CVCC to host Interdisciplinary Read Capstone Event

Let's Get Educated is the capstone event of the CVCC Interdisciplinary Read featuring the book "Educated" by Tara Westover.


Let's Get Educated

March 12-14, 2020


CVCC to host Interdisciplinary Read Capstone Event

HICKORY, N.C. — The Catawba Valley Community College Department of Humanities concludes its year-long reading and studying of the 2019-20 Interdisciplinary Read with its three-part capstone event next week.

The capstone event for this year’s Interdisciplinary Read — “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover — will focus on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) and what it means for a community to be trauma informed. It is free and everyone is welcome to attend.  

There is also an added benefit for educators who register through the event’s QR code or by calling Cheri Toney in Continuing Education to register. Those educators who register will receive one CEU of credit provided they attend all three capstone events.

The first capstone event takes place on Thursday, March 12 when Dr. Katie Rosanbalm will be speaking on ACE’s and what it means to be trauma-informed. Rosanbalm is the senior research scientist for the Duke/Sanford Center for Childhood and Family Policy. She will be speaking at 11 a.m. on the West Wing Commons and at 6 p.m. at the Catawba County Library in Newton.

Part two of the capstone event continues Friday, March 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the East Wing Auditorium with a film screening of “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope.” A panel discussion will follow the screening.

The final capstone event — “Let’s Get Educated: Seminar on ACE’s and Resilience” — takes place Saturday, March 14 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the West Wing Commons.

The seminar will feature guest speakers Bryan Hatcher, president of CareNet Counseling (an affiliate of Wake Forest Baptist Health); Dr. Collen Bridger, assistant city manager for the city of San Antonio, Texas; and Lauren Thomason, a licensed professional counselor who works with the Duke Center for Child & Family Policy.

This capstone event is being held in conjunction with Catawba County Library System and the Catawba County Partnership for Children, and it is made possible by grant funding from the Beaver Family Foundation and the Catawba Valley Community Foundation.

For more information, contact Department of Humanities chair Donna Ross at

Thursday, March 12th
11:00 AM, West Wing Commons, CVCC
6:00 PM, Catawba County Library, Newton

Katie RosanbalmDr. Katie Rosanbalm, Senior Research Scientist for the Duke/Sanford Center for Child and Family Policy, will address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) and what it means to be trauma-informed.




Friday, March 13th
5:30 PM, East Wing Auditorium, CVCC
Film screening of Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope. Panel discussion will follow.

Saturday, March 14th
8:00 PM-1:00 PM, West Wing Commons, CVCC

Brian HatcherBryan Hatcher is the president of CareNet Counseling which is an affiliate of Wake
Forest Baptist Health. It is the largest network of spiritually integrated counseling services in the state and is the largest hospital-based provider in the country. With 35 offices across the state, CareNet serves individuals, couples, and families who are dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, work-related stress, addiction, abuse, trauma, relationship issues, and many other challenges. CareNet Counseling has been an active part of the state’s behavioral health community for more than 40 years. Hatcher is an experienced counselor, chaplain, and pastor and is an adjunct faculty member of Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity.


Collen BridgerDr. Colleen Bridger is the Assistant City Manager for the City of San Antonio and has oversight of the Metropolitan Health District, Parks and Recreation, Office of Equity and Department of Human Services. Bridger has served as the director of the Stokes County (1997-2000), Gaston County (2002-2010) and Orange County (2011-2017) Health Departments in North Carolina. She has tackled tough issues like poverty, transportation and access to care and has exceeded community goals for reductions in teen pregnancy and infant mortality rates. Bridger is the former president of the North Carolina Health Directors Association and is an adjunct faculty member in the Gillings Global School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



Ennis BakerEnnis Baker is an Associate in Research at the Duke Center for Child & Family Policy and is the project director for the Building Capacity for Trauma-Informed Infant & Toddler Care: A Professional Development Framework. Baker is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in early childhood mental health and has served in a variety of roles serving vulnerable children ages birth to 5 years and their families.





Sponsors and Funding: Catawba County Partnership for Children, Catawba County Library System, Beaver Family Foundation, and Catawba Valley Community Foundation.



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