Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

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Main Adviser: Chad Nichols Co-Adviser: Martha Cranford Chapter President:

Jessica Jacobsen

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Rowan-Cabarrus CC - Spring 2019

Leadership Development Seminar Held at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Phi Beta Lambda was proud to host a Leadership Development Seminar on February 16, 2019 at their North Campus in Salisbury, North Carolina. The seminar was titled, 'How to Get the Job You Really Want', and it was developed to address all of the steps within the process of getting a job. Four speakers were asked to present the topics covered.


First to speak was Dr. Pamela Thompson, PBL Advisor and Instructor at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina. Dr. Thompson discussed the ways to search for a job, as well as things to consider when preparing to start a job search-such as cleaning up your social media before even starting the job search process. She had many excellent suggestions and great resources to access for more information. She has also made her PowerPoint available to anyone who would like to contact me to request it.


Our next speaker was Dan Hazlett, State Advisor and Advisor at Stanly Community College in Albemarle, North Carolina. Mr. Hazlett spoke about resume writing and gave many tips on how to create the best resume for different circumstances. He brought handouts with him that contained examples of a resume and cover letter, as well as other resources available. Also included were key words to use in different situations, which really helps to give ideas when writing a resume. Mr. Hazlett also stressed how much of what PBL members do can be used on a resume and how the board had designed many of the events to be able to be utilized in that capacity.


After a short break, Mr. Rick Gardner, NCPBL PDF Board of Directors President, presented the topic of interview skills. Mr. Gardner discussed not only how to conduct oneself in an interview, but also how to 'expect the unexpected' in an interview and be prepared to adjust to any unconventional circumstances that may arise. For instance, he mentioned a fire drill that occurred during an interview he was conducting. The person did not react adversely to the interview being partially conducted in the parking lot, which helped to ensure a positive outcome for the interviewee. Mr. Gardner also used a PowerPoint that he stated would be available. This will be provided to anyone who requests it of Jessica Jacobsen (email address below.) He also brought the printouts of the slides to hand out to the attendees at the seminar.


To conclude the seminar, Ms. Angelica Mills, NCPBL State Historian, presented the topic of 'How to Dress for Success'. Ms. Mills stressed the importance of dressing appropriately for the circumstances. What was considered Business Attire and Business Casual for men and for women was covered. Also discussed were the importance of color and what each color represented in the business world. For instance, did you know that black is considered a 'power color'? Or that red should be avoided, unless you have a very vibrant personality? For women, she went over how to know what was considered modest and appropriate in the workplace.


Rowan-Cabarrus Community College PBL is hoping to hold this seminar again next year. If you would be interested in your chapter attending, please feel free to let Jessica Jacobsen know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will be sure to keep you updated on the details as the plans are made. She am also interested in any ideas to expand the seminar topics or additional speakers to include in the future.

Rowan-Cabarrus CC - Fall 2018

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College celebrated American Enterprise Day by bringing in a guest speaker. Her name is Clarissa Bradley and she is from an organization known as, The Lady C.P.A. Network. We asked Clarissa to come and speak to us and students on campus about her organization, as well as, what it means for her to be a part of the financial world. 


So, what does the C.P.A. in The Lady C.P.A. Network stand for? It stands for Confident, Professional, and Accomplished. That is exactly what this organization represents. They help mentor, teach, and sponsor women all over the United States to succeed in the Financial and Business world. The Lady C.P.A. Network offers scholarships that are sponsored from other companies all over.


Clarissa Bradley originally wanted to be a teacher. A fourth-grade math teacher to be exact. After she attend a sit in, in a classroom, she realized that she did not want to be a teacher and was not sure what she wanted to do. She ended up looking into Accounting. She got her degree and worked at the State Employees Credit Union for three years. She then made her way into bookkeeping and is now a Controller. She loves what she does and travels all over to speak to other college students to help drive them to be successful no matter what they do.


Clarissa Bradley spoke to the students of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College about her journey from wanting to be a teacher to becoming a successful Controller. She has persevered in the Accounting career, even after hearing so many companies tell her no when she applied. She spoke about not giving up and that if you want something, you must push yourself. Clarissa also spoke about making connections and closing gaps in society and to be willing to be the bridge that connects others to help ourselves and those around us to succeed. We truly enjoyed Clarissa speaking and she will be back in the Spring.

Rowan-Cabarrus CC - Spring 2018

The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda is off to a great start this spring semester. We saw great success at the Spring Tip-Off meeting, hosted at RCCC. Club officers had the privilege of networking with other officer teams and advisers. In addition to learning a lot about the upcoming State Leadership Conference, we also had the opportunity to share helpful tips to assist other chapters as they prepare for SLC.


Following the Tip-Off meeting we were able to celebrate adviser appreciation day. As an officer team we all went out for Zaxby’s and presented adviser, Chad Nichols, with a gift. Due to unforeseen circumstances our other advisers were rendered unable to attend.


At the beginning of the school year, RCCC-PBL planted the seeds for a lasting relationship with the FBLA at East Rowan High School. We were allowed the privilege of attending their September monthly meeting, and were asked to share some tips and information for graduating seniors within the club. We are now planning to once again work with the East Rowan FBLA on March 13th, where we RCCC-PBL members will serve as judges for mock competitive events. We hope this will help the FBLA members at East Rowan to feel better prepared as they go into their State Leadership Conference.


We are also plan an exciting community service project that involves partnering with the Worldwide organization, Junior Achievement (JA). JA is an organization that focuses on inspiring and preparing K-12 students to succeed in the global economy. President, Angelica Mills attended an online training event on February 28th to prepare for a volunteer opportunity offered JA. On March 29th, RCCC-PBL will be going to Woodrow Wilson Elementary, to teach a first-grade class a series of five lessons provided JA. Each lesson goes over subjects such as: fiscal responsibility, economics, entrepreneurship, and a number of other great business topics. We look forward to developing a strong relationship with JA.


Last, but certainly not least, we are all eagerly awaiting and preparing SLC. We have a number of great students attending, each preparing diligently to compete at conference. Recently, we completed our Community Service Report for competition in the Community Service Project event. We look forward to making RCCC proud at this year’s State Leadership Conference.

Rowan-Cabarrus CC - Fall 2017

The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College chapter of PBL is working on wonderful things around campus and throughout the community. With the Put Hunger Out of Business food drive postponed, we decided to work on a new holiday project that would benefit students across our campus. Our community service committee had the idea of creating a stand that would be in the shape of a tree that we could fill with poinsettias. The tree would serve as a memorial for students and faculty who are grieving lost loved ones. Accompanying the tree will be a table set up with literature on dealing with grief throughout the holidays. The table will be manned by PBL members that can help students understand resources provided on campus. PBL will also be offering students the opportunity to put stickers on the Poinsettia pots with the name of their loved one in memorial.


We wanted to let students know that they are not alone in dealing with this grief throughout this difficult season. We also wanted to ensure that students are aware of the tools and support that can be found on campus. The tree will be put up on the Monday following Thanksgiving break and will be taken down the last day of fall semester. We hope that the tree will serve as a beacon of hope to students that may not know how to get through the holiday season with the absence of their loved one. When students come in the lobby of RCCC we want them to see this tree as a symbol of what PBL and RCCC is all about, a group of students that stand together and help build one another up, on and off campus.

Rowan-Cabarrus CC - Fall 2016

First off, we had the distinct honor of hosting PBL Kick Off on October 6, 2016 at the North Campus in Salisbury NC.  Several colleges were in attendance and a great time was had by all.  Our very own PBL President, Caroline Shue, graciously accepted an award certificate for hosting the Kick Off at RCCC.
Discussion was done via teleconference between North Campus and South Campus.  Topics up for discussion included a campus project, community service project, fundraising activities, and Fall Conference in Greensboro.

Campus project is an awareness project headed by Daphne Moore.  It involves the subject of Human Trafficking which is a much needed discussion because North Carolina ranks 10th in the nation for this criminal industry.  PBL will assist with information, project board, and pamphlets for an awareness forum scheduled to be held on December 2nd, 2016 at the auditorium on the North Campus.  Keynote speaker is Ms. Daphne Moore and there will be a guest speaker.

Community Service project still in early phase of development.  Provide awareness and assistance to the local community and children affected by abuse.  Toy and food donations are needed. To be discussed at future meetings.

Fundraising projects are currently being planned and will be up and going in the future.

The NC PBL Fall Leadership Development Conference will be held  November 18-19, in Greensboro, NC at the Wyndham Garden Hotel.  Officers are expected to attend.

Membership drive was discussed with ideas presented to spread interest.  PBL is an open club.  All students are welcome and encouraged to participate.

State PBL kickoff with Rowan-Cabarrus, Livingstone, Catawba plus other local and state Community Colleges

Rowan-Cabarrus CC - Fall 2015

Our chapter at Rowan-Cabarrus has been working diligently since the start of the school year. We have had a two successful meetings and the chapter keeps growing with each meeting. In the spring of 2015, our 2015-2016 officers were elected to lead this chapter to great success. We have already set dates for all of our meetings for the school year.

We have a lot of amazing events planned within our community for the coming year. We are taking donations for the local pregnancy resource center and the family crisis center. We are also planning to host a gospel concert in the early spring of next year. SGA has kept us busy with events on campus including, College Night Out in downtown Salisbury, a K-9 Demonstration, and in the near future a Veteran's Day Celebration as well as a few others.

We have a lot of work ahead of us, but with this team we know that we will be able to accomplish anything. We are very excited to see what the year as in store for the Rowan-Cabarrus Phi Beta Lambda Chapter.

Rowan-Cabarrus CC - Spring 2013

For the fall semester, we had a successful “coats for the cold drive” and collected over 100 coats, hats, gloves and scarves. These coats were given to the Community Council of Rowan County to help the less fortunate in our community. We have now turned our attention to the spring semester and started the “spring cleaning clothing drive.” We will be collecting all articles of clothing for the warmer months ahead. Please feel free to go through your closet, donate, and drop off in any one of the boxes located on each of the RCCC’s campuses.

We will host a “pancake breakfast” on Saturday, April 20th 2013 from 7:30am-9:30am. The event will take place at FATZ, located in the Afton Ridge Plaza. 6081 Bayfield Parkway Concord, NC 28027. Cost is $7.00 per ticket. A ticket will allow 3 pancakes, sausage, and your choice of beverage. Tickets can be purchased before the event or at the door the day of the event. You can either contact…Cara McCrae 980-621-9967 (cell) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (email) or Jeniffer Ritter 704-858-4914 (cell) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (email).

On Saturday, March 30th 2013, we will hold our 1st Annual Conference Walk on “the loop,” located by RCCC’s Research Campus in Kannapolis. Registraation will begin at 8:30am and last approximately one hour. The walk itself will start at 10am and continue through the morning, to conclude around 12 noon. The walk is roughly 3 miles in distance. We are asking for a $25.00 donation, but all donations will graciously be accepted. All monies donated will go toward the cost of State Leadership Conference. If you would like to sponsor a student(s) or simply make a donation, please contact Dawn Barbee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (email) or Jeniffer Ritter.

Finally, we have a Financial Literacy Workshop planned for late March/early April. The exact date, time and location is still to be determined. The workshop will feature a keynote speaker from a local financial institution. The speaker will cover topics concerning today’s student.

Rowan-Cabarrus CC Sends Greetings

Our chapter at Rowan-Cabarrus has been working diligently since the start of the school semester. We have had two meetings with our members and set a schedule for our future meetings. We have elected our officers for the 2012-13 school year. The members of our chapter are excited, as we have several conferences to attend in November, community service projects we have scheduled for the Presidential Election, winter-time, and tax season.  

We then had the honor of hosting the NCPBL Kick-Off for the Central Region on Thursday, September 20th, on our North Campus in Salisbury, NC. There were several colleges from the region in attendance, including Wake Tech, Durham Tech, Randolph Tech, Mitchell Community College, Livingstone College, Catawba College, Stanley Community College, Piedmont Community College, Pfeiffer University, Montgomery Community College, and of course, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. We had plenty of fun while learning about the state website, competition changes, contests, upcoming events, and membership.

We have also been busy helping the SGA on campus with several events, such as Voter Registration for the upcoming presidential election, decorating display cases, and planning our on and off campus community service projects.

We hope to have a fun, safe and successful year. See everybody soon.