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College Publications Collection

Identifier: AR-0035

Scope and Contents

This collection includes publications created by Central Piedmont students, faculty, and staff. Series I includes over twenty years of student publications organized within 20 boxes and divided into four sub-series: CPCC Weekly Newsletter, The Prospector, The Spark, and CPCC Today.

Included in Series II are various faculty publications that are both informative and intuitive. There are 18 boxes in Series II that are divided into three sub-series: The Communicator, Wally McCullock, Inside CPCC.

The Communicator is a faculty publication that began in 1968 with a purpose of providing weekly announcements to the 11-members of the College’s upper administration (Central Piedmont president, department heads, etc.). The Communicator is the College’s longest running publication, which continues to provide updates on local and national happenings related to the Colleges community. Please note that because recent editions of the Communicator are born-digital, they will be referenced in the finding aid and viewable via ArchivesSpace upon completion of processing.

Walter “Wally” McCullock, Press Manager for Central Piedmont Community College, was responsible for most internal and external communications between 1965-1980. For each day of the week, Mr. McCullock created a newsletter for faculty members, each with their own unique title and humorous way of describing the “happenings” of CPCC. Monday was Post Time; Tuesday was More Poop from the Group; Wednesday was Wally’s Folly; Thursday was Here’s Something Else; and lastly, Friday was T.G.I.F (Thank Goodness it’s Friday).

Inside CPCC is a publication created by the Community Relations and Marketing Department for use by “Friends of Central Piedmont Community College.” This publication ran from 1981-1991. These files are all contained within one box.


  • Majority of material found within 1965-2016



The records are in English.

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

Researchers may only use access (duplicate) copies unless only one copy of a volume exisits.

Administrative History

Though the need for faculty and staff communications have always been vital to college operations, the need for communication to, from, and between the students was just as important during the early years of Central Piedmont. English instructor, Arnie Propst established the first student newspaper, The Prospector, in 1965, which published irregularly until 1971. In 1972, it was briefly renamed The Little Prospector. After six issues with this new name, it ceased publication on December 13, 1972. The second student newsletter, the CPCC Weekly Newsletter was published between the years 1965 and 1983. Throughout its two decades of existence, the CPCC Weekly Newsletter changed to CPCC Newsletter between 1972 or 1973, and then finally to CPCC Student Newsletter in 1975 until 1983. The third and final student publication, The Spark, became the student newspaper in 1976. Since a contest was held to name the new publication after the first issue went out, the first issue was unnamed. With the Fall 2000 issue, it dropped the definite article and was published as Spark for the rest of its run.

Throughout the run of this paper, the numbering was irregular and often incorrect. It ceased physical publication in 2005 with an issue bearing no volume number or title designation. By 2007, The Spark was revitalized in a born-digital format and continued sharing information with students until 2009; it was at this point in 2009 when The Spark became known as CPCC Today. This publication is written in a blog-format and is delivered to student inboxes daily.

With the exponential growth of the College’s population by 1970, Dr. Hagemeyer recognized the need for enhanced channels of internal and external communications. As a result, he hired a man by the name of Walter A. “Wally” McCullock in 1972 to oversee the operations of the newly created Public Relations department. As a former employee of the State Department of Public Instruction’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, McCullock had a knack for wordsmithing publications that bordered the fine line of hilarity and seriousness; in short, he had a great way of creating and disseminating the important internal and external messages the College needed shared. McCullock continued to serve CPCC as the Director of Information until 1982; a time in which the needs of the department outgrew one person.

Between the years of 1984-1996, the Public Relations department was given various new titles including Community Relations and Special Projects, Community Relations, and Marketing Services. Today, this department is officially known as Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations (CMPR) and they are responsible for distributing all internal and external communications to staff, students, and the public on behalf of the College.


24.5 Linear Feet (27 total boxes: 23 Hollinger boxes, 4 oversized boxes)


An artificial collection of student and faculty news publications written and published by Student Life, Wally McCullock (Press Manager), and members of the Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations (CMPR) Department.


The collection is arranged into two series and multiple sub-series. A breakdown of this arrangement is included below; for a more detailed list of the collections contents, please review the container list section. Series I. Students Sub-Series I. CPCC Weekly Newsletter Sub-Series II. The Prospector / the Little Prospector Sub-Series III. The Spark* Sub-Series IV. CPCC Today*>

Series II. Faculty Sub-Series I. The Communicator* Sub-Series II. Wally McCullock Sub-Series III. Inside CPCC> *includes born-digital materials*


Central Piedmont Community College Archives, Central Campus, AT214, PO Box 35009, Charlotte, NC 28235

Acquisition Information

Student news publications were transferred to the archives over an unknown period of time. An additional accession of student news publications was transferred to the archives by Student Life in 2013.

Accession #(s): 0000-0042, 2013-0010


Future accruals are expected.

Related Materials

CMPR Marketing Collection (AR.0007) CPCC Photographs and Negatives Collection (AR.0036) CPCC History Room Collection (AR.0041)

Preferred Citation

[Description of item], Box/Folder Number, AR.0035. Central Piedmont Archives, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Processing Information

Initial inventory and preliminary processing: Katie Howell, January 2012 and Doug Short, April 2015 Final processing and finding aid: Erin Allsop, March 2018

College Publications Collection
Erin Allsop
March 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for unwritten documents
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Central Piedmont Archives Repository

Central Piedmont Community College
Central Campus, Hagemeyer Library
Parr Center, Room 3250
Charlotte NC 28204