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Catawba Valley Community College

CVCC visiting writer and adjunct instructor Scott Owens will have one of his poems read by Garrison Keillor on the National Public Radio show “The Writer's Almanac.” The poem, "On the Days I Am Not My Father," is from Owens' new collection of poetry, “The Fractured World.”

Keillor will read the poem as part of his national broadcast and podcast Nov. 7. The poem will then be posted and archived on the show's Web site,

Owens is the author of three other collections of poetry, co-editor of the online journal Wild Goose Poetry Review and founder of the Poetry Hickory reading series. Copies of his latest book are sold at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse or can be ordered online from the publisher, Main Street Rag.

Nine students recently graduated from the Six Sigma Black Belt Class at CVCC.

Six Sigma is a project leadership course that focuses on systems and tools used to measure, analyze and streamline work processes.

Graduates are Rog Hogan of Statesville, Gary Klipp of Charlotte, Suject Rao of Hickory, Melquisedec Martinez of Conover, Jonathan Pearson of Hickory, Kevin Shack of Taylorsville, Lewis Kohnie of Taylorsville, Rene Galarza of Lincolnton, Robert McCoy of Catawba and James Story of Hickory.

CVCC will offer New Beginnings GED Orientation sessions for students enrolling in GED classes. Attendance at a two-day orientation session is required to enter the GED program.

The schedule includes:

8 a.m. to noon Nov. 3-4, Room 975, East Campus.

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 3-4, Alexander Center.

5-9 p.m. Nov. 4-5, Alexander Center.

5-9 p.m. Nov. 5-6, Room 975, East Campus.

For more information on East Campus sessions, contact Tina Fredell at 828-327-7000, ext. 4353. For information on Alexander Center sessions, call Joyce Wooten at 828-632-8221, ext. 381.

Gaston College

Gaston College will hold information sessions on its transfer program at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 216 at the Lincoln Campus, 511 S. Aspen St. in Lincolnton.

The sessions will review the associate in arts degree and opportunities to transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Gaston College expects to complete construction on the Jerry W. Cochrane Science & Technology Building on the Lincoln Campus in early January. Students can then complete the college transfer program in Lincolnton, beginning with the spring semester.

For more information or to register for the upcoming sessions, call Gaston College's Lincoln Campus at 704-748-1055.

Gaston College radio station WSGE-FM (91.7) will hold a membership drive from 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through 7 p.m. Saturday.

Volunteers will take phone calls from listeners making membership pledges. For more information, call 704-922-2233 or visit

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Rand Brandes, Martin Luther Stevens Professor of English at Lenoir-Rhyne University, recently published a bibliography of the works of Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet and translator Seamus Heaney.

Heaney's poetry is included in most college literary anthologies. His translation of the Old English epic poem “Beowulf” is the version most often used in American high schools and colleges.

“Seamus Heaney: A Bibliography, 1959-2003” was published by Faber and Faber of London. It is the first bibliography of Heaney's works and was compiled with Heaney's assistance. Heaney was a guest at the Dublin launch of the book on July 5. He read from his poem, “The Rain Stick,” and recalled his two visits to Lenoir-Rhyne.

Brandes also conducted 30 hours of interviews with Heaney, which will be used as research for his next book, “A Commentary on the Collected Poems of Seamus Heaney.” The commentary project was funded in part by a grant from the Appalachian College Association.

Leigh Pressley