Gifts in Action




Bob L. Moss makes gift to name Engineering Technology program at CPCC
Bob Moss, a CPCC alumnus and construction management executive in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has made a gift to Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) to help fund CPCC’s Engineering Technology program. In recognition of Mr. Moss’s gift, the College named the program the Bob L. Moss Civil Engineering Technology program. <<Read More>>


A Legacy of Music
Trust provides new pianos for the Halton Theater and Tate Hall

Steinway PianoJames Douglas Zeller taught Music Appreciation and Applied Music at Central Piedmont Community College from 1974 until his untimely death in 2006 at the age of 59. He was a teacher who inspired learning and a zeal for music. Mr. Zeller was passionate about the Music Program at CPCC and chose to “continue the music” by establishing a revocable living trust, naming CPCC’s Music Program as the primary beneficiary.

At Mr. Zeller’s request, his gift was used to purchase a Steinway concert grand piano for the Halton Theater and a piano for the Tate Recital Hall, both in the Overcash Academic and Performing Arts Center. Other priorities included the establishment of a James Douglas Zeller Endowment to provide scholarships to CPCC students preparing for music careers, a Zeller Music Performance Endowment for student productions and visiting artists, and equipment updates for the newly-named Zeller Music Laboratories. Dr. Scott Bauer, Division Director, Arts and Communication, said, “Doug’s gift will raise CPCC’s Music Program to new heights.” We are very grateful to Mr. Zeller for his service to CPCC and for his lasting legacy.


Wife Honors Doctor’s Hopes and Wishes

Dr. Carl Cornell who opened Sardis Animal Clinic in 1985 passed away October 2009. Through the years, he dedicated his time and effort into building a successful practice that offered exceptional care for the pets of Charlotte and nearby Matthews, N.C. Dr. Cornell’s wife, Katharine, has established an endowed scholarship at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in his memory.

Dr. Cornell received part of his education at a community college in Kentucky, went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree (BS) in pharmacy from the University of Kentucky and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University. “Carl loved to teach as much as he did being a veterinarian,” said Katharine. “If he wasn’t teaching the clinic’s staff, he was in the exam room explaining diseases and recommendations to his clients, often drawing pictures to help explain something.”

Dr. Cornell’s family has established the Carl Cornell Memorial Scholarship at CPCC in hopes that it will help deserving students realize some of their dreams. In making this gift, Dr. Cornell’s son said, “My father was a generous person and if he could help someone out, he would.”

CPCC is grateful to have been chosen as a recipient of this gift in loving memory of Dr. Cornell. Generations of students will benefit from this thoughtful remembrance.

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