SPRING - March 2012 - Volume 23
ACADEMY FOR TEACHING and the
GOODMAN SCHOOL OF EDUCATION hosted the
2011 North Carolina Teacher of the Year
(NOTE: photo of Mrs. Hooker compliments of her website.)
On February 23rd, at the invitation of the Academy for Teaching, the current North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Tyronna Hooker, joined teacher education majors on campus for a morning of sharing. Mrs. Hooker has spent the last nine years teaching social studies and exceptional children at Graham Middle School in Graham, North Carolina. Also in attendance, and participating in a breakfast question and answer session, was Rowan County Teacher of the Year, Theresa Pierce. Mrs. Pierce was recently named an award recipient through the Center for International Understanding, based in Raleigh. Through this award, both Mrs. Pierce and Mrs. Hooker (who is also a recipient) will be on a journey with other educators, to visit Denmark in June 2012.
Mrs Tyronna Hooker, NC Teacher
of the Year Mrs Theresa
Pierce, Rowan County Teacher of the Year
Student Reflection on TOY Breakfast
Freshmen West Scholars shared breakfast and an open
forum for questions with Mrs. Tyronna Hooker and Mrs. Theresa Pierce, in the
Hurley Room of the Cannon Student Center.
The moderator was ‘11 Scholar, Sydney Hyder, Asheboro, NC, and
the time keeper was ’11 Scholar, Gareth Cobb, Salisbury, NC. Also present were the Academy Directors and
faculty members from teacher education as well as special guest, Dr. Martha
Introductions were performed by ’11 Scholar Chris Money, King, NC, and ’11 Scholar,
Nick Rodriguez, Dunn, NC.
By Haley Campbell, ’11 Scholar, Kannapolis, NC
Rowan-Salisbury teacher of the year, Mrs. Theresa Pierce, and the 2011-2012 North Carolina teacher of the year, Mrs. Tyronna Hooker joined the freshman West Scholars along with other important members of the education program at Catawba College for a breakfast February 23rd, 2012. Being a part of the freshman cohort, I was able to join this breakfast and listen in on some motivational and inspiring stories told by both Mrs. Hooker and Mrs. Pierce.
Each freshman was asked to come up with a question to ask both teachers of the year before the breakfast. During the breakfast we were able to talk and mingle. But after we finished eating, a student asked the questions we had defined. All of the questions we asked revealed important information that many of the students were able to relate to, and we realized that someday we could be living some of the same scenarios they had lived.
The questions we defined ranged from “When you first went to college, was teaching your career choice? If not, what made you change your mind?” to “What is one thing you do differently that you think sets you apart from other teachers?” and also included “Was there ever a time in your career when you thought about giving up teaching/choosing a different career?” Both teachers of the year had motivational and informative answers for each of our questions. The questions revealed that teaching can be a joyous, fun, crazy, hard, learning experience, all mixed together.
It was a great opportunity to get to meet two teachers of
the year. Hearing first hand from these two teachers and hearing their
struggles and happy moments, from their teaching profession, was really a
great eye-opener. I enjoyed the breakfast and hearing from both teachers and
I’m sure the whole freshman cohort would agree that it was informative and a
Mrs. Hooker and Mrs. Pierce Mrs. Hooker meets Dr. Martha West
Dr. Osterhus and Dr. West with Mrs. Pierce Dr. Truitt and Mrs. Pierce
Student Reflection on TOY Presentation
By Allison, Andrews, ’10 Scholar, Sherrills Ford, NC
On February 23rd, 2012, the 2011-2012 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Tyronna Hooker, spoke to students and faculty members of Catawba College. Mrs. Hooker is currently a history teacher at Graham Middle School in the Alamance-Burlington County Schools. Her day began with a special breakfast with the ‘11 West Scholar Cohort followed by a presentation for the college community in Tom Smith Auditorium. Mrs. Hooker explained how teachers are dreamkeepers and without them, there is little hope for the children of today. Mrs. Hooker told the story of a student she once had. The student was assisted my Mrs. Hooker in the completion of a race that they had been training for over several months. This student was blind, but that did not matter to Mrs. Hooker, for the student had entrusted Mrs. Hooker with her care. Mrs. Hooker stated that she taught to the student’s potential rather than her disability and that that made all of the difference. This story not only left several students in tears, but challenged the future-educators, listening to teach to potential rather than incapability. When asked by Catawba President, Dr. Joe Oxendine what she would say to those who believe their jobs in the corporate world are more prestigious than teaching, Mrs. Hooker responded by saying “ask them how they learned the information they know.” After that answer, the room erupted in applause. One belief that Mrs. Hooker spoke about was that “students are accountable for how they are when they enter. Teachers are accountable for how they are when they leave.” This statement certainly touched me not only as an audience member, but as a future educator. It made me realize that I have the power to change the lives of all of the students that walk through my classroom and to guide them to be better people when they leave. I cannot thank Mrs. Hooker enough for her encouraging words that motivated the entire auditorium to not only be better teachers, but become better people in general.
Dr. Jim Stringfield, Dr. Shirley Ritchie and Catawba
President ,Dr. Joe Oxendine enjoyed the NC TOY Presentation along with
education students from Catawba.
The Catawba Conservation Camp, a summer camp that teaches middle school girls about the importance of conserving and protecting the natural environment, will continue operating this summer, thanks to a $25,000 Ribbon of Hope grant. In late 2011, the NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation's Board of Directors awarded the Ribbon of Hope grant to Catawba College to continue its Catawba Conservation Camp or C3 that began in 2009 with funding provided by a three-year grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.
More than 150 girls have participated in C3 between 2009 and 2011. This summer's camp is scheduled July 15 through 20 on the campus of Catawba College. It is open only to rising sixth and seventh grade girls. The camp accommodates approximately 50 girls and includes all meals, a weeklong stay in a residence hall and daily activities.
Directed by Dr. Cyndi Osterhus and Dr. Joe Poston, members of the Catawba College faculty, the camp is co-sponsored by two academic programs of the college: The Academy for Teaching and The Center for the Environment. Its goal was and is to interest girls in the environmental sciences. The campers, from Rowan, Cabarrus, Iredell, Davie, Davidson and Stanly counties, also learn about conservation practices they can use at home and school, and develop critical thinking and leadership skills. Campers have planned hands-on, activities related to science, including banding birds, exploring lakes and woods, identifying and tallying plant life, exploring amphibian and aquatic life with frogs, fish and turtles, examining insects and making friends who love science. Science instruction is facilitated by a team of public school teachers and college faculty led by Dr. Poston. "This program improves middle school girls' competence in science and mathematics by enabling them to 'do' science and math in creative and engaging ways," Dr. Cynthia Osterhus, director of the Academy for Teaching, contends. "It nurtures students' enthusiasm for science and math, and creates that sense of excitement about the investigative process. We are grateful that this grant will allow us to continue offering this important opportunity to girls at a critical learning stage. " The grant allows funding for all costs, except for a student's $50 non-refundable registration fee and transportation to and from the college. Financial assistance is available for any family for whom the registration fee is a hardship.
Interested girls should complete and return the camp application to their teachers by March 7. The application includes a short essay written by the student that answers the question: "Why do you want to attend the Catawba Conservation Camp?" Selected students will be notified of acceptance and provided more information in early April, with accepted students providing their registration fee by April 17.
For additional information, call Catawba College's Academy for Teaching at (704) 637-4499 or visit the website at www.catawba.edu/c3.
The NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation has awarded grants to nonprofits across the state under the Ribbon of Hope program. As part of the grant, recipients also receive customized consulting services and technical assistance from the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits. The goal of the Ribbon of Hope program, which offers one-time $25,000 grants, is to have a positive impact on the lives of North Carolina's citizens in each of the state's 100 counties by supporting programs that further health, science and education in local communities.
WHAT SCHOLARS ARE DOING!
Lilly Colloquium Speaker, Dan Miller
By Taylor Lee, ’11 Scholar, Concord, NC
On Thursday, February 16, author and
advisor Dan Miller spoke for the 9th Annual Lilly Colloquium in the
Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. I attended
this presentation because I was curious about what he had to say about
generational differences and how to approach life. Throughout Miller's presentation, the main
focus of his talk was about wisdom versus passion. He emphasized that one should choose a
career that engages your passion, talent, and your personal economic
model. The advice that Miller gave
would be helpful for us as education majors because he reminds us to follow
our passions, but he also reminds us to be reasonable in our
aspirations. What I brought away from
Dan Miller is, be passionate about what you're doing to answer your calling,
and be happy doing what you do. Read more at: http://www.catawba.edu/news/archive/2012/02/17/lillycoll_miller2012.aspx
By Chris Money, ’11 Scholar, King, NC
February 16, 2012 the Lilly Center for Vocation and Values sponsored their
annual colloquium. For this year’s
event they invited Mr. Dan Miller, author, speaker, and life coach, to speak
to the Catawba Community. At eleven
o’clock on Thursday, he spoke in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel to those that
wished to attend the event. My class
with Dr. McAllister, Ancient Rome,
was invited to attend as a class on that particular day. Mr. Miller’s main point of his speaking is
taking wisdom and passion and combining them into something you love to do
for your career and also to add in an economic model as a way to provide for
yourself and your family. He shared
the story of his son Jared, who works in Africa with Rwandan women, where he
helps improve the lives of people living there but is also able to support
his family because of a business he has created that creates high end jewelry
to be sold in America. Mr. Miller’s
lesson on combining these three things can be usual in the classroom, for
during the summers when most teachers are not working and drawing
income. As a future teacher I know
that during the summer I want to still be active in teaching and drawing from
what Mr. Miller taught can help me to do so and provide for my family while I
work toward my passion.
KDP Hosts Author and Motivational Speaker, Kimberly Johnson
By Jessica Everett, ’09 Scholar, Winston-Salem, NC
For a student in her junior year, working on earning a degree
in Elementary Education, bogged down with Comprehensive Unit Plans, an
internship, work study, extracurriculars and sad attempts at a social life;
attending the event co-sponsored by my own Kappa Delta Pi was an essential
ingredient to my semester. Kimberly P.
Johnson, children's book writer and motivational speaker, was a wake-up call
for many of the Education students sitting in Tom Smith Auditorium that
morning, I am sure. While the passion
we have for our future career is great, it becomes worn and torn by the end
of the month, week, day, and even class period some days. Mrs. Johnson, whose energy was contagious
and filled the room, recited her own works (poems that nearly made me want to
cry by the time she was done for they were so simple yet true and I needed to
hear them). They also advised us on
how to stay motivated with a convenient acronym, D-R-I-V-E-N. D stood for "Don't get hung up"
and the message was simply about getting rid of the dragons (the negativity)
in one's life. R stood for
"Reach for the stars and Reward others with praise," I symbolized
"Initiate Teamwork," a very important tool for those going into
education, V for "Verbalize success," think positive and say that
you are, can be and will be successful, E for "Enthusiasm and
Energy" and N, my favorite, "Never give up!". Mrs. Johnson not only spoke on these points,
but partnered them with interactive activities and personal life stories. I took some things away that I have already
put into practice in my own life. I am
very grateful to have had this experience.
West Scholar a Contributor to The Pioneer
Freshman, West Scholar, Sydney Smith, Salisbury, NC is currently a contributing writer for the campus
student newspaper, The Pioneer . We hope you will
take a few minutes and look over their website. Here is a link to one of the articles,
recently written by Sydney. http://www.catawbapioneer.com/sports/2012/02/14/athlete-spotlight-alli-justice/
Catawba Pride: The Band Marches Again
Compliments of The Pioneer, Darby Reedy, Writer, January 17, 2012
forty years ago, the Catawba College marching band ventured onto the football
field for the last time. Until now.
This past fall, Catawba debuted a full-fledged marching group for the first
time since 1973. Performing at all the home football games this past fall,
the Catawba Pride Marching Band brought spirit and excitement to the stadium.
“The band has provided a chance to be involved in a new segment of the music
department. It has helped me transition to college and I cannot wait to see
how it progresses,” freshman mellophone player Ryn Crawford said while
discussing her band experience. Read more:
Winterfest is Here!
Compliments of The Pioneer, Rebekah Brown, staff writer, January 24, 2012
isn’t weeks away anymore, it took place Saturday night (January 28, 2012) from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am! Rebekah Brown, a writer for The
Pioneer, interviewed junior,
Jackie Davis, treasurer of the Helen Foil Beard Women Society at Catawba,
part of the committee charged with putting together the dance. Rebekah asked her what exactly Winterfest
is. She answered, “Winterfest is a
college prom or formal dance.” Read more: http://www.catawbapioneer.com/events/2012/01/24/winterfest-is-here
(L) Aubrey Barton (R ) Whitney
Corriher (L) Sydney Hyder
Catawba Students Visit Washington, DC
Compliments of The Pioneer, Sydney Smith, ’11 West Scholar, Salisbury, NC staff writer, January 16, 2012
On January 4th, 2011, first generation college students
in Catawba College’s First in the Family First Year Seminar class visited
Washington, DC for five days of exploration throughout the nation’s capital.
The class, made up of exclusively first generation college students, was lead
by Dr. Constance Lowery. Dr. Michael Bitzer, Jessica Bound, Justin Smith, and
Mr. Steve Lowery also went along for the trip. Like the students in her class, Lowery was
also a first generation college student in her family. “I enjoyed it [the
trip] because I didn’t really have those opportunities when I was a first
year student myself,” mentioned Lowery.
The group of students toured numerous historical sites and monuments.
Among their activities, the students viewed Billy Elliot: The Musical
at the Kennedy Center, toured the White House, visited Arlington National
Cemetery, and ventured to many museums. Christopher Money, a first generation
college student, had trouble deciding which part of the trip was his
favorite. “You were actually a part of it [the trip], and you could tell your
own personal story to fit in with the history of America,” he recalled. The 2011-2012 First in the Family FYS class
was the second Catawba group to go on this trip. Funding was provided by
Wal-Mart/CIC and obtained through written grants by Maria Vandergriff-Avery,
Carla Eastis, Steve Coggin, and Carl Girelli. Read More: http://www.catawbapioneer.com/out-about/2012/01/16/catawba-students-visit
Smith Chris Money
Raising Awareness on Area Air Quality
by Jacob Shepherd, ’11 Scholar, Claremont, NC
On Thursday, January 19, I attended an event at the Catawba College Center for the Environment. For Dr. Wear’s Environmental Concepts and Issues class, he requires that we visit a few environmental events throughout the semester, but we get to pick which ones we would like to attend. In this particular event, the guest, Dr. Cindy DeForest Hauser, associate professor of chemistry at Davidson College, presented data from an experiment done to draw awareness to Salisbury and its surrounding areas’ ozone pollution level issues. Rated at number ten nationally, for heavy pollution levels, is the Gastonia-Charlotte-Salisbury region. This region is one of the most ozone polluted regions. At number seventeen, on its own, Rowan County is one the highest ranked polluted counties in the nation.
There were two main parts to the Hauser experiment. The first was to obtain ozone ratings over an eight week period, during the summer, from Rowan’s surrounding counties. This was to bring awareness in those places which had pollution levels very similar to Rowan. These issues may also have come about by pollution blowing in from larger, more populated cities, such as Charlotte. Experimenters then took data from a location near a local elementary school. The reasoning for the school experiment came as a result of the death of a local traffic director, who stood in front of the school for years. She had never smoked, but she died of lung cancer. Questions then arose whether the cancer was a direct result of being in the midst of all of the pollution from cars every day for all of those years. The findings state It is possible; since Dr. Hauser’s data showed that around 500 pollution-dispensing cars drove past the traffic director, twice every day of the school year.
After revealing her data, Dr. Hauser finished by stating that something needs to be done to help lower all of the pollution in the air. Then a panel discussion with elected officials and medical staff was held so that attendees could ask questions. This discussion concluded the event, which I enjoyed. I found it interesting that Rowan County had this much of an ozone issue, and it also scares me that I go to school in this area and have to breathe the air. It is a big issue and people should know more about it.
(Note: Dr. John Wear,
the Center’s executive director, noted that the Center engaged in the study
to determine if counties that currently do not have N.C. Division of Air
Quality (NCDAQ) ozone monitors have ozone levels similar to the levels in
Rowan and Mecklenburg, which do have monitors.)
Author Reads From Her Collection
by Caroline Bostian, ’10 Scholar, Pfafftown, NC
Author, Laura van den Berg read from her collection of short fiction, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, on Wednesday, January 18th in Tom Smith Auditorium. The evening began with a reading from a Catawba Student. The student is a theater major and a writer. The selection she read to us was from her own newly published short story. It was very descriptive, about a young girl going into the seventh grade, and how she was dealing with the changes in her life due to her parents’ divorce. After hearing from this fellow student’s work, Dr. Anderson introduced Lauren van den Berg.
Laura van den Berg is a very young writer and has
had many literary accomplishments thus far in her career. She was raised in Florida and received a
Masters in Fine Arts at Emerson College. Her first collection of stories What the World Will Look Like When All the
Water Leaves Us, was awarded the Dzanc Prize and published by Dzanc Books
in 2009. She has received many other
awards for this collection of short stories and you can find her collection
at Barnes and Nobles. She read us a
section of her new short story called Acrobats. She started from the beginning and it was
from a first person point of view. It
begins in Paris, and the main character and her husband are visiting while
trying to fix their marriage. The
first scene starts with the narrator watching acrobats in the street, and she
is so intrigued with their performance she completely missed her husband
telling her that he is leaving her, not just in Paris, but in their marriage
as well. After realizing what her
husband has said, she is becomes mesmorized by the acrobats and follows them
all around the city. She follows them
all day, and even stops at the same places they do to eat lunch and dinner. At dinner, the leader of the acrobats sits
down with the narrator and asks her why she was following them. All she could tell him was that her husband
had left her in Paris to go home to Connecticut. So the lead acrobat brings her to his table
and explains to the others that she is alone in the city. The troupe of acrobats invite her to go to a
costume party with them later that night. Laura van den Berg ends the reading at this point
in the story. She was very interesting
to listen to, and she has inspired me to read more, to reflect more, and to appreciate
everything that happens in life.
“The Civil War as an American Tragedy”
by Courtney Tunstall, ’11 Scholar, Mt. Airy, NC
On January 18, 2012 author David Goldfield David Goldfield spoke at the Catawba College Community
Forum about his new book, America Aflame. I wanted to attend this particular Forum
because the civil war is something that really interests me, and I wanted to see how his views compared
to what the history books teach us. In
the classroom, it's important to have a teacher who is well-rounded and
thinks outside the box. Any new idea
or opinion that a teacher can soak up can help them be a better teacher to
their students, no matter what grade is being taught. I thought Goldfield's ideas were very unique
and interesting. I'd never heard of
some of the things he talked about, and it was a real eye-opener in regards
to learning more about the civil war and its causes.
Writing Center Announcement
The Catawba College Writing Center is open this
spring to serve students of all writing abilities, at all levels of the
curriculum, and in all departments and disciplines. Last semester, they had 382 tutorials, more
than they had during the entire 2010-2011 school year! They would love to help even more students
with their writing projects this semester.
This year’s tutors are: Julie Gilley, Josh Owens, Whitney Mullis,
Claire Robinson, Lizzle Davis, Chelsea Starr, Lizzie White,
and Michelle Chaffee.
The Martha Kirkland West
Scholars are students from both inside and outside of the state of North
Carolina who have demonstrated leadership, community involvement and a strong
commitment to teaching. The Scholars
are so designated in honor of Catawba College alumna, College trustee and
former Teacher Education faculty member, Dr. Martha Kirkland West of
Salisbury, N.C. Each year the freshman
cohort of West Scholars enroll in the course, Introduction to Teaching and
Education Technology, taught by Academy Director, Dr. Cyndi Osterhus. Part of the course is to understand and
recall the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards. They learn these Standards through
song. We hope you enjoy the ’11 Cohort
as they perform! Click the link below:
CATAWBA WEST SCHOLAR ATHLETICS NEWS
Following ’10 Scholar Cameron Beard, Conover, NC, and ’11 Scholars, Matt Laurens, Salisbury, NC and Justin Morris, Rockwell, NC
#15 - BEARD #25 - LAURENS #2 - MORRIS
Baseball Settles For Split of Doubleheader With Mars Hill
SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba and Mars Hill played to a split
of a South Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at
Newman Park. The Catawba Indians won the opener 9-7, while the Lions
recorded a 5-4 victory in the nightcap. Catawba now stands at 6-3
overall and 2-1 in the SAC, while the Lions are 3-8 and 1-2. Zubillaga,
(Lexington, NC/E. Davidson HS) and Cameron
Beard (Conover, NC/Bunker Hill
HS) each had a pair of hits for the Indians.
Baseball Edges Shippensburg to Take Series
SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba used a sacrifice fly from pinch-hitter Ethan Satterfield in the bottom of the ninth to get past Shippensburg 2-1 Sunday afternoon at Newman Park. The Indians improved to 4-2 overall while the Red Raiders are now 1-2. http://www.gocatawbaindians.com/article.asp?articleID=4791
Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Shippensburg
SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba split a baseball doubleheader with visiting Shippensburg on Saturday afternoon at Newman Park. The 30th-ranked Catawba Indians took the opener 6-4, while the Raiders battled back to take game two 11-3. The Indians now stand at 3-2 with Shippensburg at 1-1. http://www.gocatawbaindians.com/article.asp?articleID=4788
Baseball Bounces Back With Two Wins on Sunday
SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba earned a pair of wins in baseball action on Sunday at Newman Park. The 18th-ranked Catawba Indians downed Mars Hill 14-2 then topped Pfeiffer 7-5 to improve to 2-1 on the year. In the first game, the afternoon tilt with Mars Hill, Catawba rapped out 18 hits in grabbing the 14-2 victory. The Indians batted first and grabbed the early lead on a two-triple by Keaton Hawks (Lexington, NC/Parkwood HS) that plated a pair of runs. He scored on a balk for a 3-0 edge. Leading 4-2 after four frames, the Indians began to pull away, scoring four in the fifth which was capped by a three-run double with two outs by Garrett Furr (Gold Hill, NC/Mt. Pleasant HS). JJ Jankowski (McMurray, PA/ Peters Township/Miami,OH) went seven strong innings to gain the win. He allowed two runs off four hits with nine strikeouts. Hawks added a double and scored three runs. Greg Lawson (Charlotte, NC/Providence HS) collected a pair of hits with a RBI and scored twice. Furr, Ryan Bostian (Kannapolis, NC/S. Rowan HS/Montreat), Julio Zubillaga (China Grove, NC/Carson HS) and Cameron Beard (Conover, NC/Bunker Hill HS) also had two hits. In game two under the lights, freshman Craig Brooks (Monroe, NC/Piedmont HS) snapped a 5-all tie with a two-run homer in the eighth to propel the Tribe. The Falcons had battled back from a 5-3 deficit in the top of the eighth, scoring twice on a grounder by Dalton Lindley that took a bad hop under the glove of Brooks with two out. Pfeiffer had led early, scoring an unearned run in the third. The Falcons stretched the margin to 3-0 in the fourth on back-to-back RBI doubles by Lindley and Aarin Sharpe. The Indians pulled even in their fourth, benefitting from a pair of Falcon errors. Hawks singled home a run and Ethan Satterfield (Madison, NC/McMichael HS) scored the tying run on a wild pitch. Catawba went on top in the seventh. After another Pfeiffer error, Bostian brought home a run on a sacrifice fly. Furr added another run on a single. The Falcons got those runs back in the eighth on the two-out error. Ross Whitley (Mooresville, NC/Lake Norman HS) picked up the win in relief. He tossed four innings of one-hit ball and allowed two unearned runs with three strikeouts. John Tuttle (Kannapolis, NC/A.L. Brown HS) went the first five innings and fanned seven. Furr had two hits.
Baseball Drops Opener to Belmont Abbey
SALISBURY, NC -- Belmont Abbey used four home runs to double-up host Catawba 14-7 in baseball action on Friday afternoon at Newman Park. The Crusaders improve to 2-0, while the 18th-ranked Catawba Indians fall to 0-1.
Catawba Baseball Preview
Friday, February 03, 2012, By Mike London of the Salisbury Post
by Jon C. Lackey, Salisbury Post.
Second from right, Matt Laurens, and fourth from right, Justin Morris. This photo features all the Rowan County
Catawba’s baseball season opener on Feb. 3, was preceeded by a great article in the Salisbury Post. Please Read Full Story (SalisburyPost.com) We are hoping for a repeat of last season!
Baseball Tabbed to Repeat as SAC Champions
ROCK HILL, SC -- Defending SAC baseball regular-season
champion Catawba has been picked by the league’s coaches as the favorite to
win the title again in 2012, the conference office announced on Wednesday. The Catawba Indians went 41-15 a season ago
and earned a selection to the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship and
received eight of the 10 first-place votes.
Following ’09 Scholars, Amanda Terry, Cordova, NC and Casey Baucom, Marshville, NC and ’11 Scholar, Sydney Hyder, Asheboro, NC and elementary education major, Brittany Murray of Asheboro, NC
TERRY BAUCOM HYDER MURRAY
Softball Limited to Four Hits in Dropping a Pair to USC Aiken
SALISBURY, NC -- USC Aiken senior Kayla Denham (Palatka, FL) homered in each game as the Pacers swept a softball doubleheader from host Catawba on Saturday afternoon at Whitley Field. The Pacers improve to 2-0, winning by the scores of 4-1 and 10-1. The Catawba Indians fall to 8-4. READ MORE: http://www.gocatawbaindians.com/article.asp?articleID=4806
Justice and Gibbs Help Softball to Split with Pfeiffer
SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba and visiting Pfeiffer split a
softball doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Whitley Field. The Falcons took the opener 2-0, while the
Catawba Indians claimed a 7-1 win in the nightcap. Catawba now stands at 8-2 on the year. Pfeiffer is 1-1.
Terry's Six Hits Helps Softball Take Two from UNCP
SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba swept a softball doubleheader
from visiting UNC Pembroke on Sunday afternoon at Whitley Field. The
Catawba Indians claimed wins by the scores of 4-0 and 4-3 to improve to 7-1
overall. The Braves fall to 0-7.
Softball Splits a Doubleheader at Lander
GREENWOOD, SC -- Catawba split a softball doubleheader with host Lander on Saturday afternoon at Spears Field. The host Bearcats won the opener 6-1 then the Catawba Indians took game two 4-1 to even the day. The Lady Indians now stand a 5-1 on the year, while Lander is 3-1. http://www.gocatawbaindians.com/article.asp?articleID=4790
Softball Takes Pair from Georgia College
MILLEDGEVILLE, GA -- Catawba swept host Georgia College at the Peeler Complex in the final day of the Georgia College Invitational. The Lady Indians won by the scores of 5-3 and 3-0. The Lady Indians go to 4-0 overall, while the Bobcats drop to 1-3. Georgia College jumped ahead early in the first game 3-0 off of two hits and an error on Catawba in the bottom of the first. With three runners on, Haley Burnett doubled them all home with a blast to right center. Freshman pitcher Selena Ashley (Walkertown, NC/E. Forsyth) got the start for the Lady Indians. That would be it for Bobcat runs as Ashley would combine with Emily B. Huneycutt (Locust, NC/W. Stanly) to hold Georgia College to five more hits the rest of the game. Huneycutt picked up the win allowing just two hits and striking out two in four innings of work. Ashley pitched the first three inning with two earned runs, five hits and four walks. Catawba quickly answered back in the top of the second. Mollie Kovalcin (Latrobe, PA/Greater Latrobe) led off with a single to left and Presley Destro (Mogadore, OH/Mogadore) did the same to center. Kovalcin scored on an error on the Bobcat catcher while Destro would reach home on a Sydney Hyder (Asheboro, NC/SW Randolph) single to pull Catawba within 3-2. The Lady Indians would go ahead 4-3 in the top of the third on doubles by Emily D. Huneycutt (Oakboro, NC/W. Stanly) and Destro that scored Huneycutt and Tara Gibbs (Waynesville, NC/Tuscola). Catawba added an insurance run in sixth to set the final score. The Lady Indians garnered ten hits for the game as four different players had two apiece. In the nightcap, Brittany Murray (Asheboro, NC/E. Randolph) pitched a complete game, three hit shutout while striking out four as the Lady Indians came out of the tournament unscathed. The Lady Indian got all of the offense they would need in the second when Kayla Myers (Bryson City, NC/Swain Co.) singled to left scoring Emily D. Huneycutt. Catawba tacked on two more on in the fourth inning as Myers scored on a Gibbs single and Kovalcin scored on a wild pitch. Gibbs had two of the Lady Indian’s five hits for the game. The Lady Indians travel to play Lander on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1 pm.
Terry Leads Softball to Sweep of Ga. Southwestern in Season Openers
MILLEDGEVILLE, GA -- Catawba opened its softball season with a doubleheader sweep of Georgia Southwestern on Saturday night in the Georgia College Invitational at the Peeler Complex. The Catawba Indians won by the scores of 7-4 and 8-0. It was the opener for both schools. Catawba rallied for five runs in the seventh inning to claim the opener. Amanda Terry (Cordova, NC/Richmond Senior HS) had the winning hit, clearing the bases with a three-run double with two outs in the top of the seventh. The Lady Indians tied the game on a pinch-hit single by Kelsey Burgess (Charlotte, NC/Gaston Christian/N. Greenville). It came after a one-out error. Mollie Kovalcin (Latrobe, PA/Greater Latrobe HS) had cut the margin to 4-3 on an RBI single, her third hit of the game. Following the five-run outburst, Brittany Murray (Asheboro, E. Randolph HS) tossed a perfect seventh to grab the win. She allowed two earned runs off seven hits in the complete game. She walked one and struck out five. Terry finished with a pair of hits. Georgia Southwestern scored twice in the third to take an early lead. Casey Baucom (Marshville, NC/Piedmont HS) cut the margin in half with a sacrifice fly in the Catawba fourth. The Hurricane used a pair of Lady Indian errors in the fourth to add two more runs for a 4-1edge. Tara Gibbs (Waynesville, NC/Tuscola HS) tripled home a run in the fifth for the Lady Indians to make it 4-2. Catawba jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead after an inning of game two on just one hit. Sydney Hyder (Asheboro, NC/SW Randolph HS) led off with a single and scored on a bases-loaded walk to Terry after Kayla Myers (Bryson City, NC/Swain Co. HS) walked and Alli Justice (Bishopville, MD/Decatur HS) reached on an error. A wild pitch forced home a run and the Lady Indians added two more on another error and wild pitch. Terry continued her onslaught with a solo home run in the third to push the lead to 5-0. That was plenty of support for Emily Huneycutt (Locust, NC/W. Stanly HS), who shutout the Hurricane on just two hits. Terry and Gibbs each collected a pair of RBI in the nightcap. Hyder, Myers and Terry all scored twice.
Softball Picked Fourth in SAC Preseason Poll
ROCK HILL, SC -- Catawba was slated fourth in the South
Atlantic Conference softball preseason coaches’ poll and had three players on
the preseason All-SAC squad. Defending
champion Lenoir-Rhyne is a nearly unanimous pick to win the 2012 title, it
was announced on Thursday by the league office. READ MORE: http://www.gocatawbaindians.com/article.asp?articleID=4751
Following ’09 Scholar, Maggie McKee, Mt. Airy, NC
Tennis Teams Open Spring Slate With 9-0 Wins at JC Smith
CHARLOTTE, NC -- Catawba opened its spring tennis season on Thursday afternoon at JC Smith and the men and women both rolled to 9-0 victories. Both teams stand at 5-2 overall. http://www.gocatawbaindians.com/article.asp?articleID=4784
Women's Tennis Tabbed Ninth in SAC Preseason Poll
ROCK HILL, SC -- The Catawba women’s tennis team was
picked ninth in the preseason South Atlantic Conference Coaches Poll. The Catawba Indians went 13-13 last season
and finished seventh in the league, just missing a spot in the SAC
Tournament. Catawba returns six
players from a year ago, including five that saw action in league matches.
Featuring ’10 West Scholars, Caroline Bostian, Pfafftown, NC, and David Garcia, King, NC and ’11 West Scholar, Courtney Tunstall, Mt. Airy, NC
Swim Teams Finish Strong in BMC Championships
CHARLOTTE, NC -- The 2012 Bluegrass Mountain Conference
Championships came to a close Saturday at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center. The
Catawba men finished in fifth place (285 pts.) out of 14 teams and the women
placed ninth (155 pts.) out of 13.
Catawba Men Set School Record on First Night of BMC Championships
CHARLOTTE, NC -- The Catawba College swim teams both competed in the first day of the Bluegrass Mountain Championships Wednesday night at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center hosted by Wingate University. READ MORE: http://www.gocatawbaindians.com/article.asp?articleID=4800
Swimming Competes in Tri-Meet at Lenoir-Rhyne
HICKORY, NC -- The Catawba College swim teams competed
against Warren Wilson College and Lenoir-Rhyne Saturday afternoon at the
Shuford Physical Education Center. The men swept both opponents: 83-8 over
Warren Wilson and 72-23 over L-R. The Lady Indians defeated Warren Wilson
68-26, but were edged by L-R 48-47. ’10 West
Scholar, Caroline Bostian (Pfafftown, NC/Reagan HS) took third in the 200
free at 2:07.07.
Following ’10 Scholar, Jana Burkhardt, Willoughby, Ohio and ’08 Scholar, Samantha Lackey, Seville, Ohio
Women's Golf Competes at Kiawah Intercollegiate
ISLAND, SC – Catawba College finished 11th out of 18 teams at the Kiawah
Intercollegiate Tournament. The Lady Indians finished the two-day tournament
with a total 652, scoring a 323 on Saturday and a 329 on Sunday. Lynn
University won the tournament with a score of 582. Leslie Long (East Bend, NC/Forbush) was Catawba’s best
finisher at 20th as she completed the tournament with a 156, 12 over par. She
shot an 80 on Saturday and a 76 on Sunday.
Madisyn Kennedy tied for 24th and finished two strokes behind Long at
158 (76, 82). Kelly Wilson (Reidsville, NC/Rockingham Co.) shot a 168
(83, 85), Samantha Lackey (Seville, OH/Wadsworth) a 170 (84-86) and Tailar Murphy (Greensboro, NC/NW Guilford) a 177
(91-86). Catawba will next participate
in the Cougar Collegiate a the Country Club of Columbus in Columbus, GA on
Following Dan Couchenour, ’10 Scholar, Ft. Mill, SC and Jon Williams, ’11 Scholar, Hillsborough, NC
#27 COUCHENOUR #1 WILLIAMS
Men's Lacrosse Jumps on Coker Early to Move to 2-0
HARTSVILLE, SC – Catawba got three goals each from Braden Artem (Acton, Ontario, CANADA/Christ the King) and Steven Ridolfo (Charlotte, NC/Providence HS/Gettysburg) in a 12-6 victory over host Coker in men’s lacrosse action on Wednesday night at Byerly Park. The 12th-ranked Catawba Indians improve to 2-0, while the Cobras fall to 1-1.
Lacrosse Sets Record For Goals Scored in Opening Rout of Lees-McRae
SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba opened its 2012 men’s lacrosse
season in record fashion in topping visiting Lees-McRae 29-5 on Saturday
afternoon at Shuford Stadium and Kirkland Field. The 29 goals establish
a new a school record for the Catawba Indians, surpassing the old mark of 25
set against Marietta in 1999 and tied against Lees-McRae in 2004. It
was the opener for both teams. http://www.gocatawbaindians.com/article.asp?articleID=4787
Following ’08 Scholar, Matt Tamer, Winston-Salem, NC
It has just been a rough and tumble season for Catawba’s men’s basketball team. The headlines say it all. We are sure it is a disappointment for everyone concerned – and yet – we continue to support and celebrate, senior West Scholar, Matt Tamer, as he plays in his last season of college hoops!
Moore Pushes Men's Basketball to Win Over Bears
HICKORY, NC -- Keon Moore (Colerain, NC/Bertie HS) scored
24 points and had nine rebounds to send Catawba to a 66-60 upset win over
Lenoir-Rhyne Wednesday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The Indians
improve to 7-16 overall and 4-11 in the South Atlantic Conference while the
Bears fall to 12-12 and 8-7.
Men's Basketball Picks Up First Home League Win
SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba built a 26-point lead early in
the second half then held off a late charge by visiting Brevard to take a
71-60 victory in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action on Wednesday
night at Goodman Gym. The Catawba
Indians improve to 6-15 and 3-10 in the SAC, while the Tornados fall to 3-20
TEACHER EDUCATION NEWS
“To prepare reflective teachers who possess the professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for effectively teaching students in a diverse society.”
Awareness Rally Scheduled
SNCAE will host a Special Education
Awareness Rally in the Cannon Student Center. The rally will be held in April and will highlight the
importance of special education within the public school system as well as
raise awareness about disabilities. SNCAE is planning to have simulations, information, and
giveaways at the event. In addition, local area
schools and guest speakers will be invited to attend. Jordan Farmer,
’09 Scholar, Walnut Cove, NC, is in charge of organizing this event.
SNCAE Spring Conference
Students have been
asked to make a presentation at the Spring Conference about writing grants. Jamie Caputo, Jordan Farmer, and Brittney Myers will make the presentation and several other students will
attend the conference.
K-12 students in the Rowan-Salisbury Schools will be the beneficiaries of a Saturday, March 24th benefit concert hosted on the campus of Catawba College by Catawba's Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE). Admission to the 11 a.m. concert, featuring a special performance from Christian Rock band, Grace Reigns Down of Greensboro, will be open to those who make a donation of one school supply to attend. According to Amanda Bosch, director of Catawba's Curriculum Materials Center and advisor to Catawba's chapter of SNCAE, the benefit concert is funded by a $1,000 CLASS grant that the SNCAE chapter was awarded. The main goal of the concert is to collect enough school supplies, everything from pencils to backpacks, to give every child in need, in three local schools, the supplies they need for the 2012-2013 school year. The SNCAE grant application cited the fact that 27 of the 35 schools in the Rowan-Salisbury system enroll more than 50 percent of their students from low income families who cannot afford school supplies for their children. "By organizing the benefit concert," the grant application read, "our SNCAE chapter will not only be able to enlighten the community to the poverty levels in the local schools, but will also foster cooperation among the schools and the community." Catawba junior, Jamie Caputo of Salisbury, SNCAE secretary and student project manager of the event, sees the concert as a chance to raise awareness of the needs in the local school system and a chance for people in the community to enjoy a free concert for a good cause. "We're hoping that teens and their families will come out for a good cause and spend a small part of their day on March 24 on our campus. We'll also have local vendors who will donate food that will be sold at the concert," Caputo said. Catawba's SNCAE benefit concert will also feature the talents of local performers, including Catawba College students. It will be held on the lawn behind Catawba's Cannon Student Center on the Intramural Field. For more info about the benefit concert, please contact Jamie Caputo at email@example.com.
The president of Catawba’s SNCAE is Brittany Myers, ’09 Scholar, Shelby, NC.
Student Teaching at JC Carson High School
Kavanagh is a senior education major, who is currently performing
her student teaching at J.C. Carson High School, under the guidance of mentor
teacher, Jennifer Board (Catawba class 2008).
While Kortney was leading Mrs. Board’s class in a lesson on Friday,
February 3rd, David Whisnant and his crew from Charlotte’s WBTV
came into the room and filmed part of Kortney’s lesson. Dr. Jim Stringfield, Dean of the Goodman
School of Education, was present observing Kortney’s lesson, and said that “Kortney didn’t miss a beat in her
instruction, although this was certainly an unexpected interruption.”
Fall 2011 Catawba College Dean's List Announced
A total of 286 students have been named to the Dean's List for the 2011 Fall semester at Catawba College, according to Dr. W. Richard Stephens, Jr., Provost of the College. Students named to the Dean's List have achieved a 3.5 grade point average in 15 or more semester hours. The students listed below (in blue) are West Scholars, and all other students listed are additional teacher education majors.
Albemarle - Katie Jane Hopkins; Belmont -
Christina Cherrie Faircloth; Cary
- Kylie Ann Beinke; China Grove - Hannah Rebecca Fisher, Jennifer
Whitley Hinson; Claremont - Jacob Shepherd; Concord -, Nicholas Grant Luciano; Conover -
Cameron Michael Beard; East
Bend - Elizabeth
Grace Davis; Efland - Suzanne Adele Williams; Fayetteville - Jacob Robert
- Amelia Danielle Baity; Huntersville - Jarrett Matthew Jackson; Kannapolis - Lindsay Catherine King,
Taylor Brooke Lee; King - Tara Caitlin Borre, Christopher Ray Money; Mocksville - Margaret Brooke Steele;
Mount Airy -
Mary Margaret McKee; Raleigh - Danielle
Elizabeth Garzon, Anna Clare Toole; Salisbury - Misty
Goodwin Jenkins, Rachel Pickrel, Cristin Andrea Ritchie, Sydney
Leigh Smith; Thomasville
-, Andrea LaNae Packer; Walnut Cove - Jordan Delaney Farmer; OTHER STATES - FL - Michelle Lee
Newberger, Lutz; Chelsea M.Starr, Weston; MD
- Kaitlan Brooks Johnson, Myersville; OH - Jana Marie Burkhardt, Willoughby;
PA - Gabriella
Jean Bressi, Villanova
By Verity Pryor-Harden, Class of 2015
ability to continue a man's life after his death and to bring unexpected
strangers together is explored in Catawba College's production of "Dead
Man's Cell Phone." The production, directed by Theatre Arts adjunct faculty member Craig Kolkebeck in the style of Japanese Noh
theatre, plays in the Florence Busby-Corriher Theatre 6:55 p.m. Tuesday,
February 7 and Wednesday, February 8, and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 9
through Saturday, February 11. Cast members include junior Kylie Beinke of Cary as a
Koken dancer; junior Gabriella Bressi of Villanova, Pa., as Mrs.
Gottlieb; junior Tyler Burkett of Gainesville, Fla., as Gordon; junior Katie
Carpenter of Salisbury as a Koken dancer; junior Leana Guzman of Charlotte as
the Other Woman; junior Sean Henderson of Concord as Dwight; junior Katie
Higgins of Durham as Jean; senior Annabelle Prince of Charlotte as Hermia;
freshman Katlyn Shaw of Mount Airy as a Koken dancer; and freshman Lara
Williams of Wellington, Fla., as a Koken dancer. In addition to those aforementioned, crew
members and designers include sophomore Jerry Archer of Asheville, assistant
lighting designer & master electrician; junior Ashley Jackson, stage
manager; senior Zach McRae of Hendersonville, assistant director; freshman
Maggie Saunders of Huntington, W.Va., assistant stage manager; junior Donna Steele
of Charlotte, hair & make-up designer; and Theatre Arts professor and
department chair Christopher Zink, lighting designer.
Catawba Represented at Southeastern Region 4 – American College Theatre Festival
Nine Catawba students traveled to central
Florida to participate in the Southeastern Region 4 American College Theatre
Festival. The students who represented
Catawba College early in February were; Sydney Berk, Jesse Siak, Robin Tynes,
Jeffery Salerno, Donna Steele, Kara Procell, Maggie Truxell,
John Millbank, and Kathleen Campagna.
The students were responsible for making their own arrangements for
any course work assignments while they were away. The group departed January 31st and returned
Saturday February 4th. They were representing Catawba’s Theatre
Arts Department in competitions ranging from acting to sound design, stage
management, costume design, and hair and makeup design.
A link to learn more about the Academy for Teaching’s history
A link to learn more about the West Teaching Scholars program
A link to the West Teaching Scholars application
A link to the Department of Teacher Education
- Spring Break!
March 5 – 9, 2012
- First Family Scholarship Interviews
March 15 – 16, 2012
- ’10 West Scholars Excursion
March 16 – 18, 2012 (Atlanta, GA)
- Green Pig Day – Open House
March 31, 2012
- Blue-White Weekend
March 30 -31, 2012
Catawba Conservation Camp
serving middle school girls from Rowan, Davie, Davidson, Cabarrus, Iredell and Stanly counties in North Carolina.
July 15 – 20, 2012
Please read the article!
NEW CAMP BEING OFFERED!
Camp Invention, which features hands-on science and real world
challenges for children, will have one its programs hosted on the Catawba
College campus. The INNOVATE
program will take place in the Center for the Environment on
July 23-27, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The camp immerses children entering
grades one through six in a weeklong adventure of creative problem solving
and is led by local, highly-qualified educators. In this session, children will build
motorized creatures. Other programs
offered by Camp Invention include CREATE,
ENVISION, and ENCOUNTER. For more information, visit www.campinvention.org.
WINTERFEST PHOTOS 2012!!
(L) Heather Cheek and (R ) Hannah Gagnier
(L) Whitney Corriher and (R ) Brittany Myers
(L) Suzy Williams and second from right, Lizzle Davis
(L) Samantha Lackey (R ) Jana Burkhardt
West Scholars at Practice and during Performance
Senior, drum major, Brent Messenger, Kannapolis, NC
Messenger at football game leading the Pride performance
Freshman, Chris Money, King, NC marching during practice
Chris Money during game performance on the saxophone
Freshman, “tiny” Taylor Lee , Concord, NC practicing before a game
Taylor in full uniform during a fall performance
(L) Zach Veitenheimer, Tobaccoville, NC and (R ) Patrick Karriker, Kannapolis, NC – two for the tuba!
Freshman, Zach Veitenheimer in performance mode
Freshman, Patrick Karriker on the football field ready to play (music, that is)
Nick Rodriguez, freshman from Dunn, NC on the Saxaphone during a night practice
Nick on the field during halftime
They look and sound great! Come out to a game next fall and support
the Catawba Pride.
KDP - Kimberly Johnson
Department of Music
Student Performance Hour
February 24, 2012
3:00 p.m. - Omwake-Dearborn Chapel
Nick Luciano, clarinet
Zachary Veitenheimer, tuba
Brittany Coley, soprano
Jordan Warren, flute
Doug Crawford, Euphonium
Blanche Schwarz, soprano
Patrick Karriker, tuba
My December Winter Break
Catawba’s J-Term: Biology in the Movies - and the West Scholar New York Excursion
by Christina Faircloth, ’09 Scholar
J-term is the time during winter break used for two things: a short class and traveling, I did both. Through most of winter break, I worked on my class Biology in the Movies. This class counts as a natural science general education requirement. The class is funner than some science classes, and it is a class that is especially appealing to the visual learner. In this class you learn by watching science fiction movies! Of course you have to do some reading as well, but you get to see what you learned in the movies and investigate where the movie got the science wrong. Even though science fiction movies are “scientific,” they are propelled by fiction. Therefore a main theme in the course is to differentiate “real science” from “reel science” (the science in the movie). A few movies we watched were I am Legend and Jurassic Park with topics ranging from biotechnology, to evolution, to sex. I encourage all movie lovers, and those who are not that great in science, to take this course because it is a fun way to learn Biology. However this class is an online course where you must do on your work in a timely manner. Those that can not handle an online course or those that procrastinate, should not take this class.
The last week of winter break, I went with the
Academy for Teaching to New York City.
New York is a very busy and expensive city, unlike Salisbury. Scholars made sure to walk in groups and
spend wisely. The City is laid out in
a grid pattern making navigation simple and the best way to get around is the
subway. New York has so many things to
do and see. Just by walking on the
streets, you are bound to see street performers, people in costumes and
venders selling almost anything. For
the cheapest souvenirs, I suggest Chinatown, but haggling for a lower price
is acceptable with most street venders.
People that like nature, will enjoy Central Park, that includes miles
of greenery and walkways, a zoo, a carousel, ice skating and museums. You can even get a quick tour of the park
in a horse-drawn carriage, but make sure to ride in groups because it costs
$50. A view of the whole city can be
achieved at the top of the Empire State Building; my favorite part of that
view was the Chrysler Building. On two
small islands, which now belong to New Jersey, are the Statue of Liberty and
the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
The statue, given to the U.S. by France, is the first thing that the
immigrants saw as they came to America.
On Broadway, the street that runs diagonally on the island contains
many Broadway theatres. I saw Wicked
and Phantom of the Opera, and I suggest that if you come to New
York that you see at least one of those two productions. As with many cities, there are many
opportunities to shop including Macy’s, which was the largest department
store there, Fao Swartz a toy store with a giant piano, A Disney Store, two
different stores all about chocolate and many clothes stores with items only
out of our price range. There are many
opportunities to eat out, but remember that the proportions are huge, as well
as the price. I suggest splitting a
meal with a friend and buying water, soda by itself is $3. All in all I enjoyed my trip and I bought
several souvenirs and I can not wait to go back to New York City again.
My Winter Break Experience
by Chris Money, ’11 Scholar
During the holiday season, each year,
children usually have this air about them of excitement and joy for what they
may be getting for Christmas. People
often volunteer during this time of year to see the joy of families they help
out. During this past winter break I
took an opportunity to serve my community for a second year. Insight
for Human Services is a program in North Carolina for those that need, or
are seeking help such as counseling, psychiatric services, and substance
abuse treatment. There are four
locations to serve people and the one in Winston-Salem serves many people
seeking help from drug abuse. Some
come every day during specified times, and some even have to bring their
children because the children are out of school or they cannot afford the
cost of daycare. I volunteered to help
bring some joy to the faces of the clients and their children, and some of
the staff also. They were in need of a
Santa Claus to hand out small gifts to the children, so I decided I would
take the spot again. It was a
fascinating adventure seeing all the children and their parents. A lot of the children were excited to see
Santa since the employees at Insight
had been telling them “Santa was coming,” but admittedly many were scared of
the man with the big fuzzy beard. In
the end, over thrity children saw Santa Claus a few days before
Christmas. They asked for items
ranging from a Batman Cave to a pink Disney Princess bicycle, but by far, the
most touching request came from a boy of about eight years of age. He had already talked to me (Santa) but
there was something else he wanted. He
asked me if I could do something really special for him. He asked, “Santa can you watch over my baby brother in Heaven, I miss him and
love him every much!” I found out
from his mother, who came over to ask what he asked for, that over a year ago
she was about seven months pregnant when she had a miscarriage and in her
family they still talk about the baby boy often to keep his memory alive. Children get a chance to experience joy
during Christmas like no other time of year.
I am happy to say I did not see the joy through my own eyes, but
through the eyes of Santa Claus.
We will soon be saying farewell to all our seniors, and wanted you to have some “face-time” once again, before they go. We call them the ’08 Scholars, because they joined us in 2008. To everyone else, they are the Catawba Class of 2012!
Jessica Clark, Salisbury, NC – completed early, at the end of fall semester.
Julie Gilley, Dobson, NC
Taylor Doss, Boonville, NC
Alanna Hantho, Great Falls, VA
Bridgett Henderson, Statesville NC
Samantha Lackey, Seville, OH
Alecia Marsha Meeks, Kings Mountain, NC, graduated in 2011, and completed her student teaching as a post baccalaureate student during fall semester.
Brent Messenger, Kannapolis, NC
Sarah Moore, Mocksville, NC
Sarah Morse, North Berwick, ME, completed early, following fall student teaching.
Stephanie Riddle, Faith, NC, completed early, following fall student teaching.
Matt Tamer, Winston-Salem, NC
We know they are excited about commencement ceremonies in
May, and the beginning of their new lives (but we will still miss them).
Zach Poole - ’07 West Scholar
2011 Catawba Graduate
very brief note from Zach came to us by email, following the end of fall
Semester. He said, “Just wanted to let you all know that the first semester of law
school went well! I made the Dean's
List!” We are so happy for Zach
and are not the least bit surprised at his success.
Elizabeth Sloop - ’07 West Scholar
2011 Catawba Graduate
Elizabeth emailed, just after the first of the year to say, “Overall life is pretty good for me! I got engaged over Thanksgiving (which you knew, but its so much fun to say!) and we are looking at April of next year for our date. It is exciting and overwhelming at the same time! Teaching is still as amazing as I always knew it would be. I really don't feel like I am going to "work". I get up, and I go hang out with some awesome kids who need some extra love and someone to help them grow. Yes, there is a lot of extra stuff we have to do, but I still believe that I am so blessed to be a part of this profession! I also wanted to let you know that I was named the ‘Staff 2 Watch’ for Granite Quarry Elementary School for Nov. Late notice I know, but I didn't know, myself, until halfway through December, and I didn't really want to brag about it. Mom pretty much forced me to send this email because she kept telling me that you guys needed to hear how your "kids" turn out. Just like how I'll want mine to come back and visit...*sigh* moms! Anyway, the principal recognized me during the staff meeting and I got a $25 gift card to Olive Garden! I was very suprised to get this recognition, but very honored. I know that you all are the reason that I am able to be half the teacher I am, and the teacher into which I will become. Thanks to Dr. Kasias, I know what the five components of literacy are, and I can integrate them into my lessons where others are still struggling to understand what "fluency" means. Thanks to Dr. Truitt, I know how to make some pretty stellar flipcharts (really, my team is super impressed I know how to do them! Who would have thought?); and how to integrate social studies into math and reading, when I can't get an entire lesson completed in the small amount of time provided for that subject. I guess you don't realize how much you've been taught and how much others have helped you until you turn around and use what you've learned. I also wanted to thank you for always lending a listening ear. You were always super helpful with problems- school related or not. I really do appreciate your time just to listen and give your opinion! I hope the spring semester goes well for you all. I hope to make it over there sometime (maybe during spring break) to visit! I love you all SO MUCH!! I wish I could put it into words how much every single one of you means to me!”
all touched by Elizabeth’s words and we know what a wonderful teacher is is
becoming. Her recognition as the “Staff 2 Watch” for November is
exactly what we would expect from her!
Kelli Ferguson - ’07 West Scholar
2011 Catawba Graduate
“I just wanted to let you guys know a little bit of an update -- The 7th grade math teachers at my school (there are 3 of us) are trying out "Flipping the classroom". Are you familiar with this? Simply put, the direct instruction portion of teaching and learning is done at home, through a video. The kids watch the video and complete some guided notes. Then they come to class and do what would have been homework and practicing, so that I am present to answer questions. I'll let you know how it goes!” Kelli is a 7th Grade Math Teacher at East Millbrook Magnet Middle School in Raleigh, NC. Watch the YouTube video she provided. We can’t wait to hear how this process is going.
2010-2011 Program Completers
Undergraduates, Graduate Program and Birth-Kindergarten
Of the seventy-two Catawba College Teacher Education program
completers from 2010-2011, we have received word from forty-three of them
regarding their current employment status.
We are pleased to provide you with what they are doing, as a testament
to Catawba’s success in helping to place quality graduates into viable
positions. Alexa Baird, Teach for America, Central Elementary, Jackson, NC, 4th
Grade; Sara Burkhart, Reedy Creek Elementary, CMS; Esther Butler, McKnight Head Start - More @ Four Teacher; Rebecca Byerly, Southwest Elementary; Jackie Chapman, Margaret Brent Middle School, Chorus Teacher; Meredith Corl, Hanford Dole Elementary; Anthony Dudas, Knollwood Elementary – Kindergarten Teaching Assistant; Gina Durham, Horizon's Unlimited-RSS; Kelli Ferguson, East Millbrook Magnet Middle, Math and Coaching, Raleigh, NC; Kaitlin Foster, NW Guilford High School, field hockey coach, Greensboro, NC; Vickie Gammons, Young Children's Learning Center - More @ Four Lead Teacher; Kathryn Geouge, Haywood County – Substitute Teaching; Donna Girty, RSS - Kindergarten Teacher Assistant; Latonya Graham, Future Generation CDC - More @ Four Lead Teacher; Stephanie Hill Gray, Granite Quarry Elementary, 4th Grade; Brittney Jarvis, River Bend Middle School; Mark Ketterer, North Johnston High School; Matthew Moore, Koontz Elementary, 4th Grade; Zach Poole, Law School – Charlotte, NC; Amanda Pullen, St. Columba Middle School; Philip Russ, West Lincoln – Health,PE, Coaching; Laura Sale, Novant Health - Accts Payables; Blair Sanders, Cornelius Elementary, 5th Grade; Elizabeth Sawyer, Franklin Academy-Wake Co. Charter; Rebecca (Lucy) Scott, Lakewood Elementary, 5th Grade, Durham, NC; Elizabeth Sloop, Granite Quarry Elementary, Kindergarten ; April Spry, Shive Elementary; Kimberly Starnes, Enochville Elementary; Jamie Stirewalt, Cox Mill Elementary, 1st Grade; Caleb Terry, Northern High School, Durham; Ima Jean Thacker, Forbush Elementary, Yadkin County, NC; Hannah Thomas, SanLee Middle School, PE, Sanford, NC; Tammy Tutterow, South Rowan High –Marketing; Ricky Weaver, Salisbury High School; Rebecca Byerly, Southwest Elementary; Sara Kull, Hanford Dole Elementary; Lauren Lambeth, Fair Grove Elementary; Leigh Yelton, Knollwood Elementary; Laura Ritchie, North Rowan Middle, Language Arts.
Catawba received a Duke Energy 2011 Power Partner
Award during a luncheon sponsored by Duke Energy and held on campus
Wednesday, Jan. 25th. Catawba was one
of 11 award winners in Duke Energy’s service territory recognized for
strategic energy solutions and economic development efforts. We are receiving
the award for our participation in Duke’s Smart Metering and SmartBuilding
Advantage programs. The Smart Metering
program allows us to have real-time access to energy usage data in campus
buildings, while our participation in the Smart Building Advantage program
allowed us to upgrade some HVAC and lighting systems on campus.
Catawba College Admissions Website Ranked Top in the Nation
College is proud to announce that its Admissions website is among the most
highly rated in the country, scoring in the top 100 of all sites rated. The
site was recognized in the 13th annual My College Options® Enrollment Power
Index® (EPI), an analysis of the admissions websites of nearly 3,000 colleges
and universities. "We are proud to have our
admissions website recognized by My College Options as one of the leading
sites in the nation," said Lois Williams, Catawba's Vice President of
Enrollment. "We developed our site in-house with the knowledge that
potential students would be looking here for critical admissions information.
As a result, we have made strides to constantly update our site with the
latest tools and information that meet the needs of students and ensure that
they can learn about what we have to offer."
Of the 2,500 four-year colleges
in the United States, Catawba has been ranked among "The Best 376
Colleges" by the prestigious Princeton Review in
its 2012 annual college guide. This places Catawba among the top 15 percent
of American colleges.
Catawba College continues to be ranked as one of
the nation's Best Regional Colleges, according to the
2012 edition of "Best Colleges,"
published by U.S.News & World Report and released September 13. Catawba
ranked 16th among 99 of these Best Regional Colleges in the South. In
total, 371 colleges are ranked as "Best Regional Colleges"
according to geographic region (North, South, Midwest, and West). Highlights
of these rankings are published in the magazine available this month on
newsstands and available online at www.usnews.com/colleges.
is one of only 20 North Carolina public and private institutions included in Forbes' "America's Top Colleges 2011," and
is ranked 476 among the 650 best undergraduate colleges. The Forbes' rankings were prepared by the Center for College
Affordability and Productivity, a Washington, D.C. think tank founded by Ohio
University economist Richard Vedder. The rankings focus on post graduation
success (30%) which evaluates pay and prominence of alumni; student
satisfaction (27.5%) which includes evaluations of professors and retention
rates from freshman to sophomore year; debt (17.5%) which penalizes schools
for high student debt loads and default rates; four-year graduation rate
(17.5%); and competitive awards (7.5%) which rewards schools whose students
win prestigious scholarships and fellowships such as the Fulbright, the Rhodes,
and the Marshall.
intune Magazine has named Catawba College among 45 institutions in the nation as “The Best Music Schools of 2012.”
For four consecutive years, Catawba College has
been named one of the nation's Best Music Schools by In Tune magazine.
Catawba was one of only 45 institutions included in the magazine's listing of
The Best Music Schools of 2012. Catawba offers a bachelor's degree in Music with
concentrations in Music Business, Music
Music and Sacred
Music, and offers a bachelor's degree in Musical Theatre. In Tune's
Best Music Schools for 2012 special feature was included in the October 2011
edition of the magazine. The publication is a classroom magazine for music students,
grades 7-12. In Tune was founded in 2003 by veteran Billboard, Forbes and
Business Week publishing executive Irwin Kornfeld, former Musician, EQ and
Gig magazines publisher Angelo Biasi, and Grammy-winning music producer Will
What is it like juggling our scholars when several have the same first names?
Our cohorts already have multiples with:
Taylor (3), Sydney (2), Matt (2), Sarah (2)
With our new cohort on its way in, we will soon have additional multiples with:
Samantha (2), Lindsay(2), Heather (2)
Then of course, there are the “K” names. Kaylea, Kyle, Kristen. – oh! And there are Kristen, Cristin, and Christine! This is going to be such fun! Every day!.
Our recruiting season is moving forward quickly! Please spread the word about Catawba College and the Teacher Education Department, Academy for Teaching and the wonderful West Scholars Program!
We have twelve confirmed acceptances of the West Teaching Scholarship from incoming freshmen.
Interviews continue as we build the ’12 Cohort.
Until next issue.....happy spring!