Upcoming Events Calendar – Posted: January 2016

Upcoming Events Calendar – Post: January 2016


Nina Simone and Songs of the Civil Rights Movement, January 21, 2016

The Multicultural Affairs Committee of Gaston College will present “Nina Simone and Songs of the Civil Rights Era” on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 11 a.m. to Noon in the Myers Center Multipurpose Room, Dallas Campus. The reading and recital will feature Dr. Brenda Flanagan, English professor at Davidson College, who was a personal assistant to Simone in 1967.  She will read from her upcoming book about her time with “The High Priestess of Soul”.  Musical selections of Nina Simone will be performed by vocalist Toni Tupponce and members of A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas.

Nina Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon on February 21, 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina. She was recognized as one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century, an icon of American music. She was a musical storyteller, pianist, civil rights activist, singer and journalist. She died in her sleep at her home in Carry-le-Rouet, Bouches-du-Rhone, France on April 21, 2003. She left a timeless collection of music spanning over four decades.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 704-922-6346.


Lincoln County Career Expo, February 9, 2016.

Lincoln County Advanced Manufacturing partners and the Lincoln County Schools will host a career expo for 700 middle and high school Career and Technical Education students. The Career Expo: Manufacturing a Future That Works will highlight careers, educational opportunities and promote future employers on Tuesday, February 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Aptar Food & Beverage facility, Lincoln County Industrial Park, US 321 Inter-Connector, Exit 28, in Lincolnton.

Industry partners will showcase higher education, specialized trade skills training, and employment pathways in Advanced Manufacturing.


College Transfer Program Association Conference, February 19, 2016

Gaston College will host the spring conference for the College Transfer Program Association on Friday, February 19, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Myers Center, Gaston College Dallas Campus, 201 Highway 321 South, Dallas, NC 28034.


Topics to be discussed include college transfer updates and news related to ACA 122, Advising, Multiple Measures of Placement, Baccalaureate Degree Plans, Associate in Fine Arts, Associate in Engineering, Registered Nursing to Bachelor of Science Nursing, Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, Performance Measures, Career and College Promise/Early College, Retention Efforts, and more.

Registration is $20 (includes lunch). Use the following link to register.


This event is open to the public. For more information, contact Heather Woodson, CTPA president at woodson.heather@gaston.edu


Community Resource Fair for Gaston College students and the public, March 9, 2016

The Life Skills Department, Learning, Persistence, and Completion Center will host a Community Resource Fair on Wednesday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Lincoln Campus, 511 South Aspen Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092.  A variety of booths and displays on various community resources, college services, and programs will be available. For more information, please contact Vicky Graves, Life Skills Student Success Counselor at graves.vicky@gaston.edu.


SPARC3 Professional Development Conference, March 18, 2016. 

Gaston College will be hosting its fourth annual SPARC3 Professional Development Conference on Friday, March 18, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Rauch Science and Fine Arts Building, Dallas Campus. Check-in will begin at 7:15 a.m. This is an opportunity to earn six hours of professional development credit, while engaging in high-impact pedagogy with your colleagues.

While SPARC3 is a STEM focused initiative, instructors of all disciplines are invited to attend this workshop. Topics include student engagement, active learning, inquiry-based learning techniques, technology in the classroom, lab experiences/activities, undergraduate research opportunities, and more.

Currently, the college is accepting proposals for presentations at the conference. Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2016. If you are interested in presenting, please click the link below and go to “2016 Conference” for more information and a direct link to apply.

The cost for this year’s conference is $15 (non-refundable). To register, also click on the link below and go to the registration link.



The First Annual NC Community College Health and Fitness Summit, April 18, 2016

The Gaston College Health and Fitness Science Program will sponsor the First Annual NC Community College Health and Fitness Summit on Friday, April 8th, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the David Belk Cannon Building, Room 170, Dallas Campus.

This is the first time a statewide meeting has been held to organize all Health and Fitness Science Coordinators, Directors, and Faculty from all programs in the NC Community College system. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the program and any changes that need to be made at the state level, as well as best practices. The meeting will spearhead the kick-off of an official association and group that advocates for the Health, Fitness, and Physical Education in the North Carolina Community College system. For more information, contact Jacob Surratt at Surratt.jacob@gaston.edu or call 704-922-2283.

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