Catawba Valley Community College’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, in partnership with BB&T, announces WBTV personality Tonya Rivens as keynote speaker for the annual Black History Celebration Tues., Feb. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the college’s Tarlton Complex.
Rivens is well known as the afternoon traffic reporter on WBTV, a CBS affiliate television station in Charlotte. She also has had a lengthy career in airline management as well as 14 years in the radio industry. She held the titles of program director, music director and community affairs director. She hosts “Sunday Morning Inspirations With Tonya Rivens” on WPEG Power 98 FM.
She helps prepare up-and-coming broadcasters at the Carolina School of Broadcasting where she works as a part-time instructor. Her dedication to community has garnered her awards from The Urban League of the Central Carolinas and the Charlotte Mecklenburg NAACP.
Rivens owns a small business, The Rivens Business Center in Cornelius, housing a hair salon, barbershop and non-profit resource center under her 501c3, The Ausie Rivens Scholarship Foundation. Founded in 2004 in honor of Rivens’ grandfather, the first black barber in Cornelius, the ARSF has provided five scholarships for area youth to pursue careers in barber styling. The non-profit also sponsors youth camps, trips and a successful, annual outdoor gospel celebration known as “Praise in the Park,” which was named “Queen City Gospelfest” in 2014.
Rivens earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a former member of the Board of Directors for Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. Rivens also graduated from the FBI Citizens Academy and is a member of New Birth-Charlotte.
Other entertainment planned for the event include Hickory Music Factory, Challenger Early College High School, CVCC Drama Play Production, New Horizon Brass Band, St. Stephens High School Step Team, Lenoir-Rhyne University Nu Generation Choir, Gospel Vocalist Juan Johnson, and Arndt Middle School Step Team.
Partners include the CVCC Foundation, Inc., Asignco, Arndt Middle School, Best Buy, Catawba Funeral Home, Challenger International Club, Commercial Fabricators, Inc., CVCC Rotaract Club, CVCC Student Government, Hickory Music Factory, J&S Cafeteria, Lenoir-Rhyne University, New Horizon Brass Band, St. Stephens High School, Subway, SunTrust Bank, and Vintage Editions, Inc.
The event is free to the community. If you have a disability and need accommodations, please contact Wanda Horvath at least 72 hours in advance at 828-327-7000, ext. 4222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Black History Celebration, call 828-327-7000, ext. 4578, or visit www.cvcc.edu/savethedate.