Upcoming Events


Student Life & Development

Spring 2015

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 Spring Brochure.

Student Government Association Meetings

Meetings are held at 4:30 p.m. in Rhododendron, Room 344 and are open to all Curriculum students.

Spring 2015 meeting dates (Wednesdays):

  • Jan 14 
  • Jan 28 
  • Feb 11 
  • Feb 25 
  • Mar 11 
  • Mar 25
  • Apr 15 
  • Apr 29

Minority Student Leadership Academy Kickoff Meeting, 1/15

Ferguson Auditorium, 4 - 6 p.m.

The Minority Student Leadership Academy (MSLA) will be kicking off the spring semester with a get-together in Ferguson Auditorium.  The Academy is for minority students and allies, with a mission of connecting students with campus resources, providing personal and professional development opportunities, increasing graduation rates, and creating connections with other students on campus. Come meet current and new members and find out what the academy is up to this year. Refreshments will be provided. 


A-B Tech Day at UNC-Asheville, Women’s Basketball Game, 1/24

UNC-Asheville Kimmel Arena, 2:00 p.m.

Join us for A-B Tech Day at UNCA’s Kimmel Arena as the UNCA Women’s Basketball team takes on Coastal Carolina.  Students, faculty and staff can now bring their A-B Tech ID cards and receive a $4 game ticket for themselves and their families/friends.  This discount also applies online at www.UNCAbulldogs.com/tickets by using the promo code “TECH.”  Tickets may also be purchased in advance by calling the Box Office at 828-258-7900.  


Affordable Care Act Info Sessions  - open enrollment is over, but you may qualify for Special Enrollment.

A certified navigator will be on campus explaining the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act, insurance discount eligibility for you and your family, if you qualify for special enrollment, and how to get started.

  • Tuesday, March 24th from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Ferguson Auditorium
  • Wednesday, April 29th from 10 - 11 a.m. in Ferguson Auditorium


The National Society of Leadership & Success Spring 2015 Speaker Series

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

Dan Harris presents "10% Happier"

Dan Harris is onDan Harrise of the most respected broadcast journalists in the news world. His coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan earned much praise and recognition. After a live on air panic attack, he went on a journey to learn about self-awareness and meditation. He will be speaking about happiness, mindfulness and the balance between ambition and contentment. Sponsored by A-B Tech’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

  • Live Broadcast: Tuesday, February 10th, 6:45 p.m. in Ferguson Auditorium
  • Rebroadcast: Friday, February 20th, 1:45 p.m. in Ferguson Auditorium

Debbi Fields presents "My Recipe for Success"

Debbi Fields

Debbi Fields is a true example of the American dream. After determining that her passion was baking cookies, she worked tirelessly to seek investors to build her first store location. Her story details the numerous times she was rejected, and how determination and persistence led her to unimaginable success. She will share the lessons that she has learned in both business and life. 

  • Live Broadcast: Tuesday, February 24th, 6:45 p.m. in Ferguson Auditorium - CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
  • Rebroadcast: Friday, March 6th, 1:45 p.m. in Ferguson Auditorium
  • Make-up Rebroadcast: Tuesday, March 10th, 6:45 p.m. in Ferguson Auditorium

Arianna Huffington presents "Thrive"

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington's is one of the most well recognized names in modern journalism. She will share advice on redefining success, and creating a life of well-being, wisdom and wonder.

  • Live Broadcast: Tuesday, March 17th, 6:45 p.m. in Ferguson Auditorium
  • Rebroadcast: Friday, March 27th, 1:45 p.m. in Ferguson Auditorium


Financial Fitness Workshops

Savings and Goal Setting – Thursday, 2/26

Learn how to create realistic savings goals and plan the steps needed to reach them!  

  • Elm 211-A, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER 


What to Do With Your Tax Refund – Thursday, 3/19

Confused about how to spend your tax return? Should you pay off debt or go shopping? In this class we'll discuss the options of how to best use your refund to benefit your financial goals.

  • Elm 211-A, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Raising a Money Smart Child – Wednesday, 4/8

Curious about how to teach your child about money but not sure where to start?  This class will discuss easy to implement strategies to teach your child valuable life lessons about money from an early age through college years. 

  • Elm 211-A, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Business Etiquette Dinner – Thursday, 2/12

Magnolia Dining Room, 5:30 p.m.

Join fellow A-B Tech students for an etiquette workshop/dinner to learn valuable professional dining skills from our experts.  The multi-course meal with dining etiquette instruction include: correct positioning and use of plates, silverware and glasses, ordering guidelines and manners, and etiquette for an interview lunch or dinner. Cost is $10 and seating is limited. Registration is required; email michelechathcock@abtech.edu for more information.


Women’s History Speaker – Wednesday, 3/11

“Women in Asheville in the 1880’s” with Marie Bartlett

Rhododendron 344, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Local author speaks on the background research to her recent novel, Pearl, MD. The presentation will cover the following: Women’s roles in society and why they had to choose between a career and domestic life; daily life in western NC in the 1880’s and how an educated woman with Pearl’s background might fit in, black women in western NC and their amazing contributions, how birth control, sex education and “womanly topics” were handled in the 1880s, and common medical maladies (based upon true physician accounts for the 1880s period) and their treatments.


Graduation Fair – Tuesday, 3/17

Bailey Lobby, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Graduating this semester?  Drop by the Bailey Student Services Building this day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for the 2015 A-B Tech Grad Fair.  This is a great opportunity to complete your all of graduation steps in one place.  At the fair, you can check the status of your graduation application, try on a cap and gown, order invitations and graduation items, and sign-up for the Alumni Association.


Alcohol Education and Services Panel – Wednesday, 3/18

Ferguson Auditorium, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

A-B Tech will host a panel discussion on alcohol related dangers, safe practices, and local options for recovery and treatment.  Area substance abuse service providers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. 


Transfer Advising Fair  -Wednesday, 3/25

Coman Lounge, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

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.


A-B Tech Open House - Thursday, 4/16

Coman Student Center Gym, 4 - 7 p.m.

A-B Tech will host a free drop-in community open house from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 16th in the Coman Student Center Gym. Themed as “Find Your Future,” area residents are invited to investigate the more than 60 credit programs and hundreds of non-credit courses offered at the College.  Instructors will be on hand to answer questions about programs, and a career fair will be happening simultaneously, staffed by local industry representatives.  In addition, presentations about high school dual enrollment and other college services will be available.


Earth Day Celebration (Activity Day – no classes from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) -Wednesday, 4/22

Beech Tree Deck, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The celebration will include environmental booths, music, a picnic lunch, chair massages, t-shirts, and much more!


Commencement – Saturday, 5/16

US Cellular Center, 2 p.m.

Save the date!  Celebrate your accomplishments alongside those of your fellow students!