had lesson in but, was still it was still danceable.”
 Kathy G. Waters’ project “Christianity in American” took first place in the American Religion Icon category, and Tyler M. Curl took first place in the Old Testament Iconoclast category with the project “Ark of Covenant/Levitical Priestly Robes.”

On the North Campus Julia E. Clawson took first place in the World Religions Idol category with her project “Ancient Egyptian Religion”, Samantha N. Buchanan received first place in Religious Tolerance Award category for her project entitled “Satanism” and D. Wayne Borders received first place in the Collective Consciousness Award with the project “Illuminati.” Notable mention goes to Rebekah L. Nichols who was the class winner for the REL 110: World Religion Class for her project “American Vs. Catholicism” project.

The dedicated students of these classes made the exhibition a success and helped to foster a learning community on both campuses to help promote religious tolerance. Nicholas Green mentioned that he “liked the exhibit because it was done in way that was educational and a fun way and did not try to overwhelm you with facts.” The Religious Diversity Fair was a huge success in promoting knowledge in various religions while providing a fun and interactive experience for all. Michelle has mentioned the possibility of a smaller exhibition being held this summer on one of the campuses, so keep an eye out for information for this great opportunity to interact with others in the RCCC learning environment and see some amazing projects.

On the South Campus Dasean J. took the first place award in the World Religions Idol category with a project entitled “Top Notch Cater, Christian Rap Artists.” Student Nicholas Green stated “I liked that exhibit because it showed me a different type of hip hop music that I did not know about before I went. I also liked that particular exhibit because the music had a lesson in it, but it was still it was still danceable.”

Kathy G. Waters’ project “Christianity in American” took first place in the American Religion Icon category, and Tyler M. Curl took first place in the Old Testament Iconoclast category with the project “Ark of Covenant/Levitical Priestly Robes.”

On the North Campus Julia E. Clawson took first place in the World Religions Idol category with her project “Ancient Egyptian Religion”, Samantha N. Buchanan received first place in Religious Tolerance Award category for her project entitled “Satanism” and D. Wayne Borders received first place in the Collective Consciousness Award with the project “Illuminati.” Notable mention goes to Rebekah L. Nichols who was the class winner for the REL 110: World Religion Class for her “American Vs. Catholicism” project.

The dedicated students of these classes made the exhibition a success which helped to foster a learning community on both campuses promoting religious tolerance. Nicholas Green mentioned that he “liked the exhibit because it was done in way that was educational and fun and did not try to overwhelm you with facts.” The Religious Diversity Fair was a huge success in promoting knowledge in various religions while providing a fun and interactive experience for all. Michelle has mentioned the possibility of a smaller exhibition being held this summer on one of the campuses, so keep an eye out for information for this great opportunity to interact with others in the RCCC learning environment and see some amazing projects.

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Phi Beta Lambda – Reviewing a Year of Accomplishments

A quarter of a million students, educators, administrators and business professionals have chosen to be members of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), the largest and oldest business education organization. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is pleased to have an active and very successful college chapter.

PBL member students participate in college wide professional development activities, have opportunities to serve as officers and have the ability to compete in statewide and national events. In 2011, fourteen RCCC students earned state-level awards through participation in the 57th Annual North Carolina PBL Leadership Conference. The following RCCC students each earned awards at the state level: Ariel Sledz, Alan Surratt, Charles “Eric” Susong , Jennifer Wagner, Alyson Wynne, Karen Reynolds, Sheri Stocum, Benny Lefler, Carol Lloyd, Donna Guy , Lisa Cooper, Judy Hill, Crystal and Kristy Jarrett.

Ten RCCC students also attended the PBL National Conference in Orlando. Over 1,800 students attended and our students competed against four year universities as well as community colleges from across the nation.

Herb F. Boeckenhaupt, a website developer from Granite Quarry, was selected as North Carolina’s Business Person of the Year and awarded the National Business Person of the Year. He was honored during the opening session of the conference. Boeckenhaupt is quoted as saying: “It is significant that you [RCCC students], earned the right to compete, got exposure to what a national conference is all about, and waded into the competitive waters. Just reaching the ability to compete at a national level is significant, which means you were at least one of the “150” best people in the country that qualified for that right.”

“It is significant that you [RCCC students], earned the right to compete, got exposure to what a national conference is all about, and waded into the competitive waters. Just reaching the ability to compete at a national level is significant, which means you were at least one of the “150” best people in the country that qualified for that right.”

Alan Surratt, Charles “Eric” Susong, and Kristy Jarret (president of the RCCC-PBL group) received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence. Surratt competed in accounting principles category and brought home first place. Surratt alsoreceived a monetary award from KPMG; one of thenation’s largest accounting firms. This event provides recognition for PBL members who have an understanding of the basic principles of accounting and who give evidence of their knowledge in solving practical accounting problems.

Susong competed in the job interview event and brought home second place. Participants are required to complete a cover letter, apply for a specific job, submit a resume and participate in a job interview. Jarrett competed in statistical analysis and brought home tenth place. Jarrett’s event reguires the use of statistical tools and concepts.

RCCC-PBL students also attended workshops during the national conference. Students attending at least three workshops received a leadership certificate.

Robin Turner, chair of the accounting program at RCCC, also attended the conference. “I am very proud of the accomplishments of the students and would encourage all RCCC students to consider being part of the PBL organization and compete in State and National competitive events,” she said.

Martha Cranford, an RCCC faculty member and chapter co-advisor stated, “I am so proud of all of our students who competed at the national conference. We have great students at RCCC and we look forward to bringing home many national awards in the future.” Sandra Horne, an adjunct faculty member, is co-adviser to the group and also attended the national conference.

Congratulations Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students! If you are a student or faculty member interested in learning more about PLB, please contact martha.cranford@rccc.edu or sandra.horne@rccc.edu.

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Welcome, Dr. Best!

Dr. Best will serve an important role in helping RCCC revisit and redesign the college’s original Writing Across the Curriculum program.
Dr. Linda Best, a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) specialist, is returning to RCCC on August 29, 2011. Dr. Linda Best is a Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Kean University in Union, N.J. She also directs the Kean University Writing Project, an approved entity of the federally-funded National Writing Project, the largest and most successful professional development program for teachers in the United States.

Dr. Best’s teaching experiences include developmental writing, ESL, composition, and advanced writing through the graduate level. Her studies capture data on the nature of writing: how writers compose, how writing activity exposes and lays out information and how writing advances learning. Through her findings, Dr. Best has come to understand the underpinnings of the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) movement and has delivered professional development seminars on the topic at a number of colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

Dr. Best spoke twice during RCCC’s first Summer Institute as organized by LaNita Kirby and her team at the newly formed Center for Teaching and Learning. Dr. Best lectured on May 27 and June 10, 2011. Her presentation on May 27 covered “What Writers Know and Do: The Nature of Writing and Implications for Teaching and Learning” which addressed topics such as expectations for college students’ writing skills, common concerns about writing and patterns of growth in writing development. Her second workshop on June 10 was entitled “The Joy and Responsibility of Teaching”.

Dr. Best will serve an important role in helping RCCC revisit and redesign the college’s original WAC program, modeled in 1999.  The WAC philosophy seeks to show that writing is the responsibility of the entire academic community, that writing occurs across departmental boundaries, that writing instruction continues throughout all years of undergraduate education, and that writing promotes learning in all disciplines. WAC programs use everyday writing in the classroom to better communicate information, to clarify thinking and to introduce and teach new concepts. It is not expected for each course to teach the same things, nor to teach things the same way. In fact, instructors are encouraged to find innovative ways to incorporate writing skills appropriate for that course and the material covered.

Dr. Best prides herself on providing resources to better college teaching, writing and learning. A quote from Plutarch that appears on her website helps illustrate this point with the words, “A mind is a fore to be kindled, not a vessel to be filled.”

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