Spring - May 2011 - Volume 12
Catawba's Award Recipients Share Characteristic of Striving to Be the Very Best (from the Catawba News Bureau)
NOTE: When a West Scholar is named in an article, the name will appear in royal blue. Students referenced in a dark green are additional teacher education majors.
Catawba College President Joseph Oxendine encouraged those who received awards during the annual Awards Convocation to "show off, brag modestly, throw your chest out, and feel good." But more important than the awards received, he said, was a characteristic shared by all of the recipients. "At some point, you decided you were going to excel and strive to be the very best," Oxendine told the award recipients. "You won these awards for the spirit of striving to be the very best."
The convocation was held at 11 a.m. April 14 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel and was an opportunity for the campus community to celebrate the gifts and talents of students, and the strengths and abilities of a few faculty and staff members. Most of the awards distributed at the convocation were eco-friendly. They were made of Catawba blue, 100% recycled glass, a symbol of Catawba's commitment to environmental responsibility and another campus initiative to promote a greener, more sustainable lifestyle.
Student Government Association Officers
Outgoing SGA president Kendra Joyner of Petersburg, Va., was presented with a gavel traditionally awarded to the retiring president of the Student Government Association (SGA). Joyner served as SGA president during '10-'11 academic year.
SGA officers for the 2011-2012 academic year were installed at the convocation. They include President Yakir Malul of Rishon Le-Zion, Israel; Vice President Sarah Moore of Mocksville; Secretary Jana Burkhardt of Willoughby, Ohio; and Treasurer Gail Murray of Shallotte.
Jana Burkhardt, ’10 West Scholar and Sarah Moore, ’08 West Scholar
Erin Kidd of Ramseur and Brandon Coble of Yadkinville shared the David Hoyle Award for Outstanding Service in the area of student activities. It is awarded annually to a student who has made exemplary contributions to all areas of student activities. Kidd and Coble also shared the Pioneer Award, for their hard work and leadership on the staff of the student newspaper, "The Pioneer."
Kaitlyn Benjes of Efland received the Frances Decker Wentz Award. This award is given annually to the upper class student who has demonstrated, through distinguished performance of responsibilities, a real concern and aptitude for the theory and practice of library science and service. The library staff chooses the recipient.
The new Mr. and Miss Catawba, elected to serve the College in the coming year, were announced at the convocation. They are Sarah Devlin of Candler and Yakir Malul of Rishon Le-Zion, Israel.
Jan Gillean, assistant dean for campus activities and programming, was the recipient of the Kenneth Clapp Tri-Delta Award. Established by the Class of 2000 in recognition of the work of Dr. Ken Clapp, College senior vice president and chaplain, it is presented annually to a member of the faculty or staff who demonstrates dedication, devotion, and dependability.
Student Sarah Moore of Mocksville and staff member David Najarian received the Leader in Environmental Stewardship Award. It is presented to the person(s) who best exhibits outstanding leadership ability and uncommon commitment to environmental stewardship through the facilitation of activities and initiatives that promote the wise use of the earth's resources.
Sarah Moore, ’08 West Scholar
The recipients of the annual Paul Fisher Service Awards for the spring semester were announced at the convocation. They were Anastasia L. Barkova of Huntersville and Kendra Joyner of Petersburg, Va. Jackie Hodgson of Pittsfield, Mass., was recognized as the annual recipient of the Paul Fisher Service Award and received a scholarship provided by Farmers and Merchants Bank as well as an engraved plaque.
Fifteen students were announced as inductees into Who's Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Nominated by members of the college community and selected by a committee of faculty and students, these students are active leaders and scholars on campus. They include the following students: Lainey Erin Edwards of Asheboro; Susan Renee Fisher of Lititz, Pa.; Andrew Thomas McMillan of Salisbury; Laura Elaine Ritchie of Salisbury; Hannah Marie Thomas of Robbins; Brandon Lee Coble of Yadkinville; Elizabeth Nicole Sloop of Salisbury; Jacqueline Erin Kidd of Ramseur; Devin Michael Rodgers of Glen Burnie, Md.; Laura Whitney Sale of Yadkinville; Rebecca Lucille Scott of Mt. Pleasant; Nathaniel Ray Griffin of Boomer; Stephanie Michelle Hill of China Grove; Cynthia Mary Cook of Franklin, Pa.; and Joseph Stephen Manser of Mooresville.
L to R: Hannah Thomas, Laura Ritchie, Elizabeth Sloop and Stephanie Hill, ’07 West Scholars
The Phi Beta Lambda Award was presented to Anastasia Barkova of Huntersville. Phi Beta Lambda is the college division of Future Business Leader's of America, a nationwide business organization. This award is presented to the outgoing president in recognition for outstanding leadership and service to the organization.
Academic Achievement Awards
Will Honeycutt of Richfield and Sarah Thorp of Advance were recipients of the Sherrill & Smith Award in Business Administration. This award is given annually by the partners of Sherrill & Smith to the senior in the Ralph W. Ketner School of Business who achieves the best scholastic average during the year.
The Millard F. Wilson Award for Excellence in Business was presented to Timothy Cook of Hickory. Given annually to a senior in recognition of outstanding service to the Ralph W. Ketner School of Business, it also recognizes excellence in academic achievement. The late Professor Millard F. Wilson, former chair of the business department at Catawba from 1949-1979, established the award.
Whitney Mullis of Kannapolis was the recipient of the Dr. Charles Turney Award. This award was established by family and friends in memory of Dr. Charles Turney, retired Chair of the English Department at Catawba. The recipient of the award is a rising senior English major with at least a 3.5 GPA and a demonstrated aptitude for and interest in the discipline of English studies.
Elizabeth G. "Lizzle" Davis of East Bend received the Rebecca H. Frantz Essay Prize this year. This prize is given by an alumnus, Edwin Nance, of Altoona, Pennsylvania, in memory of the mother of three former Catawba College students. It is awarded annually to the writer of an essay judged by faculty to be the most original. Lizzle Davis's winning essay was entitled, "Byron's Prometheus and Milton's Satan."
Lizzle Davis, ’09 West Scholar
Elizabeth G. "Lizzle" Davis also was selected by the English Department faculty to receive the Martha H. Morehead Award. The award, given in honor of a late Catawba professor emeritus of English, it is presented for the outstanding single work – poem, short story or graphic contribution to the Arrowhead, the college's annual literary publication. Her winning poem was entitled "In this particular picture."
Jessica Everett of Winston-Salem was the recipient of the Bethany and Aidan Sinnott Poetry Award. This award was established by the English Department in honor of Dr. Bethany Sinnott and in memory of Dr. Aidan Sinnott. The award is given to the student who demonstrates the greatest potential as a poet, based on a portfolio of his or her work.
Jessica Everett, ’09 West Scholar
Susan Fisher of Lititz, Pa., was the recipient of the Rice, Andrews, Young Award. It is given in honor of the former chairpersons of the Catawba Department of Modern Foreign Languages to the foreign language major(s) or minor(s) who has made the highest grades in his/her foreign language studies.
The Elisabeth Scranton History Award was presented to Philip Yarbrough of Lexington. It is given in honor of a former professor of history to the student(s) who has attained the highest academic average during his or her senior year and who represents the ideals of liberal scholarship in the area of history.
The Braun Award in Physics, given by 1934 alumna Mrs. Anne Blodgett Bashore, was awarded to Blake Rushing of Indian Trail. It is given in recognition of the student showing the most meritorious work in the field of physics.
Lori Beth Fraley of Cleveland and Jacob Hill of Salisbury were presented The Chemistry Prize, given annually to a student(s) selected by the chemistry faculty who, in their opinion, best represents the qualities of good character, overall scholarship, and excellence in chemistry course work.
The CRC Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award was won by Lindsay King of Kannapolis and Jacob Regensburger of Fayetteville. It is awarded annually to a chemistry major(s) in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement.
Jason Regensburger and Lindsay King, ’10 West Scholars
Joseph Manser of Mooresville was the recipient of the American Institute of Chemists Award. This award honors outstanding senior majoring in chemistry and is based on ability, character, scholastic achievement and potential advancement in one of the chemical professions.
The recipient of the Mathematics Award was Cynthia M. Cook of Franklin, Pa. This award is presented annually by the mathematics department faculty to a student who has demonstrated outstanding ability, scholarship and interest in the field of mathematics.
Jessica Gilmore of Indian Trail was the recipient of the Environmental Programs Award. It is presented annually to a senior who has best demonstrated dedication, inspiration and academic achievement in the field of environmental science.
Mark Ketterer of Hamilton, N.J., and Vickie Gammons of Mocksville were the co-recipients of the Shirley L. Haworth Prospective Teacher Award. It is presented to a senior(s) with a 3.0 grade point average or better who majors or minors in education and who has demonstrated outstanding potential as a teacher based on observation in classroom setting by faculty and cooperating teachers. The recipient is chosen by the Department of Teacher Education faculty.
Julie Gilley of Dobson received the Student Education Association/Cynthia Osterhus Award. It is given to the student who has made an outstanding contribution to the student education association and who has shown potential to become an excellent teacher. The award is named in honor of Cynthia Osterhus '73 of Salisbury, a former North Carolina Teacher of the Year, and now a faculty member in Catawba's Teacher Education Department and director of the College's Shirley Peeler Ritchie Academy for Teaching.
Julie Gilley, ’08 West Scholar
The College Chairman's Award in Music went to Kristopher Watson of Voorhees, N.J., for his significant contribution to the programs of the music department and for his promise of future success in the field of music.
Jessica Jordan of Meriden, Conn., was the recipient of the Senior Psychology Award. It is given annually to a psychology major who has been judged by graduating psychology majors, through secret ballot, as having made an outstanding contribution to the various activities of the Psychology Department.
Lainey Edwards of Asheboro received the Patricia R. Whitley Award in recognition of academic excellence, loyalty, and dedication and for outstanding service to both the physical education department and the community. The award was established in 1999 by the Physical Education Department and the Student Majors Club in honor of Dr. Patricia Whitley.
Nathaniel Griffin of Boomer and Erin Witalison of Salisbury received the Daniel E. Kirk Biology Award. It is given in honor of Dr. Daniel E. Kirk, former professor and chair of Catawba's Department of Biology and former Dean of the College. It is presented to a senior(s) who has exhibited outstanding service and achievement in the Department of Biology.
Adam Ridenhour of Advance was the recipient of The Religion Award. This award is given by the ministers of the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ to the student in the junior or senior class who has excelled in academic work in the religion and philosophy department and has contributed actively to the religious life of the campus community. The recipient is selected by the faculty of the Religion and Philosophy Department.
Kendra Joyner of Petersburg, Va., was the recipient of The David E. Faust Award. This award is awarded annually by the faculty of the Religion and Philosophy Department in memory of Dr. David Earl Faust, a former Professor of Religion at Catawba, to a student who demonstrates outstanding ability in religious studies (especially in the field of biblical studies), and who holds exceptional promise for the Christian ministries.
The Augustin Daly Award for Outstanding Student of the Year in Theatre Arts went to C.M. Garrison of Asheville. The award is named in memory of one of North Carolina's most historically important theatre figures and voted on by the Theatre Arts faculty.
Susan Fisher of Lititz, Pa., was the recipient of the Sociology Award. This new award is presented to the graduating senior who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement in the field of sociology and exemplifies the qualities of the sociological imagination.
Allison Justice of Bishopville, Md., and Jessica Gaskill of Salisbury were co-recipients of the Dr. Karl E. Hales Communication Award. This is a new award establish in honor of Dr. Karl Hales, who taught Communications and Speech at Catawba from 1966 until his retirement in 2005. Dr. Hales is also the well-known Voice of the Catawba Indians, announcing Catawba's home football games in the stadium for over 30 years.
Awards of Special Merit and Achievement
Carly M. Sabat of Warren, Ohio, received the Dean Grove Award, given annually to a student athlete majoring in mathematics or science who demonstrates leadership abilities in both areas. The late Dr. Rodger H. Lofland ‘61 established the Dean Grove Award in tribute to Dean N. Grove '40, Lofland's high school coach, biology teacher and mentor.
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award was given to Dr. Julie Chamberlain, associate professor of music, and Adam Ridenhour of Advance. A committee of students and faculty choose both a student and a staff member annually to receive this award. It is given in recognition of fine spiritual qualities practically applied to daily living and with the belief that these persons will uphold the spiritual standards of Catawba by their noble characteristics. The award was established by the New York Southern Society as a permanent reminder of the noblest human qualities expressed and followed in the life of its first president Algernon Sydney Sullivan.
The 2010-2011 Staff Member of the Year is Sarah Rossini, Catawba's director of housing and residence life. This award is presented annually and selection is made by a popular vote of the students.
Dr. Kenneth Clapp, who teaches in the Religion and Philosophy Department and is the Senior Vice President and Chaplain at Catawba, was selected as Teacher of the Year. The recipient, who is chosen by a popular vote of the students, demonstrates the best in classroom rapport, evidence of concern for students, and intellectual stimulation.
Jane Young, who serves as coordinator of admissions records, was honored as the recipient of the Louise Tucker Staff Council Award. The award is given to a staff member who demonstrates outstanding work ethic and performance in their area, with nominations made by member of the President's Council and the recipient selected by a vote of the Staff Council.
The President's Award for Staff Excellence was presented to Jean Hall, administrative assistant to the Physical Education Department. The award is given annually to a member of the college staff who has distinguished him or herself in achieving excellence in job performance and who has contributed to strengthening of community spirit on campus. The recipient is selected through nominations from the entire faculty and staff, with a final selection from the nominations being made by the Staff Council.
Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, associate professor of political science, was the recipient of the Swink Prize for Outstanding Classroom Teacher. The selection was made by the Faculty Senate to a member of the faculty judged to be an outstanding classroom teacher. The award was created by a gift from the late Hearn Swink, former Rowan County resident, official with Cannon Mills Company, and friend of the College.
Dr. Sanford Silverburg, professor of political science, was the recipient of the Trustee Award for Outstanding Contribution to the College. The award is given annually to the person or persons judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the institution. The recipient is selected by a vote of Catawba's faculty senate. Dr. Silverburg has served Catawba College for 40 years and will retire from the College in May of this year.
Whitener Medal Recipients
The recipients of the Whitener Medals were announced at the awards convocation but will actually receive their awards during Catawba's May 14th graduation exercise. They are Kendra Joyner of Petersburg, Va., and Mark Ketterer of Hamilton, N.J. Named in honor of the late Dr. Edgar Whitener of High Point who served as president of the Catawba Board of Trustees from 1925-44, these awards are presented annually to the man and woman in the graduating class who combine in themselves, in the highest degree, the equalities of character, leadership and scholarship. Selection is made by the faculty from the three men and three women who have received the highest number of votes in an election in which only members of the junior and senior class may vote.
We hope you noticed the West Scholars (noted in blue text) and our Teacher Education majors (noted in green text) who were named recipients of Catawba awards. The awards are a testiment to their commitment to excellence, both on and off campus. We are filled with pride and excitement as we celebrate their accomplishments. Congratulations to all Catawba award recipients and expecially to our Education majors and West Scholars!
Blair Sanders, ’07 West Scholar, Mt. Pleasant, NC
During my student teaching I
learned a great deal. Working in an
inner city school with a very diverse population of students gave me a unique
experience. My students came to school
everyday normally with smiles on their faces, even though many of them have
struggles outside of school. My
greatest learning experience was the thought that, every time one of my
students walked into my classroom, I was someone who cared about them and
wanted them to succeed. I held high
expectations and received high accomplishments from them. Caring and being there for my students
allowed us to throughly enjoy learning together, and even more(for me) to
teach children who wanted and loved to learn.
Hannah Thomas, ’07 West Scholar, Robbins, NC
It has been an adventurous four years at
My four years at Catawba have thoroughly involved me in the public school setting. Since freshman year, West Scholars gave me the opportunity to enter the classroom and start teaching. We were given the opportunity to travel and visit schools along the east coast.
With this experience, I chose to
continue my time with children at a camp in
Four years later, I am student teaching
over 800 kids in two different elementary schools. Every day is an adventure and learning
experience. My students surprise me
each day with their physical ability and knowledge. I am excited to be finishing my four years
at Catawba, and I am ready to teach physical education to children in
Zach Poole, ’07 West Scholar, Salisbury, NC
When I first stepped foot on Catawba College’s campus, I was anxious and did not know what to expect. I was a part of the first cohort of Martha West Teaching Scholars, a group dedicated to the teaching profession. Now as a senior, I could not be prouder to say that I am graduating with a degree in physical education from Catawba. I am also proud to be a part of the first graduating class of the Martha West Teaching Scholars. My experience in the scholars program has allowed me to travel this great nation. As a cohort, we were able to travel to New York City, Atlanta Georgia, Washington D.C., Savannah Georgia, as well as the Outer Banks. I would not have been granted these opportunities if I had not been a part of the West Scholars program.
My most memorable experience in the West Teaching Scholars program was our cohort trip to New York City. During this trip we were able to experience everything that New York had to offer. Out hotel was nested in the heart of the theater district, just a few minutes from Time Square. This was my first time being to New York City, so I was amazed at the sights, sounds, and smells. The first experience in NYC that I will never forget was our cohort of West Scholars appearing on Good Morning America. We were all able to appear on national television during the live broadcast and be recognized. We also took a ferry tour of the Statue of Liberty. I was taken aback by lady liberty, knowing what she represents, and knowing how many people have come to American in search of a new beginning. The highlight of the trip was seeing “Wicked” on Broadway. It was an amazing show that I never would have had the opportunity to see without my membership in the West Scholars program.
I would also
like to say that if you make the choice to come to Catawba College, you are
not just coming to a nationally accredited institution; you are coming to be
a part of the Catawba College family.
I could not be prouder to be a part of this family. The teacher education department at Catawba
College is motivated to build successful teachers. The teachers that they produce are equipped
with twenty-first century skills to prepare our students of today, for a
challenging world tomorrow. Although I
will be graduating in May of this year, my heart will always remain with
Catawba College. One of the key
philosophies that Catawba College has instilled in me is to be a lifelong
learner. I have applied this
philosophy to my life to become the best person that I can be every day. Catawba has provided me with wonderful
opportunities to obtain my goals, and I am forever grateful to all of the
Catawba family that has helped me along my journey.
Laura Ritchie, ’07 West Scholar, Salisbury, NC
As a member of the 2007 West Scholar’s Cohort and a student of Catawba College, I have had one of the most remarkable experiences in my life. When I came to Catawba College in the fall of 2007 as an intended education major, I never believed just how much that the next four years would help me to become a confident and future ready teacher for tomorrow’s student. Throughout my time here, I have striven to make the most of every single moment. I have participated in numerous on campus organizations including volunteering as a Catawba College Ambassador, participating in orientation as a Core Alpha, participating and serving as President for both the Helen Foil Beard Women’s Society and the Student North Carolina Association for Educators. In addition to these societies, I have been inducted into several honors societies including Alpha Chi, Phi Epsilon, and I have served as Secretary of Kappa Delta Phi and a Junior Marshal for the graduation year of 2010. I also have had the joy of participating as a camp counselor for Catawba Conservation Camp for middle school girls two exciting years.
In addition to these activities, I have been a member of the Catawba College Honor’s Program for my entire college career. I have taken numerous fascinating classes and I have traveled to Ireland with the Honors Program all of which broadened my cultural experiences and expanded my character. However, the ultimate endeavor of my experience as an honors student was the research, drafting, and completion of my senior honors thesis entitled “A Side-By-Side Educational Experience: Cooperative Learning in Middle School Social Studies.” After defending it on March 24th, 2011, I received all four of my authorizing signatures and will now graduate with honors in addition to Summa Cum Laud in May. The development of this thesis was one of the best and hardest experiences I have encountered and I know now that it will be well worth the effort as it has shaped me as an educator and a scholar.
My four years as a Martha West Teaching Scholar were rooted in several professional development opportunities, exhilarating trips, and an irreplaceable group of colleagues that I will remember for the rest of my teaching career. Within the Scholars program, I have traveled all over the United States and visited a variety of schools which has allowed me to approach the world of education with a broader and more in-depth understanding of the extent to which the field of education is open for change and differences. As a scholar, I was endowed with a special responsibility to approach my education with a rigor and dedication that every good teacher will need to be effective with their students. However, the support and benefits of this challenge were ever constant as I worked alongside colleagues who would become lifetime supporters.
Finally, the peak of my study to become an educator came when I student taught at West Rowan Middle School in a sixth grade language arts and social studies classroom. The challenges and rewards that I had within this experience were some of the most compelling in my life. I experienced teaching in every way only to find that there will only be better ways to make it worth it in the end for the students that I love to teach. I finally began to understand what Catawba College and my accomplishments within it had done for me. When I graduate in May of 2011, I will not only come away with a degree in education and teaching license, but I will also have become a better more confident person who is ready to take on the dream of becoming a teacher that I have had my entire life. Only now, I am ready to experience it. My hopes and plans for the future are as wide as the possibilities that are open to me. I would love to find a job as a teacher in the Rowan County area that would give me a chance to make a difference as an adult in the place of my youth. However, I am also considering the possibility of going to teach at an orphanage in Nigeria for a few years as part of an International Teaching Organization. I can truly say that I would never have been able to do something as extensive and significant as that if it had not been for my experiences at Catawba College. As hard as it is to believe that the end of my college career is coming, I can only hope all the more that everything it has made me to be is ready for a new and bright beginning.
West Scholars are telling us what activities they’ve been involved with – or what their plans are for the summer.
Catawba College Department of Music
Presented a Student Performance Hour
April 8, 2011 - 3:00 p.m. – Omwake-Dearborn Chapel
Aubrey L. Barton,
soprano – ’09 West Scholar, Salisbury, NC
On Wednesday, April 6, the Catawba College Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Etters, associate professor of music, embarked by bus on its "2011 Mid-Atlantic Tour." West Scholars who are members of the Wind Ensemble are:
Lauretta Overfield, ’09 Scholar Brent Messenger, ’08 Scholar
Cristin Ritchie, ’10 Scholar Sarah Morse, ’08 Scholar
Tyler Howe, ’07 Scholar
Monday, april 4th: 8 pm - Omwake-Dearborn Chapel
Shuford School of Performing Arts - Department of Music
presented in recital
Tyler Howe - ’07, West Scholar, Salisbury, NC - Trumpet
Green Pig Day
A campus Open House was held on Saturday, April 2,
2011 for prospective students to meet admissions counselors, current
students, and faculty. It was also an
effort for the college to promote a more environmentally friendly
campus. Green Pig originated in 2009
to promote ‘green’ consciousness campus wide.
Photos from Green Pig day show West Scholars, Jessica Everett ’09 and Laura Ritchie
’07 as they provide information to prospects.
Catawba Students Heard in Raleigh
From The Pioneer: April 7, 2011 • Jeremy Gardner, Writer
Filed under Student Life & News
To read the entire article click the link: http://www.catawbapioneer.com/student-life-and-news/2011/04/07/catawba-students-heard-in
Students Jeremy Gardner, Laura Ritchie, Timberley Motsinger, Crystal
Ignatowski, Hope Lambeth and Dalton Pierce stand alongside Senator Andrew
Brock in the North Carolina Senate Chamber
Students to Watch!
Exerpt Taken From The Pioneer:
April 18, 2011 • Pioneer Staff, Writer
The Pioneer Staff, through talking with professors and students, have come up with a list of students to watch in the future. These students have excelled in their classes and their majors. We honor all of their hard work and congratulate them for being chosen as a Student to Watch for 2011.
Student to Watch in Teaching: Alexa Baird, Plainfield, NJ
Alexa was drawn to Catawba because of the small school atmosphere. She has always attended a smaller school, which really helped her thrive off of the student:teacher ratio. Alexa left the dreadful and despised cold weather of New Jersey, ready for a change in scenery. North Carolina had always been appealing to her and she fell in love with the campus immediately. Once Alexa found out Catawba had an amazing teaching program, and could continue playing soccer in Division II, she was hooked. Hooked or not, Alexa’s original plans were to go back to New Jersey to receive a masters in education.
Like all college students, Alexa’s original plans changed after she realized that getting hired in a teaching position back home would be difficult. Alexa realized she could potentially get a job down here in North Carolina, even with no experience. Her professors informed her of the opportunities here and were extremely convincing. After her first few years, North Carolina grew on her and Alexa decided she could see herself staying.
Student to Watch in Teaching: Alexa Baird, ’07 West Scholar
Alexa’s plans for the future include being accepted in
the Teach for America program,
where she will teach in a rural school district for two years. This particular area is known to have low
test scores and high poverty risks. Alexa has been placed in Eastern North
Carolina for this program and should find out her school placement soon. She is planning on getting her Master’s in
Education at East Carolina University while teaching. After her two year commitment is up, She
would love to stay in North Carolina; however, she would not mind traveling
to other state’s to teach. While
teaching, Alexa plans to continue her love for soccer by coaching. NOTE: Read the full article at
Women-less Beauty Pageant Re-cap
Photo Credit: Zandi Watts
Exerpt taken from The Pioneer:
April 18, 2011 • Brandi Cockerham, Writer
I had the pleasure of meeting up with the winner, Jordan Clifton, and found out exactly what it’s like to be named the Women-less Beauty Pageant Winner. Clifton is a freshman from Raleigh, NC and is a theater major. When asked if he experienced a lot of peer pressure into entering the pageant, Clifton responded: “A lot of my friends wanted me to enter, and the cash prize didn’t hurt either!” As the winner, he received $175 in cash along with a gorgeous sash and sparkled crown. Clifton did admit that he could not do this without some help from his friends. He shares: “I did come up with my own talent routine, but could not have been Miss Catawbapalooza without my backstage mom/curvy soulmate Allison Andrews. Also, a big thanks to Shanna Locklair for the amazing makeup, that girl can turn a pig into a princess with some eyeshadow and lipstick.” NOTE: Click the link to read the full article -
Allison Andrews, ’10 West Scholar
Catawba Alumnus and former Charlotte Mayor, Pat McCrory, speaks to faculty and students
Pass the Plate
BLOG: Jordan Farmer, ’09 West Scholar, Walnut Cove, NC
On April 16th, the annual fundraising
event for Rowan Helping Ministries, Pass
the Plate, took place at the Norvell Theatre in downtown Salisbury. The event consists of an auction and dinner
for members of the Salisbury community who are seeking to give back to those
in need through Rowan Helping Ministries. Many local vendors and attractions auctioned
off such things as spa treatments and vacations. All of the proceeds benefitted Rowan Helping
Ministries. There were also
opportunities to sponsor people at the homeless shelter by purchasing
blankets, hats, and clothing for them.
I had the opportunity to serve these individuals and speak with a few
of them about the Salisbury community. After the auction took place, the patrons
were served dinner in the beautifully decorated Norvell theatre. Everyone was
extremely nice, and it was such an honor to spend time with people who were
giving back to their community and to those less fortunate.
The Gamma Sigma Epsilon Inductions
BLOG: Lindsay King, ’10 West Scholar, Kannapolis, NC
This year marked the thirteenth induction ceremony at Catawba for the Gamma Sigma Epsilon inductions. The North Carolina chapter is the Alpha Delta chapter. Catawba inducted five new members. Dr. Carol Miderski read the history of this honorary society. I discovered that this society started after World War II, to recognize outstanding chemistry students. After the inductions Dr. James Beard introduced Dr. Stephen L. Morgan, who is a chemistry and biochemistry professor at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Morgan discussed his achievements in forensic science and his work with the FBI. His presentation was given on "trace evidence." Dr. Morgan spoke about the science behind crime scene investigations, and specifically blood spatter evidence. This was a very interesting presentation, and I enjoyed seeing smiles on the faces of the inductees.
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Catawba College's Theta Phi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) education honor society installed new officers for the 2011-2012 year and inducted 22 new members in a ceremony held on campus Tuesday, April 5.
Dr. James K. Stringfield, dean of the Goodman School of Education, opened the ceremony with welcoming remarks to the inductees, members, and invited guests. Dr. Tiffany Hunter, a professor of education, spoke about the expectations of a teacher from the perspective of a parent, praising the inductees for demonstrating high ideals, and charging them to be leaders in the teaching profession.
Dr. Rhonda Truitt, counselor for the chapter, presided over the induction ceremony, assisted by Dr. Bonita Bloodworth, Mrs. Amanda Bosch, Dr. Tiffany Hunter, Dr. Lou Ann Kasias, Dr. Cyndi Osterhus, and current officers Lucy Scott, president; Alexa Baird and Stephanie Hill, co-vice presidents; Laura Ritchie, secretary; Elizabeth Sloop, treasurer; Jenna Matthews, historian; and Philip Yarbrough, program coordinator. New officers installed were Julie Gilley, president; Jessica Everett and Stephanie Riddle, co-vice presidents; Taylor Doss, secretary; Jessica Clark, treasurer; and Rachel Fries, historian.
KDP officers inducted new members including undergraduate students –Jessica Clark, Salisbury; Marissa DiMarco, Voorhees, N.J.; Taylor Doss, Boonville; Jessica Everett, Winston-Salem; Rachel Fries, Rockwell; Julie Gilley, Dobson; and Stephanie Riddle, Faith. Also inducted were post-baccalaureate teacher certification student - Lauren West, Salisbury; and graduate students – Melissa Bishop, Lexington; Gina Frey, Concord; and Jennifer Tuzenew, Richfield.
Graduating seniors inducted and receiving honor cords were Rebecca Byerly (M.Ed.) and Sara Burkhart, both of Lexington; Sara Kull (M.Ed.), Concord; Jaclyn Chapman, Meredith Corl, Ann Howell and Zach Poole, all of Salisbury; Lainey Edwards, Asheboro; Laura Sale, Yadkinville; Blair Sanders, Mt. Pleasant; and Jamie Stirewalt, Kannapolis.
Graduating KDP members receiving honor cords were Alexa Baird, Plainfield, N.J.; Stephanie Hill, China Grove; Philip Yarbrough, Lexington; Lucy Scott, Mt. Pleasant; April Spry (M.Ed.), Rockwell; Tyler Howe, Laura Ritchie, Elizabeth Sloop, and Leigh Yelton (M.Ed.), all of Salisbury; and Jenna Matthews, Staunton, Va.
Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education, was founded March 8, 1911, at the University of Illinois. It was incorporated June 8, 1911, and is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Organized to recognize excellence in education, Kappa Delta Pi invites members who exhibit the ideals of scholarship, high personal standards, and promise in teaching and allied professions. The Theta Phi Chapter was installed on February 28, 1958. The chapter was reactivated in 1983.
Catawba SNCAE Receives Blue Ribbon Chapter Award
The weeked of April 9th and 10th the Catawba College SNCAE (Student North Carolina Association of Educators) became one of seven colleges/universities from across the state to be named a blue ribbon chapter and was awarded a $150 prize for membership activities by the North Carolina Association of Educators. Catawba College SNCAE Officers submitted an application which detailed membership activities, community involvement and membership growth for the 2010-2011 school year. Mrs. Amanda Bosch, Director of the Catawba College Curriculum Materials Center, serves as Advisor for the Catawba College SNCAE. The 2010-2011 SNCAE Officers are: Julie Gilley, President; Danielle Garzon, Vice-President; Brittany Myers, Secretary; Sarah Morse, Treasurer; Elizabeth Sloop, Senior Class Rep., Brent Messenger, Jr. Class Rep; Elizabeth Davis, Sophomore Class Rep., Amber Strickland, Freshman Class Rep.
L to R: Sarah Morse, Julie Gilley, Brittany Myers, Lizzle Davis and Danielle Garzon
SNCAE Elections Held
On Tuesday, April 19th SNCAE elected new officers for 2011-2012. The officers are:
President: Brittany Myers, ’09 West Scholar
Vice-President: Madison McKinney, ’10 West Scholar
Secretary: Jamie Caputo
Treasurer: Heather Cheek, ’09 West Scholar
Sr. Rep: Julie Gilley, ’08 West Scholar
Jr. Rep: Jordan Farmer, ’09 West Scholar
Soph Rep: VACANT
Rep: Elections will be held in Fall
Two Salisbury Natives Honored With Catawba’s Prestigious Shuford Award
If you didn’t have the opportunity to read the article before, please take a moment and click the weblink to Catawba News website and join us in celebrating Dr. Martha Kirkland West, as one of two recipients of the Adrian L. Shuford, Jr. award. http://www.catawba.edu/news/archive/2011/04/12/prescircle2011.aspx
West Scholars(L to R below) Allison Andrews, Madison McKinney, Matt Tamer, Taylor Doss, Cameron Beard, Aubrey Barson and Jessica Everett, attended the event to honor Dr. West.
Performances at the ceremony also included West
Scholars, Allison Andrews (farleft. - left
photo) and Madison
McKinney (far right - right photo)
Dr. Ritchie congratulates Dr. West at the Shuford Awards reception in Peeler Crystal Lounge.
One last look at our Seniors –as we remember them in their freshman cohort photos!
Left to right: Alexa Baird, Plainfield, NJ, Kelli Ferguson, Raleigh, NC, Tyler Howe, Salisbury, NC, Stephanie Hill, China Grove, NC, and Zach Poole, Salisbury, NC
Laura Ritchie, Salisbury, NC, Philip Russ, Lawndale, NC, Blair Sanders, Mt. Pleasant, NC, Elizabeth Sloop, Salisbury, NC, and Hannah Thomas, Robbins, NC
Thank you Dr. West and Dr. Ritchie for laying a foundation that led to Teacher Education’s success and to the formation of the Ritchie Academy for Teaching and West Scholars.
www.catawba.edu/academyforteaching (704) 637-4499
- KDP Induction
- Awards Convocation
- Conservation Camp Parent Meeting
- Easter Observance
College Offices Closed, April 22 & 25
- Discovery Day
- Senior Investiture
- West Scholar & Enviro Scholar Trip
Ocracoke, May 16 - 20
Seniors, Hannah Thomas, Laura Ritchie and Zach Poole, and Blair Sanders have prepared brief reflections on their Catawba experience.
Stephanie Hill is already busily teaching school as an interim in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg System, having finished her program at Catawba early. She is also busily preparing for her own wedding. We understand that some things just take priority over others. Congratulations to all our Scholars.
Photos in this issue focus heavily on our graduating seniors! When a West Scholar is named in an article, their name will appear in royal blue. Students referenced in a dark green are other teacher education majors.
Hannah Thomas,’07 West Scholar
Robbins, North Carolina
Physical Education Major
Laura Ritchie,’07 West Scholar
Salisbury, North Carolina
Middle School Social Studies and Language Arts Major
Zach Poole,’07 West Scholar
Salisbury, North Carolina
Physical Education Major
Blair Sanders,’07 West Scholar
Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina
Middle School Education Major
Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina
Elementary Education Major
Memories of our Seniors
At “Jump on the Lawn” Spring 2011
Hannah and Taylor Doss at Ft. Pulaski National Monument
Hannah at 2010 Opening Picnic
Hannah, Alexa and Laura in NYC
Laura and Hannah
Stephanie Hill and Laura
Laura working with students
Laura and Elizabeth Sloop
Laura Ritchie and a C3 Camper with an interesting “friend”
Laura preparing for a class
Dr. Rhonda Truitt, Department Chair, Teacher Education and Blair Sanders, ’07 Scholar
Laura Ritchie, ’07 Scholar and senior, during a school visit and class observation at the
Savannah School of Arts
’07 Scholars, Kelli Ferguson and Hannah Thomas at the South Carolina Museum exploring science
Laura Ritchie and Zach Poole, ’07 Scholars
Tyler Howe and Zach Poole, ’07 Scholars at St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, GA
Alexa Baird and Blair Sanders, ’07 Scholars
Hannah Thomas, ’07 Scholar
Blair Sanders at Educ. Summit Dinner
Zach Poole at 2010 Opening Picnic
Blair, Zach and Tyler, ’07 Scholars
Zach and Phil during the
Phil Russ, 07 Scholar as he led the Salisbury High Hornets to another win!
Blair and Alexa, ’07 Scholars in NYC
Kelli Ferguson and Heather Cheek ‘ 09 Scholar, at the Rich Allen Workshop
Amtrak travel to DC and NYC offered time for great conversation! Stephanie Hill, Elizabeth Sloop, Kelli Ferguson and Dr. O.
’07 Scholars with Dr. O on the ferry crossing to the Statue of Liberty (IPhone fascination)
Hannah Thomas, ’07 Scholar – an apple for the (soon to be) teacher
Alexa, Zach, Blair, Tyler and Kelli with the New York skyline for a backdrop
Resting at the State Museum in Columbia, SC – Zach, Phil and Tyler – but who is that girl?
Dinner at the Wrenn House following the Education Summit – Phil, Tyler, Zach and Blair
Remember the Thunderbird! – Savannah, GA
We hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane with our seniors!
Random Photos of Scholars
From Wigwam Productions – “Jump on the Lawn” 2011
Whitney Corriher, ’09 Scholar
Brittany Myers, ’09 Scholar (2nd from left) with Whitney Corriher to her right
Shay Meeks and Alanna Hantho, ’08 Scholars
Shay Meeks, Taylor Doss and Samantha Lackey at a Fall 2010 reception.
Scholars making sweet music!
Lauretta Overfield, ’09 Scholar
Tyler Howe, ’07 Scholar
Brent Messenger, ’08 Scholar
Brent and yet another instrument!
KDP Induction Ceremony and Reception
Zach (left) and Blair (far right) at 2011 KDP Induction
Dr. O, Dr. B. and Zach Poole, ’07 Scholar during KDP Induction
Zach Poole being congratulated by Phil Russ following the KDP Induction
“Oh…The Places We’ve Been”
The Outer Banks and Bath, NC
Columbia, South Carolina
Tybee Island, Georgia
New York City, New York
Seniors – best of luck to you all and stay in touch with us!
You will be missed.