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    Four Catawba Valley Community College students recently received a scholarship from the N.C. Western Piedmont Medical Professionals chapter of the N.C. Medical Group Managers through the CVCC Foundation Inc. From left are Laura Richard, CVCC Healthcare Management Technology program director; Robin Ross, CVCC Dean of the School of Health & Public Services; Heather Burgess with Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists; Chanda Sherrill, HMT student and scholarship recipient; Ben Ridley with Gastroenterology Associates; Maria McGuire, HMT student and scholarship recipient; Donna Summerlin with Hart Family Practice; Callie Efird with Catawba Pediatrics; Mary Beth Sjaardema with the CVCC Foundation; and Kim Ford, CVCC Healthcare Management faculty.
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    CVCC student Sara Baggett was recently named a Student of the Semester.
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    JOE HENSON - Lenoir-Rhyne University
    Historian, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and writer Isabel Wilkerson will discuss her work at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in Belk Centrum on campus.
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    CCC&TI will host the 16th annual Caldwell Traditional Musicians Showcase at 7:30 p.m. March 15 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. Hudson native Jim Avett will be the featured musician.
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    CVCC student Justin McKemy was recently named a Student of the Semester.

Belmont Abbey College

Foundations of society lecture: John Haldane will deliver the Cuthbert Allen Lecture at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 in Haid Theatre at Belmont Abbey College.

Haldane is a professor of philosophy and director of the Centre of Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St. Andrews. He also is the Senior Remick Fellow in the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame.

Haldane will speak on the “Cultural, Philosophical and Educational Foundations of a Decent Society,” discussing the cultural resources of Western civilization, the power and limitations of moral thinking in a pluralistic culture and the role of higher education.

Admission is free; seating is limited. To register, visit http://alumni.belmontabbeycollege.edu/cuthbertallen or contact Mary Richardson at 704-461-6574 or maryrichardson@bac.edu.

‘Pentecost’ takes the stage: The Abbey Players will present “Pentecost” at 8 p.m. Feb. 20-22 in Haid Theatre.

A fresco unearthed in an abandoned church in Eastern Europe causes a dramatic struggle in the worlds of art history, religion and politics. The powerful play was written by David Edgar, the Tony Award-winning adapter of “Nicholas Nickleby,” and won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play of 1995.

To purchase tickets, call 704-461-6787 or visit www.bac.edu.

CCC&TI

Traditional musicians showcase: Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will host the 16th annual Caldwell Traditional Musicians Showcase at 7:30 p.m. March 15 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.

Hudson native Jim Avett will be the featured musician. A 1965 graduate of Hudson High, Avett is the father of Scott and Seth Avett of the critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated Avett Brothers.

Mitchell Clark and Masten Cloer, who have performed together for more than 20 years, will join Avett, along with Jaret Carter and his band, Groove Bucket. Special guests include Carolina Ray Whisnant, Cecil Palmer, Roger Ledford and local favorite Strictly Clean and Decent.

Tickets are $10 adults, $5 children, free for CCC&TI students. For information, call the Civic Center Box Office at 828-726-2407 or visit www.broyhillcenter.com.

Boham speaks to Rotarians: Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute President Ken Boham recently spoke to members of the Caldwell County Rotary Club.

He discussed plans for the college’s 50th anniversary in 2014 and described how training programs have helped numerous local residents find new employment during the recent recession. Boham also shared information on the school’s truck driver training program and electric utility lineman program.

Blue Ridge Electric awards grant: Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s TRIO/Educational Talent Search program recently received a $1,000 grant from the Blue Ridge Electric Members Foundation.

The funds will help support the 2014 TRIO/ETS Mini-College in June in which 36 rising seventh-graders will participate in an overnight campus stay at Western Carolina University. The students will learn about college success, explore career paths and college majors, take a campus tour, eat in the cafeteria and experience dorm life with a roommate for one night.

Caldwell cuisine returns: The Culinary Arts program at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute will present its spring Caldwell Cuisine series beginning in February.

Meals will be served at 6 p.m. at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir. Tickets are $21 per person and must be purchased in advance.

The season includes:

Feb. 20: France

March 6: Mexico

April 24: India

For detailed menu offerings, visit www.cccti.edu . For tickets, visit www.broyhillcenter.com or call the Box Office at 828-726-2407.

Continuing education: CCC&TI will offer several Continuing Education courses this semester. The schedule includes:

Massage Therapy: 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Feb. 27-Oct. 23. $308.

Intro to Bluegrass Guitar: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 4-May 8, Caldwell Campus, Hudson. Participants must bring their own instrument. Cost is $75.

For information or to register, visit www.cccti.edu/coned or call 828-726-2242 for the Caldwell Campus or 828-263-5370 for the Watauga Campus.

Small business classes: CCC&TI’s Small Business Center will offer several upcoming workshops this winter. The schedule includes:

eBay Stores: 6 p.m. Feb. 18, J.E. Broyhill Civic Enter. Learn how to start, brand and optimize an eBay store website through email newsletters, traffic reports and the markdown manager sales tool.

All workshops are free and open to the public. For information, call 828-726-2242 or visit www.cccti.edu/smallbusiness.

CVCC

Back-to-work orientation session: Catawba Valley Community College will offer an orientation session on the North Carolina Back-to-Work initiative 1-3 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Alexander Center for Education in Taylorsville.

N.C. Back-to-Work provides state-funded short-term job training, industry credentials, job skills, Career Readiness Certificate programs, career coaching and advising for the unemployed and under-employed. Veterans and members of the N.C. National Guard also are eligible.

For information, visit www.cvcc.edu/ncbacktowork, email jandersen@cvcc.edu or call 828-327-7000, ext. 4816.

Author Ron Rash to read: Acclaimed author Ron Rash will speak at 11 a.m. March 19 in the Tarlton Complex on the main campus of Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory. He will sign books prior to the reading and after his talk.

Rash is the author of “Serena,” the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times best-seller, as well as prize winning novels, “One Foot in Eden,” Saints at the River” and “The World Made Straight.” He also has published three collections of poems and four collections of stories.

Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, Rash teaches at Western Carolina University.

The reading is free and open to the public. For information, contact Arlene Neal at 828-327-7000, ext. 4417.

Scholarships awarded: Four CVCC students recently received a scholarship from the North Carolina Western Piedmont Medical Professionals chapter of the N.C. Medical Group Managers.

Winners were: Chanda Sherrill of Hickory, $600; Mary Billington of Hickory, $400; Diane Aitken of Newton, $300; and Maria McGuire of Hickory, $200. All are enrolled in the second year of the Healthcare Management Technology associate program in CVCC’s School of Health and Public Service.

N.C. Medical Group Managers is comprised of medical practice managers from Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties.

Students of the semester: CVCC students Sara Baggett and Justin McKemy were recently named Students of the Semester.

Selection is based on academic achievement, school leadership and community involvement. Winners receive gift certificates for the CVCC Galley food service and Trove Campus Store.

Baggett, a graduate of Newton-Conover High School, will complete an associate in arts degree this spring. She is active with the Circle K International Club, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Rotaract and the Student Leadership Academy. Baggett also works part-time at CVCC as an assistant in the Developmental English & Humanities Departments. She plans to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a career teaching math.

McKemy, a graduate of McKemy Christian Academy, is a member of CVCC’s Rotaract Club and received an Emerging Leaders Scholarship from the CVCC Foundation. He works part-time at CVCC’s Learning Assistance Center. McKemy will earn an associate degree in business administration in May. He plans to transfer to a four-year university to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Get your business online: The CVCC Small Business Center will present “Getting Your Business On-Line” 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Alexander Center for Education in Taylorsville.

Participants will learn how to build an online presence on a budget using Google Places, online directories and social media sites to promote their businesses.

The seminar is free, but registration is required by calling 828-327-7000, ext. 4117.

Gaston College

Womanless beauty pageant: Gaston College’s Phi Beta Lambda Student Club will host a fun-filled Womanless Beauty Pageant fundraiser at 2 p.m. March 16 at the First United Methodist Church Theater, 166 E. Main Ave. in Gastonia.

“Gaston Gals” is the theme of the fundraiser to benefit the March of Dimes and Phi Beta Lambda student club events.

Tickets are $5 for five votes. Additional votes are available for purchase. The event is open to the public.

For information, contact Jamie Conrad at 704-922-6307 or conrad.jamie@gaston.edu.

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Playmakers present ‘Ragtime:’ The Lenoir-Rhyne University Playmakers and the music program will present “Ragtime” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19-22 in P.E. Monroe Auditorium.

Based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, “Ragtime” captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and World War I. The Tony Award-winning musical follows an affluent American family at the center of changes connecting New Rochelle, Harlem and the Lower East Side.

Tickets are $10 adults, $5 seniors and students, free for Lenoir-Rhyne University students. The production contains adult language and themes that may not be suitable for children.

For information or to make reservations, call 828-328-PLAY or visit www.theatre.lr.edu/tickets. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Astronomy Club viewing night: Lenoir-Rhyne University and the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club will sponsor a Public Observing Night 7-10 p.m. Feb. 21 on top of Minges Science Building.

The event is free and open to the public. Several telescopes will be set up in addition to the 12.5-inch Cassegrain telescope in the observatory dome. Take the elevator to the fourth floor and come up the steps to reach the roof.

Participants will view Jupiter and its moons, the Orion Nebula and the Pleiades star cluster. If weather does not permit viewing, an alternate program will be offered in Minges Room 118.

Kids in College: Applications are being accepted for Kids in College, the Lenoir-Rhyne University summer enrichment program for students who have completed kindergarten through eighth grade. This year, the program will focus on the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Kids in College is designed for teacher-recommended students who are academically gifted, who achieved a Level 4 on EOG reading and/or math or who maintain an A average.

The middle school program runs June 23-27 for students completing fifth and eighth grades this spring. Elementary students completing kindergarten through fourth grade will attend Aug. 4-8. Both sessions runs 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is included.

Experienced, AIG certified teachers will facilitate the learning experiences in the Rhyne Building at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Cost is $325 per session.

Registration forms are available at http://edu.lr.edu/kidsincollege. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For information, contact program director Debbie Bandy at 828-328-7189 or Deborah.Bandy@lr.edu.

Teaching fellows: Lenoir-Rhyne University will launch its own Teaching Scholars program this fall. Fellows in the highly competitive program will receive scholarships of $5,500 a year for four years.

Similar to the soon-to-be eliminated North Carolina Teaching Fellows program, the Lenoir-Rhyne Teaching Scholars participants will work in Hickory-area schools as tutors, small group leaders and instructional assistants.

Study abroad programs, community service and a full-year of in-school work also will be featured in the new program.

To apply for the Teaching Scholars program, visit edu.lr.edu/teachingscholars.

Wilkerson discusses book: Historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and writer Isabel Wilkerson will discuss her work at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in Belk Centrum on campus.

Her book, “The Warmth of Other Suns,” details a key period that shaped this nation and forever changed the future of African-Americans across the country. From 1915 through the 1970s, some six million African-Americans left the South in what has become known as The Great Migration. Wilkerson’s best selling book, 15 years in the making, chronicles the lives of three people who left the South behind in their quest for opportunity and equality. Wilkerson interviewed more than 1,000 people who made the migration.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

U.S. Navy Band performs: The U.S. Navy Concert Band will give a free concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in P.E. Monroe Auditorium at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

The Concert Band is the Navy’s premier wind ensemble and will present an array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire.

Free tickets are available via voucher request at mus.lr.edu/concert. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and unfilled seats will be released to non-ticket holders at 6:45 p.m.

For information, visit mus.lr.edu/concert or call 828-328-7147.

WPCC

Nurse aide refresher: Western Piedmont Community College will offer a Nurse Aide I Refresher course 1-4 p.m. weekdays, Feb. 17-March 10 in Room 166 of the college’s Foothills Higher Education Center in Morganton.

Cost is $125. No textbook is required.

To register, visit www.wpcc.edu, call 828-448-3532 or visit Student Services in Hildebrand Hall on the main campus 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Woodworking exhibit, workshop: Western North Carolina woodworker and sculptor Michael Pumphrey will exhibit his work through Feb. 21 at the Jailhouse Gallery in downtown Morganton.

Works by other Western Piedmont Community College faculty and woodworking students also will be displayed.

Pumphrey also will teach several introductory and advanced woodworking workshops this spring. For information, contact Courtney Long at 828-448-3552 or clong@wpcc.edu.

Compiled by Leigh Pressley

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