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Gadsden Reads/Belle Auditions Mar.14-15/Home Depot Grant

Gadsden Reads Event :  The Things We Carried 

Gadsden State, as part of the Gadsden Reads program, is hosting a talk by Dr. Phil Beidler entitled The Things We Carried on Wednesday, March 7 at 1:00 p.m. in the art gallery of Meadows Library located on the Wallace Drive Campus.

Beidler describes his discussion as “a talk, scripted, but not academic, from the standpoint of the aging combat veteran (such as myself and Tim O’Brien, both of us in our mid-60s) about late-life reflections on the [Vietnam] war.” O’Brien’s book The Things They Carried has been selected as the Gadsden Reads book for 2012.  Both men share a unique perspective on the events of the war. For more information, visit the Gadsden Reads website at, contact Dusty Folds at 256-549-8421 or Dr. Charles Hill at 256-549-8278.


Southern Belle Auditions  March 14-15

Gadsden, Ala.–Auditions for the Gadsden State Community College Southern Belle dance team will be held Wednesday, March 14 and Thursday, March 15 beginning at 2:00 p.m. each day, in the band room at Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center on the Wallace Drive Campus. The audition and workshop are open to female students planning to attend Gadsden State during Fall Semester 2012.  Dancers should come prepared to learn and perform a dance routine. The Southern Belle dancers have been performing for college and community events for 34 years.  Dancers chosen to participate with the Southern Belles will be awarded scholarships.  For more information contact Kay Smith-Foster, director and choreographer, at 256-549-8224 or


Help Gadsden State Renovate the Valley Street Campus

Gadsden State needs your help to win Home Depot’s Retool Your School Grant which is available to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  The grant has three options including a major project award of $50,000, 11 minor project awards of $10,000, and a Campus Pride full project award of $25,000. If Gadsden State wins the major award, the proposed project includes the installation of new energy efficient windows in Prater Hall to enhance the learning environment and reduce utility costs.  Prater Hall, constructed in 1965, is utilized by students enrolled in the Licensed Practical Nursing Program, Title III Program, and college administrators and staff at the Valley Street Campus.  The minor project award would be used to install eco-friendly landscaping, solar lighting and student-friendly outdoor study spaces to improve the appearance and learning environment on the campus.  The applicant with the highest voting score during the voting period will be awarded with the Campus Pride Grant.  This award, if received, would be used to renovate restroom facilities throughout the Valley Street Campus including flooring, painting and fixtures.

The grant applications will be judged by a panel of advisors and by the online voting score.  Anyone can vote one time per day, and it only takes a minute.  Please help Gadsden State and vote daily at   Online voting concludes on April 10.


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