Artist Jonathan K. Rice Showing in Pennington-McIntyre Gallery

The Pennington-McIntyre Gallery on the campus of Cleveland Community College is proud to present the work of artist Jonathan K. Rice April 7 – June 30, 2014. The public is invited to an Artist Talk by Rice on Wednesday, April 23 at 9 a.m. in the Gallery. To view Rice’s work visit or find him on Facebook: Jonathan K Rice-Artist

About the Artist:

As a visual artist, Rice works primarily in acrylics and mixed media. His art has been exhibited in various group shows including the Hart Witzen Gallery, Green Rice Gallery, MoNA (Museum of Neighborhood Art, formerly known as Plaza Muse), AKA Creative, Max L. Jackson Gallery in the Watkins Art Building at Queens University Charlotte, Mooresville Art Depot (Mooresville, NC), Dilworth Coffee (Concord, NC) and Gallery 102 (Lancaster, SC). He has had solo exhibits at Jackson’s Java, Vin Master, Wingmaker Arts Collaborative, The Peculiar Rabbit and University of North Carolina Charlotte Student Union Gallery. Rice says he his use of image, color, composition, and texture are all informed by what he reads, what he listens to, and that which surrounds him.

“I work with acrylics and mixed media, painting and creating assemblage and collage as well. My work is primarily abstract. Through my paintings, I explore the relevance of the indescribable, and work toward the understanding of that which can’t always be understood,” Rice explains. “In this sense, creating art is part of a spiritual journey as I seek to connect the physical and the nonphysical with the intention of drawing the viewer into a deeper understanding of his or herself in relation to the world and that which is physically beyond them.”

Rice’s work has also been featured as cover art on books and in the online magazines The Pedestal, Referential Magazine and Red Headed Stepchild. In 2012 he had a painting selected forinclusion in the annual Art for Auction exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

In addition, Rice is also founding editor and publisher of Iodine Poetry Journal, which he established in 2000. Iodine Poetry Journal has had the distinction of having work included in Best American Poetry 2006, which was selected and edited by former U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins. Iodine has published noted poets such as Karen An-Hwei Lee, Joseph Bathanti, Rick Campbell, Fred Chappell, Peter Cooley, Kim Garcia, Colette Inez, Ron Koertge, Dorianne Laux, R.T. Smith, Shelby Stephenson, Virgil Suarez, among many other established and emerging poets. Iodine has also published many local and regional poets, as well as international poets from countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Thailand, Qatar, U.K., and others.

In 2012, Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte awarded him The Irene Blair Honeycutt Legacy Award for outstanding service in support of local and regional writers.

Some of his art has been featured as cover art on books and in the online magazines The Pedestal, Referential Magazine and Red Headed Stepchild. In 2012 he had a painting selected forinclusion in the annual Art for Auction exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

In 2002, he co-edited a chapbook, Celebrating Life, a project funded by Barnes & Noble in celebration of National Poetry Month and in memory of Dorothy Perry Thompson, noted poet and instructor at Winthrop University. He authored his first chapbook, Shooting Pool With A Cellist, in 2003. He also authored, Ukulele and Other Poems, (Main Street Rag, 2006), afull-length collection. His poetry has appeared in many periodicals, including The Aurorean, Blue Unicorn, CharlotteViewpoint, Cold Mountain Review, Comstock Review, Ekphrasis, Eunoia Review, Gargoyle, Kakalak, Main Street Rag, Pedestal, Sacred Journey, San Pedro River Review, Slipstream, and Sundog: A Southeast Review. He has been a longtime host of poetryreadings in Charlotte since 1999.

Although Rice is originally from Indiana, he grew up in south Florida, and presently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and family. He began studying music in high school and college, but ultimately received his Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and also did graduate work at Erskine Theological Seminary and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary at Charlotte.

Picture included: Wishful Thinking


CCC Hosting Annual Career Day

Cleveland Community College will its annual Career Day event on Wednesday, April 8, 2014. The event is co-sponsored by Burns, Crest, Kings Mountain, Shelby and Cleveland Early College High Schools. Approximately 2,000 juniors and seniors from area high schools will be on the CCC campus to explore career options. This year’s Career Day is undergoing a redesign to better provide students the opportunity to explore careers that are connected to their career clusters as presented in high school. Each student is pre-registered for three, 40-minute sessions which are conducted by experts in that field. Students have nearly 50 different careers to choose from including business management, education, journalism, music, real estate, and trucking. Students have the opportunity to ask questions of each presenter. The first session begins at 9 a.m. and the final session concludes at 11:30 a.m.


CCC Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Inducts New Members

(Shelby, NC) – The Cleveland Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony on March 19, 2014 in the Mildred H. Keeter Auditorium on the CCC campus. Twenty-one students were eligible to attend the induction ceremony.

Chapter Advisor and CCC math instructor, Susan Jones, welcomed guests and introduced ceremony speaker CCC Vice President of Academic Programs, Dr. Becky Sain. Chapter Advisor and CCC Discipline Coordinator Developmental Mathematics, Solomon Willis, introduced students eligible for induction and new members were then inducted by officers and advisors of Beta Iota Pi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

The four hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa are scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship. The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among associate degree students. To achieve this, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate to exchange ideas and ideals, for live fellowship of scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

Each year invitation for membership is extended by the chapter to students who have completed at least 12 hours of course work leading to an associate degree in which they have a GPA of 3.50 or higher.

Chapter officers include:

Anna Marie Vagnozzi – President

Stephanie Wilson – Vice President

Dennis Sessom- Secretary

Inductees and officers pictured:

Front row l-r: Lisa Porter, Anna Marie Vagnozzi (president), Kristi MacDougal (vice-president),

Second row l-r: Charlotte Russ, Tina Hinojosa, David McCracken

Third row l-r: Mary Absher, Lori Bowman, Yvette Whitley

Fourth row l-r: Michelle Threewits, Cole Thompson, Erin Sarratt

Not pictured: Nathaniel Dedominicis, Casey Gallarini, Kaitlynn Krieger, Anna Lineberger, Dylan McMurry, Michelle Miller, Linda Payne, Kayla Ramey, Sandra Rich, Kenyetta Ross, and Valerie Scruggs.