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Reflect & Redirect

NCCEI Fall Conference

October 27-29, 2013

Blue Ridge Center

Black Mountain, NC

Luncheon Speakers

Our Monday luncheon speaker is Tommy Hays.Tommy Hays’ first middle grade novel, What I Came to Tell You, set in Asheville and Western North Carolina,will be published in September. His novel, The Pleasure Was Mine, finalist for the SIBA Fiction Award, has been chosen for numerous community reads, including the One City, One Book program in Greensboro, Alamance Reads in Alamance County and the Amazing Read in Greenville, SC. His other novels are Sam’s Crossing, which has been recently re-released, and In the Family Way, winner of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. He has an essay in Literary Dogs & Their South Carolina Writers. He is Executive Director of the Great Smokies Writing Program and Lecturer in the Master of Liberal Arts program at UNC Asheville. He also teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Murray State University and was the Sara Lura Matthews Self Writer-in-Residence at Converse College in January. In April he gave the Grace Creech West Lecture at Brevard College.

Tommy Hays

Our Tuesday luncheon speaker is Dr. Amy Clark. Amy Clark is the author and co-editor of Talking Appalachian: Voice, Identity, and Community (University Press of KY, 2013, with Nancy Hayward), and Success in Hill Country (The Napoleon Hill Foundation, 2012). Her writing is forthcoming or has been featured in the New York Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tampa Tribune, With Good Reason radio, Appalachian Heritage, Appalachian Journal, Now and Then, National Writing Project, Still: the Literary Journal, and many others. In 2012, Clark won the Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian Writing from Lincoln Memorial University. Clark is the founding Director of the Appalachian Writing Project, a non-profit organization designed to promote reform in how writing is taught from Kindergarten to college to community.

She is an Associate Professor of English (rhetoric and writing) at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, where she teaches courses in Appalachian studies, communication studies (rhetorical theory, speech and sociolinguistics) and writing. She holds a doctorate in English (rhetoric, applied linguistics and writing) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in English literature from Virginia Tech. During her career at UVa.-Wise, she has been honored with both the Harrison Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Harrison Award for Outstanding Research and Publication.

Conference Location

Amy Clark

Black Mountain, which has been called the Front Porch of western North Carolina was voted the Best Small Town in Western North Carolina by Asheville Citizens-Times readers. The Blue Ridge Conference Assembly (84 Blue Ridge Circle, Black Mountain, NC, 28711.), located in the heart of Black Mountain and twenty-five minutes from Asheville, has easy walking access to downtown attractions and restaurants.

The conference center is situated on 1200 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Founded in 1906, the conference center is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.The facility offers hiking trails, horseshoes, exercise room, 4 lighted tennis courts, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, and volleyball/softball athletic fields.

Conference Registration

Step 1--Register:

Registration Form -- Print form for your records/travel forms prior to submitting.

Registration for the NCCEI Fall Conference is $80 for full time faculty, $55 for adjunct faculty, $55 for Monday only participants, $45 for Tuesday only participants. Registration costs include $20 membership dues for 2013 – 2014. If individual community colleges need to separate conference fees from membership dues, full-time faculty can subtract $20 from any of the registration fee options upon payment. Conference registration fee includes luncheon(s). Participants can pre-register to eat dinner in the dining hall for either Sunday or Monday nights (or both) for $15.00 per meal or take a short walk or drive to restaurants in downtown Black Mountain. Note: Please fill out both the Registration Formand the online payment information if you are paying online. Fill out only the Registration Form and then mail in payment if you are not paying online.

Step 2--Payment if paying via PayPal:

Room Reservations

Room reservations can be made on the Conference Registration Form which will be available soon. The cost for rooms at the Blue Ridge Assembly Center is $80 per night for an individual room or $40 each for people sharing a room. On NCCEI registration form, reserve a room for one or two nights and request single room or list roommate. Conference attendees will pay for their rooms individually at check-in. The room charge includes a full breakfast buffet. You can pay for your room at the conference center when you arrive.There is no added tax on the room. Check-in time is 3:00pm Check-out time is 10:00am. Rooms are non-smoking though there is a smoking area outside.

Blue Ridge Conference Center

Tentative Conference Schedule

Sunday, , October 27

2:30 -- 5:00 On-site registration open -- Blue Ridge Center lobby

2:00 -- 5:00 Pre-conference trips/workshops (See list below)

5:30 -- 6:30 Social Hour -- Black Mountain Ale House, downtown Black Mountain

5:30 – 7:30 Dinner on your own or at the conference center (Dinner begins at 6:00 pm at Blue Ridge Conference Center.)

7:30 – 8:30 On-site registration open -- Blue Ridge Center lobby

8:00 – 10:00 An Appalachian Extravaganza --Washburn Center Auditorium

Storytelling, poetry, linguist, musicians

Monday, October 28

8:00 – 8:45 Full Breakfast -- Blue Ridge Conference Center dining room

8:00 – 10:00 On-site Registration open -- Blue Ridge Center lobby

9:15 – 10:00 Conference concurrent sessions -- SIRC, Lab, Blue Bird

10:15 -- 11:00 Conference concurrent sessions -- SIRC, Lab, Blue Bird

11:15 – 12:00 CEI Regional Meetings - East, SIRC; West, Lab; Central, Blue Bird

12:15 – 2:45 Lunch and book signing, Tommy Hays, luncheon speaker, Washburn Center Auditorium

3:00 – 3:45 Conference concurrent sessions -- SIRC, Lab, Blue Bird

4:00 – 4:45 Conference concurrent sessions -- SIRC, Lab, Blue Bird

5:30 -- 6:30 Social Hour -- Ole's Guacamoles, downtown Black Mountain

5:00 – 7:00 Dinner on your own or at the Conference Center (Dinner begins at 6:00 pm at Blue Ridge Conference Center.)

7:00 -- 9:00 Craft workshops at Blue Ridge Conference (require preregistration)

8:00 -- 10:00 Bonfire -- Whittington Amphitheater

Tuesday, October 29

8:00 – 9:00 On-site Registration open -- Blue Ridge Center lobby

8:00 -- 8:45 Full Breakfast -- Blue Ridge Conference Center dining room

9:15 – 10:00 Conference concurrent sessions -- SIRC, Lab, Blue Bird

10:15 – 11:00 Conference concurrent sessions -- SIRC, Lab, Blue Bird

11:15 – 12:00 Conference concurrent sessions -- SIRC, Lab, Blue Bird

12:15 – 2:00 Lunch and Board Meeting --Washburn Center Auditorium

Luncheon Speaker, Dr. Amy Clark, "Appalachian Dialects in the Classroom

Special Pre-Conference Events Sunday 2-5 pm

Book Lovers' Tour of Asheville -- (Free) Begin your tour at one of the most captivating independent bookstores you'll ever visit -- Malaprops. Enjoy a reception, tour of the store, and ample time for browsing the shelves. Tour participants are also encouraged to visit three excellent used bookstores within a two block radius of Malaprops: Downtown Books & News, Captains, and Battery Park Books Exchange. Before heading back to Black Mountain or remaining in downtown Asheville for dinner, refresh yourself at Battery Park Books Exchange lovely wine bar. (About a 20 minute drive from the Blue Ridge Conference Assembly.)

Folk Art Center Trip -- (Free) Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, The Folk Art Center showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary crafts

of the Southern Appalachians. Explore the Center's three galleries, bookstore, and craft shop. Watch local artists demonstrate their crafts.

(About a 20 minute drive from the Blue Ridge Conference Assembly.)

Craft Workshops Monday 7-9 pm

Craft workshops at Blue Ridge Conference Assembly, Washburn Center – require preregistration. Participants will receive materials and instruction to make a beginning level project of their own choosing. Projects will be offered in the Mountain Craft Shop on the grounds of the Blue Ridge Conference Assembly.

Come experience the dignity of handiwork through heritage crafts of the Appalachian mountains! Additional materials will be available for purchase.

• jewelry making ($10)

• fiber arts ($10)

• candle making ($10)

Conference Sponsors

Our conference would not be possible without the support of our valued sponsors:

Gold Sponsors

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McGraw Hill

Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsor



Membership dues for CEI are $20 per year for full time faculty. There is no cost for adjunct faculty to join CEI. To join CEI, fill out the membership form. Fall conference registration fees include membership dues, so it is only necessary to fill out the membership form if you are joining the organization and not attending the conference or paying registration and membership separately. You can mail a check for membership dues made out to NCCEI to

Deana St. Peter, NCCEI Treasurer

350-B Sears Applied Technology Center

Guilford Technical Community College

P.O. Box 309

601 High Point Road

Jamestown, NC 27282

Telephone: 336-334-4822/50512


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Call for Papers

To have a quality conference, we need quality conference sessions. Being a presenter is a chance to share with others in your field, a wonderful stretching experience, and an extra reason for your college to approve your travel request! Sessions selected for NCCEI conferences typically have a wide appeal and practical ideas for teaching. We also encourage submission of sessions highlighting use of technology in the classroom. The Call for papers ended September 20, 2013.