Spring - April 2011 - Volume 11
Freshmen West Scholars Visit Two Schools
Freshman West Scholars are enrolled as a cohort in the spring section of EDUC 2000 - Introduction to Teaching and Education Technology, taught by Dr. Cynthia Osterhus. The ’10 Cohort traveled to two schools this spring to get a sense of the differences that exist, and the particular successes these schools have achieved. A third school visit with the Northview IB Candidate School in Statesville, NC had to be cancelled due to extreme weather conditions and power outages.
The Cannon School, Concord, NC -- Tuesday, March 1, 2011
BLOG: Allison Andrews, ’10 West Scholar, Sherrills Ford, NC.
On March 1, 2011, the 2010 West Scholars Cohort visited the Cannon School located in Concord, North Carolina. The Cannon School is an application only, independent college preparatory school that serves Junior Kindergarten through 12th grade. There are roughly 825 students who attend Cannon School and 150 faculty and staff members who work at Cannon School. Because the Cannon School is independent, they have no state funding and are a completely tuition based school. There are a variety of sports, languages, and arts programs that Cannon students can participate in including football, basketball, baseball, softball, Chinese, Spanish, French, choir, band, and the visual arts.
During our tour of the school, I was drawn in by the unique set up of the campus. The campus is separated into three separate schools, Lower (JK-4), Middle (5-7), and High (9-12), yet the students are integrated. Each Junior Kindergartener is matched up with a Senior student and they act as a Big Brother/Sister program throughout the year. Because I am highly involved in the Performing Arts program at Catawba College, I was intrigued by Cannon School's advocacy for the Arts. While on the tour, my group stepped in on a music class where first grade students were reading music and learning about terms that I did not learn about until middle school. Madison McKinney, fellow West Scholar and music lover, and I could not believe the passion, knowledge, and drive flowing from the students at such a young age. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with the Cannon School. Visiting the school opened my eyes to a completely different school system that I am highly interested in.
The KIPP Academy, Charlotte, NC -- Tuesday, March 29, 2011
KIPP Charlotte is a tuition-free, open-enrollment, college preparatory middle school serving 350 students in grades five through eight. Ninety give percent of KIPP Charlotte students are African-American, 4% Latino/Hispanic, and over 70% qualify for the free and reduced meal program. KIPP Charlotte serves communities that are traditionally underserved and marginalized in education.
BLOG: by Caroline Bostian, ’10 West Scholar, Pfafftown, NC
KIPP “Knowledge is Power Program” School -
The 2010 West Scholar Cohort visited KIPP Middle School in Charlotte on Tuesday March 29. KIPP School is a charter school that includes grades fifth through eighth. This school meets the needs of children who need extra help outside the classroom that public schools are not providing and most of the students are one to two years below grade level. KIPP is a member of a National Network of charter schools. The networks of KIPP schools were founded in 1994 because fifth grade teachers were noticing problems with certain students transitioning into middle schools. The KIPP School that we visited is the only one in Charlotte and was founded in 2007. Students attend school Monday through Thursday, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Fridays they only go to three in the afternoon, and they attend school every other Saturday. The extra long days give students time for remedial attention with teachers. Students who are caught up get to be involved with enrichment programs like the school newspaper. This particular KIPP school has 350 students total and they plan to keep the same amount of students otherwise there would be an overflow. The KIPP school receives state and local funding. They also raise money, request grants, and have a money discipline system. When we were touring, we saw that all students wore a uniform that consisted of khakis and a KIPP shirt. On many of the school shirts and on each classroom wall was an African Proverb, “I am who I am because of what we all are.” This demonstrated a sense of togetherness and school unity.
Kelli Ferguson, ’07 West Scholar, Raleigh, NC
My four years at Catawba have been nothing short of amazing. Through Catawba's supportive and nurturing employees and students, I've grown from being a 17-year-old high school graduate wanting to change the world, to a 21-year-old who knows she can. At least in the worlds of my future students, that is, and after all, they are our future. I've learned countless things in my time at Catawba, but there are a few I will definitely take with me.
1. Stop and smell the roses.
2. Count your blessings - it's all in how you look at it.
3. Get your girl-time in.
4. Call your parents.
To me, the most obvious thing about this list is that none of the items are academic. While Catawba did challenge me and helped me learn a lot on the academic side of things, that isn't why I love my soon to be alma mater. The relationships and lessons learned are what are irreplacable. My plans after graduation are to move back home to Raleigh, NC, and hopefully find a job as a middle school math teacher. Right now that horizon is looking bright. It would also be over-the-top fantastic if I could find a school that is in need of a softball and/or cross country coach. I could not have chosen a better launch pad for success than Catawba. Thanks!
Senior, Teacher Education major presents program at West Scholars meeting – Thursday, March 17, 2011
BLOG: by Cristin Ritchie, ’10 West Scholar, Salisbury, NC
On Thursday March 17, Mark Ketterer, a student teacher at Erwin Middle School and for the North Carolina Virtual Public School, addressed the West Scholars. During his time with us he discussed the structure of a virtual classroom and how he interacted with his students never seeing them face-to-face. Within this online classroom there are many different ways to communicate with the students. These include public announcements, Wimba, an interactive white board in which both the student and teacher can work problems together, and Pronto, an instant messaging system for the teacher and student to communicate quickly, if both are online. He also showed us how each unit is laid out. Within each section there are lessons, explanations, examples, homework, quizzes and tests. Each is weighted with points, and many of them are self-graded by the computer. The flaw that does appear in this technique of releasing the quizzes and other assignments over the internet, is that tests may be retaken as many times as the student chooses until they receive all the points for that section. The school is looking into this issue. This virtual public school may be the future of learning, and it currently exists with many different and diverse subjects for students in middle and high school to take. We are moving into a more technological and advanced age so it only makes sense that schools should move with us.
Mark Ketterer Presentation to West Scholars “All Cohort Meeting”
Mark demonstrates virtual teaching with a real student at the NC Virtual Public School
Elizabeth Sloop, ’07 West Scholar, Salisbury, NC
Four years ago, I don’t think I realized how many amazing experiences I was going to have during my college career. Of course, no one ever knows what lies ahead, but I feel especially blessed and thankful for what I have learned in such a short amount of time! I’ve had many opportunities to work with students, and every single one of them has been rewarding in a unique way.
Before the beginning of my sophomore year, I was asked to take on the two children’s handbell groups at my church. The oldest group consisted of middle and high school students, while the younger group’s age range was up to my discretion. I decided to open the younger group up and take on third through fifth graders. Wow! What a challenge! These kids came in knowing next to nothing about music, and trying to explain a very abstract concept to students who think on a concrete level was, at times, more than I bargained for. Now, almost three years later, the students who didn’t know quarter notes from whole notes are reading music that challenged my middle/high school group when they started playing. My older group is now playing music that is on the same level as our adult choir. These two groups are my pride and joy, and my stress relief. I know that when I go in to teach these groups, my kids will have me laughing so hard I start crying and will somehow still manage to progress leaps and bounds on a piece in a single hour.
The past two summers I was lucky enough to be chosen to be a part of the Lutheridge+Lutherock Ministries summer camp staff. It is impossible to sum up my experiences at camp in this short space. I had the chance to meet so many wonderful children and teach them about God’s love for them. I was challenged by cabin groups that didn’t always get along. I was challenged by diversity, by working with kids from inner city churches. I was covered in markers by a homesick camper who thought making her counselor “living art” was the coolest thing ever. I was covered in shaving cream more than once during messy relays. I was the counselor who helped a homesick kid get to sleep on their first night away from home.
Simply put: I was blessed.
(Sloop Reflection – continued)
Messy Relays- Summer 2009
Middle School Outing- Summer 2010
My student teaching experience can be summed up in one word: incredible. Mrs. April Williamson was a wonderful cooperating teacher and mentor. I learned so much from her and I will forever be indebted to her for her insight and encouragement. The staff at Millbridge Elementary was supportive and always willing to lend a helping hand. My students were beyond anything I could have imagined. Not only were these kids ready to learn, they were so full of love! As with any class there were a few challenges. Writer’s block seemed to be this group’s biggest problem, but we solved that by utilizing different types of thinking maps. Once we jumped that hurdle, many who were really struggling to complete a paragraph in an hour began producing simply mind-boggling work.
The students were each assigned a person or event from the Revolutionary War. Some of these characters were familiar, while others were a little more challenging. I made sure to differentiate my instruction based on varying ability levels. My students did such a great job with this project, and they seemed to have fun completing it as well! I’ve worked in other capacities with children (volunteering with Bible School, working on staff for North Rowan High School’s Marching Cavaliers, tutoring students from my church, volunteering as an advisor for my church’s youth group) and these are just some of the highlights. If you have a couple of hours and would like to know more about any of my students, I’d be glad to sit down and tell you. Just a heads up though, you might want to bring a snack. I tend to get really excited when I talk about what I love doing!
Now I’m wrapping up my
time at Catawba by taking a few classes and subbing two days a week at local
elementary schools. Although it is bittersweet knowing this is the end of
college, I am ready for my next adventure. I hope my future students are
ready to be loved, because I plan to love them like crazy … and maybe teach
them a thing or two while I’m at it.
WHAT SCHOLARS ARE DOING!
West Scholars are telling us what activities they’ve been involved with – or what their plans are for the summer. Meet Lauretta!
Lauretta Andrews Overfield, ’09 West Scholar
I'm a commuting Music Education major, so most of my campus time is spent in the practice rooms or rehearsal halls of Hoke and Williams. I have signed up for the April 1 performance hour in the Chapel at 3pm. My Sophomore Review is this year and I'm very nervous about that. I will be one of the members of Catawba's first full member marching band in years. At the moment I'm not sure whether I want to audition for a piccolo (baby flute) position or to be on the colorguard (dance and flagwork). The Catawba Wind Ensemble and Pride Pep Band will go on tour just before final exams. The Pride Pep Band will perform at Busch Gardens, and the Wind Ensemble is slated to perform at various high schools in North and South Carolina in order to pique the interest of high school instrumentalists looking for a closer to home higher education option.
I have enjoyed and learned much from the Campus events I’ve attended this year - (this year's Lilly Colloquium was amazing). One night I attended a theatre production entitled 'Fatal Matrimony.' That was quite interesting; our theatre department is very talented and full of amazing hard workers.
LIFE IN GENERAL: Aside from school duties (like trying to maintain a 3.0 GPA for scholarships and having enough practice time for multiple musical instruments), I am a full time wife and mother. My husband just got home from Afghanistan this past December (just in time for Christmas, yay!). My son is 8 months old, crawling all over the place and I wish I had things he could climb over. He knows how to do it, but nothing at home has ledges low enough for him, so I've been thinking of buying a beanie bag chair for him to play on (it's really an excuse; I've wanted one for years).
PLANNING AHEAD: To broaden my musical horizons a little, I have entered negotiations with the worship director at my current church, Concord Christian Church, to audition and hopefully begin playing my flute, and perhaps some piano, during worship on Sundays. This will be volunteer work.
EXCITEMENT: I won a week long trip to Florida with $200 Disney dollars that I can use within the next 17 months, so my husband and I are thinking of taking advantage of that at some point, most likely during the summer before attending my family's first family vacation since I was born.
Going Green – Center for the Environment Speaker
BLOG: by Daniel Couchenour, ’10 Scholar, Fort Mill, SC
On March 31, 2011, I attended a speech by David Walters at Catawba College’s Center for the Environment. Walters is a British architect who has been working in the United States as a professor at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He is a national award winner for urban design as well as a national award winner for his master plan work. Even though this senior urban designer has written many books, his one-hour presentation hit a home run in the minds of everyone that attended. His seven-signpost presentation covered many important values and answered questions for those of us wondering how our community can go greener.
The first signpost was recognizing the energy waste in this country and how energy waste is influencing more and more pollution. Starting the presentation with this signpost was a good introduction because it immediately got the audience’s attention. Signpost two and three were very community oriented. Walters explained that how and where we build our communities is important because if our communities are more transit friendly they can be a waste catalyst. Signpost number four states we should use more research that is academic in our studies toward more sustainable neighborhoods.
Walters’s signposts five and six were easily linked into one major signpost in my mind, because they both related to population: in density and travel. First, the smartest population distribution is a dense city population that feathers out into lower density residential areas. It would make sense to live as close as possible to large cities compared to farther away. Based on travel distances to large cities, we must be open to new ideas, which is why Walters believes that high-speed rail is the future of travel. The rail system can utilize power other than fossil fuels thus reducing pollution. Also in being open to new ideas, signpost number seven states that we must learn from other countries in order to be more energy efficient.
Walters made some excellent points and I was very
pleased with this speaker. I would
personally like to recommend that he return every year if he is willing. As future teachers we should be focusing on
having a voice in our students’ environment as well as their education. Teaching students to go greener will have
benefits long after we are gone because without this instruction, the next
generation could be keeping the planet more abundant with resources that are
not re-usable. Our promotion of going
green could potentially expand the earth’s timeline. Also teachers can share their voices about
a greener school. Schools have one of
the communities’ largest ecological footprints, so having a greener school
that is very easy to travel to, can
benefit the community in more ways than imaginable.
Two West Scholars are part of The Catawba Singers
Aubrey Barton, ’09 Scholar, Salisbury, NC (SOPRANO II)
Allison Andrews, ’10 Scholar, Sherrills Ford, NC (ALTO II)
The Catawba Singers, Catawba's highly regarded and auditioned concert choir, took their Spring 2011 Tour, which coincided in part with Catawba's spring break and included performance stops in Huntington, W. Va.; Evansville, Ind.; Springfield, Ill.; Chicago, Ill.; Louisville, Ky.; Bristol, Tenn.; and Hickory, N.C. Read more at:
Department of Music Presented Student Performance Hour
Friday, March 18, 2011 - 3:00 in the Chapel - Brent Messenger, percussion-marimba
Junior - Music Education Major - ’08 West Scholar, Kannapolis, NC
Catawba's First Online Registration
BLOG: by Jessica Everett, ’09 West Scholar, Winston-Salem, NC
When I learned that Catawba College was headed toward having a registration process that was online I was initially afraid. Technology has its perks but it also has its kinks, and something as serious as registering for classes needs as few road bumps along the way as possible. However, since taking the registration class and learning the ins and outs of registering online, I feel very optimistic about this move forward for Catawba College. I know that online registration eliminates long lines and saves time for all parties involved. I also know that faculty and administration have been troubleshooting this system for the past several months and have already found and fixed the issues they encountered. When my fellow RA's and I did a practice run we were able to see the ways this new system avoids key issues, such as registering for too many or too few classes or how to keep from registering for the same class multiple times. The online system also provides information about fines, and other issues that have previously presented registration roadblocks.
The Invisible Children Movement
BLOG: by Heather Cheek, ’09 West Scholar, Ramseur, NC
On March 18, I attended the presentation of The Invisible Children Movement, in Tom Smith Auditorium. This non profit group raises awareness about the longest running war in Africa. For the past 23 years, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Government of Uganda (GoU) have been waging a war that has left nearly two million innocent civilians caught in the middle. The GoU's attempt to protect its citizens from this rebel militia has largely failed, resulting in an entire generation of youth who have never known peace. It is estimated that more than 90% of the LRA's soldiers were abducted as children. Presently, children are still being abducted from their families and forced to fight in this war. The Invisible Children Movement's goal is to make a life safer for the people of Uganda and areas that are safe where the LRA are in movement. They also want to make it possible for the people of Africa to live independently.
The presentation started with a movie about a boy named Tony from Uganda. The movie showed the initial meeting between Tony and the guy who ended up creating Invisible Children. Throughout the movie it showed Tony and many other children leaving their homes to sleep in abandoned parts of the city to hide from The LRA. This movie truly left an impact on me. It was heartbreaking to see how much destruction and fear the LRA was causing for the people of Uganda. Being someone who wants to make a difference by educating children, I found it sad that while many of these kids should be in school, instead they are being forced to fight in this war. The movie showed how much of a difference Invisible Children made to the area of Uganda. Since the movie was filmed back in 2003, Uganda has been very close to obtaining the peace they have been so long without. In the last two years, an estimated 900,000 of the 1.8 million displaced and abducted have returned to their homes. The program has also introduced scholarship programs for children to be able to pay for an education.
While Uganda is starting to recover, the LRA has since moved to other parts of Africa (The Congo, South Sudan) bringing the same destruction and kidnapping that were happening in Uganda. Invisible Children is currently trying to raise enough money to set up programs to help these regions. This includes radio towers to inform civilians of when the LRA is in their vicinity and also rehabilitation centers for children who escape the LRA, and need a place to go for help getting back to living their lives. There are many ways to get involved with the numerous projects and programs Invisible Children sponsors. I encourage everyone to go to the website http://nightof.therescue.invisiblechildren.com/homepage and see all the ways this group provides support, and how you can help.
Tales from the Field - Jamaica
BLOG: by Sarah Morse, ’08 Scholar, North Berwick, ME
I attended the faculty colloquium, "Tales from the field - Jamaica" that featured Dr. Connie Lowery with students Jessica Bound, Travis Bruner, Sarah Robinson, and Justin Smith. This colloquium was especially exciting to me because I went on the trip with them. The students talked about the different experiences that we had in Jamaica. They highlighted the various organisms we caught or saw (with a lovely picture of me holding a pufferfish). They had some gorgeous pictures of fish and anenomes that we saw while snorkeling. There were pictures of our drives through the country side, at which they discussed the local culture and our experiences of playing with the kids and talking to the locals. The presentation was well done and attended by students, faculty, and our new president, Dr. Oxendine.
BLOG: by Daniel Couchenour, ’10 Scholar, Fort Mill, SC
On March 25, I attended a Catawba Faculty Colloquium by Dr. Lowery regarding her science group who went to Jamaica over spring break to study in the Caribbean. During their presentation “Tales from the field – Jamaica”, I learned many things about the species and life of those in Jamaica. There are many small, simple houses filled with polite, friendly and active people. In addition, while on the North Shore of the Island, the students encountered many island and coral reef species, anything from birds to lizards, octopi, squid and puffer fish. However, the students did not get to travel to the capitol of Jamaica because of all the excessive garbage burning. The city has some of the islands’ worst living conditions. The students had a great time traveling abroad in the Caribbean and while having fun still accomplished some education and study time.
Experiences like these are important to teachers of all aged children, because it gives the future teachers a chance to study in the field and offer the best hands-on experience. Keeping our students interested in their own education is the most important thing. Field experiences help teachers find ways for the content they teach to stick with their students. When Dr. Lowery took the students to Jamaica, she set a great example for teachers everywhere. The presentation showed how much fun the students had learning while in the field.
West Scholars Are Always Winners!!
Congratulations to Door Prize Winners at a StressFest held on March 24th !
Rachel Abbatiello $10.00 iTunes gift card
Heather Cheek $10.00 iTunes gift card
Arsherres Jenkins $10.00 iTunes gift card
Bridgett Henderson $15.00 Walmart gift card
Ana Cooke $15.00 Walmart gift card
Sarah Morse $25.00 IHOP gift card
Brandi Cockerham $25.00 Cracker Barrel gift card
The StressFest was sponsored by theDirector of Counseling and Disabilities Services.
Heather Cheek Bridgett Henderson Sarah Morse
WEST SCHOLARS –Athletics!
Follow all athletic activities, by clicking the link to the CATAWBA ATHLETICS WEBSITE. Here are our spring semester scholar athletes!
Maggie McKee, ’09 Scholar, Mt. Airy, NC
# 7 Casey Baucom, Marshville, NC and # 6 Amanda Terry, Cordova, NC
Casey and Amanda are both sophomores, and ’09 West Scholars.
# 22, Kyle Griewisch’10 Scholar, Banner Elk, NC
# 27, Daniel Couchenour, ’10 Scholar, Ft. Mill, SC
# 15, Cameron Beard, ’10 Scholar, Conover, NC
David Garcia, ’10 Scholar, King, NC and Caroline Bostian, ’10 Scholar, Pfafftown, NC
Samantha Lackey, ’08 Scholar, Seville, OH and Jana Burkhardt, ’10 Scholar, Willoughby, OH
This is the sport of BEING a sport -- the Kazzoo!
Senior West Scholars: Laura Ritchie, Zach Poole, Phillip Russ and Kelli Ferguson
Final Follow-up Academy held for the 2010 Catawba Conservation Camp at the Mary L Farm in Mt. Ulla, NC
The Catawba Conservation Camp is sponsored by the Ritchie Academy for Teaching and the Catawba Center for the Environment through a grant provided by the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund. Dr. Cyndi Osterhus and Dr. Joe Poston are co-Directors for the camp.
BLOG: by Jessica Everett, ’09 Scholar, Winston-Salem, NC
C-3 Campers began their journey with us in July 2010 with a week-long, residental science camp experience on the Catawba campus. There could not have been a better way to conclude the 2010-2011 chapter of the second Conservation Camp than to take the young group of middle school girls to the Mary L. Farm. This organic dairy farm gave the campers the ultimate field-trip experience.
Our welcome to the Mary L
We arrived early in the morning and split up into two rotating groups that jumped to different areas of the farm. My group of girls began with a lesson on soil and plants in which they dissected the earth and various fruits and vegetables to learn about what it takes to grow crops organically. They learned about the effects that inorganic farming has on the environment.
Instructor, Amanda Lanier with campers
C-3 campers analyzing plants and examining soil
We then got to all enjoy a picnic with some special guests. Ann Ellis and Lisa Wear from Horizons Unlimited in Salisbury, Kiersten (Kacy) Cook, a Land Conservation Biologist for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Cynthia (Cyndi) Hill an ARCB Certified Reflexologist and NCRA President, Mandy Moore Bloom, a Catawba alumna and full time mom and volunteer for Catawba Lands Conservancy, as well as Tabitha J Whitson, a Catawba alumna and Lab Analyst II for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities all joined the campers for lunch. This was an excellent experience as the campers got to meet and talk with women who had graduated from college and gone on to hold positions in careers for Environmental Science and volunteerism in the field. It was essential for our young campers to see the opportunities that they have, not only as females, but as student scientists on their way to a bright future full of possibilities in the workplace.
Counselors and campers having lunch with our visiting “Women in Science”
Reflexologist, Cyndi Hill demonstrating pressure points
After lunch, we visited the baby animals of the Mary L. farm. Campers got to hold and learn about baby chicks, calves, a hen, and a kid (baby goat). Some even fed milk to calves with a bottle.
The group then headed on to learn about one of the more overlooked essential ingredients to running a farm - manure. Between the giggles about the importance of "poop" and how it is used to fertilize the soil of the Mary L Farm, the girls actually got to apply the terms of H.I.P.P.O to fertilization and the importance of using it correctly.
The day ended with a brief tour of the milking facilities. While the dairy is equipped with automated milking machines; the girls even got to milk the cows, which I learned was an acquired skill and harder then it looks.
The exchange of farewells, phone numbers. and addresses was bittersweet as our journey with this group of C3 Campers came to an end. I could not have imagined a better way to learn about organic farming than to literally visit it where the girls could touch and feed and see all the components come into play. I'm sure our 2010 C-3 campers have created life-long connections with each other and I hope they will remember this experience for the rest of their lives because, as a counselor for the camp, I know I will.
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- Open House – Green Pig Day
April 2, 2011
- Regional NC Teacher Cadet Advisor’s Meeting
April 2, 2011
- The KIPP Academy
’10 Cohort School Visitation
March 29, 2011
- Northview IB Candidate School
’10 Cohort School Visitation
April 5, 2011 – CANCELLED
Kelli Ferguson, ’07 West Scholar
Raleigh, North Carolina
Middle School Mathematics Major
Salisbury, North Carolina
Elementary Education Major
Seniors, Kelli Ferguson, Elizabeth Sloop and Tyler Howe have prepared brief reflections on their Catawba experience.
Tyler Howe, ’07 West Scholar
Salisbury, North Carolina
Music Education Major
My time at Catawba College was one well spent and that I will never regret. As a Music Education major, so many times did I have to balance all things in my life from rehearsals, to when I am going to find time to practice, to getting my assignments done for all of the classes I was taking during any semester. Deep down, I know I made the right choice to come here and I am prepared to take on the world. When I look back on my time here at Catawba, I know that in the world of education, what I accomplished here will speak great volumes. The professors in the Education Department were always close by to help and to prepare me for the profession in which I plan to spend many years. Saying “thank you” is simply not enough, so I hope that what I do in the field will be the best way to truly thank my professors. I encourage all of the West Teaching Scholars to continue doing their best, because in the end, you feel you are on top of the world and ready to conquer any task. To all of those who aren’t West Teaching Scholars, I can’t wait to teach alongside you and learn from one another.
Looking through the hundreds of photos we have – it’s amazing what you don’t notice the first time you look! We hope you enjoy a few random pictures taken over the years.
Kelli looking ….. serious.
Kelli and Hannah Thomas during the DC trip in 2010.
Kelli possibly applying for the job of morning anchor on the set of Good Morning America in New York City?
The ’07 Cohort in NYC!
The ’07 female West Scholars on the set of Good Morning America in 2010.
Kelli and Elizabeth in NYC.
Elizabeth, Stephanie and Laura
Inseperable and friends for life!
Elizabeth Sloop at CNN in Atlanta.
Elizabeth embracing the beauty surrounding Ft. Pulaski National Monument in GA.
Elizabeth Sloop, Stephanie Hill
and Laura Ritchie
’07 West Scholars
’09 West Scholars
Hannah Gagnier and Lauretta Overfield
’09 West Scholars, Brittany Myers, Amanda Terry, Whitney Corriher, Denise Grissom, Lauretta Overfield,
and Amelia Baity
Stephanie Riddle, ’08 Scholar being pinned by Dr. Lou Ann Kasias in 2010
Laura Ritchie, ’07 Scholar at Cohort Mtg.
Elizabeth Sloop - Lunch in Savannah, GA
Elizabeth Sloop in her Academy colors!
Lauretta Overfield in Wilmington, NC
A little high stepping with Aubrey and Maggie on their fall retreat
David Garcia and Allison Andrews, ’10 Scholars at last fall’s Lilly Center Retreat.
Tyler, Zach, Hannah, Phillip and Dr. O!
Jarrett Jackson, doing the “Ninja” and Jordan Farmer – saying “no way.”
(both are ’09 Scholars)
Maggie McKee, ’09 Scholar
Amanda Terry, ’09 Scholar
Amanda Terry, ’09 Scholar
Daniel Couchenour, ’10 Scholar
Samantha Lackey, ’08 Scholar
Faculty Leading by Example
Dr. Jim Stringfield, Dean of the Goodman School of Education and PE
Dr. Rhonda Truitt, Chair, Department of Teacher Education
Dr. Lou Ann Kasias, Department of Teacher Education, Graduate Program
Dr. Cynthia Osterhus, Director,
Ritchie Academy for Teaching
Dr. Bonita Bloodworth, Associate Director, Ritchie Academy for Teaching
Dr. Tiffany Hunter, Department of Teacher Education, B-K Program
Mrs. Amanda Bosch, Director - CMC
Teacher Education News
Dr. Martha West was presented the Adrian Shuford Award on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. in Hedrick Little Theatre. This award, which is the highest award Catawba College bestows, is in recognition of the many years of service Dr. West has given to our college.
Dr. Lou Ann Kasias, a Catawba College professor of education and coordinator of the college's graduate program, believes teachers in the region need to know just what Catawba offers in its Master of Education in Elementary Education. "We go out of our way to make this personal," said Kasias, a 20-year veteran in Catawba's sole graduate program. "We actually visit the graduate students' classrooms and give feedback to our students regarding their implementation of best practices. Moreover, despite this extra attention our program is affordable – only $160 per semester hour." Please read the remainder of the article at:
The Academy for Teaching and The Center for the Environment announce:
Catawba Conservation Camp
for middle school girls, from Rowan, Davie, Davidson, Cabarrus, Iredell and Stanly Counties in NC
will be held during the week of
July 10th through July 15th, 2011
Camper selections for the 2011 camp week have been completed and announcements will be sent by mail to every girl who applied.
Selected campers and their parents will be invited to an administrative meeting in Ketner Hall, scheduled for
Tuesday, April 19th.
The Academy for Teaching
Conservation Camp Office
Camper hayride on the Mary L Farm
The Ritchie Academy for Teaching
wishes you a Happy Spring Season!