SPRING - January 2012 - Volume 20
Just look at what West Scholars were doing as the fall semester came to a close! Early completion by four Scholars! Volunteerism! Attendance at forums, workshops, and presentations! Athletics! Performance Arts!
A great end to a wonderful 2011.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!
WHAT SCHOLARS ARE DOING!
West Scholars Win Third Place At Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Event
Each holiday season the campus comes together for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Service, to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. The Cannon Student Center is decorated for the season and faculty, staff, and students participate in the popular performance of the Twelve Days of Christmas. For the third year in a row, West Scholars volunteered to practice and perform their role as the Eleven Pipers Piping. This year, Scholars won the third place prize for a performance that involved using Boomwackers as their instruments during the singing of Jingle Bells! Ah ….... such talent! Our West Scholars are represented in other portions of the song also, and are seen before and after the event enjoying the celebration. The website photos are filled with West Scholars at this event.
Front Row: Sydney Smith, Taylor Lee, Maggie McKee, Jacob Regensburger, and Tara Borre. Back Row: Chris Money, Michelle Newberger, Cristin Ritchie, Lindsay King, Suzy Williams, and Kyle Griewisch.
FYI – The “pipes” are called Boomwackers. They make great music!
Among the “Drummers Drumming” .... Catawba’s drum major, and ’08 West Scholar, Brent Messenger, along with ’11 Scholar, Patrick Karriker.
SGA Officer and ’08 Scholar Sarah Moore ’09 Scholar Suzy Williams, in the center
Pictured here, ’09 Scholar, Christina Faircloth, ’10 Scholar, Allison Andrews, ’09 Scholar Aubrey Barton, and ’09 Scholar, Casey Baucom (left photo) and (right photo), ’08 Scholars, Julie Gilley and Sarah Morse. – all enjoying the holiday celebration.
Left photo, ’11 Scholar, Jana Burkhardt and ’08 Scholar, Sam Lackey. Center photo, ’08 Scholar Sarah Moore. Right photo, ’11 Scholar Courtney Tunstall. (and of course Santa!)
Sustainability and the Catawba Landscape
The Center for the Environment invited faculty,
staff and students to a “Lunch and Learn” with the topic covering Sustainability and the Catawba Landscape,
on Monday, November 28th at 1:00 p.m. in the dining hall’s
Community Room. Students making
presentations included Sarah Moore, ’08 West Scholar, from Mocksville, NC,
Jacob Snyder and Alex Abell. The
presentation looked at what other campuses are doing and what Catawba is
doing both now and in the future. An
open discussion took place following the presentations.
Catawba College November Community Forum
by Jessica Everett, ’09 West Scholar, Winston-Salem, NC
Catawba College's Forum on November 15th titled, "Why Are Humans Selfish?" included
a panel which consisted of Trevor Eppeheimer, Associate Professor of
Systematic Theology at Hood Theological seminary; Seth Holtzman, chair of the
Department of Religion and
Philosophy at Catawba College; Pete Prunkl, former Associate
Professor of Psychology at Quincy College; and Robert Voelker, Evolutionary
and Molecular Biologist and former Lutheran pastor. The topic for the evening
was original sin/selfishness. The purpose
of the forum was to approach the topic from four different disciplines to
gain new insight on the matter. Each member of the panel spoke for
approximately ten minutes on selfishness and the nature of sin from the
perspective of their discipline. Dr.
Seth Holtzman helped to define the difference between sin and original sin as
well as explain why a philosopher would even be included in such a
discussion. His view was that philosophy helps one to understand how a topic
should be and should not be approached. Dr. Eppeheimer used a passage from Romans,
chapter seven, in which the apostle Paul explains the nature of sin in his
life. Dr. Prunkl talked about studies
that show approximately what percentage of our genes affect how agreeable or
selfish we are. Dr. Voelker spoke on
evolution, natural selection and of the process of survival of the fittest
that influence our selfish nature. The
panel then opened the floor to discussion so that the audience could respond
and ask questions. The atmosphere was
very casual. The panel used first
names when referring to one another and dressed business casual as to help
create a more relaxed discussion. This
helped to support audience participation I think. I invited my father to the event and we both
enjoyed listening to all the different perspectives. I enjoyed even more, hearing the questions
and comments from fellow audience members. While I may not agree with a lot of the
information presented, I learned a lot and it opened my mind to new ideas. I
plan to attend future forums and hope that my father will continue to join me
Honors Program Thesis Presentation
Sarah Morse, ’08 West Scholar, North Berwick, Maine
The College Honors Program extended an invitation to faculty, staff and students, to attend the first honors thesis presentation of the 2011-12 academic year. On Monday, November 21, Sarah Morse presented her thesis entitled, “The Implementation of Interactive White Board Strategies in a Local Fifth Grade Classroom” at 2:30pm in Ketner 210. Sarah’s thesis committee members include Dr. Cyndi Osterhus, Dr. Sheila Brownlow, and Dr. Barry Sang.
Environmental Student Internship Experience Presentations
All faculty, staff and students were welcome to attend! Monday, November 21, 2011 - 3:00 – 4:30 PM. Included among the presentors:
Dan Couchenour, ’10 West Scholar, Fort Mill, SC
3:00 p.m. Dan couchenour
- “Sustainability at Catawba”
The Frontline of Sustainability with Dr. John Coonrod of The Hunger Project
by Cameron Beard, ’10 West Scholar, Conover, NC
On Tuesday, November 15th, Catawba College’s Center for the Environment sponsored a presentation on world-wide starvation. The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. John Coonrod, executive vice president of The Hunger Project—an organization dedicated to the sustainable end of world hunger. Dr. Coonrod earned his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, and went on to earn his master’s and PhD from the University of California-Berkley. Dr. Coonrod became The Hunger Project's first volunteer in 1977, joined its staff in 1985, and has participated in the development and implementation of all its programs.
Dr. Coonrod focused his presentation on successfully achieving “The Millennium Development Goals”. These goals are a pathway to ending chronic hunger, which affects 925 million people worldwide. The Hunger Project has developed three pillars that lead to achieving the goals: mobilizing people at the grassroots level to build self-reliance, empowering women as key change agents, and forging effective partnerships with local governments.
As a teacher in the 21st
century, sustainability and the environment are becoming increasingly
important topics. It is imperative
that we educate our youth on topics like this one that will have significant
effects on their lives. As a prospective
math teacher, I could have my students graph data on world hunger, look at
how it has changed over time, and then find ways to lower the number of hungry
people around the globe.
Another perspective on John Coonrod, Ph.D., “The Frontline of Sustainability”
by Kyle Griewisch, ’10 West Scholar, Banner Elk, NC
John Coonrod is a man of many talents. Out of college he graduated as a nuclear
physicist. However, the list of
accomplishments does not stop there. While
working on Wall Street, he met for a seminar, through the organization known
as The Hunger Project. After falling
in love with the ideals and direction of the organization, he became the
first full time volunteer. Some years
later he joined the staff and has led The Hunger Project to many feats that
would not have been possible without his help. John came to Catawba College, not asking for
donations, but to show us the potential this earth has for sustainability. He began by giving us a few points on what
The Hunger Project has done to be successful. Mobilization was the first word to flash
across the screen. What does that
mean? Well to John, mobilization is
the idea that ANY person can make a difference for themselves through action
and confidence. He went on to describe
how just sending immediate food to a starving person will do nothing for them.
Yes, they may have a full stomach, but
what moral lesson have you taught them? By giving them immediate food, it reinforces
the idea that they are dependent on organizations. This is not to say that we cannot provide
resources. The Hunger Project provides
resources that the villages and people can use to understand the idea that
they can begin to make a difference themselves. They essentially give them the tools to
start over. It is a process that takes
the upmost care; it is slow yet redeeming. Independence is the final goal for all of
the sovereign places they help. One
way that people can gain this confidence is through the establishment of
local democracy. They need a group
that is large enough to have a voice, yet small enough to still know everybody.
They need to eliminate gender
discrimination. As women gain voices
and education through society, they will realize that they do not need large
numbers of children, because if taken care of, one child will grow to be
strong. It also takes patience. You must build on success and steady growth.
Other ideas that help reduce
population growth are the introduction of contraceptives and health
facilities. Coonrod goes on to
describe the agricultural means in which they are helping. Another term was introduced; Agroecology is
the application of using land resources to create a sustainable food
production. Strategies that The Hunger
Project introduces are for small scale groups of people and rely on lots of
manual labor and upkeep. However, they
work - planting trees for sustainable wood farming, composting,
intercropping, drip irrigation, zero emission vehicles, and micro-dose
fertilization are the core resources that The Hunger Project institutes. Through these resources, it is possible to
create a sustainable world. For our sake, I hope it works.
Student Volunteerism and Operation Christmas Child
by Sydney Hyder, ’11 West Scholar, Asheboro, NC
The box-packing for Operation Christmas Child was a great
experience. About 30 to 40 students
gathered to put together 200 boxes for the project. What was scheduled for two hours took about
one and was a wonderful time! We
started off with a video of a young boy named Raplh from the Philippines, who
received a box from Operation Christmas Child. It was a sweet video and got everyone in the
mood to make boxes! Everyone worked
really hard and we had a real feeling of community, even though a lot of us
didn't know each other. It was a good
personal experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat!
The Arrowhead – Fall Issue is Available
Lizzle Davis, ’09 West Scholar, East Bend, NC
The Fall issue of The Arrowhead, Catawba’s Literary Arts Magazine is out, and
Lizzle Davis has two poems published in the issue. Congratulations, Lizzle!
First Generation Student from the Class of 2015
Catawba continues to meet the needs of its first generation college students. West Scholars have always numbered among the first generation students. The ’11 West Scholars are represented by Chris Money, King, NC and Sydney Smith, Salisbury, NC
"Living Globally" First Year Seminar (Fall 2011)
Catawba College first-year students enrolled in the "Living Globally" first year seminar learned about globalization in an unexpected way — from their t-shirts. Read more » Pictured, in attendance, is Michelle Newberger, ’11 Scholar, Lutz, FL on the right (wearing glasses)
Alpha Chi Helps Habitat for Humanity (11/5/11)
Members of Catawba's Alpha Chi Honor Society teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Rowan County and St. Luke's Episcopal Church of Salisbury on a recent build. Members of the project's coordinating committee include Catawba College staff members Karen Setliff and Cathy Hollady, and Johnny Setliff (SEGS Class of 2010). Alpha Chi is a national college honor society that admits students from all academic disciplines. Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of Catawba's juniors & seniors. There are currently 41 active members in the Catawba (North Carolina Omicron) Chapter. Pictured below is ’09 Scholar, Lizzle Davis, of East Bend, NC (in the gray sweatshirt), installing cabinets and doing yard work. Other West Scholars who are members of Alpha Chi are ’09 Scholars, Amelia Baity, Hamptonville, NC and Christina Faircloth, Belmont, NC.
Sarah Moore, ’08 Scholar, Mocksville, NC
By Kathy Chaffin, SalisburyPost.com
The Center for the Environment's 15th anniversary celebration on November 10 elicited a host of praise and appreciation for the work of the Center and for those who have brought its mission to life. Among the 80-plus people at the celebration included Catawba officials and professors, members of the Center Advisory Board and supporters. "The Center is all of us," said Executive Director John Wear, "and we all feel very proud of what we have accomplished."
Environmental Education major Sarah Moore, who serves as a student intern at the Center, spoke highly of everything from the building, which she described as a "refuge" for students, to the faculty, staff and supporters of the program. Read more...
The Music Department extended an invitation to faculty, staff and students for attendances at two music recitals on Monday, November 14, Peeler-Crystal Lounge. Both recitals were presented in partial fulfillment of requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education at Catawba College.
Brent Messenger, ’08 West Scholar,
Kannapolis, NC, performed
a Percussion Recital 7:00 p.m.; and Melanie Hudson, performed a Horn Recital 7:30 p.m.
- Holiday – New Year
January 2, 2012
- ’08 and ’08 Cohort Excursion - NYC
January 7 – 10, 2012
- Cooperating – Student Teaching Seminars
January 11, 2012
- Holiday – Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 16, 2012
Jessica Clark, ’08 Scholar
Fall Student Teacher at Bostian Elementary
First and foremost, the time flies! Seems like just yesterday I was at an opening picnic meeting faculty and other West Scholars, all of whom turned out to become close friends. It was nice, especially in the beginning, to have those few people that shared a common interest that I actually knew. Our numerous trips not only added to my knowledge of the teaching profession, but left me with fond memories of friends that I will never forget.
As far as student teaching goes, it is definitely an experience. You simply do not understand what all goes into teaching until you live it. It may be hard at times, but it is well worth it because everything you are doing benefits the kids. I have thoroughly enjoyed student teaching and I am ready to get into my own classroom. However, I will greatly miss the kids I am working with now. They have made every minute worthwhile.
Moving on and graduating is a little scary. While I am very excited to start a new
chapter in my life, a lot is going to happen over the next few months and
years. Once I graduate, I plan to
substitute teach while I look for teaching positions in Rowan and the
surrounding counties. After I teach a
few years, I plan to go back to school and get my Masters and later apply for
National Boards (given that it is still offered).”
So,we bid farewell to four West Scholars who completed their teacher education program early. Their departures are bittersweet but that is diminished by our knowledge that they will make the Academy for Teaching and Catawba College proud as they go forth as new educators.
Congratulations Sarah Morse, Shay Meeks, Stephanie Riddle and Jessica Clark, and stay in touch!
More photos from the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration!
They are obviously having a great time.
Dr. Jim Stringfield and Dr. Rhonda Truitt enjoying the celebration following the performance.
Volleyball season is over so we want to share some parting shots of our “VB Flyers.”
As mentioned before, Shay Meeks finished in December and is off to the big world! Taylor Doss will be graduating in May. That leaves West Scholar, Denise Grissom, the lone West Scholar on the Catawba Volleyball team. We’ve followed them closely and wanted you to see for one last time –just how rarely their feet touch the ground!
#5 - Alecia Marcia (Shay) Meeks, ’08 West Scholar, Kings Mountain, NC
#24 - Taylor Brianne Doss, ’08 West Scholar, Boonville, NC
#10 - Carla Denise Grissom, ’10 West Scholar, Stokesdale, NC
- oops, injured! The only time your feet touched the floor, Denise! We are so glad you are better.
Our goal is to report
to readers on the activities of West Scholars and teacher education majors. We say, all the time, that West Scholars
are involved in everything on campus.
We know you will enjoy some photos documenting their hard work and
Harvest Moon Ball (11/10/11)
Each year, Volunteer Catawba partners with the Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks for this very special event! The residents of this skilled nursing facility look forward to this event with great excitement each year. This year, 40 Catawba students attended the ball.
Maggie McKee, ’09 Scholar with a resident of Trinity Oaks.
Lizzle Davis, ’09 Scholar assisting a Trinity Oaks resident get ready for the party.
Justin Morris, ’11 Scholar and a Trinity Oaks resident stepping out on the dance floor perhaps?
’09 Scholar, Aubrey Barton obviously “cutting a rug” jitterbug style.
Jamie Gynn, ’11 Scholar wearing blue (foreground) and Justin Morris, ’11 Scholar in the back row performing a little line dance perhaps?
Matt Laurens, ’11 Scholar enjoying the Harvest Moon Ball.
Aubrey Barton, ’09 Scholar
The evening’s King and Queen.
Church Youth Day (11/12/11)
This exciting event was for middle school and high school age Christian youth groups and individuals and included a ticket to the football game, a Catawba College t-shirt, and a tailgate lunch.
Anne Mabry, ’10 Scholar, Casey Baucom, ’09 Scholar and Matt Laurens, ’11 Scholar, working the Church Youth Day registration table.
Casey and Anne leading a group across campus.
Is that Matt – lying down on the job?
Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party (11/15/11)
Students had a great time and packed 218 boxes at the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party.
Anna Toole, ’10 Scholar (on the right).
Kelly Schumacher, ’11 Scholar (on rt).
Casey Baucom, ’09 Scholar (left) and Sydney Hyder, ’11 Scholar (right).
West Scholars upholding Catawba Residence Life standards as dormitory Resident Assistants for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Denise Grissom, ’09 West Scholar
Jana Burkhardt, ’10 West Scholar
Stanback Hall, 2nd Floor Females
Jessica Everett, ’09 West Scholar
Just a reminder, two of the Student Government Association officers at Catawba are West Scholars.
Sarah Moore, ’08 Scholar
"I am a senior Environmental Education major with a minor in Biology and Secondary Education.
Jana Burkhardt, ’10 Scholar
“I am a
Education major with concentrations in Social Studies and Science.”
Last May, following Commencement, we asked our ’07 Scholars, who were heading off into the working world as educators, to please stay in touch with us and tell us how things are going for them. We are always so excited to hear from them and here are a few of the latest updates from our first West Scholar graduates!
Kelli Ferguson, ’07 Scholar
East Millbrook Magnet Middle School, Raleigh, NC
Kelli tells us she’s finally feeling that she is “doing more than treading water” during her first year of teaching. She is teaching 7th grade at East Millbrook Magnet Middle School; which is on an A-day - B-day schedule. So she has 6 total classes, consisting of 3 regular 7th grade math classes, 2 pre-algebra classes, and 1 elective that she says she calls "math art". Kelli shares that her biggest success so far has been hearing from multiple students that she "makes math easy." She also says that her biggest struggle has been time management, as there are simply not enough hours to do it all!
Kelli says she misses Catawba every day but enjoys her job and often thinks about “how blessed I am to be living my dream.”
Elizabeth Sloop, ’07 Scholar
Granite Quarry Elementary School,
Granite Quarry, NC
We had a short note from Elizabeth who shared her intitial nervousness with us, at receiving her first teaching job in Kindergarten. In the past few months though, Elizabeth says, “ I have found a new sense of wonder at the world around me, through the eyes of my students. When I think about how far they've come, I am simply amazed. Those who couldn't write their names, at the beginning of the year, are now writing complete sentences and know their letter names and sounds. Although there are stresses that teachers deal with on a daily basis, the reward of watching your children learn is priceless.”
Philip Russ, ’07 Scholar
Physical Education & Health Teacher
West Lincoln High School, Lincolnton, NC
Phil sent a brief email just before Thanksgiving, to update us on his life in the “real world.” Phil says he’s been attending workshops on the upcoming NCDPI curriculum changes. He was recently nominated by the students at his high school to attend the city’s teacher appreciation dinner. Phil says he is also gearing up for spring sports season, when he will be head junior varsity softball coach, and the spring strength and conditioning coach at West Lincoln High School. Phil says he learned a thing or two from Catawba about incorpoating technology into his responsibilities, and he now manages three athletic webpages on the West Lincoln High School home page. Click the Athletics tab, and see for yourself by visiting: http://wlhs.lincoln.k12.nc.us
Alexa Baird, ’07 Scholar
Teach for America Program,
Central Elementary School, Jackson, NC
“Things are going well. The month of October was really, really rough and long. We had no breaks because of the hurricane and the students absolutely needed a break, that was not on its way. My twenty-two students took their first semester benchmarks and did really well! The school-wide goal for Reading is 75 % and Math is 90 %. My students made a 62% on Reading and a 66% on Math. These are numbers I can work with. Our next benchmark goal is to make 70% on both Math and Reading. We have been learning 2 by 2 digit multiplication. We made flashcards, are singing songs, and have been taking 2-minute multiplication quizzes daily. I am finally seeing an improvement in their single-digit multiplication skills, which is essential for their success for the rest of the year. We are also starting a new Native American project, where the students are going to use recycled items from home and school to re-create a Native American village in a shoe box. Should be interesting! I had an amazing turn-out for parent-teacher conferences , meeting with sixteen out of twenty-two of my student's parents. My parents are very helpful and supportive, and it has made my first few months be pretty worry-free. I am also running a track program on Thursdays after-school. I am working with the third and fourth graders on stretching, healthy choices, and how to run properly. With the upcoming Thanksgiving break and then Christmas right behind, the students are anxious for a break and for the holiday season to get underway. I hope they get rested and are ready to conquer long-division after the New Year!”
Zach Poole, ’07 Scholar
Attending Law School, Charlotte, NC
“I am enrolled at Charlotte School of Law, in the heart of downtown Charlotte, NC. Eventually, I plan on pursuing a career in Sports and Entertainment Law. I am taking several courses this semester, including torts, property, civil procedure, legal writing and contracts. I have been very busy this semester with a heavy course load, and adjusting to the law school environment. I will begin my final exams in December, where I have a month off before returning in the Spring. Once the Spring semester begins, I will add criminal law to my list of courses. Law school has been a challenging experince, but has been very rewarding. I have had the benefit of meeting new people from different demographics, each with diverse backgrounds and stenghts they bring to the classroom. Additionaly, I would like to congratulate the new members of the Shirley Peeler Ritchie Academy for Teaching, and I wish everyone in the Martha West Teaching Scholars Program the best of luck for the remaining school year!”
Hannah Thomas, ’07 Scholar
Physical Education Teacher
SanLee Middle School, Sanford, NC
“Middle school girls surprise me every day. Everyone has told me I was absolutely crazy for working with such a tough age, but I actually enjoy my girls (all 210 of them!). One thing I have learned about middle school girls, is they hate getting sweaty. So I am constantly having to come up with creative ideas to get all of the girls involved. I have also changed my way of teaching in the health classroom. I started with lecture and powerpoint, and after watching a few veteran teachers, I split my class into 3 groups and had two independent learning stations and one lecture/lesson station. My girls are now learning so much more! For those going into teaching, if teaching is your passion, what you learn will come naturally. I cannot believe it is already December, and soon enough I will be finishing my first year as a teacher! It is crazy how fast time flies.”
Laura Ritchie, ’07 Scholar
Language Arts & Social Studies Teacher
North Rowan Middle School,
“I am finding my teaching to be one of the most fulfilling and challenging things I have ever experienced in my life. Every day is a new and rewarding surprise and I am surely sprinting through it as fast as I can! Yet, I have not faced a single milestone in this career that I did not feel that I was ready to take on. My four years at Catawba College as a West Teaching Scholar have given me answers to most of my questions, the wisdom to accept the ones for which I do not have an answer, and of course many wonderful and supportive people who I know are always on my side. I knew from early on that I wanted to be a teacher, but I could not have imagined how living my first few months of actually doing it would leave me dreaming of years of teaching to come. There are many days when I think I must have been crazy for choosing such a demanding job. However, I do believe that I would not have settled for anything less. I may not always know what to do, but I have enough knowledge to light my way. I wasn’t ready to leave Catawba but Catawba made me ready to live. Thank you to all the wonderful teachers there who taught me how to become a teacher and find it nothing less than remarkable, because of the students I was given and the experiences we have learning together. I guess I cannot tell the future teachers that it is not hard, because I have never done anything harder in my life! But I can say that I made the right choice and I love each and every day I live it.”
We are so appreciative that our graduates take time out of their busy new lives, just to keep us informed on their progress as first year teachers.
We miss them, but are
certain they are making the lives of their students more successful every
day, through a dedication to teaching.
A new recruiting season is well underway! Please spread the word about Catawba College and the Teacher Education Department, Academy for Teaching and the wonderful West Scholars Program!