Summer - August 2011 - Volume 15
INTRODUCING THE ’11 COHORT OF WEST SCHOLARS
Say hello to
our incoming freshmen Scholars. Applicants for the West Scholarship are selected for
interviews based on their high school grade point average and SAT or ACT
composite scores. Expectations are set
high for incoming freshmen; and over the four-year educational experience
their cumulative grade point averages, leadership, and service to the
community are evaluated each semester on every Scholar. We know you will see more of each of these
faces in future Newsletters. Some of them
took the time to send us a note, so enjoy reading …………………..
Cherokee Shawne Blackmon, China Grove, NC
Cherokee is a graduate of Jesse C. Carson High School in Rowan County. He is interested in Middle School Social Studies and Music. In addition to his West Scholarship, Cherokee is also a Music scholarship recipient. Cherokee attended the first freshman retreat this summer hosted by the Lilly Center, on June 16 – 18th. In his own words: I cannot wait to come to Catawba College. I chose to be a part of this college because they actually showed interest in me. No other college would do that and that really excites me. It makes me want to be a very essential asset to the West Scholars family. I also love how close Catawba is to home. That is really important to me.
Kristen Jennifer-Del Brown, Beulaville, NC
“K-J” is a graduate of Wallace Rose-Hill High School and is interested in Elementary Education.
Haley Michelle Campbell, Kannapolis, NC
Haley is a graduate of A. L. Brown High School. She is interested in Elementary Education and Physical Education.
Gareth Sean Cobb, Salisbury, NC
Gareth is a graduate of North Rowan High School and has an interest in Physical Education and in Elementary Education.
In his own words: “I chose Catawba, not only because it's one of the most well known schools in NC, but it's literally three minutes from my house. I thought I was lucky enough to get into such a well sought after school, but being accepted into the West Scholars Program is going to give me an infinite number of possibilities and opportunities that I wouldn't have had otherwise. This program is going to open so many doors into a field I'm very passionate about, with people that I can make lifelong connections and share experiences.”
Jamie Nicole Gynn, China Grove, NC
Jamie graduated from South Rowan High School and is interested in Secondary Education. In her own words: Hey ya'll! My name is Jamie Gynn and I'm going to major in Secondary Education-English with a concentration in American Literature. I'm also going to minor in Spanish and double minor in either Counseling or Creative Writing. I'm looking forward to being a member of the West Scholars family because I'm excited to meet people my age who are as passionate about teaching as I am. I want to teach English because literature and reading are a dying thing in today's society and I want people to know how important it is. Reading and Literature are the basis of any child's education and I want a part in teaching them that, but at a high school level. I'm looking forward to cheerleading at Catawba and maybe take some music classes. I can't wait for an amazing year!
Taylor Renee Hardy, Jacksonville, NC
We don’t have a photo of Taylor yet. Taylor is a graduate of Southwest Onslow High School and has an interest in Elementary Education.
Sydney Rebecca Hyder, Asheboro, NC
Sydney graduated from Southwestern Randolph High School and is interested in Middle School Math. Sydney is a First Family Scholarship recipient in addition to being a West Scholar. In her own words: “I chose to attend Catawba because of the size, location, and atmosphere. I immediately fell in love with the school on my first visit. I will be playing on the softball team and joining the appropriate clubs for teaching and education. The West Scholars Program means I have a head start compared to others not in the program with education majors. I will be a part of an elite group with a passion for teaching. I want to teach Mathematics -Secondary Education. My 8th grade Algebra teacher and my AP Calculus teacher were my biggest influences and my role models for my future as an educator.”
Patrick Neal Karriker, Manchester, Pennsylvania
Patrick is a graduate of Northeastern Senior High School. Patrick plans to major in Music Education and hopes to become a high school band director. He attended the first freshman retreat this summer hosted by the Lilly Center, on June 16 – 18th. In his own words: “My name is Patrick Karriker. Starting this fall I will attend Catawba majoring in Music Education. It’s great reputation, marching band and possible chances to intern locally are all items that got my attention. My dream is to one day be an educator and band director for a school in NC. The smaller class sizes and close relationships present, when touring the college, helped me to decide on Catawba. I’m looking forward to the clubs and supporting our sports teams!”
Matthew Allen Laurens, Salisbury, NC
Matt is a North Rowan High School graduate and is interested in Middle School Social Studies. He also has a passion for baseball would like to coach.
Taylor Brooke Lee, Kannapolis, NC
Taylor graduated from A. L. Brown High School and is interested in English and Middle School Language Arts. Taylor attended the first freshman retreat this summer hosted by the Lilly Center, on June 16 – 18th. In her own words: “I chose Catawba based on the size and quality of the programs offered. At the larger universities it seemed as if the students were merely numbers, and at Catawba it appears as though the students are seen as actual people. The student-faculty relationships were also a large factor in my decision to attend Catawba; I feel that a personal relationship with the instructors is critical, and Catawba offered just that. My hope is to teach high-school English. I want to teach because I enjoy seeing others excel and further their capabilities. I want to teach the higher grades because I feel that is where I will be best suited.”
Zachary Jordan McNeill, Trinity, NC
Zachary graduated from Trinity High School and is interested in Elementary Education and will be playing football for Catawba. He also hopes to work toward licensure in Special Education. In his own words: I will be a freshman at Catawba in the fall. I am going to become a special education teacher and possibly go into foreign missions. I am excited for the countless opportunities that there are available to me at Catawba including football, young life, and the West Scholars programs. I chose Catawba for these reasons and for these opportunities to be involved with the community.
Christopher Ray Money, King, NC
Christopher graduated from West Stokes High School and in interested in pursuing Middle School Social Studies. In his own words: “I come from a small city north of Winston-Salem, NC, called King. Having grown up in a rural community and enjoying the feeling of knowing most people around town, I knew that feeling would be key in my choice for college applications. When I started to look for a place to attend college I was unsure if I could fit into a large university, due to the large number of people. Then I attended Tar Heel Boys' State last summer at Catawba College. I loved the look of the campus at Catawba, and I had the feeling that I could enjoy living and going to school here. Over the past year, each time I have come back to campus, be it for a music audition or interview for West Scholars, all of the faculty, staff, and students have greeted me and my family with smiles. Also, my family was welcomed back by people that truly remembered who we were and knew us by name. I knew at a large university, this would not have happened, because there I would be just a number. At Catawba I feel like I have been welcomed into a family, not just a college. I can not wait to be on campus and enjoying this feeling each and every day.”
Justin Alexander Morris, Rockwell, NC
Justin graduated from East Rowan High School. He will be a member of the Catawba Indian’s Baseball team next spring, and he’s planning to major in Math and Physical Education. In his own words: “Most of my family has attended Catawba College and they have all told me great things about it. It is close to home and is not a great big college that I would have trouble staying on task in. I am planning on majoring in Mathmatics and thinking about minoring in Physical Education. I have always been very strong in Math and I believe that would be my best subject to teach as I follow through on my career of teaching. I am also hoping to play baseball while attending Catawba College. The West Scholars Program means more than just a scolarship to me. It mean getting to meet people that also want to become teachers in their future. People that want to pass on all the knowledge that they have gained in their past, on to other students. “
Michelle Lee Newberger, Lutz, Florida
Michelle is a graduate of George Steinbrenner High School. She is considering a major in either Theatre Education or Elementary Education. Michelle is a recipient of the prestigeous First Family Scholarship. She is spending her summer as a counselor at the Florida United Methodist Camp. In her own words: I decided to come to Catawba because I loved the standards of education, the friendly people, and the beautiful campus. While at Catawba I am interested in being a part of the theatre program and maybe joining an intramural sports team. I think that being a West Scholar means being someone who is passionate about education and will strive to achieve the most that they can during their time at Catawba. I am interested in being an elementary teacher.
Rachel Danielle Pickrel, Salisbury, NC
Rachel is a South Rowan High School graduate and is going to major in Elementary Education, to work with Kindergarten children. She attended our February Open House. In her own words: “I chose Catawba College specifically because of the West Scholars teaching program. I felt that Catawba had the best people and I believed it would be the place where I would be most likely to succeed while starting this new chapter in my life. While at Catawba I plan to participate in many clubs. Through involving myself in different activities on campus I hope to make many new and lasting friendships. I am most interested in teaching elementary school because elementary school children view the world with innocent eyes and are still continuously learning new things about the world around them. I hope to make a lasting impact on children’s lives and instill in them a self-confidence and a yearn for education that will last throughout a lifetime. The West Scholars program will help me achieve all of my educational goals, and also allow me to begin a career that I will love and continue to enjoy. Also, West Scholars will give me all the tools and preparation that I need to become an inspiring educator.”
Nicolas Rodriguez, Dunn, NC
We don’t have a photo of Nick yet. He is a graduate of Triton High School and plans to major in Music Education. He attended NC Boys’ State last summer, at Catawba, and this summer he was one of the Counselors for NC Boys’ State. During his two stays on our campus, and his music visits, Nick made the decision to come to Catawba next fall. “In his own words”……….. I will be attending Catawba as a freshman this upcoming fall, and I've always had a passion for both teaching and music. Since I began playing music I knew that's what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I plan to become a Music Director at a high school somewhere, and hopefully, stay there for while. Then I would like to become a professor at a university or college. I plan to major in Music Education, as well as Political Science. I chose Catawba because I liked the small school setting, and the fact that I would be able to know most people there. I’m happy that Catawba has a good student-teacher relationship, and I knew I would get a better education with a more personalized experience.
Jason John Sandonato, Milford, Pennsylvania
Jason is a graduate of Delaware Valley High school. Jason plans to major in Music Education. In his own words: “I chose to attend Catawba because it is a beautiful place with a lot to do. There is good food and there are friendly people and an inviting atmosphere! My musical and educational opportunities are endless and that makes it seem like the perfect place for me! Although it’s far away from home, I will be able to experience living in a different part of the country. I am looking forward to the freshman retreat to meet new people and start college off fun. I can’t wait to join the music program…it’s my passion! Hopefully I will eventually have time to play golf for Catawba! It’s one of my favorite sports and would love to have that experience as well! It means a lot to be a West Scholar! It is a great opportunity to meet mew people with similar and different interests and ideas with teaching. Also, it gets me one step closer to my dream of becoming a teacher. I have two very important reasons why I want to teach. 1) Both of my parents are teachers and I’ve grown up in that environment my whole life and it’s rubbed off on to me! 2) My four music teachers throughout high school, especially my vocal music director, have been extremely inspirational to me! I feel very blessed to have been their student because they show immense dedication and support, along with providing discipline and example, all of which I feel are important aspects of any teacher, not only music! Their direction, passion, and the qualities I have mentioned have inspired to become a teacher, and hopefully inspire future students to accomplish their own dreams no matter what they are, because that’s what they did for me!
Kelly Marie Schumacher, Easton, Maryland
Kelly attended our February Open House and she is a graduate of Easton High School. During her interview she said she plans to major in Elementary Education.
Jacob Branson Shepherd, Claremont, NC
Jacob is a graduate of Bunker Hill High School and will be majoring in Education and playing baseball for Catawba next spring. In his own words: “I wanted to come to Catawba because it’s small, and I would have a friend on the baseball team (Cameron Beard). It’s a very nice campus, and I’ll know pretty much everyone, which is a plus. I believe that the West Scholars program is a great thing for students who are thinking of becoming teachers. It puts them on the right path from the start. In the future, I hope to maybe become a teacher/athletic trainer at the high school level. I would like to either teach math or science.”
Sydney Leigh Smith, Salisbury, NC
Sydney graduated from South Rowan High School. She’d like to major in English. Sydney attended the first freshman retreat this summer hosted by the Lilly Center, on June 16 – 18th. In her own words: “My name is Sydney Smith, and I am originally from Salisbury, North Carolina -- about fifteen minutes down the street from Catawba! Many of my friends are shocked that I want to attend a college so close to home. When they question my motives, I simply tell them that they "just don't get the same feeling that I do" when I walk on campus. Also, I can't wait to start participating in the West Scholars program. Every instructor I've met in meetings and interviews seems genuinely caring for the West Scholar students. I can tell by the way some of them approached me and started immediately discussing plans for the upcoming semester, that the professors take their students' education and success seriously. I look forward to meeting more people and starting my classes!”
Courtney Leigh Tunstall, Mt. Airy, NC
Courtney graduated from East Surry High School. She will be a member of Catawba’s women’s swim team and is hoping to major in Elementary Education with future licensure in Special Education. In her own words: Catawba is a place that suits all my wants and needs as a student and an athlete. I chose it because of its excellent teaching program and the swim team. I feel I will learn a lot about being a great teacher with help from all the experienced professors, and my own experiences. Being a part of the West Scholars is an amazing opportunity for me. I’m immensely looking forward to learning the ins and outs of the education process. Teaching has been a passion of mine for as long I can remember, and being an elementary school teacher would fit me best. I have interned with a second grade class and it seems like the perfect grade level for me. Being in elementary would mean I wouldn’t teach a certain subject, but I would need to be well rounded in all areas. Teaching is not the only thing I’m looking forward to at Catawba. I have been swimming all my life and I’m more than excited to continue to make progress with the sport I love!”
Zachary Vincent Veitenheimer, Tobaccoville, NC
Zach is a graduate of West Stokes High School and looking forward to majoring in History. He has a strong interest in music and hopes to play a role in Catawba’s community band. In his own words: “I am an incoming freshman this fall at Catawba. I chose Catawba after never even knowing about it. I attended Boys state and saw that it was the place for me because of it's size, and because of it's more relaxed atmosphere. The West Scholars program is going to be a big thing for me as a student. I know how big of an honor it is to be selected for it and I plan to keep the high standard needed to be in this program. Teaching is something I want to do. I want to impact young students lives through one of two fields of study. One being history because I believe to change the future for the better, it is best to look to the past so we do not make the same mistakes. The other field is something I love more than almost anything. That field is Music. For seven years I have engaged myself in music and it has been the thing I have grown to be best at. I plan to participate in the marching band, concert band, and maybe play a few intramural sports throughout my four years at Catawba. I really look forward to the activities that the West Scholars program will offer. That's a little about me, and I hope to see many people this fall.“
Jonathan David Williams, Hillsborough, NC
Jonathan graduated from Northern High school and is planning a major in Science. He hasn’t decided whether he wants to teach on the Middle School level or in High School. He’s also very interested in Lacrosse and has been active in a chorus program.
WHAT SCHOLARS ARE DOING!
Study abroad in Costa Rica – Summer May 15th – June 11th, 2011
A number of our West Scholars participated in the study abroad program. Further information and photos from Costa Rica from the Catawba College Website: The Costa Rica Summer Language Program, an intensive study of the Spanish language and Costa Rican culture, returned in 2011 with excursions, cultural activities, and coursework at all levels of study. Photos courtesy of Tyler Allen, Maggie McKee, Mackenzie Westbrook, Jackie Davis, Bobby Krauk, and Ben Smith.
We hope you enjoy the photos that follow, of our West Scholars in Costa Rica.
’09 West Scholar, Maggie McKee, Mt. Airy, NC in Costa Rica.
Front row (in the middle) ’09 Scholar, Amanda Terry - Second row (on the far left) ’09 Scholar Whitney Corriher, (3rd from left) ’09 Scholar Jordan Farmer - Back row (on the far right), ’08 Scholar Matt Tamer
Left, Amanda Terry and in the middle, ’08 Scholar, Alanna Hantho, Great Falls, VA
West Scholars in this photo, front row, second from left, ’09 Scholar, Jarett Jackson, Huntersville, NC, front row second from right, ’09 Scholar, Maggie McKee, Mt. Airy, NC and back row, fifth from the left, Whitney Corriher, ’09 Scholar, Salisbury, NC.
Seated in front, ’09 Scholar, Amanda Terry, Cordova, NC; standing (taller than everyone) is ’08 Scholar, Matt Tamer, Winston-Salem, NC
Beautiful waterfall in Costa Rica. ’09 Scholar, Whitney Corriher (rt)
’08 Scholar, Sarah Moore, Mocksville, NC
By Kathy Chaffin, Center for the Environment
For Catawba student Sarah Moore, helping with the National Environmental Summit for High School Students at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College gives her experience planning a large event and the opportunity to ultimately help create a better world. Read More: http://www.centerfortheenvironment.org/redesigning-our-future.html
A total of 122 students have been named to the Presidential Honor Roll List for the 2010-2011 academic year at Catawba College, according to Dr. W. Richard Stephens, Jr., Provost of the College. Students named to the Presidential Honor Roll List have achieved a 3.7 grade point average in 30 or more semester hours. West Scholars on the 2010-2011 Presidential Honor Roll List include:
Belmont - Christina Cherrie Faircloth, ’09 Scholar
King - Tara Caitlin Borre, ’10 Scholar
Statesville - Bridgett Nicole Henderson, ’08 Scholar
BLOG: by Julie Gilley, ’08 Scholar, Dobson, NC
I hope you're having a great summer! I am updating you on my internship with the
Children's Center of Surry, and I thought I'd send you some information and a
few pictures. The pictures are a group photo of the counselors and one good
photo from the Surry camp. Most of my
internship (because of limited funds and time) revolved around a two-week
camp, "All About Respect/Ladybugs Camp." The Children's Center of both Surry and
Yadkin counties invited kids ages 12-18 to participate in a week-long
day-camp free of charge. Most of the
kids I worked with came from traumatic backgrounds which lead them to make
bad decisions. But, overall, all of
them were fantastic and we (the other counselors and I) had no issues with
any of the campers. My role was a
floater counselor for both of the camps, meaning that I assisted with set-up
and clean-up everyday, introduced all of the guest speakers and activities,
and moved through the groups to help where ever they needed me. I'm so glad I
had this opportunity to work with the Children's Center! It was a
blast! I'm planning on volunteering
for another summer camp toward the end of July (it's a week long
Hands-On-History camp--I'm excited about it!).
TEACHER EDUCATION NEWS
EDITOR'S NOTE: Catawba College alumna Dinah Carpenter is retiring from Overton Elementary School after teaching 24 years. Carpenter received her teaching certification from Catawba. By Sarah Campbell, SalisburyPost.com
For years, Dinah Carpenter's fourth-grade classroom at Overton Elementary School was a playground for the imagination. Every corner of the room was filled with books, posters, photos, poems and trinkets to draw students in. "I want the room to be warm and inviting because I always tell them this is where you are going to be, this is your room," Carpenter said. "It's very important that they have a good feeling when they walk in my room."
Catawba College - Birth to Kindergarten program
Smart Start Rowan hosted a “Happy Healthy Habits”
conference on June 3rd at Trinity Oaks in Salisbury. During their program they announced, Elán Cowan,
of the Price Head Start program, has
been named Director of the Year, an award sponsored by
The award carried a $250 cash prize.
Elán is a BK program completor at Catawba. Ann Howell, Kimberly McGraw, Sherry Morris,
Smith were also recognized for finishing their college degrees.
by Mark Wineka, SalisburyPost.com
Catawba College associate professor Dr. Cyndi Osterhus, a person with highly personal ties to the shuttle program, considered traveling to Florida for the final space shuttle launch. It's easy to understand why. It could have been her, not Christa McAuliffe, who was supposed to be the first teacher in space 25 years ago before the Challenger explosion. Osterhus, then Cyndi Zeger, was one of 110 Teachers in Flight finalists, out of 11,000 applicants nationwide. Then she was among the last 20 standing, divided into 10 "pods" of two teachers each. Read more...
2011 Catawba Conservation Camp Photos
Camp Opening day - games, teambuilding, and getting to know one another exercises on Sunday, July 10th!
Photos from the field discovering turtles (and invasive species).
Thanks to the fantastic 2011 C-3 Camp Counselors: Brittany Moore, Environmental Scholar, Erin Blackburn, June McDowell, and West Scholars, Taylor Doss, Aliyah Khan, Stephanie Riddle, Cristin Ritchie, Lindsay King, and West Scholar 2011 graduate, Laura Ritchie.
- New Students Arrive
August 13, 2011
August 13 – 16, 2011
- ’11 Cohort Meeting (brief)
August 14, 2011
- Upperclassmen Arrive
August 16, 2011
August 16 – 17, 2011
- OPENING CONVOCATION
August 25, 2011
Profiling the ’11 Cohort
Freshmen West Scholars
Catawba Class of 2015!
It might be a hot and muggy summer, but the weather certainly isn’t keeping our Scholars down. They have been busy!
Two of our freshmen Scholars were found in photographs taken at last spring’s Discovery Day. Take a look at the candid shots of Sydney Hyder and Gareth Cobb that we found.
Gareth Cobb, ’11 West Scholar
Sydney Hyder, ’11 West Scholar
Legion Baseball and West Scholars!
Our West Scholars playing ball this summer are getting lots of game time and excellent publicity! We hope you are a fan because we will try to keep track of their activities!
Cameron Beard, ’10 Scholar
Sophomore, Conover, NC
Hickory, NC – Post 48
Photo from Post 48 Facebook page
Jacob Shepherd, 11 Scholar
Freshman, Claremont, NC
Hickory, NC – Post 48
Photo from Post 48 Facebook page
In a Thursday night rescheduled Rowan County game on June 16th, shortstop Justin Morris, had a two-run homer, a two-run double and a bases-loaded walk for a five-RBI night to lead Rowan. Matt Laurens had two hits.
Justin Morris, ’11 Scholar
Freshman, Rockwell, NC
Rowan Legion Team
Photo courtesy of Salisbury Post
Matt Laurens, ’11 Scholar
Freshman, Salisbury, NC
Rowan Legion Team
Photo courtesy of Salisbury Post
In a Rowan Legion game played on June 22nd, Rowan’s Legion baseball team had only one hit in the fourth inning at Wilkes on Wednesday but turned it into a six-run frame on its way to a 15-6 Southern Division victory. The win helped fourth-place Rowan (11-5, 8-4) get a bit closer to third-place Wilkes (5-4, 3-2), who has several makeup games in its future. In a great play, incoming Catawba freshman, and ’11 Cohort West Scholar, Justin Morris came to the place with two on. Morris laid a bunt down the third-base line. It was thrown away, scoring both runners. Morris went all the way to third. It was just the beginning of a nightmare inning for Wilkes Pitcher, Mathis, as Morris later scored on a wild pitch. Salisbury Post NOTES: The first Rowan run of the game came when Morris scored on Nathan Fulbright’s single. The game was played in a rainstorm and gusts of wind. The last two innings were played in a torrential downpour.
Now THAT is dedication!
Please follow these four exceptional Scholar Athletes through the Salisbury
Post and the Hickory Daily Record, online! We are!
We are so proud of their accomplishments and wish we could provide you
with the play-by-play for each game.
Catawba College hosted the 72nd annual session of Tar Heel Boys' State June 19-25. This is the eighth consecutive year that the weeklong event has been held on campus and approximately 300 participants, all rising high school seniors from North Carolina, attended. Incoming freshman West Scholar, Chris Money, stopped by the Academy office during his stay on campus this summer as a counselor at Boys’ State. Chris attended Boys’ State, last year as a participant, and he was invited back as a counselor during their week in June this year. He said he was having a great time catching up with other friends from last year and meeting new ones. He stopped by because he “just wanted to say hello” to us, and tell us how excited he is about beginning his college career at Catawba in the fall! We can’t wait either.
Chris! Thanks for coming by.
Incoming freshman West Scholar, Zach Veitenheimer is participating in a summer DCA, (Drum Core Associates) program this year in New Jersey. We believe it is the 47th Annual Drum Corps Grand Prix. Chris Money said he speaks with Zach often and Zach is really excited about coming to Catawba in the fall.
Incoming freshman West Scholar, Michelle Newberger is working as a counselor at the Florida United Methodist Camp all summer.
BLOG: by Zachary
McNeill, ’11 West Scholar, Trinity, NC This summer, I went to Siguatapeque,
Honduras on a week-long mission trip.
On this trip we visited schools, did door to door evangelism, and held
a sports camp at a local church. While
the visit was fun for tourism it really showed me the needs of all people in
all countries. It showed me that my
calling and abilities are teaching related and are useful for helping people. I would like to return next summer,
possibly for longer than a week, to continue the work that is being done
still. I thank God for the opportunity
to go and help in any way I could.
Photos courtesy of Brittany Moore, Catawba Environmental Scholar
Below, L to R: David Garcia, ’10 Scholar, Jeremy Proctor, Brittany Moore
Ocracoke…see you next time!
3rd Year for the Catawba Conservation Camp was another huge success!
The Catawba Conservation Camp, sponsored through a grant from the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund, completed it’s third year of activities on Friday, July 15th, with a reception for parents and a Camper Expo presented by camper expert groups. Campers spent their week, beginning at check-in on Sunday, July 10th, exploring, gathering data, and experiencing a fun filled week of education on the ecology of the area and learning about their own carbon footprints.
Fifty-four campers were selected to attend the 2011 Camp, from six counties in North Carolina. Campers were selected based on an essay each girl wrote about their desire to attend the camp, and what it would mean to them as they go forward in life. The applications were available to rising sixth and seventh grade girls from Rowan, Davie, Davidson, Cabarrus, Iredell and Stanly counties. They received these applications through their schools, and teachers provided recommendations for every girl who applied. Choosing who got to attend was solely based on the essays. The decisions were difficult!
The 2011 Camp was the last full year of the Burroughs-Wellcome three-year grant. Camp Directors will begin the process of securing funding for next year in an effort to keep the momentum going for years to come.
Counselors for the Camp were all Catawba students. They included, Brittany Moore, Environmental Scholar; West Scholars, Taylor Doss, Aliyah Khan, Cristin Ritchie, Lindsay King, and Stephanie Riddle. Also acting as counselors were, recent Catawba graduate and former West Scholar, Laura Ritchie; and science majors, June McDowell and Erin Blackburn.
The Instructional staff for the Camp included Dr. Sue Calcagni, Dr. Connie Lowery,and Mrs. Amanda Lanier, all Catawba College employees in the Center for the Environment; and local Rowan-Salisbury School science teachers, Mrs. Brittany Parker Chester, of West Rowan High School and Ms. Kristina Simmons of Greensboro, NC.
Habitat – Invasive species – Pollution – overPopulation - Overharvesting
The Camp has been under the direction of Dr. Cynthia B. Osterhus and Dr. Joseph Poston for three years.
Dr. Cyndi Osterhus received a B.A. from Catawba College and M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Osterhus is a former N.C. Teacher of the Year (1987), a former finalist for the Teacher in Space program (1985), and a former N.C. Gifted and Talented Teacher of the Year (1984). She joined the faculty of Catawba in 2003. Prior to that, she worked as a teacher-educator in the sciences and mathematics for 30 years in the Rowan-Salisbury School System. She served 13 years as coordinator for that system’s K-8 science program, and 17 years as a middle and high school mathematics teacher. Additionally, she served as director of professional development for 10 years in that same school system.
Dr. Joe Poston holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and B.S. degrees in Zoology and Computer Science from Butler University.
Prior to coming to Catawba College, Dr. Poston was a Postdoctorial Fellow and Adjunct Instructor at the University of Kentucky. He is a member of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology, the Association of Southeastern Biologists, the North Carolina Academy of Science, and the American Ornithologists’ Union.
C-3 Campers getting to know one another just after their arrival.
Here are a few great photos, regarding what our campers saw (and worked with) on the first official full day of camp!
Birdbanding with Dr. Joe!
Waterbreak at the covered bridge!
Testing water quality and measuring the data on LabQuest equipment.
Yes, campers got just a little wet, thanks to Baranski Lake!