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Author and theologian Michael Novak will speak at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Mezzanine of the Student Commons at Belmont Abbey College. Free.

The topic will be taken from his latest book, “No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers.”

Novak is director of social and political studies at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. He received the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, a $1 million award presented at Buckingham Palace, in 1994.

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute recently recognized some employees for their years of service.

Five-year service pins were presented to Pamela Chapman, Mary Noggle, Debbie Clement, Jane Harrison, Cindy Richards, Matt Connor, Edna Massagee, Alice Lentz, Pam Rowe, Leigh-Ann Boggs, Tracy Crump, Christina Bryant, DeAnna Chester, Dale Harrington, Stacy Reagan, Keith Starnes, Amanda White, Mitzi Triplett and Jessica Saxon.

Ten-year service pins were awarded to Nancy Risch, Beverly Jaynes, Dan Cline, Jane Wesson, Aaron Cook, Melinda Hefner, Ruth Herold, Jeff Bentley, Nancy Leonard, Jan Bailey, Scott Rogers, Darlene Greer, Martha Zimmerman, Brenda Cornell, Michael Philyaw, Diane Barefoot, Holly Korta, Sheila Pritchard and Andrew Mahala.

Fifteen-year service pins were given to Kathy Cloer, Christina Toy, John Noblitt, Jane Rex, Becky Boone, Michael Bradshaw and Carolyn Woodard.

Twenty-five year service pins were presented to Rosanne Annas, Dianne Henderson, Camille Annas and Lyndon Withers.

Betty Jolly received the 30-year service pin.

Beginning Russian language classes will be offered at Catawba Valley Community College from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays beginning this week through Dec. 2.

Cost is $75. To register: 828-327-7000, ext. 4320.

A “Business Etiquette” seminar will be Friday in room 1209 of Catawba County Job Link on the CVCC East Campus. CVCC and the Catawba Valley chapter of the International League of Corporate Cotillions are co-sponsoring. 8:30 a.m.-12: 30 p.m. $79

To register: 828-327-7000, ext. 4116.

The CVCC Small Business Center will offer a market research seminar 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Job Link Center on the CVCC East Campus in Hickory. Free.

The seminar is the second course in the “Start It” series designed to help entrepreneurs prepare for business ownership. In this class, students will learn to use the Internet, print and other resources to identify and locate customers.

To register: 828-327-7000, ext. 4117.

Author and poet Ron Rash will conduct a public reading at Catawba Valley Community College at 11 a.m. Oct. 9 in the college's Multipurpose Complex.

Rash is expected to read from his fourth novel, “Serena,” scheduled to be released the week of his Hickory appearance.

Details: 828-327-7000, ext. 4382.

The 2008 Vet Tech class at Gaston College recently earned a 100 percent pass rate on the national exam. It is the first time the Vet Tech program has experienced a perfect passing rate.

Beverly Davis, department chair of the LPN program at Gaston College, was recently elected to the N.C. Board of Nursing for the LPN Educator position. This is the regulatory body for nursing in North Carolina.

Peggy Trueman, an instructor in the associate degree Nursing Program at Gaston College, recently earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator. The honor requires a certification examination.

Trueman is a past recipient of the Altrusa International Award for Excellence and serves as president of the Faculty Senate.

Gaston College president Patricia Skinner was recently awarded the 2008 Southern Regional Chief Executive Officer Award from the Association of Community College Trustees.

She and four other regional winners from across the country will be recognized at the group's Leadership Congress in New York in late October.

One regional winner will receive ACCT's Marie Y. Martin CEO Award.

Skinner was recognized for the development of innovative programs and service to two-year post-secondary education, as well as demonstrating a caring attitude toward trustees, faculty, staff, and students.

Karen Dill, associate professor of psychology at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and two of her students, Brian Brown and Michael Collins, recently published their research in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

The group studied whether sexual stereotypes in video games influence the attitudes of men and women about sexual harassment.

Leigh Pressley
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