Upcoming Events


Student Life & Development

Get involved at these upcoming events!

Upcoming Student Life & Development, Student Government Association and Diversity Committee activities are listed below.  Unless otherwise noted, events are held on A-B Tech's Asheville Campus.  For a complete calendar of college events and activities, visit http://www.abtech.edu/calendar/ or download our Fall Brochure


Fall Festival

Thursday, August 28 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Behind the Coman Student Center

Fall Festival is a great time to get to know fellow students and your campus. The festivities will include free food (be sure to bring your student ID!) chair massages, temporary tattoos, a DJ, free t-shirts, club and College information booths, and much more!


Student Government Association Meetings

Meetings are held at 4:30 p.m. in Rhododendron, Room 351 and are open to all Curriculum students.

Fall 2014 meeting dates:

  • August 20, 27
  • September 3, 17
  • October 1, 15, 29
  • November 12
  • December 3


Leadership Speaker Series - Part of the National Society of Leadership & Success

These events are open for all to attend, bring a friend!

Fall 2014 Broadcast Speaker Series:

Stephen Bardo presents "Point Guard Vision"

Stephen BardoAfter a successful college basketball career, Stephen Bardo went on to a decade long career in professional basketball. Now, in addition to being a successful broadcaster, he tours the country speaking about leadership, never giving up on dreams, and how to set and reach goals.

  • Live Broadcast: Tuesday, October 7th, 6:45 p.m. Ferguson Auditorium
  • Rebroadcast: Friday, October 17th, 1:45 p.m. Ferguson Auditorium


David Garibaldi presents "Rhythm and Hue"

David GaribaldiThe culture of graffiti served as an early inspiration for David Garibaldi, who as a teen, found himself often in trouble. After a wakeup call, David realized that his passion for art and music could be an inspirational experience, that if you dedicate yourself to living with passion and purpose, you can succeed and better the world in the process. Today, he tours the world sharing his story of how his passion for art and performing led to a career enabling his million dollar donations to charity.

  • Live Broadcast: Tuesday, October 21st, 6:45 p.m. Ferguson Auditorium
  • Rebroadcast: Friday, October 31st, 1:45 p.m.  Ferguson Auditorium


Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn present "A Path Appears"

Nicholas and SherylHusband and wife, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, have authored books that inspire readers around the world to take action. They will be speaking about how we can follow the lead of and support those who are making a difference in unexpected ways and places.

  • Live Broadcast: Tuesday, November 4th, 6:45 p.m. Ferguson Auditorium
  • Rebroadcast: Friday, November 14th, 1:45 p.m.  Ferguson Auditorium




Financial Fitness Week Workshops

These events are free and open to all students and employees.


Monday, 9/15

1.  Budgeting 101

A budget plan is one of the best tools for financial empowerment. Learn how income, expenses, and debt all affect a successful budget and gain tools to help you create a realistic budget.

Elm 211-A, 2:00 – 2:50 p.m.


2. Going to College WITHOUT Going Broke!

Drop in to one of these 50 minute sessions and learn about the mysterious world of financial aid, where to find scholarships, responsible borrowing and avoiding scams targeted to students.

Ferguson Auditorium, 8 a.m., 9 a.m., and 10 a.m.


Tuesday, 9/16

1.  Going to College WITHOUT Going Broke!

Drop in to one of these 50 minute sessions and learn about the mysterious world of financial aid, where to find scholarships, responsible borrowing and avoiding scams targeted to students.

Ferguson Auditorium, 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m.


Wednesday, 9/17

1.  Understanding Credit. Get it, Keep it, Improve it.

Find out what you know about credit!  Learn what credit is, how to fix your past credit mistakes, read your credit reports, understand credit repair, and more.

Ferguson 107, 11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

2.  Buying a Vehicle

Most of us buy a vehicle at some point in our lives.  Learn the dos and don’ts of buying the car you want, how vehicle loans work, and tips on getting the best deal.

Ferguson 117, 1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. 


Thursday, 9/18

1.  Money Management Managerie!

Representatives from area banks and credit unions will be in Coman Lounge ready to answer your questions and give you their bling.  This is a great opportunity to shop rates, find out who has the most student friendly accounts, the best online services, the lowest fees and more.

Coman Lounge, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

 2.  Preventing Identity Theft

Identity theft happens when someone steals and uses your personal information without your permission. In this class, we'll discuss how it happens, identify popular fraud and scam techniques, learn how to prevent identity theft, and explain what to do if you're a victim of identity theft

Elm 211-A, 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  


Friday, 9/19

1.  First Time Homebuyer

Buying a house is the biggest investment you will probably ever make. This class will give an overview of the many steps involved in buying your first home.  

Ferguson 107, 11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.


US Constitution Day – Wednesday, 9/17

Come by our informational booth to learn more about the US Constitution and pick up a free pocket copy.

Coman Student Center, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Health and Wellness

1.  Affordable Care Act Info Sessions

These informational sessions will cover the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act, insurance discount eligibility for you and your family, what it will cost to enroll, and how to get started.

Tuesday, 9/16, Ferguson Auditorium, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Wednesday, 10/15, Ferguson Auditorium, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, 11/11, Ferguson Auditorium, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


2.  Wellness Fair

This event is focused on physical, mental and financial wellbeing, and is open to students as well as faculty and staff. 30+ vendors will be set up in the gym with giveaways, discount programs, wellness-related services and health screenings.

Thursday, 10/30 , Coman Gymnasium, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


3.  Affordable Care Act Sign-Up Lab Sessions 

Unsure about how to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act? Come to the Balsam computer lab and sign-up in person.  Certified Navigators will be available to answer any questions that come up and can even walk you through each step of enrollment.

Monday, 11/17, Balsam 216, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  

Monday, 12/10, Balsam 214, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  


Diversity Programs

These events are free and open for all to attend.

Fall events to be announced.



DAV MSO - Disabled Veterans National Mobile Services Office on Campus – Tuesday, 11/4 and Wednesday, 11/5

The mobile services office will be on campus providing free assistance for accessing disabled veterans services. See your student emails for location details.

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: TBA


Transfer Advising Fair 

Coman Lounge, Date and Time To Be Announced

This fair provides an opportunity for students to meet with representatives of a variety of schools to ask questions and gather information about transferring to a four-year institution. More than 20 colleges and universities will be in attendance providing information, including UNC Asheville, Western Carolina University, Fayetteville State University, Brevard College, Gardner-Web University and more.   Sponsored by the Transfer Advising Center.  Open to all curriculum students.


Wellness Fair (Activity Day – no classes from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Coman Gymnasium, Thursday, 10/30 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This event is focused on physical, mental and financial wellbeing, and is open to students as well as faculty and staff. Dozens of vendors will be set up in the gym with giveaways, discount programs and wellness-related services.


OMG GMO Film Screening

Ferguson Auditorium, Thursday, 10/30 at 6 p.m.

Filmmaker and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and how they affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice.  His journey takes him to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and even the front door of agri-giant Monsanto, the largest provider of GMOs in the United States, as he poses perhaps the ultimate question about what we eat:  Is it still possible to reject our current food system, or have we already lost something we can’t get back?  GMO OMG is a timely, informative, entertaining, and ultimately insightful documentary about the question that’s a growing concern to citizens around the world:  who controls the future of our food?

Q&A with the filmmaker and a panel of experts immediately after.


Gifts That Give Marketplace (Activity Day – no classes from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Coman Student Center, Tuesday, 12/5 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Socially responsible vendors, who give back to the community, sell fair trade items and work with communities of need, will be selling their products at the event.  Refreshments, shopping, chair massage and more will be offered.


Children's Party

Children’s Party - Friday 12/5 (Sponsor-only Event)

Student Government Association encourages each program, club, class and office to consider sponsoring one or more children for this party. For many of these children, this will be their only activity for the holiday season. Contact michelechathcock@abtech.edu to participate.








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