Gaston & Catawba

College News

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute recently celebrated the opening of its new multi-purpose building.

The facility will be shared between Caldwell Early College High School and CCC&TI students. It is the first building in the state specifically designed to house an Early College program.

The ground floor houses cosmetology and nail technology. The first floor is home to the cafeteria, culinary kitchen, receptionist area and offices. Classrooms on the third floor are utilized by Early College students during the day and community college students at night. Science labs and additional classrooms occupy the fourth floor.

Catawba Valley Community College recently unveiled plans to restructure the college.

Beginning this year, the college will be divided into five schools: The School of Academics, Education & Fine Arts; The School of Health Services; The School of Public Safety; The School of Business, Industry & Technology; and The School of Learning and Personal Enrichment.

In the next two years, CVCC also plans to designate a business operations/intake center to handle admissions, career and financial aid counseling, student records and a tuition office.

Lenoir-Rhyne College officially became Lenoir-Rhyne University on Aug. 23.

The school held a name-changing celebration that included remarks from university and community leaders as well as a free picnic. The new university logo and university seal also were unveiled.

Speakers included University President Wayne Powell, Board of Trustees chairman Charles Snipes, Student Government Association President Robert “Smitty” Oakes; Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright, and Hope Williams, president of the NC Independent Colleges and Universities.

College Pastor Andrew Weisner blessed the new university and offered a prayer.

Mayor Wright presented Powell with a proclamation making Aug. 23 Lenoir-Rhyne University Day in Hickory.

Approximately 1,000 students, employees, alumni and community members attended the ceremony and celebration at Stasavich Place.

Students received ball caps embroidered with the new university logo and were invited to get temporary tattoos of the new design. Each student also received a T-shirt printed with his or her photo and the new logo.

The Lenoir-Rhyne cheerleaders and Pep Band provided entertainment, along with a local radio station.

370 freshmen at Lenoir-Rhyne University participated in Hands on Hickory, a community service activity included in the freshman orientation program.

Twenty-two local non-profit organizations benefited from this year's volunteer program on Aug. 16. Some of the agencies receiving free student assistance included the Catawba Science Center, Red Cross and YMCA.

Projects included loading cots into trailers, assembling educational kits for area schools and installing landscaping. Students also painted doors, trim and benches at Hickory Day School's annual work day.

Faculty members and upperclassmen led the project, which was organized by Brandon Ostwalt, the North Carolina Campus Contact for AmeriCorps VISTA. He will work with Lenoir-Rhyne students throughout the year to encourage volunteer activities.

Lenoir-Rhyne recently signed an agreement with Catawba Valley Community College and Western Piedmont Community College that will allow easier transfer of credits for students graduating from Early Childhood Education programs.

The articulation agreement clearly outlines which courses can be transferred from the community colleges to Lenoir-Rhyne's Birth to Kindergarten Education and Child and Family Intervention programs.

Details: Terri Barrett, Lenoir-Rhyne Birth to Kindergarten program coordinator, 828-328-7192 or Current students in one of these community college programs may also contact their community college admissions office.

Amanda Nicole Sutton of Hickory, a senior at Lenoir-Rhyne University, recently received a $2,500 scholarship from the North Carolina Bar Association.

The Young Lawyers Division of the Bar Association annually awards scholarships to students from families of law enforcement officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty.

Leigh Pressley