Catawba Valley Community College’s “The Write Stuff” Creative Writing Club will host a campus visit by author Angela Pisel on Wed., Jan. 25, at noon in the East Wing Auditorium located on the Main Campus on US Hwy. 70 SE in Hickory.

“With Love from the Inside” is Pisel’s first novel. The North Carolina resident has worked as a therapist and life coach, mentoring women through various stages of their lives.

Her novel’s main character is on death row for the murder of her infant son, and all appeals have been exhausted. Her execution date has been set and she wants her now-married daughter, Sophie, to know the truth about what really happened to her baby brother William.

“I decided to write the book because of my obsession with TV trials,” explained Pisel. “I began researching women on death row, read their stories, and wondered about their children. I tried figuring out why they ended up on death row. I wanted to explore the entire issue and determine what went wrong in their lives.”

Pisel volunteers with an organization in North Carolina that seeks to break the cycle of recidivism by promoting healthy relationships between children and their incarcerated parent.

Community members are invited to attend Pisel’s presentation. If you need accommodations, please contact Wanda Horvath at CVCC, 828-327-7000 ext. 4222,

For more details, contact CVCC English faculty member Polly Watson, 828-327-7000, ext. 4209,

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Catawba Valley Community College’s ethics and accounting II classes will host author and speaker Chuck Gallagher at noon on Dec. 8, in the East Wing Auditorium which is located on the Main Campus on Hwy. 70 SE in Hickory.

In a cross-disciplinary project, the students have been using Gallagher’s non-fiction book “Second Chances” to explore ethical dilemmas, the consequences of choices and how adversity can be transformed into opportunity. The book outlines Gallagher’s decision to steal money from a client resulting in his federal prison sentence. Continue reading

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CVCC Radiography Student Awarded Scholarship

Blair Little ImageCatawba Valley Community College student Blair Little was recently awarded the Jane Cox Hendrix Scholarship through the North Carolina Society of Radiologic Technologists, Inc.

Eligible students must be enrolled in an accredited entry-level radiologic science program, a member of the NCSRT and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or grade of B in their radiologic science core curriculum. Continue reading

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CVCC Student Woodrum Earns Rare Platinum CRC

Patrick Woodrum

Patrick Woodrum

Patrick Woodrum recently became the first student enrolled in the Catawba Valley Furniture Academy to earn a Platinum Career Readiness Certificate. He is one of only four in Catawba and Alexander counties and among less than 30 people in the state to earn this certification, according to Tammy S. Buff, CVCC’s Workkeys administrator and human resources development instructor.

CRC offers employers a reliable means of determining whether a potential employee has the necessary literacy, mathematical ability and problem solving skills to be “job ready.” Continue reading

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CVCC Student Veteran’s Club Honors Veterans Through Flag Sale

cvcc-veterans-day-flags-2015Catawba Valley Community College’s Student Veteran’s Club is holding a fundraiser again this year to support its self-sustaining club.

Club members and advisors are selling placement of 24” flags in honor or memory of a named veteran for $1 each. The flags will be placed on the college’s front lawn along US Hwy. 70 the week of Veteran’s Day to show support for all veterans in the greater Hickory area.

“We hope to exceed last year’s total of 1,000 flags,” said Veteran’s Affairs Coordinator and Veteran’s Club Advisor Elen Gibbs. “The goal is to blanket the front lawn like we did last year to show our respect and appreciation for veterans’ service to our country.”

Sales will take place on campus for students, faculty and staff starting Nov. 1. Members of the community are encouraged to honor or memorialize a veteran by contacting Gibbs at 828-327-7000, ext. 4205.


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