Belmont Abbey College
Two Belmont Abbey College professors recently collaborated on a limited-edition book about Gastonia native and illustrator Ralph Ray Jr.
Biology professor Robert Tompkins co-wrote “The Life and Art of Ralph Ray” with Donald Beagle.
The idea began when Tompkins read an article in the Observer about a wildlife illustration exhibit at the Schiele Museum of Natural History. He owned one of Ray's books, “The Ruffed Grouse,” and had admired his work for years. A Gastonia native, Ray graduated from Belmont Abbey in 1939.
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“I discovered that he was not only from the town in which I live, but also that he was an alumnus of the very institution in which I teach,” Tompkins wrote in the preface. “After viewing the exhibit, I knew that this was indeed a special person, and that his work and life needed to be made available to a broader public.”
With the help of the College Relations Department at Belmont Abbey, Tompkins secured a $13,000 research grant from the Carrie E. and Lena V. Foundation and the David Belk Cannon Foundation.
Abbey colleague Beagle, director of library services at the college, helped Tompkins with technical matters such as image scanning and photo editing. Beagle also helped with the process of publishing a book.
The book is expected to be released in June. Plans also are under way for another exhibit of Ralph Ray's illustrations to coincide with the book's release.
Catawba Valley Community College
The CVCC Foundation recently awarded 12 scholarships to students in the School of Business, Industry and Technology.
The $1,300 scholarships were made possible by a $15,600 donation from the Grainger Foundation.
Automotive systems technology students who received scholarships were Bradley Pyatte of Drexel, Bobby Smith of Connelly Springs, Matthew Simpkins of Statesville, Krista Sipe of Newton and Charles Lail of Hickory.
Electronics engineering technology students who received scholarships were David Kilpatrick of Newton, Daniel Wilson of Newton and Juan Marin of Hickory.
Industrial systems technology students who received scholarships were Danny Keaton of Hildebran and Robert Popp Sr. of Claremont.
Mechanical engineering technology students who received scholarships were Walter Garcia of Lincolnton and Mark Sigmon of Claremont.
Casey Whitesides, manager of Grainger's branch in Hickory, organized the company's donation.
Based in Illinois, W.W. Grainger Inc. supplies facilities maintenance products for businesses and institutions around the world. The company has more than 600 branches, including 11 in North Carolina.
Sixty-one students recently graduated from the Catawba Valley Community College associate degree nursing program. The graduates were recognized at a traditional pinning ceremony held in their honor.
Mary Goodson, Julie Anne Long, Richard Ankrah, Donnie Martin, Natalie Bowman, Crystal Hoke, Ashley Carroll, Rachel Porter, Dana Adcox, Batanya Vixaysak, Erica Khang, Christy Minyard, Kimberly Michelle Cook, Denise Michelle Moerk, Krystal Michelle Hall, Ashley Huffstetler, Jade Tate, Kimberly Adams, Kimberly Magan Howell, Emili Wilson Yount, Jennifer Hutchinson, Monet Marie Bailey, Mary Colleen Anderson, Tina Beach Solomon, Melissa Lauren Weaver, Nikol Maynor, Tiffany Manis, Jeff Mozgala, Kelsey Kirby, Crystal Terry Hildebran, Rachel Nadeau, Carolyn Dawkins, Mitch Heavner, Debra Mims, Alisa Herman, Janet Aultman, Gladys Lruka, Rachel Pitts, Sarah Barron, Shelly Hunt, Tearrea Conely, Rhea Mitchell, Scottie Odom, Donna Kevitt, Leah Byrd Kittrell, Tracy Allen, Emily Holbrook, Pamela Teague, Susan Weatherman, Amy Sherrill, Chrissy Dishmond, Michelle Lynne Tomlin, Cheryl Moose, Kimberly Parker, Nasin See, Landon Marshall, Alisha Lefevers, Liz Shook, Farrah Wise, Cynthia Hendrix, Heather Elise Ledford.
Matthew Langley of Newton, a student in CVCC's machining technology program, recently won second place in the SkillsUSA contest held in Greensboro.
It was the second consecutive year a CVCC student earned a top five finish in the statewide contest.
Langley was one of six CVCC students who competed in the annual competition, which showcases the skills of career and technical education students. Other participants were:
Bradley Pyatte of Drexel, Fong Xiong of Conover, Luis Rodriguez of Newton, Matthew Simpkins of Statesville and Bobby Smith of Connelly Springs. The students competed in timed skill events that tested their expertise in technical skills.
CVCC is now operating on an alternative schedule for the summer semester.
The main campus on U.S. 70 S.E. in Hickory and the CVCC Newton Center will be closed on Fridays through Aug. 7.
The CVCC East Campus will operate from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to noon Friday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The CVCC Alexander Center in Taylorsville will close at 12:30 p.m. on Fridays.
Some exceptions will be made for use of the campus by third parties who have contracted with the college, including workshops, seminars and other events held at the college's Multipurpose Complex.
Normal operating hours for all campuses will resume the week of Aug. 10.
Lenoir-Rhyne University will sponsor the Kids in College program June 15-26.
Designed for academically gifted students completing kindergarten through grade 5, the program will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Classes will be held in the Rhyne Building.
Participating students should meet the following qualifications: identified as academically gifted; achieved a Level 4 on the EOG; maintained an A average on math or reading; recommendation from a current teacher.
Cost is $300. Space is limited.
To register, contact professor Joan Huffman at 828-238-3747 or Joan.Huffman@lr.edu.
Compiled by Leigh Pressley