Gaston & Catawba

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Belmont Abbey College

Sportsmanship awards: Three Belmont Abbey College sports teams were recently honored with the 2014 Conference Carolinas Fall Team Sportsmanship Award. Belmont Abbey won the sportsmanship award in men’s and women’s cross country and women’s volleyball. Winners are selected in a vote of the league’s student-athletes and coaches.

Both cross-country programs won the award for the third time, while the women’s volleyball team earned the distinction for the first time.

At the end of the academic year, the school with the overall best average score in sportsmanship votes will receive the Messick Sportsmanship Award. Belmont Abbey College has won the overall Messick Award for each of the past three years.

Carolina Pro Musica: Period ensemble Carolina Pro Musica will present “So Longs the Soul” at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 the Abbey Basilica at Belmont Abbey College. The program will feature verses from “The Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah,” arias by J.S. Bach and instrumental works by Marcello and Veracini.

Carolina Pro Music features period instruments including an 18th century flute called a traverso, recorder, viola de gamba, chamber organ and voice.

Tickets are $16 adults, $8 students and seniors, and are available at Reservations also may be made by calling 704-334-3468.

Open house: Belmont Abbey College will host a half-day open house 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 28.

Prospective students can tour campus, talk with students and faculty, learn about financial aid, meet with admissions counselors, attend an optional mass and get to know other prospective students.

For information, call the Admissions Office at 888-222-0110.


David Holt and the Lightning Bolts: Four-time Grammy winner David Holt and the Lightning Bolts will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.

The band plays old-time music on more than 10 instruments, including banjo, fiddle, bottleneck blues guitar, mouth bow and even a paper bag. Filled with humor, stories and music, the dynamic show brings to life the joy and spirit of mountain music.

Tickets are $12.81 for adults and $5.34 for children. Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute student tickets are free with a valid student ID. For information or for tickets, call the Civic Center Box Office at 828-726-2407 or visit

Funds available for GED testing: The CCC&TI College and Career Readiness Division recently announced that funds are available to cover student fees for both the GED high school equivalency tests and practice tests.

The GED test is administered via computer and has four sections: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science and Social Studies. Funds are available to cover the cost of each section of the test. In addition, CCC&TI offers free practice testing prior to taking the GED exam.

Registration for GED preparatory classes is ongoing. Students must attend Adult Education Orientation and Assessment prior to enrolling in a class. All orientation, assessment and prep classes are free.

To sign up or to get information, call 828-726-2230 for the Caldwell Campus or 828-297-5253 for the Watauga Campus.

Continuing education: CCC&TI will offer several Continuing Education courses in the spring semester. For information or to register, call 828-726-2242 for the Caldwell and Hudson campuses and 828-297-3811 for the Watauga campus, or visit

The lineup includes:

Welding: Several sessions, including Basic Welding, MIG/TIG/Pipe Part 1 and Part 2, will be offered on the Caldwell Campus in Hudson and Watauga Campus in Boone. Visit for detailed times. Cost is $181-$186.

Introduction to Industrial Sewing: 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 20-April 1 on the Caldwell Campus in Hudson. Cost is $181.

Massage Therapy: 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Feb. 9-Oct. 15, Watauga Campus, Boone. Cost is $181.

Phlebotomy: 5-9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, Feb. 16-Aug. 30, Caldwell Campus, Hudson. Cost is $181.


Business start-up seminars: The Catawba Valley Community College Small Business Center will offer the Step Up, Start Up program, a series of seminars to help individuals interested in starting a business understand the pros and cons of business ownership, beginning in January.

Seminars run 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 17 at the Corporate Development Center. Admission is free, but registration is required.

Sessions include:

From Idea to Opportunity: Jan. 20. Topics include market research, target customers and competition.

Creating the Images, Crafting the Message: Jan. 27. Participants will learn the importance of branding and creating a unique image for their new company.

Reaching Customer Targets: Feb. 3. Participants will learn how successful business owners create targeted marketing messages and choose appropriate media for effectively marketing products and services.

Keeping $ Score $: Feb. 10. Learn about standard scorecards for tracking business performance, cash position and net worth. Sources of startup capital also will be covered.

Roadmap to Success: Feb. 17. Compile data and conclusions from previous seminars into a business plan draft.

To register, contact the Small Business Center at 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 or

Writing a business plan: The CVCC Small Business Center will present “Writing a Winning Business Plan” 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at CVCC’s Corporate Development Center in Hickory.

Participants will learn the significance of a well-written business plan, a company’s map to laying out actions needed to achieve profits and success while reflecting its competitive environment. Topics include the audience for the business plan and key elements such as marketing and financial projections.

The seminar is free, but registration is required by calling 828-327-7000, ext. 4117.

Workforce Development courses: The CVCC Workforce Development Center will offer several courses this winter. To register, contact Janet Lail at or 828-327-7000, ext. 4116.

The schedule includes:

Notary Public: 5:15-8:45 p.m. Jan. 26-27, CVCC East Campus, EC956. Cost is $75, including a book. Registration in person is required.

National Electric Code (NEC) Prep: 6-10 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 27-June 2, CVCC East Campus, Room EC975. Cost is $180, plus a current Electrical Code book.

Intermediate Excel: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 27, CVCC East Campus, EC956. Cost is $92.

Vehicle OBDII Emissions Inspection Recertification: 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 31, CVCC Main Campus, VSL209. Cost is $88. Students must bring a driver’s license and LT310 form to class. Required books will be provided.

Personal enrichment classes: Catawba Valley Community College will offer several personal enrichment and learning classes.

The lineup includes:

Italian Cooking Level II: 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 22-March 12, CVCC East Campus, Room 1209. $80.

Drawing and Painting: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 26-March 16, CVCC East Campus, Room 1209. $60.

Sign Language for Beginners Level II: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 26-March 16, CVCC East Campus, Room 1118. $70, plus textbook.

Be Your Own Wedding Planner: 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 9-March 16, CVCC East Campus, Room EC958. $70.

Quilting/Back to the Basics: 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Feb. 23-April 13, City of Newton Recreation Center. $45.

Needle Fun: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Feb. 24-April 14, City of Newton Recreation Department. All skill levels are welcome to learn more about knitting, embroidery, crocheting and other needle work. $45. Registration deadline is Feb. 17.

Intermediate Shag Dancing: 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 26-March 26, City of Newton Recreation Department. Partners are needed. Cost is $55.

For information or to register, call CVCC’s Learning and Enrichment Continuing Education Center at 828-327-7037 or email Cheri Toney at

Gaston College

MLK reflections: Davidson College professor Dan Aldridge III will speak on “Reflections of Martin Luther King, American Liberalism, and the Continuing Relevance of Civil Rights Activism” at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Jan. 22 in the David Belk Cannon Auditorium at Gaston College’s Dallas Campus.

His lecture is presented in celebration of the Martin Luther King Holiday by the Multicultural Affairs Committee at Gaston College.

A professor of history and African studies at Davidson College, Aldridge specializes in 20th century U.S. history and African-American history. He is the author of “Becoming American: The African American Quest for Civil Rights, 1861-1976.” Aldridge earned a doctorate from Emory University and a law degree from Northwestern University.

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, contact Judith Porter at 704-922-6346 or

Balancing Act seminar: Gaston College will offer a series of professional development seminars with information on what educators, friends, families and the community should know about students experiencing mental health issues while attending college.

Topics and dates are Oppositional Defiant Disorder, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Jan. 22; Addiction, noon-1 p.m. Feb. 13 and Bipolar Disorder, noon-1 p.m. March 30. All seminars will be held in the Robinson Classroom Building, Room 238, on the Dallas Campus.

The workshops are free and open to the public. For information, call Hisayo Tokuro-Gallo at 704-922-6341.

Cosmetology students offer services: The Cosmetology Program at Gaston College now 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.

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Novelist Jesmyn Ward speaks: Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series will present American novelist Jesmyn Ward at 10 a.m. Jan. 19 in P.E. Monroe Auditorium and at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 in Belk Centrum, both on campus.

In the morning program, at the university’s annual Martin Luther King Celebration, Ward will discuss the impact King made during his lifetime. She also will share her personal experiences, including the loss of her brother and survival of Hurricane Katrina.

Immediately following the program, attendees are invited to participate in the Martin Luther King Day March beginning at P.E. Monroe Auditorium and ending in the Ridgeview Community of Hickory.

The evening program, co-sponsored by the Lenoir-Rhyne University Office of Multicultural Affairs, also is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Ward is an associate professor of English at Tulane University and award winning author of three novels. Her 2008 debut novel, “Where the Line Bleeds,” received a Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) Honor Award. Ward also won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction and a 2012 Alex Award for her second novel, “Salvage the Bones.” Her latest book, published in 2013, is a memoir titled “Men We Reaped.” It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Born and raised in Mississippi, Ward depicts the lives of African-Americans growing up in the South struggling with poverty and natural disaster.

Ward earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and was writer in residence at the University of Mississippi. She also taught creative writing at the University of South Alabama before joining Tulane University.

For information, contact Emma Sellers, Director of Multicultural Affairs, at or 828-328-7288.

Scholars academy information session: Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold an information session on the university’s High School Scholars Academy at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in Room 213 of the McCrorie Center on campus.

High school juniors and their parents are invited to learn about the university’s advanced academic program for high school seniors. Students selected for the program enroll in English IV Honors and three college classes in the fall, followed by Advanced Placement English and three college classes in the spring.

Applications for the 2015-16 school year are due Feb. 13. First preference is given to students enrolled in Catawba County, Hickory Public and Newton-Conover school systems. If space is available, the university also will consider students from private schools, home schools and other school systems.

Registration is not required for information sessions. For details, contact Emily Heaberline at or 828-328-7300. Information on the High School Scholars Academy is available at


New York for spring break: Western Piedmont Community College will offer a series of courses that include a trip to New York City April 7-11.

The trip will incorporate curriculum classes Art 115 Art History Survey II, Humanities 120 E31 Cultural Studies, and Drama 111 E31 Theater Appreciation as well as the Continuing Education cultural enrichment course New York Cultural Experience.

Tuition cost of the Continuing Education class and the curriculum classes will each be about $210. Approximate cost of the trip for participating students is $750, including airfare, hotel and transfer.

Mandatory on-campus meetings for all participating students will be 7-8:50 p.m. Jan. 22, Feb. 12 and April 2. For information, call Mark Poteat at 828-448-3538. Compiled by Leigh Pressley