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CPTC Mascot Makes Debut Appearance at College-Wide Training Event

 
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CPTC Mascot Makes Debut Appearance at College-Wide Training Event


Smiles appeared and a few cheers when the Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) mascot made its debut appearance at a college-wide training event recently. The December 13 professional development event took place at the C. Paul Scott Polytechnical Center in Jesup. More than 200 employees turned out for the activities and Christmas luncheon.

Before the mascot was escorted into the room, CPTC President, Dr. Glenn Deibert, told faculty, staff, and guests that he wanted them to meet the newest staff member, someone who would assist with recruitment and be a huge asset to the College. After the grand introduction, the mascot confidently jounced into the large banquet room, throwing punches, jabs, and uppercuts reminiscent of Sylvester Stallone as Rocky in the movie by the same name.

Chad Swanson, CPTC Webmaster and Director of Distance Education, wore the costume for the reveal.  The mascot, who has been affectionately called “Ray Ray” by some, does not have an official name yet. College officials plan to call upon students to assist with the naming.

Past and present employees were invited to the 2014 Holiday Luncheon that was part of the training day. The day began with department/division meetings. Then Campus Police Chief, James Mock, gave a short presentation on campus safety with an emphasis on survival tips if someone brought a gun on campus and began shooting. Chief Mock also summarized the events of the recent Active Shooter Drill and presented the After Action Report.

CPTC faculty and staff were informed of online professional development programs by Katrina Howard, human resources coordinator. The programs are required training for state employees.

Dr. Deibert gave an update on the College, recognizing and celebrating FY 2014 accomplishments, including the recent SACSCOC visit. He commended employees, board directors, and trustees for their work in FY 2014 that led to zero recommendations from the SACSCOC visiting team and a successful merger.

“The work isn’t done, though,” cautioned Dr. Deibert. “There is more work to do regarding a complete integration of processes and systems, but I am confident we will finish what we have started. As a result, Coastal Pines Technical College will continue to improve and continue to offer a quality education. As long as we continue to put students first in every decision, we will be successful.”

Following the presentation by Dr. Deibert, Provost Lonnie Roberts recognized and celebrated retirees who were present: Dr. Rick Oliver (OTC retiree) and Lillian Burns (ATC retiree). He then introduced board directors and trustees. Attending from the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) Foundation Board of Trustees was Dr. Bonnie Davis (Charlton); from the Altamaha Technical College (ATC) Foundation Board of Trustees was Doug Ellis (chair), Betty Smiley, and J.D. Williamson; from the CPTC Board of Directors was Ted Buford (chair), Grant Gainer, Joel Hanner, and Gwen Mungin, Linda Williamson, former ATC board director, also attended.

Cindy Tanner and Melinda Laager gave an update on the FY 2015 Internal Campaign and thanked faculty and staff for their generous donations. Door prizes followed, and then attendees enjoyed a delicious Southern meal prepared by Sybil’s Family Restaurant of Jesup.

After the meal, Vince Jackson, Jim Nordone, and Kat Jackson led the group in a number of holiday songs. Employees then finished out the day learning about and working on annual outcomes, goals, and plans.

Over the next several months, CPTC faculty and staff will also participate in the online courses mentioned by Katrina Howard in order to fulfil state-mandated training. Topics include Bloodborne Pathogens; Harassment: Sex, Religion and Beyond; HazMat: What You Need to Know; Power of Positive Discipline; The Drug-Free Workplace: Setting the Standard; and Workplace Ethics. 

“The staff development committee planned the day and did an exceptional job blending just the right amount of networking fun and fellowship with institutional and state information and work,” stated OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert. “It was a very productive day.”

 

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Melinda Laager escorted the CPTC mascot into the filled banquet room for a debut appearance to over 200 college employees. Like the CPTC spirit logo, the mascot is coastal blue and inland green.

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Chad Swanson, CPTC Webmaster and director of distance education, wore the costume for the reveal. Stingrays are smart, agile, and blend well with their environment. Chad is smart, but he was challenged in costume when it came to “agile and blending in with the environment.”

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The CPTC community has known the identity of the mascot since last April when Dr. Deibert presented the CPTC logos, one of which is a spirit logo that incorporates a stingray. When revealing the spirit logo at the reveal event, Dr. Deibert told students, “We hope to one day offer athletics, like golf or tennis. In the meantime, the spirit logo and mascot will be used to promote student events and activities and add a little fun to recruitment.”

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The two-month process to create two logos and identify a mascot involved a design and marketing agency,  h20 creativegroup; a committee of OTC and ATC staff; and input from faculty, other staff, students, and board members. Students and staff now have the opportunity to leave another mark on Coastal Pines history by suggesting names for the mascot and then voting on the final selections. Details of the naming process will be released soon.

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CPTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert had the honor of introducing faculty and staff to their newest colleague. “I believe you will feel as I do, that the stingray embodies the spirit of Coastal Pines,” said Deibert. “Determining a brand identify for Coastal Pines Technical College was challenging,” said Deibert at an earlier event. “The committee considered nearly 100 ideas, including a lumberjack, mustang, and timber wolf.”

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After the meal, Vince Jackson, Jim Nordone, and Kat Jackson led the group in a number of holiday songs. “The More, the Merrier” became the theme when others joined them on stage. CPTC has talent!

 

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