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Belmont Abbey College

Abbey hosts Special Olympics: Belmont Abbey College hosted six Special Olympics soccer teams for competition on Oct. 25. All Belmont Abbey athletic teams not competing cheered on their adopted Special Olympics teams at Alumni Field.

Crusaders student-athletes donned their new team’s colors, waved signs for the soccer players and encouraged and cheered the Special Olympics athletes in support. When not competing, the visiting teams mingled with Abbey athletes on the practice field.

Kelly Moore, a senior at Belmont Abbey, coordinated the event. She recruited the campus club Abbey Volunteers, the men’s and women’s soccer programs and the Director of Student Development & Engagement to serve at the tournament.

Athletes become zombies: The Belmont Abbey College men’s lacrosse team and women’s basketball team organized booths and games for local children at the city of Belmont’s Halloween Bash.

The men ran the booths and games, while the women dressed as zombies to serve as judges of the costume contest.

Nearly 60 student athletes participated in the community event.

Moravian music: Carolina Pro Musica, based at Belmont Abbey College, will present a mixture of French, Italian and German music at 8 p.m. Nov. 15 at Peace Moravian Church, 4418 Rea Road in Charlotte.

The program features period instruments and voice, along with rarely-heard Moravian works from the archives of the Moravian Music Foundation in Winston-Salem. These works are part of the ensemble’s compact disc, “Following the Lamb.”

Tickets are $16 adults, $8 seniors and students and are available at Tickets also will be available at the door.

Student-Athlete of the Week: Belmont Abbey men’s cross-country runner David Iverson was named the OrthoCarolina Male Student-Athlete of the Week for Oct. 27.

The junior from Skokie, Ill.., posted a personal best time of 28:22 in the 5-mile Sand Shark Invitational when he finished in the top 10 of Conference Carolinas competitors in a field of more than 300 runners on 36 teams.

Iverson has broken his previous best time in each of his past three races.


Tree planting ceremony: Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute and the Foundation of CCC&TI hosted a tree-planting ceremony Nov. 4 on the Hudson Campus.

As part of the institution’s ongoing celebration of its 50th anniversary, the co-chairs of this year’s Foundation Annual Fund Drive gathered for the dedication of a lacebark elm planted in their honor. The 2014 annual Fund Drive co-chairmen are: founding CCC&TI President Ed Beam, former Board of Trustees Chairman Brent Kincaid, former Board of Trustees Chairman Don Lackey, current Board of Trustees Chairman Larry Taylor and former Board of Trustees Chairman Hugh Wilson.

Caldwell Cuisine wraps: The Culinary Arts program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will present its final Caldwell Cuisine dinner of the fall series at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.

The menu will feature Spanish Tapas. Advance-only tickets are $21 plus tax.

For tickets or information, visit or call the Box Office at 828-726-2407.


Mini-sessions offered: Catawba Valley Community College will offer a new intensive Winter Intersession or “mini-mester” between its fall and spring semesters.

The four-week session will include 13 online courses and is ideal for students who want to accelerate graduation, reduce a heavy course load in future semesters or save money. Winter Intersession will be held Dec. 8-Jan. 7.

Course offerings are available at Registration deadline is Nov. 26. Students enrolled at another college or university are also eligible as a special credit student. For details, visit

For information, email admissions director Laurie Wegner at

Needlework class: The CVCC Learning & Personal Enrichment Innovation Center will offer Crocheting and Knitting 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 18-Dec. 16 at the West Hickory Senior Citizens Center in Hickory.

A basic introduction course, this class will focus on how to read and follow patterns, several basic stitches and tips and techniques. Cost is $20.

Participants for these classes must be at least 18 years old. For information, contact Cheri Toney at 828-327-7037 or

Gaston College

Cosmetology students offer services: The Cosmetology Program at Gaston College offers skincare and haircare services to the public on two campuses.

An Esthetics Day Spa with facials, peels and other skincare services is open 9-11 a.m. weekdays and 6-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday on the Kimbrell Campus, 7220 Wilkinson Blvd. in Belmont. Walk-ins are welcome, or appointments can be made by calling 704-825-6295.

Hair services including cuts, styles, color, highlights, lowlights, perms and relaxers and spa services including waxing, manicures, pedicures, gel polish and more are now available at the Cosmetology Salon on the Lincoln Campus. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and 5-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Seniors 55 and older receive half off the cost of services on weekdays. Other specials include $10 perms and relaxers on Wednesdays.

Walk-ins are welcome or call for an appointment at 704-748-5252.

SGA food drive: The Gaston College Student Government Association and Gaston College Libraries will hold a canned food drive for nonperishable items through Nov. 19.

Donations may be dropped off 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the SGA office in Room 213 of Myers Center or at Morris Library on the Main Campus in Dallas. Donations also may be made at the Lincoln Campus Library, 511 S. Aspen St. in Lincolnton and the Kimbrell Campus, 7220 Wilkinson Blvd. in Belmont.

For information, contact the SGA office at 704-922-6472 or

Art exhibits: Gaston College will showcase several art exhibits this semester.

The work of student artists in the Associate in Fine Arts Pre-Graduation Show will be featured through Nov. 22 in the Jeanne Rauch Gallery in the Rauch Science and Fine Arts Building, Dallas Campus.

A Visual Harvest, an annual juried art exhibition, will be presented through Dec. 10, also in the Jeanne Rauch Gallery.

A Holiday Art Show and Sale will be Dec. 3-4 in the D. F. Beam Center for Visual Arts Gallery on the Dallas Campus.

Jeanne Rauch Gallery and Beam Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. For information, contact Jason Story at 704-922-6245 or or Barbara Chadwick at 704-922-2231 or

Notary training courses: Gaston College will offer Notary Training courses on the Dallas and Kimbrell campuses this fall. The course may also be used for a current Notary’s re-commission.

Classes are available 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 13 or Dec. 11 in Room 208 of the Dalpiaz Student Success Center on the Dallas Campus.

On the Kimbrell Campus in Belmont, classes will be held 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 15 in Room 201 of Harney Hall; and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 3 in Room 201 of Harney Hall.

Students must be at least 18 years old or legally emancipated, reside in or have regular work in North Carolina, be a legal U.S. resident, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and be able to speak, read and write the English language. Students must have no felony conviction or civil judgment. A photo ID and a copy of the “Notary Public Guidebook for North Carolina, Tenth Edition” also are required.

Registration is required. For information, visit

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Esch endows faculty research fund: Robert Esch, Chief Scientific Officer at Greer Laboratories, and his wife, Katherine, recently gave $300,000 to endow the Faculty Research Fund for the Natural Sciences at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

The gift allows faculty and students in the School of Natural Sciences to conduct vital and ongoing research that will enable them to compete with other colleges and universities for grants.

Esch has served in various positions at Greer Laboratories, a provider of allergenic products to practicing allergists in the United States. Esch also taught anatomy and physiology for two years as an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne.

“Teaching is a noble profession, but in science I found it difficult to imagine how you could teach science without doing science,” Esch said in a release. “There has to be some way of letting science faculty practice what they teach.”

Esch has funded research opportunities for science faculty for two years and recently gave the first faculty research award to Judy Moore, assistant professor of biology. Moore will begin receiving a stipend to work on the project in summer 2015.

Katherine Esch is a 1970 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne, with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Two of the couple’s three children also attended the university. Caroline Esch graduated in 2009 and Teddy Esch, a four-year member of the swim team, will graduate in December.

Global Entrepreneurship Week: The newly opened Center for Commercial and Social Entrepreneurship at Lenoir-Rhyne University will sponsor Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 17-21. Part of the School of Business, the Center will feature a variety of educational activities for aspiring entrepreneurs.

The schedule includes:

Edison Project Business Plan Competition: 5-7 p.m. Nov. 17, CVCC Auditorium. Similar to ABC’s “Shark Tank” competition, this event invites regional entrepreneurs to present their business plans to a panel of judges. Prizes include $18,000 in cash awards. Sponsors include the Catawba Valley Chamber of Commerce. Free.

Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Student Business Showcase: 4 p.m. Nov. 18, Center for Commercial and Social Entrepreneurship. Innovative businesses on campus or starting on campus will be highlighted. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Getting Your Business Online: 6-8 p.m. Nov. 19, Mauney Building, Classroom 115. Co-sponsored by Lenoir-Rhyne and CVCC, this seminar teaches business owners to promote their businesses on a budget by utilizing Google Places and Facebook business pages.

The State of Entrepreneurship: 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 20, Grace Chapel. This panel discussion of entrepreneurial experts will look at entrepreneurship from a local, regional and national perspective. Ralph Griffith, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the CCSE, will serve as moderator. Panelists include Michael Simmons, chief connection officer and co-founder of Empact; Danny Hearn, executive director of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce; Byron Hicks, regional drector of SBTDC; Gary Muller, dean of the School of Business, Industry, and Technology at CVCC; and Wayne Powell, president of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Panelists will take questions from the audience.

Keynote Presentation by Michael Simmons: 10-11 a.m. Nov. 21, McCrorie Center, Classroom 213. Simmons is a columnist for Forbes and the author of “The Student Success Manifesto: How to Create a Life of Passion, Purpose and Prosperity.” His company, Empact, hosts the largest showcase of companies run by the country’s top young entrepreneurs. The Empact Summit brings together more than 300 invitation-only college presidents and deans, senior government officials, elected representatives and icon entrepreneurs.

All Global Entrepreneurship Week events are free and open to the public. For information, call 828-328-7985 or email

Cancer awareness: To bring awareness and help raise money for kids fighting cancer, players on the Lenoir-Rhyne University men’s lacrosse team shaved their heads on Nov. 8 in the intramural gym. Assistant Coach Ed Guerin also shaved his head.

Partnering with the Vs. Cancer Foundation, the team hopes to raise $5,000. Team members collected donations and are encouraging fans and folks on campus and in the community to shave their own heads in exchange for donations.

To give to the cause, visit All funds generated will support the Vs. Cancer Foundation, with half of proceeds benefiting national childhood cancer research and half helping kids undergoing treatment at Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville.


Campaign begins with major gift: The Western Piedmont Foundation recently launched its annual Giving Campaign with the announcement of a lead gift from Continental.

Funds for the campaign support student scholarships, professional and community development and WPCC’s adult high school and GED students.

For the first time in the college’s history, 100 percent of full-time employees, Foundation Board of Directors and Trustee members have given to the campaign.

Continental’s Morgan Automotive Plan contributed a lead gift to establish the Continental Maintenance Technician Scholarship to benefit students pursuing an associate’s degree in computer engineering, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering. Scholarship recipients also will mentor with a Continental employee and participate in a work-based learning experience for two semesters. Six scholarships will be awarded to cover most expenses associated with enrollment in the programs.

Free business seminars: WPCC’s Small Business Center will offer several free seminars in November. The schedule includes:

Marketing Your Business with Social Media: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 11, Foothills Higher Education Center (FHEC). Learn about video and picture sharing sites such as YouTube and Photobucket as a way to promote yourself, your business or your organization. Speaker Matt Rudisill also will share a history of blogging, blog software options and examples of excellent business and nonprofit blogs.

Writing an Effective Business Plan: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 13 or 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 11, both at FHEC. Participants will discuss tools needed to write a business plan that helps raise capital and serve as a guide for business success.

Winning Customer Service/Increase Sales for Your Business: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 18, FHEC. Professional speaker Matt Rudisill will discuss skills to improve customer service, build customer loyalty and increase sales. Topics include typical reasons why customers leave and what businesses can do.

How to Start a Business: 3-5 p.m. Nov. 19 or 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 9, both at FHEC. A starting point for the journey of business ownership, this course covers business structures, licensing and zoning, trademarks, copyrights, patents, insurance, financing alternatives, record keeping and taxes.

eBay Mobile Basics: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 20, FHEC. Power seller Nick Hawks will discuss making eBay a primary marketing tool and how to set up an account, list items for sale, take payments and handle shipping. Topics include writing descriptions that sell, submitting photos and using PayPal.

How to Find Money for Your Business: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 10, FHEC. Speaker Eddie McGimsey will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of funding sources and how to determine how much money is needed to start and grow a business.

To register for any of the seated seminars, visit Select Business & Industry, Small Business Center, then Business Center Seminars and Workshops.

Online entrepreneurship training: Western Piedmont Community College’s Small Business Center will offer “HP LIFE Online Entrepreneurship Training,” an online course available on demand through Dec. 31.

HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) offers aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners valuable business skills for free. The program also is self-paced to accommodate the schedules of more aspiring business owners.

To register for the free online course, visit and select Business & Industry, Small Business Center and Business Center Seminars and Workshops.

Compiled by Leigh Pressley