Fall - September 2011 - Volume 16
Our West Scholars – Senior Class of 2012
Here they are, the ’08 Cohort (photos from their freshman year)
Jesse Clark Taylor Doss Julie Gilley Alanna Hantho
Bridgett Henderson Sam Lackey Shay Meeks Brent Messenger
Sarah Moore Sarah Morse Stephanie Riddle Matt Tamer
Jesse Clark, Shay Meeks
Riddle anticipate being among the “program completers” in Teacher
Education by the end of this fall semester. Shay graduated last spring and “walked” at the commencement ceremonies. She will be finishing up her student
teaching this fall and intends to play one last season of volleyball for the
Catawba Indians. We will be following
that last V-ball season avidly!
West Scholar Alumni News (our very first posting)
Now that we have our first class of West Scholars out in the “real” world, we created a new section in our Newsletter. We hope our ’07 West Scholars will stay in touch and let us know what they are doing in the months and years to come! We already know a few details from our 2011 graduates ……. A shout out to our ’07 Scholars……In these difficult times for teacher education graduates – we are so proud that you are part of Catawba’s legacy of excellence in teaching. Congratulations to you, and we know you will succeed, regardless of your path.
Alexa Baird - (Plainfield, NJ) – will be teaching 4th grade through Teach for America at Central Elementary in Jackson, NC.
Kelli Ferguson – (Raleigh, NC) - will be teaching 7th grade math and coaching at East Millbrook Magnet Middle School in Raleigh, NC.
Tyler Howe – (Salisbury, NC) - will be assuming the role of chorus and band director at Salisbury High School, Salisbury, NC, this fall.
Zach Poole – (Salisbury, NC) - will be attending law school.
Laura Ritchie – (Salisbury, NC) – will be teaching language arts and social studies at North Rowan Middle School, Spencer, NC.
Philip Russ – (Lawndale, NC) - will be the ISS Coordinator at Casar Elementary School, in Casar, NC.
Blair Sanders – (Mt. Pleasant, NC) – will be teaching 5th grade at Cornelius Elementary School, Cornelius, NC.
Elizabeth Sloop – (Salisbury, NC) - will be teaching Kindergarten at Granite Quarry Elementary School, Granite Quarry, NC.
Hannah Thomas - (Robbins, NC) - will be teaching PE at SanLee Middle School in Sanford, NC.
We hope you
stay in touch and let us know how your first year out of college is going.
Teacher Education News
Two new academic majors will be offered to Catawba College students beginning this fall. The Ketner School of Business adds a new Economics and Finance major, while the Goodman School of Education adds a new Special Education major with a variety of concentrations.
According to College Provost, Dr. Richard W. Stephens, Jr., the new majors are in response to the projected needs in the marketplace. "Both majors were recommended by faculty in those areas who believe that they will make students who choose to pursue them more employable after graduation."
Special Education Major
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts "faster than average" growth in Special Education jobs, with the number of Special Education teachers expected to rise 17 percent between 2008 and 2018. A recent article in "The Boston Globe" noted that teaching waivers in Massachusetts, allowing school districts to hire teachers who are not formally licensed for particular subjects or specialties due to difficulty in finding qualified candidates, increased in recent years for positions teaching students with disabilities or other special needs.
The number of students requiring special education services has grown in recent years because of improvements that have allowed learning disabilities to be diagnosed at earlier ages. Special Education teachers work with children and youths who have a variety of disabilities – from those who are intellectually challenged, to those with autism and those with severe cognitive, emotional, or physical disabilities. Most Special Education teachers work with children who have mild to moderate disabilities using and modifying general education curriculum.
Catawba College students who choose to major in Special Education can select one of five concentrations offered: 1) Elementary; 2) Middle & High School Language Arts; 3) Middle & High School Mathematics; 4) Middle & High School Science; and 5) Middle & High School Social Studies.
Dr. Lyn Boulter, a professor of psychology at Catawba who will soon teach classes to those students majoring in Special Education, says under the new major, candidates seeking licensure as Special Education teachers will obtain a major in Special Education and pursue a concentration in either elementary or middle/secondary education, successfully complete a semester-long student teaching experience, and complete a professional portfolio.
NW Guilford hires Catawba grad, former assistant to coach field hockey
Kaitlin Foster has been hired as the varsity field hockey coach at Northwest Guilford. Foster is a graduate of Catawba College, where she played field hockey until the program was discontinued in 2010. During the 2010 season, she was an assistant coach at Northwest while finishing her degree. During her high school career, Foster was an all-conference field hockey player at Shoreham-Wading River in Shoreham, N.Y. Leah Mabry, a teacher at Northwest, will serve as the assistant coach. Greensboro News and Record, Posted by Jason Wolf on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm
by Sarah Campbell, email@example.com
When Rick Hampton took over as the principal of North Rowan Elementary School in 2004 he quickly realized that regular Band-Aids simply aren’t good enough. "I had to go out and buy Blues Clues and Sponge Bob Band-Aids," he said. "I fixed a lot of boo-boos with those Band-Aids. They always brought a smile." Prior to taking over the top spot at North, Hampton had worked with middle school students for more than 32 years, serving as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal at West Rowan Middle School. Read more...
Mark Ketterer, 2011 - has notified the department of teacher education
that he recently accepted a position with the Johnston County N. C. School
system at North Johnston High School.
Mark says the first part of the year he will be
overseeing the students who are taking online courses (they are the last to
do the online courses because it is costly). The second half of the year Mark will be
teaching Algebra I. They have also
asked Mark to coach, so he will be making his move quickly!
Teacher Education Alumni Class Notes! (from the CAMPUS Magazine)
Victoria Ferguson Layman, 1970 – recently retired as principal from Baltimore County Public Schools after 40 years of service.
Dr. John Tutterow, 1973 - has been named Assistant Superintendent for Personnel for the Gaston County, NC Schools, one of the state’s largest school systems.
Donna Grubbs Rymer, 1993 – collaborated with Dr. Bethany Sinnott to host a “Shakespeare Festival.” Dr. Sinnott was the guest speaker at the event. Donna’s AIG fifth graders recited lines from different plays and performed an adapted version of Romeo and Juliet to engage the audience.
Meredith Knowles Abramson,1996 – ran the Myrtle Beach Marathon on February 19, 2011. Meredith finished in 3:41:09 (9th in her age bracket) and she qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2012.
Bianka Rhodes Stumpf, 2000 – and her husband welcomed a daughter, Cora Elise Stumpf, born February 22, 1020. Cora joins brother Jude, age two and a half. Bianka and family live in Sanford, NC.
Leigh Marcischak, 2007 – has worked as a Teacher-Academic Support for Washington
Park School in Washington, PA since graduation. She served as head cheerleading coach and
completed her Masters of Technology at Waynesburg University.
What is H I P P O?? - 2011 Conservation Camp Photos
Campers beginning the Habitat module with Ms. Brittany.
The Invasive species module is a big favorite. Who doesn’t love a turtle?
Pollution module campers, taking field notes in their Rite-in-the-Rain notebooks.
overPopulation with Dr. Connie – discussing morning fieldwork in the lab.
Cementing their learning through games – Overharvesting’s instructor, Ms. Amanda goes over the information.
Amanda Lanier explains below, the three photos that follow, relating to her learning game:
“All the signs (the campers are wearing) are threats to sea turtles and their survival. We play this game to look at the life cycle of sea turtles and how many more threats they have due to humans. Shrimp fishermen and the fishing nets are related to the overharvest of fisheries which has caused fishermen to resort to irresponsible fishing practices, that can harm marine life (including sea turtles) and the marine environment.”
Jaws? Dog on the beach? Shrimp fisherman? Now you know!
We think that Dr. Connie and her overPopulation module are worthy of a second look! Campers were only supposed to get in up to boot-level, and then begin using their nets. This was on their own – to catch more fish. We believe they took this seriously, and had a lot of fun during the learning. Smelly, muddy, wet, but fun.
Now you know what – H I P P O – stands for!
Habitat – Invasive species – Pollution – overPopulation – Overharvesting
Final photos of C3 - 2011
Preparing for the laser show at Horizons Unlimited planetarium.
Lab work following the morning modules in the Preserve. Yes, even our counselors are working on data.
A raptor program with Bob Pendegrass at Dan Nicholas Park.
Enjoying the raptor program! Movie night at the Center for Environment.
Ms. Amanda’s Overharvesting module visits Harris Teeter – and final day preparations
More. This time next year.
Catawba 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.
Catawba College Named One of
"The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review - 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.
A new recruiting season begins! Please spread the word about Catawba College, our Teacher Education Department, the Ritchie Academy for Teaching and the wonderful West Scholars Program!
- West Scholars All Cohort Mixer
Thursday, Sept. 15th @ 11:00 a.m.
- West Scholars ’11 Cohort Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 4th @ 11:00 a.m.
- Teacher Education Pinning
Wednesday, Oct. 12th @ 7:00 p.m.
Omwake Dearborn Chapel
- West Scholars ’11 Cohort Retreat
Sat., Oct. 15th – Tue., Oct. 18th
- Homecoming and Family Weekend
Fri., Oct. 21st – Sun., Oct. 23rd
Alecia Marsha Meeks,’08 West Scholar, Kings Mountain, NC
In her own words….”This summer I worked at McDonald's. I also helped the Greenville High school volleyball team of South Carolina. I plan to attend Catawba one last semester this fall as a post-baculaureate graduate, for student teaching. I will complete my senior year of volleyball as well. After my completion of student teaching, I plan on enrolling in a school to begin my masters in administration.”
Thanks Shay, for letting us know how it is going. We’ll be watching V-ball!
This issue also contains new Conservation Camp Photos of our 2011 summer campers in action!
American Legion State Tournament
(West Scholar players, Matt Laurens and Justin Morris – both ’11 Scholars)
Compliments of the Salisbury Post
Morehead City, NC: Rowan County’s American Legion team was eliminated by Cherryville recently, with a score of 6-4, from the NC State Legion tournament. We want to share some of the photos with you of two of our incoming Freshmen West Scholars, who were instrumental in taking Rowan to the championships. Clearly we are excited about what they will bring to the Catawba Indian’s Baseball team in the next few years! Congratulations Justin and Matt for a great Legion season.
Photos courtesy of Jon C. Lakey, Salisbury Post.
Rowan Legion's Justin Morris, Rockwell, NC -- waves off other
players as he settles under a pop up in game with Cherryville Post 10.
Justin Morris in the foreground coming in for an assist on an in-field pop fly.
Justin Morris at 1st base.
Justin Morris tries to make the tag.
Morris catches the ball as Morehead player is caught on base.
Matt Laurens, Salisbury, NC was the starting pitcher for Rowan County against Morehead City.
Rowan’s Legion Team was defeated by Wilmington Post 10 in a ten inning
game prior to the Morehead City match up.
Justin Morris tries to make the tag against Wilmington.
On the road toward the championship, Rowan defeated Wayne County 6 –
Morris (#5) hit a home-run against Wayne County in the opening rounds of the state tournament; and later a slide into homeplate produces another run.
Matt Laurens, Salisbury, NC - pitched in the Wayne County game.
Hickory Post 48 Legion Team’ s Chase to the State Legion Tournament
(West Scholar players, Cameron Beard, ’10 Scholar and Jacob Shepherd, ‘11 Scholar)
Compliments of the Hickory News and Record By Richard Walker | Special to the Hickory News and Record - Published: July 18, 2011
CHERRYVILLE, NC -- Setting records is rarely easy. Cherryville American Legion Post 100’s baseball team can certainly relate after getting a double-dose of history in Monday night’s 11-6 victory over Hickory Post 48, to win up the 2011 North Carolina Area IV title at Fraley Field. After Hickory took a 1-0 lead on shortstop, Cameron Beard, ofConover, NC, who had a two-out RBI single in the top of the first, Cherryville took charge of the game.
Cameron Beard, ’10 Scholar
By Chris Hobbs | Hickory News and Record Sports Editor - Published: July 04, 2011
HICKORY -- No matter the statistical matchup, Hickory Post 48 is ready to take a shot at beating a No. 1 seed in the second round of the Area IV American Legion baseball playoffs. Post 48 (13-8), the No. 4 West seed, starts a best-of-five series against East No. 1 seed Huntersville (22-1) on Monday night at 7 p.m., with Game 2 at the Legion Fairgrounds in Newton on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Post 48 counters with Poole (Coastal Carolina), Jacob Hoyle and Jeremy Null (both Western Carolina), Robert Whaley (Navy) and a lineup that also includes college players Stefan Jordan (North Carolina A&T) and short-stop Cameron Beard (Catawba College, ’11 West Scholar).
By Richard Walker | Special To The Hickory News and Record -Published: July 01, 2011
BELMONT -- For the second straight season, Hickory Post 48 has eliminated the Gaston Braves to advance into the second round of the Area IV American Legion baseball playoffs. Jeremy Null actually led the 12-hit Hickory attack with three hits. Shortstop, Cameron Beard had a home run.
More great photos from the 2011 Catawba Conservation Camp for middle-school girls from Rowan, Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Iredell, and Stanly Counties. Enjoy!
C3 campers resting and hydrating.
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