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Upcoming Events

 

Spring 2016 Activities and Events

Open to all current curriculum students.

 

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 the A-B Tech Event Calendar or download our Spring Brochure.

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Student Government Association (SGA) Meetings
Find out what’s happening around campus and get involved in creating positive change!  Meetings are held every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.  and are open to all students.

Spring SGA Meeting Dates:

•    January 20 in Sycamore 201
•    February 3 in Ferguson Auditorium
•    February 17 in Ferguson Auditorium
•    March 2 in Ferguson Auditorium
•    March 16 in Sycamore 201
•    March 30 in Ferguson Auditorium
•    April 13 in Ferguson Auditorium
•    April 27 in Ferguson Auditorium

 

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The Minority Student Leadership Academy: A Multicultural Student Group
Come make new friends and get connected with the Academy!  The Minority Student Leadership Academy is a student program which provides leadership activities, training, and one-on-one support to students of all cultures and backgrounds. The Academy increases student success through monthly meetings, peer to peer networking, academic and life coaching, cultural trips, connection to college resources, and more.  All students are welcome to join.  For more information email msla@abtech.edu or visit www.abtech.edu/msla. 

Minority Student Leadership Academy monthly meetings are held from 3 – 5 p.m. on the following Thursdays: 

•    Jan 14 in Ferguson 117
•    Feb 4 in Ferguson Auditorium
•    Mar 3 in Ferguson Auditorium
•    April 7 in Ferguson Auditorium
•    May 5 in Ferguson Auditorium

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Student Health Clinic
A-B Tech’s on-campus student/employee health clinic is open every Thursday from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. and is located in the Ferguson Center for Allied Health and Workforce Development, Student Clinic.  Students (18 years of age or older) and employees may visit the on-campus health clinic, an Eblen-Three Streams Primary Care Project.

Services include treatment for aches and pains; blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol evaluations; prescriptions; minor emergencies; medical questions; and cold, flu and virus care. The cost is $10 per 15-minute visit for students (with student ID), and $15 for employees, regardless of insurance coverage. All patients will be seen on a walk-in basis. To make an appointment, call 398-7570 or email healthclinic@abtech.edu.  
 

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Clubs and Societies
Want to get involved with a student organization?  A-B Tech has over 20 student clubs and societies of all varieties.  If the environment is your thing, check out Green Power AVL.  Or if video games are more your speed, the Gamers Guild would love to talk with you. You might even have an idea for a student organization that we don’t currently have on campus.  If so, drop by our Student Government office in the Coman Student Activity Center and speak with an SGA officer. We are always open to new ideas and will help you find a leadership role that is perfect for you. See a full list of current clubs and societies on campus, as well as contact information at www.abtech.edu/student-organizations.



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Smith-McDowell House Museum
Connect to your community! Did you know you have access to a historic museum, right here on campus? The Smith-McDowell House Museum, Asheville’s very first mansion, is open Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Free admission with your student ID! 

 

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Asheville Art Museum 
Asheville Art Museum passes are available to current students, for free!  You can check out up to six passes per week for you and five friends to visit the art museum. Call 398-7572 or email susanedonato@abtech.edu for more information.
 

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Completing your program this year? 
If you will be completing your program (degree, diploma, certificate) this spring or summer, you must fill out an Application for Program Completion by March 1, 2016.  You can obtain an Application for Program Completion form in the K. Ray Bailey Student Services Building or at www.abtech.edu/graduation.  Questions?  Email registrar@abtech.edu
 

January


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Sample It!  Free Fitness Workshops
Kick off the New Year by learning new ways to stay healthy and relaxed!  Free to all curriculum students and employees.

Monday, 1/25
Qigong for Beginners

Qigong (pronounced “chee-gong”) is a centuries-old family of Chinese wellness exercises clinically proven to have numerous health benefits.  A low-impact series of movements often mistaken for tai chi, qigong can be practiced almost anywhere by almost anyone.  Come learn about (and learn) a qigong system known as Stillness-Movement at this one-hour introductory workshop.  For those wishing to continue learning this system, an on-going series of lunchtime practice sessions will be conducted.
Magnolia Dining Room, 12 - 1 p.m.

Tuesday, 1/26
Relaxation Through Meditation

Meditation techniques are designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness.  This 40 minute session will introduce what meditation is, how it can benefit health, and will give  participants a chance to try it out.
Sycamore 105, 12 - 1 p.m.

Thursday, 1/28
Introduction to Tai Chi

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese form of exercise that involves a series of slow, focused movements and deep breathing which reduce stress and anxiety and improve overall health.
A-B Tech Event Center, 12 - 1 p.m.

 

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Entrepreneurial Resources for Students – Wednesday, 1/27
Do you have your own business or hope to start one?  If so, attend this information session to learn more about how the A-B Tech Small Business Center (SBC) can help you get started.  In addition, review the basics that any entrepreneur needs to consider when being one’s own boss. 

Ferguson Building Room 117, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. 


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Affordable Care Act Sign-Up Lab Session – Thursday, 1/28
Unsure about how to sign up or if you qualify 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 you have and can even walk you through each step of enrollment.

Balsam 214, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Self-Defense Basics – Dates to be announced
Can you physically defend yourself if you need to?  This three hour class will focus on building awareness, improvised weapons, self-defense and the law. The class will also include some simple defensive moves that can be used in any situation. The class is free but advanced registration is required as space is limited. 
 

 


February

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Going to College WITHOUT Going Broke - Monday, 2/1 and Tuesday, 2/2
Drop in to one of these 50 minute sessions and learn about the mysterious world of financial aid, where to find scholarships, student loan options, responsible borrowing, and avoiding scams targeted at students. Presented by the College Foundation of NC.

Sessions are in the Ferguson Auditorium at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m. on both days


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Leadership Speaker Event – Juju Chang, co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline” - Tuesday, 2/9
Presented by the National Society of Leadership and Success 
She is an Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline” and reports regularly for “Good Morning America” and “20/20.”  Juju will be speaking to us about her experiences as a broadcast journalist, as well as the power of storytelling and how it can be used to shed light, spark emotion, and effect change.

Live Broadcast, 7:00 p.m.
Ferguson Auditorium
 

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Business Etiquette Dinner - Thursday, 2/18
Join fellow A-B Tech students for an etiquette workshop / dinner to learn valuable professional dining skills from our experts. Cost is $10 and seating is limited. Registration is required. Visit https://www.abtech.edu/form/6th-annual-business-etiquette-dinner to register.

Magnolia Building Main Dining Room, 5:30 p.m.

 

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Leadership Speaker Event – Juju Chang, co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline” - Friday, 2/19
Presented by the National Society of Leadership and Success 
She is an Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline” and reports regularly for “Good Morning America” and “20/20.”  Juju will be speaking to us about her experiences as a broadcast journalist, as well as the power of storytelling and how it can be used to shed light, spark emotion, and effect change.

Rebroadcast, 3:00 p.m.
Ferguson Auditorium

 

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Leadership Speaker Event – Kat Cole - Tuesday, 2/23
Presented by the National Society of Leadership and Success 
Kat Cole is the Group President of FOCUS Brands®, which include Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Carvel and Moe’s Southwest Grill. In addition to being featured on the CBS show, "Undercover Boss," Kat was recently included on Fortune magazine's "40 under 40" list as well as CNBC's "Next 25 List" of Innovators, Leaders and Disruptors." Kat is presently the incoming Board Chair of the Women’s Foodservice Forum.

Live Broadcast, 7:00 p.m.
Ferguson Auditorium

 

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Wealth Creation Strategies by Examining Personal Financing - Thursday, 2/25
Presented by Joseph L. Fox, Ed.D., PHR

The workshop is intended for anyone considering strategies to generate wealth, plan for personal financing, and planning for retirement.  The focus is on personal financial planning instead of investment planning.  Participants can expect to discuss the following:

  • Concepts of Financial Planning
  • Budget Considerations and Budget Development
  • Common Mistakes When Approaching Financial Planning
  • Financial Planning Strategies
  • Wealth Building Strategies
  • Useful Resources for Financial Planning

3-5 p.m. in Ferguson Auditorium
 

 

March
 

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Women's History Speaker, “Amazons:  Myth or Reality?  Come Find Out.”  – Wednesday, 3/2
Recent archaeological discoveries have reopened the question, “Were there really Amazons and female-run societies in the ancient world?”  Dr. Cecile-Marie Sastre, Adjunct Instructor at A-B Tech, will fill you in on the latest findings during Women’s History Month.

Ferguson Auditorium, 3 p.m.

 

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Leadership Speaker Event – Kat Cole - Friday, 3/4
Presented by the National Society of Leadership and Success 
Kat Cole is the Group President of FOCUS Brands®, which include Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Carvel and Moe’s Southwest Grill. In addition to being featured on the CBS show, "Undercover Boss," Kat was recently included on Fortune magazine's "40 under 40" list as well as CNBC's "Next 25 List" of Innovators, Leaders and Disruptors." Kat is presently the incoming Board Chair of the Women’s Foodservice Forum.

Rebroadcast, 3:00 p.m.
Ferguson Auditorium


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Leadership Speaker Event – Janice Bryant Howroyd - Tuesday, 3/15
Presented by the National Society of Leadership and Success 
As the Founder and CEO of ACT-1 Group, Janice Bryant Howroyd is the first African-American female to own a billion-dollar business. ACT-1 Group is a global leader in the human resources industry, providing forward-thinking talent and resource-management solutions. Motivated by the supportive environments of her own youth, Janice believes that people perform best when their personal strengths are developed and challenged.

Live Broadcast, 7:00 p.m.
Ferguson Auditorium
 

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Alcohol Education and Services Panel - Wednesday, 3/16
A-B Tech will host a panel discussion on alcohol related dangers, safe practicees, and local options for recovery and treatment.  Area substance abuse service providers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

A-B Tech Event Center, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

 

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Transfer Advising Fair - Wednesday 3/16

Drop in to the college transfer fair and meet with representatives of a variety of schools to ask questions and gather information about transferring to a four-year institution.  A number of colleges and universities will be in attendance providing information.   Sponsored by the A-B Tech Transfer Advising Center. 

Coman Student Center Lounge, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 4

 

 

April

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Leadership Speaker Event – Janice Bryant Howroyd - Friday, 4/1
Presented by the National Society of Leadership and Success 
As the Founder and CEO of ACT-1 Group, Janice Bryant Howroyd is the first African-American female to own a billion-dollar business. ACT-1 Group is a global leader in the human resources industry, providing forward-thinking talent and resource-management solutions. Motivated by the supportive environments of her own youth, Janice believes that people perform best when their personal strengths are developed and challenged.

Rebroadcast, 3:00 p.m.
Ferguson Auditorium
 

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Open House – Thursday, 4/14  
A-B Tech will host a free drop-in community open house in the new A-B Tech Event Center. 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.

The A-B Tech Event Center, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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Earth Day Celebration (Activity Day – No classes from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) — Wednesday, 4/20
Join us  for the annual A-B Tech Earth Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 on the Beech Tree Deck/Coman Student Center. The celebration will include environmental booths, music, a picnic lunch, chair massages, t-shirts, and much more! Students need to present their IDs for lunch. This is an activity day and no classes are scheduled during this time. 

 

May

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Commencement – Saturday, 5/14
Save the date!  Celebrate your accomplishments alongside those of your fellow students! 

U.S. Cellular Center, 2 p.m.